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    GM Joe reacted to Dr. MID-Nite in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I just hope people are aware that there's more to this election than "get rid of Trump". He's a consequence of the problem...not the problem itself. We can't go back to "the way things were before Trump" because that is what got us Trump to begin with. Establishment control of the country....lack of awareness or concern for the issues of most of the populace....and a feeling that the system is rigged (because it is).
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    I'm not an epidemiologist and don't play one on TV, so definitely do what you think is right!
     
    That said, I was just relaying what a segment on our local NBC TV news was saying last night. Unfortunately I can't find that segment on their crappy website, and most google search results on the topic seem to be from back in the beginning of the pandemic when we didn't know as much.
     
    Personally, I've been treating surface transmission with a lot less fear than I did at the beginning. I don't wipe down my groceries or delivered packages any more. I still wash my hands after being out, and I don't touch my face while I'm out, tho. Heck, I still use hand sanitizer before I get in my car in the parking lot, so I don't contaminate its surfaces. So I'm not exactly being consistent!
     
    But I am trying to be less paranoid than I used to be, since epidemiologists have been saying surface transmission is possible but appears to be somewhat rare.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Schools: Students must abide by our dress code.
     
    Also schools: It would be wrong for us to tell kids they have to wear masks.
     
     
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Coronavirus   
    Schools: Students must abide by our dress code.
     
    Also schools: It would be wrong for us to tell kids they have to wear masks.
     
     
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    GM Joe got a reaction from unclevlad in Coronavirus   
    Schools: Students must abide by our dress code.
     
    Also schools: It would be wrong for us to tell kids they have to wear masks.
     
     
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Grailknight in Coronavirus   
    Schools: Students must abide by our dress code.
     
    Also schools: It would be wrong for us to tell kids they have to wear masks.
     
     
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    GM Joe reacted to unclevlad in Coronavirus   
    Our cure is going to be worse, because it's the worst of all worlds.  Inadequate precautions, mixed messages, refusing to abide by (and enforce) fundamental practices.  It's going to stretch out our economic issues FAR longer than other countries.  Europe is trying to reopen sensibly...whether they can or not, we'll have to see.  
     
    Sweden found out, too.  They did nothing for a long time.  Their economy STILL got blasted.  This is not either-or...it's not "we stay open and thrive, or we shut down and wither."  If we stay open, we still do not thrive.  That's the cornerstone takeaway.
     
    There is no good outcome here.  There is probably no mediocre outcome.  Those are simply not on the table.  MANY, MANY people will get crushed by this.  Overall there is nothing that can be done to stop it completely.  It CAN be slowed.  Germany shows that.  South Korea shows that.  But there will be massive harm, directly and indirectly.  There are, however, TERRIBLE approaches.  Sweden.  Brazil.  The US.  Major business downturn AND failure to contain.  
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    GM Joe reacted to Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Washington Post: USPS workers sound alarm about new policies that may affect 2020 mail-in voting
     
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    GM Joe reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Police are responding to protests against police brutality with... more police brutality.  I think that pretty much sums it up.
     
    The total resistance to any actual dialogue about changing police procedures, or ending coverups for police misconduct, has been really eye opening.
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    GM Joe reacted to Dr. MID-Nite in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Legitimate addressing of the issues (instead of token gestures) would end all this, but...as usual...America refuses to admit there is any problem.
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    GM Joe reacted to Cancer in Coronavirus   
    It'll be taken seriously when people with millions die.  Many people with many millions.
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    GM Joe reacted to Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    It would be nice if someone was tracking the chronic illnesses developed by "recovered" cases.
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    GM Joe reacted to Pattern Ghost in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    So,  I've been thinking about what I would  have done in that couple's shoes. I've landed on: I'd pull out a couple of folding tables, set them up near the sidewalk, and lay out some refreshments for the protestors. Really, screw that mayor.
     
    On the flip side, if I experienced any spillover onto my property (which means near my family), I would act to squelch it.
     
    And the couple in the pics needs to have their guns removed until they prove they can handle them safely. They also need brandishing charges.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Old Man in Coronavirus   
    CDC Says US has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/29/cdc-says-us-has-way-too-much-virus-to-control-pandemic-as-cases-surge-across-country.html
     
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    GM Joe reacted to TrickstaPriest in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Literally that attitude is "if you want the services 90% of your city's budget goes to then you have to put up with us planting evidence or beating people we don't like and us putting toy guns on kids we accidentally shoot so we don't have to see a courtroom."
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    GM Joe reacted to Doc Democracy in Coronavirus   
    If you buy some pipe-cleaners you can glue them across the top of a mask and mould it closer to your face, minimising fogging.
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    GM Joe reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Coronavirus   
    Which reminds me I need more masks, hopefully more comfortable ones that won't fog up my glasses so badly.
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    GM Joe reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Tricksta, I'll once again refer to Why Nations Fail by Acemoglu and Robinson. They argue that political and economic systems based on extraction -- harvesting and concentrating wealth and power, instead of spreading out to to make more -- are innately chaotic and self-destructive in just the way you describe. Because the few with wealth and power always break into factions that try to screw each other and get more. The rewards are simply too great for whoever wins the game of thrones. It's why most people, through most of history, have suffered in poverty.
     
    Incidentally, Acemoglu and Robinson bluntly call out Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel as nonsense, for asking the wrong question to begin with. The question is not, "Why did a few societies advance their technology and become much wealthier than others?" It's "Why, despite abundant natural resources and millennia of hard work and human ingenuity, do societies stay poor and miserable?" They document the answer through history and around the world, from Neolithic villages to North Korea and Zimbabwe: Because most of the population is systematically robbed.
     
    A few societies have broken the vicious circle of exploitation, infighting over the spoils and decay and at least made an attempt at a broader districution of power and greater opportunities for more people to create wealth and keep it. The result is rapid increase in the society's total wealthy, and greater liberty. But the "virtuous cycle" can be broken and turned back into the tiresome old system of oligarchy and exploitation. It's how (to use one of their historical examples) Venice went from Queen of the Seas to a theme park for tourists.
     
    The early US managed to begin the contrary cycle... though not for everyone... and the more that wealth and political power have been distributed instead of concentrated, the richer and more powerful the country has become. But there is no guarantee this will continue, and powerful forces are working to return us to the good old days of peasants slaving for their lord and master. (Though I will grant the possibility that some of the people pushing for oligarchy don't consciously realize this is their goal.)
     
    Acemoglu and Robinson also discuss the importance of crisis point in shaping the direction societies go, but that's a faily big subject in itself. Suffice to say, we are living through at least three such crisis points at once.
     
    TL;DR: Some economists with serious academic cred agree with TrickstaPriest and have the research to back it up.
     
    Dean Shomshak
     
     
     
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    GM Joe reacted to TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    They're making it clear they find it fun to be called or make people outraged about them being fascists too.  It's an entertaining game to the people they encourage and direct, 'getting back at those obnoxious libs' so to speak.
     
    Except it's not a game, and what they are doing is towing a very dangerous line.  Any such organization seems effective... at first.  But it rots like hell, because it's always rife with infighting. 
     
    I remember someone referring to Donald Trump being the only 'authority' in the WH, with no chain of command... and that's the exact situation that makes third world countries such a mess to begin with.  It's why our military has a hell of a time training armies in the Middle East, and why even the autobahn was a mess (with striking workers thrown in certain well known camps). 
     
    We don't need a direct comparison with past countries, it's just that this way of doing things doesn't work.  It looks attractive, but only because of desperately wild marketing.  When it has to do anything (like, prepare for coronavirus during the entire month of February), it falls apart bad.   It seems like there's still more effort in damage control right now at the Federal level than any kind of direction?
     
    But maybe that's just my opinion, and not well established facts to others.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Yeah, they're being pretty cute about it, but they're making it obvious they're fascists. They're "populists" in the same way the Nazi party was "socialist." Meaning, not at all.
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    GM Joe reacted to Old Man in Coronavirus   
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