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  1. Best of luck. I am shooting for 20 months from now. My buddy and former team lead in response to me asking how was retirement “it doesn’t suck” 😃 yeah to others point, the brick and mortar model of shopping is fading and has been for some time. The current shelter in place is just the nudge over the edge. There are many pros and cons to this. The younger generation is having a vastly different experience than I did growing up. On the one hand the world they can reach is vastly larger. On the other it is largely virtual and online. Social skills and interaction are a challenge. But hey
  2. Seems in Russia Covid-19 has a slightly different symptom - falling out of windows. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/three-russian-doctors-fall-from-hospital-windows-raising-questions-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB13An1i
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/coronavirus-live-updates-trump-administration-models-predict-near-doubling-of-daily-death-toll-by-june/ar-BB13zfhE?ocid=spartanntp The Trump administration projects about 3,000 daily deaths by early June. As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus over the next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, nearly double from the c
  4. Flip side of that is Japan's denials of their actions in ww2. My wife and I tend not to discuss the pacific war It just gets too stressful.
  5. It isn't even illegal. Read the article.
  6. On a different note I have been watching the debate on contact tracing apps for mobiles and people's reactions and I can't help but laugh. Apparently most people have no idea how much they are already tracked and by pretty much anyone that wants to pony up a little cash. If the thought of having a contact tracing app on your phone concerns you I'd suggest reading the article. Your phone is already snitching on you. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
  7. That is pretty much true in any conversation and part of what is going wrong right now in American politics. We all stereotype each other's positions. Part of that is social media bubble and part human nature. Learning to listen to what another person is saying and truly understanding their concerns isn't how we function. Maybe never did, but with the advent of so many platforms where any individual can yell at the world (and buy as many voices as they want to do it - See Roger Stone) it has really devolved. And on a more amusing note - Essential services Texas style! http
  8. I vote for that! While I do like access to resources etc in an urban area I overall don't like the feeling of always being on top of someone. I live in San Jose and am walking distance to downtown and yet the neighborhood is single family detached homes. It is a nice middle ground. I lived in Brooklyn (finished high school there) for 4 years and I would never go back to living like that. Lived in SF for about 10 and couldn't see moving back there ever again either.
  9. Oh god know, please tell me your wife isn't gonna start going on to her friends about some wacky American forum at some place called battlefront that has the best jokes! The posted clip with Tucker take with a grain of salt. Tucker makes his money on being dramatic, drawing in viewers and therefore revenue. He's an heir to the Swanson fortune and somehow calls himself a deadhead which most of the deadhead community would likely be horrified to hear (I know I am). Unfortunately he does have a significant viewer base. My direct experience with China is a handful of trips of a week o
  10. Thanks for the post and yeah read the whole thing. Very interesting. Some of it I can understand. Considering the history it isn't a far fetched view of the west. The British empire was largely financed by the opium trade I'd be pretty skeptical of the west myself. Want to see how wacky we can get? Enjoy
  11. I am sure the spouse could suggest some forms of housework as stand in practice items.
  12. as noted not me, but yeah I am looking forward to this one as well.
  13. If the information is inaccessible and there really are no facts we can work with then we should probably not discuss it at all right? I disagree that this is the case. I work for a consulting firm with literally hundreds of folks working there but what the hell do i know. No one dismissed your experience, but if you only reconfirm your own bias what is the point? There is factual data on how the Chinese economy functions the size of its middle class etc. even a little travel in China can develop a whole other picture of both the good and bad, however it is only a slice. as
  14. Then you really should know better. And well just because I know it is coming might as well post this. https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-he-has-evidence-coronavirus-came-from-a-chinese-lab-but-he-cant-reveal-it-232946854.html And no, before we go there this was not a Pearl Harbor type sneak attack to undermine the West. well not fully - the goal was... wait for it.... Asked if he believed China was withholding information on the coronavirus so as to hurt his chances of being reelected, Trump said he didn’t want to “cast any dispersions [sic],” but added that “China wo
  15. No not so obvious. Continuing to beat this drum off some rather strange notions as to what China can accept or not doesn't somehow make this conspiracy mongering valid. Keep in mind China's gov't actually has a lot further to fall. Tiananmen is not far out of their minds and draconian behavior eventually fails to keep a dissatisfied population in check. There was an open question as to whether the military was gonna back the party in suppressing the demonstrations. There is a very strong reason why China has tried to wipe all reference to it from China's history and why Hong Kong represen
  16. From The New York Times: U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported, C.D.C. Data Suggests In seven hard-hit states, total deaths are nearly 50 percent higher than normal, according to new C.D.C. statistics, suggesting that the virus has killed far more people than the number in official counts. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/28/us/coronavirus-death-toll-total.html?smid=em-share
  17. For once I feel pretty good about aging. Hey if I lived near you I'd grab you some. We actually haven't bought toilet paper since this started. We had a typical pack that we buy, but just lucked out in that we had just bought it when this kicked off. I have seen TP in the market, but didn't purchase as we have enough for a bit yet and we aren't hoarders. You need to buddy up to some of us geezers, we can be bribed.. pretty cheaply too.
  18. My wife (Japanese) is really frustrated with the response there. There is still no real lockdown and cases are spreading. A sense of exceptionalism pervaded things because the virus for whatever reasons took a while before really beginning to spread. That period seems to have ended as cases start to spike. Getting back on India, the only source I have been pointed to is an obvious one. However none of the folks I know there feel these numbers are accurate and consider them to be understating. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/coronavirus
  19. Err it has been known for a very long time that amphibians like frogs are good indicators of the damage we are doing via pollution. Alex Jones hopping onto the bandwagon and maybe for once getting something right is a kin to a broken clock. And no I won't watch the video. I'd rather smear feces up my nose and snort real hard than listen to that gas bag. I spend my time reading stuff from educational institutions and the like, you know where people actually study science. https://www.e-education.psu.edu/earth103/node/960
  20. You need to lay off the frogs. They have every right to decide their sexual orientation. After all half of them in France are amputees anyway.
  21. Jeez man, hope she stays well. You must be pretty damn proud of her.
  22. I think Mother Nature stopped worrying about that once she saw the climate change deniers and realized we were gonna royally fook ourselves all on our own. Now she just sits back and sips margaritas and plays candy crush
  23. Short answer no. You can do what ever you want modding them, blanking out walls to make them transparent. Doesn’t matter they will always act as adjacent buildings with weird pathing and LOS between modular sections. So no you will never really make a good barrikady Factory complex unfortunately. It might look good, it won’t play good.
  24. I still don’t have any good data but I have a major project in India that was supposed to launch in April. It was pushed to May. I just heard this morning they are pushing it to June and possibly July. What I infer from that is that stuff is happening that isn’t hitting the news and it isn’t good stuff India is in a particularly difficult situation. The banking industry is very unstable and was in trouble before the Pandemic. The restrictions imposed may be tight in Mumbai but nationally they could not do a full lockdown without the agriculture sector collapsing. This is the period wh
  25. Problem on both sides is this is a marathon not a sprint. The current administration wants to forecast a return to normal as fast as possible. Some of that is economic, some political. The medical community is trying to get us to understand that even if you project the number of exposed 10 fold it is still for the US only 10 million or 3% of the population. The 1918 pandemic infected 28% of the populace. For arguments sake let’s say this does the same and the death rate is about 55,000 per 10 million infected and another 80-90 million will be infected. The math of this is harsh. China i
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