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12 hours ago, DRW50 said:

When I read that de Blasio tweet from earlier it led to an article about his jaunt to the gym and several absolutely scathing quotes from former aides. He must not be very well liked.

The man is a stupid, hypocritical, corrupt bum. Pure and simple. 

 

Pretty much the only he was reelected was because he's a Democrat and NYC is a Democrat city, not because people actually liked him. That election was reported to have one of the lowest voter turnouts in NYC history.

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19 hours ago, reallyhateskateonlost said:

In NY you got until 8pm tonight to see a movie , go to a bar, or eat out! Take out ONLY and delivery. I take it you all have DVD's that have been gathering dust for years.


 

It's not like you have until 8pm to go and enjoy your life. The danger is already there even before 8pm. Everyone should stay at home, everywhere in the world. Because we are all on the same boat.


 

16 hours ago, Vee said:

 


 

Better late than never!

 

 

16 hours ago, Faulkner said:

 

 

 

If the people won't listen, the government should enlist the Army.

 

 

13 hours ago, Bright Eyes said:

I was only in 8th grade when SARS happened so my memories of the time are scarce, which leads me to ask, did anyone famous contract or succumb to the disease like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Idris Elba have?

 

Just curious.

 

Was the panic pretty much the same, worse, or better? 


 

SARS was not as infectious as the new coronavirus. Hence it was pretty much restricted to some world areas.

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1 hour ago, Aback said:

If the people won't listen, the government should enlist the Army.

 

If that happens in many parts of America, there are a lot of people who have their guns ready. That's why gun sales are skyrocketing yet again. The irony is that the big cities and their strict anti-gun laws are helping save Trump from this becoming even more of a catastrophe.

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As I have gleaned from what I've read SARS and MERS were/are more deadly than COVID-19 but COVID-19 is more contagious than either of those diseases.

 

This Op-Ed has a bleak lede (I'm still in the midst of reading, so the content may prove even bleaker) but I suspect this pandemic is not only showing up all the deficiencies apparent in our socio-economic systems but it also has shown that on a global scale, governments, and to a certain extent people (who run corporations especially) have been prioritizing the absolute wrong things-i.e. profit over people, and this, coupled with the pandemic will be the undoing of our respective economies.

It's not just about the lack of a social safety net, it is about placing more value over corporations than people. I've said for years now that not every business should be in operation and people often regard what I say as though I am saying something deeply offensive. What I've always meant is that if you have a business and you claim you can't afford to pay your employees a salary that is regarded as a living wage and cannot give them proper benefits, then you ought not to be in business.  When the worst of the global financial crisis/recession happened as a result of the mortgage/loan crisis, many people wagged their fingers at many people who had lost their homes and said "well, if those people bought too much house and couldn't afford it, then they deserved to lose it!" Nevermind the aspect of mortgage companies and banks committing outright fraud with "liars loans", changing information on loan applications without knowledge or consent of the prospective homeowner and just approving loans for risky mortgages knowing full-well that they shouldn't have. Well, now I'm reading about "zombie companies" and "zombie corporations" that are existing on debt alone and will have to shut down, leaving employees (much of whom were already living hand to mouth) without any prospects. Why does America allow this kind of malfeasance in corporations and business but punishes it in an instant with people, (most of whom were not 'flippers') who wanted a house to live in?

 

Now we see municipal governments scrambling to provide housing for homeless populations because the homeless, clustered together in areas (e.g. Skid Row), it is feared, will spread the coronavirus even deeper into the population.  How and why was it acceptable to have large homeless populations in the first place? If these municipal governments are actually putting in place directives to place the homeless in unused buildings and hotels, does that mean that these populations could have been housed all along and the only difference is that there now exists a will to do it?

 

Anyway, here's the link to the Op-Ed

 

This Is How the Coronavirus Will Destroy the Economy

 

Another thing I wonder is, why is it that cleaners and custodians get the worst pay when they obviously have some of the most important jobs? These jobs are also on the front lines and employees should be well trained, well paid and well protected by they are not? Could we have stanched the spread if our countries, businesses, institutions had more regard for cleanliness and the people employed to clean our facilities and public spaces?

 

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39 minutes ago, dragonflies said:

Ohio Presidential Primary delayed till June 2nd, per Governor DeWine

 

This man really is doing all he can to protect Ohioans

And the residents who do not wanna wait can apply & recieve absentee ballotts

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On 3/16/2020 at 5:30 AM, Aback said:

 

 

You're feeling guilty because for now there are just a couple thousands of cases. Unfortunately every positive person infects on average 2 to 3 people. So you can do the math. You'll stop feeling guilty in no time. You did the right thing for yourself and for everyone else.

 

This was a really good insight, thank you.  Meanwhile it wasn't long before preschool and everything else was shut down here (Omaha) making my guilt irrelevant.

 

 

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