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  1. 6 minutes ago, Smack Tripper said:

    The NY Times Daily podcast was interesting today, reporter went into the Wuhan, said many people aren't even tested, or weren't at the time.  A possible explanation is a lack of tests, but there is speculation there were more nefarious rationales so as not to report bad news.  Said this also corresponds with the tier of structure in China, power is in the politics there and failures can put your position and thus power and status in peril.  So the speculation was, local officials may not report up the chain to Beijing so as not to deliver bad news and they tried,  unsuccessfully, to manage or supress, (the illness and/or the news of it) locally.  

    Flawlessly logical. 

  2. 20 hours ago, TheIronSheik said:

    American Airlines is cancelling flights now, too.

    I feel like the people who are saying this isn't a big deal are comparable to the people who won't vaccinate their kids.  "Sure, the World Health Organization has said this is a very dangerous thing and it could be very bad.  But who are they?  I think I know better than a bunch of researchers, doctors and epidemiologists."

    Except for the part where the people who are vaccinating their kids are trying to prevent the spread of infectious disease.  And using risk analysis and critical thinking to do so, without defaulting to hysteria about wild claims of a causal connection between vaccines and autism.  

  3. 23 hours ago, rockaction said:

    Interesting article. Sorry if already posted. Artificial intelligence predicted outbreak. 

    https://www.wired.com/story/ai-epidemiologist-wuhan-public-health-warnings/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    Skynet's new strategy?  😞

     

    20 hours ago, Jayrod said:

    Do we think Anheuser-Busch InBev has a civil case against the CDC on this one?  Years of marketing campaigns programming us that Corona is synonymous with have a nice time on a tropical beach is being flushed down the drain as everyone now associates their brand with dying Chinese people.

    They own Corona??   Sad day for sure, if not exactly the end times, when your average trusty Mexican product is owned by a Belgian-controlled "American" beverage company.  

  4. 23 hours ago, Otis said:

    Big piece of business I’ve been trying to land. Want to show the customer based there that I am “all in” and get this over the finish line with an in person meeting. 
     

    :unsure: I confess I’ve never been before, but always thought it was an island, right off the southern part of Malaysia?  Am I missing something there?

    It is, you're right.  I think he just meant that a narrow waterway isn't going to stop disease transmission.  My two cents, probably worth even less, is that Singapore's government is not necessarily the most liberal in the world (remember the kid who was caned?  Although that was many years ago so perhaps things have changed), so who knows how they might react to some cases of this disease appearing.  Your travel efforts back home could be impeded.  Probably a watch and wait situation. 

    (Editing to say sorry, I read right over msommer and someone else already saying similar stuff.)  

  5. Funny, I'm actually the reverse.  I find that Summers' and even Copeland's playing gets repetitive after a while, and with a few exceptions there are no backing vocals (excluding Sting mulitracking) or keyboards (which is why the greatest exceptions to that, Every Little Thing, Invisible Sun and Spirits are my three favorites).  When Sting went solo, he opened things up with much wider orchestration and also spread his wings as a songwriter a bit more.  Fortress, Mad About You, All This Time, and Soul Cages are standouts, and there is so much terrifically dark, atmospheric stuff on Nothing Like the Sun.  

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  6. On 1/19/2020 at 1:15 PM, Ilov80s said:

    Exactly what I was thinking. If you go through those acts: Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Madonna and The Police. I feel like The Police really disappeated fast from the public consciousness relative to those others. It seems easy to lose how big they were. 

    It's because they broke up, never to reunite, and Sting's solo career absolutely took off.  It would be as though Phil Collins started making solo records and left Genesis, so there would have been no Abacab, Genesis (the album), or Invisible Touch.  Also, after about four solo records, Sting made no further attempt to continue to be popular, having made all the money he and his family will need for the next 500 or so years.  Even so, I'm pretty confident that most people of age who are under 25 know who he is.  They might even know The Police too.  Breath and Wrapped get a substantial amount of airplay even today.  

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  7. I meant to add this the first time I posted and apologize for not doing so.  

    The piece posted recently here via link, "Christmas Eve Confessions of Chuck Todd" or somesuch, lays out this whole problem nicely.  In that article, the author summarizes Todd's recent public realization that political figures - including without limitation U.S. senators - go on his show, MTP, in a deliberate effort to offer spin contrary to fact to blunt the truth and appear antagonistic to the media.  Todd also belatedly realizes that only one side does this and admits his naivete in failing to grasp this sooner.  (Don't take my word for it, either - read the piece.)  

    The issue is the same here.  The solution probably won't work for Chuck Todd and MTP, but it would work here just fine.  Simply excuse those who are only here to argue, attack others, post little rollies, and start calling others trolls.  No need for some complex system: just thank anyone who does this for their time and permaban them.  Take it a step further and ban anyone who insists on engaging these people rather than posting about the issues.  Yes, this proverbial axe may - just may - fall disproportionately on one group.  But it will result in a friendlier and more constructive atmosphere.  Hard as it is to believe, some people really are here just to disrupt, exhaust critical thinking, and devalue the truth.  

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  8. Wow, 29 pages.  

    I don't really think this is that hard.  Just ban people who aren't advancing the discussion.  If you see it in one thread, you've very probably got the right folks regardless of how many threads you check out. 

    If the hammer happens to fall more heavily on one side of the aisle, that's just how it works out.  

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  9. 17 hours ago, Capella said:

    Hi, time for my island. Except for the Joker scenes those Batman movies sucked. 

    The first one is arguably one of the best superhero movies ever.  I watched it on a plane recently and was enthralled.  The second one has not held up and the third one was and remains a mess.  So I mostly agree with you.  

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  10. I thought this was very good but actually better in the abstract and upon reflection than in the execution.  The Whiterose nuclear plant attack bit was a bit silly, especially after it was confirmed to be real.  Mostly I was happy that Darlene - my favorite character - didn't die and was critical to getting her brother back.  Good series overall but suffered from uneven delays between seasons.  

  11. 2 hours ago, Walking Boot said:

    Everyone he saw in the alternate universe was dead, correct? 

     

    And Darlene is alive but he's an only child in the alternate. 

    I was absolutely sure about this too, except Ollie kept nagging me.  I don't think Ollie is dead as far as the audience knows.  I believe the last time we saw him until this past episode was when he tried to get Angela to say something incriminating on a wire, or a recording device, but failed.  That was in Season Two maybe?  He was definitely alive at the end of that appearance.  But perhaps he was killed offscreen since and someone referred to him as dearly departed, and I don't remember it.  Anyone?   

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  12. 4 hours ago, -fish- said:

    I know some of the attorneys involved and I do quite a bit of bad faith litigation against Allstate.    I'm absolutely bringing this up next chance I get.

    Wow, Twilight Zone here - I am familiar with almost everyone involved in this one too (except the plaintiff's lawyer - never heard of him).

    Set for an order to show cause hearing on December 16, with parties (both plaintiffs and an Allstate rep) to appear in person.   

  13. 19 hours ago, BigJim® said:

    Can’t find any updates re: the outcome of the order to appear Nov 13... are there any?

    Yeah, briefly, he produced the death certificate, which was for a different date than the status conference (a few days off, I believe).  He sort of argued that he was in mourning and got mixed up on his dates.  Judge Seibel ended his contempt so he didn't incur any more charges, but refused to vacate her previous two contempt orders, so they remain a matter of record, and she referred him to the (New York state) Grievance Committee.  

    Interestingly, I have appeared in front of her twice (nothing major - no trials, just motions) and I thought she was terrific and very mild-mannered.  I would never have picked her to be the judge in this sort of situation (I'm certainly not saying she was wrong - I'm just surprised she did what she did).  Reading the orders in the case I think she was influenced heavily by his conduct in the case as a whole, which validated his reputation.   

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