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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    On my other forum, we've STILL got people trying to downplay the Covid-19 situation, saying it's no worse than the flu, is the flu, the number of deaths is being inflated, etc. One even said, just a day or so ago, that 50000 people die of flu, about 4000 a month, so until Covid-19 exceeded that rate we shouldn't worry about it. 1321 people died of it in the USA yesterday, about 3000 in the previous three days. Another guy is downplaying the situation on USS Theodore Roosevelt.
    Their motivation is probably political, but we can't get into that here.
    They ought to name it the Ostrich Virus* because so many people bury their heads about it. I won't say where.

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    Given the current world's luck with miscommunication, people would mishear that and think the Austrians were to blame.
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    I just had a annoying thought from the back of head, How is BigDon doing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I just had a annoying thought from the back of head, How is BigDon doing?
    I don’t know currently, but Grant mentioned some number of months ago that BD commented on his blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Given the current world's luck with miscommunication, people would mishear that and think the Austrians were to blame.
    Or with the normal disregard for geography - Australians!

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    Another Corona virus one, something very encouraging but followed by comments by fools.

    Here is a Bill Gates interview:

    https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/sta...89758322200576

    where he says how their foundation already has the expertise and resources to get started on vaccine work that will likely take governments longer to work through, so they are going forward with research on seven vaccines and at the same time building factories to produce them fully expecting to lose billions on at least five out of seven of the factories, for vaccines that don’t work out. The point being to be able to be ready to go into production immediately with ones that do well in testing to hopefully get us down to that year to year and a half timetable that’s been discussed for a vaccine.

    This, of course, made me very happy to see - these are the sorts of things we will need to resolve the problem quickly and effectively. But then I looked at the responses. Oh, there were a couple of positive comments, but then there were the conspiracy theorists, loons and idiots, a request not to interview billionaires (never mind that this is how he can AFFORD TO PUT FORTH THIS EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES), and other ungrateful fools.

    Basically, it came down to seeing something very positive and a bunch of people trying to tear it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    But then I looked at the responses.
    Never read the comments! It just angries up the blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Never read the comments! It just angries up the blood.
    I’d like to think those posting nasty comments are all just trolls, but then I see news reports of people attacking cellphone towers (5G causes viruses?) or attempting to drive a train into a hospital ship(conspiracy!) and get pretty disheartened.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I’d like to think those posting nasty comments are all just trolls, but then I see news reports of people attacking cellphone towers (5G causes viruses?) or attempting to drive a train into a hospital ship(conspiracy!) and get pretty disheartened.
    Conspiracy theories lead to conspiracy actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I don’t know currently, but Grant mentioned some number of months ago that BD commented on his blog.
    Haven't heard from him since, but he only drops by very occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Given the current world's luck with miscommunication, people would mishear that and think the Austrians were to blame.
    Australians! I knew they'd be behind this.
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    I just heard from a cousin in Kansas. One of my other cousins has pneumonia and is on a ventilator. She's younger than me. Test results aren't back but probably Covid-19.
    This is a state which has delayed its response for purely political reasons. Yeah, I know the forum rules. It doesn't seem important right now.
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    Sorry to hear that, Treb. Best of luck to your cousin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    attempting to drive a train into a hospital ship(conspiracy!)
    Well that just seems like an inherently hard thing to do, given that ships are usually found in the water, and train tracks are usually found on land.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Australians! I knew they'd be behind this.
    Part of our cunning plan. One day soon the maps of the world will be properly oriented - with the glorious Southern Hemisphere on the top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Part of our cunning plan. One day soon the maps of the world will be properly oriented - with the glorious Southern Hemisphere on the top!
    So that means that we in the north will have to be the ones wearing magnetic shoes to avoid falling off the earth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Well that just seems like an inherently hard thing to do, given that ships are usually found in the water, and train tracks are usually found on land.
    Have you ever been to a port where the tracks come right up to the docks so people and things can be loaded from trains to ships? It’s fairly common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Have you ever been to a port where the tracks come right up to the docks so people and things can be loaded from trains to ships? It’s fairly common.
    I would still think the tracks don't actually go onto the ship.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    I would still think the tracks don't actually go onto the ship.
    The guy was planning to drive it off the tracks aimed at the ship, it seems, although clearly the momentum got the train nowhere close. Still, the point was that ships and train tracks are not always that far apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    The guy was planning to drive it off the tracks aimed at the ship, it seems, although clearly the momentum got the train nowhere close. Still, the point was that ships and train tracks are not always that far apart.
    Fair enough. I just thought, if I wanted to attack a ship (and I don't, this is a hypothetical), maybe another ship or boat would be the way to go.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    So that means that we in the north will have to be the ones wearing magnetic shoes to avoid falling off the earth?
    Just be careful as we will also be flipping the magnetic pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Just be careful as we will also be flipping the magnetic pole.
    Aha! The CT posters warned as much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Fair enough. I just thought, if I wanted to attack a ship (and I don't, this is a hypothetical), maybe another ship or boat would be the way to go.
    He was a train engineer. “Something, something...when the only tool you have is a hammer.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    He was a train engineer. “Something, something...when the only tool you have is a hammer.”
    I guess he was operating under constraints then.

    Presumably more constraints now.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Have you ever been to a port where the tracks come right up to the docks so people and things can be loaded from trains to ships? It’s fairly common.
    But in this case, there was several hundred yards of car park and gravel, a couple of barriers and fences, and (in some reports) open water between the end of the tracks and the ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    But in this case, there was several hundred yards of car park and gravel, a couple of barriers and fences, and (in some reports) open water between the end of the tracks and the ship.
    And, although I'm speaking purely out of speculation here, my best guess is that trains don't float very well.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    I guess he was operating under constraints then.

    Presumably more constraints now.
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    We got the call yesterday. Our governor has ordered all schools closed for the remainder of the school year. This is sad enough to begin with, but it was going to be our last year in our previous school district, much less at Simon's current school. Class picture day was scheduled for the Thursday after the schools closed, so he won't even have that. He'll have a school picture for the year, but his school did two a year, and the class picture was with the spring picture day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    We got the call yesterday. Our governor has ordered all schools closed for the remainder of the school year. This is sad enough to begin with, but it was going to be our last year in our previous school district, much less at Simon's current school. Class picture day was scheduled for the Thursday after the schools closed, so he won't even have that. He'll have a school picture for the year, but his school did two a year, and the class picture was with the spring picture day.
    Expecting this in SC as well, but not yet announced. Schools, however, are being cleaned out and cleared out, much stuff moving out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just heard from a cousin in Kansas. One of my other cousins has pneumonia and is on a ventilator. She's younger than me. Test results aren't back but probably Covid-19.
    This is a state which has delayed its response for purely political reasons. Yeah, I know the forum rules. It doesn't seem important right now.
    Sorry to learn that, treb. Here's wishing a quick recovery for your cousin.
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