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Muh Muh Muh My Corona (virus)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Twirling Time, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. OscarMadison

    OscarMadison Well-Known Member

    Late to the party, but I want to add my good wishes to the Corners, Neutral and Missus.

    Everybody, if you can stay in, please do.

    Last night a group of people from a playwright's incubation program I attended some time ago got together online and toasted the memory of Terence McNally. During that get-together, someone said something they shouldn't have said, that they wished it has been someone specific in McNally's place. I understand the anger, but no. Just no.

    Years ago, Garrison Keillor did a monologue about how we were seeing the faces of monsters in our leadership. I think about that monologue and how it is a better fit now than it was for the Bush Administration. We don't have to become as monstrous as the people we see on the news, the people who are so willing to sacrifice lives for dollars. I am not going to wish anyone ill, but I have to wonder about someone who responds to a congressional measure to over a thousand deaths. What kind of person does that? Why would you willingly abdicate your humanity for money and power? Can you come back from that? Is there redemption and an awakening? I pray for it.

    Getting back to the playwright's gathering, someone toasted McNally and all of us. Theatrical traditions can be dark. We still wish each other luck by telling people to break a leg before shows. Some people gleefully mention Macbeth to make everyone within hearing chant, "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell."

    Even for me, last night's toast was too dark.

    "May you live to see the last living Trump perish."

    Oh, shoot. No.

    I'll offer my own toast: All of you magnificent bastards cough in the other direction. I'll see you in Vahalla.*

    *Just not too soon. I'm in the middle of rewatching Black Books. Screw the flu. I want to see Bill Bailey flail round.
  2. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    I am going by the Johns Hopkins tracker, since they do a pretty good breakdown of it all. That hasn't been plugged in there
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  3. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    well at least they understand it's not a priority. That feels like progress
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

  7. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    I've thought about this. In one of my first college PR classes, the professor said, "Statistics don't lie, statisticians do." That is a great truism. (Along with, "I don't care what you say about me, just spell my name right." That's why we have the president we have, that's why celebrities, or pseudo-celebrities win elections.)

    Where are these statistics coming from? Are doctors stopping what they're doing to alert the statistician? "Hey, we lost another one. Put them on the tally sheet."

    On Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, there is (or used to be) an anti-smoking billboard. The message was, this is the number of people who have died this year from smoking-related illnesses. And there was a counter, like the odometer in your car. I wondered who was monitoring that. Is there somebody sitting in an office, getting calls. "Oops, another smoker died. Adjust the totalizator."
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  8. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

  9. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    The benefit is the same as a max unemployment insurance benefit. The difference is that the UI benefit is based on your income with the 2K/month being the max regardless of income.

    This new benefit matches the max regardless of what your income is so there are people who will be doing better on the benefit than if they had been working.
  10. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    The max EI benefit is 573 per week.
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  12. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    I'd bet Dyson makes good ventilators, too.
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