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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 03:11:38 PM »
In my hometown in NJ, someone broke into two first aid ambulances an stole their face masks.  Sad in so many ways.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 03:06:24 PM »
There's a lot being tried.

See how the many approved for other use drugs do.  Run studies.  Try combos.  Chloraquine can be used both to treat malaria and as a prophylactic to prevent malaria infection.  So I'd be trying that in early stages of the virus and as a prophylactic. 

The blood antigen idea is worth pursuing.
Hell, everything is worth pursuing.

I'm not a doctor.  I'm not going to have any better idea than the hundreds of thousands of doctors and medical researchers on the case worldwide.

I can ask around and check with my doctor friends what has worked in China for treatment.  But I don't think China came up with any treatment advances and more research has been done on the virus since China peaked. 

The new cheap tests are useful to quickly identify who needs to be isolated.  The main thing is to stop the spread so you don't have so many infected.  And develop a vaccine.  In the meantime, the try everything approach is best in an emergency. 

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: Today at 02:41:42 PM »
Ball or Ty Halibut for the first pick.

Then Bey or Vassell would be nice at #25,
Both are good shooters.  Which is what we need.
Bey might be gone, Vassell seems right in our range (so far).
Good size for an SG.

We could really improve our backcourt if we got Ball/Vassell.
Or Ty/Vassell

Another route could be taking the Israeli all-around wing and then adding Tre Jones or another G with the later pick.
Seems to backfire on us when we take a late round PG (Jerian Grant, Toney D, Frankie the Fly, Mardy Collins)

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 02:26:28 PM »
Don't worry, Trump will have this down to almost zero cases soon ...

It's well known how to limit and stop the spread.
Isolation and social distancing.  Face masks and hand washing.
Testing and quarantining anyone positive.
Contact tracing positives and testing them.

The sooner you put the measures in place the better.
Way too slow and reactive and disorganized and mixed messages in the USofA.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 08:08:30 AM »
More capitalism as a culprit:

Though much attention was focused on how short of ventilators, masks, and beds the hospitals were there was almost no attention to how the city fell ino this crisis. It was as though only the virus was to blame.  In the last two decades NYC hospital beds have gone from 73,000 to 53,000.  A market mentality creeping into private and even many nonprofit hospitals has played a major role in this decline. The number of beds available per patient in the United States in many states has declined dramatically, mostly because hospital managers see empty beds as not money-making, so they want to reduce the number of empty beds as much as possible, so they staff fewer and fewer beds. Beds in short are subject to the same just in time principles that govern any other supply chain in the modern market economy. Applying just in time metrics to all key resources purportedly maximizes efficiency.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 06:21:23 AM »
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed

The gov't contracts with a private company to make cheap portable ventilators to prepare for an epidemic. Bigger medical company swoops in, buys that company and kills the project, to protect their large expensive ventilator business.   No ventilators built, gov't gets nada after years of effort.  Public is screwed.  Capitalism at its best.

It's really best to take the profit motive and skimming middlemen out of public health decisions.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 03:01:47 AM »
China has banned all foreigners from entering until further notice.  But most of the so-called import cases are Chinese, mainly students, returning form overseas after their universities cancelled classes.  Along with Chinese fleeing the virus in hotspots such as Europe and the US.  And they are being let in with testing and screening.   So CV cases are still arriving in China.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 02:54:57 AM »
all southbound traffic will be routed through the weigh station looking for vehicles from NY, NJ and Conn. Dept. Of Health officials will be asking them questions about their destination and giving them self quarantine info.

If you were desperate, you could just drive NYC to Atlanta and rent a car there for the drive to Florida.  But if they are just stopping people and telling them to self-quarantine.  Well, might as well keep driving.  My folks have an apartment in Florida, that an old aunt left them when she died.  Though I think hunkering down in NJ suburbs is better then going to Florida, where the outbreak is growing, and you'd need to go out and stock up.  Better weather though.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 29, 2020, 01:14:37 PM »
Hate to tell you that once the virus is already fairly widespread, strict measures need to be put in place and enforced.  Still seems a lot of halfway measures and voluntary compliance in the US, including NJ, and I'm not sure any of this is going to be enough.
I'm not on the ground, so can't really evaluate, but what i'm hearing makes me nervous.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: March 29, 2020, 01:02:23 PM »
I haven't seen anyone with Edwards as a PG.
You usually pay a real premium to trade up to #1 (it rarely happens),a nd this doesn't seem like the draft to do it in.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:21:20 AM »
I'll try to tune in when I can.
As ridiculous as it sounds, I won't have a working proxy server that gets me to youtube until the new month starts.  China really starting killing my old free proxy server back in October, and I've used other half-ass proxies since then.  I really need to just pay for a more reliable proxy server.

The thing about Amare was he relentlessly put pressure on the rim.  He was going to go over or around folks and try to jam everything.  He was bouncy as hell.
Toppin looks thin in the legs and a little awkward in the still photos I've seen.
Also is 22.  And a poor defender.  If he is equal to John Collins, I'm interested.  But we don't need another bad defender really.

Haven't seen him yet ...

Here's another mock draft, this one from
Has medium length write-ups.
Never heard of the writer.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 29, 2020, 07:53:33 AM »
Fox News Poll Shows Joe Biden CRUSHING Trump By 25 Points in Swing Counties

In a head-to-head presidential matchup, Biden is up by 49-40 percent over Trump, a lead that is outside the poll’s margin of sampling error. Another 11 percent would vote for someone else or are undecided.

Biden’s advantage grows to 25 points, 57-32 percent, in close counties (where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in 2016).

Trump Administration / SUCKERS
« on: March 29, 2020, 07:40:25 AM »
Btw, notice the spate of articles and medical professionals that are starting to grudgingly admit that Americans should wear face masks in public.  There's a lot of hemming and hawing and bs qualifications**, but it comes down to masks offer protection and people should be and should have been wearing them.

Face masks are better than the halfway measures my parents are telling me about in NJ.  In their Costco, they limit the number of people allowed at one time into the large warehouse store   And they've made aisles narrower and one-way.  But the cashiers have no protection.  What they should do is implement those helpful measures + face masks.  Costco is a big fucking enterprise.  They should pass out a face mask to every customer before allowing them in the store.  Hell, charge them an extra dollar per person on the way out.  And the cashiers who interact with many people all day should be wearing masks for the protection of themselves and the customers.

Typical BS qualification"
**  "While wearing a mask may not necessarily prevent healthy people from getting sick ... it may be better than nothing," Atmar said.  Which is like saying that while condoms may not necessarily prevent pregnancy, they may be better than nothing.

You have to go halfway down the main article to get to data that says face masks are effective, and even then they hem and haw first:

studies of influenza pandemics have shown that when high-grade N95 masks are not available, surgical masks do protect people a bit more than not wearing masks at all. And when masks are combined with hand hygiene, they help reduce the transmission of infections.

When researchers conducted systematic review of a variety of interventions used during the SARS outbreak in 2003, they found that washing hands more than 10 times daily was 55% effective in stopping virus transmission, while wearing a mask was actually more effective — at about 68%. Wearing gloves offered about the same amount of protection as frequent hand-washing, and combining all measures — hand-washing, masks, gloves and a protective gown — increased the intervention effectiveness to 91%.

I like how they seem surprised that face masks were more effective than frequent hand washing.  And of course combining precautions offers the most protection.

You have to struggle to the last 1/4 of the article to get the reasons why face masks work.  Most of the ish I've been saying for months.
If everyone wears a mask, individuals protect each other, reducing overall community transmission. The sick automatically have one on and are also more likely to adhere to keeping their mask on because the stigma of wearing one is removed.

Masks are also an important signal that it’s not business as usual during a pandemic. They serve as a visual reminder to improve hand hygiene and social distancing.

Basically, the US was unprepared, there was and somehow still is a face mask shortage and then the medical professionals lied to you to make you feel okay about that. 

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 29, 2020, 06:11:43 AM »
Why Italy?
We keep hearing about the aging population (but Japan's is older).
Here's more.
Seems the austerity Germany foisted on the EU is largely to blame, but the more polite generic explanation is budget cuts:

European and national "austerity" policies that produced cuts in public spending and to worker pensions, cuts which have strongly affected public health.

In the last ten years, public health spending has been cut by 37 billion euros overall, with a huge reduction in hospital beds and a continuous drop in medical, nursing, and ancillary medical personnel. Today, there are probably no less than 50,000 doctors and 50,000 nurses missing from public health. The pandemic has highlighted the great shortage of intensive care facilities: in Italy there are 5,000 beds in ICU units for 60 million inhabitants. In France, with a few million more inhabitants, there are 25,000; in Germany there are 30,000 serving 80 million inhabitants.

The regionalization and the continuous cuts to state resources earmarked for health services—which are divided among the regions on the basis of "historical expenditure"—have led to the collapse of the public health system, especially in the Southern regions which, fortunately, are still to date the least affected by the pandemic.

The writer also mentions: "the privatization of many health services" as a factor.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 29, 2020, 12:47:45 AM »
Everything's gone fine so far.  No need to worry.
It'll probably turn out that Trump has a natural flair for epidemiology and the whole thing was overblown to begin with anwyay.

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