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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:32:24 AM »
On March 6, I started checking in here and was already horrified at the US response and expecting disaster.

So Trump doesn't want folks off the cruise ship because he doesn't want the official US number of cases to go up?  Jeez.

And didn't he only request $2.5B and Congress upped it to $8B?

Seriously, this has been largely a farce.
Wait til the virus really spreads in the US ...

And by March 7 we were already talking here about asymptomatic folks.

I only touched back down in Shanghai on March 3rd, coming back after basically 4 weeks with limited internet and news (broken computer for 2 weeks and a Euro-vacation I somehow slipped in).  And popped in here briefly March 5 on the primary election and then March 6 on the virus.

On March 6 I was already harassing you folks about the need for mask wearing.
Nearly a month ago.  Would have been earlier, but I was away for a month.

The [face mask] request was in case you HAD the virus.

Which is largely ... stupid.
If you have the virus, you should be self-quarantining (or quarantined in hospital if you have serious symptoms).
In your house, you should wear a mask to protect family member/caregivers.
But you definitely shouldn't be out in public, mask or no.

The other problems with that advice:  Many folks will have only mild symptoms and not know they have the virus.  Symptoms are similar to cold and flu.  Test kits aren't readily available yet (a month plus into a pandemic!) so it's hard to know who actually has it or not.  So best if anyone with a cough, or any sickness wear a mask in public. 

Masks are imperfect, but a reasonable precaution and help stop the spread of disease, by largely keeping your germs with you, blocking others germs and reducing the instances of touching your nose and mouth with potentially contaminated hands.

The fricking USofA can't produce enough simple face masks to protect the country and anyone who feels the need to wear one.  That's pathetic.  Again, where was the preparation?  Shanghai, maybe 1000 miles from Wuhan has been on near lockdown for over 5 weeks.  Didn't the Trump Admin make any plans during that time.  Like stockpile and produce more facemasks.  hell, it could be the one bright spot in the economy along with wet wipes and hand sanitizer.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:11:12 AM »
I would think - if we in a hypothetical have the SEVEN - and 1-6 goes


then you consider a deal down
rather than selecting at SEVEN from

+ other (mostly guards) not named

To me, you take Ty Halibut or Okongwo or whichever guy is highest on your board.
I'd probably only trade down if: 1) my guy was almost certain to go later in a slot I could still snag him or 2)I didn't really want any of them particularly

Knix are so in need of almost everything.  That I'd just get the best player I could get, with emphasis on a G.  I'd prioritize G play, shooting, defense.  Which is why Ty H sounds pretty good to me.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:04:19 AM »

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 10:59:48 AM »
I've been talking about asymptomatic and presymptomatic cases for weeks.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 10:52:09 AM »
Of course the info about the long incubation period and likely contagious period prior to that, and many folks asymptomatic has been well known for over a month.  Alot of folks on one of those early death cruise ships tested positive but were asymptomatic.  That was in Feb, and by late Feb/early March it was clear that many on the ship tested positive but were asymptomatic.

About half the people who tested positive for the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship appeared to show no symptoms. Of the 634 confirmed cases aboard the ship off of the coast of Japan last month, 328 were reported to be asymptomatic. There were 3,063 people tested on the ship in total.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:07:31 AM »
I don't think dealing up or down is as easy as you seem to think.
And I think it's primarily beneficial when you have a specific target who will be available only a few slots above your position or will still be there later.

If we have the 7th pick and Ty Stick looks to be there at 11, maybe it's worth doing.  But not easy, and no guarantee you get your guy.  I'd probably rather just pick the guy I want rather than potentially get too cute.  I am interested in moving up if not too pricey and if we really like Ball expecting him to our PG of the Future.

But not knowing draft order or more about projected order, it's rather ephemeral speculation for now.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:40:07 AM »
The clash was particularly sensitive because of the evolving nature of gender politics in the Trump era. Suburban women, including many Republicans, have increasingly fled Trump’s GOP, enabling major Democratic victories across the country in 2018 and 2019.

His decision to single out Whitmer came the same week he attacked another high-profile Michigan woman, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, whom he jabbed for not working fast enough to help the government produce ventilators.

“Always a mess with Mary B,” Trump tweeted.

So the CEO of GM is Mary B; Dr. Brix is Deb.  I like how informal and inherently demeaning Trump is towards women.  He threw a childish insult nickname out for the Michigan Guv, who he also calls "that lady in Michigan"

Really has trouble with women in power.

Just a horrible person doing a terrible job.

Sure hope somebody on the Left is taking down all of these false, misleading and stupid coronavirus statements Trump has made and making a TV ad out of them.  To be presented in the late Summer of Fall after this crisis has hopefully passed.

Trump has bungled and botched this virus in so many ways (mostly by wasting time, downplaying the risk and having the fed gov't totally unprepared), that he needs to be held accountable for killing Americans and he needs to be removed from office.  The US managed to survive 3 years of Trump, but then along came an emergency and tens of thousands of American won't be so lucky.

Dems need to make sure the election is going to go off without cheating or limits.  Everyone is stuck at home, great time to get everyone registered to vote.  Which in itself is an outmoded concept.  Everyone should be automatically issued a voter ID # when they turn 17.  And they should be able to vote wherever they reside on voting day -- by mail, by computer (they can verify where you are by your IP #) or in person.  Registration should be automatic, voting should be easy and accessible.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 03:47:55 AM »
Trump called it “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines and predicted the country would soon see a “light at the end of the tunnel” in a pandemic that has killed more than 3,500 Americans and infected 170,000 more.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said.
 “This is going to be one of the roughest two or three weeks we’ve ever had in our country,” Trump added. “We’re going to lose thousands of people.”

You almost expect him to say April's Fools.  It's just a hoax.

So they are finally starting to say and hopefully do the right things on April 1.  Just think how much different things would be if they had this approach on March 1.
How many fewer infections and deaths, a much lessened threat to the health care system, a lesser disruption to lives and the economy.

“There’s no magic bullet,” Birx said. “There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors. Each of our behaviors, translating into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic.”

But we knew that two months ago.  With strong leadership and good precautions, things would have been much different, much better.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:46:26 AM »
Yeah, but it's no fair.  Canada actually has a unified national health care system and competent normal leadership.

(actually I've noticed I've heard very little about Canada and what measures they've taken and when.  Vancouver is mostly an Asian city, with lots of Chinese, so a natural early entry point, just like SF or LA).

The only thing that jumps out on Canadian statistics is that they report just 120 serious cases out of 7,269 active cases.  Which is just a 2% rate, and should be very manageable for the health care system.

Their new cases had seemed to level off last week, before shooting up the last two days.  I'd be interested to hear what measures they use.  I'd be almost certain that the compliance rate is much better and the enforcement is more uniform.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:44:16 AM »

China primarily had one month of infectious spread and then 7 weeks with many needing treatment.  And after 8 weeks things were well in hand, with basic precautions remaining in place (masks, temp checks, no large groups allowed).

Of course the measures in China were implemented earlier, stricter and more adhered to than in the US.  All of which makes a big difference.  But there's no reason -- except poor leadership and planning -- that the US couldn't have had a similar or better outcome than China (we knew it was coming, had multiple warnings, time to prepare, and knew what works).

Instead one big Trump Fubar.

I think he actually likes being in the spotlight so much.  Does he ever talk about the people who have died and families who have lost loved ones?

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:07:07 AM »
More of that great trump leadership and organization.
It was announced with great fanfare that Walmart, CVS, Target, Walgreens would set up drive-thru testing in many of their 30K locations.
With great follow-through, exactly 5 have opened and they all test only health care workers not ordinary people.  That's 3 weeks ago, during a crisis in which time is important.  Unclear if any other such test sites will open.  Likely not.

My guess is these companies realized that having medical personnel in hazmat style medical garb and encouraging those who might be infected to come by is bad for business.  Rather go to the drug store down the road without the scary looking stuff out front. 

That and the fact that the Trumpeters lost interest after the announcement and didn't coordinate or keep the momentum up.  It's all reactionary anyway.  They've had trouble getting their heads around prophylaxis, only waiting to respond after outbreaks occur.

That article posits it was mostly a PR exercise to mitigate the damage from when Trump said the week before that anyone who wants to get tested can.  And since that was demonstrably false, they hastily created this gov't-private partnership to make it look like testing would soon be widespread.  And after the PR photo-ops and pats on the back, it was largely forgotten.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 31, 2020, 05:11:27 PM »
Study: Ibuprofen Among Drugs Found Safe To Use In Treatment Of Coronavirus

It also mentions that prednisone, one of my favorite miracle drugs has shown some promise v. coronavirus:

low doses of prednisolone or tacrolimus therapy have shown promise as an effective coronavirus treatment.

“Current evidence suggests that low dose prednisolone (a steroid used to treat allergies) and tacrolimus therapy (an immunosuppressive drug given to patients who have had an organ transplant) may have beneficial impact on the course of coronavirus infections. However further investigation is needed,” Dr. Sophie Papa, a medical oncologist and immunologist, comments.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:41:44 PM »
Yeah, Trump's not arrogant at all.

And never forget that Trump treated the virus as a minor annoyance and a PR campaign rather than a major health concern.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:39:30 PM »
Cuomo has been getting a lot of praise.  But how the hell did NY get so bad?
Being so international, and trafficked, and densely populated, NYC was always going to be in great danger form the disease.  How is it they waited so long before enacting the basic measures (sans masks and temp checks) that worked in China.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: March 31, 2020, 11:05:59 AM »
Cole Anthony a backup?

Well, if you take Trae Young minus the passing ability and with a more erratic shot, you basically get Coby White (#7 pick last year).  Who started all of 1 game ...

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