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DougH last won the day on March 11 2020

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  1. On Friday I hang out with my Friends. Some of them aren't of the same ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political mindset. I have plenty of criteria for selecting friends but the amount of melanin, the language their parents spoke in their house growing up, and what they like to do in bed and to whom isn't criteria that I care about. As was already pointed out who you hang out with has more to do with where you live, and certain races/ethnicities have to face systemic barriers to where they live. But maybe you are referring to "like-minded" racists, bigots, and American Taliban type folks? Those birds do seem to flock together, big flocks of shit birds.
  2. DougH


    I wake up everyday and thank Cthulhu that Westerly primary occupation is posting nonsense on, instead of something involving public health, medical research, or anything science based that goes beyond the level of a 5th grade baking soda volcano. The AstraZeneca news out of South Africa is definitely interesting, and concerning. It shows just how much complexity is involved. South Africa has halted their early phase rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but their decision is pretty nuanced. A trial of 2,000 individuals showed that it wasn't effective at reducing mild to moderate disease from the SA variant in younger individuals. I believe the trial participants were in their 30's. I believe that it still reduced severe disease and death, and it is hard to extrapolate to the higher risk population. Since the initial phase was going to health care workers, who are younger and lower risk, you really need to consider whether you give them a vaccine that shows poor protection of mild to moderate disease. There are limited doses, there are ethical constraints about giving someone a treatment shown to be ineffective for their primary risk, and then there the optics and social impacts of people getting a vaccine and then getting sick. If they were at the stage of vaccinating seniors they may have made a different choice.
  3. NJ had a somewhat controversial judicial decision that municipalities were required to use their zoning regulations to promote affordable housing. At the time some municipalities had zoning regulations that actively prevented low-income affordable housing projects from being built. It was called the Mount Laurel doctrine, I was familiar with it because my mother was a Real-estate agent for a developer. Towns found a way around it. They sold and purchased qualifying affordable housing projects, just like cap and trade and carbon credits. Rather than get a mix of residents some of these towns paid other municipalities for their excess affordable housing starts, and they often paid large sums to keep their demographics static. We are absolutely segregated by economics and where we live, and most people are very comfortable with the status quo. We just bought a house this summer in a rural farming/commuter bedroom town. It is largely white and affluent. The lack of diversity was actually one of the main negatives that I considered, but the large wooded lot and cul-de-sac was a huge draw. I plan on getting my son involved in activities as he gets older that will introduce him to a more diverse peer group, because I think it is really important. I also hope we can travel to different countries. I think it is also important that understands how different his life experience is than others.
  4. We had multiple years of lack luster growth following the Great Recession. Many economist have blamed that on the push for austerity measures in the US and Globally. I would classify ten years of shitty growth because people pushed politics instead of sound economic policy long term harm. At the time I was on board with it too. Borrowing is at an all time low for the US government, more harm is had from doing nothing. It would be like failing to apply a tourniquet because you are going to have to pay down the road to replace the item in your trauma kit.
  5. Absolutely agreed, but even if we had completely elastic unlimited supply of high quality health care it still would still result in a unnecessary loss of life. But as you correctly pointed out we don't have unlimited health care, and it will cause instances where people are denied care because there is no room.
  6. Even if we had unlimited health care resources it would still be exceptionally stupid to ignore precautions before we can get a good number folks vaccinated. Herd immunity through lax prevention measures and actual infections is a good way to play mutation bingo. We have been pretty lucky that the variants that have come about have only been more infectious without much additional increase virulence, though I am hearing that the UK strain may be more virulent but I haven't looked beyond the sound bite. Every new infection is a potential chance for the virus to mutate into something much more more deadly Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Would really suck to have it mutate into something that starts killing significantly more people, and it isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
  7. That means it will be disposable income, and hopefully it will get spent. That is the whole concept of stimulus. If I get an additional $1,400 it is going to go towards some deferred improvements at my home, which will get a few dollars into a contractor's pockets. Also, almost everyone, employed and unemployed have face higher cost of living because of this pandemic. As far as your understanding of the unemployment rate, that isn't even close to being correct. A 15% unemployment rate doesn't mean 85% of people are working. The measure doesn't count those that have stopped looking for work and have left the labor pool.
  8. It was a shit sandwich either way. States were flying by the seat of their pants, especially given the limited guidance from the Fed. We were just starting to figure all of this out. They were faced with capacity constraints at the hospitals, and I don't think at that time it was known just how stratified the risk curve was based on age and comorbidities. From a triage sense I could understand sending nursing home patients back to nursing homes if you thought that you were going to run out of hospital capacity causing more able-bodied "treatable" individuals to die because there were no icu beds available. I think it was a failure to plan, and a failure of imagination. It is probably too simple to call it gross negligence, it was probably more of a case of trying to do the least amount of overall harm to the society. I am glad I didn't have to make those calls myself.
  9. I agree, it is about time. This was a crime against humanity, and the damage it caused will be borne by some of our most disadvantaged citizens for the rest of their life. Young children carry the scars of lead poisoning for life.
  10. 100% They forcibly entered one of the most sensitive areas of our National government. They could have been armed, some were, they could have had explosives, I believe some were also discovered in the area. This was an attack on the seat of our government, it should have been responded to no differently that if it was a group of jihadists, or foreign combatants. They should have been met with automatic weapons fire, and the firing should have continued until there ceased to be a threat, either because they were all on the ground or because they retreated from the building.
  11. To bad they all didn't get to meet Reagan. I don't understand how they weren't fired on. Once they breached the building they should have been considered dangerous enemy combatants and they should have been given the room temperature challenge.
  12. I am surprised he hasn't announced his run in 2024 yet. But he is still claiming he won the current election, so he will probably wait until the day after he gets dragged out of the Whitehouse on inauguration day. It would be a dumbass move to declare early, and true to form would be against the recommendations of many advisors. I read a piece recently that he has much better flexibility in fundraising if he is only exploring a run versus declaring a run. The restrictions and reporting gets much more onerous once he is an actual candidate. He would probably make it to the ticket because of our terrible primary system. I might switch my party affiliation back from Libertarian to vote against him in a primary. Too bad we couldn't get a bunch of moderate voters to switch their party affiliation as well, or just show up to vote in the primaries in general, to vote against him in large numbers.
  13. Very interesting and informative, thank you for the share. Thoughtful interviewing and straight forward answers, that is rather refreshing.
  14. DougH


    I honestly think people that callous, and selfish, with such a complete lack of concern for other human beings shouldn't be sharing our air. They are going to go on and breed the next generation of terrible selfish humans, it is a real shame. "She recalled one conversation from that wedding, before she left the reception. “I have children,” she told a bridesmaid. “What if my children die?” The bridesmaid responded, “I understand, but this is her wedding day.” Speechless.
  15. I haven't hit the boogie circuit in a few years, but I will remember Mark from many of the awesome trips I made when I was a newer jumper. He was welcoming, fun, an all around great guy. He was also one hell of a pilot, and he did a great job getting us to altitude. Blue skies.