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  1. I'm sure you and your friend made sweet sweet music.
  2. Is that the term the kids use or just you and your buddies?
  3. One step forward, two steps back. Fanfuckingtastic.
  4. Sweden's daily Coronavirus death toll approaches zero and daily cases are 1/6th of peak: The article mentions their higher death rate than other Nordic countries but if their death rate is at 0 or near 0 from Coronavirus going forward the other countries will only gain ground. To be fair we clearly couldn't have gone the exact same route as Sweden because some people here don't wear masks or observe social distancing.
  5. I think the presidents response to COVID has shown his ineptitude, inability to lead and why his ego is an issue. The WHO lied from the beginning and enabled China's lies which has resulted in more deaths than necessary. Had the WHO and China been open about all of this from the onset the world would have a few more months of research under their belt about the virus. I believe it was Hong Kong or South Korea who sent a team to China early on and they knew China was lying but had to work with the very limited access they were given and they used that to try and get ahead of it back home. No country or organization is perfect but I'm not going to lose sleep if the US is backing out of the WHO after their actions as far as COVID are concerned. I've also got no issue if we join the organization again or don't end up leaving in 2021 but I will if we don't hold the WHO accountable and put measures in place to ensure it doesn't happen again. China isn't playing by the same rules and they won't unless the rest of the world which includes organizations like the WHO force them to.
  6. NY didn't do it right they shit the bed at the onset. They shutdown only 3 days after we did here in CA yet their situation was a hell of a lot worse because they ignored the rising number of cases and the impact in a densely populated area, particularly with their public transit. Sending sick people back into SNF's should probably warrant charges being brought against those in charge. My criticisms of Newsom aside the current rollback is learning from New York along with countries who reacted too slowly to the rise in cases. As far as herd immunity NY estimated 12-20% in different areas at the end of April and while I'm sure the numbers have gone up it isn't that much with the lock down. The hardest hit region in Italy tested about a month ago and they were over 50% but no one wants to get there the way they did. Masks, social distancing, no huge gatherings and we can avoid lock downs while it runs it's course. Problem is our elected officials went from telling citizens to lock down then some cheer on protesters and allow them to take over parts of cities. Some people are absolutely idiots who won't follow guidelines but the mixed messages of basically saying it's okay to ignore for this and not that isn't right either. Plenty of failure to go around.
  7. There's no answer because the democrats only put forth a "get Trump out of office" platform since he was elected. They've done some nice posturing about the environment but even then what was proposed was completely ridiculous and nowhere near realistic. If both parties could work together and put forth some realistic legislation or at least something that's a starting point maybe they could make some real changes but we're nowhere near that happening. It's amazing that despite everything Trump still has a chance which is a testament to how bad of a candidate Biden is at this point in his life. Like I said before my only hope is we don't come out with either side controlling everything and being able to ram through whatever they want.
  8. They may look dynasty bound or set for the next so many years but pulling it off is a different story. In the last decade Seattle looked like they could be a dynasty but only ended up with one ring and after a while they couldn't afford a lot of the guys they drafted who anchored their defense. Rams looked like they could at least be competitive for a few years and now they could be playing to stay out of last place in the NFC west. That said obviously Goff is nowhere near Mahomes. The Chiefs look like they should dominate the AFC west for at least a few years because of their roster but also because the other AFC west teams lack franchise QB's. In a year or two if anyone on those teams step up or they acquire a guy who does things can change pretty quickly. Either way definitely not a terrible time to be a Chiefs fan.
  9. Does anyone really even trust the antibody tests at this point? In the last month 14 of the top 15 that flooded the market without being verified by the FDA have been proven to be inaccurate. Some of the antibody tests only give positive results for so long while T cells are able to produce antibodies for viruses they've been exposed to even if antibodies aren't currently present. The NBA continues to test players as they get ready to restart and 7% have tested positive to date. There's a chance some already had it without knowing or testing positive.
  10. I think you're giving people too much credit because "some" is an understatement. It's like the George Carlin joke "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.'
  11. I got emails about a month ago from the group I went through mentioning they were doing classes that were socially distancing at the range. All the courses I've seen are well below the cost of a new gun and it would be nice if it was a requirement to show proof someone has taken a course before buying a gun but I'm not counting on that happening. When I took the firearm permit test I wondered how anyone could possibly fail then the guy scoring the tests turned to the next guy and said he had failed after missing like 15 questions.
  12. I included it to show the increase in daily cases across the US not to rank states. Plenty of articles out there have said CA has recently been setting its highest daily totals since this began. What matters is hospitalizations and capacity while the COVID hospitalizations have seen a large jump the last so many weeks and those numbers continue to rise. As a whole hospitalizations may be down from other causes but if they’re seeing the number of available beds drop they have to step in at a point.
  13. Are you saying it's disingenuous because it just shows an increase in positive cases? As of a week ago CA set a high for hospitalizations due to COVID and those numbers continue to trend up. I really don't envy elected officials in cases like this because they either pump the breaks to try and slow the spread or they run the risk of overwhelming healthcare if the numbers don't reverse course on their own. In HB there's a growing list of businesses that have had to shut down over the last few weeks after an employee tests positive so they can test the rest of their staff and clean. Those that don't get blasted on one of the community forums. Damned if you do damned if you don't.
  14. You mean the hospital ship off the coast that stopped seeing patients almost two months ago? If the trend of daily cases and increases in number hospitalizations continues it's more likely to actually be needed in the coming weeks: I'm in the camp that this needs to run it's course and there's no hiding while waiting for a vaccine that may never come but at the same time I don't think any reasonable person would argue that wearing masks, social distancing and other measures that stop the spread work to our advantage towards keeping the economy open. Even if Goldman Sachs is off by 50% that would still be a 500B benefit to the economy. The problem is that even when a small fraction of the population acts like things opening back up means everything is back to normal they completely ignored simple things to slow the spread. If I'm going to be disappointed or angry with anyone it's those individuals and not elected officials who take crap for having to shut things down because people can't act like responsible adults.
  15. There Are No Fakes - documentary about an art forging ring in Canada that put out hundreds if not a few thousand fake paintings by Norval Morrisseau who was a native artist. The whole thing gained serious steam when one of the guys from the Bare Naked Ladies bought what he thought was an original only to find out it was a fake. There's a lot more to the story than just fake art and some of it is really screwed up as far as taking advantage of various people but I would definitely recommend it. The Business of Amateurs - documentary about college athletes notably football players. The guy who put it together is a former Trojan and there's a few other USC and UCLA players interviewed in it. None of what happens as far as how some of these people get treated when they need help is surprising and it really just reinforces the belief that schools are more concerned with making money as opposed to doing what's right by student athletes.
  16. My concern with this is how many of these guns ended up in the hands of someone who never took a gun safety course?
  17. They're trying to avoid the hospitals from getting overwhelmed which is a breakdown. In OC since 6/23 in regards to COVID the number of people hospitalized has increased 38% while the number in ICU has gone up 31% and we're not currently hit as hard as LA, Riverside and some other counties. If they wait until hospitals are overwhelmed then our elected officials have failed because trying to roll back and reduce the numbers takes a few weeks to have effect. If people want to avoid societal breakdown then follow some simple guidelines. Like TORS said months ago in another thread we're the only species that protects and enables the dumbest among us. Some other countries have avoided the issues we're having because enough of their citizens aren't entitled idiots who can think about others and the larger picture.
  18. The office complex I work in going back to the original stay in place order that went into effect mid-March one of the largest tenants has still had their employees coming in. This company and these employees are not in an essential field. The vast majority of these individuals are not wearing masks or social distancing any time myself or anyone else from my work stops in to grab something. Building management has tried to enforce the mask rule and security gets push back from these individuals. Building management sent a notice that resulted in counsel for this company saying they're going to take care of it and notify the employees. If we have enough people who can't even be bothered to wear a mask when walking into an office building we're fucked because this opening then closing is going to gut a lot of businesses. Also if there's no enforcement of businesses not following the rules there's no point to any of this. If people could do it the right way we could reduce the economic impact and avoid as many major shutdowns. It's crazy to me when I think of what previous generations came together and survived - the great depression, war time economy, etc. and yet we've become so entitled and thinking in the short term that people can't do something as simple as wear masks and avoid large crowds.
  19. Clarification - it's active recreational activity, i.e. not laying out sunbathing. Anyone in the water, swimming, throwing a football, surfing, etc. is allowed. A lot of people bring down boogie boards, footballs and so on but some aren't actually using them that's just their out. Social distancing becomes an issue when the parking lots start getting full, people are in large groups walking to the beach (i.e. the street crossing at the pier in HB) and so on. Locally the beach parking lot is open to 50% capacity right now to reduce the overcrowding but if it gets hot enough or other beaches/outdoor options are closed I could see people coming out to escape the heat or boredom.
  20. If LA or any other county is in danger of running out of hospital or ICU beds then he absolutely should if local leaders aren't doing it. This is a long term play and how fun the holiday weekend is isn't the concern. From what I can find so far OC beaches are set to be open for recreational use only while they've closed LA county beaches. I hope we don't get an influx of people from LA County and inland but it's supposed to be pretty warm which usually means more people going to the beach. I've yet to see HB really crowded at least on the stretch I ride along and most people are social distancing but they haven't been enforcing recreational use only and it will backfire if it gets crowded.
  21. Sorry for your loss. A friends mom ended up in one and didn’t leave. The facility ended up getting sued for their mistakes. Understandably proving they were in the wrong was the most important thing to the friend.