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Dale last won the day on April 27 2013

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  1. It’s okay, we can talk. Is North Carolina here in the room with us ? Is Mike Pence putting Covid on you ? On topic, there is no such thing as a virus that destroys more livelihoods, in eight weeks, than the Great Depression destroyed in four years. Not by itself. Not without help. Not without a full-throated, furious and unrelenting campaign to frighten Americans into supine obeisance. The virus was sold to us as a once-in-lifetime uniquely pernicious killer plague. Really ? What killer plague worth its salt needs 90 year old diabetics to rack up numbers ? But thanks for running interference for the Department of Pandemia. Your $1,200 check is in the mail.
  2. Sorry, cycles come and go. And there was nothing in the fundamentals that had doomsayers staring into a dark impending abyss. When AIDS hit, C Everett Coop had 100 million dying by 2000 without a vaccine. There were Jeremiads about the extinction of humanity. No wholesale panic. No lockdowns. Life went on. 8,000 Americans die every day. And viruses come and go. But I predict that historians are going to look back on our time as The Great Hysteria.
  3. Just a minor point, but I find myself increasingly irritated with this seeming refusal to differentiate between the virus, and the reaction to the virus, as the cause of the lightening-swift and thoroughgoing demolition of the economy.
  4. Confirmed: virtue signal received. What is truly vile is your cower-in-place advocacy which effects will almost certainly kill more than the virus. Don’t like my numbers ? Wait until we see your numbers! Pennsylvania ... More COVID deaths over age 100 than under age 45. More COVID deaths over age 95 than under age 60. More Covid deaths over age 85 than under age 80. Rationale: have to destroy economy to save Grandma. Result: destroyed economy AND killed Grandma.
  5. Had we done nothing, I mean NOTHING, each American might have lost 2 to 5 days of life, on average, would still have their jobs and 401k’s and not beholden to the modern day equivalent of duck-and-cover drills. That would have put people like me 2 to 5 days closer to heaven with Pandemians losing just 2 to 5 days of knowing what’s best for others. Of your ‘success stories’, Germany is likely to pay a heavy price for its lockdowns. Oh, and Brave New World: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/08/health/germany-south-korea-easing-coronavirus-measures-intl/index.html
  6. I’d love to have UCF in the SEC. But UCF fans would have to adjust to getting beaten up and losing 4 to 5 games a year.
  7. Historians will look back on this as The Great Hysteria.
  8. While on the subject, to accentuate: Federal Reserve says that 40% of households earning less than $40,000 lost their jobs in March.
  9. Well, we already know the lockdowns are exacerbating said inequalities.
  10. Very sad. And mark well: this isn’t the result of the virus, but rather the reaction to the virus.
  11. We nuked our cities for a bug problem.
  12. Hearkens back to the Atlantic’s “Death of a Once Great City.” There, NYC was in view. But these days I’m hard-pressed to think of a truly ascendant American city. Maybe when the dust clears a Houston or Dallas will lead the way.
  13. Notice how the goalposts have changed. We were asked to take a knee, so as to spare the healthcare system. We did that. Hospitals were never close to being overwhelmed. And this not due to destroying the economy. Lockdowns were affected after cases began to drop. Now we’re commanded to cower in place so we can ramp up testing. And testing centers are closing, likely because the lockdown strategy has killed off the frail elderly and so few are sick. Now they’ve cancelled Oktoberfest. Isn’t that in October ?
  14. We’re WAY past the hump, but are holding on to hope. Fully three weeks ago be like: Virus: “Watch me, I’m bell-curving.” Dept of Pandemia: “No you’re not, we’re stopping you!”
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