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  1. It has really been an experience seeing people depict current events with the language they're using. I've seen more people try and use writing akin to those of writers who throw a thesaurus at everything lately. Yet, it astounds me that so few actually understand what the words mean, or why they're using them. It's also been startling to see how little research is going into comments that people are making. You would think that in the situation of a global pandemic, people would do more research on the thing that's impacting their way of life. "Unprecedented" my foot - and no, no one in this thread used that word. That was a vent. Go eat an Oreo. Anyway, it sounds to me like the worst is yet to come for this whole situation. By that, I don't necessarily mean many more people getting sick - I mean more people who are sick getting worse, and bigger strains on the healthcare system (not just in the U.S. either). The next couple of weeks will be very telling. Iowa's progression has been interesting. We've gone from 9 or so on 17 March to 424 as of 30 March.
  2. Not with me. Overhyped, mediocre, and boring...
  3. I doubt it / hope not. What should happen is businesses should be examining insurance policies to prepare themselves for situations like this. The market is already too saturated with people with degrees and certifications. People need to be taking up trades, not degrees. We have plenty of the latter - too many in fact. Too many people with useless degrees too. As for work from home, I doubt that too. It requires a massive amount of infrastructure improvement that is beyond company control by and large. In addition, workflow for most industry suffers rather than excels during telework and communication. I'd hope so. But I also know that those industries also have a lot of (this isn't the right word, I don't think, but it's all I can think of) entitled individuals. People who believe they should be paid well above their own paygrade, and aren't afraid to mouth off about it. That being said, the self-righteousness of the "customer base" being toned down would hopefully curb that. I don't know for sure. When I was in retail, that's what I was most whiny about in relation to pay. Getting spit on for minimum wage. Remove the spit, I may not have been so crabby. This is politically loaded, unfortunately - but I will say this: Too few people think about small business on the day-to-day. When it comes to legislation, economy relief, insurance, benefits, pay, etc, no one is thinking about those smaller businesses. Ever. Historically speaking, we are likely at the beginning of a five to ten year drop in economic hardship. That's important for a number of reasons, particularly those that I've talked about in previous posts. Economic downturns have strong correlation to an increase in military activities and wars. Keep your eyes on Iran.
  4. Warm and humid today. We had heavy rain and some 'naders too. Now it's just windy and blustery out. If the weather would just be nice out the whole "social distancing" thing wouldn't be so bad.
  5. Welcome aboard. You are not the first here because of the quarantine, and I am sure you will not be the last. For username stuff, see XII's post. Look forward to seeing you around.
  6. It looks pretty enough, but I'm not totally sold on the episodic nature. Ordinarily I wouldn't be opposed, but because I know how Square Enix works...I'll just wait on it. The explanation of controls was a bit off the cuff too, I wasn't too thrilled with that. I dunno, the demo didn't match the hype that I had heard and seen on it.
  7. It depends on your location. New York is absolutely bogged down, but other places are very light. The big problem with U.S. healthcare is price hikes for medication and how policies are written for hospital stays. However, again, the majority of healthcare providers and insurance companies currently have a modified policy on COVID-19. I don't know the specifics, but I know for example in my family (from those who are unemployed to those who have the best coverage) all of them will never see a bill over $100 for COVID-19 related healthcare expenses.
  8. Not entirely. But you aren't totally off point either. Most people who don't have health coverage don't have it for a number of personal reasons. Medicaid coverage is relatively universal and the requirements for it are relatively low. The exemption occurs in the case of felonies and false reporting. In the case of COVID-19, all state plans cover it. The problem is getting the diagnosis.
  9. The new wallet arrived today after it's dad was savagely drowned in water and laundry detergent.
  10. When a boy loves a can of helium very much, he gives it a very special hug..........stop me if you have any questions...
  11. Iran has been force projecting since Q1 FY20. They ramped that up at the beginning of the year and have been sustaining even through the COVID-19 pandemic. How they respond otherwise is new, since the analog for the Middle East would be MERS, not the Spanish Flu - and the data from the MERS pandemic is still incomplete. All of those nations have been impacted by COVID-19. Defense industries operate at a totally different level than the rest of the world. I have always taught on the premise that the Defense sect of any nation generally stands relatively independent from the nation itself. That is, most of them have their own supply chains, their own medical system, their own accountability, and their own means of execution in a crisis that is totally independent of the rest of the nation they serve. You may have noticed that the issues with IS have not subsided, war persists in Afghanistan, and Iran is continuing to ramp up rhetoric against coalition forces in the Middle East. The same is true in North Korea, where it is all but certain that COVID-19 is present, but the use of nuclear-related missile testing persists. To be clear, the Spanish Flu impacted World War I and the inter-war period in massive ways. The first onset of the flu was recorded in Kansas after forces cycled out from the Punitive Expedition. At that time, the emphasis was on a readiness posture in the United States - and therefore news about the flu was limited. By the time the U.S. enters the war, it was effectively dealing with a "contained pandemic" within the Army. Once that unit deployed, the Spanish Flu swept through Europe, and then returned home when soldiers returned to the states. Businesses were shuttered down, stay at home orders were put into place, and a weakening economy was made weaker as a result. The result of this was no power projection due to limitations on finances in the public sector - where most defense originated then (unlike today where it's public, but carries an independent fund across the board). Then shortly after the 1930s and the passing of the flu, certain European nations started to see opportunities to exert themselves to a weakened continent.
  12. One of the things that is being asked of the research community for those of us not in the scientific field is examination of analogs. A lot of us in the History profession were already starting to sound alarms that something was amiss in 2018 - that there was substantial evidence to support economic fallout and potential medical emergencies that were on the near horizon. So now, here we are in 2020. By and large I think that in the current affairs selection of options - most governments are responding about average to these issues. I don't think any "had the number" for anything that's happening though - although, I pose that they could have gotten closer to it if they had paid attention. The next thing to keep an eye out for is downcycling, mobilization, or reformation of force projection by a nation. Iran and North Korea would be where I'd probably be paying the most attention (in that order). We have the roadmap for this current situation, but it is fascinating that so few people are actually reading it.
  13. I keep going back to the My Sherona (My Corona) parody when hearing about it, but I figured the direct approach to titles was better for this. haha. But yes, that's generally the point. Online communities are pretty much the thing that's holding most of the younger generations together right now (and even some of the older, though they're less apprehensive about phone calls). On the job front, it really is an interesting time. There's generally a supply surge in job demand, but few willing to take up the risk with everything that's going on. I'm lucky enough to be right in the comfort slot for most of this finance wise. I did the math today and am still sitting on 370+ hours of leave (keeping in mind I'm emergency essential, so am working from home at regular rate right now), 3 months of pay in savings, and am not encountering any hiccups through DFAS. Again though, that's luck/a blessing. There's plenty of others that have their hands tied right now, and it's a nightmare.

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