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The History Kid

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  1. My inability to write "profiles about yourself" and "about me" continues, I see...

  2. @Wedgy - I'm guessing you're like...Overkill in hours for work. We've been missing you. :[ Unrelated - Well, I may have saved myself an unpleasant time at the range this weekend (if I decide to go). Most of you remember this gal: The other gun that I had purchased before this one came with two loaded magazines. I only ever really used one, so I pretty much had the magazine in the drawer and never thought much of it. Tonight after our chat party, I decided to clean all three guns, and the magazines - check the springs in them too. I decided to get the other magazine out too, since it definitely needed cleaning and the ammo needed to be checked. Glad I did. I would not have enjoyed gambling with that little sucker. If I had to guess, I'd say a dog got ahold of this one (sure as hell wasn't mine!). I've seen plenty of ammo in my time, and I haven't seen many casings chapped up like that. Yikes! That one is going to the bucket on amnesty day. In related news...ammo is dirt cheap right now, and so are accessories. Too bad the accessories available for the 1911's make them look gimmicky and bulky.
  3. That is an Iowan's heaven, and we live there. That's why we always laugh when we hear of people getting "lost" in the corn mazes. You should always emerge with a bunch of bruises too from getting smacked with ears and husks.
  4. You would use MERS or SARS as the analog for it pathologically. Contextually and socially you would use The Spanish Flu (or MERS if in the Middle East, SARS in Asia). A single analog rarely works for all the circumstances. In a chronological sense, COVID-19 fits with the "centurial" outbreaks.
  5. While it impacts many fields, the problem is generally that these "specialists" only represent a single point within the overarching field. They're also being used to cite for or against public health officials, which is absolutely ridiculous. It's important to look at it from a historical perspective to understand how industries and fields are impacted, but when they attempt to act as an authoritative figure, it becomes damaging. Historians had been signaling that an disease pandemic was likely within 15 years as early as 2009 simply based upon the previous centuries worth of data. The 1918 Spanish Flu is the analog most western experts are using for COVID-19. Most eastern researchers are using MERS. The advantage we have with the 1918 Flu is that the data is complete, whereas the MERS pandemic is incomplete due to its relatively recent emergence. That being said, most military historians - myself included - argue that the Spanish Flu was and will continue to be a more impactful event than COVID-19. At least if COVID-19 remains on it's current trend. The reason behind this is largely found in World War I, advancement in medicinal research, advancement in communication, technological advancement, and other socioeconomic factors. Notwithstanding is if we begin to see force buildup in certain regions - Iran is currently the one that most of us are looking at, with North Korea not far behind. COVID-19's outlook could turn identical to or worse than the 1918 Flu in an instant, however it doesn't exhibit signs of that happening any time soon. Ehhhh...yes and no. Archivists are archivists. Historians are broad and diverse. However, those historians are limited by one key thing that supersedes their specific niche: access. If you don't have access, you have no research. Oh, we already have a Hot Tasker and an OPORD for a historical summary. We will likely need to write two. The first one will need to be on our command, since our command is spearheading almost all of the relief efforts for supplies and materiel. The second will likely be an installation and regional history - which is where I'm stalking this thread for information that would be beneficial in compiling that. Thus, a recount in Indiana from one of our members has my attention.
  6. Tribun The epic tale of a really annoyed single Karen who has three daughters she's homeschooling through the virus pandemic of 2026 that turns people into Gilbert Gotfried impersonators. She's here to talk to all of the managers with her triple bun of justice - being the only Karen to not have that cliche looking tapered cut.
  7. What @Seshi failed to say - however - is that they did put up the goofy pinball game today that is a good 10 minute time waster if you're stuck in traffic.
  8. Everyone wants to be a journalist these days. Or be listened to as an expert - when really they're experts in the spread of misinformation (whether purposefully or not). Still...I hadn't considered that - it is amusing to see. Guarantee you that was all Decision 2016 stuff. That's all I'll say, so as to not go political. I would argue that as well, considering that the Crusades persecuted a number of individuals that would have been identified as Protestant Christians. But, that's another thing. The point here is that, yes, you are right - there is a history of this kind of thing. What makes it worse now though, I think, is that people have more widespread access to those incorrect statements and inherently will take that information and run with it. There's so much bad information running around on COVID-19 I'm honestly flabbergasted. I haven't seen this much fop-ah since Hurricane Katrina - maybe even 9/11. We're really only hurting ourselves here at this point. @cowboy - I'm sorry to hear how things have been for you. I read your blog post as well. I might be in touch with you about a few things down the road.
  9. That statement invalidates the definition of unprecedented to begin with though. "Never seen in our lives" is a factual statement, yes. Again, I think people are having fun with words without considering what they actually mean. Our NBC affiliated station just put up a page that has the U.S. maps in iFrames - these are from Johns Hopkins. https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/COVID-19-Tracker-Check-out-the-latest-on-test-results-around-the-country-568857591.html Otherwise, I encourage people to use the tracker provided by the WHO: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd
  10. Outlaw Tar. (Brought to you by Mom's Against Repairing Roads)
  11. 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.
  12. Not with me. Overhyped, mediocre, and boring...
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The new wallet arrived today after it's dad was savagely drowned in water and laundry detergent.
  20. When a boy loves a can of helium very much, he gives it a very special hug..........stop me if you have any questions...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.

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