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  1. If Hillary was the most toxically unelectable candidate the Democrats could put up in 2016, Biden is the least inspiring candidate by light years. He has no platform, rambles incoherently when off-script, and the high point of his political career was winning the golden ticket to be Obama's life insurance policy. The increasingly clear outcome of Biden waltzing into the White House with all of Congress in the bag will be a much more definitive indictment on Trump's administration than any of his policy failures--real or imagined. Related, my wife had the VP debate on for some bizarre reas
  2. The local media was eating this whole circus up the entire time. But they didn't quote the best part of the entire thing: https://www.katc.com/news/lafayette-parish/community-activists-gather-in-downtown-lafayette-nfac-march-planned-today It was, by all accounts a complete farce. The local NAACP apparently was jockeying for position with NFAC to see whose banner would be up in front of the march, and the local "Village Voice" community group was shouting down the parish government's Minority Affairs representative calling him a liar, and also making sure they
  3. True, but it's more the issue of the fact that the media only mobilizes to do a massive push to register voters when they really, really, really, really want an election to go a certain way. And the vague language they use is such an obvious dogwhistle to vote Democrat (There's so much at stake this election! Your voice needs to be heard!) it hurts my ears.
  4. Exactly. Remember kids, it's only cool to vote if you're voting for a Democrat; otherwise stay home!
  5. I for one appreciate the huge push to register voters. If only the same sort of civic duty would come around every election and not just ones where Democrats are not incumbents.
  6. Peter Hart's MIlitary History podcast just did an episode on the French at Gallipoli. I've got a massive tome on Gallipoli by Peter Fitzsimons I need to read eventually.
  7. I like the modern feel, but the colours need to get back to that good old OD green. All in good time though. Tip of the hat to SSnake, T19, and everyone else who's given this Grate Sight(tm) a Mid-Life Upgrade!
  8. Stealing Jeff's line here. From Is it Real, or is it the Babylon Bee... "A backyard with a big lawn is like a classroom for colonialism and environmental hostility."
  9. Our district has changed their mind so much in the past 3 weeks it's become a bit of a joke. We were going to start on the 13th, then the 17th, and now after Labor Day after teachers reported for their first day and everyone realized there was no way we would be ready for students on the 17th. Everyone was going to go to school on alternating days, then Grades K-5 were going to go everyday while 6-12 went alternating days, now 1-5 goes every other day for a week and then when Kindergarten starts they all go everyday. Apparently their logic is based on the availability of hospital beds in town,
  10. Keep records for each kid and use relative change to trigger the red card. Hope that the error is in the absolute accuracy, not relative measurements. You get the boot automatically if your temperature is at 100.4 F (38 C) and are required to go home. Though there is some confusion over what happens. Do you stay at home for 14 days? Do you automatically get tested (on your own dime, natch)? If you don't have a fever in the morning do you come back the next day? Of course, the local school board dug in its heels about starting school because they said it wasn't necessary until teachers sta
  11. We've got it solved. We're taking temperatures twice a day so we'll catch all those with symptoms. Our highly accurate thermometers spent the previous week saying my body temperature was somewhere between 91-94 degrees (33-35 C) each day. sighs
  12. According to FOX, Florida's mail in system is pretty good. New York's - not so much. The problem of USPS performance still remains, though. Even if the state election system works properly, snailmail has been jacked for years now and is really bad during the quarantine. A local post office where I have a PO box lost a package within the back room. Is it still in the building? Was it thrown away? Was it delivered to the wrong person? They have no idea. I lose possibly 20% of 1st class mail to my PO box, and possibly 50% of 1st class mail to my street address. Ironically, they are 100% on
  13. From: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=mask+covid The first five peer-reviewed papers (Comments of interest in bold and red) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32355904/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7186508/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7210459/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7177146/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32532940/
  14. It's about doubling the layers of protection to reduce the chance of someone spreading the virus unknowingly. While social distancing works well, sometimes you're in environments where it can't be helped (Checkout line at a grocery store) or in a place with lots of people moving about so there's a lot of droplets in the air. Despite what the media reported last week, there isn't much of a debate of how COVID-19 is spread. The virus particles don't wander out on their own, but rather are floating in respiratory droplets, so the key is reducing the amount of respiratory droplets being freely rel
  15. Breathing releases respiratory droplets carrying the virus in asymptomatic folks who are virus shedding (infectious). Coughing only increases the range of infection in line with the Wells Curve, as coughing doesn't make larger particles but rather propels them further.
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