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  1. Yes, as I've probably said before, it's mostly academic as to whether most businesses are forced to be closed. It's very hard to create a market for things like restaurants during a pandemic. Especially in regions where people take health seriously. Businesses generally can't operate with 50% of their regular revenue. There's also this: I still buy into the theory that the strain of the virus that came to New York through Europe is more contagious or causes more severe illnesses than the one that spread through Asia and then to the West Coast in North America. I don't know anything about how viruses mutate, but it seems to clock with the data.
  2. If you want to demonstrate that countries can handle the virus more or less successfully without shutting down their economies, at least use Japan. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-22/did-japan-just-beat-the-virus-without-lockdowns-or-mass-testing
  3. They sort of backpedaled on this statement because they still want people to take the precautions, but some epidemiologists who do media have been expressing this general sentiment for months: distancing yourself from others in public does much more to protect you from the virus than disinfecting your groceries and washing your hands constantly does. You're more likely to get it from someone else's mouth indoors than you are from touching a surface and then touching your face.
  4. Sweden's deaths are actually skyrocketting relative to its neighbors in Europe. Norway - 235 Denmark - 561 Finland - 306 Sweden - 3,925 I love seeing the right wing hold up Sweden as a bastion of freedom and rugged individualism. But I guess if you want a prime example of a place that, when faced with a decision of economy vs protecting the vulnerable, straight up chose the economy, it's Sweden. Canada's death rate is very high because such a high share of its cases have been in senior/long-term care homes. It basically gets in through a visitor or staff member, infects all the seniors in the building, and kills several of them. Community spread is relatively low. (Ironically, it's believed a lot of the infections in these homes were caused by snowbirds coming back from Florida who returned home and immediately rushed to visit their friends/relatives in these homes.) We still need more data, but I think a reason many of these southern states haven't been completely ravished like many thought they would is because warm weather plays at least something of a factor in slowing spread. Also, people assume a place (eg Florida) is going to explode with cases when they see photos of hoards of people on the beach. We still don't know for sure, but it looks like your odds of contracting it outside are actually quite low. From that I think we can deduce that things like closing down parks probably isn't necessary.
  5. This plan is probably going to barely be approved by the NHLPA 31-player committee, and this will be the the bracket. (The NHLPA got 18/31 votes; apparently some teams, including the Penguins, are furious.) Technically, it's not a 24-team playoff. The top four teams in each conference are in the playoffs; the other 16 teams play in a play-in round for the last eight spots. Overall thoughts: - They had to do 24 or 20 teams for the math to work, and I guess they chose 24 because more teams = more fans watching = more money. - This means Montreal and Chicago are in the play-in, which is ridiculous. Neither of those teams have any business being involved in this (or the Rangers, frankly). Mathematically, they had no grounds to argue they'd been unfairly excluded, if they'd been excluded. Hell, if it were me, you go by points %, games played is evened out, anyone not in the playoffs is out. Sorry, you had 7/8ths of a season to get into the playoffs. - Montreal had a 0.5% chance at making the playoffs when the season was paused. Now, they have a near 50% shot and winning a 5-game play-in that will probably look like exhibition games. - This is an advantage to the "top eight" who now have a chance at playing an even weaker (should be non-playoff) team in the first round. - It's hugely unfair to teams like Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Edmonton, who were basically guaranteed to make the playoffs. Now they're at about a 50% chance because Montreal and Chicago needed to be allowed to have chance. - At the end of the day, it's a fake cup so who really cares. The Canucks are probably playing Minnesota in the first round. They were a very good team since they fired Boudreau, but they're still sort of mediocre and one of the oldest teams in the league. It would probably be a toss-up like most of these play-in series. That's good that they're not terribly lethal for humans. I read a Globe article about them that made them sound very scary. There might be UFOs now too. It is very hot in Toronto and now I suddenly miss the crappy weather. I badly need AC.
  6. We haven't had snow in a week. It was 16 degrees today! Hopefully we have seen the last of winter but you never know in this region. There is no spring, it just goes from winter to summer. It would be something to watch, I guess, but it wouldn't be a real Stanley Cup for whatever team wins this tournament/playoff thing. Apparently now, the NHL is willing to scrap the rest of the regular season and do a 24-team playoff, but a lot of GMs are mad that teams like Chicago and Montreal, who are bad teams, will get to play in play-in series against significantly better teams. Outside of 2011, my happiest playoff moment was when the Canucks beat the Blues in Game 7 in 2003. The most depressing was when they lost the 2nd round series that year to the Wild after leading the series 3-1 and had a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period in Game 7. The Canucks all-time team wasn't that impressive. It was probably tied with Winnipeg's for 2nd-worst in Canada after Ottawa. Montreal obviously had the best, Edmonton was 2nd. Calgary and Toronto would probably be tied for 3rd. I didn't read too much into the Murder Hornets. I read the first paragraph of an article and was like, No, not now.
  7. It varies by state and pharmacy board, but generally, yes. They can more vaccinations than they can here. Generally, the United States is better at letting pharmacists use their degrees instead of just having them count pills. Finding a vaccine, producing enough for everyone, and getting everyone to want to get one are three different things. My guess is that it won't be free in the United States. And from what I understand, we don't even know if we can develop vaccines for coronaviruses, or if we'd need to develop one every year as the virus mutates. People talk like we'll certainly have one in a year and then we can wrap er up.
  8. This is probably the funniest thing from the pandemic so far
  9. I can't think of a state Harris would help Biden win that he wouldn't win without her.
  10. I'm hoping to be able to go outside soon. It snowed yesterday... Also, I don't know if they still are, but police were warning people for sitting in parks, even if they weren't near others. It's stupid. Bettman's bubble concept is kind of ridiculous. Do they really think they can pull something like that off? I don't. I don't think the Gare Bear's opinion is that positive tests should shut the whole thing down, even though that's what public health experts say. And I don't think players will want to leave their wives and kids for that long. Teenager me was depressed for like a week after the 2004 Game 7. I might have gone to bed crying. The all-time rosters for all the Canadian teams that TSN is doing is pretty cool. Vancouver's is tomorrow; they've already announced the other six team's. It's an interesting project, though I definitely don't agree with the WHA and the Winnipeg franchise that moved to Arizona and the current Jets/Thrashers franchise being mashed into one.
  11. It snowed and hailed yesterday, May 9. There basically isn't a spring where I live.
  12. I don't really buy that citizens in different parts of the country are doing a better job than others. Most people everywhere don't want to get the virus, and everywhere has some people who think this is all overblown and stupid. It's just population density. When I go out in the city, most people try to stay away from me. There's just so many people and so little room on the sidewalk or the grocery aisle. British Columbia is getting a lot of credit for flattening its curve quickly, given that it got the first cases and looked like it was going to be Canada's hotspot. Though the theory that the mutated version of the virus that came to the East Coast through Europe is more contagious or severe than the one that went to the Pacific Coast directly from China seems plausible.
  13. The government's handling of the coronavirus has been ok. Basically competent. If had to give it a pass or fail grade, I guess it would be pass. It hasn't been nearly as good as many think because Trudeau is being graded on the Trump curve, as usual. The economic response was typically Liberal, wonky for the sake of being wonky. It seems to have helped the middle class and people in the service sector. Not so much the poor and vulnerable. They had CERB money going out fast, but when they announced the Emergency Wage Subsidy, the people who were better off with that had to give the CERB money back before they could get the CEWS (again, overly wonky). The daily Trudeau briefings are a bit ridiculous. The situation in long-term care homes is a scandal. I guess technically that's more on the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments though. I don't know about the Conservatives. The opposition in general was right to deny Trudeau's attempted power grab. The leadership race is another story. To the extent that anyone is paying attention, it's just devolved into an utter tire fire.
  14. People who continued travelling into March, then returned during a full-blown pandemic and immediately rushed to long-term care homes to visit relatives, had a devastating effect on those homes. You had to expect people would keep leaving for vacation if the government was saying it's ok, I guess. If we're taking inventory for next time, the handling of people re-entering their home countries needs to be different.
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    Netflix Thread

    I finished season three of Ozark. The performances and production are very high quality and consistent throughout the series. It's really cartoony with regards to how cartels and organized crime work, but it's a very fun watch once you get past that.
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