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  1. They're pretty open-ended about what phase 3 entails. The language on the government website is "continue gradual re-opening with appropriate restrictions in place" yadda yadda. I don't think they'll go much further with bars and restaurants, given what a gongshow the U.S. has become with cases. The important thing is childcare/school.
  2. ^ I wonder how it affects their plan to call an election. Depending on who you listen to, they might have been getting close. I've been shocked by how bad McKay's performance in the Conservative leadership race has been. He really might blow it to O'Toole.
  3. Another ethics scandal for Trudeau. What a bonehead. Trudeau’s family members received $283,400 to speak at events hosted by WE Charity We've known the Kielburgers were frauds for a while now; the walls had been closing in on them for at least a year now. And this comes right after Trudeau was forgiven by the voters for the SNC Lavalin affair. I really don't think this stuff clocks with him. He was born into the Laurentian culture in which rich and powerful people do favours for each other, and he's just not able to spot what's wrong with it ethically. This is the opinion of the BQ leader, but I wonder how much Liberal party kingpins think about this. Freeland Should Act As PM While Trudeau Investigated For WE Charity Deal: Blanchet
  4. I'd guess that the virus isn't just ravishing seniors' homes anymore, and is now affecting younger and less vulnerable parts of the population. So the death rate isn't going to be 5-10% anymore. Speaking completely anecdotally, I know that in my city, a lot of people my age and younger (I'm 29) are still gathering in large groups to party like they would any other summer. But I still see seniors wearing masks while they're walking by themselves on the sidewalk.
  5. Texas hospitals are starting to hit 100% capacity https://1010wins.radio.com/articles/abc-news/coronavirus-live-updates-some-texas-hospitals-at-100-capacity
  6. Not Canadian politics, per se -- but this story is just insane. ‘Everybody’s afraid’: How biker gangs and organized crime muscled in on the GTA tow truck industry
  7. ^ We all misdiagnose ourselves. Not just during the pandemic. I too was obsessed with whether I was able to smell certain things for a bit. My boss's husband has no sense of smell or taste as a symptom from a head injury. It takes a lot of joy out of life.
  8. Another reason why comparisons to the common flu aren't apt: this is a NOVEL virus and we still don't know much about it, including what the long-term effects of getting it could be.
  9. What so is radical about wanting to move part some funding in one line item in a city budget (e.g., policing) to other ones? It is a pretty standard exercise, when the item at issue is anything other than policing. It's almost like Biden is running against an impeached president during a period of civil unrest at the mouth of an economic depression.
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    Tennis Thread

    I am really running out of time for Novak Djokovic.
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    Baseball Thread

    Who could have predicted that Manfred would be even worse than Selig. An entire generation is not going to care about baseball.
  12. They've gotten pretty boring, the rallies. I won't lie, in the past I would have given him credit for at least being a good performer, in a BIll Hicks sort of way. But it's gotten really stale. Apparently the ramp bit went on for 15 minutes.
  13. The bits about the ramp and TVs on Air Force One were especially germane to the average American's problems. You are right though. Win or lose, he will wave around the Bible and scream law and order and get about 50% of the vote.
  14. What is happening imo/what many predicted would happen: 1. People say "we are going to have this many cases and deaths if we don't shut down massive segments of the economy and public life now" 2. We shut down massive segments of the economy and public life. 3. Due to #2, the number of cases and deaths is substantially lower than the worst-case-scenario projections. 4. People complain that they've been sold a bill of goods and decide the virus is not that threatening, go back to normal. Florida looks to be completely out of control now. They're now at over 3,000 new cases a day and were around 1,000 a day a week ago. And it's probably more than that, given their reporting guidelines. I don't think it's fair to say the U.S. has given up, but its leadership obviously has.
  15. BDB seems unique in his ability to be hated across all regions of the political spectrum.
  16. To throat clear: I'm not a WHO truther who it's an arm of the Chinese Communist Party or something. It plays a role something in the world has to play. And sure it's reluctant to criticize its members who fund it (like China) like all multinational organizations are (and therein lies an issue with them). But how can they be making mistakes like the "very rare" statement about asymptomatic spread? Don't they have some kind of process to ensure that the statements its spokespeople are making are vetted by experts? We've all read story after story about examples of the virus spreading asymptomatically, and 15-40% doesn't meet any normal person's definition of "very rare." It's just ridiculous on its face. The stakes are too high for these kind of easily preventable mistakes.
  17. It's going to be interesting to see how Mitt Romney ends up being regarded historically, compared to someone like Susan Collins, and to the rest of the GOP during the Trump years in general.
  18. I'm in solidarity with the protesters and I understand the importance of protesting now, but I do also worry about the effects of doing it during a pandemic. The argument against "they're aware of the risks" remains the same as before; getting it yourself puts others at greater risk. I've become skeptical of outdoor spread though. I guess the protests will offer something of an experiment as to how much the virus spreads through large crowds outdoors.
  19. There is probably a small portion of protesters who actually want to live in an anarchist state. To most, defunding the police means examining the root causes of crime and incrementally reallocating parts of police budgets into addressing those issues. It doesn't mean no police tomorrow; it means there are ways of reducing crimes and the need to police them. On a completely cynical level, it's amazing that there isn't even an M.O. to stop proving the protesters right for PR reasons. They know they are being filmed, and they don't care.
  20. In my experience, the people most likely to buy into the "no racism in Canada" meme are liberals and people who live in regions where there are only white people. Shows of racism are very common in the major cities.
  21. ^ lol at the Twitter screen name -- This is terrorism if anyone other than the police does it.
  22. Yes lol. I feel both ways about it. It's annoying seeing sights like that while our numbers were trending in a worrying direction. I get the outrage at people who are making personal exceptions for themselves expecting others to do social distancing for them. At the same time, if you go to the lakefront downtown, the Martin Goodman trail is way more crowded than that, every day/evening, and I don't see anyone shaming those people. We don't even know for a fact if it spreads that much outdoors. I have to think at least some of the outrage at the Trinity-Bellwoods Park people had to do with the fact the people photographed are what people imagine hipsters to look like.
  23. The golfing thing always hits a nerve I've noticed. I could make a long list of things I don't like about Obama. I'm not a Democrat, nor would I be if I were an American, they don't represent my views, and I've probably spent more time in the last year bemoaning the Dem establishment than I have Trump, so I can't really bothered with this. I'm guessing I probably didn't comment on it then because it didn't seem like a constant/obsessive thing with Obama. I'm sure that would clock if you check the logs.
  24. His new thing is a conspiracy theory claiming that a dead political staffer who was married was having an affair, and a cable news host murdered her. He's just horrid. The amount of time he spends watching cable news instead of doing any work would really bother me. All the golfing, too.
  25. 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.
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