Non-IT News Thread



  • @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Grey said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender I hope no one in your family or circle gets sick or dies. Many people out there will not understand the severity of this issue until anyone near them is dead, and when you figure out that this is preventable, that leadership failed for months, that Dear Leader continues to shift blame and not assert any kind of direction, but your friend is still dead, imagine what you'll think then? Will you attend the funeral through Zoom or FaceTime?

    We give people shit all the time for not knowing how to right click, read what the error message was before clicking ok, or shutting a PC off when it's doing updates and says not to do that. Right now, our doctors, the CDC, the WHO and everyone out there in a scientific job -- the SysAdmins for biology --, are telling us to stay home, to wear masks, to wash your hands, to not gather indoors, and people are doing it. They're probably the same people that can't right click. Listen to the SysAdmins.

    I'm not looking for anyone to die either - at the same time - how long are you willing to lock down? If you're a person who works for a living at a restaurant/movie theater/amusement park and are basically now unemployed - what is your proposal?

    I'm more or less OK with wearing masks for a while, I don't know about indefinitely.

    As for attending a funeral - I've missed several already - I almost missed my own mothers (like that was ever going to happen in reality). But we did have a zoom funeral for my mother for those who couldn't attend.

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    You realize that when there was a stay-at-home order, the numbers peaked and then dropped. Now that everyone is tired of it, you want to get out and ignore it, like watching an episode of the apprentice where you're bored after 20 seconds.

    Oh, Essential workers? During the stay at home orders, essential workers finally learned they were essential. If they really were all along, they needed things like healthcare, a living wage, and respect from the Karens of the world who just want to talk to managers. So, if they're essential, treat them as such. Put them on Tricare, medicare, or use the ACA to give them free, state-based healthcare. MAGAs will argue, "but that's socialism!" and so is the social security retirement program, which is now seen as an entitlement. It has social in the title, ffs. Further, if people were paid appropriately, then unemployment wouldn't be as impactful. Allowing people to get out of the "living paycheck to paycheck" rut grants them the opportunity to save and -- hold your shit here -- spend more, as well as buy houses, invest in their retirement, and --oh shit-- make the economy stronger. Plus, an unemployment insurance payout would be higher (OMG another social program).

    What the fuck has this president done? Cut healthcare, create a trade war (increasing prices for consumers), institute and strengthen immigration concentration camps, ignore a pandemic, failed to lead, and on, and on. The 'me first' attitude, which you are also representing, is why this country is failing.

    I'm sorry you've lost people. I really am. I apologize for the assumption that you were insulated. Many people are, and they exhibit the same attitudes.

    Lockdown needs to go on, needs to be observed, and it needs enforcement until the infrastructure can support reopening. Right now, Texas is overwhelmed. How long until Florida is? What happens when people are shunted to other locations? Look at how Italy handled the virus and you'll see that it's entirely possible to survive with a stay-at-home order. More will die without it.

    As to masks, here's a doctor. Don't listen to me!
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    https://twitter.com/marklewismd/status/1275953520248668160

    Let me fucking close this non-starter of a discussion that I'm tired of reading about by saying: WEAR YOUR FUCKING MASK. It is literally making America an embarrassment to the world.

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  • @Grey Yeah I hear ya and don't disagree. They called me an essential worker too, I prefer to call it expendable.



  • @jmoore said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Grey Yeah I hear ya and don't disagree. They called me an essential worker too, I prefer to call it expendable.

    I'm Grey, and thank you for attending my Ted Talk. 😃



  • @Grey said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @jmoore said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Grey Yeah I hear ya and don't disagree. They called me an essential worker too, I prefer to call it expendable.

    I'm Grey, and thank you for attending my Ted Talk. 😃

    I may not agree with everything in your post but this was a great response. 🙂



  • Coronavirus: US hits record high in daily cases

    The United States recorded an all-time daily high of 40,000 coronavirus infections on Thursday, figures from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) show.
    A recent surge in infections and hospitalisations has prompted the states of Texas, Florida and Arizona to pause reopening plans. Texas's governor ordered bars to close and announced other "targeted measures" on Friday to bring infections down. Florida announced it was suspending alcohol consumption at its bars. JHU's previous high of 36,400 was on 24 April when less testing took place. The US has 2.4 million confirmed infections and 122,370 deaths - more than any other country. While some of the increase in daily cases recorded is down to increased testing, the rate of positive tests in some areas is also increasing.



  • 10+ day incubation is the real problem

    Americans are too fucking stupid to do math.



  • St. Louis mayor doxxes those writing proposals that do not agree with her political stance.

    https://www.change.org/p/mayor-lyda-krewson-demand-the-resignation-of-mayor-lyda-krewson



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    It's like Europeans coming to the Americas. They had absolutely no idea that their diseases would spread like crazy and kill most people.

    I read somewhere that once they learned of this, they used it as a weapon and purposely infected the natives.



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    10+ day incubation is the real problem

    Americans are too fucking stupid to do math.

    Also, I am sure that the ridiculous amount of testing going on is highly contributing to the increased number of cases. I have seen so many videos of many hundreds of people gathered closely together waiting in line to be tested. Surely if they all weren't infected when they arrived, the sure went home infected.



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    I am sure that the ridiculous amount of testing going on is highly contributing to the increased number of cases.

    Are you fucking stupid?

    People stating the increased testing is why there is increased cases are intentionally ignoring reality.

    I have always hated the blanket case number reporting, because that honestly doesn't matter.

    What matters is positivity rate over time of those tests and availability of hospital beds.



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    I am sure that the ridiculous amount of testing going on is highly contributing to the increased number of cases.

    Are you fucking stupid?

    People stating the increased testing is why there is increased cases are intentionally ignoring reality.

    I have always hated the blanket case number reporting, because that honestly doesn't matter.

    What matters is positivity rate over time of those tests and availability of hospital beds.

    Certainly not as fucking stupid as your stupid fucking ass.

    How the hell can you sit there and tell me a large gathering of hundreds or more of people and one after another nobody wearing gloves or masks aren't contributing to the spread?

    Like in this example:

    https://twitter.com/alexdstuckey/status/1276653523636273152?s=19



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    How the hell can you sit there and tell me a large gathering of hundreds or more of people and one after another nobody wearing gloves or masks aren't contributing to the spread?

    I didn’t quote and comment on that did I?



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    What matters is positivity rate over time of those tests and availability of hospital beds.

    Agreed - neither of which did I ever hear any reporting about until the second half of last week - and it was only the availability of beds, not the rate over time - just reporting pure numbers.

    So the media is still cherry picking what to report to get the most clicks.

    Now do I believe the infection rate is going up? of course I do, people are people - as lock down lifts, people want to get back to normal - and infection rates will and have risen.



  • Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

    The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded.
    Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea. The EU is ready to add China if the Chinese government offers a reciprocal deal for EU travellers, diplomats say. EU border controls have been lifted for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc. Rules for UK travellers are covered separately in the Brexit negotiations. UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. Therefore, during that time UK nationals and their family members are exempt from the temporary travel restriction. On the current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.



  • Coronavirus: US officials warn 'this is just the beginning'

    Health officials across the US have expressed growing concern about the nation's ability and willingness to slow or end the coronavirus pandemic.
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said on Monday the US has "way too much virus" to control. It comes as top US disease expert Anthony Fauci, who is due to testify to Congress, says an "alarmingly large" number of Americans are "anti-science". Many US states have paused reopenings as their infection caseloads balloon. On Tuesday, cases rose by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days. The surge - which is occurring particularly strongly in southern and western states - has forced at least 16 states to pause or reverse their reopening plans, according to CNN. For some the new measures come over a month after they first began to reopen their economies.



  • A potentially deadly weather pattern is setting up across the central US

    Extreme temperatures coupled with high humidity flowing from the Gulf of Mexico have set the stage for life-threatening heat in parts of the central and southern US.
    Texas and Oklahoma are no strangers to excessive heat in the heart of summer and, a little over 10 days into the season, the region is bracing for stifling heat through the upcoming holiday weekend.
    Temperatures are set to feel hotter in Dallas,Texas, than in Death Valley, California. Earlier in the week, parts of Texas registered the ultimate mark of oppressive warmth. Some cities including San Antonio, Lufkin and Victoria set records for hot low temperatures, with some failing to dip below 80 degrees even in the overnight hours.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    A potentially deadly weather pattern is setting up across the central US

    Extreme temperatures coupled with high humidity flowing from the Gulf of Mexico have set the stage for life-threatening heat in parts of the central and southern US.
    Texas and Oklahoma are no strangers to excessive heat in the heart of summer and, a little over 10 days into the season, the region is bracing for stifling heat through the upcoming holiday weekend.
    Temperatures are set to feel hotter in Dallas,Texas, than in Death Valley, California. Earlier in the week, parts of Texas registered the ultimate mark of oppressive warmth. Some cities including San Antonio, Lufkin and Victoria set records for hot low temperatures, with some failing to dip below 80 degrees even in the overnight hours.

    This is no lie, damn it was miserable outside this afternoon.



  • @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    This is no lie, damn it was miserable outside this afternoon.

    Yeah it's going to be low 90's here today. Going to be trying to keep things nice and cool inside while trying to avoid needing the AC.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    A potentially deadly weather pattern is setting up across the central US

    Extreme temperatures coupled with high humidity flowing from the Gulf of Mexico have set the stage for life-threatening heat in parts of the central and southern US.
    Texas and Oklahoma are no strangers to excessive heat in the heart of summer and, a little over 10 days into the season, the region is bracing for stifling heat through the upcoming holiday weekend.
    Temperatures are set to feel hotter in Dallas,Texas, than in Death Valley, California. Earlier in the week, parts of Texas registered the ultimate mark of oppressive warmth. Some cities including San Antonio, Lufkin and Victoria set records for hot low temperatures, with some failing to dip below 80 degrees even in the overnight hours.

    goddamnit, 2020. So help me, if the elections go badly in Nov, I'm signing up for a Mars 1-way ticket.



  • Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

    A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated", says the National Crime Agency.
    The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK's "biggest and most significant" law enforcement operation. Major crime figures were among over 800 Europe-wide arrests after messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded. More than two tonnes of drugs, several dozen guns and £54m in suspect cash have been seized, says the NCA. While the NCA was part of the investigation, it was initiated and led by French and Dutch police, and also involved Europol - the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation. Wil van Gemert, deputy executive director of Europol, told a press conference in the Hague that the hacking of the network had allowed the "disruption of criminal activities including violent attacks, corruption, attempted murders and large-scale drug transports".



  • @Grey said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    A potentially deadly weather pattern is setting up across the central US

    Extreme temperatures coupled with high humidity flowing from the Gulf of Mexico have set the stage for life-threatening heat in parts of the central and southern US.
    Texas and Oklahoma are no strangers to excessive heat in the heart of summer and, a little over 10 days into the season, the region is bracing for stifling heat through the upcoming holiday weekend.
    Temperatures are set to feel hotter in Dallas,Texas, than in Death Valley, California. Earlier in the week, parts of Texas registered the ultimate mark of oppressive warmth. Some cities including San Antonio, Lufkin and Victoria set records for hot low temperatures, with some failing to dip below 80 degrees even in the overnight hours.

    goddamnit, 2020. So help me, if the elections go badly in Nov, I'm signing up for a Mars 1-way ticket.

    What are our choices, really? Crazy or memory has failed, our choice 😠



  • @Grey said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    A potentially deadly weather pattern is setting up across the central US

    Extreme temperatures coupled with high humidity flowing from the Gulf of Mexico have set the stage for life-threatening heat in parts of the central and southern US.
    Texas and Oklahoma are no strangers to excessive heat in the heart of summer and, a little over 10 days into the season, the region is bracing for stifling heat through the upcoming holiday weekend.
    Temperatures are set to feel hotter in Dallas,Texas, than in Death Valley, California. Earlier in the week, parts of Texas registered the ultimate mark of oppressive warmth. Some cities including San Antonio, Lufkin and Victoria set records for hot low temperatures, with some failing to dip below 80 degrees even in the overnight hours.

    goddamnit, 2020. So help me, if the elections go badly in Nov, I'm signing up for a Mars 1-way ticket.

    There's no option other than going badly, so go ahead and get that pre-registration going lol.



  • Coronavirus: Texas governor mandates wearing of face masks

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that all Texans don face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases.
    Texas has seen a surge of hospital admissions in recent days, hitting a record high of more than 8,000 virus cases in a single day on Wednesday. "Wearing a face covering will help us to keep Texas open for business," Mr Abbott said, announcing the order. After an initial warning, those who refuse will face a fine up to $250. Texas was at the forefront of states loosening lockdown measures that were meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Mr Abbott allowed his initial stay home order to lapse on 30 April, with almost all businesses operating to at least 50% capacity by early June.



  • @mlnews same governor who said to disregard any of his orders that regard public safety.

    For real, he actually said it.



  • Mount Rushmore: Trump hosts 4 July celebration event amid criticism

    US President Donald Trump is presiding over an event to mark 4 July celebrations at Mount Rushmore, despite concerns over coronavirus.
    In a speech at the South Dakota landmark, he said it would "stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom". "This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced," he told a cheering crowd. Mount Rushmore features the carved faces of four US presidents. Activists have long taken issue with the monument, which was created on land sacred to the Sioux tribe. Two of the former presidents depicted - George Washington and Thomas Jefferson - were slave-owners.



  • Two counties in south TX requesting shelter in place as COVID puts medical care over capacity...

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/04/us/texas-hospitals-coronavirus/index.html



  • Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over 'interference'

    China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new national security law, as one pro-democracy campaigner begged for international support.
    Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK's offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to "gross interference". The offer came after Beijing brought in the controversial and sweeping new law. Opponents say it erodes the territory's freedoms as a semi-autonomous region. Activist Joshua Wong had earlier called for more support, asking his fellow Hong Kongers and the wider world not to "kowtow" to Beijing.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over 'interference'

    China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new national security law, as one pro-democracy campaigner begged for international support.
    Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK's offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to "gross interference". The offer came after Beijing brought in the controversial and sweeping new law. Opponents say it erodes the territory's freedoms as a semi-autonomous region. Activist Joshua Wong had earlier called for more support, asking his fellow Hong Kongers and the wider world not to "kowtow" to Beijing.

    technically, because there is a treaty, it's China interfering with the UK.





  • RIP Ennio Morricone, one of my favorite composers.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/movies/ennio-morricone-dead.html


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