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  2. In Brisbane I would have long ago. Not sure what the current rules are though. The restaurants and pubs here are packed to the now permitted 10 people.
  3. Today
  4. Not sure what the sentiment is in Australia but here we are thinking of starting to train again; no contact, no yelling, all in masks, a small group (none of whom are really targets) etc. Even so only 20% of the club are even considering it. The rest certainly aren't going out in public, restaurants etc. You can throw all the money in the world at a problem but if the customers actually believe things are serious they ain't spending. Montreal has kind of f*cked up so far (mostly for the old) and I think the risks are actually in most peoples minds. Restaurants etc are probably screwed. Australia I doubt any of you guys even consciously know a person that has had the virus and the media seems fairly self congratulatory so I guess so long as it stays away you might be fine as there is no consumer fear yet.
  5. It does make you question how bad the forecasted economic downturn will actually be? The debt has been ratcheted up for sure - but given the 60 billion underspend maybe it's a V rather than a U after all? If the rally in banks shares this week is indicative then maybe.
  6. I wonder if anyone has pointed out that being fat isn't contagious. Let alone that it seems to be a merkin' birth right. The bit about the preppers is hilarious. Contrarians no doubt.
  7. I'd like a wok but a lot of places we go have electric or induction cook tops. I hate flat bottom woks and electric is not even worth bothering with for a wok in any sense outside of being a funny shaped fry pan. I think I am going to add a grater to my list I bought a cheap one here and do use it at least twice a week and there is no other replacement I can think of for it.
  8. The poor are out spending their stimulus job keeper and seeker payments, et al. A lot of working poor and welfare recipients have had a large jump in income. I had to go to a large shopping Centre in a low so area at 3.30pm yesterday and 9am today. It was like xmas yesterday and at 9 this morning it looked like a busy saturday.
  9. Yesterday
  10. Not yet. Today's update in strategy was to say that it doesn't even kill as many people being fat does. Assuming they mean heart related death (US ~650K p.a.) that means they bloody well skipped cancer (600K) and accidents (170K) as they worked up the list. I think that might be because even the dimmest of them has a sense that 100K deaths in 3 months (currently under counted by about 50% I'd guess based on excess death stats for the leading US states) is actually starting to get close to threatening that number. One of my US'ian friends did point out it was amusing that of all the people to start breaking quarantine it was the preppers. The exact scenario they have been planning for and spending their time and money on and they can't stay inside for a couple of weeks. heh.
  11. Prediction: Queue the revisionists that knew way back when that the country should never have gone into lockdown. That the damage to the economy is due to a lefty conspiracy to achieve one world government. It's time to free the country! They are coming very soon. Once they have opened their own bunkers and ensured their own safety - they will be letting you know what's what.
  12. Yeah pretty much. Then ran home to sh*ttweet about how "Biden looked weak wearing a mask. And isn't it weird that Biden wears a mask in public but not in his basement".
  13. Did he do it in his usual bored monotone? He's usually pissed off when he can't unload on some poor bastard.
  14. You won't get help during a bushfire. But a housing crisis - watch the manna rain down from the heavens...
  15. Last week
  16. Trump did a memorial day speech. He stayed on script throughout. Was weird. 12 mentions of the flag in 12 minutes which feels fairly standard for 'merkin speeches. Focussed largely on dying for the flag. "For as long as our flag flies in the sky above, the names of these fallen warriors will be woven into its threads. For as long as we have citizens willing to follow their example, to carry on their burden, to continue their legacy, then America’s cause will never fail and American freedom will never ever die." Just wish someone had told him he doesn't need to kill off more Americans to make more flags.
  17. If he is actually taking it? I doubt it. He has bought some stocks and hopes to make a profit. Probably. People are now wargaming the options that this creature has for disrupting the elections if it looks like he's going to lose. Refuse to hand over power - delegitimise the results Call a state of emergency to prevent polling booths opening in inner city areas of swing states due to the second wave of infections Postpone or cancel the election Something else He is already threatening to withhold federal funding to states which expand postal voting! This sort of conspiracy used to be outside of my own credulity. It couldn't happen. Until it could.
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  19. Aussies are rugged and hardy people. We can handle any natural disaster, hardship or challenge, be it cyclones, drought, bushfires or pandemics - and we can face every enemy in world wars with grit, determination, and bravery. We are as tough as anything! But if property values are threatened....
  20. Free granny flat anyone?
  21. Watch the video in the link. Trump is just entertaining.
  22. Everyone has their handout for a hand out ATM. I'm going to give a swift kick in the Kant to the next company I see panhandling.
  23. No one tell them how the flu numbers they were using as a comparison a few months back are calculated From what I have read some epidemiologists consider the "1 in 1000" death rate over the entire populace to be a psychological threshold where it becomes personal. Like most people sort of know enough people that one of them will die in that level of death rate. That is what NY and NJ got to. I'd argue those two states have had a downward trend in daily deaths for about about a month: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Louisiana are the next 3 by deaths / million. 9/8/500 respectively. I'd argue those three states have had a fairly constant death rate for the past month. I suspect the reopening in MY/NJ will be fairly minor as people just don't go out. The other states it won't have become personal and people will go out and the spread stands a chance of spiking again with about a 2 week cases spike and a 3 or 4 week death spike. Canada has requested that the border remains closed. Trump wanted to send troops to the border a few weeks back so I am sure we will be allowed to
  24. Bingo! Faced with an appalling US coronavirus death toll, the right denies the figures
  25. Everyone has their handout for a hand out ATM. I'm going to give a swift kick in the Kant to the next company I see panhandling.
  26. Dire predictions from CBA under a worst case scenario. 30 percent drop in house prices I always wonder whether these articles a more of a call to government for an assistance package than anything else?
  27. I’d have to have a wok. It steams, bbqs, fry’s, deep fry’s and if you strap it to your back it acts as a shield. If David Carradine didn’t carry one he should have.
  28. My google map says I have not left the house in over a month! As a result of getting close to caught out by this event (we are in an airbnb and they usually have assorted cooking items and I bought a few things before the lockdown started) I have decided to make a travelling cooking kit. So far I have: One santoku style cheap knife with a self sharpening sheath A vege cutter thing, sort of like a manual blender A bamboo chopping board A teaspoon Salt and Pepper grinder (and a reminder in my calendar to fill them before flying anywhere) A thermometer Anyone have ideas which would be useful, lightweight and almost certainly not available or not good enough when travelling? I did get some collapsible measuring spoons but I haven't used them so I figure they are pointless to carry.
  29. There's now loads of talk about a reopening of everything. My own workplace has just spent a fortune on a complete office refurbishment. The whole refurb was to encourage hot desking and limiting the work space to a much smaller footprint in cube world than I currently enjoy. Smaller desks, smaller cubes. More open plan. No blame attached. This design was in play way before this malarky. But it does pose an extra challenge in terms of returning to "work from work". There's no way that everybody can go back at once. Even queues for the lifts would expose weaknesses in the whole social distancing requirements. At some point though - the leap has to be made. I guess we're in a better position than the US as the hiatus has been used to strengthen the ICU responses and other sensible measures. All around me people seem to be accepting of this. Personally, I never want to go back. I think I get more done at home.
  30. I don't have a doubt that USA people would believe that. Stupid and insular.
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