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FFA Demos / Re: Waterhumping
« on: May 04, 2020, 05:41:07 PM »

Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:56:56 AM »
Keep in mind, influenza and pneumonia death numbers have remained typical throughout 2020.

Those are also estimates (flu deaths), whereas deaths from Covid-19 are much more precisely counted (comparatively):

The 25,000 to 69,000 numbers that Trump cited do not represent counted flu deaths per year; they are estimates that the CDC produces by multiplying the number of flu death counts reported by various coefficients produced through complicated algorithms. These coefficients are based on assumptions of how many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths they believe went unreported. In the last six flu seasons, the CDC’s reported number of actual confirmed flu deaths—that is, counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620, which far lower than the numbers commonly repeated by public officials and even public health experts.

Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:18:30 AM »
It must also be kept in mind that we know for a fact that the death numbers are padded and highly inaccurate (to what degree they've been overestimated we may never know).

That doesn't seem true. Take this for example:

"U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported, C.D.C. Data Suggests"

I feel you on the needing a laptop thing. I can't imagine typing a post as big as yours on a cellphone keyboard.

/dev/random / Re: Whatcha listening to?
« on: May 01, 2020, 06:43:10 AM »  ;)

I finally listened to the original version of this (the live cover performed for Sirius radio). Man, did they not listen to it first before agreeing to release it? Sooooo bad.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:05:27 AM »
I was joking haha. If he's anything like a couple years ago, he was notorious for playing on a laptop getting 30 fps with no headphones. Couple that with alcohol and there ya have it.

When I was playing still I was beating him very frequently, and it was obvious he wasnt working with much. Maybe it's changed, maybe not.

Wrong thread?

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 28, 2020, 04:18:33 PM »
I like Tulsi a lot, and from my understanding she just didn't get enough votes in the primaries to stick around. That stinks, but what can you do?

Oh, and I do think Tulsi is pretty attractive (though Focalor is correct that she does have some pretty bad acne scars). The standards for what constitutes a hot politician aren't quite the same as who I'd follow on Instagram though. I think AOC is kinda hot too.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 28, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »


If this opened the door for Bernie to sweep in and take over the Democratic party nod, I'd be quite pleased. I feel like that's a pipe dream though. I hope if more people come out to corroborate this woman's story that that'll put pressure on Biden to skedaddle.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:34:16 PM »
Here I am attempting to wield a power that is far too great for me to control:

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:30:15 PM »
You guys are getting awfully hung up on this idiot label, as if it's generally something so carefully affixed whenever it is used. When you call someone an idiot, do you reserve it solely when referring to someone who is actually mentally retarded? I'm thinking not.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 05:42:21 PM »
In your opinion, can you name a few things that you think Trump has done a good job at :?:

Honestly, the only thing I can say without equivocation is that he's great at garnering a following and holding onto it. I don't think Obama enjoyed (if that's even the word) anywhere near the cult-like status Trump has right now. Many of his devotees seem to revere him at a level people in North Korea have seemingly done so with their leaders over the decades.

It's hard to know what to actually credit him for since he's liable to take credit for anything and everything good that happens while he's in office. I don't think 100% of the ideas and goals his administration is pursuing or has accomplished are bad, but, again, it's hard to know whether or not he's the one that deserves credit. I don't think his ambitions to balance trade with China are bad necessarily, though I think his skills with diplomacy are about as bad as you could possibly want for someone in charge of brokering those kind of deals.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 04:29:58 PM »
Yeah, back to his luck. His father was incredibly successful, and Trump received the equivalent of over $400 million from him. Trump, no doubt with help from his father's connections over all the years he was in business, and an army of attorneys, accountants, and investment advisers at his wing, somehow managed to turn that $400 million into who knows really (maybe 3-4 billion at some point) over the years. With that kind of support system; that kind of initial pool of money to play with; the knowledge that you can be as risky as you want and still have your father's immense wealth to catch you when you fall; combined with an opportune time when he was investing his millions in real estate (80s and 90s commercial real estate); how is that indicative of some sort of genius or exceptionality? How many other people were gifted $400 million in that time period and didn't also become billionaires? Why did Trump top out at $3-4 billion? Why hasn't he been like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, etc.? I'm not saying he's Forrest Gump, and I'm not saying he has zero aptitude for anything, but compared to many world leaders, he's a relative idiot.

If you don't like me calling him an idiot, or think it's unjustified, what word would you prefer me give someone who is frequently saying things that conspicuously reveal a profound lack of understanding of something that he should have a reasonable grasp of? I mean, he's spent the last 2-3 months, perhaps for hours almost every day, with some of the best minds in the fields of virology, immunology, etc., and he hasn't picked up that something that kills viruses on surfaces (namely bleach and alcohol) can't just simply be finagled to be injectable? Not only that, but the timing of his little light bulb going off - in the middle of a press conference where he's charged to deliver critical information to the people of the most powerful country in the world - doesn't seem to strike him as not the right time to float such 'brilliant' ideas?

Honesty in journalism isn't lost or gained by turning over every stone one can find in hopes one of them reveals the sense in something the President says. He wasn't talking about that: "And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute." The only "disinfectant" that was discussed that knocks it out in a minute was either bleach or alcohol. The fact that somewhere, someone in the world was doing research that might sound sooorta like what Trump was talking about doesn't even suggest the two have anything to do with one another. The chink in that armor was Trump insisting he was being sarcastic about his comments (which he clearly was not) the following day anyway.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 10:52:07 AM »
Rest assured no other network is talking about that Larry king clip.

The #5 or so story (with a photo/picture) on CNN's homepage as of this post:

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 24, 2020, 07:18:13 PM »
Awww, she was just being sarcastic!

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:56:22 PM »
For someone who acknowledges every time trump is talking out of his ass you sure are giving him loads of credit on this occasion.

Credit for what?

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: April 24, 2020, 05:49:20 PM »
This is an example of his lack of respect for scientific knowledge, and how he literally believes what he's already been quoted saying in the past, something along the lines of "sometimes my gut can tell me more than anyone's brain could ever tell me", and all the times he's claimed to know some subject better than anybody else. He probably got excited because he thought he had come up with some brilliant idea (that thousands of doctors had never thought of) about how to address the disease, and wanted to make sure he took the opportunity on prime time to ensure he got the credit for coming up with it. He's that delusional about his own level of intelligence.

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