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  1. Bingoloid

    Corona Virus

    Really interesting research about how hydroxychloroquine might actually work. From what I can figure out from the paper in my non-doctor reading, the theory is that many of the symptoms are not caused by an attack on the lungs, but by an attack on blood cells that, in simple terms, crowds the iron out until your blood can't carry gases anymore. The lung symptoms are inflammation resulting from the lungs being poisoned as they drown in their own untransported carbon dioxide waste. Hydroxychloroquine may be binding to the byproducts that are crowding the iron out of the red blood cells, allowing more of them to operate normally for longer and give the immune system more time to fight back. https://chemrxiv.org/articles/COVID-19_Disease_ORF8_and_Surface_Glycoprotein_Inhibit_Heme_Metabolism_by_Binding_to_Porphyrin/11938173 Have to wonder if this might explain some of the early reports that certain blood types were far more likely to survive. Also might explain some of the anecdotal reports of people who engage in intense aerobic exercise getting especially sick, and of patients suddenly going hypoxic in the waiting room. I only just saw this post. I'm sorry.
  2. I'm usually of the mind voters should decide, but what the heck? In some kind of effort to take the heat off Akshar for risking a double murder investigation to get laid, Harder denied Akshar's role in the Powell case, claiming Jason Ellis was the lead. https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/da-candidate-korchak-publicly-criticizes-senator-akshar/1986840562 Nevermind that Korchak is hardly the source of that claim: it's been common knowledge for years. Korchak simply replied with a press release featuring copies of Akshar's own sworn testimony repeatedly stating that he was in charge of the entire investigation, and naming Ellis as his junior. Either Harder's mental state is too fragile to keep information straight, he's a lying shill, or Akshar misrepresented his role in a major case in some bizarre way. This whole thing is clownshoe degeneracy. Somebody needs to own it.
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    Why Battisti can't win

    Has Cuomo imposed a 90-day moratorium on enforcement of loan shark payments while trials are delayed or is that pretty much all bad news for Paul? "This is how businessmen do business."
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    I'm sick and tired of cooking. And pizza.

    Nice. I was looking at https://www.imperfectfoods.com/, but haven't gotten far enough to compare options.
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    Corona Virus

    Wild. Turns out, there was seemingly only one leader who had the foresight and vision to take this risk seriously and make the smart investments before it was too late to act, and it was Arnold Schwarzenegger. His Democratic successor Brown literally threw it all away to save pennies on the dollar. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-27/coronavirus-california-mobile-hospitals-ventilators https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/03/31/schwarzenegger-shortsighted-for-california-to-defund-pandemic-stockpile-he-built-1269954 Arnold's now donated a million dollars out of his personal fortune to a national fundraiser to buy gear for first responders. https://www.gofundme.com/f/frontlinerespondersfund
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    I'm sick and tired of cooking. And pizza.

    I've got a bulk bag of Wegmans frozen cooked shrimp and a jar of cocktail sauce. Easy thing when cooking isn't looking so good. Also, check out HelloFresh. They've got no discount codes going because of the situation so it's not "cheap", but it's not expensive either. Given how hard it can be to find things right now, it might save you a bunch of time trying to find ingredients and it's kind of fun to cook something different if you need something you can do together with your family.
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    MANDATED NURSING HOMES DIRECTIVE

    That sounds inadequate.
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    Bighamton Rifle Club

    Can't imagine what you think you're talking about, '75. There's a real world out there and you either live in it, or you lose. Right now, it sounds like BRC's membership is losing because BRC's leadership doesn't want to put in the work. They do have an opportunity to make a lasting difference.
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    Bighamton Rifle Club

    In point of fact, '75, my male-line colonist ancestor was transported for rebellion against the Crown over religious freedom, and he and all three of his sons signed their oath of allegiance to the Revolution at Pittsylvania. Two of those sons were at Valley Forge together, and one - my ancestor - was one of the first pioneers to push west on the Wilderness Road. Their descendants had valorous service records on both sides of the Civil War, and my mother and paternal grandfather were both veterans. In any case, we live in a federal constitutional republic. Flying under the radar isn't a victory any more than a brothel is legal because it wasn't raided. Back the state into a corner and make them either fix their oversight or take sides against you in writing. There are more than a few pro-Second Amendment civil rights groups that would be happy to take that to court pro bono. The good guys have had a strong track record at getting the Second Amendment upheld against the states in recent years and Pennsylvania has already backed down on gun stores after a court order. Challenging Albany to pick a fight is the only way you're going to get them to concede.
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    Was the Binghamton St. Pats Parade a good idea?

    No. Mardi Gras went ahead, too, and it bought New Orleans one of the fastest-growing outbreaks in the world. Hindsight is 20/20 and what's done is done, but I think a few of us were already questioning that decision at the time.
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    Bighamton Rifle Club

    Although NY doesn't list them, the federal government has updated their advisory list to include shooting ranges. BRC should seek a waiver.
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    MANDATED NURSING HOMES DIRECTIVE

    It's not unheard of for nursing homes to be abandoned in Texas and Louisiana during hurricane season. Notice where the water is in this photograph from Dickinson, TX. Then there were the dozens of patients who drowned at St. Rita's during Katrina because management ignored an evacuation order. Cuomo's decision on that seems ill-advised, but I understand the logic of getting stable patients out of the hospital. If you reside in a nursing home, and you're discharged to home isolation, I'm assuming the expectation is that you'll be isolated in your nursing home. When I saw this announced last week in the context of Staten Island, I took it to be that they were only issuing the directive in the counties where they know they simply can't have anyone in the hospital who doesn't have to be there.
  13. Widespread antibody testing is the only way we'll get a clear picture of how this disease actually works in populations. I think all the people complaining that they had a really bad cold in January and therefore think COVID-19 already swept their community are simply engaged in wishful thinking, it doesn't fit the facts we have available, but it's nice to think and there's only one way to find out for sure.
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    Corona Virus

    I'm around. Expected my work to be powered down to about 50% for this, have the opposite problem. Tried to post this Thursday but got sidetracked, then To this: The answer to your question is absolutely "yes". People are being misled about this. Flu comparisons are looking at a 4-6 month season, spread widely, with a very low hospitalization rate. COVID-19 is concentrated outbreaks that escalate very fast. Death toll is only as low as it is with modern medical technology. When I drafted this Thursday, I had written that I expected by Monday, COVID-19 would be killing about as many New York City residents every day as die from car accidents all year. We actually got in that range by Saturday. It's very possible that this will exceed daily deaths in the city by all other causes combined next weekend. This video compares an obituary section from a Bergamo, Italy newspaper in February to one in March. Bergamo is similar in size to the Triple Cities. Took only about six weeks to get like this. A big part of the reason governments are choosing an orderly shutdown of their economies is because all signs point to a disorderly shutdown from panic being even worse. Evidence is also mounting that China covered up the death toll, something people always suspected but couldn't prove. Spain has a smaller population than Hubei province alone, but ended up with more deaths after only finding a little more than half as many cases as China claims nationwide. I tend to think the intelligence assessments given to the White House and select members of Congress in early February pointed to this. IMO, they should be declassified very soon so that Americans can draw their own conclusions. Radio Free Asia, which is funded by the United States as a counter-weight to Chinese propaganda, is reporting on informal estimates of excess deaths in the low five figures in Wuhan alone, versus China's official figure of 2,500. https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wuhan-deaths-03272020182846.html
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    National Shut Down

    Well, China landed in that boat, with people volunteering to accept quarantine in order to drive food trucks into Hubei. However, I'm not saying we're there or will get there. Closing interstate highways to non-essential traffic to slow movement is a real possibility, however, if we don't get the rest of this under control. The impact on energy prices is going to be - and already is - heavy. I do suspect we're going to see a regional national air traffic ground stop in the coming days. Passenger loads are falling so fast that maintaining schedules and connections is going to be nearly impossible by the end of the week anyway. I am slightly concerned about what happens when diesel face-plants as consumer demand falls and warehouses back up, and new deliveries stop shipping into the NYC metro. There's a floor where it no longer makes sense to drive a truck out to fill up a tank at a lot of stations, and gasoline is already dipping below $2/gal in a number of markets. Natural gas may be heading for the same situation if factories have to start slowing down and some wells may end up stopping. That kind of thing can start interfering with some types of shipments whether highways are open or not.
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    National Shut Down

    Yes. Trump's last press conference contained some alarming turns of phrase. He is absolutely not leveling with this country. Fauci is on the other side of it, trying to say as much as he can without giving the appearance that he's disagreeing with the White House. IMO, Trump should pull Pence off this and ask Mattis to come back and take over coordinating resources between the states, the military, and federal agencies. He has a low tolerance for bullshit, a higher understanding of leadership and logistics, a mind for security and safety issues, a deep loyalty to the republic, and cares more about mission than being liked. The veterans who permeate public service and the private sector would take him seriously. With Fauci advising him on public health issues, we'd actually see things get done. The man would be in his glory taking it on as his last war. Something like that should have happened as soon as CDC started to flounder six weeks ago. The Customs mess is a disaster, large numbers of Americans who were probably conscientious and avoided exposure on their travels just got put at risk of infection by their own government. A cruise ship that had a passenger test positive just unloaded thousands in Miami and sent a bunch of them on to the airport with no screening. There is no plan, and with so much of the transmission occurring in interstate commerce, the leadership and coordination has to be federal. Someone like Mattis can be our Joe. "We're running out of french fries and burrito coverings, but I got a solution."
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    Anecdotes in the Apocalypse

    Buffalo Trace is really a pretty good value on bourbon.
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    Corona Virus

    One of the measures that South Korea took was reporting the public places which they knew had been frequented by an infected person in order to allow people to make their own decisions about coming forward for testing or self-quarantining. They are also able to send out regional text messages to notify people who may have crossed paths with a patient. You can look at an interactive map created from the data here: https://coronamap.site/ There are problems. Even though the records are depersonalized and not linked to one another, they are (or used to be) timestamped and people were fearful that their private life will get outed. In at least one case, this blew up somebody's extramarital affair when their wife was able to put pieces together. In general, though, South Korea has had more success than other countries controlling this without shutting down. This would require a public health infrastructure that actually works and has the resources to build these types of tools in advance, before an emergency is already underway. CDC and state health departments - one of the few things we actually need government to be doing - have basically been whittled down to nothing over the last twenty years.
  19. Hollow Earth. Maybe with lizard people, maybe without. Doesn't matter.
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    Closing Schools

    Yes, but there's no reason to wait any longer. Trying to stop a speeding train is a bigger problem than trying to stop it from leaving the station in the first place. We know where this is going.
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    Closing Schools

    That's an understatement. That isn't to knock our local facilities. The data is out there for anyone to see, especially now that the Italians are publishing. Spain, Italy, Israel, and France are powering down. I have it on authority that Norway is considering going next. Denmark, Poland, and the Czech Republic are trying to seal their borders before they fall apart. France and the Netherlands report that more than half their ICU patients are actually under-60s. The Queen of England has been moved out of Buckingham Palace, and Iran is looking to take a $5 billion loan from the IMF after refusing to work with them for 50 years. Nobody is equipped for this. Every city that loses control of the spread is drowning in it. It's the correct call to slow the spread, and also to insulate our local hospitals and first responders. I do have concerns that we're going to end up being a diversion destination for downstate if things get out of control and I hope there's some pushback to make sure we have the resources we need locally, as well. Meanwhile, in Italy, singing and playing music for your stuck neighbors has become a thing.
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    Closing Schools

    The flip side is that we also can't have the kids coming home after mingling with every other kid in town and infecting healthcare professionals and first responders, who then won't be able to work and will endanger others. I know at least one major hospital downstate that handles only a vulnerable class of patients is considering taking a skeleton crew of volunteers from their staff to sequester themselves inside the hospital and locking everybody else out.
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