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  1. Bingoloid

    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Also Nirchi's in Vestal, and St. John the Evangelist Elementary. Trying to be optimistic, but this is pretty concerning. County's counter jumped to 128. ...and a lot of these are part-time jobs where the staff juggle multiple jobs at different restaurants.
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    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Weird. I can add an item to the cart and click all the way through to payment right now, although a lot of things are out of stock. I don't see that message anywhere. As of a month ago, they were only opening their store for about an hour around 11am, but orders were coming in so fast they'd have to shut it back down to catch up. That was how I finally got my stuff.
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    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Yeah. York Barbell's web store is operating again - for now. Wegmans also has some Method Antibac in stock. It's not rated specifically for coronaviruses but is for rhinoviruses and influenza, so it probably does a fine job sanitizing doorknobs, etc.
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    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Also Fountains, Remlik's, Dillenger's, and I'm pretty sure this week's case at The Beef was a different case from from the other one reported the other week. As far as I can tell, the climate effect on the is real but not strong enough to stop it in the summer. Instead, it seems like it just shifts to a weaker epidemic in hot areas where people are hanging out indoors with the air conditioning on and the doors and windows closed - Arizona, Florida, Texas. The United Kingdom, France, and Spain are spiking new case counts far higher than the first wave just as the weather cools back down. Has been a beautiful summer while we had it. Might not be a bad idea to get your toilet paper, frozen vegetables, personal care/workout supplies, and whatever you need to make the winter enjoyable now. (Bicycles were not easy to get this summer.) I doubt they'll shut down fully again, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if bars and indoor dining go, with retail going back to curbside pickup. May not be much to do this winter and we might need to make our own fun for a while, and it would suck to be filling the freezer at the same time the shelves are stripped for Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners.
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    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    That might be, but the county's map shows 53 of 115 current cases linked to Binghamton residents. We do seem to be running hot right now.
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    Abels Pub- 30 Covid cases?

    Interesting. It seemed pretty obvious Garnar was concealing the details of a significant outbreak considering how many cases opened up all at once the other day. Wasn't really plausible that it was a whole bunch of separate incidents.
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    John Solak to retire from Twitter?

    Watch "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. It's true to the unintended effect it has on both sides. First half struck me as a little cheesy, second half was a genuine "uh-oh".
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    Lancaster Pa Officer involved shooting - bodycam

    The officer did everything right, but just as importantly, so did his employer. Being transparent and making the facts available quickly was the right move.
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    Neil Peart

    It's somebody's birthday today. He'd be 68. We're only immortal for a limited time.
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    ...so, One Black Man of Broome County, then? That's the shittiest title for a Motown album I've ever heard.
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    Whatever happened to Debbie Preston?

    Last time I saw her, she was careening out of the Park Diner parking lot with a cigarette drooping out of her mouth. I gather she's stacking cans in the stock room at Weis or something.
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    100 is more men than pay for this newspaper
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    Binghamton newspaper BLM reporter Ashley Biviano

    dozens? but that's all of them
  14. All those hours I spent trying to get inexperienced candidates to stay on-topic and keep it short.
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    Kyle Rittenhouse

    So, there's a few things going on at once here, based on what I've read: - Rittenhouse was in the Police Explorer program a few years ago. This is like a scouts program for policing. Seems he dropped out of high school after that because he was being bullied at school badly enough that his mother tried to get a restraining order against another student. In January, he tried to join the Marines and the recruiter marked in his file that he was unfit. - Rittenhouse's lawyer says he and his friends were asked to be there by the car dealership. The car dealership's owner says that's not true. Maybe the owner lied because this is a disaster and he wants out. Maybe Rittenhouse lied thinking it'd get him out of trouble. Maybe whoever texted Rittenhouse lied. Maybe Rittenhouse's lawyer lied. We don't know. - There was an amateur militia group organizing the evening on Facebook, and they tried to get the sheriff to deputize them. (He didn't, because he didn't want his department responsible for whatever they did.) They're not government actors at all. They had every right to open carry, but were also breaking the curfew. - His lawyer claims he's going to make a militia clause argument about the possession charge. This is bogus. His lawyer's firm has had major financial problems. The public has donated a million dollars to Rittenhouse's legal defense. It's not hard to figure out what's going on here. In the prosecution's favor, WI has no exception for threatening or using any amount of force to protect a stranger's property. Your own property, your family's property, your employer's property, but not to just run around town hassling people like Batman. One person did claim to a reporter that he'd seen Rittenhouse pointing his rifle at people. They will probably try to prove that Rittenhouse provoked the initial fight with Rosenbaum by unlawfully threatening people with a weapon. In the defense's favor, the main witness in the complaint says that he and Rittenhouse were walking and talking together when Rosenbaum approached, and that Rittenhouse saw him and ducked away and took off immediately. This reads like they already had a problem. His attorney can paint a picture that even if Rittenhouse did cause trouble earlier in the night, it was over and Rosenbaum was the one who came back to start it up again. This is a much better story. We'll see what happens. If it goes to trial, they will introduce witnesses and evidence we haven't heard about yet.
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    Kyle Rittenhouse

    If you read the Wisconsin statute closely, I think they're in the wrong to charge him on possession. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/948/60/2/a: "(c) This section applies only to a person under 18 years of age who possesses or is armed with a rifle or a shotgun if the person is in violation of s. 941.28 or is not in compliance with ss. 29.304 and 29.593." There might be case law interpreting it differently, but this seems to be a complete long arms exception for 16- and 17-year-olds, because it's not possible to violate 29.304 if you're 16 or older. For the rest of it, his defense has a lot to work with, but everybody acts surprised when self-defense shootings result in charges. Putting this kind of mess in front of a jury to let them unravel it actually isn't that unusual. He'll be tried as an adult, mandatory for all crimes at 17 in WI. The military won't accept someone as a diversion from criminal charges. Long road ahead no matter how it turns out.
  17. Your regular reminder that there is almost never a legitimate business reason for deferring your federal income taxes. The interest rate is relatively low, but the failure-to-pay penalty gradually ratchets up to a one-time hit of 25%, as well as any underpayment penalties. His official explanation also makes no sense: https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2020/06/24/broome-legislator-richard-balles-tax-lien-irs/3249609001/ He says he forgot to withhold taxes on a 401k loan. You do not pay taxes on a 401k loan. You do pay taxes on the balance due, with a 10% early distribution penalty if you leave the job that provides the plan with a loan outstanding and default. He would have been informed of this and would have received a 1099-R to give his tax preparer showing the additional taxable income. Apparently, he has liens for two different years. Plus, you don't get hit with a formal lien unless you've ignored multiple notices and have refused to make reasonable payment arrangements, and they're now looking to seize your property. This guy was ignoring official letters - probably requiring his signature - for months.
  18. I have little tolerance for casual corruption, so I have very little tolerance for what was in the NYSP reports about her conduct during "the incident" with her nephew. She was also pretty eager to damage Harder's critics within the department to score points with the old man: https://www.bupipedream.com/archive/3055/broome-county-sheriff-harder-accused-of-illegal-surveillance/ (Phelps was apparently promoted to detective in 2008, so it would seem that the lawsuit worked out in her favor. Phelps supported Wallikas at the time, and later did a Korchak commercial.) Still, willing to see what she has to say. Would like to know the state of her working relationships with Battisti/Zikuski.
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    Loud Music

    If it makes you feel any better, BPD is just as bad or worse about noise violations. It's been a running dispute for years where multiple agencies all pretend the others are responsible for enforcement. I know one officer finally just admitted to a neighbor that he knew it was illegal but that he'd get in trouble with his supervisor if he wrote the ticket. It's a mess.
  20. If those are our two choices, they should sell that debate on pay-per-view. Would pay AT LEAST $19.95 to see this. Might write in Frank Serpico, TBH, but will hear her out.
  21. Gonna have to sell this one to me pretty hard.
  22. That's one of the dumbest things I've read all year and it's 2020. How could the people who drafted that system possibly not foresee that problem?
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    National Shortage of Aluminium Cans

    Totally. There are alternatives, but people aren't quick to adjust their habits - like buying everything in single-serve containers.
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    National Shortage of Aluminium Cans

    Yeah, but again. Aluminum isn't the problem, neither is oil. It's the capital input - the machinery doing the work. A lot of factores run their equipment 24/7 in normal times and can't just throw on an extra shift, and the increased demand for hand sanitizer already crushed the plastic bottle market. So you've got all these factories booked out weeks or months for orders of cans and bottles, using machinery that takes months to build and deliver in normal times but are probably also booked out even further than usual. It takes time for the market to react, and it won't unless businesses are confident that the demand will still be there when the millions of dollars of equipment get delivered. One company did apparently just announce they are investing in a new can plant - it'll be open in a year: https://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/article/21141043/ball-corp-announces-new-aluminum-can-plant-amid-shortage
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    Town of Union Councilwoman Accused of Fraud

    So what, her husband used to make creepy phone calls to town employees threatening to try to ruin them because they weren't giving his wife enough credit, and this resulted in C&G getting paid a bunch of money to "investigate" and recommend workplace violence prevention training? https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2019/07/19/town-of-union-heather-staley-husband-nathanial-robertson-investigation/1702297001/ Everybody's got their problems, but where TF do the people running for office around here come from?