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Saturday, May 2. 2020
The bison calf taking the first step to rewild the Canadian prairies
Bison do not respect fences
Alaskan School Board Removes Five Supposed ‘Controversial’ Books From Curriculum
‘Journalism’ professors demand media censor Trump; show why public doesn’t trust journalists
The New York Times is too oblivious to realize how insufferable it is
THE FBI IS A CESSPIT OF CORRUPTION AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.
‘Most brilliant troll ever’: Donald Trump’s latest remarks on Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden will ‘drive Biden supporters nuts’
Coulter: Q&A On the Wuhan Virus
Questions Reporters Might Ask Liberals If They Didn’t Suck
Association Of American Physicians Says 'Trump-Touted' Drug Has 90% Chance Of Helping COVID-19 Patients
New York Paid $69 Million to a Shady Vendor for Ventilators That Were Never Delivered
Never needed them anyway
THE CDC IS AWOL
Expert Report Predicts Up To Two More Years Of Pandemic Misery
We Are Nearly Done with the Worst Five Weeks of Virus Hell
Dear politicians, life must go on:
The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation…
Leaked Western intel dossier reveals how China deceived the world about coronavirus
Is Xi laughing?
The USMC Commandant’s China Bet: Reactions and Key Questions
North Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'Back From Dead', Makes First Appearance In 20 Days; Report
Maybe back from rehab
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“The elders told us that because bison are the brothers and sisters of many Indigenous peoples across the land, it wouldn’t be appropriate to give the newborn a name,”
I thought the natives named everything. Why wouldn’t you name your brother and sister? Around here we give names to vehicles, bicycles, and most of the trees. Even the dog toys have names: most are named Vincent, because the dog chews off one ear only.
“But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name”
Beaches in my area opened yesterday. We're seeing a logical progression. I've been supporting take out restaurants as possible.
Re: the press. They've been lying for years. They pivoted from bad to horrible during Bush II. They couldn't deal with his win.
"But now we can’t seem to find the off switch"
There it is! That is the problem. Why? Is it merely the stupidity you expect from government or is their a darker motive. Are they trying to extend this to force a cheat by mail election?
If we can't change the vote, we'll change the way we vote.
I wonder about this desperation by the Progressives, attempts to censor Trump, attempts to re-structure voting to open it up to wholesale fraud, trying to inflate COVID economic pain, etc. I wonder how much is due to their poor candidates and Trump's clear successes, and how much of it is because they are terrified at the prospect of Trump having another 4 years to continue peeling this onion of White House-sponsored corruption across the Executive sphere of power. IRS, DOJ, FBI, EPA, etc. Trump has managed to defuse the power of impeachment and highlight and clear away nearly all the debris from these Obama rogue ops, weed out most of the partisan Republicans from Congress. Imagine the prospect of four more years with this at his disposal and a cleared playing field.
The Horowitz piece “Lockdown is killing more patients than the coronavirus” brings up some really good, practical points about shutting down hospitals for elective surgeries, as exemplified by the Oregon results.
Probably not just an outlier. Probably replicated across the country, in big numbers. Probably not going to see many stories about it, because the MSM is the official PR agency for the government.
Am I supposed to become a believer in nationalized health care after this? LOL sure.
RE Book Burners: “If I were to read this in a professional environment at my office. I would be dragged to the equal opportunity office.” - Jim Hart
Two wrongs don't make a right, meathead.
The New York Times is too oblivious to realize how insufferable it is: Nah. They just don't care, and/or they're PROUD of being that way. I despise, detest, and distrust the NYT. (The WaPoo, too, and CNN and the TV networks.)
THE FBI IS A CESSPIT OF CORRUPTION AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. I say that Mr. Trump needs to put on his Hercules outfit and divert the Potomac River thru the FBI Building. And likely, some other executive-branch buildings.
I read this morning that Washington's Gov has his stay home rule extended to May 31, or June 1, or maybe "whenever".
The problem with a pandemic is that it could overwhelm our health care system and as a result 10 times more people will die than would have happened if the health care system was intact. This simple fact is often lost by both extremes of the argument over Covid-19. We must open up the country but at the same time we must prepare for the increase in infected people and deaths. We must balance these two imperatives; not overwhelming health care and allowing the country to open up and function. The best estimates today are that if we can successfully meet that balancing challenge that at the end of this pandemic, 18 months or so, that our total death rate will be about 330,000 people. If we fail in that balancing act and hospitals in major population centers are overwhelmed that estimate is then 3,000,000 dead.
We literally cannot avoid that lower number of deaths short of some miracle but the larger death estimate is what we must work to prevent. As we gradually begin to understand that this is indeed much worse than the yearly flu (60,000 deaths in one month) I hope that the government concentrates their efforts with the health care system as they begin to open up.
There are several articles in the post above which refute your numbers, yet you refuse to read them.
Why is that?
I have read them, and a lot else besides. They offer a different look, they do not refute them. In fact, we have already passed the "lower number of deaths" in a month. That, I think, is a refutation of what some conservatives have been saying in their haste to open the economy. I don't think we will hit anything near the high estimates of a month ago, of over 2M. But we have blown by the "it's just like the flu season" already, as evidenced by the fact that people are rewording that claim now, as if they had never said it quite that way. Except they did, while putting experts in quotation marks and insisting they knew better all along.
I get the impatience. The cure may be worse than the disease. But claiming that arguments have been decided which have not isn't helping. Nor is seeking out the worst of the liberal arguments to fight against all that valuable.
I can get high school fastballs anywhere, folks. I don't care if you can strike out eighth graders.
re The bison calf taking the first step to rewild the Canadian prairies
BTW, fences do hold bison in.
They do indeed--but apparently the fences have to be substantial. At Fermilab, which hosts a small population of bison, they use two very sturdy fences with a large separation between them. I presume the outer one helps discourage humans from interacting with the bison, but both looked quite strong.
The double fence thing is [i]usually[-i] because of a state-level regulation. A bureaucrat in some state agency decided that if one fence was good, then two just had to be better, so now there's this gigantic extra cost (and a corresponding boatload of monitoring and reporting paperwork) all because legislators and courts alike lack the spine to force the administrative rule-making process to have anything to do with reality.
Strangely muted reactions here in the USA over Canada-Trudeau's rather opportune gun grab - calling assault weapon-type rifles "military grade weapons" and so forth, using the recent psychopath's shooting spree as pretext. So far I haven't seen any mention of how many Canadians this actually affects. I guess Canadian PM's have not set term of office as long as they preserve their House of Commons support? I wonder if this will be like the New Zealand post-psychopath gun grab, which was ignored.
Bison: James the lesser is correct. Well constructed fencing is effective, although two bulls fighting may push it over. But when a bison gets outside the fence it only wants to rejoin the herd.
Also, the following is not accurate: "These hybrid animals now make up the vast majority of North American bison and only two herds —in Yellowstone national park in the United States and Elk Island, Alberta, Canada — are genetically pure."
Minnesota State Parks has two herds, at Blue Mounds State Park and Minneopa State Park, tested by Texas A&M, that are free of cattle genes.
Re: Censorship of Trump
Who are they kidding. Everything is strictly censored. HIV is sweeping across the country, spread mainly by blacks and homosexuals. But not one word from the Center for Disease Control. Do you want a good laugh? Look this chart of the CDC HIV Prevention program. They have twenty different people, but no one is in charge of testing.
Testing for HIV is racist. It's better that all the kids get sick.
Contact tracing has been forbidden as discriminatory for 20 years and no more disclosure if you’re infected and have sex with someone. So for this flu testing and tracing is cool? But not for illegals who might be afraid you’ll find them? And somehow this virus knows how to find people with brown skin and pin them down to infect them. But don’t mention any correlating behaviour slime obesity and drug use. Just set up some dna tracking system so everyone is in a database. Sure.
Wow. Twenty two people. How much in salary does that represent? I’m going to guess over 3 million. How many of us would even miss one of them, if their job was canceled?
Association Of American Physicians Says 'Trump-Touted' Drug Has 90% Chance Of Helping COVID-19 Patients
That should reference the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a right-wing group, not the American Association of Physicians (AAP), a prestigious century-old organization. Made us look though!
The difference between a bison and a buffalo?
You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.