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Topic: What's Going on in the Americas? (Read 155829 times)

  • jax
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What's Going on in the Americas?
There are a number of threads from the Old World, any news from the New? Anything American goes.

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1150
Wasn't there some guy named Andrew Yang who proposed doing exactly that?

Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1151
Wasn't there some guy named Andrew Yang who proposed doing exactly that?
Yes, he was a nominee for the Democratic nomination.

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1152
Doesn't matter much who is in the White House and the passing labelling of the present incumbent can be given to anyone there. Just a pity for the sensibles over there that it is really corporates whether Democrat or Republican parties than run things.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • jax
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1153
There are a few missing links, the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 is the batvirus RaTG13 (in Yunnan province in China, bordering Indochina). Some other closely related viruses have infected pangolins, but there is no indication that a pangolin species was an intermediate for SARS-CoV-2. When we don't know what, we don't know where either. 

However we can time the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to November 2019. Given that the first patients started to come in to Wuhan hospitals in the beginning of December that would have given the virus preciously little time to travel the world. We don't know it started in Wuhan, but it is a pretty safe guess.

As for Trump's virus, it may have been born in China, but it has been many generations since it became an American immigrant and became naturalised. The US has imported a few cases from Europe, also from Iran, but otherwise the virus is as American as can be. 

You can trace the different strains if you are interested.

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1154
Not just a passing intellectual attempt  regarding the start as it WAS in China!
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • ersi
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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  • ersi
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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...coronavirus is obliterating the media
It's almost impossible to list off all the news organizations that are hurting, closing or firing people right now, (the New York Times did a recent sampling), but suffice it to say that pain is being felt in every outlet, except for a select few (which I will get to.)

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Paradoxically demand for news is off the charts. People desperately want to know about all facets of the pandemic--a never-before-experienced phenomenon--plus they have more time, working from home or being jobless. Readership and viewership actually doubled at some properties in March.

But here's the rub. Marketers won't place their ads next to the endless parade of horrific coronavirus stories. (That's what happens when the news turns bad--like in the wake of 9/11 for instance.) Plus, millions of businesses that would be advertising right now are shuttered, bankrupt or slashing marketing budgets. (Sports advertising for instance has gone to zero.) So while audience numbers are soaring, ad numbers are plunging.

Advertising is the problem, which is nothing new. It's just worse now.

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1157
The local news is hit particularly hard. The enterprises that would normally advertise aren't even open. I think that other thing is more of an American oddity though.

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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You are a bit wrong ersi saying "a never-before-experienced phenomenon". Where is your history knowledge? In the early part of last century there was a really massive and heavily threatening world-wise health crisis that killed millions and that was due to Influenza.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • krake
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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The American online ammunition dealer Ammo.com reported an increase in sales of 792 percent between 23 February and the end of March compared with the almost 40-day period before that.

The President of the U.S. has declared war on the Virus and Americans are preparing accordingly by buying guns and ammo.
What could possibly go wrong?

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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I think it is a mass craziness in a country that goes so daft on weaponry and using the late 18th century as an excuse.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • ensbb3
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
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Damn, knew I forgot something. brb...