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  #2455397 5-Apr-2020 21:51
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My brother in Toronto said that weed shops there are 'essential businesses' in lockdown.

 

 

I'd rather some people were smoking a spliff than drinking beer at the moment. Theres far less of a chance for domestic violence for someone stoned than drunk.

 

 


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  #2455404 5-Apr-2020 22:42
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gchiu: We had anti spitting signs in Lambton Quay as well at least in the 1960s.


I believe NZ had a Tuberculosis epidemic in the late 50s. As kid I remember anti spitting signs on quite a few lamp posts around the neighbourhood.

 
 
 
 


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  #2455407 5-Apr-2020 22:51
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  #2455410 5-Apr-2020 23:10
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Good writeup in The Spinoff about Covid19 conspiracy theories, including this gem:

 

 

I was quickly introduced to the prevailing conspiracy theory around Covid-19. It’s quite simple. Adrenochrome is a drug for the liberal elite of Hollywood made from actual human brain stem containing hormones from the adrenal gland. Hillary Clinton manufactures this drug by torturing children in a pizza shop (if you order a cheese pizza that’s code). Tom Hanks is addicted to Adrenochrome and he caught Covid-19 from the latest batch of tainted Adrenochrome that came through Celine Dion who is a high priestess from the Church of Satan. She is well-versed in poison as she’s been lacing her children’s clothing line with a chemical that makes our children “gender neutral”. Tom Hanks signalled to the Hollywood Liberal Elite Cabal DeepState in his Golden Globes acceptance speech that there would be a shortage of Adrenochrome. Ellen has closed her studio audience because she’s addicted as well. Heidi Klum is too. And so is Michael Rapaport.

 

 

I can't tell if the writer has made that up just to be silly or it's for real, which would be Poe's Law in action.

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  #2455412 5-Apr-2020 23:34
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A few days old but worth a read (Editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, 1 April 2020)

 

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2007263?query=TOC

 

"The aim is not to flatten the curve; the goal is to crush the curve". 

 

Flattening the curve never seemed like a great option.

 

 


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  #2455413 5-Apr-2020 23:36
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Jesus Henry Christ, what are those loonies smoking? No wonder they vote for the likes of Trump.


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  #2455415 5-Apr-2020 23:39
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DS248:

"The aim is not to flatten the curve; the goal is to crush the curve". 

 

 

Yeah, but look at some of the measures being proposed:

 

 

* Make millions of diagnostic tests available

 

* Supply health workers with PPE and equip hospitals to care for a surge in severely ill patients

 

* Inspire and mobilize the public

 

 

He forgot to add:

 

 

* Feed the starving

 

* Give all children a good education

 

* End climate change

 

* Create world peace

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2455419 6-Apr-2020 00:33
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Geektastic:

 

My brother in Toronto said that weed shops there are 'essential businesses' in lockdown.

 

 

I'd rather some people were smoking a spliff than drinking beer at the moment. Theres far less of a chance for domestic violence for someone stoned than drunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No argument against that from me. Domestic or any other kind.

 

 

 

I recall a sketch on TV a long time ago (might have been Ben Elton) in which the inclusion of cannabis as a 'performance-enhancing drug" in sports was royally roasted!






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  #2455420 6-Apr-2020 01:12
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I think I remember the same one. Ben Elton was pretty good.

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  #2455430 6-Apr-2020 06:46
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Things are really starting to ramp up here in the UAE. A week ago our numbers were tracking similar to NZ, now we are at ~1900.

A full lockdown was initiated last night. Now to leave the house you need a permit. All the speed cameras (there are a LOT of speed cameras here) photograph every car. No permit = ~$800 fine. You can still get takeaways and other goods delivered.

There are some demographic issues here which could cause real problems, particularly if it gets into the large labour camps. Expo had 45000 people a day on the site with probably 30000 living in labour camps.

It's going to be an interesting time in the next couple of weeks.

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  #2455431 6-Apr-2020 06:52
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freitasm:

 

Press release:

 

 

TVNZ Breakfast will broadcast Her Majesty The Queen's message to the Commonwealth LIVE for viewers tomorrow morning (6 April).

 

This special address will air part way through Breakfast's show at 7am (NZST) - the same time as the United Kingdom's broadcast.

 

This will be only the fourth message (outside of the traditional Christmas Day message) HM The Queen has delivered during her 68-year reign.

 

 

 

I predict she will say Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.   Oh well, I suppose it is harmless...


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  #2455461 6-Apr-2020 08:22
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Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital (RNZ news).

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52177125


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  #2455463 6-Apr-2020 08:25
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The Washington Post - Surgeon general says coming week will ‘be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives’

 

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Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams said Sunday that the coming week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

 

“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” Adams said in an appearance on Fox News. 

 

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country. "

 

He added that the next 30 days would be critical for slowing the coronavirus’s spread, noting that some early hot spots are actually starting to contain the virus. ...

 





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The number of dead in USA will probably top 10,000 before the end of the day. We're well past Pearl Harbour, which killed 2,400.


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The Washington Post - Surgeon general says coming week will ‘be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives’

 

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Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams said Sunday that the coming week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

 

“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” Adams said in an appearance on Fox News. 

 

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country. "

 

He added that the next 30 days would be critical for slowing the coronavirus’s spread, noting that some early hot spots are actually starting to contain the virus. ...

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb 2, 2020, the Surgeon General posted this tweet on his personal account.

 

"Roses are red

 

Violets are blue

 

Risk is low for #coronarvirus

 

But high for the #flu"

 

https://twitter.com/JeromeAdamsMD/status/1223586401280757762

 

 

 

 


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