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  1. The one in the middle is BLM/Antifa, not a Trump supporter.
  2. The standard recommendation is "Call your physician at 103 F, go to the emergency room at 105 F." Having been on the wrong side of 103 F a few times, I'm probably not going to wait to hit 105 F to go to ER (more precisely, to call for an ambulance ride to ER). My recollection is that 105 F is considered life-threatening, all by itself.
  3. Seriously, when were rush hour passengers NOT packed like sardines on the BTS?
  4. Well, the Dems have a problem. Biden made it to First Place in the primaries. Bernie Sanders came in second, very close on his heels. Everyone else, including Kamala "Heels Up" Harris and Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren, was way back in the back of the pack. Bernie Sanders is not electable. Too many people know what he really is, and what he would mean in the White House, and, while they might be Democrats, and stupid, they aren't suicidal. If the Dems hadn't nominated Sleepy Joe, they would have had a HUGE fight on their hands from the Bernie camp. This would have eliminated thei
  5. I am in general not fond of tattoos. I will make an exception for Thai temple tattoos, but that's about it.
  6. Oh, and the Bangkok Post website has a story that says the first load of long-stay "tourists" was supposed to arrive on Oct 9, but they've run into some problems getting all the ducks in a row in China, so they're going to have to reschedule (i.e., slip the date out a while).
  7. It wouldn't matter. The quarantine procedure is just about full lockdown. NO VISITORS, UNDER *ANY* CIRCUMSTANCES. One of the other guys posted about it recently.
  8. Days since about Case #1 in the US.
  9. First, Tet in 1968 was a VC operation, not an NVA operation. It was a "last gasp", intended to convince the US that the war was unwinnable. IT DIDN'T WORK, and it finished the VC. They were never again a factor in "the" war. The US kept right on going, chewing the NVA into little tiny pieces. Second, the US wound down its involvement, and withdrew, in 1972. South Vietnam did not fall until 1974. In the 1972-1974 period, with heavy backing from the USSR and the PRC, the NVA built TWO of the largest mechanized armies ever seen on the planet, larger than anything Hitler ever fielded in
  10. Some data, as of a few days ago. The first chart is day-to-day new cases, 7-day moving average, for the US. The second chart is day-to-day deaths, 7-day moving average, for the US. Bluntly, the pandemic is dying out.
  11. FALSE, and badly so, but you have to read the history and look at the actual timeline. Full Disclosure: I am cribbing heavily from Jerry Pournelle's writings in this. First, it is necessary to recognize that there were in fact THREE wars being fought in Vietnam in the 1960s and early 1970s. The first was a revolt-from-within in South Vietnam, by the Viet Cong. The Viet Cong LOST that war in 1968: the Tet Offensive was their absolute last gasp. They were losing, they knew it, and the went for broke. They threw everything they had, including every kitchen sink and chamber pot they co
  12. False. Private citizens can own selective fire weapons (i.e., fully automatic), although the hoops are difficult to jump through. They can also own artillery pieces, and even fully operational tanks. There are "license fees", that are quite high, that being the closest the government can actually get to outlawing them. The M-16 and AK-47 are full auto. The AR-15 is the semiautomatic version of the M-16. As you correctly observe, it is quite easy to convert to full auto. The AR-15 is not popular because it is an "assault weapon" (There is NO SUCH THING as an "assault weapon" or "ass
  13. Nope. There is no law limiting magazine size. There was one for a while, the old Democrat assault weapon ban, from the Clinton Administration I think, but that particular law sunsetted a long time ago, and was not renewed. California recently tried to enact such a law, limiting magazine sizes. It would have banned fully HALF of the weapons in existence. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just threw it out as an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. When the Ninth Circus throws out a California law, and rules for a Conservative position, you KNOW the California legislature
  14. The problem will solve itself the moment Thailand reopens the border to Chinese tourists. The solution likely won't be pretty. I'm sitting on paid airline and hotel reservation for my 65th birthday party trip in late August. At this point, I strongly doubt that the trip will happen. The hotel has already agreed to treat the nonrefundable unchangeable reservation money as a deposit against my next trip, if I can't come in August. (They've been watching the coronavirus situation, and I am a LONG-term repeat customer, apparently well-liked by all of their people.) The airline ticket
  15. If he is currently working in Khlong Toei, he will probably learn firsthand where the problems come from, if he ever wanders north on Suk Soi 5 in the evening.
  16. No, it doesn't. Full Disclosure: I've been on a ventilator twice. Once, I was conscious for a good part of the period I was on the machine. The second time, they kept me out the whole time. A ventilator assists the patient in moving air, by sucking and blowing. It has no direct effect whatsoever on oxygen absorption. Oxygen absorption is a function of oxygen content in the blood and unimpaired gas diffusion across the capillary (very fine blood vessels: they connect arteries to veins) walls in the pulmonary capillary beds (LARGE networks of LOTS of capillary beds in the lungs). C
  17. I'm waiting to see what happens. If the quarantine requirement is still in place as of a few days before I'm scheduled to travel, I'm going to have to call the airline and reschedule, and then call the hotel and see if I can work a deal with them, based on being a very good customer for many years. (It can't hurt to try. Worst that can happen is they say "No", and I suspect that may depend on who I talk to.) On the other hand, if the government figures out just how much tourism revenue they are losing because of the quarantine requirement, they may come to their senses, remove that requi
  18. I'm scheduled to touch down at Swampypoom on 23 August or so. I screwed up and did nonrefundable unchangeable hotel reservations, and forgot to put trip insurance on them. Probably wouldn't have done any good; the indications are that everyone in the industry is trying to call COVID-19 a "force majeur" (sp?) event, and duck out on paying claims. I'm hoping that the world comes to its senses before I'm supposed to go wheels-up on the first leg.
  19. Actually, the quote is "You get the government you deserve, and you generally get it good and hard." New York City and New York State appear to be the current poster children, with New Jersey in 3rd place.
  20. You might find this page interesting.http://www.whiov.cas.cn/105341/It is a series of job postings for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Among other things, it strongly suggests that the Institute has been working with bat coronaviruses for quite some time.
  21. Trump is crazy like a fox. You may have missed it, but he just played the Democrats like a Stradivarius. By saying that he, the President, had the authority to tell them when they would release their lockdowns, he caused every Democrat state governor, not to mention the DNC and the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader, and their various henchmen and yes-men and sycophants, to scream "NO YOU DON'T! YOU AREN'T A KING! *WE*, THE GOVERNORS OF THE STATES, ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT GET TO SAY THAT!" And Trump immediately backed down and let them celebrate their "victory".
  22. Factually untrue, according to a primary source. Jerry Pournelle was a professor of political science at Pepperdine University back when Reagan was Governor of California. Reagan and his people came through on a "get acquainted" visit, and various professors presented talks on their work, Jerry among them. When Jerry got to the traditional "Are there any questions?" point, Reagan said "Yes, professor, I have two questions." Reagan asked the questions, and Jerry was shocked. Reagan's questions demonstrated two things. First, he completely understood everything Jerry had discussed, in
  23. Specialist

    Drink !

    Glenfiddich is good. One of these days, I am going to break down and buy another bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, the nectar of the gods.
  24. I don't know quite how to break this to you, Stevie. There is a whole lot of anecdotal evidence coming in from the front lines, i.e., the hospitals and ERs where they are treating some very, very ill patients. They are giving patients the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin cocktail, because there isn't much else they can do beyond basic support and ventilator treatment, and they are seeing dramatic positive results from it. I realize you don't want to hear that, but the truth is the truth.
  25. There are at least two antiviral drugs showing a lot of promise right now, one in Japan and one in the US. The US drug is clinical trials for something else. It is not approved for investigation for COVID-19, but a hospital in Seattle is trying it anyway, and reporting very, very good results.
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