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  1. hevans1944

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    What most of the world may not appreciate is the United States is a federation of independent, sovereign, states (currently fifty in number) who are united under a federal government for the mutual benefit and protection of ALL the states. The vacuum in my current federal government is NOT detrimental to the cooperation among the states. This vacuum, centered on Washington, D.C., may be the reason why the States are working together.

    The thing that citizens of the USA need fear is the entrenched bureaucracy of the Federal Government, that is pretty much now like a ship at sea without a competent Captain in charge of steering it. Who knows what "direction" (if any) the Ship of State will take? It is pretty much a "good thing" that the resources the Federal Government can bring to bear on problems common to all of the States is widely distributed among the States instead of being concentrated in one area. That does make it more difficult to administer from a central location, such as Washington, D.C., or New York City, or perhaps Denver, Colorado, or Atlanta, Georgia. Notice I didn't mention California, which although a State of the United States of America, has gone its own way for the last sixty or seventy years or so.

    The fight against the novel coronavirus, and COVID19 deaths caused by it, is far from over. It may never be over unless a potent vaccine and readily available antibody tests are made available to everyone world wide, not just for the few in privileged countries. The world is now a much smaller (and more crowded) place, given that anyone can be just about anywhere on the planet if they have enough money for travel, whether on a ship at sea or 37,000 feet in the air, packed like sardines in a jet-propelled aluminum sausage. We should all learn how to cooperate. Or maybe die trying.

    What an interesting "off-topic" thread @(*steve*) has started. I especially appreciate the comments and links that (newly appointed?) moderator @bertus has provided on the worldwide status of the COVID19 problem.
     
  2. (*steve*)

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    Because, or in spite of, it doesn't matter. Single states will have a hard time dealing with this alone if they are strongly affected. I was heartened to see groups of states cooperating, including some having "dissimilar" political leanings at the highest levels.
     
  3. hevans1944

    hevans1944 Hop - AC8NS

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    Amen to that.

    America and Americans are a resilient lot, slow to move sometimes but like a juggernaut when finally in motion. I suspect our Congress will eventually have to intervene with laws defining who gets what, where, and when. If the isolation continues much longer, with people out of work and limited availability of goods for sale on the shelf, America will become like the Soviet Union was in the years after World War II... capable but not very productive, and with unequal distribution of what was available. Our "natural" reaction to calamities such as the COVID19 pandemic is to isolate the entire country from the rest of the world. This didn't work very well for any country in the past, and it is even less likely to work today. Like it or not, we are all connected and now is the time to show that by helping our fellow human beings in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific along with survivors in Europe and all of the Western Hemisphere.

    Glad to see you and your wife have apparently recovered from your bout with the flu! Carry on, mate! In isolation of course.:)
     
  4. bertus

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    Hello,

    On twitter from a dutch news blog:


    The Dutch are inventing new words to describe the impact of the virus.

    - Huidhonger (skin hunger): a longing for human contact during isolation

    - Toogviroloog (blather virologist): someone who spreads false information about coronavirus. https://t.co/uFv3zuwyB0

    — CNN (@CNN) May 5, 2020

    Bertus
     
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    - Toogviroloog (blather virologist): someone who spreads false information about coronavirus.

    Honestly who exactly they think spreads the truth about it. I remember that not single organization was honest about it, or at least they did not spread the full truth as they did not have it, nor do we still have complete understanding of it.
     
  8. Martaine2005

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    We are safe and sound. Keeping our distance and having fun.

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  9. bertus

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    Hello,

    Thai elevator with pedas, no buttons to touch:



    Bertus
     
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