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    Reuters says there is chatter of war between the US and China, two nuclear powers.

    Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.

    The report was drawn up by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvolio View Post
    Well, yes, but there was a war in Europe and the US was sending soldiers over there just as the flu was starting to spread.
    The Great War was most likely the biggest reason that the Spanish Flu spread like it did. And with the Armistice that was proceeded with parades and huge gatherings welcoming soldiers home world wide. Ships carrying troops and supplies from places like Australia and New Zealand returning home having to stop and "coal up" in Africa, India, and other parts of Asia when the war ended. Also with an information black out form countries involved in the war about such things as sicknesses there was no real feel of how wide spread it had become. WWI is most likely the reason that the Spanish Flu was the deadliest pandemic in human history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Ronin View Post
    The Great War was most likely the biggest reason that the Spanish Flu spread like it did. And with the Armistice that was proceeded with parades and huge gatherings welcoming soldiers home world wide. Ships carrying troops and supplies from places like Australia and New Zealand returning home having to stop and "coal up" in Africa, India, and other parts of Asia when the war ended. Also with an information black out form countries involved in the war about such things as sicknesses there was no real feel of how wide spread it had become. WWI is most likely the reason that the Spanish Flu was the deadliest pandemic in human history.
    Pretty much all of this. The reason it got dubbed the "Spanish Flu" is because Spain (as a non-combatant in the Great War) was one of the few countries on the planet that wasn't censoring news, which made Spanish news sources the first place most people could learn anything about the outbreak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Meanwhile in Florida, some beaches are looking like Spring Break all over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    We rely on the government to send inspectors to the processing plants here in the US. In poorer, or dumber, countries they don't do that, especially with outdoor wet markets.
    That all sounds good, but like most forms of regulation, food safety rules have been rendered almost completely toothless, and especially when it comes to meat, the health and safety standards are little better than they were back in the days of Upton Sinclair. Of course, the fact that slaughterhouses are now located far away from major metropolitan areas and staffed mostly by poor immigrants means that very few people really have to think about where their food comes from, as far as they're concerned it just miraculously appears in supermarket aisles all nice and neatly packaged, which of course can engender a certain superiority complex over those backward third world cretins who still need to shop at open air markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    That all sounds good, but like most forms of regulation, food safety rules have been rendered almost completely toothless, and especially when it comes to meat, the health and safety standards are little better than they were back in the days of Upton Sinclair. Of course, the fact that slaughterhouses are now located far away from major metropolitan areas and staffed mostly by poor immigrants means that very few people really have to think about where their food comes from, as far as they're concerned it just miraculously appears in supermarket aisles all nice and neatly packaged, which of course can engender a certain superiority complex over those backward third world cretins who still need to shop at open air markets.
    I think thats more of an american thing tbh. There was a huge scandal in the uk a few years ago when it was discovered unscrupulous dealers were using race horse meat in ready meals

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    What's the alternative though? The meat that you buy at the supermarket wasn't slaughtered in a surgical clean room, but it's just sheltered from public view so we don't think about it as much.
    Don’t eat animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy_hansen View Post
    Don’t eat animals.
    Honestly, we'll probably have universal health care, complete racial and gender equality, and a zero emission economy before people around the world would ever agree to stop eating meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    We rely on the government to send inspectors to the processing plants here in the US. In poorer, or dumber, countries they don't do that, especially with outdoor wet markets.
    The issue is not with wet markets per say but the sell of wild animals at the markets.
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    A security guard is shot and killed after telling customer to put on a face mask

    (CNN)A security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, was shot and killed after telling a customer to wear a state-mandated face mask, police said.

    Calvin Munerlyn, 43, died at a local hospital after he was shot in the head Friday, said Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser.

    The shooter and a second suspect remain at large, Kaiser told CNN on Monday.

    Witnesses at the store told police that Munerlyn got into a verbal altercation with a woman because she was not wearing a mask, said Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton. Surveillance video confirms the incident, Leyton said.

    Under an executive order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, all retail employees and customers have to wear a mask.

    Footage also shows that immediately after the altercation, the woman left in an SUV.

    But about 20 minutes later, the SUV returned.

    Two men entered the store and one of them yelled at Munerlyn about disrespecting his wife, Leyton said. The other man then shot the security guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    Honestly, we'll probably have universal health care, complete racial and gender equality, and a zero emission economy before people around the world would ever agree to stop eating meat.
    Yeah it might as well be imprinted that once upon a time Caveman Og invented a club to kill bigger animals, and then invented fire to treat his whole family to a warm barbecue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Oh WBE! Got another Republican for you. Meet Andy Biggs from Arizona District 5.



    Was against all four relief packages, been constantly demanding reopening of all businesses, spouting the cure is worse than the disease be, and more.

    Here's him yelling at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.



    He also mentioned voting against one of the relief packages for homophobic reasons.



    Same article too.



    He also doesn't believe in climate change, called on Robert Mueller to resign, one of 11 Republicans to oppose the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund bill H.R. 1327, blocked a bill banning driving while texting for holders of a learning permit, and wants to overturn Roe v Wade.


    I'm surprised you haven't covered this guy yet since there's so much BS to him. If you have, your blog doesn't pull him up when I search his name. Either way, what a piece of crap.
    He's in the queue, rest assured.
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    Sweeney urges Murphy to open more N.J. businesses by Memorial Day

    On Monday, he told The Star-Ledger editorial board that other businesses able to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines also should be allowed to begin operating again.

    “We’ve got to open by Memorial Day as many businesses as we can safely,” said Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

    “The governor has done a very good job of flattening the curve,” Sweeney said. “Now we have to start moving forward with the economy. There are other businesses that we’ve got to start opening up.”
    Gov. Phil Murphy has formed a commission that will oversee the reopening but has said he wants to wait to make sure coronavirus cases continue to drop and don’t surge again as more New Jerseyans leave their homes.

    “Social distancing, right now, is the only proven COVID-19 prevention,” Murphy said at his daily coronavirus briefing Monday. “There are no recognized treatments, and there is no cure. There is only social distancing.”
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    Appeals Court Vacancy Is Under Scrutiny Ahead of Contested Confirmation Hearing

    Just days before a high-profile Senate confirmation hearing to fill a vacancy on the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court’s chief judge has opened the door to an inquiry into whether ethical improprieties occurred in the creation of the coveted opening.

    In an order dated May 1, Judge Sri Srinivasan asked Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to assign another circuit to look into a complaint filed by the progressive advocacy group Demand Justice, which questioned the timing and circumstances of Judge Thomas B. Griffith’s retirement announcement in early March.

    The advocacy group acted in March after disclosures that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader who has focused intently on conservative judicial confirmations the past three years, had been contacting appeals court judges nominated by Republican presidents to encourage them to retire. In the case of Judge Griffith, his retirement opened the way for President Trump to nominate Justin Walker, a 37-year-old protégé of Mr. McConnell’s whom the senator had ardently promoted for the seat.
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    Seems Ohio is upping the stakes for reopening, setting up a website for employers to report any runaway serfs, er, employees who don't come back because they feel unsafe so benefits can be cut.
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