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    We enjoyed the Loire. I think my favorite part of...

    We enjoyed the Loire. I think my favorite part of the French countryside is Normandy and Brittany, but of course there's a huge part of France we haven't seen and never will, alas. Mont Saint...
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    He was talking about masks being harmful to the...

    He was talking about masks being harmful to the wearer and I was contradicting that, but of course we wear masks to protect others, not ourselves. Thanks for clarifying. (And of course protecting...
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    They looked at 455 contacts of 1--let me repeat...

    They looked at 455 contacts of 1--let me repeat that--1 person who was an asymptomatic carrier. We do not know what protective measures were in place at the time of contacts, except for ER...
  4. To me investment means putting money into a...

    To me investment means putting money into a company to help it get off the ground or expand. Most of what passes for investment in this country would more fairly be labeled speculation.
  5. Thread: Memorial Day

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    Not soldiers killed in battle of course, but...

    Not soldiers killed in battle of course, but Holocaust survivors also appear to have an increased suicide rate as they age, compared to their peers. The common threads are harrowing, prolonged, life...
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    All the little kids in the neighborhood riding...

    All the little kids in the neighborhood riding their little bikes running me off the sidewalk. The little fuckers can get sick afaic, then they'll have to stay home. ; - )
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    Most of the employees at my Safeway are not...

    Most of the employees at my Safeway are not wearing masks. Except for the produce guy who wears his below his nose. They do wear gloves though--same gloves all day.

    We're not allowed to bring our...
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    Weed just isn't the same after it's been sprayed...

    Weed just isn't the same after it's been sprayed with clorox.
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    "How's my husband, doctor?" "He's fine. He only...

    "How's my husband, doctor?" "He's fine. He only looks dead. He's just a crisis actor. You can take him home now. Need help getting him in the car?"
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    We'll know in a couple of weeks. Interesting...
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    Neighbors threw a movie party last night for the...

    Neighbors threw a movie party last night for the block--set up a screen on the front lawn and we all sat 6 feet apart in the street. Couple from across the street sitting 6 feet apart from each...
  11. Thread: Memorial Day

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    My dad lost a cousin during the battle of the...

    My dad lost a cousin during the battle of the bulge. 20 years later his parents--my great aunt and uncle--talked about him constantly. It's a wound that never heals.
    My dad made it through ok,...
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    Hmmm--my kid's old band uniform is hanging...

    Hmmm--my kid's old band uniform is hanging upstairs in the closet. I wonder if he'd be pissed if I cut it up.

    "If you can read this mask you're to close."
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    Fuck all you quoting jgb. I work hard to not...

    Fuck all you quoting jgb. I work hard to not read what he writes but then I stumble across his quotes in the posts of the people I respect.

    Hey I have a proposition. You young folks let us old...
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    The food and wine are of course marvelous but I...

    The food and wine are of course marvelous but I think to get the full benefit of the South of France you have to live someplace cold and gloomy, like England, or Germany. As a Californian some of...
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    And more than anything, avoid gatherings,...

    And more than anything, avoid gatherings, especially indoors. That's where the cases are spreading--whether the carrier is local or from out of town.

    And BTW, for once Trump set a good example....
  16. Turning onto Donner Pass Rd (I think they call it...

    Turning onto Donner Pass Rd (I think they call it Truckee Way now) from Glenshire Dr can be dicey due to poor sight distance and speeders, although the new roundabout at Stockrest Springs Rd has...
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    The reason I keep tooting the horn is because...

    The reason I keep tooting the horn is because this incessant blaming of out of towners and demands they stay away create a false sense of security among locals--as long as we keep "them" away we...
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    3 out of 4 clusters had only locals, and the 4th...

    3 out of 4 clusters had only locals, and the 4th had locals and outsiders, but outsiders are the problem?
    People who think that where they live is safe from the virus get careless, and then blame...
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    How is telling someone they can't infect other...

    How is telling someone they can't infect other people different than telling them they can't shoot them. I take it back. Telling them they can't shoot someone infringes on their second amendment...
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    Save the plastic and wire thingies that seal bags...

    Save the plastic and wire thingies that seal bags of coffee. Sew them into the top seam of homemade masks to seal around the nose. That will help with the fogging and also reduce leakage of virus.
  21. Good explanation. The false negatives are also...

    Good explanation. The false negatives are also worth mentioning. A negative can be "false" because the person is infected but hasn't made antibodies--either too soon or immune suppressed. That is a...
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    Better not hear any complaints from you when the...

    Better not hear any complaints from you when the bunnies start eating your garden. (my wife loves bunnies. her bunnies liked to bite me when I fed them. No more bunnies.)
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    My diagnosis is spinal stenosis. Lot of that...

    My diagnosis is spinal stenosis. Lot of that going around. Golf is bad for it too. Notice all those football coaches bending forward with their hands on their knees on the sidelines. They're not...
  24. I was wrong about the significance of a positive...

    I was wrong about the significance of a positive in a disease with a low prevalence. Skizix and jono are right. If 1 % of the population has the disease and the false positive rate is 1% the chance...
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    I don't have any specific knowledge re...

    I don't have any specific knowledge re hydroxychloroquine but it would make sense that the risk of the drug--which is that it slows electrical conduction in the heart--would be higher in patients who...
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    It will be very interesting to see how many of...

    It will be very interesting to see how many of the exposed people will eventually test positive. The article doesn't say but I hope that every one of the customers and coworkers is tested. That is...
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    silent retreat sounds appealing. Silence is...

    silent retreat sounds appealing. Silence is highly underrated.
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    Costco? If not there I guess you could always...

    Costco? If not there I guess you could always smoke the carcass of a meat plant worker.

    Take a 1 gal plant, stick it in a pot with 4 gal of dirt and charge for a 5 gallon plant.
    Take a 5 gallon...
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    He does a great show. First time I saw him he...

    He does a great show. First time I saw him he had Washboard Hank with him--in addition to the washboard he had a colander on his head and various pot lids strapped to his body in various places--all...
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    She was indeed. Sadly, she had dementia towards...

    She was indeed. Sadly, she had dementia towards the end of her life, although she continued to come in to the restaurant almost til the end.
    A lot of the waiters were older people from Italy,...
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    We have 90 year old casements--push open, the...

    We have 90 year old casements--push open, the screen pushes out with the window and then the latch pulls the screen back in while the window stays open. We also have Pella casements that crank open....
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    Biba, the best restaurant in Sacramento, has...

    Biba, the best restaurant in Sacramento, has closed for good. 34 years in business. Upscale Italian. Biba the owner passed away a few months ago but the family intended to keep it running, until...
  33. Oscar--why would you even have to ask. I don't...

    Oscar--why would you even have to ask. I don't know what I'd say but I'm sure something will piss me off to talk to him aboutl
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    "Alcohol and pills, it's a crying shame, you...

    "Alcohol and pills, it's a crying shame, you think they might have been happy with the glory and the fame. But fame doesn't take away the pain, it just pays the bills, and you wind up on alcohol and...
  35. Thread: Ikon Pass

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    If the governor were to allow ski resorts to open...

    If the governor were to allow ski resorts to open by 12/10 and Squaw and Alpine decided on their own not to open--couldn't meet the conditions, couldn't hire workers (no Southern Hemishere workers)...
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    Great--another whack job who thinks masks...

    Great--another whack job who thinks masks infringe on their constitutional rights. ; -- )

    We'll never buy Pella again. Sills rotted (installed correctly). They're casements, keep sagging and...
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    Lexapro turns Karens into Nancys. That's good...

    Lexapro turns Karens into Nancys. That's good isn't it.

    My suggestion--everyone deal with their own shit and stop worrying about how other people deal with theirs.
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    If he called 911 in Sacramento about 8...

    If he called 911 in Sacramento about 8 firefighters, EMT's and LEO would have shown up--none of them wearing masks.

    The Four Freedoms 2020 style

    Freedom to discriminate
    Freedom to hate...
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    More evidence that the bad covid cases are...

    More evidence that the bad covid cases are primarily a disease of the blood vessels, not just the air sacs in the lungs. That may partly explain why the disease is so hard on older people and people...
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    That's what our kid is doing. His fiance is in...

    That's what our kid is doing. His fiance is in school so if they're married the DOD pays her tuition and of course taxes are lower--so waiting until they can throw a big party would be very costly....
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    A patriot is not someone who tells everyone how...

    A patriot is not someone who tells everyone how much they love their country. A patriot is someone who serves their country. (I don't mean just serving in the military, but doing any kind of...
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    Went to Safeway today--everything I needed was...

    Went to Safeway today--everything I needed was available except bread flour and yeast. Went to the bakery and one of the bakers gave me a plastic bag of bread flour and a pound of instant yeast. ...
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    Why? We've used milgards a couple of times, no...

    Why?
    We've used milgards a couple of times, no problems.
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    The difference is that your PM wasn't and isn't...

    The difference is that your PM wasn't and isn't being a dick about it.
  45. The test is 99% specific, which means the same as...

    The test is 99% specific, which means the same as 1% false positive rate.. That means if you have the test and it's positive there's a 99% chance that it's a true positive. That's a completely...
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    No vaccine? First of all no country has crushed...

    No vaccine? First of all no country has crushed Covid 19. Way, way too soon to say that. And Covid was "crushed" by them means of significant behavioral changes. Americans, and most other people...
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    Response might have been better with another...

    Response might have been better with another President in charge but would still have been far less than perfect. There is a lot more wrong with this country and its ability to accomplish things...
  48. I was responding to skizix, who did not mention...

    I was responding to skizix, who did not mention loss of taste or smell. I don't doubt you had it--you had a positive antibody test as well. Skizix has decided not to get one.
  49. Also an arroyo

    Also an arroyo
  50. The symptoms of an outpatient case of Covid 19...

    The symptoms of an outpatient case of Covid 19 are nonspecific. You cannot differentiate between Covid and other respiratory illnesses like influenza and other viral infections based on symptoms. ...
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