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2020.07.22 07:11 my_sfw_altaccount Jason Stewart

Name: Jason Stewart
Personality: Jason is a showoff. He tries to have all of his fights end in a one sided beat down.
Background: Up until the White Event Jason lived a fairly average life. Then during the White Event while he was on a trip to San Francisco he got hit by a bus because the driver was blinded during the flash. However instead of dying he just got knocked over and stood up. Now he has super powers.
Date of Birth: Early 1996
Appearance: 5' 10", 160 lbs, black hair, and brown eyes
Base of Operations: NYC
Allies: None for now
Gear: A baton and knife.
Tier: Gamma
Powers:
  • Enhanced Physicals
Durability Type Unphased Tank Stagger Knockdown KO Other
Energy (Joules) >75 KJ 75 KJ-14 MJ 14-30 MJ 30-40 MJ 40-75 MJ
Thermal N/A N/A N/A N/A 750° Fahrenheit 20 times resistant to change.
Energy Density - - - - - 337 KJ/1 mm2
Crushing/Ripping (Tons) >8 tons 8-40 tons 40-95 tons 95-190 tons 190-300 tons -
Lifting Strength Striking Energy
160 tons 25 MJ
Foot Speed, Acceleration Distance Combat Speed Reactions
Mach .5 (170 m/s) Mach .4 (137 m/s) 8 ms
  • Pain Immunity: Jason does not feel pain.
  • Salt Manipulation
    • Jason can generate salt at a rate of 1000 lb/s
    • He can manipulate 1000 pounds of salt at a time.
    • He can put 200 kj of energy into his salt
    • Jason can move said salt around at 94 m/s.
    • This power has a range of 100 ft
Feats:
  • Killed a skeleton with similar physicals to himself.
  • Kicked a baby in the jaw.
  • Grinded an average human's legs down in less than a second.
  • Grinded the face off of someone with the similar stats to alpha brick in a few seconds.
  • Grinded the face off of someone who had similar stats to bravo brick in ten seconds.
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\"Don't mind me guys, keep going\"
posted by George2110 on /memes
Click here to view the post. ● 133,800 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 14:20:08 UTC
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At night you can see the moon, during the day you get to see moon moon.
posted by Fresh_Front on /aww
Click here to view the post. ● 122,162 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 13:07:14 UTC
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Kansas City Beatdown
posted by Germanic_Youth on /PublicFreakout
Click here to view the post. ● 107,256 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 00:39:49 UTC
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What 90's gaming actually looked like
posted by seenthezoo on /gaming
Click here to view the post. ● 104,607 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 02:54:48 UTC
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Beautiful grey wolf becomes a good boy when visited by woman who helped raise his pack
posted by asdfpartyy on /aww
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Love the tap on the shoulder before the blow to face.
posted by Turd-Stink on /PublicFreakout
Click here to view the post. ● 12,978 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 01:20:16 UTC
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Dude was recognized from the past, my boss says he got caught trying to boost stuff in the past. My boss was bird-dogging him and noticed some stuff he was carrying he was suddenly not carrying. We ask him where he put it and he tells us he left it in another part of the store. Boss says alright get out of here I remember you, dude freaks out saying fuck us. Then he pulls out a box cutter knife and starts waving it around so our clerk called the law. Dude storms out, walks back in and says I didn't steal shit and pulls his pants down and shows us his wiener and balloon knot. A guy outside said he noticed the guy flash everyone and saw the knife so he laid him out. Hit him one time and the dude took off. Police got moderately involved but I hope that guy learns from this and doesn't pull his pants down in front of a bunch of people again.
posted by Germanic_Youth on /PublicFreakout
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I love how he turns over and lets her run his belly like a puppy dog. That wolf must have mad respect for this woman. I'd love to know the story of how she helped raise his pack..
posted by thefaith1029 on /aww
Click here to view the post. ● 9,446 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 10:35:47 UTC
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\"Moon Moon, where are you?\" ` \"Roof!\"`
posted by TooShiftyForYou on /aww
Click here to view the post. ● 8,644 Upvotes ● Posted: 09/07/2020 at 14:31:40 UTC
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Reminds me of this other video of the dude coming home from work and freaking out cause he saw his husky chilling on the roof
posted by temporarycows on /aww
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It’s the little things
posted by bella3774 on /MadeMeSmile
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Karen calls police on man sitting in his car outside his own house
posted by tefunka on /PublicFreakout
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🐱 kittens!
posted by Fishbowl007 on /AnimalsOnReddit
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We don't need Harvest going core, we need improvements and consolidation of existing crafting options.
posted by Enartloc on /pathofexile
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5 day old foster kittens!
posted by sazzajelly on /AnimalsOnReddit
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During this lockdown I have been tasked with raising my nephews in the absence of my bil and sister as they are both doctors and we are following strict guidelines to remain separate. `My eldest nephew had been bullying his younger brother and some kids over the internet. He was generally being a dick. I immediately realised that he was a bully but also hurting but I didn’t give him any excuses for his bad behaviour. I made sure to be vocal and reprimand him every time he was crossing the line or being even vaguely inappropriate towards his brother. We started to have regular conversations on where his sour attitude was coming from and at first it just seemed like he was born to be an asshole but I persisted. ` After awhile he opened up to me and he started to feel like he was being heard and was then able to explain to me that he felt like he was a disappointment to our family as we are all fairly academic and successful in our professional lives and he was worried since he isn’t so academically inclined. He was also insecure about his sexuality (because his voice was still child like and not like his friends/little brother, so he thought that made him gay) and was therefore being overly aggressive and macho. He felt like he was the ugly, dumb older brother who could never do right compared to his younger brother, he also felt insecure about his lack of hair growth both facially and down below. I can honestly say that in the past few months he has been with me he has drastically changed because I took the time to listen and give him all the love I had for him. I apologised for not making him feel more loved/not showing him how much I loved him and how important he was to me and his parents. `We had a family zoom chat with his parents and discussed all his frustrations and upsets with his parents,siblings and even me. We all agreed to praise him more and to view his achievements with enthusiasm and pride it deserved. We assured him that he will never ever be compared to anyone else again. ` Honestly in a few months he went from being this annoying always bad ass kid to the kid I always knew he was deep down. He now is helpful, kind and very fun to be around. He has stopped bullying his brother, they not only get along but have started to be like friends and we issued letters of apologies to the kids he was bullying(initially he wanted to text them but I persuaded him to reconsider),all the kids were gracious enough to accept his apologies. ` Sometimes kids need to be reminded loudly and often how loved and wanted they are.`
posted by dat_woman_over_there on /AskReddit
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Did she ever ask you while you were doing it: ` Remember when I could fit all of you inside me?`
posted by CraptainAmerica on /IAmA
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Trump was over a billion in debt and the Russians [bailed him out.](https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/21/how-russian-money-helped-save-trumps-business/) `► Trump was first compromised by the Russians in the 80s. In 1984, the Russian Mafia began to use[ Trump real estate to launder money.](https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/is-there-a-case-for-trump-putin-collaboration-years-before-the-campaign/2018/08/16/00578f1e-9440-11e8-80e1-00e80e1fdf43_story.html) In 1987, the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations, Yuri Dubinin, arranged for Trump and his then-wife, Ivana, to enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow to consider possible business prospects. Only seven weeks after his trip, Trump ran full-page ads in the Boston Globe, the NYT and WaPO calling for, in effect, the dismantling of the postwar Western foreign policy alliance. The whole Trump/Russian connection started out as laundering money for the Russian mob through Trump's real estate, but evolved into something far bigger.` ► In 1984, David Bogatin — a convicted Russian mobster and close ally of Semion Mogilevich, a major Russian mob boss — met with Trump in Trump Tower right after it opened. Bogatin bought five condos from Trump at that meeting. Those condos were later seized by the government, which claimed they were used to launder money for the Russian mob. ([NY Times](https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/30/nyregion/entrepreneur-who-left-us-is-back-awaiting-sentence.html), Apr 30, 1992) `► Felix Sater is a Russian-born former mobster, and former managing director of NY real estate conglomerate Bayrock Group LLC located on the 24th floor of Trump Tower. He is a convict who became a govt cooperator for the FBI and other agencies. He grew up with Michael Cohen--Trump's former \"fixer\" attorney. Cohen's family owned El Caribe, which was a mob hangout for the Russian Mafia in Brooklyn. Cohen had ties to Ukrainian oligarchs through his in-laws and his brother's in-laws. Felix Sater's father had ties to the Russian mob. This goes back more than 30 years.` ► Trump was $4 billion in debt after his Atlantic City casinos went bankrupt. No U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in through Bayrock (mentioned above). Bayrock was run by two investors: Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan-born former Soviet official who drew on bottomless sources of money from the former Soviet republic; and Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who had pleaded guilty in the 1990s to a huge stock-fraud scheme involving the Russian mafia. Bayrock partnered with Trump in 2005 and poured money into the Trump organization under the legal guise of licensing his name and property management. `► In July 2008, the height of the housing bust, Trump sold a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 million to Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch. Trump had purchased it four years earlier for $41.35 million. The sale price was nearly $54 million more than Trump had paid for the property. Again, this was the height of the recession when all other property had plummeted in value.` ► Semion Mogilevich was the brains behind the Russian Mafia. Mogilevich operatives have been using Trump real estate for decades to launder money. That means Russian Mafia operatives have been part of his fortune for years. Many of them owned condos in Trump Towers and other properties. They were running operations out of Trump's crown jewel. `► From Craig Unger's AMA: \"Early on, a source told me that all this was tied to Semion Mogilevich, the powerful Russian mobster. I had never even heard of him, but I immediately went to a database that listed the owners of all properties in NY state and looked up all the Trump properties. Every time I found a Russian sounding name, I would Google, and add Mogilevich. When you do investigative reporting, you anticipate drilling a number of dry holes, but almost everyone I googled turned out to be a Russian mobster. Again and again. If you know New York you don't expect Trump Tower to be a high crime neighborhood, but there were far too many Russian mobsters in Trump properties for it to be a coincidence.\"` ► So many Russians bought Trump apartments at his developments in Florida that the area became known as Little Moscow. The developers of two of his hotels were Russians with significant links to the Russian mob. The late leader of that mob in the United States, Vyacheslav Kirillovich Ivankov, was [living at Trump Tower](https://newrepublic.com/article/143586/trumps-russian-laundromat-trump-tower-luxury-high-rises-dirty-money-international-crime-syndicate) `► According to a Bloomberg investigation (3/16/2017) into Trump World Tower, “a third of units sold on floors 76 through 83 by 2004 involved people or limited liability companies connected to Russia and neighboring states.”` ► In 2013, Federal agents busted an “ultraexclusive, high-stakes, illegal poker ring” run by Russian gangsters out of Trump Tower. They operated card games, illegal gambling websites, and a global sports book and laundered more than $100 million. A condo directly below one owned by Trump reportedly served as HQ for a “sophisticated money-laundering scheme” connected to Semion Mogilevich. `► The Russia Mafia is part and parcel of Russian intelligence. Russia is a mafia state. that is not a metaphor. Putin is head of the Mafia. So the fact that they have been operating out of the home of the president of the United States is deeply disturbing.` ► Rudy Giuliani famously prosecuted the Italian mob while he was a federal prosecutor, yet the Russian mob was allowed to thrive. Now he's deeply entwined in the business of Trump and Russian oligarchs. Giuiani appointed Semyon Kislin to the NYC Economic Development Council in 1990, and the FBI described Kislin as having ties tot he Russian mob. Of course, it made good political sense for Giuliani to get headlines for smashing the Italian mob. `► A lot of Republicans in Washington are implicated. Boatloads of Russian money went to the GOP--often in legal ways. The NRA got as much as $70M from Russia, then funneled it to the GOP. The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee lead by McConnel got millions from Leonard Blavatnik. In the 90s, the Russians began sending money to top GOP leaders, like Speaker of the House Tom Delay. Unger's book alleges that most of the GOP leadership has been compromised by RU money.` ► At the Cityscape USA’s Bridging US and the Emerging Real Estate Markets Conference held in Manhattan, on September 9, 10, and 11, 2008, Trump Jr. was frank about the tide of Russian money supporting the family business, saying \"...And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.\" `► Eric Trump told golf reporter James Dodson in 2014 that the Trump Organization was able to expand during the financial crisis because “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”` ► Russian oligarchs [co-signed Trump’s Deutsche bank loans.](https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/lawrence-odonnell-source-says-russian-oligarchs-co-signed-trumps-deutsche-bank-loans) `Trump now gleefully takes cues from Putin:` ► At the end of 2018, Putin and his allies started making a strong push for a resolution that would justify their country’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan and reverse an 1989 vote backed by Mikhail Gorbachev that condemned it. The Putinists’ goal was to pass the resolution by Feb. There is no one on this side of the Atlantic who thinks the USSR was justified in invading Afghanistan. And out of nowhere, on January 2nd, Trump came out strongly supporting Russia's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. `► Trump went against American intelligence on North Korean missiles. He told the FBI he didn't believe their intelligence because Putin told him otherwise. \"I don't care, I believe Putin\"` ► Trump met in secret with Putin the G20 summit in November 2018, without note takers. 19 days later, he announced a withdrawal from Syria. As a note, Trump conducted FIVE completely private meetings and conferences with Putin, and has gone to great lengths to prevent literally anyone, even people in his administration, from learning what was discussed. `► Trump refused to enforce sanctions legally codified into law - and in some cases reversed standing sanctions on Russian companies.` ► He has denounced his own intelligence agencies in a press conference with Putin on election meddling - and publicly endorsed Putin's version of events. `► Trump pulled out of the INF treaty with no explanation, which allows Putin to create long-range hypersonic missiles that threaten Europe with impunity. The US already has all the weaponry that the INF would ban the development of, so this offers us literally nothing, while allowing Russia to develop powerful new weapons to challenge our allies.` ► Demanded Russia get invited back into G7 `► Pushed the CIA to [give American intelligence to the Kremlin.](https://www.justsecurity.org/71279/trump-pushed-cia-to-give-intelligence-to-kremlin-while-taking-no-action-against-russia-arming-taliban/)` ► Withdrew from the Open Skies treaty `► Received intelligence in 2019 that Russia was paying bounties for dead American soldiers, and hasn't done anything about it by the time of this writing.` ► Announced troop withdrawal from Germany (America's missile defense from Russia and forward operating base against Russian aggression) ` ► And of course, Trump continues to threaten to pull out of NATO, a move so catastrophically stupid, so inconceivably cosmically myopic, I truly can't express the profundity of the idiocy. Suffice to say, pulling out of NATO would be like the only guy in a prison yard with a shotgun just throwing it over the fence for absolutely no reason, suddenly giving the people with crude homemade shivs complete power.`
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The girl accusing Waffle of this shit had already admitted to cheating on her boyfriend during the convention 6 years ago, 100s of eye witnesses saw her kissing multiple guys and even giving hand jobs to every speed runner in the scene. `Her husband ditched her at the convention and she wanted pay back. Now she wants to stream again, her husband advises against it so she jumps on the MeToo train to save her Mormon life and keep her marriage intact.` Just because you do something you regret doesnt give you the right to call it rape. `She claims she was blackout drunk but somehow recalls ever detail of what happened crystal clear. **Red Flag.**` She claims she has been silenced but the real truth came out 6 years ago and was buried because multiple people refuted her claims. **Red Flag.** `She is a Mormon and married when she was just 18 years old, her husband has talked to the person she cheated with multiple times and he claimed they were in love and he shouldnt have engaged in the CONSENSUAL ACT at the time. **Red Flag.**` She expresses her desire to stream again but knows she wouldnt be accepted in the community because of her actions and what she said 6 years ago. **Red Flag.** `A girl approached her about her behavior during the event calling her a slut/whore which made her cry, the girl then left the group of super speed run nerds and was in full control of her own judgement yet our accuser was somehow voodoo tricked into hanging out with a pack of Mario Nerds. **Red Flag.**` Im sorry, all the other cases that have been made about content creators have REAL stories behind them, they have real victims and have been dealt with accordingly. **Red Flag.** `I have no horse in this race, I dont like or dislike Waffle, but I wont see someone falsely accused for something that was already buried years ago, this person obviously has mental problems and is seeking to further herself by jumping on the bandwagon.` If you dislike Waffle thats fine, but dont jump to conclusions about something that is so obviously contrived. `Edit: looks like the battle is already partly lost. These allegations have lead loaded.gg to cover their ass, Waffle has been removed from their roster.` Edit2: Thanks for silver, at least someone can sees through the bias.
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So. `I game. My husband games. We are both avid gamers - him moreso than I - and he lives and breathes his computer. When I read this post out loud and he heard the amount that your (hopefully ex) fiancé blew on his computer, he asked “Does the computer suck his dick while he games? Does he shit into the chair and it power the computer for him? Even as a hardcore computer gaming enthusiast, I would be hard pressed and have to make a considerable effort to spend even HALF of what he did. I don’t know how that’s physically possible even with top-of-the-line hardware. He either grossly overpaid, or he’s telling her that’s what was spent on the computer, but he’s lying and blew it elsewhere because of the amount of unnecessary shit that he had to buy in order to get to that number in the first place. That’s fucking insanity.”` It’s been 15 minutes and he’s still ranting about how unbelievable that amount is to spend on a computer. `If I were you, and my fiancé pulled that stunt, I would tell him to marry the computer since he’s so dedicated to it that it requires all his time and our joint wedding fund.` I’m just going to leave it at that.
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2020.06.27 02:06 baby_meatus Would anyone want to read the rest of this story? Should I turn this in to a book?

How would I expand this? I want to write a book.

Junior year of University, I was approached by M(atty)M(oe) he was goading me to apply to a community service organization, the Bonner program, which rewards students accepted with a $5,000 check. Reluctantly, I applied and shockingly I was accepted into the program, which also included the aforementioned scholarship. Upon receipt of the scholarship check I stood at my mailbox for about 10 minutes $5000 seemed like a small fortune to me, a check of $5000 was almost license to drink myself into oblivion, or throw my fraternity a party completely funded by yours truly.
Nervously, I walked over to the registrars office of Stetson University and said; "Ummm I believe you’ve made a mistake, this check does not belong to me…" They tell me in return, "No that’s your award for being accepted into Bonner."
My head was spinning from the absolute good fortune of doggedly pursuing the philanthropic streak in me, and heeding MMs advice. I was trying to decide what to do with the money; "I could throw my fraternity a party…I could invest it, but any investment right now is suicide…I could buy a motorcycle…" I decided to go with motorcycle, not immediate suicide, I would at least get an dopamine rush on a daily basis. I might even attract a few girls!
Side note: the 'investment option" would have been the best option, I was presenting the equity: SNA, to the board of trustees for purchase into the school endowment portfolio, at time of check receipt, SNA (Snap-On), the equity I was presenting, was trading around $30-35/share (it touched $29/share on the day I made my presentation). At time of writing SNA was trading at $183.59/share. Upon receipt of the scholarship money that was gifted to me, for my good deeds towards humanity, I could have bought 5000/35 = 142 shares of SNA, 142*183=~$30,000. Though no (not) sane 20 year old kid would want to lock their money up for eternity and buy stocks and bonds, that is for old people… like 25 year olds.
I went down to Deland Motorsports with my best friend to browse a few insane 'crotch rockets,' Id learnt that an I-4, or inline 4 cylinder, motorcycle would be vastly overpowered for a 'squid*. Accepting this, I decided on a , very powerful Suzuki SV650s, a sane choice for a "noob."
*squirrely kid
With the final signature of some loan document (stupidly I wasnt not paying very close attention to the verbiage, or amounts - pretty incredible for a finance major) a sudden Dopamine wave went through my body. Holy shit, I thought, do I own another motor vehicle? Im going to get so many girls(!) but I am dating JL… Perhaps her friends will badger her incessantly, and she'll cave and bring another girl into the mix.
None of that happened. Though I did hook up with one if the 'hottest' girls at Stetson, MC, and she specifically said: "you look so 'hawt' riding your motorcycle back from intramural Soccer games, shirtless." Which I interpreted as a flirtatious vote lauding the purchase of that death machine, exactly the type of thing I had in mind when making the purchase. Then there was CZ, Im fairly certain she didn’t have a sexual motivation activated by the motorcycle, this was just a girl who was 'thirsty.' The summer between Junior and Senior year I was selected (incredibly) for an internship with Morgan Stanley, I remember getting the call, in April 2007:
"Hello, could we speak with Nicolas Uppal?"
ohhhh shit what did I do now? "Speaking" I said
"Congratulations Nicolas! You’ve been selected to be a Junior Financial analyst with the GWMG group at Morgan Stanley! You have two options: Beverly Hills or Downtown LA"
All my friends and family can tell you how I was constantly professing to 'adore city life,' and how 'I felt empty if I did not see anything in the sky.' However, the option laid out in front of me required some deliberation, time I did not have. "Uh uh uh Beverly Hills" I blurted out.
"Excellent choice we will send you a confirmation email with the next steps included. Welcome aboard."
Holy sh!t, I thought, im a rising Senior and I already have employment plans.
I immediately called my mother, and let her know the great news.
"I hope you & BPJ approve of this." Quickly explain the Morgan Stanley tale.
"Bien sur que il va etre excite, et mois aussi!"
"Awesome, I have class, talk to you soon, love you."
And with that I thought my future was coming together. I putted around campus for the remainder of my Junior and Senior years, occasionally riding out to Daytona beach, thinking: "this is so cool thank god for this helmet though, I didn’t have the cash to buy one there! Im glad the dealer included one with the sale." That call came at the perfect time to fully let loose over spring break.
For Spring Break; I went to Key West with GA, EM, CF, and DS - we had a blast. I don’t think there was a 5-minute space when all 5 of us were not drunk or high. Then, GA and I had the brilliant idea of renting 49cc scooters and terrorizing Duvall St. We were wrong, Duvall St. terrorized us, EM got into a fight with a bouncer at some popular bar on the strip on Duvall St. EM destroyed him, he just sat on the entrance steps as all 5 of us stumbled in, then 10 minutes and 5 drinks later, we stumbled out, mounted our scooters and safely made it back to our motel, this episode only reinforced my feeling of being invincible.
The next day GA and I were racing on the mopeds around Key West, seeing some traffic up ahead I decided to ramp on to the sidewalk and ride on the sidewalk and 'bunnyhop' down off the sidewalk, thus ensuring my victory. GA pulled up next to me laughing his ass off, from that point forward it didn’t matter if we were drunk, high, or both - we were jumping off sidewalks. Amazingly, none of us went down, except for CF who gave the scooter too much throttle on the sand, lost the rear end and the scooter fishtailed out from underneath him in some sand. Schadenfreude, I thought. Good thing im (slightly) more skilled at riding scooters.
We then had our final night out, just got really drunk didn’t do anything to prepare for the ride back up to Dea(d)land, and await the final 2 months of school.
In the final 2 months of Senior year I attended Ultra Music Festival, I was so in to progressive house and was known around campus for my love affair with House music. In fact DS and I hosted a radio show called "Techno story time," where we would 'drop' the sickest track we had heard during the previous week, and between tracks I would tell an 'R'/'X' rated story of the debauchery. Looking back on this, I must've seemed like such a douchebag, literally kissing and telling whoever had the misfortune of tuning in. Ultra (UMF) was in Miami a 7 hour drive, too pusillanimous to take 'Brutus,' (I wanted to keep him in excellent condition, keep the mileage low) I decided to take the motorcycle.
I recall that going to Miami on a motorcycle was so draining, but as always I was able to overcome that challenge and arrive in Miami with time to spare. I crashed on JLs brothers couch at UM, what an awesome guy for putting up with a smelly, dirty guy who was banging his sister. Damn, in retrospect, I cant really forgive myself for breaking up with JL a year later
At Ultra Music Fest had an awesome time, I didn’t do any drugs, get drunk, or makeout/flirt/hookup with anyone else or smoke Cannabis (although you could smell the cannabis smoke 2-3 miles away). On the drive back, I decided to go as fast as I could (actually I just really really missed JL and wanted to get to Stetson sooner) I remember having the bike at 135 MPH (engine speed limit, were it not for that or I wouldve gone much faster - so that speed limiter was a good thing) for ~30 minutes on the long and boring interior highway FL91. 91 to I-4 to US 17 to JLs arms!
The final 2 months until graduation were essentially a self-imposed retirement; I had no projects due, no finals and before leaving to Ultra Fest '09 I had just given my bond presentation. I was a free man - with no employment lined up. The drawbacks of going to a small, unknown and not-well-connected-outside-of-Florida school were beginning to become apparent
During graduation, I don’t know why I was so somber, I stuck around after graduating for a few nights to party with the boys and be with JL before I departed towards the unknown of adulthood. Upon returning to Atlanta I just assumed that I would be able to 'crash' in my old room, without having a job. Luckily, about 4 months in to my joblessness my great friend from school KD was able to hook up an interview for me with his company, AT&T. I interviewed well, but I really think KD had it already arranged to have me hired, they just wanted to vet me. I interviewed and was subsequently hired to do some business analytics/data cleaning. While working at AT&T I did great work making fun of my superior AM, however, I was not entirely clear on my task. I know I was supposed to measure the times from product purchase to online implementation. Beyond that, However the work was a sinecure until I was hired by MS. We moved buildings, 1 block to a massive, wide open cubicle farm, there may have been ~1000 cubicles in that room - and my cubicle was positioned so that the screen of my computer was visible to everyone who walked in.
Despite being assigned to a less than desirable spot. I worked, not hard but I made sure I completed all my tasks. About 2 months into my 'shafting' I decided to fly to FLL, Ft. Lauderdale, to visit JL, I missed her so badly. I didn’t just miss the sex, I missed the affection, I missed the unconditional love. I had no idea what it was that drew me so close to JL, but I kept going to her. While I was visiting JL she suggested that we go to a dog racing track, having only been to one before, I went to a dog racing track in Daytona Beach with AGs dad and my BFF NB, I agreed the event was not too memorable. However, on the drive back from the track I received a call from the connection I made during my internship with MS, the Managing Director of HR, CNG.
CNG informed me of a position in Coral Gables, Miami FL working with one of her friends JFG. Since I was already in Naples, 90 miles from Miami, I replied with: "I can be there to interview in two days…" With that I experienced another endorphin rush, I ffelt like my future was being laid out in front of me, I just had to secure this job, work my ass off, endure a few years of menial pay until I am promoted to 'Associate' and pay for JL to move in with me. This was especially alluring to me because it seemed like my best friends were getting amazing jobs; RL (my best friend) was working at a PE shop in ATL, and my good friend MS was consulting with McKinsey in Dubai, then again they went to awesome schools Emory and Wharton, respectively.
After my interview with JFG I drove back to Naples for a night before flying back to Atlanta,. It finally felt like I was entering adulthood. I got the position in Miami, I then attempted to put in my two weeks at AT&T when I tried to put in my two weeks my supervisor, AM, said: "No need, you don’t need to come back tomorrow." So with that I was a free man for 2 months, it felt eerily similar to finishing Stetson. I set about organising my departure and move to Miami.
I quickly realised that I was too poor to remotely make a down payment on a condo sight-unseen, so I meekly implored JL to ask her brother, RL, to allow me to crash on his couch for '1 week at most.' I felt like such a bum, living in the UM dorms, working for MS but not having a place to call my own. I had to make a change, so I went around my office asking if anyone needed or knew of anyone who needed a roommate. Luckily, a friend of my then boss, JFG, also had an analyst on his team, RM. We met and quickly agreed to cohabitate an apartment.
Living with RM was fairly easy, he was a very agreeable roommate, I think I pulled the best hand out of the deal,I made sure I got the master suite of the apartment while paying 10% less than RM, I feel like an asshole thinking back on it - but capitalism makes you do things against your human nature. We got into an ok apartment if it were not for the recession of 08-09 we would have never been able to afford it.
About 2 months after I finalized living with RM, Ultra '11 was gearing up, knowing that I was not earning enough to afford a $230 ticket, I begged JL to buy the ticket for our 2 year anniversary. She did! I thought; oh man I love this girl so much, I cant wait to spend the rest o my life with her. My friends GA and DS also were at UMF '11, we had a blast. None of us got too high, drunk or messed up, and strangely I never got GA or EM back to my apartment even though it was 2 blocks from Bayfront park.
I recouped for 12 hours, slept off the alcohol and cannabis, and showed up for work that Monday, probably looking like shit. A few months later, I decided to look up my Boss during my internship, GD. When we connected he was so glad to hear from me, he was unsure if I had been hired. Two calls later he gave me two things: a task to test a Mercedes E55 AMG(we were both gearheads), a job offer in Beverly Hills. Having just the task to test drive the car wouldve been enough, but a job offer in LA? My mind began racing, I had a flexible start date so I was able to gradually close things out and speak with my portfolio manager. Although a favor was called in to get me hired, JFG had no qualms about letting me go.
A month later I went out for my birthday with KG, we werent dating but she had an enormous crush on me, infact she came to Stetson to visut me, much to the chagrin of Jenny. We went to a few small bars, and ended up at club LIV, it was there I met the most beautiful girl I ever laid eyes on, Viviane G. from Rio, much to my amazement she was in to me as well (probably because at the time I had a head of black hair, this made me look like a Brazilian model). Vivi (as I called her) and I hit it off we spent the rest of my time in Miami together, we never kissed, this is why I felt ok staying with Jenny.
Then, a car and yacht show, 1 block from my apartment spurred the motivation to call and break up with Jenny, strangely. I thought Vivi was the woman of my dreams, I didn’t take in to consideration everything Jenny, and her family, had done for me
I took 2 months to finish up in Miami, going out every night to get the last feel of Miami nightlife before I ventured out to the great unknown west. Once again, like in Miami, I arrived in LA and had to 'crash' on my moms good friend LDs guest bedroom, until I got my situation squared away. I was able to quickly secure an apartment 2 blocks from Hollywood Ave., with a view of the Hollywood sign. "Oh man," I thought "I must be the flossiest Stetson graduate right now." I soon came to learn that DS was in LA too, we linked up and I found my smoking/drinking partner while I was in LA.
Work in the Beverly Hills branch of Morgan Stanley was not overly intense, I was just working with a few extra figures. This increase in amount magnified any mistake I made, and I made quite a few mistakes, luckily these were only mistakes on internal reporting documents my managers (one in Beverly Hills and the other in Boston) were pretty cool with it, but still pointed these mistakes out. I remember the team assistant, AT, being so gorgeous, she was taken, or I wouldve been all over that, I wanted to marry her. There were three women that I wanted to marry: 1 - Vivi, 2 - Jenny, 3 - AT
About 2 months in to living in Los Angeles AT, told me about the website Thrillist. I thought "wow Thrillist is so cool, all these awesome events…wait whats thus 'Rental Car Rally?'" The more I read about it, the more I became supremely interested and thought, oh man my friend GA would be PERFECT as my co pilot. I kept thinking about all the hijinks we would get in to, and the speeding, and the (name your debaucherous activity here). GA flew out to LA, we secured a rental Camaro SS coupe and headed for the rally.
We get to the staging area and we see a flood of other cars, buses, and people dressed in ridiculous outfits "this is going to be too much fun!" we said to each other. As the staging process moves on we see some incredible car decorations, and at the end of the pre-rally warm up we are given the option to race on a circle track, being the speed demons that GA & I were, we A B S O L U T E L Y took full advantage of that option. There was no passing allowed, and a quarter track length between each racer. We stage in line - our turn comes up and I bury the throttle, the rear tires barely having grip as we rocket onto the track, I didn’t dare to go above 125 MPH sine I was unsure about the condition of the tires. As we finished what was essentially a penis-size competition, I decided to do an enormous burnout in the middle of the track. After that burnout we were off to the races.
The rally was set up as a series of checkpoints, you have to take a photo at each checkpoint for proof you were there. First checkpoint: LA Zoo. Going to a zoo during the day is interesting, and smelly. At night however, its frightening different sounds and screams from other ralliers in the distance, we took a photo and drove, withi the speed limits, o course, to the next check point. This checkpoint was an abandoned ski lodge, perfect for messing around on abandoned ski lifts. After the ski lodge, we vebtured out into the desert, we only had 1 checkpoint between the LA Zoo and Vegas, and that checkpoint was on the very western edge of Nevada, a brothel - GA said he had no interest in buyin their "product," I remarked to GA how sad I as that I didnt "dip my pen in Dutch ink" while I was in Amsterdam with KD, yet I too was leery of getting some western Nevada 'strange.' We terorized a few trailer parks, doing insane burnouts and leaving the trailer parkhood in dust.
GA and I get to the strip, our rental Camaro SS was filthy, but we gave no fuc*s. We pull up the crappy little off-strip motel, a motel that was likely used by the hookers around Las Vegas, toss our bags on the floor and crashed for about 4 hours. Our room was right be the Lima Bean shaped pool so we could hear the fellow ralliers horsing around by the pool. Greg gets up, looks out the window, tosses me a Natural Light and says; "the only way to detox is to retox muthaf*****!"
To which I replied :"that’s excellent, but first pack a bowl beforeI shower to get this wester Nevada hooker scent off me…"
We both get out to the pool and EVERYONE rom the starting line is there, they were all really really drunk. Since I was a little tired, and wanted to be on my game for gambling that night, I didn’t drink or smoke. The night rolled around and we rustled up some grub on the strip, then we went to MGM to gamble: "Im not putting more than $50 down for chips…"
"Cool, imma do $100, you broke bitch" GA said.
We decide to play some slots (yawn), some Roulette (yawn), then I said I wanted to play some BlackJack. We walked up to the black jack table, waited for the dealer to reshuffle, and jumped in. I felt really smart so I thought I could count cards, after a few hands I started to turn a $5 to $10 to $20 profit, leaving me with $50, the exact same as I started with I thought: "ok, I can quit now, or go for glory, and put 80% down…" Me being the dumb kid I was, I decided to put $40 down and risk it all.
"ohhhh the little piker thinks hes got game!?" The dealer said
"Ehhhh" I replied
The cards come out and I get a 9 and a King.
"I bet you want a hit…"
"Nah, the only hit im taking will be the hit of Cannabis I take after I win this hand"
"Ok kid"
The dealer got a 5, Queen. "I bet you want a hit…" I said in a snarky tone
He took a card, a 7.
I said: "Id like to close out, please"
"Awwww poor kid cant play!?"
"Id like to close out, please"
"Ok tough guy"
I take my chips, get them cashed, and wound up with $95. I turned to GA: "I see how this can get addictive, I turned a 90% ROI!"
"We both laughed, piled into the Camaro, and GA drove us back to LA. GA hung out with DS for an extra day in LA while I was at work - about a month went by before my portfolio manager GD told me I needed to get to Boston to meet the other half of the team, I had only spoken to AS & SG on the phone, trying to explain how to use my messed up spreadsheets. Upon the meeting I figured: "Im already in the North East, I will swing down to NYC to visit RL, RN & MS.
The first night we were itogether, we just went out, got drunk, went to MS' friends apartment, but she wasn’t home yet. So MS and I decided to sleep, on the loor, in front of her door in a fairly swanky Upper East Side apartment. Early that morning MS and I were both awoken by a securoty guard kicking our feet: "uhhhh whats goin on here?"
"oh, sorry we got locked out by our friend she didn’t come home last night, do you all have a lounge?"
"yep, to the right of the front desk"
"Awesome, thank you"
MS and I slept on couches (what a luxury until JP came home. We got cleaned up and I grabbed my bag and went to MS, RN, and RLs apartment. Except it was a 2-bedroom. RL has converted a narrow, but very tall closet into a bedroom/loft. RL and I had been friends since high school, so I felt ok asking him if I could toss my stuff in his room. It was Saturday night, so we all got cleaned up, grabbed a pizza ate in, and got hyped for Saturday night.
"Where should we go?" asked RN.
Me:"I really wanna go to Pacha near westside highway! I get a podcast every week by them, and they have awesome music!"
RN asks:"Ok, everybody cool with Pacha?"
MS:"I wanna hit a college bar, maybe we go there to pregame, then Pacha?"
Me: "yeah that sounds splendifferous"
We set out, at the college bar, I ended up taking 3 shots and I was done for, I cant remember a thing. I stumble up to the bar and ask or a Heineken. "Ohhh is that for me?" An unseen girl asked
"Sure, if we go home tonight."
"OK"
Not being able to believe my ears, I turned around and I see this really cuteAsian girl with her hand out.
"hmm youre pretty thirsty huh?"
"Like you wouldn’t believe" as she snatched the beer out of my hand
"Well maybe you can give me some private tutoring, so I do believe."
"Im a great teacher"
"Well, I kinda suck at school, anything you can do?"
"Well as far as sucking, I think we can work something out"
"well, Ill be sure to get you an extra juicy Apple"
"Sounds delicious"
We danced, occasionally kissing, and made our way back to RL, RN & MS' apartment. When we got there I realized I had no bed to sleep on, only a couch, but RL being the good friend he is said: "Y'all can sleep (wink) in my bed."
"The dungeon!? Yesssss. Thanks man."
So, this girl (didn’t and still don’t know her name) amble up the ladder, she was wearing a skirt and wanted to go first. "Ok I know where this is going…to the bed!"
"Aww cant we play teachestudent first?"
"Only if I get a taste of that Apple I brought you..."
The next morning was my flight out to LA at 4:56 PM, so I had time to grab brunch with the guys before I left. We ate on Chelsea Pier, I felt obliged to 'kiss and tell,' and extol them with my heroics. In retrospect, they probably didn’t want to hear it, I banged some random, probabky nasty girl on RLs bed. We finished lunch had some fun on Chelsea pier, and I flew back to LA. While back in Beverly Hills I was incredibly tire, but I took pride in recounting every detail to DV, knowing AT could hear. I stupidly thought: "if she hears how much fun im having, she might get jealous and want to hangout with me." I was such a devious little shit.
I finish telling DV just as GD walks in to hear the punchline; "…so I brought her back and got her on my friends bed!" GD walks to his station, with four screens (I used to think the ore screens you have the more of a boss you are, now I think the less you have to involve yourself with day-to-day, and intraday moves the more of a 'boss' you are) I can feel him staring at me smiling my ass of, he says "I WANT TO FU*KING HEAR!" So I launch into my tale (or should I say tail).
Later that week I called my father while biking to the gym. I called him because I made an error In the execution of a large fixed income trade, the price of the underlying security moved away from the price quoted, normally this would not matter since we had discretion over trading - meaning we would not need client approval. However, this was a trade for our largest client making a large fixed income purchase, so $.01 makes a big difference when the quantity purchased is in the millions. My father recounts this story to me as an almost emblematic admission of previous of apprehension towards him, and my subsequent of rectification.
As theNYC buzz began to wear off, I started going to bars around LA; SkyBar, and Viper Room one night my two buddies DS & DS, and I all agreed that we should go to Club Avalon, I was a huge electronic progressive house music aficionado so going to world famous club Avalon was *almost* as sweet as NYC with my bros. DS and I cohosted 'Techno Storytime' on the school radio, so we were super pumped to hear some much in the 110 - 130 BPM range.
Still feeling the nightlife buzz from NYC, I found myself able to easily to talk to girls. Doug and I were kinda wall flowers/club explorers, neither one of us has been to Avalon, but upon exploring it we both agreed, DS would love it too, we should start meeting there monthly. The night wore on, I found myself uninterested in paying $12.00 for a bottle if Heineken, so I started to hit on some women, DS and I had explored too much and I only had 30 minutes to seal the deal. So I got to work, quickly scored the number, but we got sidetracked talking about a subject I really, really enjoy; political analysis.
We talked political analysis I wish I could remember what she was saying, she was so on the ball, that awareness only increased my attraction to her. We talked for a bit, we went to the outside portion of the club, seeing her in the moonlight I thought; "shit, she is magnificent, screw AT if I land her. Her looks combined with her intellect make her a superwoman, exactly the type of woman I want carrying my seed. By this point 20 minutes had elapsed, and the club began emptying, "oh shit better seal th-"
"It was amazing talking to you, but I have to find my friends."
"Wait, maybe we…"
She was gone from my life, at least I had her number…
I moped back to DS, he asked me: "Howd it go man!?"
I started yelling that 'I couldn’t seal the f$%^ing deal!"
"Its cool man, this is a big city, im sure youll have other shots, lets catch a cab back to my crib, smoke a bowl watch a movie and forget about all this."
"Aight dude that sounds awesome."
So, we go out to the taxi area, DS and I just bullshitting, and he stop talking: "…so DS has this sick fader on his turn tab…. Wait, what was the name of the girl you were talking to?"
"Why? K(atie)A(ltman…)
"KATIE!!!!!!"
"D what the…."
"KATIE!!!!!!"
"Oh Shit that’s Katie!"
He yells -"KATIE!!!!!!"
She turns around as she is getting in to her cab, with her buddies. I sprint over to her cab wrench the cab door open, and ride with the back to their apartment in Laurel Canyon. From here, I don’t have a clear memory of what happened but I woke up in my bed the next morning. "Shit" I thought, did I walk back to Franklin from Laurel Canyon? Guess I don’t need to work out today! So I rolled back over and dozed for another 45minutes until I get a text from the girl who was sweating me at the gym, CS.
A little back story on CR; I was always checking her out, so was always pushing her massive chest out when I would walk by and she was on a machine. Then one day she walked up behind me while I was doing pushups, waited for me to finish me set… "ninety eight…ninety nine…one hundered, I don’t know I you were listening there I did 100 pushups, ha ha ha
"Is that rom a movie???"
"Anchorman!"
"Ohhhh, well lets see how you do with me riding yourback!"
"Wait what?"
CR straddled my back and plopped down. I pretended to not be able do any with her on my back. "Come on muscle man, make me ride you!"
"Um, im not sure I feel comfortable announcing to the gym that you want to fuck me"
"Who said that, that wishful thinking man…"
"How about we compare our wishes, what is a good night next week to take you to dinner?"
"Sunday night"
"Sunday!?!?"
"I am a nurse so I work weird hours, but next Sunday night, lets get take out, a bottle of wine and some…youre from India right?"
"Half"
"Ok, some Hindu Kush, sit on the beach in Santa Monica and share dinner."
"Whoa, yes ma'am!"
"Ma'am?"
"Southern thing, I tell you about on Sunday night."
"Can't wait" She said with a smile
I left the LA Fitness on Hollywood BLVD. next to the Chinese Theater in a dream state. Then I realized that Sunday night was 2 nights away! Shit I need to get wine and a ton of Hindu Kush! I secured the Hindu Kush (too much), but not the wine, I wanted to get Red, and White to give her the option. Since I has just moved into my new apartment, I didn’t have time to set everything up, so I didn’t have time to buy a cooler to chill the white wine; "I will have to buy it the night of."
I searched my room and couldn’t find any more bud, so I decided to Meet DS and DS for dinner, we wound up going to a bar too - oops! Needless to say I didn’t get to pick up the wine, or the Kush, id have to pick it up before the date, tomorrow. "Hey do you guys know I any dispensaries are open on Sunday??
"They arent, but our friend owns one, he'll sell to you."
"Awesome"
So, I contact DS and DS' buddy; I meet him and buy absolutely too much bud, and buy some gummies too, I swing back by my apartment on Franklin, drop off the dry bud" CR and I wont need that much, and get a call from DS, Ds and crew: "Yooo nuppal, were gonna go catch a movie, you down?"
"Yeah man lets do it!"
I quickly grab my backpack, remembering that I needed to pick up the wine, and knowing I needed to bring some bud. I hopped on my bike and roade over to East Hollywood to catch a flick with them. I pull up, get off the bike as theyre rolling up, I swing my backpack across, thinking im going to light up. I open the back pack… "Hey guys lets do this before…" Open the back pack a but more and reach in feeling for my bowl and the tupperware with the dry kush, and realizing that I hadnt unpacked the edibles that id bought. So, I skipped the dry bud and said: "hey guys I just bought these edibles, lets each grab some gummies and watch the movie…"
"Alright dude, but Edibles will hit when the movie is ending, but yeah man!"
So we take some gummies, and watch the movie. DS was right, the gummies did begin to take effect as the movie ended: "shit" I thought "Im gonna have to ride to Santa Monica while pretty high…no big deal, I hate riding high though." As Im riding down Sunset BLVD, heading west towards Santa Monica I happen to look up at the sky during a red light. The magnificence of a South-Western Southern California sunset is something everyone must enjoy, similar to the colors a Monet painting. I stared up at the sky for longer than the light was red, so people behind me became agitated. I quickly moved down Sunset blvd. at the famous (or infamous) intersection of Sunset Blvd. & Larrabee St. in West Hollywood.
Still mesmerized by the sunset, yet trying to focus, I see a clapped out For Expedition come from Larrabee, turning left onto Sunset the intended turn was in my path. I took a second to process "this is my path what the fuohhhh," going from euphoric joy to life saving maneuvers is not something they teach in MSF school, good thing I never went. After processing his intended trajectory I slammed on the brakes,
A part-time bartender at the Viper Room "didn’t see his red light due to sun" and was under assume every light is 'Green' for him. So he decided that even though there is traffic on Sunset, he would rather turn o make sure there was no traffic going in his intended direction on Sunset. I knew that grabbing too much front brake would send me headfirst into the pavement and his car, and into my coffin. So, I decided to overapply the rear brake, lay the bike down and hope for the best, I guess 'the best' of an inherently shitty situation did occur, I lived! However, while sliding through the Sunset & Larrabee intersection my back connected with the end of his passenger-side running board, my brand new Scorpion Exo-1000 hit the running board as well. Instantly knocked out. According to the report filed by the ambulance driver I was 'unresponsive' at the scene, but no external blood, save a bit of road rash were my jacket bunched up underneath my left arm, I suffered a 'severe' DAI brain injury (Diffuse Axonal Injury) and 26 brain bleeds.
Luckily, the ambulance ride was at most 8 minutes to Cedars-Siani Beverly Hills, this hospital was on my commute path to and from work, on Maple Dr. I always wondered what the building was, so much property in the heart of Beverly Hills however, this was NOT the method I intended to find out about this building. Must have been a funny scene in the office the next Monday. "Looks like Nick is late again" said AT
My dad gave me my first laugh post injury, we agree that laughter is the vanguard of healing mental and physical ailments.
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2020.05.17 21:32 halpinator [Race Report] Solo Half Marathon

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description
A Sub 1:20
B Sub 1:21 (Qualify for NYC)
C Sub 1:21:57 (PR)

Splits

Mile Time
1 5:55
2 6:05
3 6:00
4 6:01
5 6:01
6 6:01
7 6:01
8 6:04
9 6:08
10 6:06
11 6:06
12 6:11
13 6:07
13.15 0:51 (5:40)
First Half 39:33
Second Half 40:11

Preamble

2019 was an up-and-down year for my running. I entered 2019 preparing for the Boston Marathon – but didn’t have a very good training cycle, didn’t do enough base training and was generally burnt out and ended up running Boston entirely unprepared and I paid for it, stumbling to a 3:35 finish, far under my expectations of low 2:50s. Recovery from Boston was rough as well, and I spent much of 2019 dealing with hip and groin issues while still trying to maintain my fitness and race. I ran a 19:00 5k in June, at which point it became quite apparent that I needed a break, as I was blowing off runs and grimacing through workouts. I took 6 weeks of sub 20 mile weeks through the summer, ending with a 43:52 10k in July and from that point began the process of very gradually building up my fitness again. By September I was still dealing with hip pain but it would only bother me after long runs. In October I PRd a half marathon in 1:21:57 and that was a big confidence boost for me.
Following my October half, I decided this was my perfect opportunity to focus on the fundamentals and rebuilding a solid base to train from. Two race-heavy years and the constant taperecoveries had eroded my base away to nothing and I think that was what was responsible for my nagging hip problems. I dedicated the winter to just base training, spending November-December-January at mid 30’s mileage, no workouts, just easy paced runs. Gradually my hip started to feel better and by February it wasn’t bothering me anymore. I had set a few goals for myself for the upcoming years: in the spring I wanted to qualify for the NYC Marathon by running a sub 1:21 half at the end of May. Then I was signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October 2020 where I was hoping to PR with a sub 2:53 (and also take another crack at a NYC qualifying time if I didn’t do it in my half marathon).
Unfortunately, while my training was coming along great, the world was falling apart around me. Coronavirus hit and all the races I had planned for the year started to cancel. First the March tune up race I was signed up for cancelled, then my May race I was training for cancelled. There goes my June 5k, and my August 14k…and October races looking pretty precarious too. So what do you do when your training is going awesome but you have no races to run? You say screw it, I’m going to train for them anyway and run a damn solo time trial if I have to. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I picked May 17 as it fits into a virtual race event and it’s within 2 weeks of the race I was originally going to run.

Training

I created my own plan for this training cycle. I split my training block into essentially 3 phases: Recovery/base building, endurance, and sharpening. Within each phase, I like to follow a 4 week cycle: 2 medium volume weeks, one high volume week, one recovery week. Within each week, I tended to follow the pattern of a workout on Tue/Wed , a long run on Fri/Sat/Sun, and strides on 2 other days of the week, the rest of the runs easy. I find that I do best when I run more frequently, so I transitioned from 5-6 days from Nov-Dec, to 7 days a week in January.
Recovery/Transition phase - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
Oct 7 32.9 8.5
Oct 14 34.8 9.1
Oct 21 28.5 10.2
Oct 28 27.1 11
Nov 4 36.1 10
Nov 11 37.8 13.2
Nov 18 36.2 13.1
Nov 25 35.8 13.3
Dec 2 28.2 7.8
Dec 9 35.8 13.1
Dec 16 26 8
Dec 23 33.9 7.1
Dec 30 30.6 14
Jan 6 38.3 13.1
Jan 13 37.3 13.2
Jan 20 40.7 12
Jan 27 35 13.1
Feb 3 43 13.4
Feb 10 46 13.4
Feb 17 50 14
During this phase, it was all about easy runs, sometimes doubles. Occasionally I would do a few LT intervals or strides on the treadmill but not with any real purpose other than feeling out the effort.

Endurance Phase

Endurance Phase - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
Feb 24 45.1 11
March 2 52 14.2
March 9 54.1 14
March 16 61.4 18
March 23 55 13.1
March 30 61.1 14.2
April 6 63 16
April 13 69 18
In this 8 week phase, my goal was to start introducing workouts while increasing my weekly mileage up from 50 to 65 miles. Along the way I ran a few shorter time trials to see how my fitness was progressing (as well as some Crow League events featuring shorter race efforts from 100-1600m, just for fun). I continued to follow the pattern of Tues/Wednesday workout, weekend long run, and a couple sessions of strides. I also lengthened my long runs now that my hip was feeling better, doing some 16 and 18 mile runs without any issue.
*Notable runs:

Sharpening Phase

Sharpening Phase- - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
April 20 58.5 14
April 27 62.2 16
May 4 58.2 14
May 11 47 13.1
In the final 4 weeks, I stopped increasing my mileage, introduced a third quality day, and started doing faster, shorter workout intervals with the goal of increasing top speed and leg turnover. My long runs got a bit shorter, but a lot faster, with a focus on big negative splits.
I decided to do a shorter, more abrupt 2 week taper. For the first week of taper, I did a couple tough workouts followed by a hard long run the day after workout #2, to give my body a bit of a shock of fatigue, with a sharper dropoff in volume and intensity on race week with a focus on maximum recovery.
*Notable Runs:
A note on weight
Weight control has always been a challenge for me, and seems to correlate pretty strongly with my race performance. When I set my marathon PR in 2018, I weighed 170 lbs. When I bombed in Boston in 2019, I was at 179. In October that year when I PRd my half marathon, I was at 172.
Following my half, I took a break from calorie tracking and let my weight slowly creep back up again. When I tried to restart in January, I struggled a bit. I got up to 184 by the end of January before I really was able to break out of my habits of overeating and snacking and start to chip away at the excess weight. 15 weeks later I weighed in at 168, which is just under my race weight goal of 170, and well on my way to 160 which is what I think is pretty close to my ideal racing weight. If anything I think the social distancing measures worked to my favour in that regard, because I really cut down on the social drinking and eating.

Pre-race

My pre-race routine began on Friday, when I began to carb load, and did a dress rehearsal run consisting of a few strides and a mile at race pace. Saturday was another fairly chill day, just an easy shakeout run. I spent the rest of the day nervously eating, thinking about my race strategy, plotting out the race course, and checking the weather. The forecast called for decent weather, a little bit of overnight rain then temperatures bottoming out at about 10C (50F) and climbing up to 23C (73F) by mid afternoon, with light cloud cover. The past few days had been a bit gusty, so I wanted to get out early before the wind really picked up and the cloud cover broke, so I picked 8 AM for a race time.
On race day, my daughter was up at 6:00 AM so I didn’t even need an alarm clock. I had a breakfast of Cheerios and a carrot muffin with some cold brew. I topped up with a double shot of espresso about 20 minutes before race time for good measure, because I seem to race well when I’m tweeked on caffeine.
Course: Another fun part of a time trial is designing the course. I picked a route that was nice and flat, and also one that provided a bit of tree cover to protect from the wind. It was a series of two out-and-backs on a couple roads at the edge of town. Fully paved, low traffic, and minimal chance of having to stop at an intersection. Two 180 turnarounds but that might only cost me a couple seconds and I was okay with that. I programmed a 13.15 mile workout into my watch, and would use this interval as my official time, to account for GPS accuracy and the fact that races are always a little bit long.
My race kit consisted of my ultralight ARTC singlet and Tracksmith VC 4’’ split shorts. I decided to go with my Mizuno Wave Riders as they were the shoes I PRd with in my last race in the fall. Sunglasses, chest HR, Garmin FR 635m, and Stryd (more just for data collection rather than a power target this time around). I opted to race with music to make up for lack of crowd support, so I preloaded a playlist onto my watch and brought my headphones along.
My race strategy: My main goal was to get under 1:20 which if I was running even splits would require about 6:06/mile pace. However in the weeks preceding this race I received nothing but encouragement and positive feedback from running buddies, leading me to believe I was capable of maybe going even lower. Given my penchant for running negative splits, I decided to strike a compromise and start out with 6:00 splits for the first mile or two, and give myself the option of sustaining that or dropping to 6:05 depending on how it felt.
There’s an open track conveniently located right next to my starting line, so I did my warmup on the track – 1.5 miles and a few strides. Then I drank a bottle of water, took a Gu, and walked to the “start line”. Did a countdown in my head and took off at around 8:30.

Race

First 3.1
I came out of the gate feeling jittery and nervous, my legs felt a bit heavy and I was worried that I was coming out too slow. Then I looked at my watch and I was rocking a 5:55 pace. Alright, that’s good news but I cautioned myself about being TOO optimistic and dialed back the effort just a touch. My second split was 6:05 so I adjusted again and found the 6:00 pace to lock onto. My breathing was easy, and the heavy feeling in my legs subsided. I was feeling good. I hit the 5k mark around 18:45 and decided to keep up with that 6:00 and see how far I could take it. Worst case scenario if I couldn’t maintain it, I was banking time for the second half.
3.1-8.1
The next few miles just clicked away. I tried to visualize somebody running 10m in front of me and tried to keep pace with him. I had a pleasant crosswind that sometimes was at my back, the weather was warm but comfortable, and I was still feeling good. Occasionally I would feel my pace start to drop and would urge myself to pick it up but at this point it was all just mental effort, not physical strain. I passed the halfway mark at around 39:33 and thought to myself, great, I’ve got a nice 30 second buffer for the second half and maybe if I push the pace a little I can sneak under 1:19. But just after the 7 mile mark I felt the first warning sign: a stitch under my rib that made it hard to take a deep breath. That’s usually my body’s warning that I’m starting to redline and I need to be very careful not to push it too hard and make it worse.
8.1-finish
I hit the turnaround just after the 8 mile mark, and now it was just a straightaway to the finish line. Holding a 6:00 pace was near impossible and even my 6:06 was a challenge. I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking at my Stryd numbers I was dealing with a bit more wind resistance on the way back which was probably accounting for the drop in pace despite trying so hard to maintain effort. After logging a 6:09 I started to worry a bit because I was losing some of those seconds I banked in the first half. At least the stitch in my side wasn’t getting any worse. The last few miles became a game of checking my mile splits and trying to to let them drop too much past my goal pace of 6:06. Each mile I was losing valuable seconds, and I was starting to worry that I was going to blow it in the final 2 or 3 miles. My quads were really start to feel it as I passed 10 miles and into the final 5k. I started urging myself on, using the old tricks and self talk like “You’ve been training for 3 months for this moment, don’t let up now” etc etc. One mile to go and I had just under 6 and a half minutes – I can do this! Stopped looking at my watch and just poured whatever I had left – which wasn’t much – into the final stretch. Arms tingling, legs tightening, breath in ragged gasps, but I could see the finish line and I was going to make it! My watch beeped at 1:19:44 and I gasped with relief as I stood on the side of the road with my hands on my knees trying to stay on my feet.

Post-race

Mission accomplished. Man, it feels good to stare down a goal for so long and then finally achieve it. Looking at my race today, I think I came quite close to 100% effort. I ran a 37 second positive split although the last 5 miles were into a headwind and my Stryd says my power output was actually higher in the second half. All in all I think the strategy worked out well for me. It’s something to consider for future half marathons, because I have a tendency to run big negative splits which probably indicates I’m leaving some time on the table. Not so today. I doubt I could have run that race any faster today.
Now I’m going to take a couple of rest weeks. Tentatively my next few weeks will be 30, 40, then 50 miles with no workouts other than some strides, and only after a few days once my legs stop hurting. I can tell I’ll be a bit beat up from this, my right arch is quite tender and a bit swollen, and my calves and quads feel like they’re on the verge of cramping. My next planned race (a marathon, in October if it isn’t cancelled) is quite a ways away and I don’t feel any pressure to start training hard again until I’m fully recovered. Staying healthy is my priority right now.
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2020.05.17 21:07 halpinator [Race Report] Solo Half Marathon Time Trial AKA The Laugh Marathon

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description
A Sub 1:20
B Sub 1:21 (Qualify for NYC)
C Sub 1:21:57 (PR)

Splits

Mile Time
1 5:55
2 6:05
3 6:00
4 6:01
5 6:01
6 6:01
7 6:01
8 6:04
9 6:08
10 6:06
11 6:06
12 6:11
13 6:07
13.15 0:51 (5:40)
First Half 39:33
Second Half 40:11

Preamble

2019 was an up-and-down year for my running. I entered 2019 preparing for the Boston Marathon – but didn’t have a very good training cycle, didn’t do enough base training and was generally burnt out and ended up running Boston entirely unprepared and I paid for it, stumbling to a 3:35 finish, far under my expectations of low 2:50s. Recovery from Boston was rough as well, and I spent much of 2019 dealing with hip and groin issues while still trying to maintain my fitness and race. I ran a 19:00 5k in June, at which point it became quite apparent that I needed a break, as I was blowing off runs and grimacing through workouts. I took 6 weeks of sub 20 mile weeks through the summer, ending with a 43:52 10k in July and from that point began the process of very gradually building up my fitness again. By September I was still dealing with hip pain but it would only bother me after long runs. In October I PRd a half marathon in 1:21:57 and that was a big confidence boost for me.
Following my October half, I decided this was my perfect opportunity to focus on the fundamentals and rebuilding a solid base to train from. Two race-heavy years and the constant taperecoveries had eroded my base away to nothing and I think that was what was responsible for my nagging hip problems. I dedicated the winter to just base training, spending November-December-January at mid 30’s mileage, no workouts, just easy paced runs. Gradually my hip started to feel better and by February it wasn’t bothering me anymore. I had set a few goals for myself for the upcoming years: in the spring I wanted to qualify for the NYC Marathon by running a sub 1:21 half at the end of May. Then I was signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October 2020 where I was hoping to PR with a sub 2:53 (and also take another crack at a NYC qualifying time if I didn’t do it in my half marathon).
Unfortunately, while my training was coming along great, the world was falling apart around me. Coronavirus hit and all the races I had planned for the year started to cancel. First the March tune up race I was signed up for cancelled, then my May race I was training for cancelled. There goes my June 5k, and my August 14k…and October races looking pretty precarious too. So what do you do when your training is going awesome but you have no races to run? You say screw it, I’m going to train for them anyway and run a damn solo time trial if I have to. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I picked May 17 as it fits into the Crow League event and it’s within 2 weeks of the race I was originally going to run.

Training

I created my own plan for this training cycle. I split my training block into essentially 3 phases: Recovery/base building, endurance, and sharpening. Within each phase, I like to follow a 4 week cycle: 2 medium volume weeks, one high volume week, one recovery week. Within each week, I tended to follow the pattern of a workout on Tue/Wed , a long run on Fri/Sat/Sun, and strides on 2 other days of the week, the rest of the runs easy. I find that I do best when I run more frequently, so I transitioned from 5-6 days from Nov-Dec, to 7 days a week in January.
Recovery/Transition phase - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
Oct 7 32.9 8.5
Oct 14 34.8 9.1
Oct 21 28.5 10.2
Oct 28 27.1 11
Nov 4 36.1 10
Nov 11 37.8 13.2
Nov 18 36.2 13.1
Nov 25 35.8 13.3
Dec 2 28.2 7.8
Dec 9 35.8 13.1
Dec 16 26 8
Dec 23 33.9 7.1
Dec 30 30.6 14
Jan 6 38.3 13.1
Jan 13 37.3 13.2
Jan 20 40.7 12
Jan 27 35 13.1
Feb 3 43 13.4
Feb 10 46 13.4
Feb 17 50 14
During this phase, it was all about easy runs, sometimes doubles. Occasionally I would do a few LT intervals or strides on the treadmill but not with any real purpose other than feeling out the effort.

Endurance Phase

Endurance Phase - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
Feb 24 45.1 11
March 2 52 14.2
March 9 54.1 14
March 16 61.4 18
March 23 55 13.1
March 30 61.1 14.2
April 6 63 16
April 13 69 18
In this 8 week phase, my goal was to start introducing workouts while increasing my weekly mileage up from 50 to 65 miles. Along the way I ran a few shorter time trials to see how my fitness was progressing (as well as some Crow League events featuring shorter race efforts from 100-1600m, just for fun). I continued to follow the pattern of Tues/Wednesday workout, weekend long run, and a couple sessions of strides. I also lengthened my long runs now that my hip was feeling better, doing some 16 and 18 mile runs without any issue.
*Notable runs:

Sharpening Phase

Sharpening Phase - -
Date Weekly Mileage Long Run Distance
April 20 58.5 14
April 27 62.2 16
May 4 58.2 14
May 11 47 13.1
In the final 4 weeks, I stopped increasing my mileage, introduced a third quality day, and started doing faster, shorter workout intervals with the goal of increasing top speed and leg turnover. My long runs got a bit shorter, but a lot faster, with a focus on big negative splits.
I decided to do a shorter, more abrupt 2 week taper. For the first week of taper, I did a couple tough workouts followed by a hard long run the day after workout #2, to give my body a bit of a shock of fatigue, with a sharper dropoff in volume and intensity on race week with a focus on maximum recovery.
*Notable Runs:
A note on weight
Weight control has always been a challenge for me, and seems to correlate pretty strongly with my race performance. When I set my marathon PR in 2018, I weighed 170 lbs. When I bombed in Boston in 2019, I was at 179. In October that year when I PRd my half marathon, I was at 172.
Following my half, I took a break from calorie tracking and let my weight slowly creep back up again. When I tried to restart in January, I struggled a bit. I got up to 184 by the end of January before I really was able to break out of my habits of overeating and snacking and start to chip away at the excess weight. 15 weeks later I weighed in at 168, which is just under my race weight goal of 170, and well on my way to 160 which is what I think is pretty close to my ideal racing weight. If anything I think the social distancing measures worked to my favour in that regard, because I really cut down on the social drinking and eating.

Pre-race

My pre-race routine began on Friday, when I began to carb load, and did a dress rehearsal run consisting of a few strides and a mile at race pace. Saturday was another fairly chill day, just an easy shakeout run. I spent the rest of the day nervously eating, thinking about my race strategy, plotting out the race course, and checking the weather. The forecast called for decent weather, a little bit of overnight rain then temperatures bottoming out at about 10C (50F) and climbing up to 23C (73F) by mid afternoon, with light cloud cover. The past few days had been a bit gusty, so I wanted to get out early before the wind really picked up and the cloud cover broke, so I picked 8 AM for a race time.
On race day, my daughter was up at 6:00 AM so I didn’t even need an alarm clock. I had a breakfast of Cheerios and a carrot muffin with some cold brew. I topped up with a double shot of espresso about 20 minutes before race time for good measure, because I seem to race well when I’m tweeked on caffeine.
Course: Another fun part of a time trial is designing the course. I picked a route that was nice and flat, and also one that provided a bit of tree cover to protect from the wind. It was a series of two out-and-backs on a couple roads at the edge of town. Fully paved, low traffic, and minimal chance of having to stop at an intersection. Two 180 turnarounds but that might only cost me a couple seconds and I was okay with that. I programmed a 13.15 mile workout into my watch, and would use this interval as my official time, to account for GPS accuracy and the fact that races are always a little bit long.
My race kit consisted of my ultralight ARTC singlet and Tracksmith VC 4’’ split shorts. I decided to go with my Mizuno Wave Riders as they were the shoes I PRd with in my last race in the fall. Sunglasses, chest HR, Garmin FR 635m, and Stryd (more just for data collection rather than a power target this time around). I opted to race with music to make up for lack of crowd support, so I preloaded a playlist onto my watch and brought my headphones along.
My race strategy: My main goal was to get under 1:20 which if I was running even splits would require about 6:06/mile pace. However in the weeks preceding this race I received nothing but encouragement and positive feedback, leading me to believe I was capable of maybe going even lower. Given my penchant for running negative splits, I decided to strike a compromise and start out with 6:00 splits for the first mile or two, and give myself the option of sustaining that or dropping to 6:05 depending on how it felt.
There’s an open track conveniently located right next to my starting line, so I did my warmup on the track – 1.5 miles and a few strides. Then I drank a bottle of water, took a Gu, and walked to the “start line”. Did a countdown in my head and took off at around 8:30.

Race

First 3.1
I came out of the gate feeling jittery and nervous, my legs felt a bit heavy and I was worried that I was coming out too slow. Then I looked at my watch and I was rocking a 5:55 pace. Alright, that’s good news but I cautioned myself about being TOO optimistic and dialed back the effort just a touch. My second split was 6:05 so I adjusted again and found the 6:00 pace to lock onto. My breathing was easy, and the heavy feeling in my legs subsided. I was feeling good. I hit the 5k mark around 18:45 and decided to keep up with that 6:00 and see how far I could take it. Worst case scenario if I couldn’t maintain it, I was banking time for the second half.
3.1-8.1
The next few miles just clicked away. I tried to visualize somebody running 10m in front of me and tried to keep pace with him. I had a pleasant crosswind that sometimes was at my back, the weather was warm but comfortable, and I was still feeling good. Occasionally I would feel my pace start to drop and would urge myself to pick it up but at this point it was all just mental effort, not physical strain. I passed the halfway mark at around 39:33 and thought to myself, great, I’ve got a nice 30 second buffer for the second half and maybe if I push the pace a little I can sneak under 1:19. But just after the 7 mile mark I felt the first warning sign: a stitch under my rib that made it hard to take a deep breath. That’s usually my body’s warning that I’m starting to redline and I need to be very careful not to push it too hard and make it worse.
8.1-finish
I hit the turnaround just after the 8 mile mark, and now it was just a straightaway to the finish line. Holding a 6:00 pace was near impossible and even my 6:06 was a challenge. I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking at my Stryd numbers I was dealing with a bit more wind resistance on the way back which was probably accounting for the drop in pace despite trying so hard to maintain effort. After logging a 6:09 I started to worry a bit because I was losing some of those seconds I banked in the first half. At least the stitch in my side wasn’t getting any worse. The last few miles became a game of checking my mile splits and trying to to let them drop too much past my goal pace of 6:06. Each mile I was losing valuable seconds, and I was starting to worry that I was going to blow it in the final 2 or 3 miles. My quads were really start to feel it as I passed 10 miles and into the final 5k. I started urging myself on, using the old tricks and self talk like “You’ve been training for 3 months for this moment, don’t let up now” etc etc. One mile to go and I had just under 6 and a half minutes – I can do this! Stopped looking at my watch and just poured whatever I had left – which wasn’t much – into the final stretch. Arms tingling, legs tightening, breath in ragged gasps, but I could see the finish line and I was going to make it! My watch beeped at 1:19:44 and I gasped with relief as I stood on the side of the road with my hands on my knees trying to stay on my feet.

Post-race

Mission accomplished. Man, it feels good to stare down a goal for so long and then finally achieve it. Looking at my race today, I think I came quite close to 100% effort. I ran a 37 second positive split although the last 5 miles were into a headwind and my Stryd says my power output was actually higher in the second half. All in all I think the strategy worked out well for me. It’s something to consider for future half marathons, because I have a tendency to run big negative splits which probably indicates I’m leaving some time on the table. Not so today. I doubt I could have run that race any faster today.
Now I’m going to take a couple of rest weeks. Tentatively my next few weeks will be 30, 40, then 50 miles with no workouts other than some strides, and only after a few days once my legs stop hurting. I can tell I’ll be a bit beat up from this, my right arch is quite tender and a bit swollen, and my calves and quads feel like they’re on the verge of cramping. My next planned race (a marathon, in October if it isn’t cancelled) is quite a ways away and I don’t feel any pressure to start training hard again until I’m fully recovered. Staying healthy is my priority right now.
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2020.05.16 04:43 exploretoapp Things To Do At Home: May 18th to 24th

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2020.05.05 21:29 jw_mentions /r/NianticWayfarer - "100 days and still waiting ... suggestions?"

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Submission 100 days and still waiting ... suggestions?
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Author ifhbiff_slab
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Folks, I'm sure I'm not the only one and not the only times these have happened. And really, I don't think there's a lot you can say other than "Gotta Upgrade or Resubmit". And I've had submissions stuck in the past that seemed to have a surprising word on the filter show up; editing out the word miraculously helped them get through. But I'm at a loss here, and hoping y'all think of something I haven't.
The baseball field is blatantly viewable from Satellite and Street views. It's the only submission in the s14 cell. The Scenic Viewpoint is along a long walking path that has nothing else anywhere near it; there is one current Wayspot on the other end of the cell. The Jehovah's Witness building is in a quiet neighborhood, with non PRP property on either side, also in a cell with only one Wayspot on the other end. I can't imagine any words I used in the names or descriptions holding them up. I can't imagine that they're getting that much conflicting voting that they'd have that problem. They've just gotta be .. stuck .. in Wayfarer, right? I've been submitting and reviewing since November, and had some older ones stuck a long while, but the dam seemed to be broken a few weeks ago and let some out ... but these are the first to reach 98-100 days at least. I've used 30 upgrades and hate to think I have to burn through three more solely because Wayfarer is broken, but is that really my best option at this point? Considering the crap I see getting through elsewhere, the speed that they're going through according to other people in my area, and how much disillusionment I'm having with Wayfarer in the past month ... I dunno, I just wanted to see what other folks thought. Thanks.
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Author ifhbiff_slab
Posted On Thu May 07 16:39:28 UTC 2020
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What's your usual wait time? Have you submitted others in the same general area and had much quicker responses? How long since each of them moved from Queue to Voting?
The answers to your questions tend to be different in 3 different time periods.When I first started Wayfarer, until somewhere mid March, any submission in the few surrounding towns wouldn't budge ever. They would occasionally go into Voting after a month, but that was it. The first ~20 or so approvals I got were 100% because of the use of Upgrades.
Somewhere, around the time of the second Niantic announcement about allegedly fixing some bugs in Wayfarer, the dam gates opened. Some of the un-Upgraded submissions may have reached 100 days or so (I haven't specifically charted all those, but I have the dates needed recorded and the approval emails saved, so I can), but for about 6-8 weeks, the wait time decreased dramatically. Almost all the old stuff that was in voting was approved, and new submissions would take a week or so, tops, to get into Voting, and maybe a few weeks overall to Approval. By this time, I had 34 approvals overall, and 2 rejections; one of the rejections I just agreed and gave up, the other I took a better picture and gave some additional detail in Supplemental, and it was accepted upon re-submission.
Now, the past 6 weeks, it's been a complete freeze. The only five things that have made it through since mid-March have all been rejected. One was (correctly) listed as a duplicate; turns out the other side of the bridge was in Ingress but didn't appear in Pokemon Go; my fault for lack of research (but surely more research than I assume 90% of PoGo players would do :p). I don't agree with any of the other four. Two of them were upgrades, the other two were submitted in mid-Feb and just rejected. Since this time, the "leftovers" from the "good times" have completely frozen, the worst of which are the ones I listed here.
As I've tried to explain to folks here .. it's the maddening inconsistency of these versus others that led me to at least ask the question here. They aren't by themselves in "one part of town", where it could be a different cell of any size that others than have been reviewed. There have been others older and newer that made it through during the "good times" for me. There have been newer ones that have been BS rejects since the "good times" ended. There is no "its just that way" for the logic here.
I get that some people have targeted the Kingdom Hall as "not a bulletproof 5*" due to possible lack of knowledge from reviewers. No one has said it, but I suppose the Scenic Outlook may not be 100% convincing to some folks, despite it being visible on Satellite and pretty simple. But a clearly visible baseball field, nowhere near anything else? C'mon folks.
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I wasn't clear , sorry ... my comment about it not being a bullshit rumor was about the mass rejection/low match rate stuff going on, not about the L9 thing. And once again, for the fourth consecutive post, I will point out that many more submissions, by myself and others, have not taken nearly this long. I don't know why I'm even continuing to try to explain at this point, but for the sake of one more attempt at clarity:
- I have 3 submissions that seem pretty straightforward to me (at WORST, I can vaguely see how the other reply about not everyone understanding a Jehovah's Witness Hall can be a small percentage), but they are now at 100 days since submission. These are an extreme outlier compared to the 40-50 other submissions I've done in this time.
- I am near NYC, however, a map of the submissions by myself and others in the area would show that, while I probably take longer than average in the USA, the L9 or any other cell measurement is not the problem. I can show submissions in any sized cell that are nearby, between here and NYC, etc, that have all gone through in the recent past in significantly less time, without Upgrades. I have spoken to multiple social media groups/platforms in the area and gotten lots of information on this, and I happen to be a Data Engineer who puts together lots of maps and graphs so if someone really wanted, I could show lots of more details.
- Also in my conversations and reading, I tend to agree with (what appears to be a decent sized majority to me) the people who say that there is a recent wave of reviews/reviewers in Wayfarer that, for whatever various combination of reasons in the world today, have royally screwed up acceptance rates, profile matching rates, etc, and I'm not too comfortable choosing this time to try to really brute force myself into getting several Upgrades because of this.
Again, my apologies for being chatty, unclear, but also please try to actually understand/read what I'm saying and not dismiss out of hand because internet. The bottom line here is that I was hoping there was something that the folks here could think of/see that I missed, and clearly that isn't going to be the result of this thread. TL;DR, these will be "stuck" until Niantic/Wayfarer fixes something or until I go ahead and use Upgrades. Got it.
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My specific guess for why these are stuck is that for whatever reason reviewers are divided on these stops (e.g., you have some reviewers who don't know that a Kingdom Hall is a place of worship), and the usual local Wayfarer reviewer has been fully tapped so your nominations are in limbo.
It might be unfair to make you *have* to use the upgrades but what are upgrades for, if not to speed up specific submissions that for whatever mysterious reason are stuck in the queue? Were there particular other types of submissions that you were saving the upgrades for?
Edit: thought of another possibility - someone could have submitted the same spot before you so waiting on that to clear first.
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2020.05.03 00:37 justforthiscommentyt Here is an update of the teens from the police shootout.

based on this youtube video. It was too long to post directly to youtube, so here it is in full:

I don't know why a 15 year old video, posted 6 years ago is showing up in my recommended in 2020, But I recognize it very clearly.

I happen(ed) to be a very close friend of all four of these teenagers involved in the shootout. I just read 3,714 comments. I think I can clarify a few of the most commonly asked questions and adjust completely false statements. I will try to keep this email up for a time, kind of a mini "ask me anything."

First the misleading facts:

The reason these teens were considered being on a "multi state crime spree" is because they took a stolen truck across multiple state lines. That is it. They stole a truck from Ohio (headed for Texas), and took it through Kentucky, Tennessee, and ended in Georgia. They were not committing crimes the entire way. The brother and sister pair, Charles and Jennifer, had committed a previous crime in Ohio, but it was in no way related to the theft of the vehicle or the shootout.

The teens were not on any type of heavy drugs. They all smoked a bit of pot and occasionally drank in the past, but had no previous substance abuse issues.

The sistebrother Charles and Jennifer came from a caring family, despite being raised by a single mother. The same is true for Charles former girlfriend, Heather (also involved in the shootout). Jennifer's boyfriend Zachary (the fourth teenager) came from a good family as well, with both loving parents in his life. They were all middle class teenagers, perhaps lower middle class, but in no way were any of them abused, neglected, or improperly raised by their families. Their respective parents were all hard working citizens, and also did not do drugs or commit crimes and raised their children in the same manner. I think only one parent in the group even smoked cigarettes; they were all good people, minus the missing father in Charles and Jennifer's life.

Charles (1984-2011):

Call him what you want, his actions were deplorable, unexpected, and his consequences justified. He started as a normal teenager. When he was 15 he came home drunk (his first time drinking), and his mother called the police on him. He went to the hospital (his BAL was very high) followed by JDC. What would have been a dropped sentence, turned into him not getting out of jail until he was 17. He got into a fight his first day in JDC, and it continued, leading to longer and longer sentencing. Perhaps his mother should not have called the police on him for being intoxicated, but she had three other teenagers to care for, and wanted to make sure they all knew that this type of behavior was unacceptable. It would have been a grounding, but Charles' response to being grounded was unsavory, so further action was taken.

When he finally got out of JDC, he was on a great track. He got his GED, a job, and his first car. Unfortunately he also kept his "friends" from JDC, and stayed friends with the crowd that got him drunk and in jail in the first place.

When he was 18-19, he found out his sister, Jennifer (she was 20-21) was in a bad place in life and had been most of the time he was in JDC. She had gotten mixed up with some bad people in NYC and was sold into some sort of sex trafficking. She wasn't drugged up, just met the wrong people. Charles went to Crown Heights, Brooklyn and (essentially) kidnapped her from those people and returned her safely home to Ohio. During this time, their mother was raising the two younger teenagers who were about to graduate high school. She was a live in caretaker for an elderly, disabled man, whose home could not allow for another person to live there.

Charles and Jennifer went to stay with an adult person they knew from a long time ago. That's about the time they began dating the other two people in this tragedy. The person they stayed with tried to help Charles and Jennifer the best he could, but could barely care for himself. Things kind of went down hill. While Jennifer was trying to seek help from the trauma she had endured in NYC, Charles kind of slipped into a depression. His depression developed into aggressive thoughts, and comments. His car broke down, and he lost his job. With no income, he reached out to Jennifer about moving to Texas and working for her father on the oil rigs. The two couples threw around the idea of moving. Zachary was also interested in going to work on the oil rigs. Jennifer and Heather would look for work once they got to Texas. Jennifer's father was willing to house the four of them once they got there.

None of them knew the truck was stolen, other than Charles, until they were out of Ohio. Charles just showed up with it. It was common within their friend group to borrow vehicle from others, especially for moving and whatever. By then they all felt kind of screwed either way as accomplices to stolen property, and they were all too far from home to just bail, or at least that was their thinking at the time. None of them knew there would be a gun in the truck either, until it was too late.

Now that all of the teenagers know the car is stolen, they are on high alert, and abet scared. Things changed in the blink of and eye because Charles was going 5MPH over the speed limit on the intestate. The police flicked their lights for a simple speeding ticket. All four of the teenagers were very afraid because they now know the truck is stolen. They begged Charles to pull over. Charles started to, but as he did, he made a comment about shooting the cop in the face. The other teenagers thought he was joking at first, but realized he was serious when Charles pulled out a .45. That was when one of the other teenagers (not sure which, but I think it was the sister) begged him not to, and suggested outrunning the police instead. The chase began.

I remember Jennifer telling me this part of the shootout (I was closer to her than the other three):

She said that once the truck crashed, she remembered being terrified that her boyfriend, Zachary, had flown from the backseat with her, into the windshield. The rest were dazed but unharmed. Jennifer made Charles open his door (she was in the back driver side) so she could get out and get to Zachary. Heather was trapped in the passenger seat, and could not release her seat belt or truck door, but also tried to get out to help Zachary. Zachary was going in and out of conscience, and had blood coming from his face, from the crash. The police officer was brandishing his gun at Jennifer (rightfully) the entire time, telling her to stop moving, but she was panicked and kept yelling at him to help Zachary and also going back and forth between Zachary and Charles to make sure Charles wasn't hurt. The cop was getting visibly more nervous because of Jennifer's panicked back and forth movements. Charles noticed the police officers nervousness, and once Jennifer moved close enough to Charles, he grabbed her to hold her still, then out of seemingly nowhere, drew the .45 and shot the officer.

The shootout started. Charles, Jennifer, and Zachary were out of the truck and hit the ground. Charles used the rear wheel as a shield and continued shooting. Charles only stopped after being shot in the head. The scream you hear when it happens in the video is not Charles, it was Jennifer screaming at her little brother falling next to her with blood coming out of his head. She said she remembers him looking right at her, beside her, and his eyes just went empty. She was sure he was dead. Jennifer was shot six times below the waste, because of her angle directly under the truck, and being so close to where Charles was shooting. She was shot four times in one foot, once in the hip (a lighter in her pocket kept the bullet from shattering her pelvis), and one bullet ricocheted from her foot, to her calf, to her ass cheek. Zachary was closer to the front wheel and was shot through his hand. Heather, who was stuck in the vehicle, remained unharmed. Where you see the police officer having the door shut on him was not her shutting it. It was the door swinging itself back as he tried to open it, due to the crash.

Jennifer told me that she was placed in a medical wing of the jail, in a wheelchair, for the first six months after the shootout. She said that she had no contact with the outside world, mail, newspapers, or anything and was on 23.5 hour lockdown. She did not know that Zachary and Heather were in general population in the same jail during this time. She said that the one time she asked a guard if her brother was dead, they responded with "Yes." Jennifer spent the first 3 months in isolation mourning for her brother, her friends, and herself, as she was looking at 155 years in prison, and 20 felony charges.

She said that the way the medical ward was set up, is that they had an enclosed "rec area" with glass surrounding it. On the other side of two walls of glass were hallways leading to other parts of the jail. Jennifer got 30 minutes a day to roll around in that rec area. On one of those days, she saw a figure that looked like her brother, but she know he was dead. The next day, she saw the same person being led through the halls, but this time he stopped, smiled, waved and sure enough it was her "dead" brother. She cried some more. Three months later she learned to walk again (the doctors said she never would), and was released to general population where she was reunited with Heather until their sentencing.

Charles was sentenced to 107 years. In 2011 he placed a bag around his head, puffed an inhaler many times, then tied his hands up before he passed out forever. Or at least that is what the autopsy report read. It was officially labeled as suicide by asphyxiation. His mother was the most hurt by this. Could you imagine the guilt she harbored every day wondering where she went wrong? She tried her best by Charles, even upon his death. Instead of a prison grave, she had him shipped back to Ohio, and buried in their families grave plots, next to where she will go when it is her own time. She had a beautiful, mothers perspective type obituary written for him and it was published on the funeral homes website. That was until a comment about Charles' death started circulating the internet. The funeral home was doxxed, and comments began appearing on their site, much worse than all of the comments combined about him on the youtube videos. The funeral home had no choice but to remove his obituary, leaving his family with nothing more than a memory.

As for the rest of them:

Zachery and Jennifer were charged with the stolen truck. They were not sentenced to more than a year each because they plead guilty to the lesser crime. Heather, however, plead not guilty to all of the charges, by recommendation of her attorney. She may have been influenced by Jennifer, because Jennifer thought Heather was completely innocent too. She was found guilty on the stolen truck, and was given a harsher sentence by a jury of her peers. She served three years and was released.

Where are they now:

This is a bit tougher to answer because they have all went in very different directions in life. The all live quite private lives, and only mention the past when directly asked.

Heather took the loss of her boyfriend, Charles, very hard. She tried to remain supportive of him while they were both in prison, and even after she got out. I believe she stayed faithful to him right up to his suicide. She saw the good in him, where everyone else saw a criminal and not a person. After dealing with her own part in this tragedy, she has married a wonderful man and started a beautiful family. She works hard, and cares for her loved ones with the same dedication she once showed Charles. She is a fiercely protective woman, both of her feelings and of her family. She is a beautiful woman from the inside out. She now lives down in Texas. She hasn't done any illegal activities.

Jennifer started to go down a bad road mentally after the shootout, but recovered. She lost the support of most of her family due to her part in the crimes. It took her a long time to heal and regain their trust, but she seems better now, not as sad, after many years of therapy. She found a great support group of friends to surround herself with. Last I heard about her is that she got a college degree, started a business out in Colorado, bought a home, and recently got married to a good person. I think she even became a minister at some point. She has not done anything illegal since the shootout. She has a heart of gold, even through all of this, she never let it keep her from becoming successful.

Zachary seemed to fair the worst. He never really got out of the judicial system. He spent many years battling petty crimes and extended probations. I don't think he ever recovered mentally from the trauma, or at least, pushed it deep down. I know he had a couple swings with the law, would get back on his feet, then fall back into that lifestyle. At some point, he decided to cope by resorting to heavy drugs. He says he is good, but it is obvious that he is still struggling with the law, his addictions, his family, and his relationships. He still lives in his hometown in Ohio.

So there it is. I hope this clears up some of the questions and statements about this shootout.

One last note:

Charles had full intentions of suicide by police in this shootout. He had undiagnosed conditions, that he kept from the others. Things would have been completely different for all of them if they had known about his issues, and he had seeked help.
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2020.04.29 21:30 Ar-Q-bid Ray of Good News

Here's some good news in light of all the gloomy stuff we usually see: New York City is speeding up the construction of bike lanes and bus lanes in an attempt to cut back on car usage.
I know that it's just one city, but it's a very large city (with a population greater than many countries) which means that it's got a rather large carbon footprint.
Promoting more public transport and bicycles would reduce per capita fuel consumption.
Bikes cause less wear and tear on the road than cars so in the long run this means less energy expended to maintain roads.
The impacts on improving people's health by encouraging more cycling and less driving also is great for the healthcare system in the USA.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/nyregion/nyc-biking-deaths-lanes.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap

After Spike in Deaths, New York to Get 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

The city will build the lanes as part of a $1.7 billion street safety plan to be adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council.
Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars. The dangers came into focus this year after 25 cyclists were killed on city streets — the highest toll in two decades.
Now Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council have agreed on a $1.7 billion plan that would sharply expand the number of protected bike lanes as part of a sweeping effort to transform the city’s streetscape and make it less perilous for bikers.
Its chief proponent, Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, calls it nothing less than an effort to “break the car culture.’’
Such ambitions show how far New York has come since around 2007 when the city, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, started aggressively taking away space for cars by rolling out bike lanes and pedestrian plazas.
Under pressure from the City Council, the city would be required to build 250 miles of protected bike lanes in the coming years, along with a dizzying list of other street upgrades that safety advocates have long called for. The city now has about 1,250 miles of bike lanes, including 126 miles on city streets that are protected, meaning that a barrier separates the lanes from vehicles.
“New Yorkers know that the way we get around our city right now makes no sense,” said Mr. Johnson, who is expected to run for mayor in 2021. “Our streets have been really poorly planned in a piecemeal fashion.”
The cyclist deaths have prompted an outpouring of sadness and outrage. The victims have included a 10-year-old boy killed by an unlicensed driver steps from his home and a 52-year-old man who was hit out of nowhere by a careening car that was captured in a horrifying video.
Cities like Los Angeles and Washington are expanding their bike networks, but New York’s plans are far more expansive. San Diego plans to build 70 miles of new bike lanes, while Cambridge, Mass., set rules this year to add protected lanes on all rebuilt roads. Copenhagen is the international model for bike infrastructure, with about 250 miles of protected bike lanes.
The bike lanes proposed in New York are a key part of Mr. Johnson’s so-called Streets Master Plan, a bill that is expected to be approved by the City Council on Wednesday. Mr. de Blasio’s administration had expressed concerns about the bill, but the mayor is now on board and says he will sign it.
“We know redesigning New York City’s streets will help us end tragic, preventable traffic deaths,” Will Baskin-Gerwitz, a mayoral spokesman, said in a statement. “Mayor de Blasio and his team have worked hard with the Council to hone ambitious new goals that will save lives.”
The plan could face many challenges. Bike lanes have often faced fierce opposition, including lawsuits and resistance from community boards that balk at having parking spaces removed and worry about the impact on local residents and businesses. The city’s Department of Transportation would also have to move quickly to add workers and equipment to carry out so many construction projects at once.
The bill calls for the Transportation Department to release a plan every five years to make streets safer and to prioritize public transit, starting in December 2021. The city must hit targets every year, including building 150 miles of bus lanes that are physically separated from other traffic lanes or monitored by cameras over five years.
Mr. de Blasio has completed 100 miles of protected bike lanes since 2014, but the City Council’s plan is more aggressive and reflect Mr. Johnson’s disdain for cars.
He has argued that, among other problems, the city has too many parking spaces, comments that have been viewed as a frontal attack on the two million or so New Yorkers who have cars.
The City Council has become increasingly eager to make its mark and to push Mr. de Blasio, who recently ended a failed presidential bid, on key issues.
“This is the Council playing a much bigger role in governance and trying to resolve some issues they see that the mayor was not going to tackle,” said Jon Orcutt, a longtime transit advocate and former city transportation official.
Mr. Orcutt pointed to a younger generation of Council members who ride bikes or want new lanes in their districts, like Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca.
After the recent spate of cyclist deaths, Mr. de Blasio’s administration pledged to add 30 miles of protected bike lanes a year, up from an average of 20 miles per year over the past three years.
The Streets Master Plan calls for 30 miles of protected bike lanes in the first year and 50 miles in each subsequent year. The city must also build 20 miles of bus lanes that are protected by a barrier or camera enforcement in the first year and at least 30 miles every year after.
The idea of protected bus lanes is a new one for New York, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is starting to mount cameras on buses to catch vehicles blocking bus lanes and fine them. London has long used cameras mounted to buses as a way to keep its buses moving.
Under Mr. de Blasio, the city also closed 14th Street to most traffic to create a “busway” to prioritize buses and is re-timing traffic lights to give priority to cyclists instead of motorists.
The official who oversees the subway and buses, Andy Byford, said he supported Mr. Johnson’s streets plan and its focus on expanding bus lanes.

“Early results from the dedicated busway on 14th Street show the huge passenger benefits that can be gained from giving transit priority,” Mr. Byford said in a statement.
Mr. de Blasio made street safety one of his signature initiatives shortly after he took office in 2014. His plan, known as Vision Zero, aims to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.
Vision Zero has shown progress in recent years, bringing the number of traffic fatalities down to record lows. But the rise in cyclist deaths this year has alarmed safety advocates.
Mr. de Blasio’s office said the streets plan “builds on the foundations the Mayor has built over the last several years under Vision Zero.”
But Mr. de Blasio and his transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, had raised concerns about the aggressive timeline set by Mr. Johnson. Mr. de Blasio said in a radio interview last month that he agreed on the goals of the streets plan, but said it would be difficult to implement.
“I agree with him on his analysis of needing to reorient our society away from cars,” Mr. de Blasio said. “I agree with him that we need to be aggressive in terms of bike lanes and bus lanes. I think the dissonance here is about how we figure out achievable goals.”
To gain Mr. de Blasio’s support, Mr. Johnson’s office agreed to push back the start date for the first streets plan, from this month to December 2021, around the time the next mayor takes office. Until then, the city will keep its current commitment to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes each year.
At a City Council hearing in June, Ms. Trottenberg said her agency would need billions of dollars in additional funding to implement the plans, along with new staff members, offices and construction equipment.
“Achieving the targets in the bill as drafted would require a significantly reconfigured agency,” Ms. Trottenberg said.
The streets plan is expected to cost about $1.7 billion over 10 years, according to estimates from Mr. Johnson’s office.
The bill also calls for installing so-called transit signal priority at 750 intersections during the first year and 1,000 intersections per year after that. Transit signal priority is a system that allows buses to turn traffic lights green to speed them up. The city must also create one million square feet of pedestrian space in the first two years.
Mr. Orcutt, who now works at the advocacy group Bike New York, praised the plan and said it formalized the idea of a citywide, interconnected bike network into law. He said the city’s request to push back the start date was reasonable because building 50 miles of protected bike lanes per year is a significant jump from the current rate.
“It’s going to take more people and more outreach,” he said. “There are some real logistical hurdles to hitting these targets.”
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2020.04.27 17:43 Fwoggie2 Covid-19 update Monday 27th April

Good afternoon from the UK. It’s Monday 27th April.

It was an up and down weekend in the Fwoggie2 household. I went and did a major grocery shop at a Tesco Extra supermarket near me (Tesco = major supermarket chain in the UK) on Friday night. The store has a one way system to navigate round the store and you’re supposed to keep 2m away from anyone else. This is almost impossible I found as I constantly had to back the hell up as people barged in to grab what they wanted and to hell with any one way system. The older they were it seemed (I’m in my 40’s), the less they cared about social distancing. It took me 2.5 hours to finally complete the shop (I had to go back for a few more things on the Saturday morning).
As for Sunday, my wife was well enough to join me and the dog on a hour long walk (we never got within 10 metres of anyone else because we have lots of open countryside outside our front door so social distancing on walks is very easy to do) and the allotment got a major update; it now has 20 more white onions, over 50 red onion seeds, about 60 parsnips (which are notoriously hard to germinate especially in heavy soil like ours but it's worth a try), 7 rosemary plants and about 50 radishes. By the end of this week I hope to plant 75 carrots, 60 spring onions, 45 beetroot. The more we can grow the better; squash, courgettes/zucchini are on the agenda soon too with sweetcorn and brassicas a week or two further down the line.
Life though can twist and turn in an instant; #RIPMark has been trending on UK Twitter todayas Covid-19 takes another victim here in the UK with the death count now well over 21k (if you believe the government stats) or over 41k (if you want to believe the Financial Times instead). To see an example of the British Covid-19 story in three brief tweets, click here. Failing that, please continue to stay at home if at all possible.

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Supply chain news in depth


While passenger flights stay on ground freight rates are flying high - Stat Times reports that while passengers are going nowhere, there’s considerable demand for airfreight. Airfreight is the most expensive mode of transporting goods, but also the fastest, reliable and secure style of moving it. Roughly, airlines handle just one percent of all the global trade volumes but at the same time enjoy 35 percent of its value. In that sense, the pre-Covid-19 world was pretty sure about what sort of goods must move in the ocean and what in the air. But in the world hit by Covid-19 pandemic, air cargo has moved from the premium mode to the super-premium with freight rates climbing new heights each day it says. Demand for airfreight capacity from the West to China is limited, but large quantities of PPE are coming out of China resulting in rapidly growing rates.
(Cont’d) According to TAC Index, on April 13, 2020, the airlines reportedly charged a new record price of $9.64 per kg to move cargo from Shanghai to Frankfurt compared to $2.46 on March 9, a jump of 291 percent in just one month. Meanwhile, on the Frankfurt-Shanghai route, it fell around normal rates of $1.17per kg as of April 13 compared to $2.78 on February 17, when the rates were at its peak. The average air freight rate to transport goods from Shanghai to Europe is around $8.65 per kg, while from Frankfurt to China is $1.41. The same for Hong Kong to Europe is $4.66 compared to $5.11 on April 6 and $2.58 on March 9. The falling rates from Hong Kong are reportedly due to the new regulations introduced by the Chinese government in April to clamp down the low-quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) exported from the country. The government made it mandatory for PPEs to have customs clearance which pushed the companies to ship them from mainland airports instead of trans-shipping through Hong Kong.
(Cont’d) Airfreight rates on Shanghai-Dallas/Fort Worth route rose to $8.72 per kg on April 13 compared to $4.91 on March 9, while Hong Kong-Dallas is at $4.88 compared to $5.79 on April 6 and $3.53 on March 9. On average, air cargo from Shanghai to the US is now available at $6.92 compared to $3.36 on March 9, an increase of 105 percent in one month. Meanwhile the same from Hong Kong is available at $5.55 per kg compared to $3.35 on March 9. Rates from London to the US stood at $4.04 per kg compared to $1.12 on March 9, an increase of 260 percent, while Frankfurt to the US reported $4.12 compared to $5.31 on March 30, when it witnessed a steady increase of 223 percent, from $1.64 on March 9. While on the other side, from Chicago to European destinations, rates reported an increase of 173 percent. From $0.96 on March 9, it went up to $2.63 per kg on April 13.
(Con’td) It’s not all good news however, with some people priced out of airfreight moving to rail - and liking it. In the meantime, a large section of cargo that used to travel in the air is moving to more predictable rail route between Europe and China. Stakeholders of air cargo fear that a significant amount of cargo will move to rail, permanently. On April 3, 2020, the freight forwarding company, Davies Turner announced that its weekly rail import service from China to the UK has broken previous records in transit times amid demand spike. Philip Stephenson, chairman, Davies Turner said “The impact of Covid-19 will push many shippers to rethink their supply chains, and that could see a lot more Asia-Europe air and ocean freight traffic moving permanently to the rail.”

Coronavirus chokes the drug trade from Wuhan, through Mexico and onto U.S. streets - The LA Times explains Wuhan is known for its production of chemicals, including the ingredients needed to cook fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids. Vendors there shipped huge quantities around the world. The biggest customers were Mexican drug cartels, which have embraced fentanyl in recent years because it is cheaper and easier to produce than heroin. But the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan late last year before spreading across the planet has disrupted the fentanyl supply chain, causing a ripple effect that has cut into the profits of Mexican traffickers and driven up street drug prices across the United States. The narcotics trade, which relies on the constant movement of goods and people, has been stymied by lockdowns, travel bans and other efforts to contain the virus, according to government officials, academic researchers and drug traffickers.
(Cont’d) Logan Pauley, a researcher at C4ADS, a Washington-based think tank focused on transnational security, noticed a decrease in advertisements for fentanyl precursors. He said vendors switched to selling other products, including face masks and anti-malarial drugs that some doctors and politicians initially hoped would help treat the coronavirus. The drop in exports has left some Mexican drug producers with less access to needed chemicals. Simultaneously, cartels have encountered another colossal challenge: new restrictions on entry to the United States — the world’s biggest market for illegal drugs. Kameron Korte, a spokeswoman for the San Diego field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, said fentanyl pills in her region now sell for $7 each, up from $5 a few months ago. The average cost of methamphetamine has risen from $1,000 per pound to $1,400 per pound, she said. Similar price hikes have been seen in other parts of the country. Drug users have grumbled about rising prices on online forums. On a message board on the website Reddit, one person complained that prices of fentanyl pills in Phoenix had nearly doubled. “Border shut = less trafficking,” it said.

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Donations


Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but as you may have read above, food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
UK: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
France: https://www.banquealimentaire.org/
Germany: https://www.tafel.de/
Netherlands: https://www.voedselbankennederland.nl/steun-ons/steun-voedselbank-donatie/
Italy: https://www.bancoalimentare.it/it/node/1
Spain: https://www.fesbal.org/
Australia: https://www.foodbank.org.au/
Canada: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
USA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Thanks in advance for any donations you give. If there's foodbank charities in your country and it's not listed above, please suggest it and I will include it going forward.
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2020.04.21 03:28 Kirbinski Timeline of COVID-19 Pandemic Events - President Trump did a great job! (Part 3)

March 1, 2020 - March 30, 2020
March 1: Joe Biden, in an interview on ABC’s This Week falsely said: "They have eliminated the office we set up -- we set up in the president's office to deal with pandemic diseases."
March 1: NY Governor Mario Cuomo announced "There is no reason for undue anxiety -- the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available."
March 2: Despite Coronavirus warnings, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweets to encourage New Yorkers to go on with their lives and gives recommendations for movies his Twitter followers should go out and see.
March 3: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces the “No Ban Act” to end the travel bans.
March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.” Vice President Pence announced the CDC was lifting all federal restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19: “Any American can be tested, no restrictions, subject to doctor’s orders.” Previously, testing was limited to only those who were exhibiting symptoms and had recently traveled to China or had been exposed to a known case. However, the supply of tests in particular regions would continue to be the most common binding constraint.
March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.
March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.
March 7: NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (D) tells New Yorkers to take the subway and go out and enjoy life.
March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.
March 10: First major event canceled by the Biden campaign because of coronavirus concerns. The Biden campaign replaced a large rally in Cleveland with a 200-person gathering in Philadelphia on Super Tuesday II.
March 11: President Trump: • Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days (for those who had visited the Schengen Area – 26 European states that share open borders). • Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion. • Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses and to provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.” • Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus. • Advocated for increase in respirator availability.
March 12: The FDA issued an EUA to Roche. Paul Brown, the head of Roche’s Molecular Solutions division, told The New Yorker, that “the company had been working on a test since February 1st” and that “the new tests, which are mostly automated, can make it possible for large testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp to test for COVID-19.” The CDC and state and local public health labs have been running tests manually. Reaching the scale of millions of tests will require automated tests on high throughput machines at large testing companies.
March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
March 13: President Trump announced: • Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites (orders states to expand diagnostic testing for COVID-19). • A pause on interest payments on federal student loans. • An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
March 13: The Food & Drug Administration Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.
March 13: HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.
March 14: The Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.
March 14: The Trump Administration: • Announced the European travel ban will extend to the UK and Ireland. • Announced a National Day of Prayer for Americans affected by coronavirus.
March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week. HHS Secretary Azar waived sanctions and penalties against any covered hospital that does not comply with various provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule related to patient privacy and consent, including the need “to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family members or friends involved in the patient’s care.” Previously, HIPAA privacy provisions and the Common Rule were holding up testing and the dissemination of information. According to an article in the New York Times, these kinds of requirements prevented labs from conducting coronavirus tests on samples collected for research purposes: Federal and state officials said the flu study could not be repurposed because it did not have explicit permission from research subjects; the labs were also not certified for clinical work. While acknowledging the ethical questions, Dr. Chu and others argued there should be more flexibility in an emergency during which so many lives could be lost. On Monday night, state regulators told them to stop testing altogether. On a phone call the day after the C.D.C. and F.D.A. had told Dr. Chu to stop, officials relented, but only partially, the researchers recalled. They would allow the study’s laboratories to test cases and report the results only in future samples. They would need to use a new consent form that explicitly mentioned that results of the coronavirus tests might be shared with the local health department. They were not to test the thousands of samples that had already been collected.
March 15: Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.
March 15: All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.
March 15: CDC warns against large gatherings - The CDC warns against holding or attending gatherings larger than 50 people, including conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events and weddings for eight weeks, recommending that individuals cancel or postpone those events to avoid spreading the virus or introducing it into new communities.
March 15: During the Democratic debate in D.C., Biden stated he wanted to get test kits from the WHO.
March 16: President Trump: • Held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response. • Participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence. • Announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time. • Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.
March 16: The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states. The FDA expanded the EUA exemption to all commercial manufacturers and labs using new commercially developed tests, not just those that are certified to perform high-complexity testing under CLIA. The FDA also devolved regulatory oversight of these labs to the states. Wojtek Kopczuk, a professor of economics at Columbia University, quipped that the “FDA sped up the process by removing itself from the process.” The FDA also issued EUAs to Hologic and LabCorp. Co-Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company based in Utah, already had a test available in Europe and claimed it could supply 50,000 coronavirus tests per day going forward under the new FDA exemption. On Monday, government officials announced they were going to set up more drive-through testing centers. By the end of the week, they said they expect to have 1.9 million tests available thanks to high throughput automated machines at commercial labs.
March 16: Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.
March 17: President Trump announced: • CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced. • The Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments.
March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC.
March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.
March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
March 17: The Treasury Department: • Contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility. • Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business.
March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.
March 17: West Virginia reports its first COVID-19 case, meaning the disease is present in all 50 states.
March 17: Six countries in the San Francisco area ordered to "shelter in place" for three weeks, meaning residents are required to remain at home unless they are leaving the house for an essential reason, or are exercising outdoors.
March 18: President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free testing and paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
March 18: President Trump announced: • Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic. • Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus. • FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response. • The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships. • All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time. • Executive Order on prioritizing medical resources to prevent COVID-19 spread.
March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed: • 1 millon masks are now immediately available. • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.
March 18: HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
March 18: President Trump spoke to: • Doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus. • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. March 18: China reports no new domestic infections in the country for the first time since the outbreak began. If the trend holds for 14 days, it could be a sign that China's outbreak is ending. The country is still seeing travel-related COVID-19 cases and it remains to be seen whether China will be able to prevent a second wave of infection, once the government's strict lockdown measures are lifted.
March 19: President Trump announced: • Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus. • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients.
March 19: Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
March 19: The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.
March 19: Italy's death toll tops 4,000, making it the first country to report more overall deaths than China, despite its much smaller population. The following week, COVID-19 deaths in Spain would similarly eclipse deaths in China.
March 20: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
March 20: Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
March 20: President Trump: • Spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders
March 20: The Department of Education announced it will: • Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year • Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days
March 20: Secretary Azar announced: • FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country • The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act.
March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs.
March 20: New York state reports that more than 15,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and account for roughly half of the infections in the country. The vast majority of New Yorkers with COVID-19 are in the New York City region, which Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the "the epicenter of this crisis," warning that the outbreak will get worse as supplies dwindle.
March 20: In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Dr. David L. Katz wrote “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than The Disease?” “What we know so far about the coronavirus makes it a unique case for the potential application of a “herd immunity” approach, a strategy viewed as a desirable side effect in the Netherlands, and briefly considered in the United Kingdom.” “This focus on a much smaller portion of the population would allow most of society to return to life as usual and perhaps prevent vast segments of the economy from collapsing. Healthy children could return to school and healthy adults go back to their jobs. Theaters and restaurants could reopen, though we might be wise to avoid very large social gatherings like stadium sporting events and concerts. So long as we were protecting the truly vulnerable, a sense of calm could be restored to society. Just as important, society as a whole could develop natural herd immunity to the virus. The vast majority of people would develop mild coronavirus infections, while medical resources could focus on those who fell critically ill. Once the wider population had been exposed and, if infected, had recovered and gained natural immunity, the risk to the most vulnerable would fall dramatically.”
March 20: CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson wrote a political analysis titled “Trump peddles unsubtantiated hope in dark times” in which he wrote “Big footing Vice President Mike Pence's sober, informative task force briefings, Trump exaggerates facts, bashes China, blames the Obama administration, lauds his once soaring economy and baits reporters while shoveling any blame away from himself. As the pandemic spreads like quicksilver across the US and questions mount about the federal government's response amid chronic shortages in hospitals, the White House seems to be trying to get everyone to look the other way. It's holding out the promise of hope and optimism to shift attention from the reality of alarming rises in infections, a building economic crisis, a shortage of ventilators, the federal government's botched coronavirus testing roll-out, and revelations that doctors were told to use bandanas as masks.” “His critics would argue that given months of warning from events in China his White House should have been far more prepared -- especially when it comes to a shortage of tests kits that still prevents public health chiefs from drawing up a full understanding of the scale of the pandemic in the US. The administration's emerging political strategy to evade blame is also evident in a coordinated White House and conservative media effort to saddle China with all the blame for the pandemic.”
March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results.
March 20: Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen urged networks to stop airing President Trump’s press briefings because he was spreading misinformation about a potential cure “Trump is spreading misinformation about the coronavirus – time to take away his microphone” “Practically every time Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus pandemic he lies, exaggerates, offers false hope, and spreads misinformation. His statements are increasingly a menace to public safety. It’s time for cable news networks to stop giving him a platform for his untruths by refusing to provide live coverage of his press conferences.” “It’s bad enough that Trump is lying about his administration’s incompetent response to the coronavirus. Now he’s sowing doubt about the credibility of news organizations that are essential to providing clear and honest information to the American people.” “News outlets should thus treat Trump’s public statements like propaganda and misinformation — because that’s what they are. Fact-checking is essential, but it’s not enough. Airing his press conferences live, without immediate correction — which, because of the volume of Trump’s lies, is almost impossible to pull off — risks letting false information trickle out to the public.”
March 21: The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA.
March 21: The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30.
March 21: Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14.
March 21: USA Editorial Board writes “Coronavirus treatment: Dr. Donald Trump peddles snake oil and false hope”
March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for: • Washington State • California
March 22: President Trump announced: • Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost [1, 2] (gives the OK for U.S. governors to use the National Guard for COVID-19 support) [4] • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA.
March 22: President Trump confirmed his administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.
March 22: Vice President Pence announced: • The testing backlog will be resolved by midweek. • To date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
March 22: President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
March 22: FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.
March 23: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies and price gouging. He announced that HHS wass working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of those items.
March 23: VP Pence announced: • 313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results. • FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force so Americans get supplies they need. • HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.
March 23: The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to: • Advance coronavirus research. • Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers.
March 23: Attorney General Barr announced: • The Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging. • Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosecutor to prevent hoarding.
March 23: Salon published a Dan Froomkin article in which he wrote “Trump’s most dangerous flim-flam: False hope and quack advice - Hasn't he done enough damage? Now Trump is giving fake medical advice from the White House, based on "a feeling" “Trump was at the White House podium peddling a fake cure for a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of Americans in a way that would have gotten him kicked off the Home Shopping Network and potentially invited federal prosecution for false claims and fraud.”
March 23: Axios tweeted link to article with false headline “A man has died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate – one of the anti-malaria drugs that Trump has mentioned in recent days.”
March 23: The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.
March 24: President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
March 24: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 24: Vice President Pence: • Confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators. • Announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 24: Dr. Deborah Birx announced the U.S. has conducted more coronavirus tests in the last week than South Korea has over the prior eight weeks.
March 24: The U.S. Army issued orders for three army hospitals to deploy their health care professionals to New York and Washington state, at the direction of Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
March 24: Japan postpones the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were originally slated to be held in Tokyo starting July 24, until summer 2021. Countries including Canada and Australia had already announced that given the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, they would not be sending their athletes to the Games.
March 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a total ban on the country's 1.3 billion citizens leaving their homes for 21 days, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
March 24: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state with administrative action against their professional licenses if they prescribe, or fill prescriptions of, hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.
March 25: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: • Texas • Florida • North Carolina
March 25: President Trump & Vice President Pence held a conference call with 140 non-profit organization leaders, including The Salvation Army & The Red Cross, to discuss coronavirus response efforts.
March 25: President Trump signed a bill reauthorizing The Older Americans Act, which supports senior citizens by providing meals, transportation, and other crucial services.
March 25: Vice President Pence: • Held a conference call with equipment manufacturers to discuss on-going coronavirus response efforts. • Announced 432,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received results. • Confirmed 4,000 ventilators were delivered to New York.
March 25: Vice President Pence held discussions with multiple governors, including the Governor of Indiana & the Governor of Michigan.
March 25: Washington Post correspondent Jeremy Snyder writes ”Trump is giving people false hope of coronavirus cures. It’s all snake oil.” In a separate article, the Washington Post Editorial team added “Trump is spreading false hope for a virus cure – and that’s not the only damage.”
March 26: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • Illinois • New Jersey • Maryland • Missouri
March 26: President Trump announced the USNS Comfort will depart for NYC on Saturday to assist in the coronavirus response – 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
March 26: President Trump participated in a video conference with the leaders of the G20 to discuss the global coronavirus response & the need for countries to share information and data on the spread of the virus.
March 26: President Trump held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the coronavirus.
March 26: Vice President Pence announced 552,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
March 26: Dr. Fauci announced the Federal Government is working with companies to speed up production of potential coronavirus vaccines while those drugs are still in the trial phase.
March 27: President Trump signed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law.
March 27: President Trump signed a Defense Production Act memorandum ordering General Motors (GM) "to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contractors for ventilators.
March 27: President Trump signed an executive order allowing the military to activate members of the Selected Reserve and Ready Reserve to active duty to assist with the Federal response to the coronavirus.
March 27: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • South Carolina • Puerto Rico
March 27: President Trump appointed Office of Trade and Manufacturing policy director Peter Navarro to serve as the Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator.
March 27: President Trump announced that 100,000 ventilators are projected to be manufactured in the next 100 days, three times the amount typically manufactured in one year.
March 27: President Trump announced that Boeing offered the use of three "Dreamlifter" cargo air crafts to transport medical supplies across the country.
March 27: Partnering with FEMA, the CDC, and the Coronavirus Task Force, Apple released a coronavirus app which allows users to screen for their symptoms.
March 27: President Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the global coronavirus response and committed to helping provide ventilators to the U.K. where possible.
March 27: Vice President Pence announced that 685,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their test results.
March 27: Emory University began enrolling participants for a phase one clinical trial, sponsored by the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of a new, potential coronavirus vaccine.
March 27: FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor spoke to the director of each of the state's emergency operations about the state-led, federally-supported coronavirus response effort.
March 27: The USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angelse to help relieve the strain on hospital facilities in Southern California.
March 28: President Trump visited Norfolk, VA to send off the USNS Comfort to New York City where it will help relieve the strain on local hospitals.
March 28: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • Guam • Michigan • Massachusetts • Kentucky • Colorado
March 28: President Trump spoke with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding the coronavirus response effort.
March 28: The CDC issued new guidance for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days to #StopTheSpread of the coronavirus within the U.S.
March 29: New Yorker published an article by staff writer Steve Coll titled “The Meaning of Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Quackery” in which he wrote “Trump’s quackery was at once eccentric and terrifying – a reminder, if one was needed, of his scorn for rigorous science, even amid the worst pandemic to strike the country in a century.” “…the case the President made for hurrying an economic revival against the advice of scientists was morally odious; it suggested that large numbers of otherwise avoidable deaths might have to be accepted as the price of job creation.”
March 29: Nancy Pelosi told CNN reporter Jake Tapper “As the president fiddles, people are dying,” and “The president, his denial at the beginning, was deadly,"
March 30: New York Times writer Kurt Eichenwald tweeted “Words to me of Louisiana MD on front lines of COVID-19 fight: “Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work. I have more anecdotes than were used to say it might. It doesn’t. Patients who need it for autoimmune issues face a national shortage because of amateurs who don’t understand research.”
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2020.04.09 09:30 AmateurHi What's the dating scene for late 30s' MTF like?

Hi ladies, I am in Queens, NYC so hopefully experience from other major US cities will apply in NY as well. I am 5'9" 167 lb. East Asian and a few month short of 37. Should have asked these question back in college but didn't because I was scared of the challenges and think life as a man with a beautiful wife and children would still makes me happy. 17 years later that "happy family" never materialized and I am seriously considering transitioning because it is the last chance I can have a traditional "happy family" as a woman.
Finance is not an issue nor can my job fire me so I figure if I go full speed I can probably finish FFS and SRS by 39. Still time to find a girl or man to have a family. I plan to freeze my sperm in case I settled with a girl. I have a sister so will ask her to donate eggs if I settled with a man and need surrogacy. Don't really know at this point because while I have only dated girls before I would be open to date man as a woman.
Online and in person dating is not easy for an Asian male that feels more connected to white female. I read a few threads discussing dating after fully transitioning but those are for younger 20-something girls or in smaller cities; nothing pertaining to my age range nor environment. What's the dating scene like for MTF in her late 30s' and early 40s'? Thank you
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2020.04.06 16:16 cabusto Race Report: Crow League Mile

1 Mile Time Trial Race Report

Background

This was the finale of a 14 week base build / 1500 training block. The original plan was to take part of 4 indoor track meets, 3 mini meets and a spring invitational. The dates were Jan 18 (week long blizzard cancelled) , Feb 1st (4:53), Mar 14 (COVID-19) and April 4th (COVID-19). So the crow league mile was scheduled for the perfect time! (Thanks Qrszx)

Training:

This was phase 1 of my year long plan. My goal races were the 1500 (April 4), a 10 mile race (July 26), the P’tit Train du Nord Half (Oct 4) and the NYC Marathon (Nov 4). Speed early, then transition to distance later in the year, hopefully ending in a BQ time.
My other plan was to run more consistently, by running every day this year. This training block consisted of 95 days of training, 477 miles and 17 workouts. Weekly totals: 39/38/30/41/24/29/32/39/33/33/31/40/46/35, so average 35 MPW.
I have been using the runcoach app for the training plan, and I will say that I’m really enjoying having a coach. She is very responsive via the chat in app, and adjusts my schedule based on my feedback. The app itself is pretty cool. It adjusts workouts based on schedules / goal races and workout performance. A little buggy at times. I changed the date of one of the races, and it basically just shifted the workouts ahead a week. But I just messaged my coach and she adjusted it on the fly. The chat with coach option is the paid portion of the app, and definitely seems worth it, if only for adjusting workouts and discussing goals.
Workouts were a mix of speed stuff on the track (when it was open) of 200s and 400s for the most part. These were either at current estimated 1500/mile pace and down to goal pace, or threshold / tempo work. Typically either mile or 2k repeats at around 10k-HM pace or a multiple pace tempo run, like 2miles at M pace, then 1 mile at HM pace. I ended up doing a bunch of those on the treadmill.

Workouts completed

If you didn’t read all those, I don’t blame you. But it was a good exercise for me, since I just realized how much I progressed from Jan until the end of March. I hadn’t even realized that some of the workouts had repeated. Nice thing about having a coach (for me anyway) is that I just kind of follow it, without thinking too much.
I definitely missed some of the scheduled workouts. Mostly the tempo ones I believe, as I assumed these were B workouts most weeks. One thing that was interesting is that I didn’t do many long runs. I did like 6 LR over 9 miles and 2 over 10. So I think there is some room for improvement there.

The “Race”: Crow League mile!

So the race. There is a road mile road race course on the lake next to my house. So I was going to try and get on the segment leaderboard. Under 5:15 would get me a top 5 spot. But there was a decent headwind, so I decided to run it backwards. The only issue with this is that there was a slight 20ish foot uphill in the 3rd 400, but then at like 1250 it turns downhill. Figured it would even out.
Warm up was 2 miles, and then a 5 min progression tempo from M to 10k pace. Did 3 strides at goal pace, few drills, and then jogged about 3 mins to my start line. Waited for some cars to go by, and gave myself a 3 step running start. The plan was to run the first 400 smooth, 400 build, grind the hill, and whatever was left on the last.
The worst thing about garmin workout is that it doesn’t show your split when it beeps. So dumb. I had set up 4x400m and 1 x 9m just so I could figure out my 1500 split. (4:47). So I didn’t know what I had run until I got home. C’mon Garmin!

Conclusion

Was very happy with the result. My goal for the 1500 was 4:45. I think on the indoor track, I would have been close to breaking 4:40, so I’m counting this result as a win. I think it would have been even better if I had a few more ‘long’ runs (maybe just 9-10 miles each week) and a few more of those faster finish tempos just to get the endurance up a little more.
I’ve actually decided to try the mile again on the weekend of the road race (May 30th) and have my run coach schedule set up now to increase my mileage, but keep the mile paced workouts until then. I’m hoping to average 45-50 MPW for the next few weeks. My July 10 mile is in jeopardy of being postponed anyway, so my logic is it’s way easier to TT a mile than a 10 mile.
Even if the 10 mile goes ahead, I think this plan will aid in my goal of breaking 60 mins in the 10 mile. Some speed workouts should make 6 min/mile pace feel a little easier, and I obviously have room for improvement for endurance.
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2020.03.29 00:08 Pickleindamiddle While Democrats play politics, the Trump Administration is working tirelessly to combat the coronavirus and provide economic relief to affected Americans:

US Timeline:
December 31: China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.
January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.
January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
January 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.
January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.
January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.
January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
January 31: The Trump Administration:
Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
Announced Chinese travel restrictions.
Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus. January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.
February 3: The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.
February 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.
February 9: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.
February 11: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.
February 12: The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
February 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.
February 14: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.
February 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.
February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
February 26: President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.
February 29: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.
February 29: The Trump Administration:
Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea.
Barred all travel to Iran.
Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days. March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”
March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.
March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.
March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.
March 11: President Trump:
Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus. March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
March 13: President Trump announced:
Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
A pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve. March 13: The Food & Drug Administration:
Granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits.
Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request. March 13: HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.
March 14: The Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.
March 14: The Trump Administration announced the European travel ban will extend to the UK and Ireland.
March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week.
March 15: Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.
March 15: All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.
March 16: President Trump:
Held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response.
Participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
Announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance. March 16: The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states.
March 16: Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests, and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.
March 17: President Trump announced:
CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
The Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments. March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC
March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.
March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
March 17: The Treasury Department:
Contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business. March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.
March 18: President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free testing and paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
March 18: President Trump announced:
Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic.
Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus.
FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response.
The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time. March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed:
1 million masks are now immediately available.
The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials. March 18: HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
March 18: President Trump spoke to:
Doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus.
130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. March 19: President Trump announced:
Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus.
Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients. March 19: Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
March 19: The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.
March 20: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
March 20: Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
March 20: President Trump:
Spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures
Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts
Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders March 20: The Department of Education announced it will:
Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year
Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days March 20: Secretary Azar announced:
FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country
The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs
March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results
March 21: The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA
March 21: The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30
March 21: Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14
March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for:
Washington State
California March 22: President Trump announced:
Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost
He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA. March 22: President Trump confirmed his administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.
March 22: Vice President Pence announced:
The testing backlog will be resolved by midweek.
To date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results. March 22: President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
March 22: FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.
March 23: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies.
March 23: VP Pence announced:
313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results.
FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force so Americans get supplies they need.
HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients. March 23: The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to:
Advance coronavirus research.
Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers. March 23: Attorney General Barr announced:
The Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging.
Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosectuor to prevent hoarding. March 23: President Trump announced HHS is working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of these items.
March 23: The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.
March 24: President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
March 24: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 24: Vice President Pence:
Confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators.
Announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days. March 24: Dr. Deborah Birx announced the U.S. has conducted more coronavirus tests in the last week than South Korea has over the prior eight weeks.
March 24: The U.S. Army issued orders for three army hospitals to deploy their health care professionals to New York and Washington state, at the direction of Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
March 25: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for:
Texas
Florida
North Carolina March 25: President Trump & Vice President Pence held a conference call with 140 non-profit organization leaders, including The Salvation Army & The Red Cross, to discuss coronavirus response efforts.
March 25: President Trump signed a bill reauthorizing The Older Americans Act, which supports senior citizens by providing meals, transportation, and other crucial services.
March 25: Vice President Pence
Held a conference call with equipment manufacturers to discuss on-going coronavirus response efforts.
Announced 432,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received results.
Confirmed 4,000 ventilators were delivered to New York. March 25: Vice President Pence held discussions with multiple governors, including the Governor of Indiana & the Governor of Michigan
March 26: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:
Illinois
New Jersey
Maryland
Missouri March 26: President Trump announced the USNS Comfort will depart for NYC on Saturday to assist in the coronavirus response – 3 weeks ahead of schedule!
March 26: President Trump participated in a video conference with the leaders of the G20 to discuss the global coronavirus response & the need for countries to share information and data on the spread of the virus.
March 26: President Trump held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the coronavirus.
March 26: Vice President Pence announced 552,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
March 26: Dr. Fauci announced the Federal Government is working with companies to speed up production of potential coronavirus vaccines while those drugs are still in the trial phase.
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2020.03.28 10:13 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Massie Go Home by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (03/27/20)

"Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole." - John Kerry, uniting the nation

Slide Into The GM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, along with his top health minister, a few weeks after bragging about shaking hands with coronavirus patients. In this frightening time, it’s always nice to be reminded of the towering intellects who wield power around the world.
The House passed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) pulled a truly gross stunt.
Trump has now called the governor of the country’s COVID-19 epicenter a liar for demanding ventilators, and used the DPA, after weeks of stalling, to mobilize a single company that he’s been publicly feuding with for months: We’re watching a president wield a pandemic as a political cudgel. It’s hard to know what to say, other than stay home, be well, and keep sharing this around.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

On today's America Dissected: Coronavirus: This week Congress passed a historic, $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at easing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation will grant financial assistance to individuals and businesses – especially industries affected by the crisis, airlines and manufacturers, among others. But will it be enough? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed talks with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th district, one of the hardest hit communities by COVID19. We’ll hear her perspective on what we can learn from Washington State’s experience. Listen here

Under The Radar

Thousands of people have crowded into national parks after the Trump administration not only left many of them open, but waived park entry fees. The supervisor of Grand Canyon National Park submitted a request to close the park after thousands of visitors flooded in last weekend, during which one park ranger had over 600 “close contacts” with visitors in a single day. The Navajo Nation signed onto the request, citing a serious COVID-19 outbreak on the reservation that could easily worsen. The Interior Secretary has thus far refused to close the Grand Canyon National Park, and park personnel at other sites say closures have come too late to protect visitors and employees. That’s partly due to vacancies in key posts at the National Park Service—unfilled positions across the federal government have severely hindered the coronavirus response.

What Else?

Hundreds of people in Iran have died from ingesting methanol after rumors spread on social media that alcohol, which in Iran can only be obtained from bootleggers, would kill the coronavirus.
The EPA has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the coronavirus outbreak. This way we can roll straight from a pandemic into a climate crisis, like an apocalypse double-feature.
Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) has become the fourth member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19. In better news, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) has tested negative.
Some hospitals are considering changing their do-not-resuscitate policies when it comes to coronavirus patients. The concern is that performing CPR on a COVID-19 patient could put medical workers and their other patients at increased risk, especially given the personal protective equipment shortages.
Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. are telling parishioners, fuck it—eat meat on Fridays during lent. (Not in those words, probably.) That seems fair enough, since most Catholics have already given up “Friday as a distinct concept” and also “most other things.”
Bob Dylan dropped a 17-minute new song inspired by the Kennedy assassination. We look forward to Bob Dylan’s song inspired by the coronavirus, dropping in (takes out calculator) 2077.
Walmart has reported increased demand for tops, but not pants, as people work from home during the coronavirus crisis. Our hearts go out to those who still feel compelled to fancy up their top halves.

Be Smarter

Instacart’s gig workers have threatened a nationwide strike over the company’s response to the pandemic. Workers say the grocery-delivery app hasn’t done enough to protect them during the outbreak, and starting Monday, will refuse to accept new orders until the company agrees to their terms. Those terms include: A $5-per-order hazard payment, free protective gear like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and expanded sick leave to include workers with pre-existing conditions who have been advised by their doctors to stay home. The Instacart strike will mark that first time that gig workers in the U.S. have walked off the job in response to COVID-19.

Is That Hope I Feel?

Google will donate $800 million in cash and ad credits to help small businesses, and boost WHO and government agencies in providing information about the virus. (Google will also take the year off from April Fools’ Day, a mercy that every company would be insane not to grant us.)
Clippers owner Steve Balmer will donate $25 million in coronavirus relief, including $10 million to University of Washington Medicine’s Emergency Response Fund to speed up testing for a vaccine.
Crocs will donate 10,000 pairs of shoes a day to healthcare workers.
Rihanna has donated personal protective equipment to New York hospitals, and $5 million to various frontline organizations.

Enjoy

Zoe Stuckless on Twitter: "How NYC handles balcony singing"
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2020.03.21 21:38 ilikelegoandcrackers PSA regarding COVID-19: Warning [updated and reposted as per request]

[NEW: As requested, a downloadable PDF version of this document is now available to email to relatives]
If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent physical distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently over 300,000 global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO has classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline, in Fahrenheit.
Here it is in Celsius.
A new chart with an excellent timeline of symptoms on the right
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: "CDC: Americans over 60 should 'stock up' on supplies, avoid crowds" (source).
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response measures taken, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

GET INVOLVED:

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

FOR HEALTH WORKERS/HOSPITALS
OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL:
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. Nonetheless, to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a very particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January. I hummed and hawed whether to even to start this document, yet after seeing how much it benefited people even in its crude early form, I decided to give it all of my focus.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform, without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety, and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in the Canada sub, which will be kept up to date (as will any PSA I posted myself, as long as it's still on the main page of your sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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2020.03.21 04:20 ilikelegoandcrackers PSA Regarding COVID-19: Warning

[NEW: As requested, a downloadable PDF version of this document is now available to send to relatives]
If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent physical distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently over 300,000 global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO recently classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline, in Fahrenheit.
Here it is in Celsius.
A new chart with an excellent timeline of symptoms on the right
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: "CDC: Americans over 60 should 'stock up' on supplies, avoid crowds" (source).
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response time, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%
UPDATE: Mortality numbers are starting to come in from Italy. Here's a data set of 11,538 cases.
** March 16 Update: “This is a serious disease. Although the evidence we have suggests that those over 60 are at highest risk, young people, including children, have died" —Dr. Tedros, Director of the WHO** (source)
Disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild with approximately 2.4% of the total reported cases reported amongst individuals aged under 19 years. A very small proportion of those aged under 19 years have developed severe (2.5%) or critical disease (0.2%), via WHO report.

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

FOR HEALTH WORKERS/HOSPITALS
OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL:
GET INVOLVED:
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. I don't have an agenda or anything of that sort, and to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a very particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January. I hummed and hawed whether to even to start this document, yet after seeing how much it benefited people even in its crude early form, I decided to give it all of my focus.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform, without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety, and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in the Canada sub, which will be kept up to date (as will any PSA I posted myself, as long as it's still on the main page of your sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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2020.03.19 19:45 ilikelegoandcrackers PSA Regarding COVID-19: A Warning

[NEW: As requested, a downloadable PDF version of this document is now available to send to relatives]
If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent physical distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently over 300,000 global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO recently classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline, in Fahrenheit.
Here it is in Celsius.
A new chart with an excellent timeline of symptoms on the right
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: "CDC: Americans over 60 should 'stock up' on supplies, avoid crowds" (source).
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response time, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%
UPDATE: Mortality numbers are starting to come in from Italy. Here's a data set of 11,538 cases.
** March 16 Update: “This is a serious disease. Although the evidence we have suggests that those over 60 are at highest risk, young people, including children, have died" —Dr. Tedros, Director of the WHO** (source)
Disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild with approximately 2.4% of the total reported cases reported amongst individuals aged under 19 years. A very small proportion of those aged under 19 years have developed severe (2.5%) or critical disease (0.2%), via WHO report.

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

FOR HEALTH WORKERS/HOSPITALS
OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL:
GET INVOLVED:
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. I don't have an agenda or anything of that sort, and to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a very particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January. I hummed and hawed whether to even to start this document, yet after seeing how much it benefited people even in its crude early form, I decided to give it all of my focus.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform, without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety, and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in the Canada sub, which will be kept up to date (as will any PSA I posted myself, as long as it's still on the main page of your sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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2020.03.19 00:37 ilikelegoandcrackers PSA Regarding COVID-19: A Warning

[NEW: As requested, a downloadable PDF version of this document is now available to email to relatives]
If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent physical distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently well over a million global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO has classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline survivors vs deceased. Source: Lancet
A new chart with an excellent timeline of symptoms on the right
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response measures taken, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

GET INVOLVED:

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

FOR HEALTH WORKERS/HOSPITALS
OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. But to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in the Canada sub, which will be kept up to date (as will any PSA I posted myself, as long as it's still on the main page of your sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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2020.03.17 22:31 ilikelegoandcrackers PSA Regarding COVID-19: A Final Warning

[NEW: As requested, a downloadable PDF version of this document is now available to email to relatives]
If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent physical distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently well over a million global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO has classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's (we're talking about 1979 WHO here) tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of pure scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline survivors vs deceased. Source: Lancet
A new chart with an excellent timeline of symptoms on the right
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response measures taken, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

GET INVOLVED:

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

FOR HEALTH WORKERS/HOSPITALS
OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. But to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in the Canada sub, which will be kept up to date (as will any PSA I posted myself, as long as it's still on the main page of your sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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2020.03.17 20:41 Sedona_Mod PSA Regarding COVID-19: A Warning

If you just want to learn how to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, scroll down to the "Risk Reduction" section. However, to appreciate the full scope of the challenge ahead, you are encouraged to carefully read this entire document, which will be updated regularly as long as it stays on the front page of your sub.
The aim of this document is simple: it's best to walk into something knowing what you're about to face. It also aims to reduce anxiety, panic, and misinformation by arming you with key sourced information, all without downplaying the risks of COVID-19.
The document has gone through hundreds of iterations thanks to global community feedback, including from places such as Seattle, LA, Australia, and Canada. Although all facts are meticulously sourced from experts in their fields, you are responsible for your own health and your own research.
Further, contextualization of information remains an ongoing challenge, as does keeping up with a fluid situation. Final word will always belong to the health authorities, as well as the mods of this subreddit.
Now brace yourself, because this is going to suck a little bit.

CONTEXT:

A recent in-depth study has shown just how incredibly infectious COVID-19 is. Unfortunately, its spread has not slowed, and the virus has only been halted through stringent social distancing measures.
In other words, and as the Director of the WHO himself has said, this is not a drill.
The bad news: There are currently over 190,000 global confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the WHO recently classified it as a pandemic. Now it seems that it has arrived upon your doorstep, which means there is likely exponential and silent human-to-human transmission in the community.
The good news: knowledge is a weapon that defeats these things. It worked in 1918 against the Spanish Flu, when we essentially stopped the medieval practice of blood-letting (you know when they drained you of blood because they thought that would cure whatever ailed you? Or leeching?). And it worked against many other outbreaks since: Smallpox, MERS, SARS, Ebola, etc. The WHO's tackling of Smallpox alone was nothing short of scientific heroism.
And so, a hundred years after 1918, here we are again, facing perhaps the greatest test of our generation.
The problem is that these days we're inundated with so much information that, when a real threat comes along, it's buried under a mountain of clutter. And although this document is not all-encompasing by any means, hopefully it will help you see through some of that clutter, as well as give those new to the threat an opportunity to hit the ground running.
So go ahead and meet your foe. Do not underestimate it.
Now prepare to go to war.

IMPORTANT:

PSYCHOLOGY:

RISK REDUCTION:

Think of those in your life who are vulnerable (see the Comorbidities section). If not for yourself, do it for them.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS:

(All direct from WHO report based on 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases in China.)
Here is what those symptoms look like on a visual timeline, in Fahrenheit.
Here it is in Celsius.
Health Canada: What to do if you're ill.
CDC: What to do in your home if someone is sick
Want to know the difference between a flu, a cold, and Covid-19? Here's a nifty visual.
What Happens When You Get Coronavirus, and when should you go to the hospital? An excellent short official Canadian Public Health video
What does it feel like to be sick? The New York Times spoke to six people with the virus.

COMORBIDITIES:

Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
If you fall into any of the above categories, the CDC says "it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure."
UPDATE: "CDC: Americans over 60 should 'stock up' on supplies, avoid crowds" (source).
UPDATE: The New York Times detailed how 40% of Americans have chronic conditions and should immediately start taking extra precautions.
Sources for comorbidities: WHO report / CDC, more from CDC. A CDC guide titled People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications expounds on the point.

MORTALITY RATE:

(As of 20 February 2020 and based on 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases in China as per the WHO report. Please note mortality will differ from region to region based on regional comorbidities, as well as a host of other variables such as healthcare infrastructure, response time, etc.)
Age % of population % of infected Fatality
0-9 12.0% 0.9% 0
10-19 11.6% 1.2% 0.1%
20-29 13.5% 8.1% 0.2%
30-39 15.6% 17.0% 0.2%
40-49 15.6% 19.2% 0.4%
50-59 15.0% 22.4% 1.3%
60-69 10.4% 19.2% 3.6%
70-79 4.7% 8.8% 8.0%
80+ 1.8% 3.2% 14.8%
UPDATE: Mortality numbers are starting to come in from Italy. Here's a data set of 11,538 cases.
** March 16 Update: “This is a serious disease. Although the evidence we have suggests that those over 60 are at highest risk, young people, including children, have died" —Dr. Tedros, Director of the WHO** (source)
Disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild with approximately 2.4% of the total reported cases reported amongst individuals aged under 19 years. A very small proportion of those aged under 19 years have developed severe (2.5%) or critical disease (0.2%), via WHO report.

ADDITIONALS:

LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT

You are invited to translate this document into your native language and post it to your native country sub. Please message me with the link so I can post it into this PSA. Thank you.

A CURATED SET OF LINKS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME:

OFFICIAL NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL:
Why I created this post:
I've done the best job I could giving the sources context. I've asked the public and some medical professionals to weigh in, and have adjusted the document based on what they have said. I don't have an agenda or anything of that sort, and to reiterate, you are responsible for your own health and your own research. I'm just a volunteer who's put countless hours into this as I have a very particular communicative and collative skillset that I suspected could be of benefit in this ordeal—that and I've been following COVID-19 closely since mid-January. I hummed and hawed whether to even to start this document, yet after seeing how much it benefited people even in its crude early form, I decided to give it all of my focus.
And now the beast is upon my doorstep, and I too have susceptible loved ones around me.
The aim of this document was to inform, without minimizing risk. Accurate information reduces panic and anxiety, and helps people make the right decisions in a difficult time. I hope it succeeded in that regard, and that you found it useful.
Yet there's always room for improvement, so feel free to constructively suggest changes (but if you're going to be a jerk about it, you will simply be blocked and ignored, and that's that). If you have a trustworthy more up-to-date source on an old metric of mine, please leave it in the comments. Also you are welcome to suggest alternative word/sentence choice changes.
As I mentioned in the intro, this document went through many versions. Thank you to those from all around the world who had constructively weighed in to make it a more robust and useful PSA.
Other communities are invited to post a link to the source doc in Sydney, Australia, or the one over in the Canada sub, both of which will be kept up to date (as will any of my PSA's that I posted myself, as long as they're still on the main page of that sub).
My very best wishes from Victoria, BC, Canada, and good luck to us all.
P.S. Feel free to share this post without attribution to me. This was never about credit. All credit is given to ilikelegoandcrackers as with them this post would not exist.
P.P.S. "Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate." —Michael Leavitt
P.P.P.S. A touching note to the world.
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