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  1. When "social distancing" becomes a problem - watch full screen. IMG_1349.MOV
  2. Don't expect it to last. Those so inclined can, and will, rationalize anything. Once the immediate crisis is passed you'll hear, "Now is the time for us to open the borders to show the world that "we" haven't changed as a result of CV19." "Now is the time to spend more money in far-away places to "prevent" it from happening again." And, most likely, "Now is the time to double down on green-deal, climate change initiatives since we see that we don't have to live the lifestyle we lived in the past." I know the arguments are specious but predict the attempt will be to move all the lines further than they were before using whatever justification necessary.
  3. Just watching CBC news on the tube - apparently some teenagers at a house party in Mississauga/Brampton were given a $100,000 ticket for violating the Health Order. That's not a misprint - one hundred thousand dollars!
  4. It's certainly true that having the PM appear daily to announce free money for people will go a long ways to endearing him. Not many will understand that his hand is in their pockets to get the money though.
  5. Jeeez, what's up with all the phone alerts - totally ruined my day in the park telling me I should be isolating! I'm kidding, obviously, but today I got something like 6 alerts. Is there anybody that hasn't got the news yet? And if they are still out and about will another phone alert convince them to go home?
  6. Yup, fair enough. And, of course, it's impossible to measure the ultimate benefit "we" might receive from a faster recovery. Anyway, just joking - not meant as an actual critical analysis.
  7. Yeah, just making a point about our progressive tax system and the fact that the "costs" of this will be disproportionally carried by the higher tax bracket earners. It's just meant as a facetious comment so let's not derail the thread with that discussion here.
  8. Yeah, good one! The only problem is that when the CV19 issue is finally resolved we will have to address the economy and it will be a huge issue. Personally I'm concerned, for purely selfish reasons, that the government is giving vast amounts of money to everyone but I'm one of the few who actually pays taxes - that does not bode well for me.
  9. My sentiment on this changes daily (hourly). On the one hand, think about all the money people aren't, or possibly won't be, spending by staying home; recreation programs for the kids (summer camps, soccer league, hockey league), dining out, sporting events, daily driving and commuting expenses, consumer purchases, new cars. The retail and entertainment industries, along with travel and tourism, will be decimated but I think for a lot of people who aren't employed in those industries it will be close to a wash between reductions in earnings and reductions in expenses. Yes, I know there will be a huge number of unemployed and, as an airline employee, I will take a significant pay cut but, being a prudent person, I have gone through my budget and have been able to greatly reduce the outgoing. This, along with tightly controlled discretionary spending could see my financial situation being about the same as previously up to maybe a 6-8 month timeframe and that's with no recovery at all. IDK, maybe I'm just fooling myself but I do forsee a huge pent-up demand for travel. The reasons why people travel will not have disappeared and after months of quarantine and lockdown could see travel of one of the things people choose to spend their discretionary money on first. On the other hand, maybe it's the beginning of the next great depression and it takes a decade to recover with massive mortgage defaults, soup lines and tumbleweeds in the streets.
  10. Your example is disengenuous. The example you should be using is someone who buys a GMC pickup at a 30% discount to the standard price but the contract is "non-refundable". Most airlines, as far as I know, do sell fully refundable tickets - they just cost more. It's up to the consumer to decide how confident they are in all factors aligning for the trip to happen. I get it. It's human nature to try to save money and buy the cheapest fare but a "fully refundable" ticket has value as we see now. Even if there was a big red flashing button and a siren demanding an acknowledgement that the ticket about to be purchased was non-refundable people would still buy it and then complain bitterly on twitter if the trip didn't happen and they were given a voucher instead of a refund.
  11. Yeah, of course, I hope people follow the public health recommendations but the point is that , in relative terms, this is not a significant event.
  12. Well, so what? Cancer kills more than WW2, heart disease kills more too. That's a stupid statement. Smoking, not wearing seatbelts, impaired driving, eating at MacDonald's 5 times a week probably all kill more than WW2.
  13. Was just going to post the same thing but see that you have beat me to it. I don't live in Ontario and DF is not "my" guy but kinda looks like he's doing a pretty good job dealing with this issue. Some reporter today tried to get him to criticize Truedope and he wouldn't take the bait. (Good thing they didn't ask me!)
  14. Wow, didn't realize there were so many fans among our aviation community. It's a little unsettling, TBH - it's like when you realize that your boss actually understands your Monty Python references or finding out he texts with emojis.
  15. Nope. Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  16. You haven't been paying attention - every bio-med company in the world is working feverishly (yes, I got the pun) to develop, or expand their testing ability. This, for the public good and also because there is HUGE money to be made by the first company that can provide such a test. Personally, because of all the spare time I seem to have in my schedule these days, I have been watching this area because it's one of my investment interests. A person who bets right, by buying shares in the winning company, would be rewarded greatly.
  17. Yes, that's it. Good luck changing the beliefs of a billion people about TCM however.
  18. Yikes! That video should carry a warning.
  19. Yes, Zaphod was a character in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Congrats on knowing/finding the reference to Rich, J.O. and Marshall but you guys still haven't got the significance to the reference. It's just something that occurred to me and, obviously, not some earth-shattering revelation but calling Trump "Zaphod" works on many levels. - Zaphod was the President of the Galaxy and Trump is the President of the USA - that's one. - Zaphod was described in the book as being "hedonistic and irresponsible, narcissistic almost to the point of solipsism, and often extremely insensitive to the feelings of those around him." I would say that's a fair description of Trump as well - that's two. - Zaphod is boorish, immature, impulsive and prone to temper tantrums - that's three. - Zaphod was briefly the President of the Galaxy (a role that involves no power whatsoever, and merely requires the incumbent to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge.) This refers to the idea that the President of the USA (which changes every 4 or 8 years) is relatively insignificant to the "real" control which is held by the military-industrial complex - that's four. Anyway, I've never heard anyone else call Trump "Zaphod" so maybe it's just me that sees the similarities but I thought it was funny.
  20. Nope, not close enough. There's lots more.
  21. Yes, you are correct in the source but what I was asking is do you get the meaning of the reference?
  22. President Trump is the perfect Zaphod Beeblebrox. Anybody get that reference (without looking it up)?