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Posted By: Hazymac, 3/12/2020 9:18:02 PM

Even though the Covid19 infection is still on the rise in much of the world there is some hope it can be slowed down to where it can be managed as a chronic public health problem. (Snip) Should it ever settle down the lasting impact of Covid19 will probably be cultural. Physically the pandemic has seemingly left the world's infrastructure untouched. The accumulated deaths, while tragic, appear thankfully few compared to war. What obviously died was the confidence of the End of History. What Covid19 ended was the illusion of control. Before the virus world leaders had big plans for the

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Reply 1 - Posted by: RuckusTom 3/12/2020 9:40:44 PM (No. 344571)
If the media can keep hyping this outbreak until November, it will be a great way way keep voters away from the polls and rely mainly on mail in ballots. Add in a lot of vote harvesting and the democrats will have a good chance of winning.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MainelySane 3/12/2020 9:46:04 PM (No. 344573)
And now.. . now.. there's a toilet paper shortage. Soon, no one will be able to find a copy of The Decameron.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Italiano 3/12/2020 10:37:31 PM (No. 344605)
I can hear God laughing from here. "2,500 years ago, I didn't think that they could get any more idiotic."
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 3/12/2020 10:41:05 PM (No. 344606)
I think Wretchard is likely slightly overblown, but in his list of possible or probable outcomes, I find a lot of good things. More manufacturing of pharmaceutical in the US, streamlined regulatory approvals, reduced purchasing of medical devices made outside the US, detailed listing of country of origin on drugs, less popularity of the idea of globalization. Maybe some real, long-term upsides to this mess.
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Posted by Hazymac 3/12/2020 9:18:02 PM Post Reply
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