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  1. Mathematically, we have a massive rate of active cases and rampant transmission. "The media" didn't cause that to happen, it's just what it is. And what it is is newsworthy. Deaths "dropping" relative to case rate is predictable, because a novel virus involves doctors making progress as the pandemic progresses. That we have 40K+ new cases relative to our population size each day is ... not reporting on COVID-19 stats would be inappropriate. I don't think I'm grasping the point you're trying to make, but new cases and deaths matter for discrete reasons.
  2. This is the first pandemic of its kind since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1917-1919, I would posit it is newsworthy. Also I would posit metrics like rate of infection, transmission, hotspots, and death are newsworthy. This isn't like "Kim Kardashian tweeted a pic and blamed North," these are actually newsworthy occurrences.
  3. Have you heard asymptomatic people spread it? By these metrics any reporting numbers or infections or notable people contracting it is "fear porn."
  4. So this is a CreditCards.com PR placement, because they are selling "advice" and so on, a pitch probably visible later in the article: Vs. the Headline: So the "worry" appears to have been conditionally worded in the "survey" conducted by a company, designed to be pushed out as PR and picked up by target outlets by CNBC. And I would presume the question was "if you were unable to return to work, would you be able to make minimum payments?" and the available answers were "yes," "no," and "I don't know." That yields a very juicy half-story headline. If you click through to CreditCards.com's poll, their headline is "Poll: If pandemic continues, 62% of credit card debtors may miss payments (And millennials are the most concerned about it.") Mr. Ted "that's tough news to hear" Rossman says: Further down the page: Alas, YouGov.com hasn't made the actual questions asked available on their site in the past month. All we have on methodology is this: However, bottom of the poll has the pitch: So basically this is an expensive pitch for BT offers through creditcards.com.
  5. Why is it peculiar? Presumably, the information about positive tests is readily available, but information about who is or isn't symptomatic isn't derived from a test. I would guess they didn't contract it at school, it's more that they attended and carried the virus, in a place where the photos were taken.
  6. Update on Paulding County, Georgia, the place where the teenager who looks like a big scootch took a picture: 9 people test positive for coronavirus at Georgia school that went viral for crowded photo
  7. As much as you're supposed to drink it, I can't, it's too weird. Before the pandemic it was decaf diet orange iced tea, but that went into short supply. Now I drink water with flavor drops, usually fruit punch.
  8. In an article I saw today, he and Alyssa Milano are mentioned as people who experienced fairly straightforward COVID-19 symptoms, and unexpectedly tested negative. Milano eventually tested positive, but not before weeks of negative results. It appears he never has tested positive, but also that false negatives occur.
  9. IDK she looks like a kid who embarrassed adults. The district is, IIRC, insisting kids waitlisted for virtual school attend in person. That's horrible.
  10. Regarding the high price tags, a Wayfair person weighed in and explained that when items are out of stock for a while, they set the prices to insane amounts for what appear to be SEO reasons - to not lose search rank by deactivating the listing, until the product is available for sale. One theory about the names of the items was similar but a bit darker, capturing search rank through high-volume, low-saturation terms. FWIW.
  11. In the Taco Bell drive through last night, I was literally just saying this to my mom. Five people in my family recovered from it, and my aunt had an NDE. That same aunt is losing her hair in clumps, and that's a reported post-covid symptom. I said it was like polio, but because it's so new, the after-effects are still being recorded. A person I know who had mild symptoms but was positive for covid said that it feels like it's attacking every system in his body, randomly, coming and going. One day it's close to normal, and other days he has a vast array of symptoms (I think he's 31). With novel pathogens, things like this are almost an afterthought.
  12. This is an iteration of a verrry old urban legend, and I have been trying to pin it down for over 10 years. Until it mainstreamed with pizzagate and then Epstein, it was still fairly popular. It goes like this, the world's elite are all trafficking kids. The Royal Family, the Bilderbergs, etc. Before it tipped this way, my working theory was that it was a reflection of our knowledge that people like a certain former FLOTUS, we as everyman people know that someone like that could buy and sell us. Very powerful people can have literally anything they want. Surely, regular thrills become boring, after your 10th lambo. So my working theory was it was exposition of our discomfort at this power balance. This knowledge that a Jeff Bezos could do real damage to a person, and then that person would be railroaded or have no recourse. Stuff like Harvey Weinstein assaulted women, who subsequently disappeared from Hollywood entirely. Stories planted in the press that they had plastic surgery and are unrecognizable stuff. Also sort of like the bored immortals trope, which you see a lot with vampire lit. When you have money and time, regular stuff must be very boring. It's an extremely tenacious notion and UL, but this particular series of iterations from pizzagate through Wayfair have escalated its popularity severely.
  13. Neither credit nor an approval per se, but I got a notification just now that I'm off the waiting list for my Robinhood card AND I can earn .3% on uninvested cash balances. As of now my account is down $250
  14. So far I've gotten $15 back on rootworker advice and hoodoo stuff, and $15 back on lashes, my doctor, and vape stuff. IIRC there was at least one unexpected chain there too. Ok, I checked, it was Society6. I bought a bunch of prints in a sale and got a shop small credit.

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