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That time Bon Weir sang the National Anthem at a NASCAR race

Yeah that just happened about 30 minutes ago.
NASCAR is doing virtual iRaces.


6 reasons people aren't social distancing (CNN)

Some people just won't stay home during a pandemic. Six reasons may explain why


These socializers are 'under-responders'

They see it as a way to regain control

They don't think it's their problem
For some, Covid-19 seems like a distant problem shouldered by residents of populous cities or foreign countries. It's sad, yes, but it's just not their burden.

They're numb to it
The coronavirus is creating what Taylor calls an "infodemic." When people's media diets, social media feeds and conversations with loved ones consist of nothing but Covid-19, they may become desensitized to its severity, he said.

They're thinking individually
It's also not just a generational problem. The Western world, and the US in particular, has long prized individual freedoms -- sometimes even over community benefit.

They're lonely

NASA Discovers Gas Emanating From Uranus


CBS Detroit – From decades-old data from the Voyager 2 Space probe that went out and explored the outer reaches of our solar system, NASA researchers have come across a new finding from the probe’s Jan 24, 1986 fly-by of Uranus.

As Voyager 2 flew by at 50,600 miles from the icy-blue planet, it found cloud tops, two new rings, 11 new moons and temperatures below minus 353 degrees Fahrenheit. What they didn’t know, Voyager 2 flew through a plasmoid. A giant magnetic bubble that was putting Uranus’ atmosphere into space.

These findings in Geophysical Research Letters, raise new questions on Uranus’ odd-ball magnetic fields. This, however, is nothing new when you look at it from a cosmic perspective. Venus leaks it hydrogen into the solar wind, and Jupiter and Saturn send out massive amounts of their electrically-charged air.

The SyFy Channel has quite a few shark movie offerings


Missing Accomplished _______ Pics of Trump in Norfolk

Oh you'll be seeing these when his campaign tries to re-write history.

Trump Sees Off Naval Hospital Ship in Virginia, Going Against Travel Warnings


Mr. Trump delivered his speech in front of a small audience of about a dozen military officials, as well as a handful of White House aides who traveled with him. But the pared-down event was filled with pageantry. The president arrived to the tune of “Hail to the Chief.” He spoke behind a podium with a presidential seal, and when he was finished, he stood next to the Defense Secretary, Mark T. Esper, and saluted the ship as it pushed off from the pier.

On Friday, Mr. Trump defended his decision to see off the ship as a patriotic show of support. “I have spirit for the country,” the president said at a news conference. “I’m not going to be jumping around in a huddle.”

“It’s like a tiny trip,” he continued. “I think it’s a good thing when I go over there and I say thank you. We’ll be careful.”

“We don’t need Donald Trump in Virginia doing a photo op,” Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia, said in an interview. “We need respirators and we need masks, like every other state in the country. He ought to be staying in Washington, in his job. It’s a total waste of time.” Mr. McAuliffe said that a presidential visit to a naval base meant that officials who needed to be addressing a public health crisis had to instead “spend their time doing a Trump re-election photo op. He ought to stop the politicking and lead the nation.”

Went for a drive yesterday. It really hit me this "essential business" thing.

We went for a drive yesterday and the "essential business" thing really hit me. Everything is shut down. Sitting in our house you just don't "get" it. We went to a big fancy mall that usually has no good parking spots anywhere near the entrances ALL DAY LONG. The running joke is for those of us who, say, go to a business lunch during the day "Who ARE all these people? What do they DO?"
The parking lot was vacant. A few cars - there are restaurants there - maybe the maintenance crews but that was it. A ghost town.

We know all the numbers on how many people live paycheck to paycheck or less. Can't afford a sudden $400 expense. I've been there. We've been there. When my daughter was really young we had this one period where we were Bbbbbroke! The weather wasn't right to go to a park or the river so we went to a Bass Pro Shop. My daughter was amazed at the fish tank. It killed some time and we had a good time.

My wife and I are lucky. We are still working - teleworking - and that looks to continue. I can't see either of us being laid off (especially not her) or furloughed. This $2,900 thing (whenever we get it) sounds great but it wouldn't go very far if one of us loses our job. People live according to the means they have. We are right down the middle of middle class but there are things we just expect to have. Hell WiFi is a necessity for us to work at home.

Those of us making jokes about spending time at home, Look it's something we have in common and it's truly bizarre, don't get that this is going to be the ruin of many people and many businesses that employ them. Restaurants and stores will re-open but that's a ways down the road.

I really feel for all these people who have bills to pay and no real foreseeable money new coming in.


**Friday Night non-distancing Party. Betty Devos is there!**

Well....Comedy Central is trying (Chapelle Show marathon)

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Joel Osteen Tests Negative For Christianity



HOUSTON, TX—On a video posted to his Facebook page Thursday, a relieved Joel Osteen announced that he's tested negative for biblically faithful Christianity.

A nervous Osteen had accidentally come into contact with the Bible several days prior and feared he had contracted the gospel.

"I'm relieved to announce that I'm 100% gospel-free," the smiling pastor said. He'd been quarantining himself from friends and family for a few days just in case he was gospel-positive, not wanting the gospel to spread to anyone else. "My hand had briefly brushed against the Bible, as I thought it was one of my books. We've disposed of it, of course, and I've notified all the people I've come into contact with since then so they could quarantine."

Osteen has, however, tested positive for a novel prosperity gospel virus -- a new but still very deadly mutation of an ancient heresy.
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