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Looking through iTunes for something to watch


Several Tom Hanks movies.


Trump's Coranavirus poster memes 😆


WOW. There is no magic Google website. Trump catches Google off guard.

Thanks to DU'ers pointing this out on another thread.

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement
Google's not making a nationwide coronavirus testing website. And the company had no idea the president would say it was.


President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US government’s coronavirus testing apparatus, which has lagged badly behind other developed nations, would soon get an assist from Google. The search and advertising giant will create a website, Trump said, that would help Americans figure out if they need a test for the virus, and if so where they can find one.

The only problem: There is no nationwide site like the one Trump described. And Google had no idea the president was going to mention one.

A source at Google tells WIRED that company leadership was surprised that Trump announced anything about the initiative at the press conference. What he did say was also almost entirely wrong. There will be a coronavirus testing site, not from Google but from Alphabet sister company Verily. “We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing,” Google tweeted in a statement. “Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.”

Even that, though, was not the original plan. The Verge reported Friday afternoon that Verily had intended the site for health care workers only. After Trump unexpectedly publicized the effort, Verily decided it will let anyone visit it, but can still only provide people with testing site information in the San Francisco area.

Google did not respond to requests for comment. A Verily spokesperson characterized the intention of the site differently from the Verge report. "We were initially planning to focus on highest risk populations, which includes healthcare workers—but this was not solely intended for them," the company said. "We are collaborating with organizations like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp as part of this initiative, and local organizations to determine what will work best. At Verily, we are focused on developing a tool to help triage individuals for testing."

The White House declined to comment on the record, but did not dispute that Google was unaware that Trump would announce the site Friday.

What was that super special Coronavirus website they were promoting yesterday?

I figured googling Coronavirus would bring it right up. I did se the CDC and WHO's sites but I thought there was another one that they were talking about yesterday.


Antenna & cord cutters - you may want to re-scan for stations. 3/13/20 frequency changes

FCC mandated frequency changes were to be completed as of yesterday. We haven't had the local ABC station for weeks and it's been driving me crazy - no Jeopardy or my Wednesday night sitcoms.

They changes have been completed as of yesterday.

Watching your local news (as sad as it can be) is a much better source of info on your local virus info.

LOUISIANA delays primaries until summer

Not good

Is "malaise" a fitting word to use right now?

The standard definition:


a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.

The exact current cause isn’t really hard to identify. There are also medical definitions of the word that DO have to do with the onset of disease.

The “Malaise speech” refers to a televised speech on the economy given by President Carter. He never said the word “malaise” but Pat (America First) Buchanan is widely credited for naming the speech in an early example of punditry framing the narrative. Conservatives have used it for 40 as a bludgeon on Liberals and to promote their own sense of manliness.

I just felt this morning a sense of ....SIGH. What a week.

Right now is really not a good time to be a hypochondriac

And I have hypo superpowers.

Henrico Co. schools closing for 2 weeks. Logistics on meals being planned.

Starting Monday. Closed until the 27th.

Every kid 6th grade and above has a county issued laptop so assignments will be on line starting the 17th.

The announcement mentioned that a plan to provide meals as needed is underway.

Henrico wraps around Richmond from East to west.

Full circle. #1 story on "China virus" Fox News about China's PR to blame the US

Inside China's high-stakes campaign to smear the United States over coronavirus


If you listened to Chinese state-run media, you'd think President Trump went to China and released vials of COVID-19 on groups of unsuspecting men, women and children.

It's a high-stakes strategy for the Asian nation fighting to keep its superpower status amid a national lockdown and palpable anger over claims that Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, at first covered it up, triggering a worldwide health and economic crisis.

At best, China's aggressive new campaign can be chalked up to ambitious propaganda. At its worst, it's a reckless display from a country that has actively misled the world while working overtime to save its own skin, foreign affairs expert Gordon G. Chang told Fox News.

Chinese officials have also pushed back on the expression "Wuhan coronavirus" -- saying the name used frequently by U.S. conservative commentators unfairly stigmatizes the world's most populous country.
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