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March 31, 2020

Louisiana's numbers just skyrocketed today

Yesterday just over 400 known new cases and today it's already over 1,200 new cases with quite a few hours left to report.

Between New York and Jersey they almost have 100,000 known cases (New York area).


March 31, 2020

Trump admin to roll back fuel efficiency standards, weakening efforts to combat climate crisis

Get ready to have to buy more gas each month on top of everything else this will distroy.

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is replacing Obama-era fuel standards with a plan that calls for substantially lower annual increases -- performing what it called "the largest deregulatory initiative of this administration."

But it's a move that will have large environmental consequences and weaken former President Barack Obama's efforts to combat the climate crisis.
The finalized rule, prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, was unveiled Tuesday.
The rule calls for fuel economy and emission standards to increase by 1.5% annually, rather than the approximately 5% increases in the 2012 rule. According to the rule, the standards will increase to 40.4 miles per gallon by vehicle model year 2026, about 6 miles per gallon fewer than the 2012 rule.

More: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/politics/trump-fuel-efficiency-standards/index.html

March 31, 2020

New Mexico's governor warns tribal nations could be 'wiped out' by coronavirus

"I'm very worried, Mr. President," Grisham said on a call with Trump Monday.

Katherine Faulders
Olivia Rubin
March 30, 2020, 5:28 PM
5 min read

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham raised alarms with President Donald Trump Monday about 'incredible spikes" in coronavirus cases in Navajo Nation, warning that the virus could "wipe out" some tribal nations, according to a recording of a call between Trump and the nation's governors obtained by ABC News.

"I'm very worried, Mr. President," Governor Lujan Grisham said, as she followed up on a request she made to the Department of Defense last Wednesday for a 248-bed U.S. Army combat support hospital (CSH) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grisham told Trump she had not yet received a response.

"We're seeing incredible spikes in the Navajo Nation, and this is going to be an issue where we're going to have to figure that out and think about maybe testing and surveillance opportunities," Grisham said.

"The rate of infection, at least on the New Mexico side — although we've got several Arizona residents in our hospitals — we're seeing a much higher hospital rate, a much younger hospital rate, a much quicker go-right-to-the-vent rate for this population. And we're seeing doubling in every day-and-a-half," she said.

Wow, that's something," the president replied.

More: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mexicos-governor-warns-tribal-nations-wiped-coronavirus/story?id=69884997&fbclid=IwAR1F0xMOcvk89ASYU465iv0XnbOJOtSNyGOPc3vLelerhW4wq9bdCs5_Y4o

March 30, 2020

Asshole of the day right here

OKC-based company wants to keep employees’ $1,200 stimulus payments….

Such a punchable face! (my comment)

One of the few positive things about the Coronavirus pandemic is that it shows us just how greedy, heartless and merciless some corporations can truly be.

For example, we have learned via the Ogle Mole Network that ImageNet Consulting – an Oklahoma City-based “Information Technology Solutions” firm that sells high-dollar copiers, scanners, and IT services to companies all across the country – wanted their remaining employees to forfeit a portion of their April paycheck that is equal to the amount they will receive from their government-issued Coronavirus stimulus payment.

Basically, ImageNet Consulting came up with a plan to pocket their employees’ stimulus checks!

The move came after the company had already conducted mass layoffs as a result of the pandemic. It was first kind of reported by KXAN out of Austin, which is home to an ImageNet Consulting branch.

More: https://www.thelostogle.com/2020/03/29/imagenet-consulating-stimulus-payment/?fbclid=IwAR26NYRukdXoxLIJyOD79pM-dpMqaD9NyqIIttYit2-7IjVYpGp0Vs3XShM

March 30, 2020

Did something change with the way inventory is calculated on your taxes in 2019?

In the past when I plugged in the numbers my refund hardly changed but this year with the change in inventory about the same as last year my refund went to almost zero. I didn't realize this but I guess you can just ignore inventory if you sell less than a million dollars?

I am wondering if there is a glitch in the program this year?


Although you are not required to report inventory if your receipts are 1 million or less as a Qualifying Taxpayer, the costs for what would otherwise be inventoriable items are considered to be NON-incidental materials and supplies to be listed on line 36 (purchases on Sch C).May 31, 2019

March 29, 2020

I wonder how many fewer deaths there will be this year from less car accidents?

How strange it is to think that there are people who will be alive in six months because they were in their house sheltering in place instead of on the highway in an accident and they will never know how their fortunes were changed.

I had just posted how oddly the death rate drops during recessions because of fewer car accidents and heart attacks. https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213195331 You have much of the world at like 30% on the roads compared to normal. Just in the US about 100 people die a day in car accidents (not including the several thousand who are seriously injured). I am guessing that between 3 and 4 thousand will be saved and around 35,000 fewer injured if this goes on for two months and lot more if traffic stays reduced even after much of this is lifted.


PS. Not to mention perhaps millions who may be saved from the virus because people sheltered in place!

March 29, 2020

MAGA's are starting to push that deaths go up as unemployment goes up. This is flat wrong.

Here is a typical post I have started to see by Trump defenders: Every 1% increase in unemployment=1500 deaths over the normal rate.

Study: Great Recession Led To Fewer Deaths

Recessions are painful for a variety of reasons. A new study shows that during the Great Recession, mortality rates declined faster in areas where the unemployment grew.


Recessions, as we know, can be painful. People lose jobs, families lose their homes, and it can take years for an economy to recover. But there are researchers in the United States and in other industrialized nations who are finding out that recessions can have a counterintuitive effect on health and mortality. And let's explore this with NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.

Hey, Shankar.


GREENE: So recessions can be good in some ways?

VEDANTAM: In some ways, David, recessions seem to change the mortality rate, and not in the direction you might expect. I was speaking with the economist Erin Strumpf at McGill University. Along with Thomas Charters, Sam Harper and Ari Nandi, she studied the effect of the Great Recession a decade ago by looking at 366 metropolitan areas in the United States, which cover about 80 percent of the U.S. population.

More: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/09/576669311/hidden-brain-great-recession-deaths

March 29, 2020

I see a slight leveling on the logarithmic chart for the US the past few days. Here is my fear

If the curve begins to flatten out more in the next couple weeks because we are doing things RIGHT and a lot of states still have relatively low numbers because they acted early, there will start to be a lot of pressure to open things back up. You know Trump will break from the experts and start putting pressure on Republican (and Dem) Govs and then it will just take right off again because Trump doesn't understand math and doesn't care who he kills. I am betting we will get a very premature "Mission Accomplished" speech from the Commander of Grief.

Go to the graph below to where it says 'Total Coronavirus Cases in the United States' and click on logarithmic:


It looks like the line started sagging a bit starting around March 23rd.

Edit: Thank you Ms. Toad below for the actual change in numbers:

3/22 - 138% of 3/21
3/23 - 130% of 3/22
3/24 - 125% of 3/23
3/25 - 125% of 3/23
3/26 - 124% of 3/26
3/27 - 122% of 3/26


March 28, 2020

Dumbest statistics video on Covid19 I have seen yet

A lot of MAGAits are circulating this. Evidently closing down the country makes the virus worse according to this idiots logic. He thinks China simply ran its course and the flattening of the curve had nothing to do with the entire country locking down. He seems to cherry pick countries stats after they have already put all kinds of social distancing in place or pick countries like Iraq and leave off the last week when things have skyrocketed.

See Iraq's latest graph here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/iraq/

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