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  1. 11 points
    This is my daughter’s last official act as a producer with the Wieden Kennedy ad agency in Portland which handles the Nike account. Since she’s only been there two years she’s among the 33% companywide layoffs. She’s really proud of this ad and she has good reason to be.
  2. 8 points
    We're celebrating the awesome creation of an ad agency producer in her early 20's, who is getting international acclaim. We don't actually give a **** who the client is.
  3. 6 points
    I apologize for questioning a democrat on this site. I'll return to my Trump bashing and we can all get along again.
  4. 5 points
    this is a total strawman. The virus can be well contained by relatively painless responsible social behavior, adequate resources supplied for testing and tracing, and good public health protocols put into workplaces. There is not only light at the end of the tunnel, there is relatively normal life if we would just get over this co-outbreak of mass stupidity we are suffering as a nation. And yes the entertainment industry will asymmetrically impacted. The policy answers for that have to be less costly that 200,000 deaths, or so I would think anyway.
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    I wonder if the Astros are cheating on the COVID-19 tests? <rimshot>
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    I live in a vote by mail state (Oregon). A couple of years ago, I got called by the county clerks office saying my vote didn't count because my signature didn't match. My signature has deteriorated over the years, so I don't blame them for throwing it out. They told me how to transfer my signature from my drivers' license to my voter registration, which is I was able to do online. Problem solved, and by the way, someone is paying attention. Voter fraud my ***.
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    The economy will not recover until the virus is well under control. B follows A. This seeming need to try to strike a balance between opening the economy up before the virus is well controlled is a fool's errand, and as long as we, as a nation, attempt to do this, we will continue to fail. Not for nothing, there is a ****ing road map already created and demonstrated to work in other nations and we somehow think we are going to do it better (even though we have objectively done as poorly as anyone) or we can't do it because America. It is asinine, plain and simple.
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    MLB has completely botched this thing. There is a simple solution if they just listen to Federal government guidance straight from the Executive branch. If they simply stop testing teams for Covid, there will be no positive tests! It couldn’t be any easier. The season can go on uninterrupted until the virus just goes away on its own. Manfred is such a moron.
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    I haven't seen this posted here yet (maybe I simply missed it), but I think it's important enough to share in its entirety. Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time As a COVID-19 summer surge sweeps the country, deep cleans are all the rage. National restaurants such as Applebee’s are deputizing sanitation czars to oversee the constant scrubbing of window ledges, menus, and high chairs. The gym chain Planet Fitness is boasting in ads that “there’s no surface we won’t sanitize, no machine we won’t scrub.” New York City is shutting down its subway system every night, for the first time in its 116-year history, to blast the seats, walls, and poles with a variety of antiseptic weaponry, including electrostatic disinfectant sprays. And in Wauchula, Florida, the local government gave one resident permission to spray the town with hydrogen peroxide as he saw fit. “I think every city in the damn United States needs to be doing it," he said. To some American companies and Florida men, COVID-19 is apparently a war that will be won through antimicrobial blasting, to ensure that pathogens are banished from every square inch of America’s surface area. But what if this is all just a huge waste of time? In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to clarify that while COVID-19 spreads easily among speakers and sneezers in close encounters, touching a surface “isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” Other scientists have reached a more forceful conclusion. “Surface transmission of COVID-19 is not justified at all by the science,” Emanuel Goldman, a microbiology professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told me. He also emphasized the primacy of airborne person-to-person transmission. There is a historical echo here. After 9/11, physical security became a national obsession, especially in airports, where the Transportation Security Administration patted down the crotches of innumerable grandmothers for possible explosives. My colleague Jim Fallows repeatedly referred to this wasteful bonanza as “security theater.” COVID-19 has reawakened America’s spirit of misdirected anxiety, inspiring businesses and families to obsess over risk-reduction rituals that make us feel safer but don’t actually do much to reduce risk—even as more dangerous activities are still allowed. This is hygiene theater. Scientists still don’t have a perfect grip on COVID-19—they don’t know where exactly it came from, how exactly to treat it, or how long immunity lasts. But in the past few months, scientists have converged on a theory of how this disease travels: via air. The disease typically spreads among people through large droplets expelled in sneezes and coughs, or through smaller aerosolized droplets, as from conversations, during which saliva spray can linger in the air. Surface transmission—from touching doorknobs, mail, food-delivery packages, and subways poles—seems quite rare. (Quite rare isn’t the same as impossible: The scientists I spoke with constantly repeated the phrase “people should still wash their hands.”) The difference may be a simple matter of time. In the hours that can elapse between, say, Person 1 coughing on her hand and using it to push open a door and Person 2 touching the same door and rubbing his eye, the virus particles from the initial cough may have sufficiently deteriorated. The fact that surface areas—or “fomites,” in medical jargon—are less likely to convey the virus might seem counterintuitive to people who have internalized certain notions of grimy germs, or who read many news articles in March about the danger of COVID-19-contaminated food. Backing up those scary stories were several U.S. studies that found that COVID-19 particles could survive on surfaces for many hours and even days. But in a July article in the medical journal The Lancet, Goldman excoriated those conclusions. All those studies that made COVID-19 seem likely to live for days on metal and paper bags were based on unrealistically strong concentrations of the virus. As he explained to me, as many as 100 people would need to sneeze on the same area of a table to mimic some of their experimental conditions. The studies “stacked the deck to get a result that bears no resemblance to the real world," Goldman said. As a thousand internet commenters know by heart, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. But with hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of scientists around the world tracing COVID-19’s chains of transmission, the extreme infrequency of evidence may indeed be evidence of extreme infrequency. A good case study of how the coronavirus spreads, and does not spread, is the famous March outbreak in a mixed-use skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea. On one side of the 11th floor of the building, about half the members of a chatty call center got sick. But less than 1 percent of the remainder of the building contracted COVID-19, even though more than 1,000 workers and residents shared elevators and were surely touching the same buttons within minutes of one another. “The call-center case is a great example,” says Donald Schaffner, a food-microbiology professor who studies disease contamination at Rutgers University. “You had clear airborne transmission with many, many opportunities for mass fomite transmission in the same place. But we just didn’t see it.” Schaffner told me, “In the entire peer-reviewed COVID-19 literature, I’ve found maybe one truly plausible report, in Singapore, of fomite transmission. And even there, it is not a slam-dunk case. ” The scientists I spoke with emphasized that people should still wash their hands, avoid touching their face when they’ve recently been in public areas, and even use gloves in certain high-contact jobs. They also said deep cleans were perfectly justified in hospitals. But they pointed out that the excesses of hygiene theater have negative consequences. For one thing, an obsession with contaminated surfaces distracts from more effective ways to combat COVID-19. “People have prevention fatigue,” Goldman told me. “They’re exhausted by all the information we’re throwing at them. We have to communicate priorities clearly; otherwise, they’ll be overloaded.” Hygiene theater can take limited resources away from more important goals. Goldman shared with me an email he had received from a New Jersey teacher after his Lancet article came out. She said her local schools had considered shutting one day each week for “deep cleaning.” At a time when returning to school will require herculean efforts from teachers and extraordinary ingenuity from administrators to keep kids safely distanced, setting aside entire days to clean surfaces would be a pitiful waste of time and scarce local tax revenue. New York City’s decision to spend lavishly on power scrubbing its subways shows how absurd hygiene theater can be, in practice. As the city’s transit authority considers reduced service and layoffs to offset declines in ticket revenue, it is on pace to spend more than $100 million this year on new cleaning practices and disinfectants. Money that could be spent on distributing masks, or on PSA campaigns about distancing, or actual subway service, is being poured into antiseptic experiments that might be entirely unnecessary. Worst of all, these cleaning sessions shut down trains for hours in the early morning, hurting countless late-night workers and early-morning commuters. As long as people wear masks and don’t lick one another, New York’s subway-germ panic seems irrational. In Japan, ridership has returned to normal, and outbreaks traced to its famously crowded public transit system have been so scarce that the Japanese virologist Hitoshi O****ani concluded, in an email to The Atlantic, that “transmission on the train is not common.” Like airline travelers forced to wait forever in line so that septuagenarians can get a patdown for underwear bombs, New Yorkers are being inconvenienced in the interest of eliminating a vanishingly small risk. Finally, and most important, hygiene theater builds a false sense of security, which can ironically lead to more infections. Many bars, indoor restaurants, and gyms, where patrons are huffing and puffing one another’s stale air, shouldn’t be open at all. They should be shut down and bailed out by the government until the pandemic is under control. No amount of soap and bleach changes this calculation. Instead, many of these establishments are boasting about their cleaning practices while inviting strangers into unventilated indoor spaces to share one another’s microbial exhalations. This logic is warped. It completely misrepresents the nature of an airborne threat. It’s as if an oceanside town stalked by a frenzy of ravenous sharks urged people to return to the beach by saying, We care about your health and safety, so we’ve reinforced the boardwalk with concrete. Lovely. Now people can sturdily walk into the ocean and be separated from their limbs. By funneling our anxieties into empty cleaning rituals, we lose focus on the more common modes of COVID-19 transmission and the most crucial policies to stop this plague. “My point is not to relax, but rather to focus on what matters and what works,” Goldman said. “Masks, social distancing, and moving activities outdoors. That’s it. That’s how we protect ourselves. That’s how we beat this thing.”
  15. 3 points
    She can turn a nice phrase, but to TBH, Peggy has been an apologist for 1%er politics since about the day after 'a thousand points of light'. And the most devious kind because she masks it so well under so much smarmy civility. She and George Will are a couple of peas in a pod in that regard. If Trump had never been elected people like Noonan would still be gladly enabling the Bain Capitals of middle class destruction. So Trump or no Trump, it's long past time for her politics to pass from the stage. But all these GOP warhorses seem incapable of processing that it is the failure of their economic dogma that finally enabled Trump's darker forces to capture the party. If the GOP wants to put itself back together, arguing about how best to reject Trumpism is not enough, because the voters those GOP intellectual elites need to recreate a party love Trumpism. They need to start selling an economics that can work in a free society for more than just the robber barons if they are going to pry those voters from the emotional catharsis Trumpism gives them.
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    Ha...yes. Looks like you got your democratic talking points summed up. The anti-lockdown was universally demonized by the left for being unsafe. I remember as I agreed with them. But stuff happened since then that didn't allow them to keep that narrative. Dem talking points. * Anti-lockdown protesters - make sure to mention how it likely will extend the lockdown and how unsafe it is. Infer they are anti-science. * BLM protests - Get out there and walk!!!! Focus on the importance of social issues, say 'outside' anytime someone mentions how it could spread Covid.
  20. 3 points
    I voted in the August primary by mail, primarily as a test drive. I had to sign and seal an envelope with my name and info on it, agreeing that if I committed fraud I was subject to a five years imprisonment. I go to the county elections webpage and see this, confirming my ballot has counted:
  21. 3 points
    Well since we are a two piece with a female drummer, of course we play lots of White Stripes tunes. Not sure if you all are into The White Stripes, but here you go:
  22. 3 points
    Trump will nuke multiple US cities; Cotton will call it a necessary evil; Collins will be concerned; Mitch will propose cutting corporate taxes; Rubio will quote the bible; Cruz will call his wife very ugly; Graham will claim he's not gay; Fox will proclaim "This is the day Donald Trump became President."
  23. 3 points
    BREAKING NEWS The Washington Football Team will be announcing their name change to the DC DEMON SEMEN at a presser tomorrow. Cool logo, they're gonna sell a ton of merch.
  24. 3 points
    It's probably the most important measure, but other measures are also important. Hospitalizations are also very important because too many hospitalizations can lead to hospitals reaching their capacity which is one of the key measures for shut downs. Also, there is evidence that some people are becoming permanently affected by the Corona virus even if they survive. This can even happen to young healthy people. Look at what's going on with Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
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    Wow, how about this obituary in a Longview, TX newspaper. Damn.
  28. 2 points
    I hate to say it but I saw this coming. Playing baseball during a pandemic didn't seem like a real good idea.
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    George Will has been interesting to read in his post-GOP incarnation. He seems as regretful as any of this tribe of thinking conservative. These are truly the times of the exile Trotskyites and Menshavik revolutionaries in a Stalinist 30s regretting not seeing Stalin coming. I keep thinking back to Koestler's Darkness at Noon in which the old school party official is watching the new breed with the same awe and fear of the tree-bound monkey at the great hominids out on the plain stalking food with the jawbones of asses.
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    I might be more impressed if so much of their profits were not from using slave labor.
  33. 2 points
    What, and pay four extra guys major league minimum salaries? What are you, a BLM Marxist or something?
  34. 2 points
    on the other hand, if game were seven innings we probably win multiple world series between 2010-2016
  35. 2 points
    Lions put Stafford on the COVID list. I hope his family is ok, cause doesn't his wife still have cancer and I know they have young kids as well. Hopefully it hasn't spread to any of them.
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    One reason so many things like the cold and flu spread is because we don't wear masks and social distance.... so when people speak of this getting worse during flu season I"m not sure I buy that. Even at the rate we're doing the right things that should stop that other stuff to the normal degree. If you aren't going into the office every day it's not spreading. That alone I think does a lot. It's also one good thing that will come out of this when we get past it... better understanding of spreading germs. Sometimes it was seen as macho to still work when sick. "I toughed it out man!" Hopefully employers become more understanding of people staying home. Same with kids going to school sick. My mother in law actually gave my wife crap once when our son stayed home from school. He was sick. I guess my wife never did that. Ever. And my mother in law saw that as an achievement. When she found out she was very disappointed... like "So his streak of never missing school is over? How terrible." We need to quit giving out perfect attendance awards. That's not healthy.
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    Sorry, wrong.....Wear mask, social distance AND wash hands very frequently and you cut your chances of exposure considerably. Myself and my wife work in the medical field. Each of us have been around hundreds to a thousand non-family member people. We and the people we work with have not been infected so far (think millions of interactions with all of these people). If the players and staff were following proper protocols to the letter, there would be virtually no infections for players. These organizations have much better care/testing than just about anybody on the face of the planet. Poor decisions by the players and staff members have led to these couple of teams being hit by this.
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    I think you are thinking in the wrong terms. There is no absolute 'the virus does not pass" or the "the virus does pass". There are only varying probabilities based on airflow, temperature, humidity, spacing, the viral shedding rate of the infected person and the susceptibility of the uninfected one and what the infected and uninfected person are doing relative to one another plus a ton of other factor we no doubt mostly don't know about yet. The biggest single difference between inside and outside is the volume of air and its large scale movements compared to any indoor environment. But there is nothing magic about being outside. Put enough people in the space, let the humidity go up and the wind die down and there is simply no guarantee people will not infect one another -as per the soccer game case. Which again proves that outside is not absolute, it's only a lower probability based on a ton of uncontrollable factors. Just because we have some real world results that people marched in the street and didn't get sick, all that really applies to is marching in the street under the particular conditions those people were marching. You immediately want to extrapolate to other scenarios based on a single point of similarity - "outside", but no epidemiologist is going to make that leap for you because there are too many other contributing factors that may or may not be the same between the different scenarios. How much spacing or masking would have broken the transmission at the soccer event? Nobody knows, and therein lies the problem. No person in authority is going to take responsibility for signing off on such a big bunch of unknowns. And the obvious difference with dining is the number of people involved. The advice when you go out is to 'cell' yourself with a small group of people and keep your extended outside contacts limited to that group as much as possible over time so that if one falls sick, the contact circle is small.
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    All I will say is we as a nation have not demonstrated an ability to control the spread of the virus, so I'm not sure discussing ways to allow limited attendance to sporting events is merited. Which probably means we will find a justification to do it.
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    Just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it’s not true!
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    Miggy’s 2-homer game last night was like something out of a dream.
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    My daughter says that to make the ad they had to comb through over 4000 clips to find what they were looking for.
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    I don't understand how you say we're supposed to do all of this to flatten the curve, but then less than 3 sentences later, you talk about the positive cases going up. I feel like you're answering your own questions. Whitmer didn't force nursing homes to keep Covid patients. I would recommend reading EO 123 and you will see what it did. https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-531929--,00.html In fact, the text says the opposite - they must attempt to transfer if they do not have a dedicated COVID unit.
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    Are these reps able to put their own pants on in the morning? Good lord.
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    my brother found a version of that without music which makes David B sound like an insane ranter
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    well he did get it right in the end.
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    probably an integrity thing--asking a AAA team to play against major league teams is an issue. Of course, hasn't stopped the Tigers the last 3 seasons <rim shot>

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