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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I got a bit of a laugh when they announced a week or so back, if you are a US citizen you better hurry back before you can't. I thought to myself. Why in the hell would I want to hurry back to sit in isolation and listen to that monkey in office babble every day about how "His administration" has it all under control.

    I wonder how all the Trump voters feel now about MAGA....

    Maybe its time to fire up the reruns of "The Apprentice"
    the funny thing is that History will prove him right

    who cares what snowflakes think in the short term, they are always wrong anyhow, hence why nobody that matters listen to them

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    Can anyone confirm it is him?

    A message for British Nationals in Thailand from British Ambassador Brian Davidson


    The video:



    Contact info

    "COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications – Support Letter

    The British Embassy can issue a letter to support applications to extend existing visas.

    Those holding a tourist visa should first apply for a 30-day extension at an Immigration Office.


    To apply, email Bangkok.DocumentaryServices@fco.gov.uk with evidence of:


    1. Copy of biodata page of passport
    2. Entry stamp
    3. Visa stamp/sticker with expiry date"


    Notarial and Documentary Services Guide for Thailand - GOV.UK
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    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    An interesting picture.

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    Very very intersting. Look at the curve for Korea where they stamped hard and heavy versus America where they have faffed. That American curve is real scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    The policy dilemma replicates on a national scale a well-known exercise in ethics known as the “trolley problem,” which asks whether it is justified to kill another person to avoid a larger number of deaths.
    Governments have no problem in a war of demanding that some of their citizens kill the citizens of an enemy country. And also Generals will sometimes be forced to sacrifice soome of their own troops in a bid to save the lives of others.

    This is certainly not an easy situation in which there is a visible enemy that is raping women or herding innocent victims into extermination camps. But the governments should still be asking 'What are we trying to achieve and what are the consequences of the actions we are taking?'

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    the US is going to be the clear winner short term, but every country is going to face the same numbers eventually

    quarantine won't stop the virus, everyone know that

    it's lying there somewhere waiting to come back,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    the funny thing is that History will prove him right
    Trump has he same problem as Johnson, in that they came to power despite the best efforts of the intelligentsia, who see their position in power as a personal affront and thus anything that they do must be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwick View Post
    Trump has he same problem as Johnson, in that they came to power despite the best efforts of the intelligentsia, who see their position in power as a personal affront and thus anything that they do must be wrong.
    It's a lot simpler than that, he is a dumbarse.

    And under the current circumstances, a dangerous dumbarse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat:
    the “trolley problem
    though the trolley in this case is the US stock market

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    "It's not his responsibility".


    US JOBLESS CLAIMS SURGE BY 3 MILLION

    NEWSFLASH: More than three million Americans signed on for jobless benefit last week, as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the US economy hard.
    The initial jobless claims figure, just out, and shows that 3.283m people across the US filed for unemployment support in the week to Saturday March 21.
    An absolutely huge, historically bad, figure.

    That absolutely shatters the previous record of nearly 700,000 back in 1982, and is a clear sign that the US economy is being battered by the coronavirus outbreak. The previous week, 281,000 people filed initial claims.
    It’s much worse than most economists expected, and means millions of households across America are feeling severe financial pain.
    Record jump in US jobless claims as Covid-19 drives America into recession - business live | Business | The Guardian

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    The US is #3 on the hit parade for total cases, on 6,000 or so behind Italy. It could move into the silver medal position before the weekend, and Chinastan's number one spot must be under threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    the US is going to be the clear winner short term, but every country is going to face the same numbers eventually

    quarantine won't stop the virus, everyone know that

    it's lying there somewhere waiting to come back,
    It worked in China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    It worked in China.
    temporarily,

    and we don't know exactly what happened in China and what real numbers they have

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    This puts baldy orange cunto on the spot.

    BEIJING, March 26 — Chinese President Xi Jinping today urged G20 countries to remove trade barriers in an effort to spur a global recovery after the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
    “Xi urged G20 members to cut tariffs, remove barriers and facilitate the unfettered flow of trade” during his remarks at the emergency online summit, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    China has been hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak since it emerged in the country late last year, with more than 80,000 infected and nearly 3,300 dead nationwide, according to official figures.
    The world’s second-largest economy ground to a halt in February as authorities shut factories and imposed drastic lockdowns to curb the spread of the disease.

    Economic growth had already slowed as a result of the long-running trade war with the United States that saw billions of dollars in tariffs slapped on trade between the two countries. — AFP

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    Briton, ‘cash-strapped by virus’, leaps to death

    Mar 26. 2020

    A Briton working in Bangkok as an English tutor apparently committed suicide on Wednesday (March 25) by jumping from a 13th-floor residence.

    Police were told the 26-year-old was despondent because his income had evaporated during the Covid-19 crisis.

    A neighbouring merchant discovered the body while dumping garbage the next morning outside the residential building in Din Daeng district.

    A security guard admitted he’d heard something hit the ground the previous evening but did not investigate.

    A Thai friend of the deceased said she’d known him for six months and had invited him to help her make items that people could use as protection against the virus. It would bring them both a little income, she said.

    That’s what they were doing on Wednesday evening when he asked to leave at around 8pm. She said he never complained about anything and she had no idea he might be suicidal.

    Police asked the British Embassy to inform his relatives back home.

    Briton, ‘cash-strapped by virus’, leaps to death
    Nev has style

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    I doubt he's the only one who has nothing to fall back on (excuse the pun).

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    40,000 new cases comes shortly, the US is in the lead again.

    Yesterday's total was 48,000 and we still have more than 5 hours to go.

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    No surprise.

    The majority of rapid test coronavirus test kits supplied by China to Spain and the Czech Republic are faulty, local news outlets reported.

    Up to 80 percent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, according to local Czech news site Expats.cz. The tests can produce a result in 10 or 15 minutes but are usually less accurate than other tests. Because of the high error rate, the country will continue to rely on conventional laboratory tests, of which they perform about 900 a day.

    The country’s Health Ministry paid $546,000 for 100,000 of the test kits, while the Interior Ministry paid for the other 50,000.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek downplayed the discovery that many of the tests were faulty, blaming it on a possible wrong methodology and saying the kits can still be used “when the disease has been around for some time,” or when “someone returns after quarantine after fourteen days.”

    “In my opinion, this is not about some scandalous revelation that it is not working,” Hamacek said.

    Meanwhile, Spain, which has more than 56,000 infected people and more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths, the second-highest number of fatalities in the world after Italy, found that the rapid coronavirus test kits it purchased from Chinese company Bioeasy only correctly identified 30 percent of virus cases, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

    The director Spain’s Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, said Spain tested 9,000 of the test kits and will return them based on their high error rate.

    Studies performed on the tests which discovered the high error rate caused the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology to recommend officially that the tests not be used.

    The Chinese embassy in Spain claimed the Bioeasy products are not included in the products China has been supplying to countries where the virus has broken out.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/...zech-republic/

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    The Brazilian baldy orange cunto who is going to kill a lot of people.


    Brazil has become one of the centres of South America's growing coronavirus crisis with more than 2,000 confirmed infections and dozens of deaths. The country of 210 million, however, is not even remotely ready to respond to this unprecedented public health emergency.

    The federal government led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been trying to downplay the severity of the threat facing the country ever since experts around the world first sounded the alarm about the highly contagious virus in early January.

    So far, the president has claimed that the disease is just "a fantasy" and "a little flu", accused the media of fuelling hysteria by reporting on the death toll in Italy, encouraged - and even attended - a series of pro-government street demonstrations across the country and supported religious leaders who refused to close down churches and evangelical temples in response to the pandemic.


    When it was revealed that at least 23 members of his entourage have been infected with the virus, he not only refused to remain in isolation, but made a point of shaking hands with his supporters and taking selfies with their mobile phones. The president later claimed that he tested negative for the virus, but refused to make the results of the diagnostic test public.


    Brazil has a highly developed public health system, known as SUS, that is at the service of all Brazilians.

    However, repeated cuts to its budget have dilapidated the system over the years. As experts warned about a huge shortage of intensive care beds and other equipment necessary to tackle the pandemic, Bolsonaro's Health Minister Luis Henrique Mandetta recently
    admitted that the country's health system would likely enter a state of collapse by the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic.


    As it became clear that Bolsonaro is more interested in protecting Brazil's long-ailing economy, and his political future than addressing the looming crisis, governors of several Brazilian states decided to take the matter into their own hands.


    Some states, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, declared emergencies, banned flights, built field hospitals and even imposed strict measures to restrict the movement of their citizens against the wishes of the federal government.


    Bolsonaro responded to these measures with fury, declaring in a televised interview on March 22 that "the people will soon see that they were tricked by these governors and by the large part of the media when it comes to coronavirus".


    Brazilian public, however, appears to be largely on the side of the governors.


    Approval of Bolsonaro's government fell to a record low following the coronavirus outbreak, according to an XP Investimentos poll released on March 20. Just 30 percent of those surveyed rated the federal government "good" or "great", compared with 36 percent calling it "bad" or "awful".


    Moreover, thousands of Brazilians embarked on a pot-banging protest, known locally as "
    panelacos" demanding Bolsonaro's resignation.

    Despite the state governments' efforts to prepare for the peak of the outbreak, and thanks to the federal government's reluctance to take comprehensive action, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause unprecedented devastation in Brazil, with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society suffering the most.

    With narrow streets, poor rubbish collection, overcrowding and little ventilation, the country's various favelas offer the perfect environment for the spread of the virus. Millions of people living in these makeshift cities, who do not have the luxury to practise social distancing or self-isolation, are sitting ducks for COVID-19. Some communities living in Rio de Janeiro's favelas are having problems accessing running water, and as a result are unable to adhere to the hygiene protocols recommended by medical professionals to curb the spread of the virus.


    Moreover, most residents of these favelas do not have job security or savings, so they continue to go to work using public transport on a daily basis despite the high risk of infection. They are also facing the risk of losing their jobs and falling into further destitution as a result of the economic crisis the pandemic is expected to trigger. There has already been a series of coronavirus-related dismissals and experts believe five million jobs may be lost in the trade sector by April.


    As authorities appear uninterested in their plight, residents of favelas across the country organised themselves to fight the pandemic. Residents of the Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in the north zone of Rio de Janerio, for example,
    set up a "crisis cabinet" to try to contain the virus. The residents of the Complexo da Mare, another favela in the north of Rio de Janerio, meanwhile, started an awareness campaign through their independent media collective, Mare Vive.


    Despite these efforts, however, the virus already reached many of Brazil's favelas, including Cidade de Deus, the favela that gives its name to the famous 2002 film City of God. Two cases of COVID-19 were also registered in the Complexo da Mare.

    In addition to favela residents, tens of thousands of homeless people who are trying to survive on Brazil's streets are also facing an increased threat from the coronavirus. For these people, who often make a living by collecting rubbish and selling it to recycling facilities, washing hands, using hand sanitisers or practising social distancing is an impossibility. The Brazilian authorities have discussed several initiatives to help this most vulnerable group during the pandemic, such as using Rio de Janeiro's Sambodrome as temporary shelter for the homeless or opening hotel rooms for their use, but so far no action has been taken to protect them.

    Another extremely vulnerable group is "informal workers". Without a fixed job, often making a living by selling food or trinkets on the streets or by offering delivery and transport services through mobile apps such as Uber, these workers are already facing financial difficulties. They are likely to lose their income as city after city goes into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus. The government announced that it will give $40 a month, for three months, to informal workers who lost part of their income due to the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This minuscule amount is of course not going to be enough for many to feed their families or keep a roof over their heads in the coming months.


    In a televised address on Tuesday, Bolsonaro claimed that the social isolation measures decreed by several state governments are unnecessary and even harmful to Brazil's economy. Instead, in opposition to the recommendations of both the World Health Organization and his own health minister, he suggested that only people who are at risk for severe illness be isolated. His speech caused revolt and there are already
    talks about the possibility of impeaching the president.


    As Bolsonaro continues to act as if his country is not facing one of the most significant threats in its recent history, and focuses his energy on countering the efforts of local governments, Brazil is losing the little time it has left to prepare for the worst of this crisis.


    If the president does not make a U-turn soon and start guiding his country through this, many vulnerable Brazilians will lose their lives unnecessarily.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/op...123513207.html

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    In the UK tonight everyone started clapping, letting off fireworks and beeping car horns to show support for the NHS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The US is #3 on the hit parade for total cases, on 6,000 or so behind Italy. It could move into the silver medal position before the weekend, and Chinastan's number one spot must be under threat.
    Christ on a bike, 13,000 new cases in the USA, more than double that of Italy.

    USA are officially number 2.

    No wonder baldy orange cunto is trying to stop all the SuperPAC ads.

    **** Scratch that, they've taken top slot!

    81,896 to China's 80,589.

    So much winning you dumb fucking orange turd!

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    ^^ Yes ... humm ... what bright spark thought up the slogan?

    'Clap For Our Carers'

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    The COVID-2019 Thread-nintchdbpict000573029861-e1585215406344-jpg

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    The WH is about to give another 'briefing'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Very very intersting. Look at the curve for Korea where they stamped hard and heavy versus America where they have faffed. That American curve is real scary.
    I've found it really strange how Europe and the US haven't followed the Korean model (which worked). Instead, they seem to have followed something similar to Italy which has been a complete failure.

    In Korea, there are no issues at shops, all products are available, nothing is closed, I can go to MacD, then see a film and stop at a bar on the way home if I want. But, people are being sensible, each case is being followed exactly and everyone is notified of the infected persons travels, hour by hour in the days upto hospitalization.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's a lot simpler than that, he is a dumbarse.

    And under the current circumstances, a dangerous dumbarse.
    Exactly!

    It was a good move to finally close the US-Canada border.... but now Trump wants to put US Troops near the border to stop irregular crossers. Canada is opposed to this. I live on a border town and as of now only essential import/export trucks can get through. Not sure why Trump wants to do this, but if anything it isn't Canadians wanting to go to the US. It is more the other way around. ..Americans trying to get into Canada.

    Trump looking to put troops near Canadian border amid coronavirus fears - National | Globalnews.ca

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