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I thought there would be no “political” discussion here. There are plenty of other sites on the internet I hear. What happened with all you scolders?

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22 minutes ago, bissel said:

I thought there would be no “political” discussion here. There are plenty of other sites on the internet I hear. What happened with all you scolders?

 

We had a Canadian say that Americans (from the confederate states) are being irresponsible and a Pennsylvanian came to the defense of us southerners and then all hell broke loose.  Why should this board be any different from any other board? /sarcasm

 

Have a great day!

 

Marc

 

PS All of us have the same TA. 😀

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1 hour ago, mrlevin said:

 

Me too!  If we can get the deaths down in NY, NJ, PA, IL, and MA the statistics would look great.  TX has opened up and really built up the testing.  Deaths staying below 40 most in nursing homes.  So we have over 1,000 cases a day but we have a lot more people than NY or FL or WA.  I have been out for a couple of meals now, the 25% is working but hopefully they will allow more soon as I am sure the owners are losing money.

 

Narc

Currently PA has 3,900 deaths, 69% of which sadly occurred in nursing homes. The state is being held hostage to the whims of an incompetent governor that doesnt know how to articulate why is necessary to lockdown the entire state when is clear where the danger lies. I salute Texas, they're doing good

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23 minutes ago, bissel said:

I thought there would be no “political” discussion here. There are plenty of other sites on the internet I hear. What happened with all you scolders?

I only bring "politics" here when responding to someone that starts that conversation. I'm allergic to reading something that makes no sense or is mistaken and remaining quiet.  

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22 minutes ago, mrlevin said:

PA - 229, IL - 191, NJ - 186, MA - 174, NY - 115, CA - 90, CT - 84. Those are states with most deaths in last day.  None of them have "opened" their economies.  All of them are on the road to financial ruin and still have the highest raw number of deaths.  If you want statistics by deaths per population we will add RI and DC towards the top of the list.  

 

I am getting real tired of Americans and foreigners bad mouthing the former confederate states without looking at the facts.

 

By the way, I had a great meal of fish and chips today at Fish City Grill.  Occupancy limited to 25% with servers in masks and gloves and paper menus.  I know owner still probably losing money at least the dozen or so staff were earning a paycheck (and nice tip).

 

Marc

 

Marc, I do not see anyone targeting specific states (no matter where they are located).  If anything, I mentioned the state where we live.  I love the fact that you were able to dine at a place where you could get fish and chips (yummy).  I also love the fact that servers wore masks and gloves.  This what I hope to see on Regent.

 

Someone mentioned politics.  Covid-19 does not care what your political leanings are (nor do I).  I do not believe that any of us are being political but some of what we post may sound as if it is political.  It is possible that those of us want to wear masks could sound political but it is coincidental.  I’m pretty sure that posters from all parties either wear or do not wear masks.

 

My prior post was clearly the number of Covid-19 deaths.  I wish there were a way that they could be broken down but, it is not possible at this time.  Note:  There are age breakdowns available on the internet - just Google/Bing your state.  In my opinion, deaths from this pandemic is very telling (as well as people that have recovered but will have dramatic lung issues for the rest of their lives).  

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Jackie, don't play dumb; you are smart enough to look at case and death statistics by state.  In fact, I can look at statistics for Washington state (and Texas and many others) by County.  

 

Marc

 

By the way, did your kids go to Monroe High School?  I went to Granada Hills High School.

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mrlevin, perhaps I am missing something in your response, and it could be that what you wrote was in jest.  I live in Canada and don't have a clue what states you refer to in your response.  What States are currently "confederate states"?  Didn't that war end years ago?

 

Regardless of where one lives, we should all be following science and facts to make decisions about the future, and how we choose to live each day to ensure that we are thinking about "we" and not about "me".  This is not an American crisis, a Chinese crisis, a Canadian crisis, etc.; it is a global crisis and will take global cooperation to solve.  Until we take this approach, there will not be any "World Cruise", and the future of luxury cruising will never look like it did in the past or, perhaps, even exist.  

 

Despite my desire to be on a cruise ship, and enjoy the "Wonderful World" onboard and ashore, I will follow those experts who are trying their best to ensure that "we" take a "we" approach, and do my best to ensure that I am not just thinking about "me".  I would hope that others would do the same.   

 

Wendy, I hope that we will meet up again on another cruise. 

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Mariners, thank you for your post.  Nothing I wrote was in jest although the sarcasm was real.  For some reason, this has become political.  Many of us believe that the economic damage could greatly exceed the medical damage.  We have flattened the curve, we need to move on.  Suicide and death from other diseases that are not being treated could greatly exceed the virus deaths.  This is a bad situation.  I get really upset at people that are so dumb that they can't make their own opinions; that they have to get "their" opinions from others.

 

These are first world problems; I know.  We will get past it in time.  Me, I feel more sorry for all the people that have lost their jobs and entrepreneurs that will lose their businesses.  

 

Just my confederate sense and sensibility.

 

Marc

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53 minutes ago, mrlevin said:

Jackie, don't play dumb; you are smart enough to look at case and death statistics by state.  In fact, I can look at statistics for Washington state (and Texas and many others) by County.  

 

Marc

 

By the way, did your kids go to Monroe High School?  I went to Granada Hills High School.

 

Actually, I went to Poly - raised in North Hollywood but lived in Granada Hills as an adult (across the street from Frost Jr. High - I believe that is the name).

 

Yes -  I can look up statistics by state but, there were some questions that were asked but could not be answered (regarding testing, etc.) 

 

I suppose that I have Yankee sensibilities(?). I was actually born in Connecticut and moved to L.A. when I was 6.  Still, my parents likely raised me the way they were raised (which I promptly rejected as an adult).  I am a very independent person that has no tolerance for prejudice.  If you are a good person - I like you.  

 

How off topic can we be?  Sometimes these “intermissions” are welcome by some of us

 

You and I are passionate about Regent - we just have very different views!

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2 hours ago, mrlevin said:

 

We had a Canadian say that Americans (from the confederate states) are being irresponsible and a Pennsylvanian came to the defense of us southerners and then all hell broke loose.  Why should this board be any different from any other board? /sarcasm

 

Have a great day!

 

Marc

 

PS All of us have the same TA. 😀

 

Marc, I said nothing about the former confederate states (and wow, what a way to characterize part of the country!)  Oh, and neither did I say that the United States was being irresponsible.

 

Oh, and I agree with Jackie that this is not politics.  It's much more serious than that, and affects the whole planet.

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1 hour ago, mariners said:

Wendy, I hope that we will meet up again on another cruise. 

 

Hey, yes, that would be nice indeed!

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1 hour ago, mrlevin said:

Mariners, thank you for your post.  Nothing I wrote was in jest although the sarcasm was real.  For some reason, this has become political.  Many of us believe that the economic damage could greatly exceed the medical damage.  We have flattened the curve, we need to move on.  Suicide and death from other diseases that are not being treated could greatly exceed the virus deaths.  This is a bad situation.  I get really upset at people that are so dumb that they can't make their own opinions; that they have to get "their" opinions from others.

 

These are first world problems; I know.  We will get past it in time.  Me, I feel more sorry for all the people that have lost their jobs and entrepreneurs that will lose their businesses.  

 

Just my confederate sense and sensibility.

 

Marc

“Confederate Sense and Sensibility”? Like you still believe the Confederate States should have Jim Crow? Slavery? 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Got2Cruise said:

“Confederate Sense and Sensibility”? Like you still believe the Confederate States should have Jim Crow? Slavery? 

 

 

Here we go!!

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I should have used "southern sense and sensibility," same point without inciting those that think confederate is a pejorative word.  

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So now the word "confederate" is cause for polarization and shouting at each other? As a Canadian I would find this hilarious if it weren't so sad: Canada is a confederation. The United States was also a confederation from 1781 to 1789, when it was replaced by the current republic.

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I’ve lived in Georgia over 50 years, married a southern girl.

There is no more sense or sensibility in the south than anywhere else.
Probably less.

 

 

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10 hours ago, mrlevin said:

PA - 229, IL - 191, NJ - 186, MA - 174, NY - 115, CA - 90, CT - 84. Those are states with most deaths in last day.  None of them have "opened" their economies.  All of them are on the road to financial ruin and still have the highest raw number of deaths.  If you want statistics by deaths per population we will add RI and DC towards the top of the list.  

 

I am getting real tired of Americans and foreigners bad mouthing the former confederate states without looking at the facts.

 

By the way, I had a great meal of fish and chips today at Fish City Grill.  Occupancy limited to 25% with servers in masks and gloves and paper menus.  I know owner still probably losing money at least the dozen or so staff were earning a paycheck (and nice tip).

 

Marc

A New Yorker here....only wish that our deaths yesterday was 115, how about 166? and we've slaved to get it that low.....

Where did you get your figures from?

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Just now, Mudhen said:

A New Yorker here....only wish that our deaths yesterday was 115, how about 166? and we've slaved to get it that low.....

Where did you get your figures from?

 

I have been using worldometer site.  They use GMT for date change so off a little.  They also supplement state information with county information for states like Texas where there is a one day lag.  I like using that site better than Johns Hopkins as easy to navigate and sort data in many ways.  They also provide links to source for their information so you can look for yourself.

 

Marc

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2 minutes ago, mrlevin said:

 

I have been using worldometer site.  They use GMT for date change so off a little.  They also supplement state information with county information for states like Texas where there is a one day lag.  I like using that site better than Johns Hopkins as easy to navigate and sort data in many ways.  They also provide links to source for their information so you can look for yourself.

 

Marc

Thank you....will check it out as your tally is considerably different from what we get on our state site.

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This is why I've been refraining from posting on these 'Blind Speculation' threads...the fact is, no one has a CLUE how many people have had Covid-19, nor how many people have died from it.

 

The governments report on new cases and fatalities from the virus but does ANYONE actually believe these numbers?  I honestly believe we're under-reporting the number of cases and over-reporting the number of deaths.  But who knows, really?  Not a damn person on this board, I guarantee it.

 

We keep hearing about how deadly this disease is...yet no one talks about the deaths and other problems being caused by keeping the world shut down.  We can't even get straight answers on masks, how can we expect the truth on anything else?  I have read that domestic violence calls are way up, that suicides are way up, that anti-depressant med prescriptions are up by 85%.  And this in just 2 or 3 months.  

 

I agree with previous posters who advocated a return to normalcy - or as normal as we can make it - and soon.  I also tend to think the 'new normal' will be a lot like the 'old normal' within 6 months or a year, as we learn more about this virus and come to the realization that this isn't the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.  Yeah, it's worse than the 'normal' flu.  But everyone is making it seem like you'll be struck down dead if you so much as set foot outside.  THAT, my friends, is going to cause more long-lasting damage to the US and the world if we keep living in fear like this.

 

I've just read about a weeks worth of posts that contained about 90% or more:

 

1. Opinions

2. Conjecture

3. Parroted stats

4. Doomsday predictions

5. Contradictory statements

6. Nastiness

 

I know a lot of you will disagree with me.  Many of you will feel the need to flame me.  Have at it, no skin off my ass.  Oh, to get back to the good old days of actually talking about cruising...

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Bill, welcome back - you were missed.

 

I agree with 99% of what you say.  However, since we know so little about this virus, I would be okay with going back to normal with the exception of either masks or distancing (and would be happy with both).  Now it is you that may disagree:classic_ninja: :classic_biggrin:

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2 minutes ago, Travelcat2 said:

Bill, welcome back - you were missed.

 

I agree with 99% of what you say.  However, since we know so little about this virus, I would be okay with going back to normal with the exception of either masks or distancing (and would be happy with both).  Now it is you that may disagree:classic_ninja: :classic_biggrin:

Thanks Jackie.  I got caught up in the PPP storm that affected most US banks last month.   😵  Finally getting caught up.

 

I'm fine with 'distancing' as that's my normal style.  I believe in giving and maintaining a good personal bubble.  I still believe masks and gloves are more of a knee-jerk "we gotta do something" reaction, but if people want to wear 'em, fine - wear 'em.  If people don't want to wear 'em, well, just give 'em some extra distance.

 

I stopped at a Chick-Fil-A for lunch last week and did the curbside delivery - the kid bringing out everyone's meals was wearing a mask and gloves.  The mask was pulled down below his nose and he was using the same gloves inside, outside, and on the door handles...which basically renders both measures worthless.  So why bother??  People are wearing bandannas - virtually zero effectiveness.  But they feel like they're doing something.

 

I just think that we need to have our lives returned to us - let us, as supposedly responsible adults, make the decisions on how to live our lives.  High-risk group?  Wear a mask (properly) and/or avoid people.  Wash your hands.  Practice good hygiene.  That's all we really need to do, IMO.  But I'm apparently in the minority here.  No worries.

 

I just hope things are 'normal' in time for us to visit Japan next year!  🎌

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Proper, thorough handwashing, don't forget that.  Probably the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself.  And not touching your face.  I'm with you Bill, masks are being misused everywhere.  I'm wearing them when I must, and they do prevent some droplets escaping my mouth, but as you say, often misused.

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@UUNetBill we are with you all the way!  Wake up the world economy...let people get back to feeding their families and doing what they need to do to normalize their lives.  AMEN

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