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Hawg73 05-05-2020 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Dwight Schrute (Post 2642944)
Been to England 3 trips. Never made it to Ireland or Scotland.

Both on bucket list.

Both are wonderful places to visit and I have zero complaints about anything in either Ireland or Scotland except that they just don't understand people buying bags of ice to, for instance, put a rack of beers in a cooler. They are polite enough about it, but it's clear that they think anyone that would ask to buy such a thing are highly questionable.

I don't really have a burning desire to travel much overseas anymore, but I make an exception for both Ireland and Scotland. Call them 1a and 1b in that order.

You would not fucking believe how good the golf is. Not just the premium 200 buck and up places, but just the average courses nobody has heard of. If I wasn't married I'd go over every year.

Plus, the beer tastes better. I don't know exactly why, but it's true.

Dwight Schrute 05-05-2020 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Hawg73 (Post 2648419)
Both are wonderful places to visit and I have zero complaints about anything in either Ireland or Scotland except that they just don't understand people buying bags of ice to, for instance, put a rack of beers in a cooler. They are polite enough about it, but it's clear that they think anyone that would ask to buy such a thing are highly questionable.

I don't really have a burning desire to travel much overseas anymore, but I make an exception for both Ireland and Scotland. Call them 1a and 1b in that order.

You would not fucking believe how good the golf is. Not just the premium 200 buck and up places, but just the average courses nobody has heard of. If I wasn't married I'd go over every year.

Plus, the beer tastes better. I don't know exactly why, but it's true.

I’d love to take a month or more immediately at retirement to see in no particular order Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain. I’d love to see plenty more, but that’d be the first bucket list.

bideau 05-21-2020 08:19 PM

As part of the "All in Challenge", Mr Kraft auctioned his SB51 ring for $1.025 Million. All proceeds go towards meals for those economicaly impacted by Covid 19. That's a damned impressive price.

johnlocke 05-22-2020 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by bideau (Post 2650367)
as part of the "all in challenge", mr kraft auctioned his sb51 ring for $1.025 million. All proceeds go towards meals for those economicaly impacted by covid 19. That's a damned impressive price.

wuv

bideau 05-28-2020 08:49 AM

Out of necessity comes ingenuity.

Ford's police SUVs will heat up to 133 degrees to burn the germs away

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The ongoing spread of coronavirus has made disinfecting police vehicles a major issue. After the New York City Police Department asked for a better way to sanitize its vehicles, Ford created software that will burn the germs out of the police department's SUVs, the company announced Wednesday.

With the new software, the Ford (F) Police Utility -- a version of the Ford Explorer SUV -- can use its engine along with the cabin ventilation system to raise interior temperatures to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. That's hot enough and long enough to kill more than 99% of disease causing germs in the vehicle, including the coronavirus, according to Ford.

In newer versions of the Police Utility, officers can initiate the process with a special series of presses on the vehicles' cruise control buttons. In older models of the Police Utility, model years 2013 through 2015, the process can be started by a technician using a device plugged into the SUV's electronic diagnostics port.

"You certainly don't want it to be something that gets activated accidentally so it is a complicated enough cycle that you'd have to be paying attention to what you're doing to, to get it to start," said Bill Gubing, Ford's director of passenger vehicles and SUVs.

Once the system is activated, the officer or technician then leaves the vehicle. The doors are locked automatically as the engine runs at an unusually high idle speed of around 2,000 RPM. That heats the engine coolant, which is then used to heat air that's pumped into the cabin, raising the cabin temperature for 15 minutes.

Once the car has been kept hot for 15 minutes a cool down process begins. First, unheated outside air is pumped into the cabin, flushing out the hot air. Then the air conditioning is switched on to cool the cabin further.
This system is better than just cleaning the inside of the car with disinfectant spray because the heat permeates the entire occupant compartment. Germs are killed even in hard-to-reach areas and there's no chance of any places being accidentally overlooked. Some special equipment installed by police departments could block the flow of hot air to all parts of the vehicle, though, a Ford spokesman said.

There are currently no safeguards to prevent the system from being turned on while a person or animal is inside the car, according to Ford. It's up to the police officer or technician to make sure the vehicle is empty before the system starts. If any of the controls inside the car, such as the steering wheel, pedals or gear selector, are moved while the system is running, the process automatically stops.

Adding sensors to reliably detect people or animals inside the car would have caused delays in getting the system out to police cars in the field, Gubing said.

"We'll continue to work with our agencies and get their feedback on how well it works and look at how we adjust if need be in the future," he said. "But right now, for speed, it's really officer or initiator dependent."
The interior of the car won't be harmed by the process, said Gubing. Even though 133 degrees is hot enough to kill viruses and bacteria, it's still well below the 176 degrees, at which Ford vehicle interiors are routinely heat tested. That's as hot as the interior of a closed vehicle can get on a summer day in the desert, he said.

The software is available to all police departments in the United States that use Ford Police Utilities. For now, the system is only being applied to Police Utility SUVs, Ford said, because they make up the majority of Ford police vehicles. The system may later be made available for police versions of Ford's other trucks, vans and sedans.

chevss454 06-03-2020 10:50 AM

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From USDA APHIS
Confirmation of COVID-19 in Pet Dog in New York
Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a pet dog (German shepherd) in New York state. This is the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Samples from the dog were taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog's owners tested positive for COVID-19, and another showed symptoms consistent with the virus, prior to the dog showing signs. A second dog in the household has shown no signs of illness; however, antibodies were also identified in that dog, suggesting exposure.
SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in a small number of animals worldwide, mostly in animals that had close contact with a person who was sick with COVID-19. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended. State and local animal health and public health officials will work with USDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make determinations about whether animals should be tested for SARS-CoV-2, using a One Health approach.
USDA will announce cases of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 in animals each time it is found in a new species. All confirmed cases in animals will be posted at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_one_health/sars-cov-2-animals-us.
The initial dog tested presumptive positive for SARS-CoV-2 at a private veterinary laboratory, which then reported the results to state and federal officials. The confirmatory testing was conducted at NVSL and included collection of additional samples. NVSL serves as an international reference laboratory and provides expertise and guidance on diagnostic techniques, as well as confirmatory testing for foreign and emerging animal diseases. Such testing is required for certain animal diseases in the U.S. in order to comply with national and international reporting procedures. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) considers SARS-CoV-2 an emerging disease, and therefore USDA must report confirmed U.S. animal infections to the OIE.
While additional animals may test positive as infections continue in people, it is important to note that performing this animal testing does not reduce the availability of tests for humans.
We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus. Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low. There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.

It appears that people with COVID-19 can spread the virus to animals during close contact. It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection.
For more information about COVID-19 and animals and recommendations for pet owners, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/animals/pets-other-animals.html





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KontradictioN 06-03-2020 04:57 PM

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From USDA APHIS
Confirmation of COVID-19 in Pet Dog in New York

Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a pet dog (German shepherd) in New York state. This is the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Samples from the dog were taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog's owners tested positive for COVID-19, and another showed symptoms consistent with the virus, prior to the dog showing signs. A second dog in the household has shown no signs of illness; however, antibodies were also identified in that dog, suggesting exposure.

SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in a small number of animals worldwide, mostly in animals that had close contact with a person who was sick with COVID-19. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended. State and local animal health and public health officials will work with USDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make determinations about whether animals should be tested for SARS-CoV-2, using a One Health approach.

USDA will announce cases of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 in animals each time it is found in a new species. All confirmed cases in animals will be posted at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_one_health/sars-cov-2-animals-us.

The initial dog tested presumptive positive for SARS-CoV-2 at a private veterinary laboratory, which then reported the results to state and federal officials. The confirmatory testing was conducted at NVSL and included collection of additional samples. NVSL serves as an international reference laboratory and provides expertise and guidance on diagnostic techniques, as well as confirmatory testing for foreign and emerging animal diseases. Such testing is required for certain animal diseases in the U.S. in order to comply with national and international reporting procedures. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) considers SARS-CoV-2 an emerging disease, and therefore USDA must report confirmed U.S. animal infections to the OIE.

While additional animals may test positive as infections continue in people, it is important to note that performing this animal testing does not reduce the availability of tests for humans.

We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus. Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low. There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.


It appears that people with COVID-19 can spread the virus to animals during close contact. It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection.

For more information about COVID-19 and animals and recommendations for pet owners, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/animals/pets-other-animals.html





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Fuck. You almost forget that there's still a pandemic going on right now. What a god damn year.

chevss454 06-04-2020 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by KontradictioN (Post 2651495)
Fuck. You almost forget that there's still a pandemic going on right now. What a god damn year.


2020 needs a reboot.

chevss454 06-08-2020 06:45 AM

Florida sets a new record for new cases of Covid-19 since reopening with over 3,000 new cases in the last 3 days.

Mass. is beginning to reopen this week. Unlike most flu bugs, this virus likes warm weather! Stay safe, people! Just because you can go out and about more freely doesn't mean you should!!

johnlocke 06-08-2020 11:56 AM

That's gonna happen with the massively expanded testing.

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chevss454 06-11-2020 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by johnlocke (Post 2651893)
That's gonna happen with the massively expanded testing.

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12 states opened prematurely against advice from Fauci, NIH and CDC.
All 12 have experienced spikes in # of cases.

Florida had 1300 new cases yesterday & 4300 new cases in the last 4 days.

chevss454 06-11-2020 06:16 AM

As if 2020 hasn't sucked enough, EEE is expected to hit hard this summer and 40% of people who get it will die.


Time to order insect repellent!



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bideau 06-11-2020 07:10 AM

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As if 2020 hasn't sucked enough, EEE is expected to hit hard this summer and 40% of people who get it will die.


Time to order insect repellent!



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Yeah, I read an article last week about it. The mild winter and wet spring have set up the perfect conditions for the mosquitoes. Our town did aerial spraying last month, they'll probably have to do it again in mid-summer.

Dwight Schrute 06-11-2020 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by chevss454 (Post 2652195)
12 states opened prematurely against advice from Fauci, NIH and CDC.
All 12 have experienced spikes in # of cases.

Florida had 1300 new cases yesterday & 4300 new cases in the last 4 days.

With significantly expanding testing you’ll get expanded cases. Hospitalizations are the only true concern. Non hospitalization cases is what establishes the delayed herd immunity.

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Florida coronavirus cases are climbing as testing and reopening is expanding. [Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post via AP]▲
Florida’s coronavirus cases have been climbing in June as the state expands testing and its economic reopening.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida reported another 1,371 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, with the state continuing a steady string of days with 1,000-plus increased cases that coincide with Gov. Ron DeSantis's latest phase of reopening.

The rising numbers since June 2 follow a May that included only three days during which the additional daily cases topped 1,000. Florida is among 21 states reporting an increase in cases of the disease, which DeSantis attributes to a sharp boost in testing but which experts say also is linked to more activity from stores, resturants, bars and other businesses reopening.

The Republican governor moved the state into Phase 2 of reopening on June 5 by allowing bars and movie theaters to open their doors for the first time in weeks and let retail stores serve customers at full capacity, with social distancing required.

"You've got to watch it like a hawk," said Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president of University of South Florida Health and dean of its medical school. "I think it's mostly increased testing, but there's clearly a slight increase in real cases, generally limited to younger folks."

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In the week following June 2, the first of the state's 1,000-plus daily caseloads, Florida averaged 36,869 tests per day, above the 31,800 daily test level that epidemiologists say a state the size of Florida should reach in its effort to contain the virus.

Florida had been averaging well below that for weeks – not reaching the 31,800 mark at all until mid-May, and even then, only for a few days.

But the state's testing capacity has expanded. So, too, have interactions between Floridians, with many returning to work and stores, restaurants and other businesses showing signs of picking up and beaches growing more crowded.

Lockwood said there's a clear division between who's out and who's not.

"I went to Lowe's the other day," he said. "There were a lot of mostly younger people shopping, not wearing masks, unfortunately. But I think a lot of the older people are still choosing to stay away."

The Florida Department of Health reported Wednesday that the 1,371 additional cases brought the state's cumulative caseload to 67,371. Another 36 deaths reported increased fatalities attributed to COVID-19 to 2,801.

The Florida Department of Health reported Wednesday three more deaths in Sarasota County and one in Manatee County, figures that put both counties in the top eight statewide. Sarasota's deaths were listed "new" but did not happen recently. Eighty-eight people have died in Sarasota County and 112 in Manatee.

A total of 705 coronavirus cases have been reported in Sarasota County and 1,245 in Manatee.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage said that there has not been a COVID-19 death at the hospital since May 20.

Currently, SMH has 13 positive patients in the hospital and four in intensive care.

Manatee County spokesman Christopher Tittel said there was one death Wednesday and seven since Monday.

About 26% of Florida hospital beds are available, a level that has declined in recent days as hospitalizations have climbed amid the rise in cases.

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DeSantis earlier this week hailed the state's commitment to testing, with 1.2 million tests now having been administered. The rate of people turning up positive for the virus has fallen below 5% most days lately, he said.

When identified in tests, those with the virus can isolate and avoid spreading it to others in the community. DeSantis also pointed to pockets of so-called community spread that have hit farm workers in Collier, Palm Beach and Martin counties, along with recent outbreaks among prison inmates in Miami-Dade County.

The state's focus on testing residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities also is likely contributing to the daily increase, DeSantis said Monday during an appearance in Miami.

"I think we need to continue to test at a high level; I think that's the right thing to do," DeSantis said. "I said when we reopened and we're going to double testing, people are going to say, 'Oh my gosh, there's more cases.'

"But I think if you understand the nature of this disease, particularly when you're testing people in these (farm) communities, a lot are in their 20-30-40-years-old, the clinical consequences of that is very low."

Still, the jump in cases paralleling when the state expanded reopening is alarming to some experts. With summer beginning, more Floridians are certain to be mingling more, and just around the corner, schools from universities to K-12 are making plans for on-campus classes in the fall.

A health care advocacy organization, the United States of Care, put Florida among 18 states listed as "trending poorly" in recent days in their fight against the coronavirus. An increase in caseloads is common in every one of these states.

"Some of it is driven by increased testing, but not all of it," said Marta Wosinska, a health policy expert at Duke University.

"This virus is still around, and it's important that we acknowledge that this is an ongoing battle of suppression," she added. "That's why testing, isolation, contact tracing, people wearing masks ... is all important for us to maintain control of the situation."

chevss454 06-11-2020 09:50 AM

Testing numbers should have been factored in before opening up these states. Epidemiologists knew & were against opening these states, including Florida. Dumb asses opened anyway and look what's happening.


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