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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: Today at 01:33:04 pm »


thank you, i was looking for that chart the other day to show my gf when i felt like she was being too dismissive. she's come around, but it's a nice one to be able to whip out. where did you find it?

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: Today at 04:16:57 am »
So will coronavirus give trump a 2nd term? It seems like US voters like to maintain the leadership in times of crisis and will not want to 'change horses midstream'. Democrats have once again produced a lukewarm candidate that has left the democratic base unimpressed (so they may not bother voting again). The trump supporters are still with us it seems and always will.

i think he was going to get a second term anyway. the scary thing is that if social distancing persists into the fall, in-person voter turnout will be low. and the republicans will do everything they can to suppress mail or online voting (they already have been doing that), because they know that the higher the turnout, the more likely that democrats win. trump even said it out loud the other day.

the really scary thing is that trump might blunder his way into a loss anyway by so comprehensively fucking up the response that millions of people die AND the economy goes completely to shit.

- run 8.25 km in 40:20
checked watch each km for pacing, did better, although still not great. ran km 5 in 5:05 and then overreacted, running km 6 in 4:4x. also ran km 8 in 4:4x but i'm not as mad about finishing a little quick. 4:53 average overall felt a little too quick today. soleuses oddly sore/tired.

- stretch

- GMB shoulder and wrist warm up

- push up x 14,16,12,12,23
took about 30s extra rest before the last set. right shoulder bugging a little, need to be careful.

- pull up x 4,4,3,4,6

from tomorrow gonna start scheduling more mini stretching/mobility sessions during the day. neck, torso, shoulders, hips.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: THE DREAM JOURNAL
« on: April 06, 2020, 11:10:03 am »
Last night I dreamed that I was watching "No Reservations," a scene in which Anthony Bourdain goes spearfishing. It was visually very dramatic: a throng of men holding spears over their heads and periodically throwing them down into the water, backlit by a brilliant orange-red sunset. All of a sudden, a spear flew from off-screen and hit one of the fisherman in the chest. He went down. Bourdain had been doing some voiceover, which I wasn't paying attention to until he intoned, "Sometimes, when you go spearfishing, you accidentally kill a guy." It was him! He'd killed the guy!

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: chasing athleticism
« on: April 05, 2020, 12:30:30 pm »
the 125 you posted on insta looked really good, fwiw.

- run 7.04 km in 33:58
struggled. went out too fast, home stretch uphill and steady headwind. pace control will come back but it's still all over the place.

- stretch

- GMB neck/shoulder/wrist

- pull up x 5,4,3,4,5

push ups were a day ahead of pull ups so i skipped them.

- scales x 6/leg forward and back
hamstrings sore

here's the passage from the previous book:

These days are perfect.
The clear untroubled light
picks out each berry
shimmering in a hedge.
Each leaf of a tree,
the sun behind it, hangs
like a golden pear.

Riding westward in high summer,
we have dipped into sylvan chases
and crested the downs, emerging
into that high country where,
even across two counties, you can
sense the shifting presence of the sea.
In this part of England our forefathers
the giants left their earthworks,
their barrows and standing stones.

We still have, every Englishman and woman,
some drops of giant blood in our veins.

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:24:35 am »
WH changed the wording on the emergency stockpile website after kushner said it wasn't for states to use. formerly had said that it was for states to use.

also, this cheered me up yesterday :-X:

In reality, little changed. The government’s beliefs were founded on the assumption that coronavirus behaves like flu. It doesn’t. Its mortality rate is higher, there is little evidence that it is seasonal, and it poses a far greater threat to the NHS. Without a programme of community surveillance and contact tracing, the virus will continue to spread. Britain will be subject to routine flare-ups and repeated lockdowns.

I spoke to a senior international epidemic expert, who wished to remain anonymous. They described the UK’s response as too weak. “Finding these viruses is like guerrilla warfare. If you don’t know where the virus is hiding you cannot control it. We must use a bundle of measures to chase it. We must organise teams of friendly community workers to find people with symptoms, test for the virus, isolate and treat them, and trace their contacts. Workers must check on them in their homes every one or two days,” they said.

I asked them whether social distancing alone could beat the virus. “It won’t work,” they told me. “You can stop contact tracing in the hotspots, but when you lift the lockdown, everywhere at the same time, you’ll face a problem: the virus will come back. New hotspots will form.

“Without a community programme for case detection and contact tracing, you won’t find the virus until it’s too late.”

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 03, 2020, 07:34:42 pm »
people around where i live seem to be taking social distancing seriously, for the most part. but there was always going to be a lag in cases, of course the numbers are still going up now. let's just hope they level off in a couple of weeks.

some more found poetry for y'all. i'm reading the mirror and the light and once in a while the author, hilary mantel, just lets it rip.

here's a bit i came across just now, with breaks added every 10 (sometimes 11) syllables and the verses separated when it shifts from third to second/first person. just to see how it looks in verse form. she rules extremely hard at writing so it's a bit of a cheat to call this found poetry, but i saw someone do it with a passage from the prequel to this book, bring up the bodies, and i got a kick out of it then. so figured i'd do the same once in a while.

Don't look back, he had told the king, yet he
too is guilty of retrospection as
the light fades, in that hour in winter or summer
before they bring in the candles, when earth
and sky melt, when the fluttering heart of
the bird on the bough calms and slows, and the
night-walking animals stir and stretch and
rouse, and the eyes of cats shine in the dark,
when color bleeds from sleeve and gown into
the darkening air; when the page grows dim
and letter forms elide and slip into other
conformations, so that as the page is
turned the old story slides from sight and a
strange and slippery confluence of ink
begins to flow.

........................ You look back into your
past and say, is this story mine; this land? Is
that flitting figure mine, that shape easing
itself through alleys, evader of the
curfew, fugitive from the day? Is this
my life, or my neighbor's conflated with
mine, or a life I have dreamed and prayed for;
is this my essence, twisting into a
taper's flame, or have I slipped the limits
of myself -- slipped into eternity, like
honey from a spoon? Have I dreamt myself,
undone myself, have I forgotten too
well[? M]y sins seek me out; even as I
slide into sleep, my past pads after me, paws
on the flagstones, pit-pat: water in a
basin of alabaster, cool in the
heat of the Florentine afternoon.

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:32:54 pm »
god scrolling through the related tweets after that told me two things: (1) jared kushner is about to become the most hated person in america; (2) i'm still really glad i quit twitter.

MUSiC anD SHeeT! / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:28:48 pm »
RIP to a great one

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MUSiC anD SHeeT! / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:07:04 am »
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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:13:16 pm »
I would speculate the reasons are the following:
-Probably because it is summer down there. There is no proof that covid 19 is seasonal, but according to all other similar corobaviruses, it should be. Heat and sun and dry air kill it.
Australia and all south hemisphere are now entering the '2nd wave' era , if there will be one ( some viruses just don't reappear ).
-Very small density also helps. Melbourne and Sydney are 20% of total country population each.
-Last but not least, Australia's population is 25M , UK is 70. Multiply all AU numbers by 3 before comparing then with UK. Multiply them by 15 to bring them to US scale.

all good points.

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