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Steve Benson for April 22, 2021

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    Monchoxyz Premium Member 2 months ago

    Happy birthday to me.I was born on a day like today 78 years ago.

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    kentmarx36  2 months ago

    You might be having a happy day…Earth, not so much.

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    Keep on keepin' on  2 months ago

    A thought occurs to me – perhaps covid-19 (and all variants) IS a present Earth is giving itself? After all, it might not be bad for everything ELSE on this ball, if we were brought down a few pegs, if not completely removed. I think George Carlin had a bit like that? Where the earth is gonna shake us off like a dog sheds dead fleas after treatment, or something?….. It might just happen yet. :-\

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    tabby  2 months ago

    I’ve wondered that too. By the way, love your avatar.

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    JenSolo02  2 months ago

    There is a new BIRD FLU STRAIN only in birds at the moment…

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    Sojourner  2 months ago

    Cheery.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 2 months ago

    Yes, COVID is bad, but it didn’t have to be this bad. Why was it this bad, you ask? Consider:

    2020-01-07 • Presidential Daily Brief: “Analysts concluded [coronavirus] could be a cataclysmic event.” • Trump did nothing.

    2020-03-11 • World Health Organization declares a global pandemic.

    2020-04-15 • While continuing to lie about the pandemic, Trump suspends US funding for WHO.

    2021-04-23 • US coronavirus deaths: 584,359 (67 weeks after PDB; 8722/week; 4% of the world’s population; 26% of its COVID deaths)

     For comparison …

    1941-12-07 • Pearl Harbor attack: 2,403

    2001-09-11 • terrorist attacks: 2,977 (5 weeks after PDB warned Bush about it)

    Korean War (33,686) + Vietnam War (58,220) + Afghan War (7,970): 99,876

    WW1: 116,516 (83 weeks for US; 1403/week)

    WW2: 418,500 (195 weeks for US; 2146/week)

    Civil War: ~620,000 (213 weeks; 2911/week)

    Spanish flu: ~675,000 (~117 weeks; 5769/week)

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