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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Obviousman on Today at 05:46:58 PM »
I'm just waiting for him to complain that that the 200,000 US dead is "fake news", that the figure is more like 20,000, half of those were not COVID and the others were stupid Democrat voters who probably deserved it anyway.
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by gillianren on Today at 12:51:10 PM »
Oh, explaining to Simon has been way easier.  He's pretty much on top of things.  Irene, not so much.

Meanwhile, one of Simon's former classmates, who I think of as his "best frenemy," sent the message through her mom--one of my Facebook friends since the kids were in preschool together--that she missed him.  I told him this yesterday, and Irene responded with, "She misses me, too!"  Ellie's mom says that Ellie came back with, "I can't remember her name, but sure, I miss her.  I miss everyone."
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by molesworth on Today at 11:41:43 AM »
Wouldn't it be perfect Karma if the voters hat are infected and incapable of voting as a result of this covidiotic event, were the missing votes that cost him the election?

That's what I don't get about Trump's handling of COVID-19. How does he come out of this looking like a good leader who should be elected to a second term? He can't even hold onto his base if they (or their loved ones) start dying.
From this side of the pond, and going by the news reports and social media, I get the impression that most of them just accept that there will be "collateral damage", as long as they can keep Trump in office, and pushing through more right-wing policies.  As I recall, he bragged that he could shoot someone on Times Square and not lose votes and I'm afraid that has, in a way, come true.

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He could have taken charge, followed the advice of experts, and had a much better result that might have even won over a few voters from the other side. Instead he downplays the virus and politicizes the only ways of getting control over it, and the death count sores. This seems like more than just Trump being a Dunning-Kruger idiot who is out of his depth, it looks like an intentional strategy that doesn't make sense unless you assume that death & societal chaos is what he wants.
I don't think it's what Trump himself wants, but looking behind the scenes there is, or has been, a group of people such as Bannon and Miller, and a lot of "influencers" who have stated openly that they want to disrupt or destroy western societies/cultures.  Trump is a useful front for them, and the same applies over here in the UK, where Dominic Cummings (a friend of Bannon's) is pretty much the power behind the clown facade of Boris Johnson.
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by LunarOrbit on Today at 11:23:02 AM »
Does he give a f**k about anybody, other than himself?

Wouldn't it be perfect Karma if the voters hat are infected and incapable of voting as a result of this covidiotic event, were the missing votes that cost him the election?

That's what I don't get about Trump's handling of COVID-19. How does he come out of this looking like a good leader who should be elected to a second term? He can't even hold onto his base if they (or their loved ones) start dying.

He could have taken charge, followed the advice of experts, and had a much better result that might have even won over a few voters from the other side. Instead he downplays the virus and politicizes the only ways of getting control over it, and the death count sores. This seems like more than just Trump being a Dunning-Kruger idiot who is out of his depth, it looks like an intentional strategy that doesn't make sense unless you assume that death & societal chaos is what he wants.
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by ineluki on Today at 11:04:21 AM »
Does he give a f**k about anybody, other than himself?

Wouldn't it be perfect Karma if the voters hat are infected and incapable of voting as a result of this covidiotic event, were the missing votes that cost him the election?
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on Today at 05:27:20 AM »
Despite my accomplishments, I can't even begin to fathom the task of explaining a pandemic to a preschooler.  My brother turned 40 today.  He has a brood ranging from 7 to 14.  He's a wonderful parent, and so is his delightful wife.  They are my heroes.

Obviously my youngest is older than a pre-schooler, but at the start of the lockdown back in March (sheesh, that long ago?) my wife and I had a conversation about the virus with our kids after dinner one night. We explained things in fairly simple terms, and tried to walk the line between downplaying the danger and scaring them. We kept the initial explanation to only a few minutes and told them to go away and have a think about it, and then ask any questions at dinner the following night.

The key for us was getting our understanding of the facts into their brains before they picked up any whacky or misunderstood concepts from their classmates (or jittery parents).

It helped that we usually have a decent conversation at most dinners about all sorts of topics - quite often something I've read in the news that day. So they were already receptive to the idea of listening while I talk (which I can get away with because they're usually still eating) and then asking questions after that.

It's also helped that Canberra has experienced so little direct effect from the virus - it's nearly 11 weeks since the last case was recorded, a few months since the last death - and the preventive measures are pretty mild. Here's hoping we can keep this up until a vaccine arrives.
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Peter B on Today at 05:14:15 AM »
Is that the rally where he made a joke about signing an Executive Order to prevent Joe Biden from becoming President (because obviously it's a joke if a non-Trumper has to ask if he was serious this time...)?
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Zakalwe on Today at 03:53:08 AM »
Does he give a f**k about anybody, other than himself?

You already know the answer to that one....
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General Discussion / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Bryanpoprobson on Today at 01:39:18 AM »
https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1308594096005697541?s=21

Really? How dumb is having a rally of this size during a pandemic. Does he give a f**k about anybody, other than himself?
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