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    Small boats, water, wilderness, and those who travel far.

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    Old Indians will be recalling the smell of the funeral pyres to their grandchildren 50 years from now, a failed warning to future generations as incapable of learning as our own. This level of upheaval will leave scars as deep as those plague art documented half a millennium ago. Fortunately it is likely to peak in the early cities this week. New cities and small towns of course are waiting their turns. Brazil shows this cycle can last months. I think BBC said they are still at 70% of their peak. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6526/288 This looks int
  2. War? Tanks without fuel fighting computers half a world away? Venom is trapped in the past.
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    That is a different issue then Dark Knight suggested, early on. Their civil service has no idea what the true count is, simply because they are short of tests and not testing people much outside of hospitals. Therefore the current case count is low. There is no need for family to bribe a clerk for a death certificate, so deaths aren’t counted either. Expats are very aware of how bad things are now. Some are spending their off hours on Skype trying to help family source oxygen or teaching them how to hook up supplemental systems on their own. Edit: There weren’t s
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    India is very connected to the rest of the world. Their footprint in American healthcare is especially significant. I recall there are over 800,000 American doctors who earned their initial degrees in India, as well as dentists, virologists, immunologists, biochemists and countless other professionals. They couldn’t hide a large number of early CoViD cases from the world. They would have to hide it from their own medically trained expats, in a very connected world. Do you have evidence the virus could limit itself to one class? It may like poor people in America, but hasn’
  5. I'm pretty sure when they find Eve's version of Genesis she blamed everything on Adam, who was trying to impress some hot blond protohuman the next camp over by inventing hard cider.
  6. Said no woman ever, about her own man.
  7. Most teachers seem to get tired of being called to the principals office every time a parent complains the teacher is trying to corrupt little Bubba Jr's eternally braindead soul. I've been amazed how much progress has been made on deciphering the human family tree over the last five years. The creationists must be having a terrible time keeping up, since their strategy has mostly depended on missing links and the 1970 state of human understanding. Even the last two refinements of carbon dating charts based on regional tree ring, ice and sediment data would wreck havoc on all their
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    The US had finally solved its testing problems and was testing well when we peaked. India is not. Their numbers are IMO deeply suspect. Their reality of an overwhelmed medical system and people dying in hospital parking lots is real. Parts of India are hurting badly, a belated realization of our fears from the CoViD craziness of last year. India is a very big country. Presumably many parts are still lightly affected at the moment. CoViD has confounded predictions with its hop scotch approach. I’m not picking sides on your travel ban debate, except to observe a third
  9. I’ve been cringing for them for a couple weeks. When I started the thread I’d thought they were somehow safe, either due to their young population or prior immunity. I don’t know how they escaped so lightly to be hit so hard. Who knows how high their death toll really is. Officials have a reputation for not filing anything without a bribe, so a massive undercount is likely. They are also short of tests, so missing cases. This isn’t merely inability to handle a small percent of a massive population being ill. Especially sad was the 24 that died while they struggl
  10. Yea, exactly what I don’t want. Oversize the tires, add a lift, and make sure you need a cherry picker to use the roof rack. Massive engine so you can drink fuel while sitting in traffic or in line at the ramp. It’s a muscle car on mudders. i do like the new Ford frames the Broncos get.
  11. Gas is fast to pump when making miles. For most people most of the time, electric would work fine. I think mechanics and parts stores are going to face a massive downsizing over the next decade or two.
  12. Sadly, no. I don’t remember seeing one in the wild. I saw a pick up holding up a barn a couple decades ago and a few at car shows. I’ve only seen working IH grain trucks or the junk truck used by the roofer. I think by my memory there were few on the road. They didn’t have their own tv show like Dodge or movies like Volkswagen, so they escaped my childhood notice. Look how few miles these survivors have. They must have all been unreliable and shoved in a barn. https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars-for-sale/international_harvester-scout-for-sale. I want a rest
  13. I’d said IH scout, but changed it to Bronco not wanting to pay the IH collectors’ premium for a vehicle intended to actually work. That one needs a top and roof rack, for use in habitable parts of the world where there’s water in the air and on the ground.
  14. Good information. Battery cost is one of my personal concerns. I keep two vehicles of different capabilities and tend to put miles on each fairly slowly slowly with short trips around town and semi rural driving for one, boat hauling, snow and heavy lifting for the other. The redundancy makes repairs and maintenance easy. My GF puts 30,000 on a sedan in a year with a lot of city traffic. Different vehicle choices are optimal for such different driving, ignoring the thrill of having the coolest car stuck in traffic. Then there’s the concern of hauling a heavy or high drag boat up
  15. During the first 300,000 miles the total combined maintenance and fuel costs of the Tesla Model S were $10,492, with a total of 12 days in the shop. Of these costs, $6,900 was scheduled maintenance and $3500 was headlight damage due to driving through deep water. Had this been an Mercedes S class, the scheduled routine maintenance and fuel would have been $86,000 ($52,000 maintenance and $36,000* fuel) with 112 days of servicing, or for a Lincoln Town Car $70k,000 ($28,000 maintenance and $42,000** fuel) with around 100 days of servicing. https://electrek.co/2020/05/11/tesla-model-x-ex
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