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So efforts to contain COVID-19 may have failed, and some areas may be facing something on the order of the 1918 Spanish Flu (about half of the population infected, on the order of 2% of those infected die and very large numbers are in bed for weeks).  Italy, for those reading this in the future, has quarantined itself and some cities in UK are running out of toilet paper due to panic buying.

Edit: As of Thursday 12 March, a friend in Sardinia tells me that Italians are only allowed to leave their homes for work, grocery shopping, or medical treatment.

The World Health Organization has a webpage https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

This woman, I think Boston MA based, has a pretty sensible amateur site https://siderea.dreamwidth.org/tag/coronavirus2020  I love this: "I discount a story's credibility if the content is either explicitly or implicitly trying to tell the audience what the audience should feel, rather than informing them about what they think the audience should know."

I have lacked a full-time job for a year and live in a space with a small shared kitchen and freezer so I am SOL.

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So after a couple of very eventful years, Canadian politics are in a sleepy phase.  Newly goateed Justin Trudeau seems to have realized that he does not actually know what he wants to do after his advisors talked him out of his pledges from 2015, the Conservative leadership race is just getting started (Aron Seal seems to have dropped out because he could not secure his first 1,000 nominations by members by 27 February, party stalwarts Peter Mackay and Erin O'Toole are the only candidates who have already passed all stages of the application process), Canada is caught between the USA and China after the USA thought it would be a good idea to charge a Huawei executive while she was passing through Canada and have her extradited south of the border, and Coronavirus is keeping people at home and indoors.

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Discussion and Debate - The Philosopher's Plaza / Canadian Politics 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:07:13 PM »
So we are at the beginning of one of our six-week elections.  Would there be any interest in a post on Canadian politics for non-Canadians focusing on structures and the fairly limited stakes?

There are many structural issues which affect most European and settler societies in the 2010s, and idiosyncratic things which are specific to a country, and American and British media are dreadful at separating the two.  Looking at the former in other countries where you don't have preconceived opinions can be helpful.

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A few years ago, I got myself out of a slump by reading a gamer-friendly book on the second millennium BCE Geoffrey Bibby's Four Thousand Years Ago.

(Aside: Ken Hite and Robin D. Laws have one-sentence reviews of gamer-friendly books on http://www.kenandrobintalkaboutstuff.com/ )

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