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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    The scammers work from home, presumably.



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    And yes, that's a screendump off my own phone this morning.
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    We've seen a number of things like that.

    Some clown called today to tell me that my COVID-19 relief check was ready, and all I needed to do was send $100 for postage and handling via a Cashier's Check for escalation fees and I could have it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    We've seen a number of things like that.

    Some clown called today to tell me that my COVID-19 relief check was ready, and all I needed to do was send $100 for postage and handling via a Cashier's Check for escalation fees and I could have it tomorrow.
    LOL! Was he a Prince from Nigeria?

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    the State of New York, alone is rapidly approaching the confirmed case numbers from all of China.
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    the State of New York, alone is rapidly approaching the confirmed case numbers from all of China.
    Followed two days later by the City of New York, presumably.

    I'm somewhat disturbed not to have seen Anne log in recently. Three weeks.
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    Here, I've found a tweet from 22 days ago from President Trump:

    So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
    This is a deeply ignorant man with no grasp of reality. Is he seriously going to say that today's position was unforeseeable just three weeks ago?

    I suspect he is totally surrounded by people who stroke his ego for a living.

    Mr Trump has criticised those who want to "ride it out".
    I'm speechless. Does he think nobody can remember past yesterday?

    "I think from a practical standard that couldn't have been carried out", he says, because models forecast that if the US did not undertake any mitigation efforts at all, "that number [of deaths] becomes 1.5m up to 2.2m, and even beyond."
    Well duh. Read the thread, Mister President. It's not exactly news.

    I have no faith that America could mitigate a piss-up in a brewery just right now. Bring back Sean Spicer. Please. And where's Kellyanne Conway when she's needed.

    What does "goals" mean, Ms Conway?



    Look, it's that same lying corrupt pretend-graph again.

    Can things get worse? Of course they can. The President still hasn't got to falsely announcing "America was deliberately attacked" yet. Has anyone offered me odds on that so far? It'll be on a par with "The virus will not have a chance against us".
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saint_ View Post
    LOL! Was he a Prince from Nigeria?
    Where I live, most of the phone scammers operate out of India.

    It used to be Americans working offshore in boiler-rooms, but these days the Indians have captured the market.

    Africans specialize in email scams, they're so much cheaper to set up and operate.
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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Where I live, most of the phone scammers operate out of India.

    It used to be Americans working offshore in boiler-rooms, but these days the Indians have captured the market.

    Africans specialize in email scams, they're so much cheaper to set up and operate.
    Yeah, this guy that called me was likely some sort of local Amateur. 100 bucks is chicken feed for those guys.
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

    To get a perspective on numbers of deaths in the UK, we have just passed the fully-laden Jumbo 747 crash per day scale, we are approaching the Titanic hitting an iceberg per day scale next week and I'm stuck for comparisons thereafter. The Great Plague of London in 1665 killed 75,000 but that's not a feasible daily total for the UK. America might, but not the UK.

    If America passes the 9/11 death toll per day scale around ten days from now then President Trump's brand new lockdown self-isolation extra ventilators approach will need some tweaking. Without mitigation, that's when it's due.
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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Re: Not with a Bang, but with a Sneeze?

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    Well we hit the 4 thousand mark today. And there does not really seem to be a sign of leveling off, yet.
    We have yet to come up with a reliable testing protocol in most of the country.
    They announce some location doing drive-by testing, and within an hour it is overwhelmed, and then they announce that they tested 100 people or so, and closed because they ran out of tests.

    Deaths in the US

    April will be so much FUN this year. [sigh]
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