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Algernon Moncrieff

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Bob Uecker Interview

https://wtmj.com/milwaukee-brewers/2020/03/26/take-care-of-people-wtmj-hall-of-fame-brewers-voice-bob-uecker-keeps-priorities-on-coronavirus-delayed-opening-day/

‘Take care of people’: WTMJ Hall of Fame Brewers voice Bob Uecker keeps priorities on coronavirus-delayed Opening Day

“I’m more concerned with the well being of the country, of course,” the typically jovial but now-subdued Uecker shared in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Gene Mueller on Wisconsin’s Morning News Thursday, hours before the rebroadcast of the 2019 Brewers Opening Day thriller at 6 p.m. CT on WTMJ.

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Uecker said he was extra excited for an early Opening Day on March 26, but then the pandemic truly hit America.

“When the news came that baseball may shut down, I don’t think any of us realized how bad this thing was going to be,” he shared.

“I’ve been around long enough for World War II, polio, things that came after that. I don’t think any of us were prepared for the devastation, the damage.”
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:54 PM (7 replies)

I don't know if you saw this: Columbia Med offered students early graduation

https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/increase-physician-ranks-columbia-medical-students-will-graduate-early-join

Many of you have asked how you can help in this time of great need. At this point in your education, each of you has demonstrated that you possess the knowledge and clinical skills to play a vital role in this effort. With this in mind, and given the urgent need for additional physicians, Columbia University has decided to move up the VP&S graduation to April 15. For those of you who have not yet taken the capstone Ready for Residency (R4R) course, it will be given in an accelerated format.

We will then give all graduates the option to be employed by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) until you depart to start your residency (or longer, if you wish, for those who will be staying at NYP). If you are leaving the NYC area for residency, you will also be able to volunteer at your new institution. Because of residency credentialing requirements, we currently do not anticipate that this employment will count toward your overall time in residency. For those of you who do not choose this option, we may also have a variety of non-clinical volunteer needs, especially for those in the NYC area.

We recognize that early graduation raises issues about financial aid, housing, and travel arrangements. We will guarantee that you will not be adversely affected in terms of any documented financial aid commitments, even if from outside of Columbia University, because of this one-month advancement in your graduation date. Graduates will also be able to remain in their student housing through their current lease if they do not volunteer. Those who opt for this employment will be able to remain in housing for the duration of their current lease or the duration of their temporary NYP employment, whichever is longer. You will soon hear more about a virtual VP&S graduation celebration.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:17 PM (4 replies)

Question for the Hivemind - Odds of Resuming Group Activities by June 7, 2020?

Any answer from wild-ass guess to "here's an article...." is welcome. I keep hearing/seeing dates in April that I think are wildly optimistic, but I'm not seeing consensus on where we are by June (the 7th is the first Sunday). A "Group Activity" would include, but not be limited to: a bar, a ballgame, an amusement park, a farmer's market, a charity run/walk/bike ride, a restaurant, a trip to a store, going to the gym, a campaign event for your favorite Democrat, or anything else you can dream up outside the house with no particular social distancing.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:43 AM (15 replies)

Can a Grand Jury be convened to consider indictment the four Senators who dumped stock?

Or does the Senate have to investigate first?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Mar 21, 2020, 11:48 AM (20 replies)

Thank you Tom Steyer for steadfastly supporting impeachment

Thank you for joining responsible billionaires like Warren Buffett and signing the giving pledge.

Thank you for running a campaign that combined progressive ideals and centrist pragmatism.

I'll be honest enough to admit I figured you'd be out by my primary. I'll now plan on casting my ballot for Elizabeth Warren. I had the privilege to hear her speak at the Iowa State Fair, and while I have my differences with her, I feel she combines progressive idealism and centrist pragmatism.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 1, 2020, 12:15 AM (14 replies)

How does Coronavirus factor into the primaries?

Obviously it is causing mild economic disruption as I write this. CDC is warning of other disruption. Does it change the discussion?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:15 PM (7 replies)

My problem with Bernie's Castro comments.

Let me start off by saying 1) I don't particularly see Castro as more or less despicable than Putin. 2) I think most of the South Floridians who take offense at Bernie's comment were voting Trump anyway.

By creating a linkage with Castro - a super polarizing figure - Bernie essentially justifies someone like Bloomberg or Mark Cuban making an independent run to "save us from Trump and socialism." As a result, Trump will be reelected. Bernie needs to stick with student loan debt and medical care and not get into high concept political history.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:57 PM (24 replies)

Something more controversial than the recent caucuses - RAGBRAI or Iowa's Ride?

This year, Iowa will have two cross-state bicycle rides. The marketing team behind RAGBRAI left to start a rival ride over the Des Moines Register's handling of the Carson King controversy. King, you'll remember, raised an unexpectedly huge sum of money with a request to gave people Venmo him funds for Bud Light on the ESPN Game Day show. He became a local celebrity when he donated the money to the Iowa Children's Hospital, but Bud Light ended their association with him after the Register published articles about Mr. King's social media history.

So both rides will cross northern Iowa, with RAGBRAI heading from LeMars to Clinton, and then Iowa's Ride heading from Dubuque to Rock Rapids in a north/central-ish fashion the following week.

So, Iowans

- Do you have any feelings on this?
- Do any of you plan to ride in either (or both)?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Feb 24, 2020, 07:35 PM (2 replies)

Some of the world's biggest economies are on the brink of recession

Source: CNN

Take Japan: The world's third-largest economy shrank 1.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the country absorbed the effects of a sales tax hike and a powerful typhoon. It was biggest contraction compared to the previous quarter since 2014.

Then there's Germany. The biggest economy in Europe ground to a halt right before the coronavirus outbreak set in, dragged down by the country's struggling factories. The closely-watched ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment in Germany decreased sharply for February, reflecting fears that the virus could hit world trade.

Bank of America economist Ethan Harris points to the number of smaller economies that are hurting, too. Hong Kong is in recession and Singapore could soon suffer a similar fate. Fourth quarter GDP data from Indonesia hit a three-year low, while Malaysia had its worst reading in a decade, he noted to clients on Friday.

Meanwhile, engines of growth like China and India slowed in 2019. Fourth quarter GDP data for the latter comes out this week.


Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/some-of-the-worlds-biggest-economies-are-on-the-brink-of-recession/ar-BB10il8F?ocid=ientp



Not looking good...
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:50 PM (24 replies)

A friend just reported long, slow lines in Nevada

Probably a good sign from a turnout perspective.

On edit: I have gotten this far in life without being able to read time stamps on my social media. Please feel free to "OK Boomer" me at will.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:00 PM (6 replies)
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