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grant228 2021-01-21 06:11:09
Yesterday's inauguration has given the world a little hope that the light will grow larger and stronger.
 
dave 2021-01-20 18:00:47
Grant, yes it's very sad. The next few months will tell the tale on where the light at the end of the tunnel is I suspect
 
grant228 2021-01-14 00:18:01
And Dave, I have just read your daily COVID death toll topped 4,300 yesterday. Such a sad waste of lives which could have been prevented with a more sympathetic approach to science. Extremely precarious all round.
 
dave 2021-01-11 15:12:06
The first thing is to make it through the end of the presidential term. It's a precarious time.
 
grant228 2021-01-07 21:53:31
With the saturation coverage of these fools, let's hope every one of them is caught and receives their due punishment. There are some places that are untouchable, commanding respect and your Capitol building is one of them. The other "leader" of the mob who also deserves judicial treatment is Giuliani with his "combat" comment. It is astonishing to think how far he has fallen since his halcyon days of post 9/11. A sad spectacle!
 
 
dave 2021-01-07 13:47:07
Grant, It's stunning. I heard one supporter of Trump who was continuing to support him and separate support of Trump from what happened at the Capitol yesterday and say those people are responsible for there own actions. That is true, but I recall the case of Charles Manson, where he made the appeal in court that he wasn't there when the Murders occurred, so he's innocent of complicity. The court would have nothing to do with that and convicted him of murder. Let's hope the courts have the guts to apply the precedence in this case.
 
grant228 2021-01-06 23:22:37
Dave, there is talk over here of whether Australia should join an international peace keeping mission to restore order in Washington! Your Puppeteer-in-Chief should be very proud of the carnage he has wrought
 
dave 2020-12-23 13:57:43
Grant, sounds good. I believe you can read "Peace is Every Step" online for free.
 
 
grant228 2020-12-23 06:32:17
Dave, I haven't heard of that book. I'll check with my local library to see if they stock it. Regarding Paddington 2, if you get the chance, watch it as it's a film for all ages. Funny, touching and exciting with a message of the importance of friends and family.
 
dave 2020-12-22 15:27:58
Very good Grant. I don't think I've ever seen that movie. Have you ever read the book "Peace is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh? I like the philosophy it promotes. Being at peace and in the moment, aware.
 
grant228 2020-12-22 02:50:51
Dave, spot on! To quote Paddington Bear, “If we are kind and polite, the world will be right.”
 
 
dave 2020-12-21 15:13:44
Absolutely Grant, if we can't hang on to these values, then the foundation of civilized society is in trouble. Being CIVIL is a requirement for CIVILization.
 
grant228 2020-12-18 04:32:00
Dave, it's reassuring to know concepts such as civility, responsibility and personal integrity are still part of the American cultural make-up as shows like Judge Judy and others give pause for thought!
 
dave 2020-12-16 17:35:10
Grant, I think you may get some reflection of the behaviors of some cultural groups in America, but it's a tv show, and I'm sure ratings and orchestration come into play, similar to many modern reality tv shows.
 
dave 2020-12-16 17:34:28
Grant, I think you may get some reflection of the behaviors of some cultural groups in America, but it's a tv show, and I'm sure ratings and orchestration come into play, similar to many modern reality tv shows.
 
grant228 2020-12-14 20:50:32
Now, Dave, you haven't answered my question about Judge Judy. An accurate representation of your compatriots or hyped to attract viewers?
 
dave 2020-12-11 20:12:39
Yes it is. Around April normally.
 
grant228 2020-12-10 04:08:58
Dave, knowing the duration of northern winters, especially where you are, summer is a long way off!
 
dave 2020-12-08 16:30:36
Thanks Grant. Yes a trying time. Things should be getting better by summer.
 
grant228 2020-12-08 04:17:23
Dave, worrying figures and times! I hope you and yours stay safe during this terrible time. I assume incoming administration will take a more science-friendly approach to tackling the virus which should have an effect reducing the numbers. It's tragic to think what could have been achieved if such an approach had been adopted at the beginning.
 
dave 2020-12-07 18:03:06
Grant, yes its going to get ugly in the US for the next few months. I'm a little worried because my wife and daughter are still going to work. My son and I stay home most of the time, but it only takes contact once at the wrong time to bring it into a household. Here are Michigan's daily new cases. Not good as of late.
 
 
grant228 2020-12-04 10:54:53
No major plans regarding a vaccine yet. I think authorities are waiting for a 100% effective one before ploughing ahead. With our numbers so low, they can afford to wait. I read a shocking statistic today in The Atlantic. It said Iowa now has a 50% COVID positive result of all the people they are testing. I hope for everyone's sakes in your country, things start to improve. On a lighter note, we receive Judge Judy out here and I am wondering if the people on it are an accurate cross-section of middle America?
 
 
dave 2020-12-03 18:43:16
Right, if lots of people haven't been exposed yet, then it will begin to spread as you return to a normal lifestyle. If you can get enough of the vaccine distributed before that happens then you should be in good shape. How soon does Australia expect to begin distributing a vaccine?
 
grant228 2020-12-02 02:28:45
Dave, my state has today experienced its 25th day without a locally acquired case. We have six people in quarantine who returned from overseas with COVID. I think our greatest danger is complacency because most experts agree the virus is still circulating, waiting for its moment to attack!
 
dave 2020-12-01 18:30:38
Grant, I don't think it was. I'm glad that Australia has done so well. Everywhere is still at risk until significant vaccine can be distributed. I hop Australia can distribute it before you suffer the outbreaks we have.
 
grant228 2020-12-01 09:53:26
Dave, I have just returned from a few days in Brisbane as state borders have been reopened. I know one shouldn't compare countries but Australia's approach to handling COVID has been very successful due to tough measures that were taken early to contain the virus and now we are reaping the benefits with very few cases and improving economic conditions. Was state border closure ever considered an option in the US?
 
dave 2020-11-18 17:21:14
Yes. Not to be over-used, but in just such a time
 
grant228 2020-11-17 01:27:10
Dave, that often overused word is appropriate in this regard!
 
dave 2020-11-14 10:40:47
Grant, Awesome. and yes, all I can say is whew!
 
dave 2020-11-13 20:32:41
Grant, Awesome. and yes, all I can say is whew!
 



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