andyb..with all due respect, this is the second time you indicated that I have cherry picked my numbers and that is simply false and I resent it. I even sited where the numbers come from [Covid Tracking Project] and even indicated how they get their information. They are the site that the government recognizes because they are up to date and track for 24 hour periods and begin and end at the same time every day [between 6-7 pm Eastern time.] They are no looney tune site that plays with numbers, they are accurate and even list numbers by state.
If you have a problem with their numbers, then let them know but please stop suggesting I cherry pick the numbers, I don't. And the numbers are going down. Yes, the southern states are getting hit right now, so they need to deal with it in responsible ways, but not at that expense of 90% of the rest of America. We have a country to save and right now it pains me that our country is very much lacking in courage. Thank God, George Washington had courage, Lord knows his cabinet was ready to surrender several times. Thank God, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie and William Travis had courage, Texas would likely never have become part of the Union without it. Thank God, Lewis and Clark had courage, there was an awful lot of the West that was still unexplored when they ventured this way and the reality is they had no idea what they would face every day.
At the greatest moments of despair in 1940 when it was basically Winston Churchill that was defending freedom by a thread and most of Europe had thought Hitler was invincible Church hill coined a phrase I still believe in and try to follow, "when you are going through ■■■■, keep going." I think we all could take a lesson from that. Just what are we going to wait for, a vaccine? One that may never come. Californians today are furious with Governor Newsom because when we need a leader the most he cowers. I get the masks, fine. I respect the social distancing, swell. I wash my hands so much now that if I put seeds between my fingers I could grow fruits and vegetables.
But this constant, "the sky is falling, oh no" hysteria is not something I am going to live by, will not do it. Someone wrote yesterday about doom and then indicated that now that one person had stopped posting [I bet apples to oranges it was me] that all the doom talk had ceased because said person didn't need to be scolded about his optimism.
andyb, the numbers I gave were accurate, if you disagree you certainly can take it up with the project. You believe we will soon have 1000 deaths a day and I am not suggesting you are wrong, I keep saying, "we'll see." But at what point do we all say that life has to go on, we can't stay in closets for the rest of our lives and pray it will suddenly disappear like the snowfall after a bright sunny day. The Hong Kong Flu hit when many of us were around and took over 100,000 lives [which would be 150,000 today with our increased population and I don't recall Americans even flinching. Schools closed? Please. Don't go to work? Are you out of your mind? Basically stop living? Not on my watch.
Look, I welcome reasoned and rational responses to my posts and have gone out of my way to thank those people [allentown just gave one] but I resent basically being called a liar, and cherry pickers at their core and non truth tellers. The numbers I quote are the numbers I am given. By a site that sure seems to be standing the test of time, its been around since the virus started.