(CNN)Joe Biden is partially embracing progressives' call for free public college tuition, backing a plan to make universities tuition-free for those whose families make less than $125,000 per year.
The former vice president's move, announced by senior aides on a call with reporters hours before his Sunday night debate with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is Biden's latest olive branch to the left as he attempts to consolidate the party behind him and pivot to a general election against President Donald Trump.
That's my position as well. Whatever is done with loans/tuition, it has to have measures put in place to make sure this situation never happens again. The irony here is we did bail out the banks and they eventually went back to the same shit which caused 2008. The financial hit from this pandemic would have been a lot less if we weren't so overleveraged.If the government can bail out banks/airlines/etc they can bail out the mistakes of citizens as long as there is a plan to keep the cycle from continuing.
I've been running folding at home for a few days now for this reason. Getting work units to process has been difficult due to supply and infrastructure issues. The F@H team indicated they are working on it via their twitter account. The F@H stat page has also been problematic and constantly unavailable. I don't think they are able to cope with the amount of people lending their systems to help.From https://www.anandtech.com/show/15633/covid-19-toms-hardware-2020-folding-at-home-race:
Folding@Home, a long-standing distributed computing project, recent added COVID-19-related research tasks to its list of projects.
SUNY colleges have been "free" for NY residents for a little while now, in addition to vocational colleges. I don't see a reason to spend 100k plus for a piece of paper from an Ivy League college.That's my position as well. Whatever is done with loans/tuition, it has to have measures put in place to make sure this situation never happens again. The irony here is we did bail out the banks and they eventually went back to the same shit which caused 2008. The financial hit from this pandemic would have been a lot less if we weren't so overleveraged.
Damn. Over 242k cases now. Italy reported nearly 500 additional deaths and has surpassed the "reported" cases in China. Fuck.Total confirmed cases was just under 200k (198k'ish) earlier this A.M. Now it's at 215k. Maximize the bottom-right panel. The exponential growth does not look good. HOPEFULLY growth will level out like China's growth has the last month.
Italy (pop. 60m), a country with less than 1/20 the population of China (1.42b) has nearly as many deaths! Fuck.
Take another look. I don't see much leveling out. The actual reported cases for areas outside of China looks like y=e^x. I'm hoping it will level out soon but we may have a few or several more weeks of growth before that takes place.If you look at on a logarithmic scale the growth is already leveling out. Doubtless there are lots of people who got it before we implemented emergency measures, and will later be added to the case count, but I think the growth is going to top out within a few weeks, provided we don't relax restrictions or get complacent.
Yes sad.Now Italy is ahead of China in total deaths, despite having only 4.3% of the population.
If I had to be angry at China, it would be for not shutting down the wet markets for good after the SARS outbreak. You would think they would have learned their lesson but no. If I want China to do anything, it would be to publicly execute the officials who made that decision, along with the ones who covered up the initial COVID-19 outbreak.On a side note I think there is going to be some very long term resentment and outright hatred of China by the Italian people (and other countries) if any credible evidence comes out (confirmed by multiple sources/countries) that China acted improperly or covered up the initial COVID-19 outbreak. Still too early to tell what the geo-political and financial implication will be.
You're repeating a furphy. The first COVID-19 case was never anywhere near that market, it's just that the congregation of people at the market created the first cluster, and people naturally enough jumped to conclusions.If I had to be angry at China, it would be for not shutting down the wet markets for good after the SARS outbreak.
Not sure about some of your numbers here. Firstly, it's worth pointing out that the Aussie dollar is only worth 59 US cents. So everything costs about 2/3 more than it does in the US (excluding the 10% sales tax or GST).Re: Tertiary Education and loans.
To give a different perspective, in Australia loans for Tertiary Education is managed by the Taxation department, (repayments are managed as part
Typically most students will deduct the loan payment each pay, and will have paid for their degree in 3-4 years.
Course fees are capped by the Government, and IIRC when I did my degree it was less than AU$14,000 per year (current figures is maximum
So someone doing a standard BSc, BEng or BIT (Bachelor or IT), would only have a loan of ~AU$50K max at the end of it. (Note: minimum wage in Australia is AU$38Ka assuming full time hours before tax, or AU$19.50 per hour before tax). Loan repayment starts when you earn over AU$45K pa...
So do you believe an Australia style system could possible work in the US?
Granted, if you're only paying $3K pa, then yes, it's going to take 15+yrs to pay off... And probably cripple some... (eg pretty hard to get a home loan, if you owe the government $40K+, but then again if you can't afford to repay your HECS debt, should you be getting a home loan in the first place)?Thirdly, only the well-off are clearing a $50000 debt in 3-4 years. For most people, it cripples them financially for several years or sometimes forever.
Finally, like the worst of the US debts, there is absolutely no way to get this debt waived. When you die, your estate has to make payments up to the time of your death. There are often political discussions about liquidating people's estates to put towards any outstanding study debts.
Wouldn't it be great if the major Cloud Computing providers (Like AIM: Amazon/AWS, IBM, Microsoft) would donate a tiny fraction of their massive cloudy data-processing power to COVID-19 research projects?I've been running folding at home for a few days now for this reason.
There has been some discussion of that happening from a week ago. Unfortunately some of those details are only shared on their facebook page. Here is one of the posts from Nat Friedman from github discussion their donations:Wouldn't it be great if the major Cloud Computing providers (Like AIM: Amazon/AWS, IBM, Microsoft) would donate a tiny fraction of their massive cloudy data-processing power to COVID-19 research projects?
On Facebook:Starting later today, GitHub is donating up to 60,000 core-hours per day of idle GitHub Actions compute capacity to Folding@Home's efforts to find drug treatments for 2019-nCOV.
He should have did this at least two weeks ago when everyone saw what was happening in Italy. Better late than never, but most likely the end result is thousands of cases which otherwise wouldn't have existed.Cuomo just announced he's shutting down NY apart from essential workers starting Sunday night. Waiting to see the exceptions.
Maybe it's a mentality of "it won't happen to me"...Don't those kids watch/read the news, or are they all just stupid?
There's a lot of misunderstanding and panic over that. We have to keep in mind the majority of cases we find in a week or so already existed. We just didn't know about them until we started testing. And speaking of testing, this administration needs to be hung out to dry over that. We knew about the outbreak in China in January. We should have started manufacturing millions of test kits then so we would be ready when/if it hit our shores in large numbers. If we had started tested early, we could have isolated many cases and slowed the spread.US cases will explode, as we are finally starting widespread testing. I'm expecting we will top 100K cases in a week or so.
My estimate is just 100k total reported cases in about a week. NIH estimated 70K by next Friday. Obviously the number of actual infections is some multiplier of that. Wouldn't be surprised if total number of reported infections is over 2 million by end of August. If testing becomes unrestrained by test kit supply, the reported number could be even higher.I personally think your numbers are optimistic. I think we'll end up with 500K to 1M cases and over 10,000 deaths in the US before this passes. I hope I'm wrong and you're right.
Agreed. It typically takes years after the event to reconstruct the zoonotic leap. And for all we know the virus mutated when it spread from say, Patient Zero to the next victim. Cap all that off with the information black hole that is China.There's no doubt this thing came out of China. Where, in Wuhan we don't exactly know and we may never know.
So the good news is that the U.S. death rate from COVID-19 infections will presumably go down, since we will have a more accurate count of those infected, as the "denominator" of that rate.We have to keep in mind the majority of cases we find in a week or so already existed. We just didn't know about them until we started testing.
Left relatively unconstrained, the numbers have been shown to double about every 4 days. So one million reported in the USA by the end of April is by no means impossible. However, I assume there will be a total lockdown in the next couple of weeks, which should limit the end of the month to a completely wild guess of maybe 250,000? Certainly Italy has taken less than 50 days to go from zero to 50,000 reported, and it's been blatantly obvious that they have many, many times the number of reported cases (the rule of thumb for countries with inadequate testing/tracing is 10-20x - as volunteered by the British Prime Minister no less).Wouldn't be surprised if total number of reported infections is over 2 million by end of August. If testing becomes unrestrained by test kit supply, the reported number could be even higher.
I have had some minor cold/flu symptoms for more than a week, and I have underlying conditions that make me vulnerable. The severe rationing of tests in Oz means there is no way I can get one, unless I develop pneumonia. And as you say, if I somehow could get a test, it takes a week to get the results.Unfortunately, from family-ar experience, just having the tests available is only the first step; being able to get a test processed is another big step. In my case, our family will have to wait a week to get the results of the test.
I had a flu about 3 weeks ago, and still have a dry cough from it... The looks on people faces when I cough, sometimes is surprising... (The last few flu's I've had, whilst over the initial virus in under a week, tend to have a dry cough for 4-5 weeks following)...I have had some minor cold/flu symptoms for more than a week,
Conveniently, you left out the setup and the context that lead to that response.Trump seems even more unhinged lately and not being a leader in a time of crisis for this pandemic. Snapping at Peter Alexander while leading with a reasonable question when asking about what do you say to Americans who are scared. This isn't being a leader in a crisis, this is being narcissistic when this isn't about him.
Yeah that's unhinged. The bar is typically high for a president even though we are all used to a pretty low bar because of Trump. He made it about himself, not the topic at hand. The leading question and intent was a pitch to have Trump reassure the country... Yet he made it a personal vendetta to attack a reporter in his typical idiotic way serving no one but himself.Conveniently, you left out the setup and the context that lead to that response.
Unhinged? He barely raises his voice... Additionally, it's kind of weird to accuse someone of narcissism when the person asking the question set the stage and asked the questions about him. You make it sound like someone asked a medical question of Dr. Fauci and Trump ran to the podium to answer the question instead and made it all about himself.