Thursday Open Thread

“Pride deafens us to the advice or warnings of those around us.”

–John C. Maxwell


36 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DENependent says:

    Conservative has better idea than means testing the cash payments to households for the crisis. No, really.

    Instead trying to figure out who to send a check to, send one to everyone and then call the money back on next year’s taxes. In Oren Cass’s proposal it would be 70 percent or 100 percent for people earning from about $200,000 to $500,000.

    The rest of his proposal in the Atlantic is all about helping out corporations for the imposition of asking them to shut during a crisis. It is a idea only grifters and lobbyists could love without deep modifications. For starters, if businesses are to be supported they should be as means tested as individuals. Someone running a corner bakery is in need of support so they can stay in business, Starbucks not so much.

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Sen. Cory Gardner continues to experience no symptoms after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. However, the senator's self-quarantine will continue for the next week. That means no voting.

    Anyone actively pointing out that Sen. Gardner could use some of the time saved by not going into the office or hanging around in the Senate champber for a virtual public forum?

    • MADCO says:

      I'm sure he will announce later, after , all the virtual public  appearances he had.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      First confirmed case in Yuma County. (Gardner doesn't count.  He's busy draining the swamp).   It just got real to all those Dr. Limbaugh listeners out east.  

      • The realistThe realist says:

        I listened to a Facebook Live Q&A on the virus yesterday produced by the Fremont County public health agency. Fremont, a county of about 48,000 people in south central Colorado, is run by the Republican Party. They no longer elect any Democrats, as far as I know. 

        Here's the (sad) numbers they revealed yesterday: Only 6 people had been tested with no results back yet. The only testing was being done by the hospital in Cañon City and they were only testing people sick enough to be admitted. The public health office has zero test kits, but they've been "ordered." And apparently little (if anything) was being done to put social distancing in place, beyond what's been ordered by the Governor.


  3. MADCO says:

    For a country that supposedly disfavors socialism a lot of Americans are definitely looking to government for solutions, not for profit industry.

     We need respirators, government.
    We need air traffic control.
    We need schools and libraries and roads and shipping depots… well, ports for the boats and dtransfer stations for the trains and trucks

     I want an iPad with lidar , and an eight foot tall fence – get out of the way, government.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Suddenly government isn't the ogre trying to steal your money.  It's what's going to save us from a Mad Max world.  I'm OK with the change in attitude but government has to get it done and with Trump at the helm the jury is still out on this one.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:


    Recently received my 2019 report from XCEL Energy's Windsource program. I purchased 3,848 kilowatt hours of wind power, which is equivalent to 5.2 hours of a two megawatt wind turbine operating at capacity.

    By getting my electricity from wind power, I avoided 4,017 pounds of CO-2 being released, which is equivalent to 4,570 miles driven in a car.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Tulsi drops out.  Endorses Biden . . .

    . . . “strange days indeed”.


  6. kwtreekwtree says:

    A week ago, I predicted that at the rate of 130% rise in identified cases of covid19 per day, we would be over 200 by the end of March. We’re at 216 coronavirus cases now in Colorado, per CDPHE

    Colorado implemented drive through testing earlier than most other states, and presumably those people testing positive are quarantined or hospitalized. So that’s good news in a way! although it makes our case numbers higherthan surrounding states. 

    On Maddow last night, Rachel Maddow examined the case of a town , Vo, in Italy,  that tested aggressively, including asymptomatic folks,  and isolated positive people. They have had no new CV19 deaths in Vo lately. 


  7. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    So, I notice it has been almost 3 weeks since the OD held a Trumpworship event. South Carolina, it was. It seems to me it is taking its toll. Add to that, the Whitest House seems to be in serious turmoil, and I am guessing the Secret Service won't let him run away to that hotbed of deadly pestilence…Mar-a-Lago.


  8. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Funny how all these "low-skilled" labor jobs like stocking groceries and being a bank teller are suddenly the most important and valuable jobs in America. 

    It's almost as though the standard theory of labor isn't actually true, but merely an excuse.

    3 weeks ago: "If you don't like your wage, get another job loser lol."

    Today: "Please don't quit, we need you, without you we can't survive this crisis."

    Perhaps delivery drivers, cashiers, and other "low-skilled" laborers should get a pay raise since we're seeing that these jobs are absolutely essential, even in good times.

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    Luck Family Reunion — with Willie Nelson, etc., etc., etc,

    Country, Blues, Americana, Life . . .

    Live streaming right now . . . (until 10:30 p.m. MST) – Luck (JyMLLz)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Engaged List (Template)&k_id=Nb7KX3&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJwcGZlbm5pbmdAb3V0bG9vay5jb20iLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJtdEhGcEQifQ==

    Hell, yes, the show [will] go on! . . .



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