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Everything posted by marcus

  1. Not looking good for Sweden. Their numbers, per capita, are double that of Denmark and they still have not come close to the peak yet.
  2. Sweden has decided to not shut things down. Let's see how they fair.
  3. I agree. The Canadian government moved too slowly. WHO, probably under political pressure from China, moved slowly in their warnings. The Trudeau government's mistake was to not take the lead and make their own decision based on what was happening. In hindsight, they should have closed the borders, especially to China, sooner, like a few other countries did. Instead, Canada elected to listen to WHO's recommendations. This shows weakness. Yes, they should have moved sooner. I would say, however, since then, the government has looked better. I don't think they should get a pass for the m
  4. It is the lack of balance. The West, for the most part, allows foreign entities to purchase land and businesses and operate under very similar laws to the local companies and population. But when you look at most countries in Asia, including China, they rarely allow foreign ownership. It's an imbalance of power that should be confronted. I remember when China and the U.S. negotiated for Chinese credit card companies to operate in the U.S. and in turn, U.S. credit companies would be allowed to operate in China. China is operating in U.S. and Canada, the American card companies are not oper
  5. Would the Libs (Dems) or Cons (GOP) move away from the system? Of course not. Do other parties have a chance? It doesn't look that way. The reality is that human rights violations are on only a small percentage of the population's radar. How many people think about where their product is made when they add it to their Amazon cart? This whole experience has shocked the system and has made some people to look at the system from a different perspective and perhaps even question it. That's good. However, the push right now is to go back to the way we were. Then we'll be consumed with the
  6. What is the threshold? Our biggest trade partner would not get a pass if we look at their connections to human rights violations. Heck, we wouldn't get a pass.
  7. I agree. It's greed. Milking the system for every last cent is the issue. Manufacturers set-up shop in China and other countries with cheap labour, just so they can make more money for the shareholders. We do need to be more self-reliant. But how do you do it? Create a protectionist system where we charge extra taxes on foreign goods coming in? Doesn't that go against the free market? Is there a balance?
  8. 3 points in response to that: 1) One thing to keep in mind is that those with weak immune systems, who have COVID-19 have a much higher chance of needing to go to the hospital to receive care. Our healthcare system cannot handle that. This is the biggest problem around the world. 2) Also, an average patient with COVID-19 stays at the hospital for almost 2 weeks. A common flu patient who goes to the hospital stays for just a 3 days. Again, this shows the strain on the healthcare system. 3) Another point: The rate of death increases dramatically within a short period of time. So i
  9. I was responding to Shady's anti-immigration comment.
  10. Singapore is a multi-ethnic society and they have a cohesive culture where they respect each other and the rule of law.
  11. Because of how your brain functions, you see any criticism of Trump as words coming from the enemy. Like everything is black and white. You're either with us or against us. It doesn't matter that I have critiqued Trudeau several times about his handling of the situation. Trump dropped the ball on the virus. Now that it's too late and we're seeing the results, he is finally admitting the enormity of the situation. He is contradicting what you are saying. So if you're not going to take the words of doctors and scientists, maybe you should listen to Trump. Yes. I have done research.
  12. It's also highly contagious. Anyone with low immunity could end up very sick and possibly die.
  13. There are thousands more that need to be hospitalized. Our healthcare system cannot handle that. In Italy, they have gotten to the point where they had to choose between who to treat and keep alive and who to not due to lack of workers, facilities, beds, ventilators and other supplies.
  14. Look at what you're writing. You have such a hard-on for Trudeau, that you can't even think straight. Even when he is actually practicing social distancing, you are yelling and screaming and somehow have it in your head that he is not.
  15. You need to expand your thinking and the way you think. Are you still trying to compare the flu with the coronavirus? You realize that even Trump is not doing that anymore. Are countries and provinces lying about not being able to handle the coronavirus patients? Are we not running out of supplies? Are all of this a conspiracy theory? How is what is happening now as a result of the coronavirus anything remotely close to the flu? How do you expect people to respond to you, when you are not willing to or able to educate yourself on issues you have so much opinion about?
  16. Nothing comes close to what we've seen with this highly contagious virus. There is a big difference. True in other parts, like in China. In Japan, a place I lived in, people wore masks when they were sick. It's a sign of respect towards others and part of why Japan is able to function well as a society.
  17. I doubt that we will see something like this again. I believe if we have another virus, they will handle it better from the beginning. Borders and travel should be closed right away. Masks and patient tracking will become a priority. Before the pandemic, in Japan, you'd see people wearing masks often, to reduce the chances of passing viruses to others. There is a sense of respect for the people around you. Not sure if people are aware, but Sweden has taken a different approach than other countries in Europe. We'll see what will happen there:
  18. There is no way we'll be seeing things go back to normal overnight. This is going to be gradual and it's going to be a transition. Societies and the markets will adapt and are adapting. People will start traveling again, with, of course, extra layers of health check from the point of departure and at the destination. I can see the world coming to a unilateral agreement in regards to how traveling will be conducted. I'm sure faster and more immediate testing will be part of the equation. What the Canadian and many other Western governments have done in regards to wage subsidies was the rig
  19. We at least have you, the lone American, who is obsessed about Canada.
  20. Good question. Why would they not just release it?
  21. Yes. In this situation, I wasn't singling out your dear leader. This is why I said that these warnings and reports are a regular occurance. It just happened that the last one was made towards dear leader.
  22. It's not suspicious. We have had a few viruses in the past 25 years that we have had to deal with. Conversations and warnings about potential scenarios is a regular occurance. In fact: Trump administration ignored pandemic warning from White House economists: report The Trump administration ignored a pandemic warning from White House economists who published a study estimating possible effects of a pandemic in September, according to a New York Times report. The White House study reportedly cautioned that a pandemic, like the coronavirus outbreak the world is now facing, co
  23. A global pandemic has never been a secret. It's a concern that humankind has been dealing with for thousands of years. Just because groups were having meetings about it, the pentagon has been talking about it, it doesn't mean that they're plotting something malicious. What are your thoughts on the flat earth conspiracy theories?
  24. This shock to the system has created an opportunity. An opportunity to spend more time with the family and connect with our children more. It's also an opportunity to do business more efficiently. It's highlighting the problems in our financial system. This is an opportunity for blockchain technology to be adopted in the mainstream. Cryptocurrency has never made more sense.
  25. Some productive news: the federal government had finalized deals with two Canadian startups that will provide enough supplies for one million coronavirus tests and the production of 500 ventilator units in the coming months. The government said it has ordered an additional 1,000 ventilators from other manufacturers. Spartan Bioscience Inc. of Ottawa, which makes portable DNA testing machines that can produce coronavirus tests results in 30 minutes, has inked a $78-million order with Ottawa to provide 100 of the testing machines and one million test kits within the next 12 months. It
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