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  1. Canada 79,101 confirmed cases w/ 36.38 per thousand tested 5,912 confirmed deaths 7.47% died 156.64 deaths per million population United Kingdom 248,818 confirmed case w/ 29.41 per thousand tested 35,341 confirmed deaths 14.20% died 520.59 deaths per million population Germany 176,007 confirmed cases w/ 37.57 per thousand tested 8,090 confirmed deaths 4.60% died 96.56 deaths per million population US 1,530,000 confirmed cases w/ 36.96 per thousand tested 91,921 confirmed deaths 6.00% died 277.70 deaths per million population [Source] Only Germany has better numbers than the US, and that's because their swift, draconian lockdowns prevented a flood of cases before their hospitals had time to prepare. You're 24.5% more likely to die from COVID-19 under Canada's system, and 236% more likely to die from COVID-19 under the UK's. 42.03% of all COVID-19 deaths in the US have occurred in just two Blue States! It seems, according to the facts, a person would be better off moving to a Red State rather than abroad!
  2. The numbers simply don't support the fantasy that the higher mortality rate is due to older populations. Removing all over-70 deaths in France from the calculation still shows a >160% mortality rate over the US numbers.
  3. Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Sweden have universal health care. Source (default page display is a map; chart is an option) Belgium is even worse at 621.85 deaths per million (more than 3 1/2 times the US), but adding it cramps the chart.
  4. Just a bit of a monk who monkeys around a bit. Avatar is all sweetness and light with an attitude.
  5. I never had the gall to vote for myself, but back when I had time for such things, I'd sometimes slip in my own schedule when I was listing what I liked about each one. Nobody ever called me on it. You're all to be congratulated on your great schedules. Congrats also go to LonesomePolecat for setting a great challenge.
  6. My exposure to inappropriate movies was mostly from tv. The university had an educational channel (this was in the days before PBS) with a mixed-bag of lectures, documentaries, and movies. TV viewing in our home was strictly limited, but I could watch as much of that channel as I wanted because it was labeled educational. The big thing for me was, they considered any foreign film to be of cultural interest simply because it was foreign, and if it was more than 20 years old, they thought it was a classic. It probably wasn't in their budget to get movies intended for international release, so the movies bowed only to their own country's censorship laws. Those movies were my introduction to the wonderful world of women's bodies. Since Europe wasn't as puritanical as Hollywood, the obligatory woman-changing-clothes scenes didn't stop at bras and panties. I was too young to understand the sexual nature of what I was seeing, I just knew what I liked. Since the daytime schedule for that channel was never very accurate, I'd sometimes tune in and watch documentaries, hoping one of those movies would be shown next. I've always wondered how much I inadvertently learned while waiting to watch a woman strip.
  7. Great schedules! I'd like TCM to steal any of them. They all had things which made me laugh at parts and think about other parts. You're all to be congratulated! Congrats to Stevomachino for running a great challenge. I have to vote for SansFin. Everybody's going to think it's simple nepotism, but in reality, her sked is so much in tune with my own likes, and I love the switching between intense movies and simple fun with nothing mediocre in-between. A lot of her picks are movies which, five years ago, I'd never heard about but now am glad I've been able to see.
  8. Logan's Run (1976) Farrah Fawcett-Majors had a bit part (a secretary(?)). Just after it was released, she hit it big on Charlie's Angels. They revamped the advertising, putting her picture on the posters and changing the font of her name from microprint at the bottom to 72pt across the top.
  9. I'm not a lawyer, but I am a writer and deal with copyright issues all the time. Short answer: you probably can't use them. If TCM doesn't own the movie, they can't give you the right to use those clips because their license doesn't allow them to give anyone any rights to the material. Copyright law does allow using extracts of a work for academic/informational/news purposes and for satirical pieces, but that quickly becomes a quagmire. Some copyright holders play hardball -- anything used without their permission automatically generates a cease-and-desist letter to the ISP hosting the site. The typical ISP response is to delete the user's site without notice or recourse because anything else might mean defending themselves in court. My advice (which is worth exactly what you're paying for it) is to send the copyright holder a polite e-mail requesting the right to post extracts. Some will send you a link to their policy page detailing who can use what, where, and how much can be used without paying for it. Some will simply say yes or no. A few won't respond at all. If the rights are available, you might be better off finding a copy of the movie and making your own clips -- the work of finding appropriate scenes, the editing, and/or any applied logo can be considered as adding exclusive value which has some copyright protection. The basic rule about copyright issues: If there's a question, walk away. It's usually far too much work to iron things out and way too expensive if you make a mistake.
  10. It's getting harder and harder trying to pick the best -- they're all great! Each has things I love. I hope TCM uses some of these themes. When it's all said and done, I have to vote for LonesomePolecat. More things in it tickle my fancy that the others. You're all to be congratulated on your great schedules.
  11. Masha is probably going to drop this thread for a while (you wouldn't believe the look on her face as she read your reply!), but I'd like a little clarification, if you don't mind. You made a statement. She proved it false, citing not one, but two authoritative sources. Your reply chastises her for that. Now, here's the part I don't get -- why? Was it because she, a poor little immigrant, had the audacity to tell you, a TRUE AMERICAN, one of your pet beliefs is absolutely, provably, 100% wrong? OR was it because you think, as a TRUE AMERICAN, all of your beliefs and statements are automatically, unequivocally true (no matter what the facts are), and she, a poor little immigrant, was wrong to question it? OR was it because she, a poor little immigrant, showed she knows more about the U.S., and you, a TRUE AMERICAN, can't have these smart-alecky, upstart immigrants running around telling the truth? Maybe you're referring to a different post of hers and quoted the wrong one by mistake. Hmm . . . what she thinks makes the U.S. great is different from your viewpoint, but she was sure to include things like " It has at all times been my impression . . ." and "I feel . . .," which means she's offering her opinion, not trying to tell anyone what to think. The remainder of that post simply relates what recent polls show. Do I have to remind you she, a poor little immigrant, had to pass tests on U.S. history, culture, and laws (a test many who were born here fail)? Do I have to tell you the lengths she goes to every time she disagrees with someone, sometimes spending hours reading journal articles and research papers, before daring to post her disagreement? Do I have to dig out cites on how valuable foreign observations are because locals often can't see the forest for the trees? (The same reasoning prevents doctors from treating themselves or their families, explains why industry consultants get high fees, and is why police departments are always subject to civilian oversight.) My family has been here about 120 years. I studied history and politics in schools planted squarely in the Midwest. You'd think I'd know a thing or two about this country. But she never stops surprising me -- her insights into American culture and society are refreshing, enlightening, and 100% spot-on. Last July, you proselytized against Melania, saying her being born in the Ukraine (another mistake -- she's Slovene!) makes her unfit to be a first lady, making me wonder what you have against Ukrainians. Or is it you just hate anyone showing how wrong you are?
  12. She's definitely kept in touch -- she's hit me six times today! (Okay, so maybe I deserved one . . .)
  13. She's always been anti-socialism. When we met, she was on the fast track to be a Colonel. That derailed when the brass found out she wouldn't kowtow to soviet officials. True to Russian efficiency, those same officials then put her in charge of a health department and fast-tracked her to be a regional minister of health (or whatever they call it there). That caved when someone heard her talking politics. She spent a couple of months in jail for it. When it comes to women's rights, gay rights, and the environment, she's appropriately liberal (me, too). Those wanting the government to do everything for people and punish people who don't think in the politically correct way, that raises her hackles. I noticed she was a little demur (as always) regarding her qualifications to talk about health care. When her country parted from Russia, she co-authored a government policy paper on how to bring their health care system up to date and actually do what it's supposed to. By all accounts, the few parts they had the resources to implement are what's keeping it from being a total travesty.
  14. Okay, so he's only credited with one movie, but there have been a lot of llamas in movies over the years. I'm sure they're all related. Maybe we could have Ralph the Wonder Llama's extended family as SotM..
  15. You're all to be congratulated on coming up with fantastically great schedules! Particularly liked -- Bogie56 -- Ygor as guest programmer (perfect picks). Max Ophuls. Canada Day. LonesomePolecat -- Shakespeare with a twist. Sheldon Leonard. Whose body is it anyway? speedracer5 -- Flynn, Hepburn, and Ameche tributes. Gender bending. Preston Sturges. skimpole -- Kinuyo Tanaka. Warsaw Pact day. Musicals. Great work from all of you! I always love seeing these schedules.
  16. Anecdotes aren't evidence, but . . . My family carries a trait which sometimes causes minor problems. It's no big deal (well, the Air Farce docs finally wigged to it and kicked me out, but that's another story). It can also cause a far worse problem, as I learned one night when I had some really strange symptoms. Nothing major, just several parts of my body going haywire at once. I had to go to the ER to pick up a friend, and since they weren't busy, I decided to get checked out. About an hour later, I was in an MRI to confirm the doc's diagnosis. They transported me to a larger hospital with the proper specialists. They did another MRI. Less than six hours after I checked into the ER, I was being prepped for open-heart surgery at a world-class hospital. My condition was one of those things you never really hear about, and then when it happens to you, everybody knows someone in the family who had it. I found out two of my distant relatives here in the states had the same thing, with similar results. Everything turned out well for everyone. A relative in Canada (socialized medicine) died in a waiting room. He'd been there more than eight hours (his symptoms weren't considered serious enough to warrant being treated quickly). Three relatives in England (socialized medicine) had the same condition. One died before he could get in to see his doctor. One died during the week between seeing his doctor and getting an MRI. And one lived! About six months, then died of endocarditis (a really, really nasty way to go) because the doc took a quick look at him, said he just had a cold, and sent him home without a proper exam. So let's tally that up -- three of us here (including me with crappy insurance and one without any insurance at all) got proper treatment quickly and lived, while four (living under the wonderful umbrella of socialized medicine) all died because of lousy access to doctors and crappy treatment. I'll just leave this one little thought for you: when have you ever known of any government program working efficiently or providing great service at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer?
  17. The key point here is I don't feel those compulsions any more now than I did before. As for hanging in a cave -- one of my favorite designs was an underground house using preformed culvert sections. Imagine a 30' diameter concrete pipe 36' long. Bury it so one end is exposed. Close off that end with a glass wall. About 8' from the bottom, put in a floor. That's your main living space (about 1,000 square feet). 11' above that, build a second floor extending 16' from the back wall. That's your master suite (about 400 sq. ft.). It's open to the floor below (stout railing, but no wall). I loved to imagine what it'd be like having a hammock strung across the opening and watching the sunset through that huge wall of glass.
  18. I wouldn't mind seeing different hosts for different kinds of movies. We had Rob Zombie for underground and a variety of people for Friday Night Spotlights and Sunday evenings in the summer. There's no reason to have one or two hosts carry the network all the time. I'd prefer having Osborne give longer intros, with more depth, even if it means he's introducing fewer movies. Muller would be good with crime from all eras. I'm sure others could be found for other genres.
  19. It was surprising, and a bloody nuisance, but not really frightening. He was just biting the fleshy bit between thumb and hand, probably because I was squeezing him too hard before I realized what was happening. It was kind of what might happen with a tiny kitten. The real question is, what happens now? If you die from a bat bite, you come back as a vampire. But what if it doesn't kill you? I know if you survive being bitten by a werewolf, you change into one at the next full moon. Is there a similar rule for bats? There have been many full moons and a few blue moons since then, with no effect. I've even been, technically, dead (heart and lungs stopped for valve replacement) but, to date, no fangs or lusting after the pale necks of beautiful virgins (well . . . no more than before I was bitten). What does it take for a bat bite to kick in, or am I waiting in vain?
  20. I'm pretty sure he was dissected. Pets, even stray cats and dogs, are usually held for observation (10 days?), but wild animals go under the knife. Sad, but that's the way it is.
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