The Panic Scale

On a scale of how worried to be about Coronavirus, Toby is on three, but James is on eight. In fact, James thinks he’s got it. As of publication there’s been 373 confirmed cases in the UK and 6 confirmed deaths.

Also on the agenda: Britain’s forthcoming green budget from the relatively unknown (but heavily ratioed on Twitter) Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, the no-platforming of former MP and cabinet member Amber Rudd and a take on the brilliance of the late Max von Sydow, who died last Sunday at age 90.

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  1. rdowhower Coolidge

    Based on their description of the symptoms I have had coronavirus at least twice in the past 6 months and so has the rest of family…

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    • March 10, 2020, at 12:28 PM PDT
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  2. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Better Call Saul will have a 6th season.

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    • March 10, 2020, at 3:42 PM PDT
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    As writers and podcasters, Jim and Toby are the cockroaches of the Coronavirus holocaust?

    • #3
    • March 10, 2020, at 4:59 PM PDT
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    P.S.: Jim and Toby spend about the first 20 minutes whingeing about coronavirus, so it’s probably a good idea to just skip that.

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    • March 10, 2020, at 5:17 PM PDT
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    I get the feeling that any show the guys recommend, I will probably dislike.

    N.B.: Bringing an AI back from the “dead”, as they say happened in the second season of Altered Carbon, ought to merely involve executing a backup.

    Sci-fi TV shows have a habit of anthropomorphizing what are, in reality, sophisticated computer programs.

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    • March 10, 2020, at 5:38 PM PDT
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  6. Kim K. Member
    Kim K. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I really wish “bog roll” would catch on in the US.

    • #6
    • March 10, 2020, at 7:29 PM PDT
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  7. DJ EJ Member

    I liked the first season of Altered Carbon, which I think of as a grittier, lower budget version of Blade Runner. Until there’s a Blade Runner TV series, I’ll put up with Altered Carbon. My biggest complaint about Altered Carbon season 1 was the end – everything seemed to wrap up much too neatly, reminded me of a sitcom episode ending (oh, how convenient, we all seem to be in the same place for this melodramatic end scene.)

    The new season of Babylon Berlin was meh – not bad, but not great or near the level of the first story line.

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    • March 10, 2020, at 7:33 PM PDT
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  8. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

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    • March 10, 2020, at 7:58 PM PDT
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… Coolidge

    EJHill (View Comment):

    https://media.giphy.com/media/uTAZTQi8dX1VGa4pXT/giphy.gif

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    • March 10, 2020, at 8:12 PM PDT
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  10. WilliamDean Coolidge

    The fear isn’t that stores are going to run out of “bog roll”. It’s the fear that stores are going to run out of employees who’ll show up to open shop.

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    • March 10, 2020, at 9:26 PM PDT
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  11. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    Sad to see that the sturdy British spirit is no more. My Greatgrandmother her son, his wife and one of their children died during the Spanish flu epidemic. It left my grandmother, her father and one nephew alive over a 3 week period. We are nowhere near that level.

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    • March 11, 2020, at 10:29 AM PDT
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  12. Joe D. Lincoln

    I watched Season 1 of Altered Carbon. I liked it enough (to finish the season), but I’m not sure if I am going to watch Season 2 yet. I suppose I probably eventually will when I am looking for something to watch.

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    • March 11, 2020, at 10:35 AM PDT
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  13. milkchaser Member
    milkchaser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “And it really is killing people on a really frightening scale.”

    No. It’s not. Crazy stupid panic.

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    • March 12, 2020, at 2:37 PM PDT
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  14. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor

    Kim K. (View Comment):

    I really wish “bog roll” would catch on in the US.

    It’s certainly my vocabulary word for the day.

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    • March 13, 2020, at 5:41 AM PDT
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  15. Saint Augustine Member

    Yes, the draconian measures in mainland C. seem to have slowed transmission down to a manageable level–after letting it get out of control in the first place.

    Meanwhile, the ordered liberty model of Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea has apparently accomplished the same goal.

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    • March 15, 2020, at 11:37 PM PDT
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