The physical bars and restaurants and being ordered to close in many places but the Three Martini Lunch remains open. Come in and join us! Today, Jim and Greg react to the CDC urging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks and mayor and governors forcing bars and restaurants to close. They also discuss the awkwardness of the Biden-Sanders debate in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and highlight how Bernie Sanders and other Democrats have pushed Biden into extreme liberal positions on energy, immigration, guns, abortion and more. And they discuss the stunning political fall of Andrew Gillum, who came less than a percentage point from becoming Florida’s governor in 2018.

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  1. Seawriter Contributor

    Well, at least Biden rallies will be able to continue. They rarely make the 50 people attendance limit anyway.

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    • March 16, 2020, at 4:55 PM PDT
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  2. Michael Shaw Thatcher
    Michael Shaw Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    In 1968 the U.S. population was approximately 200,000,000 when the “Hong Kong Flu” struck causing about 100,000 excess deaths that year. Today COVID-19 would have to kill about 170,000 US residents, relatively speaking, to equal that grim toll. So far less than 100 people in the U.S.A. have died. I remember being infected with it at sixteen years of age and being sicker than ever before or since. However I do not remember borders closing, public venues shuttered, panic buying or stock markets crashing. While I appreciate the efforts of public and private officials to contain this “Boomer Doomer” plague (all the dead are 50+) we must keep things in perspective.

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    • March 16, 2020, at 6:17 PM PDT
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  3. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I don’t understand why we’re going to such extremes. Let us self-quarantine and keep our distance and definitely expect people with symptoms to stay home. But let life proceed as usual with understood precautions in place. We should prepare for and focus our resources on tending to those who get sick, not on trying to completely stop the spread of the virus. Even if these shutdown measures succeed (which I hope they will), this virus could come back, right? In which case won’t we be just as vulnerable to it then we are now? I’m probably missing something, but it strikes me that a large majority of people getting a flu like this and then getting over it is a major aspect of building resistance, and I can’t help but worry that shutting ourselves up will make us more vulnerable over time. (BTW, I’m 66 and retired, spend most of my time at home, and am a recent cancer survivor. Demographics aren’t destiny, perhaps, but they sure are important.)

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    • March 16, 2020, at 10:10 PM PDT
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