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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1050 on: April 27, 2020, 01:36:34 pm »
Ben Folds follows President Taylor Swift in decided to just cancel all 2020 events.

A Word About 2020.

This is the official announcement that my touring for 2020 is now canceled and will be rescheduled at the first opportunity in 2021. That’s the important part, but if you’re interested, here’s why I’ve made that decision now:

Infectious disease specialists tell us that COVID-19 will be here for a while, swirling around the globe until it is stopped by a vaccine, and that it is astronomically unlikely that we will develop and distribute that vaccine this year. In fact, we have never before developed a successful vaccine against any coronavirus. Well. That’s all I really need to know.

Just leaving shows on the books, going with wait-and-see until the last minute is not in the best interest of ticket buyers, promoters, crew and even businesses near venues. It just adds to our endless list of uncertainties. What is needed in a time of such uncertainty, when a historic pandemic is killing people, erasing jobs, and disrupting life as we know it, is to shed as much of that uncertainty as possible, and to take stock of that which is certain.

Health and safety come first. That is certain. The well-being of my audiences – from 12-year olds whose parents cover their ears when I forget not to cuss, to couples their grandparent’s age singing three-part harmonies – is too dear to me to be put at risk. Not to mention those whose paths we might cross once the show lets out. Until this virus is in the rear view - and again we’re told this will not be in 2020 - we cannot be certain large gatherings won’t re-ignite the spread just as it’s been contained. I’m sure that some cities, states and venues might technically allow our concerts much sooner than others. But remember that the USA is a massive country. One city may experience what seems like complete recovery just as another in a neighboring state is seeing an uptick in cases. It would be irresponsible to incentivize music fans to travel from where there was a cancelled show in an infected area, to attend a show in an infection-free area.

Our federal government leaders have decided to let the states and cities fend for themselves, making decisions like these all more stressful. It’s a little like when traffic lights are out during a storm. (Nobody ever complained of the government coming between them and a car accident, did they?) Absent clear direction, we’re all left to rely on what the car ahead of us did, hoping that nobody gets run over in the process. Honestly, absent federal guidance, I took my cue from Taylor Swift who also cancelled all her touring for 2020. A decision like that takes guts, so thank you President Swift. And I’m grateful to have a booking agent, manager, and crew with broad shoulders.

Of course, this is a huge disappointment to me personally. I’ve never gone a whole year in my two decades plus as a performer without seeing you all from the stage regularly.

Here’s what I say. Let’s get through this and look forward to a time when we can begin the next phase of that long road to recovery. When we can party like it’s 2021 and not like it’s 1918. When we can sing those three-part harmonies with healthy lungs. That is when live music will be able to step in and do its part to heal and inspire. Until then, please stay safe, and remember, no matter how bad it gets, the most comforting certainty is that all this too shall pass.

Ben

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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1051 on: April 27, 2020, 01:39:26 pm »
This really should have gone in the live thread

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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1052 on: April 27, 2020, 01:48:47 pm »
This really should have gone in the live thread

Maybe in the Just Cancelled thread. The Live thread is more for the Live Streaming stuff happening.

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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1053 on: April 27, 2020, 01:56:04 pm »
It clearly needed to go in the 2024 thread as it is calling for Taylor Swift to run for the Presidency as soon as she's eligible.

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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1054 on: April 27, 2020, 04:09:34 pm »
It clearly needed to go in the 2024 thread as it is calling for Taylor Swift to run for the Presidency as soon as she's eligible.

But her emails!

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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1055 on: April 28, 2020, 01:10:05 pm »
 

we hit one million cases of COVID-19 in the US.

one million.
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1056 on: April 28, 2020, 05:31:43 pm »
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1058 on: April 29, 2020, 03:30:11 pm »
Well the first day of online school is cancelled because kids started spamming the site with porn and racist garbage and dick pics in their avatars. What a great country we live in. Instead of making the day up tomorrow (they have half their classes on Wed and half on Fri, so one 45 min session per week), they're just skipping it and starting Friday.
this is how it was framed on WTOP
Fairfax County Public Schools canceled all teacher-led instruction for the rest of the day amid widespread technical issues preventing students from accessing distance learning tools.
I liked your version better


For many in Fairfax, the first day of distance learning quickly descended into chaos.
One AP Environmental Science class group chat filled with messages such as, “F--- you, yiu smell like gay.” Users joined a German class populated with usernames including “I LOVE ADOLF HITLER” and “OVEN SURVIVOR #2.”
Adams, of the Fairfax Education Association, said she heard reports of users exposing their genitals and students forming private group chats to bully peers.
One 10th-grade teacher recounted a typical fiasco: Fifteen minutes in, someone entered his virtual classroom with a username including the n-word. The teacher removed the user, but the person kept rejoining.
The teacher tried to keep the lesson going but lost hope when the user began blaring loud music with obscene lyrics.
“It was incredibly embarrassing,” the teacher said. “As a teacher, it’s all about showing your students you have things under control.”
“If you don’t have any control,” he said, “how are you supposed to teach?”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/fairfax-schools-online-learning-blackboard/2020/04/18/3db6b19c-80b5-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html

So it looks like the students of Fairfax have decided to take on NYC tip line
De Blasio’s social distancing tip line flooded with penis photos, Hitler memes
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1059 on: April 29, 2020, 03:40:33 pm »

This is for real and at the whitehouse gift store for $100
https://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/covid-heroes.htm
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1060 on: April 29, 2020, 05:17:14 pm »
Marked down from $125  ::)

Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1061 on: April 29, 2020, 08:17:08 pm »
I just don't know what really guides these people.....
from axios
Jonathan Swan@jonathanvswan
Per source familiar, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, outside econ advisers to POTUS, sent a memo to the White House the states they believe will lead an economic recovery:

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington


is this the laughter curve?
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1062 on: April 29, 2020, 08:23:01 pm »
Dr. Laffer is on my company’s board and he’s a complete piece of shit in person the twice a year he has come here. He demands Ruth’s Chris for every lunch even if the rest of us are having something else delivered, we have to send a second person to get him one sad, massively overpriced steak.

He is also, literally, a person who has his assistant Nicholas write you an email and put “dictated but not read” after his closing salutation which is the most douchey thing imaginable.

Give me two years for the company to sell and I will amuse you all with so, so many Arthur Laffer tales.

One of the good things about COVID was it cancelled a speaking arrangement in DC/MoCo that he was going to do for us this month which I was going to have to sit through while he waxed nostalgic about Reagan in front of the olds.
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Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1063 on: April 29, 2020, 08:33:02 pm »
Dr. Laffer is on my company’s board and he’s a complete piece of shit in person the twice a year he has come here. He demands Ruth’s Chris for every lunch even if the rest of us are having something else delivered, we have to send a second person to get him one sad, massively overpriced steak.

He is also, literally, a person who has his assistant Nicholas write you an email and put “dictated but not read” after his closing salutation which is the most douchey thing imaginable.

Give me two years for the company to sell and I will amuse you all with so, so many Arthur Laffer tales.

One of the good things about COVID was it cancelled a speaking arrangement in DC/MoCo that he was going to do for us this month which I was going to have to sit through while he waxed nostalgic about Reagan in front of the olds.

Shit, I hope he doesn't read this message board.

Re: COVID-19 2020
« Reply #1064 on: April 29, 2020, 08:53:29 pm »
Shit, I hope he doesn't read this message board.
Zero risk

Although...we need to track down his assistant Nicholas as he might still be “dictating”
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