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Re: “Vermont Health Officials: We're Prepared for the Coronavirus

John, you're right, I was off by an order of magnitude, thank you.

China definitely has over a billion people, but the outbreak is still centered in Wuhan, which accounts for 68k of the current 80k confirmed cases in mainland China. With a population of 11m, though, that 68k is 0.6%, not the 6% I thought I was looking at last night. So, 310 people -- a real test, but not a tsunami. (Which, I suppose, is why VDH sent out that advisory yesterday about re-scheduling elective surgeries.) Thanks again -- and let's hope the real numbers are nowhere close to ten times higher.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 03/06/2020 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Vermont Health Officials: We're Prepared for the Coronavirus

Vermont has ~1500 available hospital beds. If 5% of Vermont were to get infected over the next two months, that's ~31,000 people. Let's assume 20% of those being acute cases is a high estimate and it's more like 10% -- so, ~3,100 people. That's still going to be twice Vermont's available capacity.

Public health communication is all about reassuring people, but we could do with a bit more honesty.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 03/05/2020 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Charles Murray Scheduled to Speak — Again — at Middlebury College

Things have gotten much more calm and reasonable since then; this should go fine.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 01/22/2020 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Welcome to 2020

"How is it possible that only approximately 53 people age 39 and under responded to this survey?"

My guess is that's because most people involved in the local music scene lose money doing it, rather than making any income.

Factor in how expensive it is to build even a mediocre recording studio....

Posted by Justin Boland on 01/08/2020 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief Resigns After Twitter Trolling Scandal

"Mayor Weinberger is ultimately responsible for del Pozo’s job performance and needs to answer as to whether he was aware of the Chief lying to the media last summer."

Do the progs boycott Seven Days or something? This question was answered definitively in the very first article covering the story. Miro knew since July 28th.

"On July 28, del Pozo went to Weinberger’s home to admit to his boss that he’d created and run the account, both men said. Weinberger placed the chief on paid administrative leave, stripped del Pozo of his gun, badge and cellphone, and ordered him to stay off social media. "

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Posted by Justin Boland on 12/16/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Burlington Warns Campers to Stay Away From Site at City Hall

It is amazing that complaints on *a phone app* were the decisive enforcement factor here, not the actual existence of the problem, downtown, directly adjacent to City Hall, staring Chittenden leadership in the face every day.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 11/15/2019 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Low Ridership, Legal Woes and Broken Fare Boxes Bedevil Green Mountain Transit

Public transportation should not be free, because it is incredibly expensive. It has to be a viable business if it is going to last, otherwise your good intentions leave people with no transportation. Which is probably coming. Subsidize poor riders, but don't turn down fare income for moral reasons.

Hate to say it, but they should probably charge more realistic fares, especially considering every vehicle in the fleet that gets sent up & down Route 2 is going to die that same year.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 10/10/2019 at 10:39 AM

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