Friday 1 May 2020

Born to do Math 167 - Statehood by the Disease Numbers

Born to do Math 167 - Statehood by the Disease Numbers
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 1, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: There are 251 nations and territories.

Rick Rosner: You told me this yesterday. The virus has been found in more than 200 of them. The places that it has been found probably account for, at least, 97% of the population of Earth. The little dinky places where it hasn't turned up yet, probably have small populations like territories and island nations with only 2% of the population of Earth. So, it is probably everywhere.

Jacobsen: That means no prevention, only mitigation, now.

Rosner: Although, some countries have enough of a handle on it, like South Korea and Hong Kong (people look at it as separate). They've bent the curve away from exponential growth. Also, China, if you believe their numbers, used dictatorial powers. Some people were basically welded into their homes. The U.S. is the most virus-ridden nation on Earth. Through bad leadership and some technical fucking up like the Covid-19 test kits with dysfunctional test kits, and so on. People couldn't tell if someone had the virus. Through various failures, we have the most confirmed cases of any country in the world. We have the most cases probably confirmed plus unconfirmed. We are a big country. We have a lot of people. Some of the people are quarantining themselves. Others have no idea and are out there spreading it. If it gets away from India, there is some indication. Then eventually, India will be the most virus-ridden nation on Earth. 

For a while, we will be the number one shittiest country at preventing new cases of it. We already have this. So many cases per day and deaths per day. I've been surprised at how fast the social distancing and quarantining hammer came down with the restaurants and the gyms, and everything else, shutting down. You are a schmuck if you leave a lot. I didn't leave the house at all today. It is probably the way to go. It is mostly on people to manage themselves. It is not like it is martial law. You are told to stay inside. However, there are dozens of states who are stupid. Most states have a ton of people who are out there infecting people and have no idea about it. According to various statistical analyses, if you are not sheltering in place, the numbers increase more than they have to. The president talked about everyone leaving on Easter.

That everyone can attend church. Our president is an idiot and evil guy who is trying to preserve his image. He goes on T.V. and dumb people think that he is showing leadership. When Easter came around, we were looking at about 1,000 deaths a day. That's only gone up. Anyhow, everywhere there will be competent and incompetent governments. We have seen that with what has happened so far. It is a rare government that is able to stop it at the testing level. They find out everybody who has it for the most part and then shut those people down to prevent it from being spread further. But those are rare countries that had a combination of competence and the political leverage, whether good citizenship and fear in South Korea or a communist dictatorship in China. They were able to stop it at the testing level. 

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American Television Writer

(Updated July 25, 2019)

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According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America's, North America's, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main "Genius" listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the "World’s Smartest Man." The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named "Best Bouncer" in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing

(Updated January 1, 2020)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott:


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