Covid changes


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We've all heard about the "new normal" because of The Covid, but, what's normal now? I'd like to make this thread on changes that you might not think of because of the disease. They don't have to be permanent, just different.

I'll start with the weather. How is that different because of Covid? Sure, some may focus on less greenhouse gases and how there may be a potential change in the change because of it. I'll focus on the real change, predicting it.

Because less airplanes are flying and airplanes gather weather data to go into the predicting model, we have less weather data--giving our predictions less reliability.

Fallout from COVID-19 pandemic making weather forecasts less accurate
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I don't think we need another thread about COVID. We already have one thread where there was plenty of bashing going on. We don't need another.

How about we just talk about cannabis, concentrates, and vaporizing, OK?
And yet, people seem to fall all over Covid like it's important and changed our lives.

PPE is going to be in worldwide short supply if a disaster happens. The rains in China.
Flooding in China disrupts medical, PPE suppliers. Shippers should expect delays

Three Gorges Dam deformed but safe, say operators: Peripheral structures buckle when record flooding from western provinces puts feat of engineering to the test.
The article had the spokesperson say the dam "deformed slightly" even though it was safe. Some comments on other, like, articles indicated that reinforced concrete does not "deform" and deformed but safe is not a phrase used in structural engineering regarding it.

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Sorry, if you don't like a thread why would you post in it to say that? if the topic doesn't interest you, then you can just ignore it...

That other thread is huge and more general, and I, for one, found the specific information posted here so far pretty interesting...


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Here's a more speculative one. Unemployment compensation had an addition in the U.S. during Covid based on federal guidelines. They gave compensation to Independent Contractors who were out of work and not just to (former) employees. There's a CPA that writes to the TaxLaywer ABA mailing list that is the source of much of the Employment Development Department and Franchise Tax Board news in California to the mailing list. Basically, he's a buddy to the guys. He's not claiming it is policy, but suggests that those who put their "last employer" down as "themselves" on their unemployment compensation application might just get on a couple of lists.

The first list is because of AB5. That is a new law that codifies a state supreme court decision that really, really, favors a person being classified as an employee rather than an Independent Contractor. There is said to be IC audits planned against former employers and others using 1099s to pay based on those who claimed IC status on their applications.

The second list will check to make sure all who claimed IC status (Themselves as last employer.) appropriately filed a Schedule C. They won't know until next year when you file but, those who don't should expect at least a letter.

Both lists are based solely on California rumors. Other states and/or the feds may differ.


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I think that so far the 3 topical posts in this thread would fit in the original COVID19 thread.

We can give this thread a few days to see if it's laser-focused and clearly warrants its own thread or should be merged.

What we do not want is more divisive, politically-charged posts. Please. :peace:


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I wrote in a random thought that covid will hurt the Social Security benefits of those who turn 60 this year. That's because of how benefits are counted and this year people's average income will be less. (Not an individual person, but all of us together.) The less income means less coming into social security and Medicare too; causing their demise sooner.

Why Covid-19 Could Shrink Social Security Benefits
Social Security Will Be Insolvent Even Sooner Than Expected, Thanks to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Pandemic Reduces Social Security’s Solvency
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