Overnight Underground News 02-13-2020

Coronavirus death rates soar, interest rates fall. The Senate clips Trump’s war-wings. Celebrity political endorsements are worthless. Utah labels porn. Deadly dumpster diving and the healthiest city in the US.

This is the Overnight Underground. Here’s the top stories today on the Underground: Coronavirus death rates soar, interest rates fall. The Senate clips Trump’s war-wings. Celebrity political endorsements are worthless. Utah labels porn. Deadly dumpster diving and the healthiest city in the US. 

Well here’s a news item that’s continuing to go viral. Either coronavirus will infect nearly two thirds of the world’s population or it’s going to peter out in a month or so. Take your pick. The New York Post consulted two experts, one who thinks we are all doomed and the other who thinks the whole thing will fizzle out by April. The way these experts agree on the outcomes of their science, are you sure they’re not climate scientists?

Expert warns coronavirus could infect 60% of world’s population

The coronavirus epidemic could grip about two-thirds of the world’s population if the deadly bug is not controlled, a top public health official said — as another expert predicted that cases in China could peak this month and fade away by April.

One piece of good news regarding coronavirus, CNBC reports that a mortgage refinance boom is continuing as coronavirus keeps interest rates low. If you’re going to refi, do it before the panic stops, cause it looks like once people stop dying from the virus, the interest rates will probably rise as the death toll drops. Unfortunately, the death toll skyrocketed in China in the last 24 hours, with more than 250 coronavirus deaths and over fifteen thousand new cases in one day.

For some crazy reason, it seems that no one is interested in going on cruises anymore. Gee you think it might be for the fact that you might just end up a prisoner in a cabin the size of your bathroom surrounded by people infected with the latest version of the plague? NPR is reporting that according to cruise ship industry professionals, bookings are down about forty percent in the industry. Maybe rebranding might help, something like…  Pathogen of the Seas, Carnival Parasite, Bacterium Britannia, HMS MIcrobe or maybe Princess Plague. 

Coronavirus Casts A Pall Over Cruise Industry At Height Of Booking Season

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has become a symbol of a global health nightmare. To date, 175 cases of the coronavirus – the infectious disease the World Health Organization is now calling COVID-19 – have been confirmed aboard the ship.

The Senate passed the war powers act, by a bi-partisan vote of fifty one to forty five. The passing of the bill will limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran, or Lichtenstein for that matter, without approval from Congress. Eight Republicans including Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Susan Collins voted in favor of the resolution. But come on, who’s kidding who? It’s just another law for Trump to ignore. 

Senate Passes War Powers Measure

Politics Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to advance a War Powers resolution which would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress. The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans included Utah Sen.

We now have proof that celebrity political endorsements are a complete waste. That’s the scoop from Morning Consult, who polled over two thousand honest to god ‘mericans, and just under ninety percent of them said that a celeb endorsement wouldn’t change their mind on a candidate. One interesting take away is that the younger you are, the more likely you are to be influenced by a celebrity endorsement. Proving that today’s digerati chowderhead ankle-biters  are just as gullible as any other generation in the history of the world. But the celebrity influence is still as small as most of their IQ’s. Gen Z with only a 19 percent positive influence factor, Millenials are at sixteen percent, Gen X twelve percent and Boomers, well they really don’t give a shit, with only five percent saying a celeb endorsement would change their minds. So, listen up Hollywood. No one cares about your self inflated political opinions. All of you, right, left and in between, just go back to making movies and music and bite your lip the next time you’re inclined to inflict us with your vapid political pontifications. Because no one cares. Just be happy you have a career where you get paid more shekels than you really deserve for very little actual work. 

Nearly 9 in 10 People Said No Celebrity Endorsement Would Sway Their Vote

A Jan. 30-Feb. 1 survey of 2,200 U.S. adults found that over half (56 percent) of adults said they would be less likely to be a fan of a celebrity if he or she hosted a fundraiser for a candidate they did not support, up 6 percentage points from a July 2019 poll.

Hey, two days in a row with stories out of Utah here on the Overnight Underground. The Utah House committee has voted in favor of a porn labeling bill. Will they be scratch and sniff labels or just plain old sticky labels, only time will tell. The bill will require labels for pornographic material and if a warning label isn’t used, unlabeled porn, which is a no no,  will be liable for a twenty five hundred dollar fine. I wonder if they have to wear that special Mormon underwear in Utah porn?

You know how scuba divers shouldn’t dive alone, always dive with a dive buddy? Yea, it looks like that should be the case for dumpster diving too. The body of a 30-year-old woman who disappeared after a dumpster diving excursion has been found in the Greensboro, North Carolina landfill. According to the Burlington police department, Stephanie Cox had been trying to score dumpster treasure just after midnight and, well, didn’t make it out before the dumpster was emptied just before 2am. Dumpster diving, it seems,  has been picking up in popularity lately with what’s called the “Freegan” movement. Freegan’s compost food, dumpster dive and save money on expenses by living off the land as much as possible. One thing is for sure, this Greensboro Freegan sure reduced her carbon footprint in a hurry.  

Despite having streets littered with (sfx), San Francisco has been ranked as the healthiest city in the nation by WalletHub. Not the Department of Health, The Mayo Clinic or even your local podiatrist for god’s sake, WalletHub. Speaking of brown stuff (sfx), at the bottom of the list is Brownsville (sfx) Texas in 174th place, the worst place in America to hang your hat. Leaving San Fran, as a great place to hang your butt (sfx). This story was only included in today’s Overnight Underground so we could play the (sfx) sound effect. (sfx)

Wallethub Survey: San Francisco The Healthiest City In America

While the conditions of its street has drawn criticism, a new survey has found that San Francisco is actually the healthiest city in the United States when it comes to access to quality health care, parks to relax in, nutritional food to eat and the desire to stay fit.

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