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Millennial city councilor pleads with her cohort not to be morons - and calls on government to help small businesses survive without letting millennials be morons

Update: Seems all the bars closed early for the night. See the comments for more.

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) was a bit aghast when she saw this photo from South Boston today on the eve of its cancelled parade:

Wu writes:

Small businesses need govt help so they don’t have to choose between facilitating COVID19 spread or going bankrupt.

To my fellow millennials/Gen Z, I know we feel safer bc data shows seniors are most vulnerable, but averages mask the risk and it’s on us to protect all our loved ones

In declaring a national emergency, the president said the Small Business Administration would be loaning money to companies in areas hit hard by Covid-19, but he also said Google is building a national site to register for testing, so who knows what will really happen.

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The Federal Government has been beaten down, stripped of it's riches, and is beholden to a madman. And unless he finds a way to personally profit from it, we're not seeing a dime from D.C.

When we make it through this, and we will, the 25th Amendment must be invoked to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.

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Did you hibernate between mid-December and February? Been there, done that, nothing happened, because the guy from Kentucky (net recipient of federal funds) wouldn't let it happen.

As for us not seeing a dime from DC, it's our money. Maybe Massachusetts (net payer of federal funds) should stop paying into a country that's giving us such little bang for our buck.

Oh, and Michelle? Small business doesn't need the kind of help you wish to offer it. You're clearly illiterate when it comes to reading incentives, as made evident by your AirBnb nonsense. Just cut the ribbons and leave us alone.

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Tweet doesn't say how small businesses should be supported by the gov't but you already know that it's a bad idea. Classic libertarian 'thinking'. Good luck pulling yourself up by your bootstraps with your home made vaccine in the coming weeks.

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Not a fan of the Donald myself but I don't know how you think This = impeachment.

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It's tempting to think this outbreak isn't serious (or isn't serious yet) or that younger adults will be fine. But if you read the stories of those who have had the virus you start becoming more concerned. Plenty of 20-somethings have died or had a horrible 2-3 weeks of recovery.

It takes 5-10 days on average for symptoms to become apparent and you can start spreading the virus before the symptoms manifest themselves. So if a single person in the bar is infected, many more won't know they caught it for another week. (Because of course the infected person is going to slobber over everyone as they yell talking to their friends.)

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What do you mean by "plenty of 20-somethings have died"? I'm not a deep data-miner by any stretch, but am trying to keep mostly informed -- do you have numbers or stats that reflect that? That contradicts the last few reports I've seen about fatality rates and totals -- but then again, I'm just a general media consumer.

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"Plenty"
"20-something"
"2-3"

He has numbers. Plenty of them. Very specific.
Probably heard them from some guy over there. Or maybe it was that other guy.

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This afternoon I went out to walk the dog. Very few cars, maybe a few more people strolling than usual, but really quiet overall. Until I heard some loud music, and spied a deck full of twenty-somethings, all wearing green and holding red cups. They should play drinking games via Skype instead.

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Voluntarily? We don't know yet.

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People need to take this seriously.

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I sincerely hope the BPD shut them down but not before yelling at all these selfish fucks from a mega phone.

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and I don't mean deserted bars. It's kind of creepy somebody goes out at 11:30 to take pictures of the bar scene.

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These businesses are not hurting by any means. They make more money in 2 days than Stop and Shop makes in a week. So stop with the Bernie Socialism and the false idea that bars need to be subsidized.

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Sounds like someone who has never had to budget for a small business (or maybe at all?)

While bars should probably be restricted, it’s not like they sit on piles of cash that can just go days on end with no revenue and downsides.

They’ve still got bills off all kinds to pay (like usually premium rent). Losing days or weeks of business is going to definitely hurt people all over top to bottom working at them.

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I can't imagine what will be in the grifter-in-chief's next pronouncement, but I'm becoming convinced that the Space Force will play an important role.

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I probably share the poster's general feelings about the current administration in Washington, but this isn't really the place to discuss how the president's brain got the way it is.

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I was driving on Mass Ave today and went past Dorchester Brewing Company. Long line on the sidewalk.
I'm hoping that meant that they were restricting the inside to <250 people, but I'm not sure if that makes any difference if it's 250 inside and 125 outside trickling in as others leave.

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And no difference from 250 people packed inside an Orange or Red Line car during rush hour. (Fine, it might be closer to 150, but 250 wasn't a very scientific number to begin with...)

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Yeah. When I thought about it a little more...

Even if hanging out with 249 other people in relatively close quarters bar-restaurant is okay....
Even if they only let in more as people leave, one-for-one...

The first person to leave is best off. He or she has only been with 249 people. The next person to leave has been with 250 people - the 249 they started with plus the next person to come in. The next person to leave has been with 251 people, and so on...
#125 to leave will have been with 375 people.

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Most small business lives hand to mouth. They don't needs loans but will need a bail out. There are some (known to this person) that are trying to weather this by keeping their staff on payroll at minimums but that will not continue much longer when there is no matching income. Many will soon be on unemployment transferring the burden to the tax payer anyway.

This will play out similar to the Blizzard of 2015 if not worse.

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Michelle Wu needs to stop with the pandering. If she was mayor same nonsense would of happened. I feel for the bar workers but not the owners . Broadway Group , Cronin Group, Arcari etc are major developers and buddies of the Mayor. No way they will hurt . There is no way Marty didn’t think it wasn’t going to happen He is from up the road in Salvin Hill . Every Sunday there are lines out the door at these places in the afternoon . Local kids from suburbs and city are back home from college on top of the processionals . There going to Southie , fanuiel , Fenway to party. He let them make their big bucks on Friday and he got some heat when the pictures became national news . I know a bunch of firemen off duty who got called in Friday and city still wouldn’t shut them down . Till news hit Tuesday . Olympics , Grand Prix , Corona. Come on Marty !

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A medical site run by Google. Yeah I'm certainly going to put my name and sensitive medical information into that site.

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