Fascinating article, Rob Roy. Our penurious lives are like Life Insurance. We are worth more when we are dead than alive by trillions. Too bad we have to be dead to collect our economic value while alive. Since we are in danger of "losing it" to SARS-COV2 in America, I guess our VSL have appreciated more since March. It's ironic that our lives gain worth & value and we can’t touch the Dept of Transportations account of us.

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Something that really irks me is the people who make money over people's lives not realizing where their wealth comes from. Value comes from the sweats and backs of people who do dangerous jobs like essential workers, not CEOs of Amazon or Google or those with no callouses on their hands & feet.

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The impact the pandemic globally & economically will be terrible. The impact COVID-19 has on the dis-U.S. economy will be knee-capping. There is no way we are better off than a year ago according to NASDAQ or the S&P 500. I think they are salivating over the trillions they can collect when Americans die in the coming Winter.

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Our lives as people who live below the poverty level are nearly bankrupt. Our lives when dead feeds into the trillion-dollar dis-U.S. debt.

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Let's stop looking at the deaths avoided and start looking at the VSL saved. There is no color, gender, or age with numbers. It's cold hard stats.

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I wonder what the VSL of an indentured servant was in 1776. I wonder if it was less than an emancipated black girl in 1880. I wonder how much a transgendered person is worth versus an evangelical Republican nowadays. It's up & up as our VSL will become more susceptible to pandemics, catastrophes and our posthumous values rise in value toward the stairway to Heaven.

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Curious and curious-er down the infected rabbit hole. At least even the poorest American is worth more than the 6 Million Dollar Man in the 70’s even accounting for inflation and even more bc of SARS-COV-2.