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46 minutes ago, Old Man said:

US: 32000 new cases, 1000 new deaths today.  I thought next week was going to be the bad week but we might already be here.

We are starting to see some effectiveness regionally in California of social distancing and slowing of case progression. That'll make it last longer, of course, but is desirable. 

 

We are projecting 4/24 as peak last I heard. They're refining models, but next week seems soon to me. 

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Today's report (no; not a regular feature, but there have been some developments locally)

 

Governor signed a "shelter at home" order last night.  I have been damned curious about this cumbersome name since it first popped up with California's order, so I've done some reading into it.  No; I can't give you sources, as I was just reading for me, but feel free to chase that rabbit if you feel like it.  For what it's worth, evidently there are some legality questions about enforcing "quarantine" in the US, particularly if it's being enforced on not-sick people.  Details a bit sketchy, but hey-- it was like eleven at night, and I'd already worked fifteen hours plus a bit that day; I wasn't at my mental best.   :(

 

 

Our mayor died a couple days ago-- Corona.  Four others have died (I knew one of them) of Corona as well this week, including a teenager with no serious health issues (outside of Corona, I mean).

 

I know this sounds really minor to most of you, but do a quick google for population information on Toombs County, Ga, to really appreciate the impact.  I have heard there are a few others, but I don't know for certain.

 

Today was the first day of "Stay your ass at home!"  Because the keepers of my second job have gone to a great deal of trouble to find a loophole that qualifies us as essential, we were up and running.   While I have often expected it, it seems clear to me that at _least_ ninety-eight percent of all human beings have exactly four brain cells composing the entirety of their grey matter.  I wish I could begin to tell you just how many people came drifting into the supply house (building materials and farm and garden) _just to browse_.  Like with their entire stinking _families.  I lost count of the number of times I heard people hooting and cheering and using the term "Corona-cation."  I was flat stunned by the people just ---

 

oh.  Yes.  Let me explain:  My second job knows I was exposed; I told _everyone_ that looked like they might walk my way, from the moment I was exposed.  Today I was sequestered into an office catching up paperwork, organizing deliveries, fielding calls, and playing LPS, which means closely monitoring security cameras.  Our new system has sound.  Yep;  I was shocked when they went for it, but I have to be honest, it has made a lot of "iffy" cases into slam-dunks when you can actually hear the thief post a look-out or hear them discussing what they were targeting or what they had just nabbed and where they secured it.   :lol:  

 

I can say, with fear of under-reporting, that easily 3/4 of the people drifting into the supply house today were just shopping, picking up whatever, and talking about how great "all this extra time off" was going to be.  I heard people talking about who they had already been to Sprawl Mart, the boat store, the grocery store, and were headed to the river to join up with so-and-so and grill out and swim.   Dear God, I _wish_ I was making this up.

 

I watched a guy walk around the store, coughing.  I radioed a co-worker, but about the time, he came up to the counter, blew his noise, placed the wadded snot rag into his right hand, talked a bit with the salesperson, then leaned onto the counter-- with his RIGHT HAND-- the hand which _still held the snot rag_ that was now being pressed and squeezed onto the counter....  And I got to hear him get all kinds of ticked when he was ejected  "I ain't got no damned virus!  I got sinus!  It's just damned sinus!"   Dude, I don't care if it's because the shunt in your skull is failing and pumping fluid up through your tonsils, virus or not, that's just inhumanly disgusting, and I can't believe you think it's okay to go out in public in _any_ atmosphere and be that unbelievably filthy!

 

Four broken water lines.

One burned-out power panel.

Two repair parts for a stove.

Eight different drain line repairs.

Parts for an automated feeder.

an electrical outlet.

Two light switches.

One range hood.

Fifty-two fence rails.

Six gallons of teat cleaner (city people: this is a real thing; stop laughing).

Repair parts for six different deep wells.

Repair parts for one shallow well.

 

That was the sum total of what I believe to have been "essential" sales today.

 

We did a record-setting amount of business.  I mean seriously:  That location has been open since 1974, and has never had a single day that brought in the amount of business we experienced today.  Everyone was just "oh, I've got this thing I've been wanting to do and now that we've got all this free time coming up-- Corona-cation!  Whoo-hoo!"

 

Most disgustingly was the guy who got out of the car with a mask on (yeah; a few people had masks; most didn't), came in and browsed every single business on the strip, dragging his wife along.  His wife had no mask.  When he came into our place, he clearly was just browsing.  Dragging his wife around.  During conversation (everyone wanted to stop and yak, in spite of the fact that there were only four of us:  we were prepared for people leaving the house only for ESSENTIAL REASONS!  Updating the decorative chains on the potted ferns hanging from your porch rails doesn't seem-- at least to me-- to be especially ESSENTIAL, you damned MORON!  I absolutely _guarantee_ the new tiki torches and fifty pounds of charcoal are _not_ something you should have any use for in the next two weeks!  So we are swamped, and everyone seems to be partying.  The police were called on us when we started limiting the number of people in the building at any time, because they wanted to clump-up into thirty-person coffee clutches and discuss life, the class reunion, and who was getting married and who was going, all right in front of the poor kid manning the register-- quite possibly the first time in the southern US you couldn't get six _inches_ of personal space, let alone six feet.

 

Cops showed up, called them all idiots, and told them we had the right to flat not let any of them in.  I wish we'd followed through on that.  Still, there really _were_ people having emergencies, and I am glad that we were available for them  For what it's worth, there are no emergencies that involved custom-mixing pastel paints for your foyer; there just aren't.

 

So the upshot is that ninety-eight percent of people don't know the difference between an executive order to "not go to work" and one that says "STAY HOME, YOU IGNORANT DICK WAFFLE!"  

 

Already too long, and I sincerely sorry for that.  Short version:  Morons being told to stay home have raised the number of vectors in play at least ten fold.  We were much, much safer when they were trapped at work for at least nine hours a day.  Now they are circling around, contacting as many other people as they possibly can, to make sure Corona becomes as evenly-distributed as possible, as rapidly as possible, and while I sincerely believe there will be an Armageddon and a Day of Reckoning, I am beginning to think He will have to raise every last one of us from the dead so that we may die in the cataclysm, because the entire freakin' country is going to die of ACUTE STUPIDITY long before the Anti-Christ rises to power.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Coronacations, I can't complain since I am fortunate to still have a job (at full pay, so far)... but work is even busier since the cybercriminals smell blood in the water, plus I am having to homeschool my kids... so I confess I am jealous of these coronacation bozos, in a way.

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I feel emotionally better today.

 

Because...I just checked the news about 20 minutes ago, for the first and only time today.

 

Told myself...don't do it.  And didn't.  Checking once in the evening to see if there's any updates I really *do* need to see...fine.  But spending multiple hours.....so not fine.  

 

I am gonna *try* to maintain this for a while, so won't be posting much.  But, I hope, sleeping better.

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I've gotten in the habit of scanning the news headlines and lead stories on the Internet in the morning and/or evening. If a story looks like more of the same covid news I may glance at it, or bypass it altogether. If it's another subject, or a least looks like a different perspective on the pandemic, I'll probably check it out.

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13 minutes ago, Lord Liaden said:

I've gotten in the habit of scanning the news headlines and lead stories on the Internet in the morning and/or evening. If a story looks like more of the same covid news I may glance at it, or bypass it altogether. If it's another subject, or a least looks like a different perspective on the pandemic, I'll probably check it out.

 

Havent watch TV news in weeks. When it became obvious they were getting off on the fear and chaos.  Being a journalist nowadays means just wanting to see the world burn.  

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32 minutes ago, Ragitsu said:

We could always get a play-by-post game going?

 

I've never done a play by email or play by post game, either as a game master or a player. But I think I'd be interested, if someone were willing to run it and explain to a clueless old newbie how things work.

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3 hours ago, Badger said:

 

Havent watch TV news in weeks. When it became obvious they were getting off on the fear and chaos.  Being a journalist nowadays means just wanting to see the world burn.  

 

But only if they can blame Republicans and/or Trump.

 

I haven't watched television news or read a newspaper in decades (9/11 aside), and I'm happier for it. I can get any news I really need on the radio or the internet.

 

I've been out of my house twice this week. Once to the grocery store for needed foodstuffs, and today to buy lunch from the Popeye's drive-thru before doing my laundry in an empty laundromat. Otherwise, I work from home M-F during the day and spend my evenings reading or watching tv or working on games. My girlfriend continues to work with COVID patients, so even when she's not working she can't visit. That sucks. Otherwise, I don't mind being alone most of the time.

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10 hours ago, Pariah said:

 

I've never done a play by email or play by post game, either as a game master or a player. But I think I'd be interested, if someone were willing to run it and explain to a clueless old newbie how things work.

 

Sometime in the near future, I may expand on this potential game over in the "General Roleplaying" forum.

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Forty-one-and-a-half.

 

that's the number of hours worth of pay Jeff Bezos would have to surrender if he wanted to give each and every Amazon employee one million dollars.  Fewer hours than most Americans work in one week.  Less than half the hours I work in one week.

 

Instead, he wants you to make donations to help them get paid while they are laid off during this crisis.  I guess Socialism in this case is okay, if the money only comes from the poor.  Hell, I bet if we took a little bit of money from everyone and pooled it together, we could beat socialism completely!

 

And then he pulls crap like this:

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dm8bx/leaked-amazon-memo-details-plan-to-smear-fired-warehouse-organizer-hes-not-smart-or-articulate

 

That is not even close to the first time Amazon has done this; it is merely the most recent.

 

I am deeply Conservative.  I also fully support a fifty percent tax on millionaires and a seventy-five percent tax on billionaires.  That alone would make not going to the doctor because you can't afford it a thing of the past.  What's the matter?  Half of your million not enough to live on?  Then why is it sufficient for the rest of us to live on and still worry about going to the doctor?  A fourth of your billions not enough to live on?  Do you eat exclusively diamonds? 

 

People are dying, you schmuck.

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1 hour ago, Duke Bushido said:

Forty-one-and-a-half.

 

that's the number of hours worth of pay Jeff Bezos would have to surrender if he wanted to give each and every Amazon employee one million dollars.  Fewer hours than most Americans work in one week.  Less than half the hours I work in one week.

 

Duke, I am completely with you on the sentiments, so this is just number stuff.

 

To give all 800,000 employees $1m, he would need $800 billion dollars.

 

My googling reckons he earns $150k a minute rather than $32m.

 

However, if you are right, it would still be 17 days rather than 41.5 hours. (800,000 divided by 32). If I am right then it is just over 10 years.

 

Either way, even using my numbers Jeff could forego his whole salary for three months (I don't think he would miss it) and give each employee $24.5k.  I think that might tide folk over coronavirus time...

 

Doc

 

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i can't rep anymore today; i owe you, Scott, and Chris.

 

i based that number on something i had read in a magazine a few weeks ogo that broke his current personal wealth and the value of Amazon across the time from the rebounding of Amazon after the dot Bomb of the nineties to the time of the writing, and broke it across a thirty hour work week (European author, I guess?)  Anyway, the number they arrived at was 32 point-somethig million per minute of his "Workday."

 

 

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It is always tragic when the young are reared during a period of distress (especially for an extended time); what we consider irregular or even despairing is normal to them. To see so markedly different an attitude in one that has yet to experience the wider world is just...

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I saw a clip of a reporter asking why they don't shut down grocery stores, gas stations, all of it to slow the spread of the virus.

Maybe so people don't all starve to death!?  How is that a real question??

 

When I went to get supplies today the cashier was behind a plastic veil with only a tiny hole for the credit card reader and to pass cash through.

I'm waiting for young Mel Gibson to save me from a gang of cannibals.

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