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  1. 3 hours ago, Quintus said:


    Of course, gotcha. Oh well, hopefully you both have a nice Christmas then! 



    For most fear only sets in upon a positive test. The vast, vaaaaast majority of people who have had Covid-19 and got over it - without ever knowing they even had it, just felt like shit for a few days, at worst. I wonder how many of those people were stricken with fear. 


    It's quite fascinating how this whole dreaded affair has revealed two very distinct dispositions in the general population. Those who live in fear of the virus, and those who don't. 

    You need both kinds of people in a society. Evolutionary necessity. 

    You need a few explorers who fear nothing. A few more who are optimistic but cautious. And you need a lot of people who are paranoid and conservative. Explorers go first and figure out the situation and report back or die. 

  2. 1 hour ago, The Big Man said:


    Ah, big government doing what big government does best. No fucking nuance, except if you operate at the scale of big government.


    16 minutes ago, Quintus said:


    Those who continue to be pro lockdown and anyone remotely concerned about coming into contact with the disease (who are either furloughed or fiscally comfortable) literally couldn't give two fucks about small business going under and ladies like this one losing everything, just as long as they're hunky-dory and they have everything they need. Challenge these sociopaths and you're a heartless SOB. 

    Most people are domesticated by big corporations. They resent small businesses and small business owners for being free and wild.


    They don’t just not care, they enjoy it and revel in it while sipping their salary.


    That said, as a small business owner, the heart of your character needs to be extreme resourcefulness with a pirate attitude. You need to wake up every morning and figure out how to profit off of everything that comes at you.


    While it sucks for this woman and millions of others, I hope they can tap into that part of themselves and figure out how to make lemonade out of this truckload of lemons.

  3. 1 hour ago, A. A. Ron said:

    Typical conspiracy crap.

    Notice how people who are full of shit automatically jump to pathologizing? “You’re a conspiracy theorist.”


    No. Death certification is a shit show under the best of times. In the US, all that needs to happen for a death to be counted as COVID is whether COVID is entered on Part I (underlying) or Part II (contributor) on the form. With a patient with complex disease (most COVID deaths) it is difficult to properly categorize. So guess what happens...


    Early on, COVID was undercounted. We can assume now it is over counted.


    Welcome to the block list.


    Cause of Block: COVID-19

    Contributor: Brain matter being made of marshmallow

  4. 1 hour ago, Bespin said:

    "As of March 16, a total of 4,226 COVID-19 cases had been reported in the United States, with reports increasing to 500 or more cases per day beginning March 14."


    Still in March:



    “we predict there would still be in the order of 250,000 deaths in GB, and 1.1–1.2 million in the US.”


    And yesterday...


    Coronavirus updates: Global death toll climbs to 1.5 million; U.S. crosses 14 million infections

    That's coming, that's coming. 


    Experts: U.S. COVID-19 deaths could double by early 2021

    To be fair, death reporting is a bit loose these days. If you die of cancer and had to wait 10 minutes extra for your morphine, some places are calling it death by COVID.

  5. I'm taking no sides on the politics. The dumb politicians who are now blaming their citizens for their own terrible mismanagement of this whole affair come from all across the political spectrum and are spread across the ranks of every country. From the Cuomos to the Trumps to the Faucis to the Macrons. 


    These political players...


    1. Were against acute/short term lockdowns when lockdowns counted. Are now enforcing chronic lockdowns at a stage in the epidemic where control is not possible and the damage to the economy and psychological well-being of the people will be more harmful. 
    2. Flouted common sense against mask-wearing when all eyes were on them claiming masks are only effective for healthcare workers (looking at you Dr. Fauci) when in fact we've known masks are cheap and harmless solutions that should have been used from the get go. Now they're gaslighting the public for mistrust in what they say. Hurr durr. 
    3. Now that the vaccines are starting to roll out, they're undermining their credibility again by giving these pharmaceutical companies legal protection in case the shit hits the fan. What message is that sending to you and me? In 6 months they're going to come up with more new dictionary terms to pathologize us for having reasonable trepidation taking a brand new, fast-tracked vaccine where we have no legal recourse if harmed temporarily or permanently.  


    This isn't political. It's about what happens when idiots are in charge. The idiots haven't a clue what they're doing. And the public is rightfully pissed and calling them out. 


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