Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gggGary, Feb 28, 2020.
A 17 year old in Louisiana died today of the virus.
My apologies for not engaging in this topic earlier but, like most Australians, I have been going through the evolutionary process of;
My motorcycle problems have gone on temporary hold due, in part, to the fact that international postal services seem to have taken a sabbatical along with most of the Australian workforce. It seems postal workers have good reason to be alarmed. As some of you may know, I teach and yesterday my College sent me home as being at unacceptable risk. I am 64 and a Type 1 diabetic so, I suppose, I can't blame them but I do have an underlying resentment of the fact that this imported illness can so rapidly and effectively impact my life.
Whilst feeling sorry for myself I came to a couple of pragmatic realisations. Firstly, I am one of the lucky ones - I have a job that will continue into the foreseeable future. I can sit at home and send educational missives to my students whilst being retained on full pay, at least until my employer goes broke. Secondly, I live in OZ. Remember, "On the Beach", with Peck, Gardner and Fred Astaire. Australia could be the last place to go down and we are not run by Mr Trump - apparently a bonus. Admittedly, our own government is making a number of controversial and relatively ineffective decisions but, in this instance, it is really a case of the blind leading the blind. Thirdly, and perhaps tragically, we are not Japanese nor Korean We did not encounter SARS. War has never darkened our doorstep. We are an immature nation who cling to our freedoms and independence even in the face of adversity. The Japanese government says, "practice social distancing", the population says, "Hai". We get told to "spread out" and we hold a BBQ and invite the neighbours. I suppose this is why we have such a high infection rate given our small population and comparatively low density. Fourthly, it has become obvious that the Chinese and Russians are so involved saving face and presenting an image of invincibility that they would rather let their populations go down the gurgler than admit culpability or incompetence. And, finally, that many of my friends and associates on this Forum are of an age to be considered prime victims of the Corona condition.
To that end, I urge you all to take care of yourselves and ensure that you are around to watch the sun rise over this dark interlude. Isolation, hygiene, social distancing. God! You don't know what you got 'til it's gone!
You take care of yourself, too, David !
I appreciate all of your deep thoughts and good wishes.
ahhh.... just realised must have been the beer and not the virus , cairns now has 12 infected ..the local economy in cairns relies heavily on tourism which has gone into virtual lock down leaving cairns as one of the most hardest hit citys in aust commercially .. one good thing will be the break and enter mob will be almost out work ....cairns had been having a crime wave (mainly kids )breaking into houses and biznesses ..life will be a lot harder for them with so many people staying home plus with the emptier streets the kids will stick out like sore thumbs to the cops .. their is a silver lining after all
David it’s good to hear from you, glad you are hanging in there, and eloquent as ever. Take care of yourself!
David! Well, who woulda thunk it! I'm glad to read ya, big fella! I kinda missed your face around here!
Thank you David T. And Amen. I just got here to this place called retired and I want to check it out for as long as I can.
I remember “On the Beach”. Something to think about isn’t it ?
Welcome back David - I love seeing that big sombrero of yours!
ps...the “gurgler ” ROTFLMAO!
Just heard the US has passed china for the virus problems...............stay safe all you guys and girls.
+ as many as I can!
Bon chance mes amis!!
the daily task force briefings are fascinating. the networks cut them off after a few minutes, so you have to watch them on the web. today birx said the observations in england aren't lining up with the models, and that's what they're going to be looking at now. it's possible it's been overblown by a factor of 10 or 100. it's possible it was hyped to pass a 1400 page multi-trillion dollar social engineering stimulus package. how many months does it take to write 1400 pages anyway...
one new normal headed our way is plexiglas shields between checkers and customers. from now on when we go to the grocery, we'll feel like we're "downtown"
With plentiful testing reopening parts of the country is becoming reasonable. Current plan is the decision will rest with states and localities with feds helping the early adaptors work out the logistics (testing, disease chain tracing). I feel keeping decision making decentralized is a winner. Going to really change the job description of governor!
For all you conspiracy-mongers out there: the more people "they" swab "for COVID-19", the more DNA data "they" get to collect and put into "the data base". When the "vaccine" comes out, and they use the pneumatic injector (like they did for the "swine flu" in the mid-'70's), who's to say the masses don't get "chipped" like a pet along with said "cure"? Our money knows where we're spending it (via the mylar strip), our phones know who we're talking to and what we're saying, they'll be able to track our movements anywhere, once we're chipped. Oh, and did you ever wonder if your TV was watching you?
xjwmx said...how many months does it take to write 1400 pages anyway... 20 minutes with 1400 congressional aids working on a page each. Question is, how long does it take for the Critters to read the 1400 pages. ( They don't)
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