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  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    I think the war on science, facts, and media has gone on longer than that but has grown exponentially in the last four years.  And yeah, it does cross political lines.  There's a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there and the American public seems to have neither the will nor the ability to be discerning.
  • Protests Across the America

    Alkaid13 said:
    As far as Trump remaining President I think the simplest answer is by hook and by crook he’d just cheat to win the election November exactly like he didn’t in 2016. He’s already trying to make it as hard as possible for people to vote against him and has all but admitted he’d accept foreign help to win again. It’s just way easier to win by manipulating the regular Democratic method of staying in office rather than inventing some brand new way to either cancel the election or refuse to accept its results.  The alternative would require Trump to mobilize an actual military coup and admit that he knows he couldn’t win the election. Hard to imagine that violent insurrection and interventions by our allies wouldn’t take place if Trump literally tried a literal coup. It’s what Russia and China do, they just hold sham elections in which they rig the result in their favor.
    I hate to be alarmist, and I want to say I support the protestor's cause, though I am concerned about the methods, but I think this is already an insurrection, or at least is being dealt with as such, and is likely to grow out of control.  It's been less than a week and the military is in major metro areas squaring off with citizens.  Several police were targeted by vehicles and improvised explosives were going off in major cities, on a Monday night. This is different than protests before.  I think people are done protesting and the feds are happy to antagonize a fight, in mostly Democratic cities, I should add.  Is anybody else really fucking worried right now?
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    JaimieT said:
    Warning: radical thoughts I'm having about a radical time

    When this started, and all the jokes about how introverts already practice social distancing were flying around, I thought it was so optimistic. Even as an introvert, I get a ton of my mojo from being out in society. I just don't like talking to people all the time; but I enjoy the vibes. How long can we go on fighting people over grocery shelves, told to stay in our apartments, not being allowed to travel, to vacation, limited in the release exercise can give us, and now people can't hang out in bars and socialize? How long before we're organizing secret hangouts? Why are we waking up, living shitty lives, and going to bed, indefinitely?

    Some extroverts are defying this bullshit? Good for them. I always thought humanity should go to its death without compromising on what makes us feel alive. 

    We're a social species who need socialization like we need air, and if it means some older people can't get air a few months from now, well, that's not how the human brain reasons. I'm not sure why it should change now.
    I really don't agree with this sentiment, and I think it's unfortunately very representative of how too many people in America are thinking right now.  I'm reading a lot of news from Europe right now about the measures those countries are starting to take, the shortages they are experiencing across all areas of society, from groceries to medical supplies to hospital beds, and the way that their citizens are kind of coming together to recognize the need to assume some personal hardship at this time.  

    Americans won't fucking do that.  We won't be singing patriotic songs together from our balconies or joining together in applause across our cities from our separate homes, thanking our public health professionals.

    No, we will be cussing out doctors and nurses who tell us we can't get an appointment for our latest hypochondriac panic, hoarding supplies like gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer that should be reserved for hospitals, bitching and defying it outright if our cities try to impose any kind of quarantine, and killing each other for toilet paper a week from now instead of just washing our asses.  Whereas most countries around the world will mitigate the damage from this virus through some sense of collective responsibility, America, at best, will be dealing with the fallout of this for much longer, if we don't outright devolve into complete lawless individualism.  

    I really don't think that cutting back on our "socialization" for a few weeks or maybe months is as important to us as "air," and the thought of elderly people dying as they struggle for breath in their homes because they can't get a hospital bed, much less a ventilator, isn't something that I think should be so easily dismissed.  But I know it will be, even when it's not just "some older people" that are dying from this, because this is America, and our right to not have our social lives interrupted far outweighs any sense of civic duty we feel these days.
  • What are you binging right now?

    @cdrive that's a brilliant idea and, while I'm nowhere near as professional about it, I've got my own coronavirus social distancing binge list of shows I definitely want to run through, probably in this order:

    - Runaways on Disneyplus (all 3 seasons)
    - Lost in Space on Netflix (season 2)
    - Expanse on Amazon (season 4)
    - New Pope on HBO (season 2)
    - Legion on Hulu (seasons 1-3?!? didn't know there was 3)
    - Glow on Netflix (season 3)
    - The Deuce on HBO (season 3?!? missed this too?)
    - Big Little Lies on HBO (season 2)

    Damn, it's really crazy scrolling through these apps how many other good shows I'm overlooking or merely interested in checking out.  Three weeks in self-quarantine isn't even enough time.
  • Locke and Key - Netflix

    Hell, yes, I'm bumping my dead topic! Why? Because I just watched episode two, that's why!  I mean what I say, and when I said I was stretching this out, I meant I'm gonna watch one episode a month, lol.  Really let it sink in because I know I might not get anymore.

    I love this show to death, and if nobody else liked it and it existed only for me, I'd be totally cool with that.  (Unless it's not renewed, and I don't think it has been yet.  Shit.  All my fault for not binging it.  Where's Bezos to the rescue when I need him?!?)

    Anyway, episode 2.  Generally speaking, I'm really on-board for most of the divergences from the source material. It feels almost like an elseworlds story in that universe, and that's cool because, frankly, even a shot-for-panel adaptation wouldn't compare.  Having Tyler and Kinsey interact with a wider circle of friends (including some new characters that I already kind of like) feels a bit more realistic, and I can go for the occasional teen drama, so I don't mind more of an emphasis on that.  I refuse to believe this is CW-level dialog and cinematography.   If it is I'd watch the CW, I guess.  That scene where Kinsey has the onset of PTSD during the Lobster-slasher movie was really well-done on all counts, IMO.

    That said, expanding their social interactions does take a bit away from the claustrophobic feeling of the comic, and the menace of having them all gravitate toward a certain "friend" whose intentions the reader knows to be anything but.  In that same vein, the show isn't nearly as scary as the comic, or as graphic (pun).  Stuff like having Echo free from the well so soon and toning down Rendell's murder I'm kind of on the fence with thus far (although the latter I wouldn't really want to argue against).  Remains to be seen if removing some of these elements from the story ultimately minimizes the tension and emotional reaction that the story invokes. 

    I’m gonna put a link here that actually lets you read a whole issue of the comic which pays homage to Calvin and Hobbes while still being pretty damn scary and unexpectedly emotional.  If you’ve got a few minutes, check it out. It’s later in the story and a bit spoilery but stands alone even if you don’t give a shit about the story. If this artwork doesn’t entice you to read the comic, nothing will.  Gabriel Rodriguez was an absolute beast on this series.