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  • Protests Across the America

    Just sheer insanity today. I've never seen anything like it.
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Glad you and your brother are OK @Noel. We had a bit of a scare in my family this week too - my sister is a dietician and works in a hospital in NE Indiana. She doesn't deal directly with many patients, but they have so many COVID patients there now that they're diverting them to other hospitals. She's been under a lot of stress and has had a persistent headache and fatigue, so she realized that she better get tested because she was worried about spreading it to others. She was negative, but it took over 5 days to find out for sure. The stories she has told me about meetings with hospital administrators, where everyone goes into a conference room masked, then immediately removes their masks, are astonishing. Like, whyyyy??? These are health care professionals! A very close older friend of my sister's does have it and is very sick, and her husband has it too and he has all sorts of comorbidities, so she's really worried about them.

    We're literally still doing the same thing we started doing in March - only going out for things like groceries or necessary medical appointments. I have a good friend I rode bikes with on Saturdays for something like 15 years but the last couple of years we both had issues with elderly parental care, so we fell off of our routine a bit and haven't ridden together much. She got really sick with it in March, but recovered well, but I'm fairly appalled to see her posting all of her travel on Facebook. She must be on her 6th or 7th domestic trip, posting pictures of her and several friends all smushed together or eating in restaurants as if absolutely nothing is going on. I just don't get it.

  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    It’s really encouraging news about the vaccine, although it’ll take a while for manufacturing and distribution. Still, it’s so nice to think about the light at the end of the tunnel.

    In Florida being Florida news, it’s not as encouraging... our numbers are going up. Not to worry though, because our supergenius governor has hired a new data analyst...

    "When Gov. Ron DeSantis needed to hire a data analyst, his staff  picked a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about  COVID-19 on the Internet.

    In his own words, Kyle Lamb of Columbus, Ohio, has few qualifications for the job at the state’s Office of Policy and Budget, which pays $40,000 per year.

    “Fact is, I’m not an ‘expert.’ I’m not a doctor, epidemiologist, virologist or scientist,” Lamb wrote on a website for a subscribers-only podcast he hosts about the  coronavirus. “I also don’t need to be. Experts don’t have all the  answers, and we’ve learned that the hard way.”

    Plucked from the obscurity of the blogosphere, Lamb, 40, broadcasts his lack of scientific training in his theories about the pandemic.

    In frequent posts on Twitter and sports message boards, Lamb has said that masks don’t prevent the coronavirus from spreading; that lockdowns are ineffective; that hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Donald Trump, can treat the virus; that COVID-19, which he said might be part of a Chinese “biowar,” is not more deadly than the flu; and that the virus isn’t dangerous for children to contract.

    So yeah...
  • Covid Concentration Camps coming to Canada this winter?

    Hoo boy. I really shouldn't have been surprised by the insanity of what people will believe, but this pandemic has really pushed it to an extreme. I'm out of tolerance for people who won't listen to actual science, yet believe every batshit crazy story thrown out there. I know everyone is scared and I am too, but when people fall for this craziness it just makes everything worse. It really pisses me off that so many deaths could have been prevented if we would have acted fast and decisively, put protocols into place for testing and manufacturing safety equipment, and just put in a massive effort to stop this thing in its tracks. But instead, people who take it seriously are vilified, there's no federal response here in the U.S., states are all over the place in their responses, and people are posting crazy shit they believe on social media. I'm feeling super frustrated with humanity these days.
  • Scared for my Wife

    Glad to hear that the news seems very positive! I hope she gets to come home tomorrow. Sending positive thoughts your way!