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A response to a response to the post I posted on that other forum - a toy and action figure collecting forum, if you're inclined to wonder. (Yeah, I know, there goes the last of any credibility I may have had!)


I tell you what, man; in American parlance, I am scared shitless.

Which is just as well, since there is STILL no toilet paper, despite the propaganda that supply chains have not been interrupted and manufacturers are working at full capacity.

I think maybe the "authorities" are trying to spread cholera, because coronavirus isn't sufficiently agonizing and deadly.

I read an article yesterday (in the mainstream press, not on some whack-job conspiracy web site) saying the British government plans to pay every unemployed worker 80% of their normal salary. The article said the British government has "unlimited money" with which to do this.

Unlimited money? Are they simply going to start printing paper play money? This will drive inflation like nothing has ever done before! Those Weimar Republic Germans will seem like the wealthy elite with their wheelbarrows full of cash compared to the effect "unlimited money" will have on prices.

At least the Brits are making an attempt to calm the fears of their people as they lead them to slaughter. Here in the states, the talk is all about bailouts for the airline industry and how you're "killing your grandmother" if you go to the beach.

Who the eff gives a rat's arse about the airline industry? I'd rather have toilet paper and potatoes, but there aren't any!

Oh, but we have been assured that the medical industry is being supplied with "hundreds of millions" of face masks. Why would the medical industry require "hundreds of millions" of face masks? That's more masks than there are people in the country. No wonder there's no toilet paper. All the paper is being used to make face masks.

The obsession by the government over face masks is the equivalent of the general public's obsession over toilet paper. The difference is, the government is getting their masks, but the public still is not getting any toilet paper.

I don't have a mortgage or a car payment, so it will be a while before they can seize my house, but as I am in a tourism-related industry, and I have been spending money to make money, as they say, my cash resources are limited. There's very little business in the winter. March and April are usually the months where we get back on our feet. So this is hitting us at the worst possible time, financially. We can get through a month, maybe two, before we will be unable to make our minimum credit card payments, which will immediately destroy our credit ratings (twenty or thirty years of on-time payments mean nothing if you miss just one), meaning higher interest rates or no credit at all. The banks, in their push toward a "cashless society," have made functioning without credit cards almost impossible in the modern world. Who writes cheques anymore? (Or checks, as we spell it here.) A few old ladies at the grocery market. Those old ladies will soon be dead, if the coronavirus doomsayers are correct.

Anyway, sorry, didn't mean to get amped up again. As I said, I'm allowing terror to overwhelm my thinking. I told myself I would try to remain calm until April 6, three weeks in to the "crisis," and a rather arbitrary date that was indicated as the "end" of the initial lockdowns and restrictions. No dates or timelines are being mentioned anymore. All restrictions are "indefinitely" or "until further notice" or "until the crisis has passed," and I am hearing and reading forecasts of months rather than weeks, usually 8 or twelve or 18 months, as compared to the two or three weeks that were initially suggested for "social distancing" and "temporary closures."

The paranoia that is overtaking me suspects that those cruise ship passengers they set loose in Sydney were done so intentionally, to create a sudden spike in infections in Oz so the government can impose more stringent restrictions.

Clever how they took all the guns away in Australia over the last several years, wasn't it?

I wish I'd purchased a gun and stockpiled ammo... and toilet paper... when I had the chance. I was thinking about getting one last year, for the damned rattlesnakes. At this point, rattlesnakes are the least of my worries.

I added a few more sentences to that previous post, for clarity rather than anything significant, by the way.

Keep Calm and... who am I kidding? IT'S FREAK-OUT TIME!

Comments

davidd
Mar. 28th, 2020 10:08 pm (UTC)
A matter of weeks... as in, 24 weeks? 52 weeks? I keep seeing statements about three, six, nine, twelve, and eighteen months, with an increasing number of "experts" supporting the nine to eighteen month range for lockdowns.

You guys are in relatively good shape, personally, because your spouse works in health care. Job security. Income security. (Sending good wishes to her every day that she stays healthy, by the way! I'm sure masks and gloves would be more helpful than good wishes, but, y'know, shortages.)

Two of our relatives work in healthcare related fields, so they're laughing this off, "we get to work from home, which is hardly like working at all," while continuing to collect their $75k/year and $100k/year salaries.

(That must really annoy the nurses and doctors who work directly with patients, risking infection all day long, when the medical administrators and tech support people get to stay home and collect fat salaries.)

Another relative works in the restaurant supply industry. His $100k/year salary has gone immediately to zero, and the 35-year old company for which he works is looking at closing up permanently within "a matter of weeks."

The community where I live is between 80% and 90% travel and hospitality based, and we were just coming out of the slow winter season, during which people here are laid off and use up their unemployment benefits, so things are already looking bleak.

And still no toilet paper in the stores. It's gonna get wild when the cholera cases outpace the coronavirus infections!

I haven't yet seen any stats on plumbing issues. I wonder how many sewer lines are getting plugged as people turn to using napkins and paper towels and old t-shirts instead of toilet tissue? Are plumbers considered "essential workers"? Will plumbers even want to work on clogged sewer lines during an infectious disease outbreak?

We just received an email from our bank, letting us know that they are limiting cash withdrawals. We've been told for the past several weeks, via email and in the media, that "the banks are secure, your money is safe." Yeah, well, when the banks begin limiting withdrawals, that does not do much to inspire a sense of security or safety.
sjonsvenson
Mar. 30th, 2020 09:00 pm (UTC)
We have Toilet paper in the shops.
If you run out you can use newspaper (soak it and the dry it)
:-)

The number of weeks is deceptive. Incubation take about two weeks, So after the last person recovers the lockdown should remain for two more weeks to be sure. Also we are in lockdown for two weeks now so only now the results should start to become noticeable.
One problem with it being global is that you can only drop your guard when every one is cleared. So assume Belgium does a fantastic job and succeeds in becoming virus free after 10 weeks, we still have to keep the borders closed until all our neighbours are clear as well. So, if France or Spain or the UK struggle for 20 weeks we will be locked down 20 weeks as well.

We have a special system of "technical unemployment" where employees receive a minimum wage. It is mainly intended for small scale use, ex when a factory hall is destroyed in a fire, then most employees become "technically unemployed" until the factory is rebuild. It is specifically extended now to cover "corona closures".
Not much help for small entrepreneurs and self-employed people.
Most banks allow for negotiating a suspension on rents and mortgages.
sjonsvenson
Mar. 31st, 2020 09:49 pm (UTC)
We just discussed and set up schedules for on/off work till the end of May.
With luck things start to pick up again here. Peak should be mid April.

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  • 14 Apr 2020, 21:56
    We are over the top.
    Infections are going down, more people are leaving hospitals (walking) then that people enter them.
    The only statistic going up is the deaths at retirement homes. We didn't test…
  • 31 Mar 2020, 21:49
    We just discussed and set up schedules for on/off work till the end of May.
    With luck things start to pick up again here. Peak should be mid April.
  • 30 Mar 2020, 21:00
    We have Toilet paper in the shops.
    If you run out you can use newspaper (soak it and the dry it)
    :-)

    The number of weeks is deceptive. Incubation take about two weeks, So after the last person…
  • 30 Mar 2020, 20:30
    testing has picked up so the number of confirmed infected people goes up
    but the death rate isn't going exponential, it's still going up but increasing by about 10 deaths a day -we're just over 80…
  • 28 Mar 2020, 22:08
    A matter of weeks... as in, 24 weeks? 52 weeks? I keep seeing statements about three, six, nine, twelve, and eighteen months, with an increasing number of "experts" supporting the nine to eighteen…
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