Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

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We have an outbreak thread but this one is meant as safe space for commiserating along the lines of "My bodega is out of toilet paper" or "I hyperventilated in the shower today because I'm afraid it's all over" or "I'm genuinely scared for my grandmother" and/or - god forbid - to be upgraded to more serious problems as necessary.

Personal experiences welcome, geopolitics are not. Please be kind.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:50 (one month ago) link

One of the elementary schools that’s a feeder to mine just had its first confirmed case. I’m not looking forward to the finger-pointing and speculation that’ll ensue tomorrow.

― rb (soda), Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:49 PM

I still do occasional supply/substitute work at my old school, including two days last week. They just had a family return there from two weeks in Rome. None of the teachers seemed visibly concerned, although who knows. At some point, I have to believe school closures will be widespread.

clemenza, Monday, 9 March 2020 03:55 (one month ago) link

I went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC today and when i asked the friendly lady manning the non-existent line at the butterfly exhibit "is this a REALLY light turnout for a Sunday," she laughed and said "Oh absolutely. But it's like 55 degrees out and daylight savings so it's not too surprising" and then both of us apparently agreed to not say "and also the pandemic."

I'm getting a Wile E Coyote feeling that the moment of tuna tartare tacos and free jazz at the club on Sunday night may be only allowable until i look down and existential dread and fear of a panicking metropolis is starting to gain steam. Called my mom to tell her she was going to hear a lot of scary things in the next few weeks but that I would do my best to keep it together and not to worry and she suggested I get toilet paper and lentils.

for those stressing, I'm hoping you will please take a few deep breaths (from six meters away) and strive to be human and i will try to do the same.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:58 (one month ago) link

I don't feel excessively stressed, but every time I try to talk to my wife and kid about this they seem worryingly nonchalant about it all. Not sure how to convince them to take it seriously without coming off as a crackpot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:00 (one month ago) link

You could try telling them that the point of taking precautions like extra hand washing isn't about them saving themselves from getting sick, because kids and young adults tend not to be drastically ill and you aren't so worried about them. Tell them it is about being responsible for not making others horribly sick, like old people and people with chronic health problems - who tend to be kind of invisible in society, who could die or suffer lasting damage from this virus. It might work.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:53 (one month ago) link

Anybody having any luck not touching their face? A friend who used to be a model says she had to learn it to avoid ruining her makeup but that's not really an option in my line of work.

Fetchboy, Monday, 9 March 2020 05:19 (one month ago) link

it's hard! I just have a habit of doing it and I don't even notice when I'm doing it.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Monday, 9 March 2020 05:38 (one month ago) link

When I do feel stressed it's salutary to remember EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET has pretty much the same reason to be stressed about it, and I am not special or especially threatened.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 9 March 2020 06:53 (one month ago) link

I am really struggling with the not touching my face thing. A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth. (although I feel like its going to take a full face motor bike helmet to stop me from touching mine)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 March 2020 07:11 (one month ago) link

30 cases in Portugal, which while low is I think higher than average. No shortages of toilet paper or sanitizer or anything else. Doesn't really seem to be registering in the same way as in US/UK.

I went to a coding meetup last thursday and there were maybe fewer people than expected. It didn't occur to me turnout might have been coronavirus related until yesterday.

cherry blossom, Monday, 9 March 2020 07:17 (one month ago) link

further cases of desperately needing to scratch an itch on my nose have resulted from not being able to touch my face

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:21 (one month ago) link

Have been wondering if any of the arts festivals this year are actually going to happen. There have been some cancellations of opening events because of the weather and now this may mean large gatherings aren't allowed later in the year.
So maybe the 2 events last weekend are going to be about it. I volunteered for the opening of Tulca which was on as part of several events over Galway 2020 when it's normally a festival in November. Then went to am opening that was part of the actual Galway 2020 set up or at least had volunteers with I'd saying Galway 2020 not the gallery name.

Just seen the headlines for an article in the irish independent repeating some of the myths including some of what Trump has been saying. Not sure how good that paper ever is as a news source since it seems to follow it's owner's agenda.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:42 (one month ago) link

after about the 10th attempt I've finally learned how to pronounce the word "epidemiologist" properly, now got my chat authoritative sounding shit bout COVID-19 card.

calzino, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:49 (one month ago) link

hell of a time to have a really intense sinus headache

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:50 (one month ago) link

A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth.

My buddy is an ER doc and recommends against wearing a facemask. He wrote a really good article, "As an ER Doctor, I Need You to Know These Things About Coronavirus": https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884d35/er-doctor-healthcare-workers-coronavirus

davey, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:12 (one month ago) link

good article davey, i'm already planning on sharing it with one of my more fearmongering friends

the beginning of last week was tough, not because of the disease itself, but because of the panic. i'm a bit hypochondriac, have some fairly nasty paranoid tendencies, and have panic disorder. this has been hard for me. on the other side of it i do work for a healthcare organization, though not in direct patient care, so i do have access to reliable information. i've also shut off most forms of social and other media (years ago) and, at least when it comes to stuff relating to my profession, am decent at understanding what is reliable information and what isn't.

the panic comes in waves, and though i try not to let it affect me i feel like it's important for me to at least acknowledge what i'm feeling, acknowledge what's going on around me. the way people are talking, the nervous jokes (deflecting with humour)

i fairly quickly concluded when shit got real that i was probably going to get COVID-19, probably sooner rather than later, and i was probably not going to die from it, and while i still take safety precautions the idea that we could effectively halt the spread of this in it tracks never struck me as particularly plausible.

there's a certain balancing act going on here - on the one hand not giving in to the panic, which is for me personally probably a greater threat than COVID-19, and on the other hand not working on diminishing what is absolutely a global public health crisis. human beings aren't necessarily good at dealing with crisis, aren't necessarily good at differentiating "ok this is a serious and major thing and we have to address this seriously" from "OMG we're all gonna die".

on a personal level, i'm going to be fine, most of the people i know are going to be fine. i have one co-worker i worry about; she's young (barely sixty) but is in pretty poor health and has a lot of trouble breathing. that's part of "taking this seriously", thinking about the very real possibility that a person or people i care about will die from this. on the flip side maybe nobody i know well will die from this, it'll just be musicians i like and whatnot.

i'm weirdly enough more inclined to leave the house since it's started getting serious. i can and often do work from home, and i figure it's only a matter of time before the company i work for starts asking me to. i'm expecting cabin fever, and leaving the house while i can will hopefully minimize it.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 10:59 (one month ago) link

honestly as a data analyst i'm really worried about that 3.4% number i see going around, and i'm not sure darragh does a great job on that front - he cites a number of 0.06% but then later on cites an overall mortality rate of 2.3%. this is some pretty wonky stuff, the difference between case mortality and overall mortality, and it's tempting to get into an extremely wonky argument about statistical methodology, but i don't see that argument remotely being productive. statistics, in a situation like this, seem mostly totemic in nature, either a ward or an excuse for panic. i don't cite numbers or percentages when talking to other people.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:11 (one month ago) link

Find it very hard to avoid touching my face. Have taken to tying my hair back on the way to/from work to avoid needing to put my hands near my face, also less keen on using self-checkouts & other people seem to do the same. I don’t go to Starbucks but other people have told me they won’t accept people’s own cups anymore, so I’ve stopped bringing my folding cup with me.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:16 (one month ago) link

Toilet roll thing is hitting here. Panic buyers clearing teh shelves. Hope it is just a temporary thing but not sure exactly where the supply levels lie wherever they're getting them from. I assume it is going to return to normal and not be blocked by international exchange somewhere down the line. people not trading the necessary commodities that go into the production etc.

I mean if society is going to collapse i would hope it would be with clean bums. Maybe we need a rise in bidet production?
THink somebody I know had a hose bidet substitute tehy got cheap in Dublin on Facebook last week. Maybe that's the future?

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 16:56 (one month ago) link

Luckily I’m already obsessive about not touching my face with unwashed hands / not touching other things after touching my face.

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

Panicked people incessantly shitting themselves, I assume.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:03 (one month ago) link

As a person with a chronic lung disease I am:

- increasingly worried that this will hit me hard and at best will further damage my lungs and shorten my life
- pissed off with people growling at me because I cough a lot and they think I'm part of the plague
- a complete hypocrite who growls at everyone else with a cough as I'm scared that they have the plague
- thinking about the benefits of self-isolation in terms of reading and video games :)

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (one month ago) link

xpost The best I can tell it's people worried they'll be stuck inside with ... not enough toiler paper to last two weeks?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (one month ago) link

Def. have noticed places out of hand sanitizer, and signs limiting purchases. Also other signs, like the one at the vet this morning declaring it a "no handshake zone." Proactively and helpfully, all of our doctors, dentists, etc. have sent out texts and messengers saying, please, if you're sick, stay home. (And affirming that that is always appreciated).

I'm a little annoyed because my kids were both sick last week with mundane stuff, and now, when I want to be at my sharpest and most vigilant, I have a stuffy nose.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:08 (one month ago) link

my spouse hesitated about kissing me this morning and I was like "dude, you've stuck your dick in me, I am pretty sure you've got whatever I've got."

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (one month ago) link

;)

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (one month ago) link

we have not been touching our top faces. only our bottom faces.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:15 (one month ago) link

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (one month ago) link

have a wedding planned in june and an out-of-town bachelor party planned for april 2nd. not gonna lie, i'm slightly nervous about that second thing. hopefully, the panic will subside by the time june rolls around, and i'm going to that party unless the faa grounds flights (sorry, not sorry colorado). but covid has been a fun additional source of stress during an already-stressful time.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (one month ago) link

The Bidet: like a wet kiss for your bottom face.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:17 (one month ago) link

cancellations are really bumming my kids out - mariachi performances, purim celebrations, soccer games, etcx.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one month ago) link

Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does. pic.twitter.com/m6vU5RTQHJ

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one month ago) link

if they don't get their Disneyland trip at the end of this month the tears are gonna be epic

xp

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one month ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

So far not much here has changed, as far as I can tell.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link

my work is definitely going to close when the virus picks up steam here and I can't do most of my job from home as things stand (and this will not be remedied in the near future). this is going to definitely create an "interesting" time for me, probable extra paid holiday from work followed by "too much fucking work" when I get back

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link

it's a good thing that Paul Gosar was a dentist then.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:21 (one month ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

they closed Disneyland Tokyo (different situation, obviously)

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (one month ago) link

definitely create an "interesting" time for me

Maybe you'll finally get to watch "The Irishman" in one sitting.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (one month ago) link

JUst seen it confirmed taht teh St patrick's day parades are bing cancelled. Heard Dublin, Cork, sligo so far.
BUmped into someone i know this morning who was coming from a meeting about the local one and told me taht our local community centre had definitely pulled out but the town as waiting for the decision from teh council.
I thought it was pretty likely that if there was a panic over the last week a large close crowd event like that next week may not be likely to go ahead.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

Pretty sure the St. Patrick's Day response here will be to drink *more*.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:24 (one month ago) link

They won't need to dye the river, it'll just turn that color from all the covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:25 (one month ago) link

Went to Costco and the big asian grocery store in town. Costco seemed to be out of toilet paper but didn't notice anything else weird.

The asian grocery store was pretty cleaned out though - 90% of the rice was gone, all of the dried chinese noodles were gone except the very thin ones, and like 75% of the all the huge chinese preserved vegetable aisle was empty.

I'm kind of fascinated by what was gone and what was still around - I imagine some of it is supply issues for chinese products, the fact that the vast majority of customers are chinese, etc. There was still lots of thai/vietnamese rice noodles, korean sweet potato noodles, kimchee, pansit noodles, and some stray bags of basmati, sticky, sushi, and brown jasmine rice. My son and I were also the only people there not wearing masks this time.

joygoat, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:26 (one month ago) link

I'm not very observant, so on Saturday I learned that brown basmati rice is a thing.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:28 (one month ago) link

that's interesting, I shop pretty much only at Asian grocery stores (south but mostly east) here and I haven't yet seen anyone in a mask, nor any shelves unusually out of stock.

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

Probably also touching my face the average (160 times an hour, I've read). Yesterday I donned one of my dog's neck bandanas inside the apt, so at least I noticed each time I rested my chin on my thumb. I imagine I'd get habituated to that, too.

Sanpaku, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:32 (one month ago) link

I've long been in the habit of touching my face with my knuckles, or the back of my hand. Like "The Thinker."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:34 (one month ago) link

I have a work trip that I spun into a vacation for my spouse and I (me?), heading from SF to Paris then Amsterdam next week. We are both wondering aloud if this is a good idea or not.

As for the workplace itself, we are extremely deadline-driven in my dept and if we close it will have an enormous, unpredictable impact on them. it's definitely making me anxious.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:43 (one month ago) link

I'm slightly nervous about flying this week: first to Raleigh (for a Destroyer show lol), then NYC. But other than sanitizing the airplane seat table, what can ya do?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:51 (one month ago) link

‘Europe’

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 13:25 (three days ago) link

Well, yeah.

Just lazily and crankily agreeing with you.

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 13:28 (three days ago) link

Always appreciated!

OT: is everyone on slack now? Getting quieter and quieter here.

i have not been granted the keys to slack, so no

bam! Free bees! (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 13:34 (three days ago) link

Good man.

Slack ain’t that busy either. I think people are resting or maybe even working

Don’t worry both places will be jumping when Johnson spaffs off to the great wall in the sky

Microbes oft teem (wins), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 13:38 (three days ago) link

You don't need keys, just a slack account, the URL has been posted on various threads.

Of course, understand not wanting to divert people away from here, but also appreciating the decidedly lower stakes chatter.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 13:41 (three days ago) link

I'm cool w/ slack. Just not that cool w/ having no time for it myself because of work.

Still in office four days a week (albeit a locked down one), still have a daily commute (it's nice to go out every day by car tbf). Am I missing out on the ~real lockdown experience~ or am I lucky to be able to get away? Undecided.

I'm cool w/ slack. Just not that cool w/ having no time for it myself because of work.

Same here, except it's more like 'having no time for work because of it'.

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 14:02 (three days ago) link

I hear you. I desperately need to avoid that scenario though so I'm steering clear. Which is not, with everyone having cool avatars and all!

not easy, that is

I'm cool w/ slack. Just not that cool w/ having no time for it myself because of work.

same. i have been checking in a bit on evenings and weekends, though

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:18 (three days ago) link

I'm sorry to hear about your father, Stevolende. It's a hard thing to handle under normal circumstances, I can't even imagine the difficulty of going through that now. Be well.

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:25 (three days ago) link

stevolende, i'm sorry. :(

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:26 (three days ago) link

My condolences, Stevo, and I sincerely apologize for the snark, re: Europe. I hadn't read your previous posts yet.

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:31 (three days ago) link

Major changes at our independent grocer today (nothing the rest of the world isn't already doing): caution tape outside designating a pathway to the door, someone at the door to get your cart and give instructions (she was also monitoring how many people were inside), no personal gloves allowed. They've removed a couple of aisle displays, too, and moved the stuff to shelves. Not sure what triggered this today specifically, but I'm fine with all of it.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:31 (three days ago) link

can i just say how (though completely necessary) COMPLETELY FUCKED this all is?? it’s..... it’s crazy!

and how there appears to be no endgame? what is the next step? Who knows??

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:08 (three days ago) link

my dear monsieur, perhaps you have already observed that in coronavirus, human life is cheap

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:19 (three days ago) link

Coooooool. Just found out that someone smashed the front door of our building in the middle of the night last night and (thankfully only) stole all of the packages out of our lobby. So nice to see that these trying times aren't keeping the scumfucks from fully embracing their scumfuckery.

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:26 (three days ago) link

there's totally an endgame and it's the vaccine, the how long it takes to get there and what happens before we get there are the cool things we have no knowledge about

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:27 (three days ago) link

Coooooool. Just found out that someone smashed the front door of our building in the middle of the night last night and (thankfully only) stole all of the packages out of our lobby. So nice to see that these trying times aren't keeping the scumfucks from fully embracing their scumfuckery.

― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:26 AM (one minute ago) bookmarkflaglink

my friends had their mail stolen last week, mail thieves on are a tear

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:28 (three days ago) link

Remember how you used to go away on vacation and, like it was a whole thing that you had to make your house look occupied?

Lights on timers. Mail and papers stopped. Etc.

So, it follows from that that there was a whole sector of crime devoted to breaking into unoccupied houses and taking their stuff (presumably Precious Moments figurines and doilies and costume jewelry from Claire's Boutique).

And it follows from THAT that there is a whole class of criminal that is now out of options because everybody's home all the time. I guess they could go break into offices and steal, like, coffee and toner.

Or, I guess, they could steal mail.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:34 (three days ago) link

pathetic! there are like a million cool heists you could be doing right now

rob, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:38 (three days ago) link

we're being encouraged to wear masks in public ffs

rob, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:39 (three days ago) link

People who decamped to their second house in the Hamptons can still be robbed

Josefa, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:41 (three days ago) link

There was a pharmacy robbery near me recently where a guy broke in through the roof and stole 3,000 oxys. I'm not saying that stealing oxys is "cool", but it did cross my mind that burglars could take advantage of all these closed businesses for some pretty impressive heists.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/92243896_10158507035013395_7687976242770870272_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=03wdx42JK5QAX_kh3HJ&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=85b0b93135b510b66401e2fa0d7e3c40&oe=5EB37976

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:55 (three days ago) link

I get that there probably not a lot of brain geniuses making a living from petty theft but stealing mail is just profoundly stupid. Congrats, I hope those random articles of clothing and diapers and whatever else were worth the federal crime you just committed, friend!

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:59 (three days ago) link

Iirc a lot of thieves just sell the stuff online, either directly or through someone else.

In good news, my wife's company implemented work from home pretty early, and out of I think well over 3000 employees has had only one report of someone testing positive.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:01 (three days ago) link

rob otm. That's the spirit!

There is a recent very-not-good movie about a heist that takes place during a hurricane (on the assumption that security will be lax during a national disaster.

I'm sure you're all on tenterhooks so I will reveal that the name of this movie that is about a hurricane with a heist in it is...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hurricane_Heist

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:35 (three days ago) link

the bus that couldnt slow down

adam, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:40 (three days ago) link

burglars could take advantage of all these closed businesses for some pretty impressive heists.

High-end retailers in DC (and probably other cities) have been boarding up their storefronts, for fear of vandalism and/or looting.

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:41 (three days ago) link

supposedly Desantis said the FL unemployment system is now up to speed. people are still reporting the same issues today. it's now been three weeks with people not able to get through, and FLs rules don't allow backdating claim start dates.

my mom had to quit the new temp job she took due to fear of getting coronavirus today as she was being forced to work alongside people in close quarters. it's not her main job which is furloughed atm but now my bro is freaking out at me 'what about her unemployment, will she get it?' and i'm like dude y'all aren't working, I am, could you MAYBE WORK THIS OUT WHILE I'M AT WORK while bothering me while I'M AT WORK

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:28 (three days ago) link

I just wish people would like, not rely on me to do everything for them.

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:29 (three days ago) link

FLs rules don't allow backdating claim start dates.

wut

So if you were unemployed for three weeks (and unable to get through to the website) you cannot collect for those three weeks?

brownie, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:35 (three days ago) link

I've occasionally been eating popcorn and peanuts, which inevitably involves glancing touches of the lips.

there are limits

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:40 (three days ago) link

xpost as written yes. presumably Ron will pull his head out of his ass and let them be backdated.

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:47 (three days ago) link

I get that there probably not a lot of brain geniuses making a living from petty theft but stealing mail is just profoundly stupid. Congrats, I hope those random articles of clothing and diapers and whatever else were worth the federal crime you just committed, friend!

― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch)

did you just call jello biafra "profoundly stupid"

well, fair enough i guess

Kate (rushomancy), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 23:04 (three days ago) link

We had the windows open today because it was really effing nice out and I was like 'ooh, what is that weird sensation across my scalp?!' and the I realized it was the wind tousling a month's-worth of hair (after pretty regularly shaving my head for most of the last 2+ COVID-free decades).

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:20 (two days ago) link

i have had to shit so much today jesus christ. fucking losing my precious time

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:23 (two days ago) link

How does time spent shitting not count as 'precious'

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:50 (two days ago) link

feel like ima be spending a lot of my overtime to help friends/family. i'm glad to do that cos waiting on the government = lol but a selfish side of me was hoping I coulda used at least some of it to knock a debt out or to build my savings up higher to where i can stress less about losing job in future.

sadly idk if the chunk I even gave my friend's cafe is gonna keep it alive but i had to try. dude's like family to me at this point.

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:55 (two days ago) link

*overtime PAY

Bo Johnson Coviddied (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:55 (two days ago) link

seems like mass testing is going to be important

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 01:03 (two days ago) link

well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHoRTapEOTk

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 03:01 (two days ago) link

JUst seen that the Gards are potentially giving people custodial sentences of up to 6 months for breaking restrictions over here. I thought several countries were talking about releasing people who didn't need to be confined from prisons to escape the effects of the pandemic. So is this not going to create a potential virus spread in an attempt to prevent one?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:49 (two days ago) link

yeah but they arent going to do anything like that

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:56 (two days ago) link

I said potentially, was wondering how much of a threat it would be seen as. Cos I thought it might just have the immediate response of we they won't really will they?
The fines might be more real though.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:59 (two days ago) link

Lockdown having legal teeth is welcome, perhaps inevitable, and complicated. The mechanics of enforcing lockdowns seem to necessitate close physical contact. Are police going stop, people and interact with them to determine if they're flouting lockdown orders - then detain, arrest, and bring someplace for processing? Would they then have a trial in a courtroom? Even a citation or ticket or fine would involve getting close. And then what if you ignore the ticket, fine? Presumably you would, like, have to go to court or something. I can't imagine all of that happening without getting close to people... when avoiding that was kinda the whole point in the first place.

One has to assume that part of the intent is to deter, or to use enforcement/prosecutorial discretion only for egregious violations (like a frat party or church service or - ahem - political rally). They're not frisking grannies to see if they're really on the way to/from the grocery store - it's more for jerks on a beach. One hopes. But "trust the police to not be assholes" does not inspire optimism.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 12:11 (two days ago) link

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santa clause four (suzy), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 12:14 (two days ago) link


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