On Common Sense and Humanity

People, People, People … I want you all to take a deep breath and repeat after me:

“This is not the bubonic plague, nor is it World War III.  It is not the end of the world.  I do not need 430 rolls of toilet paper in my garage, nor do I need 1,982 bottles of water stacked in every corner of my house.  I do not need to believe every dire prediction I hear, nor do I need to stock up on booze.  I do need to take sensible precautions like using hand sanitizer, washing my hands when out in public, and wiping household surfaces with disinfecting wipes.  If I do those things, I will likely be fine.  I will control what I can, but understand that some things are outside my control.”

For Pete’s Sake what is wrong with people???

Okay, I’m not surprised that milk, bread and eggs are in tight demand … if the weather forecast even breathes the “S-word” from November through March, it happens that the fools rush to the grocery and nearly mug other shoppers trying to get that last loaf of bread or gallon of milk.  Fortunately, I bake most of my own bread and we drink very little milk.  But people … toilet paper???  Seriously??? What — do you think that wiping your patootie more often will ward off the virus?  (Hint:  it won’t … you’ll just end up with a sore patootie)

tide-podsTide pods … y’know, laundry detergent?  What — are people going to actually try eating them to disinfect their bodies?  Two small packs of Tide pods were left on the shelves of my local Kroger on Friday.  Amazon just sent me an email to inform me that my monthly subscribe & save order for Clorox wipes would be delayed because … because people bought them all up.  Never mind that I have a standing monthly order because I clean 3 bathrooms 3 times a week, plus have 5 kitties to clean up after.

But it gets worse than the run on commodities.  Yesterday morning, my young neighbor sent me a copy of a text he had received …


My friend is a 19-year-old refugee from Iraq who was frightened by this obviously spammy text and didn’t know if it was real or not, wanted to know if he was allowed to leave his home.  Now why the HELL would somebody play on people’s fears at this stressful time?  What is to be gained???  Did somebody think this was funny?

And then there were the brothers Matt and Noah Colvin.  They thought they would rake in a nice little profit off of people’s fears, so one brother, Noah,  took a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and into Kentucky, filling a U-Haul truck with thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, mostly from “little hole-in-the-wall dollar stores”.  The other brother, Matt, stayed home and ordered scads of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and face masks, while preparing pallets for their arrival.  The goal?  To rob people blind.  They purchased, for example, hand sanitizer for just over $1 per bottle, and sold it for as much as $70 per bottle.  Fortunately, both Amazon and Ebay, where the brothers had accounts and were selling their wares, caught on quickly and pulled their accounts, so now the dastardly duo are left with some 17,700 bottles and nowhere to sell them.  Awwww … what a cryin’ shame, eh?  Seems to me the best thing to do would be give them away to people in need, but nooooo …

Think the Colvin brothers are an anomaly?  Think again.  Amazon said it had recently removed hundreds of thousands of listings and suspended thousands of sellers’ accounts for price gouging related to the coronavirus.  One might hope that these A-holes would, being stuck with a bunch of things they cannot sell, donate them to those in need and chalk it all up to a lesson in humanitarianism, but … don’t hold your breath.  These are the people who think they are somehow better, somehow more deserving than the rest of us.

I also heard that liquor stores and cannabis stores are doing a booming business, a 500% – 800% increase in revenues.  Does this tell us something about our society?

toilet-paperThose who would profit at the expense of others from this global pandemic deserve whatever punishment they get.  Who’s to blame?  All of us.  Yes, you.  Yes, me.  We allow panic to take precedence over common sense.  To be sure, we have had help from the federal government, the ‘president’ who we should be able to trust, but cannot, and from the media with their voices of gloom and doom.  But, at the end of the day, we are responsible for our own actions.  We are adults, capable of thinking, reasoning, and capable … when we so choose … of being humans, of thinking of others.  Instead, some 90% of the population, it would seem, are thinking only of themselves, how to keep themselves safe and to hell with the rest of the world, how to have a few laughs at our expense, or how to profit from our misfortune.  It is times like this that I despise the human race.  Times like this that I am more determined than ever that if someday I must return to earth, it will be as something other than a human.

clorox-wipesI am human, and thus yes, I am concerned about the coronavirus.  My daughter is a nurse who works with sick people every day, so naturally I am concerned for her. I am 68 years old and have health issues, so I am in that “highest risk” group.  But you know what?  There’s a difference between being concerned and panicking.  I’m not stockpiling anything, and while I am taking reasonable precautions, such as washing my hands when in public, I am not locking myself in my home.  I will go out to dinner with the girls this evening, and mid-week I will go to the grocery in hopes that there is still a chicken and a bag of rice left.  I will be responsible for my own fate and help others to the extent that I can.  I will be able to live with my own conscience.  We cannot live in a bubble, friends.

109 thoughts on “On Common Sense and Humanity

  1. This generation has never been faced with the kind of calamity that now faces them so they are running in fear and panic because fear and panic is human nature. It is also herd instinct at play. People who are ordinarily very community oriented and kind hearted and helpful will often turn into “Survivors” in a situation and will think of nothing but their immediate gratification impulses … and their survival instinct forces them to do irrational things. The funny part about hoarding is, “What are they going to do with all that stuff if the panic is lifted?” I can imagine a garage filled with moulding bread going to waste ….I expect that if this keeps up the government will force “Rationing” again like they did back in the old depression days and then money will only buy what the government allows it to buy and the hoarding will cease.

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    • You are so right about that! We heard the stories of unemployment and rationing in our parents or grandparents generations, but never dreamed it would come to ours. One of my blogger friends made the statement that times like these either bring out the best or the worst in us, and I’m inclined to agree with that. Rather than fear or panic, I find my own dominant emotion right now to be anger. Anger at the mishandling by governments, but also anger at the people who are trying to profit off of others’ misfortunes, and the people who have the “me first” attitude as they buy every last roll of toilet paper or box of pasta in the store. Like you, I can picture a garage full of bread molding while people a block over are starving. I won’t be surprised to see rationing come back into play. My local Kroger is already rationing meat (2 packages per person), dairy products (3 each), toilet tissue and cleaning supplies. Today was the first day in two weeks that there was a pepper or stalk of celery in the store. Is this what the human species has come to?

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      • What has the human species come to? The human species has always had animal-like instincts …one of which has been the “Herd” tendency — and America has been on a moral slide for a long time now … and the once “Central” family unit has become decentralized to a state of morbidity — Individualism and the quest for instant gratification has not been helpful to social order …I believe humanity has actually slid a little backward on the evolutionary scale because, in this crisis, some of them are exhibiting “Neanderthal-like tendencies.

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  2. Jill, I wasn’t able to read through all your comments, but I get the drift. We live in an epicenter: an area where the cases are expanding exponentially. We have been asked to voluntarily self quarantine by our mayor, and to go out only for food purchases and medicine.
    The danger is that people are not taking this seriously enough, and our medical personnel are rapidly being overwhelmed. The governors have requested federal assistance for more Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators because the federal government’s assistance is desperately needed, and the inept, ignorant occupant of the White House has said they’re on their own. This is a pandemic. You’re correct to complain about hoarding, but people are frightened because there are such mixed messages coming from the White House. The next two weeks are critical. I’m linking to a post I wrote because I don’t think you can understand what it’s like if it’s still remote for you. Unfortunately, I doubt that will be the case for long.

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  3. I agree, people need to calm down and use their common sense. were you still able to go out with your friends for dinner? the restaurants around us have all been shut down; only take out and delivery are available…

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    • Ah, it was the girls … my daughter and granddaughter, and yes, we did manage dinner at TGI Fridays, during which it was announced that the governor had declared all restaurants and bars would be closed until further notice. Our poor young server broke down in tears. They are saying now that this might last until August or even later. I worry about people who depended on their income from those places if the shutdowns last that long. I don’t see how they can … I think the states have overstepped their bounds here. A week, two or three possibly, but certainly not months.


  4. There is obviously some sort of symbiotic link between Coronavirus and Terminal Stupidity, look how quickly the latter is spread through the former, although not everyone is catching TS it is affecting those with weak minds and there are enough of those around.

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    • besides hoarders, it really is the governments causing all of the economic problems that are happening by mandating that everything close down.

      think about it for a minute. The regular flue that kills many thousands more than coronavirus every year and the government doesn’t mandate closings? There’s something different going on here and I still contend that it’s not a coincidence that this is happening during an election cycle and I’m not going to change my mind about that.

      When this is over, it’s going to be entertaining to see how the left will claim that the government helped when in fact, as usual, government does the opposite.

      It’s sad that people don’t have the sense to stay the hell home when they’re sick, even in a regular season but you know when the government tells you to do that, some people are going to do the opposite just for the hell of it.

      I’m obviously not one of those people but I still believe that the nine scariest words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

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      • You really cannot compare to the regular flu. There is a lot of partial immunity to flu, and there are also vaccines. The concern with COVID-19 is that the number of cases will overwhelm the healthcare system. So the effort is to slow it down.

        That said, I do agree that there has been an over-reaction.

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        • I agree with you that this is different so my comparison wasn’t the most accurate but I think the governments are overreacting to this by mandating that businesses clothes at specific times, etc. That should be up to the business in question, not the state or federal powers.

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      • The main differences between ‘regular flu’ and Covid-19 is that a) Covid-19 kills a higher percentage of casualties, because b) there is no currently no vaccine against it. Hence the real importance of shielding the vulnerable from it, and the best way to do that is not to be in a situation where they could be exposed to it.

        I’m no fan of governments, especially some of the ones we have at the moment, but by closing down places where people meet socially, it will help to encourage those people to stay at home.

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    • I just ran across this.

      ” I don’t think people understand how much economic activity is going on right now. We are looking at three times the normal sales. Three times the normal

      sales. A lot of that is on perishable goods (milk eggs, bread, etc) consumer spending is 70% of the economy. 

      Yes, other industries are taking a hit like tourism and travel but that money isn’t just sitting there. It’s being put into the economy. With the passage

      of the relief bill people that are forced to stay home will get 66% of their pay up to $4000/month 

      That will mean that streaming services, utilities, video games, ebooks, home shopping services etc will see more demand even as other sectors see less.

      In other words the economy isn’t going to crash. Today with a plugged in home the ability to spent from home is limitless. 

      Since the Federal government is backstopping Paid sick leave and we are in a 3.5% unemployment environment, the amount of joblessness this will cause will

      be contained as companies try to retain skilled workers. 

      The money not spent will be unleashed as soon as the all clear is sounded which will give a bounce back to most industries quickly.

      We all aren’t going to die (98-99%) make full recovery

      There will be no Zombies

      The economy isn’t going to end

      Society isn’t going to collapse. 

      Also add into this fact that active containment and mitigation procedures are in place will mean that the entire country isn’t going to shut down at the

      same time. People in TX aren’t going to be impacted by a cluster in NY. 

      There aren’t millions of us walking around with the virus unknowingly for the simple reason we aren’t seeing people showing up in the medical system. If

      20% require medical care, it means we would be seeing those cases, if everyone was infected like the media is trying to suggest 

      Since testing is coming online, we will be able to quickly test a cluster’s population around an outbreak. Shutting down spread in that area, instead of

      only trying to trace a cluster by contact and history of movement. Someone gets sick u test the immediate area around him 

      …finding the positive ones and removing them from the population until they recover. The vast majority of infection will be picked up this way and the

      rate of increase will slow. While all this is going on most people will continue doing their daily lives taking precautions 

      So calm down, take a breathe, stop running worst case scenarios in your head. Cases will rise. Steps will be taken. Cases will fall and life will continue


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      • I’m naturally not as up on the details of what’s happening in the US as I am here in the UK, so it’s difficult to comment on those figures.

        The government has said they will make some payments to help those who, for example, do not receive sick pay, but they’re still arguing over the details. I’m not sure everyone will be buying huge quantities of goods online, if only because many people are worried their jobs may go as their companies go bankrupt.

        And I don’t understand about testing going online – are we expected to take a swab and somehow upload it? I’m probably missing something…

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  5. It rather amazes me that a great portion of the country’s population appears to be panic stricken over obtaining their personal stockpile of toilet paper amongst other “essentials”. It seems to me that there should be more concern/anxiety over the country’s continued inability to not only provide adequate testing for Covid-19 but also to meet the growing needs of the citizens that have and will continue to contract the virus. The country is woefully unprepared to meet the demands of this pandemic and a garage filled with hand sanitizer will be of little help. Thank-you!

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          • the government is going to be responsible for more deaths in this country than the coronavirus because of their over reactive shutdown policies. The flue kills thousands more a year than this virus has, so why hasn’t the government shut down everything because of that? No one can give me a logical answer to that question. They just say “We don’t know how deadly this virus is, and though there is some truth to that, we do know how deadly the flue is and yet there has been no substantial closures because of a known variable like the number of deaths caused by influenza. There’s something else going on here and you can’t convince me otherwise.

            I’ll keep asking this question until someone can give me a well thought out logical answer that actually makes some sense. So far I haven’t heard one.

            I hold state and federal officials responsible for mounting anxieties of the small business owners who won’t be able to feed their families as a result of these ridiculous policies. this is just more proof that government doesn’t give a damn about you, only their aversion to political risk during an election season.

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            • Well, I would argue with you on one point, that per case, this coronavirus is far more lethal than the ordinary flu, and the death rate averages about 4%. But, as to the rest, I agree with you. We cannot simply shut down the nation out of fear. People rely on their income to pay the rent, buy food, etc, and we are likely to see numerous people losing their homes in the coming months if our state and federal governments don’t gain a bit of common sense. Additionally, now that some areas are implementing ‘shelter in place’ emergency laws, we are going to see the suicide rate in this nation skyrocket. I have great fears about the election process between now and November, and wonder … with everything sold out in the stores, how people with infants will find formula to feed them, among other things. And our bankrupt government is planning to spend billions to compensate fossil fuel and airline industries for lost revenue??? BAH HUMBUG!


    • It amazes, disgusts, and disappoints me. I have officially lost all faith in humanity in the past 24 hours. You are right … we should be concerned about the world’s ability to deal with this virus, about how many lives can be saved, but also about those less fortunate than us and how they will manage. With restaurants closed in about half the world, and likely to be closed in the rest, how will the people who rely on tips to feed their children survive? How will the small mom ‘n pop business survive? I’m betting the suicide rate will increase dramatically worldwide over the coming months. This may well be the way in which man brings about his own extinction. Sorry to sound glum, but I have just seen the true face of the human species, with his mask removed, and … it’s ugly. I fear mankind and his cruelty far more than I fear catching the coronavirus.


      • Oh Jill…do not fall into the deep pit of despair! There are still, as you well know, some very good people doing very good things. I expect that these good people will rise up and meet the challenges that will undoubtedly come in the days, weeks and months ahead. There will always be, just as there have ever been, those people who will only look out for themselves and climb over those less fortunate without a backward glance or thought. Humankind consists of the givers and the takers, the kind and the cruel, the good and the evil…it has always been so and most likely will continue to be so for the duration of man on Earth. Sadly it is true that the givers, the kind and the good will not be able to help everyone and save everything, but each will be able to help someone and save something. Thank-you!

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  7. Jill, I certainly can sense your frustration. I’ve been thinking that we’re really off balance in how we’re dealing with this. At one end, you have the ‘its all much ado about nothing’ crowd. At the other, you have the toilet paper idiots and other hoarders. I don’t know how this all ends up, but I’m just hoping we can achieve some balance. Anthony Fauci said today he’s willing to suffer the consequences of criticism and ridicule by erring on the side of doing some very unpopular stuff. I respect and admire him. I hope he’s right. You’re right, we can’t live in a bubble, but we can’t underestimate things either. It’s hard to know what the right balance really is. We’re about to find out.

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    • You know what, Jeff? I am far less afraid of contracting the disease than I am afraid of the face the human race is showing us today. It’s bad enough that we basically have no government at the highest levels, but … the average Joe has turned into something … something not quite human. Something that I cannot and don’t wish to relate to. I had hoped this would be a time when we would all pull together, help those less fortunate, take care of each other, but instead we are eating our own. If I had any hope a month ago for the future of the human race, I no longer do. I am sick, but not with a disease … rather, I am sick of living in this world, of watching man’s inhumanity to man. We had the chance to shine, but instead … we failed. 😥

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      • I heard someone over the weekend on TV, or maybe I read it somewhere, that during WW2, hoarders were publicly shamed and ridiculed. We actually had rationing during those days. Everything was about the war effort. People did come together as one. Today, it’s more like…what’s in it for me? It’s disgusting Jill. As an American, I’m embarrassed.

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        • from twitter and I think this is important to understand.

          “The mortality is higher at the beginning because you’re diagnosing the sickest, the ones who came in quite ill,” -Dr. Brix

          This quote tells me that the belief that this virus was circulating in our society for months is wrong. The lag time is at most 2 weeks.

          If the virus was within the population for months we would have been seeing the sickest in the hospitals. We didn’t. I say two weeks because per the CDC the incubation period is 2-14 days. That means if everyone that was infected had the full 2 weeks incubation period we would have immediately seen sick people beginning a couple days after that. More likely the sickest people due to their immune systems would have present symptoms and problems before the 2 week time frame as they quickly succumbed to the virus.

          There is no way we had 1,000’s or 10,000’s walking around with this virus for months without the medical system seeing an uptick in our healthcare system. Add to this that once it has moved into the community it’s not one or two that seek medical care but 20% per estimates

          It’s much more likely that we caught this virus within the 2 week time frame between first infection and first hospital case. So, if you weren’t around someone who came from Europe or China, someone who was around them, and/or didn’t visit the places they did you are at low risk

          The number of cases is going to shoot up here in the next week or so not so much because it’s spreading faster (some of it will be due to additional spread) but because we are testing more people and finding more that already have it. Once testing is up and normalizes at a set state of daily tests, we will be able to more accurately gauge the rate of spread. The media will use the increasing cases found by testing to make it seem like it’s spreading like wildfire when really we are just getting a better read on the current status.”

          What do you say?

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          • The first cases were diagnosed in December 2019 … not in the U.S., but in China. And, I would take Dr. Brix’ statement with a grain of salt, for yes, you’re going to see the sickest of those exposed at that time, in the beginning. But, 10 exposures leads to 100, which leads, over the course of time, to the hundreds of thousands we see worldwide today. Plus there are mitigating factors in the U.S. in slow response time, refusal of test kits, denial that there even was a problem, and others related to the government’s poor response. Listen to the true scientists, Scott, not to what you see on Twitter or Facebook.


        • now here’s something that I found on facebook, usually not the best source for things but in this case, it’s an exception.

          THE GIFT ********* An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans from Kristin Flyntz ********* Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.

          We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt We will stop the planes the trains the schools the malls the meetings

          the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our single and shared beating heart, the way we breathe together, in

          unison. Our obligation is to each other, As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten. We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless

          cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions, to bring you this long-breaking news: We are not well. None of us; all of us are suffering. Last year,

          the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth did not give you pause. Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan. Nor the fevered climates in Japan

          and India. You have not been listening. It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold

          your lives. But the foundation is giving way, buckling under the weight of your needs and desires. We will help you. We will bring the firestorms to your

          body We will bring the fever to your body We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs that you might hear: We are not well. Despite

          what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy. We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force. We are asking you: To stop, to be still, to

          listen; To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all; To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your

          thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart; To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear,

          smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how

          does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy? To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean,

          murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes

          to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy? Many are afraid now. Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let

          it speak to you—in your stillness, listen for its wisdom. What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of

          personal inconvenience and illness? As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your

          health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you? Stop. Notice if you are resisting. Notice

          what you are resisting. Ask why. Stop. Just stop. Be still. Listen. Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required

          so that all may be well. We will help you, if you listen. — (with thanks to Daniel Drasin)

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  8. I’m sticking to common sense. So no, I am not panic buying.

    I don’t actually expect to change much at all. Being retired, I don’t spend a lot of time in crowds and I don’t go to work. So there isn’t much to change. Yes, when shopping for groceries, I will try to avoid touching my face. And I’ll wash hands first thing when I get home. But, apart from that, I don’t see much to change.

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    • Neil, I tend to agree with you.

      The kids are out of school next week and since my wife works from home and has for the last 20 years or so, with a couple of exceptions, and I’m a stay-at-home dad, I don’t imagine a lot changing for us either.

      Yes the stores are out of toilet paper but I’ve been reading that logistics and supply chains are stepping up so I’m not really panicked at this point.

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  9. Jill, while I don’t believe we should panic and overstock essential items, we should remember that this is not the regular flu. This is yet another wildlife pathogen for which we have no immunity. If you or one of your girlfriends have already been infected but don’t yet show symptoms, you will all be at risk at contracting and passing on the disease to others.

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    • I don’t take it lightly at all, I realize it is a very serious issue and that lives … many lives, perhaps … are at stake. But, I do advocate for using a little common sense and remembering that others have needs, too. Our reactions, rather than the disease itself, will determine our future on this planet, I’ve come to believe. We’re all in this together, and people putting ‘self’ ahead of the greater good, filling their basements with toilet paper while some cannot find a single roll, is not how we look out for each other, not how we take care of our world. Sigh. I’m less afraid of contracting the disease than I am afraid of what the human race is becoming.

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  10. I was witness to almost a fight yesterday as people fought over a new delivery of toilet rolls while they were being put ot. They were leaving with 48 rolls at a time.There was no liquid hand sanitizer on the shelves since last Monday. Some people will sit with shelves stacked for a very long time while others can’t get a look in. What happened to moderation?

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    • Remember back in January, when I, mostly tongue-in-cheek, said this coronavirus might be the thing that would bring about the extinction of the human species? We both rather blew it off, but … today, I’m not so sure I wasn’t spot on back then. Sigh. People have lost their bloody minds, and … moderation, common sense, compassion … they have all flown the coop, I think. Sigh.

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      • David will be self-isolating for 12 weeks by this weekend. I actually think that the UK will be in mandatory lock down very soon… Every day, this gets worse.
        People might be interested in this international press conference in China today… It was very informative about the virus and how they have gone against all the odds to stem this…

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        • Eh, David’s like me … nobody’s going to keep him locked in for long. But, you’re right … every day it gets worse. Not only the death toll, but the inhumanity of both our citizens and our government. The Chinese are also, though, incarcerating their citizens who are critical of the government’s response. Sigh. I’m not sure what this world will look like a year from now.

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        • The reason nobody in government is urgently responding to the need to rescue the economy and help struggling families whose livelihoods have been destroyed by mandated pandemic panic closings is because nobody in government has stopped getting paid because of the panic closings.

          Stop paying congress until every single family who has been effected by these mandated closings is back on solid financial footing. These bastards don’t do crap for us, they collectively have billions so they can afford to give every one of us back pay retroactively for the jobs they haven’t done. This is also prior to trump and company, the inactivity of congress.

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          • You are 100% spot on, Scott! It hasn’t actually affected any in government in a direct sort of way, and even if they did stop getting paid, they wouldn’t be left struggling to pay their rent or figure out how to buy food.


  11. I think a big part of the problem is that we have never had to do without — since rationing in WW II anyway. So we are spoiled rotten and thus go into panic mode when we perceive a treat — a threat that a great many people don’t fully understand.

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    • You’re right … we in the Western world are spoiled! We think that if we cannot buy a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk on a Monday, the world is ending. That said, I am appalled and concerned at the greed I am seeing. This whole situation is beginning to feel … apocalyptic to me. I am … sad, depressed, and disappointed in the human species in general.

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  12. We have not had to try to find much in the stores but I do know that there has been a run on most non perishable stuff. We have always had a fairly good supply of everything in stock, so yes, we had at least 5 packs of toilet rolls (purchased Autumn last year), have a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol (always have a bottle in stock), dried beans, lentils, rice, etc… Always in stock…. I could go on, but the point is, people should always build up a bit of a cushion on the non-perishables, then you don’t have to panic… And you are more able to share with those in need! 😁

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    • We stopped into a large, chain store this evening, and no produce whatsoever … no bananas, potatoes, onions, peppers, celery or apples. No water, no milk, eggs, or butter. Nary a chicken or beef bone. Sure, I always have a few pounds of rice, some dried beans, pasta, canned veggies, and in the freezer usually some chicken breasts and fish filets. But, things like fresh fruit and veggies cannot keep for long, and such things as toilet paper and paper towels, well I just don’t have room for a long-term supply. Still, we won’t starve, but this is beginning to feel very apocalyptic … depressing and dark. I’ll be surprised if the suicide rate doesn’t skyrocket in the coming weeks.

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      • I had a message from a friend in Spain. A man had gone out in his car to get groceries and stopped at a gas station on the way home. The Guardia questioned him. Because he hadn’t got a receipt for his groceries, they fined him €600 on the spot.
        Yes, this is looking very apocalyptic. 😞

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        • see, that’s what I mean.

          The governments will use this crisis as a means to take away more and more of our freedoms.

          this recounting of what happened to this person in Spain is proof of government’s ability and willingness to be ill intentioned, just another reason I don’t trust them. Wait and see if I’m not right, meanwhile, laugh at me all you want to.

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          • I’m not laughing at all … I am in complete agreement with you. Our government has proven to be sans conscience, and now they seem to have taken unprecedented power … I’m not sure where the limit is anymore.

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        • Here’s an excellent short interview with a doctor about the coronavirus.

          Dave Ruben also linked to a more extensive interview of this dude with Sam Harris but I haven’t listened to that one yet, however, I imagine they will both be quite informative.

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    • It’s nuts, my friend … just inexcusably insane! Give it a day or two, and the food will be gone, as well. Today, not a potato, banana, apple, or onion, nary a chicken or bottle of water. Milk or eggs? Hahaha. It’s beginning to feel very much apocalyptic, somehow. I’m not frightened, but … sad, depressed.

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  13. a little mom and pop dollar store franchise here in town has “solved” the toilet paper problem. They are storing ALL of it in a back warehouse, and bringing out supplies to individuals that ask for it..two packages at a time. They are keeping names of who is purchasing what, and honestly it seems to be working. they have done the same with hand sanitizers and soaps, paper napkins and paper towels. One customer had a hissy fit over it and the owners said ‘did your parents NEVER teach you to share?”. It shut down the whinging immediately. It is nothing but fear purchases. people are just plain selfish

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    • That is similar to what I told my daughter this evening. I said that if I owned a store, I would have store employees blocking the aisles of toilet paper, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer, and would dole them out, pack by pack, as customers asked for them. It’s a damn shame that adults cannot act like adults, but obviously they can’t. I love the store owner’s response to the bratty customer!!! I bet they haven’t the nerve to show their face in there again! Yes, my friend, people are just plain selfish … and arrogant, to think their needs/wants are more important than others. Sigh.

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    • Thank you, Cyn! It is insanity everywhere, and not even just in the U.S., though I think our lack of leadership has made it far worse than it might have been if, say, Obama were still president. He exuded calm & confidence, whereas the current dingbat only exudes chaos and a bad odor. Thanks much for the re-blog!


  14. So very well put my friend. When I return to this ball of mud that orbits the sun, I wish to do so in the form of a cat.
    By the way, can you write out what that text was from your friend? Thanks for the help and I hope you have a good time out.

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    • Ahhhh … I plan to return as a wolf. I will make you a promise now that if, as a wolf, I come across a cat, I shan’t eat it, just in case it is you. I will write out the text and email it to you either in a bit, or in the morning, but the gist of it is that the city is on lockdown, people are confined to their homes and police will be monitoring and arresting anyone caught outside their home. None of which is true (at least not yet), and there were even some misspellings in it, but how would Tholfaqar (my young friend) know? It was designed to frighten. Sigh.
      We had a strange time out … while we were eating our dinner, the governor announced that all restaurants and bars would close indefinitely as of 9:00 p.m. Our young server broke down in tears at the announcement, for she needs her income to survive. It was sad, but I was chuffed when the man and his family at the table next to us gave her a $100 tip, and I followed suit with $50. Not much, but hopefully it helps her.


  15. Yes, it is the same here: people are buying toilet paper like crazy … I mean, this is not a tummy bug? Sometimes humans are so irrational.
    By the way, the Netherlands is almost on lock down now: schools will be closed from tomorrow on, same as restaurants, sport clubs, cinemas … People are asked to work from home if possible, and try to keep some distance from each other when going grocery shopping. In Austria, they are even stricter: all shops apart from the necessary ones will be closed from tomorrow on, people are not supposed to gather in numbers greater than 4. And they stopped flights to and from several countries, including the Netherlands.
    I hope all this measures will help …. !

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    • These are strange and frightening times, my friend! While we were dining out this afternoon, the governor of our state announced that as of 9:00 p.m., all restaurants and bars would be closed indefinitely. I’m betting that by the end of the week all but grocery stores, pharmacies and medical offices will be closed. Like you, I hope it helps but I have my doubts. I don’t think anyone quite knows what would be best, so they are grasping at straws. Keep safe! Love ‘n hugs. ❤

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