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  • I can't truly process how insane this is.

    How does the United States of America -- "THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH" -- have a feckless idiot in charge who goes on TV everyday, makes declarations about what will happen, never does anything that is talked about in the press conferences but then goes on Twitter to brag about his "ratings" vs. THE BACHELOR?

    HOW IS THIS REAL LIFE?

    Truly, as this drags on, the most frustrating and maddening thing is the inaction and/or actual thwarting of real efforts to resolve this thing by the federal government. From just making bullshit promises that never result in anything (I refuse to watch the press briefings b/c I will not give this moron "ratings") to literally seizing (!!!) PPE from the states, you can hardly believe any one administration could be this incompetent, stupid, and defensive ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

    This will last much longer, we will face more death, and the economy will be destroyed. In part due to the virus but also in large part due to the lack of a coherent response and strategy.
    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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    • One of the things that both infuriates and encourages me is seeing how quickly grassroots style fundraising can happen when we face this level of need. But also how necessary it is because the people in charge are often too busy with petty fighting and crippled by their own incompetence to achieve much of anything. Like people started having to shut down their small businesses and schools announced closures and immediately people were just like, "Cool, we'll take kids' lunches, you take care of making masks, you make sure health care workers can afford child care, and you take care of restaurant employees who can't work." I love seeing it, but at the same time 50 billionaires could try to one up each other in the generosity games during a massive Zoom meeting and make a way bigger difference. Instead, they're taking advantage of loop holes and applying for small business loans.

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      • The ability of smaller community/groups to come together in times of crisis has never been in question to me. We've seen people pull together again and again and again. It's why stuff like The Walking Dead always struck me as insane with its stupid central premise being that people .... don't appear to want communities? And like 70% of human beings are sociopaths at heart? LOL WUT. It's not relatable to me at all.

        Clearly, tho, something about our system of government and structure allows only the worst people to thrive, maybe? It's a cesspool of villainy and incompetence that breaks my brain.
        Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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        • I think The Walking Dead and a lifetime of watching post-apocalyptic movies kinda gave the Mr. additional anxiety early on when combined with articles about the surge in gun sales due to fears of looting. Even as I was silently panicking, I also had to be like, don't worry, it’ll be a century or two before the first annual Mad Divergent Purge Games Zombieland/Waterworld Royale.

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          • On March 12 - - when my brother and I were grocery shopping and saw how insane it was - we both saw the Good Guys and the Walking Dead guys. The GG were cool, funny, already saying how this was going to last into the summer but hey, I'm just buying what I need for the week. The WD guys had a cart full of water, a cart full of tp, a cart full of rice, pasta and flour - - and they were looking around like they expected someone to jump them in the store to get their precious tp. While we were joking about it he commented, "I hope this is the end of capitalism." I thought it was a bit extreme but yeah, I totally hope so, too.

            Some European (Dutch?) think tanks got together and had a wish list of what can happen now. As someone who grew up in a country with many socialist policies I looked at the list and thought "Yeah, that's doable." But you know the Trumpians are going to take their stimulus cheque and buy more MAGA wear and go back to work and kill us all.
            Mitch and the rest of the enablers are seriously effing things up for everyone but their rich buddies.

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            • Yeah, there are just too many incompetent sociopaths running around Washington.

              I don't watch the briefings because I certainly have no interest in attending a Trump rally but later I saw a clip showing that insane motherfucker wants to "see" if people can inject cleaning fluid into their bodies to kill the virus. The fact that Birx didn't jump up and scream "NOPE! STOP!" is a sign that we have no moral courage in this country.
              Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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              • And even with DAILY evidence that he's deeply stupid and unwilling to learn, there's still a healthy chance that we'll have to deal with him for 4 more years. I just can't. I don't know how Birx and Fauci do it.

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                • Inject. Disinfectant. Does he WANT to kill his supporters?

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                  • I really could not believe my ears.
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                    • It's ok. All his followers will tell you not to believe your ears or eyes. Because no one understands Ol' Trump but them.
                      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                      • I knew everyone around us wasn’t being as extreme as we’ve been about social distancing. However, the past couple days have been a real EYE OPENER. Now, around here, if you don’t know anyone in healthcare or anyone who’s been infected yet, it’s starting to feel less real. During a 6ft-away-hangout, a very sweet parent of a friend tried to give the Mr. a handshake. I went to my work today in a mask just to pick up my new laptop and successfully avoided all human contact...until the elevator stopped on another floor. I was sweating so hard, you guys. The lady asked if I needed to get out on her floor and I said “No, but-” and she started to get in before I could finish my sentence! I immediately jumped out and waited for another elevator. It was the first time I 100% thought for a second, “ENJOY YOUR COVID” (even though in the moment SHE was the one who was somewhat protected by my mask). Our state re-opens May 1st and I feel like we’re so fucked.
                        Last edited by LaaLaa; 04-27-2020, 03:02 PM.

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                        • It’s super frustrating to see the difference in behaviors between people who work in healthcare and those who don’t. Mr. T’s friend’s mom asked if he could come over this past weekend since they’ve been staying home for the past month and I was like, “Bitch, do you know where I work?” Texas opens back up on Friday also with some bullshit 25% max capacity allowance at retail, restaurants, and MOVIE THEATERS. Those seats are already the most disgusting black light abominations in the world and we’re just gonna act like it’s cool for a theater to be a quarter full in the middle of this mess. And they’re allowing libraries and museums to open so little kids can run around and touch everything just to make sure we all get sick as fast as possible.

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                          • The death toll in Georgia is rising and they’re reopening bowling alleys. I guess a month was their limit on not bowling.

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                            • Ugh, sorry sorry sorry, I did not want to imply that only healthcare peeps take this situation seriously since that is thankfully not true. That was a dick thing to say. I wanted to outline the difference in what I’m seeing from people at work vs. what I’m seeing from *some people* outside of work, but did it poorly. For all I know, the same people who are super compliant at work run around and cough on shit on purpose at the grocery store out of spite.

                              Most models indicate that Texas hasn’t reached its peak yet either so this is gonna be a super fun summer if we have to go through a second lockdown. Mr. T’s been moody and told Mr. Issie that he was tired of all of us being together so much and it wasn’t even in a mean or angry way. He just kind of said it super honestly and we both just looked at each other like “Well, yup.”

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                              • It didn’t read like that at all! I‘m wondering if intermittent lockdowns are what these “I have a right to a haircut!” folks actually want, because corona didn’t “disappear like a miracle.” If they want movies and bowling back, they’re eventually going to start seeing people they know test positive and need treatment. Will it feel real then? This time around, I fear there are going to be a ton more Karen Kolb Sehlkes.

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