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Posted on 20-03-18, 11:56
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PSA: wash your filthy hands! And don't get fooled by the "social network" dumbification!

So yeah, Soviet Supremo Maduro declared a nationwide lockdown, just like half of the planet is doing right now.

No work. No banks. No fun. Only gas stations, food shops, pharmacies and places that sell cleaning products are allowed to remain open during the "social voluntary quarantine". Flights have been grounded, both domestic and foreign. Interstate traffic is also severely limited, and our friendly national guards are delaying or returning pretty much everybody, no matter if they carry a truckload of precious vegetables or toilet paper.

No shortages of toilet paper have been reported yet, but then, a 4-pack costs up to a minimum monthly wage, so it isn't you have a choice anyway. On the other side, there are shortages of rubbing alcohol, facemasks... and lemons. Don't ask why, as the only possible answer is "people are beyond stupid".

Since workplaces are closed (save for skeleton crews for payroll and security), in a country where people can't even live from paycheck to paycheck, it means we're fucking DOOMED. Not because of the virus (you're GOING to get infected and, if you're lucky, die because our health system is non-existant), but due to the inability of earning money. Since I now work as a contractor for $FORMER_BOSS, who in turn works as a contractor for several government entities, it means our next paycheck is in eternal limbo, way more than usual. Yay me.

Banks are closed, which means no cash for you! (I guess my collection will stagnate, and I won't be laying my hands on those sweet new Soviet-printed banknotes anytime soon), unless you're willing to risk your health by locating the only ATM in city that still works AND has cash (and long, LONG lines, by extension). Which also means not only prices will skyrocket (fueling even more the never-ending hyperinflation), it also implies a somewhat curious scenario in an economy where quite a lot of business are reliant on hard currency transactions in cold, hard cash: are retailers going to disinfect every single $/€ bill they get into their hands?

Speaking about dumb: facemask usage is now MANDATORY for anyone that dares leaving home. Never mind the fact that people that actually does science-y stuff have more than confirmed that facemasks are totally useless to prevent catching these nasty viruses, and the only ones that SHOULD actually be wearing them are doctors, nurses, and people that is actually infected! However, wearing disposable gloves is actually a GOOD idea - pretty much every retailer I've seen is now wearing gloves and facemasks.

$MOM is scared to death as she is on the high risk population zone: over 65, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension. Oh, and "atypical pneumonia" antecedents. One single specimen of the virus and she is toast. Can't blame her, but given the fact communism is not going away anytime soon, this doesn't help her mental health at all.

In the meanwhile, Movistar has just slapped me with a hefty phone bill just because they can, because it's too expensive for them to give any consideration. But then this is the same carrier that in its homeland Spain is asking people to "not Internet too hard", so fuck'em.


...yet the IOC has yet to cancel the Olympics, because they must award those gold medals to dead people.
Let's HOPE this shitty virus doesn't mutate into anything even more deadly, although some scientists are fearing exactly that scenario.


Sooooo... how are you doing in your respective lands of doom?

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Posted on 20-03-18, 13:46

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In Brazil, we finally had our first death in over 200 confirmed cases, and while our President has been sucking playing the Trump card with his negationist shit, and even calling up the population to reunite against the congress - consequently, screwing up all the efforts of his own ministry of health - a few people without braindead cells has some conscious and put themselves in social voluntary quarantine, though you still hear the usual "it's just flu" commentary on social medias.

Since there is no effort from the goverment itself to mitigate the virus spread, states alone have been taking their own varied measures, as closing schools and canceling big events with more than 100 people.

Many of the churches, unsurprisingly, the ones with deep ties to the President, also calls COVID-19 bullshit, and say to their followers to keep agglomerating.

Yeah, seems like that if we get to a situation closer to Italy (given our immense territory and worse health system, it's gonna be way way way more catastrophic), Brazil will be fucked up simply because we did not believe the virus.

Also, 15 people who travelled with him to the United States, and kept CLOSE contact, were tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Many politicians (including Miami Mayor) who got in touch with the presidential entourage has been diagnosed positive. But it seems both Brazil and USA presidents are invencible, despite everyone around them getting sick.
Posted on 20-03-20, 06:18

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A chance to get creative.

Drive-Thru Strip Shows!

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Posted on 20-03-20, 07:56
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Posted by creaothceann
A chance to get creative.

Drive-Thru Strip Shows!

That... just no.
There's so many things wrong with this idea, even ignoring the massive waste of hand sanitizer that's already in short supply because everyone is idiots.

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Posted on 20-03-20, 12:23
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Fun fact (and by "fun", I mean "moronic"):

Most countries are heavily relying on mail/parcel services for delivering stuff to quarantined people in lockdown areas. Sure, your Amazon deals on Blu-Rays and other Chinese junk have lower priority than, say, toilet paper, but those are more active than ever.

Not in Soviet Venezuela!
Mail/parcel services have completely stopped working here during the lockdown: not only in-office but also home deliveries (which have been getting increasingly rare due to the unique logistics shitshow in this shithole). So if you had any deliveries in transit over here... you may as well consider those lost, as there is a single group of people that never stops working, even when ordered to: delinquents.

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Posted on 20-03-20, 15:41
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Europe pls:

https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/03/20/1531203/youtube-goes-sd-streaming-by-default-in-europe-due-to-covid-19
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/20/03/19/1830210/netflix-to-reduce-eu-bandwidth-by-25
https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/20/03/19/1352202/netflix-urged-to-slow-down-streaming-to-stop-the-internet-from-breaking
https://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_el-trafico-de-internet-sube-un-40-en-espana-y-los-operadores-piden-moderacion_2369893

Half your goddamned continent is either dying or locked shut in their homes, yet all you care is people not Netflixing hard!?

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Posted on 20-03-20, 16:02 (revision 1)

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You think that's stupid? How about this:

Nebraskans are stealing toilet paper from interstate rest stops
18,000 pounds of toilet paper found in stolen tractor-trailer, North Carolina cops say

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Posted on 20-03-21, 16:56

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I wonder if there's going to be a population spike because of the quarantine.
Posted on 20-03-21, 17:55

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And/or a spike in divorces.

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Posted on 20-03-21, 18:28 (revision 1)
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In the meanwhile, in "THINK ON THE POOR SHAREHOLDERS!" 'murica: why GameStop is scum, volume LXXVIII:
https://gbatemp.net/threads/despite-store-closures-worldwide-gamestop-remains-open-claiming-they-are-essential-retail.560353/

This sits them at the same league of Charter, Tesla (SHUT UP MUSK!) and some unnamed French biz.

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Posted on 20-03-21, 22:32
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Yeah, Gamestop's run by total psychopaths. I wasn't at all surprised to see that.

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Posted on 20-03-21, 23:57
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Whoops? https://www.dualshockers.com/gamestop-closed-pennsylvania-coronavirus/
Posted on 20-03-22, 01:46
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Posted by Kawa
Whoops? https://www.dualshockers.com/gamestop-closed-pennsylvania-coronavirus/

HAHA!
"Hey, Gamestop. You wanna play hardball, we'll play hardball. You don't exist in our state anymore."
"Huh. Attention valued customers. Due to recent developments in the ongoing crisis, we are suspending retail business."

(They are still open for curbside pickup, apparently.)

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Posted on 20-03-22, 18:03

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Posted by ndiddy
I wonder if there's going to be a population spike because of the quarantine.

No doubt, prepare for the Baby Boomers MK II in about 9 months or so

Posted by NTI
In Brazil, we finally had our first death in over 200 confirmed cases

I'm in a similar boat with my local area. Except instead of there being over 200 cases in the whole country, it's 200 cases in my state county (With the first death happening within the past few days)
Both our countries haven't been handling it well, that's for sure. But I'm staying totally indoors and keeping clean, so hopefully I don't get sick; seeing what's happening in Italy almost feels like a glance into our future.
Posted on 20-03-23, 23:05 (revision 1)
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Derek Lowe has been doing a great job aggregating all medical/pharma research stuff that has been done around COVID-19 in his blog.

I’ve come to accept that the site is going to be pretty much all-corona-all-the-time during this crisis. I’ll try to do the occasional post on something else, but there’s so much news on the epidemic, so much (nearly involuntary!) interest and, not least, so much complete garbage information out there that I feel that those of us with some expertise to offer and some experience in communicating it should step up. And it’s not like I’m doing drug discovery work in my basement, either, sadly.


Too bad that, among all the things that have been cancelled due to COVID-19, is the "nitrating all the nitros" 2020 season :/

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Posted on 20-03-24, 00:23
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Posted by tomman

Too bad that, among all the things that have been cancelled due to COVID-19, is the "nitrating all the nitros" 2020 season :/
Nooooooooooo!

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Posted on 20-03-24, 20:47 (revision 1)

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Posted by tomman
...yet the IOC has yet to cancel the Olympics, because they must award those gold medals to dead people.
Let's HOPE this shitty virus doesn't mutate into anything even more deadly, although some scientists are fearing exactly that scenario.

Sooooo... how are you doing in your respective lands of doom?


Well, they've now been officially postponed to 2021.

Canada's not quite there but is possibly heading towards full lockdown mode as well.
Posted on 20-03-24, 23:24

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India is officially in lockdown for 3 weeks... good luck actually enforcing that.

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Posted on 20-03-25, 16:04

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My younger brother and his girlfriend went to Chicago a couple weeks ago and caught it (flu-like symptoms and lost sense of taste, still self-quarantining). My older brother's fiancee and kids have fevers (and he did, too, briefly). I've had something weakening for a while and a mild fever. I'm hesitant to go in to get a test, because if it's not coronavirus I could get it then or transmit it, and they're not likely to give me one anyway. Oh well, if I die, I'll let you guys know.

I've stopped reading and watching the news. Too many places are doomsaying for the sake of advertising dollars and ease with which they can generate a story. Then there are so many people commenting who are schadenfreudes, trying to make things worse because they think they, themselves, are invincible. This thing has revealed the face of society, and it's not pleasant.
Posted on 20-03-25, 17:07 (revision 1)
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Butbutbut dude, dead people can't send telegrams!

Over here, even if you WANT to get proactively tested, there is nowhere to go unless you're literally dying!

Oh yeah, a week and a half of isolation and the whole country is falling apart:

- No gas/diesel at the pumps, save for very select locations (where they only serve high-priority vehicles like food and public transportation the elite and those who are willing to pay $2/liter). This means over 80% of the traffic is gone. We already started the year with severe fuel shortages, but they have become EXTREME since quarantine started!

- Good luck buying food, BTW: in this place of the country, most of our vegetables are shipped from the Western states... where gas shortages are critical. The place where I buy my veggies (the only one in the entire city with somewhat affordable prices, we call those a "feria", which is not exactly the same as a farmers' market) can't get their trucks on the road because they can't fill their diesel tanks, and therefore announced they're not coming until mid-April at the very earliest. Naturally this means that there is places out there selling shit like moldy potatoes at insane premiums. On the flip side, if you live at said Western states, they have been blessed with FREE produce... because farmers can't sell it locally anyway! But then you get no beef/dairy, since those come from center/Eastern states.

- If anyone dares paying you with a check, get that fucker COVID'd in the act! No bank branches working means there is no fucking way to cash/deposit a check because banks over here still refuse to get with the times (only two banks I know allow check deposits using your newfangled camera phones), and there is still people that refuse to pay with bank transfers (mostly the public sector AKA gubmints)

- There have been reports of lootings in several places of the country, mostly at foodplaces.

- The Donkey Supremo froze rents for 6 months and ordered telcos to suspend billing services. While this gives me temporary relief (fuck Movistar, seriously, FUCK'EM HARD!), this also means our telcos quality of service (which was already marginal) will drop to nothingness in no time.

This is getting worse than the previous Arduous March nationwide blackouts - if you don't die due to COVID-19, you will die of plain ol' starvation: either you have no money to buy food, or you have no place to go buy some!

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