real life

A 1583-post collection

Winding Down?

Optimists are saying we might be free of lockdown procedures as early as May.

When the dust finally clears, epidemiologists will be comparing the Covid-19 spread in the USA versus how it hit in South Korea. Both countries got the virus on the very same day, but both nations had very different policies with how to deal with it.

S. Korea locked down instantly, put all possible effort into manufacturing PPE and making certain there were enough medical facilities to go around. Death count is up in three figures for S. Korea. Meanwhile, in the USA, the Muppet did the three D's [Deny, Delay, Distract] until it was PAINFULLY OBVIOUS he was lying through his teeth, and then the rest of the fuckshit him and his deceptive deviltry. Getting the Navy to do profiteering by acquiring any medical stuff off of other nations, and then starting a bidding war over all that noise between states and emergency services.

Result: expected deaths in six figures, possibly more. Of course they're selecting the people who survive on an economic basis. Homeless have been given "parking lots" to sleep on pavement whilst thousands of hotel rooms lie vacant. People with disabilities are going to be allowed to die whilst the able are permitted to live... with a lifetime debt to keep them under the thumb.

Also, the USA is going to have the plague for way longer than S. Korea.

It's all going to get down to who did what and with the correct timing, who actually gave a shit about regular folks, and for bonus points - who gave enough of a shit to the elderly and disabled.

The future will be judging our leaders by what they've been doing during this crisis. The Muppet is not going to look that great in the long run. For a man centred entirely around vainglory? That's going to suck major balls for him. I confess to a little bit of anticipatory schadenfreude.

Speaking of the Muppet... it turns out that the untested antimalarial drug that he's been singing praises about... is something manufactured by a corporation he OWNS. The Muppet is making money out of a huge disaster, and other people's misery. BIG. FUCKING. SHOCK.

Sigh.

See that rant? That's why I should stay away from the firkin news.

Deep breaths...

Mayhem has the sniffles and a cough. He's pretty sure it's not the Plague, but he's staying home anyway. Best to keep one's virii to oneself.

If I want to make more masks, I'm going to need more cord. Mayhem's going to need his if the seasonal sniffles continues to persist.

For my mental health, today, I am not getting involved in any Covid news. I'm at my capacity. I can't look at the latest piles of idiocy without breaking my heart.

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Really Late Start

I'm still alive, dear readers. Not yet fucked, or so I hope. Beloved and I have been making sneezeguard masks so that we don't accidentally spread anything to anyone else.

If you cough or sneeze, and go outside, you should wear one of these - it's just good manners.

A step-by-step version with our adjustments will be up on my foodie blog in due course. But we need to go out and get cordage for the ear pieces. I have enough for

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Further and further into the weeds...

Officials are telling us to act as if we're already sick. The USA is ordering body bags instead of ventilators. Of course the idiots in charge over there are proposing "biggest disaster first" spot-treating the outbreaks.

There's increasing evidence that wearing masks will curb the spread if everyone wears a mask when they go out and they use all the other social distancing protocols.

People who are looking after the sick are dying. Elon Musk bought a bunch of CPAP machines and

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I might be fucked, IDK

My headache got so excruciating during yesterday that I took the ibuprofen-paracetamol combo and now I'm SUPER paranoid about whether or not I or anyone in the family could be infected.

Worse news - the cyclone headache is edging back into my awareness.

If I hold out for as long as possible and keep my distance from everyone in the world and be paranoid about avoiding outside contact, I might be able to avoid the Plague. I hope. I pray.

I really

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Ow... Ow... Ow... Ffffuuuuu...

I have a cyclone headache, and I can't use ibuprofen to defeat it because use of that increases my risk of catching The Plague.

Paracetamol does nothing, alas. I need the combo of paracetamol and ibuprofen to kill this cyclone headache of mine. Boo.

The sun's come up, and my alarm's gone off, so I need to feed the cats, feed my sourdough starters, and clean out the litterbox in the catio.

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Fun was had

...video should be edited, but right now I feel about as creative as a shred of cardboard. I can write maybe one or two sentences in anything I want to write.

I want to experience something new, but I don't want to start on anything. It's like I'm circling some kind of drain and I don't know how to get myself out of it.

Got any suggestions for sweet-happy cheer-up material that's minimal effort? I kind'a need it.

They're cracking down on

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Ooh, it's all so nice in the nuthouse...

Misinformation is spreading from the highest sections, with people in the admin section of the USA recommending dangerous shit like medication that hasn't been properly tested, or sticking a blow-dryer up your nose. We need experts on the screen telling folks the proper things to do.

The Muppet says that everyone should get back to work by April 12, whilst the actual medics say he's pulled that date out of his arse. In Australia, we have people with red circles on their

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Day Nine: Severe Measures

There's still idiots flaunting the law and one bloke who repeatedly escaped restrictions and got jailed for it. People are living alone in hotel rooms and public figures are wearing little green squares on their clothing... possibly to show that they've tested clean for Covid. It might be a new variant of the support ribbon, I don't know. All I know for sure is that it looks like a sticker.

Officials are urging younger folks to take the isolation protocols seriously because

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Technically Day Eight

We've completed a week of isolation out of the initial fortnight they expect us to stay away from everyone in order to flatten the curve. As one of the "at risk" folk, I'm staying the hell away from any kind of public place until all the news of corona dies down or a vaccine is invented, whichever comes first.

The Muppet is expecting people to be nice to him in order to gain support for the crisis. Translation: he's not doing his

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Early Start

I began my day at half-past midnight in expectation of a stream... but Toasty isn't in the right mindset to Art, today. That's cool, though, because I finally got my keister in gear and caught up with the buffer for Inter-Mission. The downside now is that I have to find a rough half-hour in which everyone else is asleep so I can record more stories for more buffer.

Which is going to be fun because the entire house is now on Who

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Bread Day part 2

Wholemeal flour rises REAL slow, so I give it the maximum possible time to do stuff. I'm worried that the dough is really dry.

Probably the third iteration of bread will be much better because I won't spill water on my surface and I'll know about a proper surface to flour and all that nonsense.

This lot will be better than the last lot. The next lot will be better than this lot. That's what progress is.

Speaking of progress, my breads

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Bread Day the Second!

I got enough wholemeal flour to make a loaf and keep the starter alive, so I'm making some proper sourdough that hopefully won't go flat as a tack this time.

I also made some pancakes and I think I've perfected the recipe enough that I can put the final version up on my foodie blog.

The bread will likely appear there tomorrow. Sourdough takes time. Lots of time. Lots of time and heaps of flour.

I only realised yesterday that the reason

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FuuuuuuUUUUUUCK!

Day 4 of official home quarantine procedures. Mayhem has work, and I started my morning thinking that my cat was going to die.

Apparently, when cats taste something they don't like, they smack their chops and make a lot of spit bubbles. I learned this because I spent a panicked half hour and $100 taking Pippi to the vet to find out that she wasn't poisoned or victim to a surprise disease.

AUGH.

Lots of public places prefer to keep their distance

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Officially Day 3 of Quarantine

I've more or less been self-isolated for a majority of my time. Introverts are ahead of the learning curve on that count. It turns out my productive output lately has been tied to my emotional state. Therefore, I'm working on my mental health with my own personal regime of treatment.

  • Only viewing new news about the continuing plague crisis
  • Singing when the mood suits me no matter what the family has to say
  • Seeking out some new experiences to enrich my noggin
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