Started by dsanchez, February 23, 2020, 23:47:08
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QuoteTested positive on Jan 4, after symptoms beginning on Dec 27. We didn't go anywhere or see anyone. X, Y and I were all sick. W. never had any symptoms. We all tested negative on Jan 8. And I have since tested negative again for work again on Jan 25.I lost my sense of taste and smell completely for about 36 hours. I ate a whole lemon and could feel the acidity on my tongue and in my mouth but couldn't taste it. We had been doing the right thing; wearing masks in public, washing hands regularly, hand sanitizer, and generally just staying home. I had to test regularly for work, so that was the barometer that what we were doing was working.Then, Y flew to ... . She was calling us saying "the coronavirus might as well not exist in South Carolina" ie no one wore masks and u could still eat inside and do whatever u wanted. Next thing you know, we were sick... imagine that. It sucks because we had done the right thing for many months, and this one slip up made it all for naught. Before I had it, if someone was sneezing and coughing near me in a store, I would drop everything and run out. Now I'm just like whatever...I know it hits everyone differently. Thankfully in our family it was very mild.
Quote from: Ulrich on February 05, 2021, 13:09:04It sucks because we had done the right thing for many months, and this one slip up made it all for naught.
Quote from: Ulrich on February 05, 2021, 13:09:04Now I'm just like whatever...
Quote from: SueC on February 06, 2021, 02:12:20I find this part especially sad.
Quote from: SueC on February 06, 2021, 11:20:34"Whatever" is a bit more than "no longer panicking"
QuoteThe Covid vaccine rollout in this country is disgusting. Although I qualify right now it is impossible to get my first shot, and that's because the production is slow too. I blame it on the former regime, who should have acted much earlier taking the pandemic more seriously. Another four years of that regime would turn the USA into a third world country, with black market vaccines, militia in the streets and inflation. Sorry, but I'm really upset. I'll keep wearing a mask, avoid contact with other people, including my own family and get tested regularly.
Quote from: dsanchez on February 07, 2021, 13:00:42It looks like it will be until autumn until I get my shot.
QuoteSound and lighting technicians, guitar/keyboard/drum techs, truck drivers, tour accountants and road managers, caterers, and union workers at the venues are just some of the behind-the-scenes talent that have made good solid middle-class livings for doing their part in the live music music business, and they're dying on the vine because it has stopped.Many artists think of their crews as family and have done all they can to help them during this crisis, but even an artist with deep pockets is suffering after a year without the lucrative revenue that comes from being on tour. The venue landscape will undoubtedly look different when some normalcy returns to the business. Indie venues were already in trouble world-wide thanks to gentrification, increased insurance rates, and city zoning laws. Most smaller venues live month-to-month even during the best of times, so being closed for a year or more is a sure knock-out blow.
Quote from: dsanchez on February 07, 2021, 13:00:42Is there's any ETA for when you guys will get the vaccine? It looks like it will be until autumn until I get my shot. Looks like another year wasted. Everything's closed, it's ghost town in Bratislava.
QuoteEs müssen nicht erst die großen Dramen und tragischen Schicksale sein, die zeigen, wie sehr das Andauern der Corona-Krise zum sozialen Problem geworden ist. Psychologinnen und Psychiater beobachten bereits zunehmend Angst- und Essstörungen, Sozialverbände warnen verstärkt vor Vereinsamung unter Seniorinnen und Senioren, die zum Rasten und damit zum Rosten verdammt sind, und Krankenkassen mahnen längst, unter Berufstätigen steigen die Fallzahlen bei Depressionen. Alle, die diese Kolumne relativ regelmäßig verfolgen, wissen, dass ich nicht gegen Corona-Maßnahmen bin. Im Gegenteil, gehöre ich doch selbst zur Risikogruppe. Es ist jedoch unverantwortlich, wie wir insbesondere mit Kindern und Jugendlichen in dieser Pandemiezeit umgehen. Kaum Konzepte, kaum Aufmerksamkeit, keine Schnelltests, kein Sport, keine Hobbys, keine gleichaltrigen Freundinnen und Freunde ... einfach nichts. Dieser Zustand wird bei sehr vielen jungen Menschen Wunden hinterlassen, die nicht so einfach zu heilen sind. Wirtschaftlich vermag Deutschland den Lockdown noch lange durchhalten, gesellschaftlich nicht. Bei der künftigen Gestaltung der Corona-Maßnahmen müssen die gesundheitlichen Entwicklungen im Fokus bleiben: 1. die Todeszahlen, 2. die Entwicklungen in den Krankenhäusern, vor allem auf den Intensivstationen, 3. das Infektionsgeschehen. Je länger die Pandemie allerdings dauert, desto stärker treten soziale und psychische Schäden neben ihnen in Erscheinung und gewinnen an Relevanz. Wenn Bund und Länder nächste Woche zusammentreten, müssen sie das endlich berücksichtigen!
QuoteThe White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci, has spoken about the challenge of containing more infectious variants of Covid-19 even as vaccines are rolled out, in an online conversation with Australia's chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly."Here is the challenge: are we going to chase each variant in an almost whack-a-mole way, or are we going to try and get a vaccine that has a good degree of protection against several strains and get the level of virus so low that we don't really have an outbreak?" he asked. "Both strategies are being pursued in the United States."In the online discussion hosted by the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fauci said the US was working with Moderna to develop a vaccine specific to the variant identified in South Africa, and Pfizer was exploring whether a booster shot if its vaccine might offer additional protection against the variant first identified in the UK.But the best thing countries could do was to contain large outbreaks, he said, because the more a virus circulates, the more opportunities there are for mutations to occur, eventually leading to more virulent variants."The best thing that we can do really is to get as much control over the existing replication and dynamics of the virus," he said. This was something the US had not managed to do in the same way as Australia, he said, because Australia's lockdowns were more stringent and effective. The US reopened after lockdowns while cases were still in the tens of thousands, which meant control of the virus was impossible."Just this past winter and late fall we were averaging an extraordinary 300,000 to 400,000 cases per day, and 3,000 to 4,000 deaths per day. That's just a completely different galaxy than what Australia was experiencing."He said he was concerned that even as vaccines were rolled out in the US and new cases fell, the case numbers may plateau "at an unacceptably high level" – still high enough to give the virus more opportunity to mutate."Viruses don't mutate unless they replicate," he said. "And the more spread that you have in the community, the greatest chance you're going to have of the initiation and propagation of variants. And that's what we're seeing in the United States."Kelly said Australia had recorded 140 cases of the variant first identified in the UK and 25 of the variant identified in South Africa – "but mostly they've remained in hotel quarantine".
QuoteWhat a lovely pandemic: Australia's 250 richest now own the equivalent of 25% GDPLast year Australia's 250 richest people were worth a collective $377 billion. Today, they're worth $470 billion. If you found 2020 a tough year, you're obviously not rich enough.It's been a good pandemic for Australia's richest people, and The Weekend Australian (of all places) has now revealed just how good: the total wealth of the richest 250 Australians is up about 25%. That's a jump from $377 billion to $470 billion.This fact was buried deep on page 82 of the paper's glossy magazine insert, The List. I'm sure you didn't expect the Murdoch media to go all Thomas Piketty with their rich list, but here we are.Rich lists in Australia's media (the AFR has one too) are a 1980s hangover designed to draw in luxury advertisers in a celebration of wealth and the cult of the entrepreneur. Born in a gaudier time, they're now a sharp reminder of the policy slogan popularised by US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: every billionaire is a policy failure.
QuoteThese are the Bastards who deny citizenship to a kid who was born here – because he was born with cerebral palsy AND MIGHT BE A BURDEN ON.... ON THE PUBLIC PURSE CONTINUALLY RORTED AND ROBBED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE OBSCENELY RICH AND THEIR FLUNKIES POLITICIANS.
QuoteYou will never get a wealth tax in Oz, the coalition driven by the Nats squattocracy would not countenance it and Labor won't want to alienate tradies who are becoming wealthy...The Rich will continue to get richer, while ScoMo and Co spread the lie of "having a go to get a go"
QuoteWhen growth on assets is growing more than GDP it is a no-brainer that Australia would be far better off taxing wealth. Perhaps then some relief on tax for working Australians could then be introduced and actually build the economy. The benefits would also flow into the health system (in crises) and social welfare programs, which also flow into the economy. Any government that can't see that is not a government for the country, just a funding organisation for the rich and an enabler for the revolving door system to favour themselves.
QuoteSo they got a 25% hike in wealth thanks to Jobkeeper. Phase 2 will be a tax cut so they will barely pay tax on any income derived, if they are unlucky enough not to have their assets tucked away safely in the Caymans.
QuoteAnd #ScottyFromMarketing's response to this disgusting inequity is that he 'does not engage in the politics of envy'. One wonders when the 'politics of social and wealth equity' become relevant. Is it when the top 10% own 90% of the wealth?On this, Piketty has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that the only effective way to reverse increasing inequity is an annual tax on wealth; ie not something half-arsed and avoidable like the dreaded death tax. Yet the electorate, almost all victims of increasing inequity are so easily convinced that even a death tax is terrifying. Never underestimate the stupidity of the electorate.
QuoteStuff like this is why I'm baffled that this gets dismissed from the political conversation as "the politics of envy" yet measures to crack down on the poor are a guaranteed vote winner. We are generating enough prosperity in a society that no-one would need to live in poverty, yet we choose this as a just society by the politicians we vote for and the policies they champion.
QuoteEvery voting Australian, around 12 million of us, allow this gross immoral unfairness to continue. These billionaires [and our elected government] know that as long as we are not hungry and the crumbs of wealth sent our way pacify us, there will not be a revolution. True democracy is 'a social condition of classlessness and equality'. I do not know how we obtain this equality, but it will require a fight.
QuoteWealth tax?Who do you think you are?Lenin?The good news is the human race will soon be all but extinct, if not actually extinct.
Quote from: undefinedIf you found 2020 a tough year, you're obviously not rich enough.