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  • I've started rereading W. G. Sebald's
    luminous, shattering Austerlitz,

    drawn, in part, by the haunting
    opening scene, at the Antwerp Zoo:

    I cannot now recall exactly what creatures I saw on that
    visit to the Antwerp Nocturama [...]. The only animal which
    has remained lingering in my memory is the racoon. I
    watched it for a long time as it sat beside a little stream
    with a serious expression on its face, washing the same
    piece of apple over and over again, as if it hoped that all
    this washing, which went far beyond any reasonable
    thoroughness, would help it to escape the unreal world
    in which it had arrived, so to speak, through no fault of
    its own. Otherwise, all I remember of the denizens of the
    Nocturama is that several of them had strikingly large
    eyes, and the fixed, inquiring gaze found in certain
    painters and philosophers who seek to penetrate the
    darkness which surrounds us purely by means of
    looking and thinking.



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    • my sister has cold symptoms...

      and since it is impossible to get
      tested here, we shall just have
      to wait...

      it is probably just a cold, but
      since she works for the health
      department—she's in administration,
      head of reproductive health, not on
      the front lines, but she may have
      been in contact with people who are,
      given the way san francisco began
      preparing very early and the way
      the health department was calling
      on all their people—i am somewhat
      worried...

      and of course i cannot make her
      chicken soup or do anything to
      comfort her, save send funny texts—

      at least i know my brother-in-law
      is there, is wonderful and caring—


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      • bespangeled
        bespangeled commented
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        Sending reiki. If she has a stuffy head it's probably not COBVID from what I've read. It's hard not to be able to reach out - I sympathize with that. My adopted son had emergency surgery and I couldn't go to the hospital. He and my daughter wouldn't let me.

      • vampmogs
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        Wishing her all the best. It's shameful she can't get tested, especially as a health care professional.

      • SpuffyGlitz
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        Oh, my best wishes to her and to you, virtual hugs <3
        Last edited by SpuffyGlitz; 25-03-20, 04:13 AM.

    • Ontario is closing everything "non-essential" but there's a massive list of exceptions, a lot of which I can actually understand. Still unsettling though.

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      • Originally posted by DanSlayer View Post
        Ontario is closing everything "non-essential" but there's a massive list of exceptions, a lot of which I can actually understand. Still unsettling though.
        There's not nearly as much unessential as people think when you start scrutinizing it.
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        • DanSlayer
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          Quebec's done the same and their list of exceptions seems shorter but I think that's partly because they left a lot more things generic. Ontario did too but it made a longer list with examples.

      • countless thanks for all the thoughts, the
        kind wishes for my sister (and me)—

        she was feeling dizzy this morning, but
        this had subsided by late afternoon—

        your care gives much, gives more—


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        • Things are ramping up it seems. Britain on lock down. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada too. I think my province must be next. I hope the state governments can keep Americans safe. Trump is clearly insane.


          I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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          • Originally posted by GoSpuffy View Post
            Things are ramping up it seems. Britain on lock down. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada too. I think my province must be next. I hope the state governments can keep Americans safe. Trump is clearly insane.
            worried about your last two points:

            yes, trump is the embodiment of global
            capitalism pushed to its most narcissistic
            extreme: there is a logic to what he is
            doing here, but it is the logic of late
            capitalism, a logic of brutal extraction—
            from the earth, from most living creatures,
            including humans—to profit the few...

            hence his call for business to open again:
            the average american life means nothing
            to him, for what matters is Wall Street, only
            Wall Street—

            governors and legislators will do what they
            can—in some states; in others, however,
            they have been hesitating to do what must
            be done, and i worry that they will bow to
            trump's call—*

            this is especially worrisome, given that they
            tend to be the states with the weakest, least
            inclusive healthcare systems, making them
            the least able to handle what may come—

            meanwhile, our governor gave trump a
            very detailed list of what california needs
            to keep going both physically and economically—
            trump agreed to much of it... but not to the
            request for money to support working
            americans, middle and lower-middle class,
            those most at risk...

            not that i am surprised:

            for years, the US economy has been at
            the point that Adam Smith defined as the
            verge of ruin, and trump is using this
            ungraspable crisis to push us yet nearer
            the edge....


            *(saw a series of clips of southern evangelical
            pastors calling members of their flock to church,
            telling them that they need not fear the virus,
            that god would protect them... one even preached
            that many would, indeed, die—but only those
            awash in sin, emphasizing that San Francisco
            has been one of the first cities hit... meanwhile,
            my neighbors here have been telling me that
            their ministers have been holding church by
            skype, zoom—or even by phone, whatever
            they can manage... so full of sin, the Bay Area... )


            apologies for going on at such length...

            it has been building up, required expression—
            if that is what you can term the above—in
            writing...

            end of rant—


            may all be most gently safe—


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            • GoSpuffy
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              Your post is so bleak it hurts my heart. Sending best wishes to our American cousins. Maybe this will change the course of the country away from capitalism, one can only hope.

          • My daughter's old friend lost his aunt to coronavirus a few days ago. He doesn't know if he's the one who exposed her - but he does work at a grocery store. His grandmother is in ICU.
            Can we agree that the writers made everyone do and say everything with a thought to getting good ratings and being renewed. This includes everything we love as well as everything we hate.

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            • Stoney
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              Sad news bespangeled. Best wishes for your daughter's friend and I hope the possibility (which is only of course one of many as DanSlayer says) doesn't plague him heavily during what would be a difficult time anyway.

            • StateOfSiege97
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              bespangled—
              thoughts, care, virtual embrace....

            • American Aurora
              American Aurora commented
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              bespangled,

              That is really sad. But at this point, it’s more likely they caught it elsewhere. I think it’s been in the general population for a month now. So many people I know in NYC have it - one person I used to work for has just died of the virus after a long battle with cancer. It’s horrible.

              I think your daughter’s friend is putting himself on the front lines to help people who desperately need supplies and he is a hero - I just wish that they had more protective gear. They SHOULD have more protective gear. And a MAJOR raise in pay during this time. Best wishes for his grandmother.
              Last edited by American Aurora; 28-03-20, 11:55 AM.

          • Wanna make yourself the most hated politician in the country and tank your own private company's goodwill at the same time? Own Giant Tiger and block a financial aid bill during a pandemic.

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            • I think the package will pass tomorrow. The opposition is just grand standing.


              I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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              • Well...our lockdown was a bit meh because some people willfully ignored it and others hadn't the faintest idea what the Government were talking about. It seemed to involve cops shouting through megaphones. They've rushed the law through today which seems to involve a fine if you refuse a test - which is what people are clambering for. We've apparently bought 3.5 million tests - which they'll use when scientists have tested them to see if they work. I'm going to pretend I'm a Nigerian Prince and email the Government...

                Prince Charles has it and people are pissed because a) he got a test when he only had mild symptoms and b) he went to his holiday home when ordinary folk were told they couldn't. #abolishthemonarchy is trending...but he might have initiated that himself.
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                • Originally posted by GoSpuffy View Post
                  I think the package will pass tomorrow. The opposition is just grand standing.
                  We'll see. There's a lot of problems. We had the Senate basically agreed on what was, granted, a poopshow of a bill with all kinds of ultra vires nonsense, but at least it had an "everybody is unhappy" veneer that lets you know something can't be all bad... but then the House gaveled in and out without taking it up in pro forma session which is an indicator that the Speaker knew she wouldn't get unanimous consent (most likely members of "the Squad", based on social media, were prepared to object). And as the rest of the day, a mix of Republican and Democrat Senators have wiggled off the hook and now have Thoughts again.

                  IMO, this is all the frustrating product of trying to design parameters for something that will last long and pass later political scrutiny. What we need is something that can be on one sheet of paper - direct payments to individuals, without means-testing, for immediate disbursement. Can come back later with a loan structure for businesses. Here and now, people that the government is telling aren't allowed to work need to be compensated for that sacrifice. People that don't need it are going to, in great likelihood, help out those around them that don't. It's all coming back off our taxes next year anyway.

                  So far, everything that's going right is going right because of the compassion and ingenuity of the civilian population (individual and business), time to lean in and trust that. Just get a distribution out so people don't feel like they are drowning.
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                  • DanSlayer
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                    GoSpuffy and I were talking about Canada's budget which just went through this morning.

                • I dont know if Americans are aware of this difference but canadians often compare our countries mottos. Yours is "life liberty and the pursuit of happiness " . Ours is "peace, order and good government". We think the difference in what our countries have as a founding value are one of the differentiating factors between us. You sound much more exciting but we sound more grounded. We've had no drama here, the government is stepping up to support people the prime minister gives a speech every morning and consoles us and makes sure we know were all in this together and lectures those who aren't getting with the program. It's a minority government but none of the opposition parties have made a move to politicize the virus to their own agenda. Everyone is being respectful and supporting our desire for peace, order and good government. Kind of makes you proud to know the system is working.


                  I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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                  • DanSlayer
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                    Even the provincial leaders that openly don't like Trudeau have seemingly put aside their issues for the moment and embraced being on the same page with him.

                  • bespangeled
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                    Stop with the bragging if you won't let me move there! Actually - in reality - it's a comfort that Canada still exists now that the US is both exploding and imploding like the beat of a diseased heart.

                  • DeepBlueJoy
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                    Wish we had Canadian government right now!

                • DanSlayer my family and friends are mostly socialists (left coast and all) and my Facebook is usually full of complaints about trudeau reneging on proportional representation but they've changed to grudging respect and support and call's for unity and community.


                  I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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                  • So, now Boris has it.

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