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I didn’t make that image today. I made it six years ago in a post wondering if ebola was the overdue pandemic. Probably not, I concluded, but buy some extra cans of tuna just in case.

Told you I’d been waiting for this sucker for a long time. And yes, I bought plenty of extra tuna in February.

Now comes the close of Week Two of the Lockdown and I heard a rumor today there’s a confirmed case nearby, though no-one seems to know exactly who. Have a good weekend and take extra care!


Comment from dissent
Time: April 3, 2020, 8:14 pm

Let us know when they start requiring the wearing of the Scarlet “C” over there. I’ll do the same over on this side of the pond.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 3, 2020, 8:24 pm

Hope reigns. Just stop listening to the official sources for news because they’re full of something other than truth.

I’ll go so far as to say they really don’t want this to end any time soon, and the more panic they can cause the happier it makes them.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 3, 2020, 9:21 pm

Just got back from CVS where a crazy-eyed woman was screaming obscenities at the staff and knocking stuff off the shelves.
So I got that going for me, which is nice.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: April 3, 2020, 10:33 pm

CDC has just issued ‘VOLUNTARY GUIDELINE’ for wearing facial masks – not medical quality surgical/N95 masks.

There was a news report from Italy where a fistfight broke out because a guy was not wearing a mask in a grocery store. I can see that happening here where a lynch mob beats up anyone not conforming to ‘community standards.’

I don’t think we are going to survive this. This Alinsky tactic – “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”- Is going to get out of control, and we’ll be lucky to live through it.

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 3, 2020, 11:19 pm

Open carry while wearing a cloth mask should ensure that others keep their social distance in any store you go into.

Comment from gromulin
Time: April 3, 2020, 11:44 pm

OldFert: I like your style,Dude.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 4, 2020, 5:00 am

Some asshats still aren’t taking it seriously. I was outside weeding this afternoon when a PG&E pickup drives in and a guy climbs out with a clipboard; no mask, no gloves.

He starts walking towards me blabbering about a release for power line tree trimming.

I gave him the hand and shouted “STOP! YOU CAN’T BE HERE. WE ARE IN LOCK DOWN. PLEASE LEAVE RIGHT NOW!!!

He points at the clipboard.


That’s when he noticed my hand resting on my holster. He left post haste.

We always carry when we are outside working cuz snakes. Rattlers have emerged from their dens and very cranky right now. So am I.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: April 4, 2020, 10:43 am

We had a rumor of a confirmed care near us about a week or so ago. Turned out it was nothing other that panicked gossip.

Our new cases spiked at 380+ now long ago, and has been slowly going down since. Today the new cases were sub-100. Is it the beginning of a trend? I hope so, but you never know. What concerns me is that the number of deaths per day aways outnumber the number of recoveries. If you look at recoveries vs. deaths, we are at a 65-70% mortality rate. Ugh. That needs to improve, post-haste.

One thing I did because of the Wuhan Flu that I quickly undid was rejoining Twitter. My stress levels got so bad that I couldn’t sleep at night. The “information” that I was gleaning from the feed wasn’t enough to justify the detrimental effects. I deleted my account two days ago and I had a _really_ good sleep last night, the first good sleep since the lockdown of Luzon. I try to limit my exposure to other news sites, too. For my Wuhan Flu news I just watch the Prez news conferences on YouTube and my wife translates / condenses the local new for me.

I don’t know who heard the proclamation from Duterte a few days ago — he authorized the police / military to “shoot to death” anyone who is violating the lockdown / quarantine and being a troublemaker about it. In the days since, the palace has tried to frame it more as “stressing the seriousness of the situation, not actually calling for people to be shot”. But, it’s Duterte … he takes a perverse joy in shooting lawbreakers.

That’s it from here — I’m gonna close the hatch to the bunker now.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 4, 2020, 1:35 pm

@Tim Carlson:

What concerns me is that the number of deaths per day aways outnumber the number of recoveries. If you look at recoveries vs. deaths, we are at a 65-70% mortality rate.

Do you know what the criteria are for categorizing a death as due to the Chi-Com Plague? I’ve read that in Italy and other places, anyone who tested positive and subsequently died was counted as having succumbed to the virus. The poor person might have been killed by an evil nurse applying the blood pressure cuff to the neck, but is would still be counted as a virus death.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 4, 2020, 5:00 pm

@Tim what the statistics don’t reflect is that Italy, Spain and the UK decided not to treat the elderly or those with chronic or serious underlying conditions. They’re purging their expensive, medically dependent populations, which of course are mostly elderly. More patients are allowed to die thus skewing the recovery stats.

Our county has Tweleve confirmed cases with four hospitalizations, no recoveries yet, no deaths. Four of the cases were in our small town of 15,000. I’m not liking that percentage.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 4, 2020, 5:04 pm

Ace posted this today. I made a mask in about 5 minutes from a cotton bandanna, it’s comfortable and can be washed. I used the elastic tops from pair of knee-hi stockings as the hair bands were scratchy, your mileage may differ.

Now we can be fashionably paranoid!

BTW- will plague costumes with beaked masks be the next hot Halloween trend? Made in China, of course.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 4, 2020, 8:35 pm

Here in the states, some 48 percent of cases nationwide are in New York/ New Jersey, and 53 percent of deaths.

When you divide the remainder over 48 states, the load on the hospitals isn’t too bad. Of course we’ll see a week from now.


And leaning in that direction we Vegetables now officially “know someone who knows someone” with the virus. The victim is in her 70’s and was working in a (now closed) CostCo just technically outside Dallas.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 4, 2020, 11:24 pm

My state just announced stay-at-home orders effective Monday. Currently, 0 cases in my county. In fact, 0 cases about 40% of counties. But the urban areas are full of OMG scolds and weren’t satisfied with all schools and non-essential businesses already closed. They want us*under orders*. I find it very distressing.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 5, 2020, 11:59 am

We’re traveling to the Fort Worth NOT ZONE today to see son #2 who can’t tell the difference between his normal day and staying in his house all the time because of Coronacigar virus.

We risked ourselves yesterday by cleaning out one side of the garage to provide shelter for Mrs d’s car in the event of a Coronahail storm and when we were done and in our weakened state we ATE CHINESE FOOD AND DRANK A CORONA BEER!

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: April 5, 2020, 1:13 pm

Annnd … more fun today.

It was announced that if you are caught outside without a quarantine pass, you _will_ be going to jail. No excuses, no arguments.

I wonder how they practice social distancing in the cells – especially when they usually fill them with 6-8 people (at least) per cell.

The old guys in the neighborhood are starting to get grumpy due to a lack of alcohol (there is an alcohol sales ban in effect). And the addicts are starting to get rather twitchy as they are unable to get their normal fixes.

I wonder which city will implode first and burst into flames – NYC? LA? Manila? Rome? Barcelona?

Oh, and rumors are rampant that this lockdown is going to continue until at least May 1st. It was supposed to be lifted on April 14th, but that always felt like wishful thinking on the government’s part.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 5, 2020, 4:22 pm

Isn’t it…interesting…that as more and more citizen journalist reports show empty hospital ERs and announcements of medical personnel layoffs and “go home and we’ll call you if we need you” instructions, that the govt restrictions are becoming ever more intrusive and panic-inducing?

Comment from BJM
Time: April 5, 2020, 10:56 pm

The Central Valley is under a rather spectacular storm front this afternoon…the full nine yards: torrential rain, flooding, hail, thunder, lightning and just because we’re all not freaked out enough: microbursts.

Imma gonna pour a glass of red and snuggle on the sofa in front of the fire with kitteh and Kindle.

Comment from DamnedYankee
Time: April 6, 2020, 2:00 am

Uncle Al – “This is a test of the totalitarian control expansion system, in the event of an actual crisis we promise we’d be worse. This is only a test”

Oh well, back to work tomorrow. Another day sitting in the ‘dining’ room watching the market tank while I update 30 year old COBOL code.

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