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2020-09-23 2:36:51 AM  
I've been prepared well beyond what normal apocalypse preppers are. My ritual childhood trips to the drive-in had trained me in how to deal with giant fauna (beetles, worms, ants, bats, rabbits etc.), alien invasions both in black and white and in color, supernatural threats from possession, vampires, ghosts and more. I've seen local and world wide epidemics from government labs and outer space. In 1979 I saw my first zombie tutorial (Zombie 2) and I have seen almost all of them since. You can smash all of those threats into one tight ball and it would not come close to the sharp stabbing dread I feel watching our democracy getting slowly dismantled little piece by little piece. They'll probably name the inevitable mini-series "2020: The Untied States of Horror".

Nothing I've seen in the last forty plus years prepared me for this.
 
2020-09-23 3:17:15 AM  

Majin_Buu: Being a fan of KMFDM gave me a good idea of what to expect and being a fan of George Carlin made me realize I should only worry about keeping my own wits about me because of the "Imagine how stupid the average person is, then just try to comprehend the fact that at least half of them are even stupider than that."


KMFDM? What is that? Some kind of Drug Against War?
 
2020-09-23 4:07:07 AM  

Fireproof: I'm a horror fan, and I don't think I'll be able to relax until we're past the election.


Oh, a wild optimist... how sweet.

Even in a "best case" scenario, anticipate anxiety until inauguration day - worst case, we get to see just how accurate the religious right's need for an antichrist to reign for 7 years...  (Spoiler, no one got "raptured")
 
2020-09-23 5:19:21 AM  

Ruthven13: Majin_Buu: Being a fan of KMFDM gave me a good idea of what to expect and being a fan of George Carlin made me realize I should only worry about keeping my own wits about me because of the "Imagine how stupid the average person is, then just try to comprehend the fact that at least half of them are even stupider than that."

KMFDM? What is that? Some kind of Drug Against War?


KMFDM- WWIII
Youtube LOFf8iFsYbA


/The more you know!
 
2020-09-23 9:30:40 AM  

Stochastic Cow: A lot of people are suffering from godawful trauma and despair as they realize there's no brighter future ahead.


Yeah, had that in the 80's.

Then I decided to enjoy what was enjoyable while it was still possible to enjoy anything.

Still doing that. Seems to be the best course in a world intent on pursuing the darkest timeline.

mrs john amber: So that's supposed to make us feel better given our life expectancies now?


You never know your actual life expectancy. You could die tomorrow in an accident, you could live to be 100.

But yes, it is supposed to make you feel better that it is not as bad as expected.

Enjoy what is enjoyable while it is possible to enjoy things.

Watch this dead guy talk: (he wasn't dead then, but he is now)


A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death
Youtube qX6NztnPU-4


Then get a grip and stop being a whiny biatch.
 
2020-09-23 11:08:32 AM  

Stochastic Cow: A lot of people are suffering from godawful trauma and despair as they realize there's no brighter future ahead.


That, for me, is probably my biggest issue during this pandemic.

My family and I are safe on a day-to-day basis.  My wife and I both have our jobs, and we've both been working from home -- me for the last six years, her since the pandemic began, though she's lately been going to the office a couple days a week now that classes are back in session (she's a law school dean).  My daughter's school is doing a hybrid of in person and online, and they're doing it as safely as they possibly can.  Because it's a small private school, they have the resources to pull it off (I hope).

Like you, it's the future I'm concerned about.  Yes, Trump is the worst thing to happen to this country since McCarthy in the 50s, but he's old and he's temporary.  But it's pretty clear that, when it comes to the environment, we've passed a tipping point.  Barring some miraculous technological development that gets here soon that can, for example, pull vast quantities of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and sequester them, we're looking at catastrophic climate change and the mass extinction that will almost certainly accompany it.  I'm old enough (mid 50s) to not be too concerned about being personally affected by that, but my teenage daughter?  That's the world she's going to inhabit because we (as a whole) have been ignoring the signs for decades, since at least when I was her age.

And then there are the future pandemics which are almost certain to happen.  It seems almost insulting to say this, as COVID is still rampaging its way around the world, but we're extraordinarily fortunate that the fatality rate is somewhere between 1% and 2%, with the majority of those deaths affecting people who were old and/or unhealthy.  Because if this were more virulent -- say, with a fatality rate of 50% like the Black Death in the Middle Ages is estimated to have had -- this pandemic would be horrifying on a scale that would make the Holocaust look like the loose change you find in the sofa cushions.  HIV was our early warning, another disease that jumped species due to our ecological irresponsibility (SIV mutating to HIV from the slaughter and consumption of "bushmeat", aka chimps).  Did we learn from that, even with its 100% fatality rate (before the advent of the drug cocktails that can prolong survival)?  No, we didn't.  We just kept on doing what we've always kept on doing.
 
2020-09-23 1:43:18 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Stochastic Cow: A lot of people are suffering from godawful trauma and despair as they realize there's no brighter future ahead.

That, for me, is probably my biggest issue during this pandemic.

My family and I are safe on a day-to-day basis.  My wife and I both have our jobs, and we've both been working from home -- me for the last six years, her since the pandemic began, though she's lately been going to the office a couple days a week now that classes are back in session (she's a law school dean).  My daughter's school is doing a hybrid of in person and online, and they're doing it as safely as they possibly can.  Because it's a small private school, they have the resources to pull it off (I hope).

Like you, it's the future I'm concerned about.  Yes, Trump is the worst thing to happen to this country since McCarthy in the 50s, but he's old and he's temporary.  But it's pretty clear that, when it comes to the environment, we've passed a tipping point.  Barring some miraculous technological development that gets here soon that can, for example, pull vast quantities of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and sequester them, we're looking at catastrophic climate change and the mass extinction that will almost certainly accompany it.  I'm old enough (mid 50s) to not be too concerned about being personally affected by that, but my teenage daughter?  That's the world she's going to inhabit because we (as a whole) have been ignoring the signs for decades, since at least when I was her age.

And then there are the future pandemics which are almost certain to happen.  It seems almost insulting to say this, as COVID is still rampaging its way around the world, but we're extraordinarily fortunate that the fatality rate is somewhere between 1% and 2%, with the majority of those deaths affecting people who were old and/or unhealthy.  Because if this were more virulent -- say, with a fatality rate of 50% like the Black Death in the Middle Ages is estimated to have had -- this pandemic would be horrifying on a scale that would make the Holocaust look like the loose change you find in the sofa cushions.  HIV was our early warning, another disease that jumped species due to our ecological irresponsibility (SIV mutating to HIV from the slaughter and consumption of "bushmeat", aka chimps).  Did we learn from that, even with its 100% fatality rate (before the advent of the drug cocktails that can prolong survival)?  No, we didn't.  We just kept on doing what we've always kept on doing.


It is frightening, and unprecedented, but there is only one thing we - you and I, day to day - can really do, and that is to keep going forward. To make the best and safest and kindest decisions, and try balance short term with medium term... and just keep going forward, holding on to each other so we can share strength and no one person goes over the edge.

What's the alternative?
 
2020-09-23 2:03:22 PM  

Lady J: It is frightening, and unprecedented, but there is only one thing we - you and I, day to day - can really do, and that is to keep going forward. To make the best and safest and kindest decisions, and try balance short term with medium term... and just keep going forward, holding on to each other so we can share strength and no one person goes over the edge.

What's the alternative?


There really is no other alternative than that.  I'm fortunate in that my daughter is already one of the kindest people I've ever known, which is unusual for a teenager.  And that's actually my greatest fear in all of this -- with the future I suspect she'll have to inhabit, someone as kind as she is may not fare well.
 
2020-09-24 2:19:40 AM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: They'll probably name the inevitable mini-series "2020: The Untied States of Horror".


I just bought a shirt that says "2020: A True American Horror Story." Embracing the dread and supporting small business on Etsy.
 
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