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2020-09-23 4:11:24 AM  
"I realise that nothing is ever going to be difficult after this"

Don't lose hope entirely. Kids are back in school, flu season's around the corner, and Trump's in office until, what, January, best case? Possibly indefinitely? I promise you'll be challenged once again.
 
2020-09-23 4:32:40 AM  
We really do need an annual national holiday after this nightmare is over. Let's call it Remembrance Day, where we honor the victims of this presidency, the sacrifices by the real heroes and recall the lessons learned through this. And make it so that there's a massive social stigma to having anything other than absolutely essential businesses open that day (and thus little inclination to try to make it yet another consumerist holiday).

/we absolutely cannot afford to forget what happened and must ensure it never happens again.
 
2020-09-23 6:19:02 AM  
The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.
 
2020-09-23 6:39:55 AM  

themindiswatching: We really do need an annual national holiday after this nightmare is over. Let's call it Remembrance Day, where we honor the victims of this presidency, the sacrifices by the real heroes and recall the lessons learned through this. And make it so that there's a massive social stigma to having anything other than absolutely essential businesses open that day (and thus little inclination to try to make it yet another consumerist holiday).

/we absolutely cannot afford to forget what happened and must ensure it never happens again.


Two years from now:  "The libs haven't fixed everything.  We're bored--and ANGRY!  It's time to shake things up with a Republican that can get things done!"
 
2020-09-23 6:45:00 AM  

themindiswatching: We really do need an annual national holiday after this nightmare is over. Let's call it Remembrance Day, where we honor the victims of this presidency, the sacrifices by the real heroes and recall the lessons learned through this. And make it so that there's a massive social stigma to having anything other than absolutely essential businesses open that day (and thus little inclination to try to make it yet another consumerist holiday).

/we absolutely cannot afford to forget what happened and must ensure it never happens again.


This has been a terrible situation.  The only positive thing to come from this is we will end republican tyranny and create a social democratic nation.   We will Defund the police and create equal rights for all
 
2020-09-23 6:45:55 AM  
Never say never.
 
2020-09-23 6:47:23 AM  

born_yesterday: Two years from now: "The libs haven't fixed everything. We're bored--and ANGRY! It's time to shake things up with a Republican that can get things done!"

It's not even a given that Biden will win.  200,000 dead and half the country is patting Trump on the back.

For comparison's sake, that's fifty thousand Benghazis.
 
2020-09-23 6:52:08 AM  
Famous last words.
 
2020-09-23 6:57:06 AM  

themindiswatching: We really do need an annual national holiday after this nightmare is over. Let's call it Remembrance Day, where we honor the victims of this presidency, the sacrifices by the real heroes and recall the lessons learned through this. And make it so that there's a massive social stigma to having anything other than absolutely essential businesses open that day (and thus little inclination to try to make it yet another consumerist holiday).

/we absolutely cannot afford to forget what happened and must ensure it never happens again.


Let's call it Rex Manning Day so the true absurdity of lives needlessly lost really hits home.
 
2020-09-23 7:07:02 AM  
I don't know.  For the non-funeral home people, If you knew someone who was lost but were on the fence about going to their services, it was understandable that you didn't go.  Because you couldnt.

/Alternatively, you have to wait until some undetermined time to attend a service for those with whom you were close, but their final arrangement have long since passed.
 
2020-09-23 7:09:30 AM  
It wouldn't surprise me if they turn Flag Day into a Federal Holiday to 'honor' Covid victims.

I'm somewhat shocked it hasn't already been turned into a full fledged holiday...

/I hate that I know this.
//To be fair, it's my brother's wedding anniversary
///Third slashie is still in the dark...
 
2020-09-23 7:10:56 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.


Who will be shooting whom, and why?
 
2020-09-23 7:14:51 AM  

Unikitty: themindiswatching: We really do need an annual national holiday after this nightmare is over. Let's call it Remembrance Day, where we honor the victims of this presidency, the sacrifices by the real heroes and recall the lessons learned through this. And make it so that there's a massive social stigma to having anything other than absolutely essential businesses open that day (and thus little inclination to try to make it yet another consumerist holiday).

/we absolutely cannot afford to forget what happened and must ensure it never happens again.

Let's call it Rex Manning Day so the true absurdity of lives needlessly lost really hits home.


What's with today, today?
 
2020-09-23 7:23:50 AM  
When I was a young lad, back in the 1970's, my grandfather told me about helping undertakers in 1919 who were dealing with the Spanish Flu at the time.  Mostly all the "not handling dead bodies" sorts of tasks that undertakers had to do to keep their businesses going, freeing up the actual undertakers to take care of the large number of dead bodies.  That's how he made pocket money when he was 13 years old.

Odd thing about Spanish Flu as opposed to W[CENSORED]s is that Spanish Flu had the opposite effect:  Instead of the elderly mostly dying like in the current situation, it was mostly younger, healthier people.
 
2020-09-23 7:25:29 AM  

orbister: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

Who will be shooting whom, and why?


Meh.   It's a fever dream of the far, far left and far, far right.   Ain't gonna be another Civil War.    At least, not now or in the foreseeable future.
 
2020-09-23 7:47:30 AM  

orbister: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

Who will be shooting whom, and why?


We'll all be shooting our loads into your mom.
 
2020-09-23 7:58:28 AM  
As a wise man once said: "Hold my beer."
 
2020-09-23 8:09:32 AM  

Medic Zero: orbister: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

Who will be shooting whom, and why?

We'll all be shooting our loads into your mom.


I don't know why but your mum jokes are always funny.

30 Rock...

Liz: all right, I'll do it but im not going to like it!
Jack: that's what your mom said... booyah
 
2020-09-23 8:13:07 AM  

orbister: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

Who will be shooting whom, and why?


Have you been to the US?  I'm going to guess "everyone with a gun", "anyone", "freedom".
 
2020-09-23 8:22:27 AM  
I realise that nothing is ever going to be difficult after this

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2020-09-23 8:25:14 AM  

koder: "I realise that nothing is ever going to be difficult after this"

Don't lose hope entirely. Kids are back in school, flu season's around the corner, and Trump's in office until, what, January, best case? Possibly indefinitely? I promise you'll be challenged once again.


Wait till we have the mass famine begin when we hit the point in climate change where crop failure is normal
 
2020-09-23 8:32:43 AM  

dittybopper: When I was a young lad, back in the 1970's, my grandfather told me about helping undertakers in 1919 who were dealing with the Spanish Flu at the time.  Mostly all the "not handling dead bodies" sorts of tasks that undertakers had to do to keep their businesses going, freeing up the actual undertakers to take care of the large number of dead bodies.  That's how he made pocket money when he was 13 years old.

Odd thing about Spanish Flu as opposed to W[CENSORED]s is that Spanish Flu had the opposite effect:  Instead of the elderly mostly dying like in the current situation, it was mostly younger, healthier people.


Yeah, gotta go with you on that one - certainly not a real, honest-to-Jesus one like the one we had in the 1860s. The country may be divided, but it's not along geographical lines or a single issue of actual law.
We will probably see a lot of unrest over the next decade - but a real civil war ain't in the cards.
 
2020-09-23 8:39:01 AM  

jso2897: dittybopper: When I was a young lad, back in the 1970's, my grandfather told me about helping undertakers in 1919 who were dealing with the Spanish Flu at the time.  Mostly all the "not handling dead bodies" sorts of tasks that undertakers had to do to keep their businesses going, freeing up the actual undertakers to take care of the large number of dead bodies.  That's how he made pocket money when he was 13 years old.

Odd thing about Spanish Flu as opposed to W[CENSORED]s is that Spanish Flu had the opposite effect:  Instead of the elderly mostly dying like in the current situation, it was mostly younger, healthier people.

Yeah, gotta go with you on that one - certainly not a real, honest-to-Jesus one like the one we had in the 1860s. The country may be divided, but it's not along geographical lines or a single issue of actual law.
We will probably see a lot of unrest over the next decade - but a real civil war ain't in the cards.


This is an interesting turn of conversation.
 
2020-09-23 8:43:45 AM  

BafflerMeal: This is an interesting turn of conversation.


Well, what do you think? Do you see America breaking down into two or more official, separate state entities and fighting a war, like we did last time?
I have to say that that seems a very remote possibility to me.
 
2020-09-23 9:07:59 AM  
"Oh no, we're one of the few businesses that wasn't just open but had surging demand. Please pity us while you are picking up your things during eviction after  getting laid off."
 
2020-09-23 9:13:11 AM  

TheAlgebraist: orbister: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

Who will be shooting whom, and why?

Have you been to the US?  I'm going to guess "everyone with a gun", "anyone", "freedom".


Apparently you haven't been to the US.
 
2020-09-23 9:42:22 AM  

dragonchild: born_yesterday: Two years from now: "The libs haven't fixed everything. We're bored--and ANGRY! It's time to shake things up with a Republican that can get things done!"
It's not even a given that Biden will win.  200,000 dead and half the country is patting Trump on the back.

For comparison's sake, that's fifty thousand Benghazis.


Only Democrat efforts can be measured in Benghazis.
Republicans prefer to be measured in Iraqs.
 
2020-09-23 9:46:06 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: I don't know.  For the non-funeral home people, If you knew someone who was lost but were on the fence about going to their services, it was understandable that you didn't go.  Because you couldnt.

/Alternatively, you have to wait until some undetermined time to attend a service for those with whom you were close, but their final arrangement have long since passed.


Yep.

I've lost a couple friends from this. People who would give the shirt off their backs if asked. One was in his 80s, but hale and hearty- no chronic medical conditions except high blood pressure and the start of dementia. COVID-19 killed him. Last Rites over the phone, no funeral, just one day his ashes were in the columbarium at church. No closure at all.
 
2020-09-23 10:26:39 AM  

dittybopper: as opposed to W[CENSORED]s


You sound Trumpster.
 
2020-09-23 10:32:11 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.


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2020-09-23 10:33:28 AM  

studman68: dittybopper: as opposed to W[CENSORED]s

You sound Trumpster.


You sound like Xi Jinping.
 
2020-09-23 10:43:26 AM  

bfh0417: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

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I didn't say I wanted one, I just think it is going to happen regardless of the "election results".
 
2020-09-23 10:45:10 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.


I'm not looking forward to it. There will be people rioting in the months after Election Day.
 
2020-09-23 12:00:21 PM  
I've heard the phrase "Last responders" used in reference to mortuary service workers.
 
2020-09-23 12:07:11 PM  

jso2897: dittybopper: When I was a young lad, back in the 1970's, my grandfather told me about helping undertakers in 1919 who were dealing with the Spanish Flu at the time.  Mostly all the "not handling dead bodies" sorts of tasks that undertakers had to do to keep their businesses going, freeing up the actual undertakers to take care of the large number of dead bodies.  That's how he made pocket money when he was 13 years old.

Odd thing about Spanish Flu as opposed to W[CENSORED]s is that Spanish Flu had the opposite effect:  Instead of the elderly mostly dying like in the current situation, it was mostly younger, healthier people.

Yeah, gotta go with you on that one - certainly not a real, honest-to-Jesus one like the one we had in the 1860s. The country may be divided, but it's not along geographical lines or a single issue of actual law.
We will probably see a lot of unrest over the next decade - but a real civil war ain't in the cards.


Yeah.

I mean, the people talking about Civil War 2 have a very minimal understanding of history.  In some cases, they seem like they're absolutely drooling over the prospect without understanding what they're really talking about.   And you really *DON'T* want that kind of thing to happen.   Especially since it would be a borderless war with no safe havens.   And some of the people agitating for it don't have a real grasp what kind of violence would be on the table.   No safe havens.   No rules like attend to normal "wars".   It's just not something you really want to fark with.

But I don't think we have to worry about it.  I think this is far more like what happened in the late 1960's/early 1970's with the anti-war and civil rights protests.   We got through that, we'll get through this.   We have this kind of thing periodically, and we've made it through every time before.

Most of the people today, though, don't really understand that.   Anyone under 50 doesn't remember the early 1970's at all, and anyone under 60 probably doesn't understand them either.   I'm under 60, but I am a history buff, and so I have a decent handle on it.  And the rest that have occurred over our history:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor​y​:Political_riots_in_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor​y​:Race_riots_in_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor​y​:Labor-related_riots_in_the_United_Sta​tes

History doesn't repeat itself.

But it does rhyme.


Honestly, we're not seeing too much of this in my neck of the woods.   We did have a couple of absolutely peaceful protests, as opposed to "mostly peaceful" ones.

There were some assholes on social media trying to stir up trouble, but no one took the bait.
 
2020-09-23 12:07:53 PM  
Yes must be hard loading all that cash in the back of a hearse.
 
2020-09-23 12:23:10 PM  

baronbloodbath: The Googles Do Nothing: The bloodbath once Civil War 2 starts this winter probably will require mass graves.

I'm not looking forward to it. There will be people rioting in the months after Election Day.


Just following orders.
 
2020-09-23 2:01:34 PM  

dittybopper: studman68: dittybopper: as opposed to W[CENSORED]s

You sound Trumpster.

You sound like Xi Jinping.


Get it right. It's the Trump virus.
 
2020-09-23 3:43:30 PM  

NotARocketScientist: dittybopper: studman68: dittybopper: as opposed to W[CENSORED]s

You sound Trumpster.

You sound like Xi Jinping.

Get it right. It's the Trump virus.


Yes, I remember now.  It started in the secret biological warfare lab hidden in the basement of Mar-A-Lago, not in the [CENSORED] markets of [CENSORED] City, [CENSORED] Province, People's Republic of [CENSORED].

My bad.
 
2020-09-23 4:41:06 PM  

dittybopper: NotARocketScientist: dittybopper: studman68: dittybopper: as opposed to W[CENSORED]s

You sound Trumpster.

You sound like Xi Jinping.

Get it right. It's the Trump virus.

Yes, I remember now.  It started in the secret biological warfare lab hidden in the basement of Mar-A-Lago, not in the [CENSORED] markets of [CENSORED] City, [CENSORED] Province, People's Republic of [CENSORED].

My bad.


I'm comfortable with Trump Virus.  Where an estimated 120,000 to 140,000 deaths are attributable to Trump and his administration's inaction and his supporters' general stupidity, and the remainder is an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 that are attributable to a virus mutation likely located in China, I'm comfortable with Trump Virus.
 
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