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(Yahoo)   Study shows old people's loneliness exacerbated by pandemic quarantining. For only $5 they can join a community of squirrel-ball-worshippers and put off their desolation for an entire month   (yahoo.com) divider line
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2021-06-11 5:19:23 AM  
After 20 years in customer service, I'd gladly choose a life of solitude
 
2021-06-11 6:43:30 AM  
This story strums a chord of guilt in me. We had a neighbor down the hall who simply disappeared. She was a widow, and all her old friends had died. She had few friends at the complex, though she was quite friendly with us. She was also quite forgetful. When the pandemic started she would constant forget to put on her mask. She was 100% a creature of habit.

Because of that, and the required isolation, and the general craziness and paranoia (a third of the people here were MAGAts and Covid Deniers) we gradually stopped interfacing with her. One day she simply disappeared. Left all her stuff in the apartment. No one, including management, knows where she went. I assume she is dead, but why even management doesn't know this is a mystery. RIP Dorothy.
 
2021-06-11 6:44:19 AM  
$5?
 
2021-06-11 6:54:34 AM  

bostonguy: $5?


Plus a monthly $5 transaction fee
 
2021-06-11 8:48:22 AM  

bostonguy: $5?


With the AARP discount.
 
2021-06-11 9:40:04 AM  

Harlee: This story strums a chord of guilt in me. We had a neighbor down the hall who simply disappeared. She was a widow, and all her old friends had died. She had few friends at the complex, though she was quite friendly with us. She was also quite forgetful. When the pandemic started she would constant forget to put on her mask. She was 100% a creature of habit.

Because of that, and the required isolation, and the general craziness and paranoia (a third of the people here were MAGAts and Covid Deniers) we gradually stopped interfacing with her. One day she simply disappeared. Left all her stuff in the apartment. No one, including management, knows where she went. I assume she is dead, but why even management doesn't know this is a mystery. RIP Dorothy.


Track her down! I'd listen to that podcast.
 
2021-06-11 9:41:46 AM  
$5 Canadian. In real money, it's $10.
 
2021-06-11 9:43:37 AM  
Maybe if they hadn't voted for Trump we would have had a federal government equipped to handle a pandemic
 
2021-06-11 9:44:04 AM  

Harlee: This story strums a chord of guilt in me. We had a neighbor down the hall who simply disappeared. She was a widow, and all her old friends had died. She had few friends at the complex, though she was quite friendly with us. She was also quite forgetful. When the pandemic started she would constant forget to put on her mask. She was 100% a creature of habit.

Because of that, and the required isolation, and the general craziness and paranoia (a third of the people here were MAGAts and Covid Deniers) we gradually stopped interfacing with her. One day she simply disappeared. Left all her stuff in the apartment. No one, including management, knows where she went. I assume she is dead, but why even management doesn't know this is a mystery. RIP Dorothy.


she clicked her heels.
 
2021-06-11 9:47:22 AM  
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2021-06-11 9:47:22 AM  
"I feel like I'm in a prison most of the time and once in a while, I get to go out"

Welcome to Black America, everyday version.
 
2021-06-11 9:50:17 AM  
"Millions in US struggle through life with few to trust"

Gee. Maybe it was the year round daily bombardment of death numbers, being told to cover half of your face, 6 ft. distancing, quarantine and isolate that may have done it. Not damaging to the human psyche at all.

BUT MAYBE THAT WAS THE WHOLE PLAN TO BEGIN WITH.
 
2021-06-11 9:51:45 AM  

Godscrack: "Millions in US struggle through life with few to trust"

Gee. Maybe it was the year round daily bombardment of death numbers, being told to cover half of your face, 6 ft. distancing, quarantine and isolate that may have done it. Not damaging to the human psyche at all.

BUT MAYBE THAT WAS THE WHOLE PLAN TO BEGIN WITH.


What the fark? You have a better idea to deal with a global pandemic?
 
2021-06-11 9:52:00 AM  
Moar like $120 if you want it over the course of a year.

Yeah, I know.  Buy a year at a time.  Ain't nobody got money for that!
 
2021-06-11 9:55:43 AM  
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2021-06-11 9:56:26 AM  
community, pah!
 
2021-06-11 10:01:48 AM  
I got four months of TF free for trading in my one month of Bare Fark I had left. That's free money!

So are cans on the side of the road. But, hey, free money!
 
2021-06-11 10:14:36 AM  

TuckFrump: After 20 years in customer service, I'd gladly choose a life of solitude


I had a one-two punch of suddenly being single and the shutdowns. Like you, I also work with the public.

And you know what? I LOVED IT. I think I'm incapable of real loneliness. I revel in it. I'm an extrovert but I usually just want to be left alone. The going Covid-broke part sucked, but aside from that it was relaxing. Walking around the house naked all day, only seeing my closest friends...it was oddly peaceful. During the most severe of the shutdowns, my only dealing with the public was the very nice lady at the grocery store. I always go to her line even if it's the longest, so I can jokingly flirt with her.

If I didn't have internet and plenty of books maybe I would have had cabin fever. But I do, and I didn't. Despite the worldwide horror it's the best extended vacation I've ever had.
 
2021-06-11 10:25:47 AM  

dickfreckle: TuckFrump: After 20 years in customer service, I'd gladly choose a life of solitude

I had a one-two punch of suddenly being single and the shutdowns. Like you, I also work with the public.

And you know what? I LOVED IT. I think I'm incapable of real loneliness. I revel in it. I'm an extrovert but I usually just want to be left alone. The going Covid-broke part sucked, but aside from that it was relaxing. Walking around the house naked all day, only seeing my closest friends...it was oddly peaceful. During the most severe of the shutdowns, my only dealing with the public was the very nice lady at the grocery store. I always go to her line even if it's the longest, so I can jokingly flirt with her.

If I didn't have internet and plenty of books maybe I would have had cabin fever. But I do, and I didn't. Despite the worldwide horror it's the best extended vacation I've ever had.


I'd take a low stress, low excitement life over the reverse in a heartbeat.
 
2021-06-11 10:41:28 AM  
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Stan, it's Smowg! He's about to be desolated!
 
2021-06-11 10:45:17 AM  

Godscrack: "Millions in US struggle through life with few to trust"

Gee. Maybe it was the year round daily bombardment of death numbers, being told to cover half of your face, 6 ft. distancing, quarantine and isolate that may have done it. Not damaging to the human psyche at all.

BUT MAYBE THAT WAS THE WHOLE PLAN TO BEGIN WITH.


Uh, ya so this sounds like you're going off the deep end the same way a neighbours kids did. See, you never needed to isolate, you just needed not to be quite as close. Her sons though went all 'YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE OR SEE OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU CAN SEE OTHERS YOU'RE TOO CLOSE' and I wish I was exaggerating.

Sitting outside 6+ feet away, wearing masks for maybe an hour at a time a few times a week was not dangerous.

So ya, if you holed up in your house like it was the zombie apocalypse, that's less evil villain plan for the world and more you're just a moron.
 
2021-06-11 11:15:09 AM  
People with power have used media to engineer the collapse of community for...ever. By creating fear and distrust between the proles, our ability to organize is hindered, allowing them to remain in power, and allowing the systems that keep them there to strengthen. The pandemic gave them an excuse to highten their "mean world" reality creating a world of even more lonely desperate people. This is not to say masks and distancing weren't necessary. This is saying the messaging used to teach people how to behave exacerbated mistrust and loneliness. See deaths from dispair in developed nations, see daily mass public shootings in America, see bodies of the elderly found months later, see incel/femcel culture, these are the symptoms.
 
2021-06-11 11:40:11 AM  
Got to love the taste of rugged individualism in the morning
 
2021-06-11 12:07:12 PM  

true okie doke: Harlee: This story strums a chord of guilt in me. We had a neighbor down the hall who simply disappeared. She was a widow, and all her old friends had died. She had few friends at the complex, though she was quite friendly with us. She was also quite forgetful. When the pandemic started she would constant forget to put on her mask. She was 100% a creature of habit.

Because of that, and the required isolation, and the general craziness and paranoia (a third of the people here were MAGAts and Covid Deniers) we gradually stopped interfacing with her. One day she simply disappeared. Left all her stuff in the apartment. No one, including management, knows where she went. I assume she is dead, but why even management doesn't know this is a mystery. RIP Dorothy.

Track her down! I'd listen to that podcast.


No way to do that, AFAIK, without some big bucks for a PI and some lawyers. (We don't even know her last name, and management always refuses to divulge any personal info of tenants past or present.
 
2021-06-11 12:11:41 PM  

Salmon: Harlee: This story strums a chord of guilt in me. We had a neighbor down the hall who simply disappeared. She was a widow, and all her old friends had died. She had few friends at the complex, though she was quite friendly with us. She was also quite forgetful. When the pandemic started she would constant forget to put on her mask. She was 100% a creature of habit.

Because of that, and the required isolation, and the general craziness and paranoia (a third of the people here were MAGAts and Covid Deniers) we gradually stopped interfacing with her. One day she simply disappeared. Left all her stuff in the apartment. No one, including management, knows where she went. I assume she is dead, but why even management doesn't know this is a mystery. RIP Dorothy.

she clicked her heels.


As if....

I keep imagining some serial killer ending, which is disturbing. I can't imagine that her fate would remain an unknown even if someone had a body. She was in the WAC back in the day, so I'm sure there were prints. She got SS, so I know there is a paper trail that anyone with the prints could backtrack on. The only thing that seems consistent is either alien abduction of a nameless shallow grave in the desert.
 
2021-06-11 12:12:13 PM  

Sin'sHero: bostonguy: $5?

With the AARP discount.


I just joined AARP today so getting a kick...

...but not a discount :(
 
2021-06-11 12:15:23 PM  

talkyournonsense: People with power have used media to engineer the collapse of community for...ever. By creating fear and distrust between the proles, our ability to organize is hindered, allowing them to remain in power, and allowing the systems that keep them there to strengthen. The pandemic gave them an excuse to highten their "mean world" reality creating a world of even more lonely desperate people. This is not to say masks and distancing weren't necessary. This is saying the messaging used to teach people how to behave exacerbated mistrust and loneliness. See deaths from dispair in developed nations, see daily mass public shootings in America, see bodies of the elderly found months later, see incel/femcel culture, these are the symptoms.


Username checks out
 
2021-06-11 12:44:42 PM  
i love the comments from Farkers who long to be left alone. the subject is the elderly who are suffering in silence but yes, do tell us all about you, because after all, that is all that matters. you longing to be free of others. tell us more about you. we're all desperate to learn more.
 
2021-06-11 12:57:54 PM  

Joshudan: talkyournonsense: People with power have used media to engineer the collapse of community for...ever. By creating fear and distrust between the proles, our ability to organize is hindered, allowing them to remain in power, and allowing the systems that keep them there to strengthen. The pandemic gave them an excuse to highten their "mean world" reality creating a world of even more lonely desperate people. This is not to say masks and distancing weren't necessary. This is saying the messaging used to teach people how to behave exacerbated mistrust and loneliness. See deaths from dispair in developed nations, see daily mass public shootings in America, see bodies of the elderly found months later, see incel/femcel culture, these are the symptoms.

Username checks out


Sort of.  The composition and specific application here are weird, but Rupert Murdoch's been indeed engineering social dissension and isolationist weirdness through his media empire for a long farking time.  He really does try to destabilize anywhere that doesn't agree with ultra-right wing Randian psychosis and push it in that direction.  One of his biggest tools is articles that increase polarization in a society.  Push people into ever smaller social circles that end up staring at the walls scared of "those people" coming.

/that isn't fever dream crap, he flat out admits it and revels in it publicly
 
2021-06-11 1:13:44 PM  
How many of these lonely elderly alienated themselves by being horrible to family, neighbors and the public they often interacted with causing this loneliness in a pandemic?

During this time, I do feel guilty for not checking my abuela as much as I should have, but my mom, fark her!
 
2021-06-11 1:35:46 PM  
Imagine being bedridden or wheelchair-bound.  You can't go anywhere unsupervised or you might get stuck or hurt, or you simply can't move without assistance, at least without risk of falling.  The only people you have to talk to are miserable - either from working long hours doing caregiving work that's already hard when you're only doing 1 person's job, but you're doing 3 or 4, or because they're "inmates" in the care home with you, suffering dementia, senility, all manner of memory issues, depression, anxiety, and every other disorder under the sun.

Now imagine you go from that, to being unable to see your family - at all.  Locked in your room, unable to even visit the hallway, neighbors, or eat food with other people.  Oh, and then quarantine fails anyway because you can't lock up the staff & their families, so you get to watch people die around you day after day and wonder if you're next.

Literal inmates in actual prisons have it at least slightly better than in a nursing home under lockdown.  And they're still locked down because assholes won't get vaccinated.  If you thought your gramps or auntie was unpleasant before, just you wait.

Sorry, but I just had my daily hour-long lecture about how everything and everyone is awful, especially me, because I can't take someone out of there and spend all day every day waiting on them hand and foot like a 200 lb infant that knows enough English to curse you out every half-hour.

And that was someone widely regarded as the most pleasant and "nice" person in my family, which is known for being full of bastards.  Other than me, of course...
 
2021-06-11 2:56:06 PM  
This is about as silly as if the world ended tomorrow, the NYTimes headline would read
"World to end tomorrow...women and children impacted the most"

The isolation is more acute among Black and Hispanic Americans.
 
2021-06-11 3:53:16 PM  

sinko swimo: i love the comments from Farkers who long to be left alone. the subject is the elderly who are suffering in silence but yes, do tell us all about you, because after all, that is all that matters. you longing to be free of others. tell us more about you. we're all desperate to learn more.


As opposed to yourself, who is here every single farking day spewing out your ridiculous thoughts as if they are some kind of glorious wisdom from above. fark off.
 
2021-06-11 5:37:39 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Joshudan: talkyournonsense: People with power have used media to engineer the collapse of community for...ever. By creating fear and distrust between the proles, our ability to organize is hindered, allowing them to remain in power, and allowing the systems that keep them there to strengthen. The pandemic gave them an excuse to highten their "mean world" reality creating a world of even more lonely desperate people. This is not to say masks and distancing weren't necessary. This is saying the messaging used to teach people how to behave exacerbated mistrust and loneliness. See deaths from dispair in developed nations, see daily mass public shootings in America, see bodies of the elderly found months later, see incel/femcel culture, these are the symptoms.

Username checks out

Sort of.  The composition and specific application here are weird, but Rupert Murdoch's been indeed engineering social dissension and isolationist weirdness through his media empire for a long farking time.  He really does try to destabilize anywhere that doesn't agree with ultra-right wing Randian psychosis and push it in that direction.  One of his biggest tools is articles that increase polarization in a society.  Push people into ever smaller social circles that end up staring at the walls scared of "those people" coming.

/that isn't fever dream crap, he flat out admits it and revels in it publicly


Yeah I didn't pull that out of my ass, it's basic critical communications theory. Ask Chomsky and Gramsci

Also my name is a reference to both Crime and Punishment and Alice in Wonderland.
 
2021-06-11 7:40:59 PM  

TuckFrump: bostonguy: $5?

Plus a monthly $5 transaction fee


'tis the reason I no longer grace this site with my wonderful wonderful photoshoppery.

Sort of a win-win situation for all involved.
 
2021-06-12 11:52:51 AM  

ShutterGirl: How many of these lonely elderly alienated themselves by being horrible to family, neighbors and the public they often interacted with causing this loneliness in a pandemic?

During this time, I do feel guilty for not checking my abuela as much as I should have, but my mom, fark her!


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