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  1. I don't think we should just consider it disinformation. Some people legitimately haven't been plugged into sources that give accurate info, so they come in with what they've heard and it's reasonable to expect that at any given moment a lot of folks haven't heard an opposing view on how this differs from the flu. What I'd suggest we do is just have a standard form response we can copy and paste, and leave it at that. There's an xkcd comic that somewhat refers to this situation as well: Ten Thousand So perhaps, if it's not someone trolling or someone continually repeating the same thing despite having better information, then perhaps they're just one of the 10,000 people who are learning about this different way to see the situation.
  2. I know you have strong feelings here, but here's my take on his casting. He represents in the movie the establishment. Something part of everyone's daily life. Safety, stability, family. Someone everyone knows. For that reason, casting perhaps one of the most famous living actors in that role cements for the audience that instant connection...you know him...you like him...you respect him. He's safe. And then at the end....bang. Complete disruption, completely unexpected... Feel free to bash his acting, he was a little stiff for sure but that's how he acts in almost every movie. I think he was there for what he represented to society...not only society of those in the movie, but folks watching the movie. Insta-connection....and if there was one person in that movie most people subconsciously would consider "safe", it'd be him. To make Joker's "coming out" scene be one that involves breaking that trust, that connection, that feeling of safety...is why he was there. Again, dislike his acting style all you want and I won't really disagree...but it was effective having him there, having that unspoken trust, unspoken safety shattered, really added (in my opinion, and I'm sure you'd disagree) to that moment and punctuated Joker's utter disdain for society, for establishment, for the status quo.
  3. I'm not too upset by what Trump has said so far. I don't blame him for trying to convey optimism. I do not have any faith in his leadership of the government in a crisis though, so I hope for all our sakes that warming weather helps put a lid on the spread of the virus before it takes full root. Because in a country with widespread outbreaks, I think Trump is absolutely terrible at using the full force of government to help its people.
  4. I don't consider you fringe in general. But in terms of 100% of the population, you're in the less than 1% in terms of preparation on this issue. That's fringe, just on this issue. You seem like a cool dude in general, even considering this. No judgment attached to it, just that it's well outside of what most mainstream people prepare for or worry about. Like I said, I consider it a good thing that society is full of folks with a lot of different types of views. Especially those within norms like yourself, who just overprepare, overthink, overwork in certain areas.
  5. It's a smattering...some jokes, but mostly good advice. I've had about a 9/10 ratio of trying to offer good information to a little light-hearted humor in an otherwise very serious situation. The previous few pages are full of advice about masks. Where to get them, what to look for, when to use them...
  6. Society is made up of people of all types. The diversity is typically good within healthy boundaries. I think for most folks, you may be a bit on the extreme side but certainly within normal boundaries in society. Just like genetic diversity helps a population/species when something new and unexpected comes up - disease, climate change, natural disaster - so do folks with varying approaches to preparing for disasters, views on the world, political views, etc. There's a scenario out there, or a lot of them, that could happen where you and others like you could legitimately do good things for humanity's propogation, while many others are not prepared and have a harder time of it or just don't survive. If that happens, you'll be in great shape...if not, you should likely also be OK but maybe considered more fringe on this issue than most folks. I think its' good folks like you are out there. I may roll my eyes a bit at hazmat suits, at least for the current situation, but glad there are folks out there like yourself for the future of humanity's sake.
  7. I doubt it. This isn't a zombie apocalyptic virus with a 99% mortality rate. If that was the case, sure I could see society breaking down, people in fear for their lives every time they leave the house. This is a virus with a significant, but not excessive mortality rate that increases with age. Most folks will get through all of this just fine, at least 90% of all society. That's not the makings for unraveling of social fabric. The major issues here are disruptions to businesses, which ripple into supply chain issues, recession issues, local stock issues...and the impact on the healthcare industries that are simply not staffed for the volume of sick folks this is likely to present. With the Flu, you have a virus that we try to mitigate with vaccines. A significant portion of the at-risk population gets vaccinated yearly and significantly reduces the impact of that virus, which at its baseline is significantly less dangerous than the coronovirus. The older you are, the more serious the risk. Older people may end up putting on masks to go out for groceries, and I'd suggest wearing gloves too. It's gonna be a tough ride for many older folks and again, society isn't set up for that kind of load right now. Many of these folks are self-sufficient, expect to be able to find vacancies in hospitals or clinics when they get sick....it's gonna be rough if the virus hits full stride in the US. But coming back to the original point - the vast majority of the US has little to worry about from direct exposure. It's the secondary effects that will cause most of us the most problems - unless you or those in your family are in the at risk category...and then you have a different set of challenges to deal with.
  8. If she has a history, are there any medications she uses when sick? Albuterol? Other commonly used items? The absolute best thing anyone can do right now is ensure they have medicine supply for 30 days or so, as a disruption to necessary medicine would be dangerous. Next up could be folks like your wife, who have occasional issues where they have go-to medicines in those situations, but don't get them until they need them. If possible and not too costly, probably best to get some of that now to be prepared.
  9. Who had eoMMan on their coronovirus FBG bingo card?
  10. I'd suspect the odds of transmitting this via open air in public is considerably lower than transmitting it by touching contaminated surfaces in public. Like someone mentioned before...it seems more reasonable to wear gloves in public than masks. If someone is in a packed subway - ok, maybe. If you're in a huge crowd, sure masks would help. But for the other 95% of folks just going out, using shopping carts, opening doors, handling money, etc...a virus stuck to your warm hand will live longer and wait for that opportunity to rub an eye, wipe a nose, touch a mouth...or get transmitted to another person in a hand shake or other contact. Masks seem most useful for healthcare professionals, which has been their guidance thus far.
  11. Can’t really envision any reasonable scenarios where social order breaks down. At most, High number of deaths of those over 60, slammed healthcare facilities, possible quarantines, limited travel maybe, but police, fire, national guard, utilities, and basically the entire social order backbone is unlikely to be affected significantly. The major issues I see are inconvenience levels, loss of wealth in a global economy slipping into recession, lack of healthcare options for me and family if we get sick near height of outbreak, and maybe some supply chain disruption where items I’ve been able to rely on aren’t available for a good long while anymore. To me that’s about worst case which is still pretty bad. I just can’t realistically envision looting or folks coming for another persons supplies. It’s no big deal to be prepared for that scenario in the incredibly unlikely event it takes place, but I can’t help but rate it as almost vanishingly unlikely.
  12. Right in time for spring to kick in, temperatures to rise, and hopefully start to battle the spread of this. It's about time global warming came in handy for something.
  13. One pro-tip here could be to seek out the coronovirus, get infected, and if you survive there's going to be a whole lot of things you'll be able to do a lot cheaper than normal. Cruises come to mind, but maybe some performances...disney world/land may be a little less populated. Maybe it's a frugal choice to get infected and then capitalize on all the discounted, low populated places.
  14. Ah, for some reason i thought you were in Austin.