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Seems to me more like an endless Christmas fetish.


I like Christmas well enough, but I don't need six or seven weeks of it.

I don't know why it has to be front-loaded so much. Now it basically ends on the 25th of december where once upon a time it started on the eve of the 25th.


Because on the 26th Christmas needs to be over for Boxing Day sales, and then again for New Years sales. :goth:
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jkahless posted:
Séamas posted:
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Seems to me more like an endless Christmas fetish.


I like Christmas well enough, but I don't need six or seven weeks of it.

I don't know why it has to be front-loaded so much. Now it basically ends on the 25th of december where once upon a time it started on the eve of the 25th.


Because on the 26th Christmas needs to be over for Boxing Day sales, and then again for New Years sales. :goth:


The interwebs is saying that black friday is happening in american malls? I've seen the pics and videos of previous years. GOTTA HAVE THAT PS5 AND 60 INCH 4K TV!
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ukimalefu posted:
jkahless posted:
Séamas posted:
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Seems to me more like an endless Christmas fetish.


I like Christmas well enough, but I don't need six or seven weeks of it.

I don't know why it has to be front-loaded so much. Now it basically ends on the 25th of december where once upon a time it started on the eve of the 25th.


Because on the 26th Christmas needs to be over for Boxing Day sales, and then again for New Years sales. :goth:


The interwebs is saying that black friday is happening in american malls? I've seen the pics and videos of previous years. GOTTA HAVE THAT PS5 AND 60 INCH 4K TV!

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Why is the new PS5 so stick fiddling HUGE? Surely it does not need to be so big, or does it?
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Apparently the PS5 size is due to its cooling system. They don't want to have a small jet engine running in the background while you play.
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so toronto is going back into lockdown, along with a neighbouring region

but not my region or city (the mayor proudly tweeted he "has control") -- even though goddammit we should be on full lockdown too, most of the province should
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Black Friday sales are already going on everywhere.
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If you plan a big family Thanksgiving, plan for family funerals for Xmass
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Séamas posted:
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Seems to me more like an endless Christmas fetish.


I like Christmas well enough, but I don't need six or seven weeks of it.

I don't know why it has to be front-loaded so much. Now it basically ends on the 25th of december where once upon a time it started on the eve of the 25th.

What I was getting at (inadequately) is that we seemed to have exalted a culture of infantilization and self-gratification to religious cult status.
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I think I'll go it to Rite Aid or CVS and ask for a COVID shot, a Flu shot, a pneumonia shot, and a shingles shot. All at one sitting.

That should put me off work for at least a couple of days ...
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So, there was a pretty significant outbreak that resulted from a youth basketball tournament that never shoulda taken place because currently, youth sports are a nono. So far over 2 dozen people have tested positive. One of my coworkers/good friend was there with his wife watching his nephew. :/
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I really do not understand the obsession with youth sports during all of this.
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I really do not understand the obsession with youth sports during all of this.

And their complete disregard for protocols. On Thanksgiving, i was going to my daughters and passed the high school down the street. There was a youth scrimmage (?) or game going on. Lots of little kids and lots of adults. It had to have been sanctioned by the school or district because that field is locked up.
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I really do not understand the obsession with youth sports during all of this.


jesus, tell me about it

i'm absolutely certain people are increasing the extracurriculars of their kids

every time i ask about it, they mutter something about mental health during the pandemic
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TOS posted:
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I really do not understand the obsession with youth sports during all of this.


jesus, tell me about it

i'm absolutely certain people are increasing the extracurriculars of their kids

every time i ask about it, they mutter something about mental health during the pandemic


I suppose not interacting with people does affect most people

But I seriously suggest video games. Multiplayer or not. Multiplayer maybe under supervision for kids.
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Seriously, people, we've been preparing for this event for 50 years now! Jeez, have you seen the latest steam sale?
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I really do not understand the obsession with youth sports during all of this.
I used to really think that sports obsessions were stupid in general, but now I've really changed my mind. Sports are community events that can build friendships and strengthen people's ties with each other. They give people a diversion so that they're not focusing on negative things happening around them(helping prevent depression), and they also prevent people from getting involved in those negative activities(like joining negative groups who happen to be in the news recently). And it probably feels really good to encourage your kids(although I'm not a parent). I can expect that for some kids, there's a perception that being able to afford college depends on sport scholarships. And in addition to that, when you've been isolated, if you imagine sports events, they can involve being around tons and tons of people.

In fact, although I've never been a sports fan, within the past few months, I've found myself really wanting to attend a few sports events, pretty much for the first time ever. Not as an ongoing regular thing, but just occasionally. And I am really getting it. Not so much kids' sports events, but I could imagine why a parent might feel really interested in their own kids' sports events and who might become more invested in them now.
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Sports are for the weak!
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My father was a Parks & Rec director, award winning youth coach, and he himself is in various Halls of Fame and is world class gold medal recipient for several recreational sports. Believe me, I have long understood the value of community sports. My entire childhood and my dad's entire life and livelihood were built around them. Neither of us can fathom why the upset of a temporary suspension of sports outweighs the deaths of family, friends, and neighbors for so many.

Yes, sports are important. But priorities are super out of whack in this pandemic (as if that needed to be said) and youth sports seem to be some sort of rallying point for those who gain comfort from putting their heads in the sand.
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Sports are fun to play. They create a sense of self-importance. But they are not important. They do not make a damn lick of difference.
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Oh, I think culturally and socially they are important. That's why humans across the planet and across the eons have always played sports.

But on Maslow's hierarchy of needs so to speak, they do not outrank, I don't know... staying alive.
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i sometimes think of the sacrifices of the generations who experienced the world wars ... rationing, blackouts, shortages, public service, hard-as-hell work

and i compare that to people today and how hardly anyone seems willing to give one single inch

part of me is sad about it, but i'm kind of baffled too
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It's me, me, me, and there is no shared sense of community. I have a lot of theories to why that may be, but I think it has in fact been lost for a lot of people.

And I will add - as a parent, I totally get wishing and hoping sports could happen. My boys are both champion alpine ski racers; H-bomb is in line to become a ski cadet this year. It is so, so, good for them in a multitude of ways. Looking forward to hitting the slopes has done wonders to keep their spirits up this fall and into early winter. And gosh knows they could use the exercise too.

But if need be, they can weather the disappointment of having to miss a season. It will help them enjoy and appreciate it all the more next year. It's that longterm thinking that too many seem to be struggling with. And maybe I sort of get that a little bit too, but mostly I think, grow the fiddlesticks up.
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i sometimes think of the sacrifices of the generations who experienced the world wars ... rationing, blackouts, shortages, public service, hard-as-hell work

and i compare that to people today and how hardly anyone seems willing to give one single inch

part of me is sad about it, but i'm kind of baffled too
Actually, I think that a significant percentage of the population is willing to sacrifice.

It's just that the other shitheads have a disproportionate amount of power and influence.
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Also, if we do it, then they need to do the opposite. Just to show us.
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i sometimes think of the sacrifices of the generations who experienced the world wars ... rationing, blackouts, shortages, public service, hard-as-hell work

and i compare that to people today and how hardly anyone seems willing to give one single inch

part of me is sad about it, but i'm kind of baffled too
Actually, I think that a significant percentage of the population is willing to sacrifice.

It's just that the other shitheads have a disproportionate amount of power and influence.


i try to tell myself that, but then stuff like this is a daily occurrence up here

i mean maybe people just got complacent because the first wave was handled better than the us, even though we weren't doing particularly awesome, but we sure as human waste are blowing it now -- many areas have positivity rates worse than in the usa
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As bad as the US handled the first wave, and it's not clear that it ever ended, I imagine the US will once again one-up you. People are getting tired of the restrictions and just flat out ignoring them - and that was before SCOTUS decided that religious freedom to meet trumped government's ability to contain a health disaster.

So, I'm expecting it to pass over the US like the last biblical plague and praying that we manage to avoid it somehow (or that it doesn't kill us). I've given up hope of the US containing covid.
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As bad as the US handled the first wave, and it's not clear that it ever ended, I imagine the US will once again one-up you. People are getting tired of the restrictions and just flat out ignoring them - and that was before SCOTUS decided that religious freedom to meet trumped government's ability to contain a health disaster.

So, I'm expecting it to pass over the US like the last biblical plague and praying that we manage to avoid it somehow (or that it doesn't kill us). I've given up hope of the US containing covid.


unfortunately you seem to be right

covid death rate will soon double to 4,000 deaths per day

so, like, over 100,000 deaths per month
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On a micro level the whole C-19 thing has been pretty OK around here. There was some laxness showing before the recent surge and with the one exception of that uncouth individual I reamed out a couple of months ago I have not run into no-maskers out in public and, believe me, I have been watching. I got a HUGE amount of satisfaction reaming out that one dude and I am amped to do that some more.
But no further opportunities have presented themselves.

In my little cul-de-sac neighborhood a bunch of people have adopted dogs and joined in an already thriving dog walking culture and since I have not been working I have been having more positive interactions than before. It's like everyone has cabin fever and really enjoy having some nice, random, socially distanced conversations and, ironically, this has made my neighborhood feel closer and more connected.
Nobody, including me, masks up on walks but we never get more than 20 feet from one an other so no harm no foul.
Because the schools have been closed the kids in the hood have been out and about a lot and they all have met and just love my little Chico and that is fun having them all come running up on Chico to give him bets and hugs. Chico stick fiddling loves it. None of them know my name but they all know Chico's name. :D
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god, that's depressing
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My wife pulled this off a power pole on her way home from school on 20th Street in Vernon BC. This is not OK.

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so a toronto school tried a little experiment ... the positive rate in the community was 16% and they wanted to see what would happen if they conducted voluntary testing of asymptomatic students

normally they'd expect a positivity rate as low as .1%, but instead it was 4%, which suggests school transmission is far higher than is currently assumed

insanely, the school board did not close the school, pointing out that the positivity rate was far lower than the community rate

though as at least one expert has pointed out, you can't compare positivity rates among symptomatic and asymptomatic groups -- they don't seem to understand that 4% is extremely high
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hard copy in a secure location!

like, their mom's kitchen drawer?

behind the toilet's tank? nobody will ever think about looking there!

Ooh, ooh! inside a bible!
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fake covid testers scams

https://twocents.lifehacker.com/watch-o ... 1845786035

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Don’t fall for the fake drive-through coronavirus testing sites that have been cropping up in recent weeks. Yes, that’s right—according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers are dressing up like medical professionals and conducting fake, unsanitary tests for money and identity theft, while possibly spreading the virus.

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ukimalefu posted:
hard copy in a secure location!

like, their mom's kitchen drawer?

behind the toilet's tank? nobody will ever think about looking there!

Ooh, ooh! inside a bible!


Vernon is a silly place. It’s a little under two hours away from my town.
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