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Do some cities need more police?   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Jun-22 by Showtalk; 343 views.

What if one's home or maybe the shop that is the source of their livelihood - say, a computer accessory factory - happens to be in that zone? Or other non-movable assets. It's kind of hard to just fold up a permanent structure, pack it in the trunk of the car, and haul it out of there to a safe location.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jun-24

The zone appears to be shut down for business.  I wonder what the inside of that police station looks or smells like.

Showtalk said:

The zone appears to be shut down for business. I wonder what the inside of that police station looks or smells like.

Then even when that zone is re-taken, I doubt any stores or other things in there will re-open. What it will really kill are the shrinking number of mom and pop places that eked out a living. The megacorp chain outlets will just abandon the zone forever, helping boost unemployment up to 3rd world levels.

And to think that for a few years, many outfits reached out to try and deal with the "food desert" problems, and this is how they get paid back. I sort of suspect that, nope, let them all suffer from obesity and diabetes and other problems of a horrible diet of junk food that is sold only under little pass-throughs beneath bulletproof glass.

As for the police station - it's probably an EPA Superfund site by now.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jun-24

They seem to think they can just walk back into the police station and go back to business as usual. 

  • Edited June 24, 2020 5:32 pm  by  Showtalk

That has a sense of deja-vu of the kind of stuff that you'd see in the Middle East, such as the West Bank, or Eastern Europe during a few events where the maps were re-drawn in the aftermath.

Surreal.

At least so far we aren't seeing the construction of a Berlin Wall that cuts the city in two. Probably because the rabble doing this stuff don't have a superpower such as the Soviet Union backing them, or a kind of near homogenous population such as the Kurds, or similar centuries / millennia old tribes that pre-date the rise of the modern nation-state.

Well, unrelated, my engineering workstation is on hour 38 of backing up the entire hard drive. It's progressing, although slowly. It might take until Saturday to finish. I saw it working on recycle bin stuff late yesterday afternoon (which I thought had been actually emptied before booting up with the full backup utility disc). But it's worth the wait as who knows what forgotten stuff is on there that has accumulated over the past few years that might actually be needed, and then stuff that really shouldn't just be left on there as who knows where that computer will eventually end up.

Once this version backup is complete and the external drive safely stashed away, then I can go through the log and see what really should be properly erased before leaving that computer behind forever a week from today.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-25

That back up is a huge job.  

Now it's still chugging. It's actually going through a music collection that I forgot was on the system. At 5  PM it will have been going for 48 hours solid.

A verbose file and path listing of the entire directory tree and all of the files including the operating system and other stuff in addition to user data, was 132 megabytes of text.

Just got a text from someone that said the city of Odessa is about to make wearing masks mandatory again to try and get ahead of new outbreaks as protestors and Trump rally attendees bring home an unwanted souvenir.

I told him maybe that's what's needed - because there are too many pendejos not wearing masks all over. Of course the message that one is "wimpy" to wear a mask didn't help. I said visualize it like wearing seat belts. Yeah, it takes a little more hassle to buckle up but if you get into a crash it is likely to save your life or avoid serious injury, and more important than that, it keeps you from being thrown away from the vehicle controls in a side or quartering impact, and thus might save the lives of bystanders because it improves the odds that you can alter the trajectory of your vehicle a little bit and miss them.

Even if some 80% to 90% compliance can be achieved, that will significantly cut the transmission rate down. If we can consistently keep transmission ratios below 1, and ideally below 0.5, then the virus will mostly peter out except in the reservoir of those asymptomatic spreaders who will defiantly say "I don't need no steenkin' (cough, wheeze)  mask. Those are for wimps.")

I'm thinking of a T shirt.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-25

The easiest is for masks to be required everywhere.  Then if they happen to work, great, if not it’s nothing more than an annoyance.  

Yep. Even if masks are a long ways from 100% effective, if it brings the transmission rates below 1, it will keep new cases from rising exponentially.

From what I've been reading, even young and healthy individuals can be laid low by this disease, and it's a dice roll as to whether or not one becomes an asymptomatic carrier or is really debilitated. There are some long term disabilities that some people have developed already, that are now going on for 5 or 6 months now.

We're talking the sorts of chronic symptoms that effectively make it nearly impossible to make a living at most things - kind of like fibromyalgia-like symptoms, extreme chronic fatigue, where just getting up to take a shower or go pee can be absolutely exhausting.

That kind of level of disability is petty scary, especially since getting the kind of care one needs if they get this form of it can be daunting.

Then there's others who think they recovered, and like shingles or malaria, may have flare-ups months later. And they still don't know for sure if one still has the virus and it has made a come-back, or if there is ongoing long term damage from an immune system now on a hair trigger.

I need to design a T shirt that would convey the message in a way that resonates even with the toughest hold-outs who think wearing a mask is "wimpy". And maybe makes them think - how would they and their family handle it if they ended up bed-ridden for months? What if they are unable to return to work for months or years? Some outcomes from a financial standpoint and a productivity standpoint are actually worse than dying from it.

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