Rant, rant, rant

A physician was on the news tonight to say that the time to act for a circuit breaker lockdown as a measure to slow the spread of corona virus is now. He went on to say that we cannot expect, nor even hope for, people to do the right thing for the greater good. He said that if the past few months have taught us anything, people aren’t going to do what’s right for everyone, they’re going to live for themselves.

I agree with him.

We’ve had more than 700 cases a day for weeks now, lately earning 900 – 1,100 a day.

It’s clear that people don’t give a rats ass about this pandemic.

Point proven if you watch YouTube. People are using positive tests for COVID as clickbait to get views. One family, known on YouTube as 8 Passengers, celebrated the father getting COVID by having him purposefully infect all of their children. Not only that but they sent their children to school after the father was diagnosed, before they were, forcing an unknown number of children from their kid’s schools into isolation and laughing about having done that in their video.

People are inherently selfish.

They don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves.

Can you imagine being a health care worker right now? Working your ass off every single day to try and keep people alive to hear that people are bragging on YouTube about how many people they exposed themselves too? Watching the government say that restrictions infringe on people’s rights to live freely? More like restrictions infringe on people’s rights to infect others freely.

More than 400 health care workers signed a single letter to our provincial government asking him for some restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. The government’s response was to make last call for alcohol in bars at 11 o clock, make sure places of worship can only operate at 1/3 capacity. Meanwhile, the premier himself happens to be in isolation because he couldn’t even follow his own guidelines and social distance.

But people will do better.

People will do better, right? Right?

66 thoughts on “Rant, rant, rant

    1. There are still so many people not wearing masks! And so many people who put the mask on to go indoors, but take it off immediately after they step out the door, even though they’re still bumping shoulders and running into people on their way to their cars. People are so dense.

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  1. I’ve been saying the same thing for months, down here past your southern border. People were panicked in March; it is now November, things are exponentially worse, and we still have no national plan (or national government, but that’s another tale). If this is winning I am certainly tired of it.

    I don’t know what the politics of it are in Canada. Here in the US the politics (as you know) are impossible. The solution is really straightforward: just pay everybody to stay home for two months. Stop worrying about “fraud” and “abuse” and ridiculous means tests and eligibility requirements to ensure that you aren’t giving money to the “wrong” people. Just send everyone — *everyone* — a monthly check. If the Koch brothers decide they can do without it they can donate it back to the Treasury (but they won’t).

    Now you got me started…. time to go post my own rant!

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    1. I want to read it when your rant is written.

      Here in Canada we actually had a really good national program in place for several months. It helped a lot of people through the first lockdown. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a hell of a lot better than what was done in the USA (Sorry). Now though, the federal government is trying to tell the provincial governments to put restrictions in place and some provincial governments are, and others (like mine) are hell bent and propagating the myth that masks infringe on people’s rights to live.

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  2. Yeah, that’s an inherent frustrating part of all this. People simply dont care and wont do the right thing. I’ll continue to do the right thing and not interact with others as well as disassociate with those who dont follow the easy guidelines given to us. The public’s health is too vital.

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    1. I don’t know how you are still holding out down there. I for sure would’ve bene in a looney bin months ago if I was dealing with what you’re dealing with.

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      1. Yeah, it’s pretty insane. I rarely interact with any friends, and before I do I have to have the talk with them. I also pretty much order everything online now. There is a mental toll taken for being stuck inside for so long, that’s for sure. I just keep busy and try not to think about it.

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  3. Look on the bright side, you don’t have a complete idiot in charge, so much of an idiot, he boasted about shaking hands of Covid patients, then contracted it and at the moment is in self isolation because he can’t keep to his own rules.

    Added to this, we have over 50,000 dead, he spent every last bit of creditability defending his chief of staff for breaking the rules during our first lock down, only for the guy to resign 7 months later, due and I kid you not, not being nice to the PMs girlfriend.

    and people wonder why the UK is a joke on the international scene at the moment

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      1. You say number one, but at least you voted him out as soon as you could. We have had 10 years of this shit and 3 General Elections to get them out and yet we keep voting them in, the last time with the biggest majority they have ever recieved

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      2. Two words: cognitive dissonance. Saint Ronald Reagan (and his Iron Lady on your side) convinced people to vote against their self interest. Labour and the US Democratic Party *STILL* have not learned how to push those emotional buttons — even forty years on
        they try to argue facts. Paraphrasing Swift: There is no reasoning people out of things they didn’t reason themselves into. (More about this on my blog at ockhams-razor.com)

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      3. I remember when John Oliver taught us on Last Week Tonight about what would happen to the UK with Johnson in charge. What he had to say wasn’t good. Turns out what happened hasn’t been good either.

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  4. In India the situation is entirely different. Our country has more than 50k cases every day and we can’t afford to be under lockdown anymore. The restrictions have loosened up since June and people are roaming around the country as if there never was a pandemic in place. The only difference is between pre and post covid times in India is that people are sported wearing a mask like an accessory!

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    1. That’s really scary. 50,000 cases a day is very, very scary! It’s good that people are wearing masks though. At least they’re smart enough to figure that out. Here people are protesting masks saying they deserve a right to live without the oppression of government controlling their lives. Le sigh…

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      1. Yeah, remember the nightmare of Chinese New Year 🤦‍♂️. That was surreal— JUST as a new pandemic was coming out, from China of all places… boom. It still just leaves me speechless— I have no idea how to react to that ridiculous and unlikely situation.

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    1. A ‘Circuit Breaker’ is common terminology right now for what people are calling for, but few people seem willing to implement. If you’ve got a circuit breaker going on, I really hope that it helps and it works. Penalties for breaking it are a really great idea.

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      1. We’re still sort of in it (since March, it’s phased loosening of restrictions now) amidst increasing pressure to reopen fully. Kinda cool circuit breaker is a more common term now because it was chosen in my country specifically to avoid the word “lockdown”. Which a lot of countries had been using back then.

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    1. You’re so right. It’s really sad and pathetic that people can’t put a mask on their face. They can stop at red lights. That doesn’t infringe on their rights. But a face mask? Out of the question.
      It’s stupid.

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    1. I agree.
      I also think YouTube needs to take that offline. They shouldn’t be able to profit off that.
      Nothing will happen to them, though. Sadly.

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  5. I have experienced that kind of story myself. My brother was knowingly infected by his coworker who shared his lunch with him when he and his family was covid positive. Thankfully, my brother is doing good now.
    People are taking it as an entertainment since other sources are restricted for time pass. I pity over their thought process. But for every bad soul, there is a good one like us. So, I still have hope.

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  6. Covidiots as I call them. If people can’t take care of themselves, then big brother needs to step in. I feel like Alberta isn’t doing enough to keep the case load down. It’s gotten ridiculous.

    P.S. I don’t have your new number yet and I haven’t had time to send an email….

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      1. The thing is some people will always do the wrong thing. I naively thought everyone gets this pandemic. But no, I am the paranoid one for asking people to keep their distance at the checkout line. Most people get it, I must say. But it is just a few that seem to be in cloud cuckoo land.

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  7. We just talked with my daughter about it yesterday. Not about YouTube, but about our hopes that people will get scared now and will change their behavior

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    1. I hope so. I think you guys have a stay at home order in place right now, don’t you? Hopefully that curbs some numbers, if people actually do stay home.

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      1. There are three parts of “us”, and in Wisconsin the conservative Supreme Court block all the governor’s orders. It’s really bad there. We in Illinois are on stay at home advisory. In any case, the most important day of the year for our family is not happening this time the way it always was. We have no choice but to accept it, although it’s not easy.

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  8. I am sorry to hear that it’s so bad up there and that the government has such an attitude. It reflects what seems to be happening in England which is in chaos. As for what’s happening in the States….I am baffled, distressed, angry, appalled, frustrated…..so yes, I know how you feel. It’s grim.

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  9. “Can you imagine being a health care worker right now? Working your ass off every single day to try and keep people alive to hear that people are bragging on YouTube about how many people they exposed themselves too?”

    I know, totally with you. It’s something I’ve never stopped thinking about. I wonder/worry about how many people in healthcare have burned out and left the job, or will do?

    About the selfishness of people— I tell myself that the most extreme ones are disproportionately over-represented. Like that youtube family for example. At a certain point you are just seeing the people with the most machiavellian traits, who seek personal glory. As to where that leaves the general selfishness of society, I have no idea— but it’s definitely way above what I previously thought and am comfortable with!

    And yeah, ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns, by the fact that we even need to have them, are mostly a consequence of people not following the restrictions to begin with of course. You just look at places like Hong Kong— Hong Kong of all places with how densely-populated it is— getting on incredibly well because everybody is so onboard with it. Circuit breaker lockdowns are simply the people who DO follow restrictions making up for everybody else and having to over-compensate 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️. Plus the ones not following restrictions being physically forced into interacting less.

    I just tell myself that I’m so glad I can at least control my own actions— to be able to put into action the things which I see lacking— as much as I naturally am pretty selfless I take comfort in being able to push myself to be even more.

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    1. You just never know, right— you may end up as a Nelson Mandela figure unintentionally— by consistently living by your morals and ideals, combined with some weird chance future circumstances, lol. And then you would look back and say ‘man I am so glad I stood strong’, and encourage everyone else who feels helpless in a sea of selfishness to do the same. 🤷‍♂️

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    1. I can completely understand your frustration and it’s completely warranted. People like us need to be taking precautions to make sure that you don’t have such a hard time taking care of people like us.

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  10. Ohhhh!!
    “Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection”
    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54902908
    Same technique as the vaccine the other day! What did I say about that promising technique? 😁
    Seriously, RNA vaccines are great news for the world! This pandemic has definitely helped advance this.
    “RNA vaccines are faster and cheaper to produce than traditional vaccines, and a RNA based vaccine is also safer for the patient, as they are not produced using infectious elements
    Production of RNA vaccines is laboratory based, and the process could be standardised and scaled, allowing quick responses to large outbreaks and epidemics”
    https://www.phgfoundation.org/briefing/rna-vaccines

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    1. I watched a piece about these vaccines during my lunch hour today and I saw that the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -80 degrees Celsius and the Moderna Vaccine needs to be stored at -20 degrees Celsius.

      While this may not be an issue for us in Canada or the USA or England, I can see a lot of countries in this world that causes real issues for.

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      1. You are SO hard to please!! 😅😅😅. Ok here is my comeback to that 😄:

        “Moderna’s vaccine appears to be easier to store as it remains stable at minus 20C for up to six months and can be kept in a standard fridge for up to a month.”

        I do get your point, though, but it’s also in all nations’ interests to get vaccines to where they’re needed, given how infectious the virus is. And I’m sure there’ll be improvements if it’s an issue. -20C is only standard food freezer temperature so I don’t think it would be a problem for any country that has any kind of infrastructure to begin with. That part is a much easier problem to solve :).

        I’m desperately trying to infect you and others with my optimism 🤣.

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  11. Sadly people only care when they’re personally affected. Too many people still see this as nothing more than the flu or a complete lie depending on the news channel you watch. This world is full of people that put their personal comforts above all else no matter the suffering it may cause. I’ve already prepared myself to be on lockdown for the next few years and to wear a mask for at least the next 5 years. The self-centered attitude is expected to get worse as I feel this is a sign of the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-6). All we can do is our best to protect ourselves and our families.

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    1. Wholly agree.
      Yesterday in my city several hundred people marched through the city down to city hall to have a protest in front of city hall about how they shouldn’t have to wear masks and they should be free to live as they please.
      I wonder how many of those people get diagnosed with COVID in the next two weeks? Because they’re not going to care until after they, or someone they know is diagnosed.

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    1. Wouldn’t it be nice if Justin Trudeau just stepped in and said ‘Everyone gets $2,000. Stay home for the next thirty days”? It’s not like we’re not already in debt for what’s happened this year. Let’s take care of this while we freaking can.

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  12. I fully understand your need to rant.

    It is not okay to do what such people are doing.

    We live in dangerous times, and people are only slowly beginning to listen and take the necessary precautions in my country.

    We have a major political sandal about mink.

    It is legal now, but the damage is done. People do not trust the government anymore.

    We are okay, but I dread the monthly trip to the bank and way too many people in the fifth largest city in our country.

    We are extremely cautious, but the numbers are also rising here.

    And we have seen enough of dead mink for a lifetime.

    I hope that you are okay and your followers too.

    Please stay safe

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    1. What happened with Mink? My brother (lives in Esbjerg) mentioned something about all of the mink being slaughtered because they had COVID 19?

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      1. It was decided to kill all mink in Denmark, because there has been a mutation that can affect humans.

        It was an illegal decision until yesterday, and the missing law has created a major political sandal.

        It is estimated that app. 8.8 million mink are dead now, we have app. 15 million mink in total in Denmark.

        We were the world’ s biggest producer of mink fur, now it stops.

        There have been incidents where. the culling sent wrong, and where dead mink have been dropped on the road by accident.

        The decision now is to kill all the mink, whether they have Covid 19 or not.

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