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  • #31
    Good books, binge-watching "The Pacific", a nice bottle of rum, hand-rolled cigars (thank you USPS), and my lovely bride. Who could ask for more?
    ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
    IN MARE IN COELO

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    • #32
      As I mentioned elsewhere, things are breaking loose out here. People are going to the parks, playing tennis and other sports, going to the barbershop, gyms and starting to go to local stores that were previously closed.

      The government has failed to make a valid case for an emergency, and has allowed way too many exceptions to the closure rules, so people are no longer following the governor's edicts.

      When you come right down to it, ALL businesses are "essential".
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        As I mentioned elsewhere, things are breaking loose out here. People are going to the parks, playing tennis and other sports, going to the barbershop, gyms and starting to go to local stores that were previously closed.

        The government has failed to make a valid case for an emergency, and has allowed way too many exceptions to the closure rules, so people are no longer following the governor's edicts.

        When you come right down to it, ALL businesses are "essential".
        Essential to the people that own them and work for them.

        I have long contemplated the apparent disconnect between essential services and remuneration people receive for providing them. It is actually fairly easy to rank them. Water, food, shelter, security, transportation, education, medicine, communication, would be a good start on a ranked listing.

        Two things people often overlook is management and energy. Life can be defined as the process of "intelligent" movement towards energy and away from poisons in defiance of entropy with the ability to reproduce itself.

        These simple principles should remind us if who we should be thankful to for providing our essential services. If you have never thanked your sanitation worker or the delivery person and the hundreds of other "little people" you come into contact with you are living on the dark side. The same goes for some of the better paid people such as doctors and nurses.

        I recently had cataract surgery and thanked my doctor for his work and asked him how he was doing. The technician later told me how much she appreciate the gesture because no one had ever done that before.

        Hopefully this virus will remind everyone how we depend on the work and goodwill of others to maintain civilization and become a more civil society.
        We hunt the hunters

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        • #34
          Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post

          Essential to the people that own them and work for them.

          I have long contemplated the apparent disconnect between essential services and remuneration people receive for providing them. It is actually fairly easy to rank them. Water, food, shelter, security, transportation, education, medicine, communication, would be a good start on a ranked listing.

          Two things people often overlook is management and energy. Life can be defined as the process of "intelligent" movement towards energy and away from poisons in defiance of entropy with the ability to reproduce itself.

          These simple principles should remind us if who we should be thankful to for providing our essential services. If you have never thanked your sanitation worker or the delivery person and the hundreds of other "little people" you come into contact with you are living on the dark side. The same goes for some of the better paid people such as doctors and nurses.

          I recently had cataract surgery and thanked my doctor for his work and asked him how he was doing. The technician later told me how much she appreciate the gesture because no one had ever done that before.

          Hopefully this virus will remind everyone how we depend on the work and goodwill of others to maintain civilization and become a more civil society.
          And this civil society is collapsing all around us while politicians draw their salaries for hiding in their government-provided homes.

          We're very close to the breaking point. the only reason it is holding together at all is because those most likely to begin rioting, the inner-city welfare population, are still getting paid for doing nothing.

          America is a house of cards facing a hurricane.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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