Probably aren't true, people like to tell stories that puts the blame on someone else's ill intent... that sort of thing is extremely rare. Now carelessly and stupidly starting them via any number of methods up to and including setting off illegal fireworks, yup, that's definitely happened/happening in abundance.Sad to see the devastation caused by the fires. Absolutely awful. Also seen some stories of people setting them deliberately which if true is frankly disgusting.
The fact that the we don't have traditional school "districts" or district boards, because they were too corrupt, should tell ya something. The scarier part is the people who were found being corrupt in the old district system, are the same people who got in to run the regions. Not to mention that for the month leading up to school re-opening the school regions were saying that a lot of work was being put into fixing the schools up in preparation for students, and teachers and support staff were working tirelessly to ensure that things went smoothly. Then only to have the teachers and support staff union, basically say publicly "???WTF ARE YOU SMOKING! We haven't had anyone working in actual schools since covid hit. Hell we haven't even seen any of these so called protocols you keep saying you are communicating about with us!"And to add to the, "FFS Why?" Thread. Discovered today that the "spare" masks that were provided to the students by each regional school districts, "center for education" are 100% polyester. . . . A . . . . Non. . . . Breathable. . . . . Fabric. . . . . . . Which is causing severe reactions in some kids.
Not to mention a whole slew of other things that just chapp me arse. .. . . . Might be looking at cutting me eleven year olds first year of junior high short if the school Region doesn't smarten up real quick.
I don't think your country is doing any worse than ours mate.but I also blame our government not being able to commit to their own imposed measures and releasing a whole bunch of super confusing restrictions with a ton of loopholes in the first place. But that is sorta par for the course for how our country works, sadly.
That is properly shit. I'm really sorry to hear that. It's really not been a good year all round, but you certainly seem to have had more than your fair share of rotten luck. Best wishes dude.In personal news, my mother's cat apparently has late-stage lymphoma and will need to be put down before he starts to suffer right around one month after my own cat died of a stroke. We could get him chemo, but he's 16 years old and the vet gave him about a month with chemo and about a week without, so it's a forgone conclusion. Isn't this a great year?
This sounds like a very sensible way to handle things.We've just had new guidelines today, stating that bars, restaurants etc has to close at 22.00, and encouraging people to limit social interaction. No social bubble guidelines, but an appeal to use your best judgement, in order to curb the rising infection numbers. Effective until early October so far, to avoid it getting back to March numbers and another shutdown. I actually think our government is handling it fairly well, navigating in this difficult -and changing- situation.
I can feel those feels. One set of safe for one group, a completely different safe for others. [case example: locally, politicians cannot safely meet in the legislature, as that would be fifty people in one very large building and masked and distanced to two metres; but schools are in full session with 25-29 lower elementary students to a classroom and no masks for those lower grades, with a third of a metre distancing; one rule for the proletariat, one rule for the important people, as it were].restrictions with a ton of loopholes in the first place
Agreed and agreed. The pets themselves having lived a long and love-filled life doesn't always make things easier on us, the humans in their lives. Feel free to vent. We can listen/read at least.That is properly shit. I'm really sorry to hear that. It's really not been a good year all round, but you certainly seem to have had more than your fair share of rotten luck. Best wishes dude.
Well, we HAVE had to deal with lesser pandemics before, and knew that a severe one would inevitably be coming eventually. Word from virologists is that one was kind of overdue. That's why John Hopkins hosted their international symposium last year on pandemics and preparedness, and they based it on SARS, a recent pandemic. I think a lot of our trouble is that good actions during a pandemic to reduce infection are not things that are politically popular, or economically popular among a certain economic class, and so politics trumps medical science. That's humans for you. At least it isn't a horrifying theocratic dystopia ruled by a corpse on life support struggling against extra-dimensional horrors?they've never had to deal with a pandemic or this particular illness before
That motive is a good motive.to avoid it getting back to March numbers
I'd also consider myself very much on the side of freedom and personal responsibility, rather than authoritarianism, but I think this misses the nature of public health.I think many of the "safety measures" from governments across the world are becoming (or have already become) dangerously authoritarian, but then I'm a freedom-loving libertarian and generally prefer to see people be responsible for their own lives as opposed to relying on others. Nobody knows what's best for you better than you.
The United States is not, at present, really able to stand as any example of a nation with a coherent pandemic response. Whether to have a national health protection response at all was politicized, and really they don't have any universal, across-the-nation view of whether to promote the general welfare of the citizenry. Different areas - even different parts of the government in the same areas - made entirely contradictory pronouncements, regulations, and statements. The American response, if viewed nationally, is incoherent. A patchwork of directly contradictory efforts scattered across the entirety of their nation.Some of the stories coming out of the US are particularly horrifying