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oyster  ·  14 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 6.6 Million More Americans File For Unemployment As Coronavirus Keeps Economy Shut

I’ve been thinking the same thing, but as someone in the tourism industry this is also wishful thinking. Travel will be cheap at least in some parts of Canada so I’m hoping all the people who continued to work but had to be cooped up at home will take advantage of that.

oyster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 8, 2020

Life is good. Applied for my benefits today in Canada and they simplified the hell out of it. You literally just promise them you’re eligible and they warn you that they’ll get the money back if you’re lying. Took all of 3 minutes with a bad internet connection. They made that process so easy they’re probably saving money at the end of the day by cutting out 99% of the process.

On another note I decided a while back that I would try microdosing mushroom when I had some time off work and well the universe provided. Gotta find those silver linings people.

oyster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Back of a napkin COVID-19 calculations

My understanding was it could go bad fast in India mainly among poorer communities like you mention.

I’m optimistic with the news I hear out of Canada. We’ve got companies retooling to produce masks and face shields among other things. The first should be ready to make 100 000 daily in a week. I saw another story that we’re starting a trial using plasma from people who have recovered to treat people who are currently sick. I’ll try to find these articles again, I’m trying to look at the more positive stuff lately.

I’m getting ready for a couple more months of this, but I’m hoping once we pass the peak all those companies making masks and hand sanitizer can start distributing to the general population so we can get out a little sooner.

oyster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Back of a napkin COVID-19 calculations

From what I’ve gathered,

Italy has an older population, more people in the high risk age group = more deaths.

A lot of the original cases in India involved Italian tourists, so they’re a bit behind at the moment which explains the lower numbers. Not sure if this is a busy or slow time in India for tourism which is something else that would affect things. The other thing is, a lot of these countries can take extreme measures early on without worrying about backlash. Take a look at Taiwan, they’re doing great and considering their ties with China that seems impossible until you take into account that they can openly track citizens location via their cell phone. India can also heavily restrict movement without worrying about loosing an election.

Last thing, and this isn’t to be rude, but the culture in the states is very individualistic. The numbers are high, because in an individualistic culture people are less likely to sacrifice for the group. The common themes of all these measures to slow the spread are about working together and sacrificing to help others. Cancelling your spring break beach trip, closing your business, and otherwise inconveniencing yourself for others isn’t characteristic of individualistic cultures. Every culture has pros and cons, this is a time when collectivist cultures shine a little brighter.

oyster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Seen in Detroit

I filled my tank for $30 the other day which is great and all but it’s some sick joke that we all have to stay home when gas is cheap.

oyster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

Ah no, there’s this whole thing ,mostly on Instagram I guess, about being productive. Doing shit like taking up a new hobby that you probably don’t have the equipment for and shouldn’t go to the store to get. It started when school got cancelled for a few weeks almost immediately. All of a sudden everybody was a homeschooler and it was like, isn’t it March Break anyways ? Even my college took a break, I’m already a full time online student but we got set back a week to stay on pace with the rest of the school while they set everybody else up online.

Mostly it seemed like people trying to avoid accepting what was happening. For the one day I believed I would only be laid off for 2 months I had tons of plans, but that ended pretty quick. Now I’m back to my normal amount of planning, and routine. Some people though benefit from the productivity push. I think the problem arises when it’s seen as the one solution for everybody, that’s when people start ruining March Break, thinking a trip to a mountains town that would be devastated by an outbreak is a good idea and running to the store for craft supplies.

oyster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

I’ve been hearing everyone applying for EI now just gets switched to CERB if their application is still processing.

oyster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

1. No

2. Outbreak at the nursing home my sister works at so we’ll see

3. Thankfully no

4. Laid off like 2 weeks ago now but honestly since my job is 95% interacting with traveller it was a bit of a relief. Financially I’ll be fine, I’ve been thinking about getting back into gardening for something to keep me busy.

oyster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

I think the problem is other people are trying to define what being productive looks like for every person. I’ve got a stack of books to read so I’m more than happy taking it slow and just reading for now. My boyfriend is a pretty high energy, sociable person so he’s been pacing around waiting for the snow to melt so he can start yard work which mostly sounds like lighting everything on fire at this point. For him, all the advice going around is good advice but I think other people end of feeling bad they aren’t being “productive” enough.

oyster  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

Ya, definitely nothing more than a casual observation but it just seemed like every other country was talking about their socialist response to this and then along came loud mouth Trump trying to one up everybody.

oyster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

I did notice this was all being discussed at the same time as Canada, and some European countries started to get the ball rolling on their socialist relief packages. Personally, it seemed like Trump didn’t want to be outdone while every other country was saying you get a cheque and you get a cheque. It’s also the one time his base won’t be against government assistance and it’s likely they need it to now. CERB is doubling what I will receive a month as a tipped worker and I’m just saying Trudeau would have to fuck up big to lose my vote at this point. Trumps out here buying votes.

oyster  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay

Everything here went full crazy in the matter of a week, in another week I’ll be driving home across the country. Trying to prep for a 3-4 day trip where I can’t really stop anywhere because who knows how long restaurants or hotels will stay open. I mean, I just got laid off from a restaurant in a hotel so I’m not optimistic. I know I’m capable of driving 12 hours a day, I’ve done it before in less comfy seats but fuck. That’s all I got, just Fuck.

My work is trying to be helpful and give housing where they can, a lot of people have lost their housing very quickly so they’re offering hotel rooms but that’s short term. They also aren’t kicking anybody out, but strongly recommending those who can leave do because they might be forced by parks eventually. I’m leaving so hopefully the people who really need it can stay. The whole thing has been surreal honestly, it’s like I’m trying to cling to normalcy while also planning a road trip and wondering if I should get jerry cans in case some gas stations start to close.

So happy I have a dog right now though.

oyster  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The state of the restaurant industry

I would rather my work just close at this point, we only serve tourists and you can tell everybody is about to snap or has snapped but doesn’t realize. It’s a mix of anxiety from the potential financial loss or getting sick from all the visitors but nobody wants to talk about it out of fear of looking silly. Everybody is just a time bomb at this point.

oyster  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 11, 2020

Just saying, you use isopropyl to clean bongs so your local pot shop might have 99% as well as online retailers for a better price.

oyster  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grocery Stores Start To Cut Hours As Coronavirus Prompts Surge In Panic-Buying

Everyday I work there is some new protocol. Despite mass cancelations they’re encouraging us to use as much labour as it takes to clean properly which is great, but man how would a small business handle that ? You don’t typically want to increase labour when revenue drops. Today they took tables out of the restaurant and blocked some off so everybody was farther apart, felt freaky as hell. Anyways, my new life goal is to get to a point where I’m so comfortable that I don’t understand how events like this affect my life. So many people either getting laid off or having their hours cut drastically, I’m lucky to be where I am honestly.

I’m pretty sure the point of stocking up is so that you have enough food in case you get sick so you don’t have to bring your nast ass germs to the store. Like I routinely have enough food to last me weeks because I can’t always get to the store but I also made sure I have NyQuil and Kleenex.

So basically just act real smug if anybody questions it. Just trying to be considerate and not spread germs.

You can freeze milk, just gotta shake it when it thaws. Bread too, just have to toast it to make it better.

I dunno, we’re still at under 30 confirmed cases in Canada and y’all just shot up to a possible 600 like nothing. I’m only worried that I work in tourism so option 1) is everybody brings their nasty germs and option 2) is nobody brings anything and I’m poor.

oyster  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Holy wack

Looking back now I realized I had just turned 23 when I started applying for jobs in Banff. I guess it’s just that age when everybody is finishing school or watching other people finish school and wondering wtf is next. Good luck in Toronto, but might as well start applying for jobs before you get there.