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I've been either in the military (retired) or embedded in a military unit for the last 35 years. I have participated in endless military exercises but a few months ago the unit I work for, along with the entire base had an exercise seeing how prepared they'd be if the electrical grid got infiltrated. The idea was that China has the ability to incapacitate the electrical and communications grid of our entire country, how could the base survive if that happened. Well, the results were less than acceptable.
So, with this pandemic that came from China, I'm suggesting that it's a test and we are figuring out how to survive without very much preparation. How do you think we're doing overall? What if the pandemic happened along with a grid attack?
We're a vulnerable country/world. Please take lessons learned so far and prepare yourselves for a future attack of similar strength but keep in mind that this time was much easier than the next.
Ps. NYC is bringing in refrigerated trailers to keep the bodies in, they had over 100 dead just last night.
One thing the country needs to learn how to do again is become its own supply chain.
 

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I don't disagree, but if we allow politics and bureaucracy to get in our way then we deserve what we get. All of the examples you have highlighted are correct and sad.
This has happened before and we forget our history.
 

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I think as a society we need to focus on and develop a culture of adaptation to our circumstances in order to survive, more so than we’ve ever done in the past. To often our institutions and the public have a tendency to cycle between panic during a crisis and neglect afterwards. Hopefully leadership of whatever stripe will emerge in the future that will steer us from perpetuating such cycles and the dire consequences associated with them.

My paternal grandfather was an Army combat engineer in France during WW1. He survived the battlefield horrors of that war, only to contract the 1918 pandemic flu that swept through the ranks of friend and foe at the time. While the war was brutal, the 1918 flu that killed millions was indescribably merciless. And yet he managed to adapt and survive, with his will to live sustained by his farmer work ethic, his buddies and the God of his faith. Hardy stock for sure...he died in 1998 with a frail body but clear mind at 104 years old, when I was 42. The war, the 1918 flu and the subsequent Great Depression defined the rest of his life, and he constantly implored his children and grandchildren to take heed and never forget.
 

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UK counts will go up dramatically, as we start to test more people as a what if, rather than we know are unwell
 

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We have been on lockdown here in Colorado for a few days, “voluntary” for over a week now. Our governor says to take walks, ride your bike, go to the local state parks, (which they closed and I dont know if the stupid SOB remembered that even though he probably directed it) enjoy your local outdoors but dont travel to distant locations. You can go to the store, travel to work if you are essiential etc.. grocery stores, liquor stores and pot shops remain open, some construction work is still called essential, people still working on new homes etc..

Then last night I read local reports of LEO‘s (CSP and Sheriff) pulling people over and or approaching them on walks etc.. and asking citizens what they are doing and or asking for credentials as to why they are out and about.. This is after the Sheriff came out on their own FB page yesterday and specifically stated they were not going to be doing such things. This gets those little hairs on the back of my neck to standing up.

State and county officials all over this country are laying down their own rules with no parameters in place and no transparency as to why they are doing so in some instance. Its a free for all house arrest over every citizen in the country. I see a rapidly progressing police state with zero checks and balances in place to safe guard citizens rights, thats what I find concerning.

Some of you might find that view point ridiculous, even repulsive and thats fine, Im ok with that. I get the whole ”do it for good of mankind” thing but someone out there needs to be watching the other side. So while the rest of you are worried about how many people this is going to kill, I may jump in my truck and take a drive today to see how many of my freedoms are still in place. After all his royal highness the good governor said I can take a drive to get out of the house if I feel the need, just keep your distance from others.

Before you hammer me on being concerned about those who are on the front lines here.. know that my wife and son both work in a grocery store and are on the front line. They take daily abuse from people because the store has next to nothing on the shelves or limits certain items due to the mass panic this situation has caused. I am about to volunteer my time and be Civil Obedience Officer at the store and remind people to mind their fucking manners while they are in there.

This lock down is going to last for months wether you all realize it or not and my patience is thin already.
 

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Darbinco said...."Before you hammer me on being concerned about those who are on the front lines here.. know that my wife and son both work in a grocery store and are on the front line. They take daily abuse from people because the store has next to nothing on the shelves or limits certain items due to the mass panic this situation ........"

I understand your comment about your wife and son taking abuse from people because the store has next to nothing or is limiting the number of people in the store due to Social Distancing, which is the right thing to do. I am a manager at a big box store so I get what they are going through, I am usually the one intervening in this situation and getting called a F*&% ahole. People are very anxious, in a panic and many just plain scared. As for the term front lines , well my wife is an RN at one of our local hospitals and I have to add when I see people coming into the store with a mask on it makes my blood boil, especially when I see what they are purchasing, nothing even remotely neccassary. My wife is on the front lines and she has to worry about whether she will have enough PPE to protect herself so she can take care of the people who are sick and hope she does not get sick herself so she can be there to continue to help people.

So while you are watching the other side, your right to do so, at least pause for a moment to consider the ones who are trying to protect and take care of everyone, if and when you, your wife or son get sick from any virus, disease, heart attack, cancer, etc.

I believe you are correct, this lock down is going to last for months, so please have patience, be safe and take care of yourself, your family and others.

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To help show how serious this virus is consider that on March 18 the US had 9,197 cases and right now there are 120,529.

I understand more testing has resulted in more confirmed cases. I get that but that misses the point this thing is going off like a rocket ship.

At this rate the US will have 1,500,000 cases in a week and a half. If this thing accelerates even more.

I am not picking on the US only using it because that is the main user base on this forum. The same thing is happening in many other countries including Canada.
 

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. As for the term front lines , well my wife is an RN at one of our local hospitals and I have to add when I see people coming into the store with a mask on it makes my blood boil, especially when I see what they are purchasing, nothing even remotely neccassary. My wife is on the front lines and she has to worry about whether she will have enough PPE to protect herself so she can take care of the people who are sick and hope she does not get sick herself so she can be there to continue to help people.
Randy.
A big thank you goes out to you and your wife at this time for all your efforts.

As far as I am concerned anyone working working right now who is in direct contact with the public are the front lines. Nurses, doctors, first responders including fire, rescue as well as people like you, my family and all other who are out there working with the public. Your wife is working to provide care for the sick. You are working to provide products for people to simply exist and try and make it through these times. Everyone out there is giving 100% of themselves right now. If your not risking your health to heal people, your risking it to provide for them.

I totally agree with you on the shopping thing.. My wife tells me daily about the “regular“ customers who come in to buy a whole lot of nothing every few days. She is constantly amazed by the things people come to the store and buy.
 

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Totally unscientific observation on my part but here in metro ATL, road traffic has increased substantially the past few days compared to what it was last weekend.

This while the number of cases is reported to be increasing.

People will only stay home for so long before they will venture out again especially if they do not know of anyone infected or don't know anyone who knows anyone that is infected.

Sort of like that old saying about the economy is in a recession when it is your neighbor that lost his job but a depression when you have lost your job.....
 
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