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8 hours ago, RIP-Felix said:

China in particular has a such a large population of poor rural farmers and ranchers that need the income they make off wet markets. I mean, you gotta give it to china, they're industrializing and modernizing quick, they just have so many people that the challenge is nearly insurmountable. And it's not like the world is going vegan anytime soon! There are many dirty markets all over the world where conditions could be better, but it's such a difficult thing to crack down on when the most affected people are poor.

In short, it's hard to ensure a pig doesn't mire in bat droppings. It's even harder to give up bacon! We need to be prepared for this to happen again.

They are in every third world country I've been to, so I get that.  The risk of transmission within these though is too great and this event will bankrupt countries and millions upon millions of people.  Doesn't compute, the risk isn't worth the reward.

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Addendum to original post:

Includes CEO's where I specifically am not signed up to emails from your business.

PS: As far as I know also illegal in some jurisdictions. Oh wait, its essential to operation of my account and you are not just covering your ass. Of course.

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True, the only retail store I want contacting me to tell me they're taking extra steps disinfecting everything is the grocery store, not housewares crap!  While I'm on the grocery store topic, WTF people, stop coughing with a half-hearted "in the sleeve" or no attempt all.  Doing this shit clears the aisles, get a damn clue!

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If we ever wanted a watermark for our fellow human beings in terms of who has reached the next step of human evolution and who are the laggards, it is this, boys. 

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1 hour ago, tthurman said:

True, the only retail store I want contacting me to tell me they're taking extra steps disinfecting everything is the grocery store, not housewares crap!  

 

I'm getting 1 or two a day from just about every business I have dealt with in the last 20 years. Supermarket, fair enough, but my ISP and some company I bought a domain off too? Yeah I know your doing what you can and we are prepared for a shit show. I watch the news and you should do your best anyway.

I know in the US you even get physical junk mail by the boatload but I tend not to here and I am not too tolerant of it. Perhaps its just me but it is way more annoying than it is reassuring since I am not subscribed.

If you want to see a genuine meaningful message from a CEO see this:

 

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So, Youtube's servers are getting hammered with everybody staying at home with nothing better to do.  Their response is to disable the automatic setting to allow high bandwith HD signals.  Ok, you can still override that.  Now today at work I heard a rumor that ISPs are throttling back their speeds because they can't support the bandwith demand.  WTF.  I'm still not getting what they advertise is their baseline speed.  They advertise 100mbit "starting" speeds.  We get 80mbit on perfect days.  A friend of mine said he heard they were going to drop to 20mbit until relief starts.  OMG WTF.

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@hansolo77 we are seeing the impacts of increased bandwidth usage with our various cloud apps, VPN, and teleconferencing apps.

Closer to home, my son, nephew, and brother-in-law were laid off due to impacts on their businesses - Network installation for my son, pizza restaurant for my brother-in-law and nephew.

My other children work in essential services (Education, police, county services), as do myself (IT for state property insurer) and my wife (Accounting for gas station maintenance and repair).

If I have learned anything from all of this, it is humility, thankfulness, and patience. It is amazing the power of a smile to someone under siege by general public nastiness, even one from my fugly mug.

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It's opportunistic advertising. Throw the word Coronavirus up on your website or in email subject lines and you'll immediately get people's attention. "Look at us, we're doing the right thing! See we're not so bad. We turning a new leaf, a socially responsible one. Oh yeah, that's right, we're hip to the times! And don't forget us when this is all over. We need your business!"

On 3/26/2020 at 1:17 PM, Draco1962 said:

On a nicer note, Nine Inch Nails just released two new albums free!

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/nine-inch-nails-release-two-new-albums-ghosts-v-vi-free-download

Instrumental atmospheric music. Put it on in the background and chill. Not really what I associate with NIN but free-is-free.

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