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    Schools here were given less than 24 hours to identify and assemble grade level materials and assignments for students. Then the teachers stripped and cleaned their classrooms top to bottom in 2 days. It usually takes a big janitorial staff all summer to clean. As soon as they were done, the County issued Shelter at Home orders. Parents out of work are learning to homeschool. I think we are witnessing the beginning of a huge change in our K-12 education model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    not being aware of your coworkers and supervisors or professors were human or artificial intelligence.
    In my IT career at several global companies, I worked on many projects -- sometimes for years -- with people I never met in person. They were on the other end of email or a chat window. Sometimes we would converse about weekend activities or vacations or the like but I would not have been able to pick them out of a police lineup if I had to. I knew that little about them. I suppose they could have been avatars using artificial intelligence and I would not have known.

    And, honestly, it would not have made a difference. Because I often reported to human beings who closely modeled Dilbert's Pointy-Haired Boss. Artificial intelligence, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    My manager came into the office today with a story that she talked to someone last night who works for the Feds. We’re going on a 2 week lockdown beginning Monday but they’re only going to announce it Sunday night so there’s no panicked preparation. She said United Nations troops are going to enforce it. I laughed. She didn’t get it when I told her UN troops wouldn’t be involved as they come from outside the US.

    Another coworker said a friend of her in the National Guard was told she’s going to be gone for around 30 days. That does make sense as the NG is already being used for various things.

    Manager told our regional VP. We’re having to take all our files home with us tomorrow.

    She is gullible and doesn’t pay attention to the regular news.
    I had not seen or heard about this, but apparently it IS a thing that people are fretting about. USA Today just did a story about it, concluding that you are likely correct about there not going to be a national quarantine.

    https://news.google.com/articles/CAI...S&ceid=US%3Aen

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    About 50 retail chains are closing all their stores. Generally not grocery, hardware or drug stores, but mainly retailers of apparel, housewares, electronics and sporting goods. Obviously the malls are going to be much quieter. Like the airlines, hotels, casinos, cinemas, and restaurants, I expect the retailers will be laying people off... and maybe making a pitch to Uncle Sam for an emergency zero-interest loan to pay the rent and the overhead for the duration of the closures.

    I hope we all will be around to see them reopen. Most of the retailers are saying it will only be a few weeks. It could end up being 18 months, in my estimation. (I can't think of very many corporations that would be able to survive 18 months without revenue, so maybe Uncle Sam will become a minority owner of the more deserving ones. <wink>)

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    Retail was already in trouble before this happened. Win for Amazon, loss for bricks and mortar.

    From densely populated China to densely populated US areas (shelters in place are in Seattle and the San Francisco area and New Rochelle NY), it seems we are exceeding the carrying capacity of the planet. Not enough room for the various life forms to live without some colonizing others, not enough food without people eating wildlife bitten by bats.

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    Fortunately most posters here are creative and resilient. For instance, why all the toilet paper hysteria. Cut up an old sheet or cotton shirt and use that for liquid waste. Rinse out and throw in the laundry. Save your paper for solid waste
    hand sanitizer? Use bar soap. Save sanitizer when you have to go out in public. I am sharing mine with neighbors to refill their small containers
    figure out how to plant a container garden if you don’t have a suitable yard.
    use more lentils and beans.
    ride a bike or walk.

    We are are heading towards a recession or depression. Start learning how to make do, band together with neighbors and turn the TV news off except for small doses.

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    I wish I had some bidets to sell ...

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    Our governor just ordered all barbershops/hair salons to close until the end of April. I'm going to give a try to home hair cuts before then. One comment was, now we find out people's real hair color.

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    I wish I had some bidets to sell ...
    I'm not even sure how or if I could install that in a rental apartment. What needs to happen is municipalities in charge of water and sewage need to start delivering TP for everyone once a week or something. Add a TP charge to the bill, I don't even care. As it's going to be not just annoying, but a crisis for the sewage system pretty soon as people start using anything and everything. The sewage system can't necessarily handle it. All because of hoarders ruining life for everyone else. Time to implement rationing pretty soon I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerseverywhere View Post
    Fortunately most posters here are creative and resilient. For instance, why all the toilet paper hysteria. Cut up an old sheet or cotton shirt and use that for liquid waste. Rinse out and throw in the laundry. Save your paper for solid waste
    hand sanitizer? Use bar soap. Save sanitizer when you have to go out in public. I am sharing mine with neighbors to refill their small containers
    figure out how to plant a container garden if you don’t have a suitable yard.
    use more lentils and beans.
    ride a bike or walk.

    We are are heading towards a recession or depression. Start learning how to make do, band together with neighbors and turn the TV news off except for small doses.
    about bar soap:we only switched to liquid soap a couple of years ago.

    I laid in a small stock of liquid soap for this event, and after only a few days, switched back to bar soap. DH had just purchased a big package of Dial bar soap whoch he wanits to ise in the shower. It was horrifying how much we were using of the liquid stuff!
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