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Weekend Open Thread and Links

Francesco Ciccolella for the NYTimes

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States – or maybe more accurately this year: Covid Super-Spread weekend, on account of all the college kids that will be heading home from their infected campuses and the large gatherings that are sure to take place in back yards, living rooms, and lake fronts across the country. I think it’s a Labor Day – sorry, Labour Day – weekend in Canada, too, and they likely won’t have super-spreading there because they don’t have a totally fucked-up government like their neighbors to the south do, telling everyone Covid’s no big deal, it only kills people whose lives aren’t of value, and it’s going to magically disappear any day now just watch. Anyway, happy end of summer, everyone! May I suggest you make a blueberry clafoutis before the season is gone in a flash?

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This essay, “The Summer of Staying Put,” about some of the silver linings of quarantine, resonated with me and gave me a little hope.

This isn’t related to relationships or anything, but it was one of the more powerful pieces of (photo-)journalism I’ve read this year, and I think every American needs to see it: America at the Edge of Hunger

4 comments… add one
  • Ele4phant September 6, 2020, 1:11 pm

    I so feel for people who are single right now…of course you don’t want to be responsible for spreading the illness and getting anyone sick , or worse, but we also know there are pretty bad consequences to long term isolation and lack of human touch.

    Six months in, it’s beyond an mild inconvenience to ask single people to continue to isolate and not have any human contact (sexual or even just a hug)…it’s now a massive burden. I don’t know the right answer, death is pretty final, but anyways, my heart does go out to those that didn’t have someone to quarantine with.

    Hopefully most can find some safe bubbles to form!

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    • Sea Witch September 6, 2020, 5:43 pm

      Thankfully, there is the internet. I think isolation would have been much worse if this pandemic had happened 30 or more years ago.

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    • ron September 7, 2020, 12:42 pm

      It would have been much worse if this pandemic happened at the start of Winter. But, unfortunately, we likely get to live that this Winter.

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  • Sea Witch September 6, 2020, 5:42 pm

    Although we don’t have a totally forked up government here in Canada, we do have our share of idiots, sadly. There are people here who sneer at precautions such as wearing a mask to the grocery store. Oh well.

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