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Water Cooler / Re: Mid-term Concerns: Food Supply
« on: Today at 12:04:37 AM »

Covid-19 is about to reach US farms in a major test for food supply chains - Quartz reports that one of the largest farmworker unions in the US says early polling of farm laborers suggests operators of some of the nation’s largest fresh produce farms aren’t taking steps to protect fieldworkers from the spread of Covid-19. That’s worrying news for a food supply chain that experts, so far, have described as robust and resilient in the face of the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The nature of how the coronavirus spreads—from person to person, through droplets from coughs or sneezes, and transferred on surfaces—means that outbreaks have concentrated first in densely-populated urban and suburban zones. But it will reach rural farming areas on a delay (a pdf is available), according to data collected (and visualized over time which is quite eye catching) by the University of Iowa’s Rural Policy Research Institute.


Argentina beef shipments to EU, China stall amid virus - Shipments of beef from Argentina’s famed cattle ranches to the European Union have plunged to almost zero amid the global coronavirus outbreak, while sales to top buyer China have tumbled from last year’s levels, industry officials told Reuters. The slump in exports underscores how the pandemic is affecting global food supply chains, with demand dented by widespread closures of restaurants and transportation of goods stymied by measures to control the virus’ spread.

I could attest to what I'm seeing; in the few times I've been out (conveying groceries to various family members) traffic is substantially down on the roads and highways.  As of right now I think we're isolating pretty well overall, masks are everywhere.

This link shows the infection density by state.  Testing problems are a factor, but it is an interesting way to look at how states are doing.

Thanks Dras, will dig into it!

Thanks for the info there Dras, any idea on what's available for a sole-proprietorship that works out of his house and has zero employees?

Jen's aunt & uncle live in Naples Florida, I sent them the link a couple of weeks ago as a warring of things to come over there.  In the response they said that there has been very little local news about CV-19 and that life seemed to be carrying on like usual.  Luck wold have it that they both are recovering from surgery and have been home for weeks.  I urges them to continue staying home and stock up on food.

Water Cooler / Re: Darwin 2020
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:20:39 PM »
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota

I see a theme there.

Water Cooler / Re: Covid Humor, the cynical thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:34:02 PM »

Water Cooler / Re: Mayors & Governors: Shelter in Place
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:34:16 PM »
LA is pushing for masks too, I would not be surprised if California had a mandate for them soon.

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine recipes
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:28:54 PM »
We call it Bread Pudding on the West coast of the US too, it is also very good poverty food as old bread is often easy to get for free/cheap.

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine entertainment
« on: April 02, 2020, 02:31:23 AM »

Ozark is pretty good.

I was happy that they didn't get bailout money, running foreign flags to save in taxes should be a disqualifier.

More bad news:
Nearly 60 Percent of U.S. Workers Won't Be Able to Meet Their Basic Financial Needs Under One-Month Coronavirus Quarantine, Survey Shows

Also, 3.5 million Social Security recipients (read retired & disabled people) will not receive a stimulus check. 

There will be no additional help for families with older dependents (17-24).  I don't quite get the logic there, even if they think teens and young adults should be in the work force, it makes no sense to use that logic when they are forced to stay home during quarantine. 

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:32:50 AM »
Yeah, I was looking at that data yesterday, the thing that stands out is the range.  Even with the "assumed continuation of strong social distancing" its quite big.  That's quite an assumption, I'm not convinced we'll do the smart thing.

Hardware & Technology / Re: The changed future after CV-19
« on: March 31, 2020, 10:48:55 PM »
I totally agree.  We bought another oatmeal, various packages of beans and lentils, 20lbs of flour, and four different types of bulk rice.  We went to an Asian grocery chain and they literally had pallets of rice in the front of the store -- so we weren't hogging.  We also bought another bag of potatoes and some squash.   This is obviously more than we would buy normally, but we are also going to the store a lot less.  We wore gloves and face masks, and I have to say that the chain has it down for social distancing.

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