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Elsa
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My husband mentioned, "I can't even hug my own mother."

This it is not right.
I am beginning to see new things in new way, courtesy of these experiences.

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Opalina
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@elsa I feel so sad for your husband. It looks like he and his Mom are close.

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Allie
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In my neck of the woods, even within my own family, people are shocked or disgusted when they see people not wearing masks. Even my own husband. He always tells me when he sees people not wearing masks and he will say something, out loud to no one when he sees it. 

I fucking hate it. I swear, these people will board a train “for their own good”. Be sensible but maybe not be a dick. I don’t give a fuck if I hear some random person going to Lowe’s without a mask. You know where you can put that mask...

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Many of you know that my mother-in-law was in two hospitals for a total of four weeks in April and May for afib/aflutter and CHF. She was previously an independent person who lived in her own home, drove, was careful during the early days of COVID but she didn’t hide under her bed.

 

Her entire time in the hospital, no visitors were permitted. The decision on allowing visitors (state of Massachusetts) was always at the admin’s discretion. My sister-in-law was vital to her mother’s medical history and care. She knew things my mother-in-law didn’t understand, putting her confidence 100% in her daughter. She was not allowed any visitors and communication was difficult. When we would call we could hear the demeanor fading in her. This was an Aries with the most beautiful smile, someone who would talk with ease with anyone. 

We lost so much time with her. This family is a type that will visit often. Someone from the family would be there with her every day, sometimes 10 people. We’ve done this many times. She was tested for COVID twice. Never had it. We were all tested, just in case we could get in to see her. We were never permitted. She suffered and was often neglected on basic things. Every family member could have helped her.

It was only after she decided to go into hospice, and go home forever, that we had complete control over the situation. And then we had five weeks.

 

I’m done with this shit, mentally. You’re not going to tell me, with a straight face, that mass protests and riots are completely ok but controlled, safe nursing home visits and in-person voting are discouraged. I have no respect for people who mandate that and they can fuck themselves. 

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One of the most popular tabloid newspapers in the UK posted on its online front page - for a matter of minutes - a story about how our government is planning to draft in soldiers to administer (forced?) millions of vaccinations to, or on, the general population. According to the story, these mass vaxes will be take place at the vast 'Nightingale' hospitals which the government hastily built for Covid patients during the height of the pandemic. As nowhere near the 500,000 UK Covid deaths which were predicted by our 'scientists' predicted occurred (it is around 49,000 at present - these Chinese-style gulags were never used. Covid deaths peaked briefly at approx. 1100 per day back in April, and have steadily fallen to usually single-digit numbers now. The majority of these deaths are people in their 80s with serious health problems. Meanwhile, after a brief loosening of lockdowns, local lockdowns are on the rise, masks are mandatory anywhere indoors and as of Monday, we are once again restricted to gatherings of six people or less, indoors or out, except in schools and offices. Oh - and if you are part of some right-on protest, pouring red ink over museum steps and pulling down statues.  It was predicted months ago by some of the world's leading virologists (not that you would read it in the MSM) that as the virus was man-made, it would begin to 'unzip' about three months after it reached its peak, and would weaken to a point where it is barely detectable - which is where we are now. These decisions are being made by as few as two people in our government's cabinet, and parliament have yet to be asked to vote on any of this. Even before this briefly-featured article today (i'm not sure how many saw it), it is evident the natives are getting restless. I'm out and about quite a bit and everywhere people of all ages, that I speak to and overhear, are grumbling and getting suspicious and asking each other 'WTF'? This is getting scary folks.

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Libra Noir
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All of this fits into the category of tyranny. Let’s just call it what it is. 

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JoFrance
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I got a notice from my local election board and the post office today.  Its pretty much mail in voting if you're a registered voter here in NJ.  If you show up to the one polling place they have open in our municipality, no voting machines will be available, only provisional ballots which probably aren't counted anyway.

This is total BS.  We are not overwhelmed by the virus where I live.  I really resent having my right to vote in person being taken away from me.

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@jofrance That's insane. I think people, at least in areas not overrun with COVID, should have the option to vote in person or by mail-in ballot. We need choices.

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They are actually taking away your option to vote in the one way that's the least vulnerable to tampering?!  Can you physically deliver your ballot to your County Board of Elections office or the drop box outside of it?  It's what everyone in these situations should do if possible to be sure the ballot is not lost, stolen, altered, or destroyed.

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@warped-by-wuthering-heights, there are drop boxes and I can go to the County Board of Elections to drop it off.  Its inconvenient, but that's what I will do.  I'm lucky in that I have the time to do that because I'm retired, but a lot of people will just drop it in the mail.  That's when the fun begins.

I resent that our Gov. had the power to do this for a presidential election, unilaterally, because he has emergency powers as a result of the virus.  You can do everything in NJ now, even go to a gym or eat inside a restaurant (with restrictions, of course), but voting in person is too dangerous.

He is being sued by various groups and even P. Trump, but he's doing it anyway.  Prick.

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Allie
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@jofrance What the hell? That’s complete bull. In person voting is a right.

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