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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Of Boomers and Bergamo

In Bergamo, an elderly priest gave up the respirator his parishioners bought for him in order to save the lives of younger victims.
A 72-year-old priest who gave his respirator to a younger Covid-19 patient he did not know has died from coronavirus. Father Giuseppe Berardelli, the main priest in the town of Casnigo, refused a respirator which had been bought for him by his parishioners and instead gave it to a younger patient.

He died last week in Lovere, Bergamo - one of the worst-hit cities in Italy’s ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“He was a simple, straightforward person, with a great kindness and helpfulness towards everyone, believers and non-believers,” Giuseppe Imberti, the mayor of Casnigo, said in a statement, according to the Italian news website Araberara.

Although there was no funeral for the priest, residents of the town reportedly applauded from their balconies as his coffin was taken for burial.
Meanwhile, a reader writes from Florida:

Grocery stores in Florida have enacted a special early shopping time for "elderly" shoppers. Of course elderly is now considered 65 and up. Boomers line up in the hundreds, ignoring social distancing, and go through the store like a plague of locusts. Forget women and children, gotta give the Boomers first dibs.

Typical. All too typical. Because God hates the wicked, it is good to hate the Boomer. As with Father Giuseppe, there can be little doubt about what god they serve. The contrast demonstrates that being a Boomer is more than just a range of temporal mileage, it is, more importantly, a state of soul.

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Blogger Taignobias March 24, 2020 2:03 PM  

Greater love has no man than this.

Blogger Warunicorn March 24, 2020 2:21 PM  

Taignobias wrote:Greater love has no man than this.

Amen.

I was at the supermarket this morning as the special time for seniors was ending. It was pretty orderly versus the other time last week when it felt like an asteroid was coming to end us all. (This is in Massachusetts.)

I even got some toilet paper(!), though they had to keep restocking it throughout my trip. I imagine they wouldn't have long before it ran out. I was ready to share some of my rolls if need be because I like to think that I'm not an opportunistic, greedy assjerk.

I'm not sure how this whole "social distancing" thing is supposed to work. Someone sneezes or coughs uncovered (which never happened anywhere I've been thus far) and you're sure to get it, six feet away or not, especially if there's a draft.

What was especially hilarious are the non-respirator fail masks a lot of people were wearing. That ain't gonna save you, chief.

Blogger MATT March 24, 2020 2:24 PM  

They're lining up to buy groceries for the grandkids they hate and never see.

Blogger nidus of inflection March 24, 2020 2:24 PM  

Although there was no funeral for the priest, residents of the town reportedly applauded from their balconies as his coffin was taken for burial.

There's a lot of good in that line.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 24, 2020 2:28 PM  

RIP padre.
72 is young enough he wasn't necessarily a goner, so his sacrifice was real not putting on a show. But he was old enough he'd had a good run, and wise enough to know it.
I just hope the first person saved with that machine was a young Italian Christian and not an invader.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 24, 2020 2:28 PM  

Wow.

In my own other hand, I'm about ready to take a pillow.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 24, 2020 2:29 PM  

FWIW Walmarts here have done the "Senior shopping hour" first hour they're open, but it is only one morning a week.

Blogger Kraemer March 24, 2020 2:30 PM  

Let's go to heaven so we can talk to Fr. Berardelli

Blogger Rowan March 24, 2020 2:32 PM  

We have special 65 and over hours too. Early a.m., so the stores can be stripped. Yesterday there was no milk. None. Zero. Unless you drink soy milk - bonanza, then.

Milk is one thing I do not need to survive, but it’s nice to have, and the kids like it. But gotta fight that osteoporosis in the fallow fields of geriatric bones. (Leafy greens are better sources of absorbable calcium, but boomers know milk does a body good, so...)

Blogger Rakshasa March 24, 2020 2:37 PM  

In the last few years I've started to hate.

As someone who didn't care, couldn't be bothered with anything outside my personal interests, starting to hate was rather strange and unsettling.

Lately I've come to realize that all the things I've started hating are the kinds of things that should be called wicked. And this clown world keeps showing me more and more things.

Blogger Weak March 24, 2020 2:41 PM  

They are doing Boomer Hour here in NC. Absolutely right that it's like locusts went through. No meat left after they went through. Are the boomers hoarding meat?

A lot of the prepared foods are getting wiped out too (my kids love instant mashed potatoes). I didn't check, but I assume cheap white wine and domestic beer is also gone to the elderly horde.

Blogger Iamblichus March 24, 2020 2:47 PM  

From "social distancing" they now talking about "quarantine shaming". There are now grids on the floor in shopping centres here in Australia for where to stand. Feels really weird

Blogger Akulkis March 24, 2020 2:48 PM  

"In the last few years I've started to hate."

Welcome, Saxon.

Blogger pyrrhus March 24, 2020 2:49 PM  

Meanwhile, Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine have been known by the CDC to be effective against all coronoviruses, including SARS, since 2005…But the magic box wouldn’t produce money for Big Pharma, as these drugs are off patent and cheap to make….so, CDC is reluctant to endorse them….Or maybe there are other reasons, like control…..https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/03/18/analysis-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Blogger Azimus March 24, 2020 2:51 PM  

Boomers have sacrificed in ways you will NEVER understand - afterall the invented the term "Sandwich Generation" (archaic: "family"), because they give and they give until they can hardly clutch the remote to their 84" OLCD TV and goblet of cabernet sauvignon. You might laugh at their hard-on pills, and injecting pathogens into their face to look a little younger, and you might lament the swath of human wreckage in their wake from faultless divorces and outsourcing wage-earning jobs for short term gain, but by God they whined about Vietnam long enough to break the morale of ARVN, and they watch older people put a man on the moon! Also Woodstock. Beatles.

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 24, 2020 2:52 PM  

In the Southwest I see they keep raising the age requirements to stay at many resorts. Boomer only clubs.

I'm learning why they called the last Nomads the Lost Generation. At least I haven't caught the Spanish Flu of had Blackjack Pershing ride his horse over my head while screwing me out of my pension benefit for fighting in Europe's trenches. (Yet).

Blogger Poster Child March 24, 2020 2:57 PM  

For a moment, I thought the last few words of the last sentence said "...a state of foul."

Blogger Lissa March 24, 2020 3:00 PM  

Respectfully disagree re: Florida. Senior Mornings here are only two days a week for one hour (7 AM to 8 AM, Tues and Wed). I'm relieved that my beloved in-laws (who have been INCREDIBLY devoted to and helpful with their grandkids) have a chance to get groceries and other essentials with minimal exposure.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 24, 2020 3:01 PM  

BTW "no funeral" probably not quite correct depending how you interpret that.
Archdiocese here has said no funeral masses, but a small graveside ceremony can be held.

Blogger Glen Sprigg March 24, 2020 3:04 PM  

I look at the Boomer behavior as a positive. As you said, they are ignoring social distancing and running through with no thought but their own perceived needs. And you just know that some of them are going to have contracted COVID-19 at some point. Now, they're going to spread it among the rest of the local locust generation, which will thin the herd in a hurry.

In the meantime, the rest of us will just continue to live our lives, and pick up the pieces after the shattered remains of the Locust generation realize that we don't care what happens to them in the fallout and aftermath.

Blogger rikjames.313 March 24, 2020 3:04 PM  

Saturday I was in a local grocery and a typical union retiree was walking slowly asking where all the food was and coughing loudly for fun.

There are good people here who are over 60, but not many. Most are selfish and rude. And UAW retirees are the worst--A trash can be 10 feet away and they drop garbage on the ground instead.

Blogger Rek. March 24, 2020 3:05 PM  

I wear one of those masks (and latex gloves). I know they are not enough. But I am taking care of my mom who is 77, has cancer and is immunodeficient. Every little bit counts. It wont filter away the virus but will protect from saliva droplets (huge viral load if infected). It also reminds me to not touch my face or my hair. I have self quarantined myself with her (she doesnt go out) and am very responsible when going out for necessities.

Blogger Seeingsights March 24, 2020 3:07 PM  

Boomers were the ones who said don't trust anyone over 30.

Now that they are at least twice that age, they want all of us to be nice to them.

Back in the '80s, I had Greatest Generation relatives agree with a governor of Arizona: old people have duty to die.

I wouldn't put it in the way that the Arizona governor did , but my Greatest Generation relatives agreed with the point.

And Boomers wonder why all the other generations detest them.

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 24, 2020 3:25 PM  

I wrote of appearance and globohome recently.
Notice how most boomers look like fat pig-demons?
And consider how they got that way:a life of "just dropped it so I could get on with my life". Meaning, chances they had to stand up to the system were instead just foregone so they could...what. Yes, watch TV and get fat.
This is why I no longer care about saving our "system". See those boats? See those RVs? See those SUVs and Harleys? See those McMansions? All bought and paid for with our prosperity and posterity. Let it burn

As for the Priest. I nominate Saint Gus, the patron saint of those who are stricken with lung ailments.

Blogger DannyDanger March 24, 2020 3:30 PM  

It's nice to hear stories of honor like this; God bless that man. Definitely a stark contrast to some of the anecdotes I've been hearing about boomers who start feeling sickly, so they make sure to rush to the stores to make sure they get theirs before anyone is the wiser.

Blogger CJ March 24, 2020 3:32 PM  

What was especially hilarious are the non-respirator fail masks a lot of people were wearing. That ain't gonna save you, chief.

Even a poor mask is better than none at all. It at least gives some protection, including to others in the vicinity of the mask-wearer.

Here's a link to live webcam in Tokyo. Watch for a few minutes and see how many people are wearing masks.

https://youtu.be/qp5AYspqqV0

Blogger Ten41 March 24, 2020 3:35 PM  

The contrast demonstrates that being a Boomer is more than just a range of temporal mileage, it is, more importantly, a state of soul.

Truth.

Blogger infrequent March 24, 2020 3:42 PM  

This reminded me of the passage from V Hugo:

"Although he had converted his carriage into alms, the bishop did not on this account neglect his pastoral duties... To visit [all the curacies] was a large undertaking, but the bishop accomplished it....

He arrived one day at Senez, a former episcopal city, riding a donkey, his means at that moment being so scanty that he could afford no other conveyance. The mayor, welcoming him at the gates of the residence, watched with shocked eyes while he dismounted, and laughter arose from a few citizens who were standing by.

'Gentlemen,' said the bishop, 'I know what has outraged you. You find it arrogant in a simple priest that he should be mounted like Jesus Christ. Let me assure you that I do it from necessity, not from vanity.'"

The example of humility is powerful. RIP Fr Berardelli.

Blogger Doug Cranmer March 24, 2020 3:47 PM  

Well, here you go. Canadian Snowbird boomers. National Post today.

COVID-19 outrage as snowbirds flock across the border, shop and refuse to self-isolate

While Canadians abroad mostly heeded the call to return, many of them ignored other recommendations


A flock of homeward-bound snowbirds landed in Brockville on the weekend, settled overnight in the Walmart parking lot, and proceeded to shop in defiance of government directives that they self-isolate for 14 days, multiple witnesses report.

The actions of the returning Canadians struck fear and concern among store employees, fuelled angry social-media posts by residents, tested the patience of politicians and even prompted area municipal officials to take direct action.

On Saturday evening, more than 20 recreational vehicles, the majority of which had Quebec plates, parked in the Walmart parking lot, stayed overnight, and left Sunday morning. On Sunday night the count was 14 RVs, again predominantly Quebecers.

Exactly what I’m experiencing in my cooperative apartment building. We have 3 snowbird couples that have come back from US & they say border guards told them they can walk there pets, shop for groceries use our elevators, common areas. So unfair to our 70% senior pop in bldg


I do get a kick out of them making a point it was Quebecer boomers.

Blogger Bellomy March 24, 2020 3:49 PM  

I know we're all venting about boomers but God bless this Priest. There are too few men of God like this in the world.

Blogger xsdenied March 24, 2020 3:52 PM  

"Because God hates the wicked, it is good to hate the Boomer".

If I didn't knew any better this could be a literal quote from the bible.

Blogger B March 24, 2020 4:16 PM  

Father Giuseppe was a Boomer.

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz March 24, 2020 4:19 PM  

Rest in Peace, padre.
On the other hand I can't beat the feeling there is something more to happen yet. My Poland so far is almost untouched: ~700 cases for 37 mil citizens with 3500 people to 1 hospital bed (about a German average).
And today government banned everything. I mean Poland went Spain/Italy level of isolation. Only food and drug stores remain open. No travel. No gathering above 2 people...

Blogger glueballs March 24, 2020 4:25 PM  

You can still find 3M 7501/7502/7503 half-face masks at local stores (at fair prices) and online (at jacked prices or backordered). Add a pair of 3M P100 filters, say, 2097 or 2297 and add eyeglasses or goggles. Voila, "100%" protection superior to N95 and good against water and lipid-soluable airborne particulates.

Nitrile and vinyl gloves in packs of 100 for ten to twenty bucks are still available here and there. Sure beats constant hand washing, although they get sweaty when warm.

Welding supply and hardware stores have these and similar protection available if you visit in person. Good luck.

Blogger Cinco March 24, 2020 4:30 PM  

“Father Giuseppe was a boomber”

In name only. Unless he gave that respirator to a migrant; then, he gave to the dogs before the children.

Blogger Jay Will March 24, 2020 4:42 PM  

The weak SHOULD perish.

Blogger Tanjil Bren March 24, 2020 4:43 PM  

"Here's a link to live webcam in Tokyo. Watch for a few minutes and see how many people are wearing masks."

Absolutely *none* of them.
The Japanese sure have changed.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 24, 2020 4:43 PM  

B wrote:Father Giuseppe was a Boomer.
God's miraculous power can save even Boomers.

Blogger Azimus March 24, 2020 4:43 PM  

B March 24, 2020 4:16 PM
Father Giuseppe was a Boomer.


You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier, thats what you are.

While Americans were being comfortably born into the bosom of the wealthiest, safest, mightiest nation on earth, maybe in the history of the earth, Father Giuseppe was born into the ruin of post WW2 Italy - in which the blood was still flowing from retribution killings and assassinations long after the surrender treaty was signed.

While the first comment was tongue-in-cheek, the latter was not. Children born while the American baby boom was going on, are not really Boomers. I wonder what Father Giuseppe was doing while the original American hippies were drinking smoking, injecting, inhaling, anything they could and spreading venereal disease? Might be instructive.

Blogger Tanjil Bren March 24, 2020 4:46 PM  

"Father Giuseppe was a Boomer."

We've done this.

Blogger xsdenied March 24, 2020 4:47 PM  

"Father Giuseppe was a Boomer"

So you are suggesting that Father Giuseppe is wicked? Because that's not what Vox said at all. Only a butthurt boomer would make that connection.

Blogger John Best. March 24, 2020 4:49 PM  

A boomer woman was in the lake district with her husband, the news ask why she wasn't inside, she said its fine being outside, you can't get it if you are outside. All the government advice being to remain in your house. Another clip, a village councilor asked a few late 20's men to leave the village, they said oh sorry, we will leave. She then asked a boomer man to leave and he just complained about the shops being closed and not being able to spend his money. This was a village that closed itself off for a year during the black death to protect the rest of the area from the disease. Boomers.

Blogger Solon March 24, 2020 5:00 PM  

@32

Yes, and an honorable man.

Did you miss the part where Vox said "Boomer is not just a temporal range, but a state of soul?"

By age he was a boomer. By soul, he was a God-fearing and honest man. Which is more important?

Blogger papabear March 24, 2020 5:13 PM  

Story about him donating the respirator may be fake news. https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/03/24/fr-berardelli-was-a-man-of-self-sacrifice-but-reports-of-a-donated-respirator-are-not-true/

Blogger Revelation Means Hope March 24, 2020 5:22 PM  

Exactly. Those masks keep you from touching your face, thereby preventing about 85% of transmissions.

I don't quite get the spergs who keep lecturing on the droplet thing.

Blogger John March 24, 2020 5:22 PM  

It doesn't matter who it was he gave his respirator to. He followed Christ's example in offering his life for others, the immigrant and the Christian Italian.

Blogger Karen took the Kids March 24, 2020 5:27 PM  

God bless that priest. The ultimate sacrifice. Men like that are one in a million.

Blogger Thomas Howard March 24, 2020 5:29 PM  

Exodus 20:12 coupled with Exodus 20:5 goes a long way toward reconciling the good priest and his generation as well as providing a thoughtful man with proper spiritual guidance. I trust in averages and pattern recognition generally, yet I do my best to take people as they come.

Blogger Shadow Banisher March 24, 2020 5:43 PM  

I witnessed a hunched-over boomer at the store last week. He was trying to "make friends" with the poor gen-x lady behind the counter, which he was slobbering and coughing all over. He took 10 minutes to pay, and he licked his greasy fingers between every bill.

Blogger Lyon March 24, 2020 5:43 PM  

@10. "Lately I've come to realize that all the things I've started hating are the kinds of things that should be called wicked. And this clown world keeps showing me more and more things." Bingo.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants March 24, 2020 5:44 PM  

You feed your kids instant mashed potatoes? D*mn. If you are too lazy to make real ones each meal, the least you can do is peel and cook small cubed potatoes until just tender, drain thoroughly and spread on a flat lipped tray, place in freezer until frozen, then dump into gallon sized freezer bags.
Voila. Easy mashed potatoes. Place in a saucepan what you want per meal and mash as they thaw. Add milk butter and salt yo taste.
Takes like 12 min.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants March 24, 2020 5:45 PM  

Welcome to my 1995 world.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants March 24, 2020 5:54 PM  

At our local Kroger, EVERY item is 2 items only. The small amount of non-whites who have discovered our neat and well stocked store have quietly complied. Things are still ok atm, HOWEVER, this area is biggest the poultry processing area in the country, so on the other side of the county where the invaders live, the poultry plants are plentiful. The problem is, "they who do the jobs Americans won't do," are saying F it, we aren't coming in to process chickens during Corona.
Look for chicken shortages next.

Blogger Geir Balderson March 24, 2020 6:50 PM  

@11
"...also gone to the elderly horde."

Such a wonderful picture comes to mind. The elderly walkers, with tennis ball feet, and of course the 3-wheeled go carts, with kid-catchers on the front and waving lances, i mean canes, shoving all out of their way!

Blogger The Masked Menace March 24, 2020 6:57 PM  

I was a little boy in the sixties. I barely remember elegant feminine ladies with white gloves and pretty hats. I remember gruff masculine men in wrinkly suits and loose ties. But most of all I remember the bedraggled ill-mannered screeching radicals. Even as a little boy I intuitively knew they were replacing a better world with a worse one. And I instinctively despised them for it with a visceral hatred no little boy should be capable of.

Blogger theartistformerlyknownasgeorge March 24, 2020 7:03 PM  

Can't tell if the stores are just virtue signalling, morons or both.

The Boomers should be locked away like Japanese Americans during WWII, not shopping, IF this ridiculous overreaction were justified.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 24, 2020 7:11 PM  

Instant mashed potatoes is a sensory thing. Two of my kids prefer instant. Two prefer home-made. They talk about the texture.

It's not a matter of laziness. It's a matter of texture.

Same with, like, mac'n'cheese. Spouse likes microwave Solimo brand, from Amazon. Youngest likes Kraft or generic boxed with powder. Other two prefer boiled, stove top, with sauce packets. I like home-made, which means I never make it.



Blogger Lamarck Leland March 24, 2020 7:13 PM  

I am sure that the migrants who are receiving treatment will be gratefull and will repay the Italian people a thousand times over.

Blogger Brett baker March 24, 2020 7:13 PM  

"Thus America got more expensive chicken, and Mexico Corona-Chan".

Blogger Captain Barnacles March 24, 2020 7:43 PM  

“I don't quite get the spergs who keep lecturing on the droplet thing.”

This entire ordeal has been methamphetamine for spergs.
Gammas have been in heaven over the last few weeks, telling us all that we will all die unless we listen to them very carefully.

Hope that priest is beatified.

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 24, 2020 7:45 PM  

What a beautiful man.

Blogger jarheadljh March 24, 2020 7:53 PM  

"Father Giuseppe Berardelli, the main priest in the town of Casnigo, refused a respirator which had been bought for him by his parishioners and instead gave it to a younger patient.
He died last week in Lovere, Bergamo - one of the worst-hit cities in Italy’s ongoing coronavirus crisis."

Well done, sir.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( The Surprised Pig hadn't had any idea he tasted this good ) March 24, 2020 8:08 PM  

13. Akulkis March 24, 2020 2:48 PM
Welcome, Saxon.



while the idea of the variant tickles my funny bone ( what with visions of Saxons rebelling against limp-wristed Normans ), Kipling used "... the English began to hate".



29. Doug Cranmer March 24, 2020 3:47 PM
the majority of which had Quebec plates


having grown up in Fla, i can tell you that Quebecois are even more obnoxious than New York Jews ... hard as that is to imagine.

combine that with Boomertardism and you've got an All Star on your hands.



32. B March 24, 2020 4:16 PM
Father Giuseppe was a Boomer.



only by accident of birth.



30. Bellomy March 24, 2020 3:49 PM
God bless this Priest.


agreed, God bless his soul.

Blogger Akulkis March 24, 2020 8:09 PM  

"This is why I no longer care about saving our "system". See those boats? See those RVs? See those SUVs and Harleys? See those McMansions? All bought and paid for with our prosperity and posterity. Let it burn"

Oh, hell no.

WE paid for that stuff with our lowered wages and unemployment so that the Boomers could skim more off the top.

And when the Boomers die, it's only proper that WE finally get to enjoy all that stuff (even if the McMansions are architecturally horifying, at least the plumbing and electrical is new.)

Blogger Akulkis March 24, 2020 8:11 PM  

"I nominate Saint Gus, the patron saint of those who are stricken with lung ailments."

"Patron Saint of X" is just the New Roman version of the old Pagan Roman "god of X]

Blogger Akulkis March 24, 2020 8:19 PM  

"Father Giuseppe was a Boomer."

And a rare exception who proves the rule.

Blogger Captain Barnacles March 24, 2020 8:38 PM  

The priest isn’t a baby boomer.
The axis countries didn’t have baby booms. They had a totally different postwar experience.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2020 9:20 PM  

Not OT:
Crypto.fashion nails it. Again

Blogger pyrrhus March 24, 2020 9:28 PM  

Boomer hour is prevalent around here, there being a lot of retirees, but in some cases it's only 1 hour per week.

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 24, 2020 9:58 PM  

This entire ordeal has been methamphetamine for spergs.

And how. There are a bunch of Very Smart Boys out there who don't understand statistics but want to be the loudest to declare it a nothingburger to show how cool and above-it-all they are, and they keep repeating the same talking points. So tiresome.

Blogger James Jameson March 24, 2020 10:09 PM  

Goodnight, sweet prince. We'll see you on the other side.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Blogger Wayne March 24, 2020 10:49 PM  

@16 IIRC, it was General Douglas MacArthur who raided the Bonus Army encampment.

Blogger Homesteader March 24, 2020 11:23 PM  

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Blogger mrpinks March 24, 2020 11:38 PM  

My partner took her elderly mother to one of these early shopping sessions in Brisbane, Australia. She said it was sad as she was the only person there helping their elder, and many on the elderly were unable to pick things up such as bags of rice etc.
You wonder where their families are, and why. I know many of these old people move away from families to the warmer climate to enjoy their "golden years", but selfishly are missing the time with grand children and family.
Everyone just seems to be so alone.

Blogger Homesteader March 25, 2020 12:43 AM  



 Jay Will said...

"The weak SHOULD perish."



"...Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride."



A bit of humility in trying times, is a good thing.
We were all weak, at some point, and shall soon be weak again. Should we all thus perish?

Our strength, such as it may be, is brief, and is only given to us, on loan, that we might serve and protect our brethren, in their times of weakness and trial.

Thus, I pray you never wrestle Leviathan, my friend- his scales are very, very, hard indeed, and he counts the mightiest man as naught.

Also- in case you hadn't noticed- the ocean deeps have started to boil like a pot.









Blogger weka March 25, 2020 1:51 AM  

@pyrrhus, chloroquine in combination in combination with azithromycin and/or antivirals are ongoing and being reported on daily (you don't need big trials).

There is a bunch of researchers working their ass off. Us clinicians are limiting contact and when needed using PPE.

And we will screw big pharma if a national emergency -- NZ has just invoked war powers. 205 cases as of today, 5 million population.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit March 25, 2020 2:39 AM  

...peel and cook small cubed potatoes until just tender, drain thoroughly and spread on a flat lipped tray, place in freezer until frozen, then dump into gallon sized freezer bags. Voila. Easy mashed potatoes. Place in a saucepan what you want per meal and mash as they thaw. Add milk butter and salt to taste.
Takes like 12 min.


I make homemade mashed taters but didn't know you could freeze up boiled taters like rice, in packs.

Thanks!

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( The Surprised Pig hadn't had any idea he tasted this good ) March 25, 2020 3:14 AM  

74. mrpinks March 24, 2020 11:38 PM
Everyone just seems to be so alone.



as i pointed out earlier;

today's Boomers can't even be arsed to spoil their grandchildren, as was the habit with the last generation.

you say it's "sad".

and yet the Boomers did it to themselves. let us hope that the Turd World nurses in the retirement home ignore them less than the Boomer ignores his grandchildren.

Blogger PJW Gent March 25, 2020 9:35 AM  

Rek said:

I wear one of those masks (and latex gloves). I know they are not enough. But I am taking care of my mom who is 77, has cancer and is immunodeficient. Every little bit counts. It wont filter away the virus but will protect from saliva droplets (huge viral load if infected). It also reminds me to not touch my face or my hair. I have self quarantined myself with her (she doesnt go out) and am very responsible when going out for necessities.

There was an interesting article on ZeroHedge that disappeared a few hours after posting that gave an interesting way to increase the effectiveness of masks and other protective gear. According to this article (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7286257_Inactivation_of_SARS_Coronavirus_by_Means_of_Povidone-Iodine_Physical_Conditions_and_Chemical_Reagents) Povidone Iodine - Treatment of SARS-CoV with PVP-I products for 2 min reduced the virus infectivity from 1.17 x 10(6) TCID(50)/ml to below the detectable level.

The article suggested diluting PVP with enough distilled water to make it mistable in a small pump sprayer and spraying the face of any mask you are going to use with it 3 times, allowing it to dry each time. That way the virus that comes in contact with the mask is destroyed in 2 minutes.

Sounds like it may work. Just passing it on.

Blogger PJW Gent March 25, 2020 9:51 AM  

Akulkis said:

"I nominate Saint Gus, the patron saint of those who are stricken with lung ailments."

"Patron Saint of X" is just the New Roman version of the old Pagan Roman "god of X]

Interesting premise which I had never thought of. Will have to consider that now and think on it for a while. Thank you for pointing that out.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 25, 2020 10:07 AM  

"The weak SHOULD perish."

So what you're saying is that you're up for an arm wrassle.

Blogger Scuzzaman March 25, 2020 10:34 AM  

It's not a matter of laziness. It's a matter of texture.

Same with, like, mac'n'cheese. Spouse likes microwave Solimo brand, from Amazon. Youngest likes Kraft or generic boxed with powder. Other two prefer boiled, stove top, with sauce packets. I like home-made, which means I never make it.


Maybe it really is a generational thing, but when I was very young just about everything we ate except tomato sauce (Americans call it ketchup) and fizzy drinks were homemade.

And if you didn't like it then it went in the fridge to see if you'd like it better tomorrow, when you're a bit hungrier.

Parents who pandered to such childish temperaments as you describe were absolutely called lazy for not teaching their children better to be grateful and obedient.

It's true I'm not as adamant as my parents on this point, but I sure do lean a long way in that direction.

Blogger Homesteader March 25, 2020 11:19 AM  

My rural county in Northern California has many boomers, for some reason, with no Father Berardelli among them, it seems.

They often present to our ER, as one might expect.

One thing I have noticed about them- disproportionately, they manifest with physical signs of
immaturity- male ponytails and mullets, concert t-shirts, and the like. The women often look like a withered Stevie Nicks-
hippiechicks, long past their
prime.

(I realize Northern California is a particularly egregious locale for this, so I may have a biased sample.)

That being said-their behavior, and the attitudes that drive their behavior, are reflective of, and correlate with, this visible immaturity.

The cannibis and cigarette use, the casual solipsism, the evident hedonism,
and the lifestyle-related illnesses, chronic and unnecessary, that befall them thereof.

They often remind me of a dystopian Rip Van Winkle commune, awoken en masse, now
trying to navigate a changed world with failing bodies, and
never-matured minds.

It makes for a pathetic combination. My Zoomer kids are far more realistic, and mature.

The results are sometimes comical,
mostly sad, and often trying.

An entire generation, who, upon examining their civilizational birthright, denied it outright, and did their level best to destroy it. My sympathies are
sorely taxed, as I only caught a glimpse of the America they took for granted, before it was gleefully traduced and destroyed.

Now, their finances are evaporating, K-shift is occurring, and the younger generations despise them,
as is appropriate.

Age should be dignified, with gravitas and wisdom. They show none of these qualities, and are rightly mocked
for it.

Their last years will be lived in the fear of poverty and Coronannihilation, ignored by those they ignored, and left to
dessicate alone, and unmourned.

May God have pity on them, as there is none for them here on Earth.

Blogger Tars Tarkas March 25, 2020 11:20 AM  

Did anyone bother to ask if the younger person who got the ventilator is Italian and not a foreign invader?

Let ten thousand foreign children and young mothers die so that one 85 year old Italian man can live!

Any people who allows their own to die to save foreigners is undeserving to live.

Blogger Jeff in OR March 25, 2020 7:35 PM  

Pillow Man: I smothered a thousand Boomers.

Corona-chan: Hold my sake...

Blogger nswhorse March 25, 2020 8:43 PM  

We have the same early morning boomer hour in Australia. Need to show a pension card to get in.

Blogger Johnny March 26, 2020 2:25 PM  

>Grocery stores in Florida have enacted a special early shopping time for "elderly" shoppers. Of course elderly is now considered 65 and up. Boomers line up in the hundreds, ignoring social distancing, and go through the store like a plague of locusts. Forget women and children, gotta give the Boomers first dibs.

Why not let the elderly and immuno-deficient in during a special, exclusive time so they can avoid the virus? They're the most at risk. I hate Boomers, but these policies are reasonable.

Blogger Akulkis March 27, 2020 2:53 PM  

After college students, Boomers are the primary spreaders.

Blogger Bobloblaw April 04, 2020 12:58 PM  

Every generation has it's failings, some greater some less but you will have an eternity in hell to hate boomers for being the first generation in the history in western christiandom to wholesale reject the salvation that was so graciously given to us. The boomers were the last Sunday school generation, we dropped the line that held us from paganism. You can all hate yourselves for your own unique bitter repositories. We broke with the truth to the detriment of future generations because we were taught, we knew.

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