JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says they see a global recession at least as deep as the Great Recession forming this year with a recovery not beginning until 2021 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Trump announced that Ford and GM would immediately start making medical equipment, but that's not true. They're months away from shifting production.

Finally, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the global spread of the virus is accelerating.

He said it was 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases; 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.

Tedros said he would speak with heads of state and government from the G20 countries, saying he would ask them to help increase production, avoid export bans, and ensure fair distribution of “lifesaving tools” that are facing a growing shortage.

I don't know what's going to happen from one day to the next, but there may be some light posting days here and there because, honestly, I could write up every bad headline I see but I really don't think that adds anything of value and it's not my goal to increase the number of horrific stories we're all seeing already. I'm going to try to focus on the bigger picture as I always have instead of pulling on every single thread.

My own state of Ohio is on lockdown effective tonight.

  • Aynwrong

    During the Obama administration some genius dipshit Silicon Valley businessman accused Barack Obama of trying to bring about an “Economic Kristallnacht.” The dipshits exact words.

    I wonder how many wealthy Republican businessmen, investors and stockholders would fucking kill to have Barack Obama back in office right at this exact moment?

    • Badgerite

      Barack Obama. I miss him. I miss his family. I miss his competence and humanity. And I miss his patriotism. Someone who cares about the country, its values and its people. I miss his dignity and his humility. His intelligence.
      If the virus doesn’t make you sick, watching trump during these ‘press conferences’ surely does.
      Did I mention I miss President Obama.

      • stacib23

        This is the first genuine laugh I’ve had all day. I can just picture this sad, sad face looking like a little kid. 🙂

        • Badgerite

          Well, trump is a POS. Incompetent would be a generous assessment. He is a sorry excuse for a human being, let alone anything else.

        • Badgerite

          I miss decency and standards in politics in this country. I don’t know that that has anything to do with missing ‘daddy’ or anything. I just miss deceny, honor and civility. Truth and justice and the Rule of Law particularly. I would even take Bush over this POS. GW was not a good president but he at least was not an evil person.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I wonder how many wealthy Republican businessmen, investors and stockholders would fucking kill to have Barack Obama back in office right at this exact moment?

      All of them. But none, if they’d have to admit it out loud.

  • muselet

    I went grocery shopping for myself and my elderly neighbors today, and what a difference from last week. There were eggs and milk available, along with produce and a reasonable selection of meat.

    On the other hand, canned soup was still nowhere to be found; ditto paper products and cleaning supplies.

    More importantly, people weren’t rushing around, trying to grab anything and everything within arm’s reach. They—we—were shopping, not panic buying.

    It was the sort of thing that restores some of my faith in humanity.


    • JMAshby

      Every time I go to the store, they’re out of something different. Today they were out of tortillas, most of the canned Mexican foods like refried beans, and most other canned vegetables. They were also out of ground beef and frozen chicken. Frozen fruits were gone and most frozen vegetables were gone. They’ve been out of paper towels, toilet paper, and wet wipes for about 3 weeks now. They weren’t out of eggs, but there weren’t many eggs left. I didn’t look at the milk because I haven’t bought milk in a year (too many unnecessary carbs). I ended up coming home with flat iron steaks which were on sale have a refrigerated shelf life of nearly a month. Also, cheap wine.

      With that said, there were very few people actually there when I was. I think they got wiped out over the weekend after Gov. DeWine announced the stay at home order.

      • muselet

        Supplies are getting better here in Southern California, but as I said, there are no paper products at all.

        Trader Joe’s has enough of pretty much everything, including flour, which the supers are sold out of (I wonder how many people will give up on bread-baking after the first failed attempt). One of the local supermarket chains (Stater Bros) is restricting purchases of things like fluid milk to one container per household, and the stores I’ve been in have next to no canned vegetables or fruit; fresh is not a problem.

        Nobody is going to starve, although being flexible about one’s menu is a good thing.

        We’ll adapt to the new normal. People are good at that.


    • stacib23

      I went to pick up some items at Jewel’s, Chicago’s version of Stater Bros., today. The butcher shop is closed, and fresh meat choices are few. No spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes or Italian sausage. The one that surprises me most is how many stores are out of salt. One box of salt has to last at least a year. Why are people stocking up on that?

      The biggest change I saw – the management has installed plexiglass between the cashiers and the customers. This is the only store I’ve seen that have taken that level of precaution for their workforce.

      • muselet

        I’ll have to check the salt supply next time I’m at a market, just out of curiosity. Stocking up on salt isn’t quite as stupid as hoarding toilet paper, but it’s close.