Slothrop

Tight but Polite
Yeah that was my thought too... I'm sure that there is on need to worry. It's just that (for me) anyway, Dissensus in general, and this thread especially, have become a very nice way to stay sane and joke about this ridiculous and terrifying situation we all find ourselves in and also gather useful information from various places and so on.
Wow - mostly I've been avoiding this thread like the, er, plague, because it largely seemed to be full of people gleefully amplifying bad news and worst-case scenarios in order to back up their views the awfulness of the tories in particular and capitalist democracy in general, and it was absolutely shredding my mental health.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Shit. Sorry you feel that way. I guess we all cope with this differently. I like to have good info from smart people who I trust, but I know that a barrage of stuff can be anxiety inducing as well.

It does beg the question though, have those critiques been wrong? Has capitalism, specifically the Tories handled this well? Herd immunity?

I hope you and the family are all safe and well.
 
Echoing the slight feelings of guilt of being comfortably employed on 80% salary, in a nice house with friends in Donegal and able to have a wee drink every night go try and chill. I’m also finding it tricky to balance being in the know with the bad news onslaught. I’m usually the type to want to know everything going on no matter how bad but I haven’t looked at twitter in three weeks because it was fucking me up. I’m in touch with enough smart and sensible people that I’ll still hear what I really need to know
 

luka

Moderator
Echoing the slight feelings of guilt of being comfortably employed on 80% salary, in a nice house with friends in Donegal and able to have a wee drink every night go try and chill. I’m also finding it tricky to balance being in the know with the bad news onslaught. I’m usually the type to want to know everything going on no matter how bad but I haven’t looked at twitter in three weeks because it was fucking me up. I’m in touch with enough smart and sensible people that I’ll still hear what I really need to know
Cope with those feelings of guilt by sending all your money to me, a person without income left high and dry totally fucked
 

catalog

Active member
I spent some time in Donegal a while ago, round ardara and killybegs (is that what it's called?). Nice part of the world. Good wild sea action.
 

luka

Moderator
Wrt capitalism, it's paradoxical isn't it in as much as it is hard to imagine a non capitalist situation in which we had the resources, the productive capacity, the transport capacity and the distribution networks to adequately deal with this thing
 
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catalog

Active member
Cope with those feelings of guilt by sending all your money to me, a person without income left high and dry totally fucked
Yeah I was gonna ask you about this Luka, can you get owt to replace what you earned through the Thames poetry stuff?
 

luka

Moderator
In the relative quiet we realise and recoil from how frantic the world was and how pointless most of its activity seemed to be. But at the same time, as I say, the capacity of that system, usually devoted to frivolity and excess, is awesome
 

craner

Beast of Burden
Technically you can apply for Universal Credit if you have no or low income and no record of NI contributions, but that is of course a personal choice.
 

catalog

Active member
Have they made that easier to get cos of this then? Cos was a total bureaucratic nightmare, according to someone I know who was trying to get it a while ago. Maybe worth looking into luka
 

luka

Moderator
My brother is in the process of it. Has involved a lot of time on the phone but he says the secret is putting on speaker and just play PlayStation till they take you off hold.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
That's true, because over a million people have tried to apply for it in the last two weeks. It has become an endurance test, but once you get through it they will pay you.
 
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