Dear “news” people

Are you happy? Are you proud of yourselves? For the past three and a half years, you have been relentless in your pursuit of the next crisis. You have fed us so much crap that no one believes you anymore. And now we’re faced with a rapidly spreading virus. It may be really bad. It might not be any worse than the flu. Who do we trust? Who do we believe? You’ve lied to us for so long, about so many things, how do we know you’re telling us the truth about anything?

I have friends who are in panic mode. I’ve basically banned myself from most social media, and am preparing to hunker down and weather the storm. I’m in that “over 60” at risk age group. Oh, go fuck yourselves with that shit, I’m healthier than most people half my age.

Am I scared? Of course I am. Not of the virus, I’ll survive that, as nearly all of us will. I’m scared of the impact on the economy. I’m scared that people will be out of work and have no means of survival. We can go without a paycheck for awhile. Many can’t.

And if the President discovered a cure tonight, there would be those who would fault him somehow for doing it.

I am angry. I am angry at the bitter, angry, stupid people who are buying reams of toilet paper for no real reason – the virus doesn’t cause diarrhea. I’m angry at the news media for continuing to fan the flames of panic.

I went to the grocery store today – for my usual weekly shopping. The store was packed – far more than a normal Friday afternoon. Every register was open, and the lines were long. But…………..and this is a big but……….people were laughing and smiling and talking to each other. Everyone was saying that it was a bit ridiculous but they were stocking up on essentials – bacon was on sale and hey, what’s life without bacon? We laughed that our next stop was the beer distributor – hey, kids are out of school, people need help!

There is still good in this world. There are people who will share their stuff – and those are the ones who will get us through this. Be one of them – be a hero – stop being scared and we’ll get through this!

I lived through 911 and thought I’d never see worse. I haven’t. THAT didn’t break us, no stinking virus is going to do it either.

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9 Responses to Dear “news” people

  1. Bitey Dog says:

    I had to go to the grocery store yesterday and found the same thing – people doing their normal Friday marketing. They weren’t hoarding; they weren’t frightened. The only differences between this and any other week was that the store was more busy and the shelves completely empty.

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    • I literally just got back from the store. Like you said, calm people and empty shelves. So I bought a case of wine and an opera cake. When I checked out, the clerk said, “Good thinking, nice priorities” and gave me a grin.

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  2. Preach on, Sister! I heard the disease referred to as Boomer Remover. 😀 I never imagined that the day would come when another insipid Meghan Markle & Harry story would be better than the endless media circus over Covid-19. Whoever thought the major role of the media would be to teach Americans how to wash their hands? (“Sing the Happy Birthday song twice!!”) Wait until they find out that the Charmin Bear is the one responsible for all this stuff. On the other hand (hehe) it could be worse…imagine if you were already affected with OCD and now the government starts urging you to wash your hands even more.

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  3. Right on! Well said! I totally agree!
    We did our normal weekly shopping and found the same thing you did. It’s wild 😮 and weird.
    (((HUGS)))

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