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About slammer

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  • Location Germany
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  1. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Furlogh leave (disclaimer for the UK) was only introduced as a term last month with the meaning that your company still pays you for the few hours you are actually on the job.
  2. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Here is a little nugget of information that sort of dropped into my lap. For weeks now I have been struggling with an English term for "Kurzarbeit" calling it "short work" simply did not feel right.   Ahem!   The English word for Kurzarbeit is: "Furlough leave!"   Apparently from the Dutch word: "Verlof" as in "leave of absense."
  3. Well that was "unexpected..." Looks like Orban has gotten his little Führer on in Hungary. He now has the right to rule by decrete instead of via parlement with unlimited power for unlimited time. Then on the news Trump has prepped the Americans for up to 100.000 deaths. I can see what he is doing; speculating on a much lower body count so that in November he will be coming up smelling like a rose. And if the death toll is much higher then it will be the fault of the "Evil chinese virus!" Also it seems that there is a whiff of martial law in the UK with police arresting and fining people for being outside for shopping or going to work. To me it seems that Corona is a squirt of lube on the slippery slide to the Right, Germany for instance is contemplating using cellphone data to track movements like the Korean´s and Chinese are already doing. Brazil under Bolsonaro is trying to ignore the virus despite a stratsospheric rise in infections and Italy has gone balls out police state. Corona seems to be the catalyist for the democratic process to be watered down. I think that in the aftermath our society will be a little bit more faschist and a little more "police-y."
  4. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    I turned my couch/bed/softplace around 180°
  5. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Parmo seems to be the Yorkshire toff´s version of Chips ´n Gravy.
  6. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Francesinha? You will gain 10 lb just from reading the wikipedia page.
  7. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Like taking the Francesinha challenge?
  8. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    I took Serif´s offer of 50% reduction on Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, put some Juno Reactor on the loudspeaker and I am getting my graphic on.
  9. Playlist for the Corona Apocalypse

    Of course there is always: "Well I am death, none can excel... I´ll open the door to heaven or hell."
  10. Playlist for the Corona Apocalypse

    Don´t know about the music but Amazon Prime has "The last Ship" on.
  11. Corona Restrictions

    I listened to an interview with Söder on Bayern1 this morning. Despite all the calming "we-are-doing-our-best" he sounded quite serious, not mini-Strauß in anyway, actually he sounded a bit overwhelmed and also a bit scared. I think that the government is aware that they could take political damage if they go over the top and political damage if they don´t do enough.
  12. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    At some point the question: "Is this all really necessary?" is going to gain traction. That, and: "It´s just a flu!" And no matter how you try to explain that this could be quite deadly if not containd they are not going to believe it.
  13. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    Looks like Bavaria has gone into lockdown, basically everything is shut except food supplies. Gonna be a sucky few weeks to come.
  14. Coronavirus

    That´s true, if I recall there are 250.000 Freiwillige listed as active, but they are Freiwillig and may or may not be motivated to commit if anything really goes wrong. And what good are they if there is nothing to distribute? But that is not the point, it all boils down to logistics and frankly I don´t see any governmental or NGO able to keep up a supply on the scale that would be required. I do know that Speditonen are required to provide transport capabilities but then again it´s a question of logistics.