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  1. C.S. Lewis in “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays.
    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

  2. Exactly, send your money in now. I'll get you your baggies of organic TP and will send them out. Or you can use a PRC flag. The flag may give you more satisfaction.

  3. So which fake news media put that out?
    Catalpa leaves are good.
    I think magnolia leaves might work, too.
    And wild grape leaves…

  4. Hat tip to whoever made that. A clever thing to tell people freaking out and buying toilet paper, since 99% of the population won't know viruses don't "breed".

  5. I think that somebody got tired of not finding TP at the store and decided to stop the run on paper products.

  6. I have a relative that is paid once a month. She schedules a major shopping trip for the next day. This morning she hit Walmart at 5 am to find mostly empty shelves.

    Being rural ranch raised, she always has a big reserve so is only pissed and inconvenienced.

    This current situation does expose the weakness of "just in time" business purchasing.

  7. I was speaking to someone who works at a big box hardware/lumber/paint/appliance store. He is going to buy up all of the replacement sink sprayers, valved t connectors, and sufficient extra supplies to make add-on bidet washers. He will charge bigly prices to install these and retire soon. It will relive the rush on toilet paper.

  8. I went to Walmart this morning when I went to get the new i-phone. It was fully stocked, no panic. I talked to a worker there, turned out he was the store manager. He said that the larger cities were having problems and they put "Black Friday Rules" in place.

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