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  3. DeathscytheX


    I pulled, and Ifrit still eludes me. I didn't even get a single dupe for Saria or Plat. Probably my worse banner ever. 😭
  4. Andrew Yang's Universal Basic Income plan was $1000 a month. And would've only helped people IF they were working a minimum wage job. So if someone were unemployed they would've still been financially screwed. On top of this Andrew Yang might've cut things like Food Stamps & Housing Assistance. Things I heavily rely on as I only get $890 a month from SSI. And none of these programs are purely good as they all want to prevent people on them from saving over $2000 and will adjust to give you less if you're fiscally responsible. If we need anything right now it's a Universal Union. Federal Government gives $2100 to everyone who is legally an adult. If your state thinks you should have more, like $2200, then they need to pay that entire amount. Otherwise it ends up being $2000 from the fed & 100 from your state. Now if a business want to hire you they then have to pay you more than the fed or your state would've. If that business decides to pay you less then that, that business would then have to pay a tax equal to the amount you would've gotten if you weren't working. We also need a Deflation Tax that would only apply to the richest in order to shrink the wealth gap. So that rich person who had $4 Billion & now has $2 Billion still has the same amount of purchasing power as they did before. The majority of us after that would also have more purchasing power.
  5. I mentioned it to Strider in a status update.. apparently the stimulus package gives everyone on unemployment an extra $600 a week for up to 4 months. https://www.businessinsider.com/stimulus-package-unemployment-benefits-increase-2020-3 That seems like alot of money. I'm guessing its so people can get the COBRA insurance and be able to afford health insurance. I'm guessing alot of people wont do that and will bank the money instead. I know unemployment doesn't pay your full amount of your normal weekly pay, but damn.. I bet alot of people on unemployment will be making more money than what they were getting just for working. Its like Andrew Yang's plan of giving everyone money every month is getting kicked up a notch and is being tested right now. Between the $1200 for everyone and unemployment bonus, the government will be passing out cash left and right.
  6. I Never played the original. Am use to Red 13 from FF7 Abridged. Was shocked by Red XIII's reaction to Barret at 2:44
  7. I think people aren't taking it serious yet because of politics. (Beginning rant) Texas has alot of republican people. I mention it because alot of republican people watch Fox News.. and for the first 2-3 months of coronavirus Fox News basically told everyone it was either a hoax, a common cold, nothing to be taken seriously, etc (echoing what Trump's opinion of it at the time except more embellished). Only recently have they actually given a shit and reported the actual news and severity of it (because Trump did as well). And of course people say "the impeachment distracted Trump and the media from emphasizing how severe this is"... ah sure.. Trump was so distracted he still golfed like 20 days and had time to plan a superbowl party. And yes, all the cable news talked about nothing but the impeachment shit, but thats why people have to watch and read actual news. AP, Reuters & NPR and others have been reporting on this since day one. (End rant) I think the other thing is that theory about "we already had it in January"... I'm really starting to doubt that especially now since there is 300+ local cases and another person in my county died last night bringing it up to 3 and a second Centro bus driver and some farmers the next county over have now been diagnosed with it which means alot of people have already been exposed all over the area.. Thats alot of sick people simultaneously in roughly a 2-3 week span for something we all got back in January. And I've read where people say that face masks wont necessarily help you from catching it.. true.. buts its good at preventing others from catching it from you... well if thats the case, we should all wear face masks because we don't know who is asymptomatic or not. If we all have a mask on then the guy shopping at walmart near me who has it but not showing symptoms won't spread it to me.. or if I get it and don't know, I could help others by having a mask on. *puts on face mask* Oh, and Lady's dad is getting out of the nursing home this weekend, he had knee surgery and had to be in a nursing home for recovery. Hes a prime target for Covid19. If he gets this, theres a damn strong chance it'll kill him. He gets hospitalized by the flu or phenomena once a year, I don't see how he could survive this.
  8. ^ i thought you guys had 6pm curfew like california did. hm guess not but yeah i see that NY gov guy appear on news almost daily demanding ventilators. cant blame him though. its just gonna get worse if nothings done. face masks are still taboo here lol..but i do see more and more ppl wearing them too. bandana if they dont have one. a guy who works at a walmart as a greeter told me yesterday that he was not allowed to wear one let alone give him one bc it might scare ppl away. still long way to go before ppl take it seriously here cant imagine how desperate some ppl are going to be getting laid off for this or losing hours bc their business has slowed down. theres a warehouse near my workplace and a worker there had a fight with his supervisor and he shot himself in the head right after locking himself in a bathroom. he probably thought he was singled out and humiliated in front of everyone. this happened 2 or 3 days before shelter in place order took place in houston, and we found out bc there were like 9 cop cars showed up at their warehouse and customers and his coworkers came by to our store and told us what had happened. if he waited just a few more days though, lockdown would have closed down the warehouse anyway. what a waste of life and he thought his life was over for losing his job that day. just a bad timing for that guy. i only saw him couple times so i feel bad for not remembering his face that well
  9. Yeah she had some medical issues that definitely did not help her overall health fighting the flu. No real changes here still an overall lockdown with no end date set. Schools have been closed for weeks now, all non essential businesses are all still closed. Any restaurants still open are all drive through only or curbside pickup, but more restaurants are laying everyone completely off and closing weekly. Theres a local plastic manufacturing plant that has new contracts to mass produce face shields for hospitals so they seem ok, we have great hospitals in this area so there's only been 2 deaths so far here, over 300 cases as of right now in my local county. It sounds like NYC is a night and day difference to the rest of the state, they sound screwed. Everyone is finally starting to wear face masks and old people seem to finally be staying at home. The restrictions on purchases at the stores does seem to work out. Still limited selections at Walmart and you can only buy 1 package of toilet paper, but it's actually in stock (only 4 packs there earlier today on all those empty shelves but it was there) because they're forcing ppl to not hoard purchase. I think once everyone gets a stimulus check/direct deposit the stores will be a mad house again. Theres no curfew but it's like everyone is doing it on their own here. I bought fast food tonight for dinner and the parking lot for burger king, arbys, and 15 other stores and restaurants around 6:30pm only had about 15 total cars out of an area that would normally be packed with hundreds. It was a bit unsettling. All the local schools have been delivering school breakfast and lunches to families with kids so all the bus drivers are still working. They go to all their normal stops but instead of picking up kids, a parent comes out to the bus and takes their food package that's sitting at the door. And it's for all kids not just kids on low income. And all the kids now have chrome books and the teachers are doing lesson plans over the internet. And any kids without internet got discounted and/or temporary free high speed internet until this passes. For an unexpected epidemic I think this state is handling it pretty well for the most part. And while I haven't/wont always agree with governor Cuomo's ideas and actions (political stuff, nothing at all with what he's doing right now during all this though), he's done a damn good job of keeping everyone in the state well informed.
  10. Welp second round of layoffs today at work (oh we weren't going to have anymore my ass) and I got myself a permanent vacation from work again. At least this time it's not an outright firing and I did get paid for the whole day plus I'm getting paid for the entirety of next week as well. Also get to retain my health insurance to the end of the month (which means my ass needs to get down to the pharmacy and get my HBP meds refilled before I lose it).

    Fucking sucks after putting all that time into that fucking company and learning shit I never wanted to learn in hopes it'd help keep my job. Fat lot of good that did. They also had the audacity to say I'm able to be re-hired once market conditions favor them hiring more people. When will that be? Fuck knows but I have no intention of going back unless they're willing to hire me back at more or equal to what I was getting paid (though, in all honesty, not fucking worth it).

    Now I get to experience the joy of finding a new job again in a market overflowing with job seekers and nobody's really hiring in my area right now due to this epidemic. Not only that I need to find a job that pays roughly what I was getting which is going to be hard around here as well. Looking like I'll have to go back to retail which will be a massive hit in pay for me.

    I also get to experience filing for unemployment for the first time in my life. So looking forward to that.

    Sigh, on the bright side I have plenty of time to watch anime and play games until I find a new job. Guess that's a silver lining.

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    2. Sledgstone


      I just read an article about unemployment. Apparently with the stimulus package you can get an extra $600 a week on top of whatever you'd get from unemployment for 4 months.


      That seems like alot of money. I'm guessing its so people can get the COBRA insurance and be able to afford health insurance. I'm guessing alot of people wont do that and will bank the money instead. Get that unemployment ASAP @Strider HiryuΒ there might be weekly cut off dates for when you can apply. I hope you get the max benefit you can.

    3. DeathscytheX


      Yeah thats fucking shit. I was a bit worried for you when you said No more "planned" layoffs. I've been there, and I hate that fucking word. Cobra is so expensive. I remember getting the package when my store was shut down, and I was like "I guess I'll just risk it" I couldn't blame anyone for banking that money. That's groceries and gas, and whatever you can put to the side.

      Retail sucks, but I'm glad I work it in right now. Hopefully you can catch on, I know around this region of the country not only are the retailers hiring like crazy but so are the distributors. Maybe Coca-Cola or a beer distributor is worth looking into? I know Coke is starting people at $18 an hour with no experience here, which is extremely high for this city.

    4. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      @SledgstoneYea I'm currently looking into the unemployment but since my state is so god damn slow they haven't put into place the COVID measures yet. I'll be filing a claim next week as I'm still technically getting paid for next week but I'll try my luck and hope the COVID measures are in place (and there are weekly cut off dates, I have until 11:59 pm Saturday of the week I'm trying to get benefits for). Fuck we're one of the 10 or so states that hasn't even implemented shelter at home policies (because our Governor is a fucking idiot) so I'm honestly not that surprised. COBRA is something I'll only if necessary, I have some job leads but I have until the end of the month until I have to worry about that (plus I won't get the COBRA packet till then anyways).

      @DeathscytheXYea you said it. I saw the writing on the wall yesterday pretty early based on how people were acting and my Production Lead (the guy under my supervisor) said he thought they were doing layoffs again so I had somewhat of a heads up (even if I did think I was safe). Fucking Supervisor vanished like a fart in the wind about an hour before the layoffs happened so I'm pretty fucking sure he's the reason why I was chosen (he's new and I don't think he honestly liked me all that much, damn my issues with authority (j/k but I'm still pretty sure he didn't like me)). I find it funny though, they fucked my department over massively as I'm the only one who was trained to do my job so I wish them luck in getting shit done the right way (plus they let go of another person in my department that I know of so that leaves them down to two people right now). Really hope it bites them in the fucking ass (yea, I'm a vengeful guy).

      Luckily I have some job leads already and put in one application today to Menards (the Midwest's wests version of Lowes/Home Depot even though we also have them. My mother works there and she's going to try and see if she can get me hired). With my 11 years of retail experience I'm pretty sure I can get in as long as they're still hiring (as far as I know they are). I might see if I can't get into a local internet provider as a field tech as I have some training in that field as well (plus one is hiring, I just need to get a hold of the company).

      Sadly none of the distributors in my area are hiring (was one of the first things I checked yesterday). I'll chat with one of my distributor friends and see if his company is hiring (they're pretty much a distributor of multiple things (beer, soda, etc)) and also see if he can put in a good word for me (I've known him for years so I'm sure he will). Honestly most of the jobs in my area are linked to the oil field so with them down it's hard as fuck to find anything but scraps for work (and I mean scraps, $12 an hour or less depending on what it is. I can't afford to live on that wage).

      If worse comes to worse I'll just do construction until something else comes up. One of the local construction companies is hiring general laborers right now and I don't mind that kind of work (I just need to be trained).

      @slippersThanks, taking it one day at a time.

      Overall though I'm not that worried right now. I have plenty of money saved up and while losing my health and dental insurance at the end of the month is going to suck I'll get by. I can always defer my student loan payments and save quite a bit of money for a few months (not ideal as I've done it before but you gotta do what you gotta do). It's times like these that I'm glad I'm extremely cheap and frugal with my money (I never eat out (rarely order pizza), I buy maybe 2-3 games a year (though this will mean I probably won't be getting Ghost of Tsushima right when it comes out and I might have to cancel my Cyberpunk pre-order if this unemployment carries on too long), and I've cut way back on the amount of anime I buy now (only doing one order a year)).

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  12. ^ wow glad shes okay. she must had some underlying health issues to get sick like that ..man US was so unprepared for this. It sad. had the whole front view of what china and europe were going through for at least two months and the worst hasnt even happened yet. And houston mayor is a clown, its unbelievable. instead of taking this seriously, he is handing out cupcakes 🍰 to nurses with no mask on and no gloves. Wth..X'D And his latest order is to remove all basketball hoops from public parks. Why? Nobody knows. Thats his priority. No leadership whatsoever. now im hearing texas will be the next hot spot within couple weeks. houston is screwed. lol is NY doing any better? any changes on restrictions/curfew?
  13. Sledgstone

    YT thread

    Its recommended 37.5 grams of sugar per day for men!? According to my macros I'm eating 47-50 grams per day. I use too much sugar in my coffee. I'm glad I don't drink soda along with my 5 cups of coffee a day or I'd be blowing that number up inside my body. My doctor and just about every other doctor around here recommends vitamin D supplements. Winter is half the year here and we all wear coats and multiple layers. Half the year only our faces are exposed to actual sunlight and only in small amounts. x_x
  14. Yeah, no way I'll be waiting in a line with a bunch of sick people to get tested. X_x About that flu test though... I think they might be faulty. My brothers sister in law that was getting tested for covid19 did not test positive for the flu for the first 2 tests. She was tested weekly. First 2 weeks negative for flu, when they took her in to the hospital she was on deaths door. Took 24 hours to stabilize her. They tested her for covid19 and it came back negative, but a third test for flu came back positive. Wtf. The flu can be just as deadly as covid19, all depends on the person's health. The doctors think she had the flu the entire time.
  15. Myk JL

    2020 Predictions?

    OH SHIT! Both Biden & Trump just died from "The Ozzy Osbourne Virus" on National TV! With Biden's dying breath he declared Ajit Pai to be his VP pick! Bernie Sanders ended his campaign in respect of his friend Joe & to prove he is not a racist. President Pence is now expected to lose as Ajit Pai declares all states rights to be racist! Source? https://duckduckgo.com/
  16. Sledge- I think it seems that way because ppl are rushing to get tested. results are ppl overwhelming hospitals and exhausting medical supplies, beds, and ventilators just like what happens during panic buying. Other surrounding states i bet have similar number of cases but lacks testing kits, their numbers will rise as soon as they are available. Houston last sunday went from like 23 new cases to 500 new cases in a matter of a day, but still turning ppl away who show no serious symptoms due to test kit shortage. And only a week ago told them test kit was faulty and closed down drive through test area for some time. In some areas ppl are waiting in line for hours to get tested, best way to catch something even when you arent even sick 😷 Dx- Normally i cant distinguish smell so hard to say when i was sick in jan but my symtoms were mild, thankfully. One of symtoms that im kinda convinced that i had it was body chills. Last time that happend to me was when i had a stomach flu but that was like more than a decade ago. For three days i was sick, i kept thinking whats going on, somethings not right here. One of regular customers i talk to said when he traveled to france in december, he ended up in hospital because he was so sick but came out negative for flu as well. He also suspects it was corona but he isnt sure either. Strange that it doesnt affect infants and children that much, they have weak immune system most of all
  17. My Mom had the same thing around that time, and her flu test came back negative. She was diagnosed with Pneumonia and Bronchitis. She was sick for about 2 weeks and then my dad got it before she was fully well. A lady at work took a trip to NC around that time as well and had a 2 week bout of coughing and fever. She was also told she had Bronchitis after her flu test came back negative. I never got it from any of them so either it was nothing, or I was Asymptomatic. I've always had a pretty stout immune system since I'm around nasty ass people 8-10 hours a day. If I ever feel a little off, I just chalk it up to a head cold or some minor virus. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-researchers-identify-strongest-symptom-21790401 Both my parents complained how they couldn't taste anything as well... interesting. They blamed it on the antibiotics.
  18. Sledgstone

    The Jimquisition

    He does make a good point though. Everyone nowadays eats up negativity like its a buffet meal with endless steak and fried food. Its like that with everything, tho, cable news, etc. Everyone either hate watches or watches someone that hates something they agree with hating. I was watching a cinemassacre video the other day, it was one of the James and Mike play ones.. maybe the wheel of fortune ep? If I feel up to it I'll check. They actually talked about it like a week ago about how their negative videos do much better and they joked about making all new videos have horrible negative sounding titles for click bait because thats what youtube is now.
  19. You stay safe too slippers! I heard about that theory that corona has been here for a while now. I will say tho, it was in early January I was horrible sick. Lasted a solid two weeks with 4 of those days I was mostly bedridden with weakness and asthma issues. I figured it must have been a strong ass flu. I still think thats probably what it was tho. Seems odd that if its been going around for that long already, NYC is only now getting slammed with it just in the last couple weeks. Honestly, I hope that is what we had so we don't have to worry about it now. πŸ˜•
  20. I was prepared πŸ˜› i stockpiled 3 months worthy of supplies back in February. Hurricanes after another, or if anything bad happens, shelves are always empty here. As soon as i heard 1st case of corona virus hit the US, i was like yup..now or never. My aunt in South korea didnt believe me when i told her ppl here were fighting over toilet papers..i couldnt explain any furthur.. Texas is beginning to catch up to california in corona cases it seems. Will have to see in coming weeks but Houston's response has been very slow and not enough testing. One of 4th largest cities in the States and yet we dont even have a curfew yet. Our current weakass lockdown order ends in a couple days, so we are going to hear soon about extention and hopefully a strict curfew. stay safe guys. As long as you are healthy you have nothing to worry about. Unconfirmed source has it that corona has been spreading since semptember of last year and as early as november here in the States. And like many, showing corona like symptoms, i was sick for 3 days in January, with body chills, chest pains, and some headaches but no fever. and lingering dry cough that lasted for 2 months.. but we'll never know if it was or not and take this seriously as it passes like other respiratory viruses slow down during warm weather. Unless its manmade..cough πŸ˜›
  21. Pretty cool if you've never played it. Def worth it. But without the MP most people want I just feel this may not do well enough and they'll pawn it off an excuse never to do the MP. It probably wouldn't be wise at this point with MW doing so well.
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