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Things That Irritate You in Life

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  1. KevinB

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    I agree with your central point, that societies and policy makers should be concerned with the relation between human health and disease outbreaks and conservation and ecological policy. I guess your cynicism regarding where on the priority list this topic is is largely warranted. I believe we need to be watchful, take appropriate action, invest and make changes. I also hope some lessons will be learned from Covid-19, but I doubt they will be - I wouldn't be surprised if, for example, China would again lift its ban on wildlife trade. Some of this bad crap is too ingrained for it to go away even with strong legal action by willing governments.

    However with regards to people living their lives while ignoring these issues, I would like to point out that very few are able or willing to live their lives constantly worrying about things that could do wrong or constantly calling for conservation and environmental action. Even of those who are concerned about conservation and the environment (like I would guess most people on this site) few can or want to dedicate their entire life towards these matters. There is still such a thing as enjoying life. It is good to be concerned, but few can or want to let that concern rule their entire life.

    PS: Some of these discussions should probably be moved to the Covid-19 thread, if possible.
     
  2. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    Oh I totally agree , we can't live our lives contemplating doom and gloom scenarios but that wasn't what I was suggesting people should be doing at least not all of the time anyway.

    But at the very least we should all strive to be aware / mindful of how precariously the human species and its civilization rests and relies on the back of the natural world and we should realise that the more we screw around the more inevitably nightmarish ecological blowback there is going to be.

    That is just how things go and we should strive to face the music. I freely admit as someone who has and will continue to dedicate my life to biodiversity conservation that this kind of current attitude of "OMG coronavirus" as if it hasn't been a long time coming and our own making irritates the hell out of me.
     
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  3. TeaLovingDave

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    You mean the 1918 influenza epidemic which had a death rate of around 2-3%, and therefore is not all that different from the current estimates for Covid19? And which hit at a time when the world was a lot less interconnected than it is now? ;)
     
  4. KevinB

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    And still the Spanish flu infected over a quarter of the world population at the time.

    I guess that and the fact Covid-19 is more transmissible than influenza might be part of why some people (including experts) have been spreading scenarios predicting 40-70% of the world population could get it.

    That kind of messages is definitely getting my anxiety up, alongside media reports of people arguing that only far-reaching lock-downs and a large scale halting of normal public and private life like the ones in China can be effective in containing this epidemic.

    I'm hoping they are wrong, but I am definitely worried about how bad things are going to get.
     
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  5. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    It is worth considering that there is literally nothing that an individual can do about this other than relatively trivial things such as washing of hands , avoiding over contact with others,practicing good hygiene and not contribute to the proliferation of false information via social media.

    The rest is merely accepting with equanimity that despite our wishes everything is indeed out of any our control and quite possibly slipping out of the control of those of the authorities too(If they ever had any in the first place that is which is highly debatable). As nihilistic and cynical as that might seem I think it is perhaps the sanest way to view the situation.
     
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    I feel this thread is going off topic. Maybe another thread should be started around corona?
     
  7. Zoofan15

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    Agreed. Things that irritate me in life:

    Having a quiet news day so the media sensationalise Coronavirus >

    People getting hysterical because the media is reporting on Coronavirus >

    People having nothing better to do than talk about Coronavirus >

    People stockpiling supplies because of Coronavirus >

    People not listening to the medical profession who urge them not to get caught up in the hysteria
     
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    As opposed to people having nothing better to do than starting - and participating in - a thread comprising over 100 pages of stream-of-consciousness shitposting? :p

    Given some of us actually belong to high-risk groups I think I know the preferable route ;)
     
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    The Never Ending Story is 104 pages and counting of hilarity. You actually have the dubious honour of starring as a character in it at more than 30 times (more than everyone else put together). :)
     
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    At the very least we should perhaps concentrate coronavirus discussions in the Covid-19 thread to prevent further derailing of other topics?
     
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    @Zoofan15!!!! :p:p:p
     
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    We call this "Clickbait" here.
     
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    I can't stand the fact that a deli sandwich comes wrapped to perfection in crisply-folded deli paper--but then you eat half of the sandwich and find that the remaining half does not remotely fit in the original sheet of deli paper.
     
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    What can I say? I must be a fairly likeable lad to not get listed in the nearly three years this has been going. :cool:
     
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    Lol. Yes, and after suggesting yourself! I couldn't resist but trust you know how much I've come to "like the lad."
     
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    AUTOCORRECT

    ..................Grrrrrrrrr
     
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    Knowing I have to make doctors appointments because I’ve been having absolutely awful chronic pain flare ups recently but I don’t want my life revolving around the doctor again like the last two years of my life :|
     
  18. AmbikaFan

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    AUTOCORRECT

    .........Why did ANYONE EVER think this was a good idea?

    .........I take absolutely NO responsibility for any errors in my posts that involve synonyms or apostrophes.
     
  19. AmbikaFan

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    That people probably don't know that I really CAN write and spell correctly.:mad::rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, autocorrect is so stoopid.