Losing a loved one, as so many families have this past year, is always heartbreaking. My thoughts are with Prince Philip’s family and all who loved him.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 9, 2021
all the rail workers in the alive queen's United Kingdom are going on strike, probably the teachers too pretty soon.
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i read a local news article that said that quite a few schools were finding students who had simply stopped attending and when they went to the students' houses they would find the house empty and the family gone with no explanation and in the article there was no further attempt to explain this fairly alarming sounding thing apparently happening enmasse
i have covid fuck this country
i still have covid and have been off work for a week. i'm perma-nauseous and have on and off migraines. grotesque.
i read a local news article that said that quite a few schools were finding students who had simply stopped attending and when they went to the students' houses they would find the house empty and the family gone with no explanation and in the article there was no further attempt to explain this fairly alarming sounding thing apparently happening enmasse. anyway our education system is also in perpetual crisis mode because of covid staff shortages. fun atmosphere in the anglosphere right now
i wonder if shit like this and the increasing ability of people to say no to the shittiest jobs (sorry i mean the high cost of labour) in the core are both a result of covid lockdowns and curfews just doing a complete reset on people who are "illegals" in any sense. people just forced to buckle down and then flee to somewhere they might have any useful status and cross their fingers, if they felt like covid was a real threat or if they felt like they had no choice for some other reason. anything seems possible
In turn, that’s probably had some real effect on the usual pressure the bourgeoisie can apply in situations like today’s. Very recently, they could count on more young people going into much more personal debt and taking much more self-destructive measures in the long term just to have “their own place”, in that almost pathological way “your own place” is seen in the U.S. vs. most other countries, as a requirement for seeking financial independence instead of as a result of it. That is probably still going on a lot, you can’t just erase that sort of norm overnight, but COVID plus the rent/income gap might still have put a dent in that idea that will last for a while, just because people put it aside for a couple years and it saved them a lot of money and they were socially forgiven for it. It’s hard to forget that overnight too.
Combine that with the number of elderly workers, already living like that, who just near-silently died of COVID in the U.S., and the impact was probably significant. It also might be really difficult to quantify in that exact way, though. A big proportion of the senior-age workforce in the U.S. was already homeless or semi-homeless when the pandemic began, which means they’re both one of the highest-risk categories for death from COVID and among the most likely to die from it without COVID ever being recorded as cause of death.