Apocalypse Journal: Day 55
Notable events of the moment: COVID cases are "leveling off", i.e. there is a lower rate of doubling. In most of the US it still looks like exponential growth. At best, the growth rate is linearized, for now, but growing nonetheless. Pandemic restrictions are loosening because people are sick of it. Public officials offer various rationalizations. Protests are increasing, but not consistent. Some are upset about business restrictions or unemployment benefits, which is understandable. But there's also a major backlash against masks. Some people are just offended by the sight or concept of a mask, and get bizarrely aggressive about it. NYC closed the subway for the first time in history. Alex Jones declared that he will eat his neighbors. Murder hornets. Oil futures went negative. Comic-Con and Pride parades are canceled or postponed for the first time. So far, over 20 million jobs were lost. US COVID deaths exceed 60k in less than three months, more than combat deaths in the Vietnam War. Federal government approved individual payouts reminiscent of universal basic income (although not really universal).
What I've been up to recently: Started beekeeping. Fostered a dog from the humane society, since they had to close operations. Got a chainsaw and an Alaskan mill rig, cutting trees and trying to make things out of them. Performed maintenance on several lawn mowers, repaired a seized engine. Going to try making soap from wood ash and animal fat.