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D&D and the rising pandemic

Zardnaar

Legend
Extreme case here. Side effect of Covid and not bailout.


House prices up by $273000 in a month.

It's also nationwide so unlike America you can really relocate anywhere else. There's bad, worse and terrible.

Think prices but a million dollars in some snakkcuty of around 50k.

Government didn't outright say it but they basically guaranteed house prices wouldn't fall and they were already bad pre Covid.
 

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Here in the Netherlands there are a number of reasons why property prices are rising so fast.

The first is that interest rates are low. Banks are eager to lend money, because otherwise they have to pay interest on it to the ECB. So although the rules for borrowing are stricter than they have been, once you have a loan it's much more affordable. At the same time, people are looking for safe places to put their cash. Savings essentially lose you money: even without negative interest rates, inflation means that your money loses value (and despite the ECB's idea that low interest rates will encourage people to spend more and boost the economy, people are hoarding their cash because of the uncertainty that this creates). So real estate is a guaranteed way to make your money work for you.

Another problem here is that there's a shortage of available homes. Not only is the population growing, and like I said more and more people are buying real estate as a long-term investment, younger people apparently all want to live alone, not with a partner. So this effectively doubles the number of first-time buyers and renters, so twice the demand for a dwindling supply.

On another note, more related to the actual topic of the thread: the Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) was developed a stone's through away from my house. Less than a kilometre as the crow flies. And another company almost next door to it is producing the Oxford vaccine. Can I claim credit for them?
 






CapnZapp

Legend
I just got the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine today. I feel so relieved and happy. This has been a hard year. I hope everyone stays safe and is able to get their shot(s) when they become available to them.
Where I live it's likely another two month's wait before I can rejoin society, so heartfelt congrats. At least the J&J vaccine (or the Janssen vaccine as it will be known locally) was approved the other day.
 



Mallus

Legend
We got our first doses of the Moderna vaccine yesterday. So by mid-May most of my friends will be fully vaccinated. Plans can resume for the 50th birthday party for my friend-since-high school who will turn 51 before it happens. Maybe play an in-person session of D&D!

Vague vacation plans have already been discussed and plans to get tickets for the Met's Akhnaten in the Spring of 2022. My wife & I aren't really in any rush to rush out and do things. We'll see close friends, travel locally, wait and what happens with the variants. We'll feel more comfortable out and about once more of the country (and world) is vaccinated.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
A new vaccine is entering human trials. If effective, it’s main strength could be it’s created using a very cheap process that can be used even in lower-tech countries. This would mean a vaccine that would be cheap to produce in the billions of doses- potentially key in getting the bulk of humanity their first vaccinations AND a potent weapon if C19 becomes endemic, requiring periodic booster shots.

 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
With the phased rollout of vaccines in Massachusetts, roughly a million people became eligible to get the shot yesterday.

The state has a program for pre-registering for an appointment at one of their mass vaccinations sites1, so everyone knows that eventually, they can get a shot. But that queue is awful long. So, predictably, the Vaccination Appointment Hunger Games begin. Obsessive refreshing of websites, twitter feeds devoted to alerting when 10 appointment slots open up in a doctor's office across the state, and all. Intense competition for small numbers of slots as they open up...

But then, social media actually does its darned job, for once. My wife posts, "Okay, so now my husband is looking for an appointment..." Within minutes, a friend we haven't seen in ages pings us that a pediatric center nearby has been missed by all the aggregation sites, and that it has a ton of appointments available. And, voila, I have an appointment for this weekend.
 

Yep, I got vaccinated after a trade group I follow on Twitter said my job now qualifies. I had an appointment set up less than half an hour later and received my vaccine 13 hours after seeing that tweet.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
But then, social media actually does its darned job, for once. My wife posts, "Okay, so now my husband is looking for an appointment..." Within minutes, a friend we haven't seen in ages pings us that a pediatric center nearby has been missed by all the aggregation sites, and that it has a ton of appointments available. And, voila, I have an appointment for this weekend.
And if you're a good boy, you'll get a sucker after getting your immunization.
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I’m old enough to remember when banks gave out suckers to kids, probably to exert pressure on parents to be loyal customers. I was one of those kids, and definitely told my parents where to bank* so I know they’re a potent mind control technology. 😁





* based in part on the quality of the suckers.
 

Ryujin

Hero
I’m old enough to remember when banks gave out suckers to kids, probably to exert pressure on parents to be loyal customers. I was one of those kids, and definitely told my parents where to bank* so I know they’re a potent mind control technology. 😁





* based in part on the quality of the suckers.
If they wanted ot convince the parents, instead of the kid, the bank would give them a toaster :ROFLMAO:
 

I’m old enough to remember when banks gave out suckers to kids, probably to exert pressure on parents to be loyal customers. I was one of those kids, and definitely told my parents where to bank* so I know they’re a potent mind control technology. 😁

I'm old enough that I have trouble remembering the last time I physically walked into a bank.

Or maybe it's that it was sometime before COVID, and all of the before-time gets hazy.
 

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