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News post – Catch-23 No. 1073 Working from home

All of a sudden, the whole world is working from home (if you’re lucky enough to have a job that can be done from home) and online meetings and communication have become the norm.

Everyone being in the same boat is an excellent melting pot for humour – every joke about being in isolation, not having enough toilet paper, or your Zoom session being bombed by Hamish Blake is relatable to a very large number of people.

So share the jokes, memes and videos – you are helping keep people sane in insane times.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1071 Coronials

One of the effects of everyone going into isolation is that there is expected to be a baby boom starting in about 9 months from now. This new generation of unborn children have already been dubbed the Coronials.

I wonder if these kids will have any trouble buying toilet paper.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1070 Quarantined

So Peter Dutton tested positive for coronavirus – sometimes good things happen to good people. It’s no surprise ole Lord Voldemort was susceptible to a disease that may have originally come from snakes.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1069 Panic-buying

By now, I’m sure just about all of you have witnessed first-hand the empty shelves at the supermarkets across the country. The media gave us a shove and whipped us into a toilet paper-hoarding frenzy. Well done, media.

Imagine what you could do if you wanted to unite us to do something positive! That doesn’t generate clicks and dead-tree newspaper sales in the same volume. Do you think they bought stock in Sorbent before running the headlines?

Perhaps I’m just too cynical.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1068 Exhibit A

Just when I think that I can’t mine my daily life for comic strip fodder, I adjust my view a bit and realise I will never run out. The humble poop bag as a comedy prop seems obvious in hindsight, as solutions to problems often do. Jokes about poop are some sort of universal constant.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to take the dogs for a walk. Hopefully, they will continue to endow me with comedy (brown) gold.

Did I take the metaphor too far?

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1067 Silver Lining

The impact of the coronavirus on China’s carbon emissions are being seen and measured – much of China’s production is slowed or halted at present. This is likely to be temporary, with levels expected to resume (or increase) during the period immediately after the virus is contained.

That said, I wanted to share a TED talk to remind you that climate change, killer virus and the rise in right wing ideologies aside, the world is actually better than it’s ever been in just about every way, and there’s data to back it up.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1066 Rain dance

This last week, Australia’s Eastern states have been battered by a giant low pressure system known as an East Coast Low. This has brought wonderful rains putting an end to some of the longest running bushfires, but has also brought flash flooding, wild winds and hail damage.

Bagel’s rain dancing abilities may be more powerful than anyone suspected.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1065 Protection

Coronavirus fear is everywhere, even in places where the chance of infection is exceedingly low, like the local shops in downtown Australia.

Right now, I’d steer clear of big crowds and continue to practice standard hygiene procedures, and you’ll probably be fine. And maybe avoid cruise ships for a little while.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 1064 Worse news

Are these the end times? Fires, plagues, Trump, Brexit…

Australian scientists successfully cloned the coronavirus and are working on it in the biological testing lab in Geelong. No word yet on if my prediction about it actually being man-flu is true, but the very idea is horrifying.

Mat