Hey everyone, we’re back in your earphones with a special series of Going Rogue, The Cocoon Sessions. Let’s hang out, eat ALL the snacks and quarantine together. This episode is all about the 16 lessons that have become very clear very quickly with the initial impact of COVID-19.


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12 responses to “Podcast: Cocoon Sessions, Episode 1”

  1. Enjoyed listening to your conversation and laughter. We don’t get enough of either in our lives. Had plenty of time to make some scones while listening and then sit down and enjoy them with a cup of tea. Keep up the good work.

  2. I’m glad you guys are talking about our (Americans’) “lovely” healthcare system. Insurance is a joke unless you’re part of a union, you’re a veteran, or you’re over 65. My last company used to offer insurance that had low deductibles with flat co-pays. Then, after the 2008 financial crisis, they switched all the insurance to co-insurance (i.e. you pay for the bill upfront, then hope the insurance company will cover it after you meet the deductible) with higher deductibles. Maybe, Americans will finally wake up now, but I doubt it. Also, many of the politicians don’t want a ‘healthcare for all’ system because they are owned by the health insurance companies. Not to mention what Tim said – “I got mine, now go get yours” – especially if you’re black.

  3. OMG stop it… near nonsense…

  4. deathistheirpower Avatar

    before you use the word cuck again, please consider that it means someone who is a weak minded “race traitor” who promotes miscegenation, an extremely racist insult

  5. Coronavirus update here. Gotta eat and ride my bike to the clinic. http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/03/opportunity-or-denial.html
    We, here in Austin, Texas have taken steps to slow the spread of coronavirus, before seeing evidence with our own eyes of people getting sick and dying.
    This community effort in slowing down and distancing is now completely supported politically.
    I say that because they have shut the strip clubs.
    They shut all bars and restaurant dining rooms yesterday, and that includes the politically powerful strip clubs.
    I saw rush hour traffic getting a bit less last week, including last Thursday, it was notably decreased on my bike commute Thursday, but markedly decreased Friday, when they closed schools the last day before spring break.
    That was a powerful Friday the 13th message.
    Friday the 6th, they had canceled South By Southwest, the big signal flare.
    The Friday evening traffic out of Austin was much, much less than the week before. Traffic this weekend was very light. I should not really call it “traffic” now.
    I worked at People’s Community Clinic Monday. I will no longer take Mondays off.
    We were setting up the adult and pediatric patient flows for respiratory precautions, masks, gowns, gloves, swab-testing, cleaning the small set of rooms we are using for that, and isolating people to wait outside in chairs if they are going into that flow. I had no patients scheduled as I was point-man for the first kid (with suspicious and defensive dad) and first adult, then 4 more adults.
    We discovered lots of things we needed to adjust, lots of kinks and catches, lots of expenses and limitations of supplies. We are very short of test kits. We can really only test people with a high suspicion of symptoms of coronavirus, nobody who is asymptomatic.
    We have lots of spring pollen allergies, some colds, still some influenza, lots of worry, and anxiety-patients are all worse than usual.
    I did our first parking-lot visit yesterday, because it was so much less wasteful of resources than using a dedicated room and protective gear for a young mom, there for anxiety/depression, whose very active 4 y/o daughter had allergies and a little cough. The daughter hung out of the back seat window “I’m on top of the world”, as I stood outside the driver’s door with pen and paper, having reviewed the medical record first, and printed up a few pages for reference.
    Tomorrow a team of us will go to the first outdoor tent clinic set-up, being completed today, where I used to do urgent-care work. We will see what we should take, and what we should modify, as we set up our outdoor facility.
    All of this seems quite mundane, and it is a benefit to us, to be able to work out our procedures while things still feel mundane.
    We have not yet had a positive test result at People’s Clinic, though there were 10 confirmed cases reported in Austin yesterday, mainly because of when tests became available and the turn-around time on reporting. This morning there are 7 more confirmed cases here.

    Returning to the community response, it has been wholehearted at all levels, as much as such a thing can be.
    My marker as a bike commuter is the traffic.
    Traffic looks like something well under 10% of usual. It feels like 5-7% of usual. It’s just not “traffic”.
    Everybody in stores and public places ha been showing reserve in their body motions for a week, keeping distances, being careful how they touch things, and there are fewer in the stores, somewhat fewer.

    There are a lot more people out walking as couples, walking dogs, walking with kids and riding bicycles in groups.
    Most of Austin is far more spread out than Asian and European cities, so this is completely safe and sanctioned activity.
    Here we see a hidden cost of high-density living, which community planners have been pushing for decades.
    High density occupation is the perfect culture medium for dread contagion. If everybody goes outside the apartment in Wuhan, everybody is mingling in the street in close proximity. There are only some areas of central Austin with dense apartment blocks, of fairly recent construction. I’m concerned about those big, dense apartment blocks and dormitories.
    Suburban layout is far safer for social distancing.
    Vegetable gardening is the ideal activity in suburban quarantine, where you are good to walk the dog and ride your bike.
    It’s funny. All employees are now routed into People’s Clinic through the vegetable garden I keep, into the downstairs kitchen-break area, where we get temperature screened before starting work. I intend to post to everybody to grab the sugar-snap peas and gobble them. Delicious, at their prime, and each one untouched-by-human-hands.

    Here at home, the birds and pill-bugs have taken all of the cucumber sprouts I planted last week. I’ve just planted again, and planted some beans in there to be decoys for the hungry critters.
    I hope it works.

    1. Godless Nihilist Avatar
      Godless Nihilist

      Walking outside sounds great except the AQI where I live is spiking to 250+, hazardous to breath. Can’t open windows or go outside without an N95 mask. I’ve been wearing an N95 mask outside for two years and going out without it would be like walking outside without pants. Air pollution kills 7 million people prematurely each year so the COVID-19 virus has a lot of catching up to do.

  6. I listened to it! Well done, you’re doing a great job.

    Next subject: why doesn’t everyone think the same way —as us, I mean?

  7. Michel Bélisle Avatar
    Michel Bélisle

    This epidemic is suspicious because it looks like a gift to the wealthy ruling elites because it is becoming harder for people to gather together. So, no more protests. No more opposition to a society based on money and profits instead of being based upon the needs of the people.

    Another sign that we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus because it shows we live in a violent society similar to the days of Noah:

    “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

    I pray the Rosary to hasten the return of Jesus because I do have seen enough of all the bs.

  8. “The Great Influenza” by John M Barry on the Woody Wilson caused pandemic. After winning the 1916 election on the KEPT US OUT OF WAR platform, Woody was desperate to butcher as many inductees as possible. He refused to quarantine, and prosecuted reporting on the pandemic as ANTIWAR propaganda. For a brief summary of events, see….
    “1918 Spanish Flu History Documentary” by Chromosome8 on TheirTube

  9. Good to hear so much laughing! 🙂

  10. Michel Bélisle Avatar
    Michel Bélisle

    What is depressing is to see the wealthy ruling elites which cannot wait for the epidemic to end to return to “business as usual”.

    There is nothing that can convince them to change the course and maybe model the society the way the “Utopians” live in Sir Thomas More’s famous book “Utopia”, i.e. a society based upon the needs of the people instead of being based upon money and profits.

    Even trials cannot change the mindset of those people. Truly it is the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because He is the Only One who can end all the bs.

    1. “There is nothing that can convince them to change the course”
      Never forget that millions of angry people can change the world. In fact, its the only thing that has.

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