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  1. You -could- find a revolver there, but that was confirmed as a bug. Edit: Meaning the revolver in HRV. Edit2: You actually still can find 2 revolver shells on a body there, but that's most likely a bug as well.
  2. Trying to put as little judgement in this as possible .... I'm not sure people are aware what kind of offence it is to the Chinese to even admit the existence of Taiwan as an indenpendent state. And without agreeing or not agreeing with the Chinese, the West has made itself overly dependent of China when it comes everything that has to do with money. So I guess you will be hard pressed to find a politician that isn't Trump (again, without agreeing or disagreeing with his person, his agenda or his political stances) that will openly admit that Taiwan is a defacto independent state. So if the WHO is undermined by the Chinese or not is rather ineffectual in this very question, because even if they weren't (again: not saying they are or aren't) they would probably be very wary to avoid a diplomatic incident with the arguably economically most important national entity on earth. And like it or not, China is the arguably third most significant military power on the planet, so significant in fact, that there is no winnable war with them for anyone, so of course people will tiptoe around something that could potentially lead to a diplomatic incident. That makes it no surprise that while it would be obvious to point fingers at the Communist Party of China as the root cause of the Pandemic, especially considering there is evidence they knew of this at the 18th of December 2019, possibly earlier ... nobody is doing that... except the Trump administration. Now, overstating it, I will not comment if I believe what the current United States administration is doing is right or wrong, and especially not if what the United States head of state is doing is right or wrong. But one must admit that it fits the previous agenda of reducing China's influence on the global and especially United States economy. And it probably fits that amidst of supporters of this agenda voices can be heard loud and clear that do raise suspicion towards national entities and international organisiation that do not align with this agenda. If for good reason or not I again will not comment on. However, I want to emphasize how especially "truth" has become a very blurry topic over the past few years, more than it already was, to which there is no single reason, but rather a multitude of social and technological developments that have furthered this process, and parties on either side of the political spectrum are increasingly taking advantage of that. I guess my TL;DR is that if something seems obvious it probably isn't, that everyone has an agenda and interests to protect, that voicing your own opinion is something people in positions of power can't simply do, and that probably nobody out there is telling you truth, the whole truth and cetainly not nothing but the truth. If you dig deep enough you will be eventually able to present "evidence" for everything - which makes it almost impossible to prove ... anything. Edit: I agree with you that politics and business don't mix well and should be kept seperate if possible. If a company openly aligns themselves with a political stance, that's fair game, and I see this happening with alarming frequency. I also agree that the WHO is a controversial topic and has continued to be for a long time now. However, supporting the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund is something that I find hard to be linked to a political agenda, as what the WHO (allegedly) is doing with that money is directly aimed at combatting the pandemic regardless of nation or agenda of that nation. If that is really what is happenening with that money is something hard to verify, but I'm not sure if it is Hinterland's obligation to avoid apparently charitable initiatives of organisations that in part may or may not align with a foreign agenda. However I'm inclined to think that such things are better aimed at smaller, local organisations that are easier to verify, and do not act in a very bumpy global theatre.
  3. @HotznOh, garnicht gewusst, dass du auch von hier bist ^^ I guess it would be hard to "enforce" a real curfew here. As it is enough people are calling to lift what "little" limitations we've got, and I would reckon we have nowhere the law enforment capacity to actually make that work without public support. And my brother has been reporting of packs of people walking through the city, passing cops, and nobody said anything. I just hope this doesn't come back to bite us. But I guess panic would be a heartbeat away if cops would start arresting people for being. Although, if numbers are to be believed, things are looking a bit up here with new confirmed infections taking a serious downturn over the past 3 days. Then again .... I'm far from a sigh of relief since usually numbers don't particularly lie, but it's hard to get any truth out of them, either, especially since I personally know people that show symptoms that smell a lot like Covid-19, but there simply aren't enough tests in the wild to get everyone tested. So it might as well be exhausted test capacities that cause this downturn. We'll see. So, yeah. None the wiser. Although I'm amazed you saw some of the mythical and elusive toilet paper in the wild. Here (small town in the middle of Hannover and Hildesheim) people start actually helping out each other since whatever get's into store is gone 5 minutes later. The Rewe (big grocery chain here in Germany) here is actually selling toilet paper under the counter to people they know. Which sounds wise. I've literally seen people with number plates definitely not local stuff 5 packs into their cars, when there already were 10 packs in there when this whole toilet paper crisis took off. @Jeffery Simpson To keep in contact with friends is good advice. We're social animals, some more some less, but (almost) nobody is an island, and it actually helps to comminicate and reflect your worries with and to somebody else. Much more than we are aware when social interaction is something not as short in supply as it is these days. I've actually got quite an interesting story about that. A former friend and later girlfriend of mine (a much younger self at some point fully expected to merry one day) and I didn't part on the best of terms for various reasons. Since the whole crisis started we've been back in contact again, after half decade of not exchanging a word, and over a decade after "breaking up", and I guess it's been good for us both. Not just to clean up the mess we left with each other, but also to have someone familiar to talk to that knows and understands you, and while I'm very happy with my family today, I was fondly remembered why we had been actually very good friends once - and maybe could be again. Without this whole mess, who knows if we actually would have every talked to each other again.
  4. Honestly ... I can drink a cold refreshing beverage at any time of the year. I know my 25% of slavic ancestory might scoff at this, but I'm German after all. But, syke, today it even snowed. Literally out of the blue, since we were enjoying very sunny days until now. And yes, Kimchi is something everyone should at least try. As an update to how we're (my extended family as I'm sharing a freakishly big house with my brother and his kids, and we also got my mom and dad here) holding up: It's fine, it really is. My brother is the only one having to head out for work as my parents are retired, my wife is a student - and her University has closed shop like any other - and I'm working from home most of the time anyways. It's actually funny how for me not a whole lot has changed. I still got my everydays routine - get up at 4, breakfast (which I am eating as I write this), workout, take a walk, shower at 6, get the kid up at 7, make him some breakfast, have a good morning call with my boss, getting on the same page about today's goals. The first difference is that my boy ain't going to Kindergarten at 8, and I have to entertain him a bit. Work starts at 9, and somewhere around that time my wife gets up (students .... ) and cares for the kid while doing some research, and I plot away my 6 to 9 hours, depending on how much there is to do and how urgent it is (I don't have actual working hours as in 9 to 5, I just... well... work), and that's kinda it. After work I take a bit of time for my son to give my wife an hour or two to take a breather, and around 9pm I bring the little one to bed and usually hit the pillows as well - as I normally would. I understand a lot of people are going mad, and I can undestand how breaking your own routine can do that to you. Being used to go to work, get your coffee at the bakery and head into office, talking to colleagues and meeting up with friends afterwards is something deeply embedded in a lot of people, especially "younger" folks like me. Having all of that break away from one day to the other I can only imagine can be quite hard. My wife is holding up fine, as she is used to doing a lot of work at home between semesters (she's a history graduate student, so most of what her work implies is reading and writing a lot), and my son is sorta fine as well. He's 6 and due to go to school this summer, so all of this only adds to him already being a bit tense about that. Worst part for him is not being able to see his friends (and his girlfriend...), and despite all the toys he's got it gets boring eventually. My brother got it worst since he actually has to head out to work and leave the kids with my mom during the day, which is actually quite the strain on my mother who's 25 years out of practice when it comes to dealing with small children (they are 1 and 3). Supply wise we're exceptionally well prepared as you can imagine it's rather unlikely that something runs out in the storages of three combined households, and we've got so much space to store things we probably could start our own store if we wanted to. We're limiting shopping tours to once a week, simply going by the rule of thumb to pack twice of what we think we need, without depleting anything of the things that are scarce so that other people can get theirs as well. And that works out surprisingly well, and I actually intend to keep this kind of planning, even after the crisis. But there are also not-so-great news as my wife has the first cases in her family with her aunt and her husband falling ill to this disease. They are fine so far and able to stay at home, but they are in their late 50's, so some concern is implied. Also we've got new cases around town, one I pretty much know since I'm a kid, a former work colleage of my father's who's in his early 70s by now, but he seems fine, and I'd be surprised if after all he's been through in his life he's going to let a petty virus take him down. That guy would outrun me every day of the week. But it makes all of this all the more real if you can put faces and names to this. What's really worrysome for me is how many people just don't get it, still go out, still meet in parks, still have parties at home, and with no sign of seeing the end of this parts of the public are already calling to end the curfews. You see .... everyone is shocked and full of sympathy when a plane crashes or a train derails and there are hundreds of lives lost, and rightfully so. But if we here in Germany would just let that run wild, even just implying a mortality rate of 2% and the infection basically dying out at 70% saturation .... we're still talking roughly 120 thousand dead people, and a lot of people don't seem to care. It is already staggering to imagine a room full of people that died. It is impossible to imagine a football stadium packed under the roof with people that died, let alone 2 or 3 of those. But that's the magnitude we're talking about just in Germany. There's something in the heads of people that just choses to ignore things this preposterous. As in if they cannot imagine it, it doesn't make it to become a real thing for them. Anyways, stay safe. 🙂
  5. Well, I still chuckle everytime when I realize they made the best open world survival game pretty much ever ... by accident
  6. @Dum_GenIt takes a bit to get a hang of it, but that's actually very good advice. Thinking of it .... I should get my own jar going again. Every bit of selfsustainablity might turn out valuable. Plus "Sourdough" bread is actually pretty tasty. Throw in some seeds, almost whatever you've got on hand will work: rye, spelt, sunflower, especially pumpkin .... and you've got a healthy, whole bread that has a taste of it's own. I've even used stuff like raw carrot slices, walnuts, macadamias and almonds, and if you've got a sweet tooth even raisins will work. The good thing about whole bread .... it's like a whole meal. By throwing in seeds or nuts you get a good amount of fibers, protein and fats, opposed to basically just carbohydrates as in white bread. So it's actually not just tasty, it also has much better nutritional value. Damn, I could go on about that stuff forever. Sorry. ^^ Also, if you feel the need to MacGyver together a cold, very mildy (<2%) alcoholic beverage to refresh yourself in isolation, I recommend to give this a watch: And yeah, it works like that It's actually surprsingly platable and lifts the spirit. Not sure if it's legal in the US or Canada, but since it isn't distilled .... I guess it should be fine. But don't take my word for it and look up your local regulations concerning homebrewing alcoholic beverages.
  7. @kristaokWhat makes me shiver is the amount of food that will go to waste. People are buying flour by the dozen, but have no idea how to store it long term. I've seen a dude packing 120 liters, that's like 30 gallons, of milk. Unless he's like a serious milk addict half of that will turn sour before he gets to it, even if it's that milk that keeps for like 4 months. Bread, there is literally no bread on the shelves. Not a big deal for me, I've been baking bred every other day for years back in uni (yeast for some reason is no problem here). But I can just imagine how much of that will turn green and blue before they eat it. Meat, people buy tons of meat, and I can only expect people putting it into cold storage, and we all know how that turns out eventually. Again, not a big deal for me being a vegetarian, but man. There are things you can just buy and forget about, and they are still good when you find them a year later. Lentils, rice, noddles, jelly, peanut butter, canned stuff in general ... keeps forever. Nuts will keep as well, if they are sealed and dry. I don't feel bad for "oversupplying" with that for now, because, except maybe noodles .... those things really aren't in great demand, so I'm not depriving anyone of stuff they need. If anything The Long Dark has told me to keep track of what I have and when it goes bad so I can eat it before that happens. But I'm not sure my neighbors are as adept with that. Another subsequently emerging crisis this brought along here: There are welfare organisiations giving out food here. They usually give out what surplus the supermarkets have. I'm sure there are similar things at your places, too. Well .... right now there isn't much if any surplus. So those organisations have closed shop not just because of curfews, but because they don't get anything they could give away. So a lot of people that live on welfare here, many of which to some degree are dependent on those food giveaways ..... are quite screwed, if you excuse my French, and there is no plan to compensate for that. Although it has to be stated that German welfare is very generous compared to what, for example, most states in the US offer, so I can only assume that what's a problem here is much exaggerated elsewhere.
  8. I tried to get hold of a pack of flour for pancakes. I was promised one for tomorrow morning, under the counter. It's not like there is a general food shortage, at least here, just a stupidly excessive demand in things people think they will excessively need. If you can work around a few things (like sunflower oil, which is also basically out of stock permanently) you're fine. You just don't get to buy everything you want every day. But usually the day after. Btw I'm predicting toilet paper to be the no. 1 shelf warmer whenever this is over. For anyone interested: I'm living in a small rural town near Hannover (Lower Saxony), hardly ten thousand souls. We've had our first three confirmed cases this week, a dozen or so in actual isolation. The people living here are in good spirits up front, but you can see it seep into them with every day passing, as everyone is more and more realising that this really is happening, even those that called hoax on this, even those that were adamant that this is just like the flu. The most worrying part, in my opinion, is that you just don't get to see a doctor here anymore, even if you actually need one.
  9. Surprise turnaround! CHANGELIST v1.81 HIGHLIGHTS Added moving rocks.
  10. While I'm not sure I'd call it the definitive guide, that Video is more than just a good starting point. Overall since they made sure wolves don't attack you while timelapsed near a fire..... I'm actually rather happy with how wolves turned out. But I would still support the OP idea simply to allow people that play on consoles or with less hand-eye-talent to keep playing the game. Especially with the emphasis on stones being able to aim has become a bit more important.
  11. Hu! I guess your 5700 (XT?) is enough for 4K? I mean TLD isn't "that" demanding, after all.
  12. I'm with you there. 😉 Although my cat is getting constantly more annoyed since I started checking if he's alive in his box more often than usual. Also: I confess I stockpiled even more R'amen than usual. (It's kinda my personal religion, I guess). As far as I understand it's that what's costing Italy hard these days. Since Leeman, which hit them pretty hard already roughly 10 years ago, they scaled back their medical facilities and supply capacities to somewhat 40% of what they had before as part of the national effort to stay within European financial guidelines. And that's a rather dangerous game. I recently had a conversation where I compared it to a cruise ship that is cutting costs by reducing the life boats and stops maintaining life vests. You don't actually notice it that much until you start sinking, but then it becomes dire real quick. I sincerely hope that we will come out of this wiser than we went into it, but hope goes only so far, and I'm rather certain that once the worst is behind us, the people from accounting will start taking the reigns again, and with the economic damage already done possibly even start making the same mistakes again, but in overdrive. And yeah, that "Kurzgesagt" Video really pinpoints it very well. Those people make great videos in general.
  13. @JimmyHang in there buddy. And yeah, I hope they will be okay, too. I must admit since my last post things don't look up. We in Europe caught this earlier than you folks over the pond, but at least Germany seems to ease into a "controlled disaster" rather than uncontrollable chaos. Other countries fared even better, but with Spain and especially Italy we've got neighbors that took a devastating blow, and the damage is something nobody dares to even estimate right now, both to the people and the economy. We're not the United States of Europe, but I hope we Europeans will help each other pick up the pieces, eventually. We just have to. But things in North America seem dire as well, maybe even more so, and I can't help but catch myself uttering a silent prayer every once in a while when I bring myself to read the international news. I really do hope each and every one of you, and your families, too, will get through this unscaved. And there really isn't much more anyone can say right now other than wishing everyone the best. I'm still confident we as a people will get through this, and I stand by my statement that "we" in our collective histories have faced far worse, but I guess I can say with the same confidence that most of us here on the forums haven't seen anything this severe in their lifetime. And you don't get to say such things very often. So, yeah, hang in there, everyone. Take care, of yourself, your significant others and your neighbors. May whatever spiritual entity you believe or don't believe in keep you sheltered.
  14. That's kinda.... the same with a dead rabbit, not? Anyways, I somewhat like the idea.