A Final Sunday Thought–Masks

In these dark days of the Covid-19 invasion the need for adequate face masks in a necessity and yet they are almost nowhere to be found…..so as a FYI for my readers I will help if possible.

This is a no-sew face mask and is easy as pie……I am sure since there is a shortage most people have taken to the internet to find out what they can do…..but in case some readers are still in the dark I thought I could help……

This should help until supplies become available for the rest of us….

Be Calm…..Avoid Crowds….Wash hands often…..Stay Prepared……

Be Well….Be Safe……

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Will Those That Pray Together Die Together?

In this time of need and this time of separation there are a few states that are letting their residents meet and pass their germs from one to another.

I know what the Hell am I going on about, right?

I am talking about the irresponsibility of religious leaders…..like these…..

Then there is Franklin Graham….a slug from the get-go…..

Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

“Well, I don’t think it’s God’s plan for this to happen,” Graham said.

“It’s because of the sin that’s in the world, judge,” he argued.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/watch-franklin-graham-tells-jeanine-pirro-coronavirus-pandemic-is-because-of-people-sinning/

I have NO use for parasites such as these “leaders”……These fools should be charged with Criminal Endangerment….

There are a few states that exempt religious gatherings from the separation orders that all of us are suppose to be honoring…..

Florida is among several states issuing orders for people to avoid leaving their homes but granting certain exemptions for religious services over concerns that forcing houses of worship to close would violate the constitutional right to religious freedom.

Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia have also allowed some exemption for religious services.

Other states with stay-at-home orders, such as Virginia and Maryland, are requiring places of worship to limit in-person services to 10 people to comply with bans on large gatherings while adhering to physical distancing measures. Many houses of worship across the country have voluntarily ceased holding public services.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490908-florida-other-states-allowing-church-services-during-coronavirus

I have no problem with people needing spiritual help….but not at the expense of the health of us all……

Personally, anyone that ignored the separation orders that tests positive should be fined heavily and those religious leaders that promoted these people to violate the order should be fined heavily as well and a mandatory prison term of 1 year…..no exceptions….no excuses…..

People that need others to pray with them have NO spiritual connection….they just need to be around others not that the religion has a whole lot to do with it.

This is another one of those WTF moments that I go on about…..no accounting for stupid…..you just cannot fix stupid.

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Death Of MLK, Jr

An important day in American history was basically ignored.  I realize that history is the furthest thing from most people’s minds…..but some of it is just too important….

The virus is sucking all the knowledge out of the days…yesterday we overlooked an important day….a day we should never forget…..the assassination of MLK. Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, an event that sent shock waves reverberating around the world. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights movement since the mid-1950s, using a combination of impassioned speeches and nonviolent protests to fight segregation and achieve significant civil rights advances for African Americans. His assassination led to an outpouring of anger among black Americans, as well as a period of national mourning that helped speed the way for an equal housing bill that would be the last significant legislative achievement of the civil rights era.

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr-assassination

Further Reading:

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/assassination-martin-luther-king-jr

This day should never be pushed aside…no matter the crisis….MLK’s memory is too important to the nation to be marginalized for any reason.

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A New Side Effect–Snitching!

This virus has given us bloggers lots to write about…..the horrible responses…the lack of equipment….the shortages in food and stuff….lots to write about.

There is one aspect that is a by-product of the shelter in place orders all over the country……that aspect is SNITCHING on neighbors…..

Reminds me of the days of the Nazis when neighbors snitched on their friends…..and kids snitched on their parents……or maybe the KGB tactic of employing snitches……anyway we now have our own brand of snitches.

Time calls it “a snitching epidemic.” Slate calls it “when petty neighbors become the social distancing police.” Others think it’s precisely what is needed. As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe, neighbors are increasingly tattling on neighbors or local businesses violating social distancing rules. The AP rounds up a number of stories of businesses—bars, a yoga studio, a golf course—that were forcibly shut down, cited, or even saw owners arrested after someone informed the cops they were violating orders for non-essential businesses. And it notes that in some cities, authorities are actually patrolling the streets, neighborhoods, parks, or recreational areas on the lookout for violators. More on the COVID-19 tattletale phenomenon:

  • Social media: At Slate, Heather Schwedel specifically calls out NextDoor and local Facebook groups, where posts wondering if “anything can be done” about groups of kids playing have become commonplace. The Washington Post also noted increased “shaming” on NextDoor, though both the Post and the New York Times say people have been offering up help on the site, too.
  • Around the US: Authorities in Newark, N.J., shut down 15 businesses in one night and cited 161 people for violating restrictions issued by the governor. Maryland State Police said they had so far conducted almost 6,600 business and crowd compliance checks. A Denver team had by Tuesday cited five businesses that tried (and failed) to claim they were essential, and warned more than 600 other businesses and individuals while canvassing the area. States including Kentucky and New Jersey have set up hotlines for people to call in reports of violators. State police in Colorado and Michigan had to resort to asking residents to stop calling 911 with questions about the virus and associated guidelines.
  • It’s not just about social distancing: In California, some Coachella Valley police departments have received 911 calls from people concerned their neighbors’ loud coughs might be the virus, the Desert Sun reports.
  • Taking matters into their own hands: A Maine sheriff’s office is investigating a man’s claim that his neighbors felled a tree and blocked his road to keep residents of the home from leaving because the neighbors believed they may have COVID-19.
  • Opinions: Some columnists, like Kevin Manahan at NJ.com, are fully in favor of the neighborly snitching. “I have an important message for neighborhood busybodies across the state: Do your job!” he writes. “Peek from the curtains. Peer from the blinds. Call the police. … If you see something, say something.” Others, like Jeff Charles at Red State, are decidedly on the other side. He calls the trend “annoying,” irritating, intrusive, and potentially dangerous.”
  • What’s to come? Charles notes, “The last thing we need is a cultural paradigm shift towards an environment in which individuals run to Big Brother whenever they see someone else seemingly breaking the rules. … This trend will likely create a similar societal atmosphere to that which one experiences in countries under the rule of totalitarian governments. When one has to fear being turned in by one’s neighbor, it’s only a matter of time before Americans grow even more divided.”
  • Quite a change: At the Week, Jeva Lange notes that this type of snitching is something typically expected of a so-called “Karen.” Not so anymore. “Americans are increasingly emboldened to protect their communities, taking a ‘Wall of Shame’ approach to posting photos and videos of strangers on social media who break the rules.”
  • Et tu, dude? At Beach Grit, surfer Chas Smith bemoaned the fact that many surfers took to social media to post pictures of other surfers congregating too closely on the beach or in the water—and many beaches ended up getting shut down. “Surfer fingers pointed in sneering, paternal derision? Wild.”
  • Not just a US trend: The BBC reported last week that a UK police department was getting “dozens and dozens” of calls a day from concerned neighbors. Residents are allowed just one form of exercise per day, and the police chief says, “We are getting calls from people who say ‘I think my neighbor is going out on a second run—I want you to come and arrest them.'” The AP notes Spain has arrested almost 2,000 people and fined more than 230,000, sometimes with help from so-called “balcony police” taking photos or videos of violators. And a police website set up in New Zealand for the public to report violators crashed when too many people tried to get on at once.
  • On a semi-related note, the Atlantic points out what it calls “the social distancing culture war”: Oftentimes it’s those on the left more willing to abide by social distancing rules and those on the right who are not.

What’s the old saying…”Snitches get stitches”…..

Please…what do you thinking of this snitching thing?

And then there is the “shaming” thing that is so popular on social media…..stuff like body shaming…..now it has invaded the virus news as well……

Bella Lamilla was hospitalized in terrible shape, but did she know what others were saying? One hopes not. “It was ugly,” says her great-nephew. “It hurt a lot.” That’s because Lamilla, Ecuador’s “patient zero,” was ripped apart on social media for contracting the coronavirus—one of several known incidents of COVID-19 patients being shamed, castigated, or abused because they fell ill, the AP reports. In Haiti, an orphanage was stoned after a Belgian volunteer tested positive; in Indonesia, a professional dancer was unfairly accused of selling herself after she got sick; in India, the Guardian reports, doctors were evicted by landlords who feared they might infect other tenants. And psychologists say this dark side of human behavior is nothing new.

“Illness is one of the fundamental fears humans have been dealing with their entire evolution,” says a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis. “It’s not really surprising they would be hostile toward someone they believe is responsible for bringing illness into their community.” That must be cold comfort for Lamilla’s family, who self-quarantined after she fell ill on a plane-ride home and was soon intubated, unconscious, at a hospital. “How irresponsible,” one Facebook user said of photos feting her recent return. Lamilla and one of her sisters both died of the illness, leaving her family to grieve in quarantine. “Patient zero didn’t create the virus,” says a family member. “She never knew she had it.”

Sadly human nature can be so ugly and dark at times of confusion…….

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Kiss Me…I’m Irish

Something to think about while you are held up like a bank robber waiting for the all clear.

That line becomes popular, very popular, at least once a year….on 17 March or St. Patrick’s Day……and we have a long history of the Celts and Irish on the island.

You might be Irish but you are not Celtic.

But some recent research has shown that the Irish are not all that Celtic……

The chance discovery of ancient bones under an Irish pub in County Antrim in the mid-2000s has cast doubt over whether Irish people are actually related to the ancient Celts at all. 

In 2006, Bertie Currie was clearing land to make a driveway for McCuaig’s Bar on Rathlin Island off Antrim when he noticed a large, flat stone buried beneath the surface.

Currie realized that there was a large gap underneath the stone and investigated further. 

“I shot the torch in and saw the gentleman, well, his skull and bones,” Currie told the Washington Post. 

He eventually found the remains of three humans and immediately called the police

Instead, Irish ancestors may have come to Ireland from the Bible lands in the Middle East. They might have arrived in Ireland from the South Meditteranean and would have brought cattle, cereal, and ceramics with them. 

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/ancient-bones-irish-celts

Fascinating!

Another cultural find that may have originated in the Middle East….one pet peeve…..please stop calling them Bible lands…there was more history before that era….stop trying to prove things that do not exist…..use events to prove your beliefs not beliefs to try and prove events.

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Saturday Randomness

The Shelter in place is still the rule of the day….and by now most Americans have their opinions on the virus and its situations….whether right or wrong…..so I want to lighten up the mood for those that are starting to suffer from “cabin fever”…..after all I do try to be a FYI blog when I can.

Some random thoughts that made me smile and hopefully they will do the same for you….

First there is something leaking out ur anus……

NASA scientists digging back through decades-old data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft have made an eyebrow-raising discovery: Something appeared to have been sucking Uranus’ atmosphere out into space.

When Voyager 2 flew past Uranus in 1986, it seems to have passed through something called a plasmoid — a gigantic blob of plasma, essentially — that escaped Uranus and likely pulled a giant gassy cloud of the planet’s fart-like atmosphere along with it, Space.com reports.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/something-leaking-out-uranus

A fart story is always a smile getter….

This thought is for my male readers (sorry ladies)……

It seems that those feminists back in the 60s and 70s may have been onto something by burning all those bras…..

Wearing a bra does more harm than good – it does nothing to reduce back pain and weakens the muscles that hold up the breasts, resulting in greater breast sagging, Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon, France, reported after a 15-year study.

Rouillon says that the main conclusion from the preliminary results of his “marathon experiment” is that the bra is a false necessity.

In an interview with France Info (radio), Professor Rouillon said:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259073#1

Ever come face to face with one of those burning questions of life?  Like is there a God?  Why are we here?  Stuff like that……well there is another question that needs answering….do astronauts jerk off in space?

And would you know I have an answer for you…….

“While we expect our employees to behave in a professional manner at all times, their personal lives are their own unless it begins to directly affect their job performance.” 

This was the official statement I received from NASA’s media relations team at Johnson Space Center, following a handful of politely persistent emails on the subject of whether astronauts masturbate in space. While it’s hardly the Neil Armstrong dick pics I was hoping to get, it’s still surprisingly forthcoming for the notoriously conservative NASA — it seems, in fact, to be about as direct as they’ve ever been on the subject, since they normally ignore or flatly rebuff any media questions on sex or sexuality. (“I’m amazed that they acknowledged this at all,” a physician who’s worked with NASA tells me.)

But NASA’s stand, then, is basically, “if it doesn’t interfere with their work, it’s cool,” which certainly seems to acknowledge that masturbation in space does exist. This aligns with other clues the public has gotten over the years on the subject: In a pretty spectacular Men’s Health interview with retired Air Force Colonel Mike Mullane, the former astronaut admitted that, thanks to the way blood flows in the absence of gravity, he would occasionally “wake up from sleep periods and I had a boner that I could have drilled through kryptonite.” 

Do Astronauts Jerk Off in Space?

Another burning question of life answered.

One final thought concerning the virus and the use of bleach…..

Recent incident of sanitising a group of workers in UP’s Bareilly district has sparked a debate on the use of a chemical, sodium hypochlorite, as disinfectant.

Commonly known as bleach, sodium hypochlorite is mostly used for surface purification, bleaching, odour removal and water disinfection according to a latest report by the Free Press Journal.

In another video doing the rounds on social media, officials in Kerala could be seen spraying soap solution on a group of people.

https://www.thequint.com/coronavirus/covid-19-lockdown-no-proof-bleach-can-be-used-as-disinfectant-on-humans-expert

Be Well…Be Safe…..

Remain calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often…..stay prepared…..

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Toilet Paper–Rest Of The Story

The weekends I try to become an FYI blog…..some things need to be explained….and Toilet Paper is one of those things in gthis time of extreme need.

One of the biggest stories of this pandemic crisis is the fact that Toilet Paper is hard to find…..so we are hoarding the stuff…..but why?

A better question is what brought on the hoarding stuff anyway…..I mean this virus does not give one any symptom that would require lots of TP….so what is the rest of the story?

Haters love to blame “hoarders” and “panic buyers” for the lack of toilet paper on store shelves and to decry the “irrationality” of people who rushed stores to stock up amid the coronavirus pandemic. But at Medium, Will Oremus explains the truth lies elsewhere. Yes, there were some who panic-bought, especially when pictures of empty shelves hit social media. But the vast majority of people are not hoarding TP. Here’s the simple reality: With at least three-quarters of the United States under stay-at-home orders, people will legitimately need more toilet paper (one estimate pegs it at 40% more) because they’re not using bathrooms at work, school, and restaurants these days.

Commercial and consumer toilet paper aren’t the same thing: The former comes on supersize rolls, is thin, and is shipped in bulk. And they often aren’t made in the same mills. Now there’s “a huge leap in demand for a product”—that would be consumer toilet paper—”whose supply chain is predicated on the assumption that demand is essentially constant.” If you’re thinking commercial makers should just switch gears, Oremus explains the problem: “Shifting to retail channels would require new relationships and contracts between suppliers, distributors, and stores; different formats for packaging and shipping; new trucking routes—all for a bulky product with lean profit margins.” Investing in that shift likely wouldn’t be worth it, because those manufacturers would have to flip back when this is all over. (Read the full piece for more on how there’s a similar issue with bananas.)

Does that help clarify why we have a shortage in toilet paper?

Speaking of crappy situations……

Even during a global pandemic there is government waste to report. Here is a great example. The toilet system on two new, state-of-the-art Navy aircraft carriers is so crappy that it must be cleansed with specialized acids that cost American taxpayers a breathtaking $400,000 a flush. It may seem like a bad joke but, sadly, it is par for the course for many government agencies. The outrageous toilet expense is a snippet of a larger problem involving the Navy’s multi-billion-dollar budget to maintain its fleet. A new federal audit offers a break down by ship class and, while there are other highly questionable losses, the defective toilets appear to be in a class of their own.

Crappy Toilets on Navy’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Warships Cost $400,000 a Flush to Unclog

More taxpayer money flushed down the toilet….well if they actually worked that is……..

Remember….stay calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often…..stay prepared.

Be Well….Be Safe

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