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It is Spring the weather is nice and it makes it easier to stay home when I can sit in the garden and enjoy the Spring….and some cheese and fruit….maybe a glass of wine as well.

Time for the Old Professor to venture around the world and give my readers locked in their homes some entertainment.

The first bit is from New Orleans……the city has become point zero now and a son of the city has stepped up….Drew Brees…..

Nice to see a player giving back to the city and state that has supported him for decades.

Next….you have seen those vacuum ads from Dyson, right?  Well the man behind the item has designed a ventilator to be used for virus treatments and it only took 10 days….

British company Dyson — best known for its sleek vacuum cleaners — has announced it has designed a new ventilator called the “CoVent” in just ten days, according to CNN, to help the UK treat coronavirus patients.

The company is planning to produce 15,000 ventilators to help fight the pandemic, 5,000 of which will be donated to other countries.

“A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world,” company founder James Dyson wrote in an open letter, as quoted by CNN.

I have been told that Dyson will do anything he must to get a knighthood…..this could well be the ticket.

I am waiting for American manufacturers to step up voluntarily….so far they want free money before they go to work…..

The virus hysteria has caused a shortage of toilet paper and there is a new invention that could do away with the need for TP…….altogether…….

While the United States is often at the forefront of many trends, it still lags behind the rest of the world in some respects. And one example is the country’s strange reluctance to embrace the bidet toilet seat. Perhaps due to curious culture reasons that probably date back to the Mayflower, Americans still depend on dry and often substandard toilet paper for bathroom needs. Not only is traditional toilet paper harder on our bodies, it’s also harder on the environment. But with toilet paper being a little bit more of a concern these days, it might be time for the country to get on board with the bidet – and there’s no better way for us to do it than with a Tushy bidet toilet seat.

Rightie journo Rush has weighed in on what he thinks of Trump’s health team……

Far-right talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, like President Donald Trump, has been a frequent source of nonsense during the coronavirus crisis: on his February 24 show, he equated COVID-19 with “the common cold.” And on Friday, the 69-year-old Limbaugh argued that health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cannot be trusted because they are part of “the Deep State” and have an anti-Trump agenda.

In audio that Media Matters has posted on its website, embedded above, Limbaugh can be heard on Friday telling listeners, “We’ve talked about the Deep State all these years since Trump was elected — the Trump-Russia collusion, the FBI — well, the Deep State extends very deeply. And the American people did not elect a bunch of health experts that we don’t know. We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know.”

Nice….we have not heard from the floating Fat Man for awhile…I guess he got tired of others making news and he had go come out with something as stupid as the president he tries to defend.

Just a few thoughts that could help lift one out of the cabin fever of this virus……

A parting cartoon…..or two……



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

Be well….Be Safe…..

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Empress Irene

While sheltering in place….why not learn something?

It is the weekend and I have been dealing (like everyone else) with the virus stuff that I think my readers need to know……but after all it is women’s history month so I will give some of women of history that are seldom mentioned…….this time it is Empress Irene.


She was the empress of the Byzantines ………

Known for: sole Byzantine emperor, 797 – 802; her rule gave the Pope the excuse to recognize Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor; convened the 7th Ecumenical Council (2nd Council of Nicaea), restoring icon veneration in the Byzantine Empire

Occupation: empress consort, regent and co-ruler with her son, ruler in her own right
Dates: lived about 752 – August 9, 803, ruled as co-regent 780 – 797, ruled in her own right 797 – October 31, 802
Also known as Empress Irene, Eirene (Greek)

Background, Family:

  • from a noble Athenian family
  • uncle: Constantine Sarantapechos
  • husband: Emperor Leo IV the Khazar (January 25, 750 – September 8, 780); married December 17, 769, son of Constantine V Copronymus who arranged the marriage and his first wife Irene of Khazaria. Part of the Isaurian (Syrian) dynasty ruling the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • one child: Constantine VI (January 14, 771 – about 797 or before 805), emperor 780 – 797

We always hear about the strong men of this empire but seldom anything about the women…..and Irene is one that should be mentioned more…..

Empress Irene was the wife of Leo IV and, on her husband’s death, she reigned as regent for her son Constantine VI from 780 to 790 CE. From 797 to 802 CE she ruled as emperor in her own right, the first woman to do so in Byzantine history. During her lacklustre reign, Irene ruthlessly schemed and plotted to keep the throne she would lose and regain three times, but she is chiefly remembered for restoring the Christian veneration of icons, which her predecessors of the Isaurian dynasty had sought so vehemently to repress. Even this seemingly pious campaign was really only a means for Irene to defeat her enemies and keep power. The Empress’ gold coins reveal much of her duplicitous character for, uniquely, they carried a portrait of herself on both sides

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Pandemics In History

It is the weekend and I thought that a short history of the pandemic through the ages might give some small perspective to my readers that are at home and protecting themselves.

These things seem to have been with us for a very long time….if so then maybe we cannot blame some conspiracy with the reason.

The History of Pandemics by Death Toll

The Plague….but today we call it a pandemic……who started this “reporting” on the results of these pandemics….

The word ‘plague’, in defining a lethal epidemic, was coined by the physician Galen (l. 130-210 CE) who lived through the Antonine Plague (165 – c. 180/190 CE) but the disease was recorded long before in relating the affliction of the Plague of Athens (429-426 BCE) which killed many of the city’s inhabitants, including the statesman Pericles (l. 495-429 BCE). Plagues certainly may have existed prior to the Athenian outbreak – and almost certainly did – but most studies of the epidemic begin with Athens as it is the first recorded by an eyewitness and survivor, the historian Thucydides (l. 460/455 – 399/398 BCE). Plagues are routinely named either for the person who reported them, the monarch at the time of the outbreak, the region afflicted, or by an epithet as in the case of the Black Death.–medieval-world/

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If you are sheltering in place and are reading this blog….I think you and hopefully I have been of some small help.

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