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… 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, reports.

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:

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.

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… 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.

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The Pony Express

Yesterday, 03Apr, a day that should be remembered was overlooked in all the chaos and confusion around Covid-19….I am here to help solve that problem.

160 years ago a new mode of mail delivery began….it was the Pony Express…..a unique way of sending a letter West…..

Pony Express summary: Three men in the mid-1800s had an idea to open up a mail delivery system that reached from the Midwest all the way to California. The lack of speedy communication between the mid-west and the west was accentuated by the looming threat of a civil war. Russell, Waddell and Majors designed a system that spanned a number of over one hundred stations, each approximately two hundred forty miles long, across the country.

The Pony Express employed about eighty deliverymen and had around four hundred to five hundred horses to carry these riders from one post to the next. Monthly pay for these riders was fifty dollars, which were good wages at the time. Although this method of carrying mail was dangerous and difficult, all save one delivery made it to their destination.

This new way of mail delivery carried mail between Missouri and California in the span between ten and thirteen days, an astonishing speed for the time. Nineteen months after launching the Pony Express, it was replaced by the Pacific Telegraph line. The Pony Express was no longer needed. While it existed, the Pony Express provided a needed service but it was never quite the financial success it was hoped to be. The founders of the Pony Express line found that they were bankrupt.

Even though the Pony Express Company was no longer operating, its logo lived on when Wells Fargo purchased it and used it from 1866 until 1890 in their freight and stagecoach company.

Pony Express

There are a few things about the Pony Express that most Americans do not know….like there was a weight limit for riders……

As unique as the Pony Express seemed to be it was not the first to employ the use of riders to deliver the mail…….that privilege belong to the Persians in 500 BCE……..

In Ancient Persia, during the period of 550 BC to 521 BC, a true postal system was developed in Assyria. It is disputed whether it was Cyrus the Great or his successor Darius I, who was responsible. The postal system of Persia was operated by a series of stations. Each man would ride to the next station, where a fresh horse was waiting. When he reached the end of his shift, a fresh man would also be waiting, keeping the mail moving constantly towards its destination.

Early History of Postal Systems

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Navy Screw Up!

The Big Stick has a problem with the virus and the captain put it on a northerly course and asked for help to evac the crew.

It seems he, the captain, has run afoul of a Trumpian tool in the Secretary position…..and has lost his command……

The captain of a US aircraft carrier has lost his command after asking the Navy to let him evacuate crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus. Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the Navy, said Thursday that he gave the order to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier of his command, the Wall Street Journal reports. Crozier had written his superior officers asking for permission to remove ill crew members from the ship in Guam, where the USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked. It wasn’t possible to isolate ill patients on the ship, he said. The San Francisco Chronicle, Crozier’s hometown newspaper, saw a copy of the memo and reported it; Modly declined to say whether he thought Crozier leaked it but said that would violate Navy policy. Crozier did forward the memo to as many as 30 people, Modly said. President Trump said late Thursday that he didn’t agree with distributing the memo, “not even a little bit.”

Modly said Crozier, who had written his bosses that “sailors do not need to die,” had exercised poor judgment, per ABC. “I lost confidence in his ability to lead that warship as it continues to fight through this virus, get the crew healthy, so that it can continue to meet its national security requirements,” he said. Distributing the memo, Modly said, “was a completely unnecessary thing to do in the midst of a crisis.” The ship has nearly 5,000 personnel on board. Modley said Friday that 114 sailors had tested positive and that the number would climb, per NPR, “maybe in the hundreds.”

I think it is a dereliction of duty for this man to be removed…..he did what he thought was the best thing for the men and women under his command and to be treated like this by the Trump admin is just pathetic……and I am not alone…..

Veterans have spoken out against the decision to relieve the captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after he sent a letter to the Navy pleading for help after his ship was stricken with the coronavirus.

Thomas Modly, the acting secretary of the Navy, accused Capt. Brett Crozier of having “poor judgment” for using a “non-secure, unclassified” email address to write an email to his immediate chain of command which also included “20 or 30” additional recipients.

Crozier’s letter, which was then leaked and published by the San Francisco Chronicle, asked officials for help in isolating more than 4,000 sailors onboard the aircraft carrier docked in Guam, after a COVID-19 outbreak was detected among its crew. A day after the letter was published, around 1,000 sailors were removed from the Theodore Roosevelt. A total of 114 crew have since tested positive for COVID-19.

In this time of crisis is this the time to be playing politics?

And the SecNav is just another sycophant that does Trump’s silly work….he should be ashamed.

The captain’s men showed how they feel about their captain…..

The captain of a Navy aircraft carrier fired Thursday after asking superiors to let him evacuate crew members sick from the coronavirus received a heartfelt goodbye from the sailors in his charge. Per USA Today, videos on social media showed rousing shows of support Friday aboard the USS Roosevelt, now docked in Guam, in a send-off for Capt. Brett Crozier. “Now that’s how you send out one of the greatest captains you ever had!” one man in a clip shown on Facebook proclaimed. The man in the video added, “The GOAT [Greatest Of All Time], the man for the people.” In another video, along with the caption “So long to our hero Captain Crozier,” a man (apparently Crozier) strolls down the ship’s gangway and to a waiting car, to cheers, applause, and chants of “Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!”

Crozier was relieved of his command after sending an urgent memo on Sunday to the Navy, asking to get sick crew members off the ship and into isolation. The letter ended up getting leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, which published it. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says Crozier was let go because he sent the letter via “non-secure unclassified email” to a “broad array of people.” Modly added that Crozier showed “extremely poor judgment” and incited “panic” on the ship. In a statement to NBC News, sailors from the ship said, “Modly has broken faith with the crew” and that “there was nothing alarming or sensationalist in Capt. Crozier’s letter. It was simply a recitation of the bleak facts facing this warship. Capt. Crozier has the full faith and confidence of this crew, who would sail with him again at a moment’s notice.”

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