Covid-19 FYI

Yes Irene yet another blog with yet more Covid-19 news….the news that is not sensational to make the major outlets.

Someone has to read this stuff and try to keep the unwilling to be informed….so why not the old professor who needs stuff for weekends?

There had been some confusion about whether the virus can be passed on surfaces……the CDC tries to clarify….

Wiping down groceries to protect yourself from the coronavirus might be overkill, according to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says in its updated guidelines that while it “may be possible” for someone to become infected by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching their face, it “does not spread easily” in this manner, USA Today reports. The risk of the virus spreading from animals to people or vice versa is also considered low. “COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads,” the CDC says. “It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads.”

The agency warned, however, that the virus “is spreading very easily” between people. Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD, tells Fox that the updated guidance “may help reduce anxiety and stress.” “Many people were concerned that by simply touching an object they may get coronavirus and that’s simply not the case,” he says. “Even when a virus may stay on a surface, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually infectious,” Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, says infected surfaces are “little paths” and person-to-person contact is a “highway.” “The safest thing is to continue social distancing, wear masks, and wash hands frequently and thoroughly,” he says.

More depth info……

What the virus and exercise?

Amidst a global pandemic, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort the safe from the risky. Should we wear masks outdoors? What happens when a cyclist or runner passes by while not wearing one?

That’s why University of Massachusetts Dartmouth associate professor of biology Erin Bromage decided to start a blog about how to keep safe — and his latest post is going viral because it confronts difficult and common questions.

“A big part of me writing these posts is just to give some tangible advice to friends, family, about what risks they should really be worrying about and wasting mental energy on,” Bromage told CNN.

What about public restrooms?

When Steven Soifer, a social work professor at the University of Mississippi, and his wife finally left social isolation for the first time since early March, they encountered a familiar problem: the call of nature. They first stopped by a Starbucks, but the franchise was taking drive-through orders only — the bathrooms were closed. Eventually, the couple came across a gas station, where one toilet seemed to be open.

“I walked in, and I had my face mask on and rubber gloves, so I figured, no problem at all,” explains Soifer, who also heads the American Restroom Association. “And so I lift up the toilet seat, and I realized: Oh my god, that touched the rubber gloves. So I’ve got a problem here.”

This pandemic has been yet another nail in the unity of the nation’s coffin….the country is more divided than before……the time for unity has been lost….

Red- and blue-state America was already divided before the coronavirus epidemic hit. Globalization had enriched the East Coast and West Coast corridors but hollowed out much in between.

The traditional values of small towns and rural counties were increasingly at odds with postmodern lifestyles in the cities.

There were, of course, traditionalists in blue states. And lots of progressives live in red states. But people increasingly self-segregate to where they feel at home and where politics, jobs, and culture reflect their tastes.

The ensuing left/right, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican divide not only intensified in the 21st century, it also took on a dangerous geographical separatism.

The coasts vs. the interior reflects two Americas — often in a manner similar to the old Mason–Dixon line that geographically split the U.S. for roughly a century.

Take a break from missed news…..Speaking of the National Review……that bastion of conserv thought….it has finally said what they think…”F*ck White People”….that is according to one blogger….

Kevin Williamson for The National Review had this to say about poor whites:

Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.

Trump screws Guardsmen…..

In 2017, Donald Trump signed something called the “Forever GI Bill” at his company’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The law expanded the educational benefits that had been made available under the “Post-9/11 GI Bill,” which was passed in 2008, and which supplemented various benefits that can be traced back to the original 1944 GI Bill. The White House would later tout the “Forever GI Bill” as an example of how Trump was “working tirelessly to provide the benefits and services that our veterans deserve.”

In late March, the Trump administration authorized the deployment of members of the National Guard to help local authorities conduct coronavirus tests, set up field hospitals, and perform other critical public health tasks that carried a risk of infection. More than 40,000 service members have been deployed in total, but Politico now reports that they will all be recalled on June 24—one day before the first group sent into the field would reach the 90-day active-duty minimum that’s required to qualify for GI Bill education benefits and for a retirement benefit that was also created in 2008. Says the news site (the “official” is a FEMA staffer):

Finally….in case you have not gotten your “special” letter from Trump…here is what it looks like….


BTW…the flip side is in Spanish….

I hate to tell him this but 45% approval is not the entire nation….just the low life slugs that support him.

Finally……what are your chances of dying from the virus?

You know by now that nothing about the coronavirus is predictable. Yet in order to plan for each and every scenario, the CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have just crafted Pandemic Planning Scenarios that “are designed to help inform decisions by modelers and public health officials who utilize mathematical modeling.” One of these scenarios, dubbed Scenario 5, “represents a current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States.” And it includes a guesstimate about what percentage of those in your age group will die from COVID-19.

The CDC Just Predicted Your Chances of Dying From Coronavirus

Finally, one of the few success stories of this pandemic….New Zealand….

The popularity of New Zealand’s Labour prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is, presently, stratospheric. With the confidence of popularity, her government is positioned to promote political ideas that were almost beyond imagination only a few months ago. One of them, mooted on Wednesday, is encouraging the country into a four-day working week.

Ardern’s leadership of New Zealand through the coronavirus crisis has compounded credentials well established by her government’s deft and empathetic handling of the horrific massacre in Christchurch last year. When corona hit, the lockdown of the country was swift, draconian and effective; there have only been 21 deaths from the disease to date in New Zealand, and while the rest of the world grapples with a rising number of daily cases, no new cases have been reported in New Zealand in three days.

Be Well….Be Safe….Be Informed….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


A Copper Mask!

Finally…I was wondering when that company that puts copper into everything from socks to back braces was going to jump on the bandwagon and introduce a mask with copper infused.

Just saw an ad for such a mask and only $29.99…a steal (sarcasm)…..

In case you are thinking about this mask please read this before throwing your money at this product.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a mask lately, you might have stumbled across one that contains copper. And if you’re not dialed into the latest on microbial surfaces, this might raise some questions. Why copper? And is it worth spending the extra money?

The answer is complicated. “I have great hopes for copper masks,” says Michael Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, who has studied the use of copper in medical products. “But there is a lot of research that still needs to be done about [their] effectiveness. If you’re just throwing copper layers onto a mask, we don’t [know] if they work.” Here are some things to consider the next time you see a pop-up ad for a copper mask.

Copper can destroy bacteria and viruses, as my colleague Mark Wilson recently reported. It contains positively charged ions that trap viruses that are negatively charged. Then the copper ions penetrate the viruses, stopping them from replicating. A recent study found that copper is effective at inactivating the novel coronavirus within four hours.

Buyer beware.

My FYI for the day….(well one is never enough, eh?)

Be Well…..Be Safe…..Be Informed….

I read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday Morning

Over several decades ago there was a genocide in Africa…..few remember it because it was ignored by the US government until it was too late….about a million people died in a few months of murderous rampage…..Rwanda.

Now the bastard that financed the carnage has been arrested in France…..

A businessman suspected of funding militias in the Rwanda genocide has been arrested by French police after decades on the run.

Félicien Kabuga was arrested in Asniéres-sur-Seine, outside Paris, where he had been living under a false identity, officials said.

The 84-year-old had been in hiding for 23 years after the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indicted him on charges including genocide and incitement to commit genocide.

BBQ his ass!

Some give what they can while others give nothing at all…..


I do not know how accurate this story is….but I thought I would put it in the thoughts for the weekend…..

It’s been no secret over the last three years that Melania Trump is seemingly not too fond of her husband.

Now, it could just be that that’s just the way she is. Perhaps she’s just a cold-natured person. One who’s not fond of physical displays of affection or public, verbal affirmations of her feelings. Perhaps she’s just got one killer case of “Resting Bitch Face.”

But if you ask me and most of the rest of the world as well, Mel gives off quite the vibe of “I hate your guts, eat shit and die” pretty much every single time she’s around her dear ol’ hubby.

How true is this report?

I guess it depends on where you stand on Trump.


I would like to believe that she does still have some dignity left after her years with Donald the Orange.

It seems now that in Missouri tells me what I can do with my support… I boycott everything Israeli and now in Missouri I cannot do that with being a criminal…..(I know that I posted on this before but it is too damn important to be ignored.)

Missouri lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to ban the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The Republican-led House approved the measure 95-40 on Thursday, the day before their Friday deadline to pass bills this year.

The bill is in response to the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to highlight Israel’s human rights abuses.

The movement promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israeli government-linked institutions and businesses in a non-violent campaign against the occupation of Palestinian territory and other abuses.

I use to think Google was the anti-Christ…..and at times Facebook as well….now I have a new candidate, Jeff Bezos…..

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos found himself the target of attacks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and a lot of social media users on Thursday as outlets highlighted an analysis suggesting he’ll become the first ever trillionaire. Business website Comparisun determined the 56-year-old—with a current net worth of about $144 billion—would nab that title in just six years. It calculated each billionaire’s average growth in net worth over the last five years and applied that rate to future years. Essentially, if Bezos’ net worth continues to grow at an average of 34%, he’ll become a trillionaire by 2026, per USA Today.

Watson Coleman accused Bezos of “atrocious greed.” Warren said it was “immoral” that Bezos was “on track to become the world’s first trillionaire in the middle of a pandemic” while “Amazon is ending overtime pay for warehouse and delivery workers.” But saying Bezos is on track to become a trillionaire “is quite a stretch,” according to Theodore Schleifer at Vox. “Past performance … isn’t indicative of future performance” and “the American economy has been on a decade-long bull run that won’t replicate easily,” he writes. Still, Bezos owns 11% of Amazon, whose stock has climbed 560% since 2015. His net worth has climbed by more than $28 billion in the last year alone, despite a $35 billion divorce settlement.

Sorry NO one person needs that much cash….

Then of course there is always a man that has to show his ignorance by opening his mouth….

A Texas mayor is facing backlash after he said women shouldn’t lead prayer in public before city council meetings because the Bible forbids it.

Wylie, Texas, Mayor Eric Hogue’s remarks were made in a email to fellow city council members, which was then shared publicly on Facebook this week, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The city’s mayor pro tem, Jeff Forrester, reached out earlier this month and asked for Hogue’s thoughts on having members of the Christian missionary group Youth With A Mission attend the city council’s next meeting.

Just a small sample to start our Sunday….

Be Well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”