Can He Sell You A Car?

This is my feel good story for this weekend…..

Most of my regulars know that I am a canine person and try to pass on all stories that I find about dogs and their lives…..

Stray dog kept visiting car dealership. So, they gave him a job and his own employee badge.

Looks like MoMo……


I know some people use the term “work like a dog” to describe the effort they have put forth. Perhaps out of respect they should be more careful with their words. Some dogs do not stop until they reach the top. Meet Tuscan Prime: canine, and Hyundai Prime’s newest employee, as in badge and everything (although it is still unclear whether he has filled out the equivalent of a W-4 form).

According to Bored Panda, it all started when the employees of the Brazilian car dealership took notice of a stray dog spending some time around the building. At first everyone thought he was just passing through, but the pup soon to be known as Tuscan Prime had other ideas. On one fateful rainy night, showroom manager Emerson Mariano ushered the poor guy in from the wet conditions and offered him food, water and shelter. The bond between the two was instantaneous. It was then that Mariano had the idea to make him their mascot.

I would buy from the dog, Tuscan and from the dealership that has done something nice.

In closing here is some of the better of the ads with dogs as the stars……..

There is more…..

Hopefully these made you feel good at least for awhile….

The local weather service has started issuing warnings about 36 hours before the event……so I guess I should go and make sure everything is ready……

My closing thought…..


Be Well and Be Safe……

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday Covid News

In my attempt to be an FYI site on weekends I try to find important stuff in and around the Covid-19 virus that my readers can use in their everyday lives……

Hopefully most people truly want to know ALL info about and around this pandemic for their and their family safety.

This is for all those people that bought those cloth “neck gaiters” as a substitute for the masks they could not find….a recent study seems to say that these things were useless…..and that ism just not so… here is the “rest of the story”…..

Don’t throw out your neck gaiters just yet.

A new study has spurred numerous headlines declaring that neck gaiters may be worse than wearing no mask at all for controlling the spread of COVID-19. But the actual study, published August 7 in Science Advances, isn’t that conclusive, nor was it designed to be.

“The headline that neck gaiters can be worse is totally inaccurate,” says Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. Publicity like this is worrisome because “it can turn people off of mask wearing, which we know can protect both the individual wearing the mask and those around them,” she says.

Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t use this study to decide which mask to wear:

4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study

Have you bought some of those N95 masks….well there is a way to sanitize them without destroying them……

One of the vexing problems with N95 masks amid the pandemic has been how to safely clean and reuse them. Turns out, a common electric cooker will do the trick, says a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. To be clear, the masks in the study are N95 respirator masks, not regular cloth masks that can be cleaned with soap and water. For their study, the researchers used a $50 Farberware multifunction pressure cooker, but the principal would apply to other models, including the popular Instant Pot. This video explains the process, notes NBC Chicago. Put a towel in the pot (to keep the masks from touching the pot itself), put the mask or masks on the towel, then run a 50-minute cycle of dry heat. That is, don’t put water in the pot, and the vent can stay open.

“The N95 can be reused using a very simple method,” researcher Thanh H. Nguyen tells the Washington Post. “We are not testing exhaustively every device out there, everything, but we want to show that this concept works. Then people can use the idea and apply to other things.” The team found that the cleaning cycle removed at least 99.9% of each virus tested. And they found no degradation in the quality of the mask’s respirator after 20 cycles. The researchers explain more in this Q&A. One caveat: The researchers don’t advise using the same cooker to disinfect masks and cook food.

And for those that need a visual interpretation….

I read an article that asked the question…..a vaccine is found, now what?

Amid talk of vaccine nationalism, news of countries hoarding Covid-19 medication, and vaccine hesitancy, many fail to see the potential good news.

Currently, there are 165 viable vaccine candidates around the world, 26 of them are either in the process of or about to start human trials.

One of the manufacturers, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, has just struck a deal with the European Commission: According to the agreement, the EU has reserved 300 million doses of a possible vaccine.

The vaccine journey could take us to one of several destinations, which include: multiple vaccines being successful in the end, only one working or none of them could work.

Remember a few months back when the news was that the loss of smell was an indicator of the Covid-19?

Well there has been a study on this occurrence….

A small study out of Europe is the first to look at how smell loss associated with COVID-19 differs from that caused by a severe cold or the flu—and the findings bolster the theory that the coronavirus infects the brain and central nervous system, per a press release. A group of smell disorder experts conducted smell and taste tests on a group of 30 participants: Ten of them had had COVID-19 for about two weeks, 10 had had bad colds, and 10 served as controls. The goal, per study lead Carl Philpott of Norwich Medical School, was to figure out how a symptom common to both illnesses actually differs. Per their study in the journal Rhinology, they found three main deviations, in addition to the fact that the smell loss tended to be more severe: With COVID-19 smell loss, the patient can breathe freely, typically doesn’t have a stuffed or runny nose, and can’t detect sweet or bitter tastes.

Philpott explains that “it has previously been suggested that the COVID-19 virus affects the central nervous system, based on the neurological signs developed by some patients. There are also similarities with SARS, which has also been reported to enter the brain, possibly via smell receptors in the nose. Our results reflect, at least to some extent, a specific involvement at the level of central nervous system in some COVID-19 patients.” And he calls the results “very exciting,” because they suggest smell and taste tests could be put to use in a diagnostic manner. Though they wouldn’t be precise enough to replace the common swab test, “they could provide an alternative when conventional tests are not available or when rapid screening is needed, particularly at the level of primary care, in emergency departments, or at airports,” he says.

There is the Covid-19 news that did not make the MSM…..hope you find it useful in some small way.

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23 August 1939

On this day in history was a turning point for Europe only a mere 20 years after the end of the Great War (WW1)…..this situation is all but forgotten unless you watch the Hitler Channel….but most Americans have NO idea what this “Pact” actually meant or did……

On this day in 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact….called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact…..

On August 23, 1939, representatives from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union met and signed the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (also called the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact and the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact), a mutual promise made by the two leaders guaranteeing that neither would attack the other.

With the imminence of World War II becoming ever clearer, signing the pact guaranteed Germany protection against the necessity of fighting a two-front war. The Soviet Union was awarded land in return, including parts of Poland and the Baltic States, as part of a secret addendum.

The pact was broken when Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union less than two years later, on June 22, 1941.

Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian foreign minister, signs the non-aggression pact negotiated between Soviet Russia and Germany, at the Kremlin, Moscow. Standing behind him is his German counterpart Joachim von Ribbentrop (left), and Joseph Stalin (centre), 23 August 1939.

Germany and the Soviet Union have agreed to conclude a pact of non-aggression. The surprising announcement was made in Berlin last night by the official German news agency. It was added that Herr von Ribbentrop, the German Foreign Minister, is flying to Moscow to-morrow to complete the negotiations. Early this morning the Russian Tass Agency issued a similar statement.

The news was completely unexpected. There had been rumours in Berlin of a meeting at Berchtesgaden yesterday between Herr Hitler, Herr von Ribbentrop, and Her von Papen, who had recently visited Moscow, but that was all.

The decision to sign the pact is announced only the day after the signing of a commercial treaty was made known. The Russian press yesterday, suddenly changing its tone towards Germany, warmly welcomed the commercial agreement as being likely to lead to better political relations – “eventually,” they said.

Neither party had any intention of keeping this pact…Poland was the prize that both wanted in their spheres….

This was an important event that leads up to September 1939 and the invasion of Poland.

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