More Covid News

Cases–7 million   Deaths–204,000

But not to worry it is all a scam according to those mental midgets that support Donald the Orange.

First order of business…according to the idiot in the White House….

President Donald Trump told a crowd of his supporters in Swanton, Ohio Monday evening that the coronavirus—which has killed around 200,000 people and infected nearly seven million in the U.S. alone—”affects virtually nobody” except “elderly people,” a blatant falsehood that critics said underscores the president’s view of certain segments of the population as expendable.

According to Trump if Blue States are not counted then the death totals would be less…..

President Trump on Wednesday blamed the country’s coronavirus death toll on states that lean Democrat, despite the fact that current data indicate 47% of all US deaths have taken place in red states. Trump was discussing the early projections on total number of deaths at a news briefing: “This was a prediction that if we do a really good job, we’ll be at about … 100,000 to 240,000 deaths, and we’re below that substantially, and we’ll see what comes out,” the president said, per the Washington Post. “And that’s despite the fact that the blue states had had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. We’re really at a very low level. But some of the states, they were blue states and blue state-managed.”

The early surge in deaths was, indeed, in mostly blue states, but most of the deaths occurring now are in red states. USA Today calls the remarks Trump’s “most explicit politicization yet of the handling of COVID-19.” Another misleading statement? The current death toll stands at at least 193,000, but considering there have been 263,000 extra deaths this year than would typically be expected, some experts believe the official toll is an underestimate. And the University of Washington’s Institute on Health Metrics’ latest projection estimates nearly 413,000 deaths by year’s end, with almost exactly half of those in red states. One Democratic congressman, Virginia’s Rep. Don Beyer, called Trump’s words “quite simply one of the most appalling and inhuman statements ever uttered by an American President.”

The big news last week was that the vaccine according to Trump and his Toadies…….should be ready by October….maybe sooner…..

Let’s say it is ready when Trump wants it to be ready……what then for the population?

The federal government released plans Wednesday on the Covid-19 vaccine that calls for all Americans having access to the drug at no cost.

Vaccine developments are still underway. However, assuming a safe and effective option is created, the plans will be implemented as outlined.

Several vaccines are in later-stage trials, with some expectations one will get approval before the end of the year.

Sounds good….but does ayone really think the Pharma will give up the opportunity to rape a captive audience?

I do not!

Again let’s say the vaccine is ready when Trump wills it to be ready……is there any problems on the horizon?

I am glad you ask!

“Do we have enough freezers?” That’s a question many may not be pondering now, but it’s an important one when it comes to a COVID-19 vaccine, per the Wall Street Journal. That’s because the inoculation samples that may soon emerge might need to be stored at incredibly cold temperatures, and freezers that get that chilly aren’t typically found in pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices, which would theoretically be distributing the vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech, for example, have a vaccine in the works that needs to be kept at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit)—a temp about 30 degrees Celsius frostier than the North Pole at its coldest, Quartz notes. “There’s no precedent for vaccines to be stored at that low of a temperature,” a pharmacist and purchaser for health care facilities tells the outlet, which notes these types of freezers are typically found only in labs.

So why don’t states just find companies that make these freezers and stock up now? The CDC is advising against doing that, as there’s still no vaccine out, meaning that although this is being presented as a hypothetical issue, we don’t really know for sure what the best way to store an eventual vaccine will be. And the freezers themselves aren’t the only problem. The number of days a vaccine is viable could be cut into during transport (i.e., this could especially affect rural areas), and the containers Pfizer has created to hold its vaccine—capable of carrying up to 5,000 doses—could lead to waste if there aren’t enough people in a particular region to use them all. Pfizer, however, doesn’t seem too concerned just yet. “We are confident of our capability to deliver and store doses to the [destinations] governments designate,” the company said in a recent statement, per ABC News.

Now you know!

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More Space Stuff

My weekend begins with cooler temps and a weary mind from all the manure being spread in the media.

For something different I will will try to educate rather than obfuscate……

I may well be the only blogger that spends more time reading news than on social media body shaming some dickweed in LA……plus I do not see the need for blogs about fashion or make-up……such a self-absorbed society we have become.

Any way I have been watching the news about space and its exploration… trying to get people to realize the plans that some are making are a violation of a treaty signed years ago….and may be illegal.

The newest news…….start with China…..they will be firing up an asteroid mining bot soon……

Beijing-based private space mining company Origin Space is launching its first ever “space mining robot” in November, IEEE Spectrum reports, on top of a Long March series rocket.

The concept of excavating resources in space is highly controversial. Many scientists have called for the solar system to be protected from such practices — but that hasn’t stopped global superpowers, particularly the US and China, from investigating ways to do so.

It may become a milestone moment in the country’s efforts to make use of space resources — but the robot, dubbed NEO-1, won’t be mining any asteroids itself.

While Japan is focusing on the moons of Mars and the possibility that human will soon land out there…..

Japan’s Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission aims to probe and observe Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, collect surface material, and return them to Earth.

MMX is scheduled to launch in 2024 and bring back rocks and other samples, possibly from Phobos, the larger of the two moons, five years later in 2029.

That puts Japan and its space agency JAXA in direct competition with the USA and Europe. The European Space Agency (ESA) and America’s NASA are working on a joint mission to bring back samples from the planet, but that may be two years later in 2031.

Those samples would be collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is on its way there now. The rover will store samples in a process called “sample caching,” and wait until they can be retrieved later. Those would be the first samples returned from Mars.

A few visual aids for those that break out in a rash if they must read…..

There is a treaty already in place……

The rush to Mars reminds me of the 15th century rush to claim the New World and its treasures….but who actually owns what?

This situation will get uglier as the decades go by….and I do not think that it will end well for anyone.

But speaking of Mars.  How will the visitors build their shelters once they arrive?

Of course there is an answer….insect polymer.

A team of researchers are suggesting we could use one of the most common organic polymers on Earth to construct shelters on Mars.

The material, called chitin, is produced and metabolized by most biological organisms and makes up the bulk of the cell walls in fungi, insect exoskeletons, and fish scales.

The team, led by Javier Fernandez from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, attempted to make the material by combining a fiber made from chitin with mineral material that mimic the Martian soil.

Now you know stuff you care nothing about….peace out.

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