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…..so 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……..

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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.

https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-navy-ship-captain-brett-crozier-1495923

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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You Think You Are Retired?

Closing Thought–03Apr20

For all those recently retired folk from the military…..keep an eye on the news for you are only retired if the military says you are retired…..

Covid-19 may be the straw that broke the retired camel’s back……

What the Hell could the old professor be blabbing about, right?

Glad you asked……

The Pentagon will call back a number of retired and reserve troops to help fight the pandemic, after President Trump issued an executive order Friday night. He did not say if anyone would be returned to service who didn’t agree to it, the Washington Post reports. The order covers retirees, though, and Trump said some of them have “offered to support the nation in this extraordinary time of need.” Under the order, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is to return units and members of the National Guard and Reserves, as well as some Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty, per the Military Times. “Decisions about which individuals may be activated are still being reviewed,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement issued after midnight.

No one said how many troops will be brought back, but an Army spokesman said roughly 15,000 veterans have shown interest. Recalls of Ready Reserve forces are rare, per Stars and Stripes. Trump’s order says returned troops could be kept on active duty for as long as 24 months. Those brought back would mostly fill headquarters jobs and medical roles, the Pentagon said. The Army had asked some veterans who were medical care providers last week if they were interested in returning to duty. “When the Nation called — you answered, and now, that call may come again,” Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands wrote to them.

So if you are recently retired…..DO NOT get too comfortable in that retirement…..your recall may be in the mail….

On March 29, the Army’s Human Resources Command sent messages to nearly 10,000 soldiers in the IRR asking for volunteers to put the uniform back on, Lt. Col. Emanuel OrtizCruz, an Army spokesman, confirmed to Military.com. The messages went out to those who had served in military occupational specialties including family nurse practitioner; critical care nursing; emergency nursing; nurse anesthetists; generalist nurse; and respiratory specialist, he said.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/03/31/army-asks-10000-recently-separated-soldiers-come-back-virus-fight.html

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Scamvangalists!

Closing Thought–02Apr20

The term is not original I found it on this website….https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/29/scamvangelist-declares-covid-19-finished-after-commanding-god-to-destroy-it/

These types of opportunists make me ill.

First…there was the idiot that wanted to put hands on a faith healing for those with Covid-19….

A pastor in Alabama this week invited people who have been infected with coronavirus into his church so that they could be treated with the power of prayer, despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid large gatherings.

Patheos reports that Chris Bartlett, pastor of the Boaz Church of God in Boaz, Alabama, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post in which he criticized other churches for temporarily closing to help slow the spread of the disease.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/alabama-pastor-invited-people-infected-with-coronavirus-into-church-for-faith-healing-treatment/

Second there is a Florida pastor packs a megachurch because he can defeat Covid-19……

While scientists and doctors are urging people to social-distance to stop the spread of the coronavirus, one Florida megachurch bucked the trend to host their own service on Sunday that packed people in with a dangerous crowd.

The River Church in Tampa was packed with people looking for hope, TMZ reported Sunday. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has denounced the social distancing claiming that he can cure the coronavirus just like he did with the Zika virus (which still exists).

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/florida-residents-pack-into-megachurch-after-pastor-promises-he-can-cure-coronavirus/

BTW…this idiot was arrested…..

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in to authorities Monday in Hernando County, where he lives. He was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order, the AP reports. Bail was set at $500, according to the jail’s website. Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news conference that he negotiated with the attorney of Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne to turn himself in. His church is located in Tampa.

Chronister said his command staff met with The River at Tampa Bay Church leaders about the danger they are putting themselves—and their congregation—in by not maintaining appropriate social distancing, but Howard-Browne held the services anyway. The Sheriff’s Office also placed a digital sign near the church driveway that said to practice social distancing. “Shame on this pastor, their legal staff and the leaders of this staff for forcing us to do our job,” Chronister said, adding, “We are hopeful that this will be a wakeup call.” The church has said it sanitized the building, and the pastor said on Twitter that the church is an essential business. He also attacked the media for “religious bigotry and hate.” The county and governor’s orders require gatherings, including those held by faith-based groups, be fewer than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A livestream of Sunday’s 3½-hour service showed scores of congregants.

Finally, A pastor is threatening Satan…….

elevangelist Kenneth Copeland, who said last week that God told him the coronavirus would “be over much sooner than you think” (but still wants you to tithe even if you’ve lost your job), offered up what I can only assume is a magic spell this morning in order to destroy COVID-19.

And that’s why the pandemic is now over.

(It’s not over.)

Copeland screamed out at Satan to “get off this nation” and “crawl on your belly,” before declaring the crisis to be “over.”

That will no doubt scare the virus into submission.

Scamvangelist Declares COVID-19 “Finished” After Commanding God to Destroy It

Bet they still want you without a job to chip to help pay their expenses….

Like I said I have NO use for these types of religious people……they are opportunist that are preying on the confusion and fear of the people.

Call these “people” (I use the term loosely)…. what they truly are……SCAMVANGELISTS.

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Beware of the “Zoombomb”

This virus problem only applies to those people working from home and employ a video conference as part of their job.

There are new “hackers” at work in these times of sheltering in place……

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that’s become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual happy hour: The FBI is now warning users of the app that hackers are “hijacking” it, citing two recent incidents in Massachusetts. And the interruptions aren’t merely annoying disruptions: Brad Garrett, an ex-FBI agent, says that Zoom has also become a ripe target for cybercriminals, who often want to steal corporate proprietary data, as well as personal info on individuals. “As more schools and businesses work remotely, this creates an ideal environment for cyber thieves,” he tells ABC News. More on “Zoombombing” and other related issues from around the internet:

  • Recode details the “lax security” that’s led to Zoom’s current dilemma, including a workaround that allowed hackers to generate ID numbers to allow them to join meetings they weren’t invited to. “The fact that it is so easy for anyone to join and then disrupt a public Zoom meeting at all indicates that Zoom’s developers didn’t anticipate the ways those meetings could be disrupted in the first place—something that anyone who has used the internet before really should have foreseen,” the site notes.
  • Zoom hacking took an especially ugly turn at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday, where a group meeting hosted by an initiative that supports African American male students was taking place. The Austin American-Statesman notes that about halfway through the event, “unknown users” showed up and started yelling racial slurs, including the n-word. “Reprehensible,” Greg Fenves, the university’s president, said of the incident in a tweet.
  • At the University of Florida, another racist hack: WCJB reports that an online student government meeting on Tuesday was invaded by “racist messages, swastikas, pornography, and death threats,” per a tweet by university President Kent Fuchs. “COVID-19 and hate will be defeated,” Fuchs added, saying he has called for an investigation.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous hasn’t escaped the trolling, either. Per Business Insider, hackers are busting into group meetings and harassing members, hurling misogynistic and anti-Semitic slurs, as well as taking jabs at recovering alcoholics’ struggles. “Alcohol is soooo good,” one intruder recently proclaimed.
  • New York’s attorney general isn’t messing around when it comes to Zoom. The New York Times reports that Letitia James’ office sent a letter to the company Monday on its data privacy and security protocols, noting that there exists particular concern over vulnerabilities “that could enable malicious third parties to, among other things, gain surreptitious access to consumer webcams.”
  • ho may be the biggest loser in this newfound obsession with Zoom and Houseparty, a similar video social network that’s taking off: Microsoft’s Skype, which the Verge notes is “missing out on this key mindshare moment.”

If you work from home and use a video conferencing beware of intruders…..I am fortunate all my calls are one on one and seldom use a multi person format……

Be calm……avoid crowds…..wash hands often……Be prepared….stay aware

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Virus–Who’s To Blame?

As long as some of us are sheltering in place I thought that IST should help spread information to as many as I can….there is lots of info flying around the web…..

I have read and heard a lot about the origins of Covid-19 as that of animals….most notably the Pangolins of Asia……but is that true or just another wild conspiracy?

Maybe not so fast on that conspiracy…….

Pangolins can harbor coronaviruses related to the new coronavirus, a study finds.

Scientists studied viruses in pangolins (Manis javanica) captured in anti-smuggling activities in southern China. The identified coronaviruses, however, are different enough from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to hint that pangolins were not directly responsible for transmitting the virus to people, which had been suggested.

One of the pangolin viruses does have a structure that closely resembles the new coronavirus’ spike protein, which allows the pathogen to get into cells, infectious disease researcher Tommy Tsan-Yuk Lam of the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong and colleagues report March 26 in Nature

The closest relative of SARS-CoV-2 is still from a bat, the only other known mammal found to be infected with similar coronaviruses. 

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people

In another story I have heard it is a bat’s fault that viruses are spread…if so why is that?

While people across the world were celebrating the holidays with loved ones at the end of last year, somewhere in China the coronavirus pandemic began with a virus moving from bats to pigs and, ultimately, to the first human. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Or at least it will be when the final chapter of the great COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is written. 

But why are bats so often behind viruses that sweep across the globe and kill so many of us?

Why Do Pandemics Often Start With Bats?

There is a report that this virus may have been around for years…..

Scientists studying the origins of the coronavirus have found similar strains in bats and pangolins, leading to speculation that it jumped from one or perhaps both of those animals to humans earlier this year. But a new study floats a different idea: that the virus was spreading in humans for years, undetected and growing ever more dangerous, reports Science Alert. Under this scenario, the virus would have passed from animals to humans a while back, but it would have been harmless to us at the time. “Then, as a result of gradual evolutionary changes over years or perhaps decades, the virus eventually gained the ability to spread from human to human and cause serious, often life-threatening disease,” writes National Institutes of Health chief Francis Collins at his blog. Collins was not involved with the study by US, UK, and Australian researchers in Nature Medicine.

The scientists found that while strains found in bats and pangolins were indeed similar to SARS-CoV-2, the strain causing the current pandemic, the gap between the animal and humans versions remains too large, per the South China Morning Post. (The human strain has a genetic mutation that makes it particularly lethal for us, and the SCMP goes into detail on that.) It’s possible that a closer version in animals exists and just hasn’t been found yet, but the researchers suggest it’s more likely that the strain mutated within humans as it slowly spread. Among other things, that raises the possibility the disease did not originate in Wuhan, China, where the first cases were detected. Another key component of the study: The researchers say it’s all but impossible that the coronavirus originated in a lab—it has all the hallmarks of a natural origin.

Just a little more information for my readers…….I like to be FYI as often as I can especially now when we are all become hermits and a bit of a recluse.

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Those Covid-19 Myths

Closing Thought–01Apr20

Every day as we sit in our homes and shelter ourselves from other people we are bombarded with information on all sides….and not all this info is accurate.

We hear that our pets can give us the virus…..or gargling bleach will kill the virus…..rubbing bleach on skin will protect….and there are so many other myths and misinformation that has most of us pulling our hair out……

Here are some of the more common myths and their validity busted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially changed their classification of the situation from a public health emergency of international concern to a pandemic on March 11.

To date, the novel coronavirus — currently dubbed “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2,” or SARS-CoV-2 for short — has been responsible for more than 245,000 infections globally, causing more than 10,000 deaths. In the U.S., the virus has affected 14,250 people and has so far caused 205 deaths.

As ever, when the word “pandemic” starts appearing in headlines, people become fearful, and with fear come misinformation and rumors.

Here, we will dissect some of the most common myths that are currently circulating on social media and beyond.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coronavirus-myths-explored

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a great deal of anxiety, we might come to think people are irrational, selfish or downright crazy. We see people showing up to public venues en masse or clearing supermarket shelves of toilet paper.

Experts are often ignored. We hear inconsistent information and arguments filled with fallacious reasoning being accepted by a seemingly large number people.

The answer for the kind of panicked flurry in reasoning may lie in a field of critical thinking called vice epistemology. This theory argues our thinking habits and intellectual character traits cause poor reasoning.

https://theconversation.com/how-not-to-fall-for-coronavirus-bs-avoid-the-7-deadly-sins-of-thought-133069

Please take these to heart…..do not fall victim to lies and misinformation….it can be deadly.

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