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……..

Remember….stay calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often…..stay prepared.

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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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Your Stim Check

This is info for those Social Security recipients like myself…..good news is that your check is in the mail (or will soon be)…..

One of the biggest challenges the Treasury Department has in getting Americans their checks from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is tracking down people who don’t file tax returns. Now, at least one key group of nonfilers will see that process expedited. The official word, delivered from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement late Wednesday, per NBC News: “We want to ensure that our senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and low-income Americans receive economic impact payments quickly and without undue burden. Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.” Those who don’t have direct deposit info on file with the IRS will receive a paper check.

The move is a reversal of the original IRS wording, which noted seniors and those with low incomes would have to file a “simple” tax return to get the money. Americans can expect to receive an amount that starts out at $1,200 per individual and $500 per child; it starts phasing out for anyone who makes $75,000 or more per year and disappears altogether at $99,000 (double that for married couples), per recent tax returns. Meanwhile, NBC notes that people who owe back taxes or who have delinquent student loan payments won’t be penalized and will receive their stimulus payment in full. Who won’t be getting the funds, or at least not the full amount: anyone who owes child support. Mnuchin has said direct deposits will begin showing up on April 17, with paper checks sent in the mail to follow, per the Washington Post. CNN notes the payments won’t be taxed, according to the IRS.

Remember all those sanctimonious d/bags that hate those that look for free stuff from the government….how many do you think will send their free money back because they do not want “free stuff” from the government?

One more thing my wife took a picture of me while I wait for my check…..

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Are You “Never Trump”?

This is another of those slogans and insults that I find offensive and totally pathetic.  It is nothing more than mental midgets insulting because they are not sharp enough to argue the point.

I have been told that I am a “Never Trump” person and to that I just tell them to visit IST and see what I have written about the president.

For those lazy people and you know who you are I will summarize for your merger mind…..I have been criticizing the president on many issues…immigration, environment, governing style, taxes but I have also come down on his side on several other issues like ending our endless wars…..Trump has made an effort but he needs to go much further but for the most part his foreign policy needs some work and some people that will care for the country and not worry about massaging the genitals of the man.

So to call me a “Never Trump” person is just flat out wrong……I prefer to label myself as “America First” person….everything a president does should be to move this country forward not to the lap of luxury…..

I am not alone there are many GOPers that have left the GOP behind because of the twisting of the conservative faith into a pretzel that benefits NO one but the man at the top (The Man In The High Castle)…..

The phrase “Never Trump” doesn’t do justice to Republicans, or former Republicans, or any non-Democrat who speaks out against the lies, immorality, and nefarious activities of Trump’s Republican Party. It’s an intellectually lazy label born of the clickbait media culture. I guess that’s the reason why the Trump cult loves it, and maybe partially why journalists use it.

But you ask, why is it intellectually lazy?

Because every time Trump, or his sycophants use the term Never Trump, they imply that those Republicans who oppose Trump are corrupt and those who are apolitical are part of some sort of conspiracy. And the truth is, there’s nothing of the sort. David Frum and George Will and Rick Wilson all come to their antipathy toward Trump for different reasons, none of which was for self-gain. The unifying thread is that these people and others, believe that Trump represents such a danger to the Republic that it is important to sublimate their careers, their policy preferences, their tribal identities, in an effort to oppose him.

It’s Not “Never Trump.” It’s “Country First.”

I would never vote for Trump I have better things in mind for my country than what Trump offers.

Plus his reaction and response to the Covid-19 pandemic is just another reason I could not vote for Trump….even though he is trying to buy votes with the peon stim plan…..

WAIT!  I guess I am a “Never Trumper”……who knew?

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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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Covid-19 Disturbing Stories

There is lots of disturbing crap on the Tube these days…..and in the news there are those that show just how far down the gene pool some have slid.

First, is the Hobby Lobby story….I do not shop at this place because the owners are thieves of culture for dealing in stolen artifacts….but this is about Hobby Lobby disregarding orders and opening their stores…..

Although parents holed up at home with young kids during the coronavirus outbreak may consider arts and crafts supplies a necessity to keep their little ones occupied, the state of Colorado doesn’t deem stores that sell those supplies as essential businesses. That’s the gist of a cease-and-desist letter sent Wednesday by W. Eric Kuhn, the state’s senior assistant attorney general, to Hobby Lobby, ordering the chain to close its stores during the pandemic, the New York Times reports. “For the avoidance of doubt, Hobby Lobby is not a ‘critical business,'” Kuhn made clear in the letter, adding that by reopening its stores as it did this week, the chain was violating a “stay at home” March 25 executive order by Gov. Jared Polis mandating all businesses that aren’t essential to temporarily shutter.

The chain takes issue with claims it’s not essential, arguing it sells supplies for businesses still up and running in people’s homes, as well as educational materials and materials to make DIY masks, reports CBS News, which adds that Hobby Lobby stores have been opening in Texas, Wisconsin, and Indiana as well. Ohio’s attorney general, Dave Yost, recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the retailer after stores reopened in his state. “I received a phone call within the hour from the general counsel of Hobby Lobby, informing us they were closing their stores tonight in Ohio in compliance with our … letter,” he tweeted Wednesday. The Christian Post reports that Hobby Lobby CEO David Green sent a letter to employees in mid-March noting that “while we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control.”

Essential?  What an arrogant packs of douche bags.

Then there is the story that Trump will refuse to let people sign up for Obamacare in this time of need….

As millions of people across the United States lose their jobs—and their employer-provided health insurance—amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has reportedly decided against reopening Affordable Care Act enrollment to ease the economic pain of the uninsured and help protect them from devastating medical costs.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/fanatical-cruelty-pandemic-rages-trump-refuses-reopen-affordable-care-act-enrollment

Then there is the mental midget that carries Trump’s balls for him, Deven Nunes….a veritable “piss boy” (History of the World Part 1 reference)……

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) stated that it is “overkill” for schools in his home state of Califonia to be closed in light of the coronavirus pandemic on Laura Ingraham‘s Fox News program late Tuesday night – further downplaying the severity of COVID-19.

Ingraham, citing one official who said we can’t go back to normal life until there’s a vaccine, began by saying, “That would not be going back to normal life, Congressman Nunes, for 12 months. Which if parents across the country are hearing that, and workers, they are going to be showing up in Washington, even if you all aren’t here.”

The Fox News host added, “They’re going to be coming to Washington to send you a message.”

Nunes fired back, “That’s not going to work. The schools were canceled here in California, which is way overkill.”

“Its possible kids could’ve went back to school in two weeks to four weeks, but they just canceled the rest of the schools. So, I’m optimistic here.”

Devin Nunes Says Closed Schools Are ‘Overkill’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

I knew Nunes was a worthless lump of manure but this just puts icing on the pile.

Finally,  a train engineer tries to ram his train into the Hospital ship Mercy…..

A Port of Los Angeles locomotive engineer has admitted trying to crash a train into a hospital ship, federal prosecutors say. According to a court affidavit, 44-year-old Eduardo Moreno told investigators that he intentionally derailed the train at full speed on Tuesday because he thought the USNS Mercy might be there as part of a government takeover, not to help with the coronavirus crisis, ABC reports. He said he wanted to “wake people up” and knew the crash would attract media attention. Prosecutors say the train smashed through several barriers before coming to a halt around 250 yards from the Mercy. Authorities say there were no injuries and the ship wasn’t damaged, but the derailment caused a substantial fuel leak.

 

“You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will,” Moreno told investigators, per the Los Angeles Times. The Mercy, which has around 800 staffers and 1,000 hospital beds, is docked in Los Angeles to treat non-coronavirus patients, freeing up space in area hospitals. An FBI affidavit states that Moreno told agents “he thought that the USNS Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for.'” He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years under a federal train-wrecking statute, NBC reports.

Seriously?  Another “Covid Truther”…..just how ignorant can people be?

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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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