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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Closing Thought–02Oct19

When my father was alive he was a big donr to the animal funds like Sierra Club and the WWF….I always admired his dedication to these organizations and their task of helping the wildlife of this planet.

Sp an article I read recently made me feel a little sick and then made me angry…….

This was a sensitive moment for one of the globe’s most prominent charities. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) had long helped fund and equip Chitwan’s forest rangers, who patrol the area in jeeps, boats, and on elephant backs alongside soldiers from the park’s in-house army battalion. Now WWF’s partners in the war against poaching stood accused of torturing a man to death.

WWF’s staff on the ground in Nepal leaped into action — not to demand justice, but to lobby for the charges to disappear. When the Nepalese government dropped the case months later, the charity declared it a victory in the fight against poaching. Then WWF Nepal continued to work closely with the rangers and fund the park as if nothing had happened.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomwarren/wwf-world-wide-fund-nature-parks-torture-death

That was Part One….and the rest of the series is listed here…..

Part 2: Leaked Report Shows WWF Was Warned Years Ago Of “Frightening” Abuses
Part 3: WWF Says Indigenous People Want This Park — But An Internal Report Reveals Fears Of Ranger “Repression.”
Part 4:
WWF-Backed Guards Raped Pregnant Women And Tortured Villagers At A Wildlife Park Funded By The US Government
Part 5: WWF Is Investigating Two More Alleged Murders At A Park Where Rangers Are Accused Of Rape And Torture
Part 6: The US Government Spent Millions Funding WWF-Backed Forces Accused Of Torture and Murder

This is disgusting and one reason why all my charities are local ones that I can check on to be sure they are doing what they say they are doing.

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Can You Say ‘Cute’?

There are some photos that are so damn cute that I cannot pass it up……

We all know that zebras have stripes, right?

But are they white with black stripes?  Or maybe black with white?  Could it be both?

Then explain this cute little dude….and where did those polka-dots come from?  Is it a fashion statement?   They say you do not wear stripes after Labor Day……

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Please enjoy……tell me how cute this little guy truly is……

My Saturday is done and time for me to go for a walk with the cuteness of my own……

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I think she waited so long that she decided on a short nap….

Maybe the walk can wait awhile…..is that coffee I smell?

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Karma Is Truly A Bitch

Closing Thought–09apr19

You got to love it when some a/hole gets his just desserts (no pun intended)…..

A big problem in Africa is poachers….those that kill animals for body parts they sell like ivory or rhino horn or a bladder or two……

I seem that Mother Nature is taking care of the poacher problem herself…….I wrote about it last year……https://lobotero.com/2018/07/07/now-thats-poetic-justice/

Sorry but that story made me chuckle a bit…..

Then over last weekend I read another story of Karma striking……

A poacher in South Africa in search of rhino horn instead brutally met his maker courtesy of a different beast altogether. As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, the unidentified man was hunting Tuesday with four other men when he was trampled by an elephant, then apparently eaten by a pride of lions. When park officials began searching for his remains, all they found was a pair of pants and a skull. “Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that,” says the preserve’s manager. “It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.” The four surviving poachers have been charged

Once again a story that made me laugh out loud……and lions are cleaning up the mess……

See! Karma is truly a bitch!

Sit! Good Boy!

My last post of the day is a disturbing one, at least for me……

My daughter is a big fan of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, she enjoys watching him turn bad dogs into good dogs…..it is her little guilty pleasure…….so it was not nice of me to break the news of his investigation into his possible abuse of an animal……

A strange turn of events for the “Dog Whisperer”: Police say they’re investigating Cesar Millan for alleged animal cruelty after Millan’s Nat Geo Wild show Cesar 911 featured a dog attacking a pig during a training exercise. “There was a complaint that we received and we are investigating the matter,” an LA County Animal Control rep tells TheWrap. TMZ reports officials visited Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita on Thursday night to check on the health of the pig after receiving “numerous complaints.” However, Millan was out of town on a business trip at the time, reports NBC Los Angeles. Officials say Millan was then given 24 hours to get in touch with investigators. It isn’t clear if he has now done so.

The episode showed a French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who had previously attacked its owner’s potbellied pigs, biting the ear of a pig when introduced to the animal. “It was really difficult to watch,” says a professional dog trainer. “It’s not the way to rehabilitate an animal that is fearful and aggressive to pigs.” A pair of Change.orgpetitions are calling for the show to be cancelled. Nat Geo Wild, however, says viewers “did not see or understand the full context of the encounter.” It adds “Cesar took precautions” and the pig “was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly, and showed no lasting signs of distress.” A clip from the same episode shows Simon calmly interacting with the pig after the attack.

I am a dog lover…..and I do not believe this guy’s hype even before this incident…..if this is true then he needs to be charged and sent to a jury …..then call me for a punishment…..

You Get What You Deserve

I would like to talk about animal watching…….I know it is really cool to go out and observe animals in the natural habitat……but do the animals appreciate this intrusion into their lives?

Whale watching comes to mind.  There is a big business that evolves around trips out to watch the migrating whales….yes they are magnificent animals and graceful and we should do everything possible to preserve their lives and their migrations……..but do the whales appreciate our intrusion into their world?

Apparently not!

A 35-year-old Canadian woman died from injuries suffered when a surfacing gray whale crashed onto a tourist boat, Mexican authorities say. The Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office says the collision with the whale about a mile from the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas tossed the victim into the water. A firefighter commander says the woman was in a boat with other tourists returning to port around noon yesterday when the whale jumped from the water and landed on the boat. Mexican navy personnel responded to the scene and moved the woman to shore. She was taken to a clinic, where she died during treatment. Authorities have not released her full identity or hometown.

A tragic accident…….but think about it…..would you want a bunch of people following you around watching all you do……and snapping photos to boot?  Just like with sharks……you want to stop the attacks then stay out of their home……whales should have the right to get pissed off and retaliate…….

Caught In A “Poonado”!

My last day of ignoring the mind numbing news and try to track down something unusual to write about……I think I found the perfect situation…….

The SyFy channel has all kinds of campy “nado” movies….tornadoes, meteor storms, Ice nados, …..but here was a real life “nado” that was just too good to pass……

Have you ever been caught up in a “Sh*t Storm”?

This guy can say that he has…….

As octopuses shoot out ink as a defense mechanism, so sperm whales blast threats with poop. At least that’s the theory explained by a diver to the BBC. Keri Wilk and three fellow divers were engulfed in what he describes as a “poonado” let loose by one such whale off the coast of Dominica. Wilk wasn’t using scuba gear, since that can bother whales, the New York Daily News reports. That means he had little protection: “I had poop in my eyes, mouth, wetsuit, everywhere,” he tells the BBC. “I was soaked in it from head to toe.”

He described the cloud of feces as being some “30 or 40 meters in diameter,” or about 100 feet. The whale was diving, and the animals often poop while diving, Wilk said. But this time, it stopped mid-dive. “And then it started to evacuate its bowels, and didn’t stop for several minutes.” It even seemed to try to wave the feces toward the divers with its tail. “But, after leaving the cloud, it quickly washed away and didn’t leave a smell on us,” he says. The group got some rather alarming photos of the whole thing. (Whales, it seems, aren’t so into being watched.)

The moral of this story is……every animal deserves its privacy.  Or Sh*t Happens!…..

Sweet Nectar Of Revenge

My father was from Wisconsin and it is a hunting state…..but every year some d/bag mistakes a cow for a deer and is shot…..it got so bad that one farmer painted the word “COW” in huge fluorescent letters to try and save them from death……

But the story I read is the BEST report of animal revenge….EVER!

Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted, as a 72-year-old bow hunter in Wisconsin recently found out when the doe he struck with his arrow apparently had enough. After the man injured her and attempted to track her, she turned on him. “Apparently the man was going through some thick brush and the deer leaped out and went after him,” the local sheriff tells the Fond du Lac Reporter. “The doe struck him in the leg with her head.”

The hunter was transported to a nearby hospital Friday night, where his condition was unknown. The man was hunting with family members when the emergency call came in around 7:30pm, reports the AP. “I’m guessing the deer got away,” the sheriff says

Damn!  A great illustration of the old saying….”Revenge is a dish best served cold”!

Foods NOT For Dogs

I am an animal person…..but I have been blessed with dogs in my life since the beginning…….and of course there are times when eating and your friend is close by waiting for a taste…..but there some foods that can do damage to your friend…..even death……

You may have heard that you shouldn’t give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn’t:

  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to be put in gum, toothpaste, sugarless baked goods, and more. If a 20-pound dog eats a couple of sticks of the gum, it can suffer hypoglycemia and even death.
  2. Chocolate, coffee, and sodas, which contain methylxanthine compounds. They can cause seizures and heart problems in pets, and a single chocolate bar can lead to death.
  1. Avocados, which carry a toxin known as persin. It’s not just dangerous to cats and dogs: Birds, hamsters, and guinea pigs can experience serious health problems from the stuff, too.
  2. Cookies, which could contain macadamia nuts or other dangerous ingredients. Macadamia nuts, or macadamia powder or oil, can make dogs very sick for reasons that are unclear.
  3. Grapes and raisins, which “can lead to acute kidney failure in pets,” says a vet, noting that “we didn’t know about this until a few years ago.”
  4. Onions, garlic, and similar foods, which can make it harder for your pet’s blood to carry oxygen. Watch out for garlic and onion powder in soups, sauces, and elsewhere.

Click for Alternet’s full list.

Please read this and do your friend a favor and fight the urge to give them a taste……

Research shows dogs are much smarter than we think – Vox

Sunday in the park….my friends fave thing to do on an early Fall day.

To me this is a no brainer.  Any one that truly gets to know their best friend would tell you that this is a no brainer.

Hell, Baby Girl taught me to play fetch….it took 3 times of me fetching the ball to realize that she was teaching me…..

A good read…..enjoy!

 

Research shows dogs are much smarter than we think – Vox.