We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, March 26. 2020
Garth Brooks and Wife Trisha Yearwood Crash Facebook Live With Free Concert
ORCHESTRA PLAYS BEETHOVEN 9TH FROM THEIR HOMES
Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful - We’ve known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it’s behaving in such an extreme way.
US was more prepared for pandemic than any other country, Johns Hopkins study found
Coronavirus: New York hospital admission rates for Covid-19 decreasing. 'Evidence suggests density control plan may be working,'
Is coronavirus less fatal than early predictions suggested?
Contra Andrew Cuomo, While A Grim Choice, We May Have To Restart The Economy
An Easter rebirth for our economy? Hallelujah: Goodwin
It's a goal
Analysis: How South Korea Flattened The Curve Without Shutting Down Its Economy
Harvard: Let them eat cake
DEMOCRATIC NETWORKS TUNE TRUMP OUT
They don't want people seeing him doing his job
We will remember Dems’ stimulus holdup
Nope. People forget.
Democrats Have Misread the Moment
Biden Super PAC Ad Attacks Trump For Coronavirus Response, Repeats Debunked Claim He Called It A ‘Hoax’…
The Virus Is a Fire, and the Arsonist Is China
In Spain You Can't Use Your Own Back Yard. Police Make Sure of It...
Sheesh. Fresh air and sunshine kills bugs.
Iran Expels 'Doctors Without Borders' Team Despite 1800 Virus Deaths
Wednesday, March 25. 2020
Via Hot Air:
For what it's worth, I found this useful. There are several typos and some sentences don't make sense, but I suspect English may have been the second language for the author. You'll get the ideas, which are accurate and helpful.
This is from an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. In our community chat, here, they sent this excellent summary to avoid contagion. I share it with you because it is very clear:
The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin
outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the
protein, breaks it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
NO BACTERICIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates). ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer. [DB added this link regarding UVC light: https://www.insider.com/does-uv-light-kill-germs]
The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
Tuesday, March 24. 2020
They are today's fashion item, besides the rest. All cotton works if washed regularly. Polyester doesn't work.
From one of our favorite entrepreneurs, a Go Fund Me with a mask for each $50 donation. Any profit to the food bank.
Somewhat related: Moving Past the Quarantine, How to get Americans back to work safely
It can't go on indefinitely. Lives are being destroyed. It's a balancing act, but whatever they do will be wrong. Reality's a bitch, but here's another problem:
Australia's biggest brewer says the country will run out of BEER within weeks unless the industry is classed 'essential' amid coronavirus lockdown
NYC Mayor: We're Out of Supplies Because of Trump, Didn't Order Supplies
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
How the Coronavirus Changed President Trump and America
Indiana, Massachusetts Prepare 'Stay At Home' Orders, South Africa Weighs '21-Day' Lockdown: Live Updates
Shameful media still slamming Donald Trump during coronavirus crisis
Former Warren, Clinton aides leading 'coronavirus war room' targeting Trump's response to pandemic
It's always too much, or not enough
Biden claims he could attack virus better than Trump. History says otherwise
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Trump Has ‘Never Overruled Me’ Or Contradicted The Science…
Pelosi's coronavirus stimulus includes return of 'Obamaphones,' other unrelated items, GOP says
'What the Hell Do We Have to Lose?'—Trump Sent Malaria Meds to NY to Begin Trials on COVID-19 Patients
Fauci cites Trump travel restrictions as possible key for U.S. not 'becoming another Italy'
Former HHS official claims CDC leaders "lied" to Trump over coronavirus testing
Germany Closes Border To Europeans, But Migrants Still Allowed In
Monday, March 23. 2020
Like butchering a White Tail deer, but much bigger. I've done lots of deer, but never with power tools.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:17 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
This is not the time for these childish games.
Pundits are replaceable too, but not VDH.
The Legal Problem With Diversity Statements - Public universities can’t make hiring decisions based on political viewpoints
Amazon is hiring 100,000 workers, Walmart is hiring 150,000 — here are the sectors adding jobs amid coronavirus
The Crisis’s Impact on Budgets - Already strained by unfunded pension obligations, states now face a collapse in tax revenue.
Hey - time to raise state taxes!
NYC Mayor To Start Emptying Jails Over Virus Spread
New York Wouldn't Spend $500 Mil on Ventilators, Willing to Spend $500 Mil On Illegals
Starbucks Closes Access to Cafes, Switches to Drive-Thru, Delivery Only
Not Dunkin' because America runs on Dunkin'
A Pandemic of Political Correctness
Say thanks to ‘greedy pharmaceutical companies’ — they’re our best coronavirus hope
Illinois Governor Lists Gun Stores as ‘Essential,’ Exempts Them from Forced Shutdown
Chinese Ambassador Quotes Hillary Clinton’s Tweet Defending China and Attacking Trump
China Is Not the Hero of the Pandemic. You can criticize Trump without parroting Beijing’s propaganda.
Journalist who called President Trump’s tweet ‘ignorant snake oil drivel’ gets schooled by actual doctor
"President Trump has taken historic, aggressive measures to protect the health, wealth and safety of the American people — and did so, while the media and Democrats chose to only focus on the stupid politics of a sham illegitimate impeachment."
“I’ve Voted Democrat My Whole Life. It’s Getting Tougher.”
Are Dems Refusing to Support $2 Trillion Stim Bill Unless It Includes a Bailout for Planned Parenthood?
Senate Democrats Block Mammoth Chinese Coronavirus Stimulus Package
Democrats Decide Getting the Orange Man Is More Important than Saving Lives
Stop The Coronabailout From Raining Your Money On Corporate Lobbyists Instead Of Struggling Americans
Which Is Worse, The Virus Or The Responses To It?
U.S. coronavirus lockdown to last 10-12 weeks, top Trump official says
That is crazy talk.
Israeli drug company donating 6M doses of malaria drug to US to combat coronavirus
Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory
Soros’ Anti-Israel Funding
Took a drive yesterday from Yankeeland way, way down to Brooklyn - Bedford-Stuyvestant specifically. Yeah, it was "essential". If you know this spot (coming north off the Whitestone Bridge), how's that traffic? My gal drove 75 mph the whole way down and back and the cops ignored.
Bed-Stuy used to scare me. Now, at least in my daughter's area, it's a wedge of gentrification. Remarkable to me.
Speaking of Brooklyn, here's what Peter Luger is doing.
Sunday, March 22. 2020
Book recommendation: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life
One does not need to be Roman Catholic to appreciate this.
Some preliminary numbers are being put together, but time will tell.
1. Powerline reports on a numbers-cruncher: A DATA-DRIVEN LOOK AT THE WUHAN CORONAVIRUS
2. More details on the above here: COVID-19 - Evidence Over Hysteria
3. The median incubation period is 5 days. So without symptoms after a close exposure for a week or so, you likely aren't infected.
4. In the US you can see numbers of cases (+ tests) rising rapidly. That doesn't mean the numbers of cases are increasing that rapidly. It means more people are getting tested.
5. This germ does not appear to be spread as easily as feared, but I were elderly (80+), frail, overweight, or with significant pre-existing ailments, I would self-quarantine for a while. Not sure what "a while" means, yet.
6. What Does Having Coronavirus Feel Like? Here’s What Survivors, Patients Say
7. My expert medical friends tell me we'll have a good idea of when the infection rate will plateau or begin its downturn in the next 5-10 days. Can't go by "cases," though.
Addendum: For those who chose to be quarantined at home, we recommend several activities: Sex, home workouts, taking hikes or runs outdoors, reading Maggie's, doing one or two of The Great Courses, getting some outdoor clean-up done, doing an hour of paperwork, cleaning some closets and getting rid of junk, and having civilized cocktail hours. All sorts of ways to make the most of it. Churches are live-streamed now, so that too.
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Saturday, March 21. 2020
I have not the faintest idea what the ordinary Chinese person on the street would say, if speaking truthfully. I know it is a different culture with different rules, and certainly without Western values and morals. As I may misunderstand it, a culture without the Western ideal of the individual except for those in power.
I am in favor of decoupling from the China behemoth. That means you too, Wallmart, and you too, Apple. And all of the pharma companies that manufacture there.
Taking a drive to a mountain hike is essential travel. Take it from Bird Dog.
A perfect day for a long ride over hill and dale instead of in the ring. You can't close a barn.
Horses will be feisty for sure, but so am I.
Dalrymple on clothing:
First impressions matter
WSJ: ‘The Consequences of Structural Whiteness are Fatal’. A famous medical journal succumbs to radical politics.
Crazy thing is, it's legal for them
Open Borders Dems Threaten U.S. Health Care System
Mike Bloomberg pumped nearly $1B into failed presidential bid
Biden’s memory isn’t the only problem; It’s his lies
District tells Philadelphia teachers not to teach online due to ‘equity’ concerns; quickly backtracks
FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material
Trump Says He Doesn't Want Corporations Spending "Millions Of Dollars" On Buybacks While Workers Suffer
National Guard Deploys In Baltimore As City Enforces Restrictive Curfew
Taiwan Says It Warned WHO About Coronavirus In December, But Its Warnings Were Ignored
Schumer Asks Trump To Invoke Act For Emergency Medical Equipment; Trump Immediately Orders It Done
Walmart hiring 150,000 to meet demand from coronavirus, giving bonuses to current employees
Fox News's Hume rips Alexander over 'gotcha' question to Trump
Stanford Professor: Data Indicates We’re Severely Overreacting To Coronavirus
New York Deems Liquor Stores ‘Essential,’ Says They Can Stay Open During Coronavirus Shutdown
Marijuana dispensaries are deemed 'essential' in LA, allowed to stay open during coronavirus order
As Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19, Life-Saving Trans Surgeries Are Delayed. Though medical facilities may soon become overtaxed for everyone, the coronavirus pandemic has shed light on how transgender people's care can be treated as "non-essential."
Hospitals in Mass. told to limit ‘nonessential surgeries’ due to COVID-19, but abortions still a go
'Endless wars' and political warfare