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Thursday, April 30. 2020
Assuming lockdowns do not prevent deaths but only slow the rate (still unknown whether that works very well, but maybe), who decides what number is acceptable?
Protecting the most vulnerable (nursing homes and the like) has not worked very well thus far, with up to 50% of corona deaths occurring in such places. Those places require lots of staff.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:03 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
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Georgia reopening state is terrible, but Colorado doing the same is ignored
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The left's 'listen to the science' mantra is growing old. Trump listened, and that's the problem.
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Wednesday, April 29. 2020
It was similar to this virus
Why is the reaction so different?
Ever since I graduated from grad school I have kept a major medical plan. Yes, it it portable.
Over my lifetime, medical costs have expanded enormously, mainly because of what medical science in the the US is able to do. Miraculous things. All worth doing? I do not know, but the USA has the best medical options in the world, however expensive. Among many other problems with Obamacare (a stalking horse for government medical care) was the absence of a regular cheap major medical plan like the one I still have.
Shop around. These policies still exist.
Speaking personally, I am not afraid of dying if I am in bad shape, but I think life is a kick and I'd be glad to stick with it for a while, working, making a living, and having an interesting life.
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Is Xi laughing?
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No love for the Palis
Tuesday, April 28. 2020
Via Prof Boudreaux:
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Really? That could take a year or more. Possibly never. Of course, everybody wants a vaccine today, but no vaccine has ever been made for any viruses in the corona family despite many efforts.
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Monday, April 27. 2020
Where my opinions are leaning towards. CORONAVIRUS REALITY CHECK:
Maybe not more fatal, but more infectious. It is unavoidable. Like death and taxes.
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Cowbirds are famous for their foster parenting habit. Bad parents.
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About the Cowbird.
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Sunday, April 26. 2020
By popular request. Lyrics and tune are both cool. They run through my head. The vid is not so great.
"I wonder where in the world Alicia Keys might be..."
Debate is good. New facts are useful too. As I understand it, though, lockdowns are not so much designed to prevent death as they were to slow the rate of serious infection - to extend the epidemic at a less intense rate.
We have a rather soft-quarantine going on here. Soft quarantine meaning pushing the limits of what is allowed. Not by choice, but because there are few places to go outdoors other than road hikes with friends, Costco, market, drug store. An hour of morning calisthenics in the living room before breakfast, of course, with adult music, is a good way to begin a day.
Rainy day with the goal of emptying two closets. So much crap that will never be used, and that Good Will would never want. (They are fussy about your old stuff - nobody wants it.)
I have a prosperous friend who added a 35X35' laundry room on the second floor when his four kids were young, above a new kitchen addition. Two washers, two driers, linen/blanket shelves on all the walls, and dedicated rolling racks all around: one for ski gear, one for hunting gear, one for bad-weather gear, etc. etc.
I praised him for this, but was green with envy.
Mrs. B and I are cleaning out two closets today. It feels good. Much of it is good stuff, but nobody would want it. The garbage man will need a $20 tip on Tues to get rid of it all.
"When in doubt, throw it out." The Collier Brothers never learned that. I have learned, over time, that most of our stuff is dumpster fodder.
What to do? Surfing in the intertube is a complete waste of life, like counting flowers on the wall. Reading Maggie's doesn't count.
Where can you go, really, right now?
At least I think I will do some practice fly casting on the lawn. Why not? I can always use practice with that game. Rain and wind just make it more interesting.
1 Peter 1:17-23
1:17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile.
1:18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
1:20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.
1:21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
1:22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.
1:23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
Saturday, April 25. 2020
From 16,000 years ago to present. Yes, you could have walked from Paris to London if they had existed then. It's post-glaciation sea rise.
1. Do you miss getting to your gym? (I do - I miss all of my happy routines including beers with pals after work)
2. Do you think you have been infected already? (I do, in Feb. - thought it was just a strange flu that lasted a week and left me weak for a few days after. Awaiting easy availability of the antibody test. Pretty sure Mrs. BD too. Hope we both are through it.)
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