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Friday, March 13. 2020
The Evasive Behavior of Blue Whales - Observations of a tagged blue whale show that it may have learned to avoid ships.
Smallest dinosaur found trapped in 100-million-year-old amber - A new species of dinosaur is described for the first time from an exquisitely preserved (and incredibly small) skull.
Markets: Volatility by Any Other Name.As the Dow Jones Industrial Average enters bear market territory—and the S&P 500 flirts with it—it is worth remembering the name given to a pullback doesn’t determine returns from here.
‘Grooming’: Washington passes far-left sex ed plan promoting promiscuity, LGBT, abortion
Statement from Assistant Attorney General Commending House Judiciary Committee’s Work to Clarify Criminalization of Female Genital Mutilation
Was California’s Bullet Train Even More Of A Corrupt Mess Than We Thought?
California bullet train project employees told to ‘shut up’ about project woes: report
Watch Why People Are 'Fleeing California' – It Ain't Pretty
EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler Rolls Back His Agency’s Overreach
Remembering the Swine Flu
The Media-Induced Coronavirus Panic Is Worse Than The Disease
CNN Panel Discusses Coronavirus as Democrat Path to White House
Closing Europe for 30 days: The horror. But most cases are coming from Europe
Why Liberals Can't Comprehend Progress in Trump's America
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This is the perfect storm for an opposition party. Take a bad situation for which there really is no good government solution and proclaim it to be a crisis. Brand any effective actions taken as overreaction, any in effective actions as incompetence, and any non-actions as imbecilic complacency.
Agreed. I have been largely skeptical of this whole mania. It's obvious the Democrats and the media are playing this for every political advantage they can. And I've been listening to Rush and Hannity tell us how over- blown this story is.
Hannity has been saying that Johns Hopkins' website was a good source of information. Yesterday, I went there and I did not feel calmer for having done so. There were really high estimates for infections and deaths. I read about a young PA with no other health problems that came down with it and needed a respirator to breathe. Today I saw this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cZFhjMQrVts. I'm starting to get very alarmed! I realize there are contrary opinions and expectations and I hope they are right.
My point: just because the political opposition is using it as a cudgel, doesn't mean we should take it less seriously. Be safe!
This is a very dangerous situation. Everyone needs to self-isolate as much as possible to slow the rate of spread and this is going to be the situation for several months. Because of my wife's hospitalization I have been in self-isolation mode for a couple of weeks now. Please see my prior email from a few days ago detailing what you need to do to prepare. Understand that if you are exposed, whether or not you get infected, you are likely looking at 2 week isolation/quarantine anyway. If you or a family member get sick your whole family will be quarantined. When this hits it will be like a tidal wave with people falling sick all at the same time.
my point is not that the situation is not serious, but that there is no magic wand a government can wave to make it go away. The virus is spreading in democracies; it is spreading in dictatorships. It is spreading in countries with government-run healthcare systems; it is spreading in countries with privately owned healthcare systems.
Anti-viral drugs are notoriously ineffective, and there simply hasn't been enough time to develop a vaccine. It's the Second Peter principle at work: You can't assign 9 women to make a baby in one month.
So far the response of the Left is that border closings are unnecessary, xenophobic, racist and should have been done three months ago. That kind of thinking and rhetoric inflame the situation without moving in any direction toward a solution.
When you say coronavirus are you referring to the Wuhan coronavirus or a different one?
I strongly suspect the reference is to the latest ChiCom one.
You'd avoid ships too if they'd been chucking harpoons at you for some 400 years.
The typical 19th century whaling ship (and yes, it's possible that some of the whales alive today encountered them) was about 2 shipping containers long and wide, not much larger than the whales they hunted. Being square-rigged, they could maybe manage 8-10 knots in the proverbial downhill in a hurricane sense. Today's container ships can be an order of magnitude larger at a minimum, and can travel in the 20-30 knot range. Much harder to miss and a lot harder hitting when they don't.
Closing off Europe made sense. The countries where travel is restricted themselves have zero restriction on travel and entry. They literally have no idea who is in their countries and who is coming over their borders. They created a situation that is ripe for abuse and it has been abused terribly. I would suggest that after the covid19 crisis is over that we require visas from these countries for travel to the U.S.
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/cnns_don_lemon_beclowns_himself_again_launching_into_john_kasich_for_praising_trump.html: THIS...is CNN..........
British woman sues medical center for allowing her to “transition” her gender: Got what she wanted; found out she hated it. Bummmmmmmmmer....
Was California’s bullet train even more of a corrupt mess than we thought? Their wants overruled their senses...assuming they HAD any.
The Great Coronavirus War Is upon Us: WHY, oh WHY is there a Subaru in the picture, when EVERYONE knows that a Corolla is a Toyota?
Why Liberals Can't Comprehend Progress in Trump's America: They don't WANT to. They REFUSE to. As Yossarian said in "Catch-22", "Eat Your Liver."
I suspect the bullet train and the big dig will be rivals in the political corruption of government projects that are for the benefit of crony capitalists and ethics free politicians all herding around the taxpayer trough.
Texas is doomed. With that many Californians moving there, it is only a matter of time before it turns blue.
I’m a fourth generation Coloradan. This use to be a wonderful state. It didn’t always voting conservative, but not liberal either. It was the very definition of flyover country. Oh sure, we have always had The Peoples Republic of Boulder, and Aspen, but those places had very little influence on the states politics. Aspen was mostly second or third homes for the very wealthy.
In the early eighties we had a huge influx from the East and Chicago. We turned more violet. Then in the nineties, the Californians started coming. First in small numbers. Than in such massive numbers that you could see the streets full of cars with Californian license plates. A state that Californians looked down there noses at for many years, is now their home. Californians don’t leave their destructive politics in California.
Californians have ruined Colorado. Liberalism is a mental disorder with no cure.
Yesterday I was pulling out of the supermarket and there was a line at the gas station turnoff, near the feeder - people inching forward to enter the feeder from the parking lot. A woman in a Subaru, apparently convinced of her priorities, came right forward, blocking the turnoff, which then had people backing up at the entrance, wanting to turn L into the gas station. Me FIRST. Once I got behind her sure enough: California license plates, confirming everyone's worst impressions, even if they're wrong. Everyone else in line left the gap open so that people could turn across the line - you know - common courtesy.
Agree 100% Resident since 1978--no longer, Sadly, I'm out.
Inside the life of a 1941 American mother: Yesterday, I was remembering my experiences growing up a few decades ago when it came to the multiple illnesses encountered by the average family with young children. One was expected to get the measles, mumps and chicken pox along with multiple colds, sore throats, fevers, etc. during childhood.
Mom dosed us with vitamins and chicken soup; doctors made house calls if a temperature stayed too high for too long. Actually, house calls were most effective, not only for keeping the very ill out of waiting rooms where infections could be passed around, but because most families had several children ill at the same time, so the doc covered several patients with one stop, perhaps walking over to the neighbors house to look in on one's playmates who were also ill.
I don't recall anyone dying; one went to the hospital for pneumonia, but he suffered from year-around allergies, so his lungs were always at risk.
Most of the grandparents lived long lives well into their 70s, many into their 80s and a few closed in on 100. No one panicked about the cause of death, but accepted such losses as the circle of life.
"Although blue whales are rare globally—their populations are thought to be less than 10 percent of their pre-commercial whaling numbers—they are relatively common off the coast of California." This statement says it all. The author of this article tries to minimize the importance of the fact that whale populations have dropped more than 90%. It's a total disaster. All the sea animals are dying. Tuna, Octopus, Coral Reefs, Dolphins, the list is endless. And this is all happening because grown men refuse to act responsibly. The Russians, the Japanese, the Chinese, even American companies.
That game has to come to an end. The sad thing is that when responsible men finally are forced to take corrective action, they will be blamed as the "bad guys". Our Navy will probably have to sink thousands of fishing boats, and the countries who are currently destroying the oceans will say that they are just "innocent victims". They won't say one word about over-population, water-pollution, and over-fishing.
During this period of conflict, while the Navy is fighting to save the oceans, a lot of the foreign people in America will have to be repatriated. It won't be safe to have a bunch of Africans, and Mexicans, and Chinese, and Japanese walking around. They will be enemy combatants, in the truest sense of the word. Before World War Two, the F.B.I. found hundreds of short-wave radios, and boxes of dynamite, hidden in Japanese houses. That's why they decided to arrest all the Japanese. The United States has no choice but to expel everyone who is not supposed to be here. And we will also need new rules: No more fishing, or cargo ships, or cruise ships, or nitrogen-runoff from farms, or sewage-runoff from cities.
We are facing a global conflict, and we we are also facing a situation where there will be food shortages in many parts of the world. As a result, millions of people will starve to death. There's nothing we can do about that: we can't feed the world, because our farmland has already been over-used. The only option will be to allow the global population to decline to a manageable level. In my opinion, Africa shouldn't have any people at all, it should be returned to nature.
The cradle of civilization, Africa, should be returned to nature? Wow, just, wow.
When you go rounding up all these Africans, Mexicans, Chinese, and Japanese, for forced deportation, just where the heck are you going to send the Africans?
I'm thankful that this type of irrational thinking, has very few (please God!) adherents.
Before World War Two, the F.B.I. found hundreds of short-wave radios, and boxes of dynamite, hidden in Japanese houses.
Do you have a citation for that statement?
I don't have a citation. About fifteen years ago, I bought a book on the history of the F.B.I. It was quite factual, and went into great detail on how the agency was established, how the agents were trained, etc. The book also told the story of how the F.B.I. found all sorts of weapons, and shortwave radios in Japanese households. I know that this must come as a surprise to you, because the Japanese have done everything within their power to cast themselves as "innocent Americans" in the period before the war. But they weren't. You'd be surprised at how intransigent and foolish the Japanese can be. Sometimes they act in their own worst interests.
Regarding the House Judiciary Committee's work on FGM, what is there to clarify? It's a barbaric custom, not religiously mandated, and it should be punished as a felony.
The press release sates that the Judiciary Committee, is working on legislation. If, a bill makes it out of committee, how will the three Muslim representatives vote?
I didn't realize that feminist propaganda went back to the forties. That Inside the life of a traditional American mother article was chock full of it. I have no doubt that raising children and tending house is hard, but is it harder than...say...laying bricks or making steel all day? Given a choice, most woman would chose to be housewives. I note that the women in those photos were smiling.
I loved the years of raising children. Not every woman is the same, but I love to cook, and didn't care if the house was too messy, and loved to take the kids to the beach or hiking in the woods or to our lake, and on all sorts of adventures with other families in our neighborhood. I honestly never thought it was hard at all. It was very fulfilling. The kids turned out really well.
Watch Why People Are 'Fleeing California' – It Ain't Pretty
Watching this I seriously fear for the future of Texas. It's only a matter of time before the Californiavirus sickens and kills it. Texas should be building barriers to entry.