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Thursday, April 9. 2020
John Prine, Singer-Songwriter Known for Wit and Warmth, Dies of Coronavirus at 73
For Passover this year, China will take Pharaoh’s role
How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Up Your Glasses
'A disastrous situation': mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain
Supermarkets seem fine. I think most of the issue is the sudden lack of their other commercial orders
Trump needs a get-America-back-to-work team
Agreed, but maybe they have one already
Safety Protocols for Getting Back to Work
CDC issues new guidance saying essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 can Return to work if showing no symptoms in first step towards reopening the U.S.
Good. That is step 1
White House Coronavirus Model Gets Updated Second Time In Four Days, Downgrading Deaths, Hospitalizations Again
Dr. Fauci: US Should See 'Beginning of a Turnaround' After This Week
They seem to be fine now
The FDA Graveyard - Absurd bureaucratic strictures are hindering efforts to fight Covid-19.
Trump Admin Expects To Roll Out ‘Millions’ Of These Tests Next Month To Help Reopen The Country
We get that
Coronavirus Death Predictions Bring New Meaning to Hysteria
Doesn't Everybody "Need" A Bailout?
Defense official says media reports about November coronavirus intel assessment are false
Fake news, just like Trump's investment
Lessons on Leadership From the USS Theodore Roosevelt
The pandemic ‘sugar pill’ hospital executives sold the Trump administration in 2018. In a survey released 18 months ago, 86 percent of hospital administrators reported they were prepared for an infectious outbreak. They were not.
Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Made Alyssa Milano Backtrack on 'Believing All Women'. Under fire for refusing to support Tara Reade, Milano says she never thought #MeToo would "destroy innocent men."
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John Prine was admitted to the hospital last week with a suspected heart attack and had ongoing serious cardiac issues. Was his death caused by Covid-19 or something totally unrelated? Is it possible that he died of coronary issues and just happened to have the virus at the same time?
Apparently, anyone who dies these days is almost automatically diagnosed as having died from Covid-19. This skews the numbers and prevents us from getting a true picture of the mortality of the disease.
In any case, John Prine was an American treasure and we will miss him and his truly down-home music. Hope all his dreams in his one of his latest songs, "When I get to Heaven" come true.
John Prine's death is a great loss. That leaves Bonnie Koloc as the last one standing of The Earl of Oldtown's (Chicago) "Trinity" which also included Steve Goodman, "City of New Orleans." Saw them twice @ 1970.
I'm seeing some discontent on websites over the belief that the HSS is finagling the covid mortality rate. It does appear that the US is inflating deaths while Europe is under reporting. I would rather have an accurate record that reflects the uncertainty on the ground. I would count deaths with comorbidities as covid. However, Id include a subset of covid deaths in which the comorbitities are severe enough to be life threatening, in which case its anybody's guess whether the patient died "with or from covid". Id have another category of suspected covid deaths. The thing is, we only get one chance to get this right, we cant go back and fix erroneous records.
The Senate’s Plan To Save Small Businesses Is Already Failing, And Mnuchin Just Made It Worse
It isn’t going to work because the Senate’s formula allows far too little money to make up for a lost month and get through the following two or more while meeting the Senate’s demands. The Senate made these demands to protect workers, but did not provide the money a lot of businesses will need to protect workers and themselves.
Then, even if there was enough money, it isn’t going to work because Mnuchin crafted loan parameters that make it untenable for nearly all small businesses should the Senate’s demands not be met, which would mean the loan doesn’t qualify for forgiveness.
. . . And then there’s all the dictates Nancy Pelosi put into the bill in exchange for the Democrat vote. You might support the speaker and think that paid leave and health insurance requirements on small businesses are a noble policy, but you’ve got a lot on your mind and in addition to keeping everything afloat, taking this loan means you expose yourself to a lot of business costs very quickly at the onset of what might be an economic depression. Republicans gave you a tax credit to pay for it all, which is nice, but that’s at the end of the year — if you’re broke and out of business by then, it won’t mean anything.
Looks like there are too many strings attached to make this work. Anyway, most small businesses are servicing debt without income as it is. They don't need more debt. They need income.
A Shocking 17 Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In Past 3 Weeks
Fed Unveils New Bailout Program, Will Provide Up To $2.3 Trillion In Loans To "Support Economy"
Powell is launching a helicopter credit drop the likes of which have never been seen before.
If I were a small business owner I would beware of free stuff from the government.
The biggest feature in common between the Biden and Kavanaugh #MeToo farces is the dramatic hypocrisy on the part of the kabuki actors. But something else is missing in the Biden accusation, that was present with Kavanaugh campaign: A series of further accusations, timed for release for maximum dramatic effect, all quickly dis-proven when the women were proven to be flakes and the stories didn't hang together. The Blasey-Ford accusation should have been quickly disproven too, but one must take into account that the media has a leading role as one of the kabuki actors. The only honest thing that one can say about the whole affair is that, if it did happen, Biden doesn't remember it.
I went to Costco, wearing a mask, and my glasses fogged up.
Took them off, put them in my jacket pocket. And while in the checkout line, my nose started running, and my wife's nose did too.
Hospital administrators unprepared...Until they are held accountable they will never be prepared or at the least improve their preparedness. There needs to be a change at the hospital level where preparedness items are stored on site rather than sit in a federal warehouse unused and ignored and likely poorly inventoried. Having been a member of CERT we would get masks from the local hospital that had expired. Work with manufacturers and legislators to improve the elastic straps and extend the expiration date out 4-5 years to cut ridiculous waste. Do the same thing with extending expiration of drugs. There are numerous changes that could be made to cut waste that drive costs through the roof. But you need actual administrators and other public SERVANTS that take the job seriously.
Milano backtracking...it is about feminist politics and has nothing to do with justice.
Isn't rule number one of feminism: Men are evil. They need to be eliminated, or at the very least, castrated? For this harpy hypocrite to now claim, I didn't know metoo would destroy innocent men, shows what a short sighted nincompoop she is. Once more: feminism does not care about the innocent man. Feminism needs to destroy all men, at all costs!
Foggy Glasses ...
I bought a WWII gas mask in the mid-fifties
The instructions to keep the celluloid lenses clear were:
1. Wet some bar soap (Ivory for example)
2. Rub the thick paste onto the inside of the lens.
3. Let it dry
4. Now polish, gently with dry towel.
Worked back then, should work now.
NASA Marks 50 Years Since Apollo 13 Mission
I was in the 8th grade and was so naive that in my mind there was zero doubt that Apollo 13 would make it safely home. I viewed all the ensuing problems that cropped up after the explosion to be trivial matters being sensationalized by the media to draw ratings.
It was years later before I realized how close those men came to dying.
It was indeed NASA’s finest hour.