Protestors?

May 29, 2020

The strange news just keeps on coming. By now we’ve all heard of the
incident in Minneapolis where a 4 police officers over reacted which
resulted in the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was accused of
trying to pass funny money.

Since then there has been rioting, looting, destruction of property,
and a call for revolution from a former kneeling football player.
There is even a police station on fire. After all that we have
noticed this; as of late last night, the media was still calling
these events protests and the people destroying their own cities
protesters.

So lets help the media out with a little help from our friend, the
Webster’s New World Dictionary.

protest-
1 to state positively 2 to speak strongly against -vi. to express
disapproval; object -n 1 an objection 2 a formal statement of
objection

riot-
1 wild or violent behavior, confusion, etc.; esp., a violent public
disturbance 2 a brilliant display 3 (Inf) something very funny

It would seem this makes it clear as day that the events in
Minneapolis are not protests and are in fact riots. Where will it
end? We’re not sure but don’t think it will be a happy ending.

We citizens have the right to peacefully assemble to protest what
we aren’t happy about. We do not have the right to destroy, steal,
and burn down the neighborhood.

Try to enjoy our Friday as the weekend will be gone before we know
it. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Here’s the deal…

May 28, 2020

Since I can’t believe that so many people didn’t know the threat we
call coronavirus has been around for decades, it’s time to say
something. The coronaviruses were first discovered in 1931 and
caused an acute respiratory infection in domesticated chickens.

In the 1940s, two more animal coronaviruses, mouse hepititis virus
and transmissible gastroenteritis virus, were isolated. The first
human coronavirus occured in 1965. At that time it caused a common
cold.

There are 7 coronaviruses that can infect humans. The one that
causes SARS emerged in China in 2002. MERS, another version of the
virus, started in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and was mostly in the Middle
East. And there were SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HCoV
HKU1 in 2005, and the new SARS-CoV-2 in 2019.

Contrary to some beliefs, the current strain of the coronavirus
didn’t start with bats in wet markets in Wuhan, China. This is a
simple deduction since the markets didn’t sell bats at the time of
the outbreak.

The 2002 outbreak of SARS-CoV had a fatality rate of 9.2%, the 2012
MERS-CoV had a fatality rate of 37%, and 2019 SARS-CoV-2
(COVID-19) had a projected fatality rate of 6.2%.

So this is not a new virus but a new strain of an existing one. And
I still believe that when the dust settles the fatality rate of
this virus will be less than 1% of those infected. Wear your masks if
you desire, quarantine if you must, but please do a little research
before getting too worried.

And no, I’m not a doctor. But their are reputable scientific sites
to look at when researching. Although numbers are double checked
and websites used for reference are saved, if any mistakes are
made here they are not intentional.


Of kittens and other things

May 26, 2020

When the wife first looked at this picture she said the kitten
looked mad. This was new to me as I never equated cats with any
emotion, just instincts. Or perhaps said kitten was just having a
rough day.

This picture is more about what I think of instinct. It looks
like the one kitten is going to slap the other one to get its
attention. Or the playful kitten could be mad also.

And I was thinking about the climate change people who claim we
are going to kill ourselves if we don’t stop using fossil fuels
and will be incinerated by the intolerable heat of our own
making. But they evidently forget that the hottest day ever
recorded in America happened over 100 years ago.

In 1913, the temperature in Death Valley hit 134 degrees. This
record has not been broken since.

Then we have the Covid-19 virus that seems to have some politicians
salivating at the chance of more power over the citizens. But here’s
the deal, this is America. If someone doesn’t want to wear a mask in
public it should be their right to do so.

If you wear a mask and believe everyone else should, just stay 6
feet away from the one not wearing a mask. When the dust settles on
this page of history I believe it will be said we overreacted. It
will be no worse than the flu.

Enjoy our Tuesday and remember, solid waste pick up will be a day
late because of the holiday. No for some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s official…

May 19, 2020

Common sense is never going to make a come back in our lifetime. Not
saying that to hear myself talk, only to state a fact. Don’t believe
me? I’ll try to explain.

We now have all these doctors and scientists telling us we have to
wait for a vaccine to solve the virus problem. When said vaccine does
appear, it will have to be taken with every new outbreak, and then be
told the vaccine wasn’t meant for the current strain but will help
ease symptoms. All that from people who can’t find a cure for the
common cold or flu.

We have governors who think they’ve been appointed King and shut down entire states while telling us it’s for own good. This morning one said that if businesses break his ‘rule’ they would be charged and fined, which is better than losing their license. Wait, what?

So much for land of the free, home of the brave. And what about all
these numbers they keep throwing at us? Here in Iowa we’re told so
many thousand have the Covid-19 and a couple hundred died from it.
But, those counted as having it have been tested. How about adding
‘out of 3 million residents in the state’.

Unless everybody gets tested, the numbers are useless. Unless all
those who died get tested, those numbers are useless. And what about the masks? Wear them, don’t wear them, and if you do wear them they get old real quick. I will not wear one nor visit a business that tells me I have to.

Why is our President getting so much flak over this when it’s the
Governors who are running the show right now? If people what to get
mad at someone, get mad at your Governor. We’ll say again, the
government is not the answer, it’s the problem.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now for more coffee before I do some chores.
Comments are always welcome.


A couple of things

May 15, 2020

While people everywhere are in various stages of recovering
from the non-pandemic house Democrats are passing a $3 trillion
bill with give-aways to buy voters and trying to make illegal
immigrants legal, Trump is urging a search for a treatment for
the virus, and others see a vaccine as the only answer.

Of course if a vaccine is found we will all be told that every
person in the country will have to get it for the vaccine to work,
and get one every year until we die of old age or something
else.

Case in point, the flu vaccine. Every year people line up to
get it and then are told it isn’t for the flu virus going
around that year but will help if they get the flu. I have
never gotten a flu vaccine and was sick exactly once. And I
didn’t die from not getting the magic medicine.

Then we have the illegal actions of the Obama administration
falsifying records to smear Flynn. Pundits are now saying they
shouldn’t be prosecuted as that would mean future politicians
would be prosecuted for the little things.

No, it would mean if you are a crooked politician you won’t
get away with it. Have you ever wondered what our politicians
would be like if they couldn’t get away with spying on other
politicians, making up charges, and were actually doing their
jobs?

We’ll end this here and say, enjoy our Friday. Now for some
coffee and a couple of cheeseburgers.
Comments are always welcome.


Signs

May 8, 2020

This recent virus experience left me thinking of a song that came
out in 1971 by the 5 Man Electrical Band called ‘Signs’. The part
that stuck to me goes as follows:

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

If this brings back memories, the lyrics to the song can be found
here. Don’t know what history will call this part of our lives down
the road, but it is interesting.

With so much of our country shut down the poor are getting poorer
while the rich don’t seem as affected. Oh sure, the complain by
saying being locked in their mansions is like being in jail, but any
of us who been in jail know that isn’t right.

It’s kind of amusing that our government is trying to save us and
legislate us into poverty. They think they know about the virus and
what’s good for us and living by a different standard themselves. It
is confusing to an old fart like me.

I missed going over to visit Dad for two weeks as the wife was
exposed to the virus at work and waited before going over to see him
again. We had a nice reunion of sorts and enjoyed kicking jokes back
and forth.

Now I find out he came in contact with someone who tested positive
for Covid-19. At 94 years old he doesn’t get out much and now he has
to go without visitors again. This is getting old.

Let’s open our country back up so those who can, and want to, go
back to work and those of us who pre-existing conditions that could
make things worse if infected, stay home. Don’t know about you but
we want our life back.

Enjoy our Friday as it means we’re one day closer to seeing the
tail end of this pandemic. Now for coffee and a cheeseburger.
Comments are always welcome.


Nurses week and more

May 5, 2020

Tomorrow is National Nurses Day and the beginning of National Nurses
Week. May 6th was chosen because it falls on Florence Nightingales
birthday. National Nurses Week runs from May 6th to May 12th.

Since we can’t get away from talk of the Covid19 virus, thought we’d
share this chart which compares the 2017-2018 flu season to the virus
currently going around. Funny, but as bad as that flu outbreak was I
don’t remember any quarantines, social distancing, shut downs, or
panic.

Even the local news is talking about the virus with projections of
doom and gloom, warnings of what may happen, and sky high death
tolls. We’re told a total lock down is needed as the numbers aren’t
perfect yet, but no suggestions on how to ease the suffering.

Since many want to include the entire country as a result of the
deaths in a few areas we found a chart of population denisity to ease
our troubled mind. The chart tells us the number of people per square
mile by state.

In New York, there are an average of 419.3 people per square mile.
Here in Iowa that number drops to 55.9 people per square mile. And in
Montana there are 7.1 people per square mile. Don’t you love it when
the math comes down to tenths of a person?

So with that much disparity in population we don’t see how a one-
size-fits-all solution can work. To further highlight this difference
lets look at Alaska which averages 1.3 people per square mile and
New Jersey which has 1.207.8 people per square mile.

Granted, the states with lower numbers do have big cities where the
ratio would be higher, but why take what works in New York and think
it would apply to Alaska?

Enjoy our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.