Tues. Jan. 28, 2020 – and the hits just keep on coming

By on January 28th, 2020 in ebola, prepping, Random Stuff, WuFlu

Cool and damp. [55F and raining]

Yesterday was overcast and a bit cool most of the day, finally clearing for afternoon and evening.

I managed to do a bit more yard work, and some clean up. Not enough, but it’s a start. Then I did an auction pickup, got some stuff into and out of storage (in- my masks, out- some propane heaters for a friend to sell). I also got some stuff to take to my local auction. I need to get more aggressive taking pallets there. I think I’ll be holding on to my full face 3M powered respirators though. Maybe even looking to source a couple more batteries. On the other hand, they should bring a premium ATM.

I’ve got two local sales coming up. First, my non-prepping hobby has a quarterly swapmeet sorta sale. Then in March, the local Hamfest happens. I haven’t been buying a bunch of radios or antennas this year, but I’ll find a truckload of stuff to take anyway. I’ve got a month and a half to source more if I can.


The WuFlu ™ continues to spread. More and more people online are pointing out the disparity between what the chinese government SAYS about the flu, and what they are DOING about it. The stuff they’re doing makes me want to lose my fudge.*

One of the auction items I picked up yesterday was 12 food grade buckets. Less than 1/3 normal price, it leaves me some room to buy Gamma Seal lids. I intend to fill at least half those buckets right away. Kinda coincidentally (but fully in keeping with how my life works) I’ve scored two pairs of new in box heavy work boots, leather with steel toes. If I was superstitious, I’d be worried. Based on past experience, I’m going to be needing those boots soon, and that is worrisome.

It’s a bit disconcerting (due to chinese lies) that we don’t really have a good idea of the lethality or infectiousness of this freaking virus. If no one dies then its spread doesn’t matter. Anyone think it’s not killing people, lots of people, based on the chinese reaction? Yet we don’t know.

One thing we know, the numbers are starting to increase.

Stack it high.


*bonus geek cred to anyone who identifies the source of that line….

33 Comments and discussion on "Tues. Jan. 28, 2020 – and the hits just keep on coming"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    “China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the US government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak. ”


    “There were 1,771 new cases confirmed on Monday, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission. It said 976 were in serious condition.

    Also Tuesday, the Education Ministry canceled English-proficiency and other tests for students to apply to foreign universities were canceled. Public schools and universities have been ordered to postpone reopening following the Lunar New Year holiday until further notice.”

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    The rest of the world isn’t sleeping yet either.

    “Body of six-year-old boy lies on top of his dead mother after cartel hitmen attack family in a sickening weekend of violence that saw 48 people murdered in just ONE Mexican state

    Violence in the state of Guanajuato left 48 dead between Friday and Sunday
    Cops found five people shot dead at a home in León on Sunday morning
    At least eight people, including a six-year-old boy, were murdered at a street taco stand Saturday in the city of Celaya
    Some 22 people were assassinated Friday, including nine executed by an armed gang at a highway service plaza in the municipality of Villagrán
    A cop and a member of the military were also killed
    State government data has registered 301 assassinations in 2020 after a record 3,540 people were murdered in Guanajuato in 2019 “

    No arrests have been attributed to any of the weekend killings.

    Security forces, however, did apprehend 29 suspects tied to Mexico’s most powerful criminal organization, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and its main rival, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, during a series of operations last week.

    Warring cartels have played a role in the 301 murders reported during the first 26 days of 2020.

    Government data showed a record 3,540 people were murdered in Guanajuato in 2019, making it the deadliest state in the country.

    —should I be concerned that there are a bunch of businesses in my neighborhood and surrounds named after the place where these shootings happened??? Bueller?

    Occasionally, your business jet needs to land, and if it’s full of dope, you don’t want the local authorities poking around….

    “Soldier is killed and a commander is wounded after a small ‘narco jet’ lands on a Mexican HIGHWAY near Belize sparking a firefight with the military

    José Luis Vázquez Araiza, commander of the 34th Military Zone, was injured during a shootout Monday with alleged drug traffickers after they landed a jet
    Another soldier was killed in the gun battle after security forces responded to a Cessna landing on a highway in Bacalar, Quintana Roo”

    … the ongoing violence with local gangs and cartels competing for the lucrative control of drug turf.

    On Sunday, authorities came across six dead bodies that were littered across the Cancún.

    Responding to a call at a home in the northern part of the resort city, police discovered three dead people. In separate incidents, two other bodies were later located found several streets from each other on a dirt road.

    Law enforcement encountered the sixth body on the side of a highway that connects Cancún and Punta Sam, not too far from where a new resort is being built.

    —that’s in Cancun, a tourist area. When I was there a couple of years ago, I remarked on the armed police patrols, who were fully armored up with heavy military armor and rifles. Sounds like it’s gotten worse.


  3. CowboySlim says:

    Sounds like “fully armored” doesn’t work. Maybe “dearmoring” should be implemented.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    –human to human transfer confirmed

    “Now German man catches the deadly coronavirus WITHOUT going to China: Europe records its first case of human-to-human transmission as Hong Kong BANS travel to the mainland and Australian celebrity hotel goes into lockdown amid worldwide fears

    The 33-year-old man caught his illness from a colleague who travelled to Germany from Shanghai
    She had recently visited her parents in Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, and fell ill on her flight home
    Two other men have been infected despite not travelling to China – one in Japan and one in Vietnam
    Hong Kong’s chief, Carrie Lam, today said trains and ferries to the Chinese mainland would be stopped
    Hong Kong will also halve the number of flights to China and stop giving visas to visitors from China
    In Australia the Peppers Broadbeach hotel on the Gold Coast was visited by hazmat-clad paramedics today”

    –that’s not good


  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    Finally, someone is looking beyond next week–

    I can’t imagine a scenario where the supply chain isn’t disrupted,’ industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy told Bloomberg.

    ‘If there’s one major hiccup in the raw materials, fabrication, assembly, test, and shipping, it will be a disruption.’

    Someone who is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus can spread it with just a simple cough or a sneeze, scientists say.

    —it’s not just the Iphone that will be delayed.


  6. Greg Norton says:

    —should I be concerned that there are a bunch of businesses in my neighborhood and surrounds named after the place where these shootings happened??? Bueller?

    Arguably, not any more concern than living near something named after “Detroit”, but your cop friends should be able to tell you in great detail which gangs operate in the area.

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease

    Are these people that are dying the old, weak, generally with other health problems? The common flu kills several thousand world wide each year. People with health issues are going to have a more difficult time recovering. If they had not caught the infliction would they still have expired.

    I also have to keep reminding myself that our government, and governments of other countries, want the population scared. A scared population is easier to control. Every couple of months a new life ending event is spawned by the governments. This also affords the easier transfer of money from the haves to the have-nots. You can bet money that if a third world country gets a serious number of people with kungflu that money will be sent from the US to the country. Most of that money sitting in the pockets of the leadership of the country.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    @Ray, according to the CDC teleconference, so far, the reported deaths are mostly older and sicker.


  9. dkreck says:

    Thinning the herd. We could use some, but of course no one wants it to be their herd.

  10. SteveF says:

    Ray, you’re, like, all cynical n stuff.

    transfer of money from the haves to the have-nots have-but-want-mores

    And maybe I am, as well.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    I can’t find anything on Mr. Nick’s packing losing fudge quote.

    Mr. Greg?

  12. nick flandrey says:

    It’s not a word for word quote, think 80’s movie, Yakov Smirnov was only one of the actors…..


  13. nick flandrey says:

    John Lithgow

  14. nick flandrey says:

    Ellen barkin

  15. nick flandrey says:

    Jeff Goldblum

  16. MrAtoz says:

    Dang! Is it *Buckaroo?” I love that movie. “It’s John Big-bootay.”

  17. nick flandrey says:


    “Character is what you are in the dark!”

    “History is made at night!”

    “No matter where you go, there you are…”

    “Not my god damned planet Monkey Boy!”


  18. nick flandrey says:

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Ito, Vincent Schiavelli, and of course, Peter Weller

    I couldn’t find the clip, but the next line, delivered by a woman, is “Don’t be such a big girl General…”


  19. MrAtoz says:

    Weller was awesome in McSteamy’s “The Last Ship.”

  20. nick flandrey says:

    Dang, rain just started up again. Lots of errands I can’t do in the rain.


  21. Greg Norton says:

    Mr. Greg?

    Been a long time since I saw that flick.

    My wife had a faux fur animal head hat the other day to work the cookie booth. I said, “It’s genuine aardvark.”


    “Never mind”

    Hint: David Ogden Stiers, but *not* where you probably think.

  22. CowboySlim says:

    Who is killing more, KungFlu or Mexican Cartels?

  23. nick flandrey says:

    Who is killing more, KungFlu or Mexican Cartels?

    -if you trust official numbers, and only count shootings and beheadings, then the cartels are ahead. Add in drug overdose and they are WAY ahead. WuFlu should catch up quick though.


  24. Greg Norton says:

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Ito, Vincent Schiavelli, and of course, Peter Weller

    Jamie Lee Curtis’ scenes were cut from the theatrical release in the US. They are on the DVD.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    Maybe Apple will get the long-delayed “Buckaroo Banzai” sequel moving again.


  26. MrAtoz says:

    I wonder when the lawsuits start against Kobe’s helo company? I read some online articles praising the pilot as a professional, qualified *to fly in fog*. LOL! The only flying in fog you do, is an instrument recovery. No one is *qualified* to *fly in fog*. Fog is next to the ground, luring you in with a sucker hole. This guy should have know better and got a co-pilot to hop in.

  27. nick flandrey says:

    Coronavirus cases surge past 5,500 worldwide including EIGHT in North America as US officials reveal 20 airports will now screen for the infection as deaths spike by 24%

    British Columbia’s Health Ministry has confirmed the province’s first coronavirus patient, bringing Canada’s case count to three
    The US Department of Health and Human Services and CDC say 20 airports across the country will screen for the deadly coronavirus that originated in China
    Five US cases have been confirmed in Maricopa County, Arizona; Orange County and Los Angeles County, California; Chicago, Illinois and Snohomish County, Washington
    Officials say the risk to the general public is low but that it may be able to spread from human to human before symptoms appear
    Several drugs are being tried to treat people with coronavirus but there is no evidence of their efficacy
    The National Institutes of Health is working on a vaccine, but warn it will be months before one will be tested on humans
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the US has offered to send medical experts to China three times, but the government has declined
    On Tuesday, the WHO said China was finally allowing international experts to visit ‘as soon as possible’
    More than 5,500 people have been sickened by coronavirus in at least 18 countries and territories and 131 people, all in China, have died

  28. nick flandrey says:

    More earthquaking going on, and political earthquakes in the middle east!

    But maybe someone is putting pieces together, 2 + 2 = 5



  29. lynn says:

    Drove down to Victoria, Texas today to see the matinee performance of “Saving Private Ryan: the prequel” today with my dad. Some people call it “1917”. Most excellent movie and very intense. Even partially a true story, handed down over the years.

    My former USMC did not go with us due to a prior engagement, I’m glad as there were many artillery and mortar scenes. He got mortared in Iraq and just does not like that anymore, even to the point of no fireworks.

  30. lynn says:

    Totally applicable for today’s times, “THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC: A Modern Thriller (Alex Fletcher)”

    “Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended period of seclusion, Alex thinks he’s ready for the pandemic. He’s not even close.”

  31. Greg Norton says:

    Drove down to Victoria, Texas today to see the matinee performance of “Saving Private Ryan: the prequel” today with my dad. Some people call it “1917”. Most excellent movie and very intense. Even partially a true story, handed down over the years.

    Cumberbatch likes the historical dramas. He has a Cuban Missile Crisis film coming this Spring.

    We just watched “A Scandal in Belgravia” again recently. That is one remarkably prescient 90 minutes … as if someone knew something.

  32. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, is the Jakarta one where he and his daughter are safe, with a hidden access in the garage, but then they blow it?

    He’s got a fast satellite internet connection that mysteriously stays up?

    When he has trouble with the locals there is a very unlikely connection from his past that saves his a$$?

    ‘cuz that one p!ssed me off so bad I never read the follow on books.

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