Wed. June 24, 2020 – more of the same, sorta

Hot and humid.  [74F and dripping, overcast. I purely suck at weather forecasting]  It is Houston and summer….

Yesterday was hot and humid, although less of both than previous days this week.  Stuff was actually drying out once I dumped the standing water.  Sometimes we’ll go days with water in every nook and cranny because it just can’t evaporate.  And I was able to work outside for a while, without my vest or my head exploding.  Nice little break.

I took some time and did pool care.  Skimmed off the leaves, swept the bottom, and made a big siphon hose to suck out the debris.  My little siphon hose took too long and used too much water.  And it clogged easily on the half eaten pecans.  The damnable tree rats are chewing the still very undersized and unripe pecans in half.  That makes two marble sized pieces to drop in the pool, since they can’t eat them.  Bigger hose, stronger flow, less choking, and I had that cleaned up in a jiffy.

Then on to pulling some inventory to go to the local auction.  I’ve got two big black bins full, and more to go.  SO MUCH MORE.  The auction isn’t appropriate for all the sort of stuff I have to sell, more for the household/estate stuff than the industrial stuff, but I’ve got plenty of that too.  In the process, I was going through stuff in the house, on the patio, and in the garage.  Miles to go before I sleep, but every journey starts with a single step, right?

Dinner was Taco Tuesday.  Canned chicken, canned beans, tortillas and fixin’s from the fridge.

Daughter one has a visit with the orthodontist this morning.  We were doing a retainer to move some teeth around so they didn’t get damaged before we could do the braces.  She lost the retainer.  It’s been months, so it’s time for a reassessment.

Daughter two is complaining of a mild headache and feeling “pukey”.   No actual vomiting, but no appetite either.  I’m wondering where she picked up a bug, and the only answer is ‘swim practice’.   That is double plus ungood as it points out how easy it would be to get something else.  I’m not feeling great either, with occasional coughing, and some mild headache.  I’m blaming mine on allergies and doing too much reading with my cheap ‘cheater’ glasses.  We might stay home from swim today.  We’ll see.

As part of my cleaning up and moving stuff, I moved some rice from bags in the black bins to buckets with O2 absorbers.  I filled two buckets and could have filled a third and fourth with rice and another bucket with flour.  30 pounds per 5 gallon bucket, 2 cups a day, and each bucket is good for approximately 30 days.  That’s a nice tidy number and easy to see at a glance what inventory looks like in ‘days’.  I find it much easier to think in terms of ‘meals’ or ‘days’ when looking at my stored preps.  I absolutely never think in terms of ‘calories per day per person.’  Bob and I had some discussions about our different approaches to thinking about food, and I’m convinced that mine has fewer built in barriers to action, lower friction for the prepper, while his has the advantage of having math and science behind it.  Like a lot of prepping, it’s easy to go off into the weeds and to find reasons not to start.  “Oh, I have to figure out how many calories are in a bucket of flour before I start storing it.” “are mylar bags really necessary?  What about oxygen absorbers?  I don’t have any.”   Stuff like that.  My method feels a little more haphazard, but really, do you think in terms of making a pot of rice or of cooking 1700 calories of foodstuffs?

However you think of it, get started if you haven’t already.  I’m eating rice stored very haphazardly in 2014 and it is delicious.  (stored in a black bin, limited airflow, no vermin, constant comfortable temps.)  I didn’t use O2 absorbers, or repack into mylar, or any of the other things.  I saw a case of ebola in Dallas and panic bought a bunch of food.  I packed it tightly in bins at my secondary location, and ignored it until this year.  Because I moved it home, I’m repacking it into buckets as they are more air tight, and easier to move when full.

I’ve rotated the 2014 stuff to the front and put the 2019 and 2020 in the back.  If I move some back to my secondary storage, I’ll move the 2019 and 2020 food.  My point is, you don’t have to do it perfectly, or in any particular way at all.  You don’t NEED all the rest of the stuff or to spend a lot of time.   Rice is cheap.  Flour, sugar, salt, and even peanut oil (my stored fat) are cheap.  If you have some spoilage, it’s a small price to pay vs. NOT having any food.  To the staples, add canned food- meat, veg, and beans to start, fruit, pie filling, and ‘weirder’ stuff as you can.  The cans will do just fine for years if you keep them cool and dry without any other work on your part.

You can and should build off that food stockpile, but at least you won’t starve to death in the first 3 months of a disaster, whatever that might be (prolonged unemployment being the most common, sick spouse or kid being the second.)

So, get started, or keep going, but keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

58 thoughts on “Wed. June 24, 2020 – more of the same, sorta”

  1. Project of the day: I agreed to teach a course for a different school than my main employer. I’ve been going through the course today, and I am trying to keep an open mind. But somehow, no matter how I tilt my head, it still looks like a train wreck. Reading assignments don’t match exercises don’t match the stated goals of the course don’t match…well, much of anything. What a mess.

    The fun bit: I’m going to sit down with the department head, to go through the course. What I’ve been looking at is his personal work – he just finished revising the course for the coming year. I’ll try to be polite, and gently lead him to see where the problems are…

    For years I’d planned to be working at the South Pole, be an astronaut on a six-year mission, or at least be in jail in another country, rather than be in a house with a teenage girl.

    I hear that some teenage girls are actually human, more or less. Maybe you’ll be lucky and have one of those?

  2. Saw another study showing transmission from children to adults is the exception not the norm. Weird. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/another-study-finds-school-children-typically-dont-spread-covid-19-parents

    Disney changed us from the Animal kingdom lodge to the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. I would be disappointed but they upgraded us from a regular room to a 1 bedroom suite so it’s hard to complain. I see a lot of people had problems getting onto their park reservation system yesterday. I’d did too, but expected server overload so wasn’t surprised. They actually handled it pretty well with wait pages preprogrammed. We got the parks reserved for the days we wanted so no disappointment there. Now waiting for the dining reservation system to show park restaurants.

    Took little Addie to the community pool yesterday and got to talking with the attendant. Turns out it’s not a community pool. Sure it was built in the park by the WPA in 1932 and run by the city till 1986. Then they shut it down. A few years ago the under sheriff got some backing and leased it from the city, restored the pool, and it opened again in 2017. Good for him.


  3. To the staples, add canned food

    That’s my fall-back plan: hundreds of pounds of rice and a bunch of cans of stew, meat, hash, crushed pinapple and whatever. So long as I can obtain potable water (a concern) and it’s not Winter, I can cook the rice in the sun and the family will have calories and something like balanced nutrition.


  4. The fun bit: I’m going to sit down with the department head, to go through the course. What I’ve been looking at is his personal work

    My experience of going over a guy’s work with him is just about 100% unsatisfactory. Even when they say “I know this isn’t very good. It’s just a starting point.” they don’t mean it. Conceded, that may simply be that I’m not very good at telling someone his baby is ugly, but even when the critique is done by email and I go over it repeatedly to reword points that could be misinterpreted as insults, they get bent out of shape.

    I hear that some teenage girls are actually human, more or less. Maybe you’ll be lucky and have one of those?

    I think mine would be somewhat vaguely resembling of a worthwhile human being if separated from her mother.

    Next up: a plan to arrange for the immediate deportation from the US of all citizens of the PRC…

  5. @brad:

    I hear that some teenage girls are actually human, more or less

    In my experience, 2 out of 3. Number 2 daughter could be a brat in her teenage years, but not always. Nowadays, it manifests as “But I want it”, which I have no problem with, if she pays for it.
    She does, too. In fact, since I retired, she earns more than I do.

    G.

  6. Currently in Hilton Head Island at a friend’s timeshare condo. Have been here several times before. Lot’s of flat areas to ride a bicycle. Hot, and really humid. Thunderstorm yesterday that jacked the humidity to close to 95%. Thank you Mr. Carrier.

    Condo is about 1/4 mile from the beach, lots of stores and shops close by the condo. Not that I shop or anything while in the area. May go to the grocery store and pick up some munchies. That is about it.

    This evening we are going on a dolphin sightseeing trip. 1.5 hour tour. Something to do. A couple of years ago we took a boat over to Charleston, generally not worth the money. This dolphin thing may be a waste of money. Cops are everywhere. They love to trap tourists for the most minor of infractions knowing full well the people will not come back to contest the ticket. Getting slapped for 1 mile over the speed limit is not uncommon.

  7. I also see that Bubba Wallace, the NASCAR driver, will not back down from his claims there was a noose in his garage. In spite of the FBI finding it was placed years ago and is used to make pulling the garage down easier. Like most NASCAR drivers when caught in a lie, never back down. Add in the skin color and the need to perpetuate the rope as a racial incident, getting sympathy, getting in the news, is vastly important. He can’t win at racing perhaps he can win at the race game.

    I find it disturbing that the FBI was called in to investigate what should have been a local incident. A cop gets shot and it is a local matter. But in a racial incident, that in fact wasn’t, it is imperative that the FBI be “Johnny on the Job” while real crimes get ignored.

    The entire US has become a racial insane asylum.

  8. Looks nice and the price doesn’t look crazy high. That external temp indicator is a great feature.

    n

    That must be the delivery “picture window” it’s so big.

  9. I’ve been reading Sarah Hoyt for a while, years actually, and she often manages to capture a thought in exactly the right way. She’s a successful writer after all, so why wouldn’t she? And even though she’s very much right of center politically, and claims to have thrown off the indoctrination of her youth, she still manages to drop a turd in the punchbowl occasionally. Today, in a post that is both interesting (she speaks from her own life) and thoughtful, she dropped this nugget…

    “And I think it’s part of the fury animating the rioters, who are children of privilege (and for the most part milk-white.)”

    WTF? there are white people at the protests, and white people around the edges of the rioting and looting, but did she actually LOOK at any of the pictures? The looters and rioters (actual rioting, not just making noise in the street) are overwhelmingly NOT white. The white people in the rioting are mostly VANDALS.

    I’m not trying to excuse or minimize anything, I’ve just watched a lot of the rioting video and I don’t see her (automatic) assertion as true.

    Yes, wtf are those white kids doing out there? Yes, it doesn’t make sense. NO! the majority of the rioters are not ‘milk white.’

    n


  10. I also see that Bubba Wallace, the NASCAR driver, will not back down from his claims there was a noose in his garage.

    Michelle Malkin has a new article on the fake noose crowd, including Bubba DooshNozzle.

    Hoaxed by #FakeNoose Again

    NASCAR is now a part of the “woke” BLM virtue signaling corporations. It will be fun watching them get trashed by spectators or even collapsing.

    Just like AMC. They back pedaled and now require *face coverings* to watch a movie. I hope they fail and kick Hollyweird in the nuts as they go down.

  11. I also see that Bubba Wallace, the NASCAR driver, will not back down from his claims there was a noose in his garage.

    NASCAR has been on a decline in terms of interest as of late. Long before the virus, Buc-ee’s delayed their first big FL project just south of the Daytona raceway, and the walls are just going up now.

  12. And it’s Shot Girl for the win. Ugh.

    How many total votes were cast?

    Shot Girl still faces having to cut a deal with Stretch and Cuomo to keep her seat next year.

    Make sure to fill out your census form. The prediction is that New York will lose three Congressional seats to Texas at a minimum.

  13. Disney changed us from the Animal kingdom lodge to the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. I would be disappointed but they upgraded us from a regular room to a 1 bedroom suite so it’s hard to complain.

    Except for spotty bus service, the Wilderness Lodge is the nicest resort on the property IMHO. Of course, the isolation has its upsides.

    The local service small boat trip around Bay Lake and the lagoon at night, departing from the dock in back, is one of the best kept secrets of the resort. Get a good crew at a slow time of the evening, and they won’t be in a big hurry.

  14. Watching the fireworks and the electric boat parade from the water is cool too, if they’re running those now.

    n


  15. Update (1130ET): What was supposed to take 11 days has instead taken…a lot less time than that.

    Not even 24 hours after Houston City officials warned that hospital capacity in the state might be overwhelmed in 11 days if cases continue at their current level, a city official on Tuesday warned that intensive-care units in the city are presently at 97% capacity.

    HOUSTON-AREA INTENSIVE CARE UNITS ARE AT 97% OF CAPACITY: CITY OFFICIAL

    The announcement comes days after Texas surpassed 4,000 new cases for the first time, and just a day after Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the US, began taking adult patients to free up bed space in Houston.

    Tuesdays do tend to be bad days, with reporting sometimes being “lumpy” as states clear weekend backlogs. But at this point, the trend is overwhelming.

    –the various dashboards haven’t been updated yet today.

    n

  16. shot girl’s reelection being “not a fluke” should strike fear into the hearts of normal people everywhere. That means some people are buying her nonsense.

    n

  17. shot girl’s reelection being “not a fluke” should strike fear into the hearts of normal people everywhere. That means some people are buying her nonsense.

    The party probably figures that they can deal with her more effectively next year. Plus, a victory by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera would have been viewed as white privilege oppressing minorities once again.

    Didn’t we learn in Texas in the 2018 US Senate race that Cubans are white and a 4th generation pure Irish-American can be considered Mexican just by pronouncing his nickname in the right way?

    It didn’t help that Caruso-Cabrera lived in Trump Tower until last year and is currently married to a Republican fundraiser.

    If you want real nonsense, wait until the Dem primary runoffs are wrapped up next month in Texas. “Doors” will hit Cornyn with the abusive white father meme early and often.


  18. Cubans are white

    IIRC, George Zimmerman was Jewish before he was white before he was white hispanic. Or something like that. Whatever it took to stoke the outrage machine.

  19. All of these people crying racism have obviously never traveled outside of the USofA or have not visited outside of the tourists’ areas in foreign countries.

    Are we going to become South Africa (or whatever they are calling that place these days)? Some of the folks there are starting to realize how good they had it living with “whitey”.

    WuHuFlu is surging all over WA State. The goobernor is blaming everybody but Olympia and Seattle. Well, 100% hospital occupancy tells no lies; 100% ICU, and 100% all other beds and that includes infant and pediatric. FEMA is way behind in the truth.

    It’s going to be a long hot dry summer and the rest of the year is going to be going downhill. Just can’t wait to see Santa in a mask and kids placed in plastic bags when they sit on his lap.

  20. WuHuFlu is surging all over WA State. The goobernor is blaming everybody but Olympia and Seattle. Well, 100% hospital occupancy tells no lies; 100% ICU, and 100% all other beds and that includes infant and pediatric. FEMA is way behind in the truth.

    How did Yakima County end up with 6,300 cases out of the 29,000 total in WA State?

    Oregon has ~6,000 cases.


  21. How did Yakima County end up with 6,300 cases out of the 29,000 total in WA State?

    Spreadsheet error. While fixing the numbers to reflect desired numbers someone make a mistake in the “Adjustment” column.

  22. And I have a freezer. Woohoo! I’m lucky this size was in stock. It fits in my smallish laundry room, on the left side of the washer and dryer. I have an inch to spare, so plenty of room.. I can even still get to the light switch.

  23. “The 5 weirdest rules unveiled for MLB’s shortened 2020 season”
    https://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/The-weirdest-new-rules-unveiled-for-MLB-s-15362817.php?cmpid=trend

    It just ain’t gonna be baseball without the players spitting all over the dugout and field. I’ve wondered what they were going to do occasionally if the dugout drains ever plugged. Maybe get a boat for the dugout.

    I have no idea how I am going to watch the Astros without restarting DirecTV and that is not going to happen. The Astros have backed themselves into a corner without having the games on broadcast tv so I will pass this year. Maybe the post season will be broadcast on tv.

  24. Is ICU even meaningful anymore for COVID-19 stats? At first, it was significant because ICU was where hospitals had ventilators and so the two were used interchangeably. It was ultimately the shortage of ventilators and not ICU beds that was the huge danger. Now that ventilators have been getting produced in record numbers for a few months now I’m not sure the number of ICU beds really matters nor does the percent occupancy of those ICU beds. The MSM likes ICU figures because they sound ominous and drive ratings, but what is ventilator capacity? Isn’t that the actual useful statistic here?

  25. I was to guess, I’d guess that people are shoved into ICU beds on the least pretext because the hospitals can charge more for that and the hospitals are hemorrhaging money.

  26. Re: baseball. I’m still hoping I can get a refund for the Braves tickets for August. Notice how the announcement said nothing about spectators? I not expect to get my money back.

  27. Nice looking freezer. I like the display on the door.

    My upright freezer has a pilot light behind a green lens. Neon, of course. It barely glows now. I have my old GE clock radio on top of the freezer. It has enough of a power supply that I can unplug it in one room and run down the hall and not have to set the time. A short power blink doesn’t bother it. So now my “is the power on” indicator can play music.

    I have a Sony clock radio stuffed in a box somewhere. It has a place for a 9v battery that is useless…. dead in four months at most. Not impressed.

  28. The devices that annoy me are those which need wall power to work and have a 9V battery allegedly only to hold settings, but which drain the battery in months even if the power never went out. Unless someone can point to a good reason for that behavior, I’m going to chalk it up to appallingly bad engineering.

  29. “Fort Bend County mandates businesses to enforce mask order”

    Amazing.

    Absent a mask order from the Governor, there’s really nothing a county judge can do beyond putting the responsibility on businesses.

    Abbott is not going to issue such an order because the first Hut Hut Hut action against a maskless individual that results in serious injury or death will be the end of his political career. All it will take is one dumba** cop.

  30. “The Days Are Just Packed”
    http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-days-are-just-packed.html

    “You’re watching the Cold Civil War heat up, as intended.”

    “As the election approaches, it’ll get worse.
    If OrangeMan wins, it’ll get worse.
    If OrangeMan loses, it’ll get worse.”

    “Nota bene the lack of other options there, according to our Magic Eight Ball.
    Plan and prepare accordingly, and hope for better times eventually, but for some reason, the phrase which keeps coming up in most contexts is “Rivers Of Blood”. The open question is whether we’re talking on a timeline of fruit flies, or geologic strata formation.”

    “But that which cannot continue, economically, politically, socially, or any other which way, won’t.”

    ” “How did you go broke?
    Gradually. And then all at once.””

    Yup.

  31. This is what makes me hate the MSM…

    CNN Headline: Model projects 179,106 deaths by fall unless Americans wear masks

    So, the Average Joe skims that and thinks 179,106 people will die if we ALL don’t wear masks. Then you click the article and read it (what percentage of people actually do that) and it says that 146,000 will die even if we do wear masks.

    CNN knows what assumption people will make from the headline and purposely worded it accordingly.

  32. “Coronvirus Update XIX: UPDATE: Screw Spikes, Surges, Records In New Cases”
    https://wmbriggs.com/post/31431/

    “The dashed line is the all-cause minus official COVID deaths. Even accounting for late reporting, it is clear this crisis is over. Finished. Kaput. Done. Finis.”

    He has got the weekly deaths in the USA graphed going back ten years ! Big swing up then a super big swing down.

    If this is not fake then the most susceptible have clearly died now.

    And he also thinks that 80 million people in the USA have had SARS-COV-2 already.

    Hat tip to:
    https://westernrifleshooters.us/2020/06/24/briggs-coronadoom-is-now-entirely-political/

  33. BTW, my local paper said yesterday that 80% of the 3,079 people who tested positive for SARS-COV-2 in Fort Bend County were asymptomatic. This is out of the total of 23,000 people tested in Fort Bend County which has a population of over 820,000. We now have 23 people in a hospital with SARS-COV-2 and 50 have died either with or of (I am not sure) SARS-COV-2.

    Of note, one Hispanic family in Fort Bend County has lost 3 people to the virus. Mom and Dad in their early 80s and their son who lived with them. Their granddaughter wrote to the paper.

  34. BTW, my local paper said yesterday that 80% of the 3,079 people who tested positive for SARS-COV-2 in Fort Bend County were asymptomatic. This is out of the total of 23,000 people tested in Fort Bend County which has a population of over 820,000. We now have 23 people in a hospital with SARS-COV-2 and 50 have died either with or of (I am not sure) SARS-COV-2.

    If they were asymptomatic, why did they line up for a test? From what I understand, properly administered, the swab test is not a pleasant experience.

  35. “Coronvirus Update XIX: UPDATE: Screw Spikes, Surges, Records In New Cases”

    https://wmbriggs.com/post/31431/

    “Update More proof of political bullshit: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people. ”

    https://nypost.com/2020/06/23/oregon-county-issues-face-mask-order-exempting-non-white-people/

    What? Lincoln County, OR has non-white people? You mean beyond the occasional Chinese tourist?

    You’d be hard pressed to find a real Native American at the tribal casino which is the county’s biggest employer IIRC.

    Pssst. Oregon was a “whites only” state until 1926 — within the last 100 years. Don’t tell anyone; its a secret.

  36. If they were asymptomatic, why did they line up for a test? From what I understand, properly administered, the swab test is not a pleasant experience.

    No freaking idea. Note that only 3,079 of the 23,000 tested in Fort Bend County were even positive (13%).

    The two brothers who rent my office warehouse took their permanent staff (around ten guys) to get tested the other day. I have no idea why. No positives.

  37. The two brothers who rent my office warehouse took their permanent staff (around ten guys) to get tested the other day. I have no idea why. No positives.

    Isn’t your tenant an AC service company or other trade?

    That’s a “cold day in hell” moment for me with my current employer. We just hired another new guy today for ~ $20k/year more than I make. That makes #5 in a year in my group.

    My wife had to call a positive case today to let the person know the results of a test he had done at the VA clinic. She asked, “Why did you get tested?”

    “I was at a Father’s Day event where other people were sick.”

    “Were you feeling ill? How are you feeling today?”

    “Oh, I don’t have any symptoms.”

    “Ok. Can you take your temperature right now for me?”

    “Sure …. 102. But I feel fine.”

    Father’s Day my a**.

  38. 23,000 of 820,000 is about 3% tested.

    The nasal swab test in practice has a false negative rate closing on 50% and a false positive of 30% IIRC.*

    The findings are not statistically significant.

    * I was going to look up current error numbers, now that more people know how to do it properly and (we may hope) the pre-contaminated test kits have been destroyed, but hard numbers were surprisingly suspiciously difficult to track down. That said, some different order or combination of keywords might find you good numbers.

  39. The two brothers who rent my office warehouse took their permanent staff (around ten guys) to get tested the other day. I have no idea why. No positives.

    Isn’t your tenant an AC service company or other trade?

    Commercial landscaping and commercial pool maintenance / life-guarding.

  40. That’s a “cold day in hell” moment for me with my current employer. We just hired another new guy today for ~ $20k/year more than I make. That makes #5 in a year in my group.

    How do you find out what other people make ?

    I assume that you are out looking for a higher paying job.

  41. ITGuy1998, That freezer looks good. Beware of the temperature display. Our current freezer looks similar to yours, and the display reads the SET temperature, not the actual temperature inside. Our older, similar looking model could be switched to read the actual temperature inside, which is much better IMO. Details. As long as it is reliable.

    Ah yes, reliability. We are on our third upright freezer since our ancient chest freezer failed in 1992. We like the convenience, but they seem to wear out in a little less than ten years. Both uprights had a worn out scroll compressor, a common failure, as I think someone here mentioned. The compressor can be replaced, but I think debris from the failed compressor will cause problems similar to automotive AC systems. Better to buy another whole freezer. Sad.

    We have a circa 1952 GE refrigerator as a spare, and it still runs fine for what it is. Simple, piston compressor, no fans, almost silent. It is only opened about once a week, so defrosting is about every ten years whether it is needed or not. I write the date on the side with a grease pencil. I have monitored it with a Kill A Watt (electronic watt-hour meter,) and it uses very little energy. Probably because it does not defrost itself. I hope it lasts forever. They don’t make ’em like they used to.

    Oh BTW, our chest freezer was also old, and I have forgotten just when it was made, probably also the early 1950s. It came with a story. We bought it from a family that used it in the back room of a store in Death Valley. That freezer lived essentially outdoors for countless years, exposed to freezing and over 100 degree temperatures. I did have to clean the contacts on the thermostat, and it eventually failed due to a worn out compressor, but it was cheap and good for our needs. We had it for many years. It had no internal shelves, so I used milk crates, which fit perfectly. Had to lift the top ones out for my wife.

  42. @JimB – You are correct, and thanks for for the heads up. I’m going to get a wireless thermometer to put in it, along with an alarm to let me know if it loses power.

  43. How do you find out what other people make ?

    I assume that you are out looking for a higher paying job.

    Job description on Indeed gives the salary range. The company is strict about money corresponding to title.

    I’m looking. Until something else comes along, I don’t travel and I don’t mentor the higher paid folks.

    There are days I wish they had left me at CGI. I would have found something better to do by now, and the manager I reported to directly at CGI is currently stocking shelves at Buc-ee’s in Temple after losing too many people.

  44. “Cuomo Blames Federal Government For His Disastrous Policy To Force COVID-19 Patients Into Nursing Homes”
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/cuomo-blames-federal-government-disastrous-policy-force-covid-19-patients-nursing-homes/

    “FACT: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted a policy that forced nursing homes to take patients, regardless of whether they were infect with COVID-19.”

    “But now, the Democrat is claiming the staggering death toll in New York nursing homes was all the fault of the federal government.”

    ““We followed federal guidance on the nursing homes,” Cuomo said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today Show.””

    ““We had more people die than any other state. That’s a fact,” Cuomo said . “The reason that happened was because we had the virus coming from Europe when the federal government told us the virus was coming from China. And we had no screening on people coming from Europe.””

    “The White House wasted no time is firing back.”

    ““Governor Cuomo alone is to blame for refusing to shut down New York and forcing seniors who tested positive for coronavirus back into his state’s nursing homes,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.”

    Hey Cuomo, pull the other leg, it has a bell on it.

  45. The bigger question is “Did they then STAY asymptomatic for the rest of their lives, or did they develop symptoms later?”

    CDC said there are almost no truly asymptomatic cases, they either develop symptoms or when pressed remember that they did indeed have mild symptoms. FWIW

    WRT not treating schools as plague zones, wtf over??? They are plague zones at the best of times. They were plague zones before covid, and will be after it and will be WITH it.

    The quotes about not having kids wear masks list as a reason “not practical for a child to wear a mask properly for the duration of the school day.” NOT that they aren’t effective. If they weren’t effective, immunocompromised kids and their visitors wouldn’t be required to wear masks.

    Almost every statement is hedged, weasel worded, or very narrowly defined.

    The article holds Sweden up as a model, but when corrected for population, Sweden has only 1/6th fewer deaths than the UK or Spain and about the same as Italy, and almost DOUBLE the US number. In cases per M, they are worse than just about everyone else.

    So I’m not putting too much faith in Wired. I used to read them for tech lifestyle, not technical knowledge.

    n

  46. Hey Cuomo, pull the other leg, it has a bell on it.

    If Trump is truly vulnerable in November, Cuomo has to make his move soon or end up like Daddy.

  47. Schools have always been a place for the kids to ‘share’ the ‘illness of the week’. Colds, flu, whatever.

    There’s no way that you can prevent germ-sharing in schools. -or anywhere else. Unless you have one kid to a classroom. Or you don’t send your kids to school. And, in most cases, home learning is not going to work well, unless the parent is extremely dedicated and competent. And has an outside income source to support the family. Not saying that home-school doesn’t work, but it’s hard work, and you have to be really dedicated to do it.

    The best thing to do is what we did before the Covid Paranoia – good hygiene habits, staying home when sick, treatment when needed, vaccines when available. There will be deaths – none of us are getting out of here alive in the long run.

    We are never going to get society to a point of ‘hospital-grade’ hygiene. Even with masking and ‘social distancing’. All of what we have been through the past several months is mostly ‘Kootie Kabuki’, and getting state/federal dollars for ’emergency declarations’.

    I’ll wear a mask, but I don’t think that most masks are effective – they are ‘Kootie Kabuki’, meant to make you feel protected. I’ll practice good hygiene, because I should anyway. I’ll stay home when sick. I’ll make minimal trips outside the house – which is easier for me, being retired.

    But the past few months have been over-hyped hysteria. Media going for the ‘eyeballs’ with their trumpeting of the latest ‘alarming’ statistics, which are never presented in the proper context. People getting their news from the media alarms. Government officials grabbing extra power over daily life, and grabbing the ’emergency dollars’, posturing and feeding the hysteria.

    IMHO.


  48. Cuomo has to make his move soon or end up like Daddy.

    Dead?

    A consummation devoutly to be wished.

  49. “Cuomo has to make his move soon or end up like Daddy.”

    Dead?

    A consummation devoutly to be wished.

    Oh, Lord, no. I wish Cuomo, Stretch, Cankles, Bubba, et. al. to live long healthy lives … in shame.

    No, within a few years of deciding not to run in 1992, Cuomo the Senior was kicked out of office in the “Republican Revolution” of 1994, and, by 2000 was no longer viewed as the savior of the party. Bubba Clinton was the new elder statesman of the Dems.

    The Cuomo family wants coronations, not inaugurations.


  50. Schools have always been a place for the kids to ‘share’ the ‘illness of the week’.

    I joke with my son, who works in child care, that children are actually just little bags of germs 🙂

    It’s not a lot different in college, except that the kids are older, and have stronger immune systems. I’ve been seeing them in the school for exams, and there is zero concern about “social distancing”. The rooms are set up with proper spacing, but as soon as they leave the room, they’re huddled together.

    We’ve just finished planning the Fall semester, as well as we can at this point. All but one of my classes will be virtual. That’s a big change in the didactics, so I have an absolute pile of work to do over the summer.

    Ideally, I’d like to have the courses completely prepared, including all videos and exercises, before the semester starts in mid-September. But there’s just no way. I want (need!) a couple of weeks of vacation. Also, we’ll be moving into the new house in August, which will eat time. So I’ll settle for having the courses half-finished, and I’ll have to do the second half after the semester starts.

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