There is a difference between being alert and in a panic, a distinction that is lost (or deliberately ignored) by those of our “betters” sniffing in disdain and saying the current nCoV outbreak is nothing to worry about and it will fizzle out like SARS. Such people are, for the most part, educated idiots without much of a clue. The rest of us do not, yet, have a true clue but we know that and acknowledge it.
Yesterday, there was briefly some hope that this would be like SARS: deadly, contagious (particularly in non-first-world areas), and brief. This hope was very short lived. Note that the chart(s) are part of the link I provided yesterday to keep up on things.
In the “closing the barn door” department, we have this, this, this, and this. In the department of “Duh” we have this. I think SF activating it’s EOC is both prudent and interesting. This is a neat fact: an AI system issued an alert for the virus a week before WHO, CDC, et. al. For the record, I think we should have shut down air/sea with China already, and that the evacuation of Americans in Wuhan directly to CONUS without quarantine offshore is a mistake.
That’s all I have time for this morning, hope to get back into some of the background, and some discussion on practical preparedness in the days ahead. Stay safe.
I had originally planned to write about the bigotry of Stephen King and some other authors along with a miserable trope in USA channel movies, but that will have to be later this week. Instead, I need to cover a more important subject.
There is a lot being written about the coronavirus that is raging across China, and headed world-wide. A coronavirus is any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that has a lipid envelope with club-shaped projections. Some of the family don’t really have a negative affect on humans; but, some strains do. While a suspect for some cases of gastroenteritis, the ones that do effect humans do so through the respiratory system. The common cold is a coronavirus.
Unfortunately, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are both of the coronavirus family. The strain currently spreading from Wuhan (2019-nCoV) is a new strain and is similar to SARS.
Also understand that the Chinese government has lied about this disease from the start, and there is no reason for them to stop. They are severely censoring information as fast and as hard as they can. They are taking the virus seriously, but the question is will their efforts be effective. As a bit of background (hope to add more later), when the Chinese government was admitting to 50 cases, outside experts pegged it at 1,700. That was on the 18th, and there are reports suggesting that while there are roughly 3,000 confirmed cases, that the actual infection rate is in excess of 90,000 people.
What can and should you do? Well, I think having 3-7 days of food and water is a good start for anything. I try to keep that and a bit more (so I have a month’s supply of coffee, don’t judge my addictions) on hand at all times. For other reasons, I’ve been upping some of my preparations. If you don’t have a 3-7 day supply of food, water, medicines, supplements, and basic supplies, it is good to get and maintain them for general preparedness purposes.
If this does turn into a true global pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish Flu (or worse), then you are talking a different level of preparedness. For that you will need 4-6 weeks worth of water, food, and supplies.
I will discuss practical preparedness, as well as preparedness for a pandemic more in the days ahead.
Despite the best efforts of His Majesty’s Governor Northam, the Duke of Blackface (more commonly known by the Commoners of the the Commonwealth as “Racist Ralph”) and members of the media, the rally in Richmond was peaceful and did not feature bigotry (save by the media and progressive politicians).
Indeed, it was in most ways an idealized representation of what it means to be American. You had diversity of races, sexes, genders, and more.
This white supremacist (according to the media he is one) nuked several media memes and political talking points. Kudos to him.
So many topics, so little time. Since the progressives hate jokes being made about them (just ask the Babylon Bee, which has CNN and other progressives working hard to put them out of business), I’m going to have a little fun in making some points.
First, do something to make the week better for all. Go commit a random act of beauty or kindness. Heck, if you have the opportunity, do it every day this week.
This is a huge story, and is only the tip of the iceberg as it were. PowerLine has been on this, since the media refuses to cover it.
Yep, and Climate Change is not science but is a religion. A cult being used towards this very end.
Just ask Venezuela… And most of Eastern Europe.
Yes, they do want to take away your guns. The mask is off, as His Majesty’s Governor Northam demonstrates yet again. Why? A disarmed citizenry are no longer Citizens, but subjects.
I also agree with a comment I saw online about gun control having to be the most White Privilege thing ever, coming from an ivory tower and equivalent of “let the maid take care of it.”
The party of Diversity for thee, but not for me.
The media every day of the week. Lots to talk about there, and am amazed at how many intelligent and sane people I know can’t seem to get that the media routinely lies despite the many examples of that out there.
Impeachment is now just another political tool, to be used at whim. The theatre is designed to discredit Trump and his legacy, with an aim of undoing as much of what he does accomplish as possible. It is designed to taint every judge or other position appointed. That it will also do some other things along the way, along similar lines, is just icing on the cake. Nancy, you have sown the wind, now reap what you have sown.
Public education needs a lot of help, possibly more than can be given. One thing that does need to be done is to restore real history and real civics classes. Then again, if you don’t know history or civics, you are a lot easier to manipulate and control.
If you have ever talked with those who escaped from behind the Iron Curtain, you will find that our groceries were and are amazing to them. Think about the logistics, international trade, and even support of local sources come from the modern grocery that we take for granted.
Sorry, given all the hysteria over “WWIII” I just find this funny as all get out.
Getting ready last Friday for the Prohibition Party at O’Banion’s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. May share a few more photos in the days ahead.
Frankly, I can make the case that it has been dead since Teddy was in the White House; but, an even better case can be made for FDR. What truly matters is that the Constitution, and the legal protections it offers the Citizens of the United States has been ignored or increasingly overridden over time.
Today, there is a huge bureaucracy that makes that of Rome look tame. Those same bureaucrats form “the resistance” that protects the bureaucracy and “business as usual” from those plebes who think they have anything to say about what the government does (or should do). That cheerfully and willingly violate huge swaths of the Constitution via illegal surveillance, fraud, direct and indirect attacks on the Citizenry, and more. That face little to no punishment if caught.
Yes, the Republic as it was established, and as at least some of us were taught still was, is dead.
But… Yes, there is a huge one here. The fact is, it is in our power to resuscitate it. We are still within the Golden Hour.
It means braving the howling mobs of cancel culture vultures, of taking physical risk of real violence from Antifa and others, and of being outed and destroyed by those desperate to destroy the body of the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands.
If a stand is made. If we demand and force our representatives to truly be our representatives; if we demand and compel via the ballot and the purse equal justice for all; if we demand and compel that our elected and unelected officials be held fully, completely, and legally responsible for their misdeeds, then we have a good shot at reviving the Constitution and the Republic.
This is a topic I want to explore further, but it is some food for thought. We have the paddles to the AED in our hands, through our votes, our funds, and our ability to communicate. What we have experienced in terms of wage growth, economy, employment, and even in innovation (courtesy of the repeal or creative re-writing of regulations), is just a taste of what we could have.
Getting that is up to us. It is up to each of us as an individual. Think about it.