Sorry for the lack of posting, but life has been interesting but that includes good interesting as well. More soon. Meantime, enjoy this repeat of Tris the Wolf. If interested in more of my photography, check out my photography site (which needs work, I admit).
Well, wish I could say that the virus, the economic impacts, and the damage it is having to the Republic was all an elaborate April Fool’s joke, but can’t. I do not like the deaths, the lockdown, the damage to our economy, and the damage to our freedoms.
Not feeling the greatest today, weather changes are triggering a lot of pain, so, thinking today will be short and sweet. Yesterday afternoon, at the briefing, I was surprised and delighted that several of the questions I had posted on Twitter wishing they would really get asked, did.
The models were shown, discussed, and Dr. Birx even got into how some of the numbers were being numbered so that “we are comparing apples to apples.” However, several immediately noted that the model appeared to be treating all locations as having the same population density, particularly the cities. They don’t, and that is huge. Also, PoliMath on Twitter noted that the government data site was effectively down. Information that has been promised wasn’t available in any form.
I still have a number of questions, but at least I can see why they are basing numbers and such the way they are. Not necessarily agree with, but… I think that, barring some outside influence, that in two weeks we will know if they were right, overreacting, or if something else is going on. I think, hope, pray they are wrong about both sets of numbers, and that the final results are much, much lower.
Meantime, I started a discussion on Twitter earlier about what I think we should do as soon as possible after this breaks. Have gotten some good feedback, feel free to chime in.
Since the media isn’t going to say it, once again, COVID-19 is not Capt. Tripps. It is not the flu. Chill, distance, and use good hygiene. STOP THE PANIC!
Also, a reminder once again: if you are sick or think you are sick, DO NOT GO TO WORK OR TO VISIT PEOPLE. Stay the frack home. Don’t be Stupid, go to work/out, and insist on getting up close and personal to everyone you meet. Yes, Stupid is capitalized as I work with Stupid, who did just that. Don’t be Stupid.
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If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have been exposed: call your state health department and work with them so that you can be dealt with in a way that minimizes the chance of spreading the virus to those helping you and to the general public. Can’t get them? Call your local department or see if your health service has online/telemedicine screening set up; or see if one who has will let you use it even if you are not in their network. Do not go out in public, and don’t go to an ER or other facility without calling ahead. Be smart.
Use the interactive graphic to keep track of things. Is COVID19 an epidemic? Yes. Is it a Pandemic? Yes. Is there need for panic? NO. HELL NO. Should you be paying attention? Yes. Hell yes. Should you be preparing? Yes, better late than never. And good luck finding/getting stuff.
Want to avoid catching COVID19 here in the U.S.? Wash your flippin hands frequently, wash them thoroughly every time you use the bathroom, then follow with hand sanitizer after every washing, use hand sanitizer liberally when you can’t wash on a regular basis. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and stay away from those who don’t. Also, keep your bugger hooks out of/away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Do NOT shake hands with anyone, and avoid touching or being touched by strangers. Or your strange friends.
Avoid travel if at all possible. If you have to travel, or go out for any reason, use lots of hand sanitizer and go to full flu protocols. If you have to use a public restroom, take full precautions including using paper towels and such to handle faucets, doors,etc. Believe it or not, this was highly recommended before now, and major grocery chains have long told employees to use those practices to avoid getting or spreading colds, flu, etc. Not many actually do it, but…
If you own a business, make sure your employees know the above protocols. Have someone who refuses to wash their hands or otherwise follow the protocols? Talk to them, write them up, and if necessary fire them as they now pose a risk of infection to you and your customers. Extreme? Yes, but while the CDC and others are working to slow it down, odds are it is already here and could hit hard and fast. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
I want to reiterate that there is no need for panic, but there is a strong need to be alert, be informed, and be prepared.
Good Sources Of Information On COVID-19
Instapundit (no longer doing roundups, but great articles from Glenn and his team)
I mentioned briefly yesterday the myth of those who are abused in childhood becoming abusers themselves. This myth was particularly vicious towards those who were sexually abused.
If you go and research current literature, the original study on this topic was — to be polite — seriously flawed. When more rigorous studies were undertaken, the myth was rather thoroughly discredited.
Today, it is generally accepted that — particularly for males — there is only about a ten percent rate of those sexually abused becoming abusers themselves. There are some studies that show that victims of other types of abuse (physical, mental) may have about a thirty percent rate of becoming abusers.
That said, the sexual or other abuse is not the prime indicator. The other factors that seem to matter more are: the sexual or other abuse being done by a female; maternal neglect; exposure to serious/extreme violence on a regular basis; and, lack of support.
This is a topic I promised someone I would cover, and am glad to do it. Frankly, the myth of those sexually abused — particularly males — becoming abusers has done extreme damage. It has adversely impacted reporting as well as getting help to cope with the abuse. It continues to create prejudice that has and can hound people (male and female) out of social organizations, churches, and even employment. The ignorant bigotry of this myth continues to hamper helping those who need it, as well as research on the topic.
With all the coverage of Epstein, this has come out even from people who should (or do) know better. Along with the mis-labelling of Epstein, rather than focusing on helping victims of pedophiles and ephebophiles, a good bit of the coverage and commentary is focused on sensationalism and poor information. That can cause problems for those who are victims of sexual abuse. As noted before, however, I don’t expect accuracy or precision out of the media or pundit classes.
I will probably create a page for citations related to this and other sexual abuse information, but for now here is a brief start on links and citations pertaining to this myth.
There is more to come. In today’s politicized environment, I am concerned that solid research on the topic of sexual abuse/other abuse (especially as it pertains to males) will become impossible. Why? I attended last year an event where the field leaders of a major non-profit involved with helping victims of domestic violence, abuse, etc. talked. Those field leaders made very clear that women were always victims, women never lied about rape or abuse, women never committed such crimes unless forced to by a male, and even males who were victims were perpetrators.
This is a mindset that is rather entrenched in social services (which is heavy SJW to start). It is why I would recommend strongly that any male who is a victim of sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, or other abuse be extremely careful about using public organizations or services. My recommendation is to find a good therapist, as they can help you navigate services to avoid such bigotry.
Also, if you are a victim of childhood abuse — sexual or otherwise — I will recommend finding a local chapter of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse. It is a good organization that provides self-help meetings around the country. While it is heavily formalized, there are good reasons for that. If you are in Indianapolis, however, and male, I can’t recommend the local group as it is hosted by the organization referenced above. Until another group is started that is not associated with that particular non-profit, there’s not a lot of help for male victims in Indianapolis.
This is a personal topic for me. I’ve known many male and female survivors of childhood and adult abuse. Talking with the victims of childhood abuse, particularly given the intense coverage of Epstein, is an interesting experience. If you are a victim or current or past abuse, please do reach out and get help. You are not alone.
The federally mandated disclaimer (required because I am an Amazon Affiliate) is now in place, along with my formerly annual general disclaimer. I’ve also copied over some credits and other info and have it over on the sidebar just below the tip jar and updated Amazon Wish List link. If you like what I do, or want me to do more of it, hit the tip jar or the wish list. Meantime, to be sure I’ve hit all the bureaucratic check boxes “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Maybe some day I will earn enough from it to get paid…
I, however, am his Designated Emergency Human and according to Cappie (short for Capt. Neurotic, my name for him) a permanent state of emergency has been declared. He cries at my door some nights, begging for me to let him in. Usually, he’s waiting for me when I get up. If I get up other than at my normal time, he comes running, which you see here. If it hadn’t been for the light, you would see this odd little thing he does as he turns the corner.
Grrrrr. Not letting me post the movie, will work on it and update later.
Yes, I am working on getting back to writing regular posts here. I’m also focusing on getting back in other areas of life.
About five years ago, I was given a mistaken diagnosis of cancer. While I thought it was wrong from the start, I upended my life to deal with it. I stepped down from Mission: VALOR, and stepped away from a number of other things. I thought having a procedure done that proved by biopsy that I did not have cancer was the end of it. However, I just spend the last six or so weeks having to re-prove I did not have cancer because a doctor who diagnosed me by looking at me put it into a major (local at least) medical system that I had cancer.
Add in a botched colonoscopy that resulted in an ER visit, the administration of epi, and a few days in the hospital (and cost me a job), along with some other things that happened, and it’s been quite a time. I’m told that God does not give us more than we can handle, and for all I do believe that I also get the impression that God thinks I’m a bigger badass than I think I am.
Now, I have another challenge that I will be blogging about some each week. I’ve had chronic pain for a few decades now, which is not the issue save that by the time this issue was something I noticed, a lot of damage was done.
A few years back I was diagnosed with “just” osteoarthritis. Just. Well, it has done a number so that three weeks ago it was recommended that I have an immediate replacement of what is left (not a lot) of my right shoulder joint, and that I will probably (according to the surgeon) need the left done soon too. Oh, and a piece of bone that broke off in my right shoulder joint is now trying to work it’s way down into my chest.
I consider a total joint replacement using current tech to be a less-than-optimal solution. In fact, I think it a very bad idea for reasons I will lay out soon.
Instead, I am conducting an experiment on myself to see what can be done with supplements, despite the fact that the best of them work on only about thirty percent of the population and many of the more specialized supplements appear to work on less than ten percent. Again, more to come on this as part is on what can be done for the shoulders and the rest is to see if we can slow, halt, or reverse some of what is going on elsewhere.
I’m also working to see if I can get into some clinical trials involving regenerative medicine; and, if that fails, clinical trials for advanced bone replacement materials. I will share more as I can, as well as trying to get back to commentary on space, national defense, and other issues.
Your patience is appreciated, as is the readership of the couple of you who still show up here.