Two Weeks? Nah, Soon It Will Be Two Days

Conspiracy to reality went from two years to two weeks. Soon, it will be two days. Tucker lays out the latest.

Tried to get that to embed, couldn’t get it done so just linked it. Biolabs and bioweapons. Of course, the Russians know where several of the labs are since they were Soviet era labs. The others, well, that’s a different tale.

Editing to add this post by Glenn Greenwald. You really do want to read it.

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Trying To Beat The Stun Gun

When you are hit by lightning, one of the best descriptors I’ve come across (or created, not sure) is that God’s own stun gun has been fired into the motherboard of your computer. Any time you fire a stun gun into the motherboard of any computer, the results are rarely good. When you fire it into the motherboard of the currently most complex bio-electric computer in the known universe — the human brain — it can get quite problematic.

Knowing this, I pushed hard for a referral for cognitive testing. The problem was, it was booked so solid in this area that I was unable to get it until January. That said, I did go in and spend a day letting them poke and prod (figuratively) my mind and how it was operating. We had already established there was no pre-existing or current physical damage from the strike itself (at least on a gross level). Now it was time to see how the operations were going. Especially as there have been some issues.

For me, once the initial concussive effects faded, I have had some brain farts and problems remembering names among other things. It’s frustrating when I can see someone clear as day in my memories, and can’t pull their name to save my life. The brain farts have not been bad, more annoying, but are a concern. As are some of the long-term effects in survivors that can strike immediately or within a year or so: some people lose the ability to learn new things; some lose the ability to do things they’ve done for years; and, others do have personality and other changes. Really bad news from the neurologist was there is little or nothing you can do to prevent that (at least in his opinion, which also including not bothering to get up off his fat ass to try prevention).

So, I waited and actually on some levels enjoyed my day of testing. Parts of it were, on some level, fun; and, it did force me to stretch my mind a bit as it were. That said, I did get a laugh when the doc and I went over the results. Basically, based on my history and known conditions, the data tracked; based on my having had open-heart surgery, which does effect the brain and other organs, the data tracked; and, when it came to being hit by lightning, no one has a clue if the data tracks because there is essentially zero literature available. Some, but not much.

The good news is, I still clock out good (above average) in several areas, and did okay on most of the rest. The doc’s suggestion is that in two years we redo the testing to see if we can establish a baseline (and maybe generate something for the literature). If problems start before then, move things up.

That said, unlike the neurologist, she believes in being proactive. So, today I go in for some therapy to see if we can improve the areas where we know there are issues and slipping. Can’t hurt, might help, and so far the insurance is good with it, so why not. If we can do things that will get in and possibly get ahead of things, I’m all for it.

I’m putting off heading out early on errands to try to get things dried out here, and to see if a package arrives before I leave. Sadly, having to guard my room from the cats, who don’t care that I’m allergic and keep trying to get in and make themselves at home. Need the door open as I have two fans running to try to help with the water.

More to come, I may put up a post later today that I wanted to get up a week ago. Meantime:

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Reason To Move #1,1xx

I had other plans for posting today, but I thought I would share this with you to explain why the planned posting may not be done to plan. Where I rent is nice in many respects, and my landlord is overall a good guy. After all, he’s run me to the ER a few times, picked me up from the hospital after surgery, and done a few other things to help me out in my new normal.

The weather is outside his control, and we got almost two inches of rain in about that amount of time. This is what I woke up to this morning, and unlike last time it got up into my room. Yes, some damage to some of my stuff, but I got off fairly lucky as far as I can tell so far. Now we have to dry out carpet and rugs and see what has to be ripped out. Joy.

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Guest Post: The Cost of Compliance, Replacement, and Opportunity

Today finds us with another guest post by River. My apologies for it not going up sooner, but at least it is now up.

I’m going to talk about three terms, all of which are used more in accounting and financial risk assessment than in everyday life. But they are useful when looking at everyday and political risk assessment, too: compliance costs, replacement costs, and opportunity costs.

Fiscally, a cost of compliance is the measure of how much compliance with a regulation or law adds to the cost of doing business. For instance, if you have to have a license to cut hair, the cost of that license is part of the cost of compliance. But that’s not the total. There’s the time you spend filling out the request, if you have to take a class, there’s the cost of the class itself, and then’s there’s lost opportunity cost—i.e. how much could you have been making cutting hair if you weren’t taking mandatory classes, filing papers, and dealing with the bureaucracy that demands all that.

We in the U.S. have accepted vast amounts of lost opportunity costs over the last hundred years or so, in the interests of just getting along. What we’ve received in return is arguably less security, fewer choices, and a grotesquely bloated government at every level.

The reason why the future looked so bright in the 1950s—flying cars! Exploitation of the Solar System!–was because we had every right to expect the pace of change to continue as it had been going. But the insidious income tax and ever-growing regulatory burden from unelected bureaucrats have worked their dark magic, sapping our national will, and creating at this point nearly impossibly heavy self-inflicted burdens.

Others have written about the utter lack of scientific support for the utility of masking to prevent virus transmission (not just COVID, but any virus), and indeed the support for the idea that masking is actively dangerous in many cases. But it’s not the science I want to discuss—it’s that habit of going along to get along that is being fostered by the federal and many state and local governments.

A blogger, whose name I’ve sadly forgotten now, put it very well recently—the habit of compliance is exactly what led to the “Good German” in Nazi Germany. We have history that is within living memory to show us this is what happens. Why? Is it possible to come to any conclusion other than we are being trained to comply with government orders that make no sense? And that we are being divided deliberately along those lines—people who will comply and those who refuse to?

But there is a moral cost of compliance, too. Every time we acquiesce to rules we know make no sense we lose a bit of our center, we lose our ability to argue for the things we know are right. We are aware we have no high ground from which to fight.

And what is being offered to replace the constitutional republic form of government that made America great? We know now that a socialist form is opening advocated for. We also know, from history, and as outlined so eloquently in The Road to Serfdom, that socialism inevitably morphs into totalitarianism, the victim of its own internal logic. Is that an acceptable replacement?

Similarly, the road to socialism goes through our cultural institutions: it requires the destruction of our Judeo-Christian traditions and belief structures, it requires the destruction of the nuclear family, and it requires the destruction of voluntary civic institutions. Until it was pointed out as damning, the destruction of the family was proudly listed as one of the goals of the national Black Lives Matters on its web page. Churches have been infiltrated and have replaced religious virtue for “woke” values. The undermining of civic institutions has been a result of lost opportunities—if your taxes are so high that a family requires two wage earners, we lose the time and energy that could otherwise be spent on activities of choice. And so many Americans chose to improve their communities!

These goals are not being hidden by the socialists controlling our tax dollars. But are the replacements they are positing better? I can’t see any measure—the most important of which is welfare of our children—that they are. The costs of complying with these demands is simply too high. We have to stop paying them.

Once again, my thanks to River for another excellent bite of food for thought.

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Vladimir and the Ukraine

Some quick thoughts to share, and we will get the big ones out the way first. Should we send U.S. troops: NO! Do I like Vladimir? No, though I have had professional respect for him in some areas, and personal in one. If you are not mature enough to differentiate between respecting someone and liking them, bugger off.

My heart bleeds for the Ukraine, and I’m moved by the willingness of its people to resist the invasion. To watch those who now live elsewhere, or are the children/grandchildren/etc. of those who immigrated return to defend it is amazing. What they have accomplished in resisting the invasion is nothing short of amazing. We should do all we can to support their efforts. Governmentally, this means sending them all the anti-tank, anti-air, and other arms and ammunition they so desperately need. It means providing humanitarian aid via public/private means. It does not mean providing troops on any level. That would be the worst thing we could do. On multiple levels.

That said, I have no problem with allowing U.S. Citizens to go there and fight. To join the Ukrainian Foreign Legion that has been proposed. In fact, I’m reminded of something the late (and much missed) L. Neil Smith wrote in one of his books, about an American staunchly opposing the U.S. taking a stance in a European conflict, and then leading a 1,000 airship volunteer armada to do just that. It is the difference between official action and non-official action, and is something we haven’t done much with since the Spanish Civil War. While that is a bag of worms for another day (and a nasty bag it is), we must not get sucked into this on an official level.

A good bit of that has to do with the rather obvious mental deterioration in one Vladimir Putin. It’s been obvious for a while that something was off with him. Multiple parties are talking about it now, but what brought it home for me was his meeting with Macron at the ultra-long table. While this was, no doubt, in part a way of snubbing him, there was something more to it. Then came the night he castigated a major cabinet member of live television — not a bright thing to do in the current return to the politburo level of operations. Then came is tirade against the Ukraine and justification for his actions. That was when a LOT of people began comparing notes and sharing concern over his mental well being. When the photo came out of him using the ridiculously long table to meet with his own defense leaders, well… While unconfirmed, it seems he doesn’t like to have anyone who is not part of his innermost circle behind him these days, or to let any such even close to him. Given that he is quite familiar with concealed weapons that can induce apparent heart attacks, much less spray nerve agents, the close thing is understandable. As for behind him, he is also quite familiar with leadership at various levels committing suicide by shooting themselves in the back multiple times.

In about three weeks, we’ve seen a Vladimir who was “off” go from chess to raising on a busted flush in something that is well beyond “off.” The nuclear escalation is not exactly unexpected, at least if you know a bit about the Soviet playbook for such things. What matters is if he still has full control, and/or the extent to which Dead Hand has been brought online. All I will say is that if his ability to give certain orders has been unofficially curtailed, it would not be the first time. If it hasn’t, it is not a good idea to poke the crazy man with the button via official actions.

And there are a lot of official actions out there that are not going to help in regards the deteriorating man. Among others is Switzerland deciding that they are neutral, but not that neutral. Add to it firm allies who have told him no, even after he just helped them out literally a few weeks ago… Even Xi has said no on some fronts. None of this is likely to slow down the deterioration. Or provide enough of a reality check to get through to him as he rages in his bunker with his captive oligarchs.

And while we are at it, let’s look at the attack itself and the absolute fuck up that it, and subsequent actions by STAVKA (call it what it is), truly are. It was billed as a demonstration of the new Russian way of war, their version of “Shock and Awe.” Problem is, S&A or any other form of blitz is heavily dependent upon superior logistics, something the Soviets nor the Russians have ever had. You need massive amounts of ammo, fuel, parts, and replacement troops to pull it off. Replacement troops not only because of losses, but the need to detail out troops to hold key points as you go. It also requires highly trained troops who know land nav inside and out.

From what I am learning, the order went out to make this happen. The actual order, however, may not have even approached what would be given for a small-unit special ops strike. Contingency plans? Decap. No? Then try for decap again. Decap. Decap. Try it again damnit! There are differing reports on the number of Wagner troops killed or captured, but a good number were sent in on assassination missions. They were not alone. Problem was, they were all alone as the original push down got bogged down; the efforts to do airmobile and airborne ops were shot down (literally in some cases); and, the public is now on high alert to the saboteurs and assassins roaming major cities trying to mark targets, etc. Don’t expect rules of war for those caught marking civilian buildings for strikes. For now, expect a return to grinding Soviet bombardment, civilian casualties be damned.

The fact is, Vladimir has already lost simply because he didn’t win. He is committed, and is committing Russia and all its people, to a long, grinding, bloody slog that is going to have severe economic impacts. Just replacing ammunition, gear, people, is going to have a severe impact. Add to it the growing official and unofficial sanctions? The Russian people are going to feel this one, in ways they never have before. Current Vladimir does not care. He’s lost to that. He has no way to go in and control the country, or even the parts he’s tried so desperately to annex. Even those are likely to slip from him given the current state of “uppitiness” on the part of the Ukrainians.

The Ukrainians have not won. At best they have pushed things into a long grind with some chance of a stalemate. Yet, by doing this they have won. They have prevented the cheap and easy victory on which Vladimir counted. They have forced him into committing military and economic resources he does not have over the long term. Heck, even the short term. Russia’s economy was already teetering, current operations and responses are going to crater it unless something major happens. I’ve lived through a couple of power struggles in the Kremlin; under these circumstances, I hope we all do live through what is to come. A quick clean change of leadership seems unlikely given the Keystone gang we’ve seen so far, but it may be our best hope.

All we can do is wait and see what happens. While current circumstances are not new or unique on many levels, I will note that in my lifetime I’ve never seen a situation like this where key leadership was this insecure. Xi is in some ways hanging by a thread, and knows his enemies in the CCP are looking for any excuse to bring him down. Vladimir we’ve discussed. The Europeans, particularly the Germans? They are not secure either, especially since the Green policies have caused them to firmly place their mouth around Putin’s, er, finger, in regards energy. To see them decide to fund their own military, back off on the idiocy of green (maybe), and truly support the Ukraine strikes more as a desperation move than a rational push. Johnson is a non-entity right now, and not to be taken seriously. Our own dementia patient? Hell, he’s just waiting for his ice cream and to be allowed to go back upstairs to watch Matlock. Those behind him, however, are desperate beyond belief. Not one major stable leader anywhere in the world. That’s a new one and I thought I had about seen it all after watching the Soviets/Russians for more than 40 years now.

Oh, for those still focused on the opening paragraph and gasping with indignation that I have had some respect for Vladimir (at least in some areas)? The one personal area was with food, as it was through him (though he didn’t know it) that I tried his favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg. It became my favorite too. Too bad I’ll never get back there again in this lifetime. Oh well, I’d rather find something better in the Ukraine anyways.

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Well, I’m Typing

I think that may be the most I’m willing to commit to at this time, given that every time I say I’m still alive and/or doing well it seems to be taken as a bit of a challenge. I don’t want the following to come across as sacrilegious, but: I know God does not give us more than we can handle, but Lord, I am not even close to being the badass you seem to think I’m capable of being.

In the latest out-of-the-blue health issue, I’m now recovering from what I am told is a diverticulitis flare. The last two colonoscopies (the botched one a few years ago, and the great one two years ago) had no mention of diverticulitis that I remember. So, imagine my surprise at finding myself in the local ER (again) with what I thought was a blockage but the CT scan says was diverticulitis. Need to do more research on the condition, but the one thing I can tell you is it taught me some new meanings for pain.

That said, I am now back on solid food after several days of stock and broth. Still weaker than I care for, as running some minor errands yesterday wiped me out. It doesn’t take much to wipe me out right now.

I’m slowly getting used to the new computer. Not thrilled with some of what I regard as “fancying” things up. From two-stage pressure pads to some software “upgrades” that I regard as less than helpful, it makes for a system that looks great but has no real consideration for real-world production users. Also, having to teach several new autocorrect features my words and basic style (Oxford comma!) is a bit of a pita. So, if you see spelling or other issues, some of them are us fighting and you can be sure that I did NOT say anything about mother truckers at any point.

There is a guest post I hope to get up later, and I have a number of thoughts to share about Vladimir and the Ukraine. I’m also hoping to talk more on practical preparedness as my recent trip to the SW and the weekend of pain exposed some shortcomings as well as helping showcase why I do some things.

No, wait, to say more soon might be seen as a challenge. Instead, think I will just go with mischief managed! Seems safer.

In The Blink Of An Eye

As the few who check in here have noticed, I’ve not posted in a while. I had already slowed down as a result of the new day job, but there’s been nothing for a while. There is a reason for that.

This is a post that is hard to write, and it is a post I never expected to write. I am, to put it mildly, glad to be here to write it and have already given thanks many times for the this. That said, life has taken some very unexpected and difficult turns.

Growing up, my Dad and I loved to watch thunderstorms. In particular, I remember sitting with him more than once on the porch of our cabin watching the storms roll down the ridges and mountains. When it got close, we would go inside.

On June 30 at approximately 0445 hours, I was sitting on the covered front porch of the house where I rent a room, drinking coffee and reading the news on my phone. To my north, about a mile to a mile-and-a-half away, a thunderstorm was moving off and I was enjoying watching the light show from what I thought was a safe distance. I was wrong. Turns out, as storms break up lightning can and does hit miles away.

One second I was reading one of my regular reads (Instapundit, I think, not real clear at this point) when a bolt of lightning hit somewhere off to my right. The blinding flash and roar were almost simultaneous, and as I lost sight my body clenched up tight. I distinctly remember having a brief Buckley moment, thinking “This is going to hurt” and wondering if when my eyes opened/worked if I would be looking at Heaven, hell, or other. When my eyes could see again and my body unclenched, I was delighted to see I was still on the porch.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that while the main bolt did indeed miss me, a part of it came over to say hello. While I normally prize manners, I really wish it hadn’t. Not realizing I had been hit, I went inside, gave thanks to God and the Blessed Mother, and went to work. The next day, I did not feel good and despite being light-headed thought I just had a bug. I called my doc and went in to see a nurse practicioner. We talked about the strike, but she admitted it was the first time at that practice they had seen someone who had been so close to a strike and I needed to watch myself carefully. Meantime, some of the symptoms did seem like a bug so we treated it as such. A couple of weeks later, I spent four hours in the ER with cardiac issues including a BP that was well above stroke range.

Since then, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be hit by lightning. Most people (including a number of medical professionals) expect blast trauma and burns. They do happen but from medical papers and other resources, they are not necessarily the most common injuries. Far more common are concussion/TBI-like symptoms on the neurological side, and a variety of cardiac issues ranging from mild to severe. What happens varies widely, as the effect of the strike is much like firing a stun gun into the motherboard of a computer. You don’t know exactly what will happen, but it’s not likely to be good.

In my case, there is no clearly defined entry point. Indeed, it is possible that the charge could have built up by induction; but, there is no way to be sure. By the time we started figuring out what had happened, several weeks had passed. That said, it would appear that it exited out the ball of my right foot.

Many of the short-term effects are being, or have been, dealt with. That said, there remain cardiac issues and neurologic issues. I’m having to have yet more cardiac tests next week, and we have the BP down to more reasonable levels. I was supposed to go to TBI/concussion therapy, but there have been insurance issues so that remains in the future. It also appears I’m going to have to save up for some custom orthotics, which the insurance doesn’t cover.

The long-term prognosis is mixed. Many who are hit go on to have personality changes, problems doing things they’ve done a thousand times, or even to lose the ability to learn new things. I have had both memory and cognitive issues, and while I hope getting into the TBI/concussion therapy will help, there is no way to predict or prevent the emergence of long-term issues. While the day job has been amazingly supportive, I’ve had to miss more work than I care for, especially since I don’t get paid sick days. I’ve also had to drop the number of days I’m working, both because of fatigue/cognitive/other issues and the need to have time to go to the many doctor visits that now fill my life. If anyone cares to hit the tip jar here, it would be appreciated. Even more so as I may find myself having to explore medical disability if we can’t get things improved.

For all that there are no pre-existing conditions or physical damage to the brain, the circuits are scrambled. At this point, I’ve begun to lose confidence that we can unscramble them as the longer it takes to get into the therapy the more likely it is that short-term effects could become permanent and cascade into starting some of the long-term effects. Right now, I’m unsure I could start a new job, as the physical and mental challenges may be beyond my capability.

When I said it was hard to write this post, I meant it on several levels. It is not easy to write about my situation. Worse, it is hard to write cogently. Writing has always been something that flowed easily, which is why I was able to write so many articles about science and high-technology efforts. Writing fiction is not as easy, but I’d like to think I was starting to get the hang of things.

Writing this post has been a challenge. The flow is not there, and finding the right words is a challenge. I’ve already had to go back and fix a few things where I did not have the words right. On a good day, I can write, but it seems I’ve had few of those of late. I’m really hoping this does not take my writing from me, as it has been not just a career for many years, but a release on many levels.

I’ve had challenges before, and I plan to meet this one head-on. This is a very different battle from any I’ve fought before and comes on top of others that have me being advised to move to the desert SW. I had hoped that might happen this winter, but that is now on hold.

I do not know what the future holds. I have Faith. I have friends. There are resources out there I have yet to discover. Even more than hitting the tip jar, I would very much appreciate your prayers and good thoughts. I need all of them I can get.

Onwards.

UPDATE: I am overwhelmed and humbled by the responses to this. Thank you all and I will be responding more soon. Welcome Instapundit readers! It’s been a while since I’ve seen an Installanche take down a site, but I’m seeing it did so last night. 🙂 Thank you all for the support, prayers, and encouragement offered. There truly are not words to describe how grateful I am for all. Bless you.

Abby & Libby: 4 Years And Still No Justice

Don’t know who created it, but thanks for doing it.

It’s been four years now, and the scum who killed Libby and Abby is still out there. Someone knows who he is, they know something that can break this case open.




Listen to this voice. Listen Again. 

Listen. If you know who this is, turn them in.

Remember Abby and Libby. Remember and honor the courage and ingenuity that has given us what clues we have, including that recording above.

I have not forgotten. I will not forget.

There is still justice to be done. Spread the word, and leave the POS who attacked and murdered these two girls no place to hide.

COVID-19 1Apr20

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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As always:

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? NOHELL 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)

South China Morning Post (decent, some salt may be needed)

Business Insider (decent, even if they did fall for some lies about Trump)

New England Journal of Medicine

Additional link to Johns Hopkins

More to come

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COVID-19 7Mar20 How To Do It Right If You Have/Have Been Exposed To COVID-19

COVID-19 6Mar20

COVID-19 5Mar20

COVID-19 4Mar20

COVID-19 3Mar20

COVID-19 What Am I Doing?

COVID-19 2Mar20

COVID-19 1Mar20

COVID-19 29Feb20

Quick Additional Thoughts On The Bureaucracy

Panic Is Off And Running

COVID-19 28Feb20 Reasons To Hope, Reasons To Fear

COVID-19 A Plea To The Politicians (And Media)

COVID-19 27Feb20

COVID-19 Breaking A Chain?

COVID-19 26Feb20

COVID19 The Situation In China Gets Even Weirder

COVID19 25Feb20

COVID19 24Feb20 Raising DEFCON

COVID19 23Feb20

COVID19 22Feb20

COVID19 21Feb20: Just Look At The Blooms Dear

COVID19 Update 20Feb20

COVID19 Update

Update & Quick Thoughts On Preparedness

Expansion On A Theme

Well Maybe I Was Wrong

Some Quick Thoughts On Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

Why Should You Be Prepared?

Keeping Alert

Coronavirus And Practical Preparedness