Friday, July 31, 2020
Some people can't help doing stupid and the have a total disregard for black lives.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
AP style guide changes...AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses. This decision follows our move last month to capitalize Black in such uses. We consulted with a wide group of people internally and externally around the globe and considered a variety of commentary in making these decisions.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Unfortunately, there are a great many people, mostly in conservative media, who are claiming that the death rate is only 0.3%. They are constantly saying that this isn't much different than the seasonal flu. This number is being quoted so frequently that I tried to find some information to verify it, but I can't find anything. Even Bill Gates said that the death rate is less than 1%, but I can't find anything to back that either.
I think that this idea of a low death rate comes from a California study a couple of months ago that found that there were ten times as many positive tested cases in a sample population than what was predicted. So the argument was made that if there were ten times as many cases then the real death is ten times less. The problem is that the California study was criticized for its methodology. They did not do random sampling but instead asked for volunteers to be tested. The problem is that volunteers probably don't represent the population as a whole, and likely include many people who think that they may be infected.
It has also been pointed out that unknown cases could mean unknown deaths from COVID-19. Just because you have unknown cases doesn't necessarily mean that the death rate is lower.
So there seems to be much discussion about asymptomatic people because the argument seems to be that if there are a large number of asymptomatic cases then the death rate must be lower. However, studies from Wuhan and Italy both indicate that the number of asymptomatic cases is only around 40%. In addition, there are articles all over the place saying that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
In regard to unknown cases, I'm going to argue that it really doesn't matter. The number of *known* cases is still growing at apparently an ever-increasing rate, and those people are still dying at a rate of around 4%. About 3 days ago I noticed from official numbers that 100,000 people had died from COVID-19 worldwide in 12 days. That is around 34 times the number of deaths from 9-11, and we spent trillions of dollars fighting wars because of 9-11. As long as the number of known cases keeps increasing and those people keep dying at a significant rate, then this pandemic is a still serious problem.
There seems to be some resistance to mandates to wear masks. I don't consider wearing a mask to be an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat in a construction zone.
I am appalled at how many people are espousing conspiracy theories in regard to COVID-19, especially in regard to a potential vaccine. A small part of the problem is that many politicians are trying to politicize the pandemic, so this contributes to people distrusting public officials and their motives.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
People are already denouncing a potential COVID-19 vaccine as highly dangerous even before knowing which vaccine they are going to use, what will be in it, and what kind of research will be done on the safety of that vaccine.
We don't know for sure that there will be a vaccine.
To make matters worse, people are claiming that this is a conspiracy involving Bill Gates, and claiming that the vaccine will have gene-altering substances in it. Not stopping there, some people are claiming that the new 5G phone network is going to be used to activate nanotechnology surreptitiously implanted in us.
I wouldn't even mention this except that a couple of good friends have earnestly sent me this stuff, and another friend mentioned it to me as a joke. Apparently, these ideas have some traction with people.
There are some very despicable videos on youtube promoting these ideas. The sad thing is that these ideas will make people afraid of a vaccine that could save many lives.
I think that I'm losing my faith in human beings as an intelligent species.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
The mRNA-1273 vaccine induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified. These findings support further development of this vaccine.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Microwave ovens and VCRs were not yet affordable and very few people had them. In terms of technology, people were more interested in CB radios.
Arcade videogames were just beginning to take off. Although still primitive, in terms of gaming they were significantly better than what could be done on a computer or on one of the very primitive overpriced home consoles available at the time.
The country as a whole was in a serious malaise. The economy did not do well in the 1970s and took a big downturn during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Inflation was high, unemployment was up, economic growth was almost non-existent, and interest rates along with energy costs were at record levels. Consequently, most people were just trying to get by.
On the international scene, things did not look good. The Soviet Union appeared aggressive by invading Afghanistan. Iran was making the U.S. look bad with the hostage crisis. Opec controlled the world's energy supply.
With the election of Ronald Reagan in November, I had high hopes that things would change for the better, but it would take a long time for things to turn around.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong: 'I know how they treat whistleblowers' | Fox News
Monday, July 13, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Jose admits he returned fire, but didn't hit anyone. He says explaining to Jessica's son Greyson that he'll never see his mom again has been the hardest part for the family.
"It's hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, 'I love you mom,'" said Ramirez.
Just one week earlier, two people were shot on the same part of canal. During one of those shootings, a 14-year-old identified as Curtis White Junior died during what police describe as an attempted armed robbery.
"Our message is that the canal is still a safe to go," said IMPD Capt. Jerry Leary.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
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From: Albert Nelms
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Saturday, July 4, 2020
If I look at the known cases versus known deaths, we get 4.5% for the U.S. and 4.7% for the world. However, some are claiming that there are ten times as many cases that we don't know about, meaning that the death rate is actually much lower. On the other hand, one source said that we might be underestimating COVID-19 deaths because the people were never tested.
I also saw one article that said that the death rate has been going up worldwide:
According to data gathered by The New York Times, China had reported 90,294 cases as of Friday and 4,634 deaths, which is a C.F.R. of 5 percent. The United States was very close to that mark. It has had 2,811,447 cases and 129,403 deaths, about 4.6 percent.
I used to like this channel, but I don't find this useful at all. It is all conspiracy theories. The virus is real. People dying is real. You can argue over the details, but we need better treatments and vaccines. Things will return to normal, maybe in 6 months to a year.
For me, I'm afraid. I'm more at risk. My 80-year-old leukemia patient mother has been told that she would die from this disease if she were to catch it. Her health is frail already.
We have only been social distancing for barely over 3 months. I started on March 21st. Most of what has transpired has done so in a single season. What will things be like in another 3 months? I don't know, but one possible outcome is that things get much worse. People need to take steps now to prevent a much worse outcome for the remainder of the year.
This is all very inconvenient I know. We are in the middle of a worldwide crisis. We have to act accordingly.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Just watch NFL football. The NFL is planning to play the black national anthem before the real national anthem on their opening week. This is a big turn-off for me. I look at the NFL as a sports entertainment venue. I go there to get away from it all. I don't want to see or listen to their political rhetoric. So, I say goodbye to the NFL. NFL call me when you're ready to be a sports entertainment venue again.Btw, the black national anthem as a piece of music is not that great. Thank goodness it's short. Lol
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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