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Tuesday, April 7. 2020
I get the impression that people are making home-cooked meals during this so-called quarantine. This weekend, I made this: Marcella's beef braised in red wine. Not bad at all, an Italian pot roast I guess.
My photo is before the 3 hrs of cooking.
Are y'all cooking at home more now?
I agree with him. We need to get business back in business, with reasonable precautions of course. Since this virus will be circulating for years, the political challenge is when. The first patient who dies after opening up will be Trump's fault. Meanwhile, lives are being destroyed.
As Scott Adams asks, How Many Grandmas Would You End to Get Back to Work? Make Your Case
Just for this month. You do not need a Nikon for them. (h/t, Instapundit)
Now approved by the FDA, but already in use in other countries. The sooner we can get it everywhere here, the better. It might take a week or two. Obviously, if you have recovered from a confirmed case, you are good to go.
Despite the careful caveats in the article, what a positive test basically tells you is that you have been exposed to covid and have immunity to it. That means you have no to minimal risk, and are no risk to anybody else.
Admiral Whitey Feightner, RIP
White House-backed panel uses AI to distill data needed to battle coronavirus
Government watchdog: Hospitals face severe shortages of medical gear, confusing guidance from government
IHME Sharply Reduces Projected Hospitalizations As Data Shows NY’s Curve Is Flattening; Update: Deaths In NY Flat, Not Rising; Update: Hospitalizations Down
VDH via Powerline: The media are getting worse and worse
Powerline: A party of haters
Democrats Prep to Blame Trump for the Coronavirus Economy
CBS News Posts Fraudulent Viral Video of Sobbing ICU Nurse Who Quit Her Job Over Poor Working Conditions, Mask Shortage -- It Was All a Lie
Connecticut’s governor really should resign if he did this
News media, liberals mock conservatives for early pandemic comments they made themselves. Analysis of three months of public comments shows health officials, liberals and media personalities made comments similar to conservatives now being mocked.
US aircraft carrier should never have been sent to Vietnam. US Navy knew of the risk posed by Covid-19 on board ships but still sent the Theodore Roosevelt to Da Nang
How the coronavirus lockdown is hitting Mexico's drug cartels
China's Ongoing Atrocious Conduct In Virus Propaganda
WHO director faces calls for resignation over handling of coronavirus, China
Monday, April 6. 2020
What is the purpose of all of these virus recommendations? The masks, the distancing, the stay-at-home, the hospital and nursing home rules?
The purpose is to lower the curve. Not to reduce cases of those made very ill, but to flatten the burden to make medical care more manageable over time: longer, but less intense at the moment.
This particular covid is sneaky - almost always mild-to-nothing, but sometimes lethal for the frail or unlucky. The unlucky part is what makes it scarey. There is no effective protection, in my view, because viruses go viral. Their RNA is their reason for existing.
I'm now about 12 days into my Covid experience, and I'm getting better. I probably thought I was better than I was. I went out and raked for hour yesterday, trying to benefit from fresh air for the first time and get a little exercise. I was pretty wiped out after that. So I'm resting today. I may have the mild version, but it doesn't make it less difficult to recover from.
However, I'm moving into newer territory. The cough is diminished significantly, the headache has eased, and my main issue now is hydration. I seem to be dehydrated no matter what I do. So I drink a lot of water and Gatorade. But my appetite is back, and I'm finally moving more. Sleep is still at a premium...10 hours every night.
My brother also has it. He has a much tougher version, but he also has adult onset diabetes. So he's at-risk. He's struggled much, much more than I have, had many more symptoms, and is fighting it still. He is also getting better, but at a much slower pace. He warned me not to rake yesterday. He was probably right.
What I'm more concerned about now is not my health, but where we go in the post-shutdown world...
I fear we're not going to move in the best directions. Value structures are a mess. The social shaming over this is an example of the worst of what can happen, and I (sadly) see this as something people will engage in more of.
TOP 10 ZOMBIE MOVIES EVERY HORROR FAN NEEDS TO WATCH
Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
Who is bored at home? Not possible. Snuggle with a
No Parties, No Problem: Introverts Don’t Mind Sheltering At Home
They love the excuse
Dear Colleges, Please Let Grades Mean Something
They do not. Gotta please the customers. They are paying for "A"s, so they get them. Participation trophies.
I gave up apples for Lent. Also Tequila, kale, salad, and quinoa. For serious, tobacco. That's serious for we of Indian blood.
Zoom’s Encryption is Tied to China, Raises More Concerns
Zoom = China
There’s another side to the story of the fired Navy captain
Many civilians don't understand the deal these people made. Serious deal, deadly serious.
Illegal Border Crossing Down to 'Next to Nothing' - Less Than 150 Apprehensions a Day For Almost a Week
A big "What If?" Did Trump Ruin Our Economy for Nothing?
At Some Point The Cure Really Will Be Worse Than The Disease
TALES OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE
So many such stories out there. Painful.
President Trump needs to set the country free now
But every death until November will be his fault
Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless - *Unless you know something about testing. And even then, it gets complicated.
We have no data. The reality might be worse, might be better.
Majority Of Coronavirus Patients On Ventilators Go On To Die
A ventilator (unless post-op) always means you are in deep, deep trouble
Bill Gates-Funded IHME Coronavirus Model Wrong Again - 12,000 ICU Beds Projected For New York Today, Only 4,100 Used
Trump names White House lawyer to be watchdog over coronavirus bailout money. Brian Anderson will make sure taxpayer money is spent correctly during the pandemic
Even Althouse is beginning to appreciate Trump.
Never thought I'd seen that happen
After NY Times Caves On Hydroxychloroquine, Twitter Hero Posts Screenshots From EVERYONE Who Mocked Trump For Promoting It
Dr. Birx To CNN Reporter: Keep The Politics Out Of It, Buddy
The Real Coronavirus Chronology Shows Trump Was On Top Of It While Biden Was Mocking The Danger. No media or Nancy Pelosi false narratives or phony Joe Biden campaign ad can change the truth about the real chronology of the coronavirus.
Trump was following Dr Fauci, who in January said it was just a flu. Has Dr. F ever been right? He constantly changes his mind, but he has Trump's ear
European Leaders Lament: Coronavirus Might Just Kill The EU Too
Anger in Italy, Defiance in Eastern Europe - Will the Coronavirus Mean the End of the Globalist EU?
Let's hope so. If unlimited illegal immigration didn't
World Health Organization Under Fire for Being Chinese Apologists
China joins UN Human Rights Council panel despite troubling record, response to coronavirus
The UN is a joke
From The Atlantic!: Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China
No! No! No!
Trump admin weighs legal action over alleged Chinese hoarding of PPE
Sunday, April 5. 2020
A pal and reader sent me a photo of his basement set-up. Timely, considering the preceding post.
Of course free weights are the best, but a good safe machine is second-best especially without a spotter.
Most fitness buffs do not have barbells and racks in their garage or barn, much less a fancy home gym. Still, most have bands, hand weights, some dumbells, maybe a kettlebell or two. TRX straps are versatile and take up no space.
Without barbells, it will be difficult to build strength while away from your gym with their heavy weights, so many of us are stuck doing our weights routines in suboptimal fashion. For example, doing floor bench presses with 10 or 15 lb. hand weights cannot compare with barbell bench presses.
The same applies to dumbell deadlifts.
(Generally-speaking, low reps refers to exertions you can only manage to repeat around 6 times, medium reps refers to exertions you can only manage to repeat 6-15 times, and high reps are over 15 times. High-rep exertions, even to failure, do not build strength but build muscle endurance. Low rep exertions build strength but not endurance.)
It's all explained clearly in this post.
The point I want to make is that, without access to a good supply of varied serious weights, April might have to be a month of endurance weight training instead of strength-building. Why not? It is better than nothing.
That would entail, for example with lower body, squats with dumbells/hand weights X 20 per set, or dumbell deadlifts X 20, or 20 floor bench presses per set instead of 5-10. These sorts of things will slow the strength loss that occurs after 10 days without heavy weight stress.
Your calisthenics days and cardio days are easy at home or outdoors, so no need to discuss that.
All of the experts, including Dr. Fauci - are bullshitting (pardon my annoyance). Not this guy, because he admits what is unknown. What is known is that this virus can be lethal and it can be completely harmless, and anything inbetween. We know who are most likely to become seriously ill, but what is completely unknown is how often it creates serious illness. Via Powerline, which says:
Here it is:
Things are strange these days without going to church. Yes, it's already Palm Sunday.
21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately."
21:4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
21:6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
21:7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
21:8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
21:10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?"
21:11 The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.
Saturday, April 4. 2020
We do not know the virus death rates. I'll say it again.
We do not know death rates because we do not know infection rates in the US. We would have to do a mass involuntary screening of people on the street to know that. That will not happen. The only numbers we have is positive tests (on people already symptomatic and seeking tests) and deaths.
We do know death numbers (not accurately, because if you had terminal cancer but a corona pneumonia was the final thing, you're a corona death).
One easy piece of information might be interesting, though: number of deaths in, say, Boston for the week beginning April 4 in 2019, and the numbers for the same week in 2020.
Corona beer suspends production due to coronavirus
Colleges nationwide suspend ACT/SAT admissions requirements
Online Learning Finds Its Moment. Covid-19 could force an overdue revolution in higher education.
"Unanticipated Shock" - Under Armour Lays Off 6,700 Workers, Stores Shuttered "Indefinitely"
Department Of Transportation Will Make Airlines Offer Refunds For Cancelled Flights
I am a New York food courier. Right now, it's worse than you think
What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About The Toilet Paper Shortage
After mocking Trump for promoting hydroxychloroquine, journalists acknowledge it might treat coronavirus
Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree
The Free Press Is Now a Propaganda Organ
How About Another $2 Trillion For "Infrastructure"?
The Coronavirus: What Would Joe Biden Do?
Thanks to Trump's Emergency Order to Seal the Border, Illegal Border Crossers Are Being Deported Back to Mexico in an Average of 96 Minutes from Apprehension
Mueller’s hidden evidence: Translator exonerated Don Jr. in Trump Tower meeting. Infamous meeting did not focus on Clinton dirt but on Magnitsky Act, newly released FBI memos show.
Friday, April 3. 2020
I never have, but a friend is sending me some seeds to try. Eating cardoons.
Like finocchio (fennel), it grows wild in the Med region.
Yes, it is stressing hospitals in hot spots, but compared to what? As Bulldog suggested yesterday, this virus is partly a political and media event - not entirely medical as with the past nasty viral epidemics.
From an epidemic expert, The Severity of the CoVID-19 Epidemic is Not as Bad as You Think, According to the Numbers.
As with any viral illness, it's best to protect the frail and elderly. Best, but rarely possible. Numbers are cold things, death is not, but some perspective on the big picture is good.
Traces of ancient rainforest in Antarctica point to a warmer prehistoric world
About DC's cherry blossoms
Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family—A Review
Polyamory In A Pandemic: Who Do You Quarantine With When You’re Not Monogamous?
Tips From Someone With Nearly 50 Years Of Social Distancing Experience
New York Data Confirms Once Again – 99% of Coronavirus Fatalities Have Pre-Existing Conditions – 94% of Fatalities Over Age 45
Hydroxychloroquine Rated ‘Most Effective Therapy’ By Doctors For Coronavirus: Global Survey
That look on Jake Tapper’s face when CA Gov. Gavin Newsom insists Trump’s been “responsive to our needs”
Gavin Newsom: Virus Is “Opportunity for Reimagining a Progressive Era As It Pertains To Capitalism”
Cuomo Helped Get New York Into This Mess. The governor’s position on health care spending looked starkly different a couple of months ago.
Trump slams ‘partisan' probes after Pelosi announces coronavirus committee: ‘Here we go again’
Powerline: THE CHINA SYNDROME
Chinese Doctor Who Attempted To Warn Others About Coronavirus Has Disappeared
Putin Extends Shutdown For A Month, Moscow Residents Tracked By Mandatory Cell Phone App
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, What Daily Life Is Like in Italy Now
Thursday, April 2. 2020
Trump letter to Schumer calls him out for lies and political scheming instead of helping NYers (and Americans)
Not too long ago, I shared my views on Covid-19 and the lockdown. I still stand by my (often misunderstood) position and I feel that after this is over, I'll still stand as having a well-developed viewpoint. Meanwhile, as we sit in the midst of all this, I am now officially 3 weeks working-from-home. The Covid numbers have continued to rise, the deaths have risen as well, and the newsmedia has...ratcheted up the fear factor as high as possible. Even my sister, down in Florida (where even she admits nothing is happening of any note) is freaking out and running scared.
Well, today I chatted by phone with her and shared with her something I'll share with all of you. I am Covid-19 positive. I found out yesterday.
Let me share some of my own personal thoughts and some of my doctors' comments.
First, I was told "this is a high-powered flu". By 3 different doctors who checked me or spoke with me. Second, "No, there's nothing we can do unless you have respiratory distress, so please monitor yourself carefully." Yup. I do that anyway. Third, there were no lines at the station where I got checked. Called first, drove up, got out, they checked me in a field tent, sent me to another field tent, and did the swab (annoying, but not horrible...a Q-Tip WAY UP into your sinuses). Doesn't hurt. You do sneeze a little.
I am in good general health. I work out regularly, good BP, good pulse rate, not an ox by any standard, but I'll keep up with most people my age, and probably surpass them (55+, in case you're wondering).
My first hints of the virus were on Tuesday 3/24. A little coughing, lots of mucous, etc. Not a dry cough. By Thursday, Mrs. Bulldog was saying "You're coughing too much, I don't want people on our walks to think you have it, so stay home." Fine...I stopped taking walks. I had started having headaches (sinus) anyway. The headaches got worse. By Friday, my head was pounding, the cough was persistent, and it was dry. No fever. No rash. 3 days of (sorry) diarrhea began.
Over the weekend, the headaches intensified, the coughing got worse. I was more or less stuck on the couch watching movies, in a very annoyed frame of mind. By Sunday, it was suggested I get tested.
So we arranged it, and yesterday at 3pm the results were back. Positive.
Of course, by now the headache is starting to fade. It's still there, but Tylenol keeps it reduced. The coughing is still there, but laying down helps it stop (don't lay down too much...no need to promote pneumonia). I've been sleeping 10 hours a night. The really weird things, and there are 2 of them, are the general haziness of frame of mind - I can't concentrate very long - and what I'd call "fever dreams without the fever." I don't know how to describe these, but I have the strangest dreams all night. Then I wake up in the morning very dehydrated and have to drink a pint or two of water.
My doctor voiced concern over the number of cases, but also pointed out that "it's just a flu that is worse for at-risk people, you're not at risk. Just stay vigilant, take care of yourself and you should be fine."
So if this were the normal world - I'd take 2-3 weeks off from work, and get better. Instead, I've had 3 weeks off, and based on current protocol I will have AT LEAST (if my symptoms play out normally) 3 more weeks off (because my office says 2 weeks after cessation).
For what it's worth - most people in the US, after 6 weeks off from work, will be broke. If it goes longer, who knows. At this point, the "cure" is worse than the disease. Trump is right to consider opening some counties as soon as possible - like any other pandemic, this has areas of concentration. We can limit exposure to those regions, and keep the rest of the nation working well.
Stay healthy. Stay vigilant. I do believe there is much more, politically, to play out. At this point I no longer believe it's mainly a health crisis (if it ever was). It's a political one.
ps - I had to inform my HR Department - just a public safety thing. Naturally, I got a call back today...all pre-arranged, and about exactly what I supposed. They were trying to determine if I could have caught it anywhere else but at the office. "AVOID LAWSUITS AT ANY COST" must be their view. Can't blame them, I suppose. Not that it would stop me if I was litigious. Thing is, nobody can EVER prove where they got it from. I commute, via train, every day. I went to the bank. I was playing poker one night with 50 people at a bar the week before being sent home (won $650 and the tournament WITH A ROYAL FLUSH - not a joke, totally telling the truth, I have pictures...it's the poker players' Hole-in-One). So I could have gotten it anywhere...and I admitted that. Because it doesn't matter where I got it from. I KNEW I was going to get it. That was the point of my original article. If you believe you can avoid it, you're fooling yourself. I DO NOT believe social distancing works. But don't worry - they politicians and other liars will convince you it's working.
Doctors At University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: We’ve Developed a Vaccine Against Coronavirus
And they can scale it easily. Pitt is one of the great American medical centers. If they say it, they mean it. Quite remarkable speed, but most people in urban and suburban areas have been exposed now anyway, naturally vaccinated.
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