Fishwrap Saturday

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More on the China Plague

Link  There’s apparently a tipping point where the virus enters your lungs and the article goes into how that seems to be working. The pattern of infection in the lungs is unique from a radiological view.  

Stress Balls?

They’ve never worked for me. There are those squeezy clowns you can crush and the eyes bug out, which is always a step in the right direction. I think that a stress bat (or yes, of course, a tomahawk) is better.
Those Damned Rockets
If the rockets are intended for close support of friendly infantry, you’d better dig that fighting hole deeper.

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act

What is It?

It is the act that allows everyone to lap at the federal trough during a disaster. And frankly, if it was only the virus and not the financial melt-down that followed, we wouldn’t be seeing this called for. It gives FEMA sweeping authority and invoking it will free up $46 billion in the FEMA restricted fund.

President Trump invoked it and there is even more money to spend.

Panic Buying

It started with toilet paper and now the folks have turned their wallets to bulk ammo and some firearms. It will be good for the industry, which suffered a slump after the miserable years of Obamanation. I spoke to a friend who said that the panic ammo purchases are running the table, so maybe some of the big producers can put on a second and third shift?

Good Morning Little Cowgirl!

26 thoughts on “Fishwrap Saturday

  1. Matthew 6:25-34 – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…"

    Those that panic over "what may occur", therefore justify their selfish behavior – in this case tackle each other for a roll of TP or hoard a garage full of water or wear hazmat suits to the office looking like fools – have serious selfish delusions operating.

    Not going to town today, best to stay away from the fray for a while.

    We have a President who asks for prayer to assist our nation during trail…it's not a play, but genuine. Tells me enough of what I need to know about the man.

    Always wanted to install a heavy bag in the barn, you know, for those times when needing a mental and physical workout at the same time. (Similar to hoisting hay bales, but without the dust).

  2. Oh, and at least you entitled this "Fishwrap Saturday" and not the much stinkier Lutefisk Saturday.

  3. Saw this posted elsewhere. Please read and pass it to your friends.

    C.S. Lewis in “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays.
    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

  4. I have no need to panic buy, I have a good supply of both commodities. Maybe I should load up a few more magazines. I may have to defend one with the other.

  5. I hope that he says, "Don't fear the reaper," but suspect that he won't. Still, it's not worth being overly concerned. Our days are ALL numbered. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, LSP.

  6. I don't eat yellow snow OR lutefisk. I leave that to my friend, John D. from Oslo, who reads this blog. More lutefisk for him.

    My i-phone fell yesterday and the screen shattered so I will be going into town today if I plan to have a phone. I put clear tape over it and it actually still works, but it's a short term fix. If the zombies get me, you may not hear from me again.

    I haven't used a heavy bag for quite a while. They're a good work out, particularly if you can get somebody to hold it. That's not a bad idea. I could use one here too.

  7. It's a good observation.

    One of the people who reads this blog and who contributes regularly has COVID-19. I will not out them here. A son, age about 23, came home because he was ill – with COVID-19. Who among us wouldn't welcome that son and care for him even though we knew that we'd certainly get it too?

    Love, thoughts and prayers go out to that family.

  8. I usually go into town strapped with a smaller caliber handgun. When I go into town to get a new i-phone today, I'll have a .45, 1911. I know, I thought that it was at the bottom of a lake but apparently it fell out of the bag before I loaded everything into the boat.

  9. Comparing death rates in the near future? Homicides as a result of staying home and getting on each others nerves vs Wuhan virus deaths. Will there be a study?

  10. Be careful out there among the English, even if it's just to the phone shop.

    "Lutefisk" – aka reconstituted dried cod that resembles boiled snot.

    I suspect this "trial" that we find ourselves will get stranger but will hopefully abate before the end of the month. It is another "try" against the only man at the top who is holding back the seditious tide.

    Schwann's delivery Monday…we'll be set for a while.

  11. Republic sure did build some sturdy aircraft. The F-84 did so much heavy lifting in Korea, but it's the F-86 that gets all the credit.

    Just like the P-47 did more, flew more, flew farther (in the later versions) and just was more better than the P-51, but the P-51 gets all the credit.

    Plus, my dad flew F-84Gs in Korea after the shooting was over.

  12. I expect that after the stress relief opportunities inherent in your old job, stress balls just aren't up to snuff, LL. Of course, the job was a lot more stressful too.

    We have plenty of stock of anything that matters already… I try to buy things when everyone's not on a binge. I do want to go down to the local Costco substitute in a few days to get more MexiCoke, but I'm gonna try and time it to avoid the hordes of Panic Junkies. Normally I'd get paper goods at the same time, but meh.

    So far all the Covid has done for/to me is give me a couple weeks off work at about 2/3 pay on the old UE, so woot. I intend to celebrate by drinking, which I don't do if I'm working the next day.


  13. The F-84 and F-86 for that matter, had a reputation of spraying those 2.5" rockets all over the landscape. But the aircraft were and are infinitely cool.

  14. Kle. I recall one time when somebody came into my office and asked a stupid question. Tensions were running high. I picked up the telephone handset and beat the phone to pieces with it. Expensive STU phone. Then I called my secretary in and told her to order a new phone because this one wasn't working anymore.

    Things have calmed down since then.

  15. We went out shopping today. Our normal shopping schedule is once every three weeks, but I wasn't feeling well last Saturday, so it had been four weeks since our last trip. ( Where we do our major shopping is about a 45 minute trip from home. ) Our regular grocery stores were closed because they hadn't received their scheduled resupply delivery, so we went to another store. There were some bare shelves, but we were able to buy ( one package ) toilet paper and all of the food products we needed. I saw no panic buying, but it was the subject of discussion among the people shopping and the staff. All in all, I would say that calmness prevailed in the areas we visited.

    This is likely more information than you wanted, but that's what I saw in my part of the PNW.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

  16. Good to know. I think that your experience is the rule rather than the exception. People know that they're all in the same boat and want to work to get to the end of this crisis.

  17. Sweet Little Wife tells me the stores here aren't picked clean, but they have limits on what you can buy.

    All of her volunteer activities are on hold. The Fort Collins Symphony canceled the concert we have tickets for, and the Monster Truck event down at the Larimer County fairgrounds has been postponed until August.

    My son works at a big Ralph's up by LAX, and he says they have zero stock for all the usual suspects, and people are demanding the store get more stock.

    This is definitely a good time to verify your preps and go through them.

  18. To date I haven't seen any radiographs or CT scans of a patient who is positive for Covid-19. There is only a handful of cases in the area and none at my facility…..yet. I have however seen images from other facilities showing the results of this type of pulmonary infection….and it is essentially the same seen as in SARS and other significant respiratory infections. The signs are called ARDS….as in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Like Bronchitis it is a descriptor not an actual disease. The images show significant fluid collections and alveolar consolidation as a result of inflammation. Most inflammation in the lungs is going to be the result of the autoimmune system being in overdrive. I have seen images of lungs like this as a result of influenza, bacterial infection and inhalation of chemical irritants. Radiologically the results of Covid19 appear to be similar to those seen in a number of other infectious diseases. It is still too early to know for sure how this will pan outbut the best guess currently is that for some 90% of the population this will either be a minor annoyance or at worst like having the flu. But for some 10% who are old and otherwise at risk this virus could end up being a true grim reaper. Only time will tell. So from a statistical point of view if you are young and healthy you have little to worry about from the virus and far more to worry about from the panic and massive power grab it is facilitating being wielded by those in power. If you are old or have serious illnesses best get your affairs in order….you are at a real measurable risk.

  19. A number of this blog's readers fit into the "at risk" category. Thank you for your comments.

  20. The pattern of hoarding is the same nationwide and it is predictable. As DAN suggests below, if you're young and healthy, it's not much of a problem. If you are older and are a diabetic, a smoker, or have other issues, it can be lethal. Which means that social distancing is a good idea.

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