2020-09-24

Re: new thorium fuel

People have been talking about Thorium as alternate nuclear energy for a long time, while others claimed that there are problems with it, which is why it probably hasn't been very popular.  Maybe this Thorium mixed with low enriched Uranium is something new.

On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 8:08 PM Larry wrote:

The U.S. Government Made a Powerful New Kind of Nuclear Fuel




2020-09-22

Fwd: White house press discussion of pediatric deaths


"You are taking it out of context because you're making an assertion that he's not giving critical information when, in fact, he is and I will underscore exactly what he said," McEnany said. "He said this, 'You know, in some states thousands of people, and they've had nobody young, below the age of 18 like nobody. They have a strong immune system.' That is factually true, you can go to the America Academy of Pediatrics website, the Children's Hospital Association and they list a number of states that have had zero pediatric deaths."

"Yes, it is exactly as I read it to you, that in several states, they have had zero pediatric deaths. I have the entire list here: Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas and the list goes on. As you may not know, Jim, the COVID has a .01 mortality rate for people under the age of 18, so it is not a disease that affects young people in the same way as older people, which is the exact point the president was making last night," McEnany shot back.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/kayleigh-mcenany-jim-acosta


Climate Change Alarmism Is Really About Socialism

2020-09-19

George Soros gave Black Lives Matter and Antifa over $100 Million dollars | News Break

https://www.newsbreak.com/district-of-columbia/washington/news/1583520112758/george-soros-gave-black-lives-matter-and-antifa-over-100-million-dollars

I'm seeing "fact-checkers" on the internet claiming that George Soros does not give money to protestors, nor does he fund Antifa.

I claim that both Antifa and Black Lives Matter are engaging in terrorism.  Both organizations tend to be a mix of different but related groups, so it is hard to generalize about all of them.

2020-09-18

Trump reacts to the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She led an amazing life

How Kodak Detected the Atomic Bomb

The public health consequences of this are interesting ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pSqk-XV2QM

Dark Matter Is Even Stranger Than We Thought | SciShow News - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKrjGWpU4hk

We don't even know if Dark Matter is matter.  We just know that extra gravity exists that we can't explain.  According to Einstein, gravity isn't so much of a force as it is a side effect of curved space-time.   Even while we are still we are moving through space-time, and the curvature of space-time exerts a force on us.  (Which to me sounds more like a cute mathematical model than reality.)

I wonder if the extra gravity could be related to the Higgs field or some as of yet undiscovered field?  

Do Black Holes have Dark Matter in them?  Do Neutron Stars have Dark Matter in them?
 

Do we still need iodized salt? (what even is it?)

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

Fwd: Why I'm Leaving California.

This is interesting.

2020-09-09

Return to normalcy

The campaign slogan of Waren G. Harding in 1920 was "Return to Normalcy" after World War 1.

"America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality."

Seems apropos to today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_to_normalcy

Retroreflectors; they're everywhere, and they cheat physics (sort of)

I think that this is pretty interesting ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi_Tp1H9CDs

2020-09-07

Fixing Daylight Saving Time Is THIS Easy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMrb56dDpic

I hate this clock switching with a passion.  I've been an advocate of what I call "comprise time".  Since we can't figure out what time we want to be on, let's split the difference and go permanently halfway between.

2020-09-02

Stargate SG-1 TV show

I have spent the last five months rewatching the entire series of Stargate SG-1. For the third time. My conclusion is that I am incredibly satisfied. The show kept exploring new and really good ideas over its ten year period, so it never felt old. (It also copied ideas from other science fiction shows, but it did it in a good way with some originality. For example, almost every single science fiction show has done a version of "The Magnificient Seven" or "Enemy Mine", the latter of which is a 1979 science fiction novella I read decades ago.)

It is also interesting how well the stories tie into mythology. One of the main premises of the show is that ancient mythical beings and gods were actually aliens from other worlds.

Some shows have great characters and it is these great characters that make the show. After a few years, I find myself wanting to see those characters again because they feel like friends that you have not seen in years. If the stories are good, then the series is worth watching again.

The first season is a little rough around the edges, but the show mostly improved for all ten seasons. Seasons 6 and 7 had a slightly lower budget after a switch to the Sci-Fi network, and these two seasons were not the best but are still okay. However, seasons 8 through 10 were fantastic. Seasons 8 and 9 especially blew me away. Then the series concludes with two very good made for TV movies.

Stargate SG-1 is a big step up from the 1994 movie Stargate. Although some people hated this movie, it had mixed reviews and I felt like it was interesting enough to watch. It serves as a good introduction to the series.

The 200nth episode, called "200", tries to do a parody of both itself and other science fiction shows, and for me, this mostly falls flat. I have noticed that many science fiction shows fail when they try to be funny.

Stargate SG-1 inspired two spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis which was excellent, and Stargate Universe which wasn't great at first but ended up very good.

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Tucker: Democrats do nothing to discourage rage mobs

Racism and violence by BLM

Racism and violence by BLM

https://youtu.be/l4ycYVyXMjQ?t=1074

2020-08-31

BLM 'Activists' Celebrated as Trump Supporter Was Killed | RealClearPolitics


I'm seeing a frequent narrative by some people on the left where they claim that the protests are peaceful and that all the violence is coming from white supremacists.  They further blame Trump for the violence, saying that he encourages it.   However, that is contradicted by months of video of the protestors being violent.  There is also very little evidence for white supremacists being involved at all.

I think that this qualifies as gaslighting.  Who are you going to believe, Leftists, or your lying eyes?

2020-08-26

Saturated fat and dairy

The other day I saw an article saying that if you want to live longer, avoid saturated fat in meat and dairy. Today I also saw an article saying that we should ditch dairy because of the saturated fat. Fair enough. I'm down with that. However, today I see articles, as I have many times, saying that there is no evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease, cholesterol really isn't bad for us, and dairy is good for us.

This frustrates me a little bit.

I will err on the side of caution and buy skim milk, lower my saturated fat intake, and eat more plant-based foods as I am already doing.

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Obesity Linked With Higher Risk for Coronavirus Complications – May Spell Problems for COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID case percentage compared to population

Bartholomew County has 1,025 positive cases compared to a population of 83,779, which is 1.2%. However, the county was in the news today as having one of the most increasing number of cases in the state. The state of Indiana has 89,359 cases compared to a population of 6.732 million, which is 1.3%.

The United States has 5,992,468 cases with a population of 328.2 million, which is 1.8%.

The world has 24,281,199 cases with a population of 7.8 Billion, which is 0.3%.

Since I have many friends in Utah, the state of Utah has 50,174 cases with a population of 3,282,120, which is 1.5%.

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COVID-19 is not a Hoax

From: Albert Nelms
Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Subject: COVID-19 is not a Hoax

People who firmly believe COVID-19 is a hoax seem to be in the news daily as they die from the virus. Sad.

https://apple.news/A1G2tffwdQW-XPMYzHS3Jdw

2020-08-18

The Corn Oil Controversy: Are Polyunsaturated Fats Bad for Us? | American Council on Science and Health

To Live Longer, Healthier, Avoid Saturated Fat in Meat and Dairy

It seems like there is much contradictory information about what constitutes a healthy diet.

https://thebeet.com/to-live-longer-and-healthier-give-up-sat-fat-and-dont-believe-other-studies/

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring | WIRED

"The brain literally is a network," agrees Olaf Sporns, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. "It's not a metaphor. I'm not comparing apples and oranges. I think this is literally what it is."

Death from the outdoors....

From: Larry Trout

It's a disease more usually associated with the densely-packed cities of Europe in the middle ages, but health officials have confirmed a case of plague at South Lake Tahoe—the first in California in five years. The infected person is reportedly recovering at home. "Human cases of plague are extremely rare but can be very serious," El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said, according to CNN. Health officials believe the South Lake Tahoe resident may have been bitten by an infected flea while walking a dog along on Tahoe's south shore. The last reported human cases of plague in California were in 2015 when two people were exposed to infected rodents or their fleas in Yosemite National Park. Both recovered. Plague can successfully be treated with antibiotics, and, according to the CDC, treatment has lowered mortality rates to approximately 11 percent, with antibiotics working best if given within 24 hours of the first symptoms

https://www.thedailybeast.com/californian-hiker-gets-infected-with-plague-after-suspected-flea-bite

The disease is spread by contact with fresh water contaminated with the parasites.[5] These parasites are released from infected freshwater snails.[5] The disease is especially common among children in developing countries, as they are more likely to play in contaminated water.

Schistosomiasis affected about 252 million people worldwide in 2015.[6] An estimated 4,400 to 200,000 people die from it each year.[7][8] The disease is most commonly found in Africa, Asia, and South America.[5] Around 700 million people, in more than 70 countries, live in areas where the disease is common.[7][11] In tropical countries, schistosomiasis is second only to malaria among parasitic diseases with the greatest economic impact.

Infected individuals release Schistosoma eggs into water via their fecal material or urine.[28] After larvae hatch from these eggs, the larvae infect a very specific type of freshwater snail. For example, in S. haematobium and S. intercalatum it is snails of the genus Bulinus, in S. mansoni it is Biomphalaria, and in S. japonicum it is Oncomelania.[29] The Schistosoma larvae undergo the next phase of their lifecycles in these snails, spending their time reproducing and developing. Once this step has been completed, the parasite leaves the snail and enters the water column. The parasite can live in the water for only 48 hours without a mammalian host. Once a host has been found, the worm enters its blood vessels. For several weeks, the worm remains in the vessels, continuing its development into its adult phase. When maturity is reached, mating occurs and eggs are produced. Eggs enter the bladder/intestine and are excreted through urine and feces and the process repeats. If the eggs do not get excreted, they can become engrained in the body tissues and cause a variety of problems such as immune reactions and organ damage.[citation needed]

Humans encounter larvae of the Schistosoma parasite when they enter contaminated water while bathing, playing, swimming, washing, fishing, or walking through the water

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schistosomiasis#:~:text=Schistosomiasis%2C%20also%20known%20as%20snail,or%20blood%20in%20the%20urine.


https://youtu.be/Vsp7c2ul4jc

Debunking Michelle Obama's Claim About Trump, Biden & "Empathy"

2020-08-13

Google's Friendliest Smartphone - Pixel 4a

Maybe because of competition, we are entering an era of cheaper mid-range phones that have some really good specs.  The new iPhone SE has top-notch internals and camera with a 4.7" screen.   However, I prefer my 5.5" screen on my iPhone 6s+.

This low-cost Google phone has a 5.8" screen.

2020-08-12

Sweden: Lockdown Facts Fauci Won’t Tell You

I don't have an opinion on this one way or the other.  I just present it for information purposes.

The population density of Sweeden is about 1/3 less than the United States, but both are tiny compared to the population density of New York City.

https://andmagazine.com/talk/2020/08/11/sweden-lockdown-facts-fauci-wont-tell-you/

2020-08-10

Power outage/Transformer blowing up?

A major storm front moved across Indiana in a southeastern direction, causing property damage across the state and about 50,000 people to lose power.

On Monday nights I run online the Greenwood Chess Club that I started five years ago. We are not meeting in person because of the pandemic.

While I was playing chess online, I noticed that it was storming outside and at 8:35 PM my power went out. This was accompanied by a very loud buzzing sound that had me worried. The first thing I did was to text the guy I had been playing to tell him that my power went out.

The power toggled on and off, again with the troubling loud buzzing. I decided to investigate. The power came back on. I opened my garage and stepped outside. This time I saw what looked like a huge electrical spark above my neighbor's house accompanied by that loud buzzing sound again, but this looked like nothing I had ever seen before. It was obviously an electrical spark, but it looked more like an orange vertical bar. (Electrical sparks cause the electrons to be stripped off of air molecules, which turns the air into the 4th state of matter, called Plasma. When you see an electrical spark, what you are really seeing is the plasma emit light. You can't actually see electricity.) I figured that this had to be a transformer in the process of blowing up. Maybe it was on fire, which might explain why the spark was orange in color, although I'm not sure that this is a good explanation. Maybe the chemicals in the transformer caused the spark to look orange.

This looked scary. My first thought was that I did not want this to burn down my neighbor's house and then take mine with it. There were people in the street watching this strange sight, and I yelled at them and asked if they had called 9-11. They said that they had. One of the neighbors yelled that there was a tree on fire, but I couldn't see this from my vantage point. Then immediately the power went off again and I was relieved because the situation looked very dangerous. Very shortly fire trucks drove by, so I thought thank goodness the Fire Department is here, but they just kept on driving. In the middle of a thunderstorm, they probably had other problems to deal with.

I was not inclined to get any closer to investigate, especially since it was still storming outside. There was a huge crack of lightning close by which convinced me to seek shelter back in the house.

So I mostly sat in the dark texting my friends about what happened until the power came back on 2 hours and 20 minutes later.

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http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Robin Williams – Rambling Joe Biden

2020-08-05

He Predicted a Trump Win in 2016. What's His Forecast For 2020? | NYT Op...

From: Albert Nelms 

This is very informative, concise, and interesting. Well worth your time.



Get Free Coffee at Panera Bread

I've been getting free coffee for about 3 weeks.  I need to cancel the coffee subscription by the end of September in order not to be charged.


Portland Protesters attack a pickup

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 10:02 AM Larry Trout wrote:
Protesters attack a pickup and ram a pickup with a motorcycle, then throw it in front of a truck to prevent it from leaving...

The night before....


2020-08-02

Germans protest masks and social distancing

Maybe this was all predictable. If you were writing a novel about a pandemic, you could not a write better story. There are many unknowns, which causes uncertainty and agitation. We can't even agree on the death rate of the disease, because the numbers people come up with are all over the place. There are a great many numbers that seem way optimistic. I have seen multiple people, some of which I know, claim that they would not take the vaccine when and if it becomes available. People are protesting having to wear masks and social distance. I regularly see people claim that wearing a mask is a sign that you have been brainwashed. Some scientists are saying that it is safe for children to return to school, while others are saying the opposite. In parts of the country, some teachers are saying that they won't teach if the schools reopen.

The problem is that nobody is on the same page.  I thought that a crisis like this would bring us together, but it is more like it split us apart.

I do not consider wearing a face mask an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat at a construction site. The danger is real, and we have to act accordingly. Masks provide a small amount of protection for us, which is far better than not wearing a mask, and a greater protection for others.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXixDcL6wlY  


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2020-08-01

COVID-19

This disease is not done with us yet. Almost exactly 1% of the state has been infected. The number of cases has doubled since the beginning of June. Does that mean that 2% will be infected by the beginning of October? I don't know, but two months ago we were having 500 new cases per day, and now it is closer to a thousand.

I don't know why, but the death rate in Utah compared to Indiana is several times less.

We can beat this disease by having everyone wear a mask in public and take precautions. This is not like the flu. COVID-19 attacks your organs and your heart. Be careful.

  


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Fwd: Man Grows Member on Arm

There seem to be other articles to back this up.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Albert Nelms


Ikr? It sounds like a hoax, but CNN says it's real. Lol


https://apple.news/AI5jm_XUdTValHFV3H-vHtg


Riots, Not Protests: The Media Is Gaslighting You

2020-07-27

Copy of my Facebook post regarding COVID-19

In regard to COVID-19, there is a matter that should be of great importance to everyone, which is the death rate of the disease. A few days ago I looked at the official number of cases and deaths and came up with a death rate of 3.55% for the US, 4% for the world, and 4.5% in my home state of Indiana. There is a John Hopkins website that shows the same thing. However, the number of deaths tends to lag behind cases by 2 to 4 weeks, so these numbers could be slightly low.

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.  

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http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

2020-07-24

Fwd: Iran sentences the death penalty for government protests

Since late June, 11 Iranian citizens - three in Tehran and eight in Isfahan - have been sentenced to death for taking part in mass anti-government protests in November 2019. Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was accused of fuelling anti-government protests through a popular Telegram channel in 2017, also received the death penalty during the same period.  

Also in June, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shut down Iran's biggest anti-poverty NGO, the Imam Ali Society, and arrested its founding director, Sharmin Meymandi Nejad, citing "anti-Iran activities". The independent charity had attracted the regime's fury during last year's protests by criticising government officials for "calling the poverty-stricken demonstrators rioters and agents of the enemy". 

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/iran-message-people-revolt-die-200713160012571.html


AMD's most important product ever - Ryzen 9 4900HS


It is amazing what AMD is doing with processors. This mobile processor benchmarks at 246% of my 2017 3.4 GHz Core-I5 iMac.

AMD is accomplishing this with Zen 2 architecture.  Zen 3 releases at the end of the year, reportedly with 15% better performance  The new gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony coming out for Christmas will be using AMD Zen 3 chips.

2020-07-17

We could all use something beautiful in our lives. Peace.

An mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — Preliminary Report | NEJM

After the second vaccination, serum-neutralizing activity was detected by two methods in all participants evaluated, with values generally similar to those in the upper half of the distribution of a panel of control convalescent serum specimens. Solicited adverse events that occurred in more than half the participants included fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site. Systemic adverse events were more common after the second vaccination, particularly with the highest dose, and three participants (21%) in the 250-μg dose group reported one or more severe adverse events.

CONCLUSIONS
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.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2022483

2020-07-12

Indy mother becomes 2nd homicide along downtown canal in 1 week | Fox 59

they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge and that's when she got shot," said the victim's fiancé Jose Ramirez.

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.

Young mother, 24, is 'shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter"'

Jessica Doty Whitaker, 24, was shot dead on July 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana

2020-07-09

Bobby Green brought his father on camera and spoke passionately about his beliefs after UFC

We Need Jordan Peterson and Atheism Isn't Enough

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate | Harper's Magazine

The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. ... censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes. Whatever the arguments around each particular incident, the result has been to steadily narrow the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal

2020-07-08

iPhone 4: 10 Years Later - 2020 Review

I really loved the iPhone 4/5. It is still my favorite design.  The bands on the side gave it a sturdiness.
 
I was in Salt Lake City on a slope near the base of a mountain where I dropped the iPhone 5. It went bouncing on pavement downhill but suffered only very minor scuffs on the corners.

Because of the Antennagate on the iPhone 4, there was a problem with the signal not being as strong if your fingers crossed a certain spot on the external antennas, but it wasn't much of a problem for me.  As a result, Apple gave everybody a free case, which I got, but I didn't use it much.

I was actually pretty happy with the iPhone 4 camera.  There was a time when 5 megapixel was considered premium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3MEnM2XTiE

Your Oppression Is Imaginary | The Matt Walsh Show Ep. 516

The Case against Revolution with Ayaan Hirsi Ali - YouTube

2020-07-06

President Trump's full speech at Mount Rushmore | USA TODAY

Brain-eating amoeba: 1 case in Florida, officials say avoid tap water - Insider

Toxic methanol that causes blindness found in hand sanitizers, FDA warns | Ars Technica

All nine hand sanitizers are made by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico. The agency said in its advisory that it discovered methanol while testing two of the company's products. One, called Lavar Gel, was 81-percent methanol—and no ethanol, a safe alcohol meant to be used in hand sanitizers. Another, CleanCare No Germ, was 28-percent methanol.

"Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers," the FDA wrote. With use of hand sanitizers at a high amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency advised that anyone who has used the methanol-containing products "seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning."



https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/toxic-methanol-that-causes-blindness-found-in-hand-sanitizers-fda-warns/

Toxic hand sanitizers have blinded and killed adults and children, FDA warns | Ars Technica

In an updated safety warning, the agency identified five more brands of hand sanitizer that contain methanol, a simple alcohol often linked to incorrectly distilled liquor that is poisonous if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin.

The newly identified products are in addition to nine methanol-containing sanitizers the FDA identified last month, which are all made by the Mexico-based manufacturer Eskbiochem SA de CV.

2020-07-05

The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast #9 - Jordan B. Peterson - Family Update June 2020

Jordon Peterson rose to great fame as a speaker and then was out of commission for at least a year and nearly died due to benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.  

https://youtu.be/HLWgVpmo1e0

LEGO’s Latest Sets Are Art Posters for Your Grown-Up Geek Home

This reminds of the Lite Brite toy I played with during the late 1960s.  

I see these as somewhat pointless, like the tons of other stuff people spend their money on.

https://www.reviewgeek.com/46720/legos-latest-sets-are-art-posters-for-your-grown-up-geek-home/

2020-07-04

COVID-19 death rate

Certain skeptics have been claiming that the death rate from COVID-19 is only around 0.2%. I tried to confirm this, but the information is all over the place. Some articles are reporting a 5% death rate worldwide and a 4.8% death rate in the U.S.

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:  



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California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus

Why have deaths stayed steady while Covid-19 infections are spiking?

The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus? - The New York Times

Although she did not note this, 0.6 percent of the world's population is 47 million people, and 0.6 percent of the American population is 2 million people. The virus remains a major threat.

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/health/coronavirus-death-rate.html

Hydroxychloroquine can help save hospitalized coronavirus patients, study finds

"Our results do differ from some other studies," Zervos told a news conference. "What we think was important in ours … is that patients were treated early. For hydroxychloroquine to have a benefit, it needs to begin before the patients begin to suffer some of the severe immune reactions that patients can have with Covid," he added.

Life in The New Abnormal World

In response to ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qne4YAAqGL8

I wrote...

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.

2020-07-03

Did You Know There is a Black National Anthem?

On Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 3:13 PM Albert Nelms wrote:
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


There should be no such thing as a Black National Anthem.  To say that such a thing exists is to say that the United States National Anthem, the one that is supposed to be for everyone, is really just the White National Anthem.  I am discouraged by this.

What we have is a political movement that is trying to play us.  It is trying to leverage race in order to advance far-left political agendas that have much more to do with inequity and power than they do with race.

I think that race is an arbitrary social concept that we made up and it should not have much meaning.  We are all the human race, and that is what matters.

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2020-06-29

Victor Davis Hanson: Anger, not Trump vs. Biden, now driving 2020 election

Much of the country believes that America is racist, cruel and incapable of self-correction of its so-called original sins — without a radical erasure of much of its past history, traditions and customs.
It sees occasional violence as a necessary stimulant of long-overdue change. It argues that the American founding focus on liberty and freedom as increasingly selfish and incompatible with social justice and equality.

Racism, the protesting left says, is in the American DNA. It finally requires massive cutting, chemotherapy and radiation — treatment that deservedly will sicken and may even kill the host.

The other half of the country will vote to preserve what is under attack. They feel that the dreamy world of the demonstrators and rioters is an Orwellian vision far worse than the present reality that they are protesting.

America in their view is the world's only large, successful multiracial democracy. It is the dream destination of the world's immigrants — precisely because its ancient institutions adapt and change for the better, but only if they are preserved and allowed to work.

The angry and the demonstrating are loud and visible; their opponents are angry and quiet.

The election will reveal not just who is more numerous — but sadly also who is the angriest.

In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil

2020-06-26

Movie theaters, AMC and streaming.

A large number of movies were supposed to be out by now or were going to come out soon, but have been postponed. This makes sense.

My problem is that I don't want to go back to the movie theater any time soon, if ever. AMC, the nation's largest movie chain, is reopening on July 15th, and by all accounts, they are on the brink of bankruptcy. How many people are going to rush back to the movie theaters on July 15th?

This crisis has made me think that movie theaters are now redundant. They were in trouble before the pandemic. They should give as a way to stream all movies at home.  

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Best wishes,

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http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

A coronavirus vaccine is still months away, but an antibody treatment could be closer - CNN

Currently there are at least 102 Covid-19 antibody treatments in various stages of development, according to David Thomas, vice president of Industry Research at BIO, the trade association representing the biotechnology industry. Thomas does the research that goes into his organization's Covid-19 therapeutic development tracker. He said there are so many treatments under development, it's hard to keep up.

"I never looked at it to grow this big, this fast, and I've worked on all different therapeutic areas from Alzheimer's to cancer, and to see a pipeline of this size and this breadth is amazing," Thomas said.

Seattle's "Summer Of Love" Quickly Turned Into The "Summer Of Lawsuits"

2020-06-25

Tucker: President Trump's hope for re-election

China may send ducks to battle Pakistan's locust swarms - BBC News

Caller Asks Shapiro: Is Trump Going to Win in 2020?

Cell phone use while driving becomes illegal in a week

Before the law goes into effect, drivers have been allowed to operate their GPS applications on their phone while driving. Moving forward, drivers will have to utilize Bluetooth capabilities in their vehicles or find another means of driving hands-free. For people without Bluetooth in their vehicle, a pair of headphones with a microphone will do, as long as only one ear of the headset is used while driving.

Man Tracks Down People He Photographed in the Street 40 Years Ago to Recreate Their Pictures

These are interesting. Forty years ago I was taking my first college class during the summer.

Caribbean chokes on monster Saharan dust cloud headed toward the U.S. - Reuters

2020-06-19

COVID-19 in Indiana

I started keeping track on March 21st when we had 126 cases in Indiana.  This is when I first started to shelter in place.  I was worried even then.  It appeared that the virus was increasing exponentially. 

Now we have 41,746 cases, which is up 3,400 cases from 9 days ago.  

Summer starts tomorrow.  All this increase has been in one season.

  




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Why Apple Is Selling $700 Wheels

I thought that this was a parody, but it turns out to be true...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=col9vD2Re-4

He just wants to kill an infestation of cockroaches but it turns out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I025O4vcfDM

This is why women live longer than men.

The Death of Europe, with Douglas Murray

2020-06-16

Tholins - Mysterious Brown Space Goo Found Everywhere but Earth

Scientists Discover Huge Bacterial Biomass Inside Earth

This is unreal.  What is powering all this life?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2M99LhYv2Q

Ashley StClair on Instagram: “Lays down the cold, hard truth about the issues facing the black community.”

President Trump Restored my hope in America Today

Imagine

Imagine a science fiction novel written 20 years ago, where every person infected with a deadly virus infects two other people, and the carriers are asymptomatic, and up to 5% of the known cases die. Imagine a story where people can't interact with each other. People can't visit their parents. Movie theaters and other public events are canceled. The economy shuts down. And people get so agitated that there are riots in the streets.

It certainly would have seemed like science fiction.

Actually, the 2011 movie Contagion had every detail spot on except for the deadliness of the disease.

  

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Huckabee rips officials' response to Seattle CHAZ: It's a 'hostage situation'

2020-06-14

insanity

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From: Larry 

Led by a media that is at once delusional and cynical—an eye-rolling combination—America is in the throes of a national madness.

Few are able to tell the truth—and when they do, they are attacked by the mob, not only in the street, but also in the board room.

Just the other day, talk show host Tucker Carlson opened his mouth about the well-documented dishonest origins (the lie about Michael Brown) of Black Lives Matter and sent advertisers skittering like so many scared rabbits.

You have the sensation that people across the country are hiding what they really think for fear of repercussions—retribution that will destroy their lives and livelihood.

And they're not being stupid. It could—and has.

If Nathaniel Hawthorne were alive today, he could write a new masterpiece with faux racism as the offense warranting the scarlet letter, but no one would publish it, certainly not one of our mainstream publishers who would rather flunk their Wasserman tests.

Is this the way to run a democracy?

Of course not, but that's where we are in America 2020, when putative "autonomous zones" are being set up across the land by groups espousing the overthrow of the U.S. government, violently or otherwise, under the guise of a brainless anarchism that Peter Kropotkin would never recognize.