Thursday, April 30, 2020

Sometimes WFMZ Drives Me Crazy

All the reporters covering the big water main break in Allentown kept calling these streets "roads"."THEY'RE NOT ROADS.. THEY'RE "STREETS".. 17th "STREET". Walnut "STREET". Union "STREET". Where is the street sign that names any of them "roads"?

The other thing that bugs the dickens out of me is when they name a "mile marker" where accidents or construction is occuring. Who the hell knows what mile markers are where? As far as I know it could anywhere between Hershey and Easton. Maybe even beyond them. Same goes for the Northeast Turnpike. What exits are they near or in between?

Then there's the news reports about something happening in some township or county. WHERE? What's close by? Township and counties are spread over large areas, Hell I don't know what township most of these villages and municipalities are located in. Yeah I heard of the village of Maxatawny along Route 222, but how many know it could also be a township location outside of this immediate area in Berks county? I also know where Saylorsburg is but have little reference when a reporter says they're reporting somewhere from Monroe County. It sure would be nice if just for once they'd be more specific.

For example, Upper Milford Township encompasses the villages of Powder Valley, Shimerville, Vera Cruz, Old Zionsville, and Zionsville to name some of them. Lower Milford includes Coopersburg, Dillingersville, Hosensack, Limport and a bunch of others. I have no idea where they're reporting from if they are only going to tell me the general area within miles where they could be located.

So too those god awful pronunciations they sometimes make. I'll save that gripe for another day.

They all seem like nice people. I'm sure they do their best and I appreciate each of them. Also the fact we even have a TV station but those things I mentioned have annoyed me for a long time. If they only happened once or twice it would be fine, but this something that has been recurring repeatedly. Maybe it's just me.

Dancing In The Movies

Here is some of the finest dancing to ever come out of Hollywood. These videos prove no matter the era, great dance chorography can live far beyond it's intended time.

My Covid 19 Test Results Came In

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

I've Always Admired Monica Morales From PIX-11 NYC But...

..after seeing her presentation I'm now in awe.

Monica's job is to go out and find solutions to what seems sometimes impossible to resolve. I've seen a countless number of her reports in which she helped so many. However I had no idea what a truly openly honest and dedicated person she is. Far from a TV glamorpuss she came from humble beginnings. She isn't some overpaid TV anchor. This is evident by that fact she lives in only a small one bedroom apartment.
Part of Monica's story is how she was raised by what would be described today as an illegal alien mother. What a loss for the all so many she helped had her mother been deported. This is one of the most important takeaways I got from the following video.

Also a great big hat tip goes out to WPIX-11 NYC
for making it possible to do what Monica does.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

More Real Good Feel Good Music Videos

Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that works in 73 schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia.. This is why House democrats argued how important it was to fund it in their stimulus package over the objections of conservatives who opposed this.

An introduction to the Playing For Change Movement


Real Good Feel Good Music Videos

The song is from the musical "The Greatest Showman"

Monday, April 27, 2020

Fact Checking Trump Is Exhausting
Trump: Postal Service must charge Amazon more, or no loan
"President Donald Trump said Friday that he won’t approve a $10 billion loan for the U.S. Postal Service unless the agency raises charges for Amazon and other big shippers to four to five times current rates.

“The Postal Service is a joke because they’re handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies and every time they bring a package, they lose money on it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office....

... Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. Trump has often labeled the Post “fake news” after the newspaper has reported unfavorable developments during his campaign and presidency and highlighted the Bezos connection by calling it the “Amazon Washington Post.”"

'The Washington Post- "USPS, by its own calculation, says revenue from package deliveries far exceeds costs. With Amazon perhaps seeking to bypass USPS, the agency must be careful not to price itself out of the market — and thus face a bigger financial squeeze. Moreover, under the law, USPS is prohibited from losing money in the package-delivery sector."

I start out assuming everything Donald says has to be fact checked.
(That's my polite way of saying most of the time I think this guy is FOS.)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

One Is A Divider. The Other A Uniter


Look you don't have to like the Democrats or even Joe but ask yourselves this... has any other President in U.S. history spoken or acted this way? Have we become so accustomed to Trump's antics we've forgotten?

I haven't.

State of the Union 1990

I never seen a more toxic person then Donald Trump.
He's not only divided us, he has disgraced the office like no other.
Still think he deserves another 4 years?

What Went Wrong With America's Response To The Pandemic

Why was America unprepared for coronavirus?

Seems we had lots of plans in place when (not if) a pandemic occurred. Heaven help us if they screw up the economic recovery as badly as they did this response. As far as I can tell we have no solid plan for an economic recovery. In other words, we will by flying blind. I'm particularly concerned about our flow of supplies breaking down.

I want to reiterate my prior statements.
This virus IS NOT going away. We have to somehow learn to coexist with it. Number one by developing a vaccine. Number two, coming up with a rock solid treatment for this infection. Without those all the tests, intubations and isolations aren't going to get us where we need to go.

Friday, April 24, 2020

This New Virus Will Never Ever Go Away

No Covid-19 will never ever completely go away despite what you might have heard. This virus, like any other, cannot exist on it's own. It needs living cells in order to propagate. In other words we all are the incubators making it possible for any virus to continue forever as long as this Earth and we shall last. Remarkably they have the ability to embed themselves within our own genes.

Heat, certain light strength and wavelengths may destroy them outside our body. Once they embed themselves deeply within us humans in some form or another they're never going away. There's only limited ways we can survive the Covid 19. (1) A vaccine (like those we've gotten as children). Some which wear off over time. (2) Treatment to suppress it. (3) For some the immune system fighting it off within. But none of these will ever eradicate it.

Your Genes: More Virus than Human

So what have we learned kids?
We live in a Petri dish full of bacteria and viruses. Some good. Some bad for us.
8% of our genes are made up of viruses.
Covid 19 is only a threat because we haven't had to coexist with this kind of virus before.
We feed off other life forms. Other life forms feed off us.
Viruses are not alive until they enter our body. We are not alive till they enter ours.
Evolution is inevitable, but this doesn't mean everyone will survive to become part of it.
We cannot defeat viruses nor bullshit our way out with denials until we understand what mechanisms we're up against (or we are part of in the grand scheme of things).

It seems to me a bunch of people want to cast their fate to the wind simply by opening everything up rather recklessly. To my way of thinking this is like going into battle with an unknown enemy without the proper equipment or knowledge. If we are going to face this Covid 19 enemy shouldn't we at least prepared to know what we're up against before we rush into battle?

I understand the hardships people are enduring. Some say how much worse can it be? My hope is we never have to find out. Truth is things could be far worse in this terrarium we're all forced to live in which we cannot escape. Plenty of past civilizations were completely wiped out by disease. I'd rather not be a part of one of them.

Trump Says Covid 19 Will Abate In Warmer Weather

"President Donald Trump said Thursday [04/23/2020] evening that the spread of COVID-19 could be drastically slowed by the onset of warmer and more humid weather during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing,"

Something doesn't square up...

Honduras has 519 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 47 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of April 22, 2020.""

"Indonesia now has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in all of Southeast Asia... Health Ministry in Jakarta reports 5,923 positive cases "

"As 1 April 2020, the government had established 96 centers (facilities) of quarantine, with 4,276 people being retained in them.."

Latest COVID 19 Medical Advice From Trump

These daily briefings are getting more informative each day.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cuomo Slams Mitch McConnell

Let me say something about this jackass given the nick name "the grim reaper"...

New York State pays out way more than they ever get back from the federal government.. In fiscal year 2017, New York sent $24.1 billion more in tax payments to Washington than it received.

In total, 10 states are so-called donor states, meaning they pay more in taxes to the federal government than they receive back. Coincidentally most of them run by governors of the Democratic party.

Mitch's state (Kentucky) on the other hand is the second Most Dependent State on Federal Money. Federal funding makes up about 40 percent of Kentucky’s revenue... For every dollar a Kentuckian gives, they’re actually getting $2.61 back. In other words his state of Kentucky receives billions of dollars in "bailout" money each and every year.. year after year.

This is nothing more then a move by "the grim reaper" to try and destroy anyone who lives in a state in which they dared to have voted for a democrat. Clearly a deranged man whom has proven time again he can't be reasoned with. Each and every move he makes is decided by which party one subscribes to. He's always been hopelessly this way no matter who suffers including the United States itself. He's a very toxic man!

In my opinion..
if we don't get our act together soon we won't have much of a country left.

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Harass COVID-19 Nurses

All protesters should carry this ID on them at all times.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Social Security and Medicare Funds At Risk

Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus
"The financial condition of the government’s two biggest benefit programs remains shaky, with Medicare expected to become insolvent in just six years, while Social Security will be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2035, the government said Wednesday...

... Medicare would have to cut its payments to hospitals, nursing homes and other medical providers...."

Let me put this simple as I can..
Here we have the government's treasury department' which can simply print trillions of dollars to prop up wars and wall street corporations without ever expecting paybacks. But when it comes to it's own citizens...

Banks Made $10 Billion In Fees Processing PPP Loans
"The banks took in the fees while processing loans that required less vetting than regular bank loans and had little risk for the banks, the records show. Taxpayers provided the money for the loans, which were guaranteed by the Small Business Administration."

FOX News
McConnell says states should be able to declare bankruptcy, wants to hit 'pause' on federal aid

Screw the taxpayers.
When it comes to federal money, you're on your own.
When is enough.. enough?

Some People Find These Offensive


Morning Call Parent Company Announces Furloughs
Tribune Publishing implements ‘broad furloughs’ on top of pay cuts from earlier in April
"April 21, 2020- Tribune Publishing is requiring most non-union employees earning between $40,000 and $67,000 a year to take three weeks of furloughs in the next three months.

The action, announced in a letter to staff by CEO Terry Jimenez, comes just short of two weeks after he announced permanent pay cuts of 2 to 10% for higher salaried employees.

In both letters, Jimenez encourages staffers who would prefer to leave the company with severance to do so. Also, he says that similar pay cuts or furloughs for unionized staff will be determined in the near future."

How long before these people will be forced to seek employment elsewhere in the door-to-door delivery industry?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What Came Before The Big Bang?

Yeah I'm having another one of my brain farts. I've been watching a number of videos on this subject. Here's one of them...

After spending a great deal of my time today on each of these videos by scientific experts I'm no wiser for it. Let me save you a lot of time. Simply stated, no one knows. They sure do sound smart though expending a great deal of electrical brain activity before announcing they haven't a clue :-)

Next up.. If God Created Us Then Who Created God?
Never mind. Figured out I'd get the same answer as above. Think I'd stand a better chance trying to predict winning lottery numbers. That or when the next opening date will be available for a grocery delivery.

Kitty No Fan Of Horror Movies

Monday, April 20, 2020

Covid-19 To Open Or Not To Open

First this thought...

The question to open or not depends whether one accepts the fact Covid 19 actually exist as a real threat. All too many now are in denial of science that tells us it most certainly is a deadly disease. For some it's political. For others they are like children told not to do something that may harm them and go ahead and do it anyway.

What if we just opened everything up completely let people do whatever they deem safe?
Problem is whatever decisions each make for themselves affects everyone. Not just themselves. This is the dilemma humans are now facing. We all know what could happen if the epidemic took off. It would kill tens of thousands more, ruining the economy. Stay shut, it too will ruin the economy along with the life style we've grown accustomed to.

Seems we're handed a challenge here by whatever higher powers may be. If there's anything to come out of this we're all interconnected in some way. How we respond will determine our fate as a whole. This damn thing seems like a nightmarish episode from 'Star Trek'.

Inspirational Musical Message From Ukee Washington

Performed by Ukee Washington (KYW TV Anchor) and Bill Jolly
Video edited by Ed Flanagan (CBS News Editor)

One of the few good things to come out during this pandemic is we got to know each and other a lot better on a personal level then we would have otherwise.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

"Mrs. Doubtfire" The Musical

The coronavirus pandemic has closed Broadway shows, including a new musical based on the Robin Williams comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which was still in previews when theatres in New York were shut down. But that didn’t stop star Rob McClure and the cast from performing (while social distancing!) the song “As Long As There Is Love,” presented here for homebound lovers of musical theater.

They're hoping to have it up and running by June 9th..
But who can say for sure?

I feel bad for these folks. It takes years and oodles of dollars to get a musical on Broadway. This looked like a pretty good one. What a shame.


Governor Cuomo Hits Back

Friday, April 17, 2020

Nikola Tesla 3 6 9 The Key To The Universe?

I came across this and found it rather fascinating. Kinda makes you wonder.

Mathematics, as we know it today, is only a tool to symbolize quantities. Vortex-Based Mathematics (VBM) is completely different because it is a dynamic math that shows the relationships and thus the qualities of numbers rather than the quantities.

“If you only knew the magnificence of the three, the six and the nine…
then you would have a key to the universe.”

Nikola Tesla

Rather then endlessly dwelling on Covid-19 I'm distracting myself by watching all kinds of other things (especially documentaries). Just about anything other then having to do with this epidemic. I think we've all heard more then enough everywhere we turn these days. It's not good to be totally obsessed with any one thing. Especially when we fret over something we have so little control over

A Great Ragtime Session

The 2017 Cape Cod Ragtimers perform Waitin' For The Robert E Lee by Gilbert and Muir (1912). Filmed Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Cape Cod Ragtime Festival at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA.

Waitin' For The Robert E Lee

Rather then endlessly dwelling on Covid-19 I'm distracting myself by watching all kinds of other things (especially documentaries). Just about anything other then having to do with this epidemic. I think we've all heard more then enough everywhere we turn these days. It's not good to be totally obsessed with any one thing. Especially when we fret over something we have so little control over

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Amazon Shuts Down Distribution Centers In France

Amazon shuts down distribution centers in France
"Amazon is suspending its distribution activity in France after a court ruled it had to stop all non-essential deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement Wednesday, the company said it was "perplexed" by the court ruling that ordered Amazon (AMZN) to restrict its local delivery operations to essential goods only, or face a penalty of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for each day it failed to comply."

Talk about government overreach.
It's getting crazier by the day.

Americans Hit With Surprise Fees After Getting COVID 19 Test

If there's one thing spreading faster then Covid 19 it's the amount of bullshit going around. As each day passes our freedoms are being eroded. Mostly by various levels of government imposing fines on people for going about what would otherwise be a normal daily activity.

As each day passes we're finding out most of the promises made by government are utter bullshit. Small businesses are finding it almost impossible to get the loans they were promised. Getting tested is nearly impossible. Medical equipment is still in short supply. Nearly all governments services have been shut down or so overloaded they might as well be.

Here's The Way I See It
For a very long time things will not be same as they were. Nearly every aspect of our lives will change. Many of our restaurants along with many other small businesses will disappear along with the jobs people once held in them. Large employers will require testing at their front doors before employees can report for work. Schools for a very long time will not be as they once were either. Face masks will become the norm. Governments will become desperate for lost revenue resulting in all kinds of fines we've never imagined. New screening for not only travel by plane but for nearly all other forms of transportation resulting in additional fees we haven't experienced before. This along with entertainment venues such as sports, concerts, theater or anywhere else where there is a large gathering. Our brick and mortar retailing will encourage online purchasing through various incentives (perhaps charging more for in-store purchases). Our economy will take years to recuperate through an entirely new way of doing business as we have yet to see.

Unfortunately the way I see it most of the freedoms and the life styles we've enjoyed over these many decades will be radically altered. Not in a good way.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

He's Back.. Obama Endorses Biden

One Of Our Best Dr. Anthony Fauci

April 05, 2015

I don't think people realize what a key asset he has always been. He's one example of the many true professionals working behind the scenes. As politicians come and go these are the ones that help this country to remain on track. Their many years of experience are vital. These are the ones seldom heard from unless called upon during times of our country's greatest need. I, for one, am grateful for them.

Fauci's flu epidemic advice in 2009

Sounds somewhat similar to Covid 19, doesn't it?
The man knows his stuff!

CNN Hits Back

CNN- President Donald Trump on Monday falsely claimed the media had ignored the outbreak of coronavirus in January and February, as he sought to defend his response to the pandemic.

CNN was covering this important story from the start. The first story that CNN published on the novel coronavirus came on January 6 as the world began to learn about a new disease spreading in Wuhan, China. Below is a sample of CNN's online coverage of the outbreak as it expanded from Wuhan to the rest of the world.

Check out those links to CNN. They provided links to over 100 stories they did between January and February alone.

Trump In For A Rude Awakening

A few months ago the Senate had the opportunity to remove this wannabe-king from office. I wonder how many now regret in not doing so. Imagine how much damage he can do with his eight months remaining in office. There is no way this is going to turn out well.

It isn't like we weren't warned seven months ago.

Monday, April 13, 2020

CBS's "60 Minutes" Hits Back

...after being challenged by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro..

White House adviser to 60 Minutes: Show me your pandemic story.

Now you can see why these guys are afraid to show up for interviews on some of these networks. It's because they can't get away with their BS on any reputable news network. Do they really think these journalists don't archive their previous video recordings? That all journalists are stupid and they won't followup fact checking what they allow to go out on their airwaves?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Reminds Me Of Our Greatest Loss

If we had a second chance would things turn out differently?

While many celebrate Jesus's resurrection as a day of joy I find only sadness for what could have been. Sadness for what still remains in this world in how we treat one another.

The Traveling Wilburys - Wilbury Twist

A little music to lighten the day during our sequestering


George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne

Damn, that's some really great stuff!

John Fogerty & ZZ Top Studio Jam

A little music to lighten the day during our sequestering

May 22, 2018

74 year old John Fogerty and Family jam quarantined at home (April 6, 2020)

Friday, April 10, 2020

Kenneth Copeland Executing Covid 19

March 30, 2020

Nope. It didn't work.

Give it another shot.

Nope. Still here.

Maybe Jesus is staying home practicing self distancing with his father?

I remember a time he came here to heal diseases. It didn't end well.

Seems to me people could have shown a little more appreciation.

He was none too happy at the time.

No hard feelings, right?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Case Against Online Learning

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania cancelled all schools for the remainder of the year. I'm seeing all kinds of people assuming it's a great solution for everyone. Here are some sobering hard facts that can't be ignored. There are lots of students whom it would be impossible to school online (1) Students of plumbing, masonry, car repair, electronics, electrical installation, carpenters, machinist, food preparation and whole host of others in the vocational tech fields of study whom are SOL.

(2) Schools labs like biology, chemistry, computer sciences and others are also being denied to students who require them to pass.

(3) Then there are those seniors who are in drama, sports, musical training, etc. which getting into college depends on their accomplishments in high school.

(4) Then there are the homes without service to internet.

(5) So too colleges (including medical) have shut down requiring students to go online. Many which require students to have hands on experiences in order to obtain a degree in their specialty.
Bottom line going online is a lousy way to educate. It comes at cost to those who are our brightest and most skilled future workers. The very ones we need to compete with the rest of the world.

What Would I Recommend
(1) Bringing back 1/4 at a time for one week at a time on a rotating basis over the next 4 months. This way at least they'd have some opportunity to get back in school for the required hands on training they require. Better then none at all. But only to those who require it of course.

(2) For those without internet, printed assignments they could pick up and drop off at school. Perhaps a homework hotline for students who need help with their printed assignments. Everyone has a phone or know someone who does.

(3) Eventually parents will be required to return to work making it impossible to watch or work with their younger students. Open a few classrooms limited to 5 or 10 students each with desks widely spaced. The rest stacked in a corner. Strictly limited to only those students' parents who have no other options. Considering some parents only work a few days a week they wouldn't need to exercise this option everyday. Of course I would require parents to verify this by some kind of paperwork from their employer.

(4) The final option would be for students (by them and their parents own choosing) to repeat the grade they were currently in when school was suspended. College students should be offered tuition free the last two months classes were suspended and credited for the unused lab, food and housing fees.

Face it none of these alternatives I offered are good ones, but we really do need to think-outside-the-box in these troubled times. So far I'm not seeing it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Governor Wolf This Is Not OK
Gov. Tom Wolf authorizes Pa. to ‘commandeer’ needed medical supplies for coronavirus care
"Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed an order that allows the state to “commandeer” personal protective equipment and ventilators from health care providers and transfer the supplies to another facility in need as Pennsylvania prepares for an “imminent surge” in coronavirus cases."

So when Wolf can't get supplies he simply steals them from providers who worked hard to get them. Yeah he said he would pay for them.. but he didn't say when, exactly how much or if he's even authorized to pay for them. Each day that passes this governor becomes more worrisome. At what point can we say he's exceeded his authority and people will start to rebel?

If he really wants to do something useful start working on these backed up unemployment claims.

Bernie Sanders Drops Out Presidential Race

New York Post
Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 presidential race
"Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic primary race on Wednesday, paving the way for Joe Biden to be officially declared the party’s nominee."

Since Biden and Trump are both apparent heirs to their respective parties I see little need to rush the dates for the remaining primaries. Therefore there's little need to hold either party's huge and expensive conventions in person either.

Here's another concern of mine.
Should either Trump or Biden become sick and forced to drop out we could end up electing a candidate by default since one party or the other had no candidate running in opposition. Either that or the electoral representatives could end up picking the next president.

Perhaps we could postpon the election until a later date. Which raises the question who would then hold office of the presidency until such an election occurred? Whoever is speaker of the house? Yeah that'd make for some pretty nasty fireworks. Talk about a divided country.

It's a very complicated issue. Check out this article at ''.

This horrible scenario occurred to me because neither candidate is young. Both are quite old and susceptible to Covid 19. It's something to think about. So let's hope things don't go this way. It would be a nightmare like we've never experienced.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Trump Fires Another IG

Washington Post
Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending
"President Trump has removed the chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration's management of the $2 trillion stimulus package....

.... Fine is a career official who had served as acting Pentagon inspector general for four years and three months. Before that he was inspector general at the Justice Department for 11 years."

Apparently Trump has a thing for IG's. I expect congress will unhappy. This is the third IG this year (so far).

As Of October 11, 2019

Verizon What They Say Versus....

New York Post
Verizon customers complain they can’t get help with internet service for months
"Verizon customers whose internet goes on the fritz may not be able to get back online until November, some griped Tuesday, as the company enacted a new repair policy in response to the coronavirus crisis. At-home service would now be limited to “critical needs” in order to prevent the spread of the virus, Verizon said on its site.."

Donald Trump Has A Stake In Hydroxychloroquine

Ah hah, I wondered about that!
Huffington Post
"President Donald Trump reportedly owns a stake in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has repeatedly touted as a coronavirus treatment even though his experts say there’s no strong evidence it works.

...Trump’s three family trusts, as of last year, each had investments in a mutual fund whose largest holding was Sanofi, according to the New York Times. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also had ties to the drugmaker, the Times reported."

Latest Briefing Trump Went Bonkers!

April 6, 2020

When I watched this yesterday I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A Russian agent embedded in the oval office couldn't do a better job of bringing this country down. Trump is getting worse each day.

ANDY! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Monday, April 6, 2020

Mechanical Ventilation

I'm nearly certain most won't watch the following videos so I'll give you a few of my takeaways. (1) Most people think of ventilators as a life saving cure. It is not. It is a last resort when nothing else can be done for a covid-19 patient.

(2) The machine itself is not overly complicated. However fine tuning it to work properly by a highly skilled medical technician is of utmost importance. So many things can go wrong if not done properly. Hence why the need for a very well educated dedicated operator. It is not as simple as sticking and tube down a patient's throat and leaving them alone. When there are not enough medical workers to closely monitor each patient things can go terribly wrong.

(3) Too much volume of air flow or improperly synching the patients pattern with their breathing could be worse then if they weren't on a ventilator. Same goes if the lungs were given too much oxygen. According to the video some of the operators, whose patients have COPD, tend to over-feed oxygen because these patients have lower levels in the their blood then those with healthier lungs. Too much could prove to be a costly mistake.

(4) The longer someone is on a ventilator the trickier it gets to keep everything in check. New conditions can start to show up they didn't have before.
There's tons more of information in these videos. I suggest even if your not all that interested you should watch them to understand just how skilled medical workers have to be. I came away with a lot more appreciation for their skills then I had before. I think you will too.

Billy Idol- Dancing With Myself

This video seemed appropriate at this time.
Which proves there's music for most every occasion :-)

Trump's Continued Promotion Of Hydroxychloroquine

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Philadelphia TV Now Coming From Personalities Homes

I came across this article on '"-- How Philadelphia’s TV news teams are trying to keep it together while working apart

This looks like it will the future of live TV for some time. While it may seem less professional then the polished studio sets I'm finding it really humanizing. We're learning how much we share in common. It certainly brings these TV people a lot closer to their audience in no way like before.

We've had the chance to meet their families. Suddenly these robot like teleprompter readers have become almost like the neighbors next door we never met. Hardly anything could be better then that.

Coming To Conclusion I'm Not A People Person

I've always left my posts open for comments (pending approval). I've permitted them because I want people to correct me if I got something wrong, if there was a copyright issue or we shared similar personal experiences with one another. I also felt it was only fair since from time to time other bloggers allowed me to comment on theirs. Why should they if I wouldn't allow comments on my own?

At this point I'm beginning to rethink this policy.
Over these many years I've been lucky if 10 people ever commented in agreement with me. Hundreds of others (which I did not approve) either were (1) insulting or demeaning. (2) Resulted in relentless debates (3) Trying to take me entirely in another direction from the point I was making. (4) Some were threatening. (4) Most were ill-informed (half informed at best).

I guess I'm not cut out to be constantly having to defend my sources, positions, tolerant of being questioned or insulted. When I began this blog some 11 years ago I thought it would be a hoot to share my opinions and interests. This very much so is not turning out to be the case. Especially lately, over the last few months or so. This seems to be true not only on this blog but all across social media.

I'm reluctant to make this a read-only blog, but it's something I'm considering. Is there anyone reading this who have any thoughts why I should not do so? Pending a lack of response or reasons for not doing so I'll make my decision in the next few days.

Either way I fully expect to continue posting much like I've always done. I really do enjoy sharing things I come across that grab my interests. I hope many of the others who regularly visit to read things (even having never left a comment) will continue to do so. I want to express my gratitude to those folks.

Most Sincerely,

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Stories From The Front Lines

The point is our medical system is being pushed to it's limit. This is real folks.

Don't think so?
Hope you never have to go into the hospital to find out.

Federal Response To COVID 19 More Screwed Up Everyday

To make matters worse...
The Daily Beast
Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers for First Dibs on Supplies, Ahead of States
"While it’s unclear how many times the power has been used during the coronavirus pandemic, federal contracting records examined by Kaiser Health News show that federal authorities staked first rights to $137 million in medical supplies. The orders in late March flew under the radar, even as dog-eat-dog bidding wars raged among states and nations for desperately needed medical protective gear."

When you'd think this administration couldn't screw things up any worse they always somehow manage to. Looks like many of us will be on our own to come up with a solution...

Let Me Just Add This...

What is a virus?

Kind of makes me think all life forms are parasitic. None can live without the other.. meaning we all are as one. Each having in common the struggling to out survive the other (will-to-live).

Friday, April 3, 2020

When COVID -19 Strikes Near Home

This morning we got a call from our daughter. Today she has a fever. Last Friday (1 week ago) she was treating a patient on a ventilator with a very serious COVID-19 infection. We're not sure if that person made it or not. She said the hospital gave her every protection in the world possible. The instruments she monitors were placed outside the room away from the patient.. and yet, is it possible she still became infected. We may know further if she is able to get a test.

Right now she is home alone with our granddaughters because her other half was called into the hospital to do a surgical test procedure even though he was scheduled to be off this week assigned to take patient calls till Monday. Hopefully if he's able to get home later today she will be able to score a test.

As I was typing this the hospital called her back and said she is suppose to report to work at the ICU tomorrow as scheduled. No testing required. WTF IS THAT ABOUT!

We could be screwed since the wife and I (both seniors) are the only ones who can care for her twins when her other half has to return fulltime to the hospital next week.. Heaven help us if they become carriers. Some of the worst thoughts are running through our heads right now. We're not in a position to raise our daughter's kids financially or physically. Certainly not in the way our daughter is doing now with their dozens of outside organized activates she provides them. Nor am I likely to survive a severe infection with my age and having COPD. This sucks and that hospital of her's isn't making things any less stressful.

Like Governor Cuomo (NY) said, eventually everyone will know someone who's become sick or will themselves.

Captain Crozier's Crew Of The USS Roosevelt Send Off

Comments range all over the place both positive and negative. I can understand both sides, but his crew seemed to appreciate their captain. Something we don't normally see.

Trump Ignored The 'Pandemic Playbook'

The basic take-away here is...
There's a big difference between a competent administration and one which is not.
Jared Kushner
‘Our Stockpile’ Isn’t Meant For States To Use
"The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile,” Kushner said. “It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”"

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Price Gouging On Steroids

In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment
"With the coronavirus outbreak creating an unprecedented demand for medical supplies and equipment, New York state has paid 20 cents for gloves that normally cost less than a nickel and as much as $7.50 each for masks, about 15 times the usual price. It’s paid up to $2,795 for infusion pumps, more than twice the regular rate. And $248,841 for a portable X-ray machine that typically sells for $30,000 to $80,000."

Fine enjoy it for now but after this is all over I hope the U.S. Justice Department fries each and everyone of your asses. Fine the hell out of them and lock up the lot of them. If they'd done this in wartime we'd all be speaking German. This is about the least American thing anyone can do. While so many people are hurting these greedy pigs could care less. Disgusting. Simply disgusting.

COVID-19 Trump's Blame Game

Let's review, shall we...
Top White House Official in Charge of Pandemic Response Exits Abruptly
"(May 11, 2018) The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded under a reorganization by national security adviser John Bolton.

The abrupt departure of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer from the National Security Council means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. Ziemer’s departure, along with the breakup of his team, comes at a time when many experts say the country is already underprepared for the increasing risks of a pandemic or bioterrorism attack.

Ziemer’s last day was Tuesday, the same day a new Ebola outbreak was declared in Congo. He is not being replaced.

Pandemic preparedness and global health security are issues that require government-wide responses, experts say, as well as the leadership of a high-ranking official within the White House who is assigned only this role."

Then you wonder why Trump hates the press? It's their job not only to report but so too preserve documentation of their reporting.

U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak
"Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases of the new coronavirus may have emerged as early as November..."

No one's saying Trump could have stopped this disease in it's tracks. On the other hand we had to have an expert team with plans in place. This did not happen. That's a fact Jack.

Trump's other accusation is outgoing president Obama did nothing about stocking up medical supplies after the CDC recommended them in 2016. The answer to anyone should be more then obvious. Congress never passed a budget to pay for them during Obama's waning months in office. Trump has been in office for over three years... what's his excuse?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

FOX News Is Crowing About Their Ratings

FOX News
Ratings show liberal network’s audience flat while Fox News, others grow
"Fox News grew 38 percent among total viewers during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time period last year, and MSNBC's liberal rival CNN grew 26 percent, while MSNBC finished the quarter with roughly the same viewership as Q1 of 2019."

I think it's simply because sensationalism sells. Both MSNBC and CNN offer little in the way of personality. There's not a doubt in my mind FOX News has the market cornered when it comes to splashy hosts. MSNBC, for example, got rid of Keith Olbermann, Cenk Uygur and anybody else who had real personality and spit. It's pretty much the same over at CNN with boring guys like Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. Having to watch either CNN or MSNBC is like watching paint dry.

If either of the liberal networks want to stand a chance they should hire back Keith, Cenk or Joy Behar. So too not hiring Bill Mahr, John Stewart, Al Franken, Stephen Colbert or some other well known highly controversial personality all missed opportunities. Yeah sure most of those on the right would hate them, but that's exactly why they should have hired them. Make no mistake, whether they call themselves news or not, primarily they are in the entertainment business. Just as FOX News is.

If people really wanted just the news 'The PBS News Hour', OAN or BBC News would be number one. Clearly they are not. Why? Because each of them are boring as hell to watch.

Songs About The Coronavirus

There are a ton of these on the internet. I felt these four were some of the best. Rather then dwell on the stressful negatives we need these kind of pick me ups. At least I do.

Feeling Down Isolated At Home?

There's a song for that... Isn't there always :-)

...and it's educational too!