Recent Posts

Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 »
61
Hope you're all having a peaceful Sunday! 💜
Photo courtesy of Secret Garden

62
It's hard to tell if you've got a fever as you are hot and sweaty most of the time.


If you're sweating, then you probably don't have a fever.  Sweating is what happens when the fever breaks.

Sweating is good and healthy.  It keeps the pores flushed out.  Embrace the sweat.   :ices_angel_g:
63
Quote

How high is the humidity in Iran?  The reason other viruses tend to become less of a problem in the summer months is that heat and humidity combined is what tends to do them in.  Heat dries them out and humidity in the air reduces how far they can travel when people cough.

Durban, South Africa

We are coming to the end of our hot and humid summer. A famous Durban saying, as you mop your sweating brow and neck, is: 'it's not the heat, it's the humidity'. It's hard to tell if you've got a fever as you are hot and sweaty most of the time. But we haven't escaped the virus. Although SA has 1176 cases and one death, we've just heard of two elderly ladies in a retirement home not too far away from where I live who have contracted the virus. As we enter the autumn and winter flu season we are likely to get a real spike.
In our retirement village they've padlocked the gate to make sure that residents don't let in any visitors and we have to go through management to leave and enter. The carers in our frail-care section have been given an empty cottage to live in during our 21 day lockdown so that they don't leave the premises. We are all vulnerable as the over 60s probably won't be given a ventilator should it get to the stage of running out of them.  :icon_sad:
64
Itís disrupted all our lives too much for us to forget soon.

It will sit "hugely" in our collective memories for years to come. In my lifetime, the only comparable events I can think of are the Cuban missile crisis and 9/11, times when the world seemed to stop and fear dominated nightly dinner conversation.

The missile crisis and 9/11 seemed to (if only briefly) unite the country in common cause. I'm not sure where this pandemic will take us in that regard. Today, Dr. Fauci said up to 200,000 Americans could die. That's unfathomable. The current count stands at 1588. In WWII terms, slightly more than that (2000) died at Pearl Harbor. We know how that all turned out. Over 400,000 Americans died. Well before the end of that war Americans seemed united. Imagine what the death total would have been if they hadn't.

My life has been timestamp in other ways (JFK assassination, Apollo moon landing, Ali-Frazer in the Fight of the Century, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 2008 Recession, those first days of Shock & Awe during the Iraq invasion), but none of them, including the missile crisis or 9/11, will trump (sorry) the potential significance of this pandemic.

(For the record, I do strongly doubt Fauci's numbers.)
65
I hadn't thought of it before, but our lockdown must be especially challenging to couples in fragile marriages.

Our PM today actually allocated extra money to exactly that.

The one thing I've been wondering though, is if alcohol has the same restrictions and same hoarding as other stuff has been. Idle speculation.
What does that mean exactly?  Free marriage counseling? I'm genuinely curious.

No, police response, lifeline and other call services, and women's shelters. That sort of thing. Not limited to women either.
66
I hadn't thought of it before, but our lockdown must be especially challenging to couples in fragile marriages.

Our PM today actually allocated extra money to exactly that.

The one thing I've been wondering though, is if alcohol has the same restrictions and same hoarding as other stuff has been. Idle speculation.
What does that mean exactly?  Free marriage counseling? I'm genuinely curious.
67
A terrific article from a retired Professor of Pathology and NHS consultant pathologist on interpreting the data and evaluating the passing scene of covid19 and the responses to it. Essential reading

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-evidence-on-Covid-19-is-not-as-clear-as-we-think

 :goodpost:

Damned good article which backs up what I've been thinking since the beginning.

Just the whole idea that stats are not the same in each country makes comparing them totally useless.

The example of one country counting deaths where covid-19 is found in the body after death, while another is counting only those deaths known to be caused by the virus, means the 2 death rates cannot even be compared in any meaningful way. And yet it appears they have been, and that's where all the panic is coming from, because projections are being based on the wrong stats.
68
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: New Audible changes with Promo codes
« Last post by angelapepper on March 30, 2020, 03:34:51 AM »

Oh, yes, I agree they wanted to increase audiobook production and wanted authors giving codes to their list, etc.

But I think what they didn't expect were the code farms, and people producing trash content, paying 50/h just to get the codes redeemed and make some quick cash.

In the reddit for narrators they mention a lot those scammy projects... I think it was quite widespread.

We'll never know what they discuss in their boardrooms.

The only thing that surprised me was how long it took the scammers to mobilize and overwhelm the system to the point where ACX decided to cut the incentive.

But I have a prediction the codes will continue to pay out. Why else would they reduce the numbers?

This is the equivalent of the 3000 KENPC cap.

The up-side is the audiobook market is growing, and people are reading more books, which I like a lot.






69
A terrific article from a retired Professor of Pathology and NHS consultant pathologist on interpreting the data and evaluating the passing scene of covid19 and the responses to it. Essential reading

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-evidence-on-Covid-19-is-not-as-clear-as-we-think



70
The pandemic hasn't changed what I want to write, but it's lowered my productivity. I find myself compulsively checking the news.

Amen, brother, but when I do manage to write, I find it to be a wonderful alternative to the steady downbeat of depressing news.
Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 »