Ch ch ch ch annnges….

Group effort today- what changes will occur to our society by year one AV (After Virus)?

I will throw a few out to get it started….... [Read More]


“Questioning Conventional Wisdom in the COVID-19 Crisis”

Dr Jayanta Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine at the Stanford University medical school.  In addition to an M.D. degree from Stanford, he also holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  On 2020-03-24 he and Eran Bendavid published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?” (behind paywall), with the subtitle, “Current estimates about the Covid-19 fatality rate may be too high by orders of magnitude”.

With one foot in medicine and another in economics, Dr Bhattacharya sat down for a special abbreviated Uncommon Knowledge interview with Peter Robinson on 2020-03-31, discussing the argument in the article, what we know and don’t know about the virus and the disease it causes, and weighing the human costs of the pandemic against those of the economic consequences of a protracted shut-down of the global economy.... [Read More]


Why Astrophysicists Shouldn’t Build Things

Astrophysicist Daniel Reardon

Australian astrophysicist Daniel Reardon thought he’d turn his inventiveness to help humanity by inventing a device to help people learn not to inadvertently touch their faces.  His idea was to build a necklace with sensors which would respond to magnets worn on the wrists and buzz to alert the wearer when their hands approached the face.... [Read More]


Not to further offend soft skinned people, The “Chinese” are liars.

Not to further offend soft skinned people, The “Chinese” are liars.

That is the obvious conclusion about the reports from the Chinese news agencies on the number of deaths in Wuhan.
Urn deliveries in Wuhan raise questions about China’s actual coronavirus death toll.... [Read More]


Vietnam’s Ministry of Health

In an animated music video from an unlikely source, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health may have unwittingly delivered the epidemic’s anthem — a catchy three-minute tune that sounds like it belongs on Top 40 rotation reminding citizens to wash their hands vigorously, avoid touching their faces and stay clear of crowded places.

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Looking Out My Office Window and Taking In the Scene

So here I am, musing and wondering.

It has been a heckuva week. The dental products business was beginning to blossom and now has hit a stall due to dental offices being closed. My other main income source is construction in the state below where the Governor issues cryptic edits which leave business owners confused. I had the owner call me looking for advice on how to handle an employee who faked having Coronavirus.... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-29: A Tale of Two Cities

I was reminded this morning of this quote from Charles Dickens.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-27: Taking the Temperature

This will be a short post. I have a couple of appointments this weekend. To calm fears they want to know my temperature for a few days.

I grew up in the States and the old thermometers had mercury in them and you stuck them under your tongue. In Japan they use digital thermometers but you don’t stick it under your tongue. It is placed in another warm place but(I spelled that right) not where you think. It is placed under your arm. The temperature is lower by a degree or so. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-25: Who Decides Who Dies?

We have no idea how well things will go. There is hope and facts that it looks like things will be okay but there is also facts that things could turn bad. If the hospitals are overrun with people who need critical care. At that time someone will have to decide who gets that help and who doesn’t.  I have some questions to get at some rational for those decisions.

What is the main criteria for giving the rationed resources? Need? Money? Prospects for recovery?... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-24: How Not to Buy Staples in the Crisis

I will put this information in a spoiler so that the hoarders don’t buy THIS SIMPLE TRICK. Okay, I want you to click the spoiler because I need to practice my clickbaitery. Leave a comment if you had to look. I am desperate for comments too.

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