We bring you an amazing site to keep track of the virus 91-DIVOC, we talk about pandemic economics, more elite status extensions, the new commute, how they tried to warn us but current administration totally phucked up so many will die, how the virus is hitting everything including Airbnb, we learn about the Royal Air Maroc airline, help you to learn more about unemployment insurance claims, senior population in the US, explore live cams, TSA checkpoint traffic has plummeted, an interview with the guy in charge of snopes.com, human torpedoes, jokes and more for free and I don’t know for how long you guys I can keep my blog baby up! I ‘ll see you Friday, I will miss you on Wednesdays a lot. But I need to finally bring this baby along in alignment with the clicks so I can have a shot to make minimum wage here after seven and a half years, sad #facepalm!
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This is a great site to keep track of the outbreak: 91-DIVOC: An interactive visualization of the exponential spread of COVID-19.
This was written on May 4, 2017. Reading it will freak you out, so prophetic! The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic. Must read.
This one deals with the dismal economic choices at global pandemic times like the one we are living through: The Four Rules of Pandemic Economics.
We need to get people money, or they will die. We need to get companies cash, or they will die. But if we don’t clear the way for health-care workers to treat the sick, or for scientists to treat the disease, people and companies are going to die, anyway. There is no such thing as a normal economy until we contain the virus. But if we can’t contain the virus quickly, we might not have anything normal to return to.
Well, this is true: The Coronavirus Is the World’s Only Superpower. There has been some weird shit we see every day in the chaotic debacle to fight the virus in the US. Like, out of left field, we hear how we are going to fight the war on drugs in the Caribbean or something…smh. It was all fun and games before with the economy roaring ahead…now it is body bags and apparently it is not going to magically disappear *^&$!
The day before, when more than a thousand Americans died of the disease, the President staged a bizarre photo opportunity with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and other national-security leaders, to announce an oddly timed opening of a major new front in America’s war on Mexican drug cartels. During the event, Trump extemporized about what he often calls his “big, beautiful” wall on the southern border and its “tremendous impact,” and announced that he would deploy various Navy and Coast Guard ships for the new drug-fighting mission. (He also bragged about his “No. 1” status on Facebook, accused the former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the law by advising Iran, and lamented, yet again, that no one could have possibly foreseen the global pandemic that nearly every global-health leader had been warning about for years.) After this performance, I received a note from a former senior State Department official in the Trump Administration: “Seriously, WTF?? A new war on drugs? These people have so lost the plot it’s beyond parody.” Foreign Policy later reported that the whole thing had been just what it seemed to be: a political optics play by the President. “DoD was against it,” a former Trump Administration official told the magazine. “Didn’t matter to POTUS.”
Lets stay positive. Oh, wait…maybe that is not good to say that anymore, sad lol! “We Will Get through This”: A Physician and Venture Capitalist on Coronavirus. Very educational interview!
This is another chapter in the viral wars on the human race. We have had many attacks in past eons. Today, fortunately, we have the tools to better characterize them at the molecular level. In the future, we need to be earlier in becoming aware of their arrival, to prevent them from getting out of control. We have already eliminated some other viruses from the world, including smallpox and polio, which are virtually gone. We now have vaccines for influenza, though they could be better. Given the advances in medical knowledge and molecular biology, especially in the last decade, and with the full focus of the world on this one challenge — we will get through this.
When the author and her family get it: My Whole Household Has COVID-19.
I hope Joe Biden reverses this decision! ‘Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!’: Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers.
You know, leverage kills. Hope all you Airbnb enterpreneurs have a fat cash emergency fund to carry you through this downturn. But what if…Will the Coronavirus Kill Airbnb?
MILES & POINTS
HOT CREDIT CARD OFFERS: New: The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum now offers 70k AA miles. There is an offer for the United Explorer card offering 60,000 miles. The IHG Rewards Club card offering 140k points too, highest ever. For a standard workhorse card I recommend the 60k Chase Sapphire Preferred card. For a standard premium card I recommend the 50k Chase Sapphire Reserve card. For a standard 2% cash back card I recommend the Citi Double Cash card. Available with my links. Lets move on!
Another nice job by Hyatt: Good News: Hyatt Is Extending Elite Status and Benefits for One Year. IHG Rewards came up with a much weaker policy by extending status requirements only but they will likely follow along too I think.
I see another IHG Rewards credit card offer for a no annual fee card offering 75k points. If you are allergic to annual fees maybe you go for this one? The one above offering 140k points has an annual fee of $89.
And now Delta extends Medallion Status, Club Memberships and more to support SkyMiles Members’ future travel. And United matches Delta as they always do. Your turn AA!
This post has a really good overview of the oneworld alliance and its latest member Royal Air Maroc airlines. If your AA miles are still alive after this viral period…maybe we ‘ll be all flying to Casablanca for free!
Remember the Daily Getaways promo where every blogger would just go on and on and on and on about the same deal that you needed to risk injury to your fingers to be able to manage to get one through of the few packages that were offered online in a very time limited period. But hey, it was always easy to serve this up along with a bunch of credit card affiliate links with it. So, let’s celebrate that these Daily
Getaways GoAways have been postponed until sometime in the Fall…Hooray!
This will shock you! TSA checkpoint travel numbers for 2020 and 2019.
United also pretty much just pulled the plug out of almost all flights out of the New York City area. AA used to fly 271 flights out of NYC, now they are down to just 13, wow.
You are not going anywhere so why don’t you Explore LiveCams!
When you travel for your honeymoon and then get stranded in the Maldives and have the whole resort all to yourselves…at a steep price, yikes! They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now Their Resort Life Continues.
Sad to see the Intercontinental Hong Kong closing this month only to pour millions in renovations and come back again in 2022 as a Regent brand. I stayed in it a couple of times (for free of course, come on!) and I just LOVE the view from it!
Hopefully you have your jobs. But some of you may not and I am sure you will know someone affected. This site will help: 2020 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State. Remember, you get what you get from your state plus an additional federal $600 per week amount from the Feds! Which covers self-employed and independent contractors too. All State Unemployment offices are just mega SLAMMED…so be patient. Got an email from the Michigan office that the best time to apply online is between 4 to 5 am #youhavebeenwarned.
Great personal finance article: Facts of Life. Yeah, nobody minds volatility when it is going up!
To earn handsome long-run returns, we must run the risk of severe short-term losses—and those losses occur with brutal regularity.
I think about the folks who took out large mortgages to buy apartments and houses, and then aimed to cover their borrowing costs with short-term rental income from customers of Airbnb, Vrbo and similar services. It might have looked like easy money (or somewhat easy, given the work involved in cleaning up after short-term tenants) and less risky than being the landlord of a single tenant, who might fail to pay the rent and prove difficult to evict. But as we’ve discovered, there was a serious risk—the risk that the entire world would hunker down at home and stop traveling.
Did the Florida Governor want to kill many of its residents by waiting so long to take social distancing measures? At Risk: The Geography of America’s Senior Population. Currently, 16% of Americans are age 65 or older. Florida is #2 at 20.5%. And which state is #1? You will never guess! Maine is #1 at 20.6%. See what you learn here in my blog? You are welcome!
ODDZ & ENDZ
I should add snopes.com in my Resources page one of these days when I get around to it. One of the most highly trusted sites online. Like TBB…cough! An Interview With Snopes.com About Fighting Coronavirus Lies. I should have added this in the Covid-19 section above but I wanted to spread things out a bit. He is a colorful guy. 🙂
How do you stop the horses from shitting?
Yeah. We’re not solving for that. We’re trying to figure out new ways to aggregate shit.
I had no idea that this secret naval weapon, a human torpedo, even existed and was used in World War II, wow!
I would be too! Dad Overcome with Pride as Daughter Delivers Perfect Dad Joke.
This is just awesome, The New Commute.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
We have the first conversion this month, thanks to the reader who got the amazing Chase Sapphire Preferred card!
Ran a 9 mile PR on Sunday. If it was not for running I would have gained so much weight as staying home so much does not help and I certainly need to do better on that social distancing thing from my fridge!
Looks like the Frugal Travel Guy website may be dead, last post showing was on March 23, 2020. A sad ending to a sad sad blog…Good riddance!
I did not like the anti Chinese/pro conspiracy theory turn DansDeals took in its latest excellent news roundup post. I am very sad to see it, I am not linking to it so that will cost him a few diapers shopping Amazon clicks, so there! Maybe instead of blaming the Chinese he should be more angry about how awful our own preparedness was instead of taking the easy blame route? Like me, watch these:
I doubt this doc will ever be invited back again, LOL.
All right, some virus humor so you can smile a little.
And I leave you with this…Hey, travel for freeeeeeeee!
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