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If we had only handled it like Vietnam! Vietnam, Population 95 Million, Has Recorded 0 Deaths from Covid-19. And Vietnam even shares a border with China!
Example #6,838 how we have totally screwed up our response to the pandemic: Daily Confirmed COVID-19 Cases between USA and European Union. Be angry!
If you wanted to get more visually scientific about this virus, this article is it! A Visual Guide to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus. I am starting to feel like an amateur epidemiologist by now you guys.
Some good news at last! U.K. approves use of life-saving coronavirus drug dexamethasone in ‘biggest breakthrough yet’. These are early results from an unfinished clinical trial that has not been peer reviewed yet, fyi. I expect to see more of these small victories way before a vaccine materializes…
Michigan is the only state that is doing a great job in fighting the pandemic: For now, Michigan is a success story in flattening the pandemic curve.
Controlling this virus is so hard it must be maddening. Even Beijing just had a recurrence! And they have no idea how it all started again, was it fish shipped from Europe? Source of Beijing’s big new COVID-19 outbreak is still a mystery. Notice how they are handling it and how we here have the President never wearing a mask and holding stadium rallies and disturbed individuals protesting how not having a haircut is so limiting to their freedom, WTF! We need to attack this HARD so we can get back to normal SOONER, hello? If not, the first wave may not end for a very long time, how many dead do we want? It is just so deadly absurd how we are handling it here. Fear of Infection Hurt the Economy More Than Lockdowns!
Beijing’s confirmation of a COVID-19 case on 11 June ended a run of 55 days without reported local transmission. Since then, the outbreak has burgeoned and the city has responded with fierce determination to rein it in. As of today, it has tested 356,000 people, confirming 137 cases, according to a news report by Xinhua, the state-owned news agency. The city has locked down some residential compounds, closed all schools, and canceled hundreds of flights.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes on a tweetstorm and takes lying Mike Pence to the woodshed.
This is relevant to the travel theme of the blog: How Covid-19 could change plane boarding. I have been around long enough to have seen so many boarding schemes that I could go on forever…Maybe this one will stick. Probably not. Time will tell.
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I am not sure the point behind Marriott’s move here, I guess they decided it can’t hurt their evaporating bottom line too much: Marriott gifting elite night credit & dropping many redemption rates.
No surprises here that an airline will try to cash in with its frequent flyer program: United taps frequent flyer program to back $5 billion loan, sees cash burn easing. United used to burn $50 million per day. It managed to get it down to $40 million and now aims for only $30 million per day. Don’t be shocked if we see yet another consolidation in this industry…If you wanted to do a deep dive into the United Mileage Plus program, I have a deal for you! Go through all 47 pages and write a summary as a guest post here, go! 🙂
Good to see all the policies laid out in this post: COVID-19 Hotel flexibility policies compared for future trip planning.
We all know that the travel industry is going to be much smaller. Hilton is not kidding around: Hilton Cuts Nearly a Quarter of Its Corporate Workforce: Will It Regret the Deep Layoffs? And we have another two airlines grounding themselves to what it appears to be…insolvency oblivion: LEVEL Europe and LATAM Argentina. Google them if you want more details…
If you must really stay at a Wyndham property, might as well register HERE to get 2,000 bonus points per stay.
Breaking: Yomadic finally posted again! Chernobyl With Zero Tourists.
Breaking2: Not only Yomadic finally posted again but it looks like The Bohemian Blog is also starting to post regularly again, hooray! Željava Airbase: The Abandoned Yugoslav Airport Inside a Mountain. Well, I had no idea this existed so that just goes to show you I am no thought leader on anything lol.
Andy takes awesome photos! My Weekend Watching SpaceX Launch NASA Astronauts into Space.
Not doing much flying these days so let’s enjoy these photos instead: Here Are The 30 Best Photos From Our #Aerial2020 Contest.
Great documentary: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis. There is a lot of bitter taste in the aftermath. But, history will be very kind to all of these guys for how they managed to accomplish to keep…us…afloat! I expect hate email next, oh boy!
One of the most tragic stories in the news lately: 20-Year-Old Robinhood Customer Dies By Suicide After Seeing A $730,000 Negative Balance. Trading stocks is NOT entertainment, you can hurt yourself. I always despised Robinhood for doing this. I could have made a lot of money for my blog by pushing Robinhood affiliate links like so many other bloggers. Who knows, maybe this kid opened his account from one of these bloggers. Well, he sure did not open his account from my affiliate link and that makes me sleep better at night that I had absolutely nothing to do with his tragic death. So, next time you see another blogger selling his Robinhood affiliate link and making you look like an idiot for NOT opening an account and NOT claiming “free” stock…tell them to screw themselves!
This is great: Race and Origin in the United States. Check out Hawaii! I am all in for diversity, which I believe is the greatest strength of this country.
Batshit craziness is going full speed: Conspiracy nuts, gun nuts, QAnon and now this Boogaloo Bois crap! The Meme-Fueled Rise of a Dangerous, Far-Right Militia. It appears the world is getting crazier or is it just me?
I was so glad (and surprised!) of this Supreme Court decision: Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration In DACA Case. We need them here living without this cloud over their future. Then again, they have become a political football for so many years…we have failed them!
ODDZ & ENDZ
Must click: Total Area of Land Surface of each country. Click to enlarge, wow.
Some amazing figures from Harper’s Index. Some I selected:
Estimated number of undiscovered viruses infecting wildlife: 1,670,000
Number of times the average person taps, types, swipes, or clicks on a smartphone each day: 2,617
Percentage by which U.S. college enrollment is expected to decline this fall: 15
Very insightful interview: Jon Stewart Is Back to Weigh In.
BBC has a podcast about the Apollo 13 Mission. Its name is: 13 Minutes To The Moon.
Amazing! And they are still so young to do…this? A Table Tennis Rally So Good Even the Other Players Stopped to Watch.
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.
The Lazy Traveler is THE thought leader on all things ANA! The Awesomeness and Quirks of the New ANA Fuel Surcharge and More!
End of an era! My daughter graduated from high school! From a crying machine when she was growing up to a young lady ready to start her next phase at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in the fall…Very different graduation ceremony, no walking, just driving around in a very long line of cars at the high school and then going online with Zoom. So weird doing this during a global pandemic!
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