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Let’s talk about reopening: There Are Sensible Ways to Reopen a Country. Then There’s America’s Approach. We don’t have good choices now… This is a must read.
It didn’t have to be this way. There’s no reason the wealthiest country in the world—the nation that re-built Europe, that went to the moon, that claims exceptionalism as its birthright—should have to choose between economic resilience and protecting the lives of its most vulnerable citizens. Countries that acted more quickly to curb the spread of the virus have limited the damage on both fronts. In the early days of their fight against COVID-19, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland tested their populations at nearly 40 times the U.S. rate, per capita, and now have one-fifth the death rate.
At the same time, we are reminded of this grim possibility ahead of us: ‘This virus may never go away,’ WHO says. And when this dude said that the vaccine is a “massive moonshot” I almost started to cry…
Hey, it is not all so bad. I present to you 162 benefits of coronavirus. Yes, 162 of them! Think positive you guys.
One market that is thriving is, wait for it, doomsday bunkers! Home, Sweet, Home? Yeah, still crazy. But maybe not as much lol. One thing is certain, the owner of these is making a killing!
These are for the downmarket bunkers that cost roughly $35,000 each. Vivos Europe, in contrast, is marketed as “the ultimate life assurance solution for high net worth families.” Apartments there cost upwards of $2 million.
Let’s check out some artwork from the 1918 pandemic next!
It’s kind of pathetic that we haven’t come very far since then despite all this technology and training and scientific progress. Our kids are out of school literally loitering on street corners, our doctors and nurses are risking their lives, as are store shelf stockers and police personnel and paramedics. And the best we have right now to combat this thing is paper masks and ventilators. No vaccines. No universal treatment. Not nearly as much testing per capita as we require. We do have drones that can put a missile up someone’s ass in the Middle East from a thousand miles away while they brush their teeth. So I guess that’s good.
Another must read, this one written by Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon and a professor of health policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. How to Reopen America Safely. This makes a lot of sense to me. Some time down the road we will wonder out loud and scream WTF how we were not wearing masks…
So many things you read about the pandemic are so confusing. Add this one to the long list: How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air: What We Know So Far. I read this and realize we have so much more to learn about this virus.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can persist in aerosol form, some studies suggest. But the potential for transmission depends on many factors, including infectiousness, dose and ventilation.
And then we get so many studies, it is the wild West out there. And even this public health stuff is getting politicized which is just downright depressing. Remember that Santa Clara study? I think I even mentioned it here in my blog too. And then, boom: A Study Said Covid Wasn’t That Deadly. The Right Seized It. This happens because the scientific research on this new virus has just exploded! And many of them are labeled “preprints”. These are studies that have not been peer reviewed yet. As in, picked apart by fellow scientists who collaborate this way and, you know, advance science along the way. Well, that specific study was indeed picked apart and discredited. But not before it exploded (spread like a virus lol) online in, please sit down, social media. Article shows how it spread and you see this and you just want to scream out loud WTF! Keep this in mind when you see yet another study, maybe hold off judgment until it is no longer a preprint.
More than 10,000 academic works have been published about Covid-19 since January alone, 3,500 of them preprints. By comparison, only 29 studies were published before the 2003 SARS pandemic ended.
And now let’s find out about The 12 deadliest viruses on Earth. A few of them I had never heard of, like Marburg and hantavirus. Oh wait, I think I may have heard of hantavirus.
MILES & POINTS
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Amex may be at it again: Is There A New 4 Credit Card Limit From American Express? I am sensing the answer is yes. I am also sensing there may be higher increased credit card offers soon now that they spent a lot of money buying miles and points from airlines and hotels.
Weekend action is always way down of important developments. I am not going to bother you with unimportant stuff. Because I value your time.
Yeah, many changes ahead in the hotels/Airbnb space! Hotels vs. Airbnb: Has Covid-19 Disrupted the Disrupter? Excellent article. Personally, I would feel safer in a hotel environment than some dude renting out his/her place on Airbnb. Time will tell…Maybe apartment hotels win the long term industry battle. Article also takes a closer look on refund policies. VBRO refund policy is spectacularly awful, keep that in mind!
For years, home sharing has put pressure on hotel rates and occupancy levels. Social distancing, hygiene and refund policies may be the new game changers.
Interesting places via GlobalGaz: 7 Off The Beaten Path Dark Tourism Sights Of The World.
Since we can’t travel these days, I think of you: Virtual Travel Experiences That Let You Explore the World From Your Living Room.
Yemen looks incredible! It may take a while to get there but still I am in awe: Yemen from The Adventures of Lil Nicky.
The only man staying in the W hotel in Barcelona. And his job is to check on 1,400 taps.
Must read on Uncertainty. Yeah, humility! I love these memos, so eloquently written and educational. My favorite response is: “I don’t know”.
To put it simply, intellectual humility means saying “I’m not sure,”“The other person could be right,” or even “I might be wrong.” I think it’s an essential trait for investors; I know it is in the people I like to associate with.
Look, we all wish we were back to normal. But the viral reality is different. And we probably know several people who are now making more money not working because of this: Where unemployment benefits are higher than lost wages.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Yeah, be careful out there, so many dangerous charlatans selling you stuff! UFO Conspiracy Theorists Offer ‘Ascension’ From Our Hell World for $333.
There is nothing novel about two conspiracy theorists addressing COVID-19; the crisis has become a bonanza for those promoting hoaxes, fake treatments, xenophobia, and general nonsense. Wilcock and Goode, though, offer something different than the average figure ranting about 5G towers; they’re significant figures in the “disclosure community,” a conspiracy-driven New Age segment of the UFO subculture that believes the government is hiding the truth about extraterrestrials. Combined, the two men have over half a million followers across various social media platforms. And while both had humble beginnings as ordinary UFO conspiracy theorists, this moment may uniquely suit them. They claim, after all, to have become quasi-divine prophets offering salvation from global cataclysm—all while offering aggressive legal challenges to anyone who would do so much as describe Wilcock, a man who has started what for all intents and purposes appears to be his own religion, as a spiritual leader.
Lets get a perspective on How Many People Die Each Day? Ok, sure, Covid-19, even after its steep rise in the number of deaths…still has a long way to go. BUT, point to me another disease that can spread so fast. By almost half of the people showing no symptoms at all! I am waiting…
We all know that genius kid who had a doctorate degree by age 17. Or something like that. You know, the kid labeled as “gifted”. This is a really deep article about these kids: The curse of genius. After reading it I am so glad my kids were normal!
We see exceptional intelligence as a blessing. So why, asks Maggie Fergusson, are so many brilliant children miserable misfits?
John Peel is a legendary music personality across the pond. Bands played live in his show John Peel sessions and here are links to well over 1,000 shows, WOW! Enjoy listening and you are welcome. Think about who brings you stuff like this instead of “experts” who keep pounding you with credit card sales posts like drug dealers selling crack at the corner!
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.
I tend to support Detroit sports teams. Because I am loyal I guess. With all the PR with the Last Dance Michael Jordan Netflix special that comes in 362 parts…it brought back sweet old memories of the legendary Detroit Pistons teams back when they were known as the “Bad Boys”. Oh man, how we loved them back then! A big part of those teams was of course Dennis Rodman. Who was this amazing good kid when he came to Detroit. And then he went crazy. It all started when his wife divorced him and lost custody of his kids, he never recovered from that. I miss the old Dennis. Anyway, I read this and kind of remembered the old Dennis and his very unusual path to the NBA and Hall of Fame: The ‘fairy-tale’ story of how Dennis Rodman went from unknown player to NBA legend. And this was just classic Bill Lambeer! Reisman was the coach who discovered him by the way and was the first person Dennis thanked in his Hall of Fame speech. I miss the NBA playoffs…
As Reisman watched “The Last Dance,” he was reminded of a time when Rodman invited him into the Pistons locker room.
Rodman, sitting next to Bill Laimbeer, introduced Reisman as his college coach.
In quite colorful language, Laimbeer asked Reisman if he was the such-and-such who taught Rodman how to shoot free throws.
Reisman didn’t pause.
“No, Bill,” he said. “I’m the one who taught him how to rebound.”
Speaking of Michael Jordan, I never liked the guy as a person okay? Full disclosure: I never liked Isiah Thomas as a person too lol.
Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai keeps doing video interviews.
Just when you thought it could not get more sales oriented at The Points Guy with a post titled “Why you should double-down on credit card points right now“. Absolutely ridiculous!
It takes big balls to be selling the ridiculous United Club card right now with its hideous $525 annual fee, closed lounges and airline basically bankrupt. Or maybe all it takes is a fat sales commission to these “expert” bloggers, smh.
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