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I think this article puts it all together where we stand in the pandemic crisis: America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further. I am not going to excerpt the whole thing here…if there is one Covid-19 pick from today’s batch, this is it, enjoy. Or try not to freak out too much okay?
The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand.
We always had conspiracy nuts around us. But with the internet it appears they are recruiting more people who just have way too much time on their hands. People who believe COVID-19 conspiracies have these 7 tendencies. Not sure you can do much to change their minds, it is like being infected and there is no cure, see #6 below lol
1. Contradictory beliefs
2. Overriding suspicion
3. Nefarious intent
4. Conviction something’s wrong
5. Persecuted victim
6. Immunity to evidence
7. Reinterpreting randomness
This is straight from the World Health Organization. Yes, the WHO has problems. Yes it is maybe too friendly with the Chinese. But it is its mission to promote health and protect humanity from viruses like the one that has gone pandemic okay? Myth Busters. Shove this to a conspiracy nut but…see #6 above again, sad!
Let’s talk about donating plasma for Covid-19 patients: Donated Plasma Could Be a ‘Liquid Gold’ Treatment for Coronavirus. So Why Can’t Anyone Get It? Article goes into detail how darn hard it is to do this, wow! Don’t get too excited…with so many promising “cures” out there, it is way too early for any one of them to make it through extensive trials.
One vaccine’s early results made the stock market skyrocket. First Results from Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine. This Derek Lowe scientist at Science Magazine appears to know what he is talking about, worth a follow to keep up with coronavirus vaccine and related news. Promising? Yes. Long long way to go? Certainly. What do I think? Does it matter what I think, really? I have no clue about science of this stuff. Anything that dealt with biology, chemistry and physics back in school was despised by your humble blogger, we just did not get along lol. But after seeing some news about how Moderna was planning to sell stock, its very smooth CEO and two extremely cheerful volunteers…I am thinking, are these guys about to pull a Theranos type scam or something? I just have a feeling about it you guys 🙂
I’d characterize today’s results overall as “limited but promising”, and in other words, so far, so good. This is what you’d expect to see from a vaccine that works, and although it looks that way we don’t have enough information yet to quite say that it works, or how well. That is what Phase II and Phase III trials are for, and waiting for those results, from Moderna and from everyone else, will make the latter part of the summer and the fall interesting indeed. Won’t it, now?
We will look back years from now and we will wonder how some were against this. We Should All Be Wearing Cloth Masks, And Here’s Why. Just Wear It!
Must read. You may not like it if you are a Trump fan, you have been warned. Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown. As we are approaching 100,000 deaths in the US…My God, what an epic tragedy!
Life has changed. And this is how Reopening looks around the world. Not seeing these scenes here in the US anytime soon. Depends on the next wave(s) I guess…
You knew corona type fashion was coming. Of course we now have all kinds of masks. And now, please sit down, for only $1,095, we have a Full Metal Jacket for you. It is made with 7 miles of copper fiber and kills all viruses. I inquired about an affiliate link from the company. No, I didn’t lol.
MILES & POINTS
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Newbies: This hobby can get addictive, you have been warned. For most of you getting travel rewards credit cards to
fly for free minimize traveling costs is not advisable, it is too much work for you and it can be dangerous if you are not very organized or very careful with your money. And remember, the ones who carry balances on their credit cards are the ones actually paying for the rewards for us responsible hobbyists! Having said all that, the bank and travel environment have changed radically in the past several years. And then Covid-19 hit and all travel has essentially stopped. For now. So, after this long intro, I would like you to check out this Card Recommendation Flowchart Covid-19 Edition! Background info on it is on this reddit thread. Enjoy. Any questions please ask in the comments or email. If you decided to apply, try to do it with the links of a blogger you have come to appreciate their work and want them to continue blogging #hint.
I have earned one free night with this, you? The free night promotion you have literally YEARS to complete ….. Hyatt Brand Explorer.
Amex it appears now has a limit of 4 credit cards and 10 charge cards. Because that is what one Amex chat staffer said. I am going to leave it at that and expand on this in the Blog Buzz section below.
There may be a chance to burn some miles to Greece this summer as the Greek government is trying to salvage this year’s tourism season. “Tourist Season Starts June 15” with Hotel Openings and Health Testing. Let’s see what happens. Greeks handled Covid-19 surprisingly well. Are they pushing it now a little too far? I guess time will tell, stay tuned! Here Are the First 20 Countries Allowed to Visit Greece Next Month.
Let’s not screw around, I see so many bloggers just go on and on like nothing has changed enticing readers to book travel! Travel’s Great Depression Is Here. And it’s grim, too many airlines, too many hotels, too many rental cars, and on and on and on.
Oh no, the end is here. I mean, how can we go on? The end of the mini bar you guys! I can deal with no more pens or notebooks but the mini bar is toooo much. Just kidding of course. More Lysol, No More Pens In Rooms. Hotels Adapt To Win Back Guests.
Yeah, many changes in travel. Way too many airplanes. Many are just parked. But this parking job is a lot more extensive than we all thought: Parking a $375 million airplane takes more than just locking the door.
Wow, really cool video: The Variety of Landscapes You See on the Pacific Crest Trail is Incredible. 2,660 miles and the only marker I saw is #1, coincidence? My fear doing this is I would get lost and there is no way in hell I am sleeping in a tent ever again. Maybe I am spoiled by staying in hotel suites for free? 🙂
This made me emotional. You know I love airports. And live music. Solo for Flute, Airport Terminal and One Listener. I so would love to be the audience in one of these solo concerts! But you know what I would love more? Flying without any fear of viruses!
I have no idea how they did this but it is VERY cool!
Amazing photography at Exploringtheunbeatenpath.
I want you to stop whatever you are doing. And click on this story, it is probably one of the best stories you will read this month: The Three Sides of Risk. This is why this writer has been recommended by me for so long!
ODDZ & ENDZ
My kids belong in Gen Z. On the Cusp of Adulthood and Facing an Uncertain Future: What We Know About Gen Z So Far. Very interesting findings.
The 50 Best Sports Documentaries. For the record, I am so sick of The Last Dance!
Hope your dad is not like this guy, WTF! My Father, the QAnon Conspiracy Theorist.
This is so much fun! Random Succession Insults.
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 want to send my condolences to Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal. Scott has been writing ‘The Middle Seat” column for many years. And he recently lost his wife Karen Blumenthal. Karen was a former WSJ Bureau Chief and columnist and author who was liked and respected by all. Her final column before retiring was a gem: Life Can Get Weird When You’re Married To The Middle Seat. I apologize both articles are behind the WSJ paywall. Maybe use google to track them down somehow?
When you don’t have much to blog about these days, bloggers LOVE to do posts on rumors. And of course slide their credit card affiliate links all over these posts. And it is getting worse…
Or when every Saturday (or Sunday) each blogger does a recap post. They do it for the SEO, maybe that should give me a hint? Naaah, I don’t do this here, I want every post to add value to YOU!
RIP AA Legacy Award Calendar, so sad. American Kills Legacy Award Calendar, But There’s Still A Hack To Use It…For Now.
Congrats to Dan of DansDeals, he is a father again for the fourth time!
Just heard this song again after almost 30 years and brought back some memories from my college days I would rather not elaborate here lol.
And I leave you with this…
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