We bring you the different Covid-19 futures, banks pump money to airlines and hotels, retirement contributions, tech adoption in the US since 1900, the best Covid-19 coverage you can find anywhere I dare you, a list of all the friendly changes by the banks on their credit cards, free night extensions, elite status and expiration points, we travel to Nicaragua and Bhutan and, you know, I really need to finish this post and get to bed. Rest assured this post is yet another amazing one because I can’t quit you guys. Be like the reader who was first in May to get a card with my links, enjoy the Citi Double Cash card, it should be all cash back cards now that we are stuck at home! Yeah, it sucks but it sucks more if you get the virus and die ok?
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This will explain all about the vaccine development efforts under way: The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide.
I almost skipped this read, I am so glad I didn’t. It is about a doctor at the University of Michigan hospital next door. Heck, some of the photos and scenes he describes in local parks I am so well aware of. In fact, I may have seen him walk these trails as I am running around, small world hey? Article has it all, the path of a doctor who also likes architecture, the tight bond with his family, incredible tragedy due to failures and addiction, the severe strains these medical workers are undergoing with Covid-19 and more, wow: ‘Let’s Save Some Lives’: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Pandemic. Andrew Ibrahim was just finishing his surgical residency in Michigan when the coronavirus surge hit. It took a lifetime’s lessons to face the challenge.
We need to be prepared for this. Then again, never before there was such a concerted and concentrated effort to find a vaccine! What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed? It has happened before. Article near the end lays out some ways what it is going to be like and, oh boy, it is not going to be good.
Since we are on this path what is ahead: Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis. What do you think is going to happen? I am looking around and see scenes everyone out mingling in beaches, national parks, state capitols (Lansing in Michigan), Atlanta and continued attempts from the current administration to get the economy back to normal…
This is about Laurie Garrett: She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next? If you want to feel upbeat you better skip this article, you have been warned.
“I’m quite certain that this is going to go in waves,” she added. “It won’t be a tsunami that comes across America all at once and then retreats all at once. It will be micro-waves that shoot up in Des Moines and then in New Orleans and then in Houston and so on, and it’s going to affect how people think about all kinds of things.”
But there is one part of the story she couldn’t have predicted: that the paragon of sloppiness and sluggishness would be the United States. “I never imagined that,” she said. “Ever.”
The highlights — or, rather, lowlights — include President Trump’s initial acceptance of the assurances by President Xi Jinping of China that all would be well, his scandalous complacency from late January through early March, his cheerleading for unproven treatments, his musings about cockamamie ones, his abdication of muscular federal guidance for the states and his failure, even now, to sketch out a detailed long-range strategy for containing the coronavirus. Having long followed Garrett’s work, I can attest that it’s not driven by partisanship. She praised George W. Bush for fighting H.I.V. in Africa. But she called Trump “the most incompetent, foolhardy buffoon imaginable.”
What was it like for the doctors in Wuhan? From The Frontlines: A Steep Learning Curve, a Bittersweet End.
I have stated this before…that someway somehow I think that this virus has been with us way earlier than thought. And news like this makes me believe it even more! French hospital discovers it treated coronavirus patient in December.
This story made me cry, you have been warned: The Morgue Worker, the Body Bags and the Daffodils.
Must read: Profile of a killer: the complex biology powering the coronavirus pandemic. If you were going to pick just one to read in this section, make it this one. We have so much to learn about this one phucking virus! And just brace for a long time before we are all comfortable burning miles to fly anywhere we want in a moment’s notice, so sad.
MILES & POINTS
HOT CREDIT CARD OFFERS: New: The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum now offers 70k AA 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!
This is really good: Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs. So many changes to keep track, good to see them all in one post.
If anyone cares: Caesars Rewards: Elite Extension, Easier To Earn Elite Status & Pause On Rewards Credits Expiring. I was never into gambling…I just don’t see how gambling can be done the way it was before Covid-19.
United staff better sharpen their resumes: United Plans More Than 7,000 Pilot and Management Layoffs After Relief Rules Expire. The loyalty program to bail them out was not going to save them once again. I think United is the most realistic of what is ahead. I am wondering if we will see further consolidation by the end of the year. Wild guess: Southwest buying United? Good thing I did not transfer a bunch of Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United!
Expect more promos and of course devaluations: Marriott Raises $920 Million In Cash From American Express & Chase. Can you imagine where all these airline and hotel companies would be without their loyalty programs and the banks?
It is getting ridiculous to keep track of all the changes lately! Master List: Extensions On Hotel Free Night Certs, Elite Status & Points Expiration.
DO NOT BUY MILES AND POINTS! Unless you want to make the bloggers pushing them to you rich or something. You should read blogs that have a built in quality standard, it is called ethics, something the vast majority of “travel expert” bloggers are certainly missing, especially in these difficult times. And go out of your way to help these few bloggers left before they give up ok? Missed Out on Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Sale at a Penny Each? Congrats, You’ve Dodged a Bullet!
Seriously, don’t buy miles. It’s ridiculous.
This one is mostly about soccer. But why am I sticking it in the Travel section? Because it is my blog and I can do what I want lol. Okay, seriously, it is about what they did in Iceland to upgrade their soccer which has led to some great national team results lately, I really enjoyed it. Soccer at the End of the World.
MUST click. A dog shows you the prettiest place in the world. Apparently, it is Switzerland, WOW!
Take a virtual tour of the Tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses VI. WOW. I would like to say “you are welcome” in advance to the numerous “Thanks TBB” comments. Yeah, right…
What an awesome short 3.52 mins Vimeo video: Madman Trails of Bhutan.
Amazing shots! A Flying Photographer Looks Down On Earth In Awe And Sorrow.
This is always timely: Where should you put your retirement contributions?
This is very good: Which Portfolio Is Right For You? So which portfolio is right for you? The one that you can stick to.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Wow! These Are the Best Architecture Photos of 2020. MUST click!
This really belongs in the Oddz & Endz. There is this guy in Spain who is a fan of North Korea and sets you up to do business there, for a fee of course. Wanna Do Business in Pyongyang? Call North Korea’s Guy in Spain. He looks like a blowhard too…actually, if it was not for this gig the guy would starve I am guessing.
This is a long article that goes way back into history and charts the conservative movement and how over the years we managed to find ourselves governed (if you can call it that) by Trump. Very educational imho. We go back to the Bush dynasty early years, the rise of the hedge funders and stuff like that. Read it while you practice social distancing at your porch or wherever you like: How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump.
MUST CLICK: Technology Adoption in the US. Press Play and sit back and marvel at this! This will get you so excited you will immediately use my links to get your grandma the amazing Chase Sapphire Preferred card, right? Riiiiight? Ok, don’t answer it please.
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 wish I could get my daughter involved in this to celebrate her graduation. Graduation 2020: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 6.
Travel With Grant blog turned 7 years old. We are both veterans and have witnessed the death of so many other blogs!
Going a little deeper on them cards offering extra miles and points on grocery spend: Two great, one good, and one marginal grocery store earning boost
Don’t spend your way to Southwest elite status by putting ridiculous amount of spend on the Southwest cards, okay?
Sometimes I feel the second wave will be here way earlier, brace yourselves!
So sad to see this: Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield Dead at 71 After Coronavirus Battle. 2020 just continues to suck! My fav Stranglers song (which was not typical of them) was “Golden Brown”. Years later after its release it was revealed that it was about heroin and not a love song! Some other songs from this band you may want to check out are: “Peaches”, “No More Heroes”, “Nice ‘N’ Sleazy” and “Hanging Around”.
And then, bang, the very next day we lost a true legend! Kraftwerk Co-Founder Florian Schneider Dead at 73. Kraftwerk’s pioneering use of keyboards and synthesizers would later inspire artists in all genres of the musical spectrum, from rock and electronic music to hip-hop and pop. I am so sad, Kraftwerk was one of my favorite bands of all time. I managed to see them live twice and their live shows were something so unique it is hard to put it in words. It was all about the machines, the robots, the electronics way before these things were even around! I have so many favorites I don’t want to do this justice here and even pick one, I am torn. So just a photo. #RESPECT
The 2020 Ann Arbor Art Fair has been canceled. And the stay at home order in Michigan has been extended to May 28 with only the car manufacturing industry starting up under strict guidelines next week.
Remember back before the virus came into our lives, The Points Guy kept hiring and had many open job positions listed on its website. Well, ooops, they all vanished, so sad. Maybe I should bid for some talent at last. Bwahahahaha. With one conversion down this month TBB Inc. is going on a major offensive! Bwahahahaha2. BREAKING: Thanks to reader G who made a $50 Paypal donation and asked me to reinstate Wednesday posts. Every supportive gesture like this keeps this blog going. The momentum is definitely turning now, there is a rumor that there was an emergency meeting called over at TPG Inc, they are afraid I can feel it. Bwahahahaha3.
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