We bring you the best Covid-19 coverage online, we try virtual travel, IRS extends tax season to July 15, latest James Bond Daniel Craig retires, recommend many places to travel to online, learn how doctors help injured war veterans, go inside the Venezueal crypto Petro story, take another dump on the racist orange buffoon leading us to ruin while he rates himself 10 out of 10, beat up on the usual suspect blogs instead of crying for continuing to pour so much time in my blog while never even making at least minimum wage and wondering if I am insane, trying to come to grips with the new Covid-19 world and the deep changes that are already here and in the months ahead while hoping the scientists save us again soon. So, take care of yourselves, these are difficult times for so many people, be kind and generous and we shall beat this virus together…by standing six feet apart, what a mind bender huh?
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Heads up to new readers: If you are a fan of Donald Trump, you can stay and get educated if you are open to it. If you get enraged by never Trumpers, this blog is not for you, leave now. Bye bye.
I am going to do this week’s Wednesday post on this but because everything is moving so fast I am going to throw you a few links here, so here we go:
This is a must read. The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming.
But did we get good advice from the president of the United States for the first 12 weeks? No. All we got were lies. Saying it’s fake, by saying this is a Democratic hoax. There are still people today who believe that, to their detriment. Speaking as a public health person, this is the most irresponsible act of an elected official that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. But what you’re hearing now [to self-isolate, close schools, cancel events] is right. Is it going to protect us completely? Is it going to make the world safe forever? No. It’s a great thing because we want to spread out the disease over time.
Because of the intense interest in getting [Covid-19] conquered, we will put the scientific clout and money and resources behind finding antivirals that have prophylactic or preventive characteristics that can be used in addition to [vaccines].
I’m in the age group that has a one in seven mortality rate if I get it. If you’re not worried, you’re not paying attention. But I’m not scared. I firmly believe that the steps that we’re taking will extend the time that it takes for the virus to make the rounds. I think that, in turn, will increase the likelihood that we will have a vaccine or we will have a prophylactic antiviral in time to cut off, reduce, or truncate the spread. Everybody needs to remember: This is not a zombie apocalypse. It’s not a mass extinction event.
The other must read document is this and I am afraid we are way too late but maybe not that late if we get lucky but with so many still going outside and carrying on their normal lives I start to wonder aloud WTF. The Hammer and the Dance. Yes, must read too. On Twitter I had suggested we shut down the country for two weeks when the first few cases appeared, basically give everyone a two week paid vacation (by the Feds) while focusing like a laser beam on getting the tests ready…well, it is now late March. Apparently this is not a hoax and it is just not going away…
Folks, this is not like the flu, okay? A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients.
Imagine if experts were doing the briefings instead of blaming the media when all citizens are looking for direction…I know, I know, I must control myself. Oh, here is the expert: Dr. Emily Landon at the Illinois Governor’s COVID-19 Press Conference. Or this masterful speech to the nation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Check your risk for COVID-19 with this Coronavirus Checker.
The latest column by Detroit’s own Mitch Albom: The epic struggle of the coronavirus pandemic: What and who to believe.
MILES & POINTS
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The whole miles and points industry is hurting. BAD! I mean, what did you expect with travel grounded? If you think about it…sometimes we all have a hard time comprehending what just happened and what lies ahead. This phucking virus was a little different than all the others. So, brace yourselves. I haven’t checked my Award Wallet balances for a month now lol.
Next time you see a blogger writing about how you can travel to Hawaii for free only if you apply for six travel rewards credit cards on their site…perhaps you may want to tell them to inform their readers that this comes with a 2 week mandatory quarantine, okay?
Since you have lots of time these days and can not travel, how about traveling virtually to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Lets keep this going with Museums!
Explore abandoned places, wow! The Proper People.
If you are freaking out while you are grounded, well, get used to it. And maybe click this to go on a Train Journey to the Norwegian Arctic Circle freeeee!
We are hopefully going to see some help from the federal government to help all the people who have gotten hurt if we only had prepared for it. First thing out was some tax help: July 15 tax filing and payment deadline Q&A. And of course it was announced by a tweet and the IRS had to scramble to explain what it all meant…just your typical moronic way of doing things lately, getting used to it yet?
You can keep track of all IRS developments in its own Coronavirus Tax Relief website.
Folks, this is why you should avoid debt and have a very well funded cash emergency fund. Because, SHITHappens…when you least expect it. Remember when I was saying to stop checking your portfolio every day and never to fall in love with the highest number you see in it?
Saw something over the weekend and wrote it down to share with you: “…if an investor missed the S&P 500′s 10 best days in each decade, total returns would be just 91%, strikingly below the 14,962% return for investors who held steady throughout the ups and downs.“. Let that sink in…
ODDZ & ENDZ
Must read by Al Franken: The Last Straw. This is how it starts and just never lets up, bravo!
Well, it finally isn’t funny anymore – the grandiosity, the ignorance, the cruelty, the bullying, the racism, the petty insults and incessant stupidity. But especially the non-stop lying.
This is a deep piece on Daniel Craig: Heart of An Assassin: How Daniel Craig Changed James Bond Forever. It goes way back in his childhood and how he got started and how they found him to be the next James Bond and how many were opposed to him (including me, I did not do anything of course…I just thought he never looked the part okay?). Well, he proved us all wrong.
Fascinating story about Venezuela and the efforts behind the introduction of its virtual currency Petro and the guy behind it all. The Coder and the Dictator.
We never talk about genital war injuries. Until now that is. How two British surgeons took on the wounded soldier’s last taboo. War sucks!
No wonder North Korea has been so successful dealing with the virus you guys:
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 are bored. But staying home…
Thank God for wifi, it that goes down, the real depression will hit…
I am focusing on my work as I will likely start to slow down this blog. First casualty will be the Wednesday posts as conversions and Amazon clicks have dried up. If I am hurting, just imagine the coming carnage at The Points Guy. I saw on Twitter the company let go two more people…
RIP Kenny Rogers. I never liked any of your songs but sad to hear.
Remember Million Mile Secrets? The site has turned into a pure credit card sales “blog” now, it should be renamed Million Miles of Shit! I mean, in these unique times, here is a list of its most recent blog posts, WTF! Thanks Daraius and Emily, we miss you…not really!
Blog reader suggested to me instead of quitting here to turn my posts into a newsletter and make it subscriber only. Interesting idea. I don’t have the technical expertise to do this and I have a hard time coming to terms with the fact of restricting the educating/entertaining/inspiring blog mission. But something has to give…
We are all stressed out, take care of yourselves, stay home if you can and do something useful and productive.
Unless a miracle happens, Wednesday posts starting in April go poof, just two days posting here. I guess if you build it they don’t come without any marketing whatsoever. Shocking!
And I leave you with this…
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