We always bring you the best Covid-19 coverage online, show you how to apply for small business loans, an amazing read about an owner’s restaurant soul, a review of the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, how so many airplanes are parked, we go in parts of cruise ships we can not normally visit, we ride Amtrak trains across the US, visit a Georgian convent, visit churches inside rocks in Ethiopian mountains, the most expensive cities in the world, get personal finance lessons from a kid, a story how all the serene sound recordings industry started, learn amazing facts, another disturbing story about a couple of attorneys with issues, my latest running accomplishment, beat up on Amex and American Airlines, give a pass to bloggers this time, only one conversion this month is by far the worst conversion month EVER, if the plastic links are taken away it will be the end I am sorry…I can dedicate myself to running and maybe I can finally go for the Gold in the next Senior Olympics LOL. Enjoy this while you can. Support everything you do not want to lose!
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I could turn my blog into a COVID-19 blog and not miss a beat you know…
This is a must read: An Oral History of the Day Everything Changed. On March 11, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to crystallize in the national consciousness. Americans look back on the turning point.
From Bill Gates: The first modern pandemic. Lets just say the legacy of Bill Gates will be well regarded after all his philanthropic work. Very educational read!
We are learning more about the virus every day, no doubt. We are also learning the wide variation of what it does and who/how it attacks! We still don’t know how many asymptomatic carriers are out there and how infectious they are, we think ones who have had it have some type of immunity but not sure how much and for how long and don’t get me started on how we are still discovering that the virus attacks more and more body parts! And then we get reports like this and we scratch our heads to oblivion! Recovered, almost: China’s early patients unable to shed coronavirus. The poor guy featured in the article…it is like the virus has a curse on some people WTF! Wait, there is more to keep saying WTF to oblivion: Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying of strokes. Doctors sound alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead. Some didn’t even know they were infected. It’s nuts!
And then we have a country like Sweden that has resisted the more strict measures to stop the spread of the virus. Sweden resisted a lockdown, and its capital Stockholm is expected to reach ‘herd immunity’ in weeks. I am having an argument with my brother who insists Sweden is doing it right. I said lets give it two weeks. It is now one week later and I hate to admit it…he is winning this bet as of now. Anyone care to comment in the comment section? Any readers in Sweden to let us know what is happening?
Maybe we should just stop phucking with nature: Mass Consumption Is What Ails Us. And you bet animals would be glad we don’t phuck with them too!
Humans are not the only victims of novel pathogens as boundaries between habitats erode. Pathogens have also been carried by humans into animals. Since the late 1990s, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a fungus most likely spread by humans, has decimated amphibians around the world. Spelunkers and other people visiting caves have introduced Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or white-nose syndrome, to North American bats, millions of which have died of the fungal pathogen since 2007. And in 2014, a highly virulent strain of avian influenza—hatched in Asia’s booming factory farms—decimated North American poultry, causing what the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the worst animal disease epidemic in U.S. history.
Don’t you get that feeling that it may be way too soon for this? Brace for the next waves everyone…and I hope I am wrong! ‘Quarantine fatigue’: Researchers find more Americans venturing out against coronavirus stay-at-home orders. But we don’t know. Nobody knows. Hopefully the higher power (some call it God or something) may spare us all and maybe it will “magically disappear”. Yeah, we don’t know. Whatever you do though please don’t inject yourselves with disinfectants okay?
We have 5 vaccines in clinical trials right now and another 71 in preclinical evaluation, they are all HERE. This is good. I think.
If you want to learn about testing, this is a must read: A Non-Scientist’s Primer on Testing for COVID-19. You read this and you realize this whole area is also evolving and changing constantly as well!
MILES & POINTS
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I do not have much in this section. I don’t blog about gift card 5% off sales, crappy Amex offers, go batshit crazy about “amazing” credit card offers, JetBlue/Southwest sales and meaningless blogged to death stuff like that. You know why? Because right now not much is really happening with all these planes parked! Here’s What You Do With Two-Thirds of the World’s Jets When They Can’t Fly.
Sick of blog posts that Amex MAY come out with new card perks. Maybe a new card too. Don’t fall for clickbait crap like this, they are just trying to sell Amex cards. WAIT for the real news. Oh, Amex credit card spending is down 20%. Actually, I thought that was not too bad…
Many bloggers like this hotel, here is a review of the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. You know you can stay there for free with the World of Hyatt credit card you can get you know where…you can be the second conversion this month, SAD!
Never seen pics of these crew and staff only parts of cruise ships! The Parts of the Cruise Ship You Don’t Get to See: What Do the Crew Quarters Look Like? It may be a while before we have a chance to even see them from afar because there is no way in hell anyone will be getting on a cruise ship anytime soon. Some of the pics reminded me of airline lounges…I miss them so much you know!
I posted this a while back. But I recently ran into it again. The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. It reminded me so much of our cross country trip on Amtrak which we loved. Well, all except our son who still thinks it was the most boring trip of his lifetime as he had nowhere to go (and no cord for his laptop lol). As a bonus, the linked page continues with a great article about Rick Steves, which was also posted here years ago. A blast from the past I guess.
I love religious theme places, you know, churches, monasteries and stuff like that. A Glimpse Inside the Secluded World of a Georgian Convent. And love the pictures, wow!
Speaking of churches, why don’t we hike up to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray in Ethiopia. The views are UNBELIEVABLE!
The Most Expensive Cities in the World. Cool, thanks to the Visual Capitalist again.
I am posting this in Personal Finance because I want this to be a warning for everyone who is thinking to open a restaurant. My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore? One of the best and most raw things I ever read on the subject. I think the author has a great future as a writer, what an intense read, wow!
This kid gives the best personal finance lesson, wow!
How to Apply for Small Business Loans. And good luck, hope you know a banker really well. We will be reading mega fraud stories about these programs in a few years #youhearditherefirst
ODDZ & ENDZ
Ever wondered how the nature recording started? Me neither, haha. But this article will show you how it all started. It was by this interesting guy named Irv Teibel and this is his fascinating story: How a New Age Hustler Sold the Sound of the World.
I almost skipped this one but I am glad I did not. Amazing facts: Someone Asks People To Share Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually Real And They Deliver.
Distance from USA to Russia 4 kilometers [Hey, maybe Sarah Palin could see Russia from her back porch…damn fake news media again!]
The guy who sang Peanut Butter Jelly Time died in a police shootout. Also, his brother in law was there trying to talk him out of shooting himself. You know who that brother-in-law was? F***ing Snoop Dogg [phucking alpah, wild!]
Chickens are one of many species of birds that dont have penetrative genitalia. Read; cocks are cockless. The method of reproduction they use is commonly called a “cloacal kiss” and you can think of it as chickens scissoring, because “bumping holes” is the grossest possible way to phrase chicken sex. [cocks are cockless…what is next?????]
This is a stunning read. It is long, you have been warned. Once I started I could not stop. Shaking my head all the way, what is wrong with some people? This couple threw their life away…for what? WTF! Framed She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her?
Ok, lets get back to laughs ok? Hello (from the Inside) An Adele Parody by Chris Mann. You are welcome, humor is the best medicine they say.
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.
You see this and you say “well, sounds good”. Then you read the details and you shake your head: American Airlines Now Allowing Awards To Be Cancelled Online. I am not feeling comfortable booking anything right now…
I had signed up to run the Toledo Glass City Half Marathon but it was canceled. So I ran it on my own in my local favorite park. I was aiming for a PR under 2 hours. Boom! It is an amazing feeling afterwards…and so addictive, a pure natural high!
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