Thursday, March 19, 2020

Clean Hands In Hard Times

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It’s official, we’re living in a completely different world than the one we’re used to. For the time being public; gatherings, dining, worship, movies, concerts, classes, and sporting events; are things of the past. Yet, as surely as we must remain physically
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separated in order to avoid contamination, we must hang together as a society.

Hoarding toilet paper so you get yours, before your neighbors get any, makes matters worse. Fist fighting over the last package of hamburger in the supermarket makes matters worse.

Now is the time to make positive contributions, to help and support each other. To that end, I’ve researched recipes for homemade hand sanitizer.

The most popular version requires people to buy, if they can find it, or make their own aloe gel before making the sanitizer. Not only do most people not have their own aloe plant, but the popular formula purportedly leaves hands sticky.

From everything I’ve read, the glycerin-based formula seems preferable.

In order to make it, mix 12 fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol (which is 99% isopropyl alcohol) with 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerol.   Then add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide & 3 fluid ounces of distilled water. If you're working with a lower-concentration solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water.  Keep in mind, at least 91% of your sanitizer needs to be alcohol.

Glycerol is an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands.  You can buy jugs of vegetable glycerol online.   If you can't find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.

Load the solution into spray bottles—this isn't a gel, it's a spray. You can wet a paper towel with it as well and use that as a wipe.

Above all, stay safe and stat sane.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Revising My Thoughts Regarding Corona

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I confess, I don’t know what to think. I admit it. When I see mass panic I automatically take the position that people are being sheep and over reacting. Nine times out of ten, the emperor IS actually naked, and I wrote my last blog from that point of view.

Boy, I don't know. Theme parks, schools, museums, sporting events, Hell whole countries are shutting down. Normally busy streets are empty. We don’t need Klaatu to make the Earth stand still, we’re scared. (Oh, see the movie if you don’t get the reference.) Seriously, I’ve never seen things shutdown like this. I know businesses don’t shut their doors, sacrificing income, without a good reason.

I can't advise anyone, or tell anyone who’s advice to listen to. Doctors on TV say we need to self-quarantine, local doctors have told my friend and me that everything is being overblown. I don't know who’s right.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It's Not The End Of The World

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In 1996 Bruce Willis starred in The 12 Monkeys. The movie revolved around a post-apocalyptic society after 5 billion people had been killed by a pandemic. As I watched the film last night, I realized that the public is frightened of a similar situation right now.

People are all over the world living in a heightened state of fear. The French have closed the Louvre. Italy has closed Italy. The NBA h has cancelled the remainder of the basketball season. College sports, talk shows, and game shows are doing their things without live audiences. Just now, the news has reported the closer of Disneyland & Disney World. There's even talk of canceling the Olympics.

Not only are institutions pushing the panic button, one only has to see empty store shelves to know the public’s behavior and buying habits have massively changed. They're buying supplies as if we're on the eve of the apocalypse.

 Fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S. are prompted shoppers to hoard hand sanitizer, medical masks, pain relievers, antacids, and toilet paper as if we're on the eve of an apocalypses of our own.

According to Eater.com the hysteria over corona has also changed our food buying habits.  Data from late February shows, shelf-stable and longer-lasting foods are seeing a spike in sales, while fresh produce is taking a hit.
  • Fruit snack sales rose 12.6% 
  • Energy drinks sales rose 10.1% 
  • Dried beans sales rose 10.1% 
  • Pretzel sales rose 9% 
  • Frozen fruit sales rose 6.6%
  • Bottled water sales rose 5.1%.
Meanwhile:
  • Asparagus sales dropped 3.2% 
  • Mandarin orange sales dropped 4.2% 
  • Chili pepper sales dropped 4.7% 
  • Celery sales dropped 15.7%
We're changing our eating habits out of the fear that society is on the verge of collapse.

It’s been said, human beings fear the unknown. OK, let's shed some light on the subject. In a world of over 7 billion people, as of 03/12/2020-15:59:00, 134,511 people have contracted covid-19. Out of those, 4,970 people have died as opposed to the 68,925 people who have fully recovered.

You can read all the applicable statistics at (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/), but in a nutshell, an overwhelming majority of people who have died, from covid-19, have been over 70 years old with some kind of respiratory ailment. NO CHILDREN 9-YEARS-OLD OR UNDER HAVE BEEN KILLED BY CORONA!

Maybe I’m the guy at the beginning of the horror movie saying, “There’s no psycho with a chainsaw in the woods.”  Yet, it seems we’re allowing fear to dictate what we do and who we are. Personally, I don’t behind we’re experiencing a “12 Monkeys” scenario.

Yes, we should wash our hands and cover our noses & mouths when we sneeze & cough. Those of us who haven't learned that by the end of kindergarten probably shouldn't be out in public anyway. But, let’s not be the kind of people who pull their kids out of school, or hoard supplies from our neighbors. Let’s be better people than that.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Sale of GOP's Soul Costs Us All

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Historically, the GOP has stood for a fundamentalist Christian view of morality. They put a high value on chastity, honesty, individual liberty, and rule of law. I’ve often disagreed with them on policy, but respected their Joe Friday-esc adherence to law & order. I can’t anymore.
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Since he was inaugurated in 2016, Republican lawmakers have bent over backwards to support and defend a president known for lying, showing flagrant disrespect to minorities, and grabbing women by the hoohaw. Under the leadership of Mitch McConnel, the Republican controlled Senate has voted to end President Trump's trial without the inclusion of any evidence from witnesses and/or documents. So, why have they abandoned, even the pretense, of valuing the law?

Party loyalty doesn't explain their decision to crumple up the constitution like a used candy wrapper and chuck it into the wastepaper basket. While John McCain was still alive, Trump verbally beat the man like a rented mule, making fun of; his cancer, his war record as a POW in Vietnam, and his voting record in the United States Senate. Party loyalty didn't enter into it.

Trump delivered a package of tax cuts. Households making more than $480,050 will pay 2.6% less in income tax, while corporations will enjoy a 14% dip in their tax rate (21% down from 35%). In exchange for these cuts, and naming conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, Senator McConnell and company have pledged unconditional loyalty to Donald Trump.

I wouldn't mind if the stain was only on the Republican Party, but it's not. For well over two centuries, the United States of America has been a shining example of a working democracy. The sale of the GOP’s soul has cost us all our reputation around the world.