Social Distancing Need Not Be a Waste of Time

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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BPR, Explosion of leftist hate aimed at Dr Birx after she demolishes media’s panic narrative
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has proven to be a voice of reason in a time of crisis — much to the angst of the hostile, anti-Trump media.

The hair-on-fire media is pushing a panic-inducing worst-case narrative in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, focusing on predictions of alarming increases in those who contract the Chinese virus while reporting on dwindling hospital supplies and do-not-resuscitate orders allegedly being discussed to free up more beds.

(Reports out of New York claim hospitals are being overrun with patients.)
Yet, Birx stands calmly before the American people at the nightly press briefings and reminds agenda-driven journalists of a little thing called facts, beseeching them to be more responsible in their reporting.
“There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” she implored. “You can be thinking about it in a hospital… but to say to the American people, to make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it’s not going to be there, or when they need that ventilator it’s not going to be there, we don’t have evidence of that right now.”
This, of course, doesn't sit well with the media determined to paint a worst case scenario, with the Trump administration taking the blame.
On schedule,


And more, from people whose only knowledge of medicine came from their high school sex ed classes.

Meanwhile, poor Italy, Stacy McCain: Italy Takes a Turn for the Worse
After five days of apparent improvement, Italy’s coronavirus outbreak worsened Friday, when the country reported more than 900 deaths:
. . .
The previous highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Italy was 793 last Saturday, and by Monday, they had fallen to 601. However, the daily number of new Wuhan virus cases, which also peaked last Saturday at 6,557, has since remained below that mark. Italy’s caseload is still very high, and increasing, as the number of new cases reported daily greatly exceeds the number of patients reported as recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, in the United States, 18,691 new cases of Chinese coronavirus were reported Friday, and 401 deaths. Here are the latest state-by-state numbers, according to CNN:
New York ………………….. 44,635 (519 deaths)
New Jersey …………………. 8,825 (108 deaths)
California …………………….. 3,801 (78 deaths)
Washington …………………. 3,723 (175 deaths)
Michigan ……………………… 3,657 (92 deaths)
Massachusetts ……………… 3,240 (35 deaths)
Florida ………………………… 3,192 (45 deaths)
Illinois …………………………. 3,026 (34 deaths)
Louisiana ……………………… 2,746 (119 deaths)
Pennsylvania ……………….. 2,218 (22 deaths)
Georgia ……………………….. 2,198 (65 deaths)
The top 10 states account for 81,261 cases, which is 80% of the total of 101,241 coronavirus cases reported in the United States. Two states, New York and New Jersey, account for more than half the U.S total. The situation in New York is bad and getting worse:
More than a third of the country’s cases are in New York — which has been in a partial lockdown for a week as officials try to slow the spread of the virus and hospitals scramble to keep up with the patients streaming in.
The state’s healthcare system is already overwhelmed. One hospital was forced to create a makeshift morgue and another reported 13 patient deaths in 24 hours. New York and its National Guard are now assembling four 1,000-bed temporary, overflow hospitals in existing buildings.
If you look at the state-by-state numbers, you’ll see that, as a percentage of population, the Wuhan virus has had much less impact in California and Florida, compared to New York, while Texas, with only 1,731 cases, has been particularly fortunate thus far. Dig down a little deeper in the numbers, and you discover that in Florida, for example, their COVID-19 cases have been highly concentrated in three South Florida counties — Dade (869), Broward (631) and (241) — which combined account for nearly 55% (1,741) of the statewide total of cases. These counties have a combined population of about 6 million, which is less than 30% of Florida’s total population of about 21 million. What this suggests is that people living in Florida’s urban centers face substantially higher risk from the virus, and this is probably true nationwide.

Of course, there is no such thing as 100% safety, but during a pandemic of contagious disease, rural life is much safer than city life.
So far, our Calvert County, a relatively rural place by Maryland standards, has 9 confirmed cases in a population of about 90,000.

Cardinal Virtues

I get these letters once in a while; I suppose every blogger does, and I ignore most of them. But this time I'll bite.
Garth here from WorldBirds.org, online publication dedicated to sharing the beauty of birds and nature.

I’m reaching out to you because I read your article here http://fritz-aviewfromthebeach.blogspot.com/2011/03/winters-last-gasp.html and wanted to see if you’d be interested in a small collab.

We recently created a practical guide on how to attract cardinals to your backyard - thought it would make an excellent addition to your piece.
Perhaps you’d be interested in linking to it because it’s a practical resource that helps your readers enjoy nature in their own backyard?

I wouldn’t ask unless I was sure it would add real value to your piece.
I’ll let you be the judge though, check it out here:
https://www.worldbirds.org/attracting-cardinals/

What do you think?
So what are his tips for attracting Cardinals?

1. Use Cardinal Specific Feeders . . .

Our Droll Yankees YCPT-360 021964205300 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, Yankee Tipper, seems to work, and squirrels try, but don't beat it.

2. Tempt With Right Treats . . .

Sunflower and safflower seeds seem to work.

3. Place Feeder to The Right Location . . .

We must have gotten lucky. We just hung off ours off the back deck.

4. Offer a Water Source (Preferably Moving) . . .

We do have a water bowl nearby, but it's not moving.

5. Keep Your Feeders Full at All Times . . .

We're just lucky we remember to eat.

6. Encourage Ground-Feeding for Variety & Security . . .

The birds knock the seed around onto the deck, and the ground beneath, and the Juncos really seem to like that better than the feeder.

7. Offer Protective Shelter . . .

Plenty of trees nearby, although we did take down a nearby apple that wasn't doing much.

8. Provide Nesting Material . . .

Does Husky underfur count? Because we have gobs of it. We hang up small basket stuffed with it. I've never seen a Cardinal take any, though. Chickadees love it.

9. Prevent Frozen Water . . .

Nothing really fancy, but we break it up if it freezes on top. Hasn't been much of problem this winter though.

10. Remove Reflective Surfaces . . .

Not getting rid of our windows, and big glass door. Sorry.

11. Avoid Predator-Accessible Feeding Areas . . .

The dog keeps most predators out of the yard, although hawks occasionally hang out in the woods nearby.

12. Keep the Feeders Clean . . .

They can do their own damn dishes (but Georgia does clean the feeder once in while).

Russiagate: Ready for Lindsey 3.0

As Americans are preoccupied with staying afloat amid a coronavirus-related shutdown, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has finally begun delivering on an investigation he promised months ago.

The origins of the FBI’s politicized “Spygate” counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign.

With uncertainties over how badly the coronavirus shutdown will harm the economy and how long that harm will last taking up most of our time and the oxygen in news cycles, what Graham’s doing is important because the objective is to ensure that what happened to President Trump does not happen again. Ever.

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson interviewed Graham this week and asked, among other things, how the probe was going and what his objectives were. She notes:
Amid the coronavirus panic, a quiet investigation has begun on Capitol Hill led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham. He’s already begun interviewing unnamed government officials. It involves accountability for the FBI’s improper wiretaps against a government citizen who happened to be affiliated with the Trump campaign.
Sharyl: What can you tell me about the closed door interviews that you’re doing or planning related to the surveillance court and the FBI’s alleged abuses?
Sen. Graham: Well, what I’m trying to do is get to the bottom of how it happens. So we don’t do it again.
Lindsey 1.0 was basically a null program, unable to do much or say much while his close friend John McCain was there to  disagree with. With McCain's death, Lindsey 2.0 was free to talk a good game. But it's time to update the software to something that actually does something worthwhile.

Rule 5 Saturday - A Stranger Thing - Winona Ryder

For some reason or another this week's Rule 5 designee is Winona Ryder
Winona Laura Horowitz (born October 29, 1971), known professionally as Winona Ryder, is an American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

After Ryder's film debut in Lucas (1986), she gained attention with her performance in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988). She further rose to prominence with major roles in Heathers (1988), Mermaids (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). She garnered critical acclaim and two consecutive Academy Award nominations for her portrayals of socialite May Welland in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and Jo March in the film adaptation of Little Women (1994). Her other films during this period were Reality Bites (1994), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Alien Resurrection (1997), and Girl, Interrupted (1999), which she also executive produced.

That's quite a string of stranger things.
Winona Laura Horowitz was born in Winona, Minnesota, on October 29, 1971, the daughter of Cynthia Palmer (née Istas) and Michael D. Horowitz. Her mother is an author, video producer and editor, and her father is an author, editor, publisher and antiquarian bookseller. He also worked as an archivist for psychedelic guru Dr. Timothy Leary (who was Ryder's godfather). Her father is Jewish (his family emigrated from Russia and Romania), and Ryder has described herself as Jewish. Most of her family on his side were killed in the Holocaust. Her father's family was originally named "Tomchin" but took the surname "Horowitz" when they immigrated to the United States. Named after the city of Winona, she was given her middle name, Laura, because of her parents' friendship with Laura Huxley, writer Aldous Huxley's wife. Her stage name derives from Mitch Ryder, a soul and rock singer  of whom her father was a fan.  Ryder's father is an atheist and her mother is a Buddhist

I'm sure glad my parents didn't name me after Culver City.
Since 2016, Ryder has starred in the Netflix science fiction-horror series Stranger Things, created by The Duffer Brothers and released to stream online on July 15, 2016.
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