April 15th, 2020-
It has been only ten days since my last Insiders Look blog post, but it feels as if so much more time has passed. Am I alone in that? Time is strange right now; it almost doesn’t matter what time of day it is, anyone of us can do just about anything at any time.
That is a massive benefit to a technological society. Unfortunately, much of the globe does not have the ability to Work-From-Home like most American’s can.
On the bright side-
all those antiquated American Managers, Supervisors, and CEO’s that all used to preach that Working-From-Home was far inferior to working in an office have all been royally educated in what they thought they knew but didn’t.
Hopefully, this trend of Working-From-Home will continue.
Imagine L.A., Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, or NYC without unnecessary blue-collar workers congesting streets- less traffic, less smog, pollution, over-consumption of oil, and we as a species leave less of a carbon footprint.
If only- there is no money in that. The BIGS of the world will never allow that.
I have been handwriting
the numbers of coronavirus cases of the world and the United States into my log for almost a month now- I want to say, the CDC has never reported accurate numbers that any other site could verify. Coronaboard.com and Covidtracker.com, on the other hand, almost always have near-identical numbers (or close enough with a margin of error).
I will record my numbers for today (April 15th, 2020)
as I have in the other Quarantine Updates before this, but after I write those out, I will include photos of my handwritten log to back up my findings. We are losing over 1000 American’s a day on average at this point- with a growing fatality rate- and we barely hear about it!
I do not know what these log entries or photos might benefit- but I feel I must record this information. If not for us, for the future generations to come.
CURRENT GLOBAL CONDITION
The globe has 7,778,031,640 people living on it currently.
The current mortality count is 134,306.
the CDC site Cautions-
***On Saturday and Sunday, the numbers in COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance and the figure describing the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States will be updated. These numbers are preliminary and have not been confirmed by state and territorial health departments. CDC will update weekend numbers the following Monday to reflect health department updates.***
It is unclear why the CDC does not have a live counter like other sites across the web do.
However, I found discrepancies in those numbers. Or is it possible the CDC is not updating their site as frequently.
HEADLINE NEWS OF WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING RECENTLY-
March 13th, 2020
“While backers applaud the draft permit for the $1 billion transmission line to bring electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts, opponents say the project would provide “no verifiable reduction in greenhouse gases.” “Based on our initial review, the CMP corridor continues to carve an unacceptable path through a globally significant forested landscape and provides no verifiable reduction in greenhouse gas pollution,” according to a joint statement issued by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Trout Unlimited and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “While we appreciate the department’s attempt to reduce impacts, this remains the wrong project in the wrong place. ”
CMP has said the project will provide Maine jobs and cheaper power and has offered Maine $258 million over 40 years to reduce power bills, improve broadband internet, and expand efficient home heating and electric vehicle chargers.”
March 14th, 2020
- “The 442 active cases reported in Maine are only part of the outbreak, health officials warn, because of limited testing and the fact that many people who get infected have no symptoms for a week or more.
- Gov. Janet Mills is talking with the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont about a collaborative approach to lifting restrictions, based on medical science and public health data.
- Some Maine doctors have prescribed drugs that have been touted by President Trump but not proven for treatment of COVID-19.
- Maine Medical Center has joined two clinical trials of a drug that a doctor at the hospital says has strong potential for treating moderate and severe cases of COVID-19.
- Inundated with claims, the state unemployment office will extend its call-in hours starting next week.
- Maine’s sharp drop in traffic will allow road crews to complete projects faster and work safer.”
Apr 8, 2020
- “Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, his campaign announced in an email to supporters on Wednesday.
- His exit from the race makes former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee in the race against President Donald Trump.
- Sanders built his campaign on transformative policies like universal healthcare, tuition-free public college, and the Green New Deal. He also secured early endorsements from influential progressive lawmakers.
- Sanders hit the ground running with huge wins in a series of early primary and caucus states. But he failed to pick up momentum on Super Tuesday and in later contests, where former Vice President Joe Biden crushed him, particularly among black voters and older voters.”
April 14th, 2020
“At first the conversation was: why is no one talking about Tara Reade’s accusations of sexual assault against Joe Biden? Then somehow it changed to: did you hear about the Twitter war between Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano about Tara Reade’s accusations of sexual assault against Joe Biden? Somehow we skipped over the part where we actually talked about Tara Reade’s accusations of sexual assault against Joe Biden.
So did you? Did you hear? About what Rose McGowan said about Alyssa Milano to her face? I mean to her Twitter account, which is basically the same thing? She called her a fraud! And they used to work together! I don’t know, one of those shows about witches or whatever. No, the other one. Oh my God, it was so vicious.
Reade has been vocal about her difficulty in getting attention and assistance regarding her allegation: she says that in 1993, while she was a staffer for Joe Biden’s Senate office, she was harassed and assaulted by the politician and then faced retaliation for alerting her superiors to the incidents. And now that we are in a moment of believing women and treating such accusations seriously and with the dignity and due process they deserve, it surprised her that both avenues of investigating her claims against the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party, the media and the justice system, seemed closed to her. Reporters would not return her calls, politicians would not return her calls and Time’s Up, the organization that claims to assist women looking for legal representation to manage claims of sexual misconduct at work, said they could not help her out without legally risking its not-for-profit status.”
Obama reportedly convinced Bernie Sanders to drop out of primary race
April 14, 2020
“Former President Barack Obama had multiple long discussions with Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to convince him to bow out of the presidential primary, playing a significant role in the Democratic socialist’s decision-making, according to a report.
In the weeks after former Vice President Joe Biden established himself as the presumptive Democratic nominee, following his win in South Carolina and sweeping victories on Super Tuesday, Obama had at least four conversations with the presidential hopeful, according to the New York Times.
The paper reports that the former president told a close friend that Biden, now the party front-runner, needed to “accelerate the endgame,” likely a reference to the inevitable reality that the former VP would be the party’s nominee and needed to shift to a general election strategy.
Those close to Sanders told the Times that Obama’s efforts to sway him had a considerable impact….
Meanwhile, Obama and Biden have already begun working through how, when and where they will deploy the former president to best help the 2020 Democratic ticket, according to the Times. Those discussions began as Obama was convincing Sanders to bow out of the race…
Now, with Sanders out of the way, Obama could make an endorsement for his former running mate as soon as Tuesday morning, the paper says.”
Trump Touts Unproven Treatments of Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc for COVID-19
April 9th, 2020
“At the White House Wednesday, President Trump continued to promote hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 curative, even though no clinical trials have shown the drug to be effective at treating the virus. A medical journal which published a French study suggesting a therapeutic use for the drug in treating coronavirus has since said the study does not meet expected medical standards. And cardiologists warn hydroxychloroquine has serious side effects and can cause sudden cardiac arrest in some patients. Meanwhile, President Trump added another chemical to his list of untested treatments.
President Donald Trump: “Zinc, they say. Zinc. You should add zinc. Now, this all has to be recommended by doctors, physicians. But they say zinc.”
There is no medical evidence showing zinc to be an effective treatment for COVID-19. President Trump appears to be promoting an unproven cocktail of drugs administered by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a self-described “simple country doctor” in New York who’s been widely promoted on Fox News.
Meanwhile, White House aides are discussing plans to reopen the U.S. economy as early as May 1, despite warnings from public health officials that an end to social distancing measures could lead to a new surge of infections and deaths.”
Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative … Then Positive
Emily Feng & Amy Cheng
March 27, 2020
“But some Wuhan residents who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospitals, about 5%-10% of patients pronounced “recovered” have tested positive again….
In February, Wang Chen, a director at the state-run Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, estimated that the nucleic acid tests used in China were accurate at identifying positive cases of the coronavirus only 30%-50% of the time…
“In terms of those who retested positive, the official party line is that they have not been proven to be infectious. That is not the same as saying they are not infectious,” one of the Wuhan doctors who tested positive twice told NPR. He is now isolated and under medical observation. “If they really are not infectious,” the doctor said, “then there would be no need to take them back to the hospitals again.”
Monday, April 13th, 2020
Sure as hell seems like we are in the end times with headlines like that.
I want to leave on a note of hope, though.
Renaissance Rising was able to come to fruition during this pandemic because of the available time. RenRising was a dream for a long time before it became a near physical reality.
RenRi is not alone in utilizing this time for good.
There are many more light workers out there.
Let us focus on some positive aspects now!
April 13th, 2020
“The trickle is starting. Spain, Austria, Italy, China, possibly Germany and the US will this week begin, however hesitantly, the great return to work. As others hold back and some may even toughen lock downs, the result will be the most extraordinary mass experiment in history.”
April 13th, 2020
“Looking for examples of true leadership in a crisis? From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to New Zealand, women are stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family. Add in Finland, Iceland and Denmark, and this pandemic is revealing that women have what it takes when the heat rises in our Houses of State. Many will say these are small countries, or islands, or other exceptions. But Germany is large and leading, and the UK is an island with very different outcomes. These leaders are gifting us an attractive alternative way of wielding power.”
April 13, 2020
“During this crisis people and groups have delivered free groceries, canceled rent for tenants and called to check in on seniors. How might helping others also benefit oneself?
In “The Science of Helping Out” Tara Parker-Pope argues, “During a crisis, the people who cope best are those who help others.” Does that concept resonate with you? Have you ever received any personal benefits by helping others?
Her article begins:
At a time when we are all experiencing an extraordinary level of stress, science offers a simple and effective way to bolster our own emotional health.
To help yourself, start by helping others.
It isn’t all bad. Things are rough. They are not likely to get better anytime soon.
Things may never return to how they were before.
We have to get passed that.
No matter what happens, we have each other.”
Tue March 17th, 2020
“These anxious and unusual times bring unforeseen difficulties. But the best of human nature can rise to the challenge
These stories are designed to offer practical advice, provide some entertainment, foster a sense of social cohesion, and remind people of the good in the world during these strange and isolating times.
With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus, now might seem like an unusual time to talk about being positive. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of successful coping in a crisis.”
This post was another long one.
It was only supposed to take a day for me to write, edit, format, and upload. However, it is 8 pm on the day I post this blog, and I am still making final researching points.
I’ve been called long-winded before.
The most successful blog posts are anywhere between 500-3000 words- 1500 being the average. My posts are often 2500+ words. I used to get hung up on trying to maintain a “marketable” post size. I no longer let myself get hung up on post length. I might just be taking this upon myself, but I feel I must record current historical events. I’ve read “1984” y’all, I know how it goes. Information and knowledge get deleted and manipulated by the powerful- and all the people go along with it.