Shift the Paradigm

Quit Looking At the World Through Your Ass

During the last debate I heard some pretty wild claims that President Trump is responsible for 240,000 deaths from COVID-19. I also heard his rival Joe Biden promise that he had a plan that follows the science and that will protect us from COVID-19 deaths. The problem is that he didn’t really explain what his plan is. I think we are looking at the problem totally wrong. We shouldn’t be looking at how many deaths there were, but rather how many lives were saved.

All of the claims are based on following the science. The only science anyone has are the predictive models. All of the scientific models used back in March, 2020 predicted over that over 1.7 million deaths will occur if no action whatsoever is taken. Without any knowledge of how the virus spread, or why it spreads so quick, or why it affects some people and not others was totally unknown. All the science knew was based on experience gained from previous viruses like H1N1, SARS, and MERS.

Biden very boldly claimed the President is responsible for all the 224,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. I rather like the fact that the President saved 1.5 million lives with the action he took as early as he did.

Biden’s logic that his new COVID-19 plan will save lives. Joe’s plan, as far as I know it, is exactly the same as Trump’s which began in March, 2020, and will save the same number of lives that Trump’s plan is doing. Testing is another complaint that Biden has. Testing does not kill the virus, it merely lets us know who does or doesn’t have the virus at the time of the test. One could go home from the test and get it. But Biden believes that everyone in the country should be tested and the responsibility of testing should be given to the Federal government (another Bureaucracy in the making). If we choose to do that we will be looking for adequate testing capacity two years from now. Another part of his plan is to involve the federal government in how you will protect your people in the workplace. Again, a noble idea but scary as hell. I, for one, would not want the Feds to come into my place of business and dictate how I should run my process. I will protect my workers by the best means I have, but one of the means is not the Federal government. Biden’s plan is expensive, time consuming, and redundant. Trump put together a viable plan in less than two months bringing ventilator production on line, developing and implementing testing, and manufacturing PPE for the country. What new things Biden brings to the table with his plan is negligible.

No doubt, what is not shown in Biden’s plan are new laws that will make not wearing a mask, and not social distancing at all times, a federal offense punishable by huge fines and jail time.

What we need is a presidential candidate who does not ride on the success of his rival but rather depends on the common sense of we of the people to control the virus. All of Biden’s actions do not erase the virus they merely delay one from getting it, and we can do that ourselves. As long as there is COVID-19 there will be deaths attributed to it, even when we have drugs that will keep us alive.

Just as Obama Care has a death panel whose job it is to decide who will be treated and who will not, I’m sure Biden-Care will treat COVID-19 patients with the same compassionate care and allow nature take it’s course when dealing with difficult to treat souls.

Hockey Stick Curve

The southwestern section of Cook County, Illinois is a glacial esker. It seems a few years ago the area was covered in a thick slab of ice which is called a glacier. In fact, most of what we call the mid-west was under the same glacier which extended north to the North Pole. That’s a whole lot of ice. As the glaciers receded they scraped tons of rock and soil with them and as the ice melted the rocks and soil deposited in a hill referred to as the esker. Now, I’m pretty old but I don’t remember any one talking about the local glacier in my time. So the story about the esker must be fake news handed down for eons from generation to generation. Some genius must have written it down for us to study in grammar school.

We all know that a bowl of ice left out on the kitchen counter top will eventually turn to water. It seems that ice melts at temperatures above thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit. And so it seems that since ice in a bowl on the kitchen countertop is in an atmospheric temperature higher than thirty-two. The ice melts because of atmospheric warming caused by human intervention. The intervention being caused by a thing called a thermostat hanging on one of the interior walls of said atmosphere. If the bowl of ice drops the temperature lower than one can stand, then it is human nature for one to tweek the thermostat to raise the temp to compensate for the loss of comfort. How long do you think it took for the natives to light warming fires large enough to melt a twenty-foot thick glacier that extends from Chicago to the North Pole? The natives were burning fossil fuel and thus adding to the phenomenon of the ice melt. But did they have an effect on how fast the ice melted? Perhaps, but how big was the effect? Eventually, the ice melted and the only trace of it is in the esker it left behind. Just how much does history attribute to the Indians causing the glaciers to melt? Nada, zero, nothing, the story isn’t even believable so why be concerned about it?

# Ice Age. MYA. 5. Current Ice Age. (aka Quaternary Glaciation) ~ 3 to now. 4. Karoo Ice Age. ~ 350 to Andean-Saharan glaciation. ~ 460 to Sturtian/Marinoan glaciation. ~ 850 to Huronian glaciation. ~ 2400 to

Last night I watched the Presidential debate, or slug-fest-shouting-match between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Aside from listening to what Biden had to say about the virus which was the exact script of what Trump did to fix the problem, the only other thing that caught my attention was Biden’s diatribe about global warming which he stole from Obama. He really believes that man-made global warming will melt the glacial ice at the north and south poles. Just how much does history attribute to the Indians causing the glaciers to melt? And he is telling us that it is going to happen in our lifetime. Just think about all the high paying jobs that we will have if we just give up using fossil fuels. Better yet, imagine that you were in your gas burning chariot on the way to work one morning and the entire globe runs out of gas. We all come to a rolling halt in our tracks. Who would we call for help? The world is not ready to deal with that scenario because the alternative fuels are not in existence nor in anyone’s imagination as of today. Oh yeah we will have windmills to generate electricity and that can power our electric cars, or we’ll have solar power to generate electricity on cloudy days, and at night.

We are so far away from providing alternate fuels that it isn’t even imaginable. At the same time we still have plenty of oil in the ground to keep us going. When we finally reach the point where fossil fuels are no longer available and the costs go up we will figure out how to deal with the problem because we are smart enough to do it for money. By the way folks, even if we in the USA get educated overnight and begin to reduce our carbon emissions to reduce global warming, what will we do about China? I just watched video of automobile production in the world, and yes, China now makes more cars than any other country. They aren’t all electric either. So, I guess it will be absolutely necessary for us to elect Joe Biden so we can watch China use all of our gasoline while we pay for it in taxes, and personal sacrifices.

Just who is contributing to global warming?

Getting back to the subject of jobs, high paying jobs, what will they be? Just who is researching what the new energy sources will be? Most likely it is oil companies because when oil runs out they need another source. My guess is that we should be tapping into real solar power directly from old sol. The puny solar cells of today will not give us what we need, not even if we cover the entire surface of Earth with solar cells, with wind mills planted in-between. We might even have to go to the moon to find oil? Well er, except that there is no foliage there to convert into fossil fuel.

Do you want to do something about man made global warming? Kick China and India’s ass to cut their emissions. When they catch up to the USA we will be happy to do more.

The airlines have been severely curtailed since COVID struck the planet. Airplanes are a major contributor to air pollution and carbon emissions. The reduced need for airplanes has to have set back global warming by as much as ten degrees. Oh, forgive me but I forgot that we haven’t been able to measure any change in global temperature, and the only science we have is attributed to a paper published by Michael Mann on how the temperature of the planet has changed over the past fourteen hundred years. The curve looks like a hockey stick laying flat with the shovel pointed straight up. It caused a stir in the world of global warming. Mann based his findings on 29 years worth of data and in geological terms that is but a nanosecond of time. The blade on his hockey stick is but a mere blip on the world temperature curve. Imagine making an investment with your life savings based on a steep rise in stock prices believing that the rise will continue, and then in an instant the same curve drops into oblivion. Remember the earth was cold at one time and covered in ice, Then global warming happened and the ice melted but to this day no one can tell me how fast it melted or how many years it took to happen. I see Mann’s prediction of global temperatures much the same as I saw the guru’s prediction that Covid-19 deaths would be in the millions or billions. The predictions were based on the information on hand. Mann’s numbers are a drop in the bucket of Earth’s existence.

Finally, I wish you a happy future existence in the world of Green New Jobs based on government’s spending to convert us to clean renewable energy.

. . . and that’s all I want to say about that.

Escape

Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t post for a few days nor did I reply to comments. Last week I finally decided it was time to kick COVID down the road; I took a road trip to visit Wisconsin. Along the drive I began to notice yards signs for Biden/Harris. Not just real estate sized signs, but huge 4 feet by 6 feet signs. Being in farm territory the signs were big so people would notice. I was beginning to regret coming into such hostile territory when a Trump sign appeared, then another and another. I would say that Wisconsin is more for Biden. I also now know why we refer to them as cheese heads, and it’s not because of the Green Bay Packers either.

I stopped at a truck stop to relieve the pressure on my prostate and spotted a tall thin black man hawking tee shirts outside. The front of the shirt said “Biden Sucks”, the back of the shirt said “Nancy Swallows.” He was selling them like hot cakes. I resisted

Today I heard that our governor has declared Wisconsin out of bounds. Anyone entering Illinois from Wisconsin will have to self quarantine for fourteen days before making contact with the general population. What is a person to do? Sit in his car for two weeks? I say that decree is long past being effective because the COVID numbers are in decline. That announcement should have been declared on March first. That is what happens when we put the Governor in charge of protecting us. It is also an indicator of the guys ability to think rationally.

I found the people of Wisconsin in strict adherence with their state recommendations. They all wore masks, kept their distance and generally were friendly. The restaurants and bars were open for inside seating. The towns I visited were on lakes so most people wanted outdoor seating on the shoreline. Shops selling stuff had sanitizer at the entrances with signs asking people to please squirt some on your hands to kill any COVID you may have picked up at the last place you were in.

Tramping through tee shirt shops didn’t really turn me on and the only place I did get turned on was out of bounds for me, an art gallery. I saw two large oils that I would have popped for if I weren’t selling all my stuff to simplify.

Note the price difference. I thought it is hilarious.

To make my life easier, I self declared this a cheat weekend and KETO be damned. I ate stuff like a crazy person, bread, pastries, ice cream, and sugary fruits. Life is too short not to enjoy it. It was in direct opposition to my goal of losing the beer belly which I developed while enjoying life over the past twenty years. I hate my beer belly. It gets in the way of too many things, and since I can’t seem to keep food in my mouth lately the droppings always land on my belly and dirty a nice clean shirt.

There were not many people enjoying the lake on boats. I think because it is mid-September many of the boats have been pulled from the water already. The weather was ideal for water sports, in the mid-seventies, no wind, and continuous sun.

I woke up Saturday morning to find a Harvest Festival going on under my window. There was not a single warning sign anywhere about it, but the locals were already streaming in by 7:30 a.m. Everyone followed the rules. I stopped at the Lions booth to learn what they were selling: roasted corn and baked potato. Too bad I just had a huge breakfast.

One thing I found hugely obvious is the number of Mexican businesses in town; four restaurants, a western wear shop, smaller super mercados, a bar, and a barber shop that was open on Sunday all within two blocks on Main street. They have landed and are obviously not letting anybody get in the way of their making a better life for themselves.

The biggest mishap of this adventure was leaving the charger for my lap top at home. I was able to watch a single episode of my favorite series when the Mac died. That was really the main reason I didn’t post during the trip. It forced me to watch conventional TV, but the picture was not HD and I hated it. All my reading material is on the lap top, so I couldn’t read a book, I resorted to the Enquirer tabloid, but that only took thirty minutes to read cover to cover. I got sucked in by a headline declaring Michelle Obama was sick of Barrack and wanted to throw him off the roof. Inside, the story didn’t have anything harsh to say about the couple, In fact I thought they wasted the ink on it. I’m sure the Enquirer doesn’t give a rats ass about not delivering all they wanted was for me to drop the money for their tabloid, and they succeeded.

I sat in the quiet room on Saturday evening thinking it was only yesterday that I left home. It felt like a week ago. The getaway succeeded in taking my mind off the drone-like life I have been leading.

Oh yeah, the soy beans are yellow and the corn husks are beginning to shrivel like they are drying out too. Soon the bright green Deere harvesters will be smoking away in field after field stripping the ground of its summer output.

. . . and that is all I want to say about that.

Compare Trump to Biden

I haven’t paid much attention to either candidate yet, but when I do see something it resonates with me. Since I am a heavy Trump fan whenever I see a Biden commercial I listen carefully to determine how the two candidates differ.

Yesterday, I listened to Biden and his plan for fighting COVID-19. It is the same as Trump’s word for word. I think he was reading from the Centers for Disease Control website, wear a mask, social distance, don’t go out if you feel sick etc. Where Biden does deviate heavily from Trump is on taxes. Biden will certainly raise our taxes to the point we will be crying uncle. It is my opinion that the Federal Government is way too large and the currently over-spent budget of Trillions is a hundred times larger than it needs to be. When will we as Americans learn to fend for our selves? Why do we believe that Uncle can take care of us better than we can?

Both candidates are old and can experience a health problem at any second. If they do have a problem, which Vice Presidential candidate has the best chance of running the country? My confidence is in Mike Pence. He has shown considerable leadership as a former governor and as VP. His performance as leader of the COVID-19 Task Force has been commendable. He clearly has more experience in getting things done than does Kamala Harris.

More scary to me is that if Biden has a problem and continues to lead who will really be calling the shots behind the scenes? Another old guy like Bernie? Or worse yet some political contributor who will remain invisible to the rest of us.

I am amazed at how little experience a presidential candidate needs to have in order to run the world’s strongest country with so much money to control. Other than popularity and some organizational skill to get a political campaign up and running there is little else to help decide which candidate is the best. Since Trump now has almost four years of performance behind him he has shown me that he is a capable leader in both domestic and world affairs.

And that is all I want to say about that.

Day 48-SIP-The Three Roses of Padauk

Who is leading? If my recollection serves me correctly President Trump announced the COVID-19 Task Force Guidelines on March 16, 2020. Within forty-eight hours the Mayor of Frankfort issued the same guidelines under his name. Four days later on 20 March 2020 our State Governor issued his version of the same.

I began writing my Covid-19 diary on the 16 of March, the same day the president announced the guidelines. What I see here is a chain of command from the National level down to the local community, but the State lagged in making decisions. Could this lag also be the reason why Illinois has the most debt of all the States? Could it be that is the reason citizens are leaving the state as fast as they can? It is the reason that I have considered leaving many times, only to be sucked back by personal responsibilities?

Anyway, it is a beautiful sunny day in Illinois today, but a might on the chilly side at 46 degrees and it’s windy making it feel even cooler. The sun is making the plant life explode and life is returning from the deep winter sleep. Tulips bloom in abundance, the daffodils are already gone as are the magnolias. The grass is Irish green and the trees and shrubs are about half way open toward full leaf. As soon as I post this non-sense I’ll join many others on a walk along our bicycle path fully masked.

This morning I cleaned my shop as I do after completing a project successfully. My routine is to hang the new work in the place of honor with lighting for a few weeks or until I get tired of it and replace it with something different. In the meantime, I will begin a new piece with fewer elements which should be quicker to complete. This latest was supposed to be that project, but it evolved into one with one hundred pieces and short equaled forty days. My goal is to get ‘short’ down to seven days max. There is a lot of room for improvement ahead.

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