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What Can We Learn From the Year 2020?

The year 2020 a new virus is released and instead of collecting the data, using the best data available, we’re arguing over whether we should wear masks, or it’s a conspiracy.

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Going Forward 2020 & Beyond

Yes, the information we have now is somewhat different than we originally heard. The basic facts are the same. There’s no value in arguing over unessential, purposeless points. The essential key-points! Prevention and treatment.

• It’s a virus not unlike flu, highly contagious and potentially deadly.

Here’s the latest data source information on COVID-19 for the USA. Click on this underlined link.

• Cloth masks other than the better fitting and filtering N95, keep some of our aerosol particles being expelled into the atmosphere. On the receiving end, a mask will help prevent many of these virus laden particles from being inhaled. I know people like real simple explanations so here’s the dumbed down version… Cloth masks help but aren’t 100% effective.

• Choose your exposure wisely. Social distancing within enclosed buildings isn’t proving as effective as many are led to believe. Why is that? Look at your residence when the sunlight is shining through a window. Notice the particles floating around? Those are the vehicles for the much tinier virus to move around. You can be >30 feet away from someone that has COVID-19, within a building while the air is circulating those particles. The masks and distance help reduce the payload, but don’t get lulled into a false sense of safety. Going to parties, close groups in bars, including restaurants, large stores, are higher risks.

• Waiting around for a vaccine as a way to stop the spread of the current virus isn’t likely useful. Why? This is like other prior viruses which mutate. People who understand how vaccines are supposed to work, know they’re designed to target an existing virus. It’s a moving target. COVID-19 is a fast moving target. It’s already mutated hundreds of time that we know. Our resistance through our antibodies aided by effective treatment will get us past our present problems.

• How are we going to move forward and stop being afraid of the future? I’ve allowed myself to get sucked into the fear and uncertainty arguments. It’s a waste of my time. Yes, at the time of this writing, infection rates in the USA are increasing, however the survival rates are over 96+%.  If you want to post, “what if it was someone you know and love that died?” Fine, if you want to sail on the good ship ‘USS-Guilt Trip’, know that I’m not boarding. I hope my friends and family exercise caution, but to justify living in fear, so I can satisfy your level of paranoia isn’t my goal.

• There appears to be some excellent news about treating the disease early on. I’m not sure how widespread this will be accepted because the treatment is inexpensive.

Pharmaceutical companies and corporate infotainment media are economically connected. One hand washes the other. I don’t believe many of us are going to know about these success stories unless we know people who have been successfully treated. If you know this to be the case, tell others. Humans are resourceful, but many of us are resistant to accept anything beyond group thinking. Our social group thinking kept us alive through many primitive historical events. Think how well a single human fared against a saber-tooth tiger. In a group, humanity survived. Today, it may just allow you to be persuaded to select against your personal survival.

Finally, if you’re truly interested in others, and you want to be seen as a good person, find ways to do so without harming other people. Riots, racial themes to advance one racial preference over another, deconstruction policies, defunding police, are all societal cul-de-sacs.

The Beatles – Revolution

You say you want a revolution, well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution, well, you know
We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright, alright, alright

You say you got a real solution, well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution, well, you know
We’re all doing what we can

But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait ..

You say you’ll change the constitution, well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me, it’s the institution, well, you know
You better free your mind instead ..

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright, alright, alright

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A Time To Lead

America has seen crises come and go, but this time is different. There’s a chasm of leadership with seemingly no political party that has an answer. The Democrats have actually done a disservice to the minorities of this country. They’ve pandered to them as a voting bloc, but have systematically assisted in the breakdown of families and educational programs.

When we look toward the Republican party their answer has been tilted more towards meeting civil unrest with adequate law enforcement and crowd suppression.  Neither of them seem to be connected to how or why we got here.

George Will in one of his latest Washington Post opinions excoriated Donald Trump as well as the Republican party. He goes on to admit that racism,  bigotry and social tension existed before Trump took office, and will continue long afterwards.

Nonetheless, he goes on to state, we need a voters purge of Congressional Republicans this November.

If that option was chosen, what are we left with at the ballot box? Do the Democrats have an answer to these and other real problems, such as the pandemic? The Democrats in Congress, seeming only purpose as expressed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are to vote out Republicans and replace them with sycophant Democrats. That’s not a solution but simply another change of deck chairs on a sinking ship.

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I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,” Jordan said. “We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.

Home Economy – We Have a Winner!

Whether you’re downsizing, in retirement, or fed up with too much stuff, there are unique challenges to lifestyle change as well as opportunities. I’m living in a much reduced physical space with fewer things that require maintenance.

Once I moved into a new (only new to me), apartment, I looked at it as another phase, another challenge. Like all challenges, there’s a need to find solutions.

The basic problem facing apartment dwellers who don’t have clothes washing facilities, what do you do?

There’s really no room for a conventional washer dryer and there’s nothing within the building. A nice commercial laundromat is close by, but that’s not as convenient or as inexpensive as having your own.

Yes, there’s an up front cost to purchase your own, but where do you put it, use it, what do you purchase and is this even a practical idea?

Now, looking at the Internet and watching people talk about their experience, I found several that seemed to meet my criteria.

– useful & practical
– compact
– affordable
– reliable

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Stainless steel tub with water jet cleaning instead of agitator. Clothes came out very clean

Two other criteria came to mind after seeing what people use. I refuse to buy and use the twin tub types. They wash clothes in the larger tub, then you have to transfer the clothes to the adjacent and smaller tub when the wash was completed, in order to spin dry. The spin tub is typically half the size so full wash loads require more than 1 transfer.

Forget that, as they’re mostly made of plastic including the wash tubs. I guess that’s fine if you want a more portable, lighter weight machine. I wanted a conventional style wash machine, and one with a stainless steel tub with a metal fabricated cabinet.

I shouldn’t be this excited over something as simple as a wash machine, but this is something different.

I got everything I wanted, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how well this washing machine functions. It’s well balanced, sturdily constructed, and very quiet in operation.

I will include a short video later, on just how quiet this operates. I purchased this online from Walmart and received free delivery to my door. If this is something you might want, shop around. There are frequent sales. Be aware there are some very small units with slightly under 1 cubic foot capacity  (imagine wadding up your clothes within a 12 inch cube.) I chose a 1.6 cubic foot design. I live by myself. Those who have 2 adults and a child in a household, might want to consider a 2 cubic foot portable. When the size you select is 3 cubic foot, you’re approaching the smaller end of full size washers. That’s still useful if all you have is a single, sink water hookup and 110 volt ac power. It’s just a matter of portability and purchase price.

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Multiple load capacity, water temp, bulk, normal & delicate settings. Soak and extra rinse are also available

I’m waiting for the delivery of a compact dryer. It’s uniquely designed to fold up similar to a patio umbrella, but it’s completely enclosed with a dryer / blower. In the meantime, I’m using an over the door drying rack.

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Clothes hung up temporarily over door to dry