Heavy are these days!
A quiet sadness prevails. Evident to me on the TV news shows and columns I read on the internet. This is my 22nd say of self-quarantine so I am not out and about to view things in any other fashion.
Photos and videos reflect “dead” communities, except where a busy hospital is shown.
Most news reported involves coronavirus. Properly so. It is killing many world wide. In numbers exceeding war time deaths.
Suddenly, there is little if any other news. So what I have been writing and talking about recently is the virus. And it will continue to be so since it is a black hole we are entering.
However, when I do come across something different or humorous, I guarantee it will be shared with you.
The Citizens’ Voice this morning had an interesting comment: “If you’re using two rolls of toilet paper per week, you need to see your doctor and have your plumbing checked.”
Then there is nature. In a sick and dying world, the beauty of nature continues undaunted. Another Citizens’ Voice comment: “So many sunsets have not been cancelled.”
Adversarial comments between nations are also lacking. Everyone busy dealing with the virus.
One item came to my attention yesterday, however. Involves crude oil. The supply is limited. Nations not drilling as much. The cost of a barrel of crude oil extremely low.
Russia and Saudi Arabia especially hard hit. Putin had a plan to help Russia and Saudi Arabia resolve their problem. The Saudis rejected it.
The U.S. is in good shape. Shale oil production has made us a world leader.
Trump wants to help Putin. Says he is going to talk with him about limiting U.S. production or what have you so Russia can come back.
Trump is a vengeful person. He is always “getting even.” Not with his buddy Putin, however. Trump forgets that the oil world gave us $4 a gallon gasoline. Or even worse, limited the gasoline supply so that everyone was waiting in long lines to get to a gas pump. When you reached the pump, there were times no gas was left.
The U.S. is on top in oil production. We should stay there. Screw helping Putin and “friends” of his nature.
That is all of the “light stuff” for today. The rest of the blog involves coronavirus. Things you may or may not know.
Today is April Fools Day. Doubt many are thinking about the day or enjoying it as has been done in the past.
Last night my blog talk radio show. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. One hundred percent coronavirus. Excellent show regardless of how sad the subject matter!
Death is coming. Scary. The next 2-4 weeks crucial. The experts say it will be the worst of times for the U.S.
Yesterday’s news grim. Somber. If we are lucky, deaths will only be 100,000-240,000. If the projections are wrong, deaths could be 1 million to 2 million.
The U.S. is #1 in number of confirmed cases and deaths. One hundred eighty five thousand confirmed alone. Represents 20 percent of the global total.
A U.S. carrier is in trouble. The USS Theodore Roosevelt. A nuclear powered carrier. Total crew around 5,000.
The Roosevelt’s home port is Guam. Guam is the “hot spot of coronavirus in the Pacific region.”
The virus has found a home in the carrier. Eighty sailors have tested positive. Not all tested. Few, in fact. It is anticipated the number infected will increase considerably when all 5,000 have been tested.
The Roosevelt’s Captain has asked in writing that most of the crew be taken off and isolated. He has asked that 4,000 be removed immediately.
The Navy has refused to confirm the exact number infected.
Secretary of Defense Esper sounds like Trump. Esper say, “It is not the time to evacuate the ship.” The Admiral of the Pacific Fleet says evacuation cannot be done at the “pace” the Captain has suggested. The Admiral admits the reason is the Navy is not equipped to do it that swiftly.
Studies indicate the elderly are especially at high risks in those states that have loose controls.
The Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam are awaiting permission to dock and unload their passengers in Fort Lauderdale.
Typical of Florida Governor DeSantis’ speed and state of mind, he was not sure what to do. He kicked it upstairs to the President.
Note that several ports and countries have refuse the Zaandam and now both ships admission.
The Zaandam carried 1,400 plus passengers and 500 plus crew.
Four passengers have died as a result of the virus and 30 show symptoms. Not all have been tested. Insufficient test kits.
Trump surprised me last night. I expected him to say “no way.” Instead, “I am going to do what is right, not only for us but for humanity.”
Trump’s comment surprises and shocks me. The man of duplicity.
I disagree with him. The U.S. has enough problems of its own with the virus. Let the ships keep searching. Not our headache.
Do not forget the number sick will be significant. There is a limited supply of ventilators, masks and testing kits. Our hospitals are bursting at the seams.
You take care of your own first. God helps those who help themselves.
The 6 foot distance rule. Sometimes could be 3 feet.
An MIT professor says the numbers are not reliable. They are based on social distancing standards formulated in the 1930’s.
The professor claims coronavirus droplets can travel 27 feet. They can travel in gaseous clouds as far as that distance. He further claims peak exhalation speed can reach 35-100 feet per second.
He disagrees with the CDC recommendations of 6 and 3 feet.
More than 2 months ago, I began reporting an increase in ammunition sales. Soon, I was reporting an increase in gun sales.
Gun sales continue to spike. Even in the lower Keys. A Marathon gun dealer says he is now selling 60 guns a week. Previously, the number was 8-10.
So much for today. Stay safe.
Enjoy your day!