You’ll Never Walk Alone


A friends’ email got me thinking about the power of music to unite large numbers of people with a common goal. Born and raised in Liverpool before imigrating to Canada, affinity with Liverpool football club remains dear to his heart.  He’s the reason I know Liverpool kicks it out at Anfield where every home game begins with You’ll Never Walk Alone. In his words “the anthem of all football anthems” sung as a hymn by thousands of faithful filling the stands.

Not being much of a sports fan forgive me if I’ve overlooked similar anthems in North America. Pretty sure Stomping’ Tom Connors Good Old Hockey Game doesn’t pack the same punch. My point being, it’s remarkable how music solidifies a singular objective and You’ll Never Walk Alone does just that.

“When you walk through a storm,  hold your head up high  and don’t be afraid of the dark  ……”

Planet Of The Apes….


A fight between rival gangs of monkeys in Lopburi Province, Thailand delivered another  global pandemic reality. In the pre-COVID-19 world, throngs of monkey feeding tourists kept peace between city and temple simians separated by a railroad track. Gang warfare driven by starvation ensues when absence of tourists obliterate their primary food source. A local shopkeeper captured this brawl over a single piece of food. –

Time To Buckle Down


This time last week it was business as usual, tonight I’m applying for unemployment insurance benefits. Cheerful optimism fell laughably short of calculating the impact of COVID-19 on my livelihood. Corporate client cancellations started trickling in seven days ago. Come Wednesday a swanky event at Science World cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. The following day cancellation notice came moments before guest arrival. Seems coronavirus concerns outweighed $12,000 invoice for calling it quits on the spot. I sent staff home with assurance they’d be paid for time and inconvenience. Yesterday, end of business concluded with notice all venues, universities, conferences and corporate meetings were cancelled until April 30th. As of yesterday I’m a hospitality causality of COVID-19.

Time to buckle down. Went shopping today, grocery store shelves were stripped of canned goods, meat, frozen vegetables, bread and cold/flu medication. Being a workaholic I’ll need time to adjust. On the upside my kitchen needs a fresh coat of paint – looks like I’ll have time to polish my nest.

Sheesh!


Found this comment in my Quora feed. Copied verbatim, grammatical errors intact for additional reading pleasure.

We start by knowing the Corvir-19 was developed at Yale university, by a professor and two students, one from Ministry Of Defense, and other an officer of Chinese Army.

FBI was alerted by a large transfer of money from China to the Professor. The money was originally routed from 3 countries and from a Sorros’ foundation. Sorros is allegiant to democratic party. In hoping to disrupt our economy and point it as a failure on trump.

In 2008, the Obama administration dropped the ball and over 1,000 in the U. S. died of the Swine flu. The main stream networks did not cover Swine flu as much of Corvir-19, even though over a thousand citizen of the United states died.

Here today less that 20 citizens have died to Cororna Virus, and mainstream media acts like its the end of the world. Where is the transparency of main stream media, law enforcement FBI, and the Justice Department. This is Terrorism at its worsted by our own Democratic party.”

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/5175138/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-claims-bug-was-created-by-cia-and-a-hoax-to-stop-brexit-are-false/

 

Let’s Get This Pandemic Over With


Coronavirus serves as a cautionary tale of human fragility. Humanity fancies itself impervious to unforeseen whims of nature. So certain our lofty tower is made of stone, we dismiss sudden onset of unprecedented hairline fractures as media hype. COVID-19 began as an outbreak in Wuhan, China. In medical terms outbreak is defined as disease infecting a lot of people in one area in a short amount of time. Next, outbreak became epidemic. Epidemic is when cases of illness in a community or region clearly exceed normal expectancy. Today the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Epidemic passes into pandemic territory when illness spreads to other countries and continents affecting a large number of people. Infected persons returning from travel to known epidemic regions don’t factor in pandemic consideration. Pandemic waits for widespread community transmission, local transmission of infection without connection to travel.

Hindsight doesn’t care what we should or could have done to stop hairline fracture outbreak before epidemic cracks formed pandemic fissures. Who knows, maybe next time we’ll recognize imperatives to act responsibly at outbreak. That said, today we have a pandemic so lets get it over with. Close borders, ground planes, cancel public gatherings, legislate global forgiveness of debt/living expenses for a month, restrict commerce to essential services, stay home from work and school and designate billions toward social assistance. Stop messing around, let’s get this over with.

 

Bakker’s Viral Snake Oil


It was only a matter of time, truth be told I’m surprised it took so long. Jim Bakker – remember him? I do. It’s been a while since 1980’s baked Notes stumbled home Sunday morning, lit up television to catch televangelist Jim Bakker’s frenetic gospel culminating in wife Tammy Faye’s tears bleeding mascara from lash tip to chin.

Jim had a good run, ’74 – ’89, 15 years of bank before hush money paid to a church secretary alleging rape and felony fraud conviction forced his resignation. Initially sentenced to 45 years for fraud and conspiracy, on appeal incarceration was reduced to 8 years. Tammy Faye divorced him. Bakker served 5 years, paroled in ’94 owing the IRS $6 million. What’s a disgraced televangelist to do? Start another ministry of course!

In 2003 the Jim Bakker Show began daily broadcasts from Studio City Café in Branson, Missouri. Rehabilitated Bakker condemns “prosperity theology” implicit in his fall from grace. shifting focus to the apocalypse, end times and hawking freeze-dried survivalist rations. Oh Jim, overpriced doomsday food aside you won the lottery when a devotee named Jerry Crawford credited you with saving his marriage, wrote a $25 million dollar check, facilitated a move to Blue Eye, Missouri under the moniker Morningside.

One might dismiss Bakker’s Morningside end times infomercial as buyer beware. Who are we to condemn survivalist lust for pricey dehydrated prunes. Trouble is end times rations have a limited audience, enter miracle cures – that’s where the money is.

For several years Bakker’s ministry has promoted Silver Solution, miracle cure for all sexually transmitted disease, HIV and immunity to any virus. Coronavirus delivered a snake oil televangelist wet dream. On February 12th Bakker asked naturopathic “doctor” Sherrill Sellman – “This influenza that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective?”

“Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus,” Sellman replied, “but it’s been testing on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours.”

“Totally eliminates it. Kills it. Deactivates it. And then it boosts your immune system, so then you can support the recovery,” she said.

Amidst vacant jibber-jabber an ad appears on the screen. Those seeking a cure for coronavirus or any other illness can purchase four tubes of Silver Solution gel for $80, or Silver Solution variety pack – two bottles of liquid, two of gel and three lozenges for $125.

Fear not, the State of New York said oh hell no Bakker, issuing a cease and desist order. Here’s hoping they mean to follow-up with stern consequences. Surely viral snake oil warrants formal charges. Sheesh!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2020/03/05/ny-attorney-general-televangelist-jim-bakker-stop-peddling-unproven-coronavirus-cures/

 

Viral Kitty


Despite WHO (World Health Organization) assurance of no existing evidence to suggest pets can be infected with COVID-19, reports out of China illustrate a alarming level of public hysteria. Contrary to WHO’s position, spokesman Li Lanjuan of China’s national health commission said – “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.”

Surely I’m not alone in scratching my head over these images. It’s acceptable to serve whole bats and live mouse soup in high end restaurants, but when disease crosses the species barrier it’s time to walk masked kitty on a leash?

 A cat is taken for a stroll wearing its homemade coronavirus mask

 The makeshift masks are made using a human-sized face mask, with eye holes cut in to them

 A number of cats have been spotted on Chinese social media wearing the masks

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10947705/pets-china-makeshift-face-masks-coronavirus/