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Air travel 2021

“It’s so good to be back in our state”, said the lady in the bathroom stall next to mine. “Uh huh!” said her companion, agreeably. Covid doesn’t exist in airports. There’s no pandemic in the terminal. No 6ft separation in the security lineup. No distancing when Group 6 boards the plane. Every seat filled. Half the restaurants in the airport...

Mysterious Physics of a Black Hole

https://www.wired.com/story/new-snapshot-of-black-hole-reveals-its-mysterious-physics “However, what was lacking was insight into the process behind the powerful twin jets produced by the black hole gobbling up matter, ejecting a portion of the material falling into it away at nearly light speed. (The black hole at the center of our Milky Way is less ravenous, i.e., relatively quiet, compared to M87’s black hole.) For example,...

Mushroom Leek Pasta Gordon Ramsey

olive oil 8 cremini mushrooms trimmed and sliced Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 Garlic Clove peeled and chopped 1 leek trimmed, quartered, and sliced 1 cup chicken stock 4–6 lasagne sheets dried or fresh ½ cup (scant) heavy cream 2 Tbsp roughly chopped tarragon leaves Saute mushrooms in oil for a few minutes. Add garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add leeks (remember to rinse them) and cook til...

Ozempic hints for success

The coronavirus quarantine, constraints on movement, and nonstop webexes have pushed my borderline diabetes over the edge. But I found I was unable to up my Metformin dose without raising my blood pressure significantly. So my doctor put me on Ozempic 6 weeks ago, selling me hard on the weight loss aspect. Ozempic is not for everyone and dose matters....

Rocketman

Really enjoyed watching Rocketman the other day. If you have any interest in Elton John you will enjoy this movie, but the sex, drugs and extreme behavior is not for kids. But what a musical genius. And Taron Egerton is fantastic. His Wikipedia article (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John) is a great guide to key performances, as is this Rolling Stone article. Start your...

16 friends test positive for coronavirus after an outing at a Florida bar

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/us/group-tests-positive-florida-bar/index.html “A group of 16 friends all tested positive for coronavirus after a night out at a recently reopened Florida bar. Three members of the group, who spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday, said they want to remind the public that the pandemic is not over yet. “We want to raise awareness and get ahead of it,” Kat Layton told Cuomo. “We...

San Diego County Exceeds Community Outbreak Trigger

https://www.10news.com/news/coronavirus/san-diego-county-exceeds-community-outbreak-trigger “Thursday, community outbreaks rose to eight from June 11-17. A community outbreak is considered three or more confirmed cases from the same place. The community outbreaks were linked to three businesses, two restaurants, one private residence, one campground, and one social club, according to Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten. “People are gathering and not using facial coverings,” Wooten said....

NYT: How Humanity Has Unleashed a Flood of Zoonotic Diseases

From The New York Times: How Humanity Has Unleashed a Flood of Zoonotic Diseases “As we degrade animal habitats, reduce biodiversity and reach ever deeper into the wilderness for resources, we’re all but certain to encounter more diseases like Covid-19. Between 60 and 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from other animals, [such as] rabies, Lyme, anthrax, mad cow disease, SARS,...

Social distancing is not enough

bendthecurve. #shelterinplace. #socialdistancingisnotenough “When a healthcare system gets overwhelmed, death rate goes up from something like 0.9% (Korea) to something like 3-4% (Hubei, parts of Lombardy).” “Italy death rate, worst is yet to come (lags case rate)” “US case count will exceed Italy’s in 5 days time” London and US (NY, Louisiana, Florida) still at 35pct daily increase due to...