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I am 54, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (alot).

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Answers to "What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?"


This link has charts and graphs which show the materials, thicknesses, filtering abilities, etc of various items used to make masks.

Researchers at Cambridge University tested a wide range of household materials for homemade masks. To measure effectiveness, they shot Bacillus atrophaeus bacteria (0.93-1.25 microns) and Bacteriophage MS virus (0.023 microns in size) at different household materials.
They measured what percentage the materials could capture and compared them to the more common surgical mask."
Posted by BigmanPigman | Fri Apr 3, 2020, 03:31 AM (0 replies)

Jonathan Pie #3 Still on lockdown.

Posted by BigmanPigman | Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:57 PM (3 replies)

California schools won't reopen before end of academic year, Newsom says

This is not a mandate.

"Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year," Thurmond wrote.

"It's not a mandate, but it will give school districts the cover to do what many already felt was necessary, said Troy Flint, spokesperson for the California School Boards Association."
To aid in the online learning effort, Newsom said that Google will add 100,000 access points to boost Wi-Fi and broadband capacity across the state."

"And not only access to the internet, but quality access to the internet. (Google is) providing a minimum three months free access to high quality, to broadband throughout the state of California. Those 100,000 points will help us substantially address the digital divide issues, the rural issues, the equity issues that are at play, even in the best of times," Newsom said."
Posted by BigmanPigman | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 06:32 PM (0 replies)

CNN broke away from presser, MSNBC didn't.

Just now the "virus team" popped up as today's reality show.

EDIT: CNN IS showing it now and MSNBC is going back and forth.

I love the consistancy from the media...

"Feds find smuggling tunnel running from Mexico to San Diego warehouse"

Gee, that wall idea is going to do a lot of good... You could drive a truck through this thing.


"Agents seized about 300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl from the tunnel, according to DEA. The drugs have an estimated street value of $29.6 million."

"The tunnel extends more than 2,000 feet at an average depth of 31 feet, the DEA discovered. Agents believe it was in use for several months, “due to the advanced construction observed in several portions of the passageway, which included reinforced walls, ventilation, lighting and an underground rail system.”
Posted by BigmanPigman | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 01:10 AM (6 replies)

Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.


"Joseph Tsang, an infectious disease specialist who also worked as a consultant for the city’s Hospital Authority, says the purpose of wearing a mask is two-fold. “Wearing a mask is not just for protecting yourself from getting infected, but also minimizing the chance of potential infection harboring in your body from spreading to people around you,” he tells TIME."

"He also says that the role of a face mask may be especially important in the epidemic due to the nature of the virus. Patients with COVID-19 often have mild or even no symptoms, and some researchers believe it can also be transmitted when patients are asymptomatic—meaning patients can be contagious and don’t know they’re sick."

"Hui adds that the lack of solid evidence supporting the effectiveness of masks against the virus is no reason to dismiss its use, because there may never be definitive scientific proof. A properly controlled study would be impossible to conduct ethically, he explains. “You can’t randomize people to not wear a mask, and some to wear a mask, and then expose them all to the virus,” he says."
"Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired...
To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy"


"Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic. Instead, ...

Instead, the Company Is Selling Versions of It Overseas"


"Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic. Instead, the Company Is...
As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced...

"Five years ago, your tax dollars paid to develop low-cost, easy-to-use ventilators for a pandemic. The company that took the $13.8 million? It hasn't delivered any."



Cell phone data reveals which California counties are not socially distancing

"The state of California received an "A" grade overall thanks to a 40 percent decline in average distanced traveled, but several counties — all in rural areas with few reported cases — have actually logged an increase in distance traveled since the shelter-in-place order was issued. However, this could be partially explained by the fact that residents of these counties have to drive further to reach grocery stores, restaurants for takeout and other essential services."

Last week the state received a B so this is an improvement.

"To calculate the actual underlying social indexing score we combine tens of millions of anonymous mobile phones and their interactions with each other each day - and then extrapolate the results to the population level," Unacast writes in its methodology."

All counties in the US can use this, go to the link.

Rick Wilson:We aren't his constituents, but his audience/Neilsen ratings spreadsheet

Joy Reid:
"The daily briefings are his new TV show: a version of The Apprentice where he can go off on reporters and receive praise from the other administration "characters." He's back in his comfort zone as a performer, untroubled by the fear among the HUT (Households Using TV / Nielsen)."

Rick Wilson:
"This is what you are to him, Americans.

An audience.

Not his constituents. Not the people who hired him. Not even humans.

You're boxes in a spreadsheet of his Neilsen ratings."


19 TV Reporters Who Struggled To Broadcast From Home In The Most Hilarious Ways

1. Kim Powell — a reporter for CBS in Arizona — had her cat walk right in front of her at-home broadcast:


3. And Hobie Artigue — the sports guy for Minnesota's Fox news station — had his very large dog Boris crawl into his lap seconds before his live segment:


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