CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)
2019 Novel Coronavirus
2019-nCoV
(now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2)
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency.

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MARCH 11, 2020 – Coronavirus has spread to more than 100 countries!
Coronavirus declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization!
Over 1,000 known cases in the United States and authorities report 31 deaths.
At least 38 states have reported cases, 19 have declared emergencies.

We posted this on our Facebook page on February 28, 2020:
TRAVEL ALERT!
Dear Friends, there is a lot of fear about the coronavirus. The Govt is lying about this emergency. The protocols have already been compromised and there is news that people were exposed to potential carriers (March and Travis AFBs) and then allowed to return to the general population. There is news that people are arriving from foreign countries without being screened (Milan, Italy to NYC) when entering the USA! Expect the number of cases in the United States to explode in two weeks…. prepare and plan for the worst because they are not prepared to help you and people will die.
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PANDEMIC! (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
An epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population.
A true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death)

What is the Coronavirus?

  1. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
  2. Many of the patients in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.
  3. A growing number of patients have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person (community) spread is occurring.
FACTS

As of March 7, 2020

“This is the most egregious level of incompetence in an administration that I think we’ve witnessed at least in my memory,” Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of Columbia University’s National Center For Disaster Preparedness says. “The absolute gross, amateur hour incompetence coming out of the White House — it’s actually stunning.”

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TRUMP visits the CDC
“The president’s statements to the press were terrifying. That press availability was a repudiation of good science and good crisis management from inside one of the world’s most respected scientific institutions. It was full of Dear Leader-ish compliments, non-sequitorial defenses of unrelated matters, attacks on an American governor, and—most importantly—misinformation about the virus and the US response” – Wired (.com)

MAJOR OUTBREAKS: Seattle, WA; San Jose, CA and New Rochelle, NY!

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BREAKING NEWS!
“The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans avoid flying on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official tells The Associated Press.” – APNews

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Conservative Republicans were exposed at CPAC!
(the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 26-29 in Maryland)
Some of the president’s closest advisers, allies, and a cabinet member contacted the infected individual. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Doug Collins (R-GA) announced they would “self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.”
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NOTE: THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!
But Trump continues to 
minimize the seriousness of the virus!
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Press Conference on March 9, 2020 with Trump, Pence, the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Alex Azar the Head of US Health and Human Services, and Dr. Anthony Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NOTE: You should avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and eyes!

 

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SXSW (SouthxSouthwest) Festival in Austin, Texas – Cancelled!
Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals in Southern California – Postponed!
St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Parties have been Cancelled!
Colleges, Universities, and other Schools in the U.S. Suspend Classes!
Concerts, Festivals, Parades, and other Large Events have Cancelled!
Sporting Events have been Cancelled, postponed and played without spectators!
“Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” will tape without a studio audience!
MGM Resorts in Las Vegas is closing their buffets until further notice!

“Social Distancing” is the Order of the Day….

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“Wash your hands like you’re cooking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!”

CHINA IS ON LOCKDOWN! ITALY IS ON LOCKDOWN!
There are 12462 reported cases in Italy, and 827 people have died.
SOUTH KOREA and IRAN have uncontrolled OUTBREAKS!

 

March 11, 2020 7pm PST
THIS JUST IN! “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” it added. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NOTE: The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players are under quarantine in Oklahoma after Rudy Gobert, a player for the Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Trump reads to the United States on Wednesday March 11, 2020

Trump just announced a 30-day TRAVEL BAN from Europe to the United States!
(TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE! THE DAMAGE IS DONE!)
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they tested positive for Coronavirus in Australia.

The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide now stands at 126,135, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. These are the highest infection figures globally:

  1. China: 80,932
  2. Italy: 12,462
  3. Iran: 9,000
  4. South Korea: 7,755
  5. France: 2,284
  6. Spain: 2,277
  7. Germany: 1,966
  8. US: 1,311
  9. Switzerland: 652
  10. Japan: 639

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Coronavirus infects the lungs and respiratory system.
Symptoms are a fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath or other breathing problems.
Other symptoms are fatigue, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
It takes 5 days on average to begin showing symptoms, but some people will get symptoms much later than this, and may be very contagious before showing symptoms.
The World Health Organization says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days, but some researchers say it may be longer, up to 24 days.

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MORE TO COME………….

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WASH YOUR HANDS! (Too soon?)

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/coronavirus-part-2-thursday/

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-part-3-fri-sun/

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-part-4/

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-part-5-tues-thurs/

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SONGS TO SING WHILE WASHING YOUR HANDS:
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
It’s a Turkish Delight on a moonlit night
Every guy in Constantinople
Knows it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul.
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it, I can’t say
People just liked it better that way
So take me back to Constantinople
No you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.

 



 

Today is Friday the 13th, 2017!

Today is Friday the 13th, 2017!

“I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair… Borne, like a vapor on the summer air!”
“Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair” by Stephen C. Foster

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The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia” and the fear of Friday the 13th is “paraskevidekatriaphobia” or “friggatriskaidekaphobia”.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.
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Friday, October 13, 1307: To free himself from his debts, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar. He tortured them into admitting heresy and then burned many of them at the stake.

The first documented mention of the day can be found in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (known for “The Barber of Seville” 1816 and “The William Tell Overture” 1829), who died on Friday, November 13th, 1868 in Paris, France:

“He was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.”

“Friday the Thirteenth” a 1907 book written by American businessman Thomas Lawson, may have further perpetuated the superstition. In the story, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on Friday the 13th.

On “Black Friday” September 24, 1869 a failed plot to corner the market at the New York Gold Exchange and left many wealthy investors broke. Jay Gould and James Fisk (aka The Gold Ring) tried to buy as much gold as they could to drive up the price. The plot was discovered, President Ulysses S. Grant released $4 million worth of gold into the market, the price of gold dropped and the speculators were ruined.

“When Black Friday comes I’m gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it ’til I satisfy my soul”
“Black Friday” by Steely Dan

Biblical origins: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. There were 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before the crucifixion. Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, has been named as “the 13th guest”.

Norse mythology traces the superstition back to a story of a banquet at Valhalla where Loki, the demi god of mischief came unannounced as the 13th guest and caused chaos.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina,  17 to 21 million Americans suffer from Fear of Friday the 13th. Symptoms range from mild anxiety and a nagging sense of doom to full-blown panic attacks.

Many businesses (like airlines and casinos) suffer from severe losses on Friday the 13th. Most high-rise buildings, hotels and hospitals don’t have a “13th floor” and most airports avoid having gates with the number 13. In many countries, having 13 people at the dinner table is considered bad luck.

There is little evidence that Friday the 13th is actually an unlucky day. Studies have shown that Friday the 13th has little or no effect on events like accidents, hospital visits and natural disasters.

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Friday 13th is a lucky day in many Spanish speaking countries. Instead Tuesday the 13th (13 Martes) is considered the unluckiest day. The ancient Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day. Friday the 13th is also considered a lucky day for children to be born on.

Alfred Hitchcock, “the master of suspense”, was born on August 13, 1899. His directorial debut was the film “Number 13” in 1922.

There will be another Friday the 13th this year (2017) in the month of October.
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FULL MOON FRIDAY!
The “Wolf Moon” peaked at its full phase yesterday: Thursday, January 12 at 6:34am

Ask yourself: What did you want in 2016 but never found or accomplished?

Prepare for a new lunar month and year!
Take time to reflect on the past year under the clear light of the full moon.
Whatever your goals are, plan on how to get what you want most in this new year.

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Today, January 13th is
Stephen Foster Memorial Day!

“Gwine to run all night! Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag. Somebody bet on de bay.”
“De Camptown Races” (or “Gwine To Run All Night”) by Stephen C. Foster

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Stephen C. Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864)

Stephen C. Foster died on January 13, 1864 at the age of 37. Born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville (now Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania. He is known as “The Father of American Music.” He wrote over 200 songs, primarily parlor and minstrel music, including “Oh! Susanna” (the anthem of the California Gold Rush) “Camptown Races” “My Old Kentucky Home” (became the official state song of Kentucky in 1928) “Old Folks at Home” (became the state song of Florida in 1935 and the lyrics were modified as the times changed) “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” “Old Black Joe” and “Beautiful Dreamer” (released after his death)Many of his songs had Southern themes, yet Foster never lived in the South and visited it only once in 1852. Three Hollywood films have been made of his life: “Harmony Lane” (1935), 20th Century Fox’s “Swanee River”  with Don Ameche (1939) and “I Dream of Jeanie” (1952). Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

“I came from Alabama with my banjo on my knee, 
I’m goin’ to Louisiana, my true love for to see, 
It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry, 
The sun so hot, I froze to death. Susanna dont you cry. 
Oh Susanna! Oh, don’t you cry for me! 
I’ve come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.”
“Oh Susanna” by Stephen C. Foster

Al Jolson as E.P. Christy sings “Oh Susanna” from the film “Swanee River” in 1940
(in minstrel show blackface):

And Al Jolson performs “Swanee” in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1945:

Bing Crosby sings “Swanee River” from the film “Mississippi” in 1935:


Korean American Day 
#KoreanAmericanDay
Commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903 and honors their contributions to American culture and society. President George W. Bush issued a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrant in 2003. The U.S. House and Senate passed simple resolutions in support of Korean American Day in 2005.

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The Flag of South Korea

National Peach Melba Day #NationalPeachMelbaDay
Peach Melba was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier while employed at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Made with peaches, vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce and topped with spun sugar, the dessert was originally called “Pecheau Cygne” or “Peach Swan” and was served inside a swan-shaped ice sculpture.

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba (see the recipe below)

National Sticker Day #NationalStickerDay
R. Stanton Avery, born on January 13, 1907, was the original creator of the adhesive label with a removable backing.
National Blame Someone Else Day #BlameSomeoneElseDay
(always celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year)
and it’s
National Rubber Ducky Day #NationalRubberDuckyDay
(the earliest patent for a rubber duck toy was in 1928 by Landon Smart Lawrence)
Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine designed and patented a floating toy “uncapsizeable duck” in 1949 (US Patent 153426 & 153514, over 50,000,000 were sold) which closely resembles the rubber ducky we have today. The rubber ducky was inducted into the New York Toy Hall of Fame in 2013 (founded in 1998, the New York Toy Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys). According to a 1973 “Sesame Street” calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is on January 13. Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.

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Designer Rubber Ducky (made of hard plastic)

 

NFL PLAYOFFS on Saturday and Sunday!
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

And as of yesterday the San Diego Chargers are now the Los Angeles Chargers!

Monday is a HOLIDAY!

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Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King Day Federal Holiday
Commemorates the birthday of American civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (born Michael King Jr.) on January 15, 1929 and celebrates his life, achievements and civil rights legacy. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. The federal holiday was created in 1983 and first observed in January 1986. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was dedicated in 2011.

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View From The Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963

From the King Center website (www.kingcenter.org):
“On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.”

MLK’s “I HAVE A DREAM” Speech
Delivered on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C to over 250,000 people on the National Mall. the speech was originally written as a homage to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and was timed to correspond with the 100-year centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

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NOTE: Martin Luther King Jr. was named “Man of the Year” by TIME magazine in 1963, and was the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The full speech did not appear in writing until August 1983, 15 years after his death, when a transcript was published in The Washington Post. The Library of Congress added the speech to the United States National Recording Registry in 2002. The National Park Service dedicated an inscribed marble pedestal to commemorate the speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 2003.

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba Recipe

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba Ingredients

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups water
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 peaches (fresh fruit is preferred, but canned peaches will work)
1 pint vanilla ice cream (or substitute frozen yogurt or dairy-free)

Raspberry Sauce:
1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
½ tbsp lemon juice

Instructions:
1. Combine water, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Heat on low until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook at boiling for about 3 minutes and then return to simmer.
2. Cut the peaches in half. Place in the sugar syrup and poach about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Test with a knife to determine if they are done and when finished poaching, place them on a plate to cool.
3. After the peaches have cooled, peel off the skin and remove the pits.
4. For raspberry sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth. Strain through a colander and into a bowl.
5. Assemble the dessert by placing 2 peach halves in a bowl along with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon raspberry sauce on top and serve immediately.


Happy National Rubber Ducky Day!
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created a series of giant floating rubber ducks in 2007.
The ducks ranged in size and appeared in 25 cities around the world.

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Florentijn Hofman’s “World’s Largest Rubber Duck”


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