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calendar   Thursday - February 27, 2020

Scary Stuff

A scientific research report from December 2015 discussing bio research done at UNC. In order to R&D viral remedies, they created something very much like Wu Flu, based on Chinese horseshoe bat virus, although they called it something else: SHC014-MA15.

Construction of chimeric SL-Viruses

Both wild-type and chimeric viruses were derived from either SARS-CoV Urbani or corresponding mouse adapted (MA15) infectious clone as previously described27. Plasmids containing spike sequences for SHC014 were extracted by restriction digest and ligated into the E and F plasmid of the MA15 infectious clone. The clone was designed and purchased from Bio Basic as six contiguous cDNAs using published sequences flanked by unique class II restriction endonuclease sites (BglI). Thereafter, plasmids containing wild-type, chimeric SARS-CoV and SHC014-CoV genome fragments were amplified, excised, ligated, and purified. In vitro transcription reactions were then preformed to synthesize full-length genomic RNA, which was transfected into Vero E6 cells as previously described28. The media from transfected cells were harvested and served as seed stocks for subsequent experiments. Chimeric and full length viruses were confirmed by sequence analysis prior to use in these studies. Synthetic construction of chimeric mutant and full length SHC014-CoV were approved by the University of North Carolina Institutional Biosafety Committee and the Dual Use Research of Concern committee.

Once they built it, they became afraid to work with it because it was so potent.

As such, relative to the Urbani Spike-MA15 CoV, SHC014-MA15 constitutes a gain in pathogenesis (Fig. 1). Based on these findings, review panels may deem similar studies too risky to pursue as increased pathogenicity in mammalian models cannot be excluded. Coupled with restrictions on mouse adapted strains and monoclonal antibodies generated against escape mutants, research into CoV emergence and therapeutic efficacy may be severely limited moving forward. Together, these data and restrictions represent a crossroads of GOF research concerns; the potential to prepare and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens. In developing policies moving forward, it is important to consider the value of the data generated by these studies and if they warrant further study or the inherent risks involved.

Their study was published 3 months earlier at Nature.

Evaluation of available SARS-based immune-therapeutic and prophylactic modalities revealed poor efficacy; both monoclonal antibody and vaccine approaches failed to neutralize and protect from infection with CoVs using the novel spike protein. On the basis of these findings, we synthetically re-derived an infectious full-length SHC014 recombinant virus and demonstrate robust viral replication both in vitro and in vivo. Our work suggests a potential risk of SARS-CoV re-emergence from viruses currently circulating in bat populations.

I am not saying AT ALL that this creation was stolen, sold off, let loose, escaped accidentally, or anything negative like that. What I am saying was that “chimeric SL viruses” were created more than 5 years ago in the USA, ostensibly to use for the development of vaccines and treatment therapies, and that the risks were obvious at that time. That sleeping protein spike thing mentioned in the news article I linked to earlier today was known about then. Probably at least 6 years ago, as this study took some time, and the whole thing was kicked off after the SARS outbreak some years before that and the new awareness of these ACE2 receptor sites on the lungs.

The bat virus vector was recognized at least as far back as 2013, when a study was published, again in Nature. The work was done by a team in Wuhan; at least one of them was later part of the group at UNC.

Later, Li and Shi jointly conducted a gain-of-function study published in the Journal of Virology in September 2015 on the MERS virus and a bat virus (strain HKU4) in 2015. Since MERS virus can enter human cells but HKU4 can not, they introduced 2 single mutations in the HKU4 spike protein and found that the new mutant S protein can enable HKU4 to enter human cells. If they mutated 2 sites in MERS spike, the resulting MERS pseudovirus (experimental virus) cannot enter human cells anymore.

Furthermore, Shi’s group joined an international group to generate a chimeric virus with the bat virus SHC014 they harvested in Yunnan. Since they know SHC014 is unlikely to bind to human ACE2, they “synthesized the SHC014 spike in the context of the replication competent, mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone”. So, that is a lab-engineered virus with SARS-CoV Mouse adapted backbone (MA15) but with SHC014 spike.

To their surprise, the chimeric virus (SHC014-MA15) can use SHC014 spike to bind to human ACE2 receptor and enter human cells. SHC014-MA15 can also cause disease in mice and cause death as well. Existing vaccines to SARS cannot protect animals from SHC014-MA15 infection. Therefore, these chimeric virus studies can lead to the generation of more pathogenic, more deadly CoV strains in mammalian models.

Due to the U.S. government-mandated pause on the gain-of-function (GOF) studies, this international research did not proceed further at that time. However, there is no evidence that Shi’s group in China stopped any further study on the track of introducing GOF mutations on the CoV.

Anything further is conjecture, quickly leading to rather paranoid conclusions. I have no way to verify researcher Shi Zengli’s remark that “"The novel 2019 coronavirus is nature punishing the human race for keeping uncivilized living habits.” or even what that means to her.

I can only say that the lab coat folks at the Wuhan CDC identified this thing almost instantly, perhaps because they’ve been working on things extremely similar to it for many years now. And the “HIV-like mutation” that is mentioned in today’s news is probably the same one that was pointed out by virologists from India soon after Wu Flu showed up, but has since been retracted for some reason ... because they were wrong, or because of politics. I don’t have that answer. But Shi Zengli was behind that criticism too. Does her research show that this situation occurs naturally as well? 

OR maybe I’ve spent 2 hours running down links and reading accredited and peer reviewed research papers published across 12 years that seem to strongly support today’s “fake news” published only to whip up public frenzy.


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More Diversity



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Aren’t there any happy kitten rescue stories out there?

Everything on the news is either Bernie or WuFlu.  Tiresome. So I think I’m going to revert to pretzel blogging ... actually, I’ve got a basic, inexpensive quick version of my super dough I’d like to run off, and test it in a washing soda bath. I have to go buy some beer first.

Washing soda is just baked baking soda. 400 oven for an hour on a baking sheet, and you get back a silvery powder that is far more alkaline than baking soda. A quarter molar solution, 0.25, of 21gm in a liter of water yields a pH of 11.86, which may be strong enough to trigger that pretzel magic reaction without leaving a nasty taste behind. 10gm of the stuff gives 11.7 pH and half the chance of aftertaste. Will they do the job, being 100 times weaker than a lye bath? Time for another Edible Science Experiment !!

Meanwhile, the latest research out of China says that the WuFlu seems to be a mix of the bat coronavirus and HIV. Isn’t that special?? The HIV-like genetic mutation makes it 100-1000 times more infectious as SARS. The invasive vector is something called a “furin-like cleavage site”. [ Insert snide remark about those damn furin-ers and something about cleavage here. Have to stay abreast of the news. ]

This may be why some people who have had it and recovered get sick again, like the lady in Japan in today’s news. Because HIV is forever.

The likelihood that this thing is natural gets smaller every day. Thank God it leaked out before they could mate it to Ebola and Hantavirus and then target it to specific ethnic groups.

There will be no haj this year. Sorry muzzies.

Japan is closing all it’s schools for a month just to be safe.

Australia bans any foreign visitors who have been in China 14 days ago.

Party officials and police stealing donated emergency food in hardest hit cities.  Typical corrupt elites.

175 New Yorkers on Long Island remain in voluntary quarantine. So far, no infections. So far.

No more dogs or cats for lunch in China. No snakes, frogs, or turtles either. Oh noes!!!


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New Jersey To The Rescue

Asian Airlines are disinfecting their planes with operating room strength multi-quat disinfectants. One of them, D-125, is made right here in West Caldwell NJ by the Microgen company.

“Airlines unleash herpes disinfectant to clean virus-tainted planes”

Airlines are turning to some of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectants, capable of stopping everything from sexually transmitted diseases to the MRSA superbug, in the fight against the coronavirus.

Qantas Airways, Korean Air Lines and Singapore Airlines’s carrier Scoot are among airlines that helped evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicentre, the Chinese city of Wuhan, and from a cruise ship off Japan.

They’ve stepped up aircraft-cleaning efforts as a result, trying to ensure that planes used in rescue missions are safe to be put back into commercial use.

The standard vacuum-and-wipe clean-up on board has turned into hospital-grade sterilisations.

Qantas used Viraclean, a hospital-grade disinfectant made by Sydney-based Whiteley Corp. It’s a pink, lemon-scented liquid that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex, according to the manufacturer. Surfaces heavily soiled with blood or sweat should be soaked with undiluted Viraclean, Whiteley says.

Korean Air opted for MD-125. That’s a diluted version of D-125, a cleaning solution made by Microgen and used in industries from health care to poultry farming. The company says MD-125 acts against 142 bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, avian flu, HIV and measles.
How are the planes cleaned?

Qantas used the same Boeing 747 on its two flights from Wuhan and another from Tokyo back to Australia. It was cleaned for 36 hours. Pillows, blankets, magazines and headphones were all thrown out, the airline said. The cabin was sprayed twice with disinfectant, which covered all the seats, floors, armrests, tray tables, overhead luggage bins and walls. The cabin was then wiped down. The plane’s air filters, which are similar to those used in surgical theatres, were also replaced. The 747 was back on the Sydney-Santiago commercial route this week, according to data from

Korean Air used one Boeing 747 on two flights from Wuhan, and an Airbus SE A330 for the third. As well as spraying and wiping down the cabin, cleaning teams replaced seat covers and dividing curtains near the galleys and disinfected the luggage hold, the airline said. The planes were only allowed back into service with the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea.

I’ve written before about my use of D-128, a dual quat operating room strength disinfectant mainly used in the veterinary trade. It’s amazing stuff. It kills every kind of germ you can think of. Mold, fungus, bacteria, viruses, you name it. Avian flu, staph, strep, black mold, HIV, parvo, measles, H1N1, and many of the other horrible germs out there fall to it’s efficacy.

There are other types of effective
So I think these airlines are doing the right thing. Korean Air may have gone a bit far by replacing all the cloth materials in the cabin, but too far may be barely enough to alleviate public fears. I would like to see this level of sanitation become standard on all airlines, in addition to installing a large bank of germicidal UV lights, electrostatic precipitaters, and ozone generators in the HVAC systems. Sadly, airliners and cruise ships are giant Petri dishes. Airliners perhaps especially, as the cabin air gets recycled endlessly while in flight.

Going forward, even when this is over, you might see everyone on the plane wearing masks, all the time. There are even effective disinfectants that can be sprayed on these masks that don’t have harmful vapors and will kill most viruses for 6 hours of use.

Generally, if you want a disinfectant wipe or spray you can have confidence in, find ones that are rated to kill SARS and MERS. There aren’t many that do both, but there are plenty that do one or the other. NONE OF THEM has yet been proven to kill the Wuhan virus, because it is so new. However, WuFlu seems to be very closely related to these, so it’s a fair bet they should work. But it’s still a bet, not a guarantee.

Here is a pretty darned good site: What Kills It


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calendar   Wednesday - February 26, 2020

coronavirus briefing

President Trump has given the job of leading the corona taskforce to Vice President Pence.

This is a great opportunity for him, and for us. We haven’t seen all that much of the VP so far. This will be a very public task for him, regardless of how much of a figurehead he may be here. Under the microscope, under major pressure, in front of the microphones constantly. Can the former Governor of Indiana manage and coordinate, get people to do their best, get everyone to get along, to pull together? Is he a leader, or merely a Tweeter? Can he be a hero, or will he be a zero? I want to see him become an instant expert, not just a delegater. Perfect training for a possible future President.

Go get ‘em Mike.

Meanwhile, President Trump has said that the $2.5 Billion is a starting point; more will be available if necessary.

It looks like making gowns and N95 masks is going to shift into super high gear, while the President hopes they won’t be necessary. There will also be a big “what you can do at home” info blitz. Internationally, the President is going to play it by ear with travel and trade restrictions. I’m not sure that’s the best way, but slamming and locking the door would trash the global economy overnight, which is something he (and everybody else) wants to avoid.

Looks like international tourism is going to take an even bigger hit in the near future.


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They Should Never Have Even Been There

2 Illegals, 19 and 20, accused of raping 11 y/o girls they were in school with

Illegal aliens. Grown men. In our high school. Grooming and molesting 11 year old girla.

Illegal immigrant from El Salvador, 20, and 19-year-old man, both enrolled in Maryland high schools, charged with raping 11-year-old girls

Jonathan Coreas-Salamanca, 20, and Ivan Reyes Lopez, 19, were arrested earlier this month on charges of raping two different 11-year-old girls in Maryland
Both were active students in the Montgomery County Public School system
State law says any resident between five and 21 entitled to free public education
ICE says Coreas-Salamanca is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador
Lopez immigrated from Honduras three years ago
Both been charged with second-degree rape and were denied bond
Coreas-Salamanca is accused of repeatedly molesting an 11-year-old girl
Lopez is accusing of raping an 11-year-old girl he met at a park in his home

Two Maryland public high school students, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested for allegedly raping different 11-year-old girls off campus in separate incidents. 

Jonathan Coreas-Salamanca, 20, and Ivan Reyes Lopez, 19, have both been charged each with second-degree rape. Coreas-Salamanca faces additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sexual offense. 

Coreas-Salamanca, a Salvadorian national living in the US illegally, was arrested at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, where he was enrolled as a student, on February 13.

Six days later cops arrested Lopez at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he is a student.

Both students had immigrated to the US and were enrolled in the Montgomery County Public School system.

Montgomery County made headlines last year for their sanctuary city policies, but have since rolled back on them, allowing ICE to cooperate with police under certain circumstances.


Coreas-Salamanca was living in Adelphi, Maryland and was in the US illegally, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He is accused of giving a 11-year-old girl a cell phone some time last year.  Using that phone he exchanged explicit text messages and photographs with the girl and arranged for sexual meetups.

The victim’s father discovered the phone on Christmas Eve and found a trove of text messages describing ‘vaginal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus’.

The father reported to police a text message where the suspect advised the victim that ‘she bit his penis the last time she performed fellatio’, according to court documents. 

So daddy finds this out December 24 (must have been a great Christmas at their house!!), has the texts proving the guy totally guilty, and the cops don’t arrest him until the middle of February? 51 days later? WTF???

And this school system puts grades 6 through 12 together? How else could he have been in the same school building with an 11 year old child?


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Thin Pickings, viral musings

Not a whole lot out there to blog about if I want to avoid the Dem debates and primaries and the whole wu fluthing.

OTOH, these debates are showing that Joe Biden is pretty much senile, as the Gaffe Master drops his dumb bombs day after day. “I’m running for Senator.” “My son the Surgeon General.” “150 million Americans killed by guns since 2007.” There’s a screw loose in there somewhere, and a few spark plugs misfiring. Go back to the retirement home Joe and have some nice soft pudding.

OTTH, now that white people are getting the disease all over Europe, our MSM has really, REALLY ramped up the coronavirus stuff in the last couple days, with help from the WHO and the CDC. It’s going to come here, it’s going to be huge, it will shut down the world for at least a month, and at least a million of us will die from it. Gosh, what great news.  Actually, if you run the numbers - 325 million people here, a 70% infection rate, and a 2% mortality rate - that ads up to 4.5 million deaths. And while I do believe our medical care is quite a bit better than what China has, I don’t think we have the ability to deliver massive quantities of that care to the point that we can but the death rate by 80%. Maybe our people are just healthier. Let’s pray that’s so.

Meanwhile, San Francisco, already knee deep in the pooplah, has declared a state of emergency ahead of the wave.

The mayor of San Francisco declared a state of emergency over coronavirus fears on Tuesday shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning that the U.S. will likely see more cases.

There are 57 known cases in the U.S. and no cases in San Francisco, but Mayor London Breed pointed to the virus’ unpredictability and troubling global growth.

“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm,” Breed said. She said many of the city’s residents travel to mainland China, so it is not far-fetched to suspect cases in the future.

Is it time yet to close to gates to Fortress America? I would have thought that time was 3 or 5 weeks ago. Close the borders, cancel all air flights, close the ports. Give our citizens a week to get home and quarantine a whole lot of them. Declare a bank and credit card holiday; no foreclosures or loan defaults for the next 90 days. Can we survive 3 months without any imports, using our own food and fuel? Let’s find out. If we do wake up to a lifeboat scenario of limited resources, will there be a push to toss the 65 million illegals overboard?

I’m really hoping that a new economic model comes out the other side of this. People are finally waking up to just how much of everything we buy comes from over there. For more than 40 years every possible kind of production has moved to Asia, taking our jobs with it. Slave labor, poor quality control, and no regulations add up to great profit margins. And we got to clean up our air, land, and water while they turned their nations into toxic waste dumps. And we have way too much stuff anyway. Maybe the era of excessive consumption and our throw away culture are about to come to an end. What if we shift over to building quality, durable good here that are made from our own resources, last a long time and can be repaired locally?

Meanwhile, the Dems continue to push for open boarders. Not the smartest idea right now. Not ever, actually, but worse at this moment in time. And at the same time, they’re dunning Mr. Trump because his $4.5 Billion plan to fund containment efforts isn’t enough.

I think maybe I should go do some grocery shopping, and lay in some extra supplies. Just in case we have to isolate against the zombie hordes.

UPDATE: The President will give a speech tonight about the coronavirus situation. 6pm Eastern.


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calendar   Monday - February 24, 2020

happy happy



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The Winter That Wasn’t

I can’t believe it. It’s 60° today. It’s nearly the end of February. We had a winter like this back in 1998, where you hardly needed a coat and we only had a few short episodes of snow. Same this year. We’ve had plenty of rain, so there’s no drought. But gosh. Thank you Climate Change!


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calendar   Saturday - February 22, 2020

Stockholm Syndrome In Stockholm

Nobody says the “J word”. Or even the “M word”

Violent Swedish Gangs Are All Lead By Immigrant Muslim Jihadis

A Swedish news outlet has revealed that 17 of 32 gang leaders committing violence in Stockholm were born overseas, with the other 15 born in Sweden but from migration backgrounds.

The 32 men are believed to be leaders of various criminal gangs in the Swedish capital and have been the focus of Stockholm police as part of Operation Rimfrost, a nationwide police operation to tackle the growing violence among gangs in Sweden, according to an Expressen analysis quoted in a Nyheter Idag report.

Of the 15 gang members who were born in Sweden, just one is said to have a Swedish-born parent, while the rest reportedly have parents who migrated to Sweden.

“I’m not naive. There are other crimes where the deportation and migration issues are more relevant, but when it comes to the leadership layers of the worst criminal gangs in Stockholm, it is obviously a failed integration,” Expressen journalist Fredrik Sjöshult wrote.

The report echoes a prior report in the city of Malmo in September of last year that revealed the majority of the shooting suspects in the multicultural southern Swedish city were also from migration backgrounds.

A total of 20 cases were reviewed by Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, which found that 14 of the 20 individuals were born to parents who had migrated to Sweden from Africa, the Middle East, or elsewhere.

And then PC and Stockholm Syndrome get in the way of things ...

While some have pointed to a lack of integration, ghettoisation of no-go suburbs, and other immigration factors to explain the rise in gang violence, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has rejected such claims.

In November, the Swedish leader stated: “The segregation is because there is too low employment and too high unemployment in these areas. But that would have been the same regardless of who had lived there. If you put people born in Sweden under the same conditions, you get the same result.

Right. Because in 3000 years there have never been poor people in Sweden, or unemployed people in Sweden, or even unpopular people in Sweden, who haven’t turned en masse to violent crime. Riiiight.

And there is no mention that the other people in these gangs are also nearly exclusively of the same background. Oh heck no. Everybody knows that all the grenade tossers, rapists, arsonist, muggers, killers, drug pushers, and thieves are blonde, blue eyed Swedish milk maids. They just happen to be lead, accidentally I’m sure, by despotic psychotic jihadi types who are as naturally Swedish as last week’s sashimi.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/22/2020 at 12:10 PM   
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GMO Zombie Fungus To The Rescue?

Genetically Modified Chinese Rice Fungus Might Stop Locust Plague across Africa And Middle East

How’s that for a green revolution?

Chinese factories are producing thousands of tonnes of a “green zombie fungus” to help fight the swarms of locusts plaguing east Africa.

Metarhizium is a genus of fungi with nearly 50 species – some genetically modified – that is used as a biological insecticide because its roots drill through the insects’ hard exoskeleton and gradually poisons them.

In China it was named lu jiang jun, which means green zombie fungus, because it gradually turns its victims in a green mossy lump.

There are now dozens of factories across the country dedicated to producing its spores and despite the curbs introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19, many of them have resumed operations and are shipping thousands of tonnes to Africa.

These factories are set up in a similar way to breweries, growing the spores on rice which is kept in carefully controlled conditions to ensure the correct temperature and humidity.

Each plant can produce thousands of tonnes of fungi powder per year, each gram of which contains tens of billions of spores.

“I am sending off a truckload right now. Our stock is running out,” said the marketing manager of a production plant in Jiangxi province. “Some customers need it urgently. They need it to kill the locusts.”

The need is particularly pressing in east Africa at the moment, where abnormally high levels of rainfall during the dry season allowed hundreds of billions of locusts to hatch in recent months.

So far the swarms have devastated crops in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and are moving on to neighbouring countries.

One disadvantage of the Chinese research is that it is mostly focused on local species, or the East Asia migratory locust. The desert locusts currently swarming east Africa have different genes and behaviour, and Li warned that some methods that work in China might not work elsewhere.

No mention of any side effects. Fungus is pretty tough stuff, nearly as tenacious as mold and yeast. What happens when it gets into the soil and stays there forever? Will it kill every other insect in Africa, including the bees that pollinate crops? Or is this thing so specifically targeted that it only chews up locusts and grasshoppers? And then dies out when they’re gone, instead of mutating and surviving? Shades of Jurassic Park; “life will out”. 


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calendar   Friday - February 21, 2020

1 win in 6 weeks now

Well, the pooch screwed us again. We lost all 3 games again in league. Newbie teammate threw an 89 in her first game, WAY under her already low 117 average. Her husband wasn’t much better. I was 9 under with a anemic 160; my average has dropped 6 points over the past few weeks. But I pulled off a small miracle in the next two games, twisting my hand around into the 7 o’clock finger position and getting so far under the ball that I was palming it. That slowed down my throw but put a whole lot more spin on the ball, and that got me strike after strike even without a huge amount of hook. So I threw a 200 in game 2 and a 191 in game 3, giving me a 551 and a 183 average for the night. So, not too bad. But I want to be 30 pins better to overcome our team’s deficiencies. With only 10 weeks left in the season, I’ve accumulated so many total pins that my average is nearly frozen; even if I were to throw 700 series every week for the next 10 weeks it would only bring me up to a 187. And I’ve never thrown a 700 series in my life.

We would have won the last game except that S, who only joined their team a few weeks ago, went all out and threw a perfect 300 game. Good for her. I think this is about her 15th 300. She’s really good, a 225 average, having grown up in the bowling alley. She uses a simple “down and in” style, going straight down the outer boards with some flair at the end, her ball spinning to the inside as it moves across the lane into the pocket. And this works just fine, obviously. No need for the hard breaking giant hook throw.

The pin setter was on the fritz on the right lane all night; 10 times we had to get the staff over to give the thing a whack and get it to reset the pins and send our balls back. It broke down again in the middle of her 10th frame. She’d already thrown 9 strikes in a row, and was in the groove totally. And then the bar came down, and nothing happened. Arrgh!! But she kept her cool, didn’t stress about it, and when it got fixed she threw 2 more. Awesome!! I made a point of telling her later how impressed I was that she didn’t lose it over that. Definitely a pro. Her mother runs the league and is the boss of the alley behind the owner. Her dad bowls in the league too. So does her uncle/godfather. Her brother has the highest league series in the alley’s history, throwing an 899 out of a possible family. So it’s in their genes I guess.

But I am really tired of losing every game every week. We have fallen from around 4th place all the way to next to last; after tonight we’re only a dozen points above Joe and Dave’s team of losers. We have to do better.


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calendar   Thursday - February 20, 2020

another case of the sniffles


Medical staff move a patient suspected of contracting the coronavirus in Daegu. Photograph: Kim Jong-un/AP

South Korean city of Daegu goes into total lockdown as cult church super spreader passes WuFlu around, nearly doubling number of cases in South Korea in one day. 60 more probably in a couple days.

The South Korean city of Daegu was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centred on a controversial “cult” church surged to 38 cases, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total.

The city of 2.5 million people, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were linked to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

“We are in an unprecedented crisis,” Daegu’s mayor, Kwon Young-jin, told reporters.

He ordered the shutdown of all kindergartens and public libraries, according to the news agency Yonhap. Schools in the city were considering postponing the beginning of the spring term scheduled for early March.

Shopping malls and movie theatres were empty and the usually busy city centre streets were quiet. A concert featuring BTS and other K-pop stars that was set for Daegu Stadium on 8 March has been postponed.

The defence ministry banned troops stationed in Daegu from leaving their barracks and receiving guests. The US military imposed similar restrictions on its army base in the city, which houses thousands of troops, family members and civilian employees, curbing travel and closing schools and child care centres.

In what the Korean centre for disease control called a “super spreader” event, almost half of the country’s total of 82 infections have been linked to a 61-year-old woman who worships at the Daegu church, an entity often accused of being a cult.

She first developed a fever on 10 February but reportedly twice refused to be tested for the coronavirus on the grounds that she had not recently travelled abroad. She attended at least four services before being diagnosed.

So far, 37 other members of the church have been confirmed as infected.

Shincheonji claims that its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to Heaven, body and soul, on the Day of Judgement.

Daegu’s municipal government said there were 1,001 Shincheonji members in the city, all of whom had been asked to self-quarantine, with 90 of them currently showing symptoms.

“We are deeply sorry that because of one of our members, who thought of her condition as a cold because she had not travelled abroad, led to many in our church being infected and thereby caused concern to the local community,” it said in a statement.

They don’t have wet market bats for sale in South Korea do they? Not trying to be flippant, but if she hasn’t been abroad, then someone she’s been in recent contact with has. Or else there are other infected people just walking around. There has to be a vector somewhere.

In South Korea the stunning Oscar successes of local film “Parasite” had briefly knocked coronavirus off front pages.

But the outbreak was back with a vengeance. By late Thursday, 53 new cases of the virus were reported, more than doubling the country’s total to 104; on Wednesday the total had been just 51. The country also reported its first death from the virus, a 63-year-old who had been bed-ridden for 20 days.

The sudden spike in cases came largely in the southeastern city of Daegu, where 51 out of the day’s 53 new cases originated.

According to reports early in the day, of the cases in Daegu, 23 stemmed from one un-named woman, a worshipper at a church in the industrial city that lies some 150 miles (233 km) southeast of Seoul, with a population of 2.3 million.

Due to the number of people she allegedly infected, she has been labeled a “super carrier.”

The difference between 38 and 51 cases reported could be because the second news article is a few hours younger than the first. Daegu may be starting to go exponential. Mutation? More susceptible? We may never know.


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