16th Birthday

No way, not me, I recently turned 3.875 times that age.

The time stamp on this post corresponds to 16 years since I setup and made my first ever blog post.

Here’s a list of my posts that have turned out to be enduringly popular:

I’m Guessing Cameron Lives West of the Mississippi

I was reading another excellent review article from Cameron this morning and chuckled at this. 

First he says:

“My house is old (built in 1953”

Then He says:

“Granted, a lot of that has to do with the fact that my house is super old”

Here in New England a 68 year old house is more than a hundred of years shy of being super old. Back when I visited some historic sites in Utah I’d noticed that other tourists from west of the Mississippi thought things were old, while our group was thinking those things aren’t very old.

Source: Nest Doorbell (Battery) Review: The Doorbell for Every Google User? – Review Geek

Lipstick on a Frog

ACIP voting member Helen “Keipp” Talbot, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, spoke of hospitals crammed with unvaccinated patients sick with COVID-19. “In all honesty, we could give boosters to people, but that’s not really the answer to this pandemic,” Dr. Talbott said. “I feel like we’re putting lipstick on frogs. This is not going to solve the pandemic.”

Source: CDC advisors OK boosters for 65+, those with health risks—not occupational risks | Ars Technica

Rhode Island 2021 – 2022 Hunting Season Fluorescent Orange Requirements

The state of Rhode Island requires all visitors to wear safety orange during the busiest hunting seasons. For the 2020-2021 season the regulations are:

All other users of State Management Areas and designated undeveloped State Parks, including but not limited to: hikers, bikers, and horseback riders are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May.

500sq. in. by all hunters (including archers) and all users of management areas and undeveloped state parks during all portions of shotgun deer seasons.

Here’s my publicly available Google calendar showing the 200 & 500 sq. in dates.

Note: the calendar dates only apply to Zones 1 & 2 which is the vast majority of the state. For Zones 3 (Patience & Prudence Islands) & 4 (Block Island), refer to the regulations for those dates.

We Lost the Race :-(

Earlier in the year I wrote about the fact that we were essentially in a race between achieving herd immunity through vaccination and the appearance of more infectious variants. Well – we lost the race. That is to say, anti-vaxxers and the vaccine hesitant lost the race for all of us. There is no way to sugar-coat this. We had a window of opportunity, and now the window is closed, and it is entirely due to people who refused, against all evidence, to get vaccinated. The delta variant is now surging, vaccine efficacy is waning, and children are now being affected in greater numbers.

First the anti-vaxxers and the vaccine hesitant brought back measles and increased infant suffering and death from pertussis. Now they have very likely guaranteed that there will be suffering and death from Covid-19 variants for decades to come.

Source: Masks Work | NeuroLogica Blog

How Long Will It Take?

With the right wing loonies going all in against all vaccinations, how long will it take for the population of their followers to shrink to the point that they are no longer a concern?

Clearly it won’t happen in the next decade because of other medical interventions preventing so much serious disease and death. So their strategy of going all in on the insanity will likely help keep their base together for the next few presidential election cycles.

However, eventually too many people will have seen too much needless suffering and death among Republican and independent Trumpist’s families that they’ll stop following the insane advice and also stop voting for those who want to encourage their suffering & death for power and profit.