Plague Update: Why WHO Didn’t Clear The Air

There are many examples of leading scientists being shouted down by their peers for daring to propose a new theory, and after presenting evidence, supporting that theory, they’re still shouted down, or worse. The doctor who first realized that the germs on dead people were being spread to pregnant women by doctors performing autopsies before delivering babies, didn’t get credit during his lifetime for his remarkable discovery. The World Health Organization cited his 19th century work in their effort to control the novel coronavirus of 2019, soon named COVID-19. Their biases led them to miss an obvious point in the data: mask wearing helped reduce infections. What they knew about airborne disease, was based on a mistake from 60 years ago.

Last year, some scientists knew what was going on with COVID-19 transmission, but it was a year long battle to get the planet’s top doctors to realize that the 5 micron measure was a mistake that had been passed down over the decades in misunderstanding.

“In July, the two women sent slides to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. One of them showed the trajectory of a 5-micron particle released from the height of the average person’s mouth. It went farther than 6 feet—hundreds of feet farther. A few weeks later, speaking to an audience at Harvard Medical School, Fauci admitted that the 5-micron distinction was wrong—and had been for years. “Bottom line is, there is much more aerosol than we thought,” he said.”

2 meters / 6 feet of distance won’t protect you if you’re indoors with a COVID-19 infected person, and the anti-viral wipes aren’t going to stop you from inhaling the infection.

Plague Update: Ford’s Failings Match Every Conservative Province

Like many Conservative run provinces, Ontario is facing a slow motion disaster in the second wave. The stalwart “Resistance” Premiers, opposed to a carbon tax, also show their disdain for science and human life with how they mishandle the pandemic. While Australia and New Zealand used focused lockdowns to stop active spread of the virus there, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and even BC face big problems.

Ford isn’t alone in this shame. Almost 2 months ago, Saskatchewan doctors knew the 2nd wave was coming, and Moe ignored calls to take effective action to stop it.

Meanwhile in Alberta, a hockey coach spoke up about how the league’s COVID-19 protocols didn’t stop isht, and got fined by the boss for speaking the truth.

Plague Update: Good News, and Bad News

The first vaccine has been delivered to the first Saskatchewanian healthcare worker.

Bad news:

The first case of wild mink COVID-19 has been confirmed in the world:

It sucks having a stupid Premier. To cover his inadequacies, he attacks PM Trudeau.

Kenney Stands Up For Doomed Oil

Nowhere in Canada is more cursed than Alberta. It’s the Resource Curse. And Jason Kenney is the leader of the cursed.

Some people have to wait decades to learn how wrong they are. Kenney’s scheduled to see in only 5 years.

I don’t know enough to say that Kenney is an intensely stupid man, because it’s entirely possible he’s evil and conniving and knows that oil is done, but says these lies anyway to his political advantage.

Plague Update: Fixation on Ventilators morphs into Ventilation

“There’s no perfectly ‘safe’ level of ventilation because we don’t actually know what ‘safe’ is, since we don’t know how much exposure leads to transmission,” Angela Rasmussen, a Columbia University virologist,”

That is from an article recommended by a virologist studying airborne diseases. The result is predictable: Stay Home to remove the risk. If you want to get into the nuts and bolts and use HEPA filters, cleaning theater, and HVAC wizardry, read all of the interesting details. Then even if you can master the air in your indoor spaces, will you have the money, equipment, and expertise to do it? And there will be an environmental cost if you don’t recapture the energy with a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). I know many are willing to put our environment second to health, but that payment is coming due soon anyway too.

Plague Update: Children Thrown Away Like Masks

One of the worst things to learn early in the pandemic was that Canada mismanaged its pandemic supply stockpile years ago, and wasted it. This almost certainly was part of the reason for the medical officials to first recommend against the public buying and using medical masks while in public, despite the common sense nature of wanting sick people coughing to have a mask on to contain the virus to some degree.

Expired N95 masks weren’t sufficient for front line workers in March when the government advised against general mask use when within 2m of strangers, but now teachers & students aren’t being given even expired masks to spend all day indoors to spread the plague.

The virus can harm the heart, and doctors are concerned about long-term damage. How the heart heals after COVID-19 could help determine whether a patient develops an irregular heartbeat.”

Do kids need to be protected from COVID-19 as if it was Polio or Smallpox? I think so.

The plot thickens, like your COVID-19 infected blood.

I’m not a typical human. I’m a mutant, zombie, cyborg — or a person who narrowly survived a cardiac arrest caused by a heart defect due to mutation, and have an implanted computer designed to restart my heart should it suddenly stop again. I also grew up in a village of only ~40 people, walked to school until Grade 8, home schooled in Grade 9, and was driven by school bus for an hour and a half a day, 50km away, for the rest of high school. I took a calculus class by satellite TV, faxing assignments in to Regina. I finished at the top of my class of 12 students.

My experience isn’t average. My siblings had very similar experiences of course, but most humans on Earth didn’t grow up like I did.

I give this background to explain why I don’t think a single different year of distance schooling is destined to harm most children’s education or social development. It might be more crucial to their development that we prevent them from contracting a potentially fatal disease that might require them to get computer implants like I have so they don’t keel over dead at 34 (like I did).

Do I trust the Saskatchewan Government to adjust to scientific data released in July that indicates the virus is airborne, and cleaning surfaces and hands won’t be sufficient to stop outbreaks in schools? It only took them half a year to adjust their opinion on masks being used in public. In another half a year, most students could have already acquired COVID-19 organ damage for the rest of their natural lives.

Before there was a mask shortage to at least partially excuse why medical experts oddly advised against them. They convinced me then. I almost brought it up with a friend walking by my desk in public, with a dust mask around his neck. I saw the same friend a couple weeks ago. He was in public, social distancing, but without a mask, indoors. It’s too large a leap to expect individuals to all mask up without government intervention. And I think it’s a leap to expect political pressure to not corrupt medical science for selfish reasons. I expect the Sask. Government to try and open schools as if everything is normal, because it’s run by amoral, corrupt, anti-science, Luddites and worse.

Plague Update: POStmedia Shows Its Soul

How ghoulish is our national post anyway? That’s kind of rhetorical, because we all know now they’d rather see bodies piled high in the streets like in Ecuador, than risk giving a poor person a hand-up during the worst global economic and health crisis of perhaps a over half a century.

People will be dying by the scores in the second wave we all don’t want to accept is coming, regardless of what we all are likely to do.

Moe still plans to force some frivolous things open in early May while our R-naught has dipped below 1. It’ll jump back over 1 most likely in a few days or weeks, meaning that each infected person will on average spread the virus to more than 1 other person.

I Was Worried For a Moment

When I saw Google/Pocket recommending this article on batteries for the grid, I was a bit concerned. It was contrary to what I understood to be the truth, so I read a bit to get a sense if it was new information. It turned out to be 4-2 year old information, and seems to favour fossil fuels and nuclear. It’s safe to discount as FUD, at this point.

“This article was originally published on July 27, 2018, by MIT Technology Review, and is republished here with permission.”

Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play a major role.

It’s simply old information. Obsolete.
A coworker last night sent me this story about batteries as a huge success on the grid.
Yes, a peaker battery isn’t the same as 100% battery, but no one is saying that the entire supply should rely on only batteries.

Battery prices are falling at a pace of 22% per year for the last decade. Imagine what they’ll cost in 2022, in only 2 more years?

#EightYears came early

A couple years ago when the IPCC gave us approximately 12 years to get emissions way down, I started using the hashtag #TwelveYears on stories related to how far we have to go yet now I’ve been using #TenYears, but I’m being too conservative. #EightYears is our presently calculated deadline to have a 50% chance of protecting a survivable planet.

Global Climate Strike in Regina

 

The #ClimateStrike was in Regina again this morning, and hundreds of people marched from the RSM to the Legislature to show their displeasure with the government for doing nothing to address the climate crisis.

The Government is doing less than nothing, they’re now actively harming the people providing solutions to the pollution crisis. Yesterday SaskPower shut down wind and solar applications, meaning no one can add renewable energy to the grid, and surpass SaskPower’s negligible plans to green our electricity supply.

Greta Thunberg’s lonely climate strike over a year ago has inspired a global movement, and the SaskParty had better get out of the way. The next generation isn’t going to take kindly to their destruction and obstruction, and neither will anyone else who wants a future in this province.

Dr. Brit Hall addressed the hundred of strikers about the excuse makers we all know.