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Thousands of inmates released as jails face coronavirus threat – GreenwichTime

Amid fears that the coronavirus will carve a deadly path through prisons and jails, counties and states are releasing thousands of inmates – New Jersey alone began freeing hundreds of people this week – and the federal prison system is coming under intense pressure to take similar measures.  Public health and corrections officials have issued dire warnings that cramped and unsanitary conditions could turn prisons into a haven for the virus, endangering not just inmates but also corrections officers and prison health-care workers as well as their families and communities.

From https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Thousands-of-inmates-released-as-jails-face-15155940.php

Stay Home, Save Lives Graphs

From: Senator Martin Heinrich [mailto:donotreply@heinrich.senate.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:46 PM

Dear Friend,

Over the last week, we have seen the number of positive cases of COVID-19 increase in communities in New Mexico and across the nation. This only underscores the importance of increasing testing here in New Mexico and equipping our hospitals and health care workers on the frontlines with the resources they need to keep all of us healthy and safe.

Each of us has a role to play in literally saving the lives of our fellow New Mexicans. Yesterday, Governor Lujan Grisham issued a new "Stay At Home" instruction, directing New Mexicans to remain in their homes or places of residence except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety, and welfare. This social distancing is absolutely critical if we want to stop the spread of the coronavirus in our state. You can find out more about the Governor’s instruction on the New Mexico Department of Health’s Coronavirus Website.

Together we can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health of our friends, our neighbors, and our family members. As this graphic from the New Mexico Department of Health illustrates, if everyone limits their interactions with other people right now, we will greatly decrease the number of infected people in our communities and allow our hospitals and health care workers to better treat those who do get sick.

We have learned from past pandemics, such as the Spanish Flu that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918, that communities that move more quickly to adopt aggressive social distancing measures see much lower rates of infections and deaths. You can see this in the major difference between how many deaths there were from the Spanish Flu in Philadelphia, which acted too slowly, and St. Louis, which acted quickly and decisively.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection-fever, a dry cough, or shortness of breath-you should call your health care provider or the New Mexico COVID-19 Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 right away. You can find out more about New Mexico’s current testing and travel guidelines here.

I am also maintaining a Coronavirus Resource Center on my website, where New Mexicans can find accurate, science-based information about the virus and resources for services around our state for those whose life and livelihoods have been disrupted by the economic fallout of this pandemic.

Please continue to stay informed about what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy, and contact my office if I can be of assistance.

Be well and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Signature

MARTIN HEINRICH
United States Senator

Against Stupidity We Are Defenseless

Bonhoeffer on stupidity | Religious Grounds

Taken from a circular letter, addressing many topics, written to three friends and co-workers in the conspiracy against Hitler, on the tenth anniversary of Hitler’s accession to the chancellorship of Germany.

‘Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings  at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed- in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.

‘If we want to know how to get the better of stupidity, we must seek to understand its nature. This much is certain, that it is in essence not an intellectual defect but a human one. There are human beings who are of remarkably agile intellect yet stupid, and others who are intellectually quite dull yet anything but stupid. We discover this to our surprise in particular situations. The impression one gains is not so much that stupidity is a congenital defect, but that, under certain circumstances, people are made stupid or that they allow this to happen to them. We note further that people who have isolated themselves from others or who lives in solitude manifest this defect less frequently than individuals or groups of people inclined or condemned to sociability. And so it would seem that stupidity is perhaps less a psychological than a sociological problem. It is a particular form of the impact of historical circumstances on human beings, a psychological concomitant of certain external conditions. Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or of a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. It would even seem that this is virtually a sociological-psychological law. The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence, and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with a person, but with slogans, catchwords and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.

‘Yet at this very point it becomes quite clear that only an act of liberation, not instruction, can overcome stupidity. Here we must come to terms with the fact that in must cases a genuine internal liberation becomes possible only when external liberation has preceded it. Until then we must abandon all attempts to convince the stupid person. This state of affairs explains why in such circumstances our attempts to know what ‘the people’ really thing are in vain and why, under these circumstances, this question is so irrelevant for the person who is thinking and acting responsibly. The word of the Bible that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom declares that the internal liberation of human beings to live the responsible life before God is the only genuine way to overcome stupidity.

‘But these thoughts about stupidity also offer consolation in that they utterly forbid us to consider the majority of people to be stupid in every circumstance. It really will depend on whether those in power expect more from people’s stupidity than from their inner independence and wisdom.’

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from ‘After Ten Years’ in Letters and Papers from Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works/English, vol. 8) Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.

Coronavirus may be killed by a higher body temperature | The BMJ

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May I postulate this deadly virus has the following characteristics :

1. It is highly infectious because it infects by air-borne.

2. If the body temperature is below 36C, it grows very fast.

3. The destructive immune reaction will take some time (? 7-10 days) to
develop. Patients then start to have high fever.

4. During this period, if the body temperature is above 36.5C, and better
still, above 37C, the virus is attenuated or killed. Body will develop a
milder immune response and recover.

5. Patients with high fever can kill the virus. That is why CDC advocates
some patients recovered without anti-viral therapy.

Supports of this hypothesis are :

1. The victims usually stay in a cold environment for a reasonable time
after being infected, eg. in ward, hotel, aeroplane cabins, air-
conditioned offices.

2. This year, the climate in HK and Canton is extraordinarily cold and
persistent.

3. The weather in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia is hot, so their
outbreaks are easily controlled. The air-conditioning in HK and Singapore
are too cool, so control is difficult. Canada ia again too cold, so the
outbreak is serious.

4. Children (especially under age of 8 years) in China are much less
affected because they have higher metabolic rate and they are more active
(eg. travel a long distance to school and many other physical activities).
Children in HK are very sedentary, their homes and schools are air-
conditioned. Therefore the infection incidence of children are same as
adults in HK.

5. Elderly and people with chronic illness have lower BMR. They have
higher incidence rate and mortality.

6. Coronavirus can be found in cats, dogs, pigeons, ducks and geese. They
are not infected because all of them have very high BMR.

7. It is well known that herbal medicine can increase the metabolic rate
and kill the virus. The herbs prescribed in Canton are commented by WHO to
be effective.

8. Passengers from an infected aeroplane cabin have a greater chance to
cause an outbreak in a cold place,

9. Pregnant women are much less infected. They have high BMR. Are those
500 contact pregnant women free from infection?

10. More data are required to analyse if active people (eg. outdoor
workers, labourers) are less prone to be infected.

Therefore, I would like to suggest a simple test to confirm this
hypothesis :
Incubate the virus at different temperature in human tissue media, say
below 36C, 36.5C, 37C, and above 37C.

If the hypothesis is correct, then control is straight forward :

1. Put on more clothes to make body really warm,

2. maintain room temperature at least above 23C,

3. do exercise for 30 minutes daily, make sure you really sweat.

Let me tell you a legend happened in HK over a hundred years ago.
HK was infected by an unknown epidemic. In frustration, people (including
the sick) came to the street and watched the "Fire Dragon" dance. As a
miracle or due to the intense heat, many sick recovered and the epidemic
disappeared.

 

What to Do When a Bear Market Whacks Your 401(k)

If you saw that something you wanted—a car, a computer, a resort weekend—was on sale at a huge discount, you’d probably snap it up in a minute. Investments are no different. Just as stock prices don’t rise forever, they don’t fall forever either. If you bought when prices were higher than they are today, selling low is not the key to investment success. From https://www.investopedia.com/articles/retirement/09/401k-bear-market.asp

His Eyes Keep Watch On The Nations

He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah [Think about that, won’t you.]

Psalms 66:7