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Name: Pet Rock
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Folkstreams: Good entertainment during our isolation.

Preserving the Stories of America

Folkstreams is a non-profit dedicated to finding, preserving, contextualizing, and showcasing documentary films on American traditional cultures.

Link: https://www.folkstreams.net/index.php

As an example, I found this one interesting in the "Work" category on how an old-timer in Louisiana builds a pirogue boat out of a cypress log, as it reminded me of my dad's skills with an axe. Dad was a timber man that worked logging during the Great Depression in the mountains of Tennessee.

The Pirogue Maker (1949)

Link: https://www.folkstreams.net/film-detail.php?id=188

In 1948, Robert Flaherty was working on "The Louisiana Story." He was searching for a small boat, or "pirogue" for his young hero. Flaherty soon became aware that pirogue-making was a disappearing art. Finally, when he found Ebdon Allemon, a Cajun craftsman, he persuaded him to make the pirogue. It may well have been the last piroque made in Louisiana. This is a record of that event.


Good video series on the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

These three YouTube videos are around 20-minutes each and are lectures by Prof. Bruce E. Fleury, Ph.D. of Tulane University with complete details on the origins, spread and recovery from this 1918 international pandemic.

Note: To see a review of how this virus spread around the globe, go to Part 2 at the 25:00 mark.

The 1918 Spanish Flu-The Philadelphia Story | Mysteries of the Microscopic World (Part 1 of 3)

The 1918 Spanish Flu-The Philadelphia Story | Mysteries of the Microscopic World (Part 2 of 3)

The 1918 Spanish Flu-The Philadelphia Story | Mysteries of the Microscopic World (Part 3 of 3)


I'm a simple man. Try looking at coronavirus this way.

We can either chase it or allow it to chase us.

Republicans prefer it chase us until we're all sick or in our graves.

Democrats prefer to chase the virus until it's all denatured and in the sewer.


A wise lady told me years ago to never put my plants outdoors....

until after the Kentucky Derby and my spiders do not like cold.

Damn, was she ever right 'cause it's 30 degrees outside tonight.

I will go by the original date though (May 2) because I can't wait 'til September.....

CDC State and Local Health Department Governance Map

State and Local Health Department Governance Map

Provides direct links to every state department of health and a map of each state's divisional model:

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/sitesgovernance/


Another way to entertain yourself during isolation.

They need a few more notes to complete that song......

Reminded me of this Maxwell House coffee jingle from my childhood.....


Thanks, Professor. That's good news because....

it means we don't have to super-heat foods we fear could have been contaminated from a store or restaurant. What we're discussing doing here is not much more than what I would normally do to reheat carry-out food.

Still trying to grasp how you arrived at the numbers, but I'll get there.

I suspect the odds of us getting enough viral load to infect from what accidentally got on food items is pretty slim but we feel more safe by going through the exercise of moderate heating.

Thanks again for the help!

Why Are There No Domestic Moose?

Domestication allowed our species to conquer the globe. This is how it works.

Explains quite well why cats are the way they are and so different from dogs.


Here's another downside to using bleach-based sprays.

If you spray (or over-spray) the stuff on your faucets or valves in the kitchen or bath, it will ruin the rubber seals in those devices. Chlorine-based products cause common rubbers used for seals to swell.

I speak from painful experience, as a good friend years ago liked to use Clorox Cleanup in her kitchen sink regularly and she damaged her fancy sink faucet. I had to replaces all the seats and seals. After researching the issue, I found there's only a few specialized rubbers like Viton that are compatible with bleach.

Be careful and avoid those calls to plumbers.......

You make a good point.

I thought most nations had ran off all the tourists, as their home nations have had to arrange special flights to get them home.

Apparently, there's still a lot of them stranded in India and they have set up a web site to help:

Link: https://strandedinindia.com/

and, this article reviews the situation in The Times of India:

Link: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/tourism-ministry-launches-site-to-help-stranded-foreign-tourists/articleshow/74910492.cms

My impression is that a lot of people around the world were on vacations and rather than waste the remainder of their vacation plans and spending, they decided to stay in denial and remain where they were. Now, they can't get flights home and are suffering, and many will die in a foreign land.

I can't imagine the stress from being stranded like that at this time......

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