COVID-19 A World In Crisis

It is Saturday, March 28th 2020. A deadly virus is loose. First in China, during the Chinese New Year celebrations, a holiday involving lots of travel as many Chinese living in other nations returned home and then spread the contagion as they travelled. Now every region of the planet colonized by humans has been likewise invaded by the Coronavirus.

At this point it has killed tens of thousands and is projected to kill perhaps as many as one million people, maybe more!

It threatens to overwhelm the hospital and health care infrastructure of the United States, unless it can be isolated. Critical medical necessities are in short supply. Doctors and nurses and health care workers are becoming infected, some have died.

Most of the nation is in some kind of lock down with social distancing encouraged by the political and government leadership. The message from The White House is confusing and contradictory. There is no informed, intelligent, effective leadership at the national level,but some how the states are managing to pull things together in an effort to reduce the deaths.

Here is an interesting article about how researchers are identifying the different mutations and discovering their origins as they search for the truth.

Here is an article about the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, where there is little effort being made to control the worsening situation.

At this time there is no way to predict how this will affect the global economy. International supply lines have shut down. Millions are unemployed in the U.S. and Trump has just laughingly signed the 2.something trillion dollar economic stop-gap measure, which is designed to keep the cash flowing and help with the enormous burden posed by millions of new unemployment claims.

In Wisconsin, there are preparations for the construction of field hospitals and there are indications that the National Guard will be activated. Gov. Evers has told the people of this state to stay at home and not gather into groups of more than 5 and keep strict social distancing.

Gov. Evers has also indicated that he wants a mail-in election on April 7th but the Republicans in the state legislature oppose this. It will be interesting to see what the Republicans do if Gov. Evers decides to declare a state of emergency, which would make him the most powerful Governor in Wisconsin State history, able to make or change laws with a stroke of his pen.

SpaceX Advances!

https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-moves-launch-pad-video.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9155&utm_content=SDC_Newsletter+&utm_term=2975490&m_i=ErmlKsoh7ctuSDedoC17_nZQqpMG6aN14cJJHZXC2%2BNhKIA%2BZLCIOVdsfaTX89uVkHwbHx7fN7%2BHDONb_vmQ5QWO6ESiyW2SkchShjmEES

It’s amazing that this is happening considering how expensive it is, the cost of developing the technology and building the prototype from scratch. It’s literally going where no man has gone before, considering the money isn’t coming from NASA or the American taxpayers but from one very wealthy person! If I were the leadership in Moscow or Beijing I would be very concerned about what Musk is doing, because if he’s successful, the Chinese will be obligated to duplicate the effort, lest Mars be colonized by Americans. The Russians can’t even afford to play the game. The combined financial resources of Musk and Bezos and the technical experience of NASA has opened the curtain on a new era of space exploration and demonstrated how to pay for it.

Coronavirus!

Every day begins and ends with news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is causing fluctuations on the global marketplace. Stocks and Oil go up and down as the wizards of Wall Street wring their collective hands and fondle their worry beads. Is this virus going to become a pandemic?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health/concern-over-coronavirus-spread-as-cases-jump-in-south-korea-italy-and-iran-idUSKCN20H03U

Lake Michgan Water Level At Historic High (Feb 2020)

Every year the water level of Lake Michigan rises and falls with the seasons. It falls in the winter, when the lake freezes over and rises in the summer when the ice melts. Lately the lake hasn’t been freezing over.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ice-fishing-great-lakes-climate-change_n_5e7abb1ac5b620022ab3158f It’s not any better on Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes.