Daily Archives: May 10, 2020

Lorelei and Chicken Fingers . . .

Just some facts.

52% of U.S counties have had NO WuFlu deaths.

India, which had about 4 times the U.S. population, has only had about 2000 WuFlu deaths, vs 80,000+ for the U.S. The other significant fact about India is that they are the world’s largest maker and user of HCQ due to prevalence of malaria there.


As I’ve mentioned before the Asian Flu Pandemic of 1957-58 killed about 116,000 people in the U.S. But what I failed to do was to adjust for the differences in population. In 1957 the U.S population was only about 175,000,000 So based on today’s 330 million, that’s the equivalent of 217,000 deaths, with no lockdowns, shutdowns, or huddling in place.

And adjusting the Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968-69 the same way, the then 200,000,000 U.S. population means the 100,000 deaths is the equivalent of 165,000 deaths today.

What’s also important about these two pandemics is that they are both subtypes of the same Influenza A strain, the same Influenza A strain that’s still around today as the seasonal flu. Influenza A and B are the two main flu strains that the seasonal flu shot is supposed to combat. Note that there is NOT a vaccine for a flu strain that’s been around for over 60 years.

Yes, there is a yearly flu SHOT available, but not a VACCINE. A vaccine is a one-time (usually) vaccination for a disease, I.e. Smallpox, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, etc..

But flu viruses regularly mutate, which is why there needs to be a new flu shot every year. And even then it’s often only 25 to 30% effective. And on top of that, normally less than than half of the U.S. population even gets the flu shot anyway.

I certainly don’t, and I’ve told you why.

And a recent poll says that if there is a WuFlu vaccination or shot, 25% of the population won’t get it anyway. And I won’t either, for the same reason as the seasonal flu shot.

What I’m leading to on all this is that, based on past performance, I will be very surprised if there ever is a ‘vaccine’ for the WuFlu. Yes, there may be some sort of shot, or treatment, but not a one-time vaccine.

So what does this mean for all the authorities, governors, public health officers, etc., who say that they’re keeping things in lockdown until there is a vaccine.

Might be a long wait.

But it’s beginning to look like the citizens are starting to take things into their own hands.

Big Swath of Pennsylvania Now in Open Rebellion Against Democrat Governor. 44 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have told the governor that they’re opening up on their own timing.

3,000 California Church United churches, with over 2.5 million members plan to reopen May 31st In defiance Of Gov. Newsom’s orders. Now a federal judge has upheld the governor’s right to keep the churches closed as long as he deems necessary, but a federal judge in Kentucky has issued a temporary restraining order again the governor of Kentucky saying he can not keep churches shut down based on the First Amendment Freedom of Religion clause

Now, normally what happens when two federal judges disagree on a ruling, the Supreme Court steps in to referee. So we’ll see what happens here.

And now the governor of Oregon, like Lucy snatching Charlie Brown’s football away, now says that the state can’t open back up until the state’s WuFlu cases are less than the usual seasonal flu cases this time of the year. This from a state where 60% of the 115 deaths have been in senior facilities.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we had planned to watch the Lone Star VE Day Flyover this afternoon. And by looking at the map it looked to becoming just west of Baybrook Mall west of I-45 on Bay Area Blvd. So the idea was to get up there about 2pm, get a couple of 4 piece Box Combos from Raising Cane’s, and park out in the open area west of the mall to eat our meal and wait for the 30 plane formation to fly over about 45 minutes later.

Raising Cane Box Combo

But it was not to be. And I’m not really sure what happened.

About the time scheduled for the flyover in our area, I saw two of what I think were AT-6 trainers followed by the B-25 fly overhead, but they were coming from the wrong direction and looked to be heading straight back to Ellington, rather than heading down to Dickinson like they were supposed to.

So I started looking around for the other 25+ planes and I finally found them flying much further south and much higher than the scheduled 2000 ft,, and there was only 10 of them. So what happened to the rest of the planes, and the route I don’t know.

But the chicken fingers were really, really good.

One Year Ago Today:  We were cruising the Rhine River in Germany

Scenic Cruising The Rhine . . .


We had been sailing all night from Wertheim Am Main heading to Koblenz along the last part of our Main River voyage.

And, by last part, at a little after 9:30, we passed under the Kostheimer Brücke bridge

Cruising The Rhine City Bridge

and hung a right onto the downstream flow of the Rhine River.

This part, known as the Middle Rhine, has probably more castles, churches, and palaces per mile than anywhere else, supposedly over 25,000 of them.

Starting with the Biebrich Palace,

Cruising The Rhine Biebrich Palace

and another church to be named later.

Cruising The Rhine Castle 1

Or at least I didn’t get the name of this one, as well as a few others.

The Rhine along this part of the river is very fast flowing, so there are these breakwaters all along the way to protect the banks from being eroded away.

Cruising The Rhine Breakwater

Next is the Binger Maus Tower, or Mouse Tower.

Cruising The Rhine Binger Maus Tower

These small ones along the river’s edge were actually Toll Stations where passing ships would stop to pay the toll to the local lords. Armed guards were usually stationed here, often with a chain across the river to block the way until the toll was paid. This one dates from the 1300’s.

The Burg Eltz Castle

Cruising The Rhine Burg Eltz Castle

A Gothic church, complete with what looks like a Gothic garage.

Cruising The Rhine Church

And this rambling castle apparently comes with its own RV Park.

Cruising The Rhine Castle with RV Park

Another unnamed castle, but very picturesque.

Cruising The Rhine Castle 2

What looks like a castle on the hill above this Gothic church is actually the town’s water tower, built to look like a castle.

Cruising The Rhine Csstle Water Tower

I guess kind of like those cellphone towers that look like trees.

This one’s pretty much in ruins.

Cruising The Rhine Castle 3

And this castle has a town, vineyards, a church, and an RV Park.

Cruising The Rhine Castle 4 with RV

This is the famous Pfalz Island Toll Castle, complete with cannon ports for those pesky toll evaders.

Cruising The Rhine Pfalz Island Toll Castle

Gutenfels Castle, which as the sign says, is now a hotel.

Cruising The Rhine Gutenfels Castle

Schonburg Castle

Cruising The Rhine Schonburg Castle

Another Castle/Church Combo.

Cruising The Rhine Church 1

Another Toll Tower.

Cruising The Rhine Toll Tower

This photo shows the extent they will go to use every bit of arable land possible, even on steep hillsides.

Cruising The Rhine Vineyards

Famed Lorelei Rock, where legend has it that a water nymph/mermaid would sing pretty songs and lure sailors onto the rocks in the narrowed passage.

Cruising The Rhine Lorelei Rock

And of course, the obligatory statue of said water nymph/mermaid on an island in the river.

Cruising The Rhine Lorelei Statue

This is Rheinfels Castle, now partially restored.

Cruising The Rhine Rheinfels Castle

And another Maus (Mouse) Castle, this one near Wellmich.

Cruising The Rhine Mouse Castle Wellmich

Finally coming in to Koblenz, we passed the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the funicular that takes tourist across the river to it.

Cruising The Rhine Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Dinner tonight was special, with A Taste Of Germany theme.

Cruising The Rhine Taste Of Germany 1

Besides the usual menu, there was a separate one of German specialties.

Cruising The Rhine Taste Of German Menu

All really good.

And this time we had our waiter, Nikolai,

Cruising The Rhine Taste Of Germany Nikolai

get a group photo of everyone, yes, even me this time.

Cruising The Rhine Taste Of Germany Group

Next up is Cologne, with only a couple more days on our cruise after that.

The Viking Skirnir

Viking Skirnir


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