Monday, May 25, 2020

Corona Balogna

I'm sick of coronavirus "news."  On all the news sites, all that they post are coronavirus-related stories.  Over and over, the wringing of hands over the pandemic.  It's disgusting.  The media are like a lost dog, clamped onto the cuff of your pants, and unwilling to let go.  Enough already!  We know that there's a pandemic.  How could we not know?  We are bombarded with coronavirus "news" daily.  Stop the propaganda.  Report the news, please, and not all of these opinion pieces disguised as news.  I no longer trust any news media to report the truth.  It's all a game to hijack public opinion.  Fuck the lying pigs who aim to control society.  Left or right, fuck them all.

Japan insect enthusiast puts cricket ramen on the menu

In a steamy Tokyo kitchen, a roasted scent wafts through the air as Yuto Shinohara prepares soup stock for ramen, derived not from pork or chicken, but crickets (AFP Photo/Behrouz MEHRI)

In a steamy Tokyo kitchen, a roasted scent wafts through the air as Yuta Shinohara prepares soup stock for ramen, derived not from pork or chicken, but crickets.
"In this pan, we have 10,000 crickets, making stock for 100 bowls," Shinohara explained, as he stirred a large silver pot.
The bowls of ramen produced by Shinohara and his team look and smell like those at restaurants across Japan: fine white noodles sit in a savoury soup, topped with a juicy slice of pork and fat pieces of pickled bamboo shoots.
There's little to give away the fact that 26-year-old Shinohara uses crickets in the broth, oil, soy sauce and even noodles. Except, that is, for the deep-fried insect perched next to a mitsuba leaf garnish on the soup's surface.
Shinohara isn't a professional chef, in fact his preferred description of himself is "earth boy." And it's his love of all things nature-related that led to him insect-based food.
"I want to introduce the joy of insect eating, so that insects will be respected equally to animals and plants," he told AFP.
Shinohara's love affair with insects began as a child, when he spent most of his time in fields and bushes, catching grasshoppers and cicadas.
He was so fascinated by creepy-crawlies that he eventually even tasted them -- but only secretly.
"I couldn't tell anyone that I love insects or I eat insects until I was about 20 years old," he says shyly. "I was afraid of becoming the odd one out or being bullied for it."
- 'Like a delicate sweet' -
Humans have been eating insects for thousands of years and they remain a common food in many countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania.
But for many in the West and elsewhere, a cultural bias against insects as food remains strong.
Environmental and agriculture experts have been trying to break down those barriers, promoting insects as an environmentally friendly rich source of minerals and protein.

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Tracing The Origins Of COVID-19

From ZeroHedge:

On December 9, 2019, long before the world knew anything about it, a video interview took place with one of the key players in the COVID-19 drama, Dr Peter Daszak, President of the EcoHealth Alliance, who inadvertently may have provided indications of its true origin.
Much of that discussion centred around the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS) epidemic of 2002-2004, which was believed to have originated in bats, although civets may have acted as an intermediate host.
While circulating in animals, the SARS virus mutated, acquiring the ability to infect humans, which it was assumed to have done so, infecting workers in a Guangdong, China animal market.
That explanation became the narrative now being promoted by the Chinese Communist Party, the media and some Western scientists to convince the world that COVID-19 was a naturally-occurring outbreak.
Beginning at 27:49, Dr Daszak explains the basis of the naturally-occurring narrative and the collection of over one hundred bat coronaviruses capable of infecting humans, but untreatable with drugs or vaccines. Those coronaviruses are presumed to be stored in Chinese laboratories.
“So, we did a couple of things with it. So, one is around SARS. We focused on SARS coronavirus emerged from a wildlife market. And whilst the first pandemic of this century. So, it’s big event. And, so we started to trace back from the wildlife market, which species carried the virus, that came into those markets. We found that it was bats, not civets, was the original idea. So, we started looking where did they come from. And we went out to southern China. And did surveillance of bats across southern China. And we’ve now found, after six or seven years of doing this, over one hundred new SARS-related coronaviruses, very close to SARS. Some of them get into human cells in the lab. And some of them can cause SARS disease in humanized mouse models. And are untreatable with therapeutic monoclonals [antibodies] and you can’t vaccinate against them with a vaccine.”
At 29:51, Dr Daszak describes bioengineering of those viruses by inserting components of one coronavirus into another.
“Well, I think, coronavirus is a pretty good, I mean, you’re a virologist [the interviewer], you know all this stuff, but the, you can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk. So, you can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC [University of North Carolina] to do this. Insert it into a backbone of another virus, and do some work in the lab. So, you can get more predictive, when you find the sequence. You have this diversity. Now, the logical progression for vaccines is, if you are going to develop a vaccine for SARS, people are going to use pandemic SARS, but let’s try to insert these other related and get a better vaccine.”
In 2015, Ralph Baric from the University of North Carolina and Zheng-Li Shi, the “bat woman” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology jointly published a scientific article describing the combination of the receptor-binding spike protein from a newly isolated coronavirus (SHC014) and the “backbone” from SARS-CoV, the coronavirus responsible for the 2002-2003 pandemic.
That experiment produced a novel virus, chimera SHC014-MA15, which showed “robust viral replication both in vitro [cell cultures] and in vivo [animals],” using models adapted to test human infectivity.
The scientific consensus claims that COVID-19, like SARS, originated in bats.
There is conclusive scientific evidence, however, that COVID-19’s receptor binding domain within the spike protein is structurally closest to that of pangolins (scaly anteaters), not bats, and it was the result of a recombination, not convergent evolution.
Yet, pangolins have been ruled out as the intermediate host for COVID-19.
Even Dr Ralph Baric in a March 15, 2020 interview, beginning at the 27:40 time point, stated unequivocally, that pangolins were not the source of COVID-19:
“Pangolins have over 3,000 nucleotide changes - no way they are the reservoir species [for COVID-19], absolutely no chance.”
It is, therefore, logical to conclude that the recombinant event resulting in a pangolin receptor binding domain within a bat coronavirus backbone must have occurred in a laboratory, in a manner similar to the experiment conducted by Ralph Baric and Zheng-Li Shi in 2015.
Furthermore, COVID-19’s S1/S2 furin polybasic cleavage site, a distinctive feature widely known for its ability to enhance pathogenicity and transmissibility in coronaviruses, does not appear in any of 45 bat, 5 human SARS, 2 civet, 1 pangolin and 1 racoon dog coronaviruses, that have S1/S2 junction structures otherwise identical or nearly identical to COVID-19.
There is no credible scientific evidence that the furin polybasic cleavage site evolved naturally, although the methods for artificially inserting such cleavage sites are well-established.
It is important to note that the EcoHealth Alliance gets 80% of its funding from the U.S. government (9:22), has “been working in China for years” (19:40), and presumably uses U.S. taxpayer money to “hire technicians in labs or Ph.D. students” (12:08) in order to “teach people how to do it and give them the capacity and the tools” and “then you have really made a difference” (13:15).
Indeed. The EcoHealth Alliance may have really made a difference.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Former dental student sues Marquette after he failed to achieve professional degree

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A mold of teeth being examined by a dental student in Kentucky. (Photo: Scott Utterback/Courier Journal )

The son of dentists who always planned to join his parents' profession blames Marquette University for derailing his dream.
In a federal lawsuit, Cole Norton says Marquette misled him about the strength of its dental school, failed to accommodate his anxiety disorder, breached its contract and intentionally inflicted emotional distress, all resulting in his failure to pass a required board exam and his dismissal from the school.
Spokespersons for Marquette did not return emails seeking a response late Friday and early Saturday.
According to the lawsuit:
Norton, of Colorado, began researching dental schools in 2016 and, after a visit to Marquette that fall, accepted an offer of early admission for the next year's class. He says he was sold on a low faculty-to-student ratio, high graduation and board exam passage rates, and the early use of clinic-style training and simulation labs.
But after enrolling, Norton contends, he learned there weren't as many faculty or labs available. Worse, he says, a faculty member focused on giving students personalized preparation for board exams left the school in the summer of 2018 and wasn't replaced for more than a year.
That's the period when Norton began trying to pass a national board exam. He scored two points below passing in September 2018 and fell one point short the following March. He said he sought help in preparing for his third attempt and was advised to take a commercial prep class like those offered by the company Kaplan.
In July 2019, he took the exam a third time and again failed by one point. He was then suspended, per dental school policy. 
With the help of a lawyer, he was granted accommodations from the licensing board — accommodations he says Marquette failed to help him obtain for his first three tries.  But in December, he failed again, resulting in his formal dismissal from Marquette.
The lawsuit doesn't specify the nature of accommodations Norton was granted for his fourth attempt at the board exam.
His lawsuit accuses Marquette of acting in bad faith and in violation of Wisconsin's deceptive and unfair trade practices law and the National Rehabilitation Act.  It seeks unspecified damages.
Horton is represented by Nora E. Gierke of Wauwatosa.

Contact Bruce Vielmetti at (414) 224-2187 or Follow him on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

Journal Times takes eight first-place honors in Wisconsin Newspaper Association contest

From The Journal

MADISON — The Journal Times took home a total of 21 honors, including eight first-place awards, in the 2019 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest.

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The Journal Times is not allowing comments on this story.  I guess that previous such posts were commented on by those filled with vitriol.  I was one of them.  The fact of the matter is that these newspaper "contests" are just industry circle jerks.  You vote for mine and I'll vote for yours.  It's actually kind of pathetic.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Remembering Dick Bacon, Milwaukee's Man With The Tan

Dick Bacon in his silver, reflective enclosure along Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Summer is the favorite time of year for most beach-goers. But Milwaukee once was home to a unique fellow who tanned year-round at the lakefront. Our Bubbler Talk questioner wanted to know: Who was that guy?
Many people who lived in Milwaukee before 2000, like Cynthia Hoffman, know the answer. The man was the late Dick Bacon.
"During those years, everybody knew who Dick Bacon was," Hoffman says. "The first thing I think of is this ultra, ultra-crispy tan body. And he would have this sort of tinfoil or metal contraption that he would sit in down by the lake and crisp himself."
Dick Bacon on New Year's Day in about 1975-76 (photographer believes this was probably the Polar Bear Plunge).
In the colder months – no matter how cold – drivers along Lincoln Memorial Drive would see Bacon, reclining in his silver, reflective enclosure. It was an eye-catching sight and many people would honk and wave. Bacon would smile and wave back.
But he wasn’t just known for the wintertime tanning. "I became aware of him in the '60s when I was a child, and my friends and I sort of knew of him as 'Mr. Bradford,'" says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl.
Stingl recalls Bacon practically inhabiting Bradford Beach in the summer, typically wearing a Speedo swimsuit or something else skimpy.
"Most of the time that I was aware of him here, he was a middle-aged man. He wasn't like a 22-year-old or something. But he had a fantastic physique, which he had won awards for. He had been involved in Mr. Nude Universe kind of things."
For Bacon, it wasn’t just about showing off his body. The time at the beach was a way of life.
There's nothing for me but the sun, the sand and the sea. -The words of Dick Bacon, read at his memorial service, according to Jim Stingl
"He was a character in so many ways," Stingl says. "He was a nudist, he was a brewery worker, which made him very Milwaukee. His whole life was devoted to leisure and he was very unashamed about that."
Stingl became a columnist at the newspaper in 2000. He had been so intrigued by Bacon that he reached out to him in the early days on the job.
"One of the first things I wanted to do was call Dick Bacon and set up a meeting with him where he and I would get together and hang out in his aluminum foil tanning booth... He claimed it was 80 degrees inside all that reflective aluminum foil. And he was very nice and he said, 'Yeah, sure -- why don't we wait when it gets cold again and we'll get together,' and then he died."
Bacon died at the age of 67 of a heart attack -- not skin cancer, as people might assume. Stingl covered Bacon's memorial service and says Bacon would have loved the tributes shared, but not the fact that the service was held indoors, with everyone clothed.


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Friday, May 22, 2020

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The mad, sad, totally fab life of Paul Lynde

An imperfect TV icon, reexamined.


“I'll take Paul Lynde.”
Not so very long ago, a lifetime ago, those words took Americans somewhere wicked. In the ’70s, if that sentence was uttered by a contestant on Hollywood Squares, lights would flash around the center cube in a grid of celebrities — those of the stripe who wind up on game shows — and settle on a genuine star. He was tanned, with shining teeth, if no leading man. He was in his 40s but looked older, and he had a whinnying snigger. But when it came to providing risqué answers to questions posed by the NBC show’s host, Peter Marshall, he could not be matched.
Is the electrical current in your house AC or DC?
“In my house, it’s both!”
Does Mark Spitz believe it’s easier to swim nude?
Well, it’s easier to steer...”
You’re the world’s most popular fruit. What are you?
The audience would roar approval at his bawdy jokes, and Lynde would flash his Cheshire-cat grin. He delivered that performance thousands of times in the 14 years after the show’s 1966 premiere. Between Lynde’s center-square residency and his guest spots on sitcoms and variety shows, the actor was booking up to 200 televised hours each season by the mid ’70s. It made him rich enough to buy Errol Flynn’s L.A. mansion, where he lived with his dog, a terrier named Harry. “There was no one funnier than Paul Lynde,” says Whoopi Goldberg, who took over the center square in the Hollywood Squares revival that premiered in 1998. “I don’t know if the public thought about his sexuality.”
Being gay was the secret of Lynde’s success, even though it was a (half-hearted) secret. He hid his truth in plain sight, reveling in a camp persona. All these years later, people still don’t know what to make of him. Lynde’s brilliance was rooted in gayness, but he was deeply conflicted about it. “Paul’s following was mostly straight,” says Cathy Rudolphauthor of Paul Lynde: A Biography. “He was afraid if his following was mostly gay, it would open the eyes of his fans that he was also gay and that would end his career.” Lynde was both a role model and a walking stereotype. There was no one else quite like him on any screen. “He was probably the first gay person — whether he was using the word or not — in a lot of people’s homes across America,” actor-comedian Billy Eichner says. “He was ahead of his time in terms of being as overtly gay as one could be, unlike so many stars of that time.”

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Racine releases reopening plan, restaurants will be able to open with 50% capacity Tuesday

From The Journal

Racine Mayor Cory Mason addresses the media Friday morning as he, along with Police Chief Art Howell (left) and Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox (right), details the city's "Forward Racine" plan to roll back some of the local Safer at Home rules.

RACINE — The City of Racine published its "Forward Racine" reopening plan on Friday morning.
The plan details how businesses in each industry present in Racine will — and won't — be able to resume business starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
If Racine sees a spike in cases — the coronavirus's spread in the city currently ranks among the fastest rates of spread for any city in the country — the reopening plan can be backtracked, according to Mayor Cory Mason and Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox.
Police Chief Art Howell said that those who do not follow the city's new rules will face citation and be identified publicly online for not following the order.
The plan will be re-evaluated on June 30, when more restrictions may be rolled back.
Racine is one of a handful of municipalities in Wisconsin with restrictions still in place after the Supreme Court overturned the statewide Safer at Home on May 13.
The city is now facing multiple lawsuits, calling for Racine's Safer at Home to be overturned. City Attorney Scott Letteney says that Racine's order is still legal, and that the Supreme Court's decision only said that how Safer at Home was enforced was illegal. Since there still is an outbreak in the City of Racine, the local public health administrator is still allowed to make such an order.

Pathway Rx Advances Research that Shows Potential for Medical Cannabis to Treat COVID-19

Data collected from previous studies conducted in collaboration with Swysh and commercial partner Sundial Growers reveals that some medical cannabis cultivars can help reduce the severity and complications of COVID-19 disease
LETHBRIDGE, ABMay 5, 2020 /CNW/ - Pathway RX Inc. ("Pathway Rx"), a research company dedicated to developing custom cannabis therapies to treat specific diseases and Swysh Inc. ("Swysh"), a cannabinoid oral health product developer, today announced that they intend to further advance their research to evaluate the potential for medical cannabis to treat COVID-19 and its possible complications.  These efforts will include the publication of more research papers and the initiation of clinical trials to validate the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis to treat COVID-19.
Results from a study by Pathway Rx were recently shared publicly and the research paper was submitted to a scientific journal for peer-review.  The study's data suggests that a limited sample of high CBD Cannabis sativa extracts modulate ACE2 gene expression and ACE2 protein levels in gateway tissues of the COVID-19 causing virus and also have the potential to inhibit its entry into cells, curtail disease spread and reduce mortality.  The study was conducted using artificial human 3D models of oral, airway, and intestinal tissues.  A second research study that examines the use of cannabis extracts for taming the cytokine storm will be published soon. 
"Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) has been generally accepted by the scientific community as a receptor required for the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into human cells," said Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, CEO of Pathway Rx and holder of a Health Canada License for Cannabis Research.  He added that, "Our initial findings warrant further investigation but it's possible that medical cannabis products could become a safe adjunct therapy for the treatment of COVID-19."
Among the 1,000 Cannabis sativa varieties that have been screened by Pathway Rx, only a small number have expressed medicinal properties.  The most promising of these varieties are licensed to Pathway Rx's commercial partner Sundial Growers Inc. (Nasdaq: SNDL) and are currently in production at its facility in Olds, Alberta. 
Pathway Rx aims to seek funding from many sources to support its research goals including the recently announced $1.1 billion from the Canadian Government to support scientific initiatives to address COVID-19.  "The Government of Canada's latest investment to support the health of Canadians creates a significant opportunity for Pathway Rx to advance our research and accelerate the development of custom therapies and products to help combat COVID-19," said Dr. Kovalchuk.