Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 12, 2020

I wonder during WWII blackouts if there were folks who refused to do so because their rights and freedoms were being taken away.

I’ve noticed when I’m filling out paperwork, I always use the forward-slash for my DOB but always use dashes for the actual date. I always preceded any single day or month with a zero and prefer to write out the four-digit year.

Huh, Pawn Stars is still pumping out new episodes. Last night’s new episode had a Disney animator who worked on stuff from Sleeping Beauty to Toy Story 2 selling autographed stills.

One thing the Jordan documentary has skipped over, but it may touch upon in the final two upcoming episodes, is the relationship he had with his wife and kids. So far, we’ve seen his mother and siblings interviewed, but nothing from his first wife and kids. With basketball the number one thing in his life and his dedication to winning at all costs, I’m guessing they didn’t feel that valued.

I’m going to invest in this since I’ve had two chronic cases of the hiccups in the last five years.

Designed by Dr. Ali Seifi, Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Texas, HiccAway is a safe alternative to existing drug therapies and much more efficient than silly tricks and wives tales.

HiccAway lowers the diaphragm while opening first, and then closing the epiglottis (the leaf-shaped flap in the throat that keeps food out of the windpipe). Doing so stimulates at the same time the “Phrenic” and “Vagus” nerves, allowing the brain to “reset” and stop the hiccups.

Place the HiccAway tube, with the cap attached, into a glass of water and attempt to drink from it, as you might drink from a straw. Once water reaches the mouth, swallow the water, and you should find relief from the hiccups.




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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  1. wordkyle says:

    The Nazi bombs were a bit more well-defined than the information we have on the coronavirus. Easier to keep the curtains closed when your city’s coming down around your ears than when experts can’t agree if hundreds/thousands/millions will die if we don’t all stay home. A better analogy would be the uncertainty over Hitler’s motives early on. Nobody knew what to think or do then, either.

    • Geeding says:

      I really wasn’t trying to compare the two what’s happened today to the blackouts, though one certainly made me think of the other. I don’t agree with your assessment of “Easier to keep the curtains closed when your city’s coming down around your ears.” Yes, I agree Hitler was a tangible threat, but he was half a world away and the continental U.S. was never attacked (other than one Japanese pilot bombing a wet forest in Washington state). I’m guessing there were Americans living on both coasts who refused to comply with the blackout because they felt their rights were being taken away or threatened when there not only wasn’t a single incident of a U.S. city being bombed. So I can picture them saying there’s no need to worry unless they actually hear reports of their planes over our land. I know there were u-boats sightings in the U.S. waters, but that wouldn’t relate to an aerial attack.

      • David Bryant says:

        I think it is apples and oranges because of the general political environment then vs. now. After Pearl Harbor everyone had a common enemy…actually 2, Japan and Germany. Everyone was willing to pull together and aim their anger and their energy at that enemy.

        It would be nice if we considered the virus our common enemy, but now we are so divided culturally. Our enemies are the ‘other side’ and all within our borders. For some the enemy is Trump/the right…for others it is the left. For some it is the mainstream media…for others the alt right media. Before the virus came along we were so divided and focused on battling ‘the other side’ that we have been unable to turn everything against our common enemy, the virus.

        So, while there very well may have been some people whose ‘gut’ prompted them to refused to do the blackout they were probably rare…and unable to congregate on a Reddit community with other like minded individuals…so it had little impact.

      • wordkyle says:

        I was thinking of London pre American involvement. The attitudes of Londoners during the bombing

        • Geeding says:

          I definitely agree with you and can’t imagine what it would be like living in London during those times. Our country is fortunate we haven’t had to experience air raids.

  2. Alec666 says:

    I can’t for the life of me understand why this issue (virus) became so black and white. If you make a choice to stay home, good for you. If you want to go out do it (and don’t socialize with high risks grandparents)
    If you feel you’re at higher risk, isolate, if you’re young and healthy dont isolate. People on either side have become more concern with what other people are doing instead of making clear thoughtful decisions about their own families. People taking pictures of siblings (exercising) and posting them on line is a vile example.
    I for one an more concerned at how easily we gave up our rights:
    Close schools- no problem
    Close malls- no problem
    Close restaurants-no problem
    Curfews-no problem
    Close churches-no problem

    • Geeding says:

      Oh, I’m sure you’ve been around long enough, seen enough things, been in enough arguments, that for the life of you, you have an idea why some folks think totally opposite, even without any attached political difference. Some folks simply believe baseball is only baseball if you let pitchers bat. I’ll just tackle one of your thouy. What you suggested to me seems reasonable once infection numbers start a downward trend. Right now numbers in Texas continue to rise even with social distancing and strong disinfectant efforts. We also have to keep in mind some segments of the population can’t help but overlap. A fourth grader may have a grandparent living with them, or a teacher of a middle school could fit that senior age or higher risk health segment, and we wouldn’t want to force them to work in an environment which puts them in danger. Those are just random examples and there are certainly others. What you suggested could be implemented once there are enough testing kits around so we really know what we are dealing with. I think that and taking temperatures before entrance to an area or buio would also help your proposal.

  3. Alec666 says:

    It was my humble opinion Keith and I certainly value/respect yours.
    I also wonder if we would be willing to do this again three years from now? And again five years from now?
    Eight years from now? Just one segment for instance medicine (nursing, medical schools) would be devastated.

  4. RPM says:

    Here are some facts. COVID-19 is a virus. It is not Democrat or Republican. It does not care how you vote. It does care how you behave. It does not care about your 401K. It is highly contagious and much worse than a bad case of flu. It is asymptomatic and most deadly to those with underlying conditions.
    Now you can politic all you want, but COVID-19 is like the Honey Badger. It don’t care. It just spreads.

    Listen to the scientists.

  5. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    I concur with RPM. Without reservation.

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