Despite Outreach, Few Bay Area Homeless Occupy New Shelters As Coronavirus Epidemic Deepens – CBS San Francisco

Photo from the article.

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In this March 19, 2020 A homeless encampment in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margo

(“Obviously these are people who are writing recommendations who don’t have any direct experience with what a person goes through when they are homeless,” said Joe Smith, advocacy director for Loaves & Fishes, a Sacramento nonprofit group that provides meals and services to the homeless.)

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/03/26/coronavirus-despite-outreach-few-bay-area-homeless-receive-shelter-epidemic-deepens/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social

Back in the day, when I was a Police Officer (before political correctness), we had a “Street” person whom we called “Crazy Mary”. Mary ate out of trash cans, ran into hotels and took a dump in the hotel hallways and just about everything else you can think of a homeless person would do. The Post and Sector Officers all knew Mary and kept an eye on her.

Part of it was that Mary was actually quite well off financially.  She never had less than a $1,000.00 dollars in her beat up purse when we had to deal with her. Supposedly her husband had died and left 8 different bank accounts with enough money in them to keep Mary set for life, but she chose to live on the streets. I never did learn when her obvious psychosis began – before or after her husband passed.

The main point is that Mary would never go to a shelter or seek help in any way. Everyone in the various governmental agencies, Nonprofits, churches and so on could not talk Mary into getting any kind of help – she preffered the streets.

The point is that there are a lot of “Mary’s” on the streets. Either because of their mental health issues, refusal to want to follow the basic rules of a shelter, will not give up the drink and drugs or a myriad of other reasons, a large number of the”homeless” will not avail themselves to even tempory quarters of any kind if it takes them from the street. Any one who works with the homeless knows this fact of life and what it takes to get the people to accept necessary help.

Political types are usually clueless and can’t understand how anyone would refuse their generous offer. They’re very good at spending money, but not very good at understanding the root causes behind a problem – except for the political reasons.

Now they will spend millions of dollars for temporary fixes and you know what – it won’t work.

Others articles of Interest about CoVid-19 and homelessness.

First Coronavirus-Related Death Of Homeless Person Sets Off Race To Find Shelter In Santa Clara Co. – CBS San Francisco – posted 03/18/20

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/03/17/first-coronavirus-related-death-of-homeless-person-sets-off-race-to-find-shelter-in-santa-clara-co/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social

Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Authorizes $150M To Protect Homeless From COVID-19 – CBS San Francisco – posted 03/19/20

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-update-homeless-protection-gov-newsom-authorizes-150m-emergency-funding-covid-19/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social

Cities Rush to Respond as Homelessness and Coronavirus Collide – Route Fifty – posted 03/21/20 

https://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2020/03/homelessness-and-coronavirus-collide/163978/

States and Cities Turn to Empty Hotel Rooms to House Homeless and People Ill With Coronavirus – Route Fifty – posted 03/25/20

https://www.routefifty.com/health-human-services/2020/03/states-and-localities-turn-empty-hotel-rooms-house-homeless-and-others/164076/

Unfortunately, all of the rush to take care of the homeless in the midst of the CovID-19 pandemic – when they’ve been putting it off for years – is pretty much a failed exercise in government waste and mismanagement.

California Cities Could See Coronavirus Outbreaks As Bad As NYC, Officials Say – CBS Sacramento – posted 03/27/20

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020/03/27/california-cities-could-see-coronavirus-outbreaks-as-bad-as-nyc-officials-say/

It will probably be worse than New York’s due to sheer numbers.

Doc’s Public Health Issues – Crisis Point

Locust plague March 16-21 2020: continuing swarms in Africa and the Middle East

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I’ve been talking about the ongoing locust plague in Africa/Middle East for a while now and found this somewhat current video on youtube. I’ve also included several older videos so you can see the scope of the problem.

Locust plague March 16-21 2020: continuing swarms in Africa and the Middle East

Mar 21, 2020

Swarms of locusts cover the sky in Russia – YouTube

February 2013

Madagascar battles worst locust plague in 60 years – YouTube

May 2013

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MTOgUjMcQWk

This will eventually cause some major food disrupttions around the globe.

More information at:

Food Insecurity – Locust Plague

Unbelievably Large Swarm of Locusts Threatens Middle East | The Weather Channel

https://weather.com/science/environment/news/2020-03-18-swarm-of-locusts-threatens-middle-east?fbclid=IwAR2r3XIwkqZJEJ5NCLL2Awx_6iF28W-5RPp14k956IHRM_GzgN9OeFgjYHg

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http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html

Where to Look for more Information

http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html

My page is locateds at: Food Insecurity – Locust Plague

 

 

May I Say – I Told You So!

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round magenta objects),                         also known as COVID-19, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.                               Image: NIAID-RML

There – I patted myself on the back for being right. Onward.

“Wuhan”, COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 is here like some of us feared.

I’ve been quiet for a while because I wanted to see what would happen when COVID-19 went World-Wide – sometimes you just have to watch, be quiet and not get caught up in the hype. I’ve watched governments, politicians and the “people” and a lot of what I thought would happen has happened. Truthfully? I’ve been laughing my ass off at a lot of what is going on in the good old U.S. of A.

One of the first things I would like to point out is that COVID-19 burst onto the scene between 4 and 5 months ago. Do you realize how short of time that actually is for something of this magnitude? No government can react that quickly to something like this and people, politicians and news media types using this against ANY government or specific politician are speaking out of their asses. This article just appeared today –

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17 | South China Morning Post

https://www.scmp.com/print/news/china/society/article/3074991/coronavirus-chinas-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-traced-back

A month before it first actually hit the news.

Second I would like to say something about logistics.  I was a Navy Corpsman, Senior Corpsman of a shock/sugical/triage area of a Navy Field Hospital. I worked frequently with what we called Mount-Out boxes. AMAL’s or whatever they are called now. I’ve had to survey, inventory, rotate stocks, resupply and so on what went into those “boxes”. It’s “manpower” intensive and people can spend their whole careers just taking care of one area and nothing else.  Almost everything in the medical field has “expiration dates” or “Sterility Guaranteed” dates and are rotated frequently.. Medical equipment is much the same except it gets outdated quickly and new, current stuff gets fed into the chain replacing the old – frequently never used – equipment. The “News Media” seems to have no idea about what medical logistics, National Stockpiles and so on do and yet, they are “Experts” on it. They seem to think that there should be a respiratory in storage for every man, woman and child in the U.S. That the masks, goggles, outfits, and everything else need to protect people should just magically appear when needed. They are either totally stupid or still pushing an agenda.

Third I would like to talk about our “Public Health Leaders” – not the people who actually do the work – but the “Leaders”. People who, because of a PhD., being politcally connected, “politically” safe or not a threat to the current politicians, get the jobs as “Leaders”. While this is very noticable on a local level, it’s everywhere – every change in “Administrations”. Add the “politically correct” agenda items that every politician has – some of which have little or no Public Health component but will help getting them re-elected – and what is happening today is not unexpected or surprising. They aren’t ready for what is going on, never expected it to happen and don’t know how to respond except on a political level to a public health crisis. An interesting article in GOVERNING Magazine states this clearly:

Pandemic Provides Defining Moment for Government Leaders

Governors and mayors don’t run for office with the intention of managing emergencies. But when a crisis strikes, they become the public face of government response and need to be ready to communicate accurately and calmly.
https://www.governing.com/now/Pandemic-Provides-Defining-Moment-for-Government-Leaders.html

And a number of them will fail badly.

Fourth – “the people”. NO politician who wants to get re-elected is going to stop the American people of today from their rights to act like idiots – or so they believe. It’s just not done and “my” right to act like an idiot is a Constitutional right – at least that is what it has become – pushed by the same politicians who are now afraid to act on a number of Public Health Issues.  Plus, you have to add what is called the “Jaws Syndrome” – after the movie.  Closing the beaches closes the town and no one makes money. Just last night, the “news” interviewed a “Spring breaker” down in Florida and he was going to party, came down there to party and was going to party regardless of what was happening – and the beaches and bars were still open at that time. I think that says enough about “the people” – except for the toilet paper hoarders! Those clowns make everyone look bad.

My last point is about this one White House Reporter who (and I’m not saying her name or station), at every news conference, claims that saying COVID-19 started in China is prejudice against China. Hello, it did and that is well documented everywhere. We are to rewrite almost every bit of history because of her “Political Correctness” views? Geographic landmarks or individuals in power have been the source of events name for Centuries and we are supposed to rewrite history for one dizzy broad – yes I don’t care if you like it or not. Refer back to above “the people”.

Use some common sense people and get real.

 

Ready or Not: 2020 PROTECTING THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH FROM DISEASES, DISASTERS, AND BIOTERRORISM ISSUE

The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Colorado. TFAH wishes to recognize and thank Glen Mays and Michael Childress of the NHSPI for their collaboration and expertise as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its continued funding support. Ready or Not and the NHSPI, are complementary projects that work together to measure and improve the country’s health security and emergency preparedness. TFAH looks forward to a continued partnership.

This came out in Mid-February – before the present situation really hit the headlines.

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A80540539-f95e-4ba4-aa0d-e7350690ae6b

Hundreds of billions of locusts swarm in East Africa – BBC News

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Reuters  – Image caption A man attempts to fend off a swarm of                                                               desert locusts at a ranch near the town of Nanyuki, in Laikipia county, Kenya

The BBC has put together pictures of the Locust Plague striking East Africa and elsewhere right now. Besides COVID-19, the world will have to deal with the food insecurity issues this plague is going to cause in the near future.

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Reuters –  Image caption Men try to repel locusts flying over grazing land                                                     in Lemasulani village, Samburu county, Kenya 

It’s hard to image the scope of this Locust Plague without seeing pictures such as these.

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EPA – Image caption A man runs through a desert locust swarm in the                                                     bush near Enziu, Kitui county, about 200km (124 miles) east of the capital, Nairobi

The article to see these and other pictures:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51618188?at_campaign=64&at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_custom4=76FBA62E-62EC-11EA-9F61-13D6FCA12A29&at_custom2=facebook_page&at_medium=custom7&at_custom3=BBC+News

Link to my page of this Plague:

Food Insecurity – Locust Plague

Media Driven Panic!

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I started hearing about a “New” Infectious Disease coming out of China in December of last year. I followed the few news reports available from China until it broke out into the World media. Suddenly, it was everywhere.  I started talking about it in early January and watched it quite closely. This was it! I told myself this was the “Disease X” they were worried and afraid of! NOT!

I quickly noticed that this was not “Disease X” feared for so long.  The numbers weren’t adding up. In the “News”, the numbers of those exposed quickly surpassed the number of those actually having it – numbers of those exposed in the thousands, the numbers of those actually having it in the hundreds.  Intial mortality rates were less than half of the number of those dying of flu every year. Then, finally, it was noted that those of us who are older with underlying conditions were the ones doing the dying. This was something completely different than the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 which seemed to like as younger crowd. Yet, in the “News”, this became the comparison event. Then most of those infected (no clear statistics available yet but maybe between 80-90%) started being discharged from medical care. Some of the survivors actually stated it was like having a bad “Cold”.

And yet, the “Media” is driving it into a panic.

Face it, how many times can you hear “8,000 exposed and 2 actually having it” without starting to think “What the hell is going on?” How many times can you hear “8,000 exposed, 2 have it and 1 dead” without wondering whats going on in the “News”? The problem is that most people aren’t thinking logically about this and only reacting to the panic the “News” is spreading.

You don’t need 6 months of toilet paper in case you get “COVID-19” and yet stores are selling out of it.  You don’t need every bottle of hand sanitizer you can find – fist fights are breaking out between customers panicing to buy every bottle and every roll they can get their hands on. No, drinking or soaking yourself in bleach is not going to prevent you from getting the illiness – it will kill you quicker than the actual disease. Wearing a facemask may make you feel better, but it’s not going to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you want to walk around in a full hazmat suit, be my guest, but you’re going to look very stupid.

Yet most of the “News” organizations keep feeding into the panic. Standard pattern – get a story and push it, push it it, push it – sensationalize it to the max.

Finally, some people are starting to promote the truth – stop panicing, you are not going to die from COVID-19.

Philip Johnson wrote an opinion piece in “The Telegraph” on March 3rd entitled “The big danger of coronavirus is that we panic ourselves into a greater crisis.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/03/big-danger-coronavirus-panic-greater-crisis/?utm_content=telegraph&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1583415152

And that is what has happened – pushed by “Media” darlings.

The major problem from all of this is, once this has calmed down, everyone will realize the “Media” pushed us to panic and most won’t like it. The “Media” IS NOT very respected right now and this will drive the favorable rate even lower. They’ve also started making this about politics again instead of pushing togetherness against a “common foe” I guess with the impeachment debacle over, they’re taking a different path to push their agenda and to hell with who gets hurt.

There will be other Illinesses to talk about this year andno one will believe “The Media” to be honest about it.  I’ve been following the Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. for about a year and a half now and yet they won’t talk about it.  Dengue is going to be big this year in the U.S.- we’re talking a million or two cases around the world right now, people are dying of it, yet they’re not taking about.

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“The Yucatan Times” published the following article on March 6th,  “In Latin America, Dengue is deadlier than Coronavirus – The Yucatan Times”

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/in-latin-america-dengue-is-deadlier-than-coronavirus/

But have you heard anyone else talking about this?

There’s a plague of Desert Locust sweeping across Eastern Africa, up into the Middle East and maybe into China – have you heard about it?

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A lot of people are going to go hungry because of this!

There’s a lot going on in the World that we here in the U.S. don’t hear about because we are at the mercy of bib “Media” companies. Keep an open mind when listening to anyone and do your own research.