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Silent but Deadly

For ‘diarrheic gases’ read ‘farts’ throughout. We’re DOOOOOOOOMED!

I gather China is having a shitfit about people calling it the Wuhan flu. That’s racist, apparently. US media being what it is, they’d taken up the cry. A reminder of other geographic illnesses:

Spanish flu
German measles
West Nile virus
Guinea worm
Zika virus
Rock Mountain Spotted Fever
Lyme Disease

Spanish flu is particularly unfair. They were about the last country in Europe to get it but, not being part of WWI, they were the free to report about it so that’s the first most people heard of it.

Britain’s reaction to the flu is seriously not good (and is unique in the world, I believe). The plan is: old and vulnerable people go home and stay there for the foreseeable, and everybody else carries on, gets a dose of the flu and the country swiftly develops herd immunity. Even if there were not persistent reports of re-infection (so, no immunity), the likelihood is this will overwhelm the NHS in no time.

I have a feeling they will change that plan shortly.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and keep washing those hands.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 13, 2020, 9:20 pm

Yes, the blog was down for half an hour. I updated the Ratings Widget (that thing that lets you rate posts) and it broke the whole blog. Including the administrative dingus that would allow me to fix it. I had to go in through the control panel, which brings me out in hives.

So, no more rating people’s comments, I’m afraid ๐Ÿ™

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 13, 2020, 9:40 pm

No more ratings widget? A very minor annoyance, nowhere near as severe as Stoaty’s hives (which I hope were completely cured by the end of the control panel session).

OK, everybody just assume I gave your comment an upthumb. Or a downthumb. Let your conscience be your guide!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 13, 2020, 9:44 pm

It would be my preference to call it the Chicom Lung Virus.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: March 13, 2020, 10:13 pm

The Chinese are trying to say that it was the US Army that planted the virus in Wuhan…of course Twitter isn’t banning *them* for hate speech.

The Chinese are desperately trying to re-write history now so they don’t get handed a multi-trillion dollar bill for damages.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 14, 2020, 12:49 am

My personal choice of names is โ€œBat Stew Fluโ€

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: March 14, 2020, 1:22 am

What Uncle Al said!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Comment from dissent
Time: March 14, 2020, 5:45 am

Well, I was going to comment on how over here in the Colonies the batshit crazy thing that is going on is that people are hoarding toilet paper. But “diarrheic gases”. Okay, then, maybe.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 14, 2020, 7:43 am

I can assure you that virii don’t float on plumes of gas, but leaky plumbing is never a good idea.
Our garage cat “retired” a few months ago, and now missus wants a kitten. There simply aren’t any, but that will change in aonth or two.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: March 14, 2020, 8:09 am

Wuhan Flu
Wu Flu
Kung Fu Flu
Yellow Flu
Chicom Flu
Chinese Flu
Red Chinese Flu

Those are all that I have heard / read.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 14, 2020, 12:52 pm

Bob Mulroy – it took Her Stoatliness forever to find Wellington so, yes, kittuns is in short supply until the spring. Then, woe betide anyone with a vacant slot and a soft heart!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 14, 2020, 12:53 pm

Bat stew flu is still my favourite!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 14, 2020, 1:30 pm

What I find entertaining (that’s how I am) about the panic is I can drive for 3 miles in a given direction and encounter stocked shelves, and 3 in the other and…

(interlude for a punch line for a joke told to me by a chap from Birmingham 30 years ago…

Heard between WC10/WC11, Paddington Station.
“Are you Nealy Dunn?”
“Ah! But I’ve got nay paper!”
“That’s a terrible excuse for not writing your gran!”

– back to Toilet Paper tales)

…shelves bare as the day they were put up.

So far I’ve noticed that the ‘poorer’ areas aren’t loading up their houses with TP, and the ‘rich’ (assh*les) with college degrees are the ones flipping out.

I despair for the survival rate of these people (probably low).

If you’re ever mocked as a “prepper”, or think of mocking a prepper – remember how stupid it got this time over toilet paper and ponder what would happen in a real crisis.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 14, 2020, 3:31 pm

Stay tuned for the latest crisis recipes.

Stir Fry Toilet Paper with water.
Toilet Paper Stew.
Bean sprouts and shredded toilet paper in light soy sauce.
And Toilet Paper Ramen with green pepper flakes and salt.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 14, 2020, 11:35 pm

The media is flipping out, but in reality fewer people have died than on a summer holiday weekend in Chicago.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 15, 2020, 2:30 am

For anyone who can’t find toilet paper, retailers still seem to have a good supply of kitty litter. Just sayin’.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 15, 2020, 3:32 am

The insanity has finally reached local.

The bread aisle was empty.
Bottled Water – out.
Chicken refrigerator units were all empty.

I was just trying to buy a 4lb pack of chicken thighs and 5 lbs of hamburger to make dog food (yes, the Dane eats well).

We’ve gone completely, utterly, stupid.

Comment from Drew458
Time: March 15, 2020, 3:05 pm

While I have my doubts about this simulation research, it does make a great argument for not using low water toilets. While modern plumbing can empty the bowl with l.26 gallons, it isn’t going to flow the poo down the pipe as far, which may allow more vapors to work their way back up a common drain pipe.

This is also a good argument for high volume bathroom ventilators. I’ve installed plenty of these for customers, and the truth is that a CFM rate about 3 to 5 times higher than what “experts” say is what gets the job done. The new designs are very quiet, but you likely need a 6″ diameter duct.

Also, if the common pipe was already broken, wouldn’t everyone in the building already have been complaining about the smell?

Comment from BJM
Time: March 15, 2020, 7:08 pm

@Uncle Al…we be saving a stack of the WSJ. ;>)

@durned…you could buy online. I buy all our meat from these guys now. Their 80/20 hamburger is delicious, it has flavor like it did when we were kids. They ship with dry ice and I’ve not had any problem. The best thing is you know who raised the animals and that the meat is free of drugs/etc., and you are supporting ranchers, many of whom have returned to the family farm, they are doing it right for their children, us, the animals and the land.

No, I’m not a eco wack doodle, but when it’s better, why not? Don’t get sticker shock when you pull up the page…do the math per lb. & look at the sales. Oh and the lamb is to die for.

I suggested that they should offer a pet meat pack…lots of us feed our pups fresh. I make up a hamburger, hard boiled eggs & brown rice melange that makes our doggehs dance at feeding time. I top it off with a shot of Braggs apple cider vinegar and a drizzle of EVOO.

This virus thing has me rethinking getting chickens again…we should be more food secure and chooks are in that wheelhouse.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 15, 2020, 7:27 pm

Have youse guys seen the Italians singing from their balconies and windows? Gotta love their spirit and amidst the panic buying and fighting over toilet paper, it is reassuring that the world hasn’t gone mad. The Beeb has some too, but this one from Sienna is my favorite.

(@Stoaty, sorry about redirecting to Althouse, but twitter is soooo invasive nowadays and her readers are much like yours.)

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 16, 2020, 3:21 am

BJM – not shocked ๐Ÿ™‚
If it’s good stuff those aren’t bad prices, and we aren’t feeding 3 growing savages any more.
Thankyou for the link!

The Dane is the main reason we do home made. Her now departed sister had skin issues and she had stomach and urinary tract issues, all of which cleared up when we started hand making. Chicken, burger, eggs and carrots.

Since she’s practically an immortal (12 year old Great Dane mix) I don’t expect we’ll be doing this much longer and then it’ll be down from feeding a 125 lb creature to feeding three who total out at less than 30.
Small Dog the cat is too snotty to eat any of this ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 16, 2020, 3:45 am

I see the ‘Hillary States of America’ are, pretty much as I expected, over-reacting, still.

Now the bars are being closed.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 16, 2020, 8:12 pm

@Durned Yeah Gov Nuisance is blathering about how he doesn’t need to impose martial law…which means it’s on the short list. He’s also admitted that the state needs to pick up the homeless to stop the spread of the virus.

What I want to know is what he plans to do about the Ho Ho & Twinkie shortage.

Italy will probably have a baby boom in Dec and Jan. Confine folks to home and Voila!

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