Tuesday, December 1, 2020

TV still talking about who should get Corona virus Vaccine first

 Cool and all that.  But American industry will churn out enough vaccine for everybody in the world given a few months. 

They submitted the paperwork to FDA.

 And FDA is going to sit on it for two weeks.  Responsive they are. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Who should get the covid vaccine first?

Been a lotta talk about this.  Health care workers, and the elderly in nursing homes, and then some other groups get mentioned.  I think we ought to give the vaccine to retail workers, those who have been manning the cash registers at grocery stores. Wally mart, Home Despot and the like.  Nobody mentions them, but they get exposed to everybody town, and without them we could not even get groceries.  And the truck drivers who have been getting food to the grocery stores and other places.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

New US government computer model claims 100 million Covid cases

Of course, the model suggests that there are a lot of "cases" out their that didn't make the patient sick enough to see a doctor, or get tested.  Personally I believe that cases of a disease, corona virus or just plain old measles ought to diagnosed, by medical personnel, not guessed at by computer modelers.  Far as I am concerned, unless patient gets sick, shows symptoms, runs a fever, we don't have a case.  Right now they are calling every false positive from testing a case, even when the patient isn't sick.  And, this kind of imagineering of the number of cases, does crazy things to the death rate.  For the same number of deaths, if you call the number of cases 100 mil, the death rate drops down to practically nothing.   Plus we know that the medics are under a lot of pressure to call every death a Corona virus death.   

   There was a study, that got published and then got retracted a day or two later, that claimed that the over all US death rate (all causes) was about the same this year as it was last year before the Corona virus hit.  Which suggests that a lot of the deaths blamed on Corona virus would have happened anyhow due to patient age and other conditions.  

Anyhow, I am taking all the Corona virus statistics with a grain of salt.  Maybe a whole tablespoon of salt.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

His Dark Materials

 They made a miniseries out of the Phillip Pullman books (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass).  It plays on HBO and I got the first season thru Netflix.  I started on the first disc, and have watched the first two episodes so far.  It's not bad.  The landscapes and cityscapes are well done and convincing.  The daemons are well done.  I assume both are all CGI. The interior scenes, especially of Jordan College are beautiful and well done.  The airships look good.  
    They gave black actors a lot of parts in this one.  They all seem to be pretty good actors.
    It doesn't move all that fast.  After two hour long episodes we have only gotten Lyra picked up by Mrs Coulter and brought to Mrs Coulter's London place.  Lyra has just decided that Mrs Coulter means her no good and she slips out the window and runs for it.   The girl they cast for Lyra's part is really too old, too tall, and not all that cute.  The Golden Compass movie had a better young actress for Lyra's part.  
    I read the books, some years ago, so I could recognize the major characters and know their names.  The poor second string characters don't get names.  Nobody ever addresses them by name, or speaks about them and gives their name.  If you haven't read the books, you will need to pay very careful attention to the plot or you will get lost.  
   All in all, it's pretty good, I plan to watch all the episodes.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lotta whining, lotta bitching, Senate grills Big Tech

The senate has spend all morning grilling Big Tech, Facebook and Twitter.  Senators have complained about them.  No senator had the stones to propose any concrete fixes.  Such as using Sherman anti trust to break both of them up for being monopolies.  Break them into smaller pieces, let the pieces compete against each other in the marketplace for users and advertisers.  That will force them to stop objectionable activities such as censoring conservatives.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Goldie Oldie

 Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields.  This one won an Oscar surprisingly enough.  Box office was good enough to make a second one in 1980.  Lot's of great cars.  They don't make cars like that anymore.  Enjoyable mindless watch last night.  Sally Fields does a great job.  She is cute, funny, and tough enough to keep Burt Reynolds more or less in line.  Jackie Gleason makes a great redneck southern sheriff.