Opinion: It’s Been A Year

 Opinion: It’s Been A Year

By George Smith  — January 17, 2022

It’s been a year since Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States.

It has been a horrendous year for the president, the nation, the world.

Covid won’t retreat. Russia is rattling sabers. The Democrats Party is strangling itself with internal conflict. The GOP is manipulating the absolute right to vote for every citizen. Vice President Kamala Harris is AWOL and most people could care less. Biden’s cornerstone policy changes in voter registration and laws, and filibuster reform seem to be spectral fantasies.

Inflation is whooooo-high: Gas prices climbing; a single tamale at a taqueria can run $3.25; you can see the back of an abundance of grocery shelves; prices across the board continue to climb.

 It is a sucker bet that the Republicans will regain control of Congress at November’s midterm elections.

To put it succinctly: President Biden is a lame duck president with 1,095.75 days left in his presidency.

It is not an overstatement that our democracy is in peril. The most divided national populous in 160-plus years is simmering and seems ready to implode.

The causes are apparent: Stress over the pandemic, an inept administration which displayed great promise and vision but had no viable game plan to execute necessary strategy; a worn-out leader who could not hark back to his younger days and build fences; cabinet members with bad public policy ideas, inexperience in their bureaucratic arena of interest…or both; partisan politicos of both parties more interested in personal programs and maintaining power than in ensuring the future of America.

Bottom line: Same old, same old. The only thing certain is this downward  spiral of democracy that what we are experiencing today will get worse before it gets better.

And, here’s hoping that better days are ahead. Because what we, as individuals, as a nation, as a global community, are going through now quite simply … sucks.

For positive change to occur, the words and actions of calm patriots must prevail and our leaders must embrace the true ideals of democracy.

All the average citizen can do at this point is pray.

Prayer can’t hurt at a time when the United States needs a true and lasting miracle.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/17/2022

HELLO, HOW ‘BOUT ‘DEM COWBOYS MAVERICKS!

Apparently, daily counts from the state will not always be available for new cases. Rather, they will be “dumped” every few days. I hope to continue compiling data that helps me, like the number of cases admitted in area G in 24 hours and ICC Beds available and the like. Note that we are nearing Gov. Abbot’s magic “15%”of hospital capacity filled by Covid patients. I don’t believe it is nearly as important as ICU numbers and available ventilators. “Daily Cases per 100,000 Population” continues to give perspective. Right now, Omicron is not overwhelming those functions — while it is overrunning other hospital beds and functions and normal medical care. Tomorrow’s numbers should be more helpful.

How to spot a fake N95, KN95, or KF94 mask

(J. Harris: Quick read with pictures.)

”…On N95s

The NIOSH mark is missing. NIOSH—spelled correctly—should be in block letters and easily detectable…There’s no approval number. This alphanumeric designation starts with the letters “TC-84A,” followed by four additional digits, and can be found on the mask or the bands. If there is one, check for it on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List. (Sometimes, crafty counterfeiters make one up, says the FBI. It’s also possible, though, that some might just steal one from a legitimate mask, whether or not they co-opted the branding as well.)..The mask has ear loops. Legitimate N95 masks never have ear loops; instead they have a pair of elastic bands that go around the back of the head. This typically creates a tighter seal than the ear loops characteristic of KN95s and KF94s.

It’s labeled for children. There are no kid-size N95 masks. Only adult-size masks undergo the NIOSH approval process and can be designated as N95s. So anything labeled as a “Kids N95” is, by definition, a phony. However, there are legitimate children’s-size KN95 and KF94 masks, including those we recommend in our guide to the best masks for kids and toddlers…

On KN95s

There’s no GB marking. The KN95 standard requires that masks made after July 1, 2021, be stamped with GB2626-2019, which provides reassurance that the manufacturer constructed the mask according to current Chinese respirator standards, Miller said. A mask with a GB number ending in 2006 was made according to the previous standard and is still legitimate if the expiration date hasn’t passed.

The origin of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

I run like the winded (or THE COWBOYS).

My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.

How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced?      A buccaneer

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