Bookshelves During Pandemic Get Much Notice

Over the past weeks, since most of us have been home while adhering to government orders so to bend the curve of COVID-19, we have been paying attention to the bulk of people on television programs doing their broadcasts from home.  Many people are situated in front of bookcases during their on-air segments.   Readers everywhere are always pleased to have the chance to see that others have on their shelves.  (Who does not head to the shelves of those we visit and take note of the books?)

Over the weeks we have all paused the TV feed to stand closer to the screen to look at the volumes on the shelves.  Such as what Paul Rudd had on his shelves.

1. “Code of Conduct,” by Brad Thor: The 15th installment in Thor’s thriller series has counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath uncovering the inner workings of a secretive committee of elites running the world.

2. “Jude the Obscure,” by Thomas Hardy: The classic 1895 novel of a young, working-class man who yearns to become a scholar but is thwarted by society and love.

3. “Slave Day,” by Rob Thomas: From the creator of “Veronica Mars,” this Texas high school drama has a disturbing plot involving teens auctioning off one another. “Clueless” this is not.

Many on social media used their time during the shut-down in unique ways.  Compile some book titles into interesting phrases.   This was my offering.


And this is where I stage many of my history videos.




Smart Openings Following State Shut-Downs Is A Must

This blog has taken a consistent position regarding the pandemic and the need to proceed with a data-driven process for the reopening of businesses.  Those who shout and bring massive guns to rallies around the nation demanding instant openings are not the ones to be listened to;  rather the sober and professional voices are the leaders who should be heard.

Today this article stood out regarding how the nation has seemingly been turned over to the ones who were on the opposite end of the valedictorian rolls.

Still, given the heavy social burdens of the closures, some states are drawing up more cautious, calibrated plans. Governor Andrew Cuomo, of New York, has said that he intends to allow hospitals in some upstate counties, which have been less hard hit, to resume performing elective procedures—a category that includes many cancer surgeries. He also has committed New York to work in concert with six other Northeastern states, so that they do not end up undercutting one another’s efforts. California, Oregon, and Washington have formed a similar partnership. Reopening is, in fact, a matter not of relaxation but of vigilance. Governor Gavin Newsom, of California, has begun talking about opening schools in July, to make up for lost days, but he also closed the state’s beaches, after crowds of people flocked to them.

Some who argue for reopening sooner rather than later say that doing so will allow for a “controlled spread” of the disease, in which more people can develop a resistance and the population as a whole can achieve “herd immunity.” One problem with this approach is the projected number of hospitalizations and deaths along the way, which is very high. Another is that the idea assumes that those who have had covid-19 will, indeed, be immune. But, as the World Health Organization recently warned, it isn’t yet clear how effective or enduring any immunity might be. There are viruses, such as measles, for which the immunity is lifelong; for sars and mers, which are coronaviruses, immunity seems to fade, on average, in a couple of years. For the four other known human coronaviruses, which cause varieties of the common cold, immunity lasts just months.

The absurdity of some of the reopening measures—tattoo parlors?—raises the possibility that the public may be reluctant to follow the governors’ lead. Businesses may decide to stay closed or to keep their employees working from home. People may decide not to go to restaurants or malls or to take public transportation. But those with fewer financial resources may not have the luxury to choose safer ways of living. Last week, officials in Iowa and Nebraska made it clear that anyone who declines to go back to work will risk losing unemployment benefits. Many low-wage workers—in grocery stores, hospitals, and the meatpacking plants that Trump has ordered to stay open, even as they have become centers of outbreaks—have never stopped showing up. Moreover, as the covid Tracking Project noted, in South Dakota, a state that is almost ninety per cent white, people of color account for close to seventy per cent of the confirmed cases—a reflection of the demographics of meatpackers, and of wider disparities.

Massive Pile-Up On Both Lanes Of Hwy. 39, Waushara County

Huge pile-ups are reported in both the north and south lanes of Highway 39 on the border of Waushara and Portage County.  It took place a short time ago. Complete blackout from the dirt being blown over the major highway.   This has long been a problem as large farm operations have not been forced to plant tree rows and take other corrective measures to stem this problem—which has been happening for decades.  Photos from Beth Juris.






There Is Always Bond….James Bond

When the headlines need to be replaced with something lighter and fun, there is always James Bond. When I was a boy I discovered Ian Fleming and several years ago for Christmas James bought me the entire Bond set. This weekend I selected the gem Goldfinger for a weekend romp.

I read my first Bond book under the large oak tree at the Hancock family home place, the tree being situated in the front yard. Today, I am still reading Bond near trees.