Broadcasting Live

April 13, 2008


I’m sorry I missed posting something the past two days; I was finishing up the work week around here. In case you’re interested, in case you’re looking for something to do, here is a very informative interactive map compiled and updated by The New York Times. It graphically details much information about COVID-19 infections in the U.S. For instance, I learned that the Alabama county of my birth, on the Georgia state line, has far-and-away more cases per capita than any other county in the state. Chambers County, Alabama, has almost 700 cases per 100,000 citizens, more than double that of the next county in line, neighboring Tallapoosa County. You might want to poke around on the map and see what you can learn. Hours of fun! (Sorry!)


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    • That’s something that bothered me immensely when the various media loudly proclaimed that the U.S. had surpassed Italy in COVID-19 deaths. For quite a while, no medium mentioned that – in terms of per capita – the U.S. was significantly below Italy.

      A few days ago, a couple of the media outlets began to include that fact in their stories, but it was stated in a short sentence that could be easily missed.

      I can say this for the couple of outlets that included the information: at least they had the blurb somewhere in the first paragraph.

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    • I seem to have lucked out: Left Ferndale and the Royal Oak newspaper in 1998 for Reading in Hillsdale County. Left there in 2014 for Vicksburg in Kalamazoo County.

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  1. The entire state of Utah (I think we have a population of 3.2 million) has 2,931 confirmed cases, with 25 total deaths from the disease. Two days ago 94 out of 205 homeless men at the South Salt Lake Resource Center tested positive for COVID-19. The county health department has redirected its focus now to include the shelters.

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  2. Population of Italy=60 million; population of USA=328 million.
    Rick, it has bothered me as well that so much of the news media has been making a 1:1 comparison of countries’ COVID-19 deaths. What’s their point? Or is there not one, and Hanlon’s Razor* explains it?
    * “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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    • Oh, and when I clicked on the NYT map, a notice seemed to say that Google would share with the newspaper, among other things, my profile photo. Why do they need that? Especially since mine has a Sopwith Camel in it? 😀

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  3. Perhaps one day, all this will virus mess will be just a memory preserved by an annual historical festival called “Run & Hide Days”.
    One thing it’s allowed me to do is go through the on-computer recipe collection I started 30+ years and about six computers ago. (The first was one of the Tandy 1000’s; no hard=drive, no mouse, two 5.25-inch floppies, as I recall.)
    Pulled out a recipe for Kielbasa & Cabbage with Rice Soup and cooked it tonight. Turned out to be quite tasty.

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    • Delivery of leftovers would be a bit of an issue. Actually pretty easy to make. For anyone interested…
      A Recipe from Ghost’s Kitchen
      Cabbage, Kielbasa and Rice Soup
      Ingredients
      7 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
      1 cup long-grain white rice, such as basmati or jasmine
      1 tablespoon vegetable oil
      3/4 pounds kielbasa, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
      1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
      1/2 medium green cabbage, cored and finely shredded

      Directions
      1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 3/4 cups of the chicken broth with the rice and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 18 minutes, until the rice is tender.
      2. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat the oil. Add the kielbasa and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onion and cabbage and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the remaining 6 cups of broth and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately low heat until the cabbage is tender, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the rice and serve.

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