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Looking Into The Past For Examples

People are musing on how like the current situation is to prior pandemics – such as the Spanish flu pandemic, the SARS pandemic, or a flu pandemic in 1957 (which I had not heard of).

The more I’ve been watching the responses from the authorities, the more I’m feeling this is less like 1918 and more like 1914. This is where in a short period of time, the world is facing down a threat and all the people in charge can think of doing is the same old responses. Then there’s the fact that the people in charge aren’t exactly the cream of the crop you would want holding the reins of power during a great time of crisis.

Strange Downstream Effects

The Wife is going full telework for the duration. Plus our Toastmasters club is going to hold at least one virtual meeting.

Everyone’s talking about toilet paper being scarce, try to find a basic webcam.

USS Doris Miller

The Navy announced the name for newest Ford-class carrier will be for Pearl Harbor hero. If you don’t know who Doris Miller was, he earned the Navy Cross for grabbing a machine gun and taking out Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African-American awarded the Navy Cross.

I can’t wait to hear what the sailor will call her.

2020 Goals

I looked back at what I wrote in January 2019, and I still stand by that I will make goals instead of resolutions. I did hit my goals for weight loss, but none of my writing goals. It’s amazing how much being married and being in Toastmasters cut down on my free writing time.

So, here are my goals for 2020:

  1. Toastmasters – Achieve Level 2 on Pathways in Toastmasters (I need to do two more speeches)
  2. Writing – Finish the third Irregulars story
  3. Writing – Re-post all of Zombie Strike (somehow in all of the blog issues the audio has gone into the ether)
  4. Writing – Put up blog posts four times a week
  5. Activism – Contact my state representative and state senator on all the bad gun bills hitting the 2020 Florida legislative session.
  6. Weight – Maintain my goal weight and keep my tracking streak for the year
  7. Professional – Improve my PowerPivot and Power BI skills with an aim at improving my standard reports
  8. Training– Get to one gun class this year.

Hero Passes On

One of the heroes who helped rescue trapped boy scouts from a cave in Thailand has died from a blood infection he got during the rescue.

Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara, a Thai Navy Seal, contracted a blood infection during the rescue at Tham Luang cave.

My deepest condolences to his loved one.

What A Difference Five Days Make

Last week, the tracks had our area having a Hurricane Labor Day. Dorian kept moving east and slowing down that now we’re not even sure if we’re going to have much impact from the storm at all. Still concerned for friends and family on the east coast of Florida. The Bahamas and probably the Carolinas look like they’re going to get pasted.

I saw a friend on FB ask “Do I want to be a victim or an asshole?” Essentially, she was asking when praying for divine intervention, did she want to pray for the hurricane to hit other people so she and her family would be spared? I’m more on the if you’re going to pray, pray for those who can least bear the burden.

What Have You Changed Your Mind About?

This came up on the Concealed Carry podcast (I just recently added it to my feed). It’s an important question. Is the traditional wisdom still valid? So, what have I changed my mind about in terms of self-defense?

  1. I no longer carry two spare magazines. This is probably the biggest switch-out. After listening to a multitude of experts who have examined hundreds to thousands of self-defense situations, the evidence clearly shows that the situation will mostly be resolved with whatever bullets you have in your gun. The only reason I carry a spare is in case of malfunction.

  2. I don’t leave my gun in my truck. I don’t have a safe, and I’ve seen too many incidents where bad guys get guns because they were not properly secured in the vehicles (the guns, not the bad guys). Does this mean there are days I can’t carry? Unfortunately yes. Particularly since I can’t carry into the day job (not just breaking policy, but it’s a felony).

  3. Anonymity is a wonderful thing. Part of the reason I switched from my Aztek (which I loved) to my Xterra (which I also love) is that the Xterra is far more anonymous. Moreover, I don’t put any stickers or decals on my vehicle other than those that are required. If I’m out in public, I generally don’t wear anything that would scream “he’s got a gun!” Other CCWer’s would most likely know the signs, but not the general public.

I’m still evaluating the “how much lumens is enough” debate. I recently upgraded my EDC light to a 750 lumen model, which is maybe more light than I actually need. It’s hard to shake the “need all teh lumenz!”

Light Blogging

We’re getting into the two busiest months at the day job. Plus, I’m competing for Toastmasters.

Blogging will be light and sporadic.

No Free Ice Cream

Working on Toastmasters speech.

The Dining Wars

The owner of the Red Hen, infamous for refusing service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, wrote an op-ed in the WaPo to declared that new social rules apply as to who should expect service in “respectable” establishments.

Quote: So when the day comes that the world feels returned to its normal axis, I expect we’ll see fewer highly charged encounters making headlines. In the meantime, the new rules apply. If you’re directly complicit in spreading hate or perpetuating suffering, maybe you should consider dining at home. (Emphasis added)

That sounds nice, except the definition of hate has been twisted beyond recognition by people like the author. Moreover, I very much doubt that she would support a restaurant refusing someone like Jessie Smollet. His hoax did a lot to spread hate on both sides.

She speaks a lot about firms needing to recognize their values, but it’s clear from her tone that only counts if it’s the values she wants people to have.

From my libertarian side, I can support her not wanting to serve people she thinks do not share her values or those she considers evil. (But I repeat myself.) However, like the free speech debate, this bifurcation of those deemed worthy and not worthy in the marketplace does little to help the political atmosphere.

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