Saturday, July 4, 2020

Some (Not So) Random Thoughts While My Country Still Allows Me To Have Them by BJ Neblett


Some (Not So) Random Thoughts While My Country Still Allows Me To Have Them by BJ Neblett

Where: Writing den, Ballard, WA
Music: ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits
When: July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

To all of this country’s dilettante leaders in politics, health care and education:
THANKS FOR RUINING MY COUNTRY!
So why did I include education? Simple. How many out there even know the meaning of dilettante?

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”
            John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The Boston Tea Party December 16, 1773
Humm…. The Great Seattle Mask Party
Nah…. Just doesn’t have the right ring to it.

From October 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020 (considered to be influenza season) between 35.5 million and 60 million people in the US contracted influenza, with some 16.5 million seeking healthcare, 490,000 hospitalized, and 34,000 deaths.
            Source: cdc.gov
Did anyone wear a mask, close their business, or hide out in their houses?

As of today, July 4, 2020 there are 2,784,452 Covid-19 cases in the US, and 129,393 deaths. According to many, the recent uptick in cases is due at least partly from the increasing number of testing.

“Protests don’t appear to be driving coronavirus surge in Seattle area or elsewhere, researchers say.”
            Source: Seattle Times June 30, 2020

“COVID 19 virus particle size is 125 nanometers (0.125 microns); the range is 0.06 microns to .14 microns,” the post said. “The N95 mask filters down to 0.3 microns. So, N95 masks block few, if any, virions (virus particles).”
In other words, the post (Facebook post, no citation) asserts the virus is smaller than the filter on the N95 mask, so the N95 mask doesn’t work.
Experts say this claim flies in the face of numerous studies and reflects a failure to grasp fundamental principles of how viruses behave and how face masks work…
…But the physics involved don’t work like that at all.
The COVID-19 particle is indeed around 0.1 microns in size, but it is always bonded to something larger.
“There is never a naked virus floating in the air or released by people,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech who specializes in airborne transmission of viruses.
The virus attaches to water droplets or aerosols (i.e. really small droplets) that are generated by breathing, talking, coughing, etc. These consist of water, mucus protein and other biological material and are all larger than 1 micron.
“Breathing and talking generate particles around 1 micron in size, which will be collected by N95 respirator filters with very high efficiency,” said Lisa Brosseau, a retired professor of environmental and occupational health sciences who spent her career researching respiratory protection.

University of Edinburgh test results

Your choice. And that is the point: It should be YOUR choice. Is a cloth face mask the hill where you want your individual freedoms to die?

"I think we have to figure out how to honor people who have done things that are beneficial to society, and if they did things that were not beneficial to society, that we can examine in the lens of having a broad view of what we believe as Americans represents the best attributes of our national identity, then we should look at that," Crump told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Saturday.
"Whether it should be a situation where, if we keep statues up like that, we tell the history of that individual so people will know the whole story," he added.
"I'm not sure pulling the statues down is the right thing if we now don't get the lessons to understand how we can learn from those things, so we don't repeat those mistakes of the past. You know, they say history -- if not studied -- we will often repeat it."
            Ben Crump attorney for George Floyd’s family

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana (paraphrased by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons, 1948)

“We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.”
            Martin Luther King Jr.

“I went down to the river
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t
So I jumped in and sank.”
            Langston Hughes in part from Life Is Fine

“When all of our history is removed, there will be no history from which to learn.”
            BJ Neblett

Final note:
There once was a magnificent hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, called the Marlborough-Blenheim. It was constructed in 1902 and soon became a show piece of the famed boardwalk city, known worldwide. In October 1978, a large portion of the luxurious hotel was imploded to make room for gambling casinos. I remember covering the demolition for a small local radio station where I worked. A very large crowd of spectators had gathered, and the event was even cover on TV. But after the ear shattering explosions, the crashing of concrete, the settling of the dust, there wasn’t the enormous din of cheers from the onlookers. Rather an ominous silence permeated the heavy air. The once magnificent edifice, historical marker, and proud symbol to many, lay in ruin. As the crowd began to slowly disperse, mumbled thoughts could be heard. “There goes another piece of history.” “I can’t believe it’s gone.” “How will we remember now?”
But one overheard statement has remained with me to this day. One that remains just as appropriate today: “Damn. What the hell have we done?”

Don’t shoot the messenger.
Happy Fourth. Enjoy it while you still can.

Peace,
BJ


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hot July Book Sale by BJ Neblett

Hot July Book Sale by BJ Neblett

Just a quick note here to give you a heads up. For all of July, my top selling collection of New Millennialism sci-fi/fantasy stories, Wouldn't It Be Funny If... is on sale for just $1.00! Wouldn't It Be Funny If... is slated for release in paperback early in 2021. But here is your chance to pick up your ebook copy at 75% off the regular price. Just head over to smashwords.com (you can click the link here or the cover picture) do a search for BJ Neblett and click on the book. There will be a coupon with a code to purchase for just $1.00! You can purchase all of my books, but Wouldn't It Be Funny If... is on sale for $1.00. And it is available in all e-reader formats including Kindle, ePub, PDF, plain text and more.

Don't miss out on some great summer reading. Remember, this sale runs only through July, and is only available through smashwords.com

Enjoy. And don't forget to let me know how you enjoyed Wouldn't It Be Funny If...
Peace,
BJ

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Help Research Into Game Transfer Phenomena And Win A Signed Copy Of Planet Alt-Sete-Nine by BJ Neblett

Calling all gamers! My friend Dr. Angelica Ortiz de Gortari, who coined the term Game Transfer Phenomena is seeking help with her research. This is a great opportunity for you to share you gaming experiences with other players; learn more about GTP (something all avid players should be aware of) and possibly score an Amazon gift card or a signed copy of my latest book, Planet Alt-Sete-Nine. Check out her post below and click the link to take the survey.
Thanks and enjoy!
BJ

New post on Game Transfer Phenomena

Make your voice heard! COVID-19 & video games

by Dr Angelica Ortiz de Gortari

Contribute to the science of video games. Participate in our studies.
The aim of these studies is to understand people’s responses to the exposure to digital media to inform and demystify spontaneous sensory perceptions, cognition and behaviours experienced after playing video games, so-called Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP).
The coronavirus outbreak has imposed new rules on people’s lives. A large number of the world’s population is currently or have been limited to environmental stimuli, social contact and physical movement while being highly exposed to media content.
Who can participate in the studies?
- 18 years old or older
- Playing video games during the last 6 months.
What are the benefits of your participation?
- You can win a £20 Amazon Gift Card or a signed copy of the sci-fi book "Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: The Lost Princess" By B.J Neblett about video games and Game Transfer Phenomena.
- You will contribute to understanding the relation between playing video games, experiencing Game Transfer Phenomena and coping with stressors during exceptional circumstances.
Please participate & share:
Dr Angelica Ortiz de Gortari | June 10, 2020 at 7:20 am | Tags: Animal Crossingcovid-19demonsDoomesportsFIFAsportszombies | Categories: New SurveyParticipate | URL: https://wp.me/p9jlbG-2W8