Pilgrim

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    I've had my 1983 280ZX Turbo since 1990. It's my fourth Datsun Z-car.

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  1. Pilgrim

    COVID-19

    Either because of the NRA or other related political forces, it appears that gun shops have been deemed "essential" in the states I've heard of. I personally haven't a clue what the justification is, but there has been a huge upsurge in firearms sales. I debated this online on another forum, and the best justification anyone could offer was "... it’s not zombies I’m worried about. It’s our own government in this state and others wanting what I have!" I suspect that vaguely paranoid feeling and distrust of "gummint" is deeply rooted in many. Personally, right now the last thing that would enter my mind related to safety is adding a firearm. I hope those here are focused on preserving the health of themselves and their family, and on doing so in positive ways.
  2. Pilgrim

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    MSNBC and some NPR stations are no longer carrying Trump's "press conferences" because of the confusing and inaccurate statements that he makes. They make it clear in their announcements that they do not want to confuse and misinform the public, and will cover the accurate and helpful information that is presented. https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-donald-trump-nor-station-kuow-1202892198/ This is the first president in our history who is so out of touch with reality and unwilling to listen to his experts that his press conferences are not covered by some broadcast media.
  3. Pilgrim

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    Of course China has been pilfering ideas from other countries for years. There has been unending press coverage of this related to everything from CDs and software up to science and manufacturing. It's something their government either encourages or winks at. We all know that. Turning it into accusations that they've actively created a worldwide disease problem is too far a stretch.
  4. Pilgrim

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    There are problems with many of these assertions. First, the concerns in the first two articles above are intellectual property, not physical theft or misuse of genetic material. Second, in the case of the "lethal viruses" article, there is no claim that these materials were stolen. The issue is whether it was appropriate for those materials to be shared with China, based on their potential uses there. The Chinese genetic manipulation articles are two years old, well known, and is a matter of international concern. However, it also follows the general rule that things which can be done, sooner or later will be done. China's control over medical and genetic research is definitely weaker than that of the US, and that's an ongoing matter of concern in the scientific community. However, there is nothing secret about the fact that this took place, and information about it has been quite available. Hyperbole, sensationalism and reaching a conclusion equating Chinese scientists with Nazi death camp doctors are all out of line, and frankly do no favors to the author or to the discussion on this website. Let's not get into blaming China for the world's misfortunes, which is exactly where rhetoric like that above takes us.
  5. Pilgrim

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    In the interest of maintaining some degree of sanity, please cite the source of this assertion. I don't believe you can support it or defend it. Viruses mutate constantly, and they arise where they happen to mutate in a way that is meaningful. That could be in Wuhan, Chicago or Albuquerque. The current thinking is that this particular mutation happened in animals and crossed the animal-human barrier in Wuhan. It could as easily done it in a farmer's market in Denver or Fargo. Dr. Fauci noted that this virus is RNA-based, and that such viruses mutate constantly. Most of the mutations are not meaningful and do not cause reactions or problems, but this one did. Let's avoid conspiracy theory nuttiness, please.
  6. Pilgrim

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    Unfortunately that's one of the best ways to spread the virus. No one knows who has it and it has a long incubation period. Those who come back from the party pass it to others - including those who are sheltering from it. Very simply, I assume that 100% of the time, anything IMPOTUS says is a lie. As long as I assume that, I will be right about 75% of the time, based on his track record. Anything he says in a press conference is and will be (1) uninformed, (2) ignorant of facts, and (3) slanted to stroke his ego and get him re-elected. Fauci and the other experts who follow science are the only ones whose statements have value.
  7. Pilgrim

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    I think it's well established that the administration did all it could to deny there was a problem, and their avoidance cost us time and reduced our preparedness. My concern at this point is that IMPOTUS (to be accurate) will try to dump the health care measures too early in order to make the economy look better and get re-elected, since he is is own highest priority. To the extent that he succeeds, the curve of the outbreak will not be reduced, and more people will die unnecessarily. I may be wrong, but this looks quite obvious. My thought is that governors who have taken action will continue to support "shelter in place" after IMPOTUS tries to shut it down, which will somewhat mitigate the infection and death count in the states where the lockdown continues.
  8. Pilgrim

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    Thank heavens that the current occupant brings to the stage other people who can speak in complete sentences. Once again, the current occupant muddies the water, presents contradictory ideas about distributing drugs, and generally ad-libs his way into semi-coherency. He also said that states would be "opening up soon" although the reality is going exactly the opposite way. More states are closing down public activities every day. There is no leadership on the national level. I'm grateful that most governors are smart enough to take independent action that is needed. We are still very much in shutdown mode, and I don't see that changing for a few weeks. One thing that's true and IMPOTUS referred to: business can't stay closed forever. I believe there's a shorter window for business to tolerate being closed than the health situation mandates. I expect businesses to begin the re-opening process before health authorities want them to.
  9. Pilgrim

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    If you want a sobering look at reality, read this. Even reading part of it slaps me upside the head. https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56
  10. Pilgrim

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    I'm not a fan of Mike Pence at all, as I think he's a "weirdsmobile." But that aside.... I have to give him props for being a really solid public speaker. He comes across as thoughtful, well organized and well spoken. He's certainly a great way to make coherent statements and keep the current occupant away from the mic.
  11. Pilgrim

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    Regardless of the politics, it does not help anyone to deny reality, to say that a virus will never get here, and to spout repeated falsehoods about the situation. How many times do I have to hear Trump deny making any mistakes when first alerted to the virus, and then say that nothing like this has ever happened before, totally ignoring the Plague in Europe and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that caused roughly 675,000 deaths in the US? (And 50 million worldwide.) Anyone can make mistakes. When a major problem occurs, mistakes will be made. But not everyone refuses to acknowledge having made any mistakes, no matter how trivial. Not everyone goes on a national TV broadcast and flatly denies responsibility for actions that are documented as belonging to them. Not everyone blames media and everyone but themselves for anything that goes wrong. Without being more pointed, that's enough to lay out my total lack of respect for, and faith in, the current occupant. Thank heavens for the experts and scientists who the administration has been forced to put on stage to speak to the American public. They do indeed know what they're doing, even if their statements are directly contradicted by the administration. The only people I believe are the scientists and experts who are doing the actual work. I automatically dismiss anything said by members of the administration, who adhere to the formula of spending 80% of their comments trying to quote the party line, and 20% kissing Trump's butt. But here's the sense I make out of it: - It's a virus. it's not going away, contrary to repeated assertions by Trump. We will be living with it for the foreseeable future, so our goal is to mitigate and manage it, not eradicate it, which has no historical precedent. (Even smallpox has not been eradicated, there was a small outbreak last year in a third world country.) - If we develop a vaccine, that will not happen before early 2021. It can't happen earlier. However, we may find that other drugs already on the market have positive effects on this virus, and if so, we may get help from them this summer or fall. - Long term, our goal must be to manage this virus like we manage the flu virus. There will probably be some buildup of immunity, but if it mutates (unknown at this time) there will be repeated seasons where we deal with it. A vaccine will be a critical part of managing it as an ongoing part of life. That's the scientific part the way it lays out to me after 39 years of working with scientists doing genetic research. As far as the lockdown, I expect that not to exceed 60 days (but more likely the end of April), because otherwise the economy will crater and thousands of businesses will fail. There will be a point where we have to open the doors and let people move around in some fashion just to preserve our economy.
  12. Pilgrim

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    It appears to me that overall, people are really trying to make the separation and isolation approach work. I think the economic impact is going to force more businesses to open within a couple of weeks; this event has really made it evident how many businesses have few or no reserves and require constant operation to survive. IMO we're going to be figuring it out as we go. If those decisions are heavily influenced by scientists rather than political expediency, we'll be better off. As far as the virus, I expect us to be living with it for the foreseeable future. Viruses don't just disappear, but hopefully this one can be suppressed to the point where it affects fewer people and we keep the medical load within our capability to deal with. The big fear now is having a huge surge of infections which overwhelm the medical system's capacity. It will be great if some of the existing drugs they're looking at turn out to have secondary uses which can limit the spread of the virus. There is study going on right now of a existing malaria treatment which might help. I predict that the eventual outcome will be managing the virus to the point where it has equal or less impact than flu, but I don't see much potential for eradicating it. That's not something that history tells us will succeed. The fact is that we got caught short by denials and stalling on the part of the current administration. We're playing catch-up, but the good news is that once the US decides to do something, we can achieve tremendous things. I have a daughter who runs the dieticans at four eating disorder clinics; she had a sore throat last night but there's no hope of her getting a test, as Denver has a couple of hundred tests a day for millions of people and they are being used for high needs people. We all know the problems with supplies of masks, ventilators and cleaning materials. My youngest brother is a nurse at Western State Hospital in Washington, a psychiatric care facility. He is face to face with the potential for cases there, although fortunately they haven't had any inside the facility yet. @NorthernZ ...I wish you the very best luck. Be well and get through this!
  13. BTW, agreed - slide the cable out at the speedo end. Most likely no need to disconnect it at the tranny. Glad that Zed Head brought that up.
  14. Realistically, very good condition used tires with at least 50% tread might net you $75 a set, $100 if you're quite lucky. If they're almost new (like only a couple thousand miles) you might get $150...and that's a highly qualified "might". For a DIY project it has value. It also has value for parts. Putting it back into nice shape is a few hundred hours of labor, which is cool if you're interested in that.