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Good morning. It is Sunday May 24, 2020. The world is struggling with different plans on how to restart their economies due to the COVID-19 pandemic that started in a lab in Wuhan, China. It seems like most of the day today is going to be overcast with rain sprinkled here and there. The high temperature in the area I live in is going to be around 76 F. By the way, tomorrow is Memorial Day 2020!
Since I took a Data Science course a couple years ago, I have been talking about a system that would help planning a recreational trip. I have been lucky enough to have traveled for work and holiday reasons in the USA and different countries in North, Central and South America, Western and Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Continue reading “Travel Planner System”
It is a cloudy day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Today I woke up around 05:00 AM. Read for about 45 minutes and then headed to the kitchen to prepare breakfast.
It is all over the news that most (never say all) states have started updating the stay home orders in order to give people more freedom to do the things we are used to. I fully agree that the economy needs to get back to what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic started. That said, we need to move slowly making sure that there are enough ICU beds for all people that requires them. If such quotas cannot be met, then we need to go back to a full quarantine. This type of cycle is well known and will come in the form of multiple waves.
In particular, in the State of Minnesota, the Mall of America and casinos (e.g., Mystic Lake Casino) are opening. My wife and I do not go to casinos. During the long winter months we go to the Mall of America early mornings before stores open to walk. At that time there are very few people. When we shop at the mall we visit Nordstrom and Macy’s.
It is a rainy Sunday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rain started last evening around 08:00 PM and according to the weather forecast will subside later tonight around 10:00 PM. Not a nice day to be outdoors or grilling.
Last Friday my son mentioned that he would be going shopping on Saturday morning to the Costco Minneapolis Business Center Warehouse. My wife and I decided to join him at 07:00 AM (opening time). We met in the parking lot, donned our gloves and mask, and headed in. We have been at the Restaurant Depot many times, but were nicely surprised with the size of the Costco facility and the variety of items. From now on my wife and I will make the trip from home (30 minutes about 20 miles away) a couple times a month to the Costco in Minneapolis. We believe it is worth the drive.
My wife and I cook and bake. I like to bake deserts, breads and Italian cuisine. My wife cooks lunch during the workdays. We both cook on weekends. We have breakfast which I prepare every day and we both skip dinner. The point that I am trying to make is that we did not start cooking or baking due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week we noticed that we were running very low on yeast. We went grocery shopping last Tuesday morning and where not able to find yeast at Costco in Eagan, MN or Trader Joe’s in St. Paul. Back home, I went to Amazon.com and ordered a 2 pound pouch of Red Star dry yeast. The total after taxes (we do have Amazon Prime) came to $24.99 USD. I thought it was expensive but it seems that every one and their brother are baking now a day. The delivery will be sometime tomorrow (Monday).
While at Costco we found lots of Red Star dry yeast in the same 2 lb pouches we ordered from Amazon. That is the same yeast we have been using for over a decade. What we found disgusting was that Costco had the same 2 lb pouches of yeast for under $4.50 USD each. We bought two pouches (totaling 4 lbs) for about $9.00 USD. They should last a year or so. Continue reading “Disjoint Union Sets”
!!! UPDATE !!!
As you will read in this post, I stopped working on it at the end of my workday yesterday. Overnight I received a message from a good childhood friend that studied in the USA, received a MS degree in geology, and return to Peru to work. Today he owns a company that employs 60+ people.
I have read on different occasions that some old and readily available medicines seem to work on patients with COVID-19. The severity of the symptoms and the number of days in a hospital has been reduced. The hospital stays are on average five days. When you compare results we are experiencing in North America and Western Europe, our treatment approaches do not seem to be working as well. People continue to die and stays in hospitals are between two and three weeks.
So what is going on?
First and the more obvious idea is that such treatments in Peru and Latin America in general are “fake news”. Could be, but when you look at number of deaths and people who we know are experiencing firsthand the benefits, I think is time to look for other theories.
Second, we live in a country whose economic system is based on Capitalism. Most (never generalize) companies are in business to make the last possible penny of customers at all cost. We have multiple examples (which I will not mention at this time) of companies in which the top executives and stock holders make huge amounts while at the same time many employees and customers are not able to take advantage of lower prices.
The possible conclusion is that Big Pharma backed up by politicians, is only interested in making money so they will delay as much as possible the use of cheap, simple and readily available medicines in favor of the ones in development that could potentially cost millions of deaths and billions of dollars to consumers.
Years ago my wife was seeing a very good doctor in a very good healthcare system. He and his wife, both doctors in medicine, were born in India. They both live in the USA and have built a nice and educated family. My wife asked her doctor for a treatment for nail fungus. Knowing the doctor for years he said that he could prescribe some medicine which is what the hospital suggested, or he could tell her what works in less time and at a fraction of the cost. Dip your feet in warm water with Listerine mouth wash a couple times a week. The issue should disappear in a few weeks. We tried it and it worked.
I did the following Google searches and read some of the articles in the results:
FDA Letter to Stakeholders: Do Not Use Ivermectin Intended for Animals as Treatment for COVID-19 in Humans (https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/product-safety-information/fda-letter-stakeholders-do-not-use-ivermectin-intended-animals-treatment-covid-19-humans)
Ivermectin, ‘Wonder drug’ from Japan: the human use perspective (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3043740/)
The FDA-approved drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166354220302011)
FAQ: COVID-19 and Ivermectin Intended for Animals (https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/product-safety-information/faq-covid-19-and-ivermectin-intended-animals)
The approved dose of Ivermectin alone not useful in treating COVID-19 (https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200427/Ivermectin-alone-not-useful-in-treating-COVID-19.aspx)
‘Ivermectin can kill COVID-19 within 48 hours’, Monash University study finds (https://www.thepharmaletter.com/article/ivermectin-can-kill-covid-19-within-48-hours-monash-university-study-finds)
Parasite Drug Shows Early Promise Against COVID-19 (https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200407/parasite-drug-shows-early-promise-against-covid-19)
My suggestion would be to check if the sources are reliable and make up your own mind. In my humble opinion we need Capitalism 2.0 and Democracy 2.0.
It is Friday afternoon and we are still observing social distancing restrictions and working from home. That said, things are slowly relaxing and more people are out and about. The number of cars on the road has more than tripled since the stay home order started a couple months ago. Please observer social distancing and wear a mask when in public. It is for your well being, your family and friends, your country, and all human beings on this planet.
Currently I am running some tests and writing documentation on some code I wrote earlier during the week. During idle times I am putting together the contents for this post. Hope to be done in the next hour or so. My wife left a minute ago to walk (keeping social distancing) with a neighbor. The day is sunny but rather cold. The temperature is in the upper 40’s. Continue reading “CS50 2019 Lecture 6 – Python”
It is Wednesday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. My wife and I spent most of the morning dealing with health insurance. Hopefully all will be done in the next few days. I am in the process of changing health insurance companies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic everyone is using some type of video application to communicate. The proposed application was Zoom, but due to the security issues, we prefer using Jitsi. It did not take more than a minute to switch applications. It is interesting that video on Jitsi was working great but one of the participants decided to use our cell phones for voice because he did not have a camera or microphone on his computer. The cellular signals were not that great, but we managed. Continue reading “Using with in Python”
A couple weeks ago one of my wife’s nice told her that there is a Costco store in Minneapolis that seems to sell different items and in larger packages than others. The Costco Minneapolis Business Center Warehouse is located at 3311 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-4553. We have not visited the store yet.
A couple days ago there was an article by CBS News titled Groceries could see meat shortages by end of week amid plant closings. I read it and twitted it. In addition I sent a message with the link to my two sons. Apparently they both decided to resupply on meats yesterday. One of my sons lives in Madison, WI so he just went to the Costco store near him. The other lives in MN. The one in WI periodically orders a side of beef and a side of pork. I believe he should be fine for a while.
My son who lives in MN decided to visit the Costco store on Broadway Street. He was impressed by the size of the packages of meat. The prices were very appealing. The only drawback for some might be that you need to buy a large and uncut piece (e.g., full rib eye) and when you get home you need to cut in servings, put them in plastic bags, and then store them in a freezer. If you do not do so and just put it in a freezer, you will have to consume it all in a few days after thawing it. You should never refreeze meats. My sons and we at home are used to this process. We get most of our protein at restaurant suppliers. Continue reading “Working with Files – Python”
!!! UPDATE !!!
Sorry for the formatting issue on most screen captures. Not sure what happened. I went back and pasted the same text as before. It seems to be fine at this time. Not sure what is causing this to happen. Perhaps it is time to look for a better plugin :o(
Unless something changes in the next few days, MN should enter Phase One in the process of “Opening up America Again” next week. Hopefully all will go as planned.
I am not sure if there is something on my Windows computers, but one of the first things I do every day is to power each computer up and log on into Gmail. Most of the times I just click on my user name and my password and I am in Gmail. Now and then, I get prompted to enter a code which is sent as a message to my phone. I have a checkbox selected which should tell Google not to use 2FA on this computer, but it ignores my wishes and requests me to enter the code. Not sure why this is happening. It cannot be so difficult to Google to write such code. If you have comments on this subject please let me know. Continue reading “Object Oriented Programming in Python”