Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t

CDC Emergency Operations Center photo
CDC Emergency Operations Center (Photo credit Alissa Eckert; Dan Higgins)

By now, unless you live like a hermit in antiquity, you know Prince Charles of Great Britain is positive for Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Media are having a field day with that one. The virus is, like other contagious illnesses, an equal opportunity offender. As all of us quarantine ourselves where possible, there are places you can find reliable information.

Let’s start with the claim the Coronavirus is three times more contagious than the flu. Continue reading “Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t”

Amid Coronavirus fears, hope for cure emerges in two existing drugs

isolate from first case of COVID-19
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

When a new virus makes its rounds, morphing into a pandemic, it’s hard to have hope. Even those of us who don’t scare easily can be fearful over the wellbeing of our children and loved ones. This morning, quite by accident, I heard confirmation of claims I saw on the page of a Facebook friend yesterday. Continue reading “Amid Coronavirus fears, hope for cure emerges in two existing drugs”

Flagged by Facebook for an AP article, by AI rubes

Flag notice/FacebookCan a country bumpkin’s naivete be replicated by artificial intelligence? Yep. Last night, post after post on my Facebook page was flagged for breaking rules on SPAM. I couldn’t figure it out. Today I understand it all, and that’s enough for me to classify AI on social media as a bunch of tech rubes, regardless of the fact they aren’t human. Continue reading “Flagged by Facebook for an AP article, by AI rubes”

Netflix takes on Long Island killer case, including new details, with ‘Lost Girls’

The belt inscribed with initials was released by Suffolk police in January, 2020.
The belt inscribed with initials was released by Suffolk police in January, 2020.

Netflix takes on the Long Island killer case, also known as the Gilgo Beach Homicide Investigation, with a film that doesn’t follow the usual route for an account of a serial killer. Continue reading “Netflix takes on Long Island killer case, including new details, with ‘Lost Girls’”

Dixie Chicks’ new ‘Gaslighter’ video and lyrics have a gaslighting issue of their own

Still shot from Dixie Chicks' Gaslighter video/YouTube
Still shot from Dixie Chick’s ‘Gaslighter’ video. (via YouTube)

The Dixie Chicks have finally released a single from their new album due out in May, and after a couple listens, I concluded the song lyrics coupled with the video,  have a gaslighting issue of their own. Continue reading “Dixie Chicks’ new ‘Gaslighter’ video and lyrics have a gaslighting issue of their own”