Claim: Electrify America has a charger within 150 miles of 96% of people in America

In this CNBC news video, the CEO of Electrify America says they have a charger within 150 miles of 96% of Americans.

Well …

  • Their nearest charger from us is across a mountain range, 122 miles away, to the west.
  • Nearest to the north is 129 miles.
  • Nearest to the south is 293 miles.
  • Nearest to the east is 330 miles.

Using their network we certainly could not travel in an EV to the east or south. I guess that makes us kind of special!

Using other CCS compatible chargers, there is now a single 50 kwh DC charger 120 miles to the east (and it’s free!); but if that single charger is in use, you’ll have a long wait. In the past few weeks, a single DCFS has been added 195 miles to our south. Which is better than none but again, if in use, it could be a long wait.

Obviously, these build outs will take time. In the interim, EVs (other than Tesla) might not make sense where I live.

Covid-19 tracing apps: UK’s tracking app continues to be a mess

3 days after official launch the UK’s contact tracing app is a mess:

  • Users who report symptoms but then get a negative test result still must isolate because there is no way to report a negative test result.
  • About one-third of the positive test results – any done at NHS basically – cannot be reported so that one’s contacts cannot then be alerted.
  • The app logs when you enter a venue – but not when you leave. Thus, you stop by a pub at 8 pm and leave at 8:15 pm. Some who then enters at 9 pm subsequently tests positive – so you are told you were in contact. This would be a “false contact”.

For reasons outlined months ago, I do not believe smart phone contact tracing will prove particularly useful. It has been a virtue signaling endeavor from the tech industry, with up to a 45% false positive rate.

Here’s the summary of the problems, quoted from a UK web site named “Lockdown skeptics”.

It only took three days for the NHS COVID-19 app to acquire a litany of problems.

Users cannot report negative test results because the app asks for a result code and negative tests don’t have a code. If you reported symptoms to the app when booking that test then your self isolation counter continues to count, even though you have a negative test.

How about positive tests? According to the @NHSCOVID19app twitter account responding to complaints: “If your test took place in a Public Health England lab or NHS hospital, or as part of national surveillance testing conducted by the Office for National Statistics, test results cannot currently be linked with the app whether they’re positive or negative.” This shouldn’t be a surprise to the team building the app as they told us about it in their own documentation. But as this tweet from an incredulous user points out: “So if I get symptoms, and as an NHS nurse, get a test through work (because that’s the only way you can get a test these days), then if I am positive the app will not automatically alert my contacts? Same for a patient with a positive test?” That’s right, if you have your test done in an NHS hospital you cannot tell the NHS app about it.

The ludicrous levels of optimism around this app are evident in the twitter stream: “For every 1 to 2 people who download the app, an infection could be prevented.” Really? Could we see “the science” behind that please?

Meanwhile the venue check-in function doesn’t have a way of telling it when you leave a venue. That’s by design apparently: “You do not need to check out of a venue. Your phone will register when you check into somewhere new, and it will automatically check you out of your last venue at midnight.” So if I visit a venue for a few minutes at 9pm, then go home, and someone who later tests positive visits that venue at 10pm, I will be alerted and asked to isolate. No prizes for seeing the problem with that.Presumably this level of incompetence is all part of the new normal?

Source: Latest News – Lockdown Sceptics

False positives? “Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota report record rises in COVID cases”

This might be an artifact of mass testing of arriving college students using tests, procedures and statistics that produce high false positive test results. These are smaller population states where the college student test pool has a noticeable impact. These are also states that are “late” in the spread of Covid-19. As noted elsewhere, the disease blew through parts of New England, NJ, MI, then FL, then AZ, TX and CA and so on. Now its spreading into the remaining “low hanging fruit” opportunities – the less populated – and less densely populated states.

In the last week, seven mostly Midwest states have reported record one-day rises in new infections — Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Minnesota and Utah reported record increases two days in a row.

Source: Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota report record rises in COVID cases | Reuters

These high counts may continue for another week or so as colleges re-open for their fall semester. If this is the case, these high counts may soon subside and we will learn if this is a factor or may be not a factor. “Experts” also speculate that we are due for an “explosion” of cases in a coming “second wave” as we enter fall and winter.

Update – mid October: At this point, there appears to be a false positive problem due to the use of high sensitivity/lower selectivity “rapid tests” which document that they generate high false positives and any positive test should be followed by a PCR test. But that is not happening.

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Boulder, Colorado places students age 18-22 under house arrest by order of Public Health

Per the order, anyone between the ages of 18 and 22 will not be allowed to participate in gatherings of any size, indoor or outdoor, on or off the University of Colorado campus, or with individuals of any age. Anyone living at any of the 36 addresses listed in the order must stay inside their residence at all times. Those residents have repeatedly engaged in activities that violate standing public health orders.

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The order prohibits residents of the identified properties from:

  • Dining outside of the residence, whether at a business or at another residence.
  • Using any mode of public transportation or rideshare (e.g. bus, plane, taxi, train, Uber, Lyft, etc.).
  • Allowing anyone who does not live at the property to enter unless they are an essential visitor (e.g. service provider).
  • Leaving the property to move to another location, unless specific requirements are met.
  • Congregating in any common areas at the residence.
  • Participating in any form of outdoor activity exercise with another person.
  • Traveling further than walking distance of their residence when outdoors for exercise or work (with exceptions for financial hardship).

Those ordered to stay at home can only leave for medical care, obtaining necessary supplies through contactless means, and any outdoor activity that can be done alone and while respecting the 6-feet social distancing guidelines.

Source: County Health Officials Ban Gatherings For 18-22 Year Olds In Boulder To Slow Spread Of COVID – CBS Denver

Update: Oregon State University is doing mandatory Covid-19 students of all students arriving in student housing, plus a random sample of 1,000 students/staff every week using a self administered rapid test with a high inaccuracy problem. This week, they had 24 positive test results from sampling 730 students, or 3.2%. That implies 1 in 30 students have an active case of Covid-19 which would be astounding.

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California to ban sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035 

California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars to combat climate change starting in 2035, a move that could help reshape the nation’s automobile market and its output of greenhouse gases.

Source: California to ban sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035 under Newsom order – SFChronicle.com

The State that is currently unable to provide sufficient electricity to its people, will require that all new vehicles sold after 2035 be – basically – electric. Will be interesting to see how they solve the infrastructure challenge in just 14+ years. The State is presently building just half of a high speed rail system over a period of 25 years.

Related: I do not understand the full concept of Executive Orders. The report notes this mandate is done via Executive Order in order to bypass the Legislature and public input. That is not a democracy in action – that is an authoritarian and undemocratic government.

Separately, the SF Bay area Metropolitan Transportation Commission has voted to mandate that 60% of all workers must work from home – with exemptions for work that cannot be done from home.

Issues have been raised as to how this creates social isolation, difficulties for many people who do not have homes suitable for work, and wipes out large numbers of businesses and jobs that support workers downtown. It also treats those who already walk or take public transport to work the same as everyone else – they too would be required to work at home.

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Vaccines for all

The latest:

  • Fauci is optimistic one or more vaccines will be approved by the end of the year.
  • Up to 50 million doses might be available in November for health care and other essential workers with up to 100 million by end of the year. Doesn’t say but I think these are two-dose vaccines.
  • Enough vaccine for all by April of 2021.
  • Life to return to normal by July of 2021.

Source: Coronavirus vaccine: Fauci tells Congress the U.S. could have enough for every American by April

That would be good news, in line with what I have been expecting in spite of the constant doom and gloom pronouncements and news reports.

Remember, all pandemics eventually end – due to herd effects, vaccines, the virus becomes less virulent or everyone gets pandemic fatigue and gets on with life.

I got my annual influenza vaccination about 3 weeks ago. Good idea to get yours this season, if you can.

But remember, I am an idiot with no health care experience and my comments are FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. My suggestion to get  flu vaccine should be ignored because I am an unqualified, unlicensed idiot – you have been warned.

Dangers Of ‘Doomscrolling’

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Experts say spending too much time on social media can be damaging to your mental health, especially when consuming too much negative news.Are you finding yourself wasting too many hours online? We have all been there.

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Monteleone said the reason people are incessantly scrolling for negative news is because “we’re hard-wired for it on an evolutionary level because if we learn about the big scary thing or we get the answers, then we can control our environment.

According to experts, doomscrolling can lead to anxiety, depression and fatigue. 

Source: Mental Health Experts Warn About Dangers Of ‘Doomscrolling’ – CBS Pittsburgh

Last spring, I shared hopeful items on Twitter – links to new studies finding possible treatment improvements, news of new start up vaccine programs, declining case epicurves in some areas – and received push back that was basically “How dare you say anything good!”.

Perplexed, I learned this is a real psychological problem where people in anxiety seek out scary news in order to validate their fears – reassuring themselves it is okay to be scared. The do not want good news – they want bad news that affirms their anxiety.

This path of course becomes a spiral of ever deepening anxiety.

After that experience, I deleted all of my Twitter tweets and largely walked away from Twitter.

‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies.

“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.

Source: ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000 | The Spokesman-Review

Except that everyone did imagine it, and it was certainly not “unfathomable” when everyone was predicting WORSE THAN THIS!

This is her job to know these things and she did not know? In fact, she is director of the Outbreak Observatory.

Nuzzo is co-author of a 2006 paper which said public health mitigation measures for pandemics do not appear to work – either because they are not sustainable, evidence exists that some measures do not work, or because there is no evidence to support their usage.

So what would she have done differently to reduce these deaths?

On June 2nd, 2020, Nuzzo posted to her social media that protesting was more important than fighting a virus.

1,288 of her colleagues joined her by signing a petition saying nearly the same – a petition that was then taken off line when they realized it destroyed the credibility of the entire field of public health.

  • As an epidemiologist she missed the forecasts from March and May calling for far more than 200,000 by as early as August?
  • She co-wrote a paper saying all the things we are now doing do not actually work. So what would we have done differently?
  • Why is this “unfathomable”  when her own field predicted worse conditions just a few months ago?

Considering the clear model forecasts from last spring, these statements from Nuzzo today are unambiguously political in nature and not based in science.

At the end of the AP news article, they blame the people for being “anti-science” while the “scientists” engage in non-science politicking.  Epidemiology and public health has been a non-stop parade of inconsistent, contradictory, frequently wrong, and generally incoherent messaging, as illustrated above.

They are oblivious to their stream of inconsistent politicized nonsense – and then blame us for being confused. After all this crap, they then blame us for being Luddite idiots.

Afterward: A responsible AP reporter or editor would have noticed these inconsistencies in their story. The reporter missed all of this – or, did so intentionally as this article appears to be a political hit piece.

My desktop PC died

2 weeks ago, my desktop PC died – it was obvious the liquid cooling system had failed (1 of 2 fans stopped working) and the CPU burned out.

I went to remove the liquid cooler CPU cover and it was loose – meaning the thermal paste had failed. No cooling going on there when it died.

This PC was originally made by Cyberpower PC and perhaps they used poor quality thermal paste and/or components at the time, which is unfortunate. Who knows?

Separately I upgraded to a new system – unfortunately, today United Parcel Service (UPS) delivered a damaged box with heavy damage inside to the system. I have now contacted the manufacturer to ask them how they want me to proceed. The PC case is filled with a lot of broken bits. I suspect they will want me to ship it back to them.

Been using a Mac notebook for two weeks – which is okay but I do not have access to my usual assortment of software applications and am dead in the water for 3D printing until I get a PC back online.

At this point I may go ahead and order a replacement CPU and cooling system for my original system as I need to get this back online.