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California ends lock downs, there was no holiday surge

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have fallen substantially in nearly every region of California to the point where, this past weekend, there were fewer COVID-positive patients being treated in hospit…

Source: Coronavirus: California’s cases, hospitalizations looking up

California today lifted its stay at home orders across the entire state. Peaks in new cases were just narrowly before Christmas. They’ve admitted there was no holiday surge in the Sacramento metro area.

The original order was based on secret pseudo science the state refused to make public – because it might confuse people, they said. Yes, secret science.

The ordered was lifted even though the State does not meet their a priori metrics for re-opening, but is opening because a model projects they will meet those goals in 4 weeks. In fact, there are more daily new positive tests on January 25th than there were on December 7 when the lock down began.

The decision to re-open is based either on pseudo science or politics – a recall petition to remove the Governor is nearing its required signatures. Some joke that Newsom said all decisions are based on numbers – and in this case, his poll numbers – hah hah 🙂

The surge myth was created because of a very weak correlation without causation, which provided a convenient way to explain away what they could not explain (as one paper headline proclaimed “California has run out of reasons“).  With new cases in CA and LAX peaking before the holidays, the “surge upon surge” meme collapses.

The single highest day of new positive tests was on December 15th. The 7-day moving average peaked on December 26th. There was no holiday surge and anyone claiming such is lying. The large increases in cases began in early November and rose steadily, unmodified by holidays. 

Drones: DJI Mavic Mini 2 adds 4K video, RAW photos and better remote link 

The DJI Mini 2 quadcopter is quite a nice unit, and its under 249 grams. In some countries, that low mass exempts the unit from various regulations; in the U.S. that mass exempts it only from FAA registration and future Remote ID requirements – still need to fly it properly under FAA rules and regulations.

But being exempt from future (as yet unknown) Remote ID requirements is a big plus.

Source: Review: the DJI Mavic Mini 2 is the perfect drone for beginners: Digital Photography Review

Drone deliveries: The end of quiet neighborhoods

Here is a video clip of a Walmart-based drone delivery of items to residential home. You may have to fast forward past the half way point to get to the drone delivery.

What I noticed is how incredibly loud these drone deliveries are. These are not small consumer quadcopters but very large, heavy and loud drones.

They will be criss crossing our neighborhoods and the process of the actual package delivery can take a minute or more as the drone hovers in place.

Drone dropping my covid-19 test to my door! #droneup #walmart #quest

Posted by Brent Morgan on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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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