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  1. If you count the thin rib between each louver then they got the correct number of scribe lines. They just screwed up and made the louvers the same width as the ribs. Doh! They did get the count correct on both the 1/32 and 1/48 kits. I wonder what happened with the 1/72?
  2. Where to begin?... First, let's enjoy a nice, soothing song... Lets start with masks: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/why-were-running-out-of-masks-in-the-coronavirus-crisis/609757/ Some takeaways: -Early in the outbreak China slowed mask manufacturing and stopped shipping them to the US. -Many countries (including the US https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/04/02/us-exports-masks-ppe-china-surged-early-phase-coronavirus/5109747002/ ) sold or donated millions of masks to China in the early days of the outbreak. -Not mentioned in that article is that International Chinese companies started secretly buying up world supplies of masks and shipping them back to China (sorry, no link). China later sold or donated masks back to other countries. -The Strategic National Stockpile was nearly depleted (of masks), most of which were used and not replaced during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak ( https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/03/fact-check-did-obama-administration-deplete-n-95-mask-stockpile/5114319002/ ) -Further, the Strategic National Stockpile was never meant to furnish the entire country with masks. It was meant to help regional areas in time of crisis. What has happened since then is that US manufacturers have dramatically ramped up production of masks (and other PPE) and things are much better than early on. Hopefully they will become more available to the public soon. As for the rotten masks, I'm not sure where you read this, but did they tell you that it was just the elastic bands that had failed and that when the bands were replaced the masks were still usable? Not ideal, but not as bad as some of the articles made it seem. I agree that the National Stockpile inventory should be maintained more carefully. The masks in question had an expiration date of 2010. There were also respirators from the stockpile that were broken (but fixed and used). I think that the lessons learned here will be learned and we will be much better prepared the next time this happens (God forbid). Regarding tapping the US military: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/14/latest-national-guard-cornavirus-update-troop-count-tops-30000-mark-for-the-first-time/ and https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2147647/dod-transports-vital-covid-19-medical-supplies-to-points-of-need/ Over 30,000 National Guard in all 50 states plus all US territories have been doing a big variety of things to help, including logistics and distribution. Army, Navy, Air Force (and probably USMC and USCG) have deployed all kinds of personnel and equipment to help in the effort: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/politics/us-military-additional-forces-coronavirus/index.html Including recruiting retired personnel: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/9000-retired-army-medical-personnel-respond-armys-call/story?id=69833949 Not to mention the 2 Navy Hospital ships that were deployed. A huge "Thank You!" to our military It was initially called the "Wuhan Virus" or "Wuhan Coronavirus" by most all media, medical and even the Chinese. In keeping with tradition of naming these things relating to their origin, I personally feel this is the best choice (and not racist ).
  3. Or read... Washington Post has been wrong on lots of things. If they cite anonymous or unnamed sources I'd take it with a grain of salt.
  4. Keep in mind that most of those were patients on ventilators that hadn't received the newly discovered treatments early enough such as hydroxychloroquine/zinc or Remdesivir. Things are improving. Thanks for the link, but pay-wall...
  5. The only "blanket" statements I've heard are mischaracterizations from the MSM. Guidelines have been put in place by the Federal Government, but governors make the decisions. https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/ Don't believe everything you see on TV. Word!
  6. Can you please link an article? I have not been following the news on this and what you are saying contradicts what I previously read. If what you are saying is true, it reinforces my thinking that whoever did leak this to the San Francisco Chronicle should suffer. I agree that it's not "acceptable to take an unnecessary risk that will likely lead to the loss of life when we aren't in combat", but OPSEC should be maintained whether at war or not and the readiness of our key assets should not have been disclosed.
  7. As I mentioned, there have been zero cases in the county I live in. There have been very few in the surrounding counties. Yet we are still taking the precautions and non-essential businesses have closed down, many of which will likely not be able to re-open. How many lives should be ruined when they aren't being affected by this? How many should be ruined when they could take adequate preventative measures? Link fixed: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
  8. Those number comparisons should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no set standard for how countries gather and report data. US has been considering infected patients that died as having died from the virus regardless of whether they would have died anyway, while some countries are doing the opposite. In addition, some (non-English) countries are hiding their true numbers... This site seems to have more up to date numbers: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ As for the US, Consider that 44% of US cases and 56% of US deaths were in NY/NJ. The vast majority of the US isn't nearly as densely populated and doesn't rely on subways to get around. On top of that, NY screwed up big time. They didn't close their schools until a week later than most. They continued to use the subways, even closing down some and forcing more people to use the ones still running, including many of the health care workers. They waited too long to shut down restaurants, bars and non-essential workplaces. All this in the most densely populated place in the country, a place that should have acted much quicker than other areas. If you take NY/NJ out of the equation it doesn't look so bad. Of course there are lots of other examples of negligence that led to disaster (i.e. Mardi Gras, Florida Spring break, Smithfield Foods, etc.). Workplaces should implement reasonable guidelines and procedures to protect their workers and customers. The CDC has these guidelines listed on their website. Businesses that don't follow the guidelines should be disciplined. I'd hope that governors would take extra precautions in areas that could go South. Las Vegas comes to mind and it troubles me that the mayor there is so anxious to re-open. I think that any areas that attract outsiders/tourists (i.e. amusement parks, cruise ships, etc.) should delay re-opening or make extreme changes to protect those visiting, but he majority of the country should get back to work. It makes sense to end the shut-down as soon as safely possible. Considering that the average length of mild cases is about 2 weeks, shutting everything non-essential down for 15 days made sense, 30 days to be extra sure seemed reasonable but perhaps a bit much. Patients with more extreme conditions would of course be isolated and their contacts would be monitored and quarantined as necessary. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the the Wuhan Virus shouldn't be respected, feared and all necessary precautions taken. Because this impacts the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, extra caution is mandatory in protecting them. I haven't been closer than 20' from my mom since this started and we have had zero cases in our county. In areas that cases are receding, if everybody continues to follow the guidelines that the CDC issued, stays home and/or contacts doctor when sick, maintains social distancing (face masks can't hurt), doesn't touch their face, washes their hands frequently, doesn't cough or sneeze openly and disinfects surfaces regularly, then there's no reason that we can't end the shut down and get back to a somewhat normal life. As GW pointed out, it looks like lots more have been infected but didn't even know it. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/17/santa-clara-covid-19-antibody-study-suggests-broad-asymptomatic-spread.html In addition, it was reported that of the Roosevelt cases, about 60% were asymptomatic. Because of this, following the guidelines is that much more important.
  9. Are you wearing gloves or do you enjoy stirring the political stuff with your bare hands? Be sure to wash with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  10. Yeah... I couldn't find the longer version that hadn't been dubbed over with German, but here's that one (and yes, the roll-out is very short!):
  11. No idea. I haven't been following this in the news except for skimming a few articles before my post. It may well have eventually been released but it would have needed authorization, otherwise it's a crime. Edit: I'd add that if officially released, that they likely wouldn't have released the info until the ship was fully operational. You don't disclose that your fighter has broken ribs and blurred vision until after the final bell. I just fixed helicopters when I served, but I'd guess: 10 U.S. Code § 892. Art. 92. Failure to obey order or regulation or 18 U.S. Code § 798. Disclosure of classified information
  12. Whoever leaked it to the San Francisco Chronicle is the one who should be court martialed and hung out to dry. According to Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly: To me that paragraph justifies this: Modly wrote in his apology: The captain should have never sent the letter, should be investigated and disciplined as found appropriate by his superiors. The operational readiness (especially lack there-of) of one of our most powerful weapons systems is not something that should be disclosed to the public in times of war or peace.
  13. For the past few weeks I've only left the house every few days to deliver packages to the Post Office (I'd like go more often!). I have a routine where I wash my hands before leaving, only touch surfaces (door knobs) with my left hand, keep distance between myself and others, open my car door with my right and use disinfecting wipes as soon as I'm in the car. I then go home, wash my hands and use wipes on all surfaces (car handles, steering wheel, house door knobs) I may have touched. I haven't resorted to wearing gloves, a mask or showering when I return, but then I'm in a small town in a county that has zero CV cases. I agree that if everybody did their best we would eliminate this threat quickly. Alcohol kills viruses, yes? I am self-medicating with a Cactus Cooler (mildly carbonated orange-pinapple soda) and vodka on the rocks with a fresh-cut wedge of pineapple. Sweet, but does the job. I limit myself to this treatment once a week, on Saturday nights, and even then in moderation. Doing my duty to save the world...
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