Before he found Tokyo

Before he found Tokyo July 21, 2020

 

Godzilla, in Japanese
Prior to developing his well-known interest in Tokyo, this genial fellow used to spend his time splashing about in a now-vanished sea in eastern Utah.
(Wikimedia Commons public domain photograph_

 

I think that this report, created by a professor of biological sciences at BYU and three of his students, is quite helpful and admirably clear:

 

“Making sense of the research on COVID-19 and masks”

 

However, we may yet be saved from our amazing folly and irresponsibility by the pharmaceutical industry:

 

“This British pharma firm says it just reached a ‘major breakthrough’ for COVID-19 treatment: A small trial showed a breakthrough for a coronavirus treatment, the firm says”

 

“Two coronavirus vaccines ‘produce immune response'”

 

New York Times“Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker”

 

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It’s too late for me, obviously, but this could be very valuable reading for others:

 

“Can 150 minutes of exercise a week help maintain your brain?  Without any cure, exercise and lifestyle choices remain the best hope of fending off Alzheimer’s, maintaining brain health.”

 

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Driving down through Price to I-70 and then via Green River over to Colorado, we amused ourselves with, among other things, passages from Halka Chronic’s Roadside Geology of Utah.  I confess that it’s very difficult to imagine an ancient prehistoric sea in what is now the remarkably desolate area between Price and Grand Junction, Colorado.  But the seemingly endless piles of gray shale that once lay under the water are impossible to deny.  And it was stirring to think of two of the dinosaur fossils mentioned by Chronic as having been found in the area.  She didn’t specifically identify either of them, but one dinosaur had a stride of fifteen feet, she says, and the the other stood seven stories tall.  Seven stories!  I mean, we’re talking Godzilla territory.

 

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Between bouts of consulting the Chronic book (at least while we were still in Utah), we listened to the first part of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson.

 

I’ve long dreamed of a serious, balanced, honest conversation on the American racial divide.  Unfortunately, this book isn’t it — and my saying that is almost certain to provoke accusations against me in certain circles of bigotry and racisim, and of toxic “whiteness” and basking in white privilege.

 

I regard Thomas Sowell as a far more reliable guide to this subject than Michael Eric Dyson.  Too bad.  To say that I’m disappointed in the book thus far would be a massive understatement.

 

Posted from Vail, Colorado

 

 

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