The Humpback Whales are making a comeback! A study of humpback whales that breed off the coast of Brazil shows that before commercial hunting began in the early 1800's the population was around 27,000. After heavy hunting, by the mid 1950's only 450 remained. In 1986 commercial hunting of the whales was banned, and today the population is close to 25,000. Now the good news: each whale stores about 32 tons of CO2 which means the total population now stores around twice the CO2 yearly emissions of a small country like Belize. When the whale passes on it's body decomposes on the deep ocean floor which absorbs the CO2. Increasing the whale population is a win-win proposition.
The US is conducting 300K virus tests a day. We need to get to 500K and we are getting close. The average positive rate is 8%- and experts say anything under 10% reflects an accurate snapshot of the disease.
According to Dr. David Agus (author of the great book A short Guide to a Long Life) only 1 outbreak has been traced to an outdoor setting. We can safely take walks and runs and bike outdoors without much risk.
There are 171 days until the Presidential election, if you are counting.
Under the Constitutional line of succession, if the President and Vice President are disabled and unable to perform their duties, then the speaker of the House- Nancy Pelosi becomes President. If the speaker is not available, then the president pro tempore of the Senate- Senator Chuck Grassley from Illinois takes over. It's not entirely clear, but at some point an assistant city council member of Hialeah is in the mix. No matter what, POTUS refuses to wear a mask and we call that tempting fate. The first time he sneezes during a debate he will be finished.
L'Academie Francaise, the organization that sets rules for the French Language has decided that Covid-19 is feminine. Therefore it will be referred to as La Covid and not Le Covid. Let the bad jokes begin.
Prince Charles has revealed that he does not like garlic but that he loves cheese and egg and cheese dishes are his comfort food in troubling times as these.