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Wuhan Strain Update 1/27/2020

Latest numbers for the cases of Kung Flu as released by the Chinese government, So you can decide yourself how many 0s to add to those “official numbers”

  • In China there are now 2,744 confirmed cases as of 1200am on Jan 27, an increase of 39% resulting in 80 deaths, up 43%. This is  triple the 916 mainland China cases reported late on Friday. Across the globe, there are now 2,807 confirmed cases and 80 Chinese fatalities, as so far nobody outside of China has died from the disease (that we know of).
  • Some very unpleasant math: in China’s Hubei province where Wuhan is located, epicenter of the coronavirus breakout, there have been 1,423 cases and 76 deaths, resulting in a mortality rate of over 5%.
  • 5th US Coronavirus infection confirmed by CDC in 4 states (AZ, CA, IL, WA)
    • CDC calls the virus an  “emerging public health threat,” adding that the threat is “serious.”
  • Incubation is asymptomatic, contagious, and can be as long as 14 days
  • 5M may have left Wuhan for Lunar New Year
  • 1st case was Dec 1 NOT Dec 31 so infect pop may be much bigger
  • US, Russia, Thailand begin plans for evacuation
  • Premier Li Keqiang charged with leading government’s task force
  • 3 Beijing hospitals using AIDS drugs to treat virus

A friend in Hong Kong told me this morning that one of the major problems is the travel habits of the Chinese for the new year. People from less populated placves travel to the cities. the infection spreads. They get sick and when the holiday is over they travel back to the rural less populated areas and spread it for a second wave of infection, The sick then travel back to the cities for medical help. On top of that is the recent law in HK banning the wearing of face masks because of the protests there. With the local government keeping the mask ban in place and telling them that the Kung Flu isn’t a problem there. Don’t worry. When any government tells you there is no problem, then there is most likely a problem. Adding to that, the HK government is telling anyone infected with the virus to come there and they will help them and waive any charges. As you can imagine that isn’t going over well with some HK citizens.

Protesters threw petrol bombs on Sunday night at an empty public housing complex in Hong Kong that had been earmarked to become a temporary quarantine zone as the city battles an outbreak of the SARS-like Novel Coronavirus.

Hong Kong has declared the virus that first began in central China as a public “emergency” — the city’s highest warning tier — and on Saturday announced ramped-up measures to reduce the risk of further infections.

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Photo: Kero/United Social Press.

Among them was a plan to turn a newly built but currently empty public housing block in Fanling into a quarantine facility.

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Photo: Kero/United Social Press.

The buildings would be used to house people who may have come into contact with carriers of the virus as they wait to get tested, as well as frontline medical staff worried about infecting their families.

Dozens of local residents and protesters opposed to the idea held rallies outside the complex on Sunday, with some setting up road blocks.

In the evening, police said assailants threw petrol bombs at the buildings.

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Photo: Kero/United Social Press.

january 26 virus fanling

Photo: Kero/United Social Press.

History Of ERDL Uniform

I ran across this youtube channel Saturday. It has some in depth and very well researched videos on the history of military uniforms and camo patterns in the US and other countries.

The video above covers the history of ERDL camo, most famously used during the Vietnam war. I have collected ERDL ( say it as ERDUL) uniforms for many years. It’s not easy to get since it was not as widely issued as the OD jungle uniform. Below is one of my sets made in 1973. This set was never issued and worn. The ERDL patter was not used for many years and eventually was used to develop the Woodland pattern.

Top man Glocks Himself

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) – A Mississippi County sheriff’s deputy was injured this week after a weapon in his possession accidentally went off in a eye doctor’s office, striking him in the groin, according to authorities.

According to an incident report from the Blytheville Police Department, officers went to Vision Care on North 6th Street around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 about a person who had shot himself.

The deputy – Matthew Richardson – was at the scene when officers arrived, the report noted. Does that make him the “first responder?”

“Upon arrival at Dr. Johnson’s office, I noticed a white SUV backing out of a parking spot. I made contact with a white female driving and passenger Matthew Richardson, who was bleeding from the groin area,” the incident report noted. “I offered Richardson medical attention, to which he declined stating he could make the ride to the ER.”

Police then escorted Richardson to a nearby hospital for treatment. While there, officers spoke to Richardson about what happened.

“Upon speaking with Richardson, it was determined that he had a handgun in his right jacket pocket. Richardson stated that he was at the business standing in front of the reception desk and put a pair of eyeglasses in his right jacket pocket. Richardson advised that when he put the glasses in his pocket, the handgun went off (discharged),” the incident report noted.

It just went off.. I’m betting the officer may have learned a hard lesson about sticking gun in a pocket without a proper holster. That is if it actually happened that way. Assuming it did, there are handguns out there that have “safeties” that are that in name only. Sticking them in pockets or pouches or anything where any thing could get inside the trigger guard and press against it is a recipe for a negligent discharge.

Richardson told police he started bleeding after the .357 firearm went off. Officers then looked at his jacket and found a very large hole in the right hand pocket, police said. Police also recovered a damaged car key and projectile fragments from the weapon as well. I know some will assume .357 magnum revolver but I bet the deputy’s right nut it was actually a .357 Sig. probably a Glock.

Richardson also told police that they called for an ambulance and that the receptionist at the doctor’s office offered to take him to the hospital.

No one else was hurt.

“It was determined that Richardson is a Law Enforcement Officer and was lawfully in possession of the firearm at the time of the incident.

It has been determined that the discharging of the firearm was accidental. No arrest or citation has been made or issued at this time,” the incident report noted. They investigated themselves and determined they did nothing wrong.

USE. A. Holster.


Viet Cong Grenade “Bring Backs”

Another little bit of Vietnam war history. The grenades pictured above have an interesting story. The pictures where posted by a vet who brought them back home.

He recovered the grenades after taking them off a communist who didn’t need them anymore in the Delta region of South Vietnam. The grenades are “jungle work shop” grenades and he explained that the bodies are made from lead. He had them de-milled by the unit experts and rendered safe. He some how was able to bring them back home with him as souvenirs. He mentioned the had run up against these in combat before and they were ,luckily for the GIs, not very deadly.

The owner of the VC frags mentioned donating them to a museum. That would be a great place for them to end up. Makes you wonder how much more of this stuff is out there brought back from VN .

Below is another Viet Cong jungle workshop grenade. This one was made using a discarded 20 round mag from an M16 and the fuse from a smoke grenade most likely. This was used for a booby trap if I recall correctly.

Wyatt Earp’s ‘Vendetta Ride’ shotgun

The shotgun Wyatt Earp used in one of the West’s most famous shootouts is up for auction.

On March 24 the posse came across the cowboy camp in the Whetstone Mountains west of Tombstone, where they encountered nine suspects in Morgan Earp’s murder.

Amongst them was ‘Curly Bill’ Brocius, known as “Arizona’s most famous outlaw”, who was also wanted for robbing two Tombstone stagecoaches just two months earlier.

Brocius fired at Earp with his own shotgun and missed, but when the lawman returned fire his aim was true, and the outlaw was almost cut in two by a round of buckshot to the stomach.

Earp had borrowed the shotgun from his friend Fred Dodge, an undercover Wells Fargo agent sent to Tombstone to investigate stage coach robberies for the company.

After the shoot-out he returned the weapon to Dodge, who continued to use it throughout his 40-year career with the company before retiring in 1917

The double barrel Stevens is being sold by Heritage Auctions if you are rich enough to make a bid.