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    Daily Digest 4/3 – Good News Friday: Oceans Can Be Restored To Former Glory, Love Knows No Borders For Elderly Couple

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, April 3, 2020, 6:47 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Dr. Stephen Smith on effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine: ‘I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic’ (Aaron C.)

He pointed out that not a single COVID-19 patient of his that has been on the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin regimen for five days or more has had to be intubated.

“The chance of that occurring by chance, according to my sons Leon and Hunter who did some stats for me, are .000-something,” he said, adding that “it’s ridiculously low.”

Public Libraries’ Novel Response to a Novel Virus (Sparky1)

You can be sure that this is just the beginning. Today libraries are already acting and improvising. Later, they’ll be figuring out what the experience means to their future operations and their role in American communities.

How a San Francisco restaurant reinvented itself to survive in the age of COVID-19 (Sparky1)

“I was pretty sure this whole family-style thing with strangers wasn’t going to work,” Strong said. “I thought if this comes here, I’m not a big enough restaurant group to close and wait it out. I’m the sole owner-operator. The obvious immediate thing was to do takeout and delivery.”

How to keep farmers’ market shopping safe, from the stall to your kitchen sink (Sparky1)

“Farmers all post signs,” said Rivera-Krouse, “with our staff assisting. A social distancing reminder, entrance and exit signs, signs about handwashing and covering your cough. There’s a sign asking people only to touch what they intend to buy.”

Some Good News with John Krasinski (tmn)

John Krasinski highlights some good news from around the world, including an interview with Steve Carell to mark the 15thanniversary of THE OFFICE, as well as John’s newest hero Coco.

Meet the army of big rig truck drivers keeping America’s stores stocked (Sparky1)

They’re the road warriors that are keeping America’s shelves stocked. An army of big rig truck drivers are putting themselves in the way of danger to make sure stores stay supplied. While truck driving is often thought of as an already isolated occupation, these drivers say there are more safety precautions that need to be taken than most people realize. From donning gloves to changing clothes when they get off the road, these heroes are doing everything to make sure we can get groceries.

Meet the Detroit grandmother who’s saving lives by making face shields (Sparky1)

As nurses and hospitals all over the country plead for much-needed medical supplies, Detroit automakers and their employees are heeding the call. NBC’s Cynthia McFadden shares the story of one of them: Pat Tucker, a Detroit grandmother. “I’d rather save lives than sit at home,” she says.

Coronavirus: Love knows no borders for elderly couple (tmn)

Europe’s Schengen Area – which allows restriction-free travel throughout vast swathes of the Continent – has seen borders between nations reappear, in some cases for the first time in 25 years.

Restaurants are feeding healthcare workers now (Sparky1)

Despite shuttering, Cahn realized he could help his customer base of doctors and nurses, who still needed to eat, and take donations to help pay some of his employees. He took a week off to plan, and repainted the walls with microbicidal paint, deep cleaned the space, and sanitized all of his equipment as a precaution.

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists (TS)

The scientists say there is now the knowledge to create an ocean renaissance for wildlife by 2050 and with it bolster the services that the world’s people rely on, from food to coastal protection to climate stability. The measures needed, including protecting large swathes of ocean, sustainable fishing and pollution controls, would cost billions of dollars a year, the scientists say, but would bring benefits 10 times as high.

Florida buys Everglades land to prevent oil drilling (sv)

“This is an important purchase to protect the Everglades and the drinking water of millions,” said Diana Umpierre, Everglades organizer for the Sierra Club. Around this time last year, we stood at that same location with local leaders with the unified message of ‘Not here, not now, not ever, no oil rigs in our Everglades’ and after 72 organizations sent a letter to the governor demanding state action to stop oil drilling at this site. So, this is welcomed news and we look forward to reviewing the terms of the purchase agreement announced today.”

Arizona’s biggest utility says it will get all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 (sv)

The commitment is an about-face for an electric utility that poured $37.9 million into a campaign to defeat a ballot initiative that would have required it to generate 50 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030 — a milestone similar to what the company laid out Wednesday.

Standing Rock tribe celebrates ‘significant win’ over Trump in pipeline court ruling (sv)

Standing Rock Chairman Mike Faith called it a “significant legal win” and said it’s humbling that the protests continue to “inspire national conversations” about the environment.

Wild Goats Roam Through an Empty Welsh Town (Sparky1)

The herd has previously appeared in the town during bad weather events, but now it seems to be drawn by the unusual quiet. The BBC quoted a town councillor, who said, “They are curious, goats are, and I think they are wondering what’s going on like everybody else.”

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  • Fri, Apr 03, 2020 - 8:33am



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    Herd of deer move into locked down London neighborhood


    Remind you of anything? (Life imitates fiction.😳)


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    How Do You’ll Sleep At Night?

    I do not do Twitter and I don’t do facebook.  But, every so often my husband sends me twitter posts.

    They are so filled with blame and hate, it’s truly shocking to someone who does not read that stuff every day.  In the days of the 1918 Pandemic people went to church.  Today they log on to their social media.  Computer games, porn and digital addictions.  What could go wrong?


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    Costume-themed bin outings go viral as people look for laughs during coronavirus isolation

    Costume-themed bin outings go viral as people look for laughs during coronavirus isolation

    The top picture is of a former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. Further down I like the Bin Reaper. Haven't seen Binderella yet, although that must surely be only a matter of time.

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    Request Hydroxychloroquine Forum (Jim H, jerryr, DaveF)

    Darned if I can remember how to start a new forum!

    Jim H, jerryr, DaveF and several others who are following the hydroxychloroquine topic,  would one of you mind starting A forum dedicated to this one drug and collecting posts and links to this one topic in this one place?

    One of the big problems is the information is spread out all over the place and I can't find it when I have a good time to review the whole field to see where we are at.

    Adam, may I have your help in relocating any posts out of this thread that are not on topic?


    First from DaveF this morning:

    HCQ: Two HCQ clinical trials have primary endpoint dates of April 21. Another HCQ test started at NYC hospitals on March 28th. Trump hinted: “it’s looking like it’s having some good results.” How much better would the results be if the HCQ were given before patients appeared at the hospital, and the US had a testing regime like Iceland?

    (any links available for these trials?)


    COVID-19:  Bahrain one of the first to use HCQ

    The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) quoted Dr Shaikh Mohamed, [their head medical officer] who is also the National Taskforce for Combating Covid-19 head, as revealing the information on Tuesday (March 24).  "the drug is reported to have had a profound impact when used to treat the symptoms exhibited by active Covid-19 cases."

    Dr Shaikh Mohamed said the compound was administered in line with treatment regimens that have seen success in China and South Korea.


    A china study sought to optimize the dose, but didn't study its effectiveness in living beings.

    We propose that the immunomodulatory effect of hydroxychloroquine also may be useful in controlling the cytokine storm that occurs late-phase in critically ill SARS-CoV-2 infected patients.
    Long list of ongoing trials of drugs to treat SARS2-CoV here.  Hydroxychloroquine studies start on page 27.  There are a bunch.

    From WebMD:  Christian Perronne, head of infectious diseases, University Hospital Raymond Poincaré, Garches, Paris, was more enthusiastic about HCQ.  [Which is unusual in the academic medical community until universally considered "proven," which takes several years.]

    "I really believe in hydroxychloroquine. It is a drug I find rather fascinating, that has been used for decades. There have been positive results in an in vitro study and a preliminary Chinese study in 100 patients which showed that hydroxychloroquine reduced the viral load, the symptoms lasted for less time, and they are not as severe. This could reduce the number of carriers, which I find interesting from an epidemiological perspective. [not sure exactly which study he is referring to.]


    A small Chinese study of HCQ started at the time of hospital admission (late) was negative.  Summarized in English here.


    Help me out here guys.  Please post other links.  Summaries of the studies are appreciated too.


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