Since Oct 9, 1999
We collected samples of exhaled particles (one with and one without a facemask) in two size fractions ("coarse">5 µm, "fine"≤5 µm) from 37 volunteers within 5 days of seasonal influenza onset, measured viral copy number using quantitative RT-PCR, and tested the fine-particle fraction for culturable virus. Fine particles contained 8.8 (95% CI 4.1 to 19) fold more viral copies than did coarse particles. Surgical masks reduced viral copy numbers in the fine fraction by 2.8 fold (95% CI 1.5 to 5.2) and in the coarse fraction by 25 fold (95% CI 3.5 to 180). Overall, masks produced a 3.4 fold (95% CI 1.8 to 6.3) reduction in viral aerosol shedding.
With speaking, the vast majority of droplets were above 0.5 microns https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-38808-z).https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23505369/ It's not clear what the particle size distribution is and how that relates to the mesh. But cloth is probably inadequate: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25903751/
With masks: the salon where two stylists tested positive: https://apnews.com/0abab24fa86efb702a259185e3074273 After about 14 days, there were no positive tests: https://www.facebook.com/SGCHD/posts/10158304982679378 46 tested out of 140, all negative, so a very low likelyhood (< 0.1% if the 46 are random) that any of the untested are positive.
Feb 13, 2016: "A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy." http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/scalias-full-dissent-same-sex-marriage-ruling
Sep 21, 2008. I'm putting this link: http://www.financialsense.com/fsu/editorials/amerman/2008/0917.html on my home page, not because I want to, and not because it is well written. But it pretty well explains the degree of risk that the financial community has created by credit default insurance. Unlike MBS, there are no assets, no income stream, no regulated reserves, just a promise that money will magically appear right when the economy runs out of money.
But before we tar and feather those insurers, let's properly assign blame where it belongs: the Fed and its creators, FDR (created moral hazards in Fannie and Freddie), Burns, Greenspan, Bernanke and all the apologists for the credit-based economy who can see no wrong with creating multiple dollars of debt for every dollar of GDP. Here's another link with the numbers for the hole we've dug (50 trillion in debt - see table L.1 against a 14 trillion GDP): http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/Current/z1.pdf This level of debt cannot be paid off (think about the proportion of GDP that would be needed, it would eat up the money needed for startups, R&D, etc). The only choices are default (what is looming today) or inflation.
Mar 24, 2007: Here's my web page with what I see as perpetuated myths of global warming: http://shpud.com/myths.html When you find errors, please ping or email. I have already been taken to the woodshed for some and I appreciate the patience of the readers who corrected what I had muddled.
Dec 14, 2003. We've captured Saddam! A big congratulations to our military. Many have sacrificed a lot including their lives to achieve this and I will always remember them.
This is a perfect opportunity to switch to the Afghanistan strategy: a few well protected bases and special forces missions to eliminate specific threats. If the the vast majority of Iraqis want freedom and democracy then they can earn it by keeping the peace, turning in the remaining radicals and building their own government.
Nation-building is mostly liberalism: handouts, price controls, political correctness, and a religious belief in changing people from the top down. We have given the Iraqis the foundation to build a nation, but we can't give them a functioning country, they have to do that themselves