Just had some more wood delivered. Good thing as we were down to cutting up wood pallets. This summer we will have to work harder to get more wood put aside for next winter. But the Good Lord continues to watch over us.
Here is some of the Corona-virus Headlines I found from most of my news sources. I'm just going to say "Virus" when I'm talking about Corona-virus -19. You may not have seen all of these, but it is good to keep up on the events of this strange epidemic. "US Suspects Iran of Hiding Vital Virus Information, Says Iran Has Largest Death Totals Following China".... "Scientists Say Virus May Be More Contagious Than The Flu".... San Francisco Declares State of Emergency as They Prepare For Virus Pandemic".... "Iran Has 245 Confirm Virus Cases, Which Include 26-Dead From the Virus".... "The Diamond Princess, the Cruise Ship Quarantined in In Japan for the Virus Reported 5 Dead and 705 Infected with the Virus".... " Doctors Say "Paper" Masks Not Effective Against Virus". "Doctor Say repeated Hand Washing and Cleaning of Eyes Helpful Against Virus".... "US Reports There are 62 Virus Cases in the United States".... "U.S. Stocks Plunge as Virus Now Reported in 56 Nations".... "World Health Organization, Also Known as WHO, Raises Virus Risk to "Very High" at Global Level- Their Highest Level".... "Japan Declares State of Emergency Over Virus".... "France Declares 18 Virus Cases, While Germany Declares 10 Cases." .... "South Korea now at 2,022 Virus Cases".... "First US Confirmed Death Happened in State of Washington".... "CDC Asks People to Stop Buying Paper Mask as They Will Not Work Against the Virus, but Are Needed By Health Workers for Other Illnesses".... "Global Statistics Last Report Shows Over 3,000 Dead from Virus"...."Rhode Island Reports First Case of Virus".... "Scotland Confirms First Case of Virus".... "Mexico Confirmed Fifth Case of the Virus".... "Israel Reports 5,630 People in Isolation for Possible Contamination From Virus".... "Paris' Louvre Museum Closes When Staff Walks Out From Fear of the Virus".... "Taiwan Has 40th Virus Case Confirmed".... "3,000 Paper Masks Seized in Woman's Luggage".... "Italy Reports 1,100 Virus Cases".... "Washington State Now Reporting 6 Virus Cases. "New Number Shows 89,000 Infected Globally by Virus".... "Except For In United States, Disney Theme Parks Around the World Are Closing. People Planning to Visit Disneyland and Disney World Should be calling Weekly to see if Parks are Still Open". "Globally, Virus Has Claimed the Lives of Over 3,000 People."
I remember reading about such epidemics as the Black Plague, though I don't recall what years this was, and then the Spanish Flu, which happened in the closing moments of World War One. The Spanish Flu went across Europe, parts of America and even came to Alaska. While living in Dillingham, Alaska this Spanish Flu hit the Alaska Native Populations quite hard. We had two graveyards filled with flu victims. One in the center of town and the larger one placed behind the hospital. This one behind the medical facility was a mass grave and as far as we knew there were no coffins used, but the town graveyard had coffins. But there were two strange happenings about the graveyards. The Hospital was up on a bluff and this shear cliff bordering the graveyard stood up against the ocean and was about 60 feet tall. But whenever a good storm hit, we had to go out there to give the cliff a good looking over. All too often an arm or a leg bone was sticking out. One had to be extremely careful because it was said these bones most like still carried the flu bug. Then a major storm hit the city and the downtown graveyard was mostly washed away. We had numerous coffins, some rotted away, taking a voyage through town and on their way to the harbor. We were able to get most of the coffins and most of the loose bones and wooden headstones, but we lost some. This was not one of my more amusing events in my career as a police officer.
I recall reading in history how the U.S. Government had a tough time dealing with the Blackfeet Tribe, which at the time was one of the largest American Indian Tribes. So they pulled a few dozen blankets used in the nearest small pox wards, pilled them up and took them by wagon out to the Blackfeet's area of country. Small Pox nearly wiped out that tribe and was the government first venture into using biological warfare. A very sad day for the supposed good guy. World War One also saw a major use of chemical and biological weapons, which killed a lot of our soldiers.
This is how some of these biological weapons suddenly find itself loose upon a civilization, either through terrorism or possibly a simple mistake made in a lab. They often say Bush had no evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, yet I have read actual reports where are troops actually found storage bunkers filled with chemical and biological weapons and our troops were sickened. I also saw films of Syria using Chemical and Biological Weapons to test of prisoners, on civilians but nothing about it seems to make it to the headlines. We did it to ourselves with Agent Orange in Vietnam, our attempt to defoliate the jungle. But they used the same stuff on the bushes all around our barracks, posts and bases. I was tested for it, they took a biopsy and they never gave me the results. But I have friends who are dying from it, others who are really sick and they never took a step into the jungle. They got it from the bushes right on base.
All right, that's enough preaching. I've put my current project on hold so I could do some rewriting on my story: "Sandbox Wars". This is the third book in my "Apache Snow Trilogy". Publisher was some changes made, so I am working on that now. Story is about the war in Afghanistan and 14-years into the wars that is still going on. I think we are now going the 20th year of warfare there. Vietnam only lasted 10-years and people thought this one was way too long. First book in the series was "Apache Snow", while the 2nd book was entitled "In Search of Honor", which mostly deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Characters and sons of characters from these two prior books are used in this third book.
Well, that's about it for now. I pray all is well with you and God Bless. Spring is just around the corner and we have a lot of spring and summer jobs lined up.