When everybody needs us most

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Kim Pitts-Wiley, director, wrapping up “Sinnerman.” Used by permission.


THE CRABBY CYCLIST

Bike lanes and other bad jokes

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HOW-TO-TORIAL

Editor’s log, supplemental

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THE CRABBY CYCLIST

Seriously. I’m not going to hit you

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Please try this link


Will we miss it?

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The Starlink 3 train rides across the early morning sky, accompanied by a handful of other satellites. Photo by Forest Katsch on Unsplash


THE CRABBY CYCLIST

Keep telling yourself that, Q

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OK, I’m an awful person.

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  1. “The coronavirus” Say its name: SARS-CoV-2. That’s pronounced sarz covee too.
    I completely give up on this one. Everybody says “the coronavirus” but there are hundreds of coronavirus species. The Orthocoronavirinae is a subfamily of seven related coronaviruses that infect humans. Of those, four are responsible for the common cold: 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. The remaining three, SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2, cause more serious illnesses. MERS-CoV, which causes MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2020. MERS is much more deadly than COVID-19, killing about 35% of the people who get sick with it. SARS-CoV causes SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which kills about 10%. If COVID-19 (COronaVIrusDisease of 20–19, which is caused, as everyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows, by SARS-CoV-2) had death rates like either one of those you might think we would have an even bigger pile of dead people than what we currently have, but not necessarily. Both the SARS and the MERS epidemics burned out quickly compared to what we currently endure. Neither SARS-CoV nor MERS-CoV are nearly as good at being a virus as SARS-CoV-2. For really effective spread a human-infecting virus needs to be respiratory — so that it can easily spread among us Homo Sapiens sapiens, who have such trouble keeping our mouths shut that a significant number of us object to covering those same mouths even when it could save our precious little lives as well as the lives of those we say we care about. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV are both respiratory but a successful virus also needs to leave lots of hosts alive. Unfortunately (for us), SARS-CoV-2 has it all nailed down, together with — and unlike either MERS-CoV or SARS-CoV — asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread, which make it a real bitch. …


Hindsight in 2020

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The real deal and the ideal deal

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No woman ever murdered her husband while he was washing the dishes.

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