A reminder: About now, your income tax interest and earnings statements will be coming in. At tax time everything will be easier if you put all these statements in one place. So, keep an eye out on the mail this week.
The recent earthquake disaster in Haiti deserves help and all should contribute what they can.
More generally, the world needs more disaster rescue ships. They should be of several types: hospital ships of multiple drafts for different harbors, emergency electrical power ships, communications ships in addition to whatever emergency communications might be standard on the other varieties of ships, emergency sanitation and shelter ships capable of deploying temporary sewerage and water systems and civil reconstruction vehicles such as bulldozers and cranes.
Rescue aircraft are also desirable, but they can do less because of the limited cargo capacity on devastated airfields. Most of the world's population is near the sea. Disaster aid by rail is also possible and it could be done by keeping modules ready for loading on flat-cars.
A kiwi fruit had been sitting around the kitchen counter longer than it should, perhaps two weeks, when I found it in a bit of a flabby state but decided to eat it. It was distinctly alcoholic in a pleasant way. There was no fermentation taste whatsoever, it was just alcoholic.
It was a nice discovery and I can't explain it. Did some fermentation bacteria do it or did the fruit itself perform the transformation ? If bacteria did it there was no evidence that was obvious to sight or taste. To all appearances it looked like an ordinary kiwi fruit, just a bit flabby on the outside.
The intense cold this winter has extended into Florida. I wonder if this means that the pythons might be frozen ? Some of them might survive in the cities, but most are likely to wish they were back in Burma or Africa as the case might be.
It seems that severe morbidity from H1N1 is aresult of simultaneous infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae . I don't know of any easy way to protect against Strep but such a means might exist. Alternatively, just get the H1N1 vaccine. The H1N1 is now widespread in only 4 states, including New Jersey and Virginia. The CDC says that another wave of flu is possible later in the year if it mutates.