“The presence of the large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China is a time bomb.”

This article, published in 2007 on PubMed, predicted that the Chinese custom of eating bats would lead to a pandemic. Above is an excerpt of the article.

The entire article, on the National Institutes of Health website, can be viewed here.


A Reminder to remember the old folk

From Chris, who is a doctor. He is currently a Hospitalist (a branch of internal medicine dealing with the care of acutely ill hospitalized patients) working at the VA in Palo Alto, California.

He works with Covid19-positive patients EVERY DAY and wears a full Hazmat suit, or PPE, at work.

He told me last night that we need to stay away from our parents, who are in their late 80’s. We can all reach out and talk to them, but my nephew discouraged any physical contact with them. If they need supplies, we should coordinate getting them and then delivering them via drop off where we leave them out front with a reminder to wipe everything down before bringing it inside. We should not be going into their homes, hugging them, shaking their hands, NOTHING.

He also said the mortality rate is higher than what they are telling us. I dont know about you, but as much as I want to go give my parents a big hug, I would rather have them alive for another 10 years.

Some of you will take this with a grain of salt and continue to visit your parents, but just know, every time you do, you are bringing in the germs you have accumulated throughout the day from every person you have come in contact with.

We now have conclusive evidence that this disease is being transmitted through asymptomatic carriers, or people who show no symptoms, and trying to stop that transmission is like trying to stop the wind.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but this too shall pass.

Chris said this is going to be a crappy month or two, so buckle up.

Feel free to pass along, or not.


Laura Ingraham had a doctor from New York’s Lenox Hill hospital on with her last night who explained that they are already using Hydroxychloroquine to treat acute coronavirus patients and are seeing tremendous results.


Dr. William Grace told Ingraham that they have 100 patients and have had zero deaths after the use of Hydroxychloroquine.

Hydroxychloroquine is the less toxic version of Chloroquine.

Grace said that a big reason older people die from the coronavirus is that their lungs fill up with fluid as part of an immune response to the virus. Hydroxychloroquine works, Grace notes, in both inhibiting the immune response and inhibiting the replication of the virus.

This is really great news and affirms what we are hearing is happening in other countries, as Ingraham points out. Hopefully it will serve as both a cure for the virus and perhaps even a prophylactic.



1 whole Large Onion
1 whole Pork Shoulder (pork Butt) – 5 To 7 Pounds
Salt And Pepper
1 (11 oz) can Chipotle Peppers (in adobo sauce)
2 cans Dr. Pepper
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. 

Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.

Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.

Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) 

Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. 

Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.

Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. 

Cook for at least six hours, turning meat two or three times during the cooking process. 

Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.

Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. 

Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. 

Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. 

Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. 

Serve on warm flour tortillas. 

Garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and/or whatever else you’d like.

Recipe from Texan Recipes, posted with permission.


With nursing homes on lockdown, elderly residents are getting lonely. One nursing home in Texas is asking for letters to their residents.

In a social media post, Heartis Senior Living in Webster, Texas says “Our residents would love to receive pictures, letters, or drawings from you and your kids. Help us feel the love while we stay indoors and out of harm’s way. “

The address to send letters, pictures, and drawings to is:

Heartis Senior Living
14520 Hwy 3
Webster, Texas 77598


The Chinese COVID-19 coronavirus has the world on edge. In particular, oil workers in Texas as they watch the price of crude oil continue to drop.

This is good news for many at the pump, but terrible news for those who depend on oil production, especially shale oil, for their livelihood.

Yesterday several stations in Kentucky dropped prices to 99 cents. Others in Washington state did the same.

It’s only a matter of time before those prices are seen here in Texas. Especially if drivers continue staying home.

Motorists in the Texas and elsewhere are paying less for fuel thanks to fallout from the new coronavirus, which is wreaking economic havoc on several fronts, not the least of which is a massive decline in demand for crude oil.

“The biggest reason is economics 101, supply and demand,” said Allison Mack, a petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. “The demand for oil worldwide has dropped day after day as fewer countries need oil.”

In China, the world’s second largest oil consumer behind the United States and where the coronavirus originated, cities are on lockdown, no one is driving or flying and oil demand has cratered, she said. At the same time, the volume of oil production remained the same, creating a glut and driving prices downward, Mack said.

“The biggest determining factor of gasoline prices, the street-level prices we see every day, is oil prices,” she said. “When oil prices go down, gas prices are sure to follow.”


In news that should come as a surprise to no one, data suggests Texans are knocking back the most drinks while waiting for this COVID-19 stuff to blow over.

KXAN-TV’s Billy Gates reports that the folks at barbecue website Seriously Smoked analyzed the keywords, phrases, and hashtags of over 200,000 Twitter posts from the past 30 days. According to their findings, Texas had the highest volume of tweets about drinkin’.

I don’t think this comes as much of a surprise. After all, one of Governor Greg Abbott’s first actions was to permit delivery of beer and cocktails from restaurants.

I wonder what those in other states are doing to pass the time???


Representatives of Rogers’ family said the singer died peacefully at home from natural causes

Kenny Rogers, the Grammy award-winning country music icon, has died aged 81.

Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” according to a statement by representative Keith Hagan.

The statement posted on Saturday said he died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, from natural causes. “Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,” it said. “His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.”

Rogers’ family is planning a private service out of concern for the national coronavirus emergency. A public memorial to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Rogers topped the charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards. He was best known for his hit song The Gambler, released in 1978.

He went on to star in TV movies based on The Gambler and other songs. Rogers worked for some 60 years before retiring from touring in 2017 aged 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer.


H-E-B is giving out “Texas Proud Pay” raises to all its hourly store, manufacturing, warehouse and transportation employees during the COVID-19 outbreak, the grocery store chain announced Friday via Twitter.

The pay raise is $2 an hour and was enacted March 16. It will last through April 12, the company said.

The raise is to “recognize their hard work and thank them for their commitment as they help serve our customers and communities.”

“We understand it is our responsibility to provide essential services to our customers during a time when so many other businesses have not been able to stay open or have had to scale back operations significantly,” the store posted on its Twitter account.