Read "I, Pencil' essay by Lawrence Reed and you will see that a simple pencil cannot be made without resources from around the world. Hold up your cellphone and see how many rare earth elements from China are used in it. Ladies, your diamond ring may have an African source. Gold market--anyone buying gold these days with the markets down? That could come from many different countries. Now, I did hear that the reason Italy leads the EU with this virus is that they had many Chinese migrant workers in their factories (mostly N. Italy), who went home Jan 25 for Chinese New Year, ate a lot of bats, rats, and other strange creeping crawling things (all prohibited by the Bible), got the virus, then returned to work in Italy, thus spreading it to a population with 22.6 percent elderly, the highest in the EU.
It's good to see that the homeschooling people are offering the alternative. I wonder, how will people find out about it? Does anyone reading this know of children home from govt schools who have adopted this? I thought kids are just continuing with their classes online, and schools even give out computers for them to follow along. I wonder if those computers even allow for something else to be used instead. Or a tracking software that would alert the teacher that Jane or Johnny is not following along, kinda like an attendance roll. Otherwise, how do they know any kids are following the lessons? But I do think online is better for kids today than the classroom, and we may see an increase in test scores from this period.
If people read the health reports on restaurant inspections, they would never go out. One good thing of his current Chinese-virus crisis is that people will be able to save money from not eating out, and not going shopping as entertainment. Dave Ramsey always tells people in debt, 'you should not see the inside of a restaurant unless you work there' Another good thing is with schools moving online...parents will see that their kids may even do better without the distractions from other kids, especially the disruptive ones that the govt schools no longer want to discipline. Remember the Obama program to end the circuit from school to jail? Trayvon Martin was suspended from his Miami-area school because he was caught with burglary tools and jewelry that had been reported stolen from a house near his high school. His school security officer, in order to keep the school record clean, did not want to report him to the police, which would have meant some time in the slammer.
IT would be interesting if SA would do a poll of its broadcasters to see how many are going to be recommending their members stay home this weekend instead of attending a live service. That would depend on every church member having some source of wi-fi, and those who depend on public libraries might find it hard on a Sunday morning to find them open, and if they can still get the wi-fi service from outside, it might be a bit cold out, and expose them to getting a cold, thus weakening their immune system and making them more susceptible to getting a virus from China.
Thanks, "MIke" for the heart disease number. I think that is the lead cause of death in the US. It would be helpful to see a pie-chart that shows how big that is overall, in comparison to the flu, vehicles, suicides, alcohol, etc. Then we would say, less than 50 died of this new virus in the US? How many died from slipping in their bath tubs? Accidents with lawn mowers?
I have heard that kids are not affected by this virus, so the govt schools have remained open. Also, they are providing free meals for many kids, and closing them would end this. And they provide a 'baby-sitting service' for parents who work, and closing them would put the kids at home with no supervision, or parents would have to stay home to take care of them, and who would go to work?
Closing the parks was a tough decision, given this big fan base. You might even call these people a cult, due to their deep devotion to everything Disney. You know, a lot of times, the parents are the ones who are really pushing it, not the kids. I think some are reliving their 2nd childhoods. And there is that verse in the Bible that says, 'unless you become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God' (compare to Paul's verse about 'leaving the spiritual milk behind and growing up to spiritual solid food')
On the news this morning I heard of a survey that showed Democrats thought they were going to get the virus and Republicans not. I still think a side effect of all this hoopla is that less people will be getting the 'regular' flu and dying from it. I would even bet that the CDC in Atlanta would detect a drop in cases.
Have you wondered like me...what are the deaths from 'ordinary' flu in the US this season? A quick websearch led me to a page from the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and it had these numbers: since Oct 1, 2019 through Feb 29, 2020 (5 months total), there have been 34 to 49 million cases, 16 to 23 million medical visits, and 350,000 to 620,000 hospitalizations, with 20,000 to 52,000 deaths. These are amazing numbers, esp. the last ones, which mean approximately 4,000 people in the US per month have died from the flu since Oct 1, 2019. It also makes you wonder about what the leading cause of death is (heart disease) and what those numbers are. I remember car deaths being 50,000 per year.
Like the move to online schooling, or homeschooling, some people might see an improvement and then, when the crisis is over, they will wonder...now why were we doing the other way? It is interesting that USA Today is running this story, since few of its readers will be found in a church pew on Sunday morning. Newspapers used to publish an entire 'religion' page with listings of churches and their services in the area (maybe they did have to pay $$ for the space), but that was a long time ago (well, check your newspaper this weekend to see what it has).
This is the big question, whether you interpret the verse from Hebrews about not giving up the custom of meeting together as meaning less often than weekly, and then compare it to the verse of setting aside an offering at the beginning of the week...does that mean someone was standing there in a business suit passing an offering plate?
I have learned a lot about this from the ACT group run by a Lebanese woman whose family was murdered by Islam, Pastor Michael Youssef from the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia (USA, that is), and a book, 'Sword of the Prophet" Serge Trifkovic. I think most Americans have a long way to go in understanding Islam. Most basic difference from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, is that it is a complete system, involving daily life (pray 5 times a day), politics (no Democracies or elections in Muslim states like Saudi Arabia, which is their goal), no music (all considered profane by Islam), among other things.
Another China-related news item that has 'flown under the radar' has been the anniversary of 1959's Tibet uprising. Only Tibetans around the world marked the event yesterday, according to the news report from Japan's NHK network.
Adding this story to the one from Barna's group showing church attendance has been going down, makes you wonder...how many people are we talking about here? Presbyterians in general are not the US's largest denomination--the Baptists have them beat hands down. Then, to reduce that P group down to just the most liberal ones, the ones in this news item, is to be talking about a very small number, maybe less than a couple thousand people total. It could be that Seattle, one of the most liberal areas in the US, does have more liberal Presbyterians than places like Nashville, or Birmingham, and maybe even more of them than Baptists.
latest numbers are over 116,000 cases (that's if you believe what Communist China tells us), and 64,391 recovered, and 4,090 deaths, which makes it a 3.5 percent risk of death. The common flu has a much higher death rate, but it doesn't make people wash their hands and avoid public contact.