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Posts by Paulwiz  

Joined: 30 Jan 2020 / Male ♂
Last Post: 23 Apr 2020
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From: U.S.A.
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Paulwiz   
23 Apr 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@cms neuf

What do you expect China to do

My approach to China is to "move on". Not very satisfying but what else can we do? But moving on means to correct the situation. We have allowed them to become a monopoly for many products like drugs, electronics, rare earth elements. We must isolate them as the untrustworthy business source that they are. The idea that their products are cheaper becomes false after we add in the cost of paying for the pathogens that they export to the world. (Don't forget yearly influenza costs.) So we need to quit doing business with disreputable business partners like China.

Handled correctly, there would be tremendous opportunities for our reputable business partners.
For example, let's say Poland has the desire and capability to become a pharmaceutical supplier but their products will cost more than similar products from China. The rest of the world needs to apply a tariff to the Chinese products to make them more expensive than the Polish products. I know the free market does not like tariffs but we pay it now with our medical costs associated with Chinese pathogens every year.

But .... Do we in the Free World have the perseverance to implement a plan like this?
Paulwiz   
23 Apr 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@johnny reb

Maybe it is mutating and we eventually are all going to die from it.

One can only guess, but I read a few days ago that viruses usually mutate to less lethal forms. Partially makes sense I guess as it would be harder to reproduce if it killed all the hosts. But that sounds only partially plausible to me.

As to China, I love conspiracy theories so don't encourage me. Hard enough to restrain myself as it is.
Paulwiz   
23 Apr 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@mafketis

once one strain gets established it kicks out others?

My theory as well. A long time ago people realized that a person who had Cow Pox and recovered (developed the antibodies) would not get Small Pox.

Now scientific approach is to develop a vaccine for parts of the virus like the spike proteins. As such any virus that had the same spike protein would be rendered ineffective.

A common theory in the US is that the West coast had the bug quite a while ago but it was not as lethal. And now there is herd immunity from the more lethal strain on the East coast. Hard to explain the huge disparity in death rates without some such theory.
Paulwiz   
18 Apr 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@Atch

I've composed a Coronavirus ditty.

You are my nomination for PF Poet Laureate.
Paulwiz   
15 Apr 2020
Genealogy / Looking for a person living in Warsaw - any online phone book in Poland? [33]

Thanks @mafketis. I read where the Polish people are very protective of personal information. The article said this was because of the years of communist rule so it all made sense to me. But it sounds like the actual situation is more complicated. Not being able to easily read what you want to read would be reason to complain. I don't think very highly of US newspapers but a person should be able to read whatever he or she wants.

Thanks again.
Paulwiz   
12 Apr 2020
Food / What do non-Poles think about eating the following Polish foods? [825]

There seems to be several "tricks", like avoid using metal and seal it well to keep air out. I had some pretty wimpy ćwikła until I learned the tricks.

Hot foods are pretty interesting. Horseradish is great since (at the risk of sounding indelicate) it is only hot on the way in. Not so with peppers. But enough ...

As I discerned that I was losing the horseradish pandemic, I resorted to chemical warfare. I got some of the baddest plant killer I could find and applied it. About all it did was to curl the leaves a bit more than normal. I have heard since that you should plant it in a large pot or half-barrel. But one guy told me that it can still jump out of the barrel. Horseradish zombie apocalypse!
Paulwiz   
12 Apr 2020
Food / What do non-Poles think about eating the following Polish foods? [825]

Thanks. Bunch of new food dishes to research.

I had a reasonable sized chunk of horseradish left over one year so I stuck it in the garden. What can it hurt, right? Stuff started to take over the garden! I dug out as much as I could but it came back almost as fast. That is one tough plant! Of course my real problems started when I ran over it with a rototiller. Bad move.

If I ever make it to Poland I'll look for ćwikła, now that I know it is available year-round.
Paulwiz   
11 Apr 2020
Food / What do non-Poles think about eating the following Polish foods? [825]

I grew up having a dish at Easter made with grated horseradish and beets. I cheated this year and bought a small jar of grated horseradish. (Too hard to find good horseradish and too painful to grate it by hand) It is too hot to eat it by itself but it goes great on ham and hard boiled eggs. I am almost certain it is Polish but it might not be. Does this sound familiar?
Paulwiz   
5 Apr 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

So are you guys in Poland doing the 8 PM howl? If not, you are probably going to think this is a late April Fool's joke. Every night people (not me) are going outside at 8PM and howling like a coyote or a wolf. It is supposed to be a "thank you" to the medical people for the work they are doing during the pandemic. I must say it is pretty weird to hear but it is unusual enough that it brings a little smile to my face.
Paulwiz   
5 Apr 2020
Law / Landlord forces me to pay internet+TV [17]

@Ziemowit
Thanks. While I was doing genealogy I saw a question on the US 1930 Census asking whether the family had a TV. I thought it was just a curious question. But I'm guessing now that the US was thinking about that sort of thing as well and decided against it.
Paulwiz   
5 Apr 2020
Law / Landlord forces me to pay internet+TV [17]

@Ziemowit

TV licence is paid by the person to whom the TV set is registered

Reading between the lines: If you buy a TV in Poland you have to register it and pay a license fee? Who gets the license fee money and keeps track of registration?
Paulwiz   
4 Apr 2020
Life / Pawn shop in Poland [6]

Thanks. If I ever do make it to Poland ...
Paulwiz   
4 Apr 2020
Life / Pawn shop in Poland [6]

moved from

lombard

There's a term I haven't heard before. I know what it means pretty much. But where would I go to find a lombard in Poland? Is there equivalent in US besides a regular bank or savings and loan?

(Remember April Fool's Day is over.)
Paulwiz   
25 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@johnny reb

many conspiracy theories going around

I love a good conspiracy theory but I haven't seen one. Very disappointing. Oh, there are lots of opinions and a bunch of political trolls but no good conspiracy theories IMHO.

It doesn't count to just state that (pick as many as you like) "Trump / US / Jews / Right / etc. made the virus". I need proof. After all, I don't work for CNN. I want pictures of the alien ship that crashed near Wuhan. Or a picture of the tiny American flag built into the RNA structure of the virus. The proof doesn't need to be flawless but it needs to be good enough to convince a climate scientist. Use of Photoshop is encouraged.
Paulwiz   
24 Mar 2020
Language / Cultural disparities shown through Polish and English languages [47]

I find the Polish use of diminutive names intriguing. I don't know all the "rules" for diminutives but it seems like a person receives a diminutive name almost immediately. But there is never a diminutive last name. In the US it takes a little while longer to get a "nickname" but it can be either name or a completely new name unrelated to a person's real name.
Paulwiz   
24 Mar 2020
Language / Cultural disparities shown through Polish and English languages [47]

Don't know. Her background was so different from mine that I just accepted it. It didn't feel comfortable for me to call her Ms. Mable so I just went with Mable. I don't know how many people were Mr. or Ms. besides me. I know she didn't have much good to say about some of her family so she just called them by their first name. But when she got a cat she named it Ms. Kitty. I kind of got the impression that the title was used for people she liked more than anything.

A friend (from the North) moved to Georgia for work and his children were born there. He taught them to call adults with title+first name as well. I think it was pretty common to do that.
Paulwiz   
23 Mar 2020
Language / Cultural disparities shown through Polish and English languages [47]

The title+first name is (or at least was) used in the Southeast US, especially when children were talking to adult friends of the family. I kind of like the practice as it shows respect but allows a child to avoid struggling with difficult-to-pronounce surnames.

I had an elderly black neighbor who grew up in the South. She didn't get around well so I'd help her do stuff. She always called me Mr. Paul. So I guess the practice extended to adults in some cases as well.
Paulwiz   
20 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

Excellent information Spike! Thank you. I would like to read the article if you would share the source. Thanks again.
Paulwiz   
19 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@johnny reb

one big hoax

The US has suffered over 22,000 deaths according to the CDC... Not from coronavirus but from Seasonal Flu. If you ratio based only on population that would imply around 1200 deaths in Poland. And what special steps did we take to combat the flu? (Crickets chirping)
Paulwiz   
17 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

"British authorities capitalized on this symptom and offered to help other EU countries to feed victims of the virus by sending them pallets of marmite."
Paulwiz   
17 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

So I don't know the term "bog roll". But I do know the translation of "Bog" from Polish, and this is a Polish forum after all. And since we are in Lent I figured maybe it was some sort of Easter food or something. I even typed it into Translate but it was no help. I decided to look it up and find out what it is. Imagine my surprise!!! Turns out I should have done the translation from English to American.

Hope this gives you a chuckle.
Paulwiz   
16 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

Are other EU countries sending help to Italy or is everyone just closing their borders?
Paulwiz   
15 Mar 2020
Genealogy / Anyone from Berezka / Brzuska near the Ukrainian border ? [39]

There is a branch of my family named Baran who lived (still lives) in Patton, PA, not far from Ben's Creek. My grandparents are also buried at Sts. Peter & Paul Byzantine. I will email you.
Paulwiz   
15 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

Expect a big surge in birthrate 9 months from now. Will call them " Coronials".
Paulwiz   
14 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

So after it is all done, what 3 things should we accomplish as a result that will make the world better?
My three:
1) Pressure must be exerted on China to quit contaminating the rest of the world. This is the root cause of this outbreak, H1N1, seasonal flu, etc.

2) We must establish better technology to address pathogenic outbreaks. It is better than I understood but there is a need for improvement.

3) We must recognize the vulnerabilities of our elderly and infirm and protect them more effectively. A lot of people knew that but some of us didn't.
Paulwiz   
14 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

The next thing we will see is the number of confirmed cases will skyrocket. But ... Is that because more people are infected or because we have more testing kits? I don't know how we will tell.
Paulwiz   
14 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

@dolnoslask
You can probably take your time before you start to pack for your move to the palace. Plus you may have some competition. The number of deaths in the US under age 50 ---- zero.
Paulwiz   
14 Mar 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [2644]

In the words of Rudyard Kipling:
If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.

Breathe deeply. Consider:
1) This "crisis" has all the signs of being manufactured. In the US we have had less than 40 deaths, most in a senior assisted living center.

2) If you remember Y2K, you can see how much people love to panic. Of course the press loves a good panic too.
3) Facts are your friend. Not the press. Not the government. And if the facts come from the press or the government, question them. Everyone will tell you that this virus has a death rate 10 times the seasonal flu. How do 'they' know since so many 'victims' are asymptomatic?

4) We did none of this for Swine Flu. What is different other than the narrative we are being fed?