"In a larger sense, I have been preparing for something like this moment my entire life."
Used loosely, “bardo” is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, and then proceeding to terrifying hallucinations that arise from the impulses of one’s previous unskillful actions. For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals, the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality; for others, it can become a place of danger as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth.
Metaphorically, bardo can describe times when our usual way of life becomes suspended, as, for example, during a period of illness or during a meditation retreat. Such times can prove fruitful for spiritual progress because external constraints diminish. However, they can also present challenges because our less skillful impulses may come to the foreground, just as in the sidpa bardo.
La vida no vale nada
Si cuatro caen por minuto
Y al final por el abuso
Se decide la jornada
La vida no vale nada
Si tengo que posponer
Otro minuto de ser
Y morirme en una cama
La vida no vale nada
Si en fin lo que me rodea
No puedo cambiar cual fuera
Lo que tengo y que me ampara
Y por eso para mí
La vida no vale nada
La vida no vale nada lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
The way China and South Korea flattened their curve was a three-prong approach: point-of-care testing for everyone, quickly; tight quarantine of the CoV-19 positive; and aggressive contact tracing. Everyone who made contact with an infected person for the previous 2 weeks got tested.
“In January, it was discussed that there was human to human transmission taking place. So the alarm bells were ringing that this fits the very scary pattern — that it will be very difficult to contain.”
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As the world battles the coronavirus crisis, researchers are warning of a potentially active Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 through the end of November.
The CSU team forecasts 16 named tropical systems; 12 is the average. Eight of those named systems are forecast to reach hurricane status, with winds greater than 74 mph; Six is the usual amount per year. Moving coronavirus victims on ventilators could become a major endeavor that would require action well before a storm approaches the coast — assuming there’s hospital space inland to take them.
And then there are the personal mental and financial barriers. People may be hesitant to evacuate for fear of going to a shelter with the infected. “Much of what we use as baseline assumptions for emergencies will not work right now,” said Bryan Koon, a former director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Natural disasters don’t care what is going on with human health issues.”
…[T]hey were the only guests at their resort, the Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives, which normally is at capacity this time of year, catering to some 180 guests. (“Room rates start at $750 a night,” its website still says.) The resort comprises the entirety of its speck of an island. There is nowhere to go. The couple reign like benign yet captive sovereigns over their islet. The days are long and lazy. They sleep in, snorkel, lounge by the pool, repeat.
The resort’s full staff are at hand, because of the presence of the two guests. Government regulations won’t allow any Maldivians to leave resorts until after they undergo a quarantine that follows their last guests’ departure. Accustomed to the flow of a bustling workday, and the engagement with a full house of guests, most of the staff, having grown listless and lonely, dote on the couple ceaselessly. Their “room boy” checks on them five times a day. The dining crew made them an elaborate candlelit dinner on the beach. Every night performers still put on a show for them in the resort’s restaurant: Two lone audience members in a grand dining hall.
At breakfast, nine waiters loiter by their table. Hostesses, bussers and assorted chefs circulate conspicuously, like commoners near a celebrity. The couple has a designated server, but others still come by to chat during meals, topping off water glasses after each sip, offering drinks even though brimming cocktail glasses stand in full view, perspiring. The diving instructor pleads with them to go snorkeling whenever they pass him by.
The Gulf of Mexico sea surface temperatures have run above normal over the past year but have sharply risen in recent months. Now, they’re about three degrees above average and that is likely to have a bearing on weather across the central and eastern Lower 48 in the months to come.
The last time Gulf of Mexico waters were similarly warm in 2017, it coincided with an above-average tornado season through the spring, and then Category 4 Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast at the end of summer.
The balmy gulf waters have already contributed to abnormal warmth across the Deep South, where virtually the entirety of the Interstate 10 corridor through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia is wrapping up one of its top five warmest Marches on record. Numerous records have toppled, with some cities soaring into the 90s…. According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, cities such as Brownsville, Texas, Corpus Christi, Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and parts of Florida have all seen their warmest March on record.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, though storms sometimes form outside those dates. The team predicts that 2020 hurricane activity will be about 140% of the average season.
Bought a lime tree sapling in the market and planted it in a bed of inoculated biochar in my garden. Limes are very popular in the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus brought seeds to the West Indies on his second voyage in 1493, and the trees soon became widely distributed in Mexico, the West Indies, and Florida. Here their main function is to make ceviche from raw fish or flavor your Corona.
- Protected nature preserve status
- Scores of large, new, vacant hotel buildings, elegantly furnished
- Scores of well-furnished closed restaurants with industrial kitchens
- A large number of unemployed chefs and cooks, receptionists, service people, and managers
- A diesel power plant and distributed lines capable of meeting the needs of 10,000 people
- A leaky municipal water system that provides clean but not potable water for 10,000 people
- A decrepit sewage treatment system
- A golf-cart taxi fleet, in good repair
- A police department
- A fishing fleet with multigenerational experience in these waters
- A Navy base
- A hundred small shops or mobile businesses
- Bicycle repair workshops, small engine repair workshops, a boat repair dry dock
- Sawmills and carpentry shops
- A bank
- Hundreds of dogs and a smaller number of domestic or feral cats
- Wild marauding raccoons
- A sheltered port with a 4 meter draft
- Coconut trees
- Abundant edible wild fish, octopus, shrimp and lobster
- A couple of doctors and dentists
- Many plumbers and electricians
- Many carpenters, masons and palaperos
- Broadband internet connectivity (weak)
- Mobile phone service
- Landline phone service
- Cable TV
- Several baseball parks and soccer fields
- Some sport fishing boats
- Five passenger ferries and one car ferry
- An airport (actually just a dirt landing strip)
- Baseball and football teams
- An under-financed and poorly-staffed school
- Several churches
- Several health clinics, including an urgent care center
- Several pharmacies
- Many fresh fruit and vegetable vendors
- Several bakeries and tortillerias
- Warehouses, typically used for beer and construction materials
- Several fully-stocked hardware stores
- A night-lit basketball court under roof
- A night-lit bandshell
- Propane delivery
- Garbage collection
- FedEx/DHL once-per-week delivery
- Mail once-per-week delivery
- Paddleboards and kayaks
- Sailboats and catamarans
- Experienced scuba guides and gear
- Three kiteboarding schools
- Lots of artists and musicians
- Miles of pristine sandy beach
- Dolphins, rays and whalesharks
- Flocks of marine and coastal wild birds
- Crabs, iguanas, lizards, sea snakes and tortoises
- A river with flamingos and crocodiles
- Enforcement of environmental regulations for this nature preserve
- Our previous clean groundwater lens
- Redundant, robust, renewable energy systems
- An adequate sanitation system that processes and neutralizes human wastes
- Adequate recycling, composting and garbage management/disposal
- Secure potable water supply (not requiring purchase of plastic bottles)
- Adequate plastics restrictions, collection and disposal
- Domestic abuse counseling
- Night lighting and noise restrictions
- Adequate nesting turtle protections
- Restrictions on domestic animals
- Adequate crocodile and flamingo protections
- Sufficient hurricane design criteria in building codes
- Legal CBD
- Secure food supply for islanders, drawn mainly from the island itself
- Jobs for everyone previously employed by tourism
- Good schools for all grades and adult education
- A community FM radio station
- Microgrid local WiMax internet
- A smart growth plan, or any consistent, democratic, transparent planning process
Paris is no longer romantic,
New York doesn’t stand up anymore,
the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.