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I thought these were so wonderful when I made them several years ago – today, it occurs to me that they aren’t made for writing words because I made them appropriate to my needs and not thinking of others. They are visual calendars intended to show when it happens from now – and when now is.
This calendar is part of a visual calendar system I designed for me to understand the relationships visually between what is now and how far away an event, an appointment, a happening or the need to prepare those things for them, would occur. At the same time, I was making (on Zazzle’s print on demand site), magnets, stickers and small business card sized cards to go with it and work in conjunction with it.
I didn’t even think about the fact that it isn’t appropriate to words being written on the calendar until just now and that most people use a calendar differently by putting in those words to describe tasks, appointments, events and other nifty stuff.
Apparently, calendars are only appropriate to other people which have room for the words, which really doesn’t help me at all even though i can use calendars that way. It doesn’t fill a need for people who want to write on them, but I didn’t really know that.
The relationship between now and when something happens has been an ongoing difficulty for me and most left-brained, verbally based and written calendars are not much real help. I’ve colored in the columns of Mondays in pink, Tuesdays in green, Wednesdays in yellow, Thursdays in blue, Fridays in orange, Saturdays in red, Sundays in purple using my own color coding system. That helps a lot. I discovered in use, that these colors next to each other for the days have enough contrast from one another to be visually remarkable from one another rather than confused. And, I’ve used that on traditional calendars for years.
Then post-it notes, cards, magnets, stickers and other things can coordinate with those to say when it is, but they don’t have the capacity to effectively convey the “getting ready for an event” part. If something is happening on Wednesday, I can see to get ready for it a couple days in advance using the color coded calendars. But, for something that takes three months of preparation, like an art show, an industry trade show, a makers’ faire, a light art show that I want to show my work – not so much help from traditional calendars with big squares to write in.
So, one of the things I designed as the visual calendar system was being put on my zazzle store, were calendars that show the paradigm shift of today / now as well as its relationship to events in a style of calendar like those above with a place for magnets, pushtacks with colored tops, color paperclips hanging from them, stickers, post-it flags and avery round circle stickers in solid colors. But, it also shows a three month shifting calendar at the bottom of each poster to describe the get ready time for various shows, events, gallery things, light art shows, makers’ faires, trade shows and competitions.
Those kinds of visual calendars look like this –
This calendar shows a three month lead time to prepare for an event using the bottom calendar to express when now is in relation to getting ready for it. For me, pushtacks with colorful tops can work, but I also designed sets of different magnets, cards, stickers and something else to go with it. That was needed too, because there is often a need for those items to use as visual identifiers with this calendar system including post-it notes, things like that to make notes toward an event that can be color coded similarly.
It just isn’t made to write on it – which I didn’t realize, makes it less than useful for people who want to do that. Maybe I’ll go back and redesign it to work for both. In our house and business, calendars really must serve my needs but others need to read them in their way too – using words, I suppose, or they might not be helped by it. Could it be made to do both? Hmmmm……. I’m about to go find out.
I have two collections on my store that show these visual calendar systems and the products that go with them. On my CricketDiane Zazzle store and its companion store, Adaptive Living Tools, there are more. This is one of the two collections –
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Take several empty 2 liter soda bottles and fill with water – leave some room for the water to expand when it becomes ice – don’t fill the water all the way to the top. Believe it or not – these are the best sleeping pals when it is hot, especially 95 degrees or more . . .
Children can sleep with them, but it is better to put the bottles in the child’s bed to cool it before bedtime and not put the ice bottles directly on the child’s skin. It can remove heat too fast if it is directly next to them for very long. These ice bottles can be placed on a table or chair in front of a fan to cool the stream of air as well. It helps some.
The other water trick that helps is to simply run a cool stream of water in the bathroom shower and then put the fan in front of the open bathroom door to the rest of the house or apartment. This cools the air, adds some moisture and brings the air temperature down several degrees inside the adjacent rooms. It also forces a volume of hot air from the other rooms to be exchanged in that room because as the fan sends air out through the apartment, hot air travels above it to fill in the “void” created which is then cooled as well. It is a very simplified gross form of a heat exchanger. Make sure the fan, its plug in and the floor of the bathroom are not standing in water nor getting any of the splash from the water stream of the shower – this is a cold water only stream for it to work. Also, keep all small children from getting into the shower or playing with the fan while using it this way. It is best to sit the fan in the door or just outside the open door rather than in the bathroom. It works really, really well, though.
Put a paper towel folded into a ziplock back with a tablespoon of water and two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to make a cold pack. Make sure it is not a zipper type bag and that the closing seam is completely sealed and leak-proof. These lay flat in the freezer but don’t become frozen stiff. It is also possible to make these with unflavored gelatin mixed to be gelatin and put in the pouch such that it makes a quarter inch layer when it sets, so don’t fill the bag up very much with it. Making several and keeping them in the freezer allows a quick set to be used and traded for a cool set when they have done their work.
These cool packs are best used on the back of the neck and head or can be laid on the pillow before going to sleep to cool the back of the neck and head. They can be worn against the skin or put on the back of the chair where siting or working to lean back and remove excess body heat.
For $1.25, the cheapest answer to beat the heat during the worst of daytime heating is the flavor pop style ice sticks at 24 to a box in various flavors. They are sugar water and fruit flavoring, but limited on messiness, quickly cool the body, children and adults like them, and they can take the dangerous heat to a lower level of effects immediately. It is however, not a one a day thing for it to work when the air temperature is 95 to 100 degrees. Eating several can cool the body down by degrees immediately though and is probably not healthy in any other way – wouldn’t eat them every day or maybe ever, otherwise.
Homemade popsicle forms are in stores from groceries to dollar stores for around a dollar – they are much harder to eat and deal with as far as messiness, than the ice sticks – but they are cooling to the body, a bit slower to work because they are harder to eat, and they can be made with more healthy options from Powerade to juices or some combination.
There are wonderful products of fruit juice popsicles pre-made in grocery stores frozen foods sections that are completely fruit juice made by Edy’s and some store brands – some of these are pure fruit juice and already made without sugar or corn syrup. Be warned that any child under the age of eleven will probably be wearing some of it after eating one, along with the color that can end up as a permanent part of their clothing, shoes, your couch, or whatever else.
Young children, toddlers, babies and pre-schoolers are especially prone to harm from extreme heat – the popsicle and flavor pop style ice treats can be a real lifesaver for them to keep their body temperatures from skyrocketing throughout a really hot day, especially in a house or apartment without air conditioning.
The cheap group of fans available include a floor fan model that is round, sits on a plastic base and tilts – this delivers the most bang for the buck as far as moving air in the range of fans costing less than thirty dollars. Modern homes, apartments and condos are not made for airflow efficiency, so generally more than one fan is required to move air for cooling. Fans even make the air conditioning systems more effective so that the cooler air can be brought throughout the home or office and mix with the hot air created by activities, sunshine or hourly heating along one side of the house.
Where there is no air conditioning, several fans are moving air in a streams, by placing the fans in correlation to one another more of the night air can be brought in to cool the inside of the house or apartment and mixed to lower the air temperature inside and more of that night air cooling can be kept circulating throughout much of the day. To keep this night air cool inside, for the first of the day windows would be closed or nearly closed, with only the top, or upper half of windows open a pinch. That allows the cool night air to stay inside and move around the house and gives an exit to the hot air that will be near the ceiling level since hot air rises.
A fan at floor level tilted upwards brings the cool air at floor level into the mix where people are sitting, standing, working or moving. Thinking in terms of layers, the coolest air will always be at the floor level – the coolest floor in the house or apartment is probably the tile one, wherever that is and the coolest places will be either in front of the fan sitting on the floor or laying on the tile floor. If you have cats – watch where they will sit or lay stretched out because that is probably where it is cool – dogs, not so much. The worst part of summer with heat and no air conditioner and dogs is that the most likely place they will be, is in the open window tearing up the screen barking at people walking by, or pawing the screen to get the squirrel they see four miles away or slobbering on the window and curtains or all of the above . . . .
If there is one thing to do for community, it is to go out and buy one fan for someone that is elderly, disabled or any mother with young children and babies who have no air conditioning. The cost is less than thirty dollars and it is the best charitable thing that can be done to honor God and humanity as a member of the community. It saves lives.
Showers are a great place to let young children play when it is too hot for anything else. When a walk to the park with its wonderful water features, is a walk in the sun – not going to work. But, a shower can run with a less than take a bath stream using cool water – not completely cold water – and any toddler, preschool child or young school aged children can be content for hours . . . . A few bowls, spoons, pouring pitchers, toys and a duck or two, and they are happily cool enough and content enough to stay out of trouble. Definitely check on them once every few minutes or so to make sure they’re alright, re-check the temperature of the water and to get the water up out of the bathroom floor. Or, throw an old towel on the floor in the first place, because that will become a pool of water otherwise.
Cool and lukewarm showers for everybody throughout the day adds to cooling the body when there is no ac and the temperatures soar. The effect of cooling does not last as long as might be guessed, however and other measures are certainly necessary. A day can be a long, long, long time when the temperatures are above 90 degrees and especially, when they are above 95 degrees. That is way too much time for a heat stroke to develop and drugs prescribed by doctors are going to make that heat stroke possibility even more likely. It just does.
When the feeling of body heat becomes nauseating, headachy, all over achy, horrible – go stick your head in the freezer for a few minutes. Make sure to turn around and get the back too for a minute or two before closing the door and grabbing a wet cloth or cold pack or an ice stick . . . It works. This can buy just enough time of cool down to get some other cooling measures to work. Trust that your body is telling you it is becoming critical. Those are the signs of heat stroke beginning.
For a child, the stream of water in the shower is the quickest way to get them cool, but not totally cold water – and even a child can be held up to the refrigerators freezer for a few minutes to get a cool down – do not put anyone in any freezer by the way. Just stand in front of the refrigerator, open the freezer door and let the cool air get to your head and back of the head by putting your head in the edge of the freezer compartment. This works quickly, it makes the sick feeling go away and allows you time to put some cooling measures into effect with two brain cells firing to remember what those are . . .
Even if windows are open, when the sun hits one part of the house or apartment, it heats up that area. That pretty stream of light coming in is heating up that entire room. Simple enough – go close the blinds there or put up a temporary cloth over that part of the window using some pushtacks to keep it in place. When the sun moves to stream in the other side of the apartment, go cover that area where it is now heating up those rooms. This can change the temperature by several degrees. It can be done even with the windows open. A loose cloth is all that is required; something to block the sunshine from those windows. Later for the evening, when it is desirable to have the cool night air, the blinds and curtains need to be open and any temporary covering removed to get full advantage of the cooling from it.
If you are walking to the store, especially with young children, a wet paper towel or a soggy, very wet washcloth can be kept in a ziplock to go, that gives something to use for patting the skin and removing heat – it doesn’t work with a barely moist one. If nothing else, even baby wipes can be used to do the same thing in an emergency. They will cool the skin especially dabbed on the arms, stomach, back and legs, under the neck and around the head, behind the ears and at the back of the neck and back of the head.
At home, a wet hand towel works wonders placed in the back of the shirt, or inside the front of the shirt to cool down and providing it isn’t dripping wet, even working at a computer can continue. By the way, electronics don’t do well in heat – any fan flowing in the house should also be flowing across the electronics to help cool them or turn them off.
Draping a wet washcloth or hand towel across the back of the neck helps to stay cool when the temperatures are high regardless of whether the humidity is high or not. And, it requires nothing but getting up to go wet the cloth again to return its cooling effects. The freezer turned out to not be a good place to get these wet hand towels cooler even for short periods of time. Keeping some in the refrigerator folded, wet and ready to use does work. It is easy enough though, to simply re-wet the washcloth or hand towel. Note that given even a short period of time, that hand towel sitting on the counter not in use, but damp – will sour and need a white vinegar rinse with some water to get out the vinegar before using it again.
This includes infant formulas, ice cream, milk in coffee, nice cold glasses of milk, and everything else with milk in it. As the body temperature rises to accommodate the higher air temperature, all of these milk products curdle in the stomach where the temperature there has increased as well. Simple things can be done to fix it – put ice cubes in coffee that has milk in it, put an ice cube into the bottle of formula baby is drinking and then go hang out at the grocery store or cooling center for awhile as it is being digested, stay clear of milk for the time when temperatures are hovering over 96 degrees, drink clear liquids with ice or cooled in the fridge after drinking milk, go take a shower or let children play in the shower after drinking milk while it is being digested, and/or go buy an air conditioner.
Usually this is a temporary thing, and chemically once the milk has curdled in the stomach or soured, there is little to fix it effectively – it feels bad, nauseating and is a very yukky addition to an otherwise sultry hot sickening day (or night.) It is easier to prevent it than to fix it.
It is popular and trendy, fashionable even, to wear skin tight clothing right now. If the only place you go is from your car to the office that is air conditioned, or from the air conditioned car to the house that is air conditioned, then it probably doesn’t matter. But, if there are days when the temperature is soaring 90 and above, especially when it is hovering above 95 – those skin tight clothes do not work in your favor. The body’s systems of cooling that regulate internal temperatures are made to use circulating air, skin surface and even sweat to work properly. Restrictive and tight clothing, clothing not made to “breathe”, and man-made fabrics without built-in air circulating “breathability” can increase the likelihood of heat stroke and sun stroke.
The internal body temperature cannot convert the high temperatures to something cooler without air flow to do it. If you think about it, human beings are really a large jelly of water, 98% water or something near that, moving about in the heat during the summertime. As the temperatures rise, the body temperature rises and all that water becomes that same temperature plus the internal heat created by the body’s systems simply operating. The cooling design humans have is that the surface area of the skin provides a certain level of cooling as the hot air circulates across it and takes away a certain amount of the body heat in a thermal conversion zone. It cools the body and releases the excess heat from the body as air moves across it. With tight restrictive clothing worn across much of the skin’s cooling area – this cooling system can’t do its job.
Looking at people and cultures who live in desert areas of the world yields significant insight into what works and what doesn’t as they have survived temperatures that at many times are above the 90 degree mark. Their clothing, almost regardless of culture or part of the world – is loose and flowing, not tight and restrictive. That about sums it up. Their clothing is predominantly all cotton or natural fibers, often more loosely woven with more threads per square inch than modern “fashion”, trendy clothing has that is tight fitting and the style of garment is loose and flowing with plenty of air flow to circulate around the body’s surfaces. From caftans to saris and beyond, the clothing worn where temperatures are commonly high – are not skin tight.
In the US, there are often 100% cotton tshirts in x-large sizes available at drug stores for about $3, sometimes sold in the groceries as well, and in the men’s section of the discount stores like Wal-Mart. These big shirts let air flow, they are good cotton, even when they are found as irregulars and their cost is minimal. They are perfect. Sheets that are 100% cotton, especially the older ones that feel smooth and cool to the touch when running the hand over them, are found at thrift stores and can be made into saris and wraps, caftans and loose fitting garments for less than $5. Not all sheets are 100% cotton and newer cotton sheets are not as good as old ones for this because of variations that have been made in weaving and finishing that take some of the positive qualities away from the cotton. These are also the best to have for sleeping on during the summer heat because they move the heat away from the body and they “breathe”, allowing moisture to be exchanged for its cooling effects from sweat and humidity alike.
The loose clothing concept is for children as well. Fashionable or not, the desirable thing is to have survivors – not heat stroke. A baby wrapped up in a blanket when it is 90 degrees or above is stupid unless there is air conditioning making the place cold. It isn’t cute – its just stupid.
After being in the sun and getting sunburned, there are a number of products on the market to supposedly help including creams and lotions made by the sun tanning products industry and the cosmetics industries – most of these have lanolin in them which can further damage the skin after a sun burn, dehydrating the skin and causing it to peel – it is put into the products to offer a smooth feeling to the product but it is water repelling, not water keeping which makes it dry out the skin more and not allow the cooling moisture it needs to soak into the damaged cells. The other thing commonly used is mineral oils which literally pull the minerals out of the skin and the body at the same time, are also water repelling, rather than moisture enhancing and are oily destroying clothing, bedding and almost everything else it touches.
There are cocoa butters which can help put moisture back into the skin and add moisture to it because they are not hydrophobic despite being oil type products and real whipping cream like the kind in a little carton sold in grocery’s dairy sections (the before it is whipped kind). Whipping cream or real dairy cream is the best to put on a sunburn to keep it from peeling because it adds cooling to the skin cells which are actually still heated up long after leaving the sun and still cooking actually even after getting out of the sun. It adds moisture and allows the heat within the cells to wick away from them and redistributed. The cream is simply patted on, not rubbed and can be repeated as often as necessary to cool down the skin that has been sunburned.
The other cooling technique which can cool the sunburn and take the toxins from the affected areas is to sit in a bath with a small bottle of apple cider vinegar poured into the water. It smells terrible but done just after coming in with a sunburn, it can remove the heat from the cells, cool down the body and remove the toxic chemicals caused by the cells becoming sunburned. It helps to keep the skin’s moisture while adding moisture to it quickly and a long soak in a lukewarm vinegar bath can give time away from the pain and discomfort of the sunburn in a way that a plain bath water does not do.
Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, sun stroke, sun poisoning and related heat and sun caused illnesses, injuries and life-threatening situations are not some little casual no-big-deal thing, not “much ado about nothing” and not a “grow a pair” and deal with it kind of thing –
Every year people who are used to working outdoors in the sunshine and heat, sports team members used to working out in the heat, young athletes and marathon runners are dropping over from heat stroke – some of them are dead because of it. The idea that it is no big deal – is a lie. It isn’t a “suck it up” thing – because those who did it that way are dead. Or they ended up in the hospital when they had much better things to do and sometimes it changed their lives in powerfully negative ways for the rest of their lives – or even permanently ended their lives when it didn’t have to be that way.
Anyone can look at the current statistics and see that heat related illnesses, sun stroke, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun poisoning and the lot – have taken lives this very year in numbers that are stunning and sad. A lot of the deaths and most of the injuries from sun and heat could have been prevented by a number of simple common sense actions and behaviors that reflected the seriousness, danger of and likelihood of it happening.
Pets are susceptible to the high temperatures also – never leave children in cars – never leave pets in cars.
Putting an ice cube in the pets’ water dishes will help them cool down – make sure pet enclosures outside or pets kept outside in the yard have shady areas they can get to at all times of the day and that there are breezes where they can lay. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, usually cutting a few hedges where the breezes are known to commonly flow – makes an unhindered breeze for them when it is extremely hot.
If there isn’t shade, don’t stick up a dog house and expect that to help. Most dog houses do not have ventilation built in – they are built to protect from the elements and not to provide summer cooling. Many dogs stay away from them during the summer, likely for this very reason. Either restructure some ventilation into the dog house or create a shady area with a breeze for dogs to stay cool outside and make sure their water and food dishes are not in the direct sun.
Weather related injuries from heat stroke and sun stroke, sun poisoning and dehydration don’t just happen to athletes and people working out in the sun – and part of the cause of these heat-related illnesses can be resolved by putting the electrolytes back into the body that are lost through sweating and dehydration. The sports drink Powerade has these electrolytes as well as does Pedialyte and some of the other sports drinks and waters available. ALWAYS have at least one jug of Powerade or Pedialyte in the house cupboards in case of emergency for dehydration – ALWAYS. It can save a baby or child and it can save a 911 call, it can keep anyone of any age from falling over from the electrolytes becoming dangerously low and whether from heat or stomach illness, it can keep from having to end up in the hospital on an IV to get those life saving fluids to restore the electrolytes and body’s metabolism.
During a heat wave of temperatures above 90 degrees, whether inside or outdoors – these products made to help athletes overcome dehydration make sense to drink and have for everyone in the family throughout the day and even at the bedside at night when it is hot. They can restore electrolytes quickly, help cool the body and the brain, they work fast and they help remove the toxins created in the body by the heat and by the sunshine. Certainly one trick to beat the heat, is simply to drink more liquids – water, included. But in doing so, and by sweating, some things are being lost at the expense of hydrating. These electrolytes and this includes salt, believe it or not are absolutely required for staying alive. When they become critically low – which can happen during heat waves and sometimes during illnesses, stomach illnesses especially – these electrolytes have to be added back into the body as quickly as possible.
It isn’t rocket science – a little salt can be put on the hand and licked off – a child can be given a lemon with a little salt on it to squeeze it and lick it – and as much as it doesn’t take a huge amount to fix this – it does take some salt to do it – and not the kind that is fake salt made for people on restricted salt diets – it doesn’t work. Salt is required for living – there is a lot of it lost through sweat and the body doesn’t work well without it. In fact, an ancient form of torture and death was to remove the salt available from a person in captivity to cause the most cruel agonized suffering and grueling horrific death which is caused by a lack of salt. When there is too much salt lost by the body because of the heat or activity during hot days while sweating, there is no help from the fake salt products available on the market for people who use them. It has to actually be real table salt, or sea salt or basic out of the box iodized or non-iodized salt, even though it doesn’t take a lot to do it.
Elderly people and people with disabilities are particularly prone to having a problem during the summertime heat waves with salt and electrolytes becoming critically low because many are taking drugs which strip those out of the body anyway, and many are following a doctor’s orders to restrict the intake of things with the salt and electrolytes in them which at any other time, might not be life threatening. But, during the summertime heat waves without access to an air conditioned environment for daily living – these already low levels of salt and electrolytes become even lower . . . and, believe it or not – EMTs do not carry Gatorade, Powerade, Pedialyte, Ensure Clear or Lite or whatever its called, nor a simple salt box with a little bit of salt in it to fix things like this . . . oh no – it requires waiting for the meat wagon and then waiting for the emt team to figure out what to do and then the hospital to figure out what to do and put in an IV to get those things into their body two or three hours later . . . no wonder people die from it.
If the dinner needs cooking, find some other way to do it. Don’t heat up the space by boiling a pot of water to make something, leave the oven off until winter. Nothing needs to be cooked in the oven that can’t be done some other way just as well. This is actually true even for people who have air conditioning. Also, to keep the house cooler even with air conditioning and definitely without it – turn off the drying cycle of the dishwasher and let the dishes air dry instead. The kitchen is the number one place in the house that generates heat from the normal everyday activities of cooking, food preparation and cleanup. Find ways to do those activities which can utilize cold foods, fruits, raw vegies, smoothies, protein drinks and microwave meals. Almost everything can be cooked in the microwave successfully – get a cookbook specifically about microwaving, (the older cookbooks made when microwaves were within their first ten years of being introduced are actually better with great charts, explanations, handy hints and pictures of step by step cooking methods for different foods.)
Many drugs / pharmaceuticals given to children and elderly and disabled people are toxic in the sunshine. Many drugs / pharmaceuticals given to anyone for anything are also toxic in the sunshine AND many of the pharmaceutical drugs make it more likely to have heat stroke, sun poisoning and sun stroke in a very, very short period of time. That includes getting sunstroke from sitting in the car with sun coming through the windows, especially in the front seats where there is little real shade from it. In these cases, the effects of the sun are cumulative, meaning that a few minutes in the sun and heat here and a few minutes later in the day, there – add together for a toxic effect that can come on suddenly even though, maybe that last little bit of time in the sunshine was only a few minutes. A pharmacist explained it like this – if you put the pills of some kinds of drugs in a window sill in the sunshine, they would literally change into a toxic poisonous substance in a short period of time. When this is in every cell of the body, in the sunshine, the same drug becomes a toxic poison in every cell throughout the body – it has to be taken seriously. These toxic effects and also the sun and heat stroke dangers when taking these drugs are life threatening. Don’t ask your doctor – ask your pharmacist and have them look it up. Not all drug containers with attached warnings will include the sun and heat toxicity nor do they always mention the likelihood of increased susceptibility to heat stroked, sun poisoning, sun stroke and other heat related illnesses.
If the daycare, kindergarten or elementary school doesn’t have a shaded play area and it is to be 90 degrees or more, either get a neighbor or relative to watch them those days, change daycare or school, or send a note that your child is not to be outside that day. And, talk to the school’s directors, principal, school board and other parents about getting some shade for the play area. This is too important an issue that is economically simple and cheap to fix for it to not be fixed. Every playground, play yard and area where children are engaged in sports activities need to have safe places to play where there is shade and it must also be acceptable for them to play there when the outdoor temperatures are high and for those children inclined to get sun poisoning, toxicity from the sun and heat stroke. This includes church playground areas, nursery schools, public and private elementary schools and kindergartens, sports clubs, sports facilities, junior and high school sports fields which at least need a cooling shade area near tennis courts and athletic fields, community fields for junior and adult co-ed athletics (although these seem to have the most shady pavilions near sports fields and be designed with the most common sense in most communities with shade nearby the athletic fields), and at community parks (which also seem to have the most common sense about this with many shady play areas available and sometimes with shade trees over the entire playground where kids can play without being in the direct sunshine.)
If walking in the sun to the store or to a bus stop or standing at a bus stop to catch a bus – use an umbrella. Even a rain umbrella provides some protection from the sun, although not as much as might be assumed. Any umbrella is failing to provide real protection from the sun or heat because it is allowing UV rays to come through mostly unhindered and indirect sunlight sources are still providing much of the sun’s light, heat and UV from sources at street level, from reflected surfaces and just bouncing around from everything. Therefore, an umbrella of any kind, unless it is made to hinder the UV and there are some companies making those – very expensive, is only a partial shade at best and heat from asphalt, sidewalk and building surfaces are still there as well.
Stroller clear front covers when it is hot – do not make it cooler for baby or toddler – they make it an oven with little way for the heat to escape or the air flow to help with cooling. It is cruel and wrong to have those in place during the summer heat – the overhead shade of a stroller should be extended and if the stroller is an umbrella style without a hood – one should be made with some coathangers and an old sheet or something to provide at least some barrier to the direct sunshine without hindering the air flow around the baby sitting in the seat. The sun and heat will not be changed if walking where the sun continues to hit the child at an angle that misses the hood of the stroller – so chasing the shade is the best answer or turning the stroller around to pull it backwards to provide the baby with shade during the walk makes better sense. Standing in the shade a few minutes where there are trees shading the sidewalk can help cool down both walker and child – and always walk on the side of the street where the shade of the trees provides the most shade.
Walking to stores, taking buses or going places in cars with children and elderly where there is no air conditioning in the car even when the air temperature is in the 80’s and certainly when it is anywhere above 85 degrees – every person needs something to drink along with them, several wet cloths to wet the face and back of the neck, cool loose clothing, shade when walking, umbrellas whether rain, sun, golf or beach umbrellas for some shade to cover everyone, and cooling snacks which can be carried in a small thermal lunch bag with a frozen blue pack. Again, NEVER leave children, or elderly, or disabled, or babies, or pets in the car – not even for a few minutes. Just don’t do it – every year there are deaths because of this each one of which was completely preventable and unintended and tragic and horrific.
And last, watch and use some common sense – find the shade to stand in while waiting for a bus even if it requires walking up to the next stop to wait, use the bus schedules to be there as close to the time for the bus as possible, don’t walk if it isn’t necessary, ask for help to get to the store or doctor’s appointments or whatever needs doing from someone with a car, and if anyone, child, baby, elderly, woman, young adult or big grown man looks like they feel bad from the heat or are about to pass out – start doing something to fix it immediately – don’t wait. Don’t wait till they pass out, don’t wait till they look any worse, don’t wait and ask them if they know who they are or where they are, don’t waste time – just get them something cool to drink, a washcloth that is wet with cool water for their face, an icepack from the freezer to put on the back of their head and neck, a wet hand towel to start wiping over their arms legs, shoulders back and front – and help them start cooling down immediately. From slightly sick because of the heat to very sick from the heat can happen very fast and much faster than calling 911 can do even one thing about it.
One quick note about drinking alcohol and that means beer as well – and the heat – being hot and in the sun and alcohol mixed is a strange easy way to get sun poisoning and heat stroke. The beer and alcohol is dehydrating the body even as drinking its cool soothing concoction. It is stripping salts and other body metabolytes out of the body at the same time that sweat from the sun and heat is also doing that – and it has the effect of hiding all that while it is doing it. It often isn’t obvious that it is happening until the situation has really progressed well into the area of sun and heat toxicity – and then it is also twice as far to go to rehydrate the body’s systems while the alcohol is still working its way out of the body at the same time. One small way to resolve this besides not going there in the first place, is to eat salty things like salted nuts and drink water along with the beer or alcohol but not mixed with it – but the best way is not to mix heat, sun and alcohol drinking in the same space and time. That may be why the drunk mechanic is often a shade tree mechanic as well – common sense has ensured their survival.
From Inhabitat –
From Gizmodo –
Every year, there are concept cars designed, created, tested, engineered, made and shown – then manufacturers make the same cars they did the year before with a few extra cupholders added. And, they’ve been doing it that way all along for the last 50 years.
I was looking at this yesterday and had just seen some phenomenal concept car designs the day before along with some from America in the 1960’s. So where are they? Why didn’t we ever have the opportunity to have any of them? Or to have anything even remotely close to any of them available to buy? What happened?
It appears to be a closed loop. There is never anything new offered because (possibly) it doesn’t offer the moneyed decision-makers a track record of sales which the things already being made automatically offer. Maybe.
Or do those decision-makers in companies and among the public, among the bankers and investors, among the government subsidy providing agencies – really believe that nothing else will work in the public’s desires and in the marketplace?
What is it? Some people say that the public wouldn’t buy these new designs produced as concept cars – but how would they know that when none of them have ever been made available to the public marketplace in any tangible, cost-effective, competitively priced form? These things have never been manufactured nor made available to the public anywhere. Why would decision-makers believe that they are not and were not plausible, profitable product offerings?
And, just to look at it – in the past fifty years, the same cars are simply being offered again the next year as was provided in the market the year before – except occasionally, as I said, they add new cupholders or some other non-appreciative change in materials or brake light styling. Why the hell is that?
Its as if we have been cheated all this time of those progressions in change that would have taken us forward – in car design, in options of those designs being available and tried in the marketplace, in ways to fuel those needed vehicles that our society must use to conduct lives and businesses, and in other things that would’ve also changed as a result or at least widened availability in other available technological advances.
Here are some of the things I was seeing over that past couple days that had me thinking about this –
And this one I found when looking at the cars posted to be auctioned off earlier this year from an Italian museum collection –
The page with more photos of it is here –
So they design these, make real working models of them, they really work, these are engineered to work, they are designed to work, they are beautiful, elegant and progressive in their approaches – then we don’t get any of them and none of those came to be part of the market where any of us get to buy and to choose our cars. That is obscene. What a waste.
It is no wonder that our problems with transportation continue to be the same problems over and over and over again, year after year – decade after decade, really. Good grief – it is no wonder at all. The changes of progress have been being thwarted in an unnatural closed loop system of manufacturing and marketing decisions by those who select to keep things the same as what has gone before – and that is what they have been choosing to do over and over and over again. Which has resulted in this mess we have today – while dismissing these other options from the menu available to go forward.
Such as these, as well –
And there were these, but no – the public couldn’t have those either –
“The following three photos are from a book called Projections, published by US Steel in May, 1962, about the future uses of steel! The illustrations are by Syd Mead (he was the designer of Blade runner, among other things and is considered one of the greatest living futurists).” – from text on the page linked below.
(these and some others found among the American concept car designs found here – )
Now we also have these which no one will ever get to buy either – because they won’t be manufactured in a cost-effective product line made available anywhere either – just as the others have not been –
And this one –
The Wrightspeed X1 is a one-off Ariel Atom heavily modified to use an all-electric powertrain. The Atom was chosen for its light weight and efficient design. The electric motor and inverter are sourced from AC Propulsion, makers of the TZero concept car, while the batteries are low weight, high energy density lithium ion provided from A123 Systems. As with the Atom the transmission is a Honda unit, but stripped of its shifting mechanism and other parts to provide only the second gear speed, allowed by the wide speed and torque range available from the electric motor.
Built by San Francisco-based New Zealand engineer Ian Wright, the X1 created a stir when it bested several sports cars in a drag race, including a Carrera GT (even with a rolling start, an advantage for the gas burning vehicles), all while being filmed by local news station KRON 4.
Why can’t we all have one of those? Or a Tesla Motors Electric Wonder Car that we’ve all seen publicized?
Wouldn’t it make sense to manufacture those in the same way that Hummers and SUVs have been made available? Why not?
And these are fun too – and could be very profitable if they were ever made available for the public to buy as their primary transportation -if manufacturers would ever actually manufacture them – hello, most manufacturing is done by computers and robots now anyway – why not?
But then we could have had this series since 1969 – but no – wonder where that would have taken us – (by today) –
In the past few days, I’ve heard things from family members and friends that are very disturbing about the tornadoes that have devastated the nation over the weeks of April this year.
It is unacceptable. The ideas presented to me were plainly wrong. There were over 300 people whose lives were lost in the tornadoes that blasted across Alabama, and other states of the South just two days ago. The days and weeks before that have shown all of us, homes that were leveled, towns decimated and lives lost and shattered. There is no excuse for it to be that way. It is 2011.
One of the excuses I heard is that it is “2012 when the world ends that is here early in 2011” and to fight it would be senseless. Another idea repeated to me from three different people, is that there is no way to control winds, storms, things like the jet stream and tornadoes – that to do so we would have to be God. Other ideas explained to me were repeated from various broadcasts of the am radio talk shows and other online information sources who say there is no way that anyone can do anything about any of these things since it is part of the “end times” and can be expected to get worse, not better. And, along with explanations on many business shows, business journals, business and financial blogs and tv broadcasts – there are a multitude of quotes to explain how America is falling and that we cannot expect to stand up again as number one in the world. Now, wait a minute . . .
Just hold the gd phone.
Back it up and rewind that entire set of conversations. I don’t know who told these family members and friends that to do something is to not accept our place as human beings and try to do what only God can do. I don’t know exactly, although I have a pretty good idea, where these people in my life got these lines of thinking which say there is nothing that anyone can do about all this and nor should we make the effort to do so. I don’t know how the excuse that “it is the end of the world anyway,” means we are all supposed to throw up our hands and tend to our own momentary satisfactions without seeking to do much else about anything. And, I don’t care, either – where these people got these ideas. I do know they are wrong.
When it rains, we put an umbrella over our heads. We don’t just stand out there in the rain without doing anything about it simply because “God” sent rain. We make lightning rods to go on our homes and businesses, which were designed by a brilliant man in our nation’s history who saw a problem and found a way to provide a naturally based principled solution. It has saved lives, homes, families, businesses and communities where people at one time in history believed that there was no way to stop lightning – that it was what amounted to an “act of God” which no human could expect to change, alter or do anything to provide safety against. Those people were not considering even finding a way to do something about it, but one man did and now we have lightning rods on damn near every single building, structure, skyscraper, and everything else that is built to withstand the natural elements.
The building industry has known for well over a thousand years, that the basic protection for people’s lives during storms with tornadoes forming and reeking havoc, is for structures, homes, buildings, restaurants, malls, schools, hospitals, and living spaces to have a basement or storm cellar. It is not rocket science. It is a known quantity which works. At some point, the building industry, cities and towns policy makers, developers and other decision makers decided to not require basements and storm cellars for every single home and every single structure built in their communities. Well, that was wrong.
We put dams and levees up to control flooding. We don’t just sit back and say – well, if the place floods, then it was meant to be. That is called, “engineering” and is why we have those multitudes of engineering disciplines to this day. We have architectural and structural engineering disciplines that create to a better standard than throwing up a few sticks and calling it a house. And, the homes in these recent tornadoes yielded NO real harbor or safety from the storms. They acted as what they’ve become, pasteboard and brittle sticks rather than a reinforced, flexible and safe structure to protect the families and lives housed within them. That is unacceptable.
And, I don’t know what we’ll have to do – if it is to incorporate some type of polymer dip for the framing wood to give them more strength and flexibility, add re-bar to the core of brick facades which are held together by unreinforced masonry, create better building methods generally to withstand these types of extreme events, or find a way to cut those tornadoes in half and dissipate them in some manner before they get on the ground tearing up the place – but I do know that requiring basements and storm cellars to be built into every single structure is a known successful defense against loss of life.
I do know that we could do that everywhere in short order – retrofitting existing structures with storm cellars and below ground level basements – including homes, businesses, county buildings, schools, industrial plants, everything. And, I do know it isn’t just required in Kansas anymore – which has been evidenced for a long, long, long time. Why these 300 lives were lost a couple days ago, within seconds as their homes were obliterated – is no longer an acceptable excuse. And, the world has ended at least 8 or 9 thousands times according to various religious predictions across history. It isn’t an excuse to sit idly by while solutions could be applied to save lives, communities and families from known dangers with known outcomes by using either known solutions or engineering new ones that work.
And, there is no excuse whatsoever for anyone living in a mobile home or trailer staying in it believing there is some protection from a severe storm, extreme or damaging winds, and tornadoes. Especially in these housing types and their mobile home parks, on their individual private property where mobile home owners have set up housekeeping, and in mobile home communities – there absolutely has to be an enforceable code by every town, city and county requiring a storm cellar be added on site. For mobile home parks and communities, central community storm shelters in an underground basement at their community clubhouse or something must be required of those community owners with enough storm cellar or basement space to protect all of the people with all of their family members who live there. It has to be close enough to walk to it and get into it within a couple minutes – not sitting hundreds of yards away from significant portions of the residents’ homes.
The attitudes expressed to me over the past few days demanding that none of us give a damn about all this and insisting that no one can or should try to do anything about this – are attitudes commonly repeated and still wrong. They are based in someone not thinking through what they were saying – we do have homes because they were engineered solutions to our need as humans for protection from the elements. We did not – “just not give a damn about it” and sit out in the fields and woods never making something of a solution to protect ourselves as a species. We did, in fact – create many solutions to it and meshed solutions from many different people to have more than nature gave us in the first place. Or else we would all still be standing out in the rain without an umbrella or house in existence at all.
AND – people need to vote with their dollars by NOT BUYING any house or business structure that doesn’t have a basement, cellar or storm cellar in it.
When that happens, builders will start adding basements to protect people’s lives and building inspectors / county codes will require either basements or storm cellars in every structure and home in America as it should’ve been in the first place knowing what we know about tornadoes, storms, hurricanes and extreme wind events.
From what I can tell, the homeowners’ associations in many communities could have made a central storm safe space available – most have expensive clubhouses that are rarely used by anybody. They’ve paid for swimming pools – they’ve charge association fees. Surely they could add something more useful along with it – like public announcements throughout the neighborhood when tornado spawning storms are coming – or at the very least, provide a basement for people in the neighborhood to come and have some protection from those events.
But, sooner or later – there are still two parts which need serious workable solutions – one is to stop the tornadoes from spawning in the first place or after the conditions have developed to make them likely. And, as much as I appreciate the magnitude of these forces – we, as a people have changed all kinds of things in the landscape – which could just as easily also be changed to provide “wind breaks,” special heating or cooling zones in the landscape to help dissipate the storms’ power or alter them, some kind of lateral slicing through the tornado kind of thing that would act the same way as sticking a hand laterally through a whirlpool in the bathtub when the drain makes one, and/or sculptured land planning in the same manner as the buildings and heat zones of and altered air foils of cities with their skyscrapers, parking lots, freeways, streets and buildings change the likelihood of storms producing tornadoes.
Although cities are hit with tornadoes from time to time, it is far less frequently and with less running distance of damage that is somehow changed by virtue of the ways cities are constructed and contain heat or alter wind patterns and wind shear. Maybe the tall buildings force eddies in the air currents which change the dynamic or push them down or around in dividing ways – that principle which is working around cities could be used and applied for tornado development zones. But, not just in Kansas – the dust bowl thinking of people stuck in 1930 something has got to stop. The Southern States have suffered inordinately high numbers of tornadoes for many years with the recent outbreaks of weather patterns differing in the severity and multiple development fronts. There is no reason that any state of the South should have any homes without basements in this day and age. There is no reason they couldn’t apply the massive knowledge our scientists and universities have discovered into tangible solutions – whether wind breaks or satellite looks at re-interpreting some parts of the landscape to dissipate these damaging winds when they do get started.
These things could be done.
The second thing that needs to be done – is to make our houses into safe harbors for human lives. They are not that now. It is inexcusable that our homes have become (and that includes apartments, condos, workplaces, some buildings, shopping areas, and large industrial workspaces under thin metal sheeting, etc.) – nothing but pasteboard and brittle sticks – no matter what they seem to look like on the outside. That is unacceptable.
Every structure needs to be retrofit in some way to be substantially safer along with adding basements or storm shelters/ storm cellars to all of them.
There are Geotextiles now and polymer / carbon nano fiber based fabrics that never existed before. There is a man who designed homes for hurricane prone areas which are glued and screwed rather than to allow the wind getting up into the structure tearing it apart as it goes. There are new types of cement and retrofitting systems to make unreinforced masonry into reinforced, strong but flexible structures. There are building materials, knowledge, science, engineering, materials science, structural engineering knowledge and research which 30 years ago, didn’t even exist.
Strides have been made in collecting data and information, analyzing the data and understanding the results. It has been public information available to everyone. Out of all that – it is far past the time to take it and weave new practical solutions from it to apply throughout our nation for the safety of families, children, people, young lives and old – there is no excuse for what has just happened to take these lives from all of us and from our communities by tornadoes damaging structures which weren’t much more protection than a cardboard box would’ve been. It is not acceptable for it to keep being that way.
And, where building techniques were known a hundred years ago or in 1930 something which worked to keep lives safe, but in our modern world were abandoned – those need to be brought forward and used as well.
That includes – if a house doesn’t have a basement or storm cellar – don’t buy it. Life is too precious to put up with it – there are no savings financially by getting a house or business without a basement. Dead or maimed from a tornado because there was nowhere in the house safe from it – is not a financial advantage no matter how good that house looks on the outside.
President Obama visits Alabama’s storm ravaged areas today – (CNN)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) — President Barack Obama arrived in Alabama on Friday, the hardest-hit of six states ravaged by a series of storms and tornadoes that killed nearly 300 people and left entire neighborhoods in ruins.
Obama was scheduled to meet with families affected by the storms as well as government officials.(etc.)
Photos: Nightmare scenes in Alabama after deadly storms sweep South – (CNN)
Janet Pucket surveys the damage outside her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Thursday, April 28, after a tornado hit the area Wednesday. (etc.)
. . . the Chancellor cut corporation tax by two percentage points to 26pc from next month. By 2014, corporation tax will be reduced to 23pc.
They cut education budgets, raised tuitions, cut social programs that people had given into and then gave tax breaks to big corporations – but, if those rich corporations were going to bring jobs in – they would’ve already done it. That has nothing to do with the taxes – it has to be profitable and make business sense or they aren’t going to do it. All they’ve done by cutting the corporate taxes is to make themselves vulnerable to greater losses within their society and subjected their present and future employment pools to decimated educational opportunities that could have made them competitive in the world market.
My comment added to facebook a little while ago – and I mean it too. If those damn corporations were going to do business there, or here – they would already be doing it. Hell, they’ve gotten every last subsidy anyone could be conned into designing for them in both our countries and at the first sign of cheap labor – they went high-tailing it off.
The first sign of there being difficulties with their losses from betting with their corporate funds – they hit both our governments up to cover them and then they took their employment needs elsewhere with our money under their hats and stuffed into their back pockets. And, you really think some more corporate tax breaks will get these companies to do something different? Please, think that through again and see if history doesn’t explain what will happen next.
I swear – as soon as some nuclear scientist or finance geek comes around – everybody’s eyes glaze over, but then they want to know what those specialists were talking about the moment they need the information . . .
Damn, damn, damn.
There are no other words for it.
While I’m thinking about it – I’ll say it again – if the UK and the USA want to completely pay off their debt and then not have to pay the interest on it which would balance their collective and individual budgets – all they have to do is to place a sales tax on each and every dollar of stocks, bonds, credit default swaps, funky exotic financial products, financial derivatives, re-insurance and commodities trades. Then there wouldn’t be a budget crunch, no budget deficit, no interest on it to be paying for the next 500 years at rates that continuously increase and having to make these supposedly necessary massive cuts to everything.
So, either they want to fix the problem or they don’t. Looks like – they don’t.
Reported just now on CNNI – Anderson Cooper stated that reports have come saying the military leaders have dismissed the regime’s entrenched members and dismissed the Egyptian Parliament. I’ll have to go find that. It would be absolutely amazing. It would mean that opportunities for the future exist that didn’t exist even twenty minutes ago for Egypt and for the world community.
This has the video clip of Suleiman’s announcement about Mubarak stepping down –
From USA Today –
Update at 12:09 p.m. ET: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation has sent stock prices up and oil prices down, the Associated Press reports.
Reuters reports that parliament will be suspended and the military will lead the country along with the head of the constitutional court.
Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi will be the head of the ruling military council, Reuters quoted a military source as saying.
In related news, Switzerland has frozen the funds of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and 20 other officials, the Muslim Brotherhood said on its website on Friday.
That would be very good.
“I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president (Mubarak) with immediate effect,” spokesman Lars Knuchel said, declining to specify how much money was involved.
My Note –
That is amazing – Mubarak’s $70 billion gains in a total Egyptian economy something like $496 billion would mean that he has had personal ownership of ill-gotten assets amounting to greater than one tenth of the total economy.
It is about time the international community do something to look at that and possibly make it right by restoring those funds to the Egyptian people where they belong or return them to the nations and businesses from which Mubarak hijacked them.
We finally found something that we all agree upon – around the world, across the aisles of the US Congress and our political spectrum from one religion to another and across all the world’s people – that view of people standing up for freedom, for peace in their lives to live free and have their basic human rights honored, to have the opportunity to choose their own leaders and to no longer be beaten down, oppressed and cheated from their own lives.
Across the international community and across the spectrum of extremes – even yet for all that, we agree. Freedom from oppression is dear and valuable and important.
UK Prime Minister Cameron is speaking now.
“We stand ready to help in any way we can.”
Now, there is a statement being made by the Higher Military Council in Egypt
CNNI and on the Egyptian State Television
Expresses appreciation for the lives of the marchers – and honor for the efforts and the lives of the protesters including those that were lost.
From the BBC Coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement a few minutes ago –
Egypt has a “precious moment of opportunity” to move towards “civilian and democratic rule” in Egypt, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Mr Cameron said the UK is a friend of Egypt that stands ready to “help in any way that we can”.
My Note –
I should go find the entire statement made by UK’s Prime Minister Cameron – it was really wonderfully stated and exactly right.
President Obama will address the nation at 3 pm (according to Wolf Blitzer just now – CNN)
UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is speaking on BBC Live Coverage – his statement can be found here –
Received news on BBC notes just now that five more people have died in clashes north of Cairo somewhere near Gaza in protests there – Hmmm…..
They reported on it just a few seconds ago. What a shame. Apparently the protesters were hit by molotov cocktails or something?
I was looking for the statement to save it from UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon a few minutes ago – found this – very nifty –
The task of human protection is neither simple nor easy. We don’t always succeed. But we must keep trying to make a difference. That is our individual and collective responsibility.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Cyril Foster Lecture 2011 on “Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations”
2 February 2011
His statement will probably show up in a little while. They are very busy right now, most certainly.
It was great. I’ll have to find it later when things slow down a bit.
The President will be speaking in about fifteen minutes.
It is an historic occasion and his words will ring out through history from this day. I hope they get it right.
Bloomberg showing what the Egyptian market “Futures” looked like on a chart at 11 am today as soon as Suleiman announced that Mubarak had stepped down – the values shot upwards like rockets. It would be worth seeing that chart on their online site or later when they repeat the story. truly substantial change. (my note)
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Stocks rose, reversing an early drop, and the cost to insure Egyptian debt from default declined as the resignation of the nation’s President Hosni Mubarak and a jump in U.S. consumer confidence bolstered investor optimism.
The resignation eased concern that tensions will spread throughout a region that holds more than 50 percent of the world’s oil reserves.
February 11, 2011 at 1.36 pm (ET)
Note – that article does not have the chart they were showing on bloomberg news which clearly showed the jump in values made by purchases of Egyptian equities moments after Mubarak was gone.
On the BBC coverage online and on the tele I suppose, is showing the fireworks in the sky of Cairo in celebration of Mubarak being gone and freedom for Egypt. The show it every so often in the Live shots from Cairo.
It is here with a sidebar that constantly updates – very nifty – Live
** I was reading this one, too – it is interesting –
Longtime observers of the region say the stability Mubarak purchased for nearly three decades came at the cost of entrenched poverty and repression in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
“Egypt is a broken country,” Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern relations at the London School of Economics, told CNN. “It used to be the jewel of the Middle East. It’s the capital of its cultural production.”
(etc. – it has some of an overview of the history that brought Mubarak to power but it isn’t super detailed about it all.)
[Update 9:27 p.m. in Cairo, 2:27 p.m. ET] Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh called Egypt “a pillar in the region” and sent along “wishes for stability, security and prosperity.” In a Twitter message, he said Jordan “respects free choice” of Egyptians and has confidence in the military to lead the country toward a “new era.”
[Update 8:58 p.m. in Cairo, 1:58 p.m. ET] China “understands and supports Egypt’s efforts to maintain social stability and restore normal order” and believes “that the affairs of Egypt should be decided by itself independently without intervention from the outside,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed Egypt’s “historic moment” and paid tribute to Hosni Mubarak’s decision to resign. France – which called for steps leading to free elections and reforms – urged Egyptians” to continue their non-violent march to freedom.”
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Friday called the political change in Egypt an important development for the people and their democratic aspirations.
Well, (my note) it was tempting to put China’s backhanded statement aside, they should know better. But, maybe it was not the statement quite as they intended. I wouldn’t expect them to celebrate but at the same time, taking the opportunity to put in their little aside as they did was a bit much. They could’ve said they were glad it got sorted out.
President Obama was speaking and then everybody calls on the telephone – so now I’m going to have to go find what he said to hear it again. Apparently, the news is saying that we will be as partners and that “Americans stand ready to help if asked.” Well, yep going to go look it up online to see it again. Very nifty, though.
A number of impressive statements about how powerful President Obama’s statement was, also. And, the ones earlier today from other world leaders have been impressive, too.
The BBC noted in their updating sidebar –
2007: Mr. Obama says: “The people of Egypt have spoken, the voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.”
And, my daughter that watched this take place was very thrilled to see the Egyptian people win their freedom from a man that she said could’ve ended up looking like Marie Antoinette did by the time it was done. (She’s in her early twenties.)
I agree – Mubarak and Marie Antoinette could’ve ended up looking like twins. Except that Ms. Antoinette was a party girl and Mr. Mubarak was a Marquise de Sade.
Just now on CNNI they announced from Suleiman’s announcement that Mubarak has stepped down.
On a CNNI news story a few minutes ago, there was a mention that the Israeli Defence Minister was in the US yesterday and visited the UN. That is very interesting.
And, it is very interesting that Mubarak supposedly sits at Sharm el-Sheikh right now according to news stories online and being broadcast without any mention of the Four Seasons resort that is there. I found some really pretty pictures of it the other day accidentally when I was looking up the photos of President George Bush meeting with Mubarak back whenever that was – 2006 maybe.
Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.
The people of Egypt are dancing and celebrating that Mubarak has stepped down. How remarkable.
History unfolding right before us all around the world.
Earlier today, there was an official of Egypt’s government that went into the crowds in Tahrir Square. Now, I’m wondering if he recognized that the people there were from every walk of Egypt’s society and not as Mubarak said.
It is just so absolutely amazing.
President Hosni Mubarak has decided to stand down as president of Egypt, Vice President Omar Suleiman announces on state television. FULL STORY
“Egypt is free! Egypt is free!”
reads a large CNN banner with the breaking news.
CONGRATULATIONS To The PEOPLE of EGYPT
The People of America wish you all the best in your efforts for freedom in the days ahead. The UN and the United States are with you. As one member, one citizen to another – Congratulations.
I know that the entire world is with you and we admire your efforts – absolutely impressive and stunning.’
And, what an amazing gift to the world, Egypt’s people have given to us all. They have reminded us of the great treasure that is freedom and that those who use their place of power to abuse, torture and destroy can and will be set aside by the strength of the human spirit to make things right. What a truly amazing gift.
I’m so glad that my children and my children’s children have had this opportunity to see this. I’m grateful to all the Egyptian people that I was able to see it as this unfolded. I was not alive during our Revolution and I’ve read about why it happened, why it was important and I understand why it is important to America even today. But, to get this opportunity to watch history made as the people of Egypt stood up and said “no more,” and through peaceful protests to remove a vicious dictator for the opportunities of freedom and democracy is beyond all measure, the greatest gift of my lifetime (well, second only to my children.)