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One's Worst Experience is Usually Your Best

03/30/2020 9:43 AM

I’ve always said ‘ones worse experience is usually your best, but it may not seem that way at the time’ originally meant it as work experience.

Since this recent pandemic, I, like most, only knew about the flu and it’s ‘derivatives’, from what we heard in high school. Since this pandemic started, I for one learned quite a bit, and still learning,... and being corrected.

This pandemic reminded me of a time a while back, that an investigation that occurred to look into the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918. Where they were going to exhume graves of the flu victims and study it.

There was quite an uproar and concern, why do you want to take the chance of reintroducing this deadly flu. But then I never heard much of the results. I have some time on my hands, So I did some digging and came across an article of that, and it’s a pretty interesting read.

After some failed attempt spawned over decades, to secure a live virus, they were finally able to succeed, and in doing so, able to sequence the full length HA gene of the 1918 virus. To be able to understand it better.

I read through this article,... and in the process of rereading it more throughly.

It is pretty interesting article. Thought I’d share it.

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03/30/2020 11:02 AM

That article clearly illustrates there are still some remarkable people in the world who are prepared to dedicate their entire lives to solving extremely difficult problems and we have them to thank for advancements in our understanding.

Thanks for posting.

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03/30/2020 2:59 PM

I get what you're saying, we need to be pushed to do great things....the struggle to overcome obstacles provides change for the better, this is true all through nature...A challenge to the human race like a pandemic or world war advances innovation, brings our brightest minds forward because of the urgent need to survive...and in the end results in new and exciting technologies that may never have been discovered otherwise...

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03/30/2020 3:44 PM

"... in the end results in new and exciting technologies that may never have been discovered otherwise..."

As I recall, Isaac Newton invented calculus, studied gravity and optics while self quarantined during the great plague of 1665.

https://fee.org/articles/how-isaac-newton-turned-isolation-from-the-great-plague-into-a-year-of-wonders/

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03/31/2020 12:04 AM

Thanks! I didn't see a publication date for the article, but gather it must have been in 2018 or 2019. Quite Prescient!

The existence of that article makes it all the more disturbing to see the lack of national preparation, and the sluggishness of the national response to this crisis.

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03/31/2020 10:34 AM

Well when one really starts digging into that expect of it,... there a lot of prep work (expenses)... it turns out to be... we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

running out of time. To be continued...

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03/31/2020 10:59 AM

Well when one really starts digging into that expect of it,... there a lot of prep work (expenses)... it turns out to be... we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

running out of time. To be continued...

A lot of businesses, they have a disaster program set up, that get reviewed and updated. Which is what the government does also. Unfortunately when it’s government set up, after a while, the government disaster program when it gets updated, too much opportunity for it to become a pet project that get burdened with items that has nothing to do with helping the disaster that if a disaster actually does happen it gets ineffective... congress just showed that with the emergency economic bail out.

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03/31/2020 11:38 AM

Sorry about the typos... expect ==>> aspect

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03/31/2020 11:19 PM

Interesting article. I didn't see if they destroyed the samples after the recreation or if the genie is stored in a bottle somewhere within the labyrinth of the CDC ready and waiting for another time to be set loose .

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03/31/2020 11:30 PM

I’m sure they stored them...

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05/11/2020 3:27 AM

Worst- Not sure, lived there too long and visit too often, not one horrible experience that changed my life or anything, but too many little ones to even remember?

Best: winning on the Price is Right Live at Bally's - May 2010

Worst: August 2008 being stranded in Chicago O'Hare because our United pilot in Buffalo decided he didn't want to come in on time for his 6am flight. Then finally getting transferred (or so we thought) to first class on AA, then being told we didn't really have seats we were on standby. Then getting seats on AA only to have an employee come up to us at time of boarding in a packed area, grab the tickets from my hand and yell out loud enough for everyone to hear "YOU ARE UNACCEPTABLE ON AMERICAN AIRLINES. YOU ARE UNITED CUSTOMERS AND HAVE TO FLY WITH THEM." Then she proceeded to rip up our boarding passes in front of a stunned audience of onlookers. So had to go back to United and got a flight out of Chicago to Minniapolis, MN and then got a flight from there to Vegas. We should have been in Vegas at 10:30am.. instead we didn't arrive til 11:30pm!

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05/11/2020 2:06 PM

Huh... I thought being stranded at O’Hare is the norm... and if you fly AA,... the odds go up.

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