Wear a face mask, ma’am!

"Wear a face mask, ma’am!"

How misinformation from health professionals misleads the public:

— Wear a face mask, ma’am.

— No. You gotta leave them to public health workers.

— You admit a mask can protect healthcare workers. Why do you think you don’t need one to protect yourself?

— I’m exposed to low risks compared to them.

— First, “low risk“ is not “zero risk.” To keep the virus contained we need to make sure it’s zero risk. Second, community spread has begun since long time ago. Roughly 25% of the virus carriers are asymptomatic. When a group of guys walks past you in the street or into the elevator with you, how would you know if the risk is low or not? Third, you don’t have to wear the same type of face mask as healthcare workers do. You are not competing for resources.

— Well I just trust my doctor. Give me a break.

They just don’t know since January, supermarkets and stores in affected Asian countries have denied maskless patrons access. Even today, without a mask they are not allowed to step out of their condo buildings. Health professionals in Europe and Americas just lack cosmopolitan views of this issue. Even if all the people in North America started to wear masks from today, it would be very very late.

A face mask is a protective accessory, a viral filter that works the same way as a condom. If someone thinks condoms are only for those already diagnosed with STDs and STD specialists, I’m not responsible for their miseducation.

Sophie Trudeau Diagnosed with COVID-19

"Sophie Trudeau Diagnosed with COVID-19"

First of all this is sad news. My best wishes go to the Trudeaus.

To those who dwell on “authoritativeness,” when authorities and medical workers can’t even protect themselves and loved ones properly against a public health crisis, how could you be unjustifiably credulous about the judgement made by “authorities”?

Not long ago, Justin Trudeau went to a Chinese restaurant and socialized with a group of people without any protective gear. This is a bad demonstration from an authority. (I don’t have problems with Chinese restaurants or Chinese food. Simply the opposite of social distancing in today’s context is really not what we would expect of an authority.)

For a medical specialist returning from a trip to the US, going to work immediately without awareness of the situation is also a bad demonstration.

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If you are organizing an event or attending a gathering in Hamilton, please think twice.

"If you are organizing an event or attending a gathering in Hamilton, please think twice."

I know many of you are thumbing your noses at recent news and believe COVID-19 is hyped and overblown. I came back from somewhere near the epicenter of the outbreak (Beijing, China) five weeks ago, and I’ve been isolating myself at home1 ever since (strictly for the first three weeks, most of the time these two weeks). Luckily I’m very well at present, but the fear is lingering. I should say this disease is not like a common flu, and I suggest all of us avoid crowds and cancel gatherings of all kinds. Hamilton has seen the first positive case, which may well be just the tip of the iceberg.

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This is a Gift, Belated yet Timely

"This is a Gift, Belated yet Timely"

Next Monday, two best friends of mine — a blissful couple as well as first-time parents-to-be — will celebrate the birthday they share with one another. I usually gift things very carefully, and this time I’m going to remain pragmatic. After much deliberation, it occurred to me that I should buy them something to celebrate their forthcoming parenthood: a superb diaper bag.
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I am a Program

"I am a Program"

I am a program
Binary and well composed.
Lodging in your meager memory
I keep my body closed.
When you require me
I run right away.
When you remove me
I run downright away.
But either way
I keep my core updated
Unlike chauvinists and you
Who’ve had the thick skulls raided.
I am a program
So neat and well maintained
That I should never fit into
An environment nonsense has reigned.

Grown-ups, Live Your Own Lives, Even on the Internet

"Grown-ups, Live Your Own Lives, Even on the Internet"

How many of us adults are really aware of the ownership of a lifetime?

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To Tip, or Not to Tip: That is the Question

"To Tip, or Not to Tip: That is the Question"

Should you tip a waitress you may never see again for the rest of your life?

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Away from Micro.blog

"Away from Micro.blog"

After some consideration, it seems to be the right time for me to leave Micro.blog.

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JLOG’s 1st Anniversary: Comments, Webmentions, and Apple Music

"JLOG’s 1st Anniversary: Comments, Webmentions, and Apple Music"

Happy birthday to this site! More importantly, comments, Webmentions, and Apple Music will be supported!

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Pride and No Prejudice

"Pride and No Prejudice"

A few of my friends know pretty well who and what I am, but most of them don’t. Am I gay or straight? This is not an embarrassing question at all. What embarrasses me is people’s villainous, toxic attitudes.

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Hey, This is the Disclaimer.

"Hey, This is the Disclaimer."

This site is run by an adult and intended for sane adults. Though not stocking it with explicit NFSW content, I can’t control how visitors, including underage ones, click their mouse buttons. If your children crawl over here and bump into something you feel inappropriate, it’s not my fault. I didn’t invite them to those pages at all.

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Dear Passers-by

"Dear Passers-by"

An eight-year-old boy was frequently invited to his buddy’s home after school. His buddy, also classmate, Thor, had a cousin named Maria, who was two years his senior, and Thor’s home was next door to Maria’s. ⇢ Read more