Covid-19 Disrupts Transportation: Are You Prepared?

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Getting from Herkimer Home Historic State Park to Herkimer Village by foot and public transportation

by Linda Kaidan

Driving less than 10 miles from home we were stranded!

When we drove out to Herkimer Home Historic State Park, less than 10 miles away, we gave no thought to problems returning.  We soon found out just how difficult getting home would be!

At 8:30 AM we parked in the lot in front of the museum. Just as I turned off the motor, a huge plume of white billowy smoke rose from the hood of my car. After about 10 minutes it dissipated. I was not overly concerned as I have AAA road service and was not too far from home. AAA alerted me to the fact that the tow truck driver would not give me a ride due to Covid-19 restrictions. The tow truck arrived about an hour later. As soon as it departed, I tried to get a taxi. Neither Little Falls nor Herkimer offered any hope of getting one. I did not have Uber on my phone. No one we called was willing to give us a ride.

We decided to walk 3 miles to the center of Little Falls

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Erie Canal Lock 17 view from Canalway trail
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Walking along Rt 169 Westbound Little Falls

Fortune smiled on us. It was a beautiful day and a splendid walk with wetlands on both sides of Route 169.  Hats, drinking water, comfortable shoes and a backpack would have made the trek far more comfortable. Our portable battery ensured our cellphones would have power throughout the day. As we walked it occurred to us that there might be a bus from Little Falls to Herkimer.

Public transportation saved the day

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Westbound Birnie Bus, Stop Little Falls, Across from Price Chopper (E Main St.)

It took a little over an hour to reach McDonald’s where we sat outside under the trees, snacking on coke and fries. Much refreshed, we identified the location of the Bernie Bus westbound stop. When the bus arrived exactly on time and almost entirely empty, it was a great relief!  Things could have been far more catastrophic.  

Before you drive anywhere ask yourself “how can I get home if my car breaks down?” Covid-19 disrupts transportation both public and private. 

 

NYC’s 2019 Homeless Housing Budget of $3.2 Billion Can Build .35 Million People Affordable Homes

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By Linda Kaidan
The above cabin exclusive of interior finishes was constructed by one person in 6 months for $8,000. As the nation faces a housing and food crisis of major proportion, simple solutions can make a huge difference. We have been governed by customs and rules that work against us in this pandemic. We need to use the resources we have intelligently to hold off the chaos that starvation and homelessness bring.

We can economically provide food, housing and self-sufficiency

Using the labor of those in need, inexpensive materials, and existing education programs to ramp up quickly we can achieve multiple goals at the same time.  In New York state our budget can come from ending the absurd practice of using welfare hotels as housing. Key to our success would be the suspension of building regulations to enable crisis housing and the use of trending off-grid methods of heating, power, housing construction, water collection-purification and waste incinerating toilets.

What has been one year’s budget for New York state’s homeless would fund construction of semi-permanent residences, workplaces and food growing facilities serving thousands of people for years to come. A single modified shipping container can house 8 people, 2 per room, with a private entrance. In the following example, housing for 8 people is created, with potential expansion from 80 ft to 480 feet per unit. A budget of $9,000 per person would pay for a multi-unit structure at a cost of $72,000. The structure would utilize green energy, water collected from rain, black water reduction and home gardens.

Before Covid-19 things were already spectacularly bad for those in New York State seeking housing. Now they are even worse as employers close their doors and shed jobs. Just last year, the budget for New York City’s homeless was $3.2 billion for 133,000 people, 1/3 of whom were children.  Will this be another Great Depression? It need not be, when we to do things differently.

$3.2 billion can build .35 million people affordable homes that will last for many years

Using my onetime $9,000 per person figure for 15+ years of housing and the 2019 NYC homeless housing budget, we can solve our housing crisis by helping individuals and families build their own sustainable homes and gardens for a total of (3.2*(10**9)/9000 = .35 million people). And we can do that for many years, not just one year.

 

How to Maximize Your Likelihood of Surviving Covid-19

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l-arginine C and D - Take these regularly to improve your odds of surviving Covid19

By Linda Kaidan

Corona Virus is out of control in FL because Floridians are not taking measures to keep safe. The  Worldometer  graphs below show the results of risky behavior vs behavior that can maximize your likelihood of surviving Covid-19.

FL carefree behavior leads to accelerated increase in infection.

FL Covid Cases Out of Control

NY results of outstanding governance lead to reduction of infection and stabilization.NYS Covid Under Control

 

You don’t have to be the governor to improve your chances of surviving Covid19: Here are some things you can do to improve your survival odds:

1 Take vitamin supplements

Vitamin D can prevent overactive immune response.  Immune system hyper reactivity is known to increase Covid-19 severity.

Vitamin C strengthens your body’s immune system.  If you don’t take it yet, now’s a great time to start.

L-Arginine helps circulation and may reduce blood clotting. Blood clots have been found in most organs of autopsied Coronavirus bodies. Since I have been taking this amino acid supplement, my varicose veins have decreased significantly, and I no longer have trouble stumbling around when I get up in the morning.

2 Avoid sleeping in hotels

When you choose to travel overnight, camping might be your safest choice of accommodation.  Covid-19 may be airborne within a hotel or guest room for as many as 3 days. Tent camping can help you avoid this risk.

3 Social distancing is worth the effort

Take social distancing seriously or you will end up with the same fate as those in Florida. It may not be fun to wear a mask or to be careful avoiding contagion. But if you do, you are more likely to live another year when there will likely be a vaccine for this horrible virus!

Joe Handy Tenant Kim Vargis Hosts Scofflaws Ignoring Social Distancing As Countywide Epidemic Looms

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Partying along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue as countywide epidemic looms.

Last Saturday, as the coronavirus death toll soared in New York and authorities begged people to practice social distancing, our scofflaw Herkimer neighbors partied hearty. Here’s a video of landlord Joe Handy’s tenant Kim Vargis hosting a party that spilled over from their front porch onto the street. Kim Vargis has been overheard assauring others that she has a doctor’s note excusing her from wearing a face mask. 

Except for these asocial cretins, Pleasant Avenue was otherwise empty,  as was the village. Most folks in Herkimer are decent sorts who care about their health as well as that of others. They stayed home as asked. Then we have this lot. Sadly, according to news reports, they’re not atypical. And so the deadly virus spreads even faster, unseen until it strikes and people die. Perhaps even some of these mindless immortals.

Their depraved indifference endangers their families, their friends and everyone else in Herkimer. The New York Times noted that

“70 percent of all counties in the United States — making up 94 percent of the country’s population — are likely to have epidemics. 

Herkimer On Borderline Of Epidemic

If a county has 40 or more known cases, the probability of community transmission is 100%. As of 4/6, Herkimer County had 35 known cases of Covid-19, including 3 deaths.  One person with the Covid-19 may be expected to pass it on to two more people.  Herkimer’s right on the border of 100% transmission.  Scofflaws like those on Pleasant Avenue may well have put us over the top for a epidemic.

The grandparents of many of the people in this video probably went away for years to fight the Second World War.  Kim Vargis is proud that her husband Joel Vargis Sr. is a veteran. Yet she and Pleasant Avenue neighbors couldn’t even avoid partying for a few months when their country called. 

Absent social conscience, fear can work: there’s now a $1,000 state-wide fine for violating social distancing regulations. Oneida County’s enforcing it. Well past time for Herkimer County to stop gently chiding people to not kill their families and neighbors.  While there’s still time.

328 Pleasant Avenue Tenants Practicing Social Distancing

Our Pleasant Avenue neighbors do know how to maintain social distance: here are the hosts of Saturday’s neighborhood get-together, Kim Vargis and some of her family, a few days later, enjoying themselves quietly at home.  It may take some motivation, but everyone can practice safe social distancing.

Kim Vargis and family practicting social distancing
Kim Vargis and family practicing social distancing

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House – Presenting Kim Vargas (Videos)