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Corona Wine

Are you abstaining from alcohol, knowing that it can weaken your immune system? Well, I wouldn't let that stop you. Just don't drink every day or nearly every day. That, anyway, is how I read this article from the Cleveland Clinic.

You may also want to avoid bars . . . oh wait, that's not a concern these days.

I suspect hard-core bing drinking and passing out like these elephants did isn't good for the immune system either. Fourteen of them drank 30 litres of corn wine and passed out. I didn't know elephants liked booze and I didn't know corn wine "was a thing." I know you can make wine out of practically any edible plant, but I didn't realize corn is often used. I wonder if people are avoiding it now, thinking it's "coronawine"?

For some reason, Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine has always "called" to me, but I've never read it. Some day, some day . . . always some day. Every so often, I come across one of those "some day" books and actually read them, like I read George Scott-Moncrieff's Burke Street (which you can buy for a mere $103 at that link).

Boy, when I saw that price, I got anxious. My edition is the exact same one, and my edition is in excellent shape. Had I written in it? Thankfully, I hadn't. Maybe I'll sell it and buy myself the equipment to make 30 litres of corn wine and dandelion wine.

If you're looking for a "cheerier" analysis of the Coronabeervirus, check out this article by a "professor of medicine, of epidemiology and population health, of biomedical data science, and of statistics at Stanford University." He confirms my position: agnosticism. For the past two weeks, I've marveled at dogmatists on either side of the coin: the deniers and the panickers. He takes the same position, stating in the first paragraph that Covid-19 could be a "once-in-a-century pandemic" or a "once-in-a-century evidence fiasco." The rest of the article seems to lean to the second possibility, and regardless, he's adamant on one point: we simply don't have the data with which to know, predict, or even fashion public policy.

I wish the bishops of the United States would read that article before cancelling Masses for the coming weeks. My bishop resisted the practice, until yesterday. We are now in Lent with a Real Absence.