Untold Millions ≠ 15 Cases

ADDENDUM: If there are problems accessing the above RoyLab Stats RealTime Counter, try Clicking Here.

This post’s headline refers to Donald J. Trump’s fallacious (02/26/20) coronavirus claim…

“You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

As accurate and current as this Real Time Counter is, what it fails to report are the uncounted tears; of the patients, the medical professionals who are trying to save them, and last but not least, all who are mourning those, who did not make it back home… well… at least not back to their homes found on earth.

BTW…  if you’ve been guessing that coronavirus will soon be done with us… GUESS AGAIN!

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Stay on Board with the following life saving advice, too…

[1] Scrub hands often (at least 20 seconds each time), [2] Cover all coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart, [5] Wear protective face masks in public, [6] Avoid large crowds, [7] socially isolate at home, [8] Self-quarantine if you’re feeling ill / seek medical professionals’ help if necessary, [9] Know that you can be asymptomatic and still be spreading COVID-19 to others, and [10] Some epidemiologists now believe mere speaking can shed coronavirus; human airborne “droplets” remaining contagious for long periods of time. Ergo, it’s possible to contract COVID-19 even if you are the only one in the vicinity. Our best defense is to WEAR OUR MASKS every time we’re in public… watch video, below, for further details…

 

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Fortune Cookie Blog (A$$hat$’ A$$et$)

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Dedicated to tightfisted, well-heeled mortals who’ve amassed
wealth, which they could not possibly piss away in 10 lifetimes:

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The wallowing in surplus assets, asshats’ daily,
waking lamentation: “Alas, so many solid gold
toilets, trinkets, trifles and toys; so little time.”

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Watch Whacha Read Write View, Too?

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Upon reading a rather lengthy, dystopian article, which exposes how intrusive law enforcers have been interacting with their individual community’s K-12 public school systems’ administrators, I became duly alarmed. You see, these entities have been [1] profiling and psychoanalyzing undisciplined students, [2] stigmatizing and classifying them as pre-criminals and [3] ordering officers to visit and snoop around their suspects’ homes (all sans probable cause and search warrants).

This deplorable practice, in a nutshell, is known as Predictive Policing and such overkill does warrant the following key questions…

• Are not seething with bigotry, itchy trigger fingered, deadly force inflicting cops busy enough, already? (<– btw, that’s blistering sarcasm).

• Is not needlessly pigeonholing kids as irreparable lawbreakers tantamount to a self-fulfilling prophesy?

• What ever happened to trusting the time-tested, parental intervention route and/or even permitting the accused youngsters to self-correct all on their own?

• Just how much farther off the rails could law enforcement’s crazy train possibly get?

And moving on to yet another, related issue…

• Once bored with hauling in / criminalizing the kiddies, where will the power junkie cops cop their next “buzz”?

Needless to say, there’s plenty of “low hanging fruit” to be plucked from society’s forest.

• What about the authors / readers of murder mysteries. Should the thought cops charge all the non-guilty parties with the non-crime of being the protagonists’ non-accomplices?

And, to explore this matter less generically…

• Avid fans of the X-Files will recall the spin-off series, The Lone Gunmen; the TV drama, which centered around the life and times of the three truth to power, off the beaten path, underground newspaper publisher-reporters; namely, John Fitzgerald Byers, Melvin Frohike and Richard Langly.

While the program run lasted only 13 weeks, its pilot did make for one helluva TV network debut on March 4, 2001. How so?

Well, this episode’s four writers (Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz) wound up with a screenplay that had dispatched a hijacked commercial jet (electronically commandeered from an on the ground secret base) and sent the aircraft on a collision course with the World Trade Center Twin Towers! Remember, that all went down six months PRIOR to 9/11!

To say the least, these visionaries had wowed us with their authentic, sit-on-the-edge-of-yer-seat plot climax. I won’t reveal further details, in the event some of you may opt to purchase the series DVD or plan to track down an online viewing. Of course, for those who wish to check out the storyline synopsis, in text format, first click onto SPOILER ALERT and next scroll down to 9/11 Synchronicity.

And so, the final Q’s become…

• Might the thought police, someday, wind up accusing Carter, Gilligan, Shiban and Spotnitz of being al Qaeda terrorists and lodge them within some Abu Ghraib type horrific, inhumane torture chamber / gulag?

• Might this debut episode’s original, 13.2 million viewers (and the countless others who’ve subsequently viewed it), someday, even wind up branded and jailed as terrorist sympathizers?

• What can we expect next?

• Perhaps we should ask our Big Brother?

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My Petition to the Petitioners

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Of late, Interwebs surfing Americans have been inundated with impassioned pleas to sign the petitions being circulated by prominent, Democratic Party representatives; e.g., the dedicated Voting Rights Activist Stacey Abrams and the barely noticeable Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Granted, such documents can prove useful in taking the ideological pulse / reading the moral compasses of Americans. However, I do remind these good-intentioned folks that they ALREADY know how we truly feel. Such petitioners need look no further than the resounding results of the legitimate, indisputable 2020 elections. Have they not taken a gander at which national / state level candidates won / lost, what ballot proposals succeeded / failed, etc; of how, most notably, Georgia got flipped from MAGA Red to TRUE Blue?

I mean WTF further validation do Democrats need, anyway?

To virtually pass around petitions serves no purpose other than to hide the fact that, SO FAR, obstructed Democrats have not been making good on their promises to [1] thwart the Republican’s nationwide voter suppression tactics (Jim Crowism / Gerrymandering), [2] raise minimum wage to $15 per hour (which actually needs to be at least $24), [3] roll out bold infrastructure improvements (inclusive of human infrastructure) and [4] unshackle the robust climate change mitigating / reversing science (before it’s too effing late).

It’s high time Democrats grow a set; refocus priorities to get their political house in order; i.e., the White House, U.S. House of Representatives and, especially, Schumer’s U.S. Senate, where the recalcitrant, power-tripping little “d” democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have been gleefully, further weakening President Joe Biden’s ALREADY weak agenda.

Both Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi need to also promptly serve notice to the always avaricious for power and obscene wealth, obstructionist, Trumper Republicans; remind these alleged legislators that their whiny, cacophonous, cantankerous, cancerous, sore loser… the narcissistic and fascistic Donald J. Trump… did lose to Joe Biden; remind them that, here in America, Majority Rules and the vast majority of voters did empower a Democratic Majority to speak on their behalf. I mean, since Trumper (f)law-men / (f)law-women cannot be supportive, at the very least, they need to get the F outta our way!

More to the point, Democrats must bust up the Senate Filibuster rule which, in theory, is supposed to promote bipartisanship, BUT, in actual practice, is nothing but a road block to all progress. Dems must also perform some sort of political exorcism to rid both Sinema and Manchin of their soul sucking, Trumper demons.

Granted, very little of that will prove easy; in fact it could be downright risky business; i.e, could cause Democrats to lose their (theoretical) control of the legislative branch (come 2022), and the executive branch (come 2024). However, if Dems do nothing now? Well, let’s just say that many of the voters, who they’ll alienate, will sit out one or both Election Days. In essence, Dems, who appear spineless, will own such a dismal, political downfall, anyway.

Indeed, it’d be far riskier for Democrats to piss off critical thinking voters who want… strike that… who DEMAND bold legislation designed to promote human dignity and equality, honest even handed, liberty-based governance and solid environmental stewardship. Furthermore, we DEMAND laws that’ll bury effing Fascism, too!

And speaking of totalitarianism, a heady reminder to all empowered Democrats. Should you ever fail to rigorously investigate Donald J. Trump and his co-conspirator insurrectionists / traitors (some of whom, in all likelihood, are still masquerading as U.S. legislators); fail to purge all guilty parties from our legislative bodies and forever bar such anti-American wannabes from seeking elective office, we will live to regret that; perhaps even die as a nation. We can expect Trump’s cult to rear its ugly head, anew, to once again reprise their January 6, 2021 attempt to overthrow / burn down America.

We, who really know what America is supposed to be all about, actually want our all-encompassing, national policy to reflect who We are; live up to these mighty sounding ideals:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Our Founding Fathers’ Preamble • Constitution Ratified on June 21, 1788

On Election Day 2020, We the Majority, sent Democrats to Washington to breathe life into an agenda that will not only benefit all Americans, but also our entire, planetwide human family.

Empowered Democrats Listen Up! The time for talk / distracting petitions is LONG OVER! The time for take charge, comprehensive, remedial legislative action is NOW!

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Da Dungarees’ Dung Ick Factor?

I spent 30 long years doing my time in Retail Hell (5 of which were not all that bad). Too often, I got to eyewitness boss-wardens at their worst; the dog eat dog unprofessionalism; the up and down the corporate ladder, anything goes, diseased sexual shenanigans; (and more to the point) how all that crap not only negatively impacted our day-to-day store ops, but also compromised the well-being of customers and subordinates, alike.

Let’s check out a few horror stories…

• My very first boss had opted to adopt, not one, but two, non-housebroken schnauzer pups; gave ‘em free run of our stockroom; allowed ‘em to urinate and defecate in any, within reach, open shipping carton. Seeing how neither the (eventually dried) pee nor the (more or less solid) poop had perceptibly stained our primary product line (dark indigo Levi™ jeans) we, the underlings, were ordered to stock the shelves / racks and sell these crawling with microbes jeans, AS IS, to our unsuspecting clientele. To my truth-in-advertising minded readers, I suppose we could say our, on the QT, corporate motto had been: “We put the DUNG in DUNGarees!”

• It was about that same time when overhead slashing, corporate tightwads had ordered all store restrooms’ hot water heaters turned off. And then, just to earn extra brownie points, our boss soon stripped her monthly store supply orders of hand soap. Beyond that, our toilet bowl soon wound up… uh… well… let’s just say I’ve seen far less gross public restrooms.

• Our health compromising work conditions were inclusive of fatigue, too. Yep, as overworked, underpaid and undervalued subordinates, we were oft scheduled to work well past midnight, yet, be expected to return (bright-eyed and bushy-tailed) by 5 or 6 the same a.m. It’d be an understatement to say groggy employees (especially cashiers) were, indeed, fortunate to catch costly errors, in time; i.e., to avoid being falsely accused of internal theft.

Folks, it’d be a forgone conclusion to say that the above-mentioned working conditions are hardly unique (to me) AND, in all likelihood, have worsened since workplace related injuries necessitated my way too early departure from Retail Hell (now, some thirteen years ago).

So… other than rehashing retail’s revolting side… just WTF is my point here?

For starters, I absolutely DO NOT want anyone to co-opt the following discussion into some sort of lame excuse. All this amounts to is my trying to better wrap my head around the BIZARRE nature of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, and, that does demand exploring BIZARRE possibilities.

While I’d hope that Retail Hell, as I’ve known it, is NOT APPLICABLE to Retail Pharmacies (oft, our primary inoculation sites), WHAT IF, in part, it’s been our workforce’s negative perception of retail, which has been causing some of them to view such venues as managed by unsanitary un-professionals, who staff their stores with burnt out, too pooped to participate, error-prone, transient employees?

After all, prior to the pandemic, we have been accustomed to inoculations within sterile, doctor’s office / emergency room / hospital settings.

Could a switchover to those traditional, more clinical venues boost the vaccination rates within hesitant homelands, such as America?

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Fortune Cookie Blog (Cultists)

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Cultists, who idolize the vain autocrat, need to understand
that their unconditional love can ONLY be unrequited love.
The closest he’ll ever come to acknowledging their devotion
will be his validating their sickening racism and every other
cancerous ism that sullies their heads and sours their souls.

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Fortune Cookie Blog (Protection)

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Ditching the mask, long before the end of the pandemic,
is akin to shucking the prophylactic long before the end
of the act, resuming the action, YET expecting all of the
pregnancy and disease prevention benefits to continue.

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Critter Roll Call

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The pandemic down-time has further heightened my appreciation of nature; so much so, I’ve become more attuned to how critters have been paying visits to my neighborhood; especially the after-hours goings on at the time of the full lunar phase. Here’s the brief run-thru; spanning the creatures from large down to small…

Four deer have been habitually making the suburban scene. Personally, I cannot fathom why they’d even opt to wander forth from the more pristine, nearby woods; i.e., just to graze on the chemically toxic lawns. I mean, that crap has got to leave a yucky aftertaste. One would expect their very survival instinct to kick in; Yes? No? Maybe?

Next on the list comes “Spot”, the cat, who I’ve had to shoo away several times; not to worry, my M.O. never involves more than the loud click of my patio door’s lock. While, normally, I’d be more hospitable, I do draw the line when the stalking / aggressive instinct targets the three newborn bunnies, who call my backyard home; the irony being this cat appears to be well fed by the owner. And, btw, I do admire mother rabbit, who doesn’t excessively fuss and interfere; how she fosters her young’uns’ independence.

Of course, I’m not entirely sure if this white furred feline with two major ovoid black patches is named “Spot”, but, obviously, it’d be an apt moniker. Also influencing me was the recollection of Star Trek TNG’s Data choosing that very name for his non-spotted cat.

Several robins have also been in motherhood mode. And they don’t overly-baby their babies, either; even seem to welcome the eventual, empty nest syndrome.

The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies (which have been absent for several years), of late, have been flying by day. Ditto the, by night, flight plans of the countless fireflies; flying in random formation to put on a spectacular light show.

Noticeably absent has been the waddling woodchuck, however, this may merely be a matter of not looking out my window at the right time.

That’s it for now.

So, what about your own sightings? Any critters you’d like to add to this roll call?

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Roy G Biv ReVisited

Dense whites don their dunce caps; hued bright M.A.G.A. red
Dumped greenbacks that buy ‘em; enrich orange, vain shithead
He claims to be stable; the Mensa / Alpha type fellow?
Yet, he’s ignorant snowflake; spineless, thin skinned and yellow
He fancies he’s dapper; just like dressed-to-the-nines thuggies
Shuck his brown shirts, white hoods / robes; to find adult Huggies?
He believes he’s devout? Hardcore bluenose? Damned tootin’?
Yet, he seethes purple passion; for porn stars / Vlad Putin
All in all, he’s swamp dweller; thru filth he keeps sloggin’
Fecal brown for grey matter; gets promptly swapped in his noggin

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America’s Return To Normal

Of late, my homeland’s head of state has been scratching his head; wondering: Why do so many (too many) Americans continue to flip off the proven SAFE and EFFECTIVE, absolutely FREE OF COST, Covid-19 vaccines? Why do they so easily rebuff the aired and streamed, slickly crafted / choreographed, smiley faced, Public Service Announcements, which are supposed to sell the BIG PROMISE; namely,… cue the drum roll / rim shot…

AMERICA’S RETURN TO NORMAL

Admittedly, there’s been insufficient time, wherewithal and staffing to comprehensively psychoanalyze the crap out of vaxxing’s paradoxical, flummoxed state of affairs. Ergo, at best, any attempts to do so will be limited to our gut trusting abilities. With all that in mind, let’s try running the following theory up the flagpole to see if it’ll fly…

• Could vaccine hesitancy, in part, be contact traced to the BIG PROMISE, itself?

These days, just WTF does “normal America” stand for? Alas… long exasperated sigh… in part…

• The (so far) too little / too late attempts to rein in climate change; the consequent destructive, deadly, frequently freakish weather patterns. Left unchecked, as early as 2050, such forces could render our world uninhabitable.

• The autocratic, avaricious Trumper Republicans; who only rise and stay in power due to their validating their base’s bigotry and enacting / enforcing illegal voter suppression laws (Jim Crowism, Gerrymandering, etc.)

• A gilded government of, by and for the obscenely wealthy; all at the expense of the middle class which has been rapidly plunging into poverty; the already impoverished class which has been getting their virtual atoms ground into the asphalt.

• An armed to the teeth, gun sick society; inclusive of seething with racism, swaggering with power, judge, jury and executioner cops slaughtering anyone with a melanin content exceeding lily white AND psycho snipers hellbent on shooting up houses of worship, school houses, workplaces, etc.

• The freak show cult, which still believes snowflake / flaccid Donald J. Trump’s flat-out, unsubstantiated lies about widespread voter fraud; namely, his domestic terrorists, who, back on January 6, 2021, on his behalf, had attempted to overturn free, fair elections and, in the process, overthrow the United States of America and forever install DJT’s fascistic régime. Left unchecked, at the mere drop of a red MAGA hat, these traitors will attack again.

Well, folks, a return to normal, SUCH AS THAT, will never serve as the impetus for folks to vaxx up. The need to do so will have to come from within each of us. Granted, long sigh, my parting pep talk will come across as simplistic, even a bit corny, but, the oft paraphrased maxim, “Where there’s life there’s hope” can become decent folks’ rallying anthem.

And speaking of decent folks, even the late Stephen Hawking incorporated that wisdom, thusly…

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

Hey, even unspoken, such a sentiment did serve as the January 6th phrase that pays.

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What Ails US Goes Beyond Covid-19

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Regrettably, it’s unlikely that my headline’s “US” is United States specific; i.e., it could readily involve the generic pronoun, “us”. And, btw, in British vernacular “US” can also stand for something unserviceable and/or useless.

Whatever connotation may apply, here, do check out the present-day incarnation of the US nation; as aptly diagnosed by the good Doctor (a true visionary)…

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or my grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

“The Demon-Haunted World” • co-authors Carl Sagan / Ann Druyan • ©1995

Wow, it’s as if, a little over one-quarter century ago, Sagan and Druyan had stepped into a time machine to pay a visit to the world as we know it, today.

All of which leads to my parting remarks…

IF you find your society sickened by the virulent “variants”, as Sagan described ’em, above, this American feels your pain and you do have my pity.

IF your people have discovered the cure for such societal ills; if good mental health now rules supreme within your homeland, you do have my congratulations.

Oh, just one more thing… uh… IF the latter IF applies… my heartfelt plea…

IF it’d not be too much trouble, would you please share, with the rest of us / the US, the secret to your success?

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