Get Well Stephen Colbert (et al)

This IS Final(?) Jeopardy!

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Today’s Category: Late Night TV

Today’s Clue…

In ADDITION to Stephen Colbert, James Corden,
Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers & Jimmy Fallon all
hosting talk shows, they have THIS in common.

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Players, you have 30 seconds to express
your response in the form of a Question…

(Anyone opting to actually “compete”, should
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What is being fully vaxxed
YET, contracting Covid-19?

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TRUE Jeopardy Notation insists we punctuate our responses with a “?”, HOWEVER, there can be no question re the medical ramifications; i.e., while the vaccines are successfully preventing serious and deadly consequences, humans can STILL become coronavirus infected; STILL easily infect others.

And that STILL fully validates this layperson’s contention, from the very onset of this godforsaken plague:

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Only a WORLDWIDE MASK MANDATE can help ensure
we expeditiously snuff out & bury the coronavirus; i.e.,
avoid an apocalyptic scenario where one, maybe more
of its variants void the vaccines; to snuff out & bury us!

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There can be no question that sicko / psycho Donald J. Trump’s politicization of the pandemic has infected and spread throughout the vast body of his MAGA Maniacs / Morons / Malcontents (and beyond); thereby resulting in their all too damned common, cavalier attitude…

…their absolutely indefensible, “offhand, indifferent, casual, dismissive, insouciant, unconcerned; supercilious, patronizing, condescending, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, couldn’t-care-less, devil-may-care” state of chronic insanity!

Quoted synonyms courtesy of the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus

Upon closer scrutiny of this entire mess, matters pan out as the following, grave, glaringly obvious, public health threat…

  • Bad enough… within the entertainment industry, ALL five of those mentioned TV personalities enjoy a vast circle of friends/contacts; far more so than average folks such as you and I do.
  • Even worse… those friends/contacts also enjoy a vast circle of friends/contacts.
  • Worst of all… it’s a near certainty that at some point, some of these infected people will come into contact with immunocompromised and unvaxxed individuals.

It’s at that juncture where the potential for needless suffering / dying enters the big picture.

Returning to the earliest of our pandemic days… we witnessed Colbert, Corden, Kimmel, Meyers and Fallon responsibly sheltering/isolating (e.g., doing their talk show shtick sans LIVE audiences; Zoom interviewing their guests.

More to the point… these hosts and guests, alike, had been just as witty, personable and entertaining as ever. Sure, I do get it, it’s no fun for comedians / entertainers to not cop that buzz; all courtesy of their applauding, cheering, hooting, whooping it up, LIVE audiences; HOWEVER

In the end… the operative word becomes LIVE; as in keeping humanity ALIVE.

The time has come for these five entertainers to cease needlessly Jeopardizing humanity (case in point, Colbert’s covid has even spread to his house band’s impresario, Jon Batiste. Need I say more?) YES, I do need to say more. They must lead by example; demonstrate to the rest of humanity how to behave in a responsible, respectable manner.

In other words… Guys, PLEASE, set aside your egos; resume performing from your covid bunkers with only the bare minimum, production crew contingent. If this is any help, try harboring in your heads, hearts and souls the sentitments popularized by singer Vera Lynn; the lyrics which solemnly vow…

“We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”

Song Composers Ross Parker and Hughie Charles • Complete Lyrics [HERE]
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Granted, my authoring a 700 word count blog, devoted to TV talk show hosts, may, superficially, seem silly. However, one cannot understate the beneficial impact this quintet (in particular Colbert, Meyers and Kimmel) has been making upon the national political discourse; how their speaking truth to power via “jokes”, serves a far more significant purpose.

Such courageous comedians are heightening the awareness / enlightenment of their Stateside audiences; the very people who, don’t normally pay close attention to the ever-present dangers; the grave threats to liberty and democracy; such as those posed by the STILL unpunished, insurrectionist and fascist X-Prez Trump and his entire freak show entourage.

Long pensive sigh… I now conclude this post, just as I’ve done for the past two+ years…

Now More Than Ever… PLEASEEVERYBODY

Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
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The Double Helix Double Cross

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To be sure, next to no one is dying to…

  • be denied a job promotion and its increase in pay, perks and prestige
  • cough up exorbitant premiums to health and life insurance providers
  • fall prey to matchmaker “services” which tend to attract gold diggers

Yet, that’s what’s actually at stake in life, whenever anyone presents a sample of their DNA to the corporations that make up the metastasizing industry, renown for trafficking in direct-to-consumer genetics test kits; all specifically designed to dig up ancestral roots and/or reveal life compromising genetic anomalies.

Here’s the rub…

Factoring in how we live within a society where respect for privacy is at a premium, hell, is next to non-existent, what’s to stop unscrupulous DNA harvester CEOs from double crossing their clientele; i.e., by profiting, handsomely, off of every damning double helix profile sold to corporate bean counters, insurance actuaries and even scamming sham lovers.

Of course, while bosses and insurers would deem bad DNA a bane; gold diggers would view it a boon.

So, how do we keep this mess in perspective?

For starters, know that we’d be ill-advised to ever expect DNA miners to respect anyone’s privacy.

Also be mindful that a discovered, random microscopic abnormality does not necessarily mean that DNA’s alphabet will spell out a death sentence.

“A, C, G, and T are the “letters” of the DNA code; they stand for the chemicals adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T), respectively, that make up the nucleotide bases of DNA.”

04/04/22 non-authored Google Search

Ergo, our best recourse is to not panic and keep our DNA private.

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“You fools had better cool it!”

Headlined words’ citation…

Mother Nature

Mother Nature does her level best to benevolently guard and guide humanity; her immutable laws of physics, chemistry and biology acting as a system of checks and balances.

However, her goodwill / charity can only go so far.

While she might’ve been cool with sustaining all 7.9 billion of us, that would’ve necessitated our so-called leaders becoming better stewards of her environment; e.g., switching over to renewable energy sources (wind / water / solar) and encouraging their citizenry to act more responsibly, too.

But, instead, they insist on pledging their undying allegiance to the fossil fuel industry; thereby insuring the vast majority of us will remain hardcore, energy junkies.

The consequent greenhouse effect, having triggered and intensified our planet-wide fever, she’s had little choice but to roll with the punches (our punches).

Since the heat is already on, she has repurposed Earth into a massive incubator; that apparatus efficiently utilizing these excessive degrees to facilitate debilitating and deadly microbes’ reproduction; be these bugs liberated from the thawing, ancient, permafrost/glaciers and/or [2] mutations of preexisting strains and/or [3] never-been-seen-before novel superstrains and their variants.

And speak of that #3 devil… lo and behold… for the past two years, 5.7 Million (known) pandemic deaths, world wide, and well over 900,000 stateside fatalities, have resulted from novel coronavirus infection; that (SARS-CoV-2) death toll likely under-reported due to underfunded, overwhelmed diagnosticians and an overabundance of immune from all accountability ideologues (and their propagandist pals).

It’d not be hyperbolic to postulate that Mother Nature has been utilizing Covid-19 (in tandem with her climate change generated, freakish storms) to thin the human herd; which, at least in theory, should lower humankind’s need for energy.

Now, more than ever, it is up to us to heed her “You fools had better cool it!” admonishment.

Our failure to literally cool it will leave her little choice but to, once more, turn up the heat on her checks and balances; to further weaponize the very heat we, ourselves, have supplied her.

In other words, we could be speaking of Mother Nature allowing the human race to race towards our own extinction.

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The Solstice Hath Arrived!

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As of this post’s timestamp…

• Winter’s longest night / shortest day
has officially arrived north of the equator.

• Summer’s shortest night / longest day
has officially arrived south of the equator.

Well, at least, the creator of the universe was sufficiently fair-minded to cycle the seasons; expect all 7.9 Billion of us mortals to share the heat and cold / lightness and darkness.

Had this been left up to the current predominant, mortal hierarchy, by now, either the north or the south would’ve discovered the methodology to prevent Earth from changing the tilt on it’s axis; thereby condemning the losing faction to eternal winter.

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Fleshing & Flushing Out Roy G. Biv

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Once upon a time…

A not in the pink, manifestly Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue / Indigo, (no shrinking) Violet magician trotted out his disgusting act; an insufferably long sequence of unsavory tricks (running the full gamut of dirty – dirtier – dirtiest).

PRESTO CHANGE-O, he had rendered his captive audience of critics and cynics livid Red with justifiable, palpable anger. He had unforgivably and (likely) unalterably changed, forevermore, an entire nation and world; for the worst.

The End?

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To better flesh and flush out Roy G. Biv…

Once upon a time…

An (un-pink) unhealthy in mind and body, roly-poly magician, Roy G. Biv (stage name MAGA the UnMagnivicent), [1] donned his costume garnished with the subversive, radical right’s flamboyant, defiant (red) political stripe, [2] uglied up his mug with lurid (orange) clown make-up and [3] waddled onto the world stage to act out in a cowardly (yellow) and callow (green) manner.

Absolutely unable to own up to the political downfall of his own making, he experienced exhausting episodes of (blue / indigo) depression. Rather than seeking the shrinks he so desperately needed, he resorted to venting; snorting out his in-yer-face (un-violet) seething rage. In a decidedly vengeance seeking mood, he ceaselessly sought out the limelight to perform an unbearable, interminable series of horrifying tricks.

PRESTO CHANGE-O, that wretched trickster’s overall overkill stage presence and sky high overhead / cost overruns, respectively, spilt red hot bodily blood and ice cold budgetary red ink; thereby angering and devastating all critical thinking members of our human family.

The End?

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R U a Covid Mary?

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To keep it all real, right from the get-go (even back in the pre-vaxx era), the death march of the Coronavirus could’ve been slowed, perhaps even halted dead in its tracks, IF humankind had united to comply with all of the easiest, most painless, disease mitigating strategies imaginable; e.g.: mask up and stay at least two meters apart in public and hunker down at home as much as possible. WTF is so tough about ANY of that?

I find it utterly incomprehensible how, even now, over a year and a half later, people are still whining, boohooing and throwing hissy fits over (in no particular order) not being permitted to [1] view (oft forgettable) first run flicks, [2] root for (pumped up on performance enhancing drugs) professional jocks, [3] zone out on (gas guzzler) race cars going ‘round and ’round in circles, and [4] pig out at some eatery (be its rating greasy spoon or 5-Star swank).

I’ve gotta ask, are such superspreader venues really, Really, REALLY TO DIE FOR?

Truth be told, it’s been society’s widespread, flat-out resistance to these basic precautions, which has needlessly prolonged the human suffering and (so far) has snuffed out (the known) 4.3 Million members of our human family.

There are side effects, too. Such (are we there yet?) childishness inordinately pressured the entire white lab coated community; so much so that these learned souls were not permitted sufficient time to… oh… say…

Add more muscle to the vaccines; discover the very elixir that could’ve not only immunized us, but also would’ve wiped our nasal passages free of Corona-V; thereby making it damned near impossible for the vaccinated to become Typhoid Marys. I do suppose we outta update that. Let’s rebrand ’em as Covid Marys.

And while its understandable that frustrations do surface re the anti-vaxxers, that does not mean that vaxxed folks, who are still able to shed Corona-V, should be permitted to do whatever they God Damned please.

Of late, we see far too many of these Covid Marys haughtily venting their outrage; i.e. seemingly (conveniently?) forgetting that children under the age of 12 (to the tune of 48 Million in the U.S., alone) have yet to be FDA OK’d for inoculation AND that the vaccines cannot protect the immunocompromised (there are at least 10 Million such souls in the U.S., alone).

That totals out at 58 million at risk Stateside people! And, lest we forget, there are too damned many less fortunate nations, worldwide, where few, if any, comprehensive inoculation programs have even been established. Indeed, we’re now speaking of veritable billions of at risk souls! Factoring in humankind’s wanderlust / globe-trotting nature, that means, wherever people go, Corona-V can easily become an unseen, hitch-a-ride stowaway.

The entire point being that UNTIL the risk of Covid-19’s spread becomes negligible, nobody is truly safe! To refuse to mask up in public, be one inoculated or not, IS the height of irresponsibly!

(Obviously, the acceptable exception being medical issues, which contraindicate facial coverings.)

Full Disclosure: This yet to be vaxxed man, most assuredly, is NOT an anti-vaxxer. So WTF gives? Well, to cut to the chase, I am the exact opposite of the hypochondriac. Throughout most of my nearly seventy years, it has not been my nature to camp out in doctors’ offices. Unless I’ve been injured beyond my body’s ability to repair itself, I’ve relied on Ma Nature to be my primary care physician. By the by, my last ER room treated injury (back on 07/21/2017) was even inclusive of a jab to protect me; not only from Tetanus, but also Diphtheria and Pertussis.

Now here’s the rub. Turns out that such a way of life, has been fully compatible with my sheltering at home during the pandemic, so much so, that this near-hermit did wind up lulling himself into a false sense of security; to the point of procrastinating; i.e., not rushing out to get my jab(s) in a more timely manner.

And now, that I really, Really, REALLY DO want to mask up and head off to my local pharmacy to vaxx up, what I fully expect to encounter will be the non-masked, vaxxed Covid Mary store patrons. No doubt, there will even be a few non-masked, unvaxxed shoppers, tossed into the mix, too. And lest we forget, mask effectiveness breaks down unless everyone is wearing ’em. Anyway, that any of these customers could easily infect me with Covid-19 and the bat shit crazy transmissible, far more deadly delta variant, long before I’m fully protected?

Well… let’s just say that I’ve woken up from night terrors far more pleasant than suffering such a fate.

Alas… long sigh… that’s the bed I made for myself. Looks like I’ll either lie in it or die in it.

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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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Which End Nears? ~ Quick Limerick 109

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Even pandemic pros can’t say for sure
Determine Corona V’s M.O. du jour
Might each variant, new?
Turn / tighten the screw?
Will Covid vaccines get trounced or endure?

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Station Axing

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In Have nations; rich in vaxxing
Administrations, regulations are relaxing
Expectations, explorations are waxing
Emancipations, celebrations are maxing

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In Have-Not nations; in need of vaxxing
Perturbations, trepidations are overtaxing
Debilitations, decimations are waxing
Cremations, inhumations are maxing

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