Not worth a plug nickel?

Right from the pandemic get-go, anyone whose mind is rooted in science / logic, could, in a heartbeat, sense the worst was yet to come. After all, the very novelty of Corona-V had sent our epidemiologists into OJT mode; the ideologues / Führers into a CYA furor; the propagandists into (what else?) their bury the truth spin.

And being eyewitness to THAT had rendered me doubtful that humanity could even survive the year.

Such a sense of doom doth walk hand in (small) hand with the likes of my totally unlikable homeland’s IN TITLE ONLY, leader, one Donald J. Trump. At least publicly, that has-been has been the inveterate science denier, while, in private, he can easily morph into the not so nutty professor.

My gawd, we actually got to earwitness astounding, taped phone confabs where the lucid(?) Trump was actually “schooling” the already schooled journalist and author Bob Woodward. The very fact that Oval Office occupant has known, all along, how ferociously contagious and deadly Corona-V is, only makes his conduct all the more incomprehensible and reprehensible.

One certainty, here, when one’s leader doesn’t give a shit about the people he swore (on the Holy Bible) he’d protect and defend, I began to reevaluate my life / chances; distill that down to these five words:

Not worth a plug nickel.

Another certainty, I owe my very survival / making it to this New Year’s Eve to my own pandemic take charge ‘tude; my common sense, insightful conclusion that nearly everything that Trump utters, mutters, bleats and Tweets (or has yet to do so) can be regarded as absolute BULLSHIT!

Yet, in spite of all that, we mustn’t overlook the ever-increasing rays of hope; namely the vaccines and the likes of the likeable, rooted in science / logic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, his learned colleagues and the soon to be sworn in, intellectually curious, responsible, honorable American President, one Joe Biden.

Oh, there’s one more ray of hope, too.

My being a numistmatist, for nearly sixty years, my eyes widened, instinctively, two scant days ago, when the supermarket cashier handed over my change. You see, the Thomas Jefferson nickel had a very special struck date on its obverse side.

Right next to the word “Liberty” was / is the year of my birth.

My newfound, treasured keepsake has managed to liberate me; has served to cancel out my early-on, erroneous, premature, “not worth a plug nickel”, not so brilliant deduction.

While this far from mint condition 5¢ coin, which has been in circulation for as long as I have, would not fetch me more than 10¢ from a coin dealer (who’d have little, if any, interest in buying it), nonetheless, in my mind, it IS priceless and not, repeat, NOT for sale!

I view receiving it to be a good omen and, for the rest of humanity, a harbinger of 2021’s better days to come.

Till then…

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An Eye-Popping Apparition

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With today’s grey overcast and tomorrow’s prediction of snow, this amateur astronomer spent the better part of this Sunday feeling bummed out that, ONCE AGAIN, lousy Michigan weather would wind up ruining yet another major celestial event; namely, the December 21st planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; their closest encounter (from the Earthling’s perspective) since 1623.

However, just as I was finishing my early supper, the clouds began to dissipate. By sunset, the sky was sufficiently clear to warrant my venturing outdoors to more closely scope out the situation. In a word? Wow!

Albeit low in the murky, urban light polluted, SW sky, my naked eye could already locate brighter Jupiter. However, it wouldn’t be until I hauled out my 90 mm refractor that the fainter Saturn showed up in the finder scope; scant centimeters below Jupiter.

Even tho, on this night, these two gas giant planets were not at their closest, my first look thru the telescope eyepiece did permit me to see both of them simultaneously. And my fun could only double with the installation of the 2X Barlow Lens.

Granted, near horizon, urban viewing doesn’t make for the sharpest of images; e.g., Jupiter’s cloud bands were poorly defined and only one of its four Galilean moons (Callisto?) was visible. As for Saturn’s rings, they were not as well defined as I’ve been accustomed to.

Of course, my first time, synchronous observation of the juxtaposed Jupiter and Saturn was the whole point, anyway. So, aside for the fact that some stray clouds eventually rolled in, too, which prematurely ended this scope session, no one will hear me grousing much.

My hope now is that tomorrow evening’s meteorological conditions will wind up as cooperative as today’s.

Weather permitting, be sure to see this eye-popping apparition for yourself!

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Warp Speed’s Factors

Let’s weigh the COVID-19 vaccines’ minuses and plusses:

(-) The Trump regime’s, “Operation Warp Speed” nomenclature / branding doth sound a bit reckless. Were we to extend that Sci-Fi metaphor, we’d wind up factoring in our memories of big and small screen Star Trek storylines where that velocity got many a starship crew both IN and OUT of trouble (shall we say) in a hurry?

(-) We also need to factor in how the fake prez is no “Honest Abe”. He has Tweeted / bleated over 20,000 false / misleading statements (on a multitude of issues) since his rise to power AND, right from the get-go, has routinely minimized and politicized the pandemic to prioritize his own interests over everybody else’s.

(+) Dr. Anthony Fauci’s impressive resume. He’s served five other presidents well; namely Reagan, Daddy Bush, Clinton, Sonny Bush and Obama. Even better, during televised White House Coronavirus Task Force TV briefings the good doctor has skillfully and successfully debunked Donny right to his face.

(+) Trump has frittered away much of his life grifting, golfing, pigging out on fat fast food and vegging out / getting off on the accolades puked out by his propaganda ministers. Factoring in his sleeping, “grabbing”, eating and defecating episodes, too, there simply would not have been enough hours left in each day for him to have his sayso re the Scientific Method and specific vaccine components (not that he’d even have an inkling re what to recommend in either respect).

(+) The closest Donny has ever come to donning a white lab coat is when he lumbers down the KKK catwalk, decked out in his supremacist duds; i.e.. his white robe and hood (a.k.a. his dunce cap).

(+) During the vaccine trial period, we’ve heard of no test subjects reporting deleterious side effects that would suggest any Trump “cloning” around; i.e., everyone winding up resembling him; e.g., suffering massive weight gain, reduced IQ, diarrhea of the mouth, garbled speech, snorting / sniffing, etc. There’s been nary a whisper of mental illness, either; e.g., malignant narcissism, psychotic episodes, delusions of grandeur, paranoia, pigheadedness, etc.

(+) The medical professionals are getting the first shots. If the vaccine developers had any serious reservations about safety, they’d have never risked harming the very hospital personnel we need to fight Corona-V.

It’s those above 5 pluses which offer us our much needed glimmer of hope.

However, we must also keep in mind that, at this early stage of the vaccine roll-out, the medical community believes inoculated people can still be COVID-19 carriers / spreaders; hence…

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Life Saving Pandemic Mathematics

Alas, throughout 2020, too damned many of our “leaders” have failed to understand the very Pandemic Mathematics, which fuel our current, overwhelming surge in COVID-19 cases (especially stateside).

Such unenlightenment fuels their uncompromising prioritization of fiscal over physical health.

Truth be told, we could EASILY save BOTH lives and livelihoods by [1] limiting our year-end holiday parties / gatherings to only the people we already live with, [2] staying at home as much as possible, [3] masking up / socially distancing when in public and {4] thoroughly and regularly washing our hands.

More to the point, when “leaders” wash their hands of their responsibilities, it then becomes incumbent on all of us to outsmart them; to lead the way!

A better understanding of the aforementioned Pandemic Mathematics can help illustrate what we’re up against. Interestingly enough, were the spread of such knowledge to take on a similar Geometric Progression, this would work wonders towards slowing the spread of COVID-19; perhaps even result in our halting Corona-V, DEAD IN ITS TRACKS!

To do the math, let’s check out this Past Post.

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“Dancing With The SARS” (SARS-CoV-2)

“A family of coronavirus particles (Timothée Chalamet, Cecily Strong, Beck Bennett, Lauren Holt) have a disagreement during a Christmas reunion.”

Clip and set-up quip courtesy of the Saturday Night Live YouTube Channel
Dec 13, 2020 • 173,658 views • Thumbs Up 10K / Thumbs Down 263

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SNL’s comic genious unmasks coronavirus’ ferociously communicable nature; from the pitiless pathogen’s perspective. View the clip above or, should playback issues ever arise, over @YouTube.

About all that’s left to be said…

Sure we can all laugh at the SNL cast’s superbly delivered oneliners and double entendres, BUT, seeing how, just yesterday, the COVID-19, stateside fatalities reached the 300,000 mark AND how that deadly disease has snuffed out over 1.6 million members of our human family, worldwide, we had all better get dead serious about observing the life saving pandemic protocols re good hand hygiene, social distancing / isolating and, last but far from least, MASKING UP every time we go out in public!

“We know that if everyone, or if we could even get 95% of the people let’s say to mask up for a 90-day period, three months, we could cut the death rate by about 200,000 Americans.”

CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida • Quote from Raetta Holdman‘s article posted December 7, 2020 at 2:58 pm • [Read More Here]

No one should even need to point out how saving lives is everyone’s moral and civic duty!

My gawd, we ARE all fully capable of outwitting a mindless microbe!

Let’s all get the last laugh at this nasty pathogen’s expense!

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As Seen Thru Dr. Xie’s Eyes

Dr. Shirlee Xie, Associate Director of Hospital Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota, tells CNN’s Ana Cabrera what it’s like treating Covid-19 patients day after day as her state experiences a surge of coronavirus cases.

Clip / intro blurb courtesy of CNN’s YouTube Channel • Dec 5, 2020 • 288,251 views

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View our must see video above or over at YouTube.

Humanity must accept that the ferociously contagious, deadly coronavirus is as real as it gets. Partisan politics must NEVER, EVER downplay this public safety / public health matter; a matter of life-and-death!

Socially Distance / Isolate and:

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Who’s Calling the (Vaccine) Shots?

Clip courtesy of the NowThisNews YouTube Channel • uploaded Nov 16, 2020 • 307,430 views

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To discover just how pathetic and petulant fuss-pot Donald J. Trump truly is, let’s all take a gander at this post’s companion video, either above or offsite.

Suffice to say, the fake prez is dead serious about denying New Yorkers access to the COVID-19 vaccine(s). Why?

Short answer, because they’ve wounded his fragile ego.

Somewhat longer answer, because [1] 60. 2% of them voted for Joe Biden, [2] their Governor, Andrew Cuomo, flat-out refuses to smooch Trump’s rump and [3] the good Guv also has the good sense to order his medical experts to peer review the entire COVID-19 Vaccine R ’n’ D process; i.e., just to ensure scientists, NOT politicians have been calling all the shots.

One would not need a PhD in psychiatry to conclude that, now that the nationwide, certified vote tallies, indisputably indicate Biden is America’s next President, the royally pissed off, ugly cuss Trump will exact his vengeance because 100% of us did not handsomely reward him with the very 2nd term he doth not deserve.

My gawd, did he really, Really, REALLY not anticipate a political spanking? Hell, from what Stormy D tells us, one would think he’d really, Really, REALLY get off on that sort of comeuppance. But… to get back on topic…

Were / are we supposed to be just as happy as he is, re the very COVID-19 carnage, which his abject neglect has needlessly allowed? For his being directly responsible for the needless deaths of 280,000 of our compatriots (and still counting)? Did he actually expect us to exclaim, “Thank-you Sir! Job well done!”?

Let’s all take a gander at that lame duck, who cannot stop licking his 2020 political wounds while babbling, incoherently, re non-existent, widespread voter fraud. Politically speaking, his mental illness has rendered him so impotent that he cannot (better late than never) even lift one pinky finger; utilize his dainty hands to grab the pandemic management reins.

Of course, seeing how he never was, is not now, nor shall ever be up to such a task, at the very least, he should already be handing off the pandemic management duties to President Elect Biden’s team of medical experts.

Regrettably, he’s not even capable of that bare minimum response.

Alas, the soon to be, X-prez, per usual, is befuddled by mucked up in the head, unbridled vengeance and narcissistic rage; so much so, that he fully intends to do his damnedest to let his DIY pandemic run amok; right up to and well BEYOND Inauguration Day.

Indeed, he now lives to see us all DROP DEAD!

Suffice to say, the price We the People are now paying for punishing Donald J. Trump, at the ballot box, is Donald J. Trump punishing us!

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Humanity’s Heart Can Go On

“It saddens me that a sense of personal entitlement is causing many to become sick and even die. So that’s why I’ve put this song together. When I hear this song, I think of a ship full of people heading towards a hidden disaster, with only the tip of the iceberg visible. Hmm – apt perhaps in this current situation.”

The above intro, courtesy of New Zealand’s Ms. Shirley Șerban, sets up her peak performance of the James Horner / Will Jennings composition “My My Heart Will Go On”. Via her revised, pandemic related lyrics she makes her impassioned plea to mask-up to save humanity. Read her opening statement, in its entirety, over @YouTube. Upon arrival, make sure to click SHOW MORE.

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As for my own sentiments…

Regrettably, my four grandparents’ emigration, Stateside, shortly after the turn of the 20th century, is why I now find myself residing within what Donald J. Trump has created in his own image; namely, one of the most ignorant and inconsiderate societies ever known to humankind.

Whenever I witness the Karens (of all genders) going apoplectic, at the mere thought of masking up during this deadly global pandemic, no less; catch a whiff of their flat out unwillingness to prevent human suffering and death, I’m almost ashamed to call myself an American; “almost” because I know I’m not the only one who really gives a damn.

Yet, it’s the ease with which nearly 1 out of 2 of my compatriots have succumbed to an incomprehensible, head over heels, undying hero worship for the likes of the totally unlikable Trump, which has rendered me heartbroken.

That sorry state of affairs, for the most part, also explains why nearly 275,000 souls have died from COVID-19, so far, on his “watch”.

Seeing how America’s WORST president, EVER, still insists on burying “his numbers”, would it shock any of us to someday discover that grave digger Donald buried twice that grim 275K?

To do our part to ACTUALLY keep those numbers down, there needs to be nearly 100% mask-up compliance. If you need to fashion your own, no sewing skills required face coverings, follow the blog ending link below. This is how I make my own masks, which have been saving my life throughout 2020.

For the benefit of all Trumpers out there:

Masking up is our moral and civic duty. Don’t whine about it!

JUST DO IT, DAMN IT!

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Innocuous Inoculations, Anyone?

There needs to be a show of faith regarding the vaccine R and D’ers, who, to date, have discovered three efficacious, innocuous inoculations; all fully capable of halting, dead in its tracks, the rampaging coronavirus.

After all, it’d be highly unlikely that ethical experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, would ever intentionally BS us re this literal life and death matter. After all, for them to do so would run the grave risk of sickening and/or deep-sixing the first expected vaccine recipients; namely:

The very hospital personnel, who are so desperately fighting, 24/7, on the COVID-19 frontlines.

Naturally, we’d be far more trusting souls, were America’s heading for the exit signs prez not an unscrupulous psychopath and pathological liar. His debilitating mental illnesses have been manifesting themselves in our own symptomology; inclusive of our difficult to fight off skepticism and trepidation.

Alas, the most efficacious, innocuous inoculation against the Disease of Deceit has yet to be discovered. So far, social distancing and isolating from sicko political wannabes, doth remain our best defense.

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Masses Mass Murder the Masses

Let’s not bog down this blog with the particulars to this TRUE story; mainly because that’d only divert our attention from the larger issues at hand.

Cutting to the chase scene, science based leader, purely in the interest of public safety / public health, attempts to rein in religious services, a.k.a. the documented, superspreader events of a ferociously contagious, deadly pathogen. Faith based judges rein in said leader with their ruling that his pandemic protocols infringe upon the rights of the people to worship in whatever manner they see fit!

Issues:

  • WTF kind of “religious leaders” would ever file a lawsuit, for the express purpose of winning the right to knowingly sicken / sicken to death their congregants?
  • WTF kind of “judges” would rule in favor of clergymen who, in essence, are little more than premeditated, mass murderers?
  • Whatever happened to the Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Kill?
  • Why would a technically legal judicial ruling not, bare minimum, include an attached caveat to sternly warn the victorious “vicars” that their masses could easily wind up mass murdering the masses!

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