Mask-Up Now! Suit-Up Later?

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Seeing how, there have now been over half a century’s worth of Earth Days and, still, not enough is getting done to combat global warming / climate change, let’s go the K.I.S.S.* route; i.e., cut thru all the hot air type of discussions / debates.

On one hand, we find a gaggle of boneheaded science deniers, who are at the crux of two humanity threatening problems; Environmental Ruin and the Pandemic.

On the other hand, learned climatologists are predicting that, as early as 2050, there’s the all too real possibility that our greenhouse gas / polluted atmosphere will render our home world uninhabitable.

Hmm, one wonders how today’s anti-maskers, who constantly make bogus claims that a simple, flexible piece of cloth, covering the nose and mouth, restricts their ability to breathe / causes them to gag, will react when, just to avoid deadly asphyxiation, perhaps winding up a fried to a crisp corpse, it’ll require everyone suiting up in a NASA / Project Apollo era, bulky moon suit?

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* K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Straightforward

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Vaccine Hesitancy? NOT!

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To cut to the chase, the Corona-V hesitancy, which I’ve been experiencing, has little to do with the vaccines, themselves. My reluctance involves actually getting out there to get my jab(s).

I mean, Trump, having willfully aided and abetted the avoidable, yearlong, nationwide rampage of Corona-V (and now it’s nasty varmint variants), I simply do not want to set even one toe into what I refer to as Donny’s Diseased Dystopia.

I doubt even donning a Hazmat Suit could adequately ease my apprehension about breaking quarantine. Additionally, how, pray tell, (ha ha?) would I ever manage to roll up that “suit of armor’s” sleeve?

So, what would ease my angst?

Well, that boils down to my ideal inoculation scenario. I’d much rather venture forth during a virus suppressing, summery heatwave; wind up in some open air parking lot; preferably adjacent to a hospital ER; the syringe wielder being a methodical, non-stressed out MD or RN.

Such terms also stem from my deep consumerism roots; my looking out for my own well-being predating the pandemic by multiple decades. After all, any medical potion or procedure has potential side effects; hence, being a gurney (not an ambulance) ride away from help doth seem prudent.

Ergo, until my ideal Covid-19 vaccination scenario (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) materializes; until the human race achieves herd immunity; the following pandemic protocols will remain my / our next best, stay alive modus operandi.

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A Rogue’s Gallery of Contagions

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OK, I get it. Adults, by far, are the most efficient spreaders of Covid-19. And that pretty much sums up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rationale for their recent ruling to HALVE the minimum social distancing guidelines within America’s elementary and middle schools. But, how wise was their decision?

Call me overly cautious, but damn it, I can still vividly recall my own early school days. And you know what?

We kiddies had been extraordinarily efficient at passing around maladies such as measles, mumps, influenza and rhinoviruses; the veritable rogues gallery of contagions.

Hell, had classroom throwing up been any more commonplace, it’d have been a regular feature during Show and Tell. I can still remember one kid, by name (Keith) whose vomiting “performance” could’ve won him an Oscar; i.e., had such a gory category for the Academy Awards existed.

Call me overly cautious, but, damn it, here’s my assessment. With June’s end of the school year mere weeks away AND the far more communicable and deadly Corona-V variants now in the pandemic mix AND the distribution of the vaccinations, so far, far from achieving worldwide herd immunity, I ask…

  • Is it really prudent for any of us to be taking needless chances?
  • Does not letting down our guard risk yet another pandemic surge?
  • Is not more human suffering and death the last thing humankind needs?
  • Would it really kill us to play it safe?

To not show Corona-V the proper respect is to flirt with disaster.

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How Spring 2020 Could’ve Played Out

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I still cannot wrap my mind around whiny, crybaby Donald J. Trump’s shameful, nuh-uh-I-didn’t-do-it finger-pointing re the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

I mean, does he not brand himself a Republican? Do not Republicans brand themselves as the political party of personal responsibility?

Damn it, it really MATTERS NOT where Corona-V came from. Once it began its worldwide rampage, no ifs, ands and buts, this became Donny’s responsibility. Hell that became the responsibility of every leader who could still muster two brain cells to rub together.

Trump should’ve parked his golf cart, switched off his wide screen boob tube, pried his fat Fascist fanny off the couch, opted to take his junk food intravenously and, last but not least, made Pandemic Management his Job #1.

Oh, on second thought, factoring in how he was (still is) chronically thoughtless, he didn’t even need to make those above-mentioned “personal sacrifices”. Nope, not at all! Hell, all he had to do was prove his boastful claim that he’s a savvy businessman who knows how to find the perfect talent to get ‘er done.

Indeed, he could’ve delegated the entire Corona-V containment project to a real man such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Just imagine. Had the good doctor shut down America entirely, oh, say, eliminate everyone’s need to go shopping by having National Guard service (wo)men home delivering groceries, supplies and prescription meds; had Trump asked Congress to fund everyone’s rent / mortgage payments, well…

I honestly, earnestly believe that, within a couple of months, tops, even sans any Covid-19 vaccines, at all, Corona-V could’ve been stopped dead in its tracks.

At that juncture, just to be on the safe side, Fauci could’ve “sold” mask wearing to the emerging out of quarantine citizenry; deemed donning this essential medical equipment to be everyone’s moral and civic duty.

Even better, once the other world leaders deemed Fauci their roll model, they, too, could’ve put an early end to their own homelands’ human suffering and death.

Imagine how humanity, united, could’ve saved, perhaps, up to 98 percent of the nearly three million known souls lost, globally; how we could’ve reclaimed our world by early spring 2020.

Epilogue: While I still would’ve voted for Joe Biden, last November, had Trump gone strutting up and down the campaign trail crowing about being the Corona-V conquering hero, he’d have likely wound up conquering his political rival, too.

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Nightmares and Dreams Come True

It’s only natural for us to react with anxiety and skepticism when a dream come true solution finally arrives to scare off our wide awake, round-the-clock, nightmare problems.

More to the point, when life securing vaccines suddenly roll into our hometowns to combat pandemic magnitude, debilitating and deadly disease.

To varying degrees, most of us have not been immune to experiencing the side effect of reluctance; i.e., when the moment to roll up our sleeves presents itself in the here and now. Well, if this will make any of you feel any better, consider the following pep talk that (full disclosure) I’ve also been giving to myself:

When we witness society’s privileged class pushing and shoving us, the commoners, aside, in their feverish attempts to cut to the head of the vaccination line, that means the vaccines have gotta be safe.

More to the point, that’s what upper crusters do best; i.e., deem us lab rats at their disposal; (you know) just to see if we experience any detrimental side effects.

I hope such rationale proves useful to you.

Additionally, until the vaccinations help humanity achieve herd immunity:

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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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