Magical Thinking’s Trick

Back in the early 1980’s, when humanity first added two, 3-letter acronyms to our lexicons, namely HIV and AIDS, the (then) fake prez, one Ronald Reagan, was the man-child, who hadn’t wanted a highly communicable disease to go down on his watch. So, how did his (spin) doctors play down a highly communicable, deadly pathogen?

Short Answer: Magical Thinking.

“In psychiatry, magical thinking is a disorder of thought content; here it denotes the false belief that one’s thoughts, actions, or words will cause or prevent a specific consequence in some way that defies commonly understood laws of causality.” (Source Wikipedia / Read More Here)

Somewhat Longer Answer: Reaganites had opted to brand AIDS, (exclusively) a gay man’s disease. Granted… they did trot out a bit of Parenthetical Fast Talking to hint at how HIV could also infect patients receiving tainted blood transfusions… BUT their paste on a smiley face, overall, misleading message was…

If you’re not a bed-hopping gay male and/or in need of donated blood / blood products, you are good-to-go? That it’s, somehow, A-OK for otherwise healthy heteros to bare back it while flinging themselves limp?

If those magical thinkers had possessed any healthy skepticism, at all, they had certainly checked it at the Oval Office door. Most assuredly, I was not buying into any of their White House whitewash. Within a nanosecond of ear-witnessing that Republican spewed claptrap, I asked myself…

• Would not bisexual males also make AIDS a female problem… everybody’s problem?

Truth told, on Reagan’s watch, people needlessly got sick and (until recently), the doctor uttered sentence “You’ve got AIDS” had been a death sentence. Had the general public been told the sobering truth… right from the get-go… namely… that only monogamous couples don’t need to routinely “rubber up”… people would’ve begun playing it safer far earlier. That bygone era’s fake prez had squandered a golden opportunity to prevent all too real human suffering and death. And, ironically, in the process, he had actually caused a highly communicable disease to go down on his watch!

What Reagan did prove to me is that even an ignoramus can teach us these valuable lessons…

• Any self-serving, magical thinking president, who winds up “singing” unhealthy “lullabies” to the general public, does an inexcusable disservice to humankind.

• Any leader with his head up his ass has an obstructed view of reality and, as such, is virtually never a trusted, credible source… especially when it comes down to life or death matters.

• The same assessment applies to magical thinker Donald J. Trump and his monumentally ass-backward mismanagement of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

To all who’ve stopped by on this day, I wish you well! To all who are ailing, my hopes and prayers for a full, speedy recovery. Wherever, whenever we discover a leadership void, it will be incumbent upon us to do everything we can to save our lives. Please stay safe by continuing to heed the following common sense, disease fighting advice…

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Social distancing (remain 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] avoid large crowds or (ideally) just stay at home and [6] if ill, self quarantine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANGER! Unsafe Sex! ~ 1 Quick Limerick #057 & #058

 

At safe sex issues, he’s flippin’ off snubber,
He is foolhardy, has brain made of blubber,
He “dates” blond, porn star honeys,
And mates with, Playboy Bunnies,
Yet, wears no “raincoat”, made of latex rubber!

 

Spurned spouse will not hold his hand! She’s astute!
From her boudoir, does she give him the boot?
She knows his flings, with his cuties,
Could spread microbial cooties,
To be prepared, she should buy Hazmat Suit!

 

Yeah… I know… I’ve posted 2 limericks instead of 1. But think of it this way… the marriage of 2 people forms 1 couple AND the risky conduct of 1 can endanger the health… HELL… the very lives of 2.

Additionally… ever since America’s earliest days, presidents have been deemed role models to look up to and admire. Even though this is no longer possible, we can all still learn… that is if we FIRST deem him the perfect example of how NOT to live our lives and NEXT act accordingly.

 

For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.

 

 

99 Word Blog (#019) Let’s Play Final Jeopardy

Today’s category:

WTF Were They Describing?

Answer:

It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before!

 

Question:

What were the Trump Campaign, the Mars Mystery rock and HIV?

 

Show’s over… roll credits… fade to black…

 

Let’s now talk HIV/AIDS.

True, Ma Nature might’ve been counteracting overpopulation. But what if it’d been a recombinant DNA laboratory superbug, which had escaped?

Accidental? Maybe… but consider how…

1. Historically, genocidal hatemongers have exploited nationality, ethnicity, religiosity and sexuality…

2. The gay male demographic, wrongfully reviled by the nasty narrow-minded, were first to get infected…

Might HIV/AIDS have been a deliberate attack?

Show’s over… fade to black…