Avoiding the Covid Cloud

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  • Be we vaxxed or not…
  • Be it coronavirus classic or any of its uber-contagious/deadly variants…
  • Be it via a cough, sneeze or mere word of mouth…

The upper and lower respiratory systems can billow forth deadly droplets loaded with coronavirus (with alarming efficiency); such hazardous, deadly Covid Clouds floating about long after their creators have left the vicinity. And, if these plumes EITHER envelop someone below the minimum, vaccination age of 12 years OR an immunocompromised person, such victims’ days could easily be numbered.

Speaking of numbers… the 2020 census takers recorded 331,449,281 people dwelling in America. Of that figure, 48 Million are under age 12 and 10 Million others have impaired immune systems. This calcs out at (at least) 58 Million particularly vulnerable folks, who constitute 17.5% of our general population.

Rounding that slightly upward to 20% (for the sake of simplifying calculations), that’d mean, regardless of one’s vaccination status, we are all potential health threats to the nearly 1 outta 5 people we’re supposed to still be socially distancing from. And, we can likely extrapolate this stat; i.e.to guesstimate what may be occurring worldwide.

Speaking of worldwide conditions… let’s call out the global gaggle of problem child, empty-headed Trump imitators, who, just like their mentor, all suck at leadership; so much so, they create leadership vacuums. My gawd, they’re so committed to committing mass murder (via their anti-vaxx mindset and anti-mask mandates) that were they local level, private citizens, by now, the carnage they’ve unleashed would’ve gotten each of them, tried, convicted and lodged within either a lead barred or foam rubber padded cell.

Just where they fit within the abnormal psychology spectrum can prove quite the challenge to nail down. However, to spitball a couple notions, methinks these sickos are EITHER cannibals, who scarf down a Covid cadaver or more, per day OR they’re necrophiliacs, who deem such dead bodies as… uh… shall we say… ahem… their “love interests”?

Whatever the (head) case may be… these non-leaders have utterly abandoned us. As such, it’s incumbent upon us all to think independently; to act promptly, proactively and persistently. There’s absolutely no harm in our doubling down. And even if we wind up erring on the side of caution, WTF would be wrong with that?

Which means we must flat-out defy any Grim Reaper leader, who’s dying to Covid us to death. And for us to hang tough ain’t all that tough.

It all boils down to our NOT being anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers! Re such face coverings, it’s merely a piece of life saving cloth. If you’ve yet to do so, grow up and learn to (literally) live with that, new reality, Fact of Life!

Look, it’s a non-negotiable, moral imperative for us to look out for one another, especially when it concerns these 1 out of 5 vulnerable members of our human family.

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How to Curb Power Drunkards/Junkies?

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Whenever folks wind up publicly intoxicated and/or high on potent alcohol/powerful drugs, the cops are under orders to confine these boozers / stoners; to ensure they do no harm to society and themselves.

Might a similar strategy work to protect us from drunk/stoned on power politicians? We are speaking of the type who endanger public safety / health by trotting out their insane policies, which defy/outlaw commonsense, disease mitigating measures such as mask wearing and social distancing; and oft even discourage vaccinations

And what about all of the empowered politically impaired, prone to perpetuate Donald J. Trump’s Big Lie that “widespread voter fraud” had caused him to lose the 2020 Election? Could it not be reasonably argued that Drunkard Donny’s utterly unsubstantiated accusations had infuriated his cult to the point where they went berserk and stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Most assuredly, that insurrection did do harm to the cops, the rioters, themselves, and to society as a whole!

I mean, ever since January 6th, inarguably, my sense of security has been shot to hell; so much so, that I’m now overwhelmed by feelings of intense, chronic angst. Now if that fails to define harm, I don’t know what would.

Granted, my above solution is a bit of a joke but, for a nanosecond, it did make me smile and chuckle; and that’s not been a regular occurrence; ever since Dumb / Drunk Donald’s Inauguration Day 2017.

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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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When a Badass is a Bad Ass

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Witnessing human nature at its very worst, is one of the disheartening, disconcerting side effects of the pandemic. To flesh that out, within my homeland, infighting ceaselessly trumps our feeble attempts at unifying against our common enemy, the coronavirus.

Even the bulk of “our” elected fools (especially the swaggering Trumper Republicans) are of no Earthly use to us. In lieu of combating that merciless microbe, they do little more than project a badass facade. As if what? An ornery ‘tude, alone, can, somehow, make it all go away?

Truth be told, for Badass to ever appropriately describe these sickos, we’d first need to bisect that B-Word.

And there’s no better example of a Bad Ass than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (a.k.a. Corona-V’s staunch ally).

It’s utterly astounding how he’s vowing / threatening to cut off ALL state funding to any K-12 school system, where the school board members have enacted Covid-19 mitigating, mask mandates; all at the precise moment where [1] his conspiracy theorist cohorts have been spreading their metaphorical and literal disease, [2] the spreading exponentially, rampaging delta variant has morphed Florida into the Covid Capital of America and [3] the vaccination of school kids, under the age of 12, has yet to be FDA approved.

One can virtually hear “the almighty” guv’s voice thundering down from the heavens and hitting the echo chamber; words to the effect…

Thou shalt not defy my absolute power! Not even to prevent human suffering and save lives. Only I have the power of life and death! And I command thee to all die! So suck it up and deal with it!

All the above considered, several questions come to mind:

  • What motivates DeSantis to sabotage one of our best disease mitigation methods?
  • Is he getting kick-backs from the funeral homes and coffin / urn manufacturers?
  • Is he pocketing a few extra bucks, courtesy of the sympathy card industry, too?
  • Or, is that Bad to the bone Ass striking down humankind just for the hell of it?

And one unifying conclusion doth come to mind, too.

Wherever we hang our hats at night (be that in Florida or anywhere else in our world), it’d be a great idea to flat out defy demented, despot DeSantis. When confronted by such an odious leadership vacuum, be we vaxxed or unvaxxed, it’s incumbent upon us all to protect ourselves; to save humankind; to…

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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 (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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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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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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