Double Down

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The pandemic’s fighters; savvy crowd
Must not be dissed; in-print; aloud
Their shrewd precepts, save our bacon
Up to the point, when they’re forsaken

When politicians trump physicians
It breeds laypersons’ real suspicions
When propagandists enter picture,
Duped minds resemble colon stricture

Which makes clear thinkers’ best recourse
Assess each a-hole, ass of horse
When they yell, “NO MASKS FOR YOU!”
Double down and make it two!

Do follow wise rules to the letter
But, always strive to make them better
To err on caution’s side ain’t wrong
That’ll keep us healthy, strong!

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Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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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.

Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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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…

Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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