Covid-19: Over and Out?

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On the 2020 virtual campaign trail, Joe Biden vowed (words to the effect) that, if elected as the next POTUS, he’d get the pandemic under control by allowing medical science to trump political science.

This past Sunday, during the President’s interview with 60 Minutes correspondent / anchor Scott Pelley, mid-term election year, political science overruled and forced Joe to go off script; to declare recklessly…

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”

Joseph Biden • 18 September 2022
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Not so fast… say two POLITICO reporters, who debunk realistically…

“Despite Biden’s statement, Covid has continued to exact a toll in the United States and around the world. The John Hopkins [sic]* Coronavirus Resource Center lists more than 2 million Covid cases in the country in the last 28 days, with hundreds dying from the disease every day.” [Read Full Article Here]

David Cohen and Adam Cancryn • 09/18/2022 08:47 PM EDT
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Not so fast… say I, too. Let’s now rewind, replay and rehash the POTUS’ injudicious words and illogic; namely, “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks”, ergo, “Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape.”

Yes, Mr. Biden, unfortunately, I HAVE NOTICED, first hand, the maskless masses; and, trust me, that is hardly the accomplishment you may believe it to be. Au contraire, this is not only the epitome of alarming, human selfishness, thoughtlessness and recklessness, it’s also one of the major reasons why THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER; why the Coronavirus (fully capable of routinely, prolifically reinventing itself), may even result in vaccine resistant variants.

To say the very least… it’s that anti-mask pigheadedness that I find so baffling and maddening. My gawd, it’s merely a piece of cloth, folks! WTF is so tough about covering the ol’ honker and pie hole when we’re milling about crowded, indoor, public milieus? Why the calloused disregard for (hatred towards?) members of our human family?

To say a bit more… there may be one glimmer of reality to be found within Biden’s “good shape” quip; specifically his qualifying word, “seems”; which makes it seem as if he had attempted some in-real-time, walking back of his own words.

Let’s hope that’s a good sign that Biden is fully aware of these truths, which should be self-evident…

  • In life, things are NOT ALWAYS what they seem to be
  • Of all of those things, the coronavirus must top the list
  • Every seemingly good leader must be mindful of all that

Politics must never trump Science… disrespect Corona-V (and its “descendants”) and Covid-19 will hang around / plague humanity until the years 2219, 2220; 2221 and 2222… if not longer.

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Be humans Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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* ADDENDUM 09/24/22 04:00:

A reread of my posted content revealed a common error (not my own); the particulars follow…

Image result for johns hopkins wiki

* “Though some mistakenly refer to the man or his institutions as “John” Hopkins, the “s” in his name belongs there: He was named for his great-grandmother, Margaret Johns, the daughter of Richard Johns, who owned a 4,000-acre estate in Calvert County, Maryland.”

Google Search (author non-credited) • 24 September 2022

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Mister Misanthrope

Subtitle: Any Doubts Who He Is?

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There’s nary a hope
For that dogmatic dope
Who, to progress, barks, “NOPE!”
With social norms cannot cope
He’ll push bad taste’s envelope
He always farts racist trope
His “conquests” he’ll grope
He reads like glum horoscope
All who deal with him mope
He’s got even the pope
And each philanthrope
At the end of their rope

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Be humans Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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Baby’s 1st Words?

I cannot help but feel sorry for all the babies, who’ve been entering our world under less than optimal societal conditions; especially over the course of the past five years, or so; all of which got me to wondering what these 21st century tykes’ first words might be?

Factoring in the nearly worldwide, chaotic sociopolitical scene from my America-specific perspective, the key follow up question becomes…

Would it shock newbie parents if, on such a momentous occasion, instead of hearing the typical “Mama” or Dada”, that their darling little one’s first enunciated words sounded more akin to “MAGA” or “DudDon”?

Seeing how it’d not be out of the ordinary for entire new families to be undergoing tough times within this “MAGA” and “DudDon” dominated, decency decimated Dystopia… well… as for the final follow-up question…

Would it shock anyone if such parents’ own “word experimentation”; i.e., their enunciated grown-up word choice, would wind up influencing their newborns’ “word experimentation”; i.e., making baby’s first words…

F-Bombs (and other similar expletives)?

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Be humans Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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Assessing Big Gov’s Asses and Pigs

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PREFACE: This post was inspired by a WP blogger, who I follow. Of late, he’s been witness to Covid-19 leapfrogging from vaxxed family member to vaxxed family member; his situation supporting my theory that typical government issued pandemic protocols are proving inadequate. My best get well / stay well wishes to them all; to everyone else facing down this sickening situation.

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When the Covid-19 pandemic ends… no… strike that… IF our still ONGOING global health crisis EVER ends, an assessment of “our” alleged leaders’ mismanagement “skills” would be in order.

While I could already, readily rehash…no… strike that… (p)rehash… such a postmortem, anyway, I’m still opting not to delve too deeply into the particulars, because, quite frankly, I possess neither the adequate academic credentials nor sufficient budgetary wherewithal to prove / disprove what, in essence, amounts to my pure speculation.

Yet… even a dabbler in medical science would be wise to always live up to the first-do-no-harm, Hippocratic Oath; to wholeheartedly accept how fraught with danger conjecture can be; especially since, quite literally, we’re still speaking of a life and death matter.

More to the point… I’d be overcome by sick feelings were any of my published too soon, unproven beliefs proven harmful to anyone.

Beyond that… it’d be the understatement of the new millennium to point out how (as I’m typing and you’re reading), spanning the entire Interwebs, there’s never any shortage of…

  • hypotheses masquerading as chiseled in stone (tombstone) “facts”
  • opportunists prone to cherry-picking (potentially deadly) half truths

Suffice to say… I’d never want any of my raw theories to become copied and pasted and/or screen shot quotations.

Naturally… it’d not be acting irresponsibly to remind my readers that unpardonable horse’s ass politicians and piggish economists are still overruling (excessively governing) time-honored pandemic scientists / epidemiologists and, as such, we’d all be well-advised to exceed the current, watered down health and safety guidelines.

In essence… that wisdom fully lives up to Hippocrates’ first-do-no-harm proviso.

More to this post’s point… it’d be a cold day in Hell for any Big Biz owned and operated, Big Government horse’s ass and/or pig to ever feel free to quote these following, life saving truths…

Be humans Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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Grimmer Than Grimm

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A Grimm-esque bedtime tale; don your nightgown
‘Bout bleach blonde fond of face paint of a clown
Who thrives; connives to drive Libs out of town
Watch his eyes glare, nostrils flare and lips frown

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His tongue wags; vows his fascist crackdown
Plots to roll tanks; watch Democracy drown
Once darkness descends, he’ll don shitty shirt brown
Re-throne his fat ass, For Keeps; NEVER doff crown

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Be people Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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Genesis 36:129? Huh? Say What?

“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be”

Songsmiths: Paul McCartney / John Lennon [Full Lyrics Here]
Owing to John’s agnostic politics, it would be fair to note how
Let It Be’s sentiments have a distinctive Sir Paul quality to ’em.
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Throughout my nearly seven decades, I’ve relied on the Soundtrack of my Life‘s selections to ease me thru my own times of trouble; be these playbacks, PASSIVELY, via vinyl 45s / LPs / half-speed masters, analog / digital cassettes, minidiscs, CDs, I-tunes, VHS / DVD film scores; be they, ACTIVELY, via my piano keyboards.

And, btw, to the best of my knowledge, my post’s headlined numerical notation appears in no known version of any Bible; and, with good reason, too. When typed out more correctly / completely, SD 36 – 129 has a decidedly secular spin; for it then becomes the official catalog number for A Trick of the Tail; the vinyl album released on 20 February 1976 by the Phil Collins fronted, art / progressive rock group, Genesis.

No sooner had I added this pièce de résistance to my record library on 28 May 1976 than I discovered how easily one could become mesmerized by Tony Banks’ CALMATIVE, compelling synth strings; how taking this disc out on its first spin and attaining the speed of sound fully revealed this keyboardist, extraordinaire’s penchant for drifting off into entrancing, instrumental, unabridged bridges; involving 3 out of Trick’s 8 tracks; namely: Entangled / Mad Mad Moon / Ripples.

Considering how, I’m no stranger to those times of trouble (the particulars to follow momentarily), this is why I had made Trick my go-to album to cop that CALMATIVE effect. Indeed, so powerful was/is this effect that one would almost expect raiding narcs, with search / arrest warrants in one hand, drawn guns in the other, busting down the door and bursting thru the splintered frame; bleating out in unison, “FREEZE!” Guess CALMATIVE can only go so far, eh?

Anyway, it’s that Moon selection, in particular, that still inspires entire album playbacks; oft synchronized with the fullest of the lunar phases. Post twilight time is when I’ll shut down all artificial lighting; making the streaming down moonbeams, filtering thru the sheer, gently swaying in the breeze, curtains, the only light I’ll see.

Well, as promised, let’s now take a moment to flesh out my times of trouble…

In the beginning… that all followed an honest self-reevaluation of my prospects for ever landing a radio station / DJ gig. Alas, assessing my chances at slim-to-none, certainly did seem incongruous, too, considering how, one scant spring earlier, at the completion of my Junior College studies, I had accrued a 4.00 GPA; even experienced the Graduation Day pomp and circumstance, where Da Dean shook my hand, handed off my Associates Degree in Broadcast Arts, and promptly shoved me onto the real world stage; to either sing… or sink.

Suffice to say, that “sink” did necessitate trading off variety for monotony; forsaking the creation of cheery audio art for the retail cash register’s dreary racket; sorta reminiscent of R2-D2-esque beeps.

In the here and now… I’ve discovered how most of my bygone disappointments have paled in comparison TO / in the wake OF the yet to be resolved (perhaps impossible to resolve) multiple disasters; such ecological, microbial, ideological and sociopolitical / socioeconomic catastrophes all playing out, concurrently and unchecked, in real time.

Needless to say, I’ve not been awaiting the full moon’s arrival to frequently revisit Genesis 36:129.

My recommendation to all, who may be feeling similarly troubled, DO seek out your own CALMATIVE effect. Embarking on such a life journey is totally possible; wherever your own head, heart and musical tastes may lead you.

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Be people vaxxed OR unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

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

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Folks’ F’d Fate (Poetic Acrostic)

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Fragile Earth moldering diurnally; environmentally
Untold (f)lawmakers legislating; unconstitutionally
Coronavirus variants sickening slaying; microbially
Killer sociopath Putin dying to blow up; atomically
Expletive laced acrostic spelling our fate; vertically
Downward fallen curtains; End of Earth; eventually

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

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Fallen Curtains

Total Eclipse’s Total Eclipse

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It was within this past Sunday evening’s waning hours when our Universal Overseer aligned, to perfection, our inner solar system’s essential spheres; namely, the Sun, Earth and Moon; thereby (at least in theory) presenting astronomers (accomplished and amateur, alike), one of the few, awe inspiring delights still remaining in modern life.

Alas (as usual), all did not go well for all of us Michiganders. At the most inopportune moment, storm clouds rolled in, start to finish, to totally eclipse this total lunar eclipse.

In other words… the literal clouds; the metaphorical “fallen curtains” had overruled; ruined all our fun.

While most dedicated sky watchers are left little choice but to take, in stride, such dismal celestial washouts, it’s my contention that Great Lakes Staters, such as moi, have been forced to weather far more than our share of the absolutely, disproportionate levels of disappointment.

Such is our sorry “lot” in life (both in the cartographical / geographical and metaphorical sense).

The grand scheme’s far less stellar elements can and do come into play, too; e.g., lifelong occupational and financial disadvantages that still continue to bog down my homeland’s and home state’s citizenry; this all piling on additional disproportionate levels of our shared disappointment. Once again, fallen curtains syndrome.

Yet another relevant to this discourse aspect revolves around one’s relative position on life’s road; in my own case, the nearly seventy Earth orbits behind me along with the expectant, tagging along, alarmingly fewer “laps” before me. Yep, once we reach the onset of “aging out” within society, an entirely unique, awareness heightening perspective kicks in; summed up best as yet, another example of our bearing witness to the fallen curtains.

Consider, too, the looming, far deeper levels of disproportionate disappointment, which our dystopian “leaders” are ignorantly and/or intentionally leaving unchallenged and unchecked.

As I type and you read these very words, these autocrats are allowing humankind’s Final Act to practically author itself. It’s tough NOT to view our collective presence upon the world stage as all but over; such an ill-fate seemingly, already hammered and chiseled into our communal tombstone; all but awaiting those final fallen curtains.

The detailed rundown to The End…

Fragile Earth moldering diurnally; environmentally
Untold (f)lawmakers legislating; unconstitutionally
Coronavirus variants sickening slaying; microbially
Killer sociopath Putin dying to blow up; atomically
Expletive laced acrostic spelling our fate; vertically
Downward fallen curtains; End of Earth; eventually

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

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Fascist Freak

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Onto each rally stage, the Fascist Freak ambles
With his one scant brain cell, reality scrambles
He ceaselessly lies; boasts, babbles ‘n’ rambles
Barfs misogyny ’n’ bigotry; prickly as brambles
Badmouths Democracy; bulldozes to shambles
With Humankind’s fate; compulsively gambles

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

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YELL, “No t(h)anks!” (Quick Limerick)

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YELL, “No t(h)anks!”

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In role of “Da Prez” Putz was NOT worth his salt
His race for term 2 must grind down to dead halt
If voters don’t yell. “NO THANKS!”
He’ll hoist up Hell! Roll out tanks!
To mash masses’ atoms into the asphalt!

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

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