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I ferget

Bad data follows bad money… or is it the other way ’round? Oh! Oh boy! Bad science is always a bad thing. Cheating on taxpayers money… priceless! Maybe we won’t remember? Oh! Ha ha! The joke’s on us? By the time you finish reading this, you won’t remember. You’ll forget where your $$ went. Right??? It ain’t experimental no mo’; the treatment is beaucoup $$$$!


Ha haw

That’s desantis in the pic. his name has letters in common with insanity. 666


Reality check

Right Now!! I got bright blue sky. Cloudless. It’s snowing nearby. How near? Reality. I am looking at blue sky. Really! FREAKIN” BLUE SKY! No snow!!

See trump. He’s down in the middle of the pic, sort of sinking, SINKING!! still tryin’. still trying to win the election?! LOSER! Reality says it is not trump; he’s yesterday’s news. And, MTG, more reality show stuff. She’s running for her life. You don’t get to do insurrection and be a part of legitimate government.

Meanwhile, my sky is still bright blue and sunny today. Just look out your window. Bye, don.


Was it the push or the curb?

When I was a younger neurosurgeon, a patient came to the ER with a hemorrhage in the head. He’d been struck by a bouncer outside a club and fell to the curb. The patient subsequently died from his bleed and the grand jury was convened to decide on murder charges for the bouncer. My senior partner at the time said to me that they would ask whether it was the curb or the push that caused the bleeding. Ummm, wasn’t it the push that resulted in the fall to the curb and that it was the bouncer who did the push. The curb? The curb did it?? The curb??? Yup, that is exactly what the grand jury determined. The bouncer was not charged! No harm? No foul? Nonsense! Justice! Oh well, it is sometimes bewildering. The good guys do not always prevail??


See something, say something

This is the catch phrase of terrorism in our country. Well, I am looking at and reading about atrocity, killing of innocents, and destruction of property. They are bombing civilian areas. Even if you spin it around as a Republican might, death and destruction of cities and innocents is hard to explain except as a war crime. Enough! It is like a classic “Bully” movie. The cowed population cowers until the hero saves the day. We are the ones who need to step up. Please. Please! “Thoughts and prayers” inadequately stand up to rockets, shells, and bombs. A man who can say, “I don’t need a ride. I need ammunition.” deserves to be saved.


Black plate

In the Walmart parking lot: The black Delaware license plate is an old one reserved for the early settlers of Delaware. You can get one at auction or by inheriting one. Yup, Delaware, Sussex county, Republican, asshole. Really!? And, you left your window open. I’d have liked to have poured a bottle of root beer into the front seat. Some people walk around as though there are no vindictive Democrats left in the world. But, without too much trouble, we know who you are and how to find you! Yeah, you should be looking out your rear view mirror.


Need to know

We live in a conservative neighborhood. Let’s go Brandon is a curse against Biden. Another pick-up truck was traveling down the road with curses like, “F adam schiff.”

I daresay you drive with this on your car and your ID. That license plate is not too hard to trace. We know who you are. Should you worry? At least, I would think twice about it. If you are an asshole, you should be circumspect at how much you told people what you are. But then again – idiots.


Eh?

If you don’t get it? You must be dumb, or, a Republican. ‘Nuff said. Someone is finally speaking up for the “rest” of us.


Tone Deaf

Idiot. Is there any other word? Worse? Agreed. Flaming stupid idiot? Tweet, tweet! You cannot tweet anymore. He – 45 – was persuaded that January 6 was not a good day to hold a news conference. Hmmmm, does he have a brain? Ah! You guessed! I’m not a fan nor supporter. The distaste is palpable a year later. Lock him up!!


Ah! You…

…bastards! You tiptoe around. You do dirty tricks and hope they won’t be found out. You truly are evil bastards! In the miserable pouring rain as we passed on a cold dark night through Maryland on the way home… Colleen was struck by revelation! She has been casually watching gas prices as we traveled this holiday season – NY NJ MD WV OH. Democratic friendly states – about $3.29 and up for gas. West Virginia, $2.75. Ohio, $2.83. Umm… who #$#@#% represents those states in Congress? manchin and jordan. I read how joe is in the pocket of fossil fuel… oh! This is how they pay/BRIBE! joe back for his efforts to stall the democratic agenda. This is pretty blatant “pork.” Payback’s a bitch. Me? It never occurred to me how low ‘special interests’ would go. Price gouge your neighbor especially if they are Democrats. Colleen is simply brilliant. Or you are dumb to think, we would not notice your “stink.”


Bad idea

I want to short the stock on this drug. Pilocarpine, it’s been around forever. Drops: charge me $80 a month? Really?! The drops constrict your pupil. It has been used for glaucoma forever. Closing down your pupil improves the depth of field therefore you perceive better focus. It’s akin to a camera focal f-stop opening. The downside? When you close down the pupil, you have difficulty seeing in the dark. The immediate danger – driving at night! And, therein, lies the source of untold law suits. People are dumb. And, they drive at night. Dumb drivers at night, how smart is that? So, the price on this stock is going straight down. No good deed goes unpunished.


I wuz wondering

Umm, I don’t have Mark Meadows on speed dial on my phone. Do you? So, I’m wondering how cozy Fox news is to 45 (he, who shall not be named) to have Fox news anchors with direct access to the Chief of Staff. A direct line! And then, to advise? Does this cross the line between reporting the news and …? Oh! I see. It means nothing. Fox is the public relations arm for 45’s presidency. They immediately reported lies and continued to lie about the results of the 2020 presidential election results. Aha! Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party. … cuz, no one seems to pick up on Meadows being advised by news anchors.?!#$@$#!!! Three! Count ’em! Three anchors!! Ingraham, Hannity, and Kilmeade!! News organizations report the new unless, they make the news. I guess it’s good to be king! I can say emphatically, that I did not sign up to have a king of the United States.


Confusion reigns

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Starting now: you may not post a pic or video to Twitter without permission of person or persons depicted. It’s a joke? Street photography? Public tourist sites? A public demonstration? How do you go about getting 100k signatures of permission at a rally? This one failed before the good intention hit the pavement. I get it. Enforcement is easy: no pictures or video. I don’t Twitter. Should you?


Do you believe this shit?

TRUTH Social claims it will be a place that “encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.” And yet, its terms of service forbids users from using the platform to “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.” NPR

“In a press release, Trump explained the need for his new social network: ‘We live in a world where the Taliban has a presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced.’ I don’t think Trump’s making the point that he thinks he is in that. All he’s telling us is that he’s more offensive than the Taliban.” — JAMES CORDEN

“The site was briefly accessible to the public last night, and was immediately overrun by trolls, including one who started a fake account under the former president’s name that posted a photo of a pig defecating on its own scrotum. Are they sure that was a fake account? Because it feels on brand.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Yo, this man is a legend. He creates a free speech website, and immediately was like, ‘OK, here’s what you can’t say.’ It’s like if the first rule of Fight Club was, ‘Hey, hey, hey, no fighting! No fighting! No fighting! We work [expletive] out here.” — TREVOR NOAH

“How is Trump of all people going to make a rule about disparaging comments? I mean, this man roasts people so much, he has to do it at auctioneer speed.” — TREVOR NOAH

“The man who told over 30,000 lies in office has started something called Truth. He’s also launched a new makeup line called Human Skin.” — STEPHEN COLBERT


Screech

Colleen screeched. She has suffered a cold and cough the past few days. Today she feels better. … better enough to read the label of the cough suppressant I got her. DM, dextromethorphan. Look at all the other chemicals that are in the bottle! Nuts! None of them are needed. None necessary. And probably seriously toxic in larger quantity. Huh!? Really!? My bad. I read the label on Nyquil and Dayquil and decided the other ingredients were not for cough. But, the chemicals? Unnecessary chemicals? Well, I have managed to do bad today. For the average consumer, reading the label is not too educational. But, geez, I shoulda known better. Seriously.


Present – on that day

World Trade Center 2000, the millennium, we (Lisa and I) visited the Battery and went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We saw the names of our forebears who came to this country as immigrants.

2001, a crystal clear blue sky autumn day, 9/11 stands out so clearly. This is the view (my pictures) from my kitchen window. Yeah, I was close, not quite there, but close. The images are searing. When the first tower fell I was on the phone with Vicki. She told me, what my own eyes could not believe. The first tower had collapsed. From this perspective the towers appear next to each other and I thought the flames had jumped across from one building to the other. I could not fathom another plane hitting the other tower. I was fully confident in NYFD to put out a fire. I had seen them do it with my own eyes before. The towers were shrouded in smoke and steam from the dousing water and would reappear when the smoke clears. i waited in vain all day. The smoke never cleared and the buildings were gone – forever.

Twenty years later, I still have a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach thinking of the profound loss. Another generation has grown up to see the pictures, and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We extracted a pound political pound of flesh for the heinous damage. Bin Laden died. Little has changed. The world is not a better place. It is not safer. Extremism, especially in politics is worse. We are less united. And, we are still dumb. The recent drone attack in retaliation for suicide bombing at the Afghan airport appears to have hit bogus terrorists. Pound the shit out of something to make us feel strong! History repeats. Will we ever learn? Lie to me, baby – again. I take no pride in saying I was “there.”


I’d rather not…

… pay taxes. I never did care much for the bite taxes took out of my earnings. Can you read a map? See! SEE, the colors? The USA is prominent among nations with Covid cases. We don’t have many rivals in cases and death. Great!?

“The new mandates drew praise from doctors, caution from experts and outrage from Republicans.”

Why are Republicans outraged? Outraged?! Really?! Really stupid. We have a way to mitigate Covid. It is vaccination. It’s not horse de-wormer. You won’t do it? … not even for your kids? Former “liar in chief” trump had Covid, got monoclonal antibodies, and was among the first to get the vaccine. trump didn’t need the vaccine; having Covid gave him antibodies. Follow fearless leader… down the rabbit hole. Don’t do what he did? Do what he says? Take horse de-worm pills, or, bleach, or, malaria medicine? The science is pretty clear. Oh?! You don’t believe in science. Climate change? Ya! Those hurricanes rearranged a lot of houses last week. And the wildfires, they ain’t happening either.


I’m not a camel

I’m not a camel. Not? Then why do you say you are not? Are you?… a camel? A Russian physicist taught me the saying.

Meaning: By saying you are not a camel, you call attention to yourself and people ask, “Are you a camel? Why did you say that?”

It hit the news and the drug – for large animals – is flying off the shelves in feed and garden stores. Merck says, “NO!!! It’s not for humans. It’s not treatment for Covid!”

Anyone out there listening? The shit is flying off the shelves and Merck can’t keep up with the demand. Ah! Profits! Did Merck deny it, so as to make money? Hardly! This is real. The shit don’t work!

People are not listening. The shit is flying off the shelves. I said that already? Didn’t I? Overdose on horse de-worming pills has become a major headache in poison control centers as calls flood in after people take the drug. Really! You ass – perhaps, you are a camel!! There is not accounting for stupid. And, apparently, there is no cure for it, either.

This traces back to trump and his benediction for hydroxychloroquine and UV light and even bleach for treating Covid. Yes, follow the leader, jump off the Brooklyn Bridge too. trump is a good source medical info – fat, dumb, and stupid. Yes, stupid, twice over. We’d be sued for malpractice. Why aren’t trump and fox news?

If you have any doubt, or any confusion: The stuff does not work for Covid. Period!


Calling you out

McCarthy. you sack of shit. What are you afraid of? The truth? What are you hiding? Common sense tells us that you must be guilt ridden to be threatening to keep the truth from coming to light. What was your role in 1/6 and who did you call? You were cowering somewhere in the Capitol trying to save your own sorry ass. Who did you call? And when? What will the records tell us? To level this threat, you must be covering up for many others in your Republican party too?

Declined. Not your credit card charge. But, the Mets GM declined a breath test. He was charged with drunk driving. Naturally. And the proof? There is none? Reasonable doubt? Lack of proof is still evidence. If you were not drunk, a simple test would have proved it. Add lying, to your sack of shit.

Pharma. The cost of addiction is – you guessed it – i shoulda seen it comiing – bankruptcy! It’s a mere few billions to escape all liability for the addictions you caused and the lives you ruined. You escaped your own death penalty for now and you will live out life in luxury lamenting the fact that you were caught. But, then, you never paid, in full. Drug lords! gone free.

Some days, I feel helpless in the face of the news of the day. Whether or not you agree, when is it, that the good guys win one? Truth? Justice? People slip away. Where is karma?


Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Controversy: child pornography or sex abuse of a child? Background: This album cover for Nirvana was shot in a pool. And many decades later the subject is suing for monetary compensation for child abuse. See the penis? It’s magnified – because water does that. Objects appear larger:

Objects in water appear larger than objects in the air. … The index of refraction for water is 1.33. This larger index of refraction for water means that the angle the rays of light reach your eyes is larger in water than the angle would be in the air.

Sorry, dude, your dick wasn’t/ain’t that big.

You just can’t be too careful. Anything can be misconstrued. Innocent/guilty? I would prefer not to have a court involved. You, the reader, can judge for yourself, here. Guilty or innocent? Was the point of the photo on the “cover” to depict and infant penis? Me? (I don’t think that was the case, but…) There but for the grace of …

Example: My daughter had a “sleepover.” … four or five little girls about 7 or 8 years old. Katherine got up around midnight while I was banging around on my computer upstairs. She told me she could not sleep; I gave her a glass of milk. Asking her what else she did at home, she responded that her father got in bed with her to hold her. As I was headed to do the same – lightbulb! warning! – I veered into my bedroom and roused my wife awake; you gotta go put Katherine back to bed. And, to be sure, I made it a point to tell her parents that Katherine had had trouble sleeping. Nope! This egg did not fall from a tall chicken. My point? I just wanted to clarify that objects in water appear larger.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, was first published in Henry G. Bohn’s A Hand-book of Proverbs in 1855


So close

I gotta a question that will make Fox news drool. Why? If we have now killed a planner of the Afghan attack, why, oh why, did we not kill him before that attack? And, Fox would say we should’a killed him when he was a little bitty baby. What if… how did they know, and, how did they know where to find him so quickly? Yes, we cannot reveal sources and methods. Did we just kill someone and say it was him? Sorry to be cynical, but, I “been” lied to before.

Whack a mole!! Is this familiar? Another day, another lie. It’s not easy to kill “shit.” It’s easy to get it on your shoe if you don’t pay attention. Nope, trump didn’t kill shit either. A lie from a liar, how novel is that?

“In January 2020, Mr. Trump again bragged about having destroyed “100 percent of ISIS and its territorial caliphate.” He also said that before Mr. al-Baghdadi was killed, he had been “trying again to rebuild the ISIS caliphate and failed.”

Clearly, it was not 100 percent.” NYT


Do no harm

primum non nocere. This means “above all, do no harm.” … Hippocrates

It might do well for some physicians among us to pay heed to the lies they spread. WTF. These docs are dishonestly turning a profit on misinformation to gain fame and fortune. It is indeed unfortunate that the lies lead to infection and death from Covid.

We cannot stop the lies of Fox news who proffers horse pill remedies as treatment. I have seen much suffering and needless sickness leading to death. There are too many ways that social media aids in spreading falsehood. Media outlets like Fox openly tout lies for television audience and profit.

And now, there are physicians among us with fame on social media who are spreading lies. I do not understand anyone (any physician) whose lies result in death is not pursued and thrown out of the profession. I took an oath…


Did you miss the 411?

My post yesterday had technical problems. Eh? It happens to us all. Lots of people are skeptical of the Covid vaccine. Why? All the other mandatory childhood vaccines are good. Ya gotta have ’em in order to go to school. Maybe you’re special. Or, maybe you’re dumb? Abbott got his – the vaccine and covid and monoclonal antibodies. There’s a lot of contradiction right there! WTF. 45? The would be trump – had covid (hospitalized!!) and monoclonal antibodies and the vaccine. Right, do what he said not what he did! Note: three vaccinated US Senators just tested positive for covid. Karma! It’s come ’round to bite your ass. Alabama, Mississippi and all the other “red states” are feeling the weight of covid. Hospital beds are all full. Hospital beds are all full. Hospital beds are all full. Hospital beds are all full. NO ROOM AT THE INN!!!!

Someone once told me – at any given time, only 25% of people are listening to you. 411


Pushin’ up daisies

Get vaccinated! It’s a fact that vaccination helps. Death is up in low vaccination rate states. It’s fact. Karma. People are rushing to get 3rd vaccines – booster. Meanwhile, in poorly vaccinated states, ICU space has run out. Get sick, show up, wait – there are no hospital ICU beds. Do it! Get vaccinated! Or, you may be pushin’ up daisies. I REPEAT! WE OUT OF ICU BEDS!

Can you read? How about look at pictures? Look! Covid infection hot spots vs low vaccination rate states. It matches. You may choose to ignore facts. That may result in sickness and death.

Yeah! Do what I say, not what I do. Abbott had the vaccine. He got covid. He got monoclonal antibodies. Yeah! The bastard! He didn’t do what his mouth said.