Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

NOT BORED YET

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OK, looking like Trump’s coup attempt, or whatever one wants to call his attempt to deny he lost the election and go on to a second term … is pretty much over. Looking like we’ve hit the Watergate phase here. Trump will be shuffled off the stage like Nixon, pardoning people left and right. Ho hum. Or ho hum to me, I’ve certainly had enough of the man. Unless there is some new great perfidy, I’m gonna start phasing out my Trump coverage. The Trump era is fading.

A shame really. He had half the country in his thrall. And then with the arrival of Covid-19, he was handed an opportunity few leaders ever face. A horrifying attack on America, an attack all Americans would rise to resist. The likes of Pearl Harbor or 9/11. That’s what Covid-19 was, an enemy that wanted to kill millions of Americans. An attack that was utterly apolitical, it transcended politics. If Trump in March had donned a mask and led a science based response to Covid-19, the GOP and his base would have followed. And far far fewer Americans would be dead, and Trump would have been triumphantly reelected.

Yeah, didn’t happen. This goes into it: The Rise (and Fall?) of Trump’s Viral Death Cult. Oh well, we’ll see what happens next. The Covid-19 death toll will hit at least 500,000 before it’s under control late next year. If all goes well. Biden will try to reestablish the pre-Trump international order. He may or may not succeed. Covid-19 and Trump have changed everything. That was Trump’s, and by extension his followers, great failing. They didn’t understand that Covid-19 was real, not some libtard plot. In the weird alternate universe the GOP has been building since the McCarthy era, everything by the opposition is some subversive commie plot to destroy America.

Great strategy politically, always ends badly when it collides with reality. And here we are, the economy trashed, the pandemic out of control, the rich looting like there’s no tomorrow. We’ll see how it falls out, but still going with “This isn’t going to end well.” I suppose that applies to everything if one steps back far enough.

So this was the first day in months where I felt physically OK and not more than usual worried about imminent death. IE gee, I can get myself a “I beat cancer” T-shirt. Yeah, no. Looking like a mild winter here in Northern Iowa. Hoping it extends to other realms. My dreams have been freaking intense lately, like a second life. Stay safe and sane everyone. Comments, questions, suggestions, etc. appreciated.#StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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(Image: Nixon’s farewell address to the White House staff. Public Domain under US copyright law.)

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November 25, 2020 at 8:37 pm

BIDEN WON BY A LANDSLIDE, THE WOW SIGNAL, AND OTHER RANDOM NEWS OF THE DAY

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Well, when all is said and done, Biden won by a landslide. The only winner this century with a higher margin was Obama’s win in 2008. Biden easily won by a much higher margin than Trump won by in 2016. And Trump had no problem claiming his 2016 win was a landslide, so he’s hoist by his own petard. Granted many of his followers think Trump was cheated out of the election, frankly though, being that out of touch with reality must be a crippling condition. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

In other news, Trump gave a bizarre 63 second(!) press conference where he appeared to take credit for a record high stock market. Since he had predicted the stock market would tank if Biden was elected, it’s certainly odd. I actually find the whole stock market thing infuriating. A record high stock market means the upward transfer of wealth is reaching record highs. IE great news for the rich, not so great for the rest of us. In point of fact the poverty rate has been spiking while the rich are wallowing in ever more wealth. It’s also a sign (along with almost fawning mainstream coverage of Biden) that the rich and corporate America are thrilled with Biden.

There was a time when what was good for GM was good for America. Back when the minimum wage was a living wage, and good union jobs were plentiful. Those days are long gone, and until there’s a revolution, I can’t see them coming back. Greedy rich people control America now, and have created a horrible culture. The story of the 737 Max is a fantastic example of this, well, sickness. Where everything, including human life, is sacrificed in pursuit of higher stock prices and executive bonuses: Boeing’s 737 Max Is a Saga of Capitalism Gone Awry.

In other parts of our galaxy, a candidate source for the “Wow!” signal has been proposed. The “Wow!” signal was a brief but strong repeating radio signal picked up by a radio telescope in 1977. They were in fact scanning for alien radio transmissions. It was a strong signal, a scientist examining the computer printout circled it and wrote “Wow!” next to it. It never repeated, and no source for it was ever identified. Well, that was 1977, we have much better star maps now. A scientist realized this, took a new more accurate look in the direction the signal came from, and found a star very similar to the Sun: Sun-Like Star Identified As the Potential Source of the Wow! Signal

Yeah, kind of a long shot, we have no reason to believe there’s anything special about the Sun. Nonetheless, can’t hurt to take a much closer look at this star. We can listen for transmissions on many levels, and search for planets. It’s only 1800 light years away, that’s next door astronomically speaking. Hypothetically, if it was aliens, they sent the signal 1800 years ago, and their knowledge of Earth was as it was 3600 years ago. And, well, humans were building cities by then, great agricultural civilizations had arisen. From 1800 light years away, the changes that made in Earth’s atmosphere might well have been detectable.

And if they are watching us still, they’re seeing Earth as it was around the year 200. Septimus Severas was Caesar of Rome, I’m sure I’ve written about him before. An amazing character and life. Leading armies until his sixties, when bad English food and weather killed him. The Mayan Civilization was just beginning. Japan, China, India were all broken up into warring states. Hell, there were thousands of nations around the world, the Roman Empire was a complete anomaly at the time.

Back on Earth today: Evangelical Doctors’ Group Pleads With Churches To Stay Home. Not quite sure when evangelicals went off the deep end, the ones I knew in the 70s were cool. Good to see some of them still are rooted in reality. God would no more want his followers to hold services in an open field during a lightning storm than he wants them to gather in groups during a plague. God made reality for us to live in, and he wants us to follow its rules. Don’t play in traffic, don’t swim in shark infested mustard, don’t gather in groups during a pandemic. Same thing applies to Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving leftovers won’t taste as good if you’re on a ventilator,’ health department warns.

At least there’s some promising vaccine news: We Have Several Vaccines for COVID – Now What? With an incoming president who is actually going to fight Covid-19, by late 2021 things should be looking up. Knock on wood. Stay safe everyone. Comments, questions, likes, shares appreciated. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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(Image: A scan of a color copy of the original 1977 computer printout. Credit: Credit: Big Ear Radio Observatory and North American AstroPhysical Observatory (NAAPO). Copyright: This image is ineligible for copyright! The first time ever I came across an image like that, learn something new every day.)

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November 24, 2020 at 8:24 pm

TRUMP’S TOAST

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Maybe it’s just the joy of surviving surgery, and cancer, which does weigh on a man … but I’m thinking Trump is toast at this point. He’s been foiled at every turn in his increasingly desperate attempt to rewrite the election as a Trump win. Sorry Mr Trump, but a sharpie and an army of sycophants can’t change reality, Biden won the election. Sorry Ernest*, your guy lost, deal with it.

160 New York business leaders weighed in for transitioning to Biden. Basically the rich and powerful, the “made” people in the global corporate empire, who Trump has always aspired to be one of … have rejected him. He’s toast. Let me expound. The people that own everything are in a class by themselves. It’s not organized like say the Mafia, but in many ways it’s the same. Trump’s not welcome at the top, it’s over.

In other good news, Oxford seems to have developed a vaccine that will be easy to deploy anywhere, and at cost, which is minimal. This isn’t the best article, but close enough. There’s no such thing as “Big Pharma,” nonetheless the idea that the profit motive is the best way to motivate people is sick and wrong. Short version, we appear to have a vaccine that we can easily deploy anywhere, which gives us a shot at global victory over Covid-19.

And that’s what is required. Once again for those in the back, Covid-19 is not a new cold or flu. I know some long haulers, all Americans will (or will get to experience it themselves) as the virus rages out of control while the POTUS simultaneously ignores it, prevents the incoming Biden administration from coordinating with federal health agencies, and goes golfing. Most diseases only affect part of the body, colds/flues are limited to the upper respiratory tract. Covid-19 goes EVERYWHERE, I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything quite like it: Puzzling, often debilitating after-effects plaguing COVID-19 “long-haulers”.

Oh, Covid-19 is actually real. Many people predicted that since it was a Democratic hoax to make Trump look bad, it would magically disappear after the election! This would be like someone thinking in the US election of 1940 that the Nazi conquest of Poland and France was some sort of hoax, and would magically disappear after the election. Yes, it’s that fucking stupid. And Ted Cruz was a big proponent of same. Wrong Ted, Covid-19 is real.

Aside from my optimistic prediction that Trump will indeed be dragged from the stage, we’re not out of the woods yet. There’s still a lot of politics and wishful thinking poisoning America’s response to Covid-19, and there’s every reason to believe it will continue to explode. I’ll be straight up, I’ll bet before it’s over Covid-19 kills at least one person out of every three hundred, at least a million dead Americans.

In other words, we need to eradicate this disease. Any other option is mass death and disablement and economic carnage on a global scale. This is an object lesson for global warming, another threat that needs to be eradicated to avoid the same fate. Just the timeline is different. Will we pass either test? Damned if I know, but at least Biden acknowledges they are real threats.

I can live with that. So will a lot of people. Bye Don. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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(Image: Facebook grab, used without permission, claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Terminator 2, Judgement Day. Great movie, everyone should see it.)

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November 23, 2020 at 8:23 pm

TRUMP SKIPS COVID-19 G20 SUMMIT, PLAYS GOLF INSTEAD

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November 22, 1963. President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Only US president to be assassinated in my lifetime, a huge deal at the time. I was only six though, and either wasn’t living in the US yet, or had just barely moved there. I do seem to recall a funeral on TV that was a big deal, maybe we moved to the US right after the assasination? I do remember a few months later the Beatles arriving in the USA, though I was confused, why were some beetles from England such a big deal? Even at six I was socially isolated, a life skill that serves me well to this day.

I still have piles of memories from then though. I’ve met folks who can’t remember their childhood, not me. This first place we lived in America we stayed for 1 ½ years, an apartment in Pearl River, New York. I could write a book alone about just that year and a half. Highlights include my first concussion (getting hit in the head with a rock was a common childhood experience then, the pre nerf ball generation,) a kid who brought a real gun to play gunfights, and my best friend burning to death. The lost world as I call it, it only lives on in memories, and mostly the memories of the young at the time.

Back to the present, Trump mostly skipped a G20 virtual summit on the global Covid-19 crisis, opting to play golf for part of it. If Obama had done that while more than an American a minute was dying of Covid-19, the screams of outrage from the GOP would have been overheard and recorded in numerous locations in Canada. Still, true to form for Trump. He’s pretty much abandoned America’s position of leadership in the world. Like pulling out of the WHO during a global pandemic. Great, OK, if we grant that the WHO wasn’t doing a good job, what’s the alternative? Trump’s got nothing.

That’s kinda where we’re at now, the GOP has been the party of “Nope!” since Obama got elected. Got an alternative to the ACA (Obamacare?) Nope. Got an alternative to the Iran Nuclear deal? Nope. The Paris Climate Agreement? Nope. I could go on, but why bother. The modern GOP knows what it hates and wants out of, real world policies to replace what they are pulling out of, nope. If making America an outsider and pariah on the world stage was what Trumpers wanted, they won! America the isolated, scorned, and pitied.

Reviewing the news for last minute notes, I see the fellow that popularized the “Ice bucket Challenge” has passed. ALS is a horrible disease. As my dad said when my stepmom was diagnosed with it, at least it’s a disease “uncomplicated by hope.” Even if one doesn’t die, most do, the small number that don’t are still very disabled for life. Think Stephen Hawking. My dad also said, not original: “Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” His father (my grandfather) outlived three wives. My dad hoped marrying a woman 20 years younger would avoid that fate. Oh well, RIP Patrick and Ursula.

Final Doug’s Darkworld comment. Yeah, it’s great when some charitable endeavour results in money flowing to some good cause. The problem is, there’s no shortage of money. The modern world is rich beyond any caesar’s dreams, industrialization and modern science has yielded wealth almost uncountable. There’s easily enough wealth to address all of the world’s problems, including ALS. Instead, because of the unfathomable greed of the world’s rich and powerful, we live in a world where the charity of the poor and working class is touted as the “only” solution to such things as world hunger, ALS, and all the rest. It’s sick and wrong.

We never left the Garden of Eden, that’s a lie perpetuated by those who want the garden’s wealth for themselves. Christianity is a religion for slaves, as a lost friend put it. Stay safe everyone; comments, likes, shares appreciated. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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(Image: Kennedy minutes before his murder. Credit: Walt Cisco, Dallas Morning News. He let the copyright expire in 1991, now Public Domain under US copyright law.)

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November 22, 2020 at 8:45 pm

“THERE ARE NO ADULTS”

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After reading this article, Analysis | A vindictive Trump seeks to undermine Biden’s presidency, I realize we are in for a repeat of the Obama presidency. Basically four to eight years of the GOP claiming Biden isn’t the legitimate president, and obstructing him in every way while working hard on the state level to deprive poor people and minorities of their vote. This isn’t governing, this isn’t politics, it’s basically crime family gang warfare. It’s just grotesque, a mockery of government. All the while screaming that the Democrats want to destroy America, oblivious to the fact that they are making America ungovernable, and they are crippling all efforts to solve America’s problems. A party of spoilt children who refuse to play the game unless they get to make up all the rules.

And Trump is doing everything in his power to hand over a giant steaming pile of hurt to Biden on January 20th. Icing on the shit cake really, just the Covid catastrophe he is leaving Biden is going to be a nightmare. And before Biden even finishes his inaugural address, the GOP will have magically realized Covid is a monster and Biden is to blame. No doubt “Biden’s Covid death Toll” sites are already waiting to launch. As Voltaire said, paraphrased, once one gets people to believe in absurdities, it’s easy to get them to commit atrocities. And the right has definitely come to believe in absurdities. They think anyone not supporting Trump and the GOP is a stupid libtard who wants to destroy America, open the borders, and surrender to our enemies overseas. The libtards also want to take away everyone’s guns, install a communist government, and outlaw Christianity and Christmas. Yes, people believe this stupid shit, I know some of them personally.

It’s depressing as hell. On a personal level, while my surgery is healing up nicely (I’m gonna have a wicked badass scar under my eye, I’m going to tell people I got it in a knife fight,) I appear to have picked up a head cold. At least I sure hope it’s a head cold. So I’m pretty miserable, and don’t know how much longer I can write before collapsing into Nyquil dreams. I hope to sleep at least, I didn’t get much last night. On the plus side, I made a nice pot of fish chowder today. OK, what links I have left:

This was an interesting article: What Trump Showed Us About America – POLITICO. A number of academics weighing in on what they have learned about America during the Trump years. That Trump is so popular among so many Americans really has come as a shock to a lot of people. Me, not so much. I moved to the hinterlands partly because I was dismayed by some of the elitist attitudes of coastal liberals. “Flyover states” is the elitist liberal version of “libtards.”

America, the failing state. It doesn’t have to be this way, I guess we got the government we deserved? We were likely the best prepared nation on the planet to face something like Covid-19. Granted we had flaws, Covid-19 was going to hurt, but still: Opinion | How America could have fought covid-19 better. That leads into the whole nightmare American health care system, the shame of the developed world. Again, there’s no reason for it to be this way other than corporate greed and fostered ignorance: Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year.

I dunno. Climate of scarcity thinking has been fostered in America. The idea that there’s only so much wealth to go around, so that helping people means others suffer. The idea that if we raise wages, why, fewer jobs! Basically a huge number of Americans don’t understand that America is mind numbingly wealthy, and could easily provide working class and poor Americans with a vastly higher standard of living. It would mean cutting back on our obscene military spending, and actually taxing the people who have hoarded more wealth than they could spend in multiple lifetimes. It’s crazy really: Opinion | Is This Where We Are, America?

Lastly, in the “The stupid, it burns” file: Parents Tried to Cover Up a ‘Superspreader’ Dance. Disaster Ensued. Yes, parents, large numbers of them, people who claim to be adults, arranged a big High School dance in complete defiance of Covid-19 restrictions. Shit like this is a huge part of the reason Covid-19 is out of control in America. Maybe the main reason: Superspreader Events Played a Key Role in Igniting The Current Pandemic Globally. As my friend and mentor Sally said about contemporary America: “There are no adults.”

Stay safe everyone. Comments, likes, shares appreciated. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 21, 2020 at 7:42 pm

NO THANKSGIVING TURKEY FOR ME, POST ELECTION CRAZINESS CONTINUES, AND THE IMPERIAL DISEASE

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Here I was looking forward to Thanksgiving, and then I read this: Op-Ed: Thanksgiving is a tradition. It’s also a lie. I find the logic pretty persuasive. I wouldn’t participate in a Confederate flag waving parade or hanging black people in effigy no matter how traditional they were. Sigh. Growing up never ends. One would hope at least.

Let’s see, after meeting with Trump the Michigan lawmakers decided to stick with the law. Michigan goes to Biden by a comfortable margin. Georgia just certified Biden. Trump’s thin chances of overturning the election results in his favor just went from slim to microscopic. Trump continues to insist he was cheated out of winning, and his administration continues to refuse to coordinate with the incoming Biden administration. Unprecedented in American history.

Trump is also making all sorts of last minute global maneuvers to either box Biden in, or leave him with problems. An understated little side play in the war, while America is consumed with Trump’s election denial antics and an exploding pandemic that is killing thousands a day now. One person out of every 1,000 in North Dakota has died of Covid-19 now. If this was happening on Obama’s watch, the outraged screams from Trump supporters would echo across the Universe. Instead, they’re upset that California’s governor flouted his own virus guidelines. I digress.

The war, the one war. Started in the mid eighth century BC when Rome conquered its neighboring town, Caenina. That’s when the war started, the one the US is still waging today. Wait, what? That’s my theory on when what I call “The Imperial Disease” started. There were plenty of wars before and after that, but based on variations of “Kill them and take their land.” The Imperial Disease is the idea that you march in and say “You’re all Romans now!” Rome conquered most of Europe and environs, broke apart, but its parts continued to express the disease, finally cooperating to conquer the entire world in the so-called “age of discovery.” Where they discovered there was a whole world waiting to be claimed in the name of Rome!

Jesus, Rome, same difference. One of the symptoms of the disease is that people so afflicted think it’s normal and proper for their armies to run other countries. That’s why the US has been in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years with nary a domestic peep. Spending staggering sums of money, not insignificant amounts of American lives and blood, to prop up a quisling government that will evaporate when we leave. But, you know, freedom and democracy flow from our cruise missiles!

Sigh. One of Trump’s few good points was his questioning America’s enormously expensive overseas empire. Granted he pretty much didn’t do crap to downsize it, but maybe if he pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan now like he is threatening, we’ll learn something. We’ll learn that us pulling out of there was like pulling one’s hand from a bucket of water, the water stays right there unchanged. Gee, maybe we didn’t need to stick our hand in there in the first place?

Yeah, I’m reaching. I still think we’re screwed. See above image. In local news, I continue to recover from cancer surgery. And I got a new patron! Woohoo! Thanks! Stay safe everyone. Comments, suggestions, shares appreciated.#StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 20, 2020 at 7:37 pm

SOME ARE CALLING IT SEDITION

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Sedition. Noun: sedition; plural noun: seditions

“Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.”

At this point Trump’s attempts to subvert the results of the election certainly cross the line into sedition. This is what really did it for me: Trump summons Michigan GOP leaders for extraordinary meeting. No one knows what they are going to discuss, but since Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of GOP lawmakers overturning their states’ election results and giving their electoral votes to Trump, it’s not hard to guess.

Trump is still maintaining that some sort of massive election fraud cost him the election. He has provided no evidence. Every lawsuit he has filed has failed. Georgia finished their recount, Biden won. This was not a close election, but Trump continues to act as if the election was stolen and he will remain president, utterly refusing to even begin the usual transition to the next administration. It’s not a plot though, Trump and his followers live in an alternate reality. I was forced to listen to a snippet from a recent Trump rally in Arizona. He claimed at great length how Biden planned to “eliminate the border” and just let people freely flow into the US.

This is so divorced from reality one hardly knows where to begin. It’s more or less claiming Biden is secretly a potted plant wearing a human suit. It’s that effing stupid. That’s what we’re up against now. A lame duck president who lives in an imaginary reality, and has sucked tens of millions of Americans into it. Folie à deux on steroids. That’s when two or more people go insane together and share the same delusional reality. Trump simply can’t grasp he has lost the election, his niece has a cogent take on it: Mary Trump: The president ‘gaslights himself’ — and is stuck believing there’s no way he could have lost.

I particularly liked “Donald does not strategize,” Mary explained. No, he doesn’t. Oh, epiphany time. This is why Trump, like Hitler, so devastatingly destroyed his parallel contemporaries. Trump took over the GOP not because he was a brilliant strategist, but because he actually believed the political speil he was espousing. Hitler’s rise in Germany’s right political sphere was the same, powerful politicians thought they could benefit from this political outsider, only to be sidelined, co-opted, or eliminated as Hitler’s alternate reality infected their base.

Trump is not a politician, he’s a man who believes he’s anointed by the Gods. Usually such people don’t go far in life. Sometimes due to a confluence of unlikely factors, they change history. This is one of those times. What a time to be alive. The Trumpers don’t realize they aren’t living in consensus reality anymore. And most anti Trumpers don’t understand that either. We have two conflicting consensus realities in mainstream America now.

Amidst the worst pandemic in generations, if not centuries. One out of every 1000 North Dakotans has died of Covid-19 now. No surprise, the states that took the least precautions are now the hardest hit. Might make one out of every 500 by winter’s end. Winter is coming gentle reader.

Stay safe everyone. For the folks who may have missed it, Covid-19 is a horrible frightening new disease the likes of which we have never seen before, and everyone should do everything in their power to avoid getting and spreading it. Anyone who says otherwise is lying or deluded.

#StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

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The blog title is a truism that was popular in 78 or so, stuck up for inspiration in offices everywhere. The seventies was an odd decade. Aren’t they all I suppose? Truism or no, got through the reconstructive surgery today with no complications so far, and after recuperation, boy, do indeed have a lot of possibilities. First though, thank God for modern medicine. That’s a figure of speech. Many thanks to the hard working dedicated people who practice medicine in the US, especially during these trying times.

And they are trying times: Health-care workers are desperate for Americans to listen: ‘We didn’t go to nursing school to be martyrs’. And this: Covid-19 Live Updates: The Virus Has Now Killed 250,000 People in the U.S. 250,000 dead, the worst case scenario Dr Fauci suggestested last March. One American out of every 1300 dead. And no end in sight. Someone asked me what my plans are now that I seem to have beaten cancer? I plan to live through the coming winter from Covid hell, then I’ll reassess.

And keep blogging. While the country continues to self immolate. Self immolate as in the GOP spent decades promoting science denial and false arguments in defence of political positions. Though generally special interests disguised as political positions. With stunning success, half of the freaking country now understands neither science nor logic. And what happens when those people confront something like Covid-19 which absolutely requires a rational science based response? That was a rhetorical question.

Anyhow, now I am thankful to still be writing. Thankful to the readers who have expressed support. Looking forward to new things, like the cat above. But mostly just exhausted from two surgeries in three days. Planning to sleep soundly. Take care everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 18, 2020 at 6:37 pm

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE PERSONAL TUNNEL

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The hospital called today, the first good news in awhile. The pathologist has looked things over, and they believe they removed all the cancer yesterday. Woohoo! So reconstructive surgery tomorrow, and if that goes well, I might be blogging for years to come! Front row seats to the collapse of the American Empire. And hell, Covid may get me yet, but sure doing what I can to avoid it. And speaking of personal tunnels, that’s me in 1978 or so. Me and my friends made a hobby of exploring old mines. One can see from the photo, not exactly up to modern codes. How the hell I survived my youth is still a mystery to me. Oh, Jenny Lee Mine, near Vernon, Nevada. A ghost town. Second pic this page is actually the tailings of the Jenny Lee, the entrance I’m coming out of is just off the right edge of the photo.

Thank you for listening to my TED Talk. Short post tonight, I have to be at the hospital at 530am. Today’s links and news: A scientist weighs in on Trump and company’s, well, toddlerism: Following the Rules. It really is that simple, Trump lost the election fair and square, and is now trying to change the rules to make it so he won. Pathetic. Now Trump’s firing election officials who pointed out Trump’s claims of voter fraud are completely unsubstantiated. God only knows how the cult of Trump is going to end, but as long as Trump is around, that’s what the GOP has become: The Republican Party Is Dead. It’s the Trump Cult Now.

Fun times. Former Secret Service agents speculating about having to drag Trump from the White House. This long and depressing article in the NYT: Why the 2020 Election Makes It Hard to Be Optimistic About the Future. Still, two exciting new vaccines, but not a magic bullet: The Latest Vaccine News Doesn’t Tell the Full Story. And of course, we still have dinosaurs: ‘Dueling dinosaurs’ fossils show Triceratops, T. rex, may have died after a battle.

One last link before I stagger off to bed. I’ll probably miss the bed on the first few tries, being able to see out of only one eye is confusing. Interesting article, basically posits that humans and Neanderthals warred for over 100,000 years. Makes sense I guess. Sadly it might explain why racism and “othering” come so easy to humans. The “other tribe” was wiped out tens of thousands of years ago, but we’re still fighting. Sadly against our own now.

Stay safe and sane everyone.#StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm

SURVIVED THE FIRST ROUND OF SURGERIES!

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Woohoo, survived the first surgery! Still kicking! And writing! At least no one said “Oops” or “Oh my God, what the hell is that?” during the surgery, that has to be good, right? I refused a general anesthetic on the grounds that one should always refuse such if possible. Why add another layer of Russian roulette to the mix? And I was able to keep my eyes closed during most of it, and the few times I wasn’t, well, apparently surgery involves blood all over the place. I don’t recall that from House, Hollywood failed to prepare me for reality once again. Granted being only able to see out of one eye (the other being covered in bandages) is a bit of a hassle, but if that’s the worst that happens, all good.

Enough about me. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said after meeting William Wordsworth “He was very nice to me and let me hear his conversation.” I may have mangled that, but one gets the drift. So yeah, the pandemic is getting worse. Americans dying while screaming “It’s all a hoax!” I kid one nought: South Dakota ER nurse tells horrific stories of patients near death — and still denying COVID is real. And then this: Incarcerated Texans enlisted to work in county morgue as COVID-19 deaths overwhelm El Paso. Fun times.

Some states are trying to crack down again, Trump’s pet quack called for one state to “rise up” against new restrictions. He later “clarified” that he wasn’t “inciting violence.” So glad that’s cleared up. The state where a political kidnapping plot against the governor was foiled, and armed protestors entered government buildings to “protest.” I guess that’s all he was calling for, phew. I am sick of Covid snowflakes. Heard one whining online today “It’s been nine whole months! This can’t go on! Wah! Wah! Wah!’ OK, he didn’t literally say “Wah wah wah.” He was also commenting in a group where non-Trumpers aren’t allowed, so I couldn’t respond to his pathetic bleat. For the record, anyone “tired” of Covid-19 restrictions should stfu, they are as welcome as people saying we should have just  surrendered in 1942 or 1862, because nine months of war was too much of a bother.

Yeah, fighting a war is a bother, and sure as hell puts a strain on the economy. Surrendering or losing is going to be much more a bother and much harder on the economy. As Germany and Japan could attest in 1945. And of course people will die. Far more than need be as Trump’s increasingly bizarre refusal to admit he lost the election continues. Even Biden had no trouble saying it. It’s like living in a Salman Rushdie novel. (Magical realism being the connection.)

And Biden’s right, lives will be lost. This winter is going to be a nightmare in America by all indications. I admit my predictions about how bad it would get this summer were off. Covid-19 did slow down in the summer months combined with restrictions. And for reasons not yet fully understood, it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been in the undeveloped world. We’re not out of the woods yet though. Spending all day in medical facilities where everything revolved around preventing the spread of Covid-19 gave me a renewed appreciation of the gravity of the situation and why everyone should do their part to fight Covid-19.

They’re all crisis actors! I’ve been hoaxed! Snort. I’m guessing people spewing stuff like that don’t understand how fucking dumb they sound. Covid-19 has lowered my tolerance for human stupidity, with no end in sight. And I’m going to keep blogging about it, because people still aren’t getting it and blogging is what I do. Fighting for America on the beaches of the Internet so to speak. Stay safe everyone, have a good week. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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November 16, 2020 at 9:30 pm