Thursday, June 30, 2022

Who Knew MAGA Voters Were Fentanyl Addicts?

A candidate for office in Ohio (you’ll recognize the political party any second) has come up with an interesting accusation: he claims President Joseph Biden is trying to kill off MAGA voters.

How, you ask? Well, according to this guy, the dastardly deed is being achieved due to the current border policies whereby Mexican drug lords send their minions into the country with truck loads of fentanyl. These minions drive their trucks into the heartland of the USA and sell fentanyl to unsuspecting MAGA voters.

These voters take the fentanyl and die!


The candidate claims :“If you wanted to kill a bunch of MAGA voters in the middle of the heartland, how better than to target them and their kids with this deadly fentanyl?”


Yikes.


I’m sure the MAGA voters in other parts of the USA are heaving a sigh of relief, happy to hear only Midwestern MAGA voters are being targeted.


I think this dude is trying to enflame MAGA voter support with the implication that if he were in Washington, D.C., he’d put an immediate stop to these shenanigans.


It appears he’s trying to appeal to the MAGA base, but then again, isn’t he sort of saying MAGA voters who live in the “middle of the heartland” are all drug addicts? Will they even be able to find their designated voting site?


I heard many of these conspiracy theory guys hold their very own MAGA folks in contempt. Why? Because the guys who spew these theories are amazed at how easy it is to lead their followers down any number of dark conspiracy theory rabbit holes.


Since the guy claiming MAGA voters are drug addicts won the Republican primary, it does make one wonder about the IQ factor of MAGA voters. I mean, this guy basically said if you wave fentanyl in the face of a MAGA voter they’ll buy it and become addicted.


I don’t even live in Ohio and I’m not even a MAGA voter, but I still thought this type of campaigning called the intelligence of MAGA supporters into question.


Speaking of questions, I had a bunch:


Do the Mexican truck driver minions make front door deliveries?


How do they know where to take the trucks?


Do they have a master list of MAGA voters to use as a guide for deliveries?


Then again, how do they know to target only MAGA voters?


How many conspiracy theories does the average MAGA voter have?


Where do these theories come from?


Is there a company whose sole purpose is to create conspiracy theories for the members of this political party?


How much does a conspiracy theory cost?


So many questions, so few answers.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Did You Have Your Glass of Raw Sewage, er, Water Today?

If you haven’t heard of raw water, it’s pretty much what you think it is. Untreated, unfiltered, unsterilized water. Those who drink it collect it from springs or they pay for bottles of water someone says they collected from “natural” sources.

Those on the raw water train believe raw water is healthier than water from the tap or bottled water. This is the same raw water that provided 19th century Americans with the average life span of 40 years. Treated water, on the other hand, has given 21st century Americans an average life span of 75 years.


Lately I’ve been feelings as if I fell into a Charles Dickens novel. It’s as if all the great medical advances we’ve made against diseases has gone down the drain–where a lot of the causes of those diseases live.


People, especially those living in more modern countries, have access to all sorts of medical miracles that have prolonged their lives. Why, they even get to keep all their teeth these days. But for many of them, it’s as if some fairy godmother sprinkled wellness dust over this country and centuries of medical science had nothing to do with it.


I know a lot of people are distrustful of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the truth is a political party took them hostage and politicians and pundits who have never spent one moment studying diseases discredited the most prestigious public health organization in the world.


Back to raw water.


Any camper with sense knows the CDC’s cautions about drinking untreated water are true, or else why would a camper take along water purification tablets when they camp?


So when the CDC says that “while water flowing in streams and rivers of the backcountry might look pure, it can still be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and chemical contaminants,” they are telling the truth. The agency warns that drinking contaminated water can increase the risk of developing certain infectious diseases caused by pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, and norovirus, in addition to others.”


The CDC also warns about drinking raw water because all sorts of animal species pee and poo in various raw water sources. Then there’s the chemical contaminants which leech through the soil to the spring water.


So, here’s the raw water aficionado at the mouth of a spring filling up bottles with tasty raw water. Problem is, the mouth of the spring is not the source of the water in the spring. The mouth is the end of a long journey the water took to get there. The raw water aficionado has no idea what percolated into the water during its journey.


It’s just hard to believe there are people who have access to safe drinking water, but prefer to drink from streams. Too bad we can’t take that raw water person’s quota of treated water and give it to someone who has no access to clean water.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Tippy Toes: A Tale of Stiletto Heels

I have a much younger friend who loves shoes and has Lord only knows how many pairs. Since she’s young and fashionable, she latched onto stiletto heels–the ones invented in the 1950s that women get tricked into wearing every other generation. I can’t figure out why anyone would want to spend the day walking on their tippy toes, but women all over the world have decided it’s a great idea.


Fashion has sort of left me in the dust as the old age clock keeps ticking and comfort becomes more important. If it weren’t for television, I wouldn’t even know about guys like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, or Jimmy Choo who make those expensive, high high heels for women.



Funny enough, if you check out photos of those men, you won’t find any of them tippy toeing around in high high heels. Their feet are encased in comfortable, handmade shoes bought with all the profit they’ve made off of maiming women’s feet. Since they’re all older gents, I doubt they wear those heels even when at home alone.


Back to the Fashionista Friend


But I’m getting diverted from my story. Back to my fashionista friend. She was clickety clacking down the stairs at work one day when she tripped–surprise–and ended up on the floor with a broken ankle.


Now maybe she would have broken her ankle no matter what she was wearing when she fell, but would she have fallen if she’d been wearing sensible, flat shoes? If she hadn’t been teetering on her toes, would she have had better balance and not fallen in the first place?


Still, she’s young and entitled to be foolish about fashion even if she’ll have to pay a high price as she ages. And she will eventually pay. Medical research shows that wearing high high heels contributes to a host of permanent health problems. Not only are a woman’s toes bent in an unnatural position, the shoes redistribute body weight incorrectly. Nerve damage, bunions, injured leg muscles, irreversible damage to leg tendons, osteoarthritis of the knee, low back pain, muscle spasms–what fun lurks around the corner for these gals.


Is Running Possible in Stilettos?


Not only fun lurks around corners, what about a lurking ex-boyfriend or spouse or just some weirdo? Her body is screaming flight, but her shoes are screaming WHAT? Try as I might, I can’t imagine a woman running away from a bad guy in those shoes. Even if she kicks them off, will she be able to run on her now damaged feet or legs contorted with ruined muscles?


Just wondering.


Frankly, I’m glad I was too young for those shoes when they originally appeared and too smart when they returned. Staying flat suits me fine.

 

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Killing Folks With Disinformation

Who would have ever thought an American political party would use biological warfare to kill off its own citizens?


Yep. I’m talking about the Republican leaders.


Biological warfare? Tish tosh. Don’t be silly. Those Republican politicians and pundits are just telling it like it is. That we have a right not to wear a mask. That all those infectious disease doctors don’t know a thing. This virus is just like the flu.


Well, let’s look at the definition of biological warfare: It uses microorganisms as weapons.


And what are microorganisms? Hmmmmm, microscopic viruses, fungi, or bacteria.


The key word here being microscopic–tiny, little, bitty organisms that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Which is why they went undiscovered until the microscope was invented in the 1600s.


You may think calling it biological warfare is extreme, but what other label fits the politicians and pundits who advocate letting a killer virus rampage through the country? The USA is approaching 1,000,000 deaths from this benign-isn’t-a-threat-don’t-bother-to-wear-a mask-or-get-a-vaccine virus.


Twenty-four months ago we hadn’t even heard of COVID19. Now a million citizens are dead from it.


This number includes 1,000 children under the age of 17. Let’s not forget the children who survive a COVID19 infection only to suffer multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Thus, the disinformation campaign is killing or seriously hurting kids, too.


And can anything be done to prevent this virus from ravaging our country? Just simple steps like: get vaccinated, wash your hands, and wear a mask. How hard is that?  


Way hard apparently.


Rather than get a free vaccine, wash hands, or wear a mask, folks would prefer to pretend the virus doesn’t exist and resume a “normal” life. Where normal means a preventable virus can at any time end one’s life.


Then again, viruses have been around since humans showed up on earth and the human race survived, right? Of course, the knowledge of how to prevent the viruses didn’t exist until modern times. No, back in the good old days when there were no vaccines, folks just got sick and either got well or died.


I guess that’s how the Republican party sees our future. We’ll co-exist with COVID. A percentage of people will die, others will have debilitating lifelong effects, others will recover.


Just like the flu.


Except the COVID death toll leaves the flu death toll in the dust. If COVID were no worse than the flu, 72,000 deaths would have occurred in two years, not nearly a million. It would take about 25 years of flu deaths to equal two years of COVID deaths.


Not just like the flu.


From a political party standpoint, one has to wonder why the Republicans have chosen the path of disinformation. A path that ends up killing more of their supporters than anyone else because these folks are more likely not to take any steps to curtail the spread of this benign-isn’t-a-threat-don’t-bother-to-wear-a mask-or-get-a-vaccine virus.


Why won’t they take these steps? Because politicians and pundits they know and trust have repeatedly told them not to worry.


Statistically, more people who vote for Republican office holders have NOT gotten a COVID vaccine, while most people who vote for Democratic office holders have gotten the vaccine.


Sooooo, these political leaders and pundits are killing off their own party? And their party’s children? I wonder which political party will survive a virus that doesn’t care who you vote for.


Perhaps the Republican should adopt this motto: Don’t let COVID change your lifestyle, let COVID end it.