Closing Thought–02Aug21

From the ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ files……

AS the pandemic ravages the world there have been a wealth of ‘snake oil’ salesmen that have pushed one faux cure over and over….even the leader of the free world pushed the idea of injections of bleach as a cure…..

I have read an equally stupid cure….

the Springfield News-Leader released a blistering fact-check of Springfield City Councilor Angela Romine, who caused a stir on Monday when she claimed that COVID-19 already has multiple cures so there’s no need to get vaccinated.

“We’re not prescribing a certain prescription because it’s for off-label use, which could help people that are sick with COVID, and it’s not being used because it was politicized… and demonized,” said Romine in a speech to the council. “Right now we’re trying even a vaccine that has severe side effects, but we’re not willing to try a protocol that has helped people. One doctor even came out and said she’s treated 900 patients and she’s had zero deaths, yet we’re not prescribing them here.”

According to the report, she later clarified that the two drugs she meant are hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

ivermectin is a drug primarily used on livestock to remove parasites. It is not an antiviral drug,” said the report. “One study concluded it was beneficial to treat COVID, but ‘the study was retracted for plagiarism and for incorrect interpretation of data,’ Dr. Nancy Yoon, chief medical officer with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, told the News-Leader last week. Calling the drug ‘unsafe and dangerous,’ Yoon said she believed no ‘doctor is recommending it to patients.'”

(rawstory.com)

Are people really this stupid?

Or is she just passing on research?

To be fair….there is some proof that this drug may have some ‘beneficial’ results….this is a blog post that gives the research….

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/14359095/posts/3477320461

You decide if you want to buy into this ‘cure’….personally I will take my chances with the vaccine.

There has got to be something that can be done to people that offer unqualified medical advice.

Thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Those Covid ‘Jabs’

Since the program of vaccinations began there has been lies, and more lies….but there is ‘proof positive’ that these shots work and can save lies…..

Fully vaccinated people can catch the coronavirus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying all along that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent deaths among those patients. The CDC now has released data to back that up, showing that fewer than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people die of COVID-19. And not 0.004% of fully vaccinated people who are infected need hospitalization, CNN reports. As of July 26, when 163 million people in the US were fully vaccinated, the CDC totals for breakthrough cases show:

  • 6,587 infections.
  • 6,239 hospitalizations.
  • 1,263 deaths.
  • About three-fourths of the cases are among patients 65 and older.

Most new cases reported across the country are among the unvaccinated. Or, put another way by a health spokesman for one state, per NBC: “99.9 percent of Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated have not contracted the virus.” Still, the CDC wants everyone to mask up, after earlier relaxing its recommendations. That’s partly because of the realizations that even fully vaccinated people are spreading the troublesome delta variant. The CDC cautions that it relies on voluntary reporting by local governments, so the numbers aren’t complete; the agency calls them a snapshot. The CDC uses the data to spot patterns, and it says it’s seen nothing unexpected in the breakthrough cases so far. As the delta variant receives attention, the CDC says vaccinations are up 26% nationally in the past three weeks

I know nothing I say or write will change anyone’s mind…..

Sadly when it comes to health care….you cannot fix stupid.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Endless War

UpThe US has been in almost constant war since 1941….that is in case you are bad at math 80 years….

The American people have little to say these day about the endless war and endless interventionism….they are willfully ignorant…….

In other words, despite the occasional setbacks and disappointments of the recent past, this country’s global preeminence remained indisputable, not just in theory but in fact. That the United States would enjoy such a status for the foreseeable future seemed a foregone conclusion. After all, if any single nation prefigured the destiny of humankind, it was ours. Among the lessons taught by history itself, nothing ranked higher or seemed more obvious. Primacy, in other words, defined our calling.

Any number of motives, most of them utterly wrong-headed, had prompted the United States to go to war in Vietnam. Yet, in retrospect, I’ve come to believe that one motive took precedence over all others: Washington’s fierce determination to deflect any doubt about this country’s status as history’s sole chosen agent. By definition, once U.S. officials had declared that preserving a non-communist South Vietnam constituted a vital national security interest, it became one, ipso facto. Saying it made it so, even if, by any rational calculation, the fate of South Vietnam had negligible implications for the wellbeing of the average American.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/28/when-it-comes-war-americans-remain-willfully-and-incorrigibly-ignorant

80 years of constant warfare….the countless causalities both dead and wounded….you would think that we would search for alternate ways of flexing our so-called ‘muscle’……

After WW2 why did the world not make war obsolete?

We should have abolished war after World War II. That war was so lethal and so destructive, even before the dropping of the atomic bombs, that had people understood that there is a real alternative to deadly violent conflict, humanity might have taken another path. Instead, we took the path of nuclear deterrence which is a desperate and bankrupt policy that endangers our very existence.

Why have we not abolished war? The late Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institute said it is because people see a need to defend themselves from foreign occupations, coup d’états and/or dictatorial regimes, and we do not know there is another way. The mythology of conventional history as told by the dominators rules our minds. Sharp spent his whole life trying to educate and convince people that there is a more effective way to solve inevitable political conflicts. There is a practical nonviolent substitute for war and violent revolution.

Making War Obsolete

The answer to why is the defense industry, the M-IC, turns massive profits from the act of war.

Vietnam showed the fruitlessness of such warfare as there is today…..and yet the US did the same thing again with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

We can ask if the fruitlessness has set in to our military leadership…..there is an answer to that question from the Pentagon….

The Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its quarterly oversight report Thursday that examines the US’s failed effort at nation-building in Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters, SIGAR chief John Sopko warned that the US government hasn’t learned its lesson from the almost 20-year war.

The Pentagon is still not heeding SIGAR’s warnings. After the withdrawal, the US will still provide the Afghan military with funding even though assessments from SIGAR say it cannot be maintained. SIGAR predicted back in March that the Afghan Air Force would not be able to stand on its own since so many of its aircraft are entirely reliant on maintenance from Pentagon contractors.

Despite SIGAR’s warnings and the reality on the ground, the US is still planning to thrown billions at the Afghan government. For 2022, the Pentagon has set aside $3.3 billion for the Afghan military.

Sopko cited Vietnam as an example of how Washington hasn’t learned its lesson from failed wars. “Don’t believe what you’re told by the generals or the ambassadors or people in the administration saying we’re never going to do this again,” he said. “That’s exactly what we said after Vietnam: we’re never going to do this again. Lo and behold, we did Iraq. And we did Afghanistan. We will do this again.”

(antiwar.com)

There is a way to make this a better world….a world without constant warfare…

Click to access progressive-5c-_39552454-5-copy.pdf

As a combat vet I support any attempt to limit obscenity of war…..

Sadly profits before people will always win in a world that cares little other than the greed that war creates.

Hopefully the world will soon find some sanity and end this vicious cycle of death and destruction…..

But not anytime soon.

Especially when the president makes statements like this….

The US is constantly accusing countries like Russia and China of carrying out cyberattacks, and comments from President Biden on Tuesday suggest he could use these claims as a pretext for military intervention. He warned that if Washington ended up in a “real shooting war with a major power,” it could be the result of a cyberattack on the US.

“You know, we’ve seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world,” Biden said in a speech during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up — well, if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence.”

(antiwar.com)

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”