Closing Thought–23Aug21

This is from the ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ Files

In my state, Mississippi, the Covid virus is racing across the state…one report states that Mississippi has the world’s fastest expanding disease…..and some stupid starts telling people that a horse drug can be effective in slowly the virus and it can be found at your local feed store.

As you would think the incidents of poisonings skyrocketed…..

Mississippi officials have become alarmed enough at calls coming in to its poison control center to issue a statewide health alert. Don’t take a drug intended for horses to self-treat COVID-19, officials said. “At least 70% of the recent calls have been related to ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers,” said the letter, which was sent out Friday. Of the callers, the Hill reports, 85% had mild symptoms of poisoning and one person was told to seek medical help. Symptoms can include a rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders, and even severe hepatitis.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is among those recommending ivermectin for people. He was suspended from YouTube in June for posting videos touting its use, per WPR. National regulators have warned against the practice, per Salon. The FDA said it’s just beginning research on ivermectin. “Taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous,” the agency said. “This is true of ivermectin, too.” The drug is approved to treat people with certain parasitic conditions, per WTVA, but not for anyone with COVID. “Animal drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly toxic in humans,” the Mississippi letter said.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state’s health officer, said Mississippi is going through “the worst part of the pandemic,” per the Washington Post. The state reported 5,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and has more than 1,600 patients in hospitals—including 450 in intensive care. Only Alabama has a lower vaccination rate. Mississippi health officials are baffled by people turning to ivermectin as the answer. “Why in the world would an individual want to take a medication for livestock that No. 1 has no oversight, no FDA approval, there are no FDA studies on almost,” said Dr. Paul Byers, the state epidemiologist who signed the letter. “I certainly would strongly recommend people not take any medicine from a feed store,” Dobbs said

More on this story here…..https://www.rawstory.com/ivermectin-fox-news-poison-control/

I am sorry but all my compassion ans sympathy is gone for these idiots…..could this pandemic be proving Darwin right?

My grandfather said that “Stupidity is lethal”…and his statement is proving prophetic.

Again my state proves that you ‘can’t fix stupid’….

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“Black Immigration”

I know…what the Hell is that?

It seems that some US textbooks are teaching the slavery was just ‘black immigration’

WTF, right?

I have been writing about the sad condition of our educational process…..the dumbing down of the American student….

And the leader in this stupidity are those private Christian schools that teach the student garbage that poses as an education.

But I did not know just how far the stupid runs…..and the idea of ‘black immigration’ just illustrates these lies taught…..

One history textbook exclusively refers to immigrants as “aliens”. Another blames the Black Lives Matter movement for strife between communities and police officers. A third discusses the prevalence of “black supremacist” organizations during the civil rights movement, calling Malcolm X the most prominent “black supremacist” of the era.

Legislatures and boards of education around the US are currently engaging in acrimonious battles about how issues of race and equity are taught in public K-12 classrooms – the latest culture war in a decades-long fight around whose stories and contributions get highlighted in school. But largely left out of this conversation has been the education provided in private schools, thousands of which have quietly been excluding diverse voices and teaching biased versions of history for years.

While public school textbooks suffer from their own blindspots, a Guardian analysis has found that private schools, especially Christian schools, use textbooks that tell a version of history that is racially biased and often inaccurate. These textbooks, used in thousands of private schools, many of which receive tens of thousands of dollars in public funding every year, whitewash the legacy of slavery, frame Native Americans as lesser and blame the Black Lives Matter movement for sowing racial discord.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/aug/12/right-wing-textbooks-teach-slavery-black-immigration

Revisionist history is destroying our educational process….a process that has been fragile at best.

I have said many times….American history, all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly, should be taught…..our children deserve a better historical education….

An honest curriculum shows students all the tragedies and triumphs of American history – an unabashed, candid look at the fullness of our history – rather than cherry-picking events without context in order to fight contemporary political battles.

A sound understanding of U.S. history must be firmly grounded as an educational endeavor, not a political project. To bring history to life, to teach it honestly, we must stop feeding teachers a script authored by journalists or activists who use curricula as tools for forwarding a specific political narrative. Such authors have already made up their minds about difficult questions and manipulate our history and our students for their own ends.

https://www.realclearpublicaffairs.com/articles/2021/08/19/the_history_education_our_children_deserve_790709.html

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Afghanistan 24/7

A wonderful morning…it is 0330 and the temp is 93…..what a damn joy!

By now everyone has seen the iconic pictures of the panic and chaos brought om by the Taleban seizing most of the country.

Yes the stories are heart wrenching…but all too predictable….you see it has all happened before.

Then there are the American people…they now are saying that we should have never occupied the nation of Afghanistan especially for 20 years.

And the survey sez!

As the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, almost two-thirds of Americans say that the 20-year war in that country — as well as the Iraq War — were not worth fighting, per a new AP-NORC poll.

The polling for the two wars — conflicts begun separately and for distinct reasons — is remarkably similar. 62% of Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting, while 63% say the same about the Iraq War.

For both wars, a slight partisan divide exists; Republicans were more likely to say that the wars were worth fighting than Democrats, with 45% of Republicans saying the war in Iraq was worth fighting, versus just 27% of Democrats that said the same thing.

https://www.businessinsider.com/over-60-say-afghanistan-iraq-wars-were-not-worth-fighting-2021-8

Really?

I call BS to this survey.

Where was this so-called 60% when the war was raging?  They have an opinion now that it is on the boob tube 24/7……this is fake rage!

If it was that disliked where were the street protests demanding it end?

For 20 years the generals and the media have been lying to the American public…..and now they have a story to spurn Americans sympathy and compassion…it will not work!

Back to the cheer leading generals that work more for defense industries than the people of the US….

An opening move in the U.S. military high command’s campaign to deflect blame for the 20-year-long American debacle in Afghanistan has come with a Sunday article by General H.R. McMaster and Bradley Bowman in the Wall Street Journal, “In Afghanistan, the Tragic Toll of Washington Delusion.”

The delusions have indeed been real, and now cruelly exposed. As amply documented by the reports of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, and the The Afghanistan Papers by Washington Post journalist Craig Whitlock, the deceptions are largely the work of McMaster himself and his military colleagues.

The generals lied and the fantasy died

After 20 years it is obvious who the Pentagon truly works for…..

Think I am being too hard on these corporate slugs?

Why all this surprise over the quick move of the Taleban?  Were we caught off guard?

NO WE WERE NOT!

The White House says nobody anticipated that Afghanistan would fall so quickly. But the Wall Street Journal is out with a scoop about an internal State Department cable dated July 13 that warned things were about to get very bad in a hurry:

  • Warning: The cable, signed by 23 staffers, warned that Kabul would likely collapse quickly after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal and urged the White House to immediately ramp up evacuations of Afghans who worked with the US. It was sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken through the department’s longstanding “dissent channel,” and Blinken personally reviewed it, per the story.

Context: “The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it,” writes Vivian Salama of the Journal.

  • Context, II: The cable “casts perhaps the harshest light yet on the administration’s performance,” per the Politico Playbook.
  • What they said: In July, President Biden said it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would be able to run roughshod over the country. On Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that “there was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,” per Yahoo News. (The cable did not appear to suggest the collapse would happen before the withdrawal deadline of Aug. 31.)
  • Effects: It appears the White House did implement some recommendations contained in the cable, but apparently not aggressively enough. The Journal notes that an estimated 18,000 Afghans who have applied for a special visa remain stuck in Afghanistan.
  • Accountability: The House Foreign Affairs Committee has summoned Blinken to appear, and ranking Republican Michael McCaul said he wants a full readout of the cable, reports the Hill. “If these reports are true, it means this Administration also willfully ignored the pleas of their own people on the ground in Kabul and their warnings of how dire the situation truly was,” McCaul said.

Maybe things would have been different without the pandemic (some say) but the daily victory laps by Biden did not help the Afghan situation.

Not to worry then even with the loss of Afghanistan the gravy train will continue….The real “corrupt elite” weren’t Afghans, who were pikers in comparison to the grifting of Pentagon, State, & CIA contractors, lobbyists, & revolving door generals, slurping up long-term, no-bid contracts that continued to pay off no matter how ineffectual or criminal their work.

The media’s heart wrenching stories are doing NOTHING to solve the problem….and sadly in a year no one will care what has happened to those poor souls in Afghanistan there will be new story to tug at America’s heart strings.

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