Blame It On Gay Marriage!

There has been so many things that have been blamed on the institution of gay marriage……but the best is that this pandemic is God’s revenge on humanity for gay marriage.

A religious leader in Ukraine has done just that…blamed gays for the pandemic…..but there is a twist here……

leading church figure in Ukraine who previously described the coronavirus outbreak as “God’s punishment” against gay marriage has contracted COVID-19.

Patriarch Filaret, leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, is in a stable condition in hospital after it was announced on September 4 that he had contracted the virus.

“We inform you that His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine tested positive for COVID-19 during planned testing,” the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate said in a statement.

https://www.newsweek.com/patriarch-filaret-coronavirus-gay-marriage-ukraine-1530261

If there is a God then he has proven that he has a sense of humor…in my book.

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Can Lies Protect?

Surely we all know about the games Trump has played with the pandemic and the news of such…..

We know about the lie that it would be short lived or that it would be gone by Summer or that bleach would be a cure and that a vaccine would be ready by November……lie upon lie…..the crap just got deeper and deeper….

and now we have another side of the tale of woe…..Donald the Orange lied to protect us…..

President Trump admitted Wednesday that he may have misled the public about the threat COVID-19—but he said he had good reasons. His remarks followed the release of recordings from earlier this year in which he told Bob Woodward he had downplayed the virus threat. Asked Wednesday afternoon if he had misled the public, the president said, “Well, I think if you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so,” per the Washington Post. “The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love our country and I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic.” In a Feb.7 phone call, Trump told Woodward that the coronavirus is “deadly stuff” that “goes through the air.” Publicly, he said the virus was no worse than the flu and predicted that it would soon disappear.

“We want to show confidence. We want to show strength. We want to show strength as a nation,” Trump said Wednesday, describing Woodward’s upcoming book Rage as “just another political hit job.” He said he was “very open” to the Washington Post associate editor, “but whether it was Woodward or anybody else, you cannot show a sense of panic or you’re going to have bigger than you ever had before.” Trump also defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic Wednesday and wondered why officials hadn’t received more praise for doing an “incredible job,” the Hill reports.

Let’s be honest…..there is no party immune from not caring about the people……

The Democrats, just like Trump, speak for a ruling class that has been totally indifferent to the loss of life caused by the pandemic, caring exclusively for the impact on the stock portfolios of the superrich.

Is it any coincidence, then, that Woodward’s employer, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, has had his wealth nearly double over the past year, becoming the first human being with a net worth of over $200 billion?

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/09/10/pers-s10.html

The question for me is….could this all have been prevented?

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To Control The Pain

I try to help out and be an FYI blog on the weekends….and what better subject than pain….for we all have some sort of pain.

I have given my readers my story and struggle with pain…..sadly it was posted on my op-ed blog that gets very little traffic….so to catch up those visitors that are interested…..https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/pain-management-a-personal-story/

I have been keeping up with the research being carried out using psychedelics to control pain and to help with several mental disorders.

I have also written about this research as well…..and for those that would like to know…..

https://lobotero.com/2019/02/02/freaky-saturday-02feb19/

https://lobotero.com/2019/02/23/freaky-saturday-2019-part-2/

The latest article I read was about the use of an old “reliable” drug from the 60’s…..the drug that made Timothy Leary famous and vice versa…..LSD.

According to new research, tiny doses of the psychedelic drug LSD could be an effective painkiller — perhaps as powerful, the scientists found, as conventional opioids like morphine.

“This study in healthy volunteers shows that a low dose of LSD produces an analgesic effect in the absence of a psychedelic effect, as assessed with a cold pressure tests,” said lead researcher Jan Ramaekers, a professor of psychoparmacology and behavioral toxicology at Maastricht University, in a press release. “The magnitude of the analgesic effect appears comparable to analgesic effects of opioids in the same pain model.”

As described in research published this week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Ramaekers and his colleagues gave either placebos or “microdoses” of LSD — between five and 20 micrograms, compared to the 100 micrograms or more you might find in a recreational dose — to 24 volunteers.

Then they administered something called a “cold pressor test,” in which the subjects were asked to submerge a hand in a tub of water that had been chilled to near-freezing.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/research-lsd-microdoses-effective-opioids-pain

Of course all this matters not for NO one gives a crap about those sufferers from massive pain because it is political correct to buck the research.

Please read my story and then the research….all that is promising….but I fear that all us pain sufferers will just have to bite the bullet because we have this push to scale back pain medication.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend……please do not drink and drive.

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Closing Thought–04Sep20

Daily we have reports on the track of the Covid-19 virus here in the US….but seldom do we get the actual costs of contracting the virus.

A guy in Washington got his bill for his treatment of the virus…..7 figures!

One of the first COVID-19 patients in the US, Michael Flor of Seattle spent 62 days in the hospital and two weeks in a rehab facility—then returned home to a $1.1 million medical bill. There were thousands of charges on the 181-page bill, he tells KOMO News. An earlier story from ABC 13 explains that he was charged $9,700 for each day in the ICU, $80,000 for 29 days on a ventilator, and more. Fortunately, Medicare, supplemental insurance, and Congressional funding to help hospitals with coronavirus costs kicked in, and he only had to pay about $3,000. Even so, Flor’s story highlights the shell shock that could come for many coronavirus patients.

The news station says one national survey of healthcare claims found the average charge of a COVID hospitalization for someone without insurance is around $73,000; with insurance, it’s around $38,000. The full cost of COVID hospitalizations for this year in the US is expected to be $17 billion, and one actuary studying that cost and its consequences says it will end up increasing taxes and insurance premiums: “What happens with the entire system is that COVID-19 is going to be expensive.” But, she notes, the true cost may not be known for quite some time, as the long-term effects of the disease are still being uncovered. As for Flor, the Seattle Times highlights his full story here.

Personally I think that the media needs to re-port the costs as well….maybe that will scare the idiots that do not wear masks into realizing what they will be paying in the future.

Then there is the cost for the vaccine when it is finally approved for use…..for those casual readers that may have missed my post on the vaccine…..https://lobotero.com/2020/06/17/remember-that-vaccine/

Learn Stuff!

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Covid-19 Was There A Better Way?

Closing Thought–31Aug20

6 million cases…..183,000 deaths…just to catch everybody up.

We have heard all the arguments on what is right or wrong with the social distancing thing to help save us from the pandemic.

In all fairness I try to give a balanced look at the pandemic and the treatments and “solutions”…..I would expect the WSJ to NOT approve of anything that would see a drop in retail sales……and as if right on cue….

In response to the novel and deadly coronavirus, many governments deployed draconian tactics never used in modern times: severe and broad restrictions on daily activity that helped send the world into its deepest peacetime slump since the Great Depression.
The equivalent of 400 million jobs have been lost world-wide, 13 million in the U.S. alone. Global output is on track to fall 5% this year, far worse than during the financial crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Despite this steep price, few policy makers felt they had a choice, seeing the economic crisis as a side effect of the health crisis. They ordered nonessential businesses closed and told people to stay home, all without the extensive analysis of benefits and risks that usually precedes a new medical treatment.
There wasn’t time to gather that sort of evidence: Faced with a poorly understood and rapidly spreading pathogen, they prioritized saving lives.
 
Shoulda….woulda…..coulda…..what is they say about hindsight……
 
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Closing Thought–26Aug20

With the conventions eating up most of the airtime for the news there are some things that need to be reported around the pandemic that is still taking lives and infecting people.

US stats….5.8 cases and 179,000 deaths…..

Speaking of infecting…..there is news that a person has been re-infected for the second time……true it is in Hong Kong but that makes no difference….

A 33-year-old IT worker in Hong Kong came down with COVID-19 in March but recovered after experiencing mild symptoms. More than four months later, he returned from a trip to Europe and was diagnosed again, this time with a different strain of the virus. Researchers say his case is the first confirmed reinfection of COVID-19, reports the New York Times. While other reports of reinfections have surfaced anecdotally, this is the first to be verified by rigorous testing. Scientists at the University of Hong Kong sequenced the virus in both infections and discovered they didn’t match, explains STAT News. Specifically, “there was a difference of 24 nucleotides—the ‘letters’ that make up the virus’ RNA—between the two infections,” the site explains.

The unidentified patient is experiencing no symptoms at all this time, which might suggest that the virus is milder the second time around. But it’s important to “not jump to any conclusions” about what the case may or may not mean, says Maria Van Kerkhove of the World Health Organization, per Bloomberg. One reading of it might mean that the immunity people acquire from infection doesn’t last as long as hoped, unlike the period of a few years for SARS and MERS. It’s also possible that the man’s case is an outlier and that reinfection is rare for COVID-19. Only time and more study will tell. But for now, “this is the world’s first documentation of a patient who recovered from COVID-19, but got another episode of COVID-19 afterwards,” the researchers say.

That is scary news…..there are some that state that once a person is infected and survives then the chances that they can be re-infected is low….low maybe but impossible looks out of the question.

Any immunity looks like is short lived if someone has had the virus…..there seems to be very little concern any more with my readers for my Covid posts get very little attention…..complacency will kill us as well.

A friend has asked…How did Trump let this happen?

VOX has an answer for her….(an interesting article)……https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/21366624/trump-covid-coronavirus-pandemic-failure

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That Titty Baby

Closing Thought–24Aug20

SEALs are the elite soldier, right?

Well some are just titty babies.

Like the one that says he shot Osama (or did he?)…..he is all flustered by having to wear his mask….

It all started when this former SEAL removed his mask on a flight…..

A former Navy SEAL who has said he killed Osama bin Laden has been banned by Delta Air Lines after removing his face mask during a flight. Robert O’Neill tweeted about his ban on Thursday, and the airline confirmed the action, the AP reports. “Part of every customer’s commitment prior to traveling on Delta is the requirement to acknowledge our updated travel policies, which includes wearing a mask,” the airline said in a statement. “Failure to comply with our mask-wearing mandate can result in losing the ability to fly Delta in the future.” All major US airlines require passengers to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Delta says it has banned more than 100 passengers for violating the rule.

O’Neill posted a selfie showing himself, with no mask, on a Delta Connection flight Wednesday from Minneapolis to Newark. Other passengers in the photo, including a man across the aisle who was wearing a Marine Corps hat, were wearing masks. The tweet was later deleted. In another tweet Thursday, O’Neill said, “Thank God it wasn’t @Delta flying us in when we killed bin Laden … we weren’t wearing masks.” O’Neill first said in 2014 that he fired the shots that killed bin Laden during a 2011 raid on the terrorist’s compound in Pakistan. The US government has neither confirmed nor denied the account. O’Neill later wrote a book about his time in the SEALs.

Once he was banned he went on a silly rant…showing his ass and embarrassing the SEALs in the process.

Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL veteran who purportedly fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, is having a rough one on Twitter — all over the perceived indignity of having to wear a face mask.

On Tuesday, O’Neill posted a photo of himself to Twitter aboard a Delta flight without a protective face mask, despite the fact that the United States is still in the middle of a major novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The photo was accompanied with a simple message: “I’m not a pussy.”

O’Neill later deleted the tweet, but here’s a screenshot:

https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/robert-oneill-twitter-meltdown-face-masks

Seriously?

I bothers him that he has to wear a mask?

But he Can wear this

Billions going into Defence for new weapons and armour for special ... But not this….

Should We All Be Wearing Face Masks? Here's Why Experts Are So ...

And yet I believe Special Ops troops wear them all the time to protect their identity, or protect them from the elements….so this “He Man” is pouty because he has to follow the rules….that illustrates the whole service of the SEALs and the problems they are having with their personnel….(read about the problems here….https://lobotero.com/2019/08/15/seals-have-a-problem/ )

Special my ass!

Like I said “titty baby”!

Maybe once but their is little special now for you can request them when enlisting.

It is time for these soldiers to return to the shadows where they belong….and prosecute the former troopers that try to be a video star…..

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Another Covid-19 Treatment

I try to keep my readers up-to-date on the news around the Covid-19….some of it good….most not so…..like 5.7 million cases and 177,000 deaths…..like I said not so good……

Well we all know that social distancing works and masks help stem the flow of germs…..and Donald the Orange has offered several ways to help prevent even cure this virus……first was some drug that was used to treat Malaria….then we had the drinking of bleach….next was the UV light thing…..then followed up by extract of the Oleander plant…….and now we have yet another treatment to be approved by Trump’s FDA……

President Trump plans to announce the FDA’s approval of a COVID-19 treatment Sunday night—but whether it’s big news or hot air remains open to debate, the Washington Post reports. The treatment is blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 victims. More than 70,000 patients have already received it, and there’s evidence it lowers death rates. But the Trump administration’s praise of the treatment—including the phrase “major therapeutic breakthrough”—is getting a dose of cold water from medical experts. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday on CBSFace the Nation that the antibody-rich product is “probably beneficial” for people with COVID-19 but is already “widely available,” so FDA approval will make an “incremental” difference.

A New York City specialist went so far as to tell USA Todaythat plasma “has not yet been shown to be effective in COVID-19.” On the bright side, STAT reports that plasma is being widely tested and got a moderate thumbs-up from the Mayo Clinic, which saw a small but noticeable impact on COVID-19 death rates. But that study’s lack of a placebo group made the results less clear. There’s also intense political pressure on the FDA amid a fiery federal election. “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”

A miracle waiting to appear?

This could prevent deaths of those that have contracted the virus….but we are still looking for that magic vaccine to prevent people from actually contracting the virus.

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Sunday Covid News

In my attempt to be an FYI site on weekends I try to find important stuff in and around the Covid-19 virus that my readers can use in their everyday lives……

Hopefully most people truly want to know ALL info about and around this pandemic for their and their family safety.

This is for all those people that bought those cloth “neck gaiters” as a substitute for the masks they could not find….a recent study seems to say that these things were useless…..and that ism just not so…..so here is the “rest of the story”…..

Don’t throw out your neck gaiters just yet.

A new study has spurred numerous headlines declaring that neck gaiters may be worse than wearing no mask at all for controlling the spread of COVID-19. But the actual study, published August 7 in Science Advances, isn’t that conclusive, nor was it designed to be.

“The headline that neck gaiters can be worse is totally inaccurate,” says Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. Publicity like this is worrisome because “it can turn people off of mask wearing, which we know can protect both the individual wearing the mask and those around them,” she says.

Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t use this study to decide which mask to wear:

4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study

Have you bought some of those N95 masks….well there is a way to sanitize them without destroying them……

One of the vexing problems with N95 masks amid the pandemic has been how to safely clean and reuse them. Turns out, a common electric cooker will do the trick, says a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. To be clear, the masks in the study are N95 respirator masks, not regular cloth masks that can be cleaned with soap and water. For their study, the researchers used a $50 Farberware multifunction pressure cooker, but the principal would apply to other models, including the popular Instant Pot. This video explains the process, notes NBC Chicago. Put a towel in the pot (to keep the masks from touching the pot itself), put the mask or masks on the towel, then run a 50-minute cycle of dry heat. That is, don’t put water in the pot, and the vent can stay open.

“The N95 can be reused using a very simple method,” researcher Thanh H. Nguyen tells the Washington Post. “We are not testing exhaustively every device out there, everything, but we want to show that this concept works. Then people can use the idea and apply to other things.” The team found that the cleaning cycle removed at least 99.9% of each virus tested. And they found no degradation in the quality of the mask’s respirator after 20 cycles. The researchers explain more in this Q&A. One caveat: The researchers don’t advise using the same cooker to disinfect masks and cook food.

And for those that need a visual interpretation….

I read an article that asked the question…..a vaccine is found, now what?

Amid talk of vaccine nationalism, news of countries hoarding Covid-19 medication, and vaccine hesitancy, many fail to see the potential good news.

Currently, there are 165 viable vaccine candidates around the world, 26 of them are either in the process of or about to start human trials.

One of the manufacturers, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, has just struck a deal with the European Commission: According to the agreement, the EU has reserved 300 million doses of a possible vaccine.

The vaccine journey could take us to one of several destinations, which include: multiple vaccines being successful in the end, only one working or none of them could work.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/01/once-a-covid-19-vaccine-is-found-what-happens-next

Remember a few months back when the news was that the loss of smell was an indicator of the Covid-19?

Well there has been a study on this occurrence….

A small study out of Europe is the first to look at how smell loss associated with COVID-19 differs from that caused by a severe cold or the flu—and the findings bolster the theory that the coronavirus infects the brain and central nervous system, per a press release. A group of smell disorder experts conducted smell and taste tests on a group of 30 participants: Ten of them had had COVID-19 for about two weeks, 10 had had bad colds, and 10 served as controls. The goal, per study lead Carl Philpott of Norwich Medical School, was to figure out how a symptom common to both illnesses actually differs. Per their study in the journal Rhinology, they found three main deviations, in addition to the fact that the smell loss tended to be more severe: With COVID-19 smell loss, the patient can breathe freely, typically doesn’t have a stuffed or runny nose, and can’t detect sweet or bitter tastes.

Philpott explains that “it has previously been suggested that the COVID-19 virus affects the central nervous system, based on the neurological signs developed by some patients. There are also similarities with SARS, which has also been reported to enter the brain, possibly via smell receptors in the nose. Our results reflect, at least to some extent, a specific involvement at the level of central nervous system in some COVID-19 patients.” And he calls the results “very exciting,” because they suggest smell and taste tests could be put to use in a diagnostic manner. Though they wouldn’t be precise enough to replace the common swab test, “they could provide an alternative when conventional tests are not available or when rapid screening is needed, particularly at the level of primary care, in emergency departments, or at airports,” he says.

There is the Covid-19 news that did not make the MSM…..hope you find it useful in some small way.

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Screw Service People!

Closing Thought–21Aug20

The Congress and Trump have just approved the new massive Defense Budget…..with the help of Democrats I might add…..and now with all the cash for new weapons and such the attack will be on the miltary health care…..

Shortly after both chambers of Congress approved a $740 billion Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2021, Pentagon officials are reportedly pushing for more than $2 billion in cuts to military healthcare over the next five years, potentially threatening the coverage of millions of personnel and their families amid a global pandemic.

Politico reported Sunday that the proposed $2.2 billion cut to the military healthcare system is part of a “sweeping effort” by Defense Secretary Mark Esper to “eliminate inefficiencies within the Pentagon’s coffers.”

“Ever notice that it’s never a cut to things used to send kids to war?” asked Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Reporter. “It’s always—always—a cut to the promises we make to get them to volunteer for us. What a disgrace.”

According to Politico, “Esper and his deputies have argued that America’s private health system can pick up the slack” for any servicemembers who lose coverage.

“Roughly 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents rely on the military health system, which is the military’s sprawling government-run healthcare framework that operates hundreds of facilities around the world,” Politico noted. “The military health system also provides care through TRICARE, which enables military personnel and their families to obtain civilian healthcare outside of military networks.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/17/what-disgrace-pentagon-weighing-22-billion-cuts-military-healthcare-just-after

This is one of the “entitlements” that is promised to the serving military and their families

Recently I read about the poor condition of military hospitals…..

Incredible waste is, of course, natural to Washington, particularly in the trillion dollar national security budget—which includes nuclear bombs, intelligence, and veterans’ costs. Three years ago, when I suggested “16 Ways to Cut Defense Spending,” one of the cost savings I wrote about was duplicative hospital costs, this from a system of separate Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services. They should be combined into a single system, but imagine the screaming about lost jobs.

The system was designed after World War I, when wounded could not be easily transported from one part of America to another and long before helicopters and super highways. It is part of the Tricare network, which takes nearly $50 billion yearly out of the Pentagon budget. It includes 55 hospitals and 373 clinics and gives free treatment to military retirees and their families for the rest of their lives. Then there is also the Veterans Administration hospital network with 152 medical centers and almost 800 outpatient clinics.

Why Military Hospitals Are Unhealthy and Inefficient

This is unacceptable…we ask so much from our troops and their families then we should hold good our promises to them…whatever that may be.

This is shameful on so many levels and no American seems willing to speak up…..

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