Closing Thought–04Feb22

Yipee skippy! Mississippi finally enters the 21st century….well at least on the weed front.

A pretty good start…..

Mississippi is legalizing medical marijuana for people with debilitating conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the legislation Wednesday and it became law immediately. It could be months before the first marijuana dispensaries open. “There is no doubt that there are individuals in our state who could do significantly better if they had access to medically prescribed doses of cannabis,” Reeves wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “There are also those who really want a recreational marijuana program that could lead to more people smoking and less people working, with all the societal and family ills that that brings.”

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 36 states and four territories already allowed the medical use of cannabis. Mississippi becomes the 37th state. “For all the people who are touched in some way by a loved one or someone they know who benefits from medical cannabis, this brings their quality of life back,” said Ken Newburger, executive director the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association, a group that pushed for legalization. A majority of Mississippi voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in November 2020, and it would have allowed people to buy up to 5 ounces a month. The state Supreme Court invalidated it six months later by ruling that the state’s initiative process was outdated and the measure was not put properly on the ballot.

The state House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, passed the final version of Senate Bill 2095 last week. The new law will allow patients to buy up to to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days a week. That is about 3 ounces per month. It sets taxes on production and sale of cannabis, and it specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions. Reeves said because of the reduction from 5 ounces a month in the initiative to 3 ounces a month in the new law, “there will be hundreds of millions of fewer joints on the streets because of this improvement.” The new law prohibits the state from providing economic development incentives for the cannabis industry, and it gives cities and counties 90 days to opt out of allowing medical marijuana facilities, for growing or selling.

I am sure the demonizing will soon begin.

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Closing Thought–20Oct21

In little over a year the polls will open and we Americans will vote…..I have been waiting to see if the GOP has decided to have actual policies over wedge issues….the below is a flyer from my Congressman (who I would NEVER vote for because he is a mental midget political hack)……

Sorry I could not get the image to copy…..these are three areas that Palazzo wants to  champion….

Stand up for law enforcement—Really?

Restore Honest, Patriotic Education To Our Schools–that means continuing to teach the whole myth of the “Lost cause”…..

Protect Our Borders–from whom…Alabama, Louisiana or Tennessee?

If you would like to see why I could never vote for this tool then check out his stance on the issues……

https://www.ontheissues.org/House/Steven_Palazzo.htm

These are going to be the major points of the next couple of elections.  Nothing about the economy or social strife or climate change or….well you get the point….the GOP has NOTHING to offer the voter other than vague wedge issues that do NOTHING to help this country heal and prosper.

What does the voter have as a choice?

The vague babbling of a party in a downward spiral or a party that has big ideas that go nowhere?

Some choice, huh?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–20Sep21

I live in Mississippi and the Covid thing is running rampant……and our governor, Tate Reeve, has done little to protect the people of the state he rules….

CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed the governor and handed the do-nothing politician his ass….

CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed the governor of Mississippi regarding the rate of Covid-19 infections and deaths in his state and what his administration was doing to address the most recent surge of the virus during an interview on State of the Union.

As the two talked on Sunday, Mr Tapper repeatedly questioned Mr Reeves about what specific measures beyond spreading messages of personal choice and responsibility the state of Mississippi was doing to protect its residents from the Delta variant of Covid-19, which is spreading rapidly in parts of the US, and in particular in communities where vaccination rates are low.

“If Mississippi were its own country, you would be second in the world only to Peru in terms of deaths per capita,” Mr Tapper told Mr Reeves, adding: “With all due respect, governor, your way is failing; are you going to try to change anything to change this horrible statistic from what you’re doing already?”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/cnn-s-jake-tapper-clashes-with-mississippi-governor-over-covid-rate-b1922996.html

I applaud Tapper for bring the governor to task.

Mississippi is still suffering and there is NO leadership from the governor or the legislature.

Mississippi will continue to suffer with such ineffectual leadership.

Turn The Page!

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“lego ergo scribo”

Trying To Reason With The Hurricane Season–2021

The big news about the Hurricane Ida attack last weekend is Louisiana…once again this region is the brunt of the damage inflicted by this devastating storm.

My town was ravaged by Katrina in 2005 and this time we got heavy rain and some hard wind…..but the damage was minor compared to what it could have been…..

For those interested (probably not that damn many) here are a few photos of the town and area around it……..

https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/article253829728.html

https://www.sunherald.com/news/weather-news/article253863878.html

As you can see we were fortunate this time….but there is still two months to go in the 2021 season…..so it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

On a personal note–We never lost power but my WiFi was lost for a couple of days….I had minor damage to trees….my garden is history but I was able to save 4 okra plants….2 blueberry bushes took damage and my privacy fence lost an entire section…..the house and cars made it through unscathed…..all in all I was very fortunate.

We still have about 2 months of the season so we keep a sharp eye on the tropics….hoping we have had our storm this year.

Have a great Sunday….Be Well and Be Safe……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Who Needs Infrastructure?

There has been a wealth of back and forth debate on the amount of money needed for infrastructure……some even think it is not needed…..but maybe Mississippi could use a bit of that federal cash….

Two people were killed and 10 others hurt after heavy rain likely related to Hurricane Ida washed away part of a highway near the town of Lucedale, Miss., on Monday night. A hole about 50 feet long and 20 feet deep was created, and several vehicles went in, CNN reports. “I’ve never seen anything in my 23 years in law enforcement like this,” a trooper says. Three of those injured were in critical condition.

Ailing highways and bridges need repair or replacement….but it is more important to chase damn silly issues like abortion and prayer in school than to see to the safety of the residents as they go about their mundane lives.

To answer the original question….Mississippi that is who!

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“lego ergo scribo”

Mississippi Stupid

My state has an amazing amount of stupid but this pandemic has brought the morons out of the woodwork and the the most moronic is the governor, Tatter Twat Reeves…..

Recently this dullard told the people of Mississippi that there is no reason to mask up for Heaven awaits…..

It’s become almost a glib cliche to describe members of the conservative power structure in this country as belonging to a “death cult” each time a Republican lawmaker or influencer steps gleefully aside to allow the ongoing pandemic to kill people ostensibly in that person’s care. And yet, I can’t think of a better, more frustratingly accurate term to use to describe Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves after his recent coronavirus statements, delivered while the highly infectious Delta variant of the disease surges across the country.

“I’m often asked by some of my friends on the other side of the aisle about COVID … and why does it seem like folks in Mississippi and maybe in the mid-South are a little less scared, shall we say,” Reeves told several dozen attendees last week during a Republican fundraiser event in Eads, Tennessee, just across the border from his state.

 

“When you believe in eternal life,” he continued, “when you believe that living on this Earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don’t have to be so scared of things.”

Despite Reeves’s subsequent caveat that “God also tells us to take necessary precautions,” it’s important to really parse out what he’s saying here: that people in the South are more content, if not outright eager, to embrace a pandemic-induced death, because of their faith in the (specifically Christian understanding of the) afterlife. Jews, Muslims, Indigenous peoples, atheists, and any other disbelievers need not apply.

https://www.mic.com/p/someone-tell-mississippis-governor-that-heaven-isnt-a-consolation-prize-for-covid-84193731

So this heaven thing will be their consolation prize…for as I am concerned…Heaven Can Wait!

Can you believe that the people of Mississippi elected this mental midget to leadership of the state?

I can!

I have been saying for decades just how stupid the Mississippi voter can be.

Not to worry I am positive that Reeves will out stupid himself any day now.

Watch This Blog!

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Closing Thought–25Aug21

My state of Mississippi has seen a large increase of Covid patients to the point that there are few to no ICU beds left unoccupied in the whole state….and the whole time our governor has been a staunch advocate of no masks or other precautions to slow the disease.

Finally someone in government has stepped forward to try and curb the rapid ascent of the disease….

The Mississippi State Department of Health on Friday issued a new order saying anyone infected with COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days or face possible misdemeanor or felony charges.

Breaking any health department order carries a minimum of a misdemeanor charge with penalties of a $500 fine, six months in prison or both.
This is the official order…..

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VcUAKh1YuipMAVnlSykafyhbXye4W5wg/view

But still no official notification on masks in public….for the state…..most local businesses in my town are asking all patrons to wear masks.

It is a good start but much more precautions and action from a hide-a-way governor…how can he stand by and watch his fellow Mississippians get sick and die?

A better question is why do Mississippians vote for such political slugs like Tater Twat Reeves?  Is it ignorance or stupidity?

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

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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“lego ergo scribo”

 

My Saturday News Dump

It is a Saturday so……News no one could possibly use.

Good news!  Sue is home from the hospital and doing really good….this weekend will be a slow posting for me for I want to spend time with her and help her recovery.

I will start with my local news…..

As of yesterday Word Press tells me that I have 280 day posting streak going….but here is a problem…..you see in 2012 WP issued a challenge for bloggers to post a writing every day….I jumped on it an have had at least one post a day for 9+ years….so the stats from WP is off by about 3200 posts…so thanx WP for letting me know that my blog is not that important for you to keep up.

Enough bitchin’

01 August to end of October is peak hurricane season….since I live on the Gulf Coast we have prepared for the inevitable.

As of yesterday Mississippi has had 100 new cases of Covid-19……and the state is at about 40% vaccinated……most of our hospitals are reaching capacity with no end insight.

When did athletes start wearing sport bras?

Some are predicting a global collapse before the end of the century…….

Human society is on the verge of collapsing in the next two decades unless there is a major shift in global objectives, according to a recent review of a 1970s research.

A stunning new analysis by a director at one of the world’s largest accounting companies has concluded that a renowned, decades-old warning from Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) about the likelihood of industrial civilisation collapsing looks to be accurate.

https://www.wionews.com/world/society-will-collapse-in-21st-century-mit-predicted-in-1972-400736

Let’s say all that doom and gloom is there anywhere that will survive?

In a recent development, a new study has revealed that New Zealand, Iceland, the UK, Tasmania and Ireland are the places best suited to survive a global collapse of society.

As per the researchers, human civilisation was “in a perilous state” because of the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society and the environmental damage that has been caused.

https://www.wionews.com/world/here-is-a-list-of-the-best-places-to-survive-amid-a-global-societal-collapse-401399

Not to worry we can replenish the diminishing population….well maybe not so fast…..

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility. Unfortunately, physicians like me who specialize in reproductive medicine are unable to determine the cause of male infertility around 30% to 50% of the time. There is almost nothing more disheartening than telling a couple “I don’t know” or “There’s nothing I can do to help.”

Upon getting this news, couple after couple asks me questions that all follow a similar line of thinking. “What about his work, his cellphone, our laptops, all these plastics? Do you think they could have contributed to this?”

What my patients are really asking me is a big question in male reproductive health: Does environmental toxicity contribute to male infertility?

https://theconversation.com/male-fertility-is-declining-studies-show-that-environmental-toxins-could-be-a-reason-163795

In closing some disturbing news…..about the weather…..

An ocean current that is effectively the engine that drives weather patterns is in danger, a new study suggests. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation is a current that moves surface water north from the tropics, warming seawater and adding salt, bringing warm water to the East Coast and Europe, then sinking and bringing cool water back to the tropics under the surface. It’s been reliable and predictable, probably since the last Ice Age. Scientists, however, say it is now destabilizing. David Thornalley, a paleoceanographer at University College London, has shown that the AMOC is at its weakest point in 1,600 years, the Guardian reports. Without it, what we think of as normal seasons could go away. Researchers published an analysis of more than a hundred years of ocean data in the journal Nature Climate Change Thursday.

That analysis shows major changes in markers that indicate ocean movement and salinity. If the current is weakening, it could mean freakishly cold winters in Europe and parts of the US, plus rising sea levels on the East coast, the Washington Post reports. That could mean catastrophic weather and disruptions of agriculture. Niklas Boers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany wrote the analysis. “The signs of destabilization being visible already is something that I wouldn’t have expected and that I find scary,” Boers said. Events such as the melting of Greenland’s ice sheets, are speeding the change and slowing the current. Levke Caesar, also a member of the Potsam Institute, said, “We might be closer to an AMOC tipping than we think.”

Maybe I should have lead with that.

Have a good Saturday

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Mississippi Sets The Stage

My state of Mississippi has the distinction of many things…..we lead the nation on child poverty, one of the most unhealthy of states, most littered state,….on and on…..

Now Mississippi trying to be known as the state that brought down Roe v Wade…..

The Mississippi attorney general on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a challenge to the 1973 law that’s been expected since May, when the high court agreed to hear a case involving a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts blocked the law, known as the Gestational Age Act, and the state is appealing, NBC News reports. Attorney General Lynn Fitch said the Roe v. Wade ruling, as well as the other major ruling legalizing abortion in the US, 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey, were “egregiously wrong.” She said there is an “overwhelming” case to be made for overruling them, CNN reports.

“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Fitch said in a new brief to the justices. The request is notable, because when Mississippi asked SCOTUS to hear the case, it said doing so did not “require the court to overturn either Roe or Casey.” Politico says this brief “raises the stakes,” but notes that court watchers tend to think the justices are more likely to stop short of overruling Roe, while continuing to allow states to place an increasing number of restrictions on abortions. Axios points out the possibility that President Biden will protect abortion rights via an executive action if Roe is overturned. Oral arguments are expected in late fall or early winter, with a decision possible by June.

With a conservative ideologues on the Court this could well be the death throes of Roe v Wade….

And Mississippi will be the final nail in the coffin of reproductive rights.

I am so proud….(that is sarcasm in case you missed it)

Thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”