Category Archives: Politics

Bernie Sander on Drumpf’s 100 daze

Bernie, you’re relentless. We all love ya, but take a breath, sit back and reflect on the absolute absurdity of this “down the rabbit hole” situation we’re in.

“I know, I know, it’s hard to realize just how bizarre the country’s political landscape has become, but bear with me here…”

“You could not write this as fiction, you would be laughed out of the publisher’s house…”

“You wake up and think this is a twisted, impossible nightmare. But let me reassure you, this is real. And, yes, it is hard to take day in and day out, but we must prevail, so stay with me here…”

You need to personalize this. I know it’s hard for you; the facts, one would think, should speak for themselves. But “facts”? No, it’s not just the story — it’s how it’s told. Appeal to us as humans. Breath, laugh, roll your eyes — you do it once in a while — add some incredulous pauses to your expose’s.

But yes, do keep at it, we want to see this Press-a-dent (into the history books as the worse human being ever to take office) gone from our media feeds. We want to see this incoherent bloviating imbecile turned out to drool pablum in some retirement home.

Take a breath and laugh at the impossible absurdity of it all.


UBER + MADD

Who would love to create an app that keeps drunk drivers off the roads?

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers — that’s who.

We don’t need no UBER to commandeer the entire ride sharing economy. Lyft? Yeah, Lyft this!

What MADD might want to do is build their OWN app and offer DEALS through BARS around the world to get the app onto people phones and to provide a discount for app users IN THE BARS! Alcohol is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP – and bars can afford to pony up a discount or three to those who use the app and hire MADDrivers to drive them home.

Mobile App for Drunk Drivers MADD!


Wag the Dog

The election of The Drumpf may prove to be an excellent lesson for everyone in the manipulation of attention and persuasion of an audience.

There’s no doubt that that The Drumpf personifies the intentional overt molding of the media. He knows how to play the media against itself. He knows how to divert focus from sensitive areas that might expose his nefarious activities to sensationalized, fabricated scandals that tear at our sense of decorum and virtue, that incite our moral outrage.

We would do well to analyze and master this man’s capabilities.

Wag the Dog is a 1997 film which illustrates how misdirection of the media can sway and cajole the populace into ignoring true scandal within an administration and instead adopt a false but compelling alter-narrative.

The Drumpf is master at this. It is odd however, that he — the dog — would be wagging himself. That is, the phrase “wag the dog” implies that it is the tail of the dog that is in control, and not the dog itself. On second thought, The Drumpf may indeed NOT be in control but is being directed by his minions. Rasputin whispering in the Tsar’s ear.

The lesson here is to both learn the craft of intentional misdirection, AND, to learn when to recognize it and to stay the course of investigation of the dog itself.


No Money in antibiotics

Corp-Pharmaceuticals are waiting until the epidemics are eminent before they even consider wasting research and production on antibiotics. This is not across the board of course, but the trend is there. Actually ‘saving’ the world is a low priority for corporations. making money once it gets really bad — well, that’s a profitable mode of operation.

Corp-Pharma = Evil.

“Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time.”

WHO priority pathogens list for R&D of new antibiotics

Priority 1: CRITICAL

  • Acinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistant
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant
  • Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing

Priority 2: HIGH

  • Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin-resistant
  • Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin-intermediate and resistant
  • Helicobacter pylori, clarithromycin-resistant
  • Campylobacter spp., fluoroquinolone-resistant
  • Salmonellae, fluoroquinolone-resistant
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae, cephalosporin-resistant, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Priority 3: MEDIUM

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae, penicillin-non-susceptible
  • Haemophilus influenzae, ampicillin-resistant
  • Shigella spp., fluoroquinolone-resistant

 

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/bacteria-antibiotics-needed/en/

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How to cure this? (ha!)

Put a society funded (government) bounty on creating effective drugs that combat drug resistant bacteria — with a guaranteed production and delivery of N numbers of doses over X number of years, all at an agreed upon ‘society benefiting’ fixed price.

Penalize drug companies that do not participate by adding additional months of FDA approval time to any drugs on the docket.

“Hey, Drug Companies! Society needs this. You’re in the business. DO IT! Or find another means to fill your shareholder’s bank accounts.”

 


WellCare SickCare

National Healthcare Idea

The current health care crisis (ACA) is in the process of being “solved” (yeah, right). I have scant knowledge of the proposed plan to fix the problem. However, talking this morning we discussed a possible alternative system which might be palatable to a fairly large percentage of participants (people, insurance, drug, government).

Split health care into two parts:

WellCare and SickCare

WellCare will be government sponsored and available without question to ALL US citizens.

SickCare will be insurance controlled and available only to those under premium/deductible payment systems.

WellCare will provide checkups, immunizations, mammograms, health screening, cancer screening, nutrition counselling, influenza shots, treatment and medication for temporary ailments. Essentially all care which keeps you healthy and/or get you back to health within a month’s time. Productivity of a society is the key here. Keeping society healthy should be the governement’s only health related goal. Beyond that is the responsibility of the individual.

SickCare takes over where WellCare leaves off – and is NOT free. Severe and/or lasting injury, long term ailments, chronic diseases should all be covered under SickCare. Society as a whole should not be held responsible for an individual’s genetic, accidental or situational conditions. Individuals must plan for extending health beyond society’s capacity for general populace care.

Where to place the dividing line between the two care systems is the critical question. If it keeps you healthy or returns you to health within one month then it is WellCare. Otherwise it is SickCare.

This is no doubt simplistic. But the core concept of two systems is sound.

Society has a responsibility – to a point – of taking care of its own. This is good economic sense. Care beyond this point however, is bad economic sense. And if a society cannot be economically viable then it will die.

Torte reform must also be part of the overall solution — got to get those lawyers out of the mix — suing doctors for profit.

Also reference:
https://anonymole.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/when-open-markets-make-sense/
https://anonymole.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/misery-profit/

 


Popular + Electoral = Fair

Here’s a way to reconcile the voting in the U.S., combine the popular and electoral votes into a single number.

If for every 250,000 popular votes we award one electoral vote:
Drumpf: 251(pop)
Clinton: 263(pop)

Then we divide up the 538 electoral votes as they fall:
Drumpf: 306(ele)
Clinton: 232(ele)

What we get as a composite are:
Drumpf: 251(pop) + 306(ele) = 557
Clinton: 263(pop) + 232(ele) = 495

In this scenario Drumpf still wins. Which still sucks, yes.

But if Clinton had just won Florida and Montana, using this Popular + Electoral votes system:
Clinton: 527 WINNER!
Drumpf: 525

This is what would have happened in Gore vs Bush:
Bush: 201(pop) + 271 (ele) = 472
Gore: 204(pop) + 266 (ele) = 470

If Gore had one 1/2 million more votes, he would have won the 2000 election in this scenario.

This blending of popular and electoral votes doesn’t change any recent historic elections, but, it certainly provides for a better feeling towards losing. In this case your vote really DOES count — if only a little.

 

 


Gun problem cure

Three types of gun ownership:
• hunting / recreation
• self-defense
• [other]
 
I would posit that the [other] type of gun ownership is economically driven. Such a gun can get you prestige or rank but more importantly, enhanced economic possibility.
 
So, why not address this last point in true economic fashion — buy [other] type guns at economically enabling prices.
 
For a one week period, in high gun-crime areas, offer to purchase (through philanthropic or government largess) guns at unprecedented prices. $10k for a handgun. $12k for a shotgun, $15k for an automatic rifle. During this time, all gun stores in a wide area will be closed.
 
The fallout for this program will be considerable. Those who want to keep their guns for hunting or self defense, will do so. But a gun is now worth nearly as much as silver or gold — so it would be prudent to keep them in concealed locations — or better yet — locked up in a safe.
 
Those would would benefit from $10 or 20k influx of cash — this amount of money will change peoples’ lives.
 
Guns are removed from those areas where they most likely will do the most harm.
 
This program should be repeated, around the country, randomly, to extract the most dangerous guns from circulation.
 
2nd Amendment? Leave it intact. But make gun ownership an expensive proposition. Those who are economically challenged will know what to do with their firearms.