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Jul 12, 2020

Notes From The Oblivion of COVID.

COVID face
From a Doctor:
Just some information to pass along...

"Chickenpox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.

Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years.

HIV is a virus
. It attacks the immune system and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.
Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.

So far the symptoms may include:
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Sore throat
Difficulty breathing
Mental confusion
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
Swollen eyes
Blood clots
Liver damage
Kidney damage
COVID toes (weird, right?)

A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.
Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.

This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.
For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity: How dare you?

How dare you
risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as "getting it over with", when literally no one knows who will be the lucky "mild symptoms" case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30-year-olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.

How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:
Frequent hand-washing
Physical distancing
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Mask wearing
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces

The more actions we can all take to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.
I reject the notion that it's "just a virus" and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance."

Jan 25, 2018

Why did Republicans Vote For a Silver Spoon Fed Nanny Raised Billionaire?

Nanny Raised Billionaire
"Donald J. Trump suggested that one of his supporters could shoot Hillary Clinton to stop her from picking Supreme Court justices if she is elected president." (

I have, to be frank here.
If you have even considered voting for this silver spoon-fed, nanny raised, billionaire because you don't want Hillary, you have a serious mental illness. How many adult movie actresses have to come out of hiding to prove Donald isn't a moral man?

This is not a mistype.
Your awareness of his shortcomings is staggeringly inept considering how quickly you would light the Tiki torch if Obama made the slightest misstep.

"I don't want Hillary in the white house any more than you do."

Republicans, if it makes you feel any better Hillary will probably take us to war her first three months into her term. Think of her as a smarter George Bush if it helps you sleep at night.
Please stop supporting all of Trump's lies and failures. You are seriously no patriot by doing so.

Look, we get it!

You think Democrats are evil Transgender, Muslim loving traitors because Bill O' Reilly and Breitbart told you so. God knows, they say it so much how can you think any other way or for yourself?

Nov 10, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump - Where Do We Go From Here?

President-elect Donald Trump
Step 1 – Admit that we lost.
President-elect Donald Trump will be our leader for the next four years. Yes, he’s our president.

Step 2 – Admit why we lost.
Many of us feel like outsiders in our own country right now. Perhaps we can empathize with all those that felt like this for the past few years. The truth is that many have felt disenfranchised by the Democratic party. While some of us had one priority in mind – defeat Donald trump, a majority of us had other priorities. We didn’t lose this election because half of America are racist, sexist, homophobic bigots who can’t have a female president. Over half of the country did vote for her, in fact. The reasons we lost this election are more complicated than that.

We lost this election when the Democratic National Convention and major media outlets like CNN worked secretly with a campaign, giving that campaign advanced knowledge of questions that would be asked at debates and consorted with that campaign to produce favorable stories in the media for that campaign and negative stories for the opposing campaign.

We lost this election when blue collar workers across America expressed their frustration with politics, as usual, the status quo, the political elite, and income inequality and the Democratic party proceeded to tip the scales for a candidate who represented all those things.

We lost the election when the candidate the DNC chose for us was polling with the second lowest favorable ratings in the history of polling, when she consistently showed weakness in the electoral college against every single Republican opponent, and they installed her anyways.

We lost when the candidate the DNC selected failed to provide reasons to vote FOR her and simply provided reasons to vote against her opponent.

We lost this election when the DNC chose the less electable candidate to represent the Democratic party.

Step 3 – Take Action
The Democratic Party has failed us. The results of this election, ultimately, lie squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic party establishment. It is of utmost importance that the party elite will relinquish the reigns. It is time for the Sanders/Warren Democrats – the millennials and the socialists, the future of our nation, to take control of the direction of the party.

In 2008, after the election of President Obama, the Republican party began to be seized by a people-powered movement called the Tea Party. In 2016, the Democrats should see the very same type of reaction from their constituency. A rebuke of the party establishment and a seizing of control by the voters, rather than the party elite, should take place.

Socialist, populist, progressives all across America need to take up service to their country and run for election to local, state, and federal offices. This is of dire importance to securing our future.

Finally: All Democrats in Congress should meet President Trump and the Republican held House and Senate with the very same opposition that President Obama and the Democrats met with. It is very important that we extend this message to our representatives: We do not want you to work with the President. We do not want you to work across the aisle. We want progressive legislation or nothing. When one party refuses to play by the rules, we are left with no choice but to do the same. We can not get progressive legislation through by trying to play nice. We must learn from the Republican precedent and meet obstruction with obstruction.
Before last night I had felt disillusioned with the Democratic Party. I felt betrayed when I saw the DNC tip the scales of the election and then saw what I already knew to be true, validated through the Wikileaks email hacks. I was entirely prepared to leave politics behind.

But seeing a misogynistic, racist, bigot rise to the most powerful station on Earth has moved me. Knowing that my daughters will have to grow up STILL without having known a female leader of the free world breaks my heart.

My friend told me today that when she woke her daughter up for school, her daughter asked her “Mommy, are we going to be deported?”

My sister and her wife watched the election results with fear and anticipation, as they wondered if what became an increasingly likely President Trump would install a Supreme Court Justice that would repeal marriage equality.

On campus, I saw two black women embrace each other in front of me, one in tears, as they asked each other where they go from here.

The results of yesterday’s election affect each and every one of us deeply and profoundly – whether we know it yet or not. And I have never been more resolved to work my ass off to elect PROGRESSIVE, honest, liberal, Democrats to local, state, and federal offices. 2018 starts today. Are you in?

Oct 11, 2016

Is Bernie Sanders A Sellout?

Donald Trump Tape

Author: Dennis M. Sweatt

Every politician is a "sellout" depending on your terms. Considering they have to cater to a wide swath of constituents who all have varying needs required of their elected officials.

Since it was never about Bernie Sanders, then how can he be a sellout?
He was simply a masthead, not the ship.

This is and ought to be about the movement, which without Bernie would not be so prevalent. Bernie didn't die or leave the planet on a spaceship. If you believed in Bernie's message it was because of his tireless work for forty+ years which he is still fighting, within the system, to change the system; a system he was fighting to change before he became the progressive savior.

So before anyone crucifies him as a sellout, remember there is still time to save our nations 'soul' without a bloody sacrifice of a moral, if not perfect man.

That man doesn't want Donald 'Locker Room' Trump to be president either. A "moral vote" (third party) will make Trump president.

"We are adults, we have two candidates with the only chance to appoint a liberal judge. Guess who that is." (Author)

Would it be supporting Bernie's message to hand the lowest candidate the highest office?
If you support Bernie, support his call to vote for Hillary.
He will have her ear, and he has our voice.

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Sep 10, 2016

Ari Fleischer Releases Notes From Air Force One to Justify 9/11

George Bush, September 11 2001

There are six pages in all, the only original verbatim text of what US President George Bush said on the presidential plane as he and his senior aides absorbed the news on September 11, 2001. 

"I can't wait to find out who did it," Bush said. "It's going to take a while ...."
[He was trying to hold true to a facade here because a little while later when asking about his family, and his dog ...]
"Barney?" Bush said, inquiring about his beloved Scottish terrier.
"He's nipping at the heels of Osama bin Laden now," said Card

[Andrew Card didn't know about maintaining plausible denial]
They already knew who did it, they'd known for months about bin Laden's intentions.
"We're at war...somebody's going to pay" George Bush said after 9/11
Handwritten notes providing the only complete verbatim record of how George W Bush reacted as he received the news of the 9/11 attacks have been made public for the first time.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the attacks, Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer has released the six pages of notes that he made as Bush and those around him reacted to the unfolding terrorist atrocity.
They reveal that amid the confusion, Bush's immediate reaction was to seek revenge against the terrorists.
Telephoning his Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One, he said: Were going to get the b******s. Were at war. 

After hanging up the phone, Bush turned to his aides and said: "When we find out who did this, they're not going to like me as president. Somebody's going to pay."

Handwritten notes from a Bush administration official released before the 15th anniversary of 9/11 give an inside look into how the President responded in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The scribbled writings of Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary at the time, show worries about other attacks after George W. Bush was told about the hijackings while at a Florida school.

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