A National Potassium Iodide Distribution  Program? (September 26, 2022)

Posted in Medicine, Pharmaceutical Industry, Russia, War on September 26, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The Puppet In Chief Bideni and the Neo-Cons want to escalate World War E / III into a nuclear conflict.  They may get their way.  At a minimum, they should prepare the nation.  Biden has wasted billions and billions and billions and billions and billions of dollars on wasteful projects that have only driven up inflation.  He should task FEMA with providing every household with a supply of potassium iodide.”

J          “Putin wants to escalate matters into a nuclear conflict.  At least we agree that with a nuclear conflict on the horizon, it is time for a national potassium iodide distribution program.”

. . .

J          “In 2020, the government had cloth face masks packaged and ready to be sent to every citizen, but Trumpi cancelled the program.  I hope the Smithsonian keeps one of the packages in its archives of Americana.”

. . .    

K          “The pharmaceutical industry will demand that potassium iodide be banned as a prophylactic and then offer a nearly identical synthetic drug at 500 times the price . . . and get the government to force everyone to use it.”

J          “The real surprise will come when some bureaucrat realizes that it is time to make an announcement to the public to begin the first dose of potassium iodide . . . and the public response is . . . ‘Take what?’ or ‘Say what?’.”

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[See the e-commentary at Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Bombs away

Got potassium iodide?

Weaponizing Turn Signals (September 19, 2022)

Posted in Society on September 19, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Turn signals are a subtle way for community members to communicate with each other.  A community member signals that he or she is making a move that could impact others in the community.”    

J          “So many people out there are so angry and bitter and frustrated and dangerous.  A vehicle provides a socially accepted weapon and driving it offers an opportunity to wield it.  A private tank on a public road if you will.  The little sliver of public road ahead of the driver may be the only thing that he or she can control for a few brief moments.”

. . .

K          “He is a grandfather and an otherwise reasonable and passive person.  After reflection and experience, he has decided not to use turn signals because they trigger others.  When he sees a safe opening and uses his turn signals, the vehicle in the other lane accelerates and cuts him off.  So he does not provide a clue and instead just changes lanes without notice and an opportunity for the vehicle to accelerate and cut him off.”

J          “I use the turn signal to test the tank driver in the other lane.  The tank often speeds up and passes creating an opening that allows me to change lanes.  Unless the following tank also speeds up.  With my blinker broadcasting my intentions all the time.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “If I Get Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer . . . .” (December 13, 2021), Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020), Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip (January 12, 2015), The Populace Is “Dis-ed”: Discombobulated, Disequilibrated, Disquieted, Disconcerted, Dislocated, Disillusioned, Disappointed, Dismayed, Dissed And Dis-ed (February 8, 2021), The Vaccine: The Shot Felt Round The World (November 23, 2020), Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  TSD/PTSD In The New Plague War.  A New Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)? (April 27, 2020) and The Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Imagine . . . using your turn signals

Forget world peace.  Visualize using your turn signals 

I’m not a mind reader.  Use your turn signal!

Happy Equinox

Student Loan Forgiveness? (September 12, 2022)

Posted in Education, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex on September 12, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Forgive. 

K          “But do not forget how we as a society got into this mess.”

. . .

J          “Everyone else has a hand in the government pocket for less beneficial undertakings.  Why not let the kids belly up to the trough.”

K          “If some of the graduates are not relieved of the financial yoke, the economy might further stagnate because they cannot participate.”

. . .

K          “The cost of the SIC (Schooling Industrial Complex) is so expensive because it feeds layer upon layer upon layer upon layer of bureaucrats who do not teach but instead leach.  What teaching is done is done by adjunkts.  And the real cost of an education is the cost to really educate oneself after the schooling/indoctrination process.”

J          “Going to college today is not worth it, but not going to college today is not worth it.  College is still the gateway and the choke point to economic success in our society.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at Is College Worthless? (July 25, 2011), The Staggering Cost Of Schooling And Then The Staggering Cost Of A Real Education (March 18, 2019) and “Adjunktification” In The S.I.C. (Schooling Industrial Complex) (March 13, 2017).]

Bumper stickers Sweatshirt of the week:

College

Labor Day (September 5, 2022)

Posted in Minimum Wage, Work on September 5, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “When the government pays folks not to labor, folks learn to enjoy not laboring.”

J          “Many if not most of the jobs were crappy, but many of the jobs on this planet are crappy.  There will always be some crappy job that cannot be automated.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary around prior Labor Days and at ‘Mericanize: Monetize, Mechanize And Militarize (December 30, 2013).]

Bumper stickers Sweatshirt of the week:

College

“Recurring Revenue”:  Inserting A Tentacle Into Every Pocket (August 29, 2022)

Posted in Capitalism on August 29, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The word for our time.”

J          “It is a four letter word.”

. . .

K          “The business plan is to insert every tentacle into every pocket forever.”

J          “Remote start for a car strikes me as an acceptable bourgeois indulgence, but for the auto companies to demand a monthly charge for the service is underhanded and over the top.  Imagine if the credit card company botched the person’s payment for the recurring monthly power window fee and also the recurring monthly door lock fee.  A driver may be imprisoned in the vehicle.”

K          “Remember the song ‘M.T.A.’ performed by the Kingston Trio that told the tale of a rider on the MTA who did not have an extra nickel to pay the fare and was condemned to continue riding the subway in perpetuity.  Poor Chuck’s wife had to toss his lunch to him through the window.”

J          “Imagine flying down the highway and the red light erupts to inform the driver that the fee for brake service is in arrears and the braking system no longer functions.”

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K          “In the early days of the Internet, those who mined and secured general internet addresses made a small fortune.  For instance, the person who first mined and secured www.pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.com made a tidy sum selling it.  Now websites are leased with the original holder retaining ownership and charging monthly rent.  It is legal and it is ethical, yet it is reflective of a desire to keep a tentacle in every pocket.  The lessee could develop the site as part of a brand and then lose the site for failure to make a monthly payment.”    

J          “Will the public resist?”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Brake service monthly fee in arrears

Will we ever return?

Cheney/Bush v. Trumpi:  Crime Families Battling On The Big Stage (August 22, 2022)

Posted in Bush, Trumpi on August 22, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The Cheney/Bush crime families are at war with the Trumpi crime family.  With the recent primary election in Wyoming, one warrior on the battle field is now throttled, at least temporarily.”

J          “Whatever her motives, Liz tried to clean up the public sphere.  And now finally after a disturbing hiatus, the authorities are going after Trumpi.  That is promising.”

.  .  .

K          “She will land in a thoughtless think tank or an sketchy hedge fund and look for an opportunity.”

J          “Nothing ever changes.”

.  .  .

K          “Dick Cheney is not really bright and not really astute and not really witty and not really honest and not really charming and not really real, really.  That is what the system seeks and rewards.” 

J          “Give credit where credit is due.  Dick is amoral and ruthless and psychopathic and sociopathic.”

K          And he is the patriarch of a crime family that now may not have a player on the public stage.”

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[See the e-commentary on the major crime families in America at Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”  Mark Twain

The War Between The Nation-States:  Architectonic And Tectonic Shifts In The World:  Getting Our Bearings In The Emerging World Order: Land And People And Resources Versus Fiat And Finance And Firearms (August 15, 2022)

Posted in China, Geopolitics, Petrodollar, Russia on August 15, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The ‘War of Northern Aggression’ is an accurate description.”

J          “The ‘War of Southern Aggression’ is an accurate description.”

. . .

K          “We must conform Mercator’s depiction because the ‘West’ is really the ‘North’ and the ‘East’ is really the ‘South’.  Russia and China must be relocated to the ‘South’.  Australia and New Zealand must be relocated to the ‘North’.  And voila! everything is geographically and economically and politically and socially copacetic.  The architectonic shifts are manifesting in tectonic shifts. The lines are being drawn.”

J          “The poles are shifting.  The battle lines are being drawn.” 

. . .

K          “About three quarters to four fifths of the world’s population are ‘Southerners’ and about one quarter to one fifth are ‘Northerners’.  The ‘Southerners’ have land and people and resources.  The Northerners led by the U.S. have fiat and finance and firearms.  The ‘Southerners’ are the future.  The ‘Northerners’ are the past.”

J          “Everything turns on how much longer the PetroDollar is the world’s reserve currency.  In the short term, however, as Europe and the emerging countries suffer, assets are likely to flow to the dollar.”

. . .

K          “The U.S. War against Russia via a duped, duplicitous and culpable proxy Ukraine has triggered many of these fundamental geographic, economic, political and social changes that are acknowledged by few and understood by even fewer.  February 24, 2022 will be another red letter day on the calendar.  2022 will be another red letter year on the calendar.”

J          “Because the Chinese won.”

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[See the e-commentary at World War E Becomes World War III:  The West Versus The Rest:  Uni-Polar Versus Multi-Polar (March 28, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

G7 versus BRICS and many other nations

Land and people and resources” versus “fiat and finance and firearms”

The “North” rules (while breaking all the rules) at this time

February 24, 2022 will be another red letter day on the calendar

The Chinese won/one

Was Sir Halford John Mackinder prescient?

(Refined) Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure (R FRCP) (August 8, 2022)

Posted in Courts, Law, Rule of Law on August 8, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “One federal judge held up a pen and stated that he affixes his signature to more motions and stipulations for extensions of time than to any other pleading.  Every deadline is absurdly short in practice.  The legal beagles in power should double all deadlines in the rules with one pen stroke.  Even the time to notice an appeal should be doubled.  A party oftentimes needs a longer period of time to accept intellectually and emotionally the consequences of a decision and the challenges of taking an appeal.  60 days instead of 30 to take an appeal.”

J          “That is the problem.  The deadlines are short to benefit the judges not the public.  Judges and lawyers do not take reasonable action without tremendous public pressure.”

. . .        

J          “A judge who orders that you give up a long planned vacation on short notice to generate a draft order and do his work and then dawdles for six months before guessing which way to go is not a sage jurist or a good person.”

K          “Standard operating procedure (sop) in the court system.  Judges view themselves as gods rather than public servants.  Something must change.  Rule changes will not solve everything without a change in behavior.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

If you cannot fully explain why you believe what you believe, you might be brainwashed.

Society has become so fraudulent that the truth actually bothers people.

“In the Fall an old man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of reforming the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”  With a nod to Al

The War On Truthful Journalism Marches On;  U.S. Carpet Bombing Propaganda And Censorship Campaign Rages On (August 1, 2022)

Posted in Censorship, First Amendment, Propoganda on August 1, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The U.S. is being the U.S. again and funding a ‘blacklist’ of journalists and commentators who ask hard questions and demand honest answers.  The U.S./Ukraine ‘Enemies List’ list includes individuals who are on the short list for a Pushitzer Prize and for the highly coveted Cameo In Courage Award.”

J          “I disapprove of what they say, but I will defend to the death their right to say it.”

. . .

[See the “US Should Not Fund Ukrainian ‘Blacklist’” reprinted in “Consortium News” dated July 27, 2022 by Scott Ritter.]

[Take some time reading and reflecting on the e-commentary six years ago on the concerted attacks on independent journalists at A “Journalist” Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016) and Dispatches From The War On Journalism: The New “Nixon’s Enemies List” (December 5, 2016).  See the propaganda war waged by even NPR at N. Propaganda R. Transcribed:  “Get Vaccinated.  Attack Russia.”  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 21, 2022) and Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I disapprove of what you say, but [I] will defend to the death your right to say it.”  Voltaire

“To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.”  Henry Kissinger

Spiritual And Intellectual Eunuchs (July 25, 2022)

Posted in Society on July 25, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “That description about captures it.”

J          “Catchy too.”

.  .  .

K          “Obsequious to those in power.”

J          “Sycophantic to those above them.”

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K          “Never took a stand.”

J          “Never joined a sit-in.”

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K          “Their biography reads:  ‘Born – Consumed – Died.’”

J          “Or ‘Amassed credentials and lucre.  Never really did anything of substance or permanence.’”

.  .  . 

[See the e-commentary at Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020) and “If I Get Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer . . . .” (December 13, 2021).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Born – Consumed – Died

Make waves

If you stay silent and fail to rock the boat in this war between good and evil, your life might be easier, but your children’s won’t.

Conformity is doing what everyone else is doing regardless of what is right; Morality is doing what is right regardless of what everyone else is doing.

It is remarkable how many people believe themselves intellectually superior for repeating what authority tells them.  It is also remarkable how school is structured to reward students for repeating what authority tells them.  I wonder if there is a connection?

There was a very cautious man

Who never laughed or played

He never risked, he never tried.

He never sang or prayed.

And when he one day passed away

His insurance was denied,

For since he never really lived,

They claimed he never really died.

(Anonymous poem)