Good Health Is Soooooo Overrated. Age And Aging In An Aging America (April 12, 2021)

Posted in Health Care, Society on April 12, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Fifty years ago, we compared PSAT scores and now we contrast PSA scores.”

J          “Life goes on.  Praying for a high four digit number has matured into praying for a low single digit number.”

K          “After reviewing the digit deduced after the blood draw and then inspecting the situation with the digit, she pronounced the verdict with three magic words.  ‘Small.  Soft.  Smooth.  You’re good.  For now.’  Another temporary reprieve from the grim reaper.”

J          “Boys get prostate cancer and girls get breast cancer.  Hard to question that God treats everyone equally.”  

. . .


J          “The grand irony is that a ‘positive’ outcome is a ‘negative’ outcome and a ‘negative’ outcome is a ‘positive’ outcome.”

. . .

J          “He voiced the verdict with three malevolent words.  ‘Progressive.  Debilitating.  Incurable’.”  

K          “The death sentence is not even a complete sentence.  Those words should be added to George Carlin’s seven words you can’t say on television and should not hear until very late in your lifetime.”

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K          “For the self-unemployed, their last day on the job is also their last day on the planet.”

J          “For the truly self-unemployed, their last day on the planet and the day they go may also be the last day they go without a job.”

. . .

K          “Trying to make a call using the television remote was unavailing.”

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J          “Humans never escape the planet and never escape the hierarchy on the planet.  Check out the nursing home hierarchy.  A patient may have arrived in a flashy ride suggesting that they have arrived, yet everyone is assigned and navigates the same generic wheel chair without even a distinctive hood ornament.”

K          “I hear you.  Everyone wears the same loose-fitting sweat suit and is not able to flaunt a Hart Schaffner and Freeman suit or a Kate McCarthy outfit.”

J          “Street cred in the facility is a function of the number of visitors.  That’s it.  Bodies replace dollars as the benchmark of status and power.  How many home boys or home girls come to visit you.”

K          “I hear you.  When I walk in, all eyes are on me as they chalk up another visitor for him.  And almost all of the visitors sign in with the same surname sported by the patient.  And a few in-laws.”

J          “Which is the way status should be calibrated earlier in life.  If you have friends, you have cred.  You have it made, and you have made it.”

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K          “Over the decades, the preferred rides have transitioned from Cadillac to Mercedes to Lexus to an uncertain heir today, yet everyone ends up in the wheel chair before departing in the hearse.”

J          “And so far, no one is able to haul a U-Haul behind the hearse.”

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J          “The banality of senility is merciful.  He does not know what he does not know.  If he understood and fully appreciated his plight and circumstance, he would go seriously crazy/insane/nuts.”   

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J          “Some staggeringly high percentage of the money spent on one’s health care is spent in the last six months of life.  And that is the phase of the biography that is the least glowing.” 

K          “Endure the last six months and then forget about them and remember the earlier years.”

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K          “He lost his appetite for life and his appetite.  As his last act of free will, he elected to cease eating.  He was too old for and refused to get another transplant.  Five days later, he transplanted himself to a new place.”

J          “I see it all the time.  I suggested to someone to inspect the pill box.  She passed on Saturday and bequeathed an undisturbed pill box for S (Sunday), for M (Monday), for T (Tuesday), for W (Wednesday), for T (Thursday), for F (Friday) and for deliverance day.  Or another fellow gobbled up S and M and T and W and T and F and S and S all at once and obtained his deliverance.”

K          “Some folks really know what is best for them.  She was tired of the menagerie of red pills and blue pills and ecru pills and looked up at the earnest middle-aged doctor and ventured:  ‘Sonny, why don’t you just prescribe medical marijuana and we’ll call it good?’”

J          “Medicare should cover medical marijuana.”

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J          “The conversation is the same.  They talk about their health problems, the health problems of the people they know, and the health problems of people they do not know.”

K          “Health problems do come up.”

. . .

K          “When the page remains blank for more than a few micro seconds, I will know.”

J          “My pages are blanking now.”

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K         “The neighborhood is changing at a quicker pace.  The folks went out walking and later slowed into strolling.  Stollers are replacing walkers.  The new kids may only use the stroller once and are only able to afford to install one vehicle in the great American two car garage.”

J          “You start on four legs, transition to two, and then transition cum cane to three and then with a walker to four.”

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J          “Nature does not make the decision.  The MBAs usually make the final decision.  When the costs of care for him grew and could not be billed as easily to the inmate or others, the facility ups the level of morphine and opens up a bed/billing platform.  They can always justify it by saying the patient was in pain.  She was obedient at taking orders but incapable of hiding the lie and the crime.”

K          “Technically, it’s murder, but it is also just standard operating procedure.”

J          “I know someone who asked the staff to defer administering the dose until morning to allow some family members one last visit, but they administered the dose so that he passed in the early a.m.  They could bill for the day and possibly fill the billing platform with another inmate that same day.”

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J          “You leave their stuff at the back door this week and then go through the front door to see how much they are charging for the stuff you left at the back door last week.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)” and “On Ambition: “And Then You Die” (June 29, 2009)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, three legs in the evening, and no legs at night?”  Answer: 

Aging:  I can’t recommend it

All the wrong things are stiff

At this point in life, one deals with loss not with gain

At this point in life, I need three months to get into shape and three minutes to get out of shape

Napkin fashioned into a name tag at the Home/Facility:  “I am your daughter Lisa”

Everything hurts and I’m dying

I’m as old as the old people

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional

Growing old disgracefully

OK Boomer

“You say that if you have your health, you have everything.  You don’t have a Camaro.”  Eight year old who is now older

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell just happened

I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands

Old age comes at an inconvenient time

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends.  I mean, life is tough.  It takes up a lot of your time.  What do you get at the end of it?  A Death!  What’s that, a bonus?  I think the life cycle is all backwards.  You should die first, get it out of the way.  Then you live in an old age home.  You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work.  You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.  You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school.  You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating . . . and you finish off as an orgasm.”  George Carlin

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’.”  Hunter S. Thompson

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”  Gabriel Garcia Márquez

“The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.”  “Roadhouse Blues” Doors

“Health is the greatest possession.  Contentment is the greatest treasure.  Confidence is the greatest friend.”  Lao-Tze

Sixth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2021 (April 5, 2021)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage on April 5, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year, the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is awarded to . . . Daniel Hale, the whistleblower who exposed the government’s drone assassination program at considerable cost to himself.”

J          “Will there come a time when such individuals are hailed as Great Americans and courageous patriots.”

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[See “As Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Pleads Guilty, Advocates Warn of ‘Profound Threat’ to Free Press” in “Common Dreams” dated April 2, 2021 by Brett Wilkins.]

[See the e-commentary at “Fifth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2020 (July 6, 2020)”, “Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)”, “Alex J. / J. Assange And The First Amendment (August 13, 2018)”, “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Fourth Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2019 (April 8, 2019)”, “Third Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)”, “Second Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014)”, “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015)”, “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For ‘Con’ ‘dign’ Treatment (November 30, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Dissent remains patriotic but perilous

“Sheep spend their whole lives living in fear of the wolf only to be eaten by the shepherd.”  Proverb

Locating Those Irascible (But Not Quotidian) Quotation Marks (March 29, 2021)

Posted in Writing on March 29, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The practice perplexes me.  Injecting punctuation, even if it is only the utilitarian ‘full stop,’ (‘full stop’,) inside the quotation marks is misleading, inaccurate and inappropriate.  Quotation marks should bracket only the exact statement and absolutely nothing more.” 

J          “That is not the American way.  That may even be un-American.  For some Brits, that is the British way.  Yet I understand your concern.  However, the convention suffices for almost everyone, so I oblige and abide.”

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[See the e-commentary discussing the disruptions in supplies and supply lines at “Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)”, the need for more localized farming and regional manufacturing at “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020)” and three perspectives on our current political, cultural, economic and social circumstances at “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Where do you locate the “air quotes?”  (“air quotes”?)

Lawyers And Clients: Peas In Pods; Hands In Gloves (March 22, 2021)

Posted in Courts, Judges, Law, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty on March 22, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “You tell me the name of a person’s lawyer and I will tell you about the person. The Rho is .97.

J          “You tell me the name of the person and I will tell you about the person’s lawyer. The Rho is .97.

. . .

J          “97 percent of all persons have no moral compunctions about lying or their lawyer lying on their behalf.  What does that say about lawyers?”

K          “What does that say about 97 percent of all persons?”

. . .

K          “Pea in pod.”

J          “Hand in glove.”

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[See the conversation more than eight years ago between the “Lawyer” and the “Client” in the e-commentary at “Assigning Blame: The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and the e-commentary more than fifteen years ago on perjury – the backbone of the American legal system – at “Perjury, The American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Where are the judges?

Information Silos / Echo Chambers (March 15, 2021)

Posted in Truth on March 15, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They are more like prison towers.”

J          “With no windows.”

K          “Precluding a more expansive view.”

J          “And preventing the inflow of fresh air.”

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K          “I talk with individuals who are considered ‘bright’ and consider themselves ‘brilliant’ who do not get it.  They can never get it.  They are prisoners in their own self-selected information silo.  They clutch the key to their prison cell and lock themselves inside.”

J          “More important than intellect is emotion.  They must desperately want to get it to be able to get it.  To get it, they must get out of their own echo chamber.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Constructing Thoughts:  Overton Window; Morrison Door; Basic Box (August 19, 2019)”, ““Free” Speech At The “Free Speech Forum” (October 22, 2018)” andTulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Get out much?

GIGO

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.  We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.  The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”  H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Covid: One Year (March 8, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Vaccine on March 8, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A few folks got religion on Wednesday, March 11, a few more on Thursday, March 12, and a whole lot more on Friday the Thirteenth.  By Monday, March 16, religion was gotten by all.”

J          “I remember receiving reminders of meetings of upcoming events throughout the days up until Wednesday and then ‘Cancelled’ and ‘Delayed’ and ‘Rescheduled’ and ‘Postponed’ and ‘Closed’ all day on Thursday.  I said then that we as a society should have gotten two weeks ahead of it.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

It’s just the flu?

RIP: 2020: Vestigial Democracy; 2021: Free Speech (March 1, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Elections, First Amendment on March 1, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “At the end of the year, they scroll through pictures of folks we lost in the past year.  In 2020, the year of the Virus, we may have lost ‘Vestigial Democracy’ and in 2021, the year of the Vaccine, we have already lost ‘Free Speech’ without recognizing either loss.  We are off to a terrible start.”

J          “I disagree about the lost democracy.  It was clean or clean enough for me in the real world of dirty politics.  Free speech is another thing.  The First Amendment protects against government intrusion, but now the ‘governments’ are private sector Behemoths who are beyond regulation.  However, I am not totally against bans on speech that is akin to yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”

K          “These private sector bans will come to haunt us.”

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[See “YouTube Censors Senate Testimony From Doctor On Possible Covid Drug” by Jonathan Turley dated February 4, 2021.]

[See the e-commentary at YouTube:  Your University:  America’s Community College (December 8, 2014)” at a time when it seemed a more benign platform.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Did they make it Amendment One for a reason?

The Obstreperous Silence (February 22, 2021)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Seems like things are roiling and boiling and percolating.  Something is brewing.”

J          “Festering.  Feels like there is a political hurricane or an economic tornado or a social earthquake heading our way.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Donning Masks, Doffing Masks. Oh, And Happy Mardi Gras! (February 15, 2021)

Posted in Truth on February 15, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “While we were directed to don our masks, those in power unwittingly doffed their masks.”

J          “But does anyone see?  Our masks only cover our nose and mouth, not our eyes.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Constructing Thoughts:  Overton Window; Morrison Door; Basic Box (August 19, 2019)”, ““Free” Speech At The “Free Speech Forum” (October 22, 2018)” and “Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Populace Is “Dis-ed”: Discombobulated, Disequilibrated, Disquieted, Disconcerted, Dislocated, Disillusioned, Disappointed, Dismayed, Dissed And Dis-ed (February 8, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Society, Vaccine on February 8, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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J          “‘Not happy’ is what I am going with today.”

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K          “Everyone is shuffling about the mist and the miasma in a dazed and dreary dreamland.”

. . .

J          “Intoxicated, lobotomized, anesthetized, euthanized, exhausted.”

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K          “If the new age vaccines that have never been proven to be efficacious in the intermediate run turn out to ineffective or worse unacceptably unsafe, it is Katy bar the door.”

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[See the e-commentary at “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 sticker of the week:

I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy