Archive for May, 2020

Graduation Advice:  Stop, Pause, Think (May 18, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Graduation Advice on May 18, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We will try it again.  If this signal is now coming through to you or to some of you, we can proceed with the first virtual graduation ceremony in school history.  Stop, pause, think.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’20 . . . learn to stop, pause, think. . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, learn to stop, pause, think.  You have been studying and partying and extracurricularing at a frantic and frenetic pace.  Now is the time to stop, pause, think.  We are in the halcyon days of the Plague.  The next days and weeks and years and decades will not be as calm.  Stop, pause, think.”

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K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert.  First.  Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).  And stop, pause, think.”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the “Sunscreen Column” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column-column.html, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wear_Sunscreen and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019)”; “Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First.   Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).  Stop, pause, think.

Stop, pause, think

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The Personal Lockdown Calculus (May 11, 2020)

Posted in Academia, Covid / Coronavirus, Health Care, Public Health, Universities on May 11, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We are in the halcyon days of the Plague.”

J          “That is what I fear.”

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K          “A very close friend lost a very close friend in late February, but not a very close friend of mine.  And then another very close friend lost a very close friend in March, but not a very close friend of mine.  And then another very close friend lost a very close friend in April, but not a very close friend of mine.  But I have not or have not to date lost a very close friend or a close friend or a friend.  In time.”

J          “‘Have not to date’ is true.  It is still distant and foreign and academic and theoretical.  New York is far away and distant and foreign for most people.  Someone must first lose a neighbor, then a second cousin, then a nephew, and then a parent, spouse, child.  Then it gets real.  Then there may be some passing collective interest in wearing a mask properly.”

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J          “If we want to reduce traffic injuries and death, we could outlaw left turns.”

K          “Or cap the speed limit at 25 mph.  Everything in life is a trade-off.  I get it.”

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J          “So many of the individuals who support the lockdown can afford to be locked down and benefit from others being locked down.  And so many of the individuals who oppose the lockdown cannot afford to be locked down and believe that they do not benefit from others being locked down.”

K          “The dispute is not just another ‘blue state’ versus ‘red state’ divide but rather is a ‘green state’ divide in the populace.  The ‘green state’ divide is real.”

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J          “This ‘Covid Conversation’ stuff even with video denies us the chance to observe and gauge the speaking and revealing we do with our body.  And to sense the pheromones.”

K          “A fortnight ago, I observed that I feel for the first time in my life like a reluctant prisoner in my own private fort with no defined sentence or clear terms of parole.”

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K          “Do you open the universities this Fall?  The decision needs to be made now.  No, the universities cannot open this Fall.  Opening a university creates more problems of all kinds and also would lead to financial ruin via a different path.  When kids from all over descend on shared bed rooms and communal bathrooms, all viral hell breaks out.  The entire fragile and unsustainable economic model for today’s University, Inc. is built on the foreign students in particular all the Chinese students paying full freight.  There will be bloodbaths of red ink.”

J          “I know of many hospitals low on or out of cash.  The hospitals affiliated with state universities are not receiving enough funds from the state legislatures that are not receiving enough tax dollars from the citizens to fund the operations because the citizens are not able to work.  What is also bewildering is that individuals are not presenting with the medical problems that one would expect based on accurate historical records.  There will be bankruptcies.”

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J          “I maintain that you will get it NOW or you will get it in NOV.  Wear a mask properly.  Work to delay it for you and for others and for the system as long as possible.  There may be more resources and should be refined protocols in NOVember than NOW.  Unless the system is overwhelmed and/or the Virus is more virulent.”

K          “I have spent the last few months doing for others even when they didn’t want to do for themselves or did not know what to do.  I am doing right now what I would do when it is too late to do something.  The drum beat is getting louder and the march is getting closer.”

J          “NOVember is just around the corner.”

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[See the e-commentary on the Plague over the last few months.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Things are worse than they seem

“In a very toxic world, a healthcare system that can’t or won’t talk about detoxification, nutrition, and vitamin deficiencies/supplements, but only likely more toxic pharmaceuticals and possibly toxic vaccines (flu vaccines that still have mercury in them, for instance) is a healthcare system that no one needs.”  Attributed to _______________?

When can you tell that a government virologist is lying?  When he/she is moving his/her lips.

Dad attended Brown; Mom attended Smith; I onlined Dartmouth

Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary on May 4, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Whitney Webb . . . for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist and a patriot for the Planet.”

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[See “Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab With Millions Of U.S. Dollars For Risky Coronavirus Research” in “Newsweek” dated April 28, 2020 by Rusty Guterl.]

[See the e-commentary at “Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)”, “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.  See the e-ssay written fifteen years ago titled “Ohio – Not Forgettin’ Ohio; The Battleground State Battles On (May 2, 2005)” on the fiftieth anniversary.”]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2021 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2021 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.”  Charlie Munger

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Plant a garden

 

Poor journalism

Need integrity, courage

Need to save Planet