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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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”   

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . . 

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.”

. .  .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .   

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.”

. . .

[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

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

. . .

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

. . .

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

. . .

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

. . .

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.”

. . .

[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

MLK 2021 (January 18, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Race, Society, South, Vaccine on January 18, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I need a break.”

J          “I need a brake.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Rioters / Protestors:  Too Much Noise / Too Little Signal (June 8, 2020)”, King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)”, “Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)”, “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “Dixie Visited (September 17, 2012)”, “Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)”, “Seeing 2020:  A Sanctuary City Is Legal If It Respects And Protects ____________.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 20, 2020)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Respire and aspire

Letter to the editor of the week (Not published because it implicitly challenges the vaccine monomania):

Got D3 and Zn?

Vitamin D3 and Zinc sustain one’s immune system.  Discuss with your health care provider taking 5000 ius of Vitamin D3 and 50 mg of Zinc regularly along with a balanced diet and vigorous exercise after a night of restful sleep.  Take Zn with a hint of copper (Cu) and an ionophore to get the Zn into your cells!  We should create a contest to craft a catchy slogan like the “slip, slop, slap and wrap” campaign in Australia that encourages kids and adults to protect themselves against the sun and skin cancer.  However, we northerner folks need to address a lack of sun and thus a lack of vitamin D3.  For inspiration, think of the catchy first poem recited by some attentive seven year olds to their occasionally inattentive parents in the car:  “Click It or Ticket”.  Got D ‘n’ Z?

Google: “Be Evil” (September 28, 2020)

Posted in Amazon, Elections, Facebook, Google, Magazine Reference, Monopoly, Privacy, Society, Technology on September 28, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “’Don’t Be Evil’.   An age of overwhelming edgy sarcastic anxiety and detached cynical irony really is not a healthy and productive age.”

J          “Our society has not aged well.  Bad wine.  White wine that has gone sour and not red wine that improved with age.  And Google and Facebook and Amazon provide the most perverse ironies of our age.”

. . .

[See “The Big Tech Extortion Racket” in “Harpers” dated September 2020 by Barry C. Lynn.

“In 2018, an Irish technologist named Dylan Curran downloaded the information Google had collected about him.  All in all, Curran found, the corporation had gathered 5.5 GB of data on his life, or the equivalent of more than three million Word documents.

In an article for article for “The Guardian”, Curran wrote that within this trove he found

“every Google Ad I’ve ever viewed or clicked on, every app I’ve ever launched or used and when I did it, every website I’ve ever visited and what time I did it.  They also have every image I’ve ever searched for and saved, every location I’ve ever searched for or clicked on, every news article I’ve ever searched for or read, and every single Google search I’ve made since 2009.  And . . . every YouTube video I’ve ever searched for or viewed, since 2008.”

In addition, Curran discovered that Google keeps a detailed record of what events he attends and when he arrives, what photos he takes and when he takes them, what exercises he does and when he does them.  And it has kept every email he has ever sent or received, including those he has deleted.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Goggle” and “Facebook” and “Amazon” and other topics such as “Privacy” and related issues.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Bye Don 2020 (also sported on lawn signs)

Re-Elect The Mother Fracker (also sported on ball caps and t-shirts)

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague: What Is A [Labor Day] Weekend? (September 7, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Society, Work on September 7, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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J          “The appeal of that show is still beguiling, yet the series appealed to the whole family wholeheartedly and to me.  ‘What is a weekend?’, the Dowager at Downton Abbey inquired at dinner.  What was a declining way of life for the wealthy is now an emerging way of life for the villagers.”

K          “And when you are self-unemployed under the old way of life, you only knew it was the weekend because your friends could come out to play.”

J          “But you are employee of the month every month.”

. . .

K          “The circus had its own calendar and dedicated days.  In the fall and winter, Friday night was demarcated by high school football, Saturday afternoons by college football and almost all of Sunday by professional football.”

J          “And the professional game metastasized into Monday night and then into the Thursday night edition of Monday night football that became Thursday night football.  Tuesday and Wednesday are the weekend for football.  The circus markers are gone or limited.”

. . .

J          “A friend notes that she only knows the day of the week if the newspaper does not arrive which means it is Saturday.”

K          “And then there is always Sunday night.  A friend described the Sunday night malaise that set in every week around 5 o’clock began sooner each year and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Saturday night and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Friday night.”

J          “On Sunday night, you are only seven days away from Sunday night and a fortnight away from Sunday night.”

. . .

K          “And the winter solstice this year falls on a Monday.”

J          “And the day the sun starts returning springs on a Tuesday.”

. . .

K          “Until recently, of course, one typically spent five days in an office and two days in or operating out of a home.  Now seven days are spent in a home office that creates a sense of uninterrupted house arrest.  I even use the word ‘prisoner’ in some conversations to describe my confined circumstances.”

J          “Although I am likely to cancel the furlough, I booked an airline ticket in December that I hold in my hand to hold out hope of getting a work release from the prison I am booked in today.  The ticket is a psychological get out of jail card for fee.”

K          “Book ’im, Danno.”

. . .

J          “What is a weekbegin?”

K          “T.G.I.?.”

. . .

[Follow the criminal proceedings – by the English and American court systems – against Julian Assange at Consortium News.]

[See the e-commentary at Labor Day and Labor Day weekend at “Laboring Day (September 2, 2019)”, “Labor Day.  Oh, And Happy Labor Day! (September 3, 2018)”, “On Writin’ And Livin’ And Laborin’ (September 4, 2017)” and “Doctorin’ And Lawyerin’ And Laborin’ (September 5, 2011)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Labor on!

What is a weekend?

Unions – The folks who brought you the weekend

Everybody’s playing for the week

“Eight hours of work, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of what you will”

T.G.I.?.

“A job?”

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The Country Is Moving From The City To The Country (August 17, 2020)

Posted in Climate, Covid / Coronavirus, Population, Society, Voting on August 17, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The exodus over the last century from the fertile farm, verdant field to the bright lights, big city is now reversing direction.”

J          “In my neck of the woods out at the cabin, the prices of rural property are sky rocketing as people flee the sky high prices and confined life in skyscrapers.”

. . .

J          “With aerosolization of the Virus, the skies may not yet be safe to fly.  Instead of flying in an aluminum aircraft tube in the jet stream, folks are driving around towing an aluminum Airstream.”

K          “You can camp and stream at all the wi-fi hot spots while avoiding the Covid-19(84) hot spots in a mobile cave.  Driving around in a recreational vehicle or towable camper allows you to cover substantial distances while practicing social distancing.”

. . .

K          “Blue cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in blue states are bleeding population to the red towns and red states.  This tectonic movement is profound for both the city and the country.”

J          “And the great migration is triggered not by global climate change as everyone surmised but by even more immediate economic and epidemiological threats.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “‘Peak Land’: The Exodus Toward The Equator . . . or the North Pole? (April 4, 2011)” on the population shifts triggered by climate change.  See “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day (February 12, 2018)” on the escape plans of the jet set who will take to the jet stream.  See “Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)” on population challenges.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Two is one; one is none

See the USA

“Le temps du loup”

19th Amendment

Seeing 2020:  Failure Is Success.  Defeat Is Triumph.  Loss Is Win.  (January 13, 2020)

Posted in Book Reference, Society, War on January 13, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

1984:

War is Peace.

Freedom is Slavery.

Ignorance is Strength.

2020:

Failure Is Success.

Defeat Is Triumph. 

Loss Is Win.

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

A house of cards with its halls of fun house mirrors

Keep calm and panic

Mission accomplished

The Möbius Loop Of Stupidity, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Indifference, Arrogance, . . .  Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25, 2019)

Posted in Society on November 25, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Each day is an interminable Möbius Loop of stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, . . .”

J          “My days are blessedly different and gyrate around incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, . . .”

. . .

K          “Punctuated occasionally by a tincture of truth.”

J          “And permeated once in a while by a cameo of beauty.”

. . .    

J          “There is something to be said for stable health.”

K          “I’ll say.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)”, “America’s Fraud Factories (October 18, 2010)” and “Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think even smaller

Don’t think about it so much

Waiting for Sisyphus

Don’t think about it so much

Peak Stupidity; Peak Ill-advisability

King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)

Posted in Bush, Class, FBI, McCain, Press/Media, Race, Society on January 21, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We lost Ron Dellums last year and yet the gang described and dismissed by some as the MSM misdirected attention to McCain and Bush I.”

J          “Adding another name makes it sound like an architecture firm.  Are we trying to celebrate too many folks on one day?  Some are concerned that setting aside February is inadequate and dismissive.”

. . .

J          “Rather than a day of service, it should be a day of musing.  Folks should discuss King, warts and clay, and his concerns and contributions.  And who killed him and why.”

. . .

[See the article titled “A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinations” in “Consortium News” dated January 20, 2019.]

[John Clifton “Jack” Bogle – May 8, 1929 – January 16, 2019.  One of the investment giants of the twentieth century, he created the first index fund.]

[See the discussion of Martin Luther King’s famous Riverside Speech fifty years ago on April 4, 1967 at “Bush Escalates World War III (January 15, 2007)” and the e-commentary at “Race and Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)”, “King Seale Newton X Day (January 16, 2017)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “King (January 16, 2006)” and “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”.]    

Bumper stickers of the week / Signs at the Women’s March in Washington:

Words matter

“What does being a ‘nasty woman’ mean, Mommy.”  “It means we are getting shit done, honey.”

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.  It was their final, most essential command.”  1984, George Orwell

It is so bad even introverts are here

Literarily everything about this is so awful

Now you’ve fucking pissed off grandma

ITMF

Furlough Trump

Fuck being ladylike

We need leaders who bleed

Kremlin names Trump employee of the month

Lock him up

Wave in 2018.  Tsunami in 2020

Shut down sexual violence

“Strong woman” is redundant

The Wall is a white supremacist monument

Our rights are not up for grabs and neither are we

Make empathy great again

You haven’t seen nasty yet

My body  My choice  My country  My voice

A woman’s place is in the Resistance

If I wanted the government in my uterus, I would fuck a senator

Go ahead, underestimate me.  This will be fun

Wall out bigotry

She levels are rising

It’s not like he can even read these

All in all, he’s just another prick without a wall

My body  My rules

Be vigilant, stay active, it is the time to meow

We want a leader not a cry baby tweeter

Cut taxes.  Fill your own pot holes.

Women are the Wall.  Trump will pay

Obama, when are you coming home?  The babysitter is weird

Make out, not war

Heart of I.C.E.

Girls just want to have FUNdamental rights

Talk politicsely to me

Trump needs four walls.  All padded

Tiny hands, but a big dick

It’s Mueller Time [on a Miller Beer label]

You’re so vain, you probably think this sign is about you

Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)

Posted in Society on December 24, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I can see.”

J          “I can hear.”

K          “I can smell.”

J          “I can touch.”

K          “I can taste.”

J          “I can think.”

. . .

K          “I can think.”

J          “I can taste.”

K          “I can touch.”

J          “I can smell.”

K          “I can hear.”

J          “I can see.”

. . .

[David B. Collum, the other David who provides a review of the events of the departing year, delivers his “2018 Year in Review” titled “Views From Inside My Matrix” available at Peak Prosperity.] 

[Savor the commentary in the song “White Wine in the Sun” by Tim Minchin.]   

Bumper stickers of the week:

Good health . . . good thing.

Salud!