When science predicts the future, ya gotta listen

Forty-three year old mother of eight regrets not getting covid vaccine

The stories are pouring in.

Click Orlando reports:

A Florida mother of eight is sharing her story about her battle with COVID-19. She says she came close to dying and regrets not getting vaccinated. “It was horrifying,” Ganeene Starling said. “I never in my life have felt like I was going to die until that day.”

Starling had chosen not to get the vaccine. Her husband wasn’t vaccinated either or their children. She said she let people influence her in not getting the vaccine.

“Just that it had not been around long. Honestly, I think I listened. I think I let people influence me, like saying, ‘Oh, you know, this is the government just trying to fill our bodies with stuff and they’re trying to push this shot on us,’” Starling said.

He had 99 problems and they quickly added another handful that killed him.

It’s like we’re watching people convert in real time … only after it’s too too late. The virus doesn’t care if you believe in it or not. The vaccine is your choice.

And here’s one of those old people [checks notes] 34 year olds dying of the plague. Check out this other conversion story as well. They keep ’em coming! I can’t imagine the political affiliations these people have.

More here.

Annalisa Barbieri: Why I’m glad that I’m an ‘overthinker’.

This article about overthinking at the Gaurdian is a holy shit moment for someone like me, who tries as hard as he can to not overthink, but it’s my personality.

Here’s the first bit (emphasis mine):

The first time I remember someone telling me not to overthink was when I was trying to suss out breastfeeding. “Don’t overthink it,” said my friend, “just go with it.”

“Just going with it” is not something I do. I have to really understand what I’m doing and then I think through almost every possibility and eventuality, like a mind map on steroids. And I plan. When people say things like: “Who could have imagined XYZ would happen?” about some entirely predictable outcome, my most common response is “I could”. I have realised that for most people I am an overthinker, but for me, it is others who underthink. I just think.

Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that my overthinking, like most things, probably started in childhood. I had a loving, noisy but at times unpredictable childhood. Dinner was always on the table at the same time, and it was always delicious. My mother and father were always, physically, where they said they would be. But I grew up in a house where emotions weren’t discussed, they were bottled up, only to explode out in random unpredictable ways – or a silence would ensue for some wrongdoing I had to fathom out all by myself.

I’m not sure there’s much that I don’t over think. I still wonder if the dinner I served for my friends on Saturday night was a well-received or not. I bounce in and out of experiences throughout my life wondering if I could have done them differently. I’m overthinking this post as I write it.

I torment over the details and in some ways, this blog is a lesson in “not” over thinking. If I overthought it, I would never put anything out in the world.

So on we march to the beat of different drums.

Mark Levin’s American Marxism

I saw that Mark Levin’s new book, “American Marxism” is topping the NYTimes best seller list, and I surfed over to Amazon to read the available pages. Read for yourselves here.

Wow. What a tirade against something he unclearly defines and then blames that unclarity as everything that is wrong with America.

Spoiler alert: Let me sum up what’s available: fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger [deep inhale] fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger fear monger. Did I mention fear mongering?

Mark Levin, like many writers in the Republican camp, are outrage profiteers. They even wear special hats; they are white, cover the entire face except the eyes and come to a point at the top.

I just wrote about the fear mongering of marxism here. In sum, what happens to all these conservatives when they get to heaven and what they view as Marxism is how they are going to have to live … for eternity!

Mark Levin’s misinformed approach to all things conservative is mindblowing. On January 4, 2021, he said, “Now, I want to talk to the Republicans, particularly in the United States Senate but also in the House. Any Republican who doesn’t stand up to this on January 6th — win, lose or draw. It’s the principal, it’s the issue. The American people need to understand you’re serious about defending the Constitution — you are shredding the Constitution along with all those Democrats and the Democrat Party who put the nation in this position.”

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Covid-19, where we’re at and where we’re going

There are a couple items I wanted to share on Covid-19. Positive test numbers have almost tripled in the past few weeks. The Delta variant is surging. When I was in France, I read a prediction that this would happen as we’re follow a curve right behind England.

A Hopitalist Physician named Britney Cobia MD in Alabama , the state ranking dead-last in vaccinations among adults, wrote this on her Facebook page:

I’ve made a LOT of progress encouraging people to get vaccinated lately!!! Do you want to know how? I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late. A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same. They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.As always, I am an open book. Please bring me your questions and I will tell you everything I know and everything I don’t. It’s not too late, but some day it might be.Thank you Dr. David B Wilhelm for sharing your medical knowledge with all of us.

Again, that young person dying keeps bubbling up. It was always the case, but that one talking point really made its rounds with a lot of people in my close circle.

This article from Slate is an interesting read about how to navigate the waters of being vaccinated in a world of spreading disease. It details that it might be positive to get the virus while vaccinated. That the point of vaccinations wasn’t to eradicate the virus, but to make it less annoying. The hope is that you experience a less severe form of the disease, and by less severe, that might mean you’re sick in bed for up to a week with fever, chills, loss of taste and smell, but that the process will give a person a booster against the disease. Read the whole thing for yourselves.

Tina and I are still masking up in grocery stores and stores in general. It takes little effort and it’s a hinderance for spreading disease, not just Covid, and it’s possibly a safety precaution. Plus, we’re not the only ones doing it, so it’s a way to share solidarity with those who might feel a little uncomfortable when they are now the minority.

Plus, like the flu, and other diseases, I ain’t got time for being sick. I work for myself. And any selfish measure I can take to avoid downtime, I’m going to take it.

Stay safe, y’all. Get vaxx’d. Tell your friends to get vaxx’d. And when they approve the dog vax, get them vaxx’d. 🤣

So little so late: Newsmax CEO praises Biden On Coronavirus Response

The Hill reports:

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy penned an editorial on the conservative network’s website on Tuesday praising President Biden for how he has handled the coronavirus pandemic and urging Americans to get vaccinated against the virus.

“Six months into his administration, President Joe Biden should be applauded for making a huge dent in the COVID pandemic,” Ruddy wrote. “He inherited an effective vaccine from President Donald Trump, took it into his arms, and ran with it.”

“At Newsmax, we have strongly advocated for the public to be vaccinated. The many medical experts who have appeared on our network have been near unanimous in support of the vaccine,” Ruddy said. “I myself have gotten the Pfizer vaccine.”

Check the full article

Sounds like someone is either facing extreme backlash from lawsuits or the threat of a rapidly decreasing viewership … or both … or jeez, any number of reasons to actually back the science.

Also of note, I love to see/read that someone who is associated with extreme right-wing news is giving props where props are due. Meanwhile, you have people railing against Biden, because he can’t find his way out of a paper bag or he’s can’t remember his dentures before he leaves his house in the morning. Biden may not be a speaking powerhouse. But he’s not a bad guy doing bad things. He just so happens to be associated with what people have been told to hate, so they hate him.

Scapegoaters gotta scapegoat.

I read nuanced comments on Breitbart explaining the reason for the uptick in vaccine recipients among right wingers is because they don’t blindly follow the leaders like democrats do. Dudes, I hate to burst your bubbles, but as soon as the Trump admin announced the vaccines, I was on board! As everyone should have. And I particularly didn’t like anything about Mr. Trump. I could give two shits about Biden. I don’t wave a Biden flag like these so-called individuals with no allegiance to their leader. I don’t even care that Biden is president, if not for it’s not that last shit head. What I care about is that we share common sense knowledge about simple information and actions that we can do to live in solidarity with our fellow human beings.

There was an a dude on Newsmax just last week talking about how vaccines are against nature and are defying God’s will for weeding out the weak.

I’m at least three years older than this guy

That shit that was going around about how “young” people wouldn’t get covid or be “as affected” was just the worst language that could go around.

This gent is 3 years younger than me. And while he might survive, his story that he thought the vaccine was a hoax, perpetuated by right-wing news and social media … that is the crap we’re dealing with.

About the video:

Lamonte Boyd, a 42-year-old father of three, said he didn’t listen to doctors or even his wife when she got vaccinated and told him he should too.

“I thought the vaccine was a hoax,” Boyd told CBS News. Before he got sick, Boyd initially brushed it off and “thought it was a joke.” He is now urging others who were vaccine hesitant to get it.

“I would tell those who don’t want to take the vaccines, you playing Russian roulette with your life,” he said. Boyd was diagnosed with COVID nearly two weeks ago. He developed pneumonia in both lungs and still struggles to breathe.

Check the full article.

Hilma Af Klint: The life of an artist

This is an interesting watch and this supporting article is an interesting read. I was particularly moved by the introduction it made to me about “Theosophy” or the infusing what one understands of all religions into one.

This bit stood out:

Mondrian was a member of the Dutch Theosophical Society and lived briefly in the quarters of the French Theosophical Society in Paris. He said once that he ”got everything from the Secret Doctrine” of Theosophy, which was an attempt by its founder Helena Petrovna Blavatsky to do nothing less than read, digest and synthesize all religions. It has been known for some time how much of Mondrian’s symbolism – including the ubiquitous vertical and horizontal lines – and how much of his utopianism, was shaped by Theosophical doctrine.

One of the main weaknesses in my head of the gospel message is that no other faith holds any credence. That distinction instills a sense of fear against the possibility of even learning about or considering practicing another form of faith. If you remain in that limited mindset long enough, it’ll stick, and indifference replaces curiosity. Without curiosity, the pursuit of self betterment, education and the practice of art without boundary is stifled if not eliminated.