CNN: National Guard will be deployed across Kentucky to help overwhelmed hospitals. Health care workers high-fived when they heard the news

The National Guard is being deployed to Ken-fucking-tucky to aid the state overwhelmed with Covid.

All Americans are shouldering the burden of the anti-masked, unvaccinated. That’s the dictionary definition of socialism (a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole).

The same people who scream “liberals are socialists and we must destroy them. Send us money!” are creating a socialist state.

Read the article.

Socialism is evil, until the red-states benefit (which they do more than the blue ones), then we all collectively slide the rules, move the goal posts and shrug our shoulders.

All of this shit could have been avoided!

Study: Evolution now accepted by majority of Americans

One of my biggest hopes for the pandemic was for the general public to recognize science, and how it is able to observe, predict and solve problems. It’s clear that science is all around us, in our pockets, in our environment, in our heating and cooling, in our kitchens, hospitals, planes, trains, automobiles. We are surrounded by scientific advancements.

But the scientific illiteracy created a jungle of confusion regarding the pandemic. And despite all that science has done to help everyone, even the unvaccinated, anti-mask crowd, the politics continue to restrain progress.

There’s a level of complacency among the under-educated that cannot be ignored. But here we are.

After spending the last three weeks or so North Carolina and overhearing views which people wear on their sleeves, it has become more apparent that the resistance to basic science is worse than I imagined.

The below article gave me a glimmer of hope. I must point out, though, that the foundation of my deconstructed beliefs are unconnected to whether or not evolution is true or not. I’ve read/listened to and watched many debates between the two views of evolution vs. creation/intelligent design. Any doubt that creationists cast on any part of the theory of evolution falls flat after further research.

I hold a similar view of evolution as many believers view God: it’s there whether we believe it or not. The problem with this view of God is that apart from a few observations of beauty and complexity that seem to point toward a mysterious guide, it doesn’t make it a truth. It just makes it a pattern. Science takes that pattern and gives it a more sound platform that is able to observe, predict and solve problems with a much higher track record of success than, say, a deity.

The vociferous tendency in North Carolina to attach God to Creation and Humanity is frequent. And it’s difficult at times, and promotes a level of quiet in me to just observe and listen.

Here’s a snip from the article from the University of Michigan:

“Almost twice as many Americans held a college degree in 2018 as in 1988,” said co-author Mark Ackerman, a researcher at Michigan Engineering, the U-M School of Information and Michigan Medicine. “It’s hard to earn a college degree without acquiring at least a little respect for the success of science.”

The researchers analyzed a collection of biennial surveys from the National Science Board, several national surveys funded by units of the National Science Foundations, and a series focused on adult civic literacy funded by NASA. Beginning in 1985, these national samples of U.S. adults were asked to agree or disagree with this statement: “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

The series of surveys showed that Americans were evenly divided on the question of evolution from 1985 to 2007. According to a 2005 study of the acceptance of evolution in 34 developed nations, led by Miller, only Turkey, at 27%, scored lower than the United States. But over the last decade, until 2019, the percentage of American adults who agreed with this statement increased from 40% to 54%.

The current study consistently identified religious fundamentalism as the strongest factor leading to the rejection of evolution. While their numbers declined slightly in the last decade, approximately 30% of Americans continue to be religious fundamentalists as defined in the study. But even those who scored highest on the scale of religious fundamentalism shifted toward acceptance of evolution, rising from 8% in 1988 to 32% in 2019.

Miller predicted that religious fundamentalism would continue to impede the public acceptance of evolution.

“Such beliefs are not only tenacious but also, increasingly, politicized,” he said, citing a widening gap between Republican and Democratic acceptance of evolution.

As of 2019, 34% of conservative Republicans accepted evolution compared to 83% of liberal Democrats.

OPEN-SOURCE INSULIN: BIOHACKERS AIMING FOR DISTRIBUTED PRODUCTION

Science may have figured out how to produce insulin for as low as $6/vial, but America’s stupid pharmaceutical industry may fight tooth and nail to keep the prices high.

Dumb.

Now that OIF has the science figured out, the next step is to scale it appropriately. In a presentation from 2020, Louise Lassalle, the group’s communication manager, gave a breakdown of the equipment needed to make insulin on a medium scale — in bigger batches than are possible on the benchtop, but far, far smaller than what commercial biologics plants are capable of. It’s not cheap — about $1 million worth of gear. But, that investment would produce enough insulin for 14,000 diabetics, meaning that a functioning, community-level insulin factory could conceivably be funded for about $70 per person. And that factory would produce insulin at around $6 a vial, taking into account everything from raw materials to salaries, rent, and utilities.

Granted, there are huge and potentially insurmountable legal and regulatory hurdles with this plan. It may well be that the insulin industry, with a vested interest in keeping prices high — at least in the United States — will let fly their legal dogs of war, and shut this group down if they ever get close to realizing their goal. And they’ll certainly have to deal with the Food and Drug Administration if they ever expect to actually use their insulin on humans. On the other hand, the efforts of the Open Insulin Foundation and other biohackers working on alternative sources of insulin might just win in the long run, by showing that making insulin just isn’t as hard as we’ve perhaps been lead to believe, and that maybe scaling everything up to massive proportions isn’t always in the best interests of the consumer, even if it’s profitable business.

Read this article

NYTimes interviews Covid Freedom Fighters losing the war but winning the battle

I watched this video over the weekend and just saw that it was available via YouTube. The content shows people intubated and concerned over their health. But they chose not to hear the information about masks and vaccines.

One man had this response:

Christopher Green, 53, told The Times that he opted not to get vaccinated to protect his individual freedoms.

“I probably should have had a little healthier fear,” he said. “It needs to be taken more seriously. I mean, I don’t know how close I am to being a lot worse.” Green died nine days after he was interviewed by The Times.

At one point, Green said, “I’m more of a libertarian and I don’t like being told what I have to do. I’m still not completely 100% sold on the inoculation.”

Libertarian is the equivalent of a horrendously gullible person hiding behind a word that veils and distracts from his ultra conservatism. See Rand Paul. It’s like when Christians started the saying they are followers of Christ, because “Christian” had become such a pejorative term.

Read here for more.

A woman makes a solid case for no masks

Many are pointing out that this woman making the case for no masks, because God would have provided that if he truly wanted us to have it are pointing out she’s wearing clothing or glasses.

Many are not pointing out that she appears to have colored her hair from its likely natural gray. She’s holding a phone that can take pictures, compute different tasks and even google her favorite places to go, like restaurants in strip malls, all unnatural to creation.

If God wanted you to have feminine hygiene products, wouldn’t he have created them in the garden of eden? My goodness. My my my goodness.

The unvaccinated are forcing socialism down our throats!

From Axios:

The spike in hospitalizations of unvaccinated adults — which are almost all preventable — cost the U.S. health system more than $2 billion in June and July, per a KFF analysis.

Why it matters: Those costs are ultimately shouldered by all of us, not just those who remain unvaccinated and then get severely ill.

By the numbers: A coronavirus hospitalization costs, on average, around $20,000. 

Using CDC data, KFF estimated that there were around 37,000 preventable coronavirus hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults in June and another 76,000 in July. 

Between the lines: Someone has to pay for these hospitalizations. Although COVID patients themselves may be on the hook for at least part of the bill, a large chunk of the tab will fall on either private or public insurers.

And health insurance isn’t free — we all pay for it either through our premiums or our taxpayer dollars.

If we’re all shouldering the cost of these assholes who refuse the vaccine, please explain how that’s not socialism? And if that’s socialism, how is it shoved down our collective throats by the red-state morons who are eschewing the vaccine? Good golly almighty.

Read the whole thing.

There is a limit to their adorations

The second clip above shows that there is a threshold to Trump’s adoring superfans … and it’s not pussy grabbing. It’s not disparaging our troops or our war heroes. It’s not making fun of handicapped people. It’s not being a dick to our allies. It wasn’t kowtowing to dictators. It wasn’t bolstering the egos of white supremacists and neo-nazis.

It’s promoting that red-state wonders get the covid vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine was fully approved this morning, which won’t do a lick of good.

And attention whore Mike Lindell is pushing the goal posts way back.

LOL. Blame Jill Biden for America’s woes

The they literally have no ounce of reputable topics to discuss, so the FoxNewsers blather on about Jill Biden should have loved her husband enough to tell him not to run.

And the watchers will LOVE it.

Without any sense of irony, they supported a man who can’t string two cogent sentences together into his word salad jungle and Joe is the one with dementia. How about they both are demented. We’re all demented for supporting any of them. And find something reasonable to talk about?

“When you look at what’s hurting America, when you look at this lack of leadership, and you wonder who are the people responsible for putting someone this incompetent and frankly this, you know, mentally frail in this position? 

“And yes, of course, the media and many people are saying Susan Rice and Obama and maybe Valerie Jarrett. I’m sorry, as a political spouse, I can’t help but look at Jill Biden. No one knew better his state of mind than Dr. Jill Biden. 

“And if you ask me, the most patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was tell her husband. To love her husband and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in. I think she failed the country as well.” – Rachel Campos-Duffy, today.

The Enticing Sin of Empathy is satanic!

I’ve worked on deconstructing my faith for about 25 years or so. The biggest cheerleader for doing so usually comes from the people I love who are devout believers. It doesn’t take long for evangelicals to express their love of God and to say things that just blow my mind.

This article associated with the above tweet is a rich entertaining piece of mental aerobics that is sure to push people like me further from religious ideas and draw those with religious propensities closer. How weird is that?

Here’s a wingdinger from the text:

Think of it this way: the Enemy’s virtue of compassion attempts to suffer withthe hurting while maintaining an allegiance to the Enemy. In fact, it suffers with the hurting precisely because of this allegiance. In doing so, the Christians are to follow the example of their pathetic and repulsive Master. Just as the Enemy joined the humans in their misery in that detestable act of incarnation, so also his followers are to join those who are hurting in their misery.

However, just as the Enemy became like them in every way but sin, so also his followers are not permitted to sin in their attempts to comfort the afflicted. Thus, his compassion always reserves the right not to blaspheme. It seeks the sufferer’s good and subordinates itself to the Enemy’s abominable standard of Truth

Our alternative, empathy, shifts the focus from the sufferer’s good to the sufferer’s feelings, making them the measure of whether a person is truly “loved.” We teach the humans that unless they subordinate their feelings entirely to the misery, pain, sorrow, and even sin and unbelief of the afflicted, they are not loving them.

There is nothing more anti-Jesus than this kind of perspective, and yet here we all are.

For instance, I recently overheard the following: “Women’s Rights!?! Women’s rights! What about men’s rights? I want more Men’s Rights!” That was followed by the next statement: “If men continue on this path without rights, it’s going to be the end of this country.”

Boy, the MeToo movement has done a doozy on Men’s Rights. Gee, how hard it is to not be able to publicly touch, ogle, or mistreat women. How shitty it is that you can’t yell at women, beat them or put them in their place with an iron fist.

The statement is wild on so many levels.

The same person who wants more men’s rights and complains about not being able to be manly like John Wayne, Charlie Mother Fucking Bronson or Vlady Putin, idolizes an orange dude with fake hair and who wears makeup. They’re also likely to “love Jesus” who taught to love one’s enemies, help the sick and the poor, turn the other cheek, and forgive those who hurt you without end.

But the American stereotype of manly men is big trucks, big flags, big muscles, and an endless opportunity to hit women, children and people of different faiths.

So we must change the Bible and our versions of Jesus to this sick and twisted view of men who get carte blanche to live like the evolved monkeys they wish to be without all the education or knowledge of humanity.

This is what happens when men set the rules, when they conclude that forcing women to stay married is better than giving them the freedom to remove themselves from toxic masculinity.

Men can’t act like horny evolved monkeys and think they’ll just get a pass from their loved ones. But here we are. Fighting over men’s rights in a world that has left that thinking behind and a select few are holding onto the past for dear life, because Jesus. Or something.

The party of law and order cries political hit job!

From Dallas’s NBC News affiliate reports:

The wife of Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated while her grandson was in the car. Angela West was booked into the Dallas County jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age, according to a police report. According to the report, Angela West was pulled over around 8:45 p.m. Friday in the 2300 block of West Northwest Highway, near Loop 12 and Harry Hines Boulevard.

And oh man, is West pissed: