Heartbreaking stories of Covid infections

This Sorry Antivaxxer post is a heartbreaker. The infected is a 48-year old guy named Brandon Notz, a military RN with a strong distaste and distrust of information surrounding the virus, government and the healthcare industry.

While the anti-vaccination perspective is not new, one nuance to this story is Brandon’s wife and her epic social media posts detailing what Brandon (and others) are going through in the hospital/ICU/Emergency wards.

Read the post for yourself (or listen). Brandon’s wife Wendy included a short blip about a young 12 year old girl admitted to the ICU on a vent whose parents cannot see her, because of Covid protocols and they’re devastated.

Wendy talks about how Brandon’s lost parts of his lungs. That should he ever recover from being tethered to a vent, the battle to full recovery will take years. She details her experience with clarity and we would all do well to at least give her a listen.

I heard a story the other day about a guy my parents knew who died of Covid. How he had a deathbed pro-vaccination conversion, but it was too late.

But people are still awarded their “freedom” to listen to differing opinions, because it’s ‘murica.

Contemplating Twenty Twenty Two

May Twenty Twenty Two bring success, health, happiness and joy. 

With those superlatives there will surely be a peppery mix of ennui, lethargy and mundanity. Maybe even disappointment, challenge and obstacle. 

Sour notes can sometimes engage the senses in a way that ruminations of romantic ideologies cannot. 

I heard Twenty Twenty Two needs you to pursue it with all hands on deck. With gusto and enthusiasm. With a sense of spontaneity and caprice. 

Together, unified, harmonious, creative and free. Go, navigate Twenty Twenty Two. I hope we spend time with each other in some way, as often as possible, this year. 

Cheers.

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“The Magas are revolting”

I’ve seen some pretty ugly MAGAs, but it’s a little disturbing to call them revolting.

Oh wait, they’re referring to this dude’s protest and burning of a MAGA hat.

Phew. Okay. Carry on.

A snowflake falls in the woods and nobody heard it

I surf Twitter a little each day. It’s a time suck. A bit entertaining. I don’t engage that much. But once in a while I’ll post or respond to someone.

What I read there is a train wreck. A future anthropologist reading over the division in the world and in this country in 100 years might be appalled. There’s a lot of nuts in all forms on that platform, including this one [points at self]

I was reading a thread about Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account getting banned by Twitter. For the internet’s existence, one thing has been certain: platforms that give voice to anyone have the right to take that voice away. You can’t walk into someone else’s house and start shouting that they are all idiots. I mean, you could. But it would get you kicked out and maybe a black eye.

“Censorship” for violating terms of service is par for the course. It’s not that MTG is silent. There are a zillion places she can be heard, including TV, her platform in congress, rumble, Facebook, a street corner, YouTube, etc. There are endless opportunities. She could launch her own server and transmit all kinds of thoughts and feelings. It’s not censorship if there are a gazillion other places to voice one’s idiocy.

I was struck by one man’s argument that this banning violated MTG’s free speech. The man goes by the name Socrates George Kazolias. Or maybe he went by that name.

I engaged him, partly because I took a look at his profile and he’s a fellow francophone. So I thought that was cool. What resulted was him telling me that I was wrong. And me telling him he was wrong. It was fun.

I checked twitter today to see if he had responded to my last response and our conversation thread had disappeared. I dug around a little and he blogged subsequently that he’s quit Twitter in protest of their position of censorship.

For what it’s worth, I take full responsibility for cracking that nut. 🤪

One of my final points to him was that he was “objectively” wrong about Twitter censoring MTG. That MTG was spreading dangerous ideas that can hurt people infected with Covid19 or who might become infected. And you know what that snowflake Socrates George Costanza Kazolias did?

He shuttered his account!

That’ll teach ’em!

Imagine. Being so pompous that anyone would care that his voice in the cacophony of shit voices on Twitter would give a shit about his protest.

On his Facebook, he said that they are a public forum with a “monopoly”. As if they are the ONLY platform on earth to voice “opinion.” Yawn to the stretch to the sleepy time snooze fest.

Well George, I care! Keep fighting the good fight. When you find out that Facebook and Instagram are complicit, quit them too. That’ll show ’em!

I just don’t get it. How does a person, who’s popularity was already in the toilet, think his blip in the universe will be noticed? His Facebook is a abandoned wasteland. So is his instagram. Looking at his profile picture, I’ve seen him on FranceInfo news. He seems like an otherwise swell guy.

I’m guessing he’ll be back at some point. Ready at the helm to bemoan violations of terms of service. What a hill to die on.

**UPDATE**

After all my bluster above, I actually read Georgie’s blog post about why he quit, which includes a story about how he landed in Twitter prison in the past by recommending someone be hung by his balls and then insists that he was being sarcastic.

George blames algorithms and robots for their inability to comprehend sarcasm. If a human read that someone should be hung by their balls, clearly they would know he wasn’t being serious. People haven’t been hung by their balls in centuries. Come on, man!

Hilarious. The robots are in control! They can’t decipher nuance!

Poor George. Deplatformed and no where to go but another huge platform. Ugh.

reddit: A nurse relates how traumatic it is to take care of even a compliant unvaccinated covid patient.

Click on the above link to read a head-spinning tail of one of a nurse’s experiences with a dead man walking case of Covid19. The explanation of how Covid attacks the lungs is incredibly insightful as it explains the science behind the virus murders its victims.

The first page of it is below. Nightmares.

Cawthorn: “I highly encourage you to [drop out of college].”

Madison Cawthorn is the epitome of, well, stupidity. He pushes conspiracy theories and misinformation. He was on stage at the Turningpoint USA conference telling the largely student audience to drop out of college.

How very Pol Pot of him.

And now he’s on record telling people not to get educations. Focus on home school.

I have a loved one who is bewildered that I’m not a believer and she blames my lack of belief on my education. When she found out I went to a conservative Christian college, she was flummoxed. She has only an 8th grade education, and she’s often in awe of the language in my texts. She often points out that she has to look up words or mesmerized by sentence structure.

I’m like, “My sentences are basic.” When I read books, I’m constantly in awe of other writers vocabularies and sentence structures.

Besides, what is it about Freewill that is so perplexing? If I’m free to choose, then choice isn’t a factor in whether I’m on the right team or not.

For the record, I watched the entire Jesse Watters bit that turned into a huge talking point yesterday, and Watters was clearly talking about ambushing Fauci with a phone and getting him on the record saying something stupid. The choice of words and the clips “the they” released were clearly out of context. Mind you, the choice of words are poor, and I can see the word choices being a problem.

RIGHT-WING GROUPS OPPOSED handouts while accepting them hand over fist

Because it’s okay for the morally superior to practice the immoralities that they shout about.

From the Intercept:

“GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS a HUGE problem,” the conservative video site PragerU tweeted in September 2019. “We must reinvest in Americans by giving them a hand up, not handouts,” the group wrote in another tweet that November with a video of then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson discussing rehabilitation for incarcerated people titled, “Americans Need A Hand Up, Not Handouts.”

But last year, right-wing groups that have long opposed the concept of increased government spending on “handouts” were the recipients of more than $1.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans while seeing significant increases in contributions or net assets, according to new research from the government watchdog group Accountable.US. Last April, the Small Business Administration launched the $349 billion emergency loan program to help small businesses struggling at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.