The pandemic currently ravaging humans around the world has made painfully obvious the difference between doctors and politicians.
Doctors take an oath—Hippocratic Oath—which states obligations and proper conduct. This, among other demands, requires a doctor to help anyone with a medical problem, regardless of their need or ability to pay.
Politicians take a different oath—I’ll call it the Hypocrites Oath—which must require them to be two-faced liars…and be paid.
Watching the news tonight, I came up with a recommendation for politicians and doctors. Politicians should pass a law and doctors should comply, which states that anyone refusing to have an inoculation against the virus must be denied medical help. That would go a long way in increasing the percentage of people having shots.
I used to be a news junky, but have stopped watching most television news. I do watch one German daily news program and scan some headlines each day, but became sick of the garbage filling the 24-hour news cycle. The more things changed, the more they stayed the same. And, I did not enjoy becoming angry each day.
But, there is the occasional bright spot in the news…
I spotted a headline reporting the Canada had released a vast quantity of Maple syrup from its “strategic reserve”’
Why would a country need a strategic reserve of maple syrup? Of course, Canada is one of the only two countries known to produce the sweet stuff. But, I had never heard of this being a strategic weapon. Strategic reserves are normally for items needed in wartime. Does Canada plan to cover streets to stop an invading army, either to slow vehicles or tempt enemy soldiers to stop and have pancakes?
Biden Authorizes Emergency Release of Oil from Matt Gaetz
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an urgent measure to combat surging gas prices, President Biden has authorized the emergency release of oil from Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida.
According to oil-industry experts, Gaetz has the third-largest supply of petroleum reserves in the world, less than Saudi Arabia but more than Canada.
After tapping the oleaginous Gaetz, Biden said that crude from the Florida congressman could start flowing throughout the United States by the end of the week.
Speaking at the White House, the President said that he regretted not authorizing the release of oil from Gaetz earlier. “This could solve our energy needs for decades,” he said.
I watched a BBC program on the beginning and end of the Universe. Very few humans could watch this without feeling not very intelligent. One needs to have advanced learning in physics, among other disciplines.
Anyway, bottom line is that the Universe is very old and might or might not end some day.
My take-away is that there are/were some very intelligent men and women (the women get less recognition, of course) have made amazing discoveries over the years and are still at it. Climate change will surely doom human life on this planet, but people will still be searching for answers to life until that time.
I have managed to make it this far with less intelligence than a scientist and am happy to be able to be entertained by scientific programs, even if I do not understand all they are saying.
Fauci Urges Americans to Use COVID as Excuse to Skip Thanksgiving with Horrible Relatives
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—As an event dreaded by millions draws near, Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging all Americans to use covid-19 as an excuse to skip Thanksgiving with horrible relatives.
Speaking from his office at the National Institutes of Health, Fauci said that the covid-19 excuse could help prevent a seasonal surge in exasperation and seething rage associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.
“covid-19 could get you off the hook this year,” Fauci said. “Consider this a doctor’s note from me.”
By using the pandemic as justification for skipping Thanksgiving, Americans can spare the feelings of relatives they despise, the esteemed virologist said.
“Tell your aunt from West Virginia that you’ll miss her, but you’ll look forward to reading her QAnon theories on Facebook,” he advised.
For his part, Fauci said that he intends to employ covid-19 as an excuse to exempt himself from other unpleasant activities. “I plan to use it to avoid seeing Rand Paul,” he said.
No one can know when the first lie was told. Words do not leave a fossil record, and memories fade fast.
Today, lies are easily spread and easily believed. The best example is Fox Not-News.
People must have different motives for being dishonest. Doing it for profit is a modern effect, as profit has become the main human motivator. What is confusing is why lies are so easily believed. Why do people accept blatant untruth from political leaders? Just look at Britain, which provides one of the best examples. Even fellow politicians of the same party admit in public that the leader is a pathological liar and this fact is regularly reported, people still vote for the jerk and rate him in polls.
The word for white in French is blanc.
There is a phrase--Carte Blanche--which means something like “free pass” to do whatever one wants with impunity. This phrase has taken on new meaning, with judicial backing, in the United States. Now, white men can kill people with guns with impunity. This works especially well if the victim—oh, you’re not allowed to call a dead Black person a victim—is Black. The future of the United States: more people running around with guns and more dead Black people.
It is a well-known fact that many white folks, especially in the Southern states, feel superior to those of other races. This is based, still, on the historical fact of slavery. What else can it be the cause?
Watching professional and college football, I wonder what these same white folks are thinking. Have they noticed that professional teams depend upon Black players, and the teams of the Southern colleges dominate because of their Black players? I would like to hear their arguments to rationalise their feelings of superiority.
Ted Cruz Attacks Bob the Builder for Spreading Pro-Infrastructure Propaganda
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In his latest attack on a fictional character beloved by children, Senator Ted Cruz has lambasted Bob the Builder for spreading what the legislator called “blatant pro-infrastructure propaganda.”
Cruz said that Bob, who originates from the United Kingdom, should “stop throwing his precious wrench into the American economy by supporting runaway government spending.”
“Whenever you see Bob the Builder, he’s maniacally building something,” Cruz said. “Our children are being exposed to his sick and twisted message that functional infrastructure is good.”
Because of Bob the Builder’s “extreme pro-infrastructure views,” the senator said that he has banned Bob’s program from the Cruz household.
“Sorry, Bob the Builder, but I like my TV shows without the stench of socialism,” Cruz said.
Without checking box office sales results, one can tell how well a movie has done by when it is aired on television movie channels. It you can see a movie in the same years as its release or even the next year, then it surely failed to make money. The reasons for failure are varied, and even good moneys suffer this fate. The virus pandemic might or might not have played a role in recent years.
I watched one such movie, Those Who Wish Me Dead, which was released in 2021. Two factors, which are often featured in news media—forest fires and Angelina Jolie—were the focus of this film. The plot was an interesting twist on an old classic—bad guys try to kill a kid who has witnessed a crime.
Producers were fortunate to have made the film at a time of raging forest fires in California, because the could use stock footage and not need to set any fires. The scenes were dramatic and believable. Angelina is a good actress, so she played the role well. One can ask if she was too attractive to play a tough fire fighter, but this was a Hollywood film.
What spoiled it to me was a scene near the end. She and the boy she was rescuing had struggled through a raging fire and found sanctuary under water in a stream. The next morning, after the fire had passed, the sat in the water and reflected. Both were in wet, dirty clothes. Despite having been under water, they still had blood on their faces, thanks to the make-up folks. But, most blatantly, both looked as if they had just come from the hairdresser, with blow-dried hair.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.