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Just three days ago Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the much despised mask mandate would no longer be required of Texans and that all businesses in the Lone Star state would be opened at 100% capacity.  Texas, the last bastion of the land of the free and home of the brave, will be leading the way but to where? According to Joe Biden, who referred to this move as “Neanderthal thinking,” it will be back in time, certainly not 35,000 years ago but only a few months in time to the record highs of Covid-19 cases in Texas.

All of Fox news exploded in umbrage at his reflection, which to be interpreted literally meant simply that Abbott’s declaration was uncivilized and unintelligent, which in fact it was.  But here they were, these indignant hypocrites, who for the last four years have given a free-pass to the most prominently offensive political figure in world history.

Texas currently suffers a Covid positivity rate of 13.5 %, three times the overall national average of all states in the U.S., a mere 4.4%. By comparison, Washington D.C. where no one can be seen on the streets without a mask, the positivity rate is only 2.8%. Texas boasted 54,000 new Covid cases last week, a whopping 12% of all cases in the U.S. and 10% of all U.S. deaths. Texas is currently adding an average of 7,000 new cases daily, but with this announcement, Texans should expect that number to climb, but they apparently do not.  The former mandates restrict their freedoms. The legendary choice of Patrick Henry, liberty or death, survives intact in Texas.

To understand the effectiveness of the Covid mandates one need look no farther than the disappearance of the flu this season.  In every state the flu is down significantly over the previous recorded totals, in fact it is at a fifteen year low. Check out the map CNN provided to see the decline over last year.  Thank the mask mandate and social distancing.

Apparently this sort of qualified data did nothing to discourage Gregg Abbott, who suffers from the blowback of his poor decisions regarding the Texas power grid. And so as millions of Texans are stinging with the pain of his self-induced power failure, many still without clean water, this hapless governor slips into yet another catastrophic decision to kick the Texas can down the very short road of instant gratification.  I’d have to agree with Biden that Abbott’s choices are Neanderthal. Consider this:  Under his management, Houston was the first city in the U.S. to record every single Covid variant. How’d that happen, Greg?

Ah, but he had a deflection plan all along, hand in glove with the Trumpian agenda, lay the blame on the immigrants.

Without any supporting evidence Abbott asserts that migrants entering Texas from Mexico are carrying the coronavirus, and of course that translates to “this is Biden’s fault.”   Continuing the never-ending blame game he stated, “The Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in south Texas that have been exposing Texans to Covid,” failing to acknowledge that  the Department of Homeland Security delivered an offer to his office for financial assistance to mitigate Covid-19 spread, in part to tests migrants for positivity, which in another one of his Neanderthal decisions, he declined.

To understand the utter failure of Governor Abbott’s management, one has only to look back a few weeks to the Texas winter freeze.  In its wake, those consumers who opted for a variable rate on their electric bill found themselves in deep financial trouble.  One man had $17,000 auto-deducted as a one moth payment for his electricity, while a woman whose bill averages $250 monthly, was charged $9,546.00 for electric during the disaster.  Independent review has determined that ERCOT overcharged Texas power companies $16 billion after the power disaster.

The silver lining in this dark cloud is that we can thank Texans for volunteering to undergo the ignominious role of “canary in a birdcage,” an old mining trick for detecting deadly gas. A month out, as their positivity rate climbs and death totals mount, we can feel smug in proclaiming, “I told you so,”  while Abbott continues to blame a handful of belittled migrants.

 

 

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The Grinch That Stole Christmas

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Back in the mid 70’s as my wife and I were starting our photography business Wally Miller, a successful local businessman, invited us to his office to offer help in the form of business advice. He asked only that we bring a financial statement and of course we complied.  The business startup process was new to us and after two years we were still losing money, and there it was in plain sight on the financial statement.  Wally welcomed us warmly and after a few minutes of careful study of our financials offered this observation, “You have no bad debts.”

Naturally I took this as a compliment.  I was proud that we had no bad debts, but that is not what Wally meant.  He elaborated, “If you have no bad debts that means that your credit is too tight and that translates into lost business.” His meaning was clear.  To be successful, really successful, you have to accept reasonable losses.  It’s the very nature of business.  If you want 100% certainty there can be no risk and without risk there can be no profits.

There’s a lesson in this thinking for Joe “McFuqwad” Manchin, the tight-ass, penny-pinching Grinch ruining Christmas for every American under the cover of “fiscal responsibility.”  His staffers gave us a look into his rationale, revealing two of the real reasons behind Joe’s decision to be the big NO.

Apparently Manchin believes that giving money to the poor in the form of a child tax credit is unwise because in his view, many will spend the extra dollars on drugs.  Likewise he is opposed to paid leave, stating that people will just call in sick and then go off deer hunting.

Now let’s all agree that in a free society, there are good and bad actors.  No law can legislate what is in the hearts of men.  No law can dictate integrity or honor.  If that were the case, there would be no GOP, no Jim Jordan, no Ted Cruz, no Matt Gaetz, No Marjorie Taylor Green, no Lauren Boebert. You get my drift, but I digress.

Once you agree to recognize that the actions of individuals are beyond your control, you must the adjust your decisions and subsequent actions to affect the greatest good for the majority.  Charity benefits the worthy and unworthy alike, without discrimination.  To withhold benefits from the worthy because there will always be unworthy recipients is to succumb to the devil’s play, a game of reduction that punishes all for the few.

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The Hoodless Hoodie and No-Wax Floors

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It seems like the signs are everywhere.  Yesterday, as I potato-couched my way through a myriad of mindless “entertainment” produced by the corporate giants with their fingers on the pulse of the American viewing audience, already aware that content is determined in reaction to what their audience wants and will tolerate, my somnambular  trance was interrupted with an offering by Sketchers for a product they were touting as the “hoodless hoodie.” WHAT?  Don’t they know a garment without a hood is not a hoodie?  Or rather, do they fully expect that we, their mindless captive audience, on a brisk autumn day care not? What’s in a name?  Honestly, apparently everything.

It’s 101 marketing, plain and simple.  I was immediately harkened back to a period in time, perhaps it was the seventies, when no-wax floors were introduced. What immediately followed was a product offered as wax for no-wax floors.  What were they thinking?  Why would anyone purchase a no-wax floor only to buy another product to wax it with?  Are we really that gullible?

The resounding answer is yes.

Take the news, for example.  “News” is a label applied to a reactionary product that is fashioned to deliver a story that coincides with the beliefs of a specific viewing audience.  When stories were generated by the source it was called “spin”, but if generated by the media it is propaganda tailored to fit and sold to believers. In so doing, they did not create the audience, but captured it. It’s all about the “Benjamins.” Find the weak and gullible, herd them into a defined area and then sell them the goods they crave.  It’s too easy.  Just give it a good label.

Any news of a different persuasion is regarded as “fake news.”  Lacking accurate data, it is no more news than a hoodless garment is a hoodie, but the application of labels is the defining argument that separates us into “us” and “them.”  There is no more “We the people.”  It’s “our people” and “their people.”

Conservatism is one such label, but what does it mean?  On its most basic level it is a political philosophy that embraces traditionalism—civility and the rules of fair play, law and order, family values and above all, the Constitution.  It does not take a genius to deconstruct the actions of so-called conservatives to realize they are no more conservative than the violent mobs that support them.  They are that wax for a no-wax floor, an unnecessary and useless product sold to wax over and put a deeper gloss on what were otherwise solid principles to live and govern by. Witness the GOP reaction to the events of January 6th.

The greatest impediment to knowledge is a belief system.  Knowledge is the fuel of a democracy.  Governing by consensus lacking true knowledge is impossible.  Let’s recognize that gloss for what it is. It’s not the floor.  It’s the reflection.

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Diabetes And Net Zero

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It might be helpful to consider global warming a self-inflicted planetary disease, much as we know type-2 diabetes to be a self-inflicted human disease.  Many human diseases are self-inflicted, most by way of poor diet or lack of exercise.  Type-2 diabetes is one such disease.  The prescription for type-2 diabetes is self-management, a change in diet to eliminate the source of the problem, high levels of blood sugars. But when a professional is consulted, perhaps their personal primary practitioner or an endocrinologist, medications will be prescribed for the patient to ameliorate the potential damage of continued neglect, prescriptions like Metformin, Glipizide, Januvia, Farxiga or Jardiance.

By Michael Caporale

 

Patients are dispensed to their own supervision for a period of time and then return a few months later to have their blood monitored for changes in  A1C.  The object of this exercise is to reduce A1C levels to a minimum of 7 and preferably below.

 

Human nature is predictable and easily understood.  Deprived of all the foods that comprise an exciting diet array for a healthy person, foods high in carbohydrates like potatoes or pasta, and deserts with high levels of sugar,  the diabetic soon begins slacking off and the A1C lab reading rises.  The doctor sees this and adds another prescription to the mix to bring the lab results back down to 7 or below but the patient sees this as a means to continue to violate the prescribed diet, while remaining at 7. Each added prescription allows the patient to eat larger portions of foods high in the toxin, sugar, while maintaining a passable A1C reading without change.  In this scenario, the doctor becomes the unwitting enabler. The patient is effectively maintaining an A1C reading of net zero, neither up or down from the previous reading.

 

The effect of each prescription allows for an offset, a change in diet for the worse, and no advancement is made in the management of the disease.  Rather it is stimulated to continue at full volume.

 

It works the same way for climate change, global warming.

 

In their current national broadcast ad, Cisco brags that they expect to achieve net-zero by 2040.  Oil giants Shell and BP are less optimistic and expect to achieve net-zero by 2050.  Not only is this too late, but it misleads the public to believe that net-zero is the goal, that net-zero is the way to mitigate the effects of climate change. It is not.  It is merely a deviant system that allows for pollution to the degree it is offset by clean air measures.  In other words, their current levels of pollution will continue for twenty or thirty years until they achieve net-zero, and from that point forward there will be no change.  Quite obviously, if understood in this way, any rational person can see that climate change will be allowed to worsen to the point of no return.

 

If the COP26 Summit (the 26th Conference Of the Parties) in Glasgow, Scotland beginning Sunday, October 31st, produces any results at all, look for the qualifying language of net-zero to be inserted.  It is the tell-tale sign that treaties and agreements are under the management of the polluters and not the people or the planet slowly dying at their hands.

 

 

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Mobilized TV on Free Speech TV  takes a deep look at our world, the consequences of human activity on our planet, and how we can reverse and prevent existing and future crises from occurring. Mobilized reveals life on our planet as a system of systems which all work together for the optimal health of the whole. The show delves into deep conversations with change-makers so people can clearly take concerted actions.

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