This is getting ridiculous! “Gender-neutral language” [Updated 3-5-20]

King County, which is made up of mostly Seattle, the Bluest of the Blue in Blue Washington State, has issued instructions for residents to be safe from the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus.  The County recommends that the following groups stay home and avoid crowds for the next three weeks.  This is copied verbatim from the recommendations

* People 60 and older: This group includes ME!  Hey, Boss, I’m going to be out for the next three weeks to avoid getting sick! [why do I think my boss might object to such a long absence-just try to find someone to do my job!]
* People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes [yeah, this is prudent, but three weeks is a long time and maybe those people can’t afford to be out of work for three weeks]
* People who have weakened immune systems [this is obvious]
* People who are pregnant (“Pregnancy we think just as a precaution,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health- Seattle & King County. “We don’t have good data that pregnant people are at higher risk but we feel that at this stage where so much is unknown we’d like them to take special precaution as well.”)  ARRGGH!! Please note that they avoid referring to Pregnant Women, who are the ONLY ones who can become pregnant.  Even so-called “transgender women” cannot become pregnant!

Update 3-5-20:  Here is a link to an article on the Fox News Website, about King County. The KC government really does want everyone possible (2 million workers!) to stay home for three weeks.  This is a recipe for tanking the economy.

Welcome to the world of stupid, gender-neutral language, which denies reality.

 

 

Butt Out

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Mayor Pete has ended his campaign for the DemocRat presidential nomination.  Since the beginning, I have thought of him as “Mayor Butt”.  I figure that many voters just aren’t ready for a homosexual president (count me in that number).  What a waste of cuteness!

BTW, he was a pretty poor mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and would have made a worse president.

Thinking about the “Novel Coronavirus” epidemic [Updated]*Dictators Beware

Thinking about the “Novel Coronavirus” epidemic [Updated]*Dictators Beware

The news has been pretty grim regarding the new virus making the rounds of most of the world this year, wreaking havoc on China, where it originated, and spreading quickly to other countries, including the United States.  It is fortunate that so far the US has very few cases, but that could change rapidly.

Now, China is a Communist country, and the way its leaders are handling the crisis reflects that.  Tyrannies tend to lie about any conditions that could make them look bad to the rest of the world, and this communicable disease is a perfect example of that.  They took weeks to disclose the original outbreak, and it’s pretty well known that even now their statistics do not accurately reflect the numbers of infections and deaths there. My take?  To Xi Jinping: I hope that he is afraid, VERY afraid.  This is an enemy that he has no defense against.  Even the Dictator of China is not immune to this novel virus that some say might have been deliberately created in his country.

To Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: I hope he is also VERY afraid, seeing that his Deputy Health Minister has tested positive for the virus.  Even the Supreme Leader of Iran, who is famous for oppressing his people, is not immune to this deadly infection.  Cases are multiplying rapidly in Iran, and I wonder if it takes a very tiny snippet of RNA to bring down the nuclear-weapon-seeking “Islamic Republic” of Iran?  [Edit March 3] Here is a link to a news story about the virus spreading in Iran, and at the top ranks of clerics and Parliament.  Will this weaken the regime? We can only hope.

And to Dictator Kim Jong-Un of North Korea: His country shares a border with China, but we hear very little about what is going on there with the virus.  It is well known that the health of the average North Korean has always been borderline starving, and those whose bodies are already in marginal health will likely succumb to this kind of disease much faster than healthier, better-nourished people.I pray that this evil dictator, who murders his own relatives, is VERY afraid today.  This tiny piece of living thing is a bigger threat to himself and his country than perhaps anything that he has previously encountered.

All of the above countries have some important things in common that will prevent them from adequately addressing, and protecting their people from, the new virus.  All three places are basically still Third-World countries, with medical systems that are much less advanced than the rest of the developed world, and are somewhat closed to outside influences.  Even relatively-advanced China has a countryside populated with poor peasants, who have lesser access to hospitals.  One other characteristic of all three countries is that tyrannies care little for the individual person, over and above their ability to do work, and have less interest in saving their lives.

I feel very sorry for the majority of the people who live under dictators and communist regimes, because their futures are most likely to include a greater degree of suffering than citizens of advanced economies.

Although, we citizens of an advanced economy in the US have watched the stock market plummet this week, losing 1,000 points today alone.  That is “panic” territory, with many people selling much of their portfolios. This picture says a lot.

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I’m not panicking yet, but I think we should all be concerned, watch the news, and take the advice of health authorities about what precautions to take.

One last thing.  The first US case of the virus was a man who lives in my general neck of the woods, and he has recovered and returned to his home.

Spotted at Costco, of all places

This is one of the benefits of owning a smartphone.  When you come across something unusual you think your friends and blog followers might like, you just whip out your phone and take a picture.  What do you think of this new item on the shelf in Costco’s booze department?

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A most unusual item.  I’m guessing that 25% of the cost is in the bottle!

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Whew!  And it comes in its own nice display case.  Once you finish the brandy, the bottle is its own exhibit.

Now, which party was it that constantly harps on wanting to “get the big money out of politics”?

I do believe that the push for “campaign-finance reform” came from the DemocRat party, with the assistance of RINO Senator John McCain (McCain-Feingold).  Oh, and also the infamous “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision that allowed, get this, Corporations and Labor Unions to spend money on political campaigns.  Numerous groups declare their interest in repealing that “Citizens United” ruling, even though it would mean their favored labor unions would also not be able to give money to campaigns.

I wonder why no one seems too worried that multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg, running as a DemocRat, has been simply pouring money into his campaign for president.  It sure looks like he is trying to BUY the DemocRat nomination to me.  Hey, DemocRats, how about looking close to home for the goal of getting all that big corporate money out of politics (yes, Bloomberg got all his money from his Company, Bloomberg, LP, which provides financial information).

Oh, and I almost forgot! What about that other billionaire DemocRat running for president, Tom Steyer? The one-issue candidate pouring multi-millions of his own money into the campaign? Funny, you don’t hear much about him, do you? He doesn’t even register in most polls. Another fool, just like Bloomberg.

Jeff Bezos is a Fool

Mr. Bezos has decided to throw away Ten Billion Dollars.  Yes, the world’s wealthiest man has “Committed 10 Billion Dollars to Fight Climate Change”.

So, he is spending his own fortune, giving money to “scientists, activists, and non-profits” who are intent on saving the planet from climate change.  Activists??  Non-Profits??

Well, he’s welcome to spend his money any way he wishes.  It’s too bad that not one of those ten billion dollars will have one iota of effect on the climate.

What a Fool.

Thought Experiment

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What would happen if, with my magic wand (pine wood with unicorn hair, rigid flexibility), I caused the hair color of every woman in this picture to revert to its natural color?  Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Kamala Harris…  Wouldn’t it be just sweet to see every woman with her natural color, just like me (I love my silver locks, all-natural)?  Just a thought on a lazy Saturday night.