What now?

Now that everyone has had their thirty-days of emotional response to:

(Choose one or more)

a) police brutality

b) the Confederacy that was defeated 150 years ago

c) slavery that was legal and existed in America from 1492 until Juneteenth 1865

d) the lack of government tools to deal with public mental health

e) wearing face masks

f) monument and property destruction

f) all of the above

..perhaps we can go back to being adults again. Hopefully, better adults this time around.

Politicians and social leaders took up the causes of protesters AND tolerated the protest misbehaviors for the most part. While plenty of people decried the violence, the protesters who respected the laws (and the traditional American convention of social protest) were not tarred and feathered with the Anarchists.

Even the rantings of the President of the United States to gin up an authoritarian response were ignored by local politicians. Thank God.

So here we are cleaning up the destruction of property, the leavings of human garbage, the bruising of community relationships, and the re-examination of law-and-order in our political infrastructure.

What happens next?

Will we change our meme as a nation?

Will the restraint demonstrated by local authorities continue?

Will battle lines be re-drawn?

Will we finally defeat our past?

One image, many interpretations

The President sees the looting and mob actions.

The Media see the abuse of the innocent by the Authorities.

The Democrats see the outcome of rich versus poor politics.

The Republicans see the outcome of poor choices made by individuals.

The Communists see an opportunity to de-stabilize Americans from their government.

The Fascists see an opportunity to demonstrate the Force of Law.

The Antifa see an opportunity to rebel against Authority.

Law Enforcement sees civil disobedience.

The emotionally sensitive see the pain of others.

The emotionally insensitive see the weakness of others.

And what about you? What do you see?

Trump Lies, McConnell Fies

It’s barely noteworthy.  This President lies.

Today he implied that Joe Scarborough killed a 28-year-old intern. Which Republicans will condemn him for this false accusation? None.

Mitch McConnell is far too busy telling former President Obama to stop criticizing President Trump for his mistakes. You remember Majority Leader Mitch right? The one that saved President Trump from impeachment? Of course, you do. He is the one that prevented the Senate from hearing testimony from people who work for Trump. McConnell worships President Trump.

Watching President Trump fumble his way through these COVID press conferences is nauseating. Watching journalists treat the President of the United States with contempt is disgusting.

It makes you want a new Congress, a new President, and a new set of good behaviors.  The two corporations that run the American government could use some free market politics right about now. Do you remember the idea behind free markets?  If there are enough competitors in the market place, the quality will be high and the cost will be low. That is what Free Trade is all about…letting the buyer choose among several alternatives produces the highest quality and the lowest cost. Free Politics is about reducing the barriers that prevent a new political party from rising.

Maybe we should create Equal Opportunity policies for federal elections to encourage the advancement and development of political parties in America. Free Party Politics sounds like a winner to me.

 

 

 

 

Can anyone vote Republican anymore?

There’s a title I never thought I’d write. And yet the rot and decay in Republican Party values has created an overwhelming stench.

Evidence demands a verdict. Consider the evidence:

a) A President who blames all his troubles on someone else. A President who demeans 49% of all Americans. A President who is actively wrenching Republicanism away from its core values of decency, respect, the rule of law and God, and replacing those values with buffoonery, humiliation, and maniacal tweets.

b) A Majority Leader in the Senate who perverted the impeachment process and emboldened and enabled a cover-up of criminal and unethical Executive Branch actions.

c) A federal Republican party that will not display nor support the humble and decent values of Ronald Reagan and countless other Republican presidents.  A congressional Republican Party that seeks to break the US Treasury during times of crisis.

d) A Republican Party that no longer believes in a Republic and instead seeks Presidential immunity from prosecution and immunity from congressional oversight,  a party who seeks a King to revere,  and a party who asserts that all accusations against the President are a crime.

How can and why should anyone vote for the rot in the Republican Party?

And how can anyone vote for the Democrat Party either? Socialistic, bleed-the-bank programs, corrupting the ethics of self-reliance, independent thinking, and the advancement of the greater good in all men, the Democratic Party has failed to engage its collective brain and has failed its mission to rear decent Americans.

If you believe in the decency of the common man, for goodness sake, vote for someone other than a Republican or a Democrat. If you want to save America, vote independently and vote for a different set of legislators.

 

Well, well, finally…finally…

OMG. I almost agree with this thinking!

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/494034-the-data-are-in-stop-the-panic-and-end-the-total-isolation

The issue has always been about living with this infection, not in preventing it. I am feeling justified at the moment.

Looks like we do need a Grandma Protection Plan after all. Keep the Geezers Safe! Yeah!

No one wants to accidentally give Grandma or Grandpa COVID-19.  We need to protect nursing homes and vulnerable populations from COVID-19. Now we need someone to write about it so others can live it!

Let’s not blow the doors off self-isolation but let’s craft a set of practices on how to live with this disease in our society.

1) Announce early retirement with no penalty

2) Develop guidelines for safely visiting loved ones in nursing homes

3) Develop sanitization plans for public places

 

 

 

The IDIOTS! OMG!

Oh man, oh man, oh Manochewitz! What is wrong with educated people? I am so happy I never went to college  because they turn out idiots!

For most of us who are practicing social distancing and making only occasional trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, experts agree that it’s not necessary to change clothes or take a shower when you return home. You should, however, always wash your hands. While it’s true that a sneeze or cough from an infected person can propel viral droplets and smaller particles through the air, most of them will drop to the ground.

Studies show that some small viral particles could float in the air for about half an hour, but they don’t swarm like gnats and are unlikely to collide with your clothes.

“A droplet that is small enough to float in air for a while also is unlikely to deposit on clothing because of aerodynamics,” said Linsey Marr, an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech. “The droplets are small enough that they’ll move in the air around your body and clothing.”

What is wrong with them?

Of course, the likelihood is small that one person walking within six feet of a nose breather once in a while will become infected by droplets. But what if the other person is a mouth breather or worse yet, spits when he speaks?

…unlikely to deposit on clothing…??????

Sheesh. And the aerodynamics of air movement around the body will protect you? When pigs fly!

Oh, Lord, protect the innocent from the evils of education. Please.

If the store is practically empty and you are there for a few minutes, there is no need to change your clothes or shower. But if you are in the store for an hour going up and down the aisle AND your area has an outbreak of the virus, you would be wise to shed your clothes and change into home clothing. There’s a lot of things you can’t control but you can control your hygiene and your clothing.

I talked before about Strike Zone Sanitization. When you are in a store, you are likely touching things between your shoulders and your knees. For goodness sake, you are touching them with your clothing, too.

If you have a sexagenarian like me, be careful, don’t wear infected clothing around them.

And BY THE DANG WAY:

Do we really need to tell people that doctors wear masks to protect themselves? Do we really need to say that nurses need masks to protect themselves, too?

WTF is wrong with people who believe they only need a mask if they themselves are sick? Do you think every doctor who looks down your throat is wearing a mask so they don’t infect you? When pigs fly, my friends, when pigs fly….

Why do you think there are all these complaints about nurses not having N95 masks? Why do you think there is a shortage of masks for doctors and  nurses? Is it because they are all sick?

Give me a break. So let me be the first to tell you: masks protect you and the person to whom you are speaking.

There I told you. Now go and sin no more. If you are worried about catching or giving COVID-19 to someone, wear a blasted mask. Your mucosal areas will thank you.

Change your clothes when you spend time in public or within crowds, too. You can’t always control social distancing. You can control yourself though, so just do it.

How to operate a government building during the COVID-19 crisis

Here are my thoughts on the operation of a government facility during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s time we start talking about living with the risks instead of avoiding them with Stay-At-Home orders. If you have a better process than local control, let me know. —-ReasonableCitizen

Living with COVID-19 is a reality. This operational plan doesn’t prevent all possible occurrences of public transmission of COVID-19; however, it reduces the risk that a mass outbreak will occur as a result of a single infected person.

Top government officials within a function or a facility should be responsible for establishing an Infection Control policy for employees and citizens it serves. In addition, an Infection Control Committee should be established in functions or facilities that have more than 30 employees. The size and scope of the Committee should also be determined by top government officials. The purpose of the Committee is to reduce the propensity for an outbreak infection when conducting government affairs. The purpose is not to prevent all possible infections; these infection risks occur naturally in our environment. The Committee is to reduce, not eliminate, the risks that one infected person may infect many others.

Infection Control Policy should include:

1. Developing a Function or Facility Sanitization Plan

Strike Zone Sanitization: Sanitize all horizontal surfaces in the Strike Zone that the public or employees may touch when entering, conducting their business, or exiting the building. The Strike Zone is between the knees and shoulders of an average height adult. Sanitize all Strike Zone areas of vertical surfaces like doors and windows and trim, which the public or employees may encounter.

Frequency of Strike Zone Sanitization: Door handles, customer windows, and public work counters/surfaces: every two hours. Trim and other Strike Zone areas before and after the work shift.

Equip all customer-facing personnel with disinfectant to clean as often as they feel it is necessary.

Establish a Sanitization Station at public entrances/exits for the public and employees to sanitize when entering and leaving a government building.

2. Reducing human-to-human (H2H) droplet transference:

Employ transparent plastic shielding between employees and the public at all public-facing windows and counters.

Employ masks and gloves where appropriate. Changing as needed throughout the day.

Implement a “No Sticky People” policy for employees and the public. People with runny noses, sneezy, coughing, drooling, or leaking bodily fluids are not permitted to enter unless they have an appointment. They should be escorted to and from the appointment area wearing appropriate PPE. A designated meeting area for Sticky People is preferred but not required.

3. Signage and Cautions: Deploying signage throughout the facility explaining the Sanitization Plan for the building and the No Sticky People Policy. The signage should remind everyone that personal responsibility to prevent infection is just as crucial as Sanitization Plans for the public-at-large. People should be told they are in control of themselves. They may choose to accept risks for themselves; however, they should also be mindful of risks to others. Because the nature of COVID-19 allows for asymptomatic transmission, all adults are encouraged to protect their mucosal areas from virus infiltration.

4. Protecting personnel:

  1. Government employees should be provided with the necessary PPE for the performance of their responsibilities. Such PPE is determined by top government officials in conjunction with the Infection Control Committee.
  2. Personnel may employ additional personal protection as they feel necessary to perform their responsibilities. If those additional protections interfere with other departmental employees or the departmental work, the department supervisor will provide coaching and set PPE standards for the ongoing performance of the department. The employee has the right to appeal those standards to Human Relations and Infection Control Committee for adjudication. A decision by HR and the Infection Control Committee is binding on the employee.
  3. Social distancing policy is to be utilized in areas where the public-at-large has access. Social distancing rules may be relaxed in non-public areas of the building, as determined by the Infection Control Committee and top government officials. Meeting rooms and conference rooms should have the sanitization schedule posted in a visible location.

5. Change the operational nature of government and citizen interaction:

  1. Provide phone assistance with e-form completion and provide web-based tutorials on the use and purpose of government services.
  2. Change the business hours for all governmental public-facing activities from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Retain the hours for non-public-facing activities as appropriate. These hours may assist employees in finding convenient and suitable childcare and provides greater opportunity for flexible work hour arrangements. This will also ensure citizens are able to fit government services into their daily schedule as many working Americans work 8-5 pm.

6. Special Conditions and Rules:

Cafeteria and restaurants: Within a government facility, cafeterias and restaurants are subject to the policies established by the Infection Control Committee and may include: sanitization efforts sufficient to prevent the transmission of surface-to-human infections, droplet protection for sanitized utensils and dinner ware, droplet protection for foods and condiments, and caution signage that advises and informs users of the risks in utilizing the food service, i.e., increased human contact and increased risk of infection.

Handling of money: It is the responsibility of government facilities to accept traditional monetary method of payment employed by citizens. Traditional methods are checks, money orders, cash, credit cards, and e-technologies that represent the traditional methods. The Infection Control Committee is charged with reducing the infection risk associated with each type of payment.

Childcare for Employees: It’s the responsibility of the employee to provide safe custody and care for his/her children during normal business hours. The supervisor of the department may grant, upon request and suitability, flexible hours and flexible work conditions to employees with safe-childcare obstacles.

Closure of childcare facilities present such an obstacle. Supervisors are not required to provide alternatives to childcare obstacles but are requested to be flexible where possible.

The closure of schools does not present an obstacle to safe childcare. It is common for schools to close for three months of the year and to have specific dates in which schools are closed while a government facility is open. These are standard closures under normal conditions for parents to problem solve their childcare needs. The COVID-19 crisis does not require additional childcare mitigation.

Open Beaches! OMG, YES!

What the heck is wrong with opening beaches? If golf courses are open, why not beaches? If bike trails are open, why not beaches?

Hot sun, UV, sterilization? Should be on everyone’s list!

Egads! Six feet of separation is normal on the beach.

Ok, salt water does not sterilize but it does prevent the growth of bacteria under some conditions. So go to the beach, just stay out of the water to be safe. The water goes into your mucosal areas and then comes out. It does that with infected people, too.

So go to the beach and stay out of the water.

Flummoxed by CDC Report

 

The CDC published this report. It says that rural children are more likely to have developmental disabilities. By 2%. TWO PERCENT!

The sky is falling once again, Chicken Little!

This is another in a long list of pseudo-analyses of existing data that purports to show a correlation from items not studied initially. You have seen these same kinds of analysis PROVE that ghosts exist, and aliens have visited the earth in ancient times.

First, you get a bunch of adults without formal education in developmental health (or the supernatural) to decide if their child has mental health issues (or have seen ghosts!). Then you correlate the data with the availability of mental health resources and voila! There you have it! A group of parents, deciding their children have something wrong with them, have PROVEN for a FACT that rural children have more developmental disabilities (or seen more ghosts) than urban children.

Parents have determined that their children are developmentally disabled! WOW! What a revelation! And what kind of developmental disabilities did these self-declaring parents report?

“Overall, developmental disabilities were more prevalent in children living in rural areas than in urban areas. This difference appears to be largely attributable to the higher prevalence of ADHD seen among children living in rural areas, although children living in rural areas were also more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.”

AHA!Eureka! Egad, we found it, Watson! More rural parents report their children to have ADHD than city folk!

(sarcasm, alert!) More cerebral palsy, too, but this is the Center For Disease Control, and we don’t care about cerebral palsy, we only care about developmental disabilities NOT caused by diseases! (Go figure.)

Okay. Let’s give this research its due. The authors boldly list the limitations of the study as well as the results.

“Diagnoses for all conditions were parent-reported and were not validated either through clinical evaluation or educational records. Parental report is susceptible to recall biases, particularly among parents of older children. Despite this, NHIS has several notable strengths in both its large sample size and high response rate for a national survey.”

In other words, it’s okay that the declarations of the parents were not validated with facts! We authors have a heck-of-a-lot more parents self-declaring, and that is way more significant than checking on the facts through an analysis of clinical evaluations and educational records!

Sigh…Sometimes college educations are wasted. These authors prove it to be true. They self-declare by publishing this tripe. We should ask their parents for their opinions on the authors’ developmental disabilities.

I suspect the authors have parentally-diagnosed ADHD.