Well Seasoned

I Assume This Isn’t Intended For Me

I have experienced all 4 seasons in a single week for two weeks in a row. We have had snow each week (winter). There were days around 80 both weeks (summer). The roses outside bloomed because of the weird warm weather (spring), and the leaves are unmistakably fall. This is life in Iowa.

Davenport is right about my speed at this point. Half Illinois, Half Iowa – which is pretty much me. I am not sure how long I will be here, but so far so good.

Busy times. I voted, so my election is over – but the ads go on forever. The news does too. A quick run through below. Lots else to get caught up on with you all…all in due time. For now – on with the sadism!

  • And just like that, I love WalMart.
  • I am surprised to Dr. Birx gittin’ dinged like she has been. I thought she was one of the good ones when it started. Haven’t seen her in public as much, and who knows what is happening there, but we really need an honest dialogue about what numbers we intend to use and how we intend to use them.
  • If you vote for weed to establish law and order, you need weed.
  • The people who made the decisions which we now revile will not suffer much personal consequence for what they did because our version of capitalism socializes liabilities and privatizes profits. We have a broken system.
  • Isolation is good for none of us. The kids of 2020 have some things easier for sure, but in many ways, they are carrying burdens no one should envy. We need to do better.
  • I haven’t seen the race angle covered in the opiate crisis in a way which reflects how significant it really is. This is a good start if you want to get your understanding leveled-up, which I hope you do.
  • This is a sign of how nasty a society we have become. We take people out of society – often for good reason – and make them dependent upon us totally. Then we abandon them to things we could never sentence them to. It’s wrong. It creates a karma bill that is gonna hurt for us to make right. Stupid. Un-necessary.
  • Best news story of 2020 to date.
  • I believe vaping is more an exit point than entry into the unpleasant world of the tobacco leaf. Data seems to suggest same.
  • Uday isn’t even trying.
  • This really shouldn’t be called “news“.
  • We will lose our status as a world class economy if we are not competitive with flights. Deep down we all know this. We also have all had bad flight experiences. We need to get real. We can’t allow our cities to die. We can’t allow our airlines to die. We can’t allow our people to dangle above the abyss while politicians jockey. Let’s try to get something consumer friendly if we can, but let’s not let the airlines die. They fuel an an incredible amount of this economy. We can make flying more sane, human, and planet friendly, but the idea of just letting Darwin run wild is not cool.
  • I’d say for the CDC to stay in their lane – I am just not sure they really should get a lane of their own at this point.
  • Surely they won’t be requesting opioids for those headaches!
  • I am a post-modernist to the degree Richard Rorty was. That brought me to Cornel West before he was as public an intellectual as he is now. He really lays it out here and it should be heard. He needs a higher profile – no matter his politics.
  • Amazing Discoveries lives!
  • Our lives are really just for jockeying by politicians aren’t they?
  • Why don’t we study this more than we do? Because we know the answers and don’t want to hear them.
  • I bet the Gov’s donors made more.
  • NPR is one of the biggest cheerleaders for opiate prohibition, and they go out of their way to conflate illegal drug use and legal, medical use. That is the underpinning of most of their narrative! The way the news is starting to play out, it is going to be harder to pull that off. Deaths go up as access to prescriptions go down. More and more. There simply is no way to explain the opioid deaths anymore with the old tropes about wisdom tooth extractions leading to junkie death. The deaths keep going up as legal access goes down. Even when they die from a prescription, they really aren’t dying from prescriptions written for them. Illegal opiate use kills – and kills more and more by the day. Legal and medically supervised opiate use is not materially different than it ever has been, nor different than what goes on elsewhere in the world where there isn’t a “crisis” like ours. This story is about keeping the stigma going, not saving anyone’s life. NPR is incapable of shame.
  • You don’t have to believe drug users are great people – you just have to believe they are people. Don’t assign motives to them which are of a kind you think normal people wouldn’t have. Much like nicotine, getting kids hooked when they are young is how the black market for drugs works. Holding kids responsible for decisions they make as addicts is really just sadism.
  • More FUD. More implying that pain patients are dying from their own scripts. Just lazy and stigmatizing – the hallmark of for-profit media and media from Listeners Like You.