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Bugs Too!

18 Jan

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While Scientists around the world have been studying the decline of flying bugs and insects in our environment, Medical doctors say that they are encountering an increasing number of patients who bring home drug-resistant bugs or rather bacteria from abroad and that many of those new bacteria can potentially lead to harmful infections that are increasingly harder to cure…

Because these highly resistant bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to the point where antibiotics are no longer effective against them! The World Health Organization has identified these drug-resistant bugs as one of the most acute threats facing global health and about 700,000 people around the world die each year from infections against which medicines have no effect.

One of the bigger problems is  that about 80 to 90 percent of all antibiotics are now produced in China and India by giant pharmaceutical companies who not only make these drugs but also illegally dump significant quantities of antibiotics through their wastewater and into surrounding streams, rivers and lakes. Scientists who have been studying this practice have found concentrations of antibiotics in some of the bodies of water that were at times several thousand times, higher than the levels predicted to select for resistance!

And when exposed to a high concentration of antibiotics these microscopic bugs, like most living things, begin to develop defense mechanisms to protect themselves from those substances which are harmful to them…and so new “super bugs” begin to develop and grow and spread.

As a result Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate and this loss of effectiveness is being accelerated by their misuse in humans, animals, crops and by Pharmaceutical company practices. So much so that the problem is now seen by many leaders at the highest political levels as a most dire and urgent one.

So while the world is losing insects…bugs, worldwide at a rate so accelerated that we are now just beginning to notice their absence…at the same time the world is gaining bugs…bacteria, at an accelerated rate that we don’t notice… until we can feel their presence.

I know this is rather chilling and macabre to say or think about but… remember when the other kind of bugs were eating us alive? And that wasn’t so bad?! We humans need to start thinking about how we can undo what we’ve already done before we’re done in!

It’s a problem that is going to take 21st Century technology and medicine and our most advanced thinkers and scientists and political institutions to solve if the human race has any intentions of continuing to advance and thrive! And this is just another reason why fighting over a wall is such nonsense. For one, a wall won’t work at all… and B: It certainly won’t stop… BUGS!

 

Have I Seen Everything Now?

19 Jun

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The other day I was driving along and passed the Exxon Deli and Grill!…As in the Exxon gas station has a deli and grill attached to it now. Whatever happened to repair shops being attached to gas stations? Now they’re making me a sandwich while pumping my gas?

So if I go in there and ask for a sandwich made just the way I like it, and they ask me what kind of oil I’d like on it, do I ask for 30 weight or 40? And does it matter if I’m buying my sandwich in the Winter or Spring?

What’s on the grill? Alaskan Duck marinated in Exxon Valdez oil spill?

Oh well, at least now I know what the oil companies are doing with my Trump Tax Break. Now that they’ve raised their gas prices all of my tax savings are going straight into their wallets!

So “Fillerup!” And make my grilled salmon to go… with an extra helping of fumes!”

Of course it’s to go. I’m at a freakin’ gas station for cryin’ out loud!!!

 

Nice Work If You Can Get It

23 Oct

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Here is a fun fact…President Trump has already golfed on average 1 out of every 4 of his days in office as The President of the United states. So if he continues on this pace, then after his 4 year term as President, he will have spent 1 full year on the golf course and only 3 years in his office.

And the best part is that he only golfs at Trump golf courses where his Secret Service Agents must rent golf carts in order to follow the president and protect him as he makes his way through fairways, sand traps and other golf hazards. ( I seriously don’t know why they can’t just follow him around on foot? How fast can a 70+ year old play?)

But I digress, because at the current rate of golf cart rentals the Secret Service is spending over $100,000 per year just on that…and all of that money goes into President Trump’s golfing businesses. So that’s over $400,000 for golf cart rentals alone over a 4 year presidency which means that President Trump will not only spend 1/4 of his time in office golfing, but he will also be paid for it in an amount equal to 1 year of his presidential salary.

And if we calculate all of the money spent by the Secret Service renting rooms at his properties etc. etc. etc…and add it to President trump’s income, well, all I can say is…  Nice work if you can get it, huh? And get paid while doing it too!? And while not even working?! And after trashing our former POTUS for golfing too… at 1/8 the frequency!

Wow! America, meet our plutocratic, pietistical, Polytetrafluoroethylene POTUS! Making America (and himself) Great Again…one swing at a time.

Hey Republicans…At least he’s not Obama, right? (wink, wink)

 

Big Brother, Can You Spare a REAL ID?

20 Oct

Here is something about America that you may not know…I didn’t but then I’m not much of a traveler. Back in 2005 Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which established minimum security standards for state issued driver’s licenses. And since a driver’s license is needed in order to pass through airport security, you will need one of these new Congress approved licenses in order to board your plane to… wherever.

And you’ll need one by January 22nd, 2018! That’s 3 months from now!

The Act prohibits the TSA from accepting any licenses or (ID Cards) that don’t meet the new standards set by Congress back in 2005. That was 12 years ago…and guess what? Only 26 states have met the new standards, as you can see by checking the map above.

And if the other 24 states don’t receive an extension from the government (and some haven’t even been reviewed yet) then you won’t be able to board an airplane unless you find an alternative form of ID by January 22nd.  So if you live in New York, California, Illinois, Louisiana or Michigan you’ll need a passport even/just to fly within the United States. (The other states have already received extensions…phew!)

Or you could use a DHS trusted traveler card, U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents) Permanent resident card, Border crossing card, DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license or a passport card…

And since no one yet knows if more extensions will be granted or if states will comply in time or what the government will come up with next you might want to get busy finding new ID…but only if you are planning on flying the friendly skies in 2018. BYW it takes 4-6 weeks to get a passport so… what are you waiting for?

But the news gets better. (not) Beginning October 1, 2020 American citizens will only be allowed to use REAL ID driver’s licenses or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel…

And here, after 62 years of living in the USA, I already thought I knew who I was…and could prove it??? Silly me.

So…what’s in your wallet?

 

 

 

 

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