military, war, sports,

I had just walked puppy to our normal frisbee and tennis ball park when we saw a large fair at one of the three churches within spitting distance of the home. People walking there invited us in, dog and all, so we entered. Midddle eastern music, some Christian, some Muslim, and some agnostics like us mingled and enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells. Kids, both Muslim and not, asked parents to ask me if they could pet my 95 Lb baby. She loved it, as did the many, many kids who dared touch a large black puppy. Baby also met two camels (for kiddie rides) and touched noses with both.

Satisfied with our to-go meal purchases, all middle eastern fare, we headed home and turned on the T&V. Honey is a far more informed and excited futbol fan than I.

We turned on the futbol game involving the Chicago Bares, and the first thing we see is a playing field size US flag, held by tons of military in uniform, and some piss poor singer doing the national anthem. The corroded penny dropped. It hit me like a sledge I use when blacksmithing. It was all in your face propaganda. Tax dollars paying for a military presence and military ads, enriching TV stations and networks, as well as football team owners.

The subtle militarization of pro sports isn’t so subtle anymore.

The advertising revenue spent by the military (your tax dollars at work) on the NFL alone, totals many millions per year. Tell me, please, why is there a need to do a PR job (for big bucks) for the military? What national security purpose is served by spending millions that enrich tv networks and billionaire team owners?

I say enough of this crap. It is propaganda, pure and simple, a steady Chinese water torture of smiling military, injured military,  football playing military, followed by military ads, and the commentators making sure to mention the . . . Military. Plus ads by military suppliers. Promoting our military.

From the church of ineffable stupidity:

I may take some flak for this, but I am sick and tired even the national anthem being sung at each and every sports game. No other country does that, not like us, except in international play, or international events like the Olympics. If a regular league game is being played, many countries do NOT stand and praise their military or their flag. They simply enjoy the game.

I am even sicker of the over the top military propaganda you see at every game. Advertising, huge flags, half time shows, and tv close ups.

Despite a few minor mistakes and errors, like the near extermination of an innocent group of people, the torture and deaths of millions, and the pesky, even troublesome invasions of many mainly peaceful countries, the Nazi Germany war machine did some great things. They industrialized access to outer space, they invented entirely new technologies, even sciences, and probably their most impressive feat was how they polluted the minds of everyone, especially their own citizens. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels may seem to be a cartoon character by today’s smoother and higher tech efforts, but he was an immense success in his time, and even now survivors talk about how the Nazi machine awed and impressed the locals, while scaring the Shyte out of those they intended to invade.

What you see before any professional NFL game is no different than what the German leaders did to their own population. It is a sophisticated form of brain washing, it is a forced diet, not of patriotism, but something far darker, far scarier.

Nationalism.

Ugly, fascist nationalism. Under its dark cloud, we never blame the troops for killing innocents through misguided, misinformed,  or badly planned drone missile attacks on  afghan wedding parties. We never question any higher ranking officers who ordered or sent down the chain orders to torture folks. We never seek criminal actions for war crimes, even against the military who conspire with major corporate thieves who ripped off the US for billions during IraqNam or Afghanistan. (Honestly, could Haliburton  and others have stolen as much as they did without a willful blind eye, or more likely, the active assistance of the US military in Iraq? And how many of those later ended up in a cushy lobbying job once they left the military?)

The problem with this country is not that our navy is too small. (Think of it as a Floating Maginot Line) Rather, it is that in a post-Vietnam era, any criticism of our military seems to be inappropriate and frowned upon. Yes, I do respect those who serve honorably. I cry for those whose bodies are mangled, and I fully honor those who have died, too many in wars of choice, like IraqNam, not in wars of necessity. We have three, perhaps five active war zones in which our troops and unmanned drones are still actively killing people. Is there any political discussion or even a vote in the house or senate whether we should be doing them? Whether it is in our best interest? Whether we are creating more problems than solving them with such an active face in so many countries that pose absolutely no threat to us?

When I see a flag the size of the entire football field unfurled, being held by a hundred + active military folks, with a Rah Rah nationalism theme running at full blast, even before a game has started, I realize that our land of the free and home of the brave is a very scary, very different, and very troubling country.

Apparently, I am not the only one with a troubled conscience. The PTSD and mental health problem rates among drone operators are so high, that our military is suffering from  serious staffing problems. They can no longer maintain their kill rate. Apparently, the video feeds are now so good that drone operators are having nervous breakdowns after repeatedly watching the results of their murderous missile attacks. It proves that they are more human, more humane, and better human beings than those who plan, create, and order our current undeclared drone wars. Drone operator PTSD

I know some will object. Go ahead. I can handle it. But do yourself a favor. Step back. Look at the ultra-nationalism being displayed by the Klown Kar Kandidopes seeking the GOP nomination. Look at the gaudy display of Pro War Nationalism before every big sports game. And start adding two and two. It is a symptom of something quite ugly that seems ever stronger in our country. And looking at the zoo that is the GOP race, with every single one of them becoming ever more irrational, more pro war, and less inclined to use diplomacy, rational thinking, or even just sitting back and thinking through their own words, it is becoming a scary country.

Land of the free? When ATT conspires with the NSA to spy on each and every one of us?  When it takes a Snowden to learn about warrant less, intrusive spying on INNOCENT AMERCANS? When police use force first and foremost, and white racists cheer the deaths of unarmed innocents?

There is something rotten in the State of Denmark. Except, this ain’t Denmark.

British Docs Fear Statins. So should you.

Doctors around the whirled have long pushed Statins as a magical mystery tour of health and eternal yute. That might have to be amended to “infernal” instead.  By forcefully (and I mean forcefully)  lowering cholesterol levels, they predicted that routine Statin use by healthy people would prevent heart disease and lead to longer, healthier lives. Not to mention much higher profits for statin drug makers.

Not everyone got on board for the maiden voyage of the SS Statin Express, however. Some docs questioned whether a healthy person should jerk around his/her/its cholesterol levels, especially since cholesterol plays such a major role in your health. Those that didn’t are now counting their blessings and new and improved studies start casting aspersions on the widespread use of these drugs.

A few facts that you need to know about this War on Cholesterol:

As you sit, your brain is chock full of Cholesterol. Should you be worried? Probably not. It seems to be critically important to memory, rational thinking, and learning. In your low-risk group of relatively healthy people, if 600 people take statins routinely from age 20-40, perhaps one and only one may be spared from a heart attack by the time they reach 65.

In higher-risk populations, there probably is some good that they do. However, as patents expire, the drug companies have increased potency of their Statins, and pushed sales to ever younger groups, as early as the age of 8.

So, as Joe Biden was quoted, what is the big fucking deal? If it helps lower cholesterol, it has to be good. And the more powerful the drugs, the better my chances are with my health, right?

There is a dirty, seedy, greedy underside to this push of this so-called miracle drug:

Side Effects.

A surprisingly common one is muscle pain – up to 70% of users complain about it. All too often, docs who profit from prescribing Statins blame your aging rather than the drugs they push. But it gets worse. Failing memory, depression, irritability — are directly related to Statin use. Even then, doctors have blamed other factors, age, lack of exercise, diet, or even personality disorders. This is despite 65-70% of users mentioning it to their doctors (which tells you just how troubling those complaints have to be).

The bad news keeps coming. Adult onset Diabetes is directly related to Statin use. The relationship is direct – the longer and higher doses you take, the more likely you are to become diabetic. The British Medical Journal previously estimated that 46% of all users will suffer from Diabetes unnecessarily because of widespread Statin use.

If that ain’t bad enough, try this: STATINS SEEM TO CAUSE PARKINSON’S DISEASE.

Let me type the more slowly so everyone can get the idea. STATINS SEEM TO CAUSE PARKINSON’S.  Not just confusion, forgetfulness, inability to process new information, or inability to learn – Actual, factual PARKINSON’S DISEASE. And not even the Parkinsonism that welders working in enclosed places with Stainless and other alloys get to enjoy.

Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, was speaking following research which found those who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs are more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease in later life than those who do not.A study last week showed statin use increases the risk of diabetes by 46 per cent. It has led to calls to end to the widespread use of the drugs.
The risks of side-effects of these drugs are far greater than any potential benefits and it is high time these drugs were restricted in the low-risk population.  The Parkinson’s research carried out over 20 years, and involving nearly 16,000 people, suggests cholesterol may have a vital role in protecting the brain and nervous system.

The findings have alarmed experts who say if applied to the number of Britons deemed eligible for statins it could equate to 150,000 extra patients with Parkinson’s, a central nervous system disorder affecting one in 350 mostly older people.

The work has also fueled concerns that statins, now recommended for up to half the adult population over 50 by government drug policy adviser the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, may be doing many patients more harm than good.

Statin use linked to ParkinsonsTo make matters worse, the Drug Dealers and their pusher Doctors initially used to provide Statins those who had a 30 per cent or greater risk of suffering a heart attack. That number was shelved and in 2005, Statins were pushed to the population with only a 20 per cent risk. Drugsters have been moving to push it down to 10% (or 80% of the population) AND they have been moving the goalposts on age down to 8.

Here is the cite on Diabetes:

But London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said: “Although the benefits are clear in reducing the risk of death in those with established heart ­disease this is not the case for a low-risk population.“Millions see them as a magic pill but they are not.

“This research shows you are more likely to develop irreversible Type 2 diabetes than prevent a non-fatal heart attack if you are at low risk.”

Participants in the study, carried out by the University of Eastern ­Finland and Kuopio University Hosp­ital, were aged between 45 and 73 and followed for six years. New diabetes was diagnosed in 625 men.

Cholesterol and Diabetes.When cholesterol is so critical to mental functioning, who wants to risk having to stick needles in your arm daily, test your blood sugars all the time, and suffer the risk of having the shakes so bad that you need to hire someone to do it for you?

On a personal note, my former GP pushed Statins hard, harder and hardest. He could not understand why I refused to take them. “It is all benefits and no downside/ Why can’t you see that?”  He quit practicing because of Parkinson’s about four years ago. He also compared his muscle pain to my constant back problems. Too bad his only response was hydrocodone.

I have(had) an expert who was also a big fan of Statins. He proudly showed me the latest, far more powerful version he had been taking since they came out. I had to withdraw him as an expert because his Parkinson’s made it impossible for him to travel.

Yet another scandal brewing in Big Pharma?  Recall restless leg syndrome? A nonsense diagnose intended to sell meds by popular demand? Or what of Pain Meds that actually kill?  Remember when you saw more VIOXX ads that beer or car ads on T&V? Merck spent 1.4 BILLION on advertising a year. Despite that, and after recouping every penny of research, development and manufacturing costs, they still made more than a BILLION a year in net profits. Pity it would kill you, although admittedly that would stop your complaints of pain.
VIOXX pulled off the market – cuz, it will damage, even kill you.

My hands down favorite has to be ulcer medications. An Aussie scientist claimed that a common bacteria was the cause of most ulcers he saw in his practice. Barry Marshall came up with this idea after he saw ulcers coincidently disappear when he gave his patients anti-biotics for unrelated problems.

It has been claimed that the H. pylori theory was ridiculed by the establishment scientists and doctors, who did not believe that any bacteria could live in the acidic environment of the stomach. Marshall has been quoted as saying in 1998 that “(e)veryone was against me, but I knew I was right.”

Eventually, despite strong complaints from the Drugster Industry, he was proven correct: Marshall and Robin Warren showed that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. This discovery has allowed for a breakthrough in understanding a causative link between Helicobacter pylori infection and stomach cancer.
Bacteria the cause of most ulcers.Given that kind of track record, I am not surprised at this man-made mess regarding Statins.  “In an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr John Ioannidis estimated that the total sales of statins may approach $1 trillion worldwide by 2020; the most commercially successful drug in history, atorvastatin (Lipitor®), had sales exceeding $120 billion between 1996 and 2011.” Statin sale records.

Holy Heart Attack, Batman. A TRILLION DOLLARS IN SALES? No wonder the drugster industry is petrified over these new Statin findings.

I don’t practice medicine, although I do play doctor in my bedroom on occasion, but even I can add 2+2. It sure seems to me that Statins have a place in the medicine cabinet, just not for every adult in the US and A. Perhaps 5-8% at most. Instead, today’s docs seem intent on pushing Statins as a magic cure for, well see below:

High blood pressure?
Statins
Low blood pressure?
Statins
Erectile Disfunction?
Statins
Gall Bladder issues, including stones?
Statins
Sore male nipples and breast enlargement?
Statins
Testicular sensitivity?
Statins
Hemorrhoids?
Statins
Athlete’s feet?
Statins
Halitosis?
Statins
Cranial auto-vacuumitis? (See generally, Michelle Bachmann)
Statins
Vaginal itch?
Statins
Pre-Menstrual-Syndrome?
Statins
Migraines?
Statins
Agoraphobia?
Statins
Melanoma?
Statins
Auto-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome?
Statins
psoriasis?
Statins
Bipolar Disorder, with Manic-Depressive and Suicidal tendencies?
Statins
Flatulence, with spastic Diarrhea?
Statins
Anal cysts?
Statins

(This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by the AMA and your local Statin supplier. Try Statins. It can only help you out!)

If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, narcolepsy, erectile dysfunction, pryoprisms, vaginal dryness, vaginal discharge, nausea, anorexia, epilepsy, hoarseness, mental instability, depression, mania, suicidal tendencies, gout, ulcers, perspiration, diaper rash, tooth decay, oral tumors, confusion, irritability, anger, ideas of shooting up a post office, toe nail loss, delusional thoughts, angry dreams, constant thirst, shaking hands, muscle contractions, knee problems, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, saliva dripping from your mouth, dental sensitivity, an uncontrollable need to rob a currency exchange while armed with a sagging banana, a sudden love of baseball, or visible, frothing oral Tumors with fungus, heart failure, irreversible lung congestion,  swollen scrotum, ovarian cancer, aortic aneurisms,  STOP TAKING THIS MEDICATION and contact your doctor immediately.

If you have an indescribable urge to dress up as a clown, stand in the middle of a busy intersection, while singing “Ding Dong, the Witch is dead” and keeping time by jumping up and down on one leg, then you have most likely overdosed on Statins, and your brain is now incapable of normal ideation, or even concrete ideation. Seek psychiatric help immediately.

Then again, anyone who is healthy and is taking Statins may want to seek that kind of help, too.

Donald Trump is a Plant

The more I watch the Donald perform his gig on air, the more I am convinced that he is a deliberately concocted, deliberately sold, and deliberately distracting plant.

What better way to seek the result you actually want?

First, you drive some of the nuts into distraction. Hucksterbee is going ever more to the Reich side, trying to find even his 15 seconds of fame, much less 15 minutes. As his folksy “charm” offensive becomes ever more transparent, silly, and just plain laughable, the huckster will finally hang up his angel wings and retire from Ye Olde Politicks. I just hope he makes it on the T&V this Thursday. 

Marco Rubio is both too inexperienced and too dumb to matter. Perhaps with the right seasoning, more pepper than salt, some onion, oregano, plus a bunch of cilantro (oops, it is all being recalled because of “Sam and Ella’s” new flavoring) and perhaps a tad of garlic, Rubio can develop into a W Clone, saying stupid shit, but without having the balls, the unmitigated arrogance, and stage presence to win despite multiple personal shortcomings.

Rick Perry? The best two things he has going for him are his new spectacles, and the knowledge that he is easily twice as smart as the man who replaced him. But NOT a serious candidate. Perry is fighting a fight on uneven terms. Most of the country is not Texan, and most of his competition is just as bad as he. 

Christ Chrissie? If his shenanigans of the past didn’t fuck his career forever, the fall out from his despicable Tunnel cancellation decision make his prospects, especially in the heavily populated NE of the country impossible. Christie’s latest, greatest effort at redemption? He has re-re-re-recreated himself as a friend of the commuter. AFTER he cancelled an absolutely critically necessary tunnel to ship hundreds of thousands of commuters on a daily basis. (Soon afterwards, he took the money and claimed the conservative throne because of that idiotic move) 

Squat Walker? I suspect that even his sugar daddies, or uncles, if your prefer, realize that he is seriously damaged goods, and no amount of their ill gotten gains can fix it all. Squat stoops to our direct north. Wisconsin used to be a state with great people, great cheese, better beer, and wonderful schools, especially its top notch university system. Scott’s turned the system into a “cystern.” Every union, excepting the police and fire morans who didn’t fully see our warnings as accurate, has had its present and future destroyed. The economy is now so bad, especially in comparison to states like Illinois or Minnesote, that Scott has been forced into out and out lying about his results. (Think Kansas, but without the funding by the Kochs).

Sanitorium? A frothy mix of religion, (who knows better than his pope, no less) stupidity, willful ignorance, and unyielding, unbending, fairy-tale based faith. I wonder just what sort of psychotropic medications could get rid of the voices in his head. If only he would seek decent psychiatric care under the ACA.

Ted Cruz controls a small segment of ideologically perverted voters, the kind who enjoy visiting grade schools, or crashing birthday parties for 9 year olds in public parks, while toting their Open Carry AK-47s. He cannot be stupid, not with his educational and professional pedigree. But, what could turn a man with some intellect into a braying mule-like jerk who manages to pick the wrong position on every major iissue?  I think there are three choices – A. he does it on purpose because he enjoys playing with people’s minds, and wonders just how far he could go before being found out; B. He really believes that spew he peddles;, or C. He suffers from a similar illness as Sanitorium.

 Bobby Jindahl – His candidacy has earned the following, weighty commentary: 

Lindsey Graham – I keep wondering what the people of his state are thinking, repeatedly keeping him in the senate. As substance goes, Lindsey is the kind of competitor that if he stands in the bright midday sun, he creates no shadow at all.

Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina – A failed libertarian, a failed neurologist, and an extremely failed businessperson? the mind boggles.

That leaves T-Rump and JeBushBush.

What a brilliant move, if the rumor about JeBushBush is true – that he sent operatives to by hook or crook, convince the Donald that he could win. What a strategery –  knowing that all you have to do is stay back in the pack, gather unbelievably huge amounts of Citizen’s United  millions, exude confidence, keep quiet and above the fray (except when Hilary accurately calls you out and you react instinctively – ie, like an idiot) and wait until the Donald self-immolates or quits, or more likely fires himself because he realizes that his campaign resembles a floating turd in an un-flushed toilet far more than a presidential caliber candidate. The added bonus is with a hothead like The Donald, he, too, will be taking aim at Hilary, with often accurate and painful aim. In fact, his attacks on Hilary might even be supported by Bush-Leaks to Team Donald in secret.

So as The Donald starts eroding the invincible aura that she tried for years to create, who is the winner? JeBushBush.

There might be token resistance to The Donald by the most obvious GOP leaders, like the RNC, the RCCC, the RSCC, and their best traitorous friend, Debbie Whatshername Schultz who ACTUALLY SUPPORTS Florida GOP candidates over Democrats.

Yes, I can fully believe that Donald Trump is a plant. Soooo, From the Church of Ineffable Stupidity, let’s talk agriculture:

So, what sort of plant is the Donald?

My top bet is with the species ARECACEAE

This botanical family of perennial shrubs and trees more commonly known as palm trees.  They have flowering seasons, from routinely, to as much as 100 years between flowers. Like the Donald, the vast majority are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates. And just like Donald’s hair, most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen fronds arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. As well as being morphologically diverse, palms inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts, again like the Donald. Although he is selling his $21 million condo in NYC.

The next bet would be ROSACAEA

This botanical family is more commonly known as roses. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. In fact, grasping a Donald is no easier than grasping a thorny rose. Both will bite back. The problem is that while both roses and the Donald are superb at attracting attention, even at a distance, a rose uses its color, aroma, and natural beauty to grab your attention, while the Donald uses inane attacks, lies, deceit and more than anything, he relies on human nature to be attracted to a coming train wreck.

The last potential possibility would be PINACAEA

This botanical family includes the plants that we know as Pines. Woody, with an incredible variety of cone, leaf and seed characteristics, varieties can do as well in a blazing desert like Las Vegas as an ocean front area like the Jersey shore. Various species can survive in both temperate and subtropical regions of, where they are grown as timber or cultivated as ornamental plants in parks and gardens. Like the Donald too many of the introduced species have become invasive and threaten native ecosystems. Also like the Donald, the vast majority of Pines are notoriously thin skinned, somewhat sappy, and when exposed to too much heat, they can literally explode in flame.