OPEN LETTER TO STANFORD

The University Should Protect Its Reputation

Today, I’ve had enough. I’m tired of people who are hurting our fellow citizens and we must speak out. We need to point out that when educational institutions enable false information, they are wrong and must be confronted. Stanford University is a great school, but they may be risking that reputation. So, I wrote a letter:

Dear Stanford University,

Is Stanford University willing to trash its good reputation because of SCOTT ATLAS?

I hope this message finds its way to the person responsible for causing all the problems. Is Dr. Atlas the sole member of Stanford’s HOOVER INSTITUTION? Who oversees this? What oversight is applied by the University? THIS EMAIL SHOULD BE READ BY THE PROVOST AND PRESIDENT. I would have sent this to Marc Tessier-Lavigne, but I can’t find an email address for him.

Let’s start with some basic knowledge.

  1. More than 220,000 people in the United States have died because of the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. The Trump administration has produced a confusing and misinformed policy on fighting the virus.
  3. The White House has hired a Stanford Fellow to advise the President.
  4. Dr. Scott Atlas, that advisor, has contributed to the confusion and misinformation.
  5. Dr. Scott Atlas has tweeted that face coverings (masks) do not work.

So, let’s get real. If I were the President of the United States, I would fire this man ASAP. If I were running Stanford, I would disassociate myself from this individual immediately. Why?

LIES for a LIAR

What Scott Atlas is really saying is that front line people are NOT protected by PPE. ANY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL KNOWS THAT IS NOT TRUE. Doctors wear coverings during an operation to protect the patient and themselves. This is a fact. Is that what Dr. Atlas meant? I assume that SNC uses best practices, so why would the president’s advisor perpetrate a lie? Why wouldn’t Dr. Atlas recommend that people going out in the public during a global pandemic wear a mask to protect themselves? This man is harming people with his false words.

Dr. Atlas told millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions they should take the risk of getting the virus. What oath did he take? What, or who, is guiding his advice? Is he adhering to the Hippocratic Oath? Remember, a piece of that oath says, “First, do no harm.” Could it be that Dr. Atlas is being manipulated by someone trying to affect an election rather than save people’s lives? Only the good doctor knows the answer, but what responsibility does STANFORD UNIVERSITY have in this equation?

I don’t believe Dr. Atlas comprehends the position he is in. He got hired, appeared on TV, got noticed and walked away from all his medical knowledge and expertise just to be “another opinion.” The number of doctors and other medical experts who have spoken out against Dr. Atlas is overwhelming. Perhaps he’s in the leech business wanting to bring back arcane ideas that have long been disproved. He talked about “herd immunity,” then he distanced himself from his own proposal. VACILLATION is not a VACCINATION.

I am not a “cancel culture” person, I am a concerned citizen.

You don’t need to cancel Scott Atlas. You must decide whether you want our grandkids to go to Stanford. Right now, Dr. Atlas is not much better than soiled PPE. You can keep putting him on, but it’s dangerous for America. Ask Paul Romer, ask Dr. Fauci, ask any doctor on the front lines.

I am posting this to social media in the hope that someone will share this with the person responsible for protecting the reputation of STANFORD UNIVERSITY. No action is just complicity, not intelligent management of people you pay. Do the right thing.

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BLAMER & SHAMER

The Lunatic Must Go Away

It seems to me that we have a precise, exact understanding about the nature of a bully. It’s a person who habitually seeks to harm, intimidate or coerce those whom they perceive as vulnerable, and this brings us to one of oldest stories in the world. Throughout the years, the book The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop has gathered conflicting interpretations. The book describes a race between a turtle and a rabbit.  It’s a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery are employed to overcome a stronger, dogged opponent, but what should we take away from the old storyline?

Aesop’s short story attempts to convey a moral, but what is it? The lesson seems vague. In the classical interpretation, it was not the tortoise’s plucky persistence in taking on a bully that was emphasized, but rather the hare’s foolish overconfidence. When one is overconfident they tend to make mistakes, take risks and emotionalize their every move.

Donald John Trump has decided that because he has “conquered” the coronavirus the infection is no longer a risk to anyone. Some of those who attended his mask-less, crowded events will surely get sick. Those folks will either suffer the BIG BANG of COVID, or they will be ill for days with one of the worst flus they’ve ever had. What a price to pay for such zealous foolishness.

Donald Trump’s request that his right-wing domestic terrorists bring guns to our voting places is not only unamerican, it’s voter intimidation. The Donald doesn’t care about you or democracy. He’s a wannabe dictator attempting to hijack the Constitution. Who will stand by and let him do this? Who will be blamed for the cheating, voter intimidation and lack of respect for the law? Will they be charged?

According to the New York Times, “…more than 7,700 ballots have been challenged and face rejection in North Carolina. In Florida, that number is 11,900.” Most of those ballots have been tossed because the voter’s signature could not be verified. What an arcane way to determine the authenticity of a ballot. Years ago, when having to sign thousands of business letters, I developed a signature with two lower case “ds.” I later shortened that to one lower case “d” with a front launch, a twirl and then a long tail. My boss once admonished me to “use your real signature!” and my kids used this simplified form to forge an unknown number of permission slips. All that aside, why are we using signatures as verification? We’re no longer living in the fifties. There are better ways.

If he loses the election, Trump has prepared his sycophants to blame the dark, sinister forces of the “deep state.” Should you be tempted to believe his bark, don’t be fooled. It’s much bigger than his bite. He’s an immoral, unconscientious, spoiled brat-boy. He will eventually take his toys and go home, but not quietly.

Can you believe Trump is trying to shame his own experts on viruses because he doesn’t like the truth? Those who disagree with him are the enemy and they must suffer. According to Politico, in a conference call with campaign workers, Trump called the whole COVID Task Force “idiots” on Monday, and even mused about potentially firing the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

REALLY? Who is this good for? Nobody. Trump went on to say, “People are tired of Covid. People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump knew the press was on the call, so he was using the forum to attack and lash out at Fauci. “He’s been here for, like, 500 years. Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths.” This all makes Trump one glorious douchebag.

When right-wing domestic terrorists got caught planning to kidnap a US governor, Trump attempted to shame the female ruler and blame her for the problem. It’s like the small-town sheriff saying the woman who was raped was “asking for it.” I cannot believe that devout Christians can keep vouching for this guy.

Donald Trump does everything he can to merge Black Lives Matter protesters, civil rights protesters and Democrats into the unorganized followers of Antifa. The trumpers keep calling those on the left socialists, fascists and anti-fascists. Could they at least get their beliefs together? Are they anti-fascists or are they and Trump pro-fascists? If they love the 45th President, they must be pro-fascist.

The lunatic in the West Wing is not focused on being president. When he was a “builder” and marketer of his name for gain, he hardly worked on the real substance of his organization’s goals. He much preferred getting stroked by his people, reading about himself in the gossip columns and basking in the adoration of younger women. It’s his thing. He gets the most out of the least amount of work.

John Kelly

General John Kelly says Trump is the most flawed person he’s ever known, but did nothing to stop him. John Bolton believes Donald is unfit to be president, especially when it comes to foreign policy, but Bolton won’t vote for Joe Biden to dispose the asshole. We’ve heard from many who have served this president, but my favorite description comes from former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. He said Donald Trump is a “fucking moron.” Sadly, no one has stepped up to stop him.

The sickest fault of Trump is his inability to understand anything outside of his tiny world. He lacks empathy and cannot possibly do anything of meaning for anyone else. The cult activity of this deranged man will ultimately end in the total disgrace of most of his family and our country. If the picture that eventually is posted on Donald John Trump’s Wikipedia page shows him being led off the White House grounds by federal agents, he and his offspring will have deep regrets. Nixon’s final photograph leaving office on Marine One reflected the cliché of his entire presidency. He gave a double peace sign, yet he hated those who invented the gesture.

Trump will certainly give us another gesture when removed from office. It’s about time we end this whole notion that, as Nixon claimed, “If the president does it, it cannot be illegal.” We are all sick of the blame game and the never-ending shaming and bullying. I thought Nixon should have served time in jail. I now believe that if Donald Trump is found guilty of violating any US laws, he should be imprisoned. No President should be allowed to pardon him, but then, I’m just a law and order blogger. HA!

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BLACK FLIES MATTER

Trump Puppet Pence Attacks and Attracts

Vice Presidential debates are fun events that usually have no bearing on the outcome of a presidential election. People are far more interested in the candidates for president, although this year the VP debates gave us a chance to see the “next in line” of two presidential candidates who are over 74 years of age.

There are many great quotes about the position of Vice President, like this one from our 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner, the position is “not worth a bucket of warm piss” and “the worst damn fool mistake I ever made.” If you’ve never heard his name, I guess he was right. And who can forget this Johnny Carson line, “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.” That’s funny, unless you happen to be the Vice President.

The vice presidency became more than an interim position on the way to the Oval Office when aggressive people like Dick Cheney and, I will add, Joe Biden used the unwritten power to get their way. Biden handled the recovery for his boss Barack Obama after the 2008 financial crisis, while Dick Cheney managed to trick George W. Bush into a war. The VP is also the president of the Senate, which gives them little work but much importance when a vote is tied. They get to break the tie.

Fly on the Veep

In last night’s debate, Mike Pence donned the same bully cloak Donald Trump wore in his debate with Biden. Pence seemed more polite but, as we say in radio, he is a real MIC HOG. There was only one debate participant that understood the two-minute limit, and that was THE FLY on Mike Pence’s head. Surely you heard about, or saw, a rather large, black fly land on Pence’s bright, white head. It stayed on camera for a full two-minutes.

When I was a kid, I spent some time on a farm and one of the gross realities is that where there is cow crap, there are flies. I’m sure all the bull crap that flew out of the Vice President’s mouth last night attracted that insect to him. Let’s face it, the nation saw a black-on-white crime, but I was disappointed that Senator Kamala Harris didn’t point it out on live TV. Maybe those plexiglass shields kept her from seeing the fly on the wall, I mean head.

The Pence attack on Biden related to the mysterious swine flu breakout was patently lame and predictable. In case you forgot, the US faced a swine flu global pandemic in 2009-2010; they always last at least two years. The World Health Organization and our CDC estimated the US toll at 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths. The indecipherable, illogical claim of Donald Trump is that if Obama were president during the COVID pandemic, there would have been millions killed. Of course, our Idiot in Chief and his Vice Puppet Pence provide no evidence or reasoning for this inane claim.

The President’s bleat of “Don’t fear the virus,” coupled with his claim that 12,469 American swine flu deaths was a total failure, makes the 211,000 COVID deaths a catastrophe of epic proportions. Trump’s claim that the seasonal flu kills just as many people as the coronavirus is false information which also undermines his misrepresentation that the Obama / Biden team did a bad job.

I hate to be dogmatic, but if we had only12,000 or even 30,000 coronavirus deaths, I would say that Trump did a good job, but we are currently above 211,000. Trump and Pence have been blind, deaf and dumb on the global pandemic. The term “unhinged” doesn’t even begin to describe the stupidity and ignorance our “leaders” dish out.

So, do we want more derangement, unbalance, witlessness and idiocy for another four years, or have we had enough? The morning after the Pence / Harris debate, the big, orange pumpkin went on Fox News and called Kamala Harris a “monster” and a “communist.” Really? Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder and his mind addled with the effects of dexamethasone, a steroid we took to cram for finals in college, is pushing the Trump train off the rails.

Harris must have gotten under the Donald’s skin last night because he’s spending lots of time, energy and political capital attacking her. Trump is now threatening that he’s going back on the campaign trail! Really? Until the President’s doctor releases all the results of his COVID tests, no one should go near the man. And until Trump releases his tax returns, no one should vote for him.

This just in, according to NBC News, “President Donald Trump required personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to sign nondisclosure agreements last year before they could be involved with treating him.” Really, don’t they work for the taxpayers?

We know that Pence is a religious zealot saddled with the usual trappings of signs from a higher power. So, consider this. The best-known mythological spirit associated with the negative symbolism of flies, is Beelzebub. A popular nickname for this devil is “lord of flies,” and he can be depicted both in human form as a fallen angel or as a demonic-appearing fly. My best suggestion to Mike Pence is head to church now, and Karen Pence, get thee to a nunnery!

Former Trump Fan

Mike Pence wants to tell you, especially you women, that he knows what’s best for you. He wants to control your mind and your body. He wants to dictate to America his draconian values and his perversions of freedom. He’s the same person who didn’t let women vote for 144 years, who kept Africans as slaves for centuries and who now is actively endorsing voter suppression to demolish our democracy.

The destruction has begun, but we have time for us to fix this. The fly can lay its eggs in the field of white privilege, but we can clean them up and move on. It’s time to throw these bums out of office along with the incompetent grifters they have put in place. This is my delete list for Biden. William Barr, fire and investigate. Mike Pompeo, replace and investigate. Stephen Miller, dismiss with a swift kick in the pants. Dr. Scott Atlas, cast out with a request that his medical license be revoked. Louis DeJoy, fire, investigate, arrest and charge. Betsy De Vos, fire and ban from all public schools for life. Finally, we come to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Time will confirm, but Pence has so much Trump stink on him that he’s forever ruined in politics. As for Trump, let the Southern District of New York determine his crimes. The good news is that Biden will NEVER pardon him.

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HERD IMMUNITY

Another Trump Distortion

My father grew up on a farm and my younger brothers helped out there during their high school years. I used to say that farmer kids learn things city kids never do. For example, most farm kids know how reproduction works. It wasn’t the birds and the bees; they learned from the pigs and cows.

We are hearing our President talk about “herd mentality” and “herd immunity” as if they are interchangeable terms. He’s an idiot and knows nothing of the denotation or connotation of his own words. The utterances that tumble out of his mouth aren’t backed by thoughts, they are merely words, and this brings us to a huge problem in our country right now.

Before starting, here are the denotative boundaries for this discussion. Herd immunity occurs when enough people or animals become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. Understanding when herd immunity has been achieved is science, requiring the same kind of disciplines as creating medicines and vaccines.

Connotatively, the term “herd immunity” reduces human beings to the level of farm animals. Decades ago, cattle ranchers believed herd immunity was a solution for bovine brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease. Farmers and ranchers, often with the help of veterinarians from the US Department of Agriculture, blood-tested every animal they owned to discover, trace and isolate the disease’s source and control its spread.

Many European countries had to deal with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative and fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of adult cattle. The ranchers employed surveillance, culled sick animals and banned bovine meat products from their feed. Cows are vegetarian, not cannibals, so their diets do not normally include meat. What did farmers do when they found cows having the virus? They KILLED THEM.

It’s patently clear that Donald Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas, Senator Rand Paul and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have no idea what they are talking about in terms of herd immunity. First, we are not going to kill people and burn their bodies should they test positive for COVID-19. Okay, sick joke here, but who would pay for that? Seriously, these goofballs are using the term “herd immunity,” blissfully ignorant that enacting such a plan requires the execution of human beings. This survival of the fittest routine is rather Darwinian, even by Republican standards.

My head exploded when I read the following in The Lancet, the highly respected medical journal, “Studies in June and July cast doubt on prospects for herd immunity: despite months of exposure, antibody surveys found a low seroprevalence,” less than 10%, in cities in Spain and Switzerland.” Commentators in The Lancet concluded that, ”In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.” *Seroprevalence is the level of a pathogen in a population, as measured in blood serum.

Unfortunately, Americans tend to collect and hold onto buzz words and catch phrases more than they do facts. The goofballs are trying to pull off their greatest lie yet, that somehow it might be better to let the virus “run its course” rather than fighting it head on with science, testing, tracing and a national plan. For months and months, we have heard about the forthcoming “great solution” but no one has presented a reasonable plan of action.

Some of our older readers may remember a hairbrained idea that was bounced around during the HIV/AIDS crisis. It suggested that those having the disease should be shipped to a deserted island. The trouble is, we tried that before with another misunderstood ailment. Until 1969, Hawaiian law allowed leprosy sufferers to be forcibly moved to the islands’ leprosy settlement where, over the years, more than 8,000 patients lived. The sad truth is, Leprosy continues to infect more than 215,000 people globally each year and there is no proof that isolation works. The dark side of HIV/AIDS included discussions about culling the population by execution of those with the virus.

Dangerous Enabler

People like X-Ray doctor Scott Atlas and eye doctor Senator Rand Paul challenge the VIRUS experts and think they know more, when the frontline scientists are openly willing to admit that they don’t know everything. These politician jerks are wasting our time. Every time I hear Rand Paul challenge Dr. Fauci, I can’t discern the point he is trying to make. Paul’s mission seems to be discrediting rather than seeking knowledge.

I’m tired of all this nonsense. Let me say it clearly, “herd mentality” will kill people. “Herd immunity,” by its very nature, will kill people. Let’s work on less death, fewer infections and keep pressing on with the known, scientific methods of mitigation. To be bold and direct, it’s time for Trump, Atlas, Paul and DeSantis to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Okay, let me put my mask on.

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