What If?


This is a question I recently came across on Quora: What would happen if Trump actually has the beginning signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia and is elected?

The person who answered the question stated he has family members who suffer from both. He said the following are things he has observed that might lead to that conclusion:

  • Two handed water drinking on stage (mild Parkinson’s or ET tremors?)
  • Inability to follow a subject–not so much from lack of interest but loss of comprehension of the subject.
  • Inability to formulate words and sentence structure.
  • Lack of attention when he’s with foreign leaders (more like he just isn’t there).

On that last observation, the writer refers to his family members and says, “It’s like their soul just vacates for a time.”

He also mentioned the reports that Trump often gets up and goes to another room and watches television during policy discussions.

I agree there are times when Trump doesn’t look well. His eyes are nearly closed, his speech is extremely slow and deliberate, and he constantly repeats himself. Yet when he’s before his supporters, his energy level is high–almost manically so. (Perhaps these too are “signs?”)

There are other instances when Trump appears totally normal. He’s coherent, upbeat, and speaks with enthusiasm and clarity.

So what are we to think? Since most of us aren’t qualified in the mental health field (except perhaps “Professor Taboo”), we can only go by our “gut” as to what’s really happening.

In any case, it is definitely worrisome — and even more so if we find ourselves under his leadership for another four years.

Prayer or Science?

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In our local newspaper, a recent article on the editorial page caught my attention. It was entitled, “Coronavirus is what you get when you ignore science.” A NY Times opinion columnist was the contributor.

Here are some of the first few lines:

Let us pray now, for science. Pray for empiricism, epidemiology and for vaccines. … Pray for flu shots, herd immunity and washing your hands. Pray for reason, rigor and expertise.  … Pray for the NIH and the CDC. Pray for the WHO.

And then this …

And pray not just for science, but for scientists too, as well as their colleagues in the application of science

From the context of the rest of the article, I don’t think the writer was being sarcastic (as I originally surmised). In fact, he made it clear later on that science is often “actively undermined, underfunded, ignored and suppressed.”

However, for me personally, those first few lines were dripping with irony.

As many of us know, the tendency to berate and discount science is prevalent among a large percentage of Christian believers. This isn’t to say they point to all facets of science as being morally deficient, but they DO contend that -GOD- is above, beyond, and superior to anything science can offer. (In fact, some cults faiths refuse to even acknowledge medical science, in particular, and rely instead on the power of prayer to heal themselves and loved ones.)

So one can’t help but ask … why aren’t the churches filled to the brim with -GOD- believers who are PRAYING for the virus to cease and desist? Could it be because the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) takes no prisoners … has no concerns about one’s faith (or lack thereof) … and hears no prayers?

Perhaps, in this instance, when Christians feel an overwhelming need to pray, it should be (as the columnist wrote) for (gasp!) Science and all that entails since -GOD- doesn’t seem to be making much headway in curtailing the spread of Covid-19 among the various inhabitants of this planet.

Re-Blog: Republicans + Woke

EXCELLENT! Especially for (younger) individuals who are not familiar with these presidents and what they did for this country.

Politics Unraveled

“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” Millions of Americans were forced to live by these words during the 1930s. The Great Depression swept across the country like an unforgiving force. Millions became jobless while many others went hungry. Kitchen soups and bread lines became common sights in every major city; the nation was on the brink of collapse.

For those who witnessed the country’s incredible growth during the 1920s, the stock market crash of 1929 was nothing more than an inconceivable nightmare. While the U.S. had experienced market downturns in the past, nobody expected the widespread devastation that the Great Depression would cause.

In their time of need, Americans of every stripe understood the necessity for renewed leadership. Something had gone horribly wrong and it was now the government’s responsibility to ensure that the people of this country aren’t forced to endure such hardships ever…

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Thoughts To Ponder

Some (many?) of you follow Scottie’s Toy Box and may have already seen this remark by Scottie on one of his recent posts. He was writing in response to a comment made by one of his followers.

In case you missed it (or don’t visit this particular blog), I have copied it here as I think he makes some excellent points about several areas of concern. I have underlined some of the points that I think are especially relevant.

I understand the need for changes in the funding of Social Security but frankly any changes in the COLA formula to decrease SS and you might as well not have it. Funny thing, every cost of living raise is eaten up by a raise in the Medicare premium. People on Social security are fight(ing) a war of attrition as it is. That forces vulnerable people to live on the margins in unsafe conditions wondering if they should pay for heating or eat.

Raising the minimum retirement age is not an answer that helps most people. Most people work hard long hours these days in labor designed for younger bodies, not people over 60 with health problems that come with growing older. The majority of the people who work willingly far past the retirement age are ones with great easy jobs, like CEO’s and bosses, the ones who sit at desks with plenty of breaks in air conditioned offices. They are not the ones standing for 8 to 12 hours, 65 year old pulling patients that weight 200 plus pounds out of beds, construction work and others in the searing heat or freezing cold. Those older people who have to work to make ends meet after retirement age are not doing so willingly and it is a shame, no a crime that they have to do that.

There is a problem coming and Yang* is correct automation will kill most avenues of work. That is fine, people shouldn’t have to work long hard hours, machines should make our lives easier. Life is more than a struggle for survival, a daily grind, or we have not advanced much belong our earliest stages of caveman

I understand the countries that went deep into debt that had to enact austerity measures. However studies have found that normally is not the solution to getting a country productive again. Yes cuts had to be made because any attempt at raising revenue couldn’t cover the debt in the short term and no one was willing to work out a long term solution. The US debt is different. Their debt was much less by giving the money back to wealthy and corporations, their debt was not unrestrained capitalism. Ours is. From the industrial defense industry you mention (very little of the money ever helps the troops, we all know where it goes ) to the billion, now trillion dollar companies that pay no taxes but instead get money from the government. Why does the oil and gas industry get 20 billion tax payer dollars a year in subsidies?

Wealthy people living on huge interest from invested money paying a lower tax rate than the working person in back breaking jobs. Unlike those other countries mentioned we have the sources of revenue, it is just there, but people in the US have been indoctrinated not to touch it. It is the starving person looking at the buffet and being told they can not eat because that kills freedom and is not patriotic.

As you can tell I am tired of this game. It is a game, the lower incomes are the pawns, and only the wealthy know the rules so they always win. People are angry at the situation that has gotten worse, been rigged against them for 40 years. They are not going to take it much longer. tRump is a result of that anger, an attempt to change the game. Sanders is also. It is an attempt to get across to the people in control that if they wont take the steps to help the lower incomes, the poor, the working poor, if they won’t stop pandering to the wealthy, then the people are ready to vote them out, or burn down the country to change things. I am afraid Biden is simply more of the same as he has always been. He talks like he is a “common man” but he legislates like an upper class elite.

The establishment Democrats want slow incremental changes that look like they are doing something but never change the system. Yes they gave a 40 cent a hour raise to the workers, but gave a 1000 dollar a day raise to the corporate executives. All they are doing is trying to pretend to be doing enough to help the worker to keep them from revolting and destroying the rigged system for the wealthy. Well the workers have caught on, the lower incomes have had enough. There is real anger in the country. Hillary did not understand that, tRump did. I am not sure Biden does.

*a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate