Category Archives: current events

The Endless Morass of Religious Persecution

It opens a window onto a deeply misogynistic culture in Ireland over several decades, with serious and systematic discrimination against women, especially those who gave birth outside of marriage,” he said. “We did this to ourselves as a society.”

“Survivors of the homes say urgent action by the state is needed, and many say the Roman Catholic church, which ran the homes, needs to be held more fully accountable.”

And the Catholic Church features itself as an arbiter of morality.

Medicynical Note: Nothing new here the church has abused and persecuted people on every continent for hundreds of years. Children and women have been their victims–the most vulnerable in societies. It continues today.

But somehow this flawed institution persists. It self-righteously tries to be the arbiter of morality and as such continues to abuse the rights of women and children.

I have no doubt there are good “moral” well meaning people in this organization but its roots are rotten and corrupt. As such it should be discounted as a arbiter of morality.

Black Voters Matter

“A Republican congressional ally of President Trump solicited more than 100 of his fellow GOP lawmakers to sign on to a brief with the Supreme Court in support of a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas seeking to delay certification of presidential electors in four battleground states won by President-elect Joe Biden.”

Medicynical note: let’s be clear, just as the reaction to recent police shootings says black lives don’t matter, the legal action by republicans against Biden’s election is saying, very loudly, that black voters don’t matter. It’s not subtle.

COVID: More U.S. Deaths than in WWII

I’ve been following the COVID epidemic watching as the death toll rose from zero in January to over 290,000 today. For perspective these are the U.S. deaths in WWII.

Deaths in WWII–Combat deaths, Other Deaths, Total deaths

Medicynical note: While Republican political hacks have been minimalizing and denying the impact of covid, the deaths have inexorably risen. Today they will exceed the U.S. battle deaths in WWII (291,557). This was an unbelievable (till now) failure of government. The focus of Trump was almost solely on money, not citizens. Billionaires have done well while wage earners were exposed to the virus and many have died.

Trump denied, obstructed, provided misinformation and largely ignored the deaths and suffering. He’s soon to be gone while the aftereffects of his gross incompetence will linger on.

More deaths than in WWII, unF#@kingbelievable.

Trump’s Failures

The COVID pandemic is raging in the U.S. and Trump thinks he handled it perfectly. His low standards is literally killing us.

Medicynical Note: Benign neglect is Trump’s approach and it has resulted in thousands of deaths. His fear of failure, his remarkably short attention span and his obvious intellectual shortcomings have contributed to the fiasco.

Trump’s Pre-existing Illness NON-PROMISE

“The Trump administration touched off another politically charged battle over the future of Obamacare with its latest maneuver to dismantle the law amid a pandemic — a move that Democrats immediately weaponized for competitive campaigns this fall and few Republicans defended.”

“The 82-page brief filed late Thursday to the Supreme Court in a high-profile case brought by GOP state attorneys general undercuts President Trump’s repeated pledges to ensure coverage for people with preexisting conditions as his administration and the broader Republican Party seek to wipe away that protection.”

“Trump vowed as recently as last weekend, at a campaign rally in Tulsa, that he would “always protect patients with preexisting conditions, always, always.” But his own administration’s position in court is that the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, and therefore so is the entire law — even its most popular provisions, such as coverage for those with preexisting conditions.”

Medicynical Note:  And now the fine print on Trump’s pre-existing illness non-guarantee. 

Trump’s promise to protect patients with pre-existing illnesses does not guarantee affordable pricing.  Insurers can and will charge people with pre-existing problems more, much much more. 

And if the patient can’t afford the insurers price for coverage,  republicans then usually propose to put them into high risk pools and charge for subsidized insurance based on income (an ability to pay test).  The problems with such pools is that they are underfunded (run out of funds to pay for care) and still too expensive for most people to afford.

The president’s promise also does nothing to limit deductibles and co-pays for people with pre-existing illnesses.  And these extra charges can also be based on  income and assets. 

Remember Trump is a health care ignoramus.  He knows nothing about health insurance or funding it.  He really can’t be bothered with details and has no understanding that health insurers  have primary fiduciary responsibility to stock holders not patients.  They really have limited to no interest in caring for very sick people. 

It’s a fact that Medicare was first established for that very reason.  Insurers didn’t want to provide coverage for the elderly, after all they might be sick.  As a group they have too many pre-existing illnesses. 

Maybe in a more rational time we’ll come to conclude that Medicare type insurance makes the most sense for everyone in the only industrialized country in the world which has no national health care scheme.  Maybe, who knows?  VOTE

Immaculate Intervention

“I’m not involved in giving tactical commands like that,” Barr told the Associated Press. “I was frustrated and I was also worried that as the crowd grew, it was going to be harder and harder to do. So my attitude was get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it.’ ”

“The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Barr personally ordered the crowd of protesters be pushed back as part of a plan hatched far earlier in the day. According to a Justice Department official, law enforcement authorities, including Barr, had decided to extend the security perimeter outside the White House after earlier demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minneapolis turned violent. When Barr came to the scene Monday afternoon, the official said, he was “surprised” to see that hadn’t been done.”

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Medicynical Note:  It would be novel if someone took responsibility in this administration.  It was an immaculate intervention–no one was responsible. 

Trump and the WHO: BBC Fact Check

Trump seeks to blame somebody……anybody will do.

“The WHO failed to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion.”

“This has become a regular theme of Mr Trump’s criticism of the WHO, and in his letter to its head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 18 May, he renewed this attack saying the WHO “consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier”.”

“Mr Trump specifically highlighted reporting by the Lancet medical journal.”

“The editor of the Lancet, Richard Horton, has written a letter in response, saying: “The Lancet did not publish any report in early December 2019 about a virus spreading in Wuhan. The first reports we published were from Chinese scientists on Jan 24, 2020.””

Read the rest of the article……

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Medicynical note:  The article exposes Trump’s unwillingness to accept facts and disarms his accusations against the W.H.O.  Trump denied the seriousness of the epidemic all the way into March.  He blew off intelligence briefings in December; reports of cases and spread in January; and the possibility of a pandemic into March.  As late as February 24 he fired a prominent CDC expert for raising the alarm about covid-19 disease spread.

And when he did his only “early” intervention, the stoppage of flights from China, he did not stop the entry of 40,000 or so U.S. travelers from China.  They received no serious screening on return and were forced to mingle in huge crowds at U.S. customs and immigration.  Trump also did little to nothing to stop the travel of infected citizens from Europe.  And as the W.H.O. predicted this type intervention is not particularly effective…..to whit we have the worst epidemic in the world in the U.S.

His vendetta against W.H.O. reminds me a little of the Korean era when the Russians dropped out of active participation in the U.N. and in doing so allowed the U.S. to put together an international force to oppose North Korea in the Korean conflict. They couldn’t veto an action when they weren’t present.

Abdication means loss of influence, not only in the W.H.O. but in all international multinational bodies.  If loss of influence around the world was Trump’s goal.  He’s succeeded.  Thanks to him, we, the U.S., are perceived as a declining power run by an ignoramus.  Congrats to us.

Read Between the lines (Trump vs the Science….again)

Today Anthony Fauci of the NIH said the following about the Coronavirus regarding recommendations to the elderly chronicaly ill. 

“You don’t want to go to war with a president,” he said. “But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you continue to tell the truth.”

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Doctor Anthony Fauci talks about staying away from political spin when addressing the American public about the risks of the coronavirus.

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Medicynical Note:  What’s going on here?  Think there might be a conflict between the scientists and the politican?  Trump has called global warming a hoax and recently called the Coronavirus worldwide epidemic bordering on pandemic a hoax as well.  Think he has your best interests in mind?

A Government of Self-Delusion

We’ve been dealing with a sociopath as president who is most times delusionary and incomprehensible.  The problem appears to have spread to the Supreme Court.  At the impeachment hearings John Roberts reveals that he has been asleep at the wheel for the last three year or more years.  The Senate isn’t what it used to be.  Quite unbelievably in 2020, this week, he actually stated:

“I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the House managers and the President’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,”

Medicynical Note:  With such feckless chutzpah I can only believe that the Chief Justice does not recognize his role in the decline of the Senate, which today is anything but the worlds greatest anything, much less, a deliberative body.

The conservative supremes are to a great extent responsible for our decline as a country and their disgrace as a court. 

“Ten years to the day before Trump’s impeachment trial began, the Supreme Court released its Citizens United decision, plunging the country into the era of super PACs and unlimited, unregulated, secret campaign money from billionaires and foreign interests. Citizens United, and the resulting rise of the super PAC, led directly to this impeachment. The two Rudy Giuliani associates engaged in key abuses — the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the attempts to force Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents — gained access to Trump by funneling money from a Ukrainian oligarch to the president’s super PAC.”

“The Roberts Court’s decisions led to this moment in indirect ways, as well. The court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County gutted the Voting Rights Act and spurred a new wave of voter suppression. The decision in 2014′s McCutcheon further surrendered campaign finance to the wealthiest. The 2018 Janus decision hobbled the ability of labor unions to counter wealthy donors, while the 2019 Rucho ruling blessed partisan gerrymandering, expanding anti-democratic tendencies.”

I’m doubtful that the country will recover from these insults and develop real insight anytime soon. 

Bye Bye Bernie

I certainly hope for a full recovery but he like Biden and Warren is older than any other candidate who has ever run for a first term as President.

FYI Trump was just 70 when elected. Warren would be 71 if elected. The oldest prior to them was Reagan who was 69 on his election. From our experience elderly presidents’ health and mental status is a real and challenging problem.

Medicynical note: Anybody but Trump.