The Disease of denial

“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”

“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”

Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.

Deaths in U.S. Concentration Camps– it’s really happening.

No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.

Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?

The Pence Agenda: Victimhood

We see it frequently in FOX’s America. The empowered with a history of horrific abuse of others claiming…….victimhood.

“Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,” Pence said. “Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs. So as you prepare to leave this place and will your life on a Christ-centered, world-engaging foundation poured here at Taylor University, be prepared to stand up.”

“Pence also praised the Trump administration’s views on abortion. “I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that stood strong on the timeless values that have made this nation great, stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,” Pence said. The vice president didn’t mention the new anti-abortion law that was approved in Alabama.”

Medicynical note: While his administration has tolerated and tacitly approved attacks on the rights and safety-net of the poor, women, the elderly, the disabled, the non-white population, the gay community and other religions particularly Muslims and Jews, Pence covers himself in the robe of victimhood.

Sadly Pence et al want to follow the lead of the Islamic states and convert (literally) the US into a theocracy, all while decrying the terribleness of the Islamic variety. They consider themselves victims because others in their country don’t share their beliefs and goals and decline to follow their interpretation of scripture. They want to forcibly impose their beliefs, prejudices and hatred on the unbelievers, creating real victims.

Only an Idiot Talks This Way

American Exceptionalism, again.

“There was the Republican from Maine, Lawrence Lockman, who explained that if a woman had a right to an abortion, threw rape wasn’t rape.

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.” 

“The logic is mind-blowing. Don’t forget, it’s not just eastern seaboard Republicans. Colorado conservative Darryl Glenn knows that God’s special gift to women is sometimes rape?”

If you want an abortion, don’t ask me to pay for it. That’s not something I’m gonna agree with. That’s a gift from God. There are no exceptions with that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pray for you…. That’s a life, regardless of how it got there, and I’m going to pray for you.

Medicynical Note: Something very bad happened when Trump and Pence were elected. The “stupid” became acceptable for elected republicans.

Whim Masquerading as Policy

We don’t have the faintest idea what is going to happen because it doesn’t seem the U.S. actually knows,” said Tomas Valasek, director of Carnegie Europe and a former Slovak envoy to NATO. “Trump doesn’t seem to know what he wants.””

“By week’s end, the president who repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for “telegraphing” its military intentions was openly trying to dial back tensions, saying he hopes there isn’t a conflict and repeating his interest in having direct talks with the leaders in Tehran. White House officials briefing reporters on Friday say they ’re “sitting by the phone” waiting for Iranian officials to call.

Only in America: Faith based scams

Patients tell their stories as Washington state orders ‘sham’ health-care sharing ministries to halt

Medicynical note: Where there money to be made, scammers abound. The U.S. has more quackery and fraud in healthcare than any other place in the world. Why? Desperate people are……..well…….desperate and…….yes……..the money.

Rome is burning

Obvious correlation

Medicynical note: It was about a year ago that the CO2 level crossed the 410 ppm level.

The relationship between warming and human activity is apparent and rational people accept it as fact. Even the deniers have evolved and now agree warming is happening. They, however, dispute the cause and deny the possibility of catastrophic effects from human activity despite the clear correlation between such activity, hydrocarbon use as fuel, and atmospheric warming. Yes, in the distant past (a past ironically denied by many religious fundamentalist deniers) CO2 was as high or higher. But that was likely from volcanic activity and prior to man’s existence.

But absolute belief in bible stories doesn’t fully explain the lack of response by the US to this clear and present danger. In the past 30 or so years climate change has become a political litmus test. Decisions are filtered through short term financial special interests; the fear of change, religious shibboleths, and simple denial of reality because of political animosity.

It appears that only a massive tragedy along with similarly massive financial losses has any chance of getting a response. And next year or sooner there will be another chart showing the CO2 crossing the 420 ppm level.