end of august angst

So here I am, the last Sunday in August, and wondering where the bulk of 2021 has gone to. I started out this year getting my two Moderna vaccinations, and then watched with hope as the original coronavirus pandemic began to wane a bit. And then, the sickness of Trumpism began to manifest again as white Republican evangelicals who get all their news from Fox and Facebook refused to get vaccinated. Then the coronavirus mutated into the delta variant and began to run through all the unvaccinated, helping to spread it far and wide, even through the vaccinated.

The epicenter of all this madness and sickness is still Florida, where our beloved governor Ron DeathSantis continues to try to block the mandating of masks, as if this was some sort of horrible burden imposed on his freedom-loving base, as apposed to being a sensible and easy enough act (wearing a mask) to control the spread of the deadly delta variant among his poorly vaccinated base. DeathSantis was stopped in his tracks by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper (see https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/569726-judge-blocks-desantis-from-banning-school-mask-mandates ); school districts will now be allowed to impose a mask mandate as needed. God knows we need it.

In the mean time I read as people like me were chastised for not waiting eight months before getting our boosters; I got mine at six months along with my wife, who is immune compromised. Now it would appear the feds are recommending six months, so thank you for coming around to my way of thinking. I will sleep easier at night.

I note the complete US clusterfuck withdrawal out of Afghanistan, with the additional ISIS-K terror attack at the Kabul airport. This only goes to reaffirm the critics who’ve been saying all along that this would precisely happen if and when we withdrew. And, of course, the Republican lying sons-of-bitches are now gleefully rubbing their hands together over the political fallout they feel will help them to regain the House and Senate come the 2022 midterms. Let’s unwind that a bit.

We all knew that withdrawing from Afghanistan was going to be a complete and utter clusterfuck. Afghanistan has been a political clusterfuck for foreign intervention going back to the Greeks and Alexander. But nobody learns from history, and of course, we are doomed to repeat it, up to the present day.

And it was Trump and Co. that were negotiating with the Taliban, who promised to pull out of Afghanistan, and who betrayed the Kurds (see ‘Trump Betrayed the Kurds. He Couldn’t Help Himself.’ https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/trump-betrayed-kurds-whos-next/600004/ ) by withdrawing US troops from the Syrian/Turkish border in 2019. Which of course gave the Russians a free hand to perform military operations in support of the Syrian government as icing on the Kurdish betrayal cake. This of course would require the Republicans to know the definition of hypocrisy and of having a conscience that would feel some shame in that, but then we know that today’s Republicans don’t know what hypocrisy means and of course they have no conscience. Just look at the “southern border” debacle and Trump’s disintegrating wall…

But to get back to Florida… I’m watching Ida make landfall in New Orleans on the anniversary of Katrina’s landfall on 29 August 2005. The only difference, if you want to make that call, is that Katrina was a Cat 5 hurricane, while Ida is ‘only’ Cat 4. But this is a difference between a large bomb and a slightly smaller bomb; the explosion is still devastating.

To my few friends still living in that area, get out if you can, and hunker down if you can’t.

a consequence of COVID running through the willingly unvaccindated

I received the following email this evening from OUC, the Orlando Utility Commission. This was about our water usage. Let me quote the entire email.

Dear OUC Customer,

A regional shortage of liquid oxygen linked to the surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations is impacting OUC’s ability to treat drinking water. Health systems use liquid oxygen (LOX) in the respiratory treatment of COVID-19 patients, while OUC uses it as part of a water treatment process for ozone generation. Ozone is used to remove hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring compound that yields an unpleasant odor, from water pumped from the Lower Floridan Aquifer.

With COVID cases soaring across Florida and the Southeast, OUC fully supports LOX vendors diverting supplies to health systems in Central Florida as a life-saving measure.

With our customers’ immediate participation, we may be able to avoid water quality issues.

We are asking all of our water customers without reclaimed water systems to immediately limit irrigating their lawns, and refrain from washing vehicles and performing non-critical activities such as pressure washing or filling pools.

We realize the significance of this request and appreciate your support for this drastic measure because the medical industry needs to be the priority user of liquid oxygen to treat patients.

We also ask that you please be prepared to continue water conservation measures over the next few weeks.

Should you need additional information and water conservation tips, please visit OUC.com/waterinfo.

Sincerely, OUC—The Reliable One

This was NOT a problem we had to contend with last year during the initial COVID infection. Mask mandates were enforced as was social distancing. We got through that period, enough that I was ecstatic to get my dual Moderna vaccination (as was my wife). I honestly thought we were going to beat it this year, until it because too obvious that the conservative/Republican side decided that not only was common sense mask wearing too onerous, but so was getting the vaccine.

It is enough that the willingly unvaccinated are disease vectors for the delta variant of the corona virus. It gets worse that we have to put them up in our hospitals, taking all the beds in our ICUs and forcing the hospital staff to once again go well beyond the call of duty to care for these ignorant and selfish bastards.

But to get an email telling us to limit water usage because oxygen, normally used to treat our water, must be diverted to help treat intubated patients who refused free vaccines that would have stopped the worst of COVID from afflicting them, is for me the last straw.

I already have cut back watering my lawn because I’ve always recognized the incredible waste of such an action, so it’s not like I have to adjust in that area. But to have to read this and realize why, is more than I can put up with.

As the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid. But I hope after all of this is passed that a good bit of stupid has died off.