Friday Art #7

Rally Turkey (WRC) began today. My entry drug Sebastian Loeb is leading. Just a loose little sketch and be glad I got that far.

But as a bonus, I did finish painting the sign. Gift paint and brush, wood cut from the bottom of the free recycled door. (It was an interior house door so it had to be cut down to fit Firefly) It looks a little shaky but not too bad for made freehand.

Blessed be.

I’m done

Since I’ve been forced into the block editor, every time I go to make a post I end up sick, angry, and frustrated. This is not the purpose of blogging, eh? This editor is ridiculous. If your purpose, WordPress, was to get rid of some bloggers – congratulations! I’m gone! I’ll still be around to comment 😀 but I’m not dealing with this Piece of SHIT block editor. bye!

Friday Art #5

One last little bit of snark.

And yes I know it is Saturday. I drew it Friday but my electronics were being mean to me and I couldn’t post. Sorry about image quality – again electronics and I were having issues.

I detest this new block editor. So I worked so damn hard making stupid categories and now there is no way to put a post in one?

I’m about one post away from no more blogging.

Before You Judge

Of late I have noticed more and more people (before COVID as well as later) sort of taking the attitude that if you are on dialysis it is your FAULT, you must have done SOMETHING that CAUSED your kidney’s to fail. (In many cases, such as my husbands, this is not true. Do you think it is his fault he was born premature?)

This is a new thing I’ve noticed in the United States that if you have any sort of misfortune, it is assumed by many people that it is YOUR FAULT and thus you DESERVE to suffer, and “the rest of us” shouldn’t have to “support” you through taxes.

I always think this is a pretty easy opinion to have – until you are the one with kidney failure, or any number of chronic diseases or disabilities, or homeless, or unemployed, or old enough to be discriminated against for THAT (which in the U.S.A. means over 40).

Go ahead and look down on us. We’ll wait. When you’re crawling around the bottom with us, we’ll help you adjust.

I’ve been venting a wee bit this week. I had some thoughts I just had to get off my chest. I’m done now. We shall return to our regular art, fiction, and fun things.

Blessedbe

Yep, I’ve disabled comments for this post and others in this group of posts. If you agree, a simple like gets that to me and thank you. If you don’t, you’re welcome to not read these posts. This post is made up of opinion and some facts and in this case it’s largely not really open to discussion. I, personally, don’t need the upset from people telling me how wrong I am. You know – it’s just how I feel and I have a right to feel this way and you have a right to disagree with me. I have a right to say, I’d rather not hear it. Shared with perfect love and perfect trust from one old soul who’s worried about the younger souls around me.

Chin Hammocks – cute? NOT

Locally in my observation and facts; there are still about 600 new cases per day in Nevada, and the positivity rate on tests for COVID is about 11%. That means about one person in ten HAS IT.

When we get on the bus to come to dialysis, and although masks are “required” to get on the bus, most days at least half of the people on the bus either have no mask, or are wearing it under their chin. And complaining about it. When it comes to the bus, we don’t have much choice about being crowded in much too close for social distancing. It’s pot luck, as always, sometimes you get a bus with fewer people, sometimes it’s crowded.

It’s the PERFECT environment for passing the virus. Enclosed area. Lots of people (without masks). Limited ventilation. And we share the space, in most cases, for well over 15 minutes.

If you get up and move away from someone without a mask, you hear people around you talking and laughing about you.

Not that I would ever wish anything bad on anyone, but I figure those people aren’t going to be a problem much longer.

Or maybe they will be joining us at the dialysis clinic for treatment since the last figure I saw was 30% of people hospitalized for COVID leave with significant kidney, heart, or lung damage.

Just sayin’

It won’t kill you to pull that mask up over your nose and mouth and stay six feet away. It could kill you if you don’t. But hey, it’s your life.

Just sayin’

Yep, I’ve disabled comments for this post and others in this group of posts. If you agree, a simple like gets that to me and thank you. If you don’t, you’re welcome to not read these posts. This post is made up of opinion and some facts and in this case it’s largely not really open to discussion. I, personally, don’t need the upset from people telling me how wrong I am. You know – it’s just how I feel and I have a right to feel this way and you have a right to disagree with me. I have a right to say, I’d rather not hear it. Shared with perfect love and perfect trust from one old soul who’s worried about the younger souls around me.

Not A Burden but an Opportunity

Wow, do I hate block editor. Great job WordPress – going from something user friendly and intuitive to something I have to look up the help files to format or even add a photo. Ahem.

And here I was going to say; I know I’ve been ranting (and I’m going to go on ranting for a bit) and that is not really in the spirit of what I have made of this blog. Please forgive me, but sometime you gotta do what you gotta do.

Meanwhile on a person front; as some of you may know we have been dealing with some health issues with the hubby. Yesterday we finally got some better news and things will now be smoothing out to our regular dialysis trips and normally scheduled life in peace and happiness routine. As much as possible in such troubled times. But nothing out of the ordinary at least. Many thanks to my warriors of health and light who have sent prayers, white light, candles, and energy for healing. You’ve done it again!

Last but hardly least, as the scheduled rants continue to publish this week (yes, it was one long old lady rant that I trimmed and broke up into individual subjects in like three hours) I will endeavor to balance them with more sweetness and light type normal posts. So this week you might be seeing two posts a day! Feel free to read only half – the rants or the sweetness 😀

Oh and one last thing. We had a little incident with my computer. If you’ve tagged me recently, for a blog award or anything, please tag me again as I’ve lost all those notes. Sorry.

Blessedbe

A Little Perspective

The coronavirus has killed approximately 180,000 citizens of the United States at this time.

I, personally, just my opinion, suspect this is very under counted as homeless people who die in the open, seniors and disabled who die at home with no one attending, seniors and people with chronic illness die and the death is attributed to their illness or “pneumonia”, the AMAs favored catch all are not being counted. I suspect in twenty years we’ll be hearing quite different figures.

The human mind simply does not comprehend large numbers very well. So here’s some comparisons that may bring this into perspective.

180,000 dead

The population of Knoxville, Tenn. as of the 2017 census is 178,874.

Fort Lauderdale, FL population as of 2017 is 180,072.

The population of Sioux Falls, SD – the state’s largest city – is 153,888.

Had any enemy or terrorist somehow wiped out one of these mid-sized cities in the United States IMHO we would be freaking completely out. Not denying it, or saying its a rumour or over exaggerated, or some political party’s ploy, or a “harmless” little flu most healthy people are just naturally immune to.

We would be holding vigils, sending memes, blabbing about the outpouring of our love, support and grief. We’d send troops!

But what I see when I do have to go out in the world is we’re refusing to wear masks. Complaining endlessly about the inconvenences caused by measures meant to try and stop the tide.

And some of us, good capitalists that we are, are sucking up the government money supposedly meant to help citizens (that’s what they say to us – it was always meant only to help corporations).

Just one example that I happen to know about because I’m close to the subject. Fresenius Medical Care, a multi-national provider of dialysis and dialysis equipment received $137 million dollars in federal aid from the CARES act. Fresenius Medical Care is reporting growing income in this quarter due to COVID patients who are experiencing kidney damage and who need dialysis (and who will likely continue to need dialysis for life). Unlike many medical services who have had to cut back on procedures, dialysis continues three times a week, every week, without fail, COVID or no COVID, – for if a person with kidney failure skips more than one or two dialysis treatments, they will die (depending on their condition) in a few days to a week or two.

Just sayin’

If what I told you here is my opinion, I told you it was my opinion. The rest of it is easily verifiable FACT.

Yep, I’ve disabled comments for this post and others in this group of posts. If you agree, a simple like gets that to me and thank you. If you don’t, you’re welcome to not read these posts. This post is made up of opinion and some facts and in this case it’s largely not really open to discussion. I, personally, don’t need the upset from people telling me how wrong I am. You know – it’s just how I feel and I have a right to feel this way and you have a right to disagree with me. I have a right to say, I’d rather not hear it. Shared with perfect love and perfect trust from one old soul who’s worried about the younger souls around me.

On Open Letter to #BLM Protestors

In 2019 1,004 people (all races included) were shot and killed by police. 

So we are demonstrating in the streets.

I’m not saying you are wrong to do so. I was sick and infuriated at the video of a black man being shot in the back by a police officer. Maybe more than you, since I’ve been exposed to stories like this since I was a child – sixty fucking years ago. You’re tired of it? I’M FUCKING sick and TIRED OF IT. 

But…

180,000 have died (so far) from COVID-19 in the U.S.A.

Who does it serve if you go to a demonstration and refuse to wear a mask and stand shoulder to shoulder shouting slogans and marching? All activities that will raise your breathing rate and blow lots and lots of aerosolized COVID particles into the air you are all sharing.

If you catch COVID-19 and die, that’s one less person to stand for black lives. If you catch it at a demonstration – and so does a large percentage of those at the demonstration – who does that serve?

The very people who are trying to hold you down and shoot you.

And surely I do not have to remind you that COVID-19 is striking the black and hispanic communities hardest.

Think about it.

Back in the 60s when my generation was marching and shouting slogans, the FBI was infiltrating our grassroots groups with agents provocateur who would encourage violence so that in turn the authorities could say the groups were violent and arrest and jail them.

And BTW – since it worked so well then – perhaps you should wonder if they are doing it now? In fact, how easy would it be to send one person with non-symptomatic COVID into the middle of the march maskless to yell their head off? Not saying they have but…

How easy is it for the authorities to just let us kill ourselves by our refusing to take reasonable precautions against COVID-19 while we claim we are taking the high road because police killings are more important than COVID.

Even if you are black, you are more likely to die of COVID than a police shooting.

Again, I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think we should be dying of EITHER cause no matter what color we are.  Both are preventable. The U.S.A. is fucked up and I don’t know if it can ever be fixed.

But we need to take a step back and think about what we are doing – and who is controlling the narrative.

This isn’t meant as criticism. I’m not saying Black Lives don’t Matter. Although I am an ALL LIVES MATTER myself, since some of my ancestors – Native Americans – have been being killed in so many ways you can’t count them all since the white folk came over and began practicing genocide against the native peoples of this country.

But I am asking you to take a step back. Take a deep breath. And think about what you are doing, why you are doing it, what you hope to accomplish, if what you are doing will in fact accomplish that. I’ll remind you, we were marching 60 years ago over many of the exact same issues. Think about whether or not this is really the wisest course of action at this time.

As one suggestion (and I’m sure younger people on the forefront of this wave can think of a lot more) let us note the great concern that Russians can interfere with our elections using social media. Now if they can change our presidential vote using Facebook – what could we change?

Just sayin’

 

Yep, I’ve disabled comments for this post and others in this group of posts. If you agree, a simple like gets that to me and thank you. If you don’t, you’re welcome to not read these posts. This post is made up of opinion and some facts and in this case it’s largely not really open to discussion. I, personally, don’t need the upset from people telling me how wrong I am. You know – it’s just how I feel and I have a right to feel this way and you have a right to disagree with me. I have a right to say, I’d rather not hear it. Shared with perfect love and perfect trust from one old soul who’s worried about the younger souls around me.