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Thursday, September 12, 2013

a few things as my brain refuses to follow what the rest of me is doing

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My recent whateverthehellistryingtokillme has also kicked my brain into a higher gear. This will surprise many of you who thought I have no brain.

A few will be surprised that I could think more than I do. But sitting, too exhausted to raise a hand, in the dark in a recliner, all I could was think.

So.

While walking into the hospital to check on Mom, two people whom I could only presume to be patients were trying to get back into the hospital. I presume they were patients because they both were in PJs.

Person 1 was also using a walker and in real danger of not making it back inside before nightfall. It was 11 a.m. A two-legged arthritic turtle with leg cramps could have made better time.

The second was escorted by someone and making better time but was pulling an IV pole with four bags hanging from it and tubes attached to an arm.

You may ask WTH were these people doing outside in such bad condition with no medical support team at hand.
I just like this picture.

Best I figure and I could be wrong, they are beyond stupid.

I’ve seen their like before, standing at the very edge of the hospital property, a cigarette in hand.

I support an adult’s right to engage in risky behavior. I also support my right to not have to pay for what happens to that person when odds catch up. In other words, if you intend to do it, make sure you can pay all the associated bills. I won’t.

These people were in terrible shape - the hospital won’t let you stay overnight unless you are in terrible shape - and yet they still had to have a smoke. I have no problem with that.

These people had to sign a waiver saying they excused themselves from medical oversight when they succumbed to a nicotine fit. I have no problem with that either.

I just wonder how many of their ailments are directly related to their tobacco habit.

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Can someone please explain why the Decline Effect exists .

I’d prefer the explanation come from some of the brains at the Richard Dawkins foundation.

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Can someone explain dark energy? Trick question. Can’t be done.

Scientists continue to underestimate the power of stupidity.
What bothers me about this is an interview I heard on NPR in which one of the chief thinkers said the astrophysics guys “invented dark energy” so the mathematical constructions of the universe will make sense.

Paging Richard Dawkins, paging Mr. Dawkins. How is this different from a cave man looking out into a thunderstorm and ascribing lightning to a pissed off thunder god?

Another question. What if the mathematical constructs are wrong?

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I dunno. Whatever is trying to kill me may have my mental processes a bit more sidelined than usual.

1 comment:

  1. I personally think if you need nicotine that badly, you certainly do not need hospitalization.

    However, I am still and will forever be a smoker. I have not had one since February 7, 2000.

    I don't plan on having another one either. One puff and I am at two-packs a day.

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