It is December 2nd….a leading holiday in the Ron Calendar….Austerlitz Day! Some celebrate it for personal reasons, some for a bigger, nobler purpose. But rather than merely celebrating eating or the glories of ones faith, Austerlitz Day is intended to bring out your greatest awareness and empathy for the self you have been honing and crafting your whole life! Rout what foes you have in life, send them into chaotic retreat! Drag out your Chandler’s Campaigns of Napoleon and put yourself in the point of view of the emperor himself, at least for this day!
It’s 4:30AM and I can’t sleep….and Karen has been up for half an hour already. It’s the Day before Thanksgiving …. is that Green Wednesday? Whatever did happen to Mauve Monday? or Ecru Shrove Tuesday?
Who here in the Fortress of Ambiance is having a NON traditional holiday? Sushi? Lasagna? Cajun Popcorn? Just curious…
What do you do when you can’t sleep? Something unusual? Do you just give up and wake up and do something?
Folks are already gone around here…Is anyone traveling?
Many people I know kind of tie Thanksgiving and Christmas together in some fashion. Some go to one parents family for one holiday, and the other for the other. I have several friends that work one holiday but not both!
My Occupational Therapist has just had a beautiful baby and shared sweet pics with me…no posting though, unless she says OK.
Die Hard is usually my Christmas movie…but Thanksgiving….hmmm…do you have a Turkey Day Film?
At any rate…Enjoy your holiday, eat too much, maybe watch football, maybe do lots of snoozing….it’s good to have traditions!
Your Ambient Friend,
Anyone that cares to can look at my latest post on the current labor situation in the USA over at my own site. It’s actually worse than I supposed. Not as link filled as usual, as originally it was just a string of comments.
Otherwise, how’s everyone doing? I hope you and yours and your cows are all enduring the arctic blast, Karen, and hope this finds all of the rest of you well, too.
Not much happening here, though I may finally get something tested soon. (Woo AND hoo.) We’ll see.
And a friend and his wife had a surprise adoption of a new baby over the weekend! I’ll write up more about that later, when I confirm I can share the story more widely, but I’m quite thrilled for them.
Well! Halloween has arrived and Ron is clearly in fine fettle….well that was me back in the day….these days…
But we soldier on, don’t we?
Go out there and have fun…and if it gets a bit messy….take a shower!
Every passenger will fly with level C or level B hazmat suits! The cabin will be hosed down with chlorine bleach between every flight! Frequent Flyer rewards include a free upgrade to level A hazmat gear for every 15,000 miles flown!
So, who’s with me? Don’t let this business opportunity pass you buy! Get in on the ground floor!
Or should that be HazMat Airways? Better copyright and trademark that, too.
Karen and I were discussing various things on the phone, and mentioned these two….and said I’d put the YouTube videos up for them!
Thing 1: Nixon’s Piano Concerto
Thing 2: Gilmore Girls! A brief sample..
I’ve been a bit feverish lately, and trying to work through it…by sleeping. But when Ron sleeps….he dreams….for your amusement here’s two.
1.) My artist friend in northern California and I have been discussing her many bureaucratic struggles with healthcare, and a certain group is in the news lately…
So I dreamt that I was her “ISIS Benefits Coordinator”, and I called her to tell her what she was eligible for. As a “daughter of jihad” and for the sacrifice of having “married an Italian”, she qualified to receive “12 million barrels of sweet, light, unrefined crude oil.”
“Oil?”, she said.
“Of course! We are ISIS, what do you think we have, dental?”
2.) She invited me out to NoCal for a special cookout. For some reason I had to drive there in a ’58 Impala.
I brought an entire barrel of Vernor’s Ginger Ale ( a Detroit favorite!) and a large version of the Vernor’s Gnome as a lawn ornament.
I had made my millions by inventing a piece of software that would take any photo and turn it into a file for a 3D printer to make a lawn gnome out of it….You know, we could use this! We need the AmbiGnome, am I right?
When I got there she told me it was the time of year that the wind currents would pick up a certain type of California squirrel, carry them out over the Pacific, and back, sort of a squirrel Jet Stream.
My friend and her spouse were out there with butterfly nets snagging these squirrels as they flew by. and they were just flinging them in a pot of hot oil!
“What about the fur?”, I said, and was told the California squirrel has a fur that turns into a breading like fried chicken when put in hot oil….
And feast we did…
Back to bed…
Extra: The old Vernor’s plant, right downtown in Detroit back in the day…
So…what are folks doing for Halloween? Anything special? Parents taking out kids? If so….dressed as what?
I have several Halloween avatars …
Which do you like?
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a categorical statement about the new case of Ebola in Texas. The CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, made the following statement:
At some point, there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection. The (Ebola treatment) protocols work. … But we know that even a single lapse or breach can result in infection.
However, the CDC went on to state that they had spoken with the nurse and could NOT determine what the failure in procedures was. They do not know what, if anything, the nurse or anyone else did wrong.
While it is most likely true that this new case was a result of a failure to observe safety protocols, the CDC should not be making categorical statements. And here’s why.
Taken from the President’s remarks on September 16, 2014 [the President’s remarks are in block quotes, my responses are not]:
First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.
Within three days, an asymptomatic infected person was on his way to the USA via plane. So much for the consensus view of the experts.
We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.
Wrong. See previous comment. The methodologies for screening were so rigorous that lying and Ibuprofen could beat them. Given how easily Duncan entered the country, the chances of this happening were not “extremely low.”
In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus.
This one appears to be true. Thank God some of it was.
We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.
So prepared that they got an Ebola victim and sent him home with anti-biotics. And so prepared that according to the CDC itself the medical staff at the hospital in Texas were too poorly trained to implement the procedures correctly.
Three out of four sentences wrong, although at least the President’s speech writers stuck in a slight qualifier in the first sentence.
This is why the CDC should not have made such categorical statements today regarding the new case in Texas. By doing so they look arrogant, and look especially stupid in light of the President’s comments from September 16th, which were no doubt made after the relevant people from the CDC had made their views known to the President and his staff. As it is, they look like the jerk-off NASA administrators who said that the chance of a shuttle failure resulting in catastrophic loss of life & equipment were one in millions or less. It erodes their credibility, and does not reassure the public.
NOTE: I am not implying the President or his advisers were lying on September 16th or today. Perhaps they are, but that isn’t proven and I will give them the benefit of the doubt. But the remarks from September 16th have serious credibility issues, and today’s comments left them no wiggle room should the new statement be incorrect. And even if their belief is correct, today’s statement projects arrogance, which is off-putting to say the least.
Instead, the CDC should have released a statement worded something like this:
We’re confident that our safety protocols are effective and believe that one or more of these protocols were likely breached resulting in this additional case. We are working with the infected nurse and her coworkers to determine exactly what happened. We will work diligently to insure no further breaches of established best practices, or if we need to revise our protocols.
That would have been reassuring without projecting know-it-all arrogance.