Snarky Snippets Are Baaaaack!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a snarky snippets post, though in truth almost all of my posts contain an element of snark!  Anyway … I have just a couple of short ones for you this afternoon …


Killing us softly with …

The big news yesterday was that the U.S. has seen a significant drop in life expectancy … the biggest decrease since WWII.  My first thought was … “Well duh.  625,000+ people dead in the U.S. from the pandemic – what do you expect?”  And certainly, the pandemic has played a role in the decline in life expectancy, but it isn’t the only culprit.  Turns out that the ever-expanding income disparity is one of the biggest culprits, and it has been bringing down life expectancy rates for a few years now, even before the pandemic.

During the second half of the 2010s, life expectancy fell on a sustained basis for the first time since the fighting of World War II killed several hundred thousand Americans.

It’s hard to imagine a more alarming sign of a society’s well-being than an inability to keep its citizens alive. While some of the reasons are mysterious, others are fairly clear. American society has become far more unequal than it used to be, and the recent increases in mortality are concentrated among working-class Americans, especially those without a four-year college degree.

For many, daily life lacks the structure, status and meaning that it once had, as the Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have explained. Many people feel less of a connection to an employer, a labor union, a church or community groups. They are less likely to be married. They are more likely to endure chronic pain and to report being unhappy.

These trends have led to a surge of “deaths of despair” (a phrase that Case and Deaton coined), from drugs, alcohol and suicide. Other health problems, including diabetes and strokes, have also surged among the working class. Notably, the class gaps in life expectancy seem to be starker in the U.S. than in most other rich countries.

Covid has also caused sharp increases in racial inequality. As a Times article on the new report explains:

From 2019 to 2020, Hispanic people experienced the greatest drop in life expectancy — three years — and Black Americans saw a decrease of 2.9 years. White Americans experienced the smallest decline, of 1.2 years.

Covid has also killed more men than women, Case and Deaton pointed out, increasing the mortality gap between the sexes, after years in which it had mostly been shrinking. Life expectancy was 5.7 years longer for women last year, up from 5.1 years in 2019. The gap had fallen to a low of 4.8 years in the early 2010s.

The bottom line: Covid has both worsened and exposed a crisis in health inequality. But that crisis existed before Covid and will continue to exist when the pandemic is over – if it ever is.


Spot on!!!

You all know my feelings on rich bastards wasting their money on not-so-cheap thrills like building a rocket ship and flying to the edge of space for no other reason that they can afford to do it.  The latest was Jeff Bezos, and frankly I’m so disgusted with this ‘man’ and his lack of compassion, lack of humility, that I am seriously considering canceling my Amazon account permanently.  Anyway … talk show host Gayle King got the best of him in my view yesterday when she spoke with Bezos on CBS This Morning and she asked him …

“All of you keep saying this is not a competition, and I find that so hard to believe because you’re all type A personalities. Don’t you want to be first? It really to you isn’t a game of whose is bigger? Honestly, it really isn’t?”

I nearly choked with laughter!  Penis-envy run amok!


Filiwhat?  Filiwho?  Filihow?

President Biden made an appearance here in Cincinnati, Ohio yesterday and at the end of the day he participated in a CNN Town Hall along with Don Lemon.  When asked about the filibuster and whether it should be killed off in the Senate, he was far less forceful than I would have liked.

“There’s no reason to protect it other than you’re going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done. Nothing at all will get done.”

WTF???  Nothing at all is getting done now!!!  The Senate Republicans have all but killed the For the People Act, the infrastructure bill, and anything else that might be on the table with their damned filibuster!  Joe did say he wouldn’t mind seeing it altered to the ways of yore, when senators actually had to stand on the floor of the Senate and expound for hours, but let’s face it … the Republicans have enough hot air in them to ramble and rant for days without coming up for air!


Moscow Mitch said WHAT???

You may have noticed that a number of Republicans have been urging people in this country to get the Covid vaccine this week … people like Mitch McConnell, Steve Scalise, and even Fox’ Sean Hannity.  I note we haven’t heard the positive take from the absolutely disgusting Tucker Carlson, but then he marches to the beat of a different drummer, so don’t hold your breath.

I’m not sure what triggered the Republicans’ sudden faux concern for people, but hopefully their constituents listen to them, for as long as we continue to have some 30% of the nation refusing to be vaccinated, we are NOT going to end the pandemic.  Period.  One of my favourite late-night comedians has a humorous take on the newly-discovered consciences that I think will give you a chuckle or two. This is, in my opinion, one of the best Colbert has done!

26 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets Are Baaaaack!

  1. Jill, thanks for posting this. The pandemic’s impact on life expectancy is masking a longer term trend in the US and other western countries. A wellness consultant based in the UK once told my clients the biggest export from America is “obesity.” The US has been at the top or near the top of the most obese countries in the world per the World Health Organization. If you do not believe this, the next time you sit in a booth at a restaurant in the US, note how far people on each side of the table are sitting away from the table. Food processors and fast food restaurants have put more sugar in larger size portions to addict us to buy more. And, we do.

    As a result, our mortality and morbidity in the US has been impacted. More of us are train wrecks waiting to happen. And, we have exported our bad habits to other countries. Diet and exercise plans must be sustainable to alter patterns. Otherwise, they are just yo-yo treatments to reduce weight. Reduce the number of fried and fast foods you eat. And, portion control is our friend. Avoid taking a bag of anything to the couch. Put a serving in a bowl.

    Sorry for the soap box. This is obviously a pet peeve of mine, one I needed and did get a hold of before it got too late. Keith

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    • Oh yes, I very much believe that obesity is one of the major obstacles to good health in the U.S. All I have to do is go to any public venue and look around me. Having been diabetic and having a heart condition since childhood, I cannot afford to let my weight get out of control, and I look at others and ask how they are even still functioning while carrying around an extra hundred pounds. And, in the long run, we all pay the price. It’s funny … there has been a long-time push against smoking, for the cost it imposes on society and government, but meanwhile it’s okay to eat oneself into obesity. Your soap box is always welcome here, my friend.

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      • Jill, thanks for reminding me of your health challenges. So, there is a seriousness of purpose to your health management. My wife and I were out for breakfast yesterday and the average size of the patrons was a little frightening. With our efforts on portion control, neither my wife or I can finish a serving, so we invariably have a take home meal for later. I ordered something I love, that I used to finish, but could only eat about 2/3 of it. Keith

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        • Luckily for me, I cannot eat much in one sitting, either! When we order Chinese takeout from our favourite Chinese restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, my leftovers provide me with lunch for the next three days! The girls’ leftovers usually give them one extra meal! I am, as one friend calls me, a ‘cheap feed’!

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    • Ever since the beginning of Covid vaccines, I have argued that children are NOT immune, that they are as vulnerable as any, and that the elderly, immune-compromised, and children should have been among the FIRST to be vaccinated, not the last! Yes, children who get the virus DO suffer more long-term complications and in my mind, there is no such thing as “herd immunity” … when everyone has been vaccinated, then the pandemic will end. It’s such a simple concept, but society has to make it complicated. Sigh.

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  2. I said you women were making sure you lived longer than we men, and now you’ve upped it. That’s greed.
    I’m sorry, Joe Biden looks set to give up on the For the People Act. That’s like resigning the Democrats to years in the wilderness since many people will not be allowed to vote. I the meantime you’ll develop a whole new set of allies, will embrace global warming, mass suicides from people evicted from homes they can no longer afford- slums, No more State Benefits, no tax paid by the rich and the deaths of many women because hospitals are afraid of giving abortions even where necessary and there will probably be evangelical courts set up for people suspected of blasphemy running alongside the Official courts. You won’t recognise America.
    Yes, the Republicans are pro vaccine now. It’s taken gen 18 months to realise people are dying from the Federal bluff and for this last 6 months thanks to them, it’s mainly Republicans who are filling up the hospitals and the morgues. They should sue the Republican politicians ad Fox staff for the bad advice,
    Hugs

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    • Hey now! WE didn’t up it, you guys did! You’re all the time doing dangerous things like sitting on the end of a tree limb, then sawing it off, or putting a ladder in the back of a truck and climbing it! Frankly, we would appreciate it if you guys would stick around a bit longer, for you do add some joy to our lives, y’know!

      What a bright, cheery picture you paint. But, as we’ve discussed in our letters, you know I agree with you. The Democrats in the Senate and President Biden simply MUST find a way to get the For the People Act passed, else I fully believe that we will lose whatever is left of democratic principles in this country. The future I see if this Act is not passed is a glum, dark one indeed, and as I’ve told you, not one I choose to live under.

      True … I suspect that if it weren’t for the fact that they are seeing the death tolls rise, and they know full well that it is nearly 100% unvaccinated people who are dying, they would still be naysaying the vaccine. Sigh.

      Cwtch

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    • I agree … whatever their motive, it’s good that they are encouraging people to get vaccinated, to take care of their own health and others! Any word when the vaccine will be available for you? The evening is over and now I hear my bed calling me … or is that the cat? Anyway, have a wonderful Friday, Michael! xx

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  4. another clip from the comodian who has the ridiculous notion that he’s humorous and even more pathetic, that people actually care. Jeff can stay in space, he’s just another stupid billionaire.

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    • Ah well … no two people are exactly alike. I find him humorous and I think it takes talent to find a way to laugh at the politics of the day, but I understand why you don’t like it, too. Did you know there was a petition circulating not to let Bezos come back to earth? Last I saw, it had over 180,000 signatures!

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