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Pharmaceutical Terrorism

Two random warnings on the Internet from reputable pharmacologists 

(1) “Ranolazine (Ranexa) is an anti-anginal medication prescribed to treat chronic angina.

What are side effects of Ranolizine?…they include dizziness,  spinning sensation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, headache, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, swelling in hands, ankles, feet, slow/fast/irregular heartbeats.” 

(2) “In summary…common side effect of Entresto include Hyperkalemia, Hypotension, and increased creatinine.”

I know they mean well, but…

Two hospital doctors have advised me that I should take Ranolazine (500 mg.) twice a day. Given the medicine’s potential side effects, I prefer avoiding Ranolazine altogether, rather than risk dealing with a side effect that may be worse for me than Ranolazine itself.  I’m not a gambler.

I don’t speak for others when I say that apart from that risk, I cannot swallow that pill even if it were absolutely without side effects and as sweet as candy. The reason for that is that the medical instructions for Ranolazine firmly forbid a patient to “crush, chew, or split tablets.”  

For me, that warning obviates any possibility to ingest the pill. I have a single phobia, i.e., swallowing any pill whole larger than an aspirin. I will not do that under any circumstances, including the possibility of death if I don’t ingest that pill as directed.  

I have not had Entresto prescribed for me. But at a glance, I’ve read its potential side effects. They are at least as frightening to me as those for Ranolazine. The side effects of Entresto’s combined ingredients, sacubitril and valsartan, and all other side effects I’ve read about potential side effects I’ve researched, read like biological minefields. 

Following, is a list of Entresto’s potential side effects: “fatigue, bone pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, constipation, forgetfulness, lethargy, depression, irritability, muscle aches, weakness, cramping and/or twitches.”  Perhaps worst of all those side effects is “frequent urination and thirst” — a human dilemma similar to that of Tantalus who was punished by a Greek god who placed him in a pool of water and a fruit tree, each  of which alternately withdrew from his endless and fruitless grasp. Whereas Tantalus was tantalized but denied food and water, a patient must accept a pill that is anathema to him. Forced feeding? —I think not!

Now, perhaps I’m a bit too squeamish, but I find it somewhat difficult to choose which of those side effects above I would choose except that of throwing-up, which is totally out of the question. I’m ninety-four years old and have thrown-up only once, when I was a child. After that unspeakable event I promised I would never throw-up again. So far, I have kept my promise and my stomach has cooperated.  (Note that I’ve written the V-word when quoting the list of side effects above because I’m hopelessly committed to cite quotations precisely even when they are lurid, as is the V-word on that list. As spine-chilling as the expression “throw-up” may be, it is less decimating than the V-word.)

I surmise that side effect warnings are derived from patients who have experienced them. A warning is probably required even if only one death is purported to have been the result of a deadly side effect. The fatal warning usually appears at the end of a list of side effects, e.g., “…death is rare,” or “…may even cause death.”  That last item on the list is a gross understatement. Although death is almost always traumatic, I hardly regard death as a ‘side effect.’ 

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‘Sexual preference’ is a misnomer. No one ‘prefers’ to be one gender over another. Besides, gender is naturally determined before one is born. It is congenital, and is not subject to preference. It is also never acquired.

Nonetheless, there are homosexuals who are able to function as heterosexuals, but they do so only for reasons that have nothing whatever to do with sexual desire. As is the case with heterosexuals, homosexuals achieve coitus by way of their tacit imaginations.  Their partners may be thoroughly unaware of that silent substitution, or only suspect it, or tacitly accept it, or may even have openly shared their thoughts about it with their partners. 

I don’t have a problem with LGBTQ people, but I do have a problem with socially correct accommodations advocated by reformers, especially legislators.  For example, xyz is the name of an individual who stated on the Internet that xyz is the name she wants to be called. [Here, I’ve used the word ‘individual’ to avoid the awkward ‘he or she’ trap. I’ve never used that phrase since we were bullied into using it on pain of social exorcism.] 

Apart from laws designed to prevent sexual violence, sex is not subject to legislation. But there is a need to lower the rhetoric about fundamental identity. Or, better yet, there is a need to avoid discussing sex as though it were a science. In addition, regarding sex as a science is less illuminating than regarding politics or social studies as sciences. 

On line, I came across a list of differing ‘genders’ so extensive that it was in alphabetical order! The list purported to be about multiple genders, but in effect it merely described various sexual exchanges between individuals who are of the same gender!  Nothing new.

Like fire or the wheel or electric light, communication is a cardinal catalyst for existential advancement. Never before has communication been as prolific, as available, and as explicit about sex as it is now.  But I find it incredible that so many people, especially the young, are so much more naïve about sexual identity than my generation was when it was young! 

“Woke folk” are as much in the dark about sex as “un-woke” folks. For example, there are many homosexual males who are able to fully function as heterosexual when called upon to do so. That does not make them bisexual. Of course the same is true of females who also engage in sex with other females exclusivelly for reasons other than desire. It’s just easier for them to do so than it is for males who also engage in sex with other males for reasons other than desire. ‘Bisexuality’ is not a choice. Neither are heterosexuality or homosexuality.  

Negative attitudes against LGBTQ people are well chronicled. But subliminally or overtly, there are many LGBTQ people, and their empathizers, who express equally negative attitudes against cisgender people. In both groups there is an ugly sense of superiority.  I recently read an article dripping with sarcasm that was written by someone who is not cisgender. The article was every bit as offensive and demeaning as articles written by negative LGBTQ people. 

There is an ominous malaise in a nation formerly renowned for its badge of individuality. Now, xyz is one of many who want to have anonymous names. In place of Tom, Dick, or Harry, they want to be called, We, Us, Everyone, and No one. So do socialists.  Mothers are just baby makers, a child belongs to everyone. 

In the twilight of my life, I wonder were humanity is going. Or, will that question be irrelevant when the first, fully adult, 51%-silicon baby emerges out of vitro.

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Anchor of my Life

Today I decided to thin my pile of unread articles which I’ve torn out of Discover magazines but   haven’t had time to read until now. The first of those articles triggered a flashback to the time I was a teenager. I read a book titled, Trees. Like the retrieved Discover article I read today, that book’s theme is the communication of trees with each other. Haply, that flashback supports a concept that is at the base of my lifestyle.  By definition, the word style implicitly suggests change. But when combined with the word ‘life’ it gains meaning. 

Very early in life I realized that most people retain their resistance to a truth if it is in opposition to a long-held belief. Conversely, I realized that whenever I need to consider the truth or falseness of a belief, I must adjust my old belief however contrary it may be to new information. A belief must conform to a truth, not the other way around. 

It is my intellectual and moral responsibility to maintain a non-contradictory and comprehensive lifestyle no matter where cool logic leads.  Although the word ‘lifestyle’ is convenient, it does not reflect the constancy of my anchor. Styles come and go. My anchor is constant. That does not mean that my judgment and behavior are frozen in some specific time frame or other. On the contrary, I am never fixed on a mind set. 

As a teenager it never occurred to me to smoke tobacco because my peers did. I was never curious about the effects of drugs or alcohol. I was not at all interested in getting drunk. There was always one me, not because I forced myself to be a ‘good boy,’ but because I chose to be one person for my own comfort, well-being, and identity.

None of my self-assessment is meant to be boastful. It is merely a description of who I am and who I am not. For example, I abhor slavery, Plato and Aristotle not withstanding. Only humans and certain species of ants practice slavery. I deeply value understanding and compassion. And I don’t consider my lifestyle as noble…it’s just a fact.

Emotionally, I’m not in a cocoon of complacency in contrast to the tragic political turmoil in today’s America. The animosity between and within our major political parties has reached a level almost as severe as that during our Civil War. If for no other reason, there won’t be a literal civil war in America (to the disappointment of anti-Americans like Antifa) because a war among separate states is at the very least impracticable.  But, whatever our political differences,  a return to one America is urgent.

Severe damage to the American way of life is the result of blatantly unreasonable demands from  a handful of socialist officials in the Congress who are relentlessly attempting to ‘cancel’ any vestige of America’s past. The revered ‘melting pot’ has become a hotbed of debilitating contention. Democracy and Socialism don’t mix well despite naming socialist nations, ‘Democratic Socialist Republic.’  

The United States doesn’t need a lobotomy.

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Bleeding Heart Victims

I’ve just seen a disturbing scene that was caught on a street surveillance camera. A man was brutally beaten by a subhuman thief who rapidly, repeatedly, and viciously punched the helpless victim who was already down on the sidewalk. The image was hard to watch. I was unable to wipe the scene from my mind for quite a while.

In his frenetic desire to deliver his victim as much pain as possible, the criminal’s energy forced his pants to slide almost down to his knees.  In retrospect, I was reminded that the pants were already far below his beltline thereby revealing his bright red underwear, a tribute to prisoners who are not permitted to wear belts in jail (a style – or lack thereof – which I believe is now all but gone). 

As is my custom, I wondered how someone could become so consummate a bully. And then I remembered the slogan, “Defund the Police.” And, in turn, that thought led to my steadfast conviction that so many people, including major government officials, are consummately wrong about defunding the police. That is not just an opinion on my part, it is a fact. 

Yes, the barbaric action of the incident I’ve described above might have occurred despite a full contingent of a municipal police force, but the need for a protective force in general is axiomatic. Defunding the police borders on anarchy. How could they not know that! The victim might have been spared that pain and life-threatening experience had there been a policeman at that location. The very expression, “Defund the Police” is weird! 

Bleeding hearts had better reserve their sympathy for hardworking Americans and small business owners rather than support people who are passive or even encourage a Socialist Democratic America. The title alone sends shivers down my spine. 


And, while I’m at it…please allow me to briefly refer to other not exactly American trends. 

They are:

“Cancel” this and “Cancel” that… multi-gender identification…or lack of it…for the same individual…asleep or “Woke?”…what’s wrong with the word, “aware”?…the denigration of the American language…the word is ‘mothers,’ not ‘birthing people’…(does ‘birthing people’ mean that fathers are fertilizers?)…the need for a humiliating catharsis from being white…and so on.

Please, folks, Let’s not turn the United States into Romper Room. Let’s not denigrate the American lifestyle, whatever its faults.  Let’s not erase our borders for political purposes. Let’s not fabricate enmity between black and white. 

Let’s stop apologizing for America.

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Institutional Race Theory and Systemic Genocide

Institutional Race Theory

[First, a sort of disambiguation…but not quite:

Although we all know the words ‘hypothesis,’ ‘theory,’ and ‘ law,’ the more detailed the definitions given for their shades of difference, the less agreement among scholars and  others in general.

Theoretically, laws are not ambiguous. But there are instances when a lawyer crafts an interpretation of a law to make it ambiguous in order to win a case…not usual, but a part of  legal games.  

Apart from science, theories are considered by some as better than hypotheses, but there is an expression that belies that assessment with: “It’s only a theory!” Some think that hypothesis and theory are interchangeable, while others cite their differences. 

I would be more explicit but this article is not about semantics and, more importantly, I don’t want to fall into the traps I’ve described above.] 

Einstein’s twin theories, General Relativity and Special Relativity, Darwin’s theory, The Evolution of Species, and Copernicus’ Heliocentricity are theories. Institutional Race ‘Theory’ is neither a theory nor an hypothesis. By that, I do not mean that institutional racism is not real. It is real. It is ugly. Worst of all, institutional racism is a severe barrier to the attainment of the American Dream for nonwhite people.* Understandably, it is also a major source for anti-white sentiments. Yet, there are many of us, black or white who know that there is only one race, the human race. 

It’s disheartening to observe that the overwhelming majority of political officials who champion the abolition of what they view as ‘white supremacy’ are themselves guilty of supremacy. They lecture us about politics. Their tone, body language, and facial expressions drip with condescension, a characteristic blatantly displayed as they patiently explain the difference between ‘equality’ and ‘equity.’ 

Many of us are aware that institutional barriers are in severe opposition to the American Dream. There are also many of us who know that we are not unconscious of our alleged prejudice. We do not accept unearned guilt. We know who we are and who we are not.  

Dr. King didn’t live to see his dream realized. At my age, neither will I. But, like him, and millions of others, I share that dream.  

* Black/African American, Asian American, American Indian (Alaska), Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islands.

Systemic Genocide 

Unlike Institutional Race Theory, Systemic Genocide is not complex. One tragic instance fits all. The death of individuals (black or white, law-breakers or police officers) in the heat of violent confrontations is tragic. But it is not a holocaust. Six million Jews plus other ‘undesirables’ were killed by Nazis: that was a holocaust, impeccably systematically. 

The slogan, Black Lives Matter, clearly and loudly proclaims that policemen don’t think black lives matter. To claim that there is systemic genocide in America is an insult to six million Jews and millions of other holocaust victims, their families, and to the intelligence of millions of Americans. 

The word Matter in the slogan, Black Lives Matter, unequivocally claims that police officers believe that a black man’s life is of no significance. That claim is blatantly untrue. No matter how effective the slogan, it is a profound racial slur created by a political racist wordsmith. Tragically, the violent death of men would not occur if only the detained man would simply not resist arrest

Of course violent deaths, whatever their cause, are deeply regrettable. But deaths occasioned by resisting arrest have nothing to do with black or white…systemic or otherwise. Deadly confrontations are not necessarily generated by the arrest itself. They are often the result of a tragedy waiting to happen. 

But it is personal racism that sustains racism, from its malignant roots to the surface of society. Institutions are inanimate. Laws are able to go only as far as people will  allow them to go. As it has been in the past, it will be literary artists like Harriet Beecher Stowe and films like Schindler’s List, and outstanding politicians that will prevail over injustice. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Just as inspiring as Doctor Martin Luther King’s intellectual speech, there is a video that occasionally surfaces on television.  The video is the emotional version to Dr. King’s famous words. 

Also inspiring, but without a word, the video shows us two children, aged 5 or so, one black, the other white, who have not seen each other for a long time. About one hundred feet apart, they are held by two adults. Then, they are released. They run toward  each other at top speed, and then hug each other for a long time.

Dr. King’s speech and the heart-tugging re-union of those two little boys are all we need know about prejudice. And it is all we need know about racism. The two narratives above are part of what it means to be human. Riots and “Woke” won’t cut it!     

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