I hope you’re feeling better than I am.
1. Sick Ethics. Being sick on the job is always an ethical conflict, and riddled with bias. My father’s approach, so characteristic of him as someone who insisted on going into the Battle of the Bulge as an officer with a mangled, recently-repaired foot that was still oozing blood, was to ignore the illness and soldier on. There are two problems with that, however. First, you are working at diminished capacity, and second, you risk infecting others. The problem is a bit easier when you have a home office like I do, but there is still a trade-off issue: if I “soldier on” like my father, do I risk a longer illness and reduced capacity for far longer than if I just took a day or two off to recuperate? In my case, this is always a tough call: I am very vulnerable to bronchitis and pneumonia following chest colds (that’s what I’ve got, big time, starting last night), and when the stuff I cough up starts attacking me through the Kleenex, I’m in big trouble that has sometimes lasted for months. There is also a bias problem when you feel rotten. Right now, I would love to lie down. I can’t think of anything I would like more. I bet I can rationalize air-tight reasons why I should lie down, despite all of the very valid reason not to.
2. And speaking of sick...All 50 states require vaccinations before children to attend school, but 47 of them (California, Mississippi and West Virginia are the exceptions) allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have religious beliefs against immunizations. Eighteen states also allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations, including beliefs that they can think straight when they are in fact idiots and get their medical advice from Jenny McCarthy and other hysterical anti-vaxxers. Oregon and Washington are among the states that allow for a parent’s personal beliefs to exempt their kids from being immunized, along with Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Vermont.
You know. Morons.
Guess: which Western state now has a major measles epidemic? (You have 18 guesses.) Why is that, do you think?
Last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after 35 confirmed cases of measles and 11 suspected cases in his state. Since then, there’s been another confirmed case in Washington, and one case in Oregon.The American Academy of Pediatrics position since 2016 is that personal and religious exemptions should not be allowed
“It’s really a no-brainer,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. Well, yes, we knew that, since the people who claim without any evidence that vaccinations cause autism have no brains. The AAP supports medical exemptions only for children undergoing chemotherapy and with other immunity system problems.
Your right to protest ” government in America [forcing] its fellow citizens to risk injury or death without their voluntary, informed consent”—quoting anti-vaxxer cant— ends where it threatens the health of my children. Eschew vaccinations, home-school your children, and let everyone they coming into contact with that they haven’t been immunized. [Source: CNN]
3. Sick, but funny! You know why this story would appeal to me: A former Marshalltown, Iowa, prosecutor named Benjamin Stansberry had his license tp practice suspended indefinitely after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and trespassing .He also paid more than $200 in fines and court costs and resigned from his job in the Marshall County Attorney’s Officeas his position as a member of the Marshalltown Community School District board. His offense? Stansberry’s was arrested after a co-worker found a pair of her underwear in her driveway just after Stansberry had been alone in the woman’s house. Confronted, he confesses to stealing her undies. What he did with them, I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.
4. And now for something completely different! Billionaire financier Meshulam Riklis died, but it was his obsession rather than his occupation that made him famous. In 1977, he married Pia Zadora, a petite, standard-issue night club performer of no great beauty or talent, and set out to make her a major celebrity and star. He was 53, she was 24. In this quest he was following in the tragic, if fictional, footsteps of Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane,” who tried to make his untalented wife a singing star. (The model for Kane, William Randolph Hearst, actually did aide his wife’s show business career, but then Marion Davies was a genuine comic talent.) Riklis could make Pia famous but not special—she was okay. Her name became a synonym for celebrities who were famous for being famous; I think of her as a someone who leaped over more deserving singers and actresses using money and her husband’s influence rather than merit. It is unfair, but, perhaps, no more unfair than the advantages bestowed on Jack Kennedy, the Rockefellers, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and too many others to count.
Fittingly, Pia Zadora’s last significant appearance was spoofing herself in the third “Naked Gun” film. I have to say, she was pretty good: