A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
MARCH 11, 2005
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 11, 2005. In the
February 6, 2004 Ramblings
I wrote about the disaster we, as a species, are facing WHEN the Avian Flu
mutates into an airborne form capable of infecting humans. Then I reported, it
would take about a year. This
week "A string of bird flu infections in northern Vietnam involving
several families has raised troubling questions over whether the deadly virus
that has killed 46 people in Asia may be changing ... " What is
problematic with the report this week? Of the latest 7 people testing positive
for Avian Flu, 2 showed no symptoms associated with infection, meaning that the
H5N1 virus has mutated one step closer to becoming a pandemic pathogen. We have
made no appreciable progress in developing a vaccine. There are NO vaccines
available against Avian Flu (H5N1), although many governments, including our
America are stockpiling "Tamiflu"
, the only known anti-influenza drug currently available. Unfortunately, it is
only effective if taken within 48 hours "... the antiviral medications
that can stop the flu episode need to be prescribed and treatment begun within
48 hours of the first symptoms." Sort of like focusing on stockpiling
band aids for a syphilitic chancre, rather than scrambling to develop an
antibiotic to treat the underlying disease! I fail to understand, when EVERYONE
is in agreement, that WHEN, NOT IF, the Avian Flu Pandemic hits
... that millions will die, (keep in mind, the Spanish
Flu of 1918 had a kill rate of 1.2% and killed between 20 to 40 million
people ... the Avian Flu has a KILL RATE OF 70%!!!) .... and we are not
SCRAMBLING to develop an effective vaccine for it!!
In science news this week "Kimchi, a traditional Korean vegetable dish, has been found to be effective in treating avian influenza and other viral diseases affecting poultry. A research team at Seoul National University said their findings show that a lactic enzyme in kimchi has remedial effects on chicken and other types of poultry, which had been infected with avian flu, Newcastle's disease and bronchitis." Kimchi is Sour Kraut on steroids fermented cabbage, whatever other organic matter is available ... and most important ... spicy HOT anything! It is best eatin while drinking copious amounts of Makkolli, (Korean beer made out of rice ... which, by the way ... if you drink too much of it ... gives you the world's WORST hangover. Just ask me.) As far as Kimchi being the equivalent of Chicken Soup? It would not surprise me, (raw Sour Kraut juice has been a German home remedy for constipation for years .... it would make a rock "regular".)
On Wednesday night, watched the "60's Experience" on KCPT, (our local Public Broadcasting Channel). Boy, did that bring back some memories. Roger McGuinn, founder of "the Byrds" ... "Turn, Turn, Turn". Chuck Negron, surviving member of "Three Dog Night" and the song "One". Martha and the Vandellas from the Vietnam sound track ... "Nowhere To Run" and Eric Burdon and "the Animals", "House of the Rising Sun". I remember "Free Love", "Love Ins" and the song, "When you come to San Francisco"? Then, on my 51" DLP TV, in High Definition, shots of the audience ... all old persons ... like me ... singing along ... and the artists ... also old persons ... like me. Seems strange to look back at the video footage of young persons, long hair, very bright colors, dancing in the streets while leading the civil rights movement and protesting the war ... and also ... the footage from Vietnam ... young persons, my friends, brothers in arms, our fathers, brothers and sisters ... dying for an illusion. Sad to think the mantra then, "Make Love, Not War", is only a faint echo now. Sad to think, these same persons, who were once dancing in the streets, are now older, grandparents, and are, for the most part, the elders of our society ... sad to think, they are sitting back, watching the dismantling of our civil rights with the Patriot Act, the gutting of our Bankruptcy Code, the privatization of Social Security, the privatization of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the attacks on "activist judges", (weren't the "activist judges" then, as now, defending our civil rights?) and attacks on the very system of civil justice that made our America what it is today. And like them, the people in the audience, I sat there, watching and hummed along to "Procol Harem" ... a "Whiter Shade of Pale". And listened to Janis Joplin with "Big Brother and the Holding Company" ... "Pearl" singing "Piece of my heart". Share with me, those of you who were there with me .... just when was it ... we stopped protesting for justice ... fighting for civil rights and a judicial system that ensures our America, remains the greatest FREE nation on this earth ... share with me when there were no pieces of our heart ... left to take? Share with me ... when did we get so involved in paying for the trivia in our lives ... that we forgot about ... and stopped paying our dues, for the privilege of being here?
President Clinton underwent surgery this week, to remove scar tissue and fluid build up resulting from his prior heart by-pass surgery. His prognoses is excellent. Rumor has it .... Hillary left instructions that there were to be no female nurses ... especially nurses that smoke cigars. In other news, Michael Jackson didn't show up for court on time Thursday morning for his child molestation trial he went to a hospital complaining of back problems instead. The judge threatened to issue a "bench warrant" and revoke his 3 million dollar bail bond unless he appeared in court within the hour. An hour later, Michael appeared, a few minutes late .... wearing a fancy jacket and pajama bottoms. Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville had no comment about Michael's attire ... but inmates at the local Santa Maria jail, applauded Michael's stylish outfit, especially the functionality of the pajama bottoms. And finally, "Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, star residents of the National Zoo, are gaining a little more privacy this year as they approach their short mating season ..." Giant Pandas are an endangered species and have proven VERY difficult to breed in captivity. Apparently female Pandas are in heat for only one or two days a year ... <whispering> ... perhaps they would go into heat more often, have more babies ... if the Zoo didn't succumb to Fundamentalist Christian pressure, (Family Values Association), and force them to get married, before attempting to breed them? (I wonder ... do they realize ... that not all species can mate successfully in the "missionary position"?)
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Port and watching the evening news while thinking about how PROUD I am of my daughter. She has been accepted at UMKC Conservatory of Music tough, tough, tough, to get into. She EARNED the right to be there. Her mother and I, (believe it or not), attended her audition, (I just showed up and was going to remain in the background, (like I did for her "First Communion") but I got lost and walked into both of them as they were coming down the hall). Afterward, her mother and I had a civil chat, (but that's another story). Elsbeth, (she likes to go by "Elsbe"), has a beautiful voice, is every bit as rebellious as I was, (still am), at her age ... and ... she has a STRONG sense of social justice ... and ... and ... <cringing like any father would> ... she wants a Tattoo! On the local news, Wells Fargo tried to foreclose on the home owned by one of our soldiers, (National Guard), on active duty in Iraq. The claimed they had no knowledge about the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, (which absolutely prohibits it!) I have a feeling, more of our men and women in uniform will be victimized by these good corporate citizens, as time goes by. I dip my FIN to my little Brother, Karl D for bringing an action against one of these bastards, in St Louis. I dip my FIN to those of you, (who, like me), sent Karl a check to cover the costs. Perhaps our enlightened legislators could ... perhaps ... take a few moments off from gutting our Bankruptcy Code, Tort Reform and screwing the working person by gutting Work Comp ... and do something they could be proud of ... like, enact legislation to protect the families of our men and women in uniform, by, if nothing else ... putting teeth into the SSCRA. Perhaps, they could just start enacting legislation to protect their constituents ... <shaking his head> ... instead of "paying back" the contributions they accepted from Corporate sponsors.
Tonight, as I go to sleep, holding the most wonderful, (hehehe .... and sexy), partner a man can have ... I will whisper a prayer of thanks for the many blessings Susan and I have ... (and my personal blessing ... having my daughter ... once again a part of my life ) .... for you and for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) .... <whispering> ..... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon!!! Be and sleep well, knowing the best there is, is on watch so you can .... (and perhaps ... take a moment and think about the effect, on your life ... of a Flu Pandemic worry). If my post offends, I apologized ... that is not my intent. As Always ....
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (The dumb ole country lawyer, from Holden, Missouri).
Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2005
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