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Drifting, and then becalmed in between storms seems to be our current lot in life at this moment. Thousands of captains charting different courses. Taking sights on the altitude of a celestial body above the visible horizon without any thought of correcting for instrument, or other errors.

There many stars out there that one can find to chart a course by, and some of them are dark stars. Stars that seem to give light, and the promise of a safe harbor. Thousands of ships, and many lives have been destroyed on their rocky shores.

From the New York Post May 10, 2020:

The nursing home deaths scandal in New York, and an order forbidding EMT’s in the City of New York to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims due to the Covid-19 virus has its roots in Roe v. Wade.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally admitted — tacitly and partially, anyway — the mistake that was state health chief Howard Zucker’s order that nursing homes must admit coronavirus-positive patients.
On Sunday, Cuomo announced a new regulation: Such patients must now test negative for the virus before hospitals can return them to nursing homes. Yet the gov also admitted that COVID-19 cases might still go to the facilities via other routes, and didn’t explicitly overrule Zucker’s March 25 mandate that homes must accept people despite their testing status — indeed, couldn’t even require a test pre-admission.

State health chief Howard Zucker also issued another order. From the New York Post April 21, 2020:

New York state just issued a drastic new guideline urging emergency services workers not to bother trying to revive anyone without a pulse when they get to a scene, amid an overload of coronavirus patients.
While paramedics were previously told to spend up to 20 minutes trying to revive people found in cardiac arrest, the change is “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives,’’ according to a state Health Department memo issued last week.
First responders were outraged over the move.
“They’re not giving people a second chance to live anymore,’’ Oren Barzilay, head of the city union whose members include uniformed EMTs and paramedics, fumed of state officials.

As Lord Acton said: “Few discoveries are more irritating than those which expose the pedigree of ideas.” The nihilism of picking winners and losers in New York when it comes to medical practices to save a life, or protect a life is based upon two subjective rationalizations – Quality of Life, and Compassion.

Best of all for mortal beings is never to have been born at all
Nor ever to have set eyes on the bright light of the sun
But, since he is born, a man should make utmost haste through the gates of Death
And then repose, the earth piled into a mound round himself. – Theognis of Megara – Greek lyric poet in approximately sixth century BC 

Eventually nihilists are not content with reposing and covering themselves, piling the dirt around themselves. They become more than willing to make others repose so they can pile the earth around them. Since Roe v. Wade there have been over sixty million abortions in the United States. One should not expect any mercy when they can no longer protect themselves, their voice has been silenced, and their families are no longer allowed to visit them, and to speak for them.

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    A great summation paragraph there, @DougWatt. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • May 24, 2020, at 12:14 PM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor

    This attitude is frightening–it’s not even in the shadows anymore. People like Cuomo or Zucker can speak openly about their opinions and no one argues with them, at least publicly.

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    • May 24, 2020, at 12:27 PM PDT
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  3. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt

    I had the benefit of two different educations. One was a classical Catholic education. A priest who was not concerned with my self-esteem. He was more concerned with preparing his students to rebut the arguments that the secular world would make, and your ability to reject those arguments. As underclassmen we spent Friday evenings with him in the dorm, and over scotch, and cigars he taught us how to make coherent arguments, and to confront different views while still remaining gentlemen.

    The second education was on the streets as a line cop. I am indebted to my instructors, and the experienced officers who taught me how to use reason, and recognize external, and internal bull-[redacted] when I heard it.

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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    I had the benefit of two different educations. One was a classical Catholic education. A priest who was not concerned with my self-esteem. He was more concerned with preparing his students to rebut the arguments that the secular would make, and your ability to reject those arguments. As underclassmen we spent Friday evenings with him in the dorm, and over scotch, and cigars he taught us how to make coherent arguments, and to confront different views while still remaining gentlemen.

    The second education was on the streets as a line cop. I am indebted to my instructors, and the experienced officers who taught me how to use reason, and recognize bull-[redacted] when I heard it.

    Doug,

    When Zeke the Freak, an architect of Obamacare, made his blanket statement that he didn’t want to live past the age of 75, this should have set off every red flag warning. This is a fascist who believes completely that there are those unfit to live. If you give the unfit a little push, and who’s to know, no big deal.

    If anyone thinks that the core beliefs of the other side are anything more than playing by Zeke the Freak’s rules, they need to open their eyes and take a good look.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  5. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    Party of Death.

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  6. Al Sparks Thatcher

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    When Zeke the Freak, an architect of Obamacare, made his blanket statement that he didn’t want to live past the age of 75, this should have set off every red flag warning.

    Well, frankly, while I don’t want to put an arbitrary age on it, I also don’t want to decline for years while being a burden on others. Suicide isn’t a moral option for me, but refusing extra-ordinary medical care might be.

     

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  7. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    When Zeke the Freak, an architect of Obamacare, made his blanket statement that he didn’t want to live past the age of 75, this should have set off every red flag warning.

    Well, frankly, while I don’t want to put an arbitrary age on it, I also don’t want to decline for years while being a burden on others. Suicide isn’t a moral option for me, but refusing extra-ordinary medical care might be.

    Al,

    That’s a choice not a policy. Believe me a jerk like Zeke is only interested in the power. He just wants the power to decide who is going to get what medical care and when. That is a disaster both for health and for freedom.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • May 25, 2020, at 2:37 PM PDT
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