Our desperation is no accident. Desperation is good for business. Colorado reopened for business yesterday. There were precautions galore, like these posted on the website of one of our favorite local restaurants: You must wear a mask or face covering … Continue reading How Many Dollars Is a Life Worth (and Why Did We Choose This)?
As any number of Facebook posts and memes have pointed out in recent weeks, we don’t wear masks to protect ourselves, we wear them to protect others. Our homemade cloth masks don’t do a great job of keeping the virus … Continue reading For COVID-19, America is Home
We’ve heard a lot lately about how America is finally learning who’s really essential now that we’re deep in a real crisis. I even chipped in. But are we treating our essential workers with the care and respect we should … Continue reading If nurses are essential why are they being treated this way?
The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining moment of our generation. The last global crisis of this magnitude was World War II, and with any luck we won’t see anything this dire again for decades. That’s probably wishful thinking, for a … Continue reading How Are We Making History Today?
When Spinocerebellar Atax. Ia. Continue reading “I’M NOT DRUNK!”
I have launched myself headlong into the hope interval. As always, the cynic in me is now at war with the romantic. Continue reading “The hope interval: what is happiness?”
The Fund strongly supports those working toward cures for major diseases, but we feel those living with, and dying from, SCA also deserve hope for a cure. Continue reading “Ataxia Research Fund launches: aims to support Spinocerebellar Ataxia Research”
No matter how hard the world tries to make you look down, the view is better with your head up. Continue reading “Keep your head up”
For those with rare diseases, awareness is hope. Continue reading “It’s International Ataxia Awareness Day. Here’s why I care.”
Antibiotics, antidepressants, blood thinners, ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, digoxin, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, painkillers, anti-seizure drugs, cholesterol drugs, diabetes drugs and more – it’s all in your drinking water. Here are five steps to help clean it up.
We’ve all read and heard a great deal about pollution in our society – carbon emissions in our air, toxic chemical dumping poisoning our water supply, garbage and industrial waste on land, plus newer concepts like noise and light pollution. The message is clear: our world is dirty, cluttered and getting worse.
There’s another type of pollution, though, that we hear comparatively less about. Unfortunately, it’s one with potentially harmful implications for the air and water we’re leaving our children.
This new category of dangerous pollutants? Pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs).
There’s been a lot of attention in recent days about the “Medicare-for-All” bill introduced by Bernie Sanders, and the reaction I’m seeing on social media is interesting. People keep posting notes wanting me to tell my Dem Congressperson to support … Continue reading Point/Counterpoint on Medicare-for-All: @Doc argues with himself
After a long, distinguished career of talking the talk and then cowering like a whipped bitch caught with her nose in the trash, John “Mavericky McMaverickstain” McCain finally did something right.
Republicans’ seven-year quest to wipe out President Obama’s Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt around 1:30 this morning, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) shockingly bucked his party and voted against a scaled-down repeal bill that emerged as the Senate’s last-ditch effort. It’s now clear that replacing Obamacare — or even repealing small parts of it — may be forever a pipe dream for President Trump and the GOP, whose deep divisions over the U.S. health-care system proved unbridgeable in the end.
He likely did it for the wrong reasons (providing cover for GOP colleagues who wanted the repeal to die but still have to face their yahoo bases back home), but these days I’ll take what I can get.
Through the years, Scholars & Rogues has been hard on McCain, with me leading the charge. For instance: Continue reading “McCain torpedoes “skinny repeal”: for once in his life, the faux-maverick gets it right. Sort of.”
[UPDATED July 16, 2018]
I wrote this just over a year ago. And the only thing that was off is that I think I underestimated.
I know a lot of people, and I’ve had a year to watch, to listen, to discuss, to take stock. My conclusion is that most of us are worse off than we were when I wrote this. The range of emotions (and there are many) right now runs from desperate hope/belief in the system (but knowing the fight is a vicious, uphill one) to civil war (and/or global collapse) is inevitable. If you consider all the perspectives, they fall into one of two categories.
a) We’re in deep, deep trouble, but we can maybe fight our way out, although we may or may not be alive to see it.
b) We’re fucked. Period.
Or, put another way, our chances are
I have friends in trouble. I’m in trouble.
Some of us aren’t going to make it.
I fear I’m caught in a vicious cycle. I have to find a way out.
It’s been tough of late.
Earlier, I posted this to some of those close to me.
I want to ask my friends, people who are around me and who maybe see me online, a question. First some backstory.
It has been hard, throughout my whole life, to make friends. If I don’t bother trying to be nice people think I’m an asshole. If I do try and be nice they sometimes think I’m an asshole anyway. In most cases I honestly don’t care what people think. But there are times when I feel like I hit these periods where it overcomes me and the negative responses just bleed into everything. Continue reading “I’m suffering from DTSD (Donald Trump Stress Disorder); you may be, too”
America is a great idea, but it’s hard to love these days.
At some point tonight millions and millions of us will find ourselves sitting in a stadium or a park or maybe on a city rooftop or a grassy hill in the country, staring at the sky, celebrating our country’s anniversary by watching the annual fireworks show. I won’t lie – I love fireworks. They’re spectacular to watch, but beyond that I’m fascinated by how they work. How do you get one to look like a flower? How do you get multiple colors in one burst? I assume I could learn these things if I spent the time, but regardless, it’s a pretty cool exercise in artistry.
But I don’t love everything about fireworks shows. If you’re at an official civic event you’ll certainly get to hear Lee Greenwood belting out his famous “God Bless the USA.” This is a massively famous and popular song, having reached #7 on the Billboard Country charts. It’s sold over a million copies and there’s no telling how much it has earned Greenwood in royalties.
It’s also perhaps the greatest lie ever set to music. Bear with me.
America is a wonderful idea. Continue reading “Happy 4th of July: what does “freedom” mean to you?”
“Mean” is when you make fun of someone’s shirt. This bill isn’t “mean.”
There’s this thing people are saying here recently and it needs to stop. Now. The thing they’re saying? The GOP “healthcare” bill is mean.
These were President Donald’s words on Tuesday.
“Mean” is reportedly the word President Donald Trump used Tuesday to describe the House GOP’s American Health Care Act, which passed Congress’ lower chamber last month. Per the Associated Press, “One source said Trump called the House bill ‘mean, mean, mean’ and said, ‘We need to be more generous, more kind.’ The other source said Trump used a vulgarity to describe the House bill and told the senators, ‘We need to be more generous.'”
Donald belongs in therapy, not the White House. Republican failure to deal with the problem has implications for its future well being.
I’d like you to read this set of characteristics.
- Glibness and Superficial Charm
- Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
- Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
- Pathological Lying Continue reading “An open letter to the GOP: your president is mentally ill and must be impeached”
2016 has snuffed another brilliant light.
Sharon Jones, one of the icons of the neo-Soul revival in the last decade, is dead of cancer at the age of 60. Scholars & Rogues honors the heart and soul of Daptone Records.
I asked Michael Hancock a straight question and got a dishonest answer. Then there’s his kneepads and chapstick service for the frackers…
I recently sent an inquiry to the office of Denver mayor Mike Hancock asking about his position about the city’s recent crackdown on dogs being allowed in tasting rooms. We mile-highers love taking the pups to our favorite microbreweries, but earlier this year the authorities started showing up and telling management that this was illegal.
Because – check this – beer is food. Continue reading “Dogs and fracking and beer is food – Denver deserves better than Mayor Michael Hancock”
I have some advice for you: if you’re going to get sick, don’t feel the need to be innovative about it.
Nothing good comes of winning at Stump the Doctor. No, come down with something run of the mill, something ho-hum, something boringly common. Or be rich. One or the other.
Back in May I wrote about my evolving issues with spinocerebellar ataxia, a rare brain malady that affects your speech and movement. Short version: it sucks. No treatment, no cure, no hope for one. If you recall, the docs wanted me to take a DNA test to confirm the specific type I have (they suspect it’s SCA-6, if it matters), but my co-pay on the test was going to be $7,000. So we’re just going to have to go on suspecting, I guess. Continue reading “Cerebellar ataxia update: bitch costs HOW MUCH?!”
Spinocerebellar ataxia sucks the joy out of another day…
As I have mentioned before, I have a degenerative brain condition. It’s called spinocerebellar ataxia, and is essentially an atrophying of the portion of the brain that coordinates and regulates muscular activity. If you read the details at NIH you’ll probably understand pretty quickly just how nasty it really is. It has taken away a lot of what I love in life and is, for now, uncurable. For the most part, there is also no treatment for the symptoms.
My doctors at the University of Colorado Health Center are some of the best in the business, and we have had frank conversations about what this disease means for me. Continue reading “Cerebellar ataxia and me: trying to live while the brain is dying”
It’s always hard to watch these damned things, when someone who loves something so completely and passionately has to walk away. But years of concussions took their toll, and finally WWE superstar Daniel Bryan has been forced to hang up his boots. He was a fantastic talent and he will be missed.
Sadly, given all that we are learning these days about CTE, I can’t help but fear for his future. Continue reading “Daniel Bryan retires from the WWE”