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The Good Doctor

In my ever widening search to find anything left worth watching on Netflix, I have stumbled on another hospital show. Nothing great, I’m not saying it’s a must watch (although I’m still watching it). That’s not what this blog is about. The gimmick in The Good Doctor is an autistic doctor, and when I noticed it was based on a Korean series, I was not surprised. In fact, I’m surprised that it wasn’t a robot doctor, or a time traveling doctor, or a ghost. It could have been a more ridiculous premise.
He always saves the day but he always speaks literally, saying things like “You’re going to die.” It’s a bit like House, just with an even weirder doctor. They always have to go one step further.
At what point does it jump the shark?
It got me thinking how similar hospital shows are to cop shows, which I hate with an ever increasing passion (Helena is totally into them, especially the Nordic-noir subset, so I am unable to ignore them entirely) There’s always the quirky outsider, whose methods are unconventional but they are a stone cold genius and infallible.
Perhaps they both attract their audiences because people like thinking that people in authority, people with the power of life and death over us, are insightful and brilliant, and will always come through in a crisis. A sweet fantasy.
The difference is, while television doctors don’t bear much more resemblance to real life doctors than TV cops do to real cops, I admire doctors in real life. Cops, not so much.
Perhaps the reason that there are about a gazillion cop shows for every doctor show is that the world is closer to being a police state than a healthy state.

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Thoughts on Cuba

First of all, what’s going on? Why is Cuba suddenly the center of attention? Was there some major change, did they take some aggressive action? It just seems to me that the U.S. is fighting a war that they lost 60 years ago. I can’t see any need for it.
I did watch a brief video today of a demonstration in Havana. What I saw was people exercising their right to protest, and not being confronted by police wearing so much armor they look like an army of robocops. I didn’t see people being tear gassed. It could happen, I suppose, but even if it did, that wouldn’t make them any worse, or even any different, than the United States.
Biden called Cuba a failed state. They exist, as an independent state, so they are successful in that. They have an excellent education and health care system, and export doctors around the world. If those are markers of a successful state, and I think they are, then they are a successful state. They are not currently in a state of civil war. They have good relations with most other countries in the world.
Whether you approve of their politics or not, even if you think they are bad in the area of civil liberties and freedom, that would make them no more a failed state than China, or Singapore, or Dubai. That is just the wrong word to use.
There seems to be a lot of that going around, lately.

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Thoughts on Cryptocurrency

It’s a few days now, maybe a week since I saw the headline “China Ditches Yuan, Adopts Cryptocurrency.” Well, I thought, that’s pretty major stuff. I mean, I’ve been hearing about cryptocurrencies for years now, and not taking them seriously although some people, it seems, are making very good money. But I haven’t seen any visible change in our everyday lives because of it, so it was never really at the forefront of my mind.
I figured maybe I should write a blog about it, but since it’s a subject I don’t really understand so well, I decided to at least read a couple of articles first. So, I did. All very convincing stuff, but I still don’t really understand it.
Then, a couple of days ago I saw the headline “Sweden Adopts e-Krona” and I thought, whoa, hold on there, this is becoming a world trend, I’m going to feel pretty darned silly when I’m the last person in the world walking around with cash money and there’s no place that accepts it any more.
Then I looked a bit closer and saw that it’s a sponsored post. They are all sponsored posts. I should have noticed that right away but I didn’t. Sneaky bastards.

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The Link is the Key

Every day I write a blog, or at least that’s my intent. I occasionally miss a day due to technical difficulties, travel arrangements, or having smoked so much pot my brain has turned to jello and my fingers no longer reach the keys. As a general rule, though, it’s every day. I try to keep these blogs between 250 and 500 words, because less than that is a flippant comment or a platitude, and more than that is longer than the average attention span. I know whenever I check out somebody else’s blog, and their entries are the length of magazine articles, like 3 or 4,000 words, I’m inclined to respond with a snitty, little tl;dr and be done with it.
Sometimes I write about matters of great political and societal import, sometimes about my pet peeves, and sometimes about whatever I did that day. But, in every case, when I am done, I wrote a short poem, usually only a couplet, and post it on Twitter and on Facebook, with a link to my blog. That short poem (I decided on the format due to the word restrictions for Twitter, which used to be more severe than they are now, and now I keep them short so I’ll be allowed to put one of Facebook’s default backgrounds behind it, although their backgrounds have become extremely lame, I’m sure it still draws more eyes than just regular old black text on a white background.
And that is the point of the poem. To draw your eyes, to get you to link to the blog so you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Sometimes, quite frequently as a matter of fact, I’ll get somebody saying “What are you talking about?” or “That’s a dumb rhyme,” or some other comment which addresses the short poem with complete disregard to the blog. It’s as if they haven’t read it, which they probably haven’t.
This blog’s for you.

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Go, Greta!

I’ve spent the better part of the morning arguing with people about the environment. That would not be a bad thing, if we were arguing about the best way to save the environment, talking about the merits of various sources of energy, ideas for recycling waste, which trees are the best at absorbing carbon, that sort of thing. But, no, this was more arguing about whether to protect the environment or not.
It began with a meme attacking Greta Thunberg, who I think is an amazing person and I admire her greatly. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I do not understand people. Every summer for the last several summers has been a hotter summer than we’ve ever seen before. There are temperatures in the arctic that are considered hot even in the temperate zones. A town in Canada caught fire and burned to the ground because the air was just too damned hot. Every summer we lose more and more trees to fire, huge swathes of land full of trees, and every winter is still summer in the southern hemisphere. Greenland is melting, huge sections are breaking off from Antarctica, and floods are ravaging parts of Europe which are not normally ravaged by floods.
And they are angry at Greta Thunberg for speaking out about this.

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