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We’re Quarantined, Ba-Ba-Ba

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- jim Young 20200327
“Good times never seemed so good…” Neil Diamond
It feels wrong, when someone is doing something “nice”, to be thinking, “Is that ALL you can do? Is that really the best you’ve got?
Yet that’s exactly how I feel about Neil Diamond’s feeble attempt to rework "Sweet Caroline" and release it to help “boost people’s spirits” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mind you, I’m the guy that cringed when Elton John rewrote "Candle In The Wind" for Princess Diana. 
Originally, having penned “Candle In The Wind” for Marilynn Monroe, it just seemed to me to be a disservice to both ladies to now take it, change the words and dedicate it to Princess Diana - just because she died. 
In Elton John’s defense, the tragic death of a good friend is not likely to be conducive to put one in an inspirational frame of mind for song writing. So I’ll give him credit for changing the entire lyrics (except for part of the chorus) in Diana’s honour.
Elton John may have changed the…

Trump Hands Out Money

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Are Hand Sanitizers Weakening Our Immune System?

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- jim Young 20200314

“Never bring a knife to a gunfight.” The Untouchables (1987)

One of our most effective natural defenses against infectious and contagious diseases is our own immune system.

Exposure in small doses to infections and contagions allows our immune system to build up a resistance to diseases enabling us to fight it off and prevent us from getting sick.

This often explains why housewives and doctors have traditionally been passed over during outbreaks of colds and flus

As caretakers to the family and the general public, housewives and doctors are most likely to be exposed to cold and flu viruses in the early stages of their attack.

It’s the same principle with vaccinations which inject weakened doses of the virus (alive or dead) into our bodies to allow our immune system to familiarize itself with the threat and take appropriate defensive action.

When our bodies don’t have the required resources to fight back, our immune system becomes overwhelmed and we get sick.

Hand s…

Why The Corona Virus Hasn't Affected Me

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“Everything You’ve Ever Seen About Cuba Is A Lie” - Review

- jim Young 20200209

The documentary "Everything You've Ever Seen About Cuba Is A Lie" is a lie and it only took 20 seconds into the film to find the first lie.

"I started doing a lot of research," one of the filmmakers claimed.

I don’t know where he got his research or what he defines as a “lot” but one of the first things he should have discovered about visiting Cuba is, if you try to take a drone or anything that might be considered a tool of espionage into Cuba, you’re going to have a delay at customs and may not be permitted entry.

Not a very clever start for an investigative journalist.

From the video it looks like most of his research came from travel sites. There’s nothing wrong with starting there, but did he really expect to find anything but “a very beautiful country. Very colorful photos with all the classic American cars?” 

That’s called marketing. You know about marketing - it’s a key component to American capitalism.

It doesn’t take a computer whi…

The Lesson Trump’s Impeachment Has For Our Children

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- jim Young 20190207

“Never argue with someone who believes their own lies.” - anon

With the possible exception of one Republican voting to convict Trump, I don’t think there were any real surprises on the final day of Trump's impeachment trial.

It’s an undeniable fact that the Liberals didn’t win the impeachment trial. And yet it’s also an undeniable fact that neither did Trump nor the Republicans.

The repercussions of Trump’s impeachment will ripple through time leaving it’s lasting impressions on history forever.

So who did win?

Whether you side with the political right, insisting it was a frivolous waste of time and money from the beginning or you lean towards the political left and are shaking your head in frustration, there is another group of people that are formulating some of their own very important lessons from it all - a group of people that should be far more important than the right or the left - our children.

And THEY know who won!

The only real winners in Trump’s im…

Would You Rather Live In Cuba Or The United States

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- jim Young  originally published August 2012 updated February 2020

“Humanity’s a nice place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there.”  – Terry Pratchett

Just the very idea of living under a dictatorship or communist rule is so terrifying to most Americans that their answer to the question “would you rather live in Cuba or the United States?” would be based on a preconceived notion without even considering the facts.

Why cloud the “truth” with facts?

We could debate the pros and cons of a democratic/capitalistic society vs a dictatorship/socialistic society until the cows come home and never be any further ahead.

As Sir Winston Churchill said in 1947 “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.”

To put it another way, one might suggest a democratic government is nothing more than the least evil of all the evils.

And when you think about it, how much say does any individual really have in the running of any democratic government anywa…