GOP: Smog? Not a problem. Asthma? Who really cares? Heart disease and premature death? Let's impeach the President for protecting the health of Americans. Oh, wait.......let's rethink this........
"Rush on world, the voice of Rome seems to murmur: ambition will founder, conquest will unravel, riches will be lost, power will be dissipated, palaces will crumble, great loves will end, borders will be redrawn; and you, shed at last of your illusions, will be left to find comfort in beauty, family, your corner of the city, and a steaming plate of bucatini all’amatriciana."Dude.
Part of the problem is that you're always working on incomplete information and changing circumstances, going through a maze in which you don't necessarily know which turn will take you into a blind alley or drop you through a trap door.When I was in college, a book was excerpted in the Atlantic: 'The Long Dying of Baby Andrew'. The couple in the story suffered a miscarriage just on the cusp of viability, and the baby of the title was clearly not going to live, but did come out breathing. The heartbroken parents and doctors decided on palliative care until his inevitable expiration. Unfortunately, Andrew got pneumonia, treatable with antibiotics - at a large teaching hospital. The family warily agreed to transfer him. As soon as Andrew got to Large Teaching Hospital, the doctors became intrigued. They'd never seen a live baby so premature - how long could they keep him going? The parents lost all control - when they tried to call a halt, they were accused of trying to kill their child - and when Andrew breathed his last more than a year later, there was not a single unbroken bone in his body (aggressive CPR); a nurse's notes observed that the only time he didn't scream was when he was too exhausted; his family was bankrupt; and - the final insult - they were asked to donate his body for research. "We think you have learned enough from our son," they replied.That was 40 years ago. Not much has changed.
Boomer here, and I would have so welcomed this. I often wished there were more time to get to know people as friends before the question of romance entered into things. People can grow on each other when they spend time together without expectations; the pressures of dating push people into make quick judgments - sometimes premature rejection and sometimes premature sex. Just labeling something a date makes it something quite different from just two people going to a movie or eating dinner together.
premature death for the young, premature dementia for the old. what price glory?
I missed the part about tobacco being a gateway drug. I thought we discouraged tobacco use because it caused cancer, heart disease, COPD, and premature death.
I don't cry very often, but I did while reading this story. Heart-rending indeed, just as the title warned. So sorry for the young mother, the baby, and the grandparents.
It's a tragic story indeed, but also it angers me considerably. This one premature baby makes the news, because of ebola, which may or may not have ended her life. But a year ago, before ebola resurfaced, the thousands of infant deaths in Liberia and similarly impoverished nations drew no concern from the world. This one girl is only different because the world is focused on ebola right now, and a year from now when this epidemic has run its course (or whenever it does), the world will go right back to ignoring the deaths of infants, the malnutrition, the more common disease victims (from things we can cure), and the general overall state of deprivation and despair in these nations.So I'm saddened, but more frustrated and angry at the world's turning its back on these people because there's no profit to be made from saving them. And part of me thinks, maybe it's a good thing that this baby girl died quickly, without much pain. Otherwise she'd be just another ebola orphan in a land that can't support her, living a short life full of suffering.As to what I think should be done, people wouldn't like it. It'd include stuff like birth control, ceasing production of heavy munitions, taxing churches, and taking 99% of the holdings of the 1%'ers. Very draconian, but I don't see any easy answers.
I had the exact same thought as I watched part 2 of "The Roosevelts" last night. Theodore Roosevelt also won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first thought that came to mind, was how premature the Committee was in accepting the nomination of well-meaning people who were obviously premature in their assessment of Mr. Obama.