OUTRUNNING A SHORTAGE
Today, almost as if on schedule since I can’t hardly pull three hundred words on a single subject out of my ass anymore, a two subject article. Outrunning a bear and saline solution shortages. We all know the cute little story on trying to outrun a bear. “I don’t need to outrun the bear, I just need to be faster than the guy with me”. I had started the second season of The Walking Dead this last weekend and I was vastly amused at the ending of episode three. The one cop, not the main one ( I’m not up on names yet ), goes to procure medical supplies for an operation on the main cops son who takes a bullet meant for a deer. The Fat Man, the one who accidentally shot the kid ( the bullet goes through the deer and hits the kid, actually, so if everyone wasn’t all butt hurt and hustled the guy away speeding the kid to a doctor the meat wouldn’t have been wasted ), goes along with Second Cop, trying to atone for the accident. They have to go to an overrun FEMA center, crawling with the undead and of course most of the time they are huffing and puffing along with a respirator and such medical equipment in backpacks, Second Cop with a sprained ankle and Fat Man wiggling and jiggling, the mob after them. After getting down to one bullet each, Second Cop looks over at Fat Man, apologizes and shoots the sucker in the leg. As he is trying to pull the backpacks off Fat Man, the cop has to contend with all the hooting and hollering and gets hair pulled out and scratches. The end shows the cop finding a pair of clippers and cutting his hair to conceal the bald spot, looking all dramatic in the fogged up mirror. What a cool way to end an episode! Of course, you probably weren’t meant to think the cop was justified ( an earlier character scene had the old guy in the fishing hat bemoaning the tendency of the group to justify abandoning others and “weighing the needs of the many over those of the few” ), but I thought it fits neatly into the group dynamics of only treating your group well and victimizing others for you and your groups survival. Plus being funny as hell.
I was reading from a link at Rawles on a national saline solution shortage. Evidently, new federal inspections had slowed down the manufacture. It was known about LAST year and is projected to continue into the next. To me, this sounds suspiciously like corporate financial shortcuts being found out about and the companies crying poor and not even trying to spend money to do things properly but just letting things go to crap and screw the customers. And in this case, the ultimate customers are sick people in danger of dying. Just another example of the dangers of going too far towards the free market and having zero oversight. How is that working out with the derivatives market? If medical schools were free to teach any medical procedure and patients were free to choose them, if doctors were not over regulated, if government was totally out of medical care instead of strangling it with a combination of regulation and selected monopoly, yes, then the free market would solve this problem. But under our current system, socialized costs and privatized profit, this is just another public screw job.
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