Oregonians Feel That The Poor Are Subhuman

The title takes a short journey to connect the dots.

In 1951 Oregon passed a law that was initially to protect customer from pumps that were far less safe than today. They felt that a refueling technician was needed.

After those initial safety concerns were mitigated making pumps quite safe, they found that gasoline (and the other fuels as well) had carcinogens. The average driver did not like the smell of gas either.

Rather than having everyone pump their own fuel (or pay for full service like forty eight other sates (New Jersey is the other wimpy ass state that doesn’t allow self-serve pumping) thus minimizing the intake of carcinogens, they relegate that to the poor working class. No there are exemptions, motorcycle riders can refill their own gas tanks. Could that be a hold over of feeling that bikers are nonredeemable scourge? Since diesel is also exempt truckers are in the same class as bikers, seen as less than… You have probably seen that as well. Yes, every time that you pull in and have the minimum wage worker scratch off a ticket to a lottery of fatal health issues. The longer than they stay in their oppressed role, the more likely it is that they will win that evil lotto.

Now a couple of years ago, they allowed the people in rural regions to pump their own fuel. Could this be yet another subjugation of the country folk? I will leave that you for consideration

The Oregon voters have decided that gasoline vapors are hazardous to humans, so they have gas station attendants do the pumping. Gas station attendants are typically a low wage job with little room for progression, so they remain poor and not worthy of the protections granted to humans, thus sub-human.

Google Ads

I am tweaking the site to get it ready for more content.

Part of those tweaks was Google Ads, they were either obnoxious if you didn’t have a blocker, or invisible if you did. Since I want to use some of the money from ad clicks to put up a prize for Dead Pool, I need the ads to be clickable.

What else should be on the list of to-dos?

A large pool tournament right now?

UPDATE after this was published: Opal APA and the national APA office have cancelled the tourney.

Last night I became aware of a situation that did not thrill me. I spent some time to roll it around before speaking up. I have a pretty good chance of bothering, agitating, or upsetting friends with my position on this.

APA is still holding their regional pool tournament at Chinook Winds next month. Granted it is a month out, and situations can change.

We are talking about a large gathering of players. Players from all over the area, including the Seattle area. Obviously, that does not mean that they are sick. It just adds a little weight to odds and probabilities. A significant number of the players fall into multiple risk categories.

With the incubation period being 4.5 to 5.8 days and symptoms beginning between 8.2  to 15.6 days, we know that you can be incubating before becoming symptomatic [1]. Why would we needlessly gather so many people who may be contagious? At what point does working under disclaims give way to negligence?

The league has suspended the sportsmanship of handshakes before and after the matches which is a good thing with all things being considered. The players of the matches still share a crowded environment and the pool tables. One cannot sanitize the felt of the tables, and it is very unlikely that the side rails and balls would be sanitized between matches.

I do not question the league operators’ sincerity in their concern for the well being of the players, but I think that several factors may be interring with cancelling/postponing the event due to health risks. Of course, there are financial, reputation, and other issues to consider.

Using the fact that there have been no cases of coronavirus in Lincoln county as justification for safety, seems silly to me. Especially since very few people participating will be from Lincoln County. Yes, they have the blessing of the tribe… of course the tribe wants people to fill the hall and the tables, machines, and motel. While the tribe is somewhat sovereign and can ignore the state’s attempts to protect the citizenry, they do have to listen to the feds. We shall see if the feds come down with some protective restrictions.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32150748

Covid-19 Mortality Theory

Three days ago I had put forth the theory that countries with socialized/universal health care appeared to have lower mortality rates than countries without it.

Universal healthcare is only .01% higher than non-universal healthcare countries.
When you look at countries with universal healthcare, it is more dramatically different.

Countries with universal healthcare (most of the world) had 75 countries with a sum of mortality at 62.53 this gives an average mortality rate of 0.83%.

Now if we look at countries without universal healthcare, there were 29 countries with a sum of 4.09% mortality. This gives us an average mortality rate of 0.14%.

So, my initial view an opinion was incorrect. Countries without socialized/universal health care fare better than countries with it.

If you feel that I misinterpreted the data, I am sharing it here for full transparency.
The Data is from 03/07/2020 at 17:23:12 (Perhaps my theory was good three days ago, but it isn’t now.)

The one part that did not get tossed into the equations is the people that were on cruise ships. Since they are not really part of a country since they are on the high seas.

CountryConfirmed CasesDeathsMortality RateSocialized Medicine
Mainland China8065435594.41Yes
South Korea7041440.62Yes
Italy58832333.96Yes
Iran58231452.49Yes
France949111.16Yes
Germany79900.00Yes
Others69660.86
Spain500102.00Yes
Japan46161.30Yes
US424174.01No
Switzerland26810.37Yes
UK20620.97Yes
Netherlands18810.53Yes
Belgium16900.00Yes
Sweden16100.00Yes
Norway14700.00Yes
Singapore13800.00Yes
Hong Kong10821.85Yes
Malaysia9300.00Yes
Bahrain8500.00Yes
Austria7900.00Yes
Australia6323.17Yes
Kuwait6100.00Yes
Canada5400.00Yes
Iraq5400.00No
Thailand5012.00Yes
Iceland5000.00Yes
Greece4600.00Yes
Taiwan4512.22Yes
UAE4500.00Yes
India3400.00No
San Marino2314.35Yes
Denmark2300.00Yes
Lebanon2200.00No
Paletsine2200.00No
Israel2100.00Yes
Portugal2000.00Yes
Czech Republic1900.00Yes
Ireland1800.00Yes
Vietnam1800.00No
Algeria1700.00Yes
Oman1600.00Yes
Egypt1500.00No
Finland1500.00Yes
Brazil1300.00Yes
Ecuador1300.00Yes
Russia1300.00Yes
Croatia1200.00Yes
Estonia1000.00Yes
Macau1000.00Yes
Argentina9111.11Yes
Azerbaijan900.00No
Romania900.00Yes
Qater800.00Yes
Slovenia700.00Yes
Belarus600.00Yes
Mexico600.00Yes
Pakistan600.00Yes
Philippines600.00No
Poland5120.00Yes
Fench Guiana500.00No
New Zealand500.00Yes
Saudi Arabia500.00Yes
Chile400.00Yes
Georgia400.00Yes
Hungary400.00Yes
Indonesia400.00No
Senegal400.00No
Bosnia and Herzegovina300.00Yes
Malta300.00Yes
North Macedonia300.00No
Saint Barthelemy300.00No
Dominican Republic200.00No
Luxembourg200.00Yes
Martinique200.00No
Morocco200.00No
Afghanistan100.00No
Andorra100.00Yes
Armenia100.00No
Bhutan100.00Yes
Cambodia100.00Yes
Cameroon100.00No
Colombia100.00Yes
Costa Rica100.00Yes
Faroe Islands100.00No
Gibralter100.00No
Jordan100.00No
Latvia100.00Yes
Lichtenstein100.00Yes
Lithuania100.00Yes
Monaco100.00Yes
Nepal100.00No
Nigeria100.00No
Paraguay100.00Yes
Peru100.00Yes
Serbia100.00Yes
Slovakia100.00Yes
South Africa100.00No
Sri Lanka100.00Yes
Togo100.00No
Tunisia100.00Yes
Ukraine100.00Yes
Vatican City100.00No