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“IT’S ENOUGH TO make you laugh,” the adage goes. And, these days, there’s humor to be encountered in matters that are also exasperating and deadly serious. In particular, consider the inane responses by some with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. And there’s the tragedy of our national leader doubling down on his own inanities.

Maskless Ideology—Or Idiocy? Some of the more pronounced exasperation/humor arose from a video of a Palm Beach County, Florida, commissioner’s meeting, reported on June 26, 2020. Objections to the commission’s unanimous vote making masks mandatory included this assessment: “They wanted to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door.”

Image from CNN.

A particularly good rant addressed “the Devil’s law… Every single one of you have a smirk behind that little mask, but every single one of you are going to get punished by God.”

This ranter had an opinion on social distancing too: “…Six feet? …You’re trying to get people, to train them so that when the cameras, the 5G, comes out, what, they’re going to scan everybody?”

“I think all of you should be in a psych ward—right the heck now!”

It would be a challenge for SNL to compose a better skit.

Methanol Chuggers. I’d like to believe most people recognize that some alcohols are drinkable, in moderation, of course; and that other alcohols aren’t drinkable, in any amount. The drinkable stuff is ethyl or grain alcohol. The stuff causing blindness or worse is methanol or wood alcohol. There’s also a third type, isopropanol, the toxicity of which lies between those of the other two.

Okay. So what about hand sanitizers? To be effective, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that a hand sanitizer should contain at least 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropanol. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends at least 94.9 percent ethanol by volume. There are even recipes to make your own.

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On June 19, 2020, the FDA advised consumers “not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem,” a Mexican company marketing nine products containing methanol. One of methanol’s problems is being absorbed through the skin and causing irritation. Other medical hazards exist.

On June 27, 2020, CNN reported “Three People Died and One is Permanently Blind After Drinking Hand Sanitizer in New Mexico. Not just using the stuff as hand sanitizer, mind. But drinking it. Maybe with a bleach chaser?

Doubling-Down Trumpery. Just as Trump may be accused of buffoonery, demagogy, mendacity, narcissism, nepotism, and racketeering, he’s also setting new records for doubling down on his own inanities. Google “Trump Doubles Down” and get references to hydroxychloroquine, “Kung flu,” mask use, Obamacare (or any other Obama-related achievement), two-handed sipping (to preserve an expensive silk tie) and (slippery?) ramp walking.

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My favorite doubling down concerns Trump’s telling “his people” to “slow down on testing,” this, to get better Covid-19 numbers.

White House underlings quickly stumbled all over themselves claiming Trump was speaking “in jest,” “talking tongue-in-cheek,” “only joking.”

Yet, on June 23, 2020, Trump told CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang that “I don’t kid.”

Exasperating, but…. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2020

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