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The explanation for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failing the race day drug test is that one of the grooms (horse attendants) drank cough syrup, urinated on some hay, and the horse ate the hay.

This perfectly plausible chain of events resulted in the horse having more than twice the allowed amount of betamethasone (corticosteroid) in its blood.

How much betamethasone syrup would someone have to drink for the excreted amount to pop in a half-ton horse?

(The fact that betamethasone syrup is not prescribed for coughs is something we'll let his attorneys worry about).

Headline: Essential Quality first gray horse favored to win Kentucky Derby in 25 years

Some days it must be difficult to be a journalist (I know it's difficult to be a news consumser)

"In March, the United States, Britain and members of the European Union blocked a World Trade Organization proposal backed by roughly 80 nations, including India and South Africa, to waive patent protections for coronavirus vaccines." – chron.com

Yes, IP protections have been known to drive innovation. Those innovations may come at the cost of another three million lives.

A study conducted by the British NHS concluded that people with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection have a 7% chance of re-infection compared to the 5% chance of reinfection after receiving the Pfizer vaccine (6% Moderna, 30% Astra-Zeneca, 33% J&J).

So, why does the CDC recommend getting vaccinated after infection?

“… isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist” George W. Bush said of today’s Republican party. As contrasted to the warmongering, profiteering psychopaths of the Dubya administration.

“What’s really troubling is how much misinformation there is and the capacity of people to spread all kinds of untruth,”

It’s never about the truth, only whose truth – such as Dubya’s truth that Iraq had a viable WMD program. The intelligence report that was used to foist the Iraq War on the people actually stated the opposite – but the little people weren’t allowed to read it until 2015.

Optimist: The glass is half-full

Pessimist: The glass is half-empty

Literist: The glass cannot be half-empty nor half-full. These are absolute descriptors and attempts to fractionate their definitions are ignorant and meaningless. The glass has realized one-half of its potential.

Joe Biden, American president: "Restore faith in government"

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German president: "Crisis of trust"

Free societies exist only when there is an appropriate distrust of government.