<heavy sigh> We have had American news stations on all day. Its an exercise in futility. We are six hours ahead of the eastern time-zone. The first polls in a small number of states in the mid-term elections won‘t close until midnight in Spain. We won’t know anything until tomorrow morning when we wake up.
But, you’ll notice I am still awake and it is nearly midnight. Jeff and I were yawning at 9:30 and went to bed. But neither of us could sleep. He is now out in the barn working on his Catrike. I am sat here with the news on, again.
Today, I have watched all the biggies. CNN, Foxnews, MSNBC, ABC. CBS. And a trend has emerged. Fear, fear, fear. Some spew conspiracy theories. Others gin up fear of the other party and the people supporting it. I would have laughed at some if it, if it wasn’t so dangerous and serious. Over and over, every news outlet turned to one of their hundreds of political pundits and asked ‘Why is America so polarized?’ I wanted to shout at the television ‘Look in the mirror!! It’s all of you guys!’
We see it so clearly from over here. I read a lot of news from around the world. But, I almost never watch live US news. And something else has struck us both while gluing ourselves to the television today. And it is not political.
What is it with prescription drug commercials? Tepezza, Zoloff, and a million more on American tv? I had forgotten how bombarded we are in the US with big pharma. My favorite are the women running through a field smiling about their menopause prescription meds. There is not a woman on the planet who is smiling about the fun of menopause. Let alone running with other women through a field making head wreaths out of daisies and manically laughing.
I love how immediately after the heart warming video promoting the drug, they begin the laundry list of potential side effects. ‘After taking drug xyz, if you notice your toenails falling off, skin ulcers, , inability to stand unassisted, trouble breathing, including death, please contact your Dr. ‘. Seriously? I’ll get right on calling my Dr after I experience death from taking this miracle drug.
When we lived in the US, our Dr had a sign in his office with a warning. ‘Do not ask me about some drug you saw on tv. I prescribe the correct medication based on your specific medical condition and my expertise.’ I figure you don’t print a sign unless it’s a problem.
But it’s not just prescription drugs. Commercials promoting heath care and insurance. A lot of those. A thousand years from now, the pod people who have survived the climate apocalypse will find a recording of American tv commercials from 2022. And they’ll wonder how a society with such a focus on health and fighting disease, was unable to elevate the health and wellness of everyone in the society.
I haven’t been back to the US in nearly three years. So its been awhile since I have touched, even peripherally, a for-profit medical care system that is unregulated as a foundational feature. And it’s odd to experience it in the midst of a high stress day with so much at stake in our country. A reminder that there is much more work to do in America, if we could just work together.
Its midnight in Spain. The first returns are coming in. So I gotta go. If only I had a prescription for Zlamnofar. If it didn’t cause purple rashes, Tourette’s syndrome, and uncontrollable sweating, maybe I’d be able to sleep tonight.
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I’m feeling very sad for the USA, followed closely by the U.K. Democracy is facing a huge challenge.
As for the drug ads, at least that’s one thing we never had to put up with. They are so prevalent in the USA, followed by the huge list of contraindications, spoken so quickly that you can’t understand them anyway, except, including death 💀 😳.
We shall keep our fingers crossed for the political future.
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So far, it looks like it’s too close to call. Usually, the party in power gets hammered in the midterms. That doesn’t appear to be happening today. But it is a nail biter.
I wonder if the UK will have an election in 2023 after the chaos there. So much craziness the past few months and years.
Oddly, Brazil is looking good right about now😉
We’re just happy to be comfortably retired and living in Spain, but do worry for our children. Paul and Alison were in the process of selling their apartment and buying a new house, which has all gone pear shaped. HSBC are making staff cuts, Sarah should be okay, but it’s never 100%. ☹️
Rough days ahead, I fear. All over. I read every day on expat forums of Brits trying to move to Spain but they can’t meet the visa income requirements. You are lucky you retired under the wire. 👍
I read news worldwide and don’t watch it here. I’m avoiding it all today. I kinda just don’t wanna know. I’ll know tomorrow or whenever all of the votes are counted. It’s just so darn discouraging that so many people are believing the lies. So I thank you for the image and my almost rolling on the floor response to your sentence “There is not a woman on the planet who is smiling about the fun of menopause. Let alone running with other women through a field making head wreaths out of daisies and manically laughing.”
I would wish you and Jeff ‘sweet dreams’ but…
And a final note that I just read: “There is always HOPE” and I will hold tight to that.
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🙏🤞Here’s to hope.