Labels

As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.-H.L. Mencken

Just a step cried the sad man, take a look down at the madman- Knife Edge (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)

There are labels on the backs of most of the products we commonly use. There are food labels regarding ingredients, preparation, storage and expiration dates. Packaging labels contain names and addresses as well as instructions for handling during shipping like, This end up or FragileHandle with Care. Sometimes the items inside those packages as well, have labels or manuals that should be consulted. If you have ever had anything from IKEA shipped to you for self-assembly you know  what I am talking about. Depending on how important something is or how much familiarity we already have with it, the amount of actual reading we do of these labels will vary. For example, if one chooses to indulge oneself in the  excessive sodium count of ramen noodles and has feasted on this before, it likely isn’t necessary to read the label to learn that the preparation of this tasty but nonetheless less than nutritious dietary staple requires nothing more than adding water.

Such common sense can generally be applied to our cleaning supplies, which may be inherently, much more dangerous than ramen noodles. But given the various specificity of tasks associated with various genres of cleaning products, it is generally wise to read the labels.  For example, this is what can be found on the back of a popular bleaching product:

“Do not swallow, breathe fumes or get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Handle with care.  Wear a mask, safety glasses and rubber gloves. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Keep out of reach of children and pets”

Nowhere on this label do I see anything suggesting the proper dosages of this product for the purposes of alleviating an elevated temperature or de-congesting one’s chest. Children playing doctor in the area of the kitchen sink might think to prescribe such remedies. This is why we have childproof caps. Hydroxychloroquine is prescribed by real doctors after much peer review and FDA approval, for treatment of malaria and lupus and according to anything I have read, it has not yet received such recommendations from any credible bodies in the medical arena for the treatment of Covid-19. Also,  if you become infected and seek to cure yourself through sunbathing, please at least first consult with a doctor or a very stable genius regarding the  adjustment of your SPF protections.

Alas, another label comes to my mind. It is mostly  posted over an encased instrument near the exits of the various public buildings we once and likely will again congregate in, it reads: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS. You will hopefully see these posted everywhere in the run up to the November election. In the meantime, can anybody tell me if it is possible to place childproof caps on a presidency?

 

 

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