WFH WTF – The Covid Files, Day 9: Not quite dead yet

Thank you Monty Python for this awesomely unfortunate take on the old, new reality some of the world is now embarking on:

CART MASTER: Bring out your dead!
CUSTOMER: Here’s one.
CART MASTER: Nine pence.
DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!
CUSTOMER: Nothing. Here’s your nine pence.
DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!
CART MASTER: ‘Ere. He says he’s not dead!
CUSTOMER: Yes, he is.
CART MASTER: He isn’t?
CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon. He’s very ill.
DEAD PERSON: I’m getting better!
CUSTOMER: No, you’re not. You’ll be stone dead in a moment.
CART MASTER: Oh, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.
DEAD PERSON: I don’t want to go on the cart!
CUSTOMER: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
CART MASTER: I can’t take him.
DEAD PERSON: I feel fine!
CUSTOMER: Well, do us a favor.
CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.
CART MASTER: No, I’ve got to go to the Robinsons’. They’ve lost nine today.
CUSTOMER: Well, when’s your next round?
CART MASTER: Thursday.
DEAD PERSON: I think I’ll go for a walk.
CUSTOMER: You’re not fooling anyone, you know. Look. Isn’t there something you can do?
DEAD PERSON: [singing] I feel happy. I feel happy.
(Cart Master clubs Dead Person) [whop]/soundeffeft
CUSTOMER: Ah, thanks very much.
CART MASTER: Not at all. See you on Thursday.

Not necessarily saying that Trumpublicans are looking to sell you to the Cart Master like the Customer in this scenario but some of them sure seem to be determined to make sure that you get aweful close to the Dead Guy. The current GOP leadership, particularly at the Federal Level where the most resources could be mustered from don’t seem to care about the average, everyday, working class people, who are also one of the largest consumer classes in the US. They seem more than OK to let labor get fucked because they are literally forced to work through being sick because they cannot afford healthcare (not that there are enough supplies available to help avoid getting it; or enough tests to be had to verify if you might be a vector of it; or enough medications and other necessities to effectively treat the symptoms should you get it; or that for-profit insurance will even cover any of it if you have such a luxury); because they cannot afford to volunteer to take the time off (not that right to work laws have created stronger provisions for labor, or that standard GOP kowtowing allows for better sick-leave and paid personal time off to care for family members; or that there are many job related protections for those whose family becomes sick, are furloughed or forced into hour-reductions throughout this; and that for many healthcare is tied to employment which circles back to the first point); and those that are deemed “essential” are getting any of the support they deserve (because it’s not like they are getting a wage increase to compensate for them working in an emergency situation; or that they are being in many cases provided with the protective gear they need to work the front lines; or that their families are being properly supported while they are taking the risks working on the front lines). Democratic mayors and governors particularly in New York, California, and Washington State are doing the best they can with the resources they have to protect their constituents. The same cannot be said of the Federal Government’s GOP leadership which continues to take a very tepid, hands off approach to the ongoing needs of the people of the US, hoping this is something the capitalistic markets can just adjust to with some quick money in the form of cheep borrowing and tax breaks.

I still feel sick today.

I have all week, although, more like a Yugo ran me over than the Panzer Tank feeling I had the other day, so progress is good. It also meant I could be a little more involved with what was going on this week with everyone now at home.

In trying to explain to Padawan a little bit more about the situation at hand, we spoke about the grocery store shortages, during which we mentioned we might not be able to get certain fruits and other foods they are accustomed to for the time being, to which their response was, “fuckin store.”

A couple of people seemed less than impressed the youngling was swearing. Fuck them, I say.

I was pretty impressed with the proper command of the word as a toddler. Most adults aren’t nearly as formulated with American English as what we’re witnessing from them, swearing included.

My immediate response to the “criticism” was, “I didn’t think store was so bad. Honestly, I think given a bit more maturity to understand context they would have used hoarder instead of store for the noun but these are challenging times. We’ll just have to work on the noun provisioning during school this week.”

Honestly, swearing is fine. There might be some additional contextual learning necessary to help them continue their proper usage: who to say it in front of, when to employ it with what kind of tone, etc. A study published in the Journal of Language Sciences by Dr. Timothy Jay, Department of Psychology at Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts, used a Controlled Oral Word Association Test (COWAT) and a series of other observations and fluency tests to determine that there was a strong relationship between high verbal fluency (linguistic intelligence as it were) and usage of swearing. Meaning those who suppress swears were more likely to have less command of language overall, while those who understood good swearing techniques were also generally much better speakers and writers. Go figure. Several other similar studies using data sets relating to IQ tests, Standardized Education Tests (like the SATs & GMATs), and other specialized learning tests all came to similar conclusions. Those who would normally be deemed of higher intelligence or have better educational outcomes correlated highly with those who were also highly proficient in the usage of swear words. Note, it’s not just enough to say fuck a lot, it appears that it’s how you employ it that makes a difference.

However, the employment of swearing isn’t limited to only one’s intellect it seems. Frequent swearers was shown to produced increased circulation, decreased blood pressure and reduce other markers of stress when employed during stressful or painful situations according to a Keele University study. Another study showed elevated endorphins levels when patients swore in specific situations and patients self-reported lowered stress and anxiety levels and higher levels of calm and comfort when choosing to swear compared to those who chose not to swear. While yet another using brain imaging showed those tactically employing swearing had increased activity in several key areas of the brain around both pleasure and complex processing. So, while it might not be correct to say swearing by itself makes you happy, it clearly has some net-positive effects when employed correctly.

And, it’s not just you that benefits. Despite critics of swearing insisting it makes us appear ill-educated, rude and untrustworthy. There’s studies that demonstrate it can help others perceive you as more relatable and thus more likable when used in the correct context as well as that in business settings well placed swearing can help underline specific points to be more memorable and thus more persuasive and more broadly when used in the correct context can make complex proposals or ideas appear more viable to decision makers.

You can find more summarizations of studies like these in articles By Tiffanie Wen of the BBC (The surprising benefits of swearing: Swearing is neither big nor clever, but could it have some hidden upsides, March 2016); Udi Ledergor of Fast Company (Here is why you should swear at work, according to science, Dec 2019); Aparna Vidyasagar of MetalFloss (Science: 6 Reasons Why Swearing Is Good for You, June 2018); Olga Khazan of the Atlantic (The Social Benefits of Swearing
How profanity can help you seem more likable, sept 2019); Emma Byrne of Time (The Absolute F-cking Best Swear Word For You, Jan 2018); and more I’m sure you can find as well.

So, next time you want to let the Fuck the President fly out of your mouth. Go right ahead. Fuck tha Police? Same. Fuck the Record and Fuck the People? Sure, if you’re listening to the Snot record. Speaking of which, today’s listening also included

Nothingface – An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity
KoRn – self-titled & Follow the Leader
Project 86 – P86
Helmet – Strap it on & Aftertaste
Unsane – Occupational Hazard & Scattered, Smothered and Covered
Starkweather – Crossbearer
the Great Deciever – Terra Incognito
Soundgarden – Louder than Love
and Method 51 although I honestly don’t remember what the EP was called and that’s all I have it in my library as.

During mealtime we listened to vinyl again. I have a bunch of random jazz comps, it’s all kinds of stuff from bands I never heard of playing standards to what would today constitute all-star appearances but playing songs I’ve never heard of as one-off performances. Some of these comps are actual releases, a couple look like they came with Readers Digest or some other mag as the bonus material, a couple are educational comps for classrooms and a few white label comps that were probably for dance hall DJs back in the day. Interesting stuff. Lots of fun watching both padawan bop along to.

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