We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Every four years I let my Dermatologist buddy scope out my skin with his special lights and magic glasses. He doesn't miss a single square centimeter of it, scalp to anus to the bottoms of my graceful feet. I'd like to avoid death by melanoma, if possible. Not sure what I want to die from, but I just want it to not be right now.
$175, cash for 1/2 hr. consult (he won't do insurance), including the good conversation and comraderie, plus a pile of samples for my spot of eczema and a little nitrogen zapping of some ancient sun damage to my face.
He knows that I have spent all of the time I could in my life outdoors, usually without hat and never with disgusting sunblock (except maybe on the nose when the Mrs. makes me). When I was at prep school, we termed sunshine "catching bennies," ie the beneficial rays of the sun. Studying Latin or dozing on the lawns.
I have happily spent all the time I can on boats, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, golf courses, tennis courts, tractors, trout streams, skiing, beaches, gardens, and hunting fields since I was a kid.
As he scrutinized my beautiful, well-fed, pasty-white-skinned body, he told me that one problem he has is people with sun phobia. He said people require an hour or two daily of exposure to unblocked sunshine (not sunburn), and that sun phobia (especially with kids covered with hats and sunblock) is a more important health hazard than benign sun-related skin cancers (which are pretty much all easily-curable when found in a timely way).
Our skin produces instantly-bioavailable and natural Vit D, necessary for normal bone growth, vitality, and disease-avoidance (cancer, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, etc.). In the US, they add Vit D to milk (but only enough to prevent rickets in little kids) and it's far from enough to substitute for wholesome playing in the sunshine.
Sunburn bad (possibly but not definitely associated with melanoma, but definitely associated with wrinkles), but wholesome sunshine (even through clouds) is good for us. Not to mention the reality that a little tan makes us crackers look more attractive.
My dermatologist claims that we evolved to live in the nude, outdoors. Sheesh. I'd try it, but I would get arrested because I do not live in San Francisco - and I would have to fight off the women.
I note your somewhat insulting comments about white folks. White people created America the Exceptional — the best, most generous, most prosperous, most ethical, honest, kind, and fair nation on earth.
Following WWII we could have — easily — taken over and ruled the entire world. We didn't need the Marshall Plan for those who declared war and attacked America. In the sixties we could have claimed the Moon as our private property [as China is now planning to do].
So instead of jumping on the current anti-white bandwagon of haters, be justifiably proud of your roots. WASPs are the best thing that ever happened to the human race. Bar none.
Dr. Everett V. Scott
That's the nice thing about living out in the middle of the woods. I can sit nekkid in the afternoon sun out on my front porch and no neighbors to peep. About the only time I get away from the keyboard. Well, that and shooting tin cans from the front porch.
So why, exactly, is the Dr. wrong? Yes, agree, hyperbole evident. But bottom line, and interested to hear, from your exalted intellectual position, where did the WASPs go wrong. Plymouth Rock, misnomer though that is. What are you suggesting?
Though, I'm envious of those who can nekkily shoot tin cans from their porch.
wirraway is suggesting that white folks must accept all the racial attacks aimed at them, without ever trying to set the record straight. But just replace 'white' with 'black', or 'muslim' in my comment — and you would not hear a peep from wirraway.
Not a peep.
Dr. Everett V. Scott