Hughesair (Inflection Point)

Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from a lifetime of experience and from research, more science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. Globalization or Democracy documents the historical roots of Oligarchy, the road to colonialism and tyranny

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

DEI vs the Soul of Medicine

The Soul of Western Medicine The medical profession has a soul, part religious, part scientific, and very much an entangled intimacy. DEI, diversity, equity, and inclusion destroyed the soul of Medicine much the way totalitarian political censorship. Propaganda and political correctness destroyed the Republic. DEI argues, "Poor doctors will better care for the poor." Lawrence Weed, a professor of Medicine at Dartmouth, wrote a book, Medicine in Denial, in which he insisted that much of the excess cost and poor outcome in US medicine resulted from a lack of standardization. He advocated enforceable guidelines and algorithms for physicians and surgeons akin to airline pilots following strictly published procedures. Weed had great credibility as the champion of problem-oriented medical record charting, furthered by an enthusiasm for evidence-based medical care. Decades later, we experience a mindless top-down totalitarian framework for medical decisions that eliminates medical judgment and results in yet more expensive healthcare, worse outcomes, loss of continuity, and lower longevity numbers. A thousand years ago, the church dictated health care. Medicine struggled from antiquity against mythology, religion, and greed. Today, we add an autocratic bureaucracy. DEI seeks compliant providers who do not question the profit-oriented guidelines provided by corporations, politicians, and bureaucrats

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Royalists

Brzezinski 1969 quote In 1969 Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote, “The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.” 

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Consciousness

Listening to a dialog between Gordon Pearson and Roger Penrose on consciousness, I recall similar arguments among my classmates in medical school. We found the mass of human physiology and pathophysiology unending. We even attempted autohypnosis to develop total recall. It worked to a degree. We also determined a distinct difference among ourselves in thinking, wherein some had what we called linear thinking, just the rules, while most of us could scan data to form an opinion. In practice, that difference seems manifest today with our many clinical physicians’ strong objection to the rigid one-dimensional guidelines and algorithms imposed by bureaucratic medical directors. It’s as if all the linear thinkers became administrators rather than dealing with patients. As for artificial Inteligence, I cannot see algorithms expanding to the point of consciousness as questioned by Penrose and Peterson. Quantum physics emerges as a new mystery in biology. Might not some form of quantum entanglement account for the matrix of group behavior and extra-data-based cognition, consciousness even to the spiritual?

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Extinction

If corruption leads to the failure of nation-states, Hollywood ends their culture, capital divergence the civilization, and sexual dysphoria the extinction of the species.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Excess Deaths

The explaination for excess deaths remains elusive. The phenomina centers around younger persons than expected with predominately cardiovascular. The British Medical journal lists possible causes related to shutdown but omits the suspicion that mRNA may contribute. Reminds me of the all but forgotten experiment in Argentina when newborn infants, orphaned and isolated in steril nursery conditions, they died in unusual number. An experiment in 1944 confirmed a 50% neonatal death rate when babies do not encounter human contact.The shutdown and social isolation may have played a simalar role leading to excess deaths today in adults. Some of the babies died unexpectidly weehs and months after the isolation. COVID probably produced a delayed effect too. The vaccine in a few cases as well. Persons contracting COVID after being vaccinated may have harbored added risk. Another problem, not mentioned, might be the villifying of concerned cliniions who attempted early treatment for their patients.The isolation of physicians and lost oppertunity for early detection and treatment of other conditions surely ccontributed to what we are seeing,butt the age of death of these younger people remains puzzeling. The corporate reform of medical practice replaces a physicians medical judgment with algorgans. This obvious failure of medical reform may contribute as well. Patients can’t get an appointment, or only two or three months ahead. They cant see a real doctor, and many juststay home. "If this is an emergency, hang up and call 911."

Jon Franklin

Greatest English professor died today from a fall (a broken hip?) and complications leading to Hospice. Franklin’s, writing for story, built on a universal structure for story. Like the limric, or the iambic pentamitor in poetry. Franklin insisted that every story consisted of five parts: a unique setting, a unique circumstance, a complication, an evolving struggle to resolve the situation leading to a climatic outcome. Franklin advanced this as a framework for non-fiction. Franklin earned the highest regard as professor of English literature and writing at the University of Maryland. His book, Writing for Story, ranks as the leading guideline for creative non-fiction and for this author.

Corruption

If nation-states die of corruption, cultures die of pornography, and civilizations die of anarchy. Just a thought.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Investing Guidelines

1. Keep your powder dry. In a tight market maintain a high percentage of liquidity. Preserve capital. 2. Pick technology stocks so long as technology grows faster. 3. Intrinsic value, both margin, return on equity and return on capital 20%; consistent growth in % return. 4. Chart everything and learn the technicals. 5. Invest below the hundred-day regression line and sell above the line. 6. Note insider trading, ownership and institutional investors. 7. Look for a PEG of 1 or less. (P/E divided by year-over % growth) 8. Consistent growth in earnings 9. Reinvest dividends when able. 10. Hold your good ones very long term. 11. Chart PE ratio and high is good so long as growing. 12. Look for your own convincing observations and analysis, never those on TV or the internet. 13. Track earnings and look for year over earnings of 20% or more and look at earnings revisions. 14. Adjust strategy to your circumstances and the current market 15. Sell covered calls, if you just have to do something. 16. Don’t buy in unless you seee vidence of high growth in earnings. 17. Don’t sell a down market! 18. Know the technology. 19. Look for zero debt in high interest times 20. Count the cars iin the parking lot, ie, know the product.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Corporate Capture

Evil persists on both sides of the isle. On the left Communism dominates. On the right Monopoly takes the form of corporate capture. The only thing they have in common is Totalitarian government by the unelected elite, multinational monopolies, corporations, oligarchs and bankers.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Commandments

Aalways be truthful Aalways do what you say you will do Don't take it personally And, always do your best Pay 10% to your church Contribute 29% to community Invest 20% Set 10% aside as liquid savings Live on the 40% remaining Start with childhood allowance and maintain Listen aggressively, especially when you dont agree. Otherwise, you learn nothing. Obay the other Ten Commandments

Christmas 1776

“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered:” General Washington ordered his officers to read these words of Thomas Paine from “The American Crisis,” in the early hours of Christmas Day 1776, before crossing the Delaware River. The inspirational words and subsequent overwhelming victory over British forces in Trenton and further up the line marked a turning point in military dominance, morale and the Colonists’ demand for freedom. America too was born on Christmas Day by the hand of God and the words of Thomas Paine, words as prophetic today as in 1776.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD)

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-023-02576-9 Pediatricians chart growth and development marking height weight, age of walking, talking and other landmarks. Sexual maturity is one of them. Most pediatricians, psychologists and psychiatrists would acknowledge normal episodes of gender confusion during early adolescence. Hormones arrive rather suddenly and in significant quantity. Hormones do not arrive with a label or an instruction book. Rapid physical change, growth, emotional and mental maturation all characterize adolescence. Moments of gender confusion and lots of other growth surprises should be expected, supported and forgiven. By age 21, all these growth issues usually resolve themselves. Genital mutalation of adolescents for any reason amounts to assault.

Monday, December 11, 2023

GDP = M1 x Velocity

Trade Deficit 2022 $951.18 Billion 2023 $ ? 796?01 Billion numbers highly manipulated by BEA GDP $26.24 Trillion M1 $18.08 Trillion V = 1.45

Inflation

 

GDP and Money Supply (M1) in trillions
(turnover)Per Capita
DateGDP tM1 tVelocity(GDP)
202326.2418.081.457718
202225.6619.891.2977196
202122.0620.351.1866366
202020.8917.811.1762846
201921.543.92315.4665623
201820.613.72775.5362872
201719.393.56405.4460035
201616.493.24465.0857467
201516.473.07305.3351486
201416.152.92125.5350662
201315.762.64145.9749849
201215.382.45866.2649481
201115.192.16187.0348775
201014.941.86008.0348374
200914.541.69658.5747576
200814.581.60349.0949365
200714.991.371110.9349980
200614.721.384910.6349575
200514.371.386910.36
200413.951.390010.04
200313.531.302510.39