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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 experience than from research and more from science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. The Floatplane book is out there. I am currently working on Hippocrates a History of Medicine and Globalism. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Postscript Globalization or Democracy

 Globalization or Democracy

Clancy Hughes

You can have Globalism or Democracy, but you cannot have both





Halfway through the thirteenth editing of my book Globalization or DemocracyYou Can’t Have Both, I found Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov’s (1939-1993) lecture discussing his KGB defection on YouTube. Also known as Thomas David Schuman, Brezmenov had defected to Canada with the assistance of the CIA in 1970.  The effect on me was chilling. I had not thought about Russian espionage in nearly 70 years. Watching Brezmenov’s lecture on Russian subversion had catapulted me back to my own time in the Korean War, dealing with survival and intelligence in, what was back then, the Strategic Air Command. 


While writing Globalization or Democracy, it had already become objectively evident to me that globalism in its present form was destroying both our democracy and our economy. The role of the Chinese Communist Party in this subversion had also become clear as I explored the evidence. How foolish had I been to have naively assumed Russia’s long-standing subversion and propaganda were a long-forgotten thing of the past? Brezmenov’s lecture on Communist subversion, euphemistically called “active measures” with their apparent high success rate had come as a definite wakeup call.


The current degree of political polarization with its seemingly inexplicable level of hate and complete absence of humor now raging in our country suddenly made sense. Furthermore, so did the fact that those embracing the hate, with its forbidding conflict and confrontation, seemed incapable of acknowledging the hard facts and evidence right before their eyes.


Suddenly, like millions of other veterans, I could see the rejection of American institutions had begun with things such as the rioting at the end of the war in Vietnam. What had been less evident though, was the KGB’s role in the continuance of this ideological subversion.


After studying political science at the University of Toronto, Brezmenov had worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Montreal, where he had done freelance writing under the alias of Thomas Schuman. Whether due to Russian threats or for other unknown reasons, he had eventually moved to Los Angeles. 


In 1984, Yuri Bezmenov gave an interview with Edward Griffin titled, Soviet Subversion of the World Free Press. As the YouTube video had outlined in clear and graphic terms, 85% of the KGB budget had been directed towards disinformation and ideological subversion. During this interview with Edward Griffin, Bezmenov cited the outstanding success rate subversion tactics had generated in country after country, clearly demonstrating how Russia even today continues to sow ideological subversion within the US and the West.


In his video, Bezmenov describes the long timeline of Russia’s four strategies of subversion—a concept that now seems to fit like a glove in viewing the destabilization evolving in the US since the Vietnam war. 


Demoralization, a 20-year program to reeducate and brainwash a generation of youth, followed by Destabilization, as evidenced by the Vietnam protestors having become teachers and legislators, who now question the meaning of equality, our Constitution, capitalism and even morality.

The third stage, Crisis, is in full play in the United States right now with rioting, looting and chaos in the streets heralding a complete breakdown of law and order in our country.


And, if all goes according to plan, the fourth stage, Normalization, will soon follow. Normalization, where Socialism is accepted as the alternative to war, civil-war or revolution, Marxism, deftly ushered in by today’s Chinese Communist Party with its vanguards of regimentation, equality, mind control and dystopia—all at the cost of freedom. 


Every American and every high school student should listen to Yuri Bezmenov’s lecture. His words stand as a dire warning and are as prophetic today as were the writings of English American revolutionist and political activist, Thomas Pain (1737-1809). 


In his video, Bezmenov claims it takes 20 years to brainwash a generation of students to the point of destabilization. Notably, Russia has engaged in its own effort to corrupt our education system for more like 70 years, undermining American values—not just education, but political, legislative, cultural, religious, legal, and even military—by sowing conflict and discord wherever it could along the way.


How alarming, then, that the Peoples Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party appear to be far more efficient at subversion than the KGB or todays SVR-RF (Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Rossiyskoy Federatsii). The Chinese have accomplished destabilization in a much shorter time, doing far more damage than Bezmenov could ever have foreseen. 


With their takeover of globalization, the worldwide release of the Coronavirus and infiltration of all elements of our society—according to Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI—China and their People’s Liberation Army are now a far greater threat to America than Russia. With infiltration of the US media and more sleepers, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) operatives have financially compromised US leadership from the top right down to the local level.  


If we look at the level of hatred within America as a measure of the subversion, we find it everywhere. There are no simple political issues anymore. Both sides seem radicalized to one degree or another. Conflict, stimulating rage against ourselves was the Communist goal. It does not matter the subject. The dour cloak of hatred dominates media, schools, legislature and now the street—a Marxist’s wet dream.


Bezmenov visited his former wife and children in Montréal in 1993. The official cause of his death two weeks later was a “massive heart attack.”


Interestingly, Bezmenov’s lecture and books are now being studied by the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. They are also being studied by Michael Carpenter, former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and by Yale professor Asha Rangappa and have now re-emerged on YouTube.


Bezmenov’s books include: No Novosti Is Good News, World Thought Police, Black Is BeautifulCommunism Is Not. In his book, Love Letter to America 1984, Bezmenov suggests, it will take 20 years to reeducate a new generation of youth and to ferret out the sleepers and financially compromised supporters of Communist normalization. I would add to that list the need for a reeducation in citizenship, understanding the Constitution and humor.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Open Safety Data UK

I’ve been preaching in the wind for medicine to use big data to no avail, but it’s starting to happen. 23and me was first, now Open Safety based on the entire British health care system. 

Security of personal data remains the greatest obstacle. Open Safety calls theirs pseudonymous. That might not be good enough with Chinese dystopia right around the corner. I think 23andme does protection of personal data much better. 

British electronic records might be good enough to pull together a credible database. The British healthcare system leans heavily on algorithms, protocols and administrative control in a quest for standardization and consistent outcome. Massive data driving individual care.

Traditional medicine focuses on the individual attempting to know everything about the individual. Traditional medicine would argue that individuals are dramatically different, not only in appearance but even more so at the molecular level. In my mind, this focus on individuals makes 23andMe the better database but not exclusively so. The UK Open Safety db combined with the genomic profile and clinical correlation from 23andMe might yield even greater insights. 

US electronic records are not accurate enough for a meaningful database and remain widely dissimilar. US diagnosis remains reimbursement prioritized and the review of systems (ROS) and the problem lists remain highly dysfunctional especially in the VA and Tri Care systems where an assistant can add a diagnosis without evidence or ignore present history and data. In many instances these corrupted entries are hard to remove.

Open safety may be a data mining breakthrough, but the conclusions will yield only an average, not a personal assessment, nor a credible probability of circumstance for the individual’s immunological, chemical and constitutional makeup.

Much as big medicine resists embracing it, 23andMe offers the chance to correlate the individuals’ chemical makeup with the owners own clinical data and personal history.

One additional point, with Open Safety, the government owns the data; it’s pseudonyms. With 23andMe, the individual owns his or her own data. In the US, such data in the hands of government, medical bureaucracy, insurance company or political hacker might be the greater risk.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

 OMG, the US is left out? Economists will go nuts. However, inclusion, once again would level the standard of living between Asia and the US. Sure there are “filthy rich Asians,” but those are not Asian workers who remain poorly paid and poorly treated. New Zealand, Japan and Australia will have to adapt to a loss of strategic manufacturing and unemployment. We have been through that once and have only fractionally recovered. Don’t go back to a partnership with only a fractional vote and the same asymmetric predatory trade. 

RCEP includes: Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Myanmar Indonesia Laos Japan and China, with China dominating logistics and finance.


Monday, November 16, 2020

MacArthur Quotes

MSM pays little or no attention to the South Pacific and the South China Sea. News comes from Australia, India and expatriate Chinese news sources and a few sword rattling sites. Hard to tell what’s real anymore, but words from a long forgotten general ring true. Russia too needs peace with Japan, India and the US as a hedge against CCP expansionistic goals.

“The history of failure in war can almost be summed up in two words: too late.”

Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions- those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.”

“There are some who, for varying reasons, would appease Red China. They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative.”

Douglas MacArthur

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Seizure of Assets

 If massive foreign interference in our 2020 election plays out, and the justice department were to carrie out a seizure of assets from all perpetrators and enablers, that transfer of wealth would surpass counting. Furthermore, if the proceeds of such a massive seizure were to be redistributed by the treasury like the stimulus checks, it would transfer massive sequestered wealth, a wealth lost by the American people through the capital divergence of globalism, back to the people who paid for it in the first place, to the demand side of the economy. It would transfer sequestered wealth into a booming market where it would turn over again and again in market velocity and productivity.

Amazon, Google, Face Book, Twitter, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and other participants in enabling and obscuring foreign interference would face financial consequences. Foreign agents, Democratic candidates or any other candidate involved in election rigging would forfeit the election, face financial seizure and near certain imprisonment. Even low level election officials naively involved would tragically face a similar outcome. The main man, however, would probably walk.

Ironically, such a transfer of wealth from the supply side of the market to the consumer would amount to a Democrats wet dream, a dream of transferring wealth. Big media, big data and big politicians would suffer, but for Democrats especially, Republicans, business in general and mostly the people, such an outcome would be a massive stimulus and a win- win scenario. We’ll see what happens. 

Right now we face an ethical dilemma. Do we gloss over the evidence of a crime out of cowardice, fear or political stability and public confidence, or do we investigate thoroughly and let the chips fall where they may. The scope of the alleged foreign subversion if true is heart breaking. It shatters our faith in America. I don’t see a choice, however. I cannot imagine a higher crime or a greater disappointment in the people involved and the system.

Saturday, November 14, 2020


 If you aren’t suffering, you just aren’t paying attention in class. Victimology dominates US education. Suffering and hate reach epidemic proportions. Psychologists call it acting out. Some find it advantageous to suffer the misfortunes of their ancestors, a curriculum sponsored by communist idealogical subversion.

Equality comes only to those willing to work for it, more a matter of giving than taking. The staggered starting gate, gives some an advantage, but in a life long race, anyone can catch up or surpass, and America loves the underdog. In a civil society, the rule of law, civility and citizenship come first, love not hate.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Lilly’s Anti SARS CoV-2, bamlanivimab


Lilly’s monoclonal antibody for early treatment of the CCP virus was just approved by the FDA, soon to be followed by Repligen’s product, the one that President Trump received. Administration of the concentrated convalescent plasma like serum IV in early infected persons who are in the highly contagious period, will require an isolation area and protective suits for those administrating the intravenous cocktail. Logistics, initial scarcity and priority of distribution will also be a challenge. 


President Trump promised mass production and free military distribution. This availability has to be free but prioritized. It cannot become political. One political globalist has already suggested that we share with the world before distribution at home.


Herein our suggested priority would start with the military in contested areas and critical care workers. The military as promised could deliver to clinical facilities in towns with the highest burden of spread, hot zones, initially limiting treatment to citizens over 60 with coexisting conditions within the suggested 4 to 5 days of symptom-onset and positive PCR. As availability increases, legal guests in the US should be included and only with a decrease in cases and increased availability of serum, extend qualification to younger persons without concern for legal status. Crowded nursing homes, prisons and new hotspots might get special attention when the spread of COVID19 goes out of control. There may be tension over priorities because most drug companies are multinational. 


This strategy puts national security first considering the the threats in the Middle East and South Pacific and then to the most vulnerable. Some might argue against putting our military and at-risk persons and citizens first, but I would argue that we don’t have the strength to help others unless we see to our own vulnerabilities and safety.

Saturday, November 07, 2020


 China despite its dens population controls the COV-2 pandemic better than the rest of the world because of a regimented control of its population, behavior monitoring and mind control, even a willingness to lock people in their apartments to stop the spread of the virus. Was the virus weaponized? We may never know. A convenient fire destroyed any evidence. Both Russia and China created a vaccine and distributed it widely with limited testing. 

The US struggles with both its willingness to regiment its citizens for social distancing, masks, quarantine, contact tracing and isolation and even the vaccine and antivirals. The struggle to control takes on a political meaning far beyond just the election and the traditional political gridlock between left and right. 

The CDC, the NIH and the FDA are federalized, but Public Health is state run and any legal authority to control behavior for public health and the common good appears to be state run, a gray area.

The pandemic, the economy, the shutdown creates a perfect storm driving us towards media control, political correctness, mind control, behavior control and an open door for the acceptance of a more totalitarian government, potentially a communist style dystopia. Was all this a staged by the CCP, or just a convenient extension of unrestricted warfare. Be careful what you wish for.



Monday, November 02, 2020

Reply to NEJM editorial about Leadership

I think the scathing editorial amounts to both an unscientific and an un-academic mis-step. Bohdan Oryshkevich MD MPH at least had the courage to point out our public health shortcomings. Public Health lacks the teeth to impose quarantine and other isolation measures and lives with the US HIV numbers, testing and confidentiality limitations. Secondly our healthcare system remains among the poorest among other developed nations including infant mortality, nutrition, and longevity. Thirdly, most of our medical supplies come from China including test kits, drugs and devices, in fact, nearly everything medical. China closed the supply chain at the same time they left open the travel from Wuhan to the rest of the World. Trump closed travel from China against the advise from the medical establishment. That’s an indisputable fact. Furthermore, Trump rallied manufacturers. He staged daily TV and online briefings that rallied the nation. You can argue with his ambivalent attitude about masks and you are right, but the POTUS sees far greater responsibility than just the pandemic. One could just as well praise his leadership in putting the pandemic back in the hands of state governors, actually a constitutional question, while securing national security, defense and the economy. US health care must stop holding its-self out as all knowing and best quality. The NEJM editorial can be read as more of an inditement on those who wrote it and on a dysfunctional US healthcare system including Public Health than on over-all elected US leadership. One must ask, how much Chinese, CCP, bias motivated the editorial.

Friday, October 09, 2020

5th Column

You would have had to have been around at the beginning of WWII
to appreciate the degree of support US media, Wall Street and even  Lindbergh gave to Hitler’s totalitarian regime. The intellectual elite including communists called for a totalitarian end to the messy rioting, arson and labor disputes, a new normalization where workers and industry could thrive, supported by the state. 

The political rhetoric and legislative conflict with President Rosevelt raged with every bit of the anarchy as it does today November 2, 2020. The legislature largely influenced by Axis subversion passed legislation prohibiting US from delivering military aircraft to England. None could take off from the US, so Rosevelt ordered military aircraft flown to International Falls, MN where they could be pushed across the border to Canada and then flown to England by volunteer pilots.  

The phrase fifth column referred to the many German subversives and Americans brainwashed by Nazi propaganda, engaged in widespread demonstrations, rioting and sabotage. 

Is the subversion of the CCP/PLA as pervasive as Nazi Germany’s propaganda before WW2? Hitter corrupted an entire nation. 

China with a strategy of unrestricted warfare and an ancient history of bribery and deception, infiltrates, and destabilizes America with even greater demoralization than even Russia’s ideological subversion at the height of the Cold War. Under the guise of socialism, a whole generation of US intelligentsia promises normality, Chinese globalization, the glories of 5G, monitoring, database, political correctness and when it’s too late a totalitarian dystopia.