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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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Friday, September 03, 2021

Renasance

 Fundamental religions and cultures come together in rejecting Liberal Globalism.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Afghanistan

Eighty seven generals and admirals sign a letter demanding the resignation of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Suicide would be an option, but the only honorable thing would be resignation and fading away in infamy.

Dr. Birx

 Deborah Birx, m.d. 

“You know, many of those issues around DPA were obviously also done under the Trump administration, and that's the way we got these vaccines made and we got therapeutics out, so from Remdesivir to supporting Gilead to Regeneron and Lilly and the companies working on monoclonal antibodies. And so I don't want to ever leave the impression that there weren't people at every level working every day within the Trump administration to ensure that testing was improved, that therapeutics and vaccines were available. I think they've done a remarkable job at putting together the federal level communication about what are the best public health interventions that we need to follow as a country in a very consistent manner. That radiates from the White House out through all the agencies, and I think that is critically important when you want people to change their behavior.“ April 2021 CSIS interview. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Vaccine Logic, Alex Berenson


“Twitter Permanently Suspends Alex Berenson over Viral COVID-19 Tweets” the actual tweet:

“SARS-CoV-2-naive vaccines had a 13.06-fold increased risk for breakthrough infection with the Delta variant compared to those previously infected, when the first event (infection or vaccination) occurred during January and February of 2021,” the study reads. Those who were vaccinated, the study found, were also at a higher risk of being hospitalized compared to people who were previously infected.”

Berenson worked for The New York Times from 1999 until 2010, and this form of false logic has been present in many mainstream media headlines, a logic that insists that because this is true that is true also.


The NYT, CNN and others use this classic form of false logic almost routinely to advance a kind of perception management that borders on propaganda. With propaganda, the Nazis did not bother with false logic. Tell a lie enough times and most people will believe it. There’s some of that here too politically. The above example comes from a speech at  the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2021. 


Note the two true statements, natural immunity working better than vaccination as well as natural immunity affording a lower risk of hospitalization. These true statements not so subtly imply a negative connotation about the vaccine’s efficacy when in fact the vaccine reduces the death rate from the Delta variant dramatically. Achieving natural immunity by contracting the disease is no way to prevent the disease and demands an unacceptable risk of death especially for older people.


COVID-19 Vaccination - Centers for Disease Control and ...

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. More than 357 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through August 16, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 6,789 reports of death (0.0019%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The above CDC numbers suggest 3.9 COVID19 deaths per 100,000 vaccinated persons (assuming  all received two shots) compared to 199 COVID19 deaths per 100,000 in the general population. I doubt any statistics other than reported-deaths because case numbers, hospitalizations and incidence of positive tests, all have a wide latitude of independent variables. Comorbidity and unrelated age and illness distort the death tole too, but not as much, and death certificate remains a legal document. 

 



 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Architectural Clinic Isolation for Infectious Disease

 Infectious disease amounts to a larger fraction of any Family Practice or Pediatric office as it is in an Internal Medicine ID practice. Emergency Rooms pose a similar challenge, mixing other medical and surgical patients with the unwanted exposure to transmissible infections. Historically a fact of life, today’s pandemic experience suggests a major medical clinic redesign with separate waiting rooms and separate examining rooms, two wings with isolation procedures between. 

Looking at this architectural challenge from a private office small clinic perspective, the added cost must be offset by a broader and safer patient care and service. It may require separate IM from ID nursing, but doing so may both increase capacity and quality of care. Expect a higher laundry bill with a wash/changing room for gown and mask between suites. Experience presented many space utilization lessons during a varied medical career and architecture remains a first and neglected love. Patient flow and space utilization can offset the additional costs of design. Design and plan for circulation, plenty of room and patient safety, but make sure every square foot and every employee more than pays for itself.


January 6

 A more historical view of the so-called capital riots from a non political view might recognize a more legitimate cry from a free people disenfranchised by a socialist takeover. To the victor goes the spoils, however, including the official version of events and the characterization of the Capital demonstrations and break-in as a criminal insurrection. History could paint quite another picture if in fact, the socialist Technocracy does not prevail in the long run.

While progressive thinking abhors the poverty, capital divergence, and merit based capitalist economy, the Left seeks equality, healthcare, education and redistribution of wealth. However, the propaganda, censorship, and control necessary to achieve these goals turn authoritarian. Globalization was no small part in the socialist gain and paradoxically lead to the Technocracy that profited from and will continue to profit even more from the socialist outcome. So, which side deserves the title of insurrectionist? Maybe both.

The age old political economic tension between liberty and equality contributed to the failure of Democracy in Athens over two thousand years ago. Plato wrote that a Democracy would devolve into an Oligarchy. Ours devolved into a Socialistic Technocracy. For good or for bad, time will tell. Historians will write January 6 as a capital riot or to the contrary the people’s song charging and climbing the walls of the people’s house.

US political divergence rivals our capital divergence. A middle ground should not even require compromise, but politicians seeking power and wealth surely will. The right must embrace education, healthcare especially mental hospitals while the Left must embrace the marginal return, and productivity of capitalism. Call the agreement infrastructure that benefits them both. — And term-limits to reduce the greed.


False. logic and Fact Checking

 Fact checking, clinical trials, censorship and the news media suffer a similar problem in logic. Aristotle’s 13 Refutations comes as a start. Often times, the problem arises from asking the wrong question or assuming that a conclusion actually answers the question at hand. Scientific journals struggle with the interpretation of studies looking for independent variables and bias. The Journal may or may not ask the right question, but when fact checkers, government censors or the media attempt an interpretation, you can bet that they will not. Censorship of enthusiasts or doubters limits the very foundations of the scientific method, politicization of scientific discourse is even more so.. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

FSMP (specialty boards) threatens physician license for posting falsehoods on social media

 A dangerous suppression of conjecture, FSMP risks further stifling of the very science they strive to protect. Two statements partially raise a concern: “Statements that the distributor knows are false,” and “scientifically grounded and concerns-driven for the betterment of public health.” 

The distributor, unless a panel of clinical physicians, has no capacity to determine facts, and the panel of clinicians can only offer opinion. Concerns-driven, offers only a broad political consensus, and we see how factual political consensus might be.

Common sense and the FDA, as it stands, supports a positive risk benefit for the US vaccines, but don’t pretend that a medical judgment is other than a medical judgment or that the distributor can know all the facts.

Delta Variant

 Hospital following WHO guidelines, that means the outpatient clinic doing so as well. Don’t treat until viral pneumonia sets in. Let the old folks die off, but collect the maximum revenue on the way out on the respirator. Better to follow the FLCCC protocol. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

War

 War has been called diplomacy by other means. War may also be economics by other means.

o   Colonialism

o   Pillage and plunder

o   Internal Fixation of a desired economic order by emotional appeal

o   Domination of international trade, banking and currency

o   Defense of any of above

Friday, July 30, 2021

Common Sense 21 #1 (3/21/21)

 

The end of Democracy arrived without a whimper. Scholars and historians will tell us that the final chain of compromises that the Marxist call dialectic materialism lead to rejection of American institutions, the law, the Constitution and Democracyitself. We did this to ourselves, but with help from the outsidefrom an internationalist elite and a new world Oligarchy of big technology and Communist billionaires and indeed communist brainwashing and propaganda. 

 

The mechanism was a pure Marxist subversion promoting class warfare, a victimization of minorities, women, workers  and immigrants. Victimization was taught in the schools at all levelsalong with communist ideation, but it was the new Oligarchy that kidnapped the Communist dialectic for their own ends of international totalitarianism with an apparatchik of teachers, government employees, judges, the news media and professors.

 

The new American Oligarchy along with the World Economic Forum, the Great Reset will find itself in conflict with World Communism, a conflict already expressing itself in the not so diplomatic confrontation between CCP representatives and US Secretary of State in Anchorage this weekend.

 

We remain, however, a defeated majority of American patriots, censured, monitored and vilified, lacking only the leadership for an uprising or succession from the Union.

 

A far better outcome might be for the US military with allegiance to the Constitution, to stage a military takeover, purge the country of foreign agents and illegals while insuring a new secure election. Military action would have to be completely non political. No political figure or other government agent could be involved. The new Pentagon chief of staff is a Biden appointee, but he does not have control authority over the chiefs of service.The Construction is all we have. 

 

As Citizens, we must find a way to exchange real news, information, free speech and communication — with ourselves and maybe the chiefs of staff — free of Oligarch censorship, tracing and intimidation or we will end up like the German people under Nazi control. These printed pamphlets, like those of the American Revolution will be a start.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Moral Sentiments

 

I Circling the Drain

1.     Flip Flop

2.     Law

3.     Propaganda 

4.     Censorship 

5.     Rigged Elections

6.     Technocracy

 

II Seduction

7.     Trilateral Commission & Council on Foreign Relations

8.     Vietnam Protests

9.     An Ancient form of Bribery

10.  Selling America (wholesale for fun and profit)

11.  CCP & PLA Unrestricted Warfare

12.  Idealogical Subversion

 

III Renaissance

13.  The Orange Man & Russia

14.  Civilized Religion

15.  The backlash Common Sense

16.  State run Education Reform

17.  Term Limits

18.  Revive the Rule of Law 

 

 

Scary Thought

 As the arguments over the origins of CoV-2 continued, I assumed that the CCP weaponized the Covid virus to destabilize the West. Whether the release was accidental or deliberate, the spread of the virus proved China irresponsible at best. The coverup by China, the World Health Organization and our own CDC, seemed to confirm the suspicion of a laboratory source. Why was the NIH financing this research in Wuhan, China in first place and to what end?

Has the US created a monster? What could have been the motive for CDC and NIH to enhance an already dangerous virus for human to human transmission? They lied about it, and then, discouraged the use of effective early treatments like vitamins, hydroxycloroquin, convalescent serum and ivermectin. Our medical bureaucracy both censured and disbarred physicians for trying treatments with the first onset of the illness.

What if these public health czars were motivated by a power trip, an honorarium and praise from Chinese academia? Did they plan to prune back the population, cull the sick, the disabled, the elderly and reduce national healthcare cost? Had US Public Health gone rogue? Such a thought would have been unthinkable before the pandemic, but such actions would be very much in line with a Marxist mindset. Have our trusted instructions gone mad? 

This is a frightening question. I hope it’s not the case.



 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Mutiny on the Zumwalt

 US Navy destroyer DDG1000, is a radical new design with a low radar presence and hybrid electric drive. The Zumwalt was named after Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, 19th CONO, famous for reforming Navy personnel-policies to improve enlisted life, ease racial tensions and welcome female sailors. This short fiction imagines an outrageous assignment of minority misfits at the humorously inappropriate insistence of a new politically correct  Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The dysfunctional crew, it turns out, includes several agents of the Chinese PLA. 

Orchestrated sexual assault charges result in the Captain’s arrest and confinement to quarters along with the only two competent CPOs. By misunderstanding and design the Captain and his Two CPOs are launched overboard in the early hours on the ship’s RHIB. Their location happens to be coincidentally close to that of the mutiny of the Bounty. The back story shows the Chinese Navy PLA’s plan to rescue/capture the Zumwalt.

What ensues is a frantic chase of the shallow draft RHIB through Tongan and Fijian shallow waters, a near reenactment of Captain Bligh’s miraculous navigation through the same dangerous Fijian waters. One of the CPOs is Fijian, however, and the still rather primitive Fijian tribes manage to defeat the commando detachment from a Chinese fishing boat to the drum beats between islands from ancient and long silent hollow logs carrying a surprising message and a surprising outcome.

Friday, July 16, 2021

An Act of War or the End of Freedom

 *While rioters set fire to the streets of our cities, China conducts “Unrestricted Warfare “ against America and the West, without firing a single shot.*

I finished editing Globalization or Democracy over a year ago, published in late October. The book captured the elements and history of globalism, and the economic war waged against us by China. The book further outlined the origins and abetment of our leadership in selling us out, and  exposed the Chinese Communist party’s war against America. In looking back over the events of the last twelve months, however, the tableau appears far darker. Espionage, bribery and corruption kindled a takeover of our media, our schools and our government. We continue to suffer idealogical subversion of our youth by political correctness, propaganda and widespread censorship. I don’t think either political body will wake up to the war, we have all but lost, until shots are fired, or the People’s Liberation Army invades Alaska. 

Alaska Floatplane



That was the third mistake. What were the first two? Not breathing, I run down the emergency check list: fuel, switch to both; magnetos, left, right, both; carburetor heat, on; mixture, rich; oil pressure, ok; cylinder head and oil temp, ok. 

“If this thing goes down, I’m going to get your license. I’m calling my lawyer right now.” 

Chuckey in the back seat keeps yelling, “What’s wrong with the engine, Dad?” 

I flip the intercom switch to isolate, transponder to 7700.  “Fat lot of good that’ll do.” Where is the alternate air? Why don’t I have an alternate air?  

Comm. To 121.5, “Mayday, Mayday,” I never thought I would use those words. “Anyone, this is November 3654 Charlie, in the trench, 132 miles north of Prince George, east side of the lake, losing power.”  

Switch tanks, back to both, nothing, “Shit! I can’t believe this.” 

A little over a hundred miles north, the engine started missing. The short cut north from 

Prince George is called the trench. Actually, the whole Columbia River route is a bit of a trench. This area is so called for its lack of roads and desolation. The timid or prudent follow the highway in winter. We did not. The fuel may have been bad or there may have been water introduced with our last refueling.  Too cold for carburetor ice, everything else checked out. 

Keeping it running took full rich and full power. This did not look good. 

In the distance I see an indentation in an otherwise rolling field of white. I remember a small field from a previous trip. Could this be it? Not far ahead, can we make it? I don’t see any sign of life. I don’t remember a village close by, but there must be a reason for the strip. Without further thought, I line us up for a straight in, praying for enough altitude and power to make it. 

Nine hundred feet, two miles, just a bit more, then the engine quits altogether. 

The silence is abrupt and absolute; it hangs on the air with a gentle swish past the windows, a deep and frightening peace. 

Nose down, 85 mph, make it 88 at this weight, engine restart, nothing, “Mayday, 

November 3654 Charlie down 136 North of Prince George,” and from the LORAN, “56o:56’north, 124:54 west.” Fuel off, magnetos off, master off, line it up, “We’re short --- sheit.”  

We bounce off the berm, softer, silent swishing, white everywhere. We’re back in the air. I pull the flap handle all the way back and pray. It seems like forever through clouds of flying snow, time enough to balance the checkbook and call home. As in a dream, we mush into the deep snow. More snow, soft, swishing.  The skis are still there. Will we hit something? Then there is nothing. “Hell, we are not even moving.” So here we were, me in a cold sweat a pissed off passenger.  

“It’s colder than a witch’s tit.” 

Capital Divergence — 6

 An end to US trade deficits? That’s not something trade policy can or should deliver.[i]

—Paul Krugman

 

Beyond lost manufacturing and jobs and beyond imported poverty, the middle class all but disappeared with a transfer of the near limitless wealth from the American consumer to the trade deficit, foreign entities, the investment banks, and to multinationals.

Economists point to the accounting reality that trade deficits are in US dollars, creating investment worldwide, creating growth far greater than the loss with much of the money reinvested back into the US. They point to the Sectoral Balances equation by Godley and Cripps, a formula taught in first-year economics where S = domestic savings; m = imports; x = exports; I = investments; g = government spending and t = treasury revenue:

 

S + (m-x) = I + (g-t)[ii]

 

The formula economists refer to shows a balanced accounting, wherein money lost from trade deficits and consumer savings goes to investments, government spending, or treasury. The formula does not quantify whose investment, whose government, or whose treasury. If you think about it, the equation more exactly reflects the flow of liquidity from the left side of the equation to the right, a flow of money and wealth out of circulation, out of the hands of most American people and into supply-side profit, much of it foreign, and to sequestered assets. The capital lost in the trade deficit goes to foreign profit, foreign government, and a little of it returns as foreign direct investment in US bonds, equities, businesses, and property: assets built on the lost liquidity and wealth of the American people.

Globalization thus led to the worst outcome of all, capital divergence. We are left with an extreme sequestration of wealth in the hands of a small plutocracy of investment bankers, executives of multinational corporations, politicians, overpaid media, overpaid athletes, and a few professionals, at the expense of—and the exploitation of the rest of the population. Globalization brings us a new form of pillage and plunder, not only exploiting foreign labor in many of the poorer countries that were supposed to benefit from globalization, but also our own labor force and citizens in what has been called the virtual disappearance of our middle class.

The fact that capital (wealth) grows four to six times faster than income over time creates a problem for both capitalism and democracy.[iii] Capital accumulation over time builds at the expense of the purchasing power of the consumer market, leading to depression—arguably the basis for long-term economic cycles. The extreme accumulation of wealth among fewer and fewer people threatens democracy with oligarchy—now a global problem. Intriguingly, this extreme concentration of wealth correlates not just with depressions but with wars, famines, and pandemics.

The problems with unbalanced trade were evident from the start—some that predated globalization and some that globalization made worse. The preponderance of Japanese imports, especially automobiles, had prompted debates between those pointing out the trade deficit as unsustainable and economists who insisted that the overall equation remained balanced and in the long run the efficiencies of free trade would benefit all trading partners. The economists won the debates, insisting that foreign profits resulting from the trade deficit came back to the US as investments, thus returning wealth and employment.

Economists’ models identified the displacement of workers, but assumed adaptation, retraining, cheaper imports, and government support would minimize the downside. However, liquidity drain on the consumer side of the US domestic market amounted to $12.256 trillion lost in trade since 1975[iv]. This loss had accrued from the trade deficit alone and represented a loss of wealth from the consumer side of the market. Economists excuse this loss as a balanced gain to others, which, of course, it was.

Far more than the calculated loss in economic models, the loss in wealth added to the reduced income from the outsourcing of jobs and manufacturing. Outsourcing of US jobs led to massive displacement, unemployment, depression, and poverty. Furthermore, the loss of income bled further the loss of liquidity from the consumer side of the market. The loss of wealth had resulted in a loss of the middle class (reminiscent of the loss of middle-class freehold yeomen farmers during the Industrial Revolution) [v]. Both Adam Smith and Arnold Toynbee cautioned that the benefits from unrestricted free trade did not apply in all cases.9 Our gratuitous promotion of unbalanced trade to discourage bad behavior and promote trade had taken a heavier-than-anticipated toll on our own workers and consumer market liquidity.

After World War II, the Marshall Plan rebuilt Germany and much of Europe, as well as Japan. The US was an economic juggernaut. We could afford it back then, but that extreme industrial and consumer wealth had been long gone as we promoted deficit trade agreements in the new century. The question: Did these trade agreements reduce bad behavior by totalitarian regimes or merely finance further expansionism?

Instead of saying, “An end to US trade deficits is not something trade policy can or should deliver,” economists might better say, strengthen our human factors, security and productivity, to more fairly compete and block those unwilling to play by the rules of free trade.

Despite the hope that globalization, and the American sacrifice it entailed, would end wars and bad behavior, the opposite appears to be the case. The doctrine of the New World Order, if anything, promoted more fighting, and attempts at nation building led to multicultural incompatibilities. The cost was incalculable in lives and unsustainable in the trillions of dollars.

Historically, the Civil war cost 498,332 lives; World War I cost 116,516; World War II cost 405,399; Korea 54,244; Vietnam 90,220; and since 9/11, wars have taken 6,852 lives. Since 9/11 there were 52,010 wounded in action, many of whom would have died but for our advanced battlefield medicine and evacuation. The death toll, however, does not account for traumatic brain injuries, TBI, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 970,000 VA disabilities. (In perspective, the Covid19 pandemic has cost over 200,000 US lives in its first 9 months). According to a Brown University study, the dollar cost since 9/11 exceeded $5.9 trillion, others say $7 trillion.[vi]

Meanwhile, China financed its own development with the proceeds of America’s unbalanced trade and our direct investment in unaudited Chinese corporations. Furthermore, the CCP aggressively orchestrated predatory trade practices with theft of trade secrets, now cyber warfare, and subtle Chinese-style bribery of US leadership right down to the local level. All threatening our national security.

While our government engages in political infighting, short-term market profit, greed, monopoly, and personal power, China makes long-term subsidized and strategic development projects in a new hybrid form of market communism. Take for example China’s Silk Road, rail, and economic development project based on strategic long-term economic-political-expansionist goals. The struggle between democratic laissez-faire capitalism and authoritarian market communism will likely continue on the Chinese-driven economic playing field of globalization and weaponized information technology if we do not respond decisively to the threat.

Congress has little or no ability to manage economic systems in its present level of gridlock, yet it remains quite successful at undermining the executive function of our government. Not just in our current political climate but going all the way back to Lincoln’s administration. The effort to thwart executive power did not end with the 22nd amendment. Limiting the president to two terms upset the separation of powers among the three branches of US government, giving the administration even less ability to manage crises outside political gridlock. Simply put, neither the judicial nor the legislative branches have the capacity to lead an economic struggle against an authoritarian communistic market-directed adversary. Such a response demands decisive leadership as written in the Constitution.

While China extends its influence and success, paid for by our own middle class, the propaganda machine of political correctness fights over the controls of our economy in the name of globalization. China has turned globalism into a new front of communismnot perhaps the initial intent, but taking full advantage of its cheap labor, the high level of advanced education we provided their students, and the ease with which they can assimilate our technology, provided almost willingly by US manufacturers outsourcing both manufacturing and labor. If Boeing manufactures a 737 in China—or even uses a cell phone, it gives the Chinese hackers access to the design characteristics, not just for the 737, but for the specifications and designs of all Boeing’s military aircraft. Whether by partnership, required technology transfer, or cyber warfare, the US underwrote China’s education, technology, manufacturing, military weapons systems, and financed it all. China now finds itself in the enviable position of dominating all levels of manufacturing, leading in artificial intelligence (AI), database mining, fifth generation mobile network (5G[vii]), logistics, cyber warfare, and a questionable accounting of wealth—with a population of 1.3 billion.[viii] (Is the CCP secretly printing money and cooking the books with unearned credit balances, aside from and unknown to the accounting of international monetary systems?)



[i] Krugman, PaulArguing with ZombiesEconomics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (p. 253). W. W. Norton & Company

[ii] Macro Economics, Wayne Godley, T Francis Cripps, 1983, British economist formula for financial and sectoral balances

[iii] Piketty, Capital

[iv] US Bureau of Economic Analysis

[v] Arnold Toynbee, Lectures on the Industrial Revolution, 1884

[vi] US Is Learning That China Likes Its Own Model As China’s economy and global reach expand, it doesn’t feel the need to adapt for Western acceptance. Gerald F. Seib May 27, 2019 9:46 a.m. ET https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-is-learning-that-china-likes-its-own-model-11558964778?reflink=share_mobilewebshare

[vii] 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices