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No Wuhan Covid-19 US problem, NY NJ problem, Typical year: almost 3 million deaths, 647k heart disease, 600k cancer, Flu/pneumonia 7th, End shutdowns!, Cure worse than disease

No Wuhan Covid-19 US problem, NY NJ problem, Typical year: almost 3 million deaths, 647k heart disease, 600k cancer, Flu/pneumonia 7th, End shutdowns!, Cure worse than disease

“Compare, for example, numbers from leading causes of death in US-published by the @CDCgov for 2017–not to mention hundreds of thousands of abortions. Meanwhile, #DomesticViolence is escalating. Job losses will trigger suicides from despair. People can’t meet basic needs.”...Attorney Sidney Powell

“How many Americans suffering from other illnesses cannot see a doctor now? How many Americans will lose their jobs, their life savings, their retirement prospects, and their incalculable feeling of self-worth? How many will succumb to depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and suicide? How many will lose their homes, divorce their spouses, or suffer abuse? How many will never recover in their careers? How many small businesses, including the vital ones of doctors, dentists, and veterinarians, will vanish from your community? How many young people will “fail to launch”?”…Mises Wire


I waited to write this. To let the dust settle.

I am all for erring on the side of caution.

I was ok with shutting down schools early. Although not ok with stating far out in the future ahead of facts.

I am ok with common sense precautions like limiting crowds and social distancing.

I can now state with near certainty, based on the facts and more common sense, that we need to end nationwide shutdowns.

One size does not fit all.

This is a large country that is mostly not like the NY City metro area. I.E., not too densely populated and better prepared.

Below is the chart of annual deaths in the US by cause:

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

Flu and pneumonia are 7th.

There are 189,356 cases of Wuhan Covid-19 disease in the US with 4,073 deaths.

Over half of the cases and almost half of the deaths are in NY and NJ.

New York and New Jersey have the problem and the rest of the nation should not pay for their mistakes.

I believe we should help them.

I have long believed that humans should not live packed together like sardines.

That has always led to disease and crime

Severe measures such as shutdowns should be a local decision.

The governor of NC for example, Roy Cooper, should not now dictate a statewide shutdown.

NC has a population of over 1o.5 million with only 12 Wuhan Covid-19 deaths.

The cure is worse than the disease.

From Mises Wire.

“The shutdown of the American economy by government decree should end. The lasting and far-reaching harms caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The American people—individuals, families, businesses—must decide for themselves how and when to reopen society and return to their daily lives.

Neither the Trump administration nor Congress has the legal authority to shut down American life absent at least baseline due process. As Judge Andrew Napolitano recently wrote, business closures, restrictions on assembly and movement, and quarantines are not constitutionally permissible under some magic “emergency” doctrine. At a minimum, the federal government must show potential imminent harm by specific infected individuals at some form of hearing or trial.

These due process requirements are not suspended.

State and local officials may claim, or even possess, lawful police powers to shut down their communities. We offer no analysis of such powers or claims under the myriad of state constitutions and authorizing legislation. But they should resist exercising these powers. The governor of Virginia, in particular, deserves admonition for unilaterally imposing a lengthy period of virtual house arrest.

We do not know, and cannot yet know, how many Americans will become sick or die from the virus. We do know that predictions regarding infection and death rates are highly unreliable. Even actual deaths attributable to COVID-19 are not so easy to count, as Italy has discovered. Age, general health, and comorbidity are difficult variables to assess, and people may die “with” the virus but not “from” it. It is also very difficult to assess the lethality of the virus relative to previously known types of flu and colds.”

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Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,”...Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men”…Edward R. Murrow

“In this entertainment, sports centric culture of ours, one of the actions that has impressed me most is the quick action to cancel sporting events in the interest of public safety while subordinating the money interest.”…Citizen Wells


Natural disasters are inevitable. A part of life on Earth.

Something like the Wuhan virus was coming sooner or later.

I, like many of my friends and associates are concerned about the origins and possible intents of the virus.

Was this designed and planned by the Chinese to impact the US?

I do not know.

But it did cross my mind.

For the moment I am in survivor mode.

Encounters from yesterday prompted me to ponder a variety of things and to write this article.

First, to satisfy the concerns of many, and to honor a long time commenter, is the following information:

“Now, regarding what you’ve heard about this virus and how it got going. It did NOT originate at the ‘live market’ in Wuhan; bats were not being sold there at the time, but it IS a bat virus. I got a report from an ‘insider’ in China who said that they’d be killed if discovered. This is what they said: There is a researcher in Wuhan (one of the very few labs on the planet that works with viruses) and any researcher-being who they are-wants to make an amazing discovery, publish papers and be well known. This researcher was able to isolate the virus and have it jump from bat to human. The next project was transmission from human to human and obviously, that was successful. The researcher published a paper. It was read by some. It has since disappeared. Bioweapon? Unlikely. ‘Escape from the lab’ a la Stephen King’s ‘The Stand?’ Probable. Why this research? Unknown.”

Within hours of receiving the above, I met a young man who is a friend of a relative. Someone who I had heard much about but never spoken to. A very level headed, intelligent person.

A few minutes into the conversation, he stated his belief about the origin of the Wuhan China virus. He believed that it was developed by the Chinese in retaliation for Trump’s tariff measures. Something that had crossed my mind.

This needs to be investigated after the emergency is over.

Now for the most important thing to be written.

I went to Harris Teeter for some grocery items yesterday. Not a lot. I stay pretty well stocked under normal circumstances, buying in bulk sale items.

The folks at Harris Teeter, as usual have done a great job of trying to keep the shelves full. I was pleasantly surprised and purchased what I needed.

I thanked them for their efforts. I urge you to do likewise.

They are a shining example of Americans doing their jobs in the face of adversity and America’s ability to keep the supply chain rolling.

Of course I was focused on my task.

Two conversations stick out:

  1. A woman in my age group and I discussed ice cream and grandkids. It turns out that she is unable to see hers because of a quarantine situation.
  2. In the checkout line behind me the younger woman had an overflowing cart. She has 3 teenage boys. We talked about kids and remote schooling and one thing or another. When leaving I stated I enjoyed talking to her and she said she did too because she had few people to talk to.

Perhaps I should have spent a few more minutes speaking with the first lady.

As I have aged I have tried to be more aware of the person who is checking me out in a store or assisting me with more empathy. To slow down and interact.

Not everyone wants to interact but it does not matter.

Perhaps we all should reach out to our fellow Americans as we are increasingly being isolated.

We are all in this together and should behave as Americans have done in other hard times.

Lastly, I am thankful for President Trump.

Aside from his being a strong leader, the following 3 things stand out:

  1. The strong economy that we entered this crisis with.
  2. His insistence on protecting the borders and limiting travel early.
  3. His efforts to get manufacturing back in the US and out of China.

A long time UNC TV personality recently stated that this crisis could be the World War II for the younger generation.

How we handle this will be a defining moment in American History.

Let’s hope that we look back on it with pride.



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Israeli Coronavirus Vaccine weeks away?, The Galilee Research Institute, Could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days

Israeli Coronavirus Vaccine weeks away?, The Galilee Research Institute, Could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days

“We’re taking this incredibly serious here in the United States,” Secretary Azar said. “We are doing the most aggressive containment efforts in modern history to prevent further spread in the United States. We’re going to continue taking those measures.””…White House


From The Jerusalem Post.

“Israeli scientists: ‘In a few weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine’
Once the vaccine is developed, it will take at least 90 days to complete the regulatory process and potentially more to enter the marketplace.

Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus, according to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days, according to a release.

“Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough,” Akunis said. “I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis said, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

For the past four years, a team of MIGAL scientists has been developing a vaccine against infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), which causes a bronchial disease affecting poultry. The effectiveness of the vaccine has been proven in preclinical trials carried out at the Veterinary Institute.

MIGAL is located in the Galilee.

“Our basic concept was to develop the technology and not specifically a vaccine for this kind or that kind of virus,” said Dr. Chen Katz, MIGAL’s biotechnology group leader. “The scientific framework for the vaccine is based on a new protein expression vector, which forms and secretes a chimeric soluble protein that delivers the viral antigen into mucosal tissues by self-activated endocytosis, causing the body to form antibodies against the virus.””

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Doctors are at best human and fallible at worst monsters, Trust but verify, The way we administer vaccines and medicines should be questioned

Doctors are at best human and fallible at worst monsters, Trust but verify, The way we administer vaccines and medicines should be questioned

“As a physician-scientist I felt a double sense of deep visceral horror when hearing this story because Mengele not only profaned the oath he took as a physician, but also desecrated the core principles of clinical investigation. His specter is especially frightening precisely because he bore similarities to many honorable physician-scientists. In fact, he was awarded both PhD and medical degrees, was mentored by scientists held in high regard by their colleagues, published papers in scientific journals, and was supported by research grants from the German Research Society, even for his heinous experiments on twins in Auschwitz.”…Barry S. Coller, The Journal of Clinical Investigation

“In life or death industries or situations, such as pharmaceutical purity, surgical procedures, healthcare, or in cases of safety or security, indeed trust, but verify.”…Psychology Today July 25, 2015

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells


Doctors are at best human and fallible.

At worst, in cases like Joseph Mengele and apparently Cornelius Rhoads, they are monsters.

Trust but verify.

The medical community is partly to blame for the opioid epidemic.

A given vaccine may not be a problem, but the way they are administered is.

Why do doctors query us on what other medications we are taking and not examine the blood of infants for toxicity levels before bombarding them with neurotoxins in multiple vaccines!?

Why do most doctors follow the “party line” regarding vaccine protocols and become agitated when you question them?

We have interacted with a number of pediatricians in the past 5 years and only a few of them were open to questioning this protocol or being more cautious.

How are the doctors who blindly follow the protocols, without researching and questioning them, any better than Dr. Mengele?

We are indeed in the age of Orwell.

If you question the way vaccines are administered, you are a Thought Criminal.

Cost versus benefit.

Lesser of evils.

Common sense out the window.

Clearly we are giving too many vaccines at one time to very small bodies.

Are they even all necessary?

Consider the case of the young man in Kentucky who was not allowed to play basketball because he refused a Chickenpox vaccination on religious principles.

Did you know that there are varied opinions on the necessity of a vaccination for Chickenpox?

From the British NHS.

“Why aren’t children in the UK vaccinated against chickenpox?”

“The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine UK childhood vaccination programme because chickenpox is usually a mild illness, particularly in children.

There’s also a worry that introducing chickenpox vaccination for all children could increase the risk of chickenpox and shingles in adults.”

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So Chickenpox is a necessary vaccine for everyone?


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Vaccines vaccinations 2016 presidential cycle, Follow the money, Follow the ideology, All diseases and vaccines not created equal, Thought criminal for asking questions?

Vaccines vaccinations 2016 presidential cycle, Follow the money, Follow the ideology, All diseases and vaccines not created equal, Thought criminal for asking questions?

“I’m also a little concerned about how they’re bunched up. My kids had all of their vaccines, and even if the science doesn’t say bunching them up is a problem, I ought to have the right to spread out my vaccines out a little bit at the very least.”…Rand Paul

“it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time.”…Ben Carson

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!”“…George Orwell, “1984”



Vaccines and vaccinations have been brought to the forefront of the American consciousness this 2016 presidential election cycle.

I am grateful for that.

We are becoming a nation of dumbed down robots who are criticized for questioning “authority” and the status quo on vaccinating our young children.

“Thought Criminals” as portrayed in George Orwell’s “1984.”

Vaccines and vaccinations are of deep interest and concern to me on a personal basis as well as national level.

Vaccines are not a monolithic, simplistic “monster” or “cure all” that should be addressed and questioned that simplistically.

Not all diseases are created equal, i.e. have the same impact and not all approaches to vaccinations are either.

I am old enough to remember 2 basic concepts.

1. We all got the measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc. and we lived through it without vaccinations.

2. Diseases such as polio were devastating and vaccinations were a God send.

My position meshes well with 2 physicians and candidates, Rand Paul and Ben Carson.

I believe that we are subjecting children too young to too many vaccines.

I also believe that some vaccines should be optional.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two examples of follow the ideology to explain their answers on vaccines.

Clinton is also another example of follow the money.

From the Washington Examiner May 15, 2015.

“Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and spent a portion of its $23.1 million in lobbying expenses from 2009 alone on issues at the State Department.

Pfizer was also a top sponsor of the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai. The expo was an early Clinton priority for political reasons, and the former secretary of state tapped her vast donor network to foot the entire $60 million bill during her first year in office.”

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From NBC New York.

“Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, company spokeswoman Amy Rose said. Merck joined CGI in 2006, when dues were $15,000, and also was a member in 2007 and in 2008, when membership dues rose to $20,000. As part of its commitment to CGI, Merck sponsors public health initiatives around the world, Rose said. Merck joined CGI on its own initiative, she said.

Sen. Clinton wrote a November 2005 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urging approval of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Merck applied in December 2005 for approval of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the vaccine was approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. Merck is still seeking approval for use in older women, Rose said.”

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Atlanta CDC lab Ebola specimen handling error, Laboratory technician placed under observation for possible exposure, Lab specimen mix up, Ebola virus samples moved to lower security lab

Atlanta CDC lab Ebola specimen handling error, Laboratory technician placed under observation for possible exposure, Lab specimen mix up, Ebola virus samples moved to lower security lab

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“We are making this up as we go”…Dr. Michael Oserholm

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons


From Reuters December 25, 2014.

“CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error”

“A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday.

The technician, who was working on Monday with Ebola specimens that were supposed to have been inactivated but which may instead have contained live virus, will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the disease’s incubation period, CDC officials said.

The error follows two high-profile cases of mishandled samples of anthrax and avian influenza at the CDC earlier this year that called into question safety practices at the highly respected research institute and drew criticism from Capitol Hill.”

“The problem occurred when active Ebola virus samples were believed to have been mixed up with specimens that had been rendered inactive for further testing in a lower-security lab down the hall, Reynolds said.

When inactivated specimens turned up the next day in storage, lab personnel realized that they apparently had transferred the wrong samples, ones that had contained active virus material, out of the higher-security lab, Reynolds said.

CDC officials could not be certain because the material in question had by then been destroyed and the lower-security lab decontaminated under routine safety procedures, she said.

The technician who handled the samples had worn protective gloves and a gown but not a face mask, she said. Ebola virus is not airborne. In a lab environment, it could be transmitted from a contaminated surface through physical contact that spreads the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth of an individual.”

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