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Easing Rules, Money Supply, Record-Low Interest Rates

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Jerome Powell 2018 – present
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Published: March 3, 2022

Consider This:

COVID-19 created this inflation. Ending COVID will curb it.

Yes, inflation is lasting longer than expected and it is taking a bigger bite out of our paychecks than expected. The cost of gas had started to go down last week but Putin decided our costs should go up (a large chunk of his wealth is derived from oil and gas). The cost of climate change will be more than we can imagine and not just in dollars and cents. The lives of people and animals will be sacrificed to the world’s greed.

But first, the newest inflation fire (pun intended) is described in the book “Learning to Live With Fire” which was released by the United States Forest Service.

The explosion caused by Putin, see my commentary here, may make all of this moot. He wants ALL of the former slave states of the USSR back in his control. NATO cannot and will not let that happen! Who blinks first? This is another gift from Trump. As much as he and other Republicans try to blame Biden, he (and they) were the ones that weakened NATO, blew kisses at Putin, and let Putin think we were weak and disorganized. I am not surprised that Trump didn’t care to learn about the spirit and strength of the American people — just those of a criminal bent.

“By all accounts,” Senator Joseph Manchin has tweeted, “the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead of getting worse.”

Consider this:

Harvard economist Jason Furman explained to Trevor Noah on his TV program that the Build Back Better plan is not as inflationary as Manchin claims. The benefits won’t kick in until AFTER the budgetary period is over, explains University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee.

This article does an excellent job of breaking down the budget of Build Back Better and explaining the impact on inflation.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has been ducking charges that he act and do something to reduce inflation because families have been running hard into this wall.

Consider this:

“Corporate Profits Drive 60% of Inflation Increases”

I think businesses have manufactured some of the fear so they can keep prices high to regain some of the profit lost during last year’s pandemic shutdowns. Matt Stoller has an excellent article on his Substack Blog. He writes that he is convinced there is more to the story promulgated by Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001. He also served as Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010. I have listened to Mr. Summers. It is my opinion that he is not neutral but is influenced by Republican theories. Maybe there is “more to the story?”

Matt Stoller proclaims: Higher prices aren’t just a result of supply chain chaos or government spending. Inflation is being driven by the pricing power and higher profits of corporations, costing $2,126 per American.

Consider this:

What do we common folk know about inflation?

If you read Politico’s Magazine History Section you may be familiar with this article. I will give full credit at the end of this article.

Disclaimer: I am not an economist. I don’t write like one. I am going to tackle a few articles on inflation because that is what I do. If I don’t know much about a subject I will investigate and write about it. It doesn’t lend itself to articles that go viral but that is not why I write. I do think every voting citizen should have a vague idea of how our leaders determine monetary policy. Or maybe, the President wakes up in the morning and says, “Self, I’m going to raise interest rates today.”

Let’s find out.

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Consider the man Thomas Hoenig:

Thomas Hoenig, FOMC, governor Federal Reserve
Thomas Hoenig, FOMC, a governor Federal Reserve

This is a link to a speech he gave on January 5, 2011, in which he discusses his views of monetary policy and enlightens his listeners on his reasons for his frequent dissents.

We will be looking at the “Great Inflation.” In 2006 or so we start running into the “Great Moderation.” Did you feel the shake, rumble, and roll? The next phase is well known. “The Great Recession” destroyed a lot of hopes, dreams, and lives.

This article is Federal Reserve History specifically an essay on the Great Recession and its aftermath and is a valuable read. Each industry has a language of its own. Doctors have medical lingo, automotive mechanics have theirs. You will have the opportunity to read bankers’ lingo and decipher what they were saying. A scary image to me was the increase of household mortgage debt from 61% in 1998 to 97% in 2006. It is not a good idea to look at one segment of the economy also because a push in one place results in a pull in another. But when I was ordering inventory for a restaurant it gave me pause to order more than 10% to 20% from one vendor.

Mr. Hoenig retired at the age of 75. I understand this to mean he was dedicated, passionately believed in what he was doing. I think he only put down a project when he considered circumstances settled, or he was told to move on. I don’t have an answer as to the last part.

Consider America and its Finances circa 1970

In the seventies, as I recall, times were tough. A lot of major layoffs. If I remember correctly (yes, I am that old) the term “right-sizing” came into vogue to hide the cruelness of what the action really meant. I spent the first part of that time in the U.S. Army so I was suffering from a major reckoning of my finances.

Gas prices went up, and up, and up. We were driving a Pontiac Starchief at the time (a huge boat akin to Cadillacs). Another name for the model was “Gas Hog.” We were driving back and forth from Alabama to Northern Minnesota. On a trip home for Christmas, we ran out of gas in Wisconsin. I poured it all over my hands trying to get it into the funnel. The result was that I froze my fingers. That made my typist’s job pretty tough when we got back to Alabama.

Mr. Hoenig lived with the very dark side of inflation. We had long gas lines and massive price hikes at the grocery store. He was a bank examiner and, as such, had to close banks that were on shaky ground.

“He spent the seventies watching as the Fed’s policies helped pile on the inflationary tinder” that would soon ignite. These policies were known as “easy money”, meaning the Fed kept interest rates so low borrowing was cheap and easy to get.” “The Fed had kept interest rates so low during the sixties that they were effectively negative, which might be called “super-easy money policy.”

The Seventies became known as the ‘Great Inflation.”

This is called “too many dollars chasing too few goods.” This drives up prices on the things Americans were trying to buy because demand is high.

This is similar to today. When the economy was allowed to re-open, many people had unspent dollars from the government assistance payments they had received. They had no way to spend the money on vacations. There was no gas cost going to work while locked up in the house. In the end, we were happy to start rockin’ again. There weren’t enough goods on the shelves to satisfy Americas’ appetites. Business owners ordered heavily and saw, in my opinion, an opportunity to recoup some of the losses they suffered in the prior 18 months of the pandemic and pumped up their normal margins.

The store shelves are now empty due to pandemic logistics, the assistance money has been spent, and the owners have no incentive to back off prices yet.

Does that sound about right?

Consider Today’s Landscape

I noted that as a bank examiner, Thomas Hoenig had to clean up the messes of failed banks. In 2010, he was president of the Federal Reserve regional bank in Kansas City. As such, he had a seat on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. He was also on the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee)rotating basis,

The next meeting is on March 15, 2022, and probably will examine a few major themes.

Inflation

The Fed’s policy is to maintain inflation at 2% in the long run. January’s inflation rate was 7.5%, the highest since 1982.

How high will it raise rates?

It is almost a foregone conclusion that it will raise rates. The real question is by how much? Experts think it will raise rates by half a percentage point. That will be the biggest increase since 2000. So Fed watchers are in a “hold-your-breath mode.

Number of rate increases in 2022

Some economists are forecasting 1.5%. They will try to tackle inflation without slowing growth.

Shrinking the bond portfolio

The Fed used its bond program to ease the effects of the pandemic. It had the desired effect of stimulating the economy but now have to decide whether to sell the securities or just let them mature.

What is your thinking on these decisions to be made?

Thomas Hoenig had opportunities to vote against the easy money policies of the eighties and nineties and he took them. That wasn’t popular in banking circles. But he had seen the effects of easy money and the resulting pain during the seventies.

Voting against other Fed Reserve Governors was not popular, but he stayed the course.

The Fed was intervening in the economy to an amazing degree. This was new territory. The Fed was keeping money “too easy for too long.”

A big thing to remember is that when the Fed opens the spigot, reactions take a while to set in as it filters through different markets. It was increasing the monetary supply by printing more and more money.

These money policies caused an increase in the cost of bread and butter. As a bank examiner, he knew there were more problems than that.

“The money also drives up the price of assets, like stocks, bonds, and real estate.”

During the seventies, low-interest rates fueled demand for assets, which eventually inflated asset bubbles across the Midwest, including heavy farming states.” States with extensively planted crops like Kansas and Nebraska and energy-producing Oklahoma were particularly affected. When asset prices skyrocket, the dreaded asset bubbles are created.

Farmers talked themselves into borrowing cheap money to buy more land. Sales of more land boosted demand for land and pushed up land prices. The assumption was higher land prices would cool off demand.

Consider what happened in Real Life

Rising land prices enticed bankers to believe that this collateral would continue to increase in value so farmers would have an easier time repaying the loans.

This is the loop that spins your head. Asset bubbles churn out loops that get stronger with each spin and drive up the cost of assets.

These scenarios, with the reality of today’s higher asset prices, drove up the value of tomorrow’s asset prices even higher, increasing the spin to run faster and faster.

These bubbles didn’t stay out on the farm. Assets in oil and natural gas did the same. “Rising oil prices and cheap debt enticed oil companies to borrow money and drill more wells.”

Banks built new side businesses dedicated to risky energy loans and their mineral leases. Commercial real estate did the same spin. Everybody was happy except consumers who had to pay the higher prices. WIN “Whip Inflation Now” was the slogan under President Gerald Ford (1974 to 1977). Chairman Paul Volcker raised interest rates from 10% in 1979 to 20% in 1981, the highest they’ve ever been.

Economic havoc resulted! The unemployment rate rose to 10% and homeowner’s mortgages went to 17% and in some places even higher. Volcker realized the banking system would not escape the destabilization of the entire financial system.

Hoenig was right and had argued all of these points. He was ignored.

Today we are reaping the benefits and living in the world he warned of.

Consider Now

The Fed is again in a vise.

Inflation is rising than the Fed believed it would just a few months ago.

Now, add in Putin, with his war against Ukraine has blown all projections to pieces. Higher prices for gas, goods, and cars are fueled by the Fed’s earlier unprecedented volume of money printing.

Between 2008 and 2014 the Federal Reserve printed more than $3.5 trillion in crisp bills. This is almost TRIPLE the amount of money created in its first 95 years! Three centuries’ worth of growth in the money supply was crammed into a few years!

Money poured through the veins everywhere — people, banks, and the entire financial system. Stocks, corporate debt, and commercial real estate bonds plowed prices up through all the markets.

Since 2010 Hoenig consistently voted against the plans. He pitted himself against the Fed chair, “golden boy” Ben Bernanke who had formulated the ambitious plans. He also forced their execution.

Hoenig was the one negative voice. He retired in 2011 with a tarnished reputation. The future turned out as he warned. He warned and he warned — about one thing: coming inflation.

Consider the Consequences

Hoenig wasn’t concerned only with inflation. The record, available 5 years after the activities, shows he worried the Fed was on a risky path that would deepen income equality, stoke asset bubbles, and enrich big banks over everyone else.

He had seen it before. The Fed was getting sucked into a money-printing sinkhole. In 2004 Fed economist Edward Nelson wrote “the most likely cause of inflation during the seventies was due to the Fed keeping its foot on the money printing pedal called “monetary policy neglect.”

Another economist wrote a 2,100-page history of the central bank. The author, Allen Meltzer was not as kind as Nelson. “The Great Inflation”, he wrote “resulted from policy choices that placed more weight on maintaining high or full employment than on preventing or reducing inflation. For much of the period political pressures and popular opinion were reflected in the choices.”

The Fed shifted money from one part of the economy to another. The shifts encouraged speculation and shifted money from the poor to the rich since the rich own most of the assets.

I hope you enjoyed learning how other people in high and rich places decide how you should live. I hope and pray the war doesn’t become the conflagration WWII did.

Thank you for stopping.

Craig

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Hey God! Are You Somewhere Out There? Please Let Us Know?

Can God exist in today’s world?

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How have you been feeling lately?

I have been “unsettled” is an apt description.

Is God Dead? Time Coiver April 8, 1966
Time cover April 8, 1966

Back in 1966 (I graduated high school in 1967) a movement reached status to promote an end to the world’s troubles. No Accountability!

Black Sabbath resurrected the theme in 2013 with their song God Is Dead?.

Black Sabbath lyrics to God is Dead 2013
Lyrics Black Sabbath 2013

Maybe you can make sense of the lyrics. I provided a link under the band’s name.

Of course, as usual, we were behind the curve. A major promoter of “God is Dead” was Frederich Nietzsche.

Frederich Nietzsche
Image: The Guardian February 7, 2012

The political message of Nietzsche’s “God is dead” was an article by Lesley Chamberlain in the Guardian on February 7, 2012. She laid to rest our current interpretation of Nietzsche’s “death of God” in his 1884 book and again in 1888.

He advocated that we separate God reason. He was not advocating that God was dead.

Another significant reason to understand differences in culture and language between cultures and times. Indeed, Nietzsche borrowed his statements from René Descartes (1596–1650). His primary claim to fame was as a mathematician.

Consider this

The takeaways I want to leave you with:

  1. God’s existence does not depend on us; our thoughts and feelings. I believe that He’s bigger than our little brains.
  2. Just because you can’t “see” or “feel” God and how he is working in our lives doesn’t mean He/She is not acting in our lives. (Yes, God has many attributes that we associate with women.)
  3. Take that hideous war in Ukraine. I read somewhere that Putin is a Christian. That proves the point that “faith without works is dead”. Not that our works save us, but that because He saved us, we show our faith in how we live our lives. Look at the actions of the young man who drives supplies around the city of Lviv. He is from Norway but is donating his life, as do other drivers from Norway and Belarus, distributing supplies to medical facilities. The volunteers who are answering the call are taking care of children, helping people leaving Ukraine, and living their lives at risk of being killed as they perform myriad other tasks.
  4. We can also see God acting on the battlefield as one soldier cares for another.
  5. We can’t despair as we know God is amid these horrors, caring for His people.

Let’s live the life He calls us to.

My favorite saying is “Shalom.” It means God is fighting for your peace!

Shalom!

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Valkyries Were Spellbinding in Norse Mythology

His Research is Some of the Most Impressive I Have een — Simply Amazing

The website below by Dan McCoy is a marvel of research. He even laid out a Family Norse Mythology.

I hope you enjoy.

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Valkyries are part of Norse Mythology. They carried the dying Norseman to Valhalla to be with Oden.

Isn’t this mindblowing?

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What is Our Most Important Challenge Today?

Please read this all the way through!

Ukraine War against Russia? I think not.

Craig Martineau

Mar 18

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The Ukraine War is insanely important, I agree. But…

In business productivity, you are always told to determine the most important thing and do that first. That “thing” is not the crisis “thing”. It is not the “thing” that has people are beating your door down.

Over 1,000,000 people subscribe to the newsletter by James Clear. He says “the phrase “Do the most important thing first each day is just a simple way of saying, “Give yourself a time and space to work on what is important to you each day.”

What is urgent is seldom important. Yes, helping Ukraine survive is urgent but I challenge you to determine if it is the MOST IMPORTANT thing.

I have this matrix front and center on my monitor:

The Decision Box of Dwight Eisenhower proposed b James Clear
Dwight Eisenhower was a fairly important man. This Graphic is from “ How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

Consider this

I challenge you that the most important thing is that, as a society, we correct the terrible imbalance of inequality.

“The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better” was published in 2009. Written by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, the book highlights the “pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety, and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption”.

I am going to familiarize you, in the next posts, with a report from 2009. (It uses data gathered in Great Britain but I haven’t found all of the same statistics available for the U.S. yet.

As a starting point, I am going to use this PowerPoint presentation:

The power point presentation by The Spirit Level
Request for onmations from The Equality Trust

Let’s start with a few broad statistics:

The middle class constitutes a slim majority of the U.S. population (52%) but it is less than it was a century ago

The share of income captured by the middle class fell from 62% in 1970 to 43% in 2014. Drawn from “Investopedia” “Which Income Class Are You” updated by James Frankenfield October 18, 2021″

But not all economic indicators appear promising. Household incomes have grown only modestly in this century, and household wealth has not returned to its pre-recession level. Economic inequality, whether measured through the gaps in income or wealth between richer and poorer households, continues to widen. PEW Research January 9th 2020, written by Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Ruth Igielnik, and Rakesh Kochar in their report “Trends in income and wealth inequality”.

Consider this

“Trends are that wealth is growing for the top 5% of families.”

We will find, in the PowerPoint slides, data that shows how harmful this is to society.

Image from an article we have what it takes to meet the crisis of our democracy published in “Waging NonViolence, February 13, 2018
License Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 published “Waging Nonviolence” February 13, 2018

In the article “We Have What It Takes To Meet The Crisis in Our Democracy” published February 13, 2018 by “Waging Nonviolence”. Adapted from “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want” by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, 2017). Reprinted with permission from Beacon Press.

“In 1999, Dee Hock, founder of Visa, quipped, “It’s far too late and things are far too bad for pessimism.”

“But 18 years later, pessimism can feel like the new realism.” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

“Once we believe something is essential, we don’t need to know that its realization is certain or even that our odds are great in order to jump into action. We need only believe it’s possible.” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

Consider this

“After all, just three Americans control more wealth than the bottom half of us. In last year’s election, less than 1 percent of Americans provided most of the $6.4 billion in campaign spending, worsening an imbalance in the political influence that’s long been with us. Even in the 1980s and 90s average Americans, according to a data-deep study, exerted “near-zero” influence in Washington” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

Consider

Slide regarding health based on differences in income
The USA ranks 3rd with life expectancy
Slide 2 of Quality Trust power point

Consider this

Within means WITHIN!

Don’t worry about the next country. What is your country like?

Do the rich have better healthcare?

Do the rich have better access to healthcare?

Do the poor suffer from lack of healthcare?

Do the poor suffer because they don’t have a way to get to a doctor? Or dentist? Or optician? Or audiologist?

Do the elderly suffer? Are the elderly made to wait long periods to receive healthcare?

Do women get discriminated against for not being able to get abortions?

Do children get discriminated against because the insurance companies won’t cover their illness or condition?

Have YOU EVER BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE YOU OWED AN INSURANCE COMPANY MONEY?

Because you had been in jail?

Because you were addicted to alcohol?

Because you were addicted to drugs?

Are all people created equal?

Are all people the same before the law?

Consider this

Why?

Why aren’t all people treated the same?

How do we stop discrimination?

Why would somebody think they are better than somebody else?

Republicans have changed laws on who can get healthcare!

It wasn’t until Democrats passed the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES COULDN’T CHARGE DIFFERENT RATES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE!

REPUBLICANS HAVE CHANGED SOME OF THAT TO REQUIRE DISCRIMINATION!

Don’t believe them about anything unless you compare what they say to what Democrats say! WORD FOR WORD.

It may take some reading but that is how you find out who the HUCKSTERS are!

YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY TIRED OF ME BEFORE I FINISH MY RANT!

Thank you for stopping.

Craig

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Trump’s Fear Factor


Why are people loyal to him? 14 + reasons explained

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February 15, 2022, reprinted

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NIHILISM REVEALED

Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. We often associate it with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy. Hm.

HISTORICAL

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The doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900, which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.

In this Introduction, I will inform you of “THE WORST THAT IS YET TO COME” in the following sections.

In the first part, we will discuss four items spelled out by Dr. Bobby Azarian regarding how Trump makes and keeps his supporters irrespective of the logic.

1: Practicality trumps Morality

2: The Brain’s Attention Span is Strongly Engaged by Trump

3: America’s Obsession with Entertainment Celebrities

4: “Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn”

We arrive at number 5 of Dr. Azarian’s presentation.

5. The Fear Factor: Conservatives are More Sensitive to Threats:

“Science has shown that the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli that may be perceived as threatening.”

In the Journal “Scientific American a study found that “conservatives have a stronger physiological reaction to startling noises and graphic images compared to liberals.”

A brain-imaging study published in “Current Biology” revealed that those who lean right politically tend to have a larger amygdala — a structure that is electrically active during states of fear and anxiety.

A study published in “Smithsonian.com” found that it is possible to predict whether someone is liberal or conservative simply by looking at their brain activity as they view threatening or disgusting images, such as mutilated bodies.

“Fear keeps his followers energized and focused on safety.”

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We learn of “Terror Management Theory”

6. The Power of Mortality Reminders and the Perceived Existential Threat: A part of Sidney Solomon’s “Terror Management Theory” explains trump’s fear-mongering. “Humans have a unique awareness of their own mortality. The inevitability of one’s death creates existential terror and anxiety.” (Existential: concerned with existence; affirming the existence of a thing. Google)

Fear-mongering encourages people to “more strongly defend those who share images and identities against those who do not share the same.”

Death reminders “may influence voting habits in favor of more conservative presidential candidates” (in favor of George W. Bush in this study).

Trump’s constantly emphasizing of threats may make brains respond “positively rather than negatively to bigoted statements and divisive rhetoric.”

Dr. Azarian lays that out while most politicians lie, but none lie with the magnitude or frequency of Trump.

Dr. Azarian has drawn some of his conclusions from a 2017 review paper published in the “Journal of Social and Political Psychology” the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew.

7. The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Humans often Overestimate Their Political Expertise: Some who support Trump are under- or uneducated or misinformed about the issues. These people “just take Trump at his word” for his lies.

“The Dunning-Kruger Effect explains that “the problem isn’t that they are misinformed: it’s that they are completely unaware they are misinformed.”

A new study in the Journal “Political Psychology” carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, hammers the Dunning-Kruger Effect home and even expands on its implications.

As predicted, the results showed that those who scored low on political knowledge were also the ones who estimated their level of knowledge. But that wasn’t all. Ian Anson found, “when participants were given cues that made them engage in partisan thought, the Dunning-Kruger Effect was made even stronger.”

This occurred with both Republicans and Democrats, but only on those who scored low on political knowledge, to begin with!

Image Trump and Putin
Credit: Unknown "The Jokers sing the praises of shallow people"

I call this image, “The Jokers sing the praises of shallow people”

“Trump doesn’t like the term ‘Deep State. He thinks it ‘sounds so conspiratorial’” (‘The Hill Rising’ with Krystal & Buck January 16, 2019).

These posts are based on more than a year’s research. I originally posted them on HubPages in January 2019.

PROLOGUE

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Deep State “What Does it Mean”

“Deep-State is a clandestine network entrenched inside the government.” (www.dictionary.com/e/politics/deep-state/)known as derin devlet.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded this group in 1923 with the purpose of undertaking clandestine acts to preserve his current government structure so his power would remain strong.

In 2019, it looks like this:

Deep-State today is usually used to describe Trump’s enemies.

I have turned him on his head and used it to describe HIS activities, personnel HE uses to subvert the government of the United States of America.

Last weekend, Friday, January 11th, 2019, The New York Times started an avalanche of articles, discussions, and arguments with the story on Trump as an asset of Russia.

This was an exciting story over the weekend. But it was nothing new to me. I have believed since at least March 2015 when I started to write a blog exposing him as a malignant narcissist and enemy of the United States.

It is an important background to my current belief that Trump is doing nothing less than dismantling the Federal Government!

I believe it explains the expose by The New York Times showing the actions of Trump in starting and prolonging this shut down of the Federal Government. I believe it also explains why Republicans have not come to the aid of the United States.

Republicans are aiding and abetting his conspiracies and criminality because they will snatch up the pieces

What Are Your Thoughts?

My Post after MUCH Jamming and Studying

I have not understood how Trump is able to keep up to 45% of the US voting population tied to his apron strings.

I have written at least two posts to my WordPress blog ‘www.dabblerducksbuttscom.wordpress.com’. How Do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking”. The second post is “How do We Recover: The Rise of the Intolerants. (I provided links a little further down)

I found an article in the online magazine “Cognoscenti” that had an article by Julie Wittes Schlack. Julie Wittes Schlack “I Keep Trying To Understand Trump Voters, But I Keep Failing” | Cognoscenti She distills the information from a book “Strangers in their Own Land” by Arlie Russell Hochschild. Arlie Russell Hochschild “Strangers in Their Own Land “| The New Press The crux of the book is that people shoehorn new information into old beliefs. This causes them to vote against their own best interests!

An example is that they will vote against their economic needs to fulfill their emotional needs!

“The Deep Story” on these people stays “focused on the American Dream: the idea that, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can have a better life,”

In the 21st Century, their long-held dream is now shattered!

The next major AHA! moment I had while trying to untangle the mystery of Trump’s supporters. This moment is revealed in my post “How Do I Understand? New Information into Old Thinking.

Another blockbuster (to my mind) is my post “How do We Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants”.

I found an article by Noah Berlatsky “The Trump Effect: A New Study connects White American Intolerance and Support for Authoritarianism.”The Trump Effect by Noah Berlatsky

Mr. Berlatsky’s “research suggests that when intolerant white people fear democracy they abandon their commitment to democracy “.

Hillary Clinton decried the ‘Deplorables” during the campaign of 2016. I call them the ‘Intolerants.”

I boil it down to this expression “I am entitled to my dream which promises a living and certain comforts. I will not let people less than me (blacks and browns) come in and take that dream from me. (Reason #8 see in the next post.) in greater length

I have been writing about trump since at least March of 2015. The research has been grueling but enlightening. Enlightening as I learned the tricks of master fraud and disheartening as I have seen how many people still follow him.

What will be the outcome of the 2020 election? If he loses the vote will he surrender his throne as preeminent fascist America has known?

I did not realize that extremely intelligent scientists were studying the very topics that I was researching in my quest to understand.

As you have seen I am partial to the work of Dr. Bobby Azarian as published in Psychology Today.

David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger Effect and many other brilliant researchers have pinpointed the exact tools Trump uses to bamboozle his loyalists.

These aren’t all stupid people. They are United States Senators and the United States congressional representatives. Obviously, many follow the money spread out by Russia as it seeks to dismantle its most feared enemy — the U.S.

But then, how can Americans, many of them military, desert the oaths they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States? They watch and they see it trampled by Trump, Putin, and other despots.

Surely, there will be a serious hot seat in hell that awaits them.

How to understand why people would choose to follow trump. Why would they follow him after two years into his presidency when he was making me gag on his criminality?

Trump hoodwinked his supporters.

Dr. Azarian wrote an article that appeared in “AlterNet” on July 23, 2018. The heading read:

“Those who score low on political knowledge overestimate their expertise more when greater emphasis is on political affiliation.”

I stated this in the last post in a different way “People that think they know what they are talking about, (those in Trump’s sphere of influence) rarely know what they don’t know!

Does that make sense?

Maybe I should say “too dumb to know that they are too dumb”. A bit harsh? Maybe. This, you will recall, is the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

A new study by Ian Anson, a political scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, “found that the Dunning Kruger Effect applies to politics, but it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are more salient.”

Huh?

Maybe try this: The more emphasis that is placed on political affiliation, the more those who score low on political knowledge, the more they overestimate their expertise.

Is that better?

“Perhaps this helps explain why Trump supporters seem to be tricked into believing obvious falsehoods.” Daniel Efron, London Business School, associate professor organizational behavior, Why Trump Supporters Don’t Mind His Lies, New York Times, April 28, 2018.

Deliver “alternative facts” boisterously, often, and sprinkle in some “dog whistles” that appeal to their baser instincts and we see results like these:

“In 2016 and experiments found that 45% of Republicans believe the Affordable Care Act included ‘death panels’ and a 2015 study found that 54 percent of Republican primary voters believed then-President Barack Obama to be a Muslim.”

Perhaps the scariest study was the one that found only 25% of Republicans believe human activity contributes to climate change.

Even more scary is the study that showed that in just two years 2015 to 2017 Republicans came to believe that 58% say that a college education “negatively affects’ the state of the nation!

The last time I remember these activities being used, George Wallace was hammering out ‘dog whistles’ to drum up support for his run at the presidency. An assassin’s bullet felled him before the votes were cast.

We recognize voices from the past have not been quieted or changed. How do we move on?

Fear-mongering is a powerful tool used for a very long time. Fear has been the number 1 go-to emotion.

But the new tool of the political right is ANGER. It is the tool to divide and conquer.

The politics of fear are pretty well understood, so I will insert some scientific stuff now.

In the Journal “Cell Biology” studies show that “liberalism is associated with a larger volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex.” We associate conservatism with an increase in the size of the right amygdala (but not the left amygdala).

I will leave this topic with this tidbit: “we associate stronger liberalism with increased sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual pattern.”

MRI scans of 90 healthy young adults (61% female) who self-reported their political attitudes from ‘very liberal’ to ‘very conservative’.

Conservatives respond to threatening situations with more aggression than do liberals and are more sensitive to threatening facial expressions.

Trump is constantly fueling anger towards the media and liberals whenever he feels he is being treated unfairly. The Washington Post lays out many of trump’s triggers and discusses their implications.

Dr. Suhay (Elizabeth Suhay Ph.D.), and Cengiz Erisén of American University are authors of an anger study and its role in the political formation. Their results “suggest that both conservatives and liberals are experiencing greatly biased assimilation of political information.” To find out how anger fuels our political beliefs, I suggest you dig into this a bit.

A name you should familiarize yourself with Glen Gehrer Ph.DHow did we get so polarized and how do we undo it. (“Psychology Today” The Polarization of America).

Trump is using opponents toward more extreme political stances that are less popular with the average voter. We are seeing this with the Democrats as they wrestle with impeachment or some other course of action. Of course, we have to ask, can we stay calm rather than let our feathers get ruffled over Trump’s hateful messages and his appeal to tribalism?

So what’s next? Anger feeds the beast.

How does this all play out?

My fear is how long will it take this country to stand tall again? How long will it take to right the ship of state?

The days of the U.S. being held in high regard are over. It will never again be a beacon on a hill for other nations to follow.

How will our young people turn from the bitterness, the hatred, the anger, the atrocious deeds inspired by this lout?

Generations will ponder the solutions. I just hope they are smarter than I.

It is a subject that has turned my head inside out. The answers from this research are now making sense.

How people could 1: believe in him in the first place; 2: vote for him; 3: continue to hold him up as the next messiah even though he has stomped on their dreams and finances so many times.

I have mentioned that I have relied on articles by Dr. Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist, titled “Mind in the Machine” for documentation. I have also relied on my published posts for topics and research materials.

Some of the blog posts I have published on “dabblerduckbuttscom.wordpress.com” are:

“How do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking”

“How do we Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants”

“Who is this Man? Aka Repetition Makes it So”

“NEVERMORE” Anguished

“My Rant 3 Let’s Talk,” “Temper Tantrum”

“Cognitive Dissonance,” Series

“Bossman” Series

I think you will find that a majority of posts connect to Trump. I hope this post draws them together so that they are not so far-flung and disorderly.

I had hoped this series would be a catharsis and I could cast trump and his rats from my spirit. But I now fear that may not be so.

My hope is in the women. My hope is in the young people. My hope is that millennials whose own hopes of earning a piece of the American Dream are dimming.

Hopefully, they will step forward and step up to cast off this blight and restore the old order in a new form.

I hope that never again will people not carry out their duty. Their responsibility is to seriously consider for whom they cast their vote.

The activities that have brought this division into our country to light are beyond counting. The upheaval is beyond measure.

In the Prologue, I explained my choice of the title “Trump’s Fear Factor” and combined it with my phrase Trump’s Deep State. The dictionary.com’s definition of ‘deep-state’ we found that the origin of the term is from the secret Turkish network known as derin devlet.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded this group in 1923 with the purpose of undertaking clandestine acts to preserve his current government structure.

If you have followed Rudy Giuliani’s antics on television trying to obfuscate the activities (most illegal) of the Trump administration, you have seen how Trump is using the deep state to subvert the government of the United States of America.

But one last hurrah — this series may be my catharsis–I hope.

The Last Hurrah

I keep saying I am going to clean out my WordPress blog of all the political stuff so that I can unhook myself from the depressing topic of trump.

I have spent over a year researching the question: “How did Trump attract such a following? Why, and why do they continue to support him

I believe Trump will dismantle the federal government. Republicans will grab the pieces and privatize them. It is their ticket for staying with trump. They will get rich from the skeleton.

Just today in the “Huffington Post” is an article titled” Republicans Cynically Demonized Government for Decades. The Shutdown Belongs to them.” (dated Jan 23, 2019).

Several bits from that post: Reagan’s catchphrase that Republicans still parrot “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Republican plutocrats like “the Koch brothers have spent millions convincing ordinary Americans that government is the enemy.”

They have been successful. “A 2015 Gallup poll showed that 57% of Americans favor reducing the size of government.”

A real telltale doozy “Cut it or shut it Mike Pence chortled in 2011.

A jarring tidbit “96 percent of Trump supporters are literally angry at federal policies.”

Real scary but true “many Americans who benefit from government help are in denial. “The classic example is the angry constituent who told his congressional representative “Keep your government hands off my Medicare. But this ignorance is too pervasive to amuse.

In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler surveyed a number of recipients of government benefits who deny receiving benefits. The current political circumstance is an existential threat to the American democratic order.

The numbers are shocking: depending on the program, they include a range of 50 to 65 percent of those that benefit from 529 tuition savings plans, the home mortgage deduction, student loans, or childcare tax credits40 to 50 percent of those receiving Social Security, Pell Grants, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits; and 25 to 40 percent of those receiving Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.”

“Left unanswered was whether these folks believed their benefactor was the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy!”

“These delusions are prevalent in red states, which contribute the least in federal revenues and rely most heavily on federal services.”

Note that Republicans are the ones most frequently scapegoating federal employees.

An article by nbcnews.com heralds the statement that the Trump admin is planning on many more weeks of the shutdown.

One last tidbit shows the immense control Trump has over the Republican party. “The RNC just voted unanimously” to cancel the 2020 Republican primary, so Trump could run unopposed.

Back to Dr. Bobby Azarian:

8. Relative Deprivation — A Misguided Sense of Entitlement:

This is a major topic for one of my blog posts.

“Relative deprivations refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which you believed you are entitled to.”

“It is the discontent felt when you compare your position in life to others” who you feel are unequal or inferior to you. But these people have more success than you.

This is common in “swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.”

These feelings can be economic, racial, or immigrant-based. These feelings ignore the fact they are not keeping pace with the “accelerating” pace of education.

I write about this subject in a blog post, “Capitalism Overreach and the West Virginia Coal Mines” which explores how we will repeat the plight of the coal miners. They saw the 20th century pass them by.

We will witness this as the Fourth Industrial Revolution passes our citizens by.

9. Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others:

“Racial and ethnic isolation of whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” Enough said.

10. Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable:

They may appear to be just odd quirks in a modern society but the followers of crackpot allies of Trump “and like Alex Jones and the shadowy QAnon” some may have psychological illnesses like paranoia, delusions like schizophrenia, or at least are vulnerable to them.

Trump dumps on farmers in Iowa but they will still vote for him. Do they suffer from this?

The link between schizotypy and belief in conspiracy theories is well-established. A study in the Journal “Psychiatry Research “shows that this condition is still very prevalent in the population.

Other things this personality type may believe in are magical thinking, the government creating the AIDS epidemic, etc.

Trump and his media allies “target these people directly.”

Visit alt-right websites and discussion boards to see evidence of this manipulation.

There are additional topics that range from Trump tapping into the nation’s narcissism to understanding the racist brain.

My first blog post was in Google’s Blogger in May 2016. ( I posted in Facebook earlier.) I communicated with one other person regarding my dire misgivings regarding trump. I wish I had saved those original thoughts. Craig Martineau.

republished 5/10/2019 (originally published on Hub Pages in January 2019)

I started this series as a continuation of two posts I had made on another blog “dabblerduckbutts.com:

How do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking.com

How do We Recover? The Rise of Intolerants.com.

In the Prologue to this series, I defined “Deep State” as it was originally used and how I transferred the power of these words to be Trump’s activities since it describes “a clandestine network entrenched inside the government (Dictionary.com)

Besides the research I have done since the time Trump began his run for the primary nomination (approximately March 2015), I have leaned heavily into the work of Dr. Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist, for the post.

Dr. Azarian’s work is “Mind into Machine” and appeared in Psychology Today.

Dr. Azarian uses works by UC Santa Cruz psychologist and professor Thomas Pettigrew, psychologist Sheldon Solomon‘s work “Terror Management Theory” and psychologist David Dunning’s work “The Dunning-Kruger Effect.”

The first post discussed Dr. Azarian’s topics:

Practicality trumps Morality

The Brain’s Attention System is Strongly Engaged by Trump

America’s Obsession with Entertainment and Celebrities

“Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn,”

Fear Factor: Conservatives are more Sensitive to Threats

The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Humans often Overestimate Their Political Expertise

Relative Deprivation — A Misguided Sense of Entitlement

Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others

Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable

Moving On

I am going to continue with a few new topics. The last post in this series will complete Dr. Azarian’s key topics and I will introduce a few new ones.

11. Trump Taps into the Nation’s Collective Narcissism:

This narcissism is a shared belief “in the greatness of one’s national group”. We have seen how this unrealistic belief, I label it a curse, is unleashed many times in our history.

A study published in 2017 in the Journal “Social Psychological and Personality Science” found a “direct link” between national collective narcissism and support for Donald Trump by Thomas F. Pettigrew.

“Collective Narcissism involves negative attitudes and aggression toward ‘outside’ groups who are threats.”

Trump “exacerbates collective narcissism with his anti-immigrant, anti-elitist, and strongly nationalist rhetoric.”

He refers to his supporters as true patriots or “real Americans” and pushes his brand of superiority, success, and wealth.

12. The Desire to Want to Dominate Others:

This desire is “a distinct trait similar to an authoritarian personality.” It “refers to people who prefer the social hierarchy of groups.”

These groups have a high social status and trumpet their dominance over low-status groups. These people are “typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest”.

A 2016 study in “Science Direct” compared cognitive (relating to) ability and authoritarianism to understand support for Trump and Clinton.

One of the first recollections I had of Trump was his “grand sense of self” especially as he compared himself to others.

I cannot imagine how people work for this man. He is domineering, ‘bossy’, heartless, and I could go on and on.

This study tests “two ideological beliefs, right-wing authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation.”

The results are illuminating.

High right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance predicted that people had more favorable attitudes toward Trump.

Lower cognitive ability predicted that people would have greater intentions to vote for Trump and lower intentions to vote for Clinton.

Why is this not a surprise? I believe this study and others point to results I think are pretty self-evident.

As we go to the next points, try to tie them back, in your mind, to earlier discussion threads to see if you too find the truths almost self-evident.

13. Authoritarian Personality:

This explains trump’s and also his follower’s tendencies to be obsessed with rulers like Putin, Xi Jinping, and Duterte of the Philippines.

Please take note that ‘authoritarianism’ refers to the advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom and with the lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.

They displayed authoritarianism to Trump and his supporters.

As Trump drags our federal workers through his shutdown, not only does his disregard for the welfare of others shine through his actions, but we see the same characteristics in many of the Republican legislators that don’t stand up for their own constituents.

Wikipedia defines “authoritarian personality,” as a belief in total and complete obedience to authority. They display “aggression to outgroup members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences and a rigid hierarchical view of society.”

“Authoritarianism is a fear which makes it easy for leaders who exaggerate threats or fearmonger to gain their allegiance.”

In my post “How do we Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants” we see these people will overthrow the democracy that is theirs for a total and usually cruel rule of a dictator.

I think the relationship between Hitler and Joseph Goebbels illustrates this precisely (see my blog post Who is the Man? aka Repetitions Make It So.com” dated August 8, 2018.)

Goebbels slavishly followed Hitler and lifted him at the grand spectacles of the Third Reich.

If you are interested in an in-depth study of authoritarianism, I recommend: “The F Scale as a Predictor of Fascism: An Overview of 40 Years of Authoritarian Research”. The author is Joseph Mellon

Trump laces his speech with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters”. His loyal supporters lap this slop up like rabid dogs.

Matthew Mac Williams in a “Politico” article, defined the trait which predicts whether you are a Trump supporter. In fact, that is the title of his article “The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter “published on January 17, 2018.

Care to guess the trait? Terrorism following Authoritarianism.

Trump plays directly to these inclinations of his supporters at his pep rallies.

A surprising fact: the political scientist Professor Marc Hetherington “found that authoritarianism matters more than income, ideology, gender, age, and education” that predicted whether voters preferred Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Max Boot in The Washington Post December 11, 2018, “America Now has a Party of Authoritarianism. ” After 14 years of polling, “authoritarians have steadily moved from the Democratic to the Republican Party.”

Corruption of the Republican Party George Packer December 14, 2018 “The Atlantic.”

I have written two blog posts on Trump as a boss man “Bossman Nov 15, 2018” and “Bossman Part 2 Nov 18, 2018.” Addendum December 14, 2021

I believe Trump, by what he has shown us, will continue the divisiveness and sow the discord of his authoritarianism.

He will not let go of his corrupt dream of ruling the United States as a fiefdom of Trump Incorporated.

How do we stop this?

The destruction of his rule by personality will be brutal. I think people are in place to do just that. “The Select Committee for January 6th” seems to have the integrity and strength of character to run him to the ground.

The “Deep State” that he has insinuated into every corner of our democracy will be much harder to eradicate since we have a little legal course in rooting people out. In that case, our course of action will be just as bad to our democracy as he is.

Much harder still is reuniting the broken halves of the citizenry.

If we don’t repair all three, the chances of collapsing back into the position we currently live in.

Even if we do all things right and have the fortitude and patience to get it done, I can’t say we will succeed.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Have you been following Trump, Barr and all the other Criminals

I would like to copy all I have been reading but it will have to wait until I get on my laptop.

There are so many criminal activities going on it is impossible to know where to start.

It is not good for this country, our government, and its citizens.

As much as I harass trump supporters most are only being guilty of being stupid.

They suck up everything that criminal says, swallow it whole and regurgitate it without examining it – that is just stupid!

Now, there are some that are criminals in their own right.

None as bad as trump but trump is as crazy as a loose cannon. He is crazy like a fox, mean as a snake and can’t be trusted – for any reason.

Having said that, trump is an unAmerican bastard. NO ONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES HAS WORKED SO HARD TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY THAT MADE HIM RICH.

But money is not how he kept score. He counted bodies. That is all that matter to him. Body count. As in a war. His war against America.

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The Most Horrific Man of the Last Century

Who is this Man Who Hate Hope?

This is What Happens When a Depraved Man Runs Amok

August 5, 2018

4 minutes 18 sec read  997 words

He came from strict Catholic roots, born on Oct 29, 1897, studied history and literature.

He had contracted polio as a child and was rejected from military service.

This “sense of physical inadequacy tormented him,”  his whole life.

He had black hair and “a diminutive frame” and an intellectual background.

He was hostile to his nickname “little doctor”. He had a doctorate in literature and wrote revealing personal journals.

In his youth, crippled with high intelligence, driving ambition, voracious sexuality, and poverty.

These shortcomings along with his club foot “provided a rich cocktail of bitter complexes and hang-ups”.

His biographer described him as “always in search of a Messiah-like father figure to fulfill his nagging need for attention and applause.”

When he finally met a man who met his criteria, he fell under his spell. His conversion to this man’s cause “was instant and complete.”

He was a devoted disciple and did not waiver in his loyalty.

They even died together.

This man crafted the message and stage-managed the appearances of his manic devotion.

He created an empire “beyond the dreams of the spin-doctor imitators today.”

He gained total control of whole industries including the press, publishing, broadcasting, theater, and film.

He commissioned movies “(and bedded the actresses)” which put the sugar on the pill of his master.

His affairs led his wife to demand a divorce even though she too was unfaithful.

ENOUGH HINTS
WHO IS THE MAN?

Who is or was, depending on how you look at the time, is this man?

He of the slippery tongue, the masterful spinner of tales, the pre-eminent ‘bullshitter’.

I covered the requirements for the title ‘bullshitter’ in my recent post…

As his turn came, as it always does, he became even more fanatical to the cause.

He has served as the ‘master to emulate’ by our current dictator in chief.

Trump is described as a follower of Roy Cohn who showed Trump how to ‘exploit the power and instill fear’.

Being acknowledged as a disciple of Roy Cohn, as damning as that is, is only a part of Trump’s evil designs.

His real anchor as he presides over the death of the United States of America is:

Joseph Goebbels.

Yes, you read that right.

I have read Trump is a modern day Hitler.

That may be.

But I put forth the nomination of Joseph Goebbels.

He is a fascist leading the brain-washed citizens to overtake an experiment in democracy.

But I recommend that Trump, the most powerful ‘illiberal’ to ever walk the earth, to be the incarnation of Dr. Joseph Goebbels.

I claim Trump is the master of ‘illiberal’ because even Hitler did not have as much power as Trump has at his fingertips.

Hitler had Mussolini who made up the Rome-Berlin Axis.

Japan was also considered part of the Axis powers but there had been no summit or meeting to establish the formality.

The three countries controlled Europe, North Africa, and East Asia at their zenith.

But Trump has Putin and Xi Jinping.

Trump has powerful followers of his tradecraft: Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban; Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro; the Philipines President RodrigoDutarte and no doubt even more up and comers who haven’t reached the world stage just yet.

Hitler also had Marshal Philippe Petain who headed Vichy France until 1942 when the Allied Invasion of France brought Charles De Gaulle back to France.

Charles De Gaulle led Free French Provincial government of the Free French Republic and ousted Petain from power.

But in terms of the number of people under subjugation to these dictators and the sheer firepower they can amass beats Hitler and his ilk any day.

Goebbels is described by the Jewish Virtual Library. org which recorded Hitler’s impression of Goebbels.

“Dr. Goebbels was gifted with the two things without which the situation in Berlin could not have been mastered: ‘verbal facility and intellect’”.

The Jewish Virtual Library. org’s description continues “Goebbels was the true creator and organizer of the Fuhrer myth, of the image of the Messiah-redeemer, feeding the theatrical element of the Nazi leader while inducing the self-surrender of the German masses through skillful stage management and manipulation’.

Now, I ask you, which of the above images does not describe Trump to the last of his coiffed fake hair.

If not for his orange complexion maybe he could resemble Goebbels more closely.

But, does his  ” deeply rooted contempt for humanity, his urge to sow confusion, hatred, and intoxication, lust for power and his mastery of the techniques of mass persuasion” match, Joseph Goebbels, when he was given full vent in the election campaigns of 1932 which brought Hitler to center stage.

Why do the major media outlets fear to bring these characteristic similarities of Trump and Goebbels to center stage in American news?

No doubt they do not want to inflame passions more than they are.

Based on the marches of Portland OR last weekend where the right wing Patriot Prayer party’s demonstration was met by counter-protesters.

The police were prepared for the event, keep each party to an opposite sidewalk along the street. Skirmishers of the opposing forces met and they shed blood.

Noteworthy is that this alt-right gathering is just ahead of the alt-right ‘Unite the Right’ in Charlottesville last August.

Would you expect that Trump will continue his wild-tinged calls for against the press as “enemies of the people” and the Mueller investigation “a witch hunt” are having the desired effect?

American Citizens are beginning to believe him. America’s citizens are beginning to believe him.

Keith Payne is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He states “When a statement is repeated, it starts to feel more familiar. It is the concept of “illusory truth”.

He continues “Even when people know a claim is false, just a few repetitions can make them more likely to think it’s true.

Now how does that square with your thinking Trump’s supporters?

 “The Intolerants’ as I have labeled them should not be discarded out of hand—just because you don’t believe it doesn’t make it not true!

Now for the picture gallery:

Goebbel’s Rallies

Trump’s Rallies

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Stars – Beyond Horizons

Dated May 23,2017

Always an enticing vision causing man to look beyond, beyond the ground, beyond the sky into the New Horizons that have kept calling since the beginning of time.

As a young man with friends, we would set off in September (the nights were getting cold and so kept the mosquitoes at bay), sitting by a warm fire after a long day of paddling in the Boundary Waters, sipping a muscle warming brandy and water staring at the stars. Oh so brilliant, no city lights to dim their glory, to be transported to the land of imagination. What if? I wonder when? Who would have thought? How often?

The wonder of it all.

 

The Infernal Internal Beast of Boston Scientific is Gone! Start the Party NOW!

I had been feeling ugly all day.

In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room.

On November 14, 2018, I died.

If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it.

Of course, I don’t remember.

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604
real image of a heart

The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN!

I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all.

I was told I couldn’t possibly remember.

Well, they weren’t there.

Oh yeah, they were there.

But they don’t know. I know.

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

A New Day Dawned

A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it.

It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was.

My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart.

I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes.

The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body.

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin missing on my left leg.

It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER, and

the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again.

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin.

Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection.

The infection causes the skin to blister.

Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS!

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device.

On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking, this was a -0.

This is the rest of the story.

On a Friday afternoon in October, my bride and I were in the

car mosying up and down the boulevard when I COULDN’T

BREATHE.

This is not a good thing.

I said, “to the hospital, NOW!”

She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she

zipped the few blocks to the clinic.

I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair.

I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.)

I was screaming at the top of my lungs.

It hurt so bad!

She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER.

I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me

until the ambulance got there.

https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1

The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into the parking

lot.

Of course, the fire engine and patrol cars had to tag along.

They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the

car.

I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since:

1) I could barely breathe and 2) my legs were mush.

They brought out the coolest tool- a semi-rigid blanket.

 Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid

me back on the blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye.

I have said on many occasions in the last two years – I will take a med-tech instead of some doctors. These people that work for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME!

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist.

“His” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before the lower chamber had emptied.

Okay?

Solution?

They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate.

I had three more of those attacks.

I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14.

That was the day I died.

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

Trying out my shiny new defibrillator

The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart.

It was implanted on November 16, 2018.

January and February were good – no new attacks.

The pills are working!

The defib hadn’t gone off.

March  – a little one. Another pill to take.

April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry!

October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!!

If I had been standing I would have been on my butt!

ER Time

Ambulance was called.

NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not of sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you.

Laying on your back on gurney.

In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down.

I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets.

Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery.

The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go.

I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far.

The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterward.

The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. He tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times!

I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there.

“No. It will pull out.”

I wake up in my room.

The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm!

To Finish the Story

I was in absolute pain every. For one and a half hours!

To the hospital I hollered.

In the ER I hollered.

By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango.

I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is  100  – 150.

I had VT –Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means pain from hell.

This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one-half hours!

God, I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked.

“ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor.

I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’

The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say.

The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway.

Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT!

Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday.

November – FOURTH WEEK

It’s back. And with a vengeance.

One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. The second one is a lot stronger than the first.

The doctor came down and presented a proposal.

He was going home for Christmas.

He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors.

They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?)

One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon!

I had been feeling ugly all day. In the evening my wife took me to the emergency room. On November 14, 2018, I died. If you are going to die, a hospital is probably the best place to do it. Of course, I don’t remember. --------- The ONLY thing I do remember is PAIN! I remember flying up from the ER table and that is all. I was told I couldn’t possibly remember. Well, they weren’t there. Oh yeah, they were there. But they don’t know. I know. A NEW DAY DAWNED. A doctor came to see me and we discussed implanting a defibrillator so if my heart stopped again, the defibrillator would restart it. It seemed like a smart thing to do – implant the defibber or whatever it was. My concern was running the lines outside of my body into my heart. I suffer from a leg infection “cellulitis” due to my diabetes. The opportunity for transmitting that infection from my legs to my heart seemed pretty scary if there was a line running outside my body. --------- As I sit here typing this I have a huge gob of skin is missing on my left leg. It slid off the other night. I’ve been to the doctor, the ER and the Wound Clinic. But they can’t put Humpty together again. Cellulitis is caused by fluid build-up between the layers of skin. Bacteria love the warm fluid and quickly cause an infection. The infection causes the skin to blister. Blistered skin means a day later it sloughs off. And now it is raw meat. HURTS! ------ The doctor agreed. He recommended an internal device. On a scale of 1 to 10 for awesome decisionmaking this was a -0. This is the rest of the story. On a Friday afternoon in October my bride and I were in the car mosying up and down the boulevard, when I COULDN’T BREATHE. This is not a good thing. I said “to the hospital, NOW!” She knew we were closer to a clinic than the hospital so she zipped the few blocks to the clinic. I asked her to get a nurse and a wheelchair. I may not have said those exact words since an electric elephant was pounding my chest. (The pink battery bunny? Only much bigger.) I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It hurt so bad! She came out with a big guy who said he had worked in the ER. I was much relieved at the news. He was going to stay with me until the ambulance got there. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-ventricular-tachycardia#1 The ambulance, lights blazing and siren blaring roared into he parking lot. Of course the fire engine and partrol cars had to tag along. They did their questionnaire and decided I had to get out of the car. I alerted them to the fact that was a problem since: 1) I could barely breath and 2) my legs were mush. They brought out the coolest tool- a semi rigid blanket. Somehow they worked it around me, I stood up and they laid me back in blanket and moved me to the gurney. In the blink of the eye. I have said on many occasion in the last two years – I will take a med tech instead of some doctors. These people that work the for Mayo Clinic Ambulance are AWESOME. If you don’t have a primary doctor eligible to work in the hospital (my primary is a VA doctor) you don’t get a specialist. You get a hospitalist. “Their” opinion of why I had so much chest pain was: The upper chamber of my heart emptied into my lower chamber before it had emptied. Okay? Solution? They gave me some pills to slow down my heart rate. I had three more of those attacks. I wasn’t expecting anything different when I went to the emergency room on my birthday November 14. That was the day I died. ---------- TRYING OUT MY NEW DEBFIBRILLATOR: Two images……. The power supply was implanted under my armpit and the wires were plugged into my heart. It was implanted on November 16, 2018. January and February were good – no new attacks. The pills are working! The defib hadn’t gone off. March - a little one. Another pill to take. April was good – Whoohooo! Better living thru Chemistry! October “DAMN!” That hurt. What the hell!!! If I had been standing I would have been on my butt! ER TIME – Ambulance was called. NOW thoughts were dancing in my head and not sugarplums either.. The roads – especially the freeway in Duluth MN is enough to jostle every brain cell out of you. Laying on your back on gurney. In an ambulance. Rocky back and forth, and bouncing up and down. I wrote a nasty email to the mayor once I was settled into my room.(My wife says I am too negative and mean to people. I guess I don’t understand her question.) I suggested to the mayor that she have the guy in charge of street repairs try riding in an ambulance on his streets. Ambulance tech shaking and shoving a needle into an artery. The ambulance techs has to prep you so if needed IV intervention as soon as you get to the ER you are ready to go. I have had techs give me better IVs than nurses – By Far. The ABSOLUTE WORST! IV’s are the ones they put on the top of your hand. They hurt for weeks afterwards. The ABSOLUTE worst IV? An ER doctor. Tried putting it in my hand three times. Three times. I told him to put it in the crook of my elbow. My artery jumps right out of my skin there. “No. It will pull out.” I wake up in my room. The IV is stuck in the crook of my arm! TO FINISH THE STORY This was the absolute pain every. For one and a half hours! To the hospital I holler. In the ER I holler. By now I am screaming at the top of my lungs. An electric elephant was sitting on my chest and doing the tango. I learned later that my heart rate was 228 instead of the normal rate is 100 – 150. I had VT – Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated it means means pain from hell. This particular grey, gloomy day went on for one and one half hours! God I hurt. I screamed, I swore, and I kicked. “ What the heck happened?” I asked the ER doctor. I later realized they aren’t going to tell you anything. Nothin’ The regular doctor probably would have a fit if the ER doctor told me something that disagreed with what the regular wanted to say. The ER doctors are too busy to answer questions anyway. Well, I survived so I was happy. But that HURT! Made it past that most unlucky day – my birthday. November – FOURTH WEEK It’s back. And with a vengeance. One shock upon another. The nasty thing is – if it has to shock you twice – Yup you guessed it. They second one is a lot stronger than the first. The doctor came down and presented a proposal. He was going home for Christmas. He would go to his Alma Mater and talk with his professors. They might even suggest that I go to their facility for a procedure. (Geez a choice of U of Pitt or Loyola, which should I choose?) One more blast right after Christmas dang I hope the doctor is back soon! JANUARY 2020 The new year. Here it is-- - the ninth. Two! A double whammy. One right after the other. Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive. In the morning of all the crazy things. OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed! Dammit! Well I had to wait for quite awhile. Finally the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week. But, the soft spoken doctor that saved me when I was in ER he would take the old defibrillator out. This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off. First I had to have an MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum. It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays. The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW. I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns. But I made it thru the claustrophobia. MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes. I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast! All of sudden I’m not there anymore. The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail. Huh? I’m still under the influence. “I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.” WOW. Was that great news! No more jolts followed by searing pain. Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door. I haven’t looked back. 1604

January 2020

The new year.

Here it is– – the ninth.

Two! A double whammy. Bam! BAM!

Ambulance is on the way. Much too cold to have my wife drive.

In the morning of all the crazy things.

OK folks. I am not leaving here until this thing gets fixed!

Dammit!

Well I had to wait for quite a while.

Finally, the doctor showed up. He doesn’t have time to do it this week.

But, the soft-spoken doctor that saved me when I was in the ER he would take the old defibrillator out.

This guy with the spiky blond hair would do the ablation on Friday – his day off.

First I had to have an MRI.

Have you ever had an MRI? The technicians lay you on a table that is about 6 inches wide  and that brings you into the guts of this huge drum.

It makes noise. LOUD Noise. Rattle, bang, BANG, shimmy. My goodness, you could go deaf listening to the tunes it plays.

The real nasty about the MRI – it is NARROW.

I am not a small guy. My shoulders are squished, my elbow rubs on the drum as it rotates. Elbows get carpet burns.

But I made it thru the claustrophobia.

MRI is done and I’m whisked off to another room. Lots of hustle and bustle as the guys strap me in and hook me up to tubes.

I sure hope they remember how to get me out of here. They work so fast!

All of sudden I’m not there anymore.

The doctor, an electrophysiologist, tells me he hasn’t been able to make my heart fail.

Huh?

I’m still under the influence.

“I can’t make it stop. The ablation worked. I dug around a bit, pulled something out. You don’t need to wear a defibrillator anymore.”

WOW. Was that great news!

No more jolts followed by searing pain.

Got off the table. Got dressed. Met my wife at the main door.

I haven’t looked back.

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What Menace Are We Going to Face Next?

I read a great article last week.

“Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting” “You are not crazy, my friends.” @Julio Vincent Gambuto.

I had been aching to write one almost like it, but I could not get the words out. Has that ever happened to you?

Beach at Los Angeles Google Images
I don’t think this was last weekend. Beach at Los Angeles CA

 

That had happened earlier this year when I was grinding my teeth to get an article written about how are we going to face each other when the Trump thing is gone?

We will have to find a way to work together.

Bam! The Attack of the Virus! 50,000+ people dead!

And it will return in the fall! S

Sorry kids maybe no Trick or Treating this year.

But I am going to write my story anyway. I have this angst that must come out.

Soon everyone will have cabin fever. The need for speed or just sunshine will force them to the beaches as happened in Los Angeles.

Georgia and other southern states are also holding forth the warm, bright sun and sandy beaches.

Protesters that forced the city governments to reopen too soon have already had deaths in their ranks.

Next week we will hear how the beachgoers in Los Angeles fared.

Watch the ads. Powerful forces are at work pushing you, tempting you to venture out: taxing authorities, liquor distributors, waitresses, etc.

The is “let’s get back to normal.”

How can that be? Almost 60,000 people have died to date. That is more than died in Vietnam!

Who is going to be held responsible for these deaths?

Maybe I’m being pessimistic. Maybe as things open and people start dying maybe then city governments will restore sanity.

Let’s face it. Your need to dig your toes in warm sand is not a public health issue.

People going outside and sucking in that warm spring air are being killed by it.

Maybe people will understand the risk.

How much risk are you comfortable with?

The risk of a nasty, painful illness and then add maybe death.

Stupid people.

Every marketing firm in the country will try to entice you to “Come out and play”

Waters fine. Get your boat, jetskis, and let’s go.

But, the VIRUS will be there ahead of you – waiting.

Marketers have an overarching need to find out what consumers don’t have, what will make them feel good, and make it or find it and sell it. At a profit.

You’ve seen it, “as seen on TV”.

Now, there will be even more emphasis on what can do your work for you. You only have a short time – why work? Live it up!

I have choices of Grammarly, ProWriting Aid, Hemingway. More than I would have guessed. The formats to write on, MS Word, Squiblr, Scrivener.

Hmm, I wonder how they will present that macabre thought on TV?

You can bet they are already rockin’ their think tank.

People in the major cities New York, Atlanta, Miami have seen the dark side.

Will that change their thinking?

I have been hoping that we would find a way to at least talk to each other again.

We need major restorative operations on our hearts and minds.

I was heartened by the news from the Supreme Court on Sunday. They are not going to change any gun laws as was expected. Also, they are leaving the Affordable Care Act in place.

A big question. Will people see blue skies and decide we don’t need fossil fuels any longer?

How can we fix healthcare, housing, food distribution so people don’t have to be beggars any longer?

Crime stopped for the last several weeks, didn’t it?

If we give people their pride, a job that has value, a place to be proud of, and some way they will have a sense of pride and self-worth.

How can we trust the government again? It acted in bad faith at every juncture. It had the opportunities to shine with American pride but it decided to roll in the gutter with Corona.

Will people continue to let Jeff Bezos earn thousands of dollars per minute and not pay his fair share of taxes or pay his workers a living wage.

He gave them an increase in their hourly wage but took away a bonus.

Why do the wealthy have to be so greedy? I don’t understand.

You have lived a soldier’s life for the last several weeks. Wondering where you will be in the morning. If you will have a hot meal. Wondering how you will live with the stress.

The questions keep coming.

Will I suffer like Chris Cuomo?

Will I die?

Will my parents die?

Life on the homefront just like in the Vietnam War. What? Where? When? WHY?

Even the count of those that died is the same.

I can’t get my head around that. 50,000+ people. Dead.

In such a short time.

Survivors guilt.

The merry-go-round we’ve been on for the last 50 years has stopped. Or is somebody just dragging their feet so they can wear out their shoes and get a new pair they like better?

As soon as the darkness fell I began hoping for a new dawn.

But it seems that the people that acted badly are still acting badly. They are just as stupid and heartless as they have been.

Maybe there is no way to change them. If 50,000 people dying and 3 million sick doesn’t have an impact on them then what?

I don’t know much. But I do know we can’t let them have the reins of power again.

Maybe every congressperson, every senator local through national level has to take a civics class.

They need to be taught manners, the spirituality of compassion, and looking out for your neighbor.

How do we learn to trust our representatives again?

So many acted so badly.

How did they lose the American spirit?

 

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Luminous Supernovas: The Most Powerful Explosions in Space

The Brighest SuperNova ever seen LIVESCIENCE
The Brightest SuperNova ever seen. This is an artist’s illustrations of a brilliant supernova. Aaron Geller/Northwestern University.

A Slight Detour

A new ozone hole is opening and spreading over the North Pole. Image European Space Agency
A new ozone hole is opening and spreading over the North Pole. Image European Space Agency

Scientists believe this to be the largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded.

The hole covers an area roughly three times the size of Greenland.

It can expose people living at far northern latitudes to high levels of ultraviolet light radiation.

It appears that it will close on its own in a few weeks an ESA researcher stated.

And another detour

The Yellowstone Caldera is a supervolcano spreading below Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Image: The Express UK
The Yellowstone Caldera is a supervolcano spreading below Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Image: The Express UK

If this supervolcano erupts it will cause massive destruction. It has only erupted 3 times before: 2.1 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago, and 640,000 years ago.

Another view of what could be a future cataclysmic event. Image: Express UK
Another view of what could be a future cataclysmic event. Image: Express UK

Sorry for the detours but these were events of great significance if they complete configurations. The earthquake at Yellowstone registered 7.5 magnitude.

This is a mock-up a supernova generated by a supercomputer.
This is a mock-up a supernova generated by a supercomputer.
Supernova choking on its own dust cloud. Image by LiveScience
Supernova choking on its own dust cloud. Image by LiveScience
Chandra. This supernova was first observed 2,000 years ago
Chandra. This supernova was first observed 2,000 years ago
RCW 86 This is the first supernova observed by NASA/ESA/JPL
RCW 86 This is the first supernova observed by NASA/ESA/JPL Image by NASA/ESA/JPL
SN 2013CU prior to it exploding into a supernova Image by Gal-Yam at Weizmann Observatory
SN 2013CU prior to it exploding into a supernova Image by Gal-Yam at Weizmann Observatory
This is a remnant of supernova Casseopeia-A Image by NASA
This is a remnant of supernova Cassiopeia-A Image by NASA
Supernova shrapnel was discovered inside a meteorite. Image NASA
Supernova shrapnel was discovered inside a meteorite. Image NASA
X-ray stripes in TYCO Supernova Image NASA/CRC/ESA/
X-ray stripes in TYCO Supernova Image NASA/CRC/ESA
This is the youngest black hole ever found Image: NASA
This is the youngest black hole ever found Image: NASA

Scientists measure supernovae using two scales: one is the energy of the explosion, and the other is the amount of that energy emitted as observable light, or radiation. Matt Nicholl is the lead author and also a lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham in England.

Thank you for stopping.

I could spend all day every day with my head in the stars.

Craig

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Batty? No Bats. Wherefrom Corona?

image of coronavirus cell from LiveScience 4.4.20
Image of a novel coronavirus cell from LiveScience April 4, 2020

4.15.20

“My Darling”

I am sorry this is so late. I had the research done on Sunday. It is now Thursday. What happened?

Looking at all of the files I collected, I decided a better way was to group blog posts by category.

There are so many side roads to take with novel coronavirus or Corona as I like to call her.

I call her “my darling” when we are alone.

What else could a writer want but 100 new topics a day all pointing down different paths?

I believe trump really misjudged this one. Even if he did not, and even if 40% of people love what he is doing with this virus, the results in this once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe will be enough to condemn anyone. It may be a PR nightmare that is unwinnable.

As I announced last Friday evening on Facebook, I cannot in good conscience, name each criminal act of our leader, every day until the election.

But neither can I not write about him.

I had hoped to start writing short stories and earn some money with freelancing, but this mission takes higher priority.

Standing at the Minneapolis recruiting station, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

I have not been relieved of that oath.

It is even more important now that SCOTUS has sided against the “We the People” of the Constitution by its allowing the vote in Wisconsin to go on despite the pandemic. (A liberal woman won the seat on the State Supreme Court! – The exact thing the republicans with their hijinks tried to prevent.)

As I will point out in the posts of the next months, trump is not worthy of a second term (nor the first term in my opinion).

So watch out for the weaves, you may have to duck.

We the people have had enough. Image: Google Images I think

Bats in MY belfry?

No doubt. But the issue is how do I replace them?

I think I am of one mind and one spirit.

Trump has no such problem.

He puts on his mob face and merrily or merely calls in his enforcers and they “handle” it.

His “team” understand the rules.

Maybe bats helped the virus escape from a lab in Wuhan? Some conservatives think so.

Some conservatives also think it is a virus that has been weaponized by China! China says it was the US Army.

Who do you think is lying? I’ll go with the conservatives like Lips Limbaugh.

Would trump force his fierce ire on this tiger at the Bronx Zoo?

Maybe trump misunderstood when Pete Navarro gave him a warning in January.  Mr. President, novel corona is not Corona Extra! You may not even want a lemon wedge with it.

Corona Extra is the top-selling imported beverage in the US so I can understand how you would be confused.

NADIA, A MALAYAN TIGER AT THE BRONX ZOO HAS CORONAVIRUS. MAYBE THE FIRST JULIE LARSEN MAHER WILDLEIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY AND AP
Nadia, a Malaysian Tiger at the Bronx Zoo has COVID-19. Not your pussygato though.

I wish I could plug trump’s mouth.

Why?

Because he lies, he abuses the press and reporters, and much to my delight he abuses other republicrooks.

His ogre-mentality doesn’t even stop when he destroys the lives and livelihoods of HIS trumpettes.

But they still love him! Imagine that!

Although a survey out today lists his popularity in the lower 40s due to the way he is handling this crisis.

TODAY’S EPISODE COMES IN SEVERAL PARTS.

Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

Not the venom spewed by loudmouth Rushey and trump’s other cohorts.

Novel coronavirus:

  • Did not escape from a lab
  • Did not become weaponized by the Chinese
  • Did not come from the “wet” market (where they kill animals and sell them fresh for you to take home for supper) in Wuhan’

Scientists (read smart people that are not loudmouths and blowhards like our fearful leader) compare the COVID-19 with other coronaviruses known to infect humans

This article in LiveScience will hopefully leave the blowhards sucking air:

The LiveScience link you share with you the 13 myths that have been busted by science and not hyperbole, or racism, xenophobia.

Just because something is foreign, strange, brown or black-skinned does not mean IT IS BAD!

The researchers have at least two plausible explanations as to the origin of SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

The first is that a historical animal that spread the SARS virus in Asia and MERS in the Middle East.

The animal is a civet.

This is a delicacy in some Asian countries. As is the fruit it excretes. It is washed off and the coffee beans are roasted and ground for – coffee!

More Learning

If you are not getting enough of exotic names, diseases, etc. I have attached a link to a glossary of terms.

One of the terms on this list is “zoo tonic diseases” .  It means that the virus that is already on its way to us (you think because this one is so bad that we are going to be done with them? Not a chance!)

I don’t want you to get in trouble with your teacher when school reopens next fall, so I will correct myself. Zoontonic or zoonoses are diseases that spread from animals to humans according to the CDC.

For every acre of forest that Brazil burns, for every coral reef that is destroyed in Australia or New Zealand, what are the chances that we will run into more problems not only because of Climate Change but by stealing wildlife habitat we are increasing our risks.

If you are not stirred up enough worrying about your parents, or grandparents or children here is another fine mess.

Another something to chew on. Coming diseases from your backyard will be a subject in another post.

Here is an interactive map from NPR.

In 2009 a program initially planned by the Obama Administration was launched to “hunt for unknown viruses that can cross from animals to humans and cause pandemics.

So the why and wherefore is the same old song. Budgets, not enough money not enough manpower. “Michael Buchmeier, a virologist and associate director of the Center for Virus Research at the U Cal Irvine. “We’ve been gutting surveillance for too long”.

It did not help that in 2009 trump fired the researchers from this program at the CDC.

A really big question right now: is coronavirus going to come back and haunt us as the flu viruses do?

Plan on it.

While SARS was in 2002-2003. MERS started in 2012 and is still going.  And Novel Coronavirus in 2020.

MERS-CoV was spread by camel and probably bats. MERS is the really nasty one. 25% to 30% of those who are infected die from it. Through 2018 2,500 people have died from it.

Minnesota has recorded 986 infections and 30 deaths so far from novel coronavirus.

By the numbers

Another tragic consequence of COVID-19 is the demographic toll it has been taking.

I am going to share in perspective:

In only six weeks the US death toll zoomed from zero to more than 12,000!

Hospitals are out of supplies; cities are out of morgue space. They are using potter’s fields. And using prison inmates to dig the grave.

Blacks and other Latin Americans are bearing the brunt of COVID-19.

In Michigan, 33% of infections are seen in blacks and Latin Americans.

The death rate is 41%.

These numbers do not reflect the fact that blacks and Latin Americans represent only 14% of the population.

Governor John Bell Edwards in Louisiana states that slightly more than 70% of all deaths are found in the black population.

Blacks represent 33% of the total population.

In Chicago 72% of the people that have died but make up only 30% of the population.

We have to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of deaths that we are going to see in the coming months.

Cheryl Rolston, director of the emergency department

They just watched four codes happen. This is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stuff for them, not real life. It shouldn’t happen in front of them.

Dr. Lorenzo Paladino, of young patients in the ER

You’re driving down New York Avenue or Nostrand Avenue, which are pretty busy thoroughfares — it’s almost crickets. But then here in the emergency department, it’s a level of intensity that you only see in disaster zones.”

Dr. Robert Gore

According to scientists, 70% of merging infectious diseases in humans are of zoonotic origin.

Scientists also say, there are nearly 1.7 million undiscovered viruses may exist in wildlife. Many researchers are searching for the ones that could cause the next animal-to-human spillover. The likeliest hot spots have three things in common, Daszak said: lots of people, diverse plants and animals, and rapid environmental changes.

What do your streets look like?

Images Credit: M Scott Mahasky, Politico

Looking at Philadelphia City Hall M Scott Mahasky, Politico
Looking at Philadelphia City Hall
Baltimore Image by M Scott Mahasky, Politico
Baltimore Image by M Scott Mahasky, Politico
Interior of novel coronavirus LiveScience
Interior of novel coronavirus

Thank you for stopping.

Craig

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Teachers! Home Schoolers! Is This the Answer You Need? Solve the COVID-19 Kids Are at Home All The Time Pain?

39 Resources for Teachers and Home Schoolers During the Crushing Period of Lockdown due to COVID-19!

A fabulous picture of the International Space Station. Its panels are caught some in full sun and some in partial. Amazing picture. I do not remember where I found it.
I love to use Space as an image for what students can achieve. Especially now with a return to the Moon and the trip to Mars on the horizon

A few hours ago I saw a notice flash across my monitor.

I have been building a new blog website – for free this time – no expense!

Then I heard on TV a teacher say that she was going to set up assignments this evening.

So I had better get a hustle-in-my-bustle!

A warm picture of The Valley of the Dolls in the Dolomite Mountains in South Tyrol, Italy. A beautiful winter scene. Image from
This is a cool picture for geography. The Valley of the Dolls in the Dolemite Mountains in South Tyrol Italy
I thought I could use the “Inspect” tool to remember where I found this. If I had to guess, and I do, it was probably in Google Images.

I was using the “Capitalize My Title” website when I used the plugin offering 30+ FREE resources to teachers and home schoolers.

What a GREAT idea for a blog post.

Of course, I had no idea that it would take me two days and a few hours to type!

THE HEADLINE

It is on the site “Capitalize My Title” as I mentioned. I don’t want you to forget. I would like to try some of these apps. Some I have used and some I still use.

It is offering “30+ FREE Online Teaching Resources for Teachers Affected by Coronavirus.

It was posted on 3/18/20 at 1.15 PM so it is still pretty FRESH.

The staff at “Capitalize My Title” did a SUPERB job.

Capitalize My Title” also offes excellent blogs on SEO and other criteria for an excellent blog site. I printed out 6 or 7 chapters.

I am going to use their layouts and texts since they did such a great job. Also, I think not using quotes will make reading a lot easier. There are 38 paragraphs with internet references!

I will post fairly close to the way they are described on the website.

But you know I have to make some lamebrain comments, RIGHT?

The team at “Capitalize My Title” puff out their chests – as well they should – for scurrying around finding all of these resources and diligently laying them out so legibly.

The kids should thank their lucky stars because I AM NOT a teacher by trade or luck.

That means that you teachers, you homeschoolers, you volunteers deserve all the kudos for the great job you do.

These tools are not geared toward teenagers. WHEW!

An image of young children sitting on the floor waiting for their teacher to start school. They are all smiling  widely.
School Learning Studying Education Knowledge Concept Licensed from RawPixels.com by Craig Martineau

The Header:

https://capitalizemytitle.com/free-resources-for-online-learning/

Now if the tools hold up to your scrutiny I will have done a great job (I am going into this a non-educated OAF you understand.

The Tools

1.Discovery

Created a special Viruses and Outbreak channel to help educators discuss the coronavirus outbreak with students. (Remember to use my articles here and here.)

They are even offering FREE access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year.

NOW THAT IS FORWARD THINKING AWESOME PROBLEM SOLVING!

 Main Website: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

COVID-19  Offering:https://www.discoveryeducation.com/coronavirus-response

2.BrainPop

BrainPop is offering FREE, unlimited use of its platform for any schools impacted by the virus.

This includes animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for distance learning.

Main website: https://brainpop.com

COVID-19 Offering: https://educators.brainpop.com/2020/02/19/free-brainpop-access-for-schools-affected -by-the-corona-virus

3.Kahoot

Kahoot! Is a great distance learning tool. It offers self-paced games for students. In response to coronavirus, Kahoot! Is offering their premium service for FREE where educators can create their own games for students!

Main Website: https://kahoot.com

COVID-19 Offering: https://kahoot.com/blog/2020/02/27/kahoot-free-access-schools-higher-education-coronavirus/

4.Pronto

Is a communication platform that lets people communicate via chat and video. It is available FREE to teachers and teams during this time.

Main Website: https://pronto.io

COVID-19 Offering: https://pronto.io/coronavirus/

So far these seem like outstanding offers.

5. Book Creator lets educators create books for classrooms. This includes interactive stories, digital portfolios, poetry books, instruction manuals, and more. They have offered a FREE collaboration upgrade for educators affected by the coronavirus.

WOW! Will somebody let me take their class. This sounds AWESOME!

Main Website: https://bookcreator.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/suppport-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/

6.Google is offering advanced Hangouts Meet for free and they’re recommending Google Classroom for distance learning. They also list some great ways to leverage these tools in these trying times.

I don’t know if you’ve used Hangouts but my brother in California and I use it to communicate almost exclusively. Hangouts is AWESOME!

Main Website: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/distancelearning-COVID-1919/

7.Tynker

Tynker is a great tool for teaching kids how to code. It leverages Minecraft and other games to teach kids how to code interactively.  They are giving away access to their platform to teachers who are affected by coronavirus AT NO COST! FREE

I’ll Sign uP! That’s my level of learning ability FER SHUR!

Main Website: https://www.tynker.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://mailchi.mp/tynker/in-support-of-schools-facing-health-related-closure

8.Buncee

Their Media person writes: “Buncee gives creation and communication  tools to students and teachers through their all-in-one technology that empowers all users to easily create, and share visual representations of content, across grade, age and learning levels.” They are giving away FREE Buncee Classroom accounts to teachers through any closures due to top coronavirus.

Main Website: https://buncee.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://blog.buncee.com/supporting-remote-student-learning/

IMAGE of young students and a teacher. Image from Buncee promotion materials
Image from Buncee Promotion Materials
  • 9. Pear Deck

“Pear Deck makes it easy for teachers to stay connected with students. It connects with existing videoconferencing software by Google, Microsoft, and Zoom.

Due to COVID-19, they are giving away FREE Pear Deck Premium access to educators.

Main Website: https://peardeck.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.peardeck.com/staying-connected

10.Kami

Kami is a document and PDF annotation app that lets teachers engage their students in new ways. They are giving away FREE access to teachers and students affected by the coronavirus.

Main Website: https://kamiapp.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://blog.kamiapp.com/remote-learning-with-kami-during-school-shutdowns/

11.Parlay

Parlay is an app that lets students have their own voice. They can participate anonymously in classroom discussions and respond to prompts from the teacher. Parlay will be FREE for everyone until May 15th, 2020

Main Website: https://parlayideas.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://parlayideas.com/school-closure-support/

12.Elementari

Elementari.io is giving away FREE access to their entire platform to teachers and parents affected by coronavirus. Elementari allows students in K-12 to create, write, and code interactive stories. It’s a great platform to help students learn how to read write, program and more.

Main Website: https://elementario.io

COVID-19 Offering: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJ1LAywQdwvNKN_SpsypVA48XOaoCTQoGhuaP7e12fgwPnWA/viewform

13.EdPuzzle

Turn videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course or others into engaging course, Teachers can make sure their students actually watch the videos and inject quizzes to test students’ comprehension. They are offering some relief for teachers affected by coronavirus.

Main Website: https://https://edpuzzle.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039805612-Help-for-schools-affected-by-Covid-19

14.Wakelet

Wakelet allows educators to save, organize, and curate information they find across the web. They have curated some tips for educators to make the most of distance learning.

Main Website: https://wakelet.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://wakelet.com/wake/3af73ea4-a652-4e38-934d-765aefe0f35b

15.Twinkl

Educators can get a FREE month of Twinkl now. Twinkl has tons of U.S. teaching resources for use in the classroom covering key topics aligned with state standards. Educators can download these resources and share with their students.

Main Website:https://www.twinkl.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.twinkl.com/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=corona

16.Hapara

Hapara is a leader in helping schools transition to digital learning. Teachers can create assignments and projects in the could that they can share with students who can then upload their work to the cloud as well. They are offering new schools/districts FREE access to Hapara until the end of June 2020.

Main Website: https://hapara.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://hapara.com/from-home/

17. Mangahigh

Mangahigh is a great tool to teach students math and coding. Teachers can set up advance quizzes and innovative games for students to learn crucial math and coding skills. They are offering full access to Mangahigh during school closures for any schools that are impacted by COVID-19=19.

Main Website: https://www.mangahigh.com

COVID-19 Offering:https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/blog/2020-03-06-free-access-schools-online-maths-coronavirus

18.Scholastic Learn at Home

Primarily targeted at parents who will now have their kids at home for long periods, Scholastic Learn at Home gives kids one week of content for PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.

Main Website: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

COVID-19 Offering:https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

19.ListenWire

ListenWire makes great podcast lessons from the best non-fiction storytellers. Feel good about having your students listen to educational content. They are offering free ListenWire Premium through April 30th for students affected by coronavirus.

Main Website: http://listenwise.com/

COVID-19 Offering:http://blog.listenwise.com/2020/03/listenwise-support-for-schools-affected-by-the-coronavirus/

20.MobyMax

MobyMax is an award-winning online differentiated learning platform that helps students close learning gaps. They are offering their software for FREE to all schools and districts forced to close to protect against COVID-19.

Main Website: http://mobymax.com/

COVID-19 Offering: http://press.mobymax.com/mobymax-to-provide-all-k-8-schools-and-school-districts-closed-by-covid-19-with-free-internet-learning-software

21.GoGuardian

GoGuardian is a great digital learning platform that lets schools manage their classrooms and administrative needs.

Main Website: https://www.goguardian.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://www.goguardian.com/blog/learning/goguardian-teacher-for-remote-learning/

22.Seterra Geography

Seterra offers map games to make learning geography easy. They are offering FREE Seterra memberships for schools affected by COVID-19.

Main Website: https://seterra.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://online.seterra.com/en/p/corona-support

23.We Video

We Video makes it easy for students to create fun, engaging videos and use the power of their voice to create them.

Main Website: https://www.wevideo.com/education

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.wevideo.com/education

24.Education Perfect

Education Perfect provides a progressive teaching and learning toolkit for the modern classroom. EP is providing FREE and unlimited access to all schools until May 1st.

Main Website: https://epforlearning.com/

COVID-19 Offering:https://epforlearning.com/2020/education-perfects-technology-minimising-impact-on-100-coronavirus-affected-schools-in-china/

25.Slido Education

Interactive Q&A session software that lets you curate and manage audience questions. A great way to poll the classroom or let students ask anonymously.

Main Website: https://sli.do/

COVID-19 Offering:https://blog.sli.do/slido-for-education/

26.Breakout Edu

Breakout Edu has over 1500 Interactive learning games available that bring the challenges of an escape room to the classroom. Subjects range from language to math and science.

Main Website: https://www.breakoutedu.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

27. Microsoft Education

Main Website: https://teams.microsoft.com/


COVID-19 Offering: https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2020/03/how-schools-can-ramp-up-remote-learning-programs-quickly-with-microsoft-teams/

28.NearPod

Main Website: https://nearpod.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://nearpod.com/coronavirus

29.Zoom

Zoom is a great videoconferencing software that makes it easy to do.

Main Website: https://blog.zoom.us/

COVID-19 Offering: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/02/26/zoom-commitment-user-support-business-continuity-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

30. Screencastify

Main Website: https://www.screencastify.com/education/
COVID-19 Offering: https://twitter.com/Screencastify/status/1226934956930281472

31.Mystery Science

Main Website: https://mysteryscience.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://mysteryscience.com/

32. Age of Learning (ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ)

Main Website: https://www.ageoflearning.com

COVID-19 Offering:https:/www.ageoflearning.com/schools

33.Genially

Genially lets teachers create interactive learning resources from presentations to infographics. In response to COVID-19, they are offering many of their premium templates for FREE.

Main Website: https://www.genial.ly/en

COVID-19 Offering: https://doitgenially.com/en/premium-templates-now-available-for-free-for-everyone-forever-genially-aims-to-facilitate-remote-and-distance-learning/

34.Canva

Canva is a great tool to quickly create infographics, Instructables, and other classroom activities. They have a FREE EDU offering.

Main Website: https://www.canva.com/

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.canva.com/education/

35.Start.me

Start.me makes it easy to build start pages with links to lesson plans, education apps, games, and other online resources. They are making PRO accounts for FREE for all teachers affected by coronavirus.

Main Website: https://startme.com/education

COVID-19 Offeringhttps://blog.start.me/news/coronavirus

36.Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Institute

CMU is offering FREE fee waivers to institutions affected by COVID-19 by making all of their Open Learning Initiative (OLI) courseware FREE for affected institutions. OLI courses act as textbook replacements or as supplemental material.

Main Website: https://oli.cmu.edu/educators/

COVID-19 Offering: https://oli.cmu.edu/fee-waivers-for-mid-semester-transition-in-spring-2020/

37.Kapwing

Kapwing is a collaborative online image and video editor with a cloud storage Workspace. It’s an excellent tool for teachers who are making video lessons to send to students for remote learning, for students working together on a group project, or a classroom looking for digital space to share multimedia projects with each other. They are giving away Kapwing Pro to educators whose schools are affected by the COVID-19 closures

Main Website: https://www.kapwing.com/ 

COVID-19 Offering: https://www.kapwing.com/resources/free-kapwing-pro-accounts-for-educators-affected-by-covid-19/

38.Pixton EDU

Pixton EDU is a web-app that gives teachers and students a unique way to create stories, demonstrate learning, and enhance writing assignments – in any subject- through digital comics. They are offering all-access for FREE for 30 days during the outbreak.

Main Website: http://pixton.com/

COVID-19 Offering: http://go.pixton.com/covid19

Is this more dramatic than the next image? The Clouds 200 miles below!
I don’t know which one is more dramatic – the clouds 200 miles below Image by NASA
which is more dramatic the International Space Station traveling thru the Aurora Borealis Image by Scott Kelly NASA
or the International Space Station traveling thru the Aurora Boealis Image by Astronaut Scott Kelly NASA

In the Last Two Decades – SARS, MERS, and COVID-19

Humans have been afflicted by a series of coronaviruses in additon to deadly flu strains.

Cell of COVID -19 coronavirus in 2020

 

I was reading the news on my phone.

That lead me to write this.

It appears that violence and harassment are increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic deepens.

The violence against immigrants is particularly distressing.

Bigotry and fear are no excuse for behaving like jackasses and worse.

If you want to know why read this.

SARS

Many of you have heard of SARS, a viral infection before COVID-19 which we are suffering through right now.

The SARS pandemic ran from 2002 to 2004.

The outbreak originated in Foshan, China and infected over 8,000 people and caused 774 deaths worldwide.

A chart of SARS depicting how countries were affected by infections, deaths and the rate of death
SARS by country. Image Wikipedia

Images from Wikipedia

Image of the Probable cases of SARS in 2002 & 2003. Wikipedia
Image of the Probable cases of SARS in 2002 & 2003. Wikipedia

 

Images of SARS-CoV0-2 and Human Cells Wikipedia
Images of SARS-CoV0-2 and Human Cells Wikipedia

 

MERS

Since SARS there has been MERS.

SARS was designated SARS-CoV-2 . MERS was designated CoV.

It too was a coronavirus.

Mortality was about one-third of diagnosed cases.

Camels have been shown to have antibodies but there is no scientific proof of how they got infected or how it spread to humans.

It’s spread outside of a hospital is rare.

But image a 1/3 death rate!

Image of MERS ONE-THIRD MORBIDITY RATE IMAGE WIKIPEDIA
MERS one-third morbidity rate!

 

Image MERS outbreak 2013 -2020 Wikipedia
Image MERS outbreak 2013 -2020 Wikipedia

 

 

By the numbers: Information from WHO with links in blue Image World Health Organization

By the numbers: Information from WHO with links in blue Image World Health Organization

CORONAVIRUS

Why are they called coronaviruses?

Corona is Spanish is crown.

IMAGE OF COVID-19 on unsplash by Viktor Forgacs
IMAGE OF COVID-19 on unsplash by Viktor Forgacs Note the red “crowns”

H1N1

SARS was mainly in the East and MERS in Saudi Arabia and the East.

The most recent pandemic to affect the United States was the H1N1 “swine flu”. In 2009 it aflicted over 60 million people in the United States.

The COVID-19 is not in that category.

The swine flu  hit the younger people hard. I remember standing in line with my sons waiting to get the vaccination shot.

Here we are

Another coronavirus. Where do they come from?

H1N1 Swine Flu statistics Chart: CDC
H1N1 Swine Flu statistics Chart: CDC

Pangolins

This is a pangolin
This is a pangolin

These are pangolins rescued from poachers. They are a luxury ingredient in Chinese and Philipine medicinal potions.

In February 2020 Chinese researchers identified that Pangolins match 98 percent of the cells in the COVID-19 virus.  Later the number was rechecked and it dropped to 90.3%.

Scientists will have to searching for the culprit.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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