Help Save Lives

© 2020 Jim Spence - Several weeks ago, I subscribed to The Great Courses Plus, via my Roku streaming device. As a hopeless sports junkie I had no idea at the time that I would take so many courses in such a short period of time. However, with the suspension of the NHL, MLB, and all the major professional golf tours, I’ve had plenty of time to complete several courses.
Just this weekend, I completed a course on the life and works of George Orwell. I thought I already knew plenty about Orwell. Not so. While Orwell is one of the most popular authors in history, he is widely misunderstood. Upon reflection of the many hours of lectures on Orwell by noted expert Dr.  Michael Sheldon, it became clear that Orwell understood human nature as few others. Orwell was particularly sensitive to the bullying nature of power-hungry politicians on both sides of the political spectrum.
It should come as no surprise to anyone watching the Wuhan Coronavirus tragedy unfold, that hatred and fear are the preferred tools of those playing political power games. And make no mistake, while the human damage being done by this virus is tragic, the fear, hatred, and manipulation techniques being deployed by those trying to exploit this emergency situation are now EPIC.
Amazingly, one has to dig, dig, dig simply to find follow-up information regarding Dr. Zev Zelenko, who is a Board Certified Family Practitioner who lives in Monroe, New York. Dr Zelenko reported just a week ago that he was having astonishing success treating patients testing positive for Wuhan Coronavirus.
Now, you would think reports on his extremely encouraging results and those of French physician Didier Raoult, and several others would be front page news. This information is not on the front pages. In fact, this information is being systematically buried by almost every outlet of the mainstream media.
Instead of getting important information about how lives are being saved, we are subjected to interviews with people peddling hatred, fear, and manipulation, just as Orwell warned.
Just this morning Nancy Pelosi accused the president of “killing” people. It doesn't matter who you voted for in 2016. There should be no place in civilized society for this sort of hatred, fear, and manipulation.
Today, I dug and dug. It seems that there is more good news from Dr. Zelenko and many other physicians. Hydroxychloroquine, in conjunction with other widely available drugs, are in fact SAVING LIVES. These drugs have been administered broadly in New York since Tuesday.

He is Dr. Zenko’s open letter to: “All medical professionals around the world”

"My name is Dr. Zev Zelenko and I practice medicine in Monroe, NY. For the last 16 years, I have cared for approximately 75% of the adult population of Kiryas Joel, which is a very close knit community of approximately 35,000 people in which the infection spread rapidly and unchecked prior to the imposition of social distancing.
As of today, my team has tested approximately 200 people from this community for Covid-19, and 65% of the results have been positive. If extrapolated to the entire community, that means more than 20,000 people are infected at the present time. Of this group, I estimate that there are 1500 patients who are in the high-risk category (i.e. >60, immunocompromised, comorbidities, etc).
Given the urgency of the situation, I developed the following treatment protocol in the pre-hospital setting and have seen only positive results:
Any patient with shortness of breath regardless of age is treated.
Any patient in the high-risk category even with just mild symptoms is treated.
Young, healthy and low risk patients even with symptoms are not treated (unless their circumstances change, and they fall into category 1 or 2).
My out-patient treatment regimen is as follows:
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice a day for 5 days
Azithromycin 500mg once a day for 5 days
Zinc sulfate 220mg once a day for 5 days
The rationale for my treatment plan is as follows. I combined the data available from China and South Korea with the recent study published from France (sites available on request). We know that hydroxychloroquine helps Zinc enter the cell. We know that Zinc slows viral replication within the cell. Regarding the use of azithromycin, I postulate it prevents secondary bacterial infections. These three drugs are well known and usually well tolerated, hence the risk to the patient is low.
Since last Thursday, my team has treated approximately 350 patients in Kiryas Joel and another 150 patients in other areas of New York with the above regimen.
Of this group and the information provided to me by affiliated medical teams, we have had ZERO deaths, ZERO hospitalizations, and ZERO intubations. In addition, I have not heard of any negative side effects other than approximately 10% of patients with temporary nausea and diarrhea.
In sum, my urgent recommendation is to initiate treatment in the outpatient setting as soon as possible in accordance with the above. Based on my direct experience, it prevents acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), prevents the need for hospitalization and saves lives.
With much respect,

Dr. Zev Zelenko

There are several hundred regular followers of this column. For obvious reasons, I want to urge each and every one of you to disseminate this information as widely as you can. Send it to all of your loved ones and friends. You just might help save lives while most of the media sits on this information.

Trying to do the right thing is popular - Who Knew?

© 2020 Jim Spence - How quickly this nation seemingly turned, following the impeachment proceedings in early February.
It is worth noting that this mess began much earlier. Who knew China dominated the World Health Organization? Who knew the World Health Organization officials would turn out to be bogged down in politics instead of doing their jobs? And how many people know at this stage of the mess that China actually jailed local doctors for reporting the dangers associated with this virus in December? Who knows that in early January the WHO reported that this virus could not be transmitted via human beings?
The rest is history. By the third week of January, the Chinese shut down Wuhan, but it was too late. People travelling to and from Wuhan were moving to other areas of China and the rest of the world carrying a highly contagious virus.
Sadly, the impeachment charade was in its final stages when the WHO finally told the truth about the virus on January 30th. The very next day President Trump blocked all travel to and from China. Astonishingly, Trump did this in the face of filthy charges that he was racist for doing so. These charges were levelled by all leading Democrats and ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post. They told Americans that Trump did not want to stop the spread of COVID-19, he wanted to lash out at the Chinese because he hates Asians.
It is important to understand the virus was not part of the Democrat’s game plan in late January. Instead, they flailed about on the Senate floor. Senate Democrats never had the votes for a impeachment conviction and they knew it. It was all just show business to drive down Trump’s numbers. It was a spectacular display of not doing their duty. Apparently, the lame effort failed miserably in the middle third of the American electorate, the independents. Trump’s numbers rose steadily as the impeachment fiasco wore on. Independents hate waste.
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post Democrats came around on the real threat of COVID-19, but not right away. After Trump initiated travel restrictions to and from hotspots in Europe, Democrats with direct assistance from their media organizations, dialed up the level of xenophobe charges hurled at Trump. However, once Democrats realized the Trump travel bans were saving lives, they changed the subject and accused Trump of being racist for calling the virus the same thing they had back in January……the Chinese Coronavirus.
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Steve Sisolak
As February turned into March and the financial markets got quite roiled, one could visibly see the talking points by Democrats and the media change. Here was the chance to stall the economy and the Trump re-election bid. Their racism charge tactics were gradually replaced by predictions of human and economic catastrophe. All Trump’s fault of course. Suddenly the orange man who was doing everything he could about the virus while being called a racist, wasn’t doing enough.
All of this has become surreal. When Trump mentioned successful preliminary studies using the long-ago FDA approved drug hydroxychloroquine, some Democrats decided to take exception. They ignored the studies and blamed Trump for “creating false hopes.”
Just yesterday there were more incredibly promising results reported by French research epidemiologist Dr. Didier Raoult. It seems that in a second study the encouraging findings of his previously successful hydroxychloroquine study were confirmed. Dr. Raoult administered hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to 80 patients (his first study involved 40 patients). Raoult now reports improvements in 79 patients. It seems that one case where the drug did not help, involved an extremely ill 86-year-old who already had an advanced form of coronavirus infection. This is good news because in New York, the drug is being used on thousands of patients.
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Gretchen Whitmer
The political aspects of this virus are getting bizarre. The drug is safe and has been approved for treatment of malaria and arthritis for decades. Quite amazingly, there are now two Democrat governors who are, GET THIS, banning the off-label use of this drug, despite FDA clearance for off-label use. This week Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and Nevada governor Steve Sisolak were actually threatening doctors for treating patients with hydroxychloroquine......while doctors in New York administer tens of thousands of doses of this drug.
As was the case with the Democrat’s impeachment fiasco, Trump’s approval numbers keep edging higher as he continues to try to do the right things to contain the damage being done by this pandemic. These are strange times indeed. It does not seem that Democrats holding elected offices (or working in the media) seem capable of understanding why it is so popular for leaders to stop wasting time and try to do the right thing. It is pretty pitiful.

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Don't Sign Your Own Suicide Pact

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Rest assured that the flu is contagious and dangerous. It has been killing several hundred thousand people per year for a long time. Year-to-date the number of coronavirus deaths are now roughly equal to the number of flu deaths recorded in just one week. Still, both flu and coronavirus should not be taken lightly. Both are contagious and require vigilance and respect when it comes to hygiene etc. However, there is a column in the Wall Street Journal this morning, that echoes the findings of many independent observers for weeks. The fatality rate of coronavirus has been grossly exaggerated by the media.
It is time to take a deep breath and rely on the power of observation, fellow Americans.
There is plenty of information out there regarding the dangers of the flu. Of course, this information is being overwhelmed by the dangers of coronavirus. Both diseases carry risks for society. But coronavirus is so new, it can and is being used to create an astonishing level of hysteria.
There is some good news. We have promising signs that the seventy-year old drug hydroxychloroquine is effective in arresting coronavirus when taken in conjunction with other anti-viral agents. This drug has been used to treat malaria and arthritis for decades with minor side effects. It is widely available and very inexpensive. A doctor in Monroe, New York reported earlier this week that all 350 of his patients recovered from coronavirus after being treated with the drug for a few days. There are three separate international studies on this drug that are completed, that also showed very promising results. At this very moment, the state of New York is administering hydroxychloroquine to thousands of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus. Let’s hope the success rates are duplicated.
Still, many elected officials seem to believe that only their declarations of MARTIAL LAW can save us from coronavirus calamities. It is time for every American to reject MARTIAL LAW as being the answer to either treating and preventing the spread of either the flu, or coronavirus.
In defense of MARTIAL LAW, just yesterday Nancy Pelosi was seen on CNN screaming back at the anchor interviewing her. Pelosi shouted down her interviewer saying that she did not care about Americans going back to work or getting back to their normal everyday lives. She insisted that she wanted “science” to determine policies. One must conclude Pelosi was talking about POLITICAL SCIENCE.
On Tuesday night, Democrat Nevada governor Steve Sisolak crossed all lines of decency when he crassly issued an emergency order barring the use of anti-malaria drugs such as hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients. Again, this governor invoked an emergency order to stop treatments, in the face of many reports that this drug kills the coronavirus.
In short, as this latest round of utter hysteria unfolds, and solutions that can return America to normalcy emerge, many Democrats, not all, are starting to throw up legal roadblocks using emergency orders. They are trying to counteract efforts made by others who are simply trying to save lives or put an early end to MARTIAL LAW.
Orders in New Mexico and many other states, most of which are completely dominated by Democrats, call for the shuttering of all “non-essential” businesses. Make no mistake what a non-essential business is. It is a business that provides a paycheck and benefits for “somebody else.” When the business anyone works at is shut down by government fiat, the government is, by way of a non-due-process edict, determining that those who draw their salaries and benefits there are NOT-ESSENTIAL.
Let us no longer make any mistake about what is happening here. Democrats in elected offices in many areas of the nation are not only imposing MARTIAL LAW, some are going so far as to use “emergency orders” to deny promising treatments to patients at risk. And they are doing this when the treatment involves the use of drugs that have been FDA approved as safe for decades.
In Nevada, a couple of months of this governor refusing the most promising treatments could cause what this same governor purports to want to stop with his declaration of MARTIAL LAW.
Are Americans sheep? Are we mindless lemmings? Will our citizens quietly march to the financial slaughter while promising medical treatments that are widely available, are denied in some areas while being administered in others?
Governor Sisolak has done us a favor. He has provided all of America with a glaring symbol of this absurd fiasco. Will Nevada residents stand by and allow their governor to make himself a dictator who actually denies sick patients and their doctors the right to treatment that could save their lives, while also insisting the state choke its economy to death?
Here is some heartfelt advice. Speak up loudly. Don’t go along with suicide pacts. This must end.

Burying Encouraging News

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Trump’s chief trade negotiation adversary, China, has done an amazing job of infiltrating U.N. agencies with propagandists. Tragically, the W.H.O. has responded to the dictatorship’s insistence on control of information regarding coronavirus. In the end, China is learning that the free world does not respond to attempts at censorship outside China’s borders. The truth gets through.
Sometimes it is wise to take a few steps back from a crisis and consider the behaviors of all the global participants with clear political agendas. Coronavirus had auspicious beginnings in China. The first reaction of the communist dictatorship in China, was to punish doctors who provided the earliest warnings that they had a very contagious disease on their hands.
The earliest communications from the U.N.’s World Health Organization, were clearly influenced by China’s insistence on downplaying the virus. Astonishingly, the W.H.O. said in early January that the coronavirus was NOT contagious and could not be transmitted via human interactions. Let the actions of this global government bureaucracy (W.H.O.) sink in.
Of course, this misinformation was soon overwhelmed by facts, when the communist dictatorship in China literally quarantined the entire city of Wuhan by the third week of January. On January 30th, the W.H.O. also threw in the towel on the Chinese efforts to downplay and declared a global health emergency.
Consider this. Less than 24 hours later, President Trump, while enduring the height of the Democrat’s impeachment charade, had the foresight to establish a travel ban both to and from China to stem the spread of the disease. And it was with this incredibly wise initial public policy effort by Trump, that we can see the horrific dangers of the Democrats describing virtually everything done by non-Democrats as “racist.”
While the president was implementing sound policies to protect the vulnerable citizens in America from the disease, the Democrats were attacking his travel ban as nothing more than naked anti-Asian racism. It was a pat response. In the face of a public health hazard, play the race card. Media outlets that had previously referred to the disease as Wuhan Coronavirus joined in new the propaganda campaign that tried to stitch the virus to Trump, and somehow make it his fault while letting the Chinese and their buddies at the W.H.O. off the hook for atrocious conduct.
When the absurd impeachment fiasco finally imploded in February, the entire Democrat leadership began to try to make political hay out of the unfolding coronavirus epidemic, without taking any responsibility for previously opposing every sensible policy put in place over their loud objections.
By the middle of March virtually every state in America run by Democrats, had resorted to continuously escalating draconian economic policies mindful of martial law.
As the month of March winds down, the simple travel ban that Trump implemented back in late January looks like very basic common sense being applied by a rational human being, while facing a barrage of rhetorical hysteria that questioned his motives and his decency.
There were two significant developments this past week that continue to illustrate what Trump is up against with the media. The first development was the media’s handling of emerging studies from France, Australia, and China. All were showing remarkable results from the administering of Hydroxychloroquine to patients with coronavirus. The efficacy of this long-approved malaria drug used in concert with other anti-viral medications has been fantastic. This prompted people like Trump, Elon Musk, and even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to express optimism regarding the old drug’s new potential. Physicians like Mehmet Oz and others have also chimed in, and hospitals are not waiting around for lethargic bureaucrats to provide approvals. They are already reportedly beginning to round up supplies of Hydroxychloroquine to administer to their sickest patients.
Amazingly, the Hydroxychloroquine story has been buried by the anti-Trump media army. The New York Times actually had the unscrupulous audacity to publish an article that ridiculed Trump, (not Dr. Mehmet Oz, Elon Musk, or Governor Cuomo) with this headline in their “news” section: “Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science.”
What is most amazing about this attack on Trump is that the drug Hydroxychloroquine has been approved for treatment in humans for more than seventy years. While the encouraging coronavirus studies involve small numbers of patients, the results are quite compelling. This raises the question. If a drug that has been approved for use in humans for more than 70 years is demonstrating efficacy in the treatment of cornonavirus, what is the downside of getting this encouraging information out there while the search for a vaccine continues? And why is the New York Times twisting this encouraging information to denigrate Trump?
The answers to these questions are simple. The Times is doing these incendiary things for the same reasons that motivated the paper to describe the travel ban to and from China as motivated by the racist perversions of the president. The paper's ignoring of the W.H.O. declaration of a global health emergency happened simply because the Times' primary objective is to smear Trump daily, even when public safety is at stake.
Looking to November, the Democrats have succeeded in their campaign to try to destroy some of the re-election talking points that were going to support a Trump victory. While flu deaths continue to dwarf coronavirus deaths in the U.S. the steady drumbeat of media hysteria promoting fear, has produced economically devastating lock-downs in many areas of the nation. The stock market is in disarray and spikes in unemployment and bankruptcies are sure to follow.
However, just as was the case with unfolding of the impeachment fiasco, Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed that the polls are moving the opposite way from what was hoped for.
The majority of the American public clearly understands that Trump has tried to get out in front on this problem, while the Democrats were haplessly playing the race card in an attempt to question his motives for implementing sound public safety polices.
Finally, the press conferences this week have also turned into a bust for biased news reporters trying to play “gotcha” on Trump. So badly has been the backlash against faux reporters that the hapless partisan anchors at MSNBC and CNN are calling on their networks heads to stop televising the press conference updates.......because they seem to be helping Trump.
Let the historical record show that the Russian collusion scam failed. The Ukraine impeachment scam failed. And the Democrat’s crass political handling of the coronavirus is also failing. Despite all their cynical efforts, Democrats in the media simply cannot seem to convince most Americans their president is motivated by all things evil.
The damage done in this latest fiasco is going to take some time to repair. Looking ahead, one has to wonder as the fear recedes, what will be the next round of hysteria conjured up by the biased U.S. media to try to convince viewers to vote against Trump in November?

"I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention that the hoax did.”

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Sometimes the states of minds of progressives are difficult to get your arms around. Americans are thankfully a very tolerant and generous society. And collectively, we have been getting more tolerant for decades.
However, these are strange days indeed. It is our own local, state, and federal governments that are ordering the self-destruction of the U.S. economy. Sadly, poor people will pay disproportionately for the folly of leaders who think that destroying living standards is suddenly the smartest way to fight a new virus.
We notice that the number of flu deaths are not reported daily, though they dwarf the number of coronavirus deaths. However, this has not stopped the media and the Democrats from using the virus as an excuse for committing arson on the economy.
George Orwell had it right when he said the goal of power is “more power.”
Still, there is strange curiosity within the Democratic Party that somehow the party members would prefer the fomenting of a asinine self-destructive panic to another four years of being without control of the White House.

Taking a couple of steps back helps any objective observer realize that with a booming economy, full employment, and good performing investments, the Democrats knew winning in November was going to be tough. They had already tried the Russian scam and then the Ukraine scam. All efforts were to no avail. Then the Democrats in the media stumbled on to a virus that was kind of like the flu……it was dangerous to the elderly and those with chronic breathing issues.
After a few misleading headlines and "news segments" with stories underneath containing dubious fatality math and voila! They had themselves a panic going that could get Trump!
All of this is mindful of the astonishing story of Jussie Smollett. Remember Jussie? He was the Trump-hating progressive actor who concocted a story to promote the racism narrative that keeps the black community voting Democrat.
Last year Smollett’s story was that he was attacked in Chicago by two white men armed with bleach, a noose, and wearing pro-Trump hats in the wee hours of the morning. His story did not pass the sniff test. But with the assistance of the progressive anti-Trump “resistance,” and especially the progressive news media, Smollett's con job was accepted as factual for a few days.
The reality of America is just the opposite of the Smollett/progressive narrative. If America were still as racist and homophobic as was asserted, there would be no need for Smollett and others to "stage" bogus “hate crimes” and resort to atrocious lies.
Understandably, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was furious with Smollett for wasting scarce Chicago police resources and needlessly stirring up racial tension. “Bogus police reports cause real harm, Johnson said. "They do harm to every legitimate victim who’s in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city,” Johnson added.
Surely Smollett knew that what he was doing would create real harm. The question gets back to the mindset of the states of minds of progressives these days. How far are they willing to go beyond creating real harm for power?
Chief Johnson added another comment that was even more spot on. He said, “I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention. I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention that the hoax did.” Well it didn't.
Nobody in the Democratic Party addressed the felonious lies of Jessie Smollett or the murder rate in Chicago. They did not do it then nor do they do it now.
Democrats have moved on. They keep going from scam to scam. These days they are promoting absurd behaviors designed to destroy the economy. They have created cover for themselves thinking these ridiculous policies can now be blamed on cornonavirus.....and perhaps the resulting financial hardships will be be blamed on Trump.
Well now. Maybe this mindset we have discussed is not so hard to understand after all. Jobs, prosperity, and sensible conduct is not nearly as important as taking back the White House.

A look at the virus timeline connects the dots

© 2020 Jim Spence -  If you are paying attention, you will recognize continuous scorched earth politics when you see it. After just a little legwork, the timeline for coronavirus becoming the hysteria de jour is pretty easy to put together. Let’s look at how things have unfolded since the Russian Collusion accusations failed to be backed up by any evidence.

  • On January 11, 2020, the Chinese communists state media finally reported a single death from an virus/illness originating in Wuhan. This admission came long after communists knew they had a problem. Reports making their way past the censors in China, say the initial reaction of the regime was to arrest doctors in Wuhan who reported the virus last year. This is how things work in dictatorships.
  • On January 15, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally held a vote to decide if the House would send articles of impeachment over to the Senate. Pelosi had made the decision to sit on the articles for a month beginning in mid-December. She held up the process not in the interest of time, but for political effect. She had no other priority.
  • After sending the articles to the Senate, House Democrats held a surreal made-for-media signing ceremony, complete with high fives and commemorative pens handed out to the party ring leaders. In the meantime, Chinese citizens carrying coronavirus were landing in the United States after travelling through Wuhan.
  • On January 23, 2020 Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment managers made their opening arguments for removing President Trump while admitting he had not committed any crimes. It was on this very same day that the Chinese Communist government actually shut down the entire city of Wuhan in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus to other parts of China and the rest of the world.
  • On January 30, 2020, The World Health Organization declared an emergency as coronavirus continued to spread beyond the Chinese borders.
  • Within 24 hours (January 31, 2020), President Trump, heeding the warning of the WHO, declared a national health emergency and imposed a ban on all travel to and from China. Because they use every opportunity imaginable to call Trump a racist, the Democrats blasted Trump for initiating a travel ban on Chinese visitors. Astonishingly, Joe Biden immediately characterized Trump’s decision to create a travel ban barrier for the virus “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.” It was clear the Democrat’s game plan at this stage was still to focus on trying to damage Trump via impeachment. The threat of coronavirus was not in the Democrat's talking points yet.
  • On February 4, 2020, President Trump actually spoke about the dangers of coronavirus in his State of the Union address. The Democratic response on cornoanvirus at this point was mute, as it had been in all Democrat Presidential debates. Nancy Pelosi decided to rip up every page of the speech copy she had been furnished for the State of the Union address, including the pages containing the discussion of the coronavirus threat. Pelosi also delayed votes on actions to address the disease as her impeachment fiasco unfolded.

Joe Biden was not the only Democrat to call Trump a racist for trying to quarantine Chinese travelers away from the U.S. population. The ACLU did so, as did many other high-profile Democrats. In fact, even in recent days, Democrats continue to hurl the racist charge at anyone who mentions that coronavirus is a Chinese-born disease originating in Wuhan.
Not long after the impeachment effort failed to damage Trump, the news media began to latch on to the coronavirus story. Using dubious math instead of logic and reason, media outlets have managed to create an economic stampede instead of broadcasting responsible support for all efforts to protect the vulnerable.
When will the insanity end?
Nobody knows, but a look at the timeline connects the dots on what is going on here.

Scorched Earth Strategy - More Hysteria

© 2020 Jim Spence -  The media narratives since Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 have been to go from one hysteria to another. We have highlighted the scorched-earth strategies of the progressive Democrats and their colleagues that dominate the news media. Essentially, they are now resorting to burning everything.

Let’s try to put the latest “pandemic” into historical context.

  • In 2003, there was mild hysteria over SARS, which also originated in China. SARS killed a total of 774 people in 29 countries.
  • In 2009, the World Health Organization, which should be renamed the World Hysteria Organization, raised the worldwide pandemic alert level of the swine flu. According to the CDC in the U.S. the swine flu infected approximately 61 million Americans, of whom 12,269 died. 
  • In 2010-2011, the next flu season, 37,000 Americans died of the flu.
  • In 2012-2013, 43,000 died of the flu.
  • In the U.S. during the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC reports that about 61,000 people died of the flu. 

Having spoken to several physicians in the day-to-day healthcare trenches and having read comments by many higher-profile doctors, there are very strong indications that the coronavirus has been making the rounds all over the globe for many months now. However, as is always the case with a “new virus,” very little specific testing for this strain was done until people started to die. Deaths whether by flu or other maladies always triggers testing. So……after the virus had already been out and about for a few months, the strain was isolated and named.
Here are the facts: The current estimates for the fatality rates on the coronavirus are quite incomplete simply because the real data on the TOTAL number of cases is still very limited. In short, while we have pretty good data on deaths, we have almost nothing on a case count.
It is important to follow the absurd mathematical sequence being foisted upon the public by the news media regarding the fatality rate of this virus:
1) Because it is a virtual certainty that the number of total cases is by nature, UNDER-REPORTED, an accurate fatality rate is unknown.
2) An accurate fatality rate calculation requires both an accurate numerator (deaths), and denominator (total cases).
3) Under-reported case counts are not intentional.
4) However, the media, with a well-defined political agenda, is using bogus math as scare propaganda.
5) The case data being applied only reflects ACTUAL verified cases. There are no WHO and CDC “case estimates” at this stage.
6) It is simply still far too early for these organizations to make unverified “estimates” on the CRITICAL number that is the denominator in the fatality rate. People all over the world who got the virus, were sick for a few days, and got over it, never sought tests. So, these instances, unlike severe illnesses and deaths never made it into the database.
7) The conclusion here is inescapable. Any attempts to estimate the coronavirus fatality rate are premature.

If we used the same mathematics for the flu, the fatality rate would be an absurd number (10%).
According to CDC numbers, in the US in the 2019-2020 flu season, there were 222,000 confirmed cases of the flu from testing and there were 22,000 confirmed deaths from the flu. But CDC estimates suggest that 236 million people had the flu. This estimate is not based on verified test results. It is based on educated guesses. There are no educated guesses on coronavirus yet because there is not enough data.
There is another recurring lesson to be learned here. Never underestimate the power of an unscrupulous media. Being able to trigger global panic to bring global economies to a screeching halt is simply more scorched earth tactics.
The media’s Russia collusion hoax failed. Then the Ukranian impeachment accusations fell flat. Now the cornonavirus scare seems to be succeeding in the warped world of partisan politics.
The blame game has begun and guess who is the sole target. Progressive Democrats are desperately hoping that Americans will blame Trump for a virus that seems far less lethal than the flu, and vote Democrat in November.
Will this strategy work? Stay tuned.

Coronavirus - the ultimate downside of "media"

© 2020 Jim Spence -  On very rare occasions human beings experience epiphanies. It may well be, that in the saddest way imaginable, the Coronavirus has created an earth-shattering epiphany this week.
On the pages of this website, the news media has been taken to the woodshed so many times. And rightfully so. One could run through a litany of reasons why the news media has political biases. We'll save those and another column.
Of course there is more to the term "media" than NEWS media.
We are all too familiar with social media. Of course, it does not stop there. If you have an interest in something, practically anything, there is a designated media outlet for you. Are you into weather? The Weather Channel runs programming 24-7-365. After watching for a little while, you can figure out what the producers of the Weather Channel want you to THINK about, beyond merely the weather.
The list of industries with media outlets is almost endless, Here is a short list: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Tennis, hunting and fishing, regional sports, horse racing, food, ethnic, local, Spanish language, shopping, Hollywood, pay per view, history, science, geography, national sports (Fox, ESPN, CBSSN, NBCSN), science fiction, women’s programming, movies, international, geography, travel, reality shows, music, military, children’s programming, cartoons, babies, Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, and criminal justice. Again, all the companies running these channels want you to keep watching. What media operators in all genres want above all else, is that you stayed tuned in. Accordingly, any time there is the potential for a huge damaging storm, count on the Weather Channel to get you as fearful as possible by predicting the strong potential for catastrophe. Often when the Golf Channel is not covering players and tournaments, the commentators are stirring controversy. It all makes sense. Why would anyone want to watch shows on golf 24-7, if you didn’t have some pundit making the case for why you should have a strong opinion on Rory McElroy, Tiger Woods, or whoever?
What about news? News outlets are now naked advocates for their political views. Almost all NON-political stories are re-shaped for political purposes. Democrats have several networks that reflect their partisan viewpoints exclusively in virtually EVERY segment they run. While they still call themselves news channels, on a full-time basis, CNN and MSNBC plus several lower profile networks, offer a steady drumbeat of pro-Democrat opinion disguised as news reports.
Republicans were slow to react to this trend that completely mixes news with politics. But no more. Fox News, as well as upstart networks like Newsmax and One American Network offer stories inside the pro-GOP wrapper.
What does this all mean? Above all else, it means consumer beware. And consumers are wary. Americans understand that very little in the way of unvarnished facts ever gets through the political filters.
One might shrug and find this to all be true, but mostly harmless. Let us beg to differ.
This perplexing situation has created a lethal problem where Coronavirus is concerned. So tired of being manipulated are viewers, that most certainly it is now very difficult for many Americans to determine precisely how accurate the reports on this virus are. Many believe it is all political. Can you blame them?
Americans have seen so many flu and virus scares come and go. However, only the coverage of this virus has been presented as a pandemic that will result in total catastrophe. This angle is presented despite the fact that more people die in traffic accidents in two days worldwide than have been killed by the virus since it was discovered many months ago. More people are dying in America's inner city violence than are dying from Coronavirus. Just check the homicide stats in Chicago and Baltimore for a small sample.
And it is with these simple facts, that we see the great scandal associated with CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, and most of the major newspapers in America. So obvious has been their efforts, virtually all of their efforts, to destroy Trump and return Democrats to the White House, that a very large portion of the nation does not believe a word they say.
Many Americans believe based on all they have seen, that these outlets listed above are perfectly willing to scare the global economy into complete shut down, in the hopes that the voters will blame Trump and vote Democrat.
This is the ultimate downside of political obsessions leading to wave after wave of unreliable news reports. Because nobody can be trusted, we are all at risk. And our economy will surely suffer now,  whether this latest scare is real or mostly phony.
Even more sad, those engaged in these deceptions do not care about the impact, and will not reform themselves.

“The worst cause for which a people ever fought.”

© 2020 Jim Spence -  It is amazing how far the American South’s plantation owners were willing to go back in the 1850's to try to solidify their legal ownership of other human beings. When the South surrendered to the Union at Appomattox, General Ulysses Grant said of Robert E. Lee that he (Lee) had fought brilliantly for a cause that was, “The worst cause for which a people ever fought.”
The justifications human beings use to assert the validity of their property rights over other human beings is hard to fathom. The list of rationales is almost endless. When slaves attempted to escape plantations, it created tremendous inconveniences and disruptions to the plantation owner’s bottom line and day-to-day lifestyle. Most escape attempts by slaves failed. And when slaves were captured and returned, they were whipped, chained, sometimes mutilated, and occasionally killed. Particularly on large plantations, with large numbers of slaves, sometimes the captured slave who unsuccessfully tried to escape, was used as the “ultimate example,” in an effort to drive home the point to others considering making a run for their freedom. In these instances, runaway slaves were killed in front of all the other slaves for effect.
We have written hundreds of words regarding late term-abortions here on this site and drawn the parallels between killing viable babies and the horrors of slavery. Particularly disturbing to the discussion is the mindset involved in claiming ownership of other human beings......expressly for the right to dispose of them after they are born alive. This perverse MINDSET was on full display out in front of the Supreme Court yesterday as the justices considered a 2014 Louisiana law that requires doctors performing abortions, to hold admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away.
Let's skip the debate of the merits of this particularly routine regulation, and get to what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said to a group of abortion rights activists on the front steps of the court building as the justices listened to arguments from both sides inside.
Schumer told the crowd, “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Won't know what hit you for rendering an opinion? These justices have constitutional duties to render opinions. Chief Justice John Roberts, who in 2018 spoke out against President Trump’s stinging criticism of federal judges, when Trump called them, Obama judges," was stunned by Schumer’s naked threats. The phrase, "You Won't Know What Hit You," is an overt call for a surprise attack. Schumer was suggesting the solution to a disagreement on a Supreme Court opinion was violence.
Chief Justice Roberts released a statement later in the day on the Schumer threats of violence: “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
The murderous bully pattern here is obvious. Last week Schumer argued adamantly that infanticide was a "property right" of all pregnant women, even if their babies were born alive. This week Schumer warned Supreme Court justices that they wouldn't know what hit them if they voted in favor of routine regulations on abortionists.
It is less than noteworthy that Schumer has now decided he regrets what he said yesterday. Too late Chuck. What happens if judges don't vote the way Schumer wants them to and one or both are physically harmed?
Making of threats against Supreme Court Justices is felonious criminal activity. It is unthinkable that the highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate would do this. Only a violent person with the radical mindset similar to that of an indignant slave owner, would appear on national television, outside the Supreme Court, and say what Schumer said.
Schumer should be arrested, handcuffed, charged with aggravated obstruction of justice, and jailed without bail. In the wake of the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise, by a violent Bernie Sanders zombie, Schumer should face lengthy jail time. Schumer is quite simply, a dangerous thug. And like Robert E. Lee, Schumer is fighting for the worst cause for which a people ever fought.


Let's do a handshake, its only "Nickels and Dimes"

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Things change fast in politics. Five days ago, Joe Biden was presumed to be roadkill. Now it looks like Bernie Sanders could be mortally wounded. How did Bernie blow all that momentum?
First off, presidential primaries are not football games. If they were, here would be a fair analogy:
1) Bernie made a first down with the most uninformed segment of the population in two states. 2) The media looked at a guy with 8% of the total voting population in Iowa and New Hampshire behind him, and extrapolated a Bernie surge to victory based on national polls showing the same limited support. Essentially, the media told us that he was headed for big victories when he kicked a field goal in warm up.
The problem for Bernie, is Bernie. Almost everyone running the DNC prefers someone else, because like most voters, they don't like Bernie either.
Bernie kept right on praising Fidel Castro based on an absurdly ridiculous claim that the murderous communist regime in Cuba improved literacy and healthcare. The thousands of physicians who fled Cuba and their now grown children begged to differ, and Bernie started to hear about it from angry Democrats in Florida and other places. Old tapes of Bernie praising food lines surfaced, and he persisted in saying food lines were positive signs of improved social justice and equality.
Then of course, there was the chilling interview with Anderson Cooper. Bernie spoke about all his ideas for spending trillions of dollars of somebody else's money. He was in favor of giving away FREE college tuition to everyone and cancelling all student loan debt. When Anderson Cooper asked him what the price tag to taxpayers would be to pay for all his schemes, including Medicare not just for the elderly, but for EVERYONE, Bernie acted like he had just exhaled a big toke from his favorite bong.

Here is the exchange:

Bernie Sanders: We do. I mean, you know, and-- and-- the price tag is-- it will be substantially less than letting the current system go. I think it’s about $30 trillion.
Anderson Cooper: That’s just for Medicare for All, you’re talking about?
Bernie Sanders: That’s just Medicare for All, yes.
Anderson Cooper: Do you have a price tag for all of these things?
Bernie Sanders: No, I don’t. We try to-- no, you mentioned making public colleges and universities tuition free and cancelling all student debt, that’s correct. That’s what I want to do. We pay for that through a modest tax on Wall Street speculation.
Anderson Cooper: But you say you don’t know what the total price is, but you know how it’s going to be paid for. How do you know it’s going to be paid for if you don’t know how much the price is?
Bernie Sanders: Well, I can’t-- you know, I can’t rattle off to you every nickel and every dime.

Talk to anyone who has actually put a kid or two through college with their own savings. Talk to anyone who has paid off their student loans out of their paychecks. Talk to anyone on Medicare who actually looks at the bills the government pays on their behalf, and ask all of them if we are talking about "nickels and dimes."
Again, Bernie is a guy we all know. He’s the dreamer and the idealist with zero work ethic. He is the guy living with his mom and dad until a really good offer for something in upper management with a corner office comes his way. He is like the old college roommate who graduated with terrible grades, draws unemployment most of the time, smokes his bong all day, and eats Cheetos while he waits for his allowance. Bernie Sanders lived off the women in his life until he was forty. And since then, he has lived off the taxpayers. Amazingly, despite the fact that the only steady job he has ever had has been that of a slippery politician, he has done well financially.
Bernie had been selling his schtick only to the uninformed in Vermont. Now he has opened up new ways to make money with a scheme that uses publishing companies, books, and donors.
Bernie has become a multi-millionaire. He is the owner of three houses. This is why he has stopped criticizing millionaires and now focuses all his anger towards "billionaires." He is one of the proverbial pigs in George Orwell's, Animal Farm.
Now Bernie has a new schtick. He is like the aspiring new building contractor with zero experience, who wants a gigantic deposit from you, despite the fact he prepared NO detailed bid or contract. He just wants you to trust him, even though he hasn’t quite gotten around to counting “every nickel and dime” it is going to cost you for the remodel job he wants to do that will radically alter your living space.
Voters decided to put the whole thing back out to bid yesterday.

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Property Rights

© 2020 Jim Spence -  As learning junkies, we recently investigated The Great Courses. The Great Courses are offered by a company called The Learning Company. The Great Courses can be streamed with a subscription or a la carte. Hundreds of different college level courses taught by some of the most outstanding professors in the nation are on the menu. Though a subscriber does not take exams or get college credit, the content is phenomenally rich and very detailed.
One of the best courses offered is taught by Professor Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia. In “The American Civil War” course, Gallagher does a masterful job of providing details of what the dialogue was like in both the North and South leading up to the attack on Fort Sumter. One of the most astounding reminders of the conditions in 1850 America, was how slavery was justified in various legal arguments. In one of the first lectures, Professor Gallagher reads verbatim, some of the legal opinions and assertions made to justify slavery. Hearing Gallagher read through the lawyer’s arguments involves trying the digest the fact that slaveholders insisted they held “property rights” over other human beings. The arguments are cringe worthy.
The Alex Haley novel, Roots, is a brilliant narrative that depicted 19th Century white southerners exercising their so-called “property rights.” In Roots, slaves are treated as being no different than cattle. Not only were the labors of slaves confiscated, they were verbally abused, beaten with whips, mutilated, used for sexual gratification, and even killed by the owner, without consequence.
In Professor Gallagher’s early lectures, he highlights Harriet Becher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It was Stowe’s book that pried open the eyes of America and the rest of the world. Many historians believe the book, which astoundingly sold more than two million copies worldwide by 1857, shined the necessary light on slavery, so that it finally created the moral force to terminate the institution of slavery.
As we were listening to the lectures in this course, bells started to go off. Something was eerily familiar about the “property rights” argument made by slave owners 170 years ago. The arguments served as a reminder of something written just last week in a CNN Report regarding a 21st Century legislative effort to eliminate a form of “property rights” over other human beings, asserted by Democrats.
A little background is in order. Advances in modern medicine have made it possible for infants to survive after only five months in the womb. Back in 1973, the landmark Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade provided “reproductive rights” up to six months of gestation. In short, the Roe ruling says no woman need seek permission from any government authority to get an abortion for the first six months of a pregnancy. Let’s not argue about the Roe ruling. Roe is likely to remain the law of the land.
However, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska introduced a simple bill in the Senate last week. The bill did NOT challenge anything in the Roe ruling. Instead, it simply required doctors to provide appropriate care for any infant born alive, which can and does happen, especially during efforts to perform late-term abortions (after six months).
Here is how CNN described the Sasse bill:
"The second bill to be considered Tuesday is the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, that would require abortion providers to work to 'preserve the life and health' of a fetus that was born following an attempted abortion as they would for a newborn baby, or face up to five years in prison."
Notice how CNN cleverly uses wording that plantation owner lawyers might have used to argue for killing the babies of slaves. They converted a human being born alive from being a baby or infant, into a piece of “property” (a fetus born alive). No doubt CNN intentionally referred to the alive human being as a “fetus that was born,” to create a false distinction, and with it a magical “property right,” which includes the right of disposal.
For the record Sasse’s bill, which Democrats killed with the help of a couple of Republicans, actually reads verbatim: "…the live birth of an infant.”
Fortunately, there is a 21st Century literary work analogous to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It is entitled, Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer. The book was written by two Irish filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. Unlike Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, which was a novel, the McElhinney/McAleer book is non-fiction. Like Beecher Stowe's book, it documents what can and does happen when it is decided that “property rights” can be exercised over defenseless human beings.
The Gosnell story is both gruesome and inhumane beyond imagination. However, unlike Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was widely read, the story of Kermit Gosnell is being swept under the rug.
There is an irony. 21st Century Democrats, just like Democrats of the 1850’s, continue to argue that some human beings are merely property. And one hundred and fifty-five years after Democrats lost their battle to protect the institution of slavery, they can be seen and heard rationalizing the treating of infants born alive, as merely property belonging to others, who as property owners, have the right to do with their property whatever they wish, including kill them.
Perhaps the work of Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer will become a force for intellectual honesty in 21st Century, just as Harriet Becher Stowe was in the 19th Century.
Finally, like the issue of slavery, the allowing of late term abortions is not a tricky dilemma regarding mythical rights. It is simply ignoring the basic decency of valuing all living human beings and protecting the most vulnerable ones from those who believe they are merely property to be disposed of as the owner sees fit.