Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February 2020 Stuff; Corona Virus, Bloomberg, Covid-19 Economics, Healthcare, Bernie Sanders and some fun etc...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Concerning the Wuhan Coronavirus; "1918 and SARS", from "What to Do Now, CPA Continuing Education Edition", 2003 Edition by George Hartzman

Past: 1.  In 1918 and 1919, the most lethal influenza pandemic ever may have killed approximately 675,000 in the United States, and between 20 to 50 and 100 million worldwide, occurred in three waves, beginning in Europe.

The first wave was relatively small in scope and seemed to have significantly eased during the summer of 1918.

In late August of 1918, the second wave of the flu began in much higher numbers in several different parts of the world at the same time, peaking in the colder months of October and November, coinciding with “flu season”.

The third wave primarily occurred in the southern hemisphere in the first half of 1919, which also correlated to the onset of winter.

2. The influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919 had a mortality rate of about 2.5%.  2½ people died in every 100 that caught the flu.

By the summer of 1919, the flu pandemic came to an end, 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20 to 26 percent of Americans come down with the flu during each flu season, which typically lasts from November to March.

3. Similar Flu-like epidemics occurred in 1729, 1781, 1830, 1857, 1889, 1957, 1968 and 1989.

4. A study on the economic effects of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic by Elizabeth Brainerd and Mark V. Siegler suggests that the flu deaths of 1918-19 were a “significant predictor of business failures in 1919 and 1920.”

“Factors in the hospital environment have worked to amplify this efficient transmission considerably. In addition, though SARS has a high case fatality (around 15%), it allows enough of its victims to survive long enough to spread the disease to others – an effective survival strategy for a new virus.”

- World Health Organization, June 26, 2003

Present: 1.  SARS is caused by a virus, as was the flu in 1918.  Both are respiratory illnesses and are caused by coughing and close contact, both originated in the same geographic region and appear to be a mutation of an animal virus that passed to humans.

2. According to Chinese scientists at the Key Science and Technology Group under the National Task Force for SARS Control and Prevention, SARS can exist outside a living body in temperatures of 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 days, 98.6 degrees for 4 days, and 90 minutes at 132.8 degrees.

No such information on the Wuhan Coronavirus currently exists

3. The outbreak of SARS appears to have significantly eased at the onset of the summer of 2003, which may mirror the influenza outbreak in the summer of 1918.   SARS, like the common cold, may be seasonal, dissipating in the hot summer months and surviving longest in the winter when people congregate indoors.

On July 5, WHO declared the SARS outbreak containedhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_SARS_outbreak

If the the Wuhan Coronavirus may not cause sickness at higher temperatures like the flu, 
chances are it may spread without detection when dormant until temperatures fall
if not contained by summer.

4. According to the World Health Organization, as of June 7th 2003, the average global mortality rate of SARS was currently 15%, 6 times more than the flu of 1918, but does not appear to be as contagious.

Future: Like the economic effects caused by the dissemination of news in East Asia during the outbreak of SARS in the Spring of 2003, the ability to almost instantly transmit news of infectious outbreaks to large audiences worldwide may exponentially compound the economic effects of a recurrence of SARS in the fall of 2003, even though the overall effect of the virus could be relatively mild in comparison to some past epidemics.

The Wuhan Coronavirus may be artificial, as in created in a science lab 

What to Do Now
CPA Continuing Education Edition
“The Application of Logic-Based Philosophy and Risk Management Theory in Economics”
2003 Edition, 4th Quarter, 2nd Revision
George Hartzman

Monday, December 30, 2019

Facebook Is Stupid

Earlier today I posted the following to Facebook in response to the article, Contaminated foods from China flooding into the U.S. under the ‘Organic’ label by Natural News:

As I correctly predicted I have been placed in Facebook Jail, banned from interacting with others on Facebook for 7 days.

This isn't the first time the Facebook sensors have failed to take words into proper context.

Is this the work of robots?

I don't thing so.

The reason I say I don't think so is because there are at least 2 other places on Facebook where my comment, "Americans are stupid" still remains. One posted just moments before I made my post in the comments on a friend's post about the same article I was commenting on.

But if the problem is robots then why is context so hard to program?

Can Facebook not tell that I am posting from Greensboro, North Carolina?

Can Facebook not tell that every post I have ever made to Facebook has been from the exact same address in Greensboro, North Carolina?

Can Facebook not look at my vast history of posts, combined with where I am posting from and determine that odds are very good that I am an American, and that as such my comment is not hate speech?

As for Facebook's review process? Sometimes they get around to it but I'm still waiting on one from January 28, 2019.

And since I can't post this to Facebook and no one else will ever bother to do so, no one will know what happened.

Isn't that convenient?

Update: 31 December, 2019 Since contacting Facebook is impossible I've made an effort to contact Community help. Taking it to the streets...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

On a Modern Day Jesus; "The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted"

Jesus—the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet—was born into a police state.

Viewed by the government as a dissident and a potential threat to its power, 
Jesus might have had government spies planted among his followers to monitor his activities, 
report on his movements, and entrap him into breaking the law.   

Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. ...Warned that the government planned to kill the baby, Jesus’ family fled with him to Egypt until it was safe to return to their native land.

Yet what if Jesus had been born 2,000 years later?

Had Jesus been born in a hospital,
his blood and DNA may have been taken without his parents’ knowledge or consent 
and entered into a government biobank. 

What would Jesus—the baby born in Bethlehem who grew into an itinerant preacher and revolutionary activist, who not only died challenging the police state of his day but spent his adult life speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo of his day, and pushing back against the abuses of the Roman Empire—do?

This is not a theological gray area: Jesus was unequivocal about his views on many things, not the least of which was charity, compassion, war, tyranny and love.

...When confronted by those in authority, Jesus did not shy away from speaking truth to power. Indeed, his teachings undermined the political and religious establishment of his day. It cost him his life. He was eventually crucified as a warning to others not to challenge the powers-that-be.

Rather than traveling to Bethlehem for a census, Jesus’ parents would have been mailed a 28-page American Community Survey, a mandatory government questionnaire documenting their habits, household inhabitants, work schedule, how many toilets are in your home, etc...

Instead of being born in a manger, Jesus might have been born at home. The baby’s parents might have been forced to ward off visits from state social workers intent on prosecuting them for the home birth.

From the time he was old enough to attend school, Jesus would have been drilled in lessons of compliance and obedience to government authorities, while learning little about his own rights. Had he been daring enough to speak out against injustice while still in school, he might have found himself tasered or beaten by a school resource officer...

...Jesus’ anti-government views would certainly have resulted in him being labeled a domestic extremist. Law enforcement agencies are being trained to recognize signs of anti-government extremism during interactions with potential extremists who share a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”...

Jesus’ movements and personal data—including his biometrics—would have been documented, tracked, monitored and filed by governmental agencies and corporations such as Google and Microsoft. Incredibly, 95 percent of school districts share their student records with outside companies that are contracted to manage data, which they then use to market products to us.

From the moment Jesus made contact with an “extremist” such as John the Baptist, he would have been flagged for surveillance because of his association with a prominent activist, peaceful or otherwise.

Jesus might have been reported to government officials as “suspicious” under the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” programs.

Had Jesus used the internet to spread his radical message of peace and love, he might have found his blog posts infiltrated by government spies attempting to undermine his integrity, discredit him or plant incriminating information online about him. At the very least, he would have had his website hacked and his email monitored.

Rather than having armed guards capture Jesus in a public place, government officials would have ordered that a SWAT team carry out a raid on Jesus and his followers, complete with flash-bang grenades and military equipment.

Instead of being detained by Roman guards, Jesus might have been made to “disappear” into a secret government detention center where he would have been interrogated, tortured and subjected to all manner of abuses.

Charged with treason and labeled a domestic terrorist, Jesus might have been sentenced to a life-term in a private prison where he would have been forced to provide slave labor for corporations...

...That baby in the manger grew up to be a man who did not turn away from evil but instead spoke out against it, and we must do no less.


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Future Of Poverty

History repeats itself. Prophets correctly interpret the current events of their times and draw out the logical conclusions to which those events will lead. It's science, not magic. History is repeating itself now as homeless people across the nation are being jailed for the crime of being homeless.

Remember the FEMA camps? It will be done privately just as is being done with border camps.
The homeless will be forced into these camps under the guise of a national emergency. When the costs begin to mount the homeless will be billed for their keep, but since the homeless have no money their debt will be sold into "indentured servitude" as were my ancestors in Wales and England.

Few will ever pay off their contracts as they won't be able to meet the production quotas in their contracts. Just as before.

My "indentured" ancestors ran away from Jamestown and Williamsburg to the Appalachian Mountains where the King's soldiers dared not go. But these new labor camps will be on farms in the Amazon and factories in Mongolia, perhaps Siberia where Americans will not speak the native languages and life outside the work camps is impossible for most. And the distance to civilization is too far.

And like the NAZI concentration camps of WW2, the residents of these camps will be marked but not with tattoos. They will be chipped and electronically tracked everywhere they go.

This is the future of poverty.

And we all know it to be true.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Why Has Greensboro Become So Violent?

If you don't already know, Greensboro saw record murder rates in 2019 and people are wondering why. To get to the bottom of what breeds violence I decided to look into what breeds violence in other cities across the nation. Here are some of the things I learned.

From the Chicago Tribune in an article entitled, Why is there so much shooting and killing in Chicago?

“We are not just the most segregated city in America, but the level of concentrated poverty we have in our neighborhoods is unlike anything in Los Angeles or New York. You would not find an Englewood or Garfield Park anywhere in Los Angeles and New York.”

Next we go to The Hill with an article entitled, Violence is a symptom of poverty, not a cause:

"According to the most recent census data for Baltimore, the poverty rate is 24 percent. A quarter of a city that is 63 percent black. Of those people in poverty, only six percent will ever escape it in their lifetime. When you need to pay rent, or feed your family, or just find something to eat yourself, and there is nowhere else to turn, the poor turn to crime, and that usually means selling drugs.

The illegal drug trade is fueling most of the violence that’s occurring in the streets of Baltimore and in the streets of most other cities that face the same problem. There aren’t a lot of positive outcomes once you enter the drug game. Usually, it means prison, which is another of the main forces that drives poverty. If it’s hard to get a job coming from poverty, coming from prison it is almost impossible, and so to survive you return to selling drugs, and on and on it goes."

Now two articles certainly doesn't establish a trend so I went on to see what academics have to say about it and in this abstract from a study called Poverty and Violence it appears academia is in agreement that violence is a symptom of poverty:

"Poverty is widely believed to cause violence. The general public treats this notion as a truism, and most academics also accept it as such. Debates among the latter tend to be over which social mechanisms cause poverty to affect violence. But there are other positions to be sure. Poverty has been linked to violence in a number of ways. Most scholars as well as lay persons believe that those who live in poverty more frequently engage in acts of violence as a consequence of conditions that they are subjected to. There is, however, disagreement among scholars about which conditions are important and how and why they lead to violence. These conditions may include poor housing (Stark, 1987), distressed neighborhood (Krivo & Peterson, 1996), and disrupted families (Sampson & Groves, 1989). Living conditions of this sort are ordinarily defined as social structural consequences of poverty. While this structural approach has usually viewed poverty as the independent variable and violence as the dependent, some scholars have also argued that violence can cause poverty at the aggregate level by creating an unstable or dangerous environment which is not conducive to economic development or growth (Staley, 1992). It may also be that those who are financially better off will move out of areas with high rates of violence leaving only those who are economically unable to relocate (Wilson, 1996)."

So what are economic conditions like in Greensboro? Well let me just put it to you this way. The December 5, 2019 Scott Yost article in the Rhino Times, entitled Officials Charged Up Over New Battery Plant In East Greensboro, is tagged as Satire.


And very poorly written satire at that.

So what is the Greensboro City Council doing about the poverty that is the root cause of the increasing violence in Greensboro?

"From Vietnam to Afghanistan etc..., US governments lie"

"The Washington Post has, after more than two years of investigation, revealed that senior foreign policy officials in the White House, State and Defense departments have known for some time that the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was failing...

The explosive Pentagon Papers showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied about the reality that the U.S. was losing the Vietnam War.

...Concealment, deception and outright lies have characterized U.S. national security policy for decades – from the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Iran and Guatemala to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and more.

...The mild reaction to lying in plain sight about Afghanistan suggests the U.S. may be well down the road to unravelling government’s credibility and our democracy altogether.""


The 12 Strongest Arguments That Douma Was A False Flag

There is a large and growing body of evidence that we have been lied to about Syria to an extent and to a level of sophistication that may be historically unprecedented.


Debunking A Century of War Lies


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Former Greensboro Police Chief Under Investigation

Authorities in South Carolina are investigating former Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller for allegedly having  worked to dismiss a criminal charge for a wealthy businessman and covering it up. From the Greenville, South Carolina News:

"Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller and interim Capt. Jason Rampey have been placed on paid administrative leave after a State Law Enforcement Division investigation revealed evidence that they worked to dismiss a criminal charge for a wealthy businessman and were untruthful about it."

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Trump Impeachment Conspiracy

Democrats and Republicans got what they wanted. Think about it. Think really hard about it. Look back on the events of all these many months with an open mind and you'll begin to piece it together.

What was impeachment really about? I'll give you 2 hints:
1. Impeachment was not about removing Trump from office.
2. Impeachment was not about protecting the Constitution.

Hell, I'll even give you a 3rd hint:
3. Look back at how both sides telegraphed their every move as if they were 9 year olds in a boxing ring having put on gloves for the first time.

We have just witnessed the biggest unplanned, un- conspired conspiracy in the history of the world.

Here, let me spell it out for you: Independent/unaffiliated voters out number both Democrats and Republicans by a very wide margin and no one can predict how unaffiliated voters might vote. The 2016 election was so close it was called by the Electoral College and neither side likes such close calls as both sides want a mandate. Even if the
Electoral College had of decided in favor of Hillary Clinton the win wouldn't have been big enough to call it a real mandate. So both the Democratic and Republican Parties need desperately to get Party members to the polls in the hopes that alienated independents will simply sit this one out.

What better a way to do it?

And both sides were in on it without ever working together.

The American voter has been duped... again.