Health, Life in a small town

Death by Health Care …

Civil War Field Hospital …

Andrew W. Saul PH.D. writes: “NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF A MILLION men died in the Civil War. All other U.S. wars put together add about another two-thirds of a million soldiers killed. That means that about 1,350,000 Americans have died, totally, in all the wars in U.S. history.

Yet we lose close to that number of Americans each year because of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Nearly 10 million soldiers were killed in World War I, charging machine guns and getting mowed down month after month for four terrible years.

The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report that there are now 8 million cancer deaths worldwide in just one year. That rate is over three times as many deaths from cancer as from machine guns.

A different approach is needed immediately.  (Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company)

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Spanish Flu – 1918 …

I recently read an article online under the heading “Politics/Pandemic” an article written in May of 2009, titled The Flu Hysteria Agency, It Always Is 1918 at the CDC.

William L. Anderson writes: “Wherever one turns, whether it is on the broadcast news or the Internet, we are bombarded with Swine Flu stories. Government tells us not to “panic,” while it simultaneously engages in activities meant to spread widespread fear.”  (Ed. Note: This article appeared at the height of the “Swine Flu” pandemic in 2009 – remember that one over ten years ago?  Has anything changed in the interim except the new “Official” name for the latest FEAR UNCERTAINLY AND DOUBT craze?

Indeed, as Robert Higgs has written, the very basis of government rests upon cultivating human fear: “The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature (about fear).

They exploit it, and they cultivate it. Whether they compose a warfare state or a welfare state, they depend on it to secure popular submission, compliance with official dictates, and, on some occasions, affirmative cooperation with the state’s enterprises and adventures.

Without popular fear, no government could endure more than twenty-four hours. David Hume taught that all government rests on public opinion, but that opinion, I maintain, is not the bedrock of government. Public opinion itself rests on something deeper: fear.

If one wishes to “test” Professor Higgs’ proposition, one needs to look no further than the actions of the Centers for Disease Control, which claims to be in a constant state of readiness in order to protect us from the next pandemic. At the CDC, it always is 1918, and an outbreak of “Spanish Flu” or something like it is just around the corner.

A visit to the CDC’s website shows that the CDC has placed the latest outbreak of Swine Flu (2009) front-and-center. News reports monitor the every word of the CDC “experts” who are bombarded with questions about whether or not this is the “Big One.” My sense is that the “experts,” the media, and everyone else in the Flu chain will be disappointed when this turns out to be another overblown “crisis” that governments have foisted upon us right-and-left.

One must remember that for many years, the CDC has been creating vast emergency “plans” that are supposed to swing into action the minute that a rumor is afloat that someone, somewhere, has the flu. Politicians and media figures also want a cut of the action and make sure that they keep the issue before us, telling us “what we need to know.”

Actually, what we need to know is that government is the last thing we need in our faces if there is a real pandemic. That is because governments played a major role in creating the conditions that turned the “Spanish Flu” situation of 1918 into a world-wide tragedy that led to the death of millions. If government is to trot out its “war emergency” model as the way to “protect” us from the flu, perhaps we need to be reminded of how well that model works – in making sure lots of people become sick and die.

Most people don’t remember 1918 as the year the flu pandemic began; they remember it as the year that World War I ended. This was the “War to End All Wars,” or so it was called, when a more appropriate title might have been the “War to Permanently Expand the State.” More than 10 million soldiers died on the battlefields of Europe and millions of civilians died deaths of starvation or were killed in the crossfire.

So  where are we now?????

Well!  Virtually all our media sources have stopped reporting “Deaths” and “Hospital Admissions” attributed to COVID-19. They have switched “en-mass” to just reporting “new cases”, which “new cases” includes any positive test result regardless of symptoms, and almost no one is currently reporting COVID-19 deaths.

Behind the scenes, the facts are that there are relatively few deaths from COVID-19. No fear to be had there anymore … we just are not dying enough … not enough casualties!  So the media and government are now desperately trying to attach the fear associated with mass deaths to the situation of “number of cases”.

So far, a CBC News tally of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,863. That is barely worse than a bad New Year’s Eve driving accident record. BUT! 

In Canada, in a normal year, that is to say, every year, medical errors account for (at least) 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease, and every minute and 18 seconds someone is injured from unintended medical system harm.

So far, according to a mortality analysis by Johns Hopkins University’s Corona-virus Resource Center, about 6% of the nearly 1.7 million people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the U.S. have succumbed to the disease. That’s 102,000 deaths attributed to “Coronavirus “related” disease”. In any other years these deaths would be reported as due to Flu and Pneumonia and wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow..

But also according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, same as in Canada.

These 250,000 deaths are the “lowest number” conservative documented “reported” numbers with some authors claiming that at least twice that many deaths due to medical misadventure that go unreported to protect the medical establishment.

So way more people in Canada and the U.S.A. die every year from “Medical Oopsies” than from anything related to “Coronavirus”, the purported cause of this particular “Red Bat Flu”, and the supposed causal relationship has never been even remotely proven. Do the math … the real threat here is the Medical System. People are dying of COVID-19 because they went to the hospital when they developed symptoms.

Even the inventor of “the test” whose work won him a Nobel Prize,  has testified before Congress that this type of “test” cannot be used for testing what they are claiming to test because it doesn’t actually “test” for any virus but rather for DNA snippets that are “theoretically” associated with the existence of “theoretical” viruses which might be associated with some disease symptoms, and the more times the test is repeated (recooked) the higher the likely-hood of a “Positive”.

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So, back to Andrew W. Saul PH.D.  “Nutrient therapy, properly dosed and administered, can be the answer to many chronic medical problems. The list is far longer than the deficiency diseases. A drug in either low or high doses cannot act as a vitamin will, but a vitamin in large doses can act as a drug. Very high blood concentrations of vitamin C, for example, are selectively toxic to cancer cells.

Nutritional supplementation is not the answer to every health problem, but it does not have to be. The standard is not perfection; the standard is the alternative. Drug medicine is increasingly obsolete. The centre has shifted. It is pharmacy that is the alternative if nutrition fails, and that is rarely.

Roger J. Williams so well said: “When in doubt use nutrition first.” Dr. Frederick R. Klenner said: “Vitamin C should be given while doctors ponder the diagnosis.” And long ago, Sir William Osler, a medical doctor, said: “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.” Dr. Abram Hoffer said: “Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?”

Applying the body of knowledge accumulated by orthomolecular physicians and researchers can be done. We’ve all been taught that anything that is safe and inexpensive cannot possibly be really effective against “real diseases.” It is time to rethink that, and especially to see what has already been accomplished.

Improbable does not mean impossible. Physicians who categorically rule out nutritional therapy mimic their forbearers by overreliance on patent remedies. Much of “modern medicine” may be defined as “the experimental study of what happens when poisonous chemicals are placed into malnourished human bodies.”

Someday, health care without orthomolecular nutrition therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anesthetic. Here in Part Three we present the vitamin therapies and nutritional approaches pioneering physicians then and now are using to successfully treat many of our most common chronic diseases. —A.W.S.

Andrew W. Saul PH.D., Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition . Turner Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

Please God let there be more than a few neurons firing out there in the digital universe. Jesus I trust in You.

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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Lost Generations …

Fr. Ripperger

Fr. Chad Ripperger notes that “It does not take a doctorate in moral or spiritual theology to recognize that the Church and the world are in a particularly bad state, morally and spiritually.”  He then asks a key question that must be answered before we can address a solution to this situation: “How did we get here?”

As an exorcist, Fr. Ripperger is familiar with something called “generational spirits.”  Normally, this term applies to demons that trouble a family from one generation to another.  But, he notes, what can happen in a family can also happen to an entire generation within a nation or a culture. Fr. Ripperger’s writing starts in the third paragraph of the article linked to below in the quote from that article.

Who Ya Gonna Call? We are faced with a clear choice …

“God assigns an angel to protect that generation and sometimes the angel is one who is given to help the generation overcome the problems it faces. But demons, by the permissive will of God, also afflict a generation. . . The purpose of this article is to examine the spiritual causes of how we got here by focusing on a rather narrow area of spiritual reality: demons, or more specifically, generational spirits.

Not everyone in a particular generation will be affected by the particular generational spirit of that generation. . . . [Each of the last five generations has had a generational spirit, easily identifiable, which has afflicted it. Lastly, we will talk about the sixth generation, now being born, whose direction, if the sixth generational spirit gets its way, does not bode well. (Fr. Ripperger – all quotes taken from Latin Mass magazine, summer 2012)”

The decline we are experiencing in the Church today is not going to be arrested by programs or activities.

There is a battle–a spiritual battle–that has been raging for five generations.  We need to learn once again how to put on the armor of God, as St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians, believers in the first century.  He was well aware of the demonic dimension of our battle:

Fossil Fools

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)

Here is another link to Fr. Ripperger talking on the subject of his article linked to above. This talk was given at a conference in 2017 (I think).  From the video notes we have: “This is an incredible historical video/ lecture by Fr. Chad Ripperger. Fr. Ripperger is a leading expert in the area of spiritual warfare.

What is truly revealing is his criticism of “The Greatest Generation” as used by Tom Brokaw in his best selling book. Truly remarkable assessment, IMHO. Look at how it evolved from The Lost Generation.

And from it follows my generation, i.e. The Baby Boomer or Hippie Generation, and from this, my children’s generation.

Listen to the good Father’s commentary about my generation’s personal characteristics at the 30 minute time slot to about 32 minutes. Then reflect about our current presidential candidates.

Need I say more? Look at how he describes the Millennials. And you wonder why they migrated towards Bernie Sanders (and good ol’ Joe Bidden). Again, this is truly a remarkable lecture and well worth listening too.

I cannot urge you enough to watch this video in its entirety.”

And another good audio link to a Fr. Ripperger interview at “Athanasius Contra Mundum”, with interview topics in Philosophy and Theology ranging from the Multi-verse and Time to transgenderism, Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s call for a new Syllabus of Errors to condemn errors in Ecclesiology and the misappropriation of the term “Priesthood of the Laity”.

So I’d guess that’s enough for now. Do you really have to wonder what is going on now with all this “COVID-19”, “Red Bat Flu”, “New Cases” mania nonsense. It’s all about control and taking generations down a broad path to perdition. And we are all just walking blindly in the direction that the Brights are ordering us to go “for our own good and protection of our neighbours”.

But there remains Hope. Hope in God’s power to bring Good out of Evil. I share this link to give us hope that all is not lost. There are still things of beauty that spark Joy.

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”. Quid Hoc ad Aeternitatem,

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Newsweek Article about Dr. Fauci …

Just found an interesting article at Newsweek Magazine “DR. FAUCI BACKED CONTROVERSIAL WUHAN LAB”  and am reposting it here, in its entirety, minus all the adds and pop-ups because these sort of reports have a habit of being removed from the web quickly. Enjoy …

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DR. FAUCI BACKED CONTROVERSIAL WUHAN LAB WITH MILLIONS OF U.S. DOLLARS FOR RISKY CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH
BY FRED GUTERL ON 4/28/20 AT 2:57 PM EDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci is an adviser to President Donald Trump and something of an American folk hero for his steady, calm leadership during the pandemic crisis. At least one poll shows that Americans trust Fauci more than Trump on the coronavirus pandemic—and few scientists are portrayed on TV by Brad Pitt.

But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat corona viruses.

In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.

Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release.

SARS-CoV-2 , the virus now causing a global pandemic, is believed to have originated in bats. U.S. intelligence, after originally asserting that the coronavirus had occurred naturally, conceded last month that the pandemic may have originated in a leak from the Wuhan lab. (At this point most scientists say it’s possible—but not likely—that the pandemic virus was engineered or manipulated.)

Dr. Fauci did not respond to Newsweek’s requests for comment. NIH responded with a statement that said in part: “Most emerging human viruses come from wildlife, and these represent a significant threat to public health and biosecurity in the US and globally, as demonstrated by the SARS epidemic of 2002-03, and the current COVID-19 pandemic…. scientific research indicates that there is no evidence that suggests the virus was created in a laboratory.”

The NIH research consisted of two parts. The first part began in 2014 and involved surveillance of bat coronaviruses, and had a budget of $3.7 million. The program funded Shi Zheng-Li, a virologist at the Wuhan lab, and other researchers to investigate and catalogue bat coronaviruses in the wild. This part of the project was completed in 2019.

A second phase of the project, beginning that year, included additional surveillance work but also gain-of-function research for the purpose of understanding how bat coronaviruses could mutate to attack humans. The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit research group, under the direction of President Peter Daszak, an expert on disease ecology.

NIH canceled the project just this past Friday, April 24th, Politico reported. Daszak did not immediately respond to Newsweek requests for comment.

The project proposal states: “We will use S protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments and analysis of receptor binding to test the hypothesis that % divergence thresholds in S protein sequences predict spillover potential.”

In layman’s terms, “spillover potential” refers to the ability of a virus to jump from animals to humans, which requires that the virus be able to attach to receptors in the cells of humans. SARS-CoV-2, for instance, is adept at binding to the ACE2 receptor in human lungs and other organs.

According to Richard Ebright, an infectious disease expert at Rutgers University, the project description refers to experiments that would enhance the ability of bat coronavirus to infect human cells and laboratory animals using techniques of genetic engineering. In the wake of the pandemic, that is a noteworthy detail.

Ebright, along with many other scientists, has been a vocal opponent of gain-of-function research because of the risk it presents of creating a pandemic through accidental release from a lab.

Dr. Fauci is renowned for his work on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1990s. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated first in his class from Cornell University Medical College in 1966. As head of NIAID since 1984, he has served as an adviser to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.

A decade ago, during a controversy over gain-of-function research on bird-flu viruses, Dr. Fauci played an important role in promoting the work. He argued that the research was worth the risk it entailed because it enables scientists to make preparations, such as investigating possible anti-viral medications, that could be useful if and when a pandemic occurred.

The work in question was a type of gain-of-function research that involved taking wild viruses and passing them through live animals until they mutate into a form that could pose a pandemic threat. Scientists used it to take a virus that was poorly transmitted among humans and make it into one that was highly transmissible—a hallmark of a pandemic virus. This work was done by infecting a series of ferrets, allowing the virus to mutate until a ferret that hadn’t been deliberately infected contracted the disease.

The work entailed risks that worried even seasoned researchers. More than 200 scientists called for the work to be halted. The problem, they said, is that it increased the likelihood that a pandemic would occur through a laboratory accident.

Dr. Fauci defended the work. “… determining the molecular Achilles’ heel of these viruses can allow scientists to identify novel antiviral drug targets that could be used to prevent infection in those at risk or to better treat those who become infected,” wrote Fauci and two co-authors in the Washington Post on December 30, 2011. “Decades of experience tells us that disseminating information gained through biomedical research to legitimate scientists and health officials provides a critical foundation for generating appropriate countermeasures and, ultimately, protecting the public health.”

Nevertheless, in 2014, under pressure from the Obama administration, the National of Institutes of Health instituted a moratorium on the work, suspending 21 studies.

Three years later, though—in December 2017—the NIH ended the moratorium and the second phase of the NIAID project, which included the gain-of-function research, began. The NIH established a framework for determining how the research would go forward: scientists have to get approval from a panel of experts, who would decide whether the risks were justified.

The reviews were indeed conducted—but in secret, for which the NIH has drawn criticism. In early 2019, after a reporter for Science magazine discovered that the NIH had approved two influenza research projects that used gain of function methods, scientists who oppose this kind of research excoriated the NIH in an editorial in the Washington Post.

“We have serious doubts about whether these experiments should be conducted at all,” wrote Tom Inglesby of Johns Hopkins University and Marc Lipsitch of Harvard. “With deliberations kept behind closed doors, none of us will have the opportunity to understand how the government arrived at these decisions or to judge the rigor and integrity of that process.”

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These days I am crawling down some old rabbit holes that seem to hide evidence of Dr. Fauci being involved in the creation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through research into Retro-Viruses at . The HIV/AIDS epidemic which we were all very familiar with, as we remember, got blamed on a homosexual Swedish airline host who picked it up in Africa somewhere.

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch

 

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Time to Prepare …

Nothing from Joe this time around … just some Scripture readings to meditate on, and then some important links to good posts from Mark Mallett. And a cool LOTR video from YouTube.

First: John 11. This was the Gospel reading for Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days. I posted about it here.  But my post is not the important one in this collection … Mark has the message.

The second Scripture reading is: Ezekiel 18:17-32 (Douay-Rheims Bible).   A couple of verses : “20 The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. 22 I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.” But again, my post is not the important one.

Here are the important links. We should be preparing. Now is not the time to be looking back and regretting what is falling to wrack and ruin all around us.

OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART I  Posted on March 28, 2020 by Mark
PRIESTS, AND THE COMING TRIUMPH Posted on June 27, 2019 by Mark
THE FATHER IS WAITING… Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mark
OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART II Posted on April 1, 2020 by Mark

The difficulty is always in the seeing of what is taking place right before us and all around us, the great warp and weft of the great tapestry of all reality.. We are limited in our humanity, in space and time, in what we can understand and we lose sight of the fact that our responsibility is to stand and deliver in our own little insignificant part of the great battlefield of the world.

This is not the time to flee, to hide away …  this is a moment at the start of a great battle …  a beautiful metaphor of what mankind has faced over and over again for thousands of years. Tolkien got it right in LOTR:  Remember the scene?

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Merry himself felt as if a great weight of horror and doubt had settled on him…. They were too late! Too late was worse than never!…. Then suddenly Merry felt it at last, beyond doubt: a change. Wind was in his face! Light was glimmering….

But at that same moment there was a flash, as if lightning had sprung from the earth beneath the City. For a searing second it stood dazzling far off in black and white, its topmost tower like a glittering needle: and then as the darkness closed again there came rolling over the fields a great boom.

At that sound the bent shape of the king sprang suddenly erect. Tall and proud he seemed again; and rising in his stirrups he cried in a loud voice, more clear than any there had ever heard a mortal man achieve before:
Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!
With that he seized a great horn from Guthláf his banner-bearer, and he blew such a blast upon it that it burst asunder. And straightway all the horns in the host were lifted up in music, and the blowing of the horns of Rohan in that hour was like a storm upon the plain and a thunder in the mountains.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 5, The Ride of the Rohirrim

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We look at the state of “This World” and get goosebumps and the hair on the back of our neck rises …

Cheers

Joe

We are all riders, and God wants us all in His army, but we have to choose … which side do you choose?

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Suffering … Quality of Life …

You Have The Communist Flu! Quarantine! Quarantine!

By the sound of things there is a whole lot of suffering going on … just listen to anyone, all eager to share their suffering, all the while desperately trying not to sneeze, or cough, or sniffle because we have all slid into being terrified lest we find ourselves featured in the final scene of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” .

… I’M FINE! … I’M FINE! I AM JUST SHOPPING FOR FRIENDS. Now we are finding out who actually has friends and who has e-friends, or  maybe iFriends … but iFriends can’t go do your shopping for you and deliver in person.

In Canada we have, for decades now,  been receiving the daily message, dressed up in Health Care lingo, that “It’s OK for us to kill you if you have no political voice and your existence is inconvenient or, even,  your in the wrong place at the wrong time“. In the last few years a new message has been added to this steady drone, that new message being the steady drumbeat of “It’s OK to kill yourself if you are unhappy with your “Quality of Life“.

Now, the “In Crowd” think is great to have set up a “Living Will” to instruct any Canadian Doctor to kill them if they are admitted into hospital, “suffering and with low quality of life”, and are unable to verbally instruct medical staff as to their desires at that moment.  I have had this “discussion” with some of my own family members who have converted to this new cult from their previous affiliation of “Atheist”.

We can see all sorts of interesting spin-offs from this desire to avoid suffering at any cost, including “Kill Me, Please!”, co-existing simultaneously with very expensive “preserve life” protocols active in our current national “Health Care System”. A very interesting article was posted a couple of days ago on Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s blog here.  This post is well worth the read and gives much food for thought. Will the real cost of the COVID-19, the Red Flu, be the loss of civil liberty and the removal of any protections in law for the more defenseless members of our society.

I can easily imagine a fertile, high yield, farm of bureaucratic rationalization of draconian health related decisions, all driven by ROE and sounding rather like what Dr. Kendrick relates:

…”we should focus on doing things whereby we can do the most good (save the most lives) for the least possible amount of money. Or use the money we have, to save the most lives. In fact, this is why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) was established. NICE reviews interventions and decides whether they provide value for money. The economic term for this is cost-effectiveness. This work is complex and often relies on assumptions that can be difficult to verify. However, keeping this as simple as possible, NICE tries to compare healthcare interventions against each other by using a form of ‘currency’ called the cost per QALY.  A QALY is a Quality Adjusted Life Year. One added year of the highest quality life would be one QALY.

C.S. Lewis

It seems C. S. Lewis touched on exactly what we are witnessing before our very eyes. In That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups”, first published in 1945, he breathes life into these ideas in a primary character of the book, in his description of the aggressive vision of the scientific group called N. I. C. E. (The National Institute for Coordinated Experiments), and in his attribution of N. I. C. E.’s views and actions to the demons, or … “devilry.”

You really should read the post from Dr. Kendrick, and the C. S. Lewis article. As you inevitably walk or crawl or are wheeled or dragged down the ever narrowing path of life to your natural demise, what will you choose?  What choices will be thrust upon you? Will you get your rightly allotted number of “Quality Adjusted Life Years“, your entitled QALY’s? Or will you find yourselves among those who end up on the wrong side of the committee and their review, on the wrong side of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). That secretly constituted, minute-less meeting of faceless corner-office 3 piece suites who, as the legal servants of  “NICE”, regularly review interventions and decide whether they provide value for money.

Will we look back from our crematorium jobs, during our mandatory 10 minute water break, and wistfully remember “The Good Old Days” before 2020 and COVID-19? “Remember the days before the Red Flu? Gee, things sure were good then, remember?

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

 

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FUD … Sound and Images … The lies of this world … Labels … and a couple or three links …

“Yamanakabushi” performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal & Yuzuko Horigome, from the album “Yamanakabushi: Japanese Melodies”, Vol. 3, (1982)

Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days.

This is the story of the miracle that finally tipped the Jews, the Leadership, over to realizing that they had to act to kill Jesus immediately to silence His message of Truth. Their hammerlock on popular power was seriously threatened by this miracle, so they did what social and military dictators have always done throughout history, and still do, they silenced those who disagreed with them by killing them and/or marginalizing them. That was then … and they murdered the Christ to keep control. What now?

Del Bigtree

Now, the world is facing a multi-hundred-billion-trillion dollar “The Sky-Is-Falling” crisis. Let’s follow the money. So, a couple or three questions, to help filter the torrent of  incoming sound and fury. First, “Does it spark joy?” I don’t feel joy in any of this. Second, “Who benefits?”, The MSM, Big Government, and Big Pharma.  Third, what can we do to get to “Truth” if ALL authorities are lying, and lying about who is lying? Realy, not a damned thing we little people can do except pay up and die.

It’s all just so hugely frustrating and crazy making. The money trail seems to point at hundreds of billions of dollars of annual profit for Big Pharma and the MSM and huge budgets and unlimited control for Big Government … IF … IF they can manage to keep the hysteria going for a few more months.

I have come across another tidbit (over 2 hours – big tidbit, maybe well beyond most folks attention span, eh?) of information which appears to give the lie to the current zombie apocalypse of COVID-19 … the “end-of-the-world” event giving the MSM and the Health Department bureaucrats, and Big Pharma the justification for the abrogation of all civil rights and liberties “for the duration” of the “virtual crisis”. But this “tidbit” is worth following to the end – think of it as one protracted “Big Reveal”.

This video might very well be very upsetting for people on both sides of the information divide, but is it any more upsetting than the current main-stream news on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bill Gates’ favorite media outlet MSNBC? Seriously, is anyone out there happy with the current zombie apocalypse as being shoved down out throats by the MSM and the WHO and the rest of the Social Media Terrorists?

And I don’t think for a moment that all the talking heads are involved in some sort of conspiracy to mislead. Most of them, I think, actually believe what they are reporting, and they are terrified, and selling their souls for any kind of Atta-Boy. The only alternative theory is that they are part of it and are guilty of crimes against humanity on a scale like we have seen in totalitarian regimes the world over throughout the 20th century.

The whole “sound and fury” of our current pandemic panic feels familiar to any player of MMORPG apocalypse games. But just now I have come across a report outside the mainstream (where else?) about mortality and epidemiology in Italian “Health Care” and in other world pandemic disease centres as well.

The virtually universal vitriol with which all the mainstream players, media and gaslighters throughout our social media empire, put down, ridicule, and vilify the few nay-sayers out there convinces me that Del Bigtree is a Truth speaker.

Whenever ALL the MSM and talking heads and “experts” agree on something, 50+ years of personal experience has convinced me that it is a virtual certainty that they are ALL wrong. They always seem to find themselves on the wrong side of history whenever they all agree on something.

The part of interest is here and the analysis of the statistics, the facts, starts at the 18 minute mark. … But this 2 hour and fifteen minute YouTube video is virtually impossible to find unless someone gives you a direct link. I bolded the time stamps along the video track at the bottom: Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for this wonderful antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

All the usual misdirection is rampant on this one and it is easy to find over 200,000 search results assassinating Del Bigtree and about 250 thousand doing the same to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny denying what they are talking about, BUT, not one of them seems to have anything factual to throw up against the information that Tenpenny and Bigtree are presenting.

Nothing but loud screaming and character assassination by the same crowd pushing for Trump’s impeachment and the whole “Russia got Trump elected” meme. The same crowd that are rushing to completely shut down New York and and the whole state of Californication.

Of course every right minded person KNOWS that the MSM and Social Media are the only true gospel preachers out there, right?  There are no experts backing up what Trump is saying, Trump is lying!  Or we can take a look at what “The Experts” are actually saying … rather than accept the talking heads version of reality.

So lets listen to some experts rather than the nice hair pretty media types like our Clown Prince’s wife. Of course we all know that those who speak out, trying to bring some facts, and truth, and sanity into the debate are just stupid, and are particularly troubling for public health bureaucrats and drug companies and the controversial issues surrounding the current abrogation of all human rights in the west.

But, again, let’s jump ahead to the hot button points on the video. Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for the antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

So, that’s enough of that. One is either a Kool-Aid drinker, or not, you can watch the video and make up your own mind and do your own digging, or not, before the MSM take it down … and there is nothing to be done for those who believe the Social Media miracle workers. I have been up and down this path for years. And so, in the interest of a little peace, here is a reprise from the wayback machine of a post I did in January 2018:

Michi Haruka”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

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I tried writing in silence and posting plain text with no sound and no images, Just the facts, ma’am” … and I don’t enjoy writing in silence and I do enjoy trying to pass on the mood to my readers, or at least to offer the opportunity to taste the mood … so I have decided to go back to sound and images as part of this effort … my blog, my rules.

I found this item, like a delightful little breakfast treat left over from the surfeit of Christmas  … David and I seem to be in a similar  frame of mind regarding “The World” …

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/11/le-monde/

David Warren

David Warren

… I was, even in those days, a fan of this “Richard Nixton” (the misspelling of his name was a smug convention). I didn’t actually like him, but in the words of a Czech friend, “he gives those liberals heart attacks,” and that seemed a good enough reason to support him.

For those were the days when I was just discovering that a lad with my views is not called a “liberal,” but a “conservative” instead. (I’ve since moved on, to “reactionary.”) It was a question of mere labels, “truth in advertising” as it were. An old-fashioned “liberal” like my father to start, I was already in favour of liberty and small government, against totalitarianism and thus, gung-ho on Vietnam.

But I had also already noticed that most people who thought themselves “liberals,” were otherwise insufferable. …

Satan

Satan

I am reflecting on references in previous posts (here) regarding the “Chiaroscuro” of silence versus noise revealing the face of God.  And also reflecting on references in previous posts (here) and (here) about the appropriateness of “labels” or metaphorical “figures” standing for icons in respective cultures, icons of evil, and icons of good, and the error of believing that the “label” is the “thing” … the good or the evil “actualized” in the label.

I have often ruminated on the use of metaphorical and mathematical labels to stand for personal opinions, or assertions of theory which we desire to be true, but which remain “unproven” or  “not true” and the inherent error of confusing the label for the truth and the truth for the label, as if the truth becomes self evident (obviously) by virtue of the chosen label, and if one just “doesn’t get it” one must be self evidently lacking in some essential aspect.

Back in April 2015 I touched on “other religions” and “ad hominem” here. The social and media attack on “the other” aka “anyone who disagrees with me” is still going strong and is showing signs of reaching the level of physical coercion and intimidation even here in North America in the early 21st century … “Burn The Witch!”

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Something about the frequency with which we delude ourselves, how the best plans and ideas of mice and men “gang aft a’glay“, our innate ability to discern truth (what 21st century man identifies as “our BS detector”) seems to have gone wildly astray in the minute by minute noise and distraction of our 21st century society.

It might be seen as odd that I write here about silence immediately after deciding to put sound back into my blog. But there ya go, I am not rigidly consistent I guess. We have lost our affinity for silence, that peace which man was originally born with, but I like my music.

Much of my thoughts here are drawn from the work of Robert Cardinal Sarah. But this is not a PhD dissertation and no one is grading me and I am not selling this sort of writing for a living so call it what you will. I have an omnivorous appetite for truth and am willing to adopt things or change my mind when I find something that makes perfect sense to me, even if it is a new path.

Man has lost the simplicity, the natural innocence, of childhood. That is why silence is so difficult for him. And man rejects silence even more because he wants to become God himself, and has done so for all time, since Adam first sought to “become god”. That is why Christ admonished us to “become as little children”. In silence man cannot be a false god, cannot pretend to “be” god, but can merely stand in a luminous face-to-face encounter with God.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

In “The Confessions”, Saint Augustine exposes his own experience with these beautiful lines: “Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved Thee! For behold Thou wert within me, and I outside; and I sought Thee outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things that Thou hast made.

Thou wert with me and I was not with Thee. I was kept from Thee by those things, yet had they not been in Thee, they would not have been at all. Thou didst call and cry to me and break open my deafness: and Thou didst send forth Thy beams and shine upon me and chase away my blindness: Thou didst breathe fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and do now pant for Thee: I tasted Thee, and now hunger and thirst for Thee: Thou didst touch me, and I have burned for Thy peace.

Where are the dwelling places of solitude and silence? Where are those places where we escape the noise and distractions of modern life, the disruptions which continually prevent us from finding God? Only a fortunate few can find the solitude and silence of the sea, or of the desert, or the mountain hermitage. Where do we find this silence in our busy daily run?

For joy … I find myself not so alone in my observations of the irrational illogicality of life on this tiny planet of mostly blue water. I give you a couple of tidbits worth visiting just in time to save us from giving way to despair and desperation.

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/05/twelfth-night-no-surrender/

“… “A lie gets halfway round the world before the truth even gets its pants on,” or something like that, as Mark Twain is supposed to have said, though if he did, it was hardly original.” courtesy of David Warren.”

and

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/01/05/the-stupid-animal/

” … “Bombogenesis” is my favorite word this week. It is meteorologist’s jargon for what is happening off America’s Eastern Seaboard. It was last popularized, if I recall aright, four years ago, when we had about twenty of them in the North Atlantic, within a January and February.

These storms result from a form of collision between high and low-pressure cells. The air pressure suddenly drops, and sailors are in for quite a blow. A lot of snow is dumped along coasts. But it is not the end of the world; not yet.

The fish in the sea are probably exempt, but I’ve noticed that animals on land often react to these pressure drops: even cats and dogs. They know to seek shelter. Humans, not so much, till they have heard a weather report; but as the keeper of a municipal weather station when I was a high-school kid, I found that I could tell, too. This was because I was “open to the experience.”

Many things that humans can do are not apparent to most humans.” … Also courtesy of the same David Warren writing on a different blog site.”

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

It is well to remember the words of Aslan (the Lion icon) “… He answered, “Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me. …  I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. … Dost thou understand, Child?”  

I said, “Lord, thou knowest how much I understand”. But I also said (for the truth constrained me), “Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days”.  “Beloved”, said the Glorious One, “unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek”. C.S. Lewis, “The Last Battle”

  早春賦, William W. Spearman IV, from the album “Beautiful Japanese Songs” (2006)

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

Perhaps the “Brights” do have the answers to everything of this world … do tiny minorities inherently have the truth by virtue of their minuscule numbers, their sample size?  Perhaps we the people are a legitimate target of predators.  But what about the rest of life? Well, we are also beloved of God, or so I am told …

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Life in a small town

China notes … COVID-19 cases and deaths

A security guard, wearing a protective facemask to protect against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, browses his mobile phone as he secures the entrance of a nearly empty shopping mall in Beijing on February 27, 2020. – The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries since it emerged in December 2019 and is causing mounting alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Note: China loses 21 million mobile users in the last 3 months (From “China In Focus” program). Do you suppose that might be related to the COVID-19 virus? Another site from India has a story on the same situation.

Canada has 2792 cases with a population of 37 million, and no one has lost any mobile users.

Is it that the Chinese government is taking away access to mobile phones? Did all these users switch carriers? Or is it that one can’t take one’s mobile to the next life?  Gee, that sucks. What about the contacts?

That is the equivalent of the entire adult population of California having their phones taken away, or worse yet, maybe dieing?

Whoah Dude!!!  Bill and Ted would definitely have something to say about that, but not a peep out of China.

Why did the China stats on the Johns Hopkins site just stop rolling in in mid to late February? Even a best case would project at least 100,000 cases by now, just applying world infection rates, wouldn’t they?

Why has Russia only claimed 495 cases and only 1 death with a population estimated at 145,934,462 people. The Russians are world travelers and have many foreign missions. If the normal demographic statistical methods, using Canadian rates, are applied they “should” have at least 10,000 cases by now … shouldn’t they?

ISS, the only place with an effective travel ban.

Those numbers Johns Hopkins are pumping out on their fancy graphic just don’t seem to match expectations based on rates of infection world wide.

Why are no notes available on the weird numbers? Why does America have such bad stats compared to Russia? Compared to China? This just does not make sense.

Are they really hiding a huge problem?  Are there really millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths in China and Russia? Who knows? But it seems that Johns Hopkins are more concerned with making Trump look bad than doing actual statistics.

Cheers

Joe

Ready Aye Ready, Just another rough patch.

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