On this September 11, let us remember the cross at Calvary, the cross ar Ground Zero, and the cross standing in Notre Dame cathedral. Two Limericks

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)

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The original location where the iron cross was found.

For Muslims, atheists and humanists the cross is an offense since it is to them the stench of death. But to us who believe it is the symbol of redemption and new and eternal life in Christ. If they were not pricked in their hearts when they see the cross they would not be offended.

He died  on the cross at Ground Zero.

We have only one risen hero.

But the fools reject grace,

stay condemned, cannot face

The truth in The Cross at Ground Zero.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (St. John 3:16-17)

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An intermediate location for the cross

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The final place for the Iron cross near the 9/11 museum.

These were the final words of Governor Sarah Palin after a successful week anchoring “On Point” with the One America News.

Governor Palin is a true servant. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, worked at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York in January and February 2002 as part of a federal Department of Agriculture program.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Heath said he and his wife had worked to keep sea gulls and rats from scavenging the human remains in the debris. Mr. Heath, then 70, a retired science teacher, and Mrs. Heath, then 68, a retired secretary, had worked for the Agriculture Department for 15 years. They travel around the world dealing with “nuisance” animals like rats and bears.

“A lot of people just didn’t like the job, it was kind of a morbid thing,” he said of the work at the landfill. “But I thought it was part of history.”

This is the attitude of a servant.

On April 16 2019 at the church of Notre Dame in Paris there was a fire. Much was lost.

“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways,” posted U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”

No, Ms Omar, it is much more than that, rather

What nearly destroyed Notre Dame;

historical artworks for some.

Not the fall of the steeple,

God’s church is the people

the Cross stands for all who will come.

Yes, the fire was spectacular.

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Yes, the cross still stands as it did when, as U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar so famously quoted “Somebody did something at 9/11”

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 53:1)

CO2 concentration has increased 50% since pre-industrial times causing climate change. Thorium Nuclear Power is the answer. A Limerick.

As CO2 warms up the poles

burned oil, gas and coal play their roles.

CO2 is still good;

makes plants green, grows more food,

and clouds are the climate controls.

We live in interesting times, the CO2 concentration has increased 50% since the beginning of industrialization. In the last 30 years the level has risen 17%, from about 350 ppm to nearly 410 ppm. This is what scares people. Is is time to panic and stop carbon emissions altogether as Greta Thunberg has suggested?As if on cue the climate models have been adjusted, and they suddenly show a much higher rate of temperature increase, in this case what is supposed to happen to global temperatures for a doubling of CO2 from pre-industrial times, from 270ppm to 540ppm.

There are two ways to approach this problem. The models make certain assumptions about the behavior of the changing atmosphere and model future temperature changes. This is the approach taken by IPCC for the last 32 years. These models are all failing miserably when compared to actual temperature changes.

The other way i to observe what is actually happening to our temperature over time as the CO2 increases. We have 50 years of excellent global temperature data, so with these we can see where, when and by how much the earth has warmed.

The most drastic temperature rise on earth has been in the Arctic above the 80th latitude. In the winter of 2019 it was 4C above the 50 year average. See charts from the Danish Meteorological Institute:

Note, there is no increase at all in the summer temperatures!

The fall temperature saw an increase of 4C and the spring temperature saw an increase of about 2.5C.

Notice: In this chart the there is no recorded summer temperature increase at all, but the onset of fall freezing was delayed by 3 weeks.

The 5 thru 8C winter rise of temperature is significant, most would even say alarming, but my response is, why is that?

To get the answer we must study molecular absorption spectroscopy and explain a couple of facts for the 97% of all scientists who have not studied molecular spectroscopy. IPCC and most scientists claim that the greenhouse effect is dependent on the gases that are in the atmosphere, and their combined effect is additive according to a logarithmic formula. This is true up to a certain point, but it is not possible to absorb more than 100% of all the energy available in a certain frequency band! For example: If water vapor absorbs 50% of all incoming energy in a certain band, and CO2 absorbs another 90% of the energy in the same band, the result is that 95% is absorbed, (90% + 50% * (100% – 90%)),  not 140%, (90% + 50%).

The following chart shows both CO2 and H2O are absorbing greenhouse gases, with H20 being the stronger greenhouse gas, absorbing over a much wider spectrum, and they overlap for the most part. But it also matters in what frequency range s they absorb.

For this we will have to look at the frequency ranges of the incoming solar radiation and the outgoing black body radiation of the earth. It is the latter that causes the greenhouse effect. Take a look at this chart:

The red area represents the observed amount of solar radiation that reaches the earth’s surface, the white area under the red line represents radiation absorbed in the atmosphere. Likewise, the blue area represents the outgoing black body radiation that is re-emitted. The remaining white area under the magenta, blue or black line represents the retained absorbed energy that causes the greenhouse effect.

Let us  now take a look at the Carbon Dioxide bands of absorption, at 2.7, 4.3 and 15 microns. Of them the 2.7 and 4.3 micron bands absorb where there is little black body radiation, the only band that is of interest is at 15 microns, and that is in a band where the black body radiation has its maximum. However it is also in a band where water vapor also absorb, not as much as CO2,only about 20% to 70% as much. Water vapor or absolute humidity is highly dependent on the temperature of the air, so at 30C there may be 50 times as much water vapor, at 0C there may be ten times as much water vapor, and at -25C there may be more CO2 than water vapor. At those low temperatures the gases are mostly additive. In the tropics with fifty times more water vapor than CO2, increased CO2 has no influence on the temperature whatsoever. Temperature charts confirm this assertion:

Here the temperature in the tropics displays no trend whatsoever. It follows the temperature of the oceans, goes up in an El Niño and down in a La Niña. The temperature in the southern hemisphere shows no trend. In the northern temperate region there is a slight increase, but the great increase is occurring in the Arctic. There is no increase in the Antarctic yet even though the increase in CO2 is greater in the Antarctic and the winter temperature in the Antarctic is even lower than in the Arctic. So CO2 increase cannot be the sole answer to the winter temperature increase in the Arctic.

There is an obvious answer. When temperatures increase the air can contain more moisture and will transport more moisture from the tropics all the way to the arctic, where it falls as snow. Is the snow increasing in the Northern Hemisphere?

Let us see what the snow statistics show. These are from the Rutgers’ snow lab.

The fall snow extent is increasing, and has increased by more than 2 percent per year.

The winter snowfall has also increased but only by 0.04 percent per year. The snow covers all of Russia, Northern China, Mongolia, Tibet, Kashmir and northern Pakistan, Northern Afghanistan, Northern Iran, Turkey, Part of Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska, Greenland and part of Western and Northern United States.

In the spring on the other hand the snow pack is melting faster, about 1.6 percent less snow per year. One of the major reasons for an earlier snow-melt is that the air is getting dirtier, especially over China, and to some extent Russia. The soot from burning coal and mining and manufacturing changes the albedo of the snow. The soot is visible on old snow all the way up to the North Pole. The other reason is that the poles are getting warmer. In the fall and winter it is mostly due to increased snowfall, but in the spring, as soon as the temperature rises over the freezing point, melting occurs.

So the warming of the poles, far from being an impending end of mankind as we know it, may even be beneficial. Warmer poles in the winter means less temperature gradient between the poles and the tropics, leading to less severe storms. They will still be there, but less severe.

There is one great benefit of increased CO2, the greening of the earth.

Thanks to this greening, accomplished with only the fertilizing effect of CO2, the earth can now keep another 2 billion people from starvation, not to mention what it does to increase wild plants and wildlife. More vegetation also helps to combat erosion.

Having said that, I am still a conservationist. Coal, oil and gas will run out at some time, and I for one would like to save some for future generations, not yet born. In addition I would like to minimize the need for mining, which can be quite destructive to the environment.

The best solution is to switch most electricity generation to Thorium molten salt nuclear power. There are many reasons why this should be done as a priority.

Here are some of them:

The case for Thorium. 1. A million year supply of Thorium available worldwide.

The case for Thorium. 2. Thorium already mined, ready to be extracted.

The case for Thorium. 3. Thorium based nuclear power produces 0.012 percent as much TRansUranium waste products as traditional nuclear power.

The case for Thorium. 4. Thorium based nuclear power will produce Plutonium-238, needed for space exploration.

The case for Thorium. 5. Thorium nuclear power is only realistic solution to power space colonies.

The case for Thorium. 6. Radioactive waste from an Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor decays down to background radiation in 300 years compared to a million years for U-235 based reactors. A Limerick.

The case for Thorium. 7. Thorium based nuclear power is not suited for making nuclear bombs.

The case tor Thorium. 8. Produces isotopes that helps treat and maybe cure certain cancers.

The case for Thorium. 9. Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors are earthquake safe, only gravity needed for safe shutdown.

The case for Thorium. 10. Molten Salt Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors cannot have a meltdown, the fuel is already molten, and it is a continuous process. No need for refueling shutdowns.

The case for Thorium. 11. Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors have a very high negative temperature coefficient leading to a safe and stable control.

The case for Thorium 13. Virtually no spent fuel problem, very little on site storage or transport.

The case for Thorium. 14. Liquid Fluoride Thorium Nuclear reactors scale beautifully from small portable generators to full size power plants.

The case for Thorium. 15. No need for evacuation zones, Liquid Fuel Thorium Reactors can be placed near urban areas.

The case for Thorium. 16. Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors will work both as Base Load and Load Following power plants.

The case for Thorium. 17. Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors will lessen the need for an expanded national grid.

The case for Thorium. 18. Russia has an active Thorium program.

The case for Thorium. 19. India is having an ambitious Thorium program, planning to meet 30% of its electricity demand via Thorium based reactors by 2050.

The case for Thorium 20. China is having a massive Thorium program.

The case for Thorium. 21. United States used to be the leader in Thorium usage. What happened?

The case for Thorium. 22. With a Molten Salt Reactor, accidents like the Three Mile Island disaster will not happen.

The case for Thorium. 23. With a Molten Salt Reactor, accidents like Chernobyl are impossible.

The case for Thorium. 24. With Molten Salt Reactors, a catastrophe like Fukushima cannot happen.

The case for Thorium. 25. Will produce electrical energy at about 4 cents per kWh.

The case for Thorium. 26. Can deplete most of the existing radioactive waste and nuclear weapons stockpiles.

The case for Thorium. 27. With electric cars and trucks replacing combustion engine cars, only Thorium Nuclear power is the rational solution to provide the extra electric power needed.

The case for Thorium 28. The race for space colonies is on. Only Molten Salt Thorium Nuclear reactors can fit the bill.

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U.S.A. corona virus death rate as of September 5 is 3.00%, 41 countries have higher death rates. 15 countries giving HCQ+Zinc+Z-pac to COVID-19 patients as soon as symptoms occur have much lower death rates.

In 1956, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved HCQ for symptoms of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, particularly skin inflammation, hair loss, mouth sores, fatigue, and joint pain. It was deemed safe to take in perpetuity with a weight appropriate daily dose, typically 250 to 500 mg/day. In fact it is deemed so safe that pregnant women and nursing mothers can take it without restrictions.

The number of corona-virus cases for U.S.A as of September 5 is 6,452,833 and  deaths are  193,121 making the death rate 3.00%. There are four states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, under DOJ  investigation because they required nursing homes to admit and readmit COVID-19 cases resulting in many deaths. If these states are excluded from the count the death rate would be 2.30%

The Democratic convention speakers assured us that this was the worst result of any country in the world, thanks to President Trump’s inaction and refusal to accept science. So, how does U.S.A. compare to the rest of the world? The cases, deaths and death rates for all countries with higher death rates are listed below:

(All numbers are received from  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/)

1. Yemen                                                      1,987                      572   28.8%

2. Italy                                                      277,634                 35,541    12.8%

3. United Kingdom                               347,152                 41,551      12.0%

4. Belgium                                                87,825                   9,906      11.3%

5. Mexico                                                 629,409                 67,326     10.7%

6. France                                                 324,777                 30,724       9.5%

7. Netherlands                                         74,787                   6,243        8.4%

8. Channel Islands                                        631                        48        7.6%

9. Hungary                                                 8,387                        624      7.4%

9. Chad                                                      1,034                           77        7.4%

10. Isle of Man                                               337                        24        7.1%

11. Canada                                              131,858                    9,145       6.9%

11. Sweden                                                84,985                    5,835       6,9%

13 Liberia                                                   1,307                       82          6.3%

14. Sudan                                                   13,407                      832        6.2%

15. Ireland                                                 29,672                  1,777        6.0%

16. San Marino                                             716                         42       5.9%

16. Niger                                                      1,177                       69        5.9%

18. Iran                                                     386,658                22,293      5.8%

19. Ecuador                                             118,045                  6,724       5.7%

19. Spain                                                  517,133                 29,418      5.7%

21. Egypt                                                    98,062                  5,342       5.4%

22. Switzerland                                        44,401                  2,013       4.5%

22. Mali                                                       2,842                     127        4.5%

22. Bolivia                                             120,241                  5,398          4.5%

25. Andorra                                                1,215                       53        4.4%

26. Slovenia                                                3,165                     135        4.3%

26. Peru                                                   683,702               29,687        4.3%

28. Indonesia                                         194,109                 8,025         4.1%

28. Finland                                                  8,291                   336          4.1%

28. North Macedonia                            15,090                    617           4.1%

28. Tanzania                                                509                       21           4.1%

32. Barbados                                                 178                         7         3.9%

32. Burkina Faso                                      1,408                       55          3.9%

32. Bulgaria                                             17,050                   671           3.9%

35. Germany                                         251,456                 9,401          3.7%

35. Sint Maarten                                         511                      19           3.7%

35. Guatemala                                         77,481                2,845          3.7%

35. Afghanistan                                      38,398                1,412           3,7%

39. Denmark                                           17,883                   627           3.5%

40. Brazil                                             4,123,000             126,266          3.1%

41. Poland                                                70,824                 2,120           3.0%

That’s right! U.S.A. ranks as 42th worst country!

Now there are countries that do better, some much better. One group has this in common: They administer a proper therapy of hydroxychloroquine, most often with Zinc and Z-max as soon as symptoms occur, with or without a positive test. Some of the countries are so poor that it is all they can afford. The result?

 

Country               Cases     Deaths

1. Qatar                120,905          203    0.17%   The country of Qatar consists of 88% temporary workers between the ages of 20 and 60 and most of the deaths occurred in the remaining 12% of the original population.  This means that the death rate of persons between the ages of 20 and 60 is less than 0.2% if given HCQ + Zinc  as soon as symptoms occur or as a prophylactic administered instead of contact tracing and quarantine. If this regimen would be implemented immediately we could fully open schools and universities, have college and professional sports again and fully open all businesses. The most vulnerable would of course still have to be protected.

2. Bahrain               54,771        199     0.3%  Again, about half of the population are  immigrants or guest workers. They have a high rate of obesity and diabetes, but HCQ seems to be working excellent in Bahrain

3. UAE                      73,984        388     0.5%  The United Arab Emirates is a nation of 88% non-citizen immigrants and guest workers. there are over twice as many males as there are females.

4. Israel                 130,157      1,012    0.8%

5. Costa Rica            46,920        478    1.0%

6. Malaysia               9,397         128    1.4%

7. South Korea      21,177          334    1.6%

8. India              4,202,562     71,687   1.71%

9. Russia             1,025,505   17,820    1.74%

10. Morocco           72,394       1,361   1.9%

11. Ukraine          135,894       2,846   2.1%

12. Senegal             13,987         290     2.1%

13. Cuba                    4,309          101   2.3%

14. Turkey            279,806      6,673    2.4%

15. Greece               11,524         284    2.5%

There are countries that are not doing as well as U.S.A. in combating the corona pandemic, even though they freely administer HCQ. They are

16. Algeria                 46,364     1,556   3.4%

17. Indonesia          194,109     8,025   4.1%

and probably others. Many countries’ health statistics are of dubious accuracy. That is why China is excluded.

Other countries, such as

Iceland                        2,141          10      0.5%

Faeroe Islands              413             0     0.0%

Japan                        70,876        1,349   1.9%   have had success with a thorough contact tracing and quarantine. This can only be done if caught at the earliest stages of the disease. Remember, Japan never allowed the people from the infected cruise ship to enter Japanese soil and be treated in hospitals.

Vaccine may not be as effective as first thought. The china corona virus has mutated into 11 strains, and continues to mutate, so a universal vaccine cannot be developed, but like the flu, every year will have a new regional strain to combat.

The solution is to implement a hydroxychloroquine + Zinc + Zitromax regimen, both as a prophylactic and as a therapy as soon as symptoms occur.

According to the Ford study treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 – and without heart-related side-effects, the new study published by Henry Ford Health System. The death rate was cut in half for patients treated with HCQ. It is even more dramatic if HCQ is administered as soon as symptoms occur, over 40 international studies have shown an up to 80+% reduction in death rates. For some reason FDA and CDC do not acknowledge international studies. They rather let people die than accept a drug that has been approved for 64 years, and given freely to people with Lupus. It is so safe it is even given to pregnant women and nursing mothers.

How many extra deaths are we talking about? HCQ is already administered under right to try by about 16% of all cases. If it had been recommended in April, one month after President Trump recommended it based on excellent results in french studies, about half the deaths from then on could have been avoided. It adds up, about 1.5% of all cases since April 15, or about 78,000 deaths could have been avoided,  and moving forward about 600 deaths a day. This is in my opinion a low estimate.

Another significant moment in the hydroxychloroquine debate came on July 23 in the form of an opinion piece. Harvey A. Risch, MD, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health with many years of healthcare experience, wrote in favor of the medication, calling it “highly effective” and describing physicians who use it “in the face of widespread skepticism” as heroes.

In his opinion piece, Risch listed several studies that have pointed to the benefits of treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine. He also wrote about how the medication has been politicized and said it “has not been used properly in many studies.”

“In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence,” he concluded. “But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points. For the sake of high-risk patients, for the sake of our parents and grandparents, for the sake of the unemployed, for our economy and for our polity, especially those disproportionally affected, we must start treating immediately.”

His assessment of lives saved with HCQ ++ was 70,000 lives would have been saved as of Aug 1 if HCQ had been used as early as possible. He is the scientist, I am using public data drawn from a population of 2 billion people, and we reached a very similar conclusion.

Do it! The fact that President Trump has advocated it as early as March should not be a hindrance to save 600 lives a day!

Of umbrellas and such. A study in contrasts. A Limerick.

Umbrellas: A hard task for some.

To Barry as hard as they come.

The most powerful man:

See him do what he can.

To fold it, try using your thumb!

This was the former President Barack Obama

He always had trouble handle an umbrella.look down on his notes and talk at the same time, so he commandeered the Marines to hold the umbrella for him. To be fair he commandeered another Marine to keep President Erdogan of Turkey dry. No such consideration  was given the audience.

But he couldn’t keep his own wife out of the rain either. It is difficult to hold an umbrella, wave, walk down the stairs and keep your wife dry, all  at the same time.

HAVANA, CUBA – MARCH 20: First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive at Jose Marti International Airport for a 48-hour visit on Airforce One March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first President in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

No, This is the way to handle an umbrella!

Nothing fancy, just do it. And keep your wife dry at the same time.

 

U.S.A. corona virus death rate currently at 3.05%, 43 countries have higher death rates. 15 countries giving HCQ+Zinc+Z-max have much lower death rates.

The number of corona-virus cases for U.S.A as of August 27 is 6,086,178  deaths are  185,692 and the death rate is 3.05%. There are four states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, under DOJ  investigation because they required nursing homes to admit and readmit COVID-19 cases resulting in many deaths. If these states are excluded from the count the death rate would be 2.35%

The Democratic convention speakers assured us that this was the worst result of any country in the world, thanks to President Trump’s inaction and refusal to accept science. So, how does U.S.A. compare to the rest of the world? The cases, deaths and death rates for all countries with higher death rates are listed below:

1. Yemen                                                      1,943                      563    29.0%

2. Italy                                                      265,409                 35,472    13.4%

3. United Kingdom                               331,644                 41,486      12.5%

4. Belgium                                                83,500                   9,884      11.8%

5. France                                                 267,077                 30,596     11.5%

6. Hungary                                                 5,511                        614    11.1%

7. Mexico                                                 579,914                 62,594     10.8%

8. Netherlands                                          69,131                   6,220       9.0%

9. Channel Islands                                        625                        48        7.7%

10. Chad                                                      1,008                         77        7.6%

11. Canada                                              127,074                    9,108       7.2%

12. Spain                                                  455,621                  29,011      7.1%

13. Isle of Man                                               336                         24       7.1%

14. Sweden                                                83,958                    5,821       6,9%

15. Sudan                                                   13,082                      823        6.3%

16. Liberia                                                   1,298                        82        6.3%

17. Ireland                                                 28,578                  1,778        6.2%

18. San Marino                                             710                         42       5.9%

19. Niger                                                      1,173                       69        5.9%

20. Ecuador                                             112,141                  6,504       5.8%

21. Iran                                                     369,911                21,249      5.7%

22. Egypt                                                    98,062                  5,342       5.4%

23. Switzerland                                        41,346                  2,004       4.8%

23. Slovenia                                                2,797                     133        4.8%

25. Andorra                                                1,124                       53        4.7%

26. Mali                                                       2,736                     126        4.6%

27. Peru                                                   621,997                28,277       4.5%

28. Indonesia                                         165,887                 7,169         4.3%

29. Barbados                                                 165                         7         4,2%

29. Finland                                                  8,042                     335          4.2%

29. North Macedonia                            14,163                    590           4.2%

29. Bolivia                                             113,129                  4,791          4.2%

33. Burkina Faso                                      1,352                       55          4.1%

33. Tanzania                                                509                       21           4.1%

34. Germany                                         242,101                 9,360           3.9%

35. Sint Maarten                                          444                      17          3.8%

36. Denmark                                           16,700                    624           3.7%

36. Guatemala                                         72,921                2,709           3.7%

36. Afghanistan                                      38,140                 1,402           3,7%

26. Bulgaria                                             15,908                    594           3.7%

40. Brazil                                             3,772,945            118,988           3.2%

41. Iraq                                                    223,612                6,814           3.1%

41. Poland                                                65,480                 2,018           3.1%

That’s right! U.S.A. ranks as 43th worst country!

Now there are countries that do better, some much better. One group has this in common: They administer a proper therapy of hydroxychloroquine, most often with Zinc and Z-max as soon as symptoms occur, with or without a positive test. Some of the countries are so poor that it is all they can afford. The result?

Country               Cases     Deaths

1. Qatar                118,196          196    0.2%   The country of Qatar consists of 88% temporary workers between the ages of 20 and 60 and most of the deaths occurred in the remaining 12% of the original population.  This means that the death rate of persons between the ages of 20 and 60 is less than 0.2% if given HCQ + Zinc  as soon as symptoms occur or as a prophylactic administered instead of contact tracing and quarantine. If this regimen would be implemented immediately we could fully open schools and universities, have college and professional sports again and fully open all businesses. Only protect the most vulnerable.

2. Bahrain               50,756        189     0.4%  Again, about half of the population are  immigrants or guest workers. They have a high rate of obesity and diabetes, but HCQ seems to be working excellent in Bahrain

3. UAE                      68,901        379     0.6%  The United Arab Emirates is a nation of 88% non-citizen immigrants and guest workers. there are over twice as many males as there are females.

4. Israel                 112,000        894     0.8%

5. Costa Rica            38,485        407    1.1%

6. Malaysia               9,306         125    1.3%

7. Russia               980,405    16,914    1.7%

8. South Korea      19,077          316    1.7%

9. India              3,461,240     62,713   1.8%

10. Morocco           58,489       1,052   1.8%

11. Ukraine          114,497       2,451   2.1%

12. Senegal             13,384         279     2.1%

13. Turkey            265,515      6,245     2.4%

14. Cuba                    3,866           92    2.4%

15. Greece                 9,800         259    2.6%

There are countries that are not doing as well as U.S.A. in combating the corona pandemic, even though they freely administer HCQ. They are

16. Algeria                 43,403     1,483    3.4%

17.Indonesia          165,887     7,169     4.3%

and probably others. Many countries’ health statistics are of dubious accuracy. That is why China is excluded.

Other countries, such as

Iceland                        2,092          10      0.5%

Faeroe Islands              411             0     0.0%

Japan                        64,668        1,226   1.9%   have had success with a thorough contact tracing and quarantine. This can only be done if caught at the earliest stages of the disease. Remember, Japan never allowed the people from the infected cruise ship to enter Japanese soil and be treated in hospitals.

Vaccine may not be as effective as first thought. The china corona virus has mutated into 11 strains, and continues to mutate, so a universal vaccine cannot be developed, but like the flu, every year will have a new strain to combat.

The only solution is to implement a hydroxychloroquine + Zinc + Zitromax regimen, both as a prophylactic and as a therapy as soon as symptoms occur.

According to the Ford study treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 – and without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System. The death rate was cut in half for patients treated with HCQ. It is even more dramatic if HCQ is administered as soon as symptoms occur, over 40 international studies have shown an up to 80+% reduction in death rates. For some reason FDA and CDC do not acknowledge international studies. They rather let people die than accept a drug that has been approved for over50 years, and given freely to people with Lupus. It is so safe it is even given to pregnant women and nursing mothers.

How many extra deaths are we talking about? HCQ is already administered under right to try by about 16% of all cases. If it had been recommended in April, one month after President Trump recommended it based on excellent results in french studies, about half the deaths from then on could have been avoided. It adds up, about 1.5% of all cases since April 15, or about 78,000 deaths could have been avoided, and moving forward about 600 deaths a day. This is in my opinion a low estimate.

Another significant moment in the hydroxychloroquine debate came on July 23 in the form of an opinion piece. Harvey A. Risch, MD, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health with years of healthcare experience, wrote in favor of the medication, calling it “highly effective” and describing physicians who use it “in the face of widespread skepticism” as heroes.

In his opinion piece, Risch listed several studies that have pointed to the benefits of treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine. He also wrote about how the medication has been politicized and said it “has not been used properly in many studies.”

“In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence,” he concluded. “But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points. For the sake of high-risk patients, for the sake of our parents and grandparents, for the sake of the unemployed, for our economy and for our polity, especially those disproportionally affected, we must start treating immediately.”

His assessment of lives saved with HCQ ++ was 70,000 lives would have been saved as of Aug 1 if HCQ had been used as early as possible. He is the scientist, I am using public data drawn from a population of 2 billion people, and we reached a very similar conclusion.

Do it! The fact that President Trump has advocated it as early as March should not be a hindrance to save 600 lives a day!

U.S.A. death rate from the corona virus currently at 3.1%, 45 countries have higher death rates.

Here are the Corona-virus death rates for the 11 largest counties in the U.S.A

County               population             cases                    deaths  percentage deaths

Los Angeles      10,105,518             227,346                 5,446     2.4%

Cook, IL                5,180,493             119,000                 4,988     4.2%

Harris, TX             4,698,619             95,631                 1,122     1.2%

Maricopa, AZ     4,410,824             131,044                 2,745     2.1%

San Diego            3,343,364             35, 608                  644        1.8%

Orange, CA         3,185,968             44.936                    856        1.9%

Miami-Dade       2,761,581             150,305                 2,219     1.5%

Dallas                    2,637,772             69.343                  854         1.2%

Kings, NYC           2,582,830             65,867                  7,274     11.0%

Riverside, CA      2,450,758             48,956                  922         1.9%

Queens, NYC      2,278,906             70,770`                 7,212     10.2%

The total death rates are below 2% for 6 of the 11 largest counties, 2.4% for Los Angeles county and 2.1% for Phoenix in Arizona. Florida has 1.5% and Texas has 1.2%. Brooklyn and Queens in New York City are standouts, their death rates are over 10%. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s directive to place covid patients back in nursing homes after they tested positive the death rate sky-rocketed in New York State. And Governor Cuomo bragged about how well he handled the Corona virus at the Democratic convention. But he was not alone. The governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Michigan did the same, no extra protection for the most vulnerable. The Corona virus death rates could have been much lower. As it is, the cases, deaths and death rates for U.S.A.   is                5,784,781             178,972  and 3.1%

The Democratic convention speakers assured us that this was the worst result of any country in the world, thanks to President Trump’s inaction and refusal to accept science. So, how do U.S.A. compare to the rest of the world? The cases, deaths and death rates for all countries with higher death rates are listed below:

1. Yemen                                                  1,899                     541           28.5%

2. Italy                                                       257,065                 35,467   13.8%

3. France                                                  234,400                 30,503    13.0%

4. United Kingdom                               323,313                 41,405      12.8%

5. Belgium                                                80,178                   9,976       12.4%

6. Hungary                                               5,098                     611           12.0%

7. Mexico                                                 543,806                 59,106      10.9%

8. Netherlands                                       65,589                   6,195         9.4%

9. Channel Islands                                 614                         48             7.8%

10. Chad                                                      981                         76            7.7%

11. Canada                                                 124,099                 9,060        7.3%

12. Spain                                                     407,839                 28,838      7.1%

13. Isle of Man                                          336                         24              7.1%

14. Sweden                                                86,068                   5,810         6,7%

15. Sudan                                                   12,623                   812            6.4%

16. Liberia                                                   1,284                     82             6.4%

17. Ireland                                                  27,755                   1,776        6.4%

18. San Marino                                         704                         42             6.0%

19. Ecuador                                                106,481                 6,248        5.9%

20. Niger                                                     1,169                     69             5.9%

21. Iran                                                        354,763                 20,376     5.7%

22. Egypt                                                     97,025                   5,212        5.4%

23. Switzerland                                        39,332                   2,000        5.1%

24. Slovenia                                               2,574                     130           5.1%

25. Andorra                                               1,045                     53             5.0%

26. Peru                                                      567,059                 27,034     4.8%

27. Sint Maarten                                      353                         17             4.8%

28. Martinique                                         336                         16             4,8%

29. Mali                                                       2,667                     125           4.7%

30. Barbados                                             157                         7                4.5%

31. Indonesia                                            149,408                 6,500       4.4%

32. Burkina Faso                                      1,297                     55             4.2%

33. Finland                                                 7,871                     334           4.2%

34. North Macedonia                             13,308                   557            4.2%

35. Saint Martin                                       121                         5                4.1%

36. Bolivia                                                   106,065                 4.305       4.1%

37. Tanzania                                              509                         21             4.1%

38. Germany                                             233,002                 9,328         4.0%

39. Denmark                                             16,127                   621            3.9%

40. Guatemala                                          66,941                   2,532         3.8%

41. Afghanistan                                        37,894                   1,385         3,7%

42. Bulgaria                                                14962                    532           3.6%

43. Brazil                                                     3,513,039             112,670    3.2%

44. Iraq                                                        197,085                 6,283        3.2%

45. Poland                                                  60,281                   1,938         3.2%

That’s right! U.S.A. ranks as 46th worst country!

Now there are countries that do better, some much better. One group has this in common: They administer a proper therapy of hydroxychloroquine, most often with Zinc and Z-max as soon as symptoms occur, with or without a positive test. Some of the countries are so poor that it is all they can afford. The result?

U.S.A. could do even better by adopting this therapeutic remedy.

Do it! The fact that President Trump has advocated it should not be a hindrance to save lives!

Who gets the vote this year in PA? Does the horse and buggy team make a difference? A Limerick.

Campaigning in Western PA
Is not what you think, this I say
For the Amish take part,
Vote for life, with their heart,
vote Trump, to the left’s great dismay.
I may be wrong on this buggy. The campaigner may not be Amish after all. He may be an Old Order Mennonite. That Order is even more conservative than the Amish. But they used to have one thing in common. They did not mingle with the English, and they did not participate in politics, and they did not vote. You may have seen cute pictures like this, thinking they still live like in the 18th century.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true, they didn’t use to vote. But in the 2000 election they started voting, and they voted pro life. They were always law abiding, and were allowed to keep their one room school houses with 8 year education, were allowed to have their own pooled medical services, and maintained their religious exemption from military service and social security. Do they really shun electricity? The picture below shows a recently built Amish homestead with the telltale clothesline, but also a small wind turbine and four solar panels to provide

electricity. Contrary to popular opinion the Amish do not shun electricity, they just want to be left unconnected to the “English”, in other words, live off the grid. Their desire to be independent force them to be resourceful and innovative, since they also follow the law of the land whenever possible. So it was, when the farms were mandated to refrigerate the milk before pickup they installed electric coolers. The electricity was generated by diesel generators, so bingo, they could get electricity for their workshops as well, and turn from primitive hand work to fully modern wood workshops, I know, they provided a first class kitchen for our home in Intercourse. They had a problem, federal law mandated headlights on their buggies to be street legal. The propane lights with gas stockings burned well, but were too fragile to last the bumpy buggy rides so they installed car headlights running on car batteries. They had to be charged often, and it became quite expensive, so the Amish in 2003 made the first commercially available LED headlights for their buggies, thereby extending battery life more than ten–fold for a marine deep-charge lead-acid battery, from six hours to 100 hours.

Even at 120 dollars a piece it made economic sense. How do you charge batteries? This is where the solar panels come in, they are used to charge the batteries. When the sun doesn’t shine the wind may blow, a reasonable backup. Now they have 12 volt electric power. The next step was to wire the house and install 12 V LED lights and provide 12 volt DC or 24 volt AC outlets for small appliances. The lights are great, but many appliances are still run the hard way, diesel engines providing compressed air, which run their wells with jet-pumps and in their hand mixers they take out the motor and replace with a compressed air motor. The LED lights beat kerosene lamps any day for efficiency, and even a compressed air driven refrigerator is much more efficient than a kerosene  refrigerator.

So if the grid goes down for an extended period of time, who is better off? The Amish are far ahead of us in preparation for catastrophes.

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And the Amish do get together and fellowship for any reason, but mostly for their Sunday services, which are held in the upper room of their workshops, or in the kitchen for the women and the basement for the men. The horse-drawn pew-mobile is in the picture above, to the right. This is a tell-tale sign who hosts the service next time.