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Hydroxychloroquine is why Uganda, with a population of 43M, has only 15 COVID-19 deaths

Uganda, a country in east-central Africa, has a 2018 population of 42.729 million, which is 13% of the United States’ population of  328.239 million in 2019.

And yet Uganda has 1,603 COVID-19 cases and just 15 deaths (h/t Rush Limbaugh), wherease the U.S. has 5,656,744 COVID-19 cases and 175,105 deaths. That means:

  • Uganda’s number of COVID-19 cases is only 0.028% of the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases; and
  • Uganda’s number of COVID-19 deaths is only 0.008% of the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths.

How can that be, when Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita GDP of $769 (37.8% of the population in 2012 lived on less than $1.25 a day) and a poor healthcare system.

This is why:

Uganda is afflicted with malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito.

Malaria is common in Africa. In 2012, Uganda had the 6th highest annual deaths from malaria in Africa.

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used to treat or prevent malaria — the same hydroxycholoroquine that:

  • President Trump had taken to prevent getting COVID-19.
  • Dr. Stella Immanuel said she had used, effectively, to treat her COVID-19 patients. A native of Nigeria, Dr. Immanuel is a physician at Rehoboth Medical Center in Houston, Texas. On July 27, 2020, with other medical professionals attending the America’s Frontline Doctors Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dr. Immanuel spoke out against the current accepted COVID-19 treatment and the need to wear masks. She said: “In the past few months, after taking in over 350 patients, we [Rehoboth Medical Center] have not lost one. Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody with asthma, not an old person. We’ve not lost one patient.” (Heavy.com)
  • But the video of Dr. Immanuel testifying to the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine was taken down censored by Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, and denounced by Bill Gates as “outrageous”. It just so “happens” that Bill Gates is developing a COVID-19 vaccine with German biotech company CureVac.

Here’s the banned video, thanks to Lagos Today and Heavy.com:

  • Another physician, Dr. Harvey A. Risch, writes in Newsweek: “The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It”.
  • Yet another physician, Dr. Brian C. Procter, also testifies to hydrochloroquine’s effectiveness against COVID-19.

There was a White House petition asking President Trump to sign an emergency executive order to allow over-the-counter (OTC) use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to protect against COVID-19. But the petition didn’t garner enough signatures. Link to petition here.

H/t Anon, Laura R., Harold Saive, Vivien Lee.


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Microsoft can terminate its services to you for ‘hate speech’

Do you use any of the following:

  • Windows as your computer’s operating system.
  • Internet Explorer or Edge as your browser.
  • Bing as your search engine.
  • Outlook for your email.
  • Word as your writing software.

If you do, recently you probably received an email notification from Microsoft about changes to their Services Agreement, just in time for the 2020 election.

But most of you probably didn’t click on the link to read Microsoft’s new Services Agreement. You should, because contained in the Services Agreement is this:

3. Code of Conduct.

a. By agreeing to these Terms, you’re agreeing that, when using the Services, you will follow these rules:

  • vii. Don’t engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, posting terrorist or violent extremist content, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others).
  • viii. Don’t infringe upon the rights of others (e.g., unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music or other copyrighted material, resale or other distribution of Bing maps, or photographs).
  • ix. Don’t engage in activity that violates the privacy of others.
  • x. Don’t help others break these rules.

b. Enforcement. If you violate these Terms, we may stop providing Services to you or we may close your Microsoft account. We may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason.

Nowhere does the Services Agreement even remotely define what “hate speech” or what “help others break these rules” means.

As an example, if I call Microsoft “tyrannical,” is that “hate speech”? If I, as I had, point out that Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates had said on four occasions that vaccines would reduce world population, is that “hate speech”? And if, having read this post, a reader post a comment criticizing Microsoft, am I “helping” others to “communicate hate speech”?

Not defining these critical terms, the violation of which can trigger Microsoft’s termination of its services, means that Microsoft can call “hate speech” and “helping others break these rules” whatever they want.

Given the vagueness of its Services Agreement, how are we to conduct ourselves so as not to violate the terms of the agreement?

H/t Vivien Lee


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You buying this: IHME model claims 38K American lives could be saved if 95% of people wore masks in public

The many faces of Gates that you should trust…

Back in April, I told you how the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) was WAY OFF in their modeling numbers of how many Americans would die from Wuhan virus. From my blog post:

“Based upon models created by “experts,” hospitals and healthcare facilities have set everything aside to deal with the thousands of anticipated Wuhan virus cases. We have shutdown and basically crashed our economy.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) – funded by Bill Gates – created models to predict how many Americans would die of the Wuhan virus. These numbers were used in anticipation of determining the number of beds needed to treat Wuhan virus victims at hospitals.

Sean Davis at The Federalist has done a good job of tracking the “experts” and their predictions. Turns out they aren’t so “expert” at all. Their numbers have continuously been revised to lower numbers. Or as they say, “our estimates will change, much like weather forecasts adjust.”

Read my whole April blog post here.

Now the IHME has come out with some a new modeling prediction: “Model shows that 33,000 American lives could be saved if 95% of people wear masks in public.”

From the MyFoxChicago story:

“If almost everyone wears a mask in public over the next few months, tens of thousands of lives could be saved in the United States, according to a widely-cited coronavirus pandemic model used by the White House.

Researchers are forecasting that more than 179,000 Americans will die by Oct. 1. That number drops to around 146,000 people if at least 95% of people wear masks — a difference of 33,000 lives.

The projections comparing different actions to control the spread of COVID-19 are from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

“There is no doubt that even as states open up, the United States is still grappling with a large epidemic on a course to increase beginning in late August and intensifying in September,” IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said in a statement. “People need to know that wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as 50 percent, and those who refuse are putting their lives, their families, their friends, and their communities at risk.”

Read the whole story here.

Given the flaws in IHME’s past modeling predictions, I’m not about to take this prediction at face value. Especially when Bill Gates’ name is connected to it and his role in the Wuhan virus and interest in vaccines.


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15 years ago, Pentagon was told of viral vaccine that targets brains of religious ‘fundamentalists’

In his 2004 book, The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes, geneticist Dean Hamer proffered the hypothesis that a specific gene, vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes humans towards religious, spiritual or mystic experiences.

Dean Hamer, who will be 69 on May 19, is a former independent researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 35 years, where he was the chief of Gene Structure and Regulation Section at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. He retired from the NIH in 2011.

There’s a video on YouTube that claims to have been taken at a presentation on April 13, 2005 before the Department of Defense (DOD) by a scientist who submitted a proposal to the DOD to develop a virus vaccine, dubbed FunVax, which could “cure” religious fundamentalists like Islamic extremists by inhibiting their VMAT2 God gene

Here’s the FunVax presentation:

Here is my transcript of what the DOD speaker said:

“On the left over here we have individuals who are religious fundamentalists, religious fanatics, and this is the expression of R2PCR (?), expression of the VMAT2 gene. Over here we have individuals who were not particularly fundamentalist, not particularly religious, and you can see there’s a much reduced expression of this particular gene, the VMAT2 gene.

Another evidence that supports our hypothesis for the development of this approach…. [At this point, the speaker is interrupted by a man in the audience who mumbles something about Islamic extremists bombing in the market place.] So our hypothesis is that these are fanatical people, that they have over-expression of the VMAT2 gene, and that by vaccinating them against this, we’ll eliminate this behavior.

So we have some very, very remarkable data in this next slide. Here we have two brain scans, their FMRIs [functional magnetic resonance imaging]. These are two different individuals with two difference expressions of VMAT2. On top is the individuals who’s a religious fanatic, an individual that…has high levels of VMAT2. Now, this individual down here who had low levels of the VMAT2 gene, this individual who self-describes as not particularly religious. In each case, these [two] individuals were read a religious text.

[Referring to the top brain scan of the religious fanatic.] This individual lit up, the right frontal gyrus as shown here, that’s the part of the brain that’s associated with theory of mind. It’s the part of the brain that has to do with intents, beliefs and desires. In marked contrast [referring to the bottom scan of the non-religious person], here’s the individual who’s not particularly self-described as religious, and when they’re read a religious text, what you see is that this part of the brain called the anterior cingular cortex lights up. It’s the part of the brain that’s associated with disgust or displeasure on hearing something.

[Inaudible question from the audience.]

So the data I’m presenting here supports the concept that we’re proposing, and I think that we would not propose to do CT scans or FMRIs on individuals out in the hinterlands of Afghanistan.

[Referring to the vaccine] The virus would immunize against the VMAT2 gene, and that would have the effect which you see here, which is essentially to turn a fanatic into a normal person, and we think that would have major effects in the Middle East.

[A man in the audience mumbles something about how this could be done.]

So the present plan and the test[s] we’ve done so far have used respiratory viruses, such as flu or rhino viruses, and we believe that’s the best way to get exposure of the largest part of the population. Most of us, of course, have been exposed to those two viruses, and we’re quite confident that this will be a very successful approach.

[Question from the audience: “What’s the name of this appraoch?”]

So the name of this project is FunVax, which is the vaccine for religious fundamentalists. The proposal has just been submitted, and I think that the data I have shown you today would support the development of this project, and we think this has great promise.

Note that the FunVax video bears two stamps on the upper right:

DOD ID: 159AZ2

Loc: Pent Rm BC232

According to the DOD’s “Navigating the Pentagon” webpage:

The Pentagon is a five-story building composed of five rings, A through E, built around a center courtyard….

Room numbers can be interpreted as follows:

  • The first number or letter indicates the floor on which the room is located (B = Basement, M = Mezzanine, 1-5 = floors).
  • The next letter is the ring on which the room is located. The main rings of the building are designated A,B,C,D, and E.
  • The next digit(s) indicate the corridor on which the room is located. Corridors are designated 1-10.
  • The last two digits indicate the specific bay or room number assigned to an office.

For example, Room BE834 means that the location is in the basement, on the E ring, near the eighth corridor, room 834.

Accordingly, the stamp on the DOD FunVax video, “Loc: Pent Rm BC232,” means Room 232 in the Basement of the Pentagon, on the C ring, near the second (2) corridor.

Unnervingly, the bespectacled FunVax speaker both resembles and sounds like Mr. Vaccine himself, Bill Gates. To compare their voices, here’s a video of Bill Gates speaking at a TED conference in 2014 about a coming pandemic.

This is what Dan Haber of the God gene said about the possibility of FunVax (0:42 mark]:

“So if indeed spirituality is a series of chemical reaction in the brain, and if it can be enhanced by certain types of drug, then naturally it follows that it can be inhibited as well because for every activator there must be an inhibitor. And so I can easily imagine that under the right circumstances, the right stimuli or the right drugs, and the right inhibitors might have some effect on a person’s spirituality at least in the short run. Whether or not that would have a long-term effect or people would undergo homeostatis and alter is an open question. We really don’t know the answer to that.”

Note that the other man in the above video is said to be scientist who gave the presentation before the DOD in 2005. If so, then the FunVax scientist is not Bill Gates.

The video below claims that FunVax was field-tested in Iraq in 2009 and subsequently released in Iran, which led to the Iranian people’s (unsuccessful) protests against the theocratic regime in Tehran, as well as the Arab Spring populist movement that swept across the Middle East in the early 2010s.

But according to Mick West of Metabunk.org, the DOD FunVax video is fake because:

  • There is no such room in the Pentago as BC232: “There isn’t enough space in that part of the Pentagon for 32 rooms… let alone a conference room. http://www.hqda.army.mil/aoguide/pentagon_map.htm” (Note from Eowyn: The URL doesn’t work. I got the message: “This site can’t be reached. www.hqda.army.mil’s server IP address could not be found.)
  • “The audio doesn’t match up and the brain scans are not of 2 different people. They are scans from a single 43 yr old meth addict” taken from a study on drug addiction in 2010: https://n.neurology.org/content/75/18_Supplement_1/S67. “Exact same brain scans as the second one in the study.”
  • “The projectors in video is most likely Epson PowerLite 6110i with wire cover on the back, this model was released in 2008, but video claims to be filmed in 2005.”
  • “Also at 3:01 you may see focus breathing, which suggests that it was a contrast detect autofocus camera, this kind of tech wasn’t available in 2005, you often may see this kind of focusing issues on late 2000s dslrs (most likely it was filmed on 5d mark ii or something similar)”

If the FunVax video is real and assuming that the Pentagon approved the project, although the vaccine originally was intended for Islamic religious fanatics (“fundamentalists”), we must ask these questions:

  1. Who decides what “religious fundamentalism” is and who “religious fundamentalists/fanatics” are?
  2. What’s to prevent the vaccine from being deployed against devout Christians?

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Why does Melinda Gates wear an upside-down cross?

Melinda Gates, 55, is the wife of Microsoft co-founder and its former chairman, CEO, and president Bill Gates, 64. A former general manager herself at Microsoft, Melinda and Bill in 2000 co-founded the powerful Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organization as of 2015. Melinda has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes.

The Gates are Democrats. Both were suggested as possible vice-presidential picks in the 2016 presidential election, according to an email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, which was obtained and published by WikiLeaks. (Time)

Melinda Gates is also a Roman Catholic. In 2014, Bill told Rolling Stone magazine that he and Melinda raised their three children as Catholics, the family goes to a Catholic church, and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work.

Melinda Gates’ Catholicism goes against the Gates Foundation’s funding, until 2013, of abortion by donating $71 million to Planned Parenthood and affiliated organizations. In 2014, she said that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion”, focusing instead on family planning and contraception in order to avoid conflation of abortion and family planning. (Wikipedia)

Then there is the matter of Melinda’s jewelry.

Longtime FOTM reader/commenter Lola sent me this pic of Melinda Gates wearing a necklace with a pendant that’s an upside-down cross.

The pic is a screenshot taken from a video of Melinda’s appearance on an NBC “Today” show on May 8, 2020:

The upside-down or inverted cross is a symbol that stems from the martyrdom of St. Peter the Apsotle. Catholic tradition is that when the Romans sentenced Peter to death by crucifixion, he requested that his cross be upside down, as he felt unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. That is why there are images of the Pope wearing the inverted or Petrine Cross because the Pope is the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome.

However, in our times, the upside-down cross has been co-opted by satanists to mock Christ’s crucifixion, just as the Black Mass is an inverted mockery of the Catholic Mass.

So the question is: Given the upside-down cross having become a satanic symbol, why would Melinda Gates, a self-professed Catholic, wear that as jewelry? Why not a regular, rightside-up cross instead?

There’s also something else that’s disturbing about Melinda’s appearance.

Twitterer @Inevitable_ET posted comparison pics of Bill and Melinda, past and present, which show Melinda looking very different from what she was before. She now has a bigger and fatter nose, which can’t be from weight gain. She also looks like a man in drag.

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Corona Confused? Frankly, So Are We.

Cinderella’s Broom, the blog, is now history, but we still receive occasional emails from former dear readers.

This one came from “Corona Confused” in Nonesuch, Kentucky. It poses questions about immunology, virology and vaccines that Cinderella feels deserve some intelligent answers from the medical community.

Ah, if only. It seems that medical scientists (with exceptions like this one) have been almost completely co-opted by virus psychosis and have no time left to diagnose the underlying situation.

And there are other reasons that one good doctor, Scott Jensen, pointed out quite fearlessly in a recent interview: Hospitals get a lot of boodle for listing coronavirus patients. He says that the AMA is actually encouraging numerical exaggeration.

So we did our best to answer your questions ourselves, with the caveat that we are not scientists or doctors.

The inquiry begins here:

Howdy, Cinderella ~ I’m one of those dumbed-down useless eaters with a COVID-related question for you.

Dr. Science has been telling us for years that vaccines contain antigens (molecules from pathogens, such as a virus) that spur the formation of antibodies by white cells and also form virus-killing T-cells in our blood. These antibodies are supposed to kill the real viruses when they attack us. This is called Immunity, right?

The same old process, Dr. Science tells us, happens naturally when we’re infected by, say, a measles virus. Our very own cells jump at the chance of building up our immunity for a long period of time.

But we’ve all been told by Dr. Science that COVID-19, the new coronavirus (aka cold/flu virus), is in a special category. That natural immunity doesn’t happen if someone is infected by it. You can be infected again, Dr. Science is saying. In other words, COVID-19 somehow escapes our natural defenses. Seems awful strange to someone like me, who grew up on a pig farm. We pig farmers are big on natural immunity!

But let’s say that’s true. Why, then, is Dr. Science so gung-ho on developing a vaccine for COVID-19?

I mean, what would be the point of introducing antigens with a vaccine if that doesn’t result in immunity from this special new virus???

Some are saying that COVID-19 mutates rapidly (as many viruses do), so natural immunity isn’t a good enough way of combating it.

But vaccines are supposed to imitate what Nature does, right? By introducing antigens.

Sounds to me like Dr. Science is going to be making a lot of vaccines to keep up with bad old COVID-19. Not one, not two, but maybe 10 or 20 vaccines. Or more! And more.

Oh dear! Oh dear! Where does it all end? I wish Dr. Science would tell us.

Yours truly,

Corona Confused

Nonesuch, KY

Our response begins here:

Dear Corona Confused,

Thank you for your inquiry about vaccines and COVID-19. The questions you raise are good ones; we’ve pondered similar corona conundrums ourselves.

We’d like to suggest that you not go to Dr. Science for answers, but, rather, to Dr. Economics. S/He can likely provide the answers you’re looking for.

If you’re in a hurry, you can obtain even more direct answers from Robert Kennedy, Jr., who’s been asking honest, potentially dangerous (to him) questions about what the Hell is going on.

A recent article by Robert Kennedy, Jr. tells us much about the vaccine activities of Dr. Pseudoscience himself, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, who, in case you didn’t know, holds neither a medical nor even a college degree.

By now, you’re likely aware of Bill Gates’ vested and venal interest in this most lucrative area of Big Pharma. Even as we write this, Gates is funding factories for seven different coronavirus vaccines. (https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-factories-7-different-vaccines-to-fight-coronavirus-2020-4)

But will they work? We seriously doubt it – for all of the reasons you’ve already cited in your letter.

Let’s backtrack a bit. Ever since Gates became the CDC’s favorite moneyman, he has been wreaking havoc in Third World countries where powerless people can easily be turned into moneymaking guinea pigs. We learn from Kennedy’s exposé that as the head of India’s Advisory Board, Gates mandated 50 polio vaccines for every child in India before age 5. Tragically, nearly 500,000 children fell ill with the very disease that the vaccine was supposed to prevent – before India threw Gates out of the country.

The account of Gates-related evil deeds in Kennedy’s article should raise the hair on the back of your neck from the smell of corpses alone. Here is a summary statement: “The most frightening epidemics in Congo, the Philippines, and Afghanistan are all linked to Gates’ vaccines. By 2018, ¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines.”

One of Gates’ most quoted statements is that “… if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that [global population] by perhaps ten to fifteen percent.”

Exactly what does he mean by “a really great job on new vaccines”? We think he means spiking vaccines with anti-fertility agents. And there’s plenty of evidence for that.

So how could a man capable of such monstrous deeds have almost boundless power over humanity’s collective immune system? Well, you are a pig farmer. You know how scary viruses can be, arriving mysteriously, spreading rapidly, killing mercilessly. Fear leads people to slaughter quicker than it does pigs.

If you need more convincing, take a look at the following video: “The Seven-Step Recipe for Creating Vaccine Demand.” It strongly suggests that the proposed COVID-19 vaccines will do to the rest of us what Gates has already done to children in the poorest of countries.

While you’re at it, take a gander here: Bill and Melinda Gates: An Open Source Investigation. Old but good information strongly linking Gates with the pernicious practice of eugenics.

Now consider Gates’ pedigree. You can learn more about that in the video below.  Sufficient to say that Gates has always been connected to the “right” families.


Gates has friends – politicians, bureaucrats and banking cronies – in all the right places, too. Otherwise, his plans would not have received the nod. If you want to see how far petty tyrants will go to enforce the virus psychosis, go here for the Bankster of Missouri’s statement.  St. Louis Fed Chief James Bullard suggests all homebound workers should be tested daily before returning to work. Can you imagine the profits for test labs? Mr. Bullocks can.

Most important of all is what Gates himself is saying about his future plans for COVID vaccines. He wrote this on Reddit: “Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.” The vaccines will be used as a Trojan horse to introduce the Certificate Of Vaccination ID. (Look at that again. Can you see the acronym?) In other words, Hell’s Gates wants to chip us. He’ll succeed if many more of us don’t wake up and say “No” and “Never again.”

In summary, the answer to all of your questions is Money, Power and Control. Big money. Big power. Ultimate control. Fueled by utter contempt for humanity.

This is not about Science. This is about Bankster Economics. Long before COVID-19, our health was handed over to Madmen, to Global Controllers, for the sake of profit and a eugenics agenda.

We wish we had better answers, but these are the ones we feel make the most sense at this time. It’s our belief that human beings need to stop relying so much on Dr. Media and build stronger defenses against alien space invaders like Gates and his ilk. We can start by building up our natural immunities with good nutrition, exercise, sunshine and critical thinking. Regarding that, turn off your TV, turn off your phone and turn on your natural defenses against bullshit. Caveat: It may be too late.

Thank you for your inquiry. Wishing you a strong immune system and a strong stomach for what is to come.

Kindest regards and blessings,


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MIT Professor Rebuts Fauci and Birx

This man identifies the Fauci – Birx nexus as another coup attempt against Donald Trump

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai  finally gives substance to that nagging sense that we are being misled and greatly harmed by the nation’s current course of action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mr. President, please pay attention to these warnings.

~ TD

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When you prepare for something that is not coming, you just may destroy yourself

What has happened in our country – and in much of the world – due to shutting down economies, will make an excellent case study for future economic students. An excellent case study of WHAT NOT TO DO.

Based upon models created by “experts,” hospitals and healthcare facilities have set everything aside to deal with the thousands of anticipated Wuhan virus cases. We have shutdown and basically crashed our economy.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) – funded by Bill Gates – created models to predict how many Americans would die of the Wuhan virus. These numbers were used in anticipation of determining the number of beds needed to treat Wuhan virus victims at hospitals.

Sean Davis at The Federalist has done a good job of tracking the “experts” and their predictions. Turns out they aren’t so “expert” at all. Their numbers have continuously been revised to lower numbers. Or as they say, “our estimates will change, much like weather forecasts adjust.”

Using the IHME models, hospitals began postponing routine surgeries and treatments. It turns out that hospitals are not as full of the anticipated number of Wuhan virus patients. So what are they doing now?

From USA Today: “Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic”

From their story: “Orr joins thousands of health care workers across the nation who have been laid off, furloughed or are working reduced hours as their services are deemed nonessential and patients skip routine visits during an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, based on reporting from advocacy groups and from news stories from across the nation.

How many health care workers are included in the record 3.28 million Americans that filed for initial unemployment benefits last week is unknown. Specific data from the U.S. Department of Labor will be released when it reports its March unemployment numbers Friday.”

Read the whole story here.

Another example of what is happening in the health care industry as a result of preparing for the worst? Hospitals closing: Integris Baptist Medical Center Portland Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City is being closed and an unspecified number of patients will be moved to another Integris hospital in the city because of a drop in patients, Integris Health spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said Thursday.”

Read the whole story here.

Stories like this are happening all over the country (except New York).

Turns out that in order to avoid a healthcare system crisis, we somehow have managed to destroy healthcare for millions of people. An excellent case study of WHAT NOT TO DO.


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High-tech, tobacco and junk-food manufacturers don’t use their own products

What does it say when the founder, owner or CEO of a company makes it a point not to use the company’s product?

Reporting for Popular Science (via pocket), Eleanor Cummins calls the actions of these CEOs “an important bellwether — a sign of problems consumers may not even know they’re facing.” According to Cummins:

From tobacco to food manufacturing to social media, executives and insiders are subtly sounding the alarm in actions, if not in words. Their behaviors provide insight not just into the risks of certain consumer products to children, but to adults, too….

Plenty of executives believe wholeheartedly in products that are clearly dangerous or, at best, a waste of money (think supplements, activated charcoal, or fad diets). But…many more executives use their insider knowledge to make different personal choices than the ones they promote to the public. Like the canaries in the coal mines of their own creation, when the CEO squawks, we should listen.

The following are some striking examples:

(1) High tech and social media:

  • The late Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Inc., forebade his kids to use the iPad or any other product their dad invented. According to a 2014 report by Nick Bilton of The New York Times, and Walter Isaacson, author of the definitive biography Steve Jobs, Jobs’ family was low-tech. Jobs said his children “haven’t used it [the iPad]. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” Every night, the family had a phone-free dinner together, and his children were not “addicted at all to devices.” 
  • Another software executive said he’d “seen the dangers of technology firsthand,” from bullying to tech addiction, and wanted to protect his children from those experiences.
  • In 2017, Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed he had both age and habit-related rules for his three children. Gates told The Mirror: “We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal. We didn’t give our kids [cell phones] until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.” Gates said that although smartphones and related devices were useful for “homework and staying in touch with friends,” they had the potential for “excess.”
  • Mike McCue, founder of Flipboard, said of social media during a 2017 appearance on the Recode Decode podcast: “It’s like if you ate potato chips all day long. You have to have a balanced information diet. There’s nothing wrong with looking at Facebook. If that’s all you do then you’re just going to be a product of that.”
  • Former Google employee Tristan Harris and his colleagues at the Center for Humane Technology gray out their smart phones’ screens and turn off all (or all non-essential) notifications.
According to a 2018 analysis by the Pew Research Institute, 45% of teens said they were “online on a near-constant basis”. Today, the average American gets their first phone at age 10, and spends 5 hours a day on their phone. That translates, according to one analysis, to touching, swiping, and tapping our phones 2,000 times a day, between getting up and going back to sleep. 

(2) Tobacco executives:

  • Susan Cameron, former CEO of Reynolds American that makes Camel cigarettes, stopped smoking “conventional cigarettes” more than 15 years ago and turned instead to electronic cigarettes, which some believe are a healthier, though no less addictive, alternative.
  • David Crow, then the managing director of tobacco company BAT Australia, regularly warned his children to avoid the very products he made, according to a 2011 report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Crow said: “It’s bad for you. It says it on the pack. I’ve got a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old and if they smoke I tell them absolutely, categorically, ‘Do not smoke’.”

(3) Junk food manufacturers:

In his 2013 book Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss documented the ways in which food manufacturers hacked our taste buds and designed snacks, sodas, and other grub that keep us “hooked.” There is a class issue at work in processed foods, in which the inventors and company executives don’t generally partake in their own creations. Publicly, these companies have broadcast their efforts as a boon to convenience, satisfaction, and savings—despite mounting health concerns. But privately, many junk food executives and their families avoided their own products, including:

  • Bob Drane, the creator of Lunchables, argues that the pre-packaged snacks save parents time, and that the benefits outweigh the health problems. But Drane’s daughter, Monica, doesn’t allow her children anywhere near Lunchables. She calls Lunchables “junky” and “awful” and said although her children know Grandpa Bob invented them, “we eat very healthfully.” Lunchables contains 13 teaspoons of sugar and two-thirds of the daily recommended sodium intake for children. Still, Drane has come to believe that his industry—if not the Lunchables product specifically—should acknowledge its accountability for issues like childhood obesity, one of several causes he’s taken up as a volunteer.
  • Howard Moskowitz, who led the effort to develop Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, said: “I’m not a soda drinker. It’s not good for your teeth.” When goaded by a reporter to take a sip of Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, Moskowitz called the drink “terrible” and “overwhelming.”


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10% of Amazon workers in Ohio are on food stamps

On January 9, 2018, CNBC reports that Jeff Bezos (né Jorgensen) — founder/chairman/CEO of Amazon and the owner of Washington Post — surpassed Microsoft mogul Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man, with $105.1 billion in wealth.
Gates, once the world’s richest man, is now worth “only” $93.3 billion.
17 days later, propelled by the launch of Amazon Go, Bezos’ net worth increased another $2.8 billion to a total of $107.9 billion. (CNBC)

So it’s a downright disgrace that 10% of Amazon’s workers in Ohio are on food stamps (SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — the working poor in America. Amazon is one of the largest employers in Ohio, with more than 6,000 workers and thousands more to be added soon at three new big warehouses.
But Amazon is also one of the largest employers in Ohio of workers who need food assistance to get by.
A study by the think tank Policy Matters Ohio found that according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, as of last August, as many as 10% or 1,430 Amazon employees or family members in Ohio were getting food stamps. That places Amazon 19th among all Ohio employers in the number of employees receiving SNAP. Just months before, Amazon didn’t even rank in the top 50.
The Amazon employees on food stamps include both full- and part-time workers, but it is likely mostly part-time workers require food assistance. Amazon operates data centers, wind farms, and Whole Foods outlets in Ohio, but the largest number of employees are at two big warehouses near Columbus.
While more than one in every ten Amazon employee in Ohio are on food stamps,  Amazon gets millions of dollars in state and local subsidies at its warehouses, including (Bloomberg Businessweek):

  • $17 million in tax incentives from the state of Ohio,and over $1.5 million in cash from JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, as part of a two-warehouse deal — all funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly.
  • At least $123 million in tax breaks and $2.9 million in cash grants in four deals with JobsOhio since 2014.
  • A 15-year exemption on state and local property and sales taxes, and $1.4 million in cash, in a 2014 deal with JobsOhio for Amazon spending $1.1 billion to build three data centers and a promise of 120 jobs.
  • No property taxes to Licking County for 15 years, a deal that Amazon negotiated in 2015 with local officials and JobsOhio.

At the same time, Amazon‘s new facilities in Ohio, totaling almost a million square feet, make use of public services like the fire department and emergency responders. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Amazon warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. Steve Little, the fire district administrator, said the calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, including shortness of breath, chest pains, and myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day. Little said, “We have to protect, but we get no extra money. We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November 2017, voters in Little’s district were asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.
The deals Ohio made with Amazon create surprisingly few jobs. Ohio’s Republican state auditor David Yost says: “$123 million is a lot of money, and you ought to get a lot for that. It’s really hard to know how much the state of Ohio paid per [Amazon] job.”
Ohio’s job-growth rate has trailed the U.S. average for 57 consecutive months; in August it was an anemic 1.1%, compared with the 1.5% national rate. In 2013, Yost threatened to compel JobsOhio to be more transparent by showing him more numbers. So Governor John Kasich pushed a bill through the state legislature stripping public officials of the right to audit JobsOhio’s books. A private auditor now conducts an annual review, which is partly redacted before publication.
I thank God John Kasich didn’t win the GOP primaries and wasn’t elected POTUS.
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