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    Marlon Brando screentest 1951   • US Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine (KHN) • Israeli Hospital Trials Fast Saliva Te
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 14 2020]

    V. Arnold

    There are 328 million Americans. 74 million of them are children. That leaves 254 million adults, of which 107 million are obese, or 42%. 42.4% have a BMI over 30. 9% are morbidly obese.

    From this point of view, COVID is hardly the worst threat to either the people or the health care system. Or, to put it another way, it’s the people themselves that are the threat to the health care system.

    Again, take high fructose corn syrup out of the diet, and you solve a huge chunk of that problem. Ban stuff that kills people, or make it much harder to get.

    LOL, some funny stuff;

    From this point of view, COVID is hardly the worst threat to either the people or the health care system. Or, to put it another way, it’s the people themselves that are the threat to the health care system.

    Indeed, IMO, that’s the primary problem with “health”care in the U.S.

    I’ll not hold my breath in anticipation…

    Oh, the Brando photo is interesting; he’s definitely got attitude….


    42% are obese. Not overweight, obese.

    V. Arnold

    42% are obese. Not overweight, obese.

    Yes, I got it…obese!

    I’m 75, 6 ft. 1, + or minus, and 66 kilos…
    The stereotype here is a fat, old, farang (western white guy) with a young Thai girl (mia chow) [rented wife].
    Thank the gods (and my own values) that is nowhere close to me…

    John Day
    I saw a couple sick with typical coronavirus symptoms Tuesday morning, and risk factors, especially for the sicker husband, who was more obese and had badly uncontrolled diabetes. He also had lower blood oxygen, but it was below normal for the wife, also. Both had diarrhea, fevers, sweats, chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue and got short of breath easily. Most of the usual stuff, and worsening, not improving. Test reporting times were getting much better than the 15 days we lived with in July (though not everybody “lived”), but I had no certainty that we would get results this week. He had been sick 10 days, and she had been sick for a week.
    I have been sick for months, sick that I can’t diagnose and treat people, get them better, keep them out of the ICU and the morgue… I have had so many instances of people being hospitalized for severe illness after I tested them for mild to moderate illness, before we got results.
    We talked. I said “you have typical symptoms of coronavirus”. “There are treatments.” They were familiar with hydroxychloroquine, and not worried. I don’t think it’s a scary thing in the Spanish speaking world. I also discussed ivermectin, both in concert with zinc, and either azithromycin or doxycycline. I explained that coronavirus can cause heart attacks and strokes by itself, but the HCQ can cause some heart problems, that the ivermectin combination has a bit less side effects, and might even work a little better, that Its use has increased in India, because of very good results, not politics. They both wanted treatment with “whatever I thought was better”.
    I am tremendously grateful to be able to do this work, and to rightly earn people’s trust by doing the best I can.
    I went and counted out zinc tablets, 3 times per day for 7 days, and put them in a white paper bag and labeled it for use. My personal gift. I prescribed 200 micrograms per kilogram of ivermectin each, 6 pills for her; 7 pills for him. I prescribed about $5 each of doxycycline, to take twice per day for 10 days, I faxed and gave printed/signed prescriptions also. They got it and took it.
    Thursday morning before I got in to work the afternoon clinic, the reports came in, both positive. One of our Spanish speaking nurses called to inform them, and ask how they were doing.
    Both “got better right away since starting the medicine Dr. Day gave them”.
    No more fever or body aches, and no diarrhea. Less tired; doing a little more.
    He still had a cough, and requested cough medicine, but felt much better otherwise.
    It’s better to be lucky, than to be good, but sometimes, you can be both.
    I broke the rules. I treated without a test result. It seemed to work like a charm.
    Of course we’ll need 6 months of randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, before we’ll really know…
    Or maybe we’ll just be dead before we get those conclusive results.

    Ivermectin was studied in monkey cell cultures earlier this year, at higher concentrations than what can be achieved with real doses in real people. It shut down viral release from infected cells, and seemed to stop viral replication.
    ​ ​Supernatant and cell pellets were harvested at days 0–3 and analysed by RT-PCR for the replication of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (Fig. 1A/B). At 24 h, there was a 93% reduction in viral RNA present in the supernatant (indicative of released virions) of samples treated with ivermectin compared to the vehicle DMSO. Similarly a 99.8% reduction in cell-associated viral RNA (indicative of unreleased and unpackaged virions) was observed with ivermectin treatment. By 48 h this effect increased to an ~5000-fold reduction of viral RNA in ivermectin-treated compared to control samples, indicating that ivermectin treatment resulted in the effective loss of essentially all viral material by 48 h.

    ​It’s not real until Americans say it’s real:​
    Associate Professor Tong is aware of other trials looking into ivermectin as a potential COVID-19 treatment in South America and elsewhere.
    He says there even are reports that some countries are using the drug ‘more broadly’ as a treatment for COVID-19.
    However, Associate Professor Tong says there is currently insufficient evidence to show ivermectin can be used as therapy for COVID-19 and that randomised controlled trials are needed to investigate this area.
    ‘And until we get that level of evidence, these agents should only be used in the context of a clinical trial,’ he said.

    ​There’s this, but it’s not conclusive. (You can’t just take parasite medicine like you had worms, and doxycycline like you had a bacterial infection. This is serious. Don’t Try!)
    A Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline Possibly Blocks the Viral Entry and Modulate the Innate Immune Response in COVID-19 Patients

    A Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline Possibly Blocks the Viral Entry and Modulate the Innate Immune Response in COVID-19 Patients from COVID19

    This bold and innovative Australian doctor is using it, but where’s his data? Can Professor Tong please see it?
    Thomas Borody MB,BS, BSc (Med), MD PhD, DSc, FRACP, FACP, FACG, AGAF, touts FDA and TGA approved Ivermectin, which he reports to use regularly in his hospital as it evidences positive results for COVID-19 and should be used immediately to fight the pandemic. The developer of the world’s first cure for peptic ulcers, which saved millions of lives worldwide, employed the same methodology to come up with the Ivermectin triple therapy.

    Well-Respected Australian Researcher: Consider Triple Therapy (Ivermectin, Zinc, Doxycycline) for COVID-19

    What the world needs is a cheap home test like a pregnancy test that everybody can use a few times a week (and then just disappear for a few weeks when it shows positive, ’cause there’s no cure, and we’re waiting on a vaccine, but NOT a Russian vaccine. They are rushing things too much.) Good 5 minute video advocating production of cheap, quick tests.

    Saliva Test For COVID-19 With “Less Than 1 Second” Results Enters Trial Phase In Israel

    John Day

    Hi Ilargi!
    Sawat-Di Krap, Farang V.Arnold!

    V. Arnold

    Sawat-Di Krap, Farang, Dr. John… 🙂

    Keep on keeping on…you’re needed…

    …Oh, and my young Thai girl (wife) is 63… 🙂


    Thanks for posting the new york city article Raul – I read the whole thing and it was great. Years ago I toyed with the idea of a podcast about self-reliance and some TAE related subject matter around energy and finance. It was to be called ‘Run to the Hills’. It looks like I didn’t need to sell the idea. I think this stuff will happen in Melbourne too. So many people have freaked themselves out with what is happening and are aware of risks around price falls in housing. Restaurants are closed, commercial real estate is getting smashed and the cbd will not resemble what it once did. So many changes to work routines means that people want to be somewhere nicer and perceived as safer. Many will try to cash out or just move out.
    I am watching this space. I think NYC is a good lens to look through. The cops don’t help. A man was fined over $1000 and hauled out of his won car for trying to get some sleep as the baby was crying and lockdown was difficult for him. My own family have taken to stupid songs made up on the spot and sung quite loudly to beak the valve and release some pressure. We are all seeing a hell of a lot of each other, which is nice but the socials would help right now.
    Keep up the good work


    non-performing loans
    • Ford Is Slashing 10,000 Jobs, 6 Factories In Europe (ZH)
    • 7 Million Jobs At Risk, European Airlines Could See “Further Declines” (ZH)
    loans in default

    refresh Your memories

    Its not corp-rat welfare.
    Its not pork
    Its not the swap creatures
    ts not even jubilee

    Its stealing
    $9 trillion and counting
    ‘feeding 10 billion people will require genetically modified food’
    no food they die or GMO food will kill them
    therefore … problem solved
    ” … we’ll need 6 months of randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, before we’ll really know…”
    What you are doing and what the rest of the world has been doing are “…. randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials”
    In other words found, What works vs what doesn’t work.
    …Oh, and my young Thai girl (wife) is 63… 🙂
    peace …. 🙂


    The efforts apparently met with success, as The Wall Street Journal reports,
    “One official said the vessels had been taken over without the use of military force but didn’t provide any details.”

    The four vessels—Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella
    A federal judge in Washington last week gave the U.S. title to the Grace 1, saying that federal prosecutors had provided enough evidence that the tanker and its fuel were assets of a designated terrorist organization. The tanker had been released from Gibraltar in August 2019 over U.S. objections.

    The Bering and the Bella were sailing off Cape Verde when the forfeiture complaint was filed in July, U.S. officials have previously said. The Luna and the Pandi last sent a radio signal from Omani waters a month ago, according to the shipping database FleetMon.

    The four vessels were originally part of a flotilla of nine tankers, including five Iranian vessels, which were escorted by an Iranian naval intelligence ship, according to U.S. officials. The four privately owned vessels began peeling off from the flotilla after U.S. authorities contacted the owners of the ships, those officials said.


    Yeah, you can’t study cheap super-effective stuff enough, can you?
    My area has many thousand acre farms rotating between growing corn and soy. Good-hearted people support them knowing it is bad stuff. With ethanol demand in decline, I hope someone makes some positive changes to Ag beyond throwing money at these folks.

    Ken Barrows

    Sure, the SCOTUS has never ruled that a person born in the USA is automatically a natural born citizen. But the SCOTUS will never rule the opposite, either.

    It’s a creative argument, though. Now one could ask what is “subject to the jurisdiction of.” If you are here legally, citizen or otherwise, you’re submitting to US laws.

    Nice for the news cycle for a couple of days.

    Ken Barrows

    I’d also love to hear Professor Eastman’s views on why Ted Cruz, born in Canada, should be eligible to run for President.

    Mr. House

    “The mob believes everything it is told, provided only that it be repeated over and over. Provided too that its passions, hatreds, fears are catered to. The grosser, the bigger, the cruder the lie, the more readily is it believed and followed. The mob has no memory; no need to pretend to any truth: the mob is radically incapable of perceiving the truth: the mob can never comprehend that its own interests are what is at stake.”

    Alexandre Koyré, Réflexions sur le Mensonge, January 1943

    Hat tip to Jesses cafe americain


    When in doubt, you ask the experts. Jonathan Turley. Not 100% sure, but stilll.

    Yes, Kamala Harris Is Eligible For Vice President

    There are arguments on both sides of the currently accepted broad interpretation of the language. Many of our closest allies reject the concept of birthright citizenship.

    However, the case law strongly supports Harris. In 1898, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the court found that the child of Chinese immigrants was still a citizen under the 14th Amendment because he was born on U.S. territory. His parents were here legally as permanent residents. Moreover, the language of the 14th Amendment does not clearly support the exclusions raised by Eastman. It states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

    Most reading that language have concluded that it allows for birthright citizenship for anyone “born … in the United States.” The 14th Amendment starts and ends as a model of clarity, stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” are “citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

    But between those two phrases, Congress inserted the words “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Those six words have perplexed scholars for 150 years. The dominant view of law professors is the line as a whole guarantees that anyone born within the United States becomes an American citizen. But some believe that the caveat means you must be here in a legal status, that if you are not a American citizen, then you are a legal resident.

    I do not believe that there is a credible question of Harris’ eligibility. However, I am concerned with the attacks on Newsweek and the author from a free speech standpoint. This issue has been raised for decades and the Supreme Court cases are few and are not dispositive on all aspects of the question.


    Bankruptcy or jubilee or stealing
    What’s going on with the post office? Here’s what we know
    Savannah Behrmann

    The agency reported a loss of nearly $9 billion last year. Some of this comes from years-long decline in first-class mail, and other issues.

    The USPS became eligible for a $10 billion loan from the Treasury Department as part of the the CARES Act, which Congress passed in March. But due to stipulations put in place by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, including the recruitment of new leadership, that money wasn’t made available to the USPS immediately.

    The Treasury and USPS finally reached an agreement in principle on aid on July 29.

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements Thursday about whether he opposes supplementary funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and recently been mired in controversy with its new leadership.

    Trump originally acknowledged his position would starve the agency of funds that Democrats insist it needs to process and handle the anticipated influx of mail-in ballots for the November election.

    More:Trump opposes new funds for U.S. Postal Service, saying he doesn’t want to help expand vote by mail

    “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said on Fox Business Network, adding, if they don’t get the funds, “that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.”

    Trump’s comments follow repeated unfounded claims that mail-in ballots will lead to widespread voter fraud. Because of this, critics have looked at the changes within the agency with some alarm.

    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign likened Trump’s comments and actions as “sabotage.”

    Opinion:Trump’s attack on U.S. Postal Service is 2020 election sabotage amid COVID-19. Be alarmed.

    Later Thursday, Trump seemed to suggest the funding may happen if Democrats drop other demands in stalled coronavirus relief fund negotiations in Congress and agree to a deal.

    In 2006, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed, requiring the Postal Service to put money aside for future retiree health benefits. The law had a 50-year schedule, and for the first 10 years, USPS was supposed to save $5 billion. However, since 2006, the USPS has seen rising net losses in revenue.

    In 2012, the Postal Service started defaulting on the payments.

    The USPS became eligible for a $10 billion loan from the Treasury Department as part of the the CARES Act, which Congress passed in March. But due to stipulations put in place by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, including the recruitment of new leadership, that money wasn’t made available to the USPS immediately.

    The Treasury and USPS finally reached an agreement in principle on aid on July 29.

    Fact check: Voters should request ballots 2 weeks early, but mail isn’t intentionally slow

    Who is Postmaster General Louis DeJoy?
    In May, the Postal Service’s board of governors, who are appointed by the president, named Louis DeJoy as the postmaster general.

    DeJoy is a North Carolina businessman and major Republican and Trump donor, who, according to several reports, had significant investments in companies that compete or do business with the USPS.

    Prior to his appointment, DeJoy was a fundraiser for the Republican National Convention and has given about $360,000 to Trump Victory, a super PAC supporting Trump’s reelection, according to federal filings.

    DeJoy, 63, is the first postmaster general in nearly two decades who is not a career postal employee.

    Trump on Wednesday called him, ” the new man — who is a great person, a great businessman — he just got there a little while ago.”

    Changes at the agency since DeJoy
    Since he was appointed, DeJoy has eliminated overtime for hundreds of thousands of post office employees and mandated that mail is kept until the next day if distribution centers are running behind.

    This, and other changes, are said to have been implemented to cut costs.

    Philip Rubio, a history professor at North Carolina A&T University and a former letter carrier, told USA TODAY in regards to these changes, “The USPS is not a trucking firm. The $200 million transportation cost savings that DeJoy claims will result from his policies will be minimal, and they will come at the expense of universal service, which is what the USPS does.”

    DeJoy also dramatically restructured the organization, removing or reassigning nearly two dozen agency leaders, including displacing the two top executives who oversaw day-to-day operations.

    He also banned employees from making extra trips to deliver mail, implemented a hiring freeze and requested “early retirement authority” for nonunion employees.

    It was also reported this week that the ⁦USPS is removing some mail sorting machines from its facilities around the country without any official explanation.

    These are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting mail-in ballots.
    (new money will buy new machines)
    At a fundraiser Wednesday evening, Biden accused the president of trying to defund the post office to stop mail-in voting, calling it “a bunch of malarkey!”

    Also Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and more than 170 other Democrats signed a letter to DeJoy demanding the agency reverse the operational changes they argue would hinder mail-in voting.

    At the White House, Trump suggested Wednesday that a deal isn’t going to happen and pointed a finger at Democrats for demanding $3.5 billion for mail-in voting, which he argued would perpetuate voter fraud, and for pushing for an additional $25 billion for the Postal Service.

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