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October 2022

2022 GEORGIA SENATE RUN-OFF ELECTION

I have no expectation of a GOP win in Georgia as the establishment-wing and the conservative continue their internal battles.

What I know…

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Uncounted Votes on Overlooked Memory Card Flips Election in Georgia

An overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots changed the final results of a special election in Cobb County, Georgia, officials said last week.

The Cobb’s Board of Elections and Registration voted to recertify the results of the Nov. 8 Kennesaw City Council special election during a Nov. 18 meeting, according to a news release.

The recertification was necessary after workers discovered a memory card had not been included in the previous results. The additional ballots resulted in a change in the Kennesaw City Council Post 1 Special Election,” the news release said.

Madelyn Orochena was originally declared the winner of the special election. However, when additional ballots were located on the memory card, Lynette Burnette was shown as the winner of the race by 31 votes, officials told local media.

“Unfortunately, once found we did upload it, and it changed the outcome of the Kennesaw City Council race,” Janine Eveler, Cobb County director of elections, told local media outlets.

Cobb Election officials said that the memory card was located in Kennesaw when workers were preparing for an audit of the election, according to 11Alive. Further details were not provided about why the card was overlooked or where it was located. <Source>

Georgia court lets counties offer post-Thanksgiving early voting

A Georgia appeals court says it is leaving in place a ruling that allows counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. Senate runoff election.

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock sued after state officials said early voting could not take place on Nov. 26 because state law barred voting on the Saturday after a holiday on the preceding Thursday or Friday.  Mr. Warnock, the state Democratic Party and the campaign arm of the Senate Democrats, said the law did not apply to runoff elections.

The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox that allowed Saturday voting to commence. “The Court finds that the absence of the Saturday vote will irreparably harm the plaintiffs, their members, and constituents, and their preferred runoff candidate,” Judge Cox wrote.

Early voting will be offered statewide in Georgia from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, but counties can offer additional days. <Source>

Gop-accountability

Bottom line...

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS, THE PARTY OF DEATH, DECAY, AND DESTRUCTION

FlaggunWhen I was young, my parents were Democrats. I knew and supported many of the more prominent Democrats of the time. It was a time when the word Democrat wasn’t a pejorative, and even if they were left of center, they supported the working man and middle class. I had no experience with racial matters and knew little or nothing about the racist origins of the Democrat Party or how they fought against the civil rights movement.

Today it is quite different.

Both parties are corrupt and promote candidates who are professional politicians whose focus is on their narrow self-interests and political power – caring little about their constituency or the nation they purport to serve.

But, all things considered, the Democrats are the party of death, decay, and destruction. They fight to kill babies in the womb, even up to or after the point of viability. They say nothing about the billions of dollars pumped into decaying inner cities with few tangible results for the residents. They continue to destroy the nation from within by implementing insane domestic policies that reverse growth and promote economic death.

And they continue to disparage the law enforcement that keeps you safe and fight against your right of self-protection, namely the right to bear arms.

Perhaps the most egregious example of a corrupt, racist Democrat can be found in James Clyburn (D-SC), a powerful (Democrat Majority Whip) member of the House of Representatives.

In his own words,...

Speaking with Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation, we hear Clyburn say ...

“Just because it’s legal does not make it the right thing. I tell people all the time, the institution of slavery was legal, but it was not right. Just because they purchased these weapons legally does not mean that’s what the law ought to be. We need to change these laws.”

“Unfortunately, I’m going to be here in my district on Wednesday, speaking at the funeral service of one of those young football players from the University of Virginia who died at the hands of the weapon that was, from all indications, legally purchased. That’s not the problem. Chesapeake, Virginia, that gun was purchased legally the morning of the event. We have to visit these laws and do what’s necessary to keep these guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.”

“We need to sit down in a bipartisan way and say, look, what can we do to protect the public. Nobody wants to take anybody’s guns away. Your second amendment is there to protect everybody. But so is the First Amendment, but there’s not unfettered...” <Full Transcript>

A few observations...

(1)  Your right to self-defense is inalienable,  meaning the government does not confer it, nor can it be denied, surrendered, or taken away.

(2)  Existing laws involving firearms are not fully enforced, especially in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions where serious criminal acts involving weapons are often plea-bargained away to secure a guaranteed conviction rather than engage in a court battle or to protect the privileged elites. In this instance, the gun appears to have been legally purchased -- but by an individual previously convicted of possessing a concealed firearm without a license in 2021 and received a suspended sentence.  

University of Virginia shooting suspect bought two guns after failing background check last year

A former student athlete accused of fatally shooting three University of Virginia football players was able to legally buy two guns after failing a background check last year and trying to get a handgun while underage four years ago, according to the gun shop that sold him the firearms.

Christopher Darnell Jones bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle in February and a Glock 45 9 mm with an additional magazine in July from Dance’s Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights, Va., store owner Marlon Dance told CNN, noting that there was “nothing noteworthy” about the sales.

Jones tried to buy weapons in the store twice before, the shop detailed in a statement. On July 8, 2021, he wanted to get Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 — a .22-caliber rifle — but failed a background check due to a pending criminal charge, the store said. The felony charge was later “reduced to a misdemeanor by the court in October 2021, thereby removing the prohibition against future purchases,” police said.

The former football player was also turned away in 2018, when he tried to buy a handgun despite being under the age of 21.

“Jones DID NOT receive either of the firearms he attempted to purchase, and both attempted purchases were forwarded to the Virginia State Police for further action,” Dance’s Sporting Goods said. <Source>

In 2020, Jones was charged for felony fleeing the scene of an accident for a crash that occurred in Petersburg. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor, and Jones pleaded no contest and received a 12-month suspended sentence.

A Chesterfield County police officer stopped Jones while he was driving in February 2021 because the tags on his vehicle were not on file and discovered during a search that Jones had a stolen firearm in his waistband, according to a police report.

Jones told police he “paid $500” for the gun, according to the report. Jones told the officer he wanted the gun for protection for his family because he had lost two of his brothers. Family members did not respond to requests for comment about that statement.

Jones was convicted of possessing a concealed firearm without a license later in 2021 and again received a suspended sentence. <Source>

(3)  You cannot rely on the police to protect you as police have no legally binding affirmative duty to protect a citizen unless they are public officials or in police custody. Logistically speaking, they cannot be everywhere they are needed when they are required. Police generally exist to protect the general peace and order in a community, protect public officials, investigate crimes after the fact, and apprehend apparent lawbreakers. A police officer minutes away is useless to someone when seconds count.

(4)  The minority community commits a disproportionate number of crimes within their community and against their class of people. This is reality, not the phony baloney of racist disparate impact. Of course, politicians want to protect and pander to this large voting bloc -- they care about votes, not the community.

Bottom line...

Politicians like the race-hustling Clyburn, who has supported spending $3,270,421,390,000 in taxpayer funds, need to be held accountable for his corrupt actions. 

Instead of attacking your right to self-defense and the Second Amendment, perhaps Democrats should concentrate on using the gun-related firearms laws on the books and demand that District Attorneys prosecute rather than plea bargain away serious charges. 

We are so screwed as murder rates increase and Democrats refuse to prosecute, weaken the prosecution, release hardened career criminals into our communities, and favor criminals over victims.

IF YOU DO NOT FEEL SAFE, LITTLE ELSE MATTERS.

-- Steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS DISRESPECT AMERICANS

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After giving thanks for all I have received, especially being a citizen of America, I now turn back to our present corrupt and troublesome reality.

I can think of no greater insult to American citizens than the progressive communist democrats pretending that President Biden is capable of competently executing his presidential duties unless it is the suggestion that Biden is competent, capable, and qualified to be a viable Presidential candidate in 2024. Likewise, pretending that Vice President Kamala Harris is capable of assuming the Presidency should President Biden resign or face a 25th Amendment Challenge.

There is little doubt in my mind that the functions of the Presidency are being stage-managed by a cadre of Obama’s progressive communist democrats who have demonstrated not only disdain for America but are incompetent as they do significant damage to our domestic and foreign affairs.

Moreover, I believe that several Cabinet-level officials are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors by failing to faithfully adhere to the United States Constitution as they fail to execute existing federal laws.

These charges go far beyond “Whataboutism” and a preoccupation with Donald Trump as they materially damage the United States’ foreign and domestic interests.

To watch America being degraded into a third-world country ruled by fiat, without deliberative debate, through the use of unconstitutional Executive Orders is painful.

Almost as painful is watching the corporatized legacy media serve as propaganda outlets for the corrupt Biden regime as they censor the news, either by omission or the substitution of a preferential regime narrative.

However, the increasing fragility of our communications backbone, originally designed to minimize the effects of a nuclear attack, is weakening the nation as more individuals and organizations rely on the Internet. Ignoring that the system has a single point of failure in the Domain Naming System, which is tantamount to a regime-controlled censorship tool or kill switch.

While the GOP opposition is infinitely better than the Democrats and less malevolent, it is feckless and nearly as corrupt…

Somewhere along the path, the GOP has failed to serve as a loyal, trustworthy opposition as they have greenlighted much of the progressive communist democrat agenda that aids and abets their own corruption. Other than being a relatively pale imitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to keeping their respective members aligned and agenda-driven, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears equally corrupt as he builds his wealth at the expense of the American people. Just not as blatantly as Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton in selling access to their elected offices.

Looking forward to the 118th United States Congress, which will convene on January 3, 2023…

As per the old adage, “hope is not a plan,” hope is all we appear to have left as the GOP assumes control over the House of Representatives and faces an uncertain future in the all-important Senate. The primary reason the GOP did so poorly in the 2022 mid-term elections is relatively simple. They, being the Republican National Committee and the vast majority of individual Republican candidates, were content to point at the gross failures of the Biden Administration and Democrat-dominated Congress and say that should be enough to inspire any rational American to vote for Republicans over Democrats. And that was the crux of the matter – to fail to articulate the GOP vision and back it up with samples of actual legislation to be dropped in the hopper on January 3rd.

Many suffering Americans did not buy the “Yeah, but we’re better” line as they saw some Republicans cave to the Democrat agenda with its profligate pork-barrel spending that increased inflation. And, unfortunately, while there are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, there are Democrats in the Republican Party – either by ideology or the convenience of side-stepping the Democrat’s “wait your turn” electoral hierarchy.

What can the House actually do?

Given the likelihood of a divided Democrat majority in the Senate and a Presidential veto, the power of House Republicans is constrained to managing the power of the purse and holding investigations to highlight corruption. Not that wrongdoing will be punished under a corrupt, two-tier justice system at Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice or FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(1)  Realign Committee Chairs and participants.

(2)  Recapture allocated but unspent funds and lower spending.

(3)  Resist expanding the debt ceiling for future funding and be willing to “shut down the government” if necessary.

(4)  Reduce agency spending until; clearly defined objectives are met.

(5)  Highlight investigatory excesses and censure those responsible for wrongdoing – including reducing staff budgets.

(6)  Put forth legislation to curb climate change subsidies and restore America’s energy independence.

(7)  Legislatively curtain racist wokeism in education, government agencies, and the military.

And much, much more.

Bottom line…

Now is the time they can prove to the American public that the GOP can be more than a feckless afterthought – regardless of its 2024 presidential nominee.

Until I see proof positive of change, we continue to be screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. As an afterthought, once again, former President Trump appears obsessed with celebrity, publicity, and ego-stroking – surrounded by those who fail to protect his political interests. How else can you explain a dinner with crazy anti-Semitic Kanye West or white supremacist short-man Nick Fuentes?


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE DOJ/FBI CONTINUES TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY IN ISRAEL WHILE TERRORISTS ENTER THE U.S. VIA OUR OPEN BORDER

Once again, the fumbling, bumbling idiots are trying to disparage Israel abroad while ignoring their domestic duties…

Fbi-clouseuThe situation…

Shireen Abu Akleh, a Jerusalem-born naturalized U.S. citizen acting as a reporter for the Qatari news-and-propaganda outlet al-Jazeera, was killed covering combat between the Israeli Defense Forces and actively engaged Palestinian terrorists from a terrorist cell responsible for more than a dozen recent assassinations of Israeli civilians in Israeli cities.

This is the risk of journalists operating in a live-fire conflict or crime area.

Typically, this would be the end of a sad story.

However, as expected, the terrorist-supporting Palestinian Authority charged that the reporter had been murdered by an Israeli soldier and refused to cooperate with any IDF’s investigation of the allegation.

So why is the Federal Bureau of Investigation involved in the matter?

“Fifty-seven Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have demanded in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and FBI Director Chris Wray that the State Department and FBI open an investigation into the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was reporting on an Israel Defense Forces arrest raid in Jenin on May 11.”

They contend, “As an American, Ms. Abu Akleh was entitled to the full protections afforded to U.S. citizens living abroad. We, the undersigned Members of Congress, urge you to uphold the values that our nation was founded on, including human rights, equality for all, and freedom of speech. We have a duty to protect Americans reporting abroad.”

Completely ignoring that this is not a domestic civil rights case but the act of an individual voluntarily operating in a dangerous area and subjecting herself to the known risk of injury or death.

As you might suspect, the 57 House members include members of the openly anti-Semitic squad — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman Cori Bush, Pramila Jayapal, and Barbara Lee, as well as several radical anti-America, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic progressive communist democrat activists. Here is the letter with all of the names.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently informed the Israeli Justice Ministry that the FBI had opened another investigation.

Of course, this does not surprise me because former President Obama’s acolytes run the Biden Administration-- Obama, himself, being a progressive communist democrat who was anti-America, anti-White, Anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel.

Many a truth is spoken in jest...

Here is a joke told by Yoni (Yonatan) Netanyahu, Bibi’s brother and a commander of elite Israeli special forces who was killed rescuing hostages from terrorists in Entebbe.

An Englishman, an American and an Israeli were captured by a tribe of cannibals in Africa.

When they were already in the pot, each of them was allowed a last wish.

The Englishman asked for a whiskey and a pipe and got them.

The American asked for a steak and got it.

“The Israeli asked the chief to give him a good kick in the backside.

At first the chief refused, but after a long argument he finally agreed.

At once the Israeli pulled out a gun and shot all the cannibals.

“The American and Englishman asked him: ‘If you had a gun all the time, why didn’t you kill them sooner?’

“ ‘Are you crazy,’ answered the Israeli, ‘and have the UN call me the aggressor?’ ”

And for those who think Palestinian terrorism is not a problem...

Twin blasts in Jerusalem kill one, injure 18 in morning bus station attacks

A student was killed and at least 18 others injured after explosions went off at two bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of the morning rush hour, in what Israeli security forces are treating as a “combined terror attack.”

The blasts come amid a surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians this year, and there are fears that the incident could represent a return to the bombing campaigns of 20 years ago.

The first explosion occurred at about 7:05 a.m. local time, near a bus station located at the exit from the city. Half an hour later, another blast went off at a bus station near the Ramot Junction just over two miles away. Both bus stops were packed with students. 

Israeli police said that the bombs at both sites were activated remotely by cellphone. It said that the explosives were placed in bags and contained nails and pieces of metals to maximize the impact.

Since the spring, a string of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli military has conducted near-nightly raids, especially around the West Bank city of Jenin, from where a number of assailants have originated.  <Source>

Bottom line...

While known terrorists stream across our open Southern Border, the Department of Justice and the FBI investigate Israeli soldiers, parents of school children, and bogus January 6 interlopers, while spying on politicians and American citizens.

We are so screwed. One, because we elect people with an anti-America bias to high office, and two, because we tolerate their un-American activities.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


CALIFORNIA LEADS THE WAY -- BAH HUMBUG!

Yesterday’s email brought an unpleasant reminder of the increasing fragility of California’s infrastructure…

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Hello Spectrum Customer,

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It’s possible that your address may have electricity, but the equipment that delivers our service to you may be located in a blackout area.

To help you stay connected, Spectrum TV customers can enjoy many programming options by downloading our Spectrum TV App. Spectrum Internet customers can access WiFi access points nationwide. Find one near you.

Get service updates, outage information and other helpful resources at Spectrum.net/CAfires.

If a state of emergency is declared in your area, please visit Spectrum.net/CArelief for information on state/federal assistance and your rights as a consumer.

Thank you for choosing Spectrum,

Spectrum Support Team

Please do not reply to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If we can be of further assistance, please visit Spectrum support.

As we experience high “Santa Winds,” I am reminded that our utility companies, regulated by a hyper-politicized and corrupt Public Utilities Commission, refuse to perform the voluntary repairs, replacements, and build-outs that might impact their bottom line. They would rather inconvenience their users than risk another billion-dollar fire or significant gas leak.

It is time to harden our electrical, natural gas, and water grids.

Bottom line…

My greatest fear is that California will serve as a model for this great nation. A model in which our nation's remaining functioning cities will become like socialist San Francisco and Santa Monica -- morphing from local gems into cesspools of political dysfunction.

We are so screwed as our political leadership schemes to stay in power by using public funds and policies to buy votes rather than serve its constituency. 

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HOPE YOU ARE STILL ENJOYING THANKSGIVING

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I am...

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING WISHES YOU A HAPPY 2022 THANKSGIVING

Take time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in your life.

If the video is missing, you can find it here.

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Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, Thanksgiving. Be thankful for those who fought and died to secure your freedom today.

ArmedServices-MIA--Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DISGUSTING DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO DAMAGE MEDICARE

Senior citizens must know what the progressive communist democrats have done with their misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” …

For those who applauded the reduction in prescription insulin prices and the ability of the Medicare administrator to “negotiate” drug prices, it is time to look behind the scenes and see what the gottcha might be – and don’t look to the senior advocacy group AARP to advocate for senior citizens over the administration or the insurance companies that provide their billion-dollar revenue stream.

Wsj-hdrThe Inflation Reduction Act Comes for Medicare

It will cut benefits and increase premiums, upsetting millions of elderly voters.

President Biden has accused Republicans of scheming to cut Medicare. In fact it is his signature legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, that will lead to benefit cuts and premium increases for seniors. Medicare’s popular drug-coverage program is headed for a painful amputation.

The private plans participating in Medicare’s prescription-drug program, known as Part D, currently draw on three sources of revenue to finance prescriptions: out-of-pocket payments from patients, premium payments made by plan members, and subsidies from the federal government. In 2025, under the Inflation Reduction Act, both government subsidies and out-of-pocket payments by patients are scheduled to be cut sharply. The difference will have to be made up by premiums. But the statute inhibits this third revenue source, which is also subsidized, from increasing more than 6%. That’s hardly enough to cover inflation, let alone compensate for the other two revenue losses.

We estimate that beginning in 2025, plan subsidies—specifically, the reinsurance subsidies for the beneficiaries with the most drug spending—will be cut $30 billion, out of revenue that currently totals about $110 billion. Something will have to give with $30 billion less to finance prescription benefits. Plans currently have far too little profit to span the chasm that the Inflation Reduction Act opens between expenses and revenue.

Existing plans have room to cut benefits, although the original Part D statute limits their ability to do so. As plans are under no obligation to take a loss, their other choice is to exit the market, which from the patient’s perspective means that all the benefits disappear. In essence, the Inflation Reduction Act statute may prohibit Part D plans from being economically viable, even if it doesn’t explicitly ban them.

We see a last resort. Seniors might find drug coverage in Medicare Part C even as the Biden administration unwittingly amputates stand-alone drug plans from the Medicare program. These plans, known as Medicare Advantage, cover drugs, hospitalization and physician visits. They will also be losing the same two drug-revenue sources, but the Inflation Reduction Act gives them room to compensate with higher premiums, reduced drug benefits (with fewer drugs covered and more constraints on accepted claims), or cuts to nondrug benefits such as dental or mental-health coverage. They will likely do all three, which will be undesirable for seniors but at least be economically viable. The best part of the last resort? The plans won’t go away.

Roughly half of Medicare beneficiaries currently have traditional Medicare coverage rather than Medicare Advantage plans. These are the beneficiaries relying on stand-alone Part D drug plans, which are the ones that may be run out of business by the Inflation Reduction Act. Traditional Medicare members face a difficult choice in 2025: Either take drastic cuts in drug coverage, or switch to Medicare Advantage plans that cover prescriptions but may not cover the hospitals and doctors who are currently providing them care.

[OCS: Seniors opting for traditional Medicare and Part D drug coverage, with or without supplementary drug insurance, may be forced into a difficult choice: your doctor or life-saving drugs!]

Welcome to the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as government-provided health care, where those writing the rules don’t understand the consequences of what they do. Democrats hate that Medicare Advantage has been available as a pseudo-private alternative to original Medicare’s single-payer arrangement. Yet they have (unwittingly?) passed a law that so thoroughly disrupts traditional Medicare as to render it the worst of the Medicare options.

From a political perspective, Democrats couldn’t have scheduled Medicare’s amputation for a worse time. With Congress so evenly divided, a short-term legislative fix may be impossible. By September 2024, the presidential campaign will be in high gear at the same time that beneficiaries begin to consider their 2025 Medicare enrollments. That’s when the Inflation Reduction Act will thoroughly upset tens of millions of elderly voters, all while the authors of the statute ask the country to vote for their presidential nominee. By then, America will have no doubt which party is cutting Medicare. <Source>

This is not an accident or simple oversight…

What you are seeing is a deliberate attempt to advance the progressive communist democrat agenda by replacing existing public and private healthcare insurance with a government-controlled single-payer healthcare scheme that determines how much healthcare you can receive by age, condition, co-morbidities, statistical outcome probabilities, and possibly your social credit score as determined by your adherence to the regime’s directives.

A glimpse into the future…

Consider this article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in which the authors, including Dr. Donald M. Berwick, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from July 2010 to December 2011, describe the preferred progressive future of Medicare.

JamaMedicare 2.0—A Vision for the Future of America’s Health Insurance Plan

It is time for “Medicare 2.0”: a redesigned Medicare program that meets today’s health care challenges in a comprehensive, cost-effective, and equitable way. Medicare 2.0 includes 5 major reforms to the traditional Medicare program. At a time when private Medicare Advantage plans are growing rapidly, Medicare 2.0 offers an urgent blueprint to preserve and strengthen the public Medicare program for future generations. What follows is a road map that organizes disparate Medicare reform proposals into a unified vision for this health insurance plan.

[OCS: Have you ever seen a cost-effective government program that works as intended and wasn’t larded with waste, fraud, abuse, and the insertion of lobbyist-promoted loopholes and exclusions?]

Transform and Simplify Traditional Medicare Into a Single, Comprehensive Plan

In traditional Medicare, most beneficiaries carry 4 distinct insurance plans: Part A for hospital services, Part B for physician services, Part D for prescription drugs, and supplementary insurance through Medigap, Medicaid, or other private sources.

Medicare 2.0 should have a single, comprehensive benefit structure that covers physician and hospital services, prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) with a unified cost-sharing structure. Recognizing the significant financial resources needed to meet LTSS needs, a sensible starting point is to prioritize coverage for home and community-based services, which are cost-effective and preferred by many patients and families.

[OCS: A long-winded way to say government-controlled single-payer healthcare system. Home and community-based healthcare services are among the critical goals of the radical communist-founded SEIU (Service Employees International Union), which is attempting to control the delivery of home healthcare by its members.]

Significantly Reduce Out-of-pocket Costs for Patients

Medicare 2.0 should minimize or eliminate financial barriers to care. One promising option is to require no cost sharing for beneficiaries under a certain income threshold, such as 138% of the poverty level to match current Medicaid criteria. Other beneficiaries could be provided coverage with no deductible, zero co-payments for primary care and other especially high-value services, a package of prescription drugs at no cost, and an out-of-pocket cap indexed to income. Replacing private Medigap coverage with universal low cost sharing would make Medicare 2.0 both more equitable and more efficient.

[OCS: The phrase “other beneficiaries” is often government-speak for “illegal aliens” who should have coverage limited to emergency healthcare. When you see the word “equitable,” you need to be wary of the progressive communist democrat’s social justice warriors who segment the population using Marxist-style class warfare.]

Modernize Prescription Drug Policy

Medicare 2.0 should build on the reforms of the Inflation Reduction Act to negotiate the price of prescription drugs by both increasing the number of medications eligible for negotiation and pursuing negotiations for newly launched drugs. The negotiation process should consider whether a medication’s primary patent has expired (i.e., drugs that forestall competition only with secondary patents and other “evergreening” strategies should be paid for at lower rates). Medicare should also be empowered to engage in innovative purchasing strategies, such as subscription-based models in which a fixed sum pays for all the drugs used by the Medicare population in a given period, direct contracting with manufacturers to produce generic drugs, and bulk purchasing to create stockpiles of drugs important for public health.

Medicare 2.0 should offer a package of high-value medications at zero out-of-pocket cost. Analogous to the rigorous evidence reviews and recommendations prepared by the US Preventive Services Task Force, a “US Chronic Disease Task Force” could be created to review the evidence for the clinical benefit of different medications in treating common chronic conditions. Medications receiving an A or B recommendation could enter the drug negotiation process with the goal of offering the medication to all Medicare beneficiaries at zero out-of-pocket cost.

[OCS: As noted in the Wall Street Journal piece above, the Inflation Reduction Act will damage traditional Medicare. Government price controls do not work, are anti-competitive and will lead to the elimination of specialty drugs, like genomically-targeted cancer therapies predicated on a patient’s DNA, that may save few lives in relation to more widely-used drugs that benefit larger populations.]

As for stockpiles, the lessons of the pandemic should apply. Most stockpiles contained out-of-date drugs and medical supplies, including obsolete or uncalibrated equipment. Only the vendor profited as the rotation of stockpiled items was an often-ignored afterthought. In the final analysis, someone must pay – and that someone is you, whether through premiums, co-pays, or access fees.]

Place Primary Care at the Center of the Health Care System

Medicare 2.0 should leverage this influence to significantly expand the primary care workforce, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants trained in community health centers and other underserved settings. CMS should also empower all Medicare beneficiaries to declare a primary care clinician.

Medicare 2.0 should significantly increase payments for primary care to make it a more attractive career option, improve prevention, reduce emphasis on procedural interventions, and expand the nation’s primary care infrastructure. In the short term, this process would be facilitated by enhancing the capacity of CMS to develop payment rates that encourage more robust primary care rather than reflexively adopting the payment rates recommended by the specialty-heavy Revenue Update Committee. In the longer term, the traditional fee-for-visit strategy of paying for primary care should be transformed to reflect and accelerate best practices for modern, integrated primary care practice.

[OCS: This establishes government-controlled gatekeepers who will determine if you need specialist care. An incompetent or rushed caregiver might cause prolonged suffering or death depending on their diagnostic skills and willingness to buck a cost-containment system to recommend specialist care. Already, some primary care practitioners are incentivized by their organizations to curtail costly procedures and prescriptions. Think about the socialized medicine in Canada and England, where denials, delays, and deaths are common.]

Reinvent Medicare as an Agency That Finances Population Health, Not an Insurer That Reimburses for Services

Under Medicare 2.0 CMS should be an activist deeply invested in continually improving the quality of health care. More than that, under Medicare 2.0 CMS should be conceptualized not as a public insurer but as an agency that finances population health. One critical element of this approach is integrating social investments into the Medicare mission: health care organizations should be given the flexibility to shift dollars from medical care into health-related social needs, including to existing community programs and public agencies. This likely requires migration away from fee for service as the predominant payment chassis.

A second element of this approach is to deliberately direct resources to respond to health inequities. The traditional insurance model risks directing resources away from underserved communities because payments are often benchmarked to past spending. Especially given stark historical inequities, payment policy should not try to perpetuate prior spending patterns; instead, it should actively direct spending to where it is needed most, which will often involve increasing spending on historically marginalized groups. The “health equity benchmark adjustment” included in the recently announced ACO REACH program is in this spirit.

To ensure that these increased resources actually reach patients in need, a complementary strategy is to strengthen requirements for representation of patients’ and communities’ interests in the governance of health care organizations. Taking inspiration from the federally qualified health center model, health care delivery organizations accepting population-based payments from Medicare could be required to have a meaningful percentage of the governing board made up of community representatives and patients, including those with disabilities and chronic illness and people in marginalized populations.

[OCS: This is bullshit! You do not allocate healthcare by race, sex, or what your ancestors may have done in times long past. In the final analysis, we do not need another inept bureaucracy like the highly-politicized Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the corrupt Food & Drug Administration. (FDA). Decisions must be made by competent medical personnel, not bureaucrats beholden to the regime in power.]

<To read the entire article, in full and in context, it can be found here on the JAMA Action Network>

Bottom line…

What you see is a progressive communist democrat attempt to implement a top-down, government-controlled single-payer Medicaid system.

These charlatans speak of the quality of healthcare. Still, they are simply re-jiggering the healthcare payment system to exert control over the population and to create voting blocs responsive to government entitlements.

In response to progressive communist democrats and their cadre of believer-bureaucrats to dominate American healthcare, especially in the face of an aging population, remember, socialized medicine is un-American and dangerous to your health.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


A U.S. DIGITAL DOLLAR IS THE EQUIVALENT OF DIGITAL DUNG!

Once again, the corrupt elites who run the government and the largest financial institutions are trying to sell the American people on a digital dollar that empowers the government and creates a surveillance state.

DIGI-DOLLAR

Another Wall Street Journal article is gaslighting the American public on the digital dollar…

Wsj-hdrThe U.S. Needs a Better Digital Dollar

China’s new digital yuan could compete as a reserve currency and undermine America’s financial dominance.

China is giving the U.S. a run for its money. The recent launch of a digital form of the Chinese yuan—bolstered by a disruptive new technology—threatens the dominance of the U.S. dollar and American hegemony. U.S. policymakers should heed the moment and respond with a strengthened form of the dollar in service to the national interest.

[OCS: A few important points to consider. One, we don’t need a “better digital dollar” because America does not require a digital dollar at all – especially one that creates a surveillance state open to command and control by the regime in power.

Two, competing with China to enable a state-controlled economy is a race to the bottom, in this case, domination and loss of freedom.

Three, appealing to national interests to create a digital dollar only benefits the elites and the current ruling regime.

And four, one need only consider the civil rights abuses perpetrated by the regime in the name of national security, namely the Patriot Act and the open, unpunished abuse of the FISA Court by the FBI and Department of Justice.]

Enter the game-changer of cryptocurrency. Don’t be deceived by the thousands of private cryptocurrencies masquerading as money in some form of circulation. Many of these schemes are fraudulent, and most are worthless. Cryptocurrency is a misnomer. It isn’t secretive and it isn’t money. It is software. And it is a significant technological breakthrough that poses promise and peril for the American-led global financial system. In the hands of a powerful sovereign such as China, the new software is an effective way to launch the yuan into the big leagues.

[OCS: The regime would do anything to kill cryptocurrency as a relatively anonymous medium of exchange.

No, it is not money or currency as the government defines it, but nevertheless, it is a medium of exchange beyond the control of central banks and financial institutions that serve as fee-driven gatekeepers .

And, any government-sponsored digital dollar is also software and vulnerable to the same hacking and loss risks.

For those who believe the government can protect its software from hacking or exposure from radical partisans with the keys to the kingdom, just remember the government lost all of its personnel records to China, including the details of security clearance interviews. And the NSA, the nation's crypto specialists, lost a treasure trove of classified software and documents. 

And, to position the adoption of an American digital dollar as a check on Communist China and other despotic nations is a false and misleading premise as both the Chinese and North Koreans have created “superdollars,” almost undetectable currency counterfeits and are most likely to do it with hacking the digital dollar creation or wallet storage.”

That’s why China’s new central bank digital currency, called e-CNY and launched in April 2020, is so consequential. China’s e-CNY will be the technology backbone for most wholesale transfers among the People’s Bank of China, financial firms and foreign institutions. If foreign businesses want continued access to the vast Chinese market, they will be compelled to use the digital currency and its wholesale payment network to conduct business. When fully implemented, e-CNY will also be the dominant retail protocol, eventually handling most personal financial transactions. China’s central planners will have a powerful tool to monitor transactions and enforce compliance with government directives.

[OCS: As you can clearly see, adopting a U.S. digital dollar is meant to protect the financial institutions and the ruling regime – not the American citizen who are surrendering another God-given freedom for nothing of intrinsic value.

Any U.S. government claim of “but we’re different" is a big lie. The government knows that man cannot control climate, yet they continue bilking the public. The government knows they cannot protect against committed terrorists, yet they tighten domestic surveillance on American citizens while leaving our borders unprotected.”]

China’s sphere of influence is expanding in Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Its leaders envision e-CNY as a parallel international payment and currency network to that of the West. If a new bipolar world emerges—by some imprudent mix of Chinese force and American fatigue—the dollar’s dominant role could be undermined. Decoupling the world’s two largest economies wouldn’t be limited to imports and investment, munitions and might. It could well include the rise of a powerful alternative reserve currency.

[OCS: Yes, China’s sphere of influence is expanding – because of the fecklessness of our government leaders and those being coerced or bought by hostile foreign regimes. The government and specific corporate interests are selling out America and then blaming innocent American citizens whom they punish with confiscatory taxes, increased rules and regulations, and increasing surveillance, including DOJ/FBI intimidation.]

Absent leadership by the U.S., authorities in China—with a decidedly different view of the public good—are trying to use the new technology to erode America’s global standing. The Fed and Treasury should cease to play the slow game while China builds a new digital monetary and financial architecture. America’s other big trading partners won’t wait around while U.S. authorities consider incremental reforms. The status quo is neither satisfactory nor sustainable.

[OCS: I smell bullshit! Don’t speak about the “public good.” The public good is being unmolested by your government. The public good is protecting America’s sovereignty and Constitution. The public good is having the most powerful military possible. The public good punishes those who have stolen our intellectual property by destroying offending knock-offs wherever they occur or are used.

The privately-owned Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury are corrupt and caught in a conspiracy to defraud the American public as they protect the elites’ assets.]

One option, popular among some in Washington, is for the U.S. to create a dollar copycat of China’s digital yuan. The Fed would intermediate wholesale and retail payments, including as the direct counterparty to U.S. consumers. This is at odds with the American ethos of privacy from government intrusion. The specter of state surveillance of individual spending is dangerous. The interface with citizens should rest with the private sector.

[OCS: This is prime bullshit. Do you see what they are doing here? The powers that be openly acknowledge that state surveillance of individual spending is dangerous – but suggest the answer is to protect the public by using private sector entities as an interface to the system.

Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit! Three bags full.

Look at the private tech companies and financial institutions that are accountable to government regulatory agencies and serve as their proxy agents.

The number of financial institutions that refuse to serve gun-related manufacturers and vendors. The number of financial institutions that refuse to serve politically-connected companies that offer opposition to the regime.

The private companies that depend on government rules, regulations, monitoring, and sanctions, not to mention government monopolies, contracts, grants, subsidies, and favorable tax policies, are susceptible to coercion. Already they are infiltrated with former government agents with loyalty to their former agency and not above doing favors.]

The Biden administration appears to promote another alternative: Give the government’s imprimatur to privately issued stablecoins. I am skeptical that a host of private cryptocurrencies are sufficiently strong and reliable proxies for the U.S. dollar. I also doubt that bank-like regulation of private stablecoins would ensure their stability in stressful times, absent government bailouts.

[OCS: The Biden Administration and an unknown segment of our government are owned or controlled by China. Especially the corrupt Biden Crime family subject to blackmail.]

So what to do? The U.S. should announce the essential design features of a digital dollar to be used exclusively for wholesale transactions. The existing wholesale payment system is slow, cumbersome, opaque and expensive. The new regime would more effectively intermediate payments among the government, financial firms and foreign central banks. Settlements would be made faster. Payments would be cheaper. Cross-border transfers would be seamless. Money creation would be more transparent.

[OCS: More bullshit! Most current government transactions are presently done electronically – regardless of the base currency. Settlements are made at the speed of light over fiber networks. Artificial fees determine the cost of payments. And cross-border transfers are already seamless. Money creation is transparent and documented. What is not documented is how funds are spent and who benefits. Something the government is loathe to disclose.]

A currency reigns supreme until it doesn’t. The new digital dollar would strengthen the currency for a new era, and bolster America as leader of the global economic system. Compared with China’s e-CNY, the proposal has superior attributes of sovereign control, monetary soundness, financial innovation and individual privacy. The U.S. and its allies need sound and stable money to escape a period of weak output, high inflation and geopolitical conflict. A digital dollar backed by America’s full faith and credit would be an important part of a reformed financial and monetary architecture.

[OCS: More bullshit! This is about protecting the elites and their financial institutions, not the American public. Stop wasteful and profligate government spending, curb inflation, and you can create a stronger dollar. Creating a digital dollar when a viable dollar already exists, along with the means to transmit it effectively, renders the concept of a fiat-based digital dollar worthless. A digital dollar's intrinsic value, like that of the dollar, is government-controlled – subject to inflation and confiscatory taxation.]

Kevin Warsh, the former member of the Federal Reserve Board, is a distinguished visiting fellow in economics at the Hoover Institution. <Source>

Bottom line…

“The status quo is neither satisfactory nor sustainable.” True enough, but the answer to Chinese aggression and protection against its domination of global competition is not a digital dollar; it is a constitutionally conservative U.S. government.

It appears that the corrupt Biden regime may be doing this at the behest of China. How many individuals and organizations want to be surveilled by the government? Let the Chinese Communists continue with their surveillance and watch the global flight of capital to an unsurveiled United States. 

For the oil companies -- demand the U.S. become the prime producer and exporter, and you eliminate much of the risk of a China-Russia-dominated payment system.

We are so screwed.

Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IVERMECTIN BAFFLEGAB

Who can you trust? 

Big-pharma-politicians

What they actually said at the time…

Cdc-hdrRapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
August 26, 2021, 11:40 AM ET
CDCHAN-00449

Summary

Ivermectin is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription medication used to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. When used as prescribed for approved indications, it is generally safe and well tolerated.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ivermectin dispensing by retail pharmacies has increased, as has use of veterinary formulations available over the counter but not intended for human use. FDA has cautioned about the potential risks of use for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel has also determined that there are currently insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19. ClinicalTrials.govexternal icon has listings of ongoing clinical trials that might provide more information about these hypothesized uses in the future.

Adverse effects associated with ivermectin misuse and overdose are increasing, as shown by a rise in calls to poison control centers reporting overdoses and more people experiencing adverse effects. <Source>

Fda-headerWhy You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

Content current as of 12/10/2021

Here’s What You Need to Know about Ivermectin

  • The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.
  • Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.
  • Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous.
  • If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed.
  • Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.

<Source>

Ama-hdrAMA, APhA, ASHP statement on ending use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19

SEP 1, 2021

The American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) strongly oppose the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.

Ivermectin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use to treat infections caused by internal and external parasites. It is not approved to prevent or treat COVID-19. Ivermectin is also available to treat certain veterinary conditions; medications formulated or intended for use in animals should not be used by humans. We are alarmed by reports that outpatient prescribing for and dispensing of ivermectin have increased 24-fold since before the pandemic and increased exponentially over the past few months. As such, we are calling for an immediate end to the prescribing, dispensing, and use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial. In addition, we are urging physicians, pharmacists, and other prescribers—trusted health care professionals in their communities—to warn patients against the use of ivermectin outside of FDA-approved indications and guidance, whether intended for use in humans or animals, as well as purchasing ivermectin from online stores. Veterinary forms of this medication are highly concentrated for large animals and pose a significant toxicity risk for humans.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have issued advisories indicating that ivermectin is not authorized or approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, and Merck (the manufacturer of the drug) all state there is insufficient evidence to support the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19 also recommend against the use of ivermectin outside of a clinical trial. <Source>

Here is what they are saying now...

FDA Says Telling People Not to Take Ivermectin for COVID-19 Was Just a Recommendation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) telling people to “stop” taking ivermectin for COVID-19 was informal and just a recommendation, government lawyers argued during a recent hearing.

The cited statements were not directives. They were not mandatory. They were recommendations. They said what parties should do. They said, for example, why you should not take ivermectin to treat COVID-19. They did not say you may not do it, you must not do it. They did not say it’s prohibited or it’s unlawful. They also did not say that doctors may not prescribe ivermectin,” Isaac Belfer, one of the lawyers, told the court during the Nov. 1 hearing in federal court in Texas.

“They use informal language, that is true,” he also said, adding that, “it’s conversational but not mandatory.”

The hearing was held in a case brought by three doctors who say the FDA illegally interfered with their ability to prescribe medicine to their patients when it issued statements on ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that has shown positive results in some trials against COVID-19.

Ivermectin is approved by the FDA but not for COVID-19. Drugs are commonly used for non-approved purposes in the United States; the practice is known as off-label treatment. <Source>

So, what’s missing…

The majority of COVID-19 cases resolve over a week, in some cases a month. So, where are the CDC/FDA guidelines using verifiable data on the efficacy of ivermectin and an FDA-sanctioned treatment protocol?

Am-jnl-hdr

Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines

Abstract

July/August 2021 issue

Background:

Repurposed medicines may have a role against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The anti-parasitic ivermectin, with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, has now been tested in numerous clinical trials.

Areas of uncertainty:

We assessed the efficacy of ivermectin treatment in reducing mortality, in secondary outcomes, and in chemoprophylaxis, among people with, or at high risk of, COVID-19 infection.

Data sources:

We searched bibliographic databases up to April 25, 2021. Two review authors sifted for studies, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias. Meta-analyses were conducted and certainty of the evidence was assessed using the GRADE approach and additionally in trial sequential analyses for mortality. Twenty-four randomized controlled trials involving 3406 participants met review inclusion.

Therapeutic Advances:

Meta-analysis of 15 trials found that ivermectin reduced risk of death compared with no ivermectin (average risk ratio 0.38, 95% confidence interval 0.19–0.73; n = 2438; I2 = 49%; moderate-certainty evidence). This result was confirmed in a trial sequential analysis using the same DerSimonian–Laird method that underpinned the unadjusted analysis. This was also robust against a trial sequential analysis using the Biggerstaff–Tweedie method. Low-certainty evidence found that ivermectin prophylaxis reduced COVID-19 infection by an average 86% (95% confidence interval 79%–91%). Secondary outcomes provided less certain evidence. Low-certainty evidence suggested that there may be no benefit with ivermectin for “need for mechanical ventilation,” whereas effect estimates for “improvement” and “deterioration” clearly favored ivermectin use. Severe adverse events were rare among treatment trials and evidence of no difference was assessed as low certainty. Evidence on other secondary outcomes was very low certainty.

Conclusions:

Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally. <Source>

American Journal of Therapeutics: July/August 2021 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p e434-e460  doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000001402

Bottom line…

From what I have been hearing about the safety of vaccines, if they can even be called vaccines, and their terrible side effects, I am now questioning Big Pharma’s regulatory capture of the very public health institutions charged with the safety and efficacy of our medications.

Because of the politicization of the pandemic, there is nobody in the government that seems trustworthy. Likewise, your personal physician may be bound by the rules of their practice or the facility where they have practice privileges.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P J. O'Rourke


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS