Covid19: The Opening Debate

What we have been learning about this pandemic we find some of which is good news while others it’s very troubling…

There is something different about this particular worldwide outbreak! We are being told, “There may be no returning to “normal” says Dr. Anthony Fauci who is on President’s Trump Coronavirus task force. On the Republican side, you have Sen. Marco Rubio, representing Florida. He says there will not be a “normal” until a vaccine is found while telling the public there is not enough funding to pay people who are on lockdown! Rubio is not the only one along with Dr. Fauci, we find around certain circles the same sort of explanation! Is this true, has this virus changed the way we live forever if no vaccine is found? In some cases, their comments may in fact be just covering themselves because they feel we continue to be in uncharted water.

On Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told MSNBC this, “you can’t reopen businesses until we have enough testing that has been done, and far from enough testing has been done to justify allowing people to reduce the social distancing requirements.” Rep. Nadler didn’t specify how much testing would be required to satisfy his desire to keep businesses shutdown. Currently the United States has tested over 4 million Americans! Governor Mills of the State of Maine said this, “it should not lure Maine’s people into thinking that this pandemic is almost over or that things will be back to normal soon. The hard truth is that they are not; that they likely will not be for a long time; and that, with this plan, we are inventing a new normal…” The new normal is more government control on the way people live in Maine. This is the policy most democrats have taken in response to opening back up the economy. Which is vastly different than when the crisis first started, they had downplayed the virus in order to disagree with the President’s travel restriction. Here are a few clips from some of the corporate media which works with the Democrat Party especially around election years…

Dr. Fauci says a vaccine and treatments are possible. He’s right on one point, treatments are practical and possible and may allow people to live better with the virus but it’s highly unlikely they will find a cure. There is a very slim chance for a vaccine. You see, they are still on a mission to find a vaccine for SARS after 10+ years! SARS is part of the coronavirus family of viruses which also includes COVID19 also known as SARS 2 along with the common cold. There is a really good chance that doctors may never find a vaccine despite hype of promising vaccines! Past predictions was 18 months to 2 years now there is speculation of having a vaccine by next January. It wouldn’t be impossible to find a vaccine, but there is a good chance of them not finding one. The two largest vaccine companies teamed up together in order to find a vaccine which is great, but doesn’t mean they will get the necessary results. The normal discovery for vaccines is usually within 5 to 10 years for other types of viruses.

On the bright side, treatments for the disease are not out of reach but most likely it will be later rather than sooner because it takes time to test the medications to see if they work. One of the most promising treatments is Recombinant Ace 2, which was created for ADRs and pulmonary hypertension. This drug has been actively tested in Europe and could be the first drug to be approved that targets the new Covid19 virus itself! There are about five other promising medications currently being tested and that changes sometimes within days, or even weeks as new medications are beginning to be tested but by no means, this will automatically lead to cures of the virus!

Lockdown: Is it time to start opening up society again or should we wait until…?

Lockdowns were a rational decision because the virus was “novel” furthermore, China was withholding information about the virus as the communist party allowed it to spread to other countries while arresting the doctor who originally discovered the virus. Lockdowns were meant to be a short term solution in order for hospitals enough beds and ventilators to deal with it, flattening the curve is spreading out the infection rate rather than eliminating it. But once we have learned more about the virus over the weeks, we now know that hospitals are not going to be overwhelmed like in places in Italy which have had problems before with other diseases like the flu before there was a COVID19. However, by locking down other urgent medical procedures that are not considered emergencies is going to cause people to get sicker or in some cases it will deformed them for life.

Those of you who took biology may remember the term, “herd immunity” which is a different approach to lockdowns and has been used historically for viruses.

There are countries who have been trying the “herd immunity” like Sweden however, there is certain social distancing in the mix. The concept which goes like this, isolate the sick and vulnerable but allow healthy people to get infected. In Sweden there was encouragement of some social distancing. But businesses remained open. By allowing healthy people to get infected, the immune system fights off the virus thus becoming immune because now the body knows how to fight it. Once immune, the virus cannot spread. However it is expected to see raises in the infection rate until the virus burns itself out or a vaccine is discovered or both. Sweden is experiencing flattening of the curve. At the time of this post, Sweden has 19,621 with a population of 10.4 million. Out of those tested roughly it came out to be about 22 percent positive, and 2,355 deaths. Compare this to California for example whose population is over 39 million and has locked down. 46,000+ infections and 1862 deaths.

You can compare the data to any country in the world and it is roughly 20-25 infection rate with a low death rate that is higher than the flu but much lower than some have predicted using computer models! Currently, the United States are giving ventilators to other countries because the critical cases (once on a ventilator there is a 50/50 chance of survival) is not what was predicted by models and therefore the demand for ventilators was much lower than expected.

What we are now seeing is evidence and rationale to start opening up various sectors of the economy in phases that leads to normal. However, the lockdowns have become political as politicians are becoming drunk with power. Mayor in NY threaten to arrest Jews if they attend a funeral. Some 16 churchgoers in Virginia on April 9th 2020 decided to attend a service in a building that can hold up to 293, social distanced in the service more than 6 feet, but the government arrested the pastor and charged him with a crime for violating COVID Order 55! Not only that but threaten the churchgoers by notifying the Pastor that if they come back the following week and there is more than 10 people, they will charge them with a crime just like him!

Funny thing is, one can go shopping with more than 16 people in a building because the government deems it essential. Which do you think was more safe? Shopping were people are touching things all day long or sneeze or cough in the store, or going to that service with 16 people separated more than 6 feet from each other? There are other silly mandates which abuse civil rights in the name of so called, “flattening the curve!” Since social media is popular, high tech companies are making themselves a gateway to truth. Taking down posts or videos that is not politically correct, treating organizations like the W.H.O as though it was Pope speak which has been wrong in the past.

A press conference was conducted by Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi who are on the front line in battling the virus. They had tested thousands of patients and came up with a different conclusion about the virus than what the World Health Organization or Dr. Fauci did at the time when they reviewed the data. While broadcasted on the major networks in California, youtube decided ban the video because it didn’t agree with W.H.O but it has been reposted a few times and then gets banned again. However, you can view the press conference and decide for yourself about its content, here is the link! I also have included a couple of follow-up interviews by the doctors on a major news network in California.

Facebook of all places developed metrics of people’s movements and measured them, they call it, “relative mobility change.” Facebook also measured people who stayed home for the day. Here is the first chart that needs to be clicked on or zoomed in to get a good look, this chart measured the amount of times people traveled out of their homes…

Now here is the chart that measured people staying home. You will need to click on the chart or use zoom to get a good look at it…

What we find in this new data does in fact raise some questions about extending lockdowns rather than slowly open. The largest declines for mobility and the most increases for stay at home have the most COVID19 cases! Granted places like New York are very crowded, many use the subway rather than using their vehicles for transportation!

Furthermore, one of reasons why New York’s death rate is so high, the Governor of New York implemented his advisory guidelines last March that included nursing homes being forced to take COVID19 patients. This created a problem, nursing homes have a difficult time protecting workers due to shortages in protective gear and in some cases are short of staff so the workers end up (just like on the Japanese Cruise Ship that was infected)interacting unprotected at times with ill, some of the workers get infected as a result, then interact with the non-ill people thereby spreading the virus in a place where residents were the most vulnerable! The policy of ordering COVID patients into nursing homes was also adopted in New Jersey and California. The strange part of this policy, the rest of the population was ordered to “stay at home” unless it had to do something essential and when they did something essential to social distance.

The lockdowns were put in place to slow down the spread but what logic was there to bring infected patients into a nursing home with residents who are the most vulnerable with a shortage of protective gear and lack of training? It’s so stunning that made no sense whatsoever! Lockdowns were meant to isolate people from the disease not bring them closer to it to make more possible to get infected! As a result, many more have died in nursing homes from COVID19 than would have without sick patients living with them!

Back to lockdowns, if lockdowns (except for nursing homes, sick people and cruise ships in some cases) were superior over limited “herd immunity” than we would see a trend that would be more favorable to people staying at home rather than being more mobile!

Last month Sweden was rebuked by over 2,000+ academics who went public showing their displeasure over Sweden’s “herd immunity” policy. However, this month, the World Health Organization came out praising Sweden calling the country a “model” for battling the coronavirus! They gave Sweden’s relationship to their population credit. Also, Sweden has high taxes, which allowed them to have a better health care system in their small populated country, so Sweden was able to test more people than many other countries. The more testing you do, the more cases shows up in the stats. Many have recovered from the virus without knowing they had it. By allowing healthy people to get infected created more immunity towards the virus thus slowing the spread down while keeping the sick and elderly especially in nursing homes isolated. Sweden’s approach is nothing new actually it was done quite often in the past!

Dan Tige wrote a comment in response to the International Business Times article on the W.H.O praising Sweden’s policy. This is his experience of how very infectious diseases were handled in the past…

“I’m old enough to remember spending about six months in a tuberculosis sanitarium as a child. This was before antibiotics were available to treat effectively and terrible disease. My mother spent two years in a different wing of that sanitarium. Strangely, despite TB being quite contagious, the rest of my family were not quarantined. The neighbors were not quarantined; the city and state were not shut down. I also remember the polio epidemics before the Salk vaccine. People were not ordered to stay inside during the summer to avoid mosquito bites. The economy kept going. I remember everyone getting measles and mumps and chicken pox. It was part of growing up.”

“People were given advice; people were not placed under house arrest. People used good judgment or not. But now, in Michigan, it’s “mother knows best.” And by the way, good luck surviving financially.”

There are many others like myself who can relate to Dan’s experience! What we are seeing with Covid19 is completely different than how highly infectious diseases were being handled in the past. In 2018, 80,000 people died because of the flu even though there are vaccines for the flu and not one business was told to shut down and there wasn’t not one “stay at home” order in any state! Despite the deaths from the flu, the economy was allowed to proceed as usual! More and more people are beginning to protest because their livelihoods are at stake! It appears the corporate media, and some politicians have politicize Covid19 for their own gain, and power!

COVID19: A complex disease which affects patients in different ways

The reason why understanding the disease is sometimes all over the map is because of its complex effects on the human body! I have noticed that a doctor in NY has been observing something different in his ICU that is out of the norm from what we know than what a doctor is observing in LA California in his ICU which was also deemed out of the norm from what we know and other doctors are seeing something different in another part of California in their ICU. Is one right and the others wrong? It would be nice if all these doctors could discuss together what they have been observing. Each of them are going through different media outlets with their observations.

Dr. Tom Yadegar who is an ICU director in California has observe a different twist to the virus. Doctors there are now looking for “cytokine storm syndrome.” This issue arises when the immune system doesn’t function properly causing too many cytokines into the bloodstream. So instead of attacking the virus, the defect causes attacks on the vital organs! The Covid19 disease causes the defect in the immune system! This doesn’t mean that the virus doesn’t cause other problems, but it showing a one size fits all doesn’t apply to Covid19. Just like a mandated shutdown doesn’t apply to all. And another thing, if you are sick do not wait till it gets really bad to go in for treatment, the earlier they catch it, the better they will be able to treat it.

Using the crisis along with using people’s fears to obtain political gain and power over peoples lives!

Some of these major players and politicians had made the virus crisis very political even to the degree where Congress and the Senate are not going to work like other essential workers who have. Other than meat processing plants there hasn’t been any major incidents! Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker has stated it is too dangerous for Congress and the Senate to go back to work until May 4th, 2020. The political climate is often times opposing for the sake of opposing the other party rather than using common sense while other times it’s used for political tactics like limiting the Senate for appointing judges when they cannot work. In some cases certain politicians are trying to drain the system with false claims by padding the Covid stats for deaths in order to get more government money. Other times, it’s a power grab regulating people’s lives by certain governors. Sometimes it’s a combination of things that are not using common sense but rather abusing their power.

It wasn’t that long ago, that Dr. Fauci didn’t think the COVID19 was not much of a threat, because we supposedly took the steps in preventing it from becoming a major problem and now it’s like the threat of all threats! This highly infectious virus will not be the last, but it’s been definitely hyped up to the extreme. One life is precious they say, they are right, but lives are precious with other diseases too and urgent care is very important to people’s health and should be restored rather than locked down. COVID19 is not above any other virus or disease despite its complexity, neither is throwing away our standard of living, people need to work to survive, the government cannot pay enough money for prolong lockdowns nor will lockdowns eliminate the virus!

The first SARS burnt itself out in July without a lockdown while having started in November. It’s possible for SARS 2 COVID-19 to burn out at some point. Despite the great work which is on record pace on trying to find a vaccine as soon as January 2021, is highly unlikely. It’s possible they may never find a vaccine but I don’t think it’s impossible to find one much later on down the road. But I believe it’s a slim chance. A phased opening is the best option along with limited herd immunity which can be used over a period of time depending upon location rather than a universal lockdown that lasts longer than needed in order for the government to take control more of our lives while destroying our standard of living by wrecking the economy! The sick and most vulnerable should continue to be isolated, social distance should be practiced, washing hands should not stop even when this crisis ends. When the cycle ends the debate for opening will remain but we will know more about lockdowns vs. herd immunity!

The bottom line, under the constitution, people in the United States have the option to take their own risk or not, but abuse of government power has lead and will lead again to more civil liberties being taken away like going to Church or to see love ones who are not living with you, or your neighbors, or travel, and so on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Discoveries About Neanderthals Continues to Falsify Old Assumptions

Neanderthals for many years have this story about them based on the hypothesis of evolution. Yes, hypothesis because I’m not longer calling evolution a “theory” because usually most theories have so much more scientific evidence than what evolution provides.

Neanderthals is a clear example of Paleoanthropologists making up behaviors, how Neanderthals lived, their level of intelligence and what they may have sounded like and often referred to as “brutes” was all based on evolution and you know what? They have been so way off the mark because of their belief in evolution!

In Spain, discoveries were found that Neanderthals had ancient tools like drills and scrapers which they used to process minerals in the caves. Neanderthals created artwork which gave us some insight on how they really lived. They also had their own language which didn’t entail grunting noises as suggested! In the Smithsonian Magazine published on May 19, 2019 said that for years (evolutionists and some non-evolutionists) people described Neanderthals as “stocky, stooped figures, preternaturally low-browed, who became extinct as sapiens inherited the earth.” Basically the fairytale suggested that Neanderthals were too primitive so they went extinct.

In the beginning, if researchers had used the scientific method like they were supposed to do rather than use the discovery for the evolutionary tree without evidence, Neanderthals would have been considered fully human and all this falsification that we have witnessed over the years in recent times would not exist.

As the Smithsonian Magazine correctly points out…

“Through advances in archaeology, dating, genetics, biological anthropology and many related disciplines we now know that Neanderthals not only had bigger brains than sapiens, but also walked upright and had a greater lung capacity. These ice age Eurasians were skilled toolmakers and big-game hunters who lived in large social groups, built shelters, traded jewelry, wore clothing, ate plants and cooked them, and made sticky pitch to secure their spear points by heating birch bark. Evidence is mounting that Neanderthals had a complex language and even, given the care with which they buried their dead, some form of spirituality. And as the cave art in Spain demonstrates, these early settlers had the chutzpah to enter an unwelcoming underground environment, using fire to light the way.”

Now that sounds like ancient humans related to the human race of today! And I suspect more discoveries on how fully human they always were will also surface. But these discoveries haven’t overturned the dating problem that is used by evolutionists. Neanderthal DNA is still around! DNA is organic, we know it decays rapidly. Well, evolutionists believe Neanderthals lived about 40,000 to 400,000 years ago and somehow the organic material (DNA) survived through all them years under extreme conditions. Plus DNA mutates about 100 new mutations every generation! The half life of DNA is estimated at 521 years along with DNA not being stable outside of a living cell!

Courts have ruled that DNA many decades old is too damaged to be used as evidence in a court of law! Just look up cases that involve reconstruction of old DNA for criminal cases. There are even debates in college campuses about the reliability of old DNA. So there are issues in the modern times about how quickly DNA can get damaged, 40,000 to 400,000 years ago would be so damaged thus rendering it unrecognizable rather than remaining intact and in fairly good shape as we see with the Neanderthal DNA today!

Getting Insight On Mars

Landing on Mars is no easy task for a spacecraft traveling about 300 million miles from Earth in the vast cold darkness of space. Using a protective heat shield, a parachute, and rockets to enter the atmosphere, and then go from 12,000 miles an hour down to 5 miles an hour within minutes. Considered a nailbiter to land, this intelligently designed spacecraft and a very expensive one at that (814 million dollars) was able to make a landing on Mars!

The InSight lander in its cruise stage configuration prior to undergoing acoustic testing at Lockheed Martin.
Why was this so significant? Why did the NASA folks stand up and applaud when the landing was confirmed? Because 60 percent of the landings are unsuccessful! Only 40 percent make it to the ground intact. “It is just a matter of time before humans land on Mars” one commenter from the Today show echoed to their audience.

It’s highly unlikely that humans will be visiting Mars! In fact, I will predict, it will never happen. Not that I wouldn’t want it to happen or that it’s unbiblical to land on Mars, there are too many other things that make it impractical for reality. As we already discussed, the landings are extremely dangerous. But also habitation is not practical. Mars has less mass than Earth, therefore, it has less gravity. If you were 200 pounds on Earth, your weight would be 76 pounds on Mars. Less gravity causes muscle deterioration and osteoporosis. The great men and women who operate the international space station above Earth experience 30 percent loss of muscle performance and a 15 percent loss in muscle mass within 4 to 6 months!

Traveling and exploring Mars for the rest of their lives or attempting to come back would take years! What about the promise that those brave men and women would have scientific countermeasures? This is merely a promise, no countermeasures have been proposed and successfully tested for use. No doubt they are working on them but what they come out with remains to be seen.

Dust would be a danger to humans who are trying to live on Mars because dust as we found out with going to the moon, it can get into everything causing the instruments to not function at all. Mars has a lot of dust storms which lasts for weeks sometimes for months. The dust could render their life support systems useless which would result in their demise.

Radation could also kill humans on Mars by causing cancer. NASA did a lab test on mice using similar radiation found on Mars and the mice died. So you could imagine would that would do to humans over a long period of time! The goal is to land on Mars by 2030 which I predict will be postponed until further notice due to the country’s financial situation or lack of technology to make it safe enough to attempt it or both.

Other than that, it’s an exciting mission! Space exploration is a great way to learn more about the intelligently designed universe which God can only do!

Is The Stem Cell Debate Over?

Harvesting embryonic cells for research had sparked a debate with the pro-life movement. Not with the research itself but how the stem cells were obtained. Years ago, I can remember some friends of mine who were highly critical of George W. Bush for withdrawing funding for the research along with celebrities like Michael J Fox who had Parkinson’s disease. All of which was found to be a non-issue with the discovery in 2007 when scientists were able to reprogram adult stem cells back to their embryonic state.

In the last few years, there hasn’t been much news about stem cell research in general. Here are a few new developments in the field… Wildfires have been raging in California, fighting fires like these often times result in injuries. Canadian researchers have devised a way to grow stem cells from the burnt victims own skin in order to increase the recovery time.

From Medical Xpress

“Until now, almost nobody thought of looking for viable cells in the burned skin itself, which is normally considered medical waste. When the U of T researchers began looking in the first pieces of discarded skin, they hoped to find even one living cell. They were exhilarated by the discovery of thousands of cells – in some cases up to one million cells.”

“Much faster healing would be a major step forward.”

Not only would faster healing be a tremendous accomplishment but also limit the rejection rate. Prior to this proposed research, stem cells used in this type of treatment came from other people’s bodies. The rejection rate is very high for the patients who obtained this type of treatment which is something critics of the pro-life movement failed to take into an account.

Who would have thought to use burned skin? Practically nobody but these Canadian researchers decided to think outside the box and will put into practice next year as they test their new theory! This is great research hopefully they will get good results!

The debate over harvesting embryonic cells for research isn’t quite dead, despite the fact that stem cells can be used from a patient’s own body whether that be reprogramed stem cells or adult stem cells, in general, which produces a much greater success for recovery. Some Scientists are trying to be a little sneaky about using embryonic cells which are considered to be human. They changed the term to “hES” cells rather than calling it “human embryonic stem cells”., Of course, there is an ethical issue with their experiment so even though they admit as much, they still try and hide it. So if are a patient of this research, be aware of the terms used so you know what you are getting because it’s not only your life (because your immune system can perceive them as “foreign,” and reject them) but someone else’s life too.

Scientists do not have to be sneaky, in fact, it’s unethical to be that sneaky! They can use better alternatives like the Canadian researchers are planning on doing next year. Another indication that the debate is not over is the fact that there is a rising popularity with cloning. By cloning the person, embryonic cells would have a much better chance of being accepted by the patient’s body. However, when Human Embryonic cells were injected into mice, the mice got tumors which were cancerous. There is no margin for error, if just one cell doesn’t reproduce the right way, it would mean death for the patient. So the treatment may someday cure someone with one disease but then kill them with another.

Reprogrammed cells have not eliminated the cancer threat. If scientists can reprogram adult stem cells without altering the DNA which may reduce the risk of cancer, you might see the pro-life movement and those against it on the same side on this issue!