When I was 16 my father gave me a copy of “Animals without Backbones” by Ralph Buchsbaum (1957). In it is a sentence that still applies to much of our world to day: ” Malaria is the most important disease of man in the world as a whole. At least half the people who die, from all causes, are probably killed directly or indirectly by this disease” Wow! Holy Cow! ….“The apalling social and ecnomic consequences of this widespread disease make it a problem that requires attack not by individuals alone, but by Governments”
In 1966 when I went to Cameroon for two years, my Dad, a microbiologist, talked to me about his concerns that I would be working in an area of the world known at that time as The White Man’s Grave! because of all the parasitic and other diseases.
Even today, despite modern medicine, Malaria is a disease to recon with for humanity. It has developed resistance to many of the drugs used to treat it, and still kills between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 persons each year, many of them children. In fact, under the age of 5 years of age, Malaria kills 50% of the children who contract it and are not treated. Now wonder the deadly genetic adaptation of Sickle Cell Anemia, developed in Africa as a way of saving lives from Malaria, because it gives some ability to fight off the disease to about 50% of persons who carry one gene while killing 25% who carry two genes and leaving 25% of the population with no gene to take their chances. Whoa! Heavy! Dude! https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sickle-cell-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355876
People in areas of the world with Malaria take precautions when in Malarial areas of the world They take the latest medications prescribed by their doctors, sleep under mosquito nets, wear insect repellent or clothing impregnated with repellent, don’t go outside in the evenings, drain swamps, spray swamps and houses with insecticide, etc. Here’s what the Brit’s recommend and it ain’t just having another swig of your Gin with Quinine tonic water: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malaria/prevention/
Now let’s look at Covid-19 also a nasty customer.
Now watch this very short Graphic Video comparing reported COVID 19 death to Malaria and othercauses of death: https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/2634167/?fbclid=IwAR126Ac8bDgeIKRca8uE5xA_obz0_sSidlVmyb65xq6dswNGAPvGfwb-BOI
AMAZING! Watch it again if you didn’t catch what is happening to the COVID 19 stats!
Don’t stop the precautions folks, cause the next 16 weeks could be really bad since we aren’t starting at 1!
We always tend to think of ourselves being on the cutting edge of innovation and change as we move forward in our human endeavors around the world. In fact, History and Geography can tell us as far back as written history goes, that we have been locked into certain human behaviors that haven’t changed a lot since we walked out of the caves in Africa some 2 million years ago.
The 1918 Flue Pandemic illustrates how with one hand we can try to modify human behaviors with rules and with the other we can choose at the drop of a hat to ignore or avoid those same rules. The Geographic’s description of trying to get mask use in Paris -1919 is one example: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/how-cities-flattened-curve-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-coronavirus/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=History_20200615&rid=B26615A77E4786091E9D169FFF2601A7
The Geographic’s description of how Philadelphia came down hard on various behaviors in 1918, and then only days later allowed a parade of over 200,000 people is another: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/how-cities-flattened-curve-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-coronavirus/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=History_20200615&rid=B26615A77E4786091E9D169FFF2601A7
If History and Geography are correct, don’t expect you will see an end to our current Covid -19 Pandemic for quite some time as the bug keeps moving along at it’s own pace. Note our own recent changes in outbreaks across the country and as people loosen up too much, wait 15 – 20 days and watch for the blips that will appear in various localities. https://www.yahoo.com/news/infectious-disease-expert-says-coronavirus-180244347.html
Hood River Oregon is a typical example of social gatherings that result in the virus getting into the very safety conscious fruit packing houses and then spreading into our community. Some who get the disease will be deniers of the problem, others will be persons who have worked hard to avoid getting the disease. Random chance and mother nature don’t pay a whole lot of attention to our human opinions, wishes and behaviors, they are just facts of life. https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=hood+river+covid+19+cases&fr=yfp-t-s-m&fp=1&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8
Keep wearing those masks and maintaining social distancing folks!
I was struck today by the Governor of the State of Florida kind of blandly saying that the 20% of elderly folks in Florida who live there are in “God’s Waiting Room”.
I hope the Governor has looked at some of the lines of coffins being buried or cremated in other states and countries and taken this to heart.
Today, as I was looking at news from the countries where I spent much of my career as a teacher and principal I was especially struck by two countries for which I have fond memories although they were trying times for both.
86 – 90 in Lima Peru at Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt and 96 – 2000 at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito Ecuador.
The former city is now under seige by the corona virus and the pictures in the article attached says it all. I hope you will think about those pictures in the Cathedral of Lima the next time you forget to wear your mask or joke about this virus.
The latter is a happier scenario from Academia Cotopaxi which is now celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Wow! I’ve been gone 20 years? Seems like only yesterday! Here are two of our old school cups I still use.
Cup for pre-1996 – The “I Love Cotopaxi” Cup – Best Kept Secret in South America!
As a kid back in the 50’s, living in rural Montana, the arrival of the daily mail was always an adventure. We would run out to the mailbox on Sourdough Road and thumb through the letters hoping for that next birthday card from Aunt Pat with a 2$ bill in it since she worked for the railway, or the small packet of new stamps from the Littleton Stamp company, or the next chess move from our chess-mail opponent. After summer church camp it was always in hopes of having that one sweet note from the girl who held your hand at campfire.
Now, 70 years later, in rural Oregon, I am still expectant of the daily mail. It’s a common ritual for my Welsh Terrier to run up and wait for the leash each afternoon during the warmer months so we can hike up the quarter mile to the Dee Highway and collect the latest magazine, or the Hood River News (now delivered by mail), or the Christmas and birthday cards hidden amid the piles of junk mail and requests for donations from a plethora or charities and non-profits. At least twice a year I collect my voting ballot from the box so that I can complete my civic right to vote for local, state and national representatives and ballot measures because Oregon is a vote by mail state.
The mail is a method of mass communication in our nation, whether it is from politicians, corporations or friends. It has a real purpose and function in unifying a nation through a safe system of information dissemination while we receive more and more misinformation through the electronic world disseminated electronically by our political leaders, multinational corporations, and scammers of all kinds who face no penalties for lying, cheating and stealing in the manner set up by our nation to guard the sanctity and safety of postal transactions.
When I receive a registered or receipted piece of mail through the post office, I know automatically that I have legal protections which have protected Americans for over a century. I don’t have to read and e-sign ten pages of disclaimer and give up my right to sue and got to arbitration to solve a problem, No, I know that if I do have a problem, I can report it to the Postal Service and they will follow up on it with the full power of the federal government including the FBI behind them.
So why is it, fellow Americans that our postal service is in danger of: being shut down? going bankrupt? ceasing essential services? Being taxed with burdensome retirement penalties that do not apply to the rest of the federal government? Why in a time of social distancing, massive losses of jobs, rampant unemployment, prohibition on large group gatherings, fear of going to the crowded ballot box lines and halls do we not utilize the postal service for some things that if funded properly, they already have the infra-structure and personnel to handle more smoothly than any of our other governmental agency?
We are in danger of losing one of our most important governmental institutions at a time when it can rise to the aid of the country and smooth over some real crisis areas.
Voting by mail is one of the most secure methods of getting to and from the ballot box in troubled times! The Federal Government’s penalties for tampering with the U.S. mail are already in place. Check it out on Google for tampering and vandalism – up to $250,000.00 fines – per incident! https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=penalty+for+tampering+with+us+mail No wonder people don’t mess with the U.S. Mail!
Getting out Unemployment Checks and Stimulus Checks to individuals and local business recipients quickly and efficiently! Who else but our Postal Service should be handling and sending out these vitally important payments ? Where else is the best place to print these checks off and get them directly into the hands of the people who are so in need of these funds? Where could any Citizen with proper identification go to fill out governmental forms and apply for passports in small towns, pick up social security and pension checks? Who already has the trained personnel to deal with the public in a friendly, professional manner and not put you on hold for 20 minutes with a robot? The Postal Service!
Getting out non-fraudulent information to the public. We need a system in our country for distributing our news in a form that will have rules and severe penalties for lying, fraud and mis-information from all levels of the government. Who better than the U.S. Postal Service.
Next time you walk into a Post Office – Thank a Postal Worker for what they do. Tell them how glad you are that they get things done efficiently and professionally.
Next time you write Congress or the Senate, tell them to support this essential part of our Federal Government and to take away the penalties that are forcing it to go out of business. Tell them to give some more duties to the Postal Service because they are one of the truly honest and efficient pieces of our Government and are essential to the unity of the nation.
Our nation is in need of Unity. It is in need of a leader who can pull us all together to solve problems and not be divisive. We need a President who will tell us the truth even when it hurts and a President who stands for Justice!
General Mattis has put it very clearly for all of us who are now or were as I once was, that we :swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United Sates of America.
The General notes that since the very beginning of our country’s existence, this show of unity for the common cause of Liberty, Equality for all, and Justice for all under one set of laws, as described by James Madison, gives us a unified strength that is a world wide deterrent to foreign intervention. With this unity we have faced down dictators who would “bury us”, as well as stood fast in the face of the military dictatorships of Stalin, Hitler and Mao.
We, as a nation, have continued sporadically to work on this unified front until the past three and a half years, when we elected a President who has had nothing but a divisive agenda and personality which he is using to destroy our national values. The single most powerful man in our country who could unify us all has systematically worked for the past three years to tear down the culmination of Presidential leadership in government for the past seventy years. He is purposefully damaging work on improved civil rights, international cooperation, scientific research, a safety-net for the needy, and solid public education. All these things go by the waysdie as he lies to the most vulnerable and gullible people and continually postures in an attempt to make himself look good for photo ops.
Now the President’s quest for disruption of our unified society has only been amplified by his inability to lead and take responsibility for being a commander in chief of a battle to fight a pandemic having an unprecedented effect on our nation’s health, economy and the plight of the massive numbers of working wage earners who are not receiving the needed long term benefits of a national safety net covering the health, salaries, job security and families of these workers. As people demonstrate in hopes of getting him to work on a more equitable system of legal justice for over 1/3 of our nation’s people. he condones tear gassing and the shooting of rubber bullets at peaceful church members doing social work with peaceful demonstrators so that he can hold up a bible as if he were Moses with sacred tablets leading us towards a promised land. Unfortunately, his promised land for the majority of American people will be as smaller piece of the American pie for all of them as systems of our nation collapse due to his inattention and uncaring personality.
Instead of getting Congress to compromise across party lines to solve the Pandemic, Economic and Social problems our nation faces, he urges division. Instead of fighting for more funds for further long term support for the workers of our nation, the President continues to regard them as “low life” only acceptable if they are willing to eat the crumbs that fall from the tables of the wealthy who are raping the nation’s resources. The President’s actions exacerbate party divisions and his demand for a politically motivated investigation of the man who will oppose him in the November election is only one more sign that he has his own agenda, which is not the one needed by the American people. Instead of concentrating on being the person where “The buck stops here”, the President continues to pass off every medical, financial and social responsibility to governors, or others whom he can blame, ridicule and make fun of when there is any weakness in their unsupported work. A President who will commit blasphemy to his own religion of Christianity as well as denigrate the religions of others is not fit to be in the highest office in our land.
Tyranny can only survive when the good people of the world turn their backs and hide rather than standing together and confronting the tyrant. We all need to recognize that the “Emperor,” who is not wearing any “Clothes,” is our current President of the United States of America, Mr. Trump.
We all need to show our strength at the voting booths or by mail-in ballots that we want a person in the Presidency who will unite our nation, not divide and destroy it. Make sure you get out and vote!
This is a time for us to remember all of the soldiers who have served our country throughout the ages. In particular, today, I wish to share my memories of my younger brother, Chris, who passed away on September 15, 2019.
Chris was a go-getter, in 1968 when he chose to become a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. He wanted to pursue his dreams of becoming a medical doctor, but also was called to service because of our long standing family traditions of military service haring back to our father, Richard McBee who served in WW II, all the way back to and including both the Revolutionary War with Captain Vardry McBee and the Civil War with Richard H. Clow. Chris had a desire to make the world a better place and so chose to enlist in a helping profession that would give him excellent training to come out of the service and pursue further medical training.
Chris served two tours of duty in The Republic of Vietnam during his four years of service. The first tour was as a corpsman attached to Company D of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the Third Marine Division: Motto Swift, Silent, Deadly. The unit operated out of the Quang Tri Combat base with numerous patrols. During this service, Chris was cited for gallantry in combat in Vietnam.
Citation: “On the night of Sept. 3, 1969, the seven man reconnaissance team of which McBee was a member, was occupying a defensive position approximately one mile southeast of Quang Tri Combat Base when the Marines came under intense fire from approximately 30 enemy soldiers. Reacting instantly, McBee unhesitatingly exposed himself to hostile fire as he fearlessly moved about the perimeter rendering aid to the casualties. When one Marine was wounded by an enemy rocket – propelled grenade, which nearly severed his foot, McBee rushed to the aid of his companion. Determining that an amputation would be necessary to prevent further complication, he skillfully performed the necessary surgery while hostile rounds impacted near him and his patient. His heroic and timely action inspired all who observed him and saved the life of his patient.”
Following the action, Chris and most of the unit were evacuated due to wounds suffered in the action. After recovery, Chris was trained as a military recon. diver and then rotated back to the States where he was based in San Diego for nearly a year before volunteering to be posted again to Vietnam near the DMZ for the remainder of his time in service.
After the war, when we met up and were recounting our separate military service activities while drinking a few beers overlooking the Madison River outside of Bozeman, MT, Chris explained his view from the “ground” version of the action for which he was awarded his Silver Star. This is as I remember his story.
“We had been out all day on recon outside Quang Tri. We were with a different Lieutenant than usual because ours had a bad case of some fever. As night came on in the woods we set up our perimeter with tripwires and Claymore mines as usual and prepared to spend the night. It was all quiet and I snoozed a bit, the way you do when half your brain still is monitoring what’s going on in the woods. Somewhere about midnight I heard what I thought was rustling in the brush and the click of something that sounded maybe like a rifle safety. We woke everybody up and listened, but everything was quiet. In this kind of situation, with our regular Lieutenant we would have blown our mines and made our escape right then because we were pretty sure something was going down but we weren’t sure exactly what. It was only a minute or so later that I heard what must have been a grenade ping as a handle was released and then all hell broke loose. We had incoming fire and at least one or two explosions. Everyone were yelling and screaming at one another while I tried to see where the fire was coming from. Then it was one thing after another with the guys being wounded and automatic fire coming straight in on us. I just crawled to everyone and did what I could for the wounds. The one guy hit badly by shrapnel from an RPG had his foot dangling so I cut off what was holding the lower leg and fixed him up as best I could. We called in for covering artillery. Nothing came, but it wasn’t more than ten minutes later that we saw a searchlight and an armored unit literally came over the hill. The next thing I knew someone in the armored unit opened up with the 50 caliber machine gun, the hostile fire ceased and we were yelling “Cease Fire”to keep the guys from shooting us up. In the end, I look back on it and sometimes wonder why I got the medal because I was just doing my job and what I’d been trained for.”
Chris returned to the U.S. and began studying Premed. at Montana State. His Vietnam experience never left him and he fell into depression, suffered catastrophic PTSD and dropped out of school. He became a reclusive digital watch repairman for nearly 15 years, fathered two children with his caring wife, Karen Smith, and then because of psychological was divorced. He eventually, after extensive therapy, was able to return to Montana State to study Psychology. He specialized in the treatment of veteran’s PTSD and Compulsive Behavioral disorders throughout the State of Montana and his work had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of his patients. He became the proud grandfather to 5 grandchildren now living in the vicinity of Bozeman, MT, with their parents: his son, Shiloh and Liz McBee and his daughter, Moriah and Matt McKee, from his first marriage. Chris eventually remarried and had over 20 years with his second wife, Kathy, who cared for him until he died peacefully at the age of 70, of a metastatic stomach cancer, likely exacerbated by his exposure to Agent Orange while serving his country fifty years previously in Vietnam. R.I.P. Chris, you are a true hero. From your brother Rick.
Dodging Africa by D Lou Raymond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A super good coming of age book in Africa and the U.S. during the late sixty’s hippie protest era of the Vietnam War in the U.S. and the 4th Peace Corps group out in Botswana, Africa.
Two sisters, separated in mid-childhood life by the estrangement of their parents, grow up in very different cultures on separate continents and face the challenges of late adolescent development. The questions to be resolved abound in this book and are dealt with by author D. Lou Raymond directly, but with cultural sensitivity and understanding that can only be found in those who have walked in the shoes of that period. They are the universal questions for all persons at some point in their lives and are excellent ones to be discussed by book groups, senior high school classes, and university level courses including: Do I love or hate my mother/stepmother/father? Do I go off to college and pursue the direction my parents and interests have selected for me in life, or, do I rebel, and run away, to a drug experimenting flower culture? How can I fit my multicultural experiences of African life and native medicine into my interests in pursuing modern medicine in an upper middle class white community? Do I explore premarital sex and learn the consequences in the the school of hard knocks?
Those of us who are products of the era will love the back and forth discussions, displays of emotion and decisions made by the two protagonists, Willa and Nora as they wend their way through the journey of life. An excellent multicultural book. Enjoy!
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I’m looking at the photos of all the people walking around in close proximity to one another on the beaches, in the malls, at the parties, weddings, churches and funerals during this time of the Corona Virus.
The disconnect between what we are doing as the stay at home restrictions are loosened, and the risk of contracting the Corona Virus and dying is blatantly obvious.
Why Wouldn’t We Wear Masks During the Corona Virus Epidemic?
Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, wears one when he visits factories. Why? Because it’s a safety measure and it sets a good example of what people should be doing on the job.
The Secret Service Wear Masks while on the job. These guys are TOUGH! So we know it has nothing to do with being brave.
All the secretaries, aides and managers wear masks when touring factories with the president. Why? Because the factories have rules about their workers wearing masks and it shows that we respect rules and value the health of our vital US workers.
So – Why doesn’t President Trump wear a mask? Doesn’t Mr. Trump know the dangers of working without proper Corona Virus Protections? Perhaps one day he will explain.
Let’s look at danger statistics for no protection at work based on current Corona Virus Statistics and the deaths from Dangerous Jobs in the USA based on the latest, 2016, Government Statistics.
Rates of Death are generally stated in either percent or with a number out of 100,000 persons:
Corona Virus: 6% in USA or 6000 deaths out of every 100,000 cases of the virus.
Safety Measure: Wear Masks, keep your distance, don’t touch face, pick nose, you know the drill…..
Now compare the risk to the 5 most Dangerous U.S. Civilian Jobs based on 2016 government statistics
Safety Measure: Wear helmets, chainsaw chaps, gloves, watch for falling objects
Safety Measure: Wear life preservers, watch machinery, wear survival suit…
Safety Measure: Wear parachute, check plane, know route, know weather know instruments …
Safety Measure: Wear Safety Harness, wear proper shoes, watch ladders…
All of theses most dangerous jobs have certain safety rules and equipment to wear. People obey them and in general they don’t get hurt and killed so often.
A side note here: Military mortailty can be inherently much – much greater than civilian jobs: Up to 20% for some military operations. That’s 20,000 deaths per 100,000 troops! But in general this is only during certain wars for certain military jobs such as the Infantry and Marines. And these folks wear their protective gear!
So: What are people trying to prove if they don’t wear masks? It’s just protective gear for a bug that’s an awful lot more dangerous than any hazard the majority of people will ever encounter in any civilian job during their entire lifetime.
I’m not sure! Perhaps you can tell me!
For myself, I wear a mask and keep my distance for a number of reasons even though my glasses get foggy occasionally.
Face it, Wearing a mask is NO BIG DEAL.
DO IT and SMILE!
As one of my medical friends said in a reply after watching this brief children’s video story:
“This is probably the very best work on HOPE that I have seen coming out of the Covid 19 crisis.”
I agree and I hope you will spend the three minutes watching this and take it to heart.
Life will be different after this crisis is over and we can go a long way to making it different! Just like the hope in the flowers that come every Spring!
I don’t know how many of you have found that living at home can have both it’s ups and downs, but let me clue you into something my wife and I have been discussing this past week as we spend more and more time traveling between the Kitchen and the Garden.
It has to do with the temptation to snack every time you come in from pulling weeds, planting seeds and trying to do all those little outside jobs that have been hanging fire for a number of years as you put them off one more time to go: Diving in Curacao (Oops, ain’t gong to happen in 2020) Orienteering at National and International Meets (Oops, those are cancelled everywhere), Going back to Africa one more time to see old haunts (Oops, diseases, diseases, diseases not to mention Covid19)….. I could go on…to visiting family – no motels, camping out – no campsites….. Darned depressing? Yeah, a way of life is changing right now as we live through things for the next 12 months.
What do we tend to do? Seek Comfort food! Of Course! So:
As you can see, it’s a good thing I’m working 6 to 8 hours a day outside and taking my Statins and cutting out my alcohol intake because you can see where all of this good food is leading……! Got to stay in CONTROL!
Seriously, we are now having discussions as to how we can keep our weight from BALLOONING!
Enjoy the good cooking, but MODERATION in all of this is also important for our good health and being since the last place I want to end up right now is in a HOSPITAL!
Love to you all, Keep well!
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