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Ooopsy.

Considering all the mayhem arising from the death of George Floyd, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s opinion that his death may not be due to the officer pinning him to the ground with a knee on his neck is not being welcomed.

In fact, that opinion caused the family to immediately say they would retain the services of another medical examiner, the renowned Michael Baden,   to possibly refute the local ME’s opinion. So far, no one is speculating on what happens if Dr. Baden concurs with the Local ME.

The fact that Mr. Floyd is deceased as a result of being arrested on suspicion of committing a nonviolent crime is tragic.

But if it should turn out he was not killed by the police officer now charged with his murder, there will be an awful lot of people creating even more chaos than we have now.

 

Don’t push them too far.

Seen in the back window of a car: “Social distancing can be done vertically as well as horizontally.”

Is it an implied threat? That’s up to you to decide.

But consider this scenario.

A woman, we’ll call her “Madeline,” left her house two days in a row. On the third day, a group of people blocked her driveway and tried to stop her from leaving her house, citing her age as a reason to keep her locked up in her house.

“It’s for your own good” they intoned.  Madeline, age 70, wasn’t having any of it.  She called the police and asked them to clear her driveway. The cops asked why she was leaving, and she told them she had a doctor’s appointment.

She also warned the cops that, being an old lady, she might accidentally stomp on the accelerator rather than the brake if the people didn’t move.

The police did move the group, and Madeline went to her appointment.

In short, folks are wise to this crap.

This is not the America our fathers and grandfather’s fought to defend.

Is Covid-19 immunity a fallacy?

Several news outlets, including Forbes,  OAN and some local ABC affiliates are reporting that sailors who were previously found to have the virus while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt are reportedly testing positive for active virus a second time.

This calls into question the likelihood of any immunity being conferred by having the virus, as well as the efficacy of injecting patients with plasma containing antibodies.

To be sure, as the Forbes article mentions, the tests could be inaccurate, but with some states looking into giving out “immunity cards” to allow people to go back to work, it is an anomaly that should be investigated.

After all, having the flu does not confer immunity, and as Covid 19 is also a respiratory virus, it is within the realm of possibility that it too can cause redundant infections.

That could also affect any vaccine that is eventually marketed. We all know people who get the flu vaccine every year, and still get one of the many strains of the flu.

Since the so-called health “experts” have gone from saying Covid 19 does not mutate easily to exactly the opposite viewpoint, it is possible that many people will not even take a vaccine when it is available, just as they do now with the flu vaccine (this year’s flu vaccine is said to be only 37 to 45% effective)

In short, we may have to learn to live with Covid 19 just as we do the flu, making these ridiculous shut-downs unnecessary and ineffective.

It also makes finding effective treatments for the most dangerous complications of the virus even more important than it is now.

Caution on SBA guaranteed PPP loans.

Read, read and re-read the terms of your PPP loans that are being advertised as “SBA” loans.

They are first and foremost BANK loans. The SBA simply guarantees the loans to the BANKS, not to you.

Many years ago I assumed an “SBA” loan when buying an existing business.  I thought I read the terms carefully, BUT, well-hidden (Page 4 of a 5 page document) in the terms was this sentence: “Payments are due as of the date of possession.”

Now, the previous owners payment due date was the 15th of the month, and because it was an assumption I thought that was MY payment due date as well.

However, I took possession of the business on the 3rd of the month.

That meant my payment was also due on the 3rd, well before my accounts receivable began to come in. Believe me, I had to do some serious juggling to make that work.

Just a word to the wise.

International accountability.

Some weeks ago there was a lot of news coverage about a diplomat’s wife who caused the death of a young bike rider in England.  A warrant was put out for her arrest although she was by then in the U.S.

Which leaves us wondering…why isn’t there an international warrant out for the Chinese officials who reportedly sent 400,000 coronavirus-exposed people to the U.S., effectively resulting in the deaths of over 53,000 of our citizens.

It seems that these officials, including Xi Xinping, are at the very least guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and at worst, of murder. Maybe he would never be arrested, but it would at least keep him out of this country.

Just wondering…

About unemployment windfalls.

The news is full of stories about workers refusing to go back to work for their employers because they can make more on unemployment.

I can’t speak for every state, but here in Idaho refusing a job for which you are qualified puts a sudden stop to your “free money.”

If this happens to you as a business owner, report it promptly to your local Department of Employment.

Your former employees may not like you any better, but your unemployment insurance premiums could go down next year.

 

Vaccines – useful or not?

Amid all the blah-blah about a coronavirus vaccine the “experts” were decrying the fact that some people were not getting flu shots.

I can tell them why.

Although I get a flu shot every year, almost without fail, the news says the flu strain of any particular year is not the one that the vaccine covers.  That leads a lot of people to ask “why bother to spend the money and time to get it (and it can be a lot of money…$106.00 for me at a doctor’s office  one year)?

Supposedly the Wuhan virus is not mutating significantly, but should it decide to do so, will the vaccine be any better than the flu vaccine?

We’d sure better hope so.