Will The Donald “Keep America Great”?

Donald Trump had his Big Announcement to run for reelection in 2020 to the cheers of thousands. Hooray! And in Orlando, no less, home of Walt Disney World. (Might as well.)

So, Trump says that he has already “made America great again” and so his new slogan will now be, “Keep America Great.” Well, I can’t see how this authoritarian militarist and police statist can “keep America great” when his anti-freedom actions and policies are in contrast to the freedom-loving policies of America’s founders.

So, besides being authoritarian, Trump also surrounds himself with crony corporatists, which is not to America’s benefit, that’s for sure.

For instance, the acting Secretary of Defense has been longtime Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, that I had described as the “Secretary of Boeing” (i.e. conflict of interest much?). And now Shanahan is leaving because of questionable alleged behavior in his personal life, that being alleged domestic abuse and a controversial divorce.

Boeing is the #2 top military contractor.

And now Patrick Shanahan-Boeing is being replaced by Army secretary Mark Epser, who Donald Trump wants to be the official Secretary of Defense. Get this: After several years as cannon fodder for the Army, and as a military bureaucrat and then political flunky for Chuck Hagel, George W. Bush and Fred Thompson, Esper has been a lobbyist for … Raytheon, the #3 top military contractor. So, I guess that means that Esper will be the “Secretary of Raytheon.” But wait. Now that Raytheon will very likely merge with United Technologies, their new racket outfit may actually become the #1 top military contractor.

Ah, the old “climbing up the ladder of success” thing (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).

And I’m not going to call them “defense” contractors, because the wars or “campaigns” the U.S. military has been involved in have not been “defensive” but offensive. The Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans etc. did not come over to the U.S. and commit violence against anyone here. (The 9/11 hijackers were mostly Saudis, and there is now evidence that shows that the Saudi regime played a large role in the planning and carrying out of the 9/11 attacks. No Iraqis, no Afghans, despite all the propaganda of the warmongers in Washington.)

No, the U.S. government and military initiated wars of aggression against those countries and their people. And that’s the truth, now. I think that the truth is important. I try not to let government propaganda influence my thinking, whether it’s to do with wars or medical issues or vaccines, etc.

So, those corporations are not selling their products to the government for “defense,” it’s just the opposite.

Another bad outcome of the militarism and corporatism with the warmongering of the past 2 or 3 decades has been the police state. For example, the Patriot Act, which eviscerates the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments (and probably the Second, too) of the U.S. Constitution. In addition to the Patriot Act, the NDAA which empowers the feds and military to arrest and detain anyone for any reason. No due process.

But what has really been bothering me has been the conservatives and radio personalities who seem to love Donald Trump, and who have been talking endlessly how the FBI and DOJ have been abusing their powers to spy on the Trump campaign and attempting to get Trump impeached based on false accusations with no evidence of “Russian collusions,” and so on.

Which is all quite true, by the way. There is no evidence to back up any of those allegations, and the Mueller investigation said that. But there is evidence of the FBI and DOJ conspiring to abuse their Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) power to spy on their political opponents (Trump). All the facts of that will come out over the next year. Yes, let’s “investigate the investigators.”

However, when Sean Hannity and the rest of them are criticizing this “police state,” I cringe because they themselves are police statists in their support of the aforementioned Patriot Act, NDAA, DHS, ICE, etc.

Hannity is the worst of them (at least, the worst on the radio). For example, in response to school shootings, Hannity’s idea is to put military and local police in the schools. Okay, he really says “former” military and police, but the schools are already a police state, including teachers and administrators calling the police and arresting some little boy for drawing a picture of a gun or some such thing.

And I don’t know about this “former police and military” stuff, because they probably still retain that authoritarian and goonish attitude that’s required of armed government officers. So when a teenage kid might be acting up in the school hallway or being a little obnoxious, the “former” police or military soldier is very likely to go into “berserker” mode and probably shoot the darn kid! (Sometimes police and military people tend to go nutso, especially those with PTSD, and those who are gobbling up those steroids that have terrible aggression-related side effects.)

Unfortunately, Donald Trump seems to have that authoritarian mindset in his love of the government soldier and enforcer with the government badge and gun. I don’t see how he’s going to “make America great again,” or “keep America great” or whatever he’s saying now.

The Nixon-Hoover-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump police state has not made America great, only less so, because America was formed based on freedom and due process, not a police state.

And the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump wars overseas and the failed and futile war on drugs have not made America great, only less so. The government steals so much from the people in taxes including the inflationary stealth tax, as the bureaucrats in Washington squander and squander trillions, making America less great. The Donald is continuing that trend, in my view.

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Just Say “No” to a Medical Patient ID

Just a few days ago I wrote my post on whether or not to trust the government with our medical care (NO!). And now I see that the very dangerous people in Congress have voted to give themselves the authority to impose a “medical ID” or “Patient ID” onto each and every American. That’s in an amendment to bill H.R. 2740, according to former Congressman Ron Paul, who writes that when he was in Congress he sponsored the prohibition of this “unique patient identifier” in 1998. That is what they are repealing with this new amendment.

The bill now goes to the Senate. This new power of Congress will give the government and all its unconstitutional and police-state agencies total access to everyone’s personal, private medical information. The already shaky doctor-patient confidentiality relationship will be eliminated with this new power.

As Dr. Ron Paul wrote, “This system would also facilitate the collection of health information without a warrant by surveillance state operatives” and “allowing employers to examine a potential employee’s medical history.”

And Dr. Paul writes further: “Unscrupulous government officials could use medical information to harass those whose political activities challenge the status quo. Anyone who doubts this should ask themselves what a future J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner would do with access to the medical information of those involved in political movements he wishes to silence.”

Now, we know from history time and again that government bureaucrats cannot be trusted with private, personal information of the people. Just imagine how people will now have to censor themselves at the doctor’s office as far as what personal information to share, some of which may be important and relevant in the diagnosis and treatment of a medical issue. It will be much worse if there is some kind of “Medicare for All” or single payer, or otherwise government-run health care. The government doctor will not be someone to trust, just like any other government agent.

Some More Fact-Based Articles Addressing Vaccines

I don’t want to overdo it on the vaccine issue, because that is definitely not a big issue with me. However, when governments try to impose mandatory this or that, then it’s an issue. I believe in freedom of choice, and so vaccines yes or no shouldn’t be an issue in a free society. But with some hysterical ignorant people it is an issue.

Anyway, there have been some more important articles just recently that I wanted to link to.

In my recent post on not trusting government doctors to control our health care, I linked to Sharyl Attkisson’s article, Measles: Facts and Misconceptions in a Near-Hysterical Media Environment, and I wanted to mention the article more specifically. She gives a point-by-point fact-check to several assertions made by the measles vaccine propagandists out there.

In addition to all the propaganda out there with misinformation about the measles and promoting possibly harmful vaccines at all cost, there is an article by Arjun Walia that discusses the censorship campaign under way to intentionally prevent people from learning the truth about these issues. I hope Arjun’s article can make it past the censors.

One of the actual reasons why some vaccines are harmful is because they contain certain adjuvants that are there supposedly to help the vaccine to have a stronger immune response. One of those adjuvants is aluminum. Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo published a recent article on the cancer-causing effects of aluminum.

Unfortunately we don’t see these kinds of articles published by “mainstream media,” because I guess ignorance and hysteria sell more newspapers and magazines.

And that’s what I wanted to do here, just link to those important articles, because there isn’t anything more I need to add to their discussion.

No, I Don’t Trust Government Doctors

There is a very enlightening article by Dr. Marilyn Singleton, MD of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The AAPS is the decent alternative to the loathsome American Medical Association (AMA).

In the new article Dr. Singleton asks if we can trust the government with our medical care. No, of course we can’t trust the government with our medical care. Jeepers, creepers.

We can’t trust the government with FISA surveillance, we can’t trust the government empowered to snoop through our emails and texts, we can’t trust the government with our retirement matters, and we can’t trust the government to be in control of education and student loans, so why should we trust government bureaucrats with our most personal, private medical matters?

Dr. Singleton points out some facts of history in America, including how the U.S. government experimented on people without their knowledge or consent, or based on questionable information on consent forms.

For examples, Dr. Singleton cites several states who made forced sterilizations legal, and such sterilizations were often used to try to weed out possible offspring of the “feebleminded.” Government health commissars and psychiatric institution “doctors” and medical practitioners went after psychiatric patients, black people and Latinos, Native Americans, welfare recipients, and persons with an IQ lower than 70. (Phew. Donald Trump is lucky they didn’t get him, that’s for sure!)

And she quotes Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes thus: “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind…. Three generations of imbeciles are enough”

Yikes, look in the mirror, Ollie.

And Dr. Singleton also mentioned the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis of black Americans that went on for 40 years, in which the sickos of the U.S. government deliberately let their black victims continue to suffer from syphilis without treating them.

Now, I felt that Dr. Singleton’s mention of the 1989 measles vaccine experiment fits right in with our current measles hysteria going on especially in New York. The 1989 experiment on black and Hispanic babies first consisted of the dishonesty in the CDC’s lying with misinformation on the vaccine consent forms, saying that it was “shown to be effective” when in actuality it was “experimental and unlicensed,” according to Dr. Singleton.

The experimental vaccine was stopped in 1991 when it was revealed that it caused deaths in babies in Africa and Haiti. The CDC finally apologized in 1996. Now, this is during the 1990s, mind you, not exactly the “Dark Ages” of the 1920s or ’30s. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if government sociopaths continue to experiment on people without their knowledge or consent to this day.

And regarding the measles hysteria, the truth is that measles is not that serious a disease. It is actually a mild disease. If you are in reasonably good health, especially well-nourished, then your immune system probably will be strong and even if someone contracts the disease that individual might be sick and out from school or work for a week, like from a cold. So, the hysteria is unwarranted, in my non-hysterical opinion.

The problem is that some people are not well nourished. Many people in our modern society are consuming junk food and processed foods with synthetic chemicals that interfere with the digestion and absorption of the nutrients from the healthy foods they are eating. And then there are the prescription drugs, alcohol and other drugs that weaken people’s immune systems. (As I wrote in my post on my medical ordeal with bad doctors and their cherished prescription drugs, many “doctors” are obsessed with those pharmaceuticals and seem totally oblivious to the importance of nutrition.)

So, talk about informed consent. So far on this blog I have linked to some very good measles related articles, pointing out that a lot of already-vaccinated people are getting the measles, and there are people getting the measles from the measles vaccines!

But we don’t hear these facts from the news media outlets, many of which are funded by pharmaceutical companies’ commercials.

Yet, we have ignorant fascists like the mayor of New York City who want to force people to be assaulted with vaccines that might possibly actually compromise their immune systems or give them neurological problems, and government bureaucrats and “doctors” who want to quarantine healthy individuals who don’t even have the measles but who just don’t want to be assaulted with a damn vaccine!!

So, as Dr. Marilyn Singleton points out, there are very good reasons to not trust government with our medical care. And by the way, given that government bureaucracies are sharing information about people with other government bureaucracies, even though I have no criminal record and have never harmed anyone, I certainly wouldn’t want my personal, private medical information and everything I might tell a doctor be shared with HHS that could share it with DHS, FBI, TSA, DEA, all agencies which need to go the same way as the old Soviet Union, in my opinion.

My Latest Magnesium Update

Well, here we go again, it’s time to write another post on my latest dealings with nutritional supplements. Once again a magnesium update. Just to remind you, I take nutritional supplements because I have my digestive condition of ulcerative colitis and I can’t have most vegetables because many of them are mostly insoluble fiber, which is tough on a sensitive digestive system.

So as I had mentioned in the previous posts, I had been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate, but it took me the longest time to acknowledge that it just wasn’t that good. I think that’s because when I started taking it it was very effective. That was about February to May of 2018. But during last Summer it was less effective, and I concluded that the warmer or more humid weather could have an effect on supplements.

And I thought I had learned in these past couple of years that magnesium citrate is a good idea if you’re taking it for your muscles, nerves and joints and don’t want it to cause a laxative effect like magnesium oxide. But noooo, even though magnesium citrate is said to absorb very well, it still can have that laxative effect. Well, with my digestive issues, I don’t want a laxative!

Apparently magnesium glycinate has a superior absorption and doesn’t cause a laxative effect. So by a few months ago I was then taking the Whole Foods Market 365 magnesium glycinate at breakfast and at dinner, 133 mg each, and just the one Bluebonnet magnesium citrate (200 mg) about two hours after breakfast as the extra magnesium.

But even that one extra tablet of Bluebonnet mag citrate at 200 mg per day was causing a laxative effect. And I don’t want to take a third WFM 365 tablet per day because unfortunately those contain a lot of “filler” ingredients, mainly “microcrystalline cellulose.” But I’m willing to take 2 WFM glycinate per day, because the other glycinate product that’s available in store is KAL magnesium glycinate, which is bad in the purity category.

However, for that second, extra tablet of the day, I replaced the Bluebonnet citrate with the Bluebonnet “chelated and buffered” magnesium, which is magnesium biglycinate (apparently the same as glycinate) but “buffered with magnesium oxide.” Well, the company says it is buffered with the magnesium oxide to make it easier on the digestive system. Which it wasn’t. And I KNOW that magnesium oxide is mainly a laxative. For some reason I was thinking that well if it’s buffered and chelated then the laxative effect would be almost non-existent. Nope.

So, for now I’m taking the two WFM 365, at breakfast and dinner, and taking one softgel of the Nature Made magnesium citrate as that extra one with its 125 mg per softgel. Based on my experience now I think that having two different forms of the magnesium is a good idea. And I know that magnesium citrate has a little bit of a laxative effect, but with the NM product it’s minimal. I know there are other, better products I can get online but I don’t want to order things online especially supplements.

Now, After a few weeks with the combo I am having now, I can really tell that I’m finally getting a goodly amount of magnesium absorbed, but not too much that in the past has caused headaches. And while I am taking the magnesium mainly for muscle health (because of a problem I had in early 2015 that I concluded was because of magnesium deficiency but was much better after I started my first magnesium supplements), I think that my nerves are actually benefiting from it as well now. One way of telling is that when I shave, my skin feels more sensitive, which is probably a good thing. It may have been that because of still having a somewhat magnesium deficiency my nerves may have not been fully functioning. But I am only guessing here from my own experiences, or from my sensory or sensorial perceptions. (I could be all wet on this, though.)

By the way, speaking of the nerves and nerve health, I also learned over the years that too much vitamin B6 could cause numbing of the nerves. So I replaced my vitamin B-50, which has too much B6, with a different B-complex which has much lower B6.

On Writing a Blog

I have had this blog for 4+ years now. There have been times in which I have “writer’s block” and that applies to when I have a subject to write about but the way to write about it is just not appearing in my brain, or I want to write something and have time but don’t have any particular subject. In those cases I look at other websites and when I see something interesting or important I’ll link to it and write my comments about it.

And then there are periods in which I have not been motivated. For instance, this blog started in September 2014 and at one point there was a 2-year absence (Nov. ’15-Jan. ’18). Well, I have come across a blog by a PhD student who blogs about writing and the various issues associated with that. Many of the commenters themselves have blogs about their issues with writing, or with tips on writing, and so on.

I really was hoping to be able to write something, at least one post per day, but that hasn’t worked out. But I am trying to stay with it. I’ll especially continue to write updates on my experiences with my nutritional supplements.

Psychiatric Drugs Contributing to Parkinson’s?

There was a study that suggests that people who suffer from bipolar disorder have a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. My very first thought was that, well, many people who are diagnosed with bipolar are given psychiatric drugs, and I have no doubt that those drugs, those synthetic chemicals, are contributing to people developing neurological problems, including Parkinson’s. (The drugs are a major, #1 priority with today’s damned psychiatrists, so it seems!)

Some snips from the study, according to Medpage Today:

The trend was significant even in adults younger than age 65, and the frequency of psychiatric admissions for manic/mixed and depressive episodes correlated with Parkinson’s risk.

What Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder share is unclear, but “could include genetic alterations, inflammatory processes, or problems with the transmission of messages between brain cells,” he suggested.

That were caused by the damn psychiatric drugs? Ya think?

“If we could identify the underlying cause of this relationship, that could potentially help us develop treatments that could benefit both conditions.”

How about just getting rid of Big Pharma poison? But no, we have to “develop more treatments” so that the pharmaceutical companies especially the execs can fatten their bank accounts!

Toward the end, the article notes:

And despite controlling for antipsychotic drugs, the risk that some Parkinson’s disease identified in this study was actually drug-induced parkinsonism remains a possibility, they added.

However, according to Dr. Peter Breggin, my favorite psychiatrist (if I have to have a “favorite psychiatrist”),

Antipsychotic drugs, including both older and newer ones, cause shrinkage (atrophy) of the brain in many human brain scan studies and in animal autopsy studies…Many studies of SSRIs show severe brain abnormalities, such as shrinkage (atrophy) with brain cell death in humans and the growth of new abnormal brain cells in animal and laboratory studies.. Benzos deteriorate memory and other mental capacities. Human studies demonstrate that they frequently lead to atrophy and dementia after longer-term exposure. After withdrawal, individuals exposed to these drugs also experience multiple persisting problems including memory and cognitive dysfunction, emotional instability, anxiety, insomnia, and muscular and neurological discomforts…

So, this Parkinson’s-bipolar study is just another “study,” in my opinion, that rationalizes more drugs for more people to make people worse off than the first drugs made them previously.

Some Personal Matters; And Some Comments on Government Policies

(Slightly edited since first published.)

I had really wanted to write more on this blog, but I guess there have been some personal things lately, distractions and stress. One of my biggest issues is this apartment where I have been living for many years. I’ve been wanting to move out of here for a long time, but I don’t have much of an income. This is actually a condo that my parents (now just my mother) have owned for years. They live in a different state. So, I’ve been wanting to talk to my mother about the situation for a long time, selling this unit and me moving to a better place. But it hasn’t been the right time to bring all that up. It involves a lot of issues. We previously had been dealing with my father in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s and he died in March. So there’s that. It’s been a touchy situation because I did try to get my parents to sell this and for me to move out about 10 years ago, but my timing was bad because of the financial crisis and my parents were dealing with some other things at that time. One of my issues for many years has been anxiety and for the past almost 20 years the added issue of my digestive condition, so these situations such as my living circumstances have at times been difficult.

But I do hope to continue with this blog and writing about important issues, including my own personal health issues and dealing with nutritional supplements, as well as the news of the day. For example, Donald Trump and the people in Congress who don’t seem to want to leave people alone. I’m big on being left alone, “live and let live,” and all that. But The Donald wants to basically impose a financial charge on people to punish them for buying stuff and from wherever that The Donald doesn’t approve of. And he wants to control people’s drug habits (which is impossible for the government to do except for possibly imposing a police state like they’re doing now) with his pushing the war on drugs. And of course the anti-immigration police state. They just don’t believe in leaving innocent, peaceful people alone. I think that most of the American so-called Founding Fathers believed in live and let live, as long as people are peaceful. So, that’s what I have to say about that.

Lengthy Article on Medical Quackery

I came across this article by Carl Watner of the “Voluntaryist,” on medical “quackery,” or alleged “quackery,” and it reminded me of my own medical ordeal during the 2000s with the bad doctors, their bad advice and prescription drugs and bad side effects and the basic dishonesty and outright corruption of at least one of the doctors (I wrote about that here). Even in the 21st Century, with my being totally reliant on my nutritional medicine for my condition and with no prescription drugs, I am the one who would be referred to as the “quack,” not the bad and corrupt and dishonest doctors. That seems to be the way things are now, sadly.

The Watner article talks about how alternatives to treating diseases such as cancer get suppressed by the government and by establishment medical elites such as the AMA. He looks at the “collusion between governments (at various levels) in the United States and the medical associations that began forming around the mid-1800s, and eventually became de facto monopolies,”  the “great diversity of heterodox medical traditions that once existed, some of which are still with us…their punishments at the hands of Official Medicine” and the “ethical and legal parameters, which might serve to guide health seekers and practitioners in a voluntaryist world.”

FYI, this other page on the “Voluntaryist” website states:

Voluntaryism is the doctrine that relations among people should be by mutual consent, or not at all. It represents a means, an end, and an insight. Voluntaryism does not argue for the specific form that voluntary arrangements will take; only that force be abandoned so that individuals in society may flourish. As it is the means which determine the end, the goal of an all voluntary society must be sought voluntarily.

People cannot be coerced into freedom. Hence, the use of the free market, education, persuasion, and non-violent resistance as the primary ways to change people’s ideas about the State. The voluntaryist insight, that all tyranny and government are grounded upon popular acceptance, explains why voluntary means are sufficient to attain that end.

Hmmm. I like that and agree with those principles. Everything should be voluntary, and not coerced or forced.

While Watner doesn’t mention vaccines in the article linked at the top here, I see how such a philosophy can apply to the vaccine issue that’s been in the news recently. People should have the freedom of informed consent and the freedom to refuse vaccines or any kind of physically intrusive “treatment” or medication. No one should have anything forced on them, especially when there are many documented cases of vaccine injuries and vaccine-related deaths (and even if there aren’t any documented cases, quite frankly).

Very Informative Article on Measles and Vaccine Failures

This extensive article with 171 footnotes by Barbara Loe Fisher gives a thorough history of the measles and the measles vaccine, with some explanations regarding the zeal of some activists in attempting to eradicate measles, that measles during the mid-20th Century was so common that most cases were not reported, and also regarding vaccinated people still getting the measles, and what the science says about measles and vaccine failures. Very informative article.