Until now, there have been no government mandates imposed for vaccinations, except in the military, which has always imposed vaccine requirements. With 40% of our population still not vaccinated, it has become painfully clear that if we are to beat this pandemic, that loop has to be closed, and sooner than later. That is what science indisputably tells us. If your research comes from Facebook, any other Internet source, or your minister you are not an accredited scientist. Disputing what science says is not a different opinion, it is just plain idiotic. I am beginning to think that Mark Twain was right when he observed, “God created the idiots first.” Being wrong can and does have serious consequences such as death for example. As of today 9/15/2021 the global deaths are 4,652,516. Is that not enough for you? The new mandates will add 80,000,000 to the vaccinated. Any company that has 100 or more employees, all health care facilities, all executive branch employees, and all people that are federal contractors must be vaccinated or be tested weekly.
I was the officer in charge of vaccinations on my Air Force Base in the Azores, Portugal, during the Vietnam conflict. There were about 20 required vaccinations depending on the duty station of the soldier that we administered. I gave thousands of shots, almost all were live virus or bacteria, unlike the Covid shots which are just mRNA (man made), not one serious reaction.
Nothing in life is 100% safe. Things are safe if, most of the time, they cause no harm. You must realize that absolutely everything on this earth has the potential to cause harm. The real issue is what is the risk-benefit ratio. Routine surgery has a risk of 1 in 10,000 deaths, but there is often a life-saving or at least a life-improving benefit. Driving has a lifetime risk of 1 in 100 deaths. Who amongst you is going to give up driving? Walking outside, even when the sky is bright blue, has a risk of a lightning strike with a lifetime risk of 1 in 15,000 deaths. That is significantly more than winning Powerball. Eating has a lifetime risk of 1 in 2,700 choking deaths. No one is going to stop eating based on that risk. The Covid vaccine risk of death is .002% that is 1 in 50,000 deaths. Sitting at home not driving, not eating, not having surgery, or anything else has a significant risk of death from all the illnesses due to inactivity.
Covid has a significant 1 in 50 death risk if you are perfectly healthy. Any co-morbidity issues such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, liver disease, smoking, over age 60, etc., ups the death risk depending on the co-morbidity. Given that over half our population is obese, most of us have a higher risk of dying with Covid. There is no absolutely safe activity, and even no activity has significant risks. Co-morbidities add up quickly to 1 in 10 death risks in many of our population should they contract the virus.
I have been a physician for 54 years, and I can absolutely promise you that there is no question that vaccines are as safe as is humanly possible and do protect the vast majority from the disease, which has a much higher risk of death if you get it. If you don’t believe that you have been drinking too much of the Kool-Aid, are among the IQ challenged, are illiterate, or just demented. Heaven help you if you contract Covid!
Other countries have come to the same conclusion. Australia has taken the route of mandates that are even more strict than ours. If you don’t protect yourself and act as a potential superspreader, why would society want to protect you? You present a danger to the rest of society. The Australian government shuts the unvaccinated out of their economy, grocery stores, schools, clothing stores, restaurants, sporting events, and even including hospitals, should you need one.
You do have the right to decide what goes into your body, but that has a lot more consequences that come with that stance in Australia. There are no Constitutional rights given to us to allow you to harm others. You do not have the right to give your diseases to me! To make that as unlikely as possible, you, the unvaccinated, and I, the vaccinated, cannot get close to each other. Even 6 feet is not enough!
If you have a business or run a school, a gym, or a grocery store, you want people not to transmit diseases in your facility. Not only do you lose customers, but also employees, and even you are at risk. Why would you not insist that everyone protect themselves as best as possible to prevent your bottom line from bottoming out, as well as preventing the spread of a potentially lethal disease? This also limits the virus’ chances of mutating to a more lethal form.
The Delta Variant is with us solely because of the un-vaccinated, the only reservoir in which they can multiply and mutate.
Hospitals that have a limited capacity, a limited number of ventilators, and a limited staff should ration and not squander their assets on the hopeless who have chosen to take their chances. You don’t have to go to Australia to see that happening because if you want a job, by and large, you will need to be vaccinated! I have a small farming business with ten employees. Most of them are not educated beyond secondary school, but every one of them is smart enough to be vaccinated, including me.
If you are still pondering your choices, look at the real evidence, look at who is dying in our ICU’s (almost all are unvaccinated). Also, do not let the bird-brained “Disinformation Dozen” make life’s decisions for you. Think for yourself, your family, and the need to be gainfully employed. Get your shot and prove Mark Twain wrong! You still have a choice, but you must sacrifice an awful lot to avoid vaccination. The majority is not wrong this time.
Covid vaccines are made from mRNA (messenger RNA), a molecule, that naturally carries DNA instructions to the cell’s protein manufacturing machinery. The basic science for this has been around for 50 years. To say that the vaccines have not been studied long enough is disingenuous, and the reason testing the vaccines started so quickly is that mRNA has been studied for decades.
A small modification in the molecule made it less inflammatory. The mRNA focuses on the spikey parts of the virus’s surface. It carries that information to your own cell’s protein-making machine, the ribosomes, which then actually make the antibodies that destroy the virus. No live or dead virus, or part of the virus, is any part of this vaccine (unlike most other vaccines).
The gullibility of the general public is breathtaking. 40% of the population will not accept the research of nearly a half-century, and the work of hundreds of qualified scientists, and will not accept their research that cost billions of dollars. Snake Oil has always been easier to sell than the real stuff! Some crackpot radio talk show host promotes Ivermectin, with no science behind it, as a new cure for Covid, and already we have dozens of cases in the Emergency Rooms across the country with Ivermectin poisonings! Ivermectin is a drug that treats parasites, primarily in animals, but occasionally in humans. Really people, what are you thinking?
Some Fox hosts claim that it is a government conspiracy to take away your rights. The owner of Fox, Rupert Murdoch, and all his family and Trump and all his family got vaccinated? What rights did Trump and Murdoch give up? Why would you not ask the obvious question as to what rights are being lost by getting a potentially life-saving vaccine? Is that not odd that suddenly vaccines are a constitutional issue? The base is already convinced that they lose their rights even if no one has yet forced anyone to be vaccinated. True, if you want to go into a business or sports event, that business has the constitutional right to let you on their property or not. If talk show hosts speak against what the base already believe, they risk losing their listeners. When Trump promoted the vaccine at one of his recent rallies, he got “boo’ed.” When an Evangelical radio personality, Dan Darling, made positive statements about the vaccine on his show, he got fired.
I’ll tell you why you buy the Snake Oil. Because you already believe it. Could this just be a PR rating ploy that plays into a segment of humanity that fosters deluded thinking partial to Snake Oil, a surprisingly common affliction? If you don’t think that large swaths of humans are not subject to deluded thinking, just look at old movie reels of millions of Germans in the 1940s.
People will believe what they want to believe anyway. To dissuade them just makes them angry and discredits you, and they stop listening to you. If you are in the business of promoting yourself, why would you try to convince people of ideas that are already set in stone in their brain? As a confirmed cynic, I believe most of TV is in the business of selling products, not changing the world!
Regardless of who says what, you do not have the right to infect me with your cooties. Keep them to yourself. You don’t have to get the vaccine. To do that, however, you must be identified as a potential spreader of the disease any way you want to, but you must declare yourself. A cootie armband would work! I do not want to sit next to you in a theater, a restaurant, or a sporting event. This we know for certain, to get infected, you must get the virus from another person through close contact.
The vaccine mandates are growing daily:
500 US Colleges and Universities require the vaccine for staff and students to attend classes.
This month, September 2021, all US military will be ordered to be vaccinated. Failure to obey an order is punishable by Court Marshal.
All living US Presidents, including Trump, have been vaccinated.
All-State Governors, regardless of party affiliation, have been vaccinated.
99.5% of Congress has been vaccinated.
96% of American Physicians have been vaccinated.
88% of Nurses and Pharmacists have been vaccinated.
Among major US companies, the following require vaccination for all employees: Amtrak, Anthem Blue Cross, Ascension Health, AT&T, Bank of America, Black Rock, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Chevron, Cisco Systems, CNN, Delta Airlines, Deloitte, Facebook, Frontier, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hawaii Airlines, Jefferies Financial, Hess, Johnson & Johnson, Lyft, McDonalds, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern University, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson Foods, Uber, Union Square Hospitality Group, United Airlines, UPS, Walmart, Walt Disney, Washington Post, Twitter, Walgreens, the Department of Defense, Gilead, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Novartis will require vaccinaton or regular testing.
The following professional organizations have advocated vaccination: Academy of Family Physicians, Academy of Pediatricians, Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Nurses, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Hospital Association, Centers for Disease Control, Infectious Diseases Society of America, National Association of County and City Health Officials. Where is your evidence to counter all these organizations? Was it something on FB or one of the “Disinformation Dozen” (see below) obviously more believable?
Who are the opponents of vaccination? There are a dozen people in the whole country who are responsible for most of the anti-vax rhetoric. They have been called the “Disinformation Dozen.” One of the most known is Joe Mercola, an alternative medicine proponent who has made a fortune in marketing dietary supplements. He has published numerous books on natural cures: How Homeopathy Cured a Boy of Autism, Vitamin D, the Silver Bullet for Cancer, and The 13 Amazing Health Benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt, and the bestseller, Zinc Can Cure Diarrhea. For $2997 you too can have his miraculous “Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed.” He operates a very sophisticated marketing organization. His offices feature polished wood floors and leather furniture with only a small fraction devoted to actual products. Most of the space is devoted to marketing. His products get shipped out through warehouses from online stores. One of his latest marketing successes is WooBamboo, a children and pet toothbrush, now sold in 30 countries. Dr. Mercola has had numerous warnings from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for false advertising claims of the benefits of his various products, especially promoting Covid cures.
One of the high priests of the anti-vaccers is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., yes the son of Robert F. Kennedy Sr., who was shot at the Ambassador Hotel by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968. RFK Jr. is a fervent anti-vaccer, despite the entire family’s abhorrence of his stance, which they call “heartbreaking.” He claimed multiple deaths, injuries, threats to pregnant women, and the death of Hank Aaron,one of the greatest baseball players in history, all related to the Covid vaccine. Hank Aaron was 86 years old when he died. He died at home peacefully in his bed, surrounded by family. He had multiple co-morbidities, and an autopsy failed to show any relationship to the Moderna vaccine that he had two weeks before. The Medical Examiner ascribed his death to natural causes.
Just to give you a clue as to RFK Jr.’s inner thinking, he denied that Sirhan Sirhan had shot his father dead, with eyewitnesses standing next to him, and with the gun still in his hand. Sirhan even signed a confession (which he later retracted). RFK, Jr. is now on the defense team to overturn the conviction. With that kind of brilliant thinking, I would not trust him to be dog catcher, much less decide my vaccination status.
There are ten more of them. Not one scientist are among them. #3 Ty and Charlene Bollinger, #4 Sherri Tennpenny, #5 Rizza Islam #6 Rashid Buttar, #7 Erin Elizabeth, #8 Sayer Ji, #9 Kelly Brogan, #10 Christiane Northrup, #11 Ben Tapper, #12 Kevin Jenkins. Not one Einstein among them! Complaints were filed against a few of them for fraudulent claims, as well as arrested for insurance fraud. The rest of them include a famous but nutty relative of an iconic family whom the family disowns for his nutty beliefs, an accountant with no schooling in biology, a former bodybuilder and his wife who also are self-acclaimed filmmakers, a Scientologist, a psychiatrist, an obstetrics and gynecologist, a couple of chiropractors, three osteopathic doctors all of whom have had encounters with their state medical boards or other regulatory agencies for questionable practices. These are the standard-bearers for the anti-vaxxers.
Who are these people? None of them are credentialed immunologists or scientists. They peddle Snake Oil. They are self-appointed experts who have no formal education in immunology and no credibility or credentials in the making of vaccines. They are discredited by our regulatory agencies that have hundreds of real scientists looking at their claims, often making them retract their claims or face jail time. And there are serious questions as to their motivations, credibility, and honesty when you look into the business dealings that have “Snake Oil peddlers” imprinted all over them. You have been taken in by the guy in the top picture, the Snake Oil Doctor. He discredits the stuff legitimate science created, but he just happens to have the “real” cure substitute. Does that not set off alarms in your head?
99.5% of all people dying from Covid 19 are unvaccinated. 1 in 11,829 vaccinated people who had breakthrough infections required hospitalization compared to 1 in 708 unvaccinated people, and of the hospitalized patients, death was 35 times more likely if you were not vaccinated. These are all publicly available numbers. Why do you agree with the discredited dozen and ignore hundreds of double-blind scientific studies? Can you not see? Can you not read? Or do you just want to believe in Snake Oil?
It is not about pulling out of Afghanistan. That was decided. Biden spends much of his time blaming Trump about an issue that was not the issue. On the one hand, Biden blames Trump for freeing the current leader of the Taliban; on the other, Biden claims Trump committed him to a withdrawal date which, by the way, Biden did not follow either. Discussing reasons for leaving is the old “bait and switch” game, a clever ploy when you want to draw the conversation away from the real issue, which was how the withdrawal was executed. And we all saw that it was abominable! Biden’s incompetence is mind-boggling and continues to astound. You don’t pull out the guns before you pull out the secretaries and translators. He could not have had advice that bad! Lindsey Graham, who was once his friend, stated on national TV, “This is just Joe Biden. He has been this way for 40 years. Unfortunately, he is Commander in Chief now.” What we see on TV and how our President describes it is wildly divergent. He blames Trump for making the deal, which in the next breath he claims was his decision not to leave the next President with a 20-year-old war. So which is it? You really can’t have it both ways. And furthermore, that is still not the issue.
Either Biden is not briefed, or he doesn’t have a TV, or he is outright lying. This exceeds anything that Trump has done. Where are all those who blamed Trump for everything and now back Biden on everything and are seriously blind or are just are living in a fairy world? Any actions that Trump took on the international scene are dwarfed by the gigantic missteps made by Biden. If Trump and Pompeo did make a deal with the Taliban, they were derelict in failing to assure the deal would go through as negotiated. That could have been accomplished by finishing evacuations before Trump gave up the reins of power. He could then have enforced his edicts to the Taliban. Once he was out of office, he was “powerless” to do anything. Biden had had no trouble reversing most of Trump’s policies in energy, the economy, handling of the pandemic, and so much more. Biden could shut down the Keystone pipeline and stop the building of “the wall,” but he could not change the date of our withdrawal. C’mon, man! Really? Did Biden abide by the deal forged by Trump? If Trump made concessions, Biden had the duty to alter them so as not to cost us thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Just because Johnny jumps off the cliff does not mean you need to jump off the cliff too. If Trump let out high stakes Taliban rulers to further negotiations 18 months ago, the Taliban disgorged 5000 Isis fighters and Al Qaida on August 15, 2021, adding to the 70,000 they already had in the country. The Taliban figured it out, Biden is a weak leader.
Who is the more stupid? I hope that when this is all over, we will get a clear accounting of everything that happened. There are some consequences to such acts that certainly smell of criminal behavior at multiple levels from the Presidents on down. If the CEO of a company acted with such ignorance and abandonment, he or she would get some jail time. It is too early to tell what exactly went wrong, but wrong is an understatement. And there are more than both Administrations that need to answer. Where was the oversight of Congress? Were they too busy planning Trump’s last impeachment or the January 6th hearings, or was it wrangling about how soon we are going to abandon carbon as our main energy source to satisfy the Paris Accords? Were those items more important than allowing the re-establishment of a power base for the terrorists that created 9/11? Are we failing to realize that there are thousands of lives at stake? The strawman argument of how many more decades we should stay is indeed a strawman argument. It is not about staying. It is about how the withdrawal occurred. It was worse than Saigon! It was a train wreck as judged by NATO, by European Heads of State, and by anyone watching TV.
Right now, it is just the thousands of Afghan lives and the hundreds of American lives that will likely be left behind to face a torturous and miserable end. What happened to “We will leave no Americans behind!” Is that just collateral damage? The price of war? Or was it a lie right from the get-go?
Eyewitnesses report that the nice, peaceful, and civilized Taliban are pulling all women out of their homes to become sex slaves, and those that resist are shot. That does not stop these monsters from raping them anyway. They do have to act quickly before the body gets cold; according to strict Sharia law having sex with a cold corpse gets you only one virgin in paradise. Perhaps I may not be exactly correct on the number of virgins, but Sharia law does allow necrophilia, no kidding. These are the same Taliban that claim they have reformed and now want to earn world respect. Where are Kamala and all the Women’s Liberation rhetoric? Ah, I know she wants to make sure you start buying Christmas presents now, as delays are likely because of the pandemic. It is difficult for me to put this all together. It is just too unbelievably horrifying.
Why would we shut down our most powerful weapon, Bagram Airbase, which could obliterate the enemy in a couple of hours? What General would pull out his troops, the ones with the guns and tanks, ahead of non-combatants? Do you think that thousands of ISIS and Al-Qaida are just going to turn to peaceful knitting projects? I do not think so. The next terror attack will dwarf 9/11. This is not only what I think. This is what Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel know will happen. We have been safe for 20 years, but I can guarantee you, the good times are over.
Can we really trust these barbarians to keep their promises? They violate their words the moment they speak them. Does it give you a clue as to their reformed tolerant thinking when they deny us the removal our people from Kabul, while they are blowing our evacuees up with suicide bombers and direct attacks with rockets? If we go past the August 31 deadline, that is a red line in the sand. And these are the less fanatical radicals. ISIS and Al-Qaida will have free reign in Afghanistan.
With our next terror attack, maybe a dirty bomb in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston, maybe another 9/11 with eleven planes, maybe an attack on the Super Bowl, with 100,000 attendees, maybe, maybe? These people are medieval fanatics who are monsters with whom you cannot negotiate! They do not speak a civilized language! Their holy books command them to kill the infidel! That is us, for those of you from Peoria. No kidding, you can read it yourself!
Thanks a lot, Mr. President! Dante Alighieri described only nine levels of hell in the Inferno. The last one for the most evil, treachery, this is the level reserved for Cain, who murdered his brother, and Judas, who, with a kiss, betrayed Jesus. Dante obviously didn’t know Joe Biden.
There is now overwhelming evidence for the safety and effectiveness of the Covid vaccine, especially now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Yet, there is still tremendous resistance to getting vaccinated, as evidenced by the 400 people that died of Covid in Los Angeles this past week. Almost 50% of our population is still not vaccinated. The immunologists tell us it takes 80% of the population to give us so-called “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is when the virus cannot find susceptible cells in which to replicate. This not only ends the pandemic but does not allow new strains to develop. Guess where the virus finds cells in which to replicate – the unvaccinated!
DNA is a curious chain of chemicals that is the basis for life. It is a double helix chain of a long sugar molecule (deoxy ribose) that has crossbars of nucleic acids, Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, and Cytosine. The double helix uncoils and it duplicates itself. Adenine attracts and bonds with Thymine and Guanine bonds with Cytosine. In theory, the identical chain is reproduced in that fashion. But mistakes happen such as Adenine attracts Cytosine and Guanine bonds with Thymine. Alternatively, a stray gamma ray or even UV light from the sun can knock off a nucleic acid radical. Each segment of DNA that carries a code is a gene. Now a new code has been created. The code transmits what protein is manufactured. Most of the mistakes wind up on the trash heap of useless or harmful changes that could even kill the organism which is a self eliminating mechanism to get rid of bad genes. But with trillions of possibilities, once in a while the new code is a genetic jewel that helps the the organism to survive better. “Survival of the fittest” then takes over and the new organism as a better survivor is mass-produced, making an organism, be it human or virus, a winner in the dice game of life. That new trait could make a human stronger and smarter or that virus can now avoid being killed by a vaccine. Mutations happen by the huge number of replications DNA is capable of making. 99% of our DNA is “junk” but that 1% holds the roadmap of what we are. We have 3,200,000,000 basepairs so that 1% is still a lot of codeable material. Current estimates place the human gene count to around 30,000 genes that actively direct what we are. When a coding error occurs, it could void one of our working genes but it could also bring a junk segment back to life.
There are thought to be 9000 different viruses that “live” among us. Some can only make two proteins, while others can make thousands of proteins. One of those proteins made by the Covid 19 virus can make your cells produce fluid that fills the lungs so that your body is deprived of oxygen and you drown. Our immune system is very good, and a whole host of cells in our body seeks out and kills many of those viruses, but not all. Our system needs help, and that is what vaccines do. They give our defensive cells, the B-cells, and the T-cells, a blueprint of what parts of a virus are vulnerable and then make antibodies to destroy those cells.
Our knowledge of virology and immunology date back over 200 years and the science is very complex. I do trust the science because I have seen it work, and used it to treat many diseases that has given thousands of people the gift of extending their life. Few people turn their back on medical help especially when they are sick. Medicine is applied science and it has evolved over thousands of years, serving humanity well, pretty much most of the time. I do not believe that Anthony Fauci spent his lifetime becoming an expert in virology to force red-necks to get vaccinated. I do not believe that vaccines magnetize us or inject tiny microchips so the government can control us. I must admit I did test if a spoon would stick to my face. (See picture) I am afraid that a segment of humanity has defects in thinking that are just not correctable.
I do not think that we can force people to do things they do not want to do. We do live in a democratic society, and that does not allow us to force our ideas on others no matter how misguided we think they are. As Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that pop up now and then!” As bad as democracy is, it is still better than what the Taliban has in mind. China contained the Delta Virus variant in one month. It did take draconian methods, but they did it. You could get a shot in the arm. If you refused, you could take a shot in the head or similar draconian methods (I use a little literary license). Most people chose the arm. We must defend our form of government from all efforts to destroy it, even if it were a logical way to achieve a goal. The end does not justify the means. China is decidedly a poor role model. I am afraid if we want to preserve our form of life, it includes letting the anti-vaccers do as they want. But I do think there are ways we can influence many of them. All we need is 80% of the population vaccinated to get herd immunity. If you want things like a house, clothing, food, a car, a college education etc. you must find a means to pay for it or for them to accept you. You might have to prove your vaccination status! Private industry is also awakening to the need to protect their business, their bottom line, and their employees against unnecessary Covid infections. It has become eminently clear that vaccines do just that. As a consequence, vaccine passports are soon coming to your favorite movie theater, restaurant, and sporting event, regardless of what some self-appointed constitutional experts are claiming, especially since SCOTUS has already ruled on that – different virus but same issue – over 100 years ago in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (Google it). Any attempts to forge or otherwise bypass legitimate proof of vaccine has been handled very well in Hawaii by fines up to $5,000 and jail time for attempted forgery. Personal injury attorneys are also coming to realize that fortunes can be made from personal injury lawsuits claiming Covid infection due to negligence of a business or an individual, even if the vaccine magnetizes you, and allows forks, knives, and spoons to stick all over you, the most pitiful sight if you have ever seen it! Not to mention the law suites that could be generated from human impalements by knives that penetrate magnetized humans.
As George Santayana, the philosopher, and my role model for writing said, “Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it!” I do believe we made a mistake and forgot our past and now are doomed. To recount what I know about Afghanistan, I need to tell you a little of my own history. It starts with my first girlfriend, who lived next door to me in a huge mental asylum of some 7000 inmates. Before you jump to any conclusions, both our fathers were doctors at that institution. As part of their compensation, we lived on the grounds of this 200-acre compound. There was the entire gamut of mental diseases hospitalized there, from harmless demented old men and women who just existed until they faded away, to dangerous schizophrenic mass murderers. My desire since age six was to be a doctor like my father, so I followed my father around, saw unbelievable events from violent people getting lobotomized (cutting the brain connections from the front part of the brain to the rest of the brain that made them into vegetables) to suicides who jumped off a tall structure right in front of my house, reminiscent of the recent events in Kabul.
It was a very disturbing but exciting time for me. My relationship with Leila, confounded by her younger brother, Merrill, who delighted in surfacing from behind couches where we were doing what teenagers do, soon ended because her father found a better job in Dayton, Ohio, and the family moved just as we were getting friendly. Although our families continued our friendship, and Leila went to the University of Indiana in Bloomington’s School of Music, where she was already an accomplished pianist, and eventually would go professional. We continued our relationship despite the distances between Peoria, where I went to Bradley University and she to IU.
What was the Afghani connection? Leila’s father, an Afghan, was sent by his government to study medicine in Germany during World War II. Although Afghanistan remained neutral in World War II, Germany and Afghanistan were allies. Her father became a surgeon. He was specifically groomed to become the personal physician of the King of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah. Mir Nisam, her father, met and married a Jewish girl in Germany, not a good time to marry into a Jewish family. But because he had diplomatic immunity, he was able to leave Germany with his new bride and her brother to his homeland and his job as the physician of the King. His wife had to learn new customs, a new culinary style, new dress fashion, and a new language. The King, who was educated in France, established a Constitutional Monarchy. He imported many modern concepts of government but eventually ran into troubles with civil unrest, Mir Nisam MD decided to leave the country. The King was treasonably deposed by his brother-in-law and left for Italy.
In our early school years, my sister and I would have access to the Afgan court clothing from both parents of Leila. We had great fun playing dress-up with real vestments of the Afghani court. Leila and I met once more when I went to Med. School at UCLA, and she continued in graduate studies of music at USC. But as is common with high school romances, we lost touch. I do remember the one dish that her mother taught me to make, Afgan rice, which remains a standard dish for our family celebrations, especially at Thanks Giving.
Afghanistan was like a fairy tale to me, hearing all the court intrigue and the history of this far away land, the different foods, and different customs my family learned from the Nisams. Leila being half Afghani and half German, was a striking beauty with some of the Asiatic Persian and European features melded into one person.
Unfortunately, Afghanistan has turned into, pardon my profanity, the “shithole” of the world. How did that happen? It was Hitler that claimed that Persia, Iran, Afghanistan were Aryian. Few people know how Persia changed its name to Iran. Hitler personally convinced Shah Pahlavi to rename Persia, Iran, for Indo-Arian. In Hitler’s construct of world history, the Aryian migrations of 50,000 years ago gave rise to the early cities of Afghanistan. Alexander the Great and later Genghis Khan would rule Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Durrani, the first of the Pashtun kings, marked the origin of modern Afghanistan in the 18th Century. The last King of Afghanistan, born of the aristocracy that had ruled Afghanistan for two centuries, Mohammed Zahir Shah, educated in France, took the throne in 1933 until his brother-in-law ousted him in 1973, who in turn was ousted by the Soviets that ruled for ten years. The Russians had bad experiences in Afghanistan. With Carter’s undercover support and later the Reagan administration’s help, the Mujahideen, Afghan warlords, chased out the Russians. But the various factions squabbled among themselves and could not find common ground. One faction, the Taliban, won out. They ruled the country from 1996 until 2001. The Taliban is a hardline radical Islamic group who support strict Sharia Law of public execution by beheadings and stoning, including cutting off hands or feet for theft and petty crimes. Men are required to grow beards, women have to wear all-covering burkas, television, photography, music, and cinema are forbidden, girls are banned from going to school. Teachers that taught in girl schools were executed in the streets. The Taliban destroyed the historical monuments of the Bamiyan Buddha statues, 6th-century carvings. They massacred thousands of Afghans and denied food to 160,000 starving civilians, all in all cruel and uncivilized people.
When the Taliban was ousted in 2001 King Mohammad Zahir Shah had a brief return after 29 years of exile. He was named “the Father of the Nation” in Afghanistan’s Constitution. There was even talk of his returning the monarchy to the country, but it was not to be. Hamid Karzai, a fellow Pashtun tribesman, and the country’s President at the time, announced the King’s passing on July 23, 2007.
In 2001 the US, in response to 9/11 and the unwillingness or inability of the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden sent in special forces who toppled the Taliban in just two months. It was Barack Obama who increased the troop deployment in the Afghan state to 100,000 troops. In 2010 Julian Assange complicated things further by a massive leak of secret files known as the WikiLeaks with out-of-context information on the Afgan war. On May 2, 2011, a small team of US special forces located bin Laden in Pakistan and killed him. By 2014 Obama decided to end the combat troops and left 13,000 as support troops. That same year a new leader, Ashraf Ghani took over from Hamid Karzai. Trump took office in 2016 with the plan of further drawing down the troops from 5,000 starting in 2020. There were only 2500 troops by this year, 2021. All the while, the Taliban was gaining strength. It was clear to everyone that the Taliban had to be involved in the governance of Afghanistan because without them, no government could survive for very long. Meetings with high-level Taliban, including former leaders whom we had captured and imprisoned, were now set free to take part in the negotiations. Secretary Pompeo made it clear to the Taliban that no harm should come to any Americans or Afghans that helped us during this drawdown, and indeed as agreed, no casualties occurred.
It was Biden and his team that changed the rules. I am certain that this would have played out differently under the Trump team. With Biden’s fanatic need to destroy anything that had Trump’s mark on it, he erased the restraints that Trump had placed on the Taliban. But we also showed the world and the Afghan army what a weak country we had become in such a short time. We could not control our own cities’ violence as Seattle and Portland were burning and Chicago and New York were exploding in a hail of bullets. We were defunding the police. Our military leaders were vastly more interested in “Wokeism” and teaching CRT than protecting us, our allies, and strategic planning to keep the world safe. Our Congress was more involved in dismantling carbon-based energy and going from energy independence to begging the Middle East and Russia to give us more of precious oil. The final straw that convinced them of our weakness was how our last few weeks of the withdrawal were executed; amateurish, feeble, and incompetent are what the rest of the world, both allies and enemies, think, despite what Biden says. It is not how a major world power deals with a disorganized, uncivilized, uneducated band of 70,000 hillbillys with cell phones (aka the Taliban). The writing was on the wall that America was no longer capable of supporting the legitimate Afghan government anymore. There was general agreement that 20 years of military support was long enough. Four presidents have tried to disengage, but to shut down our airbases and pull out the military first before evacuating civilians both American citizens and the Afghans that helped us, as well as our weapons, tanks, and helicopters has to go down as one of the more stupid military moves in all of history going back to the stone age. No wonder the Afghan military threw away their weapons, went into hiding, or fled the country any way they could, including in our Black Hawk Helicopters. The Taliban saw their chance to act out their most barbaric behaviors with what they recognized as a weak leader in the Whitehouse and a country that had lost its moral compass. It took them less than ten days to overrun the country with none of the restraining threats the Trump administration had promised. The Taliban, we see now, are the same people that came to power in 1996. They are older now, and their sons are with them, and not much different. There are, however, various factions within the Taliban. The real religious fanatics have not yet gotten to Kabul. They are centered in Kandahar and are working their way to Kabul. We may see much more humanitarian abuses once they get there. But from what we have seen so far, the Taliban is just as crazy as it was in 1996. What they have shown us has not been a new Taliban. They are the ones that surround the Hamid Karzai airport and beat, shoot, and otherwise prevent Americans and Afghans from getting to the planes that would evacuate them in diametrical opposition to their own interest. So much for the picture that our deluded President paints.
We froze assets the Taliban and the former Afghan government had in the US, billions of dollars! There are 30,000,000 inhabitants of Afghanistan. The economy has been destroyed, with no people earning a living, no income for anyone. The Taliban has no means to feed the people. How long are they going to withstand 30,000,000 demanding food, energy sources, health care, and a livelihood? Where are the smart Taliban leaders? It does not appear the Taliban has thought this through!
Afghanistan is a mess that will haunt us for decades. Political blunders, weak leaders, stupid decisions, idiotic events, religious fervor, zealotry, mental illness, corruption, lack of coordination, and the pathologic hatred between the Trump and Biden teams which did not allow for a coordinated transfer of power. Also, our country’s recent display of weakness, inability to control crime, inability to control our borders, inability to control the pandemic, misguided political agendas, inconsistent economics, upward spiraling inflation, continued problems with unemployment despite companies with the inability to find workers to fill their jobs. If you think these are not all interrelated, you are living in a fairytale. This has all played a major role in needlessly creating a disaster with potentially thousands of murders. It will take years to sort out who is the most guilty in this human tragedy. But I have my theories.
How predictable the left is. In the face of clear errors of omission and commission, that border on incompetence or worse, our President is being defended, supported, and even urged on by the blind left. It was the Afghan army’s lack of will to fight in the face of the Afghan mortality rate that in one year was greater than all of the US mortality in 20 years! It is highly unlikely the Afghan soldier would rather just get killed than fight. It was the Afghan political leadership that left before they too would be murdered. How cowardly of them. The left says it was Trump’s negotiations with the Taliban over a year ago, really?
Biden issued over 60 executive orders in his first 100 days, more than any other President, most of them an effort to destroy Trump policies: the wall, the Keystone pipeline, the fracking, multiple regulatory policies that deal with the environment, energy, immigration, equity, economy, etc. How did he miss the Afghan withdrawal? He reversed everything else, including dismantling a system designed to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the Central Asian country. Ahh! He must have been honor-bound to comply with a deal made by Trump, even after the Taliban ignored all of Trump’s conditions and spit on the documents. After pointing the finger at everyone but himself, Biden’s plagiarizing Truman’s line, “The Buck stops here!” doesn’t quite cover it. It does, however, point to Biden’s affinity to use other people’s words to cover his own failures. Although a good soundbite, his finger-pointing clearly points to the fact that Buck barely pauses here. Ultimately Biden has multiple other places where he claims the Buck actually does stop.
He is not telling us the truth that he had no other options, but clearly, the one our President took was not the correct one. It is a repeat of the disgrace of Saigon. This is a repeat lesson of how not to do it!
This is the greatest National Defeat since 9/11. It is a stain on our Nation’s honor and will affect us for decades. What do you think our enemies like China and Russia are thinking? We have a doddering old weakling in the Whitehouse. That was exactly what the Japanese leadership thought and acted on the morning of December 7, 1941. What about the nations that depend on us? Taiwan, South Korea, Europe, Japan, and others who are left with an ally they clearly cannot trust anymore. It will spill over into other aspects of international negotiations as well. Trade with other nations will now be looked at with a perspective of a weak inferior nation that does not have the clout to deal from a position of strength. Cybersecurity will be at greater risk given our weakened position. The greatest concern is terrorism.
The Taliban won and now have a new base from which to attack us. Al Qaeda was not supposed to be given a venue in Afghanistan by Trump’s deal. They are there already. And they are not knitting doilies. They are ruthless medieval minds, and I do mean evil, who have plans for us! Unfortunately, this world is the good guys against the bad guys. And if the bad guys have more guns, they will subjugate us sooner or later. I am dismayed by the silence from the women in power in this country. Where is Kamala, Liz Chaney, AOC, Cori Bush, etc.? Women are being raped, forced into so-called “Islamic marriages” (aka sex slaves), and denied education, a profession, a job. They cannot dress like the rest of the women of this world. There are reports that women who are not in a Burka are shot in the streets of Kabul. Where is the “Me Too” movement when you need them? Girls who go to school will be evicted or worse – shot in the head as Malala Yousafzai found out. These people have medieval minds with whom you cannot discuss or change them. Radical Islam is indeed radical. They openly tell us what they believe and will do. They reject modernity and do all they can to take Islam back to the middle ages. They have announced they will return Afghanistan to Sharia Law. If you want an evening of horror, read what Sharia Law is. They consider it their duty to convert the infidels (us), and if they can’t, to kill them. We should not be surprised as we have similar medieval thinking in nearly half of our own population who will not accept evidence, logic, science to get the lifesaving Covid vaccine, and they are US-educated, unlike the Taliban. Luckily these brainiacs do not have power over us (yet). If they did, I suspect they would be just like the Taliban.
Biden is left to try to rectify his bungling with really no one to step up to help him. But I think he really is not capable of dealing with this alone. We are stuck with a lame duck with no one in the wings to save thousands of people from slaughter.
I just returned from Yorba Linda, the location of the Nixon Library. I did tour the library, and it reminded me what a crook Nixon was, a criminal who was pardoned. Think of all the people that died because of Watergate (would you believe 0). Five perpetrators who were under orders that were linked to the Nixon re-election committee broke into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters to steal or photograph documents on June 17, 1972. In searching what these documents were, some had to do with Vietnam, and some dealt with Daniel Ellsberg, who released the “Pentagon Papers” that were supposedly secret documents dealing with anti-Vietnam economic data that placed the Nixon administration but also Kennedy and Johnson, under critical light. Even Ellsberg’s psychiatrist got involved. But from what I can gather, none of these documents had any significance to the issue of national security or anything else that really mattered. What did matter is that Nixon participated in a vigorous effort to protect his staff. He never gave an order to break into Watergate. That was his Attorney General, John Mitchell. The big crime was the coverup. Impeachment was inevitable. That is why Nixon chose to resign. What a criminal act! Not to mention all the swear words (horror of horrors!) that he uttered that were on the recorded tapes his secretary found. How many people had to die because of Nixon’s acts of criminality? – actually, none! That is in total contradistinction to what is going on in Kabul as I write this! We now have a President who has mishandled our disengagement in Afganistan. He is the Commander-in-Chief. The troops leaving in panic and disarray left millions of dollars worth of tanks, helicopters, small arms, explosives, even fighter jets, and other war equipment in the hands of our enemy. Thousands of Afgan people that were office staff, translators, janitors, etc., now are execution fodder for the Taliban. Our troops and embassy staff remain in the now enemy territory. Will they, too, be slaughtered because of the inept current administration? I forget, of course, that it was Trump that initiated the disengagement negotiations with the Taliban, and therefore Biden or someone must find a way to make this Trump’s fault, proving once again, it is all Trump’s fault, even if it has been over a year and a half that the negotiations took place. Biden had lots of time. Where are his supposed skills in diplomacy and foreign affairs? When will this country awake and see what our unfit leadership is doing to our nation with every challenge we face – the border, the virus, inflation, the rising crime rate with the left continuing the “defund the police’ rhetoric, and now Afghanistan? As details are coming out, it was the Taliban that broke their word and caused the accelerated take-over. When one of the participants of a negotiation breaks the deal, the other has the right, not only the right, but the duty, to void the original agreement. Biden did not do that! He ignored the advice of the Military, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the advice of his Intelligence Community. This will hopefully open the eyes of many Americans that Biden is weak and deserves close scrutiny to determine if he has the capacity to remain as President. The Chinese media, just an extended voice of the Communist Party, has already announced that Taiwan should watch closely. The US will not come to their aid. Another domino will fall, and with that, our hegemony of Western Civilization. Watergate was small potatoes compared to Kabul. Scenes from people clinging to taking off helicopters and falling to their deaths will join 9/11 pictures of people falling from the twin towers, a shameful tribute to the Taliban and their enabler, our President, Joe Biden. Whatever happened to “We shall never forget”?
If Nixon had to resign for attempting to stand behind his amateurish staff, what should the fate of our current incapable President and Staff be? Trump got impeached because he made a phone call to the Ukrainian President and requested an investigation into Biden’s and Biden’s son’s financial improprieties in Ukraine. I wonder how many lives that cost? And then the second impeachment for claiming a fraudulent election (which, by the way, one in three Americans rightly or wrongly believe even though CNN every time states, “baseless claims.” Will those one in three Americans ever pay attention to CNN?) What should the articles of impeachment against Biden be? The cause of hundreds of deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan and the slaughter of thousands of Afghan workers that helped us, whose deaths are due to unmitigated incompetence? Or the millions of dollars lost to the Taliban in the machines of war they just stole from us? Or would it be the national embarrassment this debacle has caused our nation? What about the confidence our allies place in us? In discussing this with a Biden fan, I was told that 20 years is enough, and we need to give Biden the benefit of the doubt. I agree that 20 years is enough, but this means of disengagement is reminiscent of Saigon and a solution that is not what the American people wanted, much less our Afghan supporters who were promised our protection. Who will pardon Biden for his ineptitude?
I wonder if “I gave my life to give Joe Biden the benefit of the doubt” would be a good gravestone marker for those that have already died and have yet to die from this debacle?
Mutation, whether in a virus or in us, is a genetic change that can alter the character of the human or virus in terms of its phenotype (the set of observable characteristics). These characteristics will perpetuate if they give the human or virus an advantage for survival. If your dark skin color protects you from skin cancer, the darker people will eventually be the major race where the sun shines most of the time, like in Africa. While in the northern climates where the sun comes up late and sets early and daylight is only six hours long in the winter, and furthermore the weather blocks out even more of the little bit of sunlight, the lighter skin allows more vitamin D to be made that gives us stronger bones. In prehistoric times if you broke a leg, you became sabertooth tiger food. Lighter skin gave you a significant survival advantage in Sweden. The same is true for the virus that can latch on to our cells to get into them and do what viruses do, use your DNA machine to replicate themselves. The underlying mechanism for us or viruses to mutate is to replicate. Without replication, nothing can mutate.
The next generation of mutated Covid-19 is upon us. It is the Lambda mutation. It surfaced in Chile about a year ago, and it already comprises 81% of the infections there. It, too, is highly infectious and may not be as responsive to the vaccines. If you think we can keep it out, we are already too late. The first case showed up at Houston Methodist Hospital just a few days ago. I would suspect that it came over the southern border, along with the thousands of “undocumented” streaming across, a clear, serious hole in our public health efforts.
If this variant does not defeat our vaccines, the next one or the one after that will. It is only a matter of time. The only way to stop it is to stop the replication. How do we do that? You ask. We must eliminate the replicating virus gene pool. We must eliminate the population where the virus finds cells that are susceptible, the unvaccinated population who give Covid the freedom to do as it pleases. Let me remind you that Polio and Smallpox were eliminated from the face of the earth not by herd immunity but through vaccines. We must have been smarter at that time because we did not consider it a political or constitutional issue then!
You may call me a fear-monger, but when we have a total of 4,303,719 deaths worldwide since April 2020, and 614,291 new cases in the United States in the last 30 days, I think the term “fear-mongering” is a bit overstated. There are those that say Covid is just like the flu. A 2% mortality is not much worse than the regular flu. That is, however, not the entire picture. The mortality goes up exponentially with every comorbidity: age over 60, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, chronic pulmonary disease, renal disease, liver disease, immune-suppressed individuals or taking immune-suppressing drugs, etc. In fact, the list that increases risk is quite long, and almost everybody will find an item or two on that list. The comorbidities add up quickly, and it isn’t long before you are facing a 50/50 chance of surviving.
I do side with the strict interpretation of the Constitution. The right to decide what medical procedures are done to your body is your decision. But if your decision is not to protect yourself as best as you can, you must also not interfere with my Constitutional right to remain as safe as possible from harm and disease.
That brings up the question of how to identify those who would violate your Constitutional rights to live a disease-free life. The Nazies just tattooed those they perceived to be a danger to them. Also, remember Typhoid Mary spent 26 years in prison because she would not stop willfully spreading the disease, and no one talked about her Constitutional rights! Is asking people to carry proof of vaccination that much of an imposition? It is certainly on a lesser level than what Typhoid Mary endured. Wouldn’t an ID card be the logical, less intrusive choice? Would you believe that we already need proof of identity to apply and prove competence to drive a motor vehicle, rent a car, apply for welfare or unemployment, vote, donate blood, get married, open a bank account, buy a gun, apply for a fishing or hunting license, get on an airplane, apply for social security, or pick up a prescription for a controlled substance, what is next? Documentation that you are not going to interfere with my Constitutional right to remain Covid free? Can anyone explain to me how that offends you or affect your freedom? The State of Hawaii seems to agree with that sentiment as they just arrested tourists and fined them $5000 for the act of forging a vaccine passport.
Now about the mask controversy. Follow the science, they say. What does science say? There are few studies that discuss it, most of them inconclusive. We owe the face mask to a French surgeon, Paul Berger, who in 1899 decided that not wearing a mask during the conduct of an operation exposed the wound to the potential of contamination from the mouths and noses of the people that were conducting the operation by just breathing. He concluded that it was not good to spray saliva into open wounds. That is essentially what happens when the surgeons do not wear face coverings. And it is what we do by just breathing. Loud speaking, coughing, sneezing, and singing increase the droplets we expel. The surgical community did not accept his idea, and laughed at him. Later, one of the smartest and most famous surgeons of the time, Jan Mikulicz, came to his defense with a publication that changed the minds of the surgical community. From then on, all surgeons all over the world wear masks during the conduct of any operation. No matter what you think of masks, would you be put off by the surgeon who refuses to wear a mask for your operation? Besides, the downside of mask use is non-existent except for convenience. We have learned a lot, but not everything, in the last year, and now the message is much clearer, backed by sound science that has shown wearing masks does a good job of keeping the virus from spreading from an infected person. However, masks do not seem to be as effective in keeping the virus from spreading to a non-infected person. The most recent study was the Danish study of 6000 subjects, which showed a disappointing 20% decrease in getting infected in mask users. Despite what Senator Dr. Rand Paul says, masks do work, just not as good as we would like. 20% is still better than 0%. The masks, however, do keep an infected person from spreading the virus. 95% of outgoing infectious particles are indeed stopped by the standard masks. Additionally, several anecdotal events have shown that to be so. Two hairstylists who both had COVID-19 did not transmit their virus to a single person of their 139 clients that patronized their business. Both had dutifully worn masks during their encounters with customers. Although no double-blinded controlled studies have been done, it seems fairly certain that masks are protective in keeping the virus confined to the infected person. A mask protects the non-infected person to a lesser extent, but still 20%, certainly not as good as the N-95 masks at 95% but nevertheless not insignificant. No one knows if they are free of the virus or asymptomatic carriers, even if they have a negative PCR (Covid test) the day before. To assume that you are not dangerous to others is not only impolite and selfish but potentially threatening to others, just like carrying a loaded gun and pointing it at passers-by.
The bottom line on the mask is that it is not fully protective, especially in protecting you from getting infected, but it does stop a large percentage of infected people from giving it to you. Asymptomatic people can and do carry the infectious virus, and you cannot know if you are a carrier unless you test daily.
With new variants of Covid that are more infectious and may be resistant to vaccines, it is too early to give up the public health measures that we know work to some extent. Believe me, you will not want to wear an N95 mask. So “suck it up” and wear a standard mask!
Most everything has two sides to the story. It is said that 14% of the US population has expressed the sentiment that they will never get the Covid vaccine. That, on the surface, sounds bad. But is it? Could there be a silver lining to that sentiment? Many of our poorer nations have a dismally low vaccination rate, like around 1%, and most of those people will have to wait at least two years to get their first shot, just because there is only so much vaccine around, and they can’t afford it. Already WHO has come out against getting the booster shot (as some of the wealthier nations are already doing) that would deprive the poorer nations of getting their first shot. To get to “herd immunity,” at least 80% of the population must be immune. We are nowhere near that now, and are said to be around 50% at this point. Taking all the vaccine refuseniks at 14%, we will get to 80% all be it a bit slower. Those that have not been vaccinated will be more likely than ever to get infected with the delta variant being much more infectious. The mortality of this newest variety is also likely to be more virulent because of the high viral load this virus can generate. I feel sorry for those people that will get it and possibly succumb to it, but it is their choice. I am a firm believer in freedom of choice. It is not in my nature to make people do things they do not want to do. It is, after all, one way to pare down the herd. It is a function of the Darwin effect – survival of the fittest. Darwinism has a dark side that is not at all flattering to mankind. The weak, the sick, and the dumb have one strike against them. Unless they are protected, or forced to do what is in their best interest, they are cruelly and inhumanely eliminated.
The Darwin effect has had more than its share of bad press, because when you get right down to it, it is just not ethical. Most humans are, by nature, good. We help the weak, the disabled, and the sick. My whole life as a physician has been devoted to helping those who are disadvantaged by illness. The efforts by many that want to make humankind better have been seduced by the promise of a stronger race. And people like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pot Pol have employed murder, eugenics, and starvation to supposedly make a better human. It didn’t turn out that way. Those deeds go down as the most despicable events in human history.
Although I firmly believe in personal choice as to what is shot into your body. Furthermore, the government should not and can not decide what medical procedures you should or should not have. However, private companies or individual employers have the constitutional right to choose what people they can hire. They can decide how you should dress, what education you must have, what licenses you must possess, what the state of your health is, etc. Your employer may object to your coming to work naked. If you want to go naked, you cannot work there. You can go to a strip joint, and if your body is attractive enough, they may hire you. Furthermore, the business has the right to tell you to wear a shirt and shoes if you want to enter their premises regardless if you are an employee or a consumer. An airline may not allow you to fly if you carry a gun. Why would they allow you to fly if you are infected with Leprosy or Covid, both potentially lethal infectious diseases? Most of the legal challenges to vaccine mandates by universities or companies have come down on the institution’s side. It is one of the holy grails of conservatism to give individuals the right to make decisions about one’s own body. You can refuse medical procedures even if they would save your life. But if those decisions could damage the bottom line of a business, then the company has a right to decide if you can come to work or not. And not being vaccinated is, in fact, dangerous because the virus can be carried without any symptoms and can infect you with Covid and kill you and your coworkers, which has the potential to decimate the business. There is legal precedence for imprisoning individuals who insist on working in the food industry that have active Typhoid. Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary) is the poster child for that issue. She spent 26 years of her life in forced isolation (aka jail). I might add that it was not deemed unconstitutional. All states have vaccine mandates for measles, mumps, rubella, and polio for school-age children. States have exercised their right to mandate vaccination for over a century, which has held up under Supreme Court review in 1905, Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Besides, a recent Department of Justice ruling on Section 564 of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (passed by Congress in 1938) specifically does not prohibit private businesses from mandating vaccines. And mandates will become even more universal once the FDA grants full approval for the vaccine, which is said to come in a few weeks.
We have a Solomonic challenge before us in regards to the individual. King Solomon was asked which of two women would get the baby of whom both claimed to be the mother. How to divide up the baby so that each mother will get a piece of the baby? There is no way except by killing the baby. That, too, is the problem with forcing people to do what is better for them and society. Is it better to force the anti-vaccers to get the jab or to just ignore them? If they die, they die. Unlike the decision for a business when it comes to the individual, it is better to let nature take its course, whatever that brings? But this, too, has its ethical problems. As said by Jerry Garcia, “Choosing the lesser of two evils is still evil!”
I was inspired to write about this subject by the first transgender competitor at the Olympic weight lifting event. At the time of conception, the sex of an individual is determined. Every cell in his or her body contains the code for maleness or femaleness. The X chromosome and the Y chromosome determine that. The so-called sex hormones made by the testicles, adrenal glands, and ovaries, can be converted by the liver, with both sexes having the same hormones but in different proportions.
How the male hormone, testosterone, and the female hormone are made is a complex process that can be seen above. But if you follow the red line it explains it a little simpler. Basically, we eat cholesterol, such as eggs, or generate it, through a series of steps, testosterone is made, which is then converted to estrogen.
You have to look carefully to tell them apart.
Testosterone has one double bond oxygen at its left border, while estrogen has an extra Hydrogen with the Oxygen. There is the difference, one Hydrogen atom!
But as the French say, “Long live the difference”!
It is one gene on the Y chromosome, the SRY gene, that changes the default development of the female anatomy into the male anatomy. We all have 23 pairs of chromosomes. It is the XX configuration of one pair that makes the female and the XY configuration the male. The X has 2000 genes, while the Y has only 100 genes. What makes us male or female is not the amount of estrogen or testosterone we have (both male and female have both hormones but in different amounts). It is the XX or XY configuration in every one of our cells that make us who we are.
To think that we can make a female out of a male or vice versa is laughable. We cannot change genetics. Cutting off parts of the male and making a skin pouch in the perineum, suppressing testosterone, and feeding estrogen does not create a female. It creates a male that no longer has a penis and has a skin pocket in their bottom. Estrogen feeding will create larger breasts, just like smoking lots of Pot, but you still have a genetic male. The genetic male will always be male at the cellular level, with the differences muted but not eliminated by a long shot. That is why having transgender athletic competition is clearly unfair to the genetic female. Women who have trained all their lives, given up aspects of their existence to become a better runner, swimmer, javelin thrower etc., will never attain the muscular strength of a male or a transgender who now identifies as female and trains as an athlete. Genetic females cannot get a Y chromosome to save their soul, nor can males get that other X chromosome. We are not sophisticated enough to do that.
We have outwitted ourselves with the hubris of now believing our own incompetence. We cannot, at least not yet, be able to change our genetic sex. The Olympic committee will eventually have to come to their senses. The only fair way is to go by the genetic sex. A separate category for transgender would also be fair, but not the way it is now having, a direct competition between genetic males and genetic females even if the males grow breasts.
If Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner would train, he/she would still likely defeat a genetic woman in the decathlon despite the age. We shall see what he/she does against Gavin Newsom, or is that mixing apples and oranges?