Correlation of COVID-19 Mortality and Obesity

In response to those who feel that the U.S. lagged behind or that our political leadership is the determining factor in regard to U.S. deaths from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It’s important to recognize that this has affected nearly every nation regardless of nation-state, government, political leadership, etc.

Likewise, regardless of who was in the Oval office, America would of been hit fairly hard. I doubt there would be more than a +/-10% deviation between a Trump, Hillary, or Biden presidency.

The most significant correlation that I see in regards the larger populated nations is “obesity”. COVID-19 appears to hit those with obesity especially hard.

Testing
Regarding testing, a few have cited the U.S. for being deficient in testing. However,…

The US has administered more tests than any other nation. Of the TOP 10 most populous nations, USA is #2 in tests per capita, following Russia. #3 of the TOP 25, following Russia & Italy.

Please remember that the U.S. has one of the most scattered population densities in the world.  Most nations with large populations have the majority of their populations in central locations.  Half the US population is distributed rurally. For example, nearly the entire population of Canada lives within a 100 miles of the southern border. Where as the US population density is actually more scattered than most nations of a comparable size – and that’s with factoring in Alaska.

Deaths per Capita
The true metric, deaths per capita.  Of the TOP 25 most populous nations, the US is sadly, #5. Following UK, Italy, & France.

Obesity Rate
Of the TOP 25 populous nations, 8 out of 10 nations for highest per capita death rate are also in the TOP 10 for obesity.  France & Italy being exceptions – they come in at 11th & 12th respectively for obesity.

The correlation between obesity and COVID-19 mortality is extremely strong. (see chart)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_obesity_rate

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

The Proper Way to Resolve the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today I was thinking about how to solve the COVID-19 pandemic.

And I believe the solution may in fact be akin to “chicken pox parties”….please hear me out before you jump to react.

Firstly, it is “indisputable” that COVID-19 hits certain particular demographics with significantly greater lethality. Namely, elderly, immune-compromised, smokers and those with damaged lungs, diabetics, obese, and those with heart and arterial damage.  Remove these particulars, and the lethality of SARS-CoV-2 plummets.  That is not to say it is without risk nor is it to say that younger seemingly healthy individuals can’t die, they can. However, the likelihood of such is extremely low.

We’re a society were to categorize everyone into a risk category. We could potentially accelerate our reaching her immunity. 

PHASE 1: LOW-RISK
First, we identify the lowest risk category. Healthy individuals not in the above risk factors between the age of 19-29.   We then have “Chicken Pox Parties”.  The intention is to have EVERYONE in this category  (who does not reside in a household with a high risk individual) to be exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Verify thru testing that all individuals have been exposed, and recovered.

Prior to moving to Phase 2, assess all individuals in Phase 1 to determine mortality rate within the demographic.  If low, and if hospital ICU facilities are not strained. Move to next Phase.

PHASE 2: MODERATE TO LOW RISK
The next phase we seek to have the demographics with the second lowest risk factors be exposed to SARS-CoV-2. This would be 28-38 year old healthy adults and 8-18 year old children and youth. We repeat processes similar to the above.  

Being honest, I expect that as we move upward in age, the percentage of that age group that will meet the “healthy” metric will decline, as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, increased per capita.

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Hopefully, at this point, the vast majority of the younger population has been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and recovered.  Ceasing to be potential carriers, and ceasing to be at risk.

However, in total demographics, we are still not at herd immunity levels quite yet.

PHASE 3: MODERATE TO MODERATELY-HIGH RISK
We repeat the above with 38-48 year olds. This is where we start to see a large teetering off in way of meeting the designation “healthy”, as such those that are borderline are advised that before participating it is advised that they engage in cardiovascular exercise, and an improved diet, so as to strengthen their health prior to exposure.

Once again, analysis is undertaken to determine the demographics mortality rate, the ICU capacity of hospitals, etc.  As such some regions might progress thru phases faster than others dependent on available medical facility capacities.

PHASE 4: SELECTIVE EXPOSURE OF HIGH RISK
The next phase is challenging.  By this time, we hopefully have a bit more scientific and clinical insight, and hopefully have identified medical treatments that provide a prophylactic effect, reducing the likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 developing into COVID-19.

These individuals (younger persons but who have one or two of the listed risk factors, older individuals in the 49-68 age range, etc.) are slowly exposed while in medical care and under observation.

This is extended over a longer period of time and continuously assessed in relation to availible capacity of medical treatment facilities. 

PHASE 5: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
At this point we will hopefully have [A] achieved a level of herd immunity minimizing the spread of SAR-CoV-2, OR [B] developed a vaccine. Otherwise, we will be at [C] reached a point in which the vast majority of the population is no longer at risk, a return to normalcy ensues, majority of population are no longer at risk not remain potential carriers.  However, scattered pockets, and flare ups (e.g. like the with the Measles) continue to occur, placing at risk any of those in the HIGHEST risk category who were exposed.

This to me, is truly the best way to address the COVID-19 situation, and to minimize the loss of life.  It’s a planned attempt to progressively utilize the healthiest and least likely to be symptomatic portion of the populace to move toward establishing herd immunity.

The big key here that differentiates from say, Sweden or elsewhere, is that this plan actively calls for a controlled progressive exposure of the lowest risk groups first, with the hope that if we can achieve herd immunity, we can stop the transmission of the virus, maximizing keeping the oldest and most at risk members of our society safe from exposure.

CARES Act allows HSA holders to buy over-the-counter medications and tampons

Just learned that the passage of the CARES Act has restored the option to buy OTC drugs with your HSA fund, and has added menstruation products to the list of approved purchases. This is huge, and I definitely plans to stock up on a few regularly used medications that I have been cautious to ration my purchases of.

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Summary from healthequity.com
“The CARES Act restores the ability to use HSAs, FSAs and HRAs to purchase certain OTC drugs and medications, like aspirin and other pain medications, allergy medication, etc., without a doctor’s prescription. For the first time, menstrual care products are considered qualified medical expenses for payment or reimbursement with an HSA, FSA or HRA. Both provisions for OTC and menstrual products apply to amounts paid or expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2020 and are ongoing without an expiration date*.”
Presently, IRS has not published a guidance article at this time. Shame on them!

Yes there is a Corona Vaccine for Canines….No it is not effective against SARS-CoV-2

Canine Coronavirus Vaccine

Let’s nip this in the bud….

YES a Corona virus vaccine already exists IF a) you’re a canine (dog) b) been infected by that specific strain of Corona virus.

That image being circulated is for a specific Canine strain of Corona virus. Similar to the flu, there are hundreds of strains of influenza. To be fully immune from influenza you would need hundreds or even thousands of flu vaccines.

In fact your body has already fought off hundreds of Corona virus (most being common colds). The SARS-CoV-2 strain is an “uncommon cold”. There presently is no available vaccine for it, but several are being tested.

These SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are being developed both using new techniques and in attempting to adapt a few existing vetinary vaccines to this strain.

How are vaccines developed? Many entail running the virus thru hundreds of lifecycles (usually in different species) until the mutations result in a strain that a) is non-infecting for humans b) similar enough in structure to trigger effective antibody production.

So no, taking the Canine Corona vaccine will not protect you from SARS-CoV-2. But yes, it is likely that the processes used to develop the vaccine for Canine Corona will be able to produce a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 given time. Other means of vaccines can entail destroying the virus but leaving remnants to trigger antibodies. These are probably more likely to be the first vaccines we see. Though often run the risk that if a manufacturing imperfection occurs, a small number of active living viruses may occur. Think early Polio vaccines.

Now I’m just going to chide you all a bit, cause frankly, this is “old news”. If you had listened to Jack Spirko podcast, you would of heard all of this discussed well over a month or two ago.

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com

Teaching you to live a better life, when COVID-19 makes it rough, and when things return to better. Helping you realize that while your rifle is great resource (if you have ammo), eating fresh fruits and vegetables grown in your garden, reducing your stress and debt, will do more to keep you safe from America’s #1 killer “heart disease”.  So stay calm, don’t panic, be prudent, be prepared, and most of all enjoy living life!

CODE WARS: The Eclipse Strikes Back

Eclipse Foundation offers open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code

According to the Eclipse Foundation, the differences between Theia and Visual Studio Code are that Theia has a more modular architecture, Theia was designed from the ground to run on desktop and cloud…

Eclipse “Theia”
https://theia-ide.org/

 

COVID-19, Chloroquine, Clinical Trials….

World Corona Virus Cases
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
FYI: Current as of 2020\03\31 @8:18, at 802,556 cases and 39,012 deaths.

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DISCLAIMER: A prescription drug (also prescription medication or prescription medicine) is a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescription_drug

Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine ARE “prescription drugs”, and are intended to be taken under the administration and guidance of medical professionals (doctors and pharmacists) in order to maximize safety. (Translation, if you take a prescription drug, you do so at your own risk, and often at extreme risk of receiving a nomination for a Darwin Award.)

My providing information regarding Chloroquine and other treaments is NOT medical advice, it is merely providing a clearing-house of related information in a singular place.  And I fervently advise against the stupidity of taking any prescription medicine, over-the-counter drug, herbal supplement, or vitamin for which you lack understanding of the risks entailed, the dosage requirements, safety precautions, etc. Particularly, when we have the availability of medical practitioners. You’re not living in Mad Max Thunderdome. The COVID-19 pandemic is NOT the end of the world.  Don’t act like it. Use common sense. Understand that for some SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that leads to the COVID-19 disease) is likely to affect no more than a sniffle, while others it can pose a life threatening situation.  Young, healthy, no existing conditions, are at lower risk (& potentially can be silent carriers) while as older, overweight, less healthy individuals are at far greater risk.

Be wiser and prudent, particularly as the holidays (Easter, Passover, etc.) approach.  It may be better to skip having the large yearly traditional family gathering, and miss out on seeing loved ones and family for one year, than to risk not having a loved one in future years, because one individual was an asymptomatic carrier and another family member at high risk. For many, this may be nothing more than a typical cold or flu, but please do not dismiss the danger to others who are at high risk. I have already had to comfort one friend who lost their younger brother (age 35 – https://www.rep-am.com/local/localnews/2020/03/26/wolcott-man-dies-at-35-from-coronavirus/) to the virus.  And while some may point to his weight, blood pressure, etc. as contributing factors to his succumbing to COVID-19 at only 35, recognize that most Americans (myself included) are out-of-shape, overweight, pre-diabetic, etc. Thus the majority of us are at higher risk than we should be for our ages.

 

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c19a

c19b
https://www.mediterranee-infection.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Hydroxychloroquine_final_DOI_IJAA.pdf

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/is-hype-over-chloroquine-as-a-potential-covid-19-therapy-justified–673

Second study released
https://www.mediterranee-infection.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-IHU-2-1.pdf

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Chloroquine shown to inhibit the original SARS,
https://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-422X-2-69

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Pre-print, pending peer review randomized clinical trial
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.22.20040758v1

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NY Times releases their Coronavirus Case Data for every U.S. County on GitHub.
Article https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-county-data-us.html
GitHub https://github.com/nytimes/covid-19-data
Besides being interesting from a Corona data standpoint, this is the first time I have seen a major news agency release data thru GitHub.

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FDA, Chloroquine, and COVID-19

CDC Info on Therapeutic options for COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/therapeutic-options.html

The purpose of this document is to provide information on two of the approved drugs (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine) and one of the investigational agents (remdesivir) currently in use in the United States.

CHLOROQUINE- chloroquine phosphate tablet
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=9b585ad5-ae86-4403-b83f-8d8363d43da5

Searchable Clinical Trials Site
https://clinicaltrials.gov/

Studies on Chloroquine as an anti-viral for HIV patients.
https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/569/chloroquine/0/patient

Request for Authorization of Emergency Use of Hydrochloroquine
https://www.fda.gov/media/136534/download

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/30/823987540/fda-oks-addition-to-stockpile-of-malaria-drugs-for-covid-19

Fact Sheet …Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
https://www.fda.gov/media/136538/download

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A systematic review on the efficacy and safety of chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883944120303907

  • COVERS: Six articles (one narrative letter, one in-vitro study, one editorial, expert consensus paper, two national guideline documents) and 23 ongoing clinical trials in China. Chloroquine seems to be effective in limiting the replication of SARS-CoV-2 (virus causing COVID-19) in vitro.
  • Chloroquine has been used worldwide for more than 70 years, and it is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) model list of essential medicines.

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COVID-19 Drug Therapy – Potential Options
https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/988648/COVID-19-Drug-Therapy_Mar-2020.pdf

  • Chloroquine – In vitro and limited clinical data suggest potential benefit.
  • Hydroxychloroquine – In vitro and limited clinical data suggest potential benefit.
  • Lopinavir; Ritonavir – Role in the treatment of COVID-19 is unclear. Preclinical data suggested potential benefit; however, more recent data has failed to confirm.
  • Remdesivir – Investigational and available only through expanded access and study protocols; several large clinical trials are underway.
  • Azithromycin – Used in some protocols based on theoretical mechanism and limited preliminary data as adjunct therapy.
  • Tocilizumab – Immunomodulating agent used in some protocols based on theoretical mechanism and limited preliminary data as adjunct therapy.
  • COVID-19 convalescent plasma – Investigational use is being studied.

Recently, I’ve seen mention of Melatonin

Which of these have robust clinical trials showing efficacy for treatment of COVID-19? NONE!! And no treatment will, because clinical trials usually take years. Even a single study is likely to take months, and for it to pass muster there must be randomizing, placebo testing, etc. Not something you do in the midst of the worst pandemic crisis in a 100 years!

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CLINICAL TRIALS

The Clinical Trial Model Is Up for Review: Time, Expense, and Quality of Results Are at Issue, As Is the Relationship to Drug Pricing (published in 2014)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4189694/

  • Gilead’s Harvoni, a fixed-dose combination therapy for hepatitis C, was the fastest program in the anti-infectives therapy area with a 20 month clinical duration, and one of the fastest overall. It was also faster than any anti-infectives in the 2014 study.
  • ^ KEY POINT, fastest = 20 months. Do you really want to wait 20 months with COVID-19 running amok?

 

How fast are clinical trial? (Basically many many months to years.)https://www.clinicaltrialsandme.com/resources/how-long-do-clinical-trials-take.html

Future role of AI in Clinical Trials
https://www.cbinsights.com/research/clinical-trials-ai-tech-disruption/

Fastest drug developers and their practices
https://www.centerwatch.com/articles/13284

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Planquenil (brand name) Dosing
https://www.drugs.com/dosage/plaquenil.html

  • Malaria Prophylaxis (preventative) Dose = Adults: 400 mg (310 mg base) once weekly on the same day of each week starting 2 weeks prior to exposure, and continued for 4 weeks after leaving the endemic area. NOTE: This is NOT the dose to treat Malaria, just the dose prescribed to take weekly if entering an area with a high risk of Malaria contraction.
  • Malaria Treatment Dose = Adults: 800 mg (620 mg base) followed by 400 mg (310 mg base) at 6 hours, 24 hours and 48 hours after the initial dose (total 2000 mg hydroxychloroquine sulfate or 1550 mg base). Weight based dosage in adults and pediatric patients: 13 mg/kg (10 mg/kg base), not to exceed 800 mg (620 mg base) followed by 6.5 mg/kg (5 mg/kg base), not to exceed 400 mg (310 mg base), at 6 hours, 24 hours and 48 hours after the initial dose.
  • Lupus Dose = Adults, 200 to 400 mg (155 to 310 mg base) daily, administered as a single daily dose or in two divided doses. Doses above 400 mg a day are not recommended. à The incidence of retinopathy has been reported to be higher when this maintenance dose is exceeded.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (Initial) Dose = Initial adult dosage: 400 mg to 600 mg (310 to 465 mg base) daily, administered as a single daily dose or in two divided doses. In a small percentage of patients, side effects may require temporary reduction of the initial dosage.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (Maintenance) Dose = Maintenance adult dosage: When a good response is obtained, the dosage may be reduced by 50 percent and continued at a maintenance level of 200 mg to 400 mg (155 to 310 mg base) daily, administered as a single daily dose or in two divided doses. Do not exceed 600 mg or 6.5 mg/kg (5 mg/kg base) per day, whichever is lower, as the incidence of retinopathy has been reported to be higher when this maintenance dose is exceeded.

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Amesh Adalja, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, said hydroxychloroquine has been well-studied, and has both antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/trump-says-fda-fast-track-approve-covid-19-drugs

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German Metrics
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Situationsberichte/2020-03-20-en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

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NOTE: The that in this case, the “regular care” entailed the use of other anti-virals, namely lopinavir and ritonavir. Chloroquine is an older med, easily manufactured cheaply.

Malaria Drug Chloroquine No Better Than Regular Coronavirus Care, Study Finds: In the Chinese study, which was conducted by researchers from the department of infection and immunity at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, the 15 patients who didn’t get hydroxychloroquine were treated with conventional care.

This includes bed rest, oxgen inhalation, and the use of anti-viral drugs recommended in China’s treatment guidelines like lopinavir and ritonavir, and antibiotics when necessary.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-25/hydroxychloroquine-no-better-than-regular-covid-19-care-in-study

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“It’s an important tool we have to study and make sure we get good data on good coronavirus patients and what the impact is,” he told CIDRAP News. But he cautioned that there is limited availability of the drug, and many patients with rheumatoid arthritis rely on it. He also worried the sudden interest in the drug could cause supply chain issues.
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/is-hype-over-chloroquine-as-a-potential-covid-19-therapy-justified–67301

Continues to Facilitate Development of Treatments
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-continues-facilitate-development-treatments

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Wiki – Hydroxychlorquin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroxychloroquine#cite_note-Cor2020-3

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Can we please stop the foolishness and political-infusion into this pandemic.  All options that show any potential merit for treatment need to be explored and utilized. People are dying.

Savor the “Now”

As I watched a video (linked below) shared by a younger friend, I noted the music video didn’t entail tons of scene changes, it was more akin to a still painting, except for the ever-shifting shawl that draped across and thru the entire scene.  The memories of our life intertwined and draped thru this existence. It led me to write this (apologies for it’s length). But if you’re at all struggling or feeling lost in life, please read it thru.  I think it will help anchor you.


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Sometimes you do it all, you do it right, only to find yourself standing there lacking that which you’ve earned and worked so hard for. Seeing folks reap rewards without effort expended. 
Then you turn and see friends, who faced a much harder road then you. Friends of color, friends whose beauty only shines beneath their surface, and so on.  Maybe a few even found success, but you see many who succumbed to the hardships.  Perhaps poverty, prejudice, or health limited their opportunities, preventing them from attending college, or pursuing their dreams. 
We allay ourselves with false platitudes. I should be grateful for my privilege, I should focus upon what I have and not what I lack, and so on, and so on … but we find that we still ache and long. 
We look back fondly on moments of the past. Times with friends, times when we traveled, camped, danced for days to the sound of bands, memories of playing hard. We also bear the burden of regrets that bare our soul’s pains. Nouns – persons, places, and things; we expended the energy of our lives into, only to find ourselves betrayed. 
What then? What now?
I’ve lived this. I’ve watched my younger friends live this. And the shadows of those lives further ahead of me chatter of the pains that increase as life withers. 
Where the heck do we go from such words above? Am I only expressing the sorrows of life? To further those already depressed? To leave without hope those who read these words?
No! Absolutely not. But the point of these words is not to give you hope, or prepare you for what the future holds. Nor to make you wait for a solution yet to come. 
The solution to these words is here now. That’s it. The Now!
This is the secret to joy.  Enjoying the now. Regardless of what you are facing today, what options you have in the cards to play, you have a “Now”.  Maybe that now = working every day, commuting every day, sitting in class and writing reports every day, or sitting every day home alone in front of Netflix. 
The secret to joy, is to continuously see the “now” and enjoy what is found in the now. Does this mean we ignore the hardships and pain? Nope. You can’t. It WILL hurt. What it means, is to meditate on those elements of beauty, of uniqueness, and of fondness that we encounter every day. 
When we pass by the flower on our way into our car to commute to work, school, or city bus. Pause…enjoy the beauty of the flower. Can’t pause, running late, the bus is coming around the corner and you’re dashing 100 yards with four bags of groceries, one of which is tearing. Do you stop to smell the flower and miss your bus?  Of course not. Doing so would add stress and static into your life. But when you sit your butt down, be it in the car or the city bus, then reflect on the flower. Take joy in having glimpsed it’s beauty. It’s fleeting, a few more days, and that flower’s opportunity to be seen will be gone with its passing. Likewise, don’t take your eyes off the road, but make sure you enjoy that gorgeous full moon setting below the horizon on your morning commute. Labor to complete your term paper assignment, without forgetting to be gleeful about having access to a quantity of knowledge that sages of old imagined belonged only to the gods. Now, it is carried in the palm of our hand. We don’t even fathom as we pine for the lost library of Alexandria, our philosophical idols would have gladly burned the lighthouse to have the knowledge and ability to share a thought to the entire world, that we routinely hold in our hand. 
So that’s my lesson for today. And my homework assignment for joy. 
As you read this, most likely reading it in the palm of your hand. Fathom how rich you are, a library greater than Alexandria, a pulpit with an audience that exceeds any lecture by Plato or Socrates, a camera far superior to any that was ever held by Ansel Adams,  computing power thousands of times that which conveyed man to the Moon.  
So what do you want to know today? What one thought would you say to the world today? What sight great or small did you see worthy of sharing with the entire world? 
So that’s the secret of joy. It’s not being happy all the time, nor is it being happy with every circumstance of life.  It’s enjoying life in the moment. Every day. Every moment. Finding those amazing moments that are so often hidden by our own negligence of thoughts. And rather than casually skipping past them. Dwell upon them and savor them.


“Savor the tasty beautiful morsels of life. Savor the NOW!”


(This is a lesson I’ve learned. With help from having observed my mom, who has continuously sought to enjoy living life throughout all circumstance.)

Here is a link to the video referenced above that my friend shared “Delete Forever” by Grimes.
https://youtu.be/gvzC8MmC850

Three questions to ask when hiring supervisory positions

I was recently asked by a friend for advice regarding three questions to ask when interviewing a prospective candidate for a supervisory or managerial role. These are the three I suggested for her scenario, however, I think these are fairly good questions to ask in general for any mid-level management interview.

  1. What techniques do you use to motivate your employees/team while avoiding the increase of conflict or negative impacts on morale?

    Ensuring employees are motivated to be productive in the performance of their tasks is the sacred blood flow of a company. Unless your industry can magically print money, you need productive workers. Unmotivated employees lead to poor productivity levels, inefficiency, and a loss of corporate competitiveness. This is the lifeblood of any company. If circulation slows and stops, the company will fail.  So what ensures your employees are motivated and productive?

    It’s been said, employees do not leave companies, they leave managers. While not wholly accurate, it conveys a very strong point. An employee that has a great manager, will usually continue working productively, even if they are employed at a lousy company.  Where as, even an employee of a top company, will leave, if they have a horrible manager. 

    Being a supervisor or manager brings a certain amount of authority. However, the rod can only motivate to a degree, abuse of authority is a common cause for employee churn. Leadership, accomplishes the same goal, with far better outcomes of increased productivity and reduced employee churn.   With this question, we want to access the candidate’s leadership abilities.


  2. How do you facilitate bi-directional knowledge sharing, including the encouragement of idea sharing from those you lead? How do you go about evaluating, implementing, and determining the profitable feasibility of said ideas and innovations?

    Here we want to ensure the candidate is inclined to share knowledge and processes with those under their direction, rather than holding knowledge for themselves and becoming a single point of failure.  We do not want a supervisor to be a “locked gateway”.  Nor do we want a culture in which ideas and innovations are suppressed. In this day and age, innovative ideas differentiate Amazon and Sears, Tesla and Chrysler. That said, not every idea is good. A manager needs to foster an environment that encourages innovation while simultaneously implementing a framework that evaluates both the immediate impact and the effect over time to ensure that any new process enacted, affects the organization positively.

    We want to ensure the candidate is a facilitator who enables their team to be productive and fosters their growth. Does the candidate micro manage, is their way the only way, or are open to change and accepting of suggestions and input from underlings?


  3. How do you handle conflict and failure? Both in regards to those under your supervision and more importantly, your own? When in-over-your-head or too heavily invested, what actions do you take to ensure the situation does not reach a level that puts the well being of the greater whole in jeopardy or at risk? (project, team, business, well being of personnel) What external resources beyond yourself and your team, do you utilize or reach out to in order to ensure that you, your team, and the venture as a whole continue to be successful?

    What are we looking for here? Primarily, an ability to look outside one’s self and to ensure stakeholders are notified in an appropriate timeframe when issues arise.  Simple answers can include: “I google the problem.” “Seek input from a peer/colleague.” “Reach out to stakeholders.” 

    We want to ensure that the candidate is not going to attempt to put out a fire alone, without activating alarms to notify the appropriate response teams. That their ego will not prevent them from reaching out for assistance when the situation warrants doing so.  As a stakeholder, we do not want to discover one of our business’ buildings
    burned down because we were never alerted to the fire.

How are those three? Yes, they are a bit long. But really they cover the primary issues I see in supervisory/team dynamics.

I. Motivation of the team.
II. Empowering the team.
III. Mitigating risks – particularly those with the potential to negatively impact the smooth operation of the project.

If able, be sure to ask follow-up questions. If not, then I suggest prefacing your three questions with the following statement. “For each question, please elaborate and provide an example from two of your listed past employments. Express how each required and necessitated different approaches.”

Thoughts? What are some questions you’ve found useful in weeding out good leaders and supervisors from bad ones?

 

 

Ten Strategies to Help YOU thru Depression

For those of us who struggle with periodic bouts of depression. Be they caused by chemical imbalances or is a justifiable reaction to difficult life circumstances.

  1. Okay, so what’s got you down? Usually there is a trigger. It can be very small, but it is the event or thought that tipped the scale.
  2. Realize these things come in waves. It’s part of the brain’s processing. I find it takes a day and a half to three days for the brain to process.
  3. Get sleep, I’ve found I’ll have a really stressful series of dreams. But these dreams are my brain processing the issues of life and essentially “de-fragging” my soul.
  4. Nutrients. Powerload. Hydrate. Vitamins (B6) are good. Get some animal protein and fat in you along with fresh produce. BLT’s are great for this. Fresh oranges also are help. Fresh lime in water too, and helps hydrate.
  5. Pick 1-3 friends to verbally release.
  6. Masturbate – awkward as it sounds, it can help. But usually only if you’ve done the above. A climax is essentially a physical reset.
  7. Bath with Epsom salt. Gets the magnesium our body has trouble absorbing thru digestion.
  8. Pray. Talk to the divine, to the universe, question, cuss him/her out.
  9. Sleep the night thru with the lights on. Can help reset circadian rhythm.
  10. Know you have friends, family, kids, that love you, admire you, enjoy you.

I’m calling it… Tesla “CYBERTRUCK” is a “dumptruck”

Many are scouring the two released images, particularly the one for the 11/21 Unveiling invite, for clues on Tesla’s soon to be unveiled CYBERTRUCK.First release, presumed back of CYBERTRUCK

And second image in the invitation to the unveiling.

I have seen many argue whether the second image depicts the front or the back of the vehicle, with most concluding it is the front.Recently, someone took the odd fonts Tesla used to spell CYBERTRUCK and fit them together thusly…

and others took it further, based on the second released image depicting a very sharp nose to create the following…

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Now, I am not saying they are wrong in concept. But I am dubious the design would be so rigid. And while tinkering around with the two released images, I reached a different conclusion. I believe the first image is the back of the truck bed with a cover on it, as do most who have viewed it.

But I believe the second image also depicts the back of the CYBERTRUCK. And what people are presuming is a sharply downward angled windshield, is in fact, the bed of the CYBERTRUCK. And that we are seeing a very nicely lifted tailend, and the downward slope arises from the truck bed being angled and raised to facilitate the dumping of material.

That’s right. I believe at least one option tier for Tesla’s entry into the workhorse market entails a “dumptruck” feature incorporating an electrically powered hydraulic lift.

Below you will see my edits tinkering with the two released images. My highlighting of the bed in raised position. And an overlay of released image #1 atop of released image #2.

Elon, am I right?

#cybertruck=dumptruck


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