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DIVORCING A NARCISSIST

Parting ways with a narcissist, regardless of whether they left you or you left them, is HELLISH!

It is a hellish and painful experience that leaves one exhausted – mind, body, and soul. They isolate you from all former social circles. Narcissists are charismatic and come across believable, while being adept liars who do so with no guilt or remorse. They tend to enrapture the court to their will.  They will make a false claim that requires you spend hours collating evidence to debunk. Then once you have evidence to debunk, the court will suddenly cease to care about the issue. Issues you raise of a far more serious nature will be ignored by the courts. 

I have had to deal with reports of my children being choked, sat upon, having their nose and mouth covered, and hear them share being called derogatory names.

Meanwhile, you will be attacked about everything. What you feed them. The quality of their poop. If you’re 5-10 minutes late dropping them off when they’re court ordered to pick them up, but don’t.

They will seem to be handed EVERYTHING with ease, and you will have to struggle and be exhausted to just retain the bare minimum.

It will feel insane. It is insane. Your heart will break. Your soul will crack. You will lose friends and be alone, because people will not understand.

They will just think (a) your divorce is just two bitter people who wont forgive  (b) that you just need to move on and ignore your ex – they do not understand that you can’t simply ignore things because of the court system. And that a narcissist ex never forgives and wages a constant and continuous vendetta.

Years after you have parted, when they have a new lover, new house, new car, while you’re struggling to just survive…they will still be attacking.

Years later they will contact or post utterly baseless statements on the walls of facebook friends that were your friends prior to marriage. You will think to yourself “why don’t they simply live their life, instead of focusing on attacking you” – but Narcissists do not know how to forgive. They will NOT be content to simply part ways. They are intent on your ruin. They need you ruined in order to justify their own actions against you.

You see, they view the time with you as lost, or more aptly, stolen by you. And you can’t restore that time to them. Therefore you will NEVER be forgiven by them. Narcissists need to have control (of their environment and those around them).  They also have need of being seen a certain way, and anything or ANYONE who tarnishes their image or puts it to question is immediately painted black.

They will create a version of you that they portray to others, in an attempt to justify their treatment of you. If abusive, the version of you cotinuously and deliberately did things to make them abuse you. It was your fault. If they abandoned you, they will seek your ruin so that they can justify having left you just in time.

Although routinely denigrated by the Narcissist and demeaned and called names, and perhaps even physically abusivr (be it occasional, as my cade, or routinely as in far too many others), the narcissist will attempt to portray you as the abuser and themselves as a victim. Garnering sympathy while simultaneously isolating you further.

NOTE:  Narcissists are instigators.  Don’t let the times they pushed you to react cause you guilt.  (I had to question a past ex, in order to get reinforcement and affirmation that in the year and a half we were together,  i was NEVER like what my dynamic with my Narcissist ex was like, nor what my narc-ex portrayed and claimed me to be like.)

Yes, even you may have done some of the same in retaliation or defense. same You may have shouted back or cussed them out too, (as i did), you may have even responded to physical attacks with the same (something i am grateful that i never did).  There were a few times after an argument that i kicked a trash can or slammed a door – i am not proud of those moments. And you likely are not proud of your moments of failure. 

However, please remember it is very hard to continuously endure such abuse and not be pushed to react on occasion. Especially as often the Narcissists entire goal is to push you to react so they can then swap blame for the situation onto you. That being a common Narcissist strategy, they pick at your bones continuously, starting conflicts over anything and everything. Small inconsequential matters are made into soul crushing criticisms. Then guilt and gas light you once they finally manage to push you to reacting. And most of this will happen in the shadows, happen indoors, not when people are around.

I call it church  door syndrome. My father could be a monster, and the drives to church were often the worst. But once we walked thru that doors the genteel polite helpful disposition was put on for show.  And a narcissist often will make a statement that will seem inconsequential to the others standing around, but will be a sharp stab related to the prior hidden conflict. So when you throw up your arms and exclaim “you’re done, you’ll be in the car” they will look to the others standing and sequester affirmation ” Did I say something horribly wrong? Or did she/he overreact?” And the Narcissist will be told nothing was wrong with their statement. They clearly overreacted. And the public image will be of the Narcissist’s spouse being at issue. Unaware that a subtle game of undermining was orchestrated by the Narcissist and that their seemingly mild words were in fact merely a fuse lit to set off charges they planted earlier. This is how Narcissists and the like work.

Narcissists rarely apologize. When they do, it is often for the sake of dropping the issue at hand. And if you attempt to inquire and discuss their action further, why they did it or how or hurt you, they will blow up on you and decry that their apology wasn’t enough. You quickly realize from the anger that they were not apologetic nor interested in your hurt nor remorseful for their actions, rather they simply wanted the matter dropped. I

Likewise, “Affection”  is meted out in controlled doses to reward, and withheld to show displeasure. Even asking for a kiss goodnight or goodbye can be refused, asking why will blow up into a confrontation. And you’ll be left to go to bed or drive home in a torn mental state having been belittled, criticised, and made to feel a failure. They will give you the silent treatment but not express why they are displeased. They will tell you nothing is wrong, while interacting with you in a way that is cold, harsh, and clearly says something is wrong. Because that enables them to control you, and leave you questioning yourself. You’ll think back to any recent situation in which you made a mistake or let them down. You’ll inquire of that is the issue. Their response “No, i already said there was NO ISSUE! But since you mention it.” (Having manipulated you into searching for and handing them ammo to now assail you.)

And if you think that separating ends these behaviors, you are quite misguided. Regardless of whether you leave them or they abandon you, they will use the divorce system to take as much as they can from you. Their idea of a compromise is, i gave into one thing and you have to give into all of mine. If you give them 90% of what they ask for, they still feel that they only got half of what they asked for, and less than they feel they deserve and are entitled to. And if you have children, you are cursed to 18 – youngest child’s age of being dragged into court and the entire family court system being a club they can wield against you. And since Narcissists tend to have a charismatic presentation, each time you have a new judge or court magistrate (which in my case is nearly every time) entails starting from scratch with the Narcissist immediately swoon them to their favor requiring you to have to spend hours of labor to defend from their accusations and substantiate your claims. The process will leave you feeling like Alice in Wonderland – all their accusations will seem to accepted at face value as truth, and any of your claims will be passed over.  Taking the high road, being passive, seeking an equitable 50/50 are sadly losing strategies when dealing with a Narcissist in family court.

This detail of what it is like to part ways with a Narcissist is based on my personal experiences as well as anecdotal observations of family/friends who have parted ways with a Narcissist. Sadly, i suspect that others who have similarly parted ways will relate to a large portion of what i have described above. 

It is my personal opinion that these behaviors are typical of  Cluster B disorders (Narcissist/BPD/sociopaths).

For those who have parted ways, be it spouse, significant other, parent, or a family member – do your experiences line up with what I have described above?

The Scariest T-Shirt I Own…

A while back there was much debate as to whether Facebook was listening to conversations. Let me affirm that without a doubt, they were – particularly, if FB Messenger was open. People would express that they were talking about stuff and suddenly ads related to their conversations would appear in their Facebook feed. Others dismissed these claims as happenstance, and individuals just not recalling past searches and or viewing of related sites.

Let me share my tale, and I think it will settle that debate handedly.  You see, I own a really scary shirt…

But before I get to that tale, let me share a couple seemingly unrelated tales.

TALE #1 – My Kids Like Minecraft!

If you are like me, you probably grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. Kids these days seem to be all about YouTube. They watch unboxing videos, 24 hour challenges, other people playing games like Minecraft. One of the popular youtubers is named DanTDM. My son was watching one of his videos titled “THE DAB MUST BE STOPPED!!!”. After which my son was running around the house shouting “Dabbing is banned! No more dabbing!” – until finally his older sister told him to shut-up already we get the point. Meanwhile, I was on my phone messaging a friend.

 

TALE #2 – Taking the kids to see an old friend who was passing on…

(a few days later)

I had just picked up my children for one of my weekly evening visitations [family court sucks, and desperately needs 50/50 reform]. My eldest daughter asked what we were going to do that day. I replied to her that we were going to visit an old friend of Daddy’s who was passing on. With sympathy in her voice she apologetically asked “What happened?”. I explained that I had known this friend since I was their age, and that well they had made some bad decisions, run into financial hardship, and one thing led to another. And we were going so that Daddy could say good-bye to his childhood friend.  (Deep heavy topic for children, I know….)

My son inquired if we would have time to do anything else during today’s visitation. I replied, probably not, explaining that it likely would take up the entire visitation time – to which my youngest daughter loudly exclaimed “THE WHOLE TIME!” and began to pout. My eldest chastising her for being inconsiderate of Daddy’s feelings.  As we continued our drive we passed by a Toys’R’Us, which my eldest pointed out as she asked “Daddy, did you hear? Toys’R’Us is closing!”  I replied that I had, and it made me sad.

This is when the gears in my eldest’s sharp mine begins to put two and two together. She pauses, and then inquires “Wait…Daddy, is this who you mean?”  To which I reply as I pull into the Toys’R’Us parking lot. “Ya, we’re going to see Daddy’s old friend Geoffrey Giraffe to say good-bye.”  Needless to say, my youngest had no problem spending the entire visitation time at Daddy’s friend’s place – especially as they were told that they each could have $40 to spend on clearance items.  My eldest bought a gumball machine, my son a light-up Kylo Ren lightsaber, and my youngest a beginner’s “pogostick”.

Bear with me, this will ALL tie into together. This tale also helps establish the context of the time period this all occurred (i.e. Toys’R’Us closure).

While meandering thru the halls of Toys’R’Us saying our farewells, my youngest her heart’s desire. During this time I was mostly just wandering with the cart waiting for them to finish their selections, watching the clock for when we’d have to leave in order to return my kids home, and chatting with friends on my phone.  “Daddy, daddy, puh-lease…..can I get it!”

“Get what?”

“That!” as she points to the large  display case with a huge plush “Rainbow Unicorn”.

I replied to her “You already have a lot of plushies, and unicorns, and I think the pogostick you picked out is really cool. Besides, it’s probably more than $40.”

“Please Daddy, but it’s a ‘rrraaaiinbbbbow unicorn!'”

As we approach close enough to see the price tag, sure enough it’s well over a $100. I reply to my youngest, “It’s way too expensive. It’s over a $100.” The soft sighing whimpers trail off “…but it’s a rainbow unicorn….” Soon after it was time for us to check out and return home.

The END (or so I thought)

TALE # 3: The Scariest Shirt I Own!

Now, I’ll be honest, if you told me a week before that these tales would intertwine, I would of likely told you I don’t even remember the first one – as I never would if not for Tale #3, which occurred a few days after Tale #2. I was scrolling thru my Facebook feed when lo and behold the following advertisement appeared.

That’s right, Facebook was showing me a T-shirt, with my then employer’s logo, featuring a “dabbing rainbow unicorn”.

Now, let me make it abundantly clear,…

I have never ever wanted a shirt with my work’s logo and a dabbing rainbow unicorn, nor even a shirt with a dabbing rainbow unicorn – EVER!!!

Let me repeat…

I have never ever wanted a shirt with my work’s logo and a dabbing rainbow unicorn, nor even a shirt with a dabbing rainbow unicorn – EVER!!!

I had never ever browsed or searched for a dabbing unicorn. Facebook Messenger had been actively listening while I utilized it. And what did it pick up? My son shouting about “dabbing” and my youngest daughter shouting about a “rainbow unicorn”.  Additionally, Facebook had my employment info from my profile.  That information was apparently made available to advertisers. And apparently a vendor with an AI process to compose potential T-shirt designs thought due to those keywords that I might want a T-shirt of my company with a dabbing-rainbow-unicorn.

I did NOT!

Though I did in fact wind up ordering the shirt with the idea of using it as part of a presentation on security in regards to social networks and socially integrated devices.  And that is how I wound up with what is by far, the SCARIEST T-SHIRT I have ever owned.

 

In Conclusion…

If there was ever any doubt in your mind as to whether Facebook was actively listening to your conversations, this should put that doubt to rest. THEY WERE!!!!

 

 

 

NO – Washington D.C. does not warrant being its own state! YES – it deserves representation…

There are several reasons that Washington D.C. does not warrant an entire statehood.

1) D.C. does NOT have the territory or diverse expansiveness that an actual state does.

Let’s discuss considerations below…

Population

  • At 700,000 the population of D.C. exceeds two states (Vermont and Wyoming), and is approximate to the entire population of Alaska.
  • The population of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico at 3+ million is 4x-5x that of Washington D.C.

Does population justify making Washington D.C. a state? The District of Columbia has a population equivalent or exceeding a number of U.S. states. Doesn’t that warrant being a state?

No, population itself does not warrant statehood.
We’ll show why as we continue…

Territory

Does D.C. have the diversity of a state?  Does it have significant territory to manage?  No.  Washington D.C. is merely a city-district.  It neither manages an expanse of diverse territory and lacks diversity in implementation of it’s population living methods – it is entirely, a “city-life”.

Let’s compare a few states with an approximate population size with the District of Columbia, as well as territory under jurisdiction (in sq miles).

  • Wyoming – Population: ~575,000 | Territory: 97,000+
  • Vermont – Population: ~625,000| Territory: 9,500+
  • Alaska – Population: ~700,000+ | Territory: 665,000+
  • N. Dakota – Population: ~750,000 | Territory: 70,000+
  • Delaware – Population: ~975,000 | Territory: 2,400+
  • Rhode Island – Population: ~1,000,000 | Territory: 1,500+
  • Maine  – Population: ~1,350,000 | Territory: 35,000+
  • Hawaii  – Population: ~1,400,000 | Territory: 10,900+
    and let’s add…
  • Puerto Rico – Population: ~3,200,000 | Territory: 5,300+

And let’s look at how the District of Columbia compares:

  • Washington D.C. – Population: ~700,000 | Territory: 68+ square miles

Consider the above for a moment..

At 1,500 square miles, Rhode Island has the smallest territory of the states listed above. However, despite being so small, Rhode Island manages a territory that is still over twenty-two times larger than the District of Columbia .  Vermont and Wyoming, the only two states to have a population size smaller than D.C. manage a territory that is respectively, over 140 and 1,400 times larger than the District of Columbia. That is two orders of magnitude for Vermont, and three orders of magnitude for Wyoming.  We are talking about territories that range from low 4-digit to 6-digit numbers in size vs 68.

Think of it this way…

$68

vs

$9,500

vs

$97,000

When you put the dollar sign in front, you really start to feel the difference in those numbers. One is the cost of a home, one is the cost of a decent used vehicle, and the other is a Comcast internet bill.

So why is territory relevant? Territory defines the management of infrastructure, variances in concerns of population from one part of the territory to another. Far more nuanced than just one city.  Why if were were going to look at cities becoming states, the Los Angeles metro, and the NYC/NJ/Greenwich,CT region both offer far more justification for statehood based both on population and territory.

Should we consider statehood for any large flat sprawling city megatropolis?  And what about in the future? When we start building cities upward?  And beyond?

Future

How does “Population” hold up when we look to the future, to where America and humanity as a whole is headed? And let’s put it all into perspective.

  • The Bhurj Dubai has a capacity 35,000 people.
  • The Great Mosque of Mecca has had a capacity of approx. 750,000, and is being increased toward a capacity of 2.5+ million (so we’re talking about a single structure that holds 2x-3x the population of the District of Columbia.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mosque_of_Mecca
  • The Edifício Copan (Copan Building) in São Paulo, Brazil has over 1,160 apartments with 5,000 residents.
  • The Jeddah Tower, being constructed in Saudi Arabia, is expected to be the world’s first kilometer tall building.

    https://www.listerious.com/facts-about-jeddah-tower/
  • The Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel complex in Saudi Arabia is a 21+ million sq ft facility, has parking for 1,000 vehicles, a room with a 10,000 person capacity, and a capacity for 75,000 people.
  • X-Seed 4000, was a Japanese design that though never intended to be built, conceptualizes a massive structure that would dwarf the Burj Dubai.   Not merely a slender sliver of a tower reaching toward the sky, the X-Seed concept is a mountain-like monolith intended to be an entire city of up to a million inhabitants.
    X-Seed 4000
    It is just one a number of conceptual “city-structures” being conceptualized, planned, or proposed.
  • [ X-Seed 4000 | Dubai City Tower | Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid | Ultima Tower |

We will not see such structures in my lifetime. However, the structures such as the “Burj Dubai” and others that we see built today are the sort of structures that were being envisioned when the Empire State Building was built.  It is very likely in another 100 years we will begin to see “city-structures” constructed that support populations of hundreds of thousands residing inside.

Which begets the question? Should these future “city-structures” qualify as “states”.

2) Statehood is not the real issue. The real issue for Washington D.C. is Federal representation.

And that is a legitimate issue of concern. Lack of congressional input for American citizens who reside in the District of Columbia.

There are two solutions as I see it…

OPTION 1

Cede the majority of Washington D.C. territory back to Maryland retaining only the core central area of the District as Federal (the area containing the majority of Federal buildings, museums, and memorials).  It’s doubtful this will transpire.

OPTION 2

The following is a position I have long advocated for…

Washing D.C., along with all non-state U.S. territories (i.e. U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.) should be allocated the following:
A) 1 Senator – this would equate to 101 senators, and eliminate the need for variances involving the Vice-President’s vote – “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided”.
B) # of representatives according to the population metrics of distribution. However, unlike states in which the individual seats are voted on. A single vote across all U.S. territories occurs, with the # of representative positions being filled sequentially by correlating top vote recipients.
Based on population, it would likely entail four representatives in the house. With a system in which the four representative slots are filled with the top four vote winners.  We would hopefully see a reasonable mix of representatives from both the District, and the Island territories. And while the smaller four smaller island territories would likely lack political clout against D.C., hopefully those general concerns common to island territories would find representation with the territory of Puerto Rico, who’s population is significantly larger than that of Washington D.C.  And perhaps it would result in the pacific island territories forming a sort of decidingly influential swing vote, as is seen in many parliamentary systems, where a strong smaller party often determines the government by whichever of the two major parties they select to align with.
I feel that option (B) is better than the present push for D.C. statehood, as it would not only provide the District of Columbia with representation. But would establish representation for all U.S. territories – potentially, even future ones.

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.


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