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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…


  • 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…


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…






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?


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.
  • 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.
  • 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…


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.


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.

COVID-19, Chloroquine, Clinical Trials….

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

DISCLAIMER: A prescription drug (also prescription medication or prescription medicine) is a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.

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 – 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.





Second study released


Chloroquine shown to inhibit the original SARS,


Pre-print, pending peer review randomized clinical trial


NY Times releases their Coronavirus Case Data for every U.S. County on GitHub.
Besides being interesting from a Corona data standpoint, this is the first time I have seen a major news agency release data thru GitHub.


FDA, Chloroquine, and COVID-19

CDC Info on Therapeutic options for COVID-19

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

Searchable Clinical Trials Site

Studies on Chloroquine as an anti-viral for HIV patients.

Request for Authorization of Emergency Use of Hydrochloroquine

Fact Sheet …Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19


A systematic review on the efficacy and safety of chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19

  • 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.


COVID-19 Drug Therapy – Potential Options

  • 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!



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)

  • 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.)

Future role of AI in Clinical Trials

Fastest drug developers and their practices


Planquenil (brand name) Dosing

  • 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.


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.


German Metrics


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.


“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.–67301

Continues to Facilitate Development of Treatments


Wiki – Hydroxychlorquin

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.

No, all the mass shooters are NOT Democrats/Republicans (yes, most are male…and there is a reason for that)

Recently saw a claim that all of the 2018 mass shootings had a link to the alt-right.  And in past years the claim has been made that most have had links to the left.

Often it is hard to determine, unless there are blatant outbursts, manifestos, etc. And often, it is those for which we have those, that we can easily identify.  Yet, oddly, these often disappear.  Their posts, tweets, facebook pages are taken down.  No determination made.  In regards to those under 18, they are too young to register to vote. But often there are patterns.  Democrat children often follow parents, likewise Republican.

For those older, I find it odd how nearly impossible it is to find voting registration records of shooters. (But perhaps that is because I believe that once you commit such a heinous crime, you give up all pretense to privacy rights of publicly held information.)

Here is a list of mass shootings. This corresponds to most of the red dot maps that circulate online. But if you read thru the list, you suddenly realize that 90% are gang shootings, bar fights, love triangles, etc.  Not what most are thinking of when we say a “mass shooting”.

To most of us, we mean a shooting in which hapless strangers are tragically targeted and/or murdered.  Either due to a political viewpoint or from a combination of isolation and mental illness.  I’ve tried to review most of those below.

There are some other relevant aspects related to the typical mass shooter. Many come from fatherless or broken homes.  And most endure significant isolation. This is a cause of concern that is often passed over, dismissed as a sex only “Incel” issue. If we are open to it, it may  in fact be one of the leading contributing factors.  Social issues affecting males in our society are routinely ignored. Often flat out dismissed on the grounds of privilege.  However, privilege in and of itself does not nullify legitimate issues of concern.

For example, the quantity of positive touch that the average American male receives is extremely low.  Many men goes days, weeks, even months without any significant affirming touch. (Let’s define significant as a “minimum” of 30 seconds of positive affirming platonic touch. A two second handshake or greeting hug does not count.)  Studies have shown that such isolation corresponds to increased incidents of violence.  Now, the comment retort is “toxic masculinity” is the problem. Perhaps it is a leading factor, but it is far from exclusive. Many males report that they do try to express their emotions, their struggles, their hardships. Societies response, both from men and women, is largely to silence, reject, ignore, or isolate the individual.  The more a man struggles in our society (be it an injury, illness, or series of unfortunate events), the more he finds that he has no friends, no supporters, and that he is now deemed ineligible to date.  Men are not allowed to reveal their struggle, not so much by toxic men, but rather by women.  It is often women who enact the harshest punishments toward men who reveal weakness or failure.

The result of this isolation, that so many wonder as to why it leads to this sort of violence. Or why are nearly ALL shooters “men”.   What role does this isolation play?

Imagine if you will, that you are in my shoes.  A divorced father, with three children whom you love very much.  You’re a devoted father.  A doting father.  But despite being in the top 1% of fathers, you still have had your children taken from you because you have a penis.  You spent tens of thousands of dollars just fighting to maintain a 50/50, every other week, custody. On top of losing access to most of your children’s lives.  Never getting to enjoy moments you spent years dreaming of…you also find yourself enslaved economically to your ex-spouse. Duplicity in the handling of the financial metric leaves you paying nearly double what the state says you should. You find yourself working 40 hours or more at a demanding job, commuting 2-3 hours a day, continually exhausted.  And what for?  You get but two weekends a month with your kids, and perhaps a few isolated visitation windows in the week.  Then what? What happens on that bit of free time you find yourself left with?  You seek out social engagement, comradery, friendship, romantic interest.  But it eludes you…

Most of the people you encounter are involved in relationships, dragging along a 3rd wheel rarely is popular.  Social engagements, well in your 40’s many of those involve the need for $$$ (which you have in very short supply).  Friendship and comradery…but you’re single. Okay, so go to singles focused activities.  Only to find that you’re ineligible. NO ONE, wants to date someone with all your baggage. An ongoing divorce (after 5 years), three children (which are your life, and whom you are NOT simply going to brush aside), and financial challenges despite having downsized your life to a mobile home and 15 year old vehicles.

The result?  It is not uncommon for me to go weeks or even months without ANY non-family touch.  Maybe I enjoy 2-3 nights a year in which I get to cuddle with someone, watch a movie, and spend the night in each others arms. And no, that’s not a euphemism for sex. I am talking platonic touch.

On top of all this, you are very aware that you have internal issues as well. You don’t find yourself abandoned from your marriage, your children largely taken away, and not have a broken heart.

You think, oh this is common…let me see what resources are out there to help.  This is where it gets really depressing, as you discover nearly no resources exist for you.  Almost every site is worded for women, none even recognize you as a victim of abuse.  Meanwhile, time passes….years pass.  You’ve worked on yourself. You still try to be upbeat while hiding all the stuff going on in the background of your life. Because you’ve realized those negative events have to be handled on your own. Exposing them will simply cause you to be further abandoned.  And you can already count on your hand how many people visited and hung out with you last year.

So what happens. Most of ones life in a cubicle at work. No one visits.  No on ever touches you. You post about just needing a friend to visit during a hard week, hang out, watch a movie, share a beer, laugh….no one comes.  They’re all too busy, often with others, most often with partners. One day, something really bad happens. You begin to write a suicide note.  But in the end it takes a turn and just becomes an expression of your pain. But it’s clear, very clear, just how close it was to one.  Three days later…the first comment by a friend appears “<3”

How long do you think a soul can exist in such a world?  How long until that man starts to feel like a spectre or ghost.  Just haunting his cubicle every day. Heck, I mistakenly came to work on MLK, the building was empty. It wasn’t much different from most any other day.  Eventually, these sorts of things in combination with zero physical touch start to establish a pattern in which the mind begins to dissassociate an understanding of the physical.  Without human touch, you might as well be playing some Sims game or “Cubicle 2.0”.  And it is much easier to shut off life, or shoot another life, when the mind has become so dissassociated from existence.  That there is little more interaction with humanity than NPC characters in the latest Playstation RPG.

Perhaps, beyond political leanings. We as a society need to take a strong hard look at the isolation we put our men thru, and how that isolation contributes to suicide, violence, toxic masculinity, and more.

I wager we would actually see far more progress if we addressed that than if we addressed politics, firearms, or mental health.

Once again…

Here is a list of 2018 mass shootings. I’ve tried to review most of the ones that fall outside of gang, bar, lover quarrels, etc.


11/7 Thousand Oaks shooting – Ian David Long, former marine, with recognized mental health issues. Possible PTSD.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
11/2 Tallahassee shooting – Scott Paul Beierle, former military veteran and former public school teacher. Also a documented sexual predator. Incel. Racist.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
10/27 Tree of Life Synagogue (Pittsburgh, PA) – Robert Gregory Bowers, white nationalist.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
10/24 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting – Gregory A. Bush, history of mental illness and domestic violance with his ex-wife who was black.  Paranoid-schizophrenic. Racist behaviors.

[Left-wing label, Justified]
9/20 Aberdeen, Maryland shooting – Snochia Moseley, a self-identified transgender African American woman who struggled with mental health issues.

[Unknown, more likely Left-aligned]
9/6 Cincinnati shooting – Omar Santa Perez, severe mental health issues. Paranoid.

[Unknown, more likely Left-aligned, or apolitical]
8/26 Jacksonville Landing (video game venue) – David Katz, a professional Madden player from Baltimore, Maryland. History of mental illness. Parents government employees at NASA and FDA (unlikely to be righ-leaning)

[Unlikely, more likely Left-wing aligned]
6/28 Capital Gazette shooting – Jarrod Ramos, history of mental health issues.

[Unlikely, more likely Left-wing aligned]
5/30 2018 Scottsdale spree – Dwight Lamon Jones, mental health issues, domestic violence record, divorce, custody issues at play.

[Left-wing label, Justified]
5/18 Sante Fe HS –  Dimitrios Pagourtzis, possible victim of repeated bullying.  Statments included “Hammer and Sickle=Rebellion”

[Right-wing label, Probable]
4/22 Nashville Waffle House – Travis Jeffrey Reinking, severe schizophrenia. Was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to a mental hospital for treatment. (Apparently was partly naked during the shooting.)  A prior report noted: “Travis is hostile toward police and does not recognize police authority. Travis also possesses several firearms.” [Now ask yourself why someone this delusional was allowed to continue possessing firearms????] Possibly a sovereign rights supporter. He was arrested by Secret Service in 2017 at the White House grounds trying to meet with President Trump. Claim of racist epitaphs used.]

[None, Personal/Relationship related]
3/9 Yountville Shooting – Albert Wong, Afghanistan Army vet. Was dimissed from residential treatment center.  Allowed most staff and veterans to exit. Held three clinicians, who were later killed by Wong.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
2/14 Stoneman Douglas HS – Nikolas Cruz, adopted, orphaned in 2017. Repeated school expulsions. Multiple recommendations for involuntary psychiatric care. Claims of anti-black/muslim rhetoric, swastikas, etc. Bragged about killing animals.  Everything here should of prevented him from purchasing a firearm per existing gun laws. However, mental health is rarely reported unless it is tied to a documented criminal record. At least 45 calls were made in reference to Cruz & household.
Multiple incidents of school shooter threat mishandled. “The sheriff’s office received a number of tips in 2016 and 2017 about Cruz’s threats to carry out a school shooting. The FBI learned that a YouTube user with the username “nikolas cruz” posted a message in September 2017 about becoming a school shooter, but the agency could not identify the user. In January 2018, someone contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tip line with a direct complaint that Cruz had made a death threat, but the complaint was not forwarded to the local FBI office.”

[Right & Left Wing label, probably Justified, possibly more left leaning]
1/23 Marshall County High School – Gabriel Ross Parker, had copies of the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.  [Kid was some kind of disturbed.] Parker expressed that “he was an atheist and that his life had no purpose and other people’s lives also had no purpose.” Officers also stated that Parker indicated the shooting was an “experiment” to see how students and society would respond. << Atheism, and perverted scientific method.  Not really traits of the right-wing though…are they?

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