Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — January 20, 2021

Today is the birthday of Congressman Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794)

On January 20, 1981, 52 American hostages were released by the Iranian government, following 444 days of captivity, to be reunited with their families. Not coincidentally, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President, the same day.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 92 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  5. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 92 ends on January 31, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.




39 Comments

    1. I realize this may be a stretch…

      Matthew 7:24
      Does the house built on ‘sand’ refer to the silica of computer-based information?

      If the ‘gates bezos zuckburg’ machine exists on this physical plane (and I have my doubts…), (in other words, if it isn’t merely a computer-generated ‘traveling medicine show’ designed to impress the hicks), my choice is recognizing their smoke-n-mirrors (aka ‘vapor-ware’) as more falsehoods.

      The lie-flinger won’t give up.
      I know this… and I stand strong.

      ***

      How long before the only true and believable information is shared around a campfire with trusted friends and family?

      I honestly truly believe this:
      * The harris-pelosi scam is merely another attempt to divert my attention.
      * The china joe and First Son hunter biden scam is merely another attempt to divide us.

      *****

      As FREEDOM speakers on TheWorldWideWeb continue to get ‘disappeared’, my job — indeed, my only true purpose! — is continuing to speak and act the truth.

      If the government agents choose to accept a pay-check and extensive benefits package as they KNOW THEY ARE DOING WRONG!, who am I to point out the eternal flaws in their decision.

      For me and mine, we avoid the expedient route of immediately satisfying our shallow wants.
      I offer my pity to anybody avoiding the work.

      And I honestly truly believe the MARXISTS are just another test of my faith.
      Without the MARXISTS as a comparison, if the MARXISTS did not exist, how would I know I am on the right path?

      *****

      I realize this might sound hokey…
      Every moment of every day, I know everything I see is temporary.
      As my hands and voice do the humble work, my heart sings… ‘look homeward, angel’!

      1. This world is not our home! We are just spectators. We are just watching the events of the very Last Days unfold before we are taken to our real home. Remember, whether or not we voted, whether or not “they” cheated with the votes, miscounted or stuffed them, God is in control of who is in leadership of our country.

        Daniel 2:21 states:
        And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

        However, I do believe that this new king or queen will be one of these kings:

        Psalm 2:2-5
        The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
        Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
        He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
        Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

        And God says in Proverbs 16:12
        It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

        God will judge them all on the Last Day! Pray! For the prayers of the Saints will be poured as part of the Wrath of God on all who rejected Him and took the mark of the beast and persecuted the saints.

        Revelation 8:1-6

        And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
        And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
        And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
        And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
        And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
        The seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

        The Lord God is with us. Be of good courage! He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind! Be alert, pray, and continue to read the Word and prepare spiritually and physically!

        1. My wife liked to tell a joke in reference to Revelation 8:1. She says there will be no women in heaven because Rev 8:1 states that there will be a half hour of silence in heaven. God must have a sense of humor.

          1. BWL, I know your wife is joking.
            … … Sometimes, it’s said that Eve was created second, as the new improved model. … +Eve was a helpmate, because Adam needed some real can-do help. The gals often still tell us guys that too.
            Adam’s first words, when he awoke from the deep sleep and saw Eve, “God loves me!” (or YOWZAH!)

            Least we forget in our joking (Some cultures seem to forget more than ours):

            Genesis 1:27 New International Version =

            So God created mankind in his own image,
            in the ~>image of God he created them;
            male and ~>female he created them.

        2. POWER.
          LOVE.
          AND A SOUND MIND.

          That verse has been a very important weapon to me for years as I have fought PTSD. Sometimes whispered, sometimes screamed, sometimes gritted through clenched teeth, often posted above my bed or written on the mirror… it’s God’s Word and it’s eternally true. Thanks for reminding us all of it today!

        3. Lily

          I watch with utter disgust, the BLM/ Antifa mob shouting abuse, taunting the DC Cops, yet none of this is even covered in the lamestream left media, utterly disgusted, yet DJT supporters make just one mis-step and they are branded and hounded, makes me want to puke.

          MEDIA BLACKOUT! Look Who Just SWARMED The DC Capitol The Media Doesn’t Want You To See
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg2Tf4IPW6A&feature=youtu.be

          What is worse is the general public swallow this bile …at least in the cities.

      2. Marge…

        I honestly truly believe this:
        * The harris-pelosi scam is merely another attempt to divert my attention.
        * The china joe and First Son hunter biden scam is merely another attempt to divide us.

        We will be divided from each other only as we believe the worst about the other.

        We are commanded: John 15:12: This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.

        Now, who is “one another”? Would that include the Marxists? What would be consequence of following that commandment as written?

        Carry on in grace

  1. You tube has pulled the plug on Lee Wheelbarger for two weeks. If you are a pateron they ask that you send him an email at pagosa2way@gmail.com
    Put in the subject of the email: contact and your YT name. He has battled this censorship all week. Youtube has taken a thousand dollars from him and yesterday Patreon put his money in lockdown for unknown activity. He is trying to raise money for his own server for KLW news so this stuff won’t happen. I don’t know if he will be able to find another way to go live today or not. If you are not a Patreon you can try the e-mail and see if you have any luck. For those of you that that are interested, look up who is Lee Wheelbarger. I think you will be surprised at his inventions. I started following some of his work as he is very knowledgeable on the GSM. This censorship is pure communistic.

    Also, he will be getting a radio system together for people to stay connected to family members and like minded people etc., but has to research this some to find the best phones etc. I don’t think this is going to be cheap and I can not answer any questions regarding this as I am a pure novice. Perhaps Tunnel Rabbit can shed light later on these type of systems.

    1. Back in 1979, I spent 2 weeks in East Germany and Soviet Poland. It wasn’t simply a day trip to East Berlin. We got a first class tour. I saw a group of East Germany bicyclists at a distance, that as a group stopped, and got off their bicycles, and were watching us intently. By the fact that we had a car, we were quickly identified as foreigners, Europeans. It was an uncomfortable moment, and it was given to me that one day this would be in the U.S. I’ve been waiting for, and contemplating the arrival of this day for a very long time, 41 years. We are almost there. I had red commie teachers. I know the commies well. I am not happy, and even more motivated. I will fight evil whereever, and whenever possible. The Globalists are powerful and well organized. I hope we can preserve our liberties in this part of the country, but we have no chance to do so unless we can communicate without smart phones, and organize. These are the two weakest attributes of patriots.

      I recently submited 2 articles on radio as introductions to several options. Radio should not be use as a wireless telephone, but only as a means to coordinate a security operation. We learn to build our own field phones by studying several of these kinds of video. Military grade WD-1 telephone wire can be purchased in large or small spools at affordable prices, and can connect even rural homes. It should however be secured by burial. An attachment to an ATV can plow a narrow trench for the line. The ability to use a phone and have longer conversations unencumbered by security protocols, could be welcomed and useful. I have plans to use abandoned telephone line as well.

      Here is 1/3 of a mile of WD-1 telephone wire, $49.00. Shop around and find a better price. https://armysurpluswarehouse.com/wd-1a-tt-dr-8-a-telephone-cable/

      Here is one of many videos on how to make your own telephones. It is child’s play, something I messed around with as a child, and still do!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lecWE3aIkDM&t=218s

      1. A response to certain internet commentators.

        Trump did not understand how deep and wide the swamp was. As a one time low level bureaucrat, I too have fought a similar multi-year battle against this kind of evil myself, and suffered two early heart attack as a result of the stress. It is indeed a spiritual battle that I belatedly discovered.

        Although Trump does not represent my Libertarian views, and I am in awe of what he accomplished *despite* the subversion within. I put out warnings in 2016 that this would happen to Trump, because I’ve been there, done that. Some persons, without this life experience, are blaming Trump, when they should be blaming themselves for allowing the swamp to grow this powerful. I am too feel the sadness, yet I am not surprised. Trump only left in this way, because they left him no choice. Trump was outnumbered and surrounded by superior numbers guild by evil itself. Trump did not quit, but did a retrograde . He fell back to a more advantageous position to continue the fight, in a better way, and he will, this time, have help. I did, and as most do, including Trump, learn best, the hard way. If we alive after the process, then we are stronger.

        One cannot take on the swamp single-handedly as Trump attempted. You will loose, and we did, yet now the swamp is exposed for all to see, and we will seek justice. Trump has left the office, but he is certainly not out of the fight. Do not be defeated, or else they win by breaking our will to fight. They will attack again soon to this end. Be resolved, and prepare for the next engagement. They have decades of entrenchment, experience, an awesome web of high tech, and part of a military to support them. We have God.

        Before ending my very humble career, I re-positioned myself, and successfully fought harder and smarter, and won the war as I left out the door, and cleaned out a small chunk of the swamp in the process. They were defeated by very unusual means. They were killed by the actions of dutiful civil servant just doing his job to the *fullest* extent. The good guys I left behind were ecstatic. I was all alone in this effort, yet God’s hand did the heavy lifting. He works in mysterious and miraculous ways. I understand Trump’s ordeal painfully well. He should have hired my as his janitor. Trump is no quitter. Trump is a amazingly resilient. Although once ill equipped, he is an exceptionally strong leader who had to learn the hard way. I suspect that Trump will be back in one form or another.

  2. (As per Gale’s suggestion on Saturday, I typed this out instead of copy-pasting it. To help it sink deeper in my brain.)
    Whatever happens today, remember that this is ETERNALLY true:

    Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.
    I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
    Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
    When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
    Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
    He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–He remains faithful forever.
    He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
    The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.
    The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.

    –Psalm 146

    Yesterday I was speaking with a wise friend, who mentioned that someone had told her to “put on blinders” about the news and current events, in order to keep her peace and sanity. “No,” she said. “I will grab my BINOCULARS!” And she pantomimed looking HEAVENWARD with a pair of binoculars.

    1. Bear…TY for the posting of Psalm 146…TY for sharing your interaction with “ a wise friend “… I will be looking upward … May The Lord God Almighty , The Lord of Hosts lead us and protect us and bless us for what lies ahead

  3. Predictions are foolish but I will make some. (Which likely makes me a fool but oh well. Won’t be the first time.)

    I tend to believe this next two years were going to be ugly economically regardless of who was President. I base this on the general business cycle and I give possible credence to Jonathon Cahn’s concept of the Shemitah ( https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Shemitah-Updated-000-Year-Old-Future/dp/1629994707 ) which happens to correspond to and possibly could explain some traditional business cycle theories. I am not sure that anyone was going to prevent that. If it is a cycle actually determined by God, no one will stop it.

    If that is true, the winner of this election may be the loser and the loser the winner in the long run.

    I also think this country has more Godly people than we at first believe. (Please note I do not say good people. A basic tenant of the Christian faith is that none of us are good. We are Godly only because of Jesus.) The tendency today and for that matter all my 59 years of life has been to say, “There are no Christians! Everyone but me is Godless!” I think I may have heard hundreds of people say that over the years. I have heard so many people say that over the years that I now think it must be a false statement! I also remember that Elijah told God, “I am the only one” and God rebutted saying “I have 5000 more than you” so underestimating your fellow believers is a long standing tradition among believers. Over 2500 years old for sure.

    I also see more broad spread evangelism going on right now than in a large portion of my life. Look at the way Franklin Graham has been turning up the volume in the public square with the simple call to Christ. In my opinion we are in the midst of Revival. There is a lot of resistance as there as always is but I think (contrary to many other people) that God is stirring people’s hearts and bringing many more to him.

    Donald Trump is an evil man. I am an evil man. We are all evil men and women. However I think the visible evidence suggests that during his tenure in office the evil man Donald Trump looked to God and performed many things that God wanted done. One of the chief things was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and there were others. This includes looking out for the poor (lowest unemployment rate ever recorded amongst blacks and hispanics) and those in prison (criminal reform letting out many who in the words of Johnny Cash “had long paid for their crime.”) Those are Godly things that God expects out of a Godly leader. (Reference the first few chapters of Isaiah.) I find nowhere in the Bible where God calls for leaders to be nice or likeable. He calls for them to be just and strong and fearless. Although very imperfect, I believe Trump worked more toward real justice more fearlessly than any major leader in my lifetime.

    I actually think God may be removing him from office to reward/spare/protect him rather than punish him. And to make way for others he has in the wings to use for his purpose. I think God may be finished with Trump but not in the sense of failure but in the sense that he did what he was called to do. It frankly would not surprise me if Trump passed away in the not to distant future.

    I bring those things together and come to the conclusion that the next two years will be ugly. I think this new administration is going to be discredited and trashed. I think 2022 will be a good year for Conservatives and Christians in general and the tide will turn against the socialists/liberals. 2024 is to far away to call but I am hopeful about it because I do not think God is not finished with the United States yet. There are too many believers IMO and I think God has a plan for them.

    This is all silly speculation of course but it is the way I see things right now. Regardless of whether I am correct or not, God is in control and will take care of his people no matter what really lies ahead.

  4. We are all about to become a bunch of boiled frogs. We have continued to shuck responsible action to get ourselves out of the hot water. Now they are going to enjoy a nice plate full of frog legs. Those who think we are not yet at a point where physical action is necessary are like the 58 year old who is 50 lbs overweight and is 30 days from having a major pulmonary event. If you don’t take action when it is still possible, don’t expect to survive the outcome. The insidious nature of our current ailment (and no, I’m not talking about COVID) is that we just keep ignoring it, thinking if we just keep taking the anti-inflammatories the pain in our chest will go away. But no, let’s keep sitting in our recliner, telling ourselves that we can talk our way through this mess. Meanwhile the bubbles are starting to form around our ears.

    1. Something already known by Survivalblog commenters, but placed on the record here for some new readers:
      Dictators limit food supplies. Starvation and malnutrition is something used by particularly, leftwing governments to subdue the population.

      In many foreign countries, high walls and high fences are placed around gardens, NOT just to keep out the wild animals, but also the two-legged hungry people. … We’ll see if the USA devolves to that level. The free enterprise system has produced an abundance of food.

      Food preps are always good preps; Survivalblog advertisers sell good storage foods. People can start slow, and NOT go whole hog at first. … Leftwing governments always seem to have dire, ~local emergencies, power failures, road closures and shortages.
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      I had hopes, the man with the most votes on election day, would be able to somehow stay in office. It’s not to be. The swamp was too deep and full of betrayers.
      ******

      In dire times, it’s necessary to prep. People that live through leftwing police states ~always stress the periodic lack of available food. There are many articles on Survivalblog about gardening. … Think also fruit and nut trees for shade too. Plus, the First Americans (the Indians) planting the 3 sisters; corn, beans and squash.

      Some of us Americans have become so detached from the Earth, we think the daytime cooing of a Dove is the sound of an Owl. +When a real Barn Owl screeches, it causes the superstitious to believe in Hobgoblins. The sounds of various owls and other birds are available on the Internet.
      [A stealth method of communication by people long ago involved bird calls]
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      +Justice will be delivered on Judgment Day.

  5. Well, that’s the end of that. Four years ago the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House. Today, all that remains is a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. This is no wall. The deficit was a mess even before Covid. America’s international leadership and reputation abroad is in tatters. There was no progress on healthcare, the opioid epidemic, or income inequality. Our handling of the pandemic ranks among the worst in the OECD, with 400,000 dead and at least another 100,000 to come. The economic damage is in the trillions. The best that can be said about Trump is that he didn’t start any foreign wars, unlike Bush Jr. So where does the country, and conservatism, go from here? What does 21st century America look like? I have no idea.

    1. When I was young a Democrat President said this:

      “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
      My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

      Trump did a great job suppressing the scourge of a disease from Communist China, that affecting the entire world.

      Trump in complete opposition of the USA political establishment starting to build a wall between Mexico and the USA. … Illegal drugs flow across the border; it’s reasonable to believe people opposed to Trump, want the flow of illegal drugs to continue.
      …… Notice how Biden and his cronies placed huge fences (walls) around the White House and other buildings, just recently.

      Trump worked to bring jobs back to the USA. … The other politicians and their cronies want to become richer exploiting the economic slave laborers in other countries.
      People need jobs; good paying jobs.

      Just as a note: The billionaires contribute to the political party that talks about ‘income inequality’ with the solution being to raise taxes. … Comedians say that comic line in the Billionaire’s private clubs; they get a big laugh from everyone.
      ……. It’s almost as funny as Warren Buffett saying, “I’m for the little guy; that’s why I support Obama.”

      The USA has the best Medical Care Systems in the world. Almost all the innovative new drugs are developed in the USA and Israel. America provides the market (money) for the new drugs. At the moment, the USA provides the market for goods from other countries. It will NOT last under a socialistic America.

      1. Sorry, besteht medical care and almost all innovative medical drugs coming from the US?

        You’re joking vor beging sarcastic?

        The common citicen in Europe pays not even cent’s for the Dollar vs what the american citicen pays?

        For a blood test i last year, i paid a fraction oft the cost you pay!

        Many Innovation’s in this industry are international projects..

        1. Please read my comment again, ThoDan. [You misinterpreted it]

          “Robert Kneller published a detailed analysis of the origin of new drugs approved by the FDA between 1998 and 2007 on a country-by-country basis. The most striking finding was that about 61 percent of the 118 new drugs coming out of U.S.-based companies originated in either academia or in smaller biotechnology companies. In contrast, less than 20 percent of the 23 new drugs coming out of Japan and about 25 percent of the 98 new drugs generated by all European companies (including the UK) met these criteria.”

          “Creating an innovative drug is not the same thing as buying someone else’s drug innovation, even if the net output, a new medicine, is the same. If we really want to get a handle on innovation, the data used to create the table shown above should be recalculated using the actual country of origin of each drug (traced back to the beginning), rather than the location of the company’s headquarters. Even then, it’s difficult to determine whether the discovery, the development, or even the marketing was the key element in any drug’s success. Many potentially promising drugs never become winners as a result of poorly executed development plans.”

          Xconomy(dot)com “Which Countries Excel in Creating New Drugs? It’s Complicated”
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          In the USA, until Trump, the American government was paying a full retail price for all the drugs purchased for ‘paid for’ by the government healthcare. The governments in the USA pay for about 50% of the total healthcare, through its programs. =
          Medicare, Medicaid, Military healthcare and government employee healthcare (military and employee healthcare usually includes a wife and young children.)
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          Admittedly, you do receive less expensive care on the personal level. But as is known in life, ‘someone has to pay’ for things. I’m sure the doctors and staff do NOT work for free in Germany.

          I saw the libtard, former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, say something like this, “When people need serious medical care in other countries, they are provided a plane ticket to New York City.” ~ Probably NOT true for Germany. Ed Koch didn’t like how New York City was the destination.
          Plus, he wanted a more ‘socialistic’ and less innovated medical system in the USA.

          People come to the USA to be treated for problems; there is little ‘tourist’ medical care for elective procedures.
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          Tho Dan, I’m happy you get low cost care in Germany. But, still nothing is free in this world. Someone else must be making up the costs. [Nothing is free. Someone pays.]

          As a note: In future German elections, maybe have the politicians in Germany campaign for the Statue of Liberty to be given to Germany.

          “Give me your tired, your poor,
          Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
          The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
          Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
          I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
          Author: Emma Lazarus
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          I guess the USA is a current destination for people needing ~expensive Healthcare. … They should be told Germany is the place for the golden years healthcare.

          1. Even if it´s an US based company, that doesn´t mean part or much of the work wasn´t done out of the US or in Non US Facilities and it doesn´t also necessarily mean that every drug in the world is automatically send to the FDA.

            Most likely the drug development failed because it wasn´t good or safe enough(Most drugs dy in development for those reasons) and the cost in the US for medical care is very high, when i wanted this test i paid the full price out of my own pocket if i needed one one for a checkup it would ne paid with the rest by my health insurance.
            For this blood test i didn´t pay 80 €.

            Every german citicen in germany has by law health insurance, covered partly by his employer and partly by himself and it covers non- working family members.
            Soldiers and Beamte´ve free healthcare

            Maybe NY gas a special kind of medical service but medical tourists also come to germany and other european countries for treatments like surgery.

    2. Actually our handling of the pandemic is the 12th worse in the world. But many other countries either lie about their deaths or don’t even know. Many other countries have been lucky and their day is coming eventually.

      1. No one really knows what the truth is regarding the pandemic. The politicians and their liberal accomplices have skewed death counts and pertinent statistics for anti-Trump reasons.

        Citizens will NEVER know the honest truth.

      2. Our given numbers don’t tell the whole truth either. According to the CDC approximately 6% of the US Covid deaths are from Covid, the other 94% are deaths with Covid as a comorbidity. This is why we see so many reports of fatal car wrecks, etc. listed as Covid Deaths.

          1. No, ThoDan, the doctors aren’t incompetent. The medical center (they’re not hospitals anymore) administrators coerce them to list the cause of death as Covid so they can collect money from the federal government.

          2. ThoDan, there’s a financial incentive to give treatments to Covid-19 infected people, and subsequently list any death as caused by Covid-19. [Here in the USA]

            There is an enormous amount of ~antidotal evidence of maybe Covid-19 listed incorrectly as the cause of death; such as a young person with a fatal gunshot wound and Covid-19. The cause of death is listed as Covid-19.
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            “U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield acknowledged during a House hearing Friday that COVID-19 data could be inflated because hospitals receive a monetary gain by reporting COVID-19 cases.

            Republican Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri questioned Redfield during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on coronavirus containment. He asked about the “perverse incentive” for hospitals to classify deaths as being coronavirus related when the virus didn’t cause the death.

            Luetkemeyer voiced concern about how an automobile accident-related death could be recorded as a COVID-related death. In this scenario, the death was recorded as COVID-related because the virus was in the victim’s system, even if the car accident was the major factor.

            “As long as you have COVID in your system you get to claim it as a COVID death, which means you get more money as attending physician, hospital, whatever,” Luetkemeyer said during the hearing. “Would you like to comment on that, about the perverse incentive? Is there an effort to try and do something different.”

            Redfield responded by telling the congressman, “I think you’re correct in that and we’ve seen this in other disease processes too.”
            [From the Christian Post site August 4, 2020]
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            We’ll never get the truth from our current administration headed by “Lying Joe” ~ the man that can’t tell the truth ever!

            An enormous number of Americans think our politicians are scalawags. = Seems to be true. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans want the ‘Cheatin’ Joes in office, if they provide more ~free stuff.
            …….. It’s sort of like the ‘Bread and Circuses’ provided to the ancient Romans by their dictators.

            The accurate voting tabulations reveal, the majority of Voting Americans want better than ‘Cheatin’ Joes in office.

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