Our science has progressed beyond that of the academy at Lagado in Gulliver’s Travels. One project was “extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.”
“Filling the tank with sunbeams and breezes” is promoted in order to “green the grid” to “decarbonize the economy” to help achieve Net-Zero emissions (https://tinyurl.com/438dhje3).
This assumes that Net Zero is an achievable goal that would “protect” earth’s climate, presumably by keeping it cooler and preventing or reducing hurricanes and other catastrophes.
The American Medical Association (AMA) considers climate change to be an “existential threat.” AMA trustee and M.D./Ph.D. candidate Drayton Charles Harvey states that the health sector needs “to commit to decarbonization and public health” (tinyurl.com/4djweb2b). The AMA Journal of Ethics discusses redesigning “our unsustainable health system” to be a “net-zero” one that “delivers care not at the expense of future generations and our planet but for them” (tinyurl.com/7m25r5ky).
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is spending $500 million on a “Beyond Carbon” campaign designed, among other things, to destroy the American coal industry (tinyurl.com/2p936beb).
“Decarbonize” means to reduce the human-caused contribution to atmospheric CO2 (about 8 Gt C/yr into a total of about 720 Gt) in an effort to achieve a “pre-industrial” concentration of about 278 ppm, in contrast to the current level of 412 ppm (0.0412%). This could be achieved by reducing emissions or by capturing CO2 and returning it to the ground, where it is inaccessible to the atmosphere—or biosphere. The latter is the only means for dealing with the 97% of CO2 from natural sources.
Various carbon-capture technologies, all extremely costly, are being developed. Since 2014, CarbFix (carbfix.com) has removed about 100,000 tonnes (0.1 Gt). The natural mechanism is incorporation into the calcium-carbonate shells of marine organisms, which has sequestered 100 million Gt C, according to Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore. This accounts for the decline from the pre-pre-pre industrial level of CO2 of 2,500 ppm 160 million years ago (tinyurl.com/2d2h9kd3) and close to 6,000 ppm in the Cambrian Era 570 million years ago (tinyurl.com/c6khdvzf).
The “clean, renewable” energy meant to replace the 80% of world energy currently derived from coal, oil, and natural gas generally refers to wind and solar. These, according to economist Peter St Onge, are a $10 trillion scam—to be paid for by future generations (https://tinyurl.com/4pemwv55). Despite the massive subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act, utilities are demanding rate hikes of up to 64%. Recently, he notes, electricity prices in Texas increased 200-fold when the wind wasn’t blowing.
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
The AMA states that SDOH drive 80% of patient outcomes, and urges a comprehensive approach. It supports the creation of 23 new diagnostic (ICD-10) codes for social factors that include access to nutritious food, adequate and safe housing, available transportation, and financial ability to pay for utilities (https://tinyurl.com/2uaktv4c). But the Arizona Medical Association reference committee recommended outright rejection of the following resolution: “that ArMA will actively oppose any governmental rules or programs that will tend to downgrade SDOH, as by causing scarcity or increased prices of housing, electricity, private transportation, or food such as meat and dairy products” (tinyurl.com/3bccpyy3).
They wrote: “ArMA has existing policies on SDOH, and this resolution is not compatible with current evidence and could have long-term implications that lead to worse outcomes.” The “whereas” clauses concerned scarcity and increased costs from Net Zero, and the “sustainability” goal of decreasing consumption of meat and dairy products—as through reduced nitrogen fertilizer, culling herds, shortage of diesel fuel, and seizure of farmland.
Decarbonizing the health sector, responsible for 8.5% of U.S. “carbon emissions,” is claimed to be the overriding concern, since climate change-related health problems “already kill millions of people per year” (NEJM 12/2/21, tinyurl.com/38v72572).
The Real Purpose
As Richard Lindzen, Ph.D., pointed out: “Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life.”
“The human-induced climate change hoax is a trojan horse through which unelected globalist bodies such as the [UN] are attempting to seize totalitarian control over every minute detail of our lives” (https://tinyurl.com/mr63zmzd).
An extensive review of the evidence concludes that: “increases [in atmospheric CO2] during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth’s weather and climate…. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases…do not conform to current knowledge.”
Increased CO2 has, however, “markedly increased plant growth.” Moreover, abundant low-cost energy is an excellent food insurance plan (tinyurl.com/3f4w2tf8). Arguably, the liberation of sequestered underground CO2 is saving the earth from CO2 starvation, as declining levels had been approaching the 150 ppm level minimum for plant survival (tinyurl.com/mwjvxbfr).
“Net Zero” might ultimately mean net-zero life—or in the short term contribute to a human depopulation agenda.
Is the result the intention?
The Invention That Destroyed a Dynasty
Paper money was invented 1,000 years ago in the Song Dynasty in China. This was one of humanity’s most spectacular golden ages, which invented much of the modern world. The early Song dynasty was prosperous, thanks to pro-growth Confucian policies. Traditional nobles were replaced with the Imperial Exam system, which promoted from all ranks of society according to ability rather than birth. Economics in the Exam curriculum taught that property rights and open markets were the foundations for prosperity. But the Song’s printing blocks, which centuries later were brought to Europe by Johannes Gutenberg, were used by interventionist Prime Minister Wang Anshi to finance his socialist policies by printing counterfeit silver certificates. No longer needing tax revenues, the government changed from parasite to predator, writes Peter St Onge (https://tinyurl.com/yj23kez5). Hyperinflation and the collapse of the economy—including coal production and iron smelting as is now occurring with suicidal “Green” policies—followed. The money printers increased their annual issues nearly 14-fold—right up until the capital fell to the Mongols.
“Since 2008 the printing has accelerated to the point that Covid lockdowns finally showed the world’s governments that they don’t need us anymore. Some even say it out loud: MMT [Modern Monetary Theory] proponent Stephanie Kelton has bragged how governments don’t really need taxes, so they should instead use taxes to punish carbon sinners and “wrong-thinkers” (ibid.).
Costs of Net Zero
· Running an all-electric logging truck for one day would require 50,000 pounds of batteries (https://tinyurl.com/ye23jcyh).
· Grid balancing and backup batteries for a “carbon free” U.S. electrical generating system would cost up to $290 trillion (https://tinyurl.com/58s2bayv).
· One day of world energy storage at Elon Musk’s best price would cost $190 trillion, twice global GDP—and the batteries wear out in 10 years, writes Alex Epstein (tinyurl.com/53ku7esy).
· Because of policies that deny people affordable electricity, 70% of Africa’s forests have been cut down for cooking or heating, and clean water cannot be pumped (tinyurl.com/5y3e7vzk). Net Zero will trap millions in extreme poverty.
· Because solar and wind projects are typically far from population centers, 49.7 million miles of transmission lines—enough to circle the globe 2,000 times—will need to be built. And tens of thousands of transformers will be needed to step voltage up or down (https://tinyurl.com/2p8eh2vc).
· Interconnection simulations related to wind and solar are showing that a far more ambitious expansion of infrastructure is needed than anyone has been willing to embrace (Science 9/8/23).
· The official true cost of Net Zero is the same as spending £1 per second for 31,000 years, states Matt Ridley (https://tinyurl.com/yve2sdfy).
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“If you take environmentalism to an extreme, you start to see humanity as a plague on the surface of the earth.”
Elon Musk, https://tinyurl.com/2jkyf47y
80th Annual Meeting Report from Fort Worth
Officers and Directors: Jane Lindell Hughes, M.D., assumed the office of president, and the following were elected:
President-elect: Erika LeBaron, D.O., Manassas, VA
Secretary: Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake Eden, NY
Treasurer: Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D., Venice, FL
Board of Directors: Michael Ciampi, M.D., South Portland, ME; Peter Curka, D.O., Houston, TX; Gil Robinson, M.D., San Antonio, TX; and Craig Wax, D.O., Mullica Hill, NJ.
Resolution 01-2023 passed: Now therefore be it resolved that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons opposes the WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (“WHO CA+,” pandemic accord, amendments to International Health
Regulations, etc.) as drafted by the Intergovernmental Negotiating
Body of the World Health Organization (tinyurl.com/yve27bak).
Jeremy Snavely received the Shining Pen “In recognition of your extraordinary contributions to further the cause of ‘All for the Patient.’ Your tireless research, editing, and management have immeasurably enhanced AAPS causes.”
Peter McCullough, M.D., M.P.H., received the Shining Scalpel “In recognition of your courage which has made your
knowledge and experience so valuable. ‘Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at
the testing point’ (C.S. Lewis).”
GOP Presents ‘Health Care Plan Framework’
The Republican Study Committee, chaired by new House Speaker Mike Johnson, has released a 56-page plan (https://tinyurl.com/2svhm4rj) that includes:
· Reforming the tax code to provide equal tax treatment in the employer and individual health insurance markets;
· Allowing use of Health Savings Account funds for insurance premiums, direct primary care, and health sharing ministry dues;
· Increasing allowable, pre-tax contributions to HSAs from $3,500 to $9,000 for individuals and from $7,000 to $18,000 for families;
· Eliminating ObamaCare mandates that force Americans to pay for coverage they do not want or need;
· Removing barriers to telemedicine, direct primary care, association health plans, and health sharing ministries; and
· Enhancing HSAs to allow individuals to effectively own their personalized coverage that will be portable if they change jobs.
Jan 20, 2024. Board of Directors meeting (virtual).
Sep 19-21, 2024. 81st Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Mandatory Reporting for Net Zero Medical Care
At present, reporting of greenhouse-gas emissions by HCOs (health care organizations) is voluntary, but authors of an NEJM Sounding Board article, including former CMS administrator Donald Berwick, advocate for mandatory adoption of centralized nationwide metrics to achieve net-zero health care (https://tinyurl.com/5fr6hcjc). Reporting and improvement in emissions would be part of quality assurance programs, Joint Commission accreditation standards, Conditions of Participation in CMS programs, and value-based purchasing. Emissions to be monitored include CO2, CH4, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfa hexafluoride, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons. The purportedly “patient-centered” program would require consideration of hypothetical global climate impact in choice of anesthetics.
Court Rules for Children’s Climate Crusade
In the Held v. Montana decision that a 15-year-old plaintiff applauded as “monumental,” the court held that the state was required to consider climate change in approving or renewing
“fossil fuel projects.” The cited basis is a clause in the Montana constitution that guarantees residents “the right to a clean and healthful environment,” and stipulates that the state and individuals are responsible for maintaining and improving the environment “for present and future generations.”
The case, which involves 16 plaintiffs ranging from five to 22 years old, is the first such children’s case to go to trial. Individuals claim that the state has enabled industry to harm the climate.
Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Litigation at Columbia University, said: “This was climate science on trial, and what the court has found as a matter of fact is that the science is right,… and every ton of greenhouse gas emissions matters” (https://tinyurl.com/2h35pawt).
The case will be appealed, but as it stands gives a single judge the power to rule on “science,” and to hold economic development hostage to concerns about hypothetical future climate.
Facebook Bans 1950s Quotation
A letter attributed to an 85-year-old retired judge quoted a 1954 textbook warning of “ways to overturn a democracy”: “divide the nation philosophically,” “foment racial strife,” “swarm the nation’s borders indiscriminately and unconstitutionally,” “encourage civil rioting and discourage accountability for all crime,” as well as over-taxation and controlling elections and media. It was shared 11,000 times, before one man who shared it was booted from Facebook. He created a new account, but no longer has access to his original profile, with reunion photos and other memories (https://tinyurl.com/44sa568r).
Consortium News Sues NewsGuard and U.S.
The Consortium for Independent News has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (23-cv-07088) alleging that NewsGuard and the U.S. government are violating First Amendment rights by a practice of labelling, stigmatizing, and defaming American media organizations that oppose or dissent from American foreign and defense policy. Consortium states that NewsGuard has branded the entirety of its 20,000+ articles as “unreliable” based on just six examples. NewsGuard’s “Misinformation Fingerprints” program is contracted with the Department of Defense Cyber Command. NewsGuard, which calls itself “the librarian for the internet,” also has contracts with WHO, Pfizer, Microsoft, and the American Federation of Teachers. Its advisors include Michael Hayden, “the architect of George W. Bush’s secret domestic spying program,” and Richard Stengel, “a former senior official in Obama’s state department who once described his role as being that of ‘chief propagandist’” (https://tinyurl.com/4u5ascwn).
Tip of the Month: Regulatory waivers during COVID have mostly ended now. Texas’s relaxed rules expired on June 15, and enforcement may ramp up again. Expirations included a telemedicine waiver that allowed establishing a patient-physician relationship with audio-only telephone, and permitted physicians to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and order tests on this basis. Texas has also ended its waiver of its requirement that physicians register with the medical board their supervising and prescribing authority for PAs and APRNs. Texas has reinstated its limit of seven PAs or APRNs whom a physician can supervise. Other states have also reinstated their pre-COVID regulations.
‘Reproductive’ Rights in Ohio Constitution
Nearly 57% of Ohio voters approved a state constitutional amendment, making it one of the most pro-abortion states. It guarantees that “[e]very individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on contraception, fertility treatment, continuing one’s own pregnancy, miscarriage care and abortion.”
Restrictions on abortion would still be technically permissible post-“viability,” though physicians are given the authority to decide viability “on a case-by-case basis.” Moreover, abortions up to birth are protected under the amendment if deemed necessary to protect the mother’s life or health.
Critics have warned that the language of the amendment could also preclude protections against sterilizing or mutilating procedures on minors, because “gender identity” could be construed as relating to reproduction.
Meanwhile, ballot measures to clarify that the states’ constitutions contain no right to abortion failed in Kansas and Kentucky, as did a Montana measure to protect infants born after an unsuccessful abortion attempt (https://tinyurl.com/zy44hum6).
· Ivermectin Denial. In a wrongful death case, Scott Mantel has sued Mount Sinai Hospital for refusing to continue his wife’s ivermectin treatment, in defiance of a court order, even though an initial brief trial had led to improvement (tinyurl.com/ypfna5bf).
· ‘Defective’ Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine. Two test cases in the UK may pave the way for as many as 80 damages claims worth an estimated £80 million over vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT). Plaintiffs state that the efficacy of the vaccine, which was never authorized in the U.S., was overstated. Government advisor Sir John Bell called the risk of the vaccine “asteroid-like” (tinyurl.com/bdhvbh5y).
Texas Church Facilitates Evasion of Law against Sterilizing or Mutilating Minors. A Fort Worth church has established a program called the North Texas TRANSportation Network (NTTN) to provide financial help for persons wishing to travel out of state to seek “transgender procedures.” Texas law SB 14 blocks children from receiving puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, mastectomies, and genital surgeries in the state, and requires the state to revoke the medical licenses of physicians providing such treatments. The American Civil Liberties Union in Texas and LGBT legal advocacy groups sued to block the law, but the Texas Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect as the case moves through the legal system (https://tinyurl.com/yefc9r67). At least one church of this denomination removed the American flag from its sanctuary.
Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY
The American Climate Corps. Just as Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline (and thousands of American jobs) with a stroke of pen, with another decree he will deploy 20,000 uniformed young climate activists to “advance environmental justice” while “tackling climate change” (tinyurl.com/4ettrf6r). The Administration declines to reveal the cost. If they win Congress in 2024, Democrats vow to deploy an army of 1.5 million climate youth. Perhaps they’ll knock on your door wielding a clipboard and ask about your air conditioner or gas stove (https://tinyurl.com/2m98yxux).
Willie Soon, Ph.D., Salem, MA
It’s Worse than You Think. From a perfect paragraph in an article by Chris Bray: it’s not just that “the news media lies,” or “there’s a lot of misleading discourse…. [W]hole overlapping layers of high-status America—in academia, in media, and in politics—are psychotic, fully detached from reality and living in their own bizarre mental construction of a fake world, [having] cultivated a complete mental descent through the looking glass.”
Toby Rogers, https://tinyurl.com/mubsfpx7
There Is No Climate Emergency. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.
Global Climate Intelligence Group, www.clintel.org[Letter and >1800 signers at https://tinyurl.com/4nj5z6z5]
Masking: Proof of Bias. A retrospective of all the studies in the MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) after 2019, which highly influenced U.S. COVID policy, showed that more than 75% of 77 studies drew positive conclusions about mask effectiveness. However, only 30% even tested masks, and less than 15% had statistically significant results. No studies were randomized, yet more than half drew causal conclusions. The level of evidence was low, and the conclusions were most often unsupported by the data. “Our findings raise concern about the reliability of the journal [MMWR] for informing health policy” (Am J Med 9/28/23). The fix was in. They just lied or said whatever they wanted to in order to control and change the behavior of the public. Science became a mirror image of politics. They are doing the same thing with the COVID vaccine.
Douglas Farrago, M.D., https://tinyurl.com/4hnf288x
Abortion Is the Symptom. A radio commentator said that Ohio voters had “enshrined” the right to abortion in the state’s constitution—a shrine being a place of worship. A mass of “womb bodies” (their term) shouted for joy, and some Republicans lamented that abortion was on the ballot because it made it hard for them to win. Soon it will be a moot point as more states build their shrines. When Republicans eschew all losing positions, no measure will ever be on the ballot that attacks the foundations of leftward drift—measures that attack secularism, the expertocracy, or “Equality” (now Equity), the driver of DIE. Becoming more “moderate” (more like a leftist) may be the way to win votes—but not to Win.
William Briggs, Ph.D., https://tinyurl.com/46t8jj2k
COVID Vaccines Damage Hearts. It has long been known that the mRNA vaccines can cause myocarditis. Now, Radiology has published a study of myocardial fluorine 18 (18F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake on PET/CT images in asymptomatic patients vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 compared with nonvaccinated patients (https://tinyurl.com/7n834m38). It showed that patients who received their second vaccination 1–180 days prior to imaging showed increased 18F uptake compared with nonvaccinated patients. Dye uptake indicates inflammation/damage. It was asserted that the Moderna causes more damage than the Pfizer vaccine because it contains a higher dose.
Joseph Guarino, M.D., Reidsville, NC
Enablers of Tyranny/Oligarchy. The awful state of science and its use by totalitarians—as with climate change and COVID—allows governments to grab more power and control.
John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D.