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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 31, 2020
6:35 – Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government – www.dailytorch.com and the “Swamp News Update”.
7:10 Greg Roberts at Rogue Weather with the Outdoor report
7:20 Garth and Rosemary Harrington discuss Rose’s recent experience with the opioid addiction issue.
7:35 Royal DeLand Jr. updates his fight with the city of Grants Pass over the “Foundry Village” tiny house proposal.
8:10 Kevin Darr, lead pastor at U-Turn For Christ www.UturnForChristOregon.org
Kevin explains how their faith-based program for homeless men helps bring many back from a life of alcoholism and addictions.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:10: Ed, also known as the enigmatic “Mr. X,” community activist, research guru, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy, joins Bill in studio.
Today, we talk with X about proposed changes with City of Medford planning. The issue is to make it easier and more affordable to develop apartment units, but could it help eliminate the ability of communities to have true public say on the character of their existing neighborhoods?
Would you like to read more from Mr. X’s vast reams of paper? You can. Head over to his website: MrXFiles.com
8:10: Laura Loomer, Conservative Activist, journalist and Congressional candidate talks with Bill today. Today we get Laura’s point of view on the state of things, her Congressional run and her status as being “one of the most banned, most censored women in the world.”
Check out Laura’s You Tube Channel to see the videos of her confronting high powered political figures.
You can read about her FEC complaint against Twitter and more here: LauraLoomerforCongress.com
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
6:35: Eric Peters, the automotive journalist behind EPAutos.com chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News Segment.
Read more great articles and see Eric’s reviews of the latest, and hottest, cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com
“I am living and leaving a positive legacy that can be adapted on any scale for the purpose of saving the future of our country, and that future is our youth.”
Andi Buerger understands the young people she and her husband rescue. The co-founder of the national 501c3 nonprofit Beaulah’s Place was a victim of severe child abuse, and has since dedicated her life leading homeless teens away from sexual exploitation by criminals and predators. Her extraordinary work takes teens off the streets and into a stable schedule with a roof over their heads and viable employment.
Buerger and her husband, Ed, started the nonprofit in 2008 in their hometown of Redmond, Oregon.
“When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted, neglected, discarded and preyed upon by criminal influences, we deteriorate as a civilized community,” Andi Buerger said. “There is nothing civilized about using the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable for selfish gain. I am living and leaving a positive legacy that can be adapted on any scale for the purpose of saving the future of our country, and that future is our youth.”
8:10: Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons talks with Bill.
The Corona Virus – 1918 All Over Again?
by Dr. Jane Orient, M.D.
Clusters of a dozen or so deaths may get nonstop “if-it-bleeds-it-leads” press coverage. But the lack of preparedness for the really, really big threats may be met with virtual radio silence—until panic breaks out.
The worst, possibly existential, threat is the stealthy, invisible one that multiplies exponentially—in the accurate sense of the term: 400 cases today, 800 tomorrow, then 1600, 3200, 6400, 128000, 256000, 512000, and 1.024 million after only eight doubling times. Biological threats proliferate—until they run out of susceptible victims.
In 1918, the great influenza pandemic killed as many people in 11 months as the medieval Black Death did in 4 years. Ultimately, at least 50 million may have perished. Young healthy people, especially young soldiers headed off to the front in World War I, succumbed quickly. To avoid interfering with the war effort, the U.S. government denied and covered up the threat, preventing the implementation of public health measures.
Since then, the world has gotten smaller. A virus that jumps the species barrier from animals to humans in a meat market in China can cross the Pacific in hours. And despite the expenditure of $80 billion on a National Biologic Defense, the U.S. is arguably no better prepared than it was in 1918, state Steven Hatfill, M.D., and coauthors in their new book Three Seconds until Midnight.
As in1918, we lack a vaccine or wonder drugs, but must rely on non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI), and on public health authorities to track and try to contain the spread of infection.
Accurate information is critical. Can we trust governmental authorities to tell the truth? Travel restrictions, quarantine, closing businesses, and cancelling public events have a huge economic and potential political cost.
There can also be incentives to exaggerate the threat, in order to sell poorly tested vaccines or drugs. The 1976 swine flu epidemic was almost a non-event; more people were probably injured or even died from adverse effects of the heavily promoted vaccine.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far declined to declare the corona virus outbreak a global emergency, although cases have been reported in more than a dozen or so countries. China reported only hundreds of “confirmed” cases—while countless additional cases were not tested because of lack of diagnostic test kits.
The New England Journal of Medicine writes, “Another Decade, Another Coronavirus.” This 2019-nCoV virus is the third zoonotic (animal) coronavirus to infect humans in two decades. The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) were contained. Other coronaviruses cause mild cold-like syndromes.
This virus has occasioned the quarantine of entire cities, for the first time since medieval times. This could not be done other than in authoritarian China, states virologist Steven Hatfill, but even there is unlikely to be effective—especially if 5 million people had left before the order was implemented.
The People’s Liberation Army has sent 450 medical personnel to Wuhan to help out at local hospitals, which are crammed with patients lying in packed corridors. Construction workers are reportedly trying to build a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan in five days. The U.S. and other nations are evacuating their citizens from Wuhan.
A report of 41 hospitalized patients in Wuhan, published in The Lancet, showed that patients were relatively young (median age 49) and fewer than half had an underlying illness. Only 66% had been exposed to the Huanan seafood market, the apparent source of the infection. One patient (2%) had no fever; all had pneumonia; 29% had severe respiratory distress syndrome; and 12% had acute cardiac injury. Most cases may be very mild, facilitating more rapid spread.
The corona virus is transmitted by droplets coming into contact with mucous membranes, including the eye. It can persist on surfaces for days. People without fever or symptoms can transmit the illness during the incubation period, which might be as long as two weeks. At present, definitive diagnostic testing is available only from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a severe outbreak, people whose job is not critical may need to stay home. Those who do not have a supply of food, essential medications, or other needed supplies would likely end up in a frantic crowd. Personal protective gear, for people who need to be in contact with the public or care for a sick family member, is already out of stock in medical supply houses. This includes gloves, wrap-around eye protection, and N-95 protective masks—regular surgical masks are probably of little help.
Panic is never helpful; staying calm is always good advice. But failure to heed previous warnings of the need for robust disaster planning, and complacency about medical technology and governmental resources, has set the stage for potential unprecedented disaster.
Individuals need to recognize that they themselves, and not 911 or the emergency room or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, may hold the key to their family’s and their community’s survival. Local authorities need to know that they may be on their own.
For now, stock up on supplies; cover those coughs and sneezes; wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds; avoid crowds; and stay aware, as the situation could change rapidly.
8:45: Kim Andresen with Special Olympics Oregon and Officer Marc Slagle with the Eagle Point Police Department chat with Bill in studio.
The Polar Plunge, to benefit Oregon Special Olympics event is coming up on February 15th! Kim and Officer Slagle are here to tell you all about it.
WHEN: Saturday, February 15th. Registration is at 8AM, the Plunge begins at 11.
WHERE: Rogue Valley Country Club @ 2660 Hillcrest Road in Medford.
$50 per plunge.
If you’d like, you can volunteer, donate or participate in the event. You can find out more information, over at: PlungeOregon.org
Or you can see more at: SOOR.org
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:35: Prof. Wilfred Reilly chats with Bill this morning.
The Professor has a new book out today, in which he discusses, what you are really not supposed to talk about in society today.
In Taboo: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About, Professor Reilly (author of Hate Crime Hoax) fearlessly presents 10 of these truths here and investigates why the mainstream is so afraid to acknowledge that they’re true. Among these taboo truths:
* Men and women are different, although equal.
* There is no epidemic of police murdering Black people. The year Black Lives Matter began, cops shot under 1,200 people, and only 258 of them were Black.
* Crime rates vary among ethnic groups. The Black violent crime rate is about 2.4 times the white rate.
* There are almost no “pay gaps” between big groups, when variables other than race and sex are adjusted for.
The book is out today, and you can get your copy right HERE.
8:10: Jim Ludwick with Oregonians for Immigration Reform chats with Bill this morning.
Today, we talk with Jim about our “Real ID,” problems and how it is due to the State bowing to open-borders policies.
OFIR has fought long and hard against issuing driver licenses to illegal aliens and in favor of Oregon becoming compliant with the Real ID Act.
“The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.” – Department of Homeland Security.
Now, 15 years after the Act was passed, the deadline looms, on Oct. 1, for states to comply, or its citizens lose convenient access to air travel.
Not so surprisingly, the Oregon legislature and our governor have blocked efforts to pass the necessary Real ID measures. In essence, they have been and still are, putting the interests of illegal aliens above the safety and well-being of citizens. Now citizens face an impossible rush to get Real ID compliant i.d. Take a moment to read the article that appeared in Sunday’s Oregonian.
8:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls the show to bring you an update of what’s going in Salem.
Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 27, 2020
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.
7:35: State Senator Dennis Linthicum chats with Bill today. We’ll find out the latest goings-on in the State Legislature, and we’ll talks with Dennis about the possibility of Oregon adding a 6th Congressional District. See Dennis’ latest newsletter, below:
Dispensing Favors, Wielding Power
Big problems are on the horizon with the Democrat super majority’s Short Session Swindle, otherwise known as the Cap and Trade Bill (LC19). The most troubling is the unrelenting control and absolute authority that will be handed over to non-elected bureaucrats over the 30-year life-cycle of the program.
Bureaucracies are most irksome and troubling when agency and department heads pursue agendas that vary from the goals of those elected to office. Elected officers can be held accountable whereas bureaucrats are free to reign. Administrative agencies become another branch of government. They exercise vast amounts of power and authority. They write rules, compliance obligations, sanctions, penalties and the methods for adjudicating discrepancies.
These issues will explode with exponential fury when the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) agenda is set for the next three decades by people who will be long-since gone. The alphabet soup of agencies chartered to control Oregon’s productive economy may outlive as many as 7 future governorships. These agencies will saddle businesses with untold complex, capricious and unachievable goals while dispensing favors and wielding power. The bill’s effectiveness will not be judged by the stated emission targets but by the underlying controls handed to the bureaucracies and the dizzying tax revenues.
Cap and Trade schemes are attractive to governments because of a contemptible contrivance that generates revenue through bureaucratically set goals, taxes and penalties. These arrangements become “pay to pollute” virtue signaling efforts. Oregon will make money regardless of GHG emissions compliance. In essence, companies are free to pollute as long as they pay the state’s ransom.
LC19 states, “it is the goal of this state to achieve a reduction in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions levels in Oregon:
(a) To at least 45 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2035; and
(b) To at least 80 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. … to prepare for the effects of [global warming] climate change.” [strike-out in original text]
Global cooling went out in the 80’s. The global warming ‘hockey-stick’ was a disgrace. Now climate change is the new toxically undefined term that is being used to scare our children. Additionally, what scientific evidence proves that an 80% emission level below 1990 levels is the right target for a date 30 years into the future? Why was 1990 chosen?
The date arises from AGENDA 21, a worldview which captured the minds of the statists in Oregon leading up to United Nations Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The AGENDA 21 preamble states, “Its successful implementation is first and foremost the responsibility of Governments. National strategies, plans, policies and processes are crucial in achieving [its goals].”
Disguised under the global banner of foremost government responsibility, we can see the easily abused keywords: “plans”, “processes”, “strategies”, and “policies.” All of which combine to mean that you and I, as individuals, no longer count. It is the bureaucracies and their goals that matter.
If the term “statism” designates concentration of power in the state at the expense of individual liberty or business, then LC19 is a perfect storm of statism. It does not represent a new approach to government. It is not consensus government. It is merely a continuation of political absolutism where those with power keep their power and the rest pay their dues. It is no different than the absolute governments, monarchies, or random tyrannies that have plagued most of human history.
Our Founders, the Declaration and our constitutionally federated Republic argue for the individual, with Jefferson noting, “the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride.”
But the super majority sees things differently–they believe it is not up to you to decide whether vaping, vaccines, plastic grocery bags, straws or firearms are appropriate tools for your life and happiness–the government should make that decision for you.
Am I being over-zealous and bombastic?
Here are some recorded statements of AGENDA 21 policy promoters:
- “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit, 1992.
- “Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single-family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment are not sustainable.” – U.N. Biodiversity Assessment Report.
- “We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers, and return to wilderness millions of acres of settled land.” – Dave Foreman, Earth First.
Do you wonder why the four dams on the Klamath River have been slated for removal; why the Pelican Butte Ski Resort was never approved; why your farm and water rights are under constant attack; why your electric rates are climbing higher; or, why there are new bike-lanes instead of new auto-lanes?
The current mindset has been in the global-socialist kettle for more than 70 years and has been percolating within Oregon for the past three or four decades. Governor Goldschmidt (D) created the Oregon Task Force on Global Warming in late 1988. The task force was composed of 12 state agencies charged to review current scientific knowledge and assess how global warming could affect the state.
In 2004, an advisory group created by Governor Kulongoski (D), chose the global warming target date, 1990, based on recommendations from another United Nations organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The advisory group notes, “This target is based on limiting CO2 to double the level that existed prior to 1750.”
Doubling the colonial population would get us to a US population of 8 million. This is far below today’s population where 320M people produce nearly $20T in GDP and export food, goods and services to the world.
Despite the hype, there are no renewable technological solutions that can get Oregon’s economy to a carbon neutral, carbon free, or fossil free state. Without high net-energy fuel sources, which solar and wind sources are not, our capabilities will quickly regress toward the past, perhaps, circa 1750.
In their mad rush for money, Governor Brown (D) and the super majority appear unwilling to acknowledge the technological constraints facing top-down bureaucracies. A free-market approach, where men and women can exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and sequester innovative breakthroughs, is the best hope, along with carbon sequestration through good forest management. Good stewardship comes from private resources combined with clear and well-structured property rights. Mobs and crowds are not good stewards, individual are.
Therefore, Oregon should preserve capital accumulation for businesses and families so that our collective prosperity can lead to better stewardship for Oregon and our planet. Otherwise, you and I, our businesses, our jobs, our families and our communities will no longer be welcome in Oregon.
Stand with me and other steadfast Republicans in stopping this bill or be prepared for the “the re-wilding of our communities.”
If we don’t stand for rural-Oregon values and common sense… No one will?
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8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill in studio for this week’s edition of: Visiting Past & Present. See more from Dr. Powers at his website, or check out local publisher, HellgatePress.com.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
by Dennis Powers
Faced with a growing need for hospital facilities, the Medford community in the late 1950s raised $1.9 million in grants and donations to build a new hospital (a total cost of $2.8 million); on May 1, 1958, the Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital (“RMVC”) opened its doors with 80 beds and a 75,000 square-foot facility. Located “out in the boondocks” of East Medford on Barnett, the facilities were later renamed the Rogue Valley Medical Center. Government grants under the Hill-Burton Act (1946) supported the initial construction, as well as an East Wing in the 1960s that brought the total number of beds to 160. The same act allowed a new diagnostic/treatment center, child dental clinic, intensive care, coronary, and cancer care unit to be added during that decade.
Radiation and oncology facilities, linear accelerator, EMI or CAT scans, suture machines, cryo-surgery for early skin cancer detection, and laser treatments didn’t exist then. Nurses performed anesthesia, and physician malpractice insurance was $250 a year (now, this can be $100,000 per year plus). Doctors took turns in the emergency room, and every physician was deemed able to care for whatever medical requirements came in.
Nobody received hip or knee replacements, and with no hurry to push patients in or out, short-stay units didn’t exist. The cost of uninsured patients was spread among those who paid or carried insurance—and patients weren’t turned away. Physicians didn’t carry beepers, nor were unnecessary tests or practicing defensive medicine needed. A board of doctors examined claims, and the Rogue Valley Physicians Service, a doctor-owned insurance company, handled claim resolutions.
Competition between RVMC and Providence wasn’t what it would become, and doctors served on the board of both hospitals. Nowadays, one hospital’s physicians usually don’t associate with those at the other. With the growth of patient-directed care, physicians over time lost authority from what they had then. With present managed-care requirements, critics argue that the present concept is: hospitals can make more money by doing less. With state and federal legal changes, hospitals must work so that patients don’t return needing additional treatment for or arising from the same condition.
In the 1970s, services and facilities at RVMC were added for pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, mental health, cardiovascular, and open-heart surgery. In the 1980s, home health and hospice services were started. In the 1990s, a new addition on the north side was completed, a library constructed, and Three-Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass (then 125 licensed beds) was acquired.
By 1998, the Medford hospital had grown to some 500,000 square feet of facilities. In 2005, a major renovation and expansion was completed to bring a 210,000 square-foot, four-story parking garage with expanded emergency, surgical, and diagnostic centers. A 100,000 square-foot, six-story impatient bed tower was also built. And RVMC has over 375 licensed beds, nearly five times as much as in the beginning.
A board of directors of community members (local residents and physicians) governs its non-profit operations. In mid-2012, the board decided on the new name and logo of “Asante”, of which the word derives from the French expression “To your health.” Community owned, the tax-exempt organization (with more departments not previously mentioned) covers the nine-county area of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Asante owns RVMC, the Three-Rivers center, Ashland Community Hospital (acquired in late 2012), Physician Partners, and additional healthcare partnerships throughout the region.
It continues to increase its medical presence with improvements. For example (among previous ones), as part of a $20 million medical equipment upgrade program in 2016, Asante purchased 416 new beds for all three of its hospitals in Southern Oregon; RVMC (257 beds), Ashland (32), and Three Rivers (127). Asante has been named one of the 15 Top Health System in the Nation seven years in a row (as of 2019) in the small category ($900 million in annual revenues). Asante is one of just two health systems to achieve seven-time status–the other is the Mayo Clinic.
With more than 5,700 employees and 30-plus locations, it is one of the largest, private full-time employer in both Jackson County and Southern Oregon–a far cry from its beginning, but still very community and now regionally oriented.
Sources: See Asante website at http://www.asante.org/; Damian Mann, “$20 million to upgrade 3 facilities,” Mail Tribune, April 15, 2016, at Asante Improvements; Chris Conrad, “Healthy Environment,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013; Bill Varble, “Doctoring differed in RVMC’s early days,” Mail Tribune, May 3, 1998.
8:50: Lisa McClease Kelly of Kelly Automotive Service in Grants Pass, joins Bill in studio. Today, Lisa is here to promote this year’s Peanut Butter Drive to “Wipe Out Hunger.”