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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy, talks with Bill. It’s the weekly Transportation News Segment.
To read some awesome stuff from Eric, and check out his reviews of the latest cars, trucks SUVs and bikes, head on over to EPAutos.com.
7:10: Cliff Bentz, GOP nominee for Oregon, U.S. Representative, District 2 chats with Bill after his win in the primary election last night. Head over to CliffBentz.com to help out Cliff as he runs for Congress.
7:35: Dr. Jane Orient MD chats with Bill this morning. Are we moving towards a vaccine for the coronavirus too fast? Here’s Dr. Orient’s Op-ed on this particular subject.
Vaccine at ‘Warp Speed’? Let’s Think About It, Mr. President
by Jane M. Orient, M.D.
The idea of moving at “warp speed” probably resonates with Star Wars fans. A galactic empire is impossible if it takes 100 years for a signal, much less a warship, to move from one system to another at the universal speed limit, 186,000 miles per second, the speed of light
Serious science fiction lovers know that the warp drive does not traverse space at faster-than-light speeds. It warps space, or leaps through another dimension—it takes a massive shortcut.
So, what’s the shortcut for vaccine development?
- Safety testing? It is impossible to test for long-term consequences without observing recipients for a long time—not a few days or weeks. If experts are worrying about long-term effects of having the disease, why not about the vaccine? If one consequence might be a massive immune over-reaction to a later exposure to the coronavirus, we’d need to await another outbreak.
- Efficacy testing? One way to test for efficacy is to find an animal model. See whether unvaccinated animals get the disease when deliberately exposed, while vaccinated ones are protected. If this works, you still need to test humans: vaccinate one group, give one group a placebo, and see whether a larger proportion of the unvaccinated get sick. Normally, you would wait to see how the subjects fare in the real world, where they might get naturally exposed during their usual activities. This takes time. You could speed this up by giving them all a dose of the virus, which might kill some of them. That would be unethical—wouldn’t it?
- One could test for antibodies, but do they work? Some are asserting that the antibodies that survivors have might not protect them. Why would the vaccine antibodies be better? For one thing, the virus might mutate. Maybe it already has.
Then what about production and distribution?
- How about sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into producing various vaccine candidates, just in case they work? Then you could just waste it all if they don’t.
- For distribution, why not mobilize the armed forces to quickly vaccinate 300 million people? Our furloughed medical workers might not be up to the job. Might arms be needed if people resist? Incidentally, if everybody gets the vaccine, there’s no control group. Doesn’t the scientific method call for one?
Why the hurry?
Experts like Tony Fauci and Bill Gates say we cannot go back to work until there’s “a vaccine.” (Note that they did not say “a safe and effective vaccine.”)
In fact, we could go back today—if the government were not stopping us.
One reason for hurry is that the epidemic might be gone, and the vaccinators couldn’t take the credit. We have no vaccine for the “Spanish” flu of 1918, the “Asian” flu of 1958, or the “Hong Kong” flu of 1968, all of which killed far more than the current pandemic, and all of which went away. A speedy vaccine, which was developed for the predicted 1976 mass extinction/swine flu pandemic that never was, resulted in deaths and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Humanity survived many waves of far more deadly pestilence before vaccines. The smallpox vaccine may have finally eliminated smallpox, but smallpox lesions were identified in Egyptian mummies from the 3rd century B.C., but not in earlier or later mummies. It re-emerged in the 6th and 7th centuries A.D., disappeared until the 11th century, then after being almost absent for about 300 years re-emerged in the 15th century.
In 2020, much has happened with amazing speed: the flattening of the economy, the suspension of civil liberties, the destruction of medical practices. Censorship of any information that the World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t like, for example about potential game-changers like vitamin D and high-dose vitamin C. The declaration of a new drug remdesivir as the “standard of care” after an underwhelming study was prematurely stopped. The sequencing of the coronavirus genome. Revolutionary experimental DNA and RNA vaccine technologies.
Those who were seemingly prescient about the potential of coronavirus—Bill Gates holds a 2015 patent on a coronavirus created with recombinant gene technology, and the Gates Foundation held a crisis simulation modeled on a coronavirus in October 2019—did nothing to shore up preparedness measures such as equipment stockpiles.
Fear spreads at the speed of light. After 70 years and 100 million users of antimalarial drugs with remarkable safety, FDA is inspiring fear of heart problems from using hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin for COVID-10—but don’t worry if it’s for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or malaria.
We need an immediate return to letting doctors practice and letting people work. They need accurate information, so they can make prudent decisions about protecting themselves and their loved ones. We need an immediate end to the dictatorial influence of a few long-entrenched “experts” or media giants, and investigations of conflicts of interest with all deliberate speed.
What we do NOT need is panic-inspired warping of safety testing.
8:20: Cherisse from No Wires Now talks with Bill for the Open For Business segment.
8:40: Kevin Mannix, an attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute talks with Bill today. Kevin in leading the charge in a lot of lawsuits against Governor’s executive orders.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill today.
Dem Controlled House Passes Mass Amnesty Bill
On Friday, House Democrats passed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), a $3 trillion stimulus package that also checks off just about every box on the radical left’s wish list. Among those radical left wishes, the bill would bestow billions of dollars in benefits to the country’s 14.3 million illegal aliens. In addition to direct payments to illegal aliens, the HEROES Act is filled with open borders immigration policies that do nothing to assist the more than 33 million unemployed Americans displaced by COVID-19.
Below is what you need to know about the bill:
- Calls to end deportation for illegal aliens performing so-called “critical infrastructure” work. This category is so wide-ranging as to encompass a list of occupations including agriculture, food production, transportation, construction, and more.
- Protects employers who hire illegal aliens to do these broadly defined “critical infrastructure jobs” – encouraging them to hire more illegal aliens for lower wages, rather than hiring unemployed American workers.
- Offers de facto amnesty for nearly every working illegal alien in the country since there is no listed end date. As the ongoing battles over DACA and TPS demonstrate, once “temporary” protections are granted, they become nearly impossible to end.
See more over at FAIRus.org
7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls the show to give you an update on the shutdown, and a potential $3 billion dollar hole in the state budget.
8:10: Ed, aka Mr. X, chats with Bill. We’ll delve into the Oregon Supreme Court’s stay of Governor Kate Brown’s coronavirus, stay at home orders, and other issues going on around the state.
Bill’s Guests: Monday, May 18, 2020
6:35: Michael Pack, Producer and Director of a new Award-Winning documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas.
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words, will be nationally broadcast on PBS beginning today. You can watch the film on Southern Oregon PBS, channel 8, beginning at 10pm.
Pack knows the story of Clarence Thomas first hand, having interviewed both Thomas and his wife, Ginni, for over 30 hours to create this groundbreaking film. In the piece, he writes the following:
“For a while, Thomas did see himself as a victim. In his college years at Holy Cross, during the tumultuous ’60s, he and others in the Black Student Union supported Malcolm X, the Panthers, and, as he says, “anyone who was in your face.” Thomas says, “Racism and race explained everything.” Finally, during an anti-war rally at Harvard that became a near riot, he was shocked by the violence he felt welling up in him, until he found himself in front of the chapel at Holy Cross in the middle of night, asking God, “If you take anger out of my heart, I’ll never hate again.”
Read Michael’s Op-Ed at FoxNews.com about the documentary:
Here are a couple of more clips from the film that you can view:
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. Check out more, all over at RogueWeather.com.
7:35: Roger Fredinburg, local talk show host chats with Bill. Roger is rasing the issue that many people who are registered Republicans are not receiving GOP primary ballots.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill today for the weekly segment: Visiting Past & Present. See more from Dr. Powers, all over at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.
Pat McCoy Moran: Jazz Pianist/Songwriter
by Dennis Powers
Patti Moran was born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1934. Her first musical memory was hearing her father playing ragtime pieces on a piano in their living room–and he was from a long-line of musicians. At the age of four, this diminutive little girl from the plains of Eastern Oklahoma, climbed upon the piano bench, stretched her fingers over the keys, and began to make music.
At the age of 12, Patti was playing with symphony orchestras and a few years later received a scholarship to study piano privately with Edwin Hughes, the Professor of Music at Juilliard. She headed to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to be a concert pianist, but after listening to a concert by famed jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Patti changed music directions into “progressive” jazz.
The next year, she was in Chicago where she learned to play bebop. She founded the Pat Moran Quartet, which later became the Pat Moran Trio, and played New York’s Hickory House, the Birdland and the Blue Note concerts in Chicago. The young, talented Moran performed with singer Beverly Kelly, bassist John Doling, and drummer John Whited. In the mid-1950s, she released two albums for Bethlehem Records. Later releasing albums for the Audio Fidelity label, Patti also performed (1959 – 1961) with Mel Torme, Oscar Pettiford, and the Terry Gibbs Dream Band.
Her recordings include: “Porgy and Bess” with Duke Ellington and Mel Torme; “The Pat Moran Quartet” (while at Birdland); “This is Pat Moran” with virtuoso bassist, Scott La Faro. During the 1950s and 60s in Las Vegas, she had Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and even Elvis frequenting her show. In the late 1950’s, she was on the “Tonight Show” when hosted by Steven Allen; Andy Williams and Jonathan Winters were on this show with her.
Even with all of these accolades, Patti never enjoyed travelling the jazz circuit. One night in Denver, Colorado, she met a soldier, Mike McCoy, who was heading over to Vietnam. A year (or so) later, she married Mike and became Pat Moran McCoy. In the mid-1960s, she pulled away from the national jazz scene and they moved to Ashland. Mike was from Oregon and they began raising their family of five children–Sean, Alison, Aaron, Gabriel, and Kelly–with all heading at one time or another into singing and/or musical careers.
Patti first worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “rehearsing the music and playing the shows.” She also recorded two CDs in Los Angeles, continued her concerts, and wrote jingles for the ad agency that Mike started. She opened the first jazz concert (1979) ever played at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville with Dave Brubeck.
In the early 1980s, Moran released an album of children’s songs, “Shakin’ Loose with Mother Goose,” in collaboration with Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows. The album’s companion book was awarded the American Book Award.
In later years, she was featured in National Public Radio’s jazz programming, plus she played at black churches around the country after she embraced religion and added gospel music to her repertoire.
In 2001, Patti released her CD, “Jesus in Paris,” which encompassed jazz, classical, and gospel piano styles. Patti wrote most of the songs and different noted musicians and gospel singers accompanied her. She lived in Jacksonville, as well, while they raised her children, recording music, giving jazz presentations, and performing locally with musicians from the Britt and Jacksonville Jubilee! to Alexander Tutunov. Presently, they live in Central Point.
Patti can play bebop, jazz, blues, ragtime, gospel, swing, boogie-woogie, and classical (Mozart, Chopin, Prokofiev, etc.); additionally, she teaches piano and continues composing. And is still considered as one of the top jazz pianists ever.
Sources: Peggy Dover, “Jazz royalty in the Rogue Valley,” Mail Tribune, September 1, 2019, at Pat McCoy Moran; Wikipedia, “Pat McCoy Moran” at More Background; Listen to “This is Pat Moran” at “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Making Whoopee”.