... voting patterns, and COVID-19 vaccination, infection, and death rates in the US and Canada
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When faced with the preeminent challenge of his ill-fated presidency, the pandemic, rather than rise to the challenge, as so many of his predecessor's had done in times of crises, Trump exhibited cowardice, and sought to act like the crisis did not exist initially, and when that ruse proved impossible, it did exist, he began to suggest that the world, not Trump, was incompetent.
By August 2021, when a therapy to ward off the worst consequences of infection was readily available, the incompetent former-president continued his cowardly ways, and just 50% of his voters in the 2020 general election had been vaccinated, while 91%, in contrast, of those who voted for the winner, Biden, had been vaccinated.
Remembering, that herd immunity, which is actually a vaccination strategy, requires that well in excess of 80% of a population must be vaccinated for it to be effectual.
E LaMont Gregory MSc Oxon
Voting demographics of the vaccinated and unvaccinated in the US & Canada
Sir, Medical science recognizes that individual as well as group behaviours are important facilitators in the spread of disease and are, in turn, linked to epidemiological outcomes (1).
Recent evidence suggests that voting behaviour may be an important factor in disease spread facilitation.
In a county-by-county analysis of election results in the most recent US Presidential Election, when compared to COVID-19 vaccination, infection, and death rates (2), revealed the following:
Vaccination rates in those counties with the highest number of votes for Trump were inversely related to vaccination rates in those counties, that is, the counties with the highest number of votes for Trump, also had the lowest vaccination rates.
The comparative analysis demonstrates a direct relationship between votes for Trump and COVID-19 infections and deaths, thus, the counties with the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates are also the counties with the largest number of votes for Trump.
A comparative study of O'Toole voters and COVID-19 vaccination rates, infection and deaths in Canadian counties (3), illustrates comparable inverse and direct relations between voting patterns and COVID-19 vaccination rates and outcomes.
A specific analysis of the Prairie Provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, illustrates the most pronounced association between support for O'Toole and low vaccination rates, and high rates of infection and Covid-19 deaths.
It is noteworthy that Alberta, where O'Toole received one of his highest proportions of the total provincial vote, a province with a mere 10 percent of the population of Canada, by November 2021 had as many active COVID cases as the rest of Canada combined.
It is factually and reasonably understood as a result, that the abovementioned inverse and direct relations between voting patterns, in terms of COVID-19 vaccination, infection and death rates, hold true, both in the US and Canada.
These preliminary findings, although important, also draw attention to the need for a more in-depth analysis of behaviors, which underpin these relations and their significance to our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019 - ... .
Especially, as we enter the fifth surge of the present pandemic, fueled largely by the advent of mutations, mask-resistance, and the unvaccinated.
1. Funk et al. 2010 2. Ivory et al. 2021 3. E LaMont Gregory et al. 2021 - in process
also see: the premier, the press, the pulpit & the pandemic
Ohio Rep addressing members of Benedict Donald J Trump's 126 member nationalist legislative militia (right). Ohio Senator Portman, pictured (left) in the act of sedition, whose epitaph is pictured (center), is ensnarled in insurrection probe.
Jordan raised millions exhorting his Trump supporters not to get vaccinated to prevent Biden from reaching the goal of 70% of Americans vaccinated by the 4th of July 2021. Jordan's use of that money came to the attention of the FEC, but Jordan and other shady Republicans knew the two Republican members of the FEC would not pursue an investigation.
That strategy may not prove to safeguard them, because a federal judge, noting the fact that the two Republican members had not pursued investigations of Republicans for well over a decade, has now allowed such complaints of misuse of campaign funds to be brought directly to the courts. Jordan, Hawley and others are resting just a bit less easily.
Justice for Portman & Jordan may not come quickly, but justice cometh.
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... surveillance video evidence, release it now, Nancy P
Surveillance video, from the Capitol Building exists, which covers every second of every day leading up to and including the murderous and seditious events of the 6th of January 2021.
A day that will live on in infamy, in the words of FDR.
30 federal legislators, documented weeks of rather odd tours, often venturing into areas rarely seen by your garden-variety tourist, during a visit to the Capitol Building, being conducted by republican members of the House and Senate, and their respective staff members. Including video recordings made by some of the legislative observers on their personal cell phones.
When do we, the public, get to see the Capitol Building video surveillance evidence?
It will surprise no one as to the sophistication of the Capitol Building, post-9/11, video surveillance systems. Had the Senate called witnesses during the impeachment trial in the Senate, especially that group of Justice Department and National Security staff that have reviewed the weeks of footage, we would have seen members of the Senate sitting in judgement of a case, in which they are, in fact and in law, subjects (persons of interest) of the investigation.
It will be interesting to witness Mr Jordan and other Ohio federal legislators explain the visitors from their districts, who have already been arrested and charged with multiple counts of federal crimes in association with the 6th of January.
One of the border states congressmen, who figures in a number of the personal cell phone videos made one or more of the 30 who first brought light onto this story, is indicative of the likely republican response to being caught red handed, ' ... it is one of the great privileges' of being a congressman, to be able to give tours of the Capitol Building to visitors', he exclaimed.
One of the delays, although a spurious one, concerns the normal and legitimate comings and goings of domestic and foreign intelligence, military, security, treasury, policing and diplomatic personnel and operatives, who are captured in those surveillance videos that could be of interest to some foreign or criminal organizations that such and such individual from this or that agency was liaising with this, or that, member of this or that committee, just before this or that happened. In a word, the tradecraft of spies and criminal groups, both foreign and domestic.
An equally important source of delay in releasing the surveillance videos, is the lack luster way the holdover Director of the FBI has approached this case, surprise surprise.
126 white nationalist Representatives supporting Trump-backed Texas lawsuit, shown here being addressed by an Ohio Representative, who suborned students to commit perjury to conceal his ties to an OSU sex scandal case.
The Supreme Court of the United States threw out the case, 9-0. A blatant attempt to nullify the votes of Americans of African origin, in a way that is overt racism, and constitutes a rebellion against the United States, which precludes the 126 insurrectionists to serve in the US Congress.
This is not the first time in US history that white nationalists, have stood against the US Constitution, while serving in the US Congress. And now, the names of the 126, shall be forevermore enshrined, along side the traitors who signed the Articles of the Confederacy, while serving in the US Congress.
When Adam Schiff was asked if the 126 should be precluded from serving in the Congress, as prescribed by the Constitution for willful violation of the 14th Amendment, he prevaricated.
This is the same Adam Schiff, who sat day after day in congressional hearings, and heard the above pictured speaker (the 'brown shirt' one) claim at those hearings that Trump had, where Obama had not, supplied the Ukraine with missiles to combat Russian tanks.
This author, supplied Adam Schiff, both through his California and DC offices, verifiable information, that whereas, Trump had authorized the shipment of such missiles to the Ukraine, but they arrived with a codicil attached to their delivery, which stated that 'the missiles could not be used in war'.
A cable news network also verified the story, and in one segment showed a group Ukrainian soldiers, preparing an emplacement for a lancet missile launcher, while complaining bitterly to the news reporter that the emplacement was all for show, because Trump's codicil on their use, precluded their use.
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The three Cowards -
McConnell, Pelosi, Trump, and fourth estate complicity
McConnell, is holding up relief for millions of Americans, because the business interests that control him, want - a get of jail card - for any liability, should they not provide adequate safeguards for their employees, and those same employees become infected, while in the workplace. And that provision alone is the reason that millions of Americans face hunger, and extreme economic insecurity.
The fourth estate would have us believe that they, in the public interest, named the 126 insurrectionists, when in fact and in law, they named themselves as signatories to the Texas voter disenfranchisement lawsuit. Before the lawsuit was published, all we heard from the fourth estate was vague references to stirrings emanating from unnamed staunch Trump supporters in the House of Representatives.
If, the fourth estate wanted to serve the public interest, they would name the business interests, who are holding the US Senate hostage in their arm-twisting attempt to secure amnesty from corporate liability.
But, such a move would be suicidal, since the same business interests who are holding McConnell hostage to the threat of the withdrawal of electioneering financial support, are one the same paymasters of the advertiser revenue financed cable news and entertainment industry, emphasis placed on the latter.
If, the American people knew the names of the corporate interests, withholding their own tax money from them, at a time of a clear and present extreme national emergency ...
the security of its citizens, to preserve, protect and defend, is the first duty of government
E LaMont Gregory MSc Oxon
Benedict Donald J Trump
"I do not want to talk about whether or or not I believe that Putin lied, when he said he did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election." Donald Trump, July 2018
"I spoke to the Saudis and they deny having had anything to do with the brutal murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul." Donald Trump, November 2018
One thing is certain, neither Trump, Pompeo or the Saudi's can place the blame for Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, on Iran.
To introduce any meaningful discussion of national security, it is absolutely necessary, to first define, the term security (or defense).
Defense (or security), describes a condition, that is a result of the knowledgeable and purposeful establishment and maintenance, of protective measures, that ensure a state of inviolability, from hostile acts or influences of any nature, emanating from a domestic or foreign source.
By this definition, the Russian meddling in the US presidential election cycle of 2016 was (is) a failure of US national security, a failure of our defense apparatus.
The term that identifies the means, the methods and the tools that are employed to defeat the establishment and maintenance of a nation's protective measures, short of a full-frontal assault, is espionage.
The failure of the US security apparatus to counter ongoing attempts by the Russians to steer the Trump administration into more favorable relations with Russia, stems in part, from the reality that Trump has surrounded himself with high-ranking officials that were part of the informal 'never again' group within the US military and security establishment. (The author makes no apology that those wanting to know more about the 'never again' group within the upper chambers of the US military are free to do so on their own volition.) And, that said, a return to the theme of this posting.
Espionage is not a static affair, but a dynamic one.
For example, the recent disclosure by the Washington Post, 23 June 2017, entitled: Putin ordered hacks to aid Trump, damage Clinton, came about because Putin's agents in the US came to know that the communications channels that Putin used when he ordered the hacks had been compromised, and that message had to be conveyed back to the Kremlin. Getting that message back to the Kremlin, without exposing other Russian surveillance capabilities within the FBI/DIA/CIA presented a number of rather substantial difficulties.
It was a case of the lesser of two evils.
Publicly communicating to Putin that the communications channels had been compromised, was clearly less threatening to the Russian espionage network in the US than allowing the Americans to continue to ease-drop on Putin's communications, which Putin assumed were safe.
Therefore, the Washington Post became the conduit of the information back to Russia that let Putin and the Kremlin know that their communications channels had been compromised by the Americans. Espionage is dynamic, not static.
It is high time that we stopped mollycoddling Donald Trump. And just tell the American people, what was done and who did what.
In a nutshell, Donald Trump believed that even after winning the Republican nomination he could not win the presidential election, but he wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton, especially for so scornfully and dismissively casting doubt on the notion that Trump was a billionaire, one who has one-thousand million dollars, not Italian Lira or Rubles. And, other highly public insults delivered at a memorable dinner by an associate.
A previous deal with the banks that Trump owed a king's ransom, had left him with 450,000 dollars a month to live on. To supplement that dowry Trump engaged in money laundering for a rather exclusive list of clients. One must remember that during this time, the FBI had a stock market swindler gangster informant strategically placed in the Trump organization.
Trump wanted to hurt Hillary, he also needed massive amounts of money and to accomplish both of these objectives, he made a deal with the devil.
Money began to flow into every aspect of his businesses and Hillary's problems were made the stock and trade of the Trump campaign for the presidency.
But as Trump has come to realize, the Russians are much bigger than he is.
And, the deal with the devil, and the smiling faces and the big laugh in the White House, the 'we did it' moment, will come to haunt Trump and all those who foolishly sought power by joining his doomed bandwagon, inevitably.
In the future, we will speak of the name Trump as Mudd.
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Under oath, in a court of law, on the 21st of August 2018, a long-serving associate of Donald J Trump, stated that he had with full knowledge, violated the law, 'at the direction of ... the candidate'.
And, thus begins, the long slow walk to the gallows for the Trump presidency.
Many comparisons between our present circumstances and the tragedy that was the fall of Richard M Nixon are ripe, currently. And, the concentration has been centered largely upon the legal aspects.
But the removal of a president is both legal and political. In the case of Nixon, part of the delay of almost two years was to remove Spiro Agnew from office. And, there was an acceptable Speaker of the House, Gerald Ford.
Neither Pence, the latter-day Agnew, nor Ryan, who is no Gerald Ford, will suffice. Ryan has voluntarily removed himself from the scene, the public will come to understand why, in due course.
Tragically, Orrin Hatch, like the president himself, is showing signs of increased instability, clearly evident in his recent comments about the citizens of New York.
Ultimately, Donald J Trump will have to choose to either resign the presidency, or attempt to remain and be removed as prescribed by the impeachment clause, or the 25th amendment as well as watching his children and son-in law, be prosecuted for crimes of his own making.
Trump's sister quietly stepped down from the federal court to avoid her own impeachment for her part in the Trump Charity misuse of funds scandal, since she was a board member. The charity scandal also draws in Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr
These are indeed perilous times
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