Samizdata quote of the day

“The Soviet Union (also Mao’s China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela) have proved that central planning is impossible. Even something as simple as corn. To grow corn, you just plant seeds in fertile soil, and wait. Yet every country that attempted to centrally plan it, has starved.” Keith Weiner, who runs a precious metals investments business, based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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If this is how the Democrats campaign, maybe the Republicans will win after all

With great glee, the Huffington Post reports, Multiple Right-Wing Figures Pranked Into Thanking The Devil For Supporting Trump Several prominent pro-Trump voices have been pranked into thanking “Iblis” — a figure in the Quran typically synonymous with Satan — for supporting the president.

Source: If this is how the Democrats campaign, maybe the Republicans will win after all

And if you hear or read anything from someone named Natasha, you’re being pranked. “Natasha” spelled backward is “Ah Satan”.

Biden And 500 Kids: Truth Over Fact

Stately McDaniel Manor

I’m sure you recall, gentle readers, the final presidential debate.  May I call your attention particularly to the portion of that event where Kristen Welker brought up immigration, but in a way that gave Joe Biden a perfect and obviously previously prepared—I’ve little doubt Biden was given the questions in advance–avenue of attack on President Trump. From the debate transcript:

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Your life under the Green New Deal

During the cantankerous September 29 presidential “debate,” candidate Joe Biden proclaimed “I am the Democratic Party.” He is in charge, he insisted, and his views will be Democrat policy. Others aren’t so sure – about that, about what his views actually are, or about how far to the left he would be pushed, prodded and pressured by Kamala Harris, AOC, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Antifa mobs, and coastal and blue city governing, academic and technology elites.

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FLASHBACK: Dr. Birx’s Early Prediction for COVID-19 Deaths Destroys Biden Narrative….

FLASHBACK: Dr. Birx’s Early Prediction for COVID-19 Deaths Destroys Biden Narrative.

Back in March, Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the experts advising President Trump, predicted that “if we do things almost perfectly,” there would be up to 200,000 deaths in the United States.

“If we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities,” Birx told Savannah Guthrie on Today.


Source: FLASHBACK: Dr. Birx’s Early Prediction for COVID-19 Deaths Destroys Biden Narrative….

Peer reviewed hydroxychloroquine study

Conclusion: Early treatment of COVID-19 in high risk patients with “The Zelenko Protocol” decreased hospitalizations by 84% and resulted in a 5 fold reduction in death.

New York, NY. October 27, 2020 – Dr. Vladimir Zelenko and team announced today that a retrospective study analyzing his patient data was accepted for publication after a rigorous peer review process.1 The study finds that early intervention and treatment of high-risk patients with COVID-19 resulted in significantly fewer hospitalizations and deaths. The treatment consisting of zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, is also referred to as “The Zelenko Protocol.”

This study is unique because only HIGH RISK out-patients were treated with the triple-drug regimen.  High-risk patients are those that have a 5% to 10% chance of dying from COVID-19.  This category includes patients who are older than 60, who are younger than 60 but have other medical issues, or who have trouble breathing.  All identified high-risk outpatients were treated at their initial visit, most within the first five days of the onset of symptoms. All of these patients had laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection.

The results show that in 141 high risk patients who were treated in the prehospital setting with the triple therapy, only 2.8% (4/141) were hospitalized compared to 15.4% of an untreated control group (58/377) (odds ratio 0.16, 95% CI 0.06-0.5; p<0.001). Only 0.71% (1/141) patients died in the treatment group, versus 3.5% (13/377) in the untreated group (odds ratio 0.2, 95% CI 0.03-1.5; p=0.12). 

This retrospective analysis is the product of the unique collaboration of three doctors with a rare synergy of industry, academia and clinical medicine. Dr. Roland Derwand is a German physician and life science industry expert. Professor Martin Scholz is an independent consultant and adjunct professor for experimental medicine at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. Drs. Derwand and Scholz were the first to draw attention to “The Zelenko Protocol” in their published hypothesis paper about the importance of combining zinc with hydroxychloroquine as a method for treating COVID-19. 

“What differentiates this study is that patients were diagnosed very early with COVID-19 in an outpatient setting, and only high-risk patients were treated early on,” said Dr. Derwand. “Unfortunately, we seem to have forgotten common medical knowledge – that we want to treat any patient with an infectious disease as soon as possible. Dr. Zelenko treated his high-risk patients immediately with the three drug regimen to ensure sufficient efficacy.  He correctly didn’t wait for the disease to further develop.” 

Following the rigorous peer review process, Dr. Zelenko said: “It’s unfortunate that much of the media coverage surrounding hydroxychloroquine has been negative. These three medications are affordable, available in pill form, and work in synergy against COVID-19.” According to Dr. Zelenko: “Hydroxychloroquine’s main role is to allow zinc to enter the cell and inhibit the virus’ reproduction. And azithromycin prevents secondary bacterial infection in the lungs, and reduces the risk of pulmonary complications.” 

The third author, Professor Scholz added: “This is the first study with COVID-19 outpatients that shows how a simple-to-perform outpatient risk stratification allows for rapid treatment decisions shortly after onset of symptoms. The well-tolerated 5-day triple therapy resulted in a significantly lower hospitalization rate and less fatalities with no reported cardiac side effects compared with relevant public reference data of untreated patients. The magnitude of the results can substantially elevate the relevance of early use, low-dose hydroxychloroquine, especially in combination with zinc. This data can be used to inform ongoing pandemic response policies as well as future clinical trials.”

Especially as vaccines will still not be available during the currently ongoing second wave of the pandemic a broader use of the Zelenko protocol to treat positively risk stratified COVID-19 outpatients as early as possible seem to represent a so far underestimated additional option to win today’s battle against COVID-19.

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Spices and Inspiration

The latest story, Business not Bullets , came from several sources – first, a long-running conversation / argument about what would actually be economically feasible to transport across interstellar distances, as drawn from current and historical examples.


In fact, there are a couple awesome, determined, crazy folks who are currently proving this concept right now. Rumi Spice is the business started by a bunch of vets who are trying to jumpstart the economy in Afghanistan, and provide income to the rural farmers – so they are selling Afghan saffron, which, even after logistics and transportation costs (and those are fearsome), still brings in 6 times the income of the next most valuable cash crop (opium), and promotes far more stability.

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