Did You Know There is a Black National Anthem?

On Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 3:13 PM Albert Nelms wrote:
Just watch NFL football. The NFL is planning to play the black national anthem before the real national anthem on their opening week. This is a big turn-off for me. I look at the NFL as a sports entertainment venue. I go there to get away from it all. I don't want to see or listen to their political rhetoric. So, I say goodbye to the NFL. NFL call me when you're ready to be a sports entertainment venue again.

Btw, the black national anthem as a piece of music is not that great. Thank goodness it's short. Lol

There should be no such thing as a Black National Anthem.  To say that such a thing exists is to say that the United States National Anthem, the one that is supposed to be for everyone, is really just the White National Anthem.  I am discouraged by this.

What we have is a political movement that is trying to play us.  It is trying to leverage race in order to advance far-left political agendas that have much more to do with inequity and power than they do with race.

I think that race is an arbitrary social concept that we made up and it should not have much meaning.  We are all the human race, and that is what matters.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Victor Davis Hanson: Anger, not Trump vs. Biden, now driving 2020 election

Much of the country believes that America is racist, cruel and incapable of self-correction of its so-called original sins — without a radical erasure of much of its past history, traditions and customs.
It sees occasional violence as a necessary stimulant of long-overdue change. It argues that the American founding focus on liberty and freedom as increasingly selfish and incompatible with social justice and equality.

Racism, the protesting left says, is in the American DNA. It finally requires massive cutting, chemotherapy and radiation — treatment that deservedly will sicken and may even kill the host.

The other half of the country will vote to preserve what is under attack. They feel that the dreamy world of the demonstrators and rioters is an Orwellian vision far worse than the present reality that they are protesting.

America in their view is the world's only large, successful multiracial democracy. It is the dream destination of the world's immigrants — precisely because its ancient institutions adapt and change for the better, but only if they are preserved and allowed to work.

The angry and the demonstrating are loud and visible; their opponents are angry and quiet.

The election will reveal not just who is more numerous — but sadly also who is the angriest.

In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil


Movie theaters, AMC and streaming.

A large number of movies were supposed to be out by now or were going to come out soon, but have been postponed. This makes sense.

My problem is that I don't want to go back to the movie theater any time soon, if ever. AMC, the nation's largest movie chain, is reopening on July 15th, and by all accounts, they are on the brink of bankruptcy. How many people are going to rush back to the movie theaters on July 15th?

This crisis has made me think that movie theaters are now redundant. They were in trouble before the pandemic. They should give as a way to stream all movies at home.  

Best wishes,

John Coffey


A coronavirus vaccine is still months away, but an antibody treatment could be closer - CNN

Currently there are at least 102 Covid-19 antibody treatments in various stages of development, according to David Thomas, vice president of Industry Research at BIO, the trade association representing the biotechnology industry. Thomas does the research that goes into his organization's Covid-19 therapeutic development tracker. He said there are so many treatments under development, it's hard to keep up.

"I never looked at it to grow this big, this fast, and I've worked on all different therapeutic areas from Alzheimer's to cancer, and to see a pipeline of this size and this breadth is amazing," Thomas said.

Seattle's "Summer Of Love" Quickly Turned Into The "Summer Of Lawsuits"


Tucker: President Trump's hope for re-election

China may send ducks to battle Pakistan's locust swarms - BBC News

Caller Asks Shapiro: Is Trump Going to Win in 2020?

Cell phone use while driving becomes illegal in a week

Before the law goes into effect, drivers have been allowed to operate their GPS applications on their phone while driving. Moving forward, drivers will have to utilize Bluetooth capabilities in their vehicles or find another means of driving hands-free. For people without Bluetooth in their vehicle, a pair of headphones with a microphone will do, as long as only one ear of the headset is used while driving.

Man Tracks Down People He Photographed in the Street 40 Years Ago to Recreate Their Pictures

These are interesting. Forty years ago I was taking my first college class during the summer.

Caribbean chokes on monster Saharan dust cloud headed toward the U.S. - Reuters


COVID-19 in Indiana

I started keeping track on March 21st when we had 126 cases in Indiana.  This is when I first started to shelter in place.  I was worried even then.  It appeared that the virus was increasing exponentially. 

Now we have 41,746 cases, which is up 3,400 cases from 9 days ago.  

Summer starts tomorrow.  All this increase has been in one season.



Why Apple Is Selling $700 Wheels

I thought that this was a parody, but it turns out to be true...


He just wants to kill an infestation of cockroaches but it turns out


This is why women live longer than men.

The Death of Europe, with Douglas Murray


Tholins - Mysterious Brown Space Goo Found Everywhere but Earth

Scientists Discover Huge Bacterial Biomass Inside Earth

This is unreal.  What is powering all this life?


Ashley StClair on Instagram: “Lays down the cold, hard truth about the issues facing the black community.”

President Trump Restored my hope in America Today


Imagine a science fiction novel written 20 years ago, where every person infected with a deadly virus infects two other people, and the carriers are asymptomatic, and up to 5% of the known cases die. Imagine a story where people can't interact with each other. People can't visit their parents. Movie theaters and other public events are canceled. The economy shuts down. And people get so agitated that there are riots in the streets.

It certainly would have seemed like science fiction.

Actually, the 2011 movie Contagion had every detail spot on except for the deadliness of the disease.



Huckabee rips officials' response to Seattle CHAZ: It's a 'hostage situation'



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From: Larry 

Led by a media that is at once delusional and cynical—an eye-rolling combination—America is in the throes of a national madness.

Few are able to tell the truth—and when they do, they are attacked by the mob, not only in the street, but also in the board room.

Just the other day, talk show host Tucker Carlson opened his mouth about the well-documented dishonest origins (the lie about Michael Brown) of Black Lives Matter and sent advertisers skittering like so many scared rabbits.

You have the sensation that people across the country are hiding what they really think for fear of repercussions—retribution that will destroy their lives and livelihood.

And they're not being stupid. It could—and has.

If Nathaniel Hawthorne were alive today, he could write a new masterpiece with faux racism as the offense warranting the scarlet letter, but no one would publish it, certainly not one of our mainstream publishers who would rather flunk their Wasserman tests.

Is this the way to run a democracy?

Of course not, but that's where we are in America 2020, when putative "autonomous zones" are being set up across the land by groups espousing the overthrow of the U.S. government, violently or otherwise, under the guise of a brainless anarchism that Peter Kropotkin would never recognize.

What is so special about the human brain?

I think that this is fascinating...




Amidst all the chaos, I think that people need to remember that we still have a pandemic out there. Even if some experts are saying it is not as deadly as we once thought, we still have 109,000 deaths in the U.S. 




Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful And That Tear Gas Was Used Against Rioters

Every single major media outlet falsely reported that Park Police were unprovoked when they used "tear gas" to clear the area. If any of that were true, it might mark the first time in history that cops without gas masks launched tear gas in an area that the president of the United States easily walked through minutes later.

After thousands of false tweets, print stories, and broadcast stories to the contrary, local journalist Neal Augenstein of WTOP reported that a Park Police source said "tear gas was never used — instead smoke canisters were deployed, which don't have an uncomfortable irritant in them." Further, the source said the crowd was dispersed because of projectiles being thrown by the "peaceful protesters" at the Park Police and because "peaceful protesters" had climbed on top of a structure in Lafayette Park that had been burned the prior night.

Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, the public information officer for the Park Police, confirmed the agency did not use tear gas. And later this afternoon, United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan exploded the entire false narrative:

On Monday, June 1, the USPP worked with the United States Secret Service to have temporary fencing installed inside Lafayette Park. At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.

Riots and race

When I drove by the Columbus, Indiana Best Buy, I saw a hand-drawn message on the side of the building that said, "We are with you in this!" First of all, rioters have targeted Best Buy and Target stores. Second, who isn't for justice and racial equality? I'm tired of people saying that there is systemic racism, accusing a large group of people or an entire segment of society of being racist. In the year 2020, I don't know a single person who is racist. I'm sure that there are a few bad apples, but they don't represent the rest of us.

I'm sorry that you have drunk the liberal socialist Kool-Aid. The old socialism failed both economically and to catch the imagination of the public. The new socialism only had one resource remaining to promote its agenda, which was to divide people by ethnicity and to convince them that they are victims. As long as you think that you are a victim then you lose at least some control of your life because you think that others are responsible for what happens to you. Consequently, you will look to politicians, mostly radicals, to save you from your grievances.

The tools of the radicals are violence or the threat of violence. On the surface, they want to burn it all down. They sponsor thugs to go from city to city and from state to state to incite the mobs and to commit acts of violence. This is why shop owners, men and women, are being beaten. This is why Molotov cocktails are being thrown.  This is why buildings are being burned. This is why police cars are being overturned and burned.
The socialist left is not about helping people. It never has been because the results of socialism have always been the opposite of its goals. The socialist left is about Power and making sure that they are in control. Although they claim to give power to the people, it never turns out that way. The purpose of Power is to secure it for a small group of people.

The United States is one of the most diverse and racially harmonious places on the planet. Try going to Japan, Korea, or China, and see how racially tolerant they are.

The most prosperous and stable societies are the ones where people respect each other and the rule of law. The more we diverge from that then the more we degrade society and our common interests.

What we are seeing can bring down a society and lead to radical extremists rising up. I don't think that it will happen here, but the violence hurts the cause of the peaceful protestors who have legitimate grievances. And almost everyone wants to see justice done. We are with you in this!

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Coronavirus Antibody Testing Shows Lower Fatality Rate For Infection : Shots - Health News : NPR

But even a virus with a fatality rate less than 1% presents a formidable threat, Rivers says. "That is many times more deadly than seasonal influenza," she says.

The new evidence is coming from places such as Indiana, which completed the first phase of a massive testing effort early in May.

The governor wanted basic information, such as how many people had been infected, and how many would die.

"It doesn't capture the vast number of people out there who might be infected but not seeking medical care," he says.

Preliminary results showed that the coronavirus had infected about 3% of the state's population, or 188,000 people.

"That 188,000 people represented about 11 times more people than conventional selective testing had identified in the state to that point," Menachemi says.



COVID-19 numbers

What do the numbers tell us? The world has double the number of known cases it had one month ago. There have been half a million new cases in just the last four days. The United States has about 90% more cases in one month. Indiana has 129% more cases than one month ago, and the number in Indiana continues to rise at a linear rate.

The rate of testing is a major factor in how many cases we see. There are likely many more that we don't know about.




Trump's Biggest Failure - China

Although this video from last October is long, it gives a very detailed account of China's aggressive foreign and economic policies.  The ending is not kind to Trump.  I think that it is relevant considering that the current pandemic came from China.


This is How Easy It Is to Lie With Statistics



Indiana death toll

In the state of Indiana, there were 260 deaths in the last week. There were 567 deaths in the last two weeks. 



COVID-19 deaths worldwide

With the numbers ever increasing, I think that people lose sight of the scale of COVID-19. Worldwide there were 32,000+ deaths in the last week. That is about 11 times the death toll of 9-11 in a week. In the last two weeks, there have been over 73,000 deaths.


COVID-19 deaths in the US.

In the last week, there were about 11,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US. In the last two weeks, there were 24,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US.  


Back On Track Indiana: What's Open, What's Closed?

There are multiple scenarios that could happen, varying from COVID-19 quietly going away, to COVID-19 being an extinction-level event. Although the latter is unlikely, the disease doesn't show much sign of slowing down either.


Bicycle science - how bikes work and the physics behind them

'Scientists have been puzzling over what makes bicycles balance since they were invented, back in the 19th century. In 2007, a group of engineers and mathematicians led by Nottingham University's J.P. Meijaard announced they'd finally cracked the mystery with a set of incredibly complex mathematical equations that explain how a bicycle behaves—and it turns out that gyroscopes are only part of the story.

According to these scientists, who used 25 separate "parameters" or "variables" to describe every aspect of a bicycle's motion, there's no single reason for a bicycle's balance and stability. As they say:

"A simple explanation does not seem possible because the lean and steer are coupled by a combination of several effects including gyroscopic precession, lateral ground-reaction forces at the front wheel ground contact point trailing behind the steering axis, gravity and inertial reactions from the front assembly having center-of-mass off of the steer axis, and from effects associated with the moment of inertia matrix of the front assembly"

Or, in simple terms, it's partly to do with gyroscopic effects, partly to do with how the mass is distributed on the front wheel, and partly to do with how forces act on the front wheel as it spins. At least, I think that's what they said!'


Fwd: Daily Mail: Will Covid-19 survivors face a lifetime of illness?

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From: Albert

Congratulations to all who survive COVID-19. Unfortunately, survivors are plagued with other ailments. 😔 

Will Covid-19 survivors face a lifetime of illness?
Kirstin Coutney, pictured with her daughter Tilly, contracted Covid-19. The 49-year-old mother of two from Bath is still suffering crippling fatigue, six weeks after developing the virus.

Read in Daily Mail: https://apple.news/AH0nEqG1_SJ-Ho1B9VonXeQ


Flynn Goes Free | The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 1007

The first twenty-three minutes breaks down the Flynn case pretty well


We May Have Just Solved the Mystery of 11 Year Long Solar Cycles

Sunspots go through a cycle roughly every 11 years where they alternate between no sunspots and intense sunspots. This affects temperatures on earth and can interfere with communications. There have been some really bad sunspot eruptions, like around 1860, where the electromagnetic interference damaged telegraph wires. If this were to happen again then we could see disruptions to the electrical grid and communications.

We did not know why this happens every 11 years but now we think that we do. The planets, Earth, Jupiter, and Venus align roughly every 11 years, and the combined effect creates gravitational tidal forces that interfere with the magnetic/electrical currents on the surface of the sun. The video gives more details.



Best wishes,

John Coffey


People aren't doing enough.

When I passed Wendy's, there was a huge line of cars in the drive-through, and people, mostly employees apparently on break, were hanging out together maybe with some other people in the parking lot.

I went to Sam's Club to get some supplies, and there were people there not wearing masks and families shopping together. I have also seen families shopping together at Walmart. There is no reason for more than one person from a family to be doing the shopping, and more people need to be using the curbside pickup as I have been doing.

I have also seen people in my neighborhood having outdoor parties.

The mood of the country seems to be that we want this to be over. People are encouraged by news that some restrictions will be eased up, albeit rather slowly and in some places more than others, so they are taking this as an indication that they can do whatever they want.

However, the pandemic is not over. The number of cases continues to increase, and it doesn't even show signs of slowing down.

I need to remind people that the death rate in Indiana is 5%. I do not want to die, nor I do not want my close relatives to die, nor would I want to be terribly sick gasping for air for a couple of weeks assuming that I didn't die in the process.

What restrictions will be lifted will be done slowly and first in specific areas that appear to have less risk. We need to test the waters slowly to see if we can get by with this.

Many people see this as both a freedom issue and an economic issue. Although I sympathize, our country has been through much larger struggles where people had to make sacrifices. In times of emergency, the government has to go to extraordinary measures not only to keep us safe but to also keep the economy going.

In this regard, consider a hypothetical scenario: Suppose for whatever reason there was radioactive fallout and the government told us that in order to stay safe and to keep others safe that we need to stay in our homes most of the time. In this case, how many people would defy the government orders in the name of freedom?



The Liquid Batteries That Could Power Entire Cities

COVID-19 Utah, Indiana, USA, and world

Compared to Indiana, Utah is doing pretty well. The percentage of Deaths in Indiana is at least 5%, and it is about 1% in Utah. I just compared the populations of Indiana and Utah, and it is 6.7 million to 3.2 million. I remember when Utah was just 2 million people. 

Twelve days ago we were at two million cases, and 12 days before that we were just over a million.



Number of new Indiana COVID-19 cases spike.

Indiana was averaging about 500 new cases per day, but for the last three days, we have had 612, 654, and 718 new cases.   



Fwd: Reminder: Columbus temporary substitute Online Chess Club.

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From: John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 4:31 PM
Subject: Fwd: Reminder: Columbus temporary substitute Online Chess Club.

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From: John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Reminder: Columbus temporary substitute Online Chess Club.

I will be available to play on  https://www.chess.com/club/notes/columbus-chess-club  Thursdays from 5 to 9 PM EST until the current crisis has passed.
Last week it was just a couple of us. I am hoping that more will participate.





I Found The Source of the Coronavirus

Zinc and COVID-19

A couple of sources are espousing zinc for combating the COVID-19 virus. Some people take zinc for colds, which are caused by coronaviruses. Zinc presumably can shorten the duration of colds, but reportedly by only a day or two.

I don't know that there is any evidence that zinc can help with COVID-19. It is pretty easy to get the daily requirement of zinc from diet, especially from meat, whole grains and milk. Zinc can also cause stomach upset.

I have some 25 mg zinc tablets that I originally took for a cold. The daily requirement for zinc is like 10 to 15 mg. Taking more than 25 mg per day can cause problems.

My pills have an expiration date of 2012. However, zinc is metal so I don't think that it can deteriorate. Since the pills bother my stomach, I've only been taking one pill every three days.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Number of COVID-19 cases

It has taken 12 days for the total number of world cases to double. However, an April 12th graph from Wikipedia shows the number of new cases going down.  




The number of new cases for today is slightly higher than the recent average, both national and worldwide. 


The Indiana page on COVID-19

The Indiana page on COVID-19 now gives information about ICU and Ventilator usage. That's a scary thought.