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Breaking News

Jobs Report Still Up

Just out from the Labor Department:

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 145,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in retail trade and health care, while mining lost jobs.

This means in the past year (Dec. – Dec.) almost 2-million more people are working.

The main numbers we look at are the total number of people working, because all the rest can be moved around by simply lowering a denominator.  The other key is how many jobs were estimated in existence by the CES Birth/Death Model.  This month, 60,000 jobs were subtracted in the model.

After the number, Dow futures were up 34.  Click here to see the NY Fed Repo deals.

Bitcoin earlier was $7,841 and the Fed dumped another pile of repo’s into the market this morning, handing out $ -billion.

Lawyers vs. Docs in MASS TORT

Note from my consigliere implies the cost of doctor’s malpractice insurance may take another moonshot, depending on what happens in the opiod trials.

“The Opioid MASS TORT litigation just picked up a few thousand more defendants… individual Doctors.  The drug retailers just sued the Doctors who prescribed the Opioids in their pending litigation for the 2 lead cases scheduled for trial later this year.

The lead cases against the national Pharmacy chains are the twin cases filed by Cuyahoga County Ohio (Cleveland area) and adjacent Summit County Ohio (Akron area).  The major opioid distributors, except Johnson & Johnson, settled their cases with those two counties mid last year.  (virtually all opioid cases nationwide against the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, have been consolidated into the same US District Court, North East Ohio for the opioid litigation).  Next up are the retailers… And now they are bringing the local Doctors who wrote the actual prescriptions into the battle.

And depending on disposition of the legal wrangling, Doc’s are going to face even higher malpractice insurance not to mention ungodly C.E. requirements… which might be used to learn instead, more about medicine, not law!  My consigliere’s measured view?

Mass Tort Litigation, and the medical profession, will never be the same if the retailors make their lawsuits against the individual Doctors stick.

We can’t be far from the day when this will be said by a new doc somewhere:  “Yeah, I just finished my residency in tortious avoidance…”  Bet me?

Weird Anti-Aging Idea

Don’t do this, don’t try this.  We’re just kicking it around, alright?

While I was using my “light helmet” this morning a novel thought wandered between my ears:  Is there a link between the Breastplate of Aaron (Biblical) and the long-term de-generation of the thymus gland?

Before going further, we need to remember that THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE.  I’m just looking at a novel idea, right?

Here’s the deal, though.  The Breastplate was something with 12-stones on it, each representing one of the tribes of Israel.  As I noted in my book “Dimensions Next Door” seems that one of the reasons jewels were of such value in times of antiquity, was they were light filters.

Seemed to me that original “crowns” in ancient times likely had “open back” frames (later crowns)- thus letting a particular mix of light strike the head.

I already know, experientially, that placing different lights over various parts of the head, can change levels of mental acuity. A “speed crown” for example uses red, green, and blue LED arrays.   There are numerous devices presently in trials which you can find on the government’s website.  Look up “light therapy” and you should get 7,000+ results.

Anyway, back to point, I’ve been looking at the role of T-cells in aging, and wouldn’t you know it?  T-cells are critical to fighting inflections, and even cancer.

Problem with the thymus gland is that it reduces to a kind of mushy, fatty gland by the time you get to 50 or 60 years of age.  Wears out.

Now to the novel thought (which Elaine and I are adding to our daily light regimens):  Would turning a mix of 700/850 nm deep red and near infra-red light on the center of one’s chest for a few minutes a day slow the T-cell functional decline of the Thymus?

Apparently, I’m late to the party.  The idea is covered in a 2018 paper turned up when I went into full-on research mode.  On the website, the paper is “Aging of lymphoid organs: Can photobiomodulation reverse age-associated thymic involution via stimulation of extrapineal melatonin synthesis and bone marrow stem cells?

Reading over the paper, occurred to me that taking a bit of melatonin at night (so it’s at a high bloodstream level compared to normal (whatever that it) and then applying the red/NIR light for a few minutes (10, or so, but depends on light amplitude, so looking at about 4.5 Joules worth just pulling a wild guess out) might yield interesting results.

I’ll do this for a while (a month or three) and do an update over on the side of things.  Positive or negative.

Makes an interesting line of inquiry for thos who (like us) are always looking for ways to self-optimize via things like supplements and CBD oil and whatever other ideas that come along.  Like the 40-minute daily workout on the treadmill and weight machine I go through…

Wanted to pass it along, though, as of possible interest.  No one escapes Dead, but no point running faster toward it.

Gaming the Royals

Had a dandy note from warhammer overnight.  Since we’re likely in the
“spaces between Iran tantrums” got to keep the mental juices stirred up.  And what better way that trying to sort out the Royal Intrigue of the Meghan and Harry fleeing the Land of Kneelers to come to ‘Merica.

“Thinking about this royal mutiny of Prince Harry.  My potential reasons, from realistic to tin foil, follow:

– Megan and Archie mean more to Harry than his hereditary titles and honors

– Harry’s ‘real’ father is NOT Prince Chuckie, but one James Hewitt, the late Princess Di’s riding instructor, and the Queen and Chuckie know this.

– Harry is being relocated to insure the Royal Family survives potential hostilities or targeted attacks; the Crown may be acting to to insure survivability of the royal line in case the worst case scenario happens.

– Harry is on the verge of abdicating his royal title and responsibilities, perhaps due to vitriol between he and his older brother, Prince Willie.

– (putting on tin foil hat) Harry is the Beast of Revelations and Megan is the harlot of Babylon (Hollywood), with there being 10 Canadian provinces sitting above the U.S.(beast with 10 horns); Harry emigrates from England (of the sea);  England is historically connected to the Roman Empire, scourge of the early Christians.

Feel free to add more.  Fun exercise. ”

Well, I have been thinking about this (though a 100% time-waste, except for the infintesimally small chance they’ll by a 50-acre mansion up the road from our double-wide in the woods…).  Seemed to me:

  • They may be coming because of a HUGE Hollywood payday that awaits.
  • OR, Meghan and Harry may be serious foodies, and the UK is not the culinary melting pot America is.
  • OR they miss Wal-Mart and being able to mingle with real, actual people.
  • OR the Royals weren’t going to turn loose enough money to support the couple in manner to which they would like to become accustomed.

The future of royalty is clouding over, you see:  Are kneelers waking up?  Could there be a referendum on their future?  No Royal worries, though:  Since the UK still hasn’t finished BREXIT, appears to us the country is being run by banker forces that ignore everyone they choose to ignore.

With that, now I’m back to the “But who gives a rip?” part…  Unless the series Suits comes back, of course.

Useful to Know

Keep an eye on NGO’s (non-governmental agencies).  The Russians do: Memorial Human Rights Organization Is Fined 21 Times for Violations of Foreign Agent Law.

Hillary PFTE Cheers from liberalistas a “Justice Dept. winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence.” comes out in the Washington Post.  Except, there’s no actual report yet…so is this just a pre-spin?

Washington sideshow:  Features 8-democrats who understand the Consitition and voted against the hair-trigger House reaction and resolution in response to the U.S. killing a leading terrorist.

Laughable Nancy:  While sycophant CNN calls it Impeachment impasse shows Pelosi’s power.  We beg to differ.  Impeachment impasse shows her utter arrogance and bloodlust for power.

In our Cyber-Security Breach du jour we haveHackers Cripple Airport Currency Exchanges, Seeking $6 Million Ransom” out of the NY Times to read later on.

Now hear this:  Does this sound like a nail in Boeing’s coffin? ‘Designed by Clowns…Supervised by Monkeys:’ Internal Boeing Messages Slam 737 Max.”

Where’s the Warming?  Where’s the Deserts?  Chart from NOAA sure doesn’t look like desertification to us:

Wettest year ever Meantime, it was only the second-hottest year for the whole earth, and except for a few states, it was nowhere near.

Still, brace yourself as in coming weeks, the climate alarmists will use terms like “pre-industrial levels” of warming and the like.  We hold to the simple notion that yes, climate has been getting warmer since the Laurentide Ice Sheet began to withdraw.  I’m reminded of the Hollywood fellow who said “I’ll be back.”

The NOAA look-ahead data still has the Sun asleep until at least January of 2023.  And, in the meantime?  Cooling atmosphere holds less what?  (Hint: it’s used to make coffee…)

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