Author: Harry Herget

The New Colonial America

The New Colonial America In the time of COVID-19, the United States has devolved into a modern version of 16th century Colonial America. We’ve grown from 13 to 50 colonies today, but the original rule of governance prevails once again: “You’re on your own.” Colonial New York has asserted itself as a regional leader in the war against this new pandemic and managed to create a regional amalgam of contiguous Colonies. Our federal government, once revered as a repository of the Colonies collective trust and the culmination of their need for something greater than their individual selves; a synergistic pinnacle of their combined need for a united governmental force capable of fulfilling needs and combating threats too large for them to handle on their own. That once needed, “United Force”, is gone. The Colonies need to learn from history and respond like they did to the Stamp Act, taxation without representation, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party…they unified. It’s time to convene a new Colonial Congress, repudiate and nullify our current federal government and create a new United States of America. America the beautiful is on life support and needs the Colonies to restore the grandeur and preeminence of the United States of America. ### 30 ###...

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Chain of Care

Chain Of Care “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” An immutable fact. With this in mind, what is the medical “Chain of Care” needed to competently deliver curative care to patients testing positive to COVID-19?   To simplify our modeling without sacrificing the integrity of the chain, we can identify its links in four broad categories: People, Places, Products and Politics. Yes.  Politics. The Chain starts with an administrative backbone; the “backroom” of operating activities. Ad-Min tracks all phases of care from admission to discharge and everything in between: Logistics, documentation, procurement, maintenance, personnel, A/R, A/P, insurance, and so on.  Just because you can’t see them, do not diminish their role.  They are essential.   Now we move to the first “public” face of the chain, the COVID “testing” phase. Following our “P’s”, this includes testers who are relatively low-tech healthcare specialists, testing kits and supplies, mobile and fixed-base testing sites plus medical labs for analysis. Note: You will hear the term “N95” bandied about and it refers to both (1) face masks and (2) respirators.  N95 describes the efficiency of the device to filter 95% of all airborne particulate down to 0.3 microns in size. That’s very, very small; in fact, it’s 1/80,000th of an inch.  Bacteria ranges from 0.3 to 0.5 microns in size. We need Personal Protection Equipment, which includes the N95...

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In The Time of COVID

In The Time of COVID   My wife and I were ahead of the curve.  We sheltered in place in late February knowing full well that an invisible, viral contagion would attack anyone, anywhere at any time; moreover, it’s lethal especially among our age group. We’re now six weeks in lockdown. I was 72 at the start. Next Friday, I’ll be 87. I was 6’ tall and weighed 200 lbs. Today I’m 5’8” and weigh 315 bs. Before isolating ourselves, we considered pajamas as nighttime attire. We’ve broadened our definition to include any loose fitting garment we can wear anytime, especially while we watch TV and take afternoon naps. We once knew the exact day of the week, plus the day of the month. We’re untethered from this kind of detail now and coasting through our isolated life as if it’s one extended weekend. Restaurants were a common mealtime destination in BC; Before COVID. Restaurants have been removed from our schedule altogether and this reality is likely to become our new normal After COVID; AC. A dead car battery was a rare if ever inconvenience in our previous life. Unused cars, like bodies without exercise, deteriorate at an accelerated pace and need regular attention even if that means running in place. Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO GO, etc, were occasional refuges when we had time at home to escape...

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Brave New World

  Brave New World 11:07 AM (0 minutes ago)   Every generation has a “moment” that changes their world, redefines their priorities, threatens their very existence and creates a disturbing disconnect between what was and what will be. This is that “moment”. Where we go from here will rely less on where we’ve been…the path we were on and where it was headed…than from a new spot all together. From now until we (hopefully) survive T Rump’s genocide, we are effectively blindfolded.  More accurately, we’re in a stress induced coma. If and when we regain our senses, we won’t know where we are. Our future will be a black hole. Gone are all the things we did before; usual things; what we were accustomed to doing. Our past will be irrelevant. Our new “way of life” will be a new “way of living” inspired by and built on one thing:  Surviving. Love will be paramount.  It will be manifest in quintessential acts of Trusting. Nurturing. Protecting. Providing. We’ll effectively descend Maslow’s hierarchy of needs from self-actualization down to esteem, to love and belonging, to safety…all the way down to the fundamental, first step:  Physiological. Surviving is job one. We will Iive in a virtual Brave New World. Get ready. This new world, this new way of living isn’t for sissies. ### 30 ###  ...

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King Quid

King Quid He won’t let it go. It’s part of who he is. King Quid continues his practice of insisting on trade-offs from states desperate for federal help. He uses the prime time news hour to convene the daily gatherings of his admiration society. All the while, Rome burns. “This for that” is King Quid’s policy of lex fori (Governing law). When asked about the lack of testing kits and respirators and a litany of other outright lies and empty promises, King Quid reminds the media that his world is governed by “Pro Quo” from his subjects. T Rump, “…I think we’re doing very well.  But, you know, IT’S A TWO-WAY STREET.  They have to treat us well, also.  They can’t say, ‘Oh gee, we should get this, we should get that.” In the time of COVID-19, if you don’t ignore social distancing proscriptions; and instead, rub shoulders with T Rump admirers and echo their unctuous dribble, you die. ### 30 ###  ...

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