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Marathon Man Newz / Larry McMurtry, RIP
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:56:27 PM »
Probably the very best novelist to ever come out of Texas. Incredibly good. Very prolific. I have only read a fraction of his work.

The Last Picture Show is my favorite, and it was made into the best Texas movie of all time, with my favorite actor, Ben Johnson, who played the character of Sam the Lion.

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Marathon Man Newz / Lawrence Ferlinghetti Has Died
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:05:04 AM »
He who was first is now among the last. I celebrate his life and work.

I donít know where to start. He was a hundred and one. Not a big surprise that he would move on.....but he meant a lot to me, for a lot of reasons.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/obituaries/lawrence-ferlinghetti-dead.html

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Marathon Man Newz / Tim Cook Gets It
« on: January 28, 2021, 05:05:33 PM »
So this is being spun as a rivalry thing....and it isnít. Tim Cook just understands the problems with social media.  He is 100% right about this. It echos the Jaron Lanier POV, which Iím sure TC is well aware of.....they all know the problems with Web 2.0.....but itís the money, stupid......

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-f.html


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Marathon Man Newz / The Gray Champion
« on: January 21, 2021, 07:03:37 AM »
Many people thought Trump was going to be our Gray Champion. Was he?

Iíd have to say no. He just didnít hit the marks. No way.

It has to be a boomer (prophet generation).....according to Strauss(RIP) and Howe.....so weíre running out of time.

The Gray Champion of this Fourth Turning ( I do believe weíre in one) almost has to be Biden.

Discussion and rebuttal welcome.


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Marathon Man Newz / PPP Loan Round Two
« on: January 20, 2021, 09:10:30 AM »
Under the bill Congress just passed, the new PPP amount (which is forgivable) will be 2.5 months of payroll expense.

Your business qualifies if you were down 25% or more y.o.y. in any quarter of 2020 (compared to 2019). They do not require proof of that for the smaller size loans, but they will ask for proof when you ask for forgiveness.

Iím always behind on accounting so I had to check....but no problem..we were down 57% on the 2nd quarter and 46% on the 3rd quarter, compared to the same quarters in 2019. Kinda made my stomach lurch....the bailouts made it fairly painless while it was going on....and the debt service hasnít started yet...so weíre still in Wile E. Coyote territory....off the cliff, but not falling yet.

On the up side, I probably overpaid my income tax, even with the PPP forgiveness tax issue.


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Marathon Man Newz / You Need To Listen To Jaron Lanier
« on: January 14, 2021, 06:00:39 PM »
I enjoy listening to Jaron....but if youíre short on time and want to cut the part I think has to be heard, go to about 12:50.

Jaron Lanier....heís like Marshall McLuhan or maybe Aldous Huxley. I wish I could meet him. Who the fuck else can talk about Norbert Weiner and make it interesting?  Norbert Weiner invented cyberrnetics....Steve Jobs and I read about him in the Whole Earth Catalog....Steve got Norbert better than I did at the time.

Paraphrasing..

ĒSo if two people want to connect on this wonderful thing we call the internet, it gets financed by this third party that is willing to pay, because he wants to collect as much data as possible  and modify the behavior of the first two, without them knowing about it or understanding whatís going on.Ē

ďWeííve created this society based on universal trickery and deception.Ē

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Marathon Man Newz / Why We Have Social Unrest Coming Out Of Social Media
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:57:20 AM »
More people should be paying attention to Jaron Lanier.  This short TED Talk explains why mankind is on the verge of mass suicide because of the internet.

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Marathon Man Newz / Coup Coup Kerchoo!
« on: January 12, 2021, 10:46:27 AM »
So, in this sense, what happened was a coup....and I like this article because it explains how it all went down and blames the right people.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/11/capitol-riot-self-coup-trump-fiona-hill-457549

The part at the end about those in posts of power who participated by their sycophancy.......ever owning anything....the author is dreaming about that. Not gonna happen.

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Marathon Man Newz / Neil Young Calls For Empathy For Rioters
« on: January 12, 2021, 09:58:07 AM »
Iím glad to see somebody who gets that Trumpites are mostly people who have been manipulated in a major way....by Trump, by dishonest and biased media looking to profit, and by social media platforms who have made a shit ton of money off these people, most of whom arenít rocket scientists.

Not saying they arenít responsible.....but I do think some empathy is called for. On this forum, Antifa and BLM get empathy.....itís harder for you guys to empathize with Trumpites....but I think Neil gets it right, here.

And whatever he is, he is no right-winger. I can tell you that much.

https://www.newser.com/story/301195/neil-young-calls-for-empathy-on-rioters.html

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Marathon Man Newz / Rick Wilson (of the Lincoln Project) Interview
« on: January 09, 2021, 04:34:02 PM »
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Marathon Man Newz / The Trump Era Is Over
« on: January 08, 2021, 05:27:19 PM »
No matter what becomes of the so-called Trump base.....that 30-40% of the public who made Trump as a political force to be reckoned, with, Trump the politician jumped the shark on Wednesday, and there is no way he can ever raise big money again for a Presidential campaign;

Republican CEOís and the elite donor class are wasting no time distancing themselves from all things Trump. He is toast...hoist by his own petard....

I doubt he can raise the money to build a nine hole golf course anywhere in the US....maybe heíll leave the country like Marc Rich....heís going to face multiple indictments as soon as he leaves the White House.

I would say that his ego-driven attempt to overturn the results of this election will also make it very unlikely that the courts would uphold his attempts to engineer a a self pardon.  How should I put it?....The complexion of that entire situation has changed.

He will try to pardon himself and his family and close associates. It might work for some of them...but as Michael Cohen keeps saying, if Kushner and Ivanka get a pardon....that makes them ineligible  to invoke the 5th Amendment in any court case that they might be called on to testify against the soon-to-be-ex-President.

I always thought Trump would skate on federal criminal prosecution....because the political class has an unspoken rule about not ratting each other out on matters of mere money.....but Trumpís stock took an Enron on Wednesday. He is no longer safe. If he doesnít go to jail for tax evasion or some other NY state offense, I wouldnít be surprised to see him tried for sedition.

And he is guilty of sedition. There is no doubt whatsoever that he personally engineered the circumstance leadings up to the Capitol riot....and he stood up (along with his sycophant Rudy G, and his pathetic son Don Jr.)...and encouraged a partisan crowd to tear up the seat of our federal government. Itís on video. Anybody can watch the rally.

There is also evidence that Trump made sure the Capitol would be under-protected by law enforcement. That goes to Conspiracy.

It wasnít much of an insurrection.....as coups go, it was no Arab Spring....but whatever it was, itís on him. He crossed a line and it means heís done.

Itís not going to do much for the careers of his loyal sycophants either. Josh Hawley is washed up. It remains to be seen what happens with the other rank opportunists who hitched their wagons to Trump. I hope they all get their comeuppance....but Iím not naive enough to think that will simply happen.

But DeVos quitting and Chao quitting....that is the donor class catching the last train outa Dodge.





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Marathon Man Newz / Melatonin
« on: January 05, 2021, 08:38:59 AM »
In addition to the Ivermectin, Paul Marikís team at East Virginia has several supplements they use both as a preventive protocol for COVID and as treatment....you can see their protocols here.

https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/Marik-Covid-Protocol-Summary.pdf

Most of Marikís supplements are just vitamins......they give a B-complex, Vitiamin C, Vitamin D, Queurcetin (co-factor necessary to use Vitamin C), Zinc.....and Melatonin.

Now I had heard of melatonin as a regulator of sleep (human bodies produce it and it regulates our normal circadian rhythm)...but I had never taken it.

But I decided to go for the whole Marik prophylaxis protocol, because I risk exposure every work day....itís just a matter of time and chance. Iíve been doing it now for a few weeks,

But the thing I noticed is the melatonin....they suggest starting with a fraction of a Milligram and work up to 2mg nightly. I had trouble finding a low enough dose, and so I started with 3mg....no ill effects....And....actually, although I am not an insomniac, the QUALITY of my sleep has suddenly gotten MUCH better.

Nothing to do with COVID prevention...just an accidental discovery that I wouldnít have made. I am sleeping better and dreaming like you would not believe. No matter what happens with COVID, I intend to keep taking the melatonin. It is improving the quality of my daily life.

If you go to places like Web MD, you will see a disclaimer like this.

"Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): There is no good evidence to support using melatonin for COVID-19. Follow healthy lifestyle choices and proven prevention methods instead.Ē

So I wondered why Marik uses it....It didnít take me long to find out.

"Melatonin for the treatment of sepsis: the scientific rationale

Ruben Manuel Luciano Colunga Biancatelli,1,2 Max Berrill,1,3 Yassen H. Mohammed,4 and Paul E. Marikcorresponding author1
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Abstract

Sepsis affects 30 million people worldwide, leading to 6 million deaths every year (WHO), and despite decades of research, novel initiatives are drastically needed. According to the current literature, oxidative imbalance and mitochondrial dysfunction are common features of septic patients that can cause multiorgan failure and death. Melatonin, alongside its traditionally accepted role as the master hormonal regulator of the circadian rhythm, is a promising adjunctive drug for sepsis through its anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic and powerful antioxidant properties. Several animal models of sepsis have demonstrated that melatonin can prevent multiorgan dysfunction and improve survival through restoring mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) function, inhibiting nitric oxide synthesis and reducing cytokine production. The purpose of this article is to review the current evidence for the role of melatonin in sepsis, review its pharmacokinetic profile and virtual absence of side effects. While clinical data is limited, we propose the adjunctive use of melatonin is patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.Ē

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7024751/

Now I get it.....it may work to prevent the exact kind of severe cytokine cascade that kills people who get those severe inflammatory types of COVID effects in their lungs.

When you read about the caveats, they talk about it decreasing the efficacy of blood-pressure meds......but it isnít doing that for me so far, because I check....and there are worries about people giving it to kids.....which I have no opinion on....although it is said to help autistic kids sleep. It looks to me like doctors just donít know that much.....not something Big Pharma can make money on.

Melatonin is a natural hormone made by the pineal gland.

Not medical advice....but I plan to keep taking it unless something changes.

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Marathon Man Newz / Roll Up Your Sleeve
« on: December 29, 2020, 07:17:44 AM »
I somehow missed an email from the hospital...even though IĎd been watching for one....that told me I could get the Pfizer vaccine...I could have probably gotten it last week....but anyway, Texas announced today that theyíre vaccinating anybody over 65 now....and so I hope to get vaccinated today or tomorrow.

I have an appointment after work at the hospital....but I donít have a current hospital ID...got to get that made today, hopefully, or make a work-around somehow.

Anybody who is over 65 anywhere in the US....should be checking to see when the COVID vaccine will be available to you. We elderly folks (lol) are being prioritized....and Iíd strongly advise anybody who can get it, to just get it.  Only those who have drug allergies or a history of very serious allergies to medication should consider not getting vaccinated.

Not medical advice...just my personal opinion....do your own due diligence....but I have done mine, and my conclusion is that the risks are minuscule compared with the benefit...and that anti-vaxxers are morons.


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