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Vaccines didn’t save humanity

Here is a great article with excellent sources. Excerpts from the article:

Published in 1977 in The Millbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, the McKinlay’s study was titled, “The Questionable Contribution of Medical Measures to the Decline of Mortality in the United States in the Twentieth Century.” The study clearly proved, with data, something that the McKinlay’s acknowledged might be viewed by some as medical “heresy.” Namely:

“that the introduction of specific medical measures and/or the expansion of medical services are generally not responsible for most of the modern decline in mortality.”

By “medical measures,” the McKinlay’s really meant ANYTHING modern medicine had come up with, whether that was antibiotics, vaccines, new prescription drugs, whatever. The McKinlay’s 23-page study really should be read cover to cover, but in a nutshell the McKinlay’s sought to analyze how much of an impact medical interventions (antibiotics, surgery, vaccines) had on this massive decline in mortality rates between 1900 and 1970:


Vaccines didn’t save humanity. Their impact was somewhere between 1-3.5% of the total decline in mortality rates. Improvement in sanitation and standards of living really did (nutrition, living conditions, etc.). Did vaccines contribute to a small decrease of certain acute illnesses? Yes, but their relative benefit is often exaggerated to an extreme, and then used to browbeat, guilt, and scare parents.

So am I saying no one should vaccinate? No, I’m not. Vaccines provide temporary protection from certain acute illnesses. Some matter more than others. I personally think we give way too many vaccines, and I think the risk/benefit equation of each vaccine is often obscured. Worse, the lie that vaccines saved humanity in the twentieth century has turned many vaccine promoters into zealots, even though their narratives are simply not supported by the facts. But, by all means, get as many vaccines as you want, I respect your right to make your own medical care choices.

In late 2017, it was reported that Emory University scientists were developing a common cold vaccine. Professor Martin Moore bragged that his research “takes 50 strains of the common cold and puts it into one shot” and that the monkeys who served as test subjects “responded very well.” You should expect to see this vaccine at your pediatrician’s office in the next five years, which will likely be rolled out soon after the stories start to appear in the media about the common cold causing childhood deaths, and that millions of lives will be saved, much as vaccines saved the world in the twentieth century…parents beware, and do your own research!


New Days of the Week and Covid data reviewed

Love meeting my siblings on Zoom each week!

In the spirit of protests and political correctness I offer to change the days of the week to the following because that’s the best day of the week and should say so.

And… I am so proud of a local group: Stand Together For Freedom and the document they submitted to our county commissioners in response to our county health officer resigning. Mind you she wants all her benefits, but not the job. Anyway, I hope you will take the time to read it because you may need to take similar action in your counties.

Hint: click on the blue text “document” above to view the pdf.

I hope you will also listen to this 14 minute video on the Covid data.

By now, almost everyone knows that the fatality rate and even the infection rate of COVID-19 is outrageously exaggerated. If there is any lingering doubt in your mind about this, her latest additions to the existing mountain of evidence should remove it. The second part of Dr. Popper’s analysis is even more important because it deals with what lies ahead, and that reveals the motive for faking the pandemic in the first place. This is one clear-headed and fearless lady. 2020 July 23 – Source: Pamela Popper

Click on the blue “video” text above to view video. 

This is the source for the video.

and you will find this message there:


Our videos were disabled last month by Vimeo because of our skeptical view of the pandemic. We quickly found a way to re-activate them without Vimeo or YouTube, but this requires uploading many video files, and the process is slow. Meanwhile, if you see “Sorry, this video does not exist”, click on “Source” below the video and you likely will find what you seek. 

Try this link:

Fake COVID Data & What Lies Ahead Because of it

If this link doesn’t work, let us know, and Ted is using to upload videos and will add it here

Found my father, finally, and 7 siblings!

I grew up telling people that my father died in the Korean War (1950-1953) I was born in 1952. I imagine now that it was my maternal grandmother telling me that. Later in life, when I asked my mother about him, she said “he looked and sang like Vic Damone.” Eventually, I learned that he had not died but she had no other information beyond what was on my birth certificate that he came from New York, was a musician, and was 27 at my birth, same as my mother. Later, I would learn he was actually born in 1928 and was three years younger than my mother.

I have three half brothers. We each have different fathers. None of us look much alike, although the two youngest look more like our mother.

I became a member of the LDS church in 1977, along with my first husband, and began my genealogy which ignited my search for my father. I tried phone books and letters, with SASies for easy replies, to men named the same as my father in the Colorado Springs area where my mother met him. That did not net me any results or leads.

Unbeknownst to me, he had returned to the east coast, Pennsylvania and his wife and children had relocated to California where they joined the LDS church and she raised them as a single parent, never remarrying. My father remarried and I have another sister in Ohio.

In 2018 I did the DNA with and got some results. I contacted everyone who was not obviously on my mother’s side, because it is already well documented. I got one result that was promising but appeared to be a dead end.

Two years later, I rejoined and, using the information I had from my Heritage results put the name of one individual, Robert, into Facebook and found someone with the same name but different middle initial. I messaged him and It turned out that the name I was looking for is his father. After thinking I had hit another dead end, and submitting my DNA to Ancestry, he told me to call someone in his results with my father’s last name, Nelson. 

I put the call off for a few weeks but with his encouragement, I finally called and Bill was very welcoming and felt by the end of the call, comparing what few details I had, that we could be siblings. He wanted me to get on Zoom with him right then but I begged off, wanting a shower.

The next day I was on Zoom with him, his spouse, my siblings, all except one who would join in a following session, and their spouses. We met for weeks while I waited for my official DNA results which returned showing that the two siblings who had submitted their DNA to Ancestry were closer to me than my grandson, the only other close family member to have also done so.

So, here I am 68 years old and have now seen photos of my father, who I resemble more than my mother, and met six of my seven siblings online through Zoom. My brother, Steve, who was only a few months apart in age, passed at two years from meningitis. 

Two sisters and a brother with their spouses, visited just this past week for two days. It was wonderful! We had a great time with karaoke and pictionary, shooting and thrift store shopping, as well as sing alongs around the piano as their mother and our dad did when they were young.

Indeed, my father was a singer and my siblings mother was a Juliard trained concert pianist.

My father passed in 2007 and their mother in June of this year. I did not get to meet either of them but they left me with a wonderful bunch of brothers and sisters to call my own.

Mask, latest iteration

Now that masks are “mandatory” in some locales, I’ve decided that I had not yet arrived at the most efficient to wear. Also, I have decided that a single layer serves the purpose without compromising my oxygen intake any more than necessary, for however long I have to have it on my face.

This version has the advantage of tie-on without the necessity to tie it on, rests on the chest until needed, and, because it is fitted, does not need the constant adjustment of the last version with pleats. No nose wire and easily washed if you have enough to change them out.

Lucky for us, our county commissioners and sheriff have stated that they will not issue fines for not wearing a mask. They will, however, uphold the right of the individual business owners to require masks or not, and consider it trespassing if someone does not comply.

I am planning a trip to the big city to visit my mother, albeit with “social distancing” constraints. I guess I should be glad to see her at all. At 95, who knows how many more visits we have.

Jewelry Making

Lately, I’ve gotten the jewelry bug, now that there is no where to go because of Corona Virus. Typically, that means I am downloading photos and instructions for things I will never do.

However, purchase of a new shirt (thrift store, of course) was the catalyst to make a necklace to go with some great earrings I love to wear but had no necklace to wear them with.

Here is the result. I’m pretty happy with it. I purchased half the beads and had the other half in stock in my jewelry making brief case along with parts from broken necklaces.



















Mug Rugs

This is my second ever quilting project. I purchased the kit locally at least 18 months ago, maybe more. After making many masks, it was fun to make these. I doubt I’ll ever use them. Ted says, “Now you need to have a Tea Party” but instead there are 7 rugs/mats and I have seven ugly closet doors in our bedroom (the entire wall) that I plan to decorate with these.

Patterns are available here. The illustrations are great and being able to access video online for the pattern was helpful.

Who knows, maybe I’ll even enter them in the fair this year along with my first project. I was just too busy last year but this year, not much going on. As it is, there will be no carnival or rodeo. Bummer! Depending on the affect of Covid on our area, the entire fair could be canceled.

Anyway, so here are some photos of the finished mug rugs, or mug mats, if you prefer.




Crab Cakes!

Melissa Dunlap
May 11 at 9:44 PM

The Crab Cake Story. A dear couple, family, Ray & Lindy Jones of Rohnert Park, CA, harvest crab every year in Oregon and send Marilyn pint jars in a care package once or twice a year. My baby brother, Bruce, took me to his favorite restaurant downtown Seattle in 2010, bought me lunch and this book. He has pestered me (ever since) to make them. I finally did it! Only took me 10 years and 3.5 hours! Maybe it will be faster next time. Ted LOVED them. The author, Tom Douglas, and my brother look a lot alike!

Recipe as I made them. Allow plenty of time the first time because they need to be refrigerated for an hour before frying. Link below to print; click on “Print Recipe“.

Etta’s Classic Dungeness Crab Cakes (modified)

Makes 8 large (or 16 small – large egg size)

Half a recipe (8 small cakes) fit in a 9″ cast iron skillet as pictured.

Ingredients: 1 large egg yolk (I used the whole egg)

2 tsp lemon juice (I used bottled)

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1.5 tsp Tabasco

2 Tbl + 1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp fresh or dried thyme

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1/4 tsp black pepper (I omitted)

5 Tbl olive oil


3/4 cup chopped parsley (divided in 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped red pepper

1/4 cup chopped green pepper (I prefer yellow pepper)


1 pound crab meat, about 4 cups (I used 4 jam jars of canned crab) drained and “picked clean of shell” (if there is any)

5 cups bread crumbs (I think 3 was enough. I only had 4 cups to start and had lots left over.)

5 Tbl butter

4 lemon wedges (optional – I didn’t have any)

Cocktail sauce (optional – they were delicious without any sauce)


1.  Mix 1/4 cup parsley with bread crumbs, set aside.

2. Mix the first 10 ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender.

3. Combine liquid and spices with the crab meat, onions, peppers, remaining parsley, and 1 cup of bread crumb mixture. Don’t over mix or they may be gummy.

4. Gently form cakes and lay in bread crumbs, toss crumbs over and around, remove to shallow container and refrigerate for an hour before frying.

5. Melt butter in skillet and cook cakes about 4 minutes on each side. I use the lowest setting on my gas stove. I added a lid to aid in heating through after I turned them over.


Print Recipe

No Sew T-shirt mask

This is REALLY EASY and comfortable, too.

1. Cut the hem off a T shirt. Discard.
2. Cut 2 – one inch strips for ties.
3. Cut strip the size mask you want. See shot below. You will have two.
4. Trim the sides to remove seams and straighten them.
5. Take one mask and place ties at 1/3 rds as shown in shot below. Tie top.
6. Fold sides in, overlapping.
7. Pick up and place top edge under loop over nose, pulling knot to top of head.
8. Cinch sides and pull bottom of ties behind head and secure.

Fast and Simple Mask with ties – no pleats to sew over.

Watch Video

Print Pattern Sheet: Simple Mask

I used flannel for the inside and you could use designer art prints for the front like she did in the video, or whatever you have. This mask is very comfortable.

Cut two, or 3 if you want a pocket, 8″ by 10″ (adult) or 7″x9″ (small child).

1. Serge all sides, wrong sides together, or, for pocket fold two in half and lay against wrong side of third piece and serge all sides.

2. Fold down top edge, wrong side over right side, 2xs and stitch.

3. Fold sides in to form casings and stitch.

4. Use 45″ or longer shoestrings from dollar store and running from top to bottom and then bottom to top on other side, thread the tie. I have a tool for that but a small chop stick also worked. Just tape the ends and pull it through. Both ends will now be above top edge.

5. Put loop over back of head so mask is in front. Pull up on ties, gathering sides and tie on top of head. Make knots on ends to keep mask from slipping below where it is comfortable when not wearing.

musical interlude

Mozart Piano Concerto No 3 in D major is a lovely piece, but to watch a 5-year-old smoke it out on a grand piano is an amazing treat.

While 20 adult musicians read and play their parts off sheet music, the diminutive Russian holds it all in his head.

More amazing is the power this little guy puts into the keyboard. His tone, articulation, rhythm, timing and feel are as good as any adult I can imagine playing this piece.

And DO STAY for the encore. He is clearly enjoying this short piece.

Observe the audience reaction. Were this in the USofA a handful of simpleton boys in man bodies would be dog whistling for minutes after this lovely, sensitive musical performance. In the rest of the world that is considered to be rude, jeering, expressing strong disapproval of the person or act. Stylistically and culturally I suppose I am more European than Ozarks.

… he’s probably neither gifted nor talented at video games and cell phones …