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Has Our President Committed a Crime? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 7 January 2021

Dear Ones,

In every storm there is a silver lining, as the old saying goes. In these stormy times, I feel it is good to spot that silver lining, and know that though there may be darkness all around, still good may come of it.

For instance, it is clear from the changed votes in the Capitol building yesterday that the riot in Washington, DC, yesterday was not altogether a bad thing. When push came to shove, our representatives set aside bipartisan concerns and chose to stand for our democratic way of life. I pray this spirit of cooperation amongst our political parties may continue in the coming year.

On another note, as it seemed to me from the news last night that our president might be construed as perpetrating sedition, or inciting to riot, or attempting to obstruct our government’s due process, or maybe even intending to establish a dictatorship, as some, I guess, surmise, I read up on sedition today …

Link: “Sedition,” in Findlaw … https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/sedition.html ..

If our president were to be accused of sedition after stepping down, then what would happen to him, I wondered. I just now read that sedition is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. On the other hand, I read that no United States president has ever gone to prison. As well, the history of sedition acts in America seems to be bound up with protection of our presidents from scandal …

Link: “Alien and Sedition Acts,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_and_Sedition_Acts ..

If I were in the boat of figuring out what to do about a president accused of any of the above, I would likely consider peace and harmony in our nation as a top priority. Our president has been very popular; to attack him might raise waves of social unrest in America, do you not feel it to be so?

Not that our president is Christ, but taking the example of Christ, to martyr such a popular person might increase public sentiment in favor of overthrowing our government. That is why, to my way of thinking, martyrdom is not at all a good idea.

Rather, let us look to peaceful days, a strengthening job market, and increasingly profitable enterprise as the salubrious effects of COVID vaccination reverberate through our economy in the new year.

Alice Clagett

See also … Link: ” 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_storming_of_the_United_States_Capitol ..

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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COVID-19 and the USA: Is the Death Count Higher or Lower Than Expected?

Written and published on 8 July 2020 by Alice B. Clagett

Image: “Scared Girl,” by Victor Bezrukov, 27 January 2007, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scared_Girl.jpg … CC BY 2.0

Image: “Scared Girl,” by Victor Bezrukov, 27 January 2007, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scared_Girl.jpg … CC BY 2.0

Dear Ones,

Given the press on the state of COVID-19 in California since the Fourth of July, I checked whether the greater picture for the pandemic in California, and in the United States overall, is grim or reasonable. Here is what I found out …

There is a question whether deaths due to COVID-19 are being misclassified on the high side in the United States currently, similar to the issue they were being misclassified on the low side in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of this issue, but cannot yet quantitate it, as there are state-by-state issues regarding standardization of statistical reporting.

Thus it seems reasonable to look at overall deaths in the United States overall, since the beginning of the pandemic in February 2020, and also state-by-state. That way we can ascertain whether overall deaths (including COVID-19, flu, pneumonia, and every other cause of death) are higher or lower than expected.

I turned to the CDC for the data. They say deaths in the United States, from whatever causes, are 4 percent greater than expected deaths for the period from 1 February to 4 July 2020. Ball-parking that, we might reasonably assume deaths from COVID-19 to have contributed most of that excess. That is the approach to the data taken as a given by the press and by all levels of  government in the United States, from city government, to state government, to government at the national level.

On the other hand, it could be that there is a range of numbers within which expected deaths are tallied, Taking that range into account, it is possible, from a multiple year perspective, that COVID-19 may not have contributed at all to this year’s excess deaths. It could be we are on the far end of the expectable range of deaths in 2020, and in the coming years there will be less deaths than expectable. In other words, excess expectable deaths this year might not be due to COVID-19 at all. That is the contrarian approach to the data.

From the stance of personal health and safety, it might be good to know which states have the highest numbers of deaths greater than expected since February of this year. We could take a look at deaths due to COVID or whatever other causes; that would be a figure beyond debate.

I see from the below chart that some states have had a notably higher percent of expected deaths than the United States in general, during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are Arizona (108%), Colorado (109%), District of Columbia (115%), Illinois (115%), Louisiana (107%), Maryland (116%), Massachusetts (123%), Michigan (112%), Minnesota (105%),  New Jersey (142%), New York (124%), New York City (203%), and Rhode Island (106%).

From this list the standouts in terms of having deaths greater than expected, from highest to lowest, are New York City (203%), New Jersey (142%), New York (124%), Massachusetts (123%), Maryland (116%), District of Columbia (115%), Illinois (115%), and Michigan (112%).

This table has the data in it …

Image: “United States Deaths from 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 as Percent of Expected Deaths, State by State,” from Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 … public domain.

Image: “United States Deaths from 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 as Percent of Expected Deaths, State by State,” from Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 … public domain.

In case the chart is too small to read, the data can be found here …

Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020

–Alice Clagett

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Western States Pact . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 2 June 2020

  • FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT
  • POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS IN YEARS TO COME
    • Decentralization Stressors
      • COVID-19, AIDS, and Less Federal Revenues
      • The Price of Water and the Potential Need to Grow Crops
  • COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS VERSUS THE COMMON GOOD

Dear Ones,

FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT

As you may know, a Western States Pact has been formed in response to the COVID-19 issue. To date, the states involved are Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, and Nevada …

Link: “Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact,” 27 April 2020 … https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/27/colorado-nevada-join-california-oregon-washington-in-western-states-pact/ ..

This is a power block or united front asking for financial help from the federal government in response to the impact of COVID-19 on their states’ economies.

POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS…

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What If: Will the United States Become Less Centralized? . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 6 December 2019
Prior title: What If the United States Became Less Federal and More Regional in Government? 

  • ECONOMIC STRESSORS THAT MAY LEAD TO DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
  • CAVEATS REGARDING POSSIBLE LOCI OF SOCIAL UNREST
  • ON MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN THE FACE OF CHANGE
  • POSSIBLE FUTURE UNITED STATES ECONOMIC REGIONS AND TRADE REGIONS
    • HIV Pandemic Economic Stressor 1: One Eastern Economic Region Including the Southern States and the Eastern Seaboard
    • HIV Pandemic Economic Stressor 2: An Eastern Seaboard Economic Region and a Southern Economic Region
    • Western Economic and Cultural Stressors: Northwest Economic Region and California Central Valley Economic Region
    • Jade Helm Stressors: A Utah-Colorado Trade Region; a Texas Trade Region; a Mexican Trade Corridor; and a Florida-Caribbean Trade Corridor
    • Southwestern Arid Region: Small Town and Native American Reservation Citadels
    • Central Breadbasket Economic Region
    • Possible Future Capital Cities of the United States
  • MORE INFORMATION

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