Liberty Enlightening the World comes to New York

The Iola Register of Iola Allen County Kansas (the town lies diagonally between Emporia Kansas and Joplin Missouri) of all things has a great record of the when Liberty Enlightening the World, better known as the Statue of Liberty, was presented to America from the peoples of France on October 28 1886. America donated the base; France of course the actual statue via the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who was naturally on hand to make the official presentation.

The weather was grey and rainy, as it is today, nearly 134 years later, and that seemed to put a damper on the planned fireworks, though the marching bands and the various marchers did not seem to mind.

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Saturn Returns: DeKlerk legalizes ANC 2/2/1990

Outlawing Apartheid?

On February 2, 1990 President Frederik W. de Klerk lifted a 30-year ban (the previous Saturn cycle) on the African National Congress,and promised that Nelson Mandela, who has been imprisoned for nearly 28 years, would be freed soon. Saturn weights heavily on this event. De Klerk’s moves were disclosed in a package of sweeping changes he announced in a speech at the opening of the South African Parliament.

While this has been dubbed as de Klerk outlawing apartheid though i could no comments that at the time it was dubbed as such; perhaps that is the hindsight view.

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Harmeet Dhillon vs. Silicon Valley Giants

Dhillion has gotten a lot of recent press because of defense of whistleblowers vs Big Tech which she terms as the most prevalent threat to our liberties. William Barre and the Department of Justice agreed and have filed a suit against Google on those grounds. The current AG is not the first to file suit against Google.

In 2012, the FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, a Democrat, offered the search engine giant a plea deal over allegedly anti-competitive practices that would likely have protected it from its current legal dispute with the DOJ, but Leibowitz’s offer was resoundingly rejected.

Recently this came to the fore, again, with Google denying Claremont College, Claremont, California, the use of their platform. Since Google owns 87% of the search market that is major hit against the College and cried FOUL.. Google later reversed itself and said it was a mistake.

Tucker Carlson Show

Tucker Carlson interviewed her on the issue asking “How many times have we heard this from some big tech company or another when caught silencing conservatives?” [fmn] I do not have cable so I can only catch things on YouTube. I heard of this story through the Claremont Review of Books. [/fmn]

Dhillon replied: “Well we hear it every other day and Tucker, I am not delusional. People are actually discriminating against conservatives every other day in this way and they’re gas-lighting us by saying ‘oh it was just a mistake, you imagined that.”

Google, Facebook as utilities

This highlights the problem that many see that Google, Facebook, Tumblr are not private platforms but public utilities like the electric, water and gas companies (the telephone company, AT&T and its subsidiaries, once fell into this hole but was broken up in 1984); this debate is far from over.

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Does Kamala Harris have what it takes?

The Democratic primaries

Senator Kamala Harris of California trails Veep Biden, perennial candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Instead of being up at the top, as would be expected from someone who has been in the forefront of former President Obama’s wishlist, she is often tied with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the polls.

Her politics are inline with President Barack Obama. She supports single-payer health-care, federal descheduling of marijuana , municipal protection for undocumented immigrants (sanctuary cities), the DREAM Act, opposition to gun laws and support of transgender rights and net neutrality. Recently in lieu of the Black Lives Matter and antiFa riots on the West Coast, she has come out supporting both organizations and their demand for fiscal reparations

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As this is the largest Democratic presidential field in modern history, the rule of thumb is he strongest fundraiser wins, but right now no one is betting cash on the a candidate. Instead they are waiting for the big fight aka the Democratic debates,before taking sides.

Who is Kamala Harris?

Kamala Harris parents, Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris, immigrants from India and Jamaica, in an undated portrait. (Courtesy of Kamala Harris)

In the meantime….Senator Harris was born on October 20 1964 in Oakland, California to two immigrant parents. Her mother is from Tamil India (and a doctor of medicine) while her father hails from Kingston, Jamaica. They divorced when she was seven years old and her mother moved Kamala and her sister Maya, also an attorney, to Montreal Canada. She returned to the United States for college. [fmn] Suprisingly, she does not mention this in her autobiography which I read but glosses over her Canadian years. [/fmn]

She attended Howard University, Washington D.C. (formerly the all-Negro school the Howard Normal and Theological School for the Education of Teachers and Preachers, but now a secular institution). After that, she attended University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

The Willie Brown Effect

In the 1990s, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. There she met Willie Brown, speaker of California’s State Assembly also appointed Harris to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a lucrative position worth a further $97,088 a year, according to the Los Angeles Times in 1994. From there Brown went to the mayorship from 1996 through 2004 was succeeded by Gavin Newsom.

In 2004, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco, thanks again to Brown, before making the big jump in 2016 to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer as California’s junior senator.

When Harris announced her failed presidential bid in January 2019 he penned a column for the San Francisco Chronicle entitled: “Sure, I dated Kamala Harris, So what?”

I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my ‘relationship’ with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned. …Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. And yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

He continued: “And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians… The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was D.A. That’s politics for ya,” he added.

Former State Assembly Speaker and Frisco Mayor, Willie Brown in the Chronicle.

Kamala’s marriage

She married fellow  California attorney Douglas Emhoff, also age 55 born a week before her on the opposite side of the country in Brooklyn, New York, after meeting him on a blind date. They were married by her sister Maya West, who is also her campaign chair. They have no children. Last year the couple made 1.8 million dollars.

here’s the Chart

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C161 Dr Edmond Eger anasthesiologist/scientist

Dr. Edmond I. Eger II, was a leader in the development of the universally used technique to determine the proper dose of anesthetic gas administered in operating rooms — an advance that has saved an untold number of lives and made surgery safer for everyone.   I once jokingly asked my late Uncle Arthur, also an anesthesiologist, though in Detroit, what was the big deal about anaesthesia — why did it pay so well  [fmn} and also by the way it has correspondingly astronomical malpractice fees [/fmn]  And he said “You want to wake up don’t you?”

Our header picture is The Gross Clinic by American master Thomas Eakins, who is shown in the painting in the upper left busy painting away. You can read more about the painting and its importance in art here on the NPR site.

The doctor died on September 20, 2017 from pancreatic cancer, said Dr. Steven L. Shafer, a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California and editor of an up coming autobiography of Dr. Eger.  He was 86 years old.

A Mac Man

Inhaled gases like ether and chloroform had been in use as anesthetics for more than 100 years when Dr. Eger graduated from medical school in 1955, but there was still no clear standard for dosing, or for comparing the strength of one gas to another.

Without a systematic way to measure the effects of anesthesia, doctors looked for signs like changes in a patient’s muscle tone, breathing and pupil diameter. But those traits were of no use in research because they varied from patient to patient and did not occur in lab animals. As new anesthetic gases were developed, the need grew for a more precise way to test, compare and dose them.

Dr. Eger devised a method working with Dr. Giles Merkel, Dr. Lawrence Saidman and other anesthesiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. They identified one value to use as a benchmark: the concentration of anesthesia at which 50 percent of patients did not move in response to a painful stimulus, like being cut with a scalpel.

Other patients would require a slightly higher or lower concentration to achieve the same effect, but the variations were not large. That led to their introduction in 1965 of a concept, called the minimum alveolar concentration, or MAC, that quickly became the standard measure of potency for anesthetic gases. Because powerful anesthetics work best at lower concentrations and thus weaker version require higher doses, a lower MAC value would indicate a stronger drug. Anesthesiologists use MAC values when planning doses needed for surgery.

The values are highly consistent from one patient to another and even among animals. For any given drug, about the same concentration can anesthetize a 200-pound man, a smaller woman, a dog or a rat. The amount needed to reach that concentration differs depending on the patient’s size, but the effective concentration itself does not change.

Edmond "Ted" Eger
Dr. Eger in an undated photograph. Credit Richard Schlobohm

Dr. Shafer said the technique devised by Dr. Eger and his colleagues made the administering of anesthesia far safer and has saved millions of lives.In later work, Dr. Eger identified new drugs that could be used as anesthesia, such as isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane, which are still the most widely used general anesthetics.

“Ted Eger revolutionized modern anesthetic practice, and led the way to the development of the anesthetic gases used tens of millions of times a year,” Dr. Michael A. Gropper, the chairman of the department of anesthesia and perioperative care at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in an email.

A poor salesman

As a boy, Dr. Eger skipped at least one grade, became a whiz at checkers and led the Hyde Park High School checker team to two city championships. He graduated at 15, but, as a bored and indifferent student, wound up in the bottom 20 percent of the class.

“The ‘ah ha!’ moment, the thrill of solving the hardest puzzle in all of pharmacology, the biological mechanism that responds to anesthesia, awaits another investigator.”

Dr. Eger in his Autobiography

He was soon hired to sell women’s shoes, but after only one day on the job he decided he had had enough and resolved to apply for college. He was accepted at Roosevelt College in Chicago, where “he went from not working at all to working his butt off,” Dr. Shafer said. After a year, he transferred to the University of Illinois, where he majored in chemistry with a minor in math. He went to medical school at Northwestern University.

In 1955, the same year he graduated from Northwestern, he married Dollie Ross, a speech therapist. The marriage ended in divorce in 1983. In 1996, he married Dr. Lynn Spitler, an immunologist, who survives him. Dr. Eger is also survived by three daughters, Cris Cadence Waste, Doreen J. Eger and Renee R. Eger, and a son, Edmond Eger III, all from his first marriage; a half-brother, Larry Eger; two stepchildren; seven grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

After completing his internship and residency, Dr. Eger served for two years as a captain in the medical corps, based at the Army hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. From 1960 to 2006 he was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. He was an author of more than 500 scientific articles and an author or editor of seven books.

“He received every award known to man in his specialty,” Dr. Shafer said.

Dr. Eger spent the last 20 years of his career trying to understand how inhaled anesthetics work. The drugs and their effects remain a mystery. The same concentration that knocks out a person will anesthetize a sea slug or an amoeba, and will even paralyze a fern that normally curls up when touched, Dr. Shafer said. The universality of those reactions suggests the drugs are tapping into some biological mechanism that evolved eons ago

The Ted Chart

An interesting point in Dr. Eger’s chart is its low fire showing instead of inspiration, he relied more on intuitive (water) hunches born from enlightened (air) experience (earth), He also has no grand trine to unite various parts of the chart, but instead a Grand Cardinal Square

Dr, Eger’s Grand Cardinal Square often shows up in people who rely on their free will to deal with opposing forces in their life, thus like his original foray as a shoe salesman, that he was unsuccessful there was not important to him, but the experience of trying it out. It did not take long for him to see, the grand square “irked” him into making another career choice which would be aligned to the houses his grand square lies in : 12th house hospital, 6th house medicine, 2nd and 8th house dealing with other people’s bodies handling drugs to prevent death.

Thus his “karmic cross” required him to swallow his pride, and admit his mistake of not applying to college for a professional career, and playing to his strength — intellectual endeavours. Some with cosmic crosses cannot swallow their humility and try again on another track, forever stubbornly stuck in that pattern. Of course a lot of that depends upon whatever other aspects encourage the lethal intellectual arrogance; luckily Dr. Eger did not suffer from that particular problem.

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