Charles W. Moore

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  • Covid-19 Vaccines: 3 Methods

    Posted on July 3rd, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I enjoyed listening to this video of Recombination Protein, DNA based and mRNA method for Covid-19 vaccine development.

    3 Researchers Break Down COVID-19 Vaccines They’re Developing

    Dr. Seema Yasmin talks to three Covid-19 vaccine researchers who are developing three different types of vaccines. Traditionally, vaccines are created by using a weakened or dead version of the virus and injecting that into the body. Many of these developing coronavirus vaccines are using new technologies. What’s the difference between them?

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  • Beyond Fact-checking

    Posted on July 3rd, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    The articles & data below originated in an article by IJNet ( a project of ICFJ )

    and I found it very interesting. I say this because the day before I generated the following Facebook rant ” This has been heavy on my mind for some time and I was not sure what to do about it: The facebook scene is so negative, so horrible political and anti-Americian that I am constantly being weighed down. So, fair warning – all blatantly combative, anti-Christian, politically challenging and “dark” messages will be hidden on this site from now on – Friends or not! It will be hard on me since my friends I value but we must clean up Facebook for Facebook since they do not seems able to do this for themselves. I will unfriend only the mos vile but will block those that challenge my piece-of-mind. Sorry – from Charlie.”

    So, I provide this as background for the articles below. People are really getting sick & tired of disinformation, be it organized and focused or random repeats of unaware citizens or See-Like-Send (or share).

    Beyond fact-checking: fighting the onslaught of COVID-19 disinformation by Jennifer Dorroh Jul 2, 2020 in COVID-19 Reporting


    First Draft – The Daily Briefing 3 July 2020 – “Has the pandemic changed how we think about disinformation? As part of its Journalism and the Pandemic Project, the International Center For Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University brought together a panel of experts on the frontlines of disinformation to reflect on the question. Maria Ressa, founder of the Philippines-based independent news site Rappler, Natalia Antelava, co-founder of independent news site CodaStory, BuzzFeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko, and Gilberto Scofield of fact-checking organization Agencia Lupa identified several aspects of the current “disinfodemic.” As bad actors share misleading information about the virus, sometimes deliberately, journalists must move beyond simply responding to pieces of false information. As Antelava says: “A very important juncture is the one where we are going to stop reacting to the agenda set by others and start setting our own agenda.” The platforms must also change, updating their policies and moving away from a system that encourages division and hatred. The stakes are high. As Ressa warned, social media platforms are “allowing governments to manipulate not just what’s in your mind, what you’re thinking, but it is radicalizing all of us to a point that … it’s killed democracy.”  — credit First Draft – The Daily Briefing 3 July 2020″

    Facebook is totally negligent in my opinion and needs a change in management at the top levels. The same applies to Twitter and they are now as bad or worse than Facebook. Reporters – get your act together and generate your own agenda quit following the fact-checking – it puts you one move behind the disinformation generators. If you are one move behind you can never win!



    First Draft – The Daily Briefing 3 July 2020 “TikTok says it has removed many videos and hashtags associated with the Boogaloo Bois, an extremist, far-right militia group made up of fragmented members who say they are preparing for an American “civil war.” Yet videos from Boogaloo adherents showing off guns and combat gear are still easy to find on the platform. Different spellings of “Boogaloo” in hashtags provide an easy shortcut for content posters and were apparently missed by the video-sharing platform, which has more than 500 million users. But TikTok appears to be learning from mounting criticism aimed at platforms such as Facebook and Reddit for acting slowly to block racist, hate-filled groups. When the BBC’s James Clayton approached the platform with the videos he’d seen, they were “quickly taken down.” No platform yet is adequately protecting users from harmful content before it spreads, and this report shows that, like many others, TikTok’s content moderation strategy remains more reactive than proactive”.

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  • I Love Eggs!

    Posted on July 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I love eggs. My grandad had a big for then free range chicken ranch in NE Indiana. In the Spring I dreamed of the day when the new chicks would arrive, peeping in their boxes, to be set free in the brave new world of their circular home. I would leave school as fast as possible to head to the heated Brooder House and enjoy the summer time heat of the gas fired heaters and radiated heat lights. This is one of the great joys of my youth: things were simple and earthy – sort of down on the land. I truly love this time of my life before life intervened.

    I still love eggs! The world has intervened and spoiled my egg frenzy because of partially formed science that says cholesterol is BAD and, yes, you have that allergy symptomatic to eggs and chickens. I am now in the 7th decade of life and found out I am not allergic to eggs, in spite of forgoing many lifesaving vaccines, in deference to the best and latest doctors advice.

    I still love eggs! My ever protective wife limits my egg consumption to a couple per week and I respect her diligence in protecting me. My cholesterol tests show HDL/LDL ratios acceptable and the absolute values for gent like myself reasonable. Indeed, recent CT scans, for no related condition, show only mild plaque, normal heart size and clear lungs and I can split wood and chainsaw for reasonable heart rate guideline dependent periods.

    I still love eggs – fried over medium, poached ( the best condition for eggs), boiled medium or hard or beyond hard and mixed into scrambled, potatoes, salads and any other combination.

    I will always love eggs! For my last meal I want eggs, with lots of salt and bacon, smothered in the pan with potatoes and ketchup.And most of all, I want to watch my wife cook them to perfection.

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  • Trump Nondisclosure

    Posted on June 28th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    This is straight from Daily KOS and as every right wing sycophant, religious or otherwise, knows it is to be opposed per the orders of “Der Furor of Purer”.

    Today we learned that Donald Trump, who is a garbage human being in literally every way it is possible for someone to be a garbage human being in, is mad at his niece for writing a mean book about him because, he says, she signed a nondisclosure agreement with him and is “not allowed” to do that. Yes, his own niece. Of course.

    Axios reports that in an interview, Trump insisted his niece, Mary L. Trump, author of the upcoming Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is “not allowed to write a book.” Evidently referring to the brutal legal fights in the family when Donald’s garbage father died, Trump said: “When we settled, she has a total […] signed a nondisclosure.” And that it is a “very powerful” nondisclosure. The one he has with his niece. Who he hates.

    So here we are in the midst of a national health crisis – Covid-19 – and he remains center stage while we die in multiple times of the yearly flu levels. What hypocrisy and hubris for a leader to disregard the constituents and suffering!


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  • The Modern World

    Posted on June 15th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Another slice of life for my daily diary. Alas, woe is us.

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  • IF I WERE THE DEVIL

    Posted on June 2nd, 2020 cwmoore No comments
    Pastor Bill – This week’s column is adapted from a long ago radio script by the renowned broadcaster Paul Harvey. This was the script of his broadcast on April 3, 1965.        

    If I were the devil – I mean, if I were the prince of darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have most of its real estate as well as most of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree: You.       

    So I’d set about, however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers with the wisdom of a serpent. I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: do as you please. To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. And the old I would teach to pray after me, “Our father which art in Washington…” 
        
    And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would seem dull or non-interesting. I’d saturate TV with dirtier movies. I’d pedal narcotics to everyone I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction: I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.       

    If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves, until each in its turn was consumed.  And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.       

    If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; just let their emotions run wild. Until before you knew it, you’d have to have armed policemen, drug‑sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every school house door. 
        
    Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing; I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the court house, then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress. And in his own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money. 
        
    If I were the devil, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas a bottle. 
       
     If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.       

    What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich. I would caution against extremes and hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be, and thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.      

    In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s
    doing.    

    First Assembly
    6865 Pine Avenue
    Fleming Island, FL 32003

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  • Posted on June 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

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  • Nancy Pelosi: Interview

    Posted on May 31st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I must say I did not like Nancy Pelosi – not even a bit – until 2+ years ago. Then I started to listen to her – then really listen to her – and now I think she is correct on many if not all of her points. Here is an interview I listened to today:

    I must say before this Youtube that we are in the greatest negative event since the Civil War and it is all cause by a lack of positive leadership. So I would say that all the riots occurring throughout the USA due to the police custody murder of George Floyd could be mitigated by the following action that every single Christian should take: Love God, Love People.

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  • mCOOL information

    Posted on May 30th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    There has been a lot of interest in the country-of-origin labeling and the apparently politically motivated House of Representatives voting on the subject. A few weeks ago I knew nothing about this subject, then little by little, more politically motivated social media posts have appeared. The trend appears to be blaming the House of Representatives for its disappearance. By this time I had done more research and have decided to post items that I have found today 5/30/2020 and forward. This will be a living document but I will attempt to add dates with any changes. (For the record, I think we should have COO labeling)

    This is what today’s Facebook post stated as a headline: “The House of Representatives just voted 300-131 to remove ‘country-of-origin labeling’ on chicken, pork, and beef sold in the U.S.”

    Below we have background information I found from websearches and other background information.

    https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2015/jul/02/facebook-posts/canadian-hog-farmers-and-congress-want-repeal-cons/ has a balanced, informational post on this subject and is well worth reading in total. The 2015 article starts with a big picture of meat with words written across it. Just below the article text: “Canadian hog farmers and Congress want to repeal a consumer labeling law. Here’s why.” Then there is a lot of text – pros, cons and backgound information. Finally it ends with the below paragraph.

    ” The Senate has yet to decide on the labeling law’s fate and, at this early stage, there has been support for making COOL voluntary. While country-of-origin labeling isn’t quite dead meat, the House voted for repeal. We rate the claim True. “

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_country-of-origin_labeling_of_food_sold_in_the_United_States provides someones commentary on mCOOL.

    Country of origin labeling (COOL) (or mCOOL [m for mandatory]) is a requirement signed into American law under Title X of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (also known as the 2002 Farm Bill), codified at 7 U.S.C. § 1638a as Notice of country of origin. This law had required retailers to provide country-of-origin labeling for fresh beef, pork, and lamb. The program exempted processed meats. The United States Congress passed an expansion of the COOL requirements on September 29, 2008, to include more food items such as fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables.[1][2] Regulations were implemented on August 1, 2008 (73 FR 45106), August 31, 2008 (73 FR 50701), and May 24, 2013 (78 FR 31367). The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act is the latest amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. This act forms the basis of the current COOL requirements.

    On December 18, 2015 Congress repealed the original COOL law for beef and pork, as a part of the omnibus budget bill[3] because of a series of WTO rulings that prohibited labels based on country of origin on some products. COOL regulations exist for all other covered commodities such as fresh fruits, raw vegetables, fish, shellfish, muscle cuts and ground lamb, chicken, goat, peanuts, pecans, ginseng, and macadamia nuts.[4] The Wikipedia article provides a lot more information on the above two paragraphs.

    How does a bill become a law you might ask? The Bill Is a Law. A bill becomes law if signed by the President or if not signed within 10 days and Congress is in session. If Congress adjourns before the 10 days and the President has not signed the bill then it does not become law (“Pocket Veto.”) Sign and pass the bill—the bill becomes a law. … If two-thirds of the Representatives and Senators support the bill, the President’s veto can be overridden and the bill becomes a law. Do nothing (pocket veto)—if Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after 10 days.

    Of course, everyone needs to understand that the above process is a gross over-simplification. I will add more as time permits

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  • 1950’s Land Train & Snow Train

    Posted on May 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

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