Saturday, September 19, 2020

Realities of Covid 19 Today Pre-Vaccine Amidst Testing and Common Laymen Infection

 One of the things that I personally can compare is the experience of being involved in public policy then closed to the pillars of government then back to private life. Moreover, the travails of living the challenges of life with limited resources, income, disability and now middle age life.

The last few months of this pandemic in the West had my own, my family, friends and saw other people lives change drastically. Some of these changes unfortunately has forever changed people lives and sadly I can count the number of friends and acquaintances that were lost directly or indirectly related due to this in these last months.

Let me start in March, my 91 year old US Army World War II Filipino Veteran father  recovering from a Heart Surgery at the VA hospital for a while was suddenly threatened be discharged even if did not agree a the hospital's administration need's to make room for the influx of Covid-19 veteran patients. The explanation was my father was susceptible to be infected. But they were prepared let a 91 year old heart patient with a pacemaker, stage 2 chronic liver disease, gout, hypertension, Alzheimer's loose to a nursing facility where the covid-19 is death trap. Anyway, I'm not going to make a long story on this. My father was tested Covid-19 negative on March 31 and he was transferred to Contra Costa, CA in a Nursing facility on April 1 and on August25 was infected with Covid-19 with other residents from a staff outbreak. This is one example of the scenario of how this pandemic has been handled from early on in the absence of no guidance.  As you can see how the specifics of he demographics in this case.

In June to July regardless how much you try to go online for example and try to get a city testing online in California it was impossible unless you answered you exhibited one of the symptoms of Covid-19. As we also, once you get tested the other issue was the back log on getting the results will take days or even weeks which takes the test useless. If you come to think of if even you get tested but you are exposed on daily basis to unknown individuals you really never know unless you are regularly tested.

Although it's a good thing that there are more places doing Rapid Testing today and Antigen testing there are still challenges. The CDC 2 days change their guidelines again about having anyone get tested if they exposed to those asymptomatic individuals. I'll give one example, On a visit to a testing site, there were a family of family of 5 from El Salvador. The people doing registration had N95 mask and gloves but no body PPE were taking ID's and Insurance cards. After which they go to the next area for the tester who takes the swabs who had the the complete PPE from mask, gloves and body,  After 45 minutes the 5 individuals goes back to the testers and given the information they are Covid-19 positive. So going back to the individuals that took the registration, was the CDC guideline necessary?

The other issue is happening is on this testing is various realities. These 5 individuals live in 2 bedroom apartment together. The mother did not almost take the test as she did not have ID and insurance. We all know this opens up another issue. But for the purposes this pandemic discussion, without the credentials needed you need at least $150  get the Covid-19 Rapid test

200,000 Americans now dead from Covid-19, The Honorable Ruth Ginsberg just passed yesterday, with the flu around the fall, the best would be time to get your flu shot. Anyone with pre-existing conditions like myself have the fear on this Covid-19 and we never what can happen. Do I want a vaccine? Of course, but it has be not misleading like what when they told my father he can infected when the patients starts to come in when after all they only admitted less than 10 when when got rid of him.



Saturday, July 04, 2020

Ignorance, Deceit, Misinformation and Psychology as In The Room Where it Happened

The floundering America's 45th President brags on the first most important step he did in response to the COVID-19 response was that he closed the borders from China arrivals. A perfect answer to his loyal base. 
This base as written right after November 2016 elections,  "Donald Trump always enjoyed massive support from uneducated, low-information white people. Trump supporters might retort: “That’s because Trump supports the little guy and Clinton helps the already privileged college grads.” But that’s false: Trump supporters in the primaries had an average income of about $72,000 per year. They aren’t rich, but make more than the national average and more than Clinton supporters" quoted from the Foreign Policy

  The Room Where It Happened, John Bolton writes about January 6, 2018 one of the first book written on Trump being president "Fire and Fury" where Trump tweets that he is a very stable genius. As we've seen the last few years from books to commentaries writing about being unfit for president. Yet with all of this written culminating to the impeachment, Mr. Trump. Bolton talks about making his difficult decisions prior to resigning like other past officials. He describes the uniformity about how one is unsatisfied with the administration, He talks about the the Iran Nuclear Treaty, North Korea, China during his tenure as National Security Adviser. He credits Trump on his Defense budget initiatives yet he reflects on his concerns we loss on the nuclear treat on North Korea's ballistic program. He explains how Trump is so focus on his trade deal with China and most Trump is waiting for Nov. 4 until he calls the Chinese President on this. 

On impeachment, Bolton writes on the Democrats' Impeachment malpractice by merely concentrating on Ukraine. He claims potential issues beyond Ukraine should have been looked into. He explains why he did not testify as the democrats did not explore beyond their party lines to be bi-partisan. His concern mostly on the issue of abuse of power. This is why he believes his book is more useful in the philosophical usage in an election than an impeachment in a USA today interview recently. Bolton says he will not vote for Biden as well but his goal is for the Republican party to hold on control of Republican controlled senate. He also concerns on the Rule of Law to be even handed on the recent actions of the President on the legal justice system today, This is why he claims that the President wanted to do everything to stop the publication of his book. It's not really about national security but about the consequences of the effects on the elections is why the President wanted to stop this book from being out to the public, he states. Bolton claims he merely wants to substantiate that the President and the administration did not act on national security concerns as needed. He's always focus on trade which is why there's risk on America's national security. He knows that even as Republicans reads his book they will still vote for Trump but his distinct goal is to showcase people who and what they are voting for.

On Covid-19, Mr. Trump initially do anything at first as his fear was about his China Trade deal and he didn't want to say anything against the Chinese President. He states that the administration's initiatives can be tweak in second based on the President's personal needs. This is why it took this White House to even do anything about the pandemic for a long time. This is also the fact that he and himself and others who have left the administration had experience. There was a lot of thinking and re-thinking that your following the orders of the commander in chief and  the n at some point in time be challenged of the fact that should one keep doing so or arrive on one's conscience.

.......................................John Bolton's genius as a note taker is why this book extends to about 500 pages of extensive recollection even to Trump's rants and phone calls. He focuses on the visible "is all about me", his personal interest than what the country needs. The ignorant white based he had when he won and somewhat starting to disband lately in lieu of the recent events of the rising cases of covid-19 and the street protest after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. 

Trump's conversation with Xi, in Bolton's book was even more dumbfounding. While Trump talks about his favorite trade, he turns on the upcoming Presidential elections alluding to China's economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleads with Xi to ensure he wins as Bolton wrote. Sounds familiar like Ukraine? I believe this is just once instance why Bolton stated the impeachment malpractice of the democrats should have gone beyond Ukraine.

Trump and his campaign today creates a post pandemic strategy totally opposite to the administrations corona-virus task force on face mask, testing and social distancing. The president still lives on his 2016 strategy that brought him victory with his then ignorant voter based. This is the first presidential campaigns outside the norm in historical perspective. If he wins with this strategy it gives a visual that America should be re-branded for being known as the land of the free, a nation of immigrants and equality to humanity.

Stable genius, uninformed, holds national security briefings once or maybe twice a week, does not want to read and study national security briefings and ask if Finland was a part of Russia. Erratic, foolish, indecisive, everything is about re-election are some excerpts on this book that stands out if one really gets to read to read in depth page by page.

How this will change the results of the upcoming US Presidential elections in November 2020 neither how the presidential historians writes about this president is something to look forward to,



Thursday, June 04, 2020

A Review on How Dictators use the Military on a Democracy

The Dictator's Handbook, reminds me over the years way from the 70's as a child hearing the TV and News about Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines who in September 21, 1972 the same day we were lying in state my grandfather in Manila declared Martial Law. I remember watching all the protest though I didn't really understand much what was going on. I do remember seeing in a black and white Zenith TV, a youth group protesting from the national park of Luneta all the way to Malacanang Palace the official seat of power. I saw how the tension started as they walked near the Palace up to the metal gates then all hell broke loose, tear gas bombs, water hoses, batons with metal riot gears and the rest is not rated to be written in this blog.  

Then when I became a grown person decades ago in mid 80's Ronald and Nancy Reagan hosted the dictator in the White House a year or so came the so called EDSA Revolution in 1986. The marches went back this time a different scene. Imelda, the former First Lady and the sick tired dictator was on the balcony of the Palace proclaiming himself the winner of the the just concluded Presidential election over then Corazon Aquino. That was the changing times in a third world country, a firm ally, the Philippines. The world watch as the protesters ransacked Malacanang Palace finding 5,000 pairs of shoes from the Former First Lady. While this was happening the Philippines First Family was flown to Honolulu, Hawaii in exile while the US Customs seized millions worth of jewelry and dollar bills.

The 1986 Revolution took 16 years in the making from 1960's when the dictator started running for office. It also took years of economic recovery unfortunately the mark of political dynasty and corruptions still exist today. This country was just an example of stories like Cambodia, Thailand, Cuba, and the last we recall Iraq's Saddam Hussein which also regularly hosted the so called dictator then  and his wife while they were in power. In 1990's I guess that gave me the foundation on entrepreneurship plight and my quest in inspiring and advocating for the youth and people with limited income. Hence was also the foundation why we sell books with this mission as this was my own little way of reflection and advocacy.

In Feb. 5, 2013 Jim Powell's article on Forbes quotes, Dictatorships are often unexpected.  They have arisen among prosperous, educated and cultured people who seemed safe from a dictatorship – in Europe, Asia and South America.  This is very true as as there are a lot of circumstances that leads to this. What my observation is that there are the tendencies already inherent but then the circumstances or circumstances suddenly comes and all of a sudden it's done.

Today some local Mayor's has ended city curfews which I commend. Free expression to protest of grief should not be banned. And if you want to be an accomplished seeing myself as witness through Martial Law this is a basic principle you need to reflect as this is a part cause. 3 months on a lock down is already imprisonment for some. The fact and fear of the contagious virus gauge the success of the shelter in place.

However, when you see thousands of every race, culture and gender in the planet on the streets to the extent of crying for humanity, this is something else. I personally had seen, heard and know what these inequalities are. But maybe out of fear of merely thinking that change is not happening hence I keep silent. But as I reflect on what's going on I tell myself I need to get back to my writing as this way I can show my support.

We have a lot of ways we can do as we have different situations in life. But Like the Rev. Al Sharpton said today in Minnesota., "The times have changed, we are in a different time and we need to adjust our clocks so we get the right time".

Peace as we celebrate the life of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter.

Alex Esguerra


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Higher Loyalty, Views, Perspectives

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book. - POLITICO an article I just read talks about another different perspectives on Former FBI Director James Comey’s actions in his new book, A Higher Loyalty

Clearly Jennifer Palmieri in her Politico article shares an overall democratic sentiment on how  the Clinton email investigation cause Hillary’s losing the 2016 election. It preceeded on her analysis as a political operative on Comey’s intent to be at the helm of the media spotlight and his executive actions beyond his role as FBI Director in her viewpoint.

There’s so many factors as she herself outlined on the personality and career history of Director Comey. Yet as any other politician on high level career positions like her, Comey and even Hillary, the previous background and work history is colorful with achievements leading to these high positions. Hence, whether the intent for Comey’s actions were really intentionally done to further climb up the bureaucracy and or not will eventually be unveiled over time. 

Historically, defeated candidates especially Presidential ones like Hillary who has prepared for over 10 years to run twice and get defeated will take a few years of healing from ones inner self and soul. In turn, a high profile executive like Comey whom as Jennifer said took actions beyond his position with goals to go up the chain whom eventually got fired. The story on Comey will be there for a while in lieu of his book but eventually he is going to be out of the spotlight unlike Clinton as after all historically she is still a Former First Lady.

The hiatus is still up most likely as long as the Russian meddling on the 2016 elections investigation concludes. It’s going to dwindle most likely if this current President wins a second term. 

Anyone buying A Higher LoyaltyI believe tries to see a better perspective on what happened on how Comey got fired. Some wants to see if there’s really a case on President Trump. I do not believe that the US for various reasons will impeach a current President.

Feel free to share your views on this book on the comments section.

Alex Esguerra



Thursday, June 29, 2017

America's Dreyus Nixon's Case to Trump's Present Scenario

America's Dreyfus written by Bestselling Author Joan Brady author of the Theory of War writes on the trial of the century during the Nixon years. Similar to incumbent Donald Trump, Richard Nixon also had a single aim in life, "Win".

In 2016 this book had so many reviews about the real story of Alger Hiss. Joan Brady believes that Hiss was innocent but thinks, as did many of his friends at the time, that he was suicidally naive about what he faced. Chambers had appeared before HUAC in 1948 and, in the fashion of the day, had produced a list of alleged communists in government service. 

The main summary of this book is that it is about the dirty tricks employed by Richard Nixon and his allies in the late 1940s and early 1950s to secure the conviction of Alger Hiss, a former government official, on a trumped-up charge of perjury. 

Thus, the start of the discussion on the statements of conversations could have been taped, was just a strategy to ensure the loyalty of Former FBI Director James Comey. Trump admits: 'I did not make, and do not have' tapes of Comey conversations.

The referencing of this book is not about Alger Hiss or Joan Brady. It's mostly to look into the present scenarios depicted on the case of whether President Trump does have a case for impeachment or are we just not used to the Trump ways of someone who has never held a public office prior to becoming President. Likewise, the new era of a President being pro-active on the social limelight of "Twitter" is also new to the world of political science.

As of this writing, the travel ban case being withheld to certain muslim countries for the last few months has finally been lifted by the Supreme Court. Stricter port of entry laws in the US had been announced and a celebrated case about an undocumented immigrant arrested in a sanctuary city as San Francisco, CA.

Since January's Presidential inauguration, a lot has happen, a lot of issues are on the table including the Senate version of the Trump Care Act replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Right now, there are pros and cons about how the administration is performing but at the same they are the sitting administration. We should continue to be vigilant watchdogs yet to some let us let history pave it's way.

Alex Esguerra
Life and Times

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Book Reveals Hillary Clinton Spied on Campaign Staff Emails

New Book Reveals Hillary Clinton Spied on Campaign Staff Emails



Touching on Hillary's campaign rift with the Democratic party and talking about the reluctance of supporters of Bernie Sanders in supporting Clinton as front runner sort of explained initially why people then thought they had a flawed presidential candidate.



The book discusses on Clinton's winning the popular vote yet was not really successful in getting a lot of Senator Sanders supporters. Although Sec. Clinton's campaign staff are her deep loyalist, she spent enormous amounts of time asking existential questions to them.



Yet in summary although the book centers around on the ultimate failure of Hillary, the problematic circumstances and fiasco has nothing to do with her.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Affordable Books and Gifts on line


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Shattered, a new bestselling book on the failed Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, discusses a lot of angles detrimental to the her losing the Presidential elections. It also centers around bottom line to herself as the prime reason she lost the 2016 elections.

Part of it was micro-managing on campaign strategist, data analytics, her continuous quest to find the reasons behind her lost way back in 2008 as the standard bearer of the Democratic party which got Obama got elected.

Instead of focusing more on grassroot campaign eering and meeting more directly with supporters, constituents and detractors it was more on  online metrics, data gathering, social media which is the signature part  strategy that led to the election of then President Barack Obama.

There's a lot to read, expand and deeply understand as outlined in this new bestseller but over and over it boils down to the main cause of defeat, the candidate herself which allowed it.

Alex Esguerra



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