The Sooner Class Reunion
Is now a memory.
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to share with your classmates who were not able to attend and to save them for posterity.
Richard Kuerston has just sent in photos from the 40th Reunion that we have posted under the Reunions Tab.
Breaking COVID-19 News Oct 1, 2021
In Phase III trial, the drug smashed hospitalization and death rate by about half.
An oral antiviral drug appears to cut the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 by roughly 50 percent in people newly diagnosed with the infection and at risk for severe disease, pharmaceutical company Merck announced Friday morning.
The trial enrolled people who had newly tested positive for a SARS-CoV-2 infection and had onset of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms within just the past five days of starting the trial. The enrollees also had to have at least one risk factor for a poor outcome, such as having obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or being age 60 or above. While some participants received a placebo and standard care, others took an oral dose of the drug every 12 hours for five days.
After 29 days of follow-up, 53 out of 377 participants who received the placebo were hospitalized with COVID-19, and eight of those participants died. Among those who received the drug, only 28 of 385 were hospitalized and none of those patients died. Put another way, 7.3 percent of patients on the drug were either hospitalized or died compared with 14.1 percent in the placebo group.
Read the entire article on arstechnica.com Link
A note about Covid and our coverage. We're not trying to convince anyone of anything, however certain news outlets are well known for suppressing some sides of the story. We simply try to present things that are not necessarily seen on the mainstream media for your consideration and to promote a discussion with your doctor. I have been told that some hospitals do little more than treat Covid with oxygen. I sincerely hope this is not the case, however, I've heard from several people who claim to have the itemized printout of the bill after a relative died from Covid.
I do find it interesting that Viruses have historically been named after the place they were first identified, the Zika Forrest, West Nile, Spanish Flu, and Ebola, named after the closest river to Yambuku, a village in West Africa, was called Ebola, meaning "Black River," in the local language Lingala. So technically, Covid-19 is accurately called the Chinese or Wuhan Virus. Just saying.
No matter what your political leanings, we strongly encourage you to listen occasionally to "the other side", be it the national news media, Fox or the BBC, different viewpoints can be helpful. I learned the fact, while in college during the Vietnam War, that we don't always get the whole story. The 6 O'clock news one night reported that the Americans had scored a resounding success in two Vietnamese Villages that day. My roommates, both electrical engineers, had rigged up a 120 foot long di-pole antenna to their 1950;s vintage shortwave radio and we would occasionally listen to shortwave broadcasts from around the world and often from the BBC or Voice of America. That night, the V.O.A. reported that the Americans had been soundly beaten and named some 5 to 7 villages in Vietnam, they went on the say, the Americans only won two minor skirmishes, and named the same two villages. That was an eye-opener for this young college student. So, no matter what your leaning, please consider listening to alternate sources on occasion.
Aston Martin's DB11 Twin Turbo V12
Ars Technica's Jonathan Gitlin takes a look at the new Aston Martin DB11. The new car is the first from Aston Martin's Second Century Plan and is completely redesigned from the ground up. The 600 horsepower V12 is also one of their most technologically advanced cars to date. This new aluminum composite light-weight structure has a basically all-new twin-turbo V12 under the hood that makes 600 horsepower and about 560 foot-pounds of torque. View the VIdeo Link
What is the biggest life lesson you have ever learned?
If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
Leaving your hometown in your 20s is a life hack.
Reminder: vibes don’t lie, people do.
You don’t have to prove anything to anybody, including yourself.
Don’t chase people. Be an example. Attract them. Work hard and be yourself.
The people who belong in your life will come find you and stay. Just do your thing.
Marry a man who wants to be a HUSBAND, not a man who just wants a wife.
Trust, loyalty, respect. Break one and you lose all 3.
To whoever reads this, someone out there feels better because you exist.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but cutting off toxic friends or family doesn’t make you a bad person.
Quora - Amy Swift · Psychologist / economist New York.August 31, 2021
Woolaroc has a new Visitor Welcome Center and Cafe.
Congratulations Bob Fraser!
A quote from Sept. 13, 2021, Examiner-Enterprise article says: "Since it opened a little more than a week ago, it has been jam-packed with visitors ready to take in the panoramic view and indoor seating options while enjoying an expanded menu that adds fry bread and Indian tacos to the original lineup of bison barbecue and Longhorn burgers."
Read the whole story link
9/9/2021 REUNION UPDATE:
We've received a list of people who are registered to attend the Reunion, see the page under Reunion News. (Please keep in mind that many people don't sign up until the last few days before the deadline.)
Just released by Senator, Doctor Marshall of Kansas, the History of Covid-19
an excellent presentation, if it fails to load, Click Here
More Good News about Covid-19 Treatment
According to Professor Yaakov Nahmias at Hebrew University in Israel, they have identified a drug that is highly effective in the treatment of Covid. Studies on 4 continents are using Fenofibrate, pronounced as (fen oh fye' brate), an inexpensive drug that has been on the market since 1975, to fight the disease. Studies have shown the drug has an exceptional safety record with no side effects. Covid acts by overstimulating the immune system, creating what is known as a cytokine storm, instead of fighting the lung infection, it actually destroys the lung tissue itself.
Researchers found the use of Fenofibrate immediately reduces the inflammation, essentially pneumonia, and it essentially disappeared within the first 48 hours, 93% of people go home without supplemental oxygen in less than a week, compared to 25% without it. I spoke with a Doctor's office locally and confirmed that they recommend it to their patients and the cost is less than $20. They tell me the first thing you should take if you have Covid is Ivermectin which requires a prescription, and apparently is getting hard for pharmacies to acquire, and a Z-pack (Zithromax/Azithromycin). They also use Hydroxychloroquine. Extensive research shows these all can be effective, however, not all doctors have taken the time to fully research the subject. If you have been diagnosed with Covid ask your doctor about Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Fenofibrate, and Budesonide (a nasal spray).
Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Fenofibrate, and Budesonide (a nasal spray)
Information on this site is provided to stimulate discussion with your doctor, always discuss anything you see on this site with your doctor before using anything.
8/23/21 While looking for news of the Afgan pullout from a different perspective, I stumbled upon SkyNews.com
I warn you, it is troubling.
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Eugene Field - 1850-1895
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,—
Never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,—
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:—
Be sure to check out the poem set to music by Carly Simon's older sister Lucy Simon when she was fourteen or fifteen years old.
the music starts at 1:39
Video Starts Here
There are Dogs and Cats
Dog Lovers and Cat Lovers
Some of the More Devious Among us
will be able to Fully Visualize and Appreciate the Outcome
Thanks to John Hourigan for sending this in
- When you sign up for anything online, put the website’s name as your middle name. That way when you receive spam/advertising emails, you will know who sold your information.
- If you're in a conversation with someone you don't know well and aren't connecting with the other person or feel they're dull, ask them what job they'd choose if money wasn't an issue. It initiates a talk about one's passions, which are rarely dull and are simple to connect to.
- When a friend is upset, ask them one simple question before saying anything else: 'Do you want to talk about it, or do you want to be distracted from it?'
There are exceptions
Not to mention ceiling, conceit, deceit, deceive, inconceivable, receipt, receive and
Ancient societies conceive and perceive efficient deficiencies in the policies and science of glaciers.
If you're really holding on to the "i before e, except after c" ideal, then you'd have to follow Merriam Webster's lead and update it to be more accurate, although much less catchy:
I before e, except after c
Or when sounded as 'a' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'
Unless the 'c' is part of a 'sh' sound as in 'glacier'
Or it appears in comparatives and superlatives like 'fancier'
And also except when the vowels are sounded as 'e' as in 'seize'
Or 'i' as in 'height'
Or also in '-ing' inflections ending in '-e' as in 'cueing'
Or in compound words as in 'albeit'
Or occasionally in technical words with strong etymological links to their parent languages as in 'cuneiform'
Or in other numerous and random exceptions such as 'science', 'forfeit', and 'weird'.
Health Update on Sue Woolman Maddux
Thom Kempf and Rick Maddux were swimmers although Rick was two years older. Thom recently spoke with Rick who is married to Sue Woolman Maddux.
Thom tells us, with Rick's permission, that Sue has had some health issues, she is doing well physically, but currently is struggling a bit mentally, but health permitting, is really looking forward to attending the Reunion and looks forward to seeing everyone!
Nothing new today. Sorry. Perhaps you could write us a short article.
We'll wait as you compose your thoughts.
Just write them down and send them in.
In the meantime, we've added some filler below . . . as we wait for you patiently.
Don't make us regret it!
FRONT PAGE NEWS
Women Who Know Their Place
Retired American Broadcast Journalist Barbara Walters, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict.
She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands.
Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom. Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked,
“Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?"
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes and without hesitation said,
HOME FRONT NEWS
A friend notes: I don't know if it's age or being locked up all day during the pandemic and sitting in front of the computer for too long but I swear my mind's become like an Internet browser. Nineteen tabs are open, three of them are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from.
Another acquaintence tell us:
We've had to put a sign on our door too. It's aimed at deterring cold callers and says -
This household charges $20 a minute to listen to sales pitches, religious messages, and any other speech you are offering today.
THESE FEES ARE PAYABLE IN ADVANCE
You hereby acknowledge your agreement to the terms above by knocking on the door or ringing the bell.
Did you ever wake up, kiss the person beside you and feel glad that you're alive? A friend did it once and was told he wouldn't be allowed on that airline again.
Bon chance, mes amis. We will meet again.
Now some important philosophical questions on life .......
Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?
Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?
EVER WONDER... Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? And why do we trust them?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
Inquiring minds want to know?
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