Celestial Discharge: John Pombe Magufuli

God bless Tanzanian president, John Pombe Magufuli, who has been celestially discharged from this life. He is remembered as a highly educated man, who began his career as a science and math teacher. This was followed by political and public works employment, first as a member of parliament in 1995, then in various positions as Minister of Works, Minister of Land and Human Settlement, and Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, and again as Minister of Works. He was called ‘bulldozer’ for his vigor in pushing infrastructure and cleanup projects.

Beginning his first term as President of Tanzania in 2015, President Magufuli led in the populist style, known as a strong promoter of his country’s economic development. He was also known as a cost cutter, and for applying this equally to himself by quartering his own salary. Magufuli won his second term in 2020 amid criticism that his administration had restricted opposition and their rallies.

Worldwide, the Tanzanian president became known for refusing to shut down his country, and for demonstrating positive COVID tests in a piece of fruit, and a goat, and other non-human samples, casting doubt upon their reliability. (In January, the World Health Organization finally admitted that the PCR test is not sufficient to diagnose COVID, as the technological faults and excessive false positives have become obvious. ) Perhaps President Magufuli’s skepticism arose from his educational background (Ph.D. in Chemistry). Instead of remembering his inquiring mind, as well as his efforts to build up Tanzania, the media critics are insisting (currently without proof) that his death was from COVID, rather than long standing heart problems, and suggesting that it is deserved. They’re also criticizing his interest in herbal COVID treatments containing Artemisia which are being utilized on other African continents, Asia, and among herbalists in the West.

Here on the Pharm, we remember an independent thinking leader who seemed quite sincere in helping his country to prosper. Prayers for his family and for continued growth and success of the Nation that President Magufuli has departed in God’s time.

Celestial Discharge: Rush Limbaugh

Some people considered Rush’s favored promo line “Talent on Loan From God” to be irreverent. Actually it was a constant reminder that he knew he was a mere mortal, and that all of his abilities were endowed by his Creator. Mark Steyn recognized all of that perfectly in telling us that Rush Limbaugh’s talent has returned to God.

There the entirety of Rush Limbaugh is, returned to God, right in our Creator’s own time, on Ash Wednesday.

People who never heard Rush Limbaugh might be misled by the competing media, who have invented many attributions never spoken by the most listened to broadcaster of all time. Rush was an equal opportunity gadfly, who would either praise or make fun of anyone, based on policy or performance, and without regard of race, creed, nationality or even sexual orientation. Any person who listened to him for more than a month or two could understand this. For this reason he attracted mega millions of listeners from all walks of life.

Lung cancer wasn’t the first of Rush’s health challenges. He had his travails with intractable back pain, which motivated him to eat up some unauthorized Vicodin, for which he was publicly castigated. From that came the famous truism, “Even on drugs, Rush is right”. He completely lost his hearing, and continued to broadcast with the aid of cochlear implants, which allowed him only limited perception of sounds. Rush had an unbreakable connection with his ever growing audience, sharing his various experiences in a heartfelt way, but, as he expressed, without bleeding all over us. We knew of Rush’s extravagant, personal generosity and powerful ability to fundraise for charities. As his competitors continued to disconnect with the people who make America work, the Limbaugh audience reached enormous size during and after the Trump years.

The nation of Ditto-heads (regular Limbaugh listeners) is larger than any media can enumerate. We are everywhere, as his caller from India affirmed to Rush on his show: “In every corner of the world, your name is a household name.” His podcasts and broadcasts were spread world wide. The last time your friendly Pharmer heard “MahaRushie” was Feb 2, after which the show was covered his great guest host crew, Todd Herman, Mark Steyn, Ken Matthews, and the newest, Brett Winterble. Rush had continued his inimitable three hour broadcast all the way up until two weeks before he passed, with us expecting that he might be back any day. Likely that was the way he wanted it, with no last day fanfare. Doing his show for us was his greatest passion.

Prayers for Katherine, the whole Limbaugh clan, the EIB family, and all who are missing Rush. May all of us uphold his optimism and love for America and his generosity.

What Else Happened on Jan 20?

The World Health Organization Announces : PCR test is not sufficient to diagnose COVID 19

This announcement of what has been obvious (to those of us who could understand PCR technology) occurred on 1-20-21. You know what else happened on that day, and who will be credited for the reported “decline” of COVID-19. Subsequently, the numbers of COVID “cases” will plunge closer to actual levels, and there will be a resurgent recognition that other respiratory ailments still exist, including the flu, the ever present tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, COPD, etc. The old lab tests that we used to see will be ordered once again. (Orders for flu shots might also increase above the oddly low levels observed locally this year, and perhaps an oseltamivir order will actually flash up on the computer screen!)

This is where the screen shot, shown below, was obtained: WHO Information Notice for IVD Users 2020/05 . https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05 . It is placed here so you will know exactly what was seen, and the revision of the 2020/05 advice, the “13 January 2021” date of version 2, and the “20 January 21” date that these 370 words were provided for us all by the World Health Organization.