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5.9% COLA Welcome, Inflation Likely To Continue to Erode Buying Power (Washington, DC) – Retired and disabled Social Security recipients are anxiously looking forward to the largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) since 1982, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “This would be the highest COLA that most beneficiaries living today have ever seen,” says Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. But a high COLA means exceptionally high inflation is impacting consumers. The Senior Citizens League has received more than 200 emails over the past month, with many retired and disabled senders describing the dire situations they face as rapidly

rising inflation makes it impossible to pay the bills. The Social Security Administration announced earlier today that the COLA in 2022 will be 5.9 percent — making it the highest Social Security inflation adjustment in 40 years. Over the past 12 years, COLAs have averaged a meager 1.4 percent. The COLA in 2021 was just 1.3 percent, and raised average benefits by about $20. The 2022 COLA will increase an average monthly retirement benefit of $1,565 to roughly $1,657, an increase of $92. While the high COLA is welcome, ▶ SEE COLA, PAGE 21

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PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College received nearly $5 million in funding from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education to help Hispanic and low-income students achieve degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Hispanic-Serving Institution Title III grant will fund the STEM Excellence in Development, Student Growth and Equity program, which began Oct. 1, 2021, and will continue through Sept. 30, 2026. One hundred percent of the program is financed through the FIPSE grant. The total amount awarded is $4,920,795. Hispanic-Serving Institutions have a total Hispanic enrollment of at least 25 percent. Thirty-four percent of PCC’s student body is Hispanic. “We are excited for the opportunity the Department of Education has provided us,” said Joey Mathews, PCC’s director of STEM career and technical education. “This funding will provide many of the services needed for our STEM students at PCC to thrive and will also allow us to foster the K-12 community’s inter-

est in what STEM has to offer. “I am thankful for the team of STEM faculty and staff that worked so hard putting this proposal together and am excited about the work we will do.” The primary objective of the grant is to increase Hispanic STEM enrollment, retention, graduation and transfer rates. Partnerships with four-year institutions such as Colorado State University Pueblo will help students transfer successfully after they graduate from PCC. Funds will be used for outreach in grades K-12, a STEM video library, in-depth student support, undergraduate research, career development, faculty training, curriculum redesign, and articulation and transfer activities with CSU-Pueblo and other four-year schools. PCC will provide tutoring, peer mentorship and intensive support and counseling from academic career experts. PCC’s campuses in Pueblo, Mancos and Cañon City will provide extensive opportunities for current STEM students as well as K-12 ▶ SEE PCC, PAGE 17


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Dust Off the Crystal Ball some guesses.

RONALD S. PHILLIPS Author of two books, teacher & trusted columnist



t’s a fun and regular joke for advisors and their clients: “Where’s your crystal ball?” I still get asked that. We have a fun time with it. Yet there’s a grain of truth to the joke, too. After enough experience, professional investors should have at least an educated guess on the future, right? Well, I’m dusting off that old oracle and chancing

I’m looking at one now that goes to the beginning of the year 1900. You

We’re living in the most-recent secular bull market, as noted above.

can draw a horizontal line for those long, flat markets (no new highs). You can also draw a very clear line upward as the markets fluctuate but still keep breaking new highs.

From that fateful spring to today and beyond. Beyond for how long, though?

Just when it looks like the stock market shouldn’t go higher we reach new records. It’s very exciting. Corporate earnings keep rolling in, higher. GDP keeps moving along, now a bit slower. But the party is still on. We’re making money in the U.S. markets. Good money. These highs have been going on for 8 ½ years. Really. We first broke old records in the spring of 2013. At that point, the Dow Jones broke through the previous record and hit over 14,253. This is the official start of the current secular bull market. Secular just means long term. LONG TERM CYCLES The market has a truly fascinating record and pattern of secular bull and bear markets. These long-term markets last historically around 15-21 years. It’s very clear when you look at a chart of the Dow Jones.

The pattern alternates between bear and bull market, of course. From 2007 to spring of 2013, we had a long flat market, lasting six years. The stock market could not hit a new record high. So it was stagnant for over half a decade. That was the most recent secular bear market.

There could be an amendment to this pattern, too. Back in 1900, 1950 or even 1980, things were slower and less global. Now we have instant communications and trading; international, 24-hour markets and economics; and constant, ceaseless consumption and commerce. This could be shortening those typically two-decade cycles. We’re squeezing


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ell, it's been almost 40 years running that I have spoken to you through this column. At first, it was a column here, and a column there. Usually about some political hot button that I wanted to pursue or something locally that the Senior Community would have interest. It really heated up when I asked, pleading would be a better term, when my young daughter of nine years was fighting for her life. A strange malady came upon her and it was so exotic the initial battle in her perverse war lasted until she was fifteen and her fight continues until

this day. At first, the local doctors thought it was something it wasn't, in fact, by the time they understood exactly what was happening to her there was nary a doctor in these parts that could do anything for her. It was then I got inspiration from our own Jan McLaughlin, who writes a terrific column even now about the spiritual side of our existence. I decided that since the medical community had so many problems with my daughter's case, I'd go full bore and ask my readers if they would help enlist the help of the Almighty. They, I say they because many of them have passed or moved away, responded to my pleas of help with continual prayer. It was then I realized that the only One who could help us was Jesus Christ. If not for His help in this horrible trip my family was on could possibly help. If not for a surgeon's hands at Children's Hospital in Denver being guided by the Lord, our daughter would have been dead at the ripe old age of 9. This unusual malady perplexed the "specialists" at Children's and this last minute surgery led her back to some sort of normalcy and she has become a wonderfully bright and beautiful young lady because of it. What I found out then and there is that there really is no one else to whom you can turn. Our prayers,

November 2021 - Senior Beacon - Page 3 your prayers, turned the tide for us instead of against us and at the very last minute. The reason for this prologue is to first thank everyone who prayed for her and to try to explain how profoundly the Lord stepped into our lives and in the nick of time. I am not a bible thumper. I am not an evangelist. But, the reason for this newspaper was to bring the Word of God to the Senior Community. Gerry Bliese was our first evangelist, followed by the aforementioned Ms. McLaughlin and the tag-along Publisher Emeritus. The modus operandi of what you have in your hands right now was to praise Jesus. It continues today. Hopefully it will continue in the future. All this leads to something I heard, not read, in the Bible. It is in the book of the "prophet" Zachariah. The word prophet is in quotes because these prophets in the "good book" were real and they were spot on (as is said nowadays) in Who was to come. The words "I am, Who am!" ring and rattle in my brain at this point and hopefully in yours. Here are the words: "In the pierced heart of the One that is crucified, God's own heart opened up." They (us?) shall look on Him whom they have pierced! This short phrase from Zachariah

was written way before Jesus walked the earth. It is just one of many that solidifies my faith and hopefully yours in the role Jesus should play in our lives. Every minute of every day Jesus is there. It was foretold so many years ago and so many years before it happened, that one has to stand up and take notice. It was foretold by numerous prophets that Jesus would come and reopen the gates of heaven that were closed for such a long time. And if I'm wrong, what do any of us have to lose? But if what is being said is right, think of the ramifications in your life now and forevermore!

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ow then shall our decedents know American history if it is not passed from generation to generation? I have few memories from childhood of history lessons passed to me from my parents. Those are dark days for me regarding history. As I thought about writing this article, one of my

few favorite childhood memories came to mind. I was a small child in the mid 1950’s and we were celebrating Thanksgiving. My mom shared with me some highlights about her family heritage. One of her great grandparents was a native American descendant of the Yaqui tribe. I don’t want that information to be erased from the memory banks of my family. I am the first to be born in America on my Father’s side of the family. He was born in Germany and his family migrated to America when he was 16 years old. I learned a lot through several conversations with Grandmother. She took civic classes shortly after the family’s arrival in America in 1938. Beaming with pride, she told me that she had become a United States citizen after completing the classes. I was so proud of her. This is a special part of my family history that I want to pass on to my family and I hope this message will encourage you to take the time to do the same with your children and grandchildren. With today’s technology options, there are many ways to record these special memories and historical family events and facts. Think voice or video recorders. Write a book! Journal and pass your journals on to your grandchildren.

This year I want to inspire my grandchildren and great grandchildren to pass on their own stories to their progeny. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to share memories and stories. The first Thanksgiving was in the early 17th century. It was unknown as Thanksgiving as we know it today but as a celebration of harvest. The pilgrims who had landed at Plymouth suffered a harsh winter. Of the 102 pilgrims, 53 survived because the native Americans of the Wampanoag Tribe saw the pilgrim’s plight and helped them. They survived with wildfowl and deer along with pumpkin and squash indigenous to the New England area. The following fall, the pilgrims and Indians celebrated with a huge harvest of wild meat and shared produce from the crops of squash, fruit, corn, pumpkin and more. The biggest part of the celebration was the thanksgiving offered to a faithful God who brought them through. They knew Who to thank and to give the glory. They were of course, thankful to the Indians, but even their relationship with the Wampanoag was a gift from above. I am also grateful to the members of the Wampanoag Native Americans for helping the pilgrims survive and that our country now has Thanksgiving Day that we celebrate every year. Although every day should be one of thanksgiving, this special day is set aside to express our gratitude to a generous and loving God who cares for His children. The first known celebration of Thanksgiving was in the early 1600’s. The request to make it a national holiday was submitted to five seated presidents, but not until Abraham Lincoln signed it into law that Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday.

Celebrated on November 26, 1863, the original Thanksgiving Day was a day of fasting and prayer. Shortly after Thanksgiving Day became a time to celebrate and thank God for His provision and for showing the citizens of this country that we are here because of our forefathers who wanted freedom of religion. Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution. The correct definition is the separation from the state and freedom of religion regarding the church. This gives people freedom to worship in their way. This country celebrates Thanksgiving, but I fear for the most part, the majority have lost what the term Thanksgiving means. Few young people understand that it was given to us by God in the 17th century as time of celebration that the pilgrims had made it through a rough first year. They were thankful to God and to the Wampanoag Native Americans who helped save them from starvation. Please consider during this time of year what are you truly thankful for. I am grateful for Americans working together to make this country grateful. Let us show what this means by making it truly ThanksLiving Day. “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (Psalm 78:4 ESV). © 2021 Jan McLaughlin. Jan can be contacted at 719-649-2937 or by e-mail Jan’s guest author this month is her husband, Rick. They just celebrated their 17th anniversary! Rick can be contacted at





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Military Weekend, National Bison Day at Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 20, 2021) In honor of Veteran's Day, and as a thank you for service to our country, active military members, veterans and their immediate family (partner and children) are admitted free, November 6th and 7th. The zoo is open 9 AM to 4 PM with last admission at 3 PM each day. Military or veteran's group ID required. Military members and veterans will also receive a 5% discount in the gift shop and $10 off if they join or renew as a member. In addition to Military Weekend, on November 6th, Pueblo Zoo celebrates another strong American icon – the American bison. Bison played a significant role in the grasslands ecosystem, Native American culture, and the story of the American West. In 2016, the National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the bald eagle as the official symbol of our country – and much like the eagle, it’s one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time. In less than a century, the great bison herds of North America were nearly driven to extinction solely by the actions of humans during the westward expansion of European settlement in the 19th century. Though their population dramatically dropped from 40 million to under 1,000, concerted conservation efforts have thankfully brought the population back up to over 500,000. Pueblo Zoo supports the Laramie Hills Bison Conservation Herd and their efforts to return this native icon to the shortgrass prairie of northern Colorado. Pueblo Zoo is currently home to two majestic male bison – Father, Cody and son, CJ (Cody Jr.). Event details: Saturday, November 6, 10 AM to 2 PM. Learn more about this majestic cornerstone species through crafts, educational presentations and conservation action activities. Giveaways while supplies last. ### The Pueblo Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).



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Metro News reported on Aug. 15 that authorities in the village of Wonersh in Surrey, England, are stumped by a serial baked bean bandit who is pouring the savory legumes on doorsteps, cars and into mail slots. Officers have promised to step up patrols in the area, but residents are seeing the lighter side: "What half-baked idiots would do this? I hope they get thrown in the can!" and "Absolutely Heinzous crime."

Odd Job

The city council of Christchurch, New Zealand, has officially ended its contract with The Wizard of New Zealand (also known as Ian Brackenbury Channell) after 23 years of service. Over his tenure, the Wizard cast spells and entertained tourists to the tune of $16,000 per year, but the city no longer believes his services are necessary, reported. Officially, Christchurch's "promotional landscape is changing," said the council's assistant chief executive Lynn McClelland, with "programs that will ... showcase a vibrant, diverse, modern city."

For his part, the Wizard called the council "a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination. I am the original image of Christchurch. They will have to kill me to stop me."


ABC News reported on Oct. 20 that in Wellington, New Zealand, police went above and beyond for a certain emergency call. When a dispatcher answered the call, a little voice started out, "Hi. Police lady?" The 4-year-old then went on to say, "I've got some toys for you. Come over and see them." Around then, an adult took the phone, confirming that it was not an emergency, but the dispatcher sent Constable Kurt over anyway. The little boy showed off his toys to the officer and had a "good, educational chat" about the use of the emergency number (111 in New Zealand). "He did have cool toys," Constable Kurt confirmed. He reciprocated by turning on his patrol car's lights for the boy.


During an Oct. 17 weather segment on KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington, viewers were stunned to see a 13-second clip of a

woman's bare behind on a display behind the meteorologist, Yahoo! News reported. Viewers began calling the Spokane police department, which is now working with the station to find out how the video made it to the broadcast. KREMTV could face fines from the Federal Communications Commission for airing the shocking scene.

Picky, Picky

Vojin Kusic, 72, of Srbac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, built a home for himself and his family many years ago. His wife, Ljubica, wanted the bedrooms to face the sun at the time, so the living room faced away from the road. In time, Ljubica became distressed that she couldn't see visitors approaching the house, so Vojin remodeled it. Now, with their children grown, Vojin has constructed the home of Ljubica's dreams: It rotates a full 360 degrees so she can turn it as she sees fit, the Associated Press reported. "Now, our front door also rotates, so if she spots unwanted guests heading our way, she can spin the house and make them turn away," Vojin said.

Great Art

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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL the desert near the Israeli city of Arad, where they took off all their clothes and painted their bodies white for a project by photographer Spencer Tunick, the Associated Press reported. For about three hours, they posed and repositioned themselves for Tunick as he shot photos to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea. "I am always happy to return here and photograph in the only country in the Middle East that allows art such as this," Tunick said. Organizers hope the project will bring attention to preserving the Dead Sea, and Israeli tourist officials hope it will bring visitors to the country.

New World Order

David and Paula Knight of Surrey, England, were confused when they opened a letter informing them of a traffic violation and fine that took place in June in Bath. The letter, which detailed a bus lane vi-

olation and included a photo of the offender, was generated by a traffic camera that captured a woman walking in a bus lane, wearing a shirt that said KNITTER. The Knights' vehicle tag reads KNI9 TER, a reference to David's nickname, Knighter. "We thought one of our friends was stitching us up," Paula told the BBC, but they finally contacted authorities to straighten out the incident. She said the staff member who looked at the photo "burst out laughing." The fine was canceled, everyone involved got a giggle out of it, and the next time the Knights go to Bath, they may take the train.

False Alarm

Fire officials in Santa Barbara County, California, received calls on Oct. 4 about a person hanging on the side of a cliff near Hope Ranch Beach, NBC New York reported. Emergency crews were


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dispatched with equipment including a drone and fire engines, but the "person" was just a mannequin with long hair. Apparently, the mannequin had been used in a movie shoot a few days earlier, Daniel Bertucelli of Santa Barbara County said, reminding residents, "Better to call than not!"

Compelling Explanation

Folks in Plouneventer, France, were perplexed on Oct. 11 when they woke up to find a van perched atop a bus stop shelter, Oddity Central reported. Police were summoned, the van was removed and the owner identified -- but the mystery remained, with theories involving alcohol and performance art. Finally, three days later, the truth came out: The prank was part of a "commercial dispute" between the van's owner and the perpetrator, who used a pallet truck to hoist the car onto the bus shelter. The

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Mistaken Identity

At a ceremony on Oct. 16 to award the annual Planeta literary prize in Spain, fans of author Carmen Mola were stunned to learn that the author is actually three male writers: Agustin Martinez, Jorge Diaz and Antonio Mercero, who were on hand to accept the award. Mola's unpublished novel "The Beast" won 1 million euros with the prize. Mola had been described as a female university professor living in Madrid who uses a pseudonym, reported, but after the reveal, Diaz said, "We are three friends who one day four years ago decided to combine our talent to tell a story." Some have called the trio "scammers," but Mercero argued, "We didn't hide behind a woman, we hid behind a name."

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prosecute in this case was a shock Perhaps you’ve heard about the to everyone in the country, except Wild West shootout in the Austin anyone living in Chicago. This is neighborhood of Chicago two nothing new for the Democrats’ weeks ago? One group of gang favorite DA. The police ought to members shot up the house of put together a calendar of Foxx’s rival gang members at around 10 Released Murderer of the Month. in the morning. They blasted the In July it was the murderer of house with more than 70 rounds, Chrys Carvajal, a 19-year-old using handguns that had been National Guardsman who was modified into automatic weapons. gunned down when he stepped Their rivals fired back from inout of a house party over Fourth of KILL BACK BETTER side the home, in a gun battle that July weekend. Three eyewitnesses As dead bodies pile up in lasted so long, it was still going on and video evidence led the police Chicago, remember: This is when the police arrived. to a notoriously violent 38-yearthe criminal justice “reform” All of this took place in full view old gang member. Democrats want for the entire of police street cameras, as well as Foxx refused to bring charges, country. the first officers on the scene. claiming there wasn’t enough Of the four initial shooters, one evidence. was shot dead at the scene and left August’s Murderer of the Month behind. The other three took off in shot at a guy, missed him, but KIM FOX, THE STATE'S two (stolen) Dodge Chargers. One managed to hit two little girls attorney for Cook County and gang member drove to a medisitting in the backseat of their darling of MSNBC, has mancal center, dumped his wounded family’s car after returning from aged to increase murders in comrade, then led police on a car church. Six-year-old Aubrey Chicago to astounding levels chase ending in a fiery crash. The Broughton took a bullet through even at a time when we’re all other Charger turned up nearby, in her lung, was rushed to the hospigetting used to astounding flames. tal and survived. But another bulcrime figures. Nationwide in Police arrested the two gang let lodged directly in the heart of 2020, murder and non-negmembers from the hospital, as well Aubrey’s sister, 7-year-old Serenity, ligent manslaughter were up as the three gunmen inside the killing her. 29.4%, according to the FBI. home. Again, the police investigated, That’s more than double the Foxx refused to bring chargfound the suspect’s vehicle, eviprevious record of 1968, when es against any of them on the dence inside the car, and cellphone grounds that it was “mutual murders increased by 12.7%. records pointing to a 24-year-old combat.” At this point, the Chicago parolee. Under the careful managePD’s only option may be to rement of Foxx, murders in Foxx refused to bring chargsubmit charges on environmental Chicago were up 55%. To put es. (On the other hand, she did grounds — polluting the air with this in perspective, last year, remind Serenity’s parents that lead. there were nearly as many she too, is a “mother,” so that was Who knew that when Foxx murders in Chicago (popunice.) talked about not prosecuting the lation: 2.7 million) as in New Serenity’s mother complained small stuff, she was talking about York City and Los Angeles that the police and prosecutors murder and mass shootings? In combined (total population: are “just bickering.” That was her today’s Chicago, the St. Valentine’s assessment of the situation — not more than 12 million). Day Massacre is legal. that Chicago has a prosecutor who Foxx’s bullheaded refusal to won’t prosecute murder. 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20% chance of being arrested if you commit murder in Chicago. Those are pretty good odds for taking another human life. But even if the police catch you and present the prosecutor with video evidence, eyewitnesses, cellphone signals or a dead 7-year-old girl, Foxx is there to ensure that you will NOT go to prison. At this rate, Foxx might eventually kill off every living human being in Chicago. But as I said, this is not a story about Chicago. Kim Foxx is a dangerous nut, but she’s not a random dangerous nut. She is the Democratic Party’s beau ideal of criminal justice. Liberal moneybags George Soros has spent millions of dollars installing criminal-friendly prosecutors around the country. (Back before it was “anti-Semitic” to mention Soros’ pro-murder campaign, The New York Times ran an article boasting of the old prune’s role in electing inert prosecutors, like Foxx.) A few hundred thousand dollars dumped into a minor DA’s race is more than enough to decide an election. Soros has spent millions. Foxx was Soros’ first success in electing DAs who would refuse to put another black man in prison. They’re cool with dead black teenagers and dead 7-year-olds. The only black lives the Democrats care about are the lives of black criminals. MSNBC, mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, was ecstatic the night Foxx won the election that would make her Cook County’s top prosecutor, with Lawrence O'Donnell giddily interviewing the pro-criminal Foxx. She was triumphantly interviewed again that weekend by Al Sharpton. When has any prosecutor’s election drawn such celebration? When has it even drawn notice? There is not a Republican in the nation who is not required to publicly state his position on Donald Trump. How about asking Democrats to take a position on Soros’ campaign to install nolle prosequi prosecutors? Apart from Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, will any Democrat in the country criticize Foxx? No, of course not. As dead bodies pile up in Chicago under Kim Foxx, remember: This is the criminal justice “reform” Democrats want for the entire country. COPYRIGHT 2021 ANN COULTER


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ence Officer Dr. Michael Yeadon yesterday said there is “clear evidence of fraud” in the Pfizer study that purports to claim 95% efficacy in their COVID-19 “vaccine”. Yeadon was commenting on an article appearing in The Lancet and critiquing a documentary that scrutinized a Pfizer efficacy study, calling the distinction raised therein between relative risk reduction and absolute risk reduction “accurate”. The Lancet article, entitled COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness—the elephant (not) in the room, says that although attention has focused on vaccine efficacy and comparing the reduction of the number of symptomatic cases, “fully understanding the efficacy and effectiveness of vaccines is less straightforward than it might seem. Depending on how the effect size is expressed, a quite different picture might emerge.” The article continues: “Vaccine efficacy is generally reported as a relative risk reduction (RRR). It uses the relative risk (RR)—ie, the ratio of attack rates with and without a vaccine—which is expressed as 1–RR. Ranking by reported efficacy gives relative risk reductions of 95% for the Pfizer– BioNTech, 94% for the Moderna– NIH, 91% for the Gamaleya, 67% for the J&J, and 67% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford vaccines.

“However, RRR should be seen against the background risk of being infected and becoming ill with COVID-19, which varies between populations and over time. Although the RRR considers only participants who could benefit from the vaccine, the absolute risk reduction (ARR), which is

the documentary, entitled COVID Shot or Not? “That sounds like it protects you 95% of the time. But that’s not actually what that number means. “That 95% refers to the ‘relative risk reduction’ (RRR), but it doesn’t tell you how much your overall risk is reduced by vaccination. For that,

the difference between attack rates with and without a vaccine, considers the whole population. ARRs tend to be ignored because they give a much less impressive effect size than RRRs: 1·3% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 1·2% for the Moderna–NIH, 1·2% for the J&J, 0·93% for the Gamaleya, and 0·84% for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines.” “Pfizer reported that its vaccine showed a 95% efficacy,” explained

we need ‘absolute risk reduction’ (ARR). “In the Pfizer trial, 8 out of 18,198 people who were given the vaccine developed COVID-19. In the unvaccinated placebo group, 162 people out of 18,325 got it, which means that even without the vaccine, the risk of contracting COVID-19 was extremely low, at 0.88%, which the vaccine then reduced to 0.04%.

“So the net benefit, the absolute risk reduction, that you are being offered in the Pfizer vaccine in 0.84% “That 95% number? That refers to the relative difference between the 0.88% and 0.04%. That’s what they call ‘95% relative risk reduction’. And relative risk reduction is well-known to be a misleading number, which is why the FDA recommends using absolute risk reduction instead. Which begs the question: How many people would have chosen to take the COVID-19 vaccines, had they understood that they offered less than 1% benefit?” In response, Dr. Yeadon said: “It’s worse, actually. In the Pfizer study from which the 95% claim comes, there’s clear evidence of fraud. “Why do I say that? Well, a study which is properly blinded means neither the subject, the study director, nor any other actor knows what each patient has received. “Patients in clinical trials are obligated to follow ‘the protocol’, which specifies must-dos & prohibitions. “If it’s blind to the end, how could one group end up with five times as many subjects having their data pulled prior to statistical analysis in the test group compared with the control group?” Yeadon expanded: “The story of how a large state within India



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It’s a musical comedy, which suits the energetic Cabella in her first acting role. Although most of the standard fairy tale people and creatures are still here, Cinderella is a strong young lady who has her own plans and vows to overcome all obstacles in the way. And, oh yes, instead of a fairy godmother, she has a “Fabulous Godmutha” played fabulously by Billy Porter. Plus, there’s scene after scene of great singing and dancing to move the story along.

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Another Cinderella? Yes! But I love it, I must confess. A musical with lots of fun. Any complaints? No, I have none.

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cheap to make, yet HIGHLY effective as a treatment for COVID-19. Reviews by Tess Lawrie and Pierre Kory are in the most read papers this year. “Yet not one major media channel has bothered to tell us this. Instead, they’ve lied about ‘horse deworming’ drugs and made false claims about safety. “This is what Uttar Pradesh used in a few short weeks to crush soaring COVID-19 deaths in this large Indian state. They didn’t do much vaccination. “Vaccination has, separately, been shown by Steve Kirsch’s team, to have resulted in a median estimate of 150,000 deaths shortly after vaccination in the U.S.A. alone. “They made these calculations solely based on the publicly accessible database which collects adverse event reports, VAERS.

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Social Security COLA Increases; Expect Part B Premiums to Increase DENVER, CO Congress an-

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Social Security recipients are saying that years of low COLAs in the past made it next to impossible to cope with the rampant inflation of 2021, because COLAs haven’t kept pace with some of the fastest growing costs of older households. “Over the past 21 years, COLAs have raised Social Security benefits by 55 percent but housing costs rose nearly 118 percent and healthcare costs rose 145 percent over the same period,” says Johnson. These two categories in particular are not adequately accounted for in the COLA. Inflation is expected to continue well into next year. Johnson compiled a list of the spending categories that are likely to be the biggest challenge for older households in 2022: FOOD: Price increases for many items are starting to slow, but prices will still climb. Normal food costs usually rise in the 1 to 2 percent range annually. But the USDA estimates that, in 2022, food-at-home prices are expected to increase between 1.5 and 2.5 percent, and food-away-fromhome prices are expected to increase between 3.0 and 4.0 percent. RENTAL HOUSING: The standard lease for senior rental housing often includes a clause for annual rent increases of about 5 percent. But email received by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) in recent weeks indicates that a growing number of older and disabled renters fear losing their rental appartments. Rental increases appear to be coming in higher than normal in 2022 (7 percent and higher) in reaction to the expiration of eviction moratoriums that forced normal rent increases to be temporarily put off. OWNER HOUSING: Rising costs are expected to affect homeowners as well, particularly for people who are planning to move, or renovating an older home. Mortgage rates are expected to rise in 2022 in reaction to higher new home prices, the costs of building and materials, and rising

interest rates. Higher prices of homes will also mean higher local real estate taxes and higher homeowners insurance costs. HOME HEATING OIL AND NATURAL GAS: With rising demand and shrinking inventories, the cost of heating a home with oil and natural gas this winter are expected to climb this winter by about 21 to 25 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. DRUG PRICES: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that prescription drug plan premiums will increase almost 5 percent in 2022, and the Part D outof-pocket threshold before reaching the catastrophic phase of coverage is growing by 7.6% from $6,550 in 2021 to $7,050 in 2022. Increases of this size in premiums and cost sharing are often an indication that insurers expect higher drug prices in the new year. To help older and disabled beneficiaries deal with the impacts of inflation, The Senior Citizens League launched an online petition in September advocating for a $1,400 stimulus check for Social Security recipients. The group initiated its outreach to Congressional leaders early in October and continues its lobbying efforts to get an Emergency Stimulus for Social Security recipients.

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◀ FROM CRYSTAL PAGE 2 in the same amount of economic activity into a shorter period. So we get shorter cycles. Just a theory.

The growth appears to be mostly an illusion.

Another dog could be negative policies. No matter our politics there are a few things that most experts Yet it’s already happened once. From agree on as bad for the economy and the Great Recession low to the start markets. For example, significantly of today’s super bull was a mere six higher taxes are pretty much univeryears. Could this be the beginning of sally seen as a brake to the economy. shorter “super cycles”? I believe so. There’s been talk of raising taxes. CHINKS IN THE ARMOR So if we have shorter cycles we’re well into this one at almost nine years. The stop has to be around the corner, if history repeats. I see two cracks that could cause this slowdown. The most obvious problem we have now is inflation. In short, our money supply has increased by 37 percent or about $5 trillion newly printed dollars in less than two years. You’re probably well aware of the inflation issue. Leave your house and it seems to cost more money everywhere for just about every thing, right? So I’m calling these good times for the markets “inflationary earnings” or “inflationary economy” or whatever other numbers you might be looking at. Or inflationary market highs.

If we strip out the rate of this monWith 1.2 million supporters, The etary inflation we’re not really Senior Citizens League is one of the growing that much in any respect. nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association. Visit www. for more information.

The list goes on for negative possibilities. The question is what changes will take place and how big will those changes be? Once we enter that new secular bear be ready for years of nothing from the markets and, as usual, make sure your portfolio is prepared. Written on 10-31-2021

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Page 22 - Senior Beacon - November 2021 ANCIENT FAERIE LORE: FAERIE HERBS AND POTIONS

GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."


Salt! The primeval practices involving this humble addiction to our food become astonishingly bizarre. In the Isle of Mann known for ancient rituals, salt is a protector and is carried in pockets for safe traveling or even marriage vows.

Superstitions, goblins, faeries et al! So many tales to research, almost impossible to retain even a small fraction of this knowledge without a seeming need to connect and to appreciate all the fascinating ancient theories and facts. These are presented globally by people from diverse walks of life. Eventually during ones exploration, a familiarity a strange connection begins to emerge. The aforementioned 'wee folk' are a significant part of our column/ series, however an occasional detour can only add to this evolving sequence of events which for obvious reasons generally can be found in the United Kingdom. Even local pubs can be dated back to the sixteenth century. Our cottages specifically my own personal home in Wales was constructed five hundred years ago. Walls were two feet thick. Several years of additions created extremely unusual ghostly 'happenings' difficult to explain to strangers, but apparent despite stoic non-believers, undeniable to those involved. Footsteps stealthily shuffled from the ancient staircase, a phenomena occurring at dusk. Undeniably the ethereal anticipation incurred more dread than the actual experience. Salt! The primeval practices involving this humble addiction to our

food become astonishingly bizarre. In the Isle of Mann known for ancient rituals, salt is a protector and is carried in pockets for safe traveling or even marriage vows. Placing a bowl of salt on top of a corpse will ensure no further swelling of the body. Remember the famous 'Lord's supper?' Judas Iscariot is represented overturning the salt at the legendary table, a sure sign of bad luck…we all know the consequences of that ostensibly guiltless action--- the betrayal of Christ. Our classic views involve throwing spilt salt over the left shoulder to avert bad luck. Yes you do that too! It's an extremely common practice recognized internationally. In fact the irregular rotations and turns which transpire could keep a chiropractor busy for weeks. During dinner Russians smile when passing the salt as a sullen face symbolizes likely relationship complications. Even today and possibly inadvertently without reason, the Scotch add salt to the first cow's milk after calving. Enter the Chinese…salt is thrown into the water where a person is rescued from drowning. These stories exemplify a continuance of ancient rituals the reasoning of which we are mainly unaware. Mentally, we're guaranteed that the origins of evil will assuredly be prevented by the simplistic tasks mentioned above, no matter what. How many of us understand the meaning of the words 'scape goat?' Very few for sure. During biblical times it is writ-

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David M. Shribman is a North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, EH? The story of the dramatic change in Canada’s global profile — and in the decline of American influence around the globe — might be glimpsed in three telling moments. Back in 1916, when Canada sent troops to assist Great Britain in World War I but the United States remained on the sidelines, one of the leading songs here carried the jaunty reprise line, “We’re the boys from Canada/Glad to serve Britannia.” Some 22 years later, in August 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Kingston, Ont., to meet Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and extend a military security pledge to Canada that has persisted for more than three-quarters of a century. And then, this August, Canada stood aghast as the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in an episode of mass chaos that raised fresh questions about American resolve, dependability and power

on the world stage. In this capital, as in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing, foreign policy experts sensed a power vacuum, for the scene at the Kabul airport seemed to symbolize a fundamental shift in the world order. In abandoning Afghanistan, the United States appeared to be abandoning its role as a global leader. Those other world capitals have historical experience with charting their own ways in the world that Canada, dominated diplomatically and militarily first by Great Britain and then by the United States, lacks. None of them shares with another country a 5,525-mile border, 120 land crossings and an economic relationship accounting for $1.7 billion in trade each day. The result: Canada now may be freer of another country’s interests and power than at any time in its history. As Afghanis who worked with Western nations, including Canada, besieged the Kabul airport, five top Canadian diplomats and scholars wrote that the “disastrous retreat from Afghanistan is yet one more development that shows the U.S. has lost the primacy it once enjoyed in international affairs.” “Without effective U.S. leadership, the onus to address burning international issues falls more heavily on the rest of us in the democratic world,” argued the group, a veritable Canadian diplomatic dream team that included former Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy and former Quebec Premier Jean Charest. This view, ignored in Washington and barely noted beyond Canada, nonetheless was the functional equivalent of a diplomatic declaration of independence. It does not mean that the United States will cease to exercise influence

over Canada, withdraw from security arrangements with Canada, stop affecting cultural life in Canada and end enormously important economic ties with Canada that account for 16.4% of all American international trade. It does, however, mean that Canada may be more willing than ever to go its own way. “Mr. Trudeau has sought to repair relations with the United States by reaching out to President Joe Biden —- whom many Canadians credit with helping to free two Canadians who were detained in China for more than 1,000 days — even as he looks across both the Atlantic and the Pacific. “Trudeau has been relentlessly pragmatic in dealing with both Trump and Biden as a way of maintaining the benefits of the relationship,” said Geoffrey Hale, a political scientist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Although there always has been a strain of anti-Americanism across the 49th parallel, Canadians generally have thought warmly of the United States. But in the wake of the Trump years, the high rates of COVID-19 in the United States and the siege of the U.S. Capitol, many Canadians now are looking across the border not with admiration but with horror. The decoupling that these episodes prompted has served to amplify a movement that has been underway for two decades. “There are reasons for the two countries to be close, but broader forces suggest Canada will go its own way,” said Christopher Kirkey, director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada. More recently, American actions, in Afghanistan and in trade, have alienated Canadians, who believe the United States is too prone to act

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unilaterally in international affairs, prompting them to wonder, as Jeremy K.B. Kinsman, former Canadian ambassador to Great Britain, the European Union, Italy and Russia, put it, “if the Biden administration’s allegedly globalist world view is in effect not just a nicer mask for Trump’s ‘America First’ mantra, which has support in Congress, where globalization is still blamed for the loss of American jobs.” There now is a sense that American troubles are a Canadian opportunity. Put another way: Sometimes in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another.

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