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March 23

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The Uncounted Lives Lost to Covid Lock Downs


Sent in From Jersey Joe:

In 2020, what was responsible for more deaths in people under the age of 65, Covid or Alcohol? Hint:  Alcohol sales spiked in 2020 as social, entertainment, and  athletic (gyms & health clubs) venues were forced to close  

Quote from Linked story: 

The number of deaths in the U.S. from alcohol-related causes surged during the first year of the pandemic, rising 25% from 2019 to 2020. 

  • The largest spike in alcohol-related deaths was among 35- to 44-year-olds, at nearly 40%. 

Between the lines: Alcohol-related deaths in 2020 outnumbered COVID-19 deaths among adults younger than 65, the New York Times notes. 

  • Approximately 74,408 Americans ages 16 to 64 died of alcohol-related causes, compared to 74,075 individuals under 65 who died of COVID. 

Part 2 Comments from the Axios Article 

Julian’s Recipe

Interview  with Melanie Reed


Tomato Baguette Pizza: 


  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil 
  • 8 oz fresh sliced mushrooms 
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced 
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic 
  • ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning 
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt 
  • Dash of pepper 
  • 1-1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • ¾ of a cup of chopped basil 
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced 
  • Julian’s Recipe baguette, any variety 


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute mushrooms and onions until tender.  
  2. Add garlic and seasonings; cook and stir for 1 minute. Place baguette halves on a baking sheet, cut side up; sprinkle with half the cheese and 1/2 cup basil.  
  3. Top with mushroom mixture, tomatoes and remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Cut each half into 3 portions. 

Peach Bruschetta:


  • ¼ cup of chopped walnuts 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 ½ cups of arugula 
  • ¼ cup of olive oil 
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 teaspoon of minced rosemary 
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves 
  • 2 small ripe peaches, sliced 
  • Shaved parmesan cheese 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Julian’s Recipe baguette, any variety  


  1. For pesto, place walnuts and garlic in a small food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add arugula; process until blended. Continue processing while gradually adding oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. For bruschetta, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion and rosemary; cook until onion is softened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Brush both sides of bread slices with additional oil. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until golden brown, 1-2 minutes on each side. 
  4. Rub garlic halves on both sides of toasts; discard garlic. Spread toasts with pesto. Top with onion mixture, peaches and cheese. If desired, sprinkle with coarse salt. Serve immediately. 
Bahn Mi Skewers: 


  • 1 cup of white vinegar 
  • ¼ cup of sugar 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 English cucumber 
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced 
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha 
  • 2 tablespoons of minced cilantro 
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
  • 1 ½ lbs of ground pork 
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil 
  • Julian’s Recipe baguette 


  1. In a large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar and salt; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add cucumber, carrots and radishes; let stand until serving. Combine mayonnaise and chili sauce; refrigerate until serving. 
  2. In another large bowl, combine cilantro, green onions, soy sauce, garlic and cayenne. Add pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 36 balls. 
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches until cooked through, turning occasionally. 
  4. Drain vegetable mixture. On 12 metal or wooden skewers, alternately thread vegetables, meatballs and baguette slices. Serve with Sriracha mayonnaise. 
Mozzarella and Mushrooms with Garlic Toast: 


  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened 
  • 4 tablespoon of minced basil 
  • 1 pound sliced portobello mushrooms 
  • 2 minced garlic cloves 
  • 3 oz of sundried tomatoes 
  • ¼ cup of dry red wine 
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt 
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper 
  • 8 oz of fresh mozzarella 


  1. Preheat broiler. Mix butter, basil and garlic. Cut the baguette horizontally in half; spread with butter mixture. Cut each half into six portions; place on a baking sheet, cut side up. 
  2. In a broiler-safe skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat; saute mushrooms until tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, wine, 2 tablespoons basil, salt and pepper; cook, uncovered, 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; top with cheese. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes; sprinkle with remaining basil. 
  3. Broil baguette portions until lightly toasted. Serve with mushrooms. 


Hour 2 Show Notes

Will the Real Bogeyman Please Stand Up and Exit Stage Left?

Richard Battle


Political leaders blame many institutions for the pain people experience and perceived troubles. 

Who are the real bogeymen and bogeywomen and where do we find them? 

Are they? 

  • Big oil  – High gas prices 
  • Big pharma – High prescription costs 
  • Big tech and Corporations – Not paying enough taxes  
  • Big health care – High health care costs 
  • Big military contractors – Profiting off of war instead of using $$$ for social spending 
  • Fossil fuel industry – Polluting the planet and gouging citizens 
  • Racists – Root cause of all problems 
  • Russians – Easy target 


In Reality 

  • It’s Big politics 
  • Politicians Cause problems 
    • Misunderstand human nature, which results in programs contrary to human behavior. 
    • Prioritize lobbyists over taxpayers resulting in excessive spending and solutions looking for problems. 
    • Push legislation targeting groups to secure their future votes instead of everyone. 
    • Wealth redistribution in the name of social justice pits people against each other. 
    • Many sell the myth only career politicians can master the complexity of the issues, and solve the problems. 
  • Frame issues as “either or” avoiding alternatives they don’t desire that might actually solve the problem. 
  • Perpetuate problems to fundraise off of them, which creates cottage industries (Climate action, civil rights). 
  • Pit citizens against each other to create the demand for their leadership and fundraise. 
  • Then they Ask for us to vote for them to solve problems they created. 

What can we do about it?

  1. Replace career politicians with citizen representatives 
  2. Defund both political parties by not contributing to party fundraising arms. This Reduces leverage over newly elected representatives. 
  3. Contribute to officials committed to limited time in office and term limits 
  4. Push for and enact term limits for all elected offices 
  5. Enact a lifetime lobbying ban on elected officials 
  6. Increase civics education  
  7. Motivate citizen participation in elective politics  
  8. Limit staff service and restrict lobbying time 

Show Notes provided by guest 

D.C.’s David Outlasts Goliath: Big Board Can Reopen, Serve Liquor Again 

Douglas Blair 


“Reflecting on Flannery’s case, Alt said, “I think it goes to the importance of individuals who are willing to take a stand for what they believe in. And Eric is that sort of person. He had the courage to go ahead and say, ‘I am going to.’” 

The Big Board was the only restaurant forced to close its doors during Bowser’s monthlong experiment in tyranny. That was because Flannery was the only business owner who openly and boldly defied the mandate.  

It’s not hard to imagine a world where Flannery was like one of the many D.C. business owners who grudgingly or otherwise accepted the mandate. In that scenario, the D.C. government might well have pushed forward in forcing residents to hand over their personal medical information to engage in everyday life.  

But Flannery didn’t. And his victory proves that when we stand up to tyranny, we can win.  

So, let’s raise a glass to The Big Board and Flannery—and to freedom.”Full Article    


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