Letter to Iowa Farmer Today

Fritz Groszkruger <4selfgovernment@gmail.com>Tue, Jul 13, 8:11 AM (10 days ago)
to Iowa

Hi,  I see Midwest Marketer has several publications. If you feel the information in this letter might benefit readers beyond Iowa Farmer Today, feel free to let them publish it. I could have sent it to all those others but since I only read IFT I didn’t think it would be ethical. I’ve done my research and found the limiting of info about these things is detrimental to everyone except the covid-19 profiteers. Please consider that. Fritz

Dear Editor,

In Baxter Black’s column, “Aunt Effie and the Virus” (IFT July 3, Midwest Marketer) Mr. Black abandons his usual insightful logic.

He describes a brief history of folk medicine leading up to modern medicine. A key element of that story is the USDA and FDA approval process and how years are required to determine if the medicines do as the labels say.

He states that “alternative medicine” requires a label that states, “This product has not been evaluated… and is not approved…”He says the FDA “… can protect the public from what used to be called ‘quacks.’ “

He asks if we are afraid to use all these vaccines in our animals that have gone through rigorous testing. He then goes on to implore us to get an experimental gene therapy that has not gone through the process that the animal medicines have.

He ends his column with “P.S. Ivermectin is a horse wormer.”

Ivermectin is not only a horse wormer. Nineteen countries in Africa received Ivermectin for years to treat for river blindness caused by the blackfly. Adjacent areas compared to those with Ivermectin treatments showed significantly higher positive covid-19 test results.

At least two other drugs have been found to have more than one use. Minoxidil (Rogaine) was originally used to treat high blood pressure and is now widely used to grow hair on bald heads. Demachlocycline is an antibiotic that was used to treat dangerously low sodium levels in my mother-in-law.

Censorship of diverse information regarding Covid-19 is widespread. Wikipedia removed a message from the actual inventor of the mRNA vaccines that warned of their negative effects, for example.

The marginalization of safe and inexpensive treatments for and prevention of covid-19 in favor of taxpayer funded so-called vaccines smells a little fishy. An article in the Wall Street Journal recently revealed that there have been eight new billionaires created in the ranks of pharmaceutical company executives since President Trump gave our money away to develop covid-19 vaccines.

Fritz Groszkruger

Baxter Black

Neighborliness

I remember going through Billings, Montana as the boys and I went to meet Leonard for our backpacking trip to Beartooth Plateau. It was hot and dry, which worked well as we dried our gear in a parking lot. We had discovered that my old tent leaked like a sieve during our soggy stay in the Badlands the night before.

Billings has topped the Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Markets Index. This trend is happening way later than I thought it would. When I moved to Iowa to watch over my grandpa in 1977 there were two things that baffled me. First, what’s with this farm program, where filling out forms nets thousands of dollars? Second, why are there so few people leaving the cities to move here? People don’t fence their backyards here because they like their neighbors for crying out loud.

I remember cursing Governor Terry Branstad because he was pushing for ways to grow the state’s population and consolidate schools. How could someone be so misguided as to not see the benefits of rural life? The schools I attended in California were so big that one teacher I had didn’t even notice a drugged student passed out and drooling on her desk.

What are the benefits of huge schools? They say that they can afford better resources. So what? Many teachers I talk to point out that students merely “study for the test.” Curiosity, skepticism, and evaluation often make for troublesome students.

This has dire consequences that are becoming more evident today. The division of labor is certainly necessary for a prosperous society. But we are reaching a point where specialized knowledge is crowding out critical thinking skills. So what if we can know about chromosomes if their function is ignored, eh? Pick an expert and go with the opinion that makes us feel good, rather than the one that makes sense?

As people from Portland buy houses in Billings they find they can chat with a neighbor while hanging clothes on the line or cultivate their garden. This is a joy I didn’t know existed as a kid in California.

Branstad is in China now. He’s an ambassador. China is a neighbor on a different scale than Willard Weibke was to my grandpa. I was floored when Willard and Helen offered to take Dawn and I out for pizza; still recovering from my California antisocial upbringing.

But China is a great example of large scale neighborliness. Are there some things you hire done? Of course. I don’t rebuild engines and I’m still finding out that my curious urge to fix everything can be costly. China’s people make clothing and electronics at a fraction of the cost of what workers are willing to make them here.

In China, after an agrarian society became a communistic one which didn’t yield wealth, just sameness, people welcomed blossoming free markets that allowed them to improve their lives by furnishing us with such luxury that we own nose hair trimmers and rent mini-storage for all the junk we don’t need.

Now politicians who have only the skill of getting and staying in power are claiming that China is a threat. If their dreams come true how will we like $75 shirts at Walmart and $2,000 smart phones?

Decent people see those on the other side of the fence as friends. Politicians lack the skills necessary to benefit their fellow man so they drum up fear and loathing in order to maintain their unearned position.

Iowa doesn’t have a town in the top 50 Emerging Markets Index, thank God. In our little world, we can remain neighborly.