Posted By: Francis Koster Published: July 19, 2020

GROWTH RATE OF COVID-19 IN NORTH CAROLINA The next year or so is going to test our individual souls, and the soul of our country. For all the public discussion and tension produced by the COVID epidemic, what we have seen thus far is only a hint of what is yet to come. Look at this history of infection in North Carolina and note how the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. This trend will continue because we will have no vaccination until Spring of 2021 at the earliest [2]. Until then, the only tools we have are face masks, hand washing, social distancing, and vitamin D3. The infections will continue to spread.

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: July 14, 2020

Scientists have discovered you can cut the risk of harm from COVID-19 to you and your loved ones almost in half by increasing your vitamin D3 levels. On March 1 in the entire United States there were 30 reported cases of the COVID-19 virus [1] and no deaths. That was only about 4 months ago. You can see this on-line at the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard [2]. According to that dashboard America now has over 3.3 million people infected, and the number infected has been doubling about every 23 days since early April! Take a moment and digest that.

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 7, 2020

Response to threats to our economy like the coronavirus usually come in at least two waves. We are headed for a real mess - but we could give it a silver lining. To see the size of the mess, look at this chart, which shows the number of unemployment insurance claims filed last week compared to the history of claims filed going back to 1967. Federal and state economic rescue efforts can fix two problems at once if we act quickly.

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 31, 2020

All eyes are watching for the impact of one invisible threat to America. There are actually two threats coming.  Some food will become hard to get. America imports one third of its fresh vegetables and more than half of its fresh fruit from from countries that already have the coronavirus epidemic. Importing food is not limited to acquiring food from other countries - the majority of America's heavily populated east coast states import fruits and veggys from west coast states. [1]

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 29, 2020

Today, using cell phones, apps and the internet, there is a proven, innovative, locally implementable solution that we can use while working from home or elsewhere (using ‘physical distance’, of course).

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 12, 2017

It might surprise you to know that total healthcare spending in America is more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child – annually.[1]    This total includes the money paid by private insurance companies, the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, and the money paid directly by patients to doctors and hospitals, divided by the number of …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 5, 2016

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction By MAIA SZALAVITZ for the New York Times, September. 29, 2016 Drug education is the only part of the middle school curriculum I remember — perhaps because it backfired so spectacularly. Before reaching today’s legal drinking age, I was shooting cocaine and heroin. I’ve since …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 3, 2016

TimeList Group’s Unique Approach to Rehab Keeps Parolees from Going Back Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment by Melissa Hellman posted on "Yes! Magazine" August 4, 2016 On a weekend afternoon about seven years ago, Yusef Wiley scanned the dining hall of California’s Avenal State Prison. Inmates in powder-blue …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 3, 2016

The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own. by Melissa Hellmann posted on “Yes! Magazine” Sep 22, 2016 For Debbie Green, purchasing a home was a dream come true. …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: September 30, 2016

Longtime Friends Start Mobile Shower Facility for the Homeless in Fla. “For us, that’s where dignity and self-respect starts … with the ability to stay clean and be presentable,” says one of the founders of Live FRESH Palm Beach County. Angela Bronner Helm posted August 7, 2016 on The Chris Bentley and Carlos Miller, …

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