“Managed Globalization”​ Through Mandated “Onshoring”​ is a Necessary Pandemic Response- But, That’s Only Half the Battle By Neil Siskind

By: Neil S. Siskind

“Managed globalization” (or “nationalism”, or “protectionism”, or “partial-autarky”, or whatever term you prefer) as a response to a pandemic (in this case, the COVID-19 pandemic), and for the purposes of preventing and managing future diseases and pandemics, requires two entirely separate elements. Congress’s establishment of a federal mandate requiring the “onshoring” or “reshoring” of all manufacturing, production, and distribution of all “essential products” is a necessary measure towards the country being prepared to efficiently manage future emergencies as they arise and create demand for essential products by hospitals, law enforcement, firefighters, the military, local businesses, and the general public, allowing for manufacturers and government agencies to more effectively prevent raw material and production limitations, and to rapidly solve supply chain constraints. We’ve learned, and are learning, a harsh lesson about the importance of this strategy and structure.

But, in terms of preventing or minimizing widespread infection and disease from pathogen outbreaks, in the first instance, inbound-travel restrictions and protocols are the main control valves.

A person brought this novel coronavirus to the United States; that happened through air travel- and not through trade. If we fail to properly manage inbound travel from foreign nations, then, the next pandemic- notwithstanding manufacturing, production, and supply chain autarky for essential products- may not be far off (not to suggest that this pandemic is, even, nearly over).

Without inbound-travel restrictions and protocols, including health checks and quarantines for inbound travelers from overseas (with such protocols conducted at the travelers’ expenses), we will always be reactive- and not proactive.

Diseases (and pandemics) can certainly start in the United States; zoonoses can, potentially, be transmitted from animals to humans in U.S. forests, in U.S. rural areas, on U.S. farms, and in U.S. zoos. But, our modern and efficient health systems and standards, combined with our national interest and self-interest, would lead to an immediate and complete response, which would include mass and vast notices to the American public. We have laws and standards and protocols designed to protect the nation. Certain other countries may not have those same health-management resources, emergency management systems, and legal obligations, or, they may have different standards of what is “concerning” or “problematic”, or they may have different interests, values, or food and sanitation practices. A nation’s financial resources, and limitations on such, plays a role in its ability to detect and respond to emergencies. A nation’s self-interest in not creating a panic or not being blamed for a pandemic may outweigh its interest in our safety- as we have, now, witnessed.

Manufacturing, production, and supply chain autarky for all essential products through strictly domestic manufacturing and production is a necessary national policy towards effectively responding to future state and national emergencies, of all kinds. But, when it comes to protection from diseases, at the borders and at customs is where versions of protectionism or managed globalization related to human cross-border mobility and movement must be implemented- otherwise our national health standards, health and hygiene practices, and disease emergency measures, will, increasingly, be rendered impotent.

Surely this would change the nature of travel as we know it. But, I’d rather see America change the nature of travel than see another country change the nature of America– again (and not even feel remorseful about it).

COVID-19: Why Can’t Government (or Anyone) Ever Begin by Pursuing the Easiest Possible Answers to Problems?

Here’s are 5 things we know, for sure, among other things, about COVID-19:

  1. High temperatures kill the virus outside the body
  2. UV light kills the virus outside the body ??
  3. The largest states and countries do not have the most COVID-19 cases or deaths.
  4. The states and countries having more cases and deaths than the states and countries with the largest populations have cold damp winters, while those largest states and countries are warm weather countries with lots of sunshine (Florida, Nigeria, Texas, India).
  5. The groups of people having the most COVID-19 cases and deaths are the same groups known to have the most vitamin D deficiencies (seniors and African Americans/dark skinned Hispanics)

So, where are the conclusive studies- one way or the other- on these matters?

Where are the tests of COVID-19 patients showing their respective vitamin D levels?

Where is any evidence to disprove that high temperatures and high UV index levels suppress the contagiousness and spread of this disease between and among people in high temperature communities- as long as they respect social distancing and hand washing guidelines to a reasonable degree, and they are not heavy on senior citizens or African Americans?

Where is the public outcry for government (W.H.O., C.D.C, D.H.S, N.I.H.) and private industry to answer the question, with definiteness and finality: “Does a plethora of sunshine, high UV radiation light levels and/or vitamin D sufficiency prevent transmission of COVID-19 throughout communities where people properly social distance and regularly wash their hands?

Seems like a, relatively, easy experiement to conduct.

While having fewer cases and fewer deaths than several colder states, are California, Texas, and Florida only even in the top ten due to their sheer sizes (and, in the case of Florida, due to its high senior citizen population, and in the case of California, because of the high number of Asian tourists)?

While having fewer cases and deaths than several colder countries, are Nigeria, India, and Brazil only even in the top ten due to their sheer sizes (and in the case of Brazil, its refusal to properly social distance or stay at home)?

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COVID-19’s Contagiousness Period is Known- So, Let’s Quarantine Together, End the Contagiousness Together, and Move-On Together By: Neil Siskind

By: Neil S. Siskind

The Director General of the W.H.O. said the following on March 16, 2020 with respect to the contagiousness of COVID-19:

“People infected with COVID-19 can still infect others after they stop feeling sick, so quarantine measures should continue for at least two weeks after symptoms disappear.”

Some medical professionals- physicians, scientists, and virologists- say that a patient is only contagious (or, infectious) for 7-10 days following the “onset” (not the “disappearing”) of symptoms (as long as the patient is symptom and fever-free).

This- to me- means that if we all assume that we have the COVID-19 virus, today, and we go under an “elevated” or “second phase” stay-at-home order1, and, if we all act as if we have symptoms for fourteen days from now (though even the most profound symptoms, like fever, do not last for this long, without requiring going to a hospital), then, two weeks from the end of that fourteen day period (for a total of four weeks), no one would be contagious any longer.

And, again, this time frame is based on the W.H.O’s more conservative guidance.

The situation at that time (4 weeks from now), would be as follows: (i) Those who had the virus would no longer be contagious, and would have immunity; and (ii) those who were asymptomatic would have immunity, and would no longer be contagious to others; and (iii) those who never had the virus would be at little risk, because anyone who had it would no longer be contagious; and (iv) there would be those in the hospital with the virus, isolated- and those who had passed away.

So, based on the conservative medical opinion of the W.H.O., if we were to see an “elevated” or “second phase” stay-at-home order as of today2, in 4-6 weeks, we would have people who have died, people isolated in the hospital, and everyone else free and clear of contagiousness, and we could go back to normality.

If we just assume that everyone in America has the COVID-19 virus as of today (or, as of 10 days from now, if we want to account for the most recent possible contractions), then we could begin an official countdown to normality.

This would be a “synchronized quarantine”.

By way of illustration- consider a hypothetical situation where every American (or every New Yorker, or what have you2) is in their home, alone (limited to spouses and children), all having the virus, beginning today (some of those people would have only newly contracted the virus, thus, we could start the “second phase” stay-at-home order day-count in ten days from now, by when anyone who has contracted the virus in the past two weeks would show symptoms). By virtue of the most conservative estimates on the virus’s contagiousness, symptoms should end in about fourteen days (for people who are not so ill that they go to a hospital). Then, two weeks after the end of symptoms, according to the W.H.O.’s guidance, no one would be contagious. That’s about five-and-a-half weeks, total- and, again- that’s the most conservative advised time period3.

If everyone were to be home during this time period, we would not even need testing afterwards to establish who had the virus, or not, or who has it upon exit from the second phase stay-at-home order. It wouldn’t matter. Per the medical science, everyone would be cleared of the ability to pass the virus on- period (when following all stay-at-home guidelines- more on this below).

Let’s understand the synchronized quarantine’s simplicity and value with a simple analogy using a hypothetical virus. Let’s pretend that a horrible virus is going around a community of fifty people living in an isolated mountain town. The virus is known to incubate for up to two days, such that if any member of the community has contracted the virus, symptoms would appear within two days, and, if contracted, they would be contagious for two days, and the virus is known to last and show horrific symptoms for a total of five days. Let’s say ten people in that community have the virus- but they don’t know which ten. One thing they all do know, however, based on past history with this virus and medical data, is that if all fifty people stay home, alone, for four days (two days for possible incubation, plus two more for a contagiousness period)- then in four days, there would be no way for anyone new to contract it, because everyone who had it could no longer spread it, since the two-day contagiousness period has elapsed. As long as there is no one from outside that quarantine-zone who is introduced into that community, then the spread is dead. If everyone in this community goes into a quarantine for the contagiousness period- then it’s over. If there were to be a synchronized quarantine, they’d know the exact end-date of contagiousness and of the virus’s run, and could plan their lives, accordingly. Moreover, if that small town knew that the virus came from a member of the community who ate a bat, then they’d even know how and where it began so that it can’t suddenly appear among the community, again (i.e. a second wave), once cleared (as long as that person stops eating bats).

Keep in mind that during a synchronized quarantine period in the U.S., treatments and vaccines would continue to be pursued.

Of course, inbound air travelers to the U.S. would have to be limited, regulated, and tested, or not allowed in, at all, or not without a health clearance, of some sort, on our end, following a traveler quarantine.

Based on the time periods and the medical guidance, there should be no second wave4, as has been suggested by some. Let’s not forget, it’s a virus- it’s not a spirit, or a magical power. It’s a “thing”- that comes from another “thing”. It has to come out of a person- or, say, a bat. If we have ensured that all people have passed the period of contagiousness (and people are kept away from any suspicious bats)- then, it’s, largely, over.

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The question of why countries and cities are having re-occurrences after actual lockdowns is an important query. China and Hong Kong have blamed inbound travelers who were not properly isolating or distancing wherever they were located before coming to their countries. Perhaps, the proper time periods (e.g. not sheltering in place long enough), or proper shelter-in-place methods (e.g. having too many people in one home) were not taken in their county of travel origin. Perhaps, proper measures were not taken by some in China and Hong Kong. It’s a bit of an unknown. But, logic dictates that if the requisite time has passed, based on medical guidelines (if trusted and followed) some outside factor is at play.5

Can the virus re-emerge in someone who cleared it? Experts say that it’s unlikely. But, even if it can do so, the chances would be no higher than with someone who had a major treatment in a hospital. So, until there is a vaccine, our pursuit of life, with the use of an “elevated” stay-at-home order for the required time period to get contagiousness clearance, has to go on. Anyone can catch anything, given the right circumstances.

Perhaps, as it gets warmer, and as we get higher UV index readings and more vitamin D from the sun, the virus will “miraculously, just disappear”. Further, there’s reason to believe, in my assessment, that virus contraction is far less likely outdoors than indoors (especially when it’s warm and sunny outdoors), where germ-spread is more linear and direct, and where aerosol spread is contained between people- making warm weather, and more time outside, a potential savior for this reason, too- as long as people practice social-distancing and hand-washing.

(It could be argued, actually, that as the weather turns warmer and sunnier, being outside, and not quarantined inside, could provide a better result for the many reasons discussed in the paragraph above. This position would be especially persuasive in cases where many people are quarantined at-home, together, which should be avoided. More on this latter point, below.)

As for countries with high infection rates, it’s because of the highly contagious nature of the virus and how far the virus had spread, mostly in February and March, before stay-at-home and social distancing measures were instituted. For example, April cases and deaths in the U.S. have been the result of behaviors and infections contracted in mid and late March; in other words, it’s not because the virus can’t be controlled by a more stringent stay at home and social distancing campaign, complimented by an inbound-travel restriction, and warmer, sunnier weather (people can be outside their homes to get sun and exercise).

An advanced stay-at-home order, would, ideally, not permit multiple people to remain in one home, where the passing of the virus goes on, and on, and on, down the line, over weeks such that each new person contracts it a week after each prior person, on a rolling basis (as has been suggested is the case in Italy, where multiple family members and generations share a home). This particular issue would have to be carefully accounted for- even if it means the federal government paying for housing to keep the number of people, per home, to a limit. If it could help provide a definitive cutoff date when no more people are contagious, allowing us all to get back to work, and to our lives, it would be well-worth the cost.

An elevated stay-at-home order that uses the most stringent rules and methods related to behaviors, and follows conservative contagiousness time periods, and that accounts for the latest possible date of virus contractions in starting the time measurement of the quarantine would satisfy all of the health concerns of Dr. Fauci’s team by clearing all, or most, Americans of the virus’s contagiousness in the most definitive, measurable, and synchronized manner, while also providing the President with a definitive, and, relatively, near-term date for re-opening the economy- which could, then “turn on like a light switch”.

What’s the downside of a more stringent stay-at-home order? People will get bored? Is that what this country has come to? Americans gave their lives in WWII, in Vietnam, in the Civil War, for civil rights, and to give medical aid in the COVID-19 outbreak- but, asking us to be bored is just too much?

Whether there’s a more stringent second phase stay-at-home order, or not, we’re not going back to work until late May- at the earliest2. So, at least, let’s be sure of our national health status at that time with a synchronized quarantine, where anyone, including anyone who could possibly have the virus, and anyone who comes down with the virus in the next fourteen days, couldn’t possibly be contagious at the end of May, not when using the time periods provided by leading authorities- while they’re kept from infecting anyone in the meanwhile.

Even if new virus cases continue to decline, it still leaves room for asymptomatic people to keep spreading the virus if they’re not forced to stay home with a more stringent stay-at-home order. Even as you read this, an asymptomatic person is spreading this virus to others- who will spread it to others, and so on. As we return to work, and the gym, and the theater, and restaurant dining, asymptomatic people could be actively spreading the virus for a second wave. Social distancing is good while we’re distancing. But, what comes when we’re close, again? With a synchronized quarantine, we can starve the virus, together, all at once, in a matter of weeks. It’s not a lockdown. A “synchronized quarantine” is a medically directed action coordinated so that it parallels the time period of a disease’s contagiousness so that anyone and everyone who could possibly have that disease, which, in this case, can be a good portion of the population, can clear the contagiousness period, simultaneously, and remove the risk to the larger community.

The very worst outcome for the United States would be to go back to work only to have a breakout or relapse of the virus that causes us to run for the supermarket and for our homes, in a panic, creating a permanent feeling of uncertainty about health and safety among Americans. That would be a complete and utter worst-case scenario come true, and a total disaster. It would end patronage at movie theaters, and gyms, and restaurants, and on subways, and even on airplanes, forever. It would be far better for the government to send Americans the message: “This is how we spot a virus- and, this is how we stop a virus”.

This virus has a known contagiousness period. If we are all in our houses under strict and verifiable conditions during that period, then, when we emerge, there would be no way to contract the virus- because, there would be no one left from whom to contract it!

There are big challenges to a national, or partially-national “synchronized quarantine”2- legally and logistically. But, think of the challenges we may have without one.

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1.      An “elevated” or “second phase” stay-at-home order should be similar to, but far stricter than, existing orders. People could go out for food and medicine and exercise- but restrictions should be more strongly enforced, with much more excessive penalties- including, up to $5,000.00 and a misdemeanor charge for a violation. Parameters for exercise have to be specifically spelled-out with respect to the amount of time and distance from home permitted.

2.      Stringent stay-at-home orders can be made just by certain states by their governors if the federal government refuses to (or determines that it can’t) take this action for the nation, with states placing some sort of commuter or roadway tax on residents of other states’ that enter the state, or using whatever proves to be the most effective deterrent, while being constitutional. Especially in a state such as New York, with the center of the world’s financial industry at Wall Street, plus its large law firms, Silicon Alley, and the large tourism and entertainment industries, all making New York the financial engine of America, such a plan of action may be advisable, as much as Governor Cuomo has tried to avoid it.

This type of elevated stay-at-home order can be implemented in multiple states, such as New York, Washington, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts, while not occurring in smaller, less affected states, including, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Maine.

3.      Using more liberal time periods provided by respected physicians, it would be fourteen days from now to know who all the people are who have the virus (plus all of those who are asymptomatic), then ten days from that for those people to remain contagious (as long as there’s no fever), for a total of twenty-four days until a patient could return to normal life activities without risk of infecting anyone.

4.      The term “second wave” is being thrown around and used incorrectly, at times. Dr. Fauci originally suggested that this virus, just like the flu virus, could return in a “second wave” next season (in the late fall), and on a seasonal basis, thereafter. That’s different than the “second wave” being seen in Hong Kong and parts of China, where, once people went back to work and were physically closer to each other again, the virus re-emerged, or rebounded. These are two different ideas that are getting frequently conflated. And, the “second wave” next season could only occur if a person who is not part of the “synchronized quarantine” (i.e. a person from another country) introduces it. The virus has to come from somewhere. We know that the virus originally came from someone eating, or handling, or touching things near wild animals in a Wuhan market (or from a laboratory with infected bats). So, this could be avoided and accounted for in the future.

5.      Interestingly (or, unsurprisingly), the SARS outbreak began in China in November, 2002, and was not officially discussed or admitted by Chinese officials until February, 2003- very similar time frames to this event.

 

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Neil Siskind is: President of The Siskind Law Firm, https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/, focused on debt negotiation and restructuring, debt collection, debt investing, product investments, trademark licensing, and product distribution; Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment™, a think tank and advocate for children with absentee fathers; Founder of the global charity marketing initiative, Caring is Free®; Founder of National Fatherhood Day™; Owner & Conservator of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve, over 9 acres of conserved waterfront land along New York’s majestic Hudson River; and author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products. On December 11, 2017, in his article The Yield Curve Speaketh: Why Stocks Might Crash in Early 2018, Neil Siskind accurately predicted the February, 2018 stock crash, the largest single-day point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s history. All the stock indices are down approximately 6% for 2018. In his September 26, 2018 article, Lots of “Bull” In The Bull Market: Let’s Look At What’s “Really” Growing, Neil Siskind explained that, despite Wall Street’s bullishness, the economic data and stock market underpinnings were in decline, and the economy and stocks were at imminent risk. By the closing of markets on October 23, 2018, the S&P 500 had fallen approximately 7%, with October being the S&P’s worst month since August 2015 (and December being the S&P’s worst month ever), the Nasdaq continues to have its worst month since 2016, and is down approximately 8% from article publication, and the DJIA is having its worst monthly performance since 2008. In 2018, Neil Siskind coined the phrase “synchronized global slowth™” (or “synchronous slowth™”) to describe the occurrence or condition of multiple emerging market and developed market economies commencing a downward trajectory of economic and GDP growth, or actually contracting to a point of slow, stagnant, or negative economic and GDP growth, simultaneously. If you are in need of office space in South Florida, contact Neil Siskind about space availability at The Siskind Executive Office Complex in Boca Raton, FL.

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Virusgate and the Trade Agreement: What Did the President Know- and When Did He Know It? By: Neil S. Siskind

By: Neil S. Siskind

As I duly noted at the time, President Xi Jinping was, strangely, almost completely silent on trade in the days and weeks leading-up to the January 15th signing of the Economic And Trade Agreement Between The United States Of America And The People’s Republic Of China (herein, the “Trade Agreement”)- which he did not, personally, attend.

The Chinese government recently released a President Xi speech from February 3rd where Xi asserted that at a January 7th meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee, he was already leading a national effort to contain the coronavirus. This was almost two weeks before he first issued “public” orders for officials to help contain the outbreak (and eight days before Liu He and a Chinese trade delegation traveled to the White House to sign the Trade Agreement).

President Xi publicly addressed the crisis for the first time on January 20th (six days post Trade Agreement signing) in a directive urging party committees and governments at all levels to take measures, including lockdowns and quarantines, to curb the spread of the epidemic- a directive that, clearly, must have been under consideration for days, and, probably, weeks prior.

Did President Xi and the Chinese government fail to publicly disclose the coronavirus outbreak before January 20th and/or downplay the extent and danger of the outbreak to, among other things, prevent the Trade Agreement from getting derailed due to the Trump administration believing that it was about to provide tariff forbearance and tariff rollbacks to China without the possibility of a real quid pro quo?

Did President Xi finally concede to the Trade Agreement only due to his concerns about the potential economic problems that China could be about to face from the coronavirus outbreak? Did he suddenly become determined to prevent any further tariffs- by any means- knowing, all the while, that China might not be able to meet the purchase requirements?

Moreover, did President Xi send a ten-person trade delegation from China, with all of their aides and assistants, into the White House on January 15th (at least eight days after he was- according to his own account- already fully aware of the virus and its effects), to meet, greet, shake hands with, and share work-space with the President of the United States, the President’s Cabinet, Republican members of Congress, governors from around the country, and various business leaders, with the full knowledge that a contagious and deadly virus was circulating within China, without fully informing U.S. officials of the known scope of the danger?

Talk about starting-off a deal without trust- what could be more symbolic of what it means to do business with China than China leading-off with a giant and potentially deadly deception upon officials at our highest levels of government?

And, what about The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in late January? How many Chinese executives were present- and how many executives at Davos had very recently been to China, and were now walking around Davos hugging, kissing, and handshaking with business executives who then returned to the U.S. and their respective business headquarters (not to mention, to their homes and families)? What level of risk has this imposed to the United States and the world?

Of course, this is all not to mention all of the Chinese business travelers and tourists who were permitted to enter the United States even after the coronavirus and its dangers became known in China in early January, due to our own lack of knowledge of the depth and peril of the situation.

If President Xi or any of China’s high level officials were on notice that the coronavirus outbreak was so vast, and the virus so contagious, as to potentially present a risk to China’s economy and to China’s ability to meet its obligations under the Trade Agreement, while, nevertheless, agreeing to the Trade Agreement’s terms in order to induce the United States to forbear from levying more tariffs, as was being threatened and planned at the time, without disclosing the situation to the United States, this would be the omission of a material fact by the Chinese (i.e. a material misrepresentation) and amount to China’s “fraudulent inducement” (or, “fraud in the inducement”) of the United States to enter into the Trade Agreement- which would make the Trade Agreement voidable by the United States (at least, it would do so under all U.S. states’ laws). The Chinese would, of course, continue to argue that China can, and will, perform. But, the Trump administration could argue that it would not have refrained from levying new tariffs and would not have rolled-back existing tariffs, in the first place, with both of these actions having been taken in advance of China’s promised performance, had they known, or if the administration had reason to believe, that there is a high risk of nonperformance by China.

But, these legalities don’t even matter. The United States can, simply, walk away from the Trade Agreement without any legal ramifications; and, from a practical standpoint, China would suffer far more than would the United States.

In fact, Article 8.3 of the Trade Agreement allows for either party to cancel the Trade Agreement without cause, and without any legal standard having to be met.

“Article 8.3: Entry into Force and Termination

2. Either Party may terminate this Agreement by providing written notice of termination to the other Party. The termination shall take effect 60 days after the date on which a Party has provided that written notice to the other Party, or on such other date as the Parties may decide.”

Perhaps the United States (and the world) would suffer as a result of the “uncertainty” in global commerce and in financial markets that a walk-away from, or a voiding or termination of, the Trade Agreement would create. But, look at the yield curve. Look at the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Look at the long bond. Look at commodities prices. Look at industrial production. Look at oil. Listen to coronavirus reports. Listen to or read the Fed’s and the ECB’s recent statements. Do we have much certainty now? Should we continue to operate under a politically and economically unproductive deal to boot?

At the least, let’s renegotiate for an immediate quid pro quo- such as the acceleration of one or more of the phase II legal or structural changes in China.

As part of any Virusgate inquiry into President Xi’s actions and intentions in early January related to the coronavirus outbreak and the Trade Agreement, two questions that will ring very familiar to most Americans need to be asked about President Xi:

What did the President know- and when did he know it?

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Neil Siskind is: President of The Siskind Law Firm, https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/, focused on debt negotiation and restructuring, debt collection, debt investing, product investments, trademark licensing, and product distribution; Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment™, a think tank and advocate for children with absentee fathers; Founder of the global charity marketing initiative, Caring is Free®; Founder of National Fatherhood Day™; Owner & Conservator of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve, over 9 acres of conserved waterfront land along New York’s majestic Hudson River; and author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products. On December 11, 2017, in his article The Yield Curve Speaketh: Why Stocks Might Crash in Early 2018, Neil Siskind accurately predicted the February, 2018 stock crash, the largest single-day point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s history. All the stock indices are down approximately 6% for 2018. In his September 26, 2018 article, Lots of “Bull” In The Bull Market: Let’s Look At What’s “Really” Growing, Neil Siskind explained that, despite Wall Street’s bullishness, the economic data and stock market underpinnings were in decline, and the economy and stocks were at imminent risk. By the closing of markets on October 23, 2018, the S&P 500 had fallen approximately 7%, with October being the S&P’s worst month since August 2015 (and December being the S&P’s worst month ever), the Nasdaq continues to have its worst month since 2016, and is down approximately 8% from article publication, and the DJIA is having its worst monthly performance since 2008. In 2018, Neil Siskind coined the phrase “synchronized global slowth™” (or “synchronous slowth™”) to describe the occurrence or condition of multiple emerging market and developed market economies commencing a downward trajectory of economic and GDP growth, or actually contracting to a point of slow, stagnant, or negative economic and GDP growth, simultaneously. If you are in need of office space in South Florida, contact Neil Siskind about space availability at The Siskind Executive Office Complex in Boca Raton, FL.

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Fighting COVID-19: Walking on Sunshine By: Neil Siskind

By: Neil S. Siskind

 

My Objective

To determine if there is an inverse correlation (or, a negative correlation) between the amount of sunshine, temperature, and UV radiation levels in a given community (a city, town, village, state, nation, etc.) and the resulting vitamin D levels (vitamin D3) found in people in that community, and the number of people in that community infected with COVID-19, such that a high amount of sunshine, high temperatures, high UV radiation levels, and healthy vitamin D levels (vitamin D sufficiency) equate to fewer COVID-19 infections.

Put another way, do high UV radiation levels and high temperatures in a community (a city, town, village, state, nation, etc.), and healthy vitamin D levels (vitamin D sufficiency) in people in a community, help protect those people from contracting COVID-19; and, do low UV radiation levels and low temperatures in a community (a city, town, village, state, nation, etc.), and low vitamin D levels (vitamin D deficiency) in people in a community, leave the people in such community vulnerable to COVID-19 infections?

Analysis- States and Countries: Populations, Temperatures, and Cases

States: data, and my analysis

The seven most populous U.S. states, in order, with tomorrow’s temperatures (in Fahrenheit)

1.      California- Los Angeles, 75 degrees

2.      Texas- Houston, 80 degrees

3.      Florida- Miami, 85 degrees

4.      New York- NYC, 61 degrees (and cloudy)

5.      Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, 55 degrees

6.      Illinois- Chicago, 49 degrees

7.      Ohio- Columbus, 48 degrees

 

The seven U.S. states with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases, in order

1.      New York

2.      New Jersey (Tuesday temperature, Newark, 61 degrees)

3.      Massachusetts (Tuesday temperature, Boston, 55 degrees)

4.      Pennsylvania

5.      California

6.      Michigan (Tuesday temperature, Detroit, 41 degrees)

7.      Illinois

What’s missing, based on size? The highest temperature states- Texas & Florida. California is below four other states, even though it’s the most populous.

What states are on the list, even though they’re not one of the most populous? New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Note: Detroit’s Black/African American population is 82% of Detroit’s total population. African/black Americans (and senior citizens) have the highest overall vitamin D deficiencies of any group.

Eighth on the above list (not shown) is Florida- yet, Florida is more populous than every state on the list, save for California, and Florida has a very large elderly population. In fact, Florida may have only made it to eighth on the list because of that; otherwise, it would probably be much lower on the list.

Countries: data, and my analysis

The eight largest countries in the world, by population, in order, with tomorrow’s temperatures (in Fahrenheit)

1.      China- Beijing, 55 degrees

2.      India- Mumbai, 93 degrees

3.      United States- D.C., 63 degrees (and cloudy)

4.      Indonesia- Jakarta, 91 degrees

5.      Pakistan- Islamabad, 81 degrees

6.      Brazil- San Paolo, 80 degrees

7.      Nigeria- Abuja, 97 degrees

8.      Bangladesh- Dhaka, 85 degrees

 

The eight countries having the greatest number of COVID-19 cases, in order, with tomorrow’s temperatures (in Fahrenheit)

1.      United States- D.C., 63 degrees

2.      Spain- Madrid, 58 degrees

3.      Italy- Rome, 68 degrees

4.      France- Paris, 73 degrees

5.      Germany- Berlin, 64 degrees

6.      UK- London, 63 degrees

7.      Turkey- Istanbul, 55 degrees

8.      China (probably should be higher on the list)- Wuhan, 63 degrees

What’s missing, based on size? The highest temperature countries- India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Brazil- even though they’re all more populous than all the European nations on the list. They are all over 80 degrees this time of year.

Most every country on the “biggest population” list is missing from the “highest cases” list- and they are all warm weather nations. The lesser populated nations (European nations) on the “most cases” list have cold, damp winters.

Conclusion

Larger population states, such as Florida and Texas, known for their warm and sunny conditions, are surpassed in number of COVID-19 cases by smaller population states, such as Massachusetts and Michigan, known for their gray and gloomy winters. Larger population countries, such as India and Brazil, known for their hot weather, are surpassed in number of COVID-19 cases by smaller population countries, such as the U.K. and Germany, countries hardly recognized for their warm and sunny climates.

It’s worth noting that Taipei, Taiwan, the world’s reference point for how to successfully fight COVID-19, will be 77 degrees tomorrow.

From these data points, can it be denied that sunshine quantity, UV radiation levels, temperature, and vitamin D (specifically, vitamin D3) levels, and COVID-19, are inversely correlated? Further research, testing, and analysis is strongly encouraged.

A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on vitamin D deficiency, smoking, and lung function, concluded the following:

“Vitamin D deficiency was associated with lower lung function and more rapid lung function decline in smokers over 20 years in this longitudinal cohort of elderly men. This suggests that vitamin D sufficiency may have a protective effect against the damaging effects of smoking on lung function. Future studies should seek to confirm this finding in the context of smoking and other exposures that affect lung function.”

All COVID-19 diagnoses should include a check of patients’ vitamin D levels- a simple and effective way to help prove or disprove my “temperature/UV radiation level/vitamin D level – COVID-19 infections” inverse correlation theory.

 

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See these studies of vitamin D’s relationship with, and effect on, pathogens and infections:

The Role of Vitamin D in Prevention and Treatment of Infection

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3756814/

Vitamin D Status and the Host Resistance to Infections: What Is Currently Not Understood.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28457494

 

 

About the Writer

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Neil Siskind is: President of The Siskind Law Firm, https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/, focused on debt negotiation and restructuring, debt collection, debt investing, product investments, trademark licensing, and product distribution; Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment™, a think tank and advocate for children with absentee fathers; Founder of the global charity marketing initiative, Caring is Free®; Founder of National Fatherhood Day™; Owner & Conservator of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve, over 9 acres of conserved waterfront land along New York’s majestic Hudson River; and author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products. On December 11, 2017, in his article The Yield Curve Speaketh: Why Stocks Might Crash in Early 2018, Neil Siskind accurately predicted the February, 2018 stock crash, the largest single-day point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s history. All the stock indices are down approximately 6% for 2018. In his September 26, 2018 article, Lots of “Bull” In The Bull Market: Let’s Look At What’s “Really” Growing, Neil Siskind explained that, despite Wall Street’s bullishness, the economic data and stock market underpinnings were in decline, and the economy and stocks were at imminent risk. By the closing of markets on October 23, 2018, the S&P 500 had fallen approximately 7%, with October being the S&P’s worst month since August 2015 (and December being the S&P’s worst month ever), the Nasdaq continues to have its worst month since 2016, and is down approximately 8% from article publication, and the DJIA is having its worst monthly performance since 2008. In 2018, Neil Siskind coined the phrase “synchronized global slowth™” (or “synchronous slowth™”) to describe the occurrence or condition of multiple emerging market and developed market economies commencing a downward trajectory of economic and GDP growth, or actually contracting to a point of slow, stagnant, or negative economic and GDP growth, simultaneously. If you are in need of office space in South Florida, contact Neil Siskind about space availability at The Siskind Executive Office Complex in Boca Raton, FL.

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Quantitative Easing and Shelter-in-Place: Governments Artificially Suppressing Curves in Ways That Encourage Risk- By NEIL SISKIND

Following the start of the financial crisis in 2008, the Fed engaged in a program of quantitative easing (“QE”) that further suppressed an already flattening yield curve, pushing people into risk-on positions that seemed to become worthwhile. The risk-reward seemed obvious.

Following the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the White House, along with states, advised (in the case of the White House), and ordered (in the case of the states) people to “shelter-in-place”, or to “stay-at-home”, which, eventually, suppressed, and, in some places, flattened the Covid-19 curve.

Neither the yield curve, it’s been argued, nor the COVID-19 curve are dependable indicators of future conditions, because they are both artificially suppressed by government action, or, by government mandated actions.

Analysts’ and investors’ perspectives on, and interpretations of the messages being sent by the yield curve varied and differed, drastically, for years, for this reason.

As “stay-at-home” orders have us locked in our houses, the COVID-19 curve is artificially suppressed because people are not behaving as people normally behave. It’s not as if the curve is flattening in many places due to a virus treatment, or because the virus is gone, or because a vaccine is working. The curve is being artificially suppressed, everywhere, by the government ordering us to not come out of our homes. So, government action is affecting the curve- just as with QE.

If it has the same effect as QE’s yield curve suppression after a crisis, then, the COVID-19 curve suppression may push us to take risks that we should, otherwise, not take- like leaving our homes too soon, because the curve is mandating the risk, and making it appear to be worthwhile1. Opening-up the economy and ending sheltering-in-place would be a move farther-out on the risk spectrum based on nothing but the Covid-19 curve flattening- which is, entirely, based on government actions (or government mandated actions), and not based on an alternative action, in itself, being, safe or secure- exactly as with the risk-on behaviors taken in response to QE and a flatter yield curve2.

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1. Fauci and Dr. Birx, in April, estimated 100,000-240,000 deaths from the China Virus- even w/ mitigation.

The doctors never said that these estimated numbers of deaths would occur in a month. We could get there in a year and still be within the estimate. There have been 50,000 deaths from the China Virus in the U.S., already.

The doctors have expressed their surprise at how well Americans have responded and behaved by staying at home and distancing with discipline. But, be advised- this means that if we behave as originally anticipated- with less social distancing and/or not staying at home- then we should get the results originally expected. Any curve-flattening pursuant to sheltering-in-place doesn’t prove that any peak has been reached or that the China Virus has become any less virulent. What the curve does during a lockdown or stay at home orders is irrelevant to what it will do without such.

2. In the case of QE, one could say that it was not just an artifical “appearance” of a better alternative, but, rather, the Fed created an actual better alternative. However, that alternative (equities over Treasuries) created by the Fed was only “actually” rather than “seemingly” a better alternative if the outcome (higher stock prices), in a severely distressed economy, exceeded the Treasury coupon (which was easy to achieve) and also exceeded the principal protection and principal growth of a Treasury bond. With a Treasury bond, an investor not only gets income (or no income, or negative income) , but also gets shielded principal, particularly if there is no inflation expectation. No equity transaction is risk-free, especially in 2008 and 2009. In fact, because of QE, Treasury bond principal was not only protected, but was rising. So, “artificiality”, “government action”, “perception”, and “hope”, all played roles in QE’s risk-on effect. An artificial situation was crafted to get people’s behaviors to change in ways that would be economically stimulative, even though were not, necessarily, fundamentally, beneficial. Lot of other things had to go right.

 

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What Does a “Judgment” Really Mean?- by NEIL SISKIND, ESQ.

I probably get 15 emails a week- from judgment debtors or creditors- asking how to deal with a judgment. Here are the important basics I provide:

If you’re a “judgment creditor”, a judgment entitles you to reach income and/or assets of a debtor, company assets (business debtor), salaries (individual debtor), bank accounts, and real property, to pay the monies due. There are detailed procedures that must be followed to secure the income and assets, and there are certain limitations on wage garnishment levels.

3 Biggest Points to Consider: (i) Make all efforts to collect “before” filing a lawsuit b/c a debtor may elect to put forth a defense, or the debtor may file bankruptcy if it has many debts or lawsuits, and then you likely won’t get paid, at all; (ii) follow proper income garnishment and asset seizure procedures post-judgment to help ensure success; (iii) if your debtor is a corporate entity, it could liquidate, with no way to pay debts- are you a secured party?

If you’re a “judgment debtor”, if you have income, or bank accounts, or own a home, all can be reached once a judgment is obtained.

3 Biggest Points to Consider: (i) Contact the creditor before a lawsuit is filed to try to settle for less or set a payment plan; (ii) retain an attorney if being threatened with legal action or if sued, or have a judgment on you, to negotiate with the creditor and to get settlements in an enforceable writing; (iii) consider how bankruptcy can discharge the judgment obligation.

https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/judgments

 

WE BUY RECEIVABLES

“Receivable Advance™” Program
“Rent Advance™” Program

https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/we-buy-receivables

We’ll pay cash- 40%* of your overdue invoice’s face value, with the opportunity for you to get 70%**

*For receivables aged less than 120 days.

Older invoices will be considered, but the purchase would be at 30% of face value.

**Upon a full collection within 12 months, you’d receive 30% of total invoice amount in addition to the original 40% purchase amount.

Ex: Full collection: Face value of invoice $5,000.00, the purchase price would be $2,000.00 (40%). If the full amount of the invoice is collected within 12 months, you get an additional $1,500.00 (30%) for a total of $3,500.00 paid to you (70% of face value).

​​We specialize in invoices with up to a $15,000.00 face value.

Receivable Advance™

We will purchase receivables/invoices that meet the following criteria:

​- Open invoice is for a service provided in New York, or a product delivered to a New York resident:

– Business Debt: If the receivable is due from a business (i.e. a product or service provided to a corporation or LLC for a business purpose), the company/debtor that owes the money must be in business for over 5 years.

– Consumer Debt: If the receivable is due from a consumer (i.e. a service or product sold to an individual for household or personal use ex: home repairs, medical services), the person responsible to pay the bill or invoice (the receivable) must live outside New York City.

Compare Your Options for Monetizing Overdue Receivables and Unpaid Invoices:

1. Pay a collection attorney and still not collect.

2. Retain a collection attorney on contingency, and still not collect.

(See our commercial debt collection service on this website if you prefer this service.)

Receivable Purchase Terms:
1. Face value of receivable: $300.00-$15,000.00*.

2. Receivable is less than 120 days past due (older invoices will be considered, but the purchase would be at 30% of face value).

3. Proof and documentation of the service provided, or of the product delivered by your company that led to the invoice or bill, is required.

4. The debt seller (you) to agree to cooperate with buyer (us) in any legal process required for collection.

5. We will pay approximately 40% of face value (final amount depends on circumstances, invoice age, and the debtor’s general profile).

6. Upon a full collection, you’d receive 30% of the collection (less collection costs).

* We will purchase a receivable in any amount, but will pay a maximum of $4,000.00 for any receivable.

​We will not purchase receivables for construction/contracting work.

​​Businesses with receivables for sale may be located anywhere in the U.S. provided that the payor/debtor is in New York State.

Judgments-

We will consider buying New York judgments on a case-by-case basis.

Rent Advance™

We will buy up to 3 months of future rent obligations due from your residential tenant at approximately 70% of amounts due (the final purchase price depends on length of tenancy, tenant profile, payment history). See the “Rent Advances” page of this website for the specifics of our “Rent Advance™” program.

If you need debt collection services instead of selling your receivable outright, see the “Commercial Debt Collection” page on this website.

​Call or email today to discuss the receivable(s) you’d like to sell.

Tel: 646.530.0006

Email: attorney@siskindlawfirm.com

Commercial Debt Collections- The Siskind Law Firm

Commercial Debt Collections

We handle collection actions for businesses. These are not actually “debt collections”- they are legal steps and procedures taken pursuant to a breach of a written or verbal agreement to pay a sum certain for a product or service (or in repayment of a loan).

When a customer or client that is not paying an invoice or a debt becomes a problem, sometimes it takes an aggressive approach to let them know that you are serious about being paid. Other times, it is a sensitive topic that requires tact and care so that the relationship is not disturbed, and so that more business can be done in the future.

We handle these matters on a contingent fee basis (20% of amount collected). We’ll review the basis for the payment owed and develop the theory of the breach of payment and the proper approach to collect the monies due.

We use best efforts to resolve outstanding receivables and debts without litigation. Lawsuits are a last resort in the commercial debt collection process. The best chance of obtaining monies due, will, most often, occur before a lawsuit is filed. There is usually a reason that the invoice, or receivable, or debt, isn’t being paid, such as that the party that owes the money is having financial issues, a cash crunch, or, simply, is not taking you seriously or making their payable to you a priority. Lawsuits take time and include court costs and fees. A judgment must be obtained and then collected upon, if possible. It’s better to use all other available tools, where possible.

Anyone can prepare a lawsuit, serve it, and enter into the legal system and the judgment collection process. That’s easy. But, it’s timely, costly, and may not result in a judgment (such as if it gets settled after filing, or, if the court finds a technicality, or, if the other party responds and you lose the case), or may not result in a judgment collection (such as if the payor/debtor files bankruptcy, hides money, or doesn’t have the money). Actually finding a solution and getting your money as fast as possible, or, at least a portion of it, is the better and more prudent objective.

Of course, if the other party is even disputing that the monies are due, at all, such as where the other party has responded to you by claiming that you breached a contract by failing to deliver the product or service promised, then a lawsuit is the only option.

Filing of lawsuits, when necessary, is handled on an hourly fee basis.

Your businesses can be located anywhere in the U.S. as long as the payor/customer/client/debtor is in New York State in order for this firm to assist.

Contact us today to discuss the scope of our service and the monies and/or receivables owed to your company.

* If you are a business that wants to immediately monetize a receivable by selling the outstanding payment obligation of a New York customer or client under an open invoice, see the “We Buy Receivables” page of this website.

* If you are a business that has business debt and open payables of your own with which you are struggling, see the “Business Debt” and “Business Restructuring” pages of this website for help.

How to Handle Business Debt- By Neil S. Siskind, Esq.

https://www.debt-solutions-attorney.com/business-debt

When we form businesses and make investments, we only see the good side and hope for positive outcomes. But we have all had business ventures go in the wrong direction and/or had investments not turn out as hoped. We came across bad information on which we relied, bad people we had not expected, bad economies we did not foresee, political events we could not control, and new technologies we did not anticipate.

Businesses run into trouble for many reasons. Lower revenues and higher than anticipated expenses are the biggest problems. Macroeconomic factors over which you have no control, at all, could be at play. Sometimes you fall behind on bills and payables and things begin to backup on the company and just cascade. Other times, you may feel that money being sought is not owed by your company because the proper product or service was not provided.

​Once the issue is clarified, there are different ways to deal with such problems, from disputing claims, to trying to settle amounts due. We can help you to set the desired approach based on the circumstances of the debt(s) at issue, and also by looking at the overall picture of your company.

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