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CDC admits millions of Americans given cancer virus via polio vaccine

On June 30, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 277, one of America’s strictest childhood vaccination requirements by eliminating parents’ ability to claim “personal belief” exemptions for their children at both private and public schools. (Read more here.)

Not content with mandating vaccines for every school child in California, the state government also means to require, for now, seven vaccines (including TDap, MMR, and Flu) for adults who have contact with school children. SB792 mandates the vaccines for all workers and volunteer parents at daycare facilities and preschools, including head start, early childhood centers, private school nurseries and after school programs, without personal belief exemptions. The required vaccines will be a condition of employment. (Read more here.)

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But it is not just personal beliefs of ethics (vaccines made from aborted fetal cells) and religion that motivate some Americans to eschew vaccination for themselves and their children. There are also legitimate health considerations — concerns that find new legitimacy in an admission by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that for 8 years, from 1955 to 1963, more than 98 million Americans received polio vaccines that had been contaminated with a cancer-causing virus, Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40).

IWB reports for Investment Watch Blog, Aug. 31, 2015, that it is estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40-contaminated dose of the polio vaccine.

The CDC quickly took down the page, along with Google, containing its admission — but not before the page was cached and saved.

Below is the cached CDC page (I painted a red box around the admission). Click here for the link to the cached page for you to verify for yourself.

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Dr. Michele Carbone, Professor and former Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at University of Hawaii Cancer Center, has isolated fragments of the SV-40 virus in human bone cancers and in a lethal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. He found SV-40 in 33% of the osteosarcoma bone cancers studied, in 40% of other bone cancers, and in 60% of the mesotheliomas lung cancers.

Dr. Carbone has also said that HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine produced by Merck & Co. during the early 1970s.

There is a movement for a referendum against SB 277 in California, which seeks to allow personal belief exemption from mandatory vaccines for school children. Go here for more information.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


California weighs banning concealed handguns on campuses

What could possibly go wrong?


Sacramento Bee: Already praised by many gun control advocates for having the strictest firearms laws in the country, California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at colleges and schools.

Last year, California was the first in the nation to let families and police act to temporarily remove weapons from those considered at risk of violence. This time, it would follow dozens of other states that previously put similar prohibitions in place – and a growing number moving in the opposite direction to expand gun rights on campuses.

The concealed carry legislation, now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, puts California in the midst of a policy debate gaining prominence as gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association, having won significant victories guaranteeing the right of ownership, turn their focus to the right to carry and the status of firearms in public spaces.

“There’s no question that the power of the NRA is at its height today,” said John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School who studies the effects of gun laws on public safety. “People who want guns don’t want to have restrictions that impede them going about their daily lives.”

Current California law makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators, but it includes exemptions for retired law enforcement and concealed carry permits.

Lois Wolk

Lois Wolk

Senate Bill 707, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would expand the prohibition on school and college grounds to include concealed weapons, while keeping the same rules in place for the 1,000-foot zone surrounding schools and for law enforcement. On a nearly party-line vote, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed, lawmakers approved the measure in early September; Brown has until Oct. 11 to act.

The idea for the bill came from university and college police, who say school officials should have more control over campus safety. Concealed handgun permits, which require residents to show “good cause” that they are in immediate danger, are handed out by county sheriffs, who vary in their interpretation of the policy.

Lurking on the periphery are two federal developments that could seriously undermine California’s restrictive law: Legislation proposed in Congress would require states to recognize concealed carry permits issued anywhere, though it has not yet advanced, and a lawsuit now at the appellate level has already seen one judge strike down the “good cause” requirement as unconstitutional. “If the decision of the 9th Circuit affirms the lower court, that will open the floodgates for people to get concealed carry permits,” Donohue said.

In a statement, Wolk said SB 707 “would put California more in line with most states that already forbid concealed firearms on school or college campuses.”

“This is one of the unusual cases where California law is more lax than other states,” she said. “Most people I hear from are astonished that someone could legally carry a concealed firearm on to school grounds.”

The 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech – still one of the deadliest in history with 33 casualties, including the perpetrator, and another 17 wounded – generated intense controversy over gun policy and brought the question of campus carry to the national stage. Eight years later, it continues to echo.

In a national address Thursday, President Barack Obama decried the lack of legislative effort to prevent further mass shootings, like the one that day at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a gunman killed nine people before dying in a shootout with police. The Oregon higher education board had previously banned guns from college campuses, but a court overturned that policy in 2011, stating that only the Legislature had the authority to regulate firearms.

California has faced recent incidents like the 2014 Isla Vista rampage that claimed the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students and their killer, and a confrontation at Sacramento City College last month that left one dead.

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Much of the fight over campus carry boils down to whether guns make us more or less safe. Advocates argue that students with firearms may be able to help prevent crimes such as mass shootings and rapes.

Shannon Grove gets it

Shannon Grove gets it

Speaking against SB 707 on the Assembly floor, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove said carrying concealed weapons could offer a “sense of protection” to young women. “If I’m walking down the street at night, my Glock puts me on even footing with anybody that would ever try to come and hurt me,” the Bakersfield Republican said. During a Senate deliberation, Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, suggested it could be “a very strong way to curtail some of the nonsense that’s going on” with campus sexual assaults.

Laura Cutilleta

Laura Cutilleta

Gun control supporters counter that throwing firearms onto a campus with young people, alcohol, mental health issues and strongly-held beliefs on controversial topics is a dangerous mix. “It’s a fairly volatile environment,” said Laura Cutilleta, senior staff attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocated for SB 707. “To add guns to that is just alarming.”

It’s a debate that’s not likely to be settled any time soon. At least 14 states have introduced legislation to allow guns on campus in each of the past three years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “We think it’s a really important issue,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said. “The right to personal safety doesn’t disappear the second you step on a campus.”


Girl denied inhaler during coughing fit, per school district policy

Liberal Logic: No notification of an inhaler that the girl took out of her own back pack? Bad. Free condoms and abortion pills without parental notification? Good.

homeschool (WEST JORDAN, Ut.) — A 9-year-old girl was denied her inhaler during a coughing fit at school in West Jordan because staff were not notified of the child’s prescription, Jordan School District officials said Monday.

Emma Gonzales obtained an inhaler over the weekend after a coughing fit landed her in the emergency room, KSTU reports. On Monday, the fourth grader was hit with another coughing spell in class at Columbia Elementary. When Emma took her inhaler out to use it, her teacher sent her to the office, where staff took the inhaler.

Emma said she started coughing so hard she threw up on her pants. “When I get into the coughing fit, I kind of hurtle up on the ground, can’t breathe and then I start to kind of feel a little nauseous,” Emma said.

District officials say the staff did everything right by taking the medication to make sure it was for that specific student. The inhaler doesn’t have Emma’s name on it and the school had not been notified that she was taking the medication.


UN Introduces New Feudalism Under Guise of Social Activism

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

Global Goals” Is Lavishly-Funded Public Relations Endeavor “We the People” Never Voted For

This month delegates to the United Nations ratified the so-called “Global Goals For Sustainable Development.” This will Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 8.53.44 AMinvolve a radical, far-reaching social and economic transformation of everyday life that has been in the works for decades.

In true Hegelian dialectic style, the program is taking place as various black swans linger on the economic horizon, while some of the very interests involved in the “Global Goals” are likewise putting the finishing touches on the Trans-Pacific trade agreement, designed to (not coincidentally) crush the nation state.

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Why You Should Be Terrified of the Rising Millennial and Gen Z Workforce

We’ve become a nation pajama boys.

pajamaboy When a college student needs counseling because he’s scored a B on a report card, or worse, calls the police because there’s a mouse roaming the apartment, we can kind of laugh about it. I mean, how ridiculous!

Those would be just good stories, except episodes like this are becoming more and more common. Peter Gray, PhD, a research professor at Boston College who studies how children learn and value play, writes about declining resilience in college students in Psychology Today. His thoughts are frightening for the workplace. If today’s college students lack resilience, what can we expect from tomorrow’s job applicants? You have to hire someone.

Dr. Gray quotes from the head of counseling at Boston College, who writes:

“I have done a considerable amount of reading and research in recent months on the topic of resilience in college students. Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students. (Emphasis is mine.)”

Human Resource managers and people who manage entry-level employees have already seen this. Years ago, the head of R & D HR at a pharma company I worked for, joked with me about how hard it was to give an “average” performance appraisal rating to someone with a PhD from Harvard. He was joking, but we’re not laughing now. Consider the following:

If a college student needs counseling because of a bad grade, what happens when she receives negative feedback?

An employer may get a phone call from a parent, of course, but it’s easy enough to say, “I can’t discuss personnel issues with you,” and hang up. What about the employee who lacks resilience? Is this employee sobbing in the bathroom? Does this employee take any feedback as a sign of illegal discrimination?

You can say, of course, that it was simply well deserved negative feedback, but that doesn’t mean the employee can’t contact the EEOC or an employment attorney. Your case may be airtight, but it costs you money to defend it, and you may permanently damage the employee-manager relationship.


Where will you get your new ideas?

You can think of them, of course, but even Steve Jobs didn’t develop Apple products all by himself. One of the problems with young adults lacking resilience is that they do not take risks. Every time you present a new idea, you run the risk of getting shot down. This process is critical to success, but if your new employees panic at the thought of possible failure, you won’t get those new ideas.


How do you evaluate managers?

Good businesses need good managers, just like good universities need good professors. At the university, professors sometimes feel pressure to acquiesce to student demands because their job depends, at least in part, on student evaluation. Tough professors may be great teachers, but if delicate students can’t be challenged, the professor has a choice to either wimp out or face poor student evaluations.

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Is the same happening in business? A manager of exacting standards who requires quality work runs the risk of the special snowflakes running to HR and senior management at every turn.

How do you parent your children?

Are you doing your part to raise future adults, or are you focused on keeping your children happy? Do you jump at every request? Do you not trust your 7-year-old to use a knife? Do you yell at teachers who dare give a bad grade to your child? If so, you’re part of the problem.

Children don’t learn resilience by having mom and dad solving every problem. And if they don’t learn resilience in childhood, they won’t magically develop it as college students. If they don’t have it as college students? They will have to learn it the workplace. So, if you don’t want to impose that nightmare on future managers, at least fix it in your house.

Not every young person lacks resilience.

While colleges are seeing a rise in this behavior, it’s not at 100 percent. There are great people out there if you’re willing to find them. Take a look at candidates who have failed in the past. They’re the ones who have faced adversity, and that’s a great start on the road to success. That’s what you’re looking for in an employee. And if you hire someone who exudes perfection, be careful — that perfection could be the result of a whole herd of parents and teachers smoothing the pathway, and not the sign of a candidate who has learned to handle real challenges.

This doesn’t surprise me. Have you seen what’s happening in education and our culture?


Student ‘Disorientation Guide’ seeks to ‘decolonize your mind’


Campus Reform: A group of 16 students at California Polytechnic State University produced an alternative guide for freshmen completing the university’s orientation program they call a “Disorientation Guide.” The students said they hope it will “decolonize your mind from the hold of the cissexist-imperialist-ableist-white-supremacist-capitalistic-patriarchal-society that has choked you so violently up until now.”


The guide also says, “there’s a reason Ronald Reagan called Cal Poly his favorite University—it is a campus full of white apathetic robots who have never had to work for anything in their entire lives.”

The guide has been in development since the end of the 2014-2015 academic year and appeared on the Disorientation Team website on September 11. The group created a GoFundMe in July to “print the guide and distribute it to every new Freshman” at the 20,000 student university. According to student newspaper Mustang News, the group only raised enough to print 100 copies, however the guide is available online.

A series of articles in the guide informs the reader of the issues he/she/ze should fight for. Among the featured causes are proper pronoun usage, higher salaries for faculty, lower tuition, combating the campus “fitness” culture, abolition of Greek life, and a list of “offensive” phrases to excise from one’s vocabulary. Handy lists of recommended reading, professors, and courses appear at the end of the guide.

The authors also provide a set of pressure tactics to navigate these agendas through perceived student and administrative apathy. The guide provides unflattering profiles of university officials and methods for dealing with them. President Jeffrey Armstrong is “[f]amous for finagling his way out of answering questions” but responds well to buzz words like “Learn by Doing” and “Campus Climate.” The authors claim not only will these phrases “rile him up” but also “sexually excite him.” Additionally, the guide claims President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey is a “professional blind-sider” but also “a very nice man, and is openly gay—use this to your advantage.”

In the chapter “The Revolution Will Be Funded,” the author discusses methods for raising money to fund radical groups while lamenting that “it is incredibly annoying that we must feed into a capitalistic system to bring about this change.”

Finally, a list of “Disorientation Questions to Ponder” includes a set of questions meant to challenge students, including the reasons for the student’s choice of major and sources of injustice in society. Other questions include “Why are we socialized to view economic systems other than capitalism as evil?” and “Why has the United States never had a female president?”

The guide produced a mixed response on the group’s Facebook page. Sophomore Dan Canella labeled it “over the top and very preachy.” Senior Bailey Satterfield defended the authors, “These writers are taking a stand for what they believe in and trying to improve the world the best they know how to, which is more than a lot of people do.” Freshman Sam Chase called the guide “a truly amazing read” and that “[w]hile I, and likely the reader, won’t necessarily agree with all points I think this will provide everyone with a greater understanding of Cal Poly.”

The Disorientation Team is not affiliated in any way with the Cal Poly administration or any official student group, although the guide does promote student groups including the Queer Student Union, Black Student Union, feminist community Triota, environmental organization Sierra Student Coalition, and protest group Cal Poly Activist Reserves. The team also informs readers that the articles were written independently and may not reflect the views of all of the writers.


Mother Claims Her Daughter Was Suspended for Wearing Wrong Shade of Green

Maybe they should consider moving to the Seattle School District.

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Fox 29 (NJ): It’s not easy being green. In fact, it could even get you suspended from elementary school, especially if you’re wearing the wrong shade. She says school officials told her not to bring her daughter back to class and as she told FOX 29’s Brad Sattin it had everything to do with the color of her shirt.

8-year-old Kylie and her twin sister Karlie don’t look like troublemakers, but Kylie was suspended from school.  The reason, according to her mother: a violation of the dress code Monday. Their mother, Crystal, says she got a call from the vice principal at Winslow Township School 4.

“He wanted me to know that she can’t wear that shirt and if she does wear that shirt again, she would be suspended,” she told FOX 29.

The district’s policy states that shirts or blouses be white, dark green or navy blue with collars only. Kelly green is a violation. Crystal admits her conversation with the assistant principal and then the principal did get a bit heated.

My child messed up, I messed it up for my child, and she be suspended next time for it, but to suspend a child over the shade of a shirt. I found it a little ridiculous,” she explained.

The girls missed the bus Tuesday morning, and when they arrived at school a few minutes late– properly dressed– they were met by the principal. “She told me don’t bother to sign her in and told Kylie that she’s not in school today,” the mother explained.

“I got suspended for wearing the different color they wanted me to wear,” said Kylie. “The principal told me that I don’t have to stay here and I could leave.” The mother decided to take both girls home.

Another woman says her 2nd grandson was suspended Tuesday for wearing the wrong shade of blue. According to the woman, it’s the same shirt he regularly wore last year.

One  little boy’s mom defends the school, saying the uniform dress code was made crystal clear in orientation from day one. “I mean, if you start letting certain things slide, then you have to let a lot of things slide, and then everyone is pretty much wearing what they want to wear,” she said.

FOX 29 reached out to both the principal and the district superintendent. A spokesperson would only tell FOX 29 that our information about Kylie’s one day suspension is incorrect, but would not go into detail. There’s no school tomorrow for Yom Kippur, but the kids will be back to school on Thursday.