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A message from FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

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Two weeks ago, I did a post asking readers of our Fellowship of the Minds to pray for a fellow reader and commenter, Wild Bill Alaska, who has terminal cancer.

Since then, many kind readers have offered alternate-medicine suggestions for combating cancer, both in comments to the post and in email.

Bill sends us all this message:

To all my family at Fellowship of the Minds,

I want to thank you for your prayers and well wishes. I will sorely miss you all, but the lord and I will be watching over you from the other side and waiting for your arrival there. Please know that I am still relatively pain free and what pain I do feel is bearable with the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. My mental state is the same as before in that I feel no apprehension nor anxiety regarding my approaching departure from this earthly plane. (ok, just a little). But overall my faith in the Lord and his promise to  dwell in the house of the lord forever (Psalm 23) is what makes this coming transition  a thing of beauty and wonder and less something to be feared.

Since I, most likely, will be elsewhere for the 2016 presidential elections I would like to take this  opportunity to share my thoughts on my choice for the next president of our great Republic.

Col. Allen West, former Congressman (R-Fl)

A well educated veteran, patriot, Christian man who truly loves the country he has well served with honor and a quiet dignity. Colonel (ret. US ARMY) Allen West is a man whose career I have followed since he entered politics. This man was always my first choice for president should he decide to run. Now that my wish for his candidacy is quite possibly a reality, I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not survive until the 2016 elections. I have made my peace with my Lord Jesus and am prepared to happily go home to him and our father on my passing. My one regret is not being able to cast my vote for this man who I believe can heal our nation and return us to the times when we all stood together as a united people proud to be called Americans. Perhaps one of you reading this will take pity on me and borrow a page out of the liberal/democrat hand book in the 2016 elections and cast a vote for Colonel West in the stead of this proud, but dead conservative.

Liberty in tearsPlease continue to pray for Bill.

I believe in prayers.

I believe in answered prayers.

And I believe that prayers can move mountains . . . .

~Eowyn

Thoughts on Israel and Hamas

why_do_the_nations_rageWhy do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us…


The news agencies will fail you.

For understanding of the Gaza conflict there is only one reliable source of information: The Bible

In a WorldNet Daily article today, author Joel Richardson opens up some clues to the terrible events surrounding Israel’s trouble with Hamas. I’ve excerpted Joel’s article, but strongly encourage the reader to visit the original piece, and get the whole message. ~TD


WHAT DOES BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF GAZA?

author-imageExclusive: Joel Richardson shows what will happen to area when Jesus returns

by JOEL RICHARDSON

…according to the Scriptures, the return of Jesus and the subsequent judgment will largely revolve around what the prophet Isaiah referred to as, “the legal cause,” or “the controversy of Zion”:

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (Isaiah 34:8)

… as we draw closer to the return of Jesus, when a vast coalition of nations will invade Israel and surround the city of Jerusalem, seeking to commit the final genocide against the Jewish people. The prophet Joel tells us that the Lord will execute judgment against all parties involved in this invasion, and specifically any who force the dividing of His land:

I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land. (Joel 3:2)

Valley-of-Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat is the valley that runs north to south, between the Temple Mount, and the Mount of Olives. In Matthew 25, as Jesus was actually sitting on the Mount of Olives looking down at the Valley of Jehoshaphat, He declared that when He returns, He Himself will sit as the judge of the nations. He declared that He would judge the nations specifically based on how they treated his “brethren.” It is clear that Jesus was harkening back to Joel 3, actually inserting Himself into the passage as YHVH, the divine Judge. We must also note that Joel also informs us that the judgment will be based on how the nations treated “My people and My inheritance, Israel” and also on their having, “divided up My land.”

As the prophecy continues, it goes on to speak of the Lord specifically executing vengeance against those from the regions of Lebanon and Gaza who have engaged in violence against the people of Israel:

What are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon (Lebanon) and all the regions of Philistia (Gaza)? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head. (Joel 3:4)

…The specific emphasis of the prophecy is on those who have sought out “violence” to “shed innocent blood” in the land of Judah:

Edom (shall become) a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, for they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations. And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, for the LORD dwells in Zion. (Joel 3:19-21)

…Jesus will come back to execute judgment against those who embrace and foment the “ancient hatred” directed toward the Jewish people…:

“Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity … therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. (Ezekiel 35:5-7) (emphasis mine)

…The prophet Zephaniah, in specifically speaking of the Day of the Lord, warns the inhabitants of Gaza to repent; “Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.”…:

For Gaza will be abandoned. … Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you so that there will be no inhabitant. So the seacoast will be pastures, with caves for shepherds and folds for flocks. And the coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah, they will pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening; For the LORD their God will care for them and restore their fortune. (Zephaniah 2:4-7)

…The prophecy is ultimately pertaining to the Day of the Lord and the Return of Jesus.

…For in truth, through this passage the Lord is not merely warning those from Gaza, but everyone – Jew, Palestinian, you and me – to righteousness, humility and repentance. If we hear this warning and genuinely take it to heart, then as the prophet says, “Perhaps [we] will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/what-does-bible-say-about-the-future-of-gaza/#YSe2PMX1Cu70r7tM.99


I leave you with a passage from Handel’s Messiah touching on this subject.

Why do the nations rage…

and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and distress them in his great displeasure. 

“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”

I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me,

“You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
Ask of me, and I shall give you the nations for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  (Psalm 2)

About Them 72 Virgins. Something Got Lost In The Translation.

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Abu al-Zarqawi died
( Just In case anyone is forgot, al-Zarqawi was the ass**** who brutally beheaded American civilian Nicholas Berg in Iraq. Nicholas Evan Berg (April 2, 1978 – May 7, 2004) was an American businessman seeking telecommunications work in Iraq after the US invasion of Iraq.

and George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him straight in the face and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!”

James Madison followed with a back-hand, kicked him in the nuts and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, and he proceeded to beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled, “It was evil shit like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence, dammit!”

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe, John Hancock and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist head honcho.

As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Al- Zarqawi wept and said, “This is not what you promised me, Allah! I was promised bliss in Heaven with 72 virgins!”

The Angel replied, “When I told you guys about ‘Allah’, I said specifically that there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”;

~Steve~                     download

One pair of hands

Are you as depressed as I am about America?

Watch this.

Listen to this.

And take heart.

H/t Miss May

~Eowyn

Iowa newspaper fires editor for writing about Gaystapo on his personal blog

persecution-of-christiansThe war against Christians and Christianity isn’t just in Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, it is now in America.

A newspaper editor in Iowa was fired from his job because he wrote IN HIS PERSONAL BLOG about his Bible-based beliefs on homosexuality being a sin.

It is against federal law for employers to discriminate against their employees on the basis of religious beliefs and practices. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, § 1605.1 says:

In most cases whether or not a practice or belief is religious is not at issue. However, in those cases in which the issue does exist, the [Equal Employment Opportunity] Commission will define religious practices to include moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views. This standard was developed in United States v. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965) and Welsh v. United States, 398 U.S. 333 (1970). The Commission has consistently applied this standard in its decisions. 1 The fact that no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not accept such belief will not determine whether the belief is a religious belief of the employee or prospective employee. The phrase “religious practice” as used in these Guidelines includes both religious observances and practices, as stated in section 701(j), 42 U.S.C. 2000e(j).

Robert Eschliman

Robert Eschliman

Daniel Finney and William Petroski report for The Des Moines Register, July 23, 2014, that Bob Eschliman, former editor of an Iowa newspaper, Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee claiming he is a victim of religious discrimination by his former employer because he was fired May 5 after publishing his views on homosexuals in his PERSONAL blog.

If the dispute isn’t resolved to Eschliman’s satisfaction, he could sue in federal court to seek financial damages.

In late April, Eschliman, 41, a member of Christian Reformed Church of Newton, Iowa, wrote a personal blog post criticizing the “Queen James Bible,” a website that rewrites sections of the Bible to make homosexuality acceptable. In his blog, Eschliman accused “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying “to make their sinful nature right with God.”

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko, who hosts an eponymous widely-read online blog about the news media, reported on Eschliman’s post and questioned whether Eschliman, in light of his publicly stated views, would be able to fairly cover issues involving gays.

Romenesko claimed he had emailed Eschliman inquiring if he could report about homosexuality objectively because of his published views. Eschliman ignored Romenesko’s correspondence, but removed the post from his personal blog.

Shaw Media, a Dixon, Ill., company, suspended Eschliman with pay and eventually fired him. Eschliman’s attorneys claim that violated his constitutional rights of religious expression. Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz declined to comment Wednesday.

John Rung

John Rung

After Eschliman’s dismissal, the Newton newspaper published an editorial by Shaw Media President John Rung, who wrote: “Last week, he expressed an opinion in his personal blog that in no way reflects the opinion of the Newton Daily News or Shaw Media. While he is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it.”

The Liberty Institute, a Dallas nonprofit legal firm that advocates for religious freedom, has taken up Eschliman’s case. Jeremiah Dys, a senior lawyer with the Liberty Institute, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he believes Eschliman has a strong case. He was joined by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, who now has a private law practice and will also be representing Eschliman. Whitaker said, “No one should be fired for simply expressing his religious beliefs. In America, it is against the law to fire an employee for expressing a religious belief in public. This kind of religious intolerance by an employer has no place in today’s welcoming workforce.”

Eschliman, a Boone native and U.S. Navy veteran who is married with two young children, has worked as a writer and editor for seven different companies, garnering almost 70 journalism awards. Seven awards came while he was editor in chief of the Newton newspaper, according to his attorneys.

But Eschliman said Wednesday that he has had difficulty finding employment since his dismissal, “particularly here in Iowa.” He said his writing, which some considered objectionable, was posted on a personal blog that was read mainly by family members and friends.

Mark Kende, a constitutional law professor at Drake University, said that at first glance, it appears that Eschliman has a potential case, “I am not saying the newspaper does not have an attempted defense, but federal laws generally prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion.” Kende described the case as untypical because the behavior in question occurred outside the workplace.

Eschliman “is arguing that they are firing him for his religious beliefs, and to the extent that the comments he made are based on his religion, that doesn’t seem frivolous,” Kende said. “But having said that, if I were the company, I would say that we are not firing him for his religious beliefs. We are firing him because his job is to be an impartial reporter, and as an impartial reporter he has lost his credibility, so it has nothing to do with his religion.”

Donna Red WingDonna Red Wing, executive director of One Iowa, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, said she takes religious liberties and the rights of journalists very seriously, noting she worked previously in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff of the Interfaith Alliance. But she also said Eschliman’s comments overstepped boundaries, describing his use of the term “Gaystapo”as horrific and suggesting he failed in his responsibility to be fair and objective.

“Certainly, his bosses at Shaw Media did what they felt they needed to do. I find his words disconcerting,” Red Wing said. “I am not a lawyer, but if he were working for me, I would fire him.”

H/t Christian News and FOTM’s Sig94

~Eowyn

“Higher” education: Ohio State core class teaches Christians are dumber than atheists

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Campus Reform: An Ohio State University (OSU) class has apparently determined another fundamental difference between Christians and atheists: their IQ points.

An online quiz from the school’s Psychology 1100 class, provided to Campus Reform via tip, asked students to pick which scenario they found most likely given that “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.” The correct answer? “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.”

According to a student in the class who wished to remain anonymous, the question was a part of an online homework quiz. Students were required to complete a certain amount of quizzes throughout the course but were encouraged to finish all of them in order to prep for the final exam.

“I understand that colleges have a liberal spin on things so it didn’t surprise me to see the question, which is a sad thing,” the student told Campus Reform in a phone interview. “But how can you really measure which religion has a higher IQ?”

Psychology 1100 is a general education requirement class which can primarily be taught by an undergraduate teacher’s assistant.

While the student said the quizzes were based on the textbook used in class, an OSU employee in the psychology department who wished to remain nameless said quizzes are oftentimes created by the teacher’s assistant.

The employee added that the psychology department is “very open to talking with students” if they are worried about grading or a question on an exam.

OSU explicitly prohibits discrimination on campus against any individual based on “age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, or veteran status,” according to the university’s policy.

“Colleges will tolerate pretty much any religion other than Christianity,” the OSU student said. “If colleges really want to give everyone a fair shot, they should stay away from making comments about any religion.”

Dr. Mike Adams, an outspoken conservative Christian professor at the University of North Carolina, said “every group is protected from offensive speech on campus except for conservative Christians.”

Adams also added that applying this principle to other types of groups would be taboo on college campuses. “So would it be permissible to force blacks to take a class teaching that blacks would have a lower IQ than white people?” he said in an interview with Campus Reform.

This isn’t the first time a researcher has used psychology to suggest those with more social conservative or even religious values have lower IQ scores. A 2011 study published in Psychological Science claimed that “lower general intelligence…in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology.”

“When science arose, it arose in the West and it did so in Christian nations. It did so because Christianity—with its assumptions about an orderly universe and its emphasis on obtaining knowledge as a cultural value—[was] necessary for science to develop and to flourish,” Adams said. “That anti-Christian bigots use science to attack Christianity is more than Pharisaic hypocrisy. It is deeply ingrained institutional bigotry.”

OSU declined to comment to Campus Reform for this story.

Well, OSU is just being good little commies after all:

goals

  • #17: Get control of the schools.
  • #27: Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity (which is ironic since this generation is self-absorbed [#me!] and has postponed maturation).

DCG

Creation: Crab Nebula

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
-Psalm 147:4-5

Crab NebulaCrab Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope photograph, 2005)

A supernova is a massive star exploding at the end of its life. The explosion creates spectacular glowing debris fields called supernova remnants.

The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus, part of the Perseus Arm of the  Milky Way galaxy. Located at a distance of about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the nebula has a diameter of 11 light years and expands at a rate of about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) per second.

First recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, the Crab Nebula was observed later by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731 and is the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion.

At the center of the nebula lies the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star 17-19 miles across with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second, which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves.

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA released four new images of the Crab Nebula supernova remnants. These supernova remnants are very hot and energetic and glow brightly in X-ray light, which allows Chandra to capture them in exquisite detail.

Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe.

On July 23, 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia — the largest satellite ever launched by the shutter. Since its deployment 15 years ago, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Orbiting far above Earth’s X-ray absorbing atmosphere at an altitude up to 139,000 km (86,500 mi) allows for Chandra’s long observations unobscured by Earth’s shadow.

With its superb sensitivity and resolution, Chandra has observed objects ranging from the closest planets and comets to the most distant known quasars. It has imaged the remains of exploded stars, or supernova remnants, observed the region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and discovered black holes across the universe. Chandra also has made a major advance in the study of dark matter by tracing the separation of dark matter from normal matter in collisions between galaxy clusters. It also is contributing to research on the nature of dark energy.

Source: NASA.gov

For Chandra images, multimedia and related materials, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/chandra

H/t FOTM’s Igor

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Pray for leaders who know right from wrong

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
“O Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king
to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him:
“Because you have asked for this—
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches,
nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right—
I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
and after you there will come no one to equal you.”

prayeratvalleyforgeThe Prayer at Valley Forge (1975), by Arnold Friberg (1913-2010)

~Eowyn

The 10 Plagues of America

“By this you will know I am the Lord.” -Exodus 7:17

Plague #1: Mayflies in mississippi river valley

Meghan DeMaria reports for TheWeek that every year mayflies leave the Mississippi River after one or two years of incubation, living for up to 36 hours before they return to the water, lay a new crop of eggs, and die.

However, this year’s mayfly hatch in the Mississippi River reached Biblical proportions and caused a bow echo on the National Weather Service (NWS) radar.

The La Crosse, Wisconsin branch of the NWS reports that the mayflies caused a three-vehicle car crash as they descended over the town. Two people were injured in the crash, and one was treated at a local hospital.

Below are two horrifying pics taken by Wisconsin residents of the millions and millions of flies:

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Plague #2: Antibiotics-resistant Superbugs

Mark Koba reports for CNBC, July 24, 2014, that cases of the contagious and deadly “superbug” known as CRE or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., according to a new study published in the August issue of the medical journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CRE is known as a “superbug” because the bacterium has a high mortality rate of 50% and because its various strains are mostly resistant to antibiotics. CRE usually strikes people in hospitals, nursing homes and other health centers, transferred from a patient to the hands of a care provider like a doctor or nurse, and from their hands to another patient. An estimated 9,300 people in the U.S. are infected by CRE every year, resulting in around 600 deaths.

Adding to the concern is a recent report by the University of Washington School of Public Health that another antibiotic-resistant superbug, MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, had been found in firehouses in Washington state.

Researchers /tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA. The bug was found at 19 of those firehouses on ambulances, trucks and on kitchen surfaces. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who had gotten an infection requiring medical care. No deaths have been reported.

MRSA causes a range of illnesses, from skin and wound infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections that can cause sepsis and death.
Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin.

There are more than 80,000 cases of MRSA detected each year in the U.S., with a reported 11,285 deaths.

All in all, there are at least 2 million illnesses reported each year from the various superbugs, resulting in more than 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Medical experts say that the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to the spread of superbugs. Antibiotics are often used in livestock as a preventive measure. 80% of all the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock production.

Perversely, that overuse is likely to continue in animals after a panel of the U.S. Second Court of Appeals ruled on July 24 that the Food and Drug Administration does not have to consider banning the practice of feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick.

There are calls for stronger antibiotics to deal with the superbug spread. But Dr. Joshua Thaden, a Boston-based specialist in infectious disease, says that’s likely to just continue the vicious cycle of drug resistance because “the bacteria could end up resisting them as well.”

Plague #3: airborne pneumonic plague in Colorado

There are three main types of plague:

  1. Septicemic plague occurs when the bacteria proliferates in the bloodstream.
  2. Bubonic plague takes hold underneath the skin.
  3. Pneumonic plague, the most serious, is airborne and can be spread through coughing and sneezing when the bacteria enters the lungs.

Plague in all of its forms usually infects an average of seven people yearly in the U.S., and is found mostly in the western states of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, according to the CDC.

Sonali Basak and Jennifer Oldham report for Bloomberg, July 18, 2014, that a week after a Colorado man was found on July 11 to be infected with the deadly pneumonic plague, three more cases were found — the deadliest form of the disease reported in Colorado in a decade. 

All four cases may be linked to the original man’s dog, which died from the illness. Health officials suspect the dog might have been exposed to plague-infected fleas from a prairie dog or rabbit, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment department.

While the first victim is still hospitalized, the three subsequent cases were treated with antibiotics, recovered, and are no longer contagious.

Plague #4: Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus

Meredith Engel reports for the New York Daily News, July 23, 2014, that Chikungunya is a painful virus spread by mosquitoes, for which there is no vaccine or treatment.

The recent Chikungunya epidemic began late last year in the Caribbean, then spread to Florida, then across the United States, with nearly 600 people reported to be infected.

The virus seldom kills its victims. Those infected often come down with a fever and significant joint pain, but heal in about a week.

Chikungunya, discovered in Africa 60 years ago, can’t spread human to human. The best way to ward off the disease is to take precautions against mosquito bites by using repellent with DEET, wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants when venturing outdoors, draining any standing water around the house, and staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most plentiful.

Plague #5: Worst Drought in a Century in California

The nightmarish multi-year drought in the state of California continues to get even worse.

This week it was reported that 81% of California is now experiencing “extreme drought” or worse. Three months ago, that number was just 68%. Downtown Los Angeles is now the driest it has been since rain records began in 1877.

For more, please see Michael Snyder’s article, “20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic” and FOTM’s “California to have state-wide mandatory water restrictions Aug. 1.”

Plague #6: Wildfires in Western USA

Massive wildfires in Washington, Oregon and western Canada have spread clouds of smoke over vast areas of the northwest United States in recent days.

CNN reports, July 20, 2014, that four wildfires spanning almost 170,000 acres are driving hundreds of people from their homes in Washington state and across the border in Canada. The flames have encroached on towns. An estimated 80 homes were destroyed and cell phone service was knocked out

Plague #7: Swine Virus Killing Millions Of U.S. Pigs

The New York Times reports (via CNBC) that a deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea or PEDv, is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the U.S. pork industry.

PEDv causes acute diarrhea that is virtually 100% lethal for piglets two to three weeks old. Paul Sundberg, vice president for science and technology at the National Pork Board, said, “I’ve been a vet since 1981, and there is no precedent for this. It is devastatingly virulent.”

The swine virus appeared in the United States last spring in Ohio and in weeks had spread to four more states. How it entered the U.S. is unknown, but the suspicion is that the virus came from China.

As a result of the deadly swine virus, the U.S. Agriculture Department says the number of hogs slaughtered this year is down 4.2% to roughly 50 million from more than 52 million in the same period in 2013. That, in turn, drove up the price of bacon by more than 15% and center-cut pork chops by almost 13% in May, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Precisely how many pigs have died from the virus is unknown. The Agriculture Department did not require reporting of the disease until June 5, and it does not collect data on how many pigs the virus has killed, instead referring the question to the hog industry — which does not like to talk about it. The National Pork Producers Council does not have a figure of its own but said it had heard that about 8 million pigs had died of PEDv so far and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.

Plague #8: Citrus Greening

Citrus greeningCitrus greening or huanglongbing is a disease spread by an invasive pest, the Asian citrus psyllid, which is sweeping across the citrus-producing regions of the world.

Kevin Loria reports for Business Insider, July 18, 2014, that at least 70% of Florida’s citrus trees are already infected by the disease, resulting in Florida’s citrus crop this year being the lowest it’s been in 30 years. Orange-juice prices are up nearly 20% this year alone and will continue to rise. The disease was a major factor in the lime shortage that made the price of a box of Persian limes jump from $18 to $85 last December. Researchers and growers say that if a cure isn’t found, the entire $9 billion Florida citrus industry could be destroyed.

Plague #9: Bananas may go extinct from virulent Fungus

Mark Koba reports for CNBC, April 21, 2014, that the world’s supply of bananas is under attack from a fungus called Panama disease or Fusarium wilt that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of the Panama disease called TR4, said “It’s a very serious situation” that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. and Latin American banana growers. “There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading.”

Bananas are the 8th most important food crop in the world and the 4th most important food crop among the world’s poorest countries. Through trade and supply, bananas make up a global $8.9 billion trade industry. Bananas are grown in more than 150 countries, which produce 105 million tons of fruit per year, while employing hundreds of thousands pf people. The U.S. is the top importer of bananas in the world at nearly 4 million tons a year. The largest exporters of the fruit are Ecuador, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia.

Plague #10: Fukushima radioactive water in Pacific ocean

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster that began in 2011 is continuing.

Hundreds of tons of radioactive water are being released into the Pacific on a continual basis, and this could potentially affect our oceans and our food chain for generations to come. There is a lot of evidence that it should be taken very seriously in the U.S., but it isn’t. In fact, former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur has admitted that while he was at MSNBC he was instructed not to warn the public about the radiation coming from Fukushima. (See “36 Signs the Media is Lying to You About How Radiation From Fukushima is Affecting the West Coast.”)

Japanese physician Dr. Shigeru Mita says residents of Tokyo, especially children, are displaying disturbing signs of radiation sickness:

Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake (<1000). In both cases, conditions tend to improve by moving to Western Japan (Neutrophils 0–>4500). Patients report nosebleed, hair loss, lack of energy, subcutaneous bleeding, visible urinary hemorrhage, skin inflammations, coughs and various other non-specific symptoms.

Dr. Mita concludes that “It is clear that Eastern Japan and Metropolitan Tokyo have been contaminated with radiation” and recommends that the entire city of Tokyo be evacuated.

As if the above 10 plagues aren’t enough, given the ease of global travel and  porous national borders (see “Illegals bring pneumonia and swine flu to Calif-Texas Navy bases” and “Obama’s Brown Shirts threaten health workers who divulge infectious diseases brought by tidal wave of illegals into America”), the following 3 horrific plagues may sooner or later spread to the United States:

Plague #11: MERS mutates into airborne pathogen

Meghan DeMaria reports for TheWeek, July 22, 2014, that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012.

Now, researchers at Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd Medical Research Center have evidence MERS may be airborne, after air samples from an infected camel barn tested positive for a strain of the viral genome MERS RNA. Reports also found that some infected people had close contacts with other MERS patients.

Plague #12: Bubonic plague

Rachel Rettner reports for Fox News, July 23, 2014, that after a man died last week from bubonic plague, Chinese officials have sealed off an entire city, Yumen, in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 residents from leaving the city.

The man became ill after he handled a dead marmot (a large wild rodent), and died last week from bubonic plague. No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.

Bubonic plague is an infectious disease known for killing millions of people in Europe in the 1300s, in a pandemic called the Black Death. It is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis that is carried by rodents, and can be transmitted to people through flea bites or by direct contact with the tissues or fluids of an animal with plague, according to the CDC.

Bubonic plague causes swelling of the lymph nodes, and it cannot be spread from person to person. However, if the disease spreads to the lungs, the person can develop pneumonic plague (see Plague #3), which can be transmitted from person to person if a sick individual coughs droplets into the air, and another person inhales the droplets. But person-to-person transmission is rare, and usually requires close contact with the infected individual.

Today, bubonic plague is treatable with antibiotics, the CDC says. (See, however, Plague #2: Antibiotics-Resistant Superbugs!) Now there are fewer than 5,000 cases of plague per year worldwide, with most cases occurring in Africa, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Plague #13: Ebola

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses with a high fatality rate of 60% to 90%. There is no vaccine. There is no cure.

First identified in 1976 in the sub-Saharan jungles of Zaire and the Sudan, Ebola was transmitted to humans via the blood or bodily fluids of an infected fruit bat or monkey.

Symptoms typical of an Ebola infection begin 2 days to 3 weeks after contacting the virus — those of fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. Then it gets worse, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Then it gets even worse. The infected starts hemorrhaging or bleeding from the body’s mucous membranes — mouth (gums), nose, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

In June 2014, I posted on how the Ebola virus had made the jump from the jungles to West Africa’s urban centers. At that time, Dr. Bart Janssens of the charity group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) had said the Ebola epidemic is now “out of control” in West Africa and warned that the epidemic would spread to more countries, unless there’s a stronger international response — which there wasn’t.

The latest: Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor has himself contracted Ebola.

Reuters reports that 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a “national hero” by Sierra Leone’s health ministry, had led the fight to control the Ebola outbreak that has killed 206 people in his country but now has caught the deadline disease that kills up to 90% of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Even worse, yesterday Nigeria’s ministry of health said Ebola may have hit Lagos, Nigeria’s capital and the most populous city in Africa.

A Liberian man, who had worked and lived in Liberia where Ebola is prevalent, had collapsed at Lagos’s airport displaying symptoms of the disease. The Nigeria government has sent the man’s blood samples to the World Health Organization to be tested.

H/t ZeroHedge and FOTM’s swampygirl, josephbc69, and pnordman.

~Eowyn

Who really owns the rainbow?

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Is the public swallowing a real Whopper?

We drive past a number of Unitarian churches that fly a rainbow flag out front. I haven’t asked them, but a quick search brought me to this page:

Unitarian Universalist Rainbow Principles

  • Respect All Beings
  • Offer Fair and Kind Treatment
  • Yearn to Learn
  • Grow in Spirit and Mind
  • Believe in Your Ideas and Act on Them
  • Insist on Peace, Freedom and Justice
  • Value the Connections in All Creation

nut_symbolsAll well and good, but a look at a related Facebook page, Rainbow Unitarians, reveals the real reason for the rainbow on their churches is their connection to the LGBTQ lifestyles.

So, the Unicornitarians are the all inclusive alternative to the closed minded Christian churches. They embrace everyone. They love to adorn their SUVs with bumper stickers that declare, COEXIST, and defend the misunderstood jihadists among us.

unicorn-poop-shirt1The obvious foolishness of COEXIST (what with that nasty beheading, cannibalism, genocide thing) requires that someone remain around to clean up after the noble aspirations of the Unicornitarians and their mythical  beasties.

A Horse of a Different Color

And then, in an effort to pander to a disgruntled minority, we see the Reverend Jesse partners-rainbow_push-logoJackson promoting his Rainbow Push Coalition, and equating the struggles of the African American community to the suffering of the LGBT-TGI-Fridays gender blending people.

So race-bating charlatans have joined the parade, and actively encourage the poor disenfranchised LGBT-BLT_WHATEVER people in their pursuit of a world filled with peace, love and understanding.

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Peace Love and Understanding: Exceptions

There will be no peace, love or understanding extended to:

  • Pro-Life Roman Catholics
  • Pro-Life Jews
  • Pro-Life Evangelicals
  • Constitutional Conservatives
  • (special consideration will be extended to Jihadist Muslims)

 Intelectual Copyrights Question

All this lovingness aside, there remains an unanswered question:
Who owns the right to use the rainbow as a branding image? 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
– Genesis 9:13-16

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So we have now established the true ownership of the rainbow, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. Now stop right there. I know what you’re thinking:

“Hey! It’s time we sue the heck out of the LGBT-XYZ Unicornitarians, for copyright infringement!”

But a suit is already in the works. There’s no need to waste energy on it. The Copyright Holder is planning on collecting triple damages…

…soon.

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