Our brother in Christ needs your prayers

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Sid, a reader of FOTM in Canada, is desperate.

In August of this year, after working for the same company as an electronics engineering technician for 4½ years, Sid was laid off, ostensibly because of “restructuring”.

At the time, thinking he would soon be re-employed either by another company or as a freelancer, Sid made the mistake of listening to friends who urged him to buy a house.

Meanwhile, Sid diligently searched, day and night, for another job, but in vain.  So he put his house on the market: he placed ads on every local classified site, MLS, Viewpoint, as well as called many customers and friends asking if they knew anyone who wanted to buy.

In October, Sid reached out to FOTM, asking for help. He wrote:

“I had nothing but bad luck most of my life specially this past year, I got laid off from both jobs and purchased a house alone, I went against my gut feeling and instead listened to people around me (neighbors, co-workers and couple of friends). Now those people are ignoring me yet when they want something they call me. I am really depressed and need your help as to what prayers and such I could do to sell this house and move on with life. Thank you.”

I wrote back with practical, psychological and spiritual suggestions. Our email correspondence ended with my attempt to get him out of his depression by suggesting that he begins each day finding ONE thing for which he’s grateful. I wrote, on October 27:

“I suggest you do this every day for the next month: Begin each day by thinking of ONE thing for which you are grateful.

During a time in my life when I was very depressed, I did that. And before I even realized it, my depression was gone.
Do that for a week, then email me back.”

More than a month passed.

This morning, Sid sent a plea, asking for prayers from FOTM‘s kind readers and powerful prayer warriors:

“I have been praying for 4 months and nothing works, others have been praying for me as well. House is still not selling and I was rejected for Employment Insurance. My life is getting worse, all I want is this house sold. Do you mind placing a thread on your website for everyone to pray for me?, thank you.”

Sid gave me his real name and address. I believe he is legit.

He has done everything he’s supposed to do in job-search and house-sale. He is abandoned by family and friends. He prays. He is desperate.

Please help our brother in Christ with your prayers and counsel. And if you or someone you know has a job for Sid (electronics engineering technician) or is in the market for a house in Nova Scotia, send me an email at:

FOTM4ever@gmail.com

Thank you for your kindness,

~Eowyn

The Hillary epic fail Caption Contest

This is the 138th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the GIF:

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About the GIF: Believing in the media’s rigged polls, the Clintons prematurely (and mistakenly) celebrate Hillary’s election win on the night of November 8, 2016.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Doctors in the future will use this GIF to teach interns about senile dementia.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

FOTM4ever@gmail.com

~Éowyn

Friday Evening Chuckle

Just thought I would share this with my FotM friends:

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-Dave

(h/t my NB bud Earnyourkeep)

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars in Disrepair as Honorees Cry Foul

First world problems…

Donald Trump's vandalized Walk of Fame Star

Donald Trump’s vandalized Walk of Fame Star

From Hollywood Reporter: More than 10 million tourists flock to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame each year, but in the early morning hours of Oct. 27, James Otis wasn’t there to snap a selfie. The political protester instead wielded a sledgehammer and pickax to obliterate Donald Trump’s star. “I thought if I took that symbol away, it would help a lot of people understand that what Trump said [about Latinos and other groups] wasn’t right,” Otis told THR. His pulverization, which netted international headlines, quickly was followed by work to repair Trump’s star.

But most damaged stars, many bearing far more of the cultural symbolism Otis cited, receive lesser treatment: One-fifth of the 2,500-plus stars are in disrepair after decades of neglect, THR has found. Longtime Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler acknowledges this figure matches a city review conducted in the 2000s. Neither he nor any other Walk steward disputed THR’s findings.

Touching every era and genre of entertainment, the damage ranges from minor cracks (Charlie Chaplin, Aaron Spelling, Aretha Franklin) and broken brass inlays (Al Jolson, Chris Rock, Edith Head) to large gouges (Irving Thalberg, Myrna Loy, Paul Rudd). Stars in the worst condition include those honoring Cecil B. DeMille, Ginger Rogers, Neil Diamond, Lucille Ball and Billy Wilder.

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It’s troubling,” says Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore (1952’s Come Back, Little Sheba). “We earned our stars.” Adds Don Murray, who debuted opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1956’s Bus Stop: “If I were a member of the chamber, I would hope I’d be bothered.”

Actress Terry Moore

Actress Terry Moore

Actor Tab Hunter also points a finger at the chamber. “The Walk of Fame is a registered trademark of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce,” he says. “They must be raking in the bucks. I wonder what they’re doing with it.”

Indeed, the disrepair is hard to reconcile with the roughly $1 million in annual revenue that the chamber — which selects honorees and stages the ceremonies at which stars are bestowed — appears to generate from the Walk. Along with the two dozen or so new stars added annually, each of which comes with a $30,000 “donation,” licensing fees — from key chains, shot glasses and T-shirts sold in local tchotchke shops — amount to “six figures” annually, says Gubler.

The degradation of the Walk is far from new. In 1986, the head of the chamber noted that decay had begun a decade earlier, as the neighborhood itself went into decline. (The official’s plan at that time was to fund a significant restoration, to the tune of $500,000, funded with an extensive merchandising pact that saw 170 celebrities, from Kirk Douglas to Charlton Heston, agree to allowing products bearing their starred names to be sold at local souvenir shops.) Yet even as gentrification has swept through the surrounding blocks in recent years — Charlize Theron sold her multimillion-dollar penthouse in a renovated loft building at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Vine earlier this year — the Walk remains a wreck.

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

Nearly half of Americans want to keep ObamaCare

I’ll bet that those in favor of Obamacare didn’t receive an 80 percent increase notice for their health care premiums for 2017.

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Via NY Post: Barely a quarter of Americans want ObamaCare completely dismantled, while nearly half want it kept as is — or even expanded, pollsters said Thursday.

In a post-election poll commissioned by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 26 percent of respondents said they want all of the Affordable Care Act repealed. Pollsters found that 19 percent of those surveyed said they like the status quo, and 30 percent want ObamaCare expanded.

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President-elect Donald Trump — who spent the campaign trashing ObamaCare and promising to repeal it — has already backtracked on that pledge.

Trump now says he wants to keep at least two major ObamaCare provisions — allowing children to remain on a parent’s plan until age 26, and barring insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

That approach seems to match with 17 percent of poll respondents, who want ObamaCare scaled back but not thrown out entirely.

Republican respondents, at a 52 percent clip, were strongly in favor of killing ObamaCare altogether, this poll found. But even that’s a shift down from 69 percent of GOP backers who said a month ago they wanted all of ObamaCare trashed.

This poll was conducted between Nov. 15 and 21 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

DCG

Libs will have a meltdown over this song!

Enjoy! dancingbanana Carrot Chilli Muffin

H/t FOTM‘s MCA & GiGi

~Eowyn

Furious migrants bemoan their shelter conditions in Merkel’s Germany

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From Express UK: With the showers and washing machines broken for weeks on end, desperate asylum seekers say they cannot continue to live in the “unworthy conditions”.

Around 92 refugees live in a gymnasium in Wackenbergstrasse, in Pankow, Berlin, as they wait to claim asylum. But the unhappy migrants have complained an emergency light that is kept on all night keeps them awake.

Some have even turned to drink and drugs to block out their living conditions, according to reports. 

Sascha Langenbach, the spokeswoman for the refugee agency, reports of depression, trauma and alcohol abuse in the shelter. She said: ”We will also have to deal with the topic of drug abuse.”

Pankow’s mayor Sören Benn has been inundated with letters of complaints, with some migrants claiming they have developed diseases and rashes from living in the gym. One letter reads:”We live in dirt. And we do not know at all whether we can ever leave the gym.”

A picture of a German shelter from Twitter

A picture of a German shelter from Twitter

Another said: “The gym hall meant as a provisional solution has evolved into a permanent state which is unsustainable for people. “It cannot be that people in Germany have to live under these unworthy conditions.” And a mother-of-seven said: “We cannot stay here any longer,” while Tofigh, a young man who escaped from Iran, added: “We don’t trust anyone anymore.”

In Berlin, there are still 20,000 refugees living in shelters and around 3,000 in gym halls like the one in Wackenbergstrasse.

Birgit Geist, who coordinates the volunteering in the gym hall, said: “People are breaking down here, one after the other. “Since summer, they were promised that they will be able to move by the end of the year. However, for hygiene reasons alone are the conditions no longer acceptable for the residents.

Another volunteer, Sarah Neumeyer, says the migrants struggle to sleep, adding: “In the hall, it is so bright at night that people have problems sleeping.” 

But Mr. Benn has attempted to reassure the migrants, telling them: “I will see what I can do. Hang in there and do not go crazy.”

More than one million migrants have entered Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her ill-fated open for refugee policy in a bid to stem the migrant crisis. 

DCG

New study finds link between child vaccination and autism – CENSORED

The much-maligned anti-vaccine movement is fueled, in good part, by parents’ suspicion that childhood vaccination causes autism.

The clinical term is Autism Spectrum Disorder: a developmental disability that ranges from mild disabilities of speech and language impairments, to serious developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism.

Indeed, the statistical data confirm that autism is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • In 2012, the number of children with ASD increased to 1 in 68.
  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

Now, a new study of 666 home-schooled children has confirmed that there is an association between childhood vaccination and autism.

The study is a survey (questionnaire) of 415 mothers who are members of home-school organizations in 4 states: Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon. The mothers were asked whether their children had been vaccinated, and about the children’s health conditions. Among the health conditions are neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability.

The study found a “significant association” between vaccination and autism. (A statistically significant association means the probability that the association occurred by chance is extremely unlikely.) The study also found that the association between vaccination and autism is compounded if the child is male and/or preterm, i.e., born prematurely at fewer than 37 weeks gestational age.

The study was conducted by a research team of four, comprised of:

  1. Dr. Anthony R. Mawson, Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jackson State University (JSU).
  2. Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, an organization in Salem, Oregon which conducts homeschooling research, and publishes the journal Home School Research.
  3. Dr. Azad R. Bhuiyan, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, JSU.
  4. Binu Jacob, a former graduate student at JSU.

Mawson, et al., published their research findings in an article titled “Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports,” in a 2016 issue of the journal, Frontiers in Public Health 4:270 (2016).

Frontiers in Public Health describes itself as an open access “peer-reviewed journal aimed at the scientific community interested in the broad area of public health.” The journal’s editorial board is comprised of:

  • Joav Merrick, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel. Merrick is the journal’s main editor. His title is “Field Chief Editor”.
  • Rustam Aminov, Technical University of Denmark
  • Ross Bailie, University of Sidney, Australia
  • Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
  • John B. F. de Wit, University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia
  • Jimmy Thomas Efird, East Carolina University, Greenville

But if you go to the article’s link (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270), you will not find it. Instead, you ‘ll get this message:

Error 412

The requested content is not yet available.
Article 231518 is not yet publicly available.

That means the journal pulled the article, which, unless it was for a legitimate reason (e.g., research errors), is a form of post-publication censorship.

Fortunately, Rich Winkel of Thought Crime Radio found the article on Google Cache: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3ulOESkkTPAJ:journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

I tried to access the article on Google Cache, but got another Error message:

404. That’s an error.

The requested URL /search?q=cache:3ulOESkkTPAJ:journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

That means the article has been scrubbed from even Google Cache!

But Winkel did manage to capture the article’s Abstract before it was scrubbed:

Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270

Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports

Anthony R. Mawson1*, Brian D. Ray2, Azad R. Bhuiyan3 and Binu Jacob4
  • 1Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health (Initiative), Jackson State University, USA
  • 2National Home Education Research Institute, USA
  • 3Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health (Initiative), USA
  • 4Former Graduate Student, Jackson State University, School of Public Health (Initiative), USA

ABSTRACT

Background: Vaccinations have prevented millions of infectious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths among US children. Yet the long-term health outcomes of the routine vaccination program remain unknown. Studies have been recommended by the Institute of Medicine to address this question.

Specific Aims: To compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children on a broad range of health outcomes, and to determine whether an association found between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), if any, remains significant after adjustment for other measured factors.

Design: A cross-sectional survey of mothers of children educated at home.

Methods: Homeschool organizations in four states (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon) were asked to forward an email to their members, requesting mothers to complete an anonymous online questionnaire on the vaccination status and health outcomes of their biological children ages 6 to 12.

Results: A total of 415 mothers provided data on 666 children, of which 261 (39%) were unvaccinated. Vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDDs (defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability). After adjustment, the factors that remained significantly associated with NDD were vaccination (OR 3.1, 95% CI: 1.4, 6.8), male gender (OR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 4.3), and preterm birth (OR 5.0, 95% CI: 2.3, 11.6). In a final adjusted model, vaccination but not preterm birth remained associated with NDD, while the interaction of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with a 6.6-fold increased odds of NDD (95% CI: 2.8, 15.5).

Conclusions: In this study based on mothers’ reports, the vaccinated had a higher rate of allergies and NDD than the unvaccinated. Vaccination, but not preterm birth, remained significantly associated with NDD after controlling for other factors. However, preterm birth combined with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of NDD. Further research involving larger, independent samples is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children’s health.

Keywords: Acute diseases; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology; Evaluation; Health policy; Immunization; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Vaccination, Acute diseases, chronic diseases, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Health Policy, Immunization, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Vaccination

Citation: Mawson AR, Ray BD, Bhuiyan AR and Jacob B (2016). Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports.Front. Public Health4:270. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270

Received: 17 Sep 2016; Accepted: 21 Nov 2016.

Edited by: Amit Agrawal, Gandhi Medical College, India

Reviewed by: Kelly Hsieh, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Linda Mullin Elkins, Life University, USA

Copyright: © 2016 Mawson, Ray, Bhuiyan and Jacob. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Anthony R. Mawson, School of Public Health (Initiative), Jackson State University, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, 39213, Mississippi, USA, amawsn@gmail.com

Needless to say, the scrubbing from a journal as well as from Google Cache of an already-published article confirming parents’ suspicion that vaccines are linked to autism, will only fuel more conspiracy talk.

Our skepticism concerning the article’s scrubbing has good reasons given the credentials of the study’s lead author.

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The lead author of the study is Dr. Anthony Mawson, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in England and received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Tulane University. Mawson is currently a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health in Jackson State University (JSU). He is a well-published scientist with 59 publications in various journals:

  • For Mawson’s page at JSU, click here.
  • For Mawson’s cv (or resume), click here. According to his cv, Mawson has submitted a co-authored article (with Brian D. Ray and A. Bhuiyan, the same co-authors of the now-scrubbed Frontiers in Public Health article), provisionally titled “Vaccination and health outcomes,” to BMC: Health Services Research, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal.

Professor Mawson can be reached at:

  • 5359 Briarfield Road, Jackson, MS 39211
  • Tel: 601-991-3811; 601-622-2597 (cell phone)
  • Email: amawsn@gmail.com

I will email Dr. Mawson and will report back to y’all if I get a response.

H/t Jim Stone

~Eowyn