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Even Cher balks at Bernie Sanders’ proposal that felons in prison have right to vote

Democrats have gone so far left, even rabid anti-Trumper Cher, who fantasized putting President Trump in a “straight jacket,” is balking at their latest proposals.

In a tweet on April 14, 2019, 72-year-old Cher questioned why some wanted Los Angeles to take in even more immigrants when it already has a large homeless population:

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

9 days later, in a tweet that she since deleted, Cher expressed her incredulity at socialist senator and 2020 presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders saying convicted criminals in prison shouldn’t be deprived of the right to vote.

In a CNN town hall meeting on April 23, Sanders said:

“Yes, even for terrible people because once you start chipping away — you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, we’re not going to let him vote,’ or ‘that person did that,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote…I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Reacting with disbelief, Cher tweeted, “Does Bernie Sanders Really Believe Ppl In Prison Who Are Murderers⁉️ Rapists⁉️ Child Molesters⁉️ BOSTON BOMBERS.…STILL DESERVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE⁉️”

Of course, none of this means Cher has been “red-pilled” and is “woke” because she will still vote for whoever the 2020 Demonrat presidential nominee will be.

H/t Breitbart

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~Eowyn

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Feminist restaurant that imposes 18% ‘gender surcharge’ on men will close for good

Handsome Her is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Brunswick, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia, which describes itself as “Community based cafe focussing on female empowerment, social responsibility and environmental justice. All vegan all day.”

Handsome Her is also a feminist restaurant that gives priority seating to female customers. In 2017, the restaurant attracted headlines for righting the alleged “gender pay gap” by charging men extra with an 18% “gender surcharge”. At the time, the cafe’s management claimed the attention left them “jam-packed with customers showing their support”.

Calling the restaurant “feminist” is actually a misnomer. Handsome Her more properly should be identified as a lesbian restaurant, as shown by a recent post on the restaurant’s Facebook page promoting a lesbian speed-dating event.

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for Summit News, April 23, 2019, that Handsome Her, which only opened a few years ago, is closing for good on April 28.

Out of 52 reviews on Trip Advisor, Handsome Her received only 18 “excellent”, one “average”, 3 “poor”, and 30 “terrible” ratings. John P. from Sydney, Australia, who visited the restaurant in August 2017, gave it a one-star “terrible” rating. He wrote:

I was in Melbourne on business recently and a friend of mine recommended this cafe. What a shame I listened to her. It took 5 minutes to get the attention of a waitress who seemed to be more interested in chatting to her friends, rather than serving a customer who’d just walked through the door. I was eventually seated and chose the gnocchi paired with the suggested pinot noir. The gnocchi arrived and I was bitterly disappointed. The gnocchi was very undercooked and had a floury texture, the mushrooms were burnt and the dish lacked any real flavour. The only enjoyable part of the meal was the wine. I left most of my meal on the plate and finished my wine.

When I asked for the bill, the waitress asked if there was a problem with my meal, since I’d left most of it on my plate. When I told her of my dissatisfaction with the meal, she morphed into an aggressive and irate woman who then started dispatching some rather vile language. Not wanting to cause a scene, I subsequently left the requisite cash on the table, which included a 15% tip, and promptly walked out. As I was walking past the register on the way out, I could hear the same woman telling the other waitress working with her that I was a “vile beast” and that I “wasn’t welcome here again”.

I certainly won’t be coming back. One of the worst experiences I’ve had in quite some time.

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~Eowyn

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The Transvestite Mayor Caption Contest

This is the 198th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

For more about Lozano, see “Texas mayor is a homosexual transvestite who wears 4″ high heels”.

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).
  • 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, April 30, 2019.

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

Lozano: “So you think Texas is conservative? What special kind of stupid are you?”

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

~Eowyn

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NRA may lose tax-exempt status due to internal corruption

A long article by Mike Spies, “Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.,” in The New Yorker, April 17, 2019, describes the National Rifles Association (NRA) as being in serious trouble.

The Hill reports that the New Yorker article led gun-control group Everytown For Gun Safety (EFGS) to file an IRS complaint on April 19, claiming that the NRA is in violation of tax laws on charitable organizations and should be investigated. As EFGS says in a letter attached to their complaint:

The NRA is a purported charity and exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and we write today to alert you to what we believe are activities that clearly fall outside of the NRA’s charitable purpose and mission. We call on the IRS to commence an investigation into whether (i) the NRA has violated the federal laws governing 501(c)(4) charitable organizations, and (ii) if so, consider what remedies are warranted, including potential revocation of the NRA’s 501(c)(4) status.

For his New Yorker article, Mike Spies conducted interviews and obtained the NRA’s federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications. Although the “vast majority” of contributions to the NRA come from “millions of small individual donors”, what Spies uncovered is an organization of secrecy, corruption, and grossly overpaid executives. Memos by a senior NRA employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, while marginalizing those who object.

Spies’ article, “Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.,” begins with an admission by NRA top executive Wayne LaPierre that the organization is “troubled”. Here are the signs of financial trouble:

  • In recent years, the NRA has run annual deficits of as much as $40 million.
  • A financial audit from 2017 revealed that the NRA had nearly reached the limit of a $25 million line of credit.
  • According to minutes of a meeting of the NRA board’s finance committee in December 1996, “the NRA has been technically insolvent for several years” and “has incurred substantial debt.”

To raise money, the NRA:

  • Raised its dues for the second time in two years.
  • Liquidated more than $2 million from an investment fund.
  • Borrowed almost $4 million from its officers’ life-insurance policies, while the costs of insurance increased by 341% from 2018 to 2019.
  • Tapped another $4 million from its affiliated charitable foundation.

To cut costs, the NRA:

  • Eliminated free coffee and water coolers at its headquarters.
  • Froze its employees’ pension plan.
  • Reduced spending on its avowed core mission of gun education, safety, and training to less than 10% of its total budget.

The source of the NRA’s insolvency is a small group of executives, contractors and vendors who “extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements“.

The small elite group who’s bleeding the NRA dry includes:

  1. LaPierre, who earns more than $1 million a year.
  2. Dana Loesch, NRA spokesperson and former Breitbart News editor, who earned close to $1 million in at least one year.
  3. Oliver North, NRA president and former Iran-Contra operative, is paid roughly $1 million a year.
  4. Kyle Weaver, former executive director of NRA’s general operations who was fired in the fall of 2016, nevertheless was paid $720,000 for that year. State filings show Weaver also received $150,000 upon his exit, and continued to be paid through 2018, receiving “a final lump sum” this past January.
  5. Weaver’s successor, Josh Powell, was paid nearly $800,000 in 2017. Powell came to the NRA after running two clothing catalogues that catered to men who enjoy adventure, venison, and fine wine. He was sued at least 20 times by businesses that had worked with him, for unpaid bills amounting to more than $400,000. In December, 2018, Powell was moved out of the job of executive director of general operations, and was “promoted” to the NRA’s legal team as  a “senior strategist” although he is not an attorney.
  6. Mike Marcellin was a senior NRA employee for almost 23 years who oversaw the NRA’s relationship with Lockton Affinity, an insurance administrator that worked on Carry Guard and other NRA-branded insurance products. Iin 2016, Marcellin retired from the NRA and started a private consultancy. Although he had worked only the first few weeks of January, the NRA paid him a full year’s salary — nearly $630,000, mostly in the form of a bonus. During the same year, Lockton paid him about $450,000. No one was aware that Marcellin was receiving income from both organizations—a situation that should have been disclosed on the NRA’s 2016 tax filings.
  7. Curiously, North and Loesch technically are not employed by the NRA, but are paid by Oklahoma-based public-relations firm Ackerman McQueen, which has shaped the NRA’s public identity for more than 30 years, wields great influence over the NRA’s initiatives, and is involved with nearly all of the group’s divisions. In 2017, according to tax filings, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen and its affiliates $40.9 million, or about 12% of the NRA’s total expenses that year.

The NRA and Ackerman McQueen have become so intertwined that it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Top officials and staff move freely between the two organizations. For instance, Ackerman has worked closely with LaPierre’s wife, Susan, who maintains an Ackerman e-mail address and was briefly employed there in the mid-1990s.

Many NRA employees have long suspected Ackerman of inflating the cost of the services it provides. Aaron Davis, a former special-education teacher from rural South Carolina who spent a decade working in the NRA’s fund-raising department, told The New Yorker: “Most staffers think that Ackerman is too expensive. They think they’re just using the N.R.A. to make a massive profit.”

On April 12, the NRA sued Ackerman McQueen, claiming that the PR firm has denied the NRA access to basic business records, including the terms of Oliver North’s contract, and blaming Ackerman for the NRA’s financial insolvency.

Marc Owens, who was head of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversees tax-exempt enterprises for 10 years, recently reviewed the NRA’s records, said:

“The litany of red flags is just extraordinary. The materials reflect one of the broadest arrays of likely transgressions that I’ve ever seen. There is a tremendous range of what appears to be the misuse of assets for the benefit of certain venders and people in control. Those facts, if confirmed, could lead to the revocation of the N.R.A.’s tax-exempt status.

Without its tax-exempt status, the NRA likely will not survive.

H/t truckjunkie and Guns & Gadgets

~Eowyn

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We have a winner!

Sorry for being a week late, but FOTM was in a crisis, engineered yet again by WordPress. See “WordPress canceled FOTM’s Jetpack Premium software”.

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We have a winner for FOTM’s 197th Caption Contest!

So many clever captions!

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 197th FOTM Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is . . .

William!

Here is his caption:

Joe Biden for President in 2020: Make Pedophilia Acceptable Again

chris burns and Lophatt are in 2nd place, each with two #1 votes and 8 points. Here are their captions:

chris burns: “Touch her again, and your nickname will be ‘Stumpy’.”

Lophatt: “He’s the life of the party at PTA meetings.”

Goldbug and SMKay are in 3rd place, each with 6 points. Goldbug received one #1 vote and one #2 vote; SMKay received three #2 votes. Here are their captions:

Goldbug: “Okay, I’ll just order me some pizza.”

SMKay: “A perfect example… How the rich and powerful only get a slap on the wrist for their crimes.”

Larry and silhouette are in 4th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

Larry: “Not with her, Mister Vice-Pervident!”

silhouette: “Biden always wanted to be a TSA agent.”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, William!

Here is your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~Eowyn

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Sandy Hook: The curious case of Danbury Hospital’s premature Facebook message, 48 mins. before police received 911 call

This post was first published more than a year ago, but it warrants a re-publishing because the San Francisco-based Archive.org (aka Internet Archive Wayback Machine) refuses to archive the post.

There are so many oddities and anomalies about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, in which, we are told, 20 first-grade students and 6 adults were killed. The authorities have not made even the slightest effort to address these anomalies, nor have the corporate media shown even the slightest curiosity in investigating these oddities.

This is about one of those oddities: The fact that Danbury Hospital posted on its Facebook page a message of sympathy about the shooting and an offer to assist 48 minutes before Newtown police received the 911 call about a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES). Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, is the nearest hospital to Newtown, just 12 miles down the road from SHES.

According to the Newtown police’s timeline of the mass shooting on the morning of December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut:

  • 9:35:39 – First 911 call to Newtown Police Department is received.
  • 9:36:06 – Newtown Police Department dispatcher broadcasts that there is a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • 9:37:38 – Connecticut State Police are dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School for active shooter.
  • 9:38:50 – Connecticut State Police are informed that Sandy Hook Elementary School is in lockdown.
  • 9:39:00 – First Newtown police officer arrives behind Sandy Hook Elementary School on Crestwood Road.
  • 9:40:03 – Last gunshot is heard. This is believed to be the final suicide shot from the shooter in classroom 10.
  • 9:42:39 – Newtown officer calls out the license plate of the shooter’s car.
  • 9:44:47 – Newtown officers enter Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • 9:46:23 – Connecticut State Police arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • 9:46:48 – Connecticut State Police enter Sandy Hook Elementary School

On December 14, 2012, at 8:47 ammore than 48 minutes before police, at 9:35 am, received the first 911 call from SHES — Danbury Hospital posted this message on Facebook:

We are here to care for any victims and their families in any way they need us. Our hearts and prayers are extended to anyone involved in this terrible tragedy. To date, three patients have been transported to Danbury Hospital from the scene.

Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown. This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.

We will keep you apprised of any additional information as details are confirmed.

Below is a screenshot of Danbury Hospital’s Facebook page (source: Wolfgang Halbig):

Here’s a screenshot of Halbig’s email that he bcc’d FOTM on February 17, 2018 (I redacted his email address):

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~Eowyn

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PC Madness: New York Yankees bans Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ for ‘potential racism’

Kate Smith is a famous singer before and during World War II, whose version of “God Bless America” is iconic. In 1982, Smith was honored by President Ronald Reagan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1986.

Stefan Bondy reports for the New York Daily News, April 18, 2019, that although the New York Yankees baseball team for 18 years after the 9/11 attacks had regularly used Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless American” in the middle of the seventh inning, the Yankees ditched the recording this season and replaced it with different versions of the song.

Why?

In order “to take a stand against racism” — not because Smith’s “God Bless America” is racist, but because of Smith’s history of “potential” racism.

In the words of the New York Daily News, Smith recorded the song, “Pickaninny Heaven” directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. Smith shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is “startlingly racist”. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” in 1939, which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman in the same vein as Aunt Jemima.

A Yankees spokesman said: “The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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Beware of ‘free’ offer from ‘Christian’ Dr. Richard Gerhauser

Lies are a hallmark of evil.

Deceptive advertising is a form of lying.

About a week ago, I received this email from Activist Post:

Dear Reader,

8 years ago, this M.D. uncovered a group of seniors doing the unthinkable… cheating the “natural laws” of human lifespans.

And they all show these 4 weird signs that they’ll live past 100.

Do you show them?

-NHR (Natural Health Response) Research Team

P.S. These seniors might be living extremely long lives, but you’d never realize how old they really are. Click here for their secrets.

We’ve all received such “sponsored” emails before from websites to which we subscribe. Invariably, if you click on the embedded link, you’re sent to a page with a long video that you cannot speed through. But I fell for this one, my curiosity stirred by the claim of discovery of a Tabula Vita (fancy Latin for “map of life”) that accounts for a group of seniors who are defying the odds and living beyond normal human lifespans.

The video began with a brief segment on the alleged discovery of Noah’s Ark. Then a medical physician, Richard H. Gerhauser, who says he’s a devout Christian, begins his pitch. But 15-20 minutes into the video, Gerhauser still hasn’t even begun to identify who these remarkable seniors are, and the “4 weird signs that they’ll live past 100”, which Gerhauser calls Tabula Vita, Latin for the map of life.

So I went looking on the web for information on Gerhauser.

To begin, Richard H. Gerhauser graduated in 1981 from the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. He is board-certified in the field of “public health” and claims to have expertise in flu, sports medicine, and nutrition disorders. He currently practices “preventive medicine” at the Quality of Life Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Gerhauser received 40 ratings on Vitals, with an average of only 3.3 stars (maximum 5 stars): 17 excellent; 13 bad. Gerhauser’s negative reviews are instructive:

“I just spent an hour watching the video by Gerhauser revealing God’s four things that keep us alive and healthy sometime into the 100’s. This is all based on the Bible and the fact that Noah and many others had much longer life spans then we do. I am a Christian Counselor, with a master’s Degree in Theology, Psychology, and Christian Counseling. I have also taught the Bible for 25 years. So as I was reading, the doctor was very convincing, using scriptures to back up what he was saying. All the time he is saying that as a Christian he does not want to charge anything for these two books. I kept reading hoping against hope that he really was going to send these books for free. But alas, I just knew there would be a catch. Which of course is to lock you in to a yearly subscription to his Health News Letter for $74.00, with a sliding scale of 37.00 (if you are a senior citizen) and then for a six month subscription only 19.00 As a Christian, when someone says that something is FREE, then it is really FREE, and does not use the FREE word as a bribe to get you to buy something else. Which of course is the real goal here.Knowing God like I do, I highly doubt that He would give his secrets of a long life to someone like Gerhauser who is merely using the FREE word in order to actually make a required UNFREE price to buy his News Letter. Not only that, but IF we use the four secrets that God supposedly revealed to him, which 99.9% are guaranteed to work, then WHY would we need his news letter with advice on how to get healthy, etc? The bottom line is they want your credit card on file so they can automatically bill you every year for a new subscription to his news letter. I happen to know that Psalm 139 states that God APPOINTS the exact number of days that each of us will live while we are still being formed in the womb. So actually HE has already decided what each of our life spans will be before we are even born? So there is a day ahead for each of us that God Himself has appointed the exact date of our death. Read Psalm 139. So the reality is WE CANNOT CONTROL the day that we are going to die on no matter how much gray salt, or Noah’s Wine, or Cellular REnewal, or DNA etc. we take or don’t take. We are not God and we cannot determine how many years we will live. So on that note, I suggest that you do not buy his news letter simply because for a Christian he LIED in order to make money.”

I paid $37 for supposed free books and a supply of supplements. I got the books in 10 days but no supplements. There is no place to call or email this ‘doctor’ to get my guaranteed refund. This sight and probably the doctor are a fraud – do not lose your money here. I am putting in a claim against him. He can have his dang books back. All he does is suggest what supplements to buy from other vitamin outlets. A REAL HOAX! Too bad I can’t hit minus stars.”

“I don’t want to say that what Dr. Gerhauser has to offer isn’t valuable for our health. But to say it is free and then require that I pay for a subscription and that with a ticking clock, is asking me to make a hasty decision. I’m suffering major health problems (disabled) and simply don’t have the money for this for another 7 days. So his pressured dishonest tactics just precluded my being able to access the years of health I could have. Shame on you Dr. Gerhauser. Change the free but it’s not free and the do it now thing and I think you have a really Christian thing here assuming your research is correct.”

“Dr. Gerhauser said there’s no cost. However, in my opinion, this appears to be a bait and switch scheme. He also uses God in his presentation to prove his honesty and sincerity. By the end of his long online presentation, he encourages you to purchase his monthly newsletter. So, in reality, if I’m not mistaken, the ‘free’ publication is sent after you sign up for the newsletter that’s not free.”

“If the Tabula Vita is indeed a gift from GOD to mankind then it is not for a man to profit from it but to freely share it. Old wives and washer women must have read this as a lot of traditional old remedies are found in there, many freely available in your local library!”

This is the response I wrote to that Activist Post email:

“Shame on you for sponsoring this charlatan!”

My conclusion: Avoid this charlatan like the plague.

~Eowyn

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CDC: 1 out of 7 ‘transgender women’ have HIV

In past years, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published on “transgender people” being “at higher risk” for HIV — especially “transgender women”, i.e., men who identify as women, and black “transgenders”. CDC defines “transgender people” as “people whose gender identity or expression is different from their sex assigned at birth” and “gender identity” as a “person’s internal understanding of their own gender.”

According to the latest CDC publication, an April 2019 fact-sheet on “HIV and Transgender People“:

  • As many as 14% of U.S. “transgender women” have HIV.
  • A vast majority of the 2,351 transgender people in the U.S. diagnosed with HIV in the years 2009-2014 were “transgender women”:
    • 84% (N=1,974) of transgenders with HIV are “transgender women”, i.e., biological males.
    • 15.35% (N=361) of transgenders with HIV are “transgender men”, i.e., biological females.
  • As many as 44% of black “transgender women” have HIV, the highest percentage among all “transgender women”.
  • Blacks also make up a majority of “transgenders” with HIV:
    • 58% of “transgender men” with HIV.
    • 51% of “transgender women” with HIV.

A recent study by a team of four CDC scientists reinforces and confirms the CDC fact sheet.

The scientists published their findings in “Estimating the Prevalence of HIV and Sexual Behaviors Among the US Transgender Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, 2006-2017,” American Journal of Public Health, Nov. 29, 2018. Below is the Abstract of the article:

Transgender women (transwomen) in the United States have been shown to have high HIV risk with Black and Hispanic transwomen being particularly vulnerable. Growing research on transgender men (transmen) also shows increased HIV risk and burden, although not as much is known for this transgender population. […]

We reviewed 88 studies, the majority of which were cross-sectional surveys. Overall laboratory-confirmed estimated prevalence of HIV infection was 9.2% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 6.0%, 13.7%; κ = 24). Among transwomen and transmen, HIV infection prevalence estimates were 14.1% (95% CI = 8.7%, 22.2%; κ = 13) and 3.2% (95% CI = 1.4%, 7.1%; κ = 8), respectively. Self-reported HIV infection was 16.1% (95% CI = 12.0%, 21.2%; κ = 44), 21.0% (95% CI = 15.9%, 27.2%; κ = 30), and 1.2% (95% CI = 0.4%, 3.1%; κ = 7) for overall, transwomen, and transmen, respectively. HIV infection estimates were highest among Blacks (44.2%; 95% CI = 23.2%, 67.5%; κ = 4). Overall, participation in sex work was 31.0% (95% CI = 23.9%, 39.0%; κ = 39). Transwomen (37.9%; 95% CI = 29.0%, 47.7%; κ = 29) reported higher participation in sex work than transmen (13.1%; 95% CI = 6.6%, 24.3%; κ = 10; P = .001).

H/t Big Lug

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Easter Sunday: The science of the miracle of the Resurrection

John 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

Below is a reconstruction of what happened from the book, The Truth About the Shroud of Turin (Regnery, 2010), pp. 189-191, by my friend Robert K. Wilcox. No matter how many times I read this, it never fails to move me to tears.

The tomb, a rocky chamber carved out of a hillside, a stone rolled against the door, is dark and silent. Lying on a slab is a long, rectangular cocoon, the hills and valleys of which are clearly the contours of a human body. The body of Jesus lies there, face up, a ribbon around the head and chin to keep the mouth closed, packed on all sides with bags of spices.

At some unknown moment in the dead of night, the air in the tomb becomes electric.

At first the vibrations are minute, the sort that could be detected by sensitive twentieth-century instruments; then they dramatically increase until they shake the ground and blow the boulder from the door.

A glow, faint at first, emanating from the shroud suddenly intensifies until rays of light shoot through the threads, star-filled golden rays filling the tomb and pouring out the door.

For thirty seconds — no more — the blinding, pulsating movement continues.

The source of the activity is the corpse, the body, somehow being revitalized, dematerialized, its mass being converted into energy, pure energy, which in the material world is radiant white light.

The body rises from the slab through the cloth, hovers for a moment in midair, then disappears.

The cocoon collapses. Darkness returns. Shouts of “Earthquake! Earthquake!” diminish as the guards run for their lives. And in the air, the distinct odor of scorched linen.

When dawn comes, the women in Jesus’ life draw tentatively toward the tomb, look in the opening, and see the shroud unopened, still wrapped, but definitely deflated. The body is gone. At sunrise the disciples come. John enters the tomb, puts his hand on the cloth, and presses it to the slab. Jesus is there no longer. The disciples and the women quickly gather up the burial garments — the chin band is still in the shroud — and the spice bags and leave before the Romans can return.

At another time, in another place, when they have a chance to gather their wits, they will discover the figure of their master imprinted on the inside of the shroud. The images would be faint, probably not as dark as the passage of time and exposure to air have made them; and the images would be negative ones, a phenomenon that would also become clearer with the passage of time. Regardless, they would view these images as holy — imprints of their precious Lord. The disciples would pay more attention to the images on the shroud if they weren’t already waiting, with the greatest anticipation, for Jesus himself, who, before his death, had promised to visit them after he rose from the dead.

Reconstruction of the face of the man in the Shroud

Scientists at Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) conducted a five-year study of the Shroud of Turin and concluded that the Shroud is not a fake. Their report, in Italian, is here.

Reporting for La Stampa, Dec. 12, 2011, Marco Tosatti quotes from the ENEA report:

The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining which is identical in all its facets, would be impossible to obtain today in a laboratory, as discussed in numerous articles listed in the references. This inability to repeat (and therefore falsify) the image on the Shroud makes it impossible to formulate a reliable hypothesis on how the impression was made.

In fact, today Science is still not able to explain how the body image was formed on the Shroud … the body image is not painted nor printed, nor obtained by heating….

The blood is human, and there is no image beneath the bloodstains; the gradient color contains three-dimensional information of the body; colored fibers (image) are more fragile than undyed fibers; surface staining of the fibrils of the image derive from an unknown process that caused oxidation, dehydration and conjugation in the structure of the cellulose of the linen….

[T]he origin of the Shroud image is still unknown…. [R]egardless of the age the Shroud, whether it is medieval (1260 – 1390) as shown by the controversial dating by radiocarbon, or older as indicated by other investigations…the most important question…remains the same: how did that body image appear on the Shroud?….

There is no image beneath the blood stains. This means that the traces of blood deposited before the image was. Therefore, the image was formed after the corpse was laid down…. There are no signs of putrefaction near the orifices, which usually occur around 40 hours after death. Consequently, the image is not the result of putrefaction gases….

[The results of ENEA] show that a short and intense burst of VUV directional radiation can color a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin, including shades of color, the surface color of the fibrils of the outer linen fabric, and the absence of fluorescence….

[I]t should be noted that the total power of VUV radiations required to instantly color the surface of linen that corresponds to a human of average height, body surface area equal to = 2000 MW/cm2 17000 cm2 = 34 thousand billion watts makes it impractical today to reproduce the entire Shroud image using a single laser excimer, since this power cannot be produced by any VUV light source built to date (the most powerful available on the market come to several billion watts ).

Edicule encasing the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem occupies two of the holiest sites of Christianity:

  1. Where Jesus was crucified (“Calvary” or “Golgotha”).
  2. Jesus’s empty tomb, where His Body was placed and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by an 18th-century shrine called the Edicule.

In 1809, during a partial opening of the Edicule by the architect Nikolaos Komnenos, a “sweet aroma” emanated from the tomb, the same “scent of sanctity” that often accompanies Marian apparitions and the tombs of some saints.

Most recently, in October 2016, scientists undertaking restoration work in the Edicule also smelled a “sweet aroma” when they removed the marble slab that covers the tomb. There were also electromagnetic disturbances: some of the measuring instruments used by the scientists, when placed vertically on the stone in which Christ’s body rested, either malfunctioned or ceased to work entirely. (See “Tomb of Christ in Church of Holy Sepulchre surrounded by electromagnetic field“)

According to the ENEA report, the image on the Shroud was left by “a short and intense burst of VUV directional radiation” — stronger than could be created by any technology currently available to man. VUV is vacuum ultra-violet, a type of electromagnetic radiation.

Imagine how powerful the radiation burst of the Resurrection must have been to leave electromagnetic traces after more than 2,000 years, which were detected by those scientists restoring the Edicule in 2016.

See also “New evidence dates Shroud of Turin to time of Christ” and “Yet more evidence dating Shroud of Turin to time of Christ“.

Colossians 3:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

And so, whatever our troubles, however heavy the burdens that weigh on us, be joyous this Easter Sunday, for our Lord is risen!

~Eowyn

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