A great story to start off your week!
A great story to start off your week!
Grab a hanky!
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— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) July 16, 2020
I pray that those who would destroy our country and our way of life would just acknowledge this simple truth. But I doubt that they will.
If you’ve ever wondered if the last words we whisper to a loved one who’s unconscious and dying, this study should give us some comfort.
Citing an article in The Times (which is behind a paywall), Georgia Simcox reports for The Daily Mail, July 11, 2020, that a study by a team at the University of British Columbia has found that even while unconscious and close to death, a person can hear what is being said to them.
The study’s lead author Elizabeth Blundon said, “This should just give a lot of comfort to people who maybe have had this experience of being close to someone at the bedside or on the phone and having those parting words.”
The study, the first of its kind, focused on patients transitioning from life to death, when the body begins to shut down, rather than people in a coma.
Researchers measured electrical activity in the patients’s brain with a hat containing 64 electrodes. They identified brain signals generated in response to complex tonal changes by playing a series of tone patterns to a young and healthy control group before replicating the test on a small number of hospice patients.
The researchers found the brain signals when the patient was unresponsive were very similar to the signals when the patient was responsive (not dying), as well as to the signals found in the control group, which suggests that the dying patient can still hear.
What is not known is whether the patient can understand what they’re hearing. But the case of Jenny Bone would indicate unconscious patients understand the words they hear.
Bone fell into a coma after being stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2015. While she lay in a medically-induced coma, she heard a doctor asking her husband about switching off her life-support. She said: “I was aware of conversations around me. The most frequent one was being turned in the bed. A familiar ‘ready, steady, turn’ would come from the nurses. The most alarming was between a doctor and my husband enquiring as to my wishes surrounding being kept alive on a ventilator and that they were unsure whether my mental ability had been impaired due to lack of oxygen while they were attempting to restart my heart.”
That dying patients can hear what is said could explain stories of patients “waiting” for their loved ones to arrive at their bedside before dying, as in the case of Hilary Jordan and her husband Ian, a police officer in Victoria, British Columbia.
Ian suffered a head injuruy in a crash and was comatose for almost 31 years. During all those years, Hilary would talk to Ian. She told the Canadian Press news agency that she said something to let him know it was OK if he left them. She had never said it before and shortly afterwards he passed away.
Amidst the depressing news, there is some good news.
Here are two. 😀
(1) Cindy Adams reports for Page Six, July 7, 2020, that NYC’s tony Madison Ave. stores are suing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not protecting the businesses against looting.
The plaintiffs, Domus Design Center aka DDC, 134 Madison Ave., have filed a class action lawsuit with the Court of Claims for an estimated $400 million, against Cuomo, NY mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYPD, Commissioner Dermot Shea, NYC, the state of New York “and others.”
The looting took place on the night of May 29, 2020, when George Floyd #BLM rioters terrorized the city, and vandalized and burglarized shops.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer Sal Strazzullo said:
“Cuomo should have worried about hospital reform instead of bail reform. Getting a free pass, some criminals were not able to be detained pending trial and now we have looters. Who’d have imagined we’d have to board up our stores? We’re not in Afghanistan. Places like Saks Fifth, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex being bombed out?
Where are our tax dollars going? Rocks, bricks thrown? Glass smashed? Merchandise stolen? Thrown out? People hurt? Millions lost? Businesses destroyed? Lives crushed? Not protecting commercial properties is negligence of duty. It’s looters against New York City and state. Paying taxes that help pay the salary of the NYPD, we expect protection in return. Where was the city? The state? Officials failing to protect their residents? Government is responsible to protect its citizens and businesses against criminals who want to do bad.
Not every lawsuit is for money. This type of suit — about the city’s acts and omissions in failing to control or otherwise restrain violent protesters, which caused destruction to claimant’s retail store — is for a point. This will be a class-action lawsuit. Costly. Because the others will come on board.”
(2) Rabid anti-Trump actor Robert De Niro said the COVID-19 coronavirus had “decimated” his finances.
Priscilla DeGregory reports for Page Six, July 9, 2020, that appearing in a Skype call in his divorce case against Grace Hightower, De Niro told the court the coronavirus had “decimated” his finances.
De Niro has a thing for black women. In 2018, he filed for divorce from Hightower, with whom he had been on-and-off since 1997.
Hightower is asking for an emergency order to to raise her monthly American Express card credit limit from $50,000 to $100,000. She claims De Niro had unfairly cut the allowance, and hat she and their two children had been banned from an upstate compound where De Niro is staying during the pandemic.
De Niro’s lawyer Caroline Krauss said he cut Hightower’s credit card limit because he’s taken a huge financial hit as the restaurant chain Nobu and Greenwich Hotel, both of which he has stakes in, have been closed or partially closed for months with barely any business:
In the case of Nobu, the restaurant chain lost $3 million in April and another $1.87 million in May. That led to De Niro having to pay investors $500,000 on a capital call, for which he had to borrow money from his business partners “because he doesn’t have the cash.”
Krauss said that under the terms of their 2004 prenuptial agreement, De Niro is only required to pay Hightower $1 million a year as long as he’s making $15 million or more in income. If his income declines, his payments to her would proportionally decline as well. But Krauss said De Niro is “lucky if he makes $7.5 million this year” because:
Krauss said that De Niro has begun “dramatically” cutting back spending, and that people like him, “in spite of his robust earnings, have always spent more than he has earned so this 76-year-old robust man couldn’t retire even if he wanted to because he can’t afford to keep up with his lifestyle expense.”
Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, pooh-poohs the notion that De Niro’s finances are decimated and that “the idea that Mr. De Niro is tightening his belt is nonsense.”
You gotta love that.
Luke 11: 9-10 And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks will find, and to the one who knocks
it will be opened
I know my redeemer lives. May God bless FOTM and all who fellowship on it. And may God especially bless Dr. Eowyn, the kind and generous woman who created our little blog.
Amidst all the rioting, looting and unrest going on right now, America continued to show her greatness in achievements yesterday with a new mission to the International Space Station.
In a public/private partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Pad 39A at 3:22 p.m. EDT yesterday. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station is a critical final flight test of the SpaceX crew transportation system. Read about the launch here.
Better yet, watch the videos!
We watched the launch live. It was amazing!
Suzie, an Israeli Jew, was incensed that her two sisters converted to Christianity. So, to refute them, she read the New Testament, but was shocked to discover that all her life, she had been told lies about the Bible and about Jesus.
So she asked God for guidance, and she received it. She now is a Christian and movingly speaks of loving Jesus the Messiah.
H/t From Rome
Details from Twitter user @RexChapman:
“Walter and Jean have been married for 70 years.
“I Love You, Darling.”
Jean is 89 years old and lives in a nursing home. Walter is 91.
Because of the lockdown, they couldn’t see each other. Jean cried every day.
They just reunited.”