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The stuff of nightmares: UFOlogist Dr. Stephen Greer has a double row of lower teeth

While watching another video on YouTube yesterday, I noticed a video claiming that “Stephen Greer is a Reptilian”. Out of curiosity, I clicked it on, and saw this alarming image of him with what appears to be TWO rows of lower teeth:

Not knowing who he is, I found out that Steven Macon Greer, 61, is a retired ER medical doctor and ufologist who claims to have seen an unidentified flying object at close range when he was about eight years old, which inspired his interest in ufology.

In 1990, he founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) to create a diplomatic and research-based initiative to contact extraterrestrial civilizations. In 1993, he founded the non-profit Disclosure Project to disclose to the public the government’s alleged knowledge of UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence, and advanced energy and propulsion systems.

In 1997, Greer along with other members of CSETI, including Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, made a presentation at a background briefing for members of Congress. In 1998, Greer gave up his career as an ER doctor at Caldwell Memorial Hospital to devote his full time to the Disclosure Project.

According to a 2002 report in the Oregon Daily Emerald, Greer has gathered 120 hours of testimony from civilians and various government and military officials on the topic of UFOs, including astronaut Gordon Cooper and a brigadier general.

To verify the “Steven Greer is a reptilian” video, I found a video of Greer speaking to a roomful of people, which he uploaded to YouTube on August 21, 2016, in which he claims to have been approached by 5 ETs.

I slowed down the video and took a series of screenshots, the first of which (at the 0:08 mark of the video) definitely shows he has a mouthful of teeth:

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More screenshots reveal that he indeed has what appears to be a double row of lower teeth:

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Eeek!

I was beginning to freak out.

Fortunately, I did some more research and discovered a dental condition called hyperdontia.

From Wikipedia:

Hyperdontia is the condition of having supernumerary teeth, or teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth. They can appear in any area of the dental arch and can affect any dental organ.

There is evidence of hereditary factors along with some evidence of environmental factors leading to this condition. While a single excess tooth is relatively common, multiple hyperdontia is rare in people with no other associated diseases or syndromes. …

Hyperdontia is seen in a number of disorders, including Gardner’s syndrome and cleidocranial dysostosis….

hyperdontiaFrom the website Supernumerary Teeth:

The supernumerary teeth occur a lot more among the permanent teeth compared to the deciduous [or baby] teeth…. The case of the teeth occurrence is same for deciduous teeth for both males and females. But when it comes to the permanent teeth the incidences of the extra teeth is twice as much in males compared to females…. Classification according to location gives only two types, that is, those found among the front teeth (also known as mesiodens) and those found at the back of the mouth.

And so, just because Steven Greer has extra lower teeth doesn’t make him a reptilian. What remains a mystery is why Greer, who must have made a good income from being an ER doctor, never corrected his hyperdontia by having the extra lower teeth extracted and the remaining teeth straightened with orthodontia.

Things I learn (that I don’t really need to know) by spending too much time on the web. LOL

~Eowyn

17-year-old in ‘unbearable physical pain’ becomes first child to die by euthanasia

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From Daily Mail: A 17-year-old has become the first child to die by euthanasia in Belgium after the country adopted new rules in 2014. Officials confirmed the death following the announcement to remove age restrictions on euthanasia requests two years ago.

The move has made Belgium the only country where children of any age are able to choose to have the fatal injection. In the neighbouring Netherlands the practice is possible for children aged at least 12.  Those aged under 18 in Belgium must do so with their parents’ consent and they need to be in the final stages of a terminal illness.

The law passed by parliament insisted the minor would have to be in ‘unbearable physical suffering’ before euthanasia could be considered.

Dr. Death

Dr. Death

And today the head of the national committee for euthanasia discussed the first case. Wim Distelmans, who chairs Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, said in an emailed statement that the first case was reported to his committee by a local doctor last week. He added that doctors used ‘palliative sedation’, which is when patients are placed in an induced coma.

Mr. Distelmans told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper: ‘Fortunately there are very few children who are considered [for euthanasia] but that does not mean we should refuse them the right to a dignified death.’ 

Between 2003 and 2013, the number of patients being euthanised in Belgium rose nearly eight-fold to a total number of 8,752 cases, according to records of the national euthanasia control committee.

In the UK, euthanasia is illegal under English law and is regarded as either manslaughter or murder, with a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment.

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Canadian woman, 81, has “Don’t euthanize me” tattoo on her shoulder

Last December, Quebec became the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow “competent” adults experiencing “intolerable suffering” at the end of life to request “medical aid in dying,” aka physician-assisted suicide, aka euthanasia.

In June of 2016, the Canadian Parliament legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide for all Canadians. Doctors, who had sworn the Hippocratic Oath of “First, do no harm,” now can administer lethal injections to mentally fit patients suffering an incurable illness who are in constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain, or in an advanced state of irreversible decline. 

But Christine Nagel, 81, with no confidence in the medical system, had “Don’t euthanize me” tattooed on her shoulders to let medical practitioners know her wishes.

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Below is her essay in Mercator Net, Sept. 15, 2016:

For years, I warned my children to steer clear of tattoo parlors, and now at 81 years old, I have had to resort to one myself.

Bill C-14 makes it legal for us to play God and to make decisions over life and death ourselves. Assisted suicide is promoted as the most dignified way to treat an aging population–humanely, painlessly and without the need for suffering. Financially, it will become the salvation to our overburdened health care systems.

Our Government and Supreme Court do not of course mention anything about money, but they do warn us that within a few years, seniors will outnumber the rest of the population and will need an army of caregivers to cope with them. That will be costly. Inevitably, euthanasia will become a more “socially acceptable” way to solve this problem, than for example Hitler’s “Final Solution”.

Obviously, none of this is acceptable to us Christians. We look to Christ on the cross, stripped of his garments, writhing in agony, and covered in blood–hardly a dignified image of God’s son.

Yet the meaning of this is central to our faith. Suffering is vital to life and to our growth. What occurs at the end of my life is between God and me. Let no one else dare to interfere.

So to understand this message clearly, read my shoulder!

Christine Nagel
Calgary, Alberta

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~Eowyn

Netherlands joins growing list of countries with presumed consent for organ donation

There’s an increasing drumbeat for us to donate our organs.

Two days ago, the Netherlands took an important step toward increasing the number of organ donors when the lower house of parliament approved a bill for “presumed consent” of organ donation.

Doctors preparing for organ transplant (Photo by Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Doctors preparing for organ transplant (Photo by Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Organ donation is when a person allows healthy transplantable organs and tissues to be removed, either after death or while the donor is alive, and transplanted into another person.

There are two types of organ-donation consent:

  1. Explicit consent, also called “opt in” consent, refers to the donor giving explicit, direct consent through proper registration depending on the country. In the U.S., for example, many states enable you to state you’re an organ donor on your driver’s license.
  2. Presumed consent, also called “opt in,” does not need direct consent from the donor or the next of kin. Instead, it is presumed that anyone who has not explicitly refused is a donor.

In the case of the Netherlands, as reported by RT, on September 13, 2016, a “yes, unless” bill for presumed consent was narrowly approved by a 75-74 vote in the lower house of parliament. If approved by the upper house and passed into law, every single Dutch citizen would be put on the organ donation list, unless they explicitly request otherwise.

Obviously, the presumed consent method harvests more organ donation. As an example, Germany, which uses an opt-in explicit consent system, has an organ donation consent rate of 12%, whereas nearby Austria, a country with a very similar culture, uses an opt-out presumed consent system and thus has a consent rate of 99.98%.

Currently, the United States and the United Kingdom require explicit consent for organ donation, but there’s a movement to change it to presumed consent. Not all of the UK operates on explicit consent: In December 2015, Wales switched to presumed consent — a move that was expected to increase the amount of donors by 25%. Under the new policy, people over the age of 18 who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and die in Wales are automatically considered organ donors, unless they have specifically opted out.

There is a lucrative international market for transplantable organs. In the case of China, we have compelling evidence and testimonies  that government officials collude with hospitals to provide on-order transplantable organs from executed prisoners. (See Wikipedia)

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~Eowyn

 

Massive Obamacare fraud: Fictitious enrollees all got $60K government subsidies

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently conducted an “undercover enrollment testing” of Obamacare, aka the (Un)Affordable Care Act, by submitting applications for fictitious, i.e., fake people.

The GAO discovered that EVERY ONE of its fictitious enrollees not only was accepted to Obamacare but received government, i.e., taxpayer, subsidies totaling $60,000 a year.

The reason is because, as shown by the GAO’s undercover test of the Obamacare system, anyone can sign up for Obamacare — and have it paid for by taxpayers — without having to prove their identity or citizenship or demonstrate that they qualify for government subsidies based on income.

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From the GAO’s September 2016 report to Congress, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Results of Undercover Enrollment Testing for the Federal Marketplace and a Selected State Market for the 2016 Coverage Year:

Our undercover testing for the 2016 coverage year found that the eligibility determination and enrollment processes of the federal and state marketplaces we reviewed remain vulnerable to fraud, as we previously reported for the 2014 and 2015 coverage years. For each of our 15 fictitious applications, the marketplaces approved coverage, including for 6 fictitious applicants who had previously obtained subsidized coverage but did not file the required federal income-tax returns. Although IRS provides information to marketplaces on whether health-care applicants have filed required returns, the federal Marketplace and our selected state marketplace allowed applicants to instead attest that they had filed returns, saying the IRS information was not sufficiently current. The marketplaces we reviewed also relaxed documentation standards or extended deadlines for filing required documentation. After initial approval, all but one of our fictitious enrollees maintained subsidized coverage, even though we sent fictitious documents, or no documents, to resolve application inconsistencies.

For each of our 15 fictitious applications, the federal or state-based marketplaces approved coverage at time of application—specifically, 14 applications for qualified health plans, and 1 application for Medicaid. Each of the 14 applications for qualified health plans was also approved for APTC subsidies. These subsidies totaled about $5,000 on a monthly basis, or about $60,000 annually. These 14 qualified-health-plan applications also each obtained CSR [cost-sharing reduction] subsidies, putting the applicants in a position to further benefit if they used medical services.

In the case of 8 of the fictitious applicants, the GAO submitted fake citizenship and/or social security documentation, but every one of these applications was also approved and received subsidies.

According to the GAO, in 2015, about 1.4 million people received $4 billion in Obamacare subsidies even though they had failed to submit required tax information. 

ZeroHedge reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the GAO’s report, insisting they have a “robust verification process” aimed at “protecting taxpayer dollars”:

“The [Obamacare] marketplace takes seriously the responsibility to protect taxpayer funds, while making coverage available to eligible people. We have a robust verification process to make sure people get benefits they are eligible for while protecting taxpayer dollars.

Within HealthCare.gov we have multiple checks to verify that applicants provide correct eligibility information on their applications, and GAO deliberately circumvented those checks by giving false information, which is against the law for actual applicants.

We appreciate the work the GAO and HHS Office of Inspector General to improve marketplace operations and take action when provided with recommendations or other information. That’s why we have repeatedly requested, and remain disappointed, that we still have not received specific details or recommendations from the GAO relating to their fraudulent applications. Specific and actionable information will enable us to analyze and understand what occurred and whether we can make improvements to our processes or procedures. […] We are also working closely with issuers through the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership to identify trends, schemes and specific bad actors.”

Blah, blah, blah, blah . . . .

So my question to the useless GOP who are a majority in both houses of Congress is:

Why haven’t you still not repealed Obamacare? What more evidence do you need that it’s not working and an unconscionable waste of taxpayer dollars? What are you waiting for?

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~Eowyn

Epidemic of loneliness due to decline in religion & church attendance

Carolyn Moynihan reports for Mercator Net, Sept. 12, 2016, that according to The New York Times, there is an epidemic of loneliness in “advanced” economies:

  • In Britain and the United States about one in three people older than 65 live alone, and studies show 10% to 46% of those older than 60 are lonely.
  • In 2012, about 20% of older people in Canada reported feeling lonely. But you don’t have to be old to feel isolated: in a study of 34,000 Canadian university students, almost two thirds reported feeling “very lonely” in the past 12 months.

Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, calls the epidemic of loneliness a public health crisis. She says, “The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem. It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore adults who feel lonely and marginalized.”

A study she conducted showed that, among adults over 60, those who reported feelings of loneliness had significantly higher rates of declining mobility, difficulty in performing routine daily activities, and death during 6 years of follow-up. This association remained significant even after taking into account people’s age, economic status, depression and other health problems.

University of Chicago neuroscience researcher John T. Cacioppo, who studies the social nature of the human brain, puts loneliness on the same instinctive level as thirst, hunger or pain – as a survival mechanism. In an interview he says:

“One of the things that surprised me was how important loneliness proved to be. It predicted morbidity. It predicted mortality. And that shocked me. When we experimentally manipulated loneliness, we found surprising changes in the “personalities” of people. There’s a lot more power to the perception of being socially isolated than any of us had thought.”

Cacioppo’s research has shown links to high blood pressure and impaired immune responses. Other research implicates loneliness in heart attacks and suicide.

Many things beside social circumstances — not having family members nearby or not having friends — contribute to the loneliness epidemic. The following two seem especially significant:

  1. Ethos of individualism: American culture’s emphasis placed on individualism makes “independence” the highest virtue and an excuse for not “needing” others or for not getting involved in the lives of needy people. But the reality of human life is interdependence — we need each other. In fact, a main argument for euthanasia is that people do not want to be dependent – even on their families – and this could become society’s “decent” option for lonely people.
  2. Decline of religion and church attendance has removed an important social as well as spiritual support for people of any age. Researchers reported from a European study last year that joining a religious organization is more beneficial to mental health than joining charity, sport, education or political groups for a sample of people over 50. Epidemiologist Dr. Mauricio Avendano, one of the authors of the report, noted:

“The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life. It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated.”

In the case of Christianity, it teaches us that even if we don’t have a loving family on earth, we have a loving Father in Heaven. Our faith also teaches us how to be loving mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and even enemies, so no one should ever feel abandoned.

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A personal note: I like to think that, in addition to its manifest function of informing, this blog, Fellowship of the Minds, also serves a social purpose by providing political conservatives and Christians with a sense of fellowship and camaraderie. I take some solace in knowing that FOTM did that for at least two of our faithful readers in their last years: Wild Bill Alaska and pnordman. Wild Bill, a military veteran, used to send me jokes, many of which I posted on FOTM; pnordman was a sweet and kind woman, who showered FOTM with her lavish praises and appreciation. Whereas pnordman lived with one of her sons and his family, in Wild Bill‘s case, our fellowship was particularly important because he had lived alone in a modest studio apartment — which I found out only after his passing from cancer. Their respective real names are William Barnham and Patricia Nordman. Both were true blue Christians. May they rest in peace with our Lord.

See also “Being alone is bad for our health,” Oct. 10, 2015.

~Eowyn

Warning signs of a heart attack

We tend to think of heart attacks as a male affliction.

Not true.

While men tend to get heart attacks more than women, as many as 435,000 women have heart attacks in the U.S. each year.

In the last month, two women I knew had a heart attack. The first woman was the sister of FOTM writer joandarc, who lived in a different city and state. Her body was found in her apartment, where she had lived alone. The second woman is a former neighbor of joandarc. She also lived alone but survived her heart attack and successfully underwent a cardiac bypass surgery yesterday.

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What is a heart attack?

When blood can’t get to your heart because of a blockage in an artery (from plaque buildup or a blood clot) or a malfunctioning cardiac valve, your heart muscle doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. Without oxygen, the cardiac cells can be damaged or die. It is imperative to get your blood flow restored quickly. Get medical help right away if you think you’re having symptoms of a heart attack.

Symptoms

Here are the warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Pain, pressure, or discomfort in your chest.
  • Pain in your neck, jaw, or shoulders.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sudden sweat or perspiration.
  • Feeling faint or sick to your stomach.

Men and women can have different symptoms:

  • Men are more likely to break out in a cold sweat and to feel pain move down their left arm.
  • Women are more likely than men to have back or neck pain, heartburn, shortness of breath, an upset stomach, feeling queasy, throwing up, feeling very tired, light-headed, or dizzy. A couple of weeks before a heart attack, a woman might have flu-like symptoms and sleep problems. Symptoms can be so mild they’re often dismissed as something minor.

What to Do

If you or someone you’re with has symptoms that might be a heart attack:

  • Call 911 right away because you’re more likely to survive if you get treated within 90 minutes.
  • While you’re on the phone, the person should chew and swallow an aspirin (unless they’re allergic) to lower the risk of a blood clot.
  • If the person is unconscious, hands-only CPR can double their chances of survival.

Diagnosis

  • An EKG, which checks your heart’s electrical activity, can help doctors see if you’re having a heart attack, as well as show which artery is clogged or blocked.
  • Doctors can also diagnose a heart attack with blood tests that look for proteins released by heart cells when they die.

Treatment

Doctors will quickly act to get blood flowing to your heart again by:

  • Administering drugs that dissolve blood clots.
  • Having you undergo a procedure called a coronary angiogram, wherein a thin tube with a tiny balloon on the end goes through your artery and opens up the blockage by flattening the plaque against the walls.
  • In most cases, doctors place a small, mesh tube called a stent in your artery to make sure it stays open.

Heart Attack Risk Factors

  • Age.
  • Sex: men are more likely to have a heart attack than women.
  • Family history of heart disease.
  • Cigarette smoking.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol levels.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity.
  • Stress.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • Depression.

Prevention

  • If you smoke, stop. It will immediately cut your chances of a heart attack by a third.
  • Get exercise: the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, 5 days a week.
  • Eat right: plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to keep your arteries healthy.
  • For some people, taking a daily aspirin will help. Talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.
  • Find positive ways to manage your stress: meditation, exercise, rest, eat right, listen to soothing music, have a pet companion.

Source: WebMD

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~Eowyn