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Delegate calls out treatment of disabled people at DNC

Don't kid yourself: It's not about inclusion, it's about the Queen

Don’t kid yourself: It’s not about inclusion, it’s about the Queen

From MyNorthwest.com: Organizers of the Democratic National Convention made a concerted effort to highlight and give a voice to people with disabilities on stage at the 2016 convention. But a Seattle delegate told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz that disabled individuals aren’t being treated with respect behind the scenes.

Vivian Queija, a Seattle resident, and at-large Bernie delegate said she is speaking out because of multiple worrisome occurrences at the convention, including a lack of good ADA seating.

“We have an area in our delegation seating that is ADA,” she said. “However, we are having delegates from Louisiana, Alabama, Oregon — all over — come and be seated in that area because there just isn’t good ADA seating in their own delegation or nearby.”

But it’s not all about seating. Queija walks with a cane because of a bad knee and hip problem. She says her frustrations have been minor compared to others, such as an Oregon delegate named Niko.

“His disability is pretty involved,” she said. “So he needs one of the chairs that is very big that will recline. He was contacted by the DNC, and they (asked), ‘Would you please be willing to come out on stage as a person with a disability?’ They wanted to have him showcased on the stage. He said sure. They did not send a wheelchair accessible bus for him!

“I mean, really? That’s like … wait a minute, we are about being the party of inclusion. We want you to be on stage so you’re visible in front of the cameras, but that’s how we actually treat our ADA people. OK. I think that’s like ouch all the way around.”

Another female delegate who can only walk short distances but also recently had shoulder surgery was provided a non-battery operated wheelchair, she said. Though DNC officials told the woman that the situation would be taken care of, but it didn’t happen expeditiously.

“We waited all day Monday. She came in again and Tuesday it wasn’t there,” she said. “And she just broke down in tears out of pain and out of panic in the heat.”

There were 400 delegates with disabilities at this year’s DNC, a 35 percent increase from 2012. Plenty of disabled non-delegates have been a part of the event, too.

Rantz asked Queija if she was making claims that disabled individuals were being exploited.

“Well, I would say in Niko’s case, we are seeing all these people with disabilities up there on stage but we’re seeing (a different) reality in our delegation because that little pit where they put these people from the all other states is really sad,” she said.

Queija, who said she has contacted the DNC about her complaints, added that people in wheelchairs from other delegations have not been given access by the DNC to the proper transportation and have been forced to be dropped off by the buses “a couple football fields” away. Once the person gets to the curb, Queija says, there is no ramp accessibility.

“I mean it was tragic,” she said. “The perimeter fence was put three feet covering up the wheelchair access. We were like, ‘Come on guys.’ They wouldn’t even help the man from Colorado get his wheelchair up over the curb. Our Washington delegates were like, well, somebody go help this poor man.”

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FDA is considering lifting ban on sodomites as blood donors

HIV is transmitted from person to person via bodily fluids — blood, semen, and to a lesser degree, saliva.

From the beginning, most people with HIV/AIDS have been homosexual males. They are called by the politically-correct term, “men who sex with men” or MSM. But a more descriptively correct and, therefore, more appropriate term is “sodomites,” which denotes specifically men who have anal sex with other men — a sexual behavior that is highly risky for HIV and other infections because anal penetration tears the delicate skin of the anal cavity, which is not biologically designed for sexual penetration.

According to the FDA in 2009, “Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence . . . 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first time blood donors and 8000 times higher than repeat blood donors.”

After the explosion of HIV/AIDS into a national (and global) epidemic, in order to protect the safety of America’s blood supply and the lives of people who receive blood transfusions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sensibly installed a lifetime ban on homosexual males as blood donors.

That policy began to change less than a year ago.

As reported by Tony Perkins for FRCAction, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council, the FDA first did away with the lifetime ban on homosexual males as blood donors, and replaced it with a ban or deferral on only men who had had sex with men in the past year.

Now, even that ban is being challenged.

The challenge is spearheaded by freshman Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado), who self-identifies as “gay,” after the mass shooting on June 12, 2016, at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which killed 50 and wounded 53.

As reported by Colorado’s 9News, Polis was outraged that many of the friends and family members of the wounded were prevented from donating blood because of the revised FDA regulation banning blood donation from men who had had sex with other men in the past year.

Playing the victim card, Polis calls the FDA regulation “a relic of the stigma that LGBT people faced.” He told 9News:

“I’m … hopeful that we can remove the ban that the FDA has on gay people donating blood, because guess what? Many of the spouses and loved ones of the victims who need blood can’t even donate blood right now. It’s just a double tragedy that so many are facing the shortage of blood.”

Polis instead argues that restrictions on donating blood should be based on behavior rather than sexual orientation:

“It really doesn’t matter whether you’re gay or straight, what matters obviously is if you’ve used drugs or you’ve had unprotected sex. Those are the risk factors. It has nothing to do with whether you’re gay or straight.”

But Polis’ assertion of “a shortage of blood” is simply not true.

According to an Orlando Sentinel story on the afternoon of the shooting, within hours of the shooting, hundreds of Central Floridians had lined up that morning at the OneBlood blood center on West Michigan Avenue. Overwhelmed by people wanting to donate, OneBlood actually asked donors to stop coming, and instead schedule appointments over the next few days.

The FDA has invited the public to submit comments on Polis’ proposal to abolish the ban on homosexuals as blood donors altogether. Instead, the FDA would ask potential blood donors about specific high-risk behaviors. The FDA claims its decisions will be based on “scientific information” and declares that “the process must be data-driven.” But the FDA’s own statistics that the incidence of HIV is 60 times higher among sexually-active homosexual males than in the general population should be sufficient “scientific information” to reject Polis’ proposal.

By the way, there are compelling reasons that the Orlando shooting was a false flag. See “Orlando shooting: How we know it’s all a lie”.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Congressman Jared Schutz Polis, D-CO-02, son Caspian Julian, and partner Marlon Reis attend 2013 Green Inaugural Ball at NEWSEUM on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Freshman Congressman Jared Schutz Polis, 41, is Jewish and one of the wealthiest members of Congress with an estimated networth of $387.86 million. He made his fortune from a series of very lucrative business ventures that he later sold, including:

  • American Information Systems, an internet access provider, co-founded by Polis when he was a college student.
  • Bluemountain.com, a free electronic greeting-card website.
  • ProFlowers, the California-based online florist.

Polis and his husband, Marlon Reis, have a son, 5, and a daughter, 2.

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H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

35-year Seattle police veteran saves man’s life while off duty

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From MyNorthwest.com: After 35 years as a Seattle police officer, and being the first woman ever to be a Seattle motorcycle cop, Seattle bike patrol figured she’d been though just about everything. “I’m near the end of my career,” she said. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to save somebody’s life.”

But ten days ago, while off duty, Martin suddenly ran into a life-and-death crisis while driving to a hair appointment. “Something was in the cards,” she said. “I mean, I called for that hair appointment that day. How many times do you get a hair appointment the same day?”

While driving her car northbound on Bellevue’s Lakemont Boulevard, she saw a car cross over the centerline toward incoming traffic, and then swerve back, before slamming into a concrete barrier. Both Martin another driver stopped.

“When I got out of my car, I turned to her and just gave her that (phone) motion, and said “call 911.” she said. “I walked up to his car, I opened the door and I could see he was in some kind of medical distress.”

The unconscious 42-year-old man behind the wheel had just gone into cardiac arrest. Martin said he was not breathing, had no pulse, and there was a dog and a child with him in the car. “That boy was just confused,” she said. “It was just heartbreaking.”

Martin pulled the man onto the busy street and immediately started CPR, which she said, seemed to have little effect — at first. The man was not breathing, but Martin was working to keep blood pumping to his brain.

Martin gave the man a fighting chance to live. Bellevue firefighters and paramedics attempted to start the man’s heart with a defibrillator. Martin said the man not only survived, doctors let him go home from Overlake Hospital three days later.

Martin, who lost her father to a heart attack when he was only 52, said she was sensitive to the boy’s trauma. She said she comforted the little boy, while his father was with paramedics.

“I wanted to go over and talk to him,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave him the impression that I thought the outcome was going to be anything but positive. I just told him to think about his dad, and I wanted him to know I did my very best.”

Martin said her best was relying on the CPR training she had taken for years. “I think everyone should know it,” she said. “CPR has changed over the years. There’s no (mouth to mouth) breaths. What you’re trying to do is keep blood and oxygen pumping to the brain.”

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Humana pulls out of ObamaCare exchange plans

Going as planned…

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Via NY Post: Count it as another nail in ObamaCare’s coffin: Humana, one of the country’s top insurers, announced Thursday that it’s pulling out of ObamaCare exchange plans in all but a few states next year.

It will offer policies in “no more” than 11 state marketplaces, down from 19. The numbers don’t add up: Humana took nearly $1 billion in losses from the coverage this year. This follows the exit from the exchanges of such other giants as Cigna and UnitedHealth Group, also after outsized losses.

It’s the much-feared “death spiral”: Too many older, sicker folks are resorting to ObamaCare policies, and not enough younger, healthy folks. So the average enrollee is running up higher bills than the insurers expected — and raising rates will only scare away even more lower-cost customers.

Meanwhile, the Obama Justice Department is moving to block health-insurer mergers — including an Anthem-Cigna deal as well as Aetna’s bid to buy Humana. Why? As The Post’s Josh Kosman reports, the “move would be a blow to the president’s state-focused ObamaCare.” The White House fears the mergers would give the combined firms too much power to set rates, limiting consumer options.

Funny: The ObamaCare law encourages lots of other anti-competition mergers, of hospitals and other providers, in the name of “efficiency.” And doctors across America are giving up on traditional independent practices — as the law pushes them to do. And countless people stuck buying policies on the exchanges have been shocked at how limited their options — like choice of doctor and hospital — turn out to be.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton both used to pooh-pooh the idea of a “public option”: Government-run health insurance that’s just a step away from European-style socialized medicine. But ObamaCare’s woes have pushed both to start suggesting it may be the only answer after all.

The only answer, that is, besides replacing ObamaCare with a truly market-based system that still helps the less fortunate, but doesn’t try to dictate everything from Washington.

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Little girl whose head was three times bigger than normal receives life-changing surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

From Daily Mail: Roona Begum is enjoying a new lease of life after her swollen head was reduced from 37 to 23 inches during life-changing treatment. Indian-born Roona, 3, suffers with the illness hydrocephalus, which affects up to 500,000 children worldwide. The condition stems from a blockage in the valve that drains cerebral spinal fluid to the spine – squashing the brain, restricting its development and stunting its growth.

At three-years-old Roona’s head reached 37 inches in diameter – more than triple the average size for her age.

Her parents, Fatima Khatun and Abdul Rahman, were unaware of the severity of her condition for a long time because they could not afford routine medical care. Abdul said: ‘This all feels like a bad dream. We did notice her head getting bigger and bigger, people in our village would come see our baby. Children would come to our village to play with her and there were some children who would get scared looking at her head.

Following an MRI, doctors warned Roona’s parents that she could die if the fluid from her brain was not drained as soon as possible. Fatima said: ‘We were worried about the baby and how to provide her with better medical care as we were helpless with our financial condition.’

Roona’s neurosurgeon Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, was the first to asses her at Fortis Memorial Hospital in New Delhi. He said: ‘I thought it would just be a routine hydrocephalus. When I saw her for the first time my first reaction was ‘oh my god’ – it is stupendously big.’

Roona’s family, who lived in a single room hut with no running water or electricity in India’s remote Tripura state, could not afford treatment on their own – but several charities intervened and raised the money for her surgery.

Roona after surgery

Roona after surgery

Sadly Fatima and Abdul’s unwavering love for Roona was not always matched by those around them. Abdul said: ‘A lot of people said a lot of things in our village, some thought she was a deity and some suggested that we should give her away to an orphanage or an ashram, but we refused. We said if she lives she will stay with us. Otherwise she will go back to him who made her like this.’

In her first surgery, Dr. Sandeep Vaishya drained fluid from her brain and applied a pressure bandage to reduce the circumference of head and remodel the bones. The operation was the first of many for little Roona and the surgeons drained nearly eight pints of fluid from her skull over three weeks. Neurosurgeons then inserted a shunt to redirect the fluid to her stomach and remodelled her skull to fit it to her new head size.

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya said: ‘Surgery itself is a major challenge in such small babies because when we remodel the skulls we have to open the whole scalp and a lot of bone cuts are done. And actually in the last remodelling surgery her blood pressure dipped so much that we had at one point in time thought we might even lose her.

But Roona surprised everyone and now six months later, she is out of the danger zone and recovering well. Her head remains larger than average, but the diameter of her head has been reduced to 23 inches – there will be no further reduction in size.

Fatima and Abdul have even welcomed a healthy little boy to the family and are hopeful that Roona will one day learn to walk and talk on her own. Roona’s mother said: ‘The doctors said she would not live, but she has lived to see more than two and a half years. For that I’m happy. She is much better now.

‘She can hold her head straight and she can move her head from side to side on her own. I would be very happy if she could become a normal child and could stand like normal kids.’

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Abdul is just as happy with Roona’s miraculous journey and is thankful for the flood of support they received from around the world. He said: ‘Roona’s case is known to the world. They are discussing it and other cases are also getting attention because of Roona. All of those who have supported Roona in the treatment and all those who were around during the tough phase – I want to thank every one of them.’

Little Roona is just one of four children whose journeys to recovery are explored in the upcoming TLC show My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing.

Parker Hendrix was diagnosed with hydrocephalus in utero and at the time her brain was so crushed by fluid pressure, it was hardly visible on scans. Now seven, she has undergone three shunt replacements and has just started first grade.

In Uganda, Tumuewabze sought treatment for her baby Lyndos Tumuramye at CURE children’s hospital Talent, who are pioneering new corrective surgeries to treat hydrocephalus.

Another patient at CURE hospital, ten-year-old Vincent Kintu, underwent life saving surgery by Justin Onen to reduce the swelling on his brain – a tough operation made more complex by his age.

Roona appears in My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing on TLC, Monday, July 25th.

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Dr. Death opens shop in Berkeley

Last month, California became the 5th and most populous state to adopt a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide after Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act last year. The new law went into effect on June 9.

And in Berkeley, the belly of the liberal beast, the new law drew an emergency-room physician out of retirement to open a one-stop-shop for killing people, at a price of $2,000 per pop.

Dr. Death, Lonny Shavelson

His name is Lonny Shavelson, age mid-60s, and he’s opened California’s first End of Life Options clinic in the Bay Area — apparently a cottage office in his backyard in Berkeley (his clinic’s mailing address is a mailbox in a UPS Store) — where he will consult with and provide lethal prescriptions for patients who request them, refused by other doctors who actually hold true to their professional Hippocratic oath of “First do no harm” and “Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. Above all, I must not play at God.”

Lisa Aliferis of KQED reports that Shavelson’s website, Bay Area End of Life Options, went up in April, and he’s outlined the law at “grand rounds” at several Bay Area hospitals this spring. His practice will be focused on consulting not only with physicians whose patients request aid-in-dying, but also with patients themselves, including offering care to patients who choose him as their “attending end-of-life physician.”

, a reader of the KQED article with a visceral hatred of traditional, i.e., orthodox Christians, is ecstatic over Berkeley hosting Doctor Death:

“This is huge progress in every sense of the word. At a time when basic human rights like abortion are under attack from the WhiteSIS YallQaeda American-Taliban religious subset of our population, it’s truly inspiring to see California steadily marching forward toward real human progress.

We certainly need to fumigate out and eradicate the corrosive, backward and destructive infestation of religion in our government throughout America (we do have this thing called separation of church and state). It is unthinkable and immoral that for so many decades those deranged mentally-ill elements of our population have been directly responsible for extraordinary levels of suffering because of their dark-age and backward religious beliefs.

Things like this are what I love about Berkeley….”

Under the California law, two doctors must agree that a mentally competent patient has six months or fewer to live. The patient then agrees in writing to administer the lethal prescription themselves. Currently, the law does not mandate doctors to provide lethal prescriptions if they choose not to do so.

Dr. Burton PresbergDr. Burton Presberg, an Oakland psychiatrist who works specifically with cancer patients and their families, said he’s concerned that patients suffering from clinical depression at the end of life, sometimes feel they are a burden to family members who could “really push for the end of life to happen a little sooner than the patient themselves.” Expressing concerns that physicians may not be aware of patients’ depression, Presberg nevertheless enthuses that “it’s really good that this [euthanasia] is an option.”

Shavelson, Davidzon, Presberg — all Jewish surnames. It is curious how enthralled some (fake) Jews are with death, given the Holocaust.

“…those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars….” –Revelation 3:9

~Eowyn

Twin sisters who were born holding hands are still inseparable two years after they defied the odds to survive

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From Daily Mail: Twin sisters who held hands in the first seconds of their lives can’t stand being away from each other, two years after their odd-defying birth.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born on May 9, 2014 in Akron, Ohio after sharing the same amniotic sack – a condition that affects about 1 in 10,000 pregnancies and increases the chances of complications. Their mother Sarah had spent 57 days on bed rest to minimize the risks and was relieved to give birth to two healthy girls.

The twins were born 45 seconds apart and as soon as the doctors held them close to each other, they clasped hands, stunning everyone in the delivery room.

Two years later, the bond between the sisters has grown stronger than ever, their mother told People magazine. ‘Sometimes if my husband goes to the store, he’ll take one twin and I’ll keep the other,’ Thistlethwaite said. ‘When that happens, they both get really upset and ask for each other. They’re definitely really close. They’re like two peas in a pod.’

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Jenna and Jillian were born two days before Mother’s Day in 2014 to Thistlethwaite and their father Bill.

Doctors had detected the monoamniotic pregnancy at 19 weeks during the third ultrasound. That day, the parents, who already had a one-year-old son named Jaxon, also found out they were having twins.

Most twins have their own amniotic sack during the pregnancy. But monoamniotic twins, who are always identical, share the same one, which comes with additional risks. Their umbilical cords can become entangled or compressed, or one of the cords can get wrapped around the other twin’s neck.

Thistlethwaite took a leave from her job as an eight-grade math teacher and went inpatient at Akron’s Children’s Hospital. Her husband, a clinical director, went there every day after work from their home in Orrville. Doctors told them they could deliver the twins at 32 or 34 weeks of gestation and the parents settled on 33 weeks.

Jenna and Jillian were born on May 9, weighing almost five pounds each after what was already a rare birth. But what they did during the first seconds of their lives stunned the doctors even further.

‘Once they made sure they were OK, they held them up so mom and dad could see,’ hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore, who was there for the birth, told Fox 8‘As soon as they were side by side, they held hands. It gave me chills.’ ‘When they held them up and I saw their hands together… It’s indescribable, really,’ their father said.

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The sisters, who were born premature, spent some time in the neonatal unit before going home.

By the time they turned 1, Jenna and Jillian kept grabbing each other at every opportunity while sitting together or during meals. Two years on, they have developed distinct personalities. Jenna is the cautious one while Jillian is more of a daredevil. If one of them starts crying, the other will try to comfort her by rubbing her back, hugging her or finding a pacifier.

But even though their bond remains strong, Jenna and Jillian have started to dabble in a bit of sibling rivalry. ‘If Jenna does something bad, I’ll ask her about it and she’ll say, “No, Jillian did it!”‘ Thistlethwaite told People. ‘But they look so much alike that sometimes I really can’t tell which one of them is in trouble.’

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