Every law-abiding citizen should have one, or two, or three, or more!
Every law-abiding citizen should have one, or two, or three, or more!
Dr. Diane Harper, professor and chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, specializes in human papillomavirus (HPV) and the diseases associated with it. As principal investigator of the clinical trials of Gardasil and Cervarix, vaccines against HPV, Dr. Harper was instrumental in getting Gardasil approved.
So it should give parents pause that, beginning in 2009, Dr. Harper has questioned both the safety and effectiveness of Gardasil. In stating her misgivings, Dr. Harper has appeared at the International Public Conference on Vaccination, a conference held by the the anti-vaccine group National Vaccine Information Center, and in an anti-vaccine film, The Greater Good:
As Dr. Harper explains in the video clip above, of all the women who get an HPV infection:
In other words, in the very small number of women (0.6%) infected with the HPV virus whose lesions became cancerous, it takes 5 to 30 years for the infection to develop into invasive carcinomas. But whatever data there is on Gardasil shows that its effectiveness lasts only 5 years.
The above statistics prompted Dr. Harper, in a 2011 NPR interview, to argue against mandatory HPV vaccines for girls because, in her words, “95% of women who are infected with HPV never, ever get cervical cancer” because their immune systems are effective in killing the virus.
That is also why, as reported by Sharyl Attkisson for CBS in August 2009, Dr. Harper questioned the CDC’s recommendation that the series of HPV vaccine shots be given to girls as young as 11-years old. Harper said:
“If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last… we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit. The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.”
Why Dr. Harper waited AFTER Gardasil had been approved by the FDA to come clean about the vaccine’s risks and ineffectiveness is a mystery.
Lastly, here’s another good thing that President Trump has done — he’s asked Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to chair a presidential commission on vaccine safety. Both Trump and Kennedy have questioned whether vaccines cause autism and, not surprisingly, are mocked by the MSM.
From Fox News: The private information of thousands of California firearms instructors was accidentally released by the state late last year in response to a journalist’s Freedom of Information request.
The data request was made in August, when a reporter for Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), an NPR affiliate, sought all information on Firearms Safety Certifications available from the California Department of Justice.
The information was released in October, and a clerical error gave the reporter wide access to the personal information of 3,424 firearms instructors — whose dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and California identification numbers were handed over, according to NRA-ILA, the legislative arm of the National Rifle Association.
The error was caught two months later, and the California DOJ sent out a letter to all of the Golden State’s instructors letting them know their personal information had been compromised.
“The Department discovered the data breach on October 17, 2016, and notified the requestor of the error and asked that the information be destroyed and that no further dissemination of it occur,” said the letter, sent by the Office of the Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris is now a U.S. senator.
The letter also recommended the firearm instructors place a fraud alert on their credit. Since driver’s license numbers are appealing to identity thieves, a fraud alert could prevent criminals from misusing someone’s personal data.
NRA officials blasted the California DOJ for its data breach and questioned why it took the department so long to alert the thousands who were affected. “This privacy breach is just another example of the California Department of Justice’s disregard for the rights of gun owners,” Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for the NRA, said to FoxNews.com. “There’s no reason why the private information of firearms instructors should have been released – the DOJ redacts information all the time.”
Baker also questioned the length of time it took the state to inform victims of the breach. “It’s time the California government start awarding gun owners the same respect as it does non-gun owners.”
Some security experts said that while it wasn’t a significant data breach, there is still cause for concern. “The main concern, if any, would be identity theft, simply because it is so prevalent,” police consultant and retired Los Angeles Police Lt. Raymond Foster said to FoxNews.com. “I don’t think anyone would threaten these instructors, but one concern is that many of them are retired police officers and that could put them at an additional risk. Most of them when they are off-duty like to lie low and blend in. But I’d imagine that NPR would never publish this info and would likely just rip it up.”
The reporter, who the NRA-ILA identifies as Aaron Mendelson, acknowledged in his FOIA request that part of his request would be redacted. “…Please inform me of the redaction and the legal justification for it,” said the request, which was obtained by FoxNews.com.
Since receiving the data, it appears that none of the information has been published in any recent stories. In its letter to firearm instructors, the California DOJ said that it had asked the reporter to destroy the information he received and if he did not do so he would face legal action.
Neither Mendelson nor officials for Southern California Public Radio immediately returned calls for comment.
Gun instructors in California took the news of their information being released in stride. Dennis Santiago, an independent gun safety instructor in the Los Angeles area, who received the DOJ letter, told FoxNews.com he at first thought it was a hacking incident. “I was speaking with other instructors at a gun shop about it and they didn’t seem too concerned,” Santiago said. “They took it as being the cost of being in America.”
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters, designed for ground attack and air missions.
The F-35 is the most expensive military weapons system in history, and has been much criticized — for its design flaws; the procurement process in which Lockheed was allowed to design, test, and produce the F-35 all at the same time, instead of identifying and fixing defects before firing up its production line; and for its costs.
The Pentagon’s Office of Operational Testing and Evaluation said in a recently-released report that the F-35 program is plagued with:
“Significant, well-documented deficiencies; for hundreds of these, the program has no plan to adequately fix and verify with flight test…. The program currently has 17 known and acknowledged failures to meet the contract specification requirements…. The current schedule-driven program plans to close out testing in 2017 do not include enough time to fix these key deficiencies, nor time to verify corrections in flight test.”
The report recommends that Trump’s administration should “rigorously and comprehensively review” the aircraft’s effectiveness.
With flaws acknowledged by the Pentagon, the F-35 is prohibitively expensive. One F-35C fighter jet costs $116 million for just its low rate initial production without engine. By 2014, the program already was $163 billion over budget and seven years behind schedule. The entire F-35 program has cost taxpayers $379 billion to date, and is the Pentagon’s costliest program. Additional operating costs are likely to take the total to above $1 trillion.
On December 22, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump, a businessman, wrote a 24-word tweet, asking if American taxpayers can get a better deal from Boeing, Lockheed’s competitor.
Immediately after Trump fired off his tweet, Lockheed’s share price fell by 2%.
On January 13, 2017, 22 days after Trump’s tweet, Lockheed Martin Corp CEO Marillyn Hewson met with Trump, then announced that Lockheed is close to finalizing a deal that will significantly lower the cost of its F-35 fighter jets. Hewson also promised the company would create 1,800 new jobs in its Fort Worth, Texas facility. Those new jobs, in turn, will create “thousands and thousands of jobs” by bolstering domestic supply chains.
“I had a very good conversation with President-elect Trump this afternoon and assured him that I’ve heard his message loud and clear about reducing the cost of the F-35. I gave him my personal commitment to drive the cost down aggressively. I know that President-elect Trump wants the very best capability for our military at the lowest cost for taxpayers, and we’re ready to deliver!”
Here’s what motivated Lockheed to lower its F-35 production costs:
Trump is the first President-elect — and will be the first President — to use Twitter, which unsurprisingly horrifies and scandalizes liberals and the MSM. Trump’s twitter strategy already has proven effective in motivating companies to invest billions in America — Ford, Chrysler, Alibaba, Amazon, and now Lockheed Martin.
H/t Public Interest Group