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March 23, 2019

It happened again. More toxic stuff the US exports

Costa Rica Quarantines U.S. Anti-Vaxx Missionary Family Who Brought Measles

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nosacredcows/2019/03/costa-rica-quarantines-u-s-anti-vaxx-missionary-family-who-brought-measles/

A family of anti-vaxxer Christian missionaries from the United States is under a well-deserved quarantine after they brought measles to Costa Rica.

The 11-member family, including two parents and nine children, was placed under strict isolation orders after two of the kids tested positive for measles. Two others are still awaiting their test results, according to local reports.

In a press conference from the Presidential House the head of Health, Daniel Salas reported that the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) had confirmed that two children under 7 and 9 years old members of that family tested positive in measles, after receiving a few days ago the visit of another US citizen who showed symptoms of the disease.

The authorities confirmed that the 11 people of the family nucleus (father, mother and nine children) were unvaccinated, despite the fact that their home in Cóbano de Puntarenas was visited on three different occasions by Technical Assistants of Primary Health Care (ATAPS). In those visits no one was located inside the house and it was also confirmed that children between 1 and 17 years of age were not included in the Costa Rican Educational System, so they did not receive the vaccine during the periodic visit they made…

Minister Salas confirmed that the family has been living in Costa Rica for two years, they are missionaries and do not have social security. During the contagion period, they visited different locations in the Nicoya peninsula as well as in the province of Limón, forcing the authorities to expand the investigation to determine possible infections to other people without vaccination.

This is part of a larger global trend when it comes to measles cases. Earlier this month, I reported that Iceland was facing its biggest measles outbreak in decades thanks to an unvaccinated visitor. And in January, anti-vaxx beliefs were labeled a top 10 health threat by the World Health Organization.

March 20, 2019

Republicans are trying to make it illegal for schools to teach about trans issues

https://www.queerty.com/republicans-trying-make-illegal-schools-teach-trans-issues-20190213

 

Zack Ford of the progressive political site Think Progress has called HB 1108, “the first ‘no promo trans’ bill to actually have traction in the country,” comparing it to “no promo homo” laws currently active in seven U.S. states which forbid teachers from discussing any LGBTQ issues — including LGBTQ politics, queer history, or sexual health — in a positive light.

One of the bill’s supporters, Republican Representative Fred Deutsch, said, “We protect our children that we’re sending to public schools from the influences of other children that are suffering with different disorders.”

He continued, “I don’t want my grandchildren going to kindergarten and being confused if they’re a boy or a girl. Treat our children with respect, all of them, but let’s not subject them to notions of fancy.”

Deutsch sponsored a failed 2016 bill to prevent trans kids from using the bathroom matching their gender identity.

Ford points out that trans children identify themselves at an early age, and many age-appropriate children’s books discuss the issue. HB 1108 would effectively ban these books and disallow faculty from addressing the trans child’s medical and psychological needs.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Tom Pischke, has “a 100-percent rating from Family Heritage Alliance Action, South Dakota’s anti-LGBTQ political advocacy group,” Ford writes.

March 15, 2019

OHIO: Republican Bill Would Force Public Schools To Tell Parents How To Opt Out Of Vaccination Requirements

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Education, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:13

Why?   I do not get the gain of this for anyone.  We are seeing the resurgence of horrible diseases due to people not vaccinating.  Kids are dying!  Medical costs soaring!  Study after study shows that vaccines are safe and that they work.   What is wrong with our politicians.  Do they want people to die?  I get allergy shots each week because they work.  I will have to get shots all my life, because my system doesn’t hold the immunity.  If I do not get them I get sick, I get feeling ill , like having a full time cold every day.  I wonder if these anti vaccine people get shots for other things?   Hugs

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/ohio-republican-bill-would-force-public-schools-to-tell-parents-how-to-opt-out-of-vaccination-requirements/

The Dayton Daily News reports:

As other states are facing outbreaks of childhood diseases such as measles and mumps, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would require school districts to tell parents how easy it is to opt out of immunizations.

When schools notify parents of immunization requirements, they would be required to spell out available exemptions, according to a bill introduced in the Ohio House today. The legislation could lead to more parents deciding to skip vaccinations for their children, which would put the community at large at risk, experts say.

March 13, 2019

Testicular Bill Of Rights: Georgia Bill Would Place Restrictions On Viagra, Porn For Men

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Gender, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:35

At the link some really funny things the bill requires for health and reproductive rights ( sexual activities ) that show how wrong legislation is for the female body.  If men were held to the same standard as woman are.   Hugs

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/03/testicular-bill-of-rights-georgia-bill-would-place-restrictions-on-viagra-porn-for-men/

Kendrick says she expects a draft of the new legislation her desk by the end of the week. As for the reason behind the legislation, Kendrick says she wants to “bring awareness to the fact that if you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours.”

Rolling Stone explains:

Kendrick is spearheading the legislation, which she admits has little hope of ever passing the Georgia House of Representatives, to highlight the absurdity of HB 481, a bill that similarly legislates women’s bodies. On Thursday, the Georgia House approved HB 481, which would outlaw most abortions once a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb or around six weeks — before many women even realize they might be pregnant. The controversial “heartbeat bill” passed by a vote of 93-73. The bill will now head to the Georgia State Senate and, if approved as expected, to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk.

And Rep. Kendrick explains:

[The bill is designed] to show how ridiculous it is that any state government should regulate what people do to their bodies. Some people are going to love it and some people are going to hate it, but at the end of the day, I am a staunch, pro-choice Democrat that was elected by 54,000 people to come down there and fight for them.  That’s what I’m doing is fighting.

It bites ya

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 06:07

March 10, 2019

An Aborted 6-Week-Old Embryo Got a Green Light to Sue an Alabama Abortion Clinic

Filed under: Fascism, Gender, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Tags: , — Scottie @ 08:42

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/09/an-aborted-6-week-old-embryo-got-a-green-light-to-sue-an-alabama-abortion-clinic/

That means a six-week-old embryo — a clump of cells the size of a pea — is now legally going after the people who “killed” it.

A “pro-life” victory here would give free rein to men like Ryan Magers, who allegedly coerced his teenage girlfriend into sex, allowing them even more control over those same girls’ reproductive lives and, by extension, their futures. A great many women and girls have sex with men who are abusive, controlling, or simply not men who they want to be tied to for the rest of their lives. A “pro-life” victory here would give any man jurisdiction over any woman with whom he has had sex.

In this case, the girl was pressured into sex (though her family is not calling it rape) and chose to end the pregnancy early. A judge now thinks that’s all it takes for an embryo to sue an abortion clinic.

Magers, by impregnating a girl who didn’t want his baby, now has the power to shut down methods of abortion for women everywhere, a move that would force many of them to resort to unsafe and illegal actions to procure something that’s a routine procedure in most other parts of the developed world.

Congratulations, “pro-lifers.” Your dream of ruining women’s lives is inching closer.

 

March 9, 2019

REM – Everybody Hurts Lyrics

Filed under: Health, Music and Videos, Song, Songs and Music — Scottie @ 06:40

 

“Everybody Hurts”

When the day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life, well hang on

‘Cause everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don’t throw your hand, oh no

Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes

So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts

No, no, no, no you are not alone

OREGON: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Son After First Tetanus Case In 30 Years Nearly Killed Him, $811K Bill

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Science — Scottie @ 06:29

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/oregon-parents-wont-vaccinate-son-after-states-first-tetanus-case-in-30-years-nearly-killed-him-811k-bill/

The Daily Beast reports:

An unvaccinated Oregon boy became the first person in over 30 years to contract the deadly tetanus infection in the state. The 6-year-old boy was playing on a farm when he cut his head, according to a case report by the CDC. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound at home, but a week later, he arrived at a hospital exhibiting advanced symptoms of tetanus, a serious bacterial infection that causes involuntary muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, lockjaw, and arching of the neck and back.

The Washington Post reports:

In all, the boy’s medical charges in the hospital amounted to $811,929 — which did not include the cost of being airlifted to the hospital or of inpatient rehabilitation, according to the CDC. It’s unclear from the report who covered his hospital expenses.

Notably, physicians counseled the boy’s family to bring the child up to date on all of his vaccinations, as well as receive a follow-up dose of the DTaP vaccine. His family said no.

March 7, 2019

People ??

Filed under: Cartoons, Gender, Hate, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:13

(cartoon by Matt Wuerker)

March 6, 2019

Former Secretaries Of Air Force, Army, And Navy Say Pentagon Lied To Congress On Viability Of Trans Troops

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:57

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/former-secretaries-of-air-force-army-and-navy-say-pentagon-lied-to-congress-on-viability-of-trans-troops/

According to their statement, trans troops “meet exactly the same fitness and deployability standards as everybody else” but Pentagon witnesses ignored their own data in their testimony. Hit the link for more.

March 5, 2019

Again religion used as a club to deny equal rights

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, Health, Homosexual, News, Political, Questions, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 18:45

UTAH: Republicans Gut GOP Bill To Ban Ex-Gay Torture After Testimony From Anti-LGBT Christian Hate Group

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/utah-republicans-gut-gop-bill-to-ban-ex-gay-torture-after-testimony-from-anti-lgbt-christian-hate-group/

Family Watch International — an Arizona-based organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an anti-LGBT extremist group — brought its resources to bear against Hall’s version of the bill.

Fliers with a photo of a smiling, heterosexual couple on their wedding day were piled around the committee room, directing readers to the organization’s website.

The SPLC reports on Family Watch International’s founder:

Sharon Slater forged close ties over the years with virulently anti-gay African activists like Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa — an enthusiastic supporter of the country’s “ Kill the Gays ” bill — who have helped her lead campaigns to oppose the decriminalization of homosexuality. While these laws impose long prison terms on LGBT people, Slater insists that her position is a compassionate one: by reinforcing a culture inimical to homosexuality, she claims, LGBT people will be encouraged to unlearn their attraction, in turn neutralizing the threat they present to what the Christian Right calls the “natural family.” The rights of LGBT individuals, she argues, are “fictitious.”

Major Study of 650,000 Patients Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Filed under: Children, Education, Facts, Health, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 11:57

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/05/major-study-of-650000-patients-finds-no-link-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/

Two decades ago, a later-retracted paper published in The Lancet by the now-disgraced Andrew Wakefield led to a conspiracy theory about how vaccines were linked to autism. Wakefield had falsified the data, used a small sample set, and his results were never duplicated. Yet the lie took on a life of its own, promoted by celebrities and crackpots alike.

The study found no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine, no clustering of autism cases among children who were given the vaccine, and no increase in the rate of autism among susceptible children who were given the vaccine.

Australian immunisation expert Professor Ian Frazer, who along with his team at the University of Queensland developed the vaccine for HPV, said the Danish study definitively confirms the findings of previous studies that vaccines do not cause autism.

March 1, 2019

Why Ron makes offices for me

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 08:13

In posting about my new office questions have come up why Ron would go to this trouble especially when I have a existing office.  To answer we need go back in time.  

I am the victim of childhood abuse growing up in a hateful dysfunctional family.  I have struggled with those memories all my life.  The stress of working in the ICU and my worsing health made it almost impossible for me to maintain a healthy mental state.  I was really falling apart.  When I couldn’t work any more I went into a deep depression.  I basically did not leave the bedroom.  As Ron was working nights he had to have the bedroom dark to sleep and that made it worse for me.  

Working with my doctors Ron was able to get me to doing things and interested in life again. He set up a candle making place in the bedroom and I made candles like a fiend.  He pushed me to make them to have something to do.   He set up a desk / computer area so I would be online and out of my own head.  

The problem I have is if I do not have constant input into hy brain, my mind goes places that are bad for me and I don’t want.  So to keep my mind busy I have a second computer playing news / videos / YouTube / Netflix / Amazon … You get the point.   So I also have a TV as I love news.   Now I was trying to use headphones but they hurt my ears and I wouldn’t be able to use them long.    Ron build my  first office ( yes he had to add a room to the middle of our home ) so I would be able to listen / watch stuff without bothering the rest of the home.   I could go into my office, close the door and put stuff on and bother no one.   It was working well except it was a dark room.  It has one window and it was on the south side.  So when James moved out Ron decided to move me to the front room with lots of windows and natural light.  

So I have an office to be able to do what I need to in order to keep my mental state well.    I still have bad days, days I get upset, days I just start crying.   However I am much better and doing what I need to do to keep both my physical, mental, and emotional health in a good state.  

Thank you.  Hugs and loves.   

February 27, 2019

Texas lawmaker says he’s not worried about measles outbreak because of ‘antibiotics’

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Drugs, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 20:29

Again people with no understanding of the medical science passing laws that undermine public safety and harming people.   I live in Florida.  The state legislature has made it nearly impossible for me to get the medications I need.  My doctors have to jump through so many unnecessary hurdles imposed by lawmakers trying to look tough on the opioid crisis.  However the lawmakers lumped non-opioid drugs in with whole categories of drugs that doctors that specialize in treating long term intense pain can not prescribe the needed medications.   The law makes no sense as my primary care doctor can prescribe the medication that works best for me yet has no training in long term pain care, and the ones specially trained in it are forbidden to prescribe it.   So to get me the relief I need my pain specialist doctor just had to put me on a medication that doesn’t work as well and makes you very ill for weeks until your body adjusts to it.    Thanks Florida republican lawmakers.    Hugs

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/27/measles-outbreak-anti-vaxx-texas-zedler-wrongly-cites-antibiotics/3001496002/

There is no treatment for measles, a highly contagious virus that can be fatal. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and can’t kill viruses.

Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking six measles outbreaks across the nation, including one in Texas.

Before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was available in America, about 450 to 500 people died from measles each year. The CDC reports there has been at least one case of a measles death within the past five years. National and world health officials worry that an anti-vaccination movement could increase that number.

Some parents opt not to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The CDC has said that there is no link and that there are no ingredients in vaccines that could cause autism.

Was it worth threatening the health of others

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 09:35

 

Another child has died due to denying medical science

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Criminal, Drugs, Family, Greed, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:28

“This case underscores the serious health and safety risks of taking medical advice from someone who lacks a license and the proper training that goes with it,” said Feuer. “These convictions send a strong message that my office will continue to hold accountable those whose actions place lives in danger.”

In August, 2014, Morrow came to the family’s Harbor Gateway home to treat the 13-year-old victim after he became extremely ill due to complications from his Type-1 diabetes. Shortly before the victim died, Morrow told the victim’s parents not to give him insulin but instead to administer the herbs that he was selling. The victim suffered a cardiac arrest and died the next day as a result of complications from his diabetes. The medical examiner determined the victim would have lived had he received proper medical treatment.

 

February 26, 2019

Healthcare in the USA

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, Political — Scottie @ 21:27

Ron is getting things together to do our taxes.   By his best figures we spent out of pocket a bit over $10,000 plus the $2,500 medical card deducted from his pay, plus the 2 grand in dental insurance we both get, plus the healthcare insurance we get from his work, and lastly also my medicare because I am disabled.  Anyone think the healthcare system in our country is broken and needs to be fixed.   We spent over $12,500 out of pocket and still had insurance which Ron has deducted from his pay and did not figure into these costs.  Just to have me on his insurance is an extra $150 a month so that is another $1,800.   So now we are up to $14,300.   That doesn’t include the month premium for the insurance choices we selected.  That doesn’t include my medicare premium and I am grateful to have medicare.  Back in 2014 I lost the top of my left leg to my bone disease.  I had to wait until 2017, three years later, until I got my medicare to be able to afford the operation to replace my left hip.   Anyone still think we have the best healthcare system in the world?   Had I been in Canada I would have waited about 3 months and gotten my new hip.  Think of the pain I suffered due to a three year wait.  Without medicare I would be in a wheelchair and a lot of debilitating pain.   The wealthy do not have to worry about these things.  Congress people do not have to worry about these things.  Congressional staff do not have to worry about these health worries.  it is time to fix a broken health care system in the US.   It needs to be about the health of the people, not the profit that can be made off the people.   Hugs

February 21, 2019

So are you still “pro-life”

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 17:52

(cartoon by Clay Bennett)

February 17, 2019

The Black Death is back, and so are these other diseases you thought were gone

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:46

https://www.pri.org/stories/black-death-back-and-so-are-these-other-diseases-you-thought-were-gone

However, in recent years, some of the deadly diseases that we thought were the stuff of history books are back with a vengeance in many parts of the world — and not just in developing countries.

Why are preventable diseases making a comeback?

In the US, a recent outbreak of measles has been linked to a rise in unvaccinated children. Up to 40 percent of American parents are either delaying or skipping vaccinations, according to a study published by the medical journal Pediatrics in May last year. Parents subscribing to the anti-vaccination movement ignore the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s calls for vaccination, thanks in part to a now-debunked study linking vaccines to autism.

A wall I could support

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 05:37

(cartoon by Andy Marlette)

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