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Title: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 23, 2010, 09:19:08 AM
Here is one food recall currently in effect we should all be aware of: EGG RECALL. - Yowbarb   BTW I will be posting the FDA warning soon. The warning posted below may not cover all problem eggs...Update there is a MEAT RECALL now too, see next post.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ygreen/20100819/sc_ygreen/massiveeggrecallhowtocheckyourcartonforrecalledeggs (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ygreen/20100819/sc_ygreen/massiveeggrecallhowtocheckyourcartonforrecalledeggs) 
Massive egg recall: How to check your carton for recalled eggs
Dan Shapley Dan Shapley – Thu Aug 19, 7:14 pm ET
 
(Photo: FDA)
A massive egg recall by Write County Egg has sickened hundreds of people, and affected 13 retail brands that the egg factory packages. The culprit: Salmonella on egg shells.
The egg brands affected by the recall include: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.
Eggs are packed in 6- 12- or 18-egg cartons with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946.
Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.
Consumers should not eat the eggs and should return recalled eggs to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
Bacterial contamination on modern industrial-scale chicken farms (factories, really) is a growing problem. Cramped conditions are breeding grounds for disease. Widespread use of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
One antidote to the problem is to choose locally sourced eggs from farms that allow their chickens to run free. Though be aware that the label "free range" doesn't mean what you might think.
Salmonella poisoning symptoms
Within 6-to-72 hours of eating an egg, you may experience lower abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, fever, chills, malaise, nausea or headache. Symptoms may persist for as long as a week. While most people recover without treatment, some patients require hospitalization.
Among the 21,244 cases of foodborne illness reported from tainted food-related outbreaks in the United States in 2007 (the last year for which data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), salmonella was the No. 2 cause of illness, causing 27% of foodborne illness outbreaks, including 55% of multi-state outbreaks, and 81 illnesses attributed to salmonella in eggs; five deaths resulted from salmonella-contaminated food. The two biggest foodborne illness outbreaks that year were caused by salmonella, in hummus and frozen pot pies.
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Market Watch
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-egg-recall-expands-consumers-warned-to-beware-2010-08-23 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-egg-recall-expands-consumers-warned-to-beware-2010-08-23)
Aug. 23, 2010, 11:54 a.m. EDT
As egg recall expands, consumers warned to beware
Government regulators probe Salmonella outbreak; no more 'runny' eggs By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Forget eating your eggs over easy. At least for now.
That's the advice of the government's top food-safety regulator after the nationwide recall of more than half a billion eggs tied to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.
Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Monday the agency continues to investigate the source of the contamination and could issue additional recalls. Consumers should take extra safety precautions, such as washing hands before and after handling eggs and cooking the eggs thoroughly, she said.
 
U.S. Egg Recall Widens
A second Midwest egg producer recalls its product due to salmonella concerns. Video Courtesy of Fox News.
"No more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast," Hamburg said during an interview on NBC's Today show.
The eggs being recalled were sold in at least 22 states under as many as 24 different brands. The recall is the biggest in "recent memory," Hamburg said. See a partial list of egg brands recalled.
The FDA ordered the recall last Thursday after nearly 2,000 episodes of Salmonella poisoning were reported between May and July, mostly in the Midwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a typical year, about 700 cases would have been reported during that period.
Salmonella poisoning can be fatal for the very young, the very old or those with poor immune systems. Most cases involve temporary symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and some vomiting. See FDA explanation of salmonella poisoning.
Hamburg said the delay in the recall stemmed from the difficulty of tracing the source of contamination. The form of salmonella involved in the outbreak is the most common, making it hard to determine its origin, she said.
Eventually, the FDA investigation led to two Iowa-based producers, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. Wright County Egg is owned by Jack DeCoster, who owns other produce companies that have been cited for repeated violations extending as far back as 1994.
In the U.S., nearly 80 billion whole eggs are produced for sale each year, some of which are exported. Iowa is by far the nation's leading producer.
Until recently, the FDA lacked authority to inspect chicken farms where eggs are produced, a task that solely belonged to Agriculture Department. The FDA was granted the right to check farms starting on July 9 as part of a law passed in 2009.
Hamburg, however, said the agency needs even more power so the FDA can prevent outbreaks before they happen, especially with so much food now entering the U.S. from overseas.
"We need additional resources. We need additional authority," she said.
Several bills in Congress would give the FDA exactly that. One bill in the Senate has the official support of 17 members -- 12 Democrats and five Republicans.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who chairs a House panel that handles matters related to the egg industry, complained that the dual regulatory oversight by the FDA and Agriculture Department could lead to a confusing inspection process.
The Connecticut Democrat said Congress should ultimately create one agency to handle all matters of food safety -- from the producer to the consumer.
In the U.S. stock market on Monday, shares of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!calm/quotes/nls/calm (CALM 32.31, +1.97, +6.49%) , the nation's largest seller of table eggs, rose 3% to $31.38 after the company said its exposure to the Salmonella outbreak was very limited.
Cal-Maine said only 800,000 eggs, or 0.3% of the total it sold between May and July, were purchased from the Iowa producers at the center of the recall. None of the tainted eggs was produced at its own farms, the Jackson, Miss.-based company said.
Jeffry Bartash is a reporter for MarketWatch in Washington.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 24, 2010, 06:56:42 AM
 Update, NATIONWIDE MEAT RECALL does not cover a lot of brands, but it is very widespread since they are sold at Wal Mart. - CNN Story below, Yowbarb
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http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/24/meat.recall/index.html?iref=NS1 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/24/meat.recall/index.html?iref=NS1)
Nationwide meat recall announced
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 24, 2010 7:16 a.m. EDT
 
Deli meat is the latest food product to be recalled.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
•   NEW: Meat products sold at Wal-Marts nationwide
•   The meat products were produced from mid-June through early July
•   Listeriosis is an uncommon, but potentially fatal disease
•   380,000 pounds of deli meats are being recalled
(CNN) -- Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website.
The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.
"Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
 Video: Is our food safe to eat?
"Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy," the USDA said.
Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday from CNN.
The products subject to recall are:
-- 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17800 1300.
-- 28.49-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17803 1300.
-- 32.67-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17804 1300.
-- 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17805 1300.
The meats were produced on dates ranging from June 18 to July 2, 2010. The "Use By" dates range from August 20 to September 10, 2010....

Ending Note by Yowbarb: Members should probably check the FDA site to and check at their local stores  about any Recalls posted there. Ask the managers of the stores. - Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Mjoy on August 24, 2010, 09:58:07 AM
 :(I am so sorry for people who have been poisoned by meat and eggs.  There has been an ongoing scandal in Germany with rancid, old and unfit beef/veal being sold to Turkish Imbiss's to make Döner.  Its Germany's favorite "fast-food" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doner_kebab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doner_kebab)) .  The government can not seem to control the selling of unfit meat to make Döner, and there have been numerous documentaries about the low hygiene standards in the practice of making Döner. 
So, everyone, have MMS on hand to combat those germs:http://www.themiraclemineralsupplement.com/
Bye for now,
Mary
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2010, 10:28:25 AM
:(I am so sorry for people who have been poisoned by meat and eggs.  There has been an ongoing scandal in Germany with rancid, old and unfit beef/veal being sold to Turkish Imbiss's to make Döner.  Its Germany's favorite "fast-food" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doner_kebab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doner_kebab)) .  The government can not seem to control the selling of unfit meat to make Döner, and there have been numerous documentaries about the low hygiene standards in the practice of making Döner. 
So, everyone, have MMS on hand to combat those germs:http://www.themiraclemineralsupplement.com/
Bye for now,
Mary

Mjoy that is a sad situation... it's not so easy to get control of those situations and make the meat safe... I suppose people have been perishing from bad food since time immemorial...I suppose a lot of it didn't sit around long because it was scarce...
Cooking food really well handles a multitude of problems.
It's good you mentioned the MMS from what has been posted on the board it is a definite good thing to have around,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Mjoy on August 28, 2010, 01:04:41 AM
Yes, it is a rather sad situation.  I try to get only eggs from a neighboring farm, and meat from a bio-dynamic farm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture)) in our town.  This farm has been in the same family, in the same house since 1337!!!  It is run by a dear friend of mine, who studies, intensively the work of Rudolf Steiner.  Because I live in the country, I can do this, but most folks do not have this luxury.  I wonder what we are all going to do for food in the after-times?  It will be like in the stone-age for some time.  No more fast anything.
Bye for now,
Mary
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 23, 2010, 02:53:05 PM
This Topic is where you can post various stories of noxious substances, bad cars, bad drugs, bad food, bad creatures
and plagues.
I know, we have a lot on our minds here, monitoring sun and earth changes, attempting to locate or predict events from Planet X - but we need to be aware of what's going on around us.
We may be going into areas we are not familiar with, survival lands, working on the land. We need to know the plants and critters and also the various problems from humans who come along. Stay safe and well.

I started a Topic like this but have no clue where it went so here it is again.

I will start out with this: Killer bees are now in Georgia

Africanized bees blamed in death of Georgia man

By the CNN Wire Staff   October 22, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- Africanized honey bees have been confirmed in Georgia and are responsible for the death of a 73-year-old man, the state's agricultural commissioner said Thursday.

Curtis Davis of Dougherty County in southwest Georgia last week accidentally disturbed a colony of bees while he was clearing bush with his bulldozer, CNN affiliate WFXL reported. He received more than 100 stings.

"This is the first record of Africanized honeybees in Georgia," Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin said in a statement about the entomological tests.
Africanized honey bees, known colloquially as "killer bees," were believed to have entered Texas in 1990 and have since spread to about 10 other states from California to Florida.

Because of the similarity of the appearance of European honeybees and Africanized bees, the insects from the Dougherty County incident had to be tested to ascertain their identity. Irvin said they are less predictable than European honey bees.

Africanized honey bees, which are hybrids of African and European bees, can be highly defensive around their nests and swarm more frequently than other honey bees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The venom carried by honey bees has similar potency.

Irvin, who urged people to be cautious around nests, said employees will monitor and trap "bee swarms to try to find where any Africanized honey bees are."

He stressed that European honey bees are important for the pollination of many crops.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/21/georgia.bees.fatality/index.html?iref=obinsite (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/21/georgia.bees.fatality/index.html?iref=obinsite)
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 23, 2010, 02:59:03 PM
Shark kills 19-year-old man off beach on Vandenberg Air Force Base
By Michael Martinez, CNN
October 23, 2010 6:55 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- A shark attack Friday killed a 19-year-old college student off a beach on Vandenberg Air Force Base, said authorities in Santa Barbara County, California.

A shark, described as being 14 to 20 feet in length, bit off the left leg of Lucas McKaine Ransom of Romoland, California, while he was Boogie Boarding with a 20-year-old male friend, said a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Ransom was a junior at University of California at Santa Barbara. He was majoring in chemical engineering.

On Friday morning, Ransom was riding the waves at Surf Beach about 100 yards offshore when a shark pulled him under the water, authorities said. His friend and other witnesses pulled him from the water, authorities said.

[Story Continues] http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/22/california.shark.attack/index.html?iref=NS1 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/22/california.shark.attack/index.html?iref=NS1)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Linda on October 23, 2010, 04:41:41 PM
I just caught the end of that story on the news, terrible for that young man.

Linda
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 12, 2010, 03:34:29 PM
This Topic is just miscellaneous stuff, facts on dangerous creatures and events -but these are things to think about now and in the future...
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 24, 2011, 10:41:35 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/01/24/russia.airport.explosion/index.html

Officials raised the death toll to 35 and expect it to rise after a suicide bomber attacked Moscow's busiest airport.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports. FULL STORY

Moscow (CNN) -- A suicide bomber attacked Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, killing 35 people and wounding about 100, authorities and state television said.

The blast occurred around 4:30 p.m. at the entrance of the international arrivals section of Domodedovo Airport, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Tatyana Morozova.

State TV aired video of the smoke-filled terminal, including what looked like bodies and luggage on the ground.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called the bombing a terrorist attack and immediately ordered additional security at airports and transportation hubs around the country. Moscow police went on high alert in case of additional attacks.

Map: Domodedovo airport Russian Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said 35 people died in the blast and 93 people were hospitalized. Forty-one of those injured are in serious or critical condition, she said. Some people were given care outside of the hospital, while others were treated for hearing loss, fractures and smoke inhalation.

Earlier, the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee had said 35 people died and 152 were wounded in the explosion.

State TV, citing Russian authorities, said the attack was the act of a suicide bomber who stuffed a homemade bomb with small metal objects to make it more deadly, then activated it in a crowded area where many people were waiting for arriving passengers. CNN could not independently verify those claims
...

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-moscow-blast-20110125,0,662374.story
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 17, 2011, 10:09:47 AM
Parasites.

It is a good idea to learn a little about them and keep items around which routinely kill them
or at least keep the numbers down.
Here are a few everyday items for this:

Whole garlic, put into food. Juice drinks, salad dressings, soups, etc.
garlic capsules
mustard
pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
cloves, whole, ground up.
cayenne pepper products (Louisiana Hot Sauce)
anise tea

Health food store or online ordering:

gelatin capsules -   Put the whole ground cloves into the capsule.
wormwood capsules
tincture of the green hull of the black walnut
capsules to put freshly ground cloves into.
oil of oregano

Book:
The Cure for all Cancers has a complete parasite and cancer prevention program. The ingredients are listed above, in blue text.
Soon, I am going to add this book title, and others about getting rid of parasites, to the suggested books for amazon estore topic.

More later... Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 17, 2011, 03:48:49 PM
I just stumbled up a documentary - actually two and viewed it while doing chores /having a meal. (Yecch)
Animal Planet. The last one showed which just ended 6:30 PM EST, was called Monsters Inside Me.
At the end of the show they said for tips on how to avoid parasites go to their site. I haven't found so many tips except the various clips tell how and where the parasites are contracted. Very discusting but it is better to know how to keep oneself free of these things or at least possibly get screened for them and get rid of.

http://www.Animalplanet/monstersinsideme.com

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: augonit on February 17, 2011, 04:21:41 PM
Tape worms would also be something to be wary of.  They can kill you.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 17, 2011, 05:47:07 PM
Tape worms would also be something to be wary of.  They can kill you.

That is a coincidence. Today for the first time I saw a news story (came across it randomly) about a very
rare type of tapeworm found in a dead fox in Sweden. Before now there were no reports of this particular
type of organism in Sweden. It is usually fatal to humans. I found the story in a couple places on the net.- Yowbarb
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•'Deadly' parasite found in SwedenThe Local
3 days ago
A tapeworm that can be fatal to humans has been discovered in a Swedish fox, marking the first time the parasite has been found in Sweden.
Story this page:
http://www.thelocal.se/32022/20110214/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 17, 2011, 05:50:55 PM
Here is the whole article:

http://www.thelocal.se/32022/20110214/

The Local Sweden's News in English
A tapeworm that can be fatal to humans has been discovered in a Swedish fox, marking the first time the parasite has been found in Sweden.
Published: 14 Feb 11 09:14 CET
 
If more animals are found to be infected by the Echinococcus multilocularis parasite, Swedes may have to stop eating fresh berries picked right from the forest.
 
"This is very serious. It has never before been found in Sweden," Carl Hård af Segerstad, division head at the National Veterinary Institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt, SVA), told news agency TT late on Sunday.
 
Up to 400 foxes are tested each year in an effort to detect the parasite. Last week, samples were taken from a suspected infected fox in northern Bohuslän in southwestern Sweden. On Friday, the infection was confirmed.
 
Tapeworm eggs can end up on berries and mushrooms through animal faeces. For dogs, cats and foxes, the parasite is relatively harmless. However, people must take precautions to prevent infection.
 
"It can form cysts in internal organs. If someone becomes infected, he or she will have to undergo lifelong anti-parasite treatment and survival is not certain," said Hård af Segerstad.
 
The worm is one of the reasons that dogs and cats entering Sweden must be dewormed. The parasite is found in many parts of Europe and is most common in the Alps, where people are discouraged from picking and eating mushrooms and berries in the countryside.
 
"If we ingest the eggs that the fox has crapped out in the woods, there is a risk that we'll get infected. As a result, we may need to change our habits in the forest, for example not picking berries from a stem and eating them," said Hård af Segerstad.
 
He emphasised that the worm has only been found in one animal. As such, he estimated that the infection has not been present here for very long.
 
"Now we have to start analysing as many foxes and small rodents as we can from the area to see how widespread the infection may be. There is no risk of infection now. There is nothing in the woods that one can put in one's mouth right now," he said.
 
A number of agencies, including the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet), are expected to meet soon to develop an action plan for how to manage the parasite's entry into Sweden.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ASEEKERTOO on February 27, 2011, 10:14:08 AM
This is the 'Red Letter Article' if I have ever seen one.
http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/56379/pathogens-allegedly-found-in-major-u-s-food-staple/#
http://news.change.org/stories/usda-approves-genetically-engineered-alfalfanow-what

Roundup can cause certain problems and the fostering of certain fungi are one of them. here is a quote about Fusarium......
"But Fusarium’s wrath is not limited to plants. According to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, toxins from Fusarium on various types of food crops have been associated with disease outbreaks throughout history. They’ve “been linked to the plague epidemics” of medieval Europe, “large-scale human toxicosis in Eastern Europe,” oesophageal cancer in southern Africa and parts of China, joint diseases in Asia and southern Africa, and a blood disorder in Russia. Fusarium toxins have also been shown to cause animal diseases and induce infertility."

All in all, genetically modified foods can come back to haunt us it appears.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 27, 2011, 08:09:17 PM
ASEEKERTOO that is really terrible. thanks for posting.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 10, 2011, 10:11:37 PM
This is an old article. Maybe this product has been taken off the market,
?   YB
...

NATURAL NEWS
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 11, 2011, 11:31:45 AM
Stupidity always has been a threat to survival.
Fortunately, this little one survived someone's stupid mistake. Tot was taken to hospital ...
- Yowbarb
...
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/11/michigan.toddler.alcohol/index.html?iref=NS1

In mixup, toddler served alcohol at Applebee's restaurant, police say
 
By Leigh Remizowski, CNN   April 11, 2011 1:55 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- A 15-month-old was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee's restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.
 
Police were called to the Madison Heights restaurant on Friday evening after the parents of Dominic Wilson Jr. noticed their son acting strange during a family dinner.
 
"He was saying 'hi' and 'bye' to the walls," said Wilson's mother, Taylor Dill-Reese, 18. "He laid his head down like he was sleepy, then woke up
and got really hyper."
... continues......

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/11/michigan.toddler.alcohol/index.html?iref=NS1
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: noproblemo2 on April 11, 2011, 11:36:40 AM
Stupidity always has been a threat to survival.
Fortunately, this little one survived someone's stupid mistake. Tot was taken to hospital ...
- Yowbarb
...
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/11/michigan.toddler.alcohol/index.html?iref=NS1

In mixup, toddler served alcohol at Applebee's restaurant, police say
 
By Leigh Remizowski, CNN   April 11, 2011 1:55 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- A 15-month-old was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee's restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.
 
Police were called to the Madison Heights restaurant on Friday evening after the parents of Dominic Wilson Jr. noticed their son acting strange during a family dinner.
 
"He was saying 'hi' and 'bye' to the walls," said Wilson's mother, Taylor Dill-Reese, 18. "He laid his head down like he was sleepy, then woke up
and got really hyper."
... continues......

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/11/michigan.toddler.alcohol/index.html?iref=NS1
This is terrible, a lesson to be learned would be to taste test things for young children.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 11, 2011, 01:41:16 PM
Susan, so true!! Who would even think they had to taste the apple juice brought to them at a resturant.
If one of the parents hadn't tasted it and the child drank the whole thing it could have killed him, according
to the article. Crazy!
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 11, 2011, 01:42:15 PM
Something about CELL PHONES
Brought to our attention by BajaSusan today:

"Gee, makes me want to stop using them totally !!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi all, check out this video and come to your own conclusions! 
You have to check this out..."

POPCORN (This will blow your mind)
This is enlightening! !!!
This is probably what it does to our brain cells - like putting your head in
a microwave ..
Check this out!   And we're supposed to believe that cell phones are safe?

POPCORN  story link:
http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/portable/video/x5odhh_pop-corn-telephone-portable-microon_news   
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 13, 2011, 11:41:25 PM
I was done on here for the night but I went out in the front of the house for a minute when I saw a cat out there.
It was a big cat we hadn't seen for awhile. Dark charcoal gray with tuxedo markings on his chin.
He is quite well - fed so he is not a stray. Previously he had run up to my grown - up daughter and
acted like he would bite her. She had escorted him across the street because he was chasing our cats.
Tonight I just said, "Oh I remember you," wasn't being threatening was about to go in the house when he suddenly ran up to me aggressively.
This sort of freaked me out but my survival instinct was to display aggression right back.
I yelled at him to stop (he was already croached down facing square at me about to spring at me) I said, "well
I am going to hit you with something and you will not like that!"  He paused I grabbed a small rock I didn't hit him just threw it in the general direction and
he backed off...I yelled at him don't you threaten me in
my own yard... He was such an odd cat through he didn't fully run away he sort of half chased the rock I threw at him and folowed it as it rolled down the driveway he sort of sniffed at it. Not nearly as afraid as a normal cat  would be.
Occurred to me we better get all our cats vaccinated...
Never occurrred to me a neighborhood cat would run up to me like that. Before he was about to pounce he was growling at me.
My yelling deterred him... We need to find out whose cat that is. I googled it and saw the difference between defense aggressive posture and offensive aggressive posture. If the cat is facing straight at you staring right at you with his hind quarters up he is about to jump right at you. 

Anyway I found a Youtube video, Cecil County is in Maryland. - Yowbarb

Woman Attacked By Rabid Cat
Uploaded by wbal on May 9, 2008

A Cecil County woman is undergoing treatment for rabies after authorities say a stray cat attacked her.

VIDEO http://youtu.be/9GtfwpKnCxo

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: noproblemo2 on April 14, 2011, 07:11:16 AM
Very wise to have our animals protected as you say. Thankfully all mine are and we are lucky to have a vet who makes house calls.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 14, 2011, 07:52:23 AM
Very wise to have our animals protected as you say. Thankfully all mine are and we are lucky to have a vet who makes house calls.

Susan, that's great aboutyour vet.  ;D
We just gave all our cats and our friend's dog the Revolution treatment, but need the shots this year. We may have a rolling vet van come out, soon.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 14, 2011, 11:52:44 PM
This may seem like a wimpy threat to survival, but pollen - way too much of it,
is not good for some people.
Here is today's US map. About half the US in the red zone  today, 9.7 to 12, on a scale of zero to twelve.
 - Yowbarb
...
Today’s Local & National Allergy Forecast

http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp

Title: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: noproblemo2 on May 19, 2011, 01:25:06 PM
Just came across this:
Event date: 07.05.2011 03:28:19
Country: United States
State: State of New Mexico
Location:Santa Fe [-]

Our neighbors to the west have recorded the country's first human case of the dreaded bubonic plague. A 58-year-old man in the area of Santa Fe, New Mexico is recovering in hospital. "Whenever there is a human case of plague, the [New Mexico] Department of Health takes several steps to ensure the safety of the immediate family, neighbors, and health care providers," [New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Catherine]Torres said in a statement released by her office. "We inform neighbors door-to-door about plague found in the area and educate them on reducing their risk. It is not unusual to find bubonic plague in the West Texas rodent population, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Department. It’s spread to people by direct contact with infected animals such as prairie dogs, squirrels, cats, rats and mice. The odds of this happening are low, but take care anyway. Plague fully deserves its dread-disease status and can be fatal if not treated promptly. You can say that again. Plague epidemics agonized humans for centuries. The 14th Century outbreak in Europe was particularly notorious for wiping out up to half the population. Thankfully, modern medicine has brought the mortality rate of plague in the United States down to about 1 in 7. Between five and 15 Americans die from plague in an average year. You may recall in 2003, several vials containing bubonic plague went missing from Texas Tech University. They were discovered an hour later. Comedian Jon Stewart joked about it at the time on The Daily Show.


Event date: 17.05.2011 19:35:49
Country: United States
State: State of Arizona
Location:- [Doney Park (Flagstaff)]

County health officials have confirmed that fleas collected from a remote area of Doney Park have tested positive for plague. According to information from the county Health Services District, the area is northeast of Flagstaff near Townsend-Winona Road and Interstate 40. Fleas were being collected from prairie dog burrows that were being monitored due to a die off. Area residents have been notified, and the burrows have been treated. The area will be closely monitored to determine if more action is required, according to the county. The tests were conducted by Northern Arizona University researchers.
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?lang=
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Lori on May 19, 2011, 05:01:36 PM
Thats near my parents and family.   :o
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on May 19, 2011, 05:18:42 PM
That's near my parents and family.   :o

You must be worried... will be you be forwarding the article to them?
They need to stay out of the outlying areas for awhile... the officials will probably get it under control...This happened in a couple US areas one was hills not far from L.A. many years ago. That was rodent-related.
Best your family there avoid being in crowds of people..
The thought just occurred to me with earth changes we could see more of this, especially if government officials are not on the ground working to control disease...
YB
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: augonit on May 20, 2011, 07:28:15 AM
The Bubonic Plague never left the earth.  It has been around for centuries and a handful of cases are reported every year all over the world.  The American SW seems to be the only place in the US where it occurs on a regular basis.  I have long believed the Plague will once again become totally widespread like it was in Europe.  It's a matter of time.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on May 20, 2011, 09:12:03 AM
The Bubonic Plague never left the earth.  It has been around for centuries and a handful of cases are reported every year all over the world.  The American SW seems to be the only place in the US where it occurs on a regular basis.  I have long believed the Plague will once again become totally widespread like it was in Europe.  It's a matter of time.

augonit, you culd be right that it's just a matter of time.
If the earth changes start cranking on even worse - peaking - government people will
be  - temporarily at - absent from their posts.  There will be nothing working, no agency or mechanism to contain these sorts of outbreaks. One thing we need to try and safeguard is predatory animals; domestic cats.
- YB
...
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: noproblemo2 on May 20, 2011, 09:23:08 AM
The Bubonic Plague never left the earth.  It has been around for centuries and a handful of cases are reported every year all over the world.  The American SW seems to be the only place in the US where it occurs on a regular basis.  I have long believed the Plague will once again become totally widespread like it was in Europe.  It's a matter of time.

augonit, you culd be right that it's just a matter of time.
If the earth changes start cranking on even worse - peaking - government people will
be  - temporarily at - absent from their posts.  There will be nothing working, no agency or mechanism to contain these sorts of outbreaks. One thing we need to try and safeguard is predatory animals; domestic cats.
- YB
...
Agree we do need to protect our animals, since fleas are positive in this case, has anyone else noticed that Frontline products don't seem to prevent fleas as they used to? The Capstar tablets are good for temporary flea relief but doesn't seem to work long term. Any ideas on how to best protect our critters?
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on May 20, 2011, 09:25:05 AM
To the best of my knowledge Revolution works best ...
You used to be able to buy it esily online now may not be so easy.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: noproblemo2 on May 21, 2011, 07:42:47 PM
aBOUT A YEAR AGO i NOTICED THAT fRONTLINE DID NOT WORK ON FLEAS WITH MY CATS.  i CHANGED TO ADV ANTAGE.  iT HAS WORKED WELL.
Thanks Ekratz, will probably try that first, not as pricey as the revolution for me since I have 4 cats and a large dog.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on May 21, 2011, 09:27:13 PM
aBOUT A YEAR AGO i NOTICED THAT fRONTLINE DID NOT WORK ON FLEAS WITH MY CATS.  i CHANGED TO ADV ANTAGE.  iT HAS WORKED WELL.

I was just reading online a spot check shows that a lot of people are no longer using Frontline, switching to  Advantage and some to Revolution. I have used revolution on my cats with success I am not an wxpert on how well it works on dogs.
Good Luck
barb
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on May 21, 2011, 09:31:06 PM
aBOUT A YEAR AGO i NOTICED THAT fRONTLINE DID NOT WORK ON FLEAS WITH MY CATS.  i CHANGED TO ADV ANTAGE.  iT HAS WORKED WELL.
Thanks Ekratz, will probably try that first, not as pricey as the revolution for me since I have 4 cats and a large dog.

http://ask.metafilter.com/147350/Does-Revolution-work-well

My relative's vet put their new (flea bitten, unknown medical history) cat on Revolution, and everything seems to have worked out fine. The vet chose Revolution over Frontline because he was concerned that there may have been other parasites that we weren't aware of. His reasoning could be similar, or it could be something else

My 12 lb. dog is 5 years old. We have always used Revolution. He has not had any issues.
posted by morganannie at 12:22 PM on March 2, 2010

We used Revolution on our dog last year for the first time (she's only 1.5 years old). I take her on daily walks through forests and bushy/swampy areas and never saw a tick on her.
posted by KathyK at 12:38 PM on March 2, 2010

I use Revolution on my cats now, because one of them had a bad heart attack a year ago that was caused by canine heartworms. We do see an occasional flea on them, but we did so when we used Frontline Plus for Cats, as well. The vet told me that bad infestations should be treated with Revolution every three weeks, instead of once a month, but I haven't tried that yet.

My Siamese cat likes Revolution a lot better than
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: noproblemo2 on June 08, 2011, 03:55:43 PM
Colorado Cat Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague
Officials in Boulder County, Colo., announced last week that a pet cat and a dead squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague.

The cat’s owner took it to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to be checked by veterinarians, and it was there that the presence of the bacteria was confirmed. A dead squirrel also tested positive for the plague.

Jennifer Bolser, chief veterinarian at the Humane Society clinic, said that the cat brought the dead squirrel home and likely became infected from it.

The bubonic plague is caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. It begins its life cycle in a rat’s blood. When fleas feed on that blood, Y. pestis bacteria begin growing in the flea’s gut, and the disease is transmitted when an infected flea bites a new host.

In Colorado, the disease typically spread among wild rodents and other small mammals such as squirrels, rats, prairie dogs and rabbits. Household pets like cats can either get plague or carry infected fleas home to their owners.

In very rare cases, the plague can be transmitted from a sick cat to a human, but it’s much more likely that a person will contract the disease from flea bites or bites from squirrels, prairie dogs or other wild rodents.

This is the first time plague activity has been confirmed in Boulder County this season, county health officials said. It’s been six or seven years since Boulder’s humane society clinic has come across a plague case, Bolser said, although the disease does occur naturally in Colorado.

But unlike the Dark Ages, when the plague caused countless deaths and terrified two continents, the disease is easily cured with modern medicine.

“The plague, in general, is highly treatable if you can catch it and diagnose it early, and don’t ignore the symptoms,” Bolser said.

Symptoms of bubonic plague include high fever, extreme fatigue and painful swollen lymph nodes.

The cat was treated with antibiotics and did not need to be euthanized, said Humane Society of Boulder Valley spokeswoman Kim Sporrer.

“Keeping cats indoors is the best way to protect them from getting plague,” said Joe Malinowski, Boulder County Public Health Environmental Health Division Manager. “In addition, pet owners should discuss with their veterinarians the best way to protect pets from fleas.”

http://blogs.catster.com/kitty-news-network/2011/06/08/colorado-cat-tests-positive-for-bubonic-plague/

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: noproblemo2 on July 27, 2011, 01:22:44 PM
Pa. girl, 11, hit by lightning on sunny afternoon

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An 11-year-old western Pennsylvania girl is recovering after she was struck by a bolt from the blue.

Lisa Wehrle tells the Observer-Reporter newspaper of Washington, Pa., that the sun was shining when her daughter, Britney, was struck by lightning Friday, apparently from a storm several miles away.

Lisa Wehrle says, "There was no rain. It was a beautiful day. All she heard was some thunder."

The lightning hit Britney as she was walking down a hill in North Strabane Township with a friend about 2:30 p.m. that day. The bolt hit her on the left shoulder, leaving a burn-like mark and exited her wrist, where it left another mark.

She was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital. Doctors discovered her arm was broken, but otherwise she's OK.

___

Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Lori on July 27, 2011, 05:42:08 PM
 :o ???
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Ed Douglas on July 27, 2011, 06:28:52 PM
I would expect to see more of that kind of event.  ed
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on July 28, 2011, 04:00:31 AM
We have been having, what I would consider, some really crazy weather type stuff going on here in PA.  The other day right when the heat wave was breaking, one town got 6 inches of rain, while all the others surrounding it were reporting the typical 1-2 inches!!  AND I REALLY NEED TO KNOW...have you guys heard in any of your states, these radio public service announcements on disaster preparedness??  Suddenly I'm hearing them all over the radio when we never had them before, and there's a website set-up about it as well (I'm not sure how long that's been there).  Could anyone verify if they've heard these type announcements in any other states????? This did start right after NASA put out their general warning......
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ASEEKERTOO on July 28, 2011, 06:59:10 AM
The gulf coast area has been in a bad drought for a very long time until a
couple of weeks ago. The rain pattern you descibed was a carbon copy of
what happened when it finally did rain. It was like all the moisture was saved
up for one big gulley washer. I am convinced that the atmosphere is screwed up.
 
 Haven't noticed a large amount of Disaster Preparedness commercials but
I'll try to keep track of whether they are increasing or not.
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I've always heard that Lightning can ocurr far from any clouds. It is the proverbial
Bolt out of the Blue.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: bk on July 28, 2011, 09:29:20 AM
Enlightenme,  Could you post a link to the web site about this?

Thanks, Bob
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: augonit on July 28, 2011, 12:04:27 PM
[quote Lisa Wehrle says, "There was no rain. It was a beautiful day. All she heard was some thunder."[/quote]

Anytime you can hear thunder, lightening is present and can strike.  Be careful.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on July 28, 2011, 12:31:06 PM
Bob, I hope you meant the disaster preparedness thing I mentioned, that is www.readypa.org.  I thought it was pretty interesting, like I said, I don't really know how long it's been there.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: chaunska on July 28, 2011, 02:58:22 PM
We have been having, what I would consider, some really crazy weather type stuff going on here in PA.  The other day right when the heat wave was breaking, one town got 6 inches of rain, while all the others surrounding it were reporting the typical 1-2 inches!!  AND I REALLY NEED TO KNOW...have you guys heard in any of your states, these radio public service announcements on disaster preparedness??  Suddenly I'm hearing them all over the radio when we never had them before, and there's a website set-up about it as well (I'm not sure how long that's been there).  Could anyone verify if they've heard these type announcements in any other states????? This did start right after NASA put out their general warning......

Yes, We have them in Kansas, but not very often.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Ed Douglas on July 28, 2011, 06:43:10 PM
We don't have radio, yet, in Ohio. We still ride horses. I have not seen nor heard any.   ed
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 06, 2011, 03:41:36 PM
CHLORAMINE. 
Here's one I never heard about, but just now on the phone one of my daughters said she had heard of this. Used to treat water in our area.

CHLORAMINE, used to treat water is a health hazard.

http://chloramine.org/chloraminefacts.htm#effectsofchloramine

CCAC Citizens Concerned About Chloramine

Chloramine Facts
September 11, 2006

To print Chloramine Facts, click here for a pdf file (41 KB). To download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print pdf files, click here.

Definitions and Information
Characteristics of Chloramine
Inadequate Studies
Effects of Chloramine on Human Health
Filtration
Misleading Statements from the SFPUC
Business Effects
Plumbing Problems and Some Implications for Health
Environmental Effects
CCAC Recommendations
Definitions and Information

    Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia.
    Chloramine is used to disinfect water supplies (like the Hetch Hetchy system.) Water utilities often refer to chloramine as monochloramine.
    In reality, chloramine exists as three different forms or species: monochloramine (NH2Cl), dichloramine (NHCl2) and trichloramine (NCl3). They are chemically related and are easily converted into each other; thus, they are more appropriately called chloramines.
    The three species of chloramine constantly and rapidly shift from one form to another. The species that predominates is dependent on pH, temperature, turbulence, and the chlorine to ammonia ratio.
    Even time plays a factor because after a day or so, with no changes in conditions, monochloramine in a water system will slowly degrade to form dichloramine and some trichloramine.
    Chloramines are all respiratory irritants with trichloramine being the most toxic (order of toxicity: monochloramine < dichloramine < trichloramine-most severe.)
    In contrast to what water utilities claim, it is impossible to have only monochloramine. It is not unusual in water systems for harmful di and trichloramines to occur.
    Disinfection byproducts are chemicals formed when a disinfectant combines with organic matter or other chemicals present in water.
    Trihalomethanes (THMs) are disinfection byproducts that are formed when organic matter in the water combines with chlorine.
    THMs are also formed with chloramine disinfection but at a lower concentration-- (approximately 1/3 less) than chlorine.
    THMs are possible but not proven cancer causing byproducts.
    To reduce THMs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers other disinfection methods such as ultraviolet UV light treatment and chlorine dioxide (see the Alternative Disinfectants and Oxidants Guidance Manual, EPA 815-R-99-014, April 1999; the Table of Contents lists disinfection methods, one per chapter.)
    Alternative disinfectants to chlorine, including chloramine, have not been studied for their health effects.
    Chlorine is the only disinfectant that has been extensively studied.
    The safest way to reduce THMs, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is to remove the organic matter from the water first through prefiltration before disinfection with chlorine (see the WHO's Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, PDF 145 KB).

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Characteristics of Chloramine

    Chloramine is a less effective disinfectant than chlorine. The World Health Organization (WHO, PDF 145 KB) says that "monochloramine is about 2,000 and 100,000 times less effective than free chlorine for the inactivation of E. Coli and rotaviruses, respectively."
    Chloramine does not dissipate easily compared to chlorine.
    Chloramine stays in the water distribution system longer than chlorine.
    Chloramine is difficult to remove.
    Chloramine cannot be removed by boiling, distilling, or by standing uncovered.
    Some disinfection byproducts of chloramine are even more toxic than those of chlorine, i.e. iodoacids.
    Chloramine vapors and its disinfection byproducts can accumulate in indoor air and concentrate in an enclosed area such as a shower stall, small bathroom, kitchen, or apartment (see Toxic Showers and Baths on this website).

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Inadequate Studies

    The EPA states that there are NO dermal (skin) and NO inhalant (respiratory) studies on chloramine as used as a disinfectant for drinking water.
    The EPA states that there are INADEQUATE cancer studies on humans or animals.
    In studies that do exist, one shows mononuclear cancer in female rats.
    Another study shows reproductive toxicity and reduced reproductivity in mice and hamsters.
    We are told by the SFPUC that chloraminated water is safe for humans to drink but we do not even know if it can cause cancer.
    Research to date only explores oral (such as drinking tap water) exposure. It leaves out exposure through bathing or inhaling indoor vapors.
    The disinfection byproducts of chloramine have not been studied and may be worse than those of chlorine. Chlorine and its disinfection byproducts have been studied extensively for years.
    The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, in response to public outcry over health effects, requested on December 7, 2004 that the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) evaluate "the potentially harmful effects caused by chloramine." (see Resolution, to be added to this website)
    The CCLHO report of March 8, 2005 did NOT study the health effects of chloramine. It only reviewed previous studies, mostly about chlorine and trihalomethanes (for more information, see Article Archive and Links).
    The CCLHO report recommends that the exposed public be monitored for health effects caused by chloramine. In other words, we the public are to be used as guinea pigs.

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Effects of Chloramine on Human Health
Immune System Problems

    Chloramine cannot kill the pathogens in the water as well as chlorine.
    As a result, people with suppressed immune systems must have their water boiled over TEN minutes BEFORE use to kill pathogens, or they risk becoming ill.
    Those at risk include children under 6 months of age, the elderly, those on or who have had chemotherapy, people with HIV or AIDS, organ transplant patients, and others with a weakened immune system.


Respiratory Problems

    Chloramine can cause and/or aggravate respiratory problems.
    Chloramine fumes can cause an individual to become congested and cause sneezing, sinus congestion, coughing, choking, wheezing, shortness of breath, and asthma (see the Hazardous Substances Fact Sheet for Chloramine, PDF, 98 KB), by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services).
    An increase in asthma due to exposure from chloramine in indoor swimming pool areas was shown in a Belgium study from the Catholic University of Louvain (PDF, 707 KB).
    Chloramine damages mucous membranes. The lung damage in those exposed to chloramine in indoor pool air is similar to that seen in regular smokers (see Health24 News article).
    Chloraminated vapor from showers, baths, hot tubs, dishwashers, and other household appliances contains volatilized chemicals that can be inhaled and cause irritation to the respiratory tract.
    Inhaled chloraminated vapor can enter the bloodstream directly through the lungs. It bypasses the digestive tract where the SFPUC says it is broken down and excreted (questions 35 and 36 in their Chloramination Questions and Answers).
    The SFPUC says that, "if monochloramine enters the bloodstream directly, it combines with hemoglobin (red blood cells) so it can no longer carry oxygen" (question 37).
    The toxic exposure to chemicals (like chloramine) in water is greater from taking a shower than from drinking the same water (see Toxic Showers and Baths).
    An individual can experience long term effects from repeated exposures to a chemical (like chloramine) at levels not high enough to make them immediately sick (see the Hazardous Substances Fact Sheet for Chloramine, page 3, PDF, 98 KB).
    The likelihood of becoming sick from a chemical increases with exposure time and concentration (see the Hazardous Substances Fact Sheet for Chloramine, page 3, PDF, 98 KB).
    In a study by Zierler, et al (PDF, 821 KB), it was found that there was an increase in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the communities that used chloramine. (Communities in Massachusetts that used chlorine for disinfection were compared to those that used chloramine).
    1) Chloramine exposure damages lung mucosa, making the lungs more susceptible to allergens and infections.
    2) Chloramine is a less effective disinfectant and therefore people are exposed to more pathogens.


Skin Problems

    Chloramine tap water can cause severe skin reactions:
       rashing         dry skin
       itching         flaking
       welting         blistering
       chapping         burning sensation
       cracking         scarring
       bleeding         pigmentation
    Chloramine can aggravate other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
    Chloramine can cause bleeding lips, dry mouth and dry throat.
    Chloramine can cause burning, red, and dry eyes.
    Skin exposure to ammonia "breaks down cell structural proteins, extracts water from the cells and initiates an inflammatory response, which further damages the surrounding tissues."


Digestive and Gastric Problems

    Chloramine damages digestive mucosa.
    Chloramine can aggravate digestive disorders.
    It is suggested that monochloramine is responsible for gastric cancer. (Journal of Gastroenterology, 1997, "Enhancement by Monochloramine of the Development of Gastric Cancers in Rats; a possible mechanism of Helicobacter, pylori-associated gastric carcinogenesis. Click here for a PDF, 2.87 MB.)


Kidney and Blood Problems

    Persons with liver or kidney disease and those with hereditary urea cycle disorders are at increased risk for ammonia toxicity from the consumption of chloraminated water.
    Kidney dialysis patients cannot use chloraminated water in their dialysis machines because it will cause hemolytic anemia.
    Chloramine must be completely removed from the water in dialysis treatment using extensive carbon filtration and a reverse osmosis or Cation filtering system to remove both chlorine and ammonia from the water.
    There are populations that are unusually susceptible to ammonia reactivity or toxicity due to factors such as genetic makeup, age, health status, etc.

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Filtration

    Filtration for chloramine is very expensive compared to filtration for chlorine.
    To remove chloramine, an extensive carbon filter (to remove the chlorine part of the chloramine molecule) followed by a reverse osmosis or cation filter (to remove the ammonia) is necessary.
    There is NO certified showerhead filter to remove chloramine. The high flow rate and large volume of water passing through a showerhead renders the showerhead filter useless.
    Sink water filters for chloramine handle low flow, cold water conditions only.
    For high flow uses like showering and bathing, a whole house filtration system would be needed to effectively remove chloramine and ammonia.
    A whole house filtration system could cost between $10,000 to $15,000 with $1,200 maintenance per year.
    For a 5-unit apartment building, the cost could be as high as $80,000 to $120,000 plus yearly maintenance.
    Even with a comprehensive filtration system, no filtration system engineer will guarantee complete removal of chloramine. Chlorine is by far easier to remove with inexpensive carbon filtration.

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Misleading Statements from the SFPUC

    Contrary to SFPUC's website (Q 18), the NSF DOES NOT certify showerhead filters for chloramine. It only certifies cold-water, low-flow filters for drinking water.
    Contrary to what the SFPUC says (Q 14), there IS a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on monochloramine, available at http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/CH/chloramine.html.
    The SFPUC says that chloramine DOES NOT bioaccumulate in the body (Q 39) Then it contradicts itself (Q 30). See SFPUC Questions and Answers.
    In Q 41, the SFPUC claims that chloraminated water is safe for the general public and for people with suppressed immune systems. However, since chloramine is a much weaker disinfectant, those with suppressed immune systems are at increased risk.
    In Q 31 and Q 32, the SFPUC claims chloramine does not cause dry skin, skin rashes, or asthma. Yet no studies have been done to date on the skin or respiratory effects of chloramine as used as a water disinfectant.

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Business Effects

    It is costly and time consuming for businesses that must filter out chloramine from their water for their use and processing needs. They include:
    •  chip manufacturers
    •  medical suppliers
    •  Pharmaceutical companies
    •  dialysis machine technicians
    •  pet stores with fish, amphibians, reptiles
    •  food businesses that use water (fresh or saltwater)
    •  breweries
    •  photo labs
    •  biotech companies
    The cost is often passed on to the consumer and the public at large.

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Plumbing Problems and Some Implications for Health

    Chloramine can cause leaching of lead from lead pipes, lead soldering and from so called "lead free" brass plumbing parts.
    Lead leached by chloramine can cause lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause neurological damage, health problems and even death in young children.
    Chloramine can cause pinhole pitting in copper pipes. Leaks from the pinholes can cause mold to grow. Some molds are highly toxic to humans and can endanger the health of individuals, often permanently.
    Insurance companies do not cover damage from mold. As a result, some homeowners lose their homes.
    Chloramine can cause rubber corrosion of rubber plumbing parts like toilet flappers and rubber casings.
    Rubber corroded parts need to be replaced with chloramine resistant parts such as synthetic polymer.
    Rubber corrosion can be spotted as early as 6 months after chloramine has been added to the water supply. Signs of corrosion can be seen when little black specks appear in the water from plumbing parts.
    The thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in plumbing repair costs caused by chloramine are passed on to property owners.

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Environmental Effects

    Canadian EPA ruled chloramine "toxic" as defined in Section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, as a result of a study assessing the impact of high volume chloraminated water discharges entering the environment, particularly on fish.
    Chloramine is toxic to fish, amphibians, and water-based reptiles and marine invertebrates. Chloramine enters directly into the bloodstream of fish, and amphibians through gills and skin, respectively.
    Chloramine must be removed from the water with a GAC (granular activated carbon) filter followed by a reverse osmosis or Cation filter. Note: The GAC filtration filters out only the chlorine from the chloramine molecule leaving the ammonia behind.
    Chloramine run-off from water hydrants or broken mains that enter storm drains, streams, lakes, rivers, and creeks, endangers the lives of fish, amphibians, water invertebrates, and other sensitive marine animals.
    Chloramine must be filtered out BEFORE it reaches bodies of water. This includes wastewater released into the environment from wastewater treatment plants.

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    CCAC recommends that chloramine be removed from the water supply. The SFPUC should discontinue the use of chloramine as a water disinfectant until the appropriate scientific studies are done to test the safety of chloramine as a water treatment option.
    CCAC supports the use of prefiltration of organic matter before disinfection that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to control trihalomethanes (THMs). The use of prefiltration will allow us to continue to use chlorine as our water disinfectant thus eliminating all the harmful effects that chloramine is causing.
    Note: Organic matter is a precursor to the formation of trihalomethanes, a possible but not proven carcinogen. Removing organic matter prevents the formation of trihalomethanes in the first place. This allows the use of chlorine and takes best advantage of its superior disinfection capabilities. Chlorine is much more effective at killing disease causing organisms than chloramine. Chlorine has been well tolerated for decades, is easily and inexpensively filtered out, and has been studied extensively. For a more complete explanation, see the WHO report, "Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality."


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ljgerken on September 18, 2011, 11:52:29 AM
Has anyone seen this site or newsletter?  Is it credible?

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/7-of-10-status-as-of-september-15-2011 (http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/7-of-10-status-as-of-september-15-2011)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Ed Douglas on September 18, 2011, 05:48:34 PM
Some believe it is, others believe it is not. It comes down to personal choice. I find that there are some good things, yet some bad. your call   ed
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: errrv on September 19, 2011, 06:59:38 AM
On the yowradio show two weeks ago, one of the guests had talked about the Tora Code. One of the predictions was something happening today or tomorrow (Sept 19/20-11). Any body have any thoughts on what it might be?
Massive earthquake?
Satellite re-entry?
Meteor?
Something visible in the Heavens?

Erv
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Ed Douglas on September 19, 2011, 10:02:19 AM
Yes Erv, this date was mentioned. There were speculations, but nobody really knows what could the event be. I guess we'll have to sit back and watch today and tomorrow.   ed
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: augonit on September 19, 2011, 01:47:31 PM
Tora Code, or Torah Code? 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: errrv on September 19, 2011, 01:51:38 PM
My mistake; Torah, not Tora.
Erv
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: augonit on September 19, 2011, 05:41:02 PM
I wondered.  I thought, I'd better check out this Tora Code I hadn't heard of it.  But it's the same as the Bible Code.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Ed Douglas on September 19, 2011, 05:58:41 PM
Not totally, Augie. The Torah is the first 5 books of the old testament, and the code was applied to the Hebrew text. Many words and phrases have been changed, from the original Hebrew, as the Bible was translated to Latin, Greek, and English.   ed
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on September 28, 2011, 05:56:46 AM
Don't Eat that Canteloupe for Breakfast!!!  A Listeria outbreak affecting canteloupe could be the deadliest in a decade currently affecting 18 states:  CO, CA, FL, IL, IN, KS, MD, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, TX, VA, WV, WI and WI.  Different reports have stated up to 14 dead, others up 18!  http://www.kasa.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/cantaloupe-outbreak-could-be-deadliest-nt11-jpe_3951559 (http://www.kasa.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/cantaloupe-outbreak-could-be-deadliest-nt11-jpe_3951559)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 28, 2011, 06:33:24 AM
Don't Eat that Canteloupe for Breakfast!!!  A Listeria outbreak affecting canteloupe could be the deadliest in a decade currently affecting 18 states:  CO, CA, FL, IL, IN, KS, MD, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, TX, VA, WV, WI and WI.  Different reports have stated up to 14 dead, others up 18!  http://www.kasa.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/cantaloupe-outbreak-could-be-deadliest-nt11-jpe_3951559 (http://www.kasa.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/cantaloupe-outbreak-could-be-deadliest-nt11-jpe_3951559)

Enlightenme, thanks for bringing this to our attention,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 13, 2012, 07:08:21 AM
I just happened to see this on the CNN page,
Yowbarb
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CNN  http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/
January 12th, 2012
09:25 PM ET

Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worries

By Ronni Berke, CNN

New York (CNN) – Synagogues firebombed and defaced by graffiti. Windows smashed at shops owned by Jewish merchants. Is anti-Semitism on the rise?

The FBI is investigating a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in northern New Jersey, including the attempted murder of a rabbi after incendiary devices were thrown at his home above a synagogue.

Rabbi Nosson Schuman suffered minor burns in the incident Wednesday at Beth El Synagogue in Rutherford.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on January 16, 2012, 09:50:40 AM
People need to be reminded that "threats" can come from their next door neighbor.  When TSHTF, everyone, sadly, can become a threat, because in spite of our common thinking that we are so "civilized", we are really just a step away from being savages.  There are a lot more STS people out there than STO, and when people are starving, they will justify their belief in "survival of the fittest" and will not hesitate to take what they need from you even if it means hurting or killing you.  We need to be "wise as serpents, and innocent as doves" as the bible says, and also learn not to "cast our pearls to the swine".

My dear elderly mother said if starving people came to her door, she would not let them in, but would give them some food to take with them.  She had to be educated that she should never answer the door when alone, and that once the people learned she had food, they might take it by force, hurting her in the process.  Thank God, she will be with my four brothers and I will not have to worry about those kinds of situations.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 16, 2012, 02:00:31 PM
People need to be reminded that "threats" can come from their next door neighbor.  When TSHTF, everyone, sadly, can become a threat, because in spite of our common thinking that we are so "civilized", we are really just a step away from being savages.  There are a lot more STS people out there than STO, and when people are starving, they will justify their belief in "survival of the fittest" and will not hesitate to take what they need from you even if it means hurting or killing you.  We need to be "wise as serpents, and innocent as doves" as the bible says, and also learn not to "cast our pearls to the swine".

My dear elderly mother said if starving people came to her door, she would not let them in, but would give them some food to take with them.  She had to be educated that she should never answer the door when alone, and that once the people learned she had food, they might take it by force, hurting her in the process.  Thank God, she will be with my four brothers and I will not have to worry about those kinds of situations.


Wise ideas.
I was thinking I would try to place something outside the area of my property not near the house. It might be hard to have anything to spare but a barrel of water, some foods, tarps,  etc. would help a desperate person.
True no telling how people will react.
People will need to be wary and put the safety of their own group particularly the children, first.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 22, 2012, 06:53:34 AM
Yowbarb Notes: Mountain lions are creatures to be aware of, anyway, but the existence of these is an additional thing to factor in, if you are bugging out on foot, or even stopping on the way in a bugout through unfamiliar territory, etc.
The thought never crossed my mind about mountain lions possibly being a danger....until the news story about the woman jogger taken down by a mountain lion. She did not survive. I think it's possible the big cat was crouching down near the trail, and all it saw was was movement and struck.
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Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_cougar_attacks_in_North_America
List of fatal attacks
One victim: Iris M. Kenna, 56, female December 10, 1994
Killed while hiking alone near Cuyamaca Peak in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park[6] (40 miles (64 km) east of San Diego in the Laguna Mountains )

Reading the wikipedia article I learned a person doesn't have to be way out in the wilderness to be stalked attacked and killed some attacks happen near homes and one was even in a schoolyard.
...
Staying Safe in Mountain Lion Country

Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California’s human population expands into mountain lion habitat.

Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
Keep a close watch on small children.
Do not approach a mountain lion.
If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
If attacked, fight back.
If a mountain lion attacks a person,
immediately call 911.
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/lion.html

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: sineck on January 22, 2012, 11:35:53 AM
Salmonella really isnt that great, it kind of sucks to tell you the truth. i just got over it, over the past week. really it took me about five days to get over it, the worst is the dehydration. ive had many parasites in this body of mine. gone through alot when it comes to intestinal diseases. my work has taken me to places so far out there that once i had to apply chile habanero in places that i would not recommend, for a heat rash.  :o. that in intself took four days to get rid of. theres alot of things that you really can do if you knew what to do. i try to take it in the respect of our personal history. look at what you had. what you had to do to get rid of it . you really have been through alot. you just need to remember. if there is anything that i could help with, about remedies and medical situations just let me know. personal cases are the most important. everyone has different situations. i guess that personal experiences are about the best thing that one could have.   I want to let everyone here in the town hall to know about a product called alecos. i comment on this because in reality it has helped me more than one could imagine. i have no symptoms of salmonella in a five day count. the site is alecos.com.mx  these are natural products. the one i use is the main one its a tintura. a soap like product that tastes like you know soap. i mean it really sucks. its horrible. they have it in ment but i trust the blue one. its all in spanish sorry. looks kind of chessy. but 100 confidance i do have.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 22, 2012, 07:00:22 PM
Salmonella really isnt that great, it kind of sucks to tell you the truth. i just got over it, over the past week. really it took me about five days to get over it, the worst is the dehydration. ive had many parasites in this body of mine. gone through alot when it comes to intestinal diseases. my work has taken me to places so far out there that once i had to apply chile habanero in places that i would not recommend, for a heat rash.  :o. that in intself took four days to get rid of. theres alot of things that you really can do if you knew what to do. i try to take it in the respect of our personal history. look at what you had. what you had to do to get rid of it . you really have been through alot. you just need to remember. if there is anything that i could help with, about remedies and medical situations just let me know. personal cases are the most important. everyone has different situations. i guess that personal experiences are about the best thing that one could have.   I want to let everyone here in the town hall to know about a product called alecos. i comment on this because in reality it has helped me more than one could imagine. i have no symptoms of salmonella in a five day count. the site is alecos.com.mx  these are natural products. the one i use is the main one its a tintura. a soap like product that tastes like you know soap. i mean it really sucks. its horrible. they have it in ment but i trust the blue one. its all in spanish sorry. looks kind of chessy. but 100 confidance i do have.

Mil gracias - Thanks for sharing this and we are glad you are recovering.
Thanks for the suggestion of a natural product to take care of these problems.
- Barbara
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 06, 2012, 09:23:53 AM
OMG!  Have I got a story for you!

A couple of months ago, I had a small cyst removed and the doctor prescribed antibiotics for me.  When I had the prescription filled, the pharmacist told me that the type of antibiotic I was prescribed could cause diarrhea, and if it did to quit taking it.  So I went home and took it and after about 4 days I started having diarrhea, so I quit taking it.  The diarrhea stopped for a few days, just long enough for me to not connect the dots to what happened next.  Suddenly, out of the blue, I threw up and had such forceful, horrible diarrhea, I could not even make it to the bathroom in time.  I thought I had come down with a flu virus.  I spent the next nine days in bed, so sick, can't remember when I have ever been so sick with the flu, diarrhea at least 20-25 times a day, chills and fever, stomach cramps, nausea, could not eat, and still in spite of not eating I could not comprehend the continuance of diarrhea.

 Finally on the 8th day, I started researching on the internet as I began to realize this could not possibly be a flu bug, lasting so long.  I somehow found a website which dealt with how certain types of antibiotics can cause the body to come down with a bacterial infection called C. Difficule.  OMG!  I went and got my paperwork which came with my RX and discovered that yes, this is one of the antibiotics which is famous for causing this horrible thing.  So I called my doctor, who ordered a stool sample and sure enough, I had C diff.  But do you think the doctor acted in the least bit concerned that he had prescribed, out of all the numerous kinds of antibiotics available, one that is famous for causing this?  No, he simply prescribed ANOTHER antibiotic for me to take which was to kill the bad bacteria.

My research indicated that the way this works is this:  You take the antibiotic, and yes, it will kill the infection, but your colon contains both good and bad bacteria, which usually stays in balance.  The antibiotic then not only kills the bad, but also the good, and then somehow a certain bacteria, blooms into C Diff.  The internet articles are full of people who have suffered, some people actually die, and most people who recover, are going to have a relapse somewhere down the line again, usually when they have to take antibiotics again.  The majority of people end up in the hospital, I did not go, because I am on a limited income and was worried what my portion would be after insurance, and I knew I would not be able to pay it.  I suffered alone, no one to help me, my daughter brought me gatorade to keep me hydrated, but she works and could not stay home to help me, and besides this infection is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS, and the only thing that kills the spores is bleach.  Even in the hospital, they wear gloves, face masks, etc, and have to clean everything with bleach, doorknobs, sinks, everything.

 I never took the second round of antibiotics, I used iodine, probiotics, and other supplements and have recovered.  But I can tell it is still there, waiting to bloom again. 

Please, please be very careful when you take antibiotics, and don't unless it is extremely necessary.  Try alternative methods first, I would not wish this infection on my worst enemy.  Now I have lost total faith in my doctor, and I have weaned myself off all medications, and am stepping up my vitamin regime, have eliminated sugar and flour from my diet, and am eating many more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables.  I have purchased an exercise bike and am using it daily until the weather improves and I can get outside.  I am determined to build up my strength to try to prevent a relapse.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 06, 2012, 09:41:01 AM
Endtimesgal_2012 thanks for sharing your story. Wow that is horrible! I never heard of that.
What is the name of the antibiotic which caused C difficule condition?
Sorry if you posted it I don't see it,
Yowabrb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 06, 2012, 10:20:00 AM
http://www.rxlist.com/clindamycin-drug.htm

Here is a link that tells about the antibiotic I took and how it is well known to cause C. Diff.  But there are several others which also have a propensity to cause it.  There are safer antibiotics, you need to address these questions with your doctor AND your pharmacist before using, and don't use antibiotics without thinking about it first, doctor's are pretty free with writing prescriptions for antibiotics when there are alternative methods.  You must think for yourself, and make informed decisions.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: chaunska on March 06, 2012, 01:04:18 PM
You need to start taking large doses of probiotics daily for the next few weeks.   Not the yogurt kind, the concentrated capsule form.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 06, 2012, 01:11:16 PM
Thank you for posting a reply, I am taking two different probiotics daily in addition to a full range of vitamins and also iodine drops.  I know how important the probiotics are for recovery.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on March 06, 2012, 04:22:08 PM
All antibiotics can cause diarrhea.  It's probably the most common side effect for them.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 06, 2012, 04:44:49 PM
Steedy:  C Diff is not just a case of common diarrhea, it is a very serious medical condition that people have died from.  And not all antibiotics cause this bacterial disease, only a few of them.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on March 06, 2012, 05:11:20 PM
I know what C diff is.  All antibiotics cause diarrhea. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 06, 2012, 10:14:02 PM
http://www.rxlist.com/clindamycin-drug.htm

Here is a link that tells about the antibiotic I took and how it is well known to cause C. Diff.  But there are several others which also have a propensity to cause it.  There are safer antibiotics, you need to address these questions with your doctor AND your pharmacist before using, and don't use antibiotics without thinking about it first, doctor's are pretty free with writing prescriptions for antibiotics when there are alternative methods.  You must think for yourself, and make informed decisions.

Thanks for the info. That sounds familiar infact I think that's what I got when I got my D&C and then my recent hysterectomy surgery. (The same antibiotic.) We generally have Greek yogurt in the house...have been consuming that all along. Will be getting the probiotics capsules too.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: 1969quartz0 on March 18, 2012, 01:31:58 PM
Well I just found out I have C-diff. from the Cleavland clinic and antibiotics, it is not fun. I was running to the wash room every fifteen minutes, they gave Metronidazole generic for Flagyl I hope it works.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 18, 2012, 01:58:46 PM
I feel sorry for you, get some good probiotics and start taking them.  You can research C Diff on the internet.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: 1969quartz0 on March 18, 2012, 02:07:16 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Survival101 on April 07, 2012, 12:44:50 PM

Quality, fermented foods in every meal...vegetables, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, etc. will be very important for you right now. Fermented foods rebuild the digestive system, which also influences our immune system. It's also, something each and every one of us should be consuming and know how to make/prepare for our own selves/families. It's imperative to everyone to build as strong a body as possible...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 07, 2012, 09:48:40 PM
Well I just found out I have C-diff. from the Cleavland clinic and antibiotics, it is not fun. I was running to the wash room every fifteen minutes, they gave Metronidazole generic for Flagyl I hope it works.

Flagyl should definitely help...
also the good suggestions about probiotic capsules.
One thing that also seems powerful is liquid friendly bacteria, kept in cold cases, in health food stores.
Please let us know how you are progressing along toward health again.
With you our friend,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on April 08, 2012, 07:27:20 AM
Something I've been very concerned about lately is diseases.  Although my initial worry is manufactured viruses, I'm afraid the old fashioned diseases will come back.  Just the other day I heard about whooping cough is making a come back.  But even with the old diseases, I think the government will adjust them to make them more virulant strains to tell us the only way to protect ourselves will be through vaccines.  I can't trust vaccines that suddenly become available.  Vaccines take years of research before they become available to us.  I'll stop my ranting, but it's something I think about often.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 08, 2012, 02:42:56 PM
Something I've been very concerned about lately is diseases.  Although my initial worry is manufactured viruses, I'm afraid the old fashioned diseases will come back.  Just the other day I heard about whooping cough is making a come back.  But even with the old diseases, I think the government will adjust them to make them more virulant strains to tell us the only way to protect ourselves will be through vaccines.  I can't trust vaccines that suddenly become available.  Vaccines take years of research before they become available to us.  I'll stop my ranting, but it's something I think about often.

Vaccination has become a controversial subject...
People will make their own choices and choices on behalf of their kids...
People need to do whatever they can do to prevent disease and get stronger.
The time is now to purchase things which could help such as the colloidal silver deal that you add water to and it gives you the colloidal silver. Things like plenty of the probiotic capsules, vitamin C, etc. Vitamin/ minerals generally do not last long but if properly packed they might last on into the next decade. Get chopped garlic in a jar (I wonder how long that lasts?)
People can stock up on non toxic substances such as vinegar, grain alcohol to help disinfect areas. In times of plague some people who were known to have survived the bubonic plague had doused them selves with vinegar, sometimes garlic. They ate it, stunk of it put cloves under their bonnets, wore it around their necks...etc.
Anyone running a survival group has to have an iso room set up. Isolation. Hopefully someone will have the rudiments of medical knowledge.
In the Aftertimes, if there is an epidemic raging nearby, as long as people have some way of knowing that, they can at least stay out of harm's way until it passes. Well just some ideas, probably you have thought about these things.
Oh yes people need to cultivate garlic too, pretty continually.
There was an old German-born naturopath I went to back in the late 1960s.
Old Doc Leininger. (Not sure of the spelling now.) Leininger emigrated to the US before WWI. He had traveled the world a lot and lived with and interviewed peoples of many cultures and found out what they ate. He said the Gypsies put garlic in virtually everything they ate. He said they did not get syphilis and they did not get the plague. I don't think they put garlic in their sweetbreads or cakes but aside from that they used a lot of it. I hope they still do...
I used to be plagued with sore throats and he taught me how to use the raw garlic for it. Not everyone can do this: I would put a peeled garlic clove on a back molar and bite down. I let the garlic juices run down my throat. Every time I did that I didn't end up needing Erythromycin.
In recent years I have been using the Louisiana hot sauce as a preventative. It is loaded with cayenne pepper which is a medicine. Supposedly it kills these things on contact:
bacteria
viruses
molds
fungi
candida
pinworms and other small parasites
cancer cells
!!
I have used it to help when I feel short of breath, allergic bumps starting up on back of throut, wheezing starting, exhaustion sore throat colds etc. A couple tablespoons of that and I am generally good to go.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on April 08, 2012, 02:51:30 PM
Louisiana hot sauce!!  My eyes are watering just thinking about using this!! 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 08, 2012, 03:02:16 PM
Louisiana hot sauce!!  My eyes are watering just thinking about using this!!

You could try Crystal Brand Louisiana Hot Sauce from New Orleans. I have tried different brands it is the purest, smoothest kind I have found. After Katrina it was difficult to find for a couple of years then I saw it again on the market shelves. If you want to try it, try just a tiny lick of it from a teaspoonful at first, have a soft drink handy. If you can manage that take a whole teasponnful. some people can't do it other people will be taking a couple teaspoonsful fairly easily.
Regular taco sauce or stuff with regular chilies added will tend to make a person choke more. This is a bit smoother.
Cayenne is also available in capsule form.
Book: Curing with Cayenne.

I personally know a fellow who beat brain cancer and he did it on his own and it was partly because of all the cayenne capsules he took. There is no way I could ever prove that. I know it is true, though.  ;D
- Yowbarb
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 08, 2012, 03:04:36 PM
PS the cayenne can thin the blood a bit (gets rid of fat out of the blood) but if the person has a bleeding disorder or is already on a bunch of blood thinning medications not wise to take the cayenne. In this case check with doctor.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Survival101 on April 09, 2012, 05:39:13 AM

Yes, cayenne can thin the blood if you eat/supplement with it internally, but if you have a deep wound, pouring cayenne into it will stop the bleeding almost instantly. I've done it! Bandage up tightly and you will hardly have a scar...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: willsorr75 on April 09, 2012, 06:45:33 AM
Well I just found out I have C-diff. from the Cleavland clinic and antibiotics, it is not fun. I was running to the wash room every fifteen minutes, they gave Metronidazole generic for Flagyl I hope it works.

Hate to hear that. Hope you feel better. My son had it also. Eating yogurt on a daily basis will help prevent it..
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 09, 2012, 07:39:40 AM
Well I just found out I have C-diff. from the Cleavland clinic and antibiotics, it is not fun. I was running to the wash room every fifteen minutes, they gave Metronidazole generic for Flagyl I hope it works.

1969quartz0 it's been a few weeks now, so are you getting a lot better? We hope so.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 12, 2012, 06:29:20 AM
One of our Mods, (Enlightenme) is having horrible side effects for a drug prescribed for migraines. It is generally used for migraines and/or epilepsy.
No doubt, Mary will have plenty to say about this drug and will be posting more when she is able to come here to the Town Hall again.
The drug is Topamax (Topiramate.) Just a little info and some links for now. Will be back soon...
- Barb Townsend
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Excerpt from wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topiramate   Topiramate
Adverse Reactions
The side-effects reported by > 10% of subjects in at least one clinical study[28] Listed by prevalence:
 paresthesia (numbness & tingling) (23.7%)
 upper respiratory tract infection (17.5%)
 diarrhea (16.8%)
 nausea (15.4%)
 anorexia (loss of appetite) (13.3%)
 memory problems (11.2%)
 
The side-effects most frequently leading to discontinuation of therapy with topiramate were:
 psychomotor slowing (4.1%)
 memory problems (3.3%)
 fatigue (3.3%)
 confusion (3.2%)
 somnolence (3.2%)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: willsorr75 on April 12, 2012, 07:06:44 AM
My wife suffered from migraines quite often so I've done a little research. Here is some of the information I had. With a little change in her eating and drinking more water she has reduced the episodes. One thing that did stand out was her lack of vitamin D. Her Doctor informed us it was well below a normal level.


"Causes or Triggers of Migraines
   Fluorescent light bulbs, coffee, dehydration, sugar, smoking, MSG, prescription drugs including blood pressure medication and oral contraceptives, lack of sunlight (vitamin D), molds, artificial food additives (preservatives and colorings), mineral imbalances, food allergies, vitamin B deficiencies, and alcohol abuse can all trigger migraines. Typically, migraines are caused by multiple "triggers" and obviously, every one of these should be addressed to eliminate migraines (or to live a healthier lifestyle).
   Foods high in tyramine such as aged cheeses, nuts, soy, chocolate, processed meats, wheat, and many processed foods can trigger migraines as well.
   Hypoglycemia may also cause migraines."


I believe a lot of her turn around is due to her vitamin supplementation. She now uses:
http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=NW-2471 (http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=NW-2471)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: willsorr75 on April 12, 2012, 07:16:31 AM
I agree with Erv. Most medications are poison. They should only be used in worse case situations until you can find a more natural way of resolving the issue. Each medication you take might fix the one issue, but will cause other issues leading to more medication. It's a never ending cycle.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on April 12, 2012, 08:48:55 AM
Although most people misdiagnose themselves as having migranes, when really they just have a really bad headache,  I suffer from one type of headache over my left eye that just because it will make me vomit sometimes, people have told me it is a migrane.  I don't see it like that.  But the reason I'm posting this is because what started mine was chronic eye fatigue from computer use at a job I had years ago.  I'll still get this headache off and on, sometimes it lasts two days, even though I haven't worked at that place for 12 years.  And what triggers it today is anybody's guess.  I've never been able to figure it out.

Now, about 6 months ago I had a minor head injury right at the spot where my headache is.  It seemed to cure it for a couple months.  But then, it came back with a vengence.  I was so bummed!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 12, 2012, 11:17:50 AM
Thanks for all the posts and suggestions and support for Enlightenme. If she is not able to read the posts today she will be able to soon...
It all helps,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Sunnybug on April 12, 2012, 11:37:38 AM
Hope she is well again soon. I stopped taking the script stuff for migraines - one of the side effects was sudden death from cardiac arrest! (this was a different one from years ago)
Now I just deal with it and take a little extra caffeine and aspirin and go back to bed. Also as mentioned already here, drink plenty of water - sometimes I can stop one just by doing that. I've eliminated most of my triggers so don't have them nearly as often anymore, fortunately.

Get well soon Enlightenme!
Sunny
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: willsorr75 on April 12, 2012, 12:03:56 PM
Hope she is well again soon. I stopped taking the script stuff for migraines - one of the side effects was sudden death from cardiac arrest! (this was a different one from years ago)
Now I just deal with it and take a little extra caffeine and aspirin and go back to bed. Also as mentioned already here, drink plenty of water - sometimes I can stop one just by doing that. I've eliminated most of my triggers so don't have them nearly as often anymore, fortunately.

Get well soon Enlightenme!
Sunny

That is one crazy side effect!  :o I'm glad to hear you are able to get away from taking the meds... Sometimes it's easier to build a tolerance to a nagging pain then to create new ones with meds..
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Sunnybug on April 12, 2012, 01:33:10 PM
Well that side effect was only if you had heart issues, but I read that after I took the med so it stuck in my mind. I was having migraine's nearly every day at the time so the med seemed worth it then....now, I'm going more and more toward a more natural way of life...trying anyway LOL.
Our environment has become very toxic in so many ways, not just physically either, in my opinion.
Sunny
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: 1969quartz0 on April 12, 2012, 09:51:40 PM
Yes YOWBARB the C-DIFF is clear so they say, a lot a trouble catching my breath like asthma. Sometime it is better then others.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 12, 2012, 10:16:50 PM
Yes YOWBARB the C-DIFF is clear so they say, a lot a trouble catching my breath like asthma. Sometime it is better then others.

Sorry I don't quite understand your post...
Your C Diff is clear meaning cleared up? Is the shortness of breath a side effect and is that supposed to pass ?
I hope you are all recovered, soon,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 13, 2012, 05:50:36 PM
Two other things not listed are seizures & nerve "jolts". The latter is best explained as tourettes type nerve seizures (without the cussing). Topomax, topirimax, is poison.
Erv

Erv you are so right..it is poison!  The side effect has it's own name!! Topomax stupid, and medicine itself often called dopamax by pharmacists.  It felt like I'd had a stroke, went crazy, and lost 50 IQ points all at the same time! My emotions went haywire, I couldn't even begin to describe this whole nightmare, and my brain is just starting to clear!  I believe I would prefer a migraine any day of the week!  And the prescribing Dr's reaction to all of this, well, just don't even get me started!  I will be handling my migraines totally differently from now on...THANKS everybody for your helpful suggestions!  And to think he told me to just stop taking it for a few days, about five until my brain clears, and then start again at the slightly lower dose!  Well I maybe a bit stupid and crazy right now, but I'm not quite that stupid and crazy!  (But I may actually still have to wean off of it to avoid a seizure!!!)  Nice, real nice.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Sunnybug on April 13, 2012, 06:18:02 PM
Two other things not listed are seizures & nerve "jolts". The latter is best explained as tourettes type nerve seizures (without the cussing). Topomax, topirimax, is poison.
Erv

Erv you are so right..it is poison!  The side effect has it's own name!! Topomax stupid, and medicine itself often called dopamax by pharmacists.  It felt like I'd had a stroke, went crazy, and lost 50 IQ points all at the same time! My emotions went haywire, I couldn't even begin to describe this whole nightmare, and my brain is just starting to clear!  I believe I would prefer a migraine any day of the week!  And the prescribing Dr's reaction to all of this, well, just don't even get me started!  I will be handling my migraines totally differently from now on...THANKS everybody for your helpful suggestions!  And to think he told me to just stop taking it for a few days, about five until my brain clears, and then start again at the slightly lower dose!  Well I maybe a bit stupid and crazy right now, but I'm not quite that stupid and crazy!  (But I may actually still have to wean off of it to avoid a seizure!!!)  Nice, real nice.

Wow...that sounds awful! Glad you are starting to recuperate! Get well soon!
Sunny
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 13, 2012, 06:24:07 PM
Thanks Sunny...I'm a tough old gal, I won't let it keep me down.  Thanks again,

Mary
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 14, 2012, 04:32:09 PM
Thanks Sunny...I'm a tough old gal, I won't let it keep me down.  Thanks again,

Mary

 ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 01, 2012, 11:33:24 PM
I heard a CNN story about the possible health threat from a Latin American bug known as the kissing bug. Cannot find it - it was on the TV a couple days ago. Scientists on the program did not agree but some felt there was a potential for a really bad epidemic of illness from the bugs. Chagas Disease
They tend to drop down and bite on the face. Unless treated really fast the outcome is not good... Parasites are transmitted from the bite. Fatal heart or lung complications.
Wikipedia link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease 

...............................
Yowbarb Note: Here is an article from last year around the time the bug was first showing up in Texas.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Kissing-bug-raises-health-concern-in-Valley-2232777.php

'Kissing bug' raises health concern in Valley
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Updated 12:24 a.m., Monday, October 24, 2011

McALLEN — A new public health hazard has arrived in the Lower Rio Grande Valley: a bug indigenous to Central and South America carrying a parasite that can cause potentially fatal heart and digestive problems.

The insect is commonly known as the kissing bug — chinche in Spanish — and can carry a protozoan parasite called Trypanosoma Cruzi, which can cause potentially lethal Chagas disease, The Monitor of McAllen reported on Sunday.

At highest risk along the border are Hidalgo and Cameron counties, said Teresa Patricia Feria, an assistant biology professor at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg who is leading the effort to collect the bug found around the Valley.

"We don't want people to panic. They just need to be aware of the possibility of the existence of this disease in the area," said Sahotra Sarkar, a professor of integrative biology and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin who is studying Feria's samples. Sarkar, who has studied the bug for four years, expects to submit his final results next month.

IMAGE: Rhodnius prolixus "Kissing Bug." Coloration can vary...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 09, 2012, 10:02:33 AM
"Scores of people" have perished in the recent heat wave in the US. I don't know the exact number
I feel it is at least fifty.
Most of you all know the dangers of excessive heat. Sometimes it is really hard to avoid particularly after you have been left without power for several days. Many thousands of people lost power and at least 10,000 are still without power in sweltering heat...
In the article below there is some insight the causes of these deaths. Will post an article on how to survive a heat wave, next.
- Yowbarb
...
ABC57 News

http://www.abc57.com/news/local/Two-people-are-dead-after-extreme-heat-wave-hits-Michiana-161751135.html


By Jillian Mahen
Story Created: Jul 9, 2012 at 1:22 AM EDT
Story Updated: Jul 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM EDT
ELKHART, Ind.-- After three straight days of record breaking temperatures and dangerous heat, the extreme weather took its toll on Michiana.
 Two people in Elkhart died over the weekend due to heat exposure.
The Elkhart County Coroner, John White, confirmed that both victims died of hyperthermia, the medical term for prolonged heat exposure.
The two cases are unrelated. The first victim was an elderly woman and the second was a middle-aged man.
Both victims were discovered over the weekend at the height of the heat in non-air conditioned apartments.
ABC 57 talked to Elkhart paramedic, Lieutenant Cary Dygert to explain the effects of hyperthermia and heat exposure.
“The elderly and young, usually less than 4 years of age and older than 65 have a little bit harder time regulating the heat,“ explained Dygert. 
According to White, an elderly woman was found dead in her apartment on Friday evening.
The apartment temperature was 98 degrees and the woman’s core body temperature was 104 degrees.
White said the woman lived alone, but was discovered by Elkhart Police during a wellness check.
 “They usually define heat stroke, which is the worst case, right around 104 degrees, right around there,” explained Dygert. 
But she wasn’t the only victim of the weekend’s heat. White confirmed  a 45-year-old, morbidly obese, man was also found dead.
He was discovered  on Saturday evening by his housemates.
His body temperature was 102.5 degrees and his room was 92.5 degrees.
“Overweight people tend to hold on to heat longer,” said Dygert. 
White said both victims died of hyperthermia, a condition that occurs when the body has been exposed to high temperatures for a prolonged period of time.
“The body sweats, the water evaporates off of us and that’s how the body cools,” explained Dygert.  “When it gets too hot, it’s harder for that body to evaporate during high humidity conditions, the water doesn’t evaporate as quickly so our body tends to overheat.”
Once the body overheats, organs start to shut down.
“The best thing you can do is remove them from the hot environment and get them somewhere where they can start that cooling process,” said Dygert. 
Both Dygert and White said that people without air conditioning need to remove themselves from the heat to allow their body to cool down.
Individuals in good health are able to sustain a high body temperature of 101 for longer periods of time than the very young or the elderly, but it is still important to give your body a break from the prolonged heat.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 09, 2012, 10:54:07 AM
Yowbarb Note: This first article is for people who still at least have power in their homes.
...
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=63080  Medicine net

11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

Medical Author:
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD 
Medical Editor:
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR 


In summer, heat waves can strike areas of the country where cooler climates are the norm. In these areas, many homes do not have air conditioning, and surviving in the extreme temperatures becomes a challenge for everyone. The following steps can help you keep cool during a heat wave even if you have an air-conditioned home.

1) Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home. Opening doors in the house and using box fans to push hot air outdoors can function as an "exhaust" system and draw cooler evening air into the house. In the cooler evenings, open all windows and promote as much air circulation as possible. When the sun rises, close all doors and windows, making sure to close curtains and blinds as well, to keep the indoors cool for as long as possible. When the outside air cools to a lower temperature than inside (usually in the evenings or at night), open up the windows and turn on the fans again.

2) Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.

3) Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.

4) Eliminate extra sources of heat.
Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.

5) Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration, which means you'll need to consume more water than you usually do when it's hot. If you're sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolytes by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration; you should drink sufficient amounts of fluids before you feel thirsty in order to prevent dehydration.

6) Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as both of these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.

7) For a homemade "air conditioning" system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.

8) Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning during the hottest hours of the day if the heat becomes unbearable. Libraries, shopping malls, and movie theaters can all be good places to cool down.

9) Don't eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.

10) Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and true heat emergencies (heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat stroke). Call emergency services (911) in the event of a heat emergency and try to cool the victim until help arrives.

11) Finally, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a "cool" bath or shower will help keep their body temperature down. A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin next to a fan will also help cool the animal. Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well. Signs of a heat stroke in a pet are:
rapid panting,
wide eyes,
lots of drooling,
hot skin,
twitching muscles,
vomiting and
a dazed look.
Call your vet if you think your pet has a heat stroke.
REFERENCES:

American Red Cross. Heat Wave Safety Checklist.

The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS Advises Pet Owners to Keep Pets Col during Heat Wave.


Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2012
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 09, 2012, 11:07:17 AM
http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Heat-Wave 
Wiki How

How to Survive a Heat Wave
Edited byGlamObsession and 26 others

When outside temperatures climb into the triple digits (over 40ºC) for a period of several days or even weeks, this prolonged period of excessive heat is known as a "heat wave". Heat waves are often accompanied by high humidity.[1] While there is also no universal definition of a heat wave, (as people used to a hot climate may already be acclimatized to a period of high heat, where as the same heat visited on people in a usually cooler climate can cause severe disruption and heat deaths due to people not knowing what to do to minimize the risks),[2] the real issue is the health and safety impact of prolonged heat and high humidity.
Notorious for causing widespread power outages, hundreds of heat-related illnesses, and even deaths, heat waves are perfectly survivable provided you take appropriate precautions. In general, our ability to regulate high temperatures is impacted by our health, age, and the quality of our shelter. This article is aimed at helping you to cope when the summer heat takes a turn for the worse.


1)  Not everyone fully understands the difficulties produced by heat waves. If you're fit, healthy, and have access to air-conditioned respite, a heat wave can pass by fairly uneventfully. However, there is a risk for everyone and it's important to be aware both for yourself and for others whom you might be taking care of.

2)  Understand why excessive heat causes problems for us
Heat pushes the human body beyond its limits and in the case of extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body has to work extra hard to maintain its normal temperature. Problems occur when a person is over-exposed to heat or overexert themselves. Those most likely to be impacted negatively by excessive, prolonged heat include the elderly, young children, sick persons, and those who are overweight and unfit. It is important to recognize that over-exposure to heat can be fatal. Possible health problems include:
Heat cramps – these are muscular pains or spasms that occur as a result of heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe of heat health problems, they are a warning sign that your body is not coping well with the heat.
Heat exhaustion – this occurs typically when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where bodily fluids are lost through heavy sweating. The blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a mild form of shock. If this goes untreated, the victim's condition will worsen, the body temperature will continue to rise, and heat stroke might occur.
Heatstroke – the victim's temperature control system which produces sweating to cool the body simply stops working and the body temperature can rise high enough to cause brain damage and death. A victim in this situation needs to be cooled quickly. Note that sun stroke is usually applied as another term for heat stroke.

3)  Learn how to recognize the environmental conditions that exacerbate the dangers of a heat wave. If you are aware of what makes a heat wave even more dangerous, you can take precautions to limit your exposure to it, as well as keeping an eye out for others who might be affected by it. Things to pay particular attention to include:
Stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality (smog, pollution).
Living in an area that is heavily asphalted or covered in concrete - asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release this heat during the night, producing higher nighttime temperatures known as the "urban heat island effect".
A prolonged period of excessive heat, especially when combined with excessive humidity.
Read the Heat Index. This will show a number in degrees Fahrenheit (F) or degrees Centigrade (C) and it tells you how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees!

1) SURVIVING A HEAT WAVE Surviving a heat wave is a combination of recognizing that you, your family, and your community are at risk during a period of prolonged heat and knowing what to do to reduce the risks. As part of this, it is important to also keep an eye out on people for whom you are personally responsible, and for helping members of your community where possible.

2)  Prepare your home for the event of a heat wave. There are some easy but key things you can do to make your home a safer place to be during a heat wave:[3]
Check that your window air conditioners are snugly installed; if not, insulate around them. Check that the air conditioning vents are also properly insulated.
Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard. These will reflect heat back outside.
Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
Cover windows that receive morning and afternoon sun. Use drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. Outdoor awnings and louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 8 percent.
Keep storm windows up.

3) Dress appropriately for indoors. Indoors, it is important to remove any heavy clothing and to wear as little as modesty and laws permit! Suitable clothing includes:
Loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Natural fabrics (cotton, linen, hemp, etc.)
Avoid wearing polyester and flannel as these fabrics will hold in sweat, causing you to stew in the humid air.

4) Dress appropriately for outdoors. When outdoors, it is important to cover up. Still adhering to the loose-fitting, lightweight and natural clothing suggestions in the previous step, cover up as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn.
Protect your head and face by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Consider wearing clothing made of synthetic sports fabrics that are designed to wick away perspiration.
Avoid dark colors as these absorb the heat; light colors reflect it.

5)  Stay indoors as much as possible. Keeping out of the sun is the best way to reduce your exposure to the heat. In addition, find non-strenuous activities to do inside.
If your home isn't air-conditioned or cooled with a water-evaporation system, consider spending the warmest part of the day (or even night) in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Many of these are specially opened by public authorities during a time of a heat wave, so check for extended hours. There are even local cooling centers opened in some places to help people cool down.
If your house has more than one story, or you live in a multi-story building, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if the air conditioning is not available. You can put makeshift beds downstairs during the heat wave if needed; ask the concierge to sort out something for residents if you are part of a condominium.
Put on a fan. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the evaporation rate of perspiration. A fan can help move the air around your house and will be useful for pulling in relatively cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan to keep cool during the day. A fan will not prevent heat-related illnesses when the temperatures are over 98.6ºF (37ºC). A cool shower is a much more effective way to cool off.

6)  Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink lots of liquids, especially water.
Avoid or minimize alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeinated beverages as these can dehydrate you.
Drink more than you think you need. You need to replenish the liquid removed by sweating and sweating is a key part of keeping you cool.
Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
If you're sweating a lot, be quick to replace lost salts and minerals as well as water. Fruit juice or sports drinks with electrolytes are good choices, but do not take salt tablets unless directed to by your doctor. Taking calcium supplements, however, is a good idea.
Drink cool (but not icy cold) liquids to help lower your body temperature. Try to keep water refrigerated prior to drinking, if possible.

7) Eat lightly. Hot foods and high-calorie or high-protein meals raise your body's metabolism and its temperature, which is the opposite of what you need to stay healthy during a heat wave. Think fresh fruits and vegetables, cold salads, etc. and be sure to eat light, well-balanced and regular meals. Some good things to try would include:
a fruit salad
a salad
a watermelon, mint, and raspberry salad
healthy snacks
Spanish gazpacho.

8)  Take steps to practice appropriate heat wave behavior. When exercising, working, or performing exerting activities, keep these things in mind:
With exercise, pace yourself - this is not the time to take up running. It may, in fact, be time to stop running for a while, unless you can do so at night when the temperatures have cooled down. If you wish to exercise outdoors but aren't acclimatised to the temperature, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Pay close attention to how you feel. If your heart is pounding and you're short of breath, stop immediately, go into a cool environment to rest, and drink plenty of fluids.
With work, avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks. If your main work takes place outside, it is likely that your workplace will arrange to find shelter, alternative work, or alternative working hours when the heat is less oppressive. If you work for yourself in the outdoors, change your working hours to the early morning where possible, to avoid the day's heat.
Breathe through your nose to avoid water escaping through the mouth. It will help to keep your body hydrated longer.

9) Looking after others

1Look out for signs of heat stress and exhaustion in all members of your family and others close to you. Be vigilant and explain to them the importance of taking steps to minimize the effects of heat during a heat wave.
2Never leave children or pets in parked cars, even for brief periods of time. The temperature inside the vehicle can rise to 120ºF (49ºC) or more within minutes, enough heat to kill someone very quickly.
3Check on neighbors, family, and friends, especially those who are elderly, sick, or not able to take care of themselves without assistance and those who live alone. If you know that a neighbor lives alone and is at risk of health problems from heat (especially where they do not have air conditioning), try to contact family members to come and help. If that is not possible, your local emergency services might be able to help but if you can ease the burden on them by taking care of such a person yourself, that is the better option.
First Aid for heat illnesses

1Understand what heat related illnesses are and how to identify the symptoms, such as heat cramps, which are painful spasms in the muscles of the arms, legs, and abdomen.
Heat exhaustion is a serious condition and should be treated as soon as possible. The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:[4]
Pallor
Cool, clammy skin, sweating
Extreme fatigue, weakness
Nausea
Dizziness
Light-headedness
Vomiting
Fainting
Complaining of feeling hot
Thirst
Heatstroke is an emergency. Anyone exhibiting the signs and symptoms of heat stroke should seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms include:[5]
Red, flushed skin - may become pale
A body temperature of 106ºF (41ºC) or higher
Seizures
Extreme headache
Rapid breathing
Rapid pulse
Sweating ceases
Confusion
Unconsciousness.
2Check out the following articles to know what to do in the event of heat injuries:
Save the Life of a Person Suffering Heat Stroke
Treat Heatstroke
Recognize Symptoms of Heat Stress
Stay Hydrated During the Summer
Stay Cool Using the 'Ice to Wrist' Method
Get Rid of Sunstroke
Treat Heat Illnesses and Heat Rash
Treat Sunburn Using Natural Products.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 09, 2012, 04:19:30 PM
The previous two articles although they do have some good info which I will be posting more on, presents scenarios where people have electricity and can turn fans on!! Obviously there could be situations and there are situations right now in the US where people are still stuck without power after several days. Not only would they not have power to turn on a fan (unless they have a generator) they do not have a way to communicate unless they have a cell phone. In some scenarios there might not even be cell service...
People we need to think of ways to survive these situations...
A the very least people need to have some water stored and also some battery operated fans...
Please post here your ideas on how to(actually) survive a heat wave when there is no power!!
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 01, 2012, 07:39:41 AM
RE harm from wi fi: My eldest daughter just told me her
health story on wi fi and cell phone and what she figured out and info she
just discovered, lots of recent info.
Retired UK Military man puts out two hour video and all his findings.
Mind blowing. Awaiting the links.
This is the first, much more will follow. - Yowbarb

...
mobile phone health warning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRliXTScQ3g
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on August 01, 2012, 08:22:06 AM
Does the RE stand for radiation exposure?  I know there's been some studies done to show a link between cell phone use and cancer in the brain (near the ear used).  I believe there is some danger to cell phone use.  People laugh at me because I rarely ever use mine and always tell people it's easier to call my house phone to get me.  I think I'll stick to that.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 01, 2012, 08:41:35 AM
Does the RE stand for radiation exposure?  I know there's been some studies done to show a link between cell phone use and cancer in the brain (near the ear used).  I believe there is some danger to cell phone use.  People laugh at me because I rarely ever use mine and always tell people it's easier to call my house phone to get me.  I think I'll stick to that.

Yes, microwave specifically...
this former UK military man, military and private sector microwave consultant is an expert...two hour video just got link from daughter, posting below...
4 Chapter video presentation here:  http://www.naturalscience.org/index.php?id=210
back soon with more info...My daughter has a personal story to share...she stopped putting it right
up to her ear and now has the phone in a metal file cabinet at night no longer sleeping with it by her head... much more to come on this. She had to figure out what was wrong with her docs were no help...along the way she found this video.
- Yowbarb
...
..full World Nature interview video from the retired British Military microwave expert, Barrie Trover, on your facebook page, but it is much visually clearer if you view it on the World Natural Science Foundation website here:
http://www.naturalscience.org/index.php?id=210

Barrie Trower
www.naturalscience.org
Watch here the highly interesting interview with Barrie Trower, professor in physics and expert in secret warfare by means of microwaves, given to The World Foundation for Natural Science in 2010 at its 15th International Congress in Ulm. In the interview he explains in detail why today's microwave ...

Interview with Barrie Trower
Watch here the highly interesting interview with Barrie Trower, professor in physics and expert in secret warfare by means of microwaves, given to The World Foundation for Natural Science in 2010 at its 15th International Congress in Ulm. In the interview he explains in detail why today's microwave technology has such dramatic effects on Man and Nature.

You may also obtain this interview from us in full length (approx. 130 minutes) as DVD or CD in English. Furthermore, we are glad to offer you a CD with exclusive documents, containing dates and facts, which form and support the basis of Barrie Trower's discourse. Barrie Trower kindly has given these documents to us for use and distribution, as it is his heartfelt wish to warn as much people as possible of this dangerous technology.  4 Chapter video presentation here:  http://www.naturalscience.org/index.php?id=210
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on August 01, 2012, 08:44:28 AM
Does the RE stand for radiation exposure?  I know there's been some studies done to show a link between cell phone use and cancer in the brain (near the ear used).  I believe there is some danger to cell phone use.  People laugh at me because I rarely ever use mine and always tell people it's easier to call my house phone to get me.  I think I'll stick to that.

I remember hearing about initial findings on all this years ago.  I prefer a home land line myself, why add another risk factor if you don't have to, has always been my theory.  There's already way too much of what we can't control, imo.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 01, 2012, 08:44:46 AM
Does the RE stand for radiation exposure?  I know there's been some studies done to show a link between cell phone use and cancer in the brain (near the ear used).  I believe there is some danger to cell phone use.  People laugh at me because I rarely ever use mine and always tell people it's easier to call my house phone to get me.  I think I'll stick to that.

I'm not an expert on this, just learned a WHOLE LOT listening to my UK daughter on phone! She says
do not have it up to your head do not sleep with it...wi fi computers and TV harmful too...metal box to
put cell phone in...maybe a person could put phone in like a metal cigarette box... this is all new to me,
you are right to be cautious. Currently I sleep with my head a foot away from my wifi computer. I don't use my cell much but we have all wi fi tv and computers and house phones too... more info to follow.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 01, 2012, 08:52:31 AM
Does the RE stand for radiation exposure?  I know there's been some studies done to show a link between cell phone use and cancer in the brain (near the ear used).  I believe there is some danger to cell phone use.  People laugh at me because I rarely ever use mine and always tell people it's easier to call my house phone to get me.  I think I'll stick to that.

I remember hearing about initial findings on all this years ago.  I prefer a home land line myself, why add another risk factor if you don't have to, has always been my theory.  There's already way too much of what we can't control, imo.

Enlightenme you are right this has been in the media for years...and obviously it has been minimized. This 2 hour video by the microwave warfare expert is apparently new... He came out of peaceful retirement to help get the word out to his own government and the world... Little girls who sit around with their laptops on lap are doing genetic damage to their eggs. So sad. Boys carrying cell phones in their pants pockets. and putting laptops on lap doing damage to their parts. Breast, heart problems cells phones and laptops etc., near that area, brain also. Daughter had an unexplained and un- diagnosed spot of inflammation and infection on her gum... dentists said no problem there and just prescribed ibuprophen. Later she figured out ther is a little metal strip in a certain place in here cell phone. That strip protects the phone but distributes the microwaves into the tissue. Underwires in bras and cell phone around the neck or in a carrying sling, affects breast tissue. Higher rates of breast and brain cancer and leukemia in kids, etc.
Ay yi yi and ay gevalt... Honestly I didn't know this... Will be pasting here my daughter's story in full and her search to find out what was happening. She also has links on how to find out where cell phone towers too...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on August 02, 2012, 09:23:36 AM
I understand that new innovations can be helpful and that not everything about them are understood at first.  But when new information emerges that show that it is actually dangerous, or unhealthy, why then do people who make these things not correct it?  I've long felt that as long as a buck can be made off people then people will do anything to make that buck.  Rich countries can afford to keep their citizens sick.  It upsets me.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 02, 2012, 12:57:43 PM
I understand that new innovations can be helpful and that not everything about them are understood at first.  But when new information emerges that show that it is actually dangerous, or unhealthy, why then do people who make these things not correct it?  I've long felt that as long as a buck can be made off people then people will do anything to make that buck.  Rich countries can afford to keep their citizens sick.  It upsets me.

Yes, the almighty buck.
Well there is light at the end of the tunnel. My daughter told me today there is an international
group of scientists on this situation and demanding a new standard of safety.
The link for it will follow, among other links. In a post which wil soon follow will post it alone to
make it clearer who is trying to help...
Yowbarb
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Is your cell phone safe? [CNN: 5-23-2011]
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Here is a CNN medical report regarding dangers of mobile phone use which I discovered are two-way microwave transmitters (radiation going through the body) which ties in with the info from the video interview further below of ex-British military intelligence scientist and microwave expert, Barrie Trower (see further below). If you find this helpful, please spread the word to your friends, as radiation makes the body sick and should be prevented.

...just told me lots of info. This is the first, more will follow.
mobile phone health warning

VIDEO Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRliXTScQ3g


RADIATION WAKE UP CALL SWEDISH SCIENTIST:
Radiation Exposure from Mobile Phones and Wi-Fi


WAKE UP CALL from electrosmog expert Olle Johansson

VIDEO Link:  http://youtu.be/cczGVhd63pM

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Now watched in 131 countries! WAKE UP CALL 2

VIDEO Link: http://youtu.be/tdmQDJ9WOiQ

http://www.youtube.com/user/EMRinformation?
feature=mhum#p/a/6187AF1BEC008BB0/1/tdmQDJ9WOiQ WAKE UP CALL from ele...
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WiFi in schools proven dangerous.

VIDEO Link:  http://youtu.be/KN7VetsCR2I

WiFi causes heart problems, headaches and other neurological disorders in children. Canadian Documentary exposes the truth. More info at http://www.magdahava...

WI-FI SAID TO CAUSE CANCER IN CHILDREN BY SCIENTISTS:

WiFi in schools proven dangerous.


VIDEO Link:  http://youtu.be/KN7VetsCR2I

WiFi causes heart problems, headaches and other neurological disorders in children. Canadian Documentary exposes the truth. More info at http://www.magdahava/...


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 02, 2012, 01:18:08 PM
I just got this today from daughter, along with all those other great videos and
sources of info.
 - Yowbarb
...

Hi, Mom. Here's that earth grounding video I told you about which demonstrates EMFs in the body on a meter and shows how walking on grass and earth alleviate the body of the energy build up. Get some diatamacious and spend more time outdoors!!!. Love, E 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBxOQuXLENA

How much "dirty" electricity is your body absorbing? Part one of two
Anand from EarthingOz.com.au demonstrates how to measure EMF's or "dirty" electricity in the human body and how to dramatically reduce exposure using Earthin...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on August 02, 2012, 01:30:45 PM
I never thought of myself as having electricity in me!  I know brain synapses are kinda electrical, but more chemical really.  Do you have to walk on the grass barefoot, or will shoes be OK?  This is almost like a detoxifying thing.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Sunnybug on August 02, 2012, 02:31:42 PM
I haven't gotten to watch all the vids - but this is very interesting! Heard of earthing but hadn't looked into very much yet. This is a good topic and important info! Thanks Barb!
Sunny
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 02, 2012, 11:02:52 PM
I never thought of myself as having electricity in me!  I know brain synapses are kinda electrical, but more chemical really.  Do you have to walk on the grass barefoot, or will shoes be OK?  This is almost like a detoxifying thing.

Apparently rubber soled shoes will stop the bad energy from leaving our bodies. Barefoot, if possible. According to what I heard today (I still have to see all the videos) it is also the microwave energy
with which we are inundated that we can get out of our bodies by walking on sand, dirt or concrete.
(Not asphault, but concrete or stone is good...)
I have a lot to learn but did unplug my cell phone after I charged it, and turned it off. I turned off my computer for awhile and will turn it off when I go to sleep for the night., It is a work in progress. I do feel a little bit better already.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 03, 2012, 07:12:27 AM
Until tptb controls this microwave safety situation, (or PX blows the c___ out of the grid)
we can at least unplug our wireless computers, etc.

BTW the wireless mouse is another source of microwave energy. None of that stuff should be in a room where people are trying to sleep...
Moving my wireless computer setup out of my room.
Cell phone is charged but unplugged and turned off. Will only use it if driving or traveling.
Daughter in UK puts her cell phone in a metal box or metal filing cabinet. - Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on August 03, 2012, 01:44:11 PM
How long do you have to stand on the grass barefoot?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 03, 2012, 02:50:22 PM
How long do you have to stand on the grass barefoot?

I don't have exact answer to that yet...keep the faith.   
All I know is, I stood out on the concrete front walkway for like one minute barefoot and (IMHO)
I could feel the energy draining down to the ground... I couldn't stand there longer because of ants.   
The video would have the answer to that... will repost the link and try to get answer to that.
My plan is tomorrow AM before it gets too hot to walk on the sand. Lawn has too many holes in it and ants...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on August 04, 2012, 07:55:41 AM
Do you have to actually be barefoot, or will wearing socks be OK?  I was out in my socks earlier.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 04, 2012, 05:43:58 PM
Do you have to actually be barefoot, or will wearing socks be OK?  I was out in my socks earlier.

I'm still learning but I feel socks should be as good  or nearly as good. At least they are mainly a natural substance. Right now I am barefooted on our stone tile hoping that will help.
One thing my daughter told me was in the videos, rubber sole shoes prevent the body from discharging
the harmful energy. People used to wear leather soles...now mainly rubber... Rubber shoes help in not getting a shock but then they keep in the microwave energy...in the body, that is.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 04, 2012, 06:36:44 PM
I haven't gotten to watch all the vids - but this is very interesting! Heard of earthing but hadn't looked into very much yet. This is a good topic and important info! Thanks Barb!
Sunny

Tell us more about earthing.  :)
That would be good also in the Topic, Easy, inexpensive Ways to Get Stronger... I think that is in
one of the Fitness boards...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 09, 2012, 06:44:31 AM
English former military officer, former intelligence, former head of microwave weaponry /

This is one I might not have posted, it is over 2 hours long. - Yowbarb

Barrie Trower: Dangers and Lethality of Microwave Technology (2010)

VIDEO LINK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLWRdkxKXiw&feature=colike

Nov 19, 2011

Interview with Barrie Trower November 13, 2010.
Barrie Trower is a former Royal Navy microwave weapons expert and former cold-war captured spy debriefer for the UK Intelligence Services. Mr Trower is a conscionable whistle-blower who lectures around the world on hidden dangers from microwave weapons and every-day microwave technologies such as mobile-phones and WiFi. Mr Trower has also repeatedly assisted the UK Police Fedration in their struggle to protect police officers from Tetra/Air-Band radio-communications systems that are harmful to health. [CONTINUES]

ALSO: See previously posted videos.
http://hexus.net/mobile/news/general/43549-us-gov-ac-recommends-fcc-mobile-radiation-reassesment/  news.

Videos previously posted,

The BioInitiative Report - Biological Standards for Wireless   38:14

LINK: http://youtu.be/7tZDor-_co0

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How much "dirty" electricity is your body absorbing? Part one of two

VIDEO Link:  http://youtu.be/zBxOQuXLENA   8:38
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 12, 2012, 08:27:38 AM
Disconnect - Cell Phones - By Devra Davis   12:01  4,329 Views

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/Xtd-y2C9lH4

Uploaded by safeschool on Sep 27, 2010
CBC Documentary about Devra Davis and her book - Disconnect: The Truth About
Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your
Family

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 12, 2012, 09:38:14 AM
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/columns/aphilips/index.asp


http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/emhealth.asp


;'p/[kk http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/emhealth.asp  EXCERPTS:

Pulsed Radio-frequency and Microwave Studies

Until relatively recently, the general public has not generally been exposed to significant levels of higher frequency EMFs, unless they live near a major civilian or military transmitting site.

Research in this area began to emerge in the 1960s, mainly as a result of Russian work. This led the Russians to develop a standard for public exposure to microwave and RF EM fields of 10 mW/cm2, which was 1000 times lower that the limit of 10 mW/cm2 in the West. Current U.K. 'restrictions' (Investigation Levels) rise from 0.66 mW/cm2 at 12MHz up to still the 10 mW/cm2 level at microwave frequencies [27].

Dr Stanislaw Szmigielski reported [28] on a five year retrospective study of Polish military personnel exposed to RF and microwave fields at work-day levels below 200 µW/cm2, the Polish 'safety level'. The highest risk appeared for malignancies originating from the haemato-lymphatic systems, with a death rate raised about seven-fold. Other common neoplasms were located in the alimentary tract and the skin. An ongoing study of the same group showed a continuing, highly statistically significant, increase in the incidence of all forms of cancer.

A study of cancer in the Swedish electronics industry also found significantly elevated incidence of cancers [29]. Sam Milham, in the U.S.A., studying a group of amateur radio operators, found a significant excess of deaths due to acute myeloid leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas [30].

A number of people have found increased eye cataract problems associated with low levels of RF exposure and with extensive VDU (computer screen) use.

In Britain the Royal Signals Research Establishment, at Malvern, has had a brain tumour incidence over six times the national average.

In June 1993, in an unprecedented move, a military research laboratory in the U.S.A. unilaterally declared a 100 µW/cm2 limit for 30 MHz to 100 GHz. Dr Cletus Kanavy wrote [31]:
"The biological effects of microwave radiation on living organisms have been the subject of extensive research for the past four decades. The most comprehensive programs were conducted by the Soviet and Eastern Bloc nations. The U.S. research community was aware of the Soviet findings of deleterious biological effects at exposures well below the (U.S.) ANSI standards. The Soviet findings were rejected for various reasons." "The literature published in the late 1980s is abundant with information on non-thermal effects which are produced at levels below the ANSI standards." "The principle electromagnetic biological effects of greatest concern are behavioural aberrations, neural network perturbations, fetal (embryonic) tissue damage (inducing birth defect), cataractogenesis, altered blood chemistry, metabolic changes and suppression of the endocrine and immune systems".

One of the concerning issues is an apparent breakdown of the blood-brain barrier, allowing blood-borne toxins into the brain.

A large amount of data exists, both experimental animal data and human clinical evidence, to support the existence of chronic, low-level field exposure, non-thermal effects at levels below 100 mW/cm2.

The heads of users of cellular telephones will experience levels above this, as will the bodies of operators of hand held radar speed meters. Cellular telephone masts are now appearing on and near residential housing in the U.K. Many schools in the U.S.A are now banning them on their property.

Possible mechanisms

Scientific acceptance of the ELF interaction has been hampered by a lack of a believable mechanism. The way that the biological and physical sciences are separately taught has also hindered understanding.

However this, in itself, should not be a barrier to introducing restrictions to exposure. We still do not know the actual mechanisms by which cigarette smoking, asbestos fibres or DDT cause cancers, but we have accepted the epidemiological evidence and have introduced laws to limit or reduce human exposure. Electric and magnetic ELF fields induce currents in living tissue. The basis of most interaction models has involved cell membrane field changes which then affect the cell.

Free-radical interactions have also been implicated, particularly in regard to the actual initiation of a cancer. It has been repeatedly shown that once a cell has become deranged then the potential tumour is more likely to develop, and to develop more quickly, in the presence of low levels of ELF magnetic fields.

Indeed, in the author's view, it is much more likely that low levels of ELF fields are a hazard because of their effect of reducing the immune system's competence at dealing with problems, rather than actual direct cell damage.

A number of possible resonance mechanisms have now been proposed to explain how low levels of low frequency electric and magnetic fields could affect biological processes. The most promising of these seem to involve interactions which appear to occur at ion cyclotron resonance frequencies. Complex nuclear electro-magnetic resonances require a steady background magnetic field combined with either an oscillating electric field applied at right-angles to the background field, or an oscillating magnetic field applied parallel to the background magnetic field. The magnitudes and relative directions of the two fields are a critical factor in the resonance conditions.

The magnitude of the background 'steady' field sets the resonance frequencies which need to be applied - the actual strength of the alternating field does not have a linear relationship with its effect. There is likely to be a threshold level below which the energy which the alternating field adds to the resonant particles is inadequate to produce a measured effect. There will then be a band where the effect will increase, and there will come a point where the alternating field dominates the particle's environment and the resonance conditions will then practically cease to be effective.

Just as a radio receiver can be used to detect and decode a specific signal at an intensity below background noise, there is considerable evidence that coherent time-varying fields which coincide with natural cellular resonances can have biological effects at very low levels. Resonances are likely to be activated at their fundamental and harmonic frequencies.

In 1982 Dr Jafary-Asl, at Salford University, reported that yeast cells displayed various complex resonances which depended on both the steady background magnetic field acting together with smaller alternating magnetic (or electric) fields. The advantage of NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) or other complex electromagnetic resonances being the activating cause basis of cellular interactions is that the energy in the field is concentrated on specific charged particles or ions and this would give a feasible and scientifically acceptable mechanism of interaction.

In 1985, both Dr Carl Blackman of the US EPA, and Dr Abe Libhoff, working independently, integrated Jafary-Asl's ideas with attempts to explain Bawin and Adey's experiments which showed such cellular responses as calcium ion efflux when living nerve cells were exposed to ELF fields. When other labs had tried to replicate the work they found the similar calcium ion efflux but at different ELF frequencies. Blackman & Libhoff found that they could mathematically relate the frequency required to cause calcium efflux from cells with the local geomagnetic field in the laboratory. Dr Libhoff, and others, have shown that cell mitosis (division) can be speeded up by applying ELF fields, and the likelihood of genetic errors increased.

One theoretical mechanism, originally described as ion cyclotron resonance, has gained support [32]. This relates the motion of electrically charged particles to the magnetic fields surrounding them. A number of the ions in blood are in the critical mass range for resonance in the Earth's geomagnetic field and an alternating field between 25 and 500Hz. Power-line fields together with the Earth's geomagnetic field can provide resonance conditions for Calcium, Sodium, Lithium, Potassium, hydroxyl and hydronium ions in an aqueous mix [33], all of which play key roles in living systems [34]. Calcium ions have a powerful effect on human cell membrane function and affect physiological processes such as muscle contraction, egg fertilisation and cell division.

Unfortunately the use of the word 'cyclotron' has caused some confusion, as it is not classical cyclotron resonance. Calculating the likely resonance frequencies is difficult because ions in an aqueous environment have attached numbers of water molecules which will reduce the resonant frequencies. A number of fairly similar models have been proposed, one by Lednev [35], and another by Drs. Male (Nat.Grid) and Edmonds [36]. Drs Jafary-Asl and Smith of Salford University have also proposed a relevant quantum magnetic resonance model [37]. Although all these models show how ELF fields could explain some cellular observations, they do not necessarily mean that these effects will have human health implications.

Dr John Male (Nat. Grid, ex CEGB) has published a paper describing one of these complex resonances which he calls 'ion vibrational precession occurring at the Larmor frequency' which is affected by fields which satisfy the above 'cyclotron' resonance conditions [38]. He points out that although this is a possible interaction mechanism there is no reason to assume it would produce adverse health effects.

A clear example of how modern medical physics uses NMR is in the NMI scanners which can now be found in most major hospitals. Here they apply very high steady magnetic fields and correspondingly high radio frequencies in order to obtain the fine detail that they need, but the principle is exactly the same. Hydrogen nuclei in cancer tissue return a different signal to ones in normal healthy tissue. This is just the same sort of resonance as is discussed above.

While the effects of these complex resonances at the level of ions and molecules may be significant, the resulting changes in the structure and functioning of the cells is likely to be far more important as regards the possibility of causing adverse health effects.

To our knowledge, only one study has actually looked with some detail at these issues. This is in a retrospective analysis of a previously published study carried out in Los Angeles County, U.S.A. The original study [39] was published in 1991 and had looked at 232 leukaemia cases in children under the age of 10 between 1980 and 1987, 128 of which had also had their home's static magnetic field measured although not used in the analysis. As originally reported the study had found a statistically significant 115% increased risk of childhood leukaemia associated with proximity to high current cables, but not to measured magnetic fields.

Dr Bowman, wanting to investigate the resonance theories, calculated that there would be two resonance bands which fell into the Los Angeles conditions. Only 46 of the original 128 cases, for which the value of the static magnetic field was known, satisfied his theoretical resonance conditions. He found that the data showed an odds ratio (OR) of 2.4 for cases who lived in average fields from 70 to 140nT, rising to an OR of 6.0 for children exposed to background ambient fields above 300nT. This compares with the original analysis of the data which ignored the static field level and did not find a leukaemia/ELF magnetic field asscociation. His study was limited by many factors, but shows evidence of the need to include this important extra information in epidemiological studies. "This is the way to the future", he said.

Since before seeing Dr Bowman's results, the author (Alasdair Philips) has repeatedly called for the strength and direction of the background static field to be measured in relation to the power-frequency electric and magnetic field strengths. It would be normal scientific practice to include the measurement of all parameters which are implicated in any of the proposed mechanisms of interaction of the phenomena being studied. It is difficult to understand why this has not been done in the epidemiological work done to date, nor has it been included at the time of writing this (February 1994), in the Protocol of the latest UKCCS childhood cancer study.

Another hypothesis shows how electro-magnetically altered spin states in haemoglobin molecules can produce a significant net magnetic moment. This would attract and trap lymphocyte cells, significantly impairing the immune system response [40].

The Pineal connection

Deep in the centre of our head we have a tiny, pea-sized, pine-cone shaped pineal gland. Some early philosophers considered it the "seat of the soul". Until fairly recently the gland was considered a fairly insignificant curiosity. Indeed, this was just what Sir Richard Doll said about it at the Doll Report Press Conference. However, in recent years, it has become recognised as a highly important endocrine organ of the human body.

The Pineal is the remnant of the philosophers' and mystics' "third eye". It was sensitive to light levels and was located on the top of the head of many early vertebrates. For most animals, including humans, this gland has moved down to be in one of the innermost, and protected, areas of the head. It is a very active organ, having the second highest blood flow after the kidneys, and is equal in volume to the pituitary. While being right in the centre of the brain, it is actually outside the blood-brain barrier. This is a membrane which goes right around the brain and protects it from unwanted chemicals in the blood stream.

During the past fifteen years scientists have discovered just what an important function this gland seems to play. It produces a number of very active chemical substances, including important neuro-hormones. Some affect the actions of most of the other glands in the body, including the pituitary. In 1980 it was found that EMFs affected the activity of pineal cells, and this was confirmed in 1983 [41].

A main function of the pineal gland is the synthesis of the neurohormone melatonin from the neurochemical serotonin.

Melatonin plays a major part in controlling human circadian rhythms, its production peaks at night and is suppressed by bright lights and low level ELF magnetic fields. Serotonin plays important roles in many bodily processes including the effectiveness of the immune system. Both of these chemicals are known to affect mood changes and are linked with depressive illness. An interesting study of clinically depressed people published in the Lancet in 1987 [42] showed lowered levels of serotonin in every case.

Lowered melatonin has been associated with sleep problems, lethargy, mood alterations, psychiatric disorders immunodeficiency, and Alzheimer's disease.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2012, 08:44:45 AM
Food recall in the news:
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http://www.11alive.com/news/article/252286/40/Cantaloupe-recall-expanded-to-include-honeydew-melons

Cantaloupe recall expanded to include honeydew melons
10:43 AM, Aug 15, 2012   Written by Michael King

(NBC) -- A North Carolina company that has recalled tens of thousands of cantaloupes because of potential food poisoning extended the recall to honeydew melons on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Burch Equipment LLC (Burch Farms) of Faison, N.C., is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons that may still be on the market. "The honeydew melons involved in this recall expansion do not bear any identifying stickers but were packed in shipping cases labeled melons," the FDA said in a statement.

"The cantaloupes and honeydew melons involved in this expanded recall were sold to distributors in the states of Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia, who may have further distributed them to other states," the FDA said.

People who bought melons should ask the stores whether they got the fruit from Burch Farms.

The FDA said it found the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) on a honeydew melon grown and packed by Burch Farms.

Listeria can cause sometimes serious food poisoning, although no one has been confirmed sick from this particular recall, FDA said. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. "The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected," FDA says.

It can take anywhere from three days to more than two months to get sick after eating food contaminated with Listeria.

Earlier this month, Burch recalled 188,902 melons from stores. Food safety officials are especially wary of cantaloupes after one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history last year, in which contaminated Colorado cantaloupes sickened at least 147 people, including at least 30 who died and one woman who had a miscarriage.

(NBC News)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2012, 08:47:23 AM

Robin Meade Morning Express, HLN

West Nile virus on the rise in the U.S., health officials say
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:47 AM EDT, Sat August 4, 2012
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2012, 03:26:44 PM
On Robin Meade, it was 20 deaths from West Nile Virus. Record Breaking statistic: According to a CDC expert Dr. Bell, this is the most cases of West Nile by mid-August since we have been tracking it.

Update, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said 33 states, 700 cases.
(It is at least 20 deaths; no longer 16.) The video below doesn't have the latest stats. CDC is not sure why such a rapid increase and not sure what the future trend will be.

http://sanjayguptamd.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/15/west-nile-outbreak-kills-16-in-texas/

See VIDEO: 

http://sanjayguptamd.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/15/west-nile-outbreak-kills-16-in-texas/

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 18, 2012, 11:40:44 PM
At least 26 deaths from West Nile virus in the US, as of  two days ago.
Source - CNN
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 21, 2012, 01:14:33 PM
UPDATE on the West Nile Virus:
11th death in Dallas, Texas, which means the total is about 27 from this disease.
They have recently done a lot of spraying. [Q&A on the spraying:
http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/west-nile/821-Q--A-about-West-Nile-aerial-spraying-166894336.html

- Yowbarb
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West Nile Blog: Eleventh West Nile Virus related death in Dallas County  VIDEO on page

http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/west-nile/West-Nile-Blog-166464326.html

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
12:43p Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed the county's eleventh West Nile Virus related death in Dallas County. DCHHS has been notified that a patient who lived in zip code 75225 was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease and died. - Dallas County Health and Human Services

MONDAY, AUGUST 20
12:09p Dallas County reports the first full application for aerial mosquito spraying for the city of Richardson was completed yesterday, Sunday, August 19, 2012. A second operation to spray the entire city is expected to take place this evening at 9 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2012. Planes will depart the airport at approximately 8 p.m. and may be seen flying over the city before the 9 p.m. start time as they survey the landmarks in the spray area for flight hazards. Spraying should conclude at approximately 2 a.m. - City of Richardson
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
4:53p Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins have scheduled a news conference at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon to discuss the next round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes. - WFAA
2:17p Dallas County officials have canceled plans for a third day of aerial mosquito spraying on Saturday night, citing unfavorable weather conditions. Operations are tentatively set to resume Sunday night, with additional spraying on Monday night. - WFAA
2:06p The City of Fort Worth has revised its plans for ground-level mosquito spraying in the 76104 and 76110 zip codes. Workers will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday rather than 10 p.m. Saturday because of a scheduled event in the Magnolia Avenue area. The city says the operation should be complete by 4 a.m. - WFAA
9:39a Garland says Friday night's aerial mosquito spraying campaign was not able to cover all of the city before planes were grounded due to stormy weather. CLICK FOR COVERAGE MAP. The city says state health officials will attempt to resume flights on Saturday night, and may begin as early as 8:30 p.m. The aerial spraying could continue until as late as 5 a.m. Sunday. - WFAA
12:30a Dallas County's aerial planned spraying operation was canceled for the rest of the evening due to poor weather. - Dynamic Aviation
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
10:50p All four aircraft being used to spray Dallas County for mosquitoes are now grounded as weather conditions deteriorate, according to the company contracted to provide the service. - Dynamic Aviation
10:07p For the first time in two decades, Fort Worth is spraying for mosquitoes — not from the air like Dallas, but on the ground. Workers just started spraying parts of the 76104 and 76110 zip codes, and they'll continue the effort until 4 a.m. Saturday. Spraying is planned to continue on Saturday and Sunday nights. - WFAA
10:05p All four aircraft remain in the sky at this hour in an attempt to maximize the coverage of insecticide spraying over Dallas County. If the weather impedes the full spraying pattern, planes may have to return to the skies over the weekend. - Teresa Woodard reporting
9:46p A thunderstorm is moving northeast from Addison to Plano. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 10:45 p.m. for north central Dallas County, southeastern Denton County and southwestern Collin County.  - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
9:30p Aircraft abandoned their mission over Garland due to deteriorating weather conditions. - Teresa Woodard reporting
8:59p Aerial spraying resumed in the northern sectors of Dallas County on Friday night, close to the planned schedule. - Teresa Woodard reporting
8:58p Fort Worth has planned an "informational community meeting" on Tuesday, August 21 to answer questions about the city's battle against the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus in zip ocdes 76137 and 76244. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Summerglen Library, 4205 Basswood. - City of Fort Worth
8:22p Four aircraft are now aloft, hoping that weather conditions will hold up so they can resume spraying parts of Dallas County for disease-carrrying mosquitoes. - Teresa Woodard reporting
8:06p There's a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Dallas County and northeastern Ellis County until 8:45 p.m. -- that's away from the sections that are planned for spraying on Friday night. But temperatures are dropping fast at Executive Airport as the four mosquito-spraying aircraft prepare to take off. - Teresa Woodard reporting

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West Nile Virus Coverage and Resources:  http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/west-nile

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2012, 01:57:06 PM
I heard some updated statistics 2 hours ago on CNN.
1,000 people have got the West Nile Virus and now 40 have died. Texas is the hardest- hit.
Dallas continues to be in a state of emergency and are spraying for the mosquitoes ...
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2012, 02:14:58 PM
UPDATE:  The CDC has recorded 1,118 infected people with 41 deaths. Info from ABC News article. Video on page below,
Yowbarb
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West Nile Virus on Track for Worst Year Ever  ABC News - Health
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/west-nile-virus-track-worst-year/story?id=17058550

By DRS. SHARI BARNETT and SWATI SHROFF
Aug. 22, 2012
The West Nile virus outbreak that has infected people in 38 states is on track to be the worst in history, a top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a news teleconference today.

The CDC has recorded 1,118 infected people with 41 deaths, but health officials say they expect reported cases to rise dramatically. The disease generally peaks in mid-August, and the new infections generally take a couple of weeks to show up in the tally.

"Thus, we expect many more cases to occur," said Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases at the CDC.

Petersen said the number of people infected has risen substantially in the past few weeks. Just one month ago, a mere 29 cases had been detected. As of Tuesday, he said, 47 states had reported indications of the virus in humans or animals; only Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont have so far been spared. Human cases have been detected in 38 states.

The total, he said, is the highest number of West Nile virus cases reported to the CDC by this time in the summer since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. In short, this outbreak is on track to be the worst in the country's history.

The worst year on record is 2003, in which the country saw 9,862 cases of West Nile virus infection and 264 deaths.

 
Dallas Fights West Nile Virus With Aerial Spray Watch Video
 
West Nile Virus Outbreak Nears 700 Cases Watch Video
 
West Nile Virus Detected in 43 States Watch Video
He described more than half of these cases -- 56 percent -- as neuroinvasive, meaning the infection had spread to the brain in these patients.

While it is unclear why this year has been harder hit than others, many think it is possibly because of the weather.

"It is a very complicated ecological cycle," Petersen said. "Hot weather, we know from experiments in the laboratory, can increase the transmission of the virus."

It is possible that the mild winter and the hot summer also increase the number of mosquitoes, which spread the virus.

The health departments and blood banks are also making efforts to protect the blood supply. To date, the virus has been detected in the blood of 242 donors. Donated blood is routinely screened for West Nile virus.

Seventy-five percent of the cases have been reported from five states: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Illinois. Texas appears to be the hardest hit, with 586 reported cases in total. The death toll so far in Texas is 21, but it appears that at least four additional deaths will soon be added to the total. Dallas County has been hardest hit, with a total of 270 cases and 11 deaths.

"We are talking about hundreds, if not thousands, of people whose lives will be changed," said Dr. David L. Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. "Texas has really been the center of this outbreak."

The totals are creeping closer to the 2003 figures in Texas, which were the worst ever for the state. In that year, Texas recorded 438 cases and 40 deaths statewide.

There are several components to the Texas government's response. It has been coordinating with local health departments to obtain as much data as possible and track the areas hardest hit. Additionally, a new lab test to detect the virus has been implemented, allowing doctors to get an answer in two days while previous tests took 10.

Initially, they were using ground sprays to kill the mosquitoes harboring the virus, but aerial spraying has since been added to the strategy. "It would have been impossible for us to cover the county with land-based spray," Lakey said.

To prevent spread of the disease, the CDC encourages the public to use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, replace or repair screens on windows and doors, empty standing water and to support local mosquito control.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2012, 08:41:52 PM
UPDATE: West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S.
By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent
updated 3:47 PM EDT, Wed August 22, 2012

http://us.cnn.com/2012/08/22/health/west-nile-virus/index.html?iref=obnetwork

NEW: More than 1,100 cases and 42 deaths have been reported

VIDEO on page
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2012, 11:27:38 AM
I am not seeing an update on the west nile...will probably find one soon...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 30, 2012, 11:49:19 AM
Saw on CNN just now:

West Nile Viruses Cases SKYROCKET

Cases jumped 40% in one week (that's 500 more cases.)

1,590+ human infections of West Nile Virus this year.

66 deaths this year so far...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 30, 2012, 01:05:42 PM
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/newton/2012/08/newton_has_its_first_human_cas.html

Newton has its first human case of West Nile Virus
Posted by Laura Franzini  August 30, 2012 03:17 PM

By Laura E. Franzini, Globe Correspondent

Newton's first human case of West Nile Virus this year was announced late Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the city's Health and Human Services, according to a Health and Human Services press release.

The release states that the victim, a woman in her 50s, was briefly hospitalized but is now recovering at home. This is the state's fourth confirmed case of West Nile Virus this year.

"Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been detected in Newton since July," said Dori Zaleznik, the city's Health and Human Services commissioner. "We have been urging residents all summer to protect themselves against West Nile Virus, and this case only highlights the importance for us all to be vigilant about using insect repellent, minimizing outdoor activity between dusk and dawn, and practicing mosquito prevention at home."

"I especially encourage parents and coaches to make sure kids are protected when they're outside playing or participating in sports," Zaleznik said. "School starts next week, so I hope insect repellent is on everyone's back-to-school shopping list."

West Nile Virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, and can cause serious illness in some people, particularly the elderly. However, 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms, and another 20 percent have only mild, flu-like symptoms and recover.

Fewer than one percent of people infected with West Nile Virus will develop severe illness, including encephalitis or meningitis. The symptoms of severe illness can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, and paralysis, according to the press release.

Persons older than 50 years of age have a higher risk of developing severe illness.

"While there may be more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses this summer than in recent years, it is important for people to remember that there are actions you can take and this should not cause undue anxiety," said Zaleznik, a physician who specializes in infectious diseases.

The press release offers tips on avoiding mosquito bites:


Apply insect repellent when outdoors: Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be aware of peak mosquito hours: The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning.

Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Wearing long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Mosquito-proof your home:


Drain standing water: Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or repair screens: Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitted screens on all of your windows and doors.
The City of Newton participates in the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project, which manages mosquito prevention and monitoring efforts. Catch basins, a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes, were treated earlier this summer, and regular monitoring of mosquito trap sites detected the virus in July. There are no plans for mass aerial spraying against adult mosquitoes in Newton at this time, Zaleznik said.

Additional information about West Nile Virus, mosquito repellents, and previous prevention announcements are available on the city website at www.newtonma.gov.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 30, 2012, 01:10:32 PM
There have been a few more cases but this map is apparently pretty up to date,
Yowbarb
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http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/wnv_us_human.html


Human Surveillance

Cumulative 2012 Data as of 3 am, Aug 28, 2012
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Some Canadian info on WNV: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wnv-vwn/index-eng.php  Canadian WNV

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 04, 2012, 12:13:44 PM
CDC Center for Disease Control   http://www.cdc.gov/

CDC - West Nile Virus Home Page:   http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

2012 West Nile virus update: as of August 28

As of August 28, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1,590 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 65 deaths*, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 889 (56%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 701 (44%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 1,590 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. Over 70 percent of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan) and over 45 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 05, 2012, 05:50:54 AM
It's been over one week since the last CDC update on West Nile Virus in the US. If there is an update not seeing it yet. Maybe at the start of the business day. 0850 AM EDT. - Yowbarb

Links:   http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: deno on September 05, 2012, 06:41:01 AM
Hello. After reading "Crossing the Cusp"  I've googled "two suns in China."   Videos are coming up with pictures of the two suns.  The videos appear to be REAL.  Does any one have friends in China that can verify this sky sighting? 
Also, "two suns" sighted in Canada.
Whats your gut feeling about these videos? 
Much Love.     
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: deno on September 05, 2012, 06:58:07 AM
Hello. 

please go to http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/tBksRUFEhZc/ 
view first video which is 3 minutes long

I did the test myself on google earth and was shocked at the overlay of the coordinates
given in the video.

google earth
 
I clicked on "view"
 
click on "'sky"
 
type in    5h 53m 27s,-6 10' 56   click on "search'
 
I see the outline of the dubbed-in black box with planets posted on the dubbed-in.
Who ever did the dubb-in left us a "clue" that this is in fact a black box covering-up what's behind it. Does anyone have a logical sense about this?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 05, 2012, 07:08:14 AM
Hello. After reading "Crossing the Cusp"  I've googled "two suns in China."   Videos are coming up with pictures of the two suns.  The videos appear to be REAL.  Does any one have friends in China that can verify this sky sighting? 
Also, "two suns" sighted in Canada.
Whats your gut feeling about these videos? 
Much Love.   

Hi your two posts are interesting.
You can either add them to an existing topic begun by Marshall or you can start a new topic and post them there. Info below. Let me know if you need any help with it.
- Barb Townsend

https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4033.0

Board:  Announcements
Board, Videos and Podcasts

Topic:  December 21, 2012 - Two Suns in the Sky

https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4033.0
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 05, 2012, 07:13:03 AM
Hello. 

please go to http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/tBksRUFEhZc/ 
view first video which is 3 minutes long

I did the test myself on google earth and was shocked at the overlay of the coordinates
given in the video.

google earth
 
I clicked on "view"
 
click on "'sky"
 
type in    5h 53m 27s,-6 10' 56   click on "search'
 
I see the outline of the dubbed-in black box with planets posted on the dubbed-in.
Who ever did the dubb-in left us a "clue" that this is in fact a black box covering-up what's behind it. Does anyone have a logical sense about this?

Also: You can start your own Topic in the Board Planet X Astronomy,
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=19.0

- Or - add your posts to Topic: Let's Find Planet X  

Link:  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=97.465

- Barb Townsend
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 05, 2012, 09:39:17 AM
OK here's the Update from the CDC on the West Nile Virus, not good news. 87 deaths compared
with 65 total deaths last week.  22 more people perished from this outbreak,  in the past 7-8 days...
- Yowbarb
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http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm 

As of September 4, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1,993
cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 87 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,069 (54%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 924 (46%) were classified
as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 1,993 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the first
week in September since West Nile virus was first detected
in the United States in 1999. Over 70 percent of the cases have been
reported from six states (Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan) and almost 45 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 08, 2012, 05:52:09 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Nile_Virus

West Nile virus
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"WNV is now considered to be an endemic pathogen in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and in the United States which in 2012 has experienced one of its worst epidemics."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2012, 09:44:33 PM
http://www2.wjtv.com/news/2012/sep/10/west-nile-mississippi-ar-4519571/

West Nile Epidemic Update

By: KAREN WILSON |
Published: September 10, 2012

Mississippi is dealing with a West Nile Virus epidemic. We are now up to 144 confirmed cases of the virus in humans, almost three times as many as all of last year.

Metro areas counties continue to lead the way with the most cases. Rankin County is now reporting at least 15 cases and two deaths. Madison and Hinds Counties are now tied at 15 each. Yazoo County is up to four. In 2011, Mississippi reported just 52 WNV cases and five deaths statewide.

MSDH is currently working with city and county officials to boost mosquito control efforts in their jurisdictions by providing map specific information for spraying efforts. The agency has developed and printed educational materials and door-hangers for mayors, boards of supervisors and other elected officials that are now being distributed locally through civic groups, churches and volunteer organizations. The MSDH is also working with the Mississippi High School Athletics Association and the Mississippi Independent Schools Association in announcing public service messages at high school football games and other athletic events.

Peak season for WNV is July, August, and September in Mississippi, but mosquito-borne illnesses can occur year-round. Mississippians should take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses: remove sources of standing water, especially after rainfall; install or repair screens on windows and doors; and if you will be in mosquito-prone areas, wear protective clothing (such as long-sleeved shirts and pants) during peak times from dusk until dawn, and use repellents containing DEET, or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered repellents for use on human skin. Always read the manufacturer's directions carefully before you put on a repellent.
 
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

For more information on WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses, a checklist to reduce the mosquito population in and around homes, and recommended mosquito repellents, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile or call the WNV toll-free hotline from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-877-WST-NILE (1-877-978-6453).

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 20, 2012, 05:22:04 PM
Going to post the site and the exact info soon but beware of cartain products in past week a few deaths from imported Ricotta cheese and domestic cantaloupe. Listeria and salmonella.
Some spinach just recalled too.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 20, 2012, 05:27:37 PM
http://www.recalls.gov/food.html

http://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls/recent/index.html  Recent Recalls

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc, Recalls Limited Quantity of Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk - This Recall is Associated with FoodSource's recall of Mangoes Sourced from Agricola Daniella In Mexico

Sep 20, 2012 7:51 PM

In cooperation with the FDA's warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella in Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc, is initiating a voluntary recall of 1,600 bowls of fresh-cut mangoes distributed to retail outlets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Forever Cheese to stop importing and selling all Fattorie Chiarappa products
Sep 20, 2012 6:45 PM

Forever Cheese has decided to stop importing and selling all products produced by Fattorie Chiarappa Srl. Ricotta Salata Frescolina, Marte brand Roasted Ricotta and Hard Ricotta Salata will be discontinued immediately.

GHSW, LLC Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk
Sep 20, 2012 12:36 AM

GHSW, LLC of Houston, Texas is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and are distributed to retail supermarkets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Kroger Stores in Fifteen States Ask Customers to Check for Recalled Fresh Selections Spinach Items
Sep 19, 2012 4:41 PM

Wednesday, September 19 - The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) Family of Stores in 15 states is asking customers to check their refrigerators for certain Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10 ounce packages (UPC: 0001111091649) with a "best if used by" date of September 16.

FreshLine / Caito Foods Service Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk - This Recall is Associated with FoodSource's recall of Mangoes Sourced from Agricola Daniella
Sep 18, 2012 4:04 PM

In cooperation with the FDA's warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella, FreshLine / Caito Foods Service of Indianapolis, Indiana, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and are distributed to retail supermarkets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. This is associated with FoodSource's (Edinburg, TX) recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella.

United Salad Co. Initiates Voluntary Recall of Products that Contains Mangoes
Sep 18, 2012 10:53 AM

United Salad Co. is initiating a voluntary, precautionary recall on various products it distributes to retail supermarkets that contain Mangoes associated with the Food Source Tomorrow’s Tropical recall with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Peterson Company Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand Cheese for Possible Health Risk in 2 states
Sep 17, 2012 10:27 PM

Peterson Company is recalling Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese that came from its supplier Forever Cheese of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Indiana Firm Recalls Chicken Strip Products That May Contain Foreign Materials
Sep 14, 2012 9:18 PM

Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials, fragments of plastic.

Cut Fruit Express, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Recall of Fresh Cut Fruit Products Containing Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk
Sep 14, 2012 4:35 PM

Cut Fruit Express, Inc. of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota is voluntarily recalling, out of an abundance of caution, packaged fruit products containing cantaloupes, distributed through September 5th, 2012, with Use-by Dates as listed below, since they contain cantaloupe which have been recalled by supplier DFI Marketing Inc., due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

University Creamery Recalling Ice Cream
Sep 14, 2012 10:39 AM

Erring on the side of caution and safety for the consuming public, the University Creamery at Penn State is voluntarily recalling all ice cream and frozen yogurt made between May 16, 2012 and August 11, 2012 because of isolated incidents involving reports of small plastic foreign objects in the product. The recalled ice cream was manufactured and sold from the Berkey Creamery on the University Park campus of Penn State and also was available for purchase on the internet from the Creamery’s web site.

Dfi Marketing Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Cantaloupe Because of the Possibility of Salmonella
Sep 13, 2012 11:15 AM

DFI Marketing Inc. of Fresno, CA is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing conducted at a wholesale produce distribution center (terminal market) as part of a USDA testing program.

Spartan Stores Voluntarily Recalled Deli Products Due to Possible Health Risks
Sep 13, 2012 11:09 AM

Spartan Stores is initiating a precautionary recall of certain deli products due to concerns of possible Listeria Monocytogenes contact. This recall is precautionary and is being initiated to ensure the highest degree of confidence to our customers.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 20, 2012, 05:30:07 PM
There are also several meat, poultry deli meat recalls. Link below.
- Yowbarb


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 22, 2012, 07:15:30 PM
Yowbarb Note:  Daily Beast Article on arsenic in rice and then below it one post from the site.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/20/why-rice-contains-detectable-levels-of-arsenic.html

Why Rice Contains Detectable Levels of Arsenic
Sep 20, 2012 12:22 PM EDT

"Kent Sepkowitz is an infectious-disease specialist in New York City. He has contributed to The New York Times, Slate, and, oh-so-briefly, O magazine. He also writes academic medical articles that are at times pretty tough sledding."

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E6HiWZRWzvI/TyIhG7jK4QI/AAAAAAAAAY0/0Gb2ZbeLETc/s1600/kent+s.jpg)

"No, this isn’t a murder mystery. A new study finds arsenic in rice and the bloodstreams of people who’ve recently eaten it. Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on where the toxin is coming from—and how to avoid it."

Et tu, Rice Krispies?

It would appear so. This week, the influential Consumer Reports dropped a bombshell: rice, a key ingredient in everything from baby food to breakfast cereal, contains detectable amounts of arsenic, an established carcinogen—as well as a convenient poison in countless mysteries. Furthermore, people who recently had eaten a rice-based meal had higher levels of arsenic in their bloodstream than those who had not. Consumer Reports’s intentionally alarming study followed its investigation earlier this year that found worrying amounts of arsenic in apple and grape juices.

How did something as wholesome and all-natural as rice find itself in such shady company, right there with preservatives and fast food? Because it is natural. Food grown in soil absorbs whatever potential toxins are present. In this case, it’s an element, atomic number 33—Breaking Bad fans please note—next to selenium and below phosphorus, and designated As on the Periodic Table.

Rice appears to be a concentrator of arsenic for two distinct reasons. First, something about rice just seems to attract arsenic into the grain, particularly into the husk that gives brown rice its brown color. Ironically, brown rice, always considered healthier, has a decidedly higher level of arsenic than the white, or unhusked, version. Second, rice grows differently from other grains. A field of wheat swaying across the American Plains is a favorite of Sunday painters, but unlike wheat, rice likes it wet. It thrives in marshes, referred to more familiarly as rice paddies, and the water has plenty of arsenic.

The source of all this arsenic is the subject of disagreement. The U.S. Rice Federation, the $34 billion industry’s house organ, insists that arsenic in the soil is as natural as sodium chloride in the ocean and oxygen in the sweet air we breathe. Indeed, arsenic is natural, and soil here, there, and everywhere has detectable levels, most of it in the form of organic arsenic, a much less carcinogenic version. But mankind has added to the natural arsenic a large amount of the more carcinogenic inorganic form in old-school insecticides, especially those used years ago, before they were banned, to spray cotton crops. It turns out that most of the rice we eat, 85 percent, is grown in the United States, especially in Arkansas, which supplies about half; Texas; Louisiana; and Mississippi. (California is the other big supplier.) Although the evidence is circumstantial, these former cotton-growing Southern states turn out rice with higher levels of inorganic arsenic than rice grown elsewhere.

And until recently, arsenic was present as Roxarsone™ in a popular chicken-feed supplement. Pfizer only last year removed the product voluntarily after arsenic was found in chicken livers. In truth, this form is organic and therefore decidedly less carcinogenic, but the concern about arsenic poisoning, even in this chemical state, was sufficiently serious that the product is no longer available.

Mankind has added to the natural arsenic a large amount of the more carcinogenic inorganic form in old-school insecticides.
Although rightfully getting a bum rap right now, arsenic has a long and salubrious history in medicine, it should be noted. The first antibiotic was an arsenical, Salvarsan 606, developed 100-plus years ago to treat syphilis. And arsenic has a long-standing role in cancer chemotherapy. Fowler’s solution, concocted in the 19th century, was used in the pre-chemo era with some success to treat leukemia and recently has found its way back into the clinic to manage a specific, unusual type of leukemia, acute promyelocytic, as arsenic trioxide or Trisenox™. Finally, arsenic was a favored ingredient of facial crèmes for centuries, providing a clear and very pale Morticia Addams look.

So, what’s a person to do? Rice is an essential food for countless groups, said to provide one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans. It can’t simply be cashiered until further studies determine its safety. Consumer Reports provides a few tips on “how to reduce your arsenic risk,” including increasing consumption of other grains such as wheat or quinoa and washing rice thoroughly. The latter flies in the face of longstanding admonishments not to rinse, lest the nutrients be washed away. And there is the rub—in our attempt to make our food ever safer, we may be throwing out the nutrients with the bath water.
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2 days ago
Dear Sir(s):

A couple factors come to mind based upon your news coverage of this arsenic in the rice hysteria. First, and not to be the alarmist or to understate the seriousness, but years ago there were people from Northern Europe that had grown accustomed to building up a resistance to the poison mineral by sucking on the stones that littered their fields. This habit built up a resistance to the point that some inhabitants could absorb a fatal amount of arsenic into their system without being deathly sick or dying.

Also, I'm surprised about the Pfizer related story. I had followed the use of arsenic for some time in factory farm chicken feed. The arsenic has no healthy use for the chickens, but it does make the chicks throats and stomachs experience an irritation that makes them ravenous for more of the very feed that has been arsenic laced. The "witch doctor" scientists at Pfizer and other places like Monsanto can only develop these nefarious concoctions because our regulatory environment has been corrupted by billion dollar enterprises that are unfettered in their greedy obsessions. In fact, this chicken feed has been the direct cause of cancer in young children in rural schools in states such as Oklahoma and Kansas, as the chicken farmers have sold the potassium/arsenic chicken manure to grain farmers to fertilize their fields. In one school in particular that was near a field where the manure was spread, 11 young children all came down with a very rare form of liver cancer within a year and a half of each other. The aerated arsenic laced chicken manure blew into their playgrounds and classrooms adjacent to the fields. I'll assume that Pfizer, without cause, eliminated the arsenic in the chicken feed, because doing it because of this serious poisoning of those children would have had them admitting guilt and these companies have buildings full of lawyers that assure there's never accountability for wrong doing. This is the classic status quo of our corrupted system. Our own FDA really works for them, not for the average citizen. I'd want more information regarding their admission if I had the money and time to "kill a witch doctor," if you know what I mean.

Finally, just so we completely "clear the air" on this topic, the American consumer should know that Chinese Rice is genetically modified rice. Some proponents of this DNA level recombining of herbicides, insecticides, and growth genes to the rice genes is a savior to the rice farmers of China as rice farming is very labor intensive and often subsistence in its payback. The GMO rice, however, has assured a resistance and plentiful crop without as much investment in time and labor. Again, as always, we should be careful about what we wish for in life, as I'm convinced that Monsanto's witch doctors have known for years the negative physical impacts as much as can be known of GMO food products. Remember, the first GMO tomatoes in US grocery stores in 1989 looked good, but caused serious illnesses and at least one death before being pulled form the stores. GMO corn fed to beef livestock in confined animal feed lots has deteriorated their inner organs and perforated their intestines, yet that beef is still fed to Americans. We really don't know the long term effects, just as the witch doctors are literally mixing a brew of unknown long term consequences. We know that Monsanto has made sure the American people can be "worry free" as they had an executive leave the company just long enough to do a stint at the FDA as a senior administrator and surprise surprise, now by FDA mandate it is not required in Americal to have food labeled as genetically modified organics (GMO). This is required in all of the other major industrialized nations. If you didn't feel like eating after reading the arsenic story above, how do you feel now?

Signed: Paul Revere's Ghost, "The Corrupt Corporations have come, have conquered and are staying to squeeze the life out of us if we let them,
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 23, 2012, 02:04:04 AM
It's been over one week since the last CDC update on West Nile Virus in the US. - Yowbarb

Links:   http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm


134 deaths from West Nile Virus in the US as of Sept 18 Update. - Yowbarb
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West Nile Virus (WNV) Human Infections Reported to ArboNET, by
State, United States, 2012 (as of September 18, 2012)

As of September 18, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 3,142 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 134 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,630 (52%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,512 (48%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 3,142 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from seven states (Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California) and almost 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 25, 2012, 09:42:51 AM
No update yet on the West Nile Virus. Should be any time, now.
- Yowbarb

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount12_detailed.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 27, 2012, 04:45:08 PM
I haven't gotten to watch all the vids - but this is very interesting! Heard of earthing but hadn't looked into very much yet. This is a good topic and important info! Thanks Barb!
Sunny

Sunny I didn't catch your post to me here...
So how is it going? ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 28, 2012, 05:38:14 AM
OK it looks like there won't be an update on CDC 'til October 1st. Maybe I can find an update elsewhere...
I'm only finding bits and pieces of the data. Below is one news story, farther below is the CDC link.
- Yowbarb
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http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/28/4862589/metro-atlanta-woman-dies-of-west.html

Metro Atlanta woman dies of West Nile virus
The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012 - 3:09 am
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Health officials say the death of a 78-year-old woman in Gwinnett County is the most recent person to die in Georgia this year after contracting the West Nile virus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the case is one of four deaths out of 44 cases so far this year in Georgia attributed to the mosquito-borne illness.

Officials say two other deaths were in Dougherty County, and one was in Early County.

Karen Shields, a spokeswoman for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, tells The Gwinnett Daily Post that the 78-year-old woman died after being hospitalized. Few other details on her death were released Thursday.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/28/4862589/metro-atlanta-woman-dies-of-west.html#storylink=cpy


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http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount12_detailed.htm  CDC WNV

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on October 03, 2012, 04:19:14 AM
There is a large peanut butter/peanut butter products recall just announced.  The updated list can be found here (it is very extensive):
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm320413.htm#recalled

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57523769/us-peanut-butter-recall-expands-to-more-stores-including-whole-foods-target/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/01/peanut-butter-recall/1606511/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 04, 2012, 07:26:45 AM
163 deaths so far from West Nile Virus in the US. - Yowbarb

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount12_detailed.htm

West Nile Virus (WNV) Human Infections Reported to ArboNET, by
State, United States, 2012 (as of October 2, 2012)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 04, 2012, 07:48:21 AM
I notice that Texas is leading by 1438 total cases. I wonder why they have so many more than other states.  Scary stuff, Oregon has only had one, I hope it stays that way.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 04, 2012, 10:31:08 AM
I notice that Texas is leading by 1438 total cases. I wonder why they have so many more than other states.  Scary stuff, Oregon has only had one, I hope it stays that way.

Maybe what helps Oregon is cooler temps...
Not totally sure why TX the worst...
CDC has got to get a handle on this one...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 07:53:58 AM
Oct 09 Update 168 deaths.
- Yowbarb
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West Nile Virus (WNV) Human Infections Reported to ArboNET, by
State, United States, 2012 (as of October 9, 2012)
See: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount12_detailed.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

2012 West Nile virus update: October 9

As of October 9, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 4,249 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 168 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,123 (50%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,126 (50%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 4,249 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in October since 2003. Almost 70 percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Illinois) and over a third of all cases have been reported from Texas.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 08:51:38 AM
CDC Responds to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently coordinating a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product. This form of meningitis is not contagious. Several of these patients also suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infection.

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/clinicians/index.html  For Clinicians

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/patients/faq-meningitis-outbreak-patients.html For Patients
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 16, 2012, 01:46:08 PM
The total deaths from meningitis (from contaminated steroid injections) is apparently holding steady at 15
I heard that yesterday AM and just checked it -it is the same...I hope someone got a handle on this!
- Yowbarb

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http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html   chart shows states, deaths
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 16, 2012, 02:51:09 PM
168 deaths in the US from West Nile Virus

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount12_detailed.htm

West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of October 9, 2012)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 16, 2012, 05:47:40 PM
I listened to the John Moore show yesterday and that woman (scientist or doctor, can't remember which) who is a regular on the show, Patricia whats her name, stated that over 1200 people who were injected will eventually die, if not soon, then later.  I hope she is wrong.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 17, 2012, 10:56:45 PM
I listened to the John Moore show yesterday and that woman (scientist or doctor, can't remember which) who is a regular on the show, Patricia whats her name, stated that over 1200 people who were injected will eventually die, if not soon, then later.  I hope she is wrong.

We shall see.  It was 15 last time I checked it. Post her name if you find it...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 18, 2012, 06:24:51 AM
From now, Members post your posts about diseases such as the WNV - West Nile Virus in the US and the Meningitis outbreak from the steroid injections here:

Topic: 2012 Disease Outbreaks

Board:  Gaia's Growing Pains

Topic Link:  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4469.msg63249#msg63249

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 18, 2012, 08:20:52 AM
Her name is Ann Morrison, and the show is John Moore on 10/12/12.  It is available on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKdyno5QqH4&feature=channel&list=UL
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 18, 2012, 01:03:07 PM
Her name is Ann Morrison, and the show is John Moore on 10/12/12.  It is available on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKdyno5QqH4&feature=channel&list=UL

Endtimesgal, thanks will see the video let's post it over in the other topic for disease outbreaks.
(Only reason I am doing that:  This Topic here will be for the non - infectious types of threats to survival...

Topic: 2012 Disease Outbreaks

Board:  Gaia's Growing Pains

Topic Link:  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4469.msg63249#msg63249
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 18, 2012, 03:34:00 PM
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/sections/food-recalls/   Food Recalls

Food Recalls

Subscribe to the Food Recalls Section RSS Feed

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/sunland-salmonella-nut-recalls-from-a-to-z/
The Sunland Salmonella Nut Recall from A to Z
BY PHYLLIS ENTIS | OCTOBER 18, 2012

Editor’s note: This list originally appeared on Phyllis Entis’s blog, EFoodAlert, where she is maintaining an up-to-date list of all nut products being recalled by Sunland, Inc. for potential Salmonella contamination. The first list below names all almond and peanut butters  and whole peanut products recalled by Sunland; the second includes all known secondary recalls…
Tags: almond butter, peanut butter, peanuts, Salmonella, Salmonella Bredeney, Sunland
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/dole-recalls-a-bagged-salad-brand-in-ten-states-for-listeria/

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad in 10 States for Listeria Risk
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 17, 2012

A bagged salad product sold under the Dole American Blend brand is being recalled by Dole Fresh Vegetables after it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recalled product, which is sold in 12 oz. bags coded A275208A or B, with a use-by date of October 17 and UPC…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/campylobacter-detected-in-raw-milk-in-south-dakota/

Campylobacter Detected in Raw Milk in South Dakota
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 16, 2012

A sample of raw milk from a South Dakota company has tested positive for Campylobacter, prompting a recall of the product. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture issued a press release Tuesday warning consumers who purchased unpasteurized milk from Black Hills Milk – a family-owned operation in Belle Fourche, SD – to return or discard…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/uninspected-beef-and-pork-products-recalled-in-louisiana-and-texas/

Uninspected Beef and Pork Products Recalled in Louisiana and Texas
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 16, 2012

Lao Chareune Foods in Dallas, Texas is recalling approximately 8,200 pounds of beef and pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and misbranded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The company is recalling: -3-oz. and 8-oz. packages containing “Pork Snack Stick” -3.20-oz. packages containing…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/more-foods-containing-sunland-peanut-products-recalled/

More Foods Containing Sunland Peanut Products Recalled

BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 15, 2012

Sunland Inc.’s massive peanut butter recall – initiated in late September – has sent ripples across the U.S. and Canada as other firms recall foods made with Sunland’s products and Sunland itself continues to expand the original recall. Those ripples extended even further this weekend after the company added whole peanuts to its recall list….
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/sunland-recall-extended-beyond-nut-butters-to-include-whole-peanuts/

Sunland Recall Expands to Include Whole Peanuts
Salmonella Bredeney found in plant matches outbreak strain

BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 13, 2012 
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/crushed-red-pepper-recalled-for-salmonella-risk/

Crushed Red Pepper Recalled for Salmonella Risk
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 13, 2012

A California-based company is recalling 1,800 jars of its crushed red pepper because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Paramount, CA-based S & P Company, Limited issued a voluntary recall of its Su-nun brand Crush Roasted Thai Red Pepper Friday after routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/bagged-salad-recalled-by-fresh-express-in-canada/

Bagged Salad Recalled by Fresh Express in U.S. & Canada
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 12, 2012

Fresh Express brand Hearts of Romaine bagged salad is now being recalled in both the U.S. and Canada for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have yet been associated with the bagged salads. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was first to warn consumers not to eat the bagged salad as Fresh Express then issued recalls…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/kelloggs-mini-wheat-cereals-recalled-for-metal-fragments/

Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Recalled For Metal Fragments
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 11, 2012

Up to three million boxes of cereal have been recalled by Kellogg’s because they may contain metal fragments. The foreign material is pieces of flexible metal mesh from a faulty machine part, but the company says the chances of the material getting into anyone’s cereal bowl are very low. The recalled Kellogg’s products include Frosted…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/new-york-company-recalls-herring-due-to-listeria-risk/

New York Company Recalls Herring Due to Listeria Risk
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 11, 2012

A New York food maker is recalling its herring product because the fish may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Brooklyn, NY-based Four Seasons Dairy Inc. issued a voluntary recall of its Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil Wednesday after Listeria was discovered in a sample of the product taken by the New York Department of Agriculture…
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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/tyson-recalls-boneless-chicken-bagged-incorrectly/

Tyson Recalls Breaded Chicken Snacks Bagged Incorrectly
BY NEWS DESK | OCTOBER 11, 2012

Late Wednesday, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced a recall of approximately 67,269 pounds of packages labeled as Honey BBQ Flavored Boneless Chicken Wyngz for misbranding and undeclared allergens. The action is a Class I recall, meaning that there is a high public health risk. The Arkansas-based meat company said its Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Wyngz were…
Tags: allergens, boneless chicken, misbranding, Tyson.

No Source Yet for Growing E. coli Outbreak Tied to NC County Fair:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/no-source-yet-for-growing-outbreak-at-nc-county-fair/

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Boxer: Something Fishy in Seafood Production:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/boxer-something-fishy-and-unsafe-going-on-with-seafood/

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 16, 2012, 09:39:08 AM
There is a big oil rig fire right now in the Gulf...Coast Guard on the way...
Two men from the rig missing...
Assessment not made on oil spill or more contamination of the Gulf...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 12, 2012, 04:14:37 PM
North Koreans finally sucessfully fired off their rocket.
I consider that a miscellaneous threat to survival...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on December 14, 2012, 07:33:33 PM
North Koreans finally sucessfully fired off their rocket.
I consider that a miscellaneous threat to survival...

Indeed Barb, for sure.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 15, 2012, 05:18:01 PM
Maybe the younger generation of leaders will be better than the previous one.
One can only hope...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 31, 2012, 10:59:37 AM
Marshall wanted this site and all the info it contains to be sent out. It is all about horrible side effects of psychiatric drugs.  SEE Marshall's msg and link:

Fwd: Guns don't kill selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) DO !

Please pass on to increase awareness Thanks
 
Please wait. Page takes a few seconds to open.

Site: http://www.ssristories.com/ind...

(from Marshall)
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Barb Note: I first became aware of the dangerous side effects of psych drugs in 1989 when I did some volunteer work for a free
anti - psych drug newspaper. (Entering the data from newspaper stories.)

I am "not fond" of the over - controlling psychiatric influence in our society, which would be even stronger with more screening for guns.

Guns? I am basically a Progressive but very LIBERTARIAN when it comes to guns. In other words, people NEED to protect themselves. - Barb

SEE: Link from Marshall's  Fwd: Guns don't kill selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) DO !

http://www.ssristories.com/ind... 

My Note continued: Site above has lots of information.
Will try to provide more documentation soon, on the connection between crimes like mass killings
and the drug prozac and other drugs.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on January 04, 2013, 02:26:03 PM
Marshall wanted this site and all the info it contains to be sent out. It is all about horrible side effects of psychiatric drugs.  SEE Marshall's msg and link:

Fwd: Guns don't kill selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) DO !

Please pass on to increase awareness Thanks
 
Please wait. Page takes a few seconds to open.

Site: http://www.ssristories.com/ind...

(from Marshall)
...................................................

Barb Note: I first became aware of the dangerous side effects of psych drugs in 1989 when I did some volunteer work for a free
anti - psych drug newspaper. (Entering the data from newspaper stories.)

I am "not fond" of the over - controlling psychiatric influence in our society, which would be even stronger with more screening for guns.

Guns? I am basically a Progressive but very LIBERTARIAN when it comes to guns. In other words, people NEED to protect themselves. - Barb

SEE: Link from Marshall's  Fwd: Guns don't kill selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) DO !

http://www.ssristories.com/ind... 

My Note continued: Site above has lots of information.
Will try to provide more documentation soon, on the connection between crimes like mass killings
and the drug prozac and other drugs.

.........

Barb, I'm not sure how I missed this post, a topic of extreme importance to me, but when I tried it just now it is giving the error 404 message.  I'm not sure if it was changed or what??
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 04, 2013, 11:55:47 PM
Enlightenme thanks for letting us know. I'm not sure what happened.
When I first got the msg from Marshall and looked at the link the site was still there but there was a
note stating the older lady who had updated the site had passed away.
That's what I recall, but now I don't see that. Not sure we are going to be able to find out any more
than that...
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on January 05, 2013, 06:39:29 AM
I also got the same error message.  Too bad, I am sure it was an informative article.  I am so against the widespread use of these kinds of drugs. I think in many cases the dangers far outweigh the benefits.  How many people stop to read the literature which comes from the pharmacy along with the pills?  We place too much faith in the doctor's ability to help when in many cases the side effects are worse than the original problem.  And we are way too quick to believe there is a magic pill for everything.

Sadly, most people have been so brainwashed by the widespread advertising campaigns on television that we think there is a magic pill for everything. And many doctors are too quick to whip out the prescription pad when we have any issues. I have done so much research on line, (the web is a marvelous thing, isn't it?) which resulted in my resolving to not take any drugs requiring a prescription unless it is a dire necessity.  They all have adverse effects, and the more we can stick with herbal remedies the better. And even with herbal remedies, one must research to inform oneself of any potential side effects.  Just because it is a natural remedy does not mean there could be any side effects.  My family actually gets a bit aggravated with me because I do not even want to take an aspirin, when I have a headache.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on January 05, 2013, 05:18:10 PM
Enlightenme thanks for letting us know. I'm not sure what happened.
When I first got the msg from Marshall and looked at the link the site was still there but there was a
note stating the older lady who had updated the site had passed away.
That's what I recall, but now I don't see that. Not sure we are going to be able to find out any more
than that...
- Yowbarb

Thanks Barb...sad to hear about the lady who had been doing the updating... :(
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 06, 2013, 08:17:19 AM
I also got the same error message.  Too bad, I am sure it was an informative article.  I am so against the widespread use of these kinds of drugs. I think in many cases the dangers far outweigh the benefits.  How many people stop to read the literature which comes from the pharmacy along with the pills?  We place too much faith in the doctor's ability to help when in many cases the side effects are worse than the original problem.  And we are way too quick to believe there is a magic pill for everything.

Sadly, most people have been so brainwashed by the widespread advertising campaigns on television that we think there is a magic pill for everything. And many doctors are too quick to whip out the prescription pad when we have any issues. I have done so much research on line, (the web is a marvelous thing, isn't it?) which resulted in my resolving to not take any drugs requiring a prescription unless it is a dire necessity.  They all have adverse effects, and the more we can stick with herbal remedies the better. And even with herbal remedies, one must research to inform oneself of any potential side effects.  Just because it is a natural remedy does not mean there could be any side effects.  My family actually gets a bit aggravated with me because I do not even want to take an aspirin, when I have a headache.

Thanks for sharing your ideas. It's true, advertising and profit are a big part of the whole situation.
I suppose we all need to try harder lot to learn how to use herbals more effectively...
All The Best,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 08, 2013, 10:06:20 AM
Not sure what is happening with both the west nile virus outbreak and the meningitis outbreak (from contaminated med.)
Will post some updates here today.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 09, 2013, 10:59:14 PM
Yowbarb Note : Updated info - 40 deaths so far in the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated spinal medicine used in injections.

FL  - 3
IN  - 7
MD - 2
MI  - 11
NC -  1
TN -  14
VA -  2
...

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/currentsituation/  the current situation

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Case count map  http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 09, 2013, 11:10:59 PM
Yowbarb Note: 243 known deaths so far from the West Nile Virus outbreak.
This Dec 11 2012 statement is the last update until the spring of 2013.
...http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/


2012 West Nile virus update: December 11 This will be the last update for 2012 until final data are available in the spring of 2013.

As of December 11, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 5,387 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 243 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,734 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,653 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 5,387 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in December since 2003. Eighty percent of the cases have been reported from 13 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, and New York) and a third of all cases have been reported from Texas.
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http://vaquerofeed.com/2012/08/24/west-nile-on-the-rise/   

Chart is from the Vaquero Feed and Livestock Supply. This site has lots of info on WNV in horses, etc.

..............................................................................................
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 11, 2013, 06:01:19 AM
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4755.0    Flu Season 2013 new topic

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to issue an update Friday morning on what many are saying is the one of the worst flu seasons in years.
 
Flu season in the U.S. has struck early and, in many places, hard.
 
While flu normally doesn’t blanket the country until late January or February, it is already widespread in more than 40 states, with about 30 of them reporting some major hot spots. On Thursday, health officials blamed the flu for the deaths of 20 children so far.
..... continues ..........................
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on February 01, 2013, 03:01:05 AM
 I just heard on my local newstation a reminder/caution to wash all vegies before consumption, (they specifically named spinach and kale) to avoid consumption of bacteria.  They stated that more than 1/2 of the food born illnesses, more than 20 million were directly related to fruits and vegatables, which equated to approximately 20%).  I know I have posted over the past two years of many instances of severe food poisoning bacteria from numerous fruits and vegetables over the past few years in several different topics, including melons, etc.  They still just recommend washing with water.  Does anyone know of any type of food-grade, natural wash other than just water to help eliminate these bacterias?  Of course I realize that soap would not be the answer, but if you should be washing your hands with soap and water for a full minute to avoid spreading flu germs (and others), how can just washing our fruits and vegetables with water really eliminate all these bacteria that live on our fruits and vegies??  I researched a bit, and found the following info, which some of you may already use.  I am certainly not recommending or suggesting any particular products as my method so far has only been washing with tap water (and of course keeping all kitchen surfaceds clean!) but I am also listing some products that I found on the web which might be a better solution than just washing (or boiling but that doesn't help for your raw fruits and vegies.

 Food Safety , Healthy Living , Healthy Living Body , Custom-Diet-And-Nutrition , Diet And Nutrition , How To Wash Fruit , How To Wash Vegetables , Washing Fruit , Washing Vegetables , Healthy Living

By Beth Ricanati, M.D. for YouBeauty.com

After my last column, a reader asked how to wash fruits and vegetables, specifically. Great question, and one that I find that many of us take for granted -- and we cannot afford to take food hygiene practices for granted. Why? Good food hygiene that you and I practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on our public health. Yup, it’s true. You and I can help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses just by taking time to wash not only our hands, but also our fruits and vegetables.

It’s essential that we know how. This is a great example of the ripple effect: what you do in your kitchen affects all of those around you, and they in turn affect those around them, and so on ... et voila, before you know it, your everyday practices have affected the public health of untold individuals!

So, let’s get down and dirty. How do you actually keep your kitchen safe, and thus ensure that you and your family stay healthy? Let’s pick up where I left off last time: after you’ve washed your hands (and in case I wasn’t strong enough in my last column … wash, wash and wash some more!), be sure to always do the following.

1) Clean your work surface, i.e. counter-tops, cutting boards. You can wash the surfaces with warm water, or a commercial preparation specifically made for countertops. Remember, sponges harbor bacteria, so if you use them be sure to clean them frequently. (I prefer paper towels)

2) Let your inner decorator out: invest in several cutting boards, maybe a blue for chicken and a red for vegetables. Using different cutting boards for raw meat, fruits and vegetables is an easy way to cut down on the risk of contamination. You can run them through the dishwasher, as well, to get them good and clean.

3) Invest in a good food thermometer (stocking stuffer, anyone?). Don’t just go by time, or color, when checking to see if your chicken or meat is cooked. Many recipes advise how hot the meat should be when it’s done, and when it doubt, you can always look it up as well.

4) And while you’re out buying multiple cutting boards, purchase some more storage containers (I just got glass ones with all different color lids that I can microwave in as well as use for storing leftovers in the fridge). You can store food in plastic (check for BPA-free!) or glass containers, but it isn’t recommended to microwave in some plastics. Rather than try to remember what I can and cannot reheat in, I prefer just to use glass containers whenever possible.

Ok, now on to the fun stuff: the food itself.

Lots of research has been done looking at the best way to wash fruits and vegetables. Does tap water suffice? Should we use vinegar, should we use specific vegetable wash solutions?

In their article, Kilonzo-Nthenge et al. evaluated multiple methods for washing vegetables, including presoaking the vegetables, running them under tap water, brushing them, using paper towels, and also using vinegar and lemon preparations.

All in all, they concluded that soaking in cold tap water was not significantly different than using other preparations, such acidic solutions (think vinegar or lemon). In addition, they found it helpful to rub or brush the vegetables.

So, whether you are just eating an apple (and aren't they great right now?) or making home-made soup or stir-frying vegetables, be sure to scrub them under water to get them good and clean before you eat them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/how-to-wash-vegetables_n_1066588.html

This one from the University of Maine, includes a video, very informative article!

http://umaine.edu/publications/4336e/

http://www.soap.com/p/eat-cleaner-ready-to-use-fruit-vegetable-wash-8-oz-2-pack-215994?site=CA&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc_S&utm_term=ECN-001B&utm_campaign=GoogleAW&CAWELAID=1323197863&utm_content=pla&adtype=pla&cagpspn=pla
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 01, 2013, 03:53:33 PM
Weather Underground US Flu Map last updated 19 January, 2013
- Yowbarb
...
Flu is widespread...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 14, 2013, 08:21:50 AM
I just heard on my local newstation a reminder/caution to wash all vegies before consumption, (they specifically named spinach and kale) to avoid consumption of bacteria.  They stated that more than 1/2 of the food born illnesses, more than 20 million were directly related to fruits and vegatables, which equated to approximately 20%).  I know I have posted over the past two years of many instances of severe food poisoning bacteria from numerous fruits and vegetables over the past few years in several different topics, including melons, etc.  They still just recommend washing with water.  Does anyone know of any type of food-grade, natural wash other than just water to help eliminate these bacterias?  Of course I realize that soap would not be the answer, but if you should be washing your hands with soap and water for a full minute to avoid spreading flu germs (and others), how can just washing our fruits and vegetables with water really eliminate all these bacteria that live on our fruits and vegies??  I researched a bit, and found the following info, which some of you may already use.  I am certainly not recommending or suggesting any particular products as my method so far has only been washing with tap water (and of course keeping all kitchen surfaceds clean!) but I am also listing some products that I found on the web which might be a better solution than just washing (or boiling but that doesn't help for your raw fruits and vegies.

 Food Safety , Healthy Living , Healthy Living Body , Custom-Diet-And-Nutrition , Diet And Nutrition , How To Wash Fruit , How To Wash Vegetables , Washing Fruit , Washing Vegetables , Healthy Living

By Beth Ricanati, M.D. for YouBeauty.com

After my last column, a reader asked how to wash fruits and vegetables, specifically. Great question, and one that I find that many of us take for granted -- and we cannot afford to take food hygiene practices for granted. Why? Good food hygiene that you and I practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on our public health. Yup, it’s true. You and I can help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses just by taking time to wash not only our hands, but also our fruits and vegetables.

It’s essential that we know how. This is a great example of the ripple effect: what you do in your kitchen affects all of those around you, and they in turn affect those around them, and so on ... et voila, before you know it, your everyday practices have affected the public health of untold individuals!

So, let’s get down and dirty. How do you actually keep your kitchen safe, and thus ensure that you and your family stay healthy? Let’s pick up where I left off last time: after you’ve washed your hands (and in case I wasn’t strong enough in my last column … wash, wash and wash some more!), be sure to always do the following.

1) Clean your work surface, i.e. counter-tops, cutting boards. You can wash the surfaces with warm water, or a commercial preparation specifically made for countertops. Remember, sponges harbor bacteria, so if you use them be sure to clean them frequently. (I prefer paper towels)

2) Let your inner decorator out: invest in several cutting boards, maybe a blue for chicken and a red for vegetables. Using different cutting boards for raw meat, fruits and vegetables is an easy way to cut down on the risk of contamination. You can run them through the dishwasher, as well, to get them good and clean.

3) Invest in a good food thermometer (stocking stuffer, anyone?). Don’t just go by time, or color, when checking to see if your chicken or meat is cooked. Many recipes advise how hot the meat should be when it’s done, and when it doubt, you can always look it up as well.

4) And while you’re out buying multiple cutting boards, purchase some more storage containers (I just got glass ones with all different color lids that I can microwave in as well as use for storing leftovers in the fridge). You can store food in plastic (check for BPA-free!) or glass containers, but it isn’t recommended to microwave in some plastics. Rather than try to remember what I can and cannot reheat in, I prefer just to use glass containers whenever possible.

Ok, now on to the fun stuff: the food itself.

Lots of research has been done looking at the best way to wash fruits and vegetables. Does tap water suffice? Should we use vinegar, should we use specific vegetable wash solutions?

In their article, Kilonzo-Nthenge et al. evaluated multiple methods for washing vegetables, including presoaking the vegetables, running them under tap water, brushing them, using paper towels, and also using vinegar and lemon preparations.

All in all, they concluded that soaking in cold tap water was not significantly different than using other preparations, such acidic solutions (think vinegar or lemon). In addition, they found it helpful to rub or brush the vegetables.

So, whether you are just eating an apple (and aren't they great right now?) or making home-made soup or stir-frying vegetables, be sure to scrub them under water to get them good and clean before you eat them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/how-to-wash-vegetables_n_1066588.html

This one from the University of Maine, includes a video, very informative article!

http://umaine.edu/publications/4336e/

http://www.soap.com/p/eat-cleaner-ready-to-use-fruit-vegetable-wash-8-oz-2-pack-215994?site=CA&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc_S&utm_term=ECN-001B&utm_campaign=GoogleAW&CAWELAID=1323197863&utm_content=pla&adtype=pla&cagpspn=pla

Enlightenme, belated thanks for posting that article!
Many years ago an old German naturopath told me to wash everything in cold salt water - sea salt.
I must admit I need to remind myself about using the sea salt. - Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 14, 2013, 08:38:02 AM
RE: The use of microwaves.
It's funny (not so funny actually) how  a person can not use microwaves for decades and then
in a group situation or for convenience, start using it to heat up food.
This article gives yet another reason to not use microwaves,
- Yowbarb
...
http://www.naturalnews.com/039404_microwave_ovens_vitamins_nutrients.html

Why cooking with a microwave destroys cancer-fighting nutrients in food and promotes nutritional deficiencies

Friday, March 08, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)


(NaturalNews) Microwaves absolutely decimate the nutritional value of your food, destroying the very vitamins and phytonutrients that prevent disease and support good health. Previous studies have shown that as much as 98% of the cancer-fighting nutrients in broccoli, for example, are destroyed by microwaving.
To understand why, you have to understand the nature of vitamins and phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients). These are very delicate molecules which are fragile. They are easily destroyed by heat, which is why raw plant foods contain more plant nutrients than cooked foods. Carotenoids, antioxidants and other molecules like DIM (in broccoli) or anthocyanins (in purple corn) are all easily destroyed by microwave energy.
 
Microwaves "nuke" your food at a cellular level
Microwaving is the worst way to cook foods because microwaves excite the water molecules inside whatever you're cooking, causing heat to be formed from the inside out. This results in a cell-by-cell "nuking" of the food (such as broccoli, carrots, etc.), causing the near-total molecular decomposition of the vitamins and phytonutrients that promote disease.

Microwaved food is not merely "dead" food at every level, it is food that has been molecularly deconstructed, leaving nothing but empty calories, fiber and minerals. Virtually the entire vitamin and phytonutrient content has been destroyed.

Anybody who says microwaving food is a healthy way to cook is wildly ignorant of nutrition and cooking methods. While steaming vegetables is, indeed, a good method for some veggies to help make certain nutrients more bioavailable, microwaving destroys veggies from the inside out at a cellular level.
 
Don't be fooled by appearances
What's really deceptive about microwave cooking is that the food still appears to be basically the same, but at the cellular level, it's like a nuclear war has taken place. The actual molecular structure has been decimated. If you could see microwaved foods with a powerful microscope, you'd never eat them again because you would recognize just what a nutritional wasteland they really are.

If you want to eat in a healthy way, make sure a significant part of your diet is raw plants. It's okay to eat some steamed, stir-fried or even grilled veggies, but when grilling foods, avoid burning them because all burned parts contain toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that promote colon cancer.

Personally, I am absolutely astonished that more people don't already know all this. I'm even having to talk with my own staff about these issues, as they don't seem to know the full story on microwave cooking. Spread the word: Microwaves promote death because they turn nutritious, healthy food into empty, decimated calories. I gave up using a microwave well over a decade ago, and I don't even own one.

Remember, a person who cooks a lot of their food with microwaves will inevitably have chronic nutritional deficiencies that promote cancer, diabetes, bone diseases, loss of brain function, heart disease and many other health problems. The least healthy people of any society are typically the ones who frequently use the microwave oven to "nuke" their foods.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on March 14, 2013, 07:14:39 PM
Thanks for posting this Barb.  I must admit I was totally oblivious to this problem until just a few years ago.  My husband told me there was no way he was eating anything that was cooked in a microwave, and I was like, "Huh, why??"  Glad I was at least informed at that point, because prior to that I hadn't a clue!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 15, 2013, 07:01:12 AM
Thanks for posting this Barb.  I must admit I was totally oblivious to this problem until just a few years ago.  My husband told me there was no way he was eating anything that was cooked in a microwave, and I was like, "Huh, why??"  Glad I was at least informed at that point, because prior to that I hadn't a clue!

Being of that old hippie generation - that on microwaves was one of those pieces of info that spread like wildfire through the "counter culture" of info on health etc.
My failing is  if there are some changes and different circumstances I end up breaking those very old rules. I think maybe it was never too real to me about the microwwaves destroying all the nutrients but that article really reminded me...
I think it's pretty difficult to suddenly change everything.. If a person has a big old piece of roast and it needs to get thawed on time to get dinner on, it's pretty hard to suddenly stop using the microwave at that moment.
I say "on a gradient" we can all begin to stop using the microwaves.
I have been "guilty of" relying really heavily on them. Normally when I cook food for people I am not using it, I use the oven, stovetop etc. Turkeys get thawed in lukewarm water and in the fridge...
Was talking to my daughter briefly about it...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 17, 2013, 05:30:05 PM
This is great information.  I rarely use the microwave but you can bet I will stop using it now at all.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 18, 2013, 11:39:14 AM
This is great information.  I rarely use the microwave but you can bet I will stop using it now at all.

Endtimesgal, I feel it will help all our health to do that...
Since reading the article I have not even used the microwave to heat up coffee...
I put it in a little pot on the stove.
Coffee has some antioxidant and anti cancer properties - no point in microwaving it all away.  :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on March 19, 2013, 05:20:03 PM
Been off this site for a while.  What's been going on here?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on March 19, 2013, 05:31:54 PM
Been off this site for a while.  What's been going on here?

Hey Steedy!  Nice to see you back!  Check out Marshall's most recent video re: Object of Interest As seen from the Turrialba Volcano and the Coast to Coast interview.  http://yowusa.com/videos/yowusa/twosuns/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 19, 2013, 07:29:38 PM
Steedy, welcome back!  Things are heating up all over the place, we could use your good ideas in many areas.  And you can hear Marshall's interview on Coast to Coast on YouTube.  It was really good.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on March 20, 2013, 05:22:29 AM
Steedy, In case you missed the post from probe including the link for Marshall's most recent Coast to Coast interview, the link is
http://www.c2camdaily.com/

At first it was my intention to skip the first hour of the show, (Marshall comes on ia little bit after the 35 minute mark), but I would say the whole show was excellent, including the first part.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 20, 2013, 05:56:43 AM
Been off this site for a while.  What's been going on here?

Welcome back, Steedy!   :)

I'm glad Enlightenme posted that link to you,  http://www.c2camdaily.com/

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on March 20, 2013, 02:56:26 PM
Thanks all for even remembering me!  I had thought of you guys many times over these last 6 months and wondered how you were.  Thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 20, 2013, 10:30:00 PM
Thanks all for even remembering me!  I had thought of you guys many times over these last 6 months and wondered how you were.  Thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out.

Glad you are back here... :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 31, 2013, 10:18:56 AM
Pollen counts are really high...I have heard it is affecting some people who normally do not have pollen allergies.
We need to be aware what the pollen count is for our areas and protect ourselves and our kids, etc.
I know a lot of people are against drugs but I know from experience sometimes it is better to take a benedryl or a liquid allergy med than to let it escalate. Consult your doctor if it gets too miserable for you or your kids... IMHO... Of course if you have natural remedies for allergies and substances to strengthen your immune system without drugs that is preferable!  :)
- Yowbarb
......................................................................
http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Schi-502 on March 31, 2013, 12:37:03 PM
My allergies got soooo bad I had to go to Emergancy on Friday.
They gave me the following eye drops,  Anti biotics, pain killers and steroids.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 31, 2013, 09:39:54 PM
My allergies got soooo bad I had to go to Emergancy on Friday.
They gave me the following eye drops,  Anti biotics, pain killers and steroids.

Oh Good grief! I am so sorry to hear that!
A couple weeks ago I was having to do three breathing treatments per day and take prednisone. I think it was something airborne...
It started out with sneezing...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 09, 2013, 12:34:24 PM
China's Bird Flu Crisis Claims New Victim.


Hong Kong (CNN) -- China's bird flu crisis showed no sign of easing Tuesday, as another person was reported to have died from the virus, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Four new cases of H7N9 avian influenza were reported Monday -- two in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, one in neighboring Anhui Province and another case in Shanghai, where the patient died.
 
This brings the total number of people infected in the country to 24, with seven deaths, according to China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.
 
The virus had been found in pigeons, but had not previously been discovered in humans until a series of cases were reported in China last week.


Poultry markets closed over bird flu


China on high alert over bird flu
In Shanghai, where five people from 11 reported cases have now died, more than 100,000 live birds have been killed in the past week at live-poultry markets across the city in an effort to contain the problem, the Shanghai Municipal Ministry of Agriculture said. A number of cities across China have also announced trading suspensions.
 
During a press conference in Beijing on Monday, World Health Organization (WHO) and Chinese health ministry officials moved to reassure the public about the outbreak, saying they would continue to jointly monitor the behavior of the virus.
 
"Although we do not know the source of the infection, at this time there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission," said the WHO's Michael O'Leary.
 
Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), told reporters that 621 close contacts of infected patients had been monitored with no reported abnormalities.
 
Meanwhile, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong called for further efforts to prevent both the spread of H7N9 infections and the treatment of patients after visiting the country's disease control center on Monday, Xinhua reported.
 
She also urged more transparency in information about the virus and said any new infection should be discovered, reported, diagnosed and treated as early as possible. She added that President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang were paying close attention to the crisis.
 
In 2003, during the SARS outbreak, Chinese authorities were accused of acting slowly and concealing the extent of the problem in an effort to ease fears about the spread of the epidemic.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/world/asia/china-bird-flu-death/index.html?hpt=wo_c2
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 09, 2013, 05:52:00 PM
Enlightenme thanks for the update...Sort of scary isn't it?
I heard some blurb on the TV BBC I think - An American group scientists doctors over in China now a bit more cooperation... (I think.)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: JKB on April 09, 2013, 09:19:08 PM
I know how insane this sounds, but it is true and it works.  Attitude works. 
 
We used to say, "If you dont't think about it, it won't happen." 
 
True.  The power of the mind is enormous.  Employ your energies elsewhere.  If it is supposed to happen, then it will, and nothing can prevent it from happening.  If it doesn't happen, or it wasn't meant to happen, well then, you will live another day.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 10, 2013, 05:58:51 AM
My allergies got soooo bad I had to go to Emergancy on Friday.
They gave me the following eye drops,  Anti biotics, pain killers and steroids.

You were probably in good hands medically but I would side check the interaction of all those drugs...
You probably already do that. What I do is call the pharmacist and tell him about all the drugs...and ask if any interactions. I also am fairly alert on what antibiotics people hand me. In spite of the fact it is my chart sulfa almost killed me, I was prescribed a sulfa drug in a big med center in CA. As I was picking it up at the window in the center - since it was something I hadn't heard of - I asked if it was sulfa related the pharmacy tech snatched it back out of my hands and said they would get a different drug prescribed for me.
Once in England at a hospital, although I had already told them no sulfa or penicillin when I was about to leave I put the pill in my mouth. I didn't recognize the name as a penicillin-family drug. I didn't swallow it. I took it out and asked about it and yes it was a penicillin type drug...they prescribed something else.
Always watch your own back...Sometimes it's not so easy to do if already feeling punk.
Well, I hope you are recovered now ...
I have relapsed a couple times...was never given an antibiotic ...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 10, 2013, 02:40:10 PM

Allergies
2013's Worst Spring Allergy Cities

Becky Kellogg Published: Apr 10, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT weather.com

Early Allergy Season
Does it seem like your allergies get worse each year? Does the sneezing start earlier each year? Your body is telling you something.

Record warm temperatures and mild winters in some regions are causing an explosion of allergies. It's also happening earlier each year. In short, it's the perfect storm for allergies.

(More:  Your Pollencast  | Common Allergens Map)

"Allergists are seeing people in the late winter and early spring this year coming in with allergies," says New York-based allergist Dr. Cliff Bassett, fellow with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. "We're talking about more pollen and it's super-charged. Each pollen grain seems to be more potent and powerful.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America identifies the most challenging places to live with allergies every year.

The organization bases their rankings on analysis of three factors:

•Pollen scores (grass, tree, weed, mold)
•Number of allergy medications per patients
•Number of allergy specialists per patient

How long will the allergy misery last?

"Right now we're forecasting a robust tree and grass season which will carry all the way into early to mid-summer," says Bassett. "Allergy season is going to be 25-30 days longer in the fall as well."

Continue on to see an analysis of the top 10 cities on the list; see the slideshow above for the list of all 100 cities.
http://www.weather.com/health/allergy/spring-allergy-cities-20130319
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Schi-502 on April 11, 2013, 10:53:48 AM
My allergies got soooo bad I had to go to Emergancy on Friday.
They gave me the following eye drops,  Anti biotics, pain killers and steroids.

You were probably in good hands medically but I would side check the interaction of all those drugs...
You probably already do that. What I do is call the pharmacist and tell him about all the drugs...and ask if any interactions. I also am fairly alert on what antibiotics people hand me. In spite of the fact it is my chart sulfa almost killed me, I was prescribed a sulfa drug in a big med center in CA. As I was picking it up at the window in the center - since it was something I hadn't heard of - I asked if it was sulfa related the pharmacy tech snatched it back out of my hands and said they would get a different drug prescribed for me.
Once in England at a hospital, although I had already told them no sulfa or penicillin when I was about to leave I put the pill in my mouth. I didn't recognize the name as a penicillin-family drug. I didn't swallow it. I took it out and asked about it and yes it was a penicillin type drug...they prescribed something else.
Always watch your own back...Sometimes it's not so easy to do if already feeling punk.
Well, I hope you are recovered now ...
I have relapsed a couple times...was never given an antibiotic ...

Thanks...

I appreciate you having my back.  As all of us here do!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 11, 2013, 11:07:25 AM
Enlightenme, thanks for posting the info on the worst cities for allergies...


For us, pollen is, in essence, a crop. Jackson has a great climate for pollen," said Dr. Todd Adkins, an allergist in Jackson, Miss.

Jackson, Miss. is a newcomer to the top spot on the worst allergy city list. Last year, it ranked fourth."

http://www.weather.com/health/allergy/spring-allergy-cities-20130319?pageno=2
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 23, 2013, 07:32:36 AM
China Bird Flu cases Now at 102

CNN) -- The number of bird flu cases in China jumped Sunday to 102, including 20 deaths, the World Health Organization announced.
 
Seventy patients remain hospitalized with the virus. The WHO said there is still no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
 
So far the virus has mainly affected eastern China, with 11 deaths and 33 infection cases reported in Shanghai, 24 cases, including three deaths, in Jiangsu Province, 38 cases, including five deaths, in Zhejiang Province, while Anhui Province has confirmed three cases, with one ending in death.
 
Further afield, four people -- including one in Beijing in northern China and three in central Henan Province -- have tested positive for the H7N9 virus.
 
The current strain of bird flu, H7N9, was not detected in humans until last month.

Map: Bird flu spread (see map at link below)
 
Poultry markets closed over bird flu
 
A team of international experts are currently in China conducting a week-long assessment of the virus, the WHO said on Friday.
 
"Right now it is still an animal virus that rarely infects humans," Dr. Michael O'Leary, the head of the WHO's office in Beijing, told reporters.
 
READ: Chicken still on menu, WHO says
 
On Thursday, the central government suspended wild bird sales to try to prevent the spread of the virus, although many questions remain as to the source of infection. It follows a ban on live poultry trading in affected provinces. A large number of birds have also been slaughtered, state-run Xinhua said.
 
O'Leary said there was legitimate reason for concern about the new virus, but suggested it was premature to begin mass culling of poultry.
 
"I eat chicken every day," O'Leary said with a laugh. "Chicken is of no concern at all."
 
Until March, the virus had only been present in birds, which is why they've become the focus of the investigation.
 
However, 40% of patients with H7N9 had not come into contact with poultry, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Authorities are continuing to monitor more than 1,000 people who have come into close contact with confirmed cases.


http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/21/world/asia/china-bird-flu/index.html?hpt=wo_c2
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on April 25, 2013, 06:00:19 AM
An update on the China Bird Flu, it is now spreading.

China’s bird flu outbreak: 3 good signs, 3 bad signs and 3 very bad signs
 
Posted by Max Fisher on April 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

Since the new avian flu strain H7N9 began appearing in China earlier this year, it’s infected over 100 people, killed 22, spread to five provinces plus Beijing and Shanghai and, as of Wednesday, is confirmed to have spread abroad to Taiwan.
 
How worried should you be about this? How serious is the H7N9 outbreak? The simplest and most honest answer is that we don’t know what’s going to happen next, either with the virus, which may or may not mutate and become more transmittable, or with Chinese and international health-care authorities responsible for tamping it down. But there are some good signs, some bad signs and some very bad signs. Here are a few.
 
Three good signs
 
1. China is being unusually transparent so far. Ten years ago, as the deadly viral respiratory illness known as SARS first spread across China, the government did not respond well. It suppressed information about the outbreak, making it that much harder to contain and study the disease, ultimately costing lives. This time, though, Chinese authorities have been sharing information about the disease’s spread, and state media appear to be freely reporting on new cases. Chinese officials seem to take the disease seriously and want to combat its rise, even if it means overcoming more secretive instincts. All health care for H7N9 is now free in China, for example, to help encourage people to report cases.
 
2. The number of cases has largely flatlined in the last week. After weeks of rising cases, the number seems to have stayed stable at around 110 over the last week. Big caveats here that there might be cases we don’t know about, and the count could change at any moment.
 
3. Shanghai has found some success limiting new cases. A lot of the cases started around Shanghai, but the city was able to reduce the number of new infections after it closed poultry markets, according to Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations covering health-care policy. The Wall Street Journal found the same thing.


Three bad signs
 
1. It’s spreading. With cases recently reported in Shandong province and now in Taiwan, the virus seems to be moving outward.
 
2. No verified human-to-human transmissions, but it’s possible. Neither China nor the World Health Organization has documented human-to-human transmission, which would allow the virus to spread far more quickly and widely, but nor have they ruled it out. The Taiwanese case had no known exposure to poultry.
 
3. Tough to identify birds with the virus. World Health Organization officials say the virus is more difficult to detect in sick poultry than were previous strains because the birds do not show symptoms that are as clearly identifiable. This makes it tougher to keep sick birds off the market.
 
Three very bad signs
 
1. It’s very deadly, with 18 percent mortality so far. For comparison, tuberculosis has a mortality rate of about 4 or 5 percent in China. Still, the avian flu virus that had its first outbreaks in China in 2006, known as H5N1, has a mortality rate of 60 percent and has killed hundreds of people on multiple continents. It’s way too early to tell H7N9′s mortality rate, given that many infected patients have not yet fully recovered, but it’s so far killed about 18 percent of patients.
 
2. “This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we have seen so far.” That’s according to Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization’s assistant director general for health, security and the environment, who added, “This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans.” Fukuda said the WHO is still struggling to understand the disease, but he certainly seems to be sounding the alarm.
 
3. More easily transmitted than the 2006 avian flu outbreak. That’s also according to the WHO’s Fukuda, who says this new strain is more easily contracted than the H5N1 virus.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/04/24/chinas-bird-flu-outbreak-3-good-signs-3-bad-signs-and-3-very-bad-signs/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 19, 2013, 02:14:35 AM
Yowbarb Note: Giant snail image is from Prohortmanatee files.

(http://prohortmanatee.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/giant_snail.jpg?w=250&h=187)

...
http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/05/19/giant-snails-potentially-carrying-meningitis-make-their-way-into-texas/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

The Watchers

Giant snails appear to be invading Texas, according to new reports, and some health experts worry that the unusual creatures might begin spreading a disease that could be deadly to humans. As reported by NBC News, a Houston woman recently discovered what is believed to be the first known instance...

Giant snails potentially carrying meningitis make their way into Texas

thewatchers.adorraeli.com
Giant snails appear to be invading Texas, according to new reports, and some health experts worry that the unusual creatures might begin spreading a disease that could be deadly to humans. As reported by NBC News, a Houston woman recently discovered what is believed to be the first known instance....of a particular type of snail species in Texas, the Giant African land snail, which has ignited a firestorm of localized panic over the potential spread of meningitis.

 The Austin-based Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was the first to hear about the sighting after a woman living in Houston's Briar Forest neighborhood spotted a snail roughly the size of loaf of bread slithering through her backyard garden. The woman snapped a photo of the snail and sent it to authorities, who forwarded it to experts who later identified it as a potential Giant African. According to reports, this would be the first time a Giant African has been spotted and identified in Texas.

 If it were not for the fact that the snail identified may potentially be a Giant African, the situation could simply be written off as a surprising and unexpected sighting of an unusually large snail. But Giant Africans are believed to be carriers of meningitis, an inflammatory condition that infects the brain and spinal cord. In some cases, people who become infected with meningitis die, which is why authorities were quick to issue warnings not to touch the large snails if they spotted any.

 "They ... carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death," said Autumn Smith-Herron, Director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, to KPRC Local 2 in Houston.

African land snails reproduce at an astounding rate

A neighbor of the woman who found the snail also expressed concerns, particularly about young children who might try to touch the snails. Since giant snails can lay upwards of 100 eggs per month in normal conditions, local experts fear that there may be other snails, and that their multiplication and migration could end up becoming a public health threat.

 "If one African land snail pops up, you can count on seeing a few more," states a Huffington Post article about the issue. This same report explains that African land snails are considered to be the most "damaging" of all snails because they are disease carriers. "These suckers can hatch around 1,200 eggs annually and live for up to nine years. They don't only gnaw on garden greenery either - African land snails have a penchant for snacking on stucco and other home materials as well."

 After getting wind of the snail's spotting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chimed in and quelled some of the fears by explaining that large snails are often misidentified, and that this may have been the case in Houston. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa told the Huffington Post that the snail in question may actually be a Rosy Wolf snail, which is apparently native to the Houston area.

 "We have no reason to believe there are Giant African snails in Texas at this time," Espinosa is quoted as saying.

 Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Giant Africans were collected in Florida earlier this year, according to reports. And others have been spotted in the Great Lakes region as well, which suggests that the creatures are already a problem in other regions of the U.S.

 Sources for this article include:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com
http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Republished from NaturalNews
 Written by Jonathan Benson

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 19, 2013, 02:28:21 AM
of a particular type of snail species in Texas, the Giant African land snail, which has ignited a firestorm of localized panic over the potential spread of meningitis.

 The Austin-based Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was the first to hear about the sighting after a woman living in Houston's Briar Forest neighborhood spotted a snail roughly the size of loaf of bread slithering through her backyard garden. The woman snapped a photo of the snail and sent it to authorities, who forwarded it to experts who later identified it as a potential Giant African. According to reports, this would be the first time a Giant African has been spotted and identified in Texas.

 If it were not for the fact that the snail identified may potentially be a Giant African, the situation could simply be written off as a surprising and unexpected sighting of an unusually large snail. But Giant Africans are believed to be carriers of meningitis, an inflammatory condition that infects the brain and spinal cord. In some cases, people who become infected with meningitis die, which is why authorities were quick to issue warnings not to touch the large snails if they spotted any.

 "They ... carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death," said Autumn Smith-Herron, Director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, to KPRC Local 2 in Houston.

African land snails reproduce at an astounding rate

A neighbor of the woman who found the snail also expressed concerns, particularly about young children who might try to touch the snails. Since giant snails can lay upwards of 100 eggs per month in normal conditions, local experts fear that there may be other snails, and that their multiplication and migration could end up becoming a public health threat.

 "If one African land snail pops up, you can count on seeing a few more," states a Huffington Post article about the issue. This same report explains that African land snails are considered to be the most "damaging" of all snails because they are disease carriers. "These suckers can hatch around 1,200 eggs annually and live for up to nine years. They don't only gnaw on garden greenery either - African land snails have a penchant for snacking on stucco and other home materials as well."

 After getting wind of the snail's spotting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chimed in and quelled some of the fears by explaining that large snails are often misidentified, and that this may have been the case in Houston. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa told the Huffington Post that the snail in question may actually be a Rosy Wolf snail, which is apparently native to the Houston area.

 "We have no reason to believe there are Giant African snails in Texas at this time," Espinosa is quoted as saying.

 Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Giant Africans were collected in Florida earlier this year, according to reports. And others have been spotted in the Great Lakes region as well, which suggests that the creatures are already a problem in other regions of the U.S.
Sources for this article include:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com
http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Republished from NaturalNews
 Written by Jonathan Benson
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 28, 2013, 03:41:54 PM
This has been contributed by: Moderator Endtimesgal_2012
 

Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto.....

http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/04/15/monsantos-dirty-dozen-the-12-most-awful-products-made-by-monsanto/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on May 28, 2013, 05:01:20 PM
New SARS-like virus is a 'threat to the entire world'  (This could be a very huge concern!!)
 

By CNN Staff
 
updated 5:50 PM EDT, Tue May 28, 2013

(CNN) -- A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans is "a threat to the entire world," according to the director-general of the United Nations' World health Organization.
 
The so-called novel coronavirus "is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself," Margaret Chan said Monday in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
The world needs to pull together its resources to properly tackle the virus which, Chan said, is her "greatest concern" at present.
 
"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," she said, and more information is needed "quickly" and "urgently."
 
"We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond," she said.
 

What is coronavirus?
Novel coronavirus is part of a family called coronaviruses, which cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, as well as a variety of animal diseases. However, the new virus is not SARS.
 
The virus had infected 44 people worldwide as of last week, most of them in the Middle East, according to the World Health Organization's most recent update Thursday. Half of them have died.
 
Also in its Thursday update, the WHO appeared to have given the novel coronavirus a name: Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.
 
A 23rd death was reported Tuesday, when a French hospital and the French government reported a man diagnosed with the coronavirus had died of organ failure.
 
The patient, the first of two people to be diagnosed with novel coronavirus, died at University Hospital of Lille, where he had been treated since May 9.
 
The man contracted the virus while visiting the Arabian Peninsula, said Marisol Touraine, France's minister of social affairs and health, in a statement.
 
The second patient, also male, was in stable but very serious condition, the hospital said. One of the patients shared a room with the other and contracted the virus.
 
Joint WHO missions with Saudi Arabia and Tunisia will take place as soon as possible, with the goal of gathering the facts needed to conduct a risk assessment, Chan said Monday.
 
5 things to know about dangerous, SARS-like virus
 
Earlier this month, the WHO said two health care workers in Saudi Arabia became ill while treating patients.
 
Novel coronavirus acts like a cold virus and attacks the respiratory system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea have also been seen, according to the WHO.
 
It's not yet known how humans contract the virus, experts have said. Most of the cases so far have been seen in older men with other medical conditions; precise numbers are hard to come by, as officials don't know how many people might contract a mild form.
 
Cases have been identified in eight countries including France and Saudi Arabia, according to the WHO. Other European countries include Germany and the United Kingdom.
 
No cases have been reported in the United States, but infectious disease experts have said it would not be surprising.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/health/france-coronavirus-death/index.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on May 31, 2013, 07:26:56 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/31/opinion/garrett-mers-virus/index.html?eref=igoogledmn_topstories

(CNN) -- The head of the World Health Organization warned the world this week of a new virus, awkwardly dubbed MERS-CoV, found in Saudi Arabia.

"Looking at the overall global situation, my greatest concern right now is the novel coronavirus," Margaret Chan said, calling it "a threat to the entire world."

"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," the director general said in her closing speech to the 66th session of the World Health Assembly. "Any new disease that is emerging faster than our understanding is never under control.

"These are alarm bells and we must respond. The novel coronavirus is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself."

With just 49 cases of the new disease reported since June 2012, it may seem puzzling that Chan named the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus -- MERS CoV or MERS for short -- the greatest threat to world health today.

But Hong Kong-born Chan can be forgiven a strong reaction. After all, she managed the response to SARS there in 2003, and MERS is a close genetic cousin. At least 8,000 people in 30 countries contracted SARS in 2003; 774 died of the disease.

No doubt her sense of urgency also stems from the apparently high mortality rate: To date, 27 of the 49 people who have caught the disease have perished, or 52%. Although the majority of illnesses have been in the Saudi Arabia, cases have emerged in seven countries.

Similarities between the SARS and MERS viruses are more than genetic. Both cause acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, and trigger reactions in the human immune system that are so severe, organs throughout the body are devastated -- collateral damage in an overly vigorous battle with the microbes. Both viruses spread between people through close contact, putting family caregivers and health care workers at risk for infection.

In April, for example, according to a report in the British medical journal The Lancet, a French man who had traveled to Dubai fell ill with the disease in France, although it wasn't diagnosed immediately. Another patient who shared the first man's hospital room caught the disease. The first man died on May 28; the second remains in intensive care.

A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine offers a glimpse of the depth of mystery shrouding MERS. A team of Saudi Ministry of Health researchers describe a November outbreak in a Riyadh urban household of 28 extended family members, four of whom -- all men -- contracted MERS.

The cluster of cases in this family presents a list of mysteries: Why were all the sick and dead men? With 28 people in this three-building urban household, why were these four infected, and the other 24 spared? The family lived in a big city, had no animals, ate supermarket food and had jobs that offered no contact with the virus. How did they catch MERS?

Until researchers can determine what animal is the natural host of the virus, and how MERS spreads from the host to humans, each new outbreak is dangerous and mysterious. The science is still unfolding.

Meanwhile, the WHO and world health community watch, anxiously, recalling how swiftly the SARS outbreak that started in southern China in December 2002 exploded a month later across Asia, Canada, and on, eventually hitting 30 countries.

Sadly, resources for confronting such outbreaks have decreased since the 2008 financial crisis, and MERS has emerged in one of the most difficult regions in the world. Were the virus to reach any of the refugee camps that house more than 2 million Syrian refugees, a genuine pandemic could ensue.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 02, 2013, 11:04:42 PM
Endtimesgal, thanks for posting about Mers CoV,
I hadn't heard of it...
Heard something new was out there...
- Yowbarb
...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/31/opinion/garrett-mers-virus/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Why MERS CoV virus is so scary
updated 11:44 AM EDT, Sun June 2, 2013
The head of WHO says the MERS CoV virus found in Saudi Arabia threatens "the entire world," as scientists worry it could spread as fast as SARS.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 06, 2013, 12:05:37 PM
Montanabarb has issued a warning and some advice about hantavirus. Her original post is here:

Topic: Now it's Hantavirus!  (Read 145 times)

Board:   Post It All And Let Blog Sort It Out

Topic Link:  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5079.msg71625#msg71625

Be sure to read Montanabarb's post. Meanwhile here is an excerpt from that post:

"...I really recommend that anyone who lives in the mountain states, who has outbuildings or mouse habitat of any kind, to set out D-Con or mouse traps.  It helps to have feral cats around--they do a good job of keeping the critters at bay."

....
Some references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantavirus#Prevention_and_treatment  Hantavirus

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http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/technical/hanta/virology.html

Some Known Hantaviruses                                                       mortality rate

Sin Nombre         North America      Deer mouse     Pulmonary  50%

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: JKB on June 09, 2013, 06:54:48 PM
Thanks for sharing that information.  We all need it and to be on guard.  I seem to be impervious to just about everything but my wife is susceptible to everything.
 
I have always held on to a thought, "If you don't think about it, it won't happen..."  That philosophy has always been true for me to this day and so I can't abandon it. 
 
On top of everything else we have going on, the Dentist just told me I have mouth cancer and I'm really not worried.  I went to see the Doctor and he wrote me a huge prescription for everything one would need to stop using tobacco, to include 3 refills. 
 
As I write I am going to smoke one or two more cigarettes, I am going to take a shower and fall asleep tonight to candelight with a dip of snuff in my mouth.  Come tomorrow, I will be tobacco free...  It's either die with my face wroting off or have a nice life tobacco free. 
 
That is an easy choice.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 11, 2013, 04:17:02 PM
Thanks for sharing that information.  We all need it and to be on guard.  I seem to be impervious to just about everything but my wife is susceptible to everything.
 
I have always held on to a thought, "If you don't think about it, it won't happen..."  That philosophy has always been true for me to this day and so I can't abandon it. 
 
On top of everything else we have going on, the Dentist just told me I have mouth cancer and I'm really not worried.  I went to see the Doctor and he wrote me a huge prescription for everything one would need to stop using tobacco, to include 3 refills. 
 
As I write I am going to smoke one or two more cigarettes, I am going to take a shower and fall asleep tonight to candelight with a dip of snuff in my mouth.  Come tomorrow, I will be tobacco free...  It's either die with my face wroting off or have a nice life tobacco free. 
 
That is an easy choice.

JKB I can see you are not worried so I will not say anything to make you more worried...but Good Lord!
I am wishing you the best of luck in leaving tobacco behind...
I didn't know you even smoked... (chewing tobacco too?)
There is an herbal combo that works for a lot of people. VAXA Protec (used with all the formulations as a base) and Cigarex. These are Chinese herbal combinations, very sophisticated and powerful stuff.
Scandinavian made.
Many years ago I tried the VAXA and the Immunaid combo and after three days noticed I didn't need nearly as much med for my asthma... I didn't keep it up 'cause I couldn't afford it...
Definitely worth it...Please forgive it I can't help jumping in and offering something that would help...
Some of these things really do work...
I bet there is some kind of herbal rinse for the mouth and throat that would be good too. For awhile on and off I had throat cancer symptoms...For some reason I just couldn't confront having that tested so instead, I glug down some Louisiana Hot Sauce for that and a multitude of other symptoms. Curing With Cayenne is the reference... I know not everyone will believe me but I did have some bleeding and using the cayenne sauce stopped it. It is known to kill candida, bacteria, virus, fungi, mold and cancer on contact. I can afford it.
Well have a wonderful relaxing evening before the battle ahead... I swear by the hot sauce, made in New Orleans. The cayenne is an old French remedy.
- Barb Townsend Only disclaimer I know of, if you are on a blood thinning med may not be able to take the cayenne.

Image from   http://www.cajunmarket.com/images/crystal12ozm.jpg

(http://www.cajunmarket.com/images/crystal12ozm.jpg)
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 11, 2013, 04:24:19 PM
Correction: I took the Vaxa Immunaid and Protec combo. (Two separate bottles)
It is for anything involving the immune system, which includes asthma, copd and cancer, etc.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on July 19, 2013, 10:37:50 AM
JKB:  I hope you are successful with the quitting smoking, everyone I know is quitting, amazing, I can remember when everyone smoked, including myself.  Two of my daughters still smoke, one has recently quit, I myself quit several years ago.  It is not easy, but oh, so wonderful to be free of the need for a cigarette.  I never realized how my entire life revolved around the habit until I finally quit.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 26, 2013, 10:21:25 PM
JKB, I am wishing you the same.  Best of luck with everything you need to do,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 26, 2013, 10:31:09 PM
Well, you learn something new every day.
This AM I had the news on in the background when I was working on the place. I heard some type of bugs are used for red food coloring in Dannon, OIKOS and some other yogurts. CNN./ They said this has gone on a long time and in a lot of foods. Turns out it IS legal, most don't consider it harmful. That doesn't make it right. Read on.
I looked it up and found the source of the story.. Center For Science in the Public Interest.I don't have time to post it all but here is the main thing. A group of scientists made a public statement saying the tiny bugs won't hurt most people but some will go into anaphalactic shock.
It is called "cochineal coloring." The thing to realize it is not just Dannons it is a lot of food products.
Not all colorings are made of this. The scientists said well why not use more fruit why use bugs since many people would not want that, and it will cause an allergy in some people.

Some links and images below. Oh I found another story that when you buy ground coffee if is very common for it to have ground up cockroaches in it. The only way to avoid that is to buy the whole beans. I have been doing that for quite awhile now, buying wholes Starbucks beans, grinding them fresh and brewing my coffee. I have noticed feeling better in some ways and no nutty coffee "reaction" or "allergy" now. Sure I might get hyper but not like I used to get  I mean no nasty let down or toxic feeling.
I found out I am likely allergic to cockroaches (causes asthma in a lot of people) so I may be one of those few who shouldn't be using foods colored with bugs.
Anyway this is a totally hidden danger to anyone who is sensitive to some animal proteins..
- Barb T.

Wikipedia cochineal dye (carmine) Carmine has been found to cause asthma in some people.[26] Cochineal is one of the colours that the Hyperactive Children's Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of hyperactive children. Natural carmine dye used in food and cosmetics can render the product unacceptable to vegetarian or vegan consumers. Many Muslims consider carmine containing food forbidden (haraam) because the dye is extracted from insects and all insects except the Locust are haraam in Islam.[28] Jews also avoid food containing this additive (even though it is not treif and some authorities allow its use because the insect is dried and reduced to powder[29]).
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Dannon Urged to Use Berries, Not Insect-Derived Carmine, to Color its YogurtsJuly 24, 2013

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants global yogurt giant Dannon to put berries over bugs. Dannon uses carmine—a dye extracted from the dried, pulverized bodies of cochineal insects—to give several varieties of fruit-flavored yogurt their pink color. The nonprofit food watchdog group says that Dannon's practice cheats consumers, who might expect that the named fruits—and not the unnamed creepy crawlies—are providing the color. And, the bug-based dye puts some consumers at risk of serious allergic reactions.

Strawberry, Cherry, Boysenberry, and Raspberry varieties of Dannon's "Fruit on the Bottom" line all contain the critter-based dye, as does the Strawberry flavor of Dannon's Oikos brand of Greek yogurt. Two flavors of Dannon's Light and Fit Greed use the extract, as do six of its Activia yogurts. Dannon uses other natural colorings, such as purple carrot juice, in its Danimals line of yogurts marketed to children. CSPI's Chemical Cuisine guide to food additives says "certain people should avoid" carmine since a small percentage of consumers can have reactions ranging from hives to anaphylactic shock after eating it.

"I have nothing against people who eat insects, but when I buy strawberry yogurt I'm expecting yogurt and strawberries, and not red dye made from bugs," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. "Given the fact that it causes allergic reactions in some people, and that it's easy to use safer, plant-based colors, why would Dannon use it at all? Why risk offending vegetarians and grossing out your other customers?"

CSPI is sponsoring an online petition on TakePart.com urging Franck Riboud, CEO of Dannon's parent company Groupe Danone, to replace the bug-based dye with more of the fruit advertised on the label.

The cochineal insect is a tiny, parasitic scale insect native to South America and Mexico. It lives on and feeds off a certain type of cacti. The red color comes from carminic acid, which the insects have in abundance. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, it takes on the order of 40,000 of the little bugs to produce one pound of cochineal extract. Besides yogurts, carmine can be found in candies, ice creams, and beverages, as well as in drugs and cosmetics.

In response to a CSPI petition, the Food and Drug Administration at least requires carmine to be listed on food labels when it is used. Previously, companies could obscure the presence of the insect extract by labeling it "artificial color." CSPI had urged the FDA to go further and describe carmine as "insect-derived," making it easier for vegetarians, Jews who keep Kosher, or anyone otherwise averse to eating such ingredients to avoid it.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 26, 2013, 10:35:50 PM
http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-coffee-has-ground-up-bugs/   


Your Coffee Has Ground Up Bugs In It


Written by Kristen I’ll never forget the day I heard an NPR interview with entomologist Dr. Douglas Emlen about dung beetles. I normally would have tuned such stories out, but this one turned fascinating quite quickly. He broke the story in a live interview that most pre-ground coffee has ground cockroaches in it.

Apparently, it’s a not-so-secret industry secret. According to the FDA’s own studies, up to 10% (and often MORE) of green coffee beans are insect-infested. According to Dr. Emlen, they can’t be processed out, so they simply get roasted with the beans and ground up into them.

Imagine yourself relaxing to the voice of interviewer Terri Gross only to hear this anecdote:

Dr. EMLEN: It’s peripheral to what we’ve been talking about but when I was an undergraduate, I was hugely influenced by a professor of mine, a biologist and entomologist named George Ichor(ph), one of the greatest entomologists I ever met. And I remember driving across the country with him when I was a college undergraduate. He was an advisor to me. I was doing research out at a place called The Rocky Mountain Lab in Colorado. And we had to keep going way out our way – this was in the late ’80s, this is before there was a Starbucks on every corner and you can get really good coffee.

And he was fiercely addicted to caffeine – to coffee. And we’d have to drive way off the interstate to go find good coffee in that day. I mean, we’d go 45 minutes off our route to go find a place that had whole bean fresh ground coffee. And I remember giving him a really hard time because we were wasting a lot of travel time trying to feed his addiction because he need a coffee every couple of hours. And he finally explained to me he had to drink only sort of whole bean fresh ground coffee. And it was because of cockroaches. There’s a point to this story which is that he found out the hard way from teaching entomology year after year after year, handling cockroaches – people used cockroaches as the lab rat for entomology labs – he got really badly allergic to them. So, he couldn’t even touch cockroaches without getting an allergic reaction. And because of that he couldn’t drink pre-ground coffee. And it turned out when he looked into it that pre-ground, you know, your big bulk coffee that you buy in a tin, is all processed from these huge stock piles of coffee. These piles of coffee, they get infested with cockroaches and there’s really nothing they can do to filter that out. So, it all gets ground up in the coffee…

GROSS: Oh.

Dr. EMLEN: …and he was actually allergic to pre-ground coffee because of that sort of spin off from having handled them teaching entomology for all those years.

GROSS: Oh I don’t know what to say, thank you for that marvelous insight.

Dr. EMLEN: You may not want to put that on the air.

(source)

EWWW. So how can you get coffee WITHOUT ground up insects?

Don’t want to drink a fresh, hot cup of cockroaches in the morning?

Neither do I.

Thankfully, my husband is a coffee snob. I say that with nothing but affection; after all, I unabashedly enjoy his beverage making prowess. He buys freshly roasted coffee beans once every few days, then grinds them fresh at home before making each cup of joe.

When you buy whole beans, you are buying the best of the best — beans with no insect infestation, no insect damage or filth, and no mold. These beans get selected then roasted separately. Because you buy them whole, you can see how pristine they are.

We use this Cuisinart to grind our beans fresh each morning. It’s served us faithfully for about five years now.

I also recently discovered this hand-cranked Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder. I figure if our Cuisinart ever gives out, we’ll buy this Kyocera to replace it. I like that it doesn’t use electricity and that the bowl is made of glass instead of plastic.

Regardless of the grinder you use, here’s the main thing to keep in mind about avoiding a steamy cup of roaches:

The trick is to buy whole beans and grind them yourself.

It’s that simple.

That’s a relief! But what about buying from places like Starbucks that grind their beans fresh for you?

While that may solve the cockroach problem, it doesn’t solve the bug problem.

That’s because when you buy processed foods — including coffee — you still need to be wary of food coloring made from ground up cochineal insects. In fact, Starbucks has even come under fire for using cochineal dyes.

Cochineal dyes are in a LOT of processed foods. You will find them on ingredients labels under the names “cochineal extract” (which is literally ground up bugs), and “carmine” (which is processed a bit more to create a more pure color).

Where you’ll see cochineal dyes:
•frozen fish and meat
•any red pre-made drinks like soft drinks, energy drinks, and even alcohol
•yogurt and ice cream
•ketchup
•canned fruits like berries, cherries, and jams

Basically, cochineal extract (and it’s sister carmine) is the “natural” alternative to Red #40.

So how do I avoid cochineal extract?

Again, it’s rather simple. Start reading labels and ditching anything with “cochineal extract” or “carmine” listed.

My preferred solution?

Avoid processed foods. Just buy whole foods and enjoy processing them at home yourself!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 26, 2013, 11:01:57 PM
PS to that last article:
IMHO Starbucks coffee does NOT generally have the cochineal dyes.
Those are found in the strawberry flavoring added to the Strawberry Frappucinos.
This was in the article by the Scientists, two posts previous.
To my knowledge they do NOT use the bug dye anywhere else...  :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 31, 2013, 08:54:44 AM
For a couple of days now I have been hearing about a mystery outbreak of a type of nasty stomach bug...(not literally a bug, an amoeba) this is often transmitted through fecal matter.
The source has been revealed as packaged salads, lettuce and carrots. More details will follow...
Not sure what recalls yet the packaged salad is off the shelves; not sure if that is all of it or the danger is passed. Years ago an old German naturopath - very knowledgeable - told me to wash my produce in sea salt and water. Other people recommend "Fit" wash for fruits and vegetables.
I'm a bit confused because I think there is another food contamination story which involves several states...so I will try to find that.    - Yowbarb      VIDEO on page below...
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/health/cyclospora-outbreak/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Salad mix blamed for cyclospora outbreak in Nebraska, Iowa
 
By Greg Botelho and Carma Hassan, CNN
updated 9:31 AM EDT, Wed July 31, 2013

(CNN) -- Prepackaged salad mix has been pinpointed as the source of an outbreak of cyclospora -- an intestinal illness tied to a rare type of parasite -- that has sickened scores of people in Iowa and Nebraska, health authorities in those states said Tuesday.

More than 100 Iowans and 78 Nebraskans have fallen ill with the disease since last month, those states' health departments said. Five people have been hospitalized as a result in Nebraska, where health officials say new cases of cyclospora are reported daily.

Investigations commonly led authorities in both states to conclude that a bagged blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce, red cabbage and carrots is to blame, with Nebraska noting the mix had been prewashed.

State and federal authorities are still trying to determine exactly where the product was sold or under what brand name. The Nebraska alert noted that it "came through national distribution channels" and that "locally grown produce is not part of this outbreak."

Fruit-related hepatitis A outbreak spreads  [SEE http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/06/11/hepatitis-a-outbreak-spreads/ ]

Iowa authorities found that about 80% of those who fell ill had prepackaged salad, but the allegedly tainted product was apparently no longer on grocers' shelves by the time investigators were alerted.

The upside of this delay? "Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged salad mix is no longer in the state's food supply chain," said Steven Mandernach, the head of that state's food and consumer safety bureau.

Foodborne illness is on the rise [SEE  http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/04/23/foodborne-illness-is-on-the-rise/ ]

What's happening in Iowa and Nebraska may be linked to 122 cyclospora cases in Texas, that state's department of health services said. As of Tuesday, authorities had not singled out a common source for the Lone Star State's outbreak, which is largely centered in and around Dallas and Fort Worth.

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has been collaborating with health officials in numerous states since late June trying to pin down what's causing the spate of cyclospora cases.

People get the disease by eating food or drinking water that's been contaminated with feces with the parasite, according to the CDC. The ailment -- which strike in places where cyclospora is common, like tropical or subtropical regions, but is occasionally seen in the United States as well -- causes symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss and nausea that can last anywhere from a few days to more than a month.

More food safety news

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 12, 2013, 12:27:51 AM
I just saw the previously posted petition drive is closed. Will try to find another to post.

Meanwhile, the article below lists some companies which do  - and do NOT - use cells from human fetuses
in their foods. I don't know which articles can be treated as gospel...(true) yet. I see some contradictory info. This will take some investigation. Lots of articles coming out...probably beginning in 2012...
The Gawker - Max Read site is investigating...
I will post more...
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http://gawker.com/5879254/which-companies-are-using-aborted-human-fetuses-in-their-food
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 12, 2013, 12:36:28 AM
Yowbarb Note: from what I just read in Snopes.com it is possibly true that the human fetal cells are being used as flavor enhancers and companies aren't confessing this.. That, or it is being developed and not used yet. The truth will out meanwhile the use of this substance needs to be outlawed!!

http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/pepsi.asp  SNOPES
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 06, 2013, 11:37:36 AM
A couple of links about food recalls...PLS Note image is only page 1. There are 6 pages of recalls!!
- Yowbarb
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on September 06, 2013, 11:41:12 AM
Thank you for sharing this.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 06, 2013, 11:43:52 AM
Some of the FDA Food Recalls are due to lack of warning labels for things like, milk, eggs, tree nuts, soy, wheat etc. It is not all about bad food.
That said, there are a few listeria and salmonella recalls on certain brands of cilantro, cantaloupe,
even fancy organic oregano  etc. so check it out...
Listeria, salmonella and even ecoli keep showing up in produce...
Be careful...
Remember, there are six pages today...

- Yowbarb
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http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 06, 2013, 11:46:12 AM
Thank you for sharing this.
:)

Ironically I have been telling people how I love the Chobani Greek Yogurt! Then I saw on Facebook today "it is GMO" and also has a food recall. I am not sure it is true about the GMO. It is a small family farm...as far as I know. - Yowbarb
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http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on September 06, 2013, 11:59:16 AM
Read the msg itself on the FDA page...this is just a small portion of the info. - Yowbarb
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http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm367298.htm

Chobani, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Greek Yogurt Because of Product Concerns
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on October 09, 2013, 06:53:39 AM
Thought this would be good to share with everyone.  Check your chicken!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/08/salmonella-chicken-outbreak/2941783/



New salmonella outbreak in chicken resists antibiotics

Elizabeth Weise , USA TODAY

A salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken from California involves several antibiotic-resistant strains of the disease and has put at least 42% of the victims in the hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

"That's a high percentage," said CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds. "You would expect about 20% hospitalizations with salmonella Heidelberg."

There have been no deaths linked to the outbreak.

Thirteen percent of those sickened have salmonella septicemia, a serious, life-threatening whole-body inflammation, said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington.

DeWaal was briefed by Christopher Braden, director of the division of food-borne illness at the CDC.

"This outbreak shows that it is a terrible time for government public health officials to be locked out of their offices and labs, and for government websites to go dark," she said.

As of Tuesday, 278 people in 18 states have been sickened in the salmonella Heidelberg outbreak. Interviews with some of the patients have linked it to chicken produced by Foster Farms at three California plants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Monday.

The CDC has been hampered in tracing the outbreak because the government shutdown meant the agency had to shut down PulseNet, a national network of public health laboratories that looks for trends and matches reports to spot food-borne illness outbreaks. It's one of the agency's most important tools in detecting such problems.

"We were trying to do this without the automatic system, and it was nearly impossible," Reynolds said. Seven of the eight staffers who run the system were furloughed. "We were doing it by hand, and it just become untenable."

CDC director Thomas Frieden determined that not having PulseNet was resulting in "an imminent threat to health and safety," a finding that allowed the agency to bring back the seven staffers, Reynolds said Tuesday. "It's back up and running as of today."

There are seven strains of salmonella Heidelberg involved in the outbreak, and some are resistant to some commonly used antibodies. That makes it a very "complex" outbreak, Reynolds said.

"The salmonella strains are showing resistance to multiple antibiotics, and that means more people are going to the hospital and their infections will be harder for physicians to treat," DeWaal said.

The USDA's public health alert named three facilities operated by Foster Farms as the likely source of raw chicken contaminated with salmonella. Most of it was sold in California, Oregon and Washington, and most of the illnesses have been in California, the USDA said.

In an emailed statement, a Foster Farms spokeswoman said, "consumers should know that the frontline antibiotics used to treat salmonella are fully effective in treating the illness."

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter took strong exception to that. "They have no ground to stand on to make that statement," she said. Slaughter has been an outspoken advocate for ending the routine feeding of antibiotics to animals to promote growth, a practice which FDA and CDC agree can breed antibiotic resistant strains of disease.

Frontline antibiotics aren't all working in this outbreak, she said. "These Heidelberg strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics, including ampicillin, chloramphenicol, tetracycline and streptomycin."

The chicken has not been recalled because the agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service "is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period," the news release says. Consumers can identify products that came from the three plants by looking for these packaging codes: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

In its own news release, Foster Farms said it is working with USDA inspectors and the CDC. The company's food safety chief, Robert O'Connor, said USDA inspections have not been affected by the federal government shutdown.

Common symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include diarrhea, cramps and fever that typically start eight to 72 hours after eating food with high levels of the bacteria. Some people get chills, nausea and vomiting, lasting up to seven days, the USDA says. For people with weak immune systems, including infants and the elderly, the infection can be deadly.

Foster Farms encouraged consumers to cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to kill disease-carrying pathogens. The USDA recommends that consumers use a food thermometer as the only way to be sure the proper temperature is reached.

An outbreak of one of the same strains of salmonella was linked to Foster Farms chicken in 2012 in Oregon and Washington. That outbreak sickened 134 people in 13 states, the CDC reported this year.

In a statement on its website, Foster Farms said it has "instituted a number of additional food safety practices, processes and technology throughout company facilities that have already proven effective in controlling salmonella in its Pacific Northwest operations earlier this year."

Salmonella is known to contaminate poultry flocks in the USA.

"Salmonella is naturally occurring in poultry and can be fully eradicated if raw product is properly handled and fully cooked," O'Connor of Foster Farms said.

Several European countries have succeeded in eradicating it by stringent testing and eliminating any flock with an infected bird, but that is considered too costly to implement in the USA.

 Contributing: Kim Painter
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 09, 2013, 08:05:53 AM
There is a really bad salmonella outbreak now...due to govt shutdowns it is not being taken care of like it normally would...I just saw it on CSPAN...
more info soon...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 09, 2013, 09:18:11 AM
JKB:  I hope you are successful with the quitting smoking, everyone I know is quitting, amazing, I can remember when everyone smoked, including myself.  Two of my daughters still smoke, one has recently quit, I myself quit several years ago.  It is not easy, but oh, so wonderful to be free of the need for a cigarette.  I never realized how my entire life revolved around the habit until I finally quit.

My youngest daughter and her fiancé just got the patch.  :) I hope they can quit for good.
My only son failed to keep the patch on because he was working so hard in the heat during the summer he must have got a big dose of nicotine. (He feels that is what made him sick) He thinks sweating caused more to be released into his system. He stopped trying... Now that it is getting cooler maybe he can finally quit. My daughter who shares house with me seems to be hopelessly addicted. She does have an electronic cigarrete but only smokes it on airplanes  or at work (I think)... Re airplane not so sure a person can smoke an e- cig on the plane. She was on a small 7-seater, maybe that's why she could do it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 09, 2013, 09:26:18 AM
There is a really bad salmonella outbreak now...due to govt shutdowns it is not being taken care of like it normally would...I just saw it on CSPAN...
more info soon...

More info. Source a live report on CSPAN, read by a House member.

278 people have been sickened by salmonella. considered a really bad outbreak, they have not been able to get a handle on. 18 states, most sick people are in California.
The local health departments are getting some help from the CDC but the whole thing is understaffed due to shutdown...Yowbarb... Update below...BTW I have noticed lately you can't always count on restaurant employees to cook poultry long enough. If you see any sign the poultry is not coked well enough send it back to the kitchen. My daughter gets a precooked chicken once in awhile and most of the time we have to put it in the oven, because it just is not cooked well enough.
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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/10/09/cdc-recalls-30-furloughed-employees-to-work-on-salmonella-outbreak/

CDC recalls 30 furloughed employees to work on salmonella outbreak

Published October 09, 2013/
FoxNews.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called 30 employees back to work who had been furloughed during the partial government shutdown, in order to help stop the spread of a salmonella outbreak which has sickened nearly 300 people in 18 states, MedPage Today reported. 

This move came around the same time the CDC announced that some of the salmonella strains associated with the outbreak have been found to be resistant to one or more antibiotics.  And according to health officials, 42 percent of those who have contracted the disease have been hospitalized.

"That's a high percentage," Barbara Reynolds, a CDC spokeswoman told USA Today. "You would expect about 20 percent hospitalizations with salmonella Heidelberg."

Like many other government agencies, the CDC has been operating on a minimal staff. Employees deemed “non-essential” have not worked or received paychecks since the partial government shutdown began. 

But according to an email to MedPage Today, “about 30 people working on foodborne analysis and outbreak response [were brought back to work].”

The source of the outbreak has been traced back to raw chicken products produced by three Foster Farms facilities in California, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The outbreak appears to have begun in March and the USDA was notified of the illnesses in July, said Dan Engeljohn of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Investigators had a difficult time pinpointing the source of the illnesses, Englejohn said.

A spokesman for Foster Farms says no recall was in effect and that the infections were caused by eating chicken that was undercooked or improperly handled.

The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak of illnesses to a specific product or production period. The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632



Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 16, 2013, 06:41:43 PM
Yowbarb Note,
 My oldest daughter shared this on Facebook:

"Watch this excerpt from San Francisco highlighting scientific findings showing sperm damage to men who keep mobile phones in their pockets and cell damage to brain and breast, especially in children and teenagers!"
...
Experts on Cell Phone Risks - A Preview

Link: http://youtu.be/Q5xjUKTngAI

Eon3 509 videos
Published on Dec 14, 2013 
This is a preview of a series of presentations at San Francisco's prestigious Commonweath Club of California in which Dr. Devra Davis and her medical colleagues show why cell phones and other wireless devices pose serious health risks to you, your ovaries, your sperm, your breasts, your brain and your babies - and suggest science-based precautionary public policy alternatives. Soon to be an informative video series. Stay tuned....


Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on December 17, 2013, 08:41:31 AM
Quote
"Watch this excerpt from San Francisco highlighting scientific findings showing sperm damage to men who keep mobile phones in their pockets and cell damage to brain and breast, especially in children and teenagers!"

Here is one solution:  Buy on EMF "neutralizer" [my word]  from http://www.life-energy.org (http://www.life-energy.org) .

Mine is a small disk that is stuck to the back of my cell phone.  It is called a "RadiSafe".  I also have four other products from that source and will be buying more.  Testimonials and aura photos before and after application are in that Internet site.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: JKB on December 17, 2013, 05:26:20 PM
Jim and all,
 
That is no joke.  We always made fun of it in the military, but with the high frequencies we worked around everyday, no one in my job field ever had a son.  I mean, 15 years and all the Marines I know in our job field and not one male child...  all girls.  My buddy who got out 5 years ago and has three daughters just had his first son in November.  The difference is we work way back in the physical/dimensional measurement area of the lab and the Microwave/RF part of the lab is on the other side of the building.  I just started working with him at this company but he has pretty much worked in the same area of the lab for the last five years. 
 
Fifteen years ago we were barely in the Megahertz range.  We've been in the Gigahertz range for almost a decade (in the military).  Now we are getting into the Terahertz range.  Those are the same frequencies that cook your food in your microwave oven.  Think what it does next to your head or in your pocket...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on December 17, 2013, 06:29:31 PM
I know someone who works for Microsoft and she told me the engineers all gave her a bad time about her cell phone and they do not carry them in their pockets, but in briefcases or something and they all use ear pieces and do not hold the phone up to their ears.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 19, 2013, 12:19:18 AM
Quote
"Watch this excerpt from San Francisco highlighting scientific findings showing sperm damage to men who keep mobile phones in their pockets and cell damage to brain and breast, especially in children and teenagers!"

Here is one solution:  Buy on EMF "neutralizer" [my word]  from http://www.life-energy.org (http://www.life-energy.org) .

Mine is a small disk that is stuck to the back of my cell phone.  It is called a "RadiSafe".  I also have four other products from that source and will be buying more.  Testimonials and aura photos before and after application are in that Internet site.

Jim thanks for sharing that info...great to know!
- Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 19, 2013, 12:21:06 AM
I know someone who works for Microsoft and she told me the engineers all gave her a bad time about her cell phone and they do not carry them in their pockets, but in briefcases or something and they all use ear pieces and do not hold the phone up to their ears.

Endtimesgal,
Pretty amazing...that just goes to show there is a lot of truth to these stories of cell phones and other devices not being very good for a person.
- Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 10, 2014, 04:44:35 PM
Posting this also in one of the Health Topics...

http://www.everydayhealth.com/stroke/mini-stroke-treatment.aspx   

TIA: Mini-Stroke Treatment Options

It's called a transient ischemic attack, and it's not a random event. A TIA stroke is often a warning sign; it's your body telling you to get treatment, fast.

The type of stroke known as a TIA, or transient ischemic attack, can strike quickly, be over in only a few minutes, and leave its victim wondering what just happened. But don’t be fooled: Just because the TIA passed quickly and symptoms have stopped does not mean that it doesn't require treatment.

Also called a mini-stroke or a warning stroke, a TIA resembles a stroke in that they have similar symptoms. And more importantly, like a tremor before an earthquake, a TIA is your body’s way of telling you a bigger stroke could be coming.

TIA Stroke: Mimicking Serious Stroke
Any of the following symptoms can indicate a stroke and warrant immediate medical attention. If they last for only a short time, you are likely having a TIA. Immediate treatment is still required since your body is telling you something is wrong if you have these symptoms: Weakness in your arm, hand, or leg
Numbness on one side of your body
Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden confusion and trouble speaking
Inability to understand what someone is saying
Dizziness or loss of balance and coordination
Sudden and severe headache

TIA Stroke: What's Happening?

A TIA occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off because of some type of blockage, which can be a narrowed blood vessel or a blood clot. The difference between a TIA and an ischemic stroke is that a TIA quickly resolves itself because the blockage is temporary, and no damage is done to the brain. But what's so important about a TIA is that it is a huge predictor of a larger stroke.

"TIAs are a highly under-recognized emergency. A TIA is a warning sign that you might suffer a stroke. If you suffer a TIA, you have a 5 percent chance of having a stroke in the next 48 hours," says Arthur M. Pancioli, MD, distinguished professor of clinical research in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio.

TIA Stroke: How It's Treated

Treatment of a TIA focuses on figuring out the cause and fixing it, to ward off a more serious stroke.

"We quickly examine these patients to look for a cause: Do they have a narrow vessel that we could potentially fix? An abnormality in the heart such that clots are passing from one side to the other? These are the kind of things you want to discover very quickly to prevent ensuing stroke," says Dr. Pancioli. "Almost anyone who has a TIA should end up on some sort of a preventive medication, at least aspirin or something like it."

Treatment doesn’t end in the emergency room. Patients also need "another workup within at least a week to look at risk factors, what things we can modify to try to diminish their long-term risk. If we can't prevent ‘forever,’ let's put it off a long time," says Pancioli. "All too often I hear of stories of someone who had a TIA and didn’t get an aggressive workup until it's too late."

TIA Stroke: Prevention

Once the cause of the stroke has been identified and treated, a patient is evaluated for other stroke risk factors. Risk factors for stroke include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, smoking, and heart disease. Blood thinning medications, called anticoagulants, and antiplatelet medications, medicine that prevents blood clots from forming, are often prescribed after a TIA to prevent stroke.
If doctors have discovered plaque or other build-up in the blood vessels that caused the stroke, surgery may be performed to allow blood to flow freely through the vessels and prevent another attack. Surgery may include: Carotid endarterectomy: This is a surgical procedure in which plaque is removed from the carotid artery in the neck.
Angioplasty: During angioplasty, doctors place a catheter inside the blocked artery, expand it, and then insert a small metal stent that opens up the blood vessel to improve blood flow.

TIA Stroke: Lifestyle Modifications

Dietary changes are often recommended after a TIA, particularly for TIA patients who have stroke risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure. A low-fat, low-sodium diet can help keep stroke risk factors in check.

TIA Stroke: A Wakeup Call

A TIA means that you've escaped an actual stroke and the significant damage it wreaks on the body for now. If you notice stroke symptoms that seem to go away quickly, you are likely having a TIA and should seek immediate emergency care. Go to an emergency room right away for a thorough examination to pinpoint what caused the TIA, get it fixed, and find out what you can do to make sure it doesn't happen again.

In addition, see your doctor regularly to make sure any stroke risk factors you may have are kept under control, and that you're doing everything you can to prevent a serious stroke from occurring.
 Last Updated: 03/25/2009   
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on February 09, 2014, 03:44:06 PM
Well, I am the last person to ever think I would have a TIA, and I have now had two in one month, two weeks apart. 

This has certainly changed my life, and I do think it was for the better.  (I like to think on the positive side.)

I am thankful that they were TIA's and not a major stroke.  Thank you God!

I had already planned to start a new eating protocol, and become a Vegan.  Now a month later, I can say I am firmly situated in the Vegan lifestyle.  Watching those documentaries on food on Netflix certainly helped motivate me to make such a major life change. 

Now I take a baby aspirin daily, and have an appointment with a Neurologist next Tuesday.

I firmly believe things happen for a reason.  This has been a huge wake up call for me.  No more McDonald's.  No more butter, sour cream, flavored creamer, ice cream or other fattening foods.  My family have all sat up and taken notice and my sisters are all juicing and removing meat from their diets as well.

Between the first episode and the second one, I had already made great progress in lowering my cholesterol simply by drinking green juices and eliminating meat, poultry and dairy products.  In only two weeks!  My doctor is astounded.

I always worried about cancer and heart attacks, never thought a moment about a stroke.  There is no history of them in my family.  I ate what ever I pleased with no thought of what it might be doing to my arteries.  I only worried about my weight.

I had decided to become a vegan prior to the first episode.  I wanted to lose weight and get in as good shape as possible to better face the events to come.

I encourage everyone to think about the food choices you are making, you may not ever have a stroke, but almost all diseases can be traced to diet.  Be the best you can be!  No food choice is worth losing your health over.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Dania22 on February 09, 2014, 10:25:15 PM
I applaud you for making a change in your lifestyle as I know it's so hard to do sometimes. CHEERS!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 10, 2014, 05:50:04 AM
Well, I am the last person to ever think I would have a TIA, and I have now had two in one month, two weeks apart. 

This has certainly changed my life, and I do think it was for the better.  (I like to think on the positive side.)

I am thankful that they were TIA's and not a major stroke.  Thank you God!

I had already planned to start a new eating protocol, and become a Vegan.  Now a month later, I can say I am firmly situated in the Vegan lifestyle.  Watching those documentaries on food on Netflix certainly helped motivate me to make such a major life change. 

Now I take a baby aspirin daily, and have an appointment with a Neurologist next Tuesday.

I firmly believe things happen for a reason.  This has been a huge wake up call for me.  No more McDonald's.  No more butter, sour cream, flavored creamer, ice cream or other fattening foods.  My family have all sat up and taken notice and my sisters are all juicing and removing meat from their diets as well.

Between the first episode and the second one, I had already made great progress in lowering my cholesterol simply by drinking green juices and eliminating meat, poultry and dairy products.  In only two weeks!  My doctor is astounded.

I always worried about cancer and heart attacks, never thought a moment about a stroke.  There is no history of them in my family.  I ate what ever I pleased with no thought of what it might be doing to my arteries.  I only worried about my weight.

I had decided to become a vegan prior to the first episode.  I wanted to lose weight and get in as good shape as possible to better face the events to come.

I encourage everyone to think about the food choices you are making, you may not ever have a stroke, but almost all diseases can be traced to diet.  Be the best you can be!  No food choice is worth losing your health over.

Endtimesgal, this is to let you know I really appreciate your post and your sharing these ideas.
That is  VWD - so very well done on all the progress you have made, on your own and getting the blood fat down with dietary changes. That is great.
Wishing you continued success, safety and health.  :)
- BarbTownsend
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 25, 2014, 08:44:21 AM
This seems pretty minor compared with radiation from Fukushima coming across the Pacific, however poor visibility and also icy roads do claim a lot of lives each year in the US. Below is a poor visibility map...

http://www.weather.com/maps/news/forecastsummary/usfoggytravel_large.html
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Note: Marshall Announcement Topic:   https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5489.msg79203#msg79203

Listen to Marshall latest show -  http://www.gcnlive.com/CMS/index.php/archivespage?showCode=32

Select hour 3 and Marshall comes in after several minutes.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 12, 2014, 10:11:21 AM
Watch out for rip currents this time of year. Sadly, at least 100 people perish from rip currents, often when they are on a vacation. Not everyone pays attention to the warnings or red flags. Not all beaches have lifeguards...
Severe weather can be a long ways away and still stir up a lot of trouble on the coastlines...
As with lightning strikes you just need to take precautions. If caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the shore (NOT toward the shore.) Swim parallel to the shore until you swim to the end of the rip current . Often it is only a fifty feet to 100 feet or so...
I saw an interview on The Weather Channel today. He was saying most of what they do is save people from rip currents.
Places like southeast Florida beaches, NC, SC and on up to Jersey - treacherous.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 12, 2014, 10:28:38 AM
Yowbarb Note:
My youngest daughter's fiancé sent me this on Facebook today, as a heads-up.
I knew about the MERS Outbreak, not sure I had known in was in my state, Florida.
Learn More about the History of the Outbreak this will be in the next post.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/fullpage/mers-coronavirus-infographic-abcnews-19315579 Link to article

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/us-mers-case-announced-florida/story?id=23681450

2nd US MERS Case Announced in Florida May 12, 2014

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 12, 2014, 10:41:07 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/things-mers-virus-now/story?id=23568378

5 Things to Know About the MERS Virus Now That It's Here


•   It's spreading
•   It's deadly
•   It can look like the flu
•   There's no cure
•   It may have come from camels, bats or both.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 12, 2014, 10:47:04 AM
Yowbarb Note: I would have posted that entire ABC article but had too much trouble with that page.
Too many ads slowing things down like molasses. I don't even know how many deaths from it yet.
Here is a link to a Wikipedia page for MERS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus  [MERS ]

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on May 12, 2014, 10:04:57 PM
Re.: MERS

I have some MMS on hand.  That should kill it.
http://miraclemineral.org/ (http://miraclemineral.org/)


Also, I just bought from http://www.myspicesage.com/ (http://www.myspicesage.com/):

 Nigella Sativa  [aka Black Seed]

Available Sizes
    10 Pounds Bulk

   00181111-10lb    1    $44.25
 
     
     Subtotal    $44.25
     Shipping & Handling    $0.00
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 13, 2014, 06:53:01 PM
Re.: MERS

I have some MMS on hand.  That should kill it.
http://miraclemineral.org/ (http://miraclemineral.org/)


Also, I just bought from http://www.myspicesage.com/ (http://www.myspicesage.com/):

 Nigella Sativa  [aka Black Seed]

Available Sizes
    10 Pounds Bulk

   00181111-10lb    1    $44.25
 
     
     Subtotal    $44.25
     Shipping & Handling    $0.00
     Grand Total    $44.25

JimFarmer - great posts. Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 25, 2014, 07:29:09 AM
Yowbarb Note: In today's video Ben Davidson (suspicious0bservers) mentioned a biological hazard I had not heard of.
(It sounds like he is saying "chik-Fee" not sure but I looked it up and it is chikungunya. Over 27,000 cases in Haiti and some popping up in the US.
...S0 News June 25, 2014 | C(lie)mate, Diamond Star  4:43

LINK: http://youtu.be/0899DOXOSx8
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http://c4i.me/site/2014/06/22/biological-hazard-caribean-area-haiti-2/

Biological Hazard – Caribbean Area – Haiti

EDIS Number: BH-20140622-44218-HTI
Date / time: 22/06/2014 04:42:12 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Caribean Area
Country: Haiti
State/County:
Location: [Nationwide]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 40000 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

While in late May the Ministry of Health estimated to more than 27,000 cases, the number of cases of chikungunya in Haiti http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11347-haiti-health-chikungunya-the-number-of-cases-greatly-exceeds-estimates.html today the number would be 39.343 cases. Face this epidemic, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), with various partners, including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Embassy of Taiwan, the Brazilian Brigade, Zanmi Lasante and GHESKIO Centre, organized a health sectoral table. The aim was to mobilize the necessary funds from partner to make converge the actions to be taken in the context of struggle anti-vector for the benefit of the population. It was an opportunity for some partners to position itself concretely and for others to reaffirm their commitment vis-à-vis the Ministry. Thus, PAHO / WHO has carried out ??through his representative, Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet, a donation of 3 million doses of paracetamol for the treatment of patients with Chikungunya. Dr. Florence D. Guillaume, the Minister of Health presented a vial containing 1,000 units of paracetamol to hospital officials of Arcachon 32, Cité Soleil, of health centers of Saint Martin 1 and 2. Taiwan's Ambassador to Haiti, Tsai Chiu Hwang, who was speaking in the context of this meeting, is committed to provide the MSPP, a donation of 100 thousand U.S. dollars to support the fight against the chikungunya epidemic. Zanmi Lasante has been delegated by the holder of the MSPP in the distribution of drugs in the Central Department, for any confirmed cases of Chikungunya. As for Mr. Kent Ekstrom, Head of MINUSTAH logistics, he confirmed that he will contribute significantly in the communication campaign through broadcast radio-tv messages and the installation of Billboards and supplying fuel for fumigation operations. Dr. Jocelyne Pierre-Louis, Director of the Directorate of Health Promotion and Protection of the Environment, said that besides the communication actions already carried out, the fight will intensify by the dissemination of standardized messages for the purposes of behavior change by the organization of a national day of awareness and cleaning and, other actions.

 
Syndicated from RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 25, 2014, 07:42:15 AM
Apparently this disease is spread by mosquitos and is not fatal but not fun either with fever joint pain etc. Can be "disabling" whatever that means..Complications in infants and older people not sure the extent of those yet. - Yowbarb
...http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/ChikungunyaMap.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/symptoms/index.html
Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Symptoms
•Most people infected with chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms.
•Symptoms usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
•The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain.
•Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
•Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
•Most patients feel better within a week. In some people, the joint pain may persist for months.
•People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults (≥65 years), and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.
•Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

Diagnosis
•The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue, another disease spread by mosquitoes.
•See your doctor if you develop the symptoms described above.
•If you have recently traveled, tell your doctor.
•Your doctor may order blood tests to look for chikungunya or other similar diseases.

Treatment
•There is no medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection or disease.
•Decrease the symptoms: ◦Get plenty of rest
◦Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
◦Take medicines, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, or paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain.
...
MAP: Countries and territories where chikungunya cases have been reported as of June 24, 2014 "Does NOT include imported cases."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on June 27, 2014, 06:55:05 PM
I've tried to figure out where to post this, but guess it COULD come under Miscellaneous Threats to Survival!

A few days ago I happened to hear a very loud propeller aircraft and ran outside to see a very low-flying older gray, military type plane, appearing to be a military cargo thing of some type.  It was so low it had to be under radar.  No kidding, it appeared to be about 100' off the ground and I watched it in such amazement that I forgot to grab the little disposable camera lying next to the door for "emergencies" just as this one. 

I looked at various aircraft on the internet and my mind was dazzled by the array of possibilities, but I do recall the wings were not swept back in newer planes, but were very rounded and perpendicular to the plane's body.  No markings that I could see.  Hubby was sitting at the table and saw it through the window--that is how low it was.  We live on a farm in Missouri's Ozarks.

We told a friend we regularly see, and he said he too saw one fly over his place about 50 miles away.  He said in fact they saw it twice, once from a distance, and the other time his sons saw it and were amazed at how low it was.

Does anyone know about a type of program that would use such aircraft to fly over farms at such a dangerously low altitude (this is mountainous terrain)?  After much discussion with hubby, we wonder if the craft was/is equipped with some high-tech equipment that can detect minerals and/or other things underground.  Are they looking for new places to mine?  Looking for new places to frack?

Ideas anyone?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on June 27, 2014, 10:16:38 PM
Quote
if the craft was/is equipped with some high-tech equipment that can detect minerals and/or other things underground.  Are they looking for new places to mine?

Arial surveys for gravity or magnetic anomalies come to mind, but that type of aircraft are not used, at least by the commercial services.  See http://www.gpxsurveys.com.au/Airborne-Geophysics/Magnetics (http://www.gpxsurveys.com.au/Airborne-Geophysics/Magnetics)

Many conjectures possible.  By whom, and why?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on June 28, 2014, 05:13:13 AM
The first thing that came to mind was that it was a WWII plane.  They have been using them recently because of the D-Day anniversary.  It could have just been a training exercise or a joyride for old vets.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 28, 2014, 06:02:27 PM
I've tried to figure out where to post this, but guess it COULD come under Miscellaneous Threats to Survival!

A few days ago I happened to hear a very loud propeller aircraft and ran outside to see a very low-flying older gray, military type plane, appearing to be a military cargo thing of some type.  It was so low it had to be under radar.  No kidding, it appeared to be about 100' off the ground and I watched it in such amazement that I forgot to grab the little disposable camera lying next to the door for "emergencies" just as this one. 

I looked at various aircraft on the internet and my mind was dazzled by the array of possibilities, but I do recall the wings were not swept back in newer planes, but were very rounded and perpendicular to the plane's body.  No markings that I could see.  Hubby was sitting at the table and saw it through the window--that is how low it was.  We live on a farm in Missouri's Ozarks.

We told a friend we regularly see, and he said he too saw one fly over his place about 50 miles away.  He said in fact they saw it twice, once from a distance, and the other time his sons saw it and were amazed at how low it was.

Does anyone know about a type of program that would use such aircraft to fly over farms at such a dangerously low altitude (this is mountainous terrain)?  After much discussion with hubby, we wonder if the craft was/is equipped with some high-tech equipment that can detect minerals and/or other things underground.  Are they looking for new places to mine?  Looking for new places to frack?

Ideas anyone?

It is really odd to see an old plane like that flying low... at this point I agree with steedy it is likely some non-threatening use of an old plane... Of course they need to do a better job than that of flying those, too low down...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on July 29, 2014, 07:44:02 AM
I just heard of another drone thing today.  This one involved one that was in a CA wildfire and it interfered with firefighters.  Anyway, it started me thinking, with these drones becoming more accessible to people, could they be used to spy on us?  If you are considered a threat, could one fly over your house and drop a mini bomb, for instance?

At the least, I think these things will become more popular and will be more of an invasion of our privacy.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 29, 2014, 10:52:31 PM
I just heard of another drone thing today.  This one involved one that was in a CA wildfire and it interfered with firefighters.  Anyway, it started me thinking, with these drones becoming more accessible to people, could they be used to spy on us?  If you are considered a threat, could one fly over your house and drop a mini bomb, for instance?

At the least, I think these things will become more popular and will be more of an invasion of our privacy.

Do you have a link for that story?
I saw a documentary recently. It sounded like the drones are available to people to use how they choose. I think they said rules will follow and for now pretty much unregulated. I will have to look into it. Whoever was flying the dron near the firefighters might have been using it to see what was happening... That's not good if it interfered with the process of putting out the fire!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on July 30, 2014, 06:46:41 AM
I heard about it on KLove.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 30, 2014, 09:46:27 AM
I heard about it on KLove.

Thanks...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 02, 2014, 06:39:33 PM
I read of a case on the West Coast a few weeks ago and it is infuriating to see where this drone surveillance is going.  I'll find the link and post it here.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 02, 2014, 06:56:19 PM
(Note: For some reason, sometimes when I copy&paste, the article is an exact copy with color and graphics, but at other times, it's text only.)
The link for this story, which is much more colorful, is:  http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/06/23/seattle-woman-sees-drone-peeping-into-her-apartment-window/
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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window.

Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment.

SEE ALSO: The Only Time Of The Year You Can Legally Walk Down The Street Naked In Seattle

After calling police, an employee of her apartment building says he went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove off before police arrived. Authorities say they are checking for surveillance video that may help identify the men.

SEE ALSO: FAA Approves Drone Flights in Alaska

Drones and what role they should play in society have been a hot item in Seattle for quite some time. Last year, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ordered the Seattle Police Department to abandon its plan to use drones after an uproar from citizens and privacy advocates.

 

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 07, 2014, 10:21:52 PM
Please see Moderator Jim Farmer's latest post in his News Topic regarding Ebola.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 01, 2014, 11:04:42 AM
Town Hall Member, GenericUser just sent me this article link:

http://neurowiki2012.wikispaces.com/Lyme+Disease+and+Neuroborreliosis
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 05, 2014, 01:26:29 PM
Yowbarb Note: As promised I am posting this article, to be found in the free newsletter of The Survival Center. I referred to it in the Topic, Some Survival Websites.I am still trying to find out if this article is correct.
...
http://www.survivalcenter.com/News/NewsletterFreeOCT2014.html

Ebola - Now in the USA. Thousands dead and counting.


As a virus that attacks and destroys the immune system, Ebola has taken thousands of lives and counting.

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has laid out plans to set up an Ebola crisis center, with a mission to halt the spread of the virus in West African countries in six to nine months.

“He is counting on public and private funding from around the world of some $600 million needed for supplies in West Africa.

ebola hospital
“Nearly 2,300 people have died and 4,300 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola have been reported since March.

“Mr. Ban said in a statement, "The number of cases is rising exponentially. The disease is spreading far faster than the response. People are increasingly frustrated that it is not being controlled."

Naturally there are fears that the virus will find its way to many other countries, creating a pandemic of major proportions. With no effective treatment yet available, it also seems doubtful that its spread can be halted in the six to nine months desired by the UN.

Memories of the created Swine Flu “pandemic” which turned out to be a drug company bonanza based on fraudulent information and statistics are likely to dampen many people's concerns about this new event as well.

But this one is very real, and it has prompted the US State Department to put out a bid for 160,000 sealed-seam suits, which are used by those treating Ebola victims.

That request indicates that the US government is preparing for a major outbreak.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 05, 2014, 01:33:54 PM
Yowbarb Note: I feel Jimfarmer has already posted about this, but here goes.
RE Ebola in the US:
I just verified by looking at the NIH and following links to the CDC, that the first case of ebola in the US was verified on September 30th. A man from west Africa landed in Dallas and began to have symptoms five days after arriving. He rapidly became very sick and is quarantined. More later...

http://www.fic.nih.gov/ResearchTopics/Pages/InfectiousDiseases-ebola.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/united-states-imported-case.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 08, 2014, 02:25:29 PM
Sorry I had to delete that last post of mine with an ebola article. I'm not sure that link is cool. Doing a scan on my computer now.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on October 09, 2014, 10:56:03 AM
Normally, I'm not concerned when I hear about virus outbreaks because I know there are ways to treat them and keep them contained.  However, I have been very concerned about Ebola.  This one seems to be a real baddie.  And we all saw how easy it was to get an infected person to America via planes.  How simple it will be for any group, whether terrorists, governments, what have you, to infect people worldwide.  I haven't ruled out the possibility of just that very scenario from happening.  It's probably not going to be with Ebola, but something even more virulent, or deadly.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 09, 2014, 02:50:21 PM
Normally, I'm not concerned when I hear about virus outbreaks because I know there are ways to treat them and keep them contained.  However, I have been very concerned about Ebola.  This one seems to be a real baddie.  And we all saw how easy it was to get an infected person to America via planes.  How simple it will be for any group, whether terrorists, governments, what have you, to infect people worldwide.  I haven't ruled out the possibility of just that very scenario from happening.  It's probably not going to be with Ebola, but something even more virulent, or deadly.

steedy, thanks for your input on this.
I try to keep a good thought, but ebola is very concerning.
There is no doubt in my mind there will be some kind of pandemic within the next year.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Marzstar on October 09, 2014, 05:54:05 PM
From my reading, I feel this can be very serious.  In the past I have not worried much about the various other flu's in the past, however, this for me seems more concerning.  I guess because of how it can mutate very quickly, and yes there are Ebola strains that have become airborne, as I expect this one is becoming since some of the people infected are not "doctors/nurses".  The latest patient was a journalist.  Makes me question???.  I am preparing and, if it really starts to take off here in the US, I am planning to leave the city.  I pray that I am completely wrong. 

Take care and many blessings to all.

Mar
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 10, 2014, 09:30:31 AM
From my reading, I feel this can be very serious.  In the past I have not worried much about the various other flu's in the past, however, this for me seems more concerning.  I guess because of how it can mutate very quickly, and yes there are Ebola strains that have become airborne, as I expect this one is becoming since some of the people infected are not "doctors/nurses".  The latest patient was a journalist.  Makes me question???.  I am preparing and, if it really starts to take off here in the US, I am planning to leave the city.  I pray that I am completely wrong. 

Take care and many blessings to all.

Mar

Mar thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am also very concerned about this whole ebola thing - I mean why is it suddenly airborne... I am not sure if the pandemic will be ebola or some other disease.
Good Thoughts and Prayers,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Marzstar on October 10, 2014, 11:49:53 AM
From what I understand there are 7 strains of Ebola.  This one is one of the stronger strains killing up to 70% those afflicted.  In the 1980's there was a strain that went airborne (this was a testing bio-chemical lab).  The scientists who were working on monkeys at that time were quite shocked that while testing the nonairbone strain quickly mutated to airborne ebola, very quickly.  They actually burned down that facility. 

The individual who was just recently flown over from Africa and is now in Nebraska was a journalist ...not a medic...leads me to believe that this ebloa is a jumper and that be it sneezing (air) or simply touching a table where someone has sneezed, does it really matter.  It can be transferred much more easily than what is being reported.  Cases are up to almost 9,000 dead in Africa and 1/2 are dead.  And these cases are what they can count, are they counting every village?  Hmmm, I don't know...my mind is wondering....

There is more information out there.  However, like I said above, for some reason, this hits me as though I need to really prepare and make decisions for me and my family that would make us get in car and get to our bug out location.   Cities will be hardest affected.  If it takes 15 to 25 medical personnel to help one individual to survive ebola (blood transfusions, IV's for liquid), there will not be enough hospitals, doctors, nurses to help even 10 to 100 cases in a big city, ie, Denver being one.  Keeping one hydrated is key to keeping one alive when getting this illness. 

Does this make sense?  Heck, like I said, it is a gut feeling that this is one to watch for and be prepared.  I pray that none of it will happen.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 21, 2014, 02:52:02 PM
Global Moderator Jimfarmer posted this in his news board:

https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=3155.1395

1) from "The Extinction Protocol: 2012 and beyond" at
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/ :

The Earth’s magnetic field could flip within our lifetime  [old news - Jim]
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-earths-magnetic-field-could-flip-within-our-lifetime/

Ebola doctors at breaking point – a major wave of infections is about to wash everything away
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ebola-doctors-at-breaking-point-a-major-wave-of-infections-is-about-to-wash-everything-away/

Ebola response passes over to the military- Pentagon to form rapid response strike team
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ebola-response-passes-over-to-the-military-pentagon-to-form-rapid-response-strike-team/
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2)  From http://www.earthfiles.com/ :

October 20, 2014 - Ebola, Simpler Than HIV Retrovirus, But Can Kill More Rapidly. Click for report with mp3 Audio Interview.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 31, 2014, 07:57:22 AM
Yowbarb Note:
Global Moderator Jimfarmer posted this in his NEWS Board, Daily Headlines...
The Extinction Protpcol found this story and released it.
CDC admits droplets in a sneeze CAN spread the Ebola virus.
...http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/cdc-admits-droplets-from-a-sneeze-could-spread-ebola/

October 2014 – HEALTH - Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday. “If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC. Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.” “Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states. Nass slammed the contradiction.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.” Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day. “A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said. –NY Post
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 01, 2014, 11:12:31 PM
From what I understand there are 7 strains of Ebola.  This one is one of the stronger strains killing up to 70% those afflicted.  In the 1980's there was a strain that went airborne (this was a testing bio-chemical lab).  The scientists who were working on monkeys at that time were quite shocked that while testing the nonairbone strain quickly mutated to airborne ebola, very quickly.  They actually burned down that facility. 

The individual who was just recently flown over from Africa and is now in Nebraska was a journalist ...not a medic...leads me to believe that this ebloa is a jumper and that be it sneezing (air) or simply touching a table where someone has sneezed, does it really matter.  It can be transferred much more easily than what is being reported.  Cases are up to almost 9,000 dead in Africa and 1/2 are dead.  And these cases are what they can count, are they counting every village?  Hmmm, I don't know...my mind is wondering....

There is more information out there.  However, like I said above, for some reason, this hits me as though I need to really prepare and make decisions for me and my family that would make us get in car and get to our bug out location.   Cities will be hardest affected.  If it takes 15 to 25 medical personnel to help one individual to survive ebola (blood transfusions, IV's for liquid), there will not be enough hospitals, doctors, nurses to help even 10 to 100 cases in a big city, ie, Denver being one.  Keeping one hydrated is key to keeping one alive when getting this illness. 

Does this make sense?  Heck, like I said, it is a gut feeling that this is one to watch for and be prepared.  I pray that none of it will happen.

Marzstar thanks for your post. I had meant to reply to it sooner. You are right a sneeze can spread it. Just the other day read it in one of Jim Farmer's news articles.  Re-posted it in  Topic, Ebola... https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php? topic=5674.msg82541#msg82541
According to the Extinction protocol article, the CDC admitted a sneeze can spread it...
Thanks for sharing your ideas,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 01, 2014, 11:40:53 PM
Yowbarb Note: I could only post the first 5 out of 16 cancer-causing foods at this time. 
Be sure to check the actual site. Interesting product ads too, including stop smoking programs - some of which may be free...
...
http://naturalon.com/10-of-the-most-cancer-causing-foods/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=30097632

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

Mar 9, 2014

It’s probably not something you think about every day, whether or not the foods you are eating could contain carcinogens, but with almost 1.5 million people diagnosed with some type of cancer just last year, perhaps it’s time to look at what is in our foods that could be causing such a huge number of new cancer patients. Here is a list of the top 10 foods that you most likely consume every day that may contain carcinogens or be suspected of causing cancer.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on November 06, 2014, 03:29:58 PM
This post might not relate to physical survival, but it surely relates to emotional and/or psychological survival or at least health.  It is about IDENTITY THEFT.

OK, I thought I was almost immune, or at least less likely than most to suffer identity theft because I don't do a LOT of online shopping, don't text constantly (never actually), don't use debit cards everywhere for every single purchase, etc., but several weeks ago I received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicating that someone had used my name and soc. sec. # to file a return with another person whose name I have never heard.  I was told to call the IRS about this matter, which I did.

What I realized is that someone did have my social security #, name (missing middle initial), and address.  After talking with the IRS and their agreeing to destroy the fraudulent return, something else occurred to me.  In the past year,  I noticed three times my credit card was causing a problem with the vendor, and one time they asked me to just mail them a check, as PayPal would not accept my credit card for some reason.  After much thought I realize that someone probably also has my credit card number and has tried unsuccessfully to use it (unsuccessfully so far), and now there is a "Red Flag" attached to my number.  I plan to change the number ASAP.

Here is another reason why I thought I was almost immune.  Being wary of online hacking and the like, I never give my social security # online, and if the birthdate is absolutely required at some site, I make up a fake birth date, not because I'm trying to pull a "fast one", but because of the very issue of identity theft!

So, if someone out there reading this has had a problem using a credit card, consider that someone has stolen your identity.  If the crooks file a tax return using your name, and trying to get a refund, the IRS will let you know.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Aldwyn on November 07, 2014, 09:41:28 AM
New birthdates are often a great idea.  I have many and change them them often.  Facebook has recorded a few, though they balk at changing it.  Also be ready to have many middle initials because you can track (to an extent) who is selling data about you and then when something has the wrong one you can dispute it more easily.  The biggest thing is your password that you do use for online anything.  I know it can be hard to remember them all and typing long passwords is a pain but especially with financial (paypal, amazon, banking) they all need to be only used once per site and change the thing often.  I am an IT guy and I have seen bad passwords lead to people having their identity stolen.  There wasn't much to steal though since they already made it public on facebook. The thieves just had to look.

ilinda, changing that number is a great idea.   Good luck but it looks like everything is being handled and you are in good shape. 

Just as a note I do try to give creative answers to anything looking for data because I am private, my data is not for sale, and confusing the world is fun and funny.  :)

Aldwyn
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 07, 2014, 11:41:05 PM
Liberians appear to have gotton the ebola outbreak under control...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on November 08, 2014, 06:08:46 AM
Aldwyn, thanks for that.  And you brought up something I also do, as much for fun as for creating confusion for someone wanting to delve into personal data.

When signing up for an account at some sites, there are ofen "security questions" asked, such as where you went to high school, what state you were born in, or just "where" you were born.  I always love to be creative, for example, where you were born:  "Earth".  Where you went to high school:  "in my home state".  Anyway, it becomes really a fun challenge to be as creative as possible and at the same time, give out no personal information.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 10, 2014, 12:34:44 AM
Interesting posts, ilinda and Aldwyn!
Thanks to both of you for sharing your stories and ideas!  ;D

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 12, 2014, 08:49:56 AM
This may seem like a pretty puny threat to survival, pollen - but to some people this can seasonally pull down their immune system or lead to occasional asthma attacks...
In a survival situation it would be better to take some allergy med than to suffer on with it.
Map #1 is just weed pollen. The table says "Ragweed pollen." It is fairly high in the Pacific southwest today. The levels in some southeastern states such as Louisiana might be enough to cause a problem for some people.

Map #2 is Grass Pollen - fairly high and high in the southwest.

Tree pollen -not showing up in the US just now.
How to find these maps: Go to  TWC sote on the left it's a bit tricky but if you click National Forecast quick enough you will get maps. Drop down menus. Pollens, molds, temperatures air quality etc. a few different maps.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 12, 2014, 09:03:27 AM
PS Here is the Mold Spores map for the US, as of Nov 11th. Low - medium.
Below that is the Flu map for week-ending Nov 01st.

http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/allergies/usmoldspores_large.html?clip=undefined&region=undefined&collection=localwxforecast&presname=undefined
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 14, 2014, 05:01:43 PM
Note from Yowbarb - Jimfarmer posted in his Topic, Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings  (Read 128954 times) and then, looking at Extinction Protocol, I am seeing more news of Ebola...
Previously I had posted it looked like it was getting under control. Not so...
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Video:  Chinese Factory Churns Out Ebola Suits

Link:
http://youtu.be/myyMhzX1q6g  Nov 05 AP

...
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/ The Extinction Protocol

Recent Posts
Mali quarantines dozens as second Ebola outbreak spreads in country
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/mali-quarantines-dozens-as-second-ebola-outbreak-spreads-in-country/

What case drop? Ebola finds new hotspots outside Liberian capital – ‘everybody could die in this town’
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/what-case-drop-ebola-finds-new-hotspots-outside-liberian-capital-everybody-could-die-in-this-town/

The number of Ebola cases rise sharply in Sierra Leone
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/the-number-of-ebola-cases-rise-sharply-in-sierra-leone/

Reality Check: China to double production of Ebola hazmat suits to 6,000 a day
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/reality-check-china-to-double-production-of-ebola-hazmat-suits-to-6000-a-day/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 15, 2014, 08:13:41 AM
Texas and NY were both declared Ebola-free within the past few days.
The nurse who cared for a Liberian man who perished from ebola has fully recovered.
The doctor who developed  ebola upon his return has been given a clean bill of health.
It is taking some 25 personel and lots of equipment to cure a person of ebola. Lots of monitoring and hydration, intravenous, is needed.
If people know of a sure-fire natural way to cure this disease (or even your opinions on cures) please post it in the EBOLA Topic -
Link: https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5674.msg82709#new
Also post ideas in  the natural cures area... Boards:
SURVIVALIST HEAL THYSELF https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=15.0  -and -

Alternative Medicine - Herbs, Foods and Methods - 2014 and Beyond
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=17.0

There are plenty of Topics you can add to there, however anyone who wants to start an ebola topic there with ideas - that's fine.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 15, 2014, 08:15:01 AM
Texas and NY were both declared Ebola-free within the past few days.
The nurse who cared for a Liberian man who perished from ebola has fully recovered.
The doctor who developed  ebola upon his return has been given a clean bill of health.
It is taking some 25 personel and lots of equipment to cure a person of ebola. Lots of monoitoring and hydration, intravenous, is needed.
If people know of a sure-fire natural way to cure this disease please post it here also in  the natural cures area... Boards:
SURVIVALIST HEAL THYSELF  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=15.0  -and -

Alternative Medicine - Herbs, Foods and Methods - 2014 and Beyond
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=17.0

There are plenty of Topics you can add to there, however anyone who wants to start an ebola topic there with ideas - that's fine.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on November 15, 2014, 09:02:38 AM
Quote
If people know of a sure-fire natural way to cure this disease (or even your opinions on cures) please post it in the EBOLA Topic -
Link: https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5674.msg82709#new

Colloidal Silver  is known to cure Ebola.  The USA Gov't's patent on one strain of Ebola says so, according to a friend who downloaded that patent.

MMS will almost certainly cure Ebola, although tests have not been done yet, according to a recent email blast from the originator of MMS.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 15, 2014, 09:32:39 AM
Quote
If people know of a sure-fire natural way to cure this disease (or even your opinions on cures) please post it in the EBOLA Topic -
Link: https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5674.msg82709#new

Colloidal Silver  is known to cure Ebola.  The USA Gov't's patent on one strain of Ebola says so, according to a friend who downloaded that patent.

MMS will almost certainly cure Ebola, although tests have not been done yet, according to a recent email blast from the originator of MMS.

Jim - thanks for the wonderful info!!
- Batb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 15, 2015, 03:11:34 PM
http://www.weather.com/maps/health Pollens and mold spores maps
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2015, 10:40:37 AM
This is the current pollen map for the US http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp  SEE: Interactive map on page.

Today's Worst Cities
•Orlando, FL
•Tampa, FL
•Yuma, AZ
•Daytona Beach, FL
•Phoenix, AZ

Today's Best Cities

•Aberdeen, SD
•Duluth, MN
•Fargo, ND
•Grand Forks, ND
•Grand Rapids, MI
 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 10, 2015, 06:02:21 AM
SECRET CHIPPING of HUMANS
The article below can be accessed via the "long route", by first going to http://stopthecrime.net, then click on "Just Added" in the menu bar across the top of the page, then scroll down to: BREAKING: Secretly Forced Chips in Targeted Individual Removed, Identified (PHOTOS).

Or, if you want to go directly to the article, here is the link:
http://topinfopost.com/2015/02/02/chip-removed-from-an-individual-body?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+topinfopost+%28The+Top+Information+post%29

BREAKING: Secretly Forced Chips In Targeted Individual Removed, Identified (PHOTOS)

By
DNA
on
February 2, 2015

This article originally appeared in beforeitsnews.

An innocent Targeted Individual (TI) underwent surgery Friday in California for removal of five secretly implanted biomedical devices in his body.  In a major breakthrough for him and possibly thousands of other TIs, the “foreign bodies” medical experts have analyzed have been identified in that they comprised of waveguides and nanotechnology.
The expert anlysis accounts for inhumane suffering through involuntary body movements that Cain has described as hell. It is also a possible breakthrough for thousands of other TIs who claim illegal implantation and being tortured..
According to court documents, in TI Richard Cain and his two children allegedly were implanted at St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in 2008 in a non-consensual human medical research program.  For over five years, Cain’s family has experienced hell, including involuntary movements, as many TIs contacting Deborah Dupré complain in their written accounts.

‘Another Step Closer To Justice’

 
Richard Cain, who has been communicating with Dupré since 2013, has been subjected to what he calls a “nightmare,” after he and his sons were implanted without his knowledge or consent.
“I have been implanted with biomedical devices from head to toe,” Cain told Dupré in an email on Jan. 10.
By then, x-rays and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) clearly showed the foreign bodies in his body and that of his children.

Friday, at UCLA MOB, Cain underwent surgical removal of five foreign bodies that have been lodged in both bilateral arms, right ventral abdomen, and left bicep.
“The evidence speaks for itself.,” Cain told Dupré late Friday in an email. “The evidence is in the hands of UCLA pathology and my experts. Another step closer to justice.”
Cain justifiably worried the extracted foreign bodies would be tampered or misplaced.
“The specimens are in the possession of my experts and UCLA Pathology. In Monday the specimens will be split between the experts. After that, reports will be generated,” Cain had told Dupré. “My only hope is that they are not tampered with or switched. There will be follow up CT scan of the areas that extractions took place.
Cain added, “On the outside the appearance of fatty tissue and/or AKA lymphomas until they are cut open. The microelectromechanical [MEM] devices could easily be seen in one.”

“Typical MEMS devices have smaller than mm dimensions and they are characterized by engineering and control of lengths and movements that range typically from nanometers to micrometers.  JMEMS includes and welcomes topics in MEMS, which include aspects of nanotechnologies in functional design, materials integration and fabrication.” (Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems,  http://eds.ieee.org/journal-of-microelectromechanical-systems.html)
By Sunday morning, the medical experts had identified the foreign bodies as waveguides and nanotechnology.
Before undergoing surgery, Cain had taken his case to the Superior Court of California in Santa Barbara. Two doctors had analyzed e-rays of the foreign bodies. Some were identified as microelectromechanical (mems) devices previously idenitifed through SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope). Doctors Hildegard Staninger and Daniel Ferrier had both submitted to the court independent declarations to this effect.
“My family and I have been the subjects of Government funded human research and/or hate crimes,” he had told Dupré.  “hese crimes are being covered-up by using the words National Security.
The secret assaults have not only been against Cain. He is the father of two young children, Christopher and Cayden. Both of them have also been secretly implanted. Both have suffered since then.
“The fact that my two minor children have the same and/or similar devices in their little bodies speaks for themselves,” he had said. “My sons were ages 3 and 4 when the discoveries took place. Their x-rays, blood & urine analysis present the true facts.
According to Cain’s research, the devices he and his children have can only be introduced into the body, while being in a medical facility.
In July 6, 2013, Integrated Health Systems private investigator Melinda Kidder filed a report after researching the foreign bodies that had been secretly implanted in Cain and his children.  Her report,  “Industrial Toxicological Comparative Report On Emissions Of Frequency Signals From The Human Body And Their Origins, was based on an image of the brain of one of Cain’s son,  an image of an electrode placement on the abductor halluces muscle, and an image of vibratory principles on Polarity
“All three of us were patient of the same hospital,” he stated.
Cain has stated in an email:
“I OBSERVE MY SONS BEING TORTURE NIGHTLY AS THE DEVICES ARE BEING TRIGGERED INSIDE OF THEIR LITTLE BODIES, DEPRIVING THEM OF SLEEP FOR HOURS UNTIL THEY AWAKE .I WILL NOT REST UNTIL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMMENCES AN INVESTIGATION INTO THESE HATE CRIMES.THE LINK BELOW DESCRIBES THE DEVICES IN DETAIL. CAN YOU IMAGINE THESE DEVICES BEING IMPLANTED INTO THE BODY OF ANYONE, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN IS TROUBLING!! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THESE CRIMES OTHER THAN GREED. THE DEVICES ARE MICROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS).”
The photo below is his son Chris’s arm after implanted:

Unlike most doctors and other medical experts do when a TI see them complaining of being implanted, Dr. Daniel Ferrier upheld the Hipposcratic Oath all doctors take. He examined all the Cain x-rays and reports. He stated in a declaration presented to the Superior Court of California on November 7, 2013, “I declare this stimulatory mechanism to be the underlying etiology of the majority of Cain’s symptoms.”
Ferrier also stated in #24 of that declaration:
“I declare that the physical size of pieceparts often specified in in published spec sheets or research reports to be in the range as small as 10s to 100s nanometers supports a conclusion that imaging resolution of state-of-the-art radiographic imaging systems currently operated routinely for patient evaluation are limited to achieve definitive rule-out of the presence of each pieceparts or identify and characterize this new technology.”
Ferrier declared the plaintiff “has one or more loci in his body harboring unequivocally defendable functional nanotechnology capable of receiving or processing highly specific frequencies within the electromagnetic spectrum known to and regulated by the FCC.”
It is estimated that as many 350,000 innocent people in the United States alone are TIs and that anywhere from fifteen percent to most if not all of them have been secretly implanted, according to private investigators interviewed by Dupré.
Cain said, “I would not give up and the truth will be told.”
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 11, 2015, 03:08:33 PM
ilinda, thanks very much for posting this.
Pretty sure I went there but it was years earlier, early Christmas Day 1996.
My Michael was a Meteorologist up there in Oxnard. I had flown down from OR, after the birth of my grandson. Flew back to L.A, but there was a huge delay in my flight then I was over tired and Michael too. Michael drive me and my son up to Oxnard. Problem was, with all that happening, I left without one of my breathing medicines and had to be treated  early in the AM in Oxnard. The doctor was great and they gave me good treatment but who knows what could go on with other patients at other time periods... That is alarming about the TIs.
How does a person find out more about TIs I wonder.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 11, 2015, 05:17:53 PM
ilinda, thanks very much for posting this.
Pretty sure I went there but it was years earlier, early Christmas Day 1996.
My Michael was a Meteorologist up there in Oxnard. I had flown down from OR, after the birth of my grandson. Flew back to L.A, but there was a huge delay in my flight then I was over tired and Michael too. Michael drive me and my son up to Oxnard. Problem was, with all that happening, I left without one of my breathing medicines and had to be treated  early in the AM in Oxnard. The doctor was great and they gave me good treatment but who knows what could go on with other patients at other time periods... That is alarming about the TIs.
How does a person find out more about TIs I wonder.
It is extremely disturbing, but people need to know this stuff is going on.  I was in contact with an Arkansas man via email for several years during which time he told me a LOT about the chip harassment to him, via several chips implanted into him.  He is fairly certain he knows exactly when and why they were placed there.

He is a Ph.D. who was in the military.  He came across as very credible in everything he said.  Anyway, he told me that during his time in the military (lifer) he had often expressed support and sympathy for the Palestinians, and of course TPTB/TPTW are always supporting Israel, even when they bulldoze homes with Palestinians in them!  So he did not curry favor with TPTB/TPTW who are controlling much in this world. 

He said when he was being released from the military as part of retirement, he said one thing that was part of the process was to get "injections".  He said he didn't give it a lot of thought at the time, but it was later that he gave a lot of thought about WHEN the electronic harassment began and he tied it to the time immediately after his discharge, including those "injections" whose purpose he was never told.  He may have assumed some sort of vaccine?

Anyway his e was "mindovermonster@....." which I won't give here publicly, but seeing that article and some others recently makes me want to reestablish contact, just to let him know of all the work that has been done since he and I talked.

Deborah Tavares has a diverse and full website, which includes a number of articles and videos that cover this topic.  One of them blew my mind, the video done by some doctor or other professional and he was expressing what I am here--people have no idea!!  He said thousands, literally thousands, are being implanted.  There is an agenda of course.  And another person who comes across as very credible and forthright is Ms. Tavares whose website is  www.stopthecrime.net .

When I find that specific video, I'll post the link here.  Very interesting, and actually scary enough to make me NEVER want to go to a hospital again--even as a visitor!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 11, 2015, 10:57:06 PM
Interesting and very chilling info...thanks so much for posting,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 12, 2015, 09:03:58 AM
There is so much information "out there" on this topic and some of it is on a personal level such as the Arkansas man I connected with a few years ago.  Other information is at a different level affecting larger numbers of individuals.  At a higher level still, there is more information.  In the recent past I have viewed a number of videos, several of which discuss the agenda at the highest levels.

IOW, what IS the agenda?  Who ARE those at the HIGHEST levels?  Not sure if any one person can answer these questions with conviction, but three interviews which I think are important in understanding the "Bigger Picture" (maybe I should post this in Jim's Board of that same name as well) are with Robert Naeslund, William Pawelec, and Bill Ryan.

Robert Naeslund was a "targeted individual" (TI) beginning as a youth who was illegally implanted in a Scandanavian hospital, and now as an adult after having researched this most of his life, has several interviews online.  He does say that thousands upon thousands are being chipped without their knowledge or consent.   One interview is: The Human Brain Project  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei3zla5hS9o

William Pawelec gave an interview in 2004, under the condition that it not be released until after his death, which occurred in May, 2007, and permission was granted to publish the interview in 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yytSNQ2ogD4

And finally Bill Ryan was interviewed about the bigger picture, for sure, i.e., how the human population is actually an experiment that was begun long ago, but was significantly affected about 17,000 years ago by our "Controllers".  One theme I got out of the interview is that Earth is sort of a giant Petrie Dish in which we were set up as a genetic experiment that is being allowed to continue on its own.  The goal of the Controllers was/is to optimize our DNA or genome, rather than to create it.  The one thing they did not anticipate was our acquisition of all the technologies from various ET groups.  There is more, but this interview, for me, ties together and makes more clear, so much of what goes on today on this planet, as well as our history.   
Bill Ryan's commentary on the RULERS OF THE WORLD interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2KDtqIP7kk

I urge people to view these videos in order to get a broader view of what is happening.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 15, 2015, 09:02:21 AM
ilinda - thanks for your report. Important to learn about these things...

Meanwhile for those who do not suffer from seasonal allergies, you may not understand why allergies can be a big deal.  This is a situation which will make some people sick and put some in the hospital. I've been there. So if you know someone who is suffering with allergies ask them if they take anything for it. If not try to get them to the doctor. Be it herbal or a drug something has to be done for allergies. The allergic reaction weakens the respiratory system and this can escalate to an unexpected asthma attack. A benedryl tablet, some fizzy vitamin C drink, calcium pills and staying indoors...these things can help.
Below is a screen shot of today's pollen forecast from pollen.com See the page itself for the interactive map. The interactive map tells what pollens are in your area.

http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 16, 2015, 06:35:23 AM
In a conversation with GenericUser, we had been chatting about CERN coming online again this year, during which time, the physicists in charge plan to ramp up the energy to an even higher level than it was used several years ago, when they claim to have discovered the "Higgs Boson" particle.

 For a tidy chronology of its operations, watch Particle Fever.  In fact, I only recently viewed it on the suggestion of GenericUser, and it is good in that it will bring you up to speed on the operations and behind-the-scenes activities of these supercolliders.

After watching Particle Fever, I began to ponder the significance as well as possibilities (most of which I probably cannot imagine) of what will happen when CERN is ramped up at "full throttle", which they plan this year, September, IIRC, although it has been brought back online as of this month, March, 2015 for testing, testing, and more testing.  Problem is, they really don't know what they are doing, nor do they know what will happen.  They admit they do not know what will happen.

I had expressed my specific concerns to GenericUser, so he suggested posting it here on the TH.

Well, after viewing the above movie, and having already read Marshall's new book, Being In It for the Species, and reading in the book about the chronology that is thought to be unfolding, I began to wonder if CERN's being brought online and pushed to the highest energy levels ever, will trigger that event Marshall's book calls "Firestarter".  Those who read the book will remember that one of the earliest catastrophes is the "Winter of Ash", but that it is to be preceded by a "Firestarter" event which is only named but no details are given.

Physicist Nassim Haramein in one of his many videos, states that at the center of every atom is a black hole and that he has done the math to prove it   So just think about blasting your way into a black hole, which is what CERN people plan! 

Prior to watching the above movie, I had wondered if the "Firestarter" event would be related to the exponentially increasing methane releases from melting permafrost and ocean venting which could trigger some sort of "combustion event".  But now we have yet another event--CERN going back online, which seems much more likely to qualify as "Firestarter" trigger, due to the incredible amount of energy concentrated in such a restricted area.

Last night I watched a few CERN-relalted videos and found one that is short and to the point, and which quotes two physicists,  Stephen Hawking and Neil de Grasse Tyson, both of whom express strong reservations about what the people at CERN are doing. 

Here is that 4-5 min. video:
ALERT:  CERN To Attempt "Big Bang" IN MARCH, TOP SCIENTISTS ISSUE WARNINGS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFCfRM_JNj8
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 16, 2015, 11:50:37 PM
ilinda and also GenericUser...great work in finding and discussing these matters and posting them here...
"CERN" seems definitely a cause for concern...

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 29, 2015, 05:09:23 AM
Yes, another threat for all of us to ponder:  altering our own DNA for the sake of supposed immunity.  The article below comes from Canadian site, GlobalResearch.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-gmo-vaccines-alter-human-dna-to-produce-artificial-immunity/5439099


Global Research

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New GMO Vaccines Alter Human DNA to Produce Artificial Immunity

By David Gutierrez
Global Research, March 27, 2015
Natural News
Theme: Science and Medicine

Recently, scientists took a huge leap forward in developing a radically new form of immunization. Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute reported in February that they had successfully used a new form of gene therapy to induce monkeys to produce an antibody that deactivates HIV.
This new therapy is fundamentally different from vaccination, which consists of introducing small amounts of infectious material into the body to induce it to produce its own antibodies. In immunoprophylaxis by gene transfer (IGT), scientists instead hope to modify the DNA of patients to enable them to produce entirely new antibodies.
“The reality is we are touching third rails, and so it’s going to take some explanation,” said David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology, a Nobel Prize recipient, virologist and IGT researcher.
Bypassing the immune system
In IGT, scientists first identify the genes (in humans or other animals) that produce powerful antibodies against hard-to-treat diseases. They then create artificial versions of these genes and insert them into viruses. These viruses are then injected into patient (usually into muscle tissue), where they transfer the genetically engineered DNA to the muscle cells. Although muscle cells normally do not produce antibodies, the viral DNA changes their genetic programming, and the muscles start producing the antibodies.
The first major breakthrough in IGT came in 2009, when Philip R. Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues announced that they had successfully used the technique to cause monkeys’ muscles to produce antibodies that protected the animals from SIV, a version of HIV that affects nonhuman primates. In 2011, Baltimore and colleagues successfully used IGT to protect mice against injected HIV. In 2014, they were able to use the technique to protect female mice against HIV introduced vaginally.
“We’re going around the immune system, rather than trying to stimulate the immune system,” Baltimore said. “So what we’re doing is pretty fundamentally different from vaccination, although the end result is pretty similar.”
Scientists are also researching the possibility of using IGT to confer resistance to many other diseases that have resisted vaccination, including malaria, respiratory diseases (such as cystic fibrosis, influenza or SARS) and even Ebola.
Many technical hurdles remain before IGT therapies could be widely adopted, however. Michael Farzan, lead author of the recent Scripps study, notes that scientists still need to figure out how to regulate the body’s production of the new antibodies, or shut it off.
“If we really want to see this blossom, we need regulatory ‘off’ switches,” he said.
Designer immune systems on the horizon?
Although scientists and bioethicists claim that IGT is no different than existing gene therapies and is therefore not ethically problematic, they admit that the public may see things differently. The prospect of having one’s DNA modified to fight a disease may not be easily accepted.
As with all gene therapies, IGT also raises concerns about the ethical implications of gene therapies designed to “improve” or “enhance” human beings rather than simply treat medical conditions. Conferring disease immunity arguably straddles the line between these approaches. Injecting viruses that are designed to modify the human genome also carries the risk of potentially severe side effects.
Thus far, gene therapy researchers have mostly limited themselves to what is known as somatic gene therapy, rather than germ line gene therapy. In the former, only non-reproductive DNA is modified, meaning that the modified traits cannot be passed on to future generations. It is widely accepted that germ line gene therapy poses an even more perilous ethical landscape than the gene therapies already under development.
Finally, the prospect of modifying the human genome raises the question, as always, of who would control such technology, and who would get to decide when it would be used.
(Natural News Science)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 02, 2015, 07:03:13 AM
http://www.asyousow.org/our-work/environmental-health/toxic-enforcement/lead-and-cadmium-in-food/

Lead and Cadmium in Food


This article focuses more on chocolate than anything else, but it certainly was an eye-opener.  I didn't print it here as there are too many graphics/pics that don't "copy and paste", thus losing something.  To read and enjoy, just click on the link and be surprised.

Makes me rethink the amount of chocolate I eat, or at least the brands.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 07, 2015, 07:44:36 PM
(Note:  a number of mentions/articles have already been posted warning about the potential threats to food safety, when foods are subjected to microwave cooking, plus the potential threat to those who eat microwaved food, but it's not a bad idea to post yet another.)


http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/04/06/why-you-shouldnt-be-a-part-of-the-90-of-americans-that-still-use-microwaves/

Why You Shouldn’t Be A Part Of The 90% Of Americans That Still Use Microwaves
April 6, 2015 by Mark DeNicola. 60 Comments.

They’re fast, convenient, and easy to use. Manufacturers even produce packaged foods specifically for their use. What I’m referring to are of course, microwave ovens, the household appliance that is still regularly used as a part of meal preparation and re-heating in approximately 90% of American homes.
I say “still” in the previous statement because the dangers associated with microwave use have been documented for quite some time, dangers that I will once again outline in this article. Ultimately, arguments can always be made for the use of anything harmful if done in moderation, but given the hectic nature of most of our lives, the convenience the device offers makes little to moderate use seem very unlikely to be practiced.
Microwaves Alter Your Food’s Chemical Structure
Microwaves heat food by causing the water molecules contained within to vibrate at very high frequencies, eventually turning those molecules into steam. It is this reaction which increases the temperature of your food. The type of heating microwaves produce is known as dielectric heating, which bounces around the device and is absorbed by the food that you put into it.
Heating your food in general is known to deprive it of at least a portion of its nutrients, but many believe that opting to heat food via a microwave also subjects it to what is referred to as the “microwave effect.” Many still argue that the microwave effect is a myth, but a number of studies have come out suggesting otherwise. Most notably, a study released by Penn State University in 2001 stated that conventional and microwave heating appear the same at the macro level but are very different at the molecular level. The study also referenced a 1995 study in which a scientist successfully demonstrated that microwaves – unlike other heating devices – are capable of destroying viral DNA.(1)
Another study conducted in 2003 examined broccoli prepared in the microwave and found that the vegetable had lost 97% of its valuable antioxidant content through the cooking process.(4) Given that we live in a world dominated by processed food, and much of the fresh produce we do eat is grown in soil heavily depleted of its naturally occurring nutrients, the idea of losing even more nutrition seems almost like a knockout punch to our health. To most of us, myself included, eating completely raw is definitely not overly enticing, so opting for the best possible cooking method certainly does seem important.
The best possible cooking method also extends into the oil you choose to prepare your food with, since many oils are found to turn rancid when heated past a certain point. You can find out more about that HERE and see one better alternative HERE.
Container Chemicals & Food Fats Leak Into Your Food
We’re all familiar with the “Microwave Safe” label found on a number of food containers, but this label is entirely misleading. Despite what many people think, it only refers to the container’s ability to be used in a microwave safely without melting or starting a fire. What it doesn’t refer to is the container’s safety in terms of the numerous toxic chemicals it can leak into your food when heated – chemicals which you then ingest.
Chemicals such as polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, xylene, the now well-known BPA, and even it’s so-called safer alternative BPS. Many of these chemicals have been linked to the impairment of female reproductive elements and brain development, along with diabetes, prostate disease, and more. The microwaving of fatty foods in “microwave safe” plastic containers has also been found to lead to the release of the known carcinogen dioxins.(1)
Oven-safe glass is widely recognized as one of the best alternatives when it comes to heating your food, and even though glassware can often be more expensive than many of its counterparts, it seems to be a worthy investment.
Even A New & Safety Inspected Microwave Can Leak Radiation
Microwave manufacturers do deserve a lot of credit for the heightened safety standards they’ve put into practice when developing the newest microwave ovens. Thanks to their hard work, a number of previous concerns have been rectified, however there still seems to be some exposure, especially when within a certain radius of the appliance when in use.
Even a brand new, perfectly functioning and locking microwave can expose us to up to 400 milliGauss of unwanted radiation. To put that into perspective, a mere 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia.(1) Steering clear of microwaves when in use is certainly advisable for all but is particularly critical for both pregnant women and children. Given that microwaves are most often used in the midst of the cooking process, steering clear of them can often be quite difficult, further exemplifying why they should be avoided altogether if possible.
How To Move On Without A Microwave
There are certainly no shortage of alternatives when it comes to heating food. The one key difference between microwaves and the other available options, however, is time. As with so many other worthy changes we feel inspired to make in our lives, they take a level of commitment in order to be implemented properly.
A simple step such as planning ahead can go a long way towards avoiding the need for a microwave. Taking frozen ingredients out of the freezer well in advance of meal preparation time will give them the opportunity to naturally thaw out in time for when they need to be cooked.
I believe that the more we become consciously present with the meals we prepare, the more likely we are to naturally steer away from the need for a quick prep option. Both a toaster oven and conventional oven may take substantially longer to prepare a meal, but the health concerns that they successfully avoid is certainly worth the wait.
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I personally haven’t had a microwave in any of the houses I’ve lived in since the age of 12 and I can’t say that I miss it. What are your thoughts on the health concerns related to microwaves? Do you still use one regularly? And if so, why? We’d love to know via the comment section below.
For an even more in-depth analysis on the concerns related to microwave ovens, I strongly suggest you check out the Mercola article referenced throughout the article and as (1) below.
Sources
(1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx
(2) http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/are-you-still-using-a-microwave-oven
(3) http://www.health-science.com/microwave_hazards.html
(4) https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/microwaves-and-nutrition/

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 11, 2015, 06:30:46 AM

Brazil water crisis: 56 Northeastern cities are in state of collapse, says government

1 comments Posted by Jim at Thursday, April 09, 2015


[Translation by Microsoft Translator]
By Catherine Alencastro 
1 April 2015
BRASILIA (O Globo) – In yet another government meeting to evaluate the water crisis in part of the country, the diagnosis is that, in the Northeast, there are currently 56 cities in a state of collapse, i.e., without water for more than four days. According to the government, there is an ongoing operation being managed by state and local governments. In the Southeast, despite the March rains, the water regime was lower than expected and the reservoirs of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are still operating below the average.
In relation to the Northeast, the Union asked for a diagnosis and said it will take further action with the army. It is estimated that up to 105 Northeastern cities can get into situation of collapse. The Minister of national integration, Gilberto Occhi, stated that at the next meeting of the working group which monitors the water crisis within the government, the situation of 500 wells and water supply systems in the Northeast will be assessed.
According to the government, there are studies indicating that this drought can last for up to three to four years. The Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, claimed that her team is devising a plan to adapt to climate change.
The Cantareira system, from São Paulo, is still below the dead volume, and follows operating with this water reserve. And the system of the Paraíba do Sul, Rio, is operating at its useful volume (so above the dead volume), but below average.
“We're in the month of transition and, between now and June, the rains diminish too. The rains in the Southeast from October to March were 70% to 75% of the average historical values,” said Carlos Nobre, of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The President of the national water agency (ANA), Vicente Andreu, explained that the body has adjusted the withdrawal of water from the reservoirs of the Southeast to avoid depleting even more their levels. In the case of the Cantareira, the current water withdrawal is one third of the withdrawal in normal situations.
The situation of the Paraíba do Sul, according to the ANA, is better. The reservoir had "significant improvement" and operates at 16% of its useful volume. In February, the usable volume of the Paraíba do Sul was zero. Over the past year, however, the situation has deteriorated. The tank, at this same time in 2014, operated at 40% of its useful volume.
Izabella, Occhi and technicians gathered at the Presidential Palace in the Minister's Office Aloízio Mercadante.
Water crisis: 56 Northeastern cities are in situation of collapse, says Government
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 11, 2015, 06:38:49 AM
(Note:  Below is an article showing how a person wearing blinders, not seeing the bigger picture, can blame this party or that party, wrongly for something much bigger in scope than one's political party or beliefs.  If Carly Fiorina could remove her blinders and see the bigger picture, she would know that decades ago when humans decided they were smarter and wiser than Mother Nature, when they converted a desert into lush farmland, via irrigation, via pumping water from deep underground aquifers, they were setting the stage for the water disaster looming now in California.  While it is true that drought is occurring, if they had not "overpumped" the aquifer for irrigating a desert, they would have the underground water stores needed for drinking, cooking, and for wildlife.  End of editorial rant.)

http://www.desdemonadespair.net/
Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought – ‘It is a man-made disaster’
2 comments Posted by Jim at Thursday, April 09, 2015


[It is a “man-made disaster”, but not in the way she thinks. –Des]
By Kendall Breitman
6 April 15
(Politico) – Carly Fiorina is blaming liberal environmentalists for what she calls a “man-made” drought in California.
“It is a man-made disaster,” Fiorina, who is “seriously considering” a run for president in 2016, told the Blaze Radio on Monday.
“California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It’s a tragedy.”
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, a Republican, ran for a California Senate seat in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and lost. Now, the state is facing a devastating drought in its fourth year. On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order to restrict water usage. The directive orders California’s State Water Resources Control Board — which supplies 90 percent of Californians with water, according to The New York Times — to reduce its supply by 25 percent.
Republicans have blamed California’s protections for endangered species for the drought. In December, the House passed a bill to pump water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California, a move that environmentalists said would harm endangered fish species. The Obama administration threatened to veto the bill.
“That’s the tragedy of California, because of liberal environmentalists’ insistence — despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population has doubled,” Fiorina said. [more]
Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought
Technorati Tags: California,North America,drought,freshwater depletion,corruption,population

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 13, 2015, 07:38:19 AM
And yet another threat to our survival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHGSBZ7Y8s0

Youtube video:  UN Climate Czar Reveals Depopulation Agenda!!!

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 16, 2015, 08:01:17 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/arrowheads-permit-pump-california-spring-water-expired-decades-201003194.html

(Note:  It is best to go to the link to see graphics not in this text only piece.)

Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop


By Willy Blackmore | Takepart.com 17 hours ago Takepart.com

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Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop


In the late 1800s, a couple of enterprising businessmen decided to make a lake in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. The forest was cleared, dams were built, and the creeks, streams, rainfall, and snowmelt from the surrounding mountains began to fill up Little Bear Valley, creating Lake Arrowhead.

Best known today as a vacation destination, the water in the lake remains privately owned, a legacy of the Arrowhead Reservoir Company’s original plan for the 48,000 acre-feet of water: to sell it to towns in the arid valleys below.
Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water officially takes its name from a rock formation in the San Bernardino Mountains. But news that the company, which is owned by the food giant Nestlé, has been pumping springwater out of the San Bernardino National Forest under a permit that expired in 1988 puts the brand more in line with the historic water grab of Lake Arrowhead than with any geological feature.
The Palm Springs, California–based Desert Sun reported last Wednesday that Nestlé has been pumping water out of the underground spring that feeds Strawberry Creek and transferring it by pipeline out of the national forest on an expired permit for nearly 30 years. H2O from another spring-fed source that is bottled and sold with an Arrowhead label on it has been transported across the national forest under yet another expired permit since 1994. Conservationists say the reduced water flow in the creeks, especially after a dry winter, threatens the riparian habitats and the wildlife they support.
More than 135,000 people have signed a petition calling on Nestlé to stop bottling and selling California’s increasingly scarce water. Arrowhead is not the only company tapping California’s springs—Mother Jones reports that many of the country’s bottled-water companies get their product from the drought-plagued Golden State.
The Strawberry Creek permit expired in the midst of a drought that ran from 1987 to 1992, and the state was excessively dry again in the early aughts. California’s current drought—by some measures the worst in 1,200 years—is entering its fourth year. The severity of this dry spell led Gov. Jerry Brown to call for 25 percent reductions in urban water use.
“Now that it has been brought to my attention that the Nestle permit has been expired for so long, on top of the drought...it has gone to the top of the pile in terms of a program of work for our folks to work on,” Jody Noiron, the San Bernardino National Forest supervisor, told the Sun.
Nestlé says it draws a negligible amount of water from the spring—705 million gallons annually, or enough to water two golf courses for a year, as the company said in a statement. To put that in context, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end the drought.
No, Arrowhead is not the new almond—some water-sucking scapegoat or bogeyman on which to lay blame instead of grappling with the complexities of climate change, water use and management, and conservation efforts. Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck may have a penchant for privatizing water resources, but the pipelines running from Strawberry Creek didn’t cause the drought.
But consider that, as the Sun investigation found, no state agency has an accurate grasp on how much water California’s 108 bottling plants use. Bottling companies are required to test water but not to report how much water is being bottled. Like Little Bear Valley slowly filling up with water, a natural resource trickling into a commodity—or the Owens Valley being drained dry to keep Los Angeles showers and sprinklers running—the expired Arrowhead permit is a symptom of a relationship with the climate that expects it to give well past its ability to do so.
California can’t afford to sell its water to consumers in wetter states—just as it can’t afford to keep watering its expansive lawns or farm in ways that the market demands instead of what the rainfall dictates.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 17, 2015, 07:00:28 AM
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/feds-push-for-total-control-of-property-rights-government-is-named-as-the-owner-of-all-the-water_04162015

Feds Push For Total Control of Property Rights: “Government is Named as the Owner of ALL the Water”

Jeremiah Johnson
April 16th, 2015
SHTFplan.com
Comments (157)
Read by 15,264 people


Editor’s Note: The following research and commentary shows just how far the federal government is willing to go. With the help of the EPA and State legislators they are aggressively chipping away at private property rights in America and as you’ll see from Jeremiah Johnson’s report below, they are starting with our most precious resource – water. That includes the creek in your backyard, the well under your house and even the rain that falls on your roof. Once they have control of the water, it will be they and they alone who decide whether or not you can shower daily, or water your crops, or how much drinking water will be allotted for  your family – even if you have an aquifer sitting below your property . But that’s just the beginning. The dangerous precedent about to be set in Montana means they’ll have given themselves the pretext to seize anything they want. The aim, as evidenced by these and other recent actions by local, state and federal government, is to supplant all private ownership in America.

Water Rights on the Ropes: The Last Round for Free Montanans vs. the Federal Government
  
By Jeremiah Johnson
This is a “rush” article submitted at the 11th hour of the battle Montanans are fighting to keep their water rights intact.  The average citizen is trying to defend against the onslaughts of the Agenda 21-funded, oligarch-driven EPA (pushing the CSKT water compact) and the Federal Government.  The battle is almost over and it doesn’t look good about one minute to midnight.  This battle is Montana’s “Alamo” of water rights and it is very important for all of us: a loss for Montanans and a win for the Federal Government will set a nationwide precedent.
If the Federal Government and its lackeys win, the Iron Bell of tyranny will ring, and those reverberations will be felt throughout the U.S.  The feds will have established through state legislation an EPA measure as a means that can be turned around and employed nationally.  Taking the communist “social justice” platform and using Native Americans as the tools in the “downtrodden and protected class” role, the feds will inculcate a foothold into private property rights.  With a win, the federal government will have a new technique to leverage citizens away from their individual and family private property rights.
My previous article on this subject was posted on 3/18/15, entitled FedGov Moves to Seize Water Rights from 100,000 Montanans: All Surface Water and Wells.  I recommend that you read it for the background history on the Hellgate Treaty and similar actions being taken in other states by the feds.  SB 262 is the bill that will, if passed, ratify the CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe) water compact.  There was a piece penned by Montana House Majority Leader Keith Regier, MT HD-4 Representative on 4/11/15 that explained the main concern: many Montanans will lose access to private property, and that access will be given to the Tribal members (who already have access), their heirs, and their “assigns.
Guess who these “assigns” are? They are private companies, outdoor groups (Sierra Club, for example), and tour companies.  They are the Federal Government, and the U.S. Forest Service, and Montana Fish and Game.  These latter two, by the way, have supported the CSKT water compact and throughout the compact these two groups wrote language into it that exempt themselves from future legal conflicts.  If this bill passes, the Unitary Management Ordinance will be created; this is a water court made up of a group of members of the tribes and others to serve as the water court of the reservation.
The aforementioned court will have one main function: to rule on issues that pertain to non-tribal members.  Bottom line: it is a court that is of the tribes that will rule on Montanans by taking all Montanan’s water rights out of the hands of Montanans and placing it in the hands of the Indian Tribes.  Almost 90% of all lands for agricultural use are off-reservation and the landowners have been paying property taxes for many years; however, they will now be under the jurisdiction of the tribes.
That jurisdiction (as outlined in the first article) will be regulated by the EPA and enforced by the Department of Homeland Security, with authorization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on behalf of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
 The Federal Government is named as the owner of all the water defined in the compact.  This is stipulated in writing.
As of this writing, there are procedural hurdles that are going to be voted upon and the bill is just one step away from being signed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D, MT), the same governor that just vetoed a bill that prevented Montana’s Sheriffs from being obligated to aid Federal law enforcement from any kind of gun grabs or gun bans (pertaining to semi-auto rifles, erroneously and intentionally termed “assault rifles”).  A whole slew of commies are supporting and pushing for this; they’re swaged in “harmonious-sounding” names that falsely bespeak of serving the community: The Ruby Valley Conservation District, and Farmers and Ranchers for Montana, to cite a few.
There are armies of lobbyists, purchased-puppet-politicians, and advertising campaigns in the millions pushing this communist-statist agenda.  Every day on the radio, their honeyed voices proclaim the “justice, economic benefits, and overall goodness” of a compact that will completely abrogate and nullify water rights and all but end private property.  Every piece of land in Western Montana with a well will now have a regulator coming to tax and control it.
There will be another vote at the time this writing hits the site.  I would appreciate any and all comments and useful information that you guys and gals can find out there pertaining to this and other power grabs of this nature.  When does it end?  Well, how it will end is not a question for some.  Anyone who sets foot on private land to try and regulate water, perhaps AC/DC’s song, “Have a Drink on Me,” will be cranked up to the max.  Bet you can guess what type of “instrument” will be “playing” in accompaniment to the tune!  Hope you guys and gals are well, and I look forward to hearing from you.  Keep us in your prayers, readers: we’ll need it.

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne).  Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).  He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com.
This article may be republished or excerpted with proper attribution to the author and a link to www.SHTFplan.com.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 17, 2015, 07:04:35 AM

DHS To Purchase 62 Million Rounds Of AR-15 Ammo

April 15th, 2015

Paul Joseph Watson:  The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase over 62 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, just weeks after the ATF was forced to back down on a ban on M855 bullets.
A posting on FedBizOpps.gov this week reveals that the DHS is looking to contract with a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammunition per year for a period of five years – totaling 62.5 million bullets.
The solicitation explains that the purchase is intended, “to achieve price savings over the current .223 Rem duty ammunition.” The bullets will be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents nationwide for “training” purposes.
- See more at: http://marketdailynews.com/2015/04/15/dhs-to-purchase-62-million-rounds-of-ar-15-ammo/#sthash.rQtGTc3d.dpuf
Note:  This was many pages--read the remainder of the article here:
http://marketdailynews.com/2015/04/15/dhs-to-purchase-62-million-rounds-of-ar-15-ammo/


Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 25, 2015, 09:45:49 AM
(Note:  while money is not necessary for survival, per se, it is certainly used by most humans today, and if it were suddenly made useless, or nearly so, without our prior knowledge, it would certainly be a surprise, to say the least.)


http://thecrux.com/dyncontent/dollar-substitute-coming/?cid=MKT035907&eid=MKT042439


THE CRUX

First Look: U.S. Dollar Substitute to Go Public on Oct 20th?


04.23.2015     BY Kelly Brown, Stansberry Research


IMF headquarters in Washington D.C. expected to release huge money announcement Oct 20th Learn more…

The International Monetary Fund is one of the most secretive and powerful organizations in the world.
They monitor the financial health of more than 185 countries… they establish global money rules… and provide “bail-out” assistance to bankrupt nations.
And on Oct 20th of this year, the IMF is expected to announce a reserve currency alternative to the U.S. dollar, which will send hundreds of billions of dollars moving around the world, literally overnight.
RELATED: Is this China’s plan to destroy the U.S. Dollar?
According to Juan Zarate, who helped implement financial sanctions while serving in George W. Bush’s Treasury department, “Once the [other currency] becomes an alternative to the dollar, rules of the game begin to change.”
And Leong Sing Chiong, Assistant Managing Director at a major central bank, said this dollar alternative “is likely to transform the financial landscape in the next 5-10 years.”
READ MORE: The Shocking Consequences of IMF’s October Announcement?
According to currency expert, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud (recently featured on CNBC, and Bloomberg),
“I’ve been active in the markets for over two decades now… but I’ve never seen anything that could move so much money, so quickly. Hundreds of billions of dollars could change hands in a single day after this announcement is made.”
“The announcement will start a domino effect, that will basically determine who in America gets rich in the years to come… and who struggles.”
Dr. Sjuggerud says if you own any U.S. assets—and that includes stocks, bonds, real estate, or just cash in a bank account–you should be aware of what’s about to happen, and know how to prepare.
Experts say this announcement, expected Oct. 20th, could trigger one of the most profound transfers of wealth in our lifetime.
But as Dr. Sjuggerud explains, if you understand what’s taking place, and can get ahead of this move, you can not only protect your money, but safely make a small fortune in the next few years.
Dr. Steve Sjuggerud and his research team have put together a full analysis on not only what this announcement means for the economy, but also how it could affect you, your money, and your investments, personally.
You can access this detailed analysis, free of charge, right here.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 25, 2015, 09:55:11 AM
( Note:  Another threat to the survival of any living thing on this planet would include the genetic modification of humans.  Since we know AI will follow, aren't we potentially "making our own masters"?)

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-scientists-genetic-modification-human-embryo-crispr-2015-4

Chinese scientists just admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in history

   •   Kevin Loria
   •   Apr. 22, 2015, 4:53 PM

Nishimasu et al, 2014The genome-editing enzyme known as CAS9 at work on a strand of DNA.

A group of Chinese scientists just reported that they modified the genome of human embryos, something that has never been done in the history of the world, according to a report in Nature News.
A recent biotech discovery — one that has been called the biggest biotech discovery of the century — showed how scientists might be able to modify a human genome when that genome was still just in an embryo.
This could change not only the genetic material of a person, but could also change the DNA they pass on, removing "bad" genetic codes (and potentially adding "good" ones) and taking an active hand in evolution.
Concerned scientists published an argument that no one should edit the human genome in this way until we better understood the consequences after a report uncovered rumors that Chinese scientists were already working on using this technology.
But this new paper, published April 18 in the journal Protein and Cell by a Chinese group led by gene-function researcher Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University, shows that work has already been done, and Nature News spoke to a Chinese source that said at least four different groups are "pursuing gene editing in human embryos."
Specifically, the team tried to modify a gene in a non-viable embryo that would have been responsible for a deadly blood disorder. But they noted in the study that they encountered serious challenges, suggesting there are still significant hurdles before clinical use becomes a reality.
CRISPR, the technology that makes all this possible, can find bad sections of DNA and cut them and even replace them with DNA that doesn't code for deadly diseases, but it can also make unwanted substitutions. Its level of accuracy is still very low.
Huang's group successfully introduced the DNA they wanted in only "a fraction" of the 28 embryos that had been "successfully spliced" (they tried 86 embryos at the start and tested 54 of the 71 that survived the procedure). They also found a "surprising number of ‘off-target’ mutations," according to Nature News.
Huang told Nature News that they stopped then because they knew that if they were do this work medically, that success rate would need to be closer to 100%.
Our understanding of CRISPR needs to significantly develop before we get there, but this is a new technology that's changing rapidly.
Even though the Chinese team worked with non-viable embryos, embryos that cannot result in a live birth, some say that editing the human genome and changing the DNA of an embryo is ethically questionable, because it could lead to more uses of this technology in humans. Changing the DNA of viable embryos could have unpredictable results for future generations, and some researchers want us to understand this better before putting it into practice.
Still, many researchers think this technology (most don't think it's ready to be used yet) could be invaluable. It could eliminate genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia, Huntington's disease, and cystic fibrosis, all devastating illnesses caused by genes that could theoretically be removed.
Others fear that once we can do this accurately, it will inevitably be used to create designer humans with specific desired traits. After all, even though this research is considered questionable now, it is still actively being experimented with.
Huang told Nature News that both Nature and Science journals rejected his paper on embryo editing, "in part because of ethical objections." Neither journal commented to Nature News on that statement.
Huang plans on trying to improve the accuracy of CRISPR in animal models for now.

But CRISPR is reportedly quite easy to use, according to scientists who previously argued against doing this research in embryos now, meaning that it's incredibly likely these experiments will continue.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-scientists-genetic-modification-human-embryo-crispr-2015-4#ixzz3YHs6BSgp

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 29, 2015, 07:33:47 AM
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27/04/15
Ten NGOs Ask China to Stop Producing Glyphosate 
to Protect World Health

Largest producer and exporter of glyphosate herbicides must suspend exports and imports
Ten NGOs, including the Institute of Science in Society have written an open letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK asking China to suspend exports and imports of glyphosate herbicides while independent testing is carried out.
Open letter to the people of China
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL
Request for urgent letter to be forwarded to President Xi Jin-ping and Premier Li Ke-qiang
To the Chinese people,
To Xi Jin-ping, President of the People's Republic of China
To Li Ke-qiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China

OPEN LETTER: The Impact of Glyphosate/Roundup on global health
April 2015
Dear Friends
We write to you as members of various non-governmental organizations in Europe, to draw your attention to one of the biggest health problems currently facing the planet – namely the ill health epidemic associated with the ongoing (and expanding) use of the chemical glyphosate and its main formulation called Roundup. As you will know, the latter is a proprietary product marketed by the Monsanto Corporation and other companies worldwide, on the pretence that it is harmless to human beings but lethal to plants. In addition to being widely used as a weedkiller, it is also used increasingly with herbicide-tolerant GMO crops and as a desiccant prior to the harvesting of wheat and other crops. In situations where "industrial agriculture" is practised, it is sprayed on a vast scale, affecting not just farm workers but also the inhabitants of neighbouring communities. It is therefore widely found nowadays in the food supplies of many countries, including the People's Republic of China, and is traceable in animal tissues, human urine and breast milk, and a wide variety of marketed food products. This is well documented in the science literature.
We have been investigating the claims that glyphosate and Roundup are "safe" products, and we respectfully ask you to bear in mind the following recent findings:
1. A working party of the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that glyphosate is now considered to be “a probable human carcinogen”. (1) Their full report – as yet unpublished – will contain the full evidence underpinning the conclusion. The IARC Panel has given glyphosate a 2A categorisation for humans, as well as stating that genotoxic effects in other mammals are "sufficiently demonstrated”. As you may know, a 2A categorisation in the IARC is equivalent to category 1B in the European Union, which means that glyphosate cannot receive a new EU authorisation (the matter is currently under review).
2. Recently the Argentinian Federation of Health Professionals (representing 30,000 members) stated: "Glyphosate not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.” On the basis of accumulated experience over many years, the doctors have called for an immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides in their country (2).
3. Following various leads into the archives of the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we issued a short report (3) that shows that both Monsanto and the EPA knew of the link between glyphosate and cancer as long ago as 1980, since malignant tumours and other organ damage had been recorded in rat and mouse feeding studies which were, and still are, treated as trade secrets (4). Our revelations confirmed other findings published by Caroline Cox in 1995 and by the Institute of Science in Society in 2014 (5) . The myth relating to the "relative safety" of glyphosate herbicides was promoted by both Monsanto and the EPA in 1981, and has been kept alive ever since by American, EU and other regulators around the world for purely commercial reasons. We are also uncomfortable with the business practice of hiding away important scientific findings by classifying them as trade secrets, thus disallowing public scrutiny of such documents. From a European perspective, in our view EFSA and other EU agencies have also turned a blind eye to the accumulating evidence of harm since 2002.
Arising out of the above, we are genuinely frightened by the harm currently being done to the health of your citizens and indeed the health of people across the planet.
We understand that China already is the largest producer and exporter of glyphosate in the world, including supplies exported to Monsanto for use in the manufacture of Roundup formulations worldwide. Accordingly, we ask that your Government accepts that it shoulders, together with Monsanto, some responsibility for the devastating harm to public health in those countries importing glyphosate/Roundup from China. We are also concerned that there may be massive claims for compensation in the near future.
China is also the largest importer of "Roundup Ready" (RR) soybeans and maize, thus contributing to the ongoing production of these varieties in the USA, Argentina and Brazil. It will be no easy thing to close down factories and to ban the use of the chemical in town and country; and if imports of RR soy and maize are stopped, they will have to be replaced with other products.
But we respectfully ask you to take a global lead in this matter.
First, will you please commission appropriate scientific institutions in China to carry out independent long-term carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, endocrine developmental disruption, and multiple-generation reproduction toxicity tests on glyphosate alone, and on Roundup formulations? These studies should be carried out by institutions with no commercial or academic interest links with the glyphosate and/or related products industries, and with no connections to the earlier safety evaluation of glyphosate and/or related products. We also believe that in China, as elsewhere, there should now be a nationwide programme of testing for glyphosate residues in surface water, underground water, animal and human urine, breast milk and blood. In parallel, we hope that you will see merit in a nationwide epidemiological investigation of the link between glyphosate/Roundup pollution (including traces contained in imported GM soybeans) and the increased incidence of malignant diseases during the past 20 years.
Second, before such studies are commissioned, we ask you as an essential precautionary measure immediately to suspend production/sales and exports of glyphosate, to suspend imports of Roundup formulations, and to suspend imports of all agriculture products (such as RR varieties) containing any glyphosate residues.
Finally, given the past frauds practised by IBT and Craven Labs in carrying out industry tests on pesticides, including glyphosate, we urge you to challenge Monsanto to place certain key reports (6) immediately into the public domain. If the corporation will not cooperate by releasing these documents without deletions or alterations, we will assume that there has been scientific malpractice and that the WHO findings of a glyphosate/cancer link are well founded. Glyphosate should have been banned globally 35 years ago, and Roundup should never have been placed on the market. After decades of health damage, it must be in the interests of the whole world for these lethal chemicals to be taken immediately out of use before any more harm is done.
While many scientists in Europe and the Unites States share the concerns expressed above, there are many political and commercial obstacles to change. If China could take a lead in the manner which we respectfully suggest, placing the safety and good health of future generations above the commercial aspirations of multinational corporations, that would be something of truly historical importance for our planet.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Sincerely yours,
Dr Brian John, GM-Free Cymru, Wales, UK
Peter Melchett, The Soil Association, UK
Dr John Fagan, Earth Open Source, London, UK
Dr Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society, London, UK
Michael O'Callaghan, Global Vision Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Henry Rowlands, Global GMO Free Coalition, Bulgaria
Claire Robinson, GM Watch, UK
Pat Thomas, Beyond GM, London, UK
Sandra Smith, GM-Free Scotland, UK
Lawrence Woodward, GM Education - Citizens Concerned about GM, UK

Notes
1. Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate (2015)
Kathryn Z Guyton, Dana Loomis, Yann Grosse, Fatiha El Ghissassi, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Neela Guha, Chiara Scoccianti, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif, on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group, IARC, Lyon, France
Lancet Oncol 2015. Published Online March 20, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S1470-2045(15)70134-8
International Agency for Research on Cancer 16 Volume 112: Some organophosphate insecticides and herbicides: tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon and glyphosate. IARC Working Group. Lyon; 3–10 March 2015. IARC Monogr Eval Carcinog Risk Chem Hum (in press).
2. Argentina: 30,000 doctors and health professionals demand ban on glyphosate
http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2015-articles/16084-argentina-30-0 00-doctors-and-health-professionals-demand-ban-on-glyphosate
3. http://www.gmfreecymru.org/documents/monsanto_knew_of_glyphosate.html
4. It has been further revealed to us by our consultant, that Bio/dynamics used three studies to dilute the data found on kidney tumors, but went even further by fraudulently using five unrelated historical controls to dilute the tumor data found in the testes of male rats. The study clearly showed that glyphosate caused testicular tumors in all three of the test groups. However, the experiment's own control animals showed zero incidence of tumors in the testes of male rats.
5. Cox C. Glyphosate, Part 1: Toxicology. J Pesticide Reform, 1995, 15, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Eugene, OR.
http://www.1hope.org/glyphos8.htm
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Glyphosate_and_Cancer.php
ISIS Report 26/03/14
Glyphosate and Cancer: New research shows that the low levels of glyphosate found in human urine can promote the growth of human breast cancer cells, confirming the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide known since the 1980s
Dr Mae Wan Ho
6. "A Three-Generation Reproduction Study in Rats with Glyphosate" (Final Report; Bio/dynamics Project No. 77-2063; March 31, 1981) -- submitted by Monsanto to EPA
"Addendum to Pathology Report for a Three-Generation Reproduction Study in Rats with Glyphosate. R.D. #374; Special Report MSL-1724; July 6, 1982" EPA Registration No 524-308, Action Code 401. Accession No 247793. CASWELL#661A" -- submitted by Monsanto to EPA
"A Lifetime Feeding Study of Glyphosate (Roundup Technical) in Rats" (Report by GR Lankas and GK Hogan from Bio/dynamics for Monsanto. Project #77-2062, 1981: MRID 00093879) -- submitted by Monsanto to EPA. Including the study's 4-volume Quality Control evaluation of the Bio/dynamic assessment performed by Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Inc. (2,914 pp).
Also Addendum Report #77-2063
Knezevich, AL and Hogan, GK (1983) "A Chronic Feeding study of Glyphosate (Roundup Technical) in Mice". Project No 77-2061. Bio/dynamics Inc for Monsanto. Accession No #251007-251014 -- document not available but cited in EPA 1986 Memo.
Follow-up study: McConnel, R. "A chronic feeding study of glyphosate (Roundup technical) in mice: pathology report on additional kidney sections". Unpublished project no. 77-2061A, 1985, submitted to EPA by Bio/dynamics, Inc.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: GenericUser on May 03, 2015, 07:18:23 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/arrowheads-permit-pump-california-spring-water-expired-decades-201003194.html

(Note:  It is best to go to the link to see graphics not in this text only piece.)

Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop


By Willy Blackmore | Takepart.com 17 hours ago Takepart.com

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Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop


In the late 1800s, a couple of enterprising businessmen decided to make a lake in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. The forest was cleared, dams were built, and the creeks, streams, rainfall, and snowmelt from the surrounding mountains began to fill up Little Bear Valley, creating Lake Arrowhead.

Best known today as a vacation destination, the water in the lake remains privately owned, a legacy of the Arrowhead Reservoir Company’s original plan for the 48,000 acre-feet of water: to sell it to towns in the arid valleys below.
Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water officially takes its name from a rock formation in the San Bernardino Mountains. But news that the company, which is owned by the food giant Nestlé, has been pumping springwater out of the San Bernardino National Forest under a permit that expired in 1988 puts the brand more in line with the historic water grab of Lake Arrowhead than with any geological feature.
The Palm Springs, California–based Desert Sun reported last Wednesday that Nestlé has been pumping water out of the underground spring that feeds Strawberry Creek and transferring it by pipeline out of the national forest on an expired permit for nearly 30 years. H2O from another spring-fed source that is bottled and sold with an Arrowhead label on it has been transported across the national forest under yet another expired permit since 1994. Conservationists say the reduced water flow in the creeks, especially after a dry winter, threatens the riparian habitats and the wildlife they support.
More than 135,000 people have signed a petition calling on Nestlé to stop bottling and selling California’s increasingly scarce water. Arrowhead is not the only company tapping California’s springs—Mother Jones reports that many of the country’s bottled-water companies get their product from the drought-plagued Golden State.
The Strawberry Creek permit expired in the midst of a drought that ran from 1987 to 1992, and the state was excessively dry again in the early aughts. California’s current drought—by some measures the worst in 1,200 years—is entering its fourth year. The severity of this dry spell led Gov. Jerry Brown to call for 25 percent reductions in urban water use.
“Now that it has been brought to my attention that the Nestle permit has been expired for so long, on top of the drought...it has gone to the top of the pile in terms of a program of work for our folks to work on,” Jody Noiron, the San Bernardino National Forest supervisor, told the Sun.
Nestlé says it draws a negligible amount of water from the spring—705 million gallons annually, or enough to water two golf courses for a year, as the company said in a statement. To put that in context, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end the drought.
No, Arrowhead is not the new almond—some water-sucking scapegoat or bogeyman on which to lay blame instead of grappling with the complexities of climate change, water use and management, and conservation efforts. Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck may have a penchant for privatizing water resources, but the pipelines running from Strawberry Creek didn’t cause the drought.
But consider that, as the Sun investigation found, no state agency has an accurate grasp on how much water California’s 108 bottling plants use. Bottling companies are required to test water but not to report how much water is being bottled. Like Little Bear Valley slowly filling up with water, a natural resource trickling into a commodity—or the Owens Valley being drained dry to keep Los Angeles showers and sprinklers running—the expired Arrowhead permit is a symptom of a relationship with the climate that expects it to give well past its ability to do so.
California can’t afford to sell its water to consumers in wetter states—just as it can’t afford to keep watering its expansive lawns or farm in ways that the market demands instead of what the rainfall dictates.

Addenda:

iLinda, it's been 'known' but not publicly discussed that Nestlé has been selling huge amounts of spring water from American springs to China for at least a dozen years and closer to twenty years as I recall discussing with the son of an executive back then but I really did not appreciate the ramifications at the time, only that he was a cocky kid in my class who spoke much more than he knew technically and needed to be immediately put in his place publicly (but he DID have connections politically at the university, I came to find out).
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 03, 2015, 10:24:25 PM
GenericUser, ilinda, interesting info you are posting.
Much appreciated,  :)
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on May 04, 2015, 06:29:38 AM

http://www.prisonplanet.com/msm-finally-admits-antibiotics-are-causing-mental-illness.html


MSM Finally Admits Antibiotics are Causing Mental Illness

   
Christina Sarich

Prison Planet.com

May 1, 2015
The overuse of antibiotics is destroying our gut bacteria. Not only do antibiotics cause depleted immunity, but since the gut is often referred to as our second brain, they are also seriously affecting our mental health. Only now is the mainstream media admitting this.
Natural Society talked about the link between antibiotics and mental illness back in 2011 – and the mainstream press completely ignored the study that was published in the popular journal Nature. The study revealed that antibiotics are permanently destroying beneficial bacteria within the gut, a condition scientists link to mental illness.
Apparently the problem is worth noting now, since experts are saying “the cure to brain disease and mental health” is really in your gut.
The problem is that mainstream medicine has been largely reductionist in its thinking since the days of French philosopher Descartes – the body was thought to be a mechanical entity much like a car with parts. Few in medicine would have thought to look at the gut for answers to how your brain works.
Fortunately, vanguard researchers are now recognizing the merits of a more holistic approach. Take researchers at Rush University Medical Center, for example. They’ve begun publishing data demonstrating that significant bowel issues associated with Parkinson’s disease may actually have a role in its cause.
This is just one brain disease, though. Anecdotal stories abound of individuals who take an antibiotic for a simple issue and end up ‘being out of their minds.’
One of the many crippling side effects of antibiotics is a debilitating mental health issue.

   



When you consider that we are also being exposed to antibiotics if we eat any type of meat since most agriculture is raised on copious antibiotics (among other unsavory hormones), it’s no wonder that mental health disorders are on the rise.
Only a very few doctors, like Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, are doing anything about antibiotic overuse. She has based her pediatric practice in the UK on fixing all kinds of behavioral and eating disorders by using diet and probiotics to restore gut health.
Though maybe since antibiotics are quickly becoming useless as bacteria develop into unstoppable organisms, our (hopefully) future reduced use of the medications will help prevent these current mental health issues.
If you have been feeling a little ‘off’ mentally, try improving your gut flora by taking probiotics and reducing the use of antibiotics. You are likely to feel infinitely better.
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This article was posted: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:48 am
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 29, 2015, 12:46:01 PM
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php
...
http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-10708-local-plague-death-confirmed.html

Local Plague Death Confirmed

Santa Fe County woman died of plague, health department is treating those in contact with her

July 27, 2015, 3:30 pm

By Julie Ann Grimm

A Santa Fe woman has died of plague, putting health officials on edge about the potential for the disease to spread this summer in Northern New Mexico, tests over the weekend confirmed.

Dr. Joan Baumbach, the deputy state epidemiologist, tells SFR that it's the health department’s policy not to release information on the location of where the 52-year-old woman likely contracted plague.

So far in 2015, eight animals have died of the disease in Santa Fe, Torrance and Bernalillo counties, tests indicate.


“We know that it is circulating and we are concerned this year for sure,” Baumbach says. “We are concerned every year, but this year we are seeing a lot of activity already and one very unfortunate fatality. Some years we have more than others.”

In 2014, two people died of the plague. In 2013, that number doubled to four humans; in 2012, there was only one human fatality, and in 2011 there were two fatalities. There were no cases in 2010.

This year, in addition to the woman who died, the state has confirmed three dogs, three cats and two rabbits contracted plague.

Baumbach says the department wants residents and visitors to pay particular attention to rodents that can carry fleas, the bite of which is the most common way humans contract the plague. Also, keep pets from roaming free, or if that’s impossible, make sure you’re using appropriate flea control products. 

“Really be aware if you are living up in this area to think about plague and to really protect yourself and your pets,” she says.

Sudden fever or chills and swelling in the groin are common symptoms of a human case, she says, and those symptoms should prompt an immediate visit to a health-care provider.   

“It would not at all be overdoing it to be seen in urgent care with those symptoms if that is available to you,” she says.

Three kinds of plague are present in New Mexico: bubonic, which settles into the lymph notes; septicemic, in the blood; and pneumonic, in the lungs. The third form is the only one in which the disease can be passed from human to human.

While Baumbach says the department can’t release much information about the recent fatality, a Friday news release said that “because the patient had pneumonia, health care providers and other close contacts of the patient who have been determined to have been exposed are taking preventive antibiotic therapy.”
- See more at: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-10708-local-plague-death-confirmed.html#sthash.KLKMBEVZ.dpuf
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 18, 2015, 07:14:14 AM
http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/08/gcmaf-nagalase-and-immune-system.html
GcMAF, Nagalese and the Immune System

Sunday, August 16, 2015 |
By Catherine J. Frompovich

This blog will be short and to the point, since the important information is to be heard in the link that discusses the researcher’s theory as to why some very prominent doctors have left the planet recently.

Doctors Jeff Bradstreet and Nicholas Gonzalez apparently were on to the biochemistry of what was causing autism and many chronic diseases. Their research apparently had zeroed in on a specific set of proteins and enzymes that can cause the human immune system to malfunction.

Dr. Bradstreet discussed the relationship of nagalase and autism here.

Here’s the website for nagalase blood testing. Apparently, the European company that manufactured GcMAF had been shut down in July 2015. Also, another coincidence is that many of the dead doctors were visited by U.S. government agency officials in the weeks prior to their deaths.

There seems to be too many ‘coincidences’ to let these deaths be considered ‘natural’ or ‘suicide’, so investigators and researchers are digging and not giving up. As a result, I was emailed this video, which I encourage readers to listen to. It’s only 26 minutes long, but contains information that needs to be networked around the scientific world, to the media, to members of Congress and states legislators, to anyone who wants to vaccinate you or your child, and to your family and friends—it’s that IMPORTANT.

Readers will hear how nagalase becomes involved with creating cytokine storms after vaccinations, inflammation, and a host of other chronic diseases like Diabetes, Lupus, Lyme disease, Multiple Sclerosis—especially cancer and heart disease. The importance of Vitamin D in relationship to GcMAF is detailed, and readers ought to realize the importance of having a blood test for Vitamin D levels in order to offset not only cancer, but other chronic diseases, especially if one has had vaccinations, especially annual flu shots, in my opinion, since nagalase can be introduced into the body by viruses and injection. What are the most common injections you and your children receive?

Here is that exceptional information video regarding nagalase and GcMAF, which I hope can change the course of immunology history in medicine, pharmacology and vaccinology.

By the way, Dr. Harold Buttram, MD, and I co-authored several articles regarding cytokine storms and brain inflammation in vaccinated children. - See more at: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/08/gcmaf-nagalase-and-immune-system.html#sthash.QJwj6T4Y.dpuf

UPDATE:

Shortly after I emailed this blog around to colleagues, I received an email from Richard Sacks, the host of “Lost Arts Radio” wherein he provided me with the link to the interview he did with David Noakes, founder of the company producing verifiable-by-test pure GcMAF that physicians were using, but had his business, Immuno Biotech, Ltd., the manufacturer of GcMAF, closed by British MHRA authorities.
On 4 February, the UK’s Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) staged a raid on the manufacturing plant of Immuno Biotech, in Milton, Cambridgeshire and made off with 10,000 vials of the stuff, claiming the manufacturing process had been ‘contaminated’.
Source: http://www.lynnemctaggart.com/blog/299-what-you-do-with-the-most-promising- cancer-treatment-to-date
One has to wonder why doctors, who were using GcMAF in the USA and getting dramatic improvement-to-cure rates with patients, have been found DEAD. Furthermore, Dr. Bradstreet was about to publish a paper detailing his success rate in reversing/curing autism using GcMAF.

One has to question whether the allopathic medical profession and all its ancillary systems really want to find cures for devastating diseases, as that definitely would interrupt their revenue streams.

Why is there no interest on Capitol Hill, who has oversight of the CDC/FDA, in conducting a special investigation as to why every natural element over the decades that has been promoted as helpful has been ‘killed’ by Big Pharma interests, especially regarding cancer treatments.

President Richard M. Nixon declared the “War on Cancer” in 1971; here we are in 2015 and the battle is more divisive than ever! So, why isn’t the war on cancer being fought correctly to win? According to “The War on Cancer A Progress Report for Skeptics” by Reynold Spector in 2010, some of the reasons are listed in the chart below. -


Reason No. 3 is where it’s at. The “old boys’ network” is designed deliberately to keep innovation and effective medicinals from coming into the marketplace, as many cannot be patented and would interfere with chemotherapy—toxic chemicals—given and often over-prescribed in oncologists’ offices. 

However, for many cancer patients and others with chronic or ‘incurable’ diseases, who have gone out of the allopathic paradigm of healthcare—properly relabelled lucrative sickness care—they have found help, health and cures, and that’s a fact!

When will the public, the media and press, and Congress wake up to what’s really going on? Probably not very soon, though. Why? Because all that lobbying money that goes into congressional campaign coffers is just too hard to resist, and “money talks.” What a shame because we really don’t have to be made sick to keep big business going.

Even those in the know in medicine—and statistics, too—admit that allopathic medicine/drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the USA! 

Apparently, heath ‘authorities’ really don’t want us well; that’s an anathema to their string pullers agenda, I guess.

Vaccines and Brain Inflammation
http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/06/01/vaccines-and-brain-inflammation/

Basics of the Human Immune System Prior to Introduction of Vaccines: Are Vaccines Turning Our Children’s Immune Systems Inside Out?
http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/06/10/basics-of-the-human-immune-systen

Basics of the Human Immune System Prior to Introduction of Vaccines: Are Vaccines Turning Our Children’s Immune Systems Inside Out? Part 2
http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/06/21/risks-damage-basics-of-the-human-immune-system-prior-to-introduction-of-vaccines-are-vaccines-turning-our-childrens-immune-systems-inside-out-part-2/

Do childhood Vaccines Cause Subdural (Brain) Hemorrhages, Currently Diagnosed as Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Other Health Anomalies?
http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/10/23/do-childhood-vaccines-cause


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
- See more at: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/08/gcmaf-nagalase-and-immune-system.html#sthash.QJwj6T4Y.dpuf

Note:  Not all the links came through, especially the one for the 26 min.  This NaturalBlaze website makes it almost impossible to "copy&paste" any article, and it must be done in tiny stages.  But this article is worth it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on October 28, 2015, 09:48:26 PM
This is the Weekly Flu Map for week-ending October 17, 2015. Week 41

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/WeeklyFluActivityMap.htm 

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on December 31, 2015, 04:15:43 PM
Wasn't sure if there was a better place to post this or not, but received in my inbox this recall notice of cucumbers in FL from the FDA.


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 01, 2016, 02:31:10 AM
Enlightenme, thanks!
Glad I didn't buy cucumbers this week for the Vitamix drink!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 01, 2016, 02:35:42 AM
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/WeeklyFluActivityMap.htm

 Flu Map for week-ending December 19, 2015
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: enlightenme on January 01, 2016, 04:42:20 AM
Enlightenme, thanks!
Glad I didn't buy cucumbers this week for the Vitamix drink!

Your welcome!! :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 03, 2016, 03:50:57 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-governor-declares-emergency-due-to-zika/ar-BBp5rl4?ocid=spartanntp

Florida governor declares emergency due to Zika

Associated Press  2 hrs ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties of the state because of the Zika virus.

At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.

Scott signed the order Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties.

The Zika virus is linked to brain deformities in babies and is causing concern among public health officials worldwide. The virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites, but investigators had been exploring the possibility it could be sexually transmitted.

U.S. health officials say a person in Texas became infected with Zika through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 03, 2016, 11:50:43 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/9-questions-about-the-zika-virus-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/ar-BBp1te5
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 04, 2016, 07:59:57 AM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-governor-declares-emergency-due-to-zika/ar-BBp5rl4?ocid=spartanntp

Florida governor declares emergency due to Zika

Associated Press  2 hrs ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties of the state because of the Zika virus.

At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.

Scott signed the order Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties.

The Zika virus is linked to brain deformities in babies and is causing concern among public health officials worldwide. The virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites, but investigators had been exploring the possibility it could be sexually transmitted.

U.S. health officials say a person in Texas became infected with Zika through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States.
Does anyone else besides me wonder if the version of Zika virus that causes microencephaly when contracted in utero, is genetically engineered?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on February 04, 2016, 09:34:54 AM
I've thought for years that there are many genetically engineered viruses.  I've been suspicious of the flu shot since it came out.  I just find it so hard to believe those that make the flu shot seem to know which strain it's going to be year after year.  Makes me think they are the ones who created that strain in the first place.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 05, 2016, 03:10:14 PM
I've thought for years that there are many genetically engineered viruses.  I've been suspicious of the flu shot since it came out.  I just find it so hard to believe those that make the flu shot seem to know which strain it's going to be year after year.  Makes me think they are the ones who created that strain in the first place.
We sure think alike!  The flu/flu shot relationship sort of reminds one of the computer virus/anti-virus software connection--are the virus-protection people the same ones creating the never-ending stream of computer viruses?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on February 06, 2016, 11:21:55 AM
You would think so.  Look how much money they make by forcing everyone to get the latest in virus protection/firewalls, etc.  I have become so disillusioned in the last few years that I automatically think someone is making a buck off of everything now.  And these people want everyone to toe the line and not ask questions or defy them.  It's like certain corporations and governments are dictators.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 07, 2016, 07:16:08 AM
It seems to invade every product everywhere.

We have an "ancient" Apple PowerBook G4 (PBG4) that has a "SuperDrive" that can read and write DVD's and CD's.  It was the dream computer, and an easy to carry laptop with a battery that seemed to outlast many others.

But alas when the internal time-clock battery began to falter, we were told by every source, including the AppleUserGroup email list people, that once that internal time/date battery dies, you won't be able to replace it because Apple is the only source of those internal batteries and they aren't selling them anymore!  I verified this by calling a repair place that specializes in Apple computers only, they verified they have no source of these batteries, as Apple is "in charge totally".

Why should the internal time battery be such a problem?  They have constructed this laptop computer so that nothing will work when the internal time/date battery dies!

So now we have a very useful item that was a victim of "planned obsolescence", a favorite tactic of corporados everywhere--jerk the consumer around like a monkey on a chain and give them a few trinkets they can use--but only for a short time.  Get 'em hooked.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: GenericUser on February 07, 2016, 12:29:17 PM
As you probably know iLinda, PC motherboards have a CR2032 button battery that is easily replaceable. Do you have access to the Apple motherboard? Is there a schematic online (search with DuckDuckGo)? I'm thinking there is a workaround like I'm about to read how to make a standard printer compatible with AirPrint or whatever it's called....

GU
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 07, 2016, 01:49:15 PM
As you probably know iLinda, PC motherboards have a CR2032 button battery that is easily replaceable. Do you have access to the Apple motherboard? Is there a schematic online (search with DuckDuckGo)? I'm thinking there is a workaround like I'm about to read how to make a standard printer compatible with AirPrint or whatever it's called....

GU
I'd love to think you are correct, but the geeks on my Apple/Mac list said that particular battery is soldered in place and isn't like most of those that are socketed these days.

But you've opened the door to questions.  I want to find a battery that has the same specs of the one I need to replace, and even if it's not a good physical fit, I'll work around that issue, as this little laptop is great for so many uses.  If the specs are the same on the CR2032, and it's only the physical size and shape that differ, then I would be brave enough to figger out something.

Good luck with your aerializing your printer!  Let us know when you have sorted it all out.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: GenericUser on February 07, 2016, 02:34:40 PM
As you probably know iLinda, PC motherboards have a CR2032 button battery that is easily replaceable. Do you have access to the Apple motherboard? Is there a schematic online (search with DuckDuckGo)? I'm thinking there is a workaround like I'm about to read how to make a standard printer compatible with AirPrint or whatever it's called....

GU
I'd love to think you are correct, but the geeks on my Apple/Mac list said that particular battery is soldered in place and isn't like most of those that are socketed these days.

But you've opened the door to questions.  I want to find a battery that has the same specs of the one I need to replace, and even if it's not a good physical fit, I'll work around that issue, as this little laptop is great for so many uses.  If the specs are the same on the CR2032, and it's only the physical size and shape that differ, then I would be brave enough to figger out something.

Good luck with your aerializing your printer!  Let us know when you have sorted it all out.

That's exactly what I was thinking, not the CR2032 but whatever the specs are and in my younger days I did a bit of soldering/de-soldering with cheap Radio Shack or Lafayette Electronics gear and if I could do it, you certainly can! Just be careful of the induced magnetic field (which is why smaller is better with the soldering iron), or go to an electrical retail outlet that does the work as well; we had a couple in town but that was a long time ago.... ::)

Correction: I didn't mean 'induced magnetic field' I meant Degausse or demagnetize as we used to use soldering irons to demagnetize the old TV screens which would start to show blotchy color, etc. back in the 60s-80s. You don't want to demagnetize your hard drive for instance  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 08, 2016, 11:42:21 AM
You all, thanks for excellent posts!
Generic User, interesting ideas...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 08, 2016, 11:45:32 AM
Global Moderator Ruth still really busy and she asked me to pass this on, in regards to the Zika virus:
...
"Just saw an article on Yahoo news about the Zika virus. Turns out that OFF repellant with the fan thing is effective. But they mention that Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is also.
That is also called Eucalyptus citriodora or just Citriodora. It’s one of the 4 ingredients in my Anti-B oil. Zika has been proven to be an STD. Yikes.

The citriodora is safe for all ages and pg women. I would use a 4% dilution: 40 drops of it into 1 fluid ounce of coconut oil or other unscented massage or carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

Pass on to people!"
[ This is from Ruth. I will also post it in Essential Oils ]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 08, 2016, 03:24:39 PM

...... You don't want to demagnetize your hard drive for instance  ;)
Thanks for that reminder!   ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 22, 2016, 06:46:17 PM
http://outbreaks.globalincidentmap.com/#
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on February 27, 2016, 07:12:26 PM
We've all been hearing lately of contaminated water that the officials knew about months before they let the public know.  Well, recently, my city informed everyone that there are higher C8 levels than there should be.  They knew this for nearly a year with their monthly testing, but only now have released that info to the public.  What was also released is that we do not get our water source from the river, as everyone thought, but from wells throughout the city.  That tells me that the C8 has contaminated the soil as well. Good thing I'm moving.

I have wondered if the rampant contamination of water, and even the gas leak in CA, is a deliberate action by the government or utility corporations.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 28, 2016, 03:47:37 PM
We've all been hearing lately of contaminated water that the officials knew about months before they let the public know.  Well, recently, my city informed everyone that there are higher C8 levels than there should be.  They knew this for nearly a year with their monthly testing, but only now have released that info to the public.  What was also released is that we do not get our water source from the river, as everyone thought, but from wells throughout the city.  That tells me that the C8 has contaminated the soil as well. Good thing I'm moving.

I have wondered if the rampant contamination of water, and even the gas leak in CA, is a deliberate action by the government or utility corporations.
What is C8?  Is it related to "J8"?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 29, 2016, 05:29:14 AM
steedy, ilinda: I had to google C8. It is from industrial pollution run amok for many years.. the result of careless manufacturers not likely any Government plot. Apparently the EPA been trying like the Devil to get a handle on it for awhile. No doubt they could do better but looks like trying.
steedy: You are right to be angry, there is no excuse for local officials to fail to inform their townspeople about the C8 or any other pollutant!!  Info on it is posted on the USGS sight, I didn't know...

Here are a couple links...and one or two paragraphs...
...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8 and perfluorooctanoate, is a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant. One industrial application is as a surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of fluoropolymers. It has been used in the manufacture of such prominent consumer goods as polytetrafluoroethylene (commercially known as Teflon). 

"[PFOA and PFOS] are "extremely persistent in the environment and resistant to typical environmental degradation processes. They are widely distributed across the higher trophic levels and are found in soil, air and groundwater at sites across the United States. The toxicity, mobility and bioaccumulation potential of PFOS and PFOA pose potential adverse effects for the environment and human health"

— USEPA March 2014 page (US Environmental Protection agency)
................................................................................
Yowbarb Note: This USGS page listed categories of contaminants. The category "plasticisers" I think could include C8. (Widely used in many industrial applications)
...

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/groundwater-contaminants.html  USGS
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 29, 2016, 05:40:45 AM
steedy, PS: Here's just a little more about PFOA (C8)
As I read more about this: The EPA has been fighting this also there have been class action lawsuits since it is known the C8 has caused harm. Also this substance is being phased out. However damage has been done and it is still in some water and in many things we have around us every day... I posted a couple paragraphs below. I feel if there is C8 in your local water there is some long, long time manufacturing plant contamination!
...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid#Applications

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8 and perfluorooctanoate

Applications

PFOA has widespread applications. In 1976, PFOA was reported as a water and oil repellent "in fabrics and leather and in the production of floor waxes and waxed papers";] however, it is believed that paper is no longer treated with perfluorinated compounds, but with fluorotelomers with less than 0.1% PFOA.[26] The compound is also used in "insulators for electric wires, planar etching of fused silica", fire fighting foam, and outdoor clothing

As a result of a class-action lawsuit and community settlement with DuPont, three epidemiologists conducted studies on the population surrounding a chemical plant that was exposed to PFOA at levels greater than in the general population. The studies concluded that there was probably an association between PFOA exposure and six health outcomes: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), and pregnancy-induced hypertension.[7]

The primary manufacturer of PFOs – 3M (known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company from 1902 to 2002) – began a production phase-out in 2002 in response to concerns by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA also known as EPA)[8]:2 and eight other companies agreed to gradually phase them out by 2015.[8]:3

By 2014 the USEPA had listed PFOA – free acid and PFOS -potassium salt – emergent contaminants.[8]:1

"[PFOA and PFOS] are "extremely persistent in the environment and resistant to typical environmental degradation processes

[ CONTINUED: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid#Applications ]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: steedy on February 29, 2016, 03:40:41 PM
There is a DuPont plant here, which was one of the major dumpers of C8.  There was another plant, but it closed many years ago.  Just tonight, the news reported some other factory released C8, but stopped last year. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 03, 2016, 03:44:16 AM
There is a DuPont plant here, which was one of the major dumpers of C8.  There was another plant, but it closed many years ago.  Just tonight, the news reported some other factory released C8, but stopped last year.

steedy, this C8 thing was pretty new to me. Thanks for posting about it.
In the Wikipedia article it said it is very slow to break down and stays around a long time to contaminate the earth and water.

"[PFOA and PFOS] are "extremely persistent in the environment and resistant to typical environmental degradation processes..."

[ CONTINUED: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid#Applications ]

Sorry you are living near it.
Better luck with your new location!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 02, 2016, 06:50:41 PM
This story was included in Global Moderator Jimfarmer's morning posts
( Topic: 2016 Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings - Jimfarmer )

I know I might get an argument some people just swear that pit bulls are not inherently vicious it is all about how they are raised. Sorry but I think that is bullpuckies. I have heard and read far to many stories and I know that is just not true. This story is about a women who raised a pit bull from a puppy and it turned on her and mauled her so bad she died. All I am trying to say is, if you want a dog to stand beside you during life and death situations, be mindful of the breed.  - Yowbarb

http://www.sott.net/article/315683-Woman-mauled-killed-by-own-dog-in-Leesburg-Florida
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on April 03, 2016, 08:11:35 AM
This story was included in Global Moderator Jimfarmer's morning posts
( Topic: 2016 Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings - Jimfarmer )

I know I might get an argument some people just swear that pit bulls are not inherently vicious it is all about how they are raised. Sorry but I think that is bullpuckies. I have heard and read far to many stories and I know that is just not true. This story is about a women who raised a pit bull from a puppy and it turned on her and mauled her so bad she died. All I am trying to say is, if you want a dog to stand beside you during life and death situations, be mindful of the breed.  - Yowbarb

http://www.sott.net/article/315683-Woman-mauled-killed-by-own-dog-in-Leesburg-Florida
You won't get into an argument with me--I don't want to be around any pit bull.  Supposedly tame or not.  I don't trust them now, and never will.  Call it Pit-Bull-Rascism if you like, but I still don't trust Pit Bulls.  Like you, have seen too many of them turn ugly very quickly.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on April 03, 2016, 09:22:40 AM
Quote
I don't want to be around any pit bull.  Supposedly tame or not.

Perhaps they, and elephants, are especially sensitive to geopathic stress.  Many attacks on humans by animals - tame and wild - have been reported in recent months  In the topic " 2016 Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings" I flag such cases with a double asterisk (**).  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=209.0 (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=209.0)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on April 03, 2016, 11:09:23 PM
Quote
I don't want to be around any pit bull.  Supposedly tame or not.

Perhaps they, and elephants, are especially sensitive to geopathic stress.  Many attacks on humans by animals - tame and wild - have been reported in recent months  In the topic " 2016 Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings" I flag such cases with a double asterisk (**).  https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=209.0 (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?board=209.0)

Well I believe it is in the breed, although there are some lovely exceptions and gentle pits. I would not trust a family member to be near one. One of our family members has one and he shows his teeth to me, every time.
I agree also, Jimfarmer some of the behavior might be caused by earth changes...
I remember years ago in Zetatalk, something about animal behavior changing. (?)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 15, 2016, 11:24:27 PM
Canned tuna recall. As far as I can ascertain the tuna brands include Bumblebee and Chicken of the Sea tuna in oil and Chicken of the Sea in water. Specific types, Specific dates and more info at this website:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm

Tri-Union Seafoods LLC Issues Precautionary, Voluntary Recall on Select 5 oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Oil and 5 oz. Canned Chuck Light Tuna in Water

For Immediate Release  March 17, 2016

Contact 

Consumers  1-866-600-2681

Media:  Rebecca Howe Schmidt
  rh@nstpr.com
 (619) 296-0605, ext. 243

View Product Photos http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm#recall-photos

Announcement

Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a 2,745 cases (equal to 107,280 cans) of Chicken of the Sea brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water.

This recall has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses to date connected with the affected products, and Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest level of safety and quality.

The UPC code, Best By date and lot codes are used to determine the products involved. The UPC code (also known as the bar code) is found on the label of the product. The Best By date is printed on the bottom of the can. The product lot codes that are part of this voluntary recall can also be found on the bottom of the can.

The specific products being recalled are as follows:

Chicken of the Sea 5 Oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Oil

Chicken of the Sea Brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016.

The UPC code is 0 4800000195 5 and the Best By date is 2/10/19.

LOT CODE

BEST BY DATE

6OA3Z SCEES 2/10/19
6OAAZ SCEES 2/10/19
6OABZ SCEEB 2/10/19
6OACZ SCEEB 2/10/19

Chicken of the Sea 5 Oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Water

Chicken of the Sea Brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 18, 2016 and March 16, 2016.

The UPC code is 0 4800000245 7. The Best By dates are:
•2/18/19
•2/22/19
•2/23/19
•2/25/19
•3/2/19
•3/3/19

LOT CODE

BEST BY DATE

6OJEB SCAEB 2/18/19
6OJCB SCAFB 2/18/19
6ONEB SCAIB 2/22/19
6OOFZ SCAFB 2/23/19
6ORDB SCAFB 2/25/19
6ORAB SCAFB 2/25/19

LOT CODE

BEST BY DATE

6L2CB SCAFB 3/2/19
6L32B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L33B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L35B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L3CB SCAEB 3/3/19

"The health and safety of our consumers is our number one priority. As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to initiate this voluntary recall, alerting our retail customers that received the product and instructing them to remove it from store shelves," said Shue Wing Chan, president of Tri-Union Seafoods LLC.

No other codes of these products or other Chicken of the Sea products are affected by this voluntary recall.

Consumers may return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Anyone with questions or concerns about this recall should call the 24-hour recall information line at 1-866-600-2681

###

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 15, 2016, 11:26:43 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/canned-tuna-recall-expands-to-include-chicken-of-the-sea/ar-BBqCtp0

If you're about to make a tuna casserole or simply packing a lunch for work, make sure you check your label. One day after Bumble Bee announced a recall, the company behind Chicken of the Sea tuna said it is voluntarily recalling 107,000 5-oz. cans of chunk light tuna in oil and chunk light tuna in water.

The tuna was sold in stores nationwide between February 10 and March 16, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which said the product might be undercooked due to an equipment malfunction. Check the FDA's website for specific details on whether the tuna you bought was among those recalled. There have been no reported illnesses so far from the product, the FDA said.

On Wednesday, Bumble Bee said it was recalling 31,000 cases of its canned tuna because of a possible risk of contamination.

The recall affects three specific UPC codes of its canned Chunk Light Tuna that were produced in February and distributed across the country. They were co-packed in an outside facility that found deviations in the sterilization process in a routine audit. Those deviations could lead to contamination, which could itself lead to spoiled tuna or even serious disease in consumers. There have been no reports of illness, but the company is recalling the products out of an abundance of caution.

If your tuna has a can code that starts with a "T," features any of these UPC codes, and has a "Best By" date of February 2019, check the Bumble Bee website to see if your product is affected. If so, throw away your tuna, and call Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947 for information on how to get reimbursed.
5-Ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water, UPC code 8660000020
5-Ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil, UPC code 8660000021
4 pack of 5-Ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 8660000736
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 16, 2016, 07:15:54 PM
This story was included in Global Moderator Jimfarmer's morning posts
( Topic: 2016 Daily Headlines, MSM & NON-MSM Reportings - Jimfarmer )

I know I might get an argument some people just swear that pit bulls are not inherently vicious it is all about how they are raised. Sorry but I think that is bullpuckies. I have heard and read far to many stories and I know that is just not true. This story is about a women who raised a pit bull from a puppy and it turned on her and mauled her so bad she died. All I am trying to say is, if you want a dog to stand beside you during life and death situations, be mindful of the breed.  - Yowbarb

http://www.sott.net/article/315683-Woman-mauled-killed-by-own-dog-in-Leesburg-Florida
You won't get into an argument with me--I don't want to be around any pit bull.  Supposedly tame or not.  I don't trust them now, and never will.  Call it Pit-Bull-Rascism if you like, but I still don't trust Pit Bulls.  Like you, have seen too many of them turn ugly very quickly.

Yet another near-fatal pit bull attack. In this one the three year old in the house was nearly killed by two pits who had been locked in the family home's basement. They got out and immediately attacked her, tearing off part of her scalp from her head. She was covered in blood but fast acting family members saved her.
She is expected to be making a full recovery.
Not much fun to read but here is the ink:

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/05/new_jersey_girl_3_mauled_by_pitbulls.html?wpisrc=topstories
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 17, 2016, 03:47:31 PM
Last one for now. I couldn't possibly post all the fatal or near fatal maulings and attacks by pit bulls.
This one was fatal. Three year old boy killed by his family pet...
...
https://www.sott.net/article/318395-Young-boy-killed-by-family-pit-bull-terrier-in-Durban-South-Africa

Young boy killed by family pit bull terrier in Durban, South Africa 

Times Live  Mon, 16 May 2016 17:34 UTC
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 18, 2016, 10:23:59 AM
AP    JUNE 16, 2016 — 7:20PM

http://www.startribune.com/pit-bull-attacks-injures-3-including-child-in-connecticut/383357001/

Pit bull attacks, injures 3 including child in Connecticut [USA]

NORWICH, Conn. — A dog has attacked and injured three people including a 6-year-old in Connecticut.

Police say a roaming pit bull attacked the people Thursday afternoon in Norwich, about 40 miles southeast of the state capital of Hartford.

Police say all of the victims had bite wounds, and one had a severe injury to their ear. The victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately available.

An animal control officer later found the dog at its owner's house. It will be quarantined. Police say the owner was cited for several violations.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on August 04, 2016, 09:06:24 AM
I don't know if we mentioned it but we use Revolution on our cats.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: MadMax on August 04, 2016, 12:29:09 PM
Barb,

 Here is a GREAT resource on this subject to check out:

http://outbreaks.globalincidentmap.com/

Max.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2016, 01:34:12 AM
Yet another fatal pit bull attack on a child.
This one was from Global Moderator Jimfarmers Daily Headlines, news posted the 19th from SOTT. (Signs of the Times.)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A canine that attacked and killed a small child Wednesday in the east Las Vegas Valley was euthanized.

According to Dan Kulin, spokesman for Clark County Animal Control, the dog involved in the attack was euthanized Thursday morning.

The dog was taken into custody after the attack that happened before 3:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of Duck Hills Springs Drive, near East Desert Inn Road, according to Las Vegas Metro police.

Metro Lt. Timothy Hatchet said the child was visiting a friend’s house when the dog, a pit bull, attacked. The child was taken to Sunrise Hospital Trauma, where he was later pronounced dead.

On Friday, the Clark County Coroner's Office identified the child as 9-year-old Derion Jayvon Stevenson. The boy died of blunt force injuries of head and neck as a result of an accident.

Metro detectives were investigating the attack Wednesday night.

Stay with FOX5 for updates.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2016, 01:44:31 AM
Two deaths in four days from dog attacks in the UK...One three year old boy and one man

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/19/boy-dies-dog-bite-essex-woman-arrested
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2016, 02:03:07 AM
http://ewn.co.za/2016/08/17/Four-year-old-dies-after-being-attacked-by-family-dog-in-Oudtshoorn
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 22, 2016, 02:05:39 AM
It's not just dogs...otters, beavers, bears...lots of strange animal attacks. Mainly of the stories are in SOTT, posted by Jimfarmer...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: MadMax on October 17, 2016, 12:37:01 PM
Interesting article about Mass Extinction events and the crossing of the Galectic Plane (discussed on the SO morning news today).

Mass Extinctions and a Dark Disk

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1610.04239v1.pdf

Eric David Kramer, Michael Rowan
Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138
ABSTRACT
We consider whether the observed periodicity of mass extinctions and of comet impacts on Earth is consistent with Solar oscillation about the Galactic midplane and spiral arm crossings.

 It is of further interest to determine whether a hypothetical thin dark disk is necessary to give the right periodicity, and whether such a dark disk is allowed given kinematic and other observational constaints on the Galaxy’s gravitational potential.

 We show that a dark disk consistent with recent bounds, combined with data for spiral arm crossing, can lead to the required periodicity. Moreover, we ?nd that the best ?t values correctly predict the date of the Chicxulub crater dated to 66 My ago.


Max.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Jimfarmer on October 17, 2016, 07:18:54 PM
Quote
Interesting article about Mass Extinction events and the crossing of the Galectic Plane (discussed on the SO morning news today).

From http://astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/822/how-far-is-the-earth-sun-above-below-the-galactic-plane-and-is-it-heading-towar
"  The Sun executes oscillations around its mean orbit in the Galaxy, periodically crossing the Galactic plane. I borrowed this illustration (not to scale!) from http://www.visioninconsciousness.org/Science_B08.htm to show this oscillatory motion. As the Sun is currently above the plane and moving upwards, and each cycle takes about 70 million years with an amplitude of 100pc (Matese et al. 1995), it will be roughly 30 million years before we cross the plane again. "
(http://i.stack.imgur.com/Dv1Ii.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: MadMax on October 18, 2016, 03:00:34 AM
Good summary of where we are currently at:

October 17, 2016: Six warning signs the planet is headed for grave turmoil and deeper peril

https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

Max.
Title: Re: Human Bubonic Plague-New Mexico !!!
Post by: Yowbarb on December 23, 2016, 12:07:10 AM
The Bubonic Plague never left the earth.  It has been around for centuries and a handful of cases are reported every year all over the world.  The American SW seems to be the only place in the US where it occurs on a regular basis.  I have long believed the Plague will once again become totally widespread like it was in Europe.  It's a matter of time.
Two excerpts about diagnosis and treatment of bubonic plague.
...
Diagnosis

Laboratory testing is required in order to diagnose and confirm plague. Ideally, confirmation is through the identification of Y. pestis culture from a patient sample. Confirmation of infection can be done by examining serum taken during the early and late stages of infection. To quickly screen for the Y. pestis antigen in patients, rapid dipstick tests have been developed for field use.

Treatment
Several classes of antibiotics are effective in treating bubonic plague. These include aminoglycosides such as streptomycin and gentamicin, tetracyclines (especially doxycycline), and the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin. Mortality associated with treated cases of bubonic plague is about 1–15%, compared to a mortality of 40–60% in untreated cases.

People potentially infected with the plague need immediate treatment and should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms to prevent death. Other treatments include oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support. People who have had contact with anyone infected by pneumonic plague are given prophylactic antibiotics. Using the broad-based antibiotic streptomycin has proven to be dramatically successful against the bubonic plague within 12 hours of infection

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 26, 2017, 08:52:45 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/beware-new-can-you-hear-me-scam/

Beware new "can you hear me" scam

It’s not a Verizon commercial: If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S.

Virginia police are now warning about the scheme, which also sparked warnings by Pennsylvania authorities late last year. The “can you hear me” con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes” in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card.

“You say ‘yes,’ it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy.”

[ SEE the rest of the article at:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/beware-new-can-you-hear-me-scam/ ]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 07, 2017, 07:02:49 AM
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/the-silent-killer-how-to-protect-your-home-against-radon-gas/70001848

The silent killer: How to protect your home against radon gas

By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer

Unbeknownst to millions of families, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers could be lurking inside their homes.
Exposure to radon, a naturally-occurring radioactive gas, claims an estimated 24,000 lives annually, according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Many victims have never smoked a cigarette, according to the American Lung Association.
Radon, a Class-A carcinogen, is the second-leading lung cancer threat overall, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The odorless, tasteless and colorless gas can be found anywhere and can go undetected inside homes for years.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that one in 15 homes will test at or above the EPA’s action level of four picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
A picocurie is a measure of the rate of radon’s radioactive decay.
“No data can predict a radon level at a particular building," said Kimberly Steves, director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Radiation Control Program. "The only way to know is to test."
The American Lung Association states that the greatest radon exposure occurs inside the home as it seeps through cracks in floor drains, walls, floors and construction joints.
Radon levels tend to be highest in basements and first-floor rooms that have contact with soil.
The gas can also impact drinking water; radon dissolved in groundwater can escape into a home’s air as water leaves a faucet, putting homeowners with private water wells at particular risk.

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study found that 14 percent of wells across certain parts of Pennsylvania had radon levels at or exceeding the EPA’s action level of 4 pCi/L.
Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the United States, with more than 40 percent of homes testing above 4 pCi/L, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
“[This] is a greater problem in buildings receiving drinking water from small community water systems accessing groundwater sources or domestic self-supply wells than in buildings receiving public water supply,” said USGS physical scientist Eliza Gross, who led the study.
Colder conditions in winter can increase indoor radon levels, though levels tend to fluctuate throughout the year.
“One theory is that when the house is all sealed up tight against the cold weather, the radon levels will tend to be higher because there is not as much air flow for it to dissipate,” said Steves.
Midwest Radon, a Kansas-based radon mitigation service, recommends that homeowners test for radon under weather conditions that most represent yearlong temperatures.
“For instance, if the mean average temperature is 56 F, testing when average temperatures for 24-hour periods are 56 F will be more representative of building pressures and mechanical operations that occur most of the year,” a Midwest Radon spokesperson said.

[ Continues http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/the-silent-killer-how-to-protect-your-home-against-radon-gas/70001848 ]



Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 20, 2017, 01:49:16 AM
http://www.wikihow.com/Test-Your-Home-for-Radon-(USA)

wikiHow to Test Your Home for Radon (USA)

Radon is an odorless gas that decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe, which damages tissues and increases your risk of lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA and claims as many as 21,000 lives per year.[1] Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and can enter your home through porous building materials or leaks in your foundation. Learn how to test your home for radon and reduce the health risks to your family.

Testing Your Home for Radon

Buy or order a testing kit. There are numerous kinds of low-cost “do-it-yourself” radon test kits that you can either buy from a local hardware or home improvement store, or order online.[2] Depending on where you live, you may qualify for reduced price or free kits from state public health department. Be aware that there are two categories of radon air tests: short-term and long-term.
Short-term radon tests are the most common and convenient. They measure radon levels for between two to seven days, depending on the device. Homeowners should use use short-term testing.
Long-term tests measure radon levels for 90 days to one year. These radon tests give results more reflective of seasonal or year-round average radon levels in your home.[3] Long-term testing should be done by professionals.
Whatever radon test kit you get, make sure it meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements.

Close your doors and windows. Before you can get an accurate sample of the air in your home, you'll need to close all of your exterior doors and all of your windows. Close them at least 12 hours prior to and throughout the testing period, which can be up to seven days with some short-term radon tests.[4]
Heating and A/C systems, as well as fans that re-circulate air in your home may be operated while radon testing.[5]
However, don't operate fans or other machines that bring in air from the outside — it can contaminate your results.
You shouldn't conduct short-term radon testing during unusually severe storms or when it's really windy outside. Wait for calm weather.

Find a place to position your radon kit. Your radon test kit should be placed in the lowest level of your home that you spend a significant amount of time in.[6] This could mean the basement level if you frequently use it, or the first floor if you don't use or don't have an underground basement.
Choose a room that you use regularly, such as the living room, playroom, office or bedroom.
Don't set the testing kit up in your kitchen or bathrooms, because humidity and various fumes can affect or contaminate the results.
Whatever room you choose, position the testing kit at least 20 inches (.5 meters) above the floor — use a small sturdy table if need be. Make sure it's away from drafts, high heat, humidity and exterior walls.[7]

Leave the radon-sensitive material in place. After reading the instructions, take out the material that's radon sensitive and position it properly for the specified time frame — typically between two to seven days for most short-term kits. Short-term test kits use either special charcoal canisters, liquid scintillation vials or continuous radon monitors that are electronic.[8]
Whichever type of material your kit contains, take it out of the package, remove the top(s) to expose it to the air and place it on the table.
If your kit has the liquid scintillation vials, place the two vials about 6 inches (15 cm) apart on the table for best results.

Collect the test material and mail it away. After the specified time frame is up, put the tops back on either the charcoal canisters or liquid scintillation vials, place them back into their original packaging and reseal it tightly.[9] Once safely resealed, send it via registered mail to the lab specified on the package for analysis.
Make sure to send in your package to the lab shortly after the testing period has ended for the most accurate results. Don't wait much more than a day or two.
You should receive your radon test results from the lab within a few weeks, both by regular mail and via email. With most labs, you can check your results online.
The results may look complicated, but remember that radon in the air is measured in picoCuries per liter of air or pCi/L (see below).

Use an electronic radon monitor instead. As noted above, using an electronic radon monitor in your house is an alternative, although they're typically used by testing professionals — and the price reflects this. Electronic radon monitors are placed face-up on a stable table or any flat surface where the ventilation slots on the device are not blocked.[10] Electronic detectors provide a continuous reading of radon levels in your home, which can be easily seen from a digital display.

An advantage of using an electronic radon monitor is you'll be able to read the results immediately after the testing period has expired. No need to send it away to a lab for analysis.
The main disadvantage is the price. Some units cost upwards of $1,000, although they're marketed for professional use.
In most cases, electronic radon detectors are used in conjunction with charcoal and vial methods — it's not meant to replace the more traditional methods.

Hire a professional to test your home. As an alternative to doing it yourself, you can hire a qualified radon tester to do the testing for you. Contact your state radon office or email an online training program about getting a list of qualified testers. It will be more expensive than doing it yourself, but you'll have the peace of mind that it's being done correctly and the results interpreted properly.
Long-term radon testing should always be done or monitored by a qualified radon measurement professional.
An advantage of getting your home professionally monitored for radon gas is that the testing team can recommend (or in some cases provide) an experienced crew to fix the problem.
Some radon reduction systems can reduce levels in your home by 99% — even very high levels can be reduced to much safer levels
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 20, 2017, 01:51:19 AM
http://www.wikihow.com/Test-Your-Home-for-Radon-(USA)

Tips

Some states and counties offer free radon test kits. Check to see if you're able to take advantage of these programs first before buying a kit.
Radon can penetrate all types of foundations, including crawl spaces and slab-on-ground basements.
Elevated levels of radon can be found in both new and old buildings, whether they are homes, workplaces, stores, etc.
One of the things that the EPA recommends is the installation of a special vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath your house and vents it to the outside — this system is called suction radon reduction.
Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes any kind of venting system more effective and cost-efficient.
If the air in your home has tested high for radon, then get your water tested, especially if you use well water.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 20, 2017, 01:53:56 AM
Good summary of where we are currently at:

October 17, 2016: Six warning signs the planet is headed for grave turmoil and deeper peril

https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

Max.
Hillary Clinton, of course did not become President.
To my knowledge no ELE asteroid event announced.
Two of the six signs listed did happen so far. Russian invaded Ukraine.
                                                                 Tensions between US and Russia.
The unexplained supernatural events is open to interpretation.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 20, 2017, 03:28:31 PM
http://www.wikihow.com/Test-Your-Home-for-Radon-(USA)

Tips

Some states and counties offer free radon test kits. Check to see if you're able to take advantage of these programs first before buying a kit.
Radon can penetrate all types of foundations, including crawl spaces and slab-on-ground basements.
Elevated levels of radon can be found in both new and old buildings, whether they are homes, workplaces, stores, etc.
One of the things that the EPA recommends is the installation of a special vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath your house and vents it to the outside — this system is called suction radon reduction.
Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes any kind of venting system more effective and cost-efficient.
If the air in your home has tested high for radon, then get your water tested, especially if you use well water.
Lots of good info. you've posted, Barb. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 21, 2017, 09:38:09 PM
I think we may have radon...time for me to get short term test kit and figure out who will do a long term test.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 22, 2017, 09:53:11 AM
I think we may have radon...time for me to get short term test kit and figure out who will do a long term test.
The long term testing might be something you can do.  There is a place that sells radiation monitors and if you compare the price of monitors to the price of long-term testing, you'll know which is more economically feasible.  I'll get the info. on a good source of rad monitors. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 22, 2017, 09:57:46 AM
Here is the link for Aware Electronics, which sells a number of types of radiation detectors/monitors:

http://www.aw-el.com/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 23, 2017, 02:19:25 PM
I think we may have radon...time for me to get short term test kit and figure out who will do a long term test.
The long term testing might be something you can do.  There is a place that sells radiation monitors and if you compare the price of monitors to the price of long-term testing, you'll know which is more economically feasible.  I'll get the info. on a good source of rad monitors.

ilinda, thanks!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 23, 2017, 03:41:49 PM
I think we may have radon...time for me to get short term test kit and figure out who will do a long term test.
The long term testing might be something you can do.  There is a place that sells radiation monitors and if you compare the price of monitors to the price of long-term testing, you'll know which is more economically feasible.  I'll get the info. on a good source of rad monitors.

ilinda, thanks!
Hopefully you did see Reply #371:
Here is the link for Aware Electronics, which sells a number of types of radiation detectors/monitors:

http://www.aw-el.com/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: MadMax on August 23, 2017, 04:31:05 PM
Here is another good source of radiation monitors:

https://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_78

Max.

PS: Anyone know who owns this company and what they are famous for??

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 24, 2017, 01:13:34 PM
Here is the link for Aware Electronics, which sells a number of types of radiation detectors/monitors:

http://www.aw-el.com/

Thanks!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: MadMax on November 01, 2017, 02:36:32 PM
Officials Warn: Airborne Black Death Epidemic Could ‘Explode’!!  :o

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/officials-warn-airborne-black-death-epidemic-could-explode_11012017

The bubonic plague outbreak that is taking Madagascar to its knees will more than likely last another six months. But the worst news is that the epidemic could explode anytime unleashing the sickness on the globe.

At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadlier pneumonic strain of the medieval disease. But the oncoming rainy season could see the number of those infected explode exponentially. The rainy season poses a threat to the containment of the plague because outbreaks of this magnitude often seem to be seasonal.

The Foreign Office recently warned that the deadly outbreak is entering its most dangerous phase. Its website said that “outbreaks of plague tend to be seasonal and occur mainly during the rainy season.” The African island’s wet season officially began today and will last until the end of April, meaning the downward trend the plague had seen over the past few days, will likely turn upward again.

Because the disease can be spread easily through a cough or sneeze, experts are fearful. It would take just one infected traveler who made it to Africa’s mainland or even nearby British honeymoon paradises like Mauritius, the Maldives or the Seychelles to spread the disease globally. The Seychelles is currently putting anyone traveling from Madagascar into quarantine on arrival as a precaution.

The outbreak has been fueled by performing the ancient practice of Famadihana. Famadihana is the “dancing with the dead” ritual which sees locals dig up deceased relatives and dance with them before they are reburied.  Just contact with a corpse who’s death was because they contracted the plague could sicken a person.

The country’s health chief Willy Randriamarotia said: “If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.” The tradition has been banned since the outbreak began, but it is feared ceremonies have taken place regardless as local continue to balk that their rituals have contributed to the outbreak.

This latest warning that the rainy season could worsen the outbreak comes on the heels of the reports that British aid workers said the epidemic will get worse before it gets better. Olivier Le Guillou of Action Against Hunger said: “The epidemic is ahead of us, we have not yet reached the peak.”

As many as 50 aid workers are believed to have been among the 1,200 people infected with the more dangerous airborne pneumonic strain of the disease.

Max.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: MadMax on November 04, 2017, 01:44:11 PM
Black Death WARNING: Now there are THREE types of killer Plague as bodycount rises to 127

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/874547/Madagascar-Black-Death-plague-bubonic-septicaemic-pneumonic-world-health-organisation-WHO

Medical experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) have revealed cases of bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic plague have all been found on the Indian Ocean island which is at the centre of a global epidemic alert.

Bubonic plague is the most common form. It is spread by fleas and is characterised by painful swollen lymph nodes.

Pneumonic plague can be caused by breathing in airborne plague bacteria and is a particularly infectious form because it invades the lungs and can spread quickly from person to person, through coughing or in confined spaces.

The septicaemic strain of the terrifying disease is a life-threatening infection of the blood, most commonly spread by bites from infected fleas.

WHO bosses said their Black Death risk assessment was under constant review as the situation evolved.

Max.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on November 13, 2017, 10:52:39 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98ohMjQwuew

Plague vector routes from Madagascar predicted

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 13, 2017, 11:51:14 AM
Good grief...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 17, 2018, 11:45:20 AM
This may seem like a minor thing to consider, but pollen can pose a real health hazard for a % of people.
For now just posting a link and today's National Pollen Map.
Go to the page for the interactive map:
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https://www.pollen.com/map
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on May 17, 2018, 12:59:58 PM
Depending upon your perspective, the red locations on that map could be viewed as being positive, as the pollen stimulates honey bees to build-up their colonies.  :)

(https://b-i.forbesimg.com/jonentine/files/2013/09/Bee_pollen1.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on May 17, 2018, 11:48:01 PM
Depending upon your perspective, the red locations on that map could be viewed as being positive, as the pollen stimulates honey bees to build-up their colonies.  :)

(https://b-i.forbesimg.com/jonentine/files/2013/09/Bee_pollen1.jpg)

That is so true. What a lovely sight, that little bee covered with pollen. :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on May 18, 2018, 07:24:50 PM
This may seem like a minor thing to consider, but pollen can pose a real health hazard for a % of people.
...
Agreed!  Asthmatics and those with other lung problems notice immediately when there is particulate matter, whether pollen or something else, floating around.  It often suddenly feels like something is "catching your throat from the inside". 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2018, 09:36:05 PM
This may seem like a minor thing to consider, but pollen can pose a real health hazard for a % of people.
...
Agreed!  Asthmatics and those with other lung problems notice immediately when there is particulate matter, whether pollen or something else, floating around.  It often suddenly feels like something is "catching your throat from the inside".

Very true...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2018, 09:44:55 PM
TICKS - More on ticks is posted in other Boards, of course...
....
https://www.motherearthnews.com/

Tick Prevention and Management

Given their capacity to carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick prevention is a must if you're spending time in wooded areas. Here are 10 tips we recommend.

By Barbara Pleasant | June/July 2010

If you live near or often spend time in a wooded area, blood-sucking ticks are part of your world. When tick populations rise in July and August, you’ll again feel those familiar tickling sensations on your legs and neck, and again drag the dog into the sunlight so you can spot and remove those darn ticks. During this process, you may be wondering whether there are better ways to survive tick season, especially if you don’t want to use DEET (a chemical insecticide that may cause eye irritation, rash, or other side effects) on yourself or veterinarian-grade pesticides on your pets. Even if you do use chemicals in your tick management plan, it’s still a good idea to back them up with natural tick prevention strategies.

The stakes can be high. First described in 1977 as “Lyme arthritis,” tick-vectored (transmitted) Lyme disease is now the most common critter-vectored disease in North America. More than 30,000 cases were reported in 2008, including many in towns and cities where no previous infections had been recorded. Like an invasive weed, Lyme disease is slowly spreading inland from its stronghold along the northern Atlantic coast.

Caused by the bacterium Borrelia brugdorferi, Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks). White-footed mice frequently serve as reservoirs for the bacteria, as do deer and many other mammals. Ticks are most likely to transmit Lyme disease to humans when they are tiny nymphs (juvenile ticks), only slightly bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. Other tick species transmit diseases as well, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. So no matter where you live, preventing ticks from finding you and your pets is always a good idea. To help you stay ahead of these pests, here are the top 10 natural ways to make tick season easier to take.

1. Dress Defensively. When you venture into areas where ticks might be waiting, dress for the occasion. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing (to help you see ticks before they find skin), and tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. You may look goofy, but it’s better than becoming a tick’s dinner.

2. Get Sticky. Keep a sticky tape-type lint roller handy if you’re finding ticks regularly. This little gizmo will pick up unattached ticks from clothing or pets, which bring hitchhiking ticks into the house. Use any type of sticky tape to cleanly capture ticks crawling in your home.

3. Clean Up Your Act. When you come indoors after outside activities, give your clothes a 10-minute spin in a hot clothes dryer to kill any ticks that might be hiding in the folds or seams. Then take a hot, soapy bath or shower. Unattached ticks will be flushed away, but you will still need to do a tick check of your body.

4. Do Tick Checks. Ticks must feed for 36 to 48 hours in order to transmit Lyme disease, so regularly checking yourself for ticks after you’ve been in wooded areas is a hugely effective preventive measure. Look for tiny and foreign dark dots, especially in moist body creases in the armpits, groin, hairline, scalp, waistband and the backs of your knees. Let someone else check you, if possible, because it’s difficult to check your own scalp and backside. Because of their tiny size, it is entirely possible to carry a nymph on your body long enough for it to feed and then drop off without you ever knowing you were bitten, so be sure to check often and carefully. Check yourself before bed, too.

5. Upgrade Your Tick Removal Equipment. If you’re using tweezers or a pair of forceps to remove an attached tick from yourself or your pets, you’re doing it the hard way. Instead, try using small tick removal “spoons” such as the Tick Twister for little deer ticks, Ticked Off for any size ticks, or a Tick Key tick remover for larger dog ticks. All of these devices cost less than $5 and they are worth every penny. Look for them at pet stores or from online merchants.

6. Put Poultry to Work. Ticks have few natural predators, but many MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers report that their flocks of poultry have made big impacts on tick populations. In a study from South Africa, chickens were found to eat an average of 10 ticks per hour. (There's an article on poultry pest control. (Yowbarb Note - go to Mother Earth News main page. I cannot post the links, way too long.)



Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on June 14, 2018, 05:16:39 PM
And now there is yet another tick threat to the midwest:
East Asian Tick Found in Benton County, Arkansas


http://5newsonline.com/2018/06/11/longhorned-tick-found-in-arkansas/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 30, 2019, 11:55:33 AM
https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on January 30, 2019, 01:03:55 PM
Ticks were so bad last year that I ordered guineas primarily for tick control.  If we never get an egg or ounce of meat, but do get tick control, I'll be happy.

A family member discovered he has a recently discovered phenomenon, alpha-gal allergy.  Shortly after that, we learned of a number of others in this state also have it.  Apparently it can strike different people in different ways.  One acquaintance, Rachel, was severely ill for months, lying in bed in fetal position, not knowing what was wrong, and doctors not finding the cause.  It was someone on FB who asked her if she thought about alpha-gal, so she investigated and finally got testing, finding that was the cause of her malaise.

In a nutshell, somehow a carbohydrate, "Galactose- 1,3 alpha-galactose", found in mammalian cell membranes has found its way into ticks, and when those ticks bite, they inject some of that alpha gal into the bloodstream, which then elicits an allergic response.  The alpha gal is found in most mammals, but not primates, thus humans' immune systems react to it as foreign, and thus the immune response.

The worst thing about this alpha gal allergy is that it can lead to anaphylactic shock, but differs from insect-bite anaphylactic reactions, as the alpha gal reaction may take many hours before the sufferer realizes there's a problem.  The person like that would never connect the meat he ate 5 hours ago to the sudden onset of anaphylactic shock.  Alpha gal may end up being a game changer for many.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on January 30, 2019, 02:42:01 PM
Might want to look into a good enzyme supplement containing alpha-galactosidase, which is in Beano and which home brewers use:

https://www.homebrewing.org/Alpha-Galactosidase-Enzyme-3-Pack_p_8270.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4f6-98iW4AIVDorICh1S_wf-EAQYASABEgK_lfD_BwE

Some benefits:
https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/alpha-galactosidase/

Complex molecule:
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/31/PBB_Protein_GLA_image.jpg/250px-PBB_Protein_GLA_image.jpg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-galactosidase
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on June 14, 2019, 04:16:03 PM
ilinda and R.R. great posts, will come back to, soon...

Temporarily changing the subject back to Pit bull fatal attacks, which I sometimes post here in this Topic. Jimfarmers News post from the other day included a current fatal attack, not sure what breed that was who killed his owner who was probably having a seizure.

Story here goes back awhile, a different story, England in 2016, The Journal. This particular tragedy was caused by a pit bull, who had been raised by the victim since a small pup. Not likely the pit was abused, the victim was a well-liked happy go lucky smiling young man. A different breed might have got help, not killed him when he was at his most vulnerable.  Keep that in mind when having pets who could help you or kill you or your kids during turbulent times. You all know my opinion, this breed should be outlawed.

Young man killed by his own dog as he suffered an epileptic seizure

Trigger was then taken to a local vet to be put down.

https://www.thejournal.ie/man-killed-by-own-dog-2527572-Jan2016/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on July 30, 2019, 09:56:16 AM
This video was on CNN. A pit bull attacked a six year old boy, knocking him to the sidewalk outside his home. The pit bit him in a few places including the back of his head which required staples. There was a long driveway between the sidewalk and his front porch, but the surveillance camera on the porch caught the attack.
A 16 year-old neighbor ran to help get the pit bull off the boy. He managed to get the dog off the little boy, then the pit chased the 16 year old, knocking him to the ground and biting his hand. The 16 year old managed to get up and run home. The whole thing caught on the camera. The mother of the 6 year old boy is very grateful, without help the attack might have been fatal, since the boy had bites to the back of his head and was bleeding a lot.
Link to the video:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/24/us/pit-bull-attack-texas-trnd/

A teenager rescued a 6-year-old neighbor from a dog attack, and it was all caught on camera
By Sophie Sherry and Christina Zdanowicz, CNN   Updated 4:48 PM ET, Wed July 24, 2019

Neighbor jumps into action when dog attacks 6-year-old 01:23
(CNN)Grant Brown was heading out for the day on Sunday when he heard screams from down the street. He looked up to see a dog attacking 6-year-old Mason Lindeman, who was been playing outside his Conroe, Texas, home.

The 19-year-old sprang into action, running straight toward the pit bull.
"I was just focused on how I could get the dog away from the kid," Brown said Wednesday.
His heroic actions were all captured on video.
As Brown got closer, the dog jumped off Mason and started chasing him instead. This gave the boy the chance to run to safety.
Jill Lindeman, Mason's mother, said she had stepped inside for a few moments when the attack occurred.
"I opened the door and see my son standing there with blood covering his head, neck and arms," Lindeman said. "I checked him over very quickly and realized it was a cut to the back of his head."
She rushed him to a hospital, where he given four staples in the back of his head.
The dog continued to chase Brown, he said, eventually jumping on top of him, as well. It bit him just before his father arrived and scared the dog away.

Brown now has a 1-inch bite mark and several puncture wounds on his hand.
Brown's mother, Crystal Waddel, saw the whole thing and said she saw pure terror in her son's eyes as he ran from the dog.
"I'm really really proud of him for just taking action to help the young kid," she said Wednesday.
Brown doesn't know Mason personally, and even though he was scared, he knew that he had to help.
As a big brother himself, Brown hopes someone would do the same for his younger siblings.
A neighbor was able to track the dog's owner. Lindeman said they are working with those owners to address the situation.
The dog was taken by animal control, and its owner was cited, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on August 23, 2019, 03:22:36 PM
Yowbarb Note: One week prior to his daughter being killed by three
pit bulls, the father got in an argument with his neighbor. The argument was about the neighbor's inadequate fencing of the three pit bulls, fencing that did not keep the pits on the property.  The neighbor went to the store and left his three pit bulls in his yard which had a broken fence. Also the garage door was open to the alley, where the little girl was playing. The three pits mauled the girl to death.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/dogs-mauling-owner-charged/index.html

The owner of dogs that mauled a 9-year-old girl to death charged with murder
By Theresa Waldrop and Carma Hassan, CNN

Updated 4:29 PM ET, Fri August 23, 2019
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on August 23, 2019, 03:26:07 PM
I hate to say it, but maybe this will serve as a stronger warning to pit bull owners to keep their animals under their constant control, or choose a different breed...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on August 23, 2019, 05:46:23 PM
Amen.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 17, 2019, 10:22:22 AM
I hate to say it, but maybe this will serve as a stronger warning to pit bull owners to keep their animals under their constant control, or choose a different breed...

Thanks for your replies on this, RR and ilinda.
Yes, for sure people who have pits need to have foolproof fences. Problem is that often fails. Will tell why later in this post...
I knew nothing about pits until the mid 1980s.
In 1985 I found a beautiful half-grown light colored female dog running loose, I took her in and couldn't find an owner so meanwhile took care of her. We named her "Daisy". I had a small fenced patio with a sliding glass door leading into the master bedroom and sometimes kept her out there with food and water, temps were mild.
One night, a moonlit night, I entered the master bedroom hadn't turned on the light in the room yet. I glanced out at Daisy. I was completely relaxed and not expecting anything. I was astounded to see the expression on her face. She gave me a look and (forgive it, I know it sounds far fetched, read the thought she was sending out.) What I totally "got" from Daisy was, "I like you lady, but if I am in the mood I could rip your throat out."  I thought, whoah!!  As I said, I was not aware of the pit bull breed at that time and had no prior prejudices against Daisy.

Soon after that night, a neighbor across the street, young woman with husband and son, told me, "You have a Pit Bull there."  I said, oh I have not heard of that, didn't know about what kind of dog, and I explained the deal, that she was wandering loose. I told her I would not have her long. The neighbor gal, Kay was emphatic. She told me a story:
One of Kay's closest friends had lived in the same house for many years, I will call her Cindy. Cindy had lived next door to a pit bull. For YEARS. I think there was friendly interaction, and she thought no problem. One day Cindy was catching some sun in her back yard and suddenly the next-door pit jumped a 6 foot fence and attacked her, tearing a piece of muscle off the bone of her leg.
She had to walk with a cane after that.
The story my neighbor Kay told me really surprised me. I was almost 45, had lived in a lot of places, never heard of anything beyond a regular dog bite, requiring a few stitches and maybe rabies shots. In 1985, I had never heard of any crippling dog attacks, let alone fatal ones.

I didn't keep Daisy long, she didn't cause us a problem, as I said not fully grown. I got her a home on a ranch... as I said, had not heard of fatal pit bull attacks,
Years later, at this point, I don't know how people can continue to go out and get pit bulls for their households.
There have been just thousands of fatal attacks by pit bulls, as we all know. Anyone who reads this topic or googles it or pays any attention at all, will know that.
I do understand in their mind, their pet is a safe, loving animal. If you read discussions online and various posts, so many people say, "it's all how you raise the pit."

Have narrowly avoided getting bit by one, walking in a rural neighborhood 1990s,  and personally know someone who killed one with a machete. My friend was a half Cherokee gal partly raised in an orphanage then a a TX farm. Tough. My friend saw a pit bull running after a little 4 yr old boy on a tricycle. the boy was riding fast through alleyways, when he realized the dog was being threatening  he was terrified, riding as fast as he could, My friend spotted this. She had a sharp machete in her truck and took it out. As the pit bull ran past the alleyway entrance, fast on the heels of the boy, she rose the machete and cut the pit in half. The boy was unharmed and went home.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 17, 2019, 10:34:11 AM
One day in that same area (Vista, CA mid 1980s) I was walking my foundling dog, KIX.
She wasn't even pooping on the grass, nothing, we were walking, minding our own business. (Kix not a pit, she looked part lab, gentle dog.)
Totally calm, walking along then a pit bull busts out a screen door (it must not have been latched all the way and it just pushed it open, ran out the door straight at us. Before I could do anything, in seconds the pit bull tore a deep piece of flesh off the side of my dog, about four inches square. The owner came out to get the dog back in. I got the owners phone number and told him he would be paying the vet bill. Kix had surgery to repair the wound, and thankfully was OK and the pit owner did make good on his promise to pay the bill.
I noticed his reaction he was pretty unemotional about the fact his dog had attacked the other dog like that. Like he kinda knew it could happen and he did not care that much.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on November 17, 2019, 06:51:42 PM
About two days ago I accidentally happened on a youtube video, not about dogs or pit bulls, but part of the story went like this:

The guy narrating told about how he had a very friendly and loving pit bull for some years, and he swore it was nothing like the reputation that pit bulls carry.  Well, then they started their family.  One day when their first born was still young, maybe 1 or 2 yrs. old, the pit bull suddenly without warning attacked their little child, daughter I think, and fortunately mom was there and was able to get the daughter to safety.

He continued that although he never dreamed anything like that would happen with such a soft-hearted pit bull, he said it tore him apart to have the dog euthanized, but he knew it had to happen, because sending the dog to another household would/could mean the same thing would happen again.

There is a pit bull on our road who runs free and even comes to our place about 4-5 miles away, and although Pudd'nhead is very friendly, I still don't trust him and wish his owners would keep him home.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 17, 2019, 10:31:43 PM
About two days ago I accidentally happened on a youtube video, not about dogs or pit bulls, but part of the story went like this:

The guy narrating told about how he had a very friendly and loving pit bull for some years, and he swore it was nothing like the reputation that pit bulls carry.  Well, then they started their family.  One day when their first born was still young, maybe 1 or 2 yrs. old, the pit bull suddenly without warning attacked their little child, daughter I think, and fortunately mom was there and was able to get the daughter to safety.

He continued that although he never dreamed anything like that would happen with such a soft-hearted pit bull, he said it tore him apart to have the dog euthanized, but he knew it had to happen, because sending the dog to another household would/could mean the same thing would happen again.

There is a pit bull on our road who runs free and even comes to our place about 4-5 miles away, and although Pudd'nhead is very friendly, I still don't trust him and wish his owners would keep him home.

ilinda, that is so good that the little baby was saved. Thanks for sharing the story.
There are a lot of people who just don't believe their dog would do such a thing.
Blessings...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on November 18, 2019, 02:52:07 PM
I hate to say it, but maybe this will serve as a stronger warning to pit bull owners to keep their animals under their constant control, or choose a different breed...

I knew nothing about pits until the mid 1980s.
In 1985 I found a beautiful half-grown light colored female dog running loose, I took her in and couldn't find an owner so meanwhile took care of her. We named her "Daisy". I had a small fenced patio with a sliding glass door leading into the master bedroom and sometimes kept her out there with food and water, temps were mild.
One night, a moonlit night, I entered the master bedroom hadn't turned on the light in the room yet. I glanced out at Daisy. I was completely relaxed and not expecting anything. I was astounded to see the expression on her face. She gave me a look and (forgive it, I know it sounds far fetched, read the thought she was sending out.) What I totally "got" from Daisy was, "I like you lady, but if I am in the mood I could rip your throat out."  I thought, whoah!!  As I said, I was not aware of the pit bull breed at that time and had no prior prejudices against Daisy.

Fascinating bit of intuition regarding your "knowing" what pit bull was thinking.   It may have saved your life by causing you to get rid of it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on November 18, 2019, 11:19:44 PM

I hate to say it, but maybe this will serve as a stronger warning to pit bull owners to keep their animals under their constant control, or choose a different breed...

I knew nothing about pits until the mid 1980s.
In 1985 I found a beautiful half-grown light colored female dog running loose, I took her in and couldn't find an owner so meanwhile took care of her. We named her "Daisy". I had a small fenced patio with a sliding glass door leading into the master bedroom and sometimes kept her out there with food and water, temps were mild.
One night, a moonlit night, I entered the master bedroom hadn't turned on the light in the room yet. I glanced out at Daisy. I was completely relaxed and not expecting anything. I was astounded to see the expression on her face. She gave me a look and (forgive it, I know it sounds far fetched, read the thought she was sending out.) What I totally "got" from Daisy was, "I like you lady, but if I am in the mood I could rip your throat out."  I thought, whoah!!  As I said, I was not aware of the pit bull breed at that time and had no prior prejudices against Daisy.

Fascinating bit of intuition regarding your "knowing" what pit bull was thinking.   It may have saved your life by causing you to get rid of it.

That is quite possible... blew my mind at the time since I knew nothing about pits of fatal dog attacks in those days...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 15, 2019, 09:09:14 AM
Yowbarb Note: Re pits, pit mixes and other big aggressive dogs. Just saw this posted on Quora.

https://www.quora.com/What-goes-through-a-police-officers-mind-when-he-shoots-someones-dog

What goes through a police officer's mind when he shoots someone's dog?
http://www.inquisitr.com/1320906/sean-kendall-cop-killed-my-dog/
This question previously had details. They are now in a comment.

26 Answers

Paul Harding, Deputy Sheriff since 2000, Commercial Pilot
Answered Apr 8, 2016 ·
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Well, I can't speak for all police officers, but I can tell you what went through my mind the time I shot someone's dog.

I was called to a small town in my county in reference to three dogs which were running loose, attacking other peoples' leashed pets, and destroying property. I got there before animal control and located the dogs, which were staying together. Two of them looked like pit bull /boxer mixes, and the third was a big, light-colored lab mix. I don't really have any equipment for catching dogs, especially three big ones, so I just sort of followed them around town in my car to make sure they didn't cause too much trouble before animal control could get there.

As I followed them down a street, a lady opened her front door and started yelling to me and pointing to the house across the street. That's where the dogs belonged. The dogs ran onto her porch. She closed the storm door and they started jumping and biting at it.

This was getting too dangerous. Those dogs were crazy, and someone was going to get hurt. Now, I'm a dog person. A dog lover. I get along just fine with dogs, and I can usually even come to an arrangement with the grouchy ones. So, I grabbed my metal clipboard to use as a shield and got out of my car, headed toward the dogs' house. They were having none of that.

I was almost able to back them down. Like I said, I love dogs, and I know the tricks, but three dogs in an aggressive pack mentality were more than I could handle by myself. They started playing that adorable doggie game where they take turns lunging at you, getting a little closer each time, two of them trying to circle behind you while another gets your attention.

I had a Taser with one shot. Three dogs. I had pepper spray, but the dogs were too close and too aggressive to count on it. My biggest regret is that I didn't just spray them as soon as they were in range, but by the time I realized I was in serious trouble, it was too late for pepper spray.

I drew my gun and backed toward my squad car. This gave me a bit more confidence, which the dogs apparently sensed, because they backed off a little. Before I got back to my car though, they were right on top of me. I made sure I was oriented so that if I had to shoot I would be pointing in the safest possible direction. When one of the dogs finally lunged so close that I was sure he would get me, I fired. I was pointing my gun down at a fairly steep angle, because that's how close the dog was.

This was supposed to be about what went through my mind. Well, at the moment I decided to pull the trigger, it was something like "I gave you every chance in the world, but you keep coming, so f*ck you." (sorry for the language, but that's what I thought)

The dog I shot went down hard, bleeding all over my front fender. The other two dogs ran off. The shot finally got the attention of the dogs' owners.

Of course, the first person to come sprinting out of the house was a little girl, maybe 12 years old. She was screaming and crying and looking at me like the biggest monster she had ever seen. I have no doubt that those three dogs, who would have had a great time playing tug o war with my corpse,  were as gentle as kittens with "their" little girl. Dogs are amazing like that. So, there was absolutely nothing I could say to her. At that point, what was going through my mind was "Screw this. I'm just going to hand this little girl my badge and go home."

I've had to arrest parents in front of their screaming kids. I've had to pry screaming toddlers from the arms of their crying, meth-addicted mothers and hand them over to DCFS. This was bad in a whole new way. It sucked.

Eventually Dad came out. I was pretty sure he was going to hit me. I was already making up my mind that I'd give him a warning on the Aggravated Battery charge as long as I was able to subdue him fairly easily, but his wife came out and calmed him down before it came to that.

Somehow the dog lived despite the fact that I had shot it right in the center of the head with a .45. There was no exit wound. When a pit bull lunges at you from that close, all you can see is head. Dad ran the dog to the vet, and I heard it was alive and doing very well weeks later. I really have no idea how that could be. I distinctly remember a perfectly round, half inch hole pumping blood out of that dog's head.

The family made a formal complaint on me, of course. Fortunately, that lady from across the street gave me a glowing review. She said she couldn't figure out why I didn't shoot the dogs sooner.

It turns out that I also had a backup officer who I didn't know about until after the shot. He pulled up behind me and saw the whole thing, but stayed in his car the whole time. I guess he's smarter than me. He made a good witness on my behalf at least.

I felt like absolute crap for a couple weeks. I won't whine about the details. It was mostly that little girl and the fact that I really am one of those people who just can't resist playing with every dog he sees. I wanted so badly to visit that family and explain things to the little girl, but of course that wouldn't have been appropriate. Dad wanted my ass, and showing up at his house on a social call would have been seen as a provocation.

Anyhow, that's what went through this cop's mind when he shot someone's  dog.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on December 16, 2019, 09:40:48 AM
Amazing how some dog owners think it's OK for their dog to attack and try to kill someone.  And to make matters worse, they impriint on their children that it's fine for powerful dogs to run loose, and even form packs (the most dangerous condition) and then the next generation of humans grows up having no consideration for others.  Their only consideration seems to be "what's in this for me?"

Hopefully the cop will reassess the situation and realize maybe he taught the girl something the parents didn't but should have, and that is, "how are my actions affecting others?"

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 20, 2019, 03:18:36 PM
Amazing how some dog owners think it's OK for their dog to attack and try to kill someone.  And to make matters worse, they impriint on their children that it's fine for powerful dogs to run loose, and even form packs (the most dangerous condition) and then the next generation of humans grows up having no consideration for others.  Their only consideration seems to be "what's in this for me?"

Hopefully the cop will reassess the situation and realize maybe he taught the girl something the parents didn't but should have, and that is, "how are my actions affecting others?"

ilinda - interesting and I feel true, comments. Parents teach their children their doggie is just fine, and ("a dog senses what kind of person someone is, that 's why they bit him," etc.) I have heard that nonsense a lot, myself. 

Fact is, there are a lot of not-trained, poorly-trained dogs with an obviously aggressive genetic background. Anyone googling pit bulls should know by now they are capable of biting, killing someone.
I know of at least two situations in the news where a person had a seizure or something go wrong and lying there helpless - and the pit bull he lovingly raised from a pup KILLS him.
But this just doesn't stop people from buying them.

In this cop's story, RE# the little girl, I do not think she learned anything in the incident. All she knew was, a cop almost killed her doggie and now the whole family is mad at the "bad cop". That's all she will be told and that's all she will take away from the incident. This is understandable she would feel this way... If, however someday she gets to speak with the woman across the street (the woman who had to run back into her house and slam the screen door shut - only to have the door front door attacked and bit on by the pits). Then the little girl might learn about a different viewpoint on her doggies, she might learn some kind of useful information about why that happened the way it did.

Well, it looks like pits and other aggressive breeds are here to stay and in the event of a cataclysm they will be running amok hurting people on top of all the other problems.
Shoot on sight if they approach you. I've had them sneakily approach from half a block away, then suddenly come up and show teeth, like 3 feet away, right up on me.. They are sneaky.  (More on how I avoided getting bit, another post.)

(I think) the Zetas did predict worse animal behavior as PX approached... Jimfarmer's SOTT postings have a lot of animal attack stories... So dogs need to be well trained and people need to be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves from all  animals, domestic types or wildlife, even deer...
Title: Re: feral dogs
Post by: Socrates on December 21, 2019, 01:32:23 AM
in the event of a cataclysm they will be running amok hurting people on top of all the other problems.
Depends on the severity of the cataclysm, i'm guessing:
- limited cataclysm: hungry people will be EATING (their) dogs and hunting down strays
- more severe cataclysm: feral dogs will prefer to eat all the corpses out there, rather than confront people able to defend themselves; one should be wary but i think in most cases, the situation shouldn't get too bad
- (closer to) stone age inducing event: a. if a few dogs survive, they will pose a serious threat after they've hunted down all prey and corpses are no longer edible. However, there shouldn't be too many of them; on the other hand, they will of course start breeding as soon as bitches come in season [every 6 months, so not all bitches right away]. This is a good time to have your own dogs and ferals will find easier prey; b., worst case scenario, if there are any ferals at all, the chance you run into them is small; nuclear winter will also dwindle their numbers. In fact, if you'd like your decendants to enjoy having dogs, you'd better save at least two [or one pregnant bitch] yourself, for once that DNA's gone, it'll be millennia before it comes back, if ever.

Ill-mannered dogs are like barbarians: they're a problem in barbaric societies like our own. I'm more worried about the damage cats (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,7279.msg111696.html#msg111696) do...  ;D
Title: Re: feral dogs
Post by: Yowbarb on December 21, 2019, 07:34:10 AM
in the event of a cataclysm they will be running amok hurting people on top of all the other problems.
Depends on the severity of the cataclysm, i'm guessing:
- limited cataclysm: hungry people will be EATING (their) dogs and hunting down strays
- more severe cataclysm: feral dogs will prefer to eat all the corpses out there, rather than confront people able to defend themselves; one should be wary but i think in most cases, the situation shouldn't get too bad
- (closer to) stone age inducing event: a. if a few dogs survive, they will pose a serious threat after they've hunted down all prey and corpses are no longer edible. However, there shouldn't be too many of them; on the other hand, they will of course start breeding as soon as bitches come in season [every 6 months, so not all bitches right away]. This is a good time to have your own dogs and ferals will find easier prey; b., worst case scenario, if there are any ferals at all, the chance you run into them is small; nuclear winter will also dwindle their numbers. In fact, if you'd like your decendants to enjoy having dogs, you'd better save at least two [or one pregnant bitch] yourself, for once that DNA's gone, it'll be millennia before it comes back, if ever.

Ill-mannered dogs are like barbarians: they're a problem in barbaric societies like our own. I'm more worried about the damage cats (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,7279.msg111696.html#msg111696) do...  ;D

Socrates, I totally agree we definitely need to have some unfixed dogs and cats, to try to help carry on their genetic survival. Dogs and cats are precious to me, too. I had posted about that, but it's been a long time...
Some breeds of dog can go extinct for all I care...

Good points you made, on the possible behavior of stray and feral dogs...
also, yes, of course, some people will hunt stray dogs for food. I hadn't thought of that much...
It's when they are running loose, the more aggressive ones that people need to be cautious, not everyone will be armed with guns, especially in urban areas. many will not have guns to defend themselves, let alone hunt for stray dogs....
So I urge people to have some kind of weapons at hand, perhaps several types of weapons, in their homes, vehicles and on their person. 
My Dad used to always have a big walking stick, long before he actually needed a walking stick, and it is a good idea. If a person has pepper spray and tazer, great.
My recent posts here have been grim, just a reminder for people to be careful of themselves, now and in the times to come.
Well, we will try to think of more uplifting and less depressing things now...?  ;D
Happy Holidays to ya!
Barb T.
Title: Re: feral dogs
Post by: ilinda on December 21, 2019, 08:56:09 AM
in the event of a cataclysm they will be running amok hurting people on top of all the other problems.
Depends on the severity of the cataclysm, i'm guessing:
- limited cataclysm: hungry people will be EATING (their) dogs and hunting down strays
- more severe cataclysm: feral dogs will prefer to eat all the corpses out there, rather than confront people able to defend themselves; one should be wary but i think in most cases, the situation shouldn't get too bad
- (closer to) stone age inducing event: a. if a few dogs survive, they will pose a serious threat after they've hunted down all prey and corpses are no longer edible. However, there shouldn't be too many of them; on the other hand, they will of course start breeding as soon as bitches come in season [every 6 months, so not all bitches right away]. This is a good time to have your own dogs and ferals will find easier prey; b., worst case scenario, if there are any ferals at all, the chance you run into them is small; nuclear winter will also dwindle their numbers. In fact, if you'd like your decendants to enjoy having dogs, you'd better save at least two [or one pregnant bitch] yourself, for once that DNA's gone, it'll be millennia before it comes back, if ever.

Ill-mannered dogs are like barbarians: they're a problem in barbaric societies like our own. I'm more worried about the damage cats (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,7279.msg111696.html#msg111696) do...  ;D
If a situation arose as described above, whatever dogs were left would most likely interbreed with coyotes and/or wolves, depending on the population densities of each.  In the past couple of years I read about an area of Africa in which "African Hunting Dogs" (AKA African Wild Dogs) (  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITFbS0tKybA  ) have interbred with a specific breed of domestic dog, a variety whose name I can't recall.  But just now a search turned up links that claim that such a cross of African Wild Dog with domestic dog has never occurred.  (I wouldn't bet on it.)

In the domestic dog mating with coyote, jackal, or wolf, due to shortage or absence of domestic dogs, the result would probably be a surprise and unpredictable.  For example, some dog-wolf hybrids yield offspring that fear humans (wolf trait) yet are less intelligent and less strong (dog traits).  On the other hand, offspring could also be gushy or even vicious to humans (dog traits) but also have wolf traits such as higher intelligence.  It would be a mixed bag, and one factor incluencing it all would be the traits of the parents on whom the pups imprint.

At any rate, isolated dogs won't lack for mating opportunities in the above scenarios, assuming there would be canids available sharing the same number and structure of chromosomes.

As for domestic cats, the only ones which would survive would be those already feral, or the rare domestic individual who is capable of living in the wild (thinking of the Maine Coon Cat).  But most of the pampered "sofa cats" would be prey to any or all canids, and even some two-legged individuals.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on December 21, 2019, 09:36:58 PM
ilinda, you brought up some interesting things...I hadn't though so much about crossbreeding but yes that would happen a lot.

RE Coyote dogs: When I was in southern CA, both my brother and my husband told me they were followed by coyotes.
My husband was alone on horseback and he said he was surprised to see coyotes following him, then he realized they were coyote dogs. He said they can be dangerous, because coyote dogs don't seem to be afraid of people.

My bro was on foot alone, was afraid to be followed by a pack of coyotes, but I bet those were coyote dogs too. They just skulked along quietly behind him, keeping some distance. Never attacked. I feel his spiritual abilities protected him.

Once when I was living in Topanga Canyon I was walking with my mother and my toddler daughter and my bro and we were walking in an open spot. Suddenly we were charged at by a pack of aggressive dogs (not pits, but looked stray). I didn't have so much as a stick and was carrying my daughter so I let out one of those "karate yells" (purely instinctive, did not take karate.) (Channeled my inner chi.) The dogs hightailed it off the other direction!

My husband brought home a Shepherd cross from the pound and we finally figured out he was part wolf. Amazingly loyal and protective and gentle with my little kids, but incorrigible and hard to handle. Unforgettable, intelligent dog. We lived in the dark woods in a little trailer and felt safe with him (Jaws.) He would hear the yap yap of a pack of coyotes and run off and chase them away. Washington State, our land.

Regarding what you posted about cats... sadly yes, in the event of a catastrophe, many cats would end up food for other predators and canines and some humans.
I didn't know Maine Coon cats survived better in the wild than other cats. I just read that with their large body size, long thick fur and big feet they do pretty well in northern climes.  Read there are a lot of tales about them, like where they are from, were they from Viking ships, etc. Also rumors like "part Bobcat," etc. Not genetically possible but a fun thought. Looks like it is part some other kind of critter. I have a cat looks half fox. :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on January 15, 2020, 02:18:35 PM
ilinda, you brought up some interesting things...I hadn't though so much about crossbreeding but yes that would happen a lot.

RE Coyote dogs: When I was in southern CA, both my brother and my husband told me they were followed by coyotes.
My husband was alone on horseback and he said he was surprised to see coyotes following him, then he realized they were coyote dogs. He said they can be dangerous, because coyote dogs don't seem to be afraid of people.

My bro was on foot alone, was afraid to be followed by a pack of coyotes, but I bet those were coyote dogs too. They just skulked along quietly behind him, keeping some distance. Never attacked. I feel his spiritual abilities protected him.

Once when I was living in Topanga Canyon I was walking with my mother and my toddler daughter and my bro and we were walking in an open spot. Suddenly we were charged at by a pack of aggressive dogs (not pits, but looked stray). I didn't have so much as a stick and was carrying my daughter so I let out one of those "karate yells" (purely instinctive, did not take karate.) (Channeled my inner chi.) The dogs hightailed it off the other direction!

My husband brought home a Shepherd cross from the pound and we finally figured out he was part wolf. Amazingly loyal and protective and gentle with my little kids, but incorrigible and hard to handle. Unforgettable, intelligent dog. We lived in the dark woods in a little trailer and felt safe with him (Jaws.) He would hear the yap yap of a pack of coyotes and run off and chase them away. Washington State, our land.

Regarding what you posted about cats... sadly yes, in the event of a catastrophe, many cats would end up food for other predators and canines and some humans.
I didn't know Maine Coon cats survived better in the wild than other cats. I just read that with their large body size, long thick fur and big feet they do pretty well in northern climes.  Read there are a lot of tales about them, like where they are from, were they from Viking ships, etc. Also rumors like "part Bobcat," etc. Not genetically possible but a fun thought. Looks like it is part some other kind of critter. I have a cat looks half fox. :)
Somehow I completely missed your post.  Very interesting about your interactions with the "coyotes", and you're probably right about the crossing.

We didn't know anything about Maine Coon Cats until hubby brought home a stray from parking lot one day, a tiny 4# thing, but exquisitely beautiful with the long fluffy fur.  We had her spayed, then pampered and loved her, but she always preferred to catch rabbits, mice, and rats, over human-provided food.  After having her several years we read that most are quite capable of surviving in the wild and that explained her behavior.  She never weighed more than about 5#, which makes her smaller than the description, but her color and markings and behavior exactly matched what we saw in the book.  She lived to be about 20 yrs. old.

What kind of cat is your "half fox" looking one?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on January 15, 2020, 02:24:15 PM

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/10/new-report-details-how-epa-promoting-worst-worst-pesticides

Published on Friday, January 10, 2020
by Common Dreams

New Report Details How EPA Is Promoting 'Worst of the Worst Pesticides'

From 2017-2018, the agency approved 69 new pesticide products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a "known" or "likely" carcinogen.
by
Andrea Germanos, staff writer\
A detail of the cover image for Toxic Hangover, a new report by Center for Biological Diversity. (Image: Center for Biologicial Diversity)
A new review into the pesticide products the U.S. approved in 2017 and 2018 reveals the Environmental Protection Agency is carrying out an industry-friendly, "broken" regulatory process that included green-lighting over 100 products with ingredients widely deemed extremely dangerous.


Entitled Toxic Hangover: How the EPA Is Approving New Products With Dangerous Pesticides It Committed to Phasing Out, the 11-page analysis was released Tuesday by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center, authored the study. He said the agency was acting "recklessly."
"It's disgusting that rather than do the right thing and phase out the worst of the worst pesticides, the EPA is quietly encouraging their ongoing use," Donley said in a statement.

Among the findings is that the EPA appears all-too willing to give its stamp of approval to pesticides, the study found. To wit: the agency authorized 1,190 end-use pesticide products, which includes herbicides and fungicides. Just 71 such products were not approved in that time frame, meaning about 94 percent were. Where records were available regarding the lack of approval, the reasons were due to deficiencies with the minimum study required or packaging requirements—in other words, the rejections were not based on a product's toxic threat.
"When the EPA is approving 94% of applications that come across its desk, including for some of the planet's most dangerous pesticides," said Donley, "it's obvious the safety review process is completely broken."

The products that were approved give cause for concern.

The bottom line, said the analysis, "the agency is actively working against its own efforts to incentivize the replacement of older, more dangerous pesticides by approving new pesticide products that contain these same dangerous ingredients." As the Center outlined, the EPA approved
   •   15 new products containing neurotoxic carbamates or organophosphates (OPs), including chlorpyrifos.
   •   17 new products containing the endocrine disruptor atrazine.
   •   Six new products containing paraquat, which is so lethal that one spoonful can kill a full-grown adult.
   •   Four new products containing the extremely dangerous airborne fumigants methyl bromide or chloropicrin.
   •   91 new restricted-use pesticides, so dangerous they can only be applied by a professional.
   •   69 new products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a "known" or "likely" carcinogen.

Roughly a third of the products approved over the two-year period have more than one active ingredient, with some containing as many as six. That's cause for concern. From the report:

When the EPA analyzes the harms associated with pesticides, it only takes into account exposure to a single active ingredient at a time. This practice fails to fully capture the risk and potential harms that can be caused by 1 out of every 3 products it's approving. This is in addition to the EPA's refusal to consider the impacts of interactions between active ingredients and other ingredients in formulated products that can result in increased toxicity. This refusal to analyze harm from ingredient mixtures, the same mixtures that are sold on store shelves, calls into question the effectiveness of a risk-assessment process that ignores these highly relevant exposures.

The EPA's approach of weening out dangerous products by waiting on companies to voluntarily cancel them just doesn't cut it in terms of protecting human health and the environment, the study says. Evidence for that is seen, for example, in fact that the use of some "Restricted Use Pesticides"(RUPs)—a classification which includes like atrazine—has either remained constant or gone up.

"Approving new pesticides alone is manifestly not an effective way of replacing older pesticides," the anaysis said.
The bottom line, according to the report, is that the EPA "is actively promoting the use of the worst pesticides and ultimately impeding the transition to safer and more sustainable agriculture in the United States."

The report calls for the EPA to instead stop green-lighting products with the most dangerous ingredients and work decisively to truly phase-out the most dangerous products.
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on January 16, 2020, 04:42:19 AM
At this rate, the next thing we know they'll be resurrecting and legalizing nasty chemicals from the past such as chlordane, which my father often used around the home until he was diagnosed with metastasized brain cancer...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on January 16, 2020, 11:21:56 AM
At this rate, the next thing we know they'll be resurrecting and legalizing nasty chemicals from the past such as chlordane, which my father often used around the home until he was diagnosed with metastasized brain cancer...
OMG, sorry to hear that.  But  you are absoilutely right. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 16, 2020, 05:48:28 PM
ilinda, you brought up some interesting things...I hadn't though so much about crossbreeding but yes that would happen a lot.

RE Coyote dogs: When I was in southern CA, both my brother and my husband told me they were followed by coyotes.
My husband was alone on horseback and he said he was surprised to see coyotes following him, then he realized they were coyote dogs. He said they can be dangerous, because coyote dogs don't seem to be afraid of people.

My bro was on foot alone, was afraid to be followed by a pack of coyotes, but I bet those were coyote dogs too. They just skulked along quietly behind him, keeping some distance. Never attacked. I feel his spiritual abilities protected him.

Once when I was living in Topanga Canyon I was walking with my mother and my toddler daughter and my bro and we were walking in an open spot. Suddenly we were charged at by a pack of aggressive dogs (not pits, but looked stray). I didn't have so much as a stick and was carrying my daughter so I let out one of those "karate yells" (purely instinctive, did not take karate.) (Channeled my inner chi.) The dogs hightailed it off the other direction!

My husband brought home a Shepherd cross from the pound and we finally figured out he was part wolf. Amazingly loyal and protective and gentle with my little kids, but incorrigible and hard to handle. Unforgettable, intelligent dog. We lived in the dark woods in a little trailer and felt safe with him (Jaws.) He would hear the yap yap of a pack of coyotes and run off and chase them away. Washington State, our land.

Regarding what you posted about cats... sadly yes, in the event of a catastrophe, many cats would end up food for other predators and canines and some humans.
I didn't know Maine Coon cats survived better in the wild than other cats. I just read that with their large body size, long thick fur and big feet they do pretty well in northern climes.  Read there are a lot of tales about them, like where they are from, were they from Viking ships, etc. Also rumors like "part Bobcat," etc. Not genetically possible but a fun thought. Looks like it is part some other kind of critter. I have a cat looks half fox. :)
Somehow I completely missed your post.  Very interesting about your interactions with the "coyotes", and you're probably right about the crossing.

We didn't know anything about Maine Coon Cats until hubby brought home a stray from parking lot one day, a tiny 4# thing, but exquisitely beautiful with the long fluffy fur.  We had her spayed, then pampered and loved her, but she always preferred to catch rabbits, mice, and rats, over human-provided food.  After having her several years we read that most are quite capable of surviving in the wild and that explained her behavior.  She never weighed more than about 5#, which makes her smaller than the description, but her color and markings and behavior exactly matched what we saw in the book.  She lived to be about 20 yrs. old.

What kind of cat is your "half fox" looking one?

She has a really Bombay-looking mother with perky profile of a nose, the black paws underneath. Foxie has those too but she looks so totally different because she is a "Tortie" cat...  Tortoise. Pretty sure Foxie's father is a big tiger cat... lives on the street behind me. We took in the tame mama and her feral kittens. :) Here is Foxie. Running joke her father was a fox.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 16, 2020, 05:54:38 PM
At this rate, the next thing we know they'll be resurrecting and legalizing nasty chemicals from the past such as chlordane, which my father often used around the home until he was diagnosed with metastasized brain cancer...

It just keeps getting worse.  Asbestos has been legalized. Just finding this out now!!

https://archpaper.com/2018/08/epa-asbestos-manufacturing/?fbclid=IwAR0DmUCE5lyFcRYJ9yBU0InkoMqzDWflUyZFidIXT7snbRfakySPh0GTSRk

TOXIC SHOCK
EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing
By SYDNEY FRANKLIN • August 6, 2018
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on January 17, 2020, 05:16:48 PM
This is unimaginable!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on January 18, 2020, 05:56:06 AM
Quote
I have a cat looks half fox.

Perhaps someone should take the cat and the fox aside and explain the facts of life to them... ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on January 18, 2020, 02:08:34 PM
Quote
I have a cat looks half fox.

Perhaps someone should take the cat and the fox aside and explain the facts of life to them... ;)
Heh, heh.

But, lovely cats, and looking so pampered.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 18, 2020, 03:39:14 PM
Quote
I have a cat looks half fox.

Perhaps someone should take the cat and the fox aside and explain the facts of life to them... ;)

 ;D      :P    ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on January 18, 2020, 03:44:44 PM
This is unimaginable!

In my wildest, most paranoid fantasies of governments during the 1960s , I never imagined the current scenarios that are going on, particularly with the EPA, an Agency that is supposed to protect the citizens and the animals  but the head of which (POTUS-appointed Secretary) now is letting asbestos be used again... and that ain't that half of it... 

I think some of these fat cats who make these unbelievable decisions already have their mountain-top bunkers and do not care what will happen to "the little people" and certainly do not care what happens to the animals, in the short-term, they have their survival set up, from skimming off the top and getting rich off of products and oil which are bad for people. Getting kickbacks and bribes and the whole rotten business. I  (do not) feel "Government is bad." "Government" is made up of individuals. But the fat cats and corrupt cronies have won the day, so far..
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 12, 2020, 08:07:58 PM
Past few days a pit bull attack on three people in a house. Pit kills his own owner, age 25. 25-yr old man perishes from his injuries, the next day. Attack described by the survivors as unprovoked.
Sadly, in another incident, a five-yr-old boy was killed by his own family pit bull.

These stories were posted within Admin Jimfarmer's NEWS Board
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ORO GRANDE, Calif. (KTLA) – A 5-year-old Southern California boy died after being attacked by his family's pit bull Monday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials said. ... Jeff Allison told KTLA. The boy sustained significant injuries during the attack and was pronounced dead.2 days ago
myfox8.com › news › family-dog-attacks-kills-5-year-old-california-boy
Family dog attacks, kills 5-year-old California boy | myfox8.

https://myfox8.com/news/family-dog-attacks-kills-5-year-old-california-boy/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 13, 2020, 01:10:48 PM
This is unimaginable!

In my wildest, most paranoid fantasies of governments during the 1960s , I never imagined the current scenarios that are going on, particularly with the EPA, an Agency that is supposed to protect the citizens and the animals  but the head of which (POTUS-appointed Secretary) now is letting asbestos be used again... and that ain't the half of it... 

I think some of these fat cats who make these unbelievable decisions already have their mountain-top bunkers and do not care what will happen to "the little people" and certainly do not care what happens to the animals, in the short-term, they have their survival set up, from skimming off the top and getting rich off of products and oil which are bad for people. Getting kickbacks and bribes and the whole rotten business. .
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Same here.  When I first read Silent Spring as a teenager, I was dumbfounded at the amount and degree of toxins that were already widespread.  And of course now it's worse, in spite of Rachel Carson's warnings, which apparently fell/fall upon deaf ears.  Nobody in power seems to care enough to act, and if they do, the next administration will promptly undo the good work.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on February 14, 2020, 05:07:16 PM
This is unimaginable!

In my wildest, most paranoid fantasies of governments during the 1960s , I never imagined the current scenarios that are going on, particularly with the EPA, an Agency that is supposed to protect the citizens and the animals  but the head of which (POTUS-appointed Secretary) now is letting asbestos be used again... and that ain't that half of it... 

I think some of these fat cats who make these unbelievable decisions already have their mountain-top bunkers and do not care what will happen to "the little people" and certainly do not care what happens to the animals, in the short-term, they have their survival set up, from skimming off the top and getting rich off of products and oil which are bad for people. Getting kickbacks and bribes and the whole rotten business. I  (do not) feel "Government is bad." "Government" is made up of individuals. But the fat cats and corrupt cronies have won the day, so far..
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The  U.S. President, currently Trump, appoints an EPA head who shares his views on things environmental, so it is obvious how Trump feels about neonics poisoning honeybees, and on bringing back asbestos into our lives, etc.  The list of toxics which are being brought back into our lives is seemingly endless.  So it is totally up to individuals to not use those poisons.  If we could mentally band together, we would be able to create zero need for the toxins.  I guess that is what an ascended populace could/would do.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on February 14, 2020, 05:52:12 PM
ilinda, you are right, a lot of it is up to us, the people...
Some of these guys may not even fully realizing the harm they are doing, since they do not dwell in  some exalted high awareness... They are powerful but it is an animal energy and a lack of awareness on their part... Sorta like a big bear, he wouldn't care if he knocked over all the bee hives, he justs wants the honey... The swarm of african bees that enter an area, they care not if they destroy the local eco-structure and the nests...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2020, 10:37:03 AM
Well, surely we have a police brutality or fascism Topic somewhere.
For now, quickly posting this here.
Sorry just realized this is two years old but postintg it anyway. I haven't found any follow up articles on whether any police wre fired or charged for what they did. The young woman was beaten up and arrested. Police brutality is surely a miscellaneous threat to survival!! As time goes by, may be even more necessary to follow the letter of the law and avoid police confrontations. There are some awesome cops who are really ther to help, but as with any helping profession, a small percentage ARE ONLY THERE TO INFLICT HARM. SADISTS. MISOGYNISTS, MISANTHROPES.
Saw a petition in my emails and news feeds, signs, also it was on CNN and other news outlets. In this incident, a woman about twenty years old was sitting on a beach on Memorial Day weekend, with her parents and her toddler daughter and others, sipping a beer. The cops beat her up. She said when the cops approached she became frightened and did not given them her name, she tripped and fell her head ended up being shoved into the sand, she temporarily blacked out, she feared for her life they kept hitting her, she kept trying to get up and they kept shouting for her to stop resisting arrest. ""You had a situation which was really a non-event," said Stephen Dicht, Weinman's attorney. "She passed a Breathalyzer, she wasn't drinking, and you know, they just wouldn't let it go. ... They are trained to defuse situations, not make them worse."

https://www.cnn.com/.../new-jersey-beach-arrest/index.html

Police officer punches woman in New Jersey beach arrest video[
By Evan Simko-Bednarski, Hollie Silverman and Ellie Kaufman, CNN

Updated 11:06 PM ET, Wed May 30, 2018
Video shows violent arrest of woman at beach
(CNN)A Pennsylvania woman's visit to the New Jersey Shore on Memorial Day weekend ended in handcuffs after an encounter with police turned violent.

A video posted to social media Saturday -- and since viewed more than 3.6 million times -- shows three Wildwood police officers on the beach, attempting to detain a woman later identified in a police statement as Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia.
As the video begins, Weinman is on the ground, with one officer on top of her. She kicks at another, knocking aside a beach chair. The first officer then proceeds to hit her in the head twice with his fist, before grabbing her by the shoulders and pinning her to the ground.
As the second officer holds her legs steady, a third approaches to control the gathering crowd. The first two officers then attempt to handcuff Weinman.
A child can be heard crying in the background. Someone is heard repeatedly saying, "Stop resisting."
"You're not allowed to hit me and choke me like that," Weinman shouts. "I didn't do anything wrong."
The video shows the altercation already underway, with no indication of how it began. It ends before police have clearly detained Weinman. New body camera footage released Wednesday by the Wildwood Police Department shows what happened before Weinman's arrest.
Body camera footage released
Police released three body camera footage videos of the incident. The department said in a news release that the incident is "still under investigation," but it wanted to release the footage to ensure "transparency with the public."
The first two videos show the interaction between Weinman and the officers before her arrest. In the first video, the officer asks Weinman who the unopened containers of alcohol belong to. Weinman responds, "They're my aunt's," and says that her aunt, who is not visible in the video, is on her way back. The officer then makes Weinman and her friend take a Breathalyzer test. After the test, Weinman walks away on the phone, and the officer says, "Go grab her real quick, and we're gonna have them pour that all out."
Weinman argues with the officers in the second video, saying she is allowed to carry alcohol, and it is not illegal because the containers are not open. The conversation gets heated. Weinman repeatedly refuses to give the officer her last name, and the officer says, "OK, that's it, I'm done with you," and moves toward her. Weinman walks away yelling, "Don't f***ing touch me." With two hands facing forward toward the officer, she shoves him before the second video ends abruptly.
The third video shows the altercation as the officer attempts to put handcuffs on Weinman. This footage is similar to the initial video shared on social media.
An internal investigation has been launched into the officers' conduct, according to a statement issued Sunday by the Wildwood Police Department. In the meantime, the officers involved in the incident have been reassigned to administrative duty.
"It's unfortunate all the way around," said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. "They [police officers] were on the beach most of the day writing tickets to underage drinkers with no problems. ... She escalated it to where it went."
Weinman charged
Weinman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting at a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and with being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to a statement from the Wildwood Police Department.
"You had a situation which was really a non-event," said Stephen Dicht, Weinman's attorney. "She passed a Breathalyzer, she wasn't drinking, and you know, they just wouldn't let it go. ... They are trained to defuse situations, not make them worse."
Weinman could not immediately be reached for comment.
In a Facebook post written over the weekend, and since taken down, Weinman said she had unopened alcohol with her when she was stopped by police while visiting the beach with her daughter, her daughter's father, and a friend. Weinman said she passed the Breathalyzer test police administered after asking for her age.
According to the post, an officer followed her after the encounter. "I asked them don't they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach," she wrote. "The cop said, 'I was gonna let you go but now I'll write you up.' "
The officer asked Weinman for her name, which she refused to give, according to the post. She said the officer then informed her he was arresting her. "I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand," she wrote. "At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me."
"Yes, I know I should've gave him my name," she continued. "I was partly wrong in a way but I was scared."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2020, 10:44:16 AM
Barb, PS: If you are a woman commuting or traveling alone, watch it. If police stop you, even if it is not for a valid reason, please cooperate and try your best to get out of that situation. I have seen videos of poicemen roughing up single, middle-aged or older white women, dragging them out of the car, police videos, over the past few years.

There have been a string of deaths of African American women who were detained. Southern states. Shoved on ground when detained, roughed up. No shower given, not adequate care, details verified by coroner. Not given medicine like insulin. Found dead, claims of suicide by police. These are often working women with kids at home not likely they would commit suicide.
If you are a female of a minority race by yourself, really be careful. I noticed with a couple of the arrests where the woman died the police picked an isolated spot to arrest them. Some of these cops are MONSTERS, so avoid them.

A person who is stopped by police can NOT mouth off or show contempt or be snippety or uppity to a policeman. It could cost one's life. 
I suspect rape can sometimes be involved, after which crime against the female arresstee, the police claim the woman "committed suicide." They could also kill a woman prisoner by not giving her diabetes medicine and claiming suicide. In the case of Sandra Bland, African American woman, the cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation and the police stated she hung herself. Well, may be true, I feel that is not true.
- Yowbarb  just a couple images below and, excerpts from an article, Death of Sandra Bland  In the photo of Sandra Bland she looks like she had been traumatized, brutalized. I doubt if she looked that bad when they stopped her, she was on her way to a new job.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Sandra_Bland#Sandra_Bland_Act

Traffic stop
(Texas State Trooper) Encinia had a history of performing pretextual traffic stops, having issued 1,600 mostly minor tickets in less than 12 months, using the pretext of little-enforced minor infractions to then perform random searches in the hope of finding something criminal. He followed Bland on the afternoon of July 10, 2015, on University Drive in Prairie View, Texas, accelerating fast on her rear, closing in so near to her that she changed lanes to give him the right of way, believing he was headed to an emergency call – at which point he performed the stop for failure to signal a lane change, though he could have still stopped her if she did signal, under a different section of the Texas Transportation Code requiring a continuous lane change signal for a minimum of 100 feet (30 m). In a series of events recorded by his dashcam, along with a bystander and Bland herself, Encinia spoke to Bland, the interaction became heated, and he pulled her from her car. After they moved out of frame, he forced her on the ground, and later arrested her.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2020, 11:15:06 AM
PS Sandra Bland was on her way to a new life and a new job when this state trooper arrested her. If you read my previous post, and the record of how he pursued her, zooming up behind her and those circumstances, you can see how non-standard and (crazy) his traffic stop on her was. That is how it all started.
But if something like that happenes to you, please realize:
YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER IF THE COP IS ACTING LIKE THAT. Please do not mouth off, just cooperate and call a lawyer asap.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2020, 05:40:33 PM
Words to live by:

"You must always defer meekly to the police. Even when they're acting like bullies, goading you or issuing you preposterous orders ..... don't challenge their authority. ... Comply. And if you feel your rights are being violated, take it up later with a judge."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Sandra_Bland#Wrongful_death_lawsuit

Eric Zorn, writing for the Chicago Tribune, criticized Encinia for his handling of the traffic stop, calling him a "petty tyrant" and referring to his "Are you done?" as "snippy condescension familiar to anyone experienced in the bickering arts". However, he also said Bland was unnecessarily argumentative, writing: "You must always defer meekly to the police. Even when they're acting like bullies, goading you or issuing you preposterous orders like to put out your cigarette as you sit in your own car, don't challenge their authority. ... Comply. And if you feel your rights are being violated, take it up later with a judge."

Official response and investigation
The FBI and DPS announced on July 16 that they had launched an investigation into Bland's death. Encinia was placed on administrative duties for violating procedures for traffic stops, and was terminated by DPS following his indictment on perjury charges.

Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, who runs the jail in which Bland died, has been placed in charge of Waller County's investigation into her death Smith was suspended and fired from his previous post as chief of police of Hempstead after alleged incidents of racism and brutality.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 07, 2020, 07:21:56 PM
PS Sandra Bland was on her way to a new job when this state trooper arrested her. If you read my previous post, and the record of how he pursued her, zooming up behind her and those circumstances, you can see how non-standard and (crazy) his traffic stop on her was. That is how it all started.
But if something like that happenes to you, please realize:
YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER IF THE COP IS ACTING LIKE THAT. Please do not mouth off, just cooperate and call a lawyer asap.
I had a bizarre encounter with a cop back in 1991, and I too was afraid.  It is a long story, but will try to abbreviate it.  I was apartment-sitting in St. Louis for a friend for two weeks, and on the way back to her apt. one day, I noticed a car who appeared to be following me and which appeared to be a police car.

  Long story short, when I parked and got out, I still saw the guy in the car and he was approaching fast, so I quickly was able to get inside the building, and up to her apartment, and he immediately followed me, but couldn't get in the entry foyer with its security lock, so he called me on the "air-phone" (one for each apt.), and demanded I come outside because he claimed I had "hit his car"!

I called my lawyer, and my husband, and my lawyer said to go out and talk to him so I did.  I noticed he stood too close for comfort and could sense he was looking for more than writing tickets.  I asked him to show where I supposedly "hit his car".  He pointed to a rusted out dent that appeared to be years old!  I even told him it looked really old and I didn't hit his car and that "dent" has been there for years.  He said I had to get in his car and go to the station with him, so I could "file the report about my accident!!!!"

 I said I'd follow him, but wouldn't go with him, and told him that I've already talked to my lawyer and husband and that I refuse to file a false police report because as far as I know that's a crime.  After a few moments I said I'm going inside and talk to my lawyer again and he knew that he was caught so he left.

I don't know how this would have played out if it happened today, but the moment he showed me that rusted out dent in his car, I figured he had tried this tactic with many other women.

Then about 5-10 years later and 100 miles away, here at home, I was talking to a retired St. Louis cop and told him of the incident, including the cop's name, which I still remember, and this retiried cop and his wife, also retired from St. Louis Police Department, both said that guy has had some shady experiences and my story fits right in with his style of operation.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 07, 2020, 10:43:27 PM
ilinda - wow, I am so glad you kept your cool and managed to use evasive maneuvers and keep away from this guy. I think the words "lawyer" and "husband" might have discouraged him...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: R.R. Book on March 08, 2020, 10:51:58 AM
Ilinda, I was also tailed at 20 miles per hour through farmland by someone in an older police cruiser likely impersonating an officer, as he was following way too closely to have been practicing safe driving.  Fortunately my adult sons were in the car with me, so there were witnesses.  I handled it by just driving maddeningly slowly, so that he was bored to death and sped around me, and then turned off that road onto an obscure country road where only a few people live.  The fact that he headed that way strongly suggests that he wasn't even from our area, i.e. no jurisdiction here.

The officer that you spoke with later IMHO should have expressed greater concern and regret about what happened to you.  You also deserved a complete description of what that police department was doing to weed such persons out.  Am guessing your husband and attorney both would feel the same way...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: ilinda on March 08, 2020, 05:40:09 PM
Ilinda, I was also tailed at 20 miles per hour through farmland by someone in an older police cruiser likely impersonating an officer, as he was following way too closely to have been practicing safe driving.  Fortunately my adult sons were in the car with me, so there were witnesses.  I handled it by just driving maddeningly slowly, so that he was bored to death and sped around me, and then turned off that road onto an obscure country road where only a few people live.  The fact that he headed that way strongly suggests that he wasn't even from our area, i.e. no jurisdiction here.

The officer that you spoke with later IMHO should have expressed greater concern and regret about what happened to you.  You also deserved a complete description of what that police department was doing to weed such persons out.  Am guessing your husband and attorney both would feel the same way...
Aren't you glad your sons were with you that night?

I think the reason I didn't follow up with the SLPD is because I had just a few weeks earlier resolved a four-year-long court battle, including a month-long trial, after a large corporation sued me for $1 million for libel, which they eventually lost. 

But long story short, I was drained from years in the legal system and thought of what all would be involved in reporting the errant cop.  I'm sure I should have reported him, and if it were today, I would easily take a pic of the old and rusted out spot on his car, and quickly write up the incident.

I think the reason I was so cocky with that cop is that after being hounded and harrassed for so long by the companies who sued me, (knowing I was in the right), I "wasn't gonna take crap off of anyone else!".   But still I should have reported him.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 08, 2020, 07:21:57 PM
Ilinda, I was also tailed at 20 miles per hour through farmland by someone in an older police cruiser likely impersonating an officer, as he was following way too closely to have been practicing safe driving.  Fortunately my adult sons were in the car with me, so there were witnesses.  I handled it by just driving maddeningly slowly, so that he was bored to death and sped around me, and then turned off that road onto an obscure country road where only a few people live.  The fact that he headed that way strongly suggests that he wasn't even from our area, i.e. no jurisdiction here.

The officer that you spoke with later IMHO should have expressed greater concern and regret about what happened to you.  You also deserved a complete description of what that police department was doing to weed such persons out.  Am guessing your husband and attorney both would feel the same way...

RR I hear you, wow it is chilling to think this could be a fairly widespread thing...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 08, 2020, 07:25:19 PM
Ilinda, I was also tailed at 20 miles per hour through farmland by someone in an older police cruiser likely impersonating an officer, as he was following way too closely to have been practicing safe driving.  Fortunately my adult sons were in the car with me, so there were witnesses.  I handled it by just driving maddeningly slowly, so that he was bored to death and sped around me, and then turned off that road onto an obscure country road where only a few people live.  The fact that he headed that way strongly suggests that he wasn't even from our area, i.e. no jurisdiction here.

The officer that you spoke with later IMHO should have expressed greater concern and regret about what happened to you.  You also deserved a complete description of what that police department was doing to weed such persons out.  Am guessing your husband and attorney both would feel the same way...
Aren't you glad your sons were with you that night?

I think the reason I didn't follow up with the SLPD is because I had just a few weeks earlier resolved a four-year-long court battle, including a month-long trial, after a large corporation sued me for $1 million for libel, which they eventually lost. 

But long story short, I was drained from years in the legal system and thought of what all would be involved in reporting the errant cop.  I'm sure I should have reported him, and if it were today, I would easily take a pic of the old and rusted out spot on his car, and quickly write up the incident.

I think the reason I was so cocky with that cop is that after being hounded and harrassed for so long by the companies who sued me, (knowing I was in the right), I "wasn't gonna take crap off of anyone else!".   But still I should have reported him.
ilinda, I can understand why you did not report the cop at that time. Wow what timing!

I never reported the terrifying incident which happened to my college boyfriend and I in the west Los Angeles area on our way to UCLA..

Back in 1964 or so, and busy with college we barely knew anything about how to report something... Will re-post that one one of these days...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous threats to survival
Post by: Yowbarb on March 08, 2020, 07:27:01 PM
We were definitely harrassed by police and not backed up by the judicial system in those days. I look back and realize it now. Not so many incidents but enough to put us on a bummer and the fees and fines not so easy to deal with