Tuesday miscellany



1. This terrifying disease is a great reason not to move to California : “Doctors fighting the airborne fungal infection, which is especially prevalent in California and Arizona, describe hellish symptoms from skin lesions to stroke. It can also eat away bones and attack the brain.”

2. Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Transmitted From Animals to Humans : “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including the deadly MRSA, are growing in part as a result of the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.” Folks if possible raise (or hunt) for your meat.

3. What You Should Know About Drugs vs. Herbs : “Medicines, both herbal and pharmaceutical, are big business. These days, Americans spend $200 billion per year on prescription drugs and $20 billion on herbs and other dietary supplements.”

4. Aids map with numbers of infected for every county in the U.S. :Keep in mind that these are known cases, the actual number is probably much higher considering the fact that many with HIV don’t know that they have it.

5. 101M Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers : “The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.” Economic recovery? Hope? Change? Food stamps.

6. IRS accidentally publishes thousands of Social Security numbers online : “When the Internal Revenue Service screws up, it screws up BIG. Someone at everyone’s favorite agency forgot to remove tens of thousands of Social Security numbers from a data-set while uploading it to a new online hub.”

7. The perils of watered-down Christianity : “Today there are a lot of people living a watered-down version of Christianity. What concerns me is that many of these people who are running around and saying they are Christians do not have lifestyles that back it up.”

Comments

  1. #7. This is one of a few sites where will you get The Gospel message along with prepping info. (Thank you M.D.) The author, Greg Laurie, is a gifted speaker and well worth reading/listening to on the radio.

    Others who have called for Christians to “firm up” for what lays ahead are Alstair Begg of “Truth for Life ” ministry (Cleveland) , Dr. R.C. Sproul of “Renewing Your Mind” (Orlando) and Dr. Michael Yussef (Atlanta). Each has a radio outreach ministry, or can be found on their web sites.

    Dr. Sproul, who was my Theology Professor in seminary holds a conference each year in January. This year’s theme was standing firm in the core principles of The Faith.
    When our Constitution has been used for toilet paper, by Obama and His fellow Traveler Communists. When the western U.S. is given back to Mexico, and Alaska to Russia. When Gitmo no longer has a U.S. Navel Bases, but instead a Cuban/Russian/Chinese one.
    When the Islamic call to prayer is broadcast each morning on TV and radio all over America. (Already happening on the BBC in England).

    It will be these core Christian beliefs that will keep us together as The American people: Christ alone, by Faith alone, through Grace alone.
    We “Bitter Clingers” who refuse to give up our guns and our Bibles.

    As the old saying goes, “God, Guns, & Guts” is what made America Great”

    • Some folks seem to make the error that Christians are “perfect”, which of course we are not. Only Christ is perfect and we are striving in this world to become more like Him.
      Some also use the disguise of a Christian to gain acceptance or wealth and power.

      A fact of History is that The true Church (The Body of Christ) was here over 1,000 years before the U.S. was born. It has survived Rome’s Tyrants, Tamerlane, The Khan’s of China, The Arabs, The Turks, The Nazis and The Communists.

      It will be around when Obama’s name is forgotten, when the United States is a blurb in a History Book, and when your great Grandkids are Great Fathers & Mothers.

      • Doris Jones says:

        Ghost,
        We listen to Dr. Michael Youssef out of Atlanta. Thanks for your comments, especially about “no perfect Christians” (otherwise why would we even need Christ?)

        I wish the media and our government would realize that Islamists are NOT “a religion” but a “political party”. They are all about world government and take over. I personally worked for some and they wished to bring me into their “faith”. I listened and learned. It was NOT a “faith”. They went to a mosque in Atlanta and HAD to give a certain portion of all they earned each week (they managed a hotel and I was their CEO at the time) and if they missed a meeting or did not turn in the money, on MONDAY a cleric was at the hotel to “collect”. The owners absolutely trembled with fear of their “church”. It appeared MUCH more like a mafia operation to me.

        They had to purchase the supplies from Imam approved, Islamic suppliers. They could not expand nor make any business decisions without their Mosque’s approval. The mosque/Islamists put up the money for the purchase of the hotel and the “owners” are actually enslaved to them–much more than in a business loan.

        People in America just do NOT understand how this all works. I have been priviledged to be on the inside and SEE it all. ( I HAD to leave my job and position with the hotel when the owner and his wife proposed that I could be one of his 4 wives–I would have been his 2nd one– and stay and be “part” of all of this.) Ugh to the max. I left the next day.

    • Lauri no e says:

      Ghost,

      I really like Gregg Laurie, I haven’t listen to him in years but when my Dad passed away 12 years ago I cried every day for 6 months and then I started listen to Gregg on my way to work every morning it help me so much and I was able to move forward.

  2. JP in MT says:

    Just how do you “accidentally” publish Social Security numbers?

    • Typical governmental bungling. For the most part, a large number of public employees are non-hirable in the private sector.

      • worrisome says:

        Mari you are so right with that. The firm I work for rarely hires any former government employees because for the most part they are not taught to think for themselves, are more concerned with how much time off they are going to get and and indolent.

        • worrisome & Mari;
          I know what you are talking about, in 1999-2004 I worked for a school district as yard duty. I came from the working private sector to the “we want”-”not in our job title” etc. In the first year I figured it out, they were there because no one else would want them. I stuck it out because our nieces were attending there and their mom worked at the hospital so if something happened I could take care of it for her-her dh. Explained a lot to me on why education system was going down hill(impo).

      • seeuncourt says:

        Amen to that.

    • Lauri no e says:

      JP,
      I also thought the same thing.

    • riverrider says:

      jp, not accidental! these were donor numbers, donors to the 501-3c/e conservative non-profits! grrr!

  3. Judy, another one says:

    Number 1, When did Valley Fever become so news-worthy? More people in the area to contract it? We have a very similar problem with a fungus respiratory infection in farming communities in the Great Plains.

    Number 2, We have known this for years, along with over-dosing animals for human consumption with hormones.

    Number 5, My family qualifies for food stamps, and other programs but we refuse to apply or accept any aid because I refuse to be part of the system.

    Number 6, Why does this not surprise me!

    Number 7, Not something new. The biggest problem with any organized religion is there are more hypocrites on the inside of the institute professing the chosen faith than on the outside.

  4. #1, it wasn’t this exact fungus, but a close relative of it that ultimately got my dad medically discharged from the military. I dont remember a lot about it, I was the typical teenager worried about school and friends at the time.

    My dad was sent to Ft Irwin (I think) for training and when he came back he was sick. I am unsure of what caused to head to the doctor in the first place but I remember when they first found it they thought he had lung cancer. The opened him up and that is how they found out it was a fungus. They closed him up really quick and started pushing the drugs for the fungus. I remember this clear as day, I can even remeber the stupid joke the news people were using about the OJ simpson trial that day. They had him hooked up to all these moniters, tubes coming out of him everywhere and my mother had to go to the airport to pick up my grandparents. The doctors were slowly increasing the amount of the drug they were giving him and had increased it about 10 minutes before my mom got back. A couple minutes after they increased it my dad started saying he was cold, so I got him another blanket. Then he started shivering. So as I was grabbing another blanket he started shaking, it was so bad the bed was literally bouncing across the floor. I flipped. I didnt know what to do. At that point my mother (and blessfully the doctors) walked in. My grandmother took me out of the room so I am unsure of what happened after that. It was really traumatic, and even now years later I can feel that panic of seeing my dad like that thinking he was dying in front of me.

    My dad hads months of physical therapy, drugs and what not. About 6 months later he was discharged. I would hate to think of what he, and us as a family, would have gone thru if he had caught the worst of the fungus cousins mentioned in this article.

    • TG;
      Did your dad serve in Vietnam, or somewhere in Asia?
      This is not just for your dad, this is for all military who served over seas in an Asia county. It has taken years for all the symptoms to come to light, and much research on my part but your family members need to keep track of their odd health problems. Please look up Whitmore’s disease(common name)Burkholderia pseudomallei(Melioidosis). In my research it can be dormant up to 62 years before it activates. It can also disguise itself as hunter virus, Lyme, pneumonia.

  5. Sw't Tater says:

    Do your own research for natural anti fungals. anti-virals..learn to use them. they will save your life and your limbs…and perhaps the life of someone you love.

  6. Thanks to my recent bout with a bug an inadequacy in my preps showed it’s ugly face. I had one of those new fangled digital thermometers but it was completely useless. The battery was dead and it used some off the wall battery that I didn’t have. I knew I had a fever but not sure how bad. I’d go from cold to hot and sweating.

    I rectified that problem today. I just found and purchased one of the old school glass thermometers from eBay. I’d like to suggest that everyone spend the few bucks that they cost and add one to your medical supplies while you still can. I will not have to worry about batteries anymore and it is one less thing to go wrong should we ever get with an EMP.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Wow, I was just thinking about this today as I went thru my medicine box looking for antibiotics for a sick fish. Can you not get them anymore at a drugstore?

  7. Winomega says:

    Number 7, it might be better for Christianity to suffer adversity enough to weed out…. isn’t that the religion that uses a bunch of sheep metaphors? At least cows are capable of turning into nasty business if provoked. Goats will be troublesome just for LoLs.

    There was a story recently about someone who was asked to remove a necklace because someone might think it offensive… Wrong direction. The point is to not single out the people wearing stars instead of crosses.

    • Winomega,
      Christ’s use of lambs as a metaphor has to do first with His leadership and care for His Elect and secondly He (Christ) is referred to as “The Lamb of God”, which denotes His sacrifice on The Cross.
      Remember that it was Christians that started such good things as Hospitals, the Nursing profession, and stopped the Romans practice of fighting to the death as entertainment. Columbus “discovered” America out of Christian zeal. Same with many of our Founding Fathers starting this nation, and those who stopped the slave trade in both England and America.

      Christian Armies have been defending whole nations for thousands of years, so we will fight when attacked. (see Augustine on Just War)

      Today we feed those who hunger, help the poor and addicted, run Hospitals, homeless shelters, woman’s shelters and orphanages.

      Not bad for a bunch of sheep?

      • Judy, another one says:

        Ghost, we Christians have killed in the name of God too. Crusades, any one? Or, how about the Inquisitions or burning fellow Christians at the stake because they didn’t want to worship the same way the majority did? Or the way we have treated native populations around the world? And do I dare add, the German treatment of anyone who was considered ‘not normal’. Those rulers were raised in a Christian society.

        We Christians have blood on our hands, we are not any better than any other group of people. Some whether they be Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Atheist will reach Maslow’s level of Self-Actualization but for the majority of humankind we will forever be stuck between the Biological and Physiological needs level and the Belongingness needs level. As a group and as individuals we Christians have a lot of work to do.

        • axelsteve says:

          The crusades were a war with islam. And they started it.

        • Hunker-Down says:

          Care to comment on the practical motivations for the crusades? The response to the threats they faced would be the same today.
          What will we do if a nation next door is conquered and the natives are given a choice of converting to the conquers religion or death? Example; todays Coptic Christians.
          History repeats itself, its coming again.

        • Christians may have blood on their hands, but because of Christ and His forgiveness and compassion and their acceptance of His way of life, Christians have made the world a better place and helped to stem the tide of the Prince of Evil. Whithout their leavening” this world would be a much worse place. And since the Church (as in ALL Christianity) is becoming complacent, the Evil is gaining ground and the end is drawing near.

  8. Ah Crap says:

    I grew up in the sunny, badly polluted air of the San Fernando Valley before California became the Peoples Democratic Republic of California. It isn’t the same of course. Valley fever isn’t the only reason for not moving there. Gaining your freedom is a good reason for moving away.