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ENCORE Sacred Fire of Liberty!
It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
Graham to offer bipartisan ‘red flag’ bill with Trump’s support Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he will introduce bipartisan legislation encouraging states to create “red flag” laws and that President Trump is “very supportive” of the idea. Graham, in a statement, said he has reached a deal with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on a bill that would start a federal grant program to help and encourage states to create ” ‘red flag’ protection order” laws, which are meant to make it easier for law enforcement to identify mentally ill people who should be banned from purchasing guns. “These grants will be given to law enforcement so they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon. This grant program also requires robust due process and judicial review. It does allow for quick action,” Graham said in the statement.
‘Red flag’ laws bring loads of problems President Donald Trump, along with several notables in the Republican Party — including Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas — have floated so-called “red flag” laws as a means of stopping mass shootings in the United States, saying that if we can keep the mentally ill from buying and owning firearms, well then, that should curb much of the violence. On the surface, this sounds like common sense. But a caveat: Who decides who’s mentally unfit? “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said, in remarks delivered from the White House. Gulp. That’s just one potentially scary question that requires answering. “Many of these shootings involved individuals who showed signs of violent behavior that are either ignored or not followed up,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, in announcing a bipartisan piece of legislation aimed at encouraging states to adopt “red flag” laws. “[These] laws will provide the tools for law enforcement to do something about many of these situations before it’s too late.”
How Liberty Dies In Star Wars, Episode III, Senator Padme Amidala utters “so this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause,” as the intergalactic senate votes unlimited powers to the chief executive and it turns out really, really badly. In fact, if you are paying attention, you might realize we are living that moment. Right now, the political class is rushing to do something — anything — to appease the cries of those who seek security over freedom. . . And in the process, destroying the very reason our nation was created. And it is not just the avowed anti-gun socialists, but rather, backstabbing politicians hiding behind the letter “R” that campaigned on protecting the Constitution and the right to keep and bear arms. Whether it is United States Senators Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Rick Scott, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, or most recently, Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, all of these politicians campaigned on protecting the right to keep and bear arms. But now they are all rushing to support the TAPS Act. This act is a Red Flag of Tyranny Law on steroids.
Bernie Sanders: ‘99.9% of gun owners would never in a million, billion years’ commit mass shooting Sen. Bernie Sanders says any new gun laws that come in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings should be accepted by the “99.9% of gun owners [who] would never in a million, billion years think of doing these horrible things.” The 2020 presidential hopeful appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast on Tuesday for a wide-ranging interview when the conversation turned to gun control. The men expressed sympathy for those who were fatally shot in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. They then agreed that nearly all U.S. gun owners would never become mass shooters. “All that I ask of the gun owners — and you’re absolutely right, 99.9 percent of gun owners would never in a million, billion years think of doing these horrible things — but at the moment that we are living in, I think we are all going to have to make some concessions to the reality of what’s going on, and that is that there is a small number of — call them whatever you want, depraved people — who are prepared to do that,” Mr. Sanders said. “I wish I could say in the best of all possible worlds, yeah, you can own any weapon you want and so forth and such. We’re not in the best of all possible worlds. We’re living in a world where we’re shocked every day by horror.”
Twitter locks Mitch McConnell account over protest video The reelection campaign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell posted a video of protesters yelling obscenities and making threats toward “Massacre Mitch” at his Kentucky home. Twitter then locked the account, claiming the tweet violated its policy on violent threats. A Twitter spokesman told Politico on Wednesday night that the @Team_Mitch account was “temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.” Campaign manager Kevin Golden said “Team Mitch” appealed the decision, which he called absurd because the video wasn’t making threats against anyone, rather “real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell.” The term “Massacre Mitch,” referring to his opposition to Democratic gun control plans, was frequently portrayed on the demonstrators’ signs and clothes.
Hour 2 – vScienceBites With Dr. Sherri Tenpenny!
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small bites you can remember
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Date: August 8, 2019
Meningitis and the Meningitis Vaccines, Part 1
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1. The Illness:
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs.
The most common symptoms are fever, headache, an inability to tolerate light or loud noises and neck stiffness. Other symptoms can include confusion or altered consciousness. If a rash is present, it may indicate a particular form of meningitis being caused by Neisseria meningitidis.
A lumbar puncture, commonly called a spinal tap, is performed to collect a few drops of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to diagnose or exclude meningitis. Treatment includes antibiotics and sometimes, antiviral drugs, and corticosteroids to reduce brain inflammation. Meningitis can result in long-term consequences such as deafness, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, or cognitive deficits, especially if not treated quickly. Invasive meningococcal disease can be fatal; however, with antibiotic treatment, the case fatality rate is about 10%.
Meningitis can be caused by several pathogens for which there are vaccines: pneumococcus – (Prevnar 13), – H. Influenza B (HiB), rare meningitis caused by mumps (MMR) and meningococcus (Menactra). For this month’s vScienceBites discussion, we’re going to be focus on the most serious form of meningitis: Neisseria meningitis.
2. The incidence of the infection –
In the United States, between 1,400 and 2,800 cases of meningococcal disease occur each year – it is a RARE infection….and yet, we’re vaccinating millions of US children with this vaccine every year.
The antibody levels decline rapidly over 2–3 years. To make matters worse, as of 2010, there has been limited evidence that any of the current conjugate meningitis vaccines offer any protection beyond three years.
N. meningitidis is part of the normal flora in the nose and throats of 20% of the population. Here’s the key: >98% of cases of meningococcal disease are sporadic.
REFERENCE: MMWR. Control of Meningococcal Disease May 27, 2005/54(RR07);1-21 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5407a1.htm
From all that I have read, there are very few risk factors that could lead to the normal flora causing an acute infection: persons without a spleen; persons with HIV, those who smoke.
In 2015, they pushed through a meningitis requirement for Ohio – even though we still are hanging on to our philosophical exemption by a thread. At that time, I requested stats from the Ohio Department of Health for the number of cases of meningitis in Ohio in 2013 and 2014.
There were only 22 cases over a 24 month period; only TWO cases were in children aged 5 to 19, both in 2013. Serotype B was confirmed in 5 out of 22 (23%) cases; the meningitis vaccines do not cover serotype B. We will talk about the meningitis B vaccines in our next vScienceBites.
3. History of the vaccine
“After dramatic reductions in the incidence of Streptococcus pneumoniae (Prevnar) and Haemophilus influenzae type b infections (HiB), Neisseria meningitidis has become the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children and young adults.”
MMWR. Control of Meningococcal Disease May 27, 2005 / 54(RR07);1-21
1981: Menomune, first polysaccharaide vaccine approved. Contained thimerosal.
2005: Menactra: first conjugated vaccine licensed/approved for persons 2 to 55 yrs.
2010: Menevo: second conjugated vaccine licensed/approved for persons 11 to 55yr.
All three of these vaccines have A/C/Y/WI-135. No serotype B – Trumenba (2014) and Bexsero (2015) – we’ll be discussing these vaccines in detail on the next vScienceBites.
4. The push for College Students:
- 1991-1992: College Survey: 43 cases of meningitis were reported over two years with a total enrollment of 4,393,744 students,
- 1992-1997: Maryland survey. Incidence in college students was about the same as those not going to college. (14 cases per 1,000,000 students). This was promoted as college students living in dorms had a three times greater risk of developing meningitis than those living off campus. The actual numbers? 3.2/100,000 vs .96/100,000 – so essentially 3 to 1
- 1998-1999: 90 cases reported to CDC (population >300M). 40 occurred among 2.27M college freshman.
U.S. surveillance data from the 1998-1999 school year suggested that the overall rate of meningococcal disease among undergraduate college students is lower than the rate among persons aged 18-23 years who are not enrolled in college.
2005: The overall incidence among college students usually is similar to or somewhat lower than that observed among persons in the general population of similar age.
REFERENCE: May 27, 2005 / 54(RR07);1-21
Vaccination does not eliminate risk because a) the vaccine confers no protection against serogroup B disease and b) although the vaccine is highly effective against serogroups C, Y, W-135, and A, efficacy is <100%.
Vaccine-Doubting Oregon Doctor Loses Medicaid Funding Dr. Paul Thomas, the Beaverton pediatrician who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement, has been barred from participating in a federal program that provides poor children with vaccinations. That means he loses funding from the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides free vaccines to children on Medicaid or otherwise in need. The July 12 order issued by the Oregon Health Authority, barring him from participation, states Thomas failed to stock two of the required vaccines (the rotavirus and HPV vaccines), as mandated under the program. “Dr. Thomas…is not exercising medical judgment in accordance with accepted medical practice,” it also states. Contacted by WW to explain why he’d been barred, Thomas texted: “I didn’t jump through their hoops fast enough.” Also last week, Thomas announced he will begin charging patients a $295 annual fee. He tells WW the two events are unrelated: “Membership fee has nothing to do with that.”