Number of the day: This year’s flu vaccine 18% effective
Article below is full of Propaganda and disinfo, BUT we post it to show what WE can do when we join forces…And in fact our counter to the Pharma fear tactics is gaining momentum!
A wide majority of pediatricians and family physicians acquiesce to parents who wish to delay vaccinating their children, even though the doctors feel these decisions put children at risk for measles, whooping cough and other ailments, a new survey has found.
Physicians who reluctantly agreed said they did so to build trust with families and to avoid losing them as patients.
The survey, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, asked a nationally representative sample of 534 primary care physicians in 2012 how often parents in their practices postponed one or more vaccinations for children younger than age 2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that children be vaccinated for 14 diseases before age 6 on a schedule, which entails roughly 29 shots, sometimes several at once.
Ninety-three percent of doctors reported that in any given month, they had been asked at least once to delay vaccines. A fifth said more than 10 percent of parents in their practices had asked them to delay vaccines.
One-third of doctors said they acquiesced “often” or “always”; another third gave in only “sometimes.”
Such deference is in keeping with today’s doctoring style, which values patients as partners, said Dr. Paul A. Offit, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who was not involved in the study.
“At some level, you’re ceding your expertise, and you want the patient to participate and make the decision,” he said. The downside is that “you have to be willing to stand back and watch them make a bad one.”
Too many doctors compromise on vaccines, instead of mounting a passionate plea, Dr. Offit said.
“It is sad that we are willing to let children walk out of our offices vulnerable to potentially fatal infections,” he said. “There’s a fatigue here, and there’s a kind of learned helplessness.”
Part of the problem is the lack of a proven strategy to guide physicians in counseling parents.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have a solid evidence base in terms of how to communicate to patients about vaccines,” said Saad Omer, an epidemiologist at Emory University. “A lot of approaches are wisdom-based, not evidence-based.”
Dr. Omer said that he did not sanction the use of alternative vaccine schedules, but that he understood why primary care physicians keep treating these patients — just as doctors do not kick smokers out of their practices when they fail to quit.
“Physicians recognize it’s not ideal, but they’re saying, ‘Let’s continue this relationship’ to the family,” he said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises doctors to keep skeptics in the fold, lest the doctors lose the opportunity to educate, cajole or persuade them.
Physicians in the survey reported trying various strategies, like telling skeptical parents that they had immunized their own children, or warning them that outbreaks will continue if too few people are fully vaccinated.
A disproportionate amount of time is spent discussing vaccines during doctor visits, the survey also found. For hesitant parents, counseling can take 10 to 14 minutes or longer — more than half of the average 18-minute visit.
Guidance on safe sleep or toilet training is being crowded out, the study authors said. Forty percent of the doctors reported that dealing with changes to vaccine schedules had decreased their job satisfaction.
In late February, Dr. Nivedita More, a pediatrician in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., sent letters ending her relationship to parents who refused all vaccinations.
“If they aren’t getting their act together to even start the process, I’ll discharge them within 30 days,” said Dr. More, a board member of the Orange County chapter of the pediatrics academy.
By contrast, her stance on vaccine delays is much more flexible. “I do allow that most times,” she said. “The reason is, ultimately they will get vaccinated.”
Many of those parents are simply hoping to limit the number of shots their children receive at once, she added, and are willing to accept combination vaccines.
But “the people who didn’t want to vaccinate at all — I had a really hard time converting them,” she said. “They are never going to change.”
In the midst of the current measles outbreak, which began nearby at Disney parks, Dr. More said she also felt the need to safeguard vulnerable patients in her waiting room from unvaccinated patients. Infants in particular do not get their first measles-mumps-rubella shot until age 1.
Dr. Allison Kempe, the study’s lead author and a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, thinks the time has come to acknowledge that the idea that “vaccine education can be handled in a brief wellness visit is untenable.”
Dr. Omer said doctors should be paid separately for vaccine counseling in cases where a “substantial proportion of time is being spent on vaccines.”
In addition to compensation, Dr. Kempe said, vaccine counseling should begin during a woman’s pregnancy, and pro-vaccine parents — perhaps even celebrities — should star in marketing campaigns to help “reinforce vaccination as a social norm.”
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Was watching C-Span Sunday AM …. 65% in favor of WAR with Imitation enemy? DOOM!
GOP…. Obama soft on War? MSM view below
On U.S. policy toward terrorists in Syria dubbed ISIS, President Obama is being handed rare American support for a military attack against the terrorists, according to a new poll.
In its latest survey, YouGov.com finds that the nation has done a 180 in just a year, and now supports military action by nearly four to one.
Some 63 percent of Americans back a Pentagon strike against the terrorists to 16 percent who don’t. A year ago, those numbers were reversed when Americans were asked about striking Syrian troops commanded by President Bashar Assad, with 60 percent opposing military action and 20 percent supporting it.
The flip-flop comes as television news is filled with stories of horrific murders of those captured by ISIS, and reports of American airstrikes against the militants.
It also comes as Obama fights with his national security team and Hill Democrats calling for action. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, today backed military action while on “Meet the Press.”
The YouGov poll revealed a rare change of heart for Americans, many war-weary with the U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What’s more, the support for military action was spread among political opposites. Some 60 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents and 76 percent of Republicans support military action against the terrorists.
Said the poll analysis:
The latest research from YouGov shows that attitudes towards the use of military force in Syria have changed significantly over the past year. In September 2013, when a deal to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons was agreed, 62% of Americans opposed the use of military force while only 20% supported it. Today when asked whether they support the use of military force against ISIS militants in Syria, the situation is reversed. 63% of Americans now support the use of military force in Syria, compared to only 16% who oppose it…
Support for military action has increased significantly despite the fact that expectations of deeper US involvement remain the same. In research conducted at the beginning of September 2013 when the US was considering launching air strikes against Syria, 45% of Americans said that strikes would be the first step towards having US troops in Syria. 31% expected any potential campaign to be limited to air strikes. Today Americans still tend to expect any air strikes in Syria to lead to a US military presence, with 40% saying it would be a first step and 31% saying that action would be limited to air strikes.
The BATFE is now about to prohibit ammunition for AR-15 rifles.
The fact that a new gun ban is being threatened is really the secondary story. The real story is that a government organization has the power to simply end practical gun ownership (by eliminating the ammunition) in this nation. The Second Amendment prohibits Congress from infringing on the right to bear arms, but the BATFE thinks they have the authority to do it!
According to the Daily Caller: “BATFE to Ban Common AR-15 Ammo.”
In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.
It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.
So it seems that we are finally seeing the Obama Administration make good on a promise made by Eric Holder of a “strong and robust” BATFE. I would think that running guns to a Mexican drug cartel and getting away with it would be too robust, but that’s not how the White House views the agency.
If you needed evidence that Barack Obama is doubling down on his agenda even after losing the Senate, here it is.
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February 12, 2015 by Joanne Potter via WHO WHAT WHY
The story of the Boston Marathon Bombing is rife with contradictions, canards, misconceptions and blatant untruths. Boston Wronged is part of WhoWhatWhy’s attempt to set the record straight. This is an occasional series of articles debunking the faulty stories and “facts” which persist, despite evidence to the contrary.
Want to see the made-for-TV movie about the capture of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? No problem. Want that movie to be factually correct? Good luck.
A TV company founded by a retired Boston police officer is producing the story of the SWAT team credited with “slapping the cuffs” on Tsarnaev. Wren Productions is working with the SWAT team commander, Revere, Mass., police chief Joseph Cafarelli, to produce the “only official true life story” of the Tsarnaev takedown.
That’s the second collaboration between former Boston officer Rick Rizzo, who founded Wren Productions, and Cafarelli. Their first project? “Taking Down Tsarnaev”, an article published in Police Magazine on April 3, 2014.
But there’s just one problem.
The piece contained several inaccuracies. One stands out in particular: the erroneous claim that Cafarelli and his North Metro SWAT team arrived at the boat moments after Tsarnaev began shooting at police on scene on April 20, 2013:
“Minutes later police were on the scene, and they were engaging Tsarnaev in a gunfight. More than 40 shots were fired,” the article says.
Wait a second: engaged in a firefight with Tsarnaev? He was unarmed when he was found hiding in a dry-docked boat in a Watertown backyard, severely wounded. That’s roughly 16 hours after he fled a shootout in which police shot and killed his elder brother, Tamerlan. 26.
Early reports suggesting Tsarnaev may have fired shots from the boat were refuted within days of his capture, but “Taking Down Tsarnaev” perpetuated the myth more than a year later.
The article also said the Tsarnaev brothers shot Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donahue, who was in fact wounded by friendly fire during the Watertown shootout.
Wren Productions says Rick Rizzo’s law enforcement background ensures his programs contain “added punch, true reality and honesty.” Perhaps it will have the same kind of accuracy as the made-for-TV re-enactment of the bombing that prospective jurors in Tsarnaev’s trial have confused with being the real thing.
But given the veracity of Rizzo’s first story about the shootout, will the video sequel be more Hollywood fantasy than fact?
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How Secrecy May Uncover A Reason To Move The Boston Bombing Trial by James Henry
The judge running the Boston Marathon Bombing trial has gained notice for two things: The secrecy with which he conducts some proceedings, and his steadfast refusal to move the trial. James Henry examines how the judge’s bent for closing the court may work against his decision to keep the trial in Boston.
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Obviously – Not sending our people to fight wars for the Global rackets would be preferable!
February 5, 2015 by Joseph L. Flatley (Via – Who What Why)
Getting medical marijuana for veterans wasn’t a burning issue in the last session of the House of Representatives, so Congressman Earl Blumenauer is putting a bill to legalize it back on the agenda.
The Oregon Democrat, one of Congress’ more weed-friendly legislators, wants to remove a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs restriction that keeps soldiers from being given medical marijuana, even in states where it’s legal.
He’s reintroducing a bill, called the Veterans Equal Access Act, which didn’t pass last year. It’s part of a body of marijuana legislative reform the bow-tie clad Congressman has been pushing forth. In this case, the proposed law has been passed around and gotten bi-partisan sponsorship again.
His argument is that more than a fifth of the 2.8 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. But because federal laws and regulations about marijuana are from the Reefer Madness era, they can’t get access to something that may help them heal.
The VA’s rules prohibit doctors from prescribing it, and it can withhold medication from veterans who test positive for the presence of marijuana in their bodies. That forces veterans “into the black market to self-medicate…And it pushes both doctors and their patients toward drugs that are potentially more harmful and more addictive. It’s insane and it has to stop,” Blumenauer said.
That’s in spite of a growing body of research that shows marijuana can help with PTSD. A study published last year found that up to 75 percent of PTSD sufferers who smoked weed saw a reduction in their symptoms.
Indeed, the VA’s chosen method of treating PTSD and depression seems to be little more than overloading patients with antidepressants and opiates that run the risk of becoming addiction (or WORSE IF THE antidepressants CREATE VIOLENT BEHAVIOR!) . Between 2001 and 2013, veterans’ prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, and morphine almost tripled, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The congressman is on record as to just how many overdoses have been caused by marijuana: “Spoiler alert–it’s zero.”
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IRS practiced a ‘seize first, ask questions later’ strategy
The Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.
The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, said the IRS practiced a “seize first, ask questions later” strategy when it seized $242 million in more than 2,500 cases from 2005 to 2012.
All of those seizures were for “structuring” violations, an obscure rule intended to keep money launderers, terrorists, and other criminals from making small deposits to evade federal bank reporting laws. But the Institute for Justice and other civil liberties advocates say the IRS has used the rule to target the bank accounts of law-abiding citizens with no other evidence of a crime.
“The IRS’s forfeiture activity exposes the rotten core of federal civil forfeiture law,” Institute for Justice attorney Scott Bullock said in a statement. “Allowing law enforcement to take property from people without convicting them of a crime and then profit from the seizure will inevitably lead to abuse.”
In October, the New York Times highlighted the case of Carol Hinders, an Iowa woman runs a small, cash-only Mexican restaurant.
Two IRS agents showed up at Hinder’s door last year and informed her that the agency was seizing $33,000 from her bank account for structuring violations, a law she wasn’t even aware of. She was never accused of a crime.
Facing backlash after the front-page New York Times story, federal prosecutors quietly dropped their case against Hinders in December.
According to the Institute for Justice, at least a third of the IRS’ asset forfeiture cases between 2005 and 2012 were, like Hinders’, based solely a series of cash transactions under $10,000, with no other criminal activity alleged.
Four out of five of those cases were civil, not criminal, meaning the IRS had to meet a lower standard of evidence to secure a seizure.
Even then, nearly half of the money seized was not ultimately forfeited. But it took a year of legal wrangling on average for owners to win their money back. Taken altogether, property owners face a system heavily weighted against them at every step.
The IRS did not immediately return a request for comment. However, in a statement to the Washington Post, the agency said it will no longer indiscriminately target bank accounts.
“We recognize that small businesses and other taxpayers often make deposits under $10,000 without any intent to avoid the reporting requirements,” the statement said. “After conducting a review of structuring cases, the IRS concluded that it will focus its limited resources on cases where evidence indicates that the structured funds are derived from illegal sources.”
The Justice Department and IRS have both announced they would curb their asset forfeiture practices following a year of critical news reports on cases that swept up regular citizens.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier in January that the Department of Justice would curb its equitable sharing program that funnels proceeds from forfeitures to state and local police departments across the country.
Meanwhile in Congress, Sen. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R., Mich.) reintroduced the FAIR Act in the Senate and House. The bill would strengthen protections for property seized under asset forfeiture programs.
The issue also cropped up last week in a congressional hearing for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general. Lynch, a federal prosecutor, testified that asset forfeiture was a “wonderful tool.”
Dozens of foster parents to forgo licenses over forced flu shots | 2 Feb 2015 | Dozens of Washington state foster parents say they’ll give up their licenses to care for kids from birth to age 2 rather than get flu shots mandated by a new regulation. Some foster parents said they object to the influenza vaccine because they believe it is “experimental” and poses potential side effects. Others said they simply don’t like being told to inoculate themselves and their biological kids, and they worry that the regulation will worsen a growing shortage of foster families…”The vaccine itself has risks and is no guarantee that one will not come down with the illness,” Ann Marie Henninger, a registered nurse in Sequim, wrote. “This decision is not evidence-based and will result in the loss of countless foster families who will raise their age limit of dependent children accepted rather than submit to the government mandate that they vaccinate their families against their will and better judgment.”
The 21 curious questions we’re never allowed to ask about vaccines | 1 Feb 2015 | The surest sign of a medical dictatorship is an aggressively enforced blockade against intelligent questions. Intelligent questions, after all, can destroy a medical police state because they expose the fraud of it. Intelligent questions — which the vaccine industry characterizes as “dangerous” — are the greatest threat to the vaccine delusions still being played out across the world today, which is precisely why such questions are not allowed to be asked. Those daring to ask such questions are now being threatened with mass arrest and imprisonment — that’s how vulnerable the fraudulent vaccine industry has now become. It can be brought down by mere words if only those words are allowed to be circulated.
Scientists find 10 million-gallon ‘bath mat’ of oil on floor of Gulf of Mexico | 4 Feb 2015 | Scientists have already reported finding what they called a 1,235-square-mile “bathtub ring” of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico left over from the huge 2010 BP oil spill. Now it appears this ring is part of a washroom set: A different team of scientists has found that up 10 million gallons of oil have created what can be called only a “bath mat” beneath the sediment of the gulf’s floor.
First the ring. David Valentine and colleagues from the University of California at Santa Barbara wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October that about 10 million gallons of the spilled oil settled on the gulf’s floor. Its size: about the size of the state of Rhode Island.
But what about the rest? As much as 200 million gallons of oil were spilled after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., exploded off the coast of New Orleans, killing 11 workers on the rig, injuring 17 more, and allowing oil to gush into the gulf for nearly three months.
All that oil has been hard to find. But a team of scientists led by Jeff Chanton found between 6 million and 10 million gallons buried in the sediment at the bottom of the gulf about 60 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Chanton is a professor of oceanography at Florida State University.
REUTERS/Sean Gardner/FilesOil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Chanton and his colleagues, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, say they determined how oil caused particles in the gulf to accrete, or clump together, then sink all the way to the floor of a body of water.
Their secret weapon, they wrote, was carbon 14, a radioactive isotope often used to date ancient artifacts. In this case, though, the FSU team used carbon 14 as an “inverse tracer” to find the oil. It works this way: Oil doesn’t contain carbon 14, so any sediment that did contain the isotope would become evident in their search. What didn’t show carbon 14 was oil.
Then Chanton worked with Tingting Zhao, an associate professor of geography at FSU, to create a map of the areas without carbon 14 on the floor of the gulf. From that information he was able to estimate the amount of oil that made up this “bath mat.”
The “bathtub ring” and “bath mat” metaphors may be lighthearted, and at first, Chanton said, he wondered whether the accretion of the oil and its sinking to the floor of the gulf might be benign, if not necessarily beneficial, to the aquatic ecosystem. After all, he told FSU’s news department, the water was clarified and the oil had separated from the water.
But in the long term, he said, it was a problem because the “mat” of oil removes oxygen from the materials that make up the floor. That, in turn, makes it harder for bacteria to attack the oil and make it decompose.
“This is going to affect the gulf for years to come,” Chanton said. “Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It’s a conduit for contamination into the food web.”
See our past commentary HERE: Was the “Motive” in Seal Sniper Chris Kyle’s Murder, Money? Or… Coverup?
Reuters/Tim Sharp Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle, is shown on the stadium’s video screen as she speaks to friends and family during a memorial service for the former Navy SEAL sniper at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, February 11, 2013.
From the MSM:
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — As the governor (Rick Bilderberg Perry) proclaimed Monday “Chris Kyle Day” in honor of the Navy SEAL made famous by the Oscar-nominated movie “American Sniper,” this small Texas town geared up for the trial of Kyle’s accused killer, fellow Iraq war veteran Eddie Ray Routh.
Kyle, 38, gained fame as one of the country’s most lethal snipers during four tours of duty in Iraq and with his book about his experiences.
He was gunned down two years ago Monday during target practice with Routh. Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield, 35, was also shot to death. (No witnesses)
Routh, 27, was being held at Erath County Jail on Monday in lieu of $3 million bail.
Routh is charged with two counts of murder and one count of capital murder, according to jail records. The prosecutor has said he will not seek the death penalty.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Thursday, Erath County District Court Clerk Wanda Pringle said. The trial will get underway the following Wednesday and is expected to last two weeks, Pringle said.
Erath County has a population of about 40,000 and lies about a hundred miles southwest of Dallas.
Pringle summoned 800 jurors from a pool of 30,000 and they will be questioned in smaller groups by the judge Thursday and Friday, then by attorneys Monday and Tuesday, she said.
Routh’s Fort Worth-based attorney, J. Warren St. John, has requested the trial be moved because of publicity surrounding “American Sniper,” (Worldwide!) and although his latest request is pending, the judge has so far refused.
District Judge Jason Cashon, former Erath County district attorney, issued a gag order in July 2013 that bars lawyers and Routh’s relatives from discussing the case.
The jury will not be sequestered, Pringle said, despite concerns about juror safety after a bomb threat was called in Jan. 26 to the local newspaper, the Empire-Tribune.
The newspaper’s managing editor said Monday that sheriff’s investigators reviewed its phone records but have not identified a suspect.
Local officials responded with stepped-up security surrounding the courthouse that will include added metal detectors, security escorts and shutting down a two-block radius as of Saturday with added law enforcement from other state, county and local agencies, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Earl Gillum.
“We’ve been working on this for months and months. They’ve done everything they can to address security. Matter of fact, I have officers sitting at the back right now,” Pringle said, gesturing to the rear of the courtroom, “The jurors will be well taken care of.”
Court staff set aside 21 of 113 seats in the courtroom gallery for relatives of Routh and Kyle, although it was unclear who will attend, Pringle said.
She said court staff already feel overwhelmed as the trial approaches.
“We’ve done murders and we’ve done capital murders, but we’ve never done to this extent,” Pringle said.
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