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Pedantic Hogwash

Posted on September 29, 2014 with 0 comments
Read some stunningly disappointing posts on the facebook page"Unity Leaders Concerned About The Unity Movement" attacking new thought music and musicians. No constructive analysis, just (to use their own words) ”pedantic….. hogwash”. As the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?!In my 25 years of involvement in the Unity movement, I have rarely encountered such petty, negative comments, particularly directed against new thought music and musicians. The 3 involved in making and/or supporting these personal attacks sounded more like trolls on a progressive political site than Unity “leaders". They also sounded like they must start each day by sitting on an air hose.

US to provide $75M to expand Ebola Care Centers
I’m sure that some could find a way to criticize this, but I’m proud of us (the US) for donating $75 million for 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. Nurses in Liberia are wearing rags over their heads to protect themselves but many health care workers have died as the death toll there reached 1,900. It is a horrible disease with nightmarish symptoms which can include bleeding, usually from the eyes, internal bleeding, and people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum.
More people have now died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic than in all previous outbreaks combined (1,590, according to the WHO). Other donating nations include China and Nigeria. “No one, even outbreak responders, (has) ever seen anything like it,” said WHO’s director general Margaret Chan at a UN press briefing. “With this international response, coordinated response, [...]
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heroes all around us

Posted on September 8, 2014 with 0 comments
Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster
Note that healthy Nat. Institute of Health workers are volunteering for the first human studies of vaccine effectiveness. There are really are heroes all around us!

Tell the Senate: Overturn Citizens United

"Corporations and the ultra-rich shouldn’t be allowed to buy our elected officials by spending unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. Pass Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United."
I signed the petition- please join me and sign, too!

Anti-Opioid Hysteria, the Sequel to “Reefer Madness”
100 million American adults have to deal with chronic pain, according to a 2011 report from The Institute of Medicine (a part of the National Academy of Sciences).
While I have been a subscriber and fan of Consumer Reports for decades via magazine and/or online, I found the September 2014 article , “Deadly Pain Pills” to be misleading hyperbole. This was a sensationalistic portrayal of opioids, rather than an accurate description of their use as a legitimate and necessary tool in treatment of chronic pain.
My opinion and trust in Consumer Reports just fell dramatically.
While much of the Consumer Reports article ( "Deadly Pain Pills") is devoted to the dangers of acetaminophen (which sends 80,000 people to the ER annually and is the leading cause of liver failure in the US) the sections on opioids are often inaccurate and reflect gross ignorance of pain treatment. This is not at all surprising, since most doctors worldwide [...]
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