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Posted in PRODUCT RECALL, PRODUCT SAFETY with tags , , , , , on 02/06/2013 by Majordomo Pain


USA Today is reporting 30 people have been rendered ill from a strain of Hepatitis A most common in North Africa and the Middle East they contracted by eating a frozen berry mix packaged by Townsend Farms of Fairview, Oregon and the packages of Organic Antioxidant Blend Frozen Berry Mix were sold at Costco. The US Food and Drug Administration expects there to be more cases reported with many coming from outside the states of Colorado, New Mexico, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Laal Hethri are looking into this matter of contaminated frozen berries due to the strain of Hepatitis A found in the fruit packages to determine the origin of the contamination.

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Posted in CLIMATE CHANGE, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN, THIS JUST IN with tags , , on 19/05/2013 by sarahbloch


Sarah Palin just needs to keep talking . . .

Breitbart adhux autem mortju!

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The talking points of conservatives way down the chain from the power elite come from a wide variety of sources. Quite often it is simply water cooler talk in the shop or in the office. “Hey did you hear what Rush said yesterday?” That sort of thing. Often it is from El Rushbo himself or some of the large number of AM radio right wing ideology hucksters. Others get their ideological marching orders daily from blogs and conservative screed sheets like WorldNetDaily, NewsBusters and CNSNews. Some are even more reactionary and bigoted seeking out websites that pander to the notions of white supremacy like Vanguard, Stormfront and Stuff Black People Don’t Like.


This tale of conservative hypocrisy begins with that famous moment when Sarah Palin at CPAC looked away from her TelePrompTer for a moment and reached for a Super Big Gulp, took a sip and said, “Bloomberg is not around, our Big Gulps are safe. We’re cool. Shoot, it’s just pop with low-cal ice-cubes in it.” This one one seminal moments at CPAC for Neocon1 who made note of it in comments at Blogs4Victory:

March 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm #


Bozell Blasts GOP Leaders: ‘You Are Not What You Promised To Be’…

Coulter rips Rubio, ‘endless Bushes’ on immigration…

Palin Takes a Big Gulp…

…calls president a liar

Cruz: ‘Count Me a Proud Wacko Bird’…



The reference is to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed effort to have sugary soft drinks limited in size to 16 ounces or less in the city. What Palin is seen above hoisting in a Super Big Gulp from 7 Eleven which can be as large as 64 ounces. As she says “40 ounces of pop with low calorie ice cubes” is nothing right? Wrong. Look at it this way and average sugary carbonated soda contains 140 calories per 12 ounce serving. A Super Big Gulp like the one Palin brandished at CPAC is a 40 ounce drink and contains 466 calories or about 33% of what one should consume all day. A 2010 RAND Corporation study details the harm of the average rate of consumption of such beverages and that targeting them is a better method of decreasing obesity in America than even promoting exercise. This Harvard School of Public Health study shows even more alarming facts about how sugary drinks contribute to the decline in health for Americans.


If those numbers aren’t alarming enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that the cost of medical obesity in the United States is was staggering $147 billion dollars [<delh! 78 739 630 d 108 s.76]* in 2009 with the Harvard study estimating it at $190 billion [h!110 772 311 d 94 s.32] in 2012. Neocon! and many other conservatives supported Palin in her little deadly joke but are up in arms about another CDC statistic recently published. This one noted the cost and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections [STIs] in the United States. Neocon1 points out, as virtually every conservative blog did that the cost of treatment for as Neocon1 called them “preventable disease” is $6 billion per year just for those between the ages of 15 and 24:


CONTEXT: Each year, millions of U.S. youth acquire sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Estimates of the economic burden of STDs can help to quantify the impact of STDs on the nation’s youth and on the payers of the cost of their medical care.

METHODS: We synthesized the existing literature on STD costs to estimate the lifetime medical cost per case of eight major STDs—HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes simplex virus type 2, hepatitis B, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis. We then estimated the total burden of disease by multiplying these cost-per-case estimates by the approximate number of new cases of STDs acquired by youth aged 15-24.

RESULTS: The total estimated burden of the nine million new cases of these STDs that occurred among 15-24-year-olds in 2000 was $6.5 billion (in year 2000 dollars). Viral STDs accounted for 94% of the total burden ($6.2 billion), and nonviral STDs accounted for 6% of the total burden ($0.4 billion). HIV and HPV were by far the most costly STDs in terms of total estimated direct medical costs, accounting for 90% of the total burden ($5.9 billion).

CONCLUSIONS: The large number of infections acquired by persons aged 15-24 and the high cost per case of viral STDs, particularly HIV, create a substantial economic burden.

SIX and a half BILLION a YEAR and that is only considering 15-24 yo’s

“Substantial economic burden” he says. And here is my problem. Obesity is totally preventable as well and costs Americans 31 times what STIs do. Both are subjects that should alert anyone who calls themselves a fiscal conservative to action. However, since conservatives are seemingly obsessed with putting the djinni of sex back into its golden bottle this issue, albeit a serious public health concern, at the forefront of their political discussion for political reasons while mocking the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and those who support him like MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski. The conservatives bray about the costs of STIs but these are the same people who say that age appropriate sex education is a waste of time and only abstinence will work to curb both this public health issue but the issue of teenage pregnancy.

For the record based on the most recent CDC guidance the number of obese persons in the United states is 112,067,312 or 35.7% of the current population and costing $1,695.41 [h! 0 d 363 s.25] per year to treat for a wide variety of obesity related illnesses. Sarah Palin famously intoned the phrase “death panels” in relation to what ObamaCare was going to do to the US medical care system if it wasn’t repealed. In reality, what Palin did at CPAC, trumpeting the “right” that Americans have to guzzle sugary drinks at the peril of their own bodies, is far more likely to lead to illness and death.

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Posted in CHELYABINSK, IN HINDSIGHT, THE SKY IS FALLING with tags , , on 15/02/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]


Just in time for the near Terra passage of asteroid 2012 DA 14 by a scant 27,600 kilometers the citizens of Chelyabinsk, Russia were treated to a large meteorite barreling into the atmosphere and landing in their town. The shock wave from this space rock caused the injury of more than 400 persons, shattered windows, damaged buildings and set off car alarms all over the city of 1.1 million souls.

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In Hindsight

Maybe the sky is falling . . .

Pax Terra

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Posted in FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FREEDOM, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IN HINDSIGHT, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH with tags , , , on 27/01/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]


I know the title makes one wonder but it will be clear before the end of this brief yet informative post. The challenge to address the Catholic Church deciding for economic purposes that a fetus isn’t a person didn’t sit very well with the B4V crowd. They came at me with every tired canard the conservatives have in their arsenal but I could not be moved. I even had Cluster, a gent who would appear to be a perfect alter ego for Mark Noonan challenge me with, “Wouldn’t microscopic organisms on Mars be considered life? If that’s the case so is a fetus.” Of course this is bullshit of the highest pseudo-intellectual order for glaringly obvious reasons.

To be honest I was surprised to see my posts at B4V remain as long as they did. I haven’t checked to see if they are still there. It doesn’t matter really because the truth shall set you free. Selah. And there’s that Hebrew word again. It means transliterally, “Pause and think about that for a bit.” Hunter S Thompson, my dear old friend both in the First Life as in the AfterLife used it like a rapier. I’ve taken it up after talking to him last night over drinks at Vulca. “Fred, you’ve gotta let these conservopukes think about the cock you’re shoving down their throat. Give them a selah or two as you run them down with a road grader and you might convert at least one or two of the females that are sick of small dicks and trips to the Creation Museum. Just promise me like acid you’ll only use it sparingly. Nobody likes a Xeroxic wordsmith.” As always my Gonzo friend–good advice.

Timothy Egan fits into this from his recent op-ed in the New York Times, “The Tomorrow Majority”:

If the era of liberalism is back, as McConnell said in deriding Obama’s speech, it has metastasized and taken on a new form. It’s nonwhite, young and urban. It’s college-educated women. It’s West Coast and East Coast, the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and, soon, Arizona. It’s the upper Midwest, and the Philadelphia exurbs. In the South, it’s Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and maybe Georgia to follow within a decade.

Of course, the Democrats can always overreach. Arrogance breeds hubris. What do not have majority support are huge new government spending programs. And Obama, in his speech, did not call for such things. (His health care law is the product of Mitt Romney and the Heritage Foundation, and relies on free enterprise “exchanges” rather than a government takeover, despite what critics say.)

But Obama did defend the two great government programs that work and must be shored up: Social Security and Medicare. “These things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us,” Obama said. “They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” If those words are the distillation of liberalism, bring on the chisels and scratch them into marble.

So, who is out of step? Who is to the far side of the center? In 1958, just four percent of those polled by Gallup were in favor of allowing blacks and whites to marry each other. That figure now is 86 percent. The Republicans of 2013 can stand still, like those Eisenhower-era opponents of interracial marriage. But they cannot call their opposition to gay marriage, climate change measures, immigration reform and raising taxes on the wealthy mainstream positions.

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In Hindsight
I’ll leave the punchline of this op-ed for you to enjoy, do read the whole article as it is a brutal and timely riposte to every Conservative “deeply held belief that we are still in the majority” line you’ve ever heard. To go Forward with the Progressive Agenda knowing how to respond in THIS manner is essential.

Pax Terra!

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Posted in CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, IN HINDSIGHT with tags , , , , , on 27/01/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]


I tell the longer I’m in hell the less and less shocked I am about things like this.

In the aftermath of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, aka ObamaCare, there was an uproar from Catholic medical facilities concerning providing contraceptive devices and medications to female employees under their health insurance plans. This was mandated by HHS in ObamaCare at the time without waiver. Shouts that this was a violation of their freedom to practice religion echoed from nearly every Diocese in America. One major Catholic medical employer, Catholic Health Initiatives made this statement on their web page in February 2012:

Following the Jan. 20 HHS announcement on religious employer exemptions from the rule on preventive health services for women, CHI expressed its concern about the lack of clarity on conscience protections.

On Feb. 10, the White House issued a revision to the rule. Under this latest policy, religious organizations will not have to provide contraceptive coverage or refer their employees to organizations that provide contraception. These organizations will also not be required to subsidize the cost of contraception. However, the rule states that contraceptive coverage will be offered to women by their employers’ insurance company directly, which would theoretically remove the role of the religious employer who is opposed to contraception. Insurance companies would be required to provide contraceptive coverage to women without charge.

CHI is analyzing the new rule to gain an understanding of what the impact will be on self-insured organizations such as CHI. Until CHI has a clear understanding of the impact on self-insured organizations, it would be premature to issue a position on the new rule. CHI is hopeful that self-insured organizations such as CHI will be exempted from violating their beliefs while being in compliance with the law.

Okay as a position of their religious beliefs they do not wish to have contraception as a part of their health care plans. I get it. But, wait, there’s more:

Matthew Grimshaw, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Williston, said he was unable to comment about possible local ramifications, but said that he affirms a statement issued by Catholic Health Association President Sister Carol Keehan, which said, “The impact of being told we do not fit the new definition of a religious employer and therefore cannot operate our ministries following our consciences has jolted us.”
The new mandate is a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Keehan supported in defiance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the spring of 2010.
Mercy Medical Center employs about 450 people and serves about 60,000 in North Dakota and Montana. It is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, a Catholic, non-profit health organization which owns 76 hospitals in 19 states.
“I’m sure (the administration’s officials) are fully prepared, as would the Catholic Church be, to take this to court. We will take it to the Supreme Court if we have to. I can’t imagine a president who is supposed to be a constitutional lawyer, and actually taught constitutional law in a university, considering something like this. It’s mind-boggling,”
Kagan said.

And the outrage of having their beliefs violated continues:

Leaders at Memorial Health Care System, the largest local institution affected by the ruling, said they are working to gain clarity on the ruling. The hospital, which has about 4,500 employees, is part of Catholic Health Initiatives.

In a statement, Memorial President and Chief Executive James H. Hobson said he hopes a resolution will protect Catholic hospitals and health organizations from violating their beliefs while being in compliance with the law.

“The challenge that these regulations pose for many groups remains unresolved,” Hobson said. “This indicates the need for an effective national conversation on the appropriate conscience protections in our pluralistic country, which has always respected the role of religions.”

Need more? I’ve got plenty more:

“We have always supported the clear and consistent teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the inherent dignity of all human life,” said Briar Cliff President Beverly A. Wharton. “We also hold with highest regard the God-given right to religious liberty acknowledged in the U.S. Constitution.”
The Obama administration, in making its decision, relied on the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, which concluded that birth control is medically necessary. But the Roman Catholic Church considers it morally wrong to prevent conception by any artificial means, including birth control pills, condoms, IUDs and sterilization.
That means Catholic-affiliated hospitals also might be drawn into the debate. A spokesman for Tenet Healthcare, which owns about 75 percent of Creighton University Medical Center, declined to comment. Alegent Health officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Alegent is a faith-based system partially sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives.
Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has joined the battle. While church leaders here are letting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lead the national fight, Lucas sent a letter to pastors that was read aloud Sunday during Mass at 147 parishes. The letter asks Catholics in the Omaha Archdiocese to pray about the issue and to contact their congressional representatives to pass legislation overturning the rule.
“In generations past, the church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties,” Lucas wrote. “I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.”

Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz also issued a letter calling on Roman Catholics to fight the federal decision.

Okay, I have to be boring you with beating the same dead horse over and over again. It’s clear that on matters of conscience Catholics don’t believe contraception, in any form, should be provided by the health care entity supporting Catholic medical facility workers. QED.

For the sake of clarity I need to review the position of the Roman Catholic Church in regard to when life is considered to begin:

The teaching that life in the womb is sacred has been consistently taught by the Church from the beginning and is reflected in the opposition of the Church for twenty centuries to abortion; please consult the oldest catechism instruction of the Church, outside the Sacred Scriptures, called the Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles from the First Century A.D.; it reads as follows: ‘‘Do not kill a fetus by abortion, or commit infanticide’’ (Didache, 2:2); also, noted patristic scholars are in agreement that St. Augustine probably knew the Didache and may have used it as a source in writing his own First Catechetical Instruction.

I think we have all been fully instructed in the ideology that catholics, on their Faith, believe that a fetus is for all intents and purposes a person. Then now I have this conundrum crawling up my neck at the curious case of Jeremy Stodghill and his deceased wife Lori Stodghill and their two unborn sons. Be forewarned, this is a shocker:

Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.

A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital’s lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state’s Supreme Court to decide.

Lori Stodghill was 28 weeks pregnant when she went to the emergency room of St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City vomiting and short of breath, according to a court document. She went into cardiac arrest in the lobby.

“Lori looked up at me, and then her head went down on her chest,” said her husband, Jeremy Stodghill.
She died at age 31. Her unborn twin boys perished with her. That was New Year’s Day 2006.
Stodghill, left behind to raise their then-2-year-old daughter alone, sued the hospital and its owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, for the wrongful deaths of all three.
After about two years of litigation, defense attorneys for the hospital and doctors entered an argument that shocked the widower.

They said that under state law, an embryo is not person until it is born alive, according to court documents. The Stodghills’ twins were deceased when they were removed from their mother’s lifeless body.
“I didn’t even get to hold them,” Jeremy Stodghill said. “I have an autopsy picture. That’s all I’ve got.”
The court agreed with the argument, and Stodghill lost the suit. The court also ruled against Stodghill in the case of his wife for other legal reasons.
The hospital and doctors then sued him for over $118,000 legal fees and attempted to garnish his wages, according to a legal document filed on his behalf.
The defendants offered to forget the fees if Stodghill dropped his appeal. He refused and filed for bankruptcy to avoid having to pay the claim, which he says he can’t afford as he struggles to raise his now-9-year-old daughter, Libby.

Stodghill has petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court to hear his case, and he’d like to hear from the Catholic Church.
Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives’ practices “to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
Catholic Health Initiatives would not speak to CNN on camera, but said in a statement, “In this case… as Catholic organizations, (we) are in union with the moral teachings of the Church.”

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In Hindsight

I don’t know about you but the last bold sentence in the Stodghill piece from CNN makes it all too clear to me that the Catholic Church at least in this case, put money far ahead of its beliefs. But maybe I’m wrong and it just isn’t in this case? The great Catholic social control con for profit is slowly but surely coming to a torturous end right here at the start of the 21st Century just as it was predicted many thousands of years ago. Not to sound too clearly gleeful but I told you so.

I wonder if Mark Edward Noonan has an answer for this that is suitably well grounded in reason and yet allows him to remain a Catholic both in his heart and in his political ideology? My bet is that he doesn;t because to even attempt to explain this would shatter his world view like a neutron bomb would obliterate a gnat. And this boys and girls brings you favorite Jewish blogger to his point. Conservatives cannot argue with facts to support their beliefs because their beliefs are far and away more situational than any Progressive’s. Pro-Life yet pro death penalty? Follow the Prince of Peace but lust for war and make near deities out of soldiers. Would blow up abortion clinics but think all Muslims are terrorists because of 9/11. Swear they aren’t bigots but consider the first person of color elected President to not have been “natural born.” I challenge Mr Noonan to get within a thousand miles of this bit of hypocrisy but of course he won’t out of the sheer terror that his worldview is wrong.

Pax Terra!

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Before I launch into my rant this afternoon I want to express my congratulations to Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D, Director of the Digital Moving Image Salon at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia for winning a $ 100,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop an interactive video game, HERadventure that deals with issues critical to women globally. The concept is brilliant and I look forward to participating when the game launches on International Womnen’s Day 8 March 2013.

Now on to the rant. Paul Bedard writing at the Washington takes exception to $100,000 being spent by the federal government to promote and fund HERadventure which he says the National Endowment for the Arts calls, “”focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls.” I have to this point not been able to find that quote anywhere on the NEA website in their grant award section or the Internet save for this litany of bigoted and conservative leaning websites.

And to be sure when you have a lineup like, World Net Daily, the Gateway Pundit, the National Review and the Free Republic lining up against you there must be some mis- or disinformation afoot. And of course that is true in this case because Bedard sees the video game not as a springboard for understanding and dealing with issues that affect the lives of women in America and all over Terra, but and I kid you not about global warming. Now this issue is important to conservative white men because it is seen as a gross threat to their ability to do what they do best– waste. Global warming would take away their comfy cars and their suburban homes that gobble up fossil fuels at an alarming rate to the expense of the very planet you live on. This issue to conservatives is likely second only to their fear of taking their guns away.

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In Hindsight

But HERadventure isn’t about climate change at all it’s about addressing the social issues that affect women of color specifically and all women indirectly. Bedard, Hoft and the gallery of American Taliban hollow heads at World Net Daily and the Free Republic miss the point entirely and their commenters conservative white men and women alike seem to take some measure of glee at this “government waste” just as they use their remotes to raise their house temperatures to 80 degrees on a 40 degree day with a remote so they don’t have to get up from the gun and bible driven ideological comfort comfort of the La-Z-Boys.

Pax Terra!

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