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  • Michael Osterholm Quotes:

    “What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.”

    “Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?”

    “It's the perfect setup. Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight.”

    “We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.”

  • US Health and Human Services

    Secretary Michael Leavitt

    "If there is one message on pandemic preparedness that I could leave today that you would remember, it would be this:

    Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government or for that matter the state government will be able to step forward and come to their rescue at the final hour will be tragically wrong,

    not because government will lack a will, not because we lack a collective wallet, but because there is no way that you can respond to every hometown in America at the same time."
  • Joseph C. Napoli, MD of Resiliency LLC

    "I think a new meaning is evolving for resiliency and resilience.

    In some contexts the words are being used to mean the strength to resist being impacted by an adverse event rather than either the “capacity to rebound” or “act of rebounding” from adversity.

    Therefore, resiliency and resilience appear to be assuming the meaning of fortitude, that is, “the strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without despondency” as defined in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

    If so, we are coming full circle with science accepting a religious moral virtue – fortitude – as written in the Bible’s Book of Wisdom"




  • Faith Based Resources

    John Piper
    Jonathan Edwards
    Reformation
    Pink-Saving Faith
    Pink-Christian Ethics

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
    (2 Corinthians 13:5).

    Why Faith Groups Must Care

    When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

    Stand

    Be Not Afraid
    Overcoming the fear of Death
    by Johann Christoph Arnold







    While I am not a professional journalist, I do embrace the code of ethics put forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and the statement of purpose by the Association of Health Care Journalists and above all else I strive to "do no harm".


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  • Definitions

    from Wikipedia



    Pandemic Influenza


    An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of the influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population.

    In contrast to the regular seasonal epidemics of influenza, these pandemics occur irregularly, with the 1918 Spanish flu the most serious pandemic in recent history.

    Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality, with the Spanish influenza being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people.

    There have been about 3 influenza pandemics in each century for the last 300 years. The most recent ones were the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.



    Seasonal Influenza


    Flu season is the portion of the year in which there is a regular outbreak in flu cases.

    It occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

    Flu activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

    Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.



    Avian (Bird) Flu
    Avian influenza,

    sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds."


    "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "Swine flu", "Dog flu", "Horse flu", or "Human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

    All known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species: Influenza A virus.

    All subtypes (but not all strains of all subtypes) of Influenza A virus are adapted to birds, which is why for many purposes avian flu virus is the Influenza A virus (note that the "A" does not stand for "avian").
    Adaptation is non-exclusive.

    Being adapted towards a particular species does not preclude adaptations, or partial adaptations, towards infecting different species.

    In this way strains of influenza viruses are adapted to multiple species, though may be preferential towards a particular host.

    For example, viruses responsible for influenza pandemics are adapted to both humans and birds.

    Recent influenza research into the genes of the Spanish Flu virus shows it to have genes adapted to both birds and humans; with more of its genes from birds than less deadly later pandemic strains.

    H5N1 Strain


    Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.

    A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as "avian influenza" or "bird flu".

    It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia. One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia.

    It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.

    Most references to "bird flu" and H5N1 in the popular media refer to this strain.



    As of the July 25, 2008 FAO Avian Influenza Disease Emergency Situation Update, H5N1 pathogenicity is continuing to gradually rise in wild birds in endemic areas but the avian influenza disease situation in farmed birds is being held in check by vaccination.

    Eleven outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam) compared to 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007.

    The "global HPAI situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008 [but] cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems".





    Pandemic Severity Index


    The Pandemic Severity Index (PSI) is a proposed classification scale for reporting the severity of influenza pandemics in the United States.

    The PSI was accompanied by a set of guidelines intended to help communicate appropriate actions for communities to follow in potential pandemic situations. [1]

    Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2007, the PSI was designed to resemble the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale





    From the Massachusetts Health and Human Services



    Isolation


    refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.



    Quarantine


    refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.
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Turning A Blind Eye To The Suffering Of The Innocent

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 15, 2008

I am not insensitive to the many situations where a pregnancy can be dangerous, inconvenient, heartbreaking, mind-testing. I thankfully have not experienced this testing. I am not condemning the woman who has been tested in such ways. I am not the judge of her heart or her actions. I am not here to condemn anyone. How can I condemn a heart when I know the forgiveness of God that gives me great joy and peace.

But I can condemn what we do as a society, and what we allow as the law of this land.

Our new President, Barack Obama, so strongly puts himself behind abortion rights that he does not see anything wrong, in fact he supports, POST BIRTH ABORTION. [see: Washington Post Article]

There are so many scenarios that put us to the test, put our feet to the fire. As women, as human beings, we are constantly being challenged to grow through things that sometimes seem at the time impossible to live through. Yet we endure and sometimes grow and shine despite the challenges that we have faced. Sometimes we even begin to see the absolute blessings that have come because of these challenges in life.

Rather than experience the tough stuff though, we have a tendency to look for the opt out clause in everything. This is human nature I suppose. We don’t want to suffer, we don’t willingly choose to suffer for the sake of someone else. We largely forgotten the absolute magnificence and God glorifying act of laying our will down to God and our life down for another.

We have the example in our soldiers willingly will lay down our lives for us when they choose to fight in distant lands but even today that is not being discussed as much. These men and women leave their country, their loved ones to answer a call of duty so that we can remain safe here. And sometimes I think that we have become hardened to this truth. I know that I don’t remember to pray for our troops in harms way every single day, much to my shame. I am trying to correct that now. I am remembering to pray for our country and our new president and administration coming in to power.

If I have forgotten some of these good things it is not hard to see how I, we, have also become hardened to other even less pleasant deeds.

The truth is, the tendency of human nature is to harden the heart to what hurts us. It is far easier to put these discussions on a back burner. It is far easier to let someone else decide these major issues. We rely on the advice of doctors, politicians, and leaders who, in some cases, have proven to be morally corrupt. Is there anyone we can trust anymore? Do I even trust myself? I HAVE to go back to the timeless truths of the Bible because nothing in human nature is trustworthy, even myself.

We opened the door to abortion and now euthanasia, the horrors and completely legal abuses that can and will result from opening these doors is potentially massive in scope. And the flow is flooding inward toward us.

I mention “first, do no harm” a great deal, and with a reason. What is true for an infant will ultimately, at some point in the future, be true for masses of human beings. A pandemic will bring out the best and the worst in all of us. To not get this right now, will be are undoing later. Fear of the ill and infected will be a fiery furnace for us all, “first, do no harm” must be in all of our thoughts.

Is there value to ALL human life? The sick and dying, do they have value. The Down’s Syndrome infant, born alive, breathing and kicking. Does this child have value? Do you have value if you have complications from the flu like encephalitis lethargica or other life altering and socially burdensome effects? There is value to all human life and this must be set in stone.

Discount me as a “religious” bumbling fool, for if I am wrong that is what I am, but I am willing to stake my life on this “foolishness”.

I value the timeless, constant, and valuable word of God that has proven itself over and over as worthy. My college attending family members pick up textbooks written today that are full of spelling and grammatical errors. What other errors are being perpetuated in these books? Find me an error in the Bible, it cannot be done, although not everyone has heart and eyes open to see the hidden truths. The invitation remains open to all who are called to Jesus Christ. And this Christmas, especially, the call to recognize that baby in the manger as the Messiah is so strong, perhaps as a blessing to us before the Holy Spirit is taken from the world. I see Him in evidence more and more every day.

How we treat the least of these is how we treat Him.

Widows and children, how do we treat them today?

With increasing euthanasia and infanticide.

From wikipedia

Abortion – In the 18th–19th centuries various doctors, clerics, and social reformers successfully pushed for an all-out ban on abortion. In the 20th century various women’s rights groups, doctors and social reformers successfully repealed abortion bans. While abortion remains legal in many Western countries, it is regularly subjected to legal challenges by pro-life groups.[2]

Partial Birth Abortion – “Partial-birth abortion” defined by law

Since it was first coined in 1995 by pro-life congressman Charles T. Canady, the term “partial birth abortion” has been used in numerous state and federal bills and laws, although the legal definition of the term is not always the same. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act defines “partial-birth abortion” as follows:

“An abortion in which the person performing the abortion, deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus. (18 U.S. Code 1531)”

In the 2000 Supreme Court case of Stenberg v. Carhart, a Nebraska law banning “partial-birth abortion” was ruled unconstitutional, in part because the language defining “partial-birth abortion” was deemed vague.[8] In 2006, the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Carhart found that the 2003 act “departs in material ways” from the Nebraska law and that it pertains only to a specific abortion procedure, intact dilation and extraction.[2] Some commentators have noted that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act’s language was carefully crafted to take into account previous rulings.[9] Although in most cases the procedure legally defined as “partial birth abortion” would be medically defined as “intact dilation and extraction”, these overlapping terms do not always coincide. For example, the IDX procedure may be used to remove a deceased fetus (e.g. due to a miscarriage or feticide) that is developed enough to require dilation of the cervix for its extraction.[10] Removing a dead fetus does not meet the federal legal definition of “partial-birth abortion,” which specifies that partial live delivery must precede “the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus.”[11] Additionally, a doctor may extract a fetus past the navel and then “disarticulate at the neck”, which could fall within the terms of the statute even though it would not result in an intact body and therefore would not be an intact dilation and extraction.[12]

Post Birth AbortionJill Stanek has brought this evil to the light of day. Reading what this nurse has experience first hand and the investigative work that she has done is crucial to this discussion.

Resources and background: Media Matters – Media cite anti-abortion activist and Obama critic

To vote NO is unconscionable when first we strive to do no harm. To vote no means that post birth abortion can be allowed in Illinois.

“This is not about Roe vs. Wade” Bill Bennett

Is this who we want to be as Americans?

With globalization and post birth abortion and euthanasia the law in some countries, like the Netherlands, do we want to be identified as individuals with such things, for surely what we allow to happen under our watch is our responsibility?

Do we ever want to give up our voice in such matters? The United States with full states rights was and is such a marvelous governance concept, why must it be abandoned with such seemingly little regard.

And again, I am not saying that we should ever condemn those who have believed a lie told to them, especially one with such ferocity. We should and must have compassion on those who grieve when they realize what has been allowed to take place. It is legal recourse that must change and that will only come about through changed hearts.

My concern

A pandemic will be one of those situations where our hearts are put to the test. We will all endure some very tough times ahead.

When we, collectively, have no value for innocent human life, and because so many of us have largely remained silent, apathetic, and willingly unaware of the horrors of abortion…judgment may be visited upon us through reaping what we have allowed to be sown while we were not paying attention. The progression beyond abortion is apparent to those who do not turn away. If we can turn a blind eye to the suffering of babies fresh from the womb who have been declared substandard and not fit for life by a doctor or a woman giving birth, what hope do you have to live out your days if YOU become “substandard” in the future?

Euthanasia is already spreading. It is not difficult to redefine the definitions once the door is opened a crack.

We are opening doors that must remain shut.

And beware, there are some who think there are lives we can do without…is yours next?

 

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