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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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Cease and Desist All Experimentation On Children

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 30, 2008

This latest study to cross my desktop got my dander up BIG TIME!

Here we are discussing the safety of tried and true vaccines with a hint of concern over the possibility that some children predisposed to having a reaction to vaccines that have been in use for decades and then this….

Safety, Humoral and Cell Mediated Immune Responses to Two Formulations of an Inactivated, Split-Virion Influenza A/H5N1 Vaccine in Children

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“Participants

Healthy children, aged 6 months to 17 years, were recruited at two centres in Bangkok, Thailand between June and September 2007.

Before enrolment, each child’s parents (or other legal representative) provided their written informed consent and each child aged 7 years or older provided written informed assent.”

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I wonder how many of these children were “wards of the state” and how many were the children of the wealthy and/or well educated. Even with parental permission there is NO justification for the experimentation on children. NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER.

These children cannot give informed consent. Children are not the property of the state OR even their parents. And even though such experimentation may ultimately save the lives of many more children NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR THEM and at 7 years old they simply do not have the intellectual capacity to fully understand the implications of what they are doing.

I don’t care how much we think that we need a vaccine, and a vaccine is mighty attractive, one must not be created like this.

Sanofi Pasteur should be ashamed. I wonder just how much experimentation on those whose voice is a whisper or non-existent is going on today.

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WHO: Addressing Ethical Issues in Pandemic Influenza Planning

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 16, 2008

DISCUSSION PAPERS

 

The World Health Organization has released this 119 page collection of discussion papers regarding ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning. I cannot tell by the website when this was released for public consumption or even when the information was compiled into this form. It definitely is an important source of information for those interested in ethical considerations regarding infectious disease outbreaks and how they will be responded to by a world body.

Experts in the subjects of law, public health, ethics, WHO staff and country representatives were brought together into working groups to discuss the major issues that we will face in the days ahead.

The topic headings…

  • I Equitable access to therapeutic and prophylactic measures – prepared by chairperson Marcel Verweij of Utrecht University (Netherlands)
  • II Isolation, quarantine, border control and social-distancing measures – written by Larry Gostin, chairperson
    of the working group on “Isolation, quarantine, border control, and social distancing” and Ben Berkman, both of Georgetown University
  • III The role and obligations of health-care workers during an outbreak of pandemic influenza – prepared by chairperson Ross Upshur of the University of Toronto (Canada)
  • IV Pandemic influenza planning and response – transnational issues for governments – prepared by Robert Archer, chairperson

I am just getting into the meat of this document now but I highly recommend it.

 

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Compensation for Culled Poultry, a Recipe for Starvation

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 16, 2008

From the headlines, the track record for compensation has not been good. And as Debi points out at A Pandemic Chronicle, this is a major humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian crisis. Sometimes the words we begin to use take us a degree of separation from the real impact on people. People do not want their food taken from them, this I can understand. People don’t want their livelihood stripped from them, this is what is happening.

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Paltry compensation for culled birds sparks fresh cases of bird flu in West Bengal

May 11th, 2008 – 8:53 pm ICT by admin –

Sukna (West Bengal): While officials in West Bengal blame residents for the outbreak of the bird flu virus, resident complain that they are not being compensated enough for the culled birds.
Veterinary workers started culling thousands of backyard poultry to contain an outbreak of bird flu in the region, which has struggled to control the virus since January, but then they say that the residents are not cooperating.
“The response that we are getting is not good. People are still eating the chickens. The problem is that they are not earnest and they are lying. It is only when we tell them that the police raid them that they begin to cooperate,” said Samir Rai, Block Livestock Development Officer.

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The rest of this story is here.

Compensation yet to reach villagers
The Statesman, India – 15 hours ago
15: Compensation of Rs 500 to each family whose backyard poultry were culled in March this year in English Bazaar town, following outbreak of Bird Flu is

The rest of this story is here.

We in the west are uniquely situated. We can both prepare for what is coming AND help those who are being impacted by this first.

The fact of the matter is that without the government of India adequately compensating their people and in a timely way, there will be many empty stomachs in the houses of India.

Even at a time when we want to conserve our own personal resources there is so much more that we can give to those in need. The answer to this question remains to be seen, will we become isolationists now that the worlds people have largely grown to hate us in the US? For me, this is the time when we open our arms and our hearts wider. Just my 2c.

 

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Do You See What I See

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 15, 2008

The Final Judgment

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

‘ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them,’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.

‘ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

“Sick”, “least of these”….”did not minister” to them……this is what we are doing to Him.

Anyone who knows me, knows that this is about the biggest affront to my heart that there is. That is when the Holy Spirit is grieved, rejected, maligned, abused – I have to turn away. I have to wipe the dust from my feet and move on.

“First, do no harm”, here is that tried and true principle that we have almost always accepted in our society. Not only are we not ministering to the least of these, we are killing the least of these. Most assuredly just as we crucified Christ in our sins and deeds we are doing it again by proxy and in some cases being the beneficiaries of the actions of those who are doing so.

THIS IS OUR LEGACY

Going in to battle with the plagues, pestilences, and trouble all over the world which is ahead, this has been our recent track record. What we do now has everything to do with what we will do in the days ahead.

I hope that this awareness makes others as uncomfortable as it made me when it hit me like the 2×4 that it is. Yet, I suspect many will think of this as just a little more foolishness from a “religious buffoon”.

So why not just let it all out.

Abortion, is an attempt at control.

For those faced with the dilemma….don’t believe the lies and don’t fall prey to the believing that abortion is good for you, a kindness to your ill baby, a burden lifted from your family, or from your life.

Abortion is not giving you freedom, it is about enslaving you.

Abortion isn’t an answer to your problem it is ensuring the death of those just like you in the future, your children. You are  flushing your future down the drain, literally. Your ancestors and your progeny are being wiped out with a sure swipe. This IS the lie that you are believing – that it is all okay to do. You are being lauded a hero for making a tough decision and putting others first when in actuality that decision needed to happen quite a bit sooner.

But know this, if you fall prey to the lie there is a way back, there is always a way back – until the door is closed. Jesus Christ loves the humble and contrite and I know this for a fact.

Abortion puts an end to all the unwanted and imperfect among us…so in the future society will breed a better human.

This is so patently obvious.

What is desired…a tanned, multi faithed, raced, world citizen who is androgynous or bisexual and promiscuously given over and open to all pleasure, and who will never, ever, think outside of the box. A human being who will not be at war with anyone because he is all of them and he will probably speak a form of Euro-speak, a blend of all tongues and languages, and will bow down to the king of the world, a leader who best models that ideal — truly a “world citizen” will be one who does not honor the God proclaimed differences between us.

Difference does not mean we have to be at war or uncivilized toward each other.

And there will always be a remnant who will not be God denying.

So maybe I should write science fiction but that is not too far off from the description of the beast of Revelation and the world that Daniel 3 and 4 describes.

All of our collected works, our efforts, our human heart apart from God, well, Qohelet put it best in his cry…”all is futile under the sun”

Is it our hedonistic pursuit of pleasure which matters in the end?

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13

Abortion has been with us as a source of grief in every society for a very long time. Probably since we left the garden. But never before has the world made it a pleasing and acceptable practice.

The world over, abortion was considered by most as a shame or a blight upon the society it was found in. It has always been a social issue to solve – not encourage and turn a blind eye to.

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Spina Bifida was an early target in the US campaign. Under the auspices of saving these children from a life of pain and suffering we tested, genetically counseled, and scared parents away from embracing their imperfect but still very lovable and meaningful children. A terrible, terrible, heartbreaking disease, yes, but not one that should have ever been a cause to kill the child in the womb.

There are lives, short and/or painful as they may be, that stand as a testimony to a loving, yes loving, God who has compassion on ALL of His creation.

Look to some of those considered to be the least among us, there lives can and have been a testimony to all that God can do amazing things when we allow Him free reign in our lives.

I am sure Joni Eareckson Tada would tell you that a life lived in suffering can also bring a life of wonderful joy and peace. Joni reminds us to…

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”
–Ephesians 6:7-8

And yet there is a push on to eliminate the least among us. The crippled, the diseased, the infected, the maimed, the incapable, the starving, the poor, the destitute, the drug addicted, the homeless, the prostitutes, even the faithful, the artists, and the Jews – there is simply no room for them in the inn.

I am sure that I am on the list of cast-offs. Be that as it may, I do not care one bit for my own skin.

I do care more about what brings glory to God. What is God honoring, is doing what is in His word.

“‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ~ Matthew 25:45

The Godly wisdom and advice of my life is to do great kindness to those who ARE truly the least of these – they have no power, they have no voice and increasingly no one to defend them.

What are we doing for and to the least of these? Our society, our world, is attempting to eliminate them. The reason that “the poor we will always have with us” because they are the evidence of who we are by how we treat them – all over the world.

“Heap coals of kindness upon your enemy”.

If you still believe the lie you have come to accept…remember…no one will be able to stand against the lie of the society of the future. There will always be one more group that does not fit in, and they will keep on getting eliminated by the majority who are uncomfortable with their presence. This IS an abomination.

THIS is what we have opened the door to, this is what we must stand against. Not against the woman who has bought into the lie, against the crime itself.

For the woman, and the man, there is forgiveness in Christ Jesus.

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What Are We Being Prepared For? Its Sunday Why Not

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 30, 2008

Plagues and pestilences are foretold. They are coming. We do not know when just that they will come. Will H5N1 be the cause or something else? I do not know. H5N1 does seem to be the most likely candidate.

So many times these days it seems as if there is this overarching agenda, a plan, a method, something that is being accomplished behind the scenes. Is a pandemic something that will further accomplish an agenda. Is it a means to an end. I suppose it could be. I cannot do something about that which I have no control over.

I do have control over my families preparedness level, and to some extent my towns level in that I am part of the town. If I am prepared that is one less family, one less individual drawing from resources. We all have this responsibility, I think. I have always thought that my little voice speaking up loudly and clearly may help one more person. If I have reached ONE person then I have succeeded. Although I have wanted to reach as many people as possible.

Have we all realized yet that this world is in trouble? Beware of what we are building.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
~ Romans 16:17-20

Another’s “agenda” really does not matter when what we do as individuals in our society is above reproach. Isn’t this the heart of the message that we teach. Personal responsibility and the desire to improve one’s behavior, is this not seen as an important moral standard by almost every culture and religious group?

“By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive”.

Don’t be naive. That is like saying don’t be apathetic. There is some effort involved.

We must be aware in order to not be naive. To become aware we must open our eyes. We must work to gather information, we must work to be able to make informed decisions. We must know these things so that we can make decisions for ourselves and our family, for those that we are responsible for.

Sit back and take stock of what you think that you know. I try to do this from time to time

I try to think about what makes me uncomfortable about the world that we are living in. I attempt to think about the direction that we are taking, who we are trusting, who we are looking to for leadership.

What are we being prepared for?

We are being prepared for the battle between God and Satan. A battle which has already been won but what has not been decided is the side that YOU will chose. Will you chose the losing side or the one who has already won? Funny to think of anyone choosing a losing side of anything. But that is what people do when they reject God.

Do you think that there is no war being waged?

We are witnessing a slow fade because of the haughtiness of our approach.

America has collectively turned its back on God and now God is turning His back on us. This IS the judgment and the repercussions will keep coming.

Is Christianity really saying to hate the sinner?

Think again.

Christians realize that we are all sinners, every single one of us. Not one of us is capable of living a perfectly controlled life. There was only one perfect man and our sin killed Him. He died to redeem us from our sin state. He died for each one of us and for all of us. Not one person’s sin, not one homosexual’s sin, not one abortionist’s sin, killed Him…my sin, all of our sin that is the reason that He died.

Our gracious God has given us a way out. Faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God yet fully God, for us who believe in Him we are redeemed. The price has been paid and we are now free from eternal punishment although not from the effects that sin has upon this world and what this world can and will bring into our lives.

I know that this seems so weak, so embarrassing, so belittling, so unintelligent, so, so, so, humbling. And that IS the point isn’t it? Humility. We need God. And God wants us to know this.

Think about the tower of Babel. Why was it built? (and think of the globalization effort that exists today). “Babel was a city that united humanity, all speaking a single language and migrating from the east; it was the home city of the great king Nimrod, and the first city to be built after the Great Flood. The people decided their city should have a tower so immense that it would have "its top in the heavens." (וְרֹאשׁוֹ בַשָּׁמַיִם). However, the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was dedicated to the glory of man, with a motive of making a ‘name’ for the builders: "Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’" (Genesis 11:4).”

So what did God do? He scattered man and confused our languages.

Myth?

I don’t think so…although you might and that is your prerogative.

‘Mystery Babylon’ and all that it entails. That is hat we seem to be building today. It isn’t a “tower” its scope and reach far greater and it certainly isn’t being built to honor God as Creator. Mystery Babylon IS globalization of government, economy, health, science, religion, communication, etc. We are building it now and have been since 1948.

This is that generation.

Come out of it. Be overcomers.

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Ask yourself why a person is capable of thinking about many different things and on many different levels would come to the end of their life and accept the Bible as truth.

Were they unwise? What did they know, what did they experience that gave them such confidence in God? I have that same confidence…do you?

  • Nicolaus Copernicus: 1473-1543 Polish Astronomer – Developed the heliocentric theory of the solar system.
  • Galileo Galilei: 1564-1642 Italian Physicist
    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
  • Johannes Kepler: 1571-1630 German Astronomer
    The 3 laws of planetary motion. Advanced Copernicus’ heliocentric theory.
    "Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God."
  • Blaise Pascal: 1623-1662 French Mathematician
    "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ." “But by Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ, we prove God and teach doctrine and morals. Jesus Christ, then, is the true God of men."
  • Newton Isaac: 1642-1727 (born Dec 25) English Mathemetician
    Laws of gravitation and motion, developed calculus. Major contributions to optics, physics, math and astronomy. The solar system itself could not have been produced by blind chance or fortuitous causes but only by a cause "very well skilled in mechanics and geometry."
  • Michael Faraday: 1791-1869 English Chemist
    Discovered Benzene, electromagnetic induction, lines of force, relationship between polarized light and magnetic fields. Strong believer in the literal interpretation of Scripture. Deacon and elder in his church. "Since peace is alone in the gift of God; and since it is He who gives it, why should we be afraid? His unspeakable gift in His beloved Son is the ground of no doubtful hope."
  • Lord Kelvin: 1824-1907 (William Thomson) British Physicist
    First and second laws of thermodynamics. Absolute temp scale. Trans-Atlantic cable.
    "I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism."
  • Robert Boyle – “The gospel comprises indeed, and unfolds, the whole mystery of man’s redemption, as far forth as it is necessary to be known for our salvation.”
  • George Washington Carver – “Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all, He would still be there, within us, waiting to give us good on this earth.”
  • Kenneth H. Cooper M.D. M.P.H. – "Father of aerobics" “To maximize life’s potential personally, professionally, and spiritually, you must know the zone in which you are the happiest and most productive. Most people never reach that utopian state because they do not know how to get there.” speaking about Christian author Max Lucado’s book Cure for the Common Life
  • Michael Faraday
  • Jim Irwin – astronaut, Ark Hunter
  • Samuel Morse
  • Isaac Newton – inventor, scientist
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Hugh Ross – physicist
  • Francis Schaeffer – theologian and thinker
  • Wright Brothers
  • Arthur Eddington, mathematical cosmologist
  • Georges Lemaître, proposed the Big Bang theory
  • Henry F. "Fritz" Schaefer, theoretical chemists
  • William Phillips – 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Francis Collins – Director of the U.S. Human Genome Project
  • Rustum Roy, one of the world’s foremost materials scientists, holds three chairs
  • Jimmy Carter – former U.S. President
  • Abigail Adams – first lady, wife of U.S. President Samuel Adams
  • John Ashcroft – former Missouri Gov. & Senator
  • Christopher Darden – Lawyer, prosecutor in O. J. Simpson case
  • Elizabeth Dole – director, American Red Cross
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Alan Keyes – U.S. Presidential candidate.
  • Steve Largent – U.S. House of Representative
  • Robert E. Lee – Confederate General
  • Abraham Lincoln – U.S. President
  • Don Nickles – U.S. Senator, Virginia
  • J.C. Watts – U.S. House of Representative, former college football player
  • Dan Quayle – former U.S. Vice President.
  • Clarence Thomas – U.S. Supreme Court Judge.
  • George Washington – U.S. President
  • Oswald Chambers – author, My Utmost for His Highest;
  • G. K. Chesterton – science fiction, mystery, non-fiction, Orthodoxy
  • Tim Lehaye – author, "Left Behind"
  • C. S. Lewis – author of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction religious books such as Mere Christianity;
  • Catherine Marshall – author, "Christy".
  • Norman Vincent Peale – author, Power of Positive Thinking;
  • Frank Peretti – author, This Present Darkness;
  • Charles Sheldon – author, In His Steps
  • Charles Spurgeon – author
  • Danielle Steele – author
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – author, The Hobbit
  • Joni Eareckson Tada – author, Artist & Speaker. Quadriplegic.

the list goes on and on and on….

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One World Virus

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 21, 2008

Pandemics are typically named for the country of origin or the geographical region where the outbreak begins or is first reported. The “Spanish Flu” or the “Hong Kong Flu” are the most recent examples of this trend.

Of course, the “Spanish Flu” didn’t really originate in Spain, Spain was the first to report it. I am not so convinced that the Hong Kong Flu originated there either so perhaps, again, it was named because of the first reported cases.

What’s in a name?

Everything matters when it comes to influenza viruses. Politically and economically, having your country identified with a virus by name may have devastating effects in today’s interconnected world.

Culturally, having your country identified with a virus that causes the deaths of millions of people may be devastating. It may also have the secondary effect of countries obfuscating illnesses in order to not be named as the country of origin. It would be difficult to deliver up viral samples if you are going to be “punished” by having your country identified with in such a way.

Perhaps the flu should be named after the least cooperative country, since a lack of cooperation may be further enabling the virus. No, that is not right either. A virus does its damage in spite of all of our human efforts to contain it. And being vindictive is immoral, in my book anyway.

Cooperation, or lack of it, in the end may not matter a whole lot for this pandemic. We have learned a great deal about negative sense single stranded RNA viruses, and probably other viral types and this information may help stop epidemics of similar viruses. But mostly the gain has been in our human response to the negative societal effects in our modern day interconnected world.

To be honest, interconnectedness does not look so good to me right now. What I think that we have learned is that the most important efforts to respond to this will be the local ones. The communities who have developed and are ready to utilize their local resources will be better off.

So, how to best come up with the popular name for an influenza virus, well, maybe it is time to change that too. So my suggestion, tongue in cheek of course, is that we name this virus the “One World Virus”. There is such a major effort to globalize everything these days, why not globalize responsibility too.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 10, 2008

I post this because this is a document that I will be referring back to over the next few years.

Here is the wikipedia link to the explanation of the document

It really is a fascinating document.

1948 surely was an eventful year.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(other language versions | Human Rights Day 10 December | 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

PREAMBLE

    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

    Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

    Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

    Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
Article 1.

    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

    No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.

    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

    All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

    Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

    Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

    (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

    (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

    (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.

    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

    (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

    (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

    (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

    (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

    (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

    Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.

    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

    (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

    (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

    (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

    (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.

    Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

    (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

    (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

    (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

    (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

    Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

    (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

    (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

    (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

    (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

    (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

    (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

    (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

    Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.

    (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

    (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

    (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

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