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The Origins Of Color Prejudice

“The ORIGINS of COLOR PREJUDICE”

The view of the 18-century Scottish philosopher David Hume was that Africa has no history, art or science. This myth implanted in religion and exploited, formed the foundation of color prejudice today. If not for Africa we human beings wouldn’t exist today.  According to anthropologists, the evidence is overwhelming that Africans inhabited much of our
the present-day continents.

We were Kemet, the original name for Egypt, and Nubia, which predated Egypt and is now Sudan. The earliest city of Ta Seti, which by historical accounts was a diverse community, was advanced politically and democratically.

Tacitus, a historian and senator from the first century Roman Empire, described western Britons that included Scotland as dark-skinned, swarthy and with curly hair. As late as 1773, David MacRitchie described the Moors of Scotland and confirmed Africans occupied every corner of the globe including Britain. The original Celtic priesthood were
Blacks.

Coins depicting Iberian Negroes found throughout Spain provide evidence of the Moors influence after ruling Spain for over seven hundred years. The Moors captured parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s said one reason that little is known about the Dark Ages is it was a time when dark-skinned Africans dominated the world. The Dark Ages, also called the Early Middle Ages or Migration period, referred to a period in European history between AD 500-1000 (the time of the Moors and much warfare).

Today we have mapped the human genome and have not yet discovered racial genes. In other words, there is no known African-American gene, Asian gene, Latino gene, Arab gene or Jewish gene. Proximity to the sun can explain the phenotypes or physiognomy. As Africans moved farther away from the sun, their complexion and features changed to adapt to the surrounding environment. In ancient times, color prejudice was not toxic as it is today. It did not give other people the right to enslave or to deny access permanently. There was much mixing of the different physiognomies to form the spectrum of colors and features we see today.

In ancient times, ‘white supremacy’ was none existent. Aristotle did say, “Too black a hue marks the coward as witness Egyptians and Ethiopians: so also, does too white a complexion as you may see from women. So the hue that makes for courage must be intermediate between these extremes. A tawny color indicates a bold spirit as in lions, but too ruddy a hue makes a rogue.” The ancient Greeks felt the most desirable color was a dark brunette or mulatto. (1) The Greeks thought physicalstrength and muscles showed better in a dark skin than a fair one. In ancient India, the Brahmins agreed with the Greeks that neither a very fair skin nor a very dark one was desirable. Recorded in the
Karma Sutra love precepts is the belief that very white and black women were not to be enjoyed.

The so-called science of Physiognomy that used physical traits to rank individuals, became very strong among Whites and charlatans, that in 1743 the British Parliament outlawed it. While these laws reduced the impact of this pseudo-science in Europe, it did not affect American colonies.

During this time it was considered almost a sin not to be a Christian. The Bible served as the authority for the colonists where the story of Ham that came from Jewish legends was used to justify colonist slavery as an order from God to enslave and punish Blacks. It was around that time we had a doctrine of Negro inferiority that was widely supported by the greats such as Voltaire. He believed only a blind man would think such nonsense as White men being descendants of Africans. African features dissected under the jaded auspices of inferiority beliefs.

In 1520, a Swiss physician Paracelsus (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), boldly declared that Africans could not have descended from Adam. In 1591, Giordano Bruno proclaimed that no intelligent person could believe that Negroes and Jews had a common origin.

These ideologies formed the theory of plural origin that became the basis of ‘The Pre-Adamite’ theory by Isaac de la Peyrere in 1655. Peyrere used the Bible to show there were two creations of man. The Pre-Adamites were given dominion over the earth and every living thing. Man did not come into existence until God created Adam from the dust of the earth and later his companion Eve. According to Peyrere, Cain married a pre-Adamite (offsprings of Cain) which in Anglo-Saxon colonies were African or Black people.

Peyrere went as far as to say that the descendants of Adam and Eve were God’s chosen people, the Jews. His Pre-Adamite theory was felt to be heresy by Pope Alexander VIII; Peyrere imprisoned in the dungeon, solemnly renounced his belief the following year.

How did color prejudice begin? Why did David Hume and others of his day speak so ill of Africa? Why did they strip Africa of its great history?

Interestingly, before prejudice became focused on dark skin, there was much prejudice among Whites for different shades of white. That set in motion the pseudo-science of Physiognomy. Over time the pseudo-science was applied to the Black skin.

Truth is we do not know, but we look at the past to see when color prejudice started to impact humanity by dividing us. The primary source for this information is ‘Nature Knows No Color-Line’ by J A Rogers. When Africa and Europe were joined there is evidence in prehistoric times that Africans and Caucasians were intermixed the most and for the
longest. Africans inhabited much of what is known as Europe. Since the historical period, about eight thousand years ago, there is abundant evidence of intermixing. In colonial times, miscegenation was the law of the land with racial purity the desired goal.

For more information, see this
detailed and well-illustrated website: African Holocaust

http://africanholocaust.net/african-kingdoms/

1. The first recorded instance of color prejudice according to Rogers occurred over five thousand years ago when the Aryans invaded India, (in the valley of the Indus river) and found Black people called the Dasysus or Dasyus. The writings of the Aryans speak about Indra, the national god, hating the black skin so much that it “slew the flat-nosed barbarians” and blew the black skin far away. India’s caste system based on color with the word varna (caste) meaning color: Arya varna (white skin); Krishna varna (black skin).

The Aryans of India thought themselves superior to the darker complexion people of India who the Aryans derided for their physiognomy. However, the dark-skinned “barbarians” the Aryan legends refer to now known as Dravidians were a mighty civilization. Buddhism came from them. James Bird, historical researches on the Origins of the Buddhas (1847) wrote, “Buddhas of a black complexion are common in the Fresco
paintings of Ajunta and that of the Arishtanemi, or race of Vishnu, who is the twenty-second Jain saint described as black complexion on the authority of the Hemachandras vocabulary.” (pp 8)

“Godfrey Higgins said, “The religion of Buddha of India is well known to have been very ancient. In the most ancient temples scattered throughout Asia where his worship is yet continued he is found as yet with the flat face, thick lips and curly hair of the Negro. Several statues of his may be met in the Museum of the East India Company…
The religion of the Negro God is found in the ruins of his temples and other circumstances to have been spread over an immense extent of countries, even to the remotest parts of Britain and to have been professed by devotees, inconceivably numerous… That the Buddhists were Negroes the icons of their God clearly prove.” Anacalypsis, Vol 1, pp. 52, 1866. (4)

[For additional facts on the Negro Buddhas, together with pictures and the evolution of Christianity from the black Buddhas, see Sex and Race,Vol 1, pp. 265-8. 2nd ed. 1940]

2. The second evidence of color prejudice was found in Egypt. Gerald Massey, the most significant authority on ancient Egyptian lore, said, “On the monuments, the dark people are commonly called ‘the evil race of Kus” but when the Ethiopian element dominates the dark people retort by calling the light complexions, the pale, degraded race of Arvad.”

The prejudice in Egypt was not as intense as the prejudice in India, since Whites were not present in considerable numbers in Egypt until the Ptolemaic invasion third century BC. By then intermixing had gained firm roots reducing the prevalence of color prejudice.

3. The third instance, and probably the one that had the most pervasive
effect that still exists today, was found in rabbinical writings.
The early rabbis said that black skin was the result of a “curse” on Ham by Noah. The signs of this “curse”, said these rabbis, were “a black skin, misshapen lips, and twisted hair.”

The Bible said the “curse” was placed on Canaan, Ham’s son. However, the rabbis changed it and placed the curse directly on Ham as well as inserting color in the Bible. Rabbi Huja said he came forth from the Ark “black-skinned.”

Topinard, the French anthropologist, also thinks that the rabbis of the first century were the first to stress differences of race and color. Race as we now use it was unknown in ancient times. Aristotle (the Father of Natural History), and Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) did not mention “race” though both studied anatomy and the then known varieties of the human race including Negroes.

The King James Bible of the 17th century does not mention race. Neither does the first English dictionary by Nathaniel Bailey in 1736 nor the second dictionary by Dr. Samuel Johnson in 1750.

According to Topinard, “In the first century when Christianity was beginning to seat itself in Rome, the doctrine of a separate creation of Blacks and Whites defended by the Babylonian rabbis and later by Emperor Julian.

St Augustine declared that no true Christian would doubt that all men, no matter what form, color or height were of the same protoplasmic origin. He believed that all humans, even “monsters” or freaks of nature, came from Adam or Noah’s sons.

This dispute resulted in monogenism (a single origin) for the human race and became a Christian doctrine where doubters paid the supreme penalty for disbelief.

So why did the rabbis make the “curse” on Ham a black skin? Next, to the Aryans, the ancient Hebrews were the most color-conscious. They were slaves to both the Egyptians and the Ethiopians after they established themselves in Palestine. Interestingly, these Israelites were described as dark skinned with Negroid features. After four centuries of intermixing the main difference between Hebrew and Egyptians was not racial but religious.

There is no evidence that ancient Hebrews were white. Legends and considerable evidence suggest they originated from Chalea where the inhabitants were Africans. The hypothesis is that the Hebrews forced to leave Africa moved north, became fairer skinned as they moved away from the sun and intermixed with fairer skinned individuals. The lighter they became, the more they felt superior to those who enslaved them, and thus to erase that history and take former captors’ land, the rabbis made up the curse of the black skin. The rabbis sought retribution and other cultures used this myth to their
political and economic advantage.

The rabbis put the “curse” on Ham and the “blessing” on Shrem by Noah. Shem and the sons of Shem were Hebrews (sons of Shem), enslaved by the Egyptians and the Ethiopians, were sons of Noah. According to the Masoretic version of the bible the curse was on Canaan, son of Ham. Canaan did not go with Ham but settled near his uncle Shem in Canaan also known as Palestine and where the Israelites settled. This was in Asia. Ham settled in Africa.

The rabbis knowing this were the first to exploit the Bible to support structural racism. In those days it was common practice to place a curse on a group to incite violence against that group. The Arabs who were ethnically related to the Hebrews, and had mostly African physiognomy also adopted their version of the Ham legend created by the rabbis.

Again, the curse was on Canaan, the son of Ham, not Ham as the rabbis wrote. This is important, because the land of Canaan was in the Middle East. Canaan settled in Canaan in the land of Shem where people were fairer in complexion. Ham settled in Africa where the people were dark-skinned. The purpose of the rabbinical myth was to curse of dark-skinned people by adding religious justification. The reason appeared to be both economic, political and historical erasure. This myth formed firm roots in colonial America.

4. “The fourth stage in the development of color prejudice” (4) occurred in
Rome in the first century AD, in the fight between Christianity and Paganism.
Pagan masters believed that humanity, regardless of color, was either Roman or Barbarian. Christianity, the new religion, believed that of one blood God made all people and men were brothers in Christ. Also, the earliest Christians pictured the Virgin Mary and Christ as black, both being an evolution of the worship of Isis and Horus which
was once familiar in Rome (pp 11)

It appears around the time of the Renaissance, racism as we know it, began to take shape in American colonialism. There was an intentional effort to rewrite history. Iconoclasm and the iconoclastic painted over many biblical and ancient images, changing the skin color and features from African to Anglo-Saxon. Fortunately, there were too many
to repaint them all. There are images where the faces are white, but the hands and fingers are black. It is said that both Russia and the Vatican house many original images that show African ancestry in leading roles in European countries.

With so much of history destroyed and intentionally altered, it is difficult to connect all the dots. However, there is enough evidence to show Africans once ruled the world. That may explain why White American slave owners supported laws that prevented Black people from learning to read or write. Slave owners separated children from their parents, husbands from wives. The goal was total brain washing of African slaves.

Today dark-skinned people are targets of discrimination and violence by all races. How did it begin? Based on my research color prejudice took root in religion, specifically the rabbinical writings.


Again, I am not a historian or an anthropologist. The above is based on literature research. Please share your thoughts, any corrections or interpretations, so we can connect the dots to know the truth. How can we evolve if our history is full of lies?

Part 1: The Ancestral History Of Black People

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References:

  1. Bagley, Robert J. Apocrypha Audio Series. Narrated by Steve Cook.
  2. Buddha the African. http://essaysbyekowa.com/Black%20Buddha.htm
  3. Diop, Cheikh Anta. (1974) The African Origin Of Civilization. Chicago, Illinois: Lawrence Hill
  4. Rodgers, J. A. (1952) Nature Knows No Color-Line. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press
  5. Rodgers, J. A. (1968) Sex and Race. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press

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Louisiana Prison Punishes Suicidal Inmates by Chaining Them Naked To Wooden Chairs

The new plantations where the unspeakable occurs daily. What one has to ask is the purpose of prison to torture and make sure prisoners never reintegrate into society? Or is it for men in uniform to become  master torturers?

United States Hypocrisy

Louisiana is the world’s highest incarcerator by both rate and population, and it appears the state’s prisons are going to the most extreme measures to ensure that it forever remains at the top. According to a recent class-action lawsuit, inmates in one of the state’s many overpopulated prison warehouses who should be so unfortunate as to have thought about or attempted suicide are being punished for their attempts by being chained to wooden chairs, placed in solitary confinement for years at a time, and exposed to extremely cold weather by their overseers.

Angola Louisiana prison modern day slaveryAt David Wade Correctional Center in Homer, which houses a population of about 1,244,“prisoners who ask for mental health care instead are placed in suicide watch, stripped of their clothing and held in solitary confinement on a disciplinary tier for weeks.” From there it only gets worse. According to The Advocate, “Prison staff members respond to symptoms of…

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Personal Story of Head Injury: A Story Without A Title

Lately, I question everything I do because I forget. You see, in 2012, I suffered severe head trauma that doctors missed. Since then, I had several hypertensive crises and mini-strokes with residual weakness. The first stroke, two months  after the head injury was because doctors continued the meds that raised my blood pressure and caused the head injury.

In 2017, a neurologist finally diagnosed my symptoms as  classic head trauma.  Before that, I carried a diagnosis of “abnormal behavior,” PTSD and HTN. Little mention of the hypertensive crisis or stroke which I think my PCP at that time did not believe was real. I had to change doctors to get the care I needed. In July, I will meet with a brain trauma specialist who I hope will help me.

What was it like to live with undiagnosed brain injury? Painful, very traumatic and destructive to my life and relationships. In the early days after the head injury, I woke up and often forgot to get out of bed. Or I would get out of bed and sit in a chair by the window for hours without moving. I would forget to wash my face, bath, get dressed and even eat. Activities of daily living (ADLs) were challenging, and I was alone without help. Took me 3-5 times as long to do simple tasks.

I also dreaded going out in public because I didn’t want anyone to know I was different. Living in my head and overwhelming fatigue made me an invalid.

I knew something was wrong but couldn’t figure it out. Deep down I suspected brain injury but didn’t want it known. I feared it would be the end of my career and it was.

This post has no title because I’m not sure where it’s going. Maybe it’s an explanation for why I haven’t followed through on many stories or why I have imprisoned myself. Or perhaps it’s the beginning of my recovery.

Be patient  as this story slowly unfolds.  Last year, I was in an extremely dark place when I found a flashlight.

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Supreme Court: It’s Legal For Police Officers To Kill Americans When They FEEL Threatened

Some days it’s not worth getting out of bed. The news always seems terrible, and as a woman of color, I feel estranged from the greater society.

The stories I read are insane. This morning I read a story that the Supreme Court made it legal for trained cops to murder unarmed civilians if a cop feels threatened. Cops only need to utter the words without proof. Cops cannot be sued and officially have a license to murder innocent people by just uttering the phrase, ‘I felt threatened.’ Police officers are public servants trained and paid by tax dollars to protect and serve the public not themselves. Do you think the supreme court made the right decision in giving police officers the right to murder Americans at will?

Do you think self-defense can be employed to protect Americans against police violence?

How can an armed and trained cop feel threatened by a kid running away from him? How can an armed and trained cop feel threatened when they outnumber the suspect? Why are armed and trained cops mostly threatened by unarmed POC and not by armed whites?

If armed and trained cops can feel threatened by an unarmed black man, can you imagine how threatened an unarmed black man feels when he sees a cop? Can a black man who feels threatened by a white police officer murder him in self-defense? Wouldn’t that equal justice?

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Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?

Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to those who are genuinely religious but how many Churches will tell the truth about a Black Jesus Christ? How many will confess and correct history? How many churches will admit Jesus Christ was Black?

Today is Easter Sunday, my least favorite holiday. As a child, I remember being tortured by what seemed like all day sermons of weird scents and boring hymns. It’s the day to reset your sins and start from scratch. Isn’t it wonderful to do so once a year? That may explain why it’s the only day most people attend Church.

I grew up Catholic and was the youngest in a Catholic boarding school run by nuns (mean ones too). That meant mass every damn morning before breakfast with Easter service lasting hours. It was pure torture for a 5-6-year-old. (I may have been a year younger or older)

As an adult, what I most resented about Easter was the inaccurate portrayal of a white Jesus that never existed. All over the world, Churches have images and statues of a blonde hair blue eyes white Jesus Christ. Such a creature did not live in the area during those times.

In fact, the earliest Christians pictured both Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary as dark-skinned Africans with woolly hair. Isn’t Easter about confessing sins? When will churches confess their sins of hypocrisy and lies told over the last few centuries? When will religions and churches stop selling a myth that Jesus was white? How many Churches will this Easter glorify a white Jesus? How many will tell the truth?

Funny how the erasure of black culture changed the entire complexion and story of Jesus Christ. Why did that happen? How can one continue to pray to a God whose history man desecrated with lies?

Easter lost its significance years ago for me. What will you do this Easter? Will your Church tell the truth that Jesus Christ was black?

 

Image of Black Jesus Christ
Image of Black Jesus Christ
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Questions Remain In The Aftermath Of The Conservative White Christian Terrorist Bomber

Mark Conditt, the terrorist bomber from Texas, blew himself up as a SWAT team surrounded him. We know little about him except he was a  conservative white Christian man who harbored antiabortion views yet murdered two African Americans from prominent families and injured multiple others.

  1. Why didn’t the bombings receive widespread coverage, despite Austin Police asking for the public’s help,  until two white men were injured last Sunday?
  2. It appears Mark Conditt had ties to Austin, Texas, what were those ties?
  3. Who was the package or packages addressed to that exploded at the FedEx facility in Schertz, Tx?
  4. Can his friends or family tell us more about him?
  5. Was he employed, unemployed or a student?
  6. Did he belong to a radicalized far-right group?
  7. Is there evidence he was not working alone?
  8. How could a person who claims to be pro-life murder innocent people?

America is at a crossroads. Do we make America white by minimizing the crimes of white men and incarcerate people of color?  Or do we make America great by labeling African countries “shitholes”  or the Muslim religion terrorist?

Why do we label members of #BlackLivesMatter who protest violence terrorists or Black Identity Extremists? Why do we continue to label white conservative Christians, the overwhelming perpetrators of domestic terrorism,  mentally ill or lone wolf members of a hate group?   Why aren’t conservative white Christians labeled terrorists when they terrorize Americans?  

We need a national discussion of these double standards.   We need to break down the barriers that separate us and recognize most of us yearn for the same things:  peace and love as well as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What do you think?

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Round Rock, Texas: Serial Bomber A Conservative Christian Blew Himself Up

March 21, 2018, Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected serial bomber or domestic terrorist who killed two African-Americans and injured four to six people, blew himself up as law enforcement surrounded his vehicle.  He was identified  by The Austin American Statesman as a conservative white male who wrote about his opposition to gay marriage and abortions.

Surveillance videos from a FedEx store in Austin, Tx helped identify Conditt. Multiple tips and surveillance teams located his vehicle at a hotel in Round Rock, Tx.  As SWAT officers surrounded his vehicle, the suspect, Mark Conditt,  detonated a bomb that killed him.   A SWAT officer who fired on the suspect is now on administrative leave.  It’s unclear why?

Police, confident Conditt was the perpetrator, said they do not have a motive for the bombings and remained vigilant that the now deceased suspect may have other bombs out there.

We have little information about Conditt except that he was anti-gay, anti-abortion and supported the death penalty.   He was also sympathetic to pedophiles and felt the sex offender registry should be abolished.

AUSTIN BOMBINGS: Suspect Mark Conditt argued against abortion, gay rights | All Ablog Austin)

“So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a (sex offender) list make it better?  wouldn’t this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends? Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent? On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile,” Conditt wrote.

On abortion, Conditt  wrote: “First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like?  Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?”

Arguing against gay marriage, he wrote that homosexuality is “not natural.”

“Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together.”

Conditt is dead, but it’s crucial we know his motives.  His ideology was reminiscent of the ideas spewed on Fox and other conservative news outlets.   At what point will Americans acknowledge we have an enormous domestic terrorism problem?  And the perpetrators are not Muslims but white conservative Christians.

 

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Schertz, Tx: Serial Bomber May Have Struck Again This Time At Random Targets

A suspicious package bound for Austin, Tx exploded at a FedEx distribution facility in Schertz, Tx shortly after midnight on Tuesday, March 19, 2018, according to San Antonio Texas Fire Department.    One FedEx employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

FBI agents believe Tuesday night’s explosion was possibly connected to four other bombings that occurred in Austin, Texas since March 2nd.  The package that exploded at FedEx  was not only bound for Austin, Tx, it was mailed from Austin.

Investigators are analyzing the explosive device to see if the ingredients or “signature” link this package to the four bombings in Austin.  It is too early to make any definitive statements as Police and investigators are no closer to solving this case. The FBI and ATF are involved. We will continue to update you as this story unfolds.

Two African Americans killed after parcel bombs left on their doorsteps exploded.  The first explosion occurred on March 2 followed by two more bomb explosions ten days later.   The fourth bombing occurred on Sunday, March 18, 2018, injuring two white males when they encountered a suspicious package on the side of the road.  Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Package meant for Austin blows up at FedEx building near San Antonio — live updates – CBS News

An FBI spokeswoman, Special Agent Michelle Lee, said it is still early in the investigation into the Tuesday bombing at the FedEx facility, but she said “it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related” to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2. She didn’t have details about the size, weight or description of the package.

 

Authorities repeated prior warnings about not touching unexpected packages and also issued new ones to be wary of any stray object left in public, especially ones with protruding wires.

 

Police originally pointed to possible hate crimes, but the victims have now been black, Hispanic and white and from different parts of the increasingly diverse city. Domestic terrorism is among the variety of possible motives investigators are looking at.

 

“We are clearly dealing with what we believe to be a serial bomber at this point,” Austin police Chief Manley said, citing similarities among the four bombs. He would not elaborate, though, saying he didn’t want to undermine the investigation.

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Austin, Texas: Serial Bomber Maybe Targeting Minorities

Since March 2,  there were four bombings in Austin Texas.   Austin police Chief Manley believes the bomber is a professional serial bomber and the attacks were  “meant to send a message.” Police don’t know how many bombers.

Two African Americans killed after parcel bombs left on their doorsteps exploded.  The first explosion occurred on March 2 followed by two more bomb explosions ten days later.   The latest bombing occurred yesterday on Sunday, March 18, 2018, injuring two white males when they encountered a suspicious package on the side of the road.  Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Deceased victims in Austin Bombings
Deceased victims in Austin Bombings

Nelson Linder, president of the local NAACP chapter,  told NBC News that the two murdered  African American victims– Anthony Stephan House, 29, and Draylen William Mason, 17 — were connected to prominent African-American families and attended the same Methodist Church.

The perpetrators remain at large.  Austin police asked the public for help in apprehending those involved.  But how could the public assist if the bombings are only now getting news coverage?

The city is on high alert with residents asked to remain indoors and report any suspicious packages.

Suspicious Package
Suspicious Package

Could this be race-related terrorism?  It’s unclear.   Police believe the bombings could be race-related.  The two white victims injured are perhaps accidental.  #AustinBombings

Texas explosions: ‘Serial bomber’ suspected in Austin blasts – BBC News

Three parcel bombs left on doorsteps have killed two people and injured two others since early March.

Investigators say they have seen similarities in all four cases.

“We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point,” Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a news conference on Monday.

“We have seen similarities in the devices that exploded here last night and the other three devices.”

Sunday night’s victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to hospital after encountering a suspicious device on the side of a road in a residential area, police said.

The latest blast came hours after officials announced a new $100,000 (£71,000) reward for information.

The cash reward is on top of an existing $15,000 being offered by the state’s governor.

The two men killed earlier this month were African Americans and police have not ruled out racism as a possible motive.

Editors Note:  This post was completely revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness as more information became available.  

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The Ancestral History Of Black People

Introduction

My wish to know more about my great African ancestors motivated this post.  Further,  for Black History Month I wanted to step outside the box of paying tribute to the popular black leaders, murdered by the US government. I am not a historian or an anthropologist but rather a student attempting to seek the truth about my ancestral past.

First, I embarked on an online literature search, aka, a poor man’s search, for African history pre-Transatlantic Slavery, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much. And what there was, many would not consider legitimate sources. Then I stumbled upon a video or article that led me to the book Nature Knows No Color-Line by J. A. Rogers. It is the information in this research into the “Negro Ancestry in the white race” that I’d like to share with you.

There is irrefutable evidence that civilization began in Africa and that the first people were dark-skinned with wooly-hair, black African people.  The oldest human skulls found in South Africa were of black Africans. The earliest Christians depicted the Virgin Mary and Christ as black. (1). Some of the greatest scholars and ancient philosophers believed (and this is without full gene mapping) man originated from Africa and that climate or rather the degree of sunlight along with racial intermixture accounted for the different races. They believed race was a dynamic process that produced new races over time. In ancient times color prejudice was minor. While slavery existed (captives from war), it was viewed as indentured servants or poor farmers as opposed to objects to be exploited and denigrated.  Freed slaves could go on to serve in high positions. There was a core respect for all human beings and the contributions made by everyone based on their role or position in society.

So how did color prejudice begin? To Be Continued.

There are two videos below: the first one appeared to be a research project that was sponsored by IsraelUnite.org and the second is a collection of art at the Princeton University Art Museum that examined the roles of African/black people in 16th century Europe.  Both were very informative and not long.

Black People Ruled Russia & All Europe During The Dark Ages – IUIC

The Africans of Renaissance Europe: A painted record

Source:

    1.  Rogers, J. A. (1980) Nature Knows No Color-Line.  Middletown, CT:  Wesleyan University Press.
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Let’s Move Beyond The Social Construct Of Race

Labels of a white supremacist society

All Lives Can’t Matter Until #BlackLivesMatter

So much division and violence in the world today. I guess that has always been the case throughout history. The difference is we are more knowledgeable than our ancestors. We know despite the differences in the color of our skins, we all belong to the human race.

Race is a social construct created by behavioral scientists to study different groups. Such knowledge may shock you, but race is not genetic. In other words, there is no Black or African gene, no Asian gene, no Native American gene, no Anglo-Saxon white gene or Latino gene. Civilization began in Africa, the racial differences we see among each other are due to geographic differences and are not genetic.

Many do not believe or even know of this. I recall an anecdotal study where a racially diverse class had DNA samples of their students analyzed. The findings were astonishing to the students. One would think black people are more closely related to each other than to other racial groups and the same for Asians and whites. But that was not the finding. It turned out you could not predict based on phenotype. A black female student was just as likely to find her genes more closely related to that of a white male than her black classmates. Race did not predict the relationship between genotypes.

Unfortunately, US history is tainted, and myths have become facts in the minds of the ignorant. We have kids, mostly white males who believe the white race is under attack and at risk of genocide. They blame people of color for their problems and believe violence is the only solution to save the white race from extinction. So they go out and randomly murder innocent people and children in public places to induce fear and become infamous.  Later, they may even get a book deal or a movie.

According to reports, there were 18 high school shootings so far this year, about one mass shooting a week, most committed by men, white men spewing racist jargon they picked up on Fox News and the over 900 protected terrorist white supremacist groups in the US.

Ironically, many of these groups are pro-life and vehemently declare “All Lives Matter.” But all lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter. These terrorist white supremacist groups don’t see or care to understand. These groups, as well as many whites, take offense at the thought that Black Lives Matter.  Think about that for a moment.

Why do white men get away with murder? At least that is the opinion of many people of color.  Seems every other ethnic group or organization is heavily surveilled by the US government and labeled a threat except white terrorist groups euphemistically called hate groups.  Our society downplays their terrorism, calling it hate or mental illness.   While gun control is important, objectivity, consistency in enforcement and interpretation of the law and justice are more important.  At the moment,  white men are rewarded for murder.

Lord, help us to appreciate our differences as well as our shared values and ancient ancestry. Let us look to nature as a model of diversity. And marvel at how seamlessly and beautifully nature accommodates. It’s time we move beyond race and ascend to a higher level of thought that brings us together as one human race.  A race that values the lives of our children, our loved ones and each other.

Below are two videos.  The first video is short and touches on the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida where 17 people were murdered. The last video is a classic– Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Experiment by Jane Elliott

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What is Black History Month?

It’s February 1, 2018, the beginning of Black History Month. This is an opportunity to find out more about black history. This month, FTL will delve into our history before slavery by encouraging readers to share links or stories.

At a time when black lives are under attack, it’s imperative we come together and understand who we are.

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What is Black History Month?

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Black History Month grew out of Carter G. Woodson “Negro History Week,”

 in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

Since 1976,  the month of February has been officially designated Black History Month by every US President.   Other countries including Canada and the UK also celebrate a month of Black history
What is Black History Month?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month

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Editor’s Note: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It’s been a long time since my last post, that will change.   Looking forward to the New Year!!!

“Peace cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

 

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I Am So Fucking Sick Of This World

I am so fucking sick of this world: The bullshit from all sides and the pretense that we live in some sort of democracy where everyone is treated equally or has equal access to basic justice.   I am so fucking sick of the bullshit I hear coming from so-called pundits and experts who fortify the foundation of lies, denials and inequality.

In the eyes of those that benefit from the status quo, racism is non-existent.  Black people are not denied basic access to decent housing or healthcare.  Police brutality doesn’t exist.  It is justified for cops to drive up to a playground and without communication and within seconds shoot and kill a 13-year-old kid playing with his toy gun.

This in a country where the NRA exalts the rights of white men and women to own guns but remains silent when such rights are denied to black men and women.  Philandro Castile murdered for owning a gun legally. I am so fucking sick of this world of bullshit, racism and hypocrisy.

The real terrorism in this world is the status quo.  It’s pervasive, nuanced, overt, structural and deeply embedded as it terrorizes and kills those who are different or refuse to swallow bullshit.  It kills the soul and the heart follows as more people live dead.  It denies targeted ethnic groups safety then blames them for their deaths. Denies those groups decent education, funneling them to prisons and forced servitude then label them lazy and violent.

I am so fucking sick of the status quo. I understand why someone tired of this world would say, I am going but not alone.  That is a person defeated by a ruthless system where recourse or justice is an illusion, not accessible in this life or world.

Yes, I am so fucking sick of this world and I don’t give a fuck whether what I write is proper or not.

Fuck this world!!! #FUCKTHISWORLD #IAmSoFuckingSickOfThisWorld

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What Are Colleges Doing To Protect Black Students From Alt Right White Violence

Seems weekly and sometimes daily, we are hearing  more and more of young  white men exercising their 2nd amendment right to bear arms and  murder innocent unarmed black students (similar to police officers) in the name of white supremacy.

These  white students are often shown sympathy by MSM.  And the US criminal system is often hesitant to label their crimes acts of terror.  Instead, these acts of domestic terrorism are made to appear as isolated incidents performed by “lone wolves.”

Isolated incidents  happening all over the country on a frequency unheard of before Trump became #POTUS and Sessions Attorney General. Many occur on college and university campuses and even high schools where students should feel safe and not at risk of violence from hateful white terrorist students.

Have you heard any colleges talk of policies to protect Black and Muslim students from the upsurge in violence of alt white hate groups on their  campuses.  These weaponized white hate groups are stealing black children’s future in blatant acts of terror performed on campuses of many leading  American higher education institutions.

Can you imagine the uproar if some black group murdered a white student?

Trump and most white Americans labeled #BlackLivesMatter movement a hate group for protesting #policebrutality.   Yet no labels for alt right groups,  majority violent and on a mission of genocide.  This again is a demonstration of the disparity of justice  omnipresent in the US.

If colleges thought the murder of black students by  alt white students mattered, there would be more done to protect students of color.  Instead we get meaningless apologizes and talk of tough justice after the fact.  What do you think?  Is law and order trumpeted by Trump only for PoC?

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Peace

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

 

That is white Americans’ definition of peace for Black people and other ethnic groups.  Personally, I would rather die fighting for real peace and freedom.

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Malcolm X: Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? |Video

Happy Birthday Malcolm X!

Failure to Listen

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.” -Malcolm X

Happy 92nd Birthday Malcolm X

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Normalized #PoliceBrutality Stirs Thoughts Of End Of Life Decisions

With Trump in the White House, the KKK and other white supremacists holding key positions in his regime, particularly,  Jeff Sessions as Attorney General one must plan.  Sessions recently issued a memo doubling down on non-violent drug offenses, code word for war on black communities.

Today, standard practice is for police officers to murder in cold blood black men, women and children during traffic stops. Stops initiated and escalated by cops who then claim fear for their lives as heavily armed, trained public servants who are hired to serve and protect the community.  These officers murder unarmed innocent black ppl for broken tailgates, flat tires or for being black.  Following orders, cooperation and respect do not seem to protect PoC from so-called ‘lone’ cops bent on killing a negro in the name of white supremacy or just because they can get away murder.

Within police departments, lone cops are prevalent; their culture dominant and pervasive not only in PDs but also police unions across the country.  When a black person encounters these types during a traffic stop, it’s hard to tell the difference between so-called good cops (a dinosaur these days) and bad cops (growing exponential in numbers).  One should presume they are all bad cops as on a whim, these officers of the law can abuse their power and murder innocent unarmed Americans without consequence.

It is times like this black people must consider end of life decisions.  Get your estates in order as well as decide how do you want to be murdered by a cop, white man or white woman?   Will you cry and plead for your life to no avail?  Or will you make them really fear you?  You’re gonna die anyway!

 

Proud Suicide Bomber Soldier Unit in Gaza
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Death

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

What is it that dies inside of us while we live?  I don’t know for you but for me it was hope.  What is life without hope?

Life ended a while back, a living shell remains, eventually that too will crumble, returning to Mother Nature’s life cycle.

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Adversity

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. – Malcolm X

Next time you feel defeated think about this quote.  Go to the balcony, process the full picture and find the opportunities for  self-growth as well as improved performance beneath those feelings of failure.

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Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. -Martin Luther King Jr.

A bit of hope that eventually truth and love conquer all. But how long is eventually? And is this really so?

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Riots

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. -Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King also said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

Wonder if MLK made a distinction between riot vs protest. Riot is a widely used term to describe a protest involving communities of color. And often these peaceful protests end in riots when government operatives or opposition groups infiltrate to agitate and incite violence that nullify the message or intent of the protest.

With so much government spying, can riots or protests lead to real change?

They haven’t so far, yet, we see more and more protests or riots to increase awareness and more and more opposition to that awareness. Change requires long-term commitment while protests or riots are as MLK said, reactionary emotional catharsis. Plus protests or riots are vulnerable to outside inference that dilute their message.

How else can we attract media attention to increase awareness about important life and death issues?

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Silence

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

In the US, we have many living dead and their silence deafening in the midst of cries for justice.  Fortunately, not everyone is silent.

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Winning

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. -George Orwell

They always do until time works its magic through nature or exposure.

Now, big corporations’ powerful partnerships with government including the criminal system of LEOs, prosecutors and judges seem invincible, the ultimate organized crime ring.  Emboldened by a corrupt judicial system of bias, murderers are set free to commit more crimes while victims are defamed and blamed for their deaths using government-supported mainstream media.

Seems impossible to get justice when selling 50 cent cigarettes on a street corner or stealing a can of soda is justification for a death sentence.    In seconds without evidence, cops decide who lives and who dies without regard to human rights or guilt.

Corruption is the undisputed declared winner today.  Wall Street stock markets surging to new highs as more and more groups targeted for marginalization are gunned down by cops, the media and politicians. PoC, people with mental illnesses or developmental delays, the poor and the homeless are, in plain sight, discarded in graves or prisons, whichever more profitable.

How will those marginalized groups ever defeat such power?   Greed and corruption create a culture that is unsustainable. Time and solidarity are the underdogs’ friend. What do you say?

 

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Freedom 

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. -George Orwell

Freedom to speak the truth is tempered by etiquette  and strangulated by censorship.  Why is freedom to lie not?  #TrumpLies

 

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The Truth

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -George Orwell

Colin Kaepernick stood up for the truth and it may have cost him his career.

Today, the truth is viewed as a WMD and is slated for destruction.   While fighting valiantly to be heard, governments silently declared war in the name of national security.  Whose national security?  Not we the people.

The US and other western countries declaration of war on the truth led to a state of misinformation.  No longer can Americans believe their government or mainstream media.  Remember the days when we thought our government sent our children to war so other nations would be free to tell the truth.  Remember? Turns out that was a lie.

It will take a revolution to rescue the truth that is bound, gagged and imprisoned by lies.

 

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Nationalism 

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. -George Orwell

Nationalism  is patriotism. The term patriotism triggers feelings of loyalty, integrity, selflessness and a committment to a ‘higher’ cause, country.

But is patriotism a noble or higher cause than human rights?

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War

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. -George Orwell

It’s represented as a threat to national security, a war on terrorism or a war on drugs.

Since the war on drugs started in the Nixon era, what have we accomplished?

  1. Mass Incarceration (We have more people in prisons than any other country, 25% of the world’s prisoners.);
  2. An  opioid crisis that’s killing our children;
  3. A police state.

Why? Prisons are not only profitable they are warehouses for cheap labor.

What has the war on terror accomplished?

  1. A dramatic increase in domestic terrorism, almost a weekly occurrence (no one knows as this information is not readily available);
  2. A refugee crisis in the Middle East;
  3. Global discrimination/violence against Muslims.

Both wars are still being fought.   Now the Trump regime plans to double down on the same failed strategies.  Why?  America is the number one arms supplier to the world.

There are other reasons for Americas’ wars.  Divide and conquer to support white supremacy by disrupting non-white communities and their culture. Why?  I believe you know why.

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The Nationalist 

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. -George Orwell

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The War on Blacks!

Was the War on Drugs Successful?

The War on Drugs was a successful war, but not on drugs. What the War on Drugs was successful at was imprisoning young black youths, removing them from schools and making schoolwork more challenging and frustrating for children who were already stigmatized.

Imprisoning children destroys families, by trapping them in a vicious cycle of poverty where they lose the constitutional right to vote, lose the ability to get an education (since they are denied access to federal financial aide for college), plus a history of imprisonment makes most decent paying jobs inaccessible to them. What a way to begin a life!

This has created a cycle of ex-convict and delinquent youths robbed of their “manhood” while imprisoned, trapping them in a world of violence, environmental toxins and isolation that inevitably leads to more violence, premature death, imprisonment, drugs and unfulfilled dreams.

Society does not recognize its role in this targeting of communities of color. Every time a black youth ventures outside his invisible fence of concentrated poverty, and gets harassed or murdered, it has a profound and pervasive impact. Perhaps this is why such news is not covered; only black-on-black crime is covered.

Until a few years ago, I had no idea of the magnitude of structural racism destroying families in communities of color. Blacks are 14-15% of the US population yet about a 1/3 of the prison population. This is not because Blacks are more violent, but rather because of racial profiling that targets them, especially while they drive or when in school.

Seen from the eyes of Black youths, the world is not a hospitable place. Black youths are viewed suspiciously and deemed criminals by society. Black youths and communities are aware of these beliefs.

Imagine Black youths out to have “fun”, yet can’t, because White adults stare, show fear at their presence, stare past them, clutch their handbags, follow them into a store and even arrest or murder them while buying perfectly legal items at a retail outlet.

How would you feel if your children shared such experiences?

Black youths cannot go to a convenience store without being accosted, followed or watched by store staff. Perhaps some of this suspicion is justified, but most is not.

Solution:

As adults show Black youths the same respect you show other youths: start with a genuine smile and be prepared to be amazed at the results.

Many children from communities of color lack exposure, making communication difficult. Definitions and non-verbal cues have different meanings for them.

Was the War on Drugs Successful?

The War on Drugs legalized racial profiling in the minds of law enforcement officers and the justice departments. A brief review of articles noted in the US Citizens database gleaned many established and new observations. Granted, these observations are anecdotal; therefore these are areas for further investigation. Racial profiling targets Black persons, especially the youths. Racial profiling equals police harassment, with attendant police brutality and violence.

The magnitude of the devastation caused by the War on Drugs on communities of color added exponentially to the psychological trauma of slavery, chronic discrimination and an inferiority complex.

Many communities of color live in a state of dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression) with many folks feeling helpless and hopeless about the future. Many search for meaning through religion, others through gangs, and still others through living in isolation. Remember about one in three black males have a loved one in prison. That is disruptive and defeating.

The War on Drugs has resulted in mandatory sentencing of poor drug offenders. For example, possession of five grams of crack – a cheaper form of cocaine – carries a five-year sentence, while cocaine carries a five-year sentence if the equivalent of 5,000 grams is in a person’s possession. Similarly, stiff sentences apply to marijuana, which is now legal in a few states and has medicinal uses. Where did this all begin you might ask?

The War on Drugs started in the Richard Nixon era. The privatization of prisons took off with the Justice Department collaborating with private prisons after Bill Clinton reduced the budget for law enforcement and the Justice Department.

Since then, explosive growth in prison populations suggests that private prisons have successfully rounded up the criminals from the War of Drugs. However, that was not the case, as it was just a smokescreen of stereotypes. Closer inspection of data refutes that claim by the demonstration of disparities in the justice system and law enforcement.

Private prisons and the Justice Department have a lucrative partnership (paid for by taxpayers) that arrest targeted individuals despite known innocence. These innocent victims, usually challenged in self-defense, are subjected to repeated adult bullying by police officers, correctional officers, judges and prosecutors. They become the main pool or source of income for private prisons and judges.

One wonders if police officers and correctional officers are selected for their brutality and, perhaps, their affiliation with ‘White Supremacy’.

New York City charges about $168,000 per year for each prisoner. This sum does not include benefits and other essentials. New York City does well, considering the accommodations at Rikers. States get more taxpayer dollars to warehouse prisoners than they receive to help poor families. $168,000 a year! Let that sink in while absorbing the landscape of American police state.

Could the above serve as an incentive or driver behind the rise in incarceration rates and prison populations? The United States is 5% of the world’s population, yet it has 25% of the world’s prison population (that is 2.2 million prisoners).

If prisons are packed with low offenders, how is crime controlled?

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

My thoughts: Police officers take the easy way out to increase their statistics and make themselves look like crime fighters. However, police officers surreptitiously frame innocent victims while leaving gang members undisturbed to wreak fear and oppression in communities of color. #BlackonBlack Crimes

Police Officers choose victims rather than finding criminals.

Associate Editor’s comments: I share the same thoughts on the war on drugs as it too has ruined many families and communities that are White, Black and Hispanic. This especially true in the poor sections of cities and communities where all those races are targeted.

As a side note, the irony in all of this is that the Government created this mess early on in the Iran-Contra Affair, when the government willingly flooded Black neighborhoods with cocaine in order to fund Nicagua’s Manuel Noriega, which in turn spiked drug related arrests even more.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair

Please share your thoughts… I am interested as I continue to do research.

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Florida: Schizophrenic Man Boiled To Death By Guards NO CHARGES

Darren Rainey, 50, died while incarcerated at the Dade Correctional Institution.  He was serving a 2-year sentence for a victimless crime (possession of cocaine).  At the time of his death, he had only one month to go before his release.

Prison guards forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water, until his skin began to shrivel away from his body and he died.  Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.

The Florida’s Department of Corrections consistently finds new cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards can place bets.

Full story:     Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards<http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/darren-rainey/>

 

Former employees of Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead say mentally ill are being abused and mistreated. (Photo by Lonny Paul)

Florida:  Schizophrenic Man Boiled To Death By Guards NO CHARGES

The Florida Department of Corrections did not do an investigation because no autopsy was done at the time of Darren Rainey’s murder. What about witnesses?

According to reports this man was a schizophrenic who was incarcerated for possession of a small amount of cocaine (today drug addiction is seen as a medical problem and not a crime now that the complexion changed). He had a medical problem and did not deserve to die in this manner. He had mental illness, so what treatment did he receive? Scalding hot water when he defecated on himself!

This was simply outrageous. It came in the wake of the increasing exposure of police brutality and profit schemes around private prisons involving the judicial system. Yet, there was still no justice. Racial profiling schemes are built on the War on Drugs, and the ‘Broken Windows’ theory intentionally targets people of color, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Darren Rainey was the perfect target. A bullseye was written all over him by a corrupt justice system that labelled and condemned him to this evil fate. A fate that saw him tortured and murdered by prison guards without remorse or respect for humanity.

An oppressive air of slavery resides at Dade Correctional, where the inmates are at the hands of cruelty by their masters (aka prison guards). The article makes clear this correctional facility is notorious for its torture yet Florida decided that no investigation was necessary.

Almost two years passed at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida, where it appeared Darren Rainey was abused, tortured and humiliated regularly by prison guards. At this facility known for torture of inmates, this was routine.

On May 2014, Julie K. Brown of The Miami Herald wrote the first in a series of stories about violence and corruption at Dade CI and other prisons. She wrote that there had been constant accusations of poor treatment of mentally ill prisoners, poor conditions in the food preparation area, and other concerns.[5]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dade_Correctional_Institution#cite_note-BrownbackinSpotlight-5>

In 2014 former Dade CI prisoner Harold Hempstead accused prison authorities of fatally torturing prisoner Darren Rainey <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Darren_Rainey>.

In July 2014 Mike Crews, the FDOC secretary, suspended the warden of the Dade Correctional Institution and put him on paid leave. Later that month Cummings was fired.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dade_Correctional_Institution

What Deterrents Are In Place to Prevent Such Abuses by Prison Guards?

There is the Constitution and there are laws; however there is no one to enforce them behind bars when the enforcers are the perpetrators.

Prison guards and law enforcement officers are always given the benefit of the doubt even when the evidence points to murder. In the case of Darren Rainey, none of the guards faced charges; they returned to duty. The case was reopened earlier this year and again no charges filed against the four correctional officers involved in the torture death of Mr Rainey. This happens too frequently where law enforcement officials are not charged for cold bloodied murder.

Murder is murder, and it shoukd have consequences, whether the criminal justice system wishes to acknowledge the crime or not.

Those prison guards are now more of a threat to inmates than ever before, because they got away with murder. As long as their crime is confined to the prison, society ignores it. But what about their families and friends? Aren’t they too at risk for domestic violence, child abuse and a life of suffering crime?

A murderer is a murderer even in uniform, and that person remains dangerous despite our justification and feigned ignorance.

Eventually, we become what we tolerate.

References:

  1. Protesters to Demand Rundle’s Resignation Today Over Darren Rainey’s Death<http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/darrenrainey-darren-rainey-protesters-to-demand-justice-rundles-resignation-today-9228377>

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/darrenrainey-darren-rainey-protesters-to-demand-justice-rundles-resignation-today-9228377

  1. Innocent pedestrian attacked by police, framed with charges, imprisoned for 15 months<http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/ronald-jones/>

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/ronald-jones/

  1. Miami Herald: Allegations Of Abuse Of Mentally-Ill In Florida Prison<http://fcir.org/2014/05/21/miami-herald-allegations-of-abuse-of-mentally-ill-in-florida-prison/>

http://fcir.org/2014/05/21/miami-herald-allegations-of-abuse-of-mentally-ill-in-florida-prison/

  1. Source of Lead: Amor Welcome to Daily Life and Living Blog!<http://dailylifeandliving.blogspot.com/>

 

 

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Americans Want To Know About Hillary Clinton’s Health

Americans Want To Know About Hillary Clinton’s Health

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has what is known as ‘Decision Fatigue’, to the point of requiring the medication Provigil.

I had decision fatigue caused from chronic insomnia. It got so bad I left the practice of medicine, with me too being on Provigil to keep me awake.  I took it with an amphetamine-based medication, as pep pills, to function.

The problem with this medication was the pills had side effects, and when the side effects were worse than the problem, I had to stop the pep pills or risk death. Stopping was no easy matter, as my fatigue became worse on stopping the medication.

If Hillary Clinton has decision fatigue, that is symptomatic of an underlying illness for which the fatigue prevents her from functioning.

Provigil is indicated when fatigue interferes with daily functioning. At one point I could not drive, because I was falling asleep at the wheel, and this was on my pep pills. I was on both Provigil and Vyvanse when I had a syncopal episode (fainting) resulting in open multiple fractures of  my face and head injury.  The medications elevated my blood pressure.

I made the initial decision to leave medical practice and was never able to return because of decision fatigue.

You see, I put my patients’ health and my oath to do no harm before my need to make an income or to continue with my dream job. So shouldn’t Hillary put this country and Americans before her need for power and money?

If Hillary will be too tired to make decisions, who will make them for her? Should that person seek office? Decision fatigue affects more than one’s ability to make decisions, it also affects functional capacity, especially executive function.

Also, what medication side effects can we expect from Provigil? Is she on other pep pills? And what is the underlying illness causing Hillary’s decision fatigue?

Americans, and indeed other nationalities, need to be reassured that the person elected to the highest position is physically and mentally fit to make sound decisions.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below…

 

Related Article:

Clinton Emails Discuss Whether to Take Drug Used to Treat ‘Decision Fatigue’ http://m.sputniknews.com/us/20160824/1044573184/clinton-discuss-take-parkinson-decision-fatigue-drug

Here is a video from an anti-BLM racist that I actually like:  What’s Wrong with Hillary’s Health? | StateOfDaniel  #BlackLivesMatter

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Should Police Officers Be First Responders For 911 Medical Calls

Mental Illness vs Terrorism

These days medical problems are  morphing into “national security” risks.

Muslims with mental illness, who commit violent acts, are diagnosed as ‘terrorists’ and their mental illness ignored. Black people with mental illness, who are a threat to themselves, maybe suicide, are now being killed by first responder cops who feel threatened by their color and illness.

So as more medical problems are misdiagnosed as national security risks, negative health outcomes increase.

What do we physicians do to honor the oath of doing no harm? By permitting first responders to harm mentally ill patients, we abandon our oath and add to poor outcomes and the mounting expense of healthcare.

Aren’t we the gatekeepers of healthcare? Shouldn’t we intervene when harm is done by those who are supposed to transport and help keep our patients healthy?

{I believe} There are no official statistics on the number of deaths or injuries caused by first responders.

Given the current environment, where cops ‘shoot to kill’ suicidal patients and those with flare ups of their mental illness, isn’t it time we track such?

If the medical community remains silent and blind to these egregious deviations in the standard of care, we will herald in a new era of medicine where harm is normal. A situation where medical error is the number one leading cause of death instead of a close third.

Lack of responsible oversight or statistics on LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) encounters with patients experiencing flare ups, or severe mental illness, has put patients at risk for death and worsening of their mental and physical ailments.

Simple interventions can go a long way. Straightforward respectful communication, on the part of first responders, can go a long way to averting bad outcomes.

Unfortunately, in most cases with bad outcomes, communication is poor. Attempts to get family members or friends involved, to de-escalate the situation, are now rarely sought.

Why? Is it better to just kill these patients who are in need of help?

Cops are first responders in the healthcare delivery system and as such should attempt to do no harm at all cost.  They chose to be police officers and are paid well for the service they are hired to perform.

Has the principle of mental illness care changed such that death by first responders is a more cost effective mode? Has imprisonment become a more secure environment for patients with mental illness? Where have all the State mental hospitals gone?

These are all problematic questions. We have a rise in mental and physical illnesses with poorer medical outcomes. And are we planning to exclude these patients from government statistics to make our health outcomes sound better than they actually are?

Misdiagnosing those with severe mental illness as terrorists, or threats to police security, leads to an escalation in problems. More power and money spent on law enforcement and less on effective treatment that could improve health outcomes.

Over 55 cents of each dollar goes to the DoD instead of money spent to better understand and treat people with mental illness humanely. We could target effective approaches to treat and de-escalate flare-ups so common in patients with severe mental illness.

Much debate has gone into First and Second Amendment rights. Let’s now face in earnest the reality around us.  A reality for which we have no metric or indicator to guide us when police officers administer inappropriate first responder care. A reality that unnecessarily mislabels patients and does harm when patients are treated as criminals.

I leave the reader with this last question: Should Police Officers be first responders for 911  medical calls?

Leave me your answer in the comments…

 

 

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Stolen Lives: In Memory Of Mike Brown |Images

 

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FFT:  Should Democrats Seek A Replacement Candidate For Hillary Clinton? 

Food For Thought:  Should Democrats Seek A Replacement Candidate For Hillary Clinton?

The recent and damning @wikileaks’ #DNCLeaks suggest so.  The first round of leaks resulted in the resignation of the corrupt Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairperson of the DNC,  and a class action lawsuit being filed against her. Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange said there is more to come!

If the more to come is as juicy as what’s already leaked, Hillary Clinton is in deep trouble and the Democratic Party should have a contingency plan that throws Clinton overboard.

The DNC leaks were not solely about the Democratic National Committee’s collusion with Hillary Clinton but also exposed a much suspected problem of misinformation by mainstream media.  The so-called “news” media that Americans and the international community rely upon for truthful facts, was shown by Wikileaks to have very much compromised and colluded with the Democrats to defraud Americans of an election primary.

Still Americans want to believe such things don’t happen in the USA.  Our media is supposed to be free from government and corporate interference, unlike media in other countries that oppose American ideology. #BlamePutin! So Hillary Clinton’s claims that the Russians did it (hacked the DNC servers) gained some traction among Americans. And the FBI is now investigating the hack and not the illegal criminal activities revealed by the hack. In many ways, isn’t a hack somewhat like a FBI sting operation, only with a hack there is no entrapment?

Another disturbing revelation exposed during the DNC leaks is the untimely suspicious death of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Conspiracy theorists state he was set to testify and also to speak with the FBI regarding the Clinton family court cases. Also perhaps he was the actual mole responsible for the leaked DNC files. This convenient death was initially spun as a robbery where nothing was stolen.

Come on! I ask: who murdered Seth Rich?  Plus why are there so many suspicious deaths surrounding Hillary Clinton?

Throughout this unconventional, indeed bizarre election, fearmongering has been the favorite propaganda tool.  If you don’t vote for Clinton it is frankly a vote for Trump! We cannot let this big-mouthed racist demagogue con man win.

Why do Americans fear one party over the other?  Democrats vs Republicans.  Both parties are corrupt. Besides the election of Supreme Court judges, both parties continue each other’s policies of shaking down we, the people. Both parties played a role in destroyling the morals, integrity and spirit of this once perceived great nation. Both parties siphoned money from American taxpayers to give to their rich supporters.  Both parties espouse hate and use fear to divide the American people through the dissemination of fabricated information and half truths.

Both parties are corrupt and enough is enough. Don’t you think it is time all Americans start looking at the third party candidates as a solution to regain control of our country? Go on, give them a proper look.

 

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Other articles of interest:

  1. Can #DNCLeak Spark Movement For Real Democracy? http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/07/can-dncleak-spark-movement-for-real-democracy-in-america/
  2. Intel chief: Americans need to calm down about DNC hack
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2598070
  3. Reality Check: Why #DNCLeak Much Bigger Than Just Bernie Sandershttps://youtu.be/ZoAJtLty0ow
  4. DNC Sued By Up To 2 Million Sanders Donors In Class Action Lawsuit
    http://embols.com/2016/07/31/dnc-sued-by-up-to-2-million-sanders-donors-in-class-action-lawsuit/
  5. WikiLeaks – Search the DNC email database
    https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/9423
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High Society Impunity

Op-Ed Updates: Where We Stand

Bassem Masri: “Racism is the conduit to white power”

With one in 100 Americans imprisoned, mass incarceration is a high mortality and morbidity contagious disease, that has gone unnoticed by public health and other medical officials.  Structural systems are deeply entrenched to guarantee this disease afflicts all Americans.  For most white Americans the disease of mass incarceration is asymptomatic, unaware they too have contracted the disease with risks for complications whether incarcerated or not.

The mainstream media continue to misrepresent the facts and give credence to misinformation.  After all, this is organized crime, where government agencies, the mainstream media and big corporations engage in criminal activities and cover each other’s back.  This is the current state of affairs, as we enter the latest US presidential election.

A presidential election without choice where one candidate, Donald Trump, refers to Whites as “us”; and Blacks, migrants and Muslims as “them”.  He believes “them” should be contained, in the interest of white supremacy, to make America white again. NEWSFLASH: America was never only  white.

The other choice for president, Hillary Clinton, is known for her corruption plus the dead bodies surrounding her law firm (allegedly!), her State Department appointment, and now her run for president. Hey, but with Wall Street and mainstream media covering her back, she has immunity and at no risk in becoming one of the incarcerated.  She is free to engage in criminal conduct in the interest of national security.

Both mainstream parties have ordinary citizens divided and fighting each other over who is less evil to become President of the US.  While both parties do their best to conceal their true intentions. Racism is their favorite tool and weapon, a conduit to invoke white power meant to divide & conquer we, the people.

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What Happened To Darrius Stewart?

Our influence extends to three degrees. That means what you do affects you and your immediate friends, as well as your friends’ friends and your friends’ friends’ friends.  Studies show obesity follows those lines and tend to occur in clusters of friends.

Originally a study [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_degrees_of_influence ] showed that if you wished to contact a person across the globe whom you did not know, it would take six degrees of separation  for the letter to reach that person. In other words, if I wanted to send the Queen of England a letter from me, it would take only 6 degrees of influence to get that letter to her. With that  said, let’s help Mrs. Stewart by sharing her story about her son Darrius Stewart, so it eventually reaches those with the authority to make a difference and help her get justice.

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.  Link http://churchofequality.friendhood.net/t31-what-happened-to-darrius-stewart

 

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.

This is what happened to my son that Memphis, TN doesn’t want the world to know.

An unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart was driven to a black church on the night of July 17, 2015 by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officer Connor Schilling & brutally murdered for no apparent reason…
Darrius was in the backseat of a friend’s car when MPD officer (Connor Schilling) & another officer pulled the friend over for a headlight violation.
Instead of just checking the drivers’ license & proof of insurance.
He looked inside the car and asked the passengers for their I.D also, unfortunately Darrius left his I.D at home.

After checking all three young men identification, he assumed Darrius wasn’t who he claimed to have been because he did not have any I.D on him.
The other two young men said that Schilling then, open the back door of the vehicle & snatched Darrius out and stated that he was detaining him.
They said Darrius looked at them & start saying, “I’m scared, and I’m scared.”

They tried to explain to officer Schilling that this happened once before in June of this year.
He was riding with a friend when the Sherriff pulled them over.
Darrius had mistakenly left his I.D at home but the sheriff allowed him to call home and I gave them the number off the I.D over the phone.
They said that it was a person with the same exact name Darrius Stewart with outstanding warrants in different states but his I.D cleared him & he was free to go…

Schilling continued to put him in the back of his squad car with no hand cuffs on.
Darrius’s friends asked Schilling, why was Darrius being detained & was he under arrest he didn’t answer them. They asked him could Darrius give them my number to call me he replied, no.
They also asked the officer what was taking so long, he replied “I’m waiting on the station to get back with me.”
So, they decided to drive around the corner to get me alone with his I.D.
By the time I made it there, all I saw was police cars & yellow tape outside a church not where they said Schilling & the other officer stopped them at.

The police were blocking incoming & outgoing traffic off so fast but I manage to ask one of the bystanders what was going on.
She said, “He shot him for nothing.”
One of the police standing by her started pushing her back & cursing me out.
I went back home and called the Ridgeway precinct.
I spoke to the captain/sergeant and asked him did he know if a Darrius Stewart had been shot.
He said, he did not know because they just called him not too long ago & he was about to go down there.
I called my son’s phone all night & prayed that it wasn’t him.
MPD did not have the decency to let me know that one of their officers had killed my son (Darrius Stewart).

One of Darrius’s friends called me the next morning to tell me it was him.
When we contacted them they were already performing an autopsy on his body.
Schilling intentionally kidnapped my only son (Darrius Stewart) against his own free will by putting him in the back of his squad car pretending to be detaining him without any probable cause.
When the driver & the other passenger drove away, Schilling drove off with Darrius to a different location where he claim he tried to handcuff him & arrest him outside of a black church (New Direction) on Winchester Rd in Memphis, TN…

At night this particular church can be used as a blind spot to commit all types of heinous acts.
Darrius was in the backseat of a car pulled over for a headlight violation when his life was stolen from him by a racist police (Connor Schilling) appointed to protect & serve.
Connor Schilling shot & killed an unarmed defenseless 19 year old teen because of his skin color…
He has been on a suspended leave with pay since he murdered my son.

Check Connor Schilling’s background, he should have never been an officer upholding no laws which you can clearly see.
MPD officer Connor Schilling should be held accountable for the crime that he committed; Murder.
He should not be on payroll, he should be fired & prosecuted for the Murder of unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart…
Thank you.

Mrs. Stewart agreed to have her son’s story posted here.   This story was brought to my attention by @PPete_En on Twitter.

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Re: What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:56 am

An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. He was murdered by Connor Schilling.
An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. Darrius Stewart killed by Cop Connor Schilling.

 When did it become mandatory to carry an ID?

I thought such requirements only occurred in the old Soviet Union.

Something is fundamentally wrong with a system that condones the murder of an unarmed innocent young man with no criminal history by a police officer.  Something is fundamentally wrong when routine traffic stops lead to cops shooting to kill American citizens because of a broken taillight, or because the driver was black.

Wasn’t Darrius Stewart innocent until proven guilty?  What did the now retired Connor Schilling do to ensure he had the right suspect?

Darrius and his friends asked the officer to make one call to prove Darrius was who he proclaimed to be. Why didn’t Connor Schilling oblige? Darrius had no gun, or other weapon, and cooperated with Connor Schilling.  Why did Connor Schilling shoot to kill an unarmed Darrius Stewart who he (Connor Schilling) had not proven committed a crime or posed any threat or was the correct suspect?

There was a time when essentially all cops were KKK members especially cops in the South.  After Michael Brown was murdered, Americans learned the KKK is still very much part of the police force. Could the KKK ideology be the code of conduct for America’s 18,000 police departments?

Let’s help put an end to these extrajudicial murders by the police. Officers should not prey on the community they serve.

Demand that the laws change, police officers should  be accountable and not  above the law.

Demand mandatory tamper proof body cameras to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens.

In 2015, over 1000 dead while in police custody.   Based on The Guardian, the Counted, in 2016 so far 550 people killed by police and 86 of those in the month of June.

Please reblog and share with friends so this post will reach those who can help Mrs Stewart and others get justice.

Thanking you…

 

For more information about this case please visit DarriusStewartTruth.com  or @nook71715 or #DarriusStewart
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Finding Work Using Social Media

Out with the traditional, in with the new!

With social media everything is hashtags, viz.

  • #Overseasjobs
  • #Freelance
  • #Healthcarejobs
  • #Jobseekers
  • #Patientsafety
  • #Medicalerrors
  • #Malpractice
  • # PatientAdvocates

Let’s see if any of them is worth ($ literally!) the effort.

So I decided to advertise my services through the social media.

If employers are truly seeking talent and not cronies, then why not give all qualified, skilled and talented people a chance?

Armed with my LinkedIn profile and the Buffer app, I took the non-traditional path to finding paid work.

This is my second day. So far no bites, but it’s too early to call it quits.

Follow me as I explore social media as a viable option for job seekers.

Please chime in with your experiences and suggestions. Appreciated!

Freelancer Looking For Opportunities

Angela Crane, MD

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Freelancer Looking For Opportunities

My quest to become a freelancer is challenging. Presently I’m still working on the resume.

You see, while I have great training and I am a MD, I never had a title besides “Doctor”. Titles are very important in the business world, as they imply leadership skills. Most titles are shared by a few wearing several hats; you will see them at various meetings and be amazed they can juggle so many hats, until you see the hats falling to the floor with each throw.

When I practiced, my priorities were my family and patients. While I had opportunities to get a title I was uninterested. And in some cases left those jobs, not wanting to spread myself too thinly.

Sadly, I feel the need to explain my not acquiring a title during my career as a single mom physician, whose husband also happened to have committed suicide.

Now I could easily create a few companies and make myself CEO. Wait, I am the CEO of the companies I created (Engaged Environments, LLC and Angela Crane Associates, LLC).

Recently, a fellow physician complained about a MPH consultant who never practiced medicine, teaching doctors how to practice medicine. A job I would not be considered for because I did not complete the MPH degree at Harvard, despite my 20+ years in practice and the last 4 years as a patient. Interesting how short sighted businesses can be.

Yes the world of freelancing is not easy.   Not having a title, as well as my location and race, all work against me.

Over the weekend I will rethink my strategy to include patient advocacy and malpractice as possible freelance work. I will either get there or die trying.

If you need an expert (which I am!) to review your medical care and make suggestions, or want to know your care was appropriate, then please send me an email to arrange a free 15 minute consultation at AngelaRMCrane@outlook.com

Finding Work Using Social Media

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Malcolm X: Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? |Video

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.” -Malcolm X

 

Happy 92nd Birthday Malcolm X

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Are Hospitals Deadly For Your Health?

MEDICAL ERRORS

Going to the doctor may be deadly for your health!

Recently published findings show medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the USA.

Rising medical errors are symptomatic of our ageing community. A culture where health care providers are chronically overworked and understaffed. A culture where working while ill is a sign of strength, responsibility and dedication. A culture where most of the work done for patients is not reimbursable.

Such is the culture of health care that contributes to medical error despite advances in technology and knowledge.

In 2013 medical errors caused 440,000 deaths in the USA: [ http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/newsroom/display/hospitalerrors-thirdleading-causeofdeathinus-improvementstooslow ] Medical error, defined as [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_error ],  appears to be on the rise.

In 1999, the publication ‘First Do No Harm’ [ https://www.healthdesign.org/chd/research/first-do-no-harm ] did much shine a light on fundamental problems in medicine. Each year, medication errors alone harm 1.5 million American patients.

Tired, overworked health care providers often dismiss patient’s problems and  become magnets for medical errors. The problem of fatigue contributes to high burn out and suicide rates among doctors: [ http://www.thehappymd.com/blog/physician-burnout-rates-top-50-percent-in-usa / http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24448053 / http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/838437 ]

Also, with the billing for services rendered, health care providers perform many services that are not renumerated. Many of these services are essential to the patient and require much time. Services such as communication with other providers involved in that patient’s care.

Reviewing of old records, lab tests and X-rays are not billable. Even the refill of medications, or advocating for patients to insurance companies, are not reimbursing, despite their necessity and the fact that these are done daily. Often several times throughout the day.

Unlike lawyers, doctors do not bill on an hourly rate. They are compensated only for the time spent directly face-to-face in patient care. This underestimates the numbers of hours physicians and nurses spend caring for their patients.

Finding coverage for sick healthcare providers is difficult and often results in rescheduling of patients.  That means fitting patients in already booked and hectic physician schedules. Other contributors to medical errors  include lack of communication and access to information. Another is incompetence, plus poorly supervised residents and interns performing the work of senior doctors.

Many reprimanded physicians continue in practice. Eighty percent of malpractice, and adverse or sentinel events, are committed by 20% of physicians. 80/20. Yet only a fraction ever lose their license, and if they do, they simply go next door.

Medical personnel are treated as super humans, expected to go without sleep plus care for patients with complex medical problems. Medical errors are the end result of this. This finding is no surprise and nothing new since the publication of ‘First Do No Harm’.

A medical team is responsible for your care. An error by one person can cause catastrophic problems.

Lack of communication, and lack of access to information, are two. And lack of coordination makes three elements that contribute greatly to medical errors.

Errors will always occur, of course, but they will be much more likely when one is tired and there are no mechanisms in place to intercept errors.

Again unlike lawyers, doctors are not paid to call patients or to do research on patient problems. That needs to change.  We need to stop discounting the time doctors spend doing non-direct care.  Doctors should be compensated for all work done caring.

Just changes in the above will go a long way in reducing medical error.

To close, a very sad read of six physicians who felt so overwhelmed they took their own lives:

https://www.idealmedicalcare.org/blog/physician-suicide-letters-answered-a-sneak-peek-inside-my-new-book/

&nb

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Approaches To Reduce Future Viral Infections

Part 3 of 3:

Approaches To Reduce Future Viral Infections 

Will the eradication of mosquitoes eliminate viral illnesses?

Has it been proven the eradication of mosquitoes will decrease the diseases Dengue, Yellow Fever or Zika Virus?

Has it even been proven that using GM mosquitoes will reduce viruses transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes?   

What is the viral transmission rate of GM mosquitoes to human hosts? 

Answers to such questions would allay much public concern and fear about GM mosquitoes and pave a path for our future direction.

Instead, we are given reassurances from agencies that often wear the same hats as those they regulate.

Part 2 of this series raised the issue that our targets are misguided. Instead, we should target viruses (that are not considered living) rather than living insects. Mosquitos  are vital to our ecosystem.

In addition, why had an outbreak occurred in areas where GMM were released? Why didn’t GMM mosquitoes prevent the Zika outbreak? 

These are questions weighing on the public that need to be answered for GMM, to gain widespread public approval. Why have they not been answered?

Yet the WHO and the FDA have deemed it safe to use in light of the Zika epidemic. A spread caused not by mosquitoes but by a virus.  Zika virus clearly mutated in Brazil, being now linked to microcephaly  with sporadic cases  transmitted sexually.  Another feature unique to this mosquito-borne infection is it changed target to human offsprings and expanded its mode of transmission. 

If recent patterns foretell the future then Zika will be one in a long line of such viruses.

Genetic mutation vs genetic modification?

Does Climate Change enhance genetic mutation?

Did the changes in the climate accelerate reproductive cycles of the mosquitoes as well as the virus?

And how do viruses adapt to genetically-modified mosquitoes? Male mosquitoes don’t bite, but what is the survival rate of GMM offsprings in different locations?

Instead of the eradication of mosquitoes, let us consider trying new approaches where short, medium and long term benefits are all possible.

I suggest a rapid mobilization of the training and certification of more labs to perform Zika testing. Rapid testing facilitates rapid diagnosis and thus prevents spread. 

 

Improved infrastructure that raises the standard for all.  Universal healthcare is necessary as well as updated, repaired and replaced sewage, sanitation and pipes. These are goals that should now start. It will not only provide short term benefit but also long term benefits, as marked reduction in infections are noted as well as some cancers and autoimmune diseases.

Our research focus should include the public concern. Research must not solely be based on the researchers’ interests, but those of the community involved should have equal weight.

Researchers are experts in their fields but the community is an expert in what it sees. Many researchers lack first- or even second-hand knowledge. Engaging the public in initiating research may change the direction and lead to meaningful and lasting solutions to problems.  We live in connected environments.

Our focus should go beyond vaccines and develop ways humans can become unsavory to man’s greatest enemy, the virus itself.

Part 1 of 3: Could mutated Zika cause Microcephaly?

Part 2 of 3: The Problem Is NOT Mosquitos But Viruses

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I hope the readers have been interested in all three parts of this subject. Please contact me if you questions or need more information about Zika.

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Could Mutated Zika Cause Microcephaly?

Part 1 of 3:

Could Mutated Zika Cause Microcephaly?

Could the transmission of GMM (genetically-modified) mosquitoes cause mutations in the Zika Virus, resulting in microcephaly?

Despite assurance from agencies (like the WHO and the FDA) that GMM is completely safe and without harmful effects, the evidence is not strong enough to substantiate safe distribution of GMMs.

That kind of assurance was said of the Monsanto herbicide Round-up. Which is now reportedly linked to cancer! It was also said of GMO foods that are now linked to numerous cases of autoimmune disease.

Yet GMO labels are still not mandatory on food products and there is legislation to ensure it stays that way.  Without labels we will be unaware of GMOs in our foods and not know why we are afflicted with certain common cancers.

The hidden or non-use of GMO labels will certainly delay any future links of GMOs with illnesses, prevent parties from taking responsibility and impede on the public’s’ right to safe dietary consumption. This kind of carelessness or disregard leaves the public ignorant and open to hazards.

Has Zika been genetically modified?

Zika, which was first discovered in Uganda in 1947, has suddenly and without reason went from an asymptomatic infection to a global public health emergency. How did that happen?

In Brazil a Zika outbreak was associated with an outbreak of microcephaly. Strong evidence suggests the Zika Virus caused microcephaly and other birth defects in human offsprings. Based on news reports, it appears the link between Zika and microcephaly is isolated to Brazil. In the past, French Polynesia had a similar link.

While the Zika outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Latin America and the Caribbean, microcephaly appears only in Brazil. The areas where GMM were released are the ones where this link is strongest. This is a fact that is currently buried in the hysteria caused by Zika being linked to microcephaly. Panic that seems bent on leaving certain stones unturned and untouched.

Instead, mosquitoes are now viewed as dangerous to the survival of humans and slated for eradication, using the most expensive and high-tech approaches afforded the military and Big Pharma. But isn’t it the virus that caused the disease, not the mosquitoes?

Outbreaks in Brazil started in areas where GMM were released. Could there be now a new mutation, a new viral strain?

Will the war on mosquitoes prevent certain viral infections? Or will the viruses mutate and find new hosts?

Can we eradicate mosquitoes without adversely impacting on our ecosystem?

Basic questions yet again unanswered and unexplored, the smokescreen, red flags paving the path for further investigation.

Zika virus in Brazil may be mutated strain
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/zika-virus-in-brazil-may-be-mutated-strain/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Chan-Twitter-General

Part 2 of 3:  The Problem Is NOT Mosquitos But Viruses

Part 3 of 3:  Approaches To Reduce Future Viral Infections 

 

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The Problem Is NOT Mosquitos But Viruses

Part 2 of 3:

The Problem Is NOT Mosquitos But Viruses

I think the most confusing part of Zika is separating the virus from the mosquito. By declaring war on the mosquitoes we are literally shooting the messenger. The carrier.

It is questionable whether eradication of the Aedes mosquitoes will rid humanity of viral infections. It hasn’t so far, as areas where GMM (genetically-modified) mosquitoes were released are the very areas where the outbreak of microcephaly (tiny heads) occurred.

Could the two be related?

The FDA and WHO issued blanket statements regarding their safety. However, noted experts dispute their safety, as much is still unknown about transgenes (from species to species). These are difficult to control or predict.

The real culprit (Zika Virus) we know little about. More information is needed about why Zika is now thought linked to microcephaly and Guillian Barre syndrome?

In many cases, mosquitoes acquire infections from humans and transmit back to humans (in the course of their mosquito life cycle). Human blood has proteins that nourish female mosquito eggs. Only females bite humans, while males feed on plant nectar, resulting in pollination.

Zika, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever viral infections use mosquitoes to find suitable hosts to replicate. To ensure survival, these viruses mutate in response to changes in the environment.

Viruses consist of vital RNA or DNA (acidic molecules) that are enclosed in protein. They are only able to replicate within living cells and are not living organisms. They are complex molecules. Most viruses require particular species to replicate.

We know the Zika Virus replicates in humans. Does it replicate in other living organisms?

A virus can enter thru the skin, airways, GI (digestion), and via bites. Viruses release their genetic code — DNA or RNA — into a cell. This genetic material is susceptible to genetic modification or mutations.

Viruses, not mosquitoes, are deadly. Our only weapon to prevent viral illnesses are vaccines.

Once the association of Zika Virus to microcephaly is established, it will be the first known mosquito-borne virus to target a human offsprings’ neurodevelopment. Microcephalic offsprings do not reproduce and have diminished life expectancy.

Isn’t the virus doing to humans what gene modification was meant to do with the mosquito population?

Part  1 of 3:  Could mutated Zika cause Microcephaly

Part 3 of 3:  Approaches To Reduce Future Viral Infections

 

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Oxitec GM Mosquitos Linked To Zika Outbreak 

Back in September 2010, a scientific report voiced concerns about the 3-4 % that would survive. The scientists wanted to do further investigations before releasing GM mosquitoes.

The report warned that transgenes (transferred genes) can lead to changes that are unintended, unpredictable and unrelated to the nature of the gene inserted.

In July 2012, praised British company Oxitec introduced its genetically-modified mosquito farm. Reportedly, the goal was to decrease the incidence of dengue fever.

In July 2015, shortly after releasing the 18 million GM mosquitoes into the wild in Brazil, Oxitec announced their success in controlling the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes without much data on the impact to the ecosystem.  Please note this is the same area of the recent outbreak of Zika infection.

Oxitec GM insects (designated OX513A),  were genetically altered male Aedes aegypti that mated with non-modified female Aedes mosquitoes in the wild.

 

Oxitec GM Mosquitos At The Epicenter Zika Outbreak.

Brazil started deploying GM mosquitoes to reduce the natural Aedes mosquito population that transmit dengue fever.

The production of offsprings triggered transcription in the modified part to kill the larvae before breeding age, provided no tetracycline (antibiotics) exposure during development.

Brazil is third in the World for using tetracycline with farmed animals. This is not well absorbed and over 75% is excreted into the soil. GM mosquitos looking for food can ingest this tetracycline as part of their blood meal. Even small amounts will suppress the modified development, allowing the altered mosquitoes to survive.

Tetracycline represses the GM-designed development. Small amounts of tetracycline can result in a survival rate as high as 15%.

It turned out that cat food was used to feed the larvae in at least one lab. This cat food contained factory-farmed chicken which also contains tetracycline. This was discovered when a disparity was noted in survival rate testing results, with one lab testing at 15% survival rate (the one with cat food fed larvae) and another testing in at just 3%.

Scientist Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher voiced concern regarding the release of GM mosquitoes without field cage studies.  She raised many questions, that required answers, to reduce the risk to mankind and other animals.

Earlier this year, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany examined information regarding the release of modified insects into the environment in Malaysia and Grand Cayman, which were carried out by Oxitec. The scientists’ findings suggest that there are “deficits in the scientific quality of regulatory documents and a general absence of accurate experimental descriptions available before releases start”. (3)

The Zika outbreak in Brazil followed Oxitec’s release of GM mosquitos.  The release location is the epicenter of the outbreak where a surge in babies with microcephaly was noted.

Recall GM mosquitoes act to produce abnormal offsprings in the natural Aedes mosquitoes, so they die before breeding.  Interesting  the Zika virus in pregnant women causes abnormal human offspring with reduced life expectancy.

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Questions For Oxitec  Before Release Of More GM Mosquitos

Here are questions that should be considered and answered before Oxitec is allowed to release more GM mosquitoes into the wild.  Most of the following questions were asked by Dr Steinbrecher in a letter to the National Biosafety Board (NBB.  World Health Organization scheduled an emergency meeting about Zika on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Let’s make sure Oxitec does not release more GM mosquitos before responding to the following questions and other questions that link GM mosquitos to the recent Zika  virus outbreak in Brazil.

When released into the wild:

  • Will the bite of the female LMO mosquito change?
  • How is the life cycle of the male mosquitos changed after genetic modification?
  • Will the reaction of humans or animals to the mosquito bite change?
  • Are there different immune reactions due to compositional changes in the saliva of the mosquito?
  • Will the pathogen vector interaction change in female mosquitoes?
  • Did the level of dengue virus present in the saliva change?
  • Did the affinity to dengue virus change?
  • Are there new interactions with other viruses?
  • Do different environments result in different altered phenotypic and behavioral characteristics?
  • Do different condition, biotic and abiotic stresses result in different survival rates?
  • What is the emergency response should GM mosquitos  harm humans or other animals?

 

Referenced links:

  1.  Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015:

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/zika-outbreak-epicenter-in-same-area-where-gm-mosquitoes-were-released-in-2015.html

 

2.  Release of GM mosquito Aedes aegypti OX513A (NRE(S)609-2/1/3) | EcoNexus

http://www.econexus.info/publication/release-gm-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-ox513a

 

3.  Can GM mosquitoes rid the world of a major killer? | Environment | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jul/15/gm-mosquitoes-dengue-fever-feature?cat=environment&type=article

 

 

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Zika Virus May Have Crossed Over to Common Mosquitos 

The Zika Virus may have already crossed over to the common mosquito. Scientists in Brazil are about a month away of confirming whether the Zeka Virus is also carried and transmitted by the more common Culex Mosquito.

Culex mosquitoes are 20 times the population of Aedes aegypti, and more widespread in most of America, parts of Africa and Asia.

Little is known of the Zika Virus that is linked to over 3,000 babies born with microcephaly. Zika was first isolated in African monkeys in 1947. It is a flavivirus (a genus of viruses), in the same family as dengue and chikungunya.

The Zika Virus is linked to the startling outbreak in Brazil, with 3-4 million people infected in fewer than 12 months. Plus a 20 to 30 fold surge in the birth of children with microcephaly.

In many of these cases, the RNA (acid) from the virus was isolated both in mother and child. Currently, there are no cures, antivirals or vaccines available. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommend serial ultrasounds of high risk pregnant women.

The risk of microcephaly in women infected during pregnancy is up to 1%. The pregnancy is usually normal and newborns may appear like uninfected babies. However, in the first year, the baby will develop the features of microcephaly. Also part of the clinical picture are hearing and visual impairments, mental retardation and diminished life expectancy.

To-date 22 countries are currently affected and that number is increasing. The virus crossing over to the Common Mosquito will see an explosion in those infected, once the warmer weather gets here.

What is Microcephaly?



Simply stated, microcephaly is a small head. The head circumference is abnormally low (in the bottom 3% for age and sex). A small head means a small brain! Children with microcephaly have cognitive dysfunction and are at risk of seizures. In addition to the very unpleasant symptoms mentioned already.

According to the CDC, normally 2 to 12 out of 10,000 live births develop microcephaly. It is an extremely rare disease.

The possibility of this virus crossing over to other, more widespread mosquitoes, presents a global public health emergency.

With regards to North America, the colder weather in Canada makes the virus less likely to spread that far north. However climate change may change all that.

Why now?

In 2014 Brazil, Tdap (Tetenus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) was recommended for all pregnant women in Brazil. Further details are scant.

Of note for the conspiracy theorists, Tdap was used in pregnant women throughout the world for a number of years withOUT a surge in children born with microcephaly.

Brazil started deploying GMO mosquitos to reduce the natural mosquitoe population. Scientists in Brazil have focused on the Zika virus as being linked to microcephaly.  If so, then the cross over to the common mosquito puts the rest of the World at risk.

Until we know more, exercise caution.

Any readers with more information are most welcomed to share…

Zika Virus May Have Spread To Common Mosquito:

http://news.sky.com/story/1631065/zika-virus-may-have-spread-to-common-mosquito

Zika virus in Brazil may be mutated strain:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/zika-virus-in-brazil-may-be-mutated-strain/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Chan-Twitter-General

UN health agency convenes emergency meeting to address ‘dramatic’ spread of Zika virus:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53112#.VqtpRvA8KrX

The Conspiracy Theory:

https://brazilianshrunkenheadbabies.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/the-story/

A Mosquito Net Descends Across the Americas:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-mckibben/a-mosquito-net-descends-across-the-americas_b_9102864.html

 

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Is Zika Virus A Genetically Modified Virus? 

Is the Zika virus now a bio-weapon?

Using genetically-modified mosquitoes?

Imagine the weaponry.

Demographically Zika is unusual. While originating as a known virus after WWII (where scientists worked on eugenics and other forms of warfare), isolated in Africa and Asia, it has suddenly shifted continent. Since last year its changed its pattern of distribution. The countries now affected are in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Is Zika already a weapon? An environmental weapon to wage biowarfare. A mosquito-borne virus that damages the brain of unborn fetuses, possibly producing brain-damaged children.

Why?  

UTMB’s Scott Weaver On the Zika Outbreak

Please tell me your opinions…

 

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Zika Virus Targets The Fetus

The virus known as Zika was first isolated shortly after World War II, in 1947 Uganda. The first human case was reported in Nigeria in 1954.

Since, the virus spread across Africa and into the Pacific. It was detected in Malaysia in 1966. In 2007 the virus spread to the Island of Yap in Micronesia, with the first reported outbreak:  73% of the population aged 3 and above being infected.

In 2009, after a field trip to Senegal in Africa, American scientist Brian Foy may have transmitted the infection to his wife (the first known suspected case of sexually transmitted Zika).

In 2013 French Polynesia there were 28,000 infections in one outbreak. In 2015 the first reported local transmissions of the virus were seen in South America, Central America and the Caribbean.  Presently, there are reports of 3 cases involving New Yorkers.

Since 2015 there has been a Zika outbreak in Brazil. It is believed the virus was spread during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Now there is serious concern with the pending Rio 2016 Olympic Games! The American CDC authority estimates there were 1.3 million suspected cases in Brazil in 2015.

Transmission Methods

The primary mode of transmission is from mosquitoes, the Aedes aegypti, to humans. These are the same insects known to transmit other viral infections such as Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus.   With many infected, concerns of humans transmitting the  Zika virus to local mosquitoes is mounting.

Several reports of secondary transmission, from human males, via sexually transmitted infections opens the possibility of Zika becoming a sexually transmitted virus.   In affected areas in Brazil, a 20-30 fold surge in babies born with microcephaly is  linked to Zika virus.   The virus isolated in amniotic fluid, breast milk and semen, raised concerns that it could be transmitted by blood transfusions, laboratory exposure, sex and intrauterine (uterus), prompting  more investigation into its mode of transmission.

Symptoms

Zeka has an incubation period of about 10 days. Travelers returning from infected areas may develop the infection after an incubation period of about 10 days.

Symptoms  are usually none at all in 80% of those infected or at most a very mild headache, fever, maculopapular rash, conjunctivitis and joint pains. Symptoms are self-limited and there are presently no antibiotic or antiviral treatments available.

Infection in the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to microcephaly (tiny heads) and other brain damage in newborns.

Brazil:
In 2013 there were 167 cases of microcephaly; in 2014 there were 147 cases; and in 2015 there were  at least 2,782 cases.

RNA (an acid) from the Zika virus was isolated in mothers and babies with microcephaly. In addition, some patients have developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (muscle weakness), which caused transient paralysis following infection.

Prevention


Protection from mosquitoes is the best prevention.   Use mosquito repellent and cover up exposed skin. These mosquitoes bite during the daytime. There are no vaccines available.

Currently the CDC-issued travel guidance advises pregnant women not to travel to affected countries.  Some South American and Caribbean countries advised women to postpone pregnancy until 2018. 

Healthcare providers should report Zeka cases to their state or local health departments.

Why now?

There are reports of genetically-modified mosquitoes being used in Brazil to reduce the mosquito population. Such produces deformed mosquitoes. These may be eaten by birds, other insects and humans. The long-term effect unknown.

Imagine the weaponry of GMO mosquitos.  Zika???  It targets our future generation and may reduce birth rates in affected countries.


 

Links to referenced material below…

http://microbepost.org/2016/01/13/what-is-zika-virus/

Zika Virus Spreads to New Areas — Region of the Americas, May 2015–January 2016 | MMWR
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6503e1er.htm?s_cid=mm6503e1er.htm_w

Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35399403

Brazilian City Tries Fighting Viruses With GMO Mosquitoes
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/gmo-mosquitoes-may-battle-zika-dengue-brazil-n499576

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION!

IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION!

Diminished activity, fatigue, weight gain and little interest in activities that once brought delight.

With normal laboratory findings, most doctors would diagnose depression.

It’s not always depression!

Other physical ailments presenting similarly make the history and physical pertinent, as well as understanding culture and the differences in the clinical narrative due to culture.

To simply say it is depression, without a thorough review of all symptoms, is to jeopardize the health of patients. Plus not appreciate the impact of culture on health outcomes.

Unfortunately, nowadays, that is the case. Most doctors don’t dig deeper and many have forgotten the relevance of a good history and physical. The latter now relegated to cursory scope on the chest and back.

Such is the state of medicine today in the United States! I know because I have been a physician for all my career.

The above symptoms are actually due to visual problems. Mine!

Diminished vision can affect ones ability to function. Presenting similar to depression as well as leading to secondary complications of depression.

[ Link to Visual problems http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-quirky-brain-how-depression-may-alter-visual-perception ]

By not recognizing the primary problem as visual, misdiagnosis and unnecessary medications follow, as well as deterioration in vision and functional capacity.

Unfortunately, the medical textbooks do not tell doctors this. Many lazily believe those symptoms signal depression until stated otherwise, despite the fact that depression is a diagnosis made after other illnesses are excluded. This is not done, hence the massive over-prescribing of antidepressants.

[ Link with data http://www.drugwatch.com/2015/07/29/drug-abuse-in-america/ ]

Patients typically tell their stories to non-doctors at least 2 to 4 times before they see an actual physician. (And in many poor communities patients will not visit or see their doctor.) Still the narrative and details charted rarely reflect the patient’s complaints, leading to misdiagnosis. Here repetition of the patient’s history does not breed knowledge or accuracy.

Why does this happen?

In a nutshell, over reliance on technology to make the diagnosis compounded by a bureaucratic and arcane workflow. Also treating symptoms while ignoring the root cause.

Medical staff are often under-trained and over-worked. The importance of accurate charting (of the patient’s narrative) lost in time, ignorance and even arrogance.

The end result is this: many patients are over medicated and misdiagnosed.

The recent epidemic of opioid overdoses is an example where doctors treat symptoms without making diagnoses. Opioids were over prescribed, especially in Emergency Departments where toothaches were routinely treated with Penicillin and 15-30 pills of Percoset. Doctors became legalized drug dealers! One study showed in 2012, doctors prescribed enough narcotics for every person in the United States to have a 30 day supply.

Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction: pain is treated suspiciously. Everyone is an addict until proven otherwise.

What is the solution?

One solution is Community Medicine. Studies demonstrate that medical outcomes, or health outcomes, are determined in the community.

Over 50% of outcomes are determined in the community. That means lifestyle or culture is very important as well as the environment (which actually has a great impact on lifestyle) to managing diseases. Genetics accounted for 30% of health outcomes and a doctor’s office visit 15%.

Using technology to facilitate accurate diagnosis is good, but technology should not be the gold standard alone for diagnosing. The history and physical still remain pertinent and relevant. The absence of radiographic or laboratory findings does not exclude pathology.

Most importantly, doctors need to know the patient’s community, and be engaged with that circle, to understand and improve the health outcomes of their patients.

What do you think?

Do you have any other solutions?

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Does Technology Improve Healthcare or Access?

Does Technology Improve Healthcare or Access?

This article  (1) stirs my mind. By itself, it is food for thought about the future of American healthcare and the future of those unable to access advanced technology because of insurance coverage.

In the US healthcare arena, Medicare is the gold standard. Being the largest payer, as well as the Government, Medicare dictates what is covered and what is not.

Commercial insurers either try to meet Medicare standards or exceed them, to compete in providing health coverage to employers.

Access to advanced technology that is changing healthcare, allowing it to be delivered anywhere, is not available to everyone with insurance.

The elderly who are on Medicare have the worst coverage, with most of this advanced technology that is beneficial to them not covered. No coverage means no access. Medicare sets the standard for coverage of healthcare services.

Others who do not benefit from advanced technology that is transforming medicine, moving it to the communities where outcomes are determined, are Black & Brown communities. Impoverished neighborhoods in urban areas.

Only recently did Medicare lift the limitation on telemedicine to include care in patient homes. Still Most Black & Brown communities do not receive such access to telemedicine, where transportation limitations can make doctor office visits a hardship.

The above is an example of structural racism. In addition, Black & Brown community hospitals are under-staffed and the staff poorly screened. As well as not offering many technologies available in rural hospitals, such as telemedicine in the home. Other limitations include Black & Brown communities still lacking smart phones, which could deliver such services.

[ What is the penetration rate of smart phones in Black communities?  Anyone know?]

Doctors are leaving impoverished, homeless, mentally ill and Black & Brown communities behind. Without access to immediate life saving measures these communities are dying off. Infant mortality rates for Black women, despite income, are similar to that of a developing nation. Infant mortality is a standard indicator of health.

We need doctors to advocate policies that benefit patients and not drug and medical device companies. Doctors also need to stop letting insurance companies dictate patient care.

Please do share your thoughts.

  1. New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

    http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/02/new-rules-for-our-healths-digital-future/?ncid=tcdaily

Second Part in Series on How Doctors Kill Patients


Part One:  FFT: Are White doctors misdiagnosing Black patients? https://failuretolisten.com/2015/12/29/fft-are-white-doctors-misdiagnosing-black-patients/

Sign Petition To Disbar Aaron Schlossberg

Aaron Schlossberg is no professional. Not only should he be disbarred any case he touched should be reviewed.  Let’s inundate NY with petitions to disbar him.  (How to Complain About Lawyers and Judges in New York CityDisbarment)

The following is a petition to disbar Aaron Schlossberg:

I’m Ronen Kauffman, a fellow MoveOn member, and I started a petition after seeing some absolutely despicable video footage of a racist and xenophobic lawyer in New York City cursing at, threatening, and otherwise berating members of the public on multiple occasions.1

Sign the petition demanding the New York State Unified Court System investigate and disbar Aaron Schollberg for his unprofessional, unethical conduct.

Aaron Schlossberg was caught on camera multiple times making hateful, racist comments to complete strangers. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer. He must be investigated and disbarred.

Sign Ronen’s petition

Schlossberg is on camera yelling at women for speaking Spanish and says that they should be “kicked out of my country.” Another video shows him yelling at a couple on the street, “I’m a citizen here. You’re not. You’re an ugly, f***ing foreigner, so f**k you!”2

It should come as no surprise that Schlossberg donated hundreds of dollars to the Trump campaign and is now apparently one of the many bigots emboldened by the administration’s racist and xenophobic agenda.3

Sign my petition now to demand a full investigation into Schlossberg’s racist and xenophobic history and for him to be disbarred, so that he can no longer practice law.

Thanks!

–Ronen Kauffman

Sources:

1. “New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations,” CNN, May 17, 2018

https://act.moveon.org/go/39600?t=17&akid=207008%2E27882242%2EqScSBF

2. Ibid.

3. “Lawyer who threatened to call ICE about Spanish speakers is now target of complaint,” The Washington Post, May 17, 2018

https://act.moveon.org/go/39601?t=19&akid=207008%2E27882242%2EqScSBF

 

Source of image:  Pinterest

FFT: When Humor Hurts A Friend

Food for thought inspired by a silly FB post.  I learned that conflict is an opportunity for growth.   I also learned  culture matters.

Most saw the humor in the post, but others outraged that I offended Melania’s honor made such a comment:

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. I never expected you could post shit like this. You’ve lowered yourself now to the level of people you question and totally reject. Shame on you.

“When they go low, we go high” Remember that one?

Being a thoughtful person, I saw an opportunity to manage offended people. Without conflict, there is no growth, right? Believe you me, I don’t usually think like this, but I did this time.

When a post offends a friend, how do you manage the fallout? Should you delete the post not to risk hurting or losing friends? I’d like to hear your thoughts since I didn’t manage this one well.

Once I sensed conflict I wanted to understand why someone would get upset over a meme-tweet of a person they never met? And whose husband was the élite pussy grabber who proudly coined the term for himself?  Trump inspired the tweet and my FB post. Responses of friends mystified me, considering it is near damn impossible not to make fun of Trump and his family.

This was an example where culture matters.

When Obama was President, I saw countless derogatory images, memes, and tweets of Michelle Obama on FB and Twitter.  Though hurtful, I didn’t take them personally.  Unlike Trump, Obama and his family did not tweet disparaging remarks about women, immigrants and disabled people.  Still, social media ridiculed the Obama family including their children.

Being told how wrong it was to criticize Melania, I thought of the innocent black men, women, and children humiliated and murdered daily.  How come friends showed no outrage or support for those innocent people?  My experience was a peek into culture and its multi-dimensional nature.

Next time a friend gets offended by humor or posts or tweets:

  • Ask why the topic is important to them
  • That will give insight into motive
  • Knowing motive will help understand and predict behavior

Performing the above will ease tension, improve communication and hopefully outcome.  Imagine the impact on understanding  each other.

Most don’t see conflict as an opportunity for growth.

This post was edited on 5/14/2018

 

 

 

 

FFT: Could Fake News Help Us Unravel The Truth?

Food For Thought (FFT)

Today during a conversation about fake news with a friend, it occurred to me that instead of calling news we disagree with fake, we should presume all news and information are biased and embedded with lies. In the last decades, our sources of information and news ballooned, leading to disinformation and #fakenews becoming dominant forces of manipulation. We need the ability to accept any information–false or facts– then decide its veracity.

All fake stories have a basis in fact even if the only truth was the story was false. Why did some entity or someone create the #fake news? Gleaning motives for false news may prove invaluable in understanding society and ultimately lead to the truth that some want to avoid.

Perhaps, the solution to disinformation is to embrace it by understanding its motive as well as content. Such an approach to news could lead to a literate society with insight and understanding of each other and the world.  If you understood the motive for a story,  could you unravel the truth?

Who Decides The News

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Cambridge, MA: Police Brutality at Harvard University

This post is a copied and pasted letter found on  the website of  Harvard Black Law Students Association.

The letter is about police violence at Harvard.   Briefly, a naked Harvard black student was spotted on campus on April 13, 2018.  Harvard University Health  Services (HUHS) was called and turfed the call to Cambridge Police Department (CPD).

The cops arrived.  Three officers pinned the naked Harvard student to the ground, cuffed him and then proceeded to beat the hell out of him.  The Cambridge Police Department while violently assaulting the student prevented student witnesses from recording the incident. Later the officers issued a false report about the facts of the event.  They charged the student with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest.  The letter is in response to the CPD false report.

This event occurred at Harvard in front of black law students and many other Harvard student witnesses.  The event was videotaped.

Notable Points: 1.  Had the student not been naked would he be alive?   The officers might have mistaken a pen in his hand for a weapon and killed him.

  1.  Harvard University Health Services should be aware of police violence towards people of color.   To call the cops on an innocent black student or a mentally ill student might be a death sentence.  He hadn’t threatened anyone and appeared to be in need  mental help.   Shouldn’t Harvard University Health Services be on the scene to help/protect the student?  Certainly, students pay enough to attend the prestigious Harvard University to feel protected.   #policebrutalityatHarvard
  2.  The student was naked, cuffed and pinned, why did the Cambridge police officers proceed to inflict violence on him.  Was it necessary?   How were they threatened?  A pool of blood remained in the street after he was transported by ambulance.

The letter from BLSA follows:

 

Police Brutality at Harvard, April 13, 2018

To:     The Harvard University Community and the Broader Cambridge and Boston Community

From:    Concerned Members of the Harvard Community

Date:    April 14, 2018 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Firstly, we recognize the broader political implications of this incident for all of our students, and the broader Boston community. However, out of respect for the privacy and needs of the victim and his family at this time, we are not contextualizing this event in the broader instances of police violence.

Secondly, we must address the incorrect reports of the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) released today. On the evening of April 13th, a number of our current Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) members and admitted students witnessed a brutal instance of police violence at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A naked, unarmed Black man, stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church. He was surrounded by at least four Cambridge Police Department (CPD) officers who, without provocation, lunged at him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. While on the ground, at least one officer repeatedly punched the student in his torso as he screamed for help. The officers held him to the ground until paramedics arrived, placed him on a stretcher, and put him in the ambulance. A pool of blood remained on the pavement as the ambulance departed. Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water.

This victim of police violence happened to be a Harvard student. The University has ample resources that could have, and should have, been mobilized to come to the student’s aid prior to CPD getting involved. Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) were the first to be called for help prior to the arrival of CPD. Instead of sending staff to support the student, HUHS transferred callers to CPD, who then responded as police often do whether cameras are rolling or not — by failing to appropriately respond to the individual needs of the person concerned and resorting to violence unnecessarily and with impunity. By involving CPD, HUHS put this student at great risk of being killed by the police.

Again, we are interested in protecting the privacy of this victim of police violence. We ask that those who know the victim’s name not share it with others, that his name not be included in internal or external conversations about this incident and that, in response to this letter, our conversation be focused on the broader issues of police violence against Black and Brown people and the following demands, and not this particularized incident, which is a symptom of a larger, systemic problem.

For Harvard University, HUHS, and HUPD:

We demand that Harvard University create an internal crisis response team to support students, faculty, and staff that does not involve CPD.

We likewise will require support from the school, fellow students and our instructors to put pressure on the CPD for the following.

For the CPD:

We demand that the officers who assaulted this man while he was naked, fully subdued and bleeding on the ground be investigated and held accountable.

Additionally, we demand that CPD respect the rights of civilians recording police conduct. The CPD policy recognizes that ‘individuals have the right under the First Amendment to openly record police activity in public in a peaceful manner’ and that ‘[o]fficers shall not under any circumstances threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording police officer enforcement of activities or operations, or intentionally block or obstruct cameras or recording devices . . . .’ It was clear to our Harvard BLSA members that CPD officers were not following these procedures. But for our members’ persistence in defying police attempts to obstruct videotaping this incident, there would be no record.

The conduct of the CPD on the evening of April 13, 2018 was unacceptable. We are reminded, as soon-to-be-graduates of an elite law school that we cannot protect our bodies with our degrees — and that is why we also call our current students and alumni to embrace these demands as inclusive to all Black people, not just Harvardians.

We imagine a world where the most marginalized people in our society are not subject to systematic violations of their bodily autonomy and civil rights, and the CPD has failed the Cambridge community in this regard.

For any further media inquiries regarding this response, please contact hblsapresident@gmail.com or 2017-2018 HBLSA President Jazzmin Carr (601.937.0665) and 2018-2019 HBLSA President Lauren Williams (631.942.5211).

Sincerely,

Concerned Members of the Harvard Community