A case report in Annals of Internal Medicine describes a teen who went “blind” from a junk food diet.
A 14 year-old boy described as a “fussy eater” presented to his doctor with fatigue after years of eating meals rich in fries, white bread, chips and processed meat. He was told to take supplements when they found him to be iron and B12 deficient but progressively over the next 3 years he began to suffer from vision loss. Upon lab testing he was found to be deficient in iron, copper, selenium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B 12. And upon further testing was found to suffer from optic neuropathy.
He was further treated with supplements and now is under the care of specialists including nutritionists and eating disorder specialists.
His condition stabilized but reportedly he still has deficits such as blind spots in the middle of his vision (central scotoma), rendering him “legally blind.”
This wasn’t the first case of nutritional optic neuropathy.
Above is a picture of the fundi of a 28 year-old male who suffered from central vision loss as a result of his diet which consisted of heavy alcohol use. The progression of his disease has stabilized with intervention but he too has had to learn to adapt to his central scotoma.
Our eyes need vitamins such as A, a variety of B’s, C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids to name a few. Vitamin D is crucial for bone health and for protection against diabetes and cancer.
Most fast food is rich in carbohydrates, fats, salt and preservatives, and lacking in rich nutrients and amino acids.
So comes the question, are the majority of our youth “malnourished?”
Unless our children are eating diets rich is fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein, dairy and health fats, they could be at risk of not receiving vital nutrition.
Vitamin supplementation helps but may not satisfy all the nutritional needs of a growing child. Hence in addition to the millions of children who suffer from malnourishment due to poverty, millions more are expected to suffer similarly as a result of poor diet choices.
This is a developing story.
I don’t know about you but I was hoping to have a relaxing weekend of BBQ, beer and games. Instead, Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to a Category 5 and absolutely devastated the Bahamas. Dorian is expected to remain Category 5 and hit parts of Florida and Georgia but meteorologists hope a wind shift will push the hurricane a bit East and the two coasts will avoid the worst of the storm.
Another mass shooting killing rampage happened, this time in West Texas. A 36 year old man was fired from his job and then, a few hours later started massacring citizens. At least 7 people were killed with another 20 wounded. It ended when police rammed the shooter’s vehicle and, as he tried to exit the stolen car, police shot him dead.
A 75 foot boat called the Conception caught fire off the coast of Southern California. At least five people have been rescued but the ship was entirely ablaze and it looks unlikely rescuers will find other survivors. Approx. 30 people, maybe more, were on board.
For thirteen weeks protestors in Hong Kong have been battle state authorities. That’s - thirteen weeks! Hong Kong is obviously a city in China but for more than a century it was a colony of the United Kingdom until 1997 when the British handed it back to China. The problem being is that Hong Kong still has a political and legal system based off British rule which is known as the Basic Law, and it guarantees freedoms that Chinse outside Hong Kong do not have. These include freedoms such as the right to a free press, free speech and the right to protest, etc.
More about Hong Kong’s Basic Law, from wikipedia:
Well, Beijing and the rest of China is pushing back against Basic Law and the citizens of Hong Kong are not having it. Hence the thirteen weeks of protests up to and including several violent clashes with police.
Finally, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn and comedian / actor Kevin Hart was seriously injured in a car accident.
Maybe next year I’ll be able to round up all sorts of heart warming stories that occurred Labor Day weekend but this year - not so much.
Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 3 and expected to hit the Florida coast on Monday. Upon landfall it will probably pick up enough additional wind force to upgrade to a Category 4.
Florida is currently under a state of emergency and residents are preparing for the worst. These hurricanes keep coming and they seem to be more destructive and more costly. And why is that? Well, last year my co-worker wrote a strongly worded story titled “Hurricanes should blow climate deniers’ eyes, minds open.” In it he writes:
“While I wish the best to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, I also hope climate change deniers affected by the hurricanes realize their denial of climate change contributed to their current situation and will contribute to worse situations in the future.
Mother Earth is doing her best to convince climate denying Americans that global warming is no hoax and that people are responsible for the increasing instances and intensity of weather disasters. She started by flooding the Gulf Coast with category-three hurricane, Harvey, which AccuWeather predicts will cost America more than Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina combined.”
His story makes compelling arguments and he links to more than a dozen reputable sources and studies. He wrote that more than one year ago and he was correct in predicting that this year the hurricanes would be much, much worse.
And they are. And now all we can do is rebuild and assist those that are in need. And we’ll probably have to do it again. And again. And again.
If you can, donate to the Red Cross.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.
In the last year there have been more than 74,000 fires in Brazil which is approx. 80% more fires than the previous year. Eighty percent! Now, it’s true that Brazil is a large place and fires occur. Fair enough. What’s particularly out of the ordinary is that more than 50% of those fires are happening in the Amazon Rainforest. Which is bad. Obviously, the rainforest is of huge import to local inhabitants but also is of significant import to the world as a leading supplier of fish, meat, root vegetables and fruit. And, it’s true that the rainforest does supply oxygen into the atmosphere but it’s not quite the “20% of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon,” as many recent new sites and celebrities claim. I’ll let National Geographic explain more about that in their recent, “Why the Amazon doesn’t really produce 20% of the world’s oxygen: Of the many important reasons to worry about the thousands of fires raging in the world’s largest rainforest, oxygen supply is not one of them.”
So … why so many fires this year?
Global warming perhaps, but it does seem that a lot of them are man made. “Slash and burn” deforestation, which is the practice of cutting down forests, drying the area out and then setting the area on fire in order to make room for … other things (but usually pastures for cattle as Brazil is one of, if not THE top exporter of beef) - is the main reason for the fires. And, as anyone with common sense and reason can tell you - sometimes even “controlled fires” get out of control. Hence the mess the Amazon is currently in.
While it’s true that wildfires happen every year, this year there have been SO many wildfires in the Amazon that the G-7 even offered to assist. The G-7 being the Group of Seven, which is the international intergovernmental economic organization consisting of the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
So, the G-7 has the resources to assist but, in a really dumb plot twist, Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, said he would only accept aid from the G-7 - if the President of France, Emmanuel Macron apologized to him.
“Wait. What? Apologize to him? For what?” - Was my first thought.
Well, I guess there was some social media stupidity that happened and fragile male egos were bruised. You see, on the public Facebook page of President Bolsonaro, a supporter posted a meme comparing the wives of the two men implying that the President of France was jealous that President Bolsonaro’s wife was, basically - younger and hotter, and then claimed Macron (of France) was jealous.
BUT THEN - the Bolsonaro account responded to the post with, “Hah! Don’t humiliate the guy!”
Which led President Macron (of France) to respond with:
"He had extremely disrespectful comments towards my wife. What can I tell you? It's sad. It's sad for him and for Brazilians. I think that Brazilian women are probably ashamed to read that their president has done that. I think that Brazilians, a great people, are a bit ashamed of this behavior. As I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope that they will quickly have a president who is up to the job."
Well, to be honest - that’s a pretty fair response but … as I previously mentioned - it sounds like Brazil’s President had his fragile male ego wounded which led him to turn down G-7 aid to help his burning rainforest unless the President of France apologized!
Do you ever just kind of wish that, I don’t know … adults were in charge?
Well, guess what? There are clearly adults advising the President of Brazil because they convinced him to change his mind - Brazil WILL accept G-7 aid to combat the fires which amounts to $20 million in aid and will not do so on the condition of the President of France apologizing.
This is not the first time Macron and Bolsonaro have clashed and it probably won’t be the last, but at least this time, the good guys one. The "good guys" being, “whomever assists with the Amazon wildfires.” Let’s hope the good guys can now cut those fires down.
Bernie Sanders is strongly promoting “Medicare for All,” and claims to be its father (“I wrote the damn bill,” he proclaimed to the nation during the second round of Democratic Presidential debates).
His plan does not look like Medicare at all. It appears that he hardly knows anything about Medicare. He probably has no experience with it. Despite his advanced age, he does not need to depend on it. Members of Congress are allowed to receive Medicare benefits, but unlike most other Americans, they can receive other benefits in addition.
Sitting members of Congress can get routine examinations and consultations from the attending physician in the U.S. Capitol for an annual fee. And military treatment facilities in the Washington area offer free emergency medical and dental care for outpatient services.
Members are also eligible for the Federal Employees Health Insurance Program, and they won’t be kicked off as soon as they reach Medicare age. They do have to go through an Obamacare exchange, but it is a small one, the DC Health Link, which reportedly functions well. There are 57 gold-tier plans to choose from, not one or two as in many states. Their portion of the premiums could be as little as 25 percent of the total premiums. Apparently, subsidies for senators don’t run out just because their salary exceeds 400 percent of the federal poverty level.
Funding for Medicare for All will apparently be vacuumed up from all other sources of payment for “healthcare,” and will go into the big collective pot. Then people can get everything without premiums, copays, or deductibles—so they say. This is not at all like Medicare.
Medicare Part A, for hospital care, is funded through the Medicare payroll tax: a 2.9% first-dollar tax—no deductions--on all employment income, half of which is paid by the employer. Seniors believe that they have been funding this through their working years, as they are constantly told. They have indeed paid, but their taxes were immediately used to pay for the care of older retirees. So, their hospital bill today will be paid from the wages of about 2.5 workers (say the persons pumping their gas, collecting their trash, and repairing their plumbing). Already that is not enough, so the IOUs in the “trust fund” are being redeemed from general tax revenues. That fund will soon be gone, according to the Medicare trustees, as Baby Boomers are flooding into the system. It would vanish in a nanosecond if we loaded in everybody, with or without illegal immigrants.
Medicare has long been implementing ways to curb runaway expenditures. From the mid 1980s comes the Prospective Payment System, or Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), under which payment has nothing to do with services rendered to a particular patient. According to my 1985 “Ode to DRG Creep”:
“Now the pay’s by the head, if alive or if dead,
Diagnosis determines the money,…
We need costs less than average, and discharges quicker
We will get no advantage -- For care of the sicker.”
Since “quicker and sicker” discharges might cause a need for readmission, the government penalizes hospitals for readmission. One way to prevent readmission is to discharge to hospice or directly to the morgue. If Bernie were an anonymous Medicare patient, he’d get a consultation on POLST. That’s Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, which translates in the Newspeak Dictionary to “Legally Enforceable Orders to Terminate Life-Sustaining Treatment Including Food and Water.”
Bernie might think he had been admitted—say he had an IV in a hospital room. But if he gets discharged before his second midnight, he might be classified as an outpatient, which is covered under Medicare Part B, and get a “surprise” bill for thousands of dollars, because of the “Two-Midnight Rule.”
Or Bernie might expect to have a little rehab after an orthopedic procedure, but if he is in hospital for fewer than three midnights, rehab isn’t covered. He might have the choice of paying out of pocket, or going home where he will be alone, unable to get out of bed.
Yes, Bernie on Medicare will have free choice of doctors—except for the ones who aren’t accepting Medicare patients.
If Bernie himself were stuck on Medicare with no way out, he might think it not so wonderful. Has anyone heard him tell people about these Medicare problems?
Maybe he means the Canadian Medicare system. It does have a way out for non-senators—called the United States.
70 year-old music legend, Edward Mahoney “Eddie Money,” revealed in a video released by his realty TV series “Real Money” that he has stage 4 esophageal cancer.
The episode airs on AXS TV on September 12 and discusses how he went in for a routine screen when he was diagnosed.
He recently underwent heart valve surgery and reports say he also battled pneumonia.
Despite the cancer having spread to his liver, lymph nodes and stomach, he appears optimistic saying cancer has come a long way since the 1950’s and 60’s and “everyday above ground is a good day.”
Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the gullet/food pipe. There are different types such as adenocarcinoma (lower portion near the stomach), more commonly seen in Caucasians, and squamous cell carcinoma (middle to upper esophagus) more commonly seen in African Americans. It’s the 6th common cause of cancer death worldwide and comprises 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the US.
According to the American Cancer Society, estimates for 2019 include:
Early esophageal cancer may not exhibit any signs. However if it progresses, symptoms may include any of the following:
Although esophageal cancer appears to afflict men more than women, risk factors include:
There are a variety of treatments for esophageal cancer including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” –Maximilien Robespierre
I have to tell you friends that I am not here to win a popularity contest by telling Donald Trump worshippers, who are idolaters, what it is that they do not want to hear (Luke 3:19). Yet, I am ordained by God to be free of their blood by telling them what it is that they need to hear (Acts 20:26).
What is happening in America today does help us to understand the history of dictators, which is being repeated by those who have not learned from history and how it is that they get away with their crimes (Hosea 4:6). People somehow have in their minds that dictators will come forward attacking by force with two pointy ears, a long red tail and a pitch fork in his/her right hand. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” -2 Corinthians 11:14-15
History also teaches us that dictators of the past and present were and are loved by the masses and, in the end, to their own destruction (Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Tung etc.). They were also hated by those who knew the difference (Labeled by the dictators as the enemies of the state) who were attempting to awaken the masses (Ephesians 5:11).
In The Present
Is anyone paying attention to the fact that what big tech companies are illegally doing through censorship today (A clear violation of the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights), is the same thing that red flag laws will do to gun owners if passed? It will aim at disarming any opposition that stands in the way of their global initiative. Who is the greatest proponent of unconstitutional red flag laws? Why, it's President Donald Trump, of course. I thought what Americans were told is that they were under attack by everything anti-American? They are, and President Donald Trump is behind these unconstitutional measures. Although, you would think this would be coming from the likes of Kamala Harris or Joe Biden, and it is.
How does this work? The mainstream media reports:
“When Joe Biden (Sold to you as the bad guy) was questioned about a Biden administration coming from American guns, Biden says, 'bingo!'”
President Donald Trump sells himself that he is the one that will “Make America Great Again.” Yet, Donald is the one looking to pass this unconstitutional red flag laws. Who is coming for your guns? President Donald Trump is coming for them.
I have noticed that in every given scenario that this is how these agendas have gone forward with Donald Trump's administration.
Just today, and adding insult to injury, it was reported that President Donald Trump is now requesting reauthorization of NSA mass surveillance.
“The White House is calling for the reauthorization of a program that security agencies have used to spy on innocent people, violate their privacy, and chill free speech,” said Sandra Fulton. All of this while the American people are subject to an invasion of illegal’s spilling over into the American borders and are illegally searched in airports" (Violation of the 4th Amendment-Bill of Rights).
Who is calling for permanent surveillance? President Donald Trump is calling for it.
Same thing with Abortion
Is this how you make America great again? Advocating war with a just and Holy God (Exodus 15:13) in advancing a Hell on earth (Psalm 9:17)?
Again, this is all coming from the one that declares that he is making America great again. I wonder what he says to those that he hates? Maybe this explains why he has not fulfilled his promises by indicting political criminals within the swamp that he promised to drain (John 8:44).
If the communists, as you are taught to believe, are the treasonous enemies of this country, and they are, then what does this make Donald Trump and his administration?
I almost hate to say it but if Donald Trump's enemies would open their eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4), they would be praising and worshipping him the same way that those that claim to have their eyes open (Mark 8:18), namely the professed Christian-conservative-right, do. Hypocrites (1 John 2:4)!
Yet, if you are paying attention, it is the very fruit on the branches of Donald Trump's administration (Matthew 7:16). Like that of the mainstream media’s propaganda spin doctors and actors, they rely on your absolute ignorance to further wield more control over the ignorant populace on a daily basis.
I can hear someone say, "This sounds like a broken record, Bradlee!" However, what sounds like a broken record is the talking points which are being played out in real-time by a bunch of hypocrites (Matthew 23:3) who have been told the truth of the matter that they refuse to acknowledge (John 8:24), and yet, all the while, knowingly and continuously playing into the hands of those who are destroying their country.
How do you show mercy to people like that? You cannot (Jonah 2:4)!
I end by addressing the president: Mr. Trump, It has been said that you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time and God at no time (Proverbs 15:3).
Super Bowl Champion Quarterback and Bronco’s General Manager John Elway revealed to TODAY that he was diagnosed with a debilitating hand condition 15 years ago. After he retired in 1999 he developed contractures, or permanent bending of his fingers. It affected both his ring fingers such he couldn’t straighten them out and subsequently couldn’t hold a football.
In the interview he states,
“Viking’s Disease”, or Dupuytren’s Disease, is thought to have originated in the Viking population and spread throughout Northern Europe during the 9th and 10th Century. It wasn’t until French physician, Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, described the flexion of the fingers and hand contortion that it received its modern name of “Dupuytren’s Contracture.”
In Dupuytren’s disease, the fascia, or fibrous layer that surrounds the muscles and tendons underneath the skin in the hand becomes thickened and tents, or tightens around the local area. This can cause a contracture, or pulling of the finger to a position in which they can’t extend or straighten back out.
Risk factors for Dupuytren’s disease with resulting contractures include:
Treatments include conservative measures such as steroid injections, enzyme injections and therapy and in more severe cases surgical options are available.
John Elway states he chose to go the conservative route and forewent surgery. It was successful and he now has normal movement of his fingers but the condition can return. The football legend is currently a spokesperson for the Facts On Hand Campaign, raising awareness of this common condition.
For those who have not heard - the Impossible Burger is restaurants (and chains) hottest trend right now! If you’re unfamiliar with the Impossible Burger allow me to fill you in. The Impossible Burger is a meat free burger made entirely of soy, potato, flavored with plant molecules with added coconut and sunflower oils to give it that meat sizzle. If you want to learn more about the science behind the Impossible Burger head over to the main site of Impossible Foods, they can explain it much better than I.
But, basically, it looks like a burger, tastes much like a burger and has just as much protein as a burger. Only, it’s not a burger and it doesn’t have an ounce of meat or use a drop of animal product. Vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers are giving the Impossible Burger rave reviews and more and more fast food chains and restaurants are putting them on the menu.
Well, the folks over at Arby’s have gone a different route and told media the roast beef loving chain will never sell “fake meat.” A rep for Arby’s went as far as saying: “The chances we will bring plant-based menu items to our restaurants, now or in the future, are absolutely impossible.” Fair enough, their motto is “We have the meats.”
Um, okay. Of course, maybe that’s what they say today and maybe they’ll change their mind tomorrow. I mean, it does seem a bit weird to me that a restaurant chain has no interest in selling food that is extremely popular - but whatever - maybe they have their own thing happening!
And boy do they ever!
Arby’s is going to start selling carrot sticks that aren’t carrots! You read that right. The “Marrot,” as they call it, looks like a carrot but is actually made entirely out of - you guessed it - meat! The Marrot is seasoned turkey breast cut, rolled, cooked, then oven-roasted, then finished with a brulee of maple sugar to make it a bit more carrot crunchy.
Um. Okay. Sounds kind of silly to me. But I’m sure the idea of a plant based fake meat burger sounds kind of silly to others so I guess it’s all fair game.
But still, we now live in a world where you can have a plant based burger and a meat based carrot. But probably not at the same place.
The Impossible Burger is currently being served around the country in a large variety of restaurants, several chain restaurants such as White Castle, Burger King and KFC, and sold at select co-ops and supermarkets. The Marrot is currently in the planning stage but Arby’s hopes to test market it in select cities soon which means, depending on customer response, The Marrot may or may not ever be a big thing.
I always hesitate to write about our two freshmen Muslim Congresswomen and Israel because the first reaction of those who will not agree with me is that I’m Jewish and I just don’t understand their attitudes.
You would be half right. I did grow up in a reform Jewish family, my parents were educators, I went to Sunday School every year from Kindergarten to 10th grade, was Bar Mitzvahed at age 13 and am pretty conversant in comparative religion. But I also understand Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, maybe better than they understand themselves.
How do people like these get elected to Congress?
The same way Donald Trump became President. By playing to their base.
Only their base is a group of people who simply don’t want to come to America and assimilate. They want to come here and make us into Somalia. Or, any number of other failed states in the Middle East. I know, I know…Tlaib was born in Detroit. Have you been to Detroit lately? It bears a strong resemblance to certain cities in the Middle East. So do a lot of cities run by Democrats these days.
Omar and Tlaib in their tender freshman term have a bad case of hubris.
Hubris is a noun which is defined as “excessive pride or self-confidence”—something many politicians are afflicted with but usually as they climb further up the ladder.
To repeat a story I’ve told many times, when we had a radio station in Tulsa, we had a regular caller named Jack Jackson. He used to say that when someone gets elected to the school board, the city council or the county commission, they get down to the school headquarters, city hall or the county courthouse, they see the receptionist and that 10 button phone, they take a whiff of that pink gas and they’re never the same.
You can imagine what happened to these women when they got elected to Congress.
They took that pink gas out of a mask hooked to a tank they had delivered to their offices.
They became the “us” in “us versus them”. And, of course, we—you and I—are the “them.”
It’s an occupational hazard for politicians of all stripes but it is especially contagious among those who are being egged on every day by the fake news media.
So what these two clowns have done is to take on Israel.
There was a bi-partisan House delegation which went to the Middle East and talked to all sides from August 5th to the 15th. These women could have easily been part of that group. But noooooo. That’s would not have shined a big enough spotlight on them, so they announced they would make a separate trip to Israel to talk with…wait for it…the Palestinians—whoever they actually are.
Israel did what any sovereign nation has the right to do. It said NO. Then, Tlaib said she wanted to see her Grandmother—who she had never met—living on the West Bank. Israel immediately said yes to that on humanitarian grounds.
Was that good enough for Ms. Tlaib?
Ummmm. No. “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” she said of her grandmother. “It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in.”
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri summed it up neatly. “Last night, she sent me a letter asking her to allow her to visit her 90-year-old grandmother ‘because this could be my last chance to meet her’. I approved it on humanitarian grounds, but it turns out that it was a provocation to embarrass Israel. Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”
Hubris is a tough taskmaster.
Worse are the American Jews who are—for almost inexplicable reasons—so hard core Democrats that they’ll overlook this and blame Israel.
But I have a suspicion that if the Omars and the Tlaibs become the face of today’s Democrat party, you may see what my friend Wayne Allyn Root calls a JEXIT.
We are almost 75 years away from the end of the Holocaust which made the need for a Jewish state apparent. It’s easy for people who have no connection to World War Two to have no passion for this never to happen again.
Perhaps it is necessary for everyone to study some history so that it can never repeat itself.
And maybe some Democrat elders should explain to Omar and Tlaib that—in the total scheme of things—they are not past grade school and their hubris may well stop them from getting to high school.
CNN has released a new poll about the Democratic candidates and it revealed a huge increase in Biden support and a huge drop in interest in Harris. The Biden rise does not exactly surprise me, the Harris decline surprise me a bit. But whatever. There are still something like eighteen candidates in the race, pretty soon some of them are going to be dropping like flies.
Anyway, Biden is clearly viewed as the most moderate candidate. I know there was some recent progressive pushback against his “inappropriate touching” but any common sense analysis of said videos of Biden “inappropriately touching women” revealed them to be ridiculously harmless. And in some cases the women who were on the receiving end of a Biden hug have come out and said things like, “Ummm … he’s my close friend of 40 of years. Of course it’s okay for him to hug me!”
But while it turned out to be a nonstory, I think the negative coverage of Biden dropped him in the polls a bit. And … well … I also hate to say this but his pretty bad performance in the first debate didn’t help him. But all that seems to be water under the bridge now and moderate American’s are reminding themselves how much they like Biden. Conservatives even kind of liked him in the same way that liberals kind of liked Senator McCain. That seems to be changing though as Biden is the front runner and now FOXNEWS is running attack ad after attack add on Biden’s health - which, to be honest - looks just fine.
So - does that mean Biden is about to be our new President? Well - not so fast. This all comes from a single CNN poll of 1.001 people with a sampling error of 3.7%. I know some folks are skeptical of polls but all you need to do is remind yourself is that a poll is a snapshot of voters, it is not a forecast of the future. BUT, even though it’s true that people can change their mind as in “Someone polls for Biden one day but changes their mind the following week to support Sanders,” and it’s true that this does happen. People change their minds. That being said, snapshots of voters are surprisingly accurate.
I’ll bring Scientific American into the mix of things. According to their 2004 article, “How can a poll of only 1,004 Americans represent 260 million people with only a 3 percent margin of error?” - polls have a margin of error that depends:
“... inversely on the square root of the sample size. That is, a sample of 250 will give you a 6 percent margin of error and sample of 100 will give you a 10 percent margin of error.” Okay, I think I’m following that. And by the way, that ten percent margin of error is too high and therefore makes a polling of 100 people statistically worthless. So polls with too small a sampling size are not useful.
Well, just poll more folks! Right?
Well, it sounds like that’s true - up to a certain point. While it’s true that the more people you poll the smaller your margin of error becomes. Again, from Scientific America:
“... by surveying 4,000 people, you can get the margin of error down to 1.5 percent … but that is generally a waste of time because public opinion varies enough from day to day that it is meaningless to attempt too precise an estimate.”
Okay. Fair enough. It sounds like it would take too much time to gather polling data from several thousand people because by the time you compile the data, public opinion may have significantly altered. So it sounds like polling folks in the several thousand range - isn’t worth it at all. Which is why pollsters find the sweet spot to be about “a thousand people,” which puts the margin of error at 3.7% but can be done quickly and in enough time that public opinion hasn’t changed much by the time the poll is released.
Makes sense to me.
But what about anomalies? What about human error? What about bias?
Well, Scientific American covers that too:
“The margin of error is a mathematical abstraction, and there are a number of reasons why actual errors in surveys are larger. Even with random sampling, people in the population have unequal probabilities of inclusion in the survey. For instance, if you don't have a telephone, you won't be in the survey, but if you have two phone lines, you have two chances to be included. In addition, women, whites, older people and college-educated people are more likely to participate in surveys. Polling organizations correct for these nonresponse biases by adjusting the sample to match the population, but such adjustments can never be perfect because they only correct for known biases. For example, "surly people" are less likely to respond to a survey, but we don't know how many surly people are in the population or how this would bias polling results.”
Okay. I think I got it - a poll is a snapshot of voter opinion but again - it is not an actual prediction of exactly what will happen. A 3 percent margin of error means that “there is a 95 percent chance that the survey result will be within 3 percent of the population value.”
What that means is that pollsters, much like weathermen are better at their jobs than we give them credit for. I mean we have plenty of jokes about both are wrong all the time (especially the weatherman), the opposite is true - polls (and the weatherman) for the most part - are pretty accurate.
But anomalies do exist, errors happen. I mean, polls predicting the likely outcome of the 2016 Presidential election could have one candidate ten points ahead one week, and then watch that candidate lose mainly due to Widespread Russian Interference in all 50 States which rendered all the polls meaningless - and handing the election to the other candidate.
Jeffrey Epstein's cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging; however, there a series of conspiracy theories that suggest he was strangled. There are some distinct physical findings that would differentiate the two.
66 year-old Jeffrey Epstein, who recently pleaded not guilty of sex trafficking charges, was found dead in his jail cell on August 10. He had recently been on suicide watch and reports initially suggested he had hung himself by his bed sheet.
However, the results of the financier’s autopsy suggest he sustained trauma consistent with hanging (after preliminary reports suggested strangulation). How do forensic experts tell the difference?
With hanging, one drops from a height and suspends, incurring a fracture of a neck bone which in turn may sever the spinal cord.
A severe blood pressure drop can ensue and the victim may die within minutes
As seen above, a “hangman’s fracture” is seen with hyperextension injuries where the pars interarticularis on the pedicle of the C2 vertebrae becomes fractured. The distance of the drop is crucial in determining the success of the execution. A drop to long could cause beheading, a drop too short could cause strangulation.
If they do strangulate ...they asphyxiate (lose air flow), or lose blood flow from their carotid arteries being compromised.
From a capital punishment standpoint, hanging is one of the most common and barbaric ways to execute. Three states still have this form of execution as an option if lethal injection is not available (DE, NH, WA).
Strangulation occurs when one compresses the structures of the neck causing decrease air and blood flow. It could be executed using a ligature (scarf, sheet, cord) or by one’s hands. Moreover, it can occur if a hanging drop is improperly calculated. Many times the hyoid bone is fractured (1/3 of all homicides) as its think U-shape is vulnerable to the forces of strangulation.
So injuries incurred can be similar in both strangulation and hanging, especially if the latter is done improperly and ineffectively severs the spinal cord.
However, since hanging causes a blood pressure drop and strangulation causes a backup of pressure into the head due to vessel constrictions, on autopsy one may find more signs of hemorrhage (retinal hemorrhages) and swelling (brain edema) during strangulation than accurate hanging.
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…” – George Orwell
Being in ministry and traveling as much as we do, we have the opportunity to see and meet a lot of people and in the process, we notice what it is that people feed upon. And let me tell you, this explains why this country is in the condition that it is in today.
When you are on an airplane, a bus or a train you see what people are feeding upon, they are feeding upon gossip magazines or maybe they are playing poker on their phones or perhaps viewing a filthy movie on the back of one of the airplane seats (Hosea 8:7). You can rest assured that a majority of them who are feeding on this garbage are them that continually complain about what’s wrong with their country rather than standing up and fighting for the country that they say they love (Matthew 15:8). And of course, everyone that we see or meet across the country is surely involved with politics in one way or another; for we all live politics. But I have to ask, who is it that you live unto (Matthew 6:24)?
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." -2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Many in America today justify their standing (1 Corinthians 10:12) as Christian-conservative patriots by holding to secularists such as Mark Levin, Laura Ingram, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or Ben Shapiro, etc. This may explain why we as a country are in so much trouble. It's not because of these talking heads (The best that the Christian conservatives have to offer?) so much as it is the Americans that have forsaken the Word of God and the US Constitution.
“The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests” -President Andrew Jackson
These conservative talking heads (Yesterday's liberals) do not make reference to biblical and constitutional laws exposing the criminals in the Church and in politics to bring about much needed resolve through justice (Psalm 9:16; Isaiah 51:4).
As a matter of fact, it is these talking head conservative spin doctors that are the very ones fueling the narratives that secure the establishment of which Americans claim they are sick and tired of. Furthermore, they individually define out as to being the very controlled opposition (Keeping the conservatives in order) that is needed to keep pushing the agenda forward, for they are no threat to the establishment that they make claim to be exposing (Romans 3:20).
Let us start out with the dazed and confused Ben Shapiro, who not only denies the Christ but believed that Jesus was a Jew who led a revolt against the Romans and got killed just like a lot of Jews who were crucified for the same thing.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" -Jeremiah 17:9
Apparently, Ben knows more than the very God that he declares to believe in outside of the Savior that was and is sent on his behalf.
Oh, how it stands true when Jesus said, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11).
Wisdom will not long hold a seat in the head of that man who has yielded up his heart to folly.
What about Glenn Beck? In his confusion, he goes on the air with his panel of hand-picked guests that are calling out radical Muslim Ilhan Omar’s subversive crimes who, without a doubt, is playing a very dangerous game in attacking the American system of government merely to overthrow and to conquer. This no one can deny, not even Ilhan who is telling you through her actions (action speaks louder than words) what she is all about.
Yet, one panel member tells the listening and viewing audience that they need to temper down the rhetoric in dealing with her lawlessness (Revelation 3:16). Is this somehow a game? How does this make any sense? Maybe these spineless individuals on this panel, along with Beck, should take the time to understand that hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought, bled and died fighting against the very crimes that this panel member, in particular, is attempting to condition the American people to submit to, namely, the likes of radicals such as Ilhan Omar. How un-American!
In other words, this panel member is saying that freedom is free and that freedom will remain without a fight, not so. So then, I ask what is the difference between him and Ilhan Omar being enemies to this country? There isn’t one. He thinks that talk is going to get the job done when it will not, just ask Ilhan Omar.
What about Rush Limbaugh, a professing Christian, who has been married four times and divorced three times. Rush might want to read Matthew 5:32. "Adulterers have no inheritance into the kingdom of Heaven" (1Corinthians 6:9). At his last wedding, Rush hired sodomite (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) Elton John to play for $1,000,000. You heard me right - one million dollars!
People must come to terms with the fact that these conservative talking heads are financially fed by staying loyal to their sponsors not the American people, and how do they do that, by staying on cue as to what it is that they can and cannot talk about. This is how they make their millions (James 4:4) and you will find that where their sponsors are, there are their golden calves (Exodus 32:1-23).
To prove the point, just last week, Rush reported that Michele Obama is the most admired woman in America. Who told him that? He's quoting the same media that 94% of the American people say they do not believe.
These conservative talking heads are nothing but mere "Enquiring minds need to know gossip" (Acts 17:18). They are simply conveying to their base the same message that the liberals are to their bases except by the personalities that people adhere to the most. No wonder Jesus told us to beware of the leaven of the Herodians (Mark 8:15). These are the blind leading the blind (Matthew 15:14) driving Americans into the ditch.
These talking heads say the right things to them that do not know the difference. I am not saying that they have not done good things, but I am saying that they are not the standard (John 14:6), but like lying and corrupt politicians, they are no different than those they complain about because they are securing their positions, as well as the corrupt politicians' positions, and in the end, solidifying the establishment that again, everyone is complaining about.
Yet, they live by continuously feeding the error of politicians and hypocrisies as nothing more than just talk. And why? It's because to go any further, would be condemning and judgmental, at least to them that refuse to correct themselves (John 3:19-21). In turn, it lowers the honor of the sacrifice given (John 3:16) which was paid for our liberty and our God-given rights to a mere sportsmanlike conduct on a field. Let me remind you that this is not a game.
These conservatives talking heads are nothing more than controlled opposition. They are not a threat to the establishment that they continue to feed into and promote. Yet, as they say, the show must go on, and so it does.
In last week’s column, I showed things really are much better now than in the past and said this week I’d provide some reasons for hope in the future.
Let’s start with: Our air and water are much cleaner now than 50 years ago. But we’ve not really observed the fundamental principal of regulation: We should implement such laws and regulations only if they are socially cost-effective and fair. That is, if the social benefits exceed the costs and minimize cross-subsidies. Fortunately, the Trump administration has stopped the rush to mindlessly promulgate ever more regulations and started to reconsider a few excessive ones now on the books. Maybe we can get policy right and all be better off.
Many children are indeed growing up in poor circumstances and face challenging futures. But that’s always been true, and some of them turn out surprisingly well anyway. Many other children are raised in very good circumstances, and some of them also do very well. Our daughter gives me much hope for the future. I hope your kids do so for you, too.
And some people are finally beginning to speak up about the need for two-parent families and the damage divorce and single parenting often do to children. We can’t reduce these problems until we openly acknowledge them.
Almost all significant dire things Al Gore predicted in his 2006 book An Inconvenient Truth have failed to materialize, especially the 20-foot rise in sea level. Good thing for him, too, because he bought an $8-million mansion on the coast. Probably even he didn’t believe that dreck.
Even though government excess and other basic trends have slowed economic growth, it seems to have settled at two percent annually in real terms, instead of slowing ever more. Economic growth is necessary to increase human wellbeing. Maybe we can turn our policies and other problems around and get back to long-term growth above three percent so each generation is about twice as well off on average as its parents.
A handful of high-tech companies have huge size and virtual monopolies in communications platforms. But just as IBM and others once ruled their sectors, only to be taken down by disruptive firms including the current leaders, so also will they eventually succumb to new technologies and business models, curing some of their current bad behavior.
A prominent futurist predicts artificial intelligence will blossom in the future, the way micro-electronics and the internet did before. And its benefits will exceed its risks. I think he’s right.
The rot of the Deep State is bringing it down fitfully and slowly. People are gaining consciousness of it and the problems it causes. All this likely will set off a round of reform that will benefit the public interest and ordinary folk.
Rumors of the death of the private auto are greatly exaggerated.
New technology has fostered a boom in creative arts and will continue to do so. You can make a video and post it to the world with your phone. Yes, most are forgettable, but not every play in Shakespeare’s time was a masterpiece, either. New tech gives us much new art and science.
Baseball is as much fun as ever to watch, especially the brilliant fielding plays. And the Dodgers are still the best team. Now, if only the Orioles could get back to their glory days …
If current film-makers won’t produce good movies (plot, character development, hope, inspiration, etc.) we can now watch classics on TCM, which we couldn’t decades ago. Thanks, Ted Turner.
There’s some hope biotech will help us live better, longer lives – and reduce the cost of medical care. No guarantees here, because health care and insurance costs continue to rise, but we can hope.
Technology and economic progress continue to improve our diets – quality, variety, nutrition, etc. Now we need to find ways to manage our intakes to fight obesity and promote overall wellness. A task for people, not governments.
We’ve been through crazy times like the present before and recovered. The Great Depression, the Sixties and various wars. We can do so again.
Thank you, President Trump, for considering the human lives lost before counter-attacking the evil empire of Iran.