McClaughry: Four very serious but widely ignored threats

first_imgby John McClaughry If you watch the news media, and especially the accounts of things like the Peoples’ March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, you would believe that the most critical problems facing America are deportation of immigrants for entering the country illegally, employer resistance to paying low skilled workers $15/hour, carbon dioxide emissions that cause “climate change,”  pipeline threats to sacred Native American burial sites, intolerance toward those whose religion commands jihad, and allowing conservatives to speak on campuses.Well, people are entitled to march to draw attention to issues important to them. But could we pause just a moment to look at four threats that unarguably have the potential to cripple or even destroy American and global civilization?First, our national government is $20 trillion in debt, plus owing unfunded liabilities (mainly Social Security and Medicare) totaling at least $80 trillion more, depending on the time period and interest rates used. The $20 trillion is 105% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, a level that indicates a government in serious financial trouble.The disability insurance fund is projected to run dry in 2023, the Medicare fund in 2028, and the retirement fund in 2030 (earlier, if retirement funds are used to stretch out the failure of the disability fund.)All that’s keeping us out of the fiscal poorhouse is foreign and domestic investors who see US debt as completely secure, although dollar depreciation is reducing that debt’s real interest rate to near zero percent.Thousands of knowledgeable and responsible people know how to fix the federal fiscal problem – but there are hundreds of millions who are in denial about an approaching collapse, and oppose any tax and spending austerity program to fend it off.  Second, and less political, is the threat of asteroid impact. None have been recorded since 1908 in Siberia, but on February 15, 2013, a space rock of the same size – 140 feet across – passed within 17,000 miles of Earth. A hit would have destroyed New York or Shanghai. The impact of a 3,000 foot wide asteroid could well kill off the human race.We must identify and plot asteroids heading our way years or decades ahead. We can intercept and deflect them with (as yet untested) “laser bees” or “gravity tractors.” But nations with space programs aren’t much interested in dealing with what they tell themselves is a low-frequency threat. Our president is promising a manned base on the moon and even more absurdly, a manned mission to Mars. Enough already! We should be leading a worldwide effort to protect our planet from destruction.Third is the threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event – or attack. A solar superstorm called the Carrington Event blew out telegraph lines in 1859. A small one left Quebec without power for nine hours in 1989. In July 2012 a huge solar storm crossed earth’s orbit, fortunately while our planet was on the other side of the sun.A rogue nation like North Korea could explode a nuclear device three hundred miles above the US. The blast effect would be minimal and the fallout manageable, but the EMP would cripple or destroy every unshielded electronic system in its target cone. Experts debate how long it would take to recover – weeks or years.The fix is twofold: destroy rogue missiles, and harden power and communication systems. Peter Pry, executive director of the Congressionally-created EMP Commission, reports that the Senate has three times refused to advance EMP threat reduction bills passed with bipartisan or unanimous support in the House.Fourth is the threat of an epidemic like the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed millions of people worldwide. The heavy use of antibiotics threatens to produce mutated “superbugs” that can defeat antibiotics. The FDA is offering incentives to drug companies to find new antibiotics, but this is probably a losing race.One answer may be ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI). It was an important anti-infection treatment until streptomycin and penicillin appeared in the 1940s. It is still done, reportedly successfully, by a handful of alternative medical practitioners willing to defy the disapproval of the orthodox medical profession.There are other almost forgotten non-pharmaceutical alternatives like the Rife Raytube that deserve modern reexamination, but “official medicine” shows little interest. The Bush Defense Department rejected a proposal to test UBI on anthrax infected cattle after 9/11.So there are four really serious threats facing America and the world. We could take steps to overcome them, but there seems to be little enthusiasm. Instead, we see one politically sponsored march after another on issues of at most far less consequence.Where is the leadership that will get serious about the huge threats that face our country and our planet?John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute ( is external)).last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Merriam sets meetings on future of Irene B. French Community Center; Merriam police captain named acting chief

first_imgMerriam hosting public meetings to explore opportunities for Irene B. French Community Center. The city of Merriam is hosting two public meetings — April 29 and June 26 — to explore future opportunities for the Irene B. French Community Center at 5701 Merriam Drive. Both meetings take place at 7 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center. During the April 29 meeting, residents can provide ideas for future of the community center and participate in surveys. During the June 26 meetings, residents can follow up on progress. For more information about the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee, visit names police captain Todd Allen as acting chief of police. Capt. Todd Allen took over as Merriam’s acting chief of police March 26. Allen replaces Chief of Police Michael Daniels, who retires April 1 after more than three decades with the Merriam Police Department. Allen began his career with the Merriam Police Department in 1996 after graduating from the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. He rose the ranks over the past 23 years, serving as a captain for the previous five years before being named as the acting police chief.Shawnee Mission hosts Spotlight on Student Wellness event April 10. The Shawnee Mission School District is hosting Spotlight on Student Wellness, an event for parents and guardians to gain more information on health and wellness for their students. The event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. April 10 at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Three breakout sessions and a keynote speech by Tim DeWeese with Johnson County Mental Health will cover several topics, including social communication and engagement, non-crisis supports, eating disorders, sexual wellness, human trafficking, vaping and somatic symptoms, among others. The event is free and open to all parents, guardians and care providers.last_img read more

Apple is reportedly getting a sweet deal from big banks as it pushes into mobile payments

first_imgby. Sam ColtApple has negotiated discounts on the card transaction fees for its soon-to-launch payment platform, Bank Innovation’s Ian Kar reports.According to the report, Apple has reached agreements with companies including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.Apple’s platform will get what’s called “card present” transaction rates, which is the same rate as when a customer swipes a card at the grocery store.Online transactions, for example, usually have higher costs because they pose a greater fraud risk.The banks gave Apple the more favorable rate because Apple was able to convince them that its platform is secure. GPS location data coming from a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip and the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor will protect the banks from significant fraud risks.This is a pretty big deal for the banks, because strictly speaking your card won’t be present when you use Apple’s payment platform. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Apr 26, 2018

first_imgStudy: Mass distribution of azithromycin reduces childhood mortality in AfricaA study today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that childhood mortality in sub-Saharan African communities randomly assigned to mass distribution of azithromycin was lower than in those assigned a placebo. But the authors warn that resistance emerging from mass distribution of the antibiotic could curb or reverse any potential benefit.In a cluster-randomized trial conducted by an international team of researchers, communities in Malawi, Niger, and Tanzania were assigned to four biannual mass distributions of either oral azithromycin or placebo to children ages 1 to 59 months. Because azithromycin has been shown to reduce rates of infectious diseases like malaria, trachoma, and pneumonia in poor rural communities, and a case-control study in Ethiopia suggested mass distribution of the drug might reduce childhood mortality, the investigators wanted to see if mass distribution in three geographically distinct areas in Africa could have an impact on childhood mortality.A total of 1,533 communities underwent randomization, with 97,047 children in the azithromycin group and 93,191 in the placebo group. Over five census visits, 323,302 person-years were monitored. At the end of the trial, the annual mortality rate for eligible children in the three countries was 14.6 deaths per 1,000 person-years in the communities that received azithromycin and 16.5 deaths per 1,000 person-years in the communities that received placebo. Mortality was 13.5% lower overall in the communities that received azithromycin, with a larger impact seen in Niger (18.1% lower) than in Malawi (5.7% lower) and Tanzania (3.4% lower). Children in the ages 1 to 5 months who received azithromycin saw the greatest benefit, with 24.9% lower mortality compared with those who received placebo.The trial did not investigate how azithromycin prevented death, but the authors of the study say research into that question is already underway. In addition, they say further follow-up is warranted to determine whether the mortality effect observed in the trial changes with subsequent rounds of treatment. That could provide insight into the potential impact of side effects and emerging resistance.They conclude, “Any policy that recommends mass distribution of oral azithromycin to address childhood mortality would need to consider not only cost but also the risk of side effects, especially the potential for the induction or amplification of antibiotic resistance.”Apr 26 N Engl J Med study Studies assess effect of probiotics in C difficile infectionTwo studies today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggest that probiotics may be a prevention tool for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).In the first study, an international group of researchers analyzed 18 randomized controlled trials with data on 6,851 patients that compared probiotic prophylaxis to placebo or to no treatment and that reported CDI as an outcome. They found that probiotics reduced CDI odds by nearly two-thirds in both the unadjusted model (odds ratio [OR] 0.37) and the adjusted model (OR 0.35). In addition, a subgroup analysis suggested that, compared to no probiotics, multispecies probiotics were more beneficial than single species probiotics, as was using probiotics in clinical settings where the CDI risk was greater than 5%. Odds for serious adverse events were similar in both groups.The authors of the study concluded that the results provide moderate quality evidence for probiotic prophylaxis may be a useful and safe CDI prevention strategy. “While it’s not a perfect solution for a bacterium that has proven very difficult to prevent and treat, probiotics could offer patients another line of defense,” lead author Bradley Johnson, PhD, of Dalhousie University said in a press release from journal publisher the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).In the second study, a separate team of researchers evaluated a before-and-after quality improvement intervention program in which all eligible antibiotic recipients at a tertiary care hospital received capsules containing a three-probiotic mixture, to be taken within 12 hours of their initial dose of antibiotics. Comparing the hospital-onset CDI incidence during the 12-month baseline and intervention periods, the researchers found that the incidence rate was similar—6.9 per 10,000 patient days in the baseline period vs. 7.0 per 10,000 patient days in the intervention period. But they also detected a significant decrease in CDI during the final 6 months of the intervention compared with the first 6 months. Overall adherence to the protocol was low, with only 26% of eligible patients receiving a probiotic.The authors say the delayed effect may have been related to poor adherence to the protocol for probiotic administration and a delayed gradual reduction in environmental contamination.Apr 26 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol study #1 Apr 26 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol study #2 Apr 26 SHEA press release CARB-X to fund development of next-generation aminoglycosideCARB-X today announced an initial award of up to $2.4 million to biopharmaceutical company Achaogen for the development of a next-generation aminoglycoside antibiotic.According to a press release from CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), the funding will help Achaogen further develop an aminoglycoside that has been engineered to overcome resistance mechanisms. The hope is that this next-generation aminoglycoside will be able to treat drug-resistant pathogens such as Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter baumannii.”We are honored to have CARB-X’s support in advancing our novel aminoglycoside program, which we believe has significant potential to address the growing multi-drug resistance problem in gram-negative bacteria,” Achaogen chief scientific officer Lee Swem, PhD, said in the press release.Achaogen could receive up to $9.6 million more in two additional stages based on the achievement of certain project milestones.Since it was established in 2016, CARB-X has awarded nearly $80 million to accelerate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics, and other products to address antibiotic resistance.Apr 26 CARB-X press releaselast_img read more

American Axle & Manufacturing Appoints New CFO

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DETROIT — American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM) has appointed Thomas Martin to the position of vice president of finance and CFO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Martin replaces former AAM Executive Vice President and CFO Robin Adams, who left the company in April to become executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer at BorgWarner. Martin will resign from his position on the AAM Board of Directors and as a member of the board’s audit committee in order to focus on his new position. During his 36-year career in the automotive industry, Martin worked extensively in both the domestic and international marketplace. He served in various financial positions at DaimlerChrysler, including CFO and board member, Chrysler de Mexico; CFO, Chrysler International – Europe; controller, Chrysler de Mexico; and director, core process implementation. In addition, he served as controller, service and parts division and financial manager for manufacturing, engineering, program management, design, procurement and supply, Chrysler Financial and Corporate Staffs. To learn more about AAM, go to: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

COVID-19 Update Bermuda

first_imgCOVID-19 Update BermudaOn Sunday 143 test results were received by the Ministry of Health; and 2 were positive for COVID-19. Of the 3 recent cases 2 are under investigation and 1 was a close contact.Bermuda now has 144 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:• there are 8 active cases, of…June 15, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update BermudaOn Friday there were 173 test results received by the Ministry of Health; and none were positive for COVID-19. Bermuda has 141 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows: there are 18 active cases, of which12 persons are under active public health monitoring, and6 persons are hospitalized.None are…June 8, 2020In “General”COVID 19 Update Bermuda, May 23Today there were 229 test results received by the Ministry of Health; and 5 were positive for COVID-19. Of the 5 new cases: -2 are imported (individuals already in quarantine)  -1 is local transmission with a known source -2 are under investigation Bermuda has 133 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows: there are 43 active…May 23, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 15, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020center_img Oct 16, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “The importance of physical distancing cannot be overstated,” said the Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP. “Bermuda can take great pride in the way the majority of residents have embraced responsible actions that make us safer as a community and have kept COVID-19 spread down. These actions have saved lives. It is unfortunate that just a few people’s disregard for the new rules we all have to live by can cause an outbreak. I remind all of Bermuda to adhere to wearing a face mask in public places, and doing your best to maintain a six feet separation from others. This will keep us all safe, but most of all, the persons in our community who are most vulnerable.” Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Between Friday and Saturday 230 test results were received by the Ministry of Health; and none were positive for COVID-19.Bermuda has 140 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:• there are 39 active cases, of which• 30 persons are under active public health monitoring, and• 9 persons are hospitalized; of which• 2 are in critical care;• a total of 92 have recovered, and• the total deceased remains 9.The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 61 and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 18 to 101 years.The average age of persons hospitalized is 76 and their age ranges from 66 to 91 years.The average age of all deceased cases is 74 and the age range is 57 to 91 years.The source of all local cases is as follows:• 41 are Imported• 83 are Local transmission, with known contact• 10 are Local transmission with an unknown contact, and• 6 are under investigationBermuda’s country status remains “Local Transmission – Cluster of Cases”.last_img read more

Utah Jazz: New faces join familiar faces at Jazz media day

first_img Related We have a few different guys on the floor. We’ll go through training camp and we have some ideas of things we’re going to change. – Jazz coach Tyrone CorbinSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz kicked off the 2012-13 season Monday with their annual media day, welcoming 18 players to training camp, including several new players that are expected to contribute this season.”We’re all set to go,” said third-year Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin in front of a media throng at the Zions Bank Basketball Center. “We have a few different guys on the floor. We’ll go through training camp and we have some ideas of things we’re going to change.”Among the new players are forward Marvin Williams, who played for several years in Atlanta, Mo Williams, who began his career in Utah and guard Randy Foye, a six-year veteran, who last played with the Los Angeles Clippers.”It’s great to be here,” said Mo Williams, who was drafted by the Jazz in 2003 and has since played for Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Clippers. “This is the most exciting time with training camp about to start. We’re ready to work and our goal is to win as many games as possible.”One player missing Monday was Raja Bell, who is under contract with the Jazz, but wasn’t invited to participate in camp.Corbin, owner Greg Miller and general manager Dennis Lindsey each declined to talk about the Bell situation when asked.The Jazz will officially begin practicing Tuesday and practice twice a day for the rest of the week. On Saturday, the Jazz will hold an open scrimmage at the EnergySolutions Arena and their first exhibition game will be Monday night at Golden State.The first home exhibition game will be Oct. 12 against Oklahoma City with home games against the Clippers on Oct. 20 and Portland on Oct. [email protected] Utah Jazz: Mo or Marvin? Well, at least nobody sent those game DVDs to Deroncenter_img Utah Jazz: Player-by-player look at current team last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly Fire/EMS report: July 24 – July 30, 2017

first_img7/27/17 15:17Medical Trauma500 block E. 16th 7/30/17 2:39Medical Emergency1400 block E. Michigan 7/27/17 22:00Transfer to Wichita 7/28/17 22:40Structure Fire900 block N 120th Ave 7/25/17 7:11Medical Emergency1100 block E. 16th 7/26/17 11:53Medical Emergency500 block E 10th 7/24/17 14:45Medical Emergency1600 block W. 16th 7/24/17 16:08Medical Emergency400 block S. C ST. 7/25/17 20:01Medical Emergency700 block S. G St. 7/26/17 11:37Medical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 7/27/17 18:39Grass FireN. Drury Rd 7/24/17 7:40Transfer to Wichita 7/26/17 2:33Medical Emergency400 block E. Maple 7/25/17 7:20Transfer to SRMC 7/25/17 15:24Grass FireHighway 160 7/29/17 6:57Medical Emergency600 block N. Sykes 7/26/17 15:11Medical EmergencyOxford 7/29/17 17:27Medical Emergency1200 Block E 10th 7/30/17 14:27Grass Fire100 block N. Broadway 7/27/17 21:56Medical Emergency900 block W. Orchard 7/26/17 12:54Medical Emergency500 block N. C St. July 24 8:18AMMedical Emergency500 block W. Lincoln 7/30/17 12:10Medical Emergency500 block N Olive 7/24/17 13:48Fire Alarm300 block S. Central 7/30/17 21:23Medical Emergency1200 block S. Washington 7/27/17 12:27Baler FireN Drury Rd Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 24 to July 30, 2017 is as follows: 7/25/17 12:08Grass FireKansas Turnpike 7/30/17 13:21Medical Emergency200 block E. Lincoln Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 7/27/17 7:04Medical EmergencyOxford 7/25/17 12:01Transfer to Wichita 7/25/17 8:58Medical Emergency400 block S. C St. 7/28/17 19:24Grass Fire700 block Maize 7/30/17 15:08Medical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 7/28/17 22:54Medical Emergency400 block S. C St. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 7/30/17 17:25Grass Fire900 block E. 20th Ave. 7/28/17 14:48Medical Emergency1300 block E. Harvey 7/30/17 0:45Vehicle Accident900 block N Highway 81 7/27/17 20:54Medical Emergency1100 block N. Day 7/26/17 17:34Oven Fire1000 block College 7/24/17 4:41Medical Emergency200 block E. 10th    7/29/17 0:05Medical Emergency1300 E. Harvey 7/27/17 17:08Transfer to Wichita 7/24/17 18:38Medical Emergency1100 block W. 16th 7/27/17 8:12Medical Emergency1400 block Michigan 7/25/17 20:26Transfer to Wichita Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid on their way to Melbourne where they’ll face Roma & Man City

first_img Both matches will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can hold more than 100,000 fans and hosts Australian football, cricket and rugby matches.  CEST Upd. at 22:53 In Norway, the final stage of their trop, they will take on Valerenga on August 9. Real Madrid are on their way to Melbourne (Australia), the city where Rafa Benitez’s team will begin the second phase of their 2015-16 pre-season.  They have travelled with 24 players, with Iker Casillas not among them having completed his move to Porto. Fabio Coentrao is also absent due to injury.  Madrid’s flight is due to touch down in the Australian city at 11.30h on Monday, June 13 (19.30h local time), according to the club’s official website.center_img 12/07/2015 Real Madrid will then continue onto China, Germany and Norway. In China they will play in a tournament (July 27 and 30) which also includes Inter Milan and AC Milan.  EFE Back in Europe, they will play in the Audi Cup against Tottenham (August 4), with Bayern Munich or Milan then waiting in the final.  It’s their first visit to Australia. While there they will play against Roma (July 18) and Manchester City (July 24). last_img read more