Do something for peace – Blog it Nov. 4th

Wondering what you can do to help peace seep into everyone’s mind? Now waiting here – just blog along with thousands of others in 120+ countries for Peace on Friday!

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November 4, 2011
Bloggers from all across the globe
will blog for peace.

We will speak with one voice.
One subject
One day
What is it? A small group of bloggers answered a challenge I tossed one angst-filled October day in 2006I wanted to know what would happen if all bloggers everywhere signed their name across a globe and all posted the SAME POST on the SAME DAY. I created a graphic and made the first one.  I asked them to write “Dona nobis pacem” which is Latin for “grant us peace” across the graphics image and post it on their blogs in November.  Fifty-two people responded enthusiastically and soon it began to spread like a beautiful lyric across the internet.



New Flu Study – a survey of old research

You might give lots of credence to new research but “opinions based on surveying old research papers and “averaging” it and making implied judgments on research that was not done?

I got my shot and will continue doing so, until I see basic research based on current vaccine results – not a survey or other people’s research.

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Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines
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Prof Michael T Osterholm PhD a Corresponding AuthorEmail Address, Nicholas S Kelley PhD a, Prof Alfred Sommer MD b, Edward A Belongia MD c

We searched Medline for randomised controlled trials assessing a relative reduction in influenza risk of all circulating influenza viruses during individual seasons after vaccination (efficacy) and observational studies meeting inclusion criteria (effectiveness). Eligible articles were published between Jan 1, 1967, and Feb 15, 2011

We screened 5707 articles and identified 31 eligible studies



Land Theft from Mayans Continues – Shame

The land must really be good if people have been stealing it and killing Mayans for it for more than 500 years. It took the Irish, nearly 500 years to regain their nation and culture from the English. You have to wonder how the thieves think they can steal and control a culture, even today. The theft in Guatemala continues but those who were born to the land for more than 12,000 years continue to struggle for their rights since the Spanish came. Could that be what the predictions of 2012 are about? That the Mayans begin to get their land back then?

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I am told Tzalbal is the first village to find out that their land was nationalised, and the first to publicly denounce this and demand, unconditionally, that their land be given back. Nonetheless, the case of Tzalbal is illustrative of what the conflict in Guatemala was about. This conflict was about land.
The natives of Tzalbal appear to be the unwanted actors in a drama that always seems to repeat itself in Guatemala. A drama which has run for more than 500 years where invaders, whether spanish, military or “representative” democratic governments, steal the land of the indigenous peoples through laws and violence.
United, the Ixiles present shout, “We don´t want another master!”, “Finish the law! Give us back our land!”
Patricio Rodriguez
We will get our land back, bit by bit, step by step” .

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An Afghan woman says no to the darkness

For too many Afghan women, their life is one of darkness – no light for laughter and opportunity. This poem says much and one wonders how strong she must to be to still claim her right to light!

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Society Ritual

A dark life!
A lone girl!
Whose heart only feels pain.

When I think about my life, and the other girls’ lives
It is a huge load on my heart.
Our society does not allow us a chance to progress.
When I think of the future
Everywhere is dark.

This is life’s tradition, a ritual
Fighting against them is the only way
I will stand strongly against all darknesses.



Vaccine deniers as harmful as climate warming deniers?

Vaccines – especially vaccines for polio, small pox, and measles – have saved countless lives since their introduction. Opting out of vaccines, in many case, threatens public health and increasingly – global health.

Are they 100% effective? Are they 100% safe? Nope. Most are in the 99% effective and safe range.

Can you look both ways before crossing a street in a car, on foot or a bike and still get hit? Yes but the chances are really, really small. So, would you advise people not to look or not to cross the street?

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During the 1950s – before the introduction of the measles vaccine – in the United States alone the disease infected roughly 4 million, hospitalized nearly 50,000,  and contributed to the deaths of several hundred every year.


Lower vaccine uptake, and increases in international travel, have increased opportunities for the measles virus to spread – even to areas that had previously all but eliminated it.