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ENDNOTE: YA (Yet Another) Chick-fil-A “act of kindness” story

2019-Jul-20

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7242599/Chick-fil-manager-helps-World-War-II-veteran-96-change-flat-tire.html

‘His act of kindness was beautiful’: Chick-fil-A manager helps a World War II veteran, 96, change his flat tire after the elderly customer came to the counter ‘shaking and almost in tears’

  • A 96-year-old World War II veteran arrived at a Maryland Chick-fil-A in distress after his car sustained a flat tire
  • A manager at the franchise suspended his duties behind the till to tend to the man’s vehicle
  • An image of the Chick-fil-A manager helping the elderly vet has now gone viral, with social media users heartened by the act of kindness 

By ANDREW COURT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:49 EDT, 12 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 EDT, 13 July 2019

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If Chick-fil-A is such a terrible bigoted organization, as they are portrayed by the Big Media, the why do I keep reading such “act of kindness” stories about them?

Perhaps, they are not the “evil ones”?

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ENDNOTE: Gildea, Bill (MC1962) passed along an “Obit”

2019-Jul-13

Gildea, Bill (MC1962)

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– Shared by an Emergency Room Nurse spending 12-hr shifts triaging increasing numbers of non-emergency millenials … – J

OBITUARY: SAD PASSING OF COMMON SENSE

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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It’s interesting that Gooferment Skrules feature large in this rant.

I heard on a podcast (1) recently that the Protestants wanted to get “their” religion into schools but keep the Catholic “religion” out.  So that’s how we wound up with the Prussian model Gooferment Skrules.  Now run the video tape forward a few decades, and how did that work out for them?  Everyone is “upset”, often “outraged”, about what is being “taught”.  (My gripe is the worship of “Father State” and “Mother Earth”.  Others have different gripes. BUT, and there is always a BIG butt, it’s typical Gooferment “one size fits all” and it ain’t your “size”!)

“It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.” — George Carlin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5dBZDSSky0

I’d suggest that you listen to the podcast a few times to really “grok” the guy’s idea of “being your own representative”.

FWIW YMMV TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” From Robert Heinlein’s classic)

(1) Murphy, Robert. “Ep. 42 Former Military Intelligence Sergeant Donnie Gebert Explains That a Direct Republic Is Now Possible.” Bob Murphy Show, 25 June 2019, https://www.bobmurphyshow.com/ep-42-former-military-intelligence-officer-donnie-gebert/

ENDNOTE: “people should NOT be lied to and have fears and brain-worms injected into their lives”

2019-Jul-06

https://www.quora.com/profile/Michael-J-McFadden

Who was the youngest person that you ever knew who contracted lung cancer due to their smoking?
Michael J. McFadden, Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” and “TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame”
Answered Tue [JR: That is 2019-Jun-25]

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Does that mean that NO ONE gets it at age thirty or thirty-five? No, but it means that so very, very few get it at that age that it is little short of psychotically paranoid to even have it enter your mind at such ages just because you have a pain or have a cough or have a funny feeling and you smoke. What the Antismokers want to do is make you believe a lie: i.e. that at that age you are at a “real risk” of getting lung cancer unless you stop immediately! In order to convince you to stop smoking “for your own good” even the Idealists among them (See my Signs of The Times article for a bit more on them at: Recognising Anti-Smoking Types — Sott.net) will feel that they are “justified” in “bending the truth a bit” if they think such “bending” will result in your quitting.

Where I differ is that I believe people should NOT be lied to and have fears and brain-worms injected into their lives because other people think they have the right to dictate what choices people around them make. Would you be better off healthwise if you didn’t drink alcohol in your life? Probably. Does that give me some sort of right to inject nightmares into you that are intended to pop up and haunt you every time you open a beer or sip a glass of chardonnay? No, it does not.

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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I never heard the term “brain worms” before.  Google seems to think it means “Neurocysticercosis”.  Tape worms from uncooked pork.  

I have heard the term “ear worm” to describe a song that you can’t get out of your head.  I’ve been told that pretending to chew gum for a minute will stop an “ear worm”.  Seems to work for me YMMV.

I use the term “meme”, mostly as part of the phrase “paradigms (perceptions) and memes (heuristics)” 

A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. Wikipedia 

which is a derivative of DNA term gene (I think?)

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In his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, British scientist Richard Dawkins defended his newly coined word meme, which he defined as “a unit of cultural transmission.” … “Meme” itself, like any good meme, caught on fairly quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language.

So I think Jasper McFadden’s “brain worm” is a meme!

But I like the idea of “injecting” into people. Laugh!

I thought this was an interesting insight and wish I’d learned about it younger in life.

I think many of our society’s “brain worms” or meme are false.  “Democracy”, “government”, “health — health care — health care insurance”, “welfare”, and “warfare” are memes that are as false as the one Jasper McFadden rants about. 

Some memes are falsified by physical evidence (i.e., “The Flat Earth”, “Columbus discovered America”, “the Holocaust didn’t happen”) but ones like “Democracy” are taught in Gooferment Skrules and seem to be impossible to “kill”.  There’s no “chewing gum” to get bad memes out of “We, The Sheeple” consciousness.

Sigh!

A problem I see with no solution?  

Ideas welcome.

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N.B.: “Democracy” is a bad idea because counting noses (i.e., 51/49) doesn’t make for good choices that respect the rights of the 49%.  And, when ALL noses are counted, you have the problem of “legitimacy”.  Like when 50% of the people don’t vote and the vote is 26% to 24%, is that “legitimate”?

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ENDNOTE: The nuclear family is the foundation of America’s greatness

2019-Jun-29

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-16/venker-future-men-marriage-bleak

Venker: The Future Of Men & Marriage Is Bleak
Sun, 06/16/2019 – 19:30
Authored by Suzanne Venker, op-ed via The Washington Examiner

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With Father’s Day upon us, the time has come to address as a nation what Heather Mac Donald noted earlier this year is “the greatest social catastrophe of our time”: fatherlessness. Fatherlessness is the No. 1 cause of nearly all social ills we face. We can’t afford to ignore it any longer.

To be clear, father absence is the more accurate term, since fatherlessness implies that men have become “deadbeat dads” — nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, this faction exists, as do “deadbeat moms.” But the two most significant threats to a father’s presence in the home are divorce and out-of-wedlock births.

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That’s really what we’re up against this Father’s Day: a lost generation of men. But it will be our loss in the end. We can’t afford for men to retreat any further than they have. The nuclear family is the foundation of America’s greatness; and a dearth of productive men invariably means, as Tucker Carlson noted in January, the subsequent disintegration of marriage.

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I agree that “family” is the bedrock of any society.  The “launching pad” for a good posterity and even individual “greatness” — however you define it.  We might even tinker around the edges of the definition of family.  Since I come from a single mother home, my family was all my aunts, uncles, and grandparents that made sure I had more than enough.  Throw in a few good Nuns and Christian Brothers, and maybe a few “crazy ones” too.  I certainly had my start in the right direction. 

I feel for those who didn’t have it as “easy” as I did.  But “lemons and lemonade”.  Even the silver spoon children have their own unique set of challenges.

But we as a society should recognize that “family” is critical to the USA’s “greatness”.  Hopefully to come and not behind our generation.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: If everyone believed that abortion was murder, it would not matter if Roe v Wade existed.

2019-Jun-22

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1424-feminism-and-the-family/

Ep. 1424 Feminism and the Family
11th June 2019 — Tom Woods

(N.b.: some sensitive subject matter.) Ladies of Liberty week begins with Brave the World, as my guest Julia is known to her followers. We talk feminism, family, promiscuity, children, the state, and being an adult.

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There’s a great line in this podcast about abortion which struck me a priori axiomatic:

“Nobody would follow a law that a majority of the population does not respect. If everyone believed that abortion was murder, it would not matter if Roe v Wade existed.”

Not much to say after that.

And, it does give a good little L libertarian view of what “feminism” should mean.

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ENDNOTE: Yet physicians in the US are still busily manning the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of building fences at the top

2019-Jun-15

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/flashback-friday-evidence-based-medicine-or-evidence-biased/

Flashback Friday: Evidence-Based Medicine or Evidence-Biased?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  June 7th, 2019  

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Evidence-based medicine may ironically bias medical professionals against the power of dietary intervention.

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Dr. Esselstyn’s landmark study showing even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet has been criticized for being such a small study. But the reason we’re used to seeing such large studies is they typically show such small effects. Drug manufacturers may need to study 7,000 people in order to show a barely statistically significant 15% drop in ischemic events in a subsample of patients, whereas Esselstyn got a 100% drop in those who stuck to his diet—all the more compelling given that those 18 participants experienced “49 coronary events [such as heart attacks] in the 8 years before” they went on the diet. And these were the worst of the worst—most of whom having already failed surgical intervention. So, when the effects are that dramatic, how many people do you need?

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Yet physicians in the US are still busily manning the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of building fences at the top.

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Yes, switching to a whole-food plant-based dies is tough.  But the alternative is so bleak that it should be in a horror movie.  “We, The Sheeple” have been brainwashed into a meme that kills and cripples us.  

This doctor advocates going vegan, but he does urge even any change is better than no change.  

If you don’t believe it, just look at the death and disease rates in pre- and post- World War 2 Japan, Okinawa, China, and certain African countries like Uganda.  Or the examples in the US of the Seventh Day Adventists, who are vegan non-smoker non-drinkers.  So it can be done!

I’ve changed my diet.  Not nearly as much as I want to.  Having just received some “bad” medical news (i.e., some marginal chemistry numbers and a heart murmur), I have become more diligent about my diet and exercise. 

Maybe if the public was more aware, a lot of literal heart ache could be avoided.

I’ve begun asking restaurants for their “vegan menu”. Laugh!  After a strange stare and an admission they don’t have one, I pick the “least bad option”.  You can get a vegetable fajita that almost a good a steak; you just have to pretend that the carrots are steak. Laugh!  YMMV!

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ENDNOTE: Noa Pothoven, teen euthanized in the Netherlands

2019-Jun-08

https://www.wnd.com/2019/06/slippery-slope-teen-euthanized-for-insufferable-life/

WND
SLIPPERY SLOPE: TEEN EUTHANIZED FOR ‘INSUFFERABLE’ LIFE
Assisted-suicide pioneer regrets allowing it for depression 
ART MOORE

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Explaining that the pain of a childhood rape was “insufferable,” a 17-year-old Dutch girl took advantage of the Netherlands’ assisted suicide law and was euthanized on Sunday.

In her autobiography, “Winning or Learning,” Noa Pothoven recounted her battles with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested and raped as a young child, reported News.com.au.

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I can’t imagine what this young woman went through to get to the point in her life where she would make such a horrendous irreversible decision.

I think one thing that we, as a culture, have failed to do is have a national conversation about life and the “right” associated with it.  We have never decided to recognize when human life begins so that’s why it’s always a fight?  We’ve never agreed when does a human being have “rights” — at conception, at birth, at 18, at 21, at some point from zero to 21, or when they can fight for them?  And, finally, it’s not enough to say we, as a society, grant someone their “rights” if we condemn them to a miserable life of suffering.  

Maybe if we, as a society, have this conversation, then we can have peace.

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[JR: There’s a update from a different source.]

The Daily Grind
TheDaily@thedailygrind.news
June 9th, 2019

The Headline

Dutch rape victim passes away from anorexia after requesting euthanasia

The Grind

On June 2nd, Dutch rape victim Noa Pothoven died after asking for euthanasia. She was 17 years old.

“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, give my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive,” she wrote on Instagram.

While initial reports claimed her death was the result of euthanasia, witnesses say she passed away from anorexia. Follow-up reports confirmed there were no signs of euthanasia.

“I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she wrote. “I’m still breathing, but I’m not alive anymore.”

The Details

Pothoven developed anorexia, depression, and PTSD after she was molested and raped at ages 11, 12, and 14. She finally reported the attacks to police at age 16.

“I relive the fear, that pain every day,” wrote Pothoven in her memoir. “Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty…My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.”

Pothoven was admitted to a hospital last year after her refusal to eat left her organs in critical condition. Doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma and attached tubes to provide nutrients.

When she awoke, her request for euthanasia was turned down.

“They consider that I am too young to die,” she told reporters. “They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until your 21st birthday. It’s broken me, because I can’t wait that long.”

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, but only in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering. Patients between the ages of 12-16 must obtain parental consent.

Rumors that Pothoven was euthanized stem from her recent conversation with the “end of life” clinic, a controversial facility where doctors reconsider patients’ requests for euthanasia.

Pothoven invoked her legal right not to be force-fed last week and passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family.

[JR: This puts a completely different spin on it.  Hard to imagine what this poor child went through. She made her choice.  We can only pray for her soul.  And carefully watch for any regression on “right to life” issues.]

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