Saturday, November 16, 2013

NPCA’s Work For National Parks. CodeRED® Service. X-Rays and CT Scans. Fall Garden Cleanup. Congressman Brady on Shutdown. Atahualpa Captured. Goebbels And The Jews.


For "Summary Saturday":, News, Some New, Some Old:

image "NPCA’s urgent work to protect and preserve our national parks so they thrive for all Americans to enjoy for another century and beyond.  “It's not like we can make new ones.”

image We asked our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters to provide us with some of their favorite park memories captured in photos, so we can remind our nation's leader what's at stake. Here's the final product.

This special video will inspire you to fall in love all over again with our national parks—watch it now!


What YOU should know about YOUR COUNTY’S CodeRED® service

"CodeRED® is a County service by which Sheriff Office officials can notify any county residents by telephone about emergency situations or critical community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to people affected by a particular situation, or, in the case of a widespread emergency like a fire or other major event, to the County’s entire population.

The speed of the CodeRED® system (up to 60,000 calls per hour) is so great that the County is able to send a message to affected households almost as quickly as officials become aware of the situation."  More at:   This is from Kerr Country, but it applies to nearly all of the USA.  "We encourage you to check with the county or city in which you live. Many use automated telephone notification systems to alert residents in times of emergency."


West Virginia Hospital Over-radiated Brain Scan Patients, Records Show

"A large West Virginia hospital seriously over-radiated patients suspected of having strokes with CT scans for more than a year after similar episodes prompted federal officials to alert hospitals nationwide to be especially careful when using those types of scans, interviews and documents show." More at: By WALT BOGDANICH


X-Rays and Unshielded Infants

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

"“I was mortified. Full, unabashed, total irradiation of a neonate. This poor, defenseless baby.” Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani, left, Chief of Radiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

It was well after midnight when Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani finally hit the “send” button.

Reproduced by permission of Springer Science+Business Media--Forensic Aspects of Pediatric Fractures: Differentiating Accidental Trauma from Child Abuse, by Rob A. C., Robben, Simon G. F., Rijn, Rick R. 1st Edition, 2010, Chapter 8: 171-188, Fig. 3.

This reproduction of a “babygram” — a full-body X-ray of an infant — is from an article on detecting child abuse that appeared in a medical journal. Babygrams have long been out of favor because of radiation dangers; the article describes their use as “a serious flaw.” At SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, technologists took babygrams of premature infants even though only chest X-rays had been ordered. The State Health Department is now investigating.

Soon, colleagues would awake to his e-mail, expressing his anguish and shame over the discovery that the tiniest, most vulnerable of all patients — premature babies — had been over-radiated in the department he ran at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

A day earlier, Dr. Sclafani noticed that a newborn had been irradiated from head to toe — with no gonadal shielding — even though only a simple chest X-ray had been ordered.

“I was mortified,” he wrote. Worse, technologists had given the same baby about 10 of these whole-body X-rays. “Full, unabashed, total irradiation of a neonate,” Dr. Sclafani said, adding, “This poor, defenseless baby.”

And the problems did not end there. Dr. John Amodio, the hospital’s new pediatric radiologist, found that full-body X-rays of premature babies had occurred often, that radiation levels on powerful CT scanners had been set too high for infants, and that babies had been poorly positioned, making it hard for doctors to interpret the images."   More at:  By WALT BOGDANICH and KRISTINA REBELO


Radiation Overload

"Compared to regular medical X-rays, CT scans yield much higher-resolution images. Unfortunately, CT scans also expose the patient to hundreds and sometimes thousands of times more radiation.

The routine use of CT scans and other dangerous X-ray imaging procedures has skyrocketed over the past three decades. In 1980, there were 3 million CT scans done. By the year 2007, the number increased to about 70 million.

We at Life Extension® long ago warned members to avoid CT scans and any kind of X-ray unless absolutely necessary. Up against us was an armada of for-profit companies who promoted CT scans to healthy people to measure coronary artery calcification, virtual colonoscopy in place of the more effective standard colonoscopy (flexible tube procedures), and even whole-body CT scans to identify abnormalities anywhere in one’s anatomy.

The irony is that health-conscious people, who often paid for whole-body CT scans out of their own pockets, unwittingly exposed their whole body to huge levels of DNA gene-mutating radiation!

Absolutely Shocking Data

Absolutely Shocking Data

The uninformed public is in for a shocker. A study released at the end of last year reveals that CT scans deliver up to four times more radiation than what was previously believed, which was already dangerously high.

At the same time, another study led by the National Cancer Institute showed that CT scans administered in the year 2007 alone may contribute to 29,000 new cancer cases and nearly 15,000 cancer deaths.

The problem is that the explosion in unnecessary CT scans has been going on every year. If we carry this back just ten years, this means that 150,000 Americans are facing horrific deaths from CT scan-induced cancers.

Adding to this impending cancer epidemic are other medical procedures that deliver cancer-causing radiation into the body.  More at:


Greening Your Fall Garden Cleanup

Composting leaves

"Before you send fallen leaves to the dump and cut down dead stalks in your yard, consider the many benefits for wildlife and the environment of leaving plant debris in place.

Once the Autumn foliage spectacle has ended, most homeowners dutifully head outdoors, brandishing rakes and clippers, to engage in the annual ritual known as garden cleanup.

Clearing out the year’s worth of plant debris, we’re told, helps prevent outbreaks of pests and diseases. But perhaps the real reason many people do it is their aversion to having dead stalks and fallen leaves messing up their yards.

Overzealous cleanup has some significant environmental consequences, however. It results in an avalanche of clippings and leaves at landfills, adding to the nation’s pollution problems. And trashing leaves and trimmings is—literally—a waste because this valuable organic matter can be used in a variety of beneficial ways in the garden.

What’s more, fall cleanup leaves a barren landscape for birds and other creatures at a time when food supplies and vegetative cover are becoming sparse. The solution: Think of fallen leaves and withered stalks not as waste but as an organic windfall for your garden and potential wildlife habitat.

Waste Takes up Space in Landfills

According to the Environmental Protection Agency,  landscape debris comprises more than 13 percent by weight of all solid waste generated in the United States—or an astonishing 32 million tons a year."  More at: Click here: Greening Your Fall Garden Cleanup - National Wildlife Federation


Letter from Congressman Brady:

Joint Economic Committee

Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means

Chairman, Subcommittee on Health Subcommittee on Trade

Subcommittee on Social Security

Joint Committee on Taxation

November 12, 2013

Dear Mrs. T:

Thank you for contacting me about the government shutdown. I appreciate your input on this important matter and it is an honor to serve you in Congress.

Let me begin by saying I did not want the federal government to shut down. For the first time in 17 years America was faced with a shutdown for one reason and one reason only, equal protection under the law. Senate Democrats chose to shut down our government because they were unwilling to give up the special privileges under ObamaCare that they had created for themselves. They did not want to be treated like all other Americans forced into this law.

House Republicans repeatedly attempted to work with Senate Democrats and even drafted a plan to fully fund the government with two small provisions that would ensure equal protection under the law. First we fought to end special treatment for Members of Congress under ObamaCare. Why should Senate Democrats be treated differently from the American public? Second, we fought to extend to individuals the one-year waiver to ObamaCare already granted to businesses. Why aren’t American families entitled to the same treatment President Obama awarded to big business?

The concept of equal treatment under law is not new. It is embedded in the constitutional foundation of our great nation. I fought for this concept prior to the shutdown, and I will continue to fight for it now that the shutdown has concluded.

I want to thank you again for sharing your views on this important issue. If I may be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you want to stay updated on this issue or any of the other important issues facing Congress, please sign up for my newsletter on my home page at or follow me on Facebook at


Congressman Kevin Brady

Kevin Brady, U.S Representative, Eighth District of Texas

301 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 · 202-225-4901


On This Day

Pizarro traps Incan emperor Atahualpa, Nov 16, 1532:

"On November 16, 1532, Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish explorer and conquistador, springs a trap on the Incan emperor, Atahualpa. With fewer than 200 men against several thousand, Pizarro lures Atahualpa to a feast in the emperor's honor and then opens fire on the unarmed Incans. Pizarro's men massacre the Incans and capture Atahualpa, forcing him to convert to Christianity before eventually killing him.

Fighting between the Spanish and the Incas would continue well after Atahualpa's death as Spain consolidated its conquests. Pizarro's bold victory at Cajamarca, however, effectively marked the end of the Inca Empire and the beginning of the European colonization of South America."


Goebbels publishes his screed of hate, Nov 16, 1941:

"On this day in 1941, Joseph Goebbels publishes in the German magazine Das Reich that "The Jews wanted the war, and now they have it"—referring to the Nazi propaganda scheme to shift the blame for the world war onto European Jewry, thereby giving the Nazis a rationalization for the so-called Final Solution.

Just two days earlier, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had written in a letter to the Jewish Chronicle that "The Jew bore the brunt of the Nazis' first onslaught upon the citadels of freedom and human dignity... He has not allowed it to break his spirit: he has never lost the will to resist." And active Jewish resistance was increasing, especially in the USSR, where Jews were joining partisans in fighting the German incursions into Russian territory.

But it was proving too little too late, as Goebbels, Himmler, and the rest of Hitler's henchmen carried out with fanatical glee the "elimination of the Jews," using propaganda and anti-Bolshevik rhetoric to infuse SS soldiers with enthusiasm for their work. As Goebbels wrote in Das Reich: "[T]he prophecy which the Fuhrer made... that should international finance Jewry succeed in plunging the nations into a world war once again, the result would not be the Bolshevization of the world...but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe. We are in the midst of that process... Compassion or regret are entirely out of place here.""



Ray came over and he still wasn't in a 'plumbing mood' to fix his little water leak, so we did a few more of the little 'punch-out' jobs on the camping trailer.  But we couldn't finish it, as the tube of Dicor sealant had hardened, so we need more. 

We went down to Claudia's, Jay's Mom, and fixed a few things for her. 

Misty seems to be doing well on her low phosphorous kidney diet that I made for her.  She has to have more fat, so I am putting coconut oil in her food again.  I had slackened off, as I thought she was going to get too plump, which is bad for her old bones.

Ava, is still called Ava, no new name has been decided upon yet.  As she and Nala, my foster cat, are never near each other, maybe I won't have to change her name, even though they sound alike. Ava doesn't care what I call her, as long as it's not late for dinner!

The weather has been great, and it was a window-and-doors-open day.

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