HR 2232: Mandatory vaccination of US school children as a condition for federal funds

May 15, 2015

The H. R. 2232 act aims to “amend the Public Health Service Act to condition receipt by States (and political subdivisions and public entities of States) of preventive health services grants on the establishment of a State requirement for students in public elementary and secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and for other purposes.”


May 14, 2015

I would like to take a moment to say a prayer of thanks to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for bringing me safetly through so much turmoil and danger and setting me down in the middle of the delightful people and beautiful country of Ireland.

I would like to say a particular thanks to Tom O Donovan and all the people ho have been so kind and welcoming to me here in Ireland. Thank You, O Lord, for blessing this small country with so many wonderful, creative and good people.

Help me to see the trials of the past six years as an opportunity for learning and growth, and to use that knowledge productively.

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing,” said WB Yeats, a poet from Sligo, where my grandmother, an O’Hara, came from.

These are a couple of pictures of the river Garavogue which runs through the centre of Sligo which I took today.

It s an amazing, stunning river and very easy to think of God and the big picture watching it flowing past.




May 14, 2015

From Spyghana

With Ebola nearly stamped out in West Africa, vaccine trials will probably fail to provide enough useful data on how well they protect people against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Liberia was declared free from Ebola by the government and the WHO on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic.

Guinea reported seven cases in the week of May 4-10, while Sierra Leone had two, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, told a news briefing in Geneva.

“The best news is we are going to zero cases; there is absolutely no doubt about that,” she said.

But two experimental Ebola vaccines – developed by GlaxoSmithKline and jointly by Merck and NewLink Genetics – being tested on volunteers may not yield sufficient data on efficacy as case numbers fall, Kieny said.

“It is not clear whether it will be possible to have even a hint of efficacy from these two vaccines,” she said, noting that they already had been proven safe.

Senate Democrats stop corporate power grab, block TTIP

May 14, 2015

From Euractiv
US Senate Democrats dealt a clear setback to Barack Obama on Tuesday (12 May), blocking a measure that would have given the president a free hand to swiftly negotiate trade accords.

The Senate failed to pass the Trade Promotion Authority bill, so that Congress would instead get an up or down vote on any trade deal.

The bill would have allowed Obama to submit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnershiop, currently under negotiation, to Congress for an up-or-down vote, with lawmakers prevented from making changes.

All Democrats but one, Senator Tom Carper, voted against formally opening debate on the measure, a procedure that needed 60 votes in the 100-member chamber but failed 52-45.

Cameron faces Tory rebellion over plans to scrap Human Rights act

May 14, 2015

David Cameron is facing diplomatic isolation and his first backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and exempt the Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.

Will David Cameron try to pass the Medical Innovation Bill this parliament?

May 13, 2015

Will UK Prime Minister David Cameron try to pass the Medical Innovation Bill as an amendment attached to some other piece of legislation in the new parliament?

Readers of this blog will know I took an active interest stopping the passage of the Medical Innovation Bill in February. Read the rest of this entry »


May 13, 2015



A chilling comment by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that even people who obey the law won’t be “left alone” by the state if they engage in anything the government deems to be “hate speech,” including “bigotry” and potentially criticism of homosexuality and feminism.

Preparing to introduce a new counter-terrorism bill later this month, Cameron laid the groundwork for the measures by remarking that the state not interfering with people’s lives if they “obey the law” was a “failed approach.”


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