October 26, 2015
t’s good to see a long-term study involving Ebola survivors. Medical professionals in the past have apparently left the area as soon as the initial outbreak is contained, but this time they’ve chosen to monitor survivors who have complained of chronic vision, cognitive, and neuromuscular problems, despite being declared cured.
Ebola virus lingers in some ‘protected’ tissues for at least 9 months after recovery (this time span is likely to lengthen as the study continues). Here’s a snippet from October 23rd’s article:
About 1,500 Ebola survivors targeted for enrollment in the on-going Natural History Study on the Ebola virus are to shortly undergo three additional medical tests to determine their health status.The study is also known as the Joint Liberia-US Partnership for Research on Ebola in Liberia (PREVAIL).
Source: Liberia: Ebola Survivors to Undergo Three Specialized Tests – allAfrica.com
October 20, 2015
This is the fourth installment of a novella, originally published at SkyWatch Magazine. Here are the links to the first three installments: Part I, Part II, Part III. Warning, some content may be disturbing, because it deals with spiritual warfare and the unseen.
ranny Amburgey lived in a one-room cabin up on Ford’s mountain. The roads that the coal company had built ended halfway up the steep incline, so what few visitors chose to scale the mountain did so either by foot or by mule.
John Thundercloud had borrowed a three-year-old mule, one of Wash’s favorites named Daisy, and she now carried the long-legged Winnebago slowly up May’s Branch Road toward the summit. The trail that wound up the side of Ford’s mountain seemed like a thin ribbon of dirt to the Indian. Recent rains had left the dirt-packed trail rutted and muddy, and low-lying pine branches slapped and scratched at Thundercloud’s arms and face all along the way. Up ahead near the crest of the hill, Millard Collins’ mule trotted along at a quicker pace, and the young Collins seemed unperturbed by the pines that blocked their way. “Nearly there, Mr. Thundercloud!” he called back over his shoulder. “Just over this rise here.” Read the rest of this entry →
October 20, 2015
This article is part 3 of a series originally published at SkyWatch Magazine. Part I may be read here, and Part II, here.
magine entering the Temple in Jerusalem and finding a massive statue of the new AntiChrist ruler, either a physical, robotic entity with computerized SuperWiFi capabilities that connect it to the Super AI mainframe or a holographic projection, provided by this sentient, demonically inhabited Artificial Intelligence, which I will call a DAI or Demonic Artificial Intelligence.
This gigantic humanoid figure might even appear to be flesh and blood, built by nanotechnology—for those who have seen the newer version of Battlestar Gallactica, imagine a giant CYLON. The Cylons were indistinguishable from humans, even at the cellular level.
As you look, this enormous GOD speaks, smiles, perhaps laughs, pardons his supplicants, punishes his enemies, and HE KNOWS ALL that you do and all you have done. There may even be a false judgment SEAT, where everyone is shown his/her life and told to choose whom he/she will serve now. All past sins are forgiven, he might say. You may now choose LIFE or DEATH. Life means you take the mark and enter into a false millennial reign where he promises that all will be beautiful and everyone is fed, clothed, and happy. Read the rest of this entry →
October 14, 2015
A gene-editing method could one day make pig organs suitable for use in people, scientists say. – Source: ‘GM could make pig organs for humans’ – BBC News
n my lifetime, I’ve seen organ transplantation go from a major news event that stunned the world to a ‘ho-hum’ commonplace event occurring on a regular basis in most large hospitals. But unlike other routine surgeries where a snip here and a stent there makes the patient all better, transplantation requires more than just medical supplies and knowledge, it requires an organ donor. According to donatelife.com, a new name is added to the organ recipient waiting list every ten minutes. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why scientists like George Church (quoted in the linked article above) might seek ‘fresh sources’ for this long list of human transplant patients. The need is genuine, Church’s proposed solution is alarming.
Even if one ignores any moral issues regarding the cloning of pigs simply to harvest their organs, the risk to anyone receiving pig organs is very real. The CRISPR method of gene-editing is still in its infancy, and there is no longterm study to determine how ‘accurate’ these edits truly are, and whether or not the affected gene might mutate or revert. Certainly, if the immediate goal is to remove retrovirus sequences from the pig DNA, then one has to prove that all such sequences were either removed or permanently silenced. That type of research takes time.
And time is something many on the waiting list simply do not have. Despite what some might think, I am not a Luddite. I love science; that’s why I chose biology, and in particular molecular biology and genetics. These tiny structures amaze me as testaments to God’s design. But I fear that we are rushing toward a future that seeks to unravel and rework God’s wonderful creation into a dystopian chimera. But theology aside, the mingling of animal organs with human beings could engender a new epidemic by exposing recipients to viruses endemic within porcine populations.
Ok, I’m off now soapbox. For now.
October 14, 2015
The latest developments lift Saudi Arabia’s total from the disease to 1,254, including 539 deaths. So far 703 people have recovered from their infections.In its latest breakdown on the source of infections, the MOH said 33% of patients were exposed to the virus in healthcare settings and 12% are healthcare workers who were infected at their workplace. Source: MERS sickens 3 in Saudi Arabia as Korean patient relapses | CIDRAP
ERS virus infection probably isn’t at the top of your news watch, but I try to look in on it daily. There has been moderate rise in the infections in Saudi Arabia, and recently about two dozen African pilgrims to Mecca returned to their home countries only to be placed in isolation (all have been cleared now). Both the Korean outbreak and the recent spate of infections in SA appear to center around hospitals and healthcare workers, which leads public health experts to deduce that MERS spreads very easily in a healthcare setting. But it also may mean that people with compromised health to begin with are more apt to become ill. What is sobering are the number of deaths which indicate a death rate of about 42%.
October 13, 2015
his morning’s report from the Times of India implies that Al Qaeda in Syria in responsible, but more may emerge as the Russians investigate.
Two rockets struck the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria. (Source: Panic as rockets hit Russian embassy in Damascus – The Times of India)
As we watch the proxy war begin between Russia and the Western powers (you can read that as NATO for now), I can’t help thinking about the ‘Burden of Damascus’ in Isaiah 17 which begins:
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. (Isa. 17:1-3)
Than if you skip down a verse or two, you find that Israel, at that time, will be in distress as well. But in that time of famine and distress, we’re told:
At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
Israel is coming to a time when they will be surrounded by enemies, but there is hope, for this final shaking in the land will draw their eyes to the true Maker and to the true Messiah–the Holy One of Israel.
September 22, 2015
f you’ve noticed a rise in whooping cough in your area, then it might not be the classic case of pertussis. Over the past decade or so, healthcare professionals have noticed that many cases of ‘whooping cough’ are actually caused by B. parapertussis rather than it’s genetic ‘cousin’ B. pertussis. The former presents with symptoms almost identical to pertussis, but a bit milder. Here’s a link to this morning’s article about a current outbreak in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry →
September 02, 2015
couple of weeks ago, Derek and I mentioned the ‘little foxes’ that sometimes are sent by the enemy to distract and discourage Christians. This phrase comes from the Song of Solomon 2:15, which says:
“…catch the foxes for us;
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
The word translated as ‘foxes’ actually refers to a burrowing animal, possibly a jackal that ruins the vines by digging into the roots. The Song of Solomon (sometimes called the ‘Song of Songs’) is a picture of the relationship between Christ and His Bride, and it shows how much He loves us and longs to be with us. In this chapter, the Bride is speaking, and she asks her beloved (Christ) to ‘catch the foxes for us’. But how often do we–as members of the Bride of Christ–actually ask Him for help with the ‘little foxes’? Read the rest of this entry →
April 15, 2015
It’s been way too long since my last entry. For those who may not be aware of it, Derek and I moved to southwest Missouri in late February, and we’ve spent the better part of the time since then integrating into our new day jobs as part of SkyWatch TV. Derek is the general manager and co-host for the flagship program, SkyWatch TV, but he also serves up daily news updates with insights into geopolitical aspects of Bible prophecy. We are currently living in a cute bungalow owned by the station’s owner, Tom Horn, but we hope to close on our final home (or so we believe, but the Lord has surprised us before…) within a few days. It’s been a crazy and sometimes exhausting ride over the past few months, but the Lord’s in it, and that’s what matters, so we lean and learn.
Leaning upon the Lord’s mighty shoulders is something I find myself doing a lot this week. Moving to a new job also meant switching health insurance companies, and that has impacted my life dramatically. Our new company is loathe to pay for Lyrica unless my doctor complies with a series of ‘step-up’ therapies that are cheap and often less effective. I’ve been taking Lyrica for fibromyalgia for about 6 years, so stopping ‘cold turkey’ is a challenge. If you also suffer from fibro or neuropathy, then you may also be taking Lyrica. I’ve decided to write about my withdrawal experience for anyone who might also need to discontinue the med. Read the rest of this entry →
January 31, 2015
ere’s a link to the very nice World Net Daily article all about the SkyWatch TV network. Derek’s name is misspelled, but oh well! At least we’re in there!
Read the article via Nothing off limits for new Christian prophecy show.