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Widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A across the United States

The hepatitis A vaccine is the best way to prevent HAV infection

  • The following groups are at highest risk for acquiring HAV infection or developing serious complications from HAV infection in these outbreaks and should be offered the hepatitis A vaccine in order to prevent or control an outbreak:

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Ohio lawmaker blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates,’ video games, ‘open borders’

Ohio lawmaker blames ‘open borders, ‘drag queen advocates’ for mass shootings

An Ohio state lawmaker went on a Facebook tired, blaming gay marriage, drag queen advocates, open borders and fatherless children, among other things, as the reasons for the recent mass shootings.

An Ohio state representative blamed the mass shootings that happened over the weekend on “drag queen advocates,” violent video games and gay marriage, among other things, in a since-deleted Facebook post.

Two mass shootings happened in less than 24 hours of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

 

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Capital One thief is a biological male, not a woman – a ‘trans’

SEATTLE, Washington, August 1, 2019 ― If you believe that the computer engineer arrested on Monday for stealing the data of 106 million Capital One bank customers is female, it's likely because mainstream media is using his preferred pronoun "she."

As a matter of biological fact, Paige A. Thompson is a 33-year-old man from Seattle who posted on Twitter a selfie of himself wearing false eyelashes before gun-toting FBI agents raided his home.

Despite this, Thompson has been referred to as a "woman" and as "she" by numerous mainstream news sources, including The New York Times, CNN, CBS News, and Bloomberg.

Thompson, who is a former employee of Amazon, is a software developer with a penchant for living online. According to the legal complaint, Thompson, who sometimes used the online alias “erratic,” hacked into a computer owned by Capital One Financial Corporation, obtained the data of about 106 million customers or would-be customers, posted it on “GitHub”, a sharing service used by computer programmers, and later bragged about it on “Slack”, another sharing service.

“... Paige A. Thompson … has made statements on social media evidencing the fact that she [sic] has information of Capital One, and that she recognizes that she has acted illegally,” stated Special Agent Joel Martini of the FBI’s Cyber Squad.

On July 17, someone contacted Capital One to inform the company that their data was on GitHub and provided a computer address which contained Thompson’s name.  Martini’s investigation led him to connect Thompson’s online aliases with Thompson, who discussed his theft on various social media, including Twitter.

“I’ve basically strapped myself with a bomb vest …. Dropping Capitol [sic] One’s dox and admitting it,” Thompson wrote to the “reporting source”.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Thompson discussed his “personal challenges” in online forums for months this year: “suicidal thoughts, struggles to find employment, and difficulties she [sic] had faced since transitioning to a woman years before.”

According to Thompson’s former friend Sarah Stensberg, Thompson’s life was indeed erratic, sometimes following a “promising career” as a software developer, and sometimes overturning his life, sometimes finding community online with other computer scientists, and sometimes alienating all his friends. 

“It was just a lifelong thing for her [sic],” Stensberg said.

“When she gets in these phases of intensity, she does really stupid things. She’ll push everyone away. She’ll write threatening emails. She’ll post things online about the things she’s doing.”

Stensberg’s husband has known Thompson since he was a teenager; they both belonged to a computer programmers’ club. Thompson grew up in a broken home, and at one point moved out to live with another software developer, Stensberg reported.

Thompson dropped out of Bellevue Community College to do computer-related jobs, and when Stensberg met him in 2010, his disruptive behavior was quite obvious. She and her husband once took their friend to the hospital to get him into an “inpatient treatment center,” but later conflicts led them to file a protective order against him.

Another friend, Aeif Dunn, reported that Thompson talked about the difficulties of transitioning into a woman and how he thought the change had “made it difficult for [him] to associate with people professionally.”

Sadly, when Thompson blogged some years earlier about problems in exploring “reassignment surgery,” he said what he really wanted and needed was friends.

“I think really what I want and need is friends,” he wrote.

“I think my problems with acceptance come from the fact that I have so few friends to accept me when I could.”

Thompson seems to have depended on online communities for any semblance of companionship and recently informed his Twitter followers that he wanted to check into a mental hospital.

“After this is over I’m going to go check into the mental hospital for an indefinite amount of time,” he tweeted.

“I have a whole list of things that will ensure my involuntary confinement from the world. The kind that they can’t ignore or brush off onto the crisis clinic. I’m never coming back.”

In May, a former “transman” gave a lecture in Vancouver in which she blamed the internet, particularly social media, for encouraging vulnerable, unhappy children to undergo “transitioning” into the opposite sex.

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FBI Document Warns Conspiracy Theories Are A New Domestic Terrorism Threat

A recent intelligence bulletin comes as the FBI is facing pressure to explain who it considers an extremist, and how the government prosecutes domestic terrorists.

The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. (Read the document below.)

The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.

A recent intelligence bulletin comes as the FBI is facing pressure to explain who it considers an extremist, and how the government prosecutes domestic terrorists.

The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).

“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document states. It also goes on to say the FBI believes conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle.

The FBI said another factor driving the intensity of this threat is “the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.” The FBI does not specify which political leaders or which cover-ups it was referring to.

President Trump is mentioned by name briefly in the latest FBI document, which notes that the origins of QAnon is the conspiratorial belief that “Q,” allegedly a government official, “posts classified information online to reveal a covert effort, led by President Trump, to dismantle a conspiracy involving ‘deep state’ actors and global elites allegedly engaged in an international child sex trafficking ring.”

This recent intelligence bulletin comes as the FBI is facing pressure to explain who it considers an extremist, and how the government prosecutes domestic terrorists. In recent weeks the FBI director has addressed domestic terrorism multiple times but did not publicly mention this new conspiracy theorist threat.

The FBI is already under fire for its approach to domestic extremism. In a contentious hearing last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced criticism from Democrats who said the bureau was not focusing enough on white supremacist violence. “The term ‘white supremacist,’ ‘white nationalist’ is not included in your statement to the committee when you talk about threats to America,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said. “There is a reference to racism, which I think probably was meant to include that, but nothing more specific.”

 

Wray told lawmakers the FBI had done away with separate categories for black identity extremists and white supremacists, and said the bureau was instead now focusing on “racially motivated” violence. But he added, “I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence.”

The FBI had faced mounting criticism for the term “black identity extremists,” after its use was revealed by Foreign Policy magazine in 2017. Critics pointed out that the term was an FBI invention based solely on race, since no group or even any specific individuals actually identify as black identity extremists.

In May, Michael C. McGarrity, the FBI’s assistant director of the counterterrorism division, told Congress the bureau now “classifies domestic terrorism threats into four main categories: racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental extremism, and abortion extremism,” a term the bureau uses to classify both pro-choice and anti-abortion extremists.

The new focus on conspiracy theorists appears to fall under the broader category of anti-government extremism. “This is the first FBI product examining the threat from conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists and provides a baseline for future intelligence products,” the document states.

The new category is different in that it focuses not on racial motivations, but on violence based specifically on beliefs that, in the words of the FBI document, “attempt to explain events or circumstances as the result of a group of actors working in secret to benefit themselves at the expense of others” and are “usually at odds with official or prevailing explanations of events.”

The FBI acknowledges conspiracy theory-driven violence is not new, but says it’s gotten worse with advances in technology combined with an increasingly partisan political landscape in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. “The advent of the Internet and social media has enabled promoters of conspiracy theories to produce and share greater volumes of material via online platforms that larger audiences of consumers can quickly and easily access,” the document says.

The bulletin says it is intended to provide guidance and “inform discussions within law enforcement as they relate to potentially harmful conspiracy theories and domestic extremism.”

The FBI Phoenix field office referred Yahoo News to the bureau’s national press office, which provided a written statement.

“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI routinely shares information with our law enforcement partners in order to assist in protecting the communities they serve,” the FBI said.

In its statement, the FBI also said it can “never initiate an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity. As with all of our investigations, the FBI can never monitor a website or a social media platform without probable cause.”

The Department of Homeland Security, which has also been involved in monitoring domestic extremism, did not return or acknowledge emails and phone requests for comment.

While not all conspiracy theories are deadly, those identified in the FBI’s 15-page report led to either attempted or successfully carried-out violent attacks. For example, the Pizzagate conspiracy led a 28-year-old man to invade a Washington, D.C., restaurant to rescue the children he believed were being kept there, and fire an assault-style weapon inside.

Read More.   https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fbi-domestic-terrorism_n_5d430db7e4b0acb57fc91818

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The latest deadly superbug — and why it

POSTED MAY 08, 2019, 10:30 AM , UPDATED MAY 24, 2019, 10:39 AM
Robert H. Shmerling, MDRobert H. Shmerling, MD
Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

 

I have to admit it: recent news reports about a newly described “superbug” are worrisome and at least a little bit terrifying. This time, it’s not a flesh-eating bacterium or drug-resistant tuberculosis — in fact, it’s not a bacterial infection at all. It’s a fungus called Candida auris (C. auris).

 

Read more https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/candida-auris-the-latest-deadly-superbug-and-why-its-not-time-to-panic-2019050816606

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Boy Scouts Face Insurance, Bankruptcy Challenges Over Sex Abuse Claims

 

By Dune Lawrence | December 20, 2018

It took Robb Lawson until he was 45 to finally confront a dark memory from his days as a Boy Scout.

Lawson was a teenager at the time, a member of a troop in Georgia, picked to attend a wilderness challenge to win entry in the Scouts’ prestigious Order of the Arrow. He recalls that he wasn’t feeling well, and a trip leader took him to a tent and raped him.

Read more  https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2018/12/20/512554.htm

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Boy Scout Child Abuse Lawsuit

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is supposed to be a way for kids to learn survival skills and the value of teamwork. Unfortunately, Boy Scout troops can attract morally bankrupt men who use their positions as scoutmasters to prey on children.

We are exploring legal action against the Boy Scouts of America for cases in which it may have failed to prevent child abuse.

There are 1,247 BSA files pertaining to instances of molestation or sexual abuse of Scouts between 1965 and 1984. Ostensibly these “perversion files” exist to prevent known abusers from committing these terrible crimes again. But too often, according to the Los Angeles Times, the files and the BSA failed and endangered innocent Boy Scouts.

Read More  https://www.classaction.com/child-sexual-abuse/boy-scout-lawsuit/

 

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White Anxiety, and a President Ready to Address It

a man looking at the camera: At a Trump rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday.

© Jonathan Drake/Reuters At a Trump rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday.

Two forces convulsing American politics found each other at President Trump’s rally in North Carolina this week: a sense of anxiety among white voters about their standing in a country that is growing more diverse, and a politician intent on stoking those worries.

Read more  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-anxiety-and-a-president-ready-to-address-it/ar-AAEBbx1?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization issued the order; the virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed nearly 1,700.

Women at a hand-washing station, crossing from Rwanda into Goma, a heavily populated city in the Democratic Republic of Congo that had its first case of Ebola this week. 

 

By Denise Grady July 17, 2019

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue.

“This is still a regional emergency and by no way a global threat,” said Robert Steffen of the University of Zurich, chairman of the W.H.O. emergency committee that recommended the declaration.

Read more https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/health/ebola-outbreak.html

 

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LGBTQ Americans Could Be At Higher Risk For Dementia, Study Finds

PET scan results that are part of a separate study on Alzheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital are seen in May.

Evan Vucci/AP

 

The research, led by the University of California, San Francisco, was released at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles. A large phone-based survey was conducted across nine states. Out of more than 44,000 adults aged 45 and older, roughly 3% of participants identified themselves as a sexual or gender minority.

 

Read More https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/07/17/742220471/lgbtq-americans-could-be-at-higher-risk-for-dementia-study-finds

 

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