Happy Tuesday, dear friends. The world is in balance today, in my estimation. My sister lives in Perth, Western Australia, which is at the opposite end of the globe from my home on Paumanok. Early this morning, the temperatures were identical in her home town and mine, even though she is experiencing spring and I am experiencing fall. I thought that was pretty neat.
Let’s get started with the news, so we can all enjoy our day, no matter where we are on planet earth.
Today we focus on a human’s right-to-die with dignity. We then move on from there.
Brittany Maynard, who bravely advocated for the right-to-die, has exercised her right.
Brittany Maynard was a 29-year old newlywed, when she found out she had terminal brain cancer. Instead of receiving conventional medical treatment, she chose palliative care, and decided to move to Oregon. The state is one of only three in the US that supports an individual’s right-to-die with dignity when suffering from terminal illness.
Most states uphold certain tenets in a terminally ill individual’s living will, but few support the right of the being to terminate their own life. Medical care is often forced on patients who would rather choose death.
With the support of right-to-die advocacy group Compassion & Caring, and Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” laws, Maynard felt that her chosen path was much easier. Doctors in the state are able to prescribe lethal drugs for those diagnosed with terminal illness, but the patient must administer the drugs themselves. No US state laws support doctor-assisted suicide.
Brittany passed away, just after her husband’s birthday, which represented a milestone for her. She was surrounded by those she loved, and died peacefully in her own bed.
Brittany’s journey has stirred up controversy, even as she bravely advocated for those suffering greatly. This opinion piece discusses the consensus views in America, related to the individual’s right-to-die. Research indicates that many believe the right should be much broader, and that every state should support individuals in this manner.
Let your voice be heard in the US congress about the need for hearings on disclosure.
In April of 2013, credible witnesses from 10 countries gave testimony before six former members of the US congress, discussing proof of extraterrestrial contact with earth. The material presented went back as far as 1947, and encompassed 30 hours of testimony.
There is significant proof that extraterrestrials have made contact with the human race. The US government has previously ignored or blatantly denied that fact.
The Congressional Hearing Initiative project, sponsored by the Paradigm Research Group, hopes to change that. To do so, they need to enlist our help. The group is creating DVD copies of the special hearings, and will be sending them out to all members of congress in December of 2014. They will also be submitting a formal request for official hearings on disclosure at that time.
The CHI project wants to target congressional members with a social media campaign to increase the pressure for hearings. They ask supporters to Tweet, e-mail, and Facebook comment, to their congressional representatives, using the hashtag #Disclosure. They hope to show politicians that US citizens want to hear about extraterrestrials, and the pressure for hearings can no longer be ignored by the government.
Argentina takes a big food company to task for cheating on their taxes.
Argentina has been having economic difficulties since 2002, when it suffered a sovereign default, and was banished from international capital markets. The country sustained another default this past July.
Argentina recently banned Proctor & Gamble, the consumer products giant, from operations within the country due to tax fraud. The company allegedly imported $138 Million in products from Brazil, but billed them through a Swiss subsidiary.
The Argentine tax authorities said illegal behavior, such as moving currency out of the country and evading taxes, impeded the future development of the nation and would not be tolerated.
Advanced light technology kills bacteria and viruses, such as Ebola, in seconds.
It has long been known that ultraviolet light kills certain bacteria and viruses. Now, a group of doctors in Texas, have figured out a way to safely apply this knowledge in clinical situations. They created the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot.
This robot uses xenon, which is a noble gas with no toxic properties, to kill pathogens in seconds. The ultraviolet light, created by the robot, is 25,000 more powerful than UV light from the sun. It leaves no residue, and can clean a hospital room in as little as 10 minutes.
Currently, the robot is in use at 250 medical facilities. Xenex’s research shows a significant reduction in infections related to common pathogens at these locations. The creators hope to see an increase in usage in the near future. They believe their robot can safely and effectively assist with the current Ebola situation.
Twitter is building a new center to help the homeless learn how to code.
Yesterday, we covered a story out of the UK about a new computer coding curriculum for children. Twitter is in the process of opening a learning center to teach homeless people computer coding as well.
The effort is part of a deal with San Francisco, where Twitter and other companies pay no payroll taxes for 6 years. In exchange, these companies must perform community benefits work.
The center, called NeighborNest, is a partnership with a local non-profit, that supports San Francisco’s poorest residents. These individuals will be taught resume-building skills, such as computer coding, to help them compete in the work world. Twitter employees will volunteer their time to teach in the center. Programs are also in the works for children, who may be waiting for their parents during class time, and need supervision.
That’s the news for today. Have a magical day. I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more news.
Be Well. Be Joy. Be Love!