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Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

"Since late November, Henderson County in Western North Carolina has seen 20 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and has identified another 1,000 people who had close contact with one of the patients. The outbreak of the potentially fatal respiratory illness started in the schools, the county said, and most of those who have fallen ill had been immunized, demonstrating that vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Health officials say that without the vaccine, those who get the illness might be sicker longer." Yes, MOST of those who have fallen ill had been "immunized." We really need to stop using that word when it comes to vaccinations. You want to take away a parent's right to choose what is injected into his or her child for "protection" that isn't even fifty/fifty? The numbers of parents claiming religious exemptions for their kindergartener more than doubled, but where are the outbreaks that followed in those kindergarteners?

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Posted by Liza Coutu on 12/15/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Durham Church Offers Immigrant Sanctuary from Deportation

What part of illegal don't they understand. Congress is considering the DACAs plus all other illegal aliens in a bill in Congress.
The illegal aliens DACAs were minors smuggled in by their illegal alien parents in violation of immigration laws. The DACAs are now 20-36 years old. The DACAs demand a "clean" act to pass Congress. The "clean" act includes citizenship for their family, chain migration where the illegal aliens bring in relatives from other countries and basically the end to immigration laws. Current US law gives the illegal aliens/DACA children (the anchor babies) born in the US instant citizenship, so in many cases the anchor babies have dual citizenship from their mothers' homeland and US citizenship. The adult DACAs are now having children that get instant citizenship. One estimate is that the DACAs have had over 300,000 anchor babies.
The DACA program is only a small portion of the number of illegal aliens that will become the majority of voters in the US. Congressional officials didn't discuss the future ramifications on jobs, environmental effects, etc. on that many more people in the US. Ask the taxpayers what they think another 40 million illegal aliens that become citizens will do to the economy and their children and grandchildren's future employment in competition with the 20-36 year old DACAs and other illegal aliens. Only 32,000 out of 800,000 DACAs have a four year college degree. From federal information - 160,000 DACAs dropped out of school. Another 160,000 have a high school diploma or a GED but no plans to go to college.
Enforce the immigration laws.

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Posted by john1050 on 12/14/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

From the WRAL story:
http://www.wral.com/former-wake-register-o…
"John Stephenson, the county's internal auditor, said an average of $1,100 to $1,900 a day was taken from the office's cash receipts for vital records since at least 2008.
...
"The county filed an insurance claim in August, stating a loss of $2,333,591.30 from the Register of Deeds Office over nine years because of "employee dishonesty or employee theft." Freeman said Tuesday that number included mistakes made and waived fees as well as possible criminal cases which authorities don't have enough evidence to pursue."

The INDY article isn't exactly wrong, just badly worded.

Posted by Mojo on 12/14/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

Hopefully Indyweek will remember all this the next time they endorse a Republican (over and over again).

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Posted by Robert Larson on 12/14/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Senator Cory Booker Asks for the Release of a Department of Justice Memo on Thomas Farr’s Involvement in a Voter-Intimidation Scheme

Sessions has already strip mined the Civil Rights Division of the DoJ. Thankfully U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey is actively cognizant of his own oath to uphold the constitution and is not shy about putting other people's feet in the fire if they fail to do the same. Thank you for the article, Mr. Goldsmith.

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Posted by growlybear on 12/13/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

> Eventually, a claim to the county insurance company showed that $2.333,591.30 in cash had disappeared, almost daily, for nearly ten years

What is that number? That's not correct in any currency, afaik.

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Posted by xdu on 12/13/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics

Fine work, Mr. Billman. Your readers are probably aware that most of the NC conservative shenanigans can be laid at Art Pope's feet. Jane Mayer referenced Indy in her excellent 2011 New Yorker article "State For Sale".

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Posted by growlybear on 12/12/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

I have very little patience for the empty-headed Pro-poison crowd, which is begging the government to take everyones rights away (including their own...and theyre too stupid to know it). For the record, vaccines are a medical procedure, and no, medical procedures should never be mandated, dummy. And for immune-compromised kids who doctors often vaccinate anyway, maybe theyre the ones who should stay home from school and out of public places if communicable illnesses could severely harm or kill them...because there are way more viruses and bacteria that we dont vaccinate against than those we do (and many vaccines arent even designed to prevent infection or transmission of illnesses, so the immune-compromised are not being protected by others who are vaccinated). To be blunt, force vaccinating kids on the basis of corporate Scientism is medically sanctioned child abuse and shouldnt be allowed.

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Posted by DoritoReiss on 12/12/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

About time some one fixed this.

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Posted by Bob Schroeck on 12/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

And I'm just getting started- What do you think of a society that ritualizes placing its babies -their most vulnerable, new lives- on a table to be stabbed and injected with multiple needles containing myriad highly toxic ingredients never studied in totality? I dare any of you to receive the amount per body-weight that babies receive.
Please think outside the hypnotic story that billions of dollars have woven around you. If you don't wake up now, you won't have a choice later. Mark my words.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Feel free to put your faith in pharmaceutical products if you want to live like that. I prefer not to, and no one will be forcing them on me, thanks.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Genetics do not cause autism. Humans have genetic differences that react to viruses and vaccines at different rates. Somali populations have babies expressing ASD at a rate of 1 in 26. African-Americans have babies expressing ASD at 1 in 48. An caucasian babies express autistic spectrum disorder at a rate of 1 in 68.
Vaccine damage is an alarming epidemic with higher rates of damage than any virus in the US. Autistic children have an average lifespan of 54years. With ASD with cognitive difficulties that age drops to 40. Autism is not the only health problem associated with vaccine damage.

Researchers in their infinite wisdom have yet to do a single double blind study with a true placebo control group with all of the ingredients in a single vaccine.

Instead, they take 1 ingredient for a study. That is ridiculous science.

The FDA set the daily aluminum IV threshold to 25mcg per day for adults. For an 8lb newborn baby that limit would be 18.16mcg. This is based on blood and urine studies that claim that aluminum is eliminated from the body through our urine. Take however that vaccines contain Polysorbate 80 an elmusifier used to coat brain chemotherapy drugs to get them to cross the blood brain barrier. Polysorbate 80 is used to transport many drugs past the blood brain barrier and is added to vaccines as an emulsifier.

Newborns, moments after their first breath, are injected with 100mcg of aluminum in their Vitamin K injection and 235-250mcg in their Hepatitis B vaccine.

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that stores in the brain and bones. 335mcg -350mcg are amounts toxic to a 350lb man per the FDA.

At the 2 month visit per the CDC schedule this same infant will receive 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 4 month visit per the CDC schedule this tiny baby will receive another 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 6 month "well check" visit this baby will receive another 1000mcg of aluminum.

Along with Polysorbate 80, human DNA cells, monkey kidney cells, glyophosate, ....!

This is not a safe science based practice. And proper informed consent is not taking place in doctors offices. This is also just the facts on one ingredient.

Aluminum
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/…

Polysorbate 80
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/…

Inflammatory conditions caused by adjuvants
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/…

Groundbreaking Study on Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated kids

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researche…

Vaccine Ingredients, Adjuvants and Excipients

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook…

This link goes far beyond live virus shedding

http://www.nvic.org/cmstemplates/nvic/pdf/…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Meanwhile, the autism connection is FAR FROM SETTLED for anyone other than a lemming simpleton. I expect better from the Indy, which stands for Independent, right? Apply your name to your journalism- please break free from what you've been spoon-fed by corrupt big pharma and their extraordinarily powerful lobby, bigger than big oil lobby. Do some real research, please.

Here's something to get you started-
https://medium.com/@jbhandley/did-british-…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

It is ludicrous to *believe* that the unvaccinated pose a threat to anyone. It's DANGEROUS to rile up antagonism against a group of people who are minding their own bodily business, legally and wisely.

In fact, the unvaccinated are much healthier than the vaccinated because their immune systems have not been assaulted with dirty, unstudied vaccines. Show me a double-blind, true, saline-placebo controlled study on one vaccine much less in combinations given before you dare tell me vaccines are safe. Anyone who believes this article has swallowed big pharma propaganda for their Products (we all know how honest and uncorrupted big pharma is, aye?), and is quite frankly not an objective, unbiased thinker.

All live virus vaccines contain LIVE viruses. They may be weakened but they can still replicate in the right environment and infect both the vaccinated and "shed" to people around them for weeks after the vaccine is given.

Which vaccines are LIVE?

Chicken Pox- Varivax Section 5.4 (up to 6 weeks):
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloo…

MMR- MMRII page 5 (Up to 28 days):
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloo…

Shingles- Zostavax Section 5.2:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloo…

Rotavirus- Rotateq Section 5:5 (Up to 15 days, fecal shedding):
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloo…

Small Pox- ACAM2000 Section 5:10 (Only used in the military but highly contagious): http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloo…

But does that REALLY happen? Yes. Yes it can and does as these studies illustrate:

Varicella transfer after vaccine to pregnant mom:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9255208

Pub Med article on Rotavirus shedding:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1892248…

Mumps Vaccine sheds:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2477264…

Mumps vaccine sheds:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1626677…

Measles virus sheds for 1-13 days after vaccination:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

Mumps outbreak in Netherlands linked to those vaccinated twice with MMR:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/4/13-1…

Measles vaccinated child responsible for outbreak in British Columbia:
http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dyn…

New York Measles outbreak linked to vaccinated:
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/earl…

Measles outbreak among the vaccinated:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8053748

We don't know for certain how long shedding occurs because we don't test for it long term or regularly but in rare instances, it has gone on for years:
http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Vaccin…

Additionally, the Dtap/Tdap and Polio vaccines that are NOT live have been shown to cause the vaccinated to become asymptomatic carriers whenever exposed, thus the vaccinated can be spreading the illness without knowing at any time:

Pertussis carrier: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/Pre…

Diphtheria carrier: http://www.cdc.gov/diphtheria/clinicians.h…

The polio vaccine does not stop transmission of the virus. & when a person immunized with IPV is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus can still multiply inside the intestines and be shed in the feces, risking continued circulation. http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/po…

You can also find that most medical facilities are aware of this. Johns Hopkins and St. Jude hospitals are just a few of many who post precautions for recently vaccinated visitors.
Science shows that it's the vaccinated that are at a higher risk of infections and spreading the illnesses because they are routinely injected with them. Be aware of the infection and carrier risk each vaccine has when making your choice- AND take care when around the immune compromised if you have been recently vaccinated or around someone with the illnesses even if you don't show symptoms.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “"DACA Is Gone, But We're Still Here": Youth Activists Stage a "Death of DACA" Rally in Downtown Raleigh

IN WASHINGTON IN PERSON
PLAYWRIGHT DR LARRY MYERS PENNED

"DACA DADA/IMMIGRATION BRAILLE"

IN MIDST OF BUILDING SEIZURE
DIRECTOR OF THE PLAYWRIGHTS SANCTUARY

Posted by CRITIC on 12/08/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Wildin Acosta Dropped His Asylum Case and Switched Legal Strategies. Will That Save Him from Being Deported?

innocent bystander: You really hit the nail on the head. Nice job.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/08/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Wildin Acosta Dropped His Asylum Case and Switched Legal Strategies. Will That Save Him from Being Deported?

This story is all over the place. Starts off with media interviews in a parking lot, dabbles in legal strategy and court proceedings, and ends with playful banter over choosing what music to listen to. You almost forget the title of the story states "switched legal strategies". It states Acosta "withdrew" his petition for asylum because he all but knew he was gonna lose based off the statistics of that particular judge. Yet they file complaints against Attorney Smallwood. Seems at every turn the judge was questioning these choices too. So which is it? He was gonna lose because of the judge being so hardline or the past attorney? Seems like its the old lets see what sticks strategy. Attorney Guirguis probably doesn't want to lose and apparently seems fine with throwing a fellow attorney under the bus, all in the name of strategy. Does Indyweek have copies of these complaints or proof that they were actually filed? Why not share a redacted copy of said complaint if you are willing to write about it. States they were provided the complaint by a third party "Alerta Migratoria NC", seems a little fishy. This group doesn't appear to be registered or licensed as a non-profit yet they raise money and pay themselves stipends. Is that even legal? Where is the responsible reporting? Publishing about a complaint against an attorney given to Indyweek by a pseudo non-profit third-party, seems dangerously close to libel.

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Posted by innocentbystander on 12/07/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Meet the New, Fractured Raleigh City Council

I have a problem with your assertion that Councilor Mendell campaigned on a "slow growth" platform. I think a much more accurate description would be that she campaigned on a smart growth, pro neighborhood platform.

If you want to describe her philosophy as slow growth, you should then describe the philosophy of those on the opposite side as a "rampant growth" platform.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 12/06/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Meet the New, Fractured Raleigh City Council

http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/…

This "anti-growth" talking point is not supported by the facts. According to the city of Raleigh -- see URL above -- from Jan-Dec of this year 2017 the council approved 29/34 cases (1 proposal was withdrawn). Last night Council approved all 3 proposals, and I'm pretty sure they were all unanimous votes. The 3 approvals last night then make it 32/37 for the year. That pattern holds true for the past several years as well. The info is all right there on http://raleighnc.gov.

Since almost 90% of rezonings in Raleigh are approved, and the great majority of decisions to approve (or deny) are unanimous, how did this anti-growth message originate? And why do media outlets perpetuate a false narrative time and again without exploring the actual facts?

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/06/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Meet the New, Fractured Raleigh City Council

http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/content/…

This "anti-growth" talking point is not supported by the facts. According to the city of Raleigh -- see URL above -- from Jan-Dec of this year 2017 the council approved 29/34 cases (1 proposal was withdrawn). Last night Council approved all 3 proposals, and I'm pretty sure they were all unanimous votes. The 3 approvals last night then make it 32/37 for the year. That pattern holds true for the past several years as well. The info is all right there on http://raleighnc.gov.

Since almost 90% of rezonings in Raleigh are approved, and the great majority of decisions to approve (or deny) are unanimous, how did this anti-growth message originate? And why do media outlets perpetuate a false narrative time and again without exploring the actual facts?

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/06/2017 at 11:06 AM

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