In the ten months between September 1918 and June 1919, 675,000 Americans died of influenza and pneumonia. When compared to the number of Americans killed in combat in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam combined- 423,000- it becomes apparent that the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 was far more deadly than the war which it accompanied. (Crosby, 206-207)
How do they know that a virus caused the flu epidemic of 1918, when the first virus was not isolated until 1933?
They don’t. In fact, many believe that the epidemic was actually a vaccine reaction. When Army vaccinations became compulsory in 1911, the death rate from typhoid vaccination rose to the highest point in the history of the US Army. US Secretary of War Henry L Stimson reported that seven men dropped dead after being vaccinated. He also reported 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of yellow fever vaccination during only six months of WW1. According to a report in the Irish Examiner, “The report of the Surgeon-General of the US Army shows that during 1917 there were admitted into the army hospitals 19,608 men suffering from anti-typhoid inoculation and vaccinia. When army doctors tried to suppress the symptoms of typhoid with a stronger vaccine, it caused a worse form of typhoid paratyphoid. But when they concocted an even stronger vaccine to suppress that one, they created an even worse disease Spanish flu.”
Did the flu strain that caused the 1918 flu ever return?
Yes. The 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ was first reported in an American military, Camp Funston, Fort Riley, in troops preparing for WW1 and receiving 25 vaccinations. According to the CDC, the same flu strain appeared only one other time: in 1976. This was again at a US army base, Fort Dix, and again, was seen in recently vaccinated troops, and only in them. The virus has not appeared anywhere else.
“My son, let them not depart from your eyes -
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.”—Proverbs 3:21-26 (via whomshallifear)
“I once wrote about something that my counselor said when I told him I felt like I was wrestling with God on some issues. He said, “God loves that.” This is not the answer I was expecting. I thought he would say, “You need to trust the Lord more.” Or “You need to let go and let God.” But he didn’t say that. Instead he remarked, “Jon, do you know what is true about wrestling? Have you ever stopped to think about the nature of wrestling? God loves to wrestle with us, because you can’t wrestle with someone who is far away. They have to be close to you. It’s a very intimate, personal activity.” And I think he was right. I think that God wants me close. I think He wants me near to His side, close enough to feel His breath and know His strength. And when I approach to wrestle over an issue with Him, like Jacob wrestling, I don’t think He is angry. I think He is happy, because I am close. Sure, I want to surrender and trust without question, but I no longer see wrestling as instant failure.”—
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”—C.S. Lewis (via autumnfringes)
“I had a 1590 on my SAT, I got a 44 on my MCAT, and I have a 4.0 GPA from MIT. I thought I had my life mapped out, but then I remembered what my non linear equations professor once told me, always account for variable change… I let down my good friends, but as it turns out, they weren’t too bad at simple math either. I scored the prettiest girl in school. I got beaten down by an old school Vegas thug who was having trouble accepting his retirement, but I worked out a deal with him that got him a nice pension… And I lied to my mother, but I confessed a lie and well, she still loved me… So my senior year of college I joined this team and I learned this new skill. I went to Vegas 17 times to use it. I made hundreds of thousands of dollars counting cards. And then I had it all stolen from me, twice… How’s that for life experience professor? Did I dazzle you? Did I jump off the page?”—21 (via 4thdrinkinstinct) (via proofmathisbeautiful)
As a home school parent of 21 years, I am not happy about this. And trust me — my children, though raised in a Christian home, have never had any trouble developing a realistic worldview. In the age of technology we live in, it’s way too easy to expose them to other things we’d rather they didn’t know.
And so far, none of my kids (I’ve graduated my own three and many others from my cottage school) have been warped. Two of them have full rides to college this year.
People shoudn’t argue about something they don’t know anything about.