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The Truth about Ebola! Was it “Man Made,” You need to know!

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

Ebola is a serious, often fatal, disease. The virus is transmitted to people from animals and then spreads among humans through direct contact with an infected person.

  Ebola is a serious, often fatal, disease. The virus is transmitted to people from animals and then spreads among humans through direct contact with an infected person.

 The Ebola virus was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Zaire) in 1976 and can be found in various African countries. Periodic outbreaks have occurred since Ebola’s discovery, but the current west Africa outbreak that began in Guinea in March 2014 is the largest and deadliest in history.

 The outbreak began in the densely populated border region between Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia …

In their Mission hospitals they regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilised needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with the virus.
In their Mission hospitals they regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilized needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with the virus.

 

At first Belgian Nuns had unwittingly spread the virus. How did that happen? 

 In Belgium a lab team discovered Ebola just prior to 1976. The team discovered that mission hospitals regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilized needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with a then unknown virus. Scientist working with the World Health Organization or W.H.O “allegedly” told the nuns about the terrible mistake they had made, but in their own words they said that, ” we were much too careful in their choice of words (meaning they didn’t have a sense of urgency about the breakout).” In Africa the clinics that failed to observe this and other rules of hygiene functioned as catalysts in all additional Ebola outbreaks. They drastically sped up the spread of the virus or made the spread possible in the first place. Even in the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa, hospitals unfortunately played this ignominious role in the beginning. … also contributed to the catastrophe. In addition the people there have always been extremely mobile, so it was much more difficult than usual to track down those who had contact with the infected people. Because the dead in this region are traditionally buried in the towns and villages they were born in, there were highly contagious Ebola corpses travelling back and forth across the borders in pickups and taxis. The result was that the epidemic kept flaring up in different places.

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fruit bats, first spread Ebola to forest monkeys.

 

It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae families were natural Ebola virus hosts with that in mind research showed Ebola was then introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of these infected animals the list also chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest. 

 

  

Was Ebola ever used as population curve!

 Archival (WHO) World Health Organization documents were explored along with links to American health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). These institutions played leading roles in the WHO’s early viral research network. During the 1960s and early 1970s the WHO served as the omnipotent supplier of the world’s pharmaceutical, bacteriological, and viral test reagents. Investigations revealed the NCI, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), functioned as the WHO’s chief distributor of viruses and viral testing reagents during the late 1960s. By 1968, the WHO had provided technical advisors and supplies of “prototype virus strains” for more than “120 laboratories in 35 different countries.” By 1969, this number increased to “592 virus laboratories.” In this one year, four of the most active centers, including the NCI and CDC, distributed 2,514 strains of viruses, 1888 ampoules of experimental vaccines, and about 100 samples of cell cultures throughout the network. 70,000 virus isolations were reported by 1970. To date there is no known proof that Ebola was spread, for means of population control. What is known is that the WHO did not react with a strong sense of urgency to combat this deadly virus.

 

Cold War, Biological Weapons and World Health

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Ebola is not new. Nor is the possibility of terrorist or supremacy groups using the Ebola virus in an attack. As many may have guessed few to only one documented case of the disease listed for Biological weapons, was when the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo attempted to obtain the Ebola virus as part of its biological warfare program. The group sent a medical team to Africa under the pretext of being aid workers with the intent of obtaining samples of the virus. It failed in that mission, but even if it had succeeded, the group would have faced the challenge of getting the sample back to its biological warfare laboratory in Japan. The Ebola virus is relatively fragile. Its lifetime on dry surfaces outside of a host is only a couple of hours, and while some studies have shown that the virus can survive on surfaces for days when still in bodily fluids, this requires ideal conditions that would be difficult to replicate during transport.

 

During the past decade, at least six internationally known authorities advanced theories that the AIDS virus (HIV) was also developed by biological weapons researchers and either accidentally or intentionally transmitted with the help of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO). A document like that obtained by one investigator, through the Freedom of Information Act, is shown with a DOD appropriations request for $10 million for the development of AIDS-like viruses. “Within the next 5 to 10 years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.”

 

Peter Piot, a young scientist in Antwerp discovered Ebola
Peter Piot, a young scientist in Antwerp discovered Ebola

(In a previous interview with Peter Piot, was a young scientist in Antwerp, was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976)

I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had recently fallen ill from a mysterious sickness in Yambuku, a remote village in the northern part of the country. He asked us to test the sample for yellow fever.

 

On that day our team sat together late into the night – we had also had a couple of drinks – discussing the question. We definitely didn’t want to name the new pathogen “Yambuku virus”, because that would have stigmatized the place forever. There was a map hanging on the wall and our American team leader suggested looking for the nearest river and giving the virus its name. It was the Ebola river. So by around three or four in the morning we had found a name. But the map was small and inexact. We only learned later that the nearest river was actually a different one. But Ebola is a nice name, isn’t it?

Yes, and our first thought was: “What the hell is that?” The virus that we had spent so much time searching for was very big, very long and worm-like. It had no similarities with yellow fever. Rather, it looked like the extremely dangerous Marburg virus which, like Ebola, causes a haemorrhagic fever. In the 1960s the virus killed several laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany.

Ebola Questions and Answers

 

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(Based on information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the World Health Organization)

 

Direct contact means that blood or body fluids from an infected person or body have touched another person’s eyes, nose or mouth or an open wound or abrasion. People can also become infected from contaminated surfaces and materials, including bed sheets and clothing. Body fluids include blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, faeces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine and semen.

 

Can you get Ebola from sneezing?

 

It is possible to spread through coughing or sneezing, but health officials say it’s unlikely. Saliva or mucus from an infected person would have to get into a healthy person’s eyes, nose, mouth or open wound for the disease to spread.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom is a high fever, typically greater than 101.5F (38.6C). Other symptoms can include severe headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and, in serious cases, internal or external bleeding. Symptoms of the virus appear between two and 21 days after exposure, but typically after eight to 10 days.

The Ebola virus has not previously mutated in this manner, and experts say there is no other virus that has transformed from non-airborne to airborne in human beings.

Is there a cure? What about a vaccine?

No, but the race is on to find both. An experimental Ebola drug, Zmapp, has been used to treat a handful of patients, including two American missionaries. It’s unclear without proper testing what role, if any, the drug played in the patients’ recovery.

A number of experimental drugs, including Zmapp, are being rushed into trials, but even so, experts say it could take months, even years, to produce enough of the drugs to make a difference in the current outbreak.

Human testing recently began on an Ebola vaccine, but it would only help protect people who haven’t yet contracted the virus, not those already infected.

 

At this time, the difference between life and death in an Ebola-stricken patient can come down to very basic interventions: keeping the person hydrated, maintaining their oxygen and blood pressure, and mitigating the effects of other infections that might further weaken the body’s immune system.

 

Why are people allowed to travel from infected areas to the US?

The White House is not entertaining the idea of a travel ban on flights coming from west Africa. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Tom Frieden, said isolating affected countries would only make the epidemic worse. He said it would constrict the flow of necessary aid to these counties, which would in turn make the outbreak that much more difficult to stop.

West African countries have put certain checks in place to try to prevent infected people from carrying the disease outside the affected region. In Liberia, for example, travelers answer a pre-flight questionnaire that asks about their Ebola exposure history. Before departure at many African airports, passengers are screened for fever. Many international airports around the world have quarantine areas in case a person becomes ill while travelling.

 

That being said, the approach isn’t foolproof as people don’t begin to show symptoms until days – even weeks – after being exposed. There is also a lot of misinformation circulating through west Africa about the disease, so people may not know if they were exposed, or may fear disclosing exposure because of the stigma attached to the disease.

 

Further References?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/04/ebola-zaire-peter-piot-outbreak

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/08/09/ebola-outbreak-it-s-real-it-s-here-what-can-you-do-2174957

 

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The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership. Part 2

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One World The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership. Part 2

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.

Book release 10-31-2014

The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014
The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014

 

The series is an excerpt from the book the “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” Which is written by Pastor Gregg L. Greer and the sponsor is the Urban Christian leadership Institute. This book is our opening season effort that means to address the serious need for leadership in every community around the world, overall our concern is to address the Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;

Philippians 2:3-4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)

Most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy. While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.  

Recognize and Resolve the problem!

Let’s be very honest: In many churches around the world the pipeline for “Salvation,” within the church is not the same thing as a pipeline that breeds and multiplies leaders. These are two different things. In truth, you need both-Followers and Leaders! Currently, most churches have only one-thus our communities truly do not have a conduit for leadership. If we are to consider helping one another then we must make a commitment to live our lives in search of Justice, and Truth everyday. May I offer just to make one simple suggestion-Make a Resolution? Commit to change today!

Plan of SalvationEvery year, As I have grown wiser in recognizing the will of God and I won’t partake in New Year’s resolutions anymore, if I can help it. For my direction, I now try to do that which God wills me to do everyday! – Ecclesiastes 5:18, which is to relax and enjoy the life He has given! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.

The main question that we must answer is what sort of resolutions with God would you want to make? What would God endorse? To answer those questions quickly – any resolution that sees eye to eye with his (God) word (His will) is the type God wants you to make. In the rest of this I will answer those questions with some down to earth humor and of course Biblical insights.

 Hunger for Change

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

If one is a true Christian leader he must seek vision from God within the community and then being given the holy power to execute that vision — I call this “Our biblical marching orders.” That’s the birthright of every Christian…to hear the calling of the “Heavenly,” Father. But, in the way we handle our leadership, suddenly it’s set up whereas only the select and the elite few in our church-who are given this privilege. And let’s be clear: Our ego has a lot to do with this.

Independence in the church and community must be taught, People must take a stand and commit change. understand God doesn’t mind at all if you want to –, walk 20 miles a day, go back to college, learn to play the banjo, read all of 3000 of the T.D Jakes book collection in one night, if you paint your house that pink color you have always loved, stand outside in your underwear while drinking sassafras tea in the rain (I hope not!) or, even dance the night away to the 50’s oldies and so on. In truth our independent thought helps us all in our effort to evangelize the world.

Yet, we must always be mindful that, physical things have worth but godliness or godly living has the only value needed to improve our present life circumstance as well as for our life in eternity. Hello! for some that would be a wow principal concerning godly living! Here are a few items one must consider;

  • We do not seek a single virtue of justice or rectitude toward others. The essence of Godly Living, for us (Christians) is state of harmony within your mind heart and soul; that is the seed out of which all single righteous virtues may grow.
  • We should not merely a desire to be righteous-ignoring the world at large. As people of Faith, God’s love must be shared with all even (Non Believers).
  • If there is a desire for merely for doing righteous things, but not for being righteous-then our effort is devoid!

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech: March 13, 1968

   Have I Done Enough?” Dr. King’s Legacy Forces everyone one of us to Ask Ourselves!

My Question;  Can you take to heart the following words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  spoke just four days before he was gunned down ?? “First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.

“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths.

We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.

It seems that I can hear the God of history saying:

 ‘That was not enough!

 But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’

 That’s the question we are facing to this day today

  In Summary!

I fear some are not hungry for righteousness, but for the only for rewards of righteousness. Worldly goods cannot fill the soul of a man. Intellectual attainment cannot. Goodness will satisfy. There is no condition where we cannot be satisfied in the enjoyment of righteousness. Goodness does not forsake a man.righteousness-defined

Being a disciple means being a learner of all the things Jesus was — and we know Jesus did multiply leaders. Scripture outlines truly practical models for church leadership you can learn to put into practice in your own context to begin identifying, training, and releasing kingdom leaders to do God’s work in the world. I’ve done it and I’ve seen other people do it all over the world. It can be done and done with incredible results.

The necessity for Urban Christian Leadership or any good leadership is deeply felt and needed around the world. This need starts with a special condition of the mind,  and, an indication of a healthy, spiritual life which all people of faith must learn to receive-Post Haste!

Related Articles:

https://oneworld01.com/2014/03/02/the-need-for-urban-christian-leadership/

http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/unlocking-the-keys-to-indigenous-urban-leadership

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-must-create-a-culture-of-accountability-for-their-pastors-church-leadership-126279/

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Women and Children’s Aid for Development (W.O.C.A.D)-Plans to Grow for the Future

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HIV and AIDS have dramatically transformed the circumstances of children worldwide. As reviewed from 2003-2013.An Estimated 39,4 million people worldwide are living with AIDS, and two-thirds live in Africa. An Estimated over 15 million youth under 18 have lost one or both parents who succumbed to AIDS. Millions likewise are enduring with a chronically ailing parents. A large population of children that reside in Uganda and are orphaned or exposed for other reasons in Sub-Saharan Africa poses a significant obstruction to human well-being and economic development.

 

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HIV and AIDS have dramatically transformed the circumstances of children worldwide. WOCAD wants to help.

 

 

WocadMore than two million orphaned child and other vulnerable youth live in Uganda. These children face numerous difficulties in their life, including poverty; military conflicts; poor health; and a shortage of food, shelter, sanitation, and education. Additionally funding committed to services for these children has progressed in recent years.

 

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Women and Children’s Aid for Development, Uganda (WOCAD) is a growing Christian international charitable upstart organization that strives to improve the lives of the disadvantaged so they may reach their full potential by enabling them and contributing resources that will encourage them to become self-reliant and beneficial to their communities. Programs focus on education, livelihood support, health and housing.

The theology of the Wocad is mainstream Christian although it is distinctive in its appeal. The Wocad concept follows mainstream Christian beliefs, and its doctrine of Faith emphasize God’s “saving purposes.” Its objectives are “the progression of the Christian religion of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects helpful to society or the community as a whole.

 

 Women’s and Children’s Aid for Development Mission

Vision:

To Change the lives of OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and marginalized women

Mandate:

Promote, facilitate, coordinate and develop communities where OVC and the marginalized women live.

Mission:

To provide psycho-social, social and economic support to care for the OVC and the marginalized women.

Programs include:
1.Education,
2.Livelihood support,
3.Health and
4.Housing

For more information on W.O.C.A.D and their outreach and how you can help-Please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/wocad.uganda?fref=ts

 

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(The Hate that Hate Made!)-American Conservative Evangelicals are backing Uganda’s Death Laws against Gays?

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 (The Hate that Hate Made) By Gregg Greer, Editor

American Evangelist have recently been in the news for their direct financing and millions of dollars in support of Ugandan Government activities including backing and destructive support of the Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill (often called the “Kill the Gays bill,”) which mandates a death penalty and life imprisonment clause as a legislative proposal that would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically, and further includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organizations, or non-governmental organizations that just know of gay people or support LGBT rights.

In January, this year-a Documentary called The Gospel Truth, Filmed by Rodger Ross, with Reverend Kapya Kaoma, a minister who spend years studying the relationship between American Conservatives and Africa discusses the widely maintained viewpoint of American Christian missionary groups asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families and warned Uganda is in danger of being “dragged back to the dark and evil days of Idi Amin. In the documentary, The American House of Prayer was filmed. Disturbingly, One Minister Jo Anna Watson, of Touching Hearts International Ministries, lead service by referring to the Ugandan locals stating, “They miss a Fatherly heart of Love because they haven’t been fathered properly,” help them close the door to sexual immorality and perversion.?

Ugandan LGBT Children could also face death under the bill.

Some of the most concerning provisions of the original bill required teachers and parents to report LGBT children or face penalties, banned landlords from providing lodging to any LGBT individuals and added the death penalty for aggravated Homosexuality (Which includes, among other things, being a serial Offender). The UK newspaper The Guardian has said that the bill confirms the country’s status as “unjust and infamous”, calling the law a “wretched piece of legislation,” London-based newspaper The Times also criticized the proposed law and the BBC for sponsoring a debate titled “Should homosexuals face execution?”

Mike Huckabee at the Southern Baptist Convention

 Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention

The same sentiments are echoed thought our Conservative Christian World for example; When Mike Huckabee delivered a politically charged speech at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting, telling attendees that holy matrimony will be twisted into a perversion and formed into an unholy pretzel  As a result of same-sex marriage. Huckabee went on to criticize the armed forces and the Boy Scouts for becoming test labs for social experiments and Jason Collins, whom he mockingly called a hero for announcing his sexual proclivities. Baptist Press, the media arm of the SBC, further reports that Huckabee urged pastors to speak out against the ungodly and unholy Culture and put the Republican Party on notice in case they ease off on issues like the sanctity of life and the holiness of marriage. The future of abortion rights, Huckabee said, would determine whether or not our civilization will survive as a country and if our nation will stand or fall. “Jesus is talking about good food, biblical food,” Huckabee noted, lamenting “we are living in a time of biblical ignorance.” “People who attend church, especially young people, have an extraordinary lack of biblical depth,” he said. “According to recent surveys, the kids who grow up in our evangelical churches do not really know God.

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The documentary also, films an Evangelistic session that shows a Ugandan crowd chanting “those who are ready to Kill homosexuals, hands up!”

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While many of the many of the missionaries are doing Good work, the preconceived notion that the Ugandan and African locals are “uncivilized,” and “unholy,” Is assisting in a cultural war, in addition to the negative propaganda against the African populations that may lead to further the destruction within the communities that the missionaries visit. For the locals-this dangerous ideology, and a very harmful, ideology that has to be corrected.

In closing-You can’t preach hate and not accept responsibility for the way that hate is manifested.Gay rights activists protest outside Uganda House in Trafalgar Square in London