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Charlie Hebdo - The Hidden Agenda Exposed

We don’t have to speculate as to how this event is going to be used.
It has already started.

To download the files mentioned in this video click here (French direct download), (English direct download), (French torrent)

Whatever you believe actually happened in Paris, one thing is very clear: the powers that be are going to try to use this event to expand wars, intensify domestic surveillance, and legislate away more of our rights.

This is not speculation. They have already started in France, in the U.K. (see this document), at the E.U. level, in the United States and they are going to attempt to push this on a global scale (also see this). All nicely coordinated to ride the wave of outrage that followed the attacks.

If you want a glimpse at just how far they want to take this, look at France. They’re already dealing out serious prison sentences for those caught saying anything that could be interpreted as supporting terrorism. Does questioning the official story count as supporting terrorism? Where do you draw the line? Who decides?

Oh, so you don’t actually have to support terrorism. Just disagreeing is enough.

Humanity, do you really want to learn this lesson the hard way, again?

They are playing you people: Problem, Reaction, Solution. It’s the oldest trick in the book.

With so much riding on this story, obviously there are those who have a vested interest in preventing evidence which contradicts the official narrative from reaching the public.

On January 10th we uploaded a video entitled “Charlie Hebdo Shootings - Censored Video”. Within 24 hours it had over a million views. Then the video was age restricted and removed from listings in spite of the fact that it depicted no blood, no gore, no graphic violence of any kind. It did, however, challenge the official narrative of the event. In spite of being age restricted the video continued to grow and added another million views.

We uploaded a French translation of this same video on January 12th. Within one day, the French version was taken down completely. Not age restricted, not blocked in some countries, completely deleted from the site. Again, this video showed no blood or gore whatsoever. In fact it didn’t even show actual murder.

We’re not going to show that footage again here. We’re not going to give them any excuse to block this video. However if you enter the following url into your browser http://stormcloudsgathering.com/charlie-hebdo-cover-up) you will find a download link to the original files. Watch it and come to your own conclusions.

Of course, there is much more at stake here than our little video, or even the attacks themselves. The internet as a whole poses a threat to the ruling class, because in its current form ideas cannot be fully controlled. The internet in its current form makes it very hard for them to hide their corruption, their wars of aggression, and their covert operations, and that makes it hard to govern. They intend to change that (for your security of course).

Funny isn’t it, 17 people people get killed in France, supposedly over a question of free speech, and the first thing that governments of the world want to do is use that event to take away free speech on the internet.

It’s also funny that these same governments expressed no outrage whatsoever as the United States military killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

Apparently it’s not murder if you use a drone or a guided missile. Apparently it’s not terrorism if women and children are killed by soldiers and government bureaucrats. No, it’s only murder when politicians and the corporate media tell you it’s murder, and if they get their way, they’ll be able to take down any website, video or social media account that dares contradict them.

There’s one question on many of your minds right now. What can we do? How can we fight back?

Well, first of all, stop waiting for instructions. Do what you can. Use the talent you have. Get creative. Remember necessity is the mother of invention. If each and every one of you just did what you could without worrying about whether or not you would succeed, that would be enough.

And remember, these politicians don’t have any real power. They just have your obedience. Even their enforcement arms, the police and the military, are really just structured obedience.

Withdraw that obedience and it’s game over.


Reuters: Ex-UK spy chief calls for a new “accord” between tech companies and spy agencies to prevent terrorist attacks. Nothing should be off limits to the NSA or the GCHQ. In other words privacy would be made illegal.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment     150214

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Amen.


Proverbs 21:3

To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.


Exodus 16:1-8

Bread from Heaven

They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.”

So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?”

And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him — what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”


Notes on the Scripture

While there is much to say about the passage, the most important feature is the preliminary imposition of the fourth commandment. Any sensible person recognizes that, ultimately, God provides our food. We may pride ourselves on our agriculture and industry, but as Christ said: “Consider the birds of the air.” Here, God removes the work of man, for the Hebrews cannot farm at all and the livestock is emaciated. They are in a terrible desert where they cannot even gather; God feeds them directly. They cannot make the mistake of pride in an illusory self-sufficiency, as atheists do, or think that it is an accident that food falls from the sky, in the middle of a desert.
fourth commandment of the Bible, keep the Sabbath

God is ready, in His training of the Hebrews, to move them to a new level of trust: He commands them not to gather food for more than one day, except on the sixth day; and on the seventh day, not to gather at all. This is utterly artificial, a law of God that runs contrary to nature. It is something a person would do only if he trusted God absolutely. God is training them to follow His Word, rather than their experience in the world. Like any training experience, He starts with a direct reward system.

It is odd for us to live in a time when we can see this training in reverse. God wants us to work six days and rest on the seventh, keeping it as a day of holy celebration. If you have seen the great movie Chariots of Fire, you will remember the Scotsman, Eric Liddell, who won the 400-meter run in the 1924 Olympics, but refused to compete in his best event, the 100-meter dash, because it was held on Sunday. (And he certainly sacrificed a gold medal: His British record in the 100-yard dash was not broken for 35 years.)

The point being: Can we even imagine this happening today? Tim Tebow, the great Christian figurehead of professional sports, played football on Sunday. This is not to judge Mr. Tebow in any way, but it is hard not to think that our overall trust in God is unraveling, as being “open for business” on Sunday has become nearly universal; the only exception among national chains is Chick-fil-A.

We do not live under the strict letter of Mosaic Law; Christ Himself abridged the Sabbath laws by healing. Surely there is room for interpretation in the fourth commandment. But we must ask ourselves: Are our Sunday activities good-faith attempts to keep the spirit of the Sabbath, or a rationalization for compromising God’s will to feed our own appetites?

Elly Mick

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Elly Mick

Age 75, of Weston, WV was called to her heavenly home, Wednesday, February 11, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Her unwavering faith in God, strong will to live and the Love and Prayers of family, friends, church family and supporters carried her through. She touched countless lives with her smile and laughter. Her favorite gift to give and receive “Hugs”, will never be forgotten.

Elly was a strong supporter of animal care, veterans and Native American organizations. She loved working around her house, creating new flower beds in spring and always crafting new decorating ideas for her home. Precious time with her family was cherished. Her family included her pets thru their life, especially her cats, they loved her and she adored and loved them.

Elly dedicated many years working in medical records and administration at Weston City, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston and St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon.

Elly was born August 28, 1939 in Lewis County, WV and spent her life there.

She joins her parents in heaven, Lewis and Pearl Watson.

Her son Michael and daughter-in-law Lee Anne, live in Weston; her sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Jerry Francis live in Jane Lew; she has two brothers: Delford Watson and her sister-in-law Margurite of Loraine, OH and Larry Watson and sister-in-law Loretta of Buckhannon and her life was completed by her granddaughters, Tara and Miranda Hathaway as well as many nieces and nephews.

Elly is at peace now and her family would like to express thanks to all and especially her church, St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston, Reverend Jonathan Nettles and People’s Hospice of United Hospital Center.

Her beauty, inside and out, will always live on.

A Fellowship time to celebrate Elly’s life will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1:30 until 2:30 PM from St. Matthew United Methodist Church 120 E. 3rd Street Weston.

A Celebration of Life Service for Elly will be held on Sunday at 2:30 PM from St. Matthew United Methodist Church with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating.

In lieu of any and all flowers or other gestures, Elly requested donation be made to the Lewis-Upshur Animal Shelter 318 Mud Lick Road South Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Elly Mick.

Comics - NEEDED VACCINES

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Ritenour Holding Senior Vocal Recital at GSC - Saturday, February 14, 2015

Glenville State College student vocalist Renee Ritenour will be performing her senior recital on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Ritenour is the daughter of Jane Arnett and Gary Ritenour from Kearneysville (Jefferson County), West Virginia. She is a music education (PreK-adult) major and will be performing a variety of music from composers such as Pergolesi, Strauss, Brahms, Mozart, Bizet and more. She will also perform selections from musical theatre and contemporary art songs.

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“My time at GSC has been incredibly influential in helping me gain the confidence that I need to be successful. Many thanks go to my professors, especially Teresa Dody and Lloyd Bone, for giving me opportunities to grow and experience amazing things,” said Ritenour.

In addition to her studies in music education and vocals, Ritenour plays in the popular GSC Percussion Ensemble and served two years as the auxiliary percussion captain in the Pioneer Marching Band.

Ritenour will complete her student teaching experience in area public schools next semester and graduate in December. Following that, she plans to attend graduate school to study vocal performance and choral conducting.

For more information call 304.462.6340.

Gilmer County Residents Graduate From GSC

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Five students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The ceremony was made up of students who completed their degree requirements in July and December 2014.

Dakota L. Ellyson of Glenville received an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies.

Tara B. Grieco of Glenville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jennifer R. Hess of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Computer and Information Systems with a concentration in Programming and a minor in Studio Art.

Anthony M. Rock of Linn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Global Studies.

Jason K. Taggart of Normantown received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management degree with a concentration in Landman Technology and a minor in Business.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia.

The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams.​

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G-Eye™: GCBOE Meeting Report - 01.20.15


The report on this meeting was published on January 23, 2015. Click H E R E for the report.

Our Community Foundation Grant:  Application Deadline February 15, 2015

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Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area – is currently accepting applications for grants for the spring cycle of its Community Action Grant Program. The Foundation’s application process is online; all applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on February 15, 2015.

Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application.

To access the online application form, visit the Foundation’s web site www.pacfwv.com and go to the Grants section. Under “Applications and Forms” you will find a link to the online Community Action Grant application.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. To be eligible for a grant either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, and Mason Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio).

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects; program development; technical assistance, training, and capacity building projects; and operating support. Operating support grants target organizations that provide essential community services or offer programs that meet basic human needs and that seek to increase their financial stability and/or expand their capacity to provide services.

To be eligible for operating support, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (operating support is not available to governmental entities, schools, or entities that do not have 501(c)(3) status); have been in continuous operation for at least five years; have a proven track record; have an overall sound financial history (at least prior to the present need); be able to demonstrate strong management; and must have previously received support from the Foundation.

Organizations serving Mason County residents also have an opportunity to be considered for grants from the Gordon E. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund administered by Our Community’s Foundation/Mason County Community Foundation. The Jackson Foundation Advised Fund provides grants to support projects that benefit Mason County residents, with a particular interest in educational and community development projects. Organizations interested in being considered for support from the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund must submit an application using the Foundation’s Community Action Grant application form; all organizations submitting requests for projects benefiting Mason County will be considered for support from the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, along with other Foundation funds.

The Ritchie County Community Foundation Affiliate (RCCF) has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools. Schools in Ritchie County apply for grants for these purposes using the online Community Action Grant Application form.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide more specific information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s web site at www.pacfwv.com to access the spring grant guidelines and application form. For more information on the Community Action Grant Program, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or email   “info@pacfwv.com”.

There Is Free Lunch, But What Does It Signify?

“Free and reduced-price lunch” is generally used to indicate concentrations of poverty and how these affect learning, but is it the best yardstick? asks Will Huntsberry for NPR.

Does qualifying for the program necessarily indicate risk of falling through the cracks of American education?

To qualify for the federal lunch program, families must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level—about $44,000 for a family of four—which, depending on location, is not always impoverished.

The U.S. Census Bureau measures actual poverty, but for the purposes of education research, census tracts don’t align with district boundaries or attendance zones for individual schools.

Yet poverty is not the only relevant factor for how children will fare in school.

Other key factors: education level of parents, parental occupations, and immigration status.

Still, absent reliable, easily obtained data on these alternatives, “F&R” serves as the de facto determination of which students are at risk.

Finer-grained data are harder to obtain, since parents may not want to offer it; districts also need new systems for collecting and maintaining information.

In the meantime, one way to slightly improve analysis would be separating program participants into two categories: those receiving free lunch, and those receiving reduced-price.

The threshold for free lunch is 130% of the federal poverty level.

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True Or False?
Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: “free and reduced-price lunch.“ What’s the percentage at a given school? In a given district or state?

It’s not necessarily out of concern about who’s getting fed. Instead, it’s most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that affects learning.

The phrase refers to students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program — an easily available data point for any school and any district.

But is it the best yardstick for measuring children’s economic circumstances? And, a bigger question: Is it a good tool for assessing a child’s risk of falling through the cracks of the American education system?

A recent headline in The Washington Post highlights the confusion over using this data as proxy for poverty. The headline informed readers that, for the first time in at least 50 years, a “majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.“

But that’s not exactly true. And the story itself was more nuanced. It told readers that 51% of students receive free and reduced-price lunch. As critics quickly pointed out, that may not be the same as “living in poverty.“

To qualify for the school lunch program, families have to be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level — which calculates out to about $44,000 for a family of four.

So, sometimes this data is being used for something it’s not.

“Too many people don’t give it a second thought, yet it’s the most important measure for the majority of work that we do,“ says Bruce Baker, an education researcher at Rutgers University and blogger, who tracks assumptions about demographic data.

 

Origins

President Harry Truman signed into law the National School Lunch Act in 1946, in part as a way to provide meals to low-income students.

In 1966, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,“ the federal government began funneling extra money into school districts with high concentrations of poverty, as a way to blunt its effects.

Along the way, the federal government began using this nutrition program as a stand-in for gauging how many poor or low-income students a school has. Researchers and state education departments soon began using this “F&R” data, too, says Baker.

Of course, the U.S. Census Bureau measures actual poverty. But it’s difficult for researchers to use that data because census tracts don’t align with school-district boundaries or attendance zones for individual schools.

 

A ‘Blunt Tool’

Factoring poverty into education policy, no matter how it’s done, is important. Baker says it’s a strong predictor of how well children will do in school. But poverty isn’t the only relevant measure. Among other key factors: education levels of parents, their occupation, and immigration status.

But absent reliable, easily obtained data on these alternatives, F&R in eduspeak serves as the de facto measure of the degree to which students are at risk and the basis for making important decisions.

For instance, states that use accountability formulas to evaluate teachers, and sometimes to give bonuses to them, often factor into those calculations the proportion of F&R students they have.

Baker believes lunch-program data is a “blunt tool,“ but also that it does work on a large scale to understand a district or a school’s needs.

Others are seeking a better tool.

Matthew Cohen works at the Ohio Department of Education and heads a working group looking to find alternatives. He says F&R data isn’t bad at an aggregate level, but that it has some shortcomings.

First, he says, not all those who meet the poverty guidelines actually apply for the lunch program. Others who don’t qualify game the system.

“When we scratch the surface, there might be trivial distortions [to the data] or there may be very important distortions,“ says Cohen. He hopes to release findings on potential alternatives to F&R this summer.

Here’s another complication: A recent federal program allows a school to provide free lunch to all of its students even if they don’t qualify. It’s called the Community Eligibility Provision, and its designed to help districts reduce paperwork.

It allows schools where at least 40% of families qualify for food stamps or other assistance to also provide free and reduced-priced lunch for all students. For researchers, that means a school that would normally count as 70% F&R, now shows up as 100%.

 

If Not F&R, Then What?

Cohen won’t say yet what alternatives he may offer, but getting finer-grained data isn’t easy. Parents, he notes, may not want to offer additional information. And even if they’re willing, school districts would need new systems for collecting and maintaining data.

Baker has one suggestion that could improve how schools use existing F&R numbers. He separates student groups into two categories: those that receive free lunch, and those that receive reduced-price lunch.

The difference? As noted above, the threshold for a lower-priced lunch is 185% of the poverty level, while for a free lunch, it’s 130%.

When Baker accounts for these differences, he can see that students “on the higher end of low-income” perform better than those at the lower end. Accordingly, he says it could be possible to target more specific resources to schools the more we knew about a school’s at-risk population.

In the meantime, he says, people should recognize that free and reduced-price lunch is a helpful, but limited, metric. “It ain’t great, but it’s what we’ve got, and it is predictive of what we want to know about student outcomes.“

~~  Will Huntsberry - NPR ~~

G-Fin™: Three Credit Rating Agencies Reaffirm Positive Ratings for West Virginia Bonds

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West Virginia bonds have recently received positive ratings from Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Rating Service and Moody’s Investor Service.

“We are credited for being one of the most fiscally responsible states in the nation,” said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “Our bond ratings were recently reaffirmed – a move that saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars when building schools, roads and making long-term investments to improve our infrastructure.”

Fitch assigned an AA+ rating to West Virginia’s general obligation (GO) infrastructure refunding bonds.

In addition, Fitch affirms the ratings of AA+ for $460.4 million outstanding GO bonds and AA for $400.2 million outstanding appropriation-backed debt of the Economic Development and School Building authorities.

Fitch cited factors such as manageable debt, sizable reserves and “well-managed financial operations” that take into account a balance of expenditure solutions and limited use of Rainy Day Funds.

Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed its ratings on three categories of bonds: AA rating on the state’s GO debt; AA- rating on bonds related to legislative appropriation; and A on outstanding debt issues by the state Water Development Authority. The credit rating service also gave an AA rating to two new sets of infrastructure bonds being issued by West Virginia in 2015.

Moody’s assigned an Aa1 rating to $71.4 million Infrastructure General Obligation Refunding Bonds 2015 Series A and B.

The investors service company reported that the rating reflects “the state’s ongoing trend of fiscal conservatism and disciplined financial management evidenced by consistently strong reserve fund balances for almost a decade.”

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TRIAL DELAYED FOR EXECUTIVES CHARGED IN WV CHEMICAL SPILL

A judge is rescheduling the trial for former executives facing charges for a massive chemical spill last year.

In U.S. District Court in Charleston on Wednesday, Judge Thomas Johnston moved back the trial for Freedom Industries officials to October 06. The trial had been scheduled for March 10.

The change would likely only apply to ex-Freedom presidents Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell. Also Wednesday, federal prosecutors asked the court to schedule plea hearings for the company, Charles Herzing, William Tis and two lower-level employees.

The four men and Freedom itself are expected to plead guilty. All are charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

In addition, Southern faces fraud charges related to Freedom’s bankruptcy.

The January 2014 spill in Charleston contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.


FORMALDEHYDE LEAK REPORTED AT BELLE CHEMICAL PLANT

West Virginia environmental workers responded to a formaldehyde leak at a chemical plant in Belle.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelly Gillenwater says a team was dispatched to monitor the area around the DuPont plant after Wednesday’s incident.

Gillenwater tells the Charleston Gazette the leak occurred when DuPont employees turned on a piece of equipment that had been shut down for maintenance. The equipment malfunctioned, causing the formaldehyde to vaporize as it was released at a pump.

DuPont workers used a water spray to contain the leak. About 10 pounds of the chemical was released.

DuPont spokeswoman Robin Ollis Stemple says no one was injured or exposed to the chemical. She says employees briefly sheltered in place as a precaution.


NEW SEX CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER WV CHURCH VOLUNTEER

A former church youth volunteer in Bluefield is facing new charges of sexual abuse involving children.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that an indictment has been returned against 56-year-old Timothy Probert.

Probert was arrested in December 2013 on three dozen counts of child sexual abuse-related charges. Sgt. M.D. Clemons of the West Virginia State Police say 12 new charges stem from another victim coming forward and additional charges being added in other cases.

Clemons said the charges involve nine young teenagers.

Probert is a former youth volunteer at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield.

The charges stem from incidents that date back to 1986.


’ANTI-OPIOID’ BILL HEADED TO GOVERNOR

A bill which would allow emergency responders and some individuals to possess and administer a drug capable of counter-acting a heroin overdose is headed to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s office if its chamber of origin is OK with a few technical amendments.

The House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 335, known as the “Access to Anti-Opioids Act,“ 99-0 on Wednesday. It also unanimously cleared the Senate on February 2.

The bill allows medical responders and law enforcement officers to carry naloxone, a drug that counteracts the suppression of respiratory function and brain activity caused by a heroin overdose or an overdose of other opiate substances such as morphine or oxycodone.

The legislation also allows physicians to prescribe the drug, which is not a controlled substance, to those at risk of an overdose, or any relatives, friends or caregivers who might be able to administer it.

The only requirement in the instance of prescription use is that further medical treatment must be sought after the drug is administered. The House Judiciary Committee amended this part of the bill to state that such treatment must be sought at a medical facility.

“There’s no question it’s needed, and it will accomplish some good results,“ said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne. “It won’t completely stem the tide of overdose deaths, but at least the tide will be at our feet and not at our throats.“

Similar bills have been put forward in the West Virginia Legislature in past sessions, but Perdue said there was always an overriding concern of liability once the drug was administered.

The rise in heroin use and heroin-related deaths seems to have obliterated that concern, he said. The bill more or less exempts anyone who administers the drug to an overdose victim from liability if it doesn’t work.

“Because of the tremendous explosion in deaths, a more logical approach was taken, and I think that’s what got us the 100% vote (Wednesday),“ he said.

Jan Rader, a captain with the Huntington Fire Department, emergency room nurse and member of the Huntington Office of Drug Control Policy, applauded the move.

“I think it’s wonderful,“ she said. “We use (naloxone) all the time (in the emergency room). It’s instantaneous.“

Rader said the drug works fastest to counteract an overdose if injected. A nasal form of administration takes a bit longer, she said.

The method of administering naloxone, or any other anti-opiate, was left vague in the bill.

Perdue said he believes this was intentional, as the nasal form has not yet been approved for use in the state.

As of Wednesday, there had been 11 overdose deaths in Huntington since the beginning of the year, nine of which were suspected to be heroin-related, according to statistics from the Office of Drug Control Policy.

The bill goes back to the Senate for approval of the minor changes made by the House. If approved there, it will go to Tomblin’s office to be signed into law.


MARSHALL UNIVERSITY LOOKS AT $2M CUT IN STATE FUNDS

Marshall University officials are working to absorb a proposed $2 million cut in state funds for the 2016 fiscal year.

The cuts were presented to the university’s Board of Governors during a regular meeting Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center.

The $2 million in cuts are split evenly between the university and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Dale Lowther, chairman of the board’s Finance, Audit and Facilities Planning Committee, said during the meeting.

The cuts are part of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which will begin July 1, 2015.

The budget includes 1.4% across-the-board cuts to higher education institutions in the state.

There was no discussion among board members or any university leadership during the meeting as to how the university’s cuts in state appropriations will be absorbed in the budget.

“We’re going through the process to see exactly what’s going to happen,“ Lowther said.

He said he expected to learn more during the Board of Governors meeting in April. The board is expected to vote on a final budget for 2016 during its regular meeting in June.

During a meeting of the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the medical school, expressed his concerns about the cuts.

While the cuts may not sound like much in the grand scheme of the medical school’s $160 million budget, Shapiro said the school is at risk of losing up to an additional $7 million in Medicaid changes.

“All of those different components are the kinds of things that can be cut at the stroke of a pen,“ Shapiro said. “An $8 million hit would get my attention. That would be a severe blow to deal with.“

Lowther reported an otherwise healthy financial situation for the university during the regular meeting.

The board approved the mid-year budget report, which showed the university had collected 50.2% of its projected revenue for fiscal year 2015, as of December 31, 2014. The 2015 fiscal year ends on June 30, 2015.

The university reported $98.3 million in revenue and $93.8 in expenses in the report. That means the university was at 44.1% of its expected expenditures for the year.

In other business, the board appointed AGB Search, Inc., to assist the university with the search process for a new president of the university.

Marshall will pay AGB $70,000 to assist in advertising the position, screening applicants, providing background checks and supplying other assistance as the search committee requires.

AGB recently worked with Marshall to appoint Gary White as its interim president so the firm has a good understanding of Marshall and what qualities the board would be seeking in a president, said Layton Cotrill Jr., Marshall’s vice president for executive affairs and general counsel for the university.

The board also approved the procedure by which the search will follow.

The resolutions passed by the board hired AGB, based in Washington, D.C., and created the university-based search committee that will include the 16 members of the board as well as three ex officio members.

Those members are Marshall’s Interim President Gary White; A. Michael Perry, a former board of governors member and interim university president; and Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

In one of the resolutions, the board clarified it hopes to hire a new permanent successor to Dr. Stephen Kopp by the start of the fall 2015 semester, but Board President Michael Sellards, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center, went on the record as stating the board would prioritize a thorough, quality search above meeting that timeline.

A website is being set up to make information available to the public as the search proceeds at www.marshall.edu/presidential-search.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a housekeeping measure to clarify the exact shade of kelly green the university will use in its official university logos and other printed materials.

The university re-adopted kelly green for apparel, merchandising and promotional items in 2011, following a 10-year stint with a darker hunter green. The university has not officially adopted a “true kelly green” ink color for printed materials.

Currently, the university uses ink in the color Pantone 356, which is “significantly darker than kelly green,“ said Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing.

The board approved changing the official green to Pantone 354, which she said was easier to match than Pantone 356 in print and digital media as well as apparel and other textile items.

Painter also said the change would not cost the university additional money since the new shade would be phased in as new items are produced, if the measure is approved by the board.


BRIDGEPORT “PAINTING THE TOWN BLUE” IN SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT NEXT WEEK

The city of Bridgeport will be “Painting the Town Blue” next week in support of law enforcement officers and their families.

On Friday, residents are encouraged to purchase $5 blue light bulbs from the city police to place on front porches from February 16 through 20 as a sign of solidarity with the police.

The event began with the West Virginia Auxilary of the Wives Behind the Badge organization as a one day celebration.

“They just kind of, you know, started out saying ‘Everybody wear blue on Thursday the 19th’ just as a statement that we support law enforcement,“ City Recorder Melissa Matheny, whose husband is the police chief in Stonewood and is part of the West Virginia Auxiliary said. “It took off like they weren’t expecting.“

Bridgeport plans to participate in the events on Thursday, but will also be remembering the life of Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, a Bridgeport resident who was killed in the line of duty during 2011. 

“The anniversary of his death is the 16th of February and so it kind of fell into that week,“ Matheny said. “We kind of made it more of a week-long event than just a one day thing.“

Coincidentally, the events come just one week after Anmoore Police Chief Don Quinn was shot in the elbow while responding to a domestic call. The suspect shot himself with a rifle and the bullet went through the wall of the apartment, striking Quinn.

“No community is exempt from bad things happening. There’s bad people everywhere,“ Matheny said. “But for all the bad people there’s a lot more good people. There’s the good people like our law enforcement that sacrifice their lives everyday.“

Matheny hopes Bridgeport residents will participate in the events and will light front porches with the blue light bulbs.

“Anyone in the community can purchase them and all of the proceeds will go to Wives Behind the Badge to help support families of fallen law enforcement.“


STATE DEP APPROVES CLEANUP PLAN FOR EXXON CLARKSBURG SITE

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a cleanup method submitted by ExxonMobil Corporation to address environmental conditions through the Voluntary Remediation Program at Exxon Clarksburg, VRP 05198 (Rokisky Exxon), which has operated as an active automotive service station since 1927.

Environmental investigations at the 0.769 acre site, located at 798 West Pike Street, between 1991 and 2004 have documented that both soil at the site and groundwater beneath the site have been impacted by activities associated with the operation of a retail gasoline service station.

Chemicals of Concern, or COCs, were determined by screening maximum concentrations of contaminants in soil and groundwater against conservative benchmarks developed to be protective of human health for direct contact exposure, potential migration to groundwater, and potential migration to indoor air.

Constituents exceeding the screening criteria were selected as COCs and evaluated further in the risk assessment. COCs included benzene, toluene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, naphthalene, total petroleum hydrocarbons-gasoline range organics (TPH-GRO), total petroleum hydrocarbons-diesel range organics (TPH-DRO), and total petroleum hydrocarbons-oil range organics.

Institutional controls including prohibition of residential use of the property and prohibition on extraction and use of groundwater except for the purpose of groundwater monitoring and remediation have been selected as the remedy. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.

West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination. The Voluntary Remediation Program identifies and addresses potential contamination at a given site, sets applicable remediation standards, and ensures that the standards are maintained at the site.  By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.


POSTAL WORKER ADMITS TO EMBEZZLEMENT

A Morgantown woman faces a decade in prison and a large fine for allegedly stealing money from the government.

Samantha Christopher, age 35 of Morgantown, was convicted of misappropriating government money in federal court in Clarksburg Thursday, February 12.

From 2013 – 2014, investigators believe Christopher embezzled nearly $12,500.00 in money order funds while she worked as a Postal Contract Station Clerk.

Christopher pleaded guilty to embezzlement, theft and conversion of government money.

She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

The Legislature Today 02.12.2015

At the legislature today, the house passed a senate bill relating to deer farming in the state.

It is an issue that has been around a while.

In the senate, the health committee amends a bill about immunization that gives the state more control over exemptions for vaccination.

And we’ll check in with legislative leadership for a update at the midway point on The Legislature Today.

Movie Review: The Duke of Burgundy

“The Duke of Burgundy” is a cunning slice of counter- programming, arriving just in time to give fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey” a sly, provocative amuse bouche before the far more hyped main course.

In this lush, artfully constructed erotic fantasy, writer-director Peter Strickland both engages the images and ideas of soft-core dominance-and-submission narratives while also questioning them. Chiara D’Anna plays Evelyn, a young woman who works for an accomplished entomologist named Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen). Moments after Evelyn arrives at the door of Cynthia’s sumptuously appointed mansion, she’s being ordered to scrub the floors, polish her mistress’s boots and launder a pile of lacy unmentionables. If she misses a spot — and, oh yes, she always misses a spot — punishment ensues in the form of a fetishistic indignity that Strickland stages discreetly behind a frosted glass door.

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With its carefully curated aesthetic of faded elegance and the marked absence of such modern conveniences as cars, computers and men, “The Duke of Burgundy” seems to transpire in a time out of mind, or perhaps in one of its heroine’s most practiced, aestheticzed daydreams (an effect underscored by Cat’s Eyes’ whispery score and soundtrack).

The filmmaker is in thrall, not just to the ritual, repetition and heightened theatricality of his subject matter, but to generations of filmmakers who have gone before him, from Jess Franco to John Frankenheimer and Stan Brakhage. With so many references to juggle, “The Duke of Burgundy” sometimes evinces a belabored “project” rather than a fully inhabited story: The soft- focus double exposures and jump-cut images of moths and butterflies look fetching, to be sure, but they quickly wear out their welcome.

Still, “The Duke of Burgundy” prettily plumbs the thin lines between death and desire, power and trust. And the two lead actresses make what could have been a confoundingly cryptic exercise a believable and even tender love story, even within its severely scripted contours. Knudsen especially brings vulnerability and sympathetic seriousness to her role as someone who’s in charge, until maybe she’s not.

As a meticulously composed piece of contemporary gothic, “The Duke of Burgundy” is exquisite to look at, but it succeeds best as a human drama, and a searching investigation of how to ask for what you want — and maybe even getting it in the end.

★ ★ ½

Unrated. Contains suggestive sexuality and adult themes. 104 minutes.

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Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?

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Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan as the only holdouts.  South Sudan is expected to move forward with ratification later this year.  But there is no indication that the United States will approve this children’s defense treaty.

In the words of Human Rights Watch, the Convention establishes “global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination.  Countries that ratify the treaty pledge to protect children from economic and sexual exploitation, violence, and other forms of abuse, and to advance the rights of children to education, health care, and a decent standard of living.” 

It is hard to imagine why the U.S. government, which often lectures other countries about their human rights violations, should object to these humane standards for the protection of children.  The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush played an important role in drafting the treaty, which was signed by the U.S. government in 1995.  Although the U.S. Senate has never ratified (or even considered ratifying) the pact, U.S. ratification is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of University Women, the American Baptist Churches, the American Bar Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Child Welfare League of America, Church Women United, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Kiwanis, the National Education Association, the United Food & Commercial Workers, the United Methodist Church, and about a hundred other organizations.

What, then, is the problem?  The problem is that treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate?a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

A key allegation of conservatives is that the Convention “poses a serious threat to parental rights.”  In fact, though, as Human Rights Watch observes, the treaty “refers repeatedly to the rights and responsibilities of parents to raise and provide guidance for their children.”  Indeed, 19 articles of the treaty explicitly recognize the importance of parents and family in children’s lives.

In addition, conservatives argue that the Convention, as an international treaty, would override the Constitution of the United States, as well as federal and state legislation, thereby destroying American sovereignty.  And, in fairness to the critics, it must be acknowledged that some current American laws do clash with the Convention’s child protection features.  For example, in the United States, children under the age of 18 can be jailed for life, with no possibility of parole.  Also, as Human Rights Watch notes, “exemptions in U.S. child labor laws allow children as young as 12 to be put to work in agriculture for long hours and under dangerous conditions.”  Moreover, the treaty prohibits cruel and degrading punishment of children?a possible source of challenge to the one-third of U.S. states that still allow corporal punishment in their schools.  But most U.S. laws are thoroughly in line with the Convention.

Perhaps the underlying objection of conservatives is that the Convention calls for government action to promote the health, education, and welfare of children.  And conservatives oppose such action for everyone, including children, often quite effectively.  Thus, despite America’s vast wealth, it ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations in child poverty (one out of six children), the gap between rich and poor, low birth weight, infant mortality, child victims of gun violence, and the number of children in jail.

Given the conservative opposition to the Convention, it is ironic that, even if it were ratified by the U.S. Senate, it would have little immediate impact upon the United States.  As Amnesty International points out, “the Convention contains no controlling language or mandates,” and “no treaty can `override’ our Constitution.”  Any changes in U.S. law would be implemented through federal and state legislation in a timeframe determined by the U.S. legislative process.  Nor would any changes in American laws necessarily occur, for the U.S. government generally ratifies human rights treaties with the qualification that they not override existing American laws.  In addition, “the United States can reject or attach clarifying language to any specific provision of the Convention.”

Even so, U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would have an important effect on the treatment of children in the United States, just as the ratification of the Convention has affected behavior in other lands, for it would establish agreed-upon guidelines.  Like other human rights treaties, the Convention would set humane standards that can be invoked in calling for appropriate government action.  Kul Chandra Gautam, a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, has termed it “a moral compass, a framework of accountability against which all societies can assess their treatment of the new generations.” 

Praising the treaty, Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and a former White House National Security Advisor, stated recently:  “The central message of the Convention is that every child deserves a fair start in life.  What can be more important than that?”

Unfortunately, some Americans don’t think giving children “a fair start in life” is important at all.

~~  Lawrence Wittner ~~

Twenty Foods That Make You Smarter

Here are some healthy, environmentally friendly ways to kick-start your brain

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Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs.

On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Give your brain a kick start: eat the following foods on a daily or weekly basis for results you will notice.

 

1. Avocado

Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs provides both, and the monounsaturated fat helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Worst alternative: a trans-fat-filled, sugar-laden cream cheese Danish.

You don’t need to buy an organic avocado – conventional is fine. But make sure your supplementary protein is free range, cage free, or organic.

 

2. Blueberries

These delicious berries are one of the best foods for you, period, but they’re very good for your brain as well. Since they’re high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, they are safe for diabetics and they do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth: they have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer’s, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills in rats, and they are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat. Avoid: dried, sweetened blueberries.

Buy local and organic, and be mindful of seasonality. When blueberries are out of season, opt for cranberries, grapes, goji berries, blackberries or cherries to get your brain boost.

3. Wild Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your brain. These beneficial fats are linked to improved cognition and alertness, reduced risk of degenerative mental disease (such as dementia), improved memory, improved mood, and reduced depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. Wild salmon is a premium source, but we’ll highlight a few other sources on this list for vegetarians and people who just don’t like salmon. Avoid farmed (read: sea lice infested) salmon.

The California salmon stock is threatened, so choose wild Alaskan salmon only, and eat small portions no more than twice a week.

 

4. Nuts

Nuts contain protein, high amounts of fiber, and they are rich in beneficial fats. For getting an immediate energy boost that won’t turn into a spike later, you can’t do better than nuts. The complex carbs will perk you up while the fat and protein will sustain you. Nuts also contain plenty of vitamin E, which is essential to cognitive function. You don’t have to eat raw, plain, unsalted nuts, but do avoid the ones with a lot of sweetening or seasoning blends. Filberts, hazelnuts, cashews, and walnuts are great choices, with almonds being the king of nuts.

For those avoiding carbs, macadamia nuts are much higher in fat than most nuts. By the way, peanuts just aren’t ideal. Aside from the fact that many people are allergic, peanuts have less healthy fat than many other types of nuts…maybe that’s because peanuts are not actually a nut! They’re still much better than a candy bar, however.

Try to choose organic, raw nuts, and if you can’t get those, at least avoid the tins of heavily-seasoned, preservative-laden nuts that may have taken many food miles to get to your mouth.

 

5. Seeds

Try sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and tahini (a tangy, nutty sesame butter that tastes great in replacement of mayo and salad dressing). Seeds contain a lot of protein, beneficial fat, and vitamin E, as well as stress-fighting antioxidants and important brain-boosting minerals like magnesium.

Again, just look for organic and try to avoid the highly-seasoned, processed options. In general, things like fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are pretty low-impact, environmentally speaking, in comparison to meats and cheeses.

 

6. Coffee

Thine eyes do not deceive (even if you are in the midst of a sugar crash). Coffee is good for your brain. Did you know coffee actually contains fiber? That’s going to help your cardiovascular system. Coffee also exerts some noted benefit to your brain in addition to providing you with a detectable energy boost.

The trick is not to have more than a few cups. But you can safely enjoy 2-4 cups daily – we are talking about supercharging here. Just please don’t go ruining a good thing by loading it up with sugar! Espresso beans are actually a phenomenally healthy snack, by the way.

Brew yourself some fair-trade organic coffee to benefit both the planet and the workers who grow your beans. Use a thermos instead of a throwaway cup.

7. Oatmeal

Nature’s scrub brush is one of the best foods for cardiovascular health, which translates to brain health. Additionally, oatmeal is packed with fiber, a reasonable amount of protein, and even a small amount of Omega-3’s. It’s a good grain that will sustain you throughout the morning so you aren’t prone to irritability or an energy crash.

The healthiest oatmeal is the real, steel-cut deal. Steer clear of those little microwavable packets that are loaded with sugar. All that packaging isn’t very green.

 

8. Beans

One more for carb-lovers. (The brain uses about 20% of your carbohydrate intake and it likes a consistent supply.) Beans are truly an amazing food that is sadly overlooked. They’re humble, but very smart. Not only are they loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein, they’re ridiculously cheap. An entire bag of beans usually costs only a few dollars and will provide many meals. Beans provide a steady, slow release of glucose to your brain – which means energy all day without the sugar crash. Don’t go eating a whole platter of frijoles, though – just 1/4 of a cup is fine.

Look for heirloom beans that are raised sustainably.

 

9. Pomegranate

Opt for the fruit over the juice so you get more fiber. Pomegranates contain blueberry-like levels of antioxidants, which are essential for a healthy brain. Your brain is the first organ to feel the effects of stress, so anything you can do to offset stress is a smart choice.

Pomegranates are seasonal and not generally local for most of us, so enjoy sparingly and rely on other berries like acai, grapes and cherries when you can’t get this fruit.

 

10. Brown Rice

Brown rice is a low-glycemic complex carbohydrate that is excellent for people sensitive to gluten who still want to maintain cardiovascular health. The better your circulation, the sharper your brain.

Don’t buy the excessively-packaged “boil in a bag” rice packets. Just make up a big batch of brown rice in a rice cooker on Sunday so you have it on hand for easy lunches all week.

 

11. Tea

You have to brew tea fresh or you won’t get the benefits of all those catechines (antioxidants) that boost your brain. Because tea has caffeine, don’t have more than 2-3 cups daily.

Buy organic, fair trade loose leaf or packets to support sustainable business practices.

 

12. Chocolate

Things are looking increasingly better for chocolate. It’s got brain-boosting compounds, it’s loaded with antioxidants, and it has just the right amount of caffeine. Chocolate sends your serotonin through the roof, so you’ll feel happy in short order. Dark chocolate is also rich in fiber. (Remember, fiber = healthy cardiovascular system = healthy brain.)

Go for super dark, fair-trade, pure organic chocolate, not the sugary, processed milk chocolate candy bars.

 

 13. Oysters

Oysters are rich in selenium, magnesium, protein and several other nutrients vital to brain health. In one study researchers found that men who ate oysters reported significantly improved cognition and mood! Not all shellfish are good for you but oysters are a sure bet.

Oysters are actually one of the most eco-friendly seafood options, so eat up!

 

14. Olive Oil

Though we know the brain does need a small, steady supply of glucose, don’t overlook fat. Studies have consistently shown that a low-fat diet is not the health boon we hoped it would be (remember the 90s low-fat craze?). In fact, avoiding fat can increase foggy thinking, mood swings, and insomnia. A diet rich in healthy fats is essential to clear thinking, good memory, and a balanced mood. Your brain is made of fat, after all.

One study of men found that those who relied on the processed vegetable fats found in salad dressings, snacks and prepared foods had 75% higher rates of mental degradation (dementia, memory loss) than men who ate healthy fats. Most processed foods and fast foods use corn oil, palm oil, soybean oil and other Omega-6 fats. You don’t want Omega 6 fats. Even saturated fat is safer than Omega 6’s.

Choose healthy fats such as those present in olive oil, nut butters, nuts and seeds, flax, oily fish, and avocados. Avoid processed fats found in pastries, chips, candy bars, snacks, junk food, fried foods and prepared foods. Eating the wrong fat can literally alter your brain’s communication pathways.

Look for organic, local, or farmers’ market options when it comes to your food. You should also explore herbal remedies for mood swings and brain health. 

15. Tuna

In addition to being another rich source of Omega-3’s, tuna, particularly yellowfin, has the highest level of vitamin B6 of any food. Studies have shown that B6 is directly linked to memory, cognition and long term brain health. Generally, the B vitamins are among the most important for balancing your mood. B6 in particular influences dopamine receptors (dopamine is one of your “feel good” hormones along with serotonin).

My personal cocktail: SAMe (nature’s happiness molecule) and a mega-dose of B-complex keeps me humming even when I’ve got a mountain of work to do. Which, like you, is all the time.

Green it: only eat tuna from sustainable fisheries, and if you’re looking for a B6 source that is vegetarian, opt for a banana, which contains a third of your day’s requirement (tuna offers nearly 60%).

 

16. Garlic

Garlic – the fresher the better – is one of the most potent nutritional weapons in your arsenal. Eat it as much as your significant other can stand. Not only is it fabulous for reducing bad cholesterol and strengthening your cardiovascular system, it exerts a protective antioxidant effect on the brain.

Avoid: I know it makes life easier, but don’t even think about buying the chopped or peeled garlic. Nutritional benefits = zero.

It: just choose organic, and go for local if you can get it.

 

17. Eggs

Eggs contain protein and fat to provide energy to your brain for hours, and the selenium in organic eggs is proven to help your mood. You really needn’t worry about the overblown cholesterol fears. (I have quite a bit to say on this topic but I’ll restrain myself for once.)

Choose organic, free range, vegetarian fed eggs.

 

18. Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, kale, chard, romaine, arugula, lolla rossa – whatever green you like, eat it daily. Green, leafy vegetables are high in iron (slightly less “green” iron sources include beef, pork and lamb). Americans tend to be deficient in iron, which is too bad, because the deficiency is linked to restless leg syndrome, fatigue, poor mood, foggy thinking, and other cognition issues.

Choose organic, and shop at your farmers’ market or order from a local CSA. Leave out the red meat a few days a week and rely on a big, well-seasoned green stir fry or salad.

 

19. Tomatoes

Go figure, but tomatoes don’t usually make the brain-boosting food lists. (Thank goodness I found the one that did so I’m not the only one.) Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is particularly good for your brain – it even helps prevent dementia. You have to cook tomatoes to get the lycopene – take that, raw foodies! Just kidding. But this does mean that ketchup is good for your brain. Although because of the sugar in it, you should look to other sources for most of your lycopene intake, such as fresh tomato sauce.

Try to eat tomatoes that are local and get your lycopene in vitamin form when tomatoes aren’t in season. You’ll know when that is – the tomatoes will be pale, tasteless, and pithy.

 

20. Cacao nibs

That’s right, I’m putting chocolate on this list twice. My boyfriend knows I need it. I eat chocolate or cacao nibs daily and I think you might want to consider it, too. Cacao nibs are among the top five most powerful brain foods, right next to wild salmon and blueberries. My girlfriends and I like to mix cacao nibs with frozen blueberries and a generous splash of organic heavy cream while we watch really bad television on Sunday nights.

As long as it’s fair trade and organic, it’s green.

 

Things that drain your brain:

Alcohol kills your brain cells outright! Alcohol also interferes with dopamine production. Moderate amounts of alcohol, particularly resveratrol-rich red wine, can help improve your health, but anything beyond a glass or two of wine daily is a recipe for reduced brain function and energy loss.

Corn Syrup and Sugar lead to health problems like diabetes and obesity, and they’re terrible for your brain. Don’t eat sugar except on special occasions or as an infrequent treat. If you can’t cut back that much, try to limit yourself to just two bites of whatever tempts you daily.

Nicotine constricts blood flow to the brain, so while it may “soothe” jittery nerves, smoking will actally reduce your brain function severely – and the effects are cumulative.

A high carbohydrate lunch will make you sleepy and sluggish. Opt for a light meal with some quality protein, such as a salad with grilled chicken breast or vegetables and hummus or wild American shrimp and avocado.

~~  Sara Ost ~~

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.


Galatians 1:15-16

Paul’s Calling

15-16 But from the time I was in my mother’s womb, God had other plans for me. And when the time pleased Him, He revealed His Son to me, that Christ might be revealed in me and through me to the Gentiles.

15 And when pleased god The entire verse after “god” is a subordinate clause modifying “god”; English would set it off with commas. the setting-apart me from womb of mother of me and calling through the grace of him

16 to reveal the son of him to Or in. me that I might preach him to Or among. the gentiles, immediately not did I consult flesh and blood,


Notes on the Scripture

Whether or not a Christian believes in full-bore Calvinist predestination, in partial predestination (some are predestined but all have free will to choose), or in something else, we are certain that there are at least a few people who have been irresistably called by God. The examples run throughout the Bible. Several times in the Old Testament we see a barren woman, often past the age of childbirth, who is blessed to bear a child and dedicates the child to God. Sometimes she dedicates the child herself, sometimes God commands it. Hannah was barren and distressed by it, so she sacrificed and prayed that, if He would give her a son, she would dedicate him to God. She bore Samuel, the last of the greatest Hebrew judges and one of the greatest. (1 Samuel 1)

An angel of the Lord appeared to the (unnamed) wife of Manoah and told her that she would have a son who, like Samuel, would not know wine or a razor and would belong to the Lord, giving us the great and very colorful judge, Samson. (Judges 13) And we must mention the most important such birth, the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. (Genesis 18)

The New Testament begins with an echo of these dedicated births: the last Hebrew prophet. Elizabeth was barren and well past the age when Gabriel came to Zechariah and announced the conception of John, even telling him what to name the child. (Luke 1) John the Baptist’s conception was right out of the Old Testament, strikingly similar to Samson and Isaac. He was the transition, a book-end to the covenant with the Hebrews, the prophet who could finally say, “He is here.” The telling of the new covenant thus begins with the final chapter of the old.

No matter how one thinks about predestination as a doctrine, then, there are people in the Bible whom God pre-ordained to believe in Him and serve Him, and Paul was one. Unlike the others mentioned, though, his calling was not announced or known at the time of his birth. It was God’s plan that He become the greatest enemy of Christ’s believers in Judea, the foremost of all the persecutors of Christ’s church.

The inference is very strong, that these verses in Galatians 1 are the reason, or part of the reason, Paul was developed in such a way: it gave him credence in his claim of divine revelation. There were witnesses to the actual moment of his conversion, when a flash of light knocked him from his horse on the road to Damascus — others actually heard the voice of Christ — and many many witnesses to his subsequent blindness and startling reversal of belief. (Acts 9)

Paul downplays the drama of his conversion in today’s Scripture. Instead, in the mildest of language, he ties himself to John the Baptist, Isaac, et al., by simply informing the Galatians that he, like they, had been called before he was born.

The translation of Greek prepositions is often difficult and sometimes impossible, but here, the meaning of the phrase “that Christ might be revealed in me and through me to the Gentiles” comes across with perfect clarity. Christ is revealed in Paul, because Paul becomes the model Christian convert. It is critical to understanding Paul’s writing that we fix this meaning in our mind. At the moment of his conversion, Christ comes to live in Paul. Paul suffers a crucifixion by proxy and sybolically dies; he will be blind for three days, just as Christ was dead (in a sense) for three days.

. . . to be cont’d on Monday.

Stephen Jerod Putnam

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Stephen Jerod Putnam

Age 38, of Ireland, WV passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Ireland, WV.

He was born in Buckhannon on March 10, 1976: son of Stephen Leon Putnam and Beverley G. (Perrine) Putnam of Ireland, WV.

On July 28, 2008, he married Shannon M. (Cross) Putnam, who survives.

Jerod is survived by two children: Twins Taylor and Benjermin Putnam at home.

He is also survived by two brothers: Jason Putnam of Glenville, WV and Kevin Putnam of Ireland, WV.

Paternal grandmother: Flora Belle Putnam of Glenville, WV, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerod was preceded in death by Maternal grandparents: Rex and Madeline Perrine of Falls Mill and Paternal grandfather: Lester Putnam of Glenville, WV.

Jerod owned and operated Jerod Enterprises and was a logger and heavy equipment operator. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the “Class of 1994.” He was active with Lewis County High School Football, played football from 1994-1997 at Glenville State Collage and in 1997 at Concord College.

Jerod was a Methodist by faith.

Jerod was an avid boater, enjoyed skiing and was an all-around sportsman. He always made time for his family and friends and was loyal to his hometown of Ireland. There was not a thing he wouldn’t do for the ones he loved, especially his wife and children.

Jerod was one of the founders of Irish Road Bowling in West Virginia, playing in the first ever game in 1995 with Don’s (Stewart) Daredevils which became the Irish Road Bowlers. Jerod competed in Boston in the 2004 and 2005 North American Regional Championships Novice 2 leading in his first match in Boston after ½ mile, until the ”lofting leprechaun in the corner” caught him. In 2006 Jerod was West Virginia State champion, using his speed to win the WV Singles Championship Finals in Ireland, WV. Jerod represented the WVIRBA in the 2009 North American Regions Finals Novice 1.

Daddy, we will never forget you! Love you always and forever-Ben and Taylor!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 2-4 & 5-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey and Reverend Jeff Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Falls Mill Cemetery in Falls Mill, WV.

A Dinner will be served at the Ireland Community Building following the services.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the continuing education of his children.

Donations may be sent to: Putnam Fund 201 Main Avenue Weston, WV 26452. (Attn: Amy Corathers)

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Stephen Jerod Putnam.

Donald Duane Burton

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Donald Duane Burton

Age 72, of Parkersburg, WV passed away February 09, 2015, at his residence.

He was born August 04, 1942, in Pottstown, PA: a son of the late Justin E. Burton and Marie Barbarow Burton Flaherty.

He was a graduate of Troy High School and Nashville Auto and Diesel College and was retired as owner/operator of B&B Resources. He was previously employed by Union Carbide of Marietta, Eureka Pipeline and Contract Mail Trucking Company.

He was a member of Red Hill United Methodist Church where he was council chairperson and a trustee.

Donald was the secretary for The Friends of Mountwood Park.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Foglesong Burton; brother, Gary E. Burton of Parkersburg; step-sister, Fay Ovenall of Wilmington, DE and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several aunts, uncles, cousins and a step-sister.

Funeral services, led by Rev. Mary Zimmer, will be 11 AM Friday, February13, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green Street in Parkersburg.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Mausoleum.

Visitation were held 2 to 5 PM on Thursday, February 12, at the funeral home.

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