August 30, 2016

Why Almost No One in the Real World Believes That Overall U.S. Living Standards Have Improved

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:33 pm

From Zero Hedge:

MiddleClassSpendingOnHealthcare

Gosh, I wonder who controlled Congress during all of that seven-year period?

I wonder who was President during six of those seven years?

I wonder how much of that period includes the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy? (Answer: All but about five or six months.)

Fox’s Kilmeade: Obamacare Implosion ‘Most Underreported Story in the Country’

Tuesday morning, Fox Business’s Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program to discuss what he called the “terminal decline” in the financial viability and even availability of health plans being provided under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Brian Kilmeade called it “the most under-reported major story in the country by far.” A Friday Investors Business Daily editorial described the situation as a “market meltdown,” and further noted that the Obama administration is putting a happy face on huge rate hikes by reassuring us that higher subsidies, i.e., more tax dollars, will cover the increases most customers see.

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Writer Axed by HuffPo For Questioning Hillary’s Health Hits Back Hard

A once-frequent Huffington Post writer, David Seaman, has posted a video (HT Zero Hedge) indicating that the high-traffic lefty website has revoked his publishing access and deleted two recent articles, both of which, in his words, “mentioned Hillary Clinton’s health.”

Seaman has put up about 60 posts just since July 1. The website tells readers who click on his two Hilary health-related items — “Donald Trump Challenges Hillary Clinton To Health Records Duel” on August 28, and “Hillary Clinton’s Health Is Superb (Aside From Seizures, Lesions, Adrenaline Pens)” on August 26 — that “This post is no longer available on the Huffington Post.” Clicking through on about a half-dozen of the other listings in his post-July 1 archive indicates that Seaman’s other articles are still available.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083016)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: ‘I was sure that it was Mother Teresa who healed me’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rimini, Italy:

Aug 30, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian man who received the miracle allowing for Mother Teresa’s canonization has shared his story, saying he and his wife were ordinary believers who received an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy.

“From the beginning, the diagnoses weren’t good and they seemed only worse. (But) from that moment, inside this great suffering, we understood that something had happened,” Marcilio Haddad Andrino said of his miraculous healing.

“I was sure that it was Mother Teresa who healed me.”

Andrino, who comes from Santos, Brazil, was healed through the intercession of Mother Teresa – the miracle that paved the way for her canonization, which is set for Sept. 4.

He spoke with journalists during the Aug. 19-25 annual Rimini Meeting in Italy alongside his wife Fernanda, who each shared their own perspective of Marcilio’s illness and miraculous healing.

Fernanda, sharing her perspective of her husband’s long, drawn-out illness, explained that Marcilio had been sick for two years and had seen countless doctors, but with no diagnosis.

“It was a wait full of anguish, because he was very sick for two years and we didn’t know what was wrong,” she said, explaining that the first attempt for treatment “was unsuccessful. So the doctor changed therapy, but Marcilio continued to deteriorate.”

She recalled how it wasn’t until Marcilio was hospitalized in October 2008 that they finally received their answer.

After running a series of tests “the doctor looked at the exam and, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, understood that Marcilio had eight brain abscesses,” she said.

“We always prayed to Mother Teresa,” she said, noting that her parish priest had given her a relic of Mother Teresa before the couple got married.

“I put the relic on Marcilio’s head, where he had the abscesses. I recited the prayer of beatification and also what came from my heart,” she said, noting that “it wasn’t easy, but this period enriched me a lot, it enriched our love, our faith … today I can say it was worth it.”

Marcilio, speaking of the moment he was healed, said he woke up Dec. 9, 2008, just a few months after he was diagnosed, with an “unbearable” headache that left him unable to speak, and asked his wife to pray for him.

“From that moment many doctors came to visit me and found that my situation was very serious,” he said, explaining that he was eventually taken to the hospital and prepped for surgery.

However, Marcilio said he never made it in. Instead, he awoke inside the operating room with “a great peace inside me and I no longer had the headache. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.”

The doctors, he said, told him that since he was feeling better they were going to move him to intensive care and put off the surgery until the next day.

Marcilio said he slept through the night without any problems, and that when he met with the doctor the next day, was told to return to his room if the headache still hadn’t come back.

Upon returning to the room “I learned that the abscesses were greatly reduced, just as the hydrocephalus,” Marcilio said, referring to the medical term for the abnormal build-up of fluid in the skull, causing the brain to swell. …

Go here for the rest of the story.