Futuristic Analysis for War on Drugs Proves Positive for Drug Users in Texas

drug testIt’s been a long time coming to stop the rampant drug use which devastates the public welfare system in Texas; and to thwart it Senate gives thumbs up for Drug Testing for Temporary Aid to Needy Families.

TANF, as the program is known became effective July 1, 1997 to replace Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, which had been in effect since 1935.

The problem is not with the program itself; although many tax payers are of the mind that some are abusing the program and with good reason. As past years dictate, changes were brought forth by former President Bill Clinton who gave a time limit of 5 years for those who received the help. Notably, many who were eligible were thus so for years under old law.

According to statistics, the new more effective program, provides poor people with money for food, clothing, housing and other basic needs, distributes about $90 million to more than 100,000 Texans annually. The amount of the payment depends on family size and income.

One would be tempted to believe that the goal of the testing would be more concerned with people’s drug usage, rather than people not working. It is the premise that unless people can stop drug use they might not be fit to work. However, this is not the idea of the testing with regards to those who get aid.

According to a quote by Bill sponsor Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, stating, “”Taxpayer money should not be used to subsidize someone’s drug habit,” and she states further, “”We’re not only going to help them get off drugs, “We’re going to help them get a job.”

With this thought in mind; that is, many people on drugs will be homeless, hungry, and most certainly increased employment efforts.

Consequently, a brief glimpse at crime rise; as well as, more people entering treatment facilities and shelters across the region.

It could be really a taxing situation all around.

Read More: Texas Senate approves drug testing for some welfare applicants

 

Watch: Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Call for Drug Screening for TANF, UI Applicants

 

Your SundayBread: The Curses of True Israel

the sword of the Hebrews

The Great Revelation of who the blacks in America really are and notation of how the land of Israel was taken from them because of idol worship which still prevails in the Christian teachings of the day.

Deuteronomy 28, denotes the curses which are the result of disobedience to the Laws found in the Book of Moses (Torah).

Yahweh is calling us back. Come from among them, that is the world of idol worship.

Watch: THE ISRAELITES ARE BLACK: THE CURSES

Kansas City Cheif Player Murder-Suicide

English: Jovan Belcher, a player on the Kansas...

English: Jovan Belcher, a player on the Kansas City Chiefs American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Kansas City Chiefs player kills his girlfriend in a murder-suicide, fans mourn his loss.

‘Jovan Belcher, shot his girlfriend to death on Saturday morning at their home in Kansas City and then drove to the team’s practice facility a few miles away. He then shot himself to death in the parking lot while head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli watched,” reports say.

Many convey sadness as they deal with the shock of this tragedy.

One fan reflects of how the deceased player was looked upon as a role model in the community, sources say.

Also as tragic is the reality that suicide has claimed the lives of old and young more than one might care to admit.
According to research analysis provided by Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention those who are most at risk factors include the following:

  • depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors
  • prior suicide attempt
  • family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  • family history of suicide
  • family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • firearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides
  • incarceration
  • exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.

Suicide is common among children and young people?

In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.1 Of every 100,000 young people in each age group, the following number died by suicide:

Children ages 10 to 14 — 0.9 per 100,000suicide-by-method-chart

Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000

Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000

As in the general population, young people were much more likely to use firearms, suffocation, and poisoning than other methods of suicide, overall. However, while adolescents and young adults were more likely to use firearms than suffocation, children were dramatically more likely to use suffocation.
There were also gender differences in suicide among young people, as follows:

Nearly five times as many males as females ages 15 to 19 died by suicide.

Just under six times as many males as females ages 20 to 24 died by suicide.

If you or someone you know suffer from any of these symptoms or issues, please know help is available.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health.

To read more: Chiefs fans somber after player’s murder-suicide

Your Sunday Bread: Rebellion in the Church

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English: I took photo of First Baptist Church in Rockdale, TX, with Canon camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, there are churches popping up on every corner. As far as the eye can see and beyond there is a church house (literally houses) being converted to churches on every other block and every other corner? I wonder why, because what we also see today is people church hopping; going from one church to the next never able to find roots. Hop, Hop, Hop they go on and on and on, and for whatever reason they can never settle down. There are many answers given for these occurrences, and some make sense while others do not.

The big thing today is that some churches split, because someone doesn’t like this or that; or, someone feels that they can do a better job of the pastor ship than the current pastor.

This is what happened in heaven; Satan wanting to be like Elohim and convinced some others to side with him so they could take over heaven which started a war in heaven. (Revelations 12:7-10).

In times pass we could blame this behavior on the individuals, because we had churches with supposedly, sound doctrines, and so called seasoned pastors to lead us. Everything was stable, and if you were Baptist each week we could count on the following:

  1. Sunday School
  2. Morning Worship
  3. 3 o’clock service
  4. BTU at 6 p.m.
  5. 7:00 evening worship
  6. Wednesday night /Bible study prayer meeting (not sure cause I never quite got a good grasp of the word of God of how prayer helped, but people prayed).

We expected to be fed at church or either would grab a bite in between those times. I did not hear any griping, people just followed instructions and did what they were told, and things seemed to work. I really had some good times at church and I thank God today for my beginnings, because I was able to remember some of my earlier teachings which in turn brought me to a place of surrender in my mind later on.

Ironically, there are some churches that had those same ideals but are no longer in existence today, and others split because the members, for whatever reason rebel against the Shepard of the house and gather together other members to ban with them against authority, and, either are kicked out or leave to start other churches. (i.e., Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church/Greater Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church).

I was considering why people strike out on their own, and I wonder is it to fulfill the great commission, or that they are in an act of rebellion because some people do not like the way the church is running. Consequently,  are good reasons for some when we see leaders of the flock falling to sin, being caught in compromising positions and the members are leaving the churches. Also, the members are not working together where people are gossiping, and people are arguing over positions and people are acting (for all purposes) like people on the street while others who look on wonder what is going on?

In the article, “What is the cause of church splits? How can healing occurs after a church split?” the author conveys and ideal consequence, “Divisions that lead to church splits are a sad and all-too-common occurrence in the body of Christ. The effects of a church split, regardless of the cause, can be devastating. Church splits distress and dismay mature believers, disillusion new believers, cause havoc in the lives of pastors and their families, and bring reproach upon the name of Christ.”(Got Questions, 2012).

No one ever addresses these critical scenarios, because all we hear of these splits is there was an argument and depending on the people; either another church is started or those people move their membership to another establishment. Similarly, when speaking of people moving their membership to the new “church plant”…do they forget, are they ever counseled about the fight that led them to the new place?

We cannot continue to walk away from problems leaving unresolved issues in our wake, because “weeds” choke, and “seeds” planted come back to haunt.

The article states further, “Churches are like hospitals, full of wounded and sick people, but in the church the sickness is sin and the wounds are those we inflict upon ourselves and one another because of sin. One sin that causes multiple problems is a lack of forgiveness. No Christian is perfect, and no pastor or elder or deacon is perfect. When all these imperfect people get together, disagreements, hurt feelings and misunderstandings are inevitable. If our expectations of others are too high, disappointment is inevitable and can cause further feelings of hurt and resentment. Our response to one another should be to forgive one another in kindness and compassion (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13) and in Christian love, which covers a multitude of sins, followed by an increased commitment to serve one another (1 Peter 4:8-11). Once we are committed to forgiving, loving, and serving one another, we will see each other’s differences in a new light. But if we react to differences of opinion by taking sides and gossiping, the split will widen, more harm will be done to the church members, and our message to the world will be further compromised.” (Got Questions, 2012). This is the jest that we must always see our part in the situation and realize that everyone has their own opinions, but everyone must see the need of others more than themselves. There is too much mess in the churches of today residue from life’s woes and ills left unchecked.

Why do churches split? The article states, “A church split may happen when someone seeks to manipulate people and/or events for his own ends. It may be that there is pride in rule-keeping, and those who do not keep the same rules are ill-treated. It may be that a pet interpretation of doctrine is emphasized and used as a litmus test for belonging to the “in” group. Or, it could be that someone wants to wrest leadership from the pastor or elders and rallies a group of people around himself to accomplish a coup d’état. Sadly, difference of opinion regarding music and worship style is also a frequent cause of division in the church. The excuses for the conflict are numerous, but they all stem from the same root cause—pride and selfishness. James 4:1-3 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (Got Questions, 2012).

Ultimately, the church has to get a clue; that is, the war in heaven (the spiritual) is being played out now (the natural) and the church is the stage. What is the world seeing when it comes to Kingdom business, because they can look at the soap operas on television; that is, Jane sleeping with Jake, and Alexis owning a new Benz. What else has the kingdom to offer, they wonder? Good question, are they seeing God or the devil there.

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Your Sunday Bread, Wisdom Rules

As ye have therefore received Christ, [so] walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:(Colossians 2:14).

We have some great thinkers in the church and out, in science, the arts, which by the way, is called philosophy; theology is a form of it, as is, what Strong’s calls Jewish Christian aesthetics.

Aesthetics is the pretty stuff or for a better view…pleasing to the eye, whatever is good to look at for me or you…and one of the temptations of the enemy. I kept seeing this thing about Philosophy pop up; so I want to say that not all is bad, but not all is good. There has to be balance.

Ironically, there are many great thinkers…some good stuff has come from men.

Let’s talk about John Locke who studied people. In one observation “An Essay concerning Human Understanding, ” he noted, ” that at birth the human mind is a blank slate, or tabula rasa, and empty of ideas. We acquire knowledge, he argued, from the information about the objects in the world that our senses bring to us. We begin with simple ideas and then combine them into more complex ones.” (Locke, 1690). Hence, whatever we hear,see, smell, taste, touch is the beginning of learning, and once learned it’s there for life. However, we can be in touch with the wrong things and life and end where God never intended, right? For example from a young age we are told the stove is hot, however, we can’t understand what hot mean when we hear it; however, when we touch it we learn what hot means. Why? We feel it.

Happens all the time. Conversely, in the text we note what type of aesthetics can get us in trouble. All knowledge isn’t good.

In utilitarianism the premise is that every thing we do must be for the good of everyone. However, we know that not all people think this way. Others, believe that everything we do and say is out of selfish gain…so again we must seek balance.

Here is a definition: An ethical philosophy in which the happiness of the greatest number of people in the society is considered the greatest good. According to this philosophy, an action is morally right if its consequences lead to happiness (absence of pain), and wrong if it ends in unhappiness (pain).

That’s not bad at all, and notably the President sees this way when he makes his decisions, although, not all agree. Also, some of the Amendments to the United States Constitution are derived here as well, it’s Ethics

One more, Logic which is how we make decisions. Hence if I need to make one and only have one option this is what I will do. For example, to solve a problem the only thought I have is to fight…then what will I do, I will fight.

But if I have two thoughts, to fight or fighting gets us arrested.; then my mind will weigh my options…I think well she said I can’t sing, I could fight her but then I will go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail. therefore, I will not fight. See that is good thinking.

I think what the text is saying about angels, and rituals of the Pharisee (oral torah), and all those things that lead to idol worship are key. By the way those little statues of angels you collect…really they’re idols.

Hope that helps. Peace to ya.

 

Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation in Fort Worth

A United States Post Office was the subject of Breaking News when a package was spotted in the front parking area,  evacuation for further inspection of the package was authorized.

It was around 10 a.m. when the report about a lone box sitting in the middle of the parking lot at 4600 E. Rosedale Street in Fort Worth and authorities were dispatched to the scene.

Several investigators were called in to inspect the package as insurety precautions.

CNN DFW reported, “Postal Inspector Amanda McMurray told KRLD NewsRadio 1080, “A box has been left out front of the Polytechnic Station in Fort Worth. Right now we don’t have any reason to believe that the parcel itself is dangerous, however out of an abundance of caution postal inspectors and [the] Fort Worth bomb squad are on site.”

Other Expert Investigators included:

  • Chopper 11
  • A Bomb Detection Robot
  • Bomb Squad Unit

Notably, today’s scare is not the first of it’s kind at this particular Postal Branch where reports tell of two more packages found in less than 2 months.

Fire Department Officials announced that 2 months ago they got reports of suspicious packages at that same branch.

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Good Without God?

 

A public outrage and cry rang out as people city of Fort Worth, Texas look on in horror and disbelief. Buses pass by bearing a sign of disrespect to the Most High God, and the media had a field day as those who patronizing citizens watched their spiritual leaders gather to boycott in response to the advertisement brandished across public buses that read, “Good without God!” The mockery of which was seemingly a slap in the face for all who call on the name of God; words spewed out from among a local atheist group who say that man can do good, and behave himself in some moral fashion without God who created him.  As a result the eruption of multitudes brought city transportation service to near standstill as patrons chose other forms of going to their destinations.  Television viewers watched drivers refusal to transport passengers on those buses bearing those signs, and with lively-hoods threatened one has wonder how any good can come from man apart from God? The picture man paints as good is but a vain attempt at righteousness which brings forth pandemonium, and this certainly is not good. How can man be good with out God; when God who made man in His image, and fashioned man to be good connected to His spirit? The word of God gives an account of all He made since the beginning: “the day and night, the creeping and crawling things, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, and male and female created He them, and looking back on all that He had made on the sixth day of the world’s existence He saying, “it is good!” (Genesis 1:1-31, KJV) How is it then that man who is made to be good with God has the audacity to say, “I am good without Him?” An insolent people will say that there is no God, and therefore will say that since there is no God then people can be good without Him. God thought ahead of man and said,   “…the fool, the morally deficient being says in his heart, “there is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalms 14:1, NIV).  Hence, there is not an ability to do right, or good continuously without a relationship with the Most High God who made man in His image.

The skepticism of some has the world on God alert where the mere mention of His name brings forth the question “is it possible for man to be good without belief in God?” This thinking can’t be good, and Nielson says, “some argue that in a Godless world we have no grounds for being persons of goodwill, or doing what is morally required of us” (Nielson, K., 1982, pp. 335, Para 1).  No morals is evident of no God, and a plausible reason why for some there is no will to do right, no caring for neighbors, brothers and certainly no hope. Neilson goes further to say, “it is–rightly or wrongly–widely believed now that no proof can be given of God’s existence and that it is not even the case that we can give evidence or grounds for the claim that it is probable that God exists…trying to do any of these things is frequently thought to be a confusion based of a misconception of the realities of Jewish and Christian belief.” (Nielson, K., 1982, pp. 335, Para 2).

The misconception for non-believers of God is that anything good can come from man’s vain attempts at righteousness without Him; they are sorely lacking which shows forth confusion, aggravation, and frustration in its greatest display.  What does it hurt to believe in a Power greater than oneself when it seems that man’s attempts at goodness have proved shameful to say the least? For a morally deficient man says it is good to steal if their children are hungry, and when caught will use that same pitiful excuse to escape punishment. What does man’s way reveal when so many face hunger daily all over the world; is man really good without God who promises to provide for those who love him?Neilson says, “A morally concerned human being will accept God humbly on faith, for without that faith and the belief in God which it entails, morality. Human integrity, and the basis of our self-respect will be undermined and life will be revealed as an utterly useless passion” (Nielson, K., 1982, pp. 335,336 Para 3).

False gods and other worldly philosophies can be a critical key in a minds turning away from the righteousness and goodness of God, and the seeking after other relationship, and philosophies. The word of God says that man was created in His image so the question comes to mind that asks– how does man not believe in Him, or how can he ignore the evidence of those living things that he sees including himself? Confusion and bewilderment are wrought from a mind not sure of what it hears and this is not good. The word of God says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:18-23 ESV). Darwin says, “The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight on me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can hardly be denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.” (Darwin, C., 1809-1882, Para 2).

Deep down in his heart of hearts man knows that  God does exist, because he sees what God has made through nature; only a fool will deny the presence and existence of an Ultimate Being. It is obvious that the only God which requires honesty, righteousness, and encourages good is the one most hated. Hatred from whence did it come? Most certainly hatred is not good for anyone; neither the bearer of it nor the one who receives it. Surely, man cannot be good without God who made him.

Charles Darwin in his autobiography said, “By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, — that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become, — that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us, — that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneous with the events, — that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; — by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least noveltry or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.” (Darwin, C., 1809-1882, Para 2).

Man thinks too much, and tries to figure things out too much; because the word of God requires belief in God to work. “For the law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” (Hebrews 7:19). Therefore, faith in God is not contingent on what is seen, but rather that which is hoped for. Only a fool says in his heart says that there is no God…Cohen writes, “Christianity is what is coined a “revealed” religion. That is, God himself revealed that religion to man. In other religions man sought God—some god—and eventually found him, or thought he did. In the case of Christianity God sought man and revealed himself to him. The revelation judging by after events was not very well done; for although a book made its appearance that was said to have been dictated or inspired by God so that man might know his will, yet ever since mankind has been in some doubt as to what God meant when he said it. Evidently, God’s way of making himself known by a revelation is not above criticism, there seems a want of sense in giving man a revelation he could not understand. It is like lecturing in Greek to an audience who understands nothing but Dutch.” (Cohen, C., 1868 – 1954, Para. 1).

In his book “The origin of Species” concerning…Natural selection…Darwin’s discovery of creatures regenerating themselves dispels God from creation, and also gives those who say that the world is good without Him their so-called ammunition. Look at this: “Darwin’s great gift to science was to show how an explanation could be given for what had been described as the mystery of mysteries, the successive appearance of new species discernible in the fossil record. If new species could emerge from pre-existing species by a process of natural selection, it was no longer necessary to suppose there had been what Darwin called independent acts of creation. For atheists and scientific materialists the plausibility of Darwin’s theory was a particularly welcome gift because it could be used to dispel the notion of divine intervention in nature and to challenge the long-cherished belief that each species had been separately and meticulously designed by its Creator.”(Brooke, J. H., 2009, Para 1). Man thinks too much, and while “…Claiming to be wise, they became fools”(Romans 1:23, ESV).

 

In conclusion, the book of Genesis also gives an account of the inner workings of creation by God and how He did so in just six days, and although to the natural more carnal eye of man this does seem incredible why doesn’t man have the ability to explain how creation took place or what entity allowed it other than God? The bible says that God created man in his image which is obviously a good image, because man sees himself as good; but the word declares that because of a sinful act by the man and woman sin entered the human race; thus an imperfect man exists today. (Genesis 1:1-31). Sexual lusts, hate, thieves, adulterers, robbers, murders and suffering such as poverty sometimes to an extreme degree, and with much more the suffering being a result of a disobedient heart as seen on the streets of life throughout the world.  In homes, and on jobs unrighteousness, and a critical lack of goodness is evident presenting a particular challenge as to whether or not man can be good without God who made him to be good like Him. Is it wrong to murder because God says so, or as man deems necessary as/like in capital punishment is killing anyone good? Clark states, “But it does not follow that “being wrong “means only forbidden by God. That God forbids us to murder is for an excellent reason for not doing so: that is why it is wrong for us…” (Clark, Stephen R. L., 1982,pp. 340,  Para. 4). The word of God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8). Surely, it is correct to assume that God’s plan, and his ways are good; man cannot be good without Him. We have come around full circle, and it is here we note once more that “…the fool, the morally deficient being says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalms 14:1, NIV). No, there is not even one in the whole world.

 

 

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Sources:

Brooke, J. H., 2009.  Charles Darwin on Religion.

Cohen, C., (1868 – 1954 ). Morality without God.

Clark, Stephen R. L., (1982). GOD’S LAW AND MORALITY.

Darwin, C., (1809-1882).  Autobiography of Charles Darwin

Nielson, K. (1982). God and the Basis of Morality.  Journal of Religious Ethics

 

The Lies Keep Coming

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Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

“It’s laughable, but not un-predictable, that the Obama campaign would attempt to attack Mitt Romney for his support of a conservative Republican like Rep. Steve King, who has been re-elected by his district 5 times since 2002.”After all, Romney’s support came at an event focused on faith and the family, according to the Des Moines Register. ”

And? Time in and time out America has heard and watched as those of the GOP hearlded insult after insult at the President of the United States, Barack Obama for trying to straightened out a mess that it would take Jesus himself to deliver the nation from.

A man of faith and family, who? Nick Romney and his sidekick what’s name? Pretty boy with the neat ties, Paul Ryans? Aren’t they the same ones who holler cut medicaid funding and handle sickness with a voucher, and aren’t they the same who want to cut your childrens college funding so that those who can’t pay tuition will be or continue to be poor; while they fill their pockets further hoarding what should belong to all?

Faith, family? Hog wash!

America you had better watch your back, front and sides on this fella!

Facebook Pic Picks Victim to Kill

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TEXAS–A man posing as a teen on Facebook has shot and killed a 16 year old girl; claiming he did not want her to tell on him because he raped her, sources say.

Franklin Davis, 30, is accused and charged with attracting the teen and luring through a Facebook picture; where he posed as a teenage boy to hook up with her.

In an interview with Fox4news, Davis, admits to shooting the teen and then stomping her neck to finish the job.

Shania Grays, 16, would have been 14 years old at the time that the alleged rape occurred.

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The West Nile Virus: Big Tex-Demic

Aedes Albopictus, blood-fed

Not only do Texas residents fight heat this year, but along with the heat come mosquitoes; and not only mosquitoes, but “killer” mosquitoes which carry the West Nile Virus.

Summer in Texas is full of things to do; like swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities where there is no surprise that with summer come mosquitoes. However, people are being warned this year to head indoors before dusk. Why? Because this year’s mosquito bites can be deadly.

According to Center for Disease Control there have been 392 Neuroinvasive disease cases  reported this year; as well as, 341 non-neuroinvasive reports of the deadly virus which rounds up to more than 730 cases so far, and 30 people have  died as a result.

CDC is warning everyone to stay indoors between the hours of dusk and dawn, and protect themselves.

What are the symptoms? Keep in mind that the symptoms are flu like and can include the following:

  • fever
  • headache
  • neck and back stiffness
  • muscle ache
  • tiredness
  • joint pain
  • swollen glands
  • rash

Who is at risk?

Children, and adults 50 and over; as well as those whose immune systems have been weaken by HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and various organ transplants.

Preventative measures:

  • Wear insect repellent. Repellents that include one of these ingredients are best: DEET, lemon eucalyptus, or picaridin.
  • When possible, wear socks, long sleeves, and long pants when outside.
  • If you see a dead bird, don’t touch it — it could be infected. Wear gloves and mask to be safe.
  • Empty any standing water that may be a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

Source:

CDC: West Nile Virus

What’s West Nile?

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English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human blood. Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)