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7/11/2018 11:16:07 AM
A religious Oregon couple didn’t believe in medical care. After newborn’s death, they’re headed to prison.



Sarah Elaine Mitchell, right, and Travis Lee Mitchell, the parents of a newborn who struggled to breathe after a home birth, appear in court in Oregon City, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/Oregonian/AP)

The deputy medical examiner knew before knocking on the door. There was a grim scene waiting for Eric Tonsfeldt inside the single-story house set among the pine trees outside of Oregon City, Ore. — a tragedy that had played out there before.

It was around 8:45 on March 5, 2017, and the Clackamas County official was responding to a report of a dead newborn.

The child had not been delivered in a hospital. She wasn’t attended to by doctors and nurses. The baby died amid the murmured prayers of friends and family. But Tonsfeldt knew — as everyone else in the county and many beyond all the way up to the state legislature — that this was a familiar occurrence with members of the Followers of Christ Church, a faith-healing sect numbering around 1,000 members.

Tonsfeldt found the newborn’s mother, Sarah Elaine Mitchell, in the master bedroom cradling the dead child in a blanket. As the official later recounted in a probable cause affidavit obtained by KGW8, the child’s father, Travis Lee Mitchell, was also in the room, as was Sarah’s father, Walter White. Tonsfeldt would say that when he questioned the individuals in the room about the death, the answers were “stilted and forced.” No one would make eye contact. Eventually, he learned the baby — Ginnifer — had been born around 2:55 p.m. Hours later, the baby stopped breathing, dying around 7 p.m. As Tonsfeldt examined the child, he noted Ginnifer was 3 pounds, 6 ounces. The baby had been born prematurely at 32 weeks.

Only then did the family tell Tonsfeldt about the twin born alongside Ginnifer. When Tonsfeldt inspected Evelyn, he told the family the surviving child was “at medical risk” and must go to the hospital. He told the family twice.

“Thank you for your input,” Walter White replied both times, according to KGW8.

On Monday, Ginnifer’s parents Sarah and Travis Mitchell — 25 and 22, respectively — both pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment, Clackamas County District Attorney John S. Foote announced in a statement.

The Mitchells are the fifth set of parents from the Followers of Christ Church to face criminal charges after failing to secure medical attention for their children in the past nine years, according to the prosecutor. In 2009, Sarah Mitchell’s sister Shannon Hickman delivered a premature baby boy in the same room where Ginnifer died, according to the Oregonian. The child passed away eight hours after his birth, and later both Hickman and her husband were convicted of second-degree manslaughter.

“For far too long, children in this church have been needlessly suffering and dying because their parents, as a condition of their religious beliefs, have refused to seek medical care for their children,” the district attorney’s office stated. “And for the past 17½ years, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office has been working diligently to hold criminally responsible any parents who fail to provide adequate medical care for their children which causes their death or serious physical injury.”

As a sign of the church’s willingness to finally stop the pattern of newborn deaths, the church agreed as part of the plea agreement to post the following statement inside its building: “Everyone in the church should always seek adequate medical care for our children.”

“We hope that this office is never again forced to prosecute parents in the Followers of Christ Church for neglecting the medical care of their children,” the prosecutor stated. “However, we continue to stand ready to do so if the members of that congregation do not heed the call of this family.”

Due to the couple’s religious beliefs, Sarah Mitchell received no prenatal care. Without the benefit of an ultrasound, the couple did not know they were having twins or that the children were at risk.

The church, which believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible and shuns modern medicine, is rooted in the 19th-century Pentecostal movement, the Associated Press reported. The branch in Oregon was founded by Sarah Mitchell’s grandfather.

“They believe that God heals, which all Christians believe, but they take it a step further, thinking that God always heals,” religion columnist Jonathan Merritt told The Washington Post in 2015. “Most Christians have not interpreted scripture as a sort of universal promise that faith will always lead to healing. But there are some popular movements in America that still hold those views. Even those movements, however, don’t believe you should withhold medicine; they believe medicine is used as a conduit to healing.”

But those practices in Oregon have led to a number of deaths — and drawn scrutiny.

“They have their own graveyard, and it’s just full of children,” Myrna Cunningham, a former Followers of Christ Church member told theOregonian in 2017. “There shouldn’t have been that many children who died. It’s terrible.”

In 1998, the Oregonian reviewed the records of the 78 children buried in the Followers of Christ Church cemetery between 1955 to 1998. The newspaper’s analysis concluded 21 of the children could have been saved by modern medicine.

Oregon law initially protected church members from legal consequences related to the deaths, according to KGW8. But beginning in 2008, local prosecutors began filing criminal charges against parents. That year, Raylene and Carl Brent Worthington were charged after their 15-month-old died of pneumonia and a blood infection. The father was eventually convicted of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The death of 16-year-old Neil Beagley from a urinary tract blockage in 2008 resulted in the conviction of his parents Jeff and Marci Beagley of criminally negligent homicide, according to authorities.

In 2011, Rebecca and Timothy Wyland were convicted of criminal mistreatment after their daughter suffered a serious growth on her eye that resulted in permanent damage to her vision.

In the statement released following the Mitchells’ sentencing, Foote acknowledged his office has pursued the criminal charges against these parents not only to get justice for the victims but also “to convince the Followers of Christ congregation that they must stop this misconduct.”

To that end, the Mitchells are the first church members to willingly plead guilty to criminal charges related to the death of their child.

On Monday, both parents were sentenced to six years in prison.

Their surviving child is in foster care.


(The Washington Post)


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7/11/2018 4:29:21 PM

Blinded by the Artificial Light. How New Technology Is Pooping Out Peepers, Causing a Variety of Health Issues, and Wrecking The Environment.
JULY 9, 2018


By B.N. Frank

Blue light from digital screens, flat-screen TVs, Fluorescent (CFL) and LED light bulbs are causing a multitude of biological and environmental problems.

A July 2018 article from NaturalHealth365 provides more details about excessive blue light exposure harming retinas:

According to Dr. Gary Heiting, an expert on preventive vision care, studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light damages cells in the retina – causing changes that resemble those found in macular degeneration.

Although computer screens emit far less blue light than the amounts generated by the sun, doctors are concerned because of the proximity of the screens to people’s faces – and the sheer amount of time spent looking at them.

Yes – the sun also generates blue light. However, most people don’t look directly at the sun because they’ve been taught not to do so and because it hurts.

Unfortunately most public schools use artificial lighting and also require studentsto use digital screens several hours a day. “High-tech schools” have beencontroversial in many ways other thanrequiring students spend so much time on screens in the classroom and at night to complete homework.

According to TIME magazine:

The American Medical Association warns that nighttime lighting, especially the blue-white LED variety, “is associated with reduced sleep times, dissatisfaction with sleep quality, excessive sleepiness, impaired daytime functioning and obesity.” Alarmingly, a Harvard study showed that artificial lighting may actually be linked to increased breast cancer rates, probably as a result of decreased levels of the hormone melatonin, which influences circadian rhythms.

On June 14, 2016 The American Medical Association warned municipalitiesabout installing LED street lights.

Regardless, many municipal governments have ignored “The Precautionary Principle” and switched to outdoor LED light bulbs to save money. This is causing devastating effects on residents and theenvironment in these communities.

In June, Ecowatch ranked the most light-polluted metropolitan areas.

According to some scientists, the next big thing in light pollution is “The Race for 5G” which involves installing hundreds of thousands of small cell towers in front of homes and pretty much everywhere else.

Although the human eye can’t see them, the waves are an important part of the electromagnetic spectrum that radio astronomers use to study the universe. Now wireless communications companies are poised to fill this part of the spectrum with more human-generated noise. The actual number one [threat to radio astronomy] these days is the advent of 5G. (Source)

Increasing light pollution is adding to the rapidly increasing amount of electrical pollution (Electrosmog) which is just as harmful as other sources of pollution already being passionately addressed by many environmentalists.

Isn’t it time to stop turning a blind eye to light pollution before it gets any worse.


(activistpost.com)

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RE: ARE WE NOW IN THE END TIMES?
7/12/2018 10:43:47 AM

Woman arrested in assault of 91-year-old Mexican man who was told to ‘go back to your country’


Rodolfo Rodriguez suffered broken ribs and bruises after being struck by a brick on July 4 while taking a walk in Los Angeles.


The Fourth of July fireworks display was just beginning when Erik Mendoza realized that his 91-year-old grandfather was missing. Thinking he might have gone for his daily walk, Mendoza wandered around his Los Angeles neighborhood searching for him.

What he found was a bloodstained sidewalk.

Mendoza said his grandfather, Rodolfo Rodriguez, a permanent resident of the United States, had been attacked with a brick and taken to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and two broken ribs.

An eyewitness later told The Washington Post that Rodriguez had accidentally bumped into a young girl while walking on the sidewalk. The child’s mother — a black woman — then pushed the elderly man to the ground and repeatedly bashed him in the face with a concrete brick while yelling, “Go back to your country,” the eyewitness said.

A suspect, identified as 30-year-old Laquisha Jones, was arrested late Tuesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Jones is being held on $200,000 bail, according to online booking records.

It was not immediately clear whether Jones has an attorney.


Rodolfo Rodriguez in the hospital after the July 4 attack. The photo was taken by his grandson. (Erik Mendoza)

Misbel Borjas saw the assault as it happened.

Traffic had slowed Borjas’s car at a corner in Willowbrook, Calif., around 7 p.m. July 4, when Rodriguez bumped into the young girl before being attacked, Borjas told The Post.

“I tried to help him, but the lady said, ‘If you come over here I’ll hit your car with the same brick,’ ” recounted Borjas, who had attempted to pull over and rescue Rodriguez.

Instead, Borjas photographed the mother and her child. Then she called 911.

Minutes later, however, the attack continued, Borjas said. A group of young men bounded down the street, accusing Rodriguez of trying to snatch the young girl. They kicked Rodriguez, who was already crumpled on the ground, and stomped on his head.

“ ‘Why? Why are you hitting me?’ ” Borjas recalled Rodriguez crying in Spanish. “ ‘Please get away.’ ”

Once the men fled, Borjas exited her car and waited with Rodriguez for the ambulance to arrive.

“It was terrible, terrible, terrible,” she said. “There was a lot of blood on his head and face. He looked like his mouth and teeth were broken.”

Meanwhile, around 8:30 p.m., Mendoza and his family had gathered outside to watch the Independence Day fireworks, but Rodriguez was nowhere to be seen.

Mendoza didn’t learn what had happened to Rodriguez until later that evening.

“I was in shock that someone would hurt my grandfather,” he said. “What kind of harm can he mean to anyone? He’s 91.”


Rodolfo Rodriguez; his wife, Hermelinda Rodriguez Fernandez; and grandson Erik Mendoza at his 91st birthday party in September 2017. (Aurelia Rodriguez)

Rodriguez’s attack comes after the Justice Department released its recent hate-crime statistics, reported by KCRA. The 2017 California report, which was the first published since President Trump took office, evinced an uptick of more than 17 percent, with anti-Hispanic and anti-Latino crimes soaring over 50 percent last year, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Rodriguez was released from the hospital Thursday. The family set up a GoFundMe campaign for his medical costs.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident. Authorities said in a statement that Jones, the suspect, was arrested late Tuesday night without incident. The authorities said they have not determined a motive and that the weapon has not been found.

Investigators are working to determine whether anyone else was involved in the incident, according to the authorities.

(The Washington Post)

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7/12/2018 11:21:52 AM

Lebanese Tourist Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Facebook Post; Iranian Teens Arrested Over Dance Videos

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7/12/2018 5:33:29 PM

World War 3 COULD break out following ANOTHER chemical attack in Syria – ex-diplomat WARNS

SYRIA could face a major crisis in the event of another chemical attack as it may justify US-led military intervention in the country, a former Foreign Office official has warned.

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