Bubonic Plague Coming Soon? Infested Lab Rats Missing
MY BIBLE SAID there would be days like this. Disturbing reports circulate about a coming New World Order with concentration camps and prison railcars outfitted with shackles; there is a global recession and war in the Holy Land; food shortages; and just to complete the picture, a New Jersey lab reported Friday that it lost two dead rats infested with Bubonic Plague. UMDNJ's Public Health Research Institute realized the rats were lost on December 19, but just saw fit to reveal the news yesterday.
Citizens for Legitimate Government carried the report today, along with this brief excerpt from The Associated Press.
Missing mice used in vaccine experiments involving bacteria Yersinia pestis, the organism that causes plague
06 Feb 2009
The frozen remains of two mice injected with the organism that causes plague have not been accounted for seven weeks after being discovered missing at a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey facility in Newark, the university said Friday. Dr. David Perlin, director of the research institute, said the experiment was part of a National Institutes of Health bioterrorism program to test a vaccine [?] for plague.
Wikipedia offers this information on Bubonic Plague:
The Bubonic plague is a very deadly disease. Some of the symptoms of this disease are caughing, fever, and black spots on the skin. People think that the Black Death that killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages was bubonic plague, but they are not sure. During the 1300s, this epidemic struck parts of Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Almost a third of the people in Europe died of it. Unlike catastrophes that pull communities together, this epidemic was so terrifying that it broke people's trust in one another.
Good news! FBI says losing the test rats is nothing to worry about. FBI spokesman Bryan Travers says there is "no nexus to terrorism or risk to public health." And if you need more assurance, the research lab “believes the red hazardous waste bag containing the dead mice was sterilized and incinerated along with another bag.” (Your guess is as good as theirs.)
Regardless of whether or not a person is religious, all adults should occasionally review their priorities and be more cognizant of the fragility of life. There have never been any dying men or women who wished they had a few more hours to spend at the office. Seize the moment!
Millions of people believe current news events point to the end times prophesized in Revelation. One might expect having that outlook would make religious people depressed and anxious. On the contrary, scientists have found that religion promotes health and actually lengthens one’s life expectancy. Mark Stibich, Ph.D. reports, “Estimates range, but researchers think that regular religious attendance can add up to six years to your life. Many Scientists point to less depression among the churchgoers as a major factor in long-term health.”
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Any rational person would prefer to live, and to continue life in a state of freedom and comfort. It might therefore be confusing to some people that Christians can feel optimistic and cheerful while convinced that Biblical forecasts of worldwide famine, economic collapse, plagues, and tyranny are true. The viewpoint of many Christians is summed up in the following verse:
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ~ Luke 21:28
Many people in America and abroad report feeling increased optimism with our present administration at the helm. I recently received encouraging news from Organizing for America that included President Obama’s recorded a video wherein he speaks directly to Americans about his economic recovery plan. The message reminds us that America is facing an urgent and unprecedented challenge. The economic crisis requires bold and immediate action. See the video here:
Watch President Obama's video and share it with your friends and family:
It is indeed comforting to have good leadership in government such as we seem to have with President Obama and Vice President Biden in office. In addition, the 111th Congress repeatedly demonstrated their concern for constituents by giving overwhelming support to legislation for improvements in health care and protections for disabled employees.
Despite our admirable leadership in Washington, millions of Americans are faced with tough economic challenges that prove overwhelming for many people. It is unfortunate that during economic downturns, there is an increase in violent crime, domestic violence, and suicide. Some people speak of themselves in terms of their wealth, saying, “I am worth $2 million.” Many working people who are not wealthy derive a sense of self worth from the work that they do, saying “I am a pilot; I am a teacher; I am an accountant.” Their identity is in what they do. Financial losses and job losses therefore leave many people feeling defeated. For them, a job loss is not something they recover from easily because their sense of self worth is too intricately tied to their net “worth” and/or careers. America has good leadership who are applying their considerable talents to stimulating our economy. Meanwhile, in order to make it through these challenging times, many of us need to shift our priorities away from a focus on materialism.
The ability to adjust to changing circumstances is another area where spirituality helps. The quality of one’s life is not measured by his abundance of things. Not realizing that can be dangerous and lead to depression or worse.
The Bible and other great religious and philosophical books encourage people who overvalue material possessions and socioeconomic status to CHANGE. Read:
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. ~ Revelations 9:20
Adjust and live! For every valley, there are usually two hills. Your next hilltop experience may be just around the corner.