The U.S. Southern Border Crisis

Some people think that referring to our U.S. migrant detention centers as “concentration camps” only trivializes the horrible things that victims of the Holocaust had to endure—and sure enough, some survivors have criticized the comparison for this reason. Yet there are also Jewish writers—not to mention more than 430 Holocaust scholars and historians—who find the comparison disturbingly accurate.

When I published my tirade against Pastor Paula White on July 19, 2018, I unabashedly referred to these facilities as concentration camps—and my opinion on this has not changed. (Just in case anyone out there wants to accuse me of “parroting” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.) Referring to them as anything else only minimizes what is happening. For Duat’s sake, the government has been trying to weasel its way out of providing toothpaste and soap to the children who are being held in these camps. If you can’t even provide the kids with such basic living necessities as these (and if you refuse to even accept any donations from concerned citizens), then I think we are already well beyond the point of arguing semantics. Any place where people are detained indefinitely and are being subjected to hazardous living conditions that result in disease, starvation, or death might as well be a concentration camp as far as I’m concerned. And let’s not forget the government-sanctioned psychological abuse these people are being subjected to via family separations, or the utter toxicity of the Border Patrol agents in their secret Facebook group (which reportedly has roughly 9,500 members).

While I’m glad our freshman Democrats are finally discussing this matter publicly, it is completely inexcusable that it took an entire fucking year for someone to finally come out and state the obvious. We’ve been seeing pictures and hearing reports about the poor conditions of these camps for quite some time now, and no one—neither Democrat nor Republican—has done very much to remedy the situation so far. Trump has deliberately exacerbated the situation to suit his political purposes, but he is not the only one at fault. Pretty much the entire U.S. legislature from before the November 2018 election has been complicit in allowing this situation to fester and grow. And it’s probably going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.

If you’re like me and you want to help the kids who are being held in these camps, please note that if you bring any donations to your local Border Patrol facility, they will not accept them. But here is a great article that discusses some useful ways of circumventing this issue. Included is a list of secular charities and advocacy organizations to which you can make donations, as well as some additional pieces of advice. Please consider making a donation to one or more of these programs today; even just a one-time $5 gift could make a difference in saving some poor kid’s life.

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NBC News: Parents are Poisoning Their Children with Bleach to ‘Cure’ Autism; These Moms are Trying to Stop It

Anti-vaxxers aren’t the only public health crisis we are facing today. There’s apparently an entire subculture of parents who believe that feeding chlorine dioxide to their children will somehow “cure” them of autism. I mean, just look at this shit:

“My son is constantly making a gasping sound,” posted one Kansas mother who claimed to treat her adult son with chlorine dioxide, according to screenshots shared by Eaton and Seigler. “He won’t open his mouth,” a Canadian mom wrote of her 2-year-old’s unwillingness to drink the chlorine dioxide. “He screams. Spits. Flips over.”

OF COURSE your child will scream, split, and flip over when you shove a spoonful of chlorine dioxide in their mouth. It’s a motherfucking toxic chemical, you imbecile! This entire idea about chlorine dioxide being some kind of “miracle cure” was manufactured by a snake oil salesman named Jim Humble. Here’s what the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has to say about what happens to your body when you ingest or are otherwise exposed to this poisonous substance:

Both chlorine dioxide and chlorite react quickly in water and moist body tissues. If you were to breathe air containing chlorine dioxide gas, you might experience irritation in your nose, throat, and lungs. If you were to eat or drink large amounts of chlorine dioxide or chlorite, you might experience irritation in the mouth, esophagus, or stomach. Most people will not be exposed to chlorine dioxide or chlorite in amounts large enough to damage other parts of the body, but if you were, you might experience shortness of breath and other respiratory problems because of damage to the substances in blood that carry oxygen throughout the body.

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Children exposed to large amounts of chlorine dioxide or chlorite would likely be affected in the same manner as adults. Exposure to chlorine dioxide gas in young children, however, might more quickly reduce the ability of blood to carry oxygen than in adults, making breathing more difficult. If infants or babies still in their mother’s womb were exposed to large amounts of chlorine dioxide, it might cause parts of their brains to develop more slowly. This has been seen in young animals, but has not actually been seen in humans.

And it’s not just children; Jim Humble has even brainwashed adults who’ve been diagnosed with cancer or AIDS. He also claims to have “treated” thousands of such people all over the world. He’s currently hiding in a small town outside Guadalajara, Mexico so he can’t be prosecuted under American law. But no amount of hiding can disguise the fact that this man is a terrible influence on people. All those who have joined his “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing” have been hypnotized into abusing (and possibly murdering) their children. The coils of Apep reach long and deep into this particular abomination; may Set bless Melissa Eaton and Amanda Seigler for having the spines to do something about it.

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CNN: Priest Abuse Victims Detail Lifetime of Trauma and Broken Trust

It’s been 70 years since Robert says he was sexually abused by a priest. And in the decades since, his wife and family suffered every day.

“I couldn’t show any affection with my wife,” said Robert, now 83. “My children, I couldn’t hold or hug.”

This is the kind of lifelong trauma endured by hundreds of victims at the hands of Pennsylvania priests.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say about this. I think the situation speaks for itself. But my heart goes out to the victims here. As someone with a family member who has only recently come to terms with being abused while they were a teenager, I can testify that crimes like this do continue to effect people for decades afterwards.

And whenever she hears the word “God,” Carolyn said, flashbacks of abuse keep coming back.

“The word ‘God’ makes me think of him,” she said. “I just feel like my whole life has been a lie.”

Even though Carolyn’s alleged abuse happened decades after Robert’s, she said it was still incredibly difficult to speak up.

“It’s very lonely, especially when it’s your word against God’s,” she said.

BY SET, reading that just makes me want to track down this woman’s tormentor and put a major hurtin’ on him myself! I pray that each of these victims will be vindicated, and that the offending priests who are still alive will all be excommunicated and made to pay dearly for their atrocities. And if I were the Pope, I would decree that the corpses of the abusers who are already deceased should be exhumed and immolated. Yeah, I realize that’s pretty draconian, but the Church has been doing much more awful things to the living for centuries. Burning heretics, fighting the Crusades, de-culturalizing or even eradicating native peoples…and now, covering up the crimes of human predators. Bearing this in mind, digging up a bunch of dead crooked priests and lighting them on fire hardly seems inappropriate in comparison.

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