Blood is Blood – The Logic is Flawed!

Exclamation MarkLast night, during one of my frequent periods of wakefulness, a headline blew my mind, “There is no difference between blood and blood – Horowitz removes restrictions on gay men donating blood,” as reported by the Jerusalem Post.  Using this logic, then going maskless is not a problem, and being vaccinated or not vaccinated is not a problem either, for blood is blood.  Worse, consider the ramifications; the safety and integrity of the blood supply have been a critical problem from the first day humans realized we could take blood from one person and put it into another person successfully.  Mistakes in the integrity and safety of the blood and blood product supply cost people their lives!

I am not here to discuss the political aspects of this move.  The Health Minister of Israel (Horowitz) will be measured and weighed by his electorate for good or ill.  How and when the Health Minister will be measured and weighed will be up to the people in Israel, and I hope they will choose wisely.  I have no further comments on the political side and wish Israel the best of luck on this issue.

However, on the practical aspects of blood and blood product, safety and security, I have a LOT of concerns and have some authority, knowledge, and ability; thus, I will speak to this issue.  As I begin, I will state, again for the record, I do not care about your bedroom choices (hetero-, homo-, etc.), keep them to yourself and your legal age of consent consenting partner, and I could care less.  However, medical professionals should know some risks as they handle body fluids, especially when donating those fluids for others to use in an emergency.

Pin on Signs and SymbolsDuring the 1980s, both the American Red Cross and the Canada Red Cross Society suffered blood tainted scandals due to insufficient testing of, knowledge of, understanding of, and the dimensions inherent to donating blood and blood products where sexually transmitted diseases were concerned, especially AIDS/HIV.  AIDS/HIV was not the only sexually transmitted disease that crossed through blood transfusions, Herpes, Gonorrhea, and many more all had their times in the spotlights as diseases making their ways into donated blood and thence into patients without risky lifestyles, who contracted these diseases after receiving transfusions of blood or blood by-products.  The first cases were noticed in the US Military, where patients started having problems with these sexually transmitted diseases after being wounded and receiving life-saving blood or blood by-products and then catching an infectious disease.  Even Malaria has records of being passed through blood and blood by-products, so just presuming that sexually transmitted diseases are the only diseases to worry about is not acceptable.

Claiming “blood is blood” is the height of exaggerated ineptitude for a political cause.  Yes, red stuff oozing from a mammalian host can generally be typified as blood, but not all blood is the same, nor is all blood equal.  This is why monkey blood is not harvested for use in humans, why Ape blood is not transferred into elephants, and human blood has a letter classification system.  Whale blood cannot be used in dolphins, nor is it compatible with human use; thus, claiming “blood is blood” remains a thoroughly ignorant comment of the highest magnitude!

The 17th AnnualGive the Gift of Life Holiday Blood Drive | B104 WBWN-FMTake a minute, those of us who lived through the 1980s health scares and blood scandals.  By the way, that is plural for a reason; blood scandals keep happening because blood security and integrity and politics do not mix, and every time some politician thinks they can mix safely, we have another blood integrity scandal, and people die!  Do you want to take the risk of being in an auto accident, being rushed to a hospital, receiving blood or blood by-products, and coming home with a transfusion disease?  What about dialysis patients who regularly receive blood or blood by-products; do you want to add another worry to your list of health concerns when receiving care?

Sign Donation Blood Heart Donor Icon Stock Illustration - Illustration of icon, design: 79488667Now, suppose the findings on a medical record were being made public, and the patient’s rights trampled, where disclosure of lifestyle risks kept that person from donating blood and were being published. In that case, I might believe there was a “rights” concern to be vocal about.  However, this is not the case, and refusing a population with known high risks for passing multiple communicable diseases through all types of body fluids, from donating said fluids to the general population, is just sane and common sense medicine.  It is not discriminatory to exclude those who choose a higher-risk lifestyle to participate in specific activities where the health and welfare of the general population are concerned.Blood Donation Sign Wall Poster Background Material, Love, Blood, Donation Background Image for ...

Case in point.  If I travel to Thailand, whether I engage in the sex trade or not, I am refused from donating blood for a specific period after I return home, and I will have to pass a blood test before my blood is accepted at the blood bank.  Plus, because I prefer to give plasma, I will have to prove I am clean twice before I can give plasma again.  This is not discriminatory; this is a safety precaution to protect the rest of the blood and blood by-product supply from contamination.  Now, if I engaged in the sex trade in Thailand, I would be banned indefinitely from donating blood, regardless of condom usage, and the remarks would be permanent across the entire records of the Red Cross.  All because the threat is too great to risk allowing this heterosexual male access to donate blood and run the risk of contaminating it with a disease from Thailand.  I know people in South Korea, who caught unique diseases during the Korean War, who cannot return to the United States, ever.  The United States made this decision not to run the risk of contaminating America with what they caught.  Not discrimination, simple public health policy.

Knowledge Check!Now, we return to the crux of the argument.  If “Blood is blood,” then being vaccinated does not matter because blood is blood and public health and safety are not issues where communicable or infectious diseases are concerned.  If this is correct, why do we still have COVID restrictions?  If blood is not blood, why bow to political pressure on something that is definitely not a political but a medical safety issue?  Politicians and those who cling to the government for an answer to every single problem cannot have this issue both ways.  Either blood integrity and safety is a medical issue where common sense practices trump individual rights for the common good and safety of donating life-giving fluids, or life requires taking risks, and we can shut down the regulatory boards and panels, reducing the costs of medicine.  I am all for reducing the size and cost of government; while I might not argue fully for making all those cuts in medicine regulation, a choice needs to be made and then supported.  Choose wisely!

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Did you Hear? – Let’s Have the FULL Conversation

Bird of PreyThe following are several stories where the entire conversation is not being held, information is not being disseminated, and the public is left in the dark.  In the name of having that whole conversation, let us ask tougher questions and demand better answers!  More to the point, I hope these conversations lead to less government control, bureaucratic edict, and bureaucracy fiat.

Medical Mayhem – Socialized Medicine

The Jerusalem Post, 23 June 2021, reports that baby Alta Fixler will be removed from life support.  Following her parent’s wishes to send her to a hospital in Jerusalem due to her parent’s Haredi Orthodox Jewish faith.  The parents petitioned the hospital to release their child, who has been on life support since birth, to travel to the Jerusalem Hospital. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) took legal action, and now the child is slated to be removed from life support.

Knowledge Check!Make no mistake, this type of parental and patient abuse is alive and well in America.  The face of socialized medicine is a nameless bureaucrat making decisions, running to a judge, and forcing upon parents that which the parents believe is not in the best interest of their child.  If you want to read the heartbreaking story of socialized medicine in America, look no further than the Justina Pelletier case.  The only question never answered in the Justina Pelletier case has been where do parental rights end and hospital bureaucrats begin?  Never answered, and this legal gray area is where socialized medicine thrives!

Baby Alta Fixler is not the first child to die by government fiat in English hospitals by court order.  Justina Pelletier is not the first case of hospitals abusing patients based upon doctor opinions and bureaucracy.  The entire conversation needs to be had.  Each state in America, each voter in America, needs to decide should a nameless, faceless bureaucrat have life and death control over your loved one, or should the family and parents have that control?

US Government – Censors Iranian Websites and Media Outlets

Ziggy on GovernmentReuters, copied on Jerusalem Post, 23 June 2021, reports how the US Government is working to end the social media influence of Iran on America’s political system.  A totally dumb move by the Biden Administration to single out just one state actor pulling America around by the social media noose.  The story includes Russia, China, and North Korea, all investing in websites specifically designed to tout the party line and sway political interests in America.  Yet, the only country singled out for action has been Iran.  Thus, the first question is, why?  Why is Iran singled out?  When will China, North Korea (China’s Hand Puppet), and Russia join the list of censored state actors involved in disinformation?

Now, here is why this is a dumb move; censorship never works!  Censor an idea today, and tomorrow it becomes a living and breathing problem.  For example, Mark Twain’s incredible story of “Huck Finn.”  It was banned in my public library on Monday and Tuesday, the book had a backlog to be checked out, and no copy could be found on any shelf in bookstores.  This all occurred before the Internet, eBay, Amazon.com, the bookstores included used bookstores.  With technology, the problem has only grown.

Knowledge Check!Consider LinkedIn; it continues to censor speech it finds personally repugnant or disagrees with politically.  Facebook does the same; Twitter, Google, and the list of Big Tech censoring grows.  Yet, the ideas they find abhorrent take on a life of their own, continuing to prove that censoring an idea is the worst decision!  Worse, in America, a Constitutional Republic (if we can keep it), demands via the First Amendment that censorship of speech is wrong.  You do not fight bad information with censorship, you fight bad information with good information, allowing the complete discussion based upon the facts, and you respect the Rule of Law!

Why is this concept so difficult to understand?  Before we can shake a stick, there will be lawsuits, charities, and news media with identical talking points trying to push back against the government.  The ACLU will take the case Pro Bono, and the Judicial Branch will again confirm that free speech cannot be censored, making the government look stupid for censoring speech, increasing traffic to these obscure websites from curiosity doing more harm than good to America.  The exact opposite result the government was trying to create by censoring.  Let us have the complete discussion, open free speech, do not censor, and for pity sake stop making legal martyrs out of the enemies of America!

Google Israel, Conversion Therapy, and the LGBTQ+ Community

Question22 June 2021, The Jerusalem Post reports that Google Israel has launched a campaign to fight conversion therapy practices.  After canceling an app to aid in conversion therapy, after an outcry from the LGBTQ+ community.  Since the fallacious claims of the 1960s that sex is love, and love is free, and equality in sex includes changing genders and pushing the full-on homosexual agenda down the throats of a global audience, the LGBTQ+ community has tried to control the conversation on bedroom choices for everyone.  Which in and of itself is a form of censorship.

GLAAD (Gay, Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) reports conversion therapy is defined as “Any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”  Conversion therapists define conversion therapy as, “Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological, physical, or spiritual interventions.”  Frankly, it appears to me that both groups are trying to win hearts and minds through the same tactics, just using different politics and purposes.  Here’s the problem, since the LBGTQ+ community continues to use the judicial branch to censor speech, promote their causes, and subjugate laws, the entire conversation is not being had on how people choose to become members of the LGBTQ+ community or if they want to return to heterosexual communities.  This lack of diversity in conversation and the withholding of information is censorship, and censorship is wrong!

Male v. FemaleI repeat myself only for emphasis, “I do not care about your bedroom selections.”  Provided you and your partner are legal and consenting adults, there is no reason for me to be interested.  Your business is YOUR business, with all the consequences of YOUR choices.  I have heard the horror stories of pedophiles grooming young boys to become members of the LGBTQ+ community; I have seen the reports on diseases, physical harm, suicides, rapes, and other problems in this community.  But, by not having both sides of the conversation, how can a person be expected to make a logical choice about their identity if half the conversation is depicted as roses and rainbows, and the other half is never discussed at all?

I am not here to tell you how to live your life.  Make your choices live with your consequences, the same as every other adult.  But, if you are preying on children for homosexual or heterosexual appetite suppression, you are deserving of the full weight of the law!  For example, the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), fighting to decriminalize pedophilia and pederasty, is closely associated with and receives funding from all types of homosexual and LGBTQ+ community supporters.  Yet, what they proclaim and do is groom young boys for homosexual sex.  Worse, the K-12 sexual education programs are an outreach of both NAMBLA and GLAAD and have been since the programs were introduced in K-12 schools.

Question 2Some online sources claim that these targeting groups for pedophiles are defunct, except I do not believe this, as the fluidity of terminology and the plasticization of words are more common among the LGBTQ+ crowd than among politicians.  To date, I have not found a single organized group where women groom young girls into lesbian relationships.  I mention these two items because conversion therapy goes both ways, luring into homosexual relationships and luring into heterosexual relationships.  I have witnessed women practicing witchcraft introduce lesbian lifestyles to their adherents, and I have witnessed several Wiccan groups preach the same lesbian lifestyles to their supporters.  However, I make no judgments or broad aspersions beyond my experience as I do not have enough information on the grooming of women into lesbian lifestyles.

However, the fact remains that the LGBTQ+ community is controlling the conversation.  The volume of disinformation in the LGBTQ+ communities is based on a lot of fear and twisted science, and by preventing the whole discussion from occurring, censorship is hurting people.  All I am asking for is the disinformation and censorship to cease.  If you believe your cause is correct, allow the complete discussion to occur, discuss the pros and cons openly, detail the consequences and potential harm.  We already do this, by forced mandate, for heterosexual relationships; what is there to hide in the homosexual relationships that command all this hatred for telling both sides of the homosexual story?  You, the LGBTQ+ community started this conversation, so let’s have a full and honest discussion.

Knowledge Check!You, as an adult, consenting, can do what you please.  I merely ask that you stop interfering in the transfer of information so young people can have all the facts.  Before they jump into a relationship that can physically, mentally, and emotionally scar them for life, be that relationship hetero or homosexual.  End the censorship!

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