Sunday Sermonette: I hate it when that happens

As we continue with the plagues, keep in mind that the Torah as it now exists was published in the 5th Century BCE, long after these events supposedly occurred, and that the Egyptian captivity is entirely mythical. The composition of the various elements of the Torah happened over the preceding 200 years or so. Psalm 78 recounts this mythical history but lists only 6 plagues. Psalm 105 lists 7 plagues, in a different order. Apparently someone decided to insert 3 more to make 10, but who knows why?1 [a]Then theLord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what theLord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country.3 The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.4 The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials. ’”5 Then theLord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’”It's mysterious that God needs Aaron to use his staff in order to make this happen. God can't just do it himself.6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land.7 But the magicians did the same thin...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

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Pediculosis is an infestation of lice on the body, head, and/or pubic region that occurs worldwide. Lice are ectoparasites of the order Phthiraptera that feed on the blood of infested hosts. Their morphotype dictates their clinical features. Body lice may transmit bacterial pathogens that cause trench fever, relapsing fever, and epidemic typhus, which are potentially life-threatening diseases that remain relevant in contemporary times. Recent data from some settings suggest head lice may harbor pathogens.
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In this study we have monitored microbial communities in a fish farm for lumpfish during normal operational conditions with no disease outbreak by using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. The study involved weekly samplings of water and biofilms from fish tanks, and fish. The results revealed that the microbial communities in fish tank water were different from the intake water. The water and biofilm in fish tanks were highly similar in regards to microbial community members, but with large differences in relative abundances for some taxa. The sampled fish were associated with mostly the same taxa as in tank water and biof...
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Conclusions: Health education about the harmful effect of this traditional practice for head lice infestation will prevent further similar events.
Source: Cornea - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
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This report came just over a month afterDHS OIG ’s May 30 report on “dangerous overcrowding” in El Paso.What are the conditions in CBP ’s detention camps?Across the entire border, CBPwas detaining from May to June between 4 and 5 times as many people as its facilities were designed to hold. It is impossible to list here everything that the OIG reports exposed, but here are some of what they found:A cell with a maximum capacity of 35 held 155 detaineesA cell with a maximum capacity of 8 held 41 detaineesDetainees were wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks.Children at three of the five Border Patr...
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Source: Canadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Can Fam Physician Source Type: research
Publication date: August 2019Source: Epilepsy &Behavior, Volume 97Author(s): Loretta Giuliano, Angela La Neve, Carlo Andrea Galimberti, Umberto Aguglia, Leonilda Bilo, Caterina Ermio, Giulia Monti, Elena Zambrelli, Corrado Zenesini, Barbara MostacciAbstractIntroductionAfter the European Medicines Agency (EMA) warning on the use of valproate (VPA) in female patients, we explored the antiepileptic drug (AED) prescribing attitudes of Italian epileptologists with regard to sex and VPA use in patients with epilepsy.Material and methodsA specifically designed 30-item questionnaire was distributed at the annual multicenter me...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
via Polák et al, 2019 By Christian Jarrett You may be best advised not to read this article late at night or before you eat. Psychologists at the National Institute of Mental Health and Charles University in the Czech Republic have surveyed a large sample of non-clinical volunteers to gauge their reaction to 24 creatures that are commonly the source of specific animals phobias. The results, published in the British Journal of Psychology, not only contribute to our understanding of animal phobias, but could prove incredibly useful to horror writers. Among the key findings is that spiders were unique in being both int...
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: After the European Medicines Agency (EMA) warning on the use of valproate (VPA) in female patients, we explored the antiepileptic drug (AED) prescribing attitudes of Italian epileptologists with regard to sex and VPA use in patients with epilepsy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A specifically designed 30-item questionnaire was distributed at the annual multicenter meeting of the Italian League Against Epilepsy (LICE), held in Rome on January 2018. One hundred and sixty-nine physicians answered the questionnaire. RESULTS: In females, VPA was significantly less prescribed as first-choice AED ...
Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Epilepsy Behav Source Type: research
As summer camps begin, here are some helpful facts about the hardy but generally harmless critters.
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