Let go..


Forgiveness is not just a religious thing,

It’s for Everyone who wants to be emotionally and spiritually Free

I can choose to replay hurtful scenarios in my mind or I can choose to let it go and forgive for the sake of my well being.

I know its easier said then done but seriously if you think about it , replaying hurtful things in your mind and carrying bitterness everywhere you go – sounds more miserable.

Forgiveness is not a one time thing , it’s a daily process.

Choosing every day to forgive is another step closer to complete freedom .

Forgiving yourself is important too

This is something I struggle with daily .. I am quite hard on myself but all it does is ruin my peace and joy.

All humanity is flawed

We have to understand we are imperfect people..this will give us room to have compassion for…

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$217.7bn Illegally Taken Out Of Nigeria In 38 Years – EFCC

By checkpointcharley on 17. January 2019 • ( 0 )


Nigeria has recorded illicit financial outflows of $217.7bn in 38 years, specifically between 1970 and 2008, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said in Abuja on Wednesday.

The commission stated that the various investigations, arrests, prosecution and assets recoveries over the years had confirmed that the level of corruption in Nigeria had been truly staggering.

The Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, represented by its Acting Spokesperson, Tony Orilade, expressed these views at a one-day conference organised by Online Publishers Association of Nigeria with the theme: “Free press and objective reporting in the 2019 election year.”

The EFCC said corruption in Nigeria was being perpetrated by individuals and groups both in the private and public sectors.

He identified former state governors, ministers, high ranking military officers, chief executives of parastatals and top bureaucrats in state and federal agencies as culprits involved in the public sector theft.

“One of the most graphic ways through which the absence of democratic accountability manifests itself in Nigeria today is through the prevalence of rampant corruption at all levels of governance.

“For example, Transparency International reported that Nigeria was the most corrupt country in the world for years: 1996, 1997, 2000 and second in the line for remaining years up to 2003.

However, the EFCC practically avoided providing information on corruption in Nigeria between 1970 and 2015 possibly because within that period the current President Buhari was Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in the 70s and military head of state in Nigeria from December 1983 to 1985.

10 Powerful Ways to Humanize Your Workplace

By Lolly Daskal

I hear many people complain that people are so busy getting the work done that their workplace has lost the human essence. When people work behind closed doors, when they keep to themselves, when they hardly have time to connect, it becomes a mechanized workplace.

For a workplace to thrive, it has to be humanized, because a successful organization is an organism whose parts are all connected. Here are 10 powerful principles to use in humanizing your workplace:

1. The workplace isn’t just a place for work but a place to do something meaningful. When a team is energized around a purpose, the work is more meaningful and the days go by faster. When everyone understands that they’re part of a group of people creating something bigger than themselves, great things happen.

2. The workplace isn’t just a place for work but a place to build connections. As human beings, we require connections. Most humans don’t thrive in isolation, so humanizing a company, a team, or a culture means encouraging employees to be compassionate and supportive and considerate toward one another, working on relationships as well get getting stuff done.

3. The workplace isn’t about creating rules but trusting one another to do their part. Think about all the dumb rules your company has and ask whether they’re helping your culture, people and organization thrive. Do you need to become more human by trusting one another and doing away with procedures and policies that keep that trust and confidence from growing?

4. The workplace isn’t about having power but being able to empower. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, people mistakenly think that the more power they have the more influential they will be. But the most admired leaders know that leadership isn’t about power—power dehumanizes cultures, companies, teams and people. Leaders who empower others have the healthiest cultures and the most successful workplaces.

5. The workplace isn’t a place for holding pointless meetings but for creating opportunities to build community. Many workplaces hold meetings, but are your meetings helping you cultivate communities within your workplace? If not, rethink how you hold your meetings. Make every meeting an opportunity for establishing and developing teams whose members can learn from one another, think with one another and care for one another.

6. The workplace isn’t just about you but about acknowledging others for their contributions. Humanizing your workplace starts with acknowledging the people you work with and do business with. It means taking every opportunity to recognize and praise those who contribute on a daily basis for their efforts and achievements. Remember that everyone there is a person first and a working person second.

7. The workplace isn’t about taking proprietorship but serving others. At the end of the day, the people who are the most influential are those who serve others. Make it your business to ask those around you if there’s anything you can do to help, guide, mentor or assist. A true measure of successful humanity comes from the number of people you serve.

8. The workplace isn’t for working within the status quo but a place to challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. If people are coasting at work, they’re not bringing the best parts of who they are. It may be uncomfortable to challenge the status quo, but that is part of being human. Encourage everyone—yourself included—to move beyond their comfort zone and dare themselves to try something new.

9. The workplace isn’t about pushing your agenda but learning from others. If your culture is filled with individuals who are always pushing their agenda, maybe it’s time to humanize the way people think, act and communicate. Work to create a culture of leaders who are students—always curious, developing and growing, learning from each other instead of pushing their own ideas on others. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other; make them the foundation of everything you do.

10. The workplace isn’t about just getting by but bringing value to everything you do. People don’t get paid for an hour of their time but for the value they bring during that hour. Work to bring all of who you are to work, to give a little bit more of yourself than you normally would. When you do, you lead by example. Ask yourself every day, “How can I bring value to those I work with?” Don’t wait for others to humanize the culture but lead the charge yourself. Remember we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Lead from within: To deny a culture its humanity is to deprive a workplace of being human. Humanize your workplace to benefit those who are of service to the cause.

The CDC’s Role in Undoing Vaccine Exemptions: the NACCHO Front Group

March 8th 2015 Written By: Vote No On SB-422

The CDC's Role in Undoing Vaccine Exemptions: the NACCHO Front Group

Originally published under the title “What’s NACCHO got to do with Oregon’s vaccine exemption fight?

NACCHO is The National Association of County and City Health Officials. If you briefly perused their website, you might be confused into thinking that they were a federal agency of sorts. First off, there’s the name. Many people associate “National Association” with something sort of official. The next thing that might throw you off is the way NACCHO describes themselves:

NACCHO’s members are the 2700 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

For the uninitiated, reading NACCHO’s self-description might cause you to reach the following conclusions:

  • NACCHO is a federal organization
  • Its members are all the local health departments
  • Somehow, this is a way for all the local health departments to all be connected together, probably there is a rule somewhere that says they should all coordinate themselves on a national basis (and there isn’t, the health of citizens is a state-level job, according to the U.S. Constitution)

As you’re probably getting used to by now with these articles, NACCHO could not be farther from any of that in reality, so let’s look at the details:

1. NACCHO’s “membership” revenue numbers don’t add up at all

Referring to the conclusions one might draw from the above, it appears that NACCHO is a collective of local health departments. According to NACCHO, there are “over 2700” of them and most people would probably presume these local health departments pay a membership fee to be a part of NACCHO, which they do.

NACCHO has a membership form for local health departments, you can see it right here. If you look at the form, you’ll see that local health departments (NACCHO’s claim is that they are just a group of local health departments) can join NACCHO, and that their annual membership fees is pro-rated based on how large a population they serve. The most an annual membership could cost any health department would be $4,150 per year, as you can see right here:


Just for fun, we ran the math. 2,700 local health departments. To be conservative, let’s say EVERY health department had 3 million or more people in it (which would be impossible because with more than 2,700 health departments as NACCHO members that would mean the U.S. had 8.1 billion people) but let’s just see how much money NACCHO could pull in annually from membership dues if that were true:

“Membership Fee of $4,150 x 2,700 local health departments= $11,200,000”

Here’s the problem. NACCHO breaks out their revenue from membership dues on their 990 form. Are you ready for this? Here’s what NACCHO actually made in membership revenues in 2013:


If you are saying, at this point, “so what”? You’re right. We haven’t proven anything. In fact, the only thing you know about NACCHO so far is that:

  • They claim to be a collective of 2,700 local health departments. (In fact, it’s fair to say this is the primary way they define themselves.)
  • From their members they receive just over a half million dollars a year in membership dues, according to their 2013 990 form filed with the IRS.

Here’s the problem NACCHO makes $25 MILLION a year in revenues:


$25 million a year? That means membership dues—which NACCHO implies defines who they are—are responsible for approximately 2% of their annual revenues.

2. NACCHO makes all their money from government and private grants

With membership dues of roughly $500,000 and revenues of $25 million, the story on NACCHO is $24.5 million short of an explanation. Luckily, their 990 has to break out sources of revenue one step further, which is how we learn the following:


NACCHO is making the majority of their annual revenue from two sources: government grants ($19.3 million) and other grants ($3.6 million).

Government grants? What kind of government grants? Who, aside from a local health department, wants to contribute to an organization that represents local health departments? Remember, NACCHO’s mission is very clear:

“NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments”

Government grants

Unfortunately, NACCHO’s Form 990 doesn’t break out exactly where their Government grants come from, but this document gives you a pretty good idea:


Wait a minute. 7 of the 11 funding priorities from NACCHO come from the Centers for Disease Control? Not only that, but CDC is really all over NACCHO’s website, like herehere, and here.

NACCHO spells out who their partners (funders) are on their website right here. CDC is listed. So is the Immunization Action Coalition. And, a myriad of other “private nonprofts” that focus on public health.


Can we draw any conclusions from this information? Sure we can:

NACCHO gets most of their money from government grants. CDC appears to be a primary funding source.

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What does any of this have to do with Oregon? As the readers of this series know, Oregon is currently experiencing an intense fight over Senate Bill 442, a bill sponsored by State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward that would remove both philosophical and religious exemptions from Oregon, effectively making vaccinations in Oregon mandatory for a parent who wants to send their child to any kind of school.

NACCHO and the Oregon Legislature

This article was spurred by repeated reports from members of the Oregon Legislature that they were being heavily lobbied by a group called NACCHO about Senate Bill 442. In general, NACCHO was characterized as a primary advocate of Senate Bill 442. This would make sense, since in July 2011 NACCHO issued a very clear policy statement that the time had come for states to eliminate personal belief exemptions:

the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) urges that personal belief exemptions be removed from state immunization laws and regulations.

NACCHO acknowledges that there are states that may not be in a position to eliminate personal belief exemptions immediately. States that easily permit personal belief exemptions to immunizations have significantly higher rates of exemption than states that have more complex procedures. These states should begin a process to limit the availability of personal belief exemptions to the greatest degree possible. An initial step might be to review the process of applying for and receiving exemptions: the more educational and demanding the process, the lower will be the rate of exemptions. There should be more involved in the application process than simply signing a form.

This isn’t the first policy statement from NACCHO. A quick compilation of statements shows where the nonprofit group who get all their money from government grants is focused:


Do NACCHO’s policies share a common theme? Clearly:

  • Mandatory vaccines
  • National registries of vaccination status
  • More vaccines
  • All vaccines

Cradle to Grave

But, perhaps NACCHO’s future goals should be of most concern to Oregonians. In July 2013, NACCHO’s Board approved this new policy statement, titled “An Immunization Program for all Stages of Life”:


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) urges the federal government to support the creation of a comprehensive national immunization program that addresses all stages of life (cradle to grave) with the intention of achieving the Healthy People 2020 immunization goals and standards. Such a program will help protect our nation’s population from vaccine-preventable diseases by increasing rates of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization coverage.

Cradle to grave?

Yes, that’s what NACCHO said. They go on to write:

A function of many state and local health departments is to collect vaccination data and maintain immunization registries. These registries are often used to help ensure children and adolescents have up-to-date immunizations. Low levels of vaccine coverage among adults underscores the need to expand these systems to include adults and for providers to develop systems to minimize missed opportunities.

Immunization registries for adults?

Oregonians, it’s time to wake up. Let’s put SB442 in proper context: its just another step in the plan of comprehensive mandatory immunizations for everyone, including ADULTS.

“Cradle to grave,” as NACCHO says.

Is it really that hard to imagine what their policy statement for adult vaccinations will say in a few years?

If you support SB442, you also need to support getting up to date on your adult vaccines—the CDC recommends 72 vaccinations between the ages of 19 and 65. Are you going to get your 72 shots?

Is NACCHO breaking the law?

We’re not attorneys, but we are very troubled by this document which we found on NACCHO’s website that deals with prohibitions of lobbying on the part of organizations that receive grants from the CDC, like NACCHO. The language is pretty unambiguous:

“Except in certain cases of state and local government communication, as part of their normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, as discussed above, grantees [like NACCHO] are restricted from using federal funds to attempt to influence deliberations or actions by Federal, state, or local legislative or executive branches. This includes communications to a legislator or executive official that refer to and reflect a view on specific measure (legislative or executive).”

We’re just parents. We haven’t sat in the room during the meetings between our elected representatives here in Oregon and NACCHO, but we’d sure ask our elected representatives to take a close look at these prohibitions and compare those to NACCHO’s efforts on behalf of SB442.


So, what have we learned?

  • According to Oregon legislative members, NACCHO is heavily lobbying in support of SB442, which appears to violate CDC grantor rules, but we’re not lawyers.
  • NACCHO is not a member-funded organization as their self-characterization implies (less than 2% of revenues from membership dues). NACCHO is an independent nonprofit entity that relies almost exclusively on government grants to operate. CDC is certainly one of the granting organization and given the scale of interaction and partnership between CDC and NACCHO, it’s likely CDC is one of the largest grantors. If true, NACCHO may be better described as a “captive nonprofit” which others might call a “front group”
  • In July 2011, NACCHO issued a policy statement encouraging states to eliminate personal belief exemptions. If that wasn’t a possibility, NACCHO at least encouraged states to make exemptions harder to get by making the process more cumbersome.
  • In June 2013, 24 months later, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 132, which made personal belief exemptions harder to get. Their approach perfectly matched the recommendations of NACCHO from July 2011.
  • Now, two session later, with Senate Bill 442, there is a movement to eliminate all non-medical vaccinations, and NACCHO is heavily involved.
  • The long-term plan for NACCHO is adult immunization—”cradle to grave” as they say. Anyone who doesn’t believe a push for mandatory adult vaccinations is likely somewhere in the near future is not paying attention.

If you support Senate Bill 442, you are supporting a path to mandatory adult vaccinations, plain and simple, and the hand of the CDC in all of this is very hard to miss.

Who’s behind Oregon Senate Bill 442? We think the answer is fairly obvious.

Abuse Crisis Answer: Stricter Seminary Entrance Standards

In late February, Pope Francis will meet with the heads of bishops’ conferences from around the world to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis which began about 50 years ago and continues to afflict the Church to this day. In a previously published article in Crisis Magazine, I pointed out the futility of this three- …

Source: Abuse Crisis Answer: Stricter Seminary Entrance Standards – Crisis Magazine

‘ Kenya attack senseless act of violence’, Pope Francis


Pope Francis has expressed closeness to all those affected by an attack on a Nairobi hotel complex.

By Linda Bordoni

Describing the attack on Nairobi’s DusitD2 Hotel complex in which at least 21 people were killed as a “senseless act of violence”  Pope Francis has sent a telegramme assuring all those who are affected by the tragedy of his spiritual closeness.

The telegramme, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf,  comes as Kenyan officials confirm that all are accounted for after the brutal 20 hour siege in which 21 civilians  and five terrorists died. Read also

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The Pope said he is “Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the attack” and extends heartfelt condolences to all Kenyans, in particular to the families of the deceased and all those injured.

The telegramme concludes with assurances that the Pope is “praying for God’s healing grace”, and “invoking upon the entire nation the divine blessings of consolation and strength”.

Meanwhile in Nairobi bomb disposal experts continue to search for explosives left over from the extremist attack on Tuesday, and nine people have been arrested in connection with ongoing investigations.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group has claimed responsibility for the hotel assault.