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New 'Superbug' found in UK hospitals....
BBC ^ | August 10th, 2010

Posted on 08/10/2010 9:29:59 PM PDT by TaraP

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

They say bacteria which make an enzyme called NDM-1 travelled back with NHS patients who had gone abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.

Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.

Tight surveillance and new drugs are needed says Lancet Infectious Diseases.

NDM-1 can exist inside different bacteria, like E.coli, and it makes them resistant to one of the most powerful groups of antibiotics - carbapenems.

These are generally reserved for use in emergencies and to combat hard-to-treat infections caused by other multi-resistant bacteria.

Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote The fear would be that it gets into a strain of bacteria that is very good at being transmitted between patients” End Quote Dr David Livermore

Researcher from the HPA

Q&A: NDM-1 superbugs And experts fear NDM-1 could now jump to other strains of bacteria that are already resistant to many other antibiotics.

Ultimately, this could produce dangerous infections that would spread rapidly from person to person and be almost impossible to treat.

At least one of the NDM-1 infections the researchers analysed was resistant to all known antibiotics.

National alert

Dr David Livermore, one of the researchers and who works for the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA), said: "There have been a number of small clusters within the UK, but far and away the greater number of cases appear to be associated with travel and hospital treatment in the Indian subcontinent.

E. coli can cause urinary tract infections and blood poisoning "This type of resistance has become quite widespread there

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; bacteria; enzyme; found; hospitals; ndm1; resistant; superbug
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1 posted on 08/10/2010 9:30:01 PM PDT by TaraP
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Alert over ‘unbeatable’ superbug which could spread worldwide................

A superbug that is resistant to antibiotics and has ‘an alarming potential to spread’ has reached Britain.

Thirty-seven cases have already been reported, mainly among patients who have had surgery or other treatments in foreign countries.

Scientists have warned that the superbug - an enzyme called New Delhi-Metallo-1 - could spread worldwide because it is resistant to almost all antibiotics and nothing is being developed to combat it


2 posted on 08/10/2010 9:31:57 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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Superbug: New Dehli-Metallo-1, seen under the microscope could be untreatable for as long 10 years while scientists devise the right kind of antibiotics......
3 posted on 08/10/2010 9:33:25 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP

Mark 16:18
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Don’t place your faith in modern medicine. God is much more powerful.


4 posted on 08/10/2010 9:35:15 PM PDT by One Name
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To: TaraP

Bumps


5 posted on 08/10/2010 9:35:28 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: TaraP

Thank you for posting this, Tara. It is very serious stuff, and we all should be aware.

I have even heard that one can get MRSA from a paper cut. Anytime the skin is opened there is a chance of infection.


6 posted on 08/10/2010 9:36:25 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: TaraP

7 posted on 08/10/2010 9:37:11 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: TaraP

Didn’t the WHO proclaim that the H1-N1 flu pandemic was over yesterday? Welcome to the new normal.


8 posted on 08/10/2010 9:38:02 PM PDT by B.Lyle
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To: One Name; Quix

I Believe the 4th, Seal has been opened:

REVELATION 6:

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.

They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by *Sword, Famine and Plague*, and by the wild beasts of the earth.


9 posted on 08/10/2010 9:38:46 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP

My children’s pediatrician says that he never gets sick just by never touching his face. I think that’s one of the hardest habits to break; we constantly touch our faces without even thinking about it.


10 posted on 08/10/2010 9:39:23 PM PDT by Engineer_Soldier (Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC.org))
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To: All

Fungal disease threatens Swedish wheat harvest

The wheat harvest in many parts of Sweden is under threat by the fungus disease Tilletia contraversa (dwarf bunt).

The Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has found several of the disease in Södermanland and now fears a wider distribution in central Sweden.

“For growers, this is a big setback, because the harvest may be unmarketable,” said Alf Djurberg, agronomist at the Board of Agriculture, to Sveriges Radio news programme Ekot.

Dwarf bunt is not in itself dangerous, but the spores from the fungus smell awful and render the wheat useless as food.....


11 posted on 08/10/2010 9:42:48 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP

Bwa-ha. Their medical system has sent people to the Third World for procedures, AND it can’t cope with the bugs they bring back. And this is the model we’re planning to emulate!


12 posted on 08/10/2010 9:43:11 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: yorkie

MRSA is on us all the time, and most of the time, it is kept in check by a healthy immune system. It is when the immune system is weak, such as when a person is in the hospital suffering from some other condition, that MRSA gains its advantage.


13 posted on 08/10/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT by chris37
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To: TaraP; pandoraou812; TigersEye; tiapam; All

From the article:

“Normal infection control measures, such as disinfecting hospital equipment and doctors and nurses washing their hands with antibacterial soap, can stop the spread.”

I can guarantee this will not happen. Most hospitals are absolutely filthy - and the staff refuses to sterilize their hands, as they go from one patient to another - changing dressings, attending open wounds.

I feared infection, when I had major surgery five years ago. My doctor asked me if I had any requests before I ‘went under’ for the surgery.

I told him, “Yes. Two requests. Treat me as if I were your mother. And second, please post on my door that everyone that enters my room must wash their hands before touching me (the patient.)

In the five days that I was hospitalized, only two times did I see anyone wash their hands. (Neither my face nor body was washed for five days, nor was I even given a toothbrush, or a hairbrush.) It was the most horrible nightmare imaginable!

No wonder infections are spread in hospitals!


14 posted on 08/10/2010 9:45:49 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: Caesar Soze

Medical tourism is increasing everywhere.

Lots of Americans go to India, Mexico and other 3rd world countries for (much) cheaper treatment.


15 posted on 08/10/2010 9:46:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: TaraP

not surprising considering some of the stories I’ve seen on FR


16 posted on 08/10/2010 9:48:01 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: yorkie

I spent much of the last two months working (renovation) in a hospital.

Signs were all over the place to remind workers to wash hands and to encourage patients to insist workers wash up.

No idea how much it actually happened.

Can say the hospital was generally very clean.


17 posted on 08/10/2010 9:48:38 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

You don’t know how lucky you are to have a clean hospital in your vicinity.

My best friend had MAJOR surgery two and a half years ago, and laid in bloody sheets for four days. I complained to the nursing staff, and they kept telling me they would get to it - but they were understaffed and had a double patient load - and were doing what they could! (Same hospital that I had surgery in, and STILL have nightmares of the horrible treatment I received while there!)


18 posted on 08/10/2010 9:52:37 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: One Name

Oil of Oregano. Not much bad survives that.


19 posted on 08/10/2010 9:58:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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One of my tasks as a law student clerking with the city was to look at hospital inspection records for a case against the city hospital.

I was a young thing then and had no idea 1)how sick you could get in a hospital and 2)how poorly kept they were. I have tried to stay out of them ever since.

As an aside, I’ve been watching ‘The Singing Detective,’ a BBC production from the mid-80’s. The main character is in a hospital bed in a ward for most of the series. It’s disgusting. So many people in the ward, just curtains for privacy, poor patient care, and tons of visitors from the outside tracking in who knows what. The patients even smoked, which I don’t think we would have allowed, even back then. Yuck.


20 posted on 08/10/2010 10:03:29 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I wake up every once and awhile on a weekend to hear essential oils being promoted on the radio. (I go to sleep listening to conservative talk radio)

I think we grew oregano one year; you’d have to squeeze the shit out of it to come up with any oil.

Must be good stuff.


21 posted on 08/10/2010 10:07:36 PM PDT by One Name
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To: One Name

You can buy it it health stores, it’s readily available, no squeezing required. :)


22 posted on 08/10/2010 10:14:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Do you take Oil of Oregano internally? How much?


23 posted on 08/10/2010 10:17:48 PM PDT by goodnesswins (You R more likely to die by an FDA approved pharma than a nutritional supplement)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Lactoferrin is key. Studies shows it has antibiotic effects and is effective where antibiotics were not. Knocked out a cough I had that just wouldn’t go away, in just a day or so (after several months of hacking).


24 posted on 08/10/2010 10:24:35 PM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: TaraP

I don’t think we’re far from it but I don’t think the seal has been cracked yet.

I could well be wrong- in some places they’ve been expecting the Lord for a long time and have experienced so much more evil than we have in North America.

You and I will either be raptured, die of old age or disease, or die at the hands of the powers that be.

Anyway it goes down I’ll see you on the other side.

Maranatha!


25 posted on 08/10/2010 10:25:09 PM PDT by One Name
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To: goodnesswins

We take oil of Oregano capsules whenever a respiratory virus hits (although it isn’t effective for rhinovirus — colds), but MRSA or another resistant deep tissue infection is another whole matter. You couldn’t get enough Oil of Oregano to where it is needed even if the pathogen is actually sensitive to it.


26 posted on 08/10/2010 10:27:20 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86
Meant to say "pathogen -- viral or bacterial -- is actually sensitive to it".
27 posted on 08/10/2010 10:29:02 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: TaraP

Superbugs are so 5 minutes ago. Ultrabugs are the future.


28 posted on 08/10/2010 10:35:26 PM PDT by casuist (Audi alteram partem.)
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To: TaraP

Check back on this story in 28 days...


29 posted on 08/10/2010 10:39:49 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: yorkie

Where the frick is that? Remind me not to get sick there.


30 posted on 08/10/2010 10:54:40 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: BigCinBigD

:)


31 posted on 08/10/2010 11:35:33 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: TaraP

“travelled back with NHS patients who had gone abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments”

So the UK’s socialist healthcare makes people go to the third world for treatments, and then they want to blame those people!

Here’s a thought - build a private healthcare system that people WANT to use, then they won’t go to the third world!


32 posted on 08/11/2010 12:03:11 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: One Name

This in a Marcan passage which has attracted hot debate about whether it belongs in the bible at all. Testing God is never a good idea. Quoting the passage then downing some Mr. Clean is likely to be hazardous to your health.


33 posted on 08/11/2010 12:05:56 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: One Name

“Don’t place your faith in modern medicine.”

Could you please clarify exactly what your point is? It sounds to me that you’re implying that only sinners suffer from disease and that “modern medicine” does not cure illness.

Maybe I read it wrong.


34 posted on 08/11/2010 4:14:28 AM PDT by panaxanax (Keep plucking those chickens and boiling that tar. There's a party coming in November!)
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To: yorkie
My best friend had MAJOR surgery two and a half years ago, and laid in bloody sheets for four days.

Anytime someone in our family is in the hospital, we plan for and provide 24 hour in room care for them ourselves. We examine every med before it is given and ask that all who enter the room wash up to their elbows. All you have to do is be reasonable and the staff will understand. It actually is a help to them if you don't go overboard.

Generally, we've had good clean conditions and nurses who would get what we asked for.

35 posted on 08/11/2010 4:25:46 AM PDT by IamConservative (Two wrongs don't make a right, but you might get even.)
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To: Engineer_Soldier

When a pandemic flu is around you should never touch your face. I tried doing this one day and found that I touched my face anyways about once every 5 minutes, even while conciously trying not to. (dangling participle?)
Its just impossible. Try it.


36 posted on 08/11/2010 4:36:57 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: TaraP

How will people die of infection most commonly? I’m thinking of kidney failure like the old days. And I suspect that there will be a lot of limb removals to keep the infection from spreading. There will lots of consequences like cancellation of sports programs. Please educate me.


37 posted on 08/11/2010 4:41:15 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
So the UK’s socialist healthcare makes people go to the third world for treatments, and then they want to blame those people!

No, it doesn't - though you might be forgiven for thinking so from the clumsy writing here. Cosmetic surgery has never been provided by the NHS. It is, however, widely available privately in Britain. These people are presumably travelling back to their countries of origin for cosmetic surgery simply because it's cheaper to do so.

38 posted on 08/11/2010 4:45:29 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: yorkie

Okay, I have to ask:
What hospital did you go to? I’ve been in an out of hospitals over the past three years and I’ve NEVER experienced such behavior.


39 posted on 08/11/2010 5:06:26 AM PDT by imfleck
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To: One Name

“Don’t place your faith in modern medicine. God is much more powerful.”

You should pray to God for a cure to your brand of insanity. God does not practice medicine, and your insinuation that He doesn’t want man to practice medicine, and instead to substitute prayer for treatment is particularly cruel and darkly inspired.


40 posted on 08/11/2010 5:18:00 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: steve86
I am a MRSA carrier. Got it from a surgery and then being misdiagnosed for 7 years. The doctor kept treating me for shingles. Through an emergency visit to the hospital, the ER doctor said it wasn't shingles and treated me with antibiotics (Penn.) and it went away immediately, but now I get it about 3 times a year. I take Bectrim when I have an outbreak and we keep it under control, but we (doc and I)know this won't always help and I will need something else. The only time I am contagious is when I have an outbreak and fever. I can get it from an insect bite, a scratch or cut, anything like that. Needless to say, my house is kept as germ free as possible and I use caution every place I go. It's not an easy life...but at least I function.
41 posted on 08/11/2010 5:22:22 AM PDT by native texan (the seafood is great)
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To: TaraP

Last time I checked, NO bug was chlorine bleach resistant. Good sanitation is the key to preventing the spread of this stuff.


42 posted on 08/11/2010 5:36:28 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: TaraP

March 23, 2008

MRSA and C difficile superbug deaths at 10,000 a year http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article3602788.ece

Superbugs and NHS failings
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article3582299.ece


43 posted on 08/11/2010 5:47:59 AM PDT by anglian
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From 43: Most hospitals have bottles of alcohol-based hand disinfectant by their doors, but Duerden says that until recently their inefficacy against C diff spores was “not common knowledge” outside microbiology circles – an unacceptable level of ignorance, insists Wise, who said it had been known about “for donkey’s years”.

Olav Nataas, however, insists the search-and-destroy process is key: “We know hand-washing is never 100%,” he says. “This preoccupation with cleaning is not the main issue. It is identifying the infection as rapidly as possible and treating it in a way that does not risk others.”

It is this uncertainty among Britain’s scientists, healthcare administrators and politicians that has led to the latest disagreement about hospital cleaning. This month, every hospital in Britain is meant to have completed a special “deep clean”, for which an extra £57m has been allocated. How exactly a deep clean is performed is less clear. There are no prescriptions for cleaning materials, training for cleaners, or methods of checking whether things are actually clean.

Nobody is keen to define what “clean” means in hospital terms and, according to Andrew Large, the director-general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, some hospitals are doing nothing at all. “There is no specification about whether hospitals are clean or not, but there is plenty of academic evidence that a greater presence of people doing routine cleaning on wards is what makes a difference,” he says. “After all, you could do a deep clean, but if the person inspecting it goes in and sneezes when they happen to be carrying one of these infections, you are back to square one.”


44 posted on 08/11/2010 5:57:10 AM PDT by anglian
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To: TaraP
Guess what, we've got it here, too. From the CDC in June...

Detection of Enterobacteriaceae Isolates Carrying Metallo-Beta-Lactamase --- United States, 2010 Weekly June 25, 2010 / 59(24);750

45 posted on 08/11/2010 6:06:48 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: anglian
Olav Nataas, however, insists the search-and-destroy process is key: “We know hand-washing is never 100%,” he says. “This preoccupation with cleaning is not the main issue. It is identifying the infection as rapidly as possible and treating it in a way that does not risk others.”

Whoa. That is scary.

46 posted on 08/11/2010 6:08:30 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: goodnesswins

Yes you can take it internally. You could also put it on a cut or scrape.

It is extremely powerful and strong tasting. It is good to put it on bread or even inside a capsule and take. A few drops is all you need at any one time.


47 posted on 08/11/2010 8:37:31 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RFEngineer; One Name

I think what he meant to get across was not to place your faith totally in medicine and doctors (in man and man’s intelligence alone). God’s healing can work through a good doctor’s diagnosis and treatment ability, the medicines and herbs that are given with care. Just don’t believe that that’s ALL you need for healing, or that God isn’t the one behind the healing. He can work through the medicine, He can work through prayer, He can work through other people, or if He chooses, He can work directly on a person. We don’t know all the ways and reasons why He heals one person one way, and another person, a different way, and a third person, who is not physically healed. There are reasons.

Besides the Apostle Luke was a physician and there was no rebuke of his profession by Christ.

Sometimes whatever is going on to the sick person isn’t the main thing God is trying to accomplish. i.e. Perhaps the sickness of one patient and their recovery is something that gets a doctor or nurse on the path to receiving Christ. Perhaps someone who is weak in faith, praying for another person, has their faith strengthened by the ordeal. Perhaps through the sickness itself the sick person comes to Christ. There are always reasons, we are not privy to all of them.


48 posted on 08/11/2010 8:49:58 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Sometimes people just get sick and go to a doctor for medicine to relieve their suffering. If God objects to that, He hasn’t made it known.


49 posted on 08/11/2010 9:13:13 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

And there’s nothing wrong with that. I didn’t say there was, and the other guy didn’t say that either.


50 posted on 08/11/2010 9:48:37 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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