SENIOR BEACON AUGUST 2021 (corrected)

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Beacon AUGUST 2021

Vol. 40:7

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Soc Sec Benefits of Those Born in 1960 Reduced?

(WASHINGTON, DC)—An estimated 4 million people who were born in 1960 face lower Social Security benefits caused by the COVID-19 caused recession and high unemployment, warns The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “A flawed feature of the Social Security benefit formula could cause reductions, but Congress can prevent this from happening if it takes action soon,” states Mary Johnson a Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. To prevent benefit cuts, Congress would need to enact legislation by the end of 2021, before the 1960 birth cohort turns 62 and individuals become eligible to claim benefits. A feature of the Social Security benefit formula that makes the critical calculation of an individual’s initial Social Security retire-

ment benefit (which is linked to the year that workers turn age 60) is sensitive to economic recessions and high unemployment. The first step in calculating benefits is to adjust the individual’s earnings using the average wage index (AWI) in order to convert the value of past earnings into today’s dollars. The AWI is also used to adjust earnings levels that determine the portion of their average monthly earnings that people are allowed to keep as their benefit. An analysis by Johnson of 2020 employment and average earnings information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that average wages were down about 4.37 percent. But BLS wage data can vary from the final wage data that employers report to the Social Security Administra-

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tion. Adjusting for the difference, Johnson estimates that the AWI for 2020 may drop only slightly, by about 0.65 percentage point. “We are watching the information from the Social Security Administration,” says Johnson. “That’s where employers send the 2020 wage reports and the final 2020 AWI won’t be known until the end of 2021.” Typically, wages tend to go up year over year. Only one other time in recent years, in 2009 at the peak of Great Recession job losses, has the AWI ever gone negative. “In reality, no Social Security reduction is small, because the loss compounds over time,” says Johnson. “We are talking about benefits that people have paid for their entire working lives,” she notes. “It’s especially unacceptable when this problem can be prevented by Congress in the first place,” she says. A new analysis of the 2009 dip in the AWI by Johnson indicates that individuals who born in 1949 and who retired at age 66 with full benefits have lost about $1,915 through the end of 2021, due to the reduction in the AWI in 2009. Their benefits today are about $24 per month lower than what they otherwise would have received had they been born in 1948. “But

more troubling is the loss over time,” Johnson says. Assuming that an individual lives to age 90, retirees born in 1949 would lose roughly $6,297.00 in lifetime Social Security benefits—or even more, if their benefits are higher than average. This type of benefit reduction known as a “notch” in benefits, and those affected might be referred to as the “1949 notch babies.” Legislation was introduced in the last Congress to remedy the new benefit reductions affecting people born in 1960— “The Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act,” introduced by Representative John Larson (CT-1), and the “Protecting Benefits for Retirees Act,” introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Bill Cassidy (LA). The Senior Citizens League strongly endorses legislation that would fix not only this potential notch but also provide permanent protection from this sort of recessionary reduction for future retirees as well. With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Visit www.SeniorsLeague. org for more information.


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Will Stagflation Roar Back to Life?

M2 MONEY SUPPLY: Jan. 2020 to July 2021


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tagflation is characterized by slow economic growth and relatively high unemployment— or economic stagnation— which is at the same time accompanied by rising prices (i.e. inflation). Stagflation can also be alternatively defined as a period of inflation combined with a decline in gross domestic product (GDP).” This main idea of this article is right there. Take a look at that picture.

It shows the money supply in the U.S. I was shocked to see an almost dollar-for-dollar rise in the money supply to the total Covid stimulus of roughly $5,800,000,000,000. That’s trillions of dollars. Our money supply, meanwhile, went up similarly to the stimulus amount--almost $5 trillion. As further confirmation of inflation the TIPs fund, iShares TIPS ETF (symbol: TIP) was just yielding over 8 percent! That’s a big number. It’s regularly been in the 2-3 percent range and lower. So even the official government recognition of inflation is pushing up the yields of this inflation-sensitive bond class to very high highs. Inflation is coming home to roost. WHO’S AFRAID OF THE

STAGFLATION BOOGEYMAN? Could too much inflation bring our current market and economy down? I absolutely do NOT want that to happen. Yet we have to consider the possibility. And, yes, unnatural inflation can be harmful to our economy. Stagflation has three parts: Inflation, high unemployment, and slow growth. We pretty obviously have high inflation. Unemployment is actually pretty low. It’s tough to make a case that 5.9 percent is “relatively high.” A question to ask is can a rush to jobs, after government checks run dry, bring the rate up? That looks like a realistic possibility. Too many people looking to pay their bills and not enough jobs to go around. Although estimates by the Federal Reserve expect unemployment to steadily decline. That crisis looks to be averted. What looks a bit more likely is the third part of the recipe for stagflation, low growth. We’re pumping trillions of dollars into the economy. It’s very artificial demand. That demand will dry up lickety-split. Now add in extraordinarily high prices, due to stimulus inflation, and we have a double-whammy. Low demand

after a “stimulus hangover” and demand pullback because of too-high pricing. I believe in the invisible hand of the economy and the markets. These problems can and may self-correct. We just have to let these forces work. No more stimulus and central planning. Along with a dose of market- and economy-friendly policies. By the less rigorous definition of stagflation, high inflation and low/ slow growth, we could very much see this creature appear. As always, have a well-crafted high-income portfolio, an all-weather portfolio. In particular, consider real estate and U.S. stocks to combat inflation. Consider very short-term Treasury bonds as a form of “portfolio insurance.” Whenever we do get a market drop the very short-term Treasuries usually hold their price and have increased in price, too. Ronald S. Phillips is a Pueblo native and an independent financial advisor. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719) 220-3005. Visit RetireIQ. com or email RonPhillipsAdvisor@

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ere are some general political pundit quotes (notice the various eras of time), some fun and some soul searching: We hang petty thieves and we appoint the great ones to public office! (Aesop, Greek Slave and also a Fable author) Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber! (Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher) Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge where there is no river! (Nikita Krushev, Russian Soviet politician). When I was a boy I was told that anybody could

become President; I'm beginning to believe it! ('Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone). Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel! (John Quinto, American actor/writer). Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other! (Oscar Ameringer, the Mark Twain of American Socialism). I offered my opponents a deal: "If they stopped telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them." (Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952) A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country! (Texas Guinon, 19th century American businessman). I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians! (Charles de Gaulle, French general and president). Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. (Doug Larsen, English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games). I have come to the solution that one useless man is a shame, two are lawyers and three or more are the government! (John Adams 1735-1826). Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of the Gov-

August 2021 - Senior Beacon - Page 3 ernment. But then I repeat myself! (Mark Twain, 1835-1910). I don't make jokes. I just watch the Government and report the facts! (Will Rogers, 1879-1935). I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. (Winston Churchill, 1874-1965). A Government that tries to rob Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul! (Will Rogers, 1879-1935). The problem we face for today is that the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living! (George Bernard Shaw, 18561950). I don't like political jokes, but a lot of them get elected! (Anonymous) It’s weird being the same age as old people. When I was a kid I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected. Chocolate is God’s way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby. It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult. Marriage Counselor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true? Him: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers. I see people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance. So if a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure?

(OOF!) If you can’t think of a word, say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot. Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years. (OOF) I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit. You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up. It is my belief that the older generation has earned the right to "enjoy" their elder years. We are given the chance to carry our longer lives forward (or "pay it forward" as is said), to the younger generations. Therefore, in your idle years the best thing one can do is pray and pray some more to the Almighty in support of our younger generations. We know that prayer is needed simply because of our longevity. Squandering this chance shouldn't be a consideration. On the contrary, it is our duty. Here's a message to fallen-away Catholics or Catholics in name only: If you're looking for miracles in your life, they are on display every single time you go to Mass. He said, "Do this in memory of me!" Each priestly Mass changes the bread and wine into His body and blood. You've been taught it is true so why take a chance and stay away? You are only hurting yourselves, perhaps forever.


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SRDA NOVEMBER 2021 CALENDAR Special information from Pueblo’s SRDA (Plus)

Recreation Department is currently CLOSED due to Covid - 19. All information provided depends on when SRDA reopens, which includes Matter of Balance. Also, all outside activity start up, like AARP -Taxes and Driver Safety classes will be determined by their national office.

Senior's Shopping Time Scheduled EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article is rerunning because of the COVID-19 relief efforts. MANY STORES IN the area

are offering a separate time for senior only shopping to assist in keeping one of the most vulnerable populations protected from the spread of COVID-19. At this time, information for senior only shopping is as follows: Albertson’s Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 – 9 AM Dollar General, 1245 Spruce Every day, 8 – 9 AM Dollar General, W. 18th Street Sundays, 8 – 9 AM Dollar General, 1502 Troy Every day, 8 –9 AM Dollar General, 609 Pueblo Boulevard Thursdays, 12 – 1 PM; All other days, 8 –9 AM Dollar General, 1610 Santa Fe Every day, 8 – 9 AM Dollar General, 2417 Prairie

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Others were reluctant. At first, the thought of handing 34 years of my life’s work stirred a myriad of emotions. Initially there was fear that it wouldn’t go well, the transition would fail, and the ministry would end. These negative thoughts were soon overpowered by joy that God had for years been preparing my replacement and the mission outreach He used me to start in 1987 would carry on beyond my years. He answered years of prayer and brought Tyler Tomsick into the picture to take the baton and carry the ministry forward. Excitement that all my work wouldn’t die with me swallowed the anxiety and concerns that Tyler was God’s chosen vessel for the mission. Flooded

with amazing relief for someone else to carry the mission forward, my roller coaster emotions were short-lived. As we witnessed God placing pieces like a huge picture puzzle, together we trusted His promise to walk us through the transition one step at a time my anxiety gave way to joy, excitement and rich relief. I believe the same was true with Tyler who also was entering a new life chapter. In 1974 after years on a roller coaster of “religious” confusion I completely submitted my life to Jesus Christ and became a new creation! Reading a Hal Lindsay book, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, opened my eyes to the truth of the Gospel and that Jesus had

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given His life for ALL my sins, past, present and future. I was forgiven! I was saved! I was free! With my amazing transformation Holy Spirit gave me assurance of my salvation and God placed a call on life that was beyond anything I could have asked for. OK! You may not see it that way so let me set the stage. My family moved to Canon City in 1970 because of my daughter’s health. Our home was a few blocks from the women’s prison. At that time security at the prison was low and the women were allowed to walk and ride their bikes past our house. I was curious until Jesus radically saved me. Curiosity transformed to a passionate desire to share with those incarcerated women the joy and peace I had found in Jesus Christ. In fact, I wanted to share it with everyone who would listen. Some family members couldn’t deal with my new found faith and thought I was involved in a cult. The religion we knew was not one of joy or peace but of labor and anxiety in our attempt to work our way to heaven and fear we might not make it if our works didn’t measure up. There was no teaching about a personal relationship with Jesus. We were led to believe that if you had a church membership and baptismal certificate you had all you needed to get to heaven. I had two of each! Surely I was saved, yet the discontent, confusion and fear battled within. The Father came to me as I read Lindsay’s book and made clear that those pieces of paper would not save me and without a relationship with His Son Jesus, I was on my way to hell. My eyes were opened, and my life totally transformed. The Holy Spirit was alive and well in ME! I was a shaken soda with the cap popped off. Unable to contain my joy, I passionately shared Jesus with anyone and everyone who would listen. Despite my call to prison ministry in 1974, the Lord kept me waiting for 12 years. When He opened the door to teach a Bible study at the women’s prison I was ecstatic. The following year, in 1987, the Lord prompted me to begin a prayer ministry for prisoners, assigning each prisoner a personal prayer warrior volunteer. With 12 praying volunteers and 19 prisoners, Prayer Warriors For Prisoners was birthed. Soon the ministry was reaching beyond Colorado prisoners nation-wide and then other countries and the ministry name changed to Prayer For Prisoners International. Now, after 35 years of personal involvement in prison ministry and having founded with Jesus, a 34-year prison ministry that through the years has reached untold thousands of prisoners and volunteers, I am stepping into a new chapter. The wonderful news is that after many years of praying the Lord has answered and a new generation has taken the helm. Please pray for the new leadership, Tyler Tomsick and his wife Rachel, as they move forward. Pray for Rick and me as we settle into a new chapter in our lives. We will still be going into prison to hold worship services and Bible studies. The new office for PFPI is in Col-



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Advantages of Gardening for Seniors THERE ARE MANY therapeutic benefits for seniors from gardening. It becomes their favorite activity since they get fresh air, they meet people they care about, and they are active to improve their health. We need to also remember that you are planting and harvesting fresh vegetables and fruit that they can eat, and cultivating beautiful flowers that they can admire as well. Seniors have many benefits if they cultivate their gardens. Here is a shortlist: • Mentally Challenging - Gardening trains the mind to use its best workings by presenting various tasks and challenges. Gardening keeps the mind active by requiring close attention to detail while planting, pruning, watering, and harvesting. • Gardening develops strength and endurance - If you have a big garden, you might have to walk more, which will help you increase your endurance, strengthen your cardiovascular system and tone your limbs. • Growing your own food slows down the progression of osteoporosis and deters it if you wait for too long. Senior gardening strengthens bones to delay osteoporosis and prevent it in the first place. Osteoporosis is common among seniors, especially women. • Relieves Stress - Gardening reduces stress among seniors. It is a hobby that makes you lose track of everything other and allows you to put your mind to the task at hand. Lowered blood pressure is also a result of reducing stress. • Social Interaction - Like many other rewarding activities geared to seniors, gardening gives you the opportunity to interact and make new friends as you work and garden with others. Participating in gardening clubs and making new friends can help seniors' mental health as well as make their lives more rewarding and enjoyable. CUSTOMIZING YOUR GARDEN FOR YOUR SENIOR YEARS Gardening these days can be overwhelming. It might be good to think about making your space smaller and make it smaller. How much time can you spend tending your garden? How much exertion can you endure without losing the pleasure of gardening? Don't waste your time worrying about your neighbors if you are creating a garden for food. Grow only the plants that you personally like and grow only enough for you.

Don't over-produce so you will end up freezing excess vegetables. Consider gardening in raised beds or containers. An open deck or a sunlit porch would provide a perfect food plot, with rows of deep containers that are easy to care for, water, and weed. ADAPTIVE TOOLS FOR GARDENING

• Keep your paths free of any debris and make sure that the ground is fairly level. Accidents happen all the time when grandparents trip over things in the way. You want to be sure that they are on a clean path. • Many seniors have accidents because they don't warm up their muscles in the beginning and don't maintain their warm muscles when taking a lot of breaks. Warm muscles equal loose and flexible muscles. The good news is that garden-

New words have appeared in the gardening vocabulary; one of them is ergonomics, which comes from the Greek words ergon (work) and nomos (study of work). Newly designed tools such as the ratchet action pruner, adjustable rakes with back relief, garden 10 WARNING SIGNALS kneeler seats, and light1. People seem to mumble weight carts are available more frequently from garden centers and online. These devices are 2. You hear, but have trouble understanding needed for gardening chores. 3. You often ask people to repeat

ing can become a lifelong passion and have great rewards for the hard work you invest. Seniors can benefit from gardening as well, as it keeps them both mentally and physically active. As long as you practice it responsibly, you can do it safely for many years. Senior activities help keep older adults happy and hopefully help them live longer and more fulfilling lives. Visiting


GARDENING FOR SENIORS: TIPS TO KEEP SAFE It is not just about having fun but about providing a safe environment for seniors. Here are some safety precautions to keep seniors safe when gardening: • Make sure to check that you are healthy enough to participate in gardening before starting any gardening activities. Talk to your doctor, and tell them you want to do some gardening, and ask if you are healthy enough. • It is important to stay hydrated while gardening because your body will sweat more when it is hot, and therefore you will lose more water. If you are feeling very thirsty, then you may already be dehydrated. Even if you don't feel thirsty, drink some water regularly to replenish the fluids you lose while it's hot. Also, make sure you use sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays from the sun. • Gardening is fun, so you might as well make it fun by making it safe and healthy as well. Try using raised bed gardens as they can reduce the amount of time you have to stop, which can stop putting pressure on your back.


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6. You no longer hear normal household sounds such as the dripping of a faucet or the doorbell 7. You have trouble hearing when your back is turned to the speaker 8. You have been told that you speak too loudly

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An arrest warrant was issued July 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas, for Brian Dale Reams, 32, in connection with several incidents where he allegedly approached women and asked if he could touch their feet -with a curious twist, KATV reported. In Conway, Arkansas, a woman said a man with no arms followed her into a Walmart last September, telling her she had pretty feet and asking if she liked having people touch them. Later he began harassing her on Facebook. In June, a second woman said a man matching the same description (but wearing a face mask with "Brian" written on it) followed her around the same Walmart and wondered if she'd let him give her a foot massage. He apparently didn't explain how that might work. A third woman identified Reams after viewing screenshots of his Facebook account; he approached her in a Kroger store.


Delray Beach, Florida, has a new addition to its fleet of police vehicles: an ice cream truck. Police Chief Javaro Sims told WPBF-TV that he's been thinking about getting an ice cream truck for some time. "We must continue to find

ways to break down those invisible barriers we continue to deal with on a daily basis within our communities," Sims said. He hopes the public will grab some free ice cream and stay for some conversation, getting to know the officers and building relationships.

Bright Ideas

California Highway Patrol officers were called to a spot on I-80 near the Nevada border on July 15 because of a car on fire, SFGate reported. When they got there, they discovered a man yelling about "the bears," Officer Carlos Perez said. After talking with him, they determined that the man had set his car on fire to ward off bears. "Listen, we have bears in the area," Perez said, "but there were no bears nearby. ... You can't light a fire on the hood of your vehicle to 'keep the bears away.'"

But Why?

A Reno, Nevada, woman was charged on July 14 in a break-in incident at a dental practice where she worked, the New York Daily News reported. Laurel Eich allegedly broke into the practice in May and stole $23,000 worth of checks and cash. In the course of the investigation, Eich also admit-

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When Fort Worth, Texas, code compliance officers arrived at a home at around 8:30 a.m. on July 16 to issue a violation for too-high grass, the homeowner did not answer the door. But when mowers hired by the city showed up and started cutting the grass, the person inside began shooting at them, KDFW-TV reported. The police officers who had accompanied the compliance team took cover and waited for backup; the person inside continued shooting until SWAT units arrived and shot tear gas into the home. The shooter was taken into custody at about 1 p.m.; the citation was his seventh in two years. "Being shot at for trying to make the community look better?" said Fort Worth officer Jimmy Pollozani. "That just proves the dangers of this job." The man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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The Guardian reported on July 19 about a phenomenon among American preschoolers called the

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THE VACCINE KARENS In June, the Cleveland Clinic produced a gigantic, perfectly controlled study finding that people who’d already had COVID received no benefit from vaccination.


staunchly pro-vaccination, the vaccine zealots would turn me against the COVID shot. The proof that they’re practicing religion and not science is their refusal to acknowledge the great heaping hunks of immunity a person gets from natural infection. Obviously, you don’t want to contract COVID just to get all that boffo immunity, but lots of people have already been infected, so why can’t we count them the same as

vaccinated? The current research — and that’s all we have for the vaccines, too — indicates that natural immunity is not as good as vaccine immunity — it’s better! Study after study keeps finding that the previously infected have stronger, broader and longer-lasting immunity than people who’ve received the vaccine. When the vaccinated, with their pipsqueak immunity, stop browbeating the already-infected, I’ll believe this is something other than a cult. Why is the only proof of virtue — I mean, “Trusting the Science™ — a vaccination card and not a positive COVID test? Why don’t sports teams, concert halls and foreign countries accept proof of prior infection the same way they accept proof of vaccination? Nope. Your prior infection is no good here! We are accepting ONLY vaccination cards. Whatever that impulse is based on, it’s not "science.” Despite earlier reports showing that antibodies declined rapidly after infection, in May of this year, scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, released a study showing that “robust” an-

tibodies were still present at least 11 months after infection. (France accepts proof of prior infection not older than six months. If they trust the science, they’ll soon be accepting prior infection for a year.) Then in June, the Cleveland Clinic produced a gigantic, perfectly controlled study finding that people who’d already had COVID received no benefit from vaccination. The clinic had tested its 52,238 employees throughout 2020. At one point or another, 2,579 tested positive. By mid-December, 46% of the recovered COVID patients had taken the vaccine, but more than half (54%) had not. Five months later, none of the previously infected had been re-infected — including the 1,359 who did not take the vaccine. (Among clinic employees who were vaccinated, but not previously infected, 15 got COVID.) The authors concluded: “Our study … provid[es] direct evidence that vaccination does not add protection to those who were previously infected.” Great news, right? NO! This was terrible news for the vaccination Karens! Their position is: Everyone must get the vaccine. Even if you live alone on a mountaintop and eat leaves and beetles to survive, even if you’re a burbling infant, even if you’ve had COVID, YOU MUST GET THE VACCINATION! In short order, the Cleveland Clinic was bullied into submission. The authors of the report issued what sounded like a retraction, but, on closer examination, was just a lot of airy nonsense. E.g.: “This is still a new virus and more research is needed. …” Duh. Same for the studies showing how fantastic the COVID vaccines are. “It is important to keep in mind that this study was conducted in a population that was younger and healthier than the general population. …” This study SUCKS. It only applies to the entire working-age population of the U.S.! “In addition, we do not know how long the immune system will protect itself against re-infection after COVID-19. …” Ditto for the vaccine. “It is safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have previously tested positive …” Presumably, it’s also “safe” to use Gwyneth Paltrow’s healing crystals if you have previously tested positive. The question is: Do you need to? “ … and we recommend all those who are eligible receive it.” Perhaps, someday, there will

be a study establishing that the previously infected should get the vaccine, but your study didn’t, Cleveland Clinic. Everyone knows you’re only telling the previously infected to get vaccinated so the loons will leave you alone. Just this week, a study out of the Emory University Vaccine Center, led by “world renowned immunologist” (as he is known) Rafi Ahmed, found “durable and broad immune memory after SARSCoV-2 infection.” And get this: The researchers also found that a natural COVID infection protects against a range of other coronaviruses, too. What’s so impressive about these studies is that they are going against the woke mob. After a year of seeing scientists and scientific journals irredeemably corrupted, any study that won’t be cited in Teen Vogue carries extra credibility. Worse, the results support Sen. Rand Paul! Nobody’s going to lie about that. This isn’t just a matter of policy not catching up to the science. The vaccine Karens positively disdain the previously infected. Instead of being treated like the superhumans that they are, recovered COVID patients are scorned, treated like smokers or AIDS victims. (No, sorry — the latter were revered as “angels.”) We’re simultaneously told that COVID is WILDLY contagious and … it’s your own damn fault for not wearing a mask, socially distancing or getting a vaccine. The dismissal of people who’ve developed their own antibodies springs from the same totalitarian mindset of gun control activists: You cannot protect yourself! Your body cannot protect you! Only the government can protect you. Or, as Mussolini said: “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the This abject refusal to acknowledge the existence of natural immunity proves that the vaccine Karens don’t care about the health of their fellow human beings. They just want to boss us around. COPYRIGHT 2021 ANN COULTER


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Less A Renewed Mind Communicates More “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV

Are you enjoying life? If you are not, it might be because your thought life is not in good condition. Many might not realize that their thought life is out of control, but you need to understand that your life follows your thoughts. Sometimes you need to deal ruthlessly with any carnal thoughts in your mind. As you grow spiritually, it is not always easy to let the Holy Spirit shape you because growth is painful. You will undergo stretching, molding, and refining by the Holy Spirit. However, in order to mature, carnal thoughts must be dealt with. Recognize the spiritual war in your mind; take captive A NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT every thought that is hostile to God. MemoVALIDATED A BASIC PRINCIPLE rize scripture and meditate on His word as you With all the clamor grabbing for your attention, it is spend time in His presence. difficult to decipher what is valuable. It is not an easy thing to keep our minds News, social media, advertisements, blogs, internet, focused on God and His word today. There are and opinions bombard our brains to sway us so many negative things that will pull you in to buy, sell, vote, and opt into their information. Much the opposite direction and steal your time and of the hype converts simple things into complex issues energy. This is the reason you must discipline that can confuse you. An example: Television ads yourself-- much as a military soldier must do-featuring drug companies’ medications with lists of in order to win this battle of the mind. possible adverse effects. In the scripture above, the word obedient is The KISS principle is Keep It Simple Stupid. Most advertising agencies and corporations comprehend to communicate complex points into simple answers. I believe one of the best examples of using the KISS principle was when a department store ran a full-page advertisement. It was a print ad run in a major daily newspaper during the Christmas season. The only words printed in the center of the white space were inside a two-inch black circle with white letters. Those words read: “Merry Christmas From Foleys.” By using the KISS principle, saying or writing less communicates more! In reading Ecclesiastes 5:2 I believe the verse is wise counsel.

used. Obedience is not a popular word nor is it always easy to do. But, in order to win this battle of the mind, we must walk in obedience. Obedience means “attentive listening, compliant submission and agreement.” So, you must get in agreement with what the Word of God says about you and move forward to be obedient. Just remember that if you think negative thoughts, then you will live a negative life. Do not let self-defeating thoughts linger in your mind. Instead, speak God’s promises over your life; declare what He says about you. Take every thought captive and renew your mind daily. God has many promises for your life. Do not hesitate to reach out and take them. Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads School of Chaplaincy. This year marks her 58th year in ministry. An author, speaker, teacher and pastor, she has a heart for the elderly and would like to see many of them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their last days.

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Surprises and plot twists help move the action along in this riveting film. But it’s the icy road scenes that make it a memorable adventure. Kudos to the special and visual effects teams for the realistic creaky and cracking ice under the trucks that make us squirm with worry as the courageous truckers try to complete their mission.

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Three Retirement Planning Tips For Women

ONE DAY IN 1939, Ida May Fuller stopped by the local Social Security office in her hometown of Rutland, Vermont to inquire about Social Security benefits. She knew she had been paying into Social Security, and wanted to learn more. The following year, she received the very first Social Security benefit payment — $22.54 — arriving as check number 00-000-001. Ida’s story still holds lessons for women today — and it started with her getting the information she needed. Today, signing up for a personal my Social Security account at myaccount can help you get information tailored for you to plan for your retirement. It’s never too late to start planning. Ida was 65 years old when she started receiving benefit payments, but she lived well beyond her life expectancy of 65 years, 4 months. In fact, Ida lived to be 100 years old, and received Social Security benefit payments for 35 years. It’s important to create your personal my Social Security account as soon as possible. With your account, you can view estimates of future benefits, verify your earnings, and view the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. Verifying earnings is important because your future benefit is based on your earnings history. Your Social Security benefit payments will provide only a portion of your pre-retirement income. You may have to save more to have adequate income for your desired lifestyle in retirement. Savings need to be an active part of your plan to take care of yourself and your family’s financial future. Ida never married. She supported herself. However, you may find yourself widowed or divorced — and having to provide for yourself for several more years. Unlike in Ida’s day, you can go online to see if you’re eligible at retirement to receive a current, deceased, or former spouse’s benefits. It might make financial sense to claim those benefits instead of your own — since the payments could be higher based on the individual’s own earnings history. We encourage you to follow Ida’s example and plan for your financial future. Please share this information with your

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: I applied for a replacement Social Security card last week but haven’t received it yet. When should I expect to receive my new card? Answer: You’ll usually receive your replacement card in about 10 days. We work hard to protect you, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure the integrity of your Social Security number. To do that, we have to verify documents you present as proof of identity. In some cases, we must verify the documents before we can issue the card. For more information about your Social Security card and number, visit www. Question: How do I schedule, reschedule, or cancel an appointment with Social Security? Answer: For many things, you don’t need an appointment to transact business with Social Security. For example, you don’t need an appointment to file for benefits or appeal a disability decision. You can file for the following benefits online at • Retirement; • Medicare; • Spouses; and • Disability. If you don’t want to apply for

benefits online, or if you need to speak to us for any other reason, you can schedule, reschedule, or cancel an appointment by • Calling us at 1-800-7721213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; or • Contacting your local Social Security office. Question: I applied for my child's Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long does it take? Answer: In most states, it takes an average of three weeks to get the card, but in some states it can take longer. If you have not received your child's card in a timely manner, please visit your local Social Security office. Be sure to take proof of your child’s citizenship, age, and identity as well as proof of your own identity. And remember, we cannot divulge your child’s Social Security number over the phone. Learn more at Question: I can’t seem to find my Social Security card. Do I need to get a replacement? Answer: In most cases, knowing your Social Security number is enough. But, if you do apply for and receive

a replacement card, don’t carry that card with you. Keep it with your important papers. For more information about your Social Security card and number, and for information about how to apply for a replacement, visit If you believe you’re the victim of identity theft, read our publication Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number, at Question: I own a small business. How can I verify employees’ Social Security numbers? Answer: Employers can use our Social Security Number Verification Service to verify the names and Social Security numbers of current and former employees for wage reporting purposes. For more information, go to employer/ssnv.htm. Question: We adopted a baby girl overseas and brought her home with us to the United States. We need to get a Social Security number for her. What do we do? Answer: In general, to apply for a Social Security number for your child you must: • Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5), which you can find online at; • Show us documents proving your child’s: o United States citizenship or immigration status; o Adoption; o Age; and o Identity. • Show us a document proving your identity; and • Show us evidence that establishes your relationship to the child if your name is not noted as the parent on the child’s evidence of age. The adoption decree or the amended U.S. birth certificate will suffice. In most cases, you can mail or take your application and original documents to your local Social Security office. Remember, all documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. You may not yet have proof of your child's citizenship, but we can assign a Social Security number based on documentation issued by the Department of Homeland Security upon the child’s arrival in the United States. When you do receive documentation of your child's citizenship, you can bring it to us, and we will update your child’s record. We will mail your child’s number and card as soon as we have verified your

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Pueblo Zoo Celebrates Seniors

Once again, the Pueblo Zoo will be celebrating senior citizens during the week of September 12-18, 2021. Needed caregivers and aides will also receive free admission. During Senior Discovery Week, visitors aged 65 + are admitted free to the Zoo and enjoy a 15% discount in the gift shop. Several days will feature special activities such as Bingo and other games, music performances and educational animal encounters, in addition to a wellness resource fair and refreshments. Nursing homes, care facilities, senior groups and individual seniors from across southern Colorado enjoy this day dedicated to older adults. The 25-acre zoo features more than 400 animals from 125 species from around the world. It is the perfect place to experience a variety of animals, which is extremely beneficial for older adults. Animals can help lower blood pressure and increase feelings of happiness and well-being in people of all ages. Zoo excursions are also excellent ways for seniors to exercise and interact socially. Pueblo Zoo is wheelchair accessible and the hours for the month of September are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last

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“Of course this is wholly fraud. Imagine that the number of people in orado Springs near Village Seven Church. U.K. who’d actually been killed by A favorite Scripture of nearly the virus, instead of dying with it, every prisoner I have met over the years is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know was just a couple of thousand; you’d the plans that I have for you says the been on the streets with torches and Lord. Plans to give you a hope and pitchforks. future, plans to prosper you, not to “You should be. Governments harm you.” I embrace these words everywhere have lied and lied and and know that God has an amazing plan and, look forward to this new lied about every one of the central beginning with excitement. My life narrative points about this virus. verse remains Acts 20:24 “I consid“The effect of compliance with er my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and their ludicrous policy responses has complete the task the Lord Jesus has been to hollow out and arguably given me—the task of testifying to to have destroyed economically the good news of God’s grace.” several G20 counties, and actually © 2021 Jan McLaughlin. Jan can increased the number of avoidable be contacted at 719-649-2937 or by deaths, not least by deprivation of e-mail healthcare. “These people all need locking up Read more of Jan’s call to mission work and incredible encounters with in that new high-security facility God behind bars in her second book, Rescuing Treasures of Darkness, avail- being built at speed at Wellingborough, Northants. The prima facie able for $10.00 plus shipping. Order from the ministry at 719-649-2937. case against a dozen or so people in Also found on Amazon and other U.K. warrants their arrest pending book outlets in soft cover or digital criminal prosecutions. copy. “If these figures are of the same order of magnitude for other FROM CENSORED PAGE 15 countries as well, and there is no EMA about immune cross-reacreason to assume otherwise, then tivity between spike protein and the plague is a deception of unprechuman syncytin-1 has been conedented proportions, and crimes firmed. A paper was very recently committed against humanity on a published showing young women huge scale have been committed making antibodies to syncytin-1 here.” within days of vaccination.” Summarizing, Yeadon concluded: Visit


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Barely able to retreat with their lives, they never walked this path again. Due to his no nonsense reputation, the vicar refused to speak of this terror, and eventually died with an inherent awareness of that which he'd seen in the forest, yet survived.

Animals…'all knowing' creatures are highly underrated by humanity, so occasionally we'll revisit previous stories of gnomes, faeries and goblins for different yet comparable views on myths. And while ghosts', presences and spirits are occasionally connected to the 'sinister' world beyond, they need to be recognized as conceivable entities, well worth our contemplation. Years ago, seconds prior to the horrific Asian tsunami, elephants surged toward higher ground, thus avoiding a massive catastrophic violent death by drowning. Their inner instincts and intelligence contributed to a speedy withdrawal in the wake of roaring seas. However primarily we'll explore a fabled Welsh canine. The Gwyligi overshadows all other tales because of the fear suffered by individuals who cross its' path at dark. This apparition with baleful stinking breath, fierce red eyes which glow like coals of fire, haunts woodlands and valleys at night. With unearthly screeching howls, its' misshapen limbs resemble a

twisted spotted dog. One such religious man unafraid of the spirit world seldom accepted superstition. Secure in his beliefs, he walked confidently in the darkness. At his heels trod his constant companion, a huge mastiff. Steadily the ground began emitting a low ominous rumble beneath them. Flames of breath from this gory specter scorched the bushes around them. Barely able to retreat with their lives, they never walked this path again. Due to his no nonsense reputation, the vicar refused to speak of this terror, and eventually died with an inherent awareness of that which he'd seen in the forest, yet survived. Horse drawn carriages were the main form of transport, roaring through dark shadowy forests to reach their destinations day and night. The Gwyligi ethereal being usually illuminated forsaken paths. Secure in their comfortable seats, the passengers felt protected and isolated from any possible dangers, unlike horses with their instinctive aptitude to see the beyond. Roaring and screaming the steeds convulsed at the horrific apparition ahead of them. Dazed, mortified passengers gripped their chair cushions to avoid inevitable ejection and conceivable looming death. Those who endured suffered severe cuts and bruises as rocking carriages shook and swayed, while tumbling several times into the emerald grass. Over the years many suggestions materialized such as a deer stumbling into the carriage path. Only those who dared to mention the Gwyligi were ignored.

No-one ventured to speak of the reality which had and still does exist on the mountains and hills of Wales. Our strong attachment to domestic pets is a natural. We love and spend exorbitant sums of money pledging their well-being. Looking into their eyes we observe a soul, destined for a better life/eternity. Occasionally spirits of our animals do return, often after instigating a subtle clue within days of their passing. A rescue…Ralfie is a prime case. Usually, a fleeting shape, or sound can be seen/heard. One needs to be aware of the possibilities. His favorite stuffed toy Elmo was twelve inches tall, and 'laughed' rowdily when shaken. Grief-stricken, I laid Elmo to rest in Ralf's toy box. Within two hours I heard the familiar laughter, and I knew. This lasted for approximately twelve days. I smiled knowing he was close by. Somehow this little pug managed direct communication. Listen watchfully with an open mind and when you 'hear' a sign, you will understand…

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INFRASTRUCTURE AGREEMENT: U.S. BIPARTISANSHIP MAKING A COMEBACK? It was one small step for American infrastructure. Could it presage a giant leap for bipartisanship? That question is preoccupying political figures and analysts in the United States, where the passage of a mere procedural vote in the Senate is being hailed as the beginning of a new era — or maybe just an encouraging blip — in a country where civic life has taken on the language, rituals, and suspicions of a range war. On the one hand, the very fact that 17 Republicans joined the Democratic majority to permit debate on a US $1-trillion infrastructure bill was being celebrated as a major political breakthrough is a measure of the tensions of the times. The bill to repair roads, bridges, waterways and ports and to widen access to public transportation and to the Internet includes job-creating spending in every state — a key feature of the legislation that, as it moves toward final passage in the Senate and then is considered in the House of Representatives, almost certainly will be employed as

catnip for the unconvinced. “We have a President who ran on restoring the normal functions of government,” said former Representative John Delaney of Maryland, an unsuccessful 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who is a board member of the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center. “Prior presidents talked about an infrastructure bill but it took Joe Biden to get it. This agreement is going to be very popular, and that positive feedback loop will send a message to Capitol Hill that people want more of this. This will be a living, breathing example of what can happen when parties work together.” Still, the movement toward actual approval of an infrastructure offensive was a discernible change in the rhythms of American politics. Both Barack Obama and Mr. Trump held out repairing highways and waterways as major domestic priorities and neither president made any headway. Mr. Biden ran for the White House vowing to reach across the partisan aisle and, though he did not express it quite this way, viewed the repair of highway bridges as a way to bridge the partisan gap. But such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, offering rewards in all 435 congressional districts, comes along only rarely. “This is a one-off,” said Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. “There are a fair number of Democrats who think this bill doesn’t spend enough. The party numbers right now are very difficult to thread the needle and get the bill through.” The Democrats have a slender ninevote margin in the House while the Senate is controlled by the Democrats only by virtue of Vice-President Kamala Harris’s ability to break

a 50-50 tie. “There’s some little bit of movement,’’ said Caroline Tolbert, a University of Iowa political scientist. “Somehow we have to move beyond these tribal partisan emotions that have taken hold of our politics. There has to be a core of politicians that just wants this country to get healed. We just can’t afford this partisanship anymore.” Indeed, it was bipartisanship that pushed one of the signature measures of the 21st century, the 2001 McCain-Finegold campaign-finance legislation, into law. “Having both parties on board,” former Democratic senator Russ Finegold of Wisconsin said in an interview, “made everything more powerful and, as a result, possible.” Today’s partisanship is fuelled by two parallel developments that have reshaped American politics — and that, working in tandem, have made bipartisanship increasingly elusive. One is the consolidation of the Republicans as a conservative party and the Democrats as a liberal party. At the same time, political scientists have found that increasing numbers of Americans are voting for the party in congressional races rather than for individual candidates, a classic feature of Canadian politics but one that is new in American politics. Until recent years, compelling local figures — successful mayors, for example, or popular county officials — emerged as strong candidates for the House more for their personal traits than for their party affiliations. The result is the emergence of fewer moderate, compromise-oriented lawmakers, who before this sea change were the grains of sand around which the oysters of bipartisan legislation were formed. Before American politics took on this new form, beginning in the

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last quarter of the 20th century and gathering force in the new century, liberal Republicans and Democrats worked together for civil-rights, environmental and even tax measures. That’s what the President, who joined the Senate in 1973, is trying to revive. “Wednesday’s bipartisan agreement,” Biden strategist Mike Donilon, a longtime aide to the President, wrote in a statement circulated on White House stationery, “is an important signal to voters that they’re being heard and that their government can work as they think it should – with elected officials from both sides of the aisle coming together to address the concerns that matter most in their lives.”

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