A whistleblower is an employee that reports an employer’s misconduct. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired or mistreated for reporting misconduct. One of these laws is the Whistleblower Protection Act.

The third item in this TRILOGY of posts deals with a newfound or newly identified whistleblower that may not be familiar to many who follow such stories.


noun ▶ whis·​tle·​blow·​er | \ˈhwi-səl-ˌblō-ər\

Q ▶ Who? … Marriott says data breach compromised info of up to 500 million guests

NBC News – Nov 30, 2018, 6:44 AM – Marriott International said Friday that up to 500 million guests’ information may have been accessed as part of a data breach of its Starwood guest reservation database. The world’s largest hotel chain said it determined on Nov. 19 that …

Q ▶ What? … Laura Loomer, banned Twitter user, handcuffs herself to company headquarters in protest

Laura Loomer, a conservative activist and provocateur recently suspended from Twitter, handcuffed herself to a door outside the company’s New York City headquarters Thursday in protest.

Ms. Loomer, 25, started the stunt shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, eight days after her Twitter account was suspended over a tweet criticizing Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat.


Q ▶ When? … FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton Foundation

The Daily Caller – Nov 29, 2018, 10:30 PM – The FBI raided the home of a whistleblower who was in possession of documents regarding the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras. The whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain, had turned the…

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Q ▶ How? Google Employees Debated Burying Conservative Media In Search Results

Dailycaller – Daily Caller : Peter Hasson – Nov 29, 2018 – Google employees debated whether to bury The Daily Caller and other conservative media outlets in search results as a response to President Donald Trump’s election “Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years,” one engineer…


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Q ▶ Who is Merril Hoge and why is he linked to ▶ “CTE mystery unraveled” 

chron·ic /ˈkränik/ ▶trau·mat·ic ▶ /trəˈmadik,trouˈmadik,trôˈmadik/ ▶ en·ceph·a·lop·a·thy /enˌsefəˈläpəTHē,inˌsefəˈläpəTHē/

According to the Boston University CTE Center, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), formerly known as dementia pugilistica, is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. Symptoms may include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. This typically does not begin until years after the injuries. It often gets worse over time and can result in dementia. It is unclear if the risk of suicide is altered.


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From this AMAZON source (link below): “One day in 2002 the fifty-year-old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of fame star Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster’s body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster’s brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn’t add up.

“It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster’s brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu’s discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports.

“At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data?

“In Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete’s concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You’ll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth.”




“So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America’s most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players — including some of the all-time greats — to madness.

League of Denial reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage.

“Comprehensively, and for the first time, award-winning ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn’t know – and what the league sought to shield from them – is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.

“In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it – questions at the heart of the crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.”



secondary adjective
sec·​ond·​ary | \ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē 
immunodeficiency noun
im·​mu·​no·​de·​fi·​cien·​cy |
\ˌi-myə-nō-di-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē, i-ˌmyü-nō-\
disease noun
dis·​ease | \di-ˈzēz\

What is “secondary immunodeficiency disease” (SID)?

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As a cancer patient since 2006 who enjoys continuous remission of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) since 2010, I have come face-to-face with SID on numerous occasions, including the present time. A Google search, good medical dictionary and the VIDEO (in the slideshow below) tell the story in a semi-clinical way, but allow me to approach the subject with a personal account.

Even though I am not cured of cancer (per se), the spring of 2019 marks 14 years since diagnosis (DX) with the blastoid type of mantle cell lymphoma. It was 2006 and less than two months before my 58th birthday.

What followed was an initial chemotherapy regimen titled R-CHOP (the “R” stands for Rituximab (a type of medication called a monoclonal antibody. It works by attaching to certain blood cells from your immune system (B cells) and killing them.)

While I was not fortunate to obtain lasting and long-term remission with chemotherapy, that treatment helped to survive long enough to receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant (alloSCT) in August 2007, some 16 months after my original MCL DX. As it turns out, the Rituximab therapy would occur numerous times before and after the alloSCT.  As it turns out, that very miracle drug happens to be the root cause of my experience with SID, or the immunodeficiency that manifests with an inability to quickly recover from upper respiratory issues (prolong coughing and sinusitis).

Hopefully, not getting too clinical, perhaps even morbid, with further explanation, I have discovered a universal reality, Rituximab (Rituxan) is a first-line effective treatment for most blood-related cancer patients, but it comes with life-long consequences for the immune system, or a medical condition known as hypogammaglobulinemia.

Thus, the common periods of respiratory distress that I can’t seem to shake persist because of my low IG levels (see chart below).


The most significant gamma globulins are immunoglobulins (antibodies), although some immunoglobulins are not gamma globulins, and some gamma globulins are not immunoglobulins.  But the gamma globulins of note here are those that are vital for normal immune system function, the blood molecules that help ward off and fight infection.

The most recent charting of these IG levels for me show that throughout 2018, all six of my IG (blood) tests produced results well below the 700-minimum range.  The last test on Nov. 20 returned a result of 418 when the protocol for an outpatient prescription of an IVIG (infusion of what is called gammagard) requires a sub-400 reading.

Therefore, we await that IVIG, now scheduled for Dec. 18.  We hope we can reschedule this infusion for an earlier date.


This FLIPBOARD archive of a TRILOGY of stories is obviously dedicated to current comments and content primarily about our 45th POTUS. Upon even a cursory review, also obvious is that President Trump gets more than his share of negative press.  But then, if you are on the side opposite the President, you may think that the negative press is earned.

None of us is in a position to accurately observe what negativity is fair any more than we can fully understand the prevailing bias of the mainstream or the conservative press.  What we do clearly know is that there is a difference, just as there are two main political parties in the US.

Trump: I’m thankful for the difference I made

CNN – By Paul LeBlanc, CNN – Nov 22 – Washington (CNN) On this Thanksgiving, Donald Trump is thankful for his family — as well as the ‘tremendous difference’ he has made as President. When asked what he wanted to give thanks for during a press gaggle Thursday, Trump responded, ‘for…

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Trump’s Base Isn’t Enough

FiveThirtyEight – Nate Silver – Nov 20 – There shouldn’t be much question about whether 2018 was a wave election. Of course it was a wave. You could endlessly debate the wave’s magnitude, depending on how much you focus on the number of votes versus the number of seats, the House versus…

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Khashoggi’s murder will stain Trump (and America) forever

The Washington Post – Karen Attiah – Nov 20 – That evening, The Post reported that the CIA had concluded with “high confidence” that Jamal’s Oct. 2 murder by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old.

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It took extra time, an invented hole and flood lights, but The Match came to an end with Phil Mickelson picking up the win over Tiger Woods. Here’s how it happened:

Scoreboard: Mickelson wins 1 up in 22 holes

Many of my golfing friends WERE tuned in today to the GolfWorth match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.  The head-to-head challenge came with $9 million on the line and a pay-per-view ticket on the Turner Network.  Details archived in the SLIDESHOW (above) and the TRILOGY of clips below..

Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson: A glimpse into the future of TV golf?

BBC Sport – Nov 22, 2018, 12:16 PM – The Match: Woods v Mickelson Venue: Shadow Creek, Las Vegas Dates: 23 November Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website An entertaining showdown between two of the game’s all-time greats to settle a score which has rumbled on for…

Tale of the Tape: Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson

SI.com – Daniel Rapaport – Nov 21, 2018, 8:34 AM – It’s a head-to-head matchup with millions of dollars at stake. It’s in Las Vegas. There was a pre-event press conference with an awkward staredown. HBO gave it the 24/7 treatment. All this goes to say: The Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson match has…

Shadow Creek: How to play the exclusive venue where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play ‘The Match’

Golf Digest – Stephen Hennessey – Nov 21, 2018, 6:52 AM – The experience of playing Shadow Creek is unlike any other in golf. In some ways, over the top—but in all ways, unique. How often, for example, have you been picked up in a limo for golf? We take that back: Have you ever heard of a golf…


The last SLIDE by this POST

On the day in which the golf world is watching the $9m ‘Match’ between Tiger and Phil, I am reminded that most of us have a golf game that more closely resembles what the late great Bob Hope describes above. ▶ SLIDE

As with the bulk of the humor written for or by Bob Hope, his depreciation of his golf prowess was more fiction than fact.  According to this SOURCE, he had a four handicap at one time.


Who is Judge Jon Tigar?

For the answer to this question, we archive this clip from the Washington Examiner – Nov 20 – A federal judge late Monday night issued a temporary nationwide restraining order barring enforcement of the Trump administration’s policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally between ports of entry. According to Judge…


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What To Know About The Lawsuit Against Trump’s Asylum Policies

The Federalist – Margot Cleveland – Nov 19 – This morning a federal judge will hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s recently announced changes to the rules governing asylum. The changes came mere days after the midterm election and in response to the Central American caravan’s…

When did the Migrant Caravan organize (a timeline)?
The Last Refuge – sundance – Nov 21 – Documentary Filmmaker Ami Horowitz was embedded within the Central American migration force as they traveled through Mexico toward the U.S. southern border. Horowitz discusses his experience, and the reality of events within the group, during an… ▶ For more NEWS, see the archive of ALTALOMAN


With many of my social media followers, I have shared my experience with essential oils and aromatherapy, providing definite and sustained relief from upper respiratory distress.  That condition stems from the acquired Secondary Immunodeficiency that came from long-term chemotherapy and post-transplant-therapy for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).  

essential oils

ees·​sen·​tial | \i-ˈsen(t)-shəl
\ˈȯi(-ə)l  \

Q ▶ Essential oils history? 

For many years, doctors recommended the use of essential oils, but were at pains to explain exactly why these compounds or extracts worked in the way they were reputed. Some of these treatments were for relatively benign conditions, such as skin irritation. Others were believed to handle substantially more complex issues, including cancer. The fatal flaw of these usages was their…

Source: Miller, David. Essential Oils: Your Guide to What They Do and How to Use Them (Essential, Oils, Guide, Recipes, Weight, Loss, Aromatherapy, Health, Beginners, Remedies, Essential Oils, Weight Loss) (Kindle Locations 134-137). David Miller. Kindle Edition.  LINK



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As of March 2016 the company claims there have been 28 million magazines created by users on Flipboard. The service can be accessed via web browser, or by a Flipboard application for Microsoft Windows and macOS, and via mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone (discontinued August 30, 2017). The client software is available at no charge and is localized in 21 languages. Its current headquarters is located at 735 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, recently moving from a nearby building. SOURCE 

Q ▶ Do you use aggregation tools like FLIPBOARD?


ag·gre·ga·tor /ˈaɡrəˌɡādər/

  1. a website or program that collects related items of content and displays them or links to them. 

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Like with so many other subjects, education about essential oils may start with a social media search, as available in this FACEBOOK link. Here is a personal guide to using essential oils and aromatherapy for your health, home, and beauty regimen.

Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and other healing plants are likely right at your fingertips, or just beyond at a nearby garden. Now unlocking their healing powers is, too. For thousands (and growing every day) essential oils and aromatherapy offer all the techniques, tools, and tips you need to start creating natural, toxic-free relief and everyday household products for the comfort of your home. ①▶ LINK  ②▶ LINK ③ ▶ LINK



Q ▶ What?

▶ a virus that parasitizes a bacterium by infecting it and reproducing inside it.

As a long-term cancer patient in CR (continuous remission) since January 2010, my internal radar scans for information about immune system issues to fight infections of all types.

After all, soon after my April 2006 diagnosis (DX) with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), I learned that the root cause of lymphoma is inflammation (runaway growth of normal cells) within the lymphatic system. One of the most common families of drugs that are used to fight inflammation in the body is ANTIBIOTICS.


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▶  ​WHAT ROLE DOES FAITH PLAY IN GRATITUDE? grat·i·tude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ Gratitude, thankfulness, thanksgiving, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.