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Four months after Harvey hit Texas, just two homes repaired under GLO program

Four months after Harvey hit Texas, just two homes repaired under GLO program

What’s the problem with the Texas General Land Office helping rebuild homes after Hurricane Harvey?

As he ramps up his re-election campaign, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is taking hits over his handling of housing-relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Four months after Harvey flooded out tens of thousands of homes in Houston and the Coastal Bend, work has been completed on just two residences under a program called Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair (DALHR).

And no homes have been repaired through another program, Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS).

To read more from the Texas Monitor, click here.

San Pedro Creek’s Plethora Sculpture Stalled by Fabrication Issues

San Pedro Creek’s Plethora Sculpture Stalled by Fabrication Issues

Over-budget: Bexar County Commissioners Court is using tax payer dollars to sponsor a statue of a pagan goddess, “Plethora,” violating the US Constitution, and the project can’t even stay in budget. Now BCCC is looking for private money to come in and help.

This statue not only has no link to our culture but is diametrically opposed to our heritage. What do the taxpayer of  San Antonio have to say about this?

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

South San ISD opens applications for vacant trustee seats

South San ISD opens applications for vacant trustee seats

We need 100% pro-family people to consider running for this open seat on SAISD. Due to the recent SAISD Board decisions, children need a genuine voice on the School Board. Remember that the SAISD Board voted earlier this year to implement a policy allowing boys to enter girls dressing rooms and restroom facilities via an expansion of the CoSA’s unjust NDO that orders the forced protection of sexual orientation, gender identity and a new gender expression granting special rights a certain and very small number of students.
To read more from My San Antonio, click here.
One Rule We Must Follow This Holiday Season

One Rule We Must Follow This Holiday Season

By Dr. David Eifrig and the Retirement Millionaire Daily Research Team

If you enact just one rule in your home this holiday season, let it be this: Put down your cellphone.

Earlier this year, we warned you about the mounting evidence that cellphones, specifically smartphones, damage our health. Just a few examples include…

  • Neck pain
  • Drops in sperm count
  • Eye strain
  • Possible DNA damage

That last one is key. DNA damage puts you on the road to cancer, which is why so many researchers are studying the links between radiation from cellphones and tumor growth.

But it’s not just the radiation that causes problems. Smartphone screens emit blue light. Blue light interrupts our sleep cycle by messing up our melatonin levels.

Melatonin, the hormone secreted to help you fall asleep, is essential for keeping us on a healthy, restorative schedule. Disrupting this cycle leads to grogginess, impaired memory, increased risk for depression and obesity, and even loss of vision.

And the research just keeps getting worse.

The Radiological Society of North America recently released a study linking smartphone addiction and chemical imbalances in the brain. In other words, too much time on your phone can make you physically ill.

It was a small study, and done on teenagers, but the results were significant. The more these teens used their cellphones, the higher their scores on addiction tests. That means these devices interfere with everything from productivity to sleep patterns in addicted teens.

What’s more, researchers also used magnetic resonance spectroscopy to look at chemicals in the teens’ brains. Those addicted had higher ratios of two important neurotransmitters – gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate-glutamine (Glx). GABA slows down brain signals, while Glx excites brain signals. Throwing off that ratio is a signature effect of not only addiction, but also depression and anxiety.

Now, there is some controversy about this study and ones like it… You see, we’re still not totally sure that smartphones cause addiction, which then causes anxiety and depression. The other possibility is that folks with anxiety and depression are more likely to turn to their phones for distraction (and subsequently get addicted).

However, this study doesn’t surprise us because we’ve seen so many similar studies about the dangers of cellphones.

Smartphones literally change the way we think. They shorten our attention spans and cause us to constantly check that we aren’t missing out on something. In one study, students had their phones taken away, but could still hear them. The researchers then sent texts to the phones, making them go off, but the students couldn’t answer. Their anxiety levels skyrocketed.

These smartphones also change the way our memory works. A 2011 study demonstrated that people who used the Internet made less of an effort to remember things.

It’s called memory outsourcing. We don’t know if our memories will deteriorate because of it, or if we’re simply entering an age where we learn and process information differently because of our reliance on technology. What we do know is that the constant interruptions interfere too much in our lives. In the worst cases, they offer a tool to fuel addictive behaviors.

And if you’re reading this thinking it’s only the kids with these problems, think again. According to the Pew Research Center, about 77% of Americans now own a smartphone. That’s staggering growth since only six years ago, when that number was just 35%. Even in our own families, we’re seeing more and more folks 50 and older getting smartphones.

One of the best things you can do… put your cellphone away at least an hour before bed. And keep it in another room. Not only will it calm your anxiety, but it will also keep you away from dangerous radiation.

And when you’re with family, say around the table sharing your holiday meal, make sure everyone leaves their phones in another room.

Personally, I think we spend way too much time on our devices. Try committing to turning your phone off for certain periods of time, be it just an hour or overnight.

Not only will this reduce your exposure, but it will help fight off any addictions to the phone that you might have. Try it out, and let us know how it goes with your family over the next few weeks.

Dr. David Eifrig and the Retirement Millionaire Daily Research Team
Baltimore, Maryland
December 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood Challenges Texas Law Requiring Proper Burial for Aborted Babies

Planned Parenthood Challenges Texas Law Requiring Proper Burial for Aborted Babies

Contributed by San Antonio Family Association

Once again, Texas law is being attacked by the abortion industry.

Abortion chain ‘Planned Parenthood’ will argue Monday against a Texas law which requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.

The law, which passed in June, helps to ensure that aborted babies’ bodies are not sold and are treated with dignity and respect. Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups lobbied against the bill, but the legislature passed it with strong support.

Abortion activists have not given up the fight. On Monday, Planned Parenthood is scheduled to argue against the law at a hearing in front of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Spectrum News reports.

To read more from Life News, click here.

 

Saving the Alamo and Alamo Cenotaph – Senate Finance Hearing with George P Bush

Saving the Alamo and Alamo Cenotaph – Senate Finance Hearing with George P Bush

On Tuesday, December 5, the Texas Senate Finance Committee held a hearing in Austin to ‘monitor the expenditures of state funds appropriated to the General Land Office for the preservation, maintenance and operation of the Alamo historical site. Ensure the funds are spent to emphasize the architectural design and the historical impact the battle had on the development of Texas as a nation and as a state.’

The hearing was a direct result of Texas Lt Gov. Dan Patrick calling for an investigation on the spending of the ‘Reimagine Alamo Master Plan’. Especially since, General Land Commissioner George P. Bush has been very guarded in giving out information. Bush appeared unprepared as if he did not expect to be quizzed to the extent he was during the hearing. He came across as lost in his own state of confusion.

To read more from Conservatives in Action, click here.