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    Today, 01:02 AM
    Heh. I was wondering if anyone was going to mention this. Could be we'll see more federal agency (CDC) officials invited before Congressional committees for explanations to recent trends. We've seen it before. More frequently as it is. The thing about the natural sciences, angela, and I'm sure you'll agree given that you're noted for your interest in them, is that absence of evidence does not in any way indicate that there exists evidence of absence. And it is exactly true with regard to claims made of Autism as well. The very nature of science is that we must always ask more questions. Then more questions. And followed by even more questions. This is what makes science science. You know? I mean, you can't just call something "pseudo-science" because you don't like the other guy's hypothesis or because he has some more questions that you may not want to hear and then go lobby for a politician who will impose your open-ended hypothesis as some new scientific law or something. That isn't how the natural sciences work. That's how politics works. This is political science. Of course, that is a two-way street, too. Perhaps there may not be any link between Autism and the consumption of specific pharmaceutical products on the free market. This is why we continue to ask questions about such things. Now, I don't care for Trump much either but you're politicizing this stuff again. And caricaturing the guy because it is the popular thing to do and for the purpose of advancing your own personal whims is deceptive to say the least. Political science and the natural sciences are two entirely different fields. Granted, one does often guide the other. That isn't how it is supposed to work, though. And it is unfortunate that it does. Of course, there are also solutions to that problem, too. I had a thread on that very thing some place around here. It's a very simple solution. One that is actionable and practical. I'll have to dig it up and bump it now that I'm reminded of it. But you can't let your politics define your hypothesis in terms of the natural sciences. Well...I suppose you can, but that is, itself, pseudo-science, too, which leaves the pot calling the kettle black. Of course, you never know. Trump is a bit of an authoritarian. He might go your route, too, and try to enforce the notion that a government agency (CDC) is the authority on defining and overseeing the traditional processes that dictate the very structure of research from within the various fields of the natural sciences as a whole. Now, the downside of it is that it'll lead to government mandated consumption of specific commercial pharmaceutical products at gunpoint if the right people get into the right ears and you end up with yet another government agency arbitrarily assuming the role of moral authority. And with the right fear porn scribbled up and circulated, that victim-status card stuff works sometimes if you pull it out at the right time. Heck, maybe your portfolio will even see some positive hits, too, if you're invested right.
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    Dangerous Due Date: High C-section rate has some doctors concerned INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total U.S. cesarean delivery rate reached a high of 32.9 percent of all births in 2009, rising 60 percent from the recent low of 20.7 percent in 1996. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)developed clinical guidelines for reducing the occurrence of non-medically indicated cesarean delivery and labor induction before 39 weeks. ACOG advises improvements in perinatal care: changes in hospital policy to disallow elective delivery before 39 weeks and education of the public. CBS4 spoke with Dr. Mary Abernathy, of St. Vincent Womens Hospital, about some of the many drivers of C-sections.
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  • J.Michael's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 AM
    Yeah, good idea. Let's say that. Good idea, donnay. They likely won't listen to us, though. Heh. Whackobirds. I imagine our pockets will continue to be systematically emptied at gunpoint for poor little Israel. I still remember the day military recruiters showed up on my doorstep asking for my son to go spill his guts for other countries' problems. They didn't get him.
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  • J.Michael's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    Off topic maybe but an interesting thing happened to me some time ago. I got a phone call from the Mexican lady down the street. She's a very nice lady. She brings me up authentic home cooked Mexican food sometimes. Anyway, apparently she was grocery shopping and they stopped her in the parking lot after she'd left the checkout and paid for her groceries. It was one of those self checkouts. Anyway, they claimed that she'd shoplifted and brought her back into the store in their little office and were calling her every kind of criminal in the book. I suppose that since I talk to her in her native language once in a while during my walks around the block with the pup and have got to know her personally in doing so that she kind looked to me for a medium in her circumstance. So, long story short, I drive down there and go into their little office and they had that woman in tears and getting ready to sign some paper that was essentially an admission of guilt and on top of that she not only had to pay double for the groceries that the said she stole, but she had to pay a 3 hundred dollar manager imposed fine, too, and was banned from shopping there for some months. Maybe 3 months. Anyway, I told her not to sign it and to call the police instead. Which the security/manager or whomever never told her was within her right. I got there just in time. Turns out that the person they have supervising that little self-checkout section (who looked and acted kind of shady to me anyway) had went in and changed her bill around some how during her checkout. I don't know why she did that. Apparently there was some sort of error or something and the person was "fixing" it. But in doing so, the person cleared her payment and let her walk out. So, then, everything else I have described happened after the fact. Once the cops got there, they looked over the tape and then checked out the systyem before the manager wiped it. Seems like there are laws on the books in some states that allow the stores to keep the police out of it and to operate alone as accuser, judge and jury while also determining the terms of controversy. There is something wrong with that. And the guy who was scaring the woman out of her mind there in the office was some kind of urban thug, too. Similar to the one who had "fixed" the checkout trinket. But I cooled his tool kind of quick once I got there. He stopped his tough guy routine in a hot second. I almost want to think they may have had a little side gig going on there by taking advantage of people who simply don't know their rights. And in this case, someone who only spoke less than average English. And that piece of paper that was supposed to be an admission of guilt didn't even have anything filled in with regard to any official payment to the company itself. Had she signed it and forked over a bunch of ransome money, it'd likely have ended up in the shredder after she left.
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  • J.Michael's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    Yep. He sure has. We're lucky to see a Ron Paul come along every century or so. It'll get worse before it gets better, though, as far as the rest of us go. And that'll have to run its course, too. Which I suppose you know. Seems like a lot of us carry a compass pointing in a different direction depending on any given specific thing. Will have to work that out if we don't want to keep leading ourselves in circles. Some feelings will get hurt along the way. Some busted pride maybe. Is what it is. Going to have to suck it up and work around it.
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  • J.Michael's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    Yep. The man has done enough. Let him be to do things he wants to do. As it is, we're Ron Paul now. I would like to see a library of sorts around here dedicated to his works and thoughts on things, though. There is much here as it is but it's just so fragmented and lost.
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    How about we just tell them, "sorry...we are broke."
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Not only extort money out of you but control you. No fireplaces/wood stoves/campfires to keep you warm in the winter--etc...
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2016/05/03/the-republican-party-is-on-the-verge-of-nominating-an-antivaccine-loon-named-donald-trump/
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Honestly, I don't know. I stay out of it because I don't understand it. But the fact that they think that taxes can fix it makes me incredibly suspicious.
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    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States By Ariana Eunjung Cha May 3 at 6:30 PM Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context. Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that "medical errors" in hospitals and other health care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States -- claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer's. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Gets himself nominated by pandering to the foam-at-the-mouth contingent of the GOP--the most partisan part of it--and pisses off those who brought him to the dance by running with a Democrat. Sounds like someone who's in it to throw it would do. Also sounds like fun!
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    You're absolutely right that there has been no room for principle, competence or sanity in this divide and conquer media climate. But you're absolutely wrong about the six percent of the population who foisted this practical joke on us being anything like the largest group of voters in this nation.
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    was Ron Paul the "lesser of two evils" for you? what is Ron Paul? :confused: if you answer anything other than "anarchist"... then you have answered your own question. :)
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  • J.Michael's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Hm. That was a good video. Is a good philosophy. Timeless.
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    So, don't try, right? Good plan there.
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    There hasn't been a liberty candidate in the race since Rand dropped out. After that, Rand's supporters could have become apathetic, voted for the LP du jour, or chosen one of the others. I can only speak for myself, but if Trump had not been in the race, I probably would have just chosen not to vote this time around. But, he was in the race and while I much would have preferred Rand, I did like Trump's stand on several issues. Issues that if we keep on the same path we have been, I believe will lead to the complete demise of my country. So, like I have said many times before, this is my hail mary and I am fine with that.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    It certainly would give his horde of cucks something to suck...
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    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    He hasn't won Texas yet. And I'm not sure he's going to.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    Trump didn't burn down conservatism. We're still here. And he didn't burn down neoconservatism. Hillary is still here. But if we play our cards right, Trump did burn down the GOP. All we have to do is laugh at them--and pray the LP nominates someone good.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    These two clowns are completely unelectable. Throw Ron Paul in the race and you have everything you need to brew the perfect storm. Don't count anything out.
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    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    LOL Neither of the major party candidates can win. They're both spectacularly unpopular. The only reason for him not to run is he doesn't want to win, which is a good reason. But there's another consideration. He loves his country.
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    We'll never know. Trump is running to lose, so they won't ever be sworn in. And if whoever it is wants to have a political career afterward, they have to spend the remainder of the campaign with a bag over their head.
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