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April 12, 2019

John Kerry fires back at congressman: Are you serious?

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Economics, Fascism, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 16:03

April 10, 2019

Science: what it really is unlike religion

Filed under: Atheism, Ideas, Questions, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:53

Cosmos: “Velikovsky”

April 7, 2019

The Consequences of Threatening Lifetime Sex Offender Registration To Juveniles

Filed under: Children, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 09:25

But there’s little question that our criminal policies on sexual offenses — especially relating to “ancillary” consequences like the sex offender registry — have blown way past anything that could justified as either valid retribution or proportional deterrence. There are consequences that can be imposed on juvenile offenders that are adequately severe given the alleged wrong that do not entail lifetime registration on the sex offender registry (with all the attendant restrictions on personal liberty that carries). Here, as in many other cases in the criminal justice system (especially when dealing with minors), we need to think creatively and break our reliance on extreme punitive measures, and we should reject the false dichotomy that says hyper-criminalization is the only way to get “serious” about these wrongs.

In short: tragedies like this happen because of the reality of the law, not because that reality was relayed. If this feels like a tragic case, then it’s the law, not the communication of the law, that needs changing.

March 31, 2019

Countdown to Disaster

Filed under: Earth News, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:02

March 30, 2019

Country Happiness Rankings

Filed under: Facts, Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:33

Please note that the US is 19th.   It will blow the minds of Fox News ( If they have any left ) to notice that the countries that rank higher than the US all have some form of democratic socialism.    Seems universal health care without worrying if you can afford it, schooling without being saddled with mountains of debt, having the social safety nets to help the people, having higher taxes is a positive thing, less devotion to religion, having a cleaner environment, and having governments that work for the good of the people not the corporations.   Basically people are happier in countries that are progressive not regressive.  In the US one party is trying to take us into the future and have more happiness and the other party is trying to drag us into the past and be more restrictive.   Progressives need to hammer these points home every day.   Hugs

Figure 2.7: Ranking of Happiness 2016-2018

March 21, 2019

True Facts: The Lemur

Filed under: Animals, Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 16:16

I love this guy and the videos he posts.  While he is factual and gives correct information, he is hilarious.   His voice is great and his is so funny you forget your learning.   I think Inspired will love this particular one.  Hugs

March 17, 2019

Climate change = extreme weather events

Filed under: Earth News, Nature, News, Questions, Reason, Science, Twitter — Scottie @ 05:59

OT- Been monitoring the flooding in and around Omaha.

– Nuclear power plant in jeopardy.
– Farmer assisting stranded motorist in tractor, bridge collapsed, he disappeared.
– Hospital in Fremont evacuating 200 patients
– Passerby sees 1500 cattle w/ small calves stranded, seeking permission to cut fence

March 15, 2019

Disappearing Arctic sea ice

Filed under: Earth News, Harm, History, Nature, News, Science — Scottie @ 07:21

March 13, 2019

It bites ya

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 06:07

March 9, 2019

OREGON: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Son After First Tetanus Case In 30 Years Nearly Killed Him, $811K Bill

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Science — Scottie @ 06:29

The Daily Beast reports:

An unvaccinated Oregon boy became the first person in over 30 years to contract the deadly tetanus infection in the state. The 6-year-old boy was playing on a farm when he cut his head, according to a case report by the CDC. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound at home, but a week later, he arrived at a hospital exhibiting advanced symptoms of tetanus, a serious bacterial infection that causes involuntary muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, lockjaw, and arching of the neck and back.

The Washington Post reports:

In all, the boy’s medical charges in the hospital amounted to $811,929 — which did not include the cost of being airlifted to the hospital or of inpatient rehabilitation, according to the CDC. It’s unclear from the report who covered his hospital expenses.

Notably, physicians counseled the boy’s family to bring the child up to date on all of his vaccinations, as well as receive a follow-up dose of the DTaP vaccine. His family said no.

March 5, 2019

Major Study of 650,000 Patients Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Filed under: Children, Education, Facts, Health, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 11:57

Two decades ago, a later-retracted paper published in The Lancet by the now-disgraced Andrew Wakefield led to a conspiracy theory about how vaccines were linked to autism. Wakefield had falsified the data, used a small sample set, and his results were never duplicated. Yet the lie took on a life of its own, promoted by celebrities and crackpots alike.

The study found no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine, no clustering of autism cases among children who were given the vaccine, and no increase in the rate of autism among susceptible children who were given the vaccine.

Australian immunisation expert Professor Ian Frazer, who along with his team at the University of Queensland developed the vaccine for HPV, said the Danish study definitively confirms the findings of previous studies that vaccines do not cause autism.

February 27, 2019

Texas lawmaker says he’s not worried about measles outbreak because of ‘antibiotics’

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Drugs, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 20:29

Again people with no understanding of the medical science passing laws that undermine public safety and harming people.   I live in Florida.  The state legislature has made it nearly impossible for me to get the medications I need.  My doctors have to jump through so many unnecessary hurdles imposed by lawmakers trying to look tough on the opioid crisis.  However the lawmakers lumped non-opioid drugs in with whole categories of drugs that doctors that specialize in treating long term intense pain can not prescribe the needed medications.   The law makes no sense as my primary care doctor can prescribe the medication that works best for me yet has no training in long term pain care, and the ones specially trained in it are forbidden to prescribe it.   So to get me the relief I need my pain specialist doctor just had to put me on a medication that doesn’t work as well and makes you very ill for weeks until your body adjusts to it.    Thanks Florida republican lawmakers.    Hugs

There is no treatment for measles, a highly contagious virus that can be fatal. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and can’t kill viruses.

Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking six measles outbreaks across the nation, including one in Texas.

Before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was available in America, about 450 to 500 people died from measles each year. The CDC reports there has been at least one case of a measles death within the past five years. National and world health officials worry that an anti-vaccination movement could increase that number.

Some parents opt not to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The CDC has said that there is no link and that there are no ingredients in vaccines that could cause autism.

Was it worth threatening the health of others

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 09:35


Another child has died due to denying medical science

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Criminal, Drugs, Family, Greed, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:28

“This case underscores the serious health and safety risks of taking medical advice from someone who lacks a license and the proper training that goes with it,” said Feuer. “These convictions send a strong message that my office will continue to hold accountable those whose actions place lives in danger.”

In August, 2014, Morrow came to the family’s Harbor Gateway home to treat the 13-year-old victim after he became extremely ill due to complications from his Type-1 diabetes. Shortly before the victim died, Morrow told the victim’s parents not to give him insulin but instead to administer the herbs that he was selling. The victim suffered a cardiac arrest and died the next day as a result of complications from his diabetes. The medical examiner determined the victim would have lived had he received proper medical treatment.


February 21, 2019

Nan sent me this, and it is an interesting read

Filed under: Earth News, Education, Nature, News, Political, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 19:03

Thank you Nan for sending me this interesting read.  I have a story to add to this.  Recently I went alone to the grocery store as Ron was sleeping after working a 12 hour shift.   When I got to the register at a store I am well known at, the cashier told me I did not have to put each bottle on the conveyor belt.   I explained I really need to as I need a bag with handles to get the groceries inside my home.   I love this store.  First the cashier told me they would put them in bags for me with out me having to lift them, and second the woman doing the bagging offered to get me non-plastic bags to put the grocers in so I could carry them.  Now to be openly clear we do use some plastic bags to hold the material from the cat box but even our cats can not poop and pee enough to use as many bags as we get.  So to make a long story short, I talked to Ron about this and we are going to buy as many bags as we may normally need and put them in the car.  We will use these as we can.  This is our small attempt to make this a better planet for everyone.  Again thanks Nan.  Hugs

February 8, 2019

Understand vaccines do NOT cause autism. They save children from horrible diseases they need never be afflicted by.

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Education, Facts, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 08:05

Vaccines do cause autism. The entire topic triggers what one might call a form of rational autism in some people, who have difficulties with information processing, and exhibit restricted and repetitive intellectual behavior. We call these people...

February 7, 2019

STUDY: Children Of Gay Couples Do Better In School

Filed under: Children, Education, Facts, Family, Gender, Homosexual, Love, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:31

The Washington Post reports:

Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists. The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than children raised by different-sex couples.

January 31, 2019

Again more reason we LGBTQ and others must fight back

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Family, Fascism, Homosexual, Love, News, Political, Questions, Religion, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 16:42


January 30, 2019

Cold and wind chill

Filed under: Nature, News, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:45


January 29, 2019

Sex, Evolution, And How The Patriarchy Gets It Wrong | Abby Hafer

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