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June 19, 2019

Environmental regulations make our life better !

Filed under: Earth News, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:24


June 8, 2019

Another great idea on how to fix homeless problems, see them as people and help them

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Political, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 17:35

The fear this administration has for people learning the truth about climate change is really stunning.

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 09:46

White House Blocks Climate Change Written Testimony

White House Blocks Climate Change Written Testimony

More at the link above as always.  Hugs

The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research prepared testimony comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the idea that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

June 6, 2019

Christians pushing their religion in schools on your children and making taxpayers pay if they are sued

Alabama’s Bible-in-School Bill Would Break the Law Before Classes Even Begin

Alabama’s Bible-in-School Bill Would Break the Law Before Classes Even Begin

Like several other Republican-dominated states using the Project Blitz playbook, Alabama is on the verge of passing a “Bible literacy” bill.

American Atheists puts that in English:

… SB 14 encourages teachers to discuss the Bible as a source of morality and public policy. It also allows schools to display “religious materials” like crosses during certain classes. Under SB 14, parents can’t sue the school districts if teachers try to indoctrinate children, a provision that blatantly violates parents’ and students’ First Amendment rights.

“Just like Alabama’s abortion ban, this ‘Bible class’ bill is a clear challenge to constitutional precedent,” said Alison Gill, American Atheists’ Vice President for Legal and Policy. “This bill is so extreme it even encourages school districts and teachers to break the law and proselytize, since it claims to shield them from legal responsibility.”

In theory, there’s nothing in this bill preventing a teacher from putting Christian crosses all over the classroom the way you might see the letters of the alphabet in a grade school.

That last statement is huge, too. The bill calls for neutrality, but if teachers break that rule and proselytize, the school district will never have to pay a price for it. If there’s a lawsuit that results in a payout for the plaintiffs, the bill says it’ll be covered by state taxpayers.

If you’re a school district, then, what’s stopping you from finding a pastor with teaching credentials to run the classes no differently from Sunday school? You literally have nothing to lose.

June 3, 2019

Microsoft account demand and frustration.

Filed under: Fascism, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 14:15

I use Microsoft Office Outlook for my email.  I have all my email forwarded to my Gmail account and then I use Outlook to bring it to me and I like the way the program works.  I guess I am use to it and I like look of the program.  However starting Thursday I had a situation develop.   I did not even realize it until Saturday.  My Email stopped updating.   On Saturday I tried to fix it and it kept telling me I was not connected to the internet but it would also do the updates.  I reset the computer and started the windows environment fresh.  It worked for a day and on Sunday I noticed it had again stopped getting my mail claiming I was not connected to the internet.  Well as you know Sunday was taken up with another issue.  

I do not use my Microsoft account to sign on the computer.  I also restrict usage of that account on my computers as I feel they are too lose with the privacy and let far too many applications monitor / store / transmit to Microsoft for a data file on you.  Remember we are all commodities to these big companies, the data on our selves / likes / web sites we visit / and basically all they can glean from our lives.  

Well I had to go out early this morning and only got home about noon.  So I looked at the email problem closely.  I went to my Microsoft account, looking at the devices attached to it.   When I dump the computers to reset them, I tend to give them new names.  It helps me to keep track of when , what , and where.   I noticed that the names were wrong for both of my main computers.  I deleted them.  Then I opened opened the Outlook which again said I was not connected to the internet.  I then opened word and when it asked to sign in with my account I did so, and this time when it asked to use my account on everything on the computer I clicked OK.  Prior to this I either clicked no or Microsoft apps only.   I was able to sign in / active word / and when I checked my account on Microsoft web pages the new name of the computer I gave it Saturday was there.   I then started Outlook and surprise it worked!  I went into settings and had a bit of a fight to first shut off the Microsoft account and then to remove it but I won.   Once I had the account controlled again I checked Outlook and it is working fine and I am getting my email again.  Yea!  My unread email count is now up to 35,423.  I soon have to zero this out.  

On a separate note.  When Ron was rushing to get the last part of the old kitchen torn out so he could get the new appliances set in place and try to have a functioning kitchen he rushed the last 3 foot on the eastern wall and it was sloped rather badly to the wall.   I need to set up the rolling cart I had in my old office for making candles to now hold the two coffeemakers and my bread maker.  Right now the bread maker is in the cupboard and the two coffee makers are on the other counter.  On the cart is the deep fryer, and it is blocked to be flat.   So Ron is tearing out the floor in that area to level it all again.  He has had about 4 hours sleep.  I hope his eyes are not to crossed to read a level.  😂🤣😍 Hugs


May 26, 2019

Of course they want this: a 51st state specifically made for conservative Christians

WA Lawmaker Attends Fundraiser for Liberty, a Proposed 51st State for Christians

WA Lawmaker Attends Fundraiser for Liberty, a Proposed 51st State for Christians

Liberty would span several states in the Pacific Northwest:

It’s not merely a pipe dream. Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, best known for his “Biblical Basis for War” manifesto, has already proposed actual legislation to create Liberty.

The lineup of speakers included Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican who has championed the Liberty State movement; Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan; Spokane City Council candidate Tim Benn; and Loren Culp, the police chief in Republic, Washington, who made national headlines when he pledged not to enforce a controversial gun control initiative that voters passed in November.

County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, former Treasurer Rob Chase and gun activist Anthony Bosworth also were in attendance, as were Barry and Anne Byrd, who lead the Marble Community Fellowship in northern Stevens County. (In 1988, Barry Byrd helped pen a Christian Identity manifesto that referred to Jews as “anti-Christs” and condemned interracial marriage, though the Byrds have since tried to distance themselves from racist ideology.)

Before you call them extremists, though, at least listen to what Shea’s legislative assistant Rene’ Holaday said:

[Holaday] said supporters of the 51st state idea were bound by a common sentiment: “It’s either going to be bloodshed or Liberty State.”

Okay, now you can call them extremists. (They don’t have a publicly available Constitution for the new state, but they do have an official state rifle: The AR-15.)

Shea delivered the last speech of the night, covering many of his usual talking points. He denied the existence of global warming, instead blaming seasonal wildfires on changes in forest management practices. He spoke of the cultural and political differences between Eastern and Western Washington. He claimed the United States is “a Christian nation” under siege by atheists and Communists.

The Communists and atheists — those that are responsible for the deaths of more people than any other belief system in the history of the world — unfurled their flag on the Capitol steps this last spring,” he said.


May 13, 2019

another reason not to return to the past

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:26

May 7, 2019

I blame you !!!

Filed under: Children, Drugs, Health, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 11:35

From 2015.

Note: all were clear.

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.

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