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  • Nigel Demster - Life with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Hillary's disease - PSP)

    09/25/2016 12:09:12 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    exDemMom to Yaelle

    Thank you for the tip, I will now look for uneven ability to use her hands.

    It is pretty telling, to me, that she spends most of her time gripping the podium instead of gesturing while she talks. I’m not Italian, but that old joke about silencing an Italian by immobilizing her hands can very well apply to me. It’s not natural to hold the hands still.

  • Nigel Demster - Life with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Hillary's disease - PSP)

    09/24/2016 9:50:22 PM PDT · 16 of 55
    exDemMom to Future Useless Eater

    In that video where she was screeching that Americans have no right to work, she stared straight ahead. I think it was to hide the fact that her eyes do not move properly together. I have also noticed that she grips the sides of the podium when she talks. She will lift a hand to emphasize a point, but then goes right back to gripping the podium.

    Now, I will have to watch carefully to see if she raises or lowers her eyes, or if they just move laterally.

    I’ve seen estimates that this debate will be one of the most watched ever. No doubt that is because so many people are watching for her to have some sort of physical crisis. Even if she doesn’t, the upside is that millions of people who may not know will see, first hand, that she has no real campaign issues. She expects your vote because she is a woman and the media caricature of Trump “shows” he is really nasty. But there is no substance.

  • California Enacts Law Requiring IMDB to Remove Actor Ages on Request

    09/24/2016 9:33:15 PM PDT · 13 of 37
    exDemMom to grundle

    Out of curiosity, I tried to check the profile of a friend who is listed in the IMDB.

    The IMDB does not allow you to look at many details unless you are a member. So if I want to know his age, I’m just going to have to ask.

  • Baltimore Police: 3 gunmen shoot, wound 8 in attack

    09/24/2016 9:02:27 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    exDemMom to A Formerly Proud Canadian

    Are you sure no Buddhists were involved?

  • BABIES cause global warming, claims professor in shock new book

    09/24/2016 7:44:51 PM PDT · 37 of 55
    exDemMom to goldstategop
    The Left real agenda isn’t climate change; its human extinction.

    Given the absolute necessity of atmospheric carbon dioxide for life on earth, one could argue that their true agenda is not merely the extinction of human life--it is the extinction of *all* life.

    Without carbon dioxide in the air, plants have no source of carbon to convert into sugars, amino acids, and fats. Plants die as a result. Without plants, there is no organic material for any other living organism to incorporate into its own body. So everything else dies, as well.

    If the left got its way with carbon dioxide, the extinction of life would not happen instantaneously, but over a period of years. The effects of carbon sequestration would start immediately, but the earth is so vast that by the time we really started to see the damage, an enormous amount of damage would have already occurred.

  • Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change

    09/24/2016 6:34:13 PM PDT · 69 of 69
    exDemMom to bkopto
    I mean, we’re shooting unarmed people — and you’ve got to think largely, they are seen as threats largely because of their race. I mean, it’s hard to fathom.

    First of all, that team has a real issue if its members are going around shooting unarmed people.

    Secondly, it is not NBA teams or their members who have any obligation to effect social change. They are basketball players. Their job is to entertain. Or, in the words of Laura Ingraham, "Shut up and sing!"

  • Russia’s Brutal Clinton-Bashing, Trump-Loving Election Coverage

    09/24/2016 6:28:46 PM PDT · 11 of 35
    exDemMom to Navy Patriot

    Well, Hillary *has* been pushing the narrative of an almost unavoidable conflict with Russia for quite some time, despite her action in selling them a good chunk of our uranium supply (for a “donation” to her “foundation”).

    Her shrillness in accusing Trump over and over of “inciting” war; her screeching claims that Trump is somehow in cahoots with Russia are all ploys to distract us from the fact that she is *demonstrably* one of the biggest threats to world peace. After what she did in the Middle East, voters should be quite wary.

  • Judge to NY Times: No Trump divorce records for you

    09/24/2016 4:10:12 PM PDT · 35 of 51
    exDemMom to Verginius Rufus

    I was not a member of FR when that October surprise was pulled against Bush. At the time, I was working on Bush’s campaign and actively involved with the local Republican party. When Gore would not accept the results of the election, we (husband, son, and I) made signs and showed up for the protests in Sacramento. Around that time, my husband found out about FR and told me about it. I joined shortly after (hubby has never joined, but then he doesn’t make a hobby of posting anywhere). I actually found pics of the Sacto rallies on FR, with me and my son in them. :)

  • Judge to NY Times: No Trump divorce records for you

    09/24/2016 3:46:53 PM PDT · 32 of 51
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    Oh, I know. It is SOP for leftist demagogues to trash Republicans, whether there is anything substantive or not to trash them over.

    Trump’s highly public record makes it that much harder for them to use their customary slimy tactics and get away with it.

  • Judge to NY Times: No Trump divorce records for you

    09/24/2016 2:21:25 PM PDT · 13 of 51
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    It says a lot about Trump’s character that the NYT, desperate to find “dirt” on him, is resorting to trying to access confidential records. It is a strong indication that they can find nothing on him in the public record.

    This is one more reason I supported Trump from the first: his life has been public for decades, meaning that the ability of the press to find skeletons in his closet has been effectively neutered. We will not have a replay of the Bush/Gore campaign, when Gore operatives searched through legal records until they finally found one where Bush had been cited for DUI—and released it to the public the week before the election.

  • VIDEO: MORE Hillary eye problems -- as she 'postpones' ANOTHER event

    09/24/2016 2:14:47 PM PDT · 151 of 152
    exDemMom to bk1000
    “and typically opens and closes in response to various lighting conditions”

    That would be the iris.

    They work in tandem, since the pupil cannot open and close without the iris opening and closing it.

  • Phonics vs. Sight-Words / VIDEO

    09/24/2016 2:08:56 PM PDT · 11 of 33
    exDemMom to BruceDeitrickPrice

    The thing is, after you have experience reading, then you do naturally use a “sight method” for reading. But you have to use the basic building blocks first—learn the approximate sound for each letter, and how the letters fit together to give a clue about the pronunciation of the word.

    Written English is only semi-phonetic, so it is not completely possible to teach a pure phonetic method. (For example: phonetic is pronounced “fo ne’ dik.”)

  • Hillary and the Debate Rules (She struck out)

    09/24/2016 1:58:24 PM PDT · 115 of 119
    exDemMom to GrandJediMasterYoda
    A friend of mine was saying the other day, in that video of her screeching “WHY AM I NOT AHEAD 50 POINTS!” that her eyes appeared a little too blue, so he was wondering if she was wearing blue tinted contact lenses to prevent seizures.

    In that video, she kept her eyes fixed straight ahead. I think she did that to conceal the fact that her eyes are not synchronized.

  • Donny Deutsch: Hillary ‘Does Not Lie’

    09/24/2016 1:29:38 PM PDT · 39 of 46
    exDemMom to governsleastgovernsbest

    Well, no, there are not lies in the “campaign DNA.” That’s because DNA is a chemical blueprint that directs the physical shape of the body. DNA literally cannot lie.

    However, there are tons of lies coming out of Hillary’s mouth, and the mouths of everyone speaking for her on the campaign. That’s because lying is not a function of DNA, but of higher order processes.

  • VIDEO: MORE Hillary eye problems -- as she 'postpones' ANOTHER event

    09/24/2016 6:26:34 AM PDT · 86 of 152
    exDemMom to dp0622

    I wouldn’t worry too much about using the wrong words. Everyone does that sometimes.

  • VIDEO: MORE Hillary eye problems -- as she 'postpones' ANOTHER event

    09/24/2016 6:04:57 AM PDT · 45 of 152
    exDemMom to dp0622
    One of my retinas gets nearly twice as large as the other sometimes. Not often but it scares the hell out of me.

    Retina, or pupil?

    The retina is in the back of your eye. It is the light sensing organ that collects images to send to your brain.

    The pupil is the dark spot on the front of your eye. It is the hole that allows light in to the retina, and typically opens and closes in response to various lighting conditions.

  • Obama: once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real

    09/24/2016 2:38:58 AM PDT · 7 of 153
    exDemMom to Libloather

    So, he’s going to go full steam ahead with his agenda to destroy race relations?

    Lucky for us, no one can force us to watch him as he spouts his racist hatred.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/23/2016 7:15:25 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    exDemMom to SecAmndmt
    Some children are unable to deal with live viruses and some are unable to detoxify the metals (mercury & aluminum adjuvants) coming from vaccines and other sources. I haven’t been too deeply involved in the issue for several years, but the Hannah Poling case and subsequent vaccine injury compensation (for autism) involved one of the two. I’ve forgotten which one it was.

    At minimum, every child who is to be vaccinated should be tested for these two conditions, prior to vaccination. It would be the ethical thing to do.

    It is routine to screen children prior to giving vaccines, including attenuated live ones. Here is a typical screening form: Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens. Question #8 specifically deals with immunocompromised children. Unlike in the fantasy world of anti-vaxxers, in the real world, doctors *do* screen patients prior to administering vaccines.

    Also, vaccines are not, in fact, loaded up with toxic heavy metals. Vaccines that contain preservatives that include a metal ion, or that have a metal ion-based adjuvant contain far less metal than the typical daily diet. If you take your child to the doctor to get a vaccine preserved with thiomersal (aka thimerosal), and then you give your child a tuna sandwich for lunch--you exposed that child to more mercury through the sandwich than through the vaccine. Furthermore, if you wrapped that sandwich in aluminum foil, you also gave your child a dose of aluminum. The thing is, there is no component of the mixture used to deliver vaccines that the child does not encounter on a daily basis. The *only* unusual component of the vaccine mixture is the vaccine itself, that dead/attenuated pathogen, or proteins derived from a pathogen--the active ingredient that actually provokes an immune response that leaves your child protected for years or even a lifetime if he/she is ever exposed to the live pathogen.

    I am well aware of the case in which Hannah Poling has been used by anti-vaxxers to claim that the government finally "admitted" a link between vaccines and autism. It is, in fact, very difficult to find factual information on the case, since her adoption as a cause célèbre by the anti-vax propagandists causes the misinformation to swamp out the real information.

    Hannah did not develop autism, although she did develop some permanent brain damage as a result of a rare mitochondrial disorder. She also is apparently immunocompromised, perhaps as a result--or even a cause--of the mitochondrial disorder. If, indeed, the mitochondrial disorder was exacerbated by the attenuated live virus vaccines she received several months before the brain damage occurred, it was not a specific result of the vaccine, but was caused by a high fever which accompanies any number of illnesses. Vaccines and Autism Revisited — The Hannah Poling Case.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/23/2016 6:26:41 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    exDemMom to SecAmndmt
    If you have a link to a double blind vaccine study with a placebo (and not another vaccine) as control, I would be happy to look at it. Are there any long term studies of health outcomes between vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children?

    There would be problems in setting up a study in which one or more "arms" (i.e. group of study volunteers) of the study receive a placebo (such as an equal volume of sterile saline) and other arms receive vaccine. That is because the study is designed to answer very specific scientific questions, not to satisfy anti-vaxxers who have little understanding of the complexities of designing studies to satisfy FDA requirements. Vaccines are never given pure, but are suspended in compound mixtures, typically containing buffer, salt, inert carrier proteins, and sometimes adjuvants (compounds which help to activate the immune system, allowing for a smaller dose of vaccine to be used). Given that vaccines are components of compound mixtures, a saline solution placebo would not be a suitable control. The best controls are identical in composition except for the vaccine component. That way, if there are problems with the vaccine, the researchers conducting the study do not have to wonder if the vaccine caused the problem, or some other component of the mixture.

    As for "long term health outcomes" of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, we have been seeing those for decades. One of the primary factors in increasing life spans world wide is the practice of vaccinating young children. Until maybe a decade ago, infectious disease was still responsible for over half of all deaths. It is still a major killer. Even in the US, infectious disease is in the top ten causes of death. To me, it's a no-brainer: die young from a preventable illness, vs. die older from some other cause--clearly, dying older of an age-related disease such as cancer or heart disease is a preferable long-term health outcome. Other long-term health outcomes that I expect to see following some recent new vaccines are a decrease in the incidence of shingles (once a person gets chickenpox, they carry the virus for the rest of their life, and it can erupt and cause shingles) and a decrease in the incidence of cancer because of the HPV vaccine, which is really an anti-cancer vaccine.

    With respect to being as stringent as licensing other drugs, such as Vioxx, that is (at minimum) a very troubling thought.

    As for Vioxx, here is the Wikipedia article on it, which seems pretty accurately written. What this article tells me, because I have a good understanding of the use (and misuse) of statistics, is that 1) the supposed increased risk of cardiovascular event during use of Vioxx is so small as to possibly be non-existent, and 2) that if there is a risk, it is not from Vioxx specifically, but from all drugs in that class.

    Regarding my observation 1, this is highly indicative of the shortcomings of statistical analysis. Statistics can be very powerful in validating results, but when they are used to try to reveal new data, they can be notoriously unreliable. That is because the discipline of statistics deals with probability. The powerful mathematics used in statistical analyses try to separate real effect from probability--but the role of random chance cannot ever be eliminated. Thus, the statistically increased cardiovascular risk of using Vioxx is so small that it falls squarely into the realm of probability, and cannot be definitively determined to be real or artifact.

    Regarding observation 2), this is related to the drug class which includes Vioxx. *If* the small increased risk of using Vioxx is real, then might there be an equivalent small increased risk in other drugs of that class that act via the same metabolic pathways? The Wiki article indicates that studies are being designed and conducted to look at that specific question.

    The problem with any kind of drug is that it interferes with some biochemical process within the body. And interfering with the natural biochemistry of the body always carries some risk. (This is true also of "natural supplements" and vitamins/minerals taken in doses above what one would receive in a healthy diet.) It is not possible to design a drug of any kind that has no side effects. Therefore, the question that the FDA always wants answered before it will approve a drug is, "Does the benefit of using this drug outweigh its risk?"

    I will end this with pointing out that the FDA and Canada's regulatory agencies have given Merck permission to market Vioxx again, and Merck has chosen not to. Given that Vioxx is, in fact, a currently approved drug, we may see generic Vioxx marketed when Merck's patent runs out.

  • Is she ‘likable enough’? (If she was, they wouldn't be asking the question)

    09/23/2016 5:16:28 PM PDT · 9 of 33
    exDemMom to Rastus
    She’s as likeable as a rabid wolverine

    Don't you think you are being a bit unfair? Rabid wolverines aren't *that* bad!

  • Hillary Clinton Declares War On The Right To Work

    09/23/2016 7:08:38 AM PDT · 46 of 52
    exDemMom to GrandJediMasterYoda

    What a strange picture? Is it Photoshopped, or is that the real thing?

    If it is accurate, then it would seem that you are correct in that they are both on some sort of “upper.”

  • Hillary Clinton Declares War On The Right To Work

    09/23/2016 4:52:56 AM PDT · 13 of 52
    exDemMom to ScaniaBoy

    Aside from showing herself to be completely unhinged in that video, she does say that she “needs your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody.” Yes, please!

    Notice that she stares straight at the camera the whole time in this video? She must be aware of people talking about her mismatched eyes, and is trying to hide that by not moving them.

  • Democratic Women of NC postpone convention (Charlotte)

    09/23/2016 3:47:26 AM PDT · 2 of 37
    exDemMom to Libloather
    Also, which restrooms will they be using at their October meeting?

    They'll be using the men's room. Some of them may even be men.

  • Dallas Morning News: “Islamophobia” leads to high cholesterol, obesity, and cancer

    09/23/2016 3:44:44 AM PDT · 6 of 23
    exDemMom to rickmichaels
    In my world, postdocs studying “paranoia, psychological distress and reduced happiness as well as high cholesterol, obesity and other health problems,” including depression and even cancer would actually direct their research towards identifying the causative mechanisms of these diseases. (They also wouldn't be trying to explain *all* of those diseases; any one of them is enough to keep a scientist busy through an entire career.) The fact that this alleged "post-doc" doesn't even mention any of the numerous factors thought to play roles in the development of these diseases, but instead blames some nebulous concept she terms "Islamophobia" tells me that whatever subject her doc and post-doc are in, it is not a science.

    It almost seems unjust that anyone can spend a lot of time studying frivolous subjects and be awarded a doctorate and the same right to be called "Dr." as someone who devotes their life to studying difficult and rigorous subjects like science and math. I should take comfort in the fact that a PhD in "womyn's studies" will almost certainly not be employable, while those who study the rigorous subjects are almost always employed.

  • Bill Clinton: Hillary ‘Worked Like a Demon’ and Gets ‘Severely Dehydrated’

    09/23/2016 2:44:45 AM PDT · 24 of 50
    exDemMom to Trump_vs_Evil_Witch

    There is not much that I can agree with Bill Clinton on, but I cannot disagree with the fact that Hillary is a demon!

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/22/2016 6:34:35 PM PDT · 98 of 101
    exDemMom to Wilderness Conservative

    It was one feeder, which I did not even remember to fill up all the time. Yet I ended up with dozens of birds hanging around my yard. The food would be gone within hours of refilling.

    I’ve since come to the conclusion that it is not a good idea to feed wild animals, regardless of the motivation.

    I saw a warning at Yellowstone not to feed the wild animals because they become dependent on the handouts, it is not as healthy for them, and they lose the ability to forage. The same dynamic applies to birds in the yard.

    I admit, I do plant flowers to attract bees. But I am not really doing anything against the nature of bees, because flower nectar is their natural food, and they do have to forage to find the flowers.

  • Hagerstown Police Department Releases Body Camera Video From Pepper Spray Incident

    09/22/2016 5:59:38 PM PDT · 23 of 65
    exDemMom to Sgt_Schultze

    Despite the belligerence of this badly raised young woman, Hagerstown is overall a decent place to live. True, it has its less attractive areas, but we like it.

    I don’t live there any more.

  • ABC reporter asks Clinton if she needs neurological tests

    09/22/2016 3:04:15 PM PDT · 33 of 41
    exDemMom to Senator Goldwater
    Is there a medical reason for her insane greed and ambition?

    I believe that is called "megalomania." It is a common mental affliction among dictators.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/22/2016 2:57:27 PM PDT · 57 of 59
    exDemMom to Bigg Red

    You are welcome!

  • Jerika Bolen, who drew attention for deciding to end her life amid terminal illness has passed away

    09/22/2016 2:50:29 PM PDT · 2 of 8
    exDemMom to DUMBGRUNT

    She did not decide to end her life so much as she decided to refuse more medical care.

    This is not the same as euthanasia, as the title seems to imply.

  • Hillary has gone crazy

    09/22/2016 2:42:16 PM PDT · 85 of 110
    exDemMom to Navin Johnson
    Illary and her campaign is in serious trouble. Her speeches this week are all designed to take a hard left and shore up her base, which internal polls probably show as deteriorating.

    That is an excellent development, if true. If she is losing the base, she does not have the independents.

  • Rasputin (Boney M) - 1970s

    09/22/2016 5:26:09 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    exDemMom to odds

    I became a fan of Boney M when I was an exchange student in France in the 1970s. It is a shame the group never became popular here in the US.

    The song Rasputin actually inspired me to learn a little about Russian history. Rasputin was a kook... he would have fit quite well with some of the leftist new agers I have known.

  • Ellen DeGeneres Whines Over ‘Amazing’ Hillary Clinton Being Held to ‘Different Standard’

    09/21/2016 9:41:25 PM PDT · 48 of 59
    exDemMom to drewh
    DeGeneres ranted against Clinton being accountable for her scandals: “So I mean, because the thing about what she's being attack for is not releasing the e-mails or not – whatever, you know, whatever it is today – and yet, Donald Trump doesn't release his tax returns. So why is he not – why isn't he getting attacked for not releasing his tax returns?”

    I didn't know there was reason to think that Trump's tax returns contain classified information or even indicate that he committed treason. Hillary's emails, however, contain evidence of both.

    And what I often say, Ellen, to people, if you want to know the character of somebody in public life, the way to do this, look and see if they have a passion that started before they were in politics and then look and see if they've held on to that passion throughout their life, whether they were winning or losing or in office or not. And Hillary has had this passion for empowering families and kids and measuring society by how families and kids are doing. And she has held on to that from the time she was in a Methodist youth group in the suburbs of Chicago to today. That’s what she's worried about when she goes to sleep, it’s what she’s worried about when she gets up, and it’s what she'll be thinking about when she's president. And that's a pretty good way to tell who she is, and I see that every day.

    Okay, so Hillary has some campaign staff who really get into writing fiction. When you push aside the fluffy emotionalism of this passage, nothing solid is left. I do not see why this is a reason to vote for Hillary.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/21/2016 9:29:10 PM PDT · 52 of 59
    exDemMom to SecAmndmt
    Roughly 35-50% of the population may have the MTHFR gene mutation which can result in vaccine injury.

    My guess is that this piece of disinformation originates from one of the numerous anti-vax propaganda sites?

    An MTHFR gene mutation affects metabolism of folate. That is all. While that does affect health, it has absolutely no relation to the ability of the body to metabolize the proteins that are contained in vaccines. Proteins are derived from pathogens and are the vaccine component that induce immunity. They induce immunity because the body perceives them the same way it perceives microorganisms, and reacts the same way. But, unlike microorganisms, the proteins have no ability to cause disease since they are not alive and do not grow. The body digests those proteins the same way it digests proteins derived from food.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/21/2016 9:18:17 PM PDT · 51 of 59
    exDemMom to SecAmndmt
    That’s an interesting comment. Virtually every liberal politician I’ve heard quoted in the media is for mandatory vaccination, despite the fact that NO double blind (short term or long term) independent safety studies have ever been done on vaccines.

    Vaccines are thoroughly tested in safety and efficacy studies. The requirements for licensing vaccines for market are just as stringent as for any other drug. Most first world countries require the vaccine to be tested in that country before they will give regulatory approval for marketing in that country. Other countries will grant approval following approval in the US or EU.

    I suggest checking the medical literature on PubMed, which is where all peer-reviewed scientific papers are catalogued. You can easily find original studies on any vaccine you want--which include details as to whether the study described is pre-clinical or clinical, and if clinical, which phase (1, 2, 3, or 4). Anything you find in PubMed is a past study. If you are interested in current studies, you can check Most clinical trials conducted anywhere in the world are registered here. So, if you are curious about a candidate vaccine in development, you can look it up.

    FYI, a pre-clinical trial includes any experimentation that occurs prior to human testing. A phase 1 trial is conducted with a small number of participants--usually fewer than 100--and is merely a test run to see if the drug is safe, and what the upper limit is for a safe dose. A phase 2 trial is designed to determine an optimal dose of the drug, and is conducted on a few hundred people. A phase 3 trial is an efficacy trial, and usually involves thousands of participants. Not only are these studies "double-blinded", etc., but multiple methods are used to ascertain the efficacy of the vaccine. A phase 4 study is conducted after regulatory approval, and exists to catch rare but significant issues that sometimes are not caught during pre-regulatory studies due to their rarity.

  • A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

    09/21/2016 9:03:44 PM PDT · 50 of 59
    exDemMom to Bigg Red
    Okay, here you go: a couple of separate, but pertinent, analyses of EV-D68.

    First of all, I would not blame illegal aliens for this one. This virus was first discovered in California in 1962, so it has been around for a while. IIRC, the virus actually originated in Asia--but I cannot find the references that would confirm my recollection.

    Since it is an enterovirus (the "EV" part of its name), it spreads through the fecal-oral route. This is a very common mechanism of disease spread among young children who have not yet been taught proper hygiene methods. It also spreads through the respiratory route. Teaching kids basic hygiene, such as washing their hands after going to the restroom and before touching food and to stay away from sneezing, coughing people helps to contain the spread.

    Last, most enteroviruses--even polio viruses--cause mild disease. That said, there is more reason to think that EV-D68 is responsible for the flaccid paralysis than to think that Zika causes microcephaly. EV-D68 has, in fact, been isolated from some children who developed flaccid paralysis. While correlation is not causation, there is also the fact that these are closely related viruses. Being closely related means that they share some mechanisms of infection, meaning that the characteristics of polio virus that are responsible for it causing paralysis may be present in EV-D68. I should point out here that polio is a very mild disease in 99.5% of its victims, and that it is only the 0.5% who are severely affected with lifelong problems. In order to find such a small effect, it is necessary to analyze a large number of cases. So far, assuming an effect equivalent to that of polio virus, there have not been enough EV-D68 cases to properly analyse.

    I do not know if the polio vaccine would give any cross-protection to the EV-D68 virus. It is possible, given the similarity of the viruses. If so, then a child vaccinated against polio might have protection against EV-D68. Even partial protection can be enough to prevent severe disease.

  • Hillary Subliminal Message--Nasty Use of Blue Color

    09/21/2016 8:04:08 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    exDemMom to Byron_the_Aussie

    Subliminal message aside—what a bunch of pablum!

    Several years ago, on another forum in another galaxy, someone posted an article about how Democrat politicians play on women’s emotions to court their votes. This email is a perfect example of that: vote for Hillary, because she is going to do good things. It is trying to make voters feel all warm and fuzzy about voting for her, even as it provides absolutely no reason to do so.

    In that discussion, so long ago, one of the posters asked, “And what is so bad about voting based on emotion?” The answer to that, of course, is if you are not intelligent enough to see why voting on pure emotion is bad, then you are not intelligent enough to vote.

  • Scold, Scare, Insult, Intimidate: Clinton’s Millennial Outreach Flops

    09/21/2016 3:19:44 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    exDemMom to Fido969
    Boy, that worked great for the Democrats.

    Remember way back when, during the Bush campaign, when the word "Democrat" scrolling across the screen in an ad left the word "rat" visible for a split second, in such a way that you could only see it by freeze frame? And the Democrats went ballistic, claiming that the Bush campaign was inserting subliminal messages into its ads?

    As I recall, that little tantrum worked great for the Democrats. To this day, we can shorten Democrat to "Rat" and everyone understands who we are referring to.

    I'm proud to be a Deplorable, standing against the Rats.

  • Donald Trump:Underminer of Truth (Barf Alert)

    09/21/2016 3:14:30 PM PDT · 6 of 21
    exDemMom to SFmom
    His point was that he alone of the upper leadership class is willing to tell the truth about how the system is rigged.

    Um, professor--you might want to get your nose out of your socialist academic journals and observe the real world for a while. Try to put your own biases in the background while you do so.

    Trump was not calling the system rigged as if he is some guru who claims to have insight into some secret world that he is now revealing to us, the unwashed masses. Rather, he was stating a truth that millions of people see for themselves every day, and people love him for the fact that he says what we all know and the elites refuse to acknowledge.

    When a politician can compromise national security in such a way that would land any ordinary citizen in prison for decades, but skates completely scot-free, how are ordinary citizens supposed to perceive that?

    When the media, who are supposed to inform us, instead pick, reject, or alter stories to make them fit a pre-existing narrative in support of an unpopular agenda, what are ordinary citizens supposed to think?

    When the citizens vote for candidates who promise to fix the many and growing problems of bloated and corrupt government, but all that happens is continued progress towards a kind of government they reject, what conclusions do you expect them to draw?

    The system *is* rigged, Ms. Professor. And if you didn't live in an echo chamber but were in touch with regular citizens, you would know that. And you would understand Trump's appeal. He is campaigning on a platform to rid the government and country of progressivism, and we support that.

  • The Magic Word for Millennials

    09/21/2016 2:17:51 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    exDemMom to Glad2bnuts
    Abortion clearly is child sacrifice. I don’t know the purpose, but my guess is as good as the next guys.

    I think the purpose behind promoting it so avidly is to teach people to internalize the leftist ideal that individual humans are simply cogs in a bigger entity, that entity being "society." A human that does not contribute to society has no intrinsic right to life. A human is only allowed to live as long as they are engaged in keeping society functional. Since a baby contributes nothing towards maintaining the entity that is society, there is nothing morally wrong with killing it. And by encouraging women and girls to kill their babies on precisely the basis that those babies are useless parasites, abortion advocates are teaching them in a very tangible way that they, too, are expendable the moment they stop contributing to society.

    Sometimes, as evidenced by Gloria Steinem's quote above, these leftists let on that their ultimate goal is to eliminate humans and human society completely. They don't say it so blatantly all the time--it doesn't completely mesh with their propaganda that only leftists are humanitarian and care about people--but once in a while, they let the mask slip.

  • Poll: Nearly 70% Concerned About Trump's Comments

    09/21/2016 2:04:34 PM PDT · 57 of 73
    exDemMom to Innovative
    Everyone “knows” that Trump makes misogynistic, anti-immigrant, incendiary statements because the media keeps telling them so—not because they actually heard Trump make such statements.

    The only reason the media gets away with tarring Trump as anti-immigrant is because we let the left define the language. In this case, the left has been calling illegal aliens “undocumented immigrants” or just “immigrants” in a purposeful effort to get people to lump them in the same category as actual immigrants. Once the media succeeds in erasing the distinction between legal immigrants and illegal aliens, then it is a small step to accuse someone of being anti-immigrant and isolationist when, in fact, that someone is only speaking of enforcing immigration laws against the illegals.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 1:52:22 PM PDT · 89 of 101
    exDemMom to RegulatorCountry

    I can watch the birds just fine without putting out feeders which, ultimately, attract many dozens to the yard.

    This last spring, without putting out a feeder, I watched a male dove courting a female on my back deck. From my office at work, I observed a goose nesting on a muskrat mound. Then the goose disappeared from the mound, but near the road was a pair of geese and five tiny fluff balls. I watched those fluff balls grow over the next three months until they looked just like adults and went off to join the juvenile goose colony. And so on.

    There is no need to set up a bird welfare racket in order to watch birds.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 1:40:21 PM PDT · 86 of 101
    exDemMom to Wilderness Conservative
    Im going to guess that you dont enjoy feeding and watching the birds or like when they sing in the spring and summer.

    One winter, I saw a bird scratching around trying to find food in the snow. I felt sorry for it, so bought a bird feeder. Over the next few years, I kept putting up bird feeders--until I realized that my yard had far more birds (and guano) than was natural. Feeding them is like giving out welfare handouts--it does not really help them, it makes them dependent on handouts, and there is no end of takers. So I stopped feeding them.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 1:33:27 PM PDT · 82 of 101
    exDemMom to Lurkina.n.Learnin
    Do you have any recipes for them vermins your cats give you?

    I'm afraid not.

    I used to tell my cat, when she would put a dead treat on the patio and nudge it towards me, that I was putting it a plastic bag to save for later. Somehow, I never got around to actually eating them.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 1:29:05 PM PDT · 81 of 101
    exDemMom to Paradox
    Perhaps we could just give them birth control. Let them die out on their own. We need to develop highly targeted birth control methods like that. Eradicate wild hogs as well.

    There are trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs popping up all over the country, and charities that educate people and help them set up TNR programs in their neighborhoods. TNR is a much more humane option than trying to kill off the stray cats.

    Mind you, the TNR programs are only for cats, not feral hogs. I strongly suggest just shooting the hogs.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 1:25:59 PM PDT · 80 of 101
    exDemMom to MayflowerMadam; bigredkitty1
    “All my cats have been former strays.”

    Ditto for our cats — all indoors and tamed.

    As I told a friend not long ago, I do not go to the pound to get pet cats. I just take whatever shows up in my yard. I'm not picky.

  • New York State Is Perfecting Its Taxpayer Repellent

    09/21/2016 1:20:50 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    ’While none of us want to increase electric prices, compared to the cost of climate change that we have already experienced in the State, this is a very modest burden.’

    Like the money already wasted to combat "climate change"? How much more money and damage to the economy will they cause before they finally realize that humans cannot control the weather, regardless of how much money they throw at it?

    May I suggest that an equally effective, but far less expensive, option would be to send these "climate change" fanatics out to conduct rain dances.

  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 6:02:42 AM PDT · 10 of 101
    exDemMom to babble-on
    Are not housecats filling an ecological niche that was vacated by the eradication of other predators? Was there really nothing eating the warblers in 1492? I don’t believe it.

    Yes, cats do fill an important ecological niche. Those other animals that kill vermin won't come near humans. But cats love to be around humans and kill vermin. And then give them to humans so the humans won't starve. I even had a feral cat who would do that.

  • How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

    09/21/2016 5:58:53 AM PDT · 25 of 54
    exDemMom to dinodino
    The crazy cat ladies are gonna be all over this thread.

    Oh, puh-leeze.

    I'm not *that* crazy. If you were to talk to me, you'd almost think I'm normal.

  • Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Is A Traitor, And These Attacks Are His Fault

    09/21/2016 5:45:22 AM PDT · 33 of 53
    exDemMom to RoosterRedux
    Clinton, who previously served as U.S. Secretary of State for four years and as a United States senator for eight years, did not explain how Trump was to blame for the government’s inability to prevent terrorists from attacking the homeland.

    I'd be really interested in that explanation. I cannot envision even the most ornate and complicated Rube Goldberg scheme that would place Trump in a position where he has been able to influence ISIS.

    As always, when a Democrat runs around spewing accusations and allegations, it is to deflect attention away from the fact that these are the activities the Democrat is engaging in.

    Hillary has been such an enabler of ISIS and disaster for national security that it is absolutely imperative for her to make Trump look even worse on those issues. The problem [for her] is, there is no way she can do so.