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Posts by exDemMom

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  • Jersey Sure (Mark Steyn 'Pinocchios' the Fact Checkers on Muslim 9/11 Celebrations)

    11/24/2015 4:28:36 AM PST · 12 of 47
    exDemMom to kristinn

    We are not, and have never been, at war with Oceania.

  • Eating ‘Authentic’ Food From Other Cultures Declared Racist

    11/22/2015 8:13:31 PM PST · 79 of 142
    exDemMom to C19fan

    I’m guessing that the Mexican food I had in Fiji would make these people very happy. The only thing “Mexican” about it was the superficial appearance. Otherwise, its flavor was less authentic than Taco Bell, and that is a difficult feat to achieve.

    Do not expect authenticity if you go to Fiji and order Mexican food made by Hindis.

  • Endangering Our Citrus Industry

    11/22/2015 8:07:58 AM PST · 4 of 9
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    So... the touchy-feely opinions of a bunch of liberal judges outweigh reams of scientific evidence and expert testimony.

    I think I will start practicing law now. I’ve taken a few law courses... probably more law courses than those judges have taken science courses. I’m certainly more qualified to practice law than those judges are to practice science.

    In a nutshell, those “judges” symbolize everything that is wrong with the country right now. Feelings outweigh facts and evidence. And those feelings do not have to be based on any reality whatsoever.

  • Dallas Mayor ‘More Fearful’ of White Men Committing Mass Shootings Than Syrian Refugees in U.S.

    11/21/2015 12:56:21 PM PST · 31 of 74
    exDemMom to glenduh

    Well, to be fair, I am a bit worried about the young white male “refugees” from Syria, too. Their track record so far has not been stellar.

  • On HBO, Gavin Newsom Defends Being a Sitting Duck at a Mass Shooting(HUH?)

    11/21/2015 7:52:18 AM PST · 24 of 45
    exDemMom to mylife

    One of the interesting factors about French politics is that candidates running for office frequently talk about the long history of friendship between the US and France, and how they support and value that friendship.

    Indeed, they helped us become a country, and they have frequently joined military forces with ours against common enemies.

  • On HBO, Gavin Newsom Defends Being a Sitting Duck at a Mass Shooting(HUH?)

    11/21/2015 7:39:12 AM PST · 17 of 45
    exDemMom to mylife
    I watched 2 french nationals who survived the bataclan massacre declare that we are safer with LESS guns.

    Not all French are like that. Back when I was an exchange student in France for a year, the family I lived with had a gun case right by the front door. It was the first thing you saw when you entered the house. Le grandpere would often grab a rifle when he left the house in the morning, and come back in the evening with a hare or something.

    I tried to spell "grandfather" correctly in French, but the special letter changed into a string of random characters in the preview.

  • Vote now: Who should be TIME’s Person of the Year?

    11/21/2015 6:52:45 AM PST · 84 of 89
    exDemMom to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain

    I can’t vote, since that requires signing in to Facebook or Twitter, but I would choose Kim Davis.

    Some of the selection—a terrorist involved with the recent Paris attacks, president of Iran Rouhani—just make me shake my head. And, frankly, many of the nominees are just plain mundane. Why is Kim Kardashian even on the list?

  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/20/2015 10:29:20 PM PST · 21 of 41
    exDemMom to markomalley

    I thank God that I have never heard of this show. I hardly watch TV at all, in fact.

  • Russian cruise missiles hit ISIS from Mediterranean & Caspian; 600 killed in one strike

    11/20/2015 7:05:27 PM PST · 36 of 119
    exDemMom to Mariner

    Why the heck aren’t *we* fighting the terrorists? Why leave it up to Russia?

    Scratching head here...

  • Who Turned My Blue State Red? (NYT)

    11/20/2015 6:59:12 PM PST · 46 of 60
    exDemMom to Brad from Tennessee
    Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net.

    Maybe it's because those programs are not "safety-nets" so much as they are millstones tied around the necks of the poor, keeping them downtrodden and dependent on the government for everything. It is a horrific thing to not only keep subsidizing poverty, but to disincentivize poor people so that they have no ambition to strive for better lives.

    Democrats dehumanize people for their votes. Conservative Republicans encourage everyone to reach their potential.

  • Obama Mocks Republicans: ‘Now They’re Worried About 3-Year-Old [Refugee] Orphans’

    11/18/2015 4:23:04 AM PST · 52 of 81
    exDemMom to ClearCase_guy
    It would never occur to him to concede that the Republicans might be making a legitimate effort to look out for national defense.

    He is a typical liberal, in that regard.

    Liberals are always about winning, and not about solving problems. They will never admit that Republicans are more into problem-solving than winning. While they are quick to demonize Republicans for not "caring" if Republicans question any of their schemes, they never even consider if any of their schemes actually work. They just want the issue.

  • The Hatred Toward the Syrian Refugees Is Racist

    11/17/2015 8:14:15 PM PST · 11 of 75
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    So, banning whites from a middle eastern country is racist?

    Oh, well, nothing else in the article made any sense either.

  • Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

    11/17/2015 4:12:41 AM PST · 11 of 47
    exDemMom to Maceman

    What, exactly, have they done?

    I know: exactly as much as Obama did to get a Nobel prize.

  • WATCH: Migrants Dislike Food, Demand TVs, Threaten To Go Back To Syria

    11/15/2015 4:58:36 AM PST · 55 of 56
    exDemMom to Ditter

    You would be almost correct. If I have a choice, I order the burger without the tomatoes, but if a fast-food burger has tomato on it, I will still eat it.


  • WATCH: Migrants Dislike Food, Demand TVs, Threaten To Go Back To Syria

    11/14/2015 2:19:15 PM PST · 42 of 56
    exDemMom to Ditter
    I guess she didn't want her bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

    And who could blame her? Tomatoes have no business being on sandwiches.

  • An Open Letter To All The Fragile College Students In Their Safe Spaces

    11/14/2015 10:10:59 AM PST · 44 of 49
    exDemMom to all the best
    There is no safer space than an American college campus.

    I'm not so sure about that. When I attended University of Maryland, there were police drawing posters in the bathrooms warning women about a sexual molester who had assaulted some women on campus.

    At UC Davis, I felt unsafe when a woman claimed that she was raped on campus. That incident, however, turned out to be a hoax--she had not studied for an exam, or something silly like that. At UC Davis, you could call campus security for an escort at night; I never did, and nothing ever happened there. Most of the campus crime was bicycle theft.

  • Kermit Alexander's Life Sentence

    11/14/2015 9:57:46 AM PST · 3 of 6
    exDemMom to Alberta's Child

    I do not understand your comment. I would say that Cox and his accomplices are poster children for Planned Parenthood’s message that human life is cheap and disposable, and that it is okay to kill someone for personal gain. In a large part, they are the result of the culture that Planned Parenthood and its ilk have been working hard to foster since 1973 (and before, when they were pushing for legal abortion).

  • Geller: Muslims Declared War On France-"It Was A Blood"

    11/14/2015 8:20:10 AM PST · 10 of 23
    exDemMom to jennychase

    Just last night, I was remarking to my husband that Islamists are a lot like dogs.

    When you have one, two, or three dogs, they make nice, playful pets. But when you get those same dogs into packs, they revert to their wolf instincts—dangerous predators that will gang up on and take down anything.

    It’s the same with Islamists. One-on-one, they are often decent, friendly people. But when they gather into packs, they become vicious predators. (They can gather on-line through social media, the gathering does not have to be physical.)

  • Paris Attacks May Unsettle EU’s Debate on Migration

    11/14/2015 8:15:15 AM PST · 27 of 33
    exDemMom to GonzoII

    Whenever people point out that current trends are likely to lead directly to trouble, liberals dismiss them as paranoid conspiracy theorists. You don’t have to be paranoid to realize that letting in large numbers of people from highly unstable, violent regions where wars are fought between factions of adherents to a religion that promotes death to unbelievers is asking for trouble. Those jihadists aren’t suddenly going to embrace peace and love because they entered a mostly Christian country where they see everyone as an infidel.

  • A posting request for my fellow FReepers (vanity)

    11/14/2015 8:08:40 AM PST · 17 of 50
    exDemMom to fatnotlazy
    It wasn't meant to be humorous, but rather, sarcastic.

    Whenever I post a comment meant to be sarcastic, I put a < /sarcasm > fake tag at the end. The fact that body language and facial expression cannot be seen in a post leads to a lot of miscommunication; fake tags help to make the intent clear.

  • Eighth-graders allegedly stab woman to death at car wash, prop her body up for a joyride

    11/14/2015 8:04:36 AM PST · 16 of 34
    exDemMom to butterdezillion
    What elements have created an atmosphere where brazen disregard for innocent life is expected to be a cause celebre?

    How about the narrative pushed since 1973 that human life is cheap and disposable, as long as someone with more strength wants that person dead?

    How about the narrative that poverty among minorities is a result of "racism", while pretending that the root cultural causes of minority poverty (e.g. broken families, a culture that demonizes success by calling those who strive for success "Uncle Toms") do not exist?

    I'm sure other factors play into it, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind.

  • Wendy Davis: I Aborted My Baby ‘Out of Love’

    11/14/2015 7:59:12 AM PST · 22 of 33
    exDemMom to markomalley
    In an interview with Mic, Davis said, “I discovered that my daughter was suffering from an irreparable and non-life sustaining brain deformation or malformation, and it was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I made my decision out of love.”

    Don't kid yourself, Ms. Davis. You had the abortion out of a calculation that it would be more convenient and less costly to abort than to give birth to a terminally ill child and have to pay for its medical care (which could be quite costly, depending on how long it survived) and funeral expenses. Lots of people do make that decision, and it *is* a difficult one--as long as one is honest about abortion.

    Don't kid yourself that you spared your child any pain by aborting it instead of letting it live to the natural end of its life. Even abortionists have publicly admitted that children feel pain at 20 weeks--they won't confirm that the neurological development is such that a child will feel pain when being aborted at *any* stage of pregnancy, because such knowledge would decrease the number of women who are willing to use abortion as primary birth control. Unless the abortionist who slaughtered your child anesthetized your child before tearing her apart, she suffered agony.

    FYI, there are hospice centers that specialize in caring for the families of terminally ill unborn children. They do not push abortion as a method to pretend the children never existed--rather, they specialize in giving families emotional support, and in giving those families quality time with their unborn/newborn terminally ill child. Sure, the hospice care is probably more expensive than abortion, but it gives emotional support and closure, plus it does not cause permanent damage to the mother's womb the way abortion does, so she can go on to have other children if she chooses.

    “On the surface, these people believe that life starts at conception and that abortion is murder,” Plank explains. “But when we got beyond the rhetoric, the people we spoke to were loving, kind-hearted, and sympathetic.

    Of course people who want to protect babies and save lives are loving, kind-hearted, and sympathetic. Why would you think otherwise? On the other side, people who want to protect women's "right" to use abortion as their primary form of birth control, at any stage of pregnancy and even after birth are cold, callous, and cruel. No aspect of pushing murder can be interpreted as "kind-hearted."

  • Mother of transgender child at center of debate speaks out

    11/13/2015 5:44:44 PM PST · 9 of 37
    exDemMom to NetAddicted

    Yeah, lady, I get it. You were so devastated that your baby turned out to be a boy instead of the girl you wanted that you decided to treat him like a girl anyway.

    That is child abuse.

    In a sane world, that boy would be removed from your custody until such time as you could prove yourself a fit mother. Sadly, the world has not been sane since Obama has been president. Since the country’s mood follows the president, I hope and pray we get a sane president this next time around, and the country comes back to its senses and removes children from abusive mothers like yourself.

  • Katie Couric Complains Pro-Lifers Make It “Harder Than Ever” to Work at Planned Parenthood

    11/13/2015 5:36:26 PM PST · 5 of 22
    exDemMom to markomalley

    I have no sympathy for anyone who decides to work in an abortuary. They deserve all the stigma they experience.

    People who want to work in the medical profession have many, many options that do not involve the murder of innocent babies.

  • Supreme Court takes up major challenge to abortion restrictions

    11/13/2015 5:32:18 PM PST · 19 of 19
    exDemMom to NRx

    Do not be fooled by the abortionists’ arguments. Women’s rights are the least of their concerns, and the same can be said about the Democrat and liberal politicians who enable them.

    Quite simply, the abortionists do not want to have to comply with the medical safety regulations that govern genuine medical practitioners operating in legitimate clinics. Complying to health and safety regulations costs, and the last thing abortionists want is anything that decreases the bottom line.

    I really wish all those liberal “feminists” who screech about their “right” to abort any baby at any time would stop and think logically for a change. Someone who kills babies for profit is incapable of concern over anyone’s health, regardless of what they tell women when they sell them abortion. And the resistance of those baby killers towards implementing the same health and safety standards that regulate the medical profession is a loud statement on just how little they care about women.

  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/13/2015 5:18:16 PM PST · 72 of 74
    exDemMom to Pelham

    I told my mother that I have never had the flu (that I know of), and she said that I had had it as a child. I had to tell her that the stomach flu is caused by a completely different virus...

    The avian influenzas have a higher case fatality rate than Ebola, and are more contagious. Yet Ebola nearly caused a national panic while the various deadly influenzas barely elicit yawns.

    If you want to become really nervous, take a look at bird migratory routes. In the northern latitudes, birds from all continents mingle and share diseases. Those deadly diseases circulating in Asia cannot be confined there.

  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/13/2015 5:07:19 PM PST · 71 of 74
    exDemMom to webstersII
    Since you are looking at the data, shouldn’t you say you expect to have a 48% chance of not getting the flu, as that is the effectiveness rate? IIRC someone posted on FR on another thread that the effectiveness in some years has been less than 20%.

    I just heard the other day that the flu shot is particularly effective this year. It was reformulated because the virus underwent a lot of change during the last flu season, which made the H3N2 component of the vaccine less than 40% effective (the other components were better than 60% effective). I do not know what the efficacy is this year. I do know, however, that I have been receiving flu vaccines for the last 11 years, and I have never (to my knowledge) had the flu.

    Immunity against flu is a complex issue. People can have residual immunity from a previous vaccination; even a flu vaccine that is less than 50% effective still partially protects by decreasing the severity of the disease. Some people, after getting flu shots for years, have been shown to develop a universal immunity. A vaccine that provides universal immunity against most or all strains of influenza is a "holy grail" among flu researchers. Studying why a small number of people develop universal immunity can yield clues that would help with developing a universal vaccine.

    Effectiveness has to be balanced against side effects. I personally know two people who got the shot and wound up with an infected nerve, i.e., Bell’s Palsy (yes the doctor said it was from the flu shot).

    That sounds like operator error. People who administer vaccines incorrectly can cause severe damage. Vaccine researchers are developing alternate methods of administering vaccines that would not involve poking a needle through the skin. When those alternate vaccination methods come on-line, the rate of injection injury should decrease.

    Also, I would recommend that your friends/relatives who were injured file a report in the VAERS system, to help researchers. To file a VAERS report, they need to know the vaccine lot number, manufacturer, type and duration of injury, and other pertinent details. This kind of data will help researchers design better vaccines in the future.

  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/13/2015 3:39:42 AM PST · 62 of 74
    exDemMom to Tramonto

    If, by “party line”, you mean the “line” of scientists who make their careers out of studying dangerous infectious diseases and devising the best countermeasures that modern scientific method can produce, then yes, indeed, I do tow the party line.

    While liberal politicians and pundits salivate over increasing death rates, the scientists and physicians who work for the federal health agencies are actually driven by the prospect of saving lives and helping people to live as healthy as possible. Weird government disconnect, isn’t it?

  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/13/2015 3:34:55 AM PST · 61 of 74
    exDemMom to Pelham

    At my most recent assignment, I was the influenza expert. I’ve had to pass the torch, but during that time, I read hundreds of articles on the flu. Most people shrug it off as a negligible threat, but in reality, tens of thousands of people die of it in the US alone every year. When a new strain arises, that death rate can be multiplied. Some of those avian flus circulating (mostly) in Asia have case fatality rates of 30% (H7N9) or above 50% (H5N1).

    I do not ever recall having the flu, but people have told me that having it is a miserable experience.

    Influenza is, indeed, scary stuff.

  • Republicans are becoming the anti-cronyism party

    11/12/2015 8:14:01 PM PST · 4 of 17
    exDemMom to markomalley

    There is nothing conservative about cronyism. No company, big or small, should receive special favors from government.

  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/12/2015 7:03:37 PM PST · 24 of 74
    exDemMom to upchuck

    Oh, my. As usual, an anti-vaxxer grossly misrepresents studies, fails to accurately report what they say, and shows an utter lack of comprehension of what the study does say.

    I only read the study at the link “Read the government study that found no flu shot benefit in elderly” (I am not including the actual link). What it said is that the elderly they looked at were already immune to the H3N2 as a result of the 1968 pandemic—therefore, they did not benefit from being vaccinated. That is wildly different than saying that vaccinations do no good.

    This study had some severe limitations, in that ALL of its conclusions were made on the basis of *estimates* of influenza illness, and not on actual diagnosed cases. To do a study properly, there must be *matched* control and study groups. There are various ways in which to set up such a study—one would be to vaccinate one group, but not the other, and then compare the rate of diagnosed influenza illness between the groups.

    The claim that there was a higher death rate in elders following the increase of vaccination rates is easily interpreted by keeping in mind that there are more elders, and thus, more of them to die from these illnesses. It has nothing to do with vaccination; it most certainly does not mean that increased vaccination rates are *causing* higher death rates.

    It is a well-known fact that the immune system becomes weaker after about age 65, and that people in that age group do not respond well to vaccines. This is why some companies have developed special high-dose influenza vaccines for the elderly. This is also behind the current recommendation to vaccinate everyone, and not just those in the high-risk age groups. If fewer people in the low-risk groups become ill, then the people in the high-risk groups are less likely to be exposed.

    It is rather funny that the article hints at some government conspiracy that is preventing government scientists from speaking out—but the author of the article used publically available medical journals to find out what those same government scientists are saying, in their own words (even if the author did misrepresent what they said). It seems that if there were some big cover-up preventing government scientists from speaking up, you wouldn’t be able to find their articles in medical journals. The fact is that government scientists are encouraged to publish—in fact, their careers depend on it. They also attend research conferences and present their work. There is no evidence of some conspiracy meant to shut them up.

    In closing, I will add that the flu vaccine has been reformulated since last year, and provides very good protection against the currently circulating strains of flu. I have had my vaccine, and expect another flu-free year.

  • Pioneering stripper Carol Doda dies at 78

    11/11/2015 6:06:49 PM PST · 3 of 40
    exDemMom to rey

    She used to do a TV station announcement in the early 1970s, which went something like this: “You are watching San Jose KGSC, the perfect 36!” (said in a rather breathless voice).

    RIP, Carol.

  • Destroying the myth of PTSD

    11/11/2015 4:59:06 PM PST · 9 of 25
    exDemMom to Ditter

    That certainly sounds like it could be PTSD. I am very sorry for your loss.

    I have volunteered to be the one who tells a family member that a loved one has died. Giving someone that kind of news is traumatic, too. It is something I will never forget.

  • Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times

    11/11/2015 4:49:42 PM PST · 24 of 56
    exDemMom to Kid Shelleen

    Every politician who does not want to stop illegal “immigration” is, in fact, enabling and encouraging human trafficking. The worst part is that they are completely aware of the atrocities they are aiding and abetting when they refuse to enforce immigration laws. But they would rather have the political power that comes from supporting illegal “immigration” and, thus, trafficking.

    Military personnel are required to learn how to recognize human trafficking. I guess that’s how the politicians who enable trafficking ease their consciences.

    Simply spreading the message in the countries that are the sources of the illegal “immigrants” that illegal immigration is no longer a pot of gold—that they *will* be deported, that they will *not* get free routine health care, that their babies will *not* be anchor babies—simply spreading that message will reduce the desire to come to the US illegally. And by reducing that desire, the ability of the coyotes to lure in the desperately poor with promises of heaven while delivering them into slavery will be impaired.

  • No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment

    11/11/2015 4:36:06 PM PST · 11 of 40
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    I wonder if this could be used to repair teeth that have already been drilled and filled.

    I had a root canal just over a year ago. While I am happy with the results (I had not realized just how much pain that tooth had caused for so many years until the root canal abolished the pain), it would have been nice to not have to essentially kill the tooth.

  • Destroying the myth of PTSD

    11/11/2015 4:32:26 PM PST · 3 of 25
    exDemMom to pboyington

    I knew someone with PTSD. He said that he got very nervous being in crowds, because he could never be sure that someone wasn’t using the crowd as a cover from which to snipe at him.

    For a lot of people, PTSD is the fear of being attacked, after having spent many months in a heightened state of awareness in a combat zone.

    I’ve never before heard of PTSD being a reaction to observing or committing a war crime. Leave it to liberals to try to poison the perception of a real psychological issue that some troops experience after being in a combat environment.

    PTSD is not limited to military personnel and veterans. It can happen to anyone as a result of any traumatic event.

  • Veteran's Day deals

    11/11/2015 5:32:08 AM PST · 9 of 13
    exDemMom to suthener

    I stopped at Napa Auto Parts last night, and got a discount for being in uniform. It never hurts to ask if a business offers a military discount.

  • The Starbucks Cup Farce (vanity)

    11/10/2015 8:34:33 PM PST · 15 of 42
    exDemMom to Dallas59

    Goodness, I used to wear an orange spotted smock just like the one in the bottom gif.

    Oddly, since I spent about 3 years working in various 7-11s, I cannot stand shopping at those stores.

  • Smell The Bern: Sanders' odious deodorant remark

    11/10/2015 7:54:13 PM PST · 5 of 16
    exDemMom to Daniel Clark
    If Bernie Sanders were really honest, he'd admit that he dislikes the free market because he doesn't trust people to be free.

    It isn't that he doesn't trust people. It's that he wants to control every aspect of their lives.

    Capitalism is the simple idea that people who contribute to society should be rewarded in a manner proportional to their contribution.

  • Neo-Prohibitionists Shattered After Study Shows Fast Food Isn’t To Blame For Obesity

    11/10/2015 4:59:58 PM PST · 8 of 13
    exDemMom to markomalley

    This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. I’ve seen far too many “studies” (conducted by physicians with no research training) that show a statistical correlation between factors x and y, and automatically assume x causes y (or vice versa). No. Correlation does not equal causation. Causation actually has to be established by carefully designed experiments, and none of the “studies” showing correlations between consumption of *any* food and obesity have ever been followed up with confirmatory statements.

    Obesity is caused by consumption of more calories than the body needs. That fact is both incredibly simple and almost intractably complex.

  • Only Conservatives Can Save The American Campus–But Should We?

    11/09/2015 6:10:00 PM PST · 27 of 30
    exDemMom to JoeFromSidney

    I think that learning something like laboratory electronics is a bit different than teaching chemistry or biology. I’m not sure I’d want students who have never handled chemicals before to be trying out chemical syntheses at home, for example.

  • Only Conservatives Can Save The American Campus–But Should We?

    11/08/2015 8:48:10 PM PST · 9 of 30
    exDemMom to windcliff

    You cannot get a science education through internet course work. Budding scientists need the hands-on experience of doing real experiments. Most humanities courses could probably be taught on the internet. Language classes could probably be effectively taught with a mixture of in-class and on-line techniques.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    11/04/2015 3:40:02 AM PST · 5,016 of 5,020
    exDemMom to Dark Wing

    That’s an interesting article—it caught my attention until my husband came down and said, “Shouldn’t you be getting ready for work?”

    I will say, however, that I am unaware of any particular features of Ebolavirus that would cause it to be able to establish a low-level persistent infection. For one thing, it is a strictly RNA virus, with no DNA intermediate. Thus, it cannot conceal its genetic material within the host cell, either integrated into the chromosome or as an extra-chromosomal plasmid.

    The only comparable virus that can hide in the body for long periods is the measles virus. I do not have time (and will not for the next several days) to compare the genomes of measles and Ebola to see if there are comparable features that would suggest that a similar mechanism in Ebola is plausible.

    So far, the Ebolavirus has been shown to “survive” in immune privileged sites such as the seminal vesicles and interior of the eyes. I think that this is a purely physical presence, and that the virus is stabilized by the controlled pH and salt content of the fluids, rather than its establishing a low-level infection in those areas. I would think that as the fluids in those sites are slowly replaced, the virus will slowly be removed through dilution (and the removed virus will be destroyed by the immune system).

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    11/04/2015 3:29:59 AM PST · 5,015 of 5,020
    exDemMom to Dark Wing

    I would want to see some stringent verification that the newborn does, indeed, have Ebola virus.

    While I could propose a hypothesis whereby the mother had a sub-clinical case of Ebola and developed an adequate immune response, but not before the baby was infected, and her antibodies protected the baby just enough to prevent it from dying—I want to see confirmation.

    There was a case where a newborn or preborn baby got Ebola and survived, but that was an exception. Most of the time, babies in utero die quickly from Ebola, and their mothers usually do not survive either.

  • Are "support the troops" and "thank you for your service" just empty phrases?

    11/04/2015 2:48:11 AM PST · 16 of 40
    exDemMom to pboyington

    People say to me, “Thank you for your service” all the time. Someone at the security station on post said it to me yesterday, when I was getting a temporary pass to go on post because I had forgotten my ID card.

    If I remember, I say, “And thank you for your support!” Usually, I don’t remember, so I just say “Thank you!”

    I think that military personnel get a lot of support. Many businesses offer military discounts—I went to a Burger King drive through the other day, and when I got up to the window to pay, the clerk saw me and said “Oh, military!” and gave me a HUGE discount on the order. Every Hard Rock Cafe I have visited gives military discounts.

    The fact that most people have not served and have no personal experience of service is not going to change. Only a limited number of people can join, and with the services drawing down, that number is decreasing. OTOH, the military can afford to be very picky about whom it allows to join—for the most part, only the best get in. I can truly say that I have never worked with a bad soldier (or airman or sailor).

  • Office of Civil Rights says disguised boy has right to shower with girls

    11/03/2015 3:59:08 AM PST · 27 of 64
    exDemMom to servo1969

    Pure insanity. The mood of the country is set by the person at the top; clearly, the person at the top is insane, since insanity has reigned during his tenure.

    Pray to God we get a sane conservative president on this next go-around, and the insanity is purged.

  • F.B.I. Tool to Identify Extremists Is Criticized

    11/02/2015 3:34:04 AM PST · 5 of 29
    exDemMom to Libloather
    "The greatest threat facing American schoolchildren today is gun violence," he said. "It's not Muslim extremism."

    Really? "Gun violence" does not happen in a vacuum--something causes it. In order to control violence, you have to look at what causes people to choose to be violent, not at the weapons they use after they make that choice.

    Judging by some of the news in the recent past few years, Muslim extremism is a big factor in people choosing to be violent. Restricting access to guns won't change that. Some kid being radicalized isn't going to suddenly love rainbows and unicorns because he can't get a gun; he will just choose another weapon, like a pressure cooker.

  • Alanis Morissette: ‘I'm helping women because there weren't any who helped me'

    11/02/2015 3:28:00 AM PST · 35 of 37
    exDemMom to Bodleian_Girl

    I do not know which song that is, since the moment I hear Alanis, I shut off the radio. But I’m sure I would feel a LOT of encapsulated pain if forced to listen to it all the way through.


  • Alanis Morissette: ‘I'm helping women because there weren't any who helped me'

    11/01/2015 2:58:54 PM PST · 4 of 37
    exDemMom to golux

    She’s a horrible singer. That she has such a high level of success is amazing. I don’t know how much help she had, but her talent sure didn’t get her there.

  • What It's Like To Be a Transgender 6-Year-Old Girl,

    10/31/2015 8:57:03 PM PDT · 38 of 70
    exDemMom to napscoordinator

    It is one thing to wish for a baby girl. But to take that wish so far as to convince your little boy to believe that he is really a girl with a penis? That is beyond sick, and horrific child abuse. Why are social services not taking this boy away from this abusive family? And his siblings, as well?