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Posts by exDemMom

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  • Zika: update from Brazil: towering non-evidence

    02/06/2016 10:20:00 AM PST · 2 of 8
    exDemMom to SubMareener

    Round-up is not going to cause microcephaly. I wonder what the nutritional status of women in that area is. I wonder if they are all vaccinated for rubella (a known risk factor). I wonder if some of the genetic conditions associated with microcephaly are common in that area (which is more likely if a lot of inbreeding goes on there).

    Until the cases are investigated and the causes are determined, it is, indeed, early to blame Zika for it.

  • Time to Break Our 'Addiction' to Fossil Fuels?

    02/06/2016 9:49:25 AM PST · 43 of 48
    exDemMom to PIF

    I wasn’t sure, that’s all. Sometimes the context is not clear when you only have words to judge by.

  • Time to Break Our 'Addiction' to Fossil Fuels?

    02/06/2016 9:03:25 AM PST · 32 of 48
    exDemMom to PIF

    Um, did you read the article? It was arguing for the expanded use of fossil fuels.

  • Rubio: Being president is not like developing real estate

    02/06/2016 5:54:08 AM PST · 8 of 65
    exDemMom to McGruff

    One could make a strong argument for the case that if we had fewer career politicians and more businessmen running the country, it would not be in the sorry state it is today, with a historically high number of potential workers sitting on the sidelines and debt through the roof. A business that tried to run itself the way politicians run the country would go bankrupt in short order.

  • Florida Governor Declares States of Emergency Over Zika Virus

    02/06/2016 5:50:48 AM PST · 9 of 40
    exDemMom to Ditter

    There actually is no evidence specifically linking Zika virus to microcephaly. There are many causes of microcephaly, including genetic, poor health of the mother, and a limited number of virus infections.

    Women who are afraid of getting Zika virus during pregnancy can theoretically be tested for immunity before getting pregnant. I say theoretically, because such a test is fairly straightforward, but I do not know if the FDA has licensed such a test yet. If I were a Zika virus researcher, I’d be hustling to standardize and “idiot-proof” such a test in order to get that FDA approval. A woman who is immune can safely get pregnant without worry that she will transmit the virus to her unborn child.

  • 100-Foot Asteroid to Buzz Earth Next Month

    02/06/2016 5:35:49 AM PST · 16 of 25
    exDemMom to LibWhacker
    There is no danger that 2013 TX68, which was first spotted in October 2013, will collide with Earth on this pass, researchers said. However, there is an extremely slight chance--less than 1 in 250 million--of an impact on Sept. 28, 2017, and even lower odds during flybys in 2046 and 2097.

    I wonder how they can say that, when the range of possible trajectories is between 11,000 and 9 million miles from Earth. That is a pretty huge range--is that a confidence interval, or is that a standard error or deviation in measurement? Either way, that huge range does not tell me that the chance of it colliding with Earth is negligible.

    Maybe it will hit a piece of space junk, which will deflect it enough to avoid entering the atmosphere.

    I'm a biochemist, not an astrophysicist, so I have no idea how they make those calculations or the assumptions behind them.

  • Muslim Women: Obama's Slap in the Face

    02/06/2016 5:25:37 AM PST · 14 of 14
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    Obama is pro-abortion, and that alone should be a glaring clue about how he feels about women’s equality.

    Abortion, to the radical left, is the be-all and end-all of women’s rights and health care. It’s an appeasement meant to shut women up, like candy given to a child to make him shut up about getting no toys for Christmas. e.g., why would women want the right to be safe from cross-dressing men in public restrooms—they have the right to abortion!

  • Should Marco Rubio Become GOP Nominee, What Will Alan Grayson Do?,Have A Cow?

    02/05/2016 10:02:27 PM PST · 24 of 24
    exDemMom to Cruz_West_Paul2016

    If Grayson would just make the same promise that other liberals make to leave the country if a decent conservative is elected, and then stick to the promise, we would all be happy.

  • He threw a tantrum. She ignored him.

    02/05/2016 8:41:41 PM PST · 73 of 77
    exDemMom to daniel1212

    My son NEVER behaved like that in public. My husband claims that I slapped his hand the first time he ever tried... I do not recall doing that. Whatever I did was effective.

    I went to the store once and a woman was trying to get her son to behave by talking to him and saying “That’s not how we behave in public.” The more he acted up, the more she talked. In other words, she was effectively rewarding him for the misbehavior.

    People who allow their kids to misbehave in public really irk me.

  • The LA Times Wants You to Feel Bad About Babies Being Born

    02/05/2016 6:59:55 PM PST · 2 of 18
    exDemMom to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Oh, the horror that a few babies escaped a horrible, brutal death by abortion. I don’t know what this world is coming to.

    /sarc

  • Gowdy Tries to Get Martin Shkreli to Talk by Invoking Wu-Tang Clan

    02/05/2016 6:47:43 PM PST · 20 of 37
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    From all accounts, this guy is a cocky jerk.

    However, he bought the company and can set the prices however he wants. If he sets them so high that no one buys, then he loses money.

    The drug in question is off-patent. That means that any company is free to make its own version and sell it.

    Market forces actually *do* work. Congress has no business poking its nose into the matter. This guy will learn soon enough that if he wants to sell stuff and get rich, he has to price it so people will buy it—no input from Congress needed.

  • NASA's Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science

    02/05/2016 3:54:45 AM PST · 20 of 41
    exDemMom to blam

    It is incredibly speculative and not very convincing. Finding a bunch of rocks similar to those formed by weather conditions on earth is not evidence that life once existed on Mars.

    I think they need more biologists at NASA, and fewer people who are so eager to find signs of past life that they interpret almost anything as such a sign.

  • Airplane!’s Creators Reveal the Origins of ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley’

    02/05/2016 2:36:34 AM PST · 129 of 131
    exDemMom to dfwgator

    I love that scene, but I have seen the movie on TV where that scene has been cut short to omit the line “Like my men.”

    What? Why do the TV movie editors ruin the joke like that?

  • The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

    02/04/2016 2:34:42 AM PST · 16 of 24
    exDemMom to r_barton

    Cool. Fig. 1 shows the airplane giving birth. The idea of self-replicating airplanes is neat, but how will it work in practice?

  • Telling tales: brother of disgraced Chinese presidential aide Ling Jihua defects to US and reveals..

    02/04/2016 2:27:21 AM PST · 3 of 21
    exDemMom to TigerLikesRooster

    Hmm. Nothing like alerting any Chinese agents who didn’t already know about his presence.

  • The e-Mail Scandal Stretches Far Beyond Hillary

    02/04/2016 2:24:54 AM PST · 8 of 28
    exDemMom to nickcarraway

    The deal with government is that any time politicians break the rules, the workers have to take training or otherwise take a hit on behalf of the politician.

    I expect a new round of emergency training is coming down the pike. We will all be told that it is illegal to send classified material using a private email system.

    Meanwhile, I can’t even send home tax statement forms from work because the email system detects personally identifying information in the attachments and refuses to send it.

    Government employees are like the whipping boys for royalty—they suffer the consequences when politicians break the law. For once, I would like to see the law applied to the politicians equally with the rest of us.

  • Today's Toons 2/3/16

    02/03/2016 4:00:10 AM PST · 9 of 18
    exDemMom to Don W

    Thank you!

  • Today's Toons 2/3/16

    02/03/2016 3:54:20 AM PST · 6 of 18
    exDemMom to pookie18

    Where’s the link? Now I have to go to work without my daily dose of Pookie’s toons!

  • Why a top food poisoning expert won’t ever eat these foods

    02/03/2016 3:52:51 AM PST · 13 of 64
    exDemMom to afraidfortherepublic

    I’ll eat rare steak and eggs easy-over. But I absolutely avoid the rest of that stuff. I used to like sprouts, until I realized that I got sick every time I ate them.

    Food safety is a huge concern to the scientific committee. Every American Society for Microbiology meeting that I have attended devotes a lot of time to that problem. Going to one of those meetings is a real hair-raising experience. Our delivery system in the US is second-to-none, with the ability to deliver foods to stores anywhere in the country within a day or so. What this means is that a tainted food can be on the store shelves in 18 states before food testing catches up to the fact that it is tainted.

    There is a tough balance, here. Fresh fruits and vegetables are considered a necessary component of a healthy diet. However, uncooked foods are the likeliest source of pathogens. Trying to come up with a better way to ensure food safety is a real challenge for the scientific community (and, by extension, the regulatory agencies who depend on the scientific advice to make decisions).

  • The Worst Songs/Videos ever Made- Post your own!

    02/03/2016 3:38:26 AM PST · 191 of 198
    exDemMom to Slings and Arrows

    That Pal Foot Foot song is simply atrocious! What really sets it off is the description just below: “Better than the Beatles—even today.” Yow!

  • The Worst Songs/Videos ever Made- Post your own!

    02/03/2016 3:31:38 AM PST · 190 of 198
    exDemMom to bigtoona

    Oh, my, that Pickle Surprise was strange. Then it led to creepy commercial videos, which I also had to watch.

    Weird stuff on youtube is for Friday night, not Wednesday morning when I have to go to work!

  • Dead Things Don't Grow

    02/02/2016 2:42:17 AM PST · 13 of 17
    exDemMom to libertylover

    There is not a DNA-like test for brain cells. They are identified based on their shape and behavior. Testing them genetically to determine that they are brain cells is complicated. Furthermore, extracting the genetic material destroys the cells—which defeats the purpose if you are trying to use such tests to determine “personhood.”

    In a tiny embryo that is just a few weeks old, you can see the brain. And since it is undeniably there, you can be certain that it is doing brain functions, meaning that the embryo has a rudimentary sense of awareness.

    In order to try to discredit the fact that an organism with a brain is aware and feeling, the abortion industry has come up with the notion that the brain is somehow inactive until some event magically turns it on. This is completely untrue, and would be laughable if not for the fact that this lie is meant to promote abortion. Every kind of cell functions according to its cell type, including brain cells. There are no magic switches that keep cells turned off until some arbitrary point. When cells do not behave according to their type, it is because they are dead—and that condition is irreversible.

  • Dead Things Don't Grow

    02/01/2016 5:17:46 PM PST · 11 of 17
    exDemMom to libertylover
    After all, cancers in the body do grow but they certainly are not preborn people.

    Unfortunately, cancers are alive, and they have their own unique DNA that is derived from, but not identical to, the DNA of the host. A cancer, however, is not and never will be a person.

    I prefer to stick to brain development as a criterion for determining humanity. Cells behave according to the cell type that they are as soon as they differentiate into that cell type. That is, muscle cells contract, heart cells beat, etc. That means that brain cells process information and send signals to the rest of the body. The brain forms between 2 and 5 weeks after conception. That means that between 2 and 5 weeks, an embryo begins to process information about its environment. The older the embryo becomes, the more sophisticated that processing gets. The brain continues to grow in complexity in form and function until about age 25, and its awareness likewise (i.e. information processing) has continuously existed and grown more complex since it formed.

  • DNA Testing Could Help Make a Case for Reparations as More Blacks Trace Their Roots to Africa

    02/01/2016 5:05:17 PM PST · 55 of 85
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    Haha. My pre-Civil War ancestors owned slaves, and I am related to the Bantu people of southeastern Africa.

    I will consider my reparation payments to myself settled.


    Reparations is such a stupid idea. Given the prevalence of slavery throughout history, probably most of us have both slaves and slave owners in our heritage. I think that only living slaves have any kind of right to demand reparations from their captors. Trying to demand money because of what people who are now dead did to other people who are also now dead is ludicrous.

  • Official: Some Clinton emails 'too damaging' to release

    01/31/2016 6:31:55 AM PST · 163 of 167
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    I still cannot get over the fact that Sandy Berger died recently without EVER being prosecuted for taking classified documents out of a secure area in his socks.

    I know that during the Clinton era, the Clintons and their cronies could get away with anything without fear of prosecution. Is that privilege still in operation, or will we finally see justice done to a Clinton?

  • Sen. Ted Cruz Is a Naturalized Citizen, not a Natural Born Citizen

    01/31/2016 6:15:38 AM PST · 131 of 146
    exDemMom to Cboldt
    The certificate that my son has, and that Ted Cruz most likely has, is not the form FS-240. Apparently, the FS-240 has been issued since 2010, and is only a report, not a certification. The certificate that my son has looks just like this one:

    Except that his says Rota, Spain, not Okinawa, Japan, etc.

    It kind of looks to me like the form FS-240 is meant to dilute the definition of a US citizen, in that it is only a report, not a certification. I do not know what kids born abroad after 2010 are supposed to use for birth certificates.

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 8:59:20 PM PST · 58 of 60
    exDemMom to bray
    You are talking about your specialty, but your are not talking evolution you are talking adaptation and mutations. You are simply mutating something into a specialized virus but it is not the same as changing into a whole new species.

    Um... "adaptation" is, as I have already explained, a synonym for evolution invented by "creationist" con-men to talk about evolution without actually saying the word. Mutations are changes in the DNA (or RNA in many viruses). Every new organism contains mutations in its genetic material that were not present in its parents. The accumulation of those mutations over generations is the process of evolution. A new species arises when a group splits off from the main population and each of the two groups accumulate a different set of mutations. Eventually, the two groups become too genetically different to interbreed, and are deemed separate species.

    I doubt you are purposely confusing the issue, but you are not proving evolution exists. There are plenty of good scientists that understand exactly what you are talking about and dismissing it as true transformation of species.

    The science is solid, but you choose to dismiss it for emotional reasons. I am not surprised that you reference "plenty of good scientists (who dismiss the evolutionary processes)" by linking to a "creation science" website. You cannot find real science at an agenda- and profit- driven junk science website. There are actually not life scientists who reject evolution--you can count so-called creationist scientists on one hand. If you want to find real science, you need to look at websites that real scientists use. The major legitimate medical science website is called PubMed (www.pubmed.org), and is a database that catalogs a majority of the peer-reviewed articles published world-wide.

    The evidence for evolution, of course, is not limited to biology. It is found throughout the world and the visible universe. Scientists of all disciplines study it all the time--whether they look at a nebula out in space, the expansion of the universe, or study the geology of the earth, the evidence is ubiquitous.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz Is a Naturalized Citizen, not a Natural Born Citizen

    01/30/2016 7:11:37 PM PST · 49 of 146
    exDemMom to kathsua

    A child who is born outside of the US to American parents receives a birth certificate from the State Department “Certificate of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America.”

    My son has one. He is as fully American as his older brother who was born in Texas.

  • Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland Referendum to Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens

    01/30/2016 10:40:29 AM PST · 18 of 29
    exDemMom to ak267

    Right. Why don’t they just vote on a referendum to eliminate all wages and salary and just distribute the same amount of money to each person? In fact, why not just vote to eliminate money altogether? Certainly, people who can bake bread will do so and bring it to the store for distribution out of the goodness of their hearts, while those who can pave driveways will go around installing new driveways for people because it is the right thing to do. From each according to his means to each according to his needs has always worked SO well!

  • Anyone else feel anxious as world collapses before our eyes?

    01/30/2016 10:33:55 AM PST · 16 of 124
    exDemMom to Randall_S
    Any other seismic shifts that I missed?

    Well, there was an article a short time ago about the danger that a big, climate-changing, volcanic eruption (on the scale of Yellowstone) is due within a few decades.

    All of our other problems will become irrelevant if that happens.

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 10:31:19 AM PST · 54 of 60
    exDemMom to Olog-hai
    So why don’t you believe Him, i.e. what He says on the matter? Ultimately, this is between you and He, and I am merely incidental. Incorporating theories ultimately derived from pagan doctrine is not in God’s honor FWICS, WADR.

    Oh, I *do* believe God about the physical nature of the universe, since He shows it to me every time I look. When I construct a phylogenetic tree that shows a very specific evolutionary relationship and progression between closely related viruses, I believe that evidence. When I test the laws of physics and find them to be absolute and inviolable, I believe that evidence. The universe behaves according to the eternal and inviolable laws that God imposed on it, not according to the words of a moral lesson written a few thousand years ago by fallible men trying to understand God's will. What I most emphatically do NOT believe is that God is a trickster who took great care to plant evidence of an old earth, an older universe, and the process of evolution (at all levels, not just biological).

    Evolution is not fundamental to biology, sorry. People like Pasteur (who believed in creation) are far more important (dare I say infinitely more important) to the development of biology than people such as Darwin.

    Evolution is absolutely fundamental to biology, in much the same way that atomic theory is fundamental to chemistry or electromagnetic theory is fundamental to physics. Like any scientific theory, the theory of evolution is a predictive description of observed facts that helps to drive research by giving scientists the tools they need to make experimentally testable hypotheses. Understanding the process of evolution, the process described in the theory, is crucial in order to conduct biological research and to interpret the results.

    Pasteur worked at a time when molecular biology was not even an idea, and the concept of hereditary genetics (itself a consequence of evolution) was barely in its infancy. Sure, he was able to develop a process to make milk safe to consume and a treatment for rabies. The fact that he did not consider the evolutionary components of his work does not mean they do not exist. I think he used rabbits to develop the rabies treatment; if it were not for the common genetic heritage (a consequence of evolution) of rabbits and humans, no treatment developed in rabbits would work on humans.

    Evolution takes place through the accumulation of mutations in the genetic material (DNA for most organisms). The more time goes by, the more such mutations take place. The fact is that you could choose any gene you want, at random, and use it to construct a phylogenetic tree. And that tree will closely match the phylogenetic tree constructed using a different gene. And both trees will match phylogenies constructed using taxonomic methods. If there were no evolution, you would not be able to construct any of these trees, and you certainly would not be able to compare trees constructed independently, using different methods to come up with the same results. BTW, one feature of science is that when it is a genuine reflection of reality, different methods lead to the same results.

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 10:06:59 AM PST · 53 of 60
    exDemMom to bray
    Those viruses are not evolving to another virus they are simply adapting or mutating defenses to combat certain vaccines. The flu virus never becomes a cold virus it stays in the flu family and simply develops a resistance.

    In my experience, the term "adaptation" has been used extensively by con-men who use the word to describe evolution without actually using the word "evolution." Those con-men also have very limited understanding of evolution--the "adaptation" process they describe in order to avoid using the word "evolution" actually proceeds orders of magnitude faster than real evolution, and would result in greater change far faster than we actually observe. There actually is no "adaptation"--what happens is that viruses reproduce so rapidly that a person can be infected with millions or billions of virus particles at a time. And since each new virus is genetically different (genetic mutation happens during reproduction of any organism), some of those viruses happen to have mutations that make them better suited for survival.

    The changes in the flu virus are in the genetic material, which, by definition, means they are evolutionary changes. That is because any change in an organism is coded in the genetic material, and the genetic material changes randomly, spontaneously, and constantly. For the most part, those changes in the flu virus enable it to bypass the immune system. That is why you can get the flu over and over, and why the flu vaccine has to be changed every year.

    That is not evolution and no scientist has been able to change the DNA of one virus to another or it would be cured completely. You are interchanging words from adaptation to evolution which is completely different.

    Not all viruses use DNA, some use RNA instead. Besides that, scientists change the DNA and RNA of viruses all the time, and have created many viruses that do not exist in nature. Is that evolution? No, but it is using the tools and principles of evolution to come up with things not found in nature. BTW, this kind of research is strictly regulated, and scientists are careful to maintain positive control over new organisms.

    Why as a scientist would you spend your time defending it rather than poking holes in it to see if it can withstand scrutiny? Because it is a political tenant just like Global Warming. Do you really believe man came from an amoeba?

    By its nature, science is a process of poking holes in assumptions and trying to test them. We spend our lives not trying to positively prove things, but trying to disprove them. Not only that, but we criticize and poke holes in other scientists' work. If you are a scientist and you want to publish your research results, one of the first things you do is send your manuscript to other scientists to be criticized. If the manuscript holds up to their scrutiny, you send it to a scientific journal, which sends it to other scientists, experts in your field, who read it and do their best to poke holes in it. Usually, you have to fix things about the manuscript before you can publish it, but once it has survived all the criticism and attempts to poke holes, it can be published. This is the peer-review process.

    Part of the process of educating young scientists is teaching them to be critical and to be ruthless about questioning assumptions.

    As I pointed out before, the concept of "global warming" is pretty much in its own category. You have to understand that politicians have agendas, and they distribute funding for research. And research progress is reported to Congress, very few of whom are scientists. As an example, someone who is studying the spread of Zika virus northwards into the US is undoubtedly looking at the issue very scientifically, examining where susceptible mosquito populations are, how efficiently the virus is transmitted human to mosquito back to human, etc. Invasion of species into areas where they have never been before is nothing new; it has been going on since there has been life on earth. Perhaps, for whatever reason, that scientist studying Zika virus does not think it is getting enough attention and that more people need to be researching it. Well, that scientist is competing with thousands of other scientists, each clamoring that their avenue of research has major public health implications. How does that Zika virus researcher make his/her voice a little louder than the other researchers? By tying it to global warming, because every scientist is aware that our scientifically illiterate Congress will notice the words "global warming" before they perceive the health threat.

    I do not "believe" that humans evolved from earlier primates, which evolved from earlier organisms, and so on back a few billion years. That is what the evidence shows; it takes no particular effort to "believe" it. Do you really believe that the visible universe is only 6,000 light-years in radius, and that God is deceiving us by making it look like some stars are millions and billions of light-years away? Or that He is deceiving us by planting evidence of geological and biological evolution in the earth around us and even in the genetic material of every living organism?

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 9:27:37 AM PST · 50 of 60
    exDemMom to Olog-hai

    You know what? God gave me a sharp intellect and vivid curiosity about the universe that He created. Unlike you, I do not feel threatened that the universe about which He made me so curious does not match the details of a lesson about morality written a few thousand years ago.

    I do not know how someone can possibly be “indoctrinated” in science. The scientific method is based on getting to the truth, regardless of preconceived ideas and beliefs. Young people interested in science are taught about the experimental evidence that led to certain conclusions, which then led to more experimentation, leading to more conclusions, etc. They are encouraged to examine the evidence for themselves and to reproduce some of the early experiments. I do not know how that equates to “indoctrination.”

    As I have said, and will continue to say, it is impossible to conduct any kind of biological research while trying to pretend that the fundamental framework of biology does not exist. The Soviet Union tried that—they arrested and executed scientists who kept insisting that the physical nature of the world cannot be changed for political expediency. They did not succeed in changing biology to align to Soviet principles, but they did succeed in setting back biomedical research for decades—a setback that they are still trying to overcome. Trying to force scientists to conduct research that adheres to Genesis, rather than physical evidence, would be just as fruitless. You simply cannot advance technology in ANY field without a correct understanding of the physical laws underlying it.

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 8:56:39 AM PST · 40 of 60
    exDemMom to Olog-hai

    Seriously? You’re going to have a steep uphill battle to convince me of that, much less the thousands of other medical researchers who routinely use evolutionary principle to inform their research.

    If it weren’t for evolution driving the constant change of microorganisms (and insects, rodents, etc.), we’d have wiped out infectious disease eons ago, and true “organic” agriculture would be the only agriculture we know, since pests would have been wiped out. But evolution, through the pressures of genetic selection, causes those nasty organisms to survive despite our best efforts to wipe them out.

    I don’t suppose you are aware of the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria? How do you think they became resistant? Answer: they evolved resistance. And through other evolutionary processes, they shared those resistance mechanisms even with unrelated bacteria.

    As I said, trying to conduct medical research while avoiding any use of evolutionary theory would be as futile as trying to conduct chemical research without any use of atomic theory. You can’t do research without understanding the fundamental laws and processes.

  • Gov. Bevin sends cease-and-desist letter to Louisville Planned Parenthood offering abortions

    01/30/2016 8:46:48 AM PST · 3 of 5
    exDemMom to Republican Wildcat

    “Legal, safe, and rare” was a lie when it was first uttered, and remains a lie.

    Legal abortion has never been about women’s rights or health, but about abortionists’ profits. Abortionists routinely flout the law and get away with it by claiming that they are supporting women’s rights—so why should anyone be surprised that this new abortuary is going ahead with its blood business without bothering with proper licensing procedures?

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 8:40:26 AM PST · 31 of 60
    exDemMom to bray

    Global warming is a concept that certain politicians have adopted to force us to submit to the scam of socialism. It does not matter that the science does not support it—what matters to the politicians is that it presents a way to use science to try to get people to submit to a form of government that people have never willingly adopted before, no matter how much it was advocated. Some scientists, in order to increase their chance of funding, throw phrases like “because of global warming” into their publications and grant proposals. However, such phrases are meaningless and are usually accompanied by at least one hypothesis as to what the scientist really thinks is going on.

    Evolution, OTOH, is a pretty fundamental concept of biology. Trying to conduct medical research without acknowledging the central role of evolution in, well, just about any biological process would be like trying to conduct chemical research without acknowledging the basic structure of the atom. It is because viruses act according to evolutionary law that public health experts are so concerned about primarily influenza (it is a virus that changes rapidly in accordance with evolutionary law), but also other microorganisms. Because they are small and reproduce quickly, microorganisms evolve quite rapidly, and there is always the danger that a newly evolved pathogen will cause widespread illness and death, like the influenza did in 1918. Understanding evolution is not just important in infectious disease research—it is important for any medical research. We are able to use animals in medical research because of our evolutionary relatedness. Without the common ancestry making us genetically similar, testing on animals would be worthless, since no animal data could ever be relevant to humans.

  • How Are Republicans and Democrats Different?

    01/30/2016 8:27:03 AM PST · 22 of 23
    exDemMom to Tupelo

    When they get to Washington, the Republican politicians are basically surrounded by bullies who see them as a threat to their power structure. The bullies are both Democrat politicians and the major media.

    There is a thing called “the Stockholm syndrome” where people taken captive adopt the values of their captors. It is a survival mechanism. It takes a certain inner strength to resist succumbing to the Stockholm syndrome. It is impossible to know ahead of time which Republican candidates will succumb, and which ones will be strong enough to resist.

    This is why I think that sending politicians to Washington is a bad idea. With today’s technology, they can communicate via teleconferences and email. Keeping them out of Washington would prevent subjecting them to the hostile environment that, unfortunately, causes them to develop the Stockholm syndrome. Furthermore, it would keep them among their constituents and reinforce their commitment to the values that got them elected in the first place.

  • How Are Republicans and Democrats Different?

    01/30/2016 8:20:35 AM PST · 20 of 23
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    In column after column, New York Times writer Paul Krugman repeats the canard that the Republican Party is the party of selfishness and greed and the Democratic Party is the party of altruism and charity. This, by the way, is how most of the intellectual elite thinks. Yet if we look at the personal behavior of Republicans and Democrats, the reverse seems to be true.

    Well... duh. Conservatives have known for a long time that liberalism is based in personal greed masked as concern for fellow citizens. Unfortunately, too many Republican politicians seem to forget that truth when they get elected.

  • What if Marx was wrong? (Saturbray)

    01/30/2016 8:13:55 AM PST · 21 of 60
    exDemMom to bray

    Um, when you have to try to make a political point by trying to discredit science (and, by extension, the scientific method), you fail dramatically.

    Political “science” is not science, but a discipline of sociology—which basically assumes that people can be molded into any unnatural behavior by the proper conditioning.

    Real science examines the natural world, makes logical assumptions based on observed facts about that world (aka “hypotheses”), and tests those assumptions. When the assumptions are shown to be incorrect, scientists revise them to take into account the new data and retest. In this way, little by little, the true nature of the world is revealed. The scientific method is, by its nature, self-correcting, and eventually does get to the truth. You cannot force science to demonstrate untrue things about nature, no matter how much you want to, and you cannot advance technologically unless you understand natural laws. For example, science fiction makes the concept of faster-than-light travel very exciting. But physics has established that it is impossible to go faster than light. No matter how much we want to disbelieve the physical law that makes exceeding light speed impossible, we cannot make a vehicle that travels faster than light. It won’t work.

    Marxism has nothing to do with science. If anything, it is anti-science, in that it tries to impose behavior systems on human societies that conflict with our natural, biologically-driven, social structures. Physical law absolutely cannot be broken, not even by dedicated Marxists.

  • South Carolina House Passes Bill Excluding Sharia Law From State Courts

    01/30/2016 8:00:33 AM PST · 18 of 26
    exDemMom to upchuck

    How ironic. I bet that the 42 who voted to recognize Sharia law also swear by Gaia that they are committed to women’s rights and equality. Sharia law, of course, places women as being less valuable than property, and with fewer rights.

  • Psychology: Deradicalizing Muslim terrorists (very interesting)

    01/30/2016 7:56:37 AM PST · 92 of 164
    exDemMom to antidisestablishment
    Even though the psychological factors are clearly defined, my estimation is that even with very competent therapists, only few attempts of deradicalization are successful. This is because radical Liberals both have to want it, dare to go against the their own radical network and be able to go through the hard and extensive psychological and practical processes of abandoning psychological, cultural and academic factors deeply rooted in their upbringing and lifestyle, in order to deradicalize.

    Indeed. It takes a strong effort to get people to recognize that there is a problem with their inner assumptions. I remember back in the 1970s and 1980s, the efforts people would make to get their loved ones back when they were pulled into cults--it took a very strong "deprogramming" effort, and was not always successful. And nowadays, I think the law is against deprogramming--the law assumes that people who are taken into cults continue to act under their own free will. It actually is not the case; people who are pulled into cults no longer act freely (and, in this case, the law illustrates the destructive power of unexamined assumptions).

    It takes a lot of effort to deprogram people, whether the cult is Islam, liberalism, or Hare Krishna. To be deprogrammed means to accept change, and that is very frightening to people.

  • What a Gay Man’s Court Victory Over a Catholic Girls School Means

    01/30/2016 6:47:30 AM PST · 3 of 25
    exDemMom to NRx

    He agreed to the terms and conditions of employment, and they let him go when it turned out he did not adhere to them. Why is that discrimination?

    One right embodied in the first amendment is the freedom of association. Every time someone is forced to cater to gays, that right is being infringed. Maybe it’s time for lawyers to base their cases on that right, as well as the right to practice one’s religion. Every single one of these cases decided in favor of bullying gays (and other people who have sex-related mental illness) is decided in a way that absolutely violates the first amendment.

  • Psychology: Deradicalizing Muslim terrorists (very interesting)

    01/30/2016 6:33:59 AM PST · 66 of 164
    exDemMom to RoosterRedux

    A lot of the characteristics of violent Islamists are identical to many characteristics of liberals. Many liberal universities, in fact, have stopped educating students in favor of instilling a victim mentality, along with many of the other traits mentioned. Those liberal schools even instill a religion—earth worship—that pushes its adherents to devalue human life, especially that of “others” who don’t share their religion.

    What do we need to import terrorists for? Some of our universities and media are already working hard to turn our own children into terrorists!

    On a related note, understanding the basis for a liberal world-view should help us to combat it better.

  • 'Planet Earth' Really Hates Donald Trump: “People are in disbelief" "People are kind of scared"

    01/30/2016 6:17:22 AM PST · 62 of 77
    exDemMom to drewh

    Looks to me like they hate Trump for the same reason that kids in school hate the smartest one in the class. It is jealousy and envy combined with the fact that the very existence of the smart kid reminds the others of just how inadequate they are.

    Never mind that petty jealousy never brought anyone up. Those other countries don’t want to improve themselves, they want to bring the US down to their level.

  • Should people be denied choices at the end of life?

    01/30/2016 6:07:44 AM PST · 36 of 37
    exDemMom to rstrahan

    No one is telling you that you cannot refuse medical treatment. We just don’t want you getting a doctor to kill you. There are all kinds of reasons to not want killer MDs... a LOT of reasons.

    No one who is helpless for whatever reason is safe when MDs can kill them rather than treat them. It does not matter what the medical condition is, or whether it is treatable—once a doctor is involved who has nothing against killing, that patient will not survive. As a patient, I do not want someone who is capable of murder to be my caregiver. I don’t care how murder is rationalized—a person who can rationalize it in one context can rationalize it in another.

  • Should people be denied choices at the end of life?

    01/30/2016 5:58:32 AM PST · 35 of 37
    exDemMom to trisham
    I can only imagine the kind of person who would be attracted to a career in medicine if they were required to euthanize people, for whatever reason.

    We already have people who get medical degrees in order to kill people. They are called "abortionists." Some of them are very good at pretending they care, but in reality, they are psychopaths who are incapable of any empathy for another human being.

  • Rubio Urges Against Mass Deportation as Fix to Immigration

    01/29/2016 5:42:28 PM PST · 8 of 45
    exDemMom to Lurkinanloomin

    I like that analogy.

  • 357 DAYS

    01/29/2016 4:16:21 AM PST · 7 of 28
    exDemMom to Lazamataz

    I’d like to see this in the form of a continuous countdown clock, similar to the debt clock linked in my tagline.

  • In shocking move, Japan adopts negative interest rate as deflation fight falters

    01/29/2016 4:13:49 AM PST · 14 of 53
    exDemMom to SkyPilot

    Right—in a cashless society, how is big crime supposed to operate? I see that as a major obstacle to any move to a cash-free society.

    Besides, negative interest has a negative effect only on electronic money. The paper money in your pocket is not affected.

  • Last Land Rover Defender rolls off production line

    01/29/2016 4:12:07 AM PST · 9 of 15
    exDemMom to Jewbacca

    I think that is something else. There was a law in Spain that vehicles that could not reach the speed limit had to have a sticker warning other drivers of that fact.

    Drivers of those vehicles would often stick their hand out the window and wave it around to indicate when it was safe to pass them. It was kind of funny, since the Spanish hand signals were not the same as those we were taught in school, and it was not always clear what they were trying to communicate.