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  • Arizona woman gets 3.5 years prison for driving over non-voting husband

    05/22/2015 3:33:22 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    exDemMom to petercooper

    He’s sitting, she’s standing.

  • Jewelry store sign prompts same-sex couple to ask for refund

    05/21/2015 8:42:07 PM PDT · 17 of 37
    exDemMom to massmike

    A) People have free speech.
    B) You can’t change the way millions of years of evolution have shaped human behavior by throwing tantrums and insisting that your same-sex friendship is the same as an opposite sex mating bond.

    I hate to be crude, but, seriously, all our biological imperative “cares about” is to make sure the next generation is born.

  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Listed as Safe Haven for Moms to Surrender Their Newborn Baby

    05/21/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · 10 of 15
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Oh, I know very well that those who work in abortuaries don’t believe the lies that they tell their clients.

    The point I was getting at is that a Planned Parenthood would have no problem with killing kids left at one of their “clinics” under a safe haven law, and I think they probably would do so, rather than go to the trouble of calling whoever picks up those kids. They would almost certainly get away with it, which is even more likely if they do the autopsies in-house rather than send them out to a third party pathologist. How hard would it be to kill a newborn and record it on the autopsy report as the remains of a normal, uncomplicated abortion? It’s not like anyone is going to check.

  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Listed as Safe Haven for Moms to Surrender Their Newborn Baby

    05/21/2015 6:00:48 PM PDT · 5 of 15
    exDemMom to Morgana
    I called and asked to make sure and yep, you can relinquish your child at Planned Parenthood a few minutes after it was legal for them to rip the child apart through abortion.”

    Do they do in-house autopsies of the babies they abort? If so, then they would have no trouble falsifying autopsy records after killing kids left there under "safe haven" provisions to make it look like they were just more aborted kids. If they send the remains out for autopsy, then falsifying records would be more difficult and would depend on the integrity of the pathologist doing the autopsies (which is probably not that high--I can't imagine a pathologist with a shred of decency willingly autopsying babies murdered by abortion).

    If I were worried about the future of my baby that I had chosen NOT to abort, but could not keep, I certainly wouldn't take that kid to Planned Parenthood! In fact, I'd probably do what I already did in that situation--talk to a lawyer and arrange an adoption.

  • Gay ‘marriage’ study faked data to help homosexual activists

    05/21/2015 5:53:25 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    exDemMom to onedoug
    Had the piece been peer reviewed it most likely would not have appeared at all.

    It was peer-reviewed, but whoever the reviewers were, they didn't catch on to the article's obvious flaws. This does, unfortunately, happen sometimes.

    The most egregious example of a paper that was peer-reviewed and published despite the fact that it was utter rubbish (the shockingly low quality of the "research" should have been obvious to anyone who has any understanding of the research process at all) was the one by Andrew Wakefield, claiming a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. It wasn't just bad research, it breathed new life into the age-old anti-vax movement, and it still has influence many years after it was retracted.

    The peer-review process is not perfect, by a long shot. However, it does stand as a barrier to a lot of real garbage getting published.

  • Yes, You Can Be Prosecuted For Stealing Gold, Weapons From Video Game Characters

    05/21/2015 5:17:56 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    exDemMom to Morpheus2009
    There’s hardly any value to video games anymore, they are so brainless that you are paying money, even with the non MMO games, to buy an expensive, glorified, movie, or one in the MMO games, that forever drains your money, until you terminate it.

    I do play World of Warcraft, and have done so for almost 10 years. I know people, I have friends there. Playing is about more than the game.

    The way I figure it, it is cheap entertainment. I do not watch TV. I watch youtube and read a lot. I spent more to go to see Mad Max with my son ($25) than it costs for 1 month of gaming ($15). If you count the water and box of candy I bought, that one movie cost more than 2 months of gaming.

  • Yes, You Can Be Prosecuted For Stealing Gold, Weapons From Video Game Characters

    05/21/2015 5:13:06 PM PDT · 22 of 27
    exDemMom to hoosierham

    Several years ago, my husband’s game account was hacked, with all of his game items sold, the gold stolen, and the characters deleted. He got everything back, but it took a few days.

    I happened to log in while the hacking was taking place, and put in a ticket right away. My husband was able to talk to someone using my account, and got the process started to restore his account.

  • Gay ‘marriage’ study faked data to help homosexual activists

    05/21/2015 3:21:46 PM PDT · 22 of 24
    exDemMom to onedoug
    I used to think Science was pretty well peer reviewed.

    This "study" was retracted. Even top-notch journals like Science can make mistakes on occasion; their quality is validated by their actions once they discover the mistake. They did the right thing by issuing the retraction. Had they not issued a retraction, then their position as one of the world's leading journals would have to be questioned.

  • Yes, You Can Be Prosecuted For Stealing Gold, Weapons From Video Game Characters

    05/21/2015 3:06:38 PM PDT · 12 of 27
    exDemMom to rightwingcrazy
    I wonder what the exchange rate is for fake gold.

    It depends on how popular the game is. Because people need game gold to pretty much do anything in games, they are often willing to pay real money to get the gold, since it is easier to get real money than game gold. For example, in China, "gold farmers" basically work in a sweat-shop-like environment playing games like World of Warcraft, earning game gold that their employers then sell for real money (dollars or Euros). Sometimes, the gold farmers are prisoners who are forced to play the games for hours on end. The gold sellers often aggressively market the gold, contacting players in game, sending them emails, or broadcasting advertisements through the game chat channels.

    There is a whole sordid industry built around selling game gold for real money to people who don't want to earn it honestly through game "jobs."

  • Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill

    05/21/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · 2 of 39
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    You can’t help the mentally ill. Putting them in institutions and so forth decreases the number of homeless. The left will never stand for that, since they need to point at the homeless as “proof” of how bad conservative policies are.

  • PETA Demands Bar Change Its Name Because ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ Is Offensive to Chickens

    05/20/2015 6:11:35 PM PDT · 24 of 81
    exDemMom to smoothsailing

    PETA—the organization that promises to find new homes for pets, but murders them as soon as the owner turns his/her back. PETA, for whom it seems Terry McAuliffe signed a new Virginia law requiring shelters to actually find homes for animals (the law doesn’t state that, but the way it is written looks like it was specifically targeted at PETA). PETA, whose founder Ingrid Newkirk, when she was a Washington DC animal control officer, came in to work early every morning because she couldn’t wait to get to her favorite part of the job, killing dogs who weren’t adopted quickly enough.

    Whenever I see some PETA spokesman say something stupid, like this being overly worried about chickens’ feelings, I think of what a bunch of hypocrits they are. People who genuinely care about animals do not talk as if the animals are equivalent to human while killing animals every chance they get.

  • Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders Proposes Free College Tuition

    05/20/2015 4:26:03 AM PDT · 13 of 25
    exDemMom to nathanbedford
    In Europe the students are sitting in lecture halls typing notes into their laptops but professors in my son's American university prohibit the use of computers in class.

    On that, it sounds like the American way is better. Who knows what those students are doing with those laptops? Youtube, Facebook, Icanhas.cheezburger? OTOH, writing notes by hand helps fix the information in the brain. I carry a notebook around all the time, and take notes during meetings and important conversations. I rarely look back at the notes, but I remember the important stuff because I wrote it down. You can't always carry a laptop, but you can *always* have a notebook.

  • Activist Emma Sulkowicz Carries Her Mattress to Columbia University Graduation

    05/20/2015 4:16:22 AM PDT · 37 of 83
    exDemMom to South Dakota

    I think I read somewhere that 30% or more of rape accusations are false. Yet women are almost never held accountable for making false accusations. Perhaps that needs to change. Men have gone to prison on the basis of false accusations.

    I read one article that claimed that rape accusations essentially come down to a “he said—she said” scenario, because the rape kit only shows that an act took place, not that it was rape. That isn’t quite true. During rape, a woman is uncooperative, which leads to certain stereotypical injuries. I’d say that the absence of those injuries should make an alleged rape that much harder to prosecute.

  • Activist Emma Sulkowicz Carries Her Mattress to Columbia University Graduation

    05/20/2015 3:41:05 AM PDT · 26 of 83
    exDemMom to Stevenc131
    This is why he filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school.

    I wish him complete success. A guy's life shouldn't be ruined because of fake allegations.

  • (Maryland) MVA Drops Parallel Parking from Driver’s License Test

    05/20/2015 3:36:59 AM PDT · 5 of 35
    exDemMom to markomalley
    According to Buel Young, spokesperson for the MVA, the administration determined that completing a two-point turn and backing up are similar enough to parallel parking to eliminate the parking element from the test.

    Seriously? Those procedures are trivial next to parallel parking. If they were going to drop a skill from the test, they should have dropped backing up and kept the far more difficult task of parallel parking.

    As if dealing with Maryland drivers wasn't enough of a challenge already...

  • Louisiana Abortion Activists Vandalize Billboards Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

    05/19/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    exDemMom to Morgana
    Apparently members of pro-abortion groups in New Orleans have no regard for private property.

    Do you expect more from people who have no regard for human life?

  • Blue Buffalo Admits To Lying About Ingredients

    05/19/2015 8:10:17 PM PDT · 9 of 31
    exDemMom to Altariel
    Are meat and vegetable ingredients sourced from USDA inspected and approved human edible ingredients?

    I once read a veterinary manual on inspecting carcasses for edibility and learned that there are animal diseases that render carcasses unfit for human consumption, but still considered suitable for animal food. Other animal diseases render carcasses unfit for consumption by anything. You know your pet won't get meat that is tagged inedible, but I don't know how you could know if it is getting something that's barely healthy enough to be considered animal food.

  • 'Everyone should wear flats': Emily Blunt on Cannes' rumored high-heels-only policy

    05/19/2015 6:17:19 PM PDT · 12 of 28
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    I’ve never worn heels, and I doubt if I ever will. It’s beyond me why they are even considered attractive.

    There are perfectly nice flats that do not cause foot and leg damage. I stick with those.

  • Do CEOs Make 300 Times What Workers Get? Not Even Close

    05/19/2015 4:36:39 AM PDT · 2 of 27
    exDemMom to IBD editorial writer

    Another lie promoted by the left that is unquestioningly accepted is that “income inequality” is somehow bad. Of course, the left wants to use the supposed injustice of market-driven income inequality to promote the stark income inequality that is characteristic of socialism—where everyone is dirt poor, except for the few mega-rich at the top.

  • “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After a Family Friend Prays for Her

    05/19/2015 4:00:34 AM PDT · 11 of 23
    exDemMom to kathsua

    I hate to say it, but nothing in that article describes a test for brain death. One of the tests for brain death is to remove the patient from the ventilator to see if the resulting increase in carbon dioxide in the blood will cause the patient to spontaneously attempt to breathe. Clearly, this test was NOT done before this girl was supposedly pronounced brain dead. The fact that she was removed from the ventilator and immediately began to breathe on her own is pretty indicative that brain death was never diagnosed in this case.

    I realize that it’s very dramatic to say that someone was brain dead and later “woke up.” However, in real life, that just does not happen. A person who is brain dead is dead, period. People do not wake up from brain death any more than they wake up after they’ve been embalmed and placed in a coffin.

    I really dislike this purposeful obfuscation between brain dead and brain injured. Sure, it’s dramatic and makes for a good story when the supposedly “brain dead” (but in reality, comatose) person wakes up. But in reality, it confuses people, so much so that the media used the misunderstanding several years ago to describe a severely brain injured woman as being “brain dead” in order to gain public support for her murder by starvation and dehydration. Does anyone remember Terry Schindler? Would it have been as easy to gin up public support for her horrific murder if people understood what brain death really is, and that she was not and never was brain dead (until she was murdered)?

  • (Preacher) Man threatens to shoot abortion protesters – becomes physical as wife exits clinic

    05/18/2015 4:11:00 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    exDemMom to Morgana
    Some abortion clinics also give out birth control pills, do pap smears and the like. It is quite possible she was going for simple birth control. She was not in long enough for an actual abortion, at least that trip anyway. I suspect maybe she was coming for birth control.

    Given the HUGE conflict of interest and the complete lack of medical ethics practiced by abortionists, an abortuary is not the best choice for getting birth control. I've heard that they purposely prescribe doses of birth control pills that are too low to prevent pregnancy; I've also heard of them distributing faulty condoms.

    As I said, there are any number of bona fide medical clinics where one can get services. Hopefully, this couple will choose one of those next time around, and not an abortuary. And they shouldn't be so confrontational... well, there would be no reason to be confrontational about walking into a legitimate clinic.

  • (Preacher) Man threatens to shoot abortion protesters – becomes physical as wife exits clinic

    05/17/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · 12 of 21
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Really? If the guy’s wife needed actual medical services, why was he taking her to an abortuary? Surely, there must be a bona fide medical clinic in the neighborhood that could treat her problems?

    Sorry, that doesn’t pass the smell test. Neither does the man’s violence.

  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/17/2015 8:14:39 PM PDT · 22 of 64
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    I started with a community college, moved on to university, and then to graduate school. I borrowed less than $10,000 to do it. Plus, my graduate school fees and tuition were covered, and I received a stipend on top of it.

    I didn’t go to big name schools for undergrad, and I still got into one of the top graduate schools.

    There are ways to get an education without going neck-deep into debt.

  • New PETA Ad About Importance of Animal Life Shows Them Killing Fish

    05/17/2015 10:22:48 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    exDemMom to BCR #226
    PETA has a known and well documented track record for killing animals. Specifically pets. They’ve been trying to get Va. to repeal it’s reporting requirement law for years now and I can see why given the 90 some percent kill rate they have.

    I saw something recently where Terry McAuliffe (the Clinton apologist) actually signed into law in Virginia a bill requiring that shelters place animals into homes... I forget the exact details, but the law appeared directly aimed at stopping PETA's practice of murdering dogs, cats, and other pets as soon as receiving them.

  • Too Many Black Students Suspended Leads Oakland Schools to Stop Punishment

    05/17/2015 4:56:54 AM PDT · 44 of 123
    exDemMom to dennisw

    Back when I was a kid, CA schools used corporal punishment.

    I never liked the idea... but I’m beginning to change my mind on it. If those kids disrupting the class were subjected to corporal punishment instead of suspension, perhaps their behavior would improve a bit.

    What kind of punishment is suspension, anyway? The kid doesn’t want to go to school, so you punish him by not allowing him to go??? It seems more like a reward to me.

  • Too Many Black Students Suspended Leads Oakland Schools to Stop Punishment

    05/17/2015 4:49:52 AM PDT · 39 of 123
    exDemMom to patro
    Antwan? Really? It really doesn’t help when parents give their kids made up names. Shaniqua, Shanaynay, Latrina, Johntavius. If I were these kids I’d act up to, knowing that no matter hard I try, employers won’t take me seriously because my mother didn’t give me a real name. Might as well wear clown get-up 24/7.

    I knew a woman who was given one of those names. She chose to use the name Tonya, and was actually a successful PhD educated medical researcher. People who want to be successful can choose to use respectable names.

  • Lamaze Founder Dies at 100

    05/17/2015 4:45:10 AM PDT · 20 of 32
    exDemMom to nickcarraway

    First baby, 1981, no Lamaze or other preparation, I got demerol (which did nothing for the pain but made me sleepy) and a spinal block for the birth. Before the spinal block, I was in so much pain I thought I would die. The pain may have been particularly intense because labor was induced.

    Second baby, 1983, I had Lamaze training and gave birth with a dose and a half of demerol. No spinal block. The Lamaze helped a lot with labor pains, but I sure would have liked a block for the actual birth.

    Other than the birth process, the second time was much less painful than the first. But because of all the narcotic the first time around, I barely remember the process, other than that the pain was intense.

    Both times, I couldn’t wait to get out of the hospital. I see some other FReepers enjoyed staying in the hospital—not me. The food is horrible, it’s difficult to fall asleep because of all the light and noise, and every time you *do* fall asleep, a nurse comes and wakes you to make sure you are still alive. The decor is stark and unfriendly, it smells of all kinds of disinfectants and other stuff, and it is very boring. I’m not a big fan of hospitals.

  • Stanek weekend Q: Explain the breathtaking liberal blind spot on abortion vs animal cruelty?

    05/16/2015 6:38:40 AM PDT · 10 of 19
    exDemMom to blueyon

    The whole pro-abortion rationale is built on lies and contradictions.

    When they are glaringly obvious, as in this instance, we should point out the contradiction. Usually, there is a forum or comment section following articles—use them.

    I’ve noticed that abortion advocates are not afraid to post their bilge in public places. No matter how egregious the particular practice under discussion is, they are there to gloat and celebrate the fact that another innocent baby died for no reason.

    Every pro-life person needs to be unafraid to counter this bilge. A contradiction such as this—where someone who is trumpeting how much he cares about the suffering of animals then displays his utter disregard for babies subjected to horrific pain for no reason—is just begging to be highlighted.

  • The Coming War On "White Men".Yet The Far Left Wont Blame White Women On Our Problems.

    05/11/2015 5:09:04 PM PDT · 26 of 115
    exDemMom to Cruz_West_Paul2016
    Yet The Far Left Wont Blame White Women On Our Problems.

    White women were caused by our problems?

    Or did you mean to say "The Far Left Won't Blame Our Problems on White Women?" Or, perhaps, "The Far Left Won't Blame White Women for Our Problems?"

    Word order and selection makes a big difference in meaning.

  • The Pills That Mother Gives You - ‘Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality’

    05/11/2015 4:04:57 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    exDemMom to Cincinatus' Wife
    Psychology is only part of the picture; it deals with modification of behaviors that should have been shaped when young.

    Genes affect one's personality, and can indeed predispose people to certain mental illnesses like schizophrenia or psychosis (genes are involved with autism, too). But genes are not the entire picture: very few genetic traits are completely controlled by genes. The other component is environment, which affects how genes behave. Environment can be anything--chemical exposure, how children are raised, etc. If parents don't raise their children well, they won't turn out well. A child who is a born psychopath--who has no ability to empathize--can turn into a career criminal, or a functioning member of society, based on how his parents raise him.

    “This is what we call smart power,” she said. “Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one side on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand and in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

    Actually, that is not bad practice. The best way to determine how to defeat the enemy is to understand him--yes, in part by using empathy. If we understand Islamic extremists, then we know that the only thing that will keep them in check is a position of strength and some measure of ruthlessness. Anything less is seen as weakness, and they will take advantage of it.

  • Differences Resolved, House GOP Prepares to Reintroduce Pain-Capable Abortion Ban Next Week

    05/09/2015 10:46:27 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    Well, it’s a start.

    There is no reason to think that the baby suddenly becomes able to feel pain at 20 weeks, but not at 19 weeks and 6 days. That isn’t how the nervous system works. Cells that differentiate to have a specific function begin to perform that function as soon as they differentiate. The nervous system is one of the earliest systems to form, taking shape between 2 and 5 weeks after conception. After that, it is a matter of growth and refinement. There is every reason to think that babies become able to feel pain sometime during that 3 week period when the brain and nervous system actually form.

    Hopefully, this “pain-capable” bill will help the science of pregnancy begin to have more of an impact on policy—it is not scientifically accurate, but it is a move in that direction.

  • Liberia now declared Ebola-free, but outbreak continues over border

    05/08/2015 8:24:50 PM PDT · 3 of 7
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    This is fantastic. Our military really did a great job helping these people.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/08/2015 6:29:17 PM PDT · 43 of 46
    exDemMom to caww
    It’s certainly not going to be over any time soon IMO....it’s nature is to creep back up. In part it’s Africa and all that goes with what’s been seen and heard for decades.

    Ebola and its sibling Marburg are not going to ever disappear, because they are animal diseases and the animals (probably fruit bats) are not going to disappear. These diseases will always be a problem in Africa.

    That is a different issue than unchecked immigration. We could very well get diseases that have never occurred in the US before, or that we eradicated decades ago. We won't get Ebola or Marburg from unchecked immigration, unless we start smuggling in live infected fruit bats.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/08/2015 5:56:36 PM PDT · 42 of 46
    exDemMom to RedHeeler

    Influenza (all subtypes) is the big one, but there are also West Nile Virus, measles, various encephalitis viruses, Dengue, Chikungunya, malaria, etc. Take your pick.

    Those are just the diseases that I pay attention to. There are many many other health threats out there, many of them infectious diseases, but also environmental threats, non-infectious diseases, and injuries.

    A career in public health is job security.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/08/2015 5:03:46 AM PDT · 38 of 46
    exDemMom to djf
    I am inclined to think that the virus, rather than being totally done away with, has mutated to the point it is losing it’s lethality.

    A recent analysis showed that the mutations in the West Africa Ebola virus have not substantially changed its pathogenicity. We will know more as more studies are done.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/08/2015 5:01:54 AM PDT · 37 of 46
    exDemMom to RedHeeler
    ...”I am looking forward to this thing being over.”....Good grief. Do you have ebola? Are you staying in country? You morons are exactly the reason- for political gains being made by bullshit money relief orgs.

    I have been incredibly busy with Ebola. I want to be busy with OTHER public health threats.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/08/2015 3:52:01 AM PDT · 33 of 46
    exDemMom to caww; Smokin' Joe

    That is unfortunate. The NEJM article indicates that he has improved, however.

    Some researchers have found Ebolavirus lurking inside the eye. I wondered why they were taking samples of the vitreous humor, but I guess if there are symptoms, there would be reason to do so.

    The virus tends to lurk in areas that are shielded from the immune system. The inside of the eye is unlikely to pose a transmission risk, but the presence of virus in other reservoirs is certainly a problem. Given that persistence, the 42 day Ebola-free period before an outbreak is declared over in a region may need to be rethought.

    Speaking of that, Liberia is about to be declared clear, and case counts in Sierra Leone and Guinea are trending downwards. I’m looking forward to this thing being over.

  • School Lunch: Opting Out is Not an Option

    05/07/2015 2:01:51 AM PDT · 14 of 42
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    When I was a kid, I was taught that a meal should contain one serving each of dairy, meat or eggs, fruits or vegetables, and a starch.

    Obesity was not as prevalent then.

    In that picture, I see kids with totally inadequate lunches of salad, a slice of fruit, and a glass of milk. How is that supposed to fuel them through the day? How can that possibly be adequate nutrition for growing bodies?

  • Baltimore's Self-Immolation: Democrats, You Built That

    05/04/2015 4:09:47 AM PDT · 2 of 11
    exDemMom to lifeofgrace
    Ending the cycle of poverty certainly will make rioting less likely, as Slate concludes: “In the months ahead, we must remember that it will be not enough to stop police brutality—we need to provide better economic opportunities as well if we want to improve the lives of Baltimore’s poor.”

    Economic opportunity alone will do nothing. Until the toxic culture that indoctrinates these people into the "poverty" mentality is eradicated, these people will keep acting like animals.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/03/2015 3:50:25 AM PDT · 23 of 46
    exDemMom to acapesket

    Right... because actual laboratory experience working with Ebola, and reading hundreds of research articles about it makes me a shill.

    As always, I try to give the most accurate information that is known to the scientific community.

  • CDC: Woman may have gotten Ebola after sex with survivor

    05/02/2015 10:34:00 AM PDT · 11 of 46
    exDemMom to Rockitz

    The importance of the 82 day finding is that researchers were able to culture the virus from the sample.

    Finding viral RNA doesn’t mean anything by itself, since RNA can be present even when the virus is dead. But finding culturable virus indicates a strong possibility that the virus is contagious and infectious.

    Here is the reference:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9988181

    In the table, the 82 day seminal fluid sample contained virus that was cultured in cells, meaning it was active. Several other samples only contained RNA, but did not infect cells.

  • The death of the 40-hour workweek

    05/02/2015 4:55:38 AM PDT · 19 of 61
    exDemMom to Dallas59

    I usually put in more than 40 hours, because there is so much to do. But unless something is critical, I don’t put in 60 hour weeks.

    That one boss who insists that his employees not put in over 40 hours really does not “get it” as the article says. Sometimes, there is a project which one person is working on, and because of time crunches and so forth, that person has to put in extra time to get it done. That does not mean that more than one person needs to be put on the project, because that can actually lead to a loss in efficiency. That’s because two people have to spend a lot of time coordinating, reviewing what the other person has done, etc., especially if there are not clear and separate tasks on the project.

    In work, as with everything, moderation is the key. An employer who pressures everyone into working no more than 40 hours per week is just as unreasonable as an employer who insists on 60 hour work weeks. Work loads are variable.

    I’m glad I’m salaried, not hourly, so I don’t have to worry about overtime.

  • Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains

    05/01/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · 4 of 39
    exDemMom to NormsRevenge

    Hmm. This sounds like one instance in which tinfoil hats really are appropriate. (Maybe they should be leadfoil, though.)

  • Police Officer Pulls Over Toddler — And Makes His Day

    05/01/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · 10 of 26
    exDemMom to lowbridge

    I can’t believe some of the comments here. Cops are human beings, and, like the rest of us, some of them are good, decent people, a few are thugs, and the rest fall somewhere on the spectrum in-between.

    You can’t judge all cops on the actions of one or two. And it looked like they were having fun with this little boy.

  • Sharpton Calls For DOJ To "Take Over Policing," "Going To Have To Fight States Rights"

    05/01/2015 4:14:20 AM PDT · 17 of 115
    exDemMom to Biggirl

    Really, Al?

    The purpose of citizens is NOT to give politicians power. In fact, citizens do not exist to enrich politicians at all.

    Citizens’ rights are only protected when the politicians serve *them*, and that is more likely to happen when government occurs at a level close to the citizen, not at some mammoth bureaucracy that has no stake in citizens’ well-being.

  • Jeb Bush: Give 11 million immigrants a chance to stay.

    05/01/2015 3:46:18 AM PDT · 7 of 43
    exDemMom to Din Maker

    He’s talking illegals, right? The uneducated who get paid under the table, allowing unscrupulous employers to avoid taxes while depriving our kids of starter jobs? The one who end up on welfare and getting their kids educated for free, all on the taxpayer’s dime? The ones who end up victims of the underground slave trade (aka human trafficking)?

    Why on earth should we be talking about anything other than putting them on buses or planes back to their countries of origin? Force *their* countries to reform, don’t allow them to dump their problem (e.g. poor) citizens on us.

  • Marine Found Dead at Camp Pendleton

    05/01/2015 3:10:51 AM PDT · 12 of 19
    exDemMom to nickcarraway
    The man's name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

    This story was posted at NBC yesterday evening, and it says he was discovered Wednesday.

    More than 24 hours later is a LONG delay for the family to be notified. There is a time limit for notifying the family, I think it is within 4 hours of the death being discovered. (I'm a bit rusty on the rules, since I have not had a notification training refresher course for a while.)

    I certainly hope they've managed to locate the family to do the notification. If there is no current address for any family on record, that, too, is a terribly sad story.

  • Until The Court Do Us Part?

    04/30/2015 4:36:38 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    exDemMom to XEHRpa

    Good point.

  • Pregnant at Harvard?

    04/30/2015 4:33:51 PM PDT · 56 of 59
    exDemMom to utahagen
    why can't you spare some sympathy for a young woman who essentially admits that she has been broken by having had an abortion?

    It's not a matter of sympathy. Before people commit murder, they have to overcome some kind of a mental hurdle. Once they overcome that hurdle, it becomes easier to murder a second, third, etc., time. It is obvious from the article that that girl didn't have much of a hurdle to overcome--in fact, she couldn't wait to commit that murder. Whatever remorse she felt afterwards, the fact is that she is still a person who is capable of committing murder, and may actually commit more murders (and beat herself up over it every time). To my mind, that isn't a person who should be allowed to become a mother to living children.

  • Until The Court Do Us Part?

    04/30/2015 4:05:52 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    The problem for traditionalists -- especially those who believe scripture is the sole authority in such matters -- is that in an increasingly secular society where younger people are less attuned to appeals about an Authority higher than themselves, how can they be persuaded that same-sex marriage is a bridge too far?

    They can be persuaded by teaching them history and biology. The fact that marriage has certain characteristics that are universal regardless of culture or religion is a reflection of the biological basis of marriage.

    The fact that a lot of young people really think the purpose of life is to indulge every desire (especially sexual), while avoiding all responsibility, does not change the fact that there is one reason any living organism exists. That is to produce young to keep the species alive. Gay "marriage" cannot exist, because the biological function of marriage simply is not there.