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  • Patient Being Treated for Possible Ebola in Sacramento

    01/30/2015 9:45:33 PM PST · 5 of 6
    exDemMom to Rockitz

    I think this one has tested negative.

    Really, all the publicity over people that return from Africa a bit ill is ridiculous.

  • Montana flu epidemic kills 9 in just over a month

    01/30/2015 1:59:25 AM PST · 9 of 14
    exDemMom to null and void

    The vaccine is still a good match for the H1N1 and influenza B components. And the mismatch in the H3N3 component still offers partial immunity, thus decreasing disease severity.

  • Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

    01/29/2015 7:11:49 PM PST · 9 of 9
    exDemMom to Buckeye McFrog
    Did EVERYONE in the media sleep through 10th. grade biology?

    Yes. So did most other Americans.

    I swear, the way people go on about mutations is ridiculous. Everything that uses nucleic acids mutates... it's the nature of nucleic acid to do so.

  • Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

    01/29/2015 7:11:48 PM PST · 8 of 9
    exDemMom to Buckeye McFrog
    Did EVERYONE in the media sleep through 10th. grade biology?

    Yes. So did most other Americans.

    I swear, the way people go on about mutations is ridiculous. Everything that uses nucleic acids mutates... it's the nature of nucleic acid to do so.

  • Drop In Ebola Cases Makes Scientists Wonder If Virus Immunizes As Well As It Kills

    01/29/2015 4:08:03 AM PST · 11 of 11
    exDemMom to TangledUpInBlue

    Some studies have shown that people in areas where outbreaks have never occurred (but where Ebola may be endemic in the animal reservoir) have found a proportion of the population that is seropositive for Ebola.

    In simple English, they show signs of having been exposed without getting sick in areas where there have not been human cases.

    Analysis of people living in villages where outbreaks have occurred shows that a high number of those people were exposed and did not get sick.

    I suspect that some immune system variants prevent some people from getting ill when they are exposed. Not every microorganism makes everyone sick. It would be nice to know the immune system configuration of those people who do not get sick. Maybe something in that could be exploited as a treatment.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 4:51:21 PM PST · 115 of 117
    exDemMom to Black Agnes
    If true, why are we injecting live measles virus into infants?

    A live attenuated vaccine is incapable of causing disease in a person with a normal immune system.

    As far as I know, wild measles virus is never injected into infants or anyone else.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 4:37:42 AM PST · 108 of 117
    exDemMom to momtothree
    My son’s response was “Doc, my cervix is just fine. Thank you”.

    HPV causes cancers of any tissue lined with mucosal epithelial cells--like the anus, throat, mouth, and penis. Boys are encouraged to get the vaccine not just to prevent them from spreading HPV, but also to protect them from cancer.

    HPV is responsible for about 5% of all cancers. About 70% of all HPV related cancers are caused by HPV 16 and 18, the strains targeted by the vaccine.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 4:29:39 AM PST · 107 of 117
    exDemMom to GraceG
    3 different diseases that the immune system has to have a response to at the SAME time!

    Your immune system responds to thousands of microorganisms every day. If it weren't for that immune system, you'd be like Bubble Boy, who could not live outside of a sterile environment.

    Pathogens are different than most microorganisms, since they have evolved mechanisms to evade normal immune function so as to invade your body. Vaccines provide a handful of antigens--the parts of pathogens that trigger the immune system to go into long-term defense mode--without actually exposing the body to the dangerous active pathogens.

    The shot then is deliberately causing the person’s immune system to go into overdrive!

    No FDA approved vaccine causes the immune system to go into "overdrive." When the immune system is overactive, it causes a condition called "cytokine storm." Cytokine storm typically happens when you encounter a pathogen for which you have absolutely no pre-existing immunity. When your body encounters a previously unknown pathogen, it kicks into high gear. The immune response is exaggerated even more by the fact that in the first few days after exposure to that pathogen, the pathogen basically reproduces without constraint because your body is one giant food source. This causes your body to ramp up the immune response to dangerous levels. Cytokine storm kills; it is thought to be responsible for the high death rate of the 1918 influenza.

    Pathogens in live vaccines cannot reproduce so they cannot cause disease. Pathogens in inactivated vaccines are dead. Many vaccines don't contain whole pathogens, but only the parts that invoke the immune response. In any case, the immune response to vaccines is very muted as compared to the immune response when the body encounters a live, growing pathogen.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 4:14:29 AM PST · 106 of 117
    exDemMom to Black Agnes
    Most people got the measles.

    Most of them recovered.

    My parents got measles.

    So did all their friends and siblings.

    They don’t know anyone who actually DIED from measles.

    Measles causes less than 0.1% fatality in countries with good health care systems, but in Africa where health care systems are poor and people live in dirty environments, the death rate is 5-10%. Even without fatality, measles can cause permanent brain damage.

    Just because you personally never encountered someone who died of measles does not mean it never kills. It just means that the odds are against you knowing that 1 in 1,000 fatality. Since we have widespread vaccination, you are unlikely to ever meet 1,000 people who have measles.

    Since I am military, my medical records are online. Right now, they say I need a measles vaccination. I do not understand this, since I already had one 30 years ago. However, if my doctor concurs, I will get one. I will also ask for the shingles vaccination at the same time.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 4:02:46 AM PST · 105 of 117
    exDemMom to petercooper
    9 shots in one day? Jeesh.

    The quantity of antigens in those shots is insignificant to the quantity of antigens that a baby normally encounters every single day, as it crawls all over the germ-laden floor and puts its hands and everything it can pick up into its mouth.

    Most microorganisms cannot bypass the immune system. Vaccines protect us against a handful of microorganisms that have evolved to evade our immune system and make us sick. Vaccines are designed to show our body only the parts of the microorganism that trigger a durable immune response, without subjecting our body to the stress (with attendant tissue damage and death in some cases) of the actual disease.

  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/27/2015 3:57:55 AM PST · 104 of 117
    exDemMom to E. Pluribus Unum
    This article is *extremely* dishonest and irresponsible. Baby Hannah did *not* become autistic, and there is no indication whatsoever that vaccines cause autism, or that there is any mechanism possible by which a vaccine can cause a genetic disease.

    Baby Hannah has a mitochondrial disorder--another genetic disease. From the description of her symptoms, it sounds like she may have a form of Leigh's disease. It is possible that vaccines triggered its onset, because the body sees vaccines the same way it sees active pathogens. Since the body always responds more drastically to an actual pathogen than it does to a vaccine against that pathogen, the mitochondrial disorder would almost certainly have manifested after *any* febrile infectious disease.

    Wikipedia excerpt:
    The symptoms of Leigh's disease typically begin within a year of a child's birth and lead to death within a span of several years,[1] though symptoms can appear anytime between the ages of three months and two years or very rarely in adolescence or adulthood.[3] Occasionally, Leigh syndrome can begin to develop in utero. Symptoms are often first seen after a triggering event that taxes the body's energy production, such as an infection or surgery. The general course of Leigh's disease is one of rapid developmental regression.

    Unfortunately, posting this article has led the uninformed antivaxxers to fill this thread with all kinds of unscientific nonsense. It would take all day to go through and post corrections to the nonsense.

  • Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

    01/25/2015 12:39:48 PM PST · 14 of 15
    exDemMom to Morpheus2009

    Of course they’re exaggerating.

    Most people do not want their kids getting sick at all, and they are smart enough to realize that experts are experts for a reason.

  • Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

    01/25/2015 4:26:34 AM PST · 11 of 15
    exDemMom to lee martell
    We Northern Cal. residents are starting to get a little bit nervous.

    Marin County has pockets of anti-vax kooks. It is amazing that anti-vax kookery seems to thrive among well-off "educated" liberals. It just shows that someone can go to college and even get an advanced degree without learning to think, or without even figuring out that a MS or PhD in a topic unrelated to medicine does not qualify them to think they know something about vaccines that the experts don't.

    Anyways, the conditions are ripe in NorCal for a measles epidemic.

  • White Coats For Black Lives: Toward Racial Equality In Health Care

    01/20/2015 4:06:43 AM PST · 14 of 22
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    Racism profoundly impacts people of color: the black-white mortality gap in 2002, for example, accounted for 83,570 excess deaths.

    You know what, little miss Dorothy Charles?

    The "racism" is something the black community does to itself. Every time someone works to be a good student, successful, etc., and the black community ostracizes and lambastes that person for "being too white", that is racism rearing its ugly head. If you want to fight racism, you have to tell the race/poverty pimps like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and their ilk that their message is not welcome. You have to stop voting for liberal Democrats who promise they will take care of you when, in reality, their policies are all designed to keep you on the plantation, poor, and voting Democrat. You have to change your culture of institutionalized failure, and encourage all kids to study hard and be successful.

    If you successfully purge the racism that liberals/race baiters have been foisting upon the black community at least since LBJ's time, your economic situation might improve and neighborhoods might be safer. Achieve that, and you will have access to better hospitals.

    Also, if you want to improve black health outcomes, you might start pushing back against the abortion industry, which disproportionately targets black babies. You see, whenever a woman has an abortion instead of using the available means of preventing pregnancy, her reproductive organs are damaged. One consequence of that is that she becomes less likely to carry future pregnancies to term. This results in increased miscarriage and premature birth, which causes higher infant mortality rates. The effect of abortion on future pregnancies is as damaging as smoking--but while one can stop smoking, abortion damage is permanent.

    In short, the "racism" that you rail against is the toxic black culture that you, Dorothy, apparently still embrace. Getting rid of that culture is one of the best things that can be done for black people.

  • The US Navy’s New Surface Warfare Strategy: ‘Distributed Lethality’ ("If it floats, it fights")

    01/20/2015 3:47:42 AM PST · 14 of 32
    exDemMom to SampleMan
    Note to self: voice command dictation doesn’t punctuate correctly.

    I'm so glad you explained that. I was looking at the word "semicolon" and wondering why the heck you spelled it out instead of just typing ";"!

  • School for LGBT pupils planned for Manchester (UK)

    01/20/2015 3:41:18 AM PST · 7 of 18
    exDemMom to Olog-hai
    “Despite the laws that claim to protect gay people from homophobic bullying, the truth is that in schools especially, bullying is still incredibly common and causes young people to feel isolated and alienated, which often leads to truanting and, in the worst-case scenarios, to suicide.”

    Lots of kids get bullied for a variety of reasons. Since homosexuality is faddish these days, I doubt that kids who might be entertaining the possibility of being homosexual are any more or less likely to be targets of bullies. And kids who are bullied for any reason are at increased risk for suicide.

    So, instead of opening a school for kids who are too young to "know" that they are homosexual, how about laws against ALL bullying?

    The message here is not that bullying is wrong, or that whoever came up with this idea cares about saving lives. The real message is that no one in the system cares a wit if a kid is bullied, unless that kid claims to have one specific kind of mental illness.

  • U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades

    01/18/2015 11:11:19 PM PST · 22 of 31
    exDemMom to ansel12
    I’ll have to go check the old Ebola threads, but I’m pretty sure that almost all of the troops are dead, and they brought back Ebola to America which wiped out between 50% and 90% of our American population.

    I don't normally use current internet slang here on FR, but...


  • Solving the Ainu Mystery

    01/17/2015 5:29:14 PM PST · 5 of 23
    exDemMom to Jandy on Genesis

    A map would really help with this.

  • Ray Bradbury's house, sold for $1.76 million, is being torn down

    01/17/2015 10:27:54 AM PST · 5 of 45
    exDemMom to EveningStar

    It seems that whoever bought it did not realize the true value of what they had.

    What a shame.

  • At The Abortion Clinic, She Had to Reassemble Body Parts to Ensure the Baby Really Died

    01/16/2015 10:18:39 PM PST · 6 of 15
    exDemMom to Morgana
    Because I am forgiven. I am not “hell bound” or any of the other things thrown at me by many prolifers. My sins are forgiven. My slate is clean.

    Honestly, I have a really hard time with this. It's like people choose to do great evil, with the expectation that they'll get a free pass at the end just because they repented.

  • Abortionist with history of rulebreaking complains about clinic rules

    01/16/2015 5:50:26 PM PST · 3 of 5
    exDemMom to Morgana
    Which of these things does she love?

    Probably all of those things. Psychopaths often don't just lack any kind of empathy, they actively enjoy the pain and suffering of others. Certainly that is true of many abortionists.

  • Fox News, Dish network reach real, ending 3 week fight

    01/16/2015 3:57:19 AM PST · 3 of 18
    exDemMom to Las Vegas Dave

    They reach real? As in, “It’s getting real”?

    (Maybe a mod can fix the title.)

  • Controversial DNA Startup wants to Let Customers Create Creatures

    01/15/2015 7:03:29 PM PST · 13 of 24
    exDemMom to 11th_VA

    It’s only DNA. Going from there to actual living, functioning organisms is a huge leap. It’s a bit like going from designing paper airplanes to designing jumbo jets. I seriously doubt anything functional beyond a simple one-cell organism can be made in this manner.

  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/15/2015 4:12:04 AM PST · 63 of 70
    exDemMom to __rvx86; thefactor

    Liking Picard vs. liking Kirk is not an either/or situation—you can like them both, or dislike them both. I do like Capt. Kirk, and I also like Janeway and Cisco.

    Picard was annoying, in that he was soft, never decisive about anything, and avoided action. Capt. Janeway was far more manly than Picard could ever hope to be.

    Of course, that whole TNG series was so politically correct and contained so many uber-socialist pipe dreams that I wanted to scream every time I saw it (which was not often). Poor Warf, it must have driven him nuts to be stuck with such a bunch of pansies.

  • 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives

    01/15/2015 3:49:30 AM PST · 16 of 18
    exDemMom to ConservingFreedom
    No, all that's documented is a correlation - which is equally well explained by disorders precipitating pot use or (as some research suggests) a genetic factor increasing both the likelihood of pot use and the likelihood of disorders.

    First of all, let me point out that I used the word "precipitates" and not "causes" for a reason, and that is because the causative effects of marijuana use on these disorders is still unclear. However, the evidence that it causes their manifestation is strong. This could mean that these disorders would happen anyway, but not normally manifest until later, in which case it could exacerbate their severity. Or it could mean that people in the early stages of those disorders tend to turn to marijuana use for whatever reason (the phenomenon often termed "self-medication").

    MRI studies that show changes in brain structure hardly qualify as "correlation." Furthermore, that saying "correlation does not equal causation" is meant to inform those who see X and Y happen in close temporal proximity and automatically assume that Y is a result of X, when there is not necessarily a relation at all. OTOH, when you grasp that correlation does not always equal causation, it does not mean that you can automatically reject a causative relationship--because some correlations ARE a result of causation. When two observable variables show a strong correlation, and there is a mechanism by which X can cause Y, then correlation tells you to what extent X is involved in causing Y. Other relationships can also be analyzed through correlation--for instance, X and Y might both be related through some other variable or series of events.

    There is a strong correlation between marijuana use and schizophrenia. There is also some evidence that marijuana actually causes psychotic disorder. That is, it is well established that marijuana causes transient psychotic episodes, but how much it might contribute to permanent psychosis is still under investigation.

    I am well aware that those who have advocated for legalized marijuana love to spread the story that it is perfectly safe, and often compare it to alcohol (as if, somehow, the effects of alcohol have any bearing on the effects of marijuana). However, this vast experiment in legalization has inspired many researchers to conduct studies, so that where information was lacking before, it is now accumulating at a rapid rate. The often touted "safety" of marijuana is not supported by actual evidence, and more evidence is piling up against it all the time., search term "marijuana", a lot of suggestions come up as to specific sub-topics.

    This book is 16 years old, so some of the information is out of date, but still gives an idea of some of the research that has taken place:

  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 4:11:11 PM PST · 5 of 70
    exDemMom to EveningStar

    Well, seeing how Patrick Stewart happens to be exceedingly annoying himself, he is probably a good pick to act out annoying airline passengers.

  • Lumbersexual? Forest Journal: The fine art of distinguishing NH's real men

    01/14/2015 4:13:45 AM PST · 51 of 51
    exDemMom to cripplecreek

    Oh, my. It’s amazing how much fine detail that guy can produce using such a huge brush.

  • 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives

    01/14/2015 4:03:41 AM PST · 12 of 18
    exDemMom to ConservingFreedom

    Several recently published studies have established that marijuana use interferes with brain development, which continues until about age 25. Thus, the effects of marijuana use are the most pronounced in the group most likely to experiment with it.

    One of the documented effects of marijuana use by young people is that it precipitates psychotic/schizophrenic disorders. Psychosis is often linked to criminality. Schizophrenia, of course, can cause complete disability.

    My sense is that as the casualties grow in the form of increased numbers of young people incapable of doing anything productive, this vast experiment with legalizing marijuana will end.

  • Fort Hood soldier, 24, under self-monitoring for Ebola found dead at 7.30am outside his own apt.

    01/14/2015 3:48:06 AM PST · 110 of 129
    exDemMom to UCANSEE2
    In both, they do not mention what might have caused his death.

    It may take a few weeks for cause of death to be determined. The autopsy has to be conducted, toxicology and other tests need to be run. It is sad that he died so soon after coming back from deployment.

  • Planned Parenthood closing Battle Creek clinic at end of January; Obamacare cited as factor

    01/13/2015 8:45:18 PM PST · 11 of 18
    exDemMom to Viennacon

    Oh, but they will. Maybe not soon, but they will.

  • The World Is Extremely Close To Eradicating A Human Disease For The 2nd Time In History

    01/13/2015 7:51:05 PM PST · 58 of 61
    exDemMom to blam

    This is very good news. I have been watching this for quite some time—I did not realize that eradication had come so close, just in the last few months.

    While it will be nice to celebrate the end of Guinea worm disease, this accomplishment will rob me of the pleasure of being able to show really gross and yet captivating pictures of Guinea worm removal to various students and visitors. Although I suppose I can still show the gross pictures even when the disease is gone.

  • The World Is Extremely Close To Eradicating A Human Disease For The 2nd Time In History

    01/13/2015 7:47:51 PM PST · 57 of 61
    exDemMom to Boogieman

    The WHO is working hard to eliminate polio. In unstable areas of the world, it is very difficult to conduct vaccination campaigns... but there is progress.

  • Doctors 'used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs' for a new cervical cancer vaccine......

    01/13/2015 7:44:23 PM PST · 16 of 16
    exDemMom to Morgana

    This entire article is extremely misleading and sensationalistic.

    No regulatory body will approve a drug or vaccine for use in a specific age group if it has not been tested in that age group. If a company wants to market a vaccine for use in pre-teen girls, they’d better have reams of data showing that the vaccine was tested in pre-teen girls. Otherwise, the FDA (or foreign equivalent) won’t even consider the application for marketing approval. If that company gets approval to sell for pre-teen girls, and it wants to market to pre-teen boys, as well, it has to test the drug or vaccine in pre-teen boys. Also, if the company wants to change something about the drug—for instance, it wants to change the pill formulation from a tablet to a capsule—it has to do all of the Phase testing as if it is a new drug.

    Prior to human testing, drugs and vaccines are tested in a number of animals and also in biochemical assays. If those test results look good, they move on to Phase 1 human tests. This typically involves several dozen to over 100 subjects, and tests only for safety. If found safe in Phase 1, the drug or vaccine goes on to Phase 2, the dose-finding studies. These are larger than Phase 1, usually a few hundred subjects. After dosage has been determined in Phase 2, the drug or vaccine goes on to Phase 3 efficacy studies, which involves thousands of test subjects. Typically, several studies are going on at once. By the time all of that testing is done, ten or twenty thousand people might have been study subjects. This testing takes a decade or longer, and getting market approval takes a couple more years after testing is complete—that is, if the FDA is satisfied with the data, which usually is not the case.

    The short story is that human testing is both routine and necessary for any drug or vaccine to be approved for marketing. And this process is very expensive... it can take hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to develop a drug to market phase.

    Testing is not complete when the drug gets FDA approval, either. Once it hits the market, data must be collected in order to detect rare side effects that were too rare to show up in the pre-approval tests. (A 1 per 50,000 adverse event probably won’t be seen in a test of 4,000 volunteers.)

  • Wow, pro-aborts really, really want the baby to die

    01/12/2015 7:49:28 PM PST · 5 of 15
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Abortion has always been about killing. Its fundamental purpose is to teach women in the most fundamental way possible that human life is worthless, and that the highest ideal is to serve the purpose of society. A woman who accepts the premise that she has the “right” to kill her baby because of convenience also accepts the premise that her life is equally forfeit if she becomes inconvenient.

    Someone who cannot or will not contribute to society has no right to live. That is the abortion bottom line.

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/11/2015 6:27:43 AM PST · 35 of 36
    exDemMom to blueplum

    The latest recommendation these days with pertussis is for a pregnant woman to get vaccinated, preferably during the 2nd trimester, so that some residual immunity will pass to the child. Also, everyone around the pregnant woman is recommended to get pertussis vaccine.

    Pertussis is a terrible disease. Most older people can have pertussis and experience a mild cough. But babies and young children have horrible coughing fits and struggle to breathe; some of them do not survive. There are videos on youtube. Personally, I think that every pediatrician who encounters an anti-vax parent should require them to watch videos of babies with pertussis. Maybe add in a few videos of people who have lost or nearly lost their child from other vaccine-preventable diseases. The diseases and their dangers are real. The anti-vaxxer’s bogeymen are not.

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/11/2015 6:18:35 AM PST · 34 of 36
    exDemMom to Tired of Taxes

    Being conservative does NOT mean you have an absolute right to endanger other people’s health or lives by your behavior or choices.

    If the only people affected by refusing to take vaccines were the ones who won’t take them, that would be one thing. But their willful refusal threatens people who have NOT consented to take that risk. And they do not have that right.

    Look at history: public health has always trumped individual choices. If you are contagious with a dangerous disease, you can be quarantined.

    Is it liberal to refuse to allow people the right to ride a motorcycle at 70 mph on a busy sidewalk? Or to drive a car inside a mall? Or to bury land mines on your personal property? If not, then why would it be liberal to say that you can’t purposefully (and if you are anti-vax, it *is* purposeful) give dangerous diseases to other people?

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/10/2015 5:48:51 PM PST · 31 of 36
    exDemMom to Tired of Taxes

    What anti-vaxxers display is an utter incomprehension of risk assessment and mathematics, as well as lack of critical thinking ability. Real risk assessment tells you that the chance of getting a serious reaction from the vaccine is far smaller than the chance of serious complications from the disease it prevents.

    We do not naturally have a small risk of being exposed to these diseases. The only reason the risk is so small is that we have very good vaccine coverage. Take that away—throw too many idiot anti-vaxxers into the mix—and we lose that. We see the effects of anti-vax kookery whenever a measles (polio, pertussis, etc.) outbreak occurs. In the not-so-distant past, outbreaks like that occurred so frequently that they weren’t even newsworthy.

    Keep in mind that the vaccine side effects are caused by the pathogen component of the vaccine. Thus, whatever those effects are, they mimic what would be seen with the disease, except far less severe.

    The parents who choose not to vaccinate their children don’t just endanger their own children. They endanger OTHER children. Babies die of pertussis because some older child who was never vaccinated and has asymptomatic pertussis comes too close to the baby before it is old enough to be vaccinated. They also endanger people with weak immune systems, who absolutely depend on herd immunity to protect them from disease.

    I don’t care how much anti-vaxxers profess to care about their children’s health—the bottom line is that they sure choose a dangerous and irresponsible way to show it. In addition, I think it is way too easy to get “religious” exemptions. Either such exemptions should not be legal, or the parents claiming such should have to produce a letter printed on letterhead stationery signed by a genuine pastor/imam/rabbi/whatever from a recognized religious institution (e.g., not some fly-by-night cult).

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/09/2015 4:11:18 AM PST · 26 of 36
    exDemMom to Tired of Taxes
    Meanwhile, has a hospital TV show ever featured a child who becomes seriously ill from a vaccination shot? Because in real life, they sometimes do.

    The side-effects of vaccines are quite well-known. Usually, they consist of some swelling and redness at the injection site (which really mean that the immune system kicked into high gear to fight the disease). About 1 out of 3,000 who receive the MMR vaccine has a seizure, and less than 1 in a million have an allergic reaction. The CDC also says that more severe effects have been reported, which tells me that some anti-vax kooks submitted stories to VAERS, which could not be substantiated.

    If you contrast the mild effects of MMR vaccine to the very real effects of measles--which includes brain damage, a 1 to 3 chance of death per thousand cases, and a delayed encephalitis that kills another 1 per thousand up to a decade after apparently recovering--it is clear that no effect of the vaccination is even comparable in severity to the disease.

    The voluminous packet of clinical trials data that pharmaceutical companies must submit to the FDA details every adverse effect that occurred during the trials--even if they are NOT related to the vaccine. Thus, a child who gets hit and killed by a car the day after vaccination is listed as a "severe adverse event" even though the accident has no relation to the vaccine.

    FTR, I’m not anti-vaccine, but there are potential complications, and not vaccinating is not the same as refusing medical care for an illness.

    Every anti-vax website and activist says the exact same thing. They insist on an impossible level of safety, while trying to convince you that the real possibility of death or permanent impairment from the preventable disease is negligible.

    Keep in mind that most of the anti-vax lunatics are extreme far-left activists. And the far-left has an almost universal and often-stated desire to decimate, if not eradicate, the human race. So, the next time you see an anti-vaxxer poo-pooing the dangers of deadly diseases while trying to invoke panic over the extremely safe vaccines that prevent those diseases--ask yourself, what is their real agenda?

    I can guarantee you that protecting your kids' health is NOT at the top of their list.

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 2 siblings among victims of Disneyland measles outbreak

    01/09/2015 3:50:29 AM PST · 25 of 36
    exDemMom to ifinnegan
    Anti-vaccine liberal crazies.

    They aren't all liberals. I've run into several right here on Free Republic.

    They've all memorized the same anti-vax propaganda. And when I call them out on it, when I tell them how to fact-check for themselves, they get VERY upset.

    One woman even tried to deny that her concern was about autism. She claimed that she KNOWS vaccines don't cause autism, but she won't vaccinate her kids because of the OTHER brain damage that vaccines cause.

    Ironically, measles and many of the other vaccine-preventable diseases *do* cause neurological damage. But the idiots who fall for anti-vax propaganda would rather endanger their kids' health and lives in favor of being pseudo-afraid of some bogeyman. Somehow, the real dangers don't concern them as much as the pretend risks.

  • What I’ve Learned From Dropping Fox News

    01/08/2015 4:25:11 AM PST · 34 of 43
    exDemMom to tahoeblue
    I’d love to see the ratings for the cable news channels since Fox has been kicked off of Dish. You’d think Fox’s rating would be down, but they don’t seem to be in a hurry to return to Dish.

    As I understand the situation, there were problems with the contract negotiation. So Fox won't be back to Dish until that issue is settled--and who knows how long that may be.

    On the bright side, our local cable company picked up The Blaze. Now, I need to remind my son to watch it, since he had tweeted the cable provider several times to request them to carry it.

  • United Airlines Fires 13 Staff Who Refused To Fly Due To 'Disturbing' Drawing

    01/08/2015 4:15:22 AM PST · 14 of 15
    exDemMom to Citizen Zed

    Hmm, I just can’t interpret that in a threatening manner. It says “Bye bye” on a vehicle that is made to travel long distances. Clearly, the message here is similar to the “Wash me!” message that one sometimes sees on dirty cars or trucks, but with a bit more flair.

  • Have Liberals Lost the Middle Class?

    01/08/2015 4:06:37 AM PST · 28 of 29
    exDemMom to CorporateStepsister
    On this website and threads, there’s a mantra that the middle class must be rescued, but isn’t the middle class supposed to be about being self sufficient and adaptable?

    The middle class cannot be self-sufficient and adaptable when the political elites are doing everything they can to destroy it.

    There comes a point when the economic system can no longer function because so much money is confiscated from those who earn it to be given to those who refuse to work. The ability of the government to keep up with its constitutionally mandated functions is being threatened by the high levels of cash being disbursed as "entitlement spending." We are in big trouble.

    For an illustration of the debt problem, I suggest looking at the website in my tagline. The biggest spending item is entitlement (i.e. welfare) spending.

  • Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    01/08/2015 3:26:53 AM PST · 38 of 38
    exDemMom to Pontiac

    It looks like an interesting concept.

    However, I wonder about the safety issues. Most of the nuclear accidents occurred because of design flaws that were completely obvious in hindsight. For instance, the Fukushima plant was quite able to withstand the earthquake, and was damaged but contained afterwards. However, the generators that ran the cooling system were placed on the ground, below sea level, so when the sea wall failed and water rushed in, the generators drowned. Clearly, their placement could have been better thought out.

    People do not have a good track record of anticipating problems that they have never seen before.

    That said, it would be nice to see some new nuclear plants go on-line. The “renewable” energy schemes just don’t work all that well.

  • SECOND FLOCK INFECTED - Avian Flu Spreads in Benton County

    01/07/2015 8:30:44 PM PST · 27 of 29
    exDemMom to steve86

    Your comments about reassortment are accurate, as far as they go.

    Two influenza A viruses can easily co-infect the same host. Since they each have 8 gene cassettes on separate pieces of RNA, those pieces of RNA tend to get mixed up, or reassort. As long as the new virus has one of each gene cassette, it is potentially infective.

    Not every reassorted virus is equally pathogenic or infective; some of them are duds. But others can be more deadly than either parent.

    Influenza virus RNA also mutates, which can cause an avian influenza virus to slightly change from preferring to attach to bird cells to preferring to attach to human cells. The controversial “gain of function” experiments (Kawaoka and Fouchier) were looking at exactly which mutations cause that shift.

    Many emerging influenza viruses are a result of both processes, reassortment and mutation. Swine are an ideal host for influenza, because bird and mammal adapted viruses can both attach within the pig upper respiratory tract, where they can reassort and mutate to become more infective to humans.

    Influenza is a particularly nasty virus. Even a mild flu can kill. I just read about a healthy teenage girl who died in days from influenza. She had not been vaccinated.

    Oh, and there is a completely new influenza in livestock, influenza D. So far, it has only infected pigs and cattle.

  • Why the Tech Elite Is Getting Behind Universal Basic Income

    01/06/2015 9:02:20 PM PST · 28 of 71
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    If such an idea could work, there would be no laws against counterfeiting.

    Capitalism is based on symbolic bartering. Instead of trading a chicken for two loaves of bread, I pay money for the bread, and sell the chicken for money. That way, you aren’t stuck with a chicken and you have money that you can trade for something else.

    Thus, the money is a proxy for the goods and services that would change hands in bartering, and its value is extrinsic. Giving money to non-producers sets the value of that money at zero, since it represents nothing.

  • Bird Flu Virus Found in Benton County

    01/05/2015 4:28:37 PM PST · 18 of 22
    exDemMom to TWhiteBear

    Unfortunately, this article gives very little information, and I was not able to find much on Google, either.

    It would be very nice to know *which* bird flu is involved.

    Some of them do not have a potential to infect humans. Others do, but there is a wide range of severity of the disease.

  • Matter: Gene Linked to Obesity Hasn’t Always Been a Problem, Study Finds

    01/01/2015 11:51:01 PM PST · 24 of 30
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    I’m going to have to read the original research article.

    The description here leaves me very dubious, and I wonder if the reporter misunderstood what the researchers actually said they found.

    Genes are highly unlikely to change their function. Perhaps they actually found that a gene that had a function relevant to our past environment (dirty, unsanitary) now functions in an aberrant manner because that environment has changed (many are germophobes now). This is pure speculation; I have not yet read the article.

  • Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Abortion Biz Killed 327,653 Babies in Abortions in 2013

    12/31/2014 3:06:07 PM PST · 5 of 10
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Of course they are decreasing the amount of contraceptives they sell. The fewer customers using contraceptives, the more abortions they can sell. From the numbers, decreasing contraceptive sales looks like a very lucrative business strategy.

  • Planned Parenthood wishes Helms Amendment an “unhappy birthday”

    12/27/2014 1:11:58 PM PST · 4 of 8
    exDemMom to Morgana

    What’s the problem? The only kind of birthday PP supports is an unhappy one.

  • Attorney General Will Appeal Ruling Saying Women Can’t See Ultrasound of Baby Before Abortion

    12/26/2014 7:25:39 PM PST · 14 of 28
    exDemMom to ansel12

    Abortionists want complete control of the message that women walking into their facilities receive. They want to make sure women make only one decision, and strongly oppose informed choice laws for that reason. The only way they will show a high-quality ultrasound is if required to by law. Sometimes, they will show ultrasounds, but adjust the settings so that all the woman sees is formless show.

    Many years ago, in college biology class, the teacher showed videos of babies in the womb, highlighting several stages of development. Somehow, a camera had been inserted into the womb to take living pictures of the babies. I remember one girl who, upon watching the videos, became quite glum and sat quietly, staring down at her folded hands. My impression was that at that point, she learned exactly what she had done by exercising her “right to choose.”

    It’s a shame she wasn’t informed of that *before* she exercised her “choice.”