• I agree with your idea of a cocoon or bubble. To many are tied to their dogmatic beliefs.

      by Danny Cardwell 3 hours 30 min ago in Articles About Race Part 1
    • Thanks Richard for your honesty.  It brings the facts closer to home. 

      Politically it is a mess right now, that is why this is an important issue.  The growth in poverty has been in the middle class not the chronic poor.  Many of these people have carried the brunt of this down turn and...

    • The problem is that a decision not to vaccinate impacts the entire community. To really be effective, vaccination rates of up to 95% are required. There are children too young to be vaccinated because of immature immune systems. Other children have suppressed immune systems be use of genetic causes...
      by rmrd0000 9 hours 15 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • Regressive autism generally occurs by age 2 and never after age 3

    • The federal government has almost nothing to do with people opting out of vaccinations. State law regulates that. Bachman was just pandering to a small segment of fundamentalist. The right always panders to the crazies in their party. But the majority of anti-vaxxers are not christian...

      by ocean-kat 10 hours 35 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • I think Conservatives live in a racial cocoon. The see no problem with enacting ID requirements that negatively impact minority voters. Studies show that there is negible voter fraud, yet Conservatives push ahead with restrictive laws. In other cases the Conservative mantra is to enforce laws that...
      by rmrd0000 12 hours 15 min ago in Articles About Race Part 1
    • I have discussed my personal finances far too much but I still do not understand why I receive sixteen bucks a month for food stamps.

      On the other hand I do not think that a couple hundred bucks a year is breaking the governments.

      I do recall one important fact that I have...

    • No, that's the "ignoring our own behavior" baloney - yes, there are *MANY* people on the left who are anti-vaccination. This isn't just a few, such as pretending the Tea Party appeals to both parties.

    • That's the "both sides do it" baloney.

      When the ideology of one of our 2 major Partys has been shown to be a total failure over and over, 'both siderism...

      by NCD 13 hours 24 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • I think there is a mistake in the construction of the argument although I mostly agree with where it goes.

      You are not free to believe that eating pork causes leprosy ... ...  or that fluoride in the municipal water supply is a mind-control drug. These are not beliefs...

    • whatever Republicans are, OK's right that there's as much antivax on the left as there is on the right, and it doesn't serve anyone to pretend otherwise.

      Actually it hurts us, because Republicans often use a % of Democrats to get a majority on controversial issues, while Democrats almost...

    • Ocean-kat, If it comforts you blame the hippies.

      But they aren't running Congress and hold no seats in Congress.

      There is no hippie Party. They are all over the place ideologically and politically. Each one of them probably differs some from the next in quirkiness or views of...

      by NCD 13 hours 41 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • Lo, we've circled back to the initial blog which was, in effect, have we as a country drifted to the point of now needing a more serious government address of the antivaxxer movement in the context of its endangerment to innocent bystanders---in which case the original example of Typhoid Mary...

      by Oxy Mora 14 hours 55 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • I'm somewhat troubled by Michael's third paragraph. He seems to be saying that the question of whether Allen did it is less important than Allen's artistic contributions and progressive politics, or no more important.

    • I don't see Michael addressing the allegations at all. Why bother? There's no proof, only long worn out speculation.
      by anonymous pp (not verified) 15 hours 40 min ago in Woody Allen's Progressive Legacy Is Worth...
    • We have a public policy crisis over vaccines that wasn't just created in a vacuum.

      No, not a vacuum. It was mostly created by Wakefield who was a doctor and a medical researcher. When he first published his "findings" it had some credibility. Given my predilection against chemicals I...

      by ocean-kat 21 hours 45 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • When these infectious diseases were part of everyone's memory states enacted stringent rules requiring vaccines. Some allowed some people to opt out, usually for religious reasons. As the public, including public officials, forgot how horrible these diseases were there has been some relaxation...

      by ocean-kat 22 hours 4 min ago in Typhoid Mary and the Anti-Vaxxers
    • It has a lot to do with vaccination - the US put spies in with health professionals in Pakistan dealing with vaccinations, and when people found out, naturally vaccination rates went down - they felt the vaccinations weren't needed but just another US spy program.

      As perspective, in 1958...

    • Agree the numbers are confusing, the issues are more subtle & complex, etc.

      Was typing on a mobile phone so couldn't go into this.

      Frankly the adult discussion of real numbers, historical trends, successes, uncertainties, etc. produces much more clarity around the issue for...

    • Yes, some do.

      While autism can be detected earlier, not always, and those with more variable widespread Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms are often not detected until later.

      Did these disorders all exist at birth, or are some caused from postnatal environmental factors? one at...

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