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A finding of not just civil but criminal wrongdoing on the part of an automaker who put out safety-defective cars is very large news. This is a 180° pivot from what happened 35 years ago when the verdict was "not guilty" despite mountains of evidence Ford were criminally negligent—at best—in regard to the Pinto ( http://goo.gl/eOU7yH ).
; The Justice Department has found criminal wrongdoing in General Motors' actions related to its ignition defects, and is negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, The New York Times reported Friday. A settlement is expected as soon as this summer, and a fine is expected to be greater than [...]
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I just read a New Yorker article debunking the idea that the Pinto was any more dangerous than any other car in it's class. Does not contradict the article you link to here, I don't think, but is it really so clear that they were negligent?
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I need a wooden residential front door replaced in #seattle . I need the work done quickly and well. Anyone know a good contractor for it? I have a new door and hardware picked out at the Door Store.
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FWIW we just asked our hardware store (which we bought the door from) to recommend someone. Specify three inch (at least) screws for the frame so nobody can get in with a good kick.
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Exactly so.
Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal
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Excellent post, +Daniel J. Stern​!
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      I checked out this grocery for the first time yesterday. Went in for dehydrated lemming lemon juice. Bought other stuff, too, including the first jar of Saskatoon berry juice I've ever seen. It's potable, but I don't reckon there'll be a second. ("Juneberry", for those in the States not near Canada) 
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Hmmmm. Once (if ever?) I'm back in Vancouver I need to check them out for some of my bulk-food needs. Kingsway is a MUCH shorter drive than to the Bulk Barn in the southwestern corner of New Westminster.
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…in her best penmanship.
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God, and His, Son, Jesus Christ
Oh, Jesus Christ. 
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Read this. No, seriously: read this.
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wHY U haet america?
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And to think that I saw it at Pacific Centre. 
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+Neil Brock We had to go to the Apple store, else we'd've not been there.
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This is really quite an interesting talk. Worth 18 minutes of your time.
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Interesting and well-informed TED talk on the subject.
Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most effective method to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.
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The Marvelous, Magical, Mysterious World of the Measles Vaccine

That medicinal drugs have side effects is common knowledge; often the recitation of side effects is longer than the the list of benefits. Sometimes, when hearing the side effects, one cannot but wonder why anyone would even consider taking the drug. For example, there is a sleeping pill that can cause depression and has been known to lead to suicide or the erectile dysfunction tablet that can result in a heart attack. Occasionally there is an unexpected and beneficial side effect - such is the case with the measles vaccine.

The earliest mention of measles dates to 900 C.E. The impact of a measles outbreak can be devastating. Measles epidemics decimated the Native American population, the native population of Hawaii and many historians believe it destroyed the Aztec Empire. (At one time, scientists believed measles was the root cause of cancer.) 

Measles is extremely contagious. 90% of the people who come in contact with the virus will become infected. 30% will suffer complications and 5% will perish. Strangely, it is not the disease itself that kills; it is a side effect of the viral infection.

Scientists noted that after the introduction of the measles vaccine in the U.S., there was a significant decline in the appearance of other diseases. When examining 40 years worth of collected statistics, they discovered that this same phenomenon was present in Canada, England, the rest of Europe and then every country where the vaccine had been introduced. Michael Mina (Princeton and Emory University) stated: “In some developing countries...the reduction has been up to 80%. So it is really a mystery, why do children stop dying, at such high rates, following the introduction of the measles vaccine?”

A recently published article in Science suggests that they may have found the answer and it is unusual. As children grow, their immune system develops. A child that contracts chickenpox will develop an immunity to the disease. However, one of the effects of measles is that it suppresses the immune system and ‘erases immune protection to other diseases’. Effectually it creates an “immune amnesia”. A child that contracted chickenpox and developed the immunity, will be susceptible to the disease a second time if he or she has contracted measles.

The measles vaccine prevents this “immune amnesia” from occurring for two to three years allowing the immune system to continue to develop and protect the child from other diseases. Effectually the vaccine acts as a shield, bolstered by the very immune system the virus is attempting to infect, it permits the immune system to continue providing protection from other diseases not related to measles.
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Signal boost because exactly so.
 
Jim Wright kicks ass again: 
"I've been putting it off, talking about Jade Helm, because it's just so stupid, just so utterly fucking stupid even for the twitching under-medicated paranoia that passes for Republicans nowadays. But now that Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have weighed in on the side of booger eating stupidity,  I see I can’t evade it any longer.

Very well.

Let me be blunt, or blunter than I’ve already been: anybody, anybody, who believes President Obama is about to send the United Nations to invade Texas, declare martial law, and herd Texans into FEMA Death Camps Of Death cleverly hidden in a secret network of continent spanning tunnels linking Wal-Marts across the nation, anybody who believes this ridiculous howling bullshit in any way whatsoever should be darted with powerful tranquilizers, netted from black helicopters, pumped full of happy juice before they start eating their own feces, and installed in a dark padded cell where the most dangerous thing they encounter each day is a small plastic cup of institutional butterscotch pudding pushed through a small opening in the bottom of the door with a stick."
Jade Helm. Martial Law. FEMA Death Camps. Oh, it’s coming, Folks. It’s a comin’. This is it. This is the big one. Obama is about to make his move. Martial law, you betcha, FEMA death camps and secret tunnels under Wal-Mart. ...
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The writer must be a lib-er-al.
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