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"If it is functioning well, our country’s project in self-government would be mainly driven by, among other virtuous objectives, national need and appropriate fiscal policy. We would not only know the right policies to enact – we would also enact them. But when government is coin-operated – when America becomes a nation on the take – the nation’s needs get shoved aside like neglected children."
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I guess it is seductive to externalize the problem, to put up a fake villain, it makes the problem seem solvable. Pounding a wood stake through the heart of the phantom villain will always seem easier than any actual project that requires changes from within.
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Naomi Klein:

" Sanders and his supporters understand something critical: It won’t all be win-win. For any of this to happen, fossil-fuel companies, which have made obscene profits for many decades, will have to start losing. And losing more than just the tax breaks and subsidies that Clinton is promising to cut. They will also have to lose the new drilling and mining leases they want; they’ll have to be denied permits for the pipelines and export terminals they very much want to build. They will have to leave trillions of dollars’ worth of proven fossil-fuel reserves in the ground."

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-problem-with-hillary-clinton-isnt-just-her-corporate-cash-its-her-corporate-worldview/
Clinton is uniquely unsuited to the epic task of confronting the fossil-fuel companies that profit from climate change.
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I disagree!!.
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American History Lesson: 1936 is not all that long ago

"Much has been written about the Ku Klux Klan in the Northwest in the 1920s. There were also the fascist Silver Shirts of the 1930s, and the neo-Nazis from the 1980s — home-grown racists and anti-Semites who operated here, but were largely self-invented far-right fringe groups. During the 1930s, however, Seattle was home to, and a key pass-through point for, real Nazis who were sent here to win hearts and minds as a part of a strategy for world domination."



http://crosscut.com/2016/03/when-nazis-walked-streets-seattle/
“There is no organized mistreatment of Jews in Germany.” — Seattle Times editorial, March 28, 1933 In 1936, a heroic University of Washington crew team took on the Germans at the Olympics in Berlin. But the “Boys in the Boat” … Continue reading →
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CEO, Canadian Pacific Railway:

“I’m not maybe as green as I should be, but I happen to think the climate is changing (and) they’re not going to fool me anymore,” Hunter Harrison told a J.P. Morgan transportation conference in New York.
The veteran rail executive said the transition to alternative fuels will be long, but new investments in traditional energy sources will dry up because of environmental hurdles."

http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/fossil-fuels-are-probably-dead-says-canadian-pacific-railway-ceo-hunter-harrison"
People need to get their heads around the idea that fossil fuels are “probably dead,” the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway said Wednesday. “I’m not maybe as green as I should…
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bring back electric trains.
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Eliminating dogma emphasizes science and makes guidelines more credible

It seems to me that if we want to make a credible case for vaccines, we ought to be clear to separate the science from the dogma, in a manner that is accessible to average new parents.  Not only that, but I think that thinking so rigidly sometimes prevents doctors and other medical professionals from looking at the evidence and making adjustments accordingly.

Reading the article, it is clear that much of the information called "evidence based" has to do with "local considerations" such as cost of delivery.  Only part of the rationale has to do with critical issues of science, such as age relationships to the efficacy of the vaccine.   I think that it would be not only perfectly reasonable, but also more effective in countering anti-vaxxer falsehoods parents might hear, if medical professionals actually presented this as a suggested vaccine schedule that fit with the normally scheduled (and thus hopefully insurance covered) well baby visitation schedule.  Any adjustments ought to be made with efficacy in mind, and also the need to accommodate what the doctor's office vaccine administering nurse is paid to provide.

I think that measles, as studied in the outbreak at Disneyland, is a case in point to both arguments above.

First, a place like Disneyland where large numbers of people from all over the world are coming into close contact with each other in the course of a day, blows up any of the usual statistics for likely contacts that are the backstop of herd immunity.   This makes it all the more imperative that everyone be immunized.  Employees of places like Disneyland ought to  be immunized. Disneyland fought providing health care coverage to its largely part time work force for years.  In theory, such workers now ought to be covered by Obamacare, in many cases under their parent's policies.  Still, in the aftermath of the outbreak, among the first things Disneyland did was to rush its lobbyists to the California State Capital in Sacramento to ensure that blame was not pointed in their direction.

Secondly, this means that we ought to question our currently rather cavalier attitudes towards taking too young to be immunized infants to such large crowd public places as Disneyland.  Those known to be immune compromised or on immune compromising drugs ought to observe similar precautions.

Thirdly, this means, depending on what an individual family might be doing, they might want to reconsider their family's vaccine schedule in accordance with increased exposure risk.   From the article above: "Consider also the primary vaccination schedule for infants. The EPI schedule recommends immunisation at 6, 10, and 14 weeks in central Africa based on the early burden of vaccine preventable diseases and the need for efficient vaccine delivery when infants are most accessible. In contrast, the primary schedule in North America and much of Europe is 2, 4, and 6 months; in these populations, the lower risk of acquisition of many infectious diseases and better access to care permit vaccination to be incorporated into established well child visits through the first six months of life."

Fourth, we should re-visit the booster schedule.   In secondary transmissions that occurred outside of Disneyland, some took place in small communities where contacts could be closely traced.  In these instances there were cases where there appeared to be more transmission than expected to older individuals who were older than those required to receive booster shots.   Perhaps we should reconsider re-administering booster shots.  This requires Pharmaceutical companies to administer vaccines outside of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) liability coverage window, not always a popular thing with these corporations.

Fifth, we need to look at the ability of our health care system to handle epidemics and focus on in hospital microbiological control.  This is particularly crucial for measles which can be transmitted if airborne.  At least in the US and other advanced developed nations, our health care facilities ought to be prepared to handle these situations.  People whose immune systems are weakened or compromised are going to be in hospitals as a matter of course, and ought to have greater assurance that the hospitals were not the source of potential infections. 

And sixth,  the measles vaccine is an old vaccine.  We need to focus immunological research and vaccine development to see if we can both decrease the age at which the vaccine can first be administered and decrease the numbers of people who receive the vaccine but do not acquire immunity.

Overall, I believe that parents are much more likely to positively accept advise from medical professionals if it is couched in terms of scientific uncertainties and guidelines for effective practices, than if it is presented as an absolutist dogma, into which opponents can readily punch holes.
 
I write about vaccines a lot here at Respectful Insolence, and for a very good reason. Of all the medical interventions devised by the brains of humans, arguably vaccines have saved more lives and prevented more disability than any other medical treatment. When it comes to infectious disease, vaccination is the ultimate in preventive medicine,…
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""I, for one, do think there is a disadvantage from having (five) Catholics, three Jews, everyone from an Ivy League school," several justices from New York City and no one who practiced criminal defense law outside white-collar settings, Sotomayor told the law school audience."

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_29745878/sotomayor-us-high-court-needs-more-diversity-many
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nation's highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court's makeup.
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The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach. Notice how it seems to overhang the sandy bluff? That is because the bluff has been eroding toward the track and is now within a couple feet of the track ballast, as can be seen in photos below this ...
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It doesn't help that much of the Puget Sound coastline is easily erodible glacial drift: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/pugetsound/tour/geology.html
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Women's Lives at Risk in Catholic Hospitals

http://crosscut.com/2016/03/protect-womens-rights-in-hospitals/
A pregnant woman, experiencing pain and bleeding in 2013, went to a Washington hospital ER multiple times in one week. She had a uterine infection, her fetus would not survive and her doctor recommended that she terminate her pregnancy — … Continue reading →
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“Our political system has increasingly been working in ways that increase the inequality of outcomes and reduce equality of opportunity.” – Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in Economics 
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I always learn something when I stop by the Weis post!
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EpiPens and Pharmaceutical Profiteering

I recently updated my EpiPen which I carry for potential severe, anaphylactic shock level, allergic reactions.

Just today, the financial journal Barrons touted the manufacturer of this device as an excellent investment.  It's not hard to understand why.  My EpiPen came with a little message from the pharmacy explaining that without pharmacy health insurance coverage my EpiPen would have cost $579.00! 

http://www.barrons.com/articles/hurt-by-valeant-mylan-stock-could-rise-30-1457150042?mod=trending_now_2

More on the marketing of EpiPens here: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/30/444790880/how-smart-marketing-transformed-epipen-into-a-billion-dollar-product
Investors rebuffed drugmaker Mylan for rejecting an acquisition bid. Strong earnings could restore its health.
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Well maybe an online consultation with a doctor who will write a private (non NHS ) prescription and the Epipen goes up to £45 .

https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/uk/allergy/epipen
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"We are suffering the largest crime wave in human history, and it is built on a foundation of failed cybersecurity."

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/feds-let-cyber-world-burn-lets-put-fire/
Security expert Dan Kaminsky writes that the government lets weak cybersecurity burn our society while tech companies try to put out the flames.
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Nope: It's built on the basic human tendency to be selfish when anonymity protects one from social reprisal. Cyber security only stocks that fire.
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I'm a chemist with a background in groundwater geochemistry, semiconductor industry quality assurance, Auger Electron Microscopy, and environmental monitoring.

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