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If you haven't read this yet, you should. It's chock-full of facts: not just information, but links to all of the places you can go to find out more. 

Parents, if you are being told that vaccinating your child is dangerous or ineffective, by anyone other than your doctor saying that your child has a specific condition which makes a particular vaccine dangerous, you are being lied to. You may be being lied to in good faith (by a well-meaning but uninformed friend) or in bad faith (by a peddler of fake "remedies" or a lawyer trying to get you to join a suit), but lies like these put the lives of your children, and of your children's friends, and of your community, at risk.

Vaccines are some of the safest and most tested things in all of medicine; the reports that they cause autism, that a child's body can't cope with the regular schedule of them, or that they are ineffective were all hoaxes. (Many of them perpetrated by people with large financial interests) The diseases they protect against, which are now coming back in areas with high concentrations of "anti-vax" parents -- diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough -- are deadly and can kill or cripple your child.

And worst of all, there are some children (and adults) who actually can't get the vaccine, due to allergies or other medical conditions: if you or your child is carrying one of these diseases, it can and does kill someone else's child. When enough of the people in an area are vaccinated, there's nowhere for the disease to live at all, and it dies out; but when enough (not that many!) people can still carry it, the disease can keep moving around, until it finds vulnerable victims. This is what's behind several deadly outbreaks across the US in the past few years.

If you still aren't sure, read this. Read the links. Read what doctors and scientists say. Study and learn more. You'll discover that the safety of vaccines is about as well-established as the dangers of tobacco -- and, like in that case, there are people who are interested in making sure you think there's a controversy.

Vaccinate your children on schedule: you could save their life, and you will save others.
In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post. ...
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A pretty detailed dig into both how bit coin works and its inherent shortcomings.
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Thanks for sharing this, fun read.
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Taking the opportunity offered by a quiet night in the house to try some recording.

Raw take, no effects or mastering, using my MXL-R40 ribbon microphone.
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love it - thanks for sharing Karl!  Such a treat to hear your beautiful voice!
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I receive requests occasionally from readers to enumerate his arguments for the role of the State in a market economy: Here is a list extracted from Wealth Of Nations: 1 the Navigation Acts, blessed by Smith under the assertion that ‘defence, however, is of much more importance than opulence’ (WN464); 2 Sterling marks on plate and stamps on linen and woollen cloth (WN138–9); 3 enforcement of contracts by a system of justice (WN720); 4 wages to be...
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Mitchell’s laws: The more budgets are cut and taxes inceased, the weaker an economy becomes. To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity = poverty and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics. =========================================================================...
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A regular number of different readers write to me about posts I made in 2005-2009. Some of these posts were from students taking up defending of Noam Chomsky's views on the importance of Adam Smith allegedly recanting his views on the division of labour in Wealth Of Nations, which, in my view, ...
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I suggest "Debt: the first 5000 years" for a deeper dive.
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1) I think it's fair to say that "net" is implied there for both terms. 

2) While that's true, the issue is with the connotative deadweight on the word debt. It's not that a bank deposit isn't a debt that that bank owes, but that few people ever get worked up about a bank having too many deposits the same way they get worked up about the Treasury having too much debt. If all media and politicians talking about paying off Federal Savings Deposits instead of paying of Federal Debt, the public reception of the arguments would be fundamentally different despite the terms technically being perfectly equivalent.

The people that hawkishly declare that we must close out all Federal Savings Accounts would have to do a vast amount of work to justify that position instead of being able to lean on a hundreds, if not thousands of years of cultural training that "debt=bad" to do most of the work for them.

3) Income would be "Money received from another entity" (Technically, "revenue" might have been better there, if you want to get into semantics) Money that you generate by fiat isn't income any more than a table that you just built was a purchase.

In this case, the fundamental point is that, as the fiat issuer of money, the Federal Government creates money by spending it, it doesn't need to borrow anything; savings are a service that it offers, but have nothing to do with actually funding anything. Far from being a bad thing, a Federal deficit is necessary from any money to exist in circulation at all (and a Federal surplus just represents money drained out of all other sectors, not any objectively meritorious or universally desirable outcome)
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This last weekend, the Center for Election Science—the world's largest (only?) approval voting advocacy group—launched a fundraiser through Indigogo. The goal is to raise $12,375 (a very precise amoun...
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I'm posting this here because it needs to be advertised, and I don't know how many people pay attention to livejournal anymore. Feel free to cut-n-paste the announcement and resend wherever you like.
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Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps will be coming to Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 14th! They will be performing at the home of Marybeth Griffin and Marc Gabriele in Wilkins Township. For directions email myself at alanafiona@gmail.com, or call 412-977-2708. Concert starts at 7:30pm but please come earlier as there will be food and socializing with Heather and Ben.

Our street has no direct bus service, but we are willing to give rides up the hill from the nearby bus lines, please email us so we can arrange transport. Please be warned we have cats, you may need to medicate appropriately.

There is no admission cost, but we will have a hat out to collect any donations towards gas you might have - $10-15 is suggested but not required. Also they will have music for sale, come and lighten their burden while they lighten your hearts with music!
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