Birth control device linked to serious harm in women; maker covered up  dangers
Oct29

Birth control device linked to serious harm in women; maker covered up dangers

By Miriam Raftery SAN DIEGO, Ca – An ABC News investigation that includes 10 News in San Diego reveals that the maker of the Essure birth control device covered up evidence that patients have been seriously harmed by the device for over a decade. The device consists of metal coils that are implanted inside a woman’s Fallopian tubes to provide permanent birth control. But the coils have punctured the Fallopian tubes in some...

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My Health Care Premiums
Oct29

My Health Care Premiums

On a side note, the image of the rainbow was taken from my bike and close to where I live. I couldn’t find the pot of gold on either side. It kept moving! A few months ago there was a post and subsequent thread about how much healthcare insurance premiums might rise in 2015. There was even a suggestion that rates at Kaiser Permanente of California (my insurer) might go down for the same plan. At the time I said I would have my plan...

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Arguing Against Counterproductive Hysteria Over Ebola
Oct29

Arguing Against Counterproductive Hysteria Over Ebola

While the outbreak of Ebola began in West Africa about ten months ago, we have now had only nine patients with Ebola in this country. Most were brought in for treatment after contracting it elsewhere. One is currently undergoing treatment. One died. All the rest have recovered. There have been zero cases of transmission in the general population but two nurses have become infected while treating the patient who died. There is a...

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Halloween In The Time of Ebola
Oct29

Halloween In The Time of Ebola

Halloween In The Time of Ebola Tyrades! By Danny Tyree “Ewww!” said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover “Breaking Bad” meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop. These suits are just part of a trend (call it tacky, insensitive, creepy, gross) that includes Zombie Robin Williams masks, partygoers dressed as disgraced former Baltimore Ravens...

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Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)
Oct29

Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)

Nowadays we need sane asylums By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — It used to be that psychiatrists put insane people into insane asylums. However, today, everyone is seemingly insane. Sort of. Just look at the pathology of our youth, the dysfunction of our families, the violence in our day to day lives, the poisonous popular culture to which we expose our children in their computer games, television, movies and music, and there...

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Cartoon: Chris Christie – Ebola and the Walking Dead
Oct28

Cartoon: Chris Christie – Ebola and the Walking Dead

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Juan Williams Debunks GOP Attempts To Blame Democrats For Lack Of A Surgeon General
Oct28

Juan Williams Debunks GOP Attempts To Blame Democrats For Lack Of A Surgeon General

While discussing the Republican hypocrisy in their response to an Ebola Czar earlier this month, I pointed out how the Republicans blocked  Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General due to his concerns about gun violence, which kills far, far more people than Ebola in this country. Republicans who 1) are rarely willing to take responsibility for their action,  and 2) are fond of projecting their faults upon others, have been trying...

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Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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Decriminalize Poverty; End the War on Drugs
Oct27

Decriminalize Poverty; End the War on Drugs

Decriminalize Poverty; End the War on Drugs By Tina Dupuy Conspiracy theories are easy to make up. They all follow the same formula: An omnipotent force wills it, everybody is in on it, it takes place perfectly and no one else will tell you this. Throw in some cherry-picked numerical clues based on arbitrary weights and measurements, and there it is: fodder for the conspiracy grinder. Dead celebrities are still alive, random horrible...

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Cartoon: Boomer Witches
Oct26

Cartoon: Boomer Witches

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Not Hearing Anything Lately From Republicans About Their Frivolous Suit Against Obama
Oct26

Not Hearing Anything Lately From Republicans About Their Frivolous Suit Against Obama

Remember a few months ago when John Bohner was talking about filing a ridiculous law suit against Barack Obama? Politico points out that, despite the Republican hype, we haven’t heard anything about this suit recently: House Speaker John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to court. The suit, charging that the president grossly exceeded his constitutional...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican
Oct23

Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican

There’s nothing really new here, but it will be interesting to see conservative response to Bruce Bartlett’s article in The American Conservative entitled, Obama Is A Republican. The article is a rehash of how Obama’s record is actually quite conservative, clashing with the conservative myth that he is a socialist. He started with mentioning other Republicans who supported Obama’s election, and next discussed...

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Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear–We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly
Oct21

Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear–We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly

A mood of fear is engulfing the country which might very well affect the midterm elections. Hopefully people will react rationally and reject the Republicans who promote unwarranted fears, play politics, and advocate for counterproductive responses such as travel bans. Unfortunately but this is not the probable response. As I discussed last week, even citing a report on Fox, we have no need to fear Ebola as long as proper precautions...

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Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)
Oct21

Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush...

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Cartoon: Ebola Cable News
Oct20

Cartoon: Ebola Cable News

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Cartoon: Fear
Oct20

Cartoon: Fear

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Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination
Oct20

Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination

On the surface, Republicans have been all over the place regarding the idea of a government official to coordinate handling of Ebola. For example, there’s John McCain. Back in 2009 he attacked Obama over having too many czars: Obama has more czars than the Romanovs – who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20. — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 30, 2009 Then McCain demanded an Ebola czar: “From...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cotton’s Bizarre Ideas, Boardwalk Empire & The Knick; DC and Marvel Movie Plans; Twin Peaks; The IT Crowd & Other British Adaptations
Oct19

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cotton’s Bizarre Ideas, Boardwalk Empire & The Knick; DC and Marvel Movie Plans; Twin Peaks; The IT Crowd & Other British Adaptations

Flatline managed to provide an episode of Doctor Who which successfully combined elements of both horror and humor. While not a totally original idea, it was something not seen on Doctor Who before, and realistically few television shows manage to come up with ideas which have not been influenced by other works. Think of it as if the residents of Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott were to invade earth, with a touch of The Adams Family...

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Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse
Oct19

Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse

As more and more patients arrive in U.S. hospitals with “Ebola-like” symptoms—never mind the fact that the vast majority of them do not have the virus—politicians have increasingly called on President Barack Obama to ban travel to and from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most affected by the disease. A number of lawmakers,… Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It...

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