Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits
Jul13

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health...

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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Commonwealth Fund Study Demonstrates Success Of Affordable Care Act
Jul11

Commonwealth Fund Study Demonstrates Success Of Affordable Care Act

Republicans have made multiple predictions of ways in which the Affordable Care Act would fail, and have been wrong on every one of them. They have claimed that no more people are insured now than before, that prices would skyrocket, that doctors would not accept people with Obamacare, and that so many people would seek medical care that there would be long waits due to shortages. (They don’t seem to realize that this totally...

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Mike Peters  Guest Cartoon: Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision
Jul08

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision

Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision by Mike Peters Of related interest: –Hobby Lobby case empowers millions of businesses to sue government, experts say –Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Stunning Setback for Women’s Rights –Will Hobby Lobby decision affect business owners who don’t want to serve gay weddings in Oregon? –Too soon to tell how Hobby Lobby ruling will affect business, benefits...

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Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your Kids
Jul06

Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your Kids

Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your...

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Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices
Jul06

Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices

Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices By Dick Polman If only the women at abortion clinics could get the same deal that the high court justices have arranged for themselves. As you know, all nine members decreed last week that Massachusetts was wrong to carve out a 35-foot buffer zone to protect women from the abuse routinely heaped upon them by anti-abortion protestors. In the court’s view, the zone violated protestors’...

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Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]
Jul05

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts...

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Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road
Jul04

Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road

Pity poor Dr. Mehmet Oz. He gets big bucks hosting the popular Opra Winfrey-syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. But now he’s come under fire in Congress, in the media, and on the Internet for promoting health supplements that sold big due to his effusive recommendations — products now considered by many to be largely useless. How did he respond? With a technique we’ve seen used all too often by...

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Trouble for the right comes from the right
Jul03

Trouble for the right comes from the right

Conservatives were ecstatic about the court’s ruling Monday that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, because of their owners’ religious beliefs, could not be required under the ACA to include certain types of contraception in their employee health plans. But Democrats have the better hand. ...AlJazeera When the Supreme Court issued its Hobby Lobby decision, campaign money started flowing in. The decisions has put the Democrats...

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Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling is More Dangerous Than You Might Have Thought
Jul02

Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling is More Dangerous Than You Might Have Thought

The Internet has been abuzz with news of craft store Hobby Lobby in light of its favorable Supreme Court ruling. In case you haven’t heard, the Court decided Hobby Lobby, a public company founded and owned by a family of conservative Christians, did not have to provide certain types of birth control specified by the Affordable Care Act to its employees. The owners of Hobby Lobby claimed such forms of birth control violated their...

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Hobby Lobby Case Shows That To Conservatives Freedom Means “Freedom” To Impose Their Religious Views Upon Others
Jul02

Hobby Lobby Case Shows That To Conservatives Freedom Means “Freedom” To Impose Their Religious Views Upon Others

Conservatives applauding the Supreme Court decision in the Lobby Hobby case are showing, once again, that to them freedom means the “freedom” to impose their religious views upon others. When conservatives oppose the requirement that a business provide insurance to their employees in any condition they might have a consistent libertarian argument, ignoring the fact that many Republicans supported such mandates, along with...

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Cartoons: Cartoonists look at Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision (Cartoon Roundup)
Jul02

Cartoons: Cartoonists look at Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision (Cartoon Roundup)

Cartoonists are having a field day. A cross section: The cartoons above are licensed to run on The Moderate Voice. See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license these cartoons for your own site, visit...

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Democrats Ready to Pounce on Supreme Court Contraception Decision
Jul02

Democrats Ready to Pounce on Supreme Court Contraception Decision

Democrats Ready to Pounce on Supreme Court Contraception...

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Free Will and Food Intake
Jul01

Free Will and Food Intake

When Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Department of Health limited the size of sodas and other sugary drinks that could be sold to sixteen ounces, there was an outcry from many convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and food outlets who felt this would impact their business negatively. It was particularly true of minority-owned establishments and was also opposed by many minority legislators. This was in spite of the fact...

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Conservative Activist Court Rules That Employers Can Impose Their Religious Views On Employees In Hobby Lobby Case
Jun30

Conservative Activist Court Rules That Employers Can Impose Their Religious Views On Employees In Hobby Lobby Case

Republicans have long claimed that Roe v. Wade was an act of an activist court to impose liberal views upon them, energizing many religious conservatives to turn out to vote for them. Today’s Supreme Court decision allowing come companies to avoid the requirements in the Affordable Care Act to include contraception on religious grounds might do the opposite. This decision will undoubtedly anger many women who will see this as...

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Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas.
Jun29

Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas.

Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas. Erica Hellerstein calls it “do-it-yourself” abortion, but don’t flip out. We’re not talking coat hangers. We’re talking “miso.” We’re talking open air markets around Texas and particularly here, in the south. Customers browse simple items—miracle-diet teas, Barbie dolls or turquoise jeans stretched over...

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Why Conservatives Hate Obamacare
Jun24

Why Conservatives Hate Obamacare

Jonathan Chait writes that the Republicans have finally admitted why they oppose Obamacare. The bulk of his article is a useful recap of many of the Republican claims which have turned out to be untrue. Republicans claimed that Obamacare is mainly signing up people who already had insurance, but actually 57 percent of those who enrolled on the exchanges previously lacked insurance. He went on to debunk conservative claims that the...

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Potential ACA Time Bomb in Utility Regulatory Group v. EPA
Jun24

Potential ACA Time Bomb in Utility Regulatory Group v. EPA

Legal analysts are aflutter over the Supreme Court’s mixed holding in Utility Regulatory Group v. EPA. The main contest seems to be between those who focus on the Court’s upholding of the EPA’s claim to regulate greenhouse gasses and those who focus on the Court’s circumscribing of that power. Truthfully, it is probably a glass half-empty/half-full argument. But the second group might be closer to the mark on...

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Insurance Exchanges Providing Coverage At Reasonable Price With Choices Expanding
Jun19

Insurance Exchanges Providing Coverage At Reasonable Price With Choices Expanding

Now that health care coverage through the exchanges has been up and running for a several months we are getting more data on the favorable results. A major benefit has been to not only replace policies on the individual market which often had limited coverage with comprehensive coverage that cannot be canceled for development of medical problems, but to also make such care more affordable. A report from the Department of Health and...

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Dr. Oz and His Magical Elixirs Fall Under Senate Scrutiny
Jun19

Dr. Oz and His Magical Elixirs Fall Under Senate Scrutiny

I think if Dr. Oz was named Dr. Voldemort he’d have less of a following. Or at least people would be more suspicious of the “miracle” potions he endorses. This week Dr. Oz traveled to the less magical land of Washington D.C. to testify before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance to defend himself against accusations of promoting quackery. It seems the wonderful Oz had been using “flowery” language to...

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