Goodbye, virus… (by C0nc0rdance)
“One of the best things we could leave our descendants is a world with fewer pathogens. We’ve managed it twice now. It’s realistic and achievable to completely eliminate a few more. It will require a global public commitment, funding, and our most powerful weapon in the arsenal: vaccines!”
Oregon is getting ready to end legal protection to parents who abandon modern medicine in favor of faith healing when treating their children’s illness. House Bill 2721 would eliminate faith healing as a legal defense for parents who rely only on faith healing or other spiritual practices to heal sick children.
The change in law can be understood as a direct response to the Oregon City church, The Followers of Christ. The church is notorious for allowing sick children to suffer and even die rather than seeking medical attention. The church preaches a religion based in faith-healing, a religion that rejects modern medicine in favor of prayer and the anointing of the sick with oil.
Church members have a lengthy history of children dying from lack of medical care. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office has estimated that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable conditions.
Thank the FSM! Faith is not an excuse for letting your children suffer and die.
Good for Oregon. Hope this becomes a trend.
This would be so great!
Hillary delivers the best response to yesterday’s attack on Planned Parenthood
How have people not learned yet that you do not mess with Hillary Clinton?
emphasis is mine
This is from 2009 but it’s an excellent defense of the administration’s policies regarding reproductive rights. Boo. Yah.
If this bill passes into law, a wife beater whose wife is trying to abort for the entirely sensible reason that you don’t want babies with a batterer could walk into a clinic, shoot the doctor to prevent the abortion, and plead justifiable homicide, with the blessing of the South Dakota legislature and presumably the anti-choice movement that lobbied them.
Amanda Marcotte, “South Dakota legislators move to legalize some terrorism and domestic violence” (via pandagon.net)
This is scary.
Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.
Bill Gates in response to being asked about the controversy surrounding Andrew Wakefield (via Bill Gates steps in it in a good way, declares vaccine-autism link an “absolute lie” : Respectful Insolence)
If you consume a beverage called vitaminwater, can you skip your annual flu shot? That’s what an ad for the beverage implies, and one consumer group is crying foul.
Ugh. FAIL Vitamin Water, FAIL. The article also talks about how there is a TV commercial that says “It’s got vitamin C and zinc to help support a healthy immune system.” If you ever see the phrase “help support” when talking about the immune system, please know that they are telegraphing the fact that they are full of shit.
This is seriously making me reconsider buying their product again even, though their dragonfruit flavor is yummy.
The segment is about the proposed circumcision ban in San Francisco California. This bill would ban non-consensual genital cutting of minors when there is no immediate medical necessity. This bill is intended to protect minors, and does not ban medically necessary or adult consensual surgeries.
This is a thorough take-down of some doctors who not only make one logical fallacy after another but also are clearly not well-informed of the arguments or latest research surrounding this topic.
Amplify’d from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, that’s exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.See this Amp at http://bit.ly/c207IP
“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.”Read more at tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
Except instead of people not having houses, they die. It’s not an issue of whether we can afford it or not: we absolutely can. It’s an issue of no longer being able to turn a profit on human sickness, something that everyone with a properly aligned moral compass can get behind.
Wow, what a brilliant display of Christian values! Have cancer? Diabetes? YOU ARE JUST LIKE A BURNED HOUSE.