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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

dhensley813 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 6:04 PM
Among those who are not vaccinated you have not just kids whose parents are aflutter with unreasonable fear, but kids who have compromised immune systems and cannot safely be vaccinated, (cancer patients, bubble boys etc.) and infants, whose immune systems have just not had time to develop and who also cannot be vaccinated. The parent who won't vaccinate their own kids is dicing with the lives of those other kids.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

dhensley813 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 6:02 PM
There are NO problems with that. MMR is safe and effective. One visit is cheaper than three and less likely to be skipped. The real problem is failure to vaccinate.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

dhensley813 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 6:01 PM
The measles outbreaks are concentrated in places where parents tend to be queasy about vaccinations. The best correlation anybody's found is with "Whole Foods" grocery stores. In other words, upscale, liberal enclaves. Next best correlation? Fundamentalists. Conservatives squeamish about that whole science thing. This is one of those odd situations where both wings of ideology have got to the same insane fear of the imaginary dangers and disregard of real dangers. Measles, mumps, whooping cough---those are real dangers and vaccination is the answer. No amount of immigration control will avail if too many people are susceptible.
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The Inequality of "Equality"

dhensley813 Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 12:38 PM
The federal government treats people differently on the basis of their real veterans status. Veterans get preference for hiring with the post office, for instance. The armed forces discriminate in hiring on the basis of age. They will not take 40 year olds as new recruits. The social security administration discriminates. It won't give old-age benefits to the young. Men and women discriminate on the basis of age and gender. Many won't even consider an old fart, or a person of the same sex, for a date. Some won't date people who don't speak any language they speak. They discriminate against speakers of Turkish, Finnish, Hindi, Mandarin, etc. That's ethnicity discrimination. The law draws a net so wide as to cover everybody and just about anything.
The justice department isn't going to touch this. It's an incendiary story, both literally and metaphorically. The last thing they want is for their favored victim class to wear the bad guy hat, especially for this crime. On top of everything else, if the public concludes that it was a race crime, or if it's proved that that's what happened, there's the risk that white hotheads could go and make matters yet worse.
If you'd seen Palin whining and flinching at the danger of climbing a short stretch of medium steep rock while triple roped up, on her reality show, you wouldn't pick her as the model conservative can-do pioneer woman. The ones who settled the west had way more grit than that.
Where blacks might have got the idea that working hard was a white thing is a mystery to me. There are whites who work hard but there are others who don't. Nowadays you have to look elsewhere if you want to talk about a whole race working hard.
It's not just tall vs short. It is normal in life for people to make mistakes about what others do for a living. This happens all the time between members of the same race, and it happens about as often when it's a white about whom a black person makes an innocent and well intentioned wrong guess. If there were more let-the-hair-down telling of funny stories between blacks and whites who trusted each other, there would not be so much suspicion that these incidents were racial. But while we're at it, is it not possible that when it comes to policing, the black experience really is statistically different? And if there were more trust, that whites in general would not write off claims to the contrary as another symptom of hypersensitivity?
It also bears saying that Muslim scholars are hardly unanimous in upholding what he's doing as sanctioned by the scriptures they hold sacred. This isn't mainstream Islam.
Homo erectus. Australopithecus. There are many transitional species. What's more, humans are, even now, apes. We, the gorillas, the chimpanzees, the orang-utans, gibbons, are all apes. It's not as though we are evolved from gorillas. Gorillas too have evolved from that common ancestor, along a different path, and are now different from it just as we are. And we are all primates. All these species, our own included, are descended from a common ancestor, a simpler primate species that no longer exists. And we are all mammals. Go back further, and we share common ancestry with horses, rats, tigers, and whales. Go back still further, and we are vertebrates. We share common ancestry with dinosaurs, birds, fish. And this is not the end of the common ancestry. It goes way, way deep. At the bottom, it gets murky. Genetic material can swap between species, and among simple one-celled creatures the swapping can be frenetic. So the "trunk" of the tree of life is more nearly a braided tangle of interlocking partly separate, partly merged species.
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