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I'm an atheist and I'll decry her power grab. I believe in the marketplace of ideas. And frankly I'd prefer there were fewer atheists, not more.
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The Future Is So Screwed

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 10:16 PM
'Influential' is morally neutral. Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary were influential.
From Wikipedia on Medical Emancipation: In the United States, a typical statute lists: "Who may consent [or withhold consent for] surgical or medical treatment or procedures." "...Any unemancipated minor of sufficient intelligence to understand and appreciate the consequences of the proposed surgical or medical treatment or procedures, for himself."
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Inflated Fears of Ebola and Terrorism

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 9:27 PM
"Banning travel...would impede medical professionals and supplies from getting there...." No, because such people and supplies would of course be excepted from the ban. "It would aggravate economic disruption in countries that are already short of resources to fight disease." No, it would prevent movement of people, not goods. "WHO Director-General...Chan says 90 percent of the costs of Ebola "come from irrational and disorganized efforts of the public to avoid infection."" Unless nine people die of 'disorganized efforts' for every one who dies of ebola I am suspicious of Chan's numbers. Americans aren't especially afraid of ebola. We're afraid of our government's ludicrous handling of ebola. We are also afraid of our government's lack of border enforcement. Perhaps Islamic terrorists read a lot of Chapman columns and are thus dissuaded from crossing the Mexican border because Steve here thinks it's just not that effectual. But I don't see how it wouldn't be a pretty good way to get here. People who sneak across don't have to worry about a terrorist watch list. Ebola is less deadly to people in a First World country than those in a Third World country. That doesn't mean we have to welcome it in. Terrorism isn't as dangerous to Americans as a lot of other things - the actual threat of death is low, though the fright aspect is high. Which is why we call it terrorism. But the US people are functioning just fine despite both of these real and present dangers DESPITE the feckless response of the people who are hired to keep us safe and REGARDLESS of mealy-mouthed columnists who describe reasonable worry over actual death as a 'dire threat'. What an utter twit - with an 'a'.
Was Bill Clinton given a shot at the nurses? How is his health?
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Officially Killing Americans

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 1:01 AM
Sounds pretty good to me.
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Officially Killing Americans

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 2:19 PM
We need something like the FDA anyway. The snake-oil salesmen and quack doctors of the previous, previous century did considerable harm. How the FDA operates is another matter. They should have a stamp of approval and a stamp of experimental. All other things should be assumed to use-at-own risk like the patent medicines of yore or the herbal remedies of now.
This is the kind of thing that Chinese leaders say. It feeds their ego, annoys their purported rivals and worries the easily worried.
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Answering Ted Olson

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 5:14 AM
Charen's columns are published in over 200 newspapers and at least three websites. It is extremely unlikely that she reads the comments here at TH and even more unlikely she would do so twenty-four hours after it appeared. The reason you hear crickets is because it's just you and the crickets.
Nope. That will be illegal. And I'll say so if it happens. That it happens in other countries is pathetic. It must not happen here.
'This is the moment I wrote about in my book, “God Less America.” I predicted that the government would one day try to silence American pastors.' This is not that moment. It is decidedly short of that moment. This is a false note in a column that otherwise sings.
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