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I like your first sentence. it applies as well to the remainder of your post.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:18 AM
Good examples. "proving a negative" is impossible, statistically, due to the way stats are computed in such studies. It is about what statisticians call the "null hypothesis" which studies can reject but not prove. The notion that there are NO tigers on my desk right now is a negative and common sense makes it easy to prove or disprove. But proving that there is NO tiger on any one of several thousand desks does not prove that some twit didn't (or never will) put a tiger on his desk just for the fun of it.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:00 AM
Dr. Sowell, at long last, has put forth a seriously flawed argument. True, part of the reason for the increase in autism is the expanded definition. True, the data from Denmark and Sweden was from large numbers of children. It did NOT prove a negative; Dr. Sowell knows that is impossible. I suspect but do not know that there were serious methodological flaws in that data--there often are, especially in research debunking ideas unpopular with the medical mainstream. But there are also data showing that children vaccinated at a young age, about 1 year, have a higher incidence of autism than those vaccinated after age 3, when the immune system tends to be stronger. And we simply do not know the effects of a vaccine cocktail when administered at 1 years of age as recommended. Slamming a one year old's immune system with multiple vaccines is a risk I do not recommend. If you believe you should vaccinate, at least do it at 3 years rather than one year. The data will be on your side.
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The View From The High Horse

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 08, 2015 10:40 AM
Thank you for making that point!
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The View From The High Horse

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 08, 2015 10:38 AM
Correct! Read "Dreams from my father" for further information.
There you have it! That is precisely why the Democrats support the minimum wage--except for the 30% or so who just want to use other people's money to give themselves a false sense of actually caring.
Those brains in his little finger are probably what he uses in generating his thoughts on economics. Now if he'd just add some knowledge of economics to that brainy finger ...
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Basic Economics

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Jan 14, 2015 12:42 PM
Hey there! Sowell does not "repeat over and over;" he gives multiple examples, each unique in circumstance but each illustrating the same principle. Multiple examples, connected to the principle, are necessary to understand a concept and what it implies/means. But if you want a concise and accurate summary, here it is: Supply and demand works!
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Basic Economics

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Jan 14, 2015 10:28 AM
Excellent! And, as is often the case, the comments below are enlightening. My older brother, a self-described lifelong Democrat, once asked me to stop sending him "Republican Propaganda" after I forwarded a few of Williams' and Sowell's columns to him. He might agree with the "Loyal Dem" postings below. Delicious!
Thanks for including the links. I checked some of the literacy standards because that is an area in which I know something. The optimistic view is that the Standards do specify important skills thus giving teachers guidance that they would be lacking if they graduated from a second or third or fourth rate teacher prep program. The pessimistic view is that implementing a good standard incompetently makes it a very bad standard; the standards are just words but the test items, scoring protocols, and training of the scorers are all essential in determining what the standard "really" means. In my opinion, the chances of all that being implemented without totally destroying the value of the standards are lower than my chances of winning the Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes. Even assuming the purest of motivation behind the push for the Common Core, having such national standards imposed is extremely dangerous.
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