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Great article except for one claim in the DDT section: "Rachel Carson's junk science book Silent Spring made a lot of wild, unsupported claims about DDT hurting birds that forever stuck in the minds of liberals." DDT has a well documented effect on bird metabolism that leads to calcification of eggs. It accumulates in the fat of high order birds such as raptor, condors, etc and had a very deleterious on their species. Having made that correction to the article, I do agree that DDT can be used more judiciously in order to realize its life-saving potential while minimizing the damage to carnivorous birds. The article was also right that except for birds, DDT is pretty non-toxic. That too is well documented.
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Where Are All The Kids?

ssc Wrote: Aug 05, 2013 6:39 AM
boy that is not true in my Madison WI neighborhood. We have a nice park along a lake and kids are fishing and playing in the lake, hanging out, etc
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Who's Your Daddy?

ssc Wrote: Aug 04, 2013 3:32 AM
And what qualifications or residency credentials did Hillary have before running for the Senate seat for NY. As long as you meet the state's requirement for residency, you are a candidate for elected office. Simple. Chapman reveals his bias when he wrote this in the article, "What Cheney would bring to Congress is a caustic ideology straight out of Fox News," I wonder how Chapman would describe his own ideology "straight out of" Chicago.
While I am no fan of Krugman, this column does to Krugman what the column claims he does to others.
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Obamacare Battle Takes Bizarre Turn

ssc Wrote: Jul 23, 2013 3:20 AM
"The Affordable Care Act originally passed the House in 2009 with 220 votes," Umm, nope. The House never voted on it. Pelosi got the House to go along with a legislative gimmick called "reconciliation." In this, they "reconciled" the Senate Bill, which was passed ONLY after Senators Ben Nelson (Cornhusker Compromise) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana Purchase) were bribed to change their votes. And the tax mandate (aka the individual penalty) in Obamacare make the whole thing unconstitutional. Tax bills are required to originate in the House, not the Senate.
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Smoke Gets in Your Smoke

ssc Wrote: Jul 11, 2013 12:13 AM
hubris and exploitation.
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Even Teachers Agree: The Problem is Unions

ssc Wrote: Jul 07, 2013 7:41 AM
I have heard the silly defense of teacher's unions that is based on the liability insurance protection. Well consider the economics of this: Teachers pay about $1000/year for the privilege of being forced to join the union. So, over a 25 year career, that amounts to about $25,000. The vast majority of teachers will never need union liability protection. Those who do need it, will need about $10,000 in attorney fees (I know first hand!). Do the math. Now, if a teacher put $1000/year in a savings account, rather than in union dues, she will have a tidy sum at the end of her 25 year career, even if she needs to dip into the fund for an attorney. And she saves the aggravation from the union.
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Is Paula Deen the Worst American Ever?

ssc Wrote: Jul 05, 2013 1:15 PM
@marshallbrinson: The first ammendment only says that the government cannot stifle your speech. The first ammendments says absolutely nothing about private organizations inhibiting speech. Thus, a non-government employer can indeed tell you what and what not to say.
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The 'Muslims-Killed-by-the-West' Lie

ssc Wrote: May 29, 2013 7:35 AM
So, what do they teach about the Muslims killing Muslims in Syria, Lybia, Egypt, etc??
"“But even now, people are still dying from the effects of the atomic bomb,” the worksheet states." That simply is NOT TRUE. Beyond the many people who died within a few weeks from burns and acute radiation poisoning, very few subsequent deaths (outside of thyroid cancer) are attributable to the bombs. They simply did not cause mass cases of cancer or birth defects. That is a myth, or maybe a lie--depends on who passes it along and why.
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Obama Has Your Pension Plan in His Sights

ssc Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 2:00 AM
This will drive even more smart people to put their money overseas. It will also negate the argument that it is unpatriotic to do so.
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