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Vaccine deniers as harmful as climate warming deniers?

Vaccines – especially vaccines for polio, small pox, and measles – have saved countless lives since their introduction. Opting out of vaccines, in many case, threatens public health and increasingly – global health.

Are they 100% effective? Are they 100% safe? Nope. Most are in the 99% effective and safe range.

Can you look both ways before crossing a street in a car, on foot or a bike and still get hit? Yes but the chances are really, really small. So, would you advise people not to look or not to cross the street?

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During the 1950s – before the introduction of the measles vaccine – in the United States alone the disease infected roughly 4 million, hospitalized nearly 50,000,  and contributed to the deaths of several hundred every year.

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Lower vaccine uptake, and increases in international travel, have increased opportunities for the measles virus to spread – even to areas that had previously all but eliminated it.

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Say What? Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan Meeting to Discuss Afghan War?

Personally, I think the idea of US having bases in Afghanistan from now into eternity is a really bad idea but tell me again who are our allies supposed to be? Maybe this should be another wake up call to what countries think they have long term interest in not letting Afghanistan control its own future?

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ISLAMABAD: 

The United States’ decision to set up six permanent military bases in Afghanistan will be the focus of talks when the presidents of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan meet in Tehran on June 25, an official told The Express Tribune on Friday.

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In my “state” “birthers” are aliens

In my state of mind, the birthers now led by wanna-be-still-famous Trump seem to be from some alien place where logic is absent and denial has replaced reality – all perfect for a new Donald show! But read this article if you need further proof.

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The birthers’ constitutional illiteracy

For the birthers, the translation of “natural born citizen'” is simply “those born inside the United States”. To them, anyone born outside the United States is ineligible for the presidency. They are wrong.

The Naturalisation Act of 1790 provided that “the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens.”

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk

 

25% chance your meat will make you sick!

One in four samples bought in supermarkets contained meat with bacteria resistant to at least three drugs against staph infections. If you gotta eat meat – eat organic or cook it until it resembles cardboard…

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Multi-Drug Resistant Staph in 1 in 4 Meat Samples

A team of researchers from Arizona bought meat and poultry in five cities across the United States
52 percent of those staph isolates were resistant to at least three antibiotics that are commonly used in both veterinary and human medicine.

That is: Roughly one in four packages of meat and poultry from across the United States contained multidrug resistant staph.

Read more at www.wired.com

 

Bethlehem Important to Palin? Nope!

Hard at work on the say/do anything tour – will have new Powerpoint show when she returns – purchased virtual tour of Bethlehem? Expects tour will boost her speaking price in US?

Anyone got a “get your tongue out of cheek” ap?

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Sarah Palin pulls out of Bethlehem visit

Sarah Palin in Jerusalem
The former governor of Alaska pulled up to the checkpoint
They then turned around and drove away.

Palin wore a Star of David, the symbol of Judaism, around her neck, prayed close to the wall and lodged a written prayer in a crevice, according to tradition.

Palin told reporters: ” It’s overwhelming to be able to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith. I’m so thankful to be able to be here and I’m thankful to know the Israel-American connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations continue.”

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk

 

Organize! If you are Latino, Black, Native, Female, or Union American!

Those who want to enslave you, reassert elitism, and exert complete sway over America will never give up. The only way to keep this nation free and democratic is to organize to vote for freedom and democracy. If you have “recall” rights in your state – exercise then now and get ready for next election. Those who sat out the 2010 races, do so again and you may not have another chance to be free and equal again.

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Inherently Unequal by Lawrence Goldstone

After the Civil War, the United States seemed poised to grant equal rights to African-Americans. But the Supreme Court’s rulings in the late 19th century kept African-Americans segregated for decades, says constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone.

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“Family” group preaches: Native American Immorality Led to Being Conquered

This man’s historical and cultural ignorance is perhaps equaled by his not understanding how hate and fear colors all his life. His ignorance will support more years of violence and hate against those who settled this land before Europeans came and well most know the history of dishonor against Native Americans. The American Family Association seems to be un-American, anti-family and a closed society for people filled with fear and hate.

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Bryan Fischer: Native Americans morally disqualified themselves from the land

The native American tribes at the time of the European settlement and founding of the United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare for hundreds of years, and practiced the most debased forms of sexuality. 

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Voices of Peace in Afghanistan: Dear President Obama

It will not be pretty but we should be trying to get everyone to the table, as we should in Israel/Palestine too.

A glance at the conflict in Afghanistan

US policy questioned by academics and researchers

The following letter was sent today to the President of the United States by a group of academics, journalists and NGO workers:
we ask you to sanction and support a direct dialogue and negotiation with the Afghan Taliban leadership residing in Pakistan.
discussions about Afghanistan’s political future must include all parties and not just be a quick-fix deal with members of the insurgency.
It is time to implement an alternative strategy that would allow the United States to exit Afghanistan while safeguarding its legitimate security interests.

Read more at circlingthelionsden.blogspot.com

 

Taliban Leader Imposter Fleeces US/Afghan Officials

Oops! Down and down we go, in a spin. Forget body scans, how about major scams and not bothering to be very, very careful – AND AT LEAST CHECK THE PERSON IS WHO HE CLAIMS TO BE!

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Desperation is never pretty

the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor
we gave this man millions of dollars and sat him down in front of Hamid Karzai and General Petraeus and we have no idea who he is or what his intentions are.
The idea that the Taliban is eager to sit down for talks—and it has stated, quite explicitly it is not—is just more ISAF spin, trying to convince us we’re winning the war.Read more at www.registan.net
 

No ready for prime time Paladino

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Video: Paladino Says “Fuck ‘Em” To Having NYC Terror Trial

According to National Journal, the questioner says, “If you were the chief executive of New York, what would your response be to the attorney general of the United States deciding to hold terrorist trials in Manhattan?” Paladino answered, “Fuck him. Fuck him.” WAtch the video—the question is at about the 2:10 mark.

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