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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
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Bruce Miller March 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm
We want a sheriff that's going to make sure people aren't walking around with dangerous concealedRead More weapons, waiting to shoot any minority they don't like. We want a progressive sheriff that's going to make sure we don't have to worry about stray bullets from conservative idiots with guns firing at each other because they think this is the wild west. If you really want a gun, get one; just keep it at home where it won't be able to hurt anyone but your own toddlers when they find it and play with it. NO TO CCWs!
Johnny at the Harbor March 8, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Bruce..what makes you think people with concealed weapons permits are going to go around justRead More shooting people?? Are you insane? Or don't you feel people have the right to protect themselves from criminals? And why in hell would you think people would shoot minorities? Are you saying minorities are criminals? Kind of a racist statement don't you think...Take your Liberal head out of the sand, California is not the California of your Granny or mine... Johnny at the Harbor Protecting himself from the likes of Bruce.......scary guy
Old Timer March 8, 2014 at 08:23 pm
Bruce, You do realize that there are a lot of tourists that visit here from other counties that doRead More issue many permits to qualified citizens who have passed the strict requirements, don't you? With Santa Cruz's reputation for crime I really doubt the pistol was left at home. That has been settled anyway; it's state law now. The more important issues are not hinged to whether it's a progressive or conservative, left, right, or whatever. How about one who is fair minded and skillfully upholds the law and is not swayed by the political temptation of abusing the power of that vital law enforcement position. That's all I ask for.
Senator Boxer is pictured in March 2013.
Marc Parent February 22, 2014 at 11:13 am
Sorry Lou, Just wanted to be clear about the CBO report.
carole mason February 22, 2014 at 01:51 pm
The war on poverty let me see how's that working out. Seems to be getting worse maybe we needRead More someone else in there instead of babs.
bruce k February 26, 2014 at 09:33 am
The war on poverty was "lost" by design. For an interesting explanation why you might goRead More to the PBS Fresh Air website and do a search for Sargent Shriver retrospective and listen to the story. What they were doing to help people and train them for jobs and businesses worked, but when party bosses started to see less people dependent on them, and money coming from channels they did not approve of they killed the program.
Nancy Wahl-Scheurich February 7, 2014 at 06:16 am
We are lucky to be represented by Mark Stone. His hard work on legislation that promotes socialRead More justice (such as the the bills described here) and protects the environment (i.e. his bill to ban plastic cigarette butts) is an exemplary. He gets into the details, demonstrating a real understanding of the issues he deals with and the best way to address them.
Robert Norse January 29, 2014 at 08:44 am
More factual background on the elephant in the room: the SCPD's unilateral, powerful, unexplained,Read More and well-protected decision to dump the Bike Church distribution--and the City Council and staff's decision to ignore the whole matter after stonewalling Public Records Act requests and stalling for two years. See https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/01/23/18749645.php?show_comments=1#comments
California is in a third year of drought with little rainfall well into the winter season when precipitation is needed to sustain crops and vineyards. Courtesy Wikimedia
Charlie Peters February 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Dr Stan’s California water supply opinionRead More http://mediaarchives.gsradio.net/radioliberty/121213d.mp3
Charlie Peters March 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Audit the fed
Charlie Peters March 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm
BP-DuPont GMO fuel affect the beef?