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  • Another vaccination story from real life, involving real victims, told by a real mom:
In November 2013 my son, Finn, was diagnosed at 3 months old with Ewing Sarcoma. ... Despite the scary news, he has completed 9 of the 14 rounds of chemotherapy without many problems. After 6 months of relatively easy treatment and ruled “cancer free,” he has overcome more than most grown adults. He has had two surgeries, ten blood transfusions and countless shots but still maintains a happy demeanor. Every part of his treatment came to a screeching halt at the beginning of April, when fever and cough landed him in the hospital. Finn was diagnosed with pertussis (“whooping cough”) and the steady downhill slope of his health happened quickly ...
  • Watch typical denial tactics at work: demand scientists "fix" public perceptions on climate change, ironically created by the same talking heads making the demand, then talk over the one scientist on the panel, don't let him get a full sentence in, with misinformation and cherry picked tidbits of data.
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    Can't remember that childhood blankee you toted everywhere? Blame it on all those new brain cells you were making. The formation of brain cells normally helps us learn information, but it may also come with a downside – forgetting.

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  •  OK (18+ / 0-)

    if you have Windows 7, goto your start menu, type "PSR" in the search box. Click on "Problem Step Recorder," then click "Start Record" in the box that pops up top left of screen. Now surf from one page to another for about one minute. Now stop record, it will create a file and probably default to desktop. Save it, now open it ... and enjoy the surveillance video of every move you just made online ...

  •  Thanks DarkSyde (4+ / 0-)

    I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Sat May 10, 2014 at 06:06:12 AM PDT

  •  psst - your links to a few articles aren't working (3+ / 0-)

    it would seem. check them?

    thanks!

    and happy Saturday -

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    by nzanne on Sat May 10, 2014 at 06:06:18 AM PDT

  •  DarkSyde - NASA has (and still has) a variety of (4+ / 0-)

    educational tie-ins to help disseminate science & foster/foment interest in math, science and (of course) space.

    Can you, at some point, do a write up if you have any good info on it? I have it on my "to do" list, but it's kind of far down. (I'm hoping to hit that topic this summer for folks, tho.)

    When I was in high school, I participated in the Space Shuttle Student Involvement program a few times...it's neat, and still have the Certificates of Recognition for my participation. :)

    I know NASA just ran a Robotics challenge not long ago...

    The programs that NASA (and some other big sciencey institutions, organizations and misc. cabals) run that interact with students at various levels are, IMO, critical to the support of science & technology awareness, growth and development.

    ___


    OK - off-topic:

    My diary for this morning: Caring and Sharing

    For caregivers, on Alzheimers, in memory of Mumsie this Mother's Day weekend.

    We're arranged for the Kindle edition to be available for free download through Sunday, and provide a link to the free Amazon Kindle reading app (multiplatform).

    And shared some woo tales. :)

    And, additionally, from Aji's FB feed:

    Only today and tomorrow remain to catch Wings's one-man show at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, so it's send-it-viral time again. You know what to do. Please share these links once again (and like, and tweet, and cross-post, and e-mail, and whatever else you can think of):

    https://www.facebook.com/...

    http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/...

    http://ajijaakwe.blogspot.com/...

    •  NASA also partnered with the developer of (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      Kerbal Space Program (trivia: Developers are Mexican and are formerly some sort of advertising company) to develop scenarios that mirrors parts of NASA's Asteroid Initiative.

      Arguably, KSP is one of the best game/simulator to teach people about orbital mechanics (and rocketry).

  •  El Nino (7+ / 0-)

    Looks like we may have an El Nino this year.

    Here is my analysis of what it may take to predict these in the future.
    http://contextearth.com/...

    The model over the last 130+ years of readings:

    click for larger

  •  The problem with snooping (7+ / 0-)

    For private businesses, the bottom line people don't like to spend money on IT. Turning on monitoring is easy, but, as with the NSA, reading it all is virtually impossible. I worked once where I was supposed to stop little kids from sending explicit e-mails from school accounts, and I had a small population. I used a hardware firewall, and I still had to rely on flesh and blood tips or bounces from recipients.

    My guess is that the spyware is on, and The Man scrutinizes it for those he wants to fire for other reasons. That has the added effect of making all the other employees think they're watched with every keystroke.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Sat May 10, 2014 at 06:19:37 AM PDT

  •  New Scientific Techniques of Discernment (3+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, Aunt Pat, belinda ridgewood

    detect that education does not erase racism.

  •  Glad to see Bill Nye is pushing back (9+ / 0-)

    The next time one of those idiots complains "Your scary message is scaring people and it's not working", I'd like to see Nye or whoever else is on the spot come back with "I'm glad you brought that up, because it shows you DO think climate change is a problem and we SHOULD be doing something about it. So - what do YOU think we should do to get the message across?" Make it their problem. Notice how they had to keep repeating they weren't deniers? It's working.

    And for those who complain Nye isn't a climate scientist and should not be speaking up? A) Nye is a science educator who has been speaking up about all kinds of science for years. He has a following and a track record with the general public. B) By the same logic that is trying to silence Nye, the same standard should be applied to deniers who aren't climate scientists either.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat May 10, 2014 at 06:27:19 AM PDT

  •  denial (3+ / 0-)

    I'm a relatively new grandfather, if all the pediatricians told his parents to avoid something--say plastic bathtubs--it would be inconvenient, but I'd expect my daughter would avoid them.  Climate change is the plastic bathtub, and all the money in the world won't stop the grandchildren of billionaire deniers from getting harmed.  To be so selfish as to endanger your grandchildren is to be insane.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sat May 10, 2014 at 07:07:31 AM PDT

  •  Wish I believed in god just so I could (3+ / 0-)

    say, "God damn the anti-vaxers!" That young Finn had to contend with pertussis should result in misery of some sort for whomever left the exposing child unvaccinated. Maybe some day there will be a way to track the exact source person and hold them/their parent accountable in a very strict manner.

    •  Sadly sometimes the source person could (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      be a vaccinated one.
      Vaccination isn't 100% effective, which is why we want as many people vaccinated as possible to create "firewalls" in the event that one of those who failed to gain immunity from vaccine (or cannot get it due to allergic reactions) got sick, the disease won't spread far.

  •  Thanks, DarkSyde! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:45:04 AM PDT

  •  Love Bill Nye... but he did not "dominate"... (3+ / 0-)
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    atana, RiveroftheWest, wonmug

    .. that conversation. He's up against skilled propagandists who operate only have to cast doubt to win. We shouldn't be sending scientists to debate with political operatives masquerading as journalists.

    What can we learn from Bill's mistakes?

    Ms. Cupp was too smart to say, "I don't believe the climate science". Instead, she put up a scientific-looking poll to say that "the public" doesn't believe climate science. Then asked the loaded question "why hasn't Van and the White House done a better job of convincing people?"

    Here at DKos we call this "concern trolling". Her position contains several logical fallacies:

    First is her citing of "Van and the White House" as the source of the Climate Assessment Report. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990.

    Second is the insinuation that the public is the arbiter of truth. The only effective response to that is to list examples of the where the public has been fooled by massive disinformation campaigns in the past. "Hey, before 1970, the majority of Americans believed that cigarette smoking  posed no threat to their health. Before 2004, the majority of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein possessed a secret arsenal of WMD's".

    Bill made a huge mistake by citing weather events (tornadoes, hurricanes) as evidence of CC and then got smacked down by more pseudo-science about the last hurricane season.

    "Hurricanes, shmericanes" is not a winning riposte. You can't talk about weather, you can only talk about weather models. Then you say that weather forecasters use weather models (and climate models) every day to issue flood warnings and tornado warnings... and those save lives.

    When Mr. "I'm not a denier" said that shutting down coal plants deprives us of the economic capacity to respond to weather disasters, Bill should have seized that moment to say, "I"m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you ARE a denier". Then he could have gone forward to talk about the economic benefits of replacing coal with NatGas and then renewables.

    When the subject turned to "disagreement on the facts", Cupp obviously saw the hazard there and interrupted with her blatant remarks about "bullying" and "shaming"... and then retreated behind her concern trolling with "it's not working with the public".

    I'd like to see the rest of the clip, but I wouldn't call this a win for science.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:49:25 AM PDT

  •  Thank you. (0+ / 0-)

    I was just sight reading through your diary when the part about vaccinations caught my eye. I originally thought that you were advocating against getting your child vaccinated.

    I immediately scrolled down and started to write out a comment that began with, I don't want to be a dick here, but... I was about three sentences deep into it when a voice in my noodle said, `Think of where you're at. Maybe you should go back and read it a little more carefully before you post this.'

    I'm glad I did, or I really would have looked like a dick.

    Thanks again.

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