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  •  Not even denial of the findings (2+ / 0-)

    Just saying they're inconclusive. And, so are hundreds of other studies of equal merit on similar and disparate topics.

    Would they all demand immediate action based on preliminary data? Should a soldier on patrol empty his clip into every shadow he thinks he sees? Or does he call in to his leader to identify threats and plan responses?

    Would they demand action at all, if the recommended solutions were already necessary for other reasons? If we're already against economic segregation and ecological ruin, would a likely outcome of further study change our priorities?

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:59:59 PM PST

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    •  That's the same thing people say about (0+ / 0-)

      climate change - inconclusive.

      It's a responsible study. The world is rarely 100% conclusive.  If you're waiting to be 100% sure, one wonders how many kids will get autism because people like you keep waiting for something that will never come, and how responsibility people like you in our society must take on for being so welcome to risking our kids health.

      Somehow miraculously being sensible and safe with our kids lives only seems to be a problem when it involves doing something powerful corporations don't want us to do.

      What a coincidence.

      If a study implied that living in the ghetto wasn't safe for kids, you'd probably wait to be shot before believing it. Meanwhile, other people's kids continue dying...

      •  And yet, people have been addressing pollution (3+ / 0-)

        In Los Angeles, for decades, continue to do so, and have made huge progress. And, I might add, have made the region more prosperous as a result, in direct defiance of all the gloom and doom predictions of economic calamity if our gas was cleaner or our cars more efficient or our paint less toxic.

        I have literally never come across someone who said, "Well, as long as air pollution doesn't cause autism, have at it."

        I think it's obvious to Angelenos in particular and Californians in general that pollution is bad and that we need to continue to address it with all the tools we can muster. And we've been walking that walk for 50 years, leading the way for the US as a whole.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 03:17:15 PM PST

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        •  It's great. We addressed pollution (0+ / 0-)

          such that rich kids in rich neighborhoods are safe from autism while we relegate those stuck along highways to brain damage.

          Isn't that fab!

          I know many love it when schools are improved for rich kids while schools for the poor get worse.

          Great argument.

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