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Hey, I don't really know what we'll get to today, but it'll probably be awesome. Maybe not as awesome as the bill the House of Representatives will be working on today, but pretty awesome none the less.

And what are they working on today? It's the “Require a PLAN D Act.” And golly, it's an acronym! Require (a) Presidential Leadership And No Deficit. PLAN. Plus a D. See? PLAN. (D.)

This thing was dead before it even got started, purely for the crappy acronym. A 7 on the Bad Acronym Naming And Nomenclature Assessment Scale (BANANAS).

What does it do? Basically, it requires that the President submit a budget that projects balance at some point. If there's no year included in the budget he submits in which the budget would be balanced, he's required to submit a supplemental budget that includes a projection of the earliest year for which there might be a balanced budget, and detail the steps it would take to get there.

And what if he doesn't? Well, we don't know. So that's pretty good. That'll probably work great, if by some miracle everyone goes crazy in the Senate and passes this crap.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:30 AM PST.

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    Preventing Gun Deaths in Children
    Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., and Sean Palfrey, M.D.

    In a randomized, controlled, cluster-design study by the Pediatric Research in Office Settings network, the intervention group that received specific gun-safety counseling from their doctors reported significantly higher rates of handgun removal or safe storage than did the control group. This study showed that families do follow through on pediatricians' recommendations about gun safety.4

    Despite this evidence, in 2011, Florida passed legislation, the Firearms Owners' Privacy Act, making it illegal for a doctor to conduct preventive screening by asking families about guns in the home — essentially “gagging” health care providers. Under the aegis of the Second Amendment, the First Amendment rights and the Hippocratic responsibilities of physicians were challenged. In response, the AAP's Florida chapter brought suit, and in June 2012, Miami-based U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke issued a permanent injunction banning the state from enforcing the law. Governor Rick Scott has appealed the ruling, and similar bills have been introduced in three additional states.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:08:46 AM PST

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    Social Withdrawal and Violence — Newtown, Connecticut
    John T. Walkup, M.D., and David H. Rubin, M.D.

    The facts about the risk of violence in the mentally ill are relatively straightforward.4 The vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders are not violent, and the mentally ill do not commit a substantial proportion of violent crimes in the United States. When violence is committed by a mentally ill person, it usually occurs in reaction to an interpersonal provocation and is often charged with emotion. Only rarely do mentally ill people engage in dispassionate, planned, predatory violence toward others. In school shootings, there has been evidence of both a strong emotional component — feelings of anger and alienation — and extended and detailed planning that went undetected or unaddressed.1

    Even if early signs were noticed, a mentally ill, withdrawn, isolated young man and his family would face barriers to full engagement in psychiatric treatment. Severely mentally ill people, especially if they are angry and alienated, do not often voluntarily seek treatment, and even those who do may not be fully engaged or cooperative. Young adults 18 years of age or older must consent to treatment; their families, as concerned as they may be, aren't necessarily able to bring them to a care provider and can't force them to continue receiving treatment. Moreover, our standards for confidentiality preclude involvement of concerned parents unless it has been specifically authorized by the young person. Also, pursuing care for individuals at risk has become more difficult. Mental health professionals have capitulated to a higher threshold for hospitalization, in part because of standards dictated by insurers; clinicians may also second-guess or fear civil commitment proceedings and so fail to advocate for higher levels of care.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:10:41 AM PST

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    Epidemic Influenza — Responding to the Expected but Unpredictable
    Joseph Bresee, M.D., and Frederick G. Hayden, M.D.

    We address influenza epidemics with both public health and specific pharmacologic interventions, primarily vaccination and, for ill persons, treatment. Consequently, a key question about seasonal outbreaks is whether the circulating virus or viruses have changed, with regard to antigenicity (rendering vaccines less effective), antiviral susceptibility, or other characteristics. On the vaccine front, in 2010, the United States adopted a policy recommending annual influenza-vaccine administration for everyone 6 months of age or older. Ontario, Canada, initiated a universal influenza-vaccination program a decade earlier, and ecologic studies have revealed benefits in terms of reduced mortality and indexes of health care utilization associated with seasonal influenza. Although influenza-vaccine coverage in the United States has increased, less than half the population receives the vaccine every year, and each season apparent vaccine failures are reported. Such failure probably reflects the incomplete effectiveness of current vaccines, the high incidence of influenza infection in the population, and the presence in vaccinees of illnesses from other respiratory viruses. A recent meta-analysis showed that the median efficacy of seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine in young and middle-aged adults was 62%, but it varied considerably from season to season (range, 16 to 76%).1 Live attenuated vaccine was shown to have greater efficacy in children, though not in adults.

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    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:12:56 AM PST

  •  WaPo's Scott Cement (polling division) (0+ / 0-)
    Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported requiring a background check system for all gun sales, according to a poll released Monday by Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The survey found 89 percent of all Americans support the proposal. (The Johns Hopkins program has received financial support, and is named after, New York City mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg.)

    While the poll’s sub-sample of NRA members included only 169 completed interviews and a seven-point margin of sampling error, it  corroborates a New York Times/CBS News poll this month that found an 85 percent majority of people in households with an NRA member supporting universal background checks.

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    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:19:08 AM PST

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    a general comment: I don't understand why listening to radio shows on a PC has to be so confusing and complicated. On this show in particular, somedays there is a link I can click on and hear it live, other days that link doesn't work or it's absent. The directions are confusing: for example one of the live options listed above says to go and click on the embedded player or direct link there. But is not a hyperlink, when I search for it on google I get confusing results, why not simply hyper link that url, or better yet, hyper link the button to hear the show?

    On the Can't see the flash player, why would some people not be able to see it? If some people can't see it, it obviously isn't working right. The developers should make one that works. I can't see it right now, and I'm on a bad ass work PC completely up to date with no weird AV blockers that I have used to hear it before. Not only is the flash not showing today, the link for it not showing doesn't do anything.

    This is not directed at our show so much as to point out the frustration and confusion, and frankly the shitty design and crappy apps, so many users are forced to deal with to perform a task -- hear audio -- that was easily accomplished 50 years ago by 8 year olds using vacuum tube technology. But for some reason has to be insanely confusing and complicated using technology light years ahead of that old system.

  •  Reid, Guns and the Filibuster (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe this is crazy speculation, but I can't help wondering if Reid won't be secretly happy to see McConnell (his "friend") filibuster meaningful gun legislation (e.g., assault weapons and large ammo clip ban) to get him off the hook with the President on one side and the NRA on the other.  He can then propose some watered-down legislation (perhaps background checks if we're lucky) in a way he can walk the line between the opposing gun lobbies.

    May sound crazy but Reid may be looking for a neutral route so he can be viewed as not opposing gun control legislation while at the same time not losing his NRA bonifides.

    Offered for discussion.


    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:10:35 AM PST

  •  To paraphrase Kent Brockman (0+ / 0-)

    I for one welcome our new drone overlords


    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:13:39 AM PST


    What is the big deal with turning this off? Why ignore people asking about it?


    Liberals see George Orwell's 1984 as a cautionary tale. Conservatives see it as a blueprint.

    by DiegoUK on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:25:26 AM PST

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