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With autism being way up, what do we have to lose by having doctors give small dose vaccines vs. big pump doses into those tiny bodies?
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey.
The incidence of autism ranged from a low of 1 in 175 children in Alabama to a high of 1 in 45 in New Jersey, according to the CDC.

Children with autism continue to be overwhelmingly male. According to the new report, the CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys has autism, 4.5 times as many as girls (1 in 189).

No, it's not from vaccines (it seems to start prenatally) and yes, Donald Trump is a moron.


Political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn't helped enrollment numbers that lag behind expectations as next week's deadline to sign up looms, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation. As of March 1, about 295,000 people in Texas had signed up for coverage — less than half of the target of 629,000 enrollees originally set by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Gov. Rick Perry and Republican leaders have consistently slammed the health overhaul while simultaneously refusing Medicaid expansion in a state where nearly 1 out of every 4 residents is uninsured.

Millions of uninsured nationwide have until Monday to pick a plan or face penalties. More than 6 million Americans have signed up so far.

More politics and policy below the fold.

Union Leader:

New Hampshire joined 25 other states Thursday in expanding Medicaid eligibility when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 413 into law.

The bipartisan legislation will provide health insurance to 50,000 low-income adults in a two-and-a-half year pilot program using private health insurers paid for with federal Medicaid money.

"Our bipartisan health care expansion plan is a historic step forward for the health and financial well-being of Granite State families, businesses and communities," Hassan said. She called the plan a fiscally responsible, uniquely New Hampshire solution that will help the state's economy and improve the lives of 50,000 working people.

The plan uses federal Medicaid funds pay for health care for adults earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level — around $16,000 for an individual — have access to health insurance.

That's how it's done, Texas.


Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair.

The board of the Maryland exchange plans to vote on the change Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period for the state’s residents under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

In CT, rumors have been flying all week about franchising the successful state ACA exchange software. The only question was which state was going to sign the deal. We'll see, for example, what OR and HI do to fix their situations.


Influenza experts were puzzled last year when the seasonal flu vaccine didn't work very well against H3N2 flu viruses, the dominant strain at the time, even though the vaccine was said to be an excellent match for the viruses going around.

Now a large team of Canadian scientists thinks it has an explanation for the problem: Mutations occurred when the H3N2 reference strain recommended for use in the vaccine was adapted to make it grow well in eggs.

Those mutations weakened the immune response to the A/H3N2 component of the vaccine, contends the team, led by Danuta Skowronski, MD, lead epidemiologist with the Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Pathogens branch of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

"These mutations acquired with egg adaptation have been recognized for decades, and have been described," Skowronski said in an interview. "But our study is the first to show the epidemiologic impact of those mutations in people." The study was published this week in PLoS One.

Sometimes things go wrong. last year (not this year, with 62% effectiveness) seems to be such a time.

Stephen Schesinger:

You know that you've failed when a Republican like Joseph Scarborough, host of the MSNBC show Morning Joe, says on his program that Randy Mastro, the so-called "independent" lawyer investigating Gov. Christie's bridge-closing scandal, sounded like Baghdad Bob at his press conference Thursday, and the political writer, Al Hunt -- also on the show -- said Mastro could have served as "Putin's lawyer."

What will Christie do for his follow-up? One thing is for clear -- the woman in the George Washington Bridge scandal, Bridget Kelly, the sender of the traffic tie-up demand, is now in the crosshairs of the Mastro-led counterattack.

How many senior Christie staffers/appointees have now been fired/resigned? In the NCAA, they call this "lack of institutional control."
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  •  Trump is really despicable and his network should (56+ / 0-)

    hear about it. Think he doesnt need those millions he gets from his program because he's wealthier than Croesus?
    Youre wrong.
    Popping his head up to rave birther nonsense or have fake runs for President like Pat Paulsen used to do is one thing.
    The anti-vaccer hysteria in this country, much of it coming from middle and upper class people, is going to get children killed. Not 'may' or 'might'. 'Will'.

    •  He's not a doktor....but he plays one on teevee.. (8+ / 0-)

      in fact...he plays lots of roles on teevee...Must be an aktor.

    •  But before we go off on Trumps "trust nothing" (21+ / 0-)

      bull, here's a piece of greatness:

      More than a hundred Ukrainians gave their lives for Occupy Kiev. "We oppose corruption" was never more important.

      This is EU and the Council of Europe... the national anthem as written by Beethoven. Schiller's poem was inspired by the Greeks and by Christianity. It inspired Beethoven, who inspires the whole world. Here excepted:

      Freude schöner Götterfunken
      Tochter aus Elysium,
      Wir betreten feuertrunken,
      Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
      Deine Zauber binden wieder
      Was die Mode streng geteilt;
      Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
      Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

      Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
      Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;

      Deine Zauber binden wieder
      Was die Mode streng geteilt;
      Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
      Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

      In English:
      Joy, bright spark of divinity,
      Daughter of Elysium,
      Fire-inspired we tread
      Thy sanctuary.
      Thy magic power re-unites
      All that custom has divided,
      All men become brothers
      Under the sway of thy gentle wings.

      Whoever has created
      An abiding friendship,

      Thy magic power re-unites
      All that custom has divided,
      All men become brothers
      Under the sway of thy gentle wings.


      Go in peace!

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:51:38 AM PDT

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    •  Being an A**hole's a privilege of wealth and power (15+ / 0-)

      You can be as stupid and offensive as you like (in a certain way) because  it's an article of faith that being rich in America proves you must be a superior human being in some way. Maker, not taker, job creator, etc. etc.

      Never mind that it may just show you were lucky at choosing parents (as Trump was), or that you're a high SDO sociopathic snake oil salesman surrounded by sycophants, or that you just might be a case study for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

      Or all of the above like "The Donald".

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

      by xaxnar on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:55:34 AM PDT

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    •  His Manhattan tweet was even dumber (2+ / 0-)
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      Donald J. TrumpVerified account
      By Obama mentioning Manhattan yesterday in his response, he has singlehandedly made it target #1. How totally stupid is this guy?

      He went on Greta to Trumpsplain:  

      VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, you practically barbecued the president. I didn't he even read the full tweet. This one got you going.

      TRUMP: It's one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard by a president. I don't mean just the president of this country. I have never heard a statement like that. I was watching and I heard it, and it was like I can't believe you said it. He just put a big target on Manhattan. I think it's one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard a president make. I don't know if this man knows what he is doing at all anymore. He was exhausted. He was tired. Looked like he was just exhausted. It was absolutely the dumbest -- I guess I have to say one but maybe I can say the single dumbest statement I have ever heard a president make.

      VAN SUSTEREN: All right. You talked about being exhausted and tweeted about him being exhausted saying President Obama looks absolutely exhausted in Netherlands. He is not a natural leader. He was never meant to lead. It is tough work for him. You go deeper with him.

      TRUMP: He is not a natural leader. It is very hard for him to lead. He never did it before in his life, and it is very hard for him to lead. But when he talks about nuclear weapons going off in Manhattan where you have millions and millions of people -- I mean, what you are doing is saying this is a target, do it here. It's so incredible that a president would make a statement like that. I'm not the only one that feels that way, by the way. There are many people. They couldn't believe he said it.

      VAN SUSTEREN: You know what I thought when I heard it? I took it a little differently. I thought OK, New York is safe because now all the terrorists are going to know that New York has got like triple, quadruple security. They are going to pick another big estimate in the country. They're gonna pick another big city. I actually saw this the other way around.

      TRUMP: I felt just the opposite. I think most people agree with me. I mean, I don't disagree with you much, but I certainly disagree with you. It shouldn't have been mentioned. It's called out of sight, out of mind. It shouldn't have been mentioned. What does he have to bring that up for?

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:07:11 AM PDT

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      •  Nuke in NYC (2+ / 0-)
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        Nuking NYC would be a global tragedy, not just a local one.  It is a mecca for all the finest and brightest from around the world.  There are capable, talented people everywhere, of course, but New York concentrates them.  You can't throw a rock in any direction without hitting vastly talented people.  A random co-worker of my wife's in a non-profit showed her installations at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, one of the top ten museums in the world, last week; it's something she does on the side.  Another friend of mine has sung opera at Carnegie Hall several times; it's his hobby.  That's the kind of place this is, and they come from everywhere and in all shapes and colors.  It's special.

        Strangely, I do not feel the same about Washington DC.  At all.  If America has enemies, let them do their worst there.  They'd likely be doing us all a favor.

    •  Not that to vax on not vax needs nailing down (1+ / 0-)
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      but the many nitwits not vaccinating their kids should provide (if it has not already)  a perfect control group to show that not vaccinating your kids leads to no more protection than vaccinating them.

      Not that Donald Trump will ever have enough STFU running in his putrid veins.  

      Again, I confess that my town is a hotbed of nitwittery from the crystals, smudging, and woo crowd. Sorry, Greg, but these are simply idiots, not liberals. We should do a study on them, too.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:24:11 AM PDT

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      •  Looking more and more like the cause of autism (0+ / 0-)

        is The Donald's decaying semen.

        He can't be frozen soon enough.

        "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

        by Mogolori on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 10:10:40 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly. (0+ / 0-)

      When I read the title of this piece, my first thought was, "No, he couldn't possibly be."

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:10:19 AM PDT

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  •  For most rethugs (12+ / 0-)

    it's not about being right or wrong (they're always right....extreme right) but rather it's about being louder and more outrageous,  then they laugh when people with still intact brain cells bother to eviscerate them.

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by pholkiephred on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:38:53 AM PDT

    •  A perfect example (4+ / 0-)
      This week I remarked upon the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. I just learned there is an alternative sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute: “On March 29, some people will be sitting in the dark to express their ‘vote’ for action on global climate change. Instead, you can join CEI and the thousands of people around the world who will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour (HAH). Leave your lights on to express your appreciation for the inventions and innovations that make today the best time to be alive and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion.”

      This would be funny if Republicans weren't working hard to roll back all the forward progress we've made in renewable energies.
      I remember one of the first things the GOP led House did when they took over is restore styrofoam containers to the House cafeteria.

      A little over a month after taking control of the House, Republicans have changed a pivotal element of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's "Green the Capitol" initiative. Since 2007, non-recyclable, Styrofoam cups were replaced with environmentally friendly biodegradable cups.

      The reappearance of Styrofoam cups is one move towards phasing out Pelosi's program, which brought climate-friendly vending machines and compact fluorescent light bulbs to the Capitol. The plan successfully reduced energy consumption by 23 percent and water consumption by 32 percent throughout Capitol buildings, according to an April 2010 report.

      One of the most controversial steps towards eco-friendliness was the unveiling of compostable utensils and takeout trays in House cafeterias. Staffers complained that the sensitive material of the utensils made them vulnerable to frequent breakage.

      The composting program of Pelosi's green initiative cost taxpayers $475,000 annually, according to Salley Wood, spokesman for the Committee on House Administration, who added that the entire initiative cost millions annually.

      In response to reemergence of Styrofoam cups, Pelosi tweeted Monday evening, "#SoBelt GOP brings back Styrofoam & ends composting-House will send 535 more tons to landfills #TalkAboutGovtWaste."

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:32:05 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning, Greg (23+ / 0-)

    and thank you.  Yesterday's Waterbury Republican-American had a front page story on the struggle of pediatricians trying to get some parents to vaccinate their children.  Apparently, and you obviously would know, a new trend is not to accept any children as patients who are not vaccinated so as not to put other children at risk.

    Double whammy for innocent children because of incredibly ignorant parents.  I'd link to the story but it is behind a firewall.  I read it in the dead tree version.

    Also, after a bit of research, I got the shingles vax shot yesterday.  I had to make sure that it wasn't just typical pharma greed hype.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:41:35 AM PDT

  •  Okay Kornacki....the coffee is brewing.....time to (10+ / 0-)

    dive into the Hudson River again.

    •  And cheers to Direct tv (3+ / 0-)

      streaming at work on a Saturday...UP is making this partially bearable, and less creepy in this big dark building by myself.

    •  Wasn't paying attention to... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...who was who in the segment about Christie's "clean bill of health" report as I as preparing breakfast and only listening most of the time. Who was the person who did a less than convincing job of crafting false equivalency by pointing out that the firm that performed this investigation had done similar work for the NJ Democratic leadership to the tune of seven hundred some-odd thousand dollars over ten years?

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:01:23 AM PDT

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    •  Hudson River? (0+ / 0-)

      Was it the one that runs past the Indian Point Nuclear Plant?

      I was a bowl jumper there for the Westinghouse Nuclear Support Division back in 1990.

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:12:16 AM PDT

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  •  Putin.......'Let's talk'..... (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Oh, not really. (10+ / 0-)
    Donald Trump is even dumber than you thought

    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:51:14 AM PDT

  •  There are too many stupid people on the TV "news" (5+ / 0-)

    Le Fake hair is one of them.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:51:34 AM PDT

  •  My favorite Donald Trump moment (13+ / 0-)

    Twitter, from 1/17/13

    Trump: Congratulations to Tim Scocca and Timothy Burke of @Deadspin for exposing the Manti Te'o fiasco.

    Deadspin: Go fuck yourself.


    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

    by Brian A on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:52:00 AM PDT

  •  How someone soooo stupid can make and keep... (1+ / 0-)
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    TerryDarc much money is beyond me.  So much for living in a "knowledge economy".

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:53:51 AM PDT

  •  Moar Trump. (11+ / 0-)

    The GOP deserves his cesspoolian association with their party

    I hope he goes to New Hampshire again to pretend-primary. That last time was better than the debut of the intellectually-impared Fred Thompson.

    If I gave a shit, I'd do a compendium of the embarrassing and shameful nitwits that party has hosted in recent years -- "nine nine nine!" But the fact is, the public is finally tiring of the political blather coming out of mainstream publishing.

    Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush

    A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting. From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter.
  •  Sebelius calls out Texas (11+ / 0-)

    If one looks at BrainWrap's charts, the states with Republican govs are, on average, significantly behind on exchange enrollment than those with Dem govs. Of course there are some exceptions, but the average number tells the story. Think how many more people would be covered if the Republicans had cooperated...  And that doesn't include the millions who have been denied Medicaid coverage do to many Republican gov's despicable political decision not to expand in their states.

    "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

    by GoodGod on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:02:30 AM PDT

    •  Our goal is to make sure (5+ / 0-)
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      that the blame gets put squarely where it belongs, and not on Obama. I'm guessing the media and pols in GOP-led areas are working overtime trying to convince people that they didn't get coverage because Obamacare was only designed for blacks, Democrats, illegal immigrants, and other moochers, and was never intended to cover people like them.

      •  Posterchild Perry (6+ / 0-)

        Here's Perry's response to Sebelius:

        Perry shot back at Sebelius' remarks, saying that the more people learn about the federal health law the less they like it.

        "Yet again, the Obama administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare's failure," Perry said in a statement.

        What a wanker. But his response isn't just defensive, it exposes his delusional understanding of where public opinion on the ACA is going.

        Sebelius should make this into a big fight with Perry, making him the poster child of what is wrong with Republican governance (or lack thereof).

        "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

        by GoodGod on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:50:25 AM PDT

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        •  Apparently Gov. Goodhair believes that people (0+ / 0-)

          would rather NOT have insurance than that cursed spawn-of-the-devil Obamacare. Or at least believes that he can sell that bullshit to his base.

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

          by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:55:48 AM PDT

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          •  Spawn-of-the-devil (0+ / 0-)

            Yes, that's been the ACA meme that the right has propagandized, and that their base has fully bought into.

            But there are a large number of reasonable voters that don't yet understand the advantages of the ACA. A fight between Sebelius and Perry would be fodder for the cable news shows, Perry would glory in the exposure, but it would highlight (to the reasonable folks, not the fully indoctrinated right wingers) ACA advantages and Perry obstruction/callousness.

            "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

            by GoodGod on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 08:03:36 AM PDT

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            •  Yeah, but I think, simply that if they DON'T (0+ / 0-)

              have insurance, they'd rather their governor get the f**k out of the road and LET me have some Medicaid.

              What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

              by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 10:08:18 AM PDT

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    •  Professional Republicans hate poor people. (1+ / 0-)
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      57% of the <$20,000 a year group vote for Democrats. So to the GOPers, they're enemies. Crap on 'em....

      One mystery is why 30% of the <$20,000 people vote GOP ??? They vote for their enemies. Same for 32% and 40% of the next two groups.

      Big opportunity !!

      Get the whole of the <$50,000 pool of voters to vote smarter. Figure out who your enemies are and vote against them. Vote like Black people.

      What missing with poor Whites/Hispanics/Asians that they don't recognize their enemies? And what's wrong with the Democratic Party that they settle for 57:30, 53:32, 48:30 ?????

      Blacks, arguably, are the only rational voters. They understand Class Warfare. Where they see race-based hatred, they never forget.

      Whites/Hispanics/Asians ??? Surely they can get to 80:10:10. Democrats don't need to settle for today's ratios.

      80:10:10, folks. Take Romney's "47%" and build a political army.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 08:02:32 AM PDT

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  •  Not true! (5+ / 0-)

    If The Donald were dumber than I thought he'd need a respirator to keep him breathing and "Doctor" Frist would be making diagnoses based on watching his stupid TeeVee show.

    "You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!" - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    by rambler american on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:04:20 AM PDT

  •  Dumber than dog shit, certainly... (3+ / 0-)
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    Dumber than I thought he, he's pretty much right where I put him.

    I should be ashamed of myself...I'm NOT, but I probably should be.

    by old mark on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:09:48 AM PDT

  •  alas, now all our anti-science woo-woo's will once (3+ / 0-)
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    again come charging in to regale us all with their bullshit. . . .


    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:16:34 AM PDT

  •  My daughter is 16. (6+ / 0-)

    hasn't had any vaccinations.


    And she's autistic.

    And beautiful, and funny, and sweet.  She, more than anyone on the planet, brings me joy.

    STFU Donald.

    "Republicans are shameless dicks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless dicks." - Al Franken

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:40:42 AM PDT

  •  Wonder if autism is four times more (6+ / 0-)

    prevalent in NJ than Alabama simply because the ability to diagnose autism is four times better there?

    An alternative explanation is that Chris Christie is to blame

    •  Make that Bridget Kelley, as she is in the (4+ / 0-)

      set-up seat with all that "woman scorned" swathed around her like duct tape by the Christie lawyers.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:56:12 AM PDT

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    •  Donald Trump is a moron (1+ / 0-)
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      But why have the rates of autism rose from 1 in 10,000 children in the 1960's and 1970's to 1 in 68 children today?  Sure, some of that can be attributed to a broader definition of autism, and some of that can be attributed to better, earlier screening of the diagnosis.  And even more can be contributed to higher risk factors like the age of the mother at childbirth.  However, that still leads to a huge discrepancy which has not explained the dramatic rise in autism rates.

      Even though most experts are dismissing the link between vaccines and autism, it can't possibly be ruled out, though vaccines may be partially for other conditions like asthma, ADHD, etc.  But its also possible that insufficient prenatal care could result in autism later after the child is born.  There are also other environmental factors like air and water pollution  and even electromagnetic fields from electronics, cell phones, wi-fi, etc., which may affect the fetus.  Maybe these things in themselves aren't the smoking gun behind the rise in autism rates, but a combination of these factors may explain it a bit.

      •  and right on cue, here comes the woo-woo . . . . . (3+ / 0-)

        Wi-fi? Now wi-fi causes diseases . . . ?

        What next--TV remotes?


        Teh Stupid, it makes my head hurt . . . . . .

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:43:31 AM PDT

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        •  there's lots we simply don't know (1+ / 0-)
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          morons always fill that vacuum.

          See CNN and missing airliners.

          "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

          by Greg Dworkin on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:50:42 AM PDT

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          •  Precisely! (1+ / 0-)
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            When we don't know the cause of something, those among us who are, say, less intellectually endowed are quick to furnish an explanation that entirely ignores established fact.  Indeed, often such an explanation relies on the supernatural. Hence the origin of religion.

            •  Have you been watching Cosmos lately? (1+ / 0-)
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              After all, it was established fact back in the 1500's and 1600's that the sun and other planets revolved around the earth.  And to suggest otherwise would have you deemed a psycho-idiot at best but more likely tortured by the authorities.

              Just because we don't know all the answers yet to the rise in autism doesn't mean those who are less intellectually gifted don't have valid points.  That's why further non-biased, independent research needs to be done.

              •  the research has already been done (3+ / 0-)
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                There's no link between autism and vaccines, and nobody has ever presented any valid evidence that there is.

                Arguing "autism MIGHT be caused by vaccines because people USED to think the sun revolved around the earth!!!!" has the same logic as arguing "plague MIGHT be caused by evil spirits because people USED to think the sun revolved around the earth!!!".

                No, plague is not caused by evil spirits.  And autism is not caused by vaccines. No matter what people thought or didn't think 500 years ago. (shrug)

                In the end, reality always wins.

                by Lenny Flank on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:55:53 PM PDT

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              •  Huey: (0+ / 0-)

                Researchers have failed, despite years of trying, to establish a causal connection between administering vaccines to children and their development of autism.  Of course the possibility exists that such a link exists, just as the possibility that climate change isn't influenced by the activities of our species.  But no serious science supports either hypothesis.  The universe and all it embraces is exceedingly complex.  The more sophisticated our knowledge of it, the more sophisticated are our questions, and the more we must accept that answers can lie only in the sphere of probability, not certainty.

      •  Well at least you're title's right (1+ / 0-)
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        Roadbed Guy
        But why have the rates of autism rose from 1 in 10,000 children in the 1960's and 1970's to 1 in 68 children today?
        There are two problems with that assertion. First, the prevalence of autism, once it started being measured reliably, was never as low as 1 in 10,000; it was closer to 1 in 2500. Second, up until the early 1990s, "autism" exclusively meant what was (up until the latest revision of the DSM) called "Autistic Disorder" (AD) whereas the newer figures are for all autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Only about a third of people with ASDs would be diagnosable with AD today, and back in the 60s AD was generally only diagnosed in kids who had very low IQs and were completely non-verbal (most kids diagnosed with AD then were institutionalized). So even if the starting figure were correct, you're making an apples-and-oranges comparison.
        But its also possible that insufficient prenatal care could result in autism later after the child is born.
        If that were the case, you'd expect a higher prevalence of autism among poor and minority kids. That's not what we're seeing. It is, of course, possible that autism is being missed in poor/minority kids, possibly being misdiagnosed as intellectual impairment ("mental retardation") or childhood schizophrenia (there's some evidence that when poor/minority kids have suspected mental health issues, they tend to be diagnosed with the "most dismal" condition in the differential).
        There are also other environmental factors like air and water pollution  and even electromagnetic fields from electronics, cell phones, wi-fi, etc., which may affect the fetus.
        Exposure to electromagnetic fields from those (very low-power) sources is very small compared to exposure from higher-power sources which have been around for decades. Additionally, there are no known mechanisms by which the damage could occur, and no promising hypotheses.

        It's important to remember that very strong correlations between time trends are very common even when there's no possible causal mechanism. There's a very strong correlation over the last 35 years or so between the prevalence of autism and the length of basketball shorts. Not everything (in fact hardly anything) that's gone up in recent decades is even a speculative candidate for increased autism prevalence.

        Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

        by ebohlman on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:51:19 PM PDT

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      •  Mostly it is improved diagnoses (1+ / 0-)
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        and a broadening the criteria. Also there is a greater survival rate of the severely disabled.

        Vaccinations have been positively ruled out as a causative relationship.

        Newest research indicates prenatal start and that genetics and environmental causes may be mixed. They have seen the damed underlying brain development defects in most cases of autism even thought the symptoms ore very varied.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:33:43 AM PDT

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    •  If it is actually rising in prevalance (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      that is a big deal. Autism is a spectrum, but even those on the less impaired end of it can have significant difficulties and may have trouble living independently, completing an education or holding a job, despite being intelligent by most measures and sometimes having exceptional talents in some areas. As these kids grow up and become adults, there is often little in the way of ongoing help for them.

    •  More like better record-keeping (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      I know when the same survey was done a few years ago, the investigators commented that NJ's records were much more thorough than AL's. Do remember that the methodology of the survey was record review, not taking a random sample of kids and testing them for autism.

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:29:39 PM PDT

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  •  Christie might be saying that if he's lost Morning (4+ / 0-)

    Joe he's lost America.

    •  Christie's arrogance is back. (1+ / 0-)
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      I wonder if he now thinks that he beat this scandal.

      I'm hoping that's wrong, but I have a little back of my mind fear that he may be right.

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:16:05 AM PDT

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    •  Yes as his Morning Joke and Morning Mika loved (0+ / 0-)

      himonce and gushed over him and had said he always had a home there. They would beg him to visit their set.

      But if he lost them....well play him off Piano Cat.

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      by wishingwell on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:04:55 AM PDT

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  •  For Chris Christie: (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, TerryDarc

    Let's throw this one in too:

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:57:45 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Mr. Trump, for weighing in ... (1+ / 0-)
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    on the matter.

    "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children."

    The next house I build will be a military industrial complex. It seems to be the only structure that is impervious to anything man, or nature, can throw at it.

    by glb3 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:23:10 AM PDT

  •  Donald Trump is even dumber than you thought (0+ / 0-)

    The Donald has not yet shown himself to be nearly as dumb as I think he is. I have faith that he has yet to plumb the depths of stupidity I know he is capable of.

    •  Trump cannot be dumber than I thought (0+ / 0-)

      or else he would simply be one single strand of hair looped endlessly around a bowling ball.

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 12:27:43 PM PDT

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  •  I am glad MD is going to duplicate CT's ACA (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, Arfeeto

    Exchange. Other states, especially the ones that haven't set up an exchange, should hurry up and do the same.

    No reason to re-invent the wheel. If CT's works, let's install it in every state that's willing and get this thing really moving.

  •  Jenny McCarthy must have gotten to Trump. (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if the Playmate of the Year influenced his opinion?

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 08:42:08 AM PDT

  •  Money can't but intelligence (0+ / 0-)

    He has an opinion on everything,yet he knows nothing.

  •  Somebody, please, (0+ / 0-)

    muzzle that buffoon before he infects others with his bottomless ignorance!

  •  If autism were caused by vaccines... (2+ / 0-)
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    why would the rates be so dramatically different in males than females, when both get vaccinated in equal numbers? Why would the variation between states in autism rates vastly exceed the variation between states in vaccination rates? Why would autism rates be going up as vaccination rates go down?

    These data make it obvious that autism is not related to vaccination. Then there is the study that just came out that shows the autism-related brain changes begin in utero. Not many fetuses getting vaccinated...

    **Electing Republicans to the government is like hiring pyromaniacs as firemen. They all just want to see everything burn to the ground.**

    by CatM on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:28:14 AM PDT

  •  Self-promoter extroadinaire (1+ / 0-)
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    Trump is a liar and a sensationalist.  His egotism is matched only by his towering arrogance.  Though it's unclear whether he believes his own drivel, it's obvious he never allowed considerations of conscience, morality, or love of country to impede his narcissistic drive toward fame and fortune.  

  •  Vaccines REAL Danger (0+ / 0-)

    Trump is straining at an imaginary mote in vaccines eye and ignoring the very real beams therein.  

    It has been scientifically documented that between 3% and 10% of all vaccinated children turn into QUEERS!

    But much, much worse, an absolute MAJORITY of them turn into DEMOCRATS and SOCIAL PROGRESSIVES!

    Oh, the humanity!

    It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. G. K. Chesterton

    by redbaron on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 12:12:12 PM PDT

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