Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of “vaccine-preventable outbreaks” worldwide 2008-2014.
A couple of manifestations stand out. One is the prevalence of measles in Europe — especially Britain — and the U.S. Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
But in the developed world it’s an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows.
Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine. Researchers have pointed to the effect of “non-medical exemptions” from legally required whooping cough immunizations — those premised on personal beliefs rather than medical reasons — as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California.
I always love the joke that if President Obama rushed into a burning building to save a group of orphans, the far right and conservative media would find some way to attack him for his actions.
In other words, no matter what President Obama does—Republicans are going to criticize him for it.
Even when he catches a pregnant Type 1 diabetic woman who almost fainted during one of his speeches.
Instantly, some in the conservative media (and thousands of armchair pundits on youtube and twitter) were quick to call it staged. The pathetic conspiracy theorist Alex “Everything Is A False Flag!” Jones’ website even had “video evidence” showing that the incident was “obviously” staged.
Just like he’s had “evidence” of every single one of his asinine conspiracy theories. I would link his pathetic attempt to paint this as some kind of conspiracy, but I refuse to direct any traffic to that scumbag’s ridiculous website.
But the real story goes something like this…
Karmel Allison was brought to the speech by the president as someone who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act. A woman who has spent most of her life on one healthcare plan (for fear of not being covered elsewhere due to her pre-existing condition), finally able to branch out and shop around for a lower premium thanks to “Obamacare” protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against.
So the president helped a pregnant woman who was about to faint. No big deal, right? “Good job Mr. President!”
Makes for a nice headline and we all move on.
Well, not if you’re some of the scumbags that comprise those on the right who refuse to believe that the whole thing wasn’t staged.
I’m not even sure if have the words to properly respond to this kind of total ignorance. I mean, I know they hate the president. I know they’re going to oppose anything he might get credit for. After all, these are the people who turned the killing of Osama bin Ladin into a, “Obama deserves no credit!” partisan debate instead of simply saying, “Finally, we got him!”
But no. They managed to turn that night into a way to attack the president. So it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that they’re attacking him for helping to catch a fainting woman during his speech. Apparently they think it was some kind of stunt to—hell, who knows. These people are completely nuts.
Markwayne Mullin yet again. He is becoming Oklahoma’a answer to Louis Gohmert.
Raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour could increase the price of a hamburger by about 438 percent, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) argued at a town hall meeting with constituents on Thursday, Think Progress reports.
“You guys wanna pay $20 for a hamburger at McDonald’s?” Mullin said. “If you wanna increase it, that’s great,” he added, “but what you’re gonna do is punish everybody along the way.”
The math behind Mullin’s argument is a bit hazy and it’s not clear from his remarks how a 38 percent increase in wages would lead to a more than 400 percent increase in prices. We reached out to Mullin’s office Monday afternoon but didn’t receive a response. Other economists predict a much more modest increase in fast food prices as a result of a minimum wage increase.
We do know, as Think Progress points out, that the price of a Big Mac in Australia — where the minimum wage is $14.50 an hour — is just 6 cents higher than in the U.S. where the average Big Mac costs $4.56.
While acknowledging that fast-food companies are profitable on the backs of low-paid workers, the New Yorker’s James Surowiecki points out in a piece last week that a $10.10 minimum wage is something that “companies can easily tolerate.”
There are also a number of examples of successful fast-food restaurants that pay their employees above the minimum wage, including In-N-Out Burger, which starts its workers at $10 an hour, according to CBS DFW.
Follow-up to this story from last week: Congressman Claims Widespread Fraud Because He Saw ‘Physically Fit’ Couple Use Food Stamps
Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) who blasted a “physically fit” couple for using food stamps at a suburban Virginia grocery store, collected 370,000 dollars in federal stimulus money for his Oklahoma plumbing company. Mullin who brags about turning the plumbing company into a successful business never mentions the government help he received to make it thrive. Or if he did not need the money to prop up his plumbing firm, he never mentions that his business was “physically fit” and that he did not actually need stimulus money to keep it afloat.
Mullin has become a text book case in Republican hypocrisy. He attacks food stamp recipients for collecting a couple hundred dollars a month in assistance needed to eat, but says no word about collecting 370,000 dollars in federal assistance to install toilets and lay pipes. To be fair, the projects that the stimulus money funded, which included building affordable housing in Northeast Oklahoma, are probably worthy projects. The problem is that Mullin is so quick to judge others for using federal money and that he espouses vehement anti-government rhetoric while he pockets federal money.
Louie Gohmert says that if the Supreme Court majority thinks that DOMA was about imposing inequality then they are either liars or “the most ignorant people walking around in Washington.”
Fortunately for Gohmert, he’s not being dishonest in the highest level of government, he’s just that stupid.
Only days after “Friends of Hamas” went the way of ACORN and Shirley Sherrod (no correction, no retraction, and definitely no apology from breitbart.com), Ben Shapiro was invited to appear on Megyn Kelly’s America Live on Fox “News” to discuss Bob Woodward’s comments on the sequester…as if he had some sort of gravitas:
A couple more appearances like this (I bet the next one will be on Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel”) and the whole “Friends of Hamas” affair will be scrubbed from the memory of the American Right.
Kind of like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind if you think about it.
The Five Reasons Why Romney/Ryan Must Be Defeated in 2012 - and Why Conservatives Should Hope They Are.
Today, for Republicans, up is down and front is back. Lying has become so ingrained into the conservatives’ national dialogue that they are now dangerously demagogic or, worse, severely unhinged. Blind rage at the election of Barack Obama has wrecked a once great political party. Its leaders have made so many deals with the devil in their almost pathological obsession with unseating Obama that they have pushed the GOP into its own version of political hell – unable to speak truths to their now-rabid and conspiracy-addled base and unable to right the party back onto a path of responsibility.
Coming to a voucher school near you…..
11 Eye-Opening Highlights From a Creationist Science Textbook
A few months ago, I was reading about homeschooling, because I do things like randomly reading about homeschooling. I read an article that mentioned a family using science textbooks produced by Bob Jones University. (If you’re not familiar, that’s a large, for-profit, evangelical Christian university in South Carolina.) I had to see what one of those textbooks was like. I bought one for a few bucks on Amazon and a few slow shipping weeks later, I had my answer.
I purchased a copy of Science 4 for Christian Schools, an evangelical-written and -approved science textbook published in 1990. According to the stamp on the inside cover, my copy was previously owned by The Country Church & Country Christian School in Molella, Oregon. So, thanks guys!
I read through the entire thing (it’s quite short) and picked out these 11 pages and excerpts to share. Let’s call this an adventure in anthropology. Here are 11 highlights from an evangelical-written science textbook, written and approved by the Bob Jones University young-Earth creationism team.
A couple of low-lights (see link for the other 9 points):
I want to pick this apart, I really do — but all I could think of when I saw this one was the famous Who Wants to be a Millionaire? screenshot…
This Cargo cult explanation of electricity is my favorite too, taking stupidity, deception, and superstition to a whole new level:
Magnets — how do they work?
I saved this page for the penultimate point because it’s my favorite in the book. Let’s ignore the weird, weird photo of the girl for a second and focus on the text. “Electricity is a mystery. No one has ever observed it or heard it or felt it … We cannot even say where electricity comes from.”
The reason this page bugged me is because it doesn’t come back to “God created it.” I would actually accept that. This one is just misinformation for misinformation’s sake.
We know exactly where electricity come from. Scientists don’t disagree. And no one’s saying electricity comes from the planet/universe being millions of years old or from dinosaurs or from the spirit generated by the Earth’s religious diversity. This page is just the evangelical textbook equivalent of trolling.
Although, in their defense, perhaps if they make our heads explode that will generate electricity.
The stupid git at the stalker blog writes:
Here are Anders Behring Breivik’s own unedited words as expressed in his ‘Manifesto.’ The references to Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs are in the order in which they appear, and I’ve attempted to keep the comments in context.
What follows is a:
1. Quote from Fjordman’s essay “Democracy and the Media Bias”.
2. Quote from Fjordman’s essay “Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims” at Gates of Vienna.
3. Quote from Fjordman’s essay “Is Islam Compatible With Democracy?” at Gates of Vienna.
4. Quote from an unnamed Fjordman’s essay at Atlas Shrugs.
What is posted above are the thoughts and words of a madman, edited only for their relevance to Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs.They lie about these words belonging to Breivik, rather than Fjordman. The Fjordman v. LGF story is ancient history - the verbose racist has been banned from the site long ago. Now they’re trying to use the words of their own fascist ally to smear LGF.
They ignore the fact that the counter-Jihadi terrorist Breivik murdered up to 100 people in order to promote his own as well as Fjordman’s writings.