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  1. I Play One On TV commented on Steve Breen about 3 hours ago

    ““Play one” I think you’re thinking of Jenny McCarthy.”

    You may very well be right. I have a problem telling apart the various flavors of the week from Hollywood. Thank you for setting me straight.

    I will venture this, though: I am willing to believe that neither Ms. Simpson nor Ms. McCarthy are trustworthy sources of medical information.

  2. I Play One On TV commented on Henry Payne about 3 hours ago

    Thanks for waiting. Although Ahab has helped out, I thought I would put in a couple cents’ worth. I have a book on solar power that I purchased in the late 1970s. With the technology available at that time (re-read that phrase if you must), the authors stated that all the electricity needs of the United States would be met if we covered 2% of the American desert with solar panels.

    Although the population has grown, and there is more demand for more energy, we have to accept that technology has improved efficiency of solar collectors since then.

    It can be done. Some of us have the will, but not enough are in positions of power. (no pun intended…)

    But here’s the problem that can never be overcome: you can’t put a meter on the sun.

    In today’s toxic political environment, with coal and oil interests making no bones of purchasing congressional votes, and with “news” outlets perpetuating falsehoods as though they were fact, the only likely improvement will come from individuals who will demand cleaner and long-run-cheaper solutions. We’ll need to overcome obstacles that owned-congressmen (and women) will place in our way. We’ll need to overcome naysayers who think coal can be clean, and that people in Appalachia really do prefer black lung and the likelihood of death from mine owners who don’t see a point (read: profit) in considering mine safety.

    But it will be done. We will save our own children’s lungs, even if it means we have to help your descendants as well, while people like you kick and scream that things shouldn’t ever change.

  3. I Play One On TV commented on Steve Breen about 6 hours ago

    Not altogether true. Although vaccines will increase resistance, they do not provide total immunity. If you are vaccinated against measles, for example, and are almost never near the measles germ, you won’t get measles. However, if you are surrounded by people with active measles cases, you are much more likely to contract measles, whether you have been vaccinated or not. So, although vaccinated children are less likely to contract those diseases, their odds of contracting them are much higher when in the company of those who are not vaccinated. Non-vaccinated kids are a danger to all children in their circles, not just themselves.
    So anti-vax parents are not only putting their own kids at risk, but the children of others. Talk about an undeserved feeling of privilege.

    And let’s cut to the meat of the matter: who started this anti-vax movement? Jessica Simpson? Why would anyone expect her to know anything about medicine, and why would anyone be willing to risk the lives of their children because of what she had to say?

    In a People-magazine world, way too many people listen to the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

    If Kim Kardashian were to tell us we need to stop getting regular dental checkups, how many would be willing to let their teeth rot out of their mouths as a result?

  4. I Play One On TV commented on Clay Jones about 6 hours ago

    There are a number of speeches visible on YouTube where Ms. Palin seems seriously impaired. Certainly some may think she’s drunk or high on something. There is also a possibility of something systemic, such as hypoglycemia, Parkinsons’s, MS….I do not find her to be of any value to the future of America, but do not wish her any ill either. Whatever is causing her maladies, I hope it is found and remediated soon.

  5. I Play One On TV commented on Henry Payne about 7 hours ago

    Mr. Payne, you forgot to add these signs: “Obama’s gonna take all your guns!” and “We’re all going to be living in FEMA trailers!” “Government takeover of the health care system!” “Death Panels!” “Martial Law!” “They want to kill your children!”

    You’re welcome.

  6. I Play One On TV commented on Ted Rall about 7 hours ago

    “The new Greek govt plans on defaulting on most of its current debt.”

    How do you know this will happen? The new American (republican) government plans on repealing Obamacare and replacing it with nothing. It also plans to build the Keystone pipeline, privatize Medicare, and end Social Security if they can manage it.

    The previous (democratic) US government planned to consider laws to reduce gun violence (none of which included the word “confiscation”, although you wouldn’t know it to hear many talk about it).

    Lots of plans, lots of rumors. How much of it will get done?

    “Much easier to act irresponsibly than do the right thing.”

    Not always true; the consequences of acting irresponsibly are often very costly for a very long time. Witness the tar pit (and money pit) that is Iraq and Afghanistan.

  7. I Play One On TV commented on Glenn McCoy about 23 hours ago

    More likely, the state system says you’re not politically correct enough because it will not expand Medicaid, nor will it create an exchange. If your state is like Virginia.

    Those who made these decisions are working their best to make Obamacare fail spectacularly, so it will benefit their party’s power. I know; I watch this happen in my home state of Virginia. It doesn’t matter to them how many people they hurt who are in the straits you are in; what matters is that they make people suffer and blame Obamacare. Neither your race, nor your gender, matter. They treat all less-wealthy people the same.

    Believe me, Obamacare would help you out if your state cared enough to play along.

    I am not saying that there isn’t a better way. I’m saying that no one who has the power is willing to propose a better way, and many of them want the system to fail regardless who (or how many) gets hurt.

    “Country first”, my gluteus maximus.

  8. I Play One On TV commented on Matt Davies 1 day ago

    Understood. Thanks. Now and then I have to temper my words; thanks for the reminder.

  9. I Play One On TV commented on Scott Stantis 1 day ago

    Based on past experience, not likely. But we can hope that they will listen to their laudable goals and recognize that there are much better ways to achieve them. We’ll see how 2015’s hopey-changey will work out over time.

  10. I Play One On TV commented on Nick Anderson 1 day ago

    She is a governor who was elected only once. She left after half a term after being sanctioned by her own party for ethics violations, all the while claiming that she had been exonerated.

    Holding the same beliefs over time often means that you either don’t possess the capability for critical thinking, or that you choose not to try it.

    Now that she is reduced to the buffoon she clearly wants to be seen as, I have no fear. I was very afraid when it was possible that she might become president of the United States.