Reply to: NC Legislators Sneak in "Ag Gag" Bill as Butterball Employee Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty
Every animal has the right to live, 2 if these animals are being held for the foodindustry, they have the right to be left alone and to be as free and secure as long as they live, they also didn't asko to be someones luch of fastfood, and they don't deserve to be more torchered and abused !
Reply to: Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: New Film Refutes Jobs, Security, Gas Price, Tax, Safety, and Climate Claims
Until y'all decide to use less oil, it is essential. That's the base fact that gets ignored. So if you dont like the pipeline method, suggest a better alternative. Trucks on the highway? Accidents, highway wear and tear, extremely expensive. Rail? Less accidents than trucking, but still lots, and usually in towns or along riverbanks. Less expensive than trucking but still exponentially more than by pipeline.
Does nobody remember Exxon Valdez, or the BP rig and several others that blew up in the Gulf? How about the Iraq war, or the events in Libya? Those are the alternatives to bringing oil across this land through a pipeline. The pipeline method has its issues, its not perfect, but please understand that until you quit using the oil, it needs to get here somehow, and if you dont like pipelines, suggest an alternative, dont just criticize.
Reply to: Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme
The con-con or convention of states as it's being marketed is a fools errand. It is naive and simplistic to believe that adding words to something that is already being ignored will fix the problem. The Constitution is not broken. It's the voters. I don't want a BBA because like the Clinton surplus they will simply move items off the budget or simply won't pass a budget as they do now. Talk about fear mongering that will be done using a BB as the excuse. Also how will the right control the nature of the amendments. There are 29 states with left leaning legislatures. Oh but of course a large majority of states will ultimately have to ratify any amendments. Remember the 16, 17, and 18 amendments. They got ratified and only one was repealed. There is no protection against unwanted measures and unintended consequences with this foolish effort. I don't want term limits either since when someone worthwhile is elected and reaches their limit my right to elect representatives of my choice would be infringed by being denied the ability to vote for my choice. No the simpletons are really lining up behind the "wise men" on this one!
Reply to: WI ALEC Leader in Hot Water over Allegations of Sexual Harassment
Besides the clowns and rejects Walker surrounds himself with, the people of Wisconsin ought to be more concerned about Walker's agenda.
If the Wisconsin Democrats cannot beat Scott Walker in 2014, they should be beaten with their own shoes. How can the Wisconsin Democrats not field a candidate to beat a governor attached to a floundering economy and awful record on jobs? How can Wisconsin Democrats not beat a governor who looks hell-bent on selling Wisconsin's public lands to places like China, which will impact farmers (e.g. more competition from outsiders), sportsmen (e.g. less land to use for hunting and fishing), and most of all, everyday Wisconsinites (e.g. more demand for grain and soybeans from China will push up food prices)?
How can any Wisconsin Democrat not beat a governor whose economic policies are demonstrably reckless and misguided, and a governor who presides over something as poorly managed as W.E.D.C? How can any Democrat lose to the most incompetent man to hold the gubernatorial office in Wisconsin history?
Don’t tell me about the Republicans' simple message or stupid voters or the Koch Brothers. This is the Wisconsin Democrats job to make their case to Wisconsin voters. You've been blessed with an opponent who makes Sarah Palin and Rick Perry look intelligent. Walker's major policies have been one disaster after another. Yet, here we are… Walker’s driving through one disastrous piece of legislation after another, and attempting to privatize things like the University of Wisconsin system, state-owned utilities, and the Wisconsin crime lab.
The reason Walker’s in the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Mansion in the first place is because he and his cronies want it more than the Democrats. Campaigning and politicking is dirty business, and the Wisconsin GOP is willing to dive headfirst into the slop to get the prize, while Democrats are only willing to get in up to their knees and then complain that they shouldn't have to wallow around in the mud.
It’s not that Walker and his ilk are playing chess. It’s more like Walker’s playing checkers for dummies and Wisconsin Democrats can’t get their testicles unglued from their thighs! Scott Walker is utterly incompetent, but think how much more incompetent you have to be to lose to him.
Reply to: Mad Cow USA
I work in a hospital and saw my first patient with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a young woman, in 2002. Since that time, I have noted with interest such news items as a recent one which described how 18 patients had been exposed to CJD through improperly sterilized surgical instruments. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/10/health/north-carolina-creutzfeldt-jakob/
According to the CDC, no cases of the disease have been linked to the use of contaminated medical equipment since 1976. Yet, many hospitals, like the one described in the CNN story, do not use enhanced sterilization techniques until, perhaps, they learn that they have exposed other patients through surgery. I would be interested in knowing a more specific prevalence of this illness in the US. This disease, it has been said, cannot be detected except by brain biopsy or autopsy, so the statement given by the CDC about no new cases of medical equipment transmission of the disease since 1976 should not alleviate concern. Surely medical transmission is not the only way people have caught it. Furthermore, on the CDC website, they show a table of CJD deaths between 1979 and 2010 which demonstrates that the number of deaths they counted have more than doubled between 1979 and 2010 or from approximately 175 in 1979 to nearly 400 in 2010. The graph does not differentiate between what they call classic CJD and the variant CJD, The CDC also posted a table which differentiates between the clinical and pathological characteristics of those who died with classic CJD and those with the "mad cow" variant. For example, it shows the median age of those who died from classic CJD is 68, while those who died from the variant associated with BSE (the "mad cow" disease) had a median age of 28. It is more than a little disturbing that you cannot tell from the graph which of the two caused such a huge increase in the numbers of people dying. How about the numbers in the last four years? Would you bet that they are stable or decreased? I would not. If what these authors wrote was truly fear-mongering then that graph should appear relatively stable instead of climbing upward so sharply.