Bill Clinton pounds Republicans for ‘sitting around just begging for America to fail’

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/bill-clinton-pounds-republicans-for-sitting-around-just-begging-for-america-to-fail/


22 Feb 2015

Appearing on ABC’s This Week with his former communications director, George Stephanopoulos, former President Bill Clinton expressed dismay with the Republican Party’s attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act, claiming that the the GOP is “sitting around just begging for America to fail.”

Addressing a clip of  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claiming he intends to change his references to “Obamacare” as “Hillarycare” if the national healthcare program collapses because he wants presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “to own it,” the former president marveled at the GOP’s obsession with wanting the program to fail.

“This bill [Obamacare] has already produced a lot of good results,” Clinton explained. “Look, they are desperate for this bill to fail. Because, if it’s not a failure, everything they’ve been telling us since 1980, ‘big government’s bad,’ is wrong.”

He continued, “They so badly want it to fail. Can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was sitting around just begging for America to fail? I don’t know what’s going to happen. I would be shocked if it fails. I just think when all these dire predictions don’t come out, if they don’t, I believe that pretty soon, within the next several years, it will be like Medicare and Medicaid. It will be a normal part of our lives and people will be glad it’s there.”

Complete article at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/bill-clinton-pounds-republicans-for-sitting-around-just-begging-for-america-to-fail/

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-hope/why-trans-lives-matter-to_b_6731502.html

Wal-Mart Opposes Arkansas Law Some See as Allowing LGBT Bias

From The Edge Boston:  http://www.edgeboston.com/news/national/news//172446/wal-mart_opposes_arkansas_law_some_see_as_allowing_lgbt_bias

Associated Press
Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it opposes a new law in its home state of Arkansas to ban cities and counties from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

A spokesman for the world’s largest retailer on Monday said the proposal that became law earlier in the day runs counter to its beliefs and “sends the wrong message about Arkansas.” Wal-Mart is based in Bentonville in northwest Arkansas.

The measure, which takes effect later this year, bans local governments from expanding anti-discrimination ordinances beyond state law, which doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed the legislation to become law without his signature after citing concerns about it infringing on local control. Opponents of it had urged Wal-Mart to speak out against the measure.

Uber: Wal-Mart on Wheels? Actually it is more like Whole Foods

Parents Trying to Reverse Kids’ Autism By ‘Flushing Out’ Vaccines With Bogus ‘Miracle’ Bleach Enemas

Homeopath equals Quack aka Fraud aka Fake Physician

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/parents-trying-reverse-kids-autism-flushing-out-vaccines-bogus-miracle-bleach-enemas

FDA calls the Miracle Mineral Solution product “dangerous” and “potentially life threatening.”

By Tom Boggioni
February 20, 2015

Parents seeking help with children with autism are turning to a “miracle” cure that involves giving the children enemas, using a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp.

According to If You Only News, parents have turned to Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), containing sodium chlorite which is mixed with citric acid (i.e. orange juice) to make chlorine dioxide. According to the promoters, the solution, which can be taken orally or administered via an enema, can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne, and cancer.

Miracle Mineral Solution is the brainchild of Jim Humble, who quit the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing in order to promote his “miracle” cure in Africa and Mexico.

The Food and Drug Administration disagrees with Humble’s claims and has posted a warning on their website calling the product “dangerous” and “potentially life threatening,” advising “drinking the amount recommended on product labels can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.”

Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency warns that chronic exposure to small doses of chlorine dioxide could result in reproductive and neurodevelopmental damage, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance in the use of chlorine dioxide in the workplace.

Kerri Rivera, founder of the website CD Autism (“Autism: Avoidable. Treatable. Curable.”) which promotes MMS, claims that autism is caused by yeast, parasites, viruses, and vaccines that can be flushed from the body.

On her Facebook page, Rivera — who identifies herself as a biomedical consultant and certified homeopath – keeps a running total of parents who have contacted her, saying MMS has “cured” their children of autism.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/parents-trying-reverse-kids-autism-flushing-out-vaccines-bogus-miracle-bleach-enemas

Anti-Vaxxers: Enjoying the Privilege of Putting Everyone at Risk

From Rolling Stone:  http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/anti-vaxxers-enjoying-the-privilege-of-putting-everyone-at-risk-20150219

If you’re doing well enough, your bad decisions will probably only hurt someone else

By
February 19, 2015

I like to think that I am not prone to irrational fear. Flying worries me, but mostly because I’m stuck inside a metal cigar tube hurtling five miles above ground at 300-plus mph. Tall bridges unnerve me, on a similar “radically denaturing into a crushed pizza” basis. I was in a 6.9 earthquake and a Category 4 hurricane and am fond of neither for what would appear to be perfectly adequate reasons.

On the other hand, I’ve been sort of shot at — and once had a drunk good ol’ boy reach behind his back for what he most certainly wanted me to think was a gun — and apart from those two instances have never thought, “I need to orient my life around gun anxiety.” On matters of terror attacks, car theft, burglary, giant snakes, killer bees or numerically obsessed serial killers, I am imperturbable. I live across the street from alligators, and I only wish they were larger so that the neighborhood cats might be fewer. SARS, necrotizing fasciitis, Mekong whiskey and Hong Kong Flu do not exercise me.

That said, the United States’ recent entirely optional measles outbreak, even at this early stage of fraught potential, is seriously fucking with my life, fucking with my son’s life, and making everything fucking anxious. I don’t think I’m out of line in saying privileged assholes are to blame.

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If there is one thing the anti-vaccination movement has taught us, it’s that correlation does not equal causation. That being said, let us stipulate a few points. One, that a virus declared essentially eliminated in 2000 does not make a roaring comeback in 15 years without intervening acts. Two, that huge chunks of licensed medical professionals did not all forget how to properly administer injections, the correctly administered remainder of which did not all spontaneously fail. Three, that there’s a relationship between all the people who skipped giving their kids the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and their kids getting measles, especially since those are the kids who keep getting it.

Whence the anti-vaxxers? Their current movement goes back to a 1998 Lancet article and personal comments by (former) doctor Andrew Wakefield, linking autism and the MMR vaccine. Many people rightly felt disinclined to give their kids autism via a shot, but that paper has since been withdrawn and Wakefield stripped of his medical license, which seems like it could be important! Wakefield’s study featured, at best, a fatuously small sample size, and its conclusions could not be replicated. Worse, some of Wakefield’s patients were recruited by attorneys looking to sue MMR vaccine manufacturers.

Bernie Sanders’ dire warning: Billionaire Kochs will have more power than both Dems and GOP

Add in Bloomberg and Soros plus the Waltons and you have way too much power in the hands of way too few people.  When that happens Fascism rises.  Interestingly the urge to rebel is seen on both the left and the right.  Often  the two seem separated by what are mainly issues of distraction such as same sex marriage or gun ownership, not to mention race and now matters of “identity”.

Cui bono? Who Benefits?

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/bernie-sanders-dire-warning-billionaire-kochs-will-have-more-power-than-both-dems-and-gop/


22 Feb 2015

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is warning Americans that two ultra-conservative billionaire brothers will soon hold more political power than both the Democratic and Republican Parties.

While speaking to a group of supporters in Iowa last week, Sanders explained why he was considering a run for the president of the United States in 2016.

“It is likely in a very short period of time that the Koch brothers themselves will have a stronger political presence than either the Democratic or the Republican Party,” the lawmaker noted. “I am prepared to take on the billionaire class.”

Sanders said that a lot of his supporters have pleaded with him to “stay out of the damn Democratic Party” if he decides to run for president.

“I don’t want to tilt at windmills,” he told ABC News in an interview that aired on Sunday. “But I just think that out there, there are so many people who are hurting, so many people who are disillusioned, so many people are really viscerally upset that they’re working longer hours for low wages and the billionaires are getting richer, and they need a voice.”

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