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5 days ago @ Daily - Boulder County sheriff... · 0 replies · +1 points

Foster home? Surely you're kidding. I've worked with kids "In the system" for years, and believe me, most foster homes leave a lot to be desired. "Angels in the Outfield" they're not -- that's the Disney version. This girl and her mom need real help. The Excelsior Youth Center is worth looking into in situations like this.

1 week ago @ Daily - Family killed in Erie ... · 0 replies · +18 points

Are there surviving minor children, or other members of the Wedan family, who depended on Ms. Rains-Wedan for support? If so, I could see making a claim against Mr. Frascona's estate. If not, how is depriving the legitimate heirs of Mr. Frascona's estate going to help anyone? This is an awful tragedy -- the loss of an entire family in a single event. But punishing Mr. Frascona's heirs will not make things better. But I suppose the logic is that an insurance company will actually pay, so why not go for the money.

1 week ago @ Daily - Colorado officials hav... · 0 replies · +2 points

love your screen name

1 week ago @ Daily - State board\'s rejecti... · 0 replies · -1 points

Kill the messenger.

2 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder gets input on ... · 0 replies · -2 points

Fort Collins just proposed strengthening their panhandling ordinance -- not to "outlaw", but to limit how and where people could be approached. The ACLU immediately filed suit against the city for violation of free speech. The city backed down. There you have it.

5 weeks ago @ Daily - Case against former CU... · 1 reply · +5 points

So where are all the demonstrators telling us "He's a good boy" and chanting "No Justice, No Peace"? Guess Mr. Stewart is the wrong color for that kind of support.

6 weeks ago @ Daily - Vaccination rates vary... · 0 replies · +1 points

You are conflating two points I tried to make.

First, some who bill themselves as health care practitioners rely on faulty/nonexistent/debunked research from "scientists" to support the notion that vaccinations can "cause" autism. Google "Andrew Wakefield falsified data autism study". Yes, I would bash Andrew Wakefield and his study. Not because he's autistic or "crazy", as you so delicately phrased it. (I have no way of knowing whether he's either.) He should be ignored because he's a fraud. His study was discredited and he was stripped of his medical license in the UK. Yet many cling to the results of his fraudulent study to justify refusing vaccinations. Any scientist, in any discipline, who produces or relies on faulty data to support his hypothesis should be "ignored". I never suggested that all scientists are "on the spectrum"; or your even more ridiculous assumption that I believe a scientist's research should be rejected if he/she is on the autism spectrum

Second, and separate, point. it's commonly observed that certain fields of endeavor, i.e. the hard sciences and technological fields, attract many who exhibit behaviors which could be classified as being "spectrum behaviors." That is their genetic predisposition. So if you have a lot of science and technology types in a certain locale, it follows that their children would have the same genetic predisposition. Silicon Valley is such a locale. Boulder is, too. For that reason, we may see autism spectrum behaviors more frequently. No kid has autism because their mom or dad is a scientist. They have autism because their mom or dad carries a genetic predisposition for autism.

And again, they don't have autism because of a vaccine.

6 weeks ago @ Daily - Vaccination rates vary... · 2 replies · +5 points

Nowhere in my post did I "bash" science, legitimate scientific inquiry, or scientists. What I do object to are pseudo-science, pseudo-scientists, and those "scientists" who would falsify or alter data in order to support a preconceived conclusion -- And in doing so, mislead and misdirect millions of trusting folks looking for accurate information.

6 weeks ago @ Daily - Vaccination rates vary... · 4 replies · +7 points

Boulder has, per capita, a very high number of practitioners who present themselves as experts in various health-related matters: everything from nutritionists to energy workers. I've encountered many otherwise-intelligent people here who rely almost exclusively on these types for their health care. Some of these practitioners are actually anti-science types -- I'd bet that most of them believe that global warming is exclusively human-caused, too. They pick and choose the "science" that supports their beliefs. Several in particular, both within their practices and through published work, are adamant in their insistence on a direct causal link between vaccinations and autism. They feed on the normal anxieties of parents with respect to their children's well-being.

Boulder probably does have a large number of adults and children whose behavioral characteristics would place them somewhere on the Autism spectrum. I lived in Silicon Valley in the early 90's and found the same to be true there. An area that draws large numbers of people in academic, scientific, and technical pursuits is probably always over-representative of Autism spectrum "disorders". And when those people have children, their children are probably more disposed to such "disorders" , whether they're vaccinated or not.

7 weeks ago @ Daily - Lance Armstrong cited ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Cheaters cheat and liars lie.