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Name: Carol
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I joined DU following the election melt down that produced the second George the Lesser Term of Office. I am outraged by war, by out-sourcing of jobs, by Corporate control of both parties, and enheartened by my fellow citizens who are bravely part of "Occupy!"

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A friend just got approved to be on a radio talkshow and they need an email account

That can handle ten thousand emails or more. The day of the radio show, they could get as many as ten thousand emails requesting books and services.

They have corporate email, but that has difficulty handling anything more than 300 emails a day.

Any suggestions? Would gmail work for that high volume?

The Ukranian Economic (War) Ventures -

With VP Joe Biden's son sitting in a cozy position at an energy firm that will reap huge rewards should the USA keep the Ukrane "safe for democratic interests," it would behoove anyone interested in this part of the world a look-see at what is transpiring there.

So far, the best source I have is the folks over at Naked Capitalism:


From the article:
In December, William Murray, Lagarde’s spokesman, insisted that if Ukraine wanted extra money without conditions, it had to get it from “the donor community”. Lagarde and Poroshenko have now agreed to reopen “policy discussions” on who the donors might be.

Sources close to the IMF board in Washington reveal fresh dismay at the loss of Poroshenko’s power to meet the IMF’s loan conditions. The sources say this is indicated by Poroshenko’s appointment last week of Stepan Kubiv (right foreground). He is now in charge of promoting the IMF loan conditions through the Verkhovna Rada. Kubiv, whose controversial career as a banker in western Ukraine, was ended by
Polish banking authorities, headed the National Bank of Ukraine between the ouster of President Victor Yanukovich last February, and the election of Poroshenko at the end of May. Kubiv’s record can be read here. (Link at Naked Capitalism site.)

The reason that "the myth" gets attention here is because over the

Last thirty (if not forty) years, the public has witnessed the "Democratic Party" as it has has given us a group of Centrist politicians who are as much in thrall to Big Corporations as the RW is.

About the only dividing factor between the Two Corporate Owned parties is that the Democrats are more liberal on some social situations, like the rights of the LGBT crowd to marry, and the more liberal attitudes on the immigration situation. But the Obama Administation ahs failed miserably, until very recently, on the medical marijuana issue, and he let Holder destroy the state of California's medicinal marijuana clinics, and also he allowed Holder to throw many many people in jail whose only crime was helping others get med marijuana.

So over the last forty years, no matter which party is in charge, we have witnessed:

One) Out sourcing of jobs, not only manufacturing jobs, but even customer service jobs. One of the biggest travesties of the student loan situation is that the people now working to "resolve" a student's indebtedness are often sitting in an office in some third world country.

Two) Handing over the wealth of the Middle Class to the bigger Financial Forces. Why is it that under Ron Reagan, a mere eight cents out of every dollar of profit went to the Big Financial Firms? Fast forward to our time period, and 49 cents out of every dollar of profit generated in this nation goes to Big Banks.

In early October, 2008, the American public went ballistic, contacting Congress and letting its members know that they did not want to have the Big Banks and Big Finance to be bailed out.

But our Congressional Leaders, of Both Parties, are such Big Banking Puppets that they of course gave the Middle Class wealth away to Wall Street.

So 700 billions of TARP monies went to the biggest of the Big Financial people. And we are also told that some 14 to 17 trillions of dollars has also been loaned to these same firms, many of which are not even American companies. Experts tell us that some 4 trillion plus will not be paid back. (Which is why so many of our leaders, including Obama, are working so hard trying to convince us of the need to be in austerity mode - the "leaders" in this country are mere puppets who have promised to allow the Big Money People get their paws on Social Security.)

None of this gifting of our economy to Big Bankers could have occurred without Obama making the disastrous appointments that he made.

The result of all these giveaways to the likes of AIG and Go0ldman Sachs. Why, half the children in this nation are now living in poverty. The majority of people defending the Democratic Centrist leaders are those who have some ties to some industry that has been helped by this plunder!

Three) The Republicans have their crooks, while we have ours. How is Diane Feinstein considered a Democrat? She is far to the right of Ahnold Schwarzenegger. She re-wrote the laws of ethics for the US Senate, once she had a strong hold in the US Senate. She has stripped away any chance of having peace in our life time, as our perpetual war on terror has allowed herself and her hubby, Richard Blum, to garner close to if not over a billion dollars for war contracts for his company. She also had helped to destroy the Post Office, while her husband buys up the buildings and property whose actual owner was our government's Postal Service.
The historic murals alone held in those post offices will add millions to to the Feinstein/Blum fortune.

And she has never been impeached for her activities - but is held up as one of the nation's political leaders!?!

Four) The record of the Obama administration on our ecology is deplorable. Watch "Gaslands" and "Gaslands II" and then get back to me.

BTW, the nation's political structure was firmly in the hands o9f the Democrats from January 2009 to January 2011. Whether of not they could have handled the ACA in a better fashion is one thing, and we had raging controversies over whether it could have been a better dal for citizens than the friggin' mandate we have now. (I have three shitty choices on the "exchange" none of which offer me any relief health wise, here in California.

But regardless of that, when the Congress was in majority Dem mode, did they even attempt to overthrow the Dick Cheney plundering of our nation's ecological protective laws? (That Cheney had established d in 2005, with his Oil and Energy re-write of our laws.)? No sir or madam, they did not. In fact, many Democratic leaders were very happy to strip away our environment -witness Ed Rendell who while governor of his state not only tossed away the clean water in PA, but who now has a top position in one of the Biggest Energy firms in Texas, which continues to assault the air, land and water of our nation as county after county is fracked away.

A link in case U ever need to write "Error 404, page not found" in another language

Take your choice from this selection.

There is even one for Cubs' fans:


An ad that is pro Keystone Pipeline? Really??


On edit: It appears according to some info that a long time DU'er provided, that the ads on DU are chosen thru an algorithm - so is it possible to counter such an algorithm so that we are not forced to see these ads? (I don't mind ads per se, but such an ad when so many here have undertaken a struggle against the Pipeline seems insulting.)

In light of the Torture (Redacted) reports - what Riverbend wrote:

For those of us who during the long and painful years of George The Younger's reign, turned to the young Iraqi woman's insightful weekly and sometimes daily reports on conditions inside her neighborhood, I post this here.

I recently discovered this last post of hers, and it answered a question about what she is thinking and doing and where she is living.

I feel very bad as I read her questions about WHEN will Dick and George and Condi and Rummy get their legal come uppance. Very bad indeed.


I keep hoping the head of North Korea slams the film "Birdman"

Excellent film, but the director's name is difficult to spell, and the movie could certainly use some promotion.

I plan on seeing both "The Interview" and "Birdman" as well as "Big Eyes," even if the latter two films never take a hit from North Koreans.

So does the President's announcement mean we can travel to Cuba?

And maybe get our medical needs fulfilled much more cheaply there than here?

If so, I give him a big round of applause.

I remember how happy the folks that Michael Moore took to Cuba ended up being with getting their prescriptions filled there for like .05 % of the cost the prescriptions would have cost here.

Thank You for your stepping forward with that


Mike Malloy had a discussion once on his radio show, back in the Geo Bush days.

He asked the listening audience to explain when they thought that a nation could be headed into a Holocaust situation.

And after taking calls for two to two and half hours, he ended the discussion with his rather tragic conclusion.

What was it? Basically Mike said that once a nation decides that it is okay to torture or kill just one individual without trying to have a trial or present actual evidence of that person being a terrorist, then everything else is a matter of degrees.

If it is okay to kill one school kid in Pakistan, then it is okay to kill them all.

And same goes for citizens here. Many of us are wondering when it will happen here: when an activity that leads to parts of a major city targeted for looting by agent provacateurs and homeland security and the activity is blamed on protesters, then we protesters and dissidents will be labeled "terrorists" and the wars waged against Muslims overseas will be happening here at home.

(Just last week, the protesters in Oakland Calif. outed two fellow "protesters" as agent provacateurs. The protesters were immediately proven to be right as one of the two men so accused took out a gun and arrested one of the protesters who were accusing him of being a Federal agent or police. And these two men had been all about "Go ahead! It's time now to smash things up and loot!" before they were outed.)

Whooping Cough's transmission is connected to the vaccine

Pertussis vaccine and transmission


Pertussis is considered an endemic disease, characterized by an epidemic every 2–5 years. This rate of exacerbations has not changed, even after the introduction of mass vaccination – a fact that indicates the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing the disease but not the transmission of the causative agent (B. pertussis) within the population .



The effects of whole-cell pertussis vaccine wane after 5 to 10 years, and infection in a vaccinated person causes nonspecific symptoms (3-7). Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants (3-11). The whole-cell vaccine for pertussis is protective only against clinical disease, not against infection (15-17). Therefore, even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.


Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
"Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model,"
The study concluded that infant baboons given Sanofi DTaP (Daptacel) vaccine at two, four, and six months of age were protected against developing outward clinical symptoms of pertussis after being exposed to B. pertussis at seven months of age, but they were still able colonize and transmit B. pertussis to other baboons.

The baboons that were vaccinated with whole cell pertussis (GlaxoSmithKline's Infanrix) also colonized B. pertussis upon exposure to B. pertussis, but they cleared the infection much faster than the acellular pertussis vaccinated baboons—in 18 days compared to 35 days.


To quote NVIC's Barbara Loe Fisher:

"In my opinion, this study in infant baboons suggests that pertussis vaccine-acquired immunity has been an illusion. Although the vaccines may protect against severe B. pertussis clinical symptoms of the disease—such as paroxysmal coughing—they do not prevent colonization of B. pertussis bacteria and transmission of the infection to others.

In this study at least, recovery from previous B. pertussis infection was more effective in preventing colonization with B.pertussis upon direct challenge than either whole cell DPT (Infanrix) or acellular DTaP (Daptacel) and that suggests transmission of the infection to others after exposure to B pertussis would also be less likely when there is a history of naturally acquired immunity."

My comment:
Fisher might be a little bit hard to folow, but what she is saying is that after a baboon has been infected with the WC anti bodies, the B. pertussis bacteria is then found in the lining of the throat. In a human being, the throat would perhaps be irritated and perhaps sore, but most significantly this person can then infect others with whooping cough.

Now, the researchers did not say that DTaP vaccine causes vaccine strain pertussis infection. B. pertussis vaccines (both whole cell DPT and acellular DTaP/Tdap) are inactivated vaccines and do not cause vaccine strain infection the way some attenuated live virus vaccines can—such as live oral polio (OPV) and varicella zoster (chickenpox) vaccines.

However, the lead author Tod Merkel did comment to the New York Times that when exposed to B. pertussis after recently getting vaccinated, you could be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others, saying:

"When you're newly vaccinated, you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population."
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