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I pay health insurance for lots of conditions I don't have

I pay for coverage for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes--none of which I myself have. I pay for coverage for spinal cord injuries, bronchitis, kidney failure, and lung diseases. I pay for coverage for leukemia, breast cancer, testicular cancer, throat cancer, bone cancer, as well as lots and lots of diseases that I have been fortunate never to develop in my lifetime. I also pay for maternity coverage that I myself will never take advantage of. Why? Because that is what medical insurance is: it pools together funds across a population and spreads the risk. We never know what coverage we will eventually need, but we do know at some point in our lives we will need medical care of some type.

Why all this angst over paying for childbirth? Set aside the fact that we are liberals here who are supposed to have some concern for the broader society, as human beings we all have an interest in the propagation of the species. So what if your gender means you won't use certain types of medical services? There are a lot of medical services that, if you are fortunate, you will never need. No one uses every type of medical coverage. So what's with the belly aching about insurance companies having to cover birth control and child birth? Are the profits of the insurance companies really more important than your fellow citizens? And for those whose income is low enough to need government subsidies, why do liberals suddenly turn on each other because being female is no longer a pre-existing condition? Folks

three pages didn't make a lot of difference

despite the wider variety of topics.

Yep, I'm one note, or 1.25 note

You can't do a journal feed but you can paste the text. This is the first page of mine. I'm one and a quarter note.

Men's room

I just noticed my name appears. Sigh. Quite the contrast with HOF.

Here is HOF

and don't you dare say the gun control reform activism group is the gungeon.

American Journal of Medicine: Higher gun ownership equals higher gun violence

Transcript and video here: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10810&updaterx=2013-10-06+12%3A02%3A00

DESVARIEUX: According to a recent study by the American Journal of Medicine, countries with the highest share of gun ownership actually have the highest firearms-related deaths.
Here to discuss the significance of this study is Ladd Everitt. He is the director of communications of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Thanks for being with us, Ladd. . .
Can you summarize the findings from The American Journal of Medicine about the relationship between firearm ownership and firearms-related deaths?

EVERITT: Yeah, well, they looked at a number of different states. It was a very far-reaching study, particularly for study this type, and they did find positive correlations in terms of the, you know, level of gun ownerships, less gun ownership in the home and communities, and then in terms of levels of gun homicide and also gun suicide. And that confirmed previous studies that we've seen in this area that showed similar findings.

DESVARIEUX: How does gun violence in the U.S. compare what other countries?

EVERITT: It's astronomically higher, particularly when you compare it to other developed countries and other high-income nations. You know, the pattern typically is the U.S. has a higher overall homicide rate, and then when you look specifically at the gun death rate, our gun death rate is typically astronomically higher than other democracies' and high-income nations'.

Coverage of the same study in the Guardian

High gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds
Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare.

Their findings, published Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least.

The journal has fast-tracked publication of the study because of the shootings at the Washington navy yard. It was originally scheduled for later this week.

It follows an emotional appeal from a doctor at the trauma center in Washington where the victims of Aaron Alexis' random violence were taken. "I would like you to put my trauma center out of business," Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters in the aftermath of the massacre. "I would like to not be an expert on gunshots. Let's get rid of this. This is not America."


Link to study: http://www.amjmed.com/article/PIIS0002934313004440/fulltext

NRA sponsored elephant hunting show

Just when you think the reprehensible organization that is the NRA couldn't get any lower, it sponsors a program on killing elephants. Thank goodness NBC Sports canceled it. But what possessed them in the first place?

NBC Sports Network Cancels NRA-Sponsored Elephant Hunting Show

NBC Sports Network is dumping the show that featured a guy shooting an elephant in the face. The show—hosted by NRA lobbyist Tony Makris—isn't being canceled for that episode with the elephant shooting, exactly (though that didn't help). Instead it's because Makris compared his critics to Hitler earlier this week. He said of his supposed critics: "And now they're shocked. And they said but they're so big and special and they're smarter. And I went, you know, Hitler would have said the same thing." That didn't go over well.

Only it turns out it had nothing to do with the horror of killing the magnificent elephant but that the host decided anyone who opposed killing elephants was just like Hitler.

NBC Sports' official statement:
Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Sports Network due to the program's close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable. NBCSN will continue to air all of our other quality outdoor programming.

Link to story and video clip: http://deadspin.com/nbc-sports-network-cancels-nra-sponsored-elephant-hunti-1417367389?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+deadspin%2Ffull+%28Deadspin%29

Also on HuffPo
NBC Sports Network was forced to respond to a flurry of criticism this week, after the internet caught wind of a show that depicts safari hunting for big game in Africa.

On Sunday, an episode of the National Rifle Association-sponsored "Under Wild Skies" aired, showing NRA lobbyist and host Tony Makris shooting and killing an elephant, and then celebrating over champagne. The spectacle sparked vocal backlash, with criticism on social media and a petition at Causes.com that has since received more than 50,000 signatures.

In a statement released to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, NBC Sports noted the legality of the hunt, but said it would take into account the sensitive nature of the content.

"We've listened to our viewers and will not air that particular episode of 'Under Wild Skies' again. We're also taking a close look at our internal standards as part of this process because this content should not have aired," the network said. "While this form of hunting is legal, we understand that many viewers find it objectionable. As a result we are taking an aggressive approach towards objectionable content within future episodes of 'Under Wild Skies' and other series."


Is there any doubt left that the NRA is the single greatest evil on the planet?

Who doesn't support background checks?

The "good feminist"

A recent, reactionary thread has led to a swarm of people claiming "all feminists aren't like that."
They are responding to blatant sexist posts comparing feminists to "school marms," by saying you're letting a few extreme examples determine your perception. No, what is happening is that you are talking to a defender of white male privilege.

Let's examine the "school marm" reference. A school marm is a teacher. She is informed. She corrects bad information. She interferes with the sexist's right to be stupid. Now, the right to be stupid is a jealously guarded one. It is highly irritating to sexists when we women demonstrate we know things. What they resent most, however, is when we confront them on their ignorance.

Consider why FEMEN was so popular among those who typically oppose women's rights. They were "hot chicks" picked by the Larry Flint of Russia, Victor Svyatski. They appeared topless, with slogans limited to three words written across their breasts. They didn't force European and American men to think about their privilege or the way in which sexism pervades all aspects of society. They were pretty and fun. Of course they were hand picked and run by a male Russian oligarch who refused to listen to the concerns of women in any of the local FEMEN chapters around the world, from places like Brazil to Tunisia. Brazilian FEMEN protesters were told they were too "chubby" and therefore didn't fit the image the group wanted to project. Muslim women were told their problems came from Islam itself rather than patriarchy.

Feminists are okay only as long as they don't challenge patriarchy and privilege. Demand the enforcement of EEOC law from the 80s, you're being preachy. Talk about violence against women and you're sexist because you fail to recognize that women's lives are secondary to men's. Guess what? This feminist doesn't give a rat's ass what you think about me. If your support for equal rights depends on how softly someone speaks to you, that tells me you don't support basic human rights at all. The sexists and misogynists can piss off back to the 15th century where they belong. I will continue to live in the 21st century.

If You've Ever Wondered What Happens To Kids After They're Rescued From Sex Trafficking, Watch This

Human trafficking happens all over the world, including in the U.S. So we know about it, but what can we do to help? Victims who are rescued from their captors can't just return to regular life as though nothing happened. This is an amazing program that makes a difference.

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