Monday, November 30, 2015

The Impact Of Obamacare On Cancer Outcomes Is Becoming Clearer


More young women are getting screened and diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer, potentially because Obamacare allows them to access insurance benefits through their parents’ plans, according to a new study from American Cancer Society researchers.

The researchers examined a large database that tracks cancer cases in the United States. They compared the cancer diagnoses among women between the ages of 21 to 25 to the diagnoses among women between the ages of 26 to 34 — both before and after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect.

An Obamacare provision that allows young adults to remain insured through their parents’ plans until the age of 26 appears to have affected the rates of cervical cancer diagnosis among that demographic. After the ACA, the diagnosis rates significantly rose for the women in their early twenties and remained fairly constant for older women.

“It’s a very remarkable finding, actually,” researcher Dr. Ahmedin Jemal told the New York Times. “You see the effect of the ACA on the cancer outcomes.”

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Re-post of a favorite - Atheists

Re-post of a favorite: They don't hate us for our freedom anymore, we don't have many left.

Five OBG political posters

Sarah Palin

John McCain

John McCain

John McCain

Sarah Palin

Religiously speaking

War on Christmas?

Religious freedom

Tax the churches

Holding the Christian's feet to the fire.

The God game - with real-life consequences

Shooting report

Four men held in connection with shooting of Minnesota demonstrators
The Shiloh Temple International Ministries church is about a mile from the police station where protesters have gathered since Clark's shooting.

Police pursuit leads to fiery crash, shooting of Pennsylvania state trooper on I-676 in Center City ...
They are continuing to look for a fourth individual involved in Tuesday's chase andshooting. Police identify him as Kamir Lewis of Philadelphia.

One killed, three injured in shooting near Fenway
shooting near Fenway Park killed one and injured three others early Thursday, police have confirmed. Police say the shooting occurred around 2 ...

Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey in stable condition after Florida shooting
Bailey grew up in Miramar, Fla., near where the shooting occurred, and was drafted by St. Louis in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Milledgeville man dies after shooting, two arrested
Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee says the shooting happened just before 6 ... "We cannot physically tie them into any, any part of the shooting," said ...

25-year-old found shot to death in Lawrenceville home
The shooting occurred shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 24. The Gwinnett County Police Department first received a tip of a possible ...

Victim in critical condition after shooting in downtown San Francisco near Westfield Mall
Police say a man is in critical but stable condition after he was shot tonight inside a downtown San Francisco parking garage.

Third shooting this month on East Bay's I-80 unnerves motorists
BERKELEY, Calif. (KTVU) - For the third time this month, there's been a shooting on Interstate 80 in the East Bay, and while no one was seriously hurt, ...

Man charged with attempted homicide after shooting up relatives house
Jamar Edwards, 23 of Racine has been charged with attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, Endanger Safety/Reckless Use of Firearm, ...

Thanksgiving morning shooting leaves one person dead
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – One man died and another was injured after ashooting shooting early Thursday morning in the Old Towne section of ...

Reports: Shooting at Alexandria Mall in Louisiana
Indications on Twitter are that a shooting has taken place at the Alexandria Mall in Alexandria, La. A man who answered the telephone at the ...

2 wounded in Thanksgiving shooting in West Perrine
Two people were injured in a Thanksgiving Day shooting in southwest ... said there was a shooting in the same neighborhood two nights earlier.

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November 25, 2015: So, I was out hunting on my own land when some other hunters, probably hunting on public land across the road, fired a shot that hit me. I called my wife, then 911 and was taken to the hospital. I told responders that I'd seen two hunters get into their car and drive off, so they probably were aware that they'd shot me. Still, looks like hunting season is over for me since I've since died.

November 25, 2015: I don't get it. They're sending me to jail! I live in Texas where we all carry guns and shooting someone else is just our morning wake-up exercise. WTF? I mean really, just because I was seen loading my gun just before I “accidentally” shot that woman? Damn – looks like the government IS trying to take away our second amendment rights.

November 25, 2015: So the ball-and-chain and I were having this argument when I just happened to have a gun in my hand and just happened to accidentally shoot her – to death. I wasn't too sure the cops would buy my story, so I moved her body to the bed, then cleaned up all the blood that was all over. I waited a day or two, then confessed to my neighbor and showed him her body. Really – I could be in some deep doo-doo over this. At least I'm not dead – like my wife.

November 24, 2015: So the 8-year-old girl next door was playing with her puppies. I opened the window and asked if I could play with the puppies too (I'm only 11 myself), but the bitch said no. So I got my father's shotgun and blew her away. I'm claiming I didn't do it and my great-grandparents believe me. You've got to love their loyalty.

The bat-shit crazy and the fear mongers in the news

Two political parties - and there is a difference

DearGOP haters...

Obama on shooters - are we tired of all this yet?

Republicans are guilty

Giving thanks to the NRA

The 8th dirty word...

The truth about Libertarians

Dear in the headlights

The pro-life claim is bullshit

Bernie Sanders on Planned Parenthood

Terrorism, refugees and the war in the middle east

Love guns, fear refugees

Going back to war

Judging the many because of the few

Banning Syrian refugees

Real American terrorists

Threat from Syrian refugees

Religious discrimination

Christian terrorist

Teddy Roosevelt on refugees

George Takei

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Syria, et al., explained:

From politicalprof on Tumblr:

The western powers –along with some of their regional friends like the ever-wonderful Saudi Arabians, and some of their regional enemies like Iran – have basically decided that in the end, it is better to have brutal dictators in charge of Arab nations because after many decades of brutal rule by vicious dictators, including torture, wrecking their economies and utterly destroying any semblance of civil society, it is only vicious and horrific dictators who can suppress the horrors of the factions (like ISIS and al-Qaeda of Iraq) that were created … by the repressions of the brutal dictators. This is needed, we are told, because the factions are attacking the only thing they have ever known – savage brutality by the dictators – with the only thing they have ever known – savage brutality.

Simple, innit?

Scalia mocks gays for getting legal protections because 'nobody loves them' (kerry Eleveld) · Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 3:36 pm

Justice Antonin Scalia was his usual repulsive self while speaking to Georgetown University law students Monday, equating sexual predators and child abusers with being gay for the purposes of First Amendment protections. Adam Liptak has the details:

He also allowed that the First Amendment protects political and religious minorities but suggested that there was no principled way for courts to make further distinctions based on the text of the Constitution. “What about pederasts?” he asked. “What about child abusers?”

“This is a deserving minority,” he said sarcastically. “Nobody loves them.”

Scalia went on to lament the fact that his colleagues don’t like to hash out cases with him in person.

Justice Scalia expressed frustration with how little debate goes on when the justices meet in private to discuss and vote on cases.

“I thrash out the cases with my law clerks much more than with my colleagues,” he said.

You mean, none of your peers want to talk to you, Scalia? Shocking. That’s why subordinates are so great—they don't have a choice.

On America's terrorism

From Robert Reich

On Friday, a gunman killed three at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, later telling police “no more baby parts’’ while discussing his motive.

Last Monday, gunmen opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, the FBI reports an upturn in threats on mosques and Muslims in the United States.

These are all forms of domestic terrorism.

The inflammatory rhetoric of certain presidential candidates hasn’t helped. Carly Fiorina continues to allege, despite evidence to the contrary, that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts of fetuses.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, says Muslim-Americans should be tracked, undocumented workers rounded up, and that a Black Lives Matter protester at his rally “maybe deserved to be roughed up.” Last August, when a man arrested for beating a homeless Latin man told police "Donald Trump was right — all these illegals need to be deported," Trump didn’t condemn the violence. Instead he said “people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

I’m not suggesting Trump, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidates are directly to blame for the hate crimes erupting across America. But they have fanned the flames of hate. And that is despicable.

Re-post of a favorite: The classic challenge to God's existence