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Comment Re:No help. (Score 1) 552

Healthcare is expensive because of high salaries of some workers. My cousin runs a nursing home. If you want to see a woman turn a scary color, ask her what she has to pay her RNs.

You should turn around and ask the RN what they have to pay for nursing school and then tell your cousin to kindly keep her shit together. Why would you want minimum wage people taking care of your grandparents anyways? It isn't exactly like staying in a nursing home is cheap. There is still tons of room for profit. If money was the ultimate goal, go into banking, not healthcare.

Comment Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

Why would an atheist reject a god nobody claimed ever existed? What is your definition of atheist? The proper definition of atheist: disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of a god or gods. Without somebody inventing and claiming a god exists, there would be no people to reject the unpostulated, unclaimed, concept. Your logic is severely broken or you are completely ignorant as to what atheism actually is.

Atheists simply reject theism. They don't have a faith. The rejection of a faith is not a faith. To claim that is ignorance. Off is not a tv channel. Bald is not a hair color. Unemployment is not a job. Not collecting stamps is not a hobby. Not playing tennis is not a sport. Abstinence is not a sexual activity. An empty bowl is not a meal. Silence is not a noise. Clear is not a color. An absolute vacuum is not a smell. Not kicking cats is not animal abuse. Not doing drugs is not an addiction. Not practicing a faith is not a faith. Make sense?

I even removed the sarcasm from the above statements to ensure you wouldn't be confused.

One more little fancy bit of information, if there was one shred of proof for any god, there wouldn't be atheists with any credibility. In all reality, I was going to say there wouldn't be atheists at all if there was any proof of a god, but we still have idiots that believe the world is flat. Even atheists aren't immune to 'teh dumb' sometimes.

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862

I've worked for federal government. Administrators don't worry about risk to their career for things like this. Elected officials may worry about things like this, but not your average higher up federal employee. Actually most of those higher up administrators believe they are bullet proof or even god itself. More FUD.

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862 How about from the whitehouse itself, research on guns was never banned, just advocacy. BOOM. "... the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other scientific agencies have been barred by Congress from using funds to “advocate or promote gun control,” and some members of Congress have claimed this prohibition also bans the CDC from conducting any research on the causes of gun violence. However, research on gun violence is not advocacy; it is critical public health research that gives all Americans information they need."

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862

The only thing 'blocked by the NRA' is a line item for budget from congress. This does not prevent or preclude any kind of research or overhead funding of such a research project by any agency. Please get your information straight. Federal agencies have huge budgets and are granted a certain level of autonomy. A project with less than a million worth of funding will never even cross the desk of someone in congress. It might even take a few million before it starts raising eyebrows. The other thing, if the project doesn't require much in the line of asset acquisition - just people, it can be done without ever being a line item in a budget anyways, the color of money is different. The NRA is not preventing any research from happening. Congress was urged to not line-item-fund the kind of research, and they agreed. You can't blame the lobbyists(not that I like the idea of lobbyists), they aren't the ones putting the the rules into action, that would be congress.

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862

So you are saying, with the only line from the link you posted that is actually relevant (the rest being a retarded emotional appeal, and in some cases totally off topic??), that congress is the only institution that can fund research like this? I find this hard to believe.

If this kind of data manipulation can be done to account for cause and cure with no control groups or understanding of which individuals have taken the medication, please, run the numbers as the data is already available. We have this wonderful invention called the internet where you can self publish your results.

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862

You can already pull crime statistics, nobody is stopping you from doing this - same as disease statistics. Violent crime rates have gone down, ALOT, over the past 30-40 years. With a height of 52 victims of violent crimes per 1000 people down to less than 17 victims of violent crime per 1000 people in 2009. We had less than 50 guns per 100 people in 1969, as of 2009, we are at a 1 for 1 ratio of guns to people. There went your epidemiology calculations.

You should be comparing guns and crime more to the effectiveness of a medication (the gun, in case you need a hint) on a disease (crime, you compared crime to a disease and say you can look at it as an epidemic, right?). The problem is the medication (the guns) being distributed randomly through out the population where some people have a lot of medication, some have zero medication. Now tell me the effect of this medication (guns) at curing a disease (crime) in the populace by looking ONLY at the people that are still infected (victimized). That sounds kind of dumb unless somebody was also keeping track of who used the medication (was armed) and who did not before they were infected (victimized). As far as I'm aware, we are not keeping any meaningful records on who had taken the medication (been armed) and still been infected (victimized) to even pull a small amount of data from the situation. Please, enlighten me how this all works out in your mind.

Legal gun ownership and crime[s committed by those owners] do not correlate on any meaningful level. I figured you were intelligent enough to read into the meaning, don't be ridiculous.

What is your defense now? Look somewhere else. Let me break this down easy for you. Guns don't commit crime, people commit crime. Guns can prevent crime or at least reduce the damage of a crime. This is why we call people with guns when we are in trouble.

Comment Re:Stupid anecdotes are a waste of time (Score 1) 1862

Pull off the tin foil hat. Public data requests are public data requests. If you feel inclined to pull some data, pull some data, the NRA can't stop you. What kind of imaginary scenario do you live in where one organization (the NRA - who doesn't even control the data) can stop every public information request in every local government and municipality in the US? The problem is we are just not recording things that haven't actually happened (why would we???). We don't keep data on ALMOST raped or ALMOST mugged as no crime or event actually transgressed. There is no tinfoil hat chaffing organization stopping these studies from happening. The data simply doesn't exist and is not measurable by any government organization with current tactics (hint - we are reactionary). On a side note, I don't even carry a fire arm. I've only shot my own gun on one occasion at a range since buying it quite some time ago. It is a .22 semi-auto handgun and by most gun waving idiot's standards not even good for personal protection/stopping power. Please remove your pre-conceived and incorrectly assumed information asshattery from this argument.

Comment Re:Gun research blocked by political pressure (Score 1) 1862

Until you begin to look at actual crimes prevented (and figure out how to do so), you are still skirting the issue. Your argument is invalid. How would someone even prove they were almost raped or almost assaulted? We have a huge burden held by government of proving an actual crime was commited, let alone worrying about proof of a crime almost commited. Diseases (counted by CDC/state/local health departments) and drug arrests (counted by FBI/state/local police) are recorded and measurable data points, almost being mugged/raped/assaulted (counted by NULL/NOBODY/NOTHING) never gets recorded. You are still failing to look at the actual problem. Just because crime is more or less prevalent in an area has nothing to do with crimes prevented by carrying a weapon for personal protection. Crime and legal gun ownership do not correlate on any meaningful level. Stop hiding behind your fear of guns.

Comment Re:Stupid anecdotes are a waste of time (Score 1) 1862

This is an ignorant request. Nobody records "I avoided a rape by flashing my gun," "I shot a warning shot over the guy's head on my property to prevent him from coming closer", or even to the extreme, "the potential mugger saw my gun exposed in my holster and decided not to attack me for my wallet". There is no actual Data for this and no way to prove it. Maybe create a law that requires the reporting of all 'almost crimes' that happened? What kind of comical recording agency would take this information? Who is to say every gun nut out there doesn't consider themselves protected EVERY day just walking around with their gun on their hip.

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