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KMOD's Journal
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August 25, 2016

I'm taking my baby to college tomorrow.

The youngest of my three.

She's excited, and I'm excited for her.

Yet it's still so bittersweet.

Where did the time go?


August 25, 2016

The alt-right

I've just recently heard about this faction. I read up on them a bit more tonight.

It seems to include a lot of Men's Rights Activists who ignore, and dismiss sexism and misogyny.

It also seems to include a lot of young, white men, who dismiss systemic racism. They are the ones who loudly proclaim that "all lives matter" or make claims of "reverse racism".

This is also the group who complain about "political correctness". They are the ones who wonder why they can't use the "n word" or call women w*ores, or c***s, or worse.

Basically, it's a group of bitter, angry, assh*les, who have nothing better to do than troll people.

August 25, 2016

Dear pundits,

Here's the deal.

One of the persons running for President of the United States is an accomplished, dedicated, brilliant, funny, experienced, respected, and caring candidate.

The other person is an assclown.

Stop ignoring the differences.



August 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton calls for EpiPen price cuts

Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus calling on Mylan Pharmaceutical NV to reduce the price of the EpiPen, the epinephrine auto-injector used by those with severe allergies to counter attacks of anaphylactic shock.

“Millions of Americans with severe allergies rely on their EpiPens. When an allergic reaction leads to anaphylactic shock, a shot of epinephrine can literally be the difference between life and death," Clinton said in an emailed statement. "But now, just as parents are about to send kids with severe food and insect allergies back to school, the EpiPen's manufacturer is hiking its price to an all-time high."


Clinton said she has proposed a plan to reduce exorbitant drug price hikes. She said the plan would require drug companies "to explain significant price increases, and prove that any additional costs are linked to additional patient benefits and better value."

"Since there is no apparent justification in this case, I am calling on Mylan to immediately reduce the price of EpiPens," she added.

August 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton Played a Critical Role in Making Emergency Contraception More Accessible

Today, women are able to access emergency contraception, a safe, second-chance option for preventing unintended pregnancy in a timely manner without a prescription. Clinton helped make this happen, and I can tell the story from having watched it unfold.

Although stories about reproductive health and politicization of science have made headlines recently, stories of how these problems are solved are less often told. On August 31, 2005 I resigned my position as assistant commissioner for women’s health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the agency was not allowed to make its decisions based on the science or in the best interests of the public’s health. While my resignation was widely covered by the media, it would have been a hollow gesture were there not leaders in Congress who stepped in and demanded more accountability from the FDA.

have been working to improve health care for women and families in the United States for nearly 20 years. In 2000, I became the director of women’s health for the FDA. I was rather quietly doing my job when the debate began in 2003 over whether or not emergency contraception should be provided over the counter (OTC). As a scientist, I knew the facts showed that this medication, which can be used after a rape or other emergency situations, prevents an unwanted pregnancy. It does not cause an abortion, but can help prevent the need for one. But it only works if used within 72 hours, and sooner is even better. Since it is completely safe, and many women find it impossible to get a doctor’s appointment within two to three days, making emergency contraception available to women without a prescription was simply the right thing to do. As an FDA employee, I knew it should have been a routine approval within the agency.

more here: https://rewire.news/article/2016/08/24/hillary-clinton-played-critical-role-making-emergency-contraception-accessible/
August 24, 2016


there's a party happening in the lounge.


be there, or be square

August 23, 2016

Clinton's health is fine, but what about Trump?

(CNN) — As Donald Trump and his allies attempt to raise dubious questions over Hillary Clinton's health, the Republican nominee has invited new scrutiny into his own medical history.

Like Clinton, Trump has released minimal of information, most notably in the form of a December 2015 letter of a few paragraphs from his personal physician, a gastroenterologist, that described his blood pressure and lab results as "astonishingly excellent" while suggesting a President Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected."

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, found much of that language surprising and, in some cases, almost comically lacking in objective data.

"I don't even know what to make of this letter," he told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday. "Whether you are a doctor or not, that degree of hyperbole and these words being used is very unusual. People don't write like that. ... 'Strength and stamina are extraordinary' -- what does that mean, exactly?"

Neither the Trump campaign nor Dr. Harold Bornstein, his physician, responded to requests for comment.


It's about damn time that someone in the media brought up that ridiculous doctor note that tiny hands forged. Thank you Dr. Sanjay.
August 23, 2016

Utah DUers!!!

Hillary is on the way.

No Democrat has won Utah since 1964, but Donald Trump’s high unfavorables in the state are giving Hillary Clinton's campaign hope — so much so that they're opening a campaign office there.

Tuesday night, top Clinton aide Jake Sullivan will appear at a field office opening in Salt Lake City, according to the campaign.


August 23, 2016

With Eleven Weeks To Go, Hillary Clinton Appears To Be Unstoppable


Looking first at the national level, we see that Clinton continues to dominate the race just as she did in the week after the party conventions. According to RealClearPolitics, Clinton (47.0%) with a 5. 5 point lead over Trump (41.5%). In a four way race that includes Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Clinton’s lead dips slightly to 4.4 points and the average shows Clinton checking in at 41.6%, Donald Trump at 37.3%, Johnson at 8.9%, and Stein at 3. 4 %. The Pollster numbers for a head-to-head match and a three-way race that includes Johnson but not Stein are roughly comparable. These numbers have been relatively stable in the roughly three weeks since the party conventions, with some fluctuations in both Clinton’s and Trump’s numbers, but nothing significant in either direction for the past week or so, as the RealClearPolitics chart for the two-way race shows:


While they are a generally good guide to the state of the race at a given point in time, national polls aren’t really where the election is decided, of course. That happens at the state level and in the Electoral College. If anything, though, Clinton seems to be in a far better position there than she is in the national polling, as this map from RealClearPolitics shows:


Based on this map, the election would essentially be over if today were Election Day even before any of the states still considered toss-up states, represented by those colored gray, are decided. The bad news for Trump is that Clinton has seemingly cut off not only the Virginia-Ohio-Florida option for Trump, but she has also cut off what is likely his only other path to 270 Electoral Votes.



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