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Go to: Religion and schools don't mix

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The school is otherwise friendly, caring, and well-thought-of locally; most of their friends go there, and in the end the family decided complaining too vigorously would only set two tiny children apart from their fellows.

ev-love, that's how they operate!

The price of liberty is....!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:09:00 UTC | #392560

Go to: Health Care Debate Based on Lack of Logic

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Spoil sport!

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:00:00 UTC | #392102

Go to: Majority of Americans Believe Health Care Reform 'Myths'

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This “myth” seems ambiguous:

“Roughly six out of 10 Americans believe taxpayers will be required to pay for abortions (78 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents)”

Does this mean that under the proposed Healthcare plans in America NO pregancy can be terminated for any reason?

If not, what does it mean?

Sorry if I seem obtuse but I’m genuinely puzzled

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:34:00 UTC | #391751

Go to: Cardinal criticises Civil Partnership Bill

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For sheer daft senility how about this Brady utterance!

"Make someone the gift of a prayer through text, twitter or email every day. Such a sea of prayer is sure to strengthen our sense of solidarity with one another and remind us those who receive them that others really do care."

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 06:09:00 UTC | #391368

Go to: Johann Hari: Republicans, religion and the triumph of unreason

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90. Comment #407783 by Christopher Davis on August 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm
"Frank Field used to talk about this: people with 'unhealthy life-styles' tend to die younger and cost less: it's the people who take care of themselves and then live into long - and often very expensive - old age who really are expensive..."---Buchner, comment #79

This strikes me as one of those things that sounds true, but probably isn't.

I believe there is considerable evidence that it is true!
For instance:

It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.
Pieter van Baal, an economist at the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment created a model to simulate lifetime health costs for three groups of 1,000 people: the “healthy-living” group (thin and non-smoking), obese people, and smokers. The model relied on “cost of illness” data and disease prevalence in the Netherlands in 2003.

Ultimately, the thin and healthy group cost the most, about $417,000, from age 20 on.

The cost of care for obese people was $371,000, and for smokers, about $326,000.

More details are at

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 08:12:00 UTC | #390334

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