In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

caracamoma:

Hobby Lobby apparently has no “religious” objection to sourcing its goods from China, a communist, atheistic country that restricts the number of children its citizens can have and has a history of forced abortion. What a joke! Except that their lawsuit isn’t a laughing matter. It’s costing taxpayer $ and threatening women’s rights in the U.S. Another case of: “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.”


When the irony becomes hypocrisy.

caracamoma:

Hobby Lobby apparently has no “religious” objection to sourcing its goods from China, a communist, atheistic country that restricts the number of children its citizens can have and has a history of forced abortion. What a joke! Except that their lawsuit isn’t a laughing matter. It’s costing taxpayer $ and threatening women’s rights in the U.S. Another case of: “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.”

When the irony becomes hypocrisy.

(Source: editorialcartoonists.com)

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Deny All Health Care To Women And Not Just Birth Control

bspolitics:

If the supreme court upholds Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom BS, my head is going to explode.

persephoneholly:

personhoodusa:

Over 300,000 children are murdered inside Planned Parenthood clinics every year. http://ift.tt/ITL4iD

BULL FUCKING SHIT.
My mother was three months pregnant with me when she waltzed into Planned Parenthood. But she didn’t get an abortion. Not because she had a ‘sudden change of heart’ nor because someone ‘lead her Jesus’ but because she went there to make sure I was and would be born healthy.
My parents were two poor young adults in their late teens and early twenties when I was conceived. They lived in a tiny apartment and had no insurance, but they wanted me. My mom drove herself to Planned Parenthood from the third month of pregnancy to the fifth (until she finally got medical insurance.) There she got the ultrasound screenings, found out I was a girl, got the prenatal vitamins and were referred to see the physician I’ve been going to from my birth to now. 
Thanks to Planned Parenthood, I was born healthy at six pounds, seven ounces. I had no malformations, no preventable disorders and no preventable health issues. The only thing that occurred was I was in ‘fetal distress’ and was born a week before the due date.
I ‘made it out alive’ and thanks to Planned Parenthood I ‘made it out’ healthy.
Take this bullshit elsewhere.
TL;DR?: Read the bold.

persephoneholly:

personhoodusa:

Over 300,000 children are murdered inside Planned Parenthood clinics every year. http://ift.tt/ITL4iD

BULL FUCKING SHIT.

My mother was three months pregnant with me when she waltzed into Planned Parenthood. But she didn’t get an abortion. Not because she had a ‘sudden change of heart’ nor because someone ‘lead her Jesus’ but because she went there to make sure I was and would be born healthy.

My parents were two poor young adults in their late teens and early twenties when I was conceived. They lived in a tiny apartment and had no insurance, but they wanted me. My mom drove herself to Planned Parenthood from the third month of pregnancy to the fifth (until she finally got medical insurance.) There she got the ultrasound screenings, found out I was a girl, got the prenatal vitamins and were referred to see the physician I’ve been going to from my birth to now. 

Thanks to Planned Parenthood, I was born healthy at six pounds, seven ounces. I had no malformations, no preventable disorders and no preventable health issues. The only thing that occurred was I was in ‘fetal distress’ and was born a week before the due date.

I ‘made it out alive’ and thanks to Planned Parenthood I ‘made it out’ healthy.

Take this bullshit elsewhere.

TL;DR?: Read the bold.

confrontingbabble-on:

Catholic hospitals are withholding full medical care, which would save the life of a mother…
"Despite her being in excruciating pain and with virtually nochance her pregnancy could survive, Mercy Health Partners toldMeans there was nothing it could do and did not tell Means thatterminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest coursefor her condition, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit accuses the United States Conference of CatholicBishops of creating health care directives “that cause pregnantwomen who are suffering from a miscarriage to be deniedappropriate medical care, including information about theircondition and treatment options.”
About 15 percent of the 800,000 beds in the U.S. are in aCatholic hospital, according to the Catholic Health Association.In those hospitals, medical professionals must comply with thebishops’ directives, which prohibit suggesting or performingabortions.”
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-02/news/sns-rt-usa-abortionmichigan-lawsuit-20131

confrontingbabble-on:

Catholic hospitals are withholding full medical care, which would save the life of a mother…

"Despite her being in excruciating pain and with virtually no
chance her pregnancy could survive, Mercy Health Partners told
Means there was nothing it could do and did not tell Means that
terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course
for her condition, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit accuses the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops of creating health care directives “that cause pregnant
women who are suffering from a miscarriage to be denied
appropriate medical care, including information about their
condition and treatment options.”

About 15 percent of the 800,000 beds in the U.S. are in a
Catholic hospital, according to the Catholic Health Association.
In those hospitals, medical professionals must comply with the
bishops’ directives, which prohibit suggesting or performing
abortions.”

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-02/news/sns-rt-usa-abortionmichigan-lawsuit-20131

When an employer’s religious convictions are prioritized over his or her employee’s right to conveniently access legal medical care, the issue isn’t conscience, but privilege. The groups that make this argument truly believe they deserve the power to influence the private medical decisions made by others. That’s a clear violation of the Constitution. The federal government cannot grant one dogmatic interpretation of one religion privilege over all other beliefs and perspectives. But that’s exactly what these sectarian groups want.

omgitsbrilliant:

livindavidaloki:

redhjedi:

The Hulk ain’t never lied.

I can’t even express how much respect I have for Mark Ruffalo.  The dude’s on the US terrorism watchlist for fuck’s sake.

Omg, it’s true

(Source: pipeschapman)

Why Our Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

thebicker:

robot-heart-politics:

design-justice:

Short version: we spend more on hospital stays, medicine, surgery, and treating chronic conditions, but we don’t go to the doctor as much. In other words, we don’t get care until we’re already too sick for good outcomes and preventative treatment is less expensive than treating chronic illness.

In other words: When people say, “There’s no healthcare crisis, the emergency room can’t turn you away,” what they’re really saying is, “You should have to wait until your life is in danger to be able to see a doctor, and also, I don’t give a shit about healthcare costs.”

This is another reason that whole “I’m a healthy millennial so I don’t need health insurance” thing pissed me off: Preventive care is super important! Seeing a doctor before you’re hospital-grade sick is super important!

moobasworld:

somesaysheise:

marcusthetoken:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s22HX18wDY

One of the best things you’ll ever watch if you give it a chance. 3 minutes.

Beautiful.

Took a break from studying to cry. Now I have all the feels.

abaldwin360:

nbcnews:

Georgia town passes law requiring citizens to own guns and ammo
(Photo: Johnny Clark / AP)
A Georgia town has passed a law requiring its citizens to own a gun and ammunition — a measure one councilman says is similar to putting a security sign in your front yard to deter criminals.
Read the complete story.

Oh, but ‘forcing’ people to have health insurance is a bad thing - but not forcing people to have guns!
This is stupid.

Yeah, so they are mandating the purchase of a particular product… Irony overload!

abaldwin360:

nbcnews:

Georgia town passes law requiring citizens to own guns and ammo

(Photo: Johnny Clark / AP)

A Georgia town has passed a law requiring its citizens to own a gun and ammunition — a measure one councilman says is similar to putting a security sign in your front yard to deter criminals.

Read the complete story.

Oh, but ‘forcing’ people to have health insurance is a bad thing - but not forcing people to have guns!

This is stupid.

Yeah, so they are mandating the purchase of a particular product… Irony overload!

The hospital did a single toenail clipping. The bill is $1,206. Welcome to America’s health-care system.

abaldwin360:

by Ezra Klein

(The Washington Post) - Last week I posted 21 charts showing the absurdly high prices Americans pay for health care. One reader wrote in with a story that is perhaps more compelling than any of them:

Let me briefly share with you a rather amazing personal experience of overcharging by a Harvard-affiliated hospital here in the Boston area. It’s not a huge matter, but it is so outrageous and almost funny in a way that I thought you might have an interest in using it, maybe in something you are otherwise working on.

The hospital did a single toenail clipping. The bill is $1,206.

To avoid misunderstandings, this was not a surgical intervention. It was the same kind of clipping that you do yourself every week, except that only a small piece of only one nail was clipped.

The whole encounter, including the prior doctor consultation, took about 15 minutes.

Admittedly, the tiny piece of toenail was sent in for lab analysis, because the doctor thought there might be some infection. (There wasn’t.) But the lab charges, although extremely high, were only part of the issue.

Here is how the charges broke down in detail. (From Brigham and Women’s, the dermatology department, dating from March 5, 2013.)

Office Visit — $248.00

Biopsy — $182.00

Treatment Room — $328.00

AMB Clinic — $117.00

Pathology Lab — $165.00

Laboratory Services — $166.00

Total — $1206.

I called the billing department of course, and they say that everything seems correctly coded. The billing person agreed personally that the numbers are outrageous but says there is nothing they can do about it. I then called the department of dermatology and spoke to two separate people there, who both also agreed that the charges are ridiculous, but they emphasized that there is nothing they can do, either. I have a call in to the Patient Relations department, and they have promised to return my call within two working days, but frankly I’m not holding my breath for any redress or mitigation from them.

Read more, and get links to further reading

My own personal experience with this - When I had my most serious diverticulitis flairup last summer, I would have died if I had not gone to the ER.

Let that sink in for a second. I WOULD HAVE DIED. 

The bill ended up costing more than my car did. In fact over double that.