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Going backward

Lets cut to the core and call out those nit-wits who claim that immunizations cause autism for what they are.  Simply put, they are no smarter than the flat-earth crowd.   But those who thought there was a threat of dropping off the edge of the world could do no harm, whereas those who refuse to fulfill their responsibility to have their child immunized poses a real threat to the rest of our families.

Via What Depression Era Children Knew, Too Many Current Parents Fail To Understand @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance

“It’s a new day in Wisconsin and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy,” said Gov. Evers. “By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”

Via Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance @ Green Bay Progressive.

They say it’s anonymous, Valentine’s Day data-collection

Kinsey Reporter allows anonymous citizen observers around the world to report on sexual behavior and experiences, and then share, explore and visualize what people report. Data submitted by individuals is also used for research and shared with the public at the Kinsey Reporter website. Via Valentine’s Day subject of Indiana University sex research @ JS…

Deer could get CWD from plants

Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The research further demonstrated that stems and leaves from tainted plants were infectious when injected into laboratory…

The U.S. Supreme Court now treats DNA like fingerprinting

It’s actually fundamentally different, per Noah Feldman: If the government has my fingerprints, it’s like they have my randomly assigned Social Security number. If it has my DNA, it’s like they have the entire operating system. Via June 4, 2013 “If DNA sampling was actually like fingerprinting, [the Supreme Court’s] argument might be convincing” @…

UW study: Pacifiers stunt boys’ emotional growth

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests frequent pacifier use during the day may disrupt the emotional development of baby boys because it limits their opportunity to mimic the facial expressions of others – a tool that may help them better understand emotions and learn empathy. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.