- We need to do everything we can to make sure Harry Reid puts a strong public option in the health care bill...it's all in Harry's hands now.
- Should health care workers be forced to take flu shots or find other jobs?
- Should creationists be shunned and ridiculed the way holocaust deniers are?
- Do payday lenders help or hurt the poor and should they be abolished or regulated?
- Bumper Music:
- It's Your Life, Loverboy.
- Outlaw Man, Eagles.
- Because I Got High, Afroman.
- Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers.
- White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane (video).
- The Mail Must Go Through, Larry Groce & The Disneyland Children's Sing Along Chorus.
- The Ballad Of Gilligan's Isle, The Remotes.
- You're the Voice, Heart (video).
- Workin' For A Livin', Huey Lewis and the News (video).
- Democracy, Leonard Cohen.
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- Quote: "The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend." --- Benjamin Disraeli.
- Article: "Petition: Strip Dem Senators from Leadership If They Side with Republicans to Stop Real Reform" by Knoxville.
"Any Democratic senators who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care."
According to Rachel Maddow, "two major powerbrokers on the left…are encouraging a Senate strategy in which the leadership would revoke chairmanships and other leadership positions from any Democrat who sides with a Republican filibuster to block a vote on health reform."
- Article: "Health workers must get flu shot or quit: Only half get vaccinated, risking dangerous transmission to patients" by Arthur Caplan.
"Enough already with the whining, moaning, demonstrating and protesting by health care workers. Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, nurses’ aides, and anyone else who has regular contact with patients ought to be required to get a flu shot or find another line of work."
- Article: "How Well Does the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Work?" by CDC (US).
"How well the seasonal flu vaccine works depends on how well the match is between the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine and the types of seasonal flu viruses that are circulating that year. Scientists try to predict what strains (types) of flu viruses are most likely to spread and cause illness each year to put into the vaccine. Past studies have shown in years when the vaccine viruses and circulating viruses are well-matched, the vaccine can reduce the chances of getting the flu by 70% to 90% in healthy adults. The vaccine may be somewhat less effective in elderly persons and very young children, but vaccination can still prevent serious complications from the flu.
In healthy adults younger than 65 years of age, the flu vaccine can also prevent lost work days, and keep you from having to see the doctor or using unnecessary antibiotics."
- Article: "Seasonal flu jab" by the NHS (UK).
"The flu vaccines currently available give 70-80% protection against infection, with flu virus strains closely matching those in the vaccine.
In the elderly, protection against infection may be less, but immunisation reduces the chances of pneumonia, hospital admissions and death from seasonal flu."
- Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886.