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Re: “Independence Inconvenience

Pointing out that Donna didn't give her decision to have an abortion a whole lot of (apparent) thought is hardly a criticism. In fact, her unwavering confidence sets this film apart from other mainstream movies that have portrayed abortion as something that can only be approached with a long and agonizing decision-making process.

Do you think that most heterosexually active women have never given a moment's thought to what they would do if they became pregnant before they were ready to be a parent? Because most of them have already contemplated what they would do in that situation, and for many women who have abortions, there is no tortured vacillation at all. Which is precisely what we saw Donna experience in this film.

Ditto for her mother, who was probably relieved that her daughter would get to have a safe abortion rather than get knocked unconscious on a stranger's kitchen table in pre-Roe America.

Obvious Child deserves kudos for presenting a realistic portrayal of abortion without stigma or overwrought dramatics.

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Posted by Annabolic on 06/27/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Terri Proud Fired for Comments About Women's Menstrual Cycles in Combat

Given how ignorant she is about women's health, perhaps it isn't shocking that she doesn't realize how common it is for women to use hormonal birth control to regulate or even stop menstruation altogether. Question answered.

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Posted by Annabolic on 04/03/2013 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Voting for the Tucson Weekly Celebrity Showdown's Round of 16 is Live!

I have to say, I really resent being forced to vote for Lisa Frank just so I can vote against that quack Andrew Weil. Frank tormented my youth with her rainbow-laden fluorescent hellscapes populated by hot-pink unicorns and chartreuse flowers. She is the symbol of the ostracization of my elementary school years, and still she's better than Dr. Weil, that embarrassment to an otherwise fine medical school. The man disregards the scientific method in favor of supernatural snake oil, which he promotes as a "doctor" but makes money off of as a "businessman." That guy's the worst.

Posted by Annabolic on 04/01/2013 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Here's Your Chance to Tell Us About Your Favorite Tucson Dishes

The split peas at Zemam's. I don't understand how they make split peas taste so ridiculously good.

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Posted by Annabolic on 03/05/2013 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Serraglio

Media hype is very different from actual science, and the science is firmly on the side of vaccination as one of the greatest public-health achievements in history. Glad to see you giving props to the polio vaccine, however much you'd like to misrepresent it as a brew of "nasty chemicals." You get a much bigger dose of nastiness when a dog licks your face, compared to the purified and sterile ingredients of a vaccine, but I guess it's up to you to choose which chemicals to villainize and which to overlook as somehow not having a molecular structure, however arbitrary this distinction might be.

Also, vaccines are getting more and more pure. Lots of them aren't even made with "deadly viruses," such as the vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B, which are made with yeast-produced viral proteins that stimulate an immune response without containing one iota of viral DNA. And, BTW, the vaccines that have been made with "deadly viruses" were made with either inactivated viruses or weakened viruses, i.e., they weren't deadly. To act like scientists were just stuffing wild-type polio-viruses into vials of vaccines, willy-nilly, is rather hyperbolic.

And I love it when people talk about how much they "know [their] own body," when these are the folk who have the absolute least amount of knowledge about the amazing innerworkings of their incredible bodies. Instead they reduce the human body down to something simplistic and boring, completely devoid of the awe a human body inspires. If you'd take a few months to scratch the surface of basic biology, especially immunology and infectious disease, you would be absolutely blown away by the beautiful, intricate systems we have evolved, which holistically work together in concert, keeping us alive and conscious and interacting with the world. Sure, we know our experience as embodied organisms, but we have no clue what's going on in our individual bodies at any given time at a cellular level.

As to the "clean, nutritious diet, [and] sensible lifestyle," supplemented by allegedly "effective traditional remedies" -- you know that's how the majority of our forebears lived, right? And, for the most part, they died of infectious diseases. Everyone knows we shouldn't be shotgunning Twinkies, and I hope we all know that a healthy lifestyle is not mutually exclusive with an appreciation of modern medicine. No need to denigrate pro-science, pro-medicine folk as people who are too lazy or unvirtuous to adhere to this "clean ... lifestyle" of which you speak. Heck, with the exception of the alternatives to medicine, which I eschew, that describes me pretty well.

People who swear up and down that there is some "Big Pharma conspiracy" when Occam's razor simply tells us that vaccination is a gain for public health ... Well, there's no reasoning with conspiracy theorists. The very nature of their unfalsifiable theories makes that impossible. Reasonable people can disagree on mandating vaccination and other such issues, but to deny the basic science, as an entity separate from laws and social mores, is just ignorance.

Vaccines? Not big money-makers for the pharmaceutical industry. Yes, even the annual flu shot. This isn't some cholesterol med you're taking every day for your whole life. And by the way, researchers are working on a "universal" vaccine that will do away with the annual shots.

P.S. Rush Limbaugh called, he wants his asinine portmanteau back. HAR!

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Posted by Annabolic on 01/16/2013 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Mailbag

I agree 100 percent with Christina Farnsworth and Matt Peters. The tedious self-checkout process is a pain for those of us who bring our own bags or tend to buy things without easily scanned barcodes (i.e., produce!), and on top of all of that it has surely aided in the firing (or lack of hiring) of cashiers. Especially when I'm buying produce, a skilled cashier can still save a ton of time whereas I have to look up all the product codes that they have committed to memory. And don't get me started on the ultra-sensitive bagging stations.

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Posted by Annabolic on 12/27/2012 at 4:41 PM

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