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CA court decision upholding school vaccination requirement

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Here is a judge’s explanation of why he rejected a challenge to CA’s vaccination law from today’s San Francisco Chronicle..“Society has a compelling interest in fighting the spread of contagious diseases through mandatory vaccination of school-age children. [The right to practice one’s religion] does not outweigh the state’s interest in public health and safety. [The California State Supreme Court upheld mandatory vaccination since 1890. religious freedom] does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease. [The right to an education, strongly protected by California law, must give way to the public interest in protecting children’s...

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Global warming

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Copyright by John T. Reed It would take an encyclopedia to cover the global-warming debate. I will not write that much, but I want to go on record about it to an extent. Definition The phrase “global warming” suggests nothing more than a series of scientific temperature readings. But thanks to Al Gore and others, it has taken on a much larger, political meaning, namely, The earth is rapidly getting catastrophically warmer because of increased burning of fossil fuels by humans and emergency laws must be passed to reduce that burning of fossil fuels to Nineteenth Century levels. Warming? Is...

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You can now order my new novel, The Unelected President

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I have published 35 books, about 108 if you count editions. I learned long ago that I should wait until I approve the proof of the book sent to me by the book manufacturer before I start to take orders. Today I received the proof of The Unelected President  novel and sent back my approval to print it with no changes. Last I heard, they expect it will come off the press on September 16th. Only when you approve the proof can you be confident about ship dates. 

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If Italy is a G-8 country, why did a moderate earthquake kill so many?

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I don’t understand why so many die in an earthquake in Italy. You expect that in the underdeveloped world, but Italy is a G-8 country.   Earthquakes in rural areas kill almost no one and no animals. Earthquake damages nothing but humans and their structures and almost all the deaths are the result of inadequately designed structures collapsing on top of people.   Furthermore, third-world countries do not have a near monopoly on earthquakes. We have them in CA and Japan and other well-developed areas. What the third world, and Italy who would deny being part of the third world,...

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Discussion about the mediocre performance of the U.S Olympic team when viewed on a per-capita basis

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Here is a web site that ranks countries by how many Rio medals they won per capita: http://www.medalspercapita.com/Congratulations to the top three: Grenada, Bahamas, and Jamaica. Grenada and Jamaica also were the top two in weighted medals by GDP. National wealth does not buy you medals. Per capita, the U.S. ranked 43 out of 86 thereby winning the gold medal of mediocrity. Russia was 42nd. The three least competitive countries per capita were India, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Interestingly, five of the six countries whose currencies I recommend were in the top 25: New Zealand 4th, Denmark 5th, Australia 14th,...

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