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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/30/14 at 10:10 am in response to Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards?

As a scientist, as well, I would have to agree with your position. Antibiotics (and other chemicals) are a very real problem in the meat production industry. There is strong evidence that antibiotic use in beef cattle, pigs, and poultry are driving up the incidence of resistant infections in humans. Even if an antibiotic isn't commonly used in humans, or in humans at all, that doesn't mean that the use of such an antibiotic will necessarily cause no harm. Bacteria are sturdy little...

Posted on 10/02/14 at 02:35 pm in response to Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards?

"Here data, reason, and logic are king..." Usually. And this time it's true. The argument he's trying to make is like saying "if you shoot someone in a cold, dark environment, they're less dead than if you shoot them in a bright sunny field, and I don't care about any proof otherwise." The fact of the matter is that those chemicals and antibiotics have effects even if they're not direct. It doesn't matter whether you should keep them in a refrigerator before using them. The problem is...

Posted on 10/03/14 at 07:37 am in response to Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards?

How about a review of multiple studies? This one has full text freely available and sums up the issues fairly well. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966842X14001140
Another review here:
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The Catholic Church's doctrine has changed throughout the years with the interpretation of the Pope and councils held over its history. Not all of the doctrine is considered infallible, and is therefore subject to change. Compare, for example, the outcome of the Council of Jerusalem with modern Catholic practices.

Regardless, the point is that the Church allowed the abomination of child molestation and rape, which violate doctrine in at least the prohibition against fornication (...

Posted on 09/24/14 at 07:45 am in response to Dayton campaign calls Johnson's MNsure charges a 'smear'

Where'd you get that? Drug companies, medical device companies, philanthropic groups, and even the government fund medical R&D. Private healthcare systems--not so much.
http://www.researchamerica.org/research_investment

It makes sense--drug companies, medical device companies, and biotech companies have an interest in increased technology for profit'...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 08:36 am in response to Dayton campaign calls Johnson's MNsure charges a 'smear'

I did, in fact, work with "Professors in a Graduate program." They definitely had plans for their research. If anything, those plans were more ambitious than practical, but the plans were there. What you fail to understand is that not all science directly leads to life saving cures. Some of it is called "basic research" because it is the foundation on which life saving cures are based. Without the research you claim has "no plan," the stuff you think is so much better wouldn't happen at...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 08:39 am in response to Dayton campaign calls Johnson's MNsure charges a 'smear'

Profit is profit. Perhaps it will mean that there's more competition for the profit, but competition is good, right? Capitalism only works if there's competition, right? If you want to champion capitalism, don't forget how it's supposed to work.

Posted on 09/17/14 at 02:33 pm in response to Adrian Peterson case brings corporal punishment back into the spotlight

It's a good thing they call this section "Second OPINION." If we're going to seriously look at corporal punishment, let's look at it with our eyes wide open. Perhaps there is no room for it in our social framework at this time. However, claiming "overwhelming" evidence that corporal punishment is entirely negative is simply not supported, even by the linked article. The research (a meta analysis of several cases) does not distinguish between mild/moderate corporal punishment and beatings...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 11:47 am in response to Adrian Peterson case brings corporal punishment back into the spotlight

"The evidence IS overwhelming that spanking or other limited corporal punishment is both ineffective and counter productive." Show me. You point to an article in Vox, which further points to other websites that supposedly support its opinion. That article goes so far as to link to a supposed statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics...which is NOT on the AAP page, but on a "nospank" website...which conveniently leaves out the fact that the AAP does not recommend against open palmed...

Posted on 09/17/14 at 10:19 am in response to The Notorious R.B.G. (that's Ruth Bader Ginsburg) comes to town

To steal a friend's opinion, the Notorious R.B.G is a national treasure. What would things look like if all of the justices had at least half her wit, foresight, and wisdom? I would assert that things would be better.