Normally, I try to stay neutral politically. But your coverage of Bradley Manning moved me. As a veteran, I am embarrassed of what this country has become. This is not how America treats its citizens. We turned a blind eye for so long to extraordinary rendition and Guantanamo, it's now happening to an American soldier. I called both of my state's Senators today. I got some lackey on the phone, and I'm sure nothing will happen, but I can at least pretend that I did something positive.
You are far more likely to be safe by preventing an accident in the first place than by making sure your kid is in a 5 point harness because that's what some "passenger safety technician" told you to do without providing any evidence. At what point does buying ridiculous amounts of gear become unnecessary?
My aunts lived through the 1918 flu epidemic. I remember as a kid listening to their stories about the horses pulling carts through the neighborhoods and the men yelling, "Bring out your dead." My grandfather died of tuberculosis. An uncle ended up in an iron lung. Ignore [vaccine-deniers] rude name calling, it's all they know. Sad thing is, they are probably alive today because of vaccines. Too bad there is not a vaccine to prevent rude behavior.
Although I have few comments outside of articles about politics, war, economics, and literature, still I read articles like this and others for enjoyment and to understand what is new in the design, composition, illustration, etc. of features that appear in different places on MotherJones.com. Thank You.