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Healthy Outlook: Learn about suicide prevention, how to help

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June 10, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

Within the last two months, I lost a close friend to breast cancer that had been detected too late. At about the same time she was diagnosed, another woman I am acquainted with was also diagnosed. That was over ten years ago, and today she's fine.

No matter how comforting this article is, and regardless of any progress made in treating breast cancer, or cancer of any type, the earlier the diagnoses, the better the prognosis will be.

Never skip a mammogram. That's the best way to detect a tumor, and it can be found long before it can be detected digitally.

Another thing to remember is that about one out of 100 cases of breast cancer occurs in a man. Usually the outcome for a man is not good, because he thinks breast cancer is a "woman's disease," and therefore he delays an examination until it is too late for effective treatment.

Skipping the details, I developed a lump in that area, and researched the topic. That's when I learned about that one in 100 statistic. Within short order, I was given a mammogram, which resulted in a diagnosis of a benign growth, which later went away on its own.

As a result of that experience, I can assure anyone that a mammogram is not uncomfortable, as long as the operator of the machine is competent. If you follow instructions, relax, and let the operator do his or her job, you should feel no more than mild discomfort.

So never delay a mammogram because of fear that it might be painful.

June 5, 2018 at 7:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Investigators: Driver shot by Lawrence police was initially stopped for seat-belt violation, altercation ensued

It is difficult to determine the exact number of police officers and the exact population for very recent years, but things have probably not changed significantly in the last few years. These statistics are from the year 2006. Also, the very young and elderly are not likely to be shot, and that skews the statistics somewhat.

From: <br>
http://qa.answers.com/Q/How_many_poli...

"There are as of 2006, 683,396 full time state, city, university and college, metropolitan and non-metropolitan county, and other law enforcement officers in the United States."

From:
http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_...

"In 2006, the estimated population of the United States was 300 million people."

So, out of 683,396 police officers, 65 * were killed in the line of duty in 2006. That is one out of 10,513 officers.

Out of our population of 300,000,000 * civilians in 2006, 425 were killed. That is one out of 705,882 civilians.

And you claimed that it is more dangerous to be one out of 705,882 than one out of 10,513!

* Error Alert: I've noticed that I used your 2018 statistics for the shootings, not the ones from 2006, to arrive at my conclusions. There isn't time to correct that within the allotted time, but I'm sure the basic point remains.

May 31, 2018 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Investigators: Driver shot by Lawrence police was initially stopped for seat-belt violation, altercation ensued

Daniel, you have a serious problem with your statistics. Each of the 65 police officers that were killed had made a very large number of stops where civilians were involved.

And, each of the 425 people that were shot and killed weren't around very many police officers. Sure, at the time maybe, but not all day long for years.

So, to state that "it is far more dangerous to be a civilian around cops...than to be a cop" is a demonstration of a misunderstanding of the nature of probability.

But, that's all right. I studied 'Statistics and Probability' at KU, and you most likely didn't.

May 31, 2018 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Investigators: Driver shot by Lawrence police was initially stopped for seat-belt violation, altercation ensued

For all we know, he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Not to make the claim that he was, all I'm claiming is that's possible, and it was left out of the article.

May 30, 2018 at 10:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge orders prison for drug-addled driver who hit, killed man by East Lawrence Rec Center

Mr. White didn't have money for court costs, but he did have money for alcohol, methamphetamine, methadone, and ketamine? Did I read that right?

May 25, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Christianity without a hint of Jesus

You're right, I didn't do any research when I wrote that comment, and I wasn't in that great of a mental state. What I used for sources was my memories of things people told me many years ago. Of course, they had they had their own agenda.

Paul mentioned the subject only twice, in Romans 1:26–27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.

Timothy discussed it in 1 Timothy 1:9–10.

Another, Jude 1:7, might also be another verse addressing the subject.

No, I am not a practicing member of any church, and the only worship services I've attended in recent years was Jewish.

Matthew Chapter 7, verses 1, 2: <br>
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get."

That instruction is often forgotten.

May 21, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Christianity without a hint of Jesus

If those youth are really good Christians, have read the Bible, and are also familiar with its contents, they'll be very quick to point out what Jesus had to say about LGBT issues, as quoted in the four Gospels: <br>
(whoops, there's nothing on the list, Jesus had nothing to say on the subject)

Paul, however, had a lot to say about the subject of gay men. Interestingly, he had nothing to say about lesbian issues. In fact, there is no admonishment against gay behavior between women in the entire Bible. So that must be all right.

Many scholars, after a close reading of what Paul had to say about his personal demon, have concluded that he must have been gay himself. Otherwise, why did he write about it so much?

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." <br>
- William Shakespeare

May 20, 2018 at 11:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Firefighters called back to Heritage Tractor building for flare-up 5 days after destructive fire

A pole will break at its base if the load it is supporting, i.e. the power lines, is heavy enough and uneven enough. That should be investigated.

Also, normal deterioration such as rot or rust will cause the same event.

May 10, 2018 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Are we now in a debt trap?

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." <br>
- Everett Dirksen

"In the long run we are all dead." <br>
- John Maynard Keynes

May 8, 2018 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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