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Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Also, see the Section 21, Declaration of Rights, PA Constitution:

21. Right to bear arms.

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.…

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Aside from the question of what people think municipal law *should* be, Pennsylvania is a Dillons's Rule state, also known as a "Mother, may I" state. Some states specify what municipalities *may not* do, and they may do anything not explicitly prohibited. Most states, including Pennsylvania, specify what municipalities *may* do, and they may not do anything that is not explicitly permitted.

The bottom line is that municipal gun bans in Pennsylvania were always illegal, but that the state did not want to fight about it. This way the gun rights groups can do the fighting, which they will certainly be inclined to do.

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “They are the music makers: What (some) Pittsburgh musicians, promoters, labels and producers would like to see improve in the city’s scene

Interesting start to the conversation.
Keep the conversation alive. Talk to more people in the music scene. There is so much going on here all the time, and everyone not in the music scene I talk to has no idea.
"There's no good punk, metal, hip hop, hardcore, folk, rock, R&B, etc anymore" is something I hear constantly, and when I press them, they just haven't heard anything new since the 90s/80s/70s.
We need to break up the barriers that are keeping the conversation and ideas from carrying over into other micro music communities in pittsburgh.

Posted by Josh Thieler on 04/28/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “They are the music makers: What (some) Pittsburgh musicians, promoters, labels and producers would like to see improve in the city’s scene

The Wire Riots are incredibly underrated, as are The Long Knives.

Posted by Matt Clews on 04/28/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.

In 1945, at a gynaecological convention, a speaker said: "Hysterectomy is a racket, where the majority were done for dubious reasons at best, and non-existent reasons at worst"...

Fabricating cancer is one of the dirty tricks they use to frighten women into unnecessary radical hysterectomies.... You are welcome to post any information you may come across that will protect women from greedy gynaecologists who want to give them a hysterectomy. Remember 90% of all gynaecological surgery are unnecessary, especially hysterectomies and they make gyno's very, very rich and turn the women into high maintenance patients for life. Beware if they say you have cancer. That is one of their tricks to frighten women into these barbaric mutilations.
I'm an advocate against unnecessary hysterectomies, and since up to 98% are done for dubious reasons at best and non-existent reasons at worst, I want to inform women about this fact....The cancer scare is one of the tricks gynaecologists use to frighten women into unnecessary hysterectomies...
Many women are tricked this way, and when they are told they had no cancer, the women are so relieved that they never realize that they never did have cancer in the first place. They were victims of fraud and criminal malpractice by unscrupulous gynaecologists.....

"As for laparoscopy, three out of every 1,000 of these procedures cause complications, and even death. Between 1995 and 1997, more than 500 patients suffered nearly 600 injuries and 65 died. A goodly number have to do with doctors being unable to use the equipment properly. In a survey of gynaecologists, one in every 25 had injured a major vessel during laparoscopy at some point in their career.
One of the main culprits is the common use of the trocar (as sharp implement which withdraws fluids by puncturing the abdominal wall), which frequently injures major blood vessels and major organs, sometimes causing death due to vascular injuries".......

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.


"Negotiating to do Surgery"
After a potential patient was located, she had to be persuaded to have surgery. As one resident put it: "You have to look for your surgical procedures; you have to go after patients. Because no one is crazy enough to come and say, hey, here I am, I want you to operate on me. You have to sometimes convince the patient that she is really sick, and that she is better off with a surgical procedure."......"The residents' tactics, based on high volume, were similar to that of any effective sales person, regardless of the product; that is, the greater the number of contacts, the greater the probability of making a sale. This type of high-turnover sale was especially suited to the high-volume, quick turnover conditions in the clinics and emergency room. Like any sophisticated salesperson, a resident could judge within minutes whether a woman was going to buy a hysterectomy. When it appeared that she wasn't, he used another tactic. Residents believed that women would eventually accept surgery if they were given some time to think it over. Thus, after a resident had completed his pitch and the woman was still reluctant, he would tell her that he would call her in a week and discuss the surgery further. The woman was dismissed and the next prospective case was brought into the examining room. The entire interaction, including physical examination, usually took three or four minutes"..... "Once the woman agreed to surgery, she lost whatever power she previously had had - the power of refusal. The situation changed from one of negotiation to complete control by the resident. The patient was expected to trust the knowledge and wisdom of her doctor. She was not consulted on the form her surgery would take nor was it expected that she was capable of understanding medical-surgical mysteries. The resident, influenced by his own need for practice, decided what operation he would do. Women were not aware that there was a choice."....."Surgical teaching programs are having increasing difficulty finding subjects to learn on because they greatly depend on the availability of ward or indigent patients and with increased third-party payments, the number of such patients is shrinking. As a consequence, residents in many city hospitals have done more "selling."......." To improve my surgical technique and to get a chance to do some of the surgeries that we don't get a chance to do otherwise, I went for radical surgery where your dissect out everything; you look for everything".... "I do enjoy it, and think any doctor is lucky to do radical surgery"....."It is by mistakes that you grow and mature as a physician. You learn not to do it again; I think that is important. Because if I wasn't ever going to make any mistakes, there wouldn't be any reason for me to spend four years being a resident"....."I don't know if you can call it a mistake or something that you aren't experienced with and do something wrong. You can't call it a mistake. It's inexperience. If you aren't taught something, you can't do it."....

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:08 AM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.

........MY HORROR STORY.......
I was one of those lucky women who never suffered any gynaecological problems in the 58 years I had my precious female organs. I trusted the female doctor who did my yearly Pap smear (which she insisted I have every year, despite never, ever having abnormal cells). I did not know she was in cahoots with corrupt gynaecologists looking for easy prey to use for greed and training material. She forced me into seeing a gynaecologist writing that I had post-menopausal bleeding, which was a blatant lie, as I NEVER had a single drop of blood since my menopause finished 5 1/2 years before. She would not take "NO" for an answer. She did everything to gain my trust, so I didn't understand what was going on. She wore me down until I gave in. I went to the gynaecologist she referred me to so he could examine me, say I'm fine and send me home. I'd never seen him before in my life. As soon as I sat down, he opened the referral, and the first words out of his mouth was: "You have bleeding. I'm giving you a curette." I was shocked. He didn't ask me one single question, and he didn't examine me. I said I had no bleeding, and I was not having a curette, but he would not take "NO" for an answer. He already had me booked in for a curette. And unbeknownst to me he also gave me a hysteroscopy for extra profit..... I was not told that it is my choice. He manipulated and coerced me until I gave in. At the post-op appointment 2 weeks later, he said I had cancer and had to have a hysterectomy. He'd already sent the referral to MMC (a public hospital I had never been to before, and was not told Monash Medical Centre is a teaching hospital). I only went there to be examined, told I'm fine, and sent home. Martin Oehler., the Clinical Fellow in Gynaecology/oncology called me in after the waiting room was empty. He then mentioned the bleeding. I was so angry, I said: "Why do you people keep saying I had bleeding, when I hadn't had a single drop since my menopause finished over 5 years ago, until I was given the curette and bled for 3 days". He ignored me and told me he was going to take out my cervix, my uterus, my fallopian tubes, and my ovaries. And he was going to do it by laparoscopy, but still may have to cut me open." Again I was shocked. I said: I have no bleeding, I have no pain, I have no symptoms whatsoever, and begged for another option." He went berserk. His face was full of anger and contempt as he yelled at me: "YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTION. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE CHEMOTHERAPY. NOT LIKE ALL THOSE WOMEN IN THE WAITING ROOM", and he flicked his hand toward the empty waiting room and said: "THEY WEREN'T SO LUCKY". I was shocked. He then answered every question I asked with: You'll be fine, and insisted I go in, in 2 days. Then he shoved a piece of paper in front of me and pointed where to sign. He did not go through one thing written on that form. I asked him if he'd done laparoscopy surgery before, and he looked me in the eye and told me he'd done hundreds that he could do them with his eyes closed. A blatant lie. I did not know that after I left he added on the form he forced me to sign that he may take out some pelvic lymph nodes as well. He sprung that on me just before the surgery. To make a long story short. He mutilated 6 healthy organs from my body, and God knows how many lymph nodes, as that was covered-up. He botched it beyond repair leaving me wailing in agony every day and bleeding out since he butchered me in June 2005. The morning after he slaughtered my organs, he smugly told me that I was as clean as a whistle. That all my removed organs had been healthy. The whole system took his side and did everything to discredit me and spread the word I was paranoid. They denied that I was in any pain, and kept sending me to psychiatrists who just kept pushing drugs on me and telling me they found nothing wrong in the tests when I kept telling them how much pain I'm in. I've never in my life been touched by such evil. I was a victim of fraud, and criminal medical malpractice, and my health and my life has been destroyed by those evil doctors. Why aren't women warned about these corrupt doctors who trick healthy women into unnecessary hysterectomies? This surgical racket has been going on for decades, and will never stop because as Dr Phil Hammond said: "The system is still geared to protecting doctors' reputations rather than protecting patients from unnecessary harm"...

DrSuarna Mehulic.... Dear June, I am in this difficult situation because I objected such charlatans and their treatment of patients. Your story is unfortunately not uncommon. I have seen it before and I have seen situation where when unethical and unprofessional doctors take all reproductive organs of the patient and cause chronic pain due to botched and unnecessary surgeries. After that is done their next step is to refer patient to psychiatrist. It is absurd reality that these unethical , unprofessional people always get away with everything wrong they do , because they make revenue for the institutions. Most likely you asked yourself lots of time " why me" but I have to tell you that it is not only you. Only what I know for sure that until values such as honesty, accountability, humanity are surpassed by greediness, business oriented medicine , these issues will not get resolved. There were times when being physician was honored profession and being public servant was the most honored role in the society. I think values has been changed to most honored status of being rich instead. Possibly nationwide campaign to return these values to medicine is of uttermost importance in times to come !

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

The title and article itself are INCREDIBLY misleading. But that appears intentional, so I'll just state the facts as simply as possible. Under PA law (and I'm told the PA Constitution as well), it is ILLEGAL for any county, or municipality (cities, towns, boroughs...) to enact ANY laws related to firearms. That is PA law. Cities CAN NOT make any local firearms laws. Therefore, when a city DOES pass a 'law' regarding firearms, they are violating Commonwealth law, and if they enforce it they are violating the rights of the citizen they enforced it upon. So what this law says is that if a city is breaking the law, and violates your rights, and then you (or the NRA, or the ACLU or NAACP or NAGR or any other group) sues the city for breaking the law and violating your rights, that city has to pay YOUR legal costs when they loose. They have to reimburse you the cost of fighting to defend the rights they violated. The alternative is a city breaking the law and violating your rights, then when you try to defend yourself, they use their ON STAFF lawyers to drag out any hearings and financially DESTROY the person fighting for their rights. Why wouldn't they? If they piss away MILLIONS on defending themselves for breaking the law and violating your rights, what does it cost them? Nothing? They just take more money from the people of their city. So why WOULDN'T they violate your rights? Well, because it will cost them TWICE as much to accomplish nothing, again, if they lose. If they WIN, they don't have to pay your costs... So if they REALLY think their law is valid, and they are not violating your rights, why would they care if they have to pay if they lose? If your 'law' is 'legal' you WON'T have to pay. Feel deceived yet? Personally, I think, rather than pass this law, it is FAR more appropriate to send state troopers to arrest the pittsburgh mayor and anyone else involved in 'conspiring to violate your civil rights' (which is EXACTLY what they did by passing that 'law' and any like it), but that'd never happen, becasue justice rarely finds those with power.

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Posted by Mick on 04/27/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

As a citizen harmed by the efforts of elected officials willing to thumb their noses at the state legislation, as if they have a higher authority, i can confidently tell you, no sir/madams, you are not above the law!! Your push for public safety, has nothing to do with protecting the citizens!! It has everything with pushing your personal, ILLEGAL agenda!! How dare you take taxpayer money to control the LAW ABIDING gun owner by doing ILLEGAL ordinances and making the TAXPAYER pay to push your agenda!! SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR EGOS!! The only person that you hurt is the law abiding citizens while you give criminsls a free pass to do their evil!!

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Posted by Chris Phillips on 04/27/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Wysocki: The battle for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best all-time catcher comes down to a close call at the plate

The author clearly points out that Kendall stands as the most productive Pirates catcher in the history of the franchise.

In fact, his durability over his 14+ year career stands among the top in terms of all-time catchers.

These are facts, as opposed to narrow-minded thinking and verbage of many that think they understand true facets of the game.

Enjoy the BBQ Howie, because that's what really seems to matter when assessing positional value to a team, right?

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Posted by LUC on 04/27/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

where is darlene harris in this video? i hear a voice of a woman "sounding" like her. at what time in the video can her face be seen?

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Posted by . on 04/26/2017 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Wysocki: The battle for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best all-time catcher comes down to a close call at the plate

Kendall and Doumit = jagoffs
Sanguillen = the best

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Posted by Howie on 04/26/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Wysocki: The battle for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best all-time catcher comes down to a close call at the plate

Great article! Many forget the contributions that Kendall made to this franchise during the 20 years of futility.

Watching Kendall's throwback style of play - especially in the modern era - was truly a pleasure.

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Posted by Luc on 04/26/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Darlene Harris has no concrete plans for anything. She's a sign of Old Pittsburgh - the old timers who complain about anything and everything that hasn't been here for 100 years. Complaining about bike lanes and saying you won't be Peduto isn't a platform.

(She also has a face that looks like a cat's puckered asshole, but that's neither here nor there.)

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Posted by Get A New Wig Darlene on 04/24/2017 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Funny how BikePGH has essentially become a PAC for Peduto.

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Posted by Susan on 04/24/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Kevin Ryan,

To be fair, most motorists I have encountered are self-important douchebags with no common sense. Yes, you have a right to the same road. Tell me what being right is going to mean to you when some idiot hits you and you're laying there dying.

Also, honking at Amish buggies, pedestrians, other cars, cyclists...its *always* rude. Pittsburgh has a HUGE issue with people honking their horns. Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution.

Paul Heckbert,

Bikes do kill pedestrians. It happens. Just not nearly at the same rate as motorists kill cyclists/pedestrians. Most pedestrian deaths attributed to cyclists are because cyclists are riding on the sidewalks.

Sidewalks are the most dangerous place for a cyclist to be. For pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike.

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Posted by Eff Dee on 04/23/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

This woman is a nightmare.
Between ranting about homeless camps and creating an unsafe environment for cyclists she's proven to be nothing more than an entitled geriatric who is unsurprisingly opposed to societal progression and only strives to maintain her personal comfort.
She's yet to provide a single viable solution in regards to improving the city of Pittsburgh.

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Posted by Tanisha Long on 04/23/2017 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

I drive through Amish country every day. When I come upon an Amish buggy or one riding a bike I give a quick honk on my horn. This is not to be an asshole; this is to be certain they know a truck is approaching so it doesn't surprise them or spook the horse. It's called 'being safe'

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Posted by Kevin Ryan on 04/23/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

To be fair, most bicyclists I have encountered are self-important douchebags with no common sense. Yes, you have a right to the same road. Tell me what being right is going to mean to you when some idiot hits you and you're laying there dying.

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Posted by Kevin Ryan on 04/23/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Darlene Harris behaved here like an impatient hothead: honking at a cyclist who was preventing her from driving at twice the speed limit, then telling him to get in the [nonexistent] bike lane. Why would we elect someone this ignorant and self-centered to be mayor?

About the idea of licensing bicycles: It makes sense to require registration, insurance, and licensing for CARS, since they can kill others. But bicycles don't kill others, so licensing them is unnecessary. Also, bicycling is good for health, environment, and frugality, while driving a car often is not. Some people bike to work occasionally to address obesity and diabetes. As a society, we should promote cycling over driving. We shouldnt be penalizing cyclists. Registration, insurance, and licensing of bicycles would be unwise because it would discourage cycling.

Here's an article Why Bicycle Licensing Almost Never Works, in synopsis:
Toronto tried mandatory bicycle licensing and abandoned it, concluding that it teaches kids to break the law.
Ottawa estimated it would cost $100,000 a year but bring in only $40,000/yr in revenue.
Long Beach tried bicycle licensing but they lost money on it.
Seattle found the maintenance and record-keeping to be a problem.
Medford tried it and found it unenforceable.
San Jose has bike licensing laws, but its fallen into disuse: only 9 licenses were issued one year.
San Diego has earned no revenue from bicycle licensing for the last three years.
Houston has a law, but only 100 bicycles are registered, total.
Los Angeles loses money on their bike licensing, and the law is not enforced.
Honolulu has a bike license law, and it makes money, but that may be because Oahu is an island.…

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 04/22/2017 at 10:10 PM

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