We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cycle 24 has been an unusual one. This is a current image of solar activity. As you can see, there ain't a whole hell of a lot going on. :>)
I've been saying that solar activity was causing weather extremes for years - I can remember other solar minimums that caused similar weather. If you mess around with astronomy at all (I am a star/planet gazer) you've been noticing planetary weather imagery that is very unusual - so it's just not our planet - its the entire solar system.
Ron Schwartz, VE3VN does one heck of a job with his solar science web site.
IF you are at all interested in solar science, here's another site - NASA's.
If it were men instead of women who were in need of the "free" euphemistically named family planning services, do you think the issue would be one of such apparent national urgency? I kinda doubt it. Now maybe it's true that in the conventional version of the American family, such services "benefit" both parents, men and women, but I'm willing to bet that a large fraction---perhaps most---so-called family services are directed at unmarried women. More and more this relentless campaign against motherhood takes on the ugly aspects of the eugenics movement on which PP was founded.
One of California's legislator's, a female from the democratic party, said recently something to the effect that they have to be sure that every child is on the same page that is why she opposes school choice! Sorry, I can't find the quote, but it's out there. So you see--it is not about quality of education, nor about acquired skills, it is about controlling all/each member of tomorrow's population. Funny how those hippie's hated Orwell when they were young, but follow him blindly now.