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  • Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help women at work

    10/05/2015 5:23:10 PM PDT · 130 of 134
    exDemMom to norton
    You've done a decent job of describing sexual harassment on your part.


    Once, when I worked at a convenience store, I stopped in on my day off and was chatting with the clerk a bit. A cockroach appeared behind the counter. The clerk freaked out, wanted me to come kill the cockroach. I wouldn't, because it was a cockroach and I won't go near those things. So a male customer walked into the store and we got him to do the dirty deed. (I'm sure we made his day, killing cockroaches was probably the last thing on his mind when he entered the store.)

    Does it rattle you if someone says "Ma'am"?
    That one got me on the HR S*** List even after some one pointed out my mother's southern background (which catapulted me from Sexist to Red Neck)

    I'm in the military, I expect to be called "Ma'am." People also call me by rank, or sometimes they call me "doctor."

    I have no idea why calling someone "Ma'am" (or "Sir") would be an EO issue. I guess whoever found that offensive was not familiar with military discipline or basic politeness?

  • Rush Limbaugh is right: Ted Cruz is most-principled candidate

    10/05/2015 5:08:56 PM PDT · 18 of 138
    exDemMom to Isara

    Ted Cruz looks too darned much like Bill Murray.

    Despite that, I could vote for him. Or for Trump. Any candidate with the backbone to stand up to liberal/Democrat bullies, in fact, would have my vote.

    I’ve been disappointed too many times by Republicans who say big things while campaigning, but then get to Washington and roll over with their tails between their legs.

  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 5:04:02 PM PDT · 10 of 71
    exDemMom to JudyinCanada

    I sometimes wonder what the effect would be if that rock in Mecca were accidentally destroyed.

  • Will Property Crime Uptick Become Crime Wave?

    10/04/2015 7:40:41 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    If the small crimes are not prosecuted, the large crimes escalate. Criminals feel invincible.

    On the other hand, catching criminals for small crimes can lead to their arrest for larger crimes, if the routine checks when they are arrested turn up outstanding warrants.

  • Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help women at work

    10/04/2015 7:21:57 PM PDT · 25 of 134
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    Yet I can still manage to look helpless and recruit the nearest man to help me. The only time that tactic did not work was when the nearest man was Russian. Must have been a cultural thing.

    There is a huge difference between complimenting someone and sexual harassment. However, sexual harassers often begin with what seem to be harmless compliments, and the situation escalates from there until the victim realizes that it has progressed to sexual harassment. I guess that’s why some companies do not want people to even compliment each other—because it can be difficult to tell the difference between a harmless compliment and the beginning stages of sexual harassment.

  • Hospital tells woman her mother is dead but calls later to tell her she is alive

    10/04/2015 7:13:35 PM PDT · 8 of 18
    exDemMom to markomalley
    Phyllis Lilley's daughter, Liz Page, 61, and her husband Gerry, 72, were too grief-stricken to notice that nurses had led them to the body of another woman to say goodbye.

    Death can change a person's appearance quite drastically.

    A few years ago, I had to go into the room of a deceased patient in a hospital. It was not until his sister showed a picture of him when he was alive that I realized that I used to see him around the hospital all the time (he was an employee). He did not look at all the same when he was dead. So I can totally understand how the family didn't notice that the dead woman was not their mother.

  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Refusing Abortion Services to Pregnant Women

    10/04/2015 2:36:45 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    exDemMom to amorphous

    Can the hospitals counter-sue ACLU for the mental/emotional distress over the possibility of being forced to commit murder?

  • The smartest economist you've never heard of

    10/04/2015 2:26:03 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    exDemMom to SunkenCiv

    With the IMF providing much of the economic analysis, leaders of the major economies set aside their previous concern about budget deficits — one that had also become a fixation of the IMF — and committed to increase government borrowing and spending to prevent a global depression. It was exactly the advice Keynes had given to skeptical world leaders in the 1930s.

    Apply that economic policy on a small scale. It cannot work. No one staves off bankruptcy by borrowing more and spending more. The only reason unworkable Keynesian policies seem to work on a large scale is because the system is so big, and not all parts of the system are subjected to Keynesian "policies." Those parts that have a rational, mathematically supportable basis end up being bled to support the Keynesian parts of the system.

    The comments after that article are distressing. I'll bet not a single commenter expressing love for socialist/Keynesian "economics" runs his or her household on Keynesian policies.

  • Liberalism: It’s not a choice, “it’s a need based on a disorder of the brain."

    10/04/2015 1:28:55 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    exDemMom to quietly desperate

    I don’t actually know. I haven’t looked into how the fMRI is done, I have only looked at pictures of fMRI scans.

  • Mayonnaise Is The Worst Condiment

    10/03/2015 3:45:03 PM PDT · 223 of 411
    exDemMom to PROCON

    I love mayonnaise, especially the fresh mayonnaise made with olive oil that they sell in delis in France. Yum, yum!

  • I’m a pedophile, you’re the monsters: My week inside the vile right-wing hate machine

    10/03/2015 1:41:20 PM PDT · 15 of 108
    exDemMom to Altura Ct.
    I’m a pedophile, you’re the monsters: My week inside the vile right-wing hate machine


    It says a lot about the left that no deviancy, no moral depravity, is too repulsive for them to reject.

    Is Salon organizing to get Jared, the former Subway spokesman, out of prison? His only crime is that he looked at pictures. It isn't like he actually hurt any kids, is it?

    At what point will the left actually come out and say that no one, ever, should be punished or shunned for anything?

  • ’Carly Fiorina Was Right': Group Releases Full Abortion Video Mentioned in GOP Debate

    10/03/2015 11:42:12 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    exDemMom to Hulka

    They are all alive before the abortion butchers get to them.

  • 4 Pro-Gun Arguments We're Sick of Hearing

    10/03/2015 10:37:30 AM PDT · 29 of 52
    exDemMom to rktman

    Amanda, sweetheart, if you live next door to me and I have NRA stickers on my windows, and you proudly post “Gun Free Zone” signs in your yard, and some thug cases our neighborhood looking for a house to invade, whose house do you think he will choose?

  • 4 Pro-Gun Arguments We're Sick of Hearing

    10/03/2015 10:32:28 AM PDT · 28 of 52
    exDemMom to Impala64ssa
    If so, does giving them sex ed make them potential porn stars and prostitutes?

    If a leftist is giving them the sex ed, the answer to that might very well be "yes."

  • Trump pulls out of event at US Hispanic chamber

    10/03/2015 10:26:56 AM PDT · 4 of 32
    exDemMom to entropy12

    Either they supplied the questions beforehand, or Trump’s research showed that they employ a “gotcha” tactic.

    Good for him for not participating in that kind of forum.

  • Liberalism: It’s not a choice, “it’s a need based on a disorder of the brain."

    10/03/2015 10:23:48 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    exDemMom to quietly desperate
    What is fMRI?

    fMRI is "functional MRI", which is a way of scanning not only the physical structure of an organ, but its function. Scientists are actually able to see which parts of the brain respond to various stimuli. So, for instance, if you show a normal person a sad scene from a movie, you can see where the person's brain processes the emotion.

    A psychopath either would not feel the sadness, and their brain would have no visible activity, or they would get pleasure out of witnessing the sadness, and a different part of the brain would be active.

  • Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare (Liquid goop cleanup in Aisle 3)

    10/03/2015 7:31:39 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    exDemMom to dayglored

    Let me see: Each bottle of Soylent, at 400 calories, contains:

    Soy protein—forget about avoiding allergens, as soy is allergenic. And to get soy, you certainly have to convert large areas of land to agriculture.

    Algal oil—we’ve come full circle now. From converting food (corn) to fuel for our cars, now a company is converting biofuel (algae) to food.

    Isomaltulose from beets—again, requiring large areas of land for agriculture, plus wasting all of the other components of the beets, like fiber and tasty redness. Speaking of which, where is the fiber in Soylent?

    Vitamins & minerals—each bottle contains 1/5 of the RDA of essential micronutrients. So, to get the full RDA would require drinking 5 bottles—which, for me, is about 500 calories over my daily needs. Furthermore, where do those micronutrients come from? I bet they are extracted from food—again, a huge waste of food and excess use of agricultural lands.

    Environmentally, this stuff is clearly not very good for the environment. And it probably would make for a very unhealthy diet if consumed exclusively. It’s major value would be as something to tide one over if one really did not have access to real food for some reason.

  • Oregon college shooter was a friendless oddball who had frequent temper tantrums, no friends..

    10/03/2015 6:56:53 AM PDT · 8 of 82
    exDemMom to miss marmelstein

    His mother was a nurse. There is no word on his father.

  • Eurotunnel services suspended as migrants storm tunnel

    10/03/2015 6:48:00 AM PDT · 7 of 57
    exDemMom to markomalley


    I seem to recall hearing that Rome fell from within. Western countries are doing the same thing by allowing unfettered immigration by those who have no desire to become part of the culture, but instead come to steal whatever they can get.

  • Liberalism: It’s not a choice, “it’s a need based on a disorder of the brain."

    10/03/2015 6:45:41 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    exDemMom to NOBO2012

    Those guys in the pictures... all except the one on the left show crazy, soulless eyes... just like Charles Manson and Warren Hern (a late term abortionist who has written about the thrill of destruction when he kills babies). There is truly something abnormal in the brains of those people, that is visible in their eyes.

    fMRI studies have shown a physical basis for psychopathy (a disorder that blinds the affected to the feelings of other people so that they perceive other people as no more than interactive elements of the landscape). I wonder what fMRI studies of those crazy eye people would show?

  • Santorum educates The View: Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms

    10/02/2015 5:01:13 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    exDemMom to nevermorelenore
    The women are not that unsuspecting, they go there specifically for abortions. We know it, and they know it.

    Some women go there because they've seen the ads where PP claims to be there to help. Or because some PP hard-core saleswoman came to their school and told them how great PP is, etc.

    PP is all about selling abortion, and they have a very sophisticated methodology for it. But women or girls going to PP offices are often young and naive, and have no idea that PP only looks at them as cash cows.

    I do know from personal experience that if a young girl or woman goes to PP because she suspects she might be pregnant, and she has fallen for their lines, she will have to go to a "counselor" who, basically, will try to talk her into abortion before ever giving her a pregnancy test. It is a very high-pressure sales session--the girl talks about why she thinks she might be pregnant--the counselor says, "So, you will be wanting to have an abortion, then?" The girl says no, she just wants the test so that she will know, and, again, "So, you are considering abortion?" Etc. If the girl keeps denying that abortion is an option, the counselor will probably send her away without giving the test.

    It is true that many girls go to PP specifically for abortion, and become repeat customers. But that isn't always the case--some go to PP because they really want help, they are confused and don't know where to turn. And all PP does is pressure them into abortion without telling them their options.

  • Santorum educates The View: Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms

    10/02/2015 4:49:15 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    exDemMom to dayglored
    Umm, don't you mean "positive"?

    Yes, I do.


  • Is It Better to Adopt a Rubio Staffer, a Kitten, or a Water Buffalo?

    10/01/2015 8:20:22 PM PDT · 49 of 50
    exDemMom to Slings and Arrows
    You can adopt a kitten from the ASPCA for about half the price of a Rubio staffer.

    I adopt my kittens for free!

    They appear in my yard and insist they live with me... I really don't have a choice in the matter.

  • Santorum educates The View: Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms

    10/01/2015 8:17:54 PM PDT · 5 of 16
    exDemMom to Engraved-on-His-hands
    hey basically provide abortion, contraceptive, STDs, things — and pregnancy tests. That’s it.

    And God help the unsuspecting woman who goes there for a pregnancy test, thinking that she's going to a doctor's office. They will start pressuring her into abortion before they even give her the test--they want to make sure she will sign the paperwork to terminate her kid the moment the test comes back negative.

    And I agree with the other poster, providing STDs and things *is* a pretty scummy thing to do.

  • Whole Foods to stop selling products made by inmates

    10/01/2015 5:07:14 PM PDT · 22 of 59
    exDemMom to Larry Lucido
    Never had tilapia or trout cheese.

    They are probably really hard to milk. That's why they gave the job to prisoners, who have a lot of time on their hands.

  • Why the Founder of #ShoutYourAbortion Had to Go Into Hiding

    10/01/2015 5:00:22 PM PDT · 9 of 26
    exDemMom to nickcarraway

    I read somewhere that abortion advocates in LA are trying to start a door-to-door campaign, where women who have had abortions go knocking on people’s doors to personally tell them they have had an abortion. Somehow, this campaign is supposed to reduce the stigma of abortion by showing people that the women having abortions are ordinary women, just like women people know.

    I haven’t heard about how that effort is going, but I know that if someone were to knock on my door and tell me how she had an abortion, it would hardly be a stigma-reducing experience for her. I’d probably be extremely snarky, in fact.

    I have no sympathy for those who publicize their abortions and then find out that outside of their pro-abort circle, there is not a lot of support for them.

  • Planned Parenthood Pink Out Day Fails to Blackout the Truth

    09/30/2015 5:34:37 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    exDemMom to SWAMP-C1PHER
    We are required to account for every single foot of wire and rubber washer we buy with government grant money, and we are subject to audits at any time. I imagine PP wouldn’t be much different.

    I wonder if any PP anywhere has been audited. (They probably get audited about as often as health inspectors enter their abortuaries.) What I suspect is that they funnel a lot of the money they get back to politicians to buy the politicians' votes.

    So you want people to go around untested, with one less community health provider, without access to birth control—so they’ll spend less on abortions? So that they’ll have one less place to give them factual information on the transmission of disease, and on how o avoid pregnancy? On what planet does that make sense?

    It makes sense on a planet where we would rather see people get health care and reliable birth control. When it comes to birth control, there is a *huge* conflict of interest for Planned Parenthood. The profit margin on abortion is huge; the profit margin on birth control is very slim. They have every incentive in the world to give out faulty birth control, or write prescriptions for ineffectively low doses.

    The bottom line is that *no one* should have to trust their health care to baby killers. A person who has no qualms about killing a baby can kill anyone. To them, it's all about the bottom line: is the patient worth more dead, or alive?

  • Democrats: The party of abortion, not the party of women

    09/30/2015 5:09:42 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    exDemMom to VerySadAmerican

    When looking at absolute numbers, black babies are a minority of those aborted. However, the number of black babies aborted as compared to the size of the black population is far higher than expected if abortionists targeted all races proportionally.

  • Fun Political Quiz Reveals Candidate You Line Up With The Most

    09/28/2015 6:13:35 PM PDT · 66 of 94
    exDemMom to PROCON

    I got:

    Ted Cruz - 94%

    Rick Santorum - 88%

    Rand Paul - 87%

    Oddly, I’ve always thought of Rand Paul as somewhat of a nut case.

    In addition, I need to move to the south... apparently, I would feel right at home in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and much of Louisiana and Texas. Technically, I already live in the south, but Maryland is so danged liberal.

  • We Lost Our Daughter to a Mass Shooter and Now Owe $203,000 to His Ammo Dealer

    09/26/2015 7:02:51 PM PDT · 125 of 129
    exDemMom to Talisker
    However, it’s all to easy to use that to throw all homeless people into insane asylums, which would be an atrocity and a crime against humanity.

    I don't think it is. To me, it is sheer cruelty to throw the mentally ill homeless out on the streets, where they are filthy, hungry, and have no respite from the elements. It's far better for them to be in an institution where they are bathed and have clean clothes, and receive whatever medications they need.

    I'm well aware that some abuses have occurred in mental hospitals. The answer to that is not to throw their helpless patients into the streets, but to get rid of the abusive "caretakers."

    The fact is that any system can be abused. Yes, I am well aware that the USSR and PRC deemed dissenters as "mentally ill" in order to imprison them. And I know that there are plenty of liberals who would love to imprison anyone who doesn't toe their socialist line. It is impossible to devise any system that cannot be abused by those who would exercise power for the sake of power. That fact does not change the fact that psychotic, potentially murderous, mentally ill persons *should* be confined to asylums, preferably *before* they kill.

  • Pelosi blasts GOP plans for panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    09/26/2015 6:52:50 PM PDT · 26 of 36
    exDemMom to Libloather
    She noted that one in five women use Planned Parenthood’s services each year for healthcare, including cancer screenings.

    Oh, please, Nancy, how stupid do you think we, the people, are? Even in areas where PP has a strong presence, each PP business office is typically outnumbered by dozens of actual medical clinics, not to mention hospitals, radiology centers, etc. I drive by dozens of doctors' offices every day, but not a single PP business office. Yet you expect us to believe that 20% of women seek their primary healthcare from PP "clinics"?

    FYI, Nancy, when I need medical services, I don't want to get them from baby killers. Why on earth would I trust my health to a psychopathic murderer?

  • Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

    09/26/2015 6:38:14 PM PDT · 5 of 126
    exDemMom to csmusaret
    High cholesterol has never been the cause of a single death...ever....anywhere

    Actually, it seems that there is a range of cholesterol that is healthy... too much or too little causes problems. Too little cholesterol increases the risk of strokes, if I remember correctly.

  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:35:08 PM PDT · 7 of 48
    exDemMom to nickcarraway


    There is just so much wrong with this that I don’t even know where to begin. It’s ludicrous. And what business of any court is the breed of cat a breeder chooses to breed?

    I hope the cat’s owner continues to fight this. A breed of cat should not be made extinct just because a judge doesn’t like it.

    Personally, I think sphinx cats are adorable. I’d love to get one, if not for the price tag and the fact that I have too many cats as it is.

  • We Lost Our Daughter to a Mass Shooter and Now Owe $203,000 to His Ammo Dealer

    09/26/2015 4:48:59 PM PDT · 122 of 129
    exDemMom to Talisker
    Because that's pre-crime law, and it's more dangerous than the problem it's trying to fix.

    I do not think that removing dangerously mentally ill people from the streets is more dangerous than waiting until they act out on their violent tendencies.

    Once upon a time, mentally ill people could be confined to hospitals indefinitely if their illness warranted. Which pretty much means they stayed for life, since true mental illnesses cannot be cured. "Civil rights" groups have successfully stopped the practice of institutionalization, and the results are not good.

    It isn't just the dangerously mentally ill people who were thrown out on the streets to prey on others, but non-dangerous ones, those we now call the "homeless." The homeless cannot take care of themselves; throwing them out on the street is just plain cruel. But society does not really suffer when the homeless are thrown out to fend for themselves, not the way it does when the psychotic mentally ill are thrown out.

    Whenever there is a highly publicized case of a mass murder, it seems that the murderer was giving clues all over the place that he was about to do something. And no one acted to stop the murders. In today's reality, it is nearly impossible to do anything--the mentally ill, dangerous or otherwise--cannot be institutionalized. And once the psychotic ones commit a crime, then they end up in the prison system, which really is not set up to handle the mentally ill.

  • North Korea claims it has miniaturized nuclear BBs

    09/26/2015 9:45:05 AM PDT · 5 of 22
    exDemMom to Jonty30

    Radioactive BBs could cause significant radiation poisoning.

  • We Lost Our Daughter to a Mass Shooter and Now Owe $203,000 to His Ammo Dealer

    09/26/2015 9:43:07 AM PDT · 16 of 129
    exDemMom to rktman

    The actions of a mass shooter are no more the fault of the manufacturer or seller of ammunition than a car manufacturer is responsible if someone decides to ram his car into a crowd, or a match manufacturer if someone decides to block people in a building and light it on fire.

    I think that background checks are marginally effective. While they might keep people who have committed gun crimes from legally obtaining guns, they do nothing to keep the psychotic mentally ill from getting guns. In many cases, these people are giving off signals that they are about to become violent (or commit some other horrific crime, like Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning did), but, thanks to various laws, it is nearly impossible to stop them. The mentally ill cannot be kept confined, because the ACLU successfully sued against the practice as “unlawful imprisonment.” And HIPAA laws prevent mental health information from being included in background checks.

    Instead of suing the shop that sold the ammo, how about activating against the laws that make stopping a violently mentally ill person almost impossible to do before the fact?

  • The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years

    09/26/2015 9:08:30 AM PDT · 67 of 68
    exDemMom to Mr Ramsbotham
    I’ve always wondered how many people every year develop cancer because their immune systems have been diverted by being challenged by some vaccination that may only be a crapshoot in terms of its efficiency.

    Zero. Cancer is not caused by the immune system functioning the way it evolved to function.

    Whether or not you have received a vaccine, your immune system is busy defending your body against potential pathogens every single day. It is constantly making B and T cells to fight off pathogens, because unless you are a "bubble boy" who must live in a sterile environment due to complete absence of immune system, you encounter pathogens every day.

    Cancer can be caused by exposure to some chemicals or pathogens that enter the cell. In either case, they disrupt cell function and/or damage the DNA (which permanently disrupts cell function). Cancer can also be caused by spontaneous DNA mutations (i.e. damage) in cells that the normal DNA repair mechanisms fail to correct.

  • The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years

    09/26/2015 8:59:27 AM PDT · 66 of 68
    exDemMom to MarchonDC09122009
    Last year’s flu shot efficacy estimated to be around 20%.

    The low efficacy was only for the H3N2 component of the vaccine. The other two components, the H1N1 and influenza B, were actually quite good matches for the circulating varieties of those strains.

    The doctors, hospitals and the CDC do a poor job of consistently testing and recording the exact strains of flu immunized individuals contract in order to determine solid statistical evidence that the flu vaccine is worth getting.

    In reality, the CDC and WHO keep very detailed records of which flu strains are responsible for what proportion of ILI. In fact, it is through exactly this kind of testing that researchers are able to determine the efficacy of the flu vaccine every year. They sequence the circulating strains, so that they know exactly how any given virus strain is mutating across both time and distance. This information is published so that those of us who have a professional interest in the information can access it in a timely manner.

    DHHS considering revising their advisory statement regarding risk of contracting GBS paralysis to 1 in 50,000

    Do you have a reference (from the medical literature) for that?

    According to a fairly recent Lancet article, the risk of getting GBS from influenza is 17 times higher than getting it from the flu shot. Another article, a review of the medical literature found that any relationship between GBS and vaccines is temporal (in other words, correlated but not caused), and the only vaccine for which there *might* be a causal relationship was the 1976 swine flu vaccine.

    GBS is not permanent, although it can have some long-term consequences; people get over it in a few months. I could discuss a few hypotheses about why GBS happens rarely after infections, and even more rarely (or not at all) after vaccinations, but all I can really say about it is that the syndrome seems to be related to the ramping up of the immune system in response to a pathogen. This ramping up occurs more strongly and for a longer period of time during an infection than it does after a vaccination.

    Flu vaccine is an annual placebo ritual at best.

    Nope. If that were the case, the efficacy calculated for the flu shot every year would be zero for all strains. Usually, the efficacy is better than 60%. The very fact that an efficacy can be calculated means that the effect of the vaccine is real, not placebo.

    I get the flu shot every year (it is a requirement of my employer), and I do not get the flu--in fact, I don't think I've ever had the flu.

  • The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years

    09/26/2015 7:54:31 AM PDT · 65 of 68
    exDemMom to EDINVA
    <>Got my flu shot last week ... hope it works. I stopped getting them for years, because every time I did get one, sure ‘nuff, got the flu. The past few years now I’ve gotten the shot and no flu.

    Each flu vaccine targets 3 (some do 4 now) kinds of flu. If you get the shot but you are exposed to a kind of flu that was not contained in the shot, you can still get the flu. It might not be as severe as it could be, because the shot can still provide partial protection. In addition, it takes 2 weeks to develop a protective level of immunity. So, if you receive the shot but were already exposed, or get exposed within a few days, you will get the flu.

    People think, "Oh, I got the shot and I still got the flu, so the shot is useless!" but the real story is a bit more complicated.

    I get the shot every year (actually, it is a condition of my employment), and I do not think I have ever had the flu. Even before I started getting annual shots, I don't think I have had it. I hardly ever even get colds.

  • Boehner’s Exit Leaves GOP Establishment Shaking

    09/25/2015 7:56:13 PM PDT · 37 of 101
    exDemMom to cotton1706

    If only the GOP would realize, we elect Republicans to represent We, The People, not the interests of Washington insiders.

    This is a step towards cleaning up the GOP. May the clean-up continue.

  • This Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Might Not Be All it Seems

    09/25/2015 4:39:17 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    exDemMom to hal ogen

    Yeah, I think you figured it out. ;)

  • Bulger Wasn't Hardwired to Be a Murderer. No One Is

    09/24/2015 3:54:58 PM PDT · 48 of 58
    exDemMom to I want the USA back
    There is no hard wiring. Stupid concept. Stems from a materialistic understanding of the human organism.

    So, then, if I decide tomorrow to begin dressing like a man and trying to act like a man, and tell people to refer to me as "he" and "him", it's okay? Because that whole concept of gender is so materialistic, and I should be able to use any gender I feel like using?

  • Bulger Wasn't Hardwired to Be a Murderer. No One Is

    09/24/2015 3:52:43 PM PDT · 47 of 58
    exDemMom to Tax-chick
    I’m puzzled that people are disagreeing with Jacoby’s conclusions. If Mr. Bulger were “hard-wired,” then he had no personal agency in has actions, and he bears no personal guilt.

    There is evidence that psychopaths are born, not made. They really do not have the capacity to empathize with other people. They have no remorse, they feel no guilt. Brain scans show that they are missing the "empathy" regions of their brains.

    That said, it is not a foregone conclusion that psychopaths are murderers. To a large degree, how they are socialized as children determines how they behave later on.

  • This Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Might Not Be All it Seems

    09/24/2015 4:37:02 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    exDemMom to MarMema
    The notion of balance, Kricher writes, is “part observational, part metaphysical, and not scientific in any way.”

    I think I get what is going on here. I was not talking about any kind of balance, since that does not exist. In nature, you have dynamic equilibrium, which is to say that conditions fluctuate around some sort of midpoint (the midpoint itself probably never exists, except in some fleeting form while the system changes from one state to another).

    What I was talking about is the predator/prey cycle. A cycle is not balance. There is no magical balance where there are exactly n individuals of species y... nature fluctuates. I will say that I was as dumbfounded when you tried to tell me that the paradigm of predator/prey interdependency has been debunked as I would have been had you tried to tell me that the concept that gas exchange at the alveolar/air interface in the lungs has been debunked. There are certain scientific observations that have been made so many times, by so many people, using so many methods, that people don't even conceive of questioning them any more. The predator/prey relationship is one of those.

    Out of curiosity, I looked up the Isle Royale situation. It is not an experiment, since humans did not perturb the system in any way (except to capture animals to measure them and place radio collars). Technically speaking, it is a long term observational study. Contrary to your assertion that it debunks anything I have said, my hypotheses about the situation were confirmed when I read the details of the study. When you mentioned an unusually high number of moose, and an unsustainably low number of wolves, my immediate thought was that some other factor--disease or inbreeding--has decimated the wolves, since there obviously is an adequate food supply. As it turns out, both processes have been going on to suppress the wolf population. A high number of wolves were killed by parvovirus, and the population was so small that inbreeding was severely impacting its genetic diversity (and, hence, its fertility rate). Contrary to debunking the paradigm that predators increase in number until they deplete the prey population, at which point they die off and the prey population rebounds, at which point the predators are able to thrive again, etc., ad infinitum, it highlights the principle that if a well-established paradigm seems not to be operant in a specific system, some other process is going on that perturbs the system. Or, to put it another way, if what you observe is not what you expect, you have to investigate to find out why.

    The paradigm is very simple, really. Animals thrive when food supply is plentiful. Animals die when food is scarce. One of the most common reasons for food scarcity is that there are too many consumers of that food. You have seen an example of that if you have ever driven past a cow pasture where the cows have eaten every single piece of plant material and there is nothing but bare dirt left--you know those cows would starve if the farmer were not feeding them.

    That is why some tribes in BC are airlifting out pregnant caribou to a place where they can safely give birth away from wolves. According to your theory the predators should now decline, but in truth many caribou and elk herds in the west are beyond recovery because of predation from wolves.

    That statement is actually an acknowledgement that the predator/prey cycle is a real factor in population dynamics. I do not know what "beyond recovery" means, because prey populations always rebound when the predator population crashes. If there are so many wolves that they have eaten a large proportion of those herds, then the wolves actually have little to eat and many of them will not survive. That is, unless wolves are supernatural beings that actually do not need to eat to survive--in which case, we all need to wonder what is going on and maybe get worried about it. If the prey populations are having difficulty rebounding, it is not because of the wolves--since these populations have cycled interdependently for eons--it is because of human encroachment on habitats.

    There have been quite a few studies done that show there is no equilibrium...It is not your checkbook, it is nature and it doesn't check and balance itself, no matter how badly you wish it would.

    Equilibrium is not balance. Balance implies a static situation, which does not exist in nature. Equilibrium is dynamic and responsive to many forces.

    And I can assure you that the predator/prey paradigm has not been "debunked", nor is it likely that it ever will become debunked. As I already pointed out, one of the top two scientific journals in the world produced an educational article on it only 5 years ago. And the paradigm is still under intense study, as evidenced by the fact that articles are still being published:

  • I Was a Nielsen Family... and Boy, Was I Sorry!

    09/23/2015 6:21:58 PM PDT · 15 of 31
    exDemMom to Graybeard58

    I was a Nielson family for a week about 20 years ago, but I don’t remember receiving any money with the request. I happened to mention to a friend that I was doing the Nielson survey, and she asked if I would watch a show for her. I’m not much of a TV watcher, so I would usually turn on the TV and mark that it was on, but that I wasn’t watching. I recorded some shows, and wrote that down in the book, too. I do recall that I watched more TV than normal that week, because for that one week, my TV watching “counted.”

    There were a couple of times in the past when I got a phone call asking me to turn on a normally unused cable channel and watch a show. The day after, someone from that company would call and ask a lot of questions about the show and the commercials that ran during the show. The first time it happened, my answers were somewhat vague and I did not remember any of the commercials. The second time it happened, I knew what kinds of questions to expect, and so I paid attention to the commercials. I remember talking about one particular commercial being very dark—it was for an Olive Garden type restaurant, featuring a family sitting around a table, apparently having a good time and enjoying good food—in the dark. That company asked me a LOT of questions about that dark commercial. I don’t know what that company was, or whether it was gathering information about the pilot shows (neither of which ever made it past the pilot) or the commercials.

  • Two Families Sue a Neighbor to Have Their Autistic Son Declared a Public Nuisance

    09/22/2015 4:17:00 AM PDT · 35 of 42
    exDemMom to Aunt Polgara
    All through the country, the leftists are closing the institutions, because the developmentally disabled need to be “free.” Here in CA, they have just announced the closure of the last of the institutions, which protected the safety of both the residents and the community.

    That is horrific and inhumane.

    My mother used to work at the Sonoma State Hospital, which cared for mentally retarded patients. On Saturdays, they used to show movies, to which employees could bring their families for only $1. Sure, we had to sit on folding chairs, but we got to see the latest movies! I remember some of the kids there were extremely disabled--there is no way a family could take care of them, and I doubt a group home would do very well, either. Some of the higher functioning kids could probably do okay in a group home. In fact, some of the residents actually lived in cottages on the hospital campus, and a bus would take them to jobs during the day. They were almost independent.

    People love to dwell on the dark side of institutions--and there have been some really bad situations at institutions. The solution is to fix the problems, not throw helpless people out on the streets.

  • Rubio: Women Are ‘Pushed Into Abortions’ By Planned Parenthood’s Greed

    09/22/2015 4:11:10 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    exDemMom to Excellence; freespirit2012

    Rush reported several years ago that some group (possibly PP, but I’m not sure) was handing out faulty condoms. That would also help sell abortion.

  • Rubio: Women Are ‘Pushed Into Abortions’ By Planned Parenthood’s Greed

    09/21/2015 6:48:10 PM PDT · 6 of 10
    exDemMom to markomalley

    The abortion sales pitch begins long before a young woman ever enters a clinic, long before she ever has an “unwanted” pregnancy. Planned Parenthood salespersons go into high schools with their spiels. If they are using the same kind of spiel that they did when I was in high school, their whole pitch is based on 1) contraceptives are extremely dangerous and can kill the user, 2) contraceptives are so unreliable that they aren’t worth using, and 3) abortion is perfectly safe and even has health benefits.

    I’ve heard, but have not seen verified, that Planned Parenthood purposely gives out defective contraceptives, so as to increase the chance of pregnancy among young women who actually do intend to be responsible. Then they pressure them into abortion, even when that is not what they want.

  • The News Host Who is Male and Female and Why I Won’t Stop Speaking Out

    09/21/2015 4:44:23 PM PDT · 18 of 27
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    She on the other side is now an it

    She's still genetically female. She's just like my spayed cats, genetically female but unable to reproduce. Even after spaying and neutering, the cats still exhibit gender-based behavior. I bet that poor, deluded, mutilated woman still behaves essentially like a woman, as well.

  • Two Families Sue a Neighbor to Have Their Autistic Son Declared a Public Nuisance

    09/21/2015 4:34:05 PM PDT · 7 of 42
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    Some kids really do need to be permanently institutionalized. I think that it is difficult for some parents to face that reality, but when the kid becomes dangerous, they need to accept it.