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Posts by exDemMom

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  • UN warned Trump that ObamaCare repeal could violate international law

    04/26/2017 6:18:55 PM PDT · 21 of 57
    exDemMom to blueyon

    I’m dumbfounded. “Obamacare” is not, and never was, about making sure people can get healthcare. It’s just another wealth redistribution scheme, except that it wears the mask of health coverage (not care).

    I wonder what “international law” is supposedly violated, and how repealing Obamacare supposedly violates it.

    I’m paying over $400 per month on health insurance for my son, which has *never* paid out. Since my son’s medical bills for the year are typically less than a single month of “coverage”, I have to wonder why, exactly, I keep paying through the nose for this. Oh, I get it—I have to pay this much so that someone who never had insurance and suddenly gets cancer can buy insurance and make me pay for his treatment.

  • Greenfield: The Left's Culture of Contempt

    04/26/2017 3:05:36 AM PDT · 4 of 12
    exDemMom to Louis Foxwell

    Leftist “humor” has been nothing but mockery and hatred for ages. It is difficult to find good humor these days. It certainly can’t be found on SNL.

  • Liberal protest mob storms Heritage Foundation

    04/25/2017 6:26:21 PM PDT · 20 of 109
    exDemMom to george76

    What I really wonder, is how do these leftists think they can survive if they successfully remove all of the productive people? Do they really understand so little about the world, to think that eliminating capitalism will result in anything but chaos and starvation?

  • Obama Official Admits Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats

    04/25/2017 4:00:42 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    No. The planet could not exist without CO2. Humans couldn’t exist, plant life couldn’t, nobody could. Nobody could exist without carbon. Well, mammals. It’s absurd. You exhale it.

    Actually, Rush, mammals cannot exist without carbon. Every living organism is made of carbon, which comes from carbon dioxide. That carbon dioxide is "fixed" by plants, meaning that plants make biomolecules--proteins, fats, and sugars--out of it that all other life uses.

    The "global warming" alarmists have me very concerned. They keep proposing schemes to "sequester" carbon dioxide by making it into forms that are not biologically available. Plants evolved when there were far higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere; the concentration of CO2 has dropped steadily over the geologic history of the earth. There is very little CO2 now. At some point, the concentration of CO2 will be too low for plants to be able to extract it from the air. When that happens, plants will start dying off. Soon after, animals will start dying off too, as the food supply disappears and the oxygen content of the air decreases (because of the lack of plants).

    Global warmism is an existential threat to our existence, to the existence of all life. I actually wonder if that is not the ultimate goal of those who keep pushing the alarmism. First, they propagandize scientifically illiterate kids to be deathly afraid of CO2, then they invent and implement ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, knowing that by the time the effects of their efforts start to become apparent, the damage done to the biosphere will be immense.

    Not all plants will die at once when the CO2 levels drop. The plants that need higher concentrations of CO2 will die first, followed by the plants that can get by on lower concentrations. When they die and decompose, they will release CO2 in the air, so that the concentration will remain at a certain level for a while. But as that CO2 is sequestered, the concentration of CO2 will keep decreasing. Animal die-offs will lag behind plant die-offs, as both the food supply and the oxygen content of the air decrease without sufficient plant mass to maintain current levels.

    I also think that a consequence of trying to eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere will be overall heating of the planet. That is because living things absorb a huge amount of energy from the sun to fuel the biochemical reactions necessary for life. When the biomass decreases, that energy from the sun will all be converted to heat, since there is less biomass to absorb it. Thus, the earth gets warmer.

    Global warming alarmists are all about the extinction of life on earth. They must be stopped.

  • Mar-a-Lago: The winter White House (The latest hysteria of the ctrl-left)

    04/25/2017 3:12:20 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    exDemMom to Fedora

    Unfortunately, your Mar-a-Lago pictures did not appear.

  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/24/2017 6:38:51 PM PDT · 82 of 89
    exDemMom to Yo-Yo

    As I said, oxygen is a byproduct. The plant’s goal in metabolizing CO2 is not to produce oxygen, but to produce sugars, and from there to produce all of the other biomolecules necessary for life. True, plants do use a fraction of the O2 that they produce, for exactly the same purpose that animals use O2. But most of the O2 they produce is a byproduct which they outgas.

    Precision, precision.

  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/24/2017 4:53:19 PM PDT · 75 of 89
    exDemMom to The Numbers
    The guy has a history of taking money in exchange for talking about how great CO2 is for the environment (not even his field ) as long as those ‘donations’ can be kept quiet.

    And why, exactly, would CO2 *not* be good for the environment? Do you know what would happen if the "global warming" alarmists successfully found a way to remove CO2 from the air?

    CO2 is essential for life. Every living thing is composed of carbon-based molecules, which are made from CO2.

  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/24/2017 4:44:13 PM PDT · 74 of 89
    exDemMom to Yo-Yo

    I’m a biochemist. I value precision when speaking of scientific matters.

  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/24/2017 4:42:59 PM PDT · 73 of 89
    exDemMom to The Numbers
    CNN had two hack ‘scientists’ on for their ‘debate’, neither with any scientific credibility in the field they were debating - which is probably why they were on CNN!

    A physicist is far more qualified to speak on the effects of CO2 on climate than an engineer. I'm a biochemist, and I am also far more qualified to speak on the effects of CO2. That is because CO2 is a chemical and obeys immutable physical principles. Both physicists and chemists understand the physical properties of atoms and molecules because they have studied these subjects for years. Being a biochemist, I have also studied biology, and so can discuss the crucial role of CO2 in maintaining life on earth.

  • Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

    04/24/2017 3:50:08 AM PDT · 41 of 42
    exDemMom to Scrambler Bob
    I do not know how fast the end is coming, but it IS coming.

    If the climate change alarmists get their way, the end will come sooner rather than later.

    Carbon dioxide is essential for life on earth because every living thing is made of molecules that started out as carbon dioxide. In the distant past, the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide was much higher than today (in the percent range, not ppm range). Throughout geologic history, various processes have locked that carbon dioxide into forms that are not biologically available, decreasing the quantity of carbon available to living organisms. The low concentration of CO2 in the air makes it more difficult for plants to use--just like you would have trouble breathing if the oxygen content of the air dropped. If the global warming activists get their way and implement these "carbon sequestration" schemes on a large scale, thereby pulling CO2 out of the air, plants will start to die off. Then everything that depends on plants will start to die off, too. I'm afraid that "global warming" activism is an existential threat to life on earth.

  • Palestinians fume over barbecue taunt of terrorist hunger strikers, as hundreds drop out

    04/24/2017 3:35:16 AM PDT · 3 of 30
    exDemMom to billorites

    OH, my, those Israeli protesters are brilliant! Hee-hee.

  • Trump Wins YUGE in a Government Shutdown

    04/24/2017 3:17:16 AM PDT · 19 of 102
    exDemMom to SpaceBar
    Obama had to mobilize more federal employees to police their “shutdown” at parks and landmarks than are used for normal day-to-day operations.

    Obama may have done that in the more prominent areas, but in backwater areas, he did no such thing.

    Despite my status as an essential government employee, I was allowed to go on leave during the government shutdown (while all of the non-essential employees were not at work). We went on vacation to a resort near a national park. It was a small national park. The concessions and bathrooms were locked up, but we were able to walk through the park just fine.

    The only reason Obama ordered the parks and museums closed was for the imagery: he wanted to use that to prove to people just how indispensable a bloated and growing government is. Those of us who are intelligent know that the parks and museums have plenty of revenue that comes from customers, not taxes, and that the bloating cannot continue. There are places to cut that don't impact people's ability to visit parks and museums.

  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/24/2017 2:56:15 AM PDT · 25 of 89
    exDemMom to Texas Eagle
    Did Bill the Fake Science Guy specify the rate at which CO2 is entering the atmosphere and the rate at which plants are converting it into oxygen?

    CO2 is not converted to oxygen. It is converted to protein, sugar, and fat--the basic molecules that make up living organisms. Without that CO2 in the atmosphere, there can be no life. The oxygen in the atmosphere is a by-product of plant metabolism, left over when plants make the many biomolecules that they consume CO2 for.

    I would love to see some life scientists making the rounds and explaining the carbon cycle and the absolutely essential role of CO2 in the continuance of life.

  • Trump and his aides take hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms

    04/23/2017 3:38:32 PM PDT · 30 of 75
    exDemMom to Innovative

    Illegal immigration is costing the country tens of billions of dollars annually.

    The wall will save money and be worth far more to the economy than the cost of building it.

  • Schumer says U.S. budget deal doable if Trump stays out of it

    04/23/2017 3:34:09 PM PDT · 43 of 62
    exDemMom to Lazamataz

    Oh. Just like we had throughout Obama’s two terms.

    I hope that this businessman/president gives us a real budget, and soon, as the Constitution mandates.

  • Schumer says U.S. budget deal doable if Trump stays out of it

    04/23/2017 1:30:31 PM PDT · 13 of 62
    exDemMom to mdittmar

    Um... the president sets the budget and sends it to Congress. How, Constitutionally, can the president stay out of a budget deal when HE, and no one else, is supposed to formulate the budget?

  • The genius of Trumpism

    04/23/2017 10:16:16 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    Trump, as one skeptical columnist put it, is a “deeply flawed tribune” for an intellectual movement — an anti-intellectual, a former reality television star who changes positions at the speed of Twitter.

    I think that assessment depends strongly on the columnist's working definition of "intellectual." I've seen where liberals with PhDs in some sort of "soft" subject (sociology, English, etc.) have mastered the art of cognitive bias. Perhaps someone like this is what the columnist means by the word "intellectual." Personally, I don't really consider that intellectual or even intelligent.

    To me, an intellectual is someone who seeks to learn all the time, who pays attention to the real world and studies its issues honestly, aiming for true understanding without trying to fit everything into a box that fits one's preconceptions. My definition excludes most "soft" subject majors and most politicians.

  • Enough of This Crap, We’re Taking the Country Back

    04/23/2017 7:55:15 AM PDT · 11 of 13
    exDemMom to DJ Taylor

    The snowflakes who continually throw tantrums over the election and call conservatives “Nazis” with no true understanding of the word have no clue. They have been conditioned to believe that “freedom” means that some bureaucrat is making every decision for them, “freeing” them from the burden of having to think things through, gather information, and so forth. I guess they imagine that freedom from having to make decisions means that they can just do whatever they feel like doing—they have no clue that, contrary to their belief, allowing bureaucrats to control their lives means that they *cannot* do whatever they want, ever.

  • Enough of This Crap, We’re Taking the Country Back

    04/23/2017 7:31:57 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    exDemMom to DJ Taylor

    Yes. I am convinced that Obama set in place the mechanisms to utterly destroy our country, and Hillary was going to administer the coup de grace. And the reason the left is so nuts right now is that they had total destruction in their grasp, and we took it away from them. Or at least, delayed it.

  • 'Science' marchers demand their 'right' to the taxpayer teat

    04/23/2017 7:24:35 AM PDT · 20 of 34
    exDemMom to rktman

    I received emails and letters from a prominent scientific association, inviting me to come join the march. I deleted the emails and threw away the letters, and was rather puzzled why such a prominent organization would participate in such tactics. And by prominent, I mean that it is one of the top organizations in the world; for scientists to get their work published in its journals is a rare honor that few scientists experience in their careers.

    I do not like to see science become politicized. When scientists start becoming political, it means that actual science is taking a back seat to ideology. The USSR tried to subjugate science to ideology, with disastrous results that put Russian science far behind the developed world in terms of scientific discovery. Physical law is not political, and the scientists who study it should not be political, either.

    I have not seen where President Trump is halting science. His budgets may not direct as much funding towards some areas of science as the budgets of past presidents, but we have to consider this as rational adults. We have a huge national debt, which is depressing our economy. Furthermore, scientific advancement does not have a linear relationship with funding—i.e. throwing ten times more money into science does not result in ten times faster discovery. And in some areas, Trump is actually reversing the policies of Obama. Obama had cut NASA funding off, discontinued the shuttle program, and basically decimated the space program. Trump is turning that around. Why no credit to him for doing that?