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Posts by exDemMom

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  • Climate models WRONG: Global-warming has slowed, recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’

    04/24/2015 9:31:17 PM PDT · 32 of 41
    exDemMom to pepsi_junkie

    Given all of the variables that can affect tree growth, I seriously doubt that any estimate of temperature made on the basis of tree ring measurements would have an error of less than a few degrees.

    It certainly does not have the accuracy of a digital thermometer that can measure 1/100 degrees, or even an alcohol (or mercury) thermometer than can measure to 1/10 of a degree.

  • Interesting Question: At What Point Do People Have Their “Musical Midlife Crisis”?

    04/24/2015 9:24:20 PM PDT · 78 of 92
    exDemMom to Squawk 8888

    There are very good young artists, every bit as good as the better artists of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

    I like Adele and Rihanna. I like Elton John and Michael Bolton. I like classical music. I love to surf youtube and find new music.

    I think I have always loved a variety of music. It would be boring to keep listening to the same things that I listened to in junior high.

  • Santa Cruz man files lawsuit after drinking tainted raw milk

    04/24/2015 9:05:14 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    exDemMom to artichokegrower

    I believe that raw milk in CA is required to have large warning labels about the bacterial content.

    If he’s dumb enough to drink it anyway, despite the warnings, he shouldn’t get a penny. OTOH, financially hitting the con men who convince people that raw milk has magical properties has a certain appeal to it.

  • Climate models WRONG: Global-warming has slowed, recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’

    04/24/2015 8:42:23 PM PDT · 25 of 41
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    Global warming hasn't happened as fast as expected, according to a new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records.

    I wonder how they examined 1,000 years of temperature records when 1) accurate thermometers are a fairly recent invention, and 2) there are not 1,000 years of temperatures recorded worldwide.

    It's good that whoever did that study came to the conclusion that the earth's temperature does naturally vary. Maybe soon, those nitwits will stop talking schemes to remove an essential gas from the air upon which all live depends.

  • Mom gave birth in bathroom stall, sealed newborn in plastic bag at work, prosecutor says

    04/24/2015 6:11:01 PM PDT · 6 of 15
    exDemMom to ConservativeStatement

    When we teach a whole generation of young women that it is perfectly acceptable to kill their kids as a form of birth control, what do we really expect the result to be?

  • Todays Obama Speech.No Empathy.It's As If He Just Cannot Be Bothered Anymore.

    04/24/2015 3:24:04 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    exDemMom to Cruz_West_Paul2016

    His speeches have *always* been that way.

  • Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

    04/24/2015 3:20:33 AM PDT · 41 of 74
    exDemMom to xzins
    Not that he should, but it simply underscores that some are more equal than others.

    And Petraeus is more equal than others. Had an unknown officer who doesn't have stars (or an enlisted) done what Petraeus did, he/she would be thrown in prison and the key destroyed.

    Obviously, there is a hierarchy of equalness.

  • Exclusive — Empirical Vote Data Shows Democrats Still Control US Senate...

    04/24/2015 3:14:52 AM PDT · 5 of 25
    exDemMom to markomalley
    They get Stockholm syndrome. No matter how idealistic they are, once they arrive in DC, they are abused by the Democrats and the media.

    Some of them develop Stockholm syndrome as a result. Probably not many, but enough to make a difference when the Senate is voting on bills.

    Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors...The FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 8 percent of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.

    Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other."

    The solution is to get our representatives out of DC and back home, where they are surrounded by the people who elected them. They can participate in government business through VTC... maybe go to DC once or twice a year... but otherwise stay home. Our right to representation should not be violated just because the Democrats and their media sycophants know how to bully people into cooperation.

  • Why do we put up with liberals?

    04/23/2015 4:09:57 AM PDT · 70 of 71
    exDemMom to Yashcheritsiy

    Also, I wonder how Miss Mallon would feel if she entered a “gender inclusive” bathroom and some guy dressed as a woman were to ambush and rape her? Would she still feel so strongly that bathrooms should be “gender inclusive”?

  • Why do we put up with liberals?

    04/23/2015 4:08:40 AM PDT · 69 of 71
    exDemMom to Yashcheritsiy

    Liberals are emotionally spoiled children. Like children, they keep acting out, desperate for limits. But we, assuming that they are adults, take their tantrums seriously and act as if their grievances represent real problems that need to be solved—and we treat them like adults.

    They are not.

    Like children, they desperately want someone to set limits. Until we firmly set the rules and apply them, the liberals will keep testing their boundaries. Every time we cave on one, they will just run to the next one and test it. Oh, they might cry and complain if we enforce the boundary—but then they feel secure, knowing that there is a limit to what we will accept.

    We need to enforce the limits. Civilization cannot exist without them.

  • Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' ....[snip]

    04/23/2015 3:27:52 AM PDT · 14 of 47
    exDemMom to Daffynition

    I won’t be too critical on her for that.

    I know that I have a hard enough time remembering—I have to recall the date we got married, and subtract it from the current date. Or else I think of my older son’s age, because he was born a few months after we married.

    I can imagine that on stage, in front of a lot of people and cameras and so forth, she was nervous. In that situation, a lot of people lose their ability to think at all, and wouldn’t even be able to answer simple questions like “What’s the square root of 16?”

    Ever notice how, on game shows, people become incapable of solving the simplest puzzles? For example, with the clue, “Tiny Tim’s favorite activity” and the answer partially filled out, “T_ptoe Through The Tul_ps,” they stand and stare, unable to figure it out, while you are yelling the answer at the TV.

  • iOS 8 vulnerability can send iPhones, iPads into reboot loop

    04/23/2015 3:20:00 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    exDemMom to Swordmaker

    I guess it’s time to activate the voice-operated system installer on my Steve Jobs Memorial iPad (bought the day after he died).

    That is, I will hand the iPad to my son and say, “It wants a new OS.”

    Many of the features on my Windows system are voice-operated, as well.

    Isn’t technology great?

  • McDonald's Caves

    04/23/2015 3:10:48 AM PDT · 10 of 39
    exDemMom to kingattax

    So, McDonald’s decided to pay minimally skilled workers more than they are worth, and now it is closing hundreds of restaurants.

    I guess all that money to pay high school kids as if they are college graduates didn’t just appear out of thin air, did it?

  • Hard Rock Removes Ad After Accusations That a Guitar-Playing Orangutan Is Offensive

    04/22/2015 3:19:41 AM PDT · 46 of 64
    exDemMom to zeebee

    That is just ridiculous. They seriously think that people would really believe that the refuge is actually teaching orangutans to play the guitar?

    The apes would probably smash the guitar into pieces.

  • Calif. Bill Would Mandate Teens Take CPR Training

    04/22/2015 3:07:48 AM PDT · 19 of 30
    exDemMom to nickcarraway
    Two students died in 2006 and 2014 in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District to sudden cardiac arrest, leading that school district to become the first in the state to implement “hands only” CPR training.

    I wonder about kids that young having cardiac arrest. That suggests to me that something fundamentally wrong was going on.

    I'm of mixed feelings about mandatory CPR training for everyone. It's a good idea for the kids who want to take it, but for the stupid, mentally unbalanced, etc., kids--I question the wisdom of requiring it.

  • Ben Affleck Breaks Silence on PBS Show Controversy (Throws Skip Gates Under The Bus)

    04/21/2015 6:58:08 PM PDT · 38 of 64
    exDemMom to presidio9

    It’s utterly idiotic to be embarrassed about what some ancestor did. No one has any control over the past.

    That said, my DNA analysis at Ancestry.com shows that I have African ancestry, of the Bantu tribe. About a third of the American slaves were Bantu. Doesn’t this mean that Ben owes me reparations?

  • Roseanne Barr reveals she's going blind

    04/21/2015 6:36:50 PM PDT · 23 of 49
    exDemMom to Citizen Zed

    Marijuana kills brain cells.

    It’ll probably be hard to see the difference in her case.

  • Top 10 Countries that Love the U.S., and the Top 10 that Hate Us

    04/21/2015 4:43:11 PM PDT · 37 of 67
    exDemMom to momtothree
    France made it on the “fan” list? Seriously?!

    French politicians running for election make a point of highlighting their support of the US. They like to point out that France has supported the US since before we were a country. I've heard pro-US views expressed by a number of politicians--views they wouldn't utter if France were predominantly anti-American.

    American culture influences French culture quite a bit, too. In the 1970s, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. At the time, a big fashion fad was clothing with Fruit of the Loom logos. Of course, the French high school students asked me what it was. I told them it was an underwear brand, which they understood. But when I also explained that the phrase "fruit of the loom" is a metaphorical reference to the product of one's labor, they could not understand. Maybe I couldn't explain it well enough, at age 17.

  • Kill or get out of medicine!

    04/21/2015 4:29:55 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    exDemMom to wagglebee
    A conscientious objector in medicine is not dissimilar to a taxi driver who joins a taxi company that runs a fleet of mostly combustion engine cars and who objects on grounds of conscience to drive those cars due to environmental concerns.

    The big flaw in this analogy is that physicians and nurses don't typically enter the field of medicine in order to kill other human beings.

  • Sixties Radicals, A Generation of Pretenders

    04/20/2015 7:15:50 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    exDemMom to Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense

    As a child growing up in the north Bay Area in the 60s, I was surrounded by hippies. I couldn’t stand them. They were so phony, pretending to be something they weren’t and no human is. Their legacy can be seen in the New Age mysticism... utterly phony.

  • Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals

    04/20/2015 4:42:08 AM PDT · 10 of 108
    exDemMom to BJ1

    I think that at least some component of being conservative is genetic. I was raised in a liberal family and was steeped in liberalism at school, but since I think things through and try to understand the fundamental issues rather than the sound bites, I became more and more conservative.

    As an example, a woman who has a strong maternal instinct is unlikely to be swayed to accept the premise that she has a right to kill her own babies, regardless of the barrage of propaganda trying to convince her otherwise. And since having abortions damages the reproductive organs, women who abort are less likely to carry future children to term, and there is a small chance they won’t be able to get pregnant again at all. Psychologically, many women who abort have successfully suppressed their maternal instincts to the point where they will never even try to have living children.

    OTOH, women who use available means to avoid pregnancy don’t damage themselves and do maintain their fertility.

    The replacement rate to maintain a steady population is 2 and a fraction children per woman. So conservative women can have 3 or 4 children (if they want, but kids are expensive) and make up for the kids the liberals aren’t having.

  • Rand Turns Abortion Around on Blab

    04/20/2015 4:11:11 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    exDemMom to Plummz
    So from my perspective, my party's protective we do not support rolling back the protection that the constitutional right to make your own reproductive choices established in Roe v. Wade has given to women.

    One thing I would like to see conservative Republicans do is reject the premise that this is about "reproductive" rights. Every time some pro-abortion liberal goes on to talk about "reproductive choices," the conservative should say something like, "I am not talking about that. Every woman has the right to take whatever action necessary to prevent pregnancy. I am talking about the abortions that some women have after they failed to exercise the reproductive rights that everyone agrees they have."

    This could probably be phrased better, but conservatives need to make the point that by the time pregnancy occurs, it's too late to be talking about a woman's "reproductive choices." At that point, she's already made them. Abortion is about the legality of killing a kid that the woman already chose to bring into existence.

  • Major secret meeting of Holocaust deniers convenes in heart of London

    04/19/2015 8:50:12 AM PDT · 2 of 33
    exDemMom to Nachum

    It can’t be all that secret, if there was a news article about it.

    Also: it irritates me no end to see Nazism described as “far-right.” Socialism has never been an ideology of the right.

  • Your most embarrassing moment story

    04/18/2015 7:22:15 PM PDT · 11 of 47
    exDemMom to MNDude

    I had wandered over to the book section in a store, with my husband right next to me. I picked up a book and looked at the back cover, then put my arm around him and said, “You know, dear, what I really like about this author...”

    While talking, I turned my head to look at my husband—only to find that I had put my arm around a complete stranger.

  • Oklahoma legalizes execution by GAS CHAMBER: State will kill prisoners with 'foolproof ...

    04/18/2015 6:11:24 AM PDT · 16 of 53
    exDemMom to Zakeet

    I guess those opponents are unaware of the hypoxia training that people training for flight operations undergo. They are placed in a hypoxia chamber, and the oxygen is removed to simulate high altitude.

    I just asked my husband about his hypoxia training. He said that when the oxygen was removed, he actually felt pretty good. He went into a euphoric state, until he almost lost consciousness, at which point the oxygen was restored.

    So I doubt that much suffering will go on with this type of execution.

    The challenge is to make sure the murderer is fully dead. They should probably should leave the body in the chamber without oxygen for a prolonged period, like an hour or so.

  • Bill Requiring Parental Abortion Notification Clears Hurdle

    04/18/2015 5:57:40 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    exDemMom to Grams A
    Sometimes it’s the other way around and the parents don’t want the teenager “saddled with a child” so force the teen to have an abortion. Teens may know the only way they can keep the child is if her parent’s don’t know.

    Either way, the teen's behavior will still be influenced by the desire to hide her activity from her parents. There are a lot of variables in this, but the bottom line is that teens are reluctant to let their parents know they are seeking an abortion. So parental notification laws will almost certainly cause a drop in "unwanted" pregnancies.

  • Hillary Says! 'We are all immigrants!'

    04/18/2015 5:49:53 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    exDemMom to kingattax

    It doesn’t matter who you are, we are all ultimately immigrants from Africa. Maybe your immigrant ancestors came here thousands of years ago, maybe a few hundred years ago (like most of my ancestors), or maybe a few decades ago. Regardless, they are all descendants of people who left Africa a few millenia ago.

  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 5:42:58 AM PDT · 72 of 103
    exDemMom to ThePatriotsFlag
    I call BS ,,,”may have?”

    That is typical scientist language. Scientists do not like to say that the results of their research are 100% reflective of the reality that they are trying to observe and describe. So they use words like "probably, may, might, could" etc., to indicate that further research might show a different result or have different nuances than they originally thought.

  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 5:37:21 AM PDT · 71 of 103
    exDemMom to American in Israel
    Another twist is that families in lower income social levels are all on socialized medicine, families in hundred fifty thousand plus social level are on private medicine. How does that make a difference? The rate of immunization in children on social medicine is near 100%, the rate of immunization with vaccines is much less on people with private medicine. In fact the lowest rate of vacine injection is in white upper class families, alone with the loweat autosm rates.

    Since vaccination prevents children from getting diseases that can damage their brains or kill them, then the vaccinated poor have a distinct advantage here.

    I think that rich liberals who refuse to vaccinate their kids suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect--they think that a little bit of knowledge on a subject is much larger than it really is--and they have an ability to memorize, without understanding, a great deal of misinformation that is promulgated in anti-vax websites. By refusing to vaccinate their kids, they are creating pockets of disease susceptible populations where an outbreak could spread like wildfire. Once their young children have to fight off measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc., the brain damage caused directly by the disease, and indirectly by the child's body redirecting nutritional intake towards fighting the disease instead of brain development, will pretty much negate any advantages the child might have otherwise had due to an environment of increased intellectual stimulation.

    Honestly, those who refuse to vaccinate their kids don't show much intellectual superiority. (In other words, they're dumb as rocks.) So I wouldn't expect their kids to be all that smart, or to remain in the wealthy class.

  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 5:26:58 AM PDT · 68 of 103
    exDemMom to Cincinatus' Wife
    So, if we transfer more money to the poor from the wealthy, brains will grow? If we move them into affluent neighborhoods, children will have proper parents who will feed them and read to them?

    That could become the liberal rallying cry, but none of that will work (because liberals only want to treat symptoms, not causes).

    As someone pointed out in an earlier post, children are born with the genetically programmed potential to reach a certain IQ. But it takes a good environment to optimize brain development so that it reaches its maximum possible IQ.

    There are three factors that must be optimized: nutrition, intellectual stimulation, and overall health.

    The role of nutrition is to ensure that the body has sufficient raw material to support maximal brain growth. I remember reading a study done on starving kids in Africa; one group of kids received a nutritious diet containing all of the food groups. The other group received the same diet, but without meat (the calories were replaced by oil). After a period of time, the kids eating the complete diet had, on average, IQ scores 6 points higher than the kids on the meat-free diet. This deficit is not likely to be reversed by giving the vegetarian kids meat, since the IQ deficit reflects stunted brain development at a time when the brain is in a crucial growth phase.

    The role of intellectual stimulation is to encourage full growth of the parts of the brain involved with reasoning. The brain is a lot like a muscle: areas that are not stimulated tend to not develop. Animal studies show, for example, that depriving an infant animal of sight in one eye causes irreversible developmental aberrations in the visual cortex. This phenomenon is the basis of eye patch treatment for young children exhibiting lazy eye: as long as the condition is caught early enough, an eye patch can train the weak eye to see. But older children do not benefit from such treatment. Once a certain level of maturity is reached, those early deficits of stimulation can never be reversed.

    Overall health plays a role, too. Infectious disease is one of the biggest threats to overall health--a child who is sick all the time puts their nutritional resources towards surviving the illness. The same goes for serious injury. So, in that respect, infectious disease or serious injury is similar to nutritional deficiency. Also, many diseases damage the brain. Anything that causes a high fever is potentially brain damaging; some diseases attack the brain specifically. Measles can cause permanent brain damage; meningitis is very likely to cause brain damage. By protecting a kid against disease and injury, the child's body can put all of the resources into proper brain development.

    Clearly, all of those factors are magnified in extremely poor families. While poor people can and do provide their kids with the best nutrition, health care, and intellectual stimulation possible within their means, other poor people do not. Within the "poverty culture", as I call it, there are a lot of negative influences on children's proper neurological development. As long as that culture is not addressed, none of the other factors are going to change--because those indoctrinated into that culture will resist being taught about nutrition, intellectually engaging children, and maintaining health--and the poor will remain poor.

  • Bill Requiring Parental Abortion Notification Clears Hurdle

    04/17/2015 7:55:09 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    exDemMom to Citizen Zed

    In order to appeal, she will have to go before a judge. I think that most teens would be mortified to have to go through that in order to have the luxury of engaging in irresponsible behavior.

    There is a reason the abortion industry fights so hard against parental notification laws. They know that many of their potential customers will choose not to get pregnant if they have to tell their parents or go to a judge to get permission to abort a baby.

  • Bill Requiring Parental Abortion Notification Clears Hurdle

    04/17/2015 6:58:26 PM PDT · 2 of 7
    exDemMom to Citizen Zed

    Teens who know that their parents will be notified might not be so quick to have an “unwanted” pregnancy.

  • Outlawing psychotherapy for trans-kids will not prevent suicides

    04/17/2015 4:52:19 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    exDemMom to NetAddicted
    This author says a lot of things that I have deduced about so-called "transgenders."

    Gender is one of the most fundamental aspects of one's identity. People who have serious mental issues sometimes turn against their most fundamental characteristic, not because they want to "be" the other sex, but because they are rejecting themselves. They need serious therapy to learn to accept themselves. Doctors treat the gender-confused by assisting them toward changing their genders.

    I think that any "doctors" who prescribe hormones and even surgical mutilate the patients are not doing anything for the patient at all. (I think many of them just do it for the money.) After all those hormones and all that mutilation--the patient's ego remains, and they remain the same person with the same problems, but now in a mutilated body. The problems that caused that person to reject him/herself still exist.

    One exception to this generality, I think, is the children. I think that in some cases, parents want so desperately to have a child of the opposite gender that as soon as their son displays a "female" behavior, or daughter displays a "male" behavior, they're off and running with forcing this idea of "transgenderism" on the poor kid. Kids go through a lot of play-acting, and it really is NOT unusual for a kid to show an interest in an activity that is stereotypically reserved for the other sex. If Mom paints her fingernails, her two year old son might want his painted, too--but that does NOT mean he is transgendered. (In that exact same situation, I put a speck of nail polish on one of my son's fingernails.) It means that he wants to do what Mommy does. To assume anything else, and--worse--to act on that assumption--is child abuse.

  • IronPigs to offer broccoli bites - filled with bacon (in response to leftist group)

    04/17/2015 3:38:12 PM PDT · 11 of 33
    exDemMom to Red in Blue PA
    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit based in Washington

    I haven't seen this group rear their ugly heads in quite some time.

    They are a branch of PETA. They were formed to try to make some of PETA's outlandish claims appear to have real medical backing.

  • Louis C.K. Sorry For Vulgar Sarah Palin Tweets, And Now The Pair May Go Fishing In Alaska

    04/17/2015 2:54:27 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    misunderstanding of how Twitter worked,

    Seems to me he understood very well how Twitter worked.

    Anyway, it takes a lot of courage and maturity to admit one was wrong and apologize. Many people have a hard time doing either.


    04/17/2015 2:42:30 AM PDT · 69 of 69
    exDemMom to CSM
    Which results in these same folks begging the government to make a utopian world free from danger! In other words, they beg for nannystatism.

    That is an excellent observation.

  • How to Bring Back Traditional Education

    04/16/2015 2:54:58 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    exDemMom to Fai Mao
    In France children go to school on Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri they have Wednesday off. They also work in 5week units with 2 weeks off between units. That is far fewer days in school which means they have tofocus on academic content rather than PC crap.

    If that is the structure in French schools, then it is quite different than the 1970s, when I spent a year in France as an exchange student.

    School was full-time on Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, and half a day on Wed and Sat. (Being American, with an aversion to attending school on Sat, I managed to schedule my classes so that I had Sat off.)

    I also do not recall any long breaks. Christmas and Easter, maybe, but otherwise, there was at most a day or so off at a time. The school year was longer, too.

    As far as academics, the French schools put American schools to shame. I was a good student--I had to be, to be accepted into the highly competitive exchange program--but when I went into French schools, they were so far ahead of me academically that I felt dumb. I could keep up in English class... but otherwise, no. The material they covered in math was stuff that I didn't see until university here in the States.

    I only wish I could have had the benefit of a full French education when I was a kid. Still, I managed to go on to a PhD, so I didn't do too badly.

  • Not a Perfect Ending but a Better Ending

    04/15/2015 5:00:31 PM PDT · 26 of 29
    exDemMom to Georgia Girl 2
    You need to do a lot more research on Cannabis oil. I am pleased to say that my state of Georgia has just passed legislation that will go into effect in 30-60 days which allows doctors to prescribe Cannabis oil for 8 specific conditions including cancer. Cannabis oil is having very positive results especially in brain cancer and lung cancer.

    I actually have read many medical research articles about cannabis oil (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). There is no evidence beyond rumors that it has a curative effect on anything. It is prescribed (as Dronabinol or Marinol) for appetite induction in cancer patients who have lost their appetite and for whom no other drug is effective. It is also used to treat nausea and vomiting. I am not convinced that it actually is the most effective option for those indications, since the clinical study done on it was so small. It does not cure cancer.

    Cannabis oil also activates the same pathway induced by dioxin. Since I got my PhD by studying the molecular mechanisms of dioxin toxicity, this tells me that there are a LOT of things going on when people smoke marijuana. Activation of the dioxin response pathway causes endocrine disruption, birth defects, immune system dysfunction, cancer, and a whole bunch of other things that generally aren't very good for you. Because of my experience studying dioxin, I have a fairly strong desire to stay away from anything that mimics the behavior of dioxin.

    When I worked in a hospital, every few months, I would be assigned to do a pharmacy inventory of schedule II, III, and IV drugs. That Army hospital carried marinol (dronabinol) in the inventory. It's been sold as a pharmaceutical for several years now.


    04/15/2015 4:44:18 PM PDT · 67 of 69
    exDemMom to CSM
    Those involved in rescuing kidnapped children express the opinion that the child that is in the least danger is the one that has learned awareness and is street wise. How does a child learn this? By interacting with the world free of parent suffocation!


    When I was about 4, we went to a drive-in movie theater. As was often the case, my parents would hand me a quarter to go to the snack bar and get something--by myself. One time, on my way back to the car with my goodies, some man tried to get me to come over to his car. "Are you my little girl?" he asked, and then said that he thought I was. I just shook my head and went on to my parent's car (I wasn't even scared by the incident).

    The whole point is to teach your child situational awareness. Even childproofing the home is counterproductive--people spend so much time trying to create a safe environment (which they can't), and so little time teaching kids to be safe in a dangerous world that they really have no concept on how to be careful. Or they grow up afraid of everything.

    There was that time I tried to send my 3 year old son outside to play in 2 feet of snow. That was probably the only time ever that he did not want to go out... but now he shovels snow, so it's all good.

  • Not a Perfect Ending but a Better Ending

    04/15/2015 4:27:13 AM PDT · 19 of 29
    exDemMom to Georgia Girl 2
    Well you can thank Big Pharma that you cannot easily get Cannibis oil which is curing cancer right and left.

    Ah, and the mythology of cannabis grows.

    There is no proof that cannabis does anything curative, but plenty of proof that it is harmful. There is, furthermore, reason to think that marijuana is a carcinogen.

    All of the scientific evidence doesn't matter: with marijuana, the push is for use based on anecdotal rumors. That's not the way drugs should be included in the pharmacopeia!

    BTW, there is a marijuana oil (THC) extract that is prescribed and sold. It is, of course, packaged, quality checked, and sold by pharmaceutical companies.


    04/14/2015 6:40:47 PM PDT · 39 of 69
    exDemMom to JRandomFreeper
    In other words, "world-proof the child" instead of "child-proof the world".

    Thank you.

    It is my firm opinion that being over protective and not allowing the children to learn independence and responsibility leads to them becoming adults who have no common sense. They really think the world should be perfectly safe, and are willing to sue if it isn't.


    04/14/2015 6:10:39 PM PDT · 32 of 69
    exDemMom to napscoordinator
    In today’s world who knows who could grab them and do unmentionables.

    Actually, people tend to look at the past with rose-colored glasses. The world never was safe; 50 years ago, kids were being kidnapped and murdered just as they are today. But then and now, they are rare events. You teach your kids to be careful. Teach them to stay away from strangers. You can never make them 100% safe.

    In the 1960s, I was running around the neighborhood alone by the age of 4. On three separate occasions, someone tried to kidnap me (I don't know how I got so lucky), but I knew to stay away from strangers. And when I got old enough to be a mom, I let my kid run around the neighborhood, just as I did.


    04/14/2015 6:03:50 PM PDT · 29 of 69
    exDemMom to hinckley buzzard
    It seems to me that the reasonableness of this event depends entirely on the neighborhood

    Silver Spring is an expensive neighborhood in an expensive state.

    This family is being harassed, pure and simple.

    The horrible irony is that the MD state legislature just passed a bill to try to prevent CPS from returning kids to violently abusive parents. The law is named after a 2 year old who was removed from foster care and returned to her parents who then beat her to death. CPS can't keep kids out of abusive homes, but they sure have time to harass parents who are letting their kids learn independence.


    04/14/2015 5:51:09 PM PDT · 24 of 69
    exDemMom to Thank You Rush

    This family is being harassed.

    In the same state, living in a far less ritzy area, my son and his friends went all over the neighborhood and I never saw him until dinner time. I’m pretty sure that was happening as soon as he learned how to open the front door and get out.

    Did I freak? No. Did the neighbors freak? No.

    He was raised “free range” just like I and everyone I know was.

    What is with this attitude that you have to watch kids 24 hours per day? What happens to kids when they are constantly watched? They’ll grow up unable to leave their parents’ sides, because they’ll be too afraid!

  • Is $30,000 a year worth it?

    04/14/2015 3:29:52 AM PDT · 25 of 64
    exDemMom to newnhdad

    Your ultimate decision is up to you. Other people have had good suggestions about how to weigh whether the job is worth the commute, so I won’t repeat that.

    All I can say is that, on the occasions when I have to go into DC and fight that horrible traffic, I wonder why anyone willingly subjects themselves to that nightmare every day.

  • Someone’s Actually Doing Something Good With Leftover Hotel Soaps

    04/14/2015 3:24:21 AM PDT · 52 of 52
    exDemMom to TexasGator
    You take your used soap bars home?

    Shocking, isn't it?

    I've been known to use the same bar over and over for months!

  • Sowell: The New Inquisition

    04/14/2015 3:23:17 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    exDemMom to stephenjohnbanker
    Real scientists who aren’t leftist priests don’t get federal grant money, and don’t even get hired in the first place.

    Most of us get federal grant money, and many of us even work for the federal government.

    In my case, my education was 90% paid for by the federal government. And all of the work I have done since receiving the PhD is federally funded. (Thank you for funding my livelihood!)

    Although most scientists receive federal funding, the difference is that most areas of scientific research are not seen as opportunities to force socialism down our throats, as "global warming" is. Understanding how, for example, dioxin is toxic and how to clean it up from the environment does not lend itself to the promotion of socialism. OTOH, singling out carbon dioxide, which results from just about any chemical process (and is necessary for life), gives politicians a perfect excuse to shut down economic activity. It doesn't matter that CO2 effect on climate has actually not been definitively established; it only matters that someone hypothesized a link and that it is perfect for a particular political agenda.

  • Sowell: The New Inquisition

    04/14/2015 3:14:10 AM PDT · 23 of 27
    exDemMom to jazusamo
    Congressman Raul Grijalva has been writing universities, demanding financial records showing who is financing the research of dissenting scientists, and demanding their internal communications as well. Mr. Grijalva says that financial disclosure needs to be part of the public's "right to know" who is financing those who express different views.

    This is complete political theater.

    I am certain that Congressman Grijalva is aware that scientific funding is a matter of congressional record. In addition, full disclosure of funding sources is a requirement for publishing results of scientific research.

    I think that, although he is perfectly aware of the reality, Grijalva is counting on the fact that his constituents are utterly unaware. This is why they are low-information voters.

  • Why We Can't Bow to the New Established Religion

    04/14/2015 3:06:04 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    exDemMom to xzins
    But gay columnist Frank Bruni recently took it to the next level in the New York Times, writing that it's time Christians get with the program and “take homosexuality off the sin list.” The lived experience of same-sex couples ought to trump what he calls the “scattered passages of ancient texts” condemning his lifestyle.

    One only needs read a few sociological studies on homosexual behavior to understand why homosexuality is typically considered a sin.

    I remember spending time in the high school library back in the 1970s, reading studies on homosexual behavior. There is nothing normal about it. For the most part, these are not people whose sexual attraction happens to be to people of their own gender, but who are otherwise living normal lives. In many cases, everything about their life style is aberrant.

  • Here Comes Trouble For Scott Walker

    04/14/2015 2:40:21 AM PDT · 43 of 110
    exDemMom to Cincinatus' Wife

    Wasserman Schultz would know about tinsel-wrapped prunes, I’m sure.

    In whose imagination does placing women with no capability for intelligent thought in positions of responsibility help advance the idea of women’s equality, anyway?