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  • I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

    05/28/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Sorry for the typos.

  • I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

    05/28/2015 9:27:35 AM PDT · 15 of 45
    fireman15 to Drango

    There is no subject where people are more easily misled or misinformed than nutrition. Almost everyone has a strong opinion and it is usually based on some type of lefty or sales propaganda.

    The two diet fads that currently cause the most health problems are the anti-gluten movement, and the high protein low carb movement.

    Anti-gluten adherents can stereotypically be identified as middle to late middle aged women who are pudgy and having hair loss problems. There is a very small percentage of the population that actually have celiac disease and have actual problems from gluten. The rest of the people eating “gluten-free” are just depriving themselves of foods that have important nutrients, not the least of which is gluten itself. Lack of these nutrients help prevent hair loss, poor skin integrity, easy bruising, and often moodiness and psychological problems.

    The vast majority of those who have either self-diagnosed celiac disease, or had the help of a health food store employee, or even a self proclaimed “naturopath” do not actually have celiac disease. If you suspect you do... it would be much better to go to an actual doctor with an actual degree from a real medical school to have this properly diagnosed.

    I don’t have the patience of the time this morning to get into a battle over the anti-carbohydrate high protein fad diets this morning. Suffice it to say that any diet that does not provide some sort of nutritional balance is just not a good plan for the long term. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all mostly carbohydrate. If you cut them out of your diet you are going to have a difficult time replacing the nutrients that they provide with protein bars, mixes and frozen dinners.

    I have been round and round with friends who literally have destroyed their health by going on fad diets for extended periods of time. You can usually get away with it when you are young, but going on a fad diet when you are middle aged or older can literally trigger health problems that will eventually do you in.

    Good nutrition is not complicated... eat a balanced diet that contains fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Avoid excessive amounts of fat and refined sugar. If you are going to be eating deep fried foods then try to make sure they are fried in fats that help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) like olive oil. Use alcohol only in moderation. And exercise regularly. Am I forgetting anything?

    Most of us know this almost instinctively and know that fad diets that promise amazing results are a lie. Isn’t that what everyone’s mother told them back in the day. My mom was a registered nurse so this is the type of advice she passed on. Why are people are easily misled on nutrition?

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/28/2015 8:38:36 AM PDT · 116 of 117
    fireman15 to metmom

    That is sad. One of the primary functions of a safety belt is to keep occupants from being ejected. Side windows have little containment value in a collision or a roll over. You probably would not believe how easily they are broken.

  • Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

    05/27/2015 9:33:19 PM PDT · 43 of 43
    fireman15 to cripplecreek
    It may sell with people who want to believe your BS but I actually know better.

    I am sorry about whatever it was that I said that offended you. I am not sure what you are upset about. I didn't realize that I said anything controversial or something that anyone would take exception to.

  • Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

    05/27/2015 12:14:26 PM PDT · 31 of 43
    fireman15 to cripplecreek
    Downtown Detroit is just as safe as any other downtown area in the country.

    Unless its late at night and you are the police chief; then you have to be very aware of your surroundings. But seriously, I worked and grew up in a town that still has the highest crime rate in the Northwest. Yet I feel more comfortable there than I do in most other large municipalities. That is because I know where the danger is and is not and how to avoid trouble. So I understand your assessment.

    My parents lived in the Detroit area when they were first married and we visited relatives many times there while I was growing up. My uncle sent them a picture of the house where I was conceived recently. It is now located in a blighted area and was for sale for $1000. Sadly, over five decades of Democratic leadership and social programs has ruined much of the area.

  • Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

    05/27/2015 9:47:16 AM PDT · 11 of 43
    fireman15 to ilovesarah2012
    Why do blacks commit so many crimes? Is it genetic? I seriously do not understand it.

    The culture that they once had has been almost completely destroyed by the welfare system. In the 1940s black illegitimacy rates were around 14% which was a problem, but today it is well over 75% and over 90% in many urban areas. These are kids that are growing up without dads who take responsibility for them on government assistance with an entitlement mentality in what has turned into a culture which celebrates violence. Add in leftist propaganda, where black people are supposedly being victimized by everyone especially the police and you have a recipe for disaster.

  • Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

    05/27/2015 9:37:25 AM PDT · 6 of 43
    fireman15 to RightGeek

    We have relatives who live in the suburbs of Detroit. When we were visiting one of the daughters missed a UPS delivery, a Christmas gift from he boyfriend. She wanted to drive into Detroit to get it. Her parents said absolutely not. As it turned out she is twenty some years old and had never been into the part of Detroit where the UPS office was located. The closest that she had ever been to downtown Detroit was on the freeway going through it. Other than that they stay out of it completely.

  • Which is the safest big city in the world?

    05/27/2015 9:20:33 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    fireman15 to safeasthebanks
    “If you want to be safe, move to an HISPANIC immigrant city WITH A LOW POPULATION OF BLACKS.”

    In many parts of the country you are probably correct, but the large urban area in the United States with the highest percentage of “immigrants” is the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area with 36.92%. 70.34% of the people in Miami, FL, claim hispanic ethnicity. The area also has one of the highest crime rates in the country which is approximately twice that of Los Angeles with some areas that rival urban paradises such as Detroit.

  • The Differences Between Left and Right: Part I

    05/27/2015 8:45:21 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    fireman15 to Leaning Right
    But most liberals of my acquaintance are not like that. They are liberal because of a childlike desire to help the “underdogs”.

    We live in a very liberal part of the country and I find that to be the case with most of my liberal acquaintances also. Many of them actually are quite sincere, but it is extremely frustrating how easily they are manipulated by the press and liberal politicians. When one tries to counter with solid facts and figures they are able to parrot leftist talking points with great ease and are generally not willing to hear any opposing view points.

  • The Differences Between Left and Right: Part I

    05/27/2015 8:28:36 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    fireman15 to servo1969
    In fact, when I first voted Republican I felt as if I had abandoned the Jewish people. To be a Jew meant being a Democrat. It was that simple. It was — and remains — that fundamental to many American Jews’ identity.

    I still have only one friend who is Jewish and a conservative. His daughter lives in Israel. I think that Obama’s Muslim roots and anti-Israel policies pushed him over the edge.

  • ISIS Claims to Be 'Infinitely' Closer to Buying Nukes From Pakistan and Smuggling It Into the US

    05/27/2015 8:16:17 AM PDT · 12 of 40
    fireman15 to Right Brother

    Well, I am not sure that you are being fair to the 5% of Muslims in this country who will not admit to pollsters that they support Isis. /sarc

  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/26/2015 8:56:34 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    fireman15 to steve86
    Good for you, but most of the Christian Ministry plans aren't very well suited for those with chronic conditions requiring a lot of high-cost maintenance. Either an expensive premium rider will be added or the preconditions excluded from coverage.

    I also wanted to ad this information about Pre-existing conditions copied from the CHM web page because to me it seems to contradict your statement.

    "Definition: A pre-existing condition is any medical condition for which you experience signs, symptoms or treatment before joining Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), even if you have not been diagnosed. CHM cannot share medical bills incurred before you join the ministry.

    Active vs. maintenance: We distinguish between pre-existing conditions in “active” treatment and “maintenance” treatment. Medical bills cannot be shared if, at the time you join CHM, the bills are for pre-existing conditions that are actively undergoing treatment other than with maintenance (routine) medications. After the incident is over and your doctor states that you are on a maintenance treatment regimen, bills for any new incident related to the pre-existing illness are eligible for sharing according to the information below.

    Schedule: If these criteria are met, Gold level members can receive assistance with medical bills for pre-existing conditions according to the following schedule:
    •In the first year of participation, bills incurred for a pre-existing condition are eligible for sharing up to $15,000.
    •In the first two years of participation, bills incurred for a pre-existing condition are eligible for sharing up to $25,000 ($15,000 during the first year plus $10,000 during the second year).
    •In the first three years of participation, bills incurred for a pre-existing condition are eligible for sharing up to $50,000 ($15,000 during the first year plus $10,000 during the second year plus $25,000 during the third year).
    •After the third year of participation, the condition will no longer be considered pre-existing.

    Prayer Page: Bills exceeding the three-year schedule listed above may be eligible to appear on the ministry’s Prayer Page printed in the monthly CHM newsletter. All CHM members are invited and encouraged to give to Prayer Page needs (above regular monthly gifts) as they feel led. Members’ names, addresses, medical need explanation and gift updates are included on the page. Prayer Page contributions are tax-deductible, unlike CHM regular program monthly financial gifts."

  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/26/2015 8:36:47 AM PDT · 27 of 30
    fireman15 to steve86
    Good for you, but most of the Christian Ministry plans aren't very well suited for those with chronic conditions requiring a lot of high-cost maintenance. Either an expensive premium rider will be added or the preconditions excluded from coverage.

    Am I detecting a bit of condescension in your reply? In any unsubsidized insurance market... if one has a preexisting condition with “a lot of high-cost maintenance” either it is not going to be covered or your premium is necessarily going to be expensive. Why in the world would one expect anything different? Outside of Obamacare insurance companies were never intended to be charitable organizations.p>

    Ironically Healthcare Ministries actually are "charitable organizations" where members share each other's medical expenses. it is my understanding from the literature we have received that the plan we have covers all of ones expenses for a "chronic condition" after the $500 annual deductible has been met. And, no we are not paying any type of "expensive premium rider". If my wife or I was to come down with some sort of “chronic condition” I believe that we are well covered. I will quote from an example given for the plan that we have, which is CHM’s Gold Plan with Brother's Keeper:

    “Gold program

    $150 per unit, per month

    The Gold program provides members with the ministry’s most extensive financial support.

    At the Gold level, you have a $500 personal responsibility per unit, per year. Total bills incurred per medical incident must exceed $500. Obtaining discounts on your bills may reduce or eliminate your $500 personal responsibility amount. You can receive assistance up to $125,000 per illness.

    Example: You receive treatment early in the year for a gallbladder problem. Your bills total $7,500. CHM shares the total amount less your personal responsibility ($7,000). In the middle of the same year you have some blood tests done (for an unrelated illness) that cost $400. CHM does not share these bills because the total cost of the incident is less than $500. At the end of the year, you break your arm and the treatment amounts to $2,500. CHM shares the entire amount of $2,500 because you have already paid your $500 personal responsibility in the beginning of the year.

    Gold plus Brother’s Keeper

    If you join at the Gold level and also join Brother’s Keeper, you will have unlimited financial assistance available to you for all eligible medical bills (after your personal responsibility is met).”

  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/25/2015 11:12:36 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    fireman15 to randita

    No, you are right that is ridiculous. It doesn’t sound like they have looked into all of their options. If they are Christians, they could join a health care ministry. My wife and I pay $3,700 a year for a premium plan; in many ways our “coverage” is superior to most Obamacare plans.

    I hate Obamacare; the government has no business taking over another aspect of our lives. Everything that the government gets involved in is always horribly inefficient. But the tone of this article is typical 20 something year old whining. Thank goodness our youngest child is now in her 30s. She is finally realized that if she wants to make something of her life it is going to take hard work and stick-to-it-iveness.

  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/25/2015 6:39:38 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    fireman15 to PAR35
    Choices have consequences. Running up student loan debt for an education she isn’t going to use. Living in one of the most expensive locations in the country. Marrying a person that doesn’t have a job. Walking away from employer insurance when she has a condition that requires multiple doctor’s visits each year.

    Exactly what I was thinking! Among the normal behaviors of being a responsible adult are planning, patience and compromise. Very few of us just get to do what we want all of the time. So while I empathize with what she is saying, her choices seem to be unwise. But maybe it will work out for her.

  • Seven Reasons To Hope For America

    05/25/2015 6:29:07 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    fireman15 to massmike
    “America has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world – 88.8 per 100 residents in 2014”

    I am afraid that people like my wife and I who own dozens of firearms probably skew the statistics somewhat.

  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/25/2015 5:25:54 PM PDT · 2 of 30
    fireman15 to nickcarraway

    We have been using Christian Healthcare Ministries for over a year. Forcing us to switch away from a normal insurance company to a healthcare ministry is the only thing positive that Obamacare has done for us.

  • Did President Obama Just Deliver a Political Memorial Day Speech?

    05/25/2015 5:22:48 PM PDT · 29 of 34
    fireman15 to Starman417

    Does that mean that our niece who has been told she is being deployed to Afghanistan in the next few months won’t be going after all? Somehow I think the Liar and Chief is playing semantics again.

  • Forget boobs and long legs: what men really look for in women

    05/25/2015 8:57:21 AM PDT · 127 of 182
    fireman15 to EQAndyBuzz

    My wife is a great dancer and I am not. Unfortunately, she loves to sing loudly in the car, so we all have our crosses to bear.

  • Forget boobs and long legs: what men really look for in women

    05/25/2015 8:42:38 AM PDT · 119 of 182
    fireman15 to EQAndyBuzz

    Regardless of how you describe her to us... I hope you still tell your wife that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Because it sounds like for you she is... true beauty is far more than what shows on the outside.

  • Forget boobs and long legs: what men really look for in women

    05/25/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · 115 of 182
    fireman15 to Perdogg

    The article lost me when it stated in the fourth paragraph, “It may explain why a man like George Clooney ended up marrying human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin.”

    First thing... George Clooney is a great actor, he is like Marlon Brando, “dumber than a box of hammers”. He is a complete and total leftist global warming worshipping wing nut who does not normally behave in a rational way. Whether it is heaping praise or raising money for Hillary or Obama on most every subject you can depend on him to always parrot the communist party line.

    But second, his wife Amal is 17 years his junior which makes her much older than the women George typically pursues. Miley Cirrus is much closer to his normal prey. While I am certain that Amal shares his political views and can only be described as very pretty... this still looks a lot like something set up by the studios and George’s PR people. Amal does come from a family with multiple ties to terrorist organizations. So George probably should treat her right, although the Middle Eastern culture she comes from places a low value on women. So he is probably still free to pursue girls in their late teens and early twenties on the side.

    Third, one of the premises of the article was that men pick smart women because they feel that they will make better mothers to their children. But according to the tabloids, “George Clooney has no intention of getting his wife Amal Alamuddin pregnant, and it will be a miracle if the couple makes it to the one-year wedding anniversary without getting a divorce. The actor and attorney can’t seem to agree on anything, but the one fight that is single-handedly destroying their marriage is whether or not they will have a baby and start a family. Amal Alamuddin isn’t exactly a young woman and her biological clock is ticking – but George Clooney has made it very clear that he doesn’t want his wife to get pregnant, and even admitted that he doesn’t want kids in a recent interview.”


  • Minnesotan Les Schrenk survived WWII. Now, he knows why.

    05/25/2015 7:44:11 AM PDT · 11 of 16
    fireman15 to TurboZamboni

    A great story for the morning of Memorial Day. Thank you!

    Most people in this country simply do not have a clue.

  • Lower Minimum Wage To $0

    05/25/2015 7:30:11 AM PDT · 14 of 73
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    Even in places where there has been no minimum wage increase... this campaign is already causing problems. Low skilled people and/or people just entering the workforce now feel like they are not being treated fairly and they deserve more. It is making it more difficult for small businesses to find and keep employees and the ones that they do have are harder to control and less willing to do a good job, because they have an entitlement mentality.

    This is just another way that the left is insidiously destroying our country.

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 12:31:37 PM PDT · 77 of 117
    fireman15 to cva66snipe

    Now that I’ve brought it to you attention you’re likely gonna start noticing just how many times you have to reach up and pull the shoulder belt off your neck unless you’re about 6”4” LOL.

    I am sorry your seat belts are so uncomfortable for you. I hope you will eventually be able to find some type of work-around to make them more comfortable. My wife has long hair and sometimes has difficulty with other people’s belts catching it. I have been in some people’s vehicles where they were uncomfortable for me and we used to have a car where the shoulder harness would keep you from leaning forward to do such things as reaching for change when you are trying to pay at a drive through... generally at the most inopportune times.

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 11:25:25 AM PDT · 70 of 117
    fireman15 to cva66snipe

    Making someone wear them by threat of laws and insurers is their answer. Again the concept is great. The focus on functional comfort has been ignored for decades though.

    I grew up on acreage with cows and horses. My dad used to let my brother and sisters and I ride home on top of the hay truck. We loved it because it felt like we were flying 12 or so feet up in the air going down the highway. Even new cars when I was little didn’t have seat belts. So up until they made it mandatory I wasn’t in the habit of wearing a seat belt.

    I don’t think it is comfort... I think it is largely habit that keeps people from wearing a safety belt. I don’t know that it should be the law except that laws do help people like me change their habits.

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 11:15:05 AM PDT · 68 of 117
    fireman15 to Manic_Episode
    When riding my motorcycle the other day my first thought was “Hey cops! I’m not wearing a seat belt! MUAHAHAHHA!”

    Well I do understand what you mean... I have some “dangerous” hobbies as well including motorcycle riding and hang gliding. With all the regulations it sometimes seems amazing that we are allowed to do anything at all.

    I still wear a seat belt because I don't want to get a ticket but also because we spend a lot more time in the car than we are on our motorcycle. And despite going to a lot of motorcycle mishaps over the years I have actually seen a lot more dead people who were ejected or partially ejected from their cars. On a motorcycle sensible people have a sense of vulnerability. In their cars... many people feel invincible whether or not their are wearing a safety belt.

    On a beautiful summer day not so long ago we showed up to a rollover from a freeway off ramp. When the young lady swerved to avoid bumping into the car in front of her... she ended up in the dirt and rolled her car. There was no actual collision and it was low speed, if it wasn't on a the side of a small hill created for the overpass I doubt the car would have even rolled. The girl was partially ejected because she didn't have her safety belt on. Her own car rolled over her head and busted it open and she died on scene. I doubt whether she sensed any danger just before she died.

  • Witness: ‘It was a setup from start to finish’ (Waco Bikers)

    05/24/2015 10:44:03 AM PDT · 52 of 74
    fireman15 to bgill

    Yep, that looks like a group of my friends; to some ninety year old veterans they look like some type of counter culture group which many still use the term “hippy” to describe. I am not sure that they consider it to have a negative connotation.

  • Witness: ‘It was a setup from start to finish’ (Waco Bikers)

    05/24/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · 19 of 74
    fireman15 to dila813

    I know a whole lot of guys that ride around on Harleys trying to look like they are tough. Every one that I know are doing it to have fun and live some type of strange fantasy that I do not really understand. They are mostly a bunch of retired guys.

    I do appreciate the groups that show up to keep the protestors away from military service member funerals. I also appreciate the ones who show up when WWII “honor flights” return from DC. Although the old veterans usually do not know who they are and why they are there. I have had several who asked me what all the old “hippies” were doing at their event. To most WWII vets a bunch of long haired scruffy looking motorcycle guys just look weird and threatening regardless of their friendly intent.

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · 12 of 117
    fireman15 to BunnySlippers

    The State Patrol in our area has been placing a new emphasis on seat belt enforcement recently. It is sometimes difficult for me to believe that there are people who do not use their safety belts these days. There are so many bad drivers on the roads these says that every time you get out on the road there is always a chance that one of them will cross your path. When I am driving our van especially which has us seated a little higher than cars, I am always amazed at the number of drivers on the freeway who are either texting or doing something else with their phones while traveling 65 or 70mph down the freeway.

    In the 25 years that I worked on a fire department, the vast majority of fatalities at motor vehicle accidents that I saw were directly related to people not wearing their seat belts. So I guess that I am a stronger believer in them than most. I also saw many more MVAs with horrific damage to the vehicles where once we managed to extricate the occupants they had only minor injuries which was quite amazing in many cases.

    May the two of them rest in peace.

  • Coal-mine companies expect 2,267 layoffs

    05/23/2015 10:55:00 PM PDT · 10 of 26
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    At current usage we have over 500 years of known reserves of coal. It is this county’s most plentiful energy reserve. That is the real reason why the America hating lefties have gone after coal using the climate which has not warmed in nearly 20 years as the excuse.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/23/2015 8:36:46 AM PDT · 84 of 84
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I do not have any desire at all to fight over this topic any further, but I did finally find credible directions with screenshots showing the GPS working on a vx-6700 which was a Verizon version of the HTC Apache... the same phone as the Sprint PPC-6700:


    The author of this post claimed that it worked without connecting to a cell network and once running did not need a wifi signal other than for downloading data for the mapping program. By the time this was posted on the xda-developers forum the phone was obsolete.

    There were others who made the similar claims years before at now long defunct phone hacking forums. The solutions all involved installing custom “.cab” files and changing settings in the registry, so it was never something for the faint of heart. The post above contains screenshots showing the author had the solution working with Google Maps.

    Most persons who owned this phone like myself purchased a Bluetooth GPS receiver early on to avoid paying for Sprint’s Navigation service... so there was not a great deal of demand for a talented and knowledgeable person to spend the time to come up with a solution.

    There is a great deal of conflicting information about this phone’s specifications and capabilities. People do love to argue over this type of thing. This is not uncommon especially for devices that were in production for years. Software and sometimes hardware is often changed and improved after the initial release of a device without official announcements being released by the manufacturer or service providers. There also are often undocumented features that are discovered by creative individuals as time goes on.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/22/2015 11:27:58 AM PDT · 83 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Thank you so much for your concern. I am so sorry about your cat! All of our kids are grown and we have grandchildren, but Princess Pocahontas has become very close to us. (She was named by the grandkids because her face resembles the Disney character.) We have had several other dogs over the years but she is the one who had been by far the most affectionate. She actually turned 6 just a couple of weeks ago. It is kind of a long story at this point, but I will try to keep it as short as I can.

    Princess started acting very lethargic. When looking her over we noticed lumps under her lowest mammary glands and they got bigger over night and she felt warm to us. We assumed that it was some type of infection, but when we took her to the veterinarian hospital we have been going to for 30 years we were told by the vet that it was most likely cancer. She took biopsies and examined the samples under a microscope. The vet advised us to come back the next day for surgery in case it was an aggressive form of cancer. When I questioned her about what she had seen with the microscope she admitted she hadn’t seen anything conclusive. I wasn’t sure that her diagnosis was accurate and wanted the samples she had taken sent to a lab which the vet insisted would only add more expense and not change her recommended treatment.

    We took her to another vet the next morning for a second opinion. She did a much more thorough exam than the first vet including X-rays. The second vet was a younger lady from Korea and she seemed much more intuitive. The second vet felt as we did that she had some type of infection which could be from cancer but she didn’t think it was a good idea to do surgery before giving antibiotics a chance to clear that up. So Princess started taking antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory, actually a steroid.

    The following morning one of the glands in her neck swelled up to the size of a tennis ball. So we ended up taking her back in for more tests. We continued her medication. We were very relieved when her four separate fine needle aspiration biopsies from two different vets all came back negative for cancer. She still was obviously not feeling well and more large lumps formed in her glands. The vets warned us that this could still be a terminal problem.

    By the time she finished her ten days of medication the lumps had mostly dissipated, and she wasn’t acting as lethargic. It was decided that the she was healthy enough at that time for surgery. Tumors were found in both ovaries, but thankfully they were benign. The glands in her neck did swell some again after her surgery.

    It seems to have been mostly an endocrine problem that was possibly being aggravated by a hormone imbalance caused by the tumors in her ovaries. It has been several days since her surgery and we have now started cutting back on her pain meds and we are hopeful that she will make a full recovery. We are glad that we went for a second opinion because it seems like surgery before her infection was cleared up would have been harder and more risky for her.

    Thank you so much for asking and sorry for the long explanation.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/22/2015 7:12:31 AM PDT · 81 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    Your purpose now in your last few post is pure ad hominem attack.

    I went back and read my last few posts and that was certainly not my intention. The only “attacks” I made were meant as light hearted responses to your repeated “Appeals to Authority” where you attempted over power the conversation by posing as far more qualified and intelligent than I am, which may or may not be true.

    You have repeatedly called the my PPC-6700 a “toy” which in retrospect I freely admit is a label that could be appropriate for all of the devices we both enjoy discussing. I do find it amusing that if one looks back at the advertising and promotion of these two products, the PPC-6700 was initially marketed as a business tool and was offered by Sprint only to business customers in October of 2005. It was not made available to non-business accounts until two months later. Contrast that to iPhone marketing and ads in 2007. “The iPhone is now in stock and ready to go. And surf. And play. And of course, talk. Visit your nearby AT&T store.” A different target audience...

    I have always appreciated your knowledge and expertise and tried to sprinkle a little of that appreciation throughout this latest discussion. I have been home for the past week taking care of our sick wiener-dog who had surgery during the time we were conversing, and I apologize if any of my posts went too far. I have been sick with worry this past week and our conversation did give me a break from some of that.

    Apple and ATT knew their target demographic and hit them with one of the most successful marketing campaigns in the history of the world. They didn't do it by claiming that it was the most technologically advanced device ever made. They did it by saying it was "fun". So I don't think the label "toy" is inappropriate or a put down on any of these devices. Thank you for your time and consideration and all the great topics that you post. You truly are an asset to the community and I apologize again for getting under your skin.

  • Prince Charles' letters reveal a quirky, old-fashioned brand of conservatism

    05/21/2015 10:50:35 PM PDT · 24 of 32
    fireman15 to naturalman1975

    I am sorry but it is sad that he is all in when it comes to the Global Warming scam. You would think that he would have the ability and common sense to look into why satellite data shows that the Earth hasn’t warmed for nearly two decades despite rising CO2 levels.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/21/2015 11:28:47 AM PDT · 79 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    I do know what I am talking about on e911 and you haven't a clue.

    Look, when I was promoted every new fire lieutenant was required to spend time in dispatch. I spent two long years at dispatch during the time we were upgrading to e911. So I do have knowledge about this subject... possibly even more than an electronic trinket salesman who owned his own company.

    I am not sure why you spent so much effort on this inconsequential GPS issue. I admitted from the start that it was implemented in a way that forced one to use a paid service from Sprint or purchase a Bluetooth GPS unit.

    I participated in numerous discussions about the GPS back when the phone was relatively new. I even recognized some of those conversations you selectively edited to support your position. As you found there were people who claimed like that they did not believe the phone had actual GPS. It was hard to know who to believe except for one major detail that could not be overlooked.

    When using the paid Sprint navigation service the phone provided more accurate location information than would have been possible with “tower triangulation”. The service also worked in outlying areas with poor coverage where “tower triangulation” was not possible. It is not possible to “triangulate” in areas where there is only signals from one or two towers. It also behaved like a typical GPS unit from the time period where it would lose it;s navigating abilities inside a building or under heavy tree cover even when a cell signal was still available.

    So the consensus at the time was that the GPS was there along with the antenna... but you try finding pictures of the GPS antenna on the Internet in a ten year old phone. Most of the forums where this phone was discussed are long gone... I have managed to find a few remnants at archive.org but that is about it. I feel the GPS was poorly implemented and other than not being able to concede a point where I know that you are misinformed it is totally inconsequential.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/21/2015 9:39:56 AM PDT · 78 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Instead of working so hard to convince the true believers that bumble bees really can’t fly... You should just go mow your lawn, change the oil in your car, or walk your dog. This has become a non-productive endeavor for both or us.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/21/2015 7:59:04 AM PDT · 75 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    I was trying to figure out why this nonsensical argument, conversation, whatever you might want to call it seems so familiar to me. Then I realized the appeals to authority, the multiple links to sources of questionable veracity, the insults, the arrogance, the multiple false claims that sound official but are misleading, and most familiar the voluminous amount of BS brought up simply to obscure and overwhelm any thoughtful points that have been made... I have run into this before when discussing “climate change” with an alarmist. I think that you very well may have missed your true calling.

    For some reason we are still comparing two phones, one which was designed for serious business users and was on the cutting edge when it was released, and another that came along years later that was designed as a very expensive toy for technologically challenged yuppies.

    You said, “ The fact is that 3G was only built out to 1% in 2005. . . just because you had part of that 1% where YOU were does not mean that 1% figure is wrong.” This is just one example of your multiple misleading statements. By the rime I purchased my phone the network already reached approximately 150,000,000 people. By the time the first iPhone was released to the public the Sprint/Verizon high speed data network already reached approximately 270,000,000 people.

    This was part of your argument that the Internet connectivity on the original iPhone was somehow comparable to that of the PPC-6700 which is just absolutely laughable. No matter how you try and sugar coat it ATT’s “edge” technology was a joke compared to EVDO / 3G.

    The mistake that I made was letting you suck me into issues of which I have first hand knowledge but which allowed you to spread voluminous amounts of manure that sound credible to those who are not actually not very familiar with the fine points of the technology being discussed.
    You have done a commendable job of spreading voluminous amounts of manure here and obscuring every important point that has been made. So I congratulate you on that.

    Having been one who was actually using a phone for Internet connectivity and producing written communications on the go... the first iPhone despite it's nice screen could in no way compare to the phone that I had already been using for years. The original iPhone like most Apple products of that time period was intended as an expensive toy for technologically challenged people who like to show off. It was not particularly innovative or useful. But it was a big hit with its target audience and it eventually did evolve into a useful device, and because of its success did have a great influence on the market.

    Apple is the most successful marketing company the world has ever seen. They do hire hoards of hired goon lawyers to intimidate and stifle the innovation of others, despite this I think that the competition they provide helps keep the technology sector moving forward. So more power to them and to you also. It has been great fun. And I admire greatly your ability to champion a product that you feel so strongly about.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 11:27:59 PM PDT · 70 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    At the beginning of 2005, EVDO was about 1% coverage in a few city centers and then exploded.

    Why you sneaky old fool. The PPC-6700 was released at the end of 2005, not the beginning. You stated that “when my phone was released” that there was 1% coverage. This has been typical of your misrepresentations through out our entire conversation. You have been using similar tactics in every area we have discussed. Shame on you! You are a very disingenuous person!

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 11:22:38 PM PDT · 69 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    YOUR phone does not have the GPS radios nor does it have the specialized GPS chips or antennas that are absolutely required for satellite GPS to work.

    I do appreciate the research you have been working so hard at for my benefit. However you are just going over the same posts that I read many years ago and which were proven to be mostly inaccurate. Actually the phone does have the chips and it does have an internal GPS antenna; at his point I am about ready to break it open so I can take some pictures for you. But as I said in my previous post. This discussion went off the rails and it just doesn't matter or prove anything other than you are an extremely condescending know-it-all that can be easily misled by any posted discussion from nearly ten years ago that you feel supports your position.

    I purchased my first portable GPS, a Garmin 95 AVD for our General Aviation Airplane and was using it before you probably were even aware that such units even existed.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 11:01:04 PM PDT · 67 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    There's a citation link for every single quotation, fireman.

    Many, if not a majority of your quotes have come from sources of questionable veracity. But, I am not going to claim that mine have been a great deal better. This conversation has gone completely off the rails. And I am sorry to have wasted so much of our time by keeping it going.

    I have learned a great deal from you from our past exchanges. There is no one who is more knowledgeable of Apple products that I am aware of on this forum. Obviously Apple is a trendsetter in the electronic gizmo and computer sector.

    One of my hobbies is restoring old cars. My wife and I are currently working on a rare 1942 Cadillac. We also are helping to set up a display at the Lemay Car Museum in Tacoma. Both my wife and I are familiar enough with vintage and antique cars that if we do not recognize a particular automobile we can at least identify fairly closely the year it was manufactured. Cars from the early 1900s look similar; cars from the teens look similar; cars from the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and etc., etc., tend to be fairly easy to identify.

    Car manufacturers spend massive amounts coming up with new designs. Strangely, the designs often seem to look fairly similar. Part of this is because of new and evolving technologies becoming available to all manufacturers around the same time. But have you ever heard of the largest car manufacturer suing their competitors claiming that they were the first to come up with say... headlights in front fenders, or tail fins or other cosmetic innovations that have little to do with new technology?

    Having owned cell phones since the 1980s; it also is fairly easy to identify within a few years when a cell phone was manufactured. They do tend to look similar and I suppose that when a company comes out with a phone that looks like it is going to sell well... the rest of the manufacturers start making phones that look similar. The features implemented tend to come out about the same time also. Part of this is because the companies try to copy the market leader, but as with cars part of it is because the technologies that each cell phone designer has available tend to be similar.

    To me the original iPhone doesn't look a great deal different from some other phones that were developed before it was. The feature set seems to me to be completely evolutionary as well. After it became a success there were a lot of other phones that started looking similar to it. However, after what I have seen with vintage cars this seems to be what one would expect in any competitive enterprise.

    Apple was the first to market with a commercially successful cell phone with a multi-touch capacitive screen. How great an accomplishment was that really? As this type of screen became available one would expect that other manufacturers would start using them as well regardless of Apple's implementation. It is kind of a no brainer and this actually is the case. The same can be said of improved cell data technologies. It is hard to prove that phones coming out with evolutionary improvements are copies of one another.

    The complicating factor is that unlike automobile manufacturers Apple has established a history of using its money and influence to manipulate the patent system. And they have a history of using teams of hired goon lawyers to intimidate other companies and stifle innovation. I do not have a problem with Apple's products. They are well engineered, quality consumer friendly products. I do have a problem with Apple's predatory abuse of our legal and patent system. I also have a problem with people like you who make excuses and justify this type of behavior.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 9:49:13 PM PDT · 64 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    That is funny... I am the nitpicker! “In 2006, Sprint's EV-DO “Power Vision” network reached more than 190 million people. Sprint has then continued upgrading their 3G EV-DO network until it reaches 260 million people in 2007 “


    When did I tell you that I purchased the phone in question. Early 2006. So according to you they went from 1% in December of 2005 to coverage for 190 million people in 2006. Swordmaker now it is your turn to think critically about something... does that seem realistic? And why do you keep referring to Verizon when I told you when the phone we are wasting our time discussing was on the Sprint network. They do have reciprocal roaming agreements, but the last time I checked they were still separate companies.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 9:24:26 PM PDT · 61 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    I did also want make an additional comment on the speed of the internet connection. From the Cnet review on the phone,”The real news here is the wireless trifecta: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and EV-DO. You should check Sprint’s Web site to see if EV-DO coverage is available in your area. If it is, you can count on peak download speeds of up to 2Mbps, though real-world usage will most likely be in the area of 400Kbps to 700Kbps.”


    Dspite you calling me a “liar” on this as well... this would be consistent with my experience with the phone.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 9:04:14 PM PDT · 59 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    As I told you previously I used the paid Sprint service before purchasing a Bluetooth receiver and it worked fine for turn by turn navigation.

    There are many posts on the forums that confirm that the PPC-6700 has GPS.

    Part of what you say about the enhanced 911 system, but part is not... There were 2 ways E911 location (Phase II) was implemented. There were phones GPS chips in the handset as in the PPC6700 and also phones that used Triangulation with cell towers which were less precise, and more expensive for the carrier. The mistake that you are making is combining the two groups together and claiming both have the same specs and accuracy and which is not the case. In addition the PPC-6700 does have an internal GPS antenna.

    As I said they are many contradictory posts on this and if you choose to keep believing what you are convinced of I probably have no hope of changing your opinion. The primary reason that I know which is true is because before I bought a Bluetooth unit so I could use Google Maps etc. I used the Sprint Nav paid feature. It was turn by turn and it worked with much greater accuracy than would have been possible as you have described. I would love to provide you with a Sprint Bill to prove it, but I don’t have time to dig through ten year old records.

    If you need me to I will try and provide you with dozens of other posts similar to the following:

    20th June 2008, 02:22 PM |#15
    Senior Member
    Thanks Meter: 125There was a long thread about this over on pdaphonehome a while back. In short:
    YES, the PPC-6700 DOES have stand alone GPS functionality. There was an email from HTC posted where they confirmed this. The reason it does not work stand alone is because Sprint requested it be disabled (I guess they wanted to charge for their own navigation package). But there is built in GPS that can use cell tower triangulation and regular GPS. Some people actually had the Verizon version working in a roundabout way for a while.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 7:57:00 PM PDT · 57 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Oh good grief! When PPC-6700 and G-sensor is entered in a search engine approximately 35,000 results come back. I looked at the first one and it looked familiar because we also had Touch Pro II which had the same display for the G-sensor. So I do apologize for my confusion on that.

    The internet speeds on the PPC-6700 are quite impressive however and using speed testing sites when the laptop was tethered to the phone. I was extremely impressed from the beginning. It was typical to get 1Mbps speeds with higher peaks. I am not sure where your conflicting information is coming from on that.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 7:07:15 PM PDT · 55 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    I've told you that I'm an ex-CEO.

    Actually, I think that you might have told someone else that; but it does explain a lot, so thank you.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 6:58:11 PM PDT · 54 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    GPS in your phone was not a true turn-by-turn GPS and your TeleNav GPS software only worked with an external BlueTooth GPS system if you wanted any thing close to accuracy.

    Wow! Quite a post! Unfortunately I do not have time to go through point by point right now. I will start off however by addressing the first thing that you said, which is absolutely false. It is quite obvious that you do not take a look at any of the links that I provide. Or believe what I tell you of my first hand experiences. So there really is not much point in continuing this conversation.

    That is simply not true. I used the phone with the Sprint GPS navigation software that was provided with the phone. It was very accurate and worked well for turn by turn navigation. Unfortunately, it was a pay service using the phone's Qualcomms msm6500 chipset which came standard with GPS... The GPS was locked using a proprietary method to get people to pay for the navigation service. In addition to the chipset there is a GPS antenna inside the case; navigation was not dependent on cell tower triangulation.

    Here is a link to the specs for the Qualcomm MSM6500 which I know you will not bother reading:


    For the third or fourth time here is the other link you can't be bothered to look at that shows Sprint was advertising the feature. I am sure no one would have complained if the phone didn't have GPS navigation available when Sprint advertised it /sarc:


    There were people who claimed to have found a work-around, but nothing was ever released to the public to get the internal GPS to work with unauthorized GPS software. The very first generation of phones did not have the GPS locked and people who had those phones and did not have difficulty using GPS navigation software available at the time up until they took the first firmware update.

    There is some conflicting and erroneous information out there posted by people like you I suppose so if your only goal is to continue to deluding yourself then there is probably not much more that I will be able to do for you. I have done my best to provide you with accurate info and links to documentation. I am sorry that it conflicts with your world view.

  • Morning Plum: Obama depicts climate change as national security risk

    05/20/2015 2:17:35 PM PDT · 37 of 48
    fireman15 to Abiotic

    This literally is more in line with the Inca’s and the Aztecs who performed human sacrifices to satisfy the Gods who controlled the weather. I would guess that the number of people starving from stupid policies diverting food to fuel in the name of reducing pollution combined with the number of people being murdered by terrorists that Obama has let run wild is far greater than what the Aztecs and Incas ever came close to killing.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 1:55:05 PM PDT · 52 of 84
    fireman15 to House Atreides

    OK, I get it. You have no interest in the accuracy of what is being stated. You only wanted to post your support for Swordmaker. I am sure Swordmaker is a great guy and he has been helpful to me in other discussions on Apple products. However you might want to consider who actually fits the definition of “low-information troll”. It is someone who interjects themselves into a conversation with no interest or knowledge of the subject and starts calling someone names to get a reaction. A “troll” is not someone who is making an effort to share what he knows about a product he actually has owned for many years. You might want to take a look in the mirror.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 12:55:56 PM PDT · 50 of 84
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Here is a link to the “Phone Scoop” webpage that lists the specs of hundreds if not thousands of cell phones. Since you do not seem very good at checking out links I provide, I have also cut and pasted the relevant section on the GPS:
    “GPS / Location Yes”


    Also the Mobile GMaps for Pocket PC App claims that the ppc-6700 is supported. I never tried this app, but I do know that a GPS chip is included in the device. It was a frequent topic of discussions all of those years ago. As I said previously, I did not know that developers had figured how to make use of it other than using the paid Sprint GPS App which worked well. Quotes like the one you found from one poster on the XDA Forums claiming the device had no GPS were disproven. Not that it made any real difference to me at the time; the work-around for me was buying an inexpensive Holux Bluetooth GPS for $40 on eBay. After that I didn’t pay much attention. I hadn’t thought about it much until you started arguing with me here as if it were something meaningful to debate.

  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/20/2015 12:01:56 PM PDT · 49 of 84
    fireman15 to House Atreides; Swordmaker

    If you are going to be calling someone a “low-information troll” it is considered good etiquette to include them in the message. I agree that Swordmaker is very knowledgeable about Apple products, but he is spreading a lot of misinformation here about non-Apple products some of which I have a great deal of first hand knowledge of.

    If you would like me to post proof of this for you; just ask what it is you think that I am incorrect about and I will try and find a link that will verify my first hand knowledge. Swordmaker is commenting on devices that he has never seen let alone held in his hand.