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  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "Iíve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 10:48:09 PM PST · 241 of 246
    gleeaikin to shove_it; All

    I suspect the issue is that many Mexicans are not born in hospitals and may not have a birth certificate. Before they can start any legal process, first they need a birth certificate.

  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "Iíve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 10:39:57 PM PST · 240 of 246
    gleeaikin to wolfman23601; All

    Analysis I heard tonight was that he had forgotten how nasty and exhausting it is to run. So after three weeks of this he decided that by the time he won (if), he would be too tired to win against a Democrat.

  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    01/30/2015 10:34:10 PM PST · 75 of 75
    gleeaikin to centurion316; All

    I remember learning valence chemistry in high school, but when I went to college they were teaching atomic shells chemistry. Not a word about valences.

  • Milford man dies in Saudi Arabia, family believe texts point to murder

    01/29/2015 10:56:32 PM PST · 14 of 31
    gleeaikin to txhurl; All

    What has he been doing that is a lot worse than expected? I do seem to recall seeing his picture at another FR post with very cold eyes.

  • Genghis Khan's genetic legacy has competition

    01/29/2015 10:49:38 PM PST · 14 of 19
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; All

    I read that GK killed 30 to 40 million Chinese so that there would be more pasture land for horses. ANy confirmation on that?

  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    01/29/2015 2:56:52 PM PST · 69 of 75
    gleeaikin to centurion316; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    I looked at Kow Swamp some more and found this particularly good analysis of the arguments, homo erectus vs h.s., including 16 points of specific comparison.
    http://www.canovan.com/HumanOrigin/kow/kowswamp.htm

    As I read this I found myself asked repeatedly, “well, have they done the DNA analysis of the bones and the various groups of aborigines in widely separated areas of Australia?” Unfortunately, a lot of the bones have been reburied as a sop to the native population which is not necessarily even related to these folk. I guess they had their own Kennewick Man problems.

  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    01/29/2015 2:28:20 PM PST · 67 of 75
    gleeaikin to mountainlion; blam; Izzy Dunne; All
    I hope your definition of human is a lot stricter than your description of the writer. ;-) Full Definition of ARMATURE 1): an organ or structure (as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense 2) a : a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets b : a usually rotating part of an electric machine (as a generator or motor) which consists essentially of coils of wire around a metal core and in which electric current is induced or in which the input current interacts with a magnetic field to produce torque c : the movable part of an electromagnetic device (as a loudspeaker) d : a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material e : framework 1a
  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    01/29/2015 2:21:54 PM PST · 65 of 75
    gleeaikin to centurion316; arthurus; WayneS; blam; SunkenCiv; no-to-illegals; All

    Regarding the sea level map, it is clear that Asia was connected to North America, Taiwan was connected to China, and Australia was a lot closer to lands of South East Asia than it is now. I did not notice a date of that sea level map. Since the find is suggested to be from 12K to 190K years old, it could have been deposited on the ground, in which case perhaps some sort of diving expedition could be launched to find more early sign. On the other hand, there were plenty of periods when it was under water and could have been washed there from a river, or fallen there from a raft.

    The article suggests it is a robust type of hominid. I call your attention to the findings at Kow Swamp of hominid fossils. Some have suggested that they were Homo Erectus, but since they are only 12,000 years old, the skull displayed on the wall of skulls at the new hominid exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in DC was labeled homo sapiens. It is in the lower right hand corner of the wall if you get there. I had looked with considerable care at a lot of the skulls displayed and when I saw that one, I said no way this is h.s. I looked to see if it resembled Neanderthal, and decided no. Then I looked at Heidelberg forms and decided that this was the most likely. My theory is that these were remnant forms left over from ice age migration from south Asia. They were a remnant population from the invasion of Australia around 40,000 years ago by true sapiens who gradually killed them of or interbred and diluted their gene pool. Plan to look some more at Kow Swamp articles.

  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    01/29/2015 1:56:53 PM PST · 63 of 75
    gleeaikin to Tudorfly; blam; SunkenCiv; All

    We don’t know what God knows, all we know is what humans who said God spoke to them said He knew. Nowadays, when people say God has been giving them messages, they are likely to end up in the loony bin. On the other hand, a billion Muslims believe that God spoke to their prophet Mohammed. There is no way information can be guaranteed in matters of belief.

  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/29/2015 1:36:51 PM PST · 30 of 30
    gleeaikin to Foundahardheadedwoman; SunkenCiv; All

    Since asking about hemp growing for war effort, I ran across an article I had clipped from an old Kentucky newspaper which wrote that the Univ. of Kentucky was proceeding cautiously to see if they should promote hemp for agricultural purposes as a replacement for tobacco growing.

  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/28/2015 5:03:08 AM PST · 26 of 30
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; All

    Do you know whether or not there was any move, talk to start planting hemp to make up for this loss due to Japan.

  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 10:46:50 PM PST · 24 of 30
    gleeaikin to gleeaikin

    Meant to write HEMP not HELP.

  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 10:44:14 PM PST · 23 of 30
    gleeaikin to WilliamofCarmichael; SunkenCiv; no-to-illegals; All

    I seem to recall something about DuPont helping to launch the anti marijuana campaign because it did not want help competing with it’s new nylon, especially rope.
    In the mid-Atlantic, there has been a lot of move to protest a Liquid Natural Gas exporting facility at Cove Point, MD. It seems to me that the big effort to stop that began right after Putin took over the Crimea and began the rebellion in the Ukraine with threats to cut off their fuel for the winter. The push was especially strong with certain very far left groups there, although they got a little distracted with Ferguson.

  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 10:32:47 PM PST · 7 of 10
    gleeaikin to iowamark

    O’Malley/2016 ping

  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/26/2015 1:54:41 PM PST · 21 of 23
    gleeaikin to TexasGator; All

    I’m not sure what you are referring to. Are you collecting Social Security? If so, do you do the calculation to see how much of your SS you have to pay taxes on? Feel free to go to Private Message to discuss your personal situation. Also here is the link to IRS. Scroll down to page 29 to see the form I am talking about. This calculation is entered on lines 20a and 20b on the IRS 1040 form. Also it is explained on page 28.
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf

  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/26/2015 9:29:54 AM PST · 18 of 26
    gleeaikin to Little Ray; xone; RushingWater; SunkenCiv; no-to-illegals; All

    I decided to do an additional check on Genseric, also called Gaiseric, the Vandal king. He had an extremely successful and long lasting rule, but when he died named his oldest son king in the Roman manner, rather than have the army elect the king in the Germanic manner. This son was a brutal tyrant and led to the fading of the Vandal success and perhaps their bad name? A very interesting read of a complex time in changing empires and powers. Constantinople was already acting quite independently of Rome although the schism in doctrine had not yet occurred.
    http://homepages.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy2/ps15/ps15_208.htm

  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/26/2015 8:54:43 AM PST · 17 of 26
    gleeaikin to Little Ray; All

    I reread my post. I did not say WHEN the Eastern Orthodox form prevailed, merely that Rome did not succeed in suppressing it. The competition between Rome and Constantinople continued a number of centuries, as is pointed out in this link regarding this slow estrangement. Be sure to click the timeline chart below the explanation. I was surprised to discover that the “Dogmas of Immaculate Conception and of Papal Infallibility were later 1800s doctrines. Below the chart there is also a list of dated events.
    http://saintignatiuschurch.org/timeline/

  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/25/2015 11:51:54 PM PST · 15 of 26
    gleeaikin to xone; RushingWater; SunkenCiv; no-to-illegals; All

    I did some more checking on ancient heresies and discovered that several were very much involved with the original sin controversy. This list was written by a man who is apparently of the Roman Catholic belief, and some of his descriptions may reflect a slight bias.
    http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/kwhthd_ancntheresies_july05.asp

    The above site did not mention the Albigensian Heresy which was fought in the 1200s. It has also been called a Crusade, but has nothing to do with the Holy Lands crusades, except as a military learning experience. See this link which does a nice job of listing the important philosophical and historical points.
    http://www.the-orb.net/textbooks/crusade/albig.html

    I found this very well designed site listing war related death tolls for many different wars worldwide. Multiple references/authors are listed for each topic with their estimates for direct war killing and starvation/disease deaths. For the Albigensian my guess after looking at the various figures is 1/2 to a million, with around 5,000 executed by trial of the Inquisition.
    http://necrometrics.com/pre1700a.htm

    Conclusions: Wars are terrible things. The European religious war period of from 1559-1715 was extremely fatal. No wonder our founders kept religion out of the Constitution. The Muslim world is undergoing a similar period of sectarian warfare (Sunni vs Shia) and would do well to learn the lessons of history regarding religious wars.

  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/25/2015 9:32:39 PM PST · 14 of 26
    gleeaikin to RushingWater; SunkenCiv; no-to-illegals; All

    I have been aware of the existence of the Manichean Heresy for at least 50 year, along with the Albigensian Heresy and the Arian Heresy. A few years ago I read a historic novel about the end of the Roman Empire in which Arianism figured prominently. I have forgotten the details and title of the book but basically it covers the rise and rule of a Gothic king/emperor who was an Arian and tried to save the Roman empire from its weak and dissolute leadership which suffered and cracked under the assaults of Attila the Hun and Alaric in the 500s AD. He was forced out of Italy (Ravenna?) and set up rule in what became France and had serious run-ins with Genseric, a Vandal who ruled in north Africa.

    Arian Christianity was a much more tolerant form. It was tolerant of other brands of Christianity and was more friendly to women, among other things. The Roman church was successful in destroying Arianism, Manichaeism, and other offshoots of Christianity except for the Eastern Orthodox form. That whole period is very interesting.

  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/25/2015 12:18:10 PM PST · 9 of 23
    gleeaikin to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    What is the percentage of our military spending, including VA compared with SS, Medicare and Medicaid?

  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/25/2015 12:15:58 PM PST · 8 of 23
    gleeaikin to TexasGator; All

    In 1983 (Reagan Admin.) Rep. and Dem. compromised to “save SS.” SS money was supposed to be removed from wages at the “90% wage cap”. Basically the remaining 10% earned would not have SS money deducted. This level was to be adjusted annually for inflation, which has usually been 2% to 4%, similar to most wage increases. However, that decade was when wage for the top earners increased at the rate of 10% to 20%, but they did not have to pay as much of their income, since 1983 was actually the only year the 90% cap was in place. Over the years it drifted down to as low as 82%. A quick fix would be to put it back to 90% and keep it there for all wages.

    A second change was to begin taxing SS above a certain level. Where was Grover Norquist then?? The formula for calculating your taxes on SS included a deduction of $25,000 if single, and $32,000 for couples. This HAS NOT been ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION for 32 YEARS. That means that moderate income SS recipients are being royally scxxxed. In today’s dollars the figures should be around $59,000 and $75,000. I know elderly widows and widowers who can’t afford to get married because of that lack of inflation adjustment. So unfair.

  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/25/2015 12:15:57 PM PST · 7 of 23
    gleeaikin to TexasGator; All

    In 1983 (Reagan Admin.) Rep. and Dem. compromised to “save SS.” SS money was supposed to be removed from wages at the “90% wage cap”. Basically the remaining 10% earned would not have SS money deducted. This level was to be adjusted annually for inflation, which has usually been 2% to 4%, similar to most wage increases. However, that decade was when wage for the top earners increased at the rate of 10% to 20%, but they did not have to pay as much of their income, since 1983 was actually the only year the 90% cap was in place. Over the years it drifted down to as low as 82%. A quick fix would be to put it back to 90% and keep it there for all wages.

    A second change was to begin taxing SS above a certain level. Where was Grover Norquist then?? The formula for calculating your taxes on SS included a deduction of $25,000 if single, and $32,000 for couples. This HAS NOT been ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION for 32 YEARS. That means that moderate income SS recipients are being royally scxxxed. In today’s dollars the figures should be around $59,000 and $75,000. I know elderly widows and widowers who can’t afford to get married because of that lack of inflation adjustment. So unfair.

  • Greece election: Exit polls signal big Syriza win

    01/25/2015 11:52:45 AM PST · 9 of 52
    gleeaikin to House Atreides; Berlin_Freeper; Kozak

    A sad example of what happens to a country where taxes are collected poorly, and in general the population evades as much as possible.

  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    01/25/2015 11:47:31 AM PST · 67 of 70
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; All

    Of course I brought them back. ;-) Took the trip more than once too. Only time I had a panic was once when the 2 year old decided to hide. Took a tense half hour for me and the 4 year old to find him crouched under a horizontal display case.

  • State of the Union Address Live Thread [9-11pm EST]

    01/25/2015 11:38:54 AM PST · 1,101 of 1,102
    gleeaikin to caww; no-to-illegals; SunkenCiv; All

    Looks a bit like Catastrophism to me. Interesting pictures in those 3 comments. Can you post links?
    A major problem with the tar sands dilbit (tarry sands diluted with volatile chemicals so it will flow) is that it is much more abrasive and corrosive than standard pipeline oil. With this break a problem was that pumping through the pipeline was normally intermittent as downstream oil was needed. The guys upstream thought there was no pumping happening. Instead the leak was happening for around 24 hours, and you can see how big the break was (Comment #1098). Another problem is that unlike regular oil which mostly floats on water and can be skimmed off, dilbit is heavy and sinks to the bottom where it is much harder and more costly to collect and remove.

    Here is reporting and comments on another oils spill. This time into the Yellowstone River. There is a map showing where the proposed Keystone Pipeline crosses that river. Full disclosure: some of the pretty photos are of the Park which is up river. However, there are some really interesting, detailed and apparently knowledgeable comments about how the oil spill can affect plants and especially animals in the wider environment even though a pipeline break would contaminate down river.

  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    01/25/2015 12:54:04 AM PST · 62 of 70
    gleeaikin to Hetty_Fauxvert; grundle; All

    We were early gentrifiers in a run down urban area. One Saturday, I was enjoying late morning snoozing when my 10 year old came in and said he needed to talk with me. He had been walking near a small construction job up the road when 3 kids approached him and demanded money. He said they were about the size/age of his 13 year old brother. They chased him and he grabbed a 2 foot length of rebar and ran to the top of a sand pile. He kicked one in the stomach and slashed the ring leader across the face with the rebar. His comment, “did you know that fat is yellow?” I do now. Then they ran off. His thought for the day, “They must have thought I was one of those wimpy white kids from the suburbs.” Years later he told me he was known at his junior high as “the white kid who knows how to fight.” He is my mellow son, his older brother is in Special Forces.

  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    01/25/2015 12:38:34 AM PST · 60 of 70
    gleeaikin to cripplecreek; SunkenCiv; All

    When I was 12 and up my mother would be driven to town to do a week’s marketing and laundry, often for 4 or 5 hours. I would be left at home with the 2 and 4 year old brothers, and a list of 7 or 8 chores. I didn’t always get all the chores done, and mom always found something wrong with what I had done. I still hate house cleaning.
    On the other hand, when 12 she also allowed me to take my 2 and 4 year old brothers on an hour bus and subway trip to the Museum of Natural History. Still love that and am on the GGG and Catastrophism ping lists of FR.

  • State of the Union Address Live Thread [9-11pm EST]

    01/24/2015 11:13:19 PM PST · 1,096 of 1,102
    gleeaikin to caww; Marcella; All

    See my Comment #1094 for other concerns about the pipeline(s). Yes, they did want to build to the Pacific, but there was a lot of opposition, so yes, it is slated for overseas markets, not ours.

    Looking at the chart it appears the University study was for a lot fewer jobs even than the US govt. study which was lower that the TransCanada estimates which have also shrunk over time (too much sunlight on those figures?).

  • State of the Union Address Live Thread [9-11pm EST]

    01/24/2015 11:02:30 PM PST · 1,094 of 1,102
    gleeaikin to caww; All

    Have you looked at Google on the Kalamazoo River spill in 2010? It was a break in a 6’ diameter pipe carrying tar sands oil for Enbridge. Was not discovered for 24 hours, and they have already spent $1 billion and it still is not completely clean. Also dozens have lost their lovely homes along the river. I think it created 300 jobs, yeah!! Also, nobody has heard about a mile of pipeline that blew up in the Chinese city of Qingdao killing 62 people in November of 2013. This was just before Biden’s trip to China and it was kept very hush, hush. Instead China changed their sea borders and there was a big media stink involving Japanese and South Korean anger over this change.

    Other bad things I have heard a few weeks ago is that Canada is being given eminent domain over American land owners, and the pipeline owners will NOT have to pay into a fund that all the other oil guys do to help pay for accidents and remediation. Does not sound like FR oriented ideals, rather RHINO and Wall Street ideals.

  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    01/24/2015 3:57:07 PM PST · 21 of 70
    gleeaikin to LucyT; All

    I’ll always remember the Mother’s Day my son who had just turned 8 and his 5 year old brother came into the bedroom where I was still enjoying some rest. They had made breakfast for me. The older boy had made pancakes from scratch, trying to copy what he had seen me do a number of times, using whole wheat flour, milk, eggs, baking powder and butter, with some raisins thrown in too. He knew to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately, before combining them, but he couldn’t figure out how I got the butter in. So he cut it into small pieces and added to the batter. Pancakes were delicious with little pockets of melted butter throughout. By nine, they would often wash their own laundry. When about 7 I was teaching them to cook. I would make soup or a stew, give them a little taste and have them smell herbs and spices and decide whether to add some. When he was 8 or 9 the younger boy decided to make chile, and flavored it with dill weed. Different, but good. They love to cook with their families and my grandchildren.

  • Need Help finding an article: Inventions by White Men

    01/24/2015 3:31:42 PM PST · 68 of 73
    gleeaikin to moose07; All

    Probably he killed it, they skinned it, and she did the flensing, rubbing with various substances, and chewing it soft.

  • The Psychopathology of the Liberal Mind [pseudo-idealism]

    01/24/2015 2:37:17 PM PST · 8 of 10
    gleeaikin to Zeneta; DeweyCA; All

    What your post does not make clear is that this is a faked story from 1972. Also when I Googled it I discovered it is not even true. It is like an Onion piece, and here is the fake follow up for 2012.

    In April 2012, Ian Anderson released a follow-up, solo concept album, Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, about whose premise Anderson states: “I wonder what the eight-year-old Gerald Bostock would be doing today. Would the fabled newspaper still exist?”[2] In this follow-up album, Anderson presents five unrelated “parallel possibilities” for Bostock’s adulthood, now forty years after his childhood poetry scandal:

    **Gerald the Banker is a ruthless, up-and-coming businessman and financier, who turns to white-collar crime and is subsequently imprisoned; after his release, he lives an ashamed but quiet, comfortable life at 9 Mulberry Gardens.
    **”Gerald Goes Homeless” is a gay man whose sexual orientation blossoms in a paederastic relationship with his housemaster at school, but which is neglected and misunderstood by his parents; fleeing his family to live on the streets, Bostock’s dignity dwindles through illicit and self-destructive activities until he is approached by a man with whom he enters into a joyous civil partnership, but whose eventual death leaves Bostock alone at 17 Mulberry Crescent.
    **Gerald the Military Man is a gung-ho soldier who enlists to fight in the War on Terror; he is traumatized by his experience and disabled in combat, the only of his friends to survive, residing finally at 33 Mulberry Drive.
    **Gerald the Chorister becomes fascinated with and starts to practice Christian evangelism, dramatically envisioning himself as a warrior in the service of the Lord and inflating himself with self-righteous piety; however, his money-grubbing leads him to embezzlement for which he is defrocked, landing him a life of sanctimonious solitude at 24 Mulberry Close.
    **”Gerald: A Most Ordinary Man” goes straight from his schooling immediately into the running of a corner store and the hobby of rail transport modelling, living a childless adulthood with his sterile wife, Madge; he later sadly sells the shop and his trains, but takes up a new mindless hobby of stamp collecting in his suburban home at 54 Mulberry Lane.
    In the style of the original Thick as a Brick’s newspaper cover, Ian Anderson set up a parody of a newsletter on the Internet called StCleve.com, which has supposedly succeeded and replaced the now-defunct St. Cleve Chronicle. An article on the homepage mentions the adult Gerald Bostock as a long-time Labour activist who lost his political seat and has now retired from the political arena at age 50 (further claiming that he was, in fact, 10 years old in 1972 rather than 8: a lie his parents used to boost the media attention on him). The article describes that Bostock may now write his memoirs or a scandalous screenplay and that he has recently purchased, on the outskirts of the communities of St. Cleve, Linwell, and Little Cruddock, a 6-acre estate at Mulberry Lane (a possible reference to the hypothetical story of “Gerald: A Most Ordinary Man”).[3]

  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 2:22:18 PM PST · 46 of 62
    gleeaikin to willywill; All

    can someone please explain to me, why, if Republicans/conservatives value our military so, they would let a CAIR supporting man named Grover Norquist, married to a Palestinian, talk everyone into signing the kind of anti tax pledge that has resulted in our military being crippled and hamstrung by the Sequester. And why everyone seems more worried about Obama’s muslim tendencies than those of Norquist? Are they in secret cahoots or something??

  • Need Help finding an article: Inventions by White Men

    01/24/2015 2:04:29 PM PST · 61 of 73
    gleeaikin to moose07; Don W; All

    It was before recorded history, but women probably invented most or all of these: pottery, bread making, sewing, tanning hides, weaving, basket making, etc.

  • Need Help finding an article: Inventions by White Men

    01/24/2015 1:59:51 PM PST · 59 of 73
    gleeaikin to central_va; All

    I did not see The Cotton Gin there (unless it was not invented by a white male). This is surely one of the most significant inventions to our country leading to perpetuation and growth of slavery, the Civil War, death of around 1/2 million Americans, and over 100 more years of misery and conflict within our borders.

  • The Psychodynamics of the Radical Liberal Mind

    01/24/2015 1:24:46 PM PST · 8 of 28
    gleeaikin to DeweyCA

    It is hard to “compel competent people” to engage in the irrational.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress 'Evident In 1300BC'

    01/24/2015 1:51:32 AM PST · 16 of 28
    gleeaikin to occamrzr06; lightman; Mariner; 2ndDivisionVet; no-to-illegals; All

    I first became aware of PTSD when my late husband (Korean combat vet) started exhibiting symptoms after being mugged a couple of times and having his jaw broken. Eventually his behavior led to my having mild PTSD. I went into treatment, he did not. I got better, he got worse. I studied a lot about his symptoms and behavior and eventually lured him into treatment. I also received training and began to see civilians with PTSD type symptoms as a counselor. Most had been physically, and/or sexually abused by one or both parents, and were not helped by conventional talk therapy. Here are some of the things that seemed to work.

    First of all, the combat experience or other adult stress can trigger early experiences which have been suppressed or repressed. In my husband’s case receiving a leg wound while fighting and killing a young Chinese soldier was lying in wait. As our son entered his teen years, and looked somewhat Asian (some American Indian ancestry) the guilt became very strong. One night he came home drunk and was whining and complaining about something. I said “poor baby”, which enraged him. I suggested we go into the sound proofed room where I saw clients and explore the issue. I started saying poor baby again and soon he was writhing and wailing on the mat. Turns out that at birth nurses had put a hot water bottle on his leg which left a faint scar he showed me. I rubbed the scar and said poor baby and he was off screaming again. After he had come up for air again, I asked him about the scar that looked like a cut that he would never tell me about. He burst into tears and started screaming “I killed somebody’s son,” over and over again (his mother was very religious) for more than an hour. This is just one sample of a number of issues we explored in this way.

    For me a critical point was when I had a potentially fatal adult experience which I survived by exercising great self control. The most intense experience I ever had in therapy was when I relived an experience I had at age 7. My father and I saw a crowd down the highway and when we walked there a truck had jackknifed, a car crashed into it, and 4 people were hanging out the broken windows bleeding to death (this was before safety glass). The truck driver was banging his head against the side of the truck screaming something. I had perfect visual memory of all this but no emotional memory nor could I remember what the driver was screaming. What I remembered while reliving was the feeling of absolute horror that this was something my capable father could not fix, that the truck driver was screaming “I lost control,” and for me the message was that loss of control means death. I have become much less controlling thanks to all this.

    So for anyone suffering from PTSD, I would suggest the following. Start taking good care of yourself, eating nourishing food and taking supplements. If you can, find someone who will partner with you or a good therapist who will see you more than an hour at a time. Reliving often takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours. And one who is not afraid to let you cry and scream and rage safely (if you can express your anger by hitting a punching bag or beating on cushions or a mattress). When I was in a training group, a rape victim asked our doctor how many times she needed to relive the rape. He said, “until it becomes boring”. If something in the present is triggering, try to remember the earliest time you felt or experienced the same kind of thing and work on that first. If you wake up from a nightmare, try to sink into the feeling of the nightmare and let out the emotion. This kind of process seems to work because traumatic feelings are mostly stored in the mid brain, but as you relive them the electro-chemical charge is burned off, and the experience shifts into the cerebral cortex memory storage area where it has no emotional charge. Feel free to private message me if you need to ask any sensitive questions.

  • The Bush Massacre of the Reaganites

    01/23/2015 11:33:12 AM PST · 51 of 81
    gleeaikin to Dahoser; All

    But then they did not appreciate Bush Sr.s efforts to pay for the deficit. Explains why Bush Jr. opted for unpaid wars which we will be paying for over many years.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 11:23:26 AM PST · 109 of 293
    gleeaikin to willyd; varyouga; Vaquero; All

    How many people smoke pot before they smoke cigarettes? I never knew any pot smokers who were not cigarette smokers. Cigarettes are far more addictive than pot. Have any studies been done comparing cigarettes with other substances as the true gateway drug?

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 11:09:12 AM PST · 101 of 293
    gleeaikin to central_va; varyouga; HiTech RedNeck; OneWingedShark; ican'tbelieveit; All

    You didn’t ask my opinion, but here is what happened with my two boys now in their 40’s. Husband had problems with alcohol, but always worked. I did not smoke or drink. Older son 18 years in military and special forces, married with children. Younger son, used pot and LSD, dropped out when father went off the wagon again. I asked a pot using friend with a small business to take him under his wing and teach him a skill. He is now happily married with kids, and good work ethic.
    1) My husband’s alcohol use undermined moral authority.
    2) Pot being illegal did not keep my son from using it. It also did not keep him from growing up and making a good life for himself.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 10:52:50 AM PST · 93 of 293
    gleeaikin to varyouga; All

    The DC pot bill that conservatives on the Hill are trying to stop permits growing 3 mature and 3 young plants at home, using it inside, transporting up to 2 ounces, and giving away a small amount, but no selling. It would be interesting to compare how much money these folks receive from Big Pharma compared to the ones who are not pushing denying the people of DC their electoral rights.

    In DC the rationale for legalization was that 1/2 of DC pot users are white, but 91% of arrested are black, with Hispanics listed with white. DC expects to save a lot of money on court costs, prisons, and police. In addition to saving on pot arrests, no need to steal if your buddy will give you some free.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 10:40:07 AM PST · 87 of 293
    gleeaikin to pepsionice; All

    Your description sounds a lot like the guys who take a nip morning, noon and get drunk at night as opposed to those who drink socially Friday an Saturday evening. I was renovating a house with a fellow who would get high when we had a boring job like scraping old wallpaper off a wall to prep it for paint or new wallpaper. He was not high when we had to measure and fit the new wallpaper.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 10:29:31 AM PST · 85 of 293
    gleeaikin to varyouga; All

    Any links regarding the benefits you listed? Further down you speak of the obvious dangers of legal alcohol. One reason car accidents could be down is that alcohol can make young drivers more aggressive whereas pot makes them mellow and lazy. Middle aged drivers are more likely to drive more cautiously when they drink. A study some years ago on the Long Island Expressway on a Friday night found that many more mature commuters than predicted had imbibed substantial alcohol before driving cautiously homeward, not causing accidents.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 10:19:53 AM PST · 81 of 293
    gleeaikin to Vaquero; All

    And in Washington, DC the Congressional “let’s reduce the size/influence of the Federal Government” folks are forbidding implementing the law 70% of DC residents voted for, legalizing small amounts of pot grown and smoked indoors. Such logical inconsistency will not result in continued conservative electoral success.

  • Government Created the Housing and Financial Crises --- and Might Be Doing it Again

    01/23/2015 10:06:46 AM PST · 8 of 11
    gleeaikin to Liz

    Housing crisis ping.

  • World leaders react to death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

    01/23/2015 10:01:27 AM PST · 16 of 17
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv

    SA new ruler ping.

  • The Bush Massacre of the Reaganites

    01/23/2015 10:00:06 AM PST · 43 of 81
    gleeaikin to Dahoser; All

    So are you saying that conservatives appreciated the major run up of the national debt engineered by President Reagan?

  • US, Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul from ISIS

    01/23/2015 9:53:11 AM PST · 9 of 19
    gleeaikin to circlecity; caww; no-to-illegals; SunkenCiv; 2ndDivisionVet; All

    Mosul is part of the Kurdish north, it should go back to them and we should support more autonomy or independence for the Kurds. Make them promise to leave Turkey alone but grab whatever part of Syria makes sense.

  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/23/2015 9:33:37 AM PST · 278 of 310
    gleeaikin to txhurl; caww; All
    Here is one explanation of the word Daesh, a name for ISIL used in Syria especially. Also some cartoons for your enjoyment. "Most likely ISIS opponents are referring to the Arabic verb دعس, meaning : to thread underfoot, trample down, crush (see The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, p. 325 and 326) Another theory is that the name refers to the Jāhiliyya (pre-Islamic) strife between two Arab tribes on the Arabian peninsula : داحس والغبراء Dāhis wa’l-Ghabrā’ can be literary translated as ‘felon and dust’ (see http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/داحس_والغبراء ). This referral seems to have a more theological background yet it seems unlikely all sources using this would have in depth knowledge of the Jāhiliyya. Which ever theory suits best, it is quite clear that the acronym DAESH (داعش) is mostly, if not only, used by opponents of ISIS in Syria. An example of anti ISIS propaganda using the acronym داعش 20140218-220318.jpg A cartoon about ISIS (original upload here) by @ibrahem_swaid The two cartoons did not transfer, so here is the URL: https://pietervanostaeyen.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/on-the-origin-of-the-name-daesh-the-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-as-sham/ 20140325-214036.jpg All comments welcome at @p_vanostaeyen and @SimNasr
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/23/2015 9:21:50 AM PST · 275 of 310
    gleeaikin to ConservativeInPA; Zeneta; caww; no-to-illegals; SunkenCiv; All

    OPEC, an illegal cartel under American and most western...law.

    Price fixing, insider trading, conspiracy in restrain of trade, what else?