“It's useless to try and refute your misconceptions about the actual situation in China. You accept all the disinformation and misinformation you've been fed about China without question. You'd never listen. Your mind is made up. Ignorance is bliss.”
vidian6 on Feb 8, 2014 at 19:41:15
“Those aren't "misconceptions" sir those are facts, I don't know where you're getting your information, but it's long wind, and short on facts.”
“The Cuban expatriates could care less about their brethren in Cuba. They use the embargo as a ploy so that both political parties will try to curry favor with them. That way they increase their political and economic power in Florida and the US.”
Hammersmith1999 on Feb 16, 2014 at 12:41:53
“Dennis you are wrong. Cuban Americans have a great interest in what happens in Cuba. So much that we will block all votes for Crist, you will see this come election time.
Cuban Americans only want what is fair. That is to get the US and other UN Countries to register an appeal to have free supervised elections in Cuba. Once this happens, there will be no more Castros, Americans will be able to travel and trade with the nation whom will have its own government based on elections and democracy.”
“You're welcome to not believe it. You've just been brainwashed by the corporate media. If you knew anything about the accomplishments of the Chinese government over the last 30 years you'd realize the vast benefits that have accrued to the Chinese people. Oh. I know I will be accused of being a 50 center for speaking the truth about China. I could go on and on with a litany of China's achievements but people like you have swallowed western propaganda hook, line and sinker and it would be a waste of my time trying to educate you. .”
vidian6 on Feb 3, 2014 at 18:44:10
“"The accomplishments of the Chinese government", their communist, what accomplishments. You mean the subjugation, and tyrannical pressures that they put on their people. You mean forcing small children to work long hours, for the sake of company profits, of which they see none of.”
“Never said that I have gone through life without addiction, we all have addictions of one sort or another. But, yes, will power can overcome one's propensity for addiction. Millions have done so. Pedophilia is an addiction. A good case can be made that the pedophile is biologically predisposed to his predatory behavior. But I don't see anyone bemoaning the pedophile as a flawed individual whose behavior should be understood in light of his addiction. Yes the pull of pedophilia is very strong, so strong that people will jeopardize everything to engage in it. But it is an extremely destructive, predatory behavior that is universally condemned . We don't offer pedophile rehabilitative treatment and try to integrate them into society. No we stigmatize them and declare them sex offenders for life to be hounded and discriminated against. Hoffman on the other hand had immediate access to treatment and had no fear of incarceration given his status and prestige. We are all flawed. But if you have a strong enough moral center you can at least mitigate your behavior so that it doesn't destroy those closest to you.”
“What gets no respect from me is someone who is so self-absorbed that he would place himself and his physical and emotional needs before those of his children. Its not a question of addiction. People have overcome addiction. Millions of people who have far fewer opportunities for treatment than Hoffman have realized that there are more important things to live for than their physiological or psychological cravings. No it is not the addict who I disdain, and it is not someone who threw is life away that I disrespect. It is the father who left three young children forever scarred by his totally irresponsible behavior. People can control their "demons." Millions have. It is a mindset that sees oneself as the center of the universe that leads people to disregard those closest to them. I'm sick and tired of people who excuse the behavior of the likes of Hoffman. It is Hoffman, not I, who disregarded his own life and his father/husband role. People like Hoffman have all the advantages. His drug use would never get him incarcerated for decades if not life. He did not have to wait years to get into a drug abatement program. He did not have to lose his home and his family because of the ruinous nature of untreated drug addiction. For the rest of those subject to the scourge of addiction we need to decriminalize drug use and provide universal rehabilitative services.”
“Sorry folks, he had three young kids. And all these excuses for the addict especially those with all the privileges someone like Hoffman had don't wash as far as I'm concerned. People take themselves and their lives way too seriously. Oh the pain of it all! Get real people. Life is full of pain. Can't handle it? Got a chemical imbalance. Addicted to heroin, wealth, violence, whatever. It's no excuse. If you have young kids live for them not yourself. Otherwise I don't care who you are or what your problems are you don't deserve any respect.”
donaldaq63 on Feb 3, 2014 at 16:42:11
“When did you stop being human?”
MarcEdward on Feb 3, 2014 at 13:54:21
“Not being a fan I didn't know he had children, which makes me all the angrier.
Once you become a father, you lose the right to "life for yourself", it's time to live for others.”
Eleanor Jacobs on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:15:42
“Dennis, what a blessing that you are able to go through your life through pure will without an addiction. We are all flawed in our own way. Addiction was one of Mr. Hoffman's flaws. I also thought at least stay off the drugs for the kids! Then I thought how tragic that the pull of addiction was so strong on Mr. Hoffman that even his loving family was not enough reason to say no. Does that mean that Mr. Hoffman was a weak manor does that show that addiction is so strong? I tend to think the latter.”
Cycoblitz on Feb 3, 2014 at 07:15:58
“We get that an addict receives no respect from you. To absolutely deny a person any acknowledgement for his life and accomplishments just goes to show you that you seem to only see that one struggle, the one that took his life.
Having an addition like heroin, the one that his cells long for, was too much for him or he'd be able to control that demon. Seeing him only as an addict just shows that you can disregard his life, his father/husband role, his life by acknowledging his addiction that ultimately took him.
Having this addiction was not his life. Just a way of being. And he will be missed by the qualities and love he lived. Heroin kills and people know the risks but by then, the demon has them.
I'm sure he is not missing any respect about now.”
“You may think its tyrannical but 85% of the Chinese people do not. That's according to the Pew Global Attitude Survey which surveys global attitudes in dozens of countries including China. They use the same methodology, anonymous interviews, etc. They will not conduct surveys if they feel the results are being influenced by government or other forces. The survey shows the over the last decade 85% of the Chinese people approve of the direction their country is heading. The same question in the US is under 30%. The vast majority of Chinese view the dissidents as trouble makers. Just like most people here view US dissidents as trouble makers. I'm not saying dissidents in China or here should be persecuted or prosecuted by the government. The fact is that they are and most people agree with what their government does. So sorry Chris, the Chinese people like what they are getting 7% to 10% economic growth per year, rising incomes. rising living standards, relaxed social controls, etc. etc. Oh sure Chinese people gripe about all sorts of things, just like people here do. But they appreciate the the goose that laid the golden egg and their not about to wring its neck.”
weisschr on Jan 28, 2014 at 22:22:27
“Pollution, toxic food, unclean water, the highest number of executions in a given year, no free speech, sham elections,.... Uh ya... that's nirvana.
Golden goose? Hmmm... I never thought fecal matter could be rebranded so extremely well.”
vidian6 on Jan 28, 2014 at 21:36:02
“Do you really believe that those people have the right to speak their minds, and that they aren't concerned about what will happen if they say something the government doesn't like. That poll isn't worth didley”
“Nice cover-up for our Gulag Americana. The number of anonymous political prisoners in our jails (besides the one's known to all such as Leonard Peltier, etc.) are in the hundreds if not thousands,many subject to brutal psychological torture by being in solitary confinement for decades.”
Nov 29, 2013 at 21:09:03
“Mamet's rhetoric is a wacky, but categorizing someone who signed off the indefinite detention without trial, defends NSA spying, and has a meeting every Tuesday to decide who to commit extralegal murder with drones against a "tyrant" is not that far fetched.”
hangdogit on Nov 29, 2013 at 23:50:00
“If that's the definition of "tyrant," then it includes the guy who set all that up: Bush.
And if any post-9/11 president *didn't* do much the same thing and we have another 9/11 -- the word won't be "tyrant -- it will be "impeachment" (and for once, with pretty good justification).”
Sep 13, 2013 at 01:25:54
“Just because its vegan doesn't make it good. I'm vegan and wouldn't eat most of what was shown. It's just crap, so why promote it?”
By Any Definition on Sep 13, 2013 at 01:35:27
“Exactly true. I am not against food science, but most of the examples in this article are just bad choices for anyone. As an occasional edible, maybe, but there actually are a lot of better products available.”
“"There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know." For example, Rumsfield is a war criminal.
"There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know." For example, the full extent of Rumfield's war crimes.
"But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know." For example what Manning and Snowden revealed about military cover-ups, State Department destabilization plots and NSA spying.”
“Headline, if verified, says it all. All of Obama's (or any other President's) rhetoric is just that, empty words spoken to give the appearance of condemnation while the US continues to bribe its erstwhile ally, Egypt, to do its bidding. What a crock.”
“The tepid response of the US media and politicians of all stripes to the mass killings in Egypt should once and for all put the lie to the feigned concern that the US has for human rights abuses in countries such as Russia, China, Cuba, etc.”
“The Right says that the GOP is not fighting hard enough against Obama's policies, the Left says Obama is not fighting hard enough for those same policies and has surrendered too much ground already. It seems at times that both sides of this equation are united in their opposition to the Obama administration, but the one for what it is doing, and the other for what it is not doing. This is the sort of polarization that occurred in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Once the middle ground (consensus politics) is lost the only alternatives are either extremes. The powers that be will always opt for the reactionary extreme, because it protects their pecuniary interests. In so doing they rely on every imaginable means to fan the the flames of bigotry and intolerance to sway the people in their direction. The only alternative for progressive minded people is to fight back. Unfortunately progressive Americans have been confused and lulled into apathy by Obama's prevarications. Not a good omen for the future.”
“What a hoot. Go to Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states where GOP governors and legislatures have tried and far too often succeeded in emasculating labor rights and protections and tell those working class voters how much the GOP has their interests at heart.”