“I have a friend that has been disabled for many years. He is physically fit, but has struggled with GAD and severe depression for years. Not all limitations keeping people from working are physical handicaps.
I would love the chance to explain this to "rep." Mullin. Maybe we could have a nice face to face talk in a dark alley sometime.”
“It's kind of funny, but every year around Ramadan I get lots of tasty treats from one of the doctors I work with, he is diabetic, and can't fast. so instead he makes HUGE vats of this delicious Quinoa-beef-lamb-stew, or these little cakes glazed with honey he gives a bunch to a local homeless shelter and brings the rest in for all his co-workers to feast on. I'm not Muslim, but always look forward to ramadan for this reason!”
“A lot of animals get the short end of the stick as it were by mankind based on inaccurate or just plain silly beliefs, reptiles get a particularly bad rap. I run a venom farm as a hobby, and provide Copperhead and Timber Rattler venom to the Nat'l Parks service to make Antivenin. I run an educational outreach program in conjunction with Reptilerescue.org to teach kids to be respectful, but always see the beauty in our cold blooded companions.”
Bulan924 on Jun 27, 2013 at 23:37:20
“I had no ideal that the National Park Service made anti-venom? Could you elaborate since it sounds suspicious to me .In the U.S. the only approved antivenom for snakebite is based on a purified product made in sheep known as CroFab North American snake venoms: Crotalus atrox (Western Diamondback rattlesnake), C. adamanteus (Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake), C. scutulatus (Mojave rattlesnake) and Agkistrodon piscivorus (Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin).. I don't see copperhead nor timber rattlesnakes listed.”
“The same way you become an "Adult" magically on your 18th birthday, Personhood is simply another legal term that does NOT apply until birth.”
0004 on Jun 27, 2013 at 13:22:18
“so... abortions should be permitted until the umbilical cord is snipped...
science goes even further and says that just because a child is born doesn't make that child "viable" In fact, brain development continues for several months post birth and "personhood" that is, the age a person can experience "loss" doesn't occur until around 8 month.
so morally, there should be no difference between abortion at 24 weeks or 6 months.
infanticide is nothing new... but if you're going to say it's about "viability" that's a bunch of BS... viability doesn't occur for months post birth.”
“I have known myself to be Asexual for quite some time, the most important thing to remember is even in a world that seems to revolve around sex for everything from sales to supposed self worth. (young women are certainly the most ostracized if they are not "sexy" enough,but it happens to men too if they do not care for the traditional hormonal male lifestyle, believe me.) is that this is merely another standard deviation in the complex system of human sexuality, and nothing to be ashamed of. You can still have good friends, and a great life even if you don't feel the constant drive for sex the "normal" people (as they call themselves) do, even romance is not out of the question, it just takes a different form.”
“I am the spokesdave for "eleventy-billion daves for america and goodness" and I would like to formally inform the Disney Corp. that we support equality in all avenues of public and private life for every human being.”
“My Sociology Prof. taught us all about changing demographics, whats really interesting is that sooner or later (maybe a hundred years or so) demographic groups will be so intertwined that the only way to tell them apart is by the preferred cultural traditions of the group or person, and even that will slowly blend together until we are just a hodge-podge of humanity, its inevitable and welcome.”
DJ X on May 9, 2013 at 13:35:38
“Race is used by the powerful to distract the Masses from Class issues. in the end it reall y comes down to class.”
Bob Oso on May 9, 2013 at 12:29:49
“That's not a new thought, there is a whole commercial about it.”
Dekilterated on May 9, 2013 at 10:43:48
“The worst idea ever foisted on the American public is the idea of multiculturalism to replace the melting-pot. If we really want to get rid of prejudice we must remove all mention of race from all government documents.”
Ivan Kutchiakokov on May 9, 2013 at 10:36:33
“I think they were saying that same thing a hundred years ago.”
IPredictARiot on May 9, 2013 at 10:36:08
“That's already happened, but with the immigrant waves of the early 1900's. It's getting harder and harder to find a straight-up Italian, Irishman, or Eastern European Jew outside of a few very small and concentrated neighborhoods. For the most part, even the people that identify closely with these ethnicities are half, quarter, or by-marriage. I would assume there was a time that Germans, Englishmen, Frenchmen, and Scots were distinguishable as an ethnic population...
The melting pot melts on.”
blackmanx2011 on May 9, 2013 at 10:31:44
“Don't tell that to the all white GOP party members......they don't believe in race mixing.....in all manners...”
Gaaltero on May 9, 2013 at 10:30:37
“America has already had 200 years to change. It's not gonna change.”
“I don't think there is enough information yet, but this situation brings to mind the idea of wiring every officer on duty for video and sound, more than easily done in a major metropolitan area like NYC, that would finally take a step towards unassailable proof during situations like this.”
“I can't help but laugh when these old dinosaurs try to meddle in a world they are not adapted to, I am speaking of the internet, they have no idea how it works...here's a tip, go to Google and type "VPN Protocol"
"Piracy" has and always will exist...I was a Phone Phreaker in the 70's, a Tapehead in the 80's, and now they call me a "Pirate"...oh well...their labels mean nothing in the new world, get used to it.”
SirGeorgeGalloway on Feb 26, 2013 at 07:11:20
“and then there are knownothing clowns here who say 'you will be caught;' LOL
“I used to like the comparison of the rabid righties to dinosaurs, but recent (last twenty years or so) research has indicated that even dinosaurs had basic maternal feelings and therefore, perhaps, even feelings of sympathy and compassion...setting them apart from the noble dinos and making their coming extinction all the better!”
“I only eat meat that I, or others in a hunting co-op I belong to kill, the first few years I was practically vegan, then, as our aims improved, so did my freezer's stock.
Starting a hunting co-op* is an excellent way to get healthy meat without factory farming, everyone able should look into it.
*= this just means we all pool the costs of hunting permits/training/game tags and split the meat evenly when we succeed, we also donate 10% of total poundage to a local food bank each season.”
marika48 on Feb 19, 2013 at 13:08:52
“What do you hunt, that makes a very big difference in my opinion. Are you hunting deer in an area with over abundance, essentially you are the lost carnivores at the top of the food chain? Or are you depleting a stressed population that other wild animals need to survive.
The history of hunting in the Americas includes the decimation of species, not just the famous buffalo, but countless birds,water birds and shorebirds too.
The act of "hunting wild animals to provide food for my family" gets a lot of people all up in arms, so to speak. My preference is raising my own food, my family has raised goats, rabbits, and chickens, and recycling the waste back into the garden. But I have friends who hunt for food, and I admire the skill and knowledge it takes.”
Liz for Hemp on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:10:19
“Although I am a vegetarian who eats healthy fish a few times a year with very minimal dairy and no eggs. I used to struggle with being a vegan and now just accept that I am human.
I totally would rather see people eat wild game than factory farm animals or any farm animal. However if everyone did that we would not have much wild game left for the the predators. I personally believe humans who do choose to eat meat should only eat their fair share. Like a couple times a week.
Now in saying all that, I will not go back to eating meat because I have a very peaceful relationship with nature and very healthy,”
“you're right...there should be no laws forbidding the taking advantage of your fellow man. I work personally with mentally handicapped individuals. are you saying that you should be able to pay a person with severe downs syndrome $0.1/an hour just because you could fast talk them into accepting it? or the elderly, or the desperate just to live...they should dance for our pennies eh?
John Csekitz on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:26:12
I specifically noted “as a group” because there are those who are not competent to make advanced decisions. They deserve special rules and special treatment. Treating those who do not have Down syndrome the same as treating those do does little service to humanity.”
“Even though I am religious, I find the greatest comfort in simple mathematics...
Average age of Fox News viewer: 65.
Compounding annual chance of death past age 60 (as per the CDC): 7%
...hey fox news...time is on my side...oh yes it is...”
daultman463 on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:08:35
“Fox news wins the 25-54 demo market by about 2-1 before you crow too much my friend.”
lectricbass on Jan 23, 2013 at 09:30:14
“Not only does Fox News have the oldest average age of ALL TV networks, they also have the narrowest audience. 95% of their viewing is done by just 20% of their viewers. For most networks, the heaviest viewers (top 20%) consume about 60% of the minutes. It's just a waiting game for Fox News, and, by extension, the TPGOP.”
realmystical on Jan 23, 2013 at 09:25:08
“As a senior who worked for President Obama's and our democratic senator's re-election, I wish you wouldn't paint with such a broad brush. Not to mention reading depressing statistics quoted with joy on your part so early in the morning.”
“well duh...anybody who thought a "footlong" hoagie is exactly 12" long is thinking FAR too literally...the name stuck because it sounds better than a "whole" sandwich as oppossed to a "half"...happens all the time, here's a good example...
go to any Lumber Supply Yard and measure the 2"X 4" boards, you will find they are actually 1.5" x 3.5" (give or take 0.1")...but we still CALL them 2x4's! and always will.”
“I've always been fascinated by the Hindu faith, but it is such a small minority around me that I have never been able to meet many practitioners or attend any interfaith meetings with them, and I am loathe to believe anything I read over the net on the subject...kind of the same thing with Islam...I had a lot of misconceptions from the media that were totally shattered by finally actually meeting a local Imam and conversing.
I spent some time in India when I was very young...my father was an engineer-type guy....I would love to go back some day.”
starchildjg24 on Jan 14, 2013 at 14:28:30
“I'll go with you! I traveled through India in the early 70s, but I was working and it was a very brief visit. I agree with everything you said. To be able to experience a festival such as this would be fantastic. But to really understand the religion, the only way is to attend services and speak to Hindu people and religious leaders. I worked closely with a Hindu, but he was a very quiet, private sort of man. We got along very well, in large part because I didn't intrude on his personal life! He shared details that he wanted to, and I did learn quite a bit.
Religions are quite complex. Learning about Christianity would be difficult, as it would depend on who you were talking to. We have such great differences. It seems that the Hindus are more united, but I surely do not know.”
anneeger on Jan 14, 2013 at 14:18:58
“I love all their colorful festivals and gods and goddesses.. I would rather worship a god with a big elephant head or a blue ferocious woman than an old bearded white man or one who is hanging on a torture instrument.
Like you I spent some time in India when I was younger and I loved the country and the people. In every religion you have fanatics and then you have those who have been brought up in it and treat it as a tradition and not much more.”
phal4875 on Jan 14, 2013 at 14:00:17
“Don't drink the Ganges water. That is not a religious comment; it is more a public health cry.”
“in my spare time I run a Venom farm for the nat'l parks services, I raise copperhead and timber rattlers I harvest the venom and sell it to the parks service to make antivenin, but in taking care of my snakes, they have become more like pets than a side income, they all have names and personalities, and six of my pretties died this past month...why? because their natural hibernation cycles have been thrown off by a screwed up climate! its happening in the wild too...I have teamed up with a group called reptilerescue.org to try and boost thier numbers.
Reptiles and amphibians are natures early warning systems...when they start dying in large numbers...something is desperately wrong!”
Bulan924 on Jun 28, 2013 at 23:33:29
“Could you elaborate about harvesting snake venom from Copperheads and Timber Rattlesnakes to the National Park Service? Still no answer from you about this issue? These two pit vipers are not use for anti-venom for CroFab. and the National Park Service is not a pharmaceutical company.”
Joseph Veverka on Jan 12, 2013 at 13:12:21
“Your worried about the wrong species guy the snakes were around in the time of dinos and crocks. just like the ants, no extinction is total.”
la maqina on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:54:48
“I believe you! Here in Texas, just two days ago I caught a snake roaming around on open ground. They should be in hybernation!! I was shocked!! I simply brought him over to a large pile of rocks where I know they hybernate at and turned him loose. They do more good then damage, this kind of snake eats grasshoppers and other insects. I am concerned how not hybernateing can cause them harm, perhaps it will interferre with breeding cycles, not to mention there's not much food this time of year for them. I have a sustainable organic farm, kind of an eco-system. Their elimination can upset the natural balance I enjoy. They are also needed as food to some species of birds, and with them gone, these birds have to make other choises. And soo goes the unraveling of an eco-system. When one species disappears, others are to follow. Diversity of life provides a healthy balance!”
taoshum on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:51:27
“one approach: burn fuel, create electricity, run an AC, cool their caves, raise CO2, repeat.”
andvoodoo2 on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:46:25
“What an interesting spare time job! And, those snakes are beautiful. Dangerous, but beautiful. Sorry for your loss.”
psileste on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:46:05
“Sorry to hear about your snakes. Along with all the other creatures of the planet who are paying the price for our actions.”
maxwells on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:44:51
“So, for global warming a snake in the grass is like a canary in a coal mine?
Gee, I thought the "tell" was all the fossil fuel shills spouting off on HP.”
megwright on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:43:43
“The venomous snake in the coal mine, so to speak. You're right, it's an early warning system, one I bet the climate change deniers will also totally ignore.”
R Biro on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:41:01
“A family friend keeps and studies California Mountain King Snakes for UCSC. They are seeing the same thing.”
Jan 11, 2013 at 16:03:50
“I don't bother getting a flu shot anymore, I get them for free through my employer, but it never fails that I always catch the newest flu from a patient or family member before the scheduled shot day at UPMC”