May 4, 2014 at 14:39:42
“If you think your daughter or granddaughter should trust her spouse with her life, so be it. Given the numbers of devout Christians who fall off the righteous path, I'd think it was not worth the risk. Maybe she'd marry a man too ashamed to admit he had given in to temptation once before they were married. HPV is so common, it's not much of a stretch that all it would take is just that one time.
Our survival as a species is largely due to our strong sexual desires. Unless we undergo a substantial evolutionary change (which obviously couldn't happen in our lifetime) I wouldn't count on my faith in monogamy to protect the persons I love.”
May 3, 2014 at 21:17:24
“What's ridiculous about this is that the pesticides they found on these foods were all in trace amounts well below the levels that are harmful to human health. We have such accurate mass spectometry and ELISA testing we can pick up things present in miniscule amounts.”
May 3, 2014 at 16:34:56
“No I have not, and I do appreciate how difficult it is. I was saying that in response to Ethan's comment that once Bt traits are put into a crop plant it can never be undone. Not just for an individual plant, but for all plants of that variety. If scientists have already been able to identify and isolate the trait that codes for cry proteins, then surely they would be able to remove it if the had to. Not easily, but they could.”
WesternFarmer on May 5, 2014 at 02:03:34
“Farming conditions are so diverse that issues do not show up all at once everywhere.
According to my seed-sales agronomists, they are already working on alternatives to Bt, they have figured out ways to keep the insect alive, but not feed on the plant.”
Aja Hannuman on May 3, 2014 at 17:26:02
“Yes, this is true, especially if we're motivated by survival.”
May 3, 2014 at 05:40:06
“Remember that VAERS reports aren't the same thing as actual reactions to the vaccine. If you look at the reported deaths occurring after Gardasil vaccination, most have either a different known cause of death (congenital heart defects, seizure disorders, advanced HIV, suicide, drug overdose, meningitis, influenza, type 1 diabetes, DVT); or they're second or third hand accounts from someone with limited information.
"This spontaneous report as received from internet referred to three patients of unknown age. On an unknown date the patients were vaccinated with GARDASIL (Lot#, dose/frequency, route and duration were unspecified). Then on an unknown date the patients died (three deaths have been reported along with more reports of paralysis in girls who had gotten the poorly tested HPV vaccine). The date and cause of death were not reported. It was unknown whether autopsy was done. This is one of several reports that received from the same source. Additional information has been requested."”
May 3, 2014 at 03:30:22
“Why couldn't we just switch to something else? Although there is no compelling reason to want it removed even if it became totally ineffective, they certainly could. There have always been and will continue to be non-Bt varieties, but even if it was in the genome of every crop plant, fruit and vegetable grown, they could still remove it. Genes can be knocked out or silenced as well as added.
Plus, there is a reason for wanting the trait in the plant as opposed to simply dusting with it. Root worms and borers aren't affected by surface applications of Bt. Worms that bore their way into crop plants defecate inside our food and their feces can develop deadly pathogens.
This has nothing to do with laziness (you're the first person I've known to suggest that farmers were lazy). This is a public health and safety issue.”
Aja Hannuman on May 3, 2014 at 15:38:31
“"Genes can be knocked out or silenced as well as added." You make genetic engineering seem easy, have you ever spliced genes in a lab before? Because I have on several occasions. I spliced a barley seed with a wheat seed, then a pea with a soy bean, it took two weeks to do just two hybrid-seeds, and they had issues reproducing further generations, I agree with you, but even on an industrial level we can't create entire genetic landscapes, not yet anyways.”
EGaines on May 3, 2014 at 14:28:36
“Thats the thing, we don't know if there is compelling reason now, but there may be later.
I'm not sure how much of this is a safety issue, as it is a profit issue. The more yield from a crop, more money. Which is fine, but there are organic farms out there that use virtually none of these pesticides or things like BT Toxins, and the crops are healthy, and the yield can be high. It just takes more work. My grandmother ran an organic farm for over 30 years, and never once used pesticides of any type. I was lucky enough to grow up on her food, and I can see the difference in grocery store food, conventional and organic.
Im not suggesting farmers are lazy, if I meant that I would have said that, you simply inferred that. If my 90 year old grandmother can do this, then we can do it as well. It takes more work, but anything worth doing is worth doing right. That is why the jab about laziness.”
“The so called "Monsanto protection act" does NOT protect Monsanto (or anyone else) from lawsuits. If you bothered to read it (instead of getting your information from activist sources) you would see that it protects farmers from having to rip up and destroy their crops if an already approved crop seed is subjected to a temporary injunction.
The people who have dubbed it the Monsanto Protection act have taken Monsanto to court for frivolous lawsuits since it went into effect. It's obviously untrue.”
“Mexico didn't make the list. Honduras, Venezuela, Belize, El Salvidor, Guatemala, St. Kitts and Nevis are all in North America.”
Hank10303 on Apr 14, 2014 at 11:54:54
“No they are the Americas, only Bermuda, Canada, Greenland; Saint Pierre/Miquelon and United States of America are North America. Mexico is the sub-region and part of South America with regards to regions. The Americas are a region.”
“I didn't read it that way at all. It seems to me like the parents felt absolutely terrible for the officer's family and for the loss of the girl friend (who was probably a victim here too). The only reason they brought up their own loss and the feelings of his siblings is because this was a public statement and they were requesting that the press show a little humanity and leave them alone.
I'm sure if a loved one of yours committed such heinous acts and then took his own life, you'd feel just terrible for the victims and kick yourself wondering if there was something you could have done to prevent such a travesty. But still, you wouldn't want your phone ringing every five minutes and camera crews showing up at your door twice a day hounding you with stupid questions about it.”
“THEY aren't making profits off the companies that manufacture pills to induce abortion. It's their employees whose 401k plans benefit from high performing mutual funds.
Who services your 401k plan?
Ave Maria doesn't do 401k plans, just IRAs and regular mutual fund investments.”
jacobrobbins12 on Apr 3, 2014 at 13:16:08
“And you don't think the Green family is on the payroll???? They want to decide what pills an employee can take then say it's okay to profit from the pill make....please, they knew exactly what they were doing.”
“While I don't approve of their opposition to providing health benefits that include birth control, I don't see why people are getting so up in arms over their 401k investment funds. It's not like they're picking out the companies the funds invest in themselves. They have fund managers, who understand the market, that do that. They buy and sell different stocks based on how they perform.
If "Christian value" mutual funds exist then they should offer that as an option to employees, but employees should have the ultimate say over where their investment dollars go. I don't get why anyone would say they're being greedy. They have a matching program and they allow their employees to put that in the fund they think will do best.
Forcing employees to invest their future in a fund based on Christian values could be worse than having a fund manager charge 3% or more in fees. Two wrongs don't make a right.
If the Green family were stakeholders in Yaz BCP (I believe it is either Novartis or Bayer) that would be different.”
jacobrobbins12 on Apr 3, 2014 at 09:52:20
“Of course they can select the companies. I engage in ethical investing and make sure Monsanto like companies are NOT in the mix. It really isn't that hard. The Greens claim that abortion is a moral imperative for them and yet they look the other way when they can make profits off companies that manufacture pills to induce abortion? They actually do force employees to invest in the plans chosen by the Green family. This is the utmost in hypocrisy.”
“I believe plan B also works by preventing the implantation of the fertilized egg in the womb. That's why you need to take it within 72 hours (preferably less). If the fertilized egg isn't implanted then you aren't pregnant, plain and simple. Plenty of pregnancies just don't take all on their own. This whole idea that as soon as an egg is implanted by a spermatozoon to become a zygote, it is a human being is ridiculous. Maybe I should hold a funeral each time I get my period for the baby that could have been (not aimed at you, Lisa- I agree with the gist of what you're saying)”
“What's up with the title of the slideshow? Hardly any of those qualify as questionable parenting. Questionable parenting would be letting your five year old stay up 'til midnight watching True Detective with you. I'd call these cases of flat out horrendous parenting. No question about it.”
dollbaby on Apr 3, 2014 at 21:55:30
“definitely fanned for your insight. starving my child and putting him in a closet never comes something that comes up as questionable or guess work in parenting. Those thoughts just don't come us for a large percentage of us.”
“I doubt it, though you are right about their "new revelations." I think that any gay man who made it that far in the church would be in too great a state of denial to come out- even if caught with his pants down in a public restroom. More likely such a figure would be more like Sen. Craig, Ted Haggard or Charles Crist and put on an expressly anti-gay persona for the public.”
“The Mormon church was able to change its views on people of African heritage, I trust they can learn to accept homosexuality. I hope that day comes soon.
I've known gay former Mormons who left their close knit family behind and started life anew after coming out of the closet. There must be hundreds if not thousands of them, and I'm sure it's caused an abundance of pain that no family should have to experience.
Once attitudes have changed and same sex marriage is accepted, I'm sure the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will realize that gay people can still have big Mormon families and share the same core values your faith is known for.”
Amalek on Mar 29, 2014 at 23:00:38
“It will come when one of the apostles decides to come out. That is how they adopted polygamy. New revelation from God. ”
“Our food labeling system is a very important part of preserving the public heath. In order for it to be effective it must be accurate and not misleading. Labeling foods containing GE ingredients only makes sense when it effects the nutritional content. Otherwise, knowing that a food item contains transgenic ingredients is meaningless. Many non-GE food crops get sprayed with herbicide, and there are genetically engineered foods that are not herbicide tolerant.
I've been a vegetarian most of my life, and I can figure out what I can and can't eat by reading the label. It's handy when it says "vegetarian" on the package, but I don't expect everything else to say "non-vegetarian" on the label. I can figure it out by reading the ingredient list. If something lists "gelatin" or "rennet" as ingredients, I know not to eat it.
Look for the packages that say USDA certified organic or GMO-free. If it doesn't, and it has ingredients that could be genetically engineered, then it's not GMO-free. If you see corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil, cheese. zucchini, papaya or sugar made from sugar beets on the label and it's not certified organic or GMO free, then it has transgenic ingredients.”
“That's Austrian, not Australian (hence the European passports). Still, there are, presumably, Asians in Austria and Italy. I've definitely seen Asians in Germany working in Chinese restaurants. I always thought it seemed funny when they spoke German (more fluently than I do, to their credit). The German language is inherently funny, and I just wasn't used to seeing it spoken by Asians.
I don't recall seeing Asians in Italy or Austria, but I've only been to each of those countries once and never ate at a Chinese (or any other Asian cuisine) restaurant while there. Even if they haven't immigrated to either place in great numbers, I'm sure citizens of both countries have married Asians.”
Mar 7, 2014 at 18:31:10
“I thought the whole reason why cigarette smoking was banned in parks was because of the inconsiderate litter-bugs. Seems a bit silly to ban it for e-cigarettes, since anyone who dropped one would do so accidentally (like dropping their cell phone or sunglasses) and go back to try and find it. Especially weird if they're letting people use them in theaters.
I think the 62 year old councilman needs to stop and take a look around. Things have changed a bit since James Dean's heyday. The vast majority of smokers and e-cig users do not look cool. Sure, occasionally you'll see some younger smokers that look kind of cool, but they're outnumbered my haggard wrinkly old men and middle aged, morbidly obese women.”
“That's why I said "I hate to say it." Complaining about a program that helps lower-income women feed their kids sounds bad, and I really do approve of the program; but that weird balancing act they have to do at the register, where one voucher goes towards three of the items and possibly a fourth... no, just the three, the fourth one can go with these other items, maybe. as long as it had the special WIC logo on the shelf tag that only allows specific sizes of certain brands of approved foods.
Maybe they're trying to teach mothers how to budget their groceries or get the most nutrition for the lowest cost, but they could just give them a pamphlet on it, and trust their judgement to make the right purchasing decisions for their family.”
Maryanne Slater on Mar 3, 2014 at 15:18:21
And offer cooking & nutrition classes at community centres and schools. A lot of families have lost the art of cooking because both parents are working.”