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Antarctica Hit Record Cold Temperature So Ridiculously Low It Hurts Just Hearing About It

Antarctica Hit Record Cold Temperature So Ridiculously Low It Hurts Just Hearing About It

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 21:07:19 in Green

“If there is Global Climate Warming (and I believe it exists), it will cause MORE snow in the Great Lakes snow belt (northern Eastern Ohio, Northern Western Pennsylvania; western and central New York state).

The snow is caused by cold, dry air blowing across the relatively warm and generally ice free lakes, picking up moisture, then dumping it as snow when blowing across land (which is colder than the lakes). If there is Global Climate Warming, the lakes will stay open (from icing) for longer, and the snow accumulation will be greater.

And except for the 'scientists' for the Big Oil firms, there is almost unanimous agreement that the Earth's climate's temperature is increasing.

So, tell us, which Big Oil firm paid you to post the above garbage? And when records are being set in an hemisphere's summer, where are you with your rant against Global Climate Warming?”
Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 08:43:50 in Gay Voices

“What if the bakery is the ONLY bakery within 100 miles?

Or the florist is the ONLY florist within 100 miles?

Or the photographer is the ONLY photographer within 100 miles?

There are MANY areas West of the Mississippi River in the US that fit the above scenarios.”
Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 08:31:12 in Gay Voices

“So if your religion says inter-racial marriage is wrong, you wouldn't vend to a couple that was inter-racial?

The hatred the Latin Rite Catholic Church had for Jews until Vatican II was OK in your opinion, and you wouldn't vend to Jews if you were Catholic?

Small businesses, if the owner is prejudiced against 'free blacks', would be able to discriminate against all blacks?

Maybe you should read the opinion to see why the general disregard of a century-old law was an egregious and intentional attempt to make sure discrimination took place. The full opinion (all 14 pages of it, and the 14th page is blank) can be found at:
https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/initial_decision_case_no._cr_2013-0008.pdf
Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop Must Serve Gay Couples Despite Owner's Religious Beliefs, Judge Rules

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 08:19:20 in Gay Voices

“Except there are NO Amish 'churches'. Worship services are in the homes of the members of the Amish community.

The key is religion and religious philosophy, not necessarily in or out of a building erected for a specific purpose, such as a church. For instance, Amish do not have to pay into Social Security and MediCare, as their religion tells them to aid the poor, infirm and elderly. The Amish don't carry medical insurance, as their religion tells them to pay themselves, or the community to help pay.

The Amish ARE required to display the triangular SMV sign on slow moving vehicles, even though many Amish consider it gaudy and worldly, and against their religious philosophy. The requirement is applicable to them to save non-Amish also from injury and/or death in accidents with SMVs (a horse can cause LOTS of damage).

(Within 50 miles of where I grew up, there were 4 of the 10 largest Amish communities in the US, so I know a bit about the Amish. [Lancaster County, PA is NOT the only place Amish live. In fact, it is not even the county with the largest Amish population - that would be Holmes County in Ohio.] And the church I attended while growing up [Church of the Brethren] is closely associated [religious philosophy] with the Mennonites, of which the Amish are a sect.)”
Nate Silver: World Cup Draw For U.S. Soccer Team Is 'Not Quite As Bad As It Looks' (VIDEO)

Nate Silver: World Cup Draw For U.S. Soccer Team Is 'Not Quite As Bad As It Looks' (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 07:52:56 in Sports

“How about baseball? (Of course, baseball is not well known outside the Americas and Japan.)”

Karl Hildebrand on Dec 7, 2013 at 08:37:16

“How did he do with the odds in the playoffs and the World Series? I glanced quickly at Google to find his results, and didn't see them. He must not have done well if the Google results weren't immediately apparent.”
So, Bitcoin Is Crashing

So, Bitcoin Is Crashing

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 17:44:21 in Technology

“It sounds like you just lost a bundle. Or was it a bundle and a half that you were intending on investing in gold?”

karlpopperfan on Dec 6, 2013 at 20:45:16

“nope, invested nothing and lost nothing”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 01:19:07 in Green

“Was that a comment that supposedly was written in the English language, using standard syntax, spelling and punctuation?

Please try again.”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 00:20:49 in Green

“About 40 years ago, a 'pocket' steel mill was located in a field across from the house I lived in from 1956 to 1961.

The steel mill "needed access to the train tracks" behind our house, so they forced my mother to sell that house so they could build a siding track.

40 years later, no 'siding track' where I grew up. The track was built several hundred feet West (the company says "the plans changed", and the county and state provided most of the funds to build the siding track, not even the railroad company).

Big business is just so grand, isn't it?”

Huffaboutthis on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:43:07

“a tragedy. ”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 23:25:30 in Green

“An example might be the attempt in 2012 in Minnesota to enshrine bigotry against Marriage Equality into the Minnesota state constitution.

The attempt backfired, as the attempt was defeated by the voters by a sufficient enough margin that the state legislature not only then repealed the existing bigoted state law, but went even further and passed a law allowing Marriage Equality in the state.”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 22:42:44 in Green

“Yep. A gold mining company can just dump arsenic on it's property, right next to the stream flowing through it's property, and not worry about all the people downstream who might use the water in that stream for farming, drinking, swimming, industry that requires arsenic-free water, etc.

After all, the gold mining company is not directly dumping the arsenic on any property except it's own.

Yep, that would work for you (and very few others).

That's the (so-called) Libertarian philosophy - ME, ME, ME and who cares about anyone else!”

fallenawayrepublican on Dec 5, 2013 at 23:05:06

“Where did you get your information about gold miners dumping arsenic into streams in Colorado.”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 22:34:49 in Green

“In the 1960s, Big Oil thought there might be oil on a neighbor's farm. And if there was oil on that farm, the thought was that it should be on our farm also.

My mother saw the light pollution, and heard the noise pollution, of the experimental well being drilled on the neighbor's farm, and proactively told the Big Oil companies to not even ask to drill on our land, as permission would NOT be granted.

Fortunately, my mother's farm does not sit above Marcellus shale, so there is probably little probability for drilling for natural gas. If asked, she would almost certainly ask them for the chemicals being introduced through the use of fracking, then tell the Big Oil companies 'DO NOT DRILL, since you refuse to tell me or anyone what the chemicals are.'

My mother is not the stereotypical 'environmentalist'. But she has seen the pollution Big Oil can cause, and knows she is almost certainly seeing only a small portion of the total pollution. In effect, she is an environmentalist who marches to a different drummer. She isn't out to make large changes, but small changes as she can. (After all, she is now more than 86 years of age.)”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 21:49:48 in Green

“". . . it has been since 2009 when fracking came to the forefront."

The first experimental use of hydraulic fracking was in 1947, and the first commercially successful applications were in 1949.

In other words, if no one notices it, it isn't happening? If no one hears a forest fire, then that forest fire is silent? And if it is silent, it doesn't exist?

It used to be believed that the fuel for the Sun's light and heat was wood, then coal. Only in the last 100 years or so have we come to understand that it is hydrogen is the fuel the Sun uses. And the Sun doesn't burn the hydrogen, it uses nuclear fusion to join the hydrogen atoms into helium. Mankind didn't successfully do that until hydrogen bombs were exploded over Bikini atoll in the early 1950s.

But by your statement, the sun didn't produce heat and light until we figured out, then (partially) mastered the process by which it did.

Correct?”

artist816 on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:13:35

“Ok I get the scientific lesson, but if you look at the world as a whole and not just a little bit of the world from the political forefront. You will see a little movement game going on, all the major players are moving there pieces into play as the worlds resources get depleted. China and other countries started investing into the tar sands and oil shale lands after they noticed west petroleum countries started enjoying some success in finding a less expensive way of getting to the cheese. They could care less about the enviroment here or anywhere else look at how they handle there enviroment there. But one thing the chinese do care about here in the US is the political issues. Oh by the way they have learned the lesson about Money talks, B.S. talks. You can spew all the scientific explanations you want trying to make me look less informed. But I have a funny feeling your eyes will be opened pretty soon, when you see the way the winds blow when the markers start getting called in. A lot of what happens to the states and its future lies in the policies we keep going in the ME, and yes OIL will be at the forefront of how that decision plays out. Now if we have a hidden ace like fracking and producing our own oil we can go tell the people who are dependent on ME oil to go Frack themselves.”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 21:14:36 in Green

“Ohio has not looked back?

After earthquakes occurred in areas that haven't seen any earthquakes in recorded history (for example, Youngstown, Ohio), a ban on many fraccing processes was put in place, and new regulations were put in place.

And remember, Ohio state regulators are working under a VERY CONservative Governor and state legislature.”
Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:48:50 in Green

“Oh, you mean when the "Non-Governmental Organizations" like ALEC or the Koch brothers try to pass laws and regulations under the radar are NOT very wealthy family entities with hidden agendas?

All those NGOs like ALEC and the Koch brothers are concerned about is making more MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.”
GOP Abortion Opponent Realizes That His Own Party's Amendment Helped Cover Abortions

GOP Abortion Opponent Realizes That His Own Party's Amendment Helped Cover Abortions

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 02:26:46 in Politics

“Kinda like when a certain Senator from South Carolina was 'sowing his oats' with the AA maid, became a Senator, then switched political parties because of his personal opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”
Some Guy On The Internet Reckons Obama Might Resign Next Year

Some Guy On The Internet Reckons Obama Might Resign Next Year

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 02:05:49 in Politics

“We only need to go back just over a year to see who said who would be inaugurated as President on January 20, 2013.

Those predicting a Robme win (besides that 'crackerjack' programmer who invented 'Unskewed Polls'):

Roger Ailes,
Ari Fleischer
David Weigel
Dick Morris
Ed Morrissey
George Will
Glenn Beck
Karl Rove
Kevin Eder
Larry Kudlow
Larry O'Connor
Leslie Sanchez
Michael Barone
Newt Gingrich
Pat Buchanan
John McLaughlin
Ben Domenech
Dean Chambers

How many of the above spend time on-air on Faux News Business Channel?”
Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:21:57 in Media

“And remember, the Islamic celebration of the Hajj occurs during December every few years.

And I'm sure you missed several celebrations from other religions..”
Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 18:03:37 in Media

“American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

American - last Thursday in November.
Canadian - second Monday in October.

Since I don't watch Faux News, I'm curious as to which one.”
Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Bill O'Reilly Taking On 'War On Christmas' Again (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:22:45 in Media

“"I guess he could beat himself."

Sounds kinky. Can he get just a bit more kinky, so cable systems have to put him behind some type of 'fire wall' like PPV?”

STXNYY on Dec 4, 2013 at 06:43:54

“Maybe he can get some of those boots from the Thanksgiving parade.”
How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 00:00:07 in Politics

“Angola 'prison' was originally a place former slaves were held for petty crimes, or to increase the wealth of private persons, those who formerly were the owners of plantations and their families. The state of Louisiana took over the location and built a prison in 1903.

Private companies formerly were contracted to perform medical services, food preparation, prisoner transport, vocational training, etc. However, the modern private prison business first emerged and established itself publicly in 1984 when the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) was awarded a contract to take over a facility in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Thus the actual 'private prison' industry is less than 30 years old.

". . . tied to profit and value." ??

As in private industry and the shareholders of that industry only worried about MONEY, MONEY, MONEY?”
How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 23:24:44 in Politics

“The Governor of California at the time the initiative was passed (in 1994) was a Republican (Pete Wilson). Davis wasn't elected as governor until November 7, 2000 (6 years after the initiative was passed).

And when an initiative appears on a California ballot, the Governor doesn't sign the initiative - it goes into effect immediately. That is how Prop H8 was put in place. Governor Schwarzenegger didn't sign the initiative, and when it was challenged, didn't defend Prop H8.

By the way, Wilson campaigned for the ballot initiative in 1994.

And many facts are VERY easy to check, such as the date an initiative was on the ballot, and who was governor when it was on the ballot.”
How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 23:08:28 in Politics

“Stealing a slice of pizza, or a cookie, or a sandwich is a felony? That's why many people are 'convicted' of a third strike, and in accordance with the law, they are sentenced to 25 years to life.”

Shawn Swigart on Dec 2, 2013 at 23:19:08

“Yes under certain circumstances stealing those items can be a felony. If you use intimidation to steal them it is strong armed robbery. Why don't you link to some of those "many " cases and lets discuss them on a case by case basis, because quite frankly, I don't think you have a clue what you are talking about.

The three strikes rule is not invoked unless the charge is a felony.”
How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 23:04:20 in Politics

“No.

Change that to "without being convicted of a felony" and you would be closer, though still far, from the truth.”

GregCampNC on Dec 2, 2013 at 23:11:59

“No, it's easy never to commit a felony. Seriously, what is so hard about that?”
How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

How A Personal Tragedy Created '3 Strikes And You're Out'

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 22:51:34 in Politics

“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth leads to lots of toothless, blind people.

And what if the person is innocent? The Innocence Project so far has found more than 300 people sentenced for murder to have been innocent. Since murder is one of the smallest of the violent crimes (in terms of numbers), and murder is among the most investigated before trial, what does that say about non-violent crimes, such as shoplifting, peeping toms, etc.?”
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