Oct 19, 2012 at 14:42:20
“Jeeezz... To each his own I suppose. Personally, I think that incandescent bulbs suck and create too much heat. For close to 10 years I have used the fluorescent "daylight" bulbs but because of the mercury concerns plan to change those to LED within the next few years.”
lighthouse10 on Oct 19, 2012 at 18:54:44
“Joel you make a good point....
in the sense that all light bulb have advantages and disadvantages
and people can have their preferences,
which still does not justify the regulations in my view...
Besides, appreciating incandescents in some situations does not mean not liking CFLs or LEDs in others!”
“Oh yeah...I'm sure things will be sooooo much better with Romney at the Whitehouse. Let's see: cut funding for PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, repeal Omabacare, thus sending my sick mother with pre-existing conditions and everyone else like her to Hell.... What else am I missing? oh yeah, the hell with subsidies to clean energy. What we really need is to keep using nasty oil more and more, put up more coal fired power plants. Never mind the fact that they release so much mercury and other toxic metals to the air. Yup... I think that about cover it.”
Wethepeople50 on Aug 31, 2012 at 15:43:28
“They'll be alot better then the zero his name starts with. O bama see that zero in there ?”
t777jb on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:23:29
“Joel, it sounds like you would be great at spending other peoples money. I can see why you like Obama. Unfortunately, this short-sighted view is causing great harm to the health of our country. Please reconsider your position and vote for Romney.”
jones on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:11:43
“Don't forget privatizing education and colleges....and everything else...and higher taxes for middle income ppl and shutting down any govt subsidized institution like public parks, libraries, museums....HELLO GREECE!!~!”
“God willing. Hell, it's the same as the contested election between AlGore and Bush. Can you all imagine how much more advanced of a nation we would have by this time??? Sad....if Romney wins, all I can say is that we have devolved as a nation to a country of individualism, selfishness, bigotry and xenophobia. I'm out if that happens. I refuse to raise my future children in a place like that.”
newamericanliberal on Aug 19, 2012 at 19:13:00
“You are so so right, with that surplus and Gore in office, just imagine where we would be today.....Dems have to get more aggressive, being correct will not save you...must fight for it.”
“You are an uneducated idiot. I'm sure there are some vicious puts out there. Same for robber,an, same fore German shepherds, Ohh and lest I forget Coker spaniels and chihuahuas. Are they all "useless" according to you? This is the same moronic logic that by nature would mean that all catholic priest are child molesters. Come on.....I suppose Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) is a mentally ill patient to....jeez...”
“I wish that were true...unfortunately, it is more expensive (millions more) to go with death penalty because of the decades long legal processes and appeals. But hell has a special place just for him.”
“This story summarizes in one instance what is wrong with this great country. So much potential...and yet most have no understanding of cultures outside the U.S. So many have just resorted to demonize those that don't act or look like them. Looks like MLK's dream has not yet materialized. That's how much we have regressed. Dr. Jilani, thank you for sharing.”
“OK...first off. I'm in no position to say what the church should or should not sell. Do some of their churches seem extravagant at a time when people are dying of hunger in Africa? Yes. Do I think it is irrational to be against contraceptives when so many Catholics are dying all over the world of Aids, children being born with AIDS and over all having unwanted children being born. Yes..very much so. Hope that answers your question. Should material possessions glorify God or should the actions of the Church glorify God?”
united dreamer on Sep 4, 2012 at 05:35:27
“Their standpoint on contraceptives is underpinned by spiritual dogma - its a perspective based on abstention from sex before marriage, another spiritually rooted dogma.
But the headlines came about because the media were hounding the Catholic church into a standpoint at odd with public health policy. How far those headlines affect practice, who can tell. The media could have taken a more broad-minded view of what they headlined with a view to being more responsible. But they are not interested in the welfare of people.
That said people are not stupid. Even where education might not be available.
As for money it comes and goes, the Catholic charities alone are the biggest donors of aid in the world. And that is on top of their spiritual, care and educational commitments.
As much as it is a spiritual exercise, there is a practical need for a physical location, being as we are on earth. And any art which has financial value now, has more value where it now resides. Most people who appreciate art would agree, even atheists;-)”
jwcmass on Sep 3, 2012 at 21:56:57
“These ARE valid concerns. In some cases, to actually sell it is literally impossible. How would one sell the frescoes which Michelangelo painted on the walls and ceilings of the Sistine Chapel?
But what CAN happen is that the Vatican can dedicate all income from people coming to view the artwork to the poor.
I have also heard that the pope should actually be living at St. John's Lateran, since that is the bishop of Rome's (that is the title which makes someone the pope) Cathedral.
Certainly there should be no lavish new churches built at great cost in the baroque or Renaissance style. Simplicity and at much lower costs.”
“Rest in Peace. The world would have been much better off having you as a Pope. Church is no longer connected to the masses. The rights ARE too pompous, some churches are covered with riches beyond comprehension and instead of moving towards reunification and interfaith understanding, the catholic church voted for an ultra conservative bent on undoing liberal reforms and alienating (again) those who wish to use contraceptives.”
united dreamer on Sep 3, 2012 at 15:26:26
“You're not advocating selling off all the art that was created to glorify God and to be shared with believers are you? Otherwise what wealth are you talking about?
Seriously if you think the church is the people who are misusing wealth, you need to be checking the cathedrals of consumerism in Wall Street and the City of London. That is your real enemy.”
“I sure as hell hope you are right. I also share your view that these are the last tantrums by those resisting a greater consciousness where we take care of our own and work to improve our country and those living in it, not oil companies and the ultra rich.”
“While I agree with you that the level of profiency in mathematics in this country is really bad, for you to say that it is because they are teaching too much cultural diversity is ludicrous. This may not hold Tri for all schools, but the extent of cultural diversity I have seen these students taking is black history. That's it. When I was going to school in Puerto Rico, the "World Almanac" book was required. Then, every other month we would have a project where we had to choose a random country and make a presentation about said country, it's economy, exports, language, etc. It was an instrumental for me and as a result, as an adult, I have always been interested in reading and learning more about all religions, cultures, etc. I'm almost certain that many kids now from a regular classroom would be unable to show where in the map a given country is located in....you have probably seen the YouTube videos. Anyways, if you disagree, great. We agree to disagree.”
“Good Lord Kaal, calm down. First off, I think most of us agree that almost if not every nation, during its formation or medieval times, either oppressed or persecuted some of their citizens. Times have changed and the global collective consious deems many of those transgressions as what we would now consider genocide. So you best believe that I agree with you that what was done to the Native Americans was an atrocity. However, you are deviating from the subject. I am referring to events taking place in this era. The bigotry that we are now experiencing throughout the nation is an atrocity. In this day and age, I think its embarrassing that we even have to have these conversations. We should be reading about it with disgust in history books, not present day newspapers.”
“I agree with the below comments...It is such a sad and dreadful thing to see how we as a country have shifted from a nation of tolerance and freedom, to what is now more and more looking like a country of hate mongers and xenophobia by reason or pure ignorance and fear. We are not emphasizing in our schools cultural diversity and this results in a primordial fear of that of which we do not know and understand. Add to that the fact that there are so many extremist right wing hate mongers on television that are followed and quoted as if they were wise men / women and what we have left is a total mess of a country. Our founding fathers would be turning over in their graves if they could see what their countrymen and women have turned out like... I do not know what will it take to have people wake up to this, but I hope we can start again to move towards the altruistic ideals and principals that this great country was formed under. Peace”
SE rebel on Aug 17, 2012 at 16:35:47
“"We are not emphasizing in our schools cultural diversity..."
Is that a joke? Public schools spend more time teaching the wonders of "diversity" and "multiculturalism" than they do teaching mathematics. Maybe the tension and hate that you're observing is a by-product of the collision between academia and reality?”
KaalSingh on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:57:35
“"Shifted from a nation of tolerance and freedom"??? The ancestors of american people massacred thousands of innocent native americans just to live in that land. Americans have excused that as if it was right and just. Americans never had tolerance. Even to this day, americans havent learn from their past mistakes. England is the country of tolerance and freedom, not america. It never was.”
“Could not have said it better myself. Well written and thought provoking. I wish a SuperPAC would run an add with this message to remind the thousands out there that seem to have forgotten how to be human.”
Sergeant on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:06:12
“They know how to be human. And they showed it in Wisconsin and the election of 2010. Democrats have lost their way. Now they are a party of finger pointing, lame slogans and attacks on the common man and woman while simultaneously claiming to represent the people. Apparently the people didn't buy it in the recall in Wisconsin and still don't.”
“It is so sad that this is still occurring in this day and age, on what is supposed to be the world's best country when it comes to protected rights. As other have said here, it is an embarrassment. Wish you the best of luck.”