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Fat Shame: People Would Rather Lose $1,000 Than Gain 20 Pounds, Survey Finds

Fat Shame: People Would Rather Lose $1,000 Than Gain 20 Pounds, Survey Finds

Commented May 23, 2013 at 23:01:38 in Women

“Why is this article acting like that's a bad thing? I think anyone who would rather gain 20 lb. has their priorities totally screwed, unless of course they are underweight. A thousand dollars is nice, but not enough money to effect your life long term. 20 extra pounds means health consequences that could literally shorten your life.”

Antidiot on May 24, 2013 at 17:16:54

“And effect the quality of your life immediately.”
Men's Bikini Wax Preference? NOT A Brazilian, Poll Finds

Men's Bikini Wax Preference? NOT A Brazilian, Poll Finds

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 09:43:55 in Style

“I've never really considered what men like. I wax my bikini line (basic wax, what the study calls a bermuda triangle) and trim because I like the way I look in the mirror better that way.”

macungieman on Apr 9, 2013 at 09:46:15

“So do we.”
Sequester Effects: Top Public Defender Forced To Fire Himself

Sequester Effects: Top Public Defender Forced To Fire Himself

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 09:25:45 in Politics

“Because it's obvious. The upper echelons of administration always makes many times what the rank and file make. In the private section it would have been 10-20 times, but in government they tend to even this sort of thing out more.”
Hot Sex Includes Trust For 87 Percent Of Women, Says Survey

Hot Sex Includes Trust For 87 Percent Of Women, Says Survey

Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 23:11:37 in Women

“I totally agree, but a relationship is still at the center of it. I have never really gotten off during one night stands the way I have during early in the relationship sex.”
Christianity As State Religion Supported By One-Third Of Americans, Poll Finds

Christianity As State Religion Supported By One-Third Of Americans, Poll Finds

Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 23:06:42 in Politics

“This just plain scares me.”

priscianusjr on Apr 6, 2013 at 23:11:16

“Well, just remember, 2/3 of the people are against it.”
Sequestration Effects: Cuts Sting Communities Nationwide

Sequestration Effects: Cuts Sting Communities Nationwide

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 11:21:12 in Politics

“Aside from the education cuts, none of the 100 items listed were worth putting our nation further in debt for. The more I read about the effects of the sequester, the more I am glad we did it.”

bolduc999 on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:37:13

“the actual big cuts haven't even started yet....e.g. DOD/DOT”

FragBunnie on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:30:35

“Give it a few months for the economic impact to hit.”

willowraven on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:29:20

“Sooner or later this will screw you too. And the rest if us will be glad when it happens..”

chanahan on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28:30

“I agree in principle, but would even argue the education cuts.”

thrillthis on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:22:05

“and even the "education " cuts are just smoke and mirrors ...
no way they would cut the bureaucracy”
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 21:55:57 in Religion

“'Religions are made up by humans to give meaning to things they do not understand.' - precisely.  It is a construct through which to find meaning.  And I use it as such.  Would it bother you so much if I said I find Jungian psychology helpful in finding meaning in my life?”

D Q on Mar 14, 2013 at 03:49:18

“Meaning is subjective. It is also irrelevant. Life does not have to have meaning or purpose. You are born and have a 0-72 year window to exist. It is up to you what you do with your time. As analytical humans, we seek solidarity in others and then spend our lives trying to push for the mutual benefit and advancement of the interests of those with who we sympathize and love. That is our meaning of life.

Those with no one to regard or love, have a meaningless life.”
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 21:24:33 in Religion

“I do not feel confused at all, but based on the comments to my comment it does appear the religious atheist is a novel concept to many. Odd, because most of my pagan friends consider themselves just that.”
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 21:22:32 in Religion

“I am not calling atheism a religion, but there certainly are religious atheists. One can find meaning in things besides God. A better analogy would be masturbation - I am quite capable of getting off without involving a man, and I am also capable of finding deep spiritual meaning without believing a God is there giving it to me. If you think I am just a confused person, consider that Buddhism is a religion, and believers of it do not believe in a God of any sort. Only in enlightenment. Google it.”

D Q on Mar 13, 2013 at 21:49:28

“Religions are made up by humans to give meaning to things they do not understand. It requires the suspension of the laws of nature and critical thought. Religion was created to make people feel better about things that frightened them.

Don't ever trade a belief in delusion over evidence and truth. It is always better to know the facts and the truth, over being made to feel good being told a lie.”
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 21:14:40 in Religion

“No, atheism is the rejection of belief in a GOD, religion is not the same as belief in a God. Religion is a full belief system. My belief system includes a deep reverence for nature and humanity, which I treat as sacred. But I do not believe there is anything supernatural about it. It is it's very *naturalness* that I find sacred. Is that really so hard to understand?”
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 20:49:09 in Religion

“With all the talk about the non-religious theists, there is little acknowledgement of the opposite - the religious atheist. I am such a person, and I don't think I am alone. As a pagan, I know a number of pagans who, like me, do not believe in the Gods per se, but find great meaning in the ritual and belief system of paganism. And of course the entire religious system of Buddhism is avowedly atheist, as are the Buddhists I know.”

D Q on Mar 13, 2013 at 21:09:50

“Religious Athiests?

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling Abstinence a sexual position”

Skinny White Sinner on Mar 13, 2013 at 21:08:29

“Atheism is precisely the rejection of religion and the supernatural. You can't be a religious atheist. How do you not make your own head hurt?”

thevocalatheist on Mar 13, 2013 at 21:02:41

“You are one very confused individual but good luck with that!”
Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Ban On Red Light Cameras

Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Ban On Red Light Cameras

Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 14:41:49 in Politics

“I think the cameras themselves would be fine if there was any way for the accused to fight it in court. I recieved a red light ticket for taking a right on red (it came with a password to access the video, which clearly showed me taking the right). What shocked me most was not that I got this ridiculous ticket, but that there was no way to contest it in court. You could write a statement (in a space big enough for 1-2 sentences, no additional paper allowed), but this simply got sent to a guy 4 states away where the business was located, who would supposedly decide if I deserved a break in the fine (he wrote back simply 'didn't say you didn't do it' with a bill for a slightly reduced amount). How is that fair. (Yes, I am bitter).”
Joe Biden Will Ensure Obama Administration's Tough Drug War Stance: Former White House Official

Joe Biden Will Ensure Obama Administration's Tough Drug War Stance: Former White House Official

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:24:18 in Politics

“What's the difference? If it's not a crime it's legal.”
Todd Akin Campaign Says He Still Believes Doctors Give Abortions To Non-Pregnant Women

Todd Akin Campaign Says He Still Believes Doctors Give Abortions To Non-Pregnant Women

Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 11:43:52 in Politics

“My friend had a miscarriage some months ago and the doctors suggested performing a D&C afterward to ensure that no pieces of the placenta or fetus were left in there, which can apparently cause infection. She chose not to undergo what she considered an unneccesary procedure, but I can see how this common practice could be misinterpretated (by those that *want* to misinterpret it) as an abortion for a women undergoing a miscarriage. But it is not for the purpose of collecting fees, but to ensure that the women do not become infected due to having pieces of dead fetus' hanging around in their womb.”

emscrs on Oct 4, 2012 at 19:24:04

“Very true - not all miscarriages (more properly termed "spontaneous abortion") are complete.”

Jenny-Ann on Oct 4, 2012 at 17:49:56

“I'm sorry for your friends loss and I hope they had no problems from not having the D&C!”
Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 16:09:26 in Parents

“I totally agree. But is the picture is gotten elsewhere, those people 1. don't know us, so what do I care what they think of me or my husband? and 2. it is no longer from my husband, so your op is moot.”

ksty321 on Jul 30, 2012 at 16:13:44

“You might care if people think that your husband is a sicko if he is posting pictures of one of his daughters with her lips around his other daughters nipples and they come and check him out (which, I really think would happen if a man posted this of his female daughters)
 
Ok, No problem. Your kids can be exploited by pedophiles. Better yours than mine.”
Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 15:22:21 in Parents

“I think of friends and family would. They all know we are into natural parenting and that my husband is a loving, caring father. If you're talking about strangers - what they think is not really something for me to worry about, as they will never meet my husband or me anyway. Besides, they only way they could get it is through someone else (we use the strictest privacy settings on our facebook page) so they would not know he was the one who posted it anyway.”

giftoflife898 on Aug 2, 2012 at 02:11:43

“Strangers are exactly the people who you should care about.”

ksty321 on Jul 30, 2012 at 15:24:34

“If something is on facebook, it is on the internet. No deleting it.  No take backs. I don't care what your privacy settings are, there will always be a way for those pictures to leak.”
Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Lauren Ferrari, Mom, Banned From Facebook Over Controversial Breastfeeding Photo (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 15:00:14 in Parents

“Yes, my husband totally supports my breastfeeding and would like it was cute.”

Raven1947 on Jul 30, 2012 at 18:47:17

“It's great to have a hubby who supports your breastfeeding. :)

Would your hubby have snapped that very same picture of his two daughters (or his daughter and a son) and posted the picture on facebook, and then gone to the media with the picture if facebook banned him over the picture? Just wondering?”

ksty321 on Jul 30, 2012 at 15:25:33

“However, I believe your point is moot. I truly believe that if a man posted this instead of a woman, we'd be getting a whole lot of different responses on this topic.”

ksty321 on Jul 30, 2012 at 15:04:26

“I'm sorry, do you think they'd think the same OF your husband if he......."”

ksty321 on Jul 30, 2012 at 15:04:01

“Do you think OTHER people would still think the same as your husband if he posted this picture of your kids on facebook?”
huffingtonpost entry

Bloomberg's Breastfeeding Program, 'Latch On NYC,' Wants Hospitals To Change Baby Formula Protocol

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 14:51:19 in New York

“Formula does carry risks, just like medications, and I think limiting access to it at this crucial time in the breasfeeding cycle is a great step. That said I am a little nervous about the 'talk' about why the mother should opt out of formula. The risks of formula feeding should be communicated to the mother so she can make an informed decision. But a mandated talk like that sounds like it will lead to judgement and social pressure - things that have no place in the medical world. A pamplet or written notice of the risks should suffice.”
One Million Moms Condemns Oreo Cookies For Gay Pride Support

One Million Moms Condemns Oreo Cookies For Gay Pride Support

Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 17:03:58 in Gay Voices

“I think my toddler is getting xtra cookies for awhile. Nothing like supporting a good cause to aschwag mom guilt over bad nutrition ;)”
Jesse Michener, Mom, Aims To Change School Policy After Kids Are Severely Sunburned

Jesse Michener, Mom, Aims To Change School Policy After Kids Are Severely Sunburned

Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 11:35:31 in Parents

“I can totally see why there is a school policy that the teachers will not apply sunscreen, but banning kids for applying their own sunscreen is ridiculous. And to all those commenters that say it's the mom's fault, the only thing the mother could have done is supply the sunscreen, which I assume she did (why else would she be mad they weren't allowed to apply their own sunscreen?). It's the school saying - 'Oh, you were responsible and brought sunscreen to protect yourself? Too bad, our policy is that you must burn regardless of how prepared you are.'”

mgchemtek on Jun 25, 2012 at 13:05:21

“Political Junkie, the mom SAID in the article she didn't apply sunscreen that morning because it was raining--which is a lame excuse. Her kid has a "form of albinism" so that was an even bigger failure on HER part, since she obviously knows more about the condition than the teachers know. Worse, she doesn't even recognize her own part in this, instead choosing to slam the school for failing to protect her kids. I don't see where she says she even supplied sunscreen for her daughters to use...it only says that the teachers wouldn't apply it or allow the girls to apply it. So, if the mother FAILED to apply it that morning, and FAILED to supply it, how can she be absolved of any responsiblity? Plus, if MY kid had a skin disorder, I'd be damned sure to find out she was protected. The school's policy is stupid, but the mother's failure to even acknowledge her part in this is worse--I'd have way more respect for her and would even feel outraged about the policy if the mom took HER RESPONSIBILITY in the matter, but she doesn't. Not in this article, anyway.”

tissa on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:39:26

She didn't get them a doctor's note, otherwise they could reapply during the day.

It is her failure, not theirs.
huffingtonpost entry

Iowa Governor Warns Mitt Romney That Voters May 'Punish Him' For Lackluster Effort

Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 20:03:04 in Politics

“The last Iowa caucus winner to win the white house? That would be Obama. The last Republican to win the Iowa caucus and get the white house was George W. Bush. Also the last Republican to win the white house. So it actually is very important.”
huffingtonpost entry

Iowa Governor Warns Mitt Romney That Voters May 'Punish Him' For Lackluster Effort

Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 13:24:45 in Politics

“I have family in Iowa, and think it's an interesting state, but the power they weld at the expense of the other 49 states is appalling. I saw it first-hand when I visited family in the fall of 2007. I opened the local paper and found an entire section devoted to the campaign stops of the canidates. I went and saw Obama in a high school auditorium the next day. It was wonderful, speaking directly with candidates, asking questions, getting real response and not newsbites. Why am I not allowed to do that in my home state? Why does being from Iowa make you vote more special than mine?

I have lived in 5 states, and on only one occasion have I ever heard of a local campaign stop (not including $500 a plate fundraisers) being done by a major canidate for president during the primaries. It's not fair and Iowa needs to let the rest of the country have their say too.”

Stephen McAbee on Nov 16, 2011 at 17:27:32

“If not for the long primary process that starts with smaller states, Obama would not be president.”

rioderek on Nov 16, 2011 at 14:10:58

“People actually live in Iowa ? WOW, I thought the place was nothing but dirt farms and a few toothless farmers with sister/wives and mongrel children wearing overalls.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Problem With PG-13 Rated Films

Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 00:53:23 in Parents

“Everyone reacts differently. I am 31 years old and get very emotionally distraught when seeing or reading about extreme violence (murder, torture, etc.) - often to the point of having nightmares for weeks. Last year I had a heck of a time getting over seeing 'American History X'. Quite frankly, I think that's the way it should be. Being 'able to handle' such imagery seems like a strange detachment from the human condition. And while I won't say that I enjoy being disturbed, the psychological intensity of it reminds me of my humanity. I don't think it's the creation of violet kids we need to worry about, but the creation of non-feeling kids who brush off such images - and learn to detach themselves from the world around them.”

Evan Allison on Jun 24, 2013 at 22:48:02

“You make a great point about images of violence and empathy. I have actually seen a very persuasive argument that images of fake violence do not in fact desensitize us to real violence. If you have the stomach for it, look up "jimquisition desensitized to violence". It is a web show about gaming. The host makes his point by showing a montage of violent deaths in video games. He then shows news footage of a Pennsylvania politician committing suicide on live television. The people who watched the show were hard core gamers who had played countless hours of violent video games. They felt nothing while watching the video game violence. However, they nearly all reacted horribly to the real violence. This shows that we are capable of discriminating between real and fake and that our empathy does not stagnate due to watching fake violence.”
Girls and Long Hair: What Message Are We Sending?

Girls and Long Hair: What Message Are We Sending?

Commented May 28, 2013 at 23:06:29 in Parents

“It would never even occur to me to say no to a request from my daughter to change her hairstyle. Anything not permanent (like a tattoo) is fine by me. I like your honesty and get that this was an eye-opener for you, but for me it seems silly. Personally I hope my daughter is adventurous enough to want a mohawk. I did all the funky manic panic colors in my preteen years (I rock forest green like you wouldn't believe), but never had the guts to do my true desire - shave it all off. I hope my daughter is braver than I.”
It's Time to Stop Treating Dads Like Idiots

It's Time to Stop Treating Dads Like Idiots

Commented May 28, 2013 at 21:52:13 in Parents

“I don't find that onesie funny either. My husband is a stay-at-home dad and it works very well for us. But I have also met mothers who do treat their husbands/baby daddys as though they couldn't possibly do it right without their guidance. My cousin, who has two young children, recently complained to me that it's so much more work with two that even getting the kids in and out of the car was a chore. I told her we take the split approach - I get the preschooler out of her booster seat while my husband gets the baby out. She said this would never work with her guy because he is clueless and it would take longer to get him to do it right than to do it all herself. I thought that was the weirdest attitude. I mean really, the man can't figure out a baby seat? Give him some credit will you!”
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