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The Kardashian Family Christmas Card 2013 Is Sort Of Bizarre

The Kardashian Family Christmas Card 2013 Is Sort Of Bizarre

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 08:06:49 in Celebrity

“Just knowing that they were involved in the creation of this card tells me that they know what they are doing - although they act clueless to the world. To them, life is just a reality show to make money. Nice. Why do we bother with them again?”
Balthazar Won't Fire Bathroom Attendants After All! (UPDATE)

Balthazar Won't Fire Bathroom Attendants After All! (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 21:58:33 in Small Business

“I think this is a case that sometimes we all forget - think before you speak. You can't take words back.”
This 1950s Women's Health Tutorial Is Utterly Appalling (VIDEO)

This 1950s Women's Health Tutorial Is Utterly Appalling (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 08:47:35 in Fifty

“The line in the video that was most interesting was the encouragement of doctors to take the complaints of women going thru menopause (or in general) more seriously. That's an issue in women's health in general, which is getting better. If doctors listened more to women patients, we may have better technology to help them with ailments.”
Jeanne Shaheen Calls For Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extension

Jeanne Shaheen Calls For Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extension

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 08:05:54 in Politics

“It's almost refreshing to see Congress thinking a little bit ahead for once. But what I find most amusing about the Web site insanity is that there are a number of sites out there that do something very similar (allow users to start a search to evaluate different health care plans before applying) - and it appears that nothing from these sites was leveraged to create the government site. ehealthinsurance.com - they do pretty much the same thing and they do a great job. I don't get it - but then again, I don't get what government does half the time anyway.”
Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 06:50:45 in Media

“I just have 2 questions for you and 1 point of information:
1) Most people don't like what's going on with our government, yet nothing really changes. So I guess people like things the way they are, based on your logic. Do you agree?
2) A poll is nothing more than a type of market research if you think about it. Have you gotten calls for a poll or research where they ask if you work in certain industries or do certain types of work? Yes, they are disqualifying you because of your knowledge of that area because it could skew results because you know how it works. Sometimes they will allow anyone to participate - but they do take info about you to help justify results (and segment). 
Here is a poll that was done by Suffolk University and WHDH that showed disapproval of Romneycare. Again - which is right? Hard to say - need to see the questions and research. http://www2.suffolk.edu/46306.html and http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/08/romneycare-less-popular-than-e ”
Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 07:57:14 in Media

“It seems like my response wasn't posted so sorry for this second response if it comes up.....what I'm talking about was pretty common only 30 years ago and I was a child then. So if that makes me a grandma - frankly, that's funny! I guess in some 3rd world nations I would be!

Next - I know people from both sides of the political spectrum like most people.

Third - Polls can be skewed - why it helps to see the questions asked to be sure it isn't leading towards a result. This is why often people who work in those fields can't participate - they know how it works.”

EvasDaddy on Oct 12, 2013 at 01:15:25

“Yeah if you were a child 30 years ago, you're definitely grandma material.
We ALL know people from "both sides" of the political spectrum.  (btw, a spectrum consists of way more than two sides).  My point is that you can not possibly "know" enough people personally to have a true sense of how Massachusetts residents feel about Romneycare.  The polls (yes "the polls", which means a wide array taken over many years by different polling groups) show that Romney care is popular.  If it wasn't, why wouldn't they end it????
Lastly, do your really believe that poll takers cant' take part in polls because "they know how they work"?  That doesn't make sense.”
Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 07:46:05 in Media

“Well yes - the insurance companies and Medicare and the like too. There's an interesting book - The End of Medicine by Andy Kessler that will change your view of the health care industry and insurance. It's kinda the point I'm trying to get to....”
Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 07:43:15 in Media

“No, it means you have a different perspective. See above response. I'm not THAT old. You don't know me - like I don't know you. I was presenting a different point of view.”
Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Van Jones Asks Ted Cruz About Obamacare: 'Are You Going To Acknowledge That You Were On The Wrong Side?' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 07:05:06 in Media

“A couple of things from this....

1) I know a lot of people from MA (and I'm from there) - they ALL hate Romneycare. I've seen polls where people in MA like it, but why is it when I talk to people about it, they aren't a fan?

2) We keep the argument focused on health insurance rather than health care. Health insurance is a way to fund health care treatment - there are other, more creative ways. Health insurance companies are in it for profit.

The focus on coverage has us give money to a financial institution to fix the problem rather than focusing on the real reasons why health care is expensive in this country - giving the insurance companies what they want - it's all about codes, paperwork, the order of tests (like a formula - whether you need it or not), what's covered and what's not, the costs of machines for corporate profit, etc. I remember the days of going to the doctors where there was no receptionist, no paperwork - you paid the guy directly. AND IT WAS ALWAYS PACKED! And if you couldn't afford it - he'd make it work. Talk about simple! And this wasn't that long ago either.”

Queen Black on Oct 11, 2013 at 08:44:58

“If you really think about it...It was a long D_MN time ago!!”

sar225 on Oct 11, 2013 at 07:29:42

“and who sets the codes, paperwork and all costs. oh ya! the insurance companies. I asked a guy from Massachusetts the other day if 2+3=5. he told me it equaled 6. why do the polls say it is 5 when everyone I talk to says 6?”

TruthAccepted on Oct 11, 2013 at 07:18:35

“Usually when you have to say "I remember the days when....." it means that you're probably out of touch with TODAY'S AMERICA.”

verashula on Oct 11, 2013 at 07:16:03

“Romneycare is a huge success and even moderate Republicans will admit that.”

erinjoy on Oct 11, 2013 at 07:14:53

“First off, unless you work for a union of some sort everyone in the US has faced the difficulty of high premiums. That has forced many to choose between food/shelter and healthcare. This at least gives an option to those that wouldn't otherwise be insured...better than nothing, which you would pay for anyway when they go to the emergency room. Second, many Democrats wanted a better option that Obamacare, but if this bare bones plan can barely pass can you imagine a single payer option making it through? Getting it rolling was the hurdle.”

EvasDaddy on Oct 11, 2013 at 07:11:02

“Hahaha "I remember the days" pretty much gave you away.

Things change, grandma. Things change. (BTW, has it occurred to you that the "lot of people" you know from MA are all your friends, who think just as you do?

Polls don't lie.”
Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 07:58:35 in Politics

“Many countries have defaulted but in the end - they figure it out. Argentina defaulted - wasn't pleasant, but they figured it out. So did Venezuela. And the US did during the depression as well. We have a bunch of theories, but not a lot of fact. Again - do you have anything concrete? The best is this article from the Christian Science Monitor - gotta love them. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2013/1009/US-debt-default-The-knowns-and-unknowns-unnerve-the-globe-video

slimbear on Oct 10, 2013 at 08:10:43

“You've lost your mind if you think this would go down without severe consequences...look at the low caliber of the people who make this claim compared to people who actually study and are expert on topic. You can go to the witch doctor if you want to, I'll go to the Mayo clinic.”
Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 07:40:10 in Politics

“Anything can be worse...but where are the examples.”
Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 07:39:35 in Politics

“It's funny - we are threatened by "worse" - but no one gives us an example or shows us any bottom line. Maybe you know something the rest of us don't?”

slimbear on Oct 10, 2013 at 07:47:00

“Well genius, google countries that have defaulted on their debt and see what you find.”
Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Elizabeth Warren Warns Against Default

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 06:56:14 in Politics

“Usually, I like what Warren has to say, but this tidbit:
"If we default on our debt, we could bring a worldwide recession on -- a recession that would pummel hard-working middle-class people, people who lost their homes and jobs and retirement savings, who are barely getting back on their feet."

Does she know we're still kinda in a recession? Hello!”

Alpha Nerd on Oct 10, 2013 at 07:29:40

“Um it can be a hell of a lot worse.”

slimbear on Oct 10, 2013 at 07:19:11

“We're in paradise compared to where we'd be if they default.”
Congressional Perks Deemed Essential During Government Shutdown While Public Sacrifices

Congressional Perks Deemed Essential During Government Shutdown While Public Sacrifices

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 16:15:24 in Politics

“We have an elected royalty! I'm waiting for one to say the fictional yet legendary line - "Let them eat cake!" This tells you where they see their constituent's priorities. Change is in the air....

I personally like how they want to keep the Congressional gym open. I guess 24 Hour Fitness isn't good enough.”

cregis on Oct 9, 2013 at 16:24:52

“I was thinking they sound like Communists. The party elite who enjoy perks not available to their comrades.”
OECD Skills Test: U.S. Adults Lag In Practical Workplace Skills

OECD Skills Test: U.S. Adults Lag In Practical Workplace Skills

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 12:06:40 in Politics

“It's interesting you say that - I've been noticing a trend for a while about knowledge being imparted by authority vs experimentation/reason. I remember in school doing experiments to "prove" what we were taught to show we could question and get us to think. Today, if an authority tells you something - it MUST be true (even though there may data to prove contrary). Thanks for the insight - definitely getting me thinking.....”
NSA Transparency Effort Halted Because Of Government Shutdown

NSA Transparency Effort Halted Because Of Government Shutdown

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 07:44:58 in Politics

“"My dog ate my homework." Sure - this is as a great of an excuse as any. So ridiculous! But that's ok - in some ways, some of this problem is taking care of itself. http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/08/the-nsas-massive-computer-clusters-in-utah-are-failing-due-to-arc-explosions/ (sure, they aren't listening and just need a big data center for fun :) )”
Shutdown Causes Biggest Drop In Economic Confidence Since Lehman

Shutdown Causes Biggest Drop In Economic Confidence Since Lehman

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 07:26:15 in Business

“A main reason why we are in the mess we are in has less to do with parties and more to do with corporate interests and corporations living off the teet of the US. We fall time and time again for party issues - both parties worked hard to get us where we are while we sat at home not really paying attention and letting these bozos get into office. Simple fact - you can't pay for things you don't have the money for. You have to prioritize. Our debt is off the hook and has been going this way for now over 30 years - both parties included in the deed. If our Congress wasn't so bought and paid for, maybe we'd run more efficiently.”

ken607 on Oct 9, 2013 at 07:57:38

“the simple FACT the media is being nuetral instead of being FACT BASED. I dont care who is in power just were givin the FACTS. not opinion or lies but TRUTH. I BLAME the media.”
Oklahoma Pipeline Explosion Sparks Large Fire, Prompting Evacuations (VIDEO)

Oklahoma Pipeline Explosion Sparks Large Fire, Prompting Evacuations (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 07:20:55 in Business

“Well, Spain was so successful at going solar they came close to killing off traditional energy sources and it seems they want to go back to that. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24272061 It seems all this energy business is really just corporate business....”

Rodrockler on Oct 9, 2013 at 17:26:50

“Taxing those who take the burden off the grid is a stupid move and not just proposed in Spain. They are trying to do the same here arguing that because those who have solar pay less (ignoring the fact they use the grid LESS) and should pay more to help defray the costs of maintenance.

It's all pure malarkey and just another way to suck money from those who depend less on the grid.”
The Government Shutdown Trickle-Down: 50 Effects Of The Budget Standstill

The Government Shutdown Trickle-Down: 50 Effects Of The Budget Standstill

Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 22:00:23 in Politics

“It's interesting to see what the federal government HAS funded all along. Some of it - honestly - I've gotta wonder about it. But then there are other things that are being cut that shouldn't be. This gets you to wonder about the priorities - or rather lack of - in our government. SMB loans should still go out - a lot of our Senators and reps don't need all their staff. And if this many staff is non-essential - are they really necessary? This is more of a learning experience about how deep this all goes.”

Eris23Skidoo on Oct 11, 2013 at 02:44:46

“With fewer staff, they have to get their expertise from somewhere. You know who is always offering expertise? Lobbyists. Of course, their expertise is slanted in favor of their clients. But they tend to be very knowledgeable about their issue areas.”
OECD Skills Test: U.S. Adults Lag In Practical Workplace Skills

OECD Skills Test: U.S. Adults Lag In Practical Workplace Skills

Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 21:52:34 in Politics

“I always find it interesting that in the US we blame the teachers or the education system. I think the US needs to look at itself as a culture to see why education and learning is bleh - we honestly just don't value it. We glorify 20 year old entertainers who wear close to nothing onstage and have little more talent than a pretty good voice. We don't make smart people into celebrities - do we know who won the latest Nobel prizes in science off the top of our heads? Do they make the big headlines? They make a headline but not a big deal about it. If we all valued education - I think reality shows and that other pop junk wouldn't be so valued.”

Lucero65 on Oct 10, 2013 at 17:02:49

“Most of the entertainers these days can't even sing! Without auto-tune and lip-synching they'd be in trouble.”

foresure6379 on Oct 9, 2013 at 13:27:33

“drahma415:

You are quite right. Teachers have absolutely no responsibility for students learning anything. Well stated.”

arachne646 on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:50:51

“Science isn't really valued in the US, although technology is. Knowledge imparted by authority is valued much more than knowledge gained by reason, or by experimentation, because of the philosophy of Biblical literalism, which has crept into the culture, even where formal Sunday School or Bible study teaching doesn't reach (further than actual "creation science").”

Vince Almaraz on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:10:14

“THANK YOU!!! Game, set, match!! The culture here is a problem. More emphasis placed on having a good time than education.”

Lmustin on Oct 8, 2013 at 23:11:07

“True. I want to blame the parents BUT It's a destructive cycle. Employers have been combining 2 jobs into 1 since the economy 1st tanked in 2009... everyone's getting off work at O Dark:30. No one home to watch and guide the kids. Then when the kids fails we blame the teachers. Now that we are a "must have" society and everyone must work to maintain that lifestyle, the kids are the one's that's suffering. We've got the timing of things so backwards now. I remember hearing about my grandparents having their starter house, then working and saving more to get that step-up house. They used the equity they had in the starter house and saving to have a shorter mortgage and lower payments. We just don't do things that way anymore. We have 50 year olds buying that huge dream house with little down, they will not be able to payoff if they retire. We say it takes two to take care of a household, but what takes 2 is the lifestyle filled with all the extras, iEverything, big house with all the bells, 2 cars, the kids cars, TV's bigger than we've ever seen before. I mean this list goes on. More than a few generations back people made choices that put the kids 1st and sacrificed having the extra large life so that someone would be home to raise the kids. We talk about greedy corporations BUT they are not the only ones.”
Senate Republican 'Lynch Mob' Rails Against Ted Cruz

Senate Republican 'Lynch Mob' Rails Against Ted Cruz

Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 09:25:17 in Politics

“Start asking tough questions to these guys and start paying attention to the election. For a long time, many people checked out and just voted in who was in before. You have to research these candidates - can't always depend on the media to do it for you (media has proven that it can't really be trusted).”
Senate Republican 'Lynch Mob' Rails Against Ted Cruz

Senate Republican 'Lynch Mob' Rails Against Ted Cruz

Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 09:00:57 in Politics

“A few things happened with this government shutdown, which should tell the American people a lot and hopefully get us all to wake up:
1. Who we put into office are sheeple. They will just follow the biggest voice and don't have a ton of critical thinking skills. Great leadership, eh?
2. As a country, we are simply spending too much money. If as individuals we spent too much money, we'd have to cut back and figure out how to make it work. You could tell people you were going to do thing, but you'd have to back out because you can't afford it. The government NEEDS to do the same thing. We simply can't afford it.
3. If we focused on things that matter - getting the economy really going and having more good, well paying jobs (beyond flippin' bugers at mc-y d's) - we'd be better off. And the government would be making more money from that.

As Americans, we have to take responsibility for electing these mindless fools into office. Honestly - it's our bad that we have to change next time around.”

Monkey business on Oct 4, 2013 at 09:08:56

“So what magic thing allows us to tell the wolves in sheeps clothing from the sheep???”
iOS 7 Design Is Giving Some People Motion Sickness And Vertigo

iOS 7 Design Is Giving Some People Motion Sickness And Vertigo

Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 07:52:33 in Technology

“Actually, I have an iPhone and got IOS 7. One thing I noticed right away was a visual effect because of color choice - contrast of green/blue colors with red. You know how you can get a spin effect if you use a primary red with a primary green or blue? Most places don't do that because of the effect - but Apple did. I can see how the animations would cause this - and have felt a little woosy watching it as well. Frankly, they should have usability tested it to see if the cool factor was functional.”

dialabrain on Sep 27, 2013 at 08:18:08

“there is a very small percentage of the population that can be affected by the iOS 7 graphics effects. I'm not one of them apparently but changing your background might help, setting the reduce motion, etc.”
HUFFPOLLSTER: Nancy Pelosi Is Congress' Most Popular Leader, Which Isn't Saying Much

HUFFPOLLSTER: Nancy Pelosi Is Congress' Most Popular Leader, Which Isn't Saying Much

Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 09:53:38 in Politics

“I agree. I don't understand how the people of San Francisco keep voting her in. She said of Obamacare: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what it is in." I mean - really? And for a rep of the Bay area, which is typically Internet central, she was totally boo'd for her view on Snowden. I don't know how she keeps her job.”

Daly on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:09:41

“GOP would have better luck in dumping ObamaCare if they had something else to replace it with; surely in over 40 votes they could have presented a single idea?  Long career for Nancy and Boehner; Bo Selling us out to tobacco companies is his legacy; Nancy, you can cite two foolish statements...Bo has a career of foolish statements backing them up with  inane actions.”

ticoune on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:06:57

“Who's the baddest....Pelosi or Issa ? The poll denotes that all leaders of Congress are despicable.”
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