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Harry Accornero, New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker, Accuses President Obama Of Treason

Harry Accornero, New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker, Accuses President Obama Of Treason

Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 16:18:22 in Politics

“State legislators around the country are sometimes a showcase of the insane in local politics. This guy is basically saying that anyone outside the U.S. borders is an enemy. So now we have around 7 billion enemies. He sounds like an extreme racist and xenophobe with no place in any kind of government.”
FreedomWorks Gives Freshman Republicans Tips For Dealing With Medicare At Town Halls

FreedomWorks Gives Freshman Republicans Tips For Dealing With Medicare At Town Halls

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 12:33:10 in Politics

“"Communicate that Democrats do not have a plan of their own. Hold up a blank piece of paper as a powerful image of their do-nothing approach." This is one of many lies in the Republican plans. The Affordable Care Act (derisively called Obamacare by those on the right, but someday they may regret it when it becomes more and more popular) does include some real plans for reducing the costs of medicare in the future. The Ryan plan is actually a do-nothing plan --- it eliminates the government as the insurer and forces everyone to go with private for-profit (not really for your health) insurance companies, which will greatly increase costs. One of the reasons Medicare is such a good deal is that a lot of overhead is eliminated and the government has huge bargaining power to reduce costs. Do you as an individual feel like you have bargaining power with a private for-profit health insurance company?”

amluvinit2 on Jun 1, 2011 at 14:02:10

“Could not agree more. Tell all to read”

amluvinit2 on Jun 1, 2011 at 14:01:35

“Affordable care act. Read it sometime.

troutster on Jun 1, 2011 at 13:29:32

“And let's not forget, it's a $15,000 voucher for a policy in the first year. Is that enough for a 65 year old? I'm not sure. But the big news is, the voucher will increase with the cost of living...not health care costs. Health care costs go up much faster, so that in just a short time, the voucher won't be nearly enough.”
IRS Drastically Increases Its Audits Of America's Richest Taxpayers

IRS Drastically Increases Its Audits Of America's Richest Taxpayers

Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 13:56:41 in Business

“When conservatives say that the wealthy 1% pay more in taxes than the large majority of those at the bottom of the income distribution, it has nothing to do with how fair their tax rates are, but everything to do with how incredibly wealthy the wealthy in America have become in the last few years. 30% of 100 million is 10 times more than 30% of 10 million, but in both cases, 30% is too low a marginal tax rate. The middle class grew immensely during the 50s, 60s and still during the 70s, partly because there wasn't a huge concentration of wealth at the top. The up to 90% marginal tax rates (marginal meaning you only pay higher rates on the amount of money over some limit) helped fund Americas expansion.”
House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton Denies Human Role In Climate Change (VIDEO)

House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton Denies Human Role In Climate Change (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 14:02:37 in Politics

“This latest batch of House Republicans are especially hostile to science. Evidence will not really change their beliefs. However, I believe there are reasonable people reading this blog that can have their minds changed by evidence. Here is an example of a global climate model:
read the caption below the figure, the total effect is approximately equal to the sum of each driving force alone, which means you can disentangle the different effects. Global sulfate pollution has a cooling effect, global CO2 emission (which has drastically increased in recent decades because of human activity) has a warming effect, which is now much stronger than the solar forcing effect. I believe this one figure is quite strong evidence that human activity is the major cause of global average temperatures rising.”

slowuncle on Feb 9, 2011 at 14:06:41

“back in the day, before trogs took over Wasington DC, the tobacco industry paid billions to cook science and put off the inevitability of recognition of their product's perils------the oil industry has it much easier now because the modern right is so credulous”
huffingtonpost entry

Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner, Takes Homeopathy Seriously

Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 15:01:44 in Science

“That's right, after looking at the wikipedia page on water memory (, I was directed to this research paper published in Nature in 2005:

The relevant results for homeopathy are mentioned in the last sentence of the abstract:

"Our results highlight the efficiency of energy redistribution within the hydrogen-bonded network, and that liquid water essentially loses the memory of persistent correlations in its structure within 50 fs."

So for the 3-D correlations among water molecules that homeopathy "memory" seems to rely on, the time scale is much shorter than even the polarization time scale (50 fs is 50 femtoseconds, and a femtosecond is 1/1000th of a picosecond)”
huffingtonpost entry

Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner, Takes Homeopathy Seriously

Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 12:48:57 in Science

“Water at room temperature does have a memory, and it is measurable. See for example Section in the book "Ground Penetrating Radar: Theory and Applications", edited by Harry Jol. When an electromagnetic field (such as Radar) passes through water, it polarizes the water molecules. After the wave is turned off (i.e. the Radar pulse is gone), the water molecules relax back to their unordered, random state, as with all liquids. The hotter the water, the faster the relaxation time. I'll quote from this section, written by Nigel Cassidy, about the electrical and magnetic properties of rocks, soils, and fluids: "For pure, free water at room temperature (approximately 25 deg C), the permittivity response is governed by a relaxation time of 8.28 ps (8.28 x 10^-12 s)". For water at 0 deg C but before actual freezing, the relaxation time gets slightly longer, to about 18 picoseconds. A picosecond is one trillionth of a second. Now you can see why the claims of Benveniste and other homeopathy sympathizers about room-temperature water somehow having a memory from electromagnetic imprinting lasting minutes, hours or even days is beyond credible. Even one second is a trillion times longer than the time scale at which water has electromagnetic memory.”

Jimserac on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:50:16

“This argument is a common one and was discussed by materials scientist Dr. Rustum Roy (who unfortunately passed away last August) in one of his papers. While the relaxation time seems accurate, ANY attempt to apply this to Benveniste or Montagnier's work fails immediately. It should be obvious that the theorists' claims of temporally sustained molecular complexes involve structures of molecules, proposed by some such as Dr. Martin Chaplin and mentioned, I believe, by Lionel Milgrom and others, which persist, even as the atomic particles comprising those structures do their polarizations and depolarizations. Very much like a cloud, composed of millions of molecules some of which are associating and dis-associating every second - yet the cloud itself persists because the actions of the constituents are not synchronous. Under certain conditions the cloud moves, changes shape, enlarges, shrinks and eventually dissipates. But these events are not functions of individual constituents of clouds - only of masses of them considered in aggregate.”

Paul Robertson on Feb 4, 2011 at 17:15:54

“Clearly they forgot to shake the water after they had polarised it.”

StephenS on Feb 4, 2011 at 14:12:33

“It's worse than your sensible analysis. The homeopathy "memory" is not a residual polarization of water molecules. It's water molecules remembering the 3-D shape of homeopathic remedy impurities in the water and then water molecules forevermore behaving chemically as if they were those particular non-H20 impurities - and no "bad" impurities in the water.”
Dems Fighting Over Tax Loophole For Money Managers

Dems Fighting Over Tax Loophole For Money Managers

Commented May 19, 2010 at 13:25:15 in Business

“There is a difference. A lot of small start-up companies would never get a start unless there was someone willing to invest a lot and take quite a big risk. Most of the financial sector however is just in the business in making money from the movement of small green pieces of paper (or their electronic versions) and essentially produce nothing of value to the rest of society. Heavily tax and regulate the useless majority of the financial sector, but do encourage and protect true venture capital who invest in something real and not just creative accounting.”

Linda from Deerfield on May 19, 2010 at 13:37:02

“You make the point well. Allow me to become your first fan.

You also hint at my feeling that it is financial industry loosely regulated games and abuse and privilege that draw capital away from every potentially worthy undertaking. GE going so far down the path toward becoming a financial company would be a good example of giving up and joining them because it is impossible to beat them.”
Sarah Palin: 'We're All Arizonans Now'

Sarah Palin: 'We're All Arizonans Now'

Commented May 18, 2010 at 17:03:40 in Politics

“Brewer saying that racial profiling is illegal and won't be tolerated while signing this bill has about as much credibility as Bush/Cheney protesting loudly (to cover up the sounds of torture in the background) that "we do not torture".”

blinkthink on May 18, 2010 at 17:20:19

“Exactly. I know of a young female cop that was angry because a couple gave her a dirty looks when her 18 month old son threw nonstop tantrums in a nice restaurant. She followed them outside and took down their license number.
It is simple...there are some fallible people that wear the uniform and some wonderful people that wear the uniform.”
Tea Party Protesters Rage On Tax Day 2010 (PICTURES)

Tea Party Protesters Rage On Tax Day 2010 (PICTURES)

Commented Apr 14, 2010 at 18:24:08 in Politics

“This is pretty funny, the tea party people don't need anyone to embarrass them -- they're already doing a great job themselves. All you have to do is look at real, actual pictures of tea-party protest rallies and you can see racist, bigoted posters and slogans everywhere. This guy "commenting" for Fox news seems like a birther himself.”
Terry Lakin: Army Officer Joins Birthers, Defies Orders

Terry Lakin: Army Officer Joins Birthers, Defies Orders

Commented Apr 1, 2010 at 13:25:08 in Politics

“He must be using a new and previously unknown definition of "any reasonable person". If he is really so concerned about the administration he is serving under following every clause of the constitution, where was he when the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal was violating the constitution in many serious ways (Article IV, sec. 1, Article VI, and the 1st, 4th, 6th ammendments, and violating a treaty ratified by the U.S.: the Geneva Conventions)? If he was silent during that time, then he is very probably a racist and definitely a hypocrite for making some sort of stand now over a non-existent issue.”

pottedferne on Apr 1, 2010 at 13:26:47

“not to mention the so-called patriot act that took away civil liberties............”