“It's about time we held politicians accountable for the propaganda that they knowingly spew. It's one thing to express an opinion, and another to intentionally, willfully distort the facts for purely political purposes. I, for one, have had enough, and that applies to both parties.”
ThisOldHouse on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:25:45
“He will be held accountable in 2014...”
imanycynic on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:19:29
“Demagoguery has become an accepted practice by politicians. Their handlers have noticed there is little penalty for what is said. Stick to the message is what they're told. Spoken often enough it does have an affect.”
“Who's keeping an eye on the NSA? With this type of quasi-illegal, powerful information at their fingertips, there needs to be checks and balances as a bare minimum. The FISA court is insufficient. There needs to be bi-partisan oversite and public disclosures.”
“A moral victory for vegetarians: "The livestock industry is directly or indirectly responsible for 18% of global greenhouse-gas emissions — a larger share than ALL modes of transport combined."”
I-US on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:28:06
“Yes, when that report came out in 2006, it ignited a firestorm from the livestock industry. I applaud the authors for standing by their findings that 18% of GHG emissions could be attributed to livestock while at the same time agreeing to consider the critiques of their methodology for arriving at that figure, which they never backed away from. More recent reports do decrease the number but that is often attributed to efficiencies in livestock production made in the last seven years not to revisions of the previous findings. Although a recent, significant report out just a few months ago has compellingly shown that methane emissions in the US alone have been grossly underestimated.”
Tim79 on Dec 4, 2013 at 02:39:54
“Just FYI, it's not actually true--not for the number (the authors themselves have revised it downwards) or the comparison to transport (a straight error in methodology, as the authors of the original report have admitted).”
troutster on Dec 3, 2013 at 21:33:01
“Cows need to be connected to methane collection tanks.”
highstreet on Dec 3, 2013 at 21:05:19
“This is ONLY because of the Factory farm/CAFO model of industrial agriculture.
If animals are raised like bison herds, moving every day, and raised on pasture, then they sequester carbon and nitrogen, stimulating pasture growth.”
boyd5b on Dec 3, 2013 at 18:22:58
“What would be nice to know though is how our domestic herds compare in size to the vast herds that once existed in North America and elsewhere. We used to have sees of bison and antelope roaming our plains. Where those herds smaller or larger than the herds of cattle we have now? If they were about the same size or larger, you could say our herds are the equivalent of naturally occurring methane sources that were present in the past century. Just a thought to consider.”
“You don't understand technology. What are they going to send to the opponent, http packets with IP addresses? I'm sure the terrorists in their caves will appreciate it. No, unless there's an Anthony Wiener style tweet or something tangible, they got nothing to show. And we shouldn't be in the blackmail business. What are we, the mafia?”
Traz O on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:52:07
“You don't understand the real world. There are many means of communication available to spooks. What channel did the CIA use to communicate with bin Laden in the 80s?
And yes, apparently we *are* the mafia.”
“Never mind the legal land mine, but these latest revelations about NSA data mining seem ineffective to me. How do they plan to discredit these radicalizers? Are they going to show up at a potential terrorists door and say, "hi, we're from the NSA and your leader is a sexual pervert. Here's their browser history"? And of coarse, the potential terrorist will trust the NSA! Sorry, but this is ripe for blackmail, and should be stopped.”
Traz O on Nov 27, 2013 at 23:38:05
“You guys lack imagination. You send the dirt you have on an opponent, political or otherwise, to whoever will take over his position if he's out of the way.
The new guy is weaker, owes you, and knows what you can do if he makes you angry. He won't like it if you get angry.”
Darwood on Nov 27, 2013 at 23:09:37
“I thought the exact same thing when I read this, how would they release it without exposing their spying, and why would the people believe them anyway?”
“Still doesn't explain how a controlled demolition of Bldg. 7 was carried out (probably for insurance purposes) at the drop of a hat. There was a fire, but the bldg. was barely damaged in the initial attack.”
“This is why one of the most powerful tools we have to fight climate change is our fork! Moving toward a plant-based diet is something we can all do, and it's good for you too! If everyone stopped eating meat one day a week, the benefits would be dramatic.”
“First of all the earth is not cooling over the long-term. The oceans and atmosphere are warming up dramatically and expected to rise 2 degrees on AVERAGE in a few decades. Secondly, your measure of scientific integrity is utterly baseless. One can reduce their carbon foot-print with simple measures. It's not an all or nothing proposal. You're just looking for excuses for your apathy.”
“I'm not a doctor, but it seems to me that testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid hormones can have an effect on behavior. I think video games shorten attention span. Kids should go back to reading books. Even if those things are not the root cause, they certainly don't help.”
Erica Roth on Nov 22, 2013 at 18:58:00
“You may think that but proof requires empirical evidence. There is no proof that reading books and playing video games have significantly different impacts on human behavior. The fact that video games involve significantly more interactivity, social interaction, manual dexterity and hand-eye-coordination suggest to me that they are more beneficial in many ways to a developing human. In adults, video games have proven to be a source of neurogenesis.
Hormones mostly function as slow acting regulatory molecules that indirectly influence behaviors in slight ways but mostly determine the function of organs. Neurotransmitters are what are implicated in ADHD, hormones can indirectly be involved in neurotransmitter function but that has nothing to do with the incidence of the disease. If anything, we'd be looking for something that "wreaks havoc" on a child's neuronal development or neurotransmitter release pools.
I honestly think it's just that kids used to be beaten when they exhibited symptoms of ADHD and that violence is a powerful control mechanism. I know that's how my mom was trained to pretend like she wasn't ill, and now she is finally getting treated for her adult ADHD and she is much happier and she is glad to know that she wasn't crazy or "bad" as a child she was just chemically imbalanced and grew up in a time where we punished that rather than treating it.”
“On the one hand there's an epidemic of hyperactive ADHD kids, and on the other hand a rapid rise in autism. Must be something in the food supply reeking havoc on kid's hormones. GMOs, BVGH, or is it just video games?”
Kingbreaker on Nov 22, 2013 at 21:00:01
“Not necessarily video games, but portable all-in-one, instantaneous entertainment devices. The smart phone is the worst thing to hit education since the Texas School Book Selection Committee.”
Erica Roth on Nov 22, 2013 at 18:07:42
“Hormones have little to nothing to do with hyperactivity. GMOs as a whole are incredibly diverse and as a whole are not responsible for ADHD development. If any GMOs were related to ADHD there would be a specific mechanism and thus one or two popular forms of genetic modification would be the cause - not just GMOs as a whole because they're "unnatural".
Also video games are not linked to negative behaviors and have a positive impact on the brain.”
“You are talking about one isolated incident versus an extended pattern of abuse by Republicans. At least a walkout is a form of protest based on principal. There is no principle at stake in holding up most of Obama's nominees. It's just obstruction for political ends only.”
MWA1111 on Nov 22, 2013 at 11:02:42
“So you're okay with using any parliamentary procedures available.... when it suits you.”
“The founding fathers would be disgusted at the way Republicans have used the filibuster to try an overturn the outcome of an election. There's absolutely no justification for their level of abuse and it shouldn't have been tolerated for as long as it was. Using the rule of order to game the system was never the intent of the founders.”
MWA1111 on Nov 21, 2013 at 17:00:31
“Out of curiosity, did you feel the same way when the WI Dems left the state to halt government function?”