“That may be true, but this IS the United States! If she's not guilty of anything more than poor judgment and stupidity, she shouldn't be harassed by anyone, never mind the law! And opinion doesn't matter when it comes to our Constitutional freedoms and I would rather a precedent wasn't set with this dumb broad.”
Nov 4, 2013 at 19:12:53
“Now that the work day is over I can respond to your insults more appropriately.
Hmm...I must not read because I'm claiming the government is cutting back on food stamps while you claim they're not and have actually increased enrollment. Apparently I can read better than you because a simple Google search would have proved my point regardless of how many new enrollees are being adding. You were saying?
With the hit the economy took you're surprised more people have enrolled? And you call it an entitlement? Survival would be a more accurate description. While I have no intention of following you down the path of insult I would like to point out that your cavalier attitude towards your fellow humans speaks volumes.
And it's quite obvious your comment about my education was meant as an insult. Well, as I've already replied, there is a way to successfully run a business profitably without screwing over those who earn your money for you. I may not take home as much as I would if I were an uncaring and greedy business owner, but at least I'm helping to keep others off what you call an entitlement and can sleep at night. How do you sleep?
I hope you've learned something from this little exchange because while I may not be educated in economics like yourself, I'm obviously more educated than you where it matters. I thank a tough life for that education.
Nov 4, 2013 at 15:16:35
“You need to follow the news a little closer because food stamps were cut back effective 1 November.
Actually, public assistance made me more aware and sensitive to those in need. It also forced me to be more sensitive to women's issues and single mothers! With that being said you just might want to reevaluate your classification of those on assistance. Circle of entitlement? While many abuse the system, the majority of those on assistance have a valid claim and excuse.
My wife and I own a small business and our take is only 40% of what a therapist earns in lieu of charging them rent because we are mindful that they may not be able to afford rent if business is slow. And especially with the hit we took with the economic downturn! So rather than give them the boot we made arrangements so they would always have a place to conduct business. And there have been many months where they came no where close to covering expenses! However, you are correct that my education was not in economics yet my wife and I are still able to make our business work. Funny how that played out, isn't it?
McDonalds is far from a small business. And I wasn't referring to an across the board $15 pay increase. New unskilled hires need to earn it. But those who have deserve to earn much more than they're currently paid.”
Nov 4, 2013 at 13:54:35
“As one who grew up on government assistance not only do I see the truth in what Gibraltar says, but I can see the humor as well. Being a child on welfare is bad and humiliating enough, but having to also rely on government surplus food which no one who was not starving would eat only compounded the problem. And now the government is talking about cutting back on food stamps for the poor?
Let me know how many times you went to bed hungry after having only one meal for the day, stale bread and near rotting cold cuts that the nuns from my school would offer me from their near starving rations.
Only a dullard or toad would challenge $15/hour for McDonald workers. It may mean you'll pay a little more for that Big Mac, but it's a price I would gladly pay in order for them earn a livable wage. And anyone with a heart and conscience would too.”
mcpackerfan on Nov 4, 2013 at 14:11:31
“No one is cutting back on food stamps. You must not read.....Under the O admin foos stamp usage has gone from 24M to 49M entitled recipients.
I have to believe that your childhood experience gave you the incentive to get out of the circle of entitlement.
Clearly your education wasn't in economics, because if it was you would have an inkling of an idea as to re ramifications of paying unskilled employees $15/hr.
Start a business and see if your profit margin allows for $15/hr unskilled labor.
I apologize for the toad thing.....”
I didn't put words in your mouth, you did. The implied intent of your original comment (which appears to have been removed) was that Muslims did it because they were from the Caucasus. How else do you expect this to be interpreted? If it's not what you meant then perhaps you'll be more clear in the future? And I find it ironic that you would try to turn the tables on me. Ignorant bigot? Quote me, verbatim, that would prove your claim. Otherwise give it a rest and accord the same respect to others that you expect for yourself. Because I'm willing to bet there is something in your background that can be used against you the same as you do to others. But you take it a step further, you malign an entire population based on the actions of a few. That is ignorance and bigotry at its finest.
I'll pass on asking my wife what "metisy" means because it's obviously a slur or insult against others. Sorry, dude, "homey don't play that."”
“Expert? Did I say I was an expert? I simply stated that I do not need you to tell me about Russians, I have a wife who does that for me and she's a heck of a lot more informed than you are! And the proximity of Taganrog to Chechnya means there are many Chechens in the Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog area. Hence my comment. It seems you have a bit of an issue keeping things in context. As for your alleged "stronger ties" to Russia, are you telling me you come from Russia as well? No? Your statement means about as much as your bigotry, nothing.
99% of Chechens are Muslim? Your source is? You are forgetting about their fairly recent past with the Soviet Union where the practice of religion was a punishable offense. While there is no doubt many Chechens continued to practice their faith in private (this means all religions in the area), many more took to the secular lifestyle like a fish to water. And the majority practiced Sufism, a non-violent and esoteric branch of Islam. For the record, being born to Muslim parents does not make one a Muslim. Islam is a faith system and must be accepted as a personal choice. And only recently has there been an influx of radical practicing Muslims into Chechnya due to their two wars with Russia. So you are mistaken about the percentage of Muslims.”
“It is you who need to go back to school. Firstly, my wife is Russian, from Taganrog to be exact, and it's not that far from Chechnya. So don't tell me about Russians. Secondly, there is a sizable Christian and secular population in Chechnya. Not everyone from the Caucasus region is Muslim. And all Muslims are not terrorists. By your logic I would have to assume those that bomb abortion clinics and shoot abortion doctors are Southern Christian rednecks because everyone knows the Bible belt is in the south! Sorry, that's not how it works. And thirdly, learn what a Caucasian is and how to use the word in context. Referring to one as a Caucasian as you have means you are speaking of ethnicity. And based on your usage a Caucasian is one with white to fair skin usually of European heritage. However, those of the Caucasus region are also referred to as Caucasians. But there are currently 50 or more ethnicity's that call the Caucasus region home with Chechens being just one.
Based on your response alone I'm willing to bet you're Caucasian! Funny how that played out, isn't it? And before you get the idea I'm being racist, I'm Caucasian as well. My statement is simply one of logic. Let me know when you figure it out.
And you say I need to go back to school?
Here's a hint, bigotry will get you no where, and ignorant bigotry will get you even less! Daggies? Really?”
Abramka on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:33:33
“No, sir, school won't help you for sure. The ignorance is too deep inside you. You made me laugh telling that you are the expert of Caucuses because your wife is Russian and lived near Caucuses in Taganrog! You know, my wife was born near the royal palace but that doesn't make her the queen. In this case, tell you wife to talk to me, maybe she will be smarter. I have stronger ties to Russia, and I know Chechens and other Muslims there myself. I don't need your wife to explain me this. 99% Chechens are Muslim. Those who are not - they are "metisy" (ask your wife what does it mean). Not all Muslims are terrorists, please do not put the words into my mouth. Ignorant bigotry brought you to nowhere.”
“It appears I owe the APA an apology, a thorough perusal of the 2011 back issues of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology located the original publication of Dr. Bem's research. You can find it here: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/100/3/407.
I have no idea why their search engine would not locate the publication when I was very specific in my search? Anyway....
Since I am fair in my approach to this material here is the link to the publication that could not replicate Dr. Bem's results: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/103/6/933. However, you will need to fork over cash to read them in their entirety.
“One other thing I forgot to mention, the research I referenced which was published in Psychology Today is the same exact research that was published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a peer reviewed journal. Good luck trying to find it on the American Psychological Association's website though. I performed a thorough search and it is no longer in their archives. Either that or my search criteria was inaccurate or incomplete. But I don't see how that's possible since I chose very specific words related to the original publication. So I can only assume it was deleted due to the uproar over its publication. This is neither fair or balanced. As mentioned, I am aware that two others who made the attempt could not duplicate the results, which does not disprove Dr. Bem's results. It just means their results differed and may have had something to do with their bias. And the same may hold true for Dr. Bem's results! But the fact remains that there is a plethora of very real research and veridical anecdotal evidence that supports Dr. Bem's results. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quack likes a duck, then all likelihood it's a duck.
Sorry, I didn't mean to drag this out but I overlooked these points yesterday and feel they are relevant to the discussion.”
As for why I have no problem accepting the evidence, I have had personal experience with QM’s implications. Had I not then you and I probably would not be having this discussion today. Without going into too much detail my first experience occurred when I was a teenager and I was wide awake. I wasn’t on drugs nor had I been drinking alcohol. My experience was very real and was confirmed the next day.
It is for these reasons I have no problems accepting the esoteric side of QM and its implications as to our true nature. And when you factor in the veridical evidences of the NDE (among other disciplines), it becomes much more believable. And in accordance with the scientific method and Occam's razor, the most likely explanation. I am not asking you nor do I expect you to accept any of this because I do respect your position. But I am asking that you have a more open mind and not reject something out of hand because it doesn't fit your paradigm. As mentioned, your absolute statements regarding the non-existence of a soul are not those of one with an open mind nor are they in line with the very definition of atheism.
My third experience occurred on the morning of 9/11 but I’m not entirely sure it can be counted because it was a dream, or what we would classify as a dream. Basically I dreamt I was a marine in a desert country. I was standing at the corner of a building with my weapon (I have no idea what type, I’m not a gun person) pointed at the second floor of a building across a street while my buddies ran across so they could take down the enemies inside of it. I then woke up shouting, which woke my wife. Although I originally dismissed it as a very lucid dream, when the first plane hit one of the WTC towers I immediately knew we were going to war in a desert country. And according to the Global Consciousness Project and other such research projects, I’m not the only one who experienced something the morning of 9/11. A simple Google search will confirm this fact quite nicely.
My second experience literally saved my life. I was working alone in a warehouse during the evening to correct receiving and inventory discrepancies when I heard a very audible voice tell me to call my doctor. It happened three times because I rejected the first two as my imagination or someone playing head games on me. However, as mentioned, I was alone and thorough walk through the warehouse confirmed this. Besides, it was climate controlled and somewhat pressurized so if someone had opened a door to sneak in I would have felt the pressure in my ears. The third time I heard the voice it was like a parent scolding a child. That’s when I made the call and was instructed to meet my doctor at the hospital. Had I not I would have been dead within 12 hours from a severe case of blood poisoning. Or at least that’s what my doctor told me. I was stuck in the hospital for the next seven days hooked up to an anti-biotic drip. This happened during the early 1990’s in Newport, RI and can be easily confirmed.
I had just laid down to listen to music with headphones on, I believe it was the Moody Blues (yeah, I’m dating myself), when everything went completely white and I suddenly found myself floating above a forest with the ocean off in the distance. I immediately recognized it as New London, CT. I then witnessed three military helicopters flying in formation when one of them suddenly began spiraling down until I could no longer see it. The other two helicopters turned back around and hovered over the area where the other helicopter went down. I then suddenly found myself back in my body in my bedroom. Although I should have been shocked by this experience the first thought that occurred to me was I did not see any smoke from the crash. The next day I mentioned this experience to my best friend’s older brother who was in the National Guard and he told me what I had witnessed did in fact occur. And the reason I did not see any smoke was because the helicopter went down in the water. While this may be anecdotal in nature, it was a veridical experience.
To add further weight to this, the wave function was recently discovered (within the past few years) to be real rather than an abstract mathematical construct. And when you factor in Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, well, the possibilities for ESP, psychic abilities and other so-call paranormal abilities increases significantly. This is not to say there are not pseudo scientists who attempt to use QM to make all sorts of wild claims that are not supported by QM. But it is disingenuous of you to accuse physicists of being pseudo when they are simply expressing their beliefs based on the repeatable experimental evidence alone. Physicists are now beginning to recognize the similarities between QM and mysticism and are labeled pseudo by the materialist. Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami are two examples of materialisms hostility towards an interpretation other than material. To reject the evidence for what it is without being able to offer an alternative explanation in favor of a materialist interpretation is unscientific. And the same hold true when it comes to NDE/OBE research.
You need to understand that I am a man of science first. However, I do not rely solely on peer reviewed journals because as mentioned, materialist science is dogmatic and biased in its position and is very limiting in its rejection of anything that doesn't fit its paradigm. Your comment regarding QM is a good example. You do not doubt QM yet you doubt its implications and accuse scientists, or rather physicists, of being pseudo when they support its implications based on the evidence of repeatable experiments alone. The double slit experiment is proof, beyond doubt, that particles, when not being observed and/or measured exist as a wave without location. Einstein had such a problem with this that he stated he would like to believe the moon still there when no one is looking at it. I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist of what he said. And to further prove this point the double slit experiment has been refined to observe a photon, electron, or whatever particle they choose to use, after it has gone through both slits as a wave. The results? It returned to its particle state. Physicists speculate this means one of two things; Either observation is indeed required to collapse the wave function or their measurement after the particle went through both slits as a wave changed the experiment in the past which caused the particle to go through one slit in its particle form.
With that being said, let me say that I understand and respect your position. I’m known for claiming atheism is the most rational position one can take. However, there are different degrees of atheism and many who claim to be atheist are just as dogmatic in their [non]beliefs as those of the materialist scientist. Atheism simply means that one does not believe because there is no evidence to support such a belief. They do not make claims such as you have above in regards to the non-existence of the soul and that our consciousness is simply a by-product of electrical/chemical reactions within the brain because later research and/or evidence may surface that supports the concept of a soul. And, if consciousness is nothing more than a by-product then the universe itself is alive, self-aware and seriously schizophrenic. How so? We are the universe come alive. There is no getting around this conclusion. So, we either accept the results of the observer effect which claims consciousness is not a by-product or we are forced to admit the universe is alive and quite possibly sentient!
“This could be a long response, longer than HP allows in a single reply, so I will continue in additional relies as necessary.
If you’re waiting for material of this nature to appear in peer reviewed journals then you’re going to be waiting for a very long time. There is major bias within the majority of the scientific community that rejects anything which is not based on materialism. Take psychologist Daryl Bem’s research into psychic abilities for example. Before his results were even published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology supporting psychic abilities there was an uproar within the scientific community that such a prestigious journal would even publish such research! Granted, those who attempted to replicate his results failed (which still doesn't disprove psychic abilities). But the fact that there was even an uproar before publication proves the bias. And materialist scientists are just as dogmatic in their position as are the religious minded of a fundamental persuasion. Science can only work when all sides and every avenue of a hypothesis are explored.
“Psychology Today is a pseudo scientific rag? This explains a lot. I suppose all those mainstream scientists whose research is reported in this "rag" are really pseudo?
I find it very telling that you would label a book "pseudo" without even reading it. Tell me, what makes Chris Carter's book pseudo science? Especially when all he's doing is citing very real research by mainstream scientists IAW the scientific method! I also find it telling that you would label the Global Consciousness Project as pseudo when this project has been ongoing for many, many years and is maintained by mainstream scientists! It's obvious you read nothing of what I presented.
Are you also implying that QM, the most successful physics theory to date which has made all our modern conveniences possible and what 1/3 of our economy is based on is pseudo? Every experiment performed to date validates QM and they are repeatable! And I already mentioned what QM has to say about our so-called physical reality. Pseudo?
I'm wasting my time with you because it's obvious you would reject anything I present, regardless the evidence, because it upsets your paradigm. Perhaps if you had an open mind and were willing to do a little research of your own rather than having everything handed to you, I would spend more time steering you in the right direction. But your latest reply shows your mind is set and no amount of "very real" evidence would change it. Why bother?
meanarchy on Oct 10, 2013 at 18:42:02
“It's all in the packaging. Psy today has a mixture of sound articles and fringe stuff to spice up their magazine. When your ESP "proofs" get published in a peer review journal and is taken seriously by the scientific community then you can say it is sound, until then it is conjecture. I never wrote QM is pseudo science but pseudo scientists will twist theories around to fit their model of make believe notions like ESP. I used to delve into ESP literature but I realized I was being duped by those making tons of money off my zeal. Our minds are dependent upon the chemical interactions of cells and there is no soul to measure. But let me know when there is solid evidence for telekinesis or clairvoyance until then have fun with your search.”
“I already provided you with the title of Chris Carter's book that touches on this subject. You ought to read it, it's a real eye opener! If you choose not to then check out the research going on within the Global Consciousness Project, for starters. And especially about the results on the morning of 9/11!
You might also want to research into the "observer effect" of quantum mechanics. Truth is much stranger than fiction!. The implications of QM mean that our physical existence may be nothing more than illusion, contrary to our common sense. There is also evidence within QM that consciousness, rather than being an emergent property, exists independent of the brain. In fact, the "observer effect" implies this has to be the case since it is not possible to remove your body from the equation!
So it stands to reason if our consciousness is much more than the firing of neurons and actually exists independent of the brain, then what we call psychic abilities is really just the way it is! If physical existence is truly not what we believe it to be then we are consciousness, not the body. Some would call this the soul and believe it points to purpose, including myself.”
“Apparently my previous reply did not post. Must have been a glitch since there was nothing offensive in it and there was no reason not to post it. Since I don't feel like re-typing everything I'll give you the short, short answer.
Your question is moot.
Firstly, whoever happens to be president should not be subject to the AHCA, and rightly so. As for your list of politicians, it is far too short. Politicians in Washington believe they are entitled and would not willingly give up their Congressional Health Care plan. This has nothing to do with political parties because they are all guilty. And we allow this to happen by continuing to vote in the same ol' cronies who are in Washington so they can line their own pockets at our expense. Only when they give up all their exorbitant benefits that "they" voted for them selves (note that we had no say in the matter) can they claim to represent the American people. Until such time they are a bunch of greedy and selfish hypocrites who care only about what they believe is coming to them. And if it's not already policy, they will vote to make it policy.”