Dec 1, 2013 at 15:58:24
“Your response is as knee-jerk and shallow as those of the guys disappointed they didn't get to see airbrush Playboy-style T&A. You have completely missed the point. And you *clearly* are not in a position to judge Katrina's faith or belief.”
Kendra Ruzicka Stone on Dec 1, 2013 at 16:52:31
“It was not a knee-jerk response. I didn't miss the point. I get what she is trying to convey. I wasn't judging her either. It is a fact that her project is in direct contradiction to what the Church teaches. There is no judgement there. My point was, don't claim to be a practicing Mormon when this series flies in the face of everything the Church teaches. Either you believe it or you don't. She obviously has a problem with the standards of modesty taught and supported in the Church. I don't think teaching people to respect their bodies, and conduct themselves in respectful ways is oppressive. On the flip side, leading people to believe that it's ok to pose naked in the name of art, or protest, or whatever, is not only ridiculous, but in this case, I think selfish on her part. The only thing she will accomplish is making a small name for herself for the proverbial 15 minutes. This little project will not foster change. God's standards do not change just because we stomp our feet and demand it. I couldn't help but wonder what the fallout will be for the women who appear in these images. Do any of them regret it? Too bad. It's on the internet. It can never be erased.”
Dec 1, 2013 at 15:53:25
“This is a beautiful tribute. I salute the bravery of these women for baring themselves. Undoubtedly there will be some who will make unkind comments, for these are not airbrushed, silicone-enhanced Playboy bunnies, but moms and not moms, real women all, who don't want to be enslaved by the incessant "modestly" rhetoric raining down on Mormon women from their leaders. I was raised Mormon and I know how deep and lasting these messages of shame are. Brava to Katrina and all her photo subjects!”
“Self-justifying bullshit that does nothing to answer the overwhelming public criticism of TED's actions regarding Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx talks earlier this year. They are among the best of dozens of TED talks I've watched or listened to. The TED brand has been severely compromised, not by those two presentations, but my TED organizers responding to criticism from (reportedly) PZ Meyers and another professional "skeptic"/atheist whose name escapes me. The talks were well received at the time, and only weeks or months later when two atheists objected did TED pull their stunts of shuffling the videos from place to place. Yeah, you can find them on a Google search, but why are they sequestered on a separate blog? It is noteworthy that the letter TED organizers originally wrote explaining what was supposedly wrong with the two talks were in fact full of egregious errors. The single best thing TED folks did in this whole affair was to leave the letters up with the wrong parts crossed out, which means most of it. TED has egg on its face.”
“There's another side to this issue. I don't defend Goodwill's executive compensation or management, but the exemption to the minimum wage law is relevant to other nonprofits that employ disabled workers. I worked for a highly regarded nonprofit for a year and a half, with developmentally disabled adults. I adored my disabled coworkers but in most cases they just were not able to work to a level that would justify paying them minimum wage. They needed a LOT of supervision, instruction and extra help. Over and over and over. In our case, it would have been difficult to keep the thrift store doors open if we'd had to pay them minimum wage, so fewer of them would have had jobs at all. But the disabled workers still benefit tremendously from being part of the community, having to go to work and perform duties, etc. Some of them live at home, some "independently" but with in-home help. They are all on disability pay and their material needs are met even without the salary, while those of us not disabled worked much harder (because we could, and had to) and yet made barely more than minimum wage, no matter our age, educational level or experience.”
Oct 20, 2010 at 13:49:14
“Get a grip, people. Even if the allegations are true (and so far they're just allegations), clearly Jolie has cleaned up her act and is obviously supremely successful in her personal and professional lives, plus she does considerable charity work. Would that we were all so "screwed up."
Live and let live!”
dennishastings on Oct 20, 2010 at 14:32:06
“Right. I've got a call in to my dealer right now. As a single guy I'll bet that I can't adopt; in fact, it probably wouldn't look too good.”
Mar 12, 2010 at 23:03:05
“Mmmm, and are you single?
You are a lucky man. Good for you! I'm now in the same place, after wandering in the desert of vegetarianism and low-fat for far too many years. Like you, I'd put my lipid profile and general health up against that of any vegetarian.”
Roguer on Mar 13, 2010 at 09:44:36
“*blushing*... I am quite happily married... Thank you for the smile.”
Mar 12, 2010 at 22:55:24
“Who wants to have to eat every 3 hours? That's a sign you're having blood-sugar swings. Add more fat and stay satisfied longer. I agree on no extreme fasting.”
WTEffington on Mar 13, 2010 at 19:38:38
“By eating smaller meals every 3 hours your blood sugar stays lower--it's the spikes and roller coaster that lead to type 2 diabetes--and your muscles have a chance to burn more off and the less your liver has to metabolize. The less your liver has to metabolize the better for you. Also by eating more often you keep your metabolism higher.”
Mar 12, 2010 at 22:53:10
“Human bodies are not simple little engines. Different foods elicit different hormonal responses. I can assure you, your body can tell the difference between 1,200 calories of wholesome, natural real fats and protein and 1,200 calories of carbohydrates. The insulin and other hormonal responses would be drastically different, and not just in regards to weight.”
Mar 12, 2010 at 22:47:50
“Study after study such as the Framingham Heart Study and the Nurses Study have shown that (naturally) saturated fat and cholesterol intake are not only not harmful, they are protective of health. They are actual nutrients required to make neurotransmitters, hormones, brains.
Fact: humans evolved eating a wide variety of animal and plant foods, not grains and soy -- those only appeared in the past 10,000 years or so. Our brains grew bigger and our guts smaller when we started eating animal fat and protein.
The fat/cholesterol hypothesis has been refuted in the research literature, explained well by Gary Taubes in "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and by Uffe Ravnskov in "The Cholesterol Myths" and by many others.
We're developing diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other insulin-related maladies because we're eating too many carbohydrates. Cutting carbs cuts the insulin, plain and simple.
And it's not about "high protein" diets. While there is indeed biochemical individuality -- some can handle more carbs than others -- high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate is thought by many researchers to be the most natural and healthful human diet. I have found that to be true for me, a recovering former vegetarian.
HuffPost performs a disservice by giving a platform to Kathy Freston. Read The Vegetarian Myth and wake up.”
leftcoastindy on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:03:22
“So one study is (you say) debunked so ALL the research done for the last 30 or 40 years is wrong? You sound like the GW deniers.
Also, because we CAN digest animal flesh, we SHOULD eat only that? Guess what, I can process alcohol in my liver. Do you also think I should drink a bottle of vodka every day?
The ability to process animal based diet is for survival due to evolution. Suggesting anyone SHOULD ever do anything because they CAN is complete nonsense.”
ObliqueReference on Mar 14, 2010 at 01:26:11
“your link is a joke”
ObliqueReference on Mar 14, 2010 at 01:24:39
“Cholesterol is not found in vegetable matter- accumulation of cholesterol in blood vessels is the leading cause of fatal heart disease.”
“wwew, soy is not eaten 'like there's no tomorrow' in Asia. (I lived in Japan for 13 years and studied Macrobiotic cooking there.) It's more of a condiment than an entree, and is usually eaten in fermented forms and small amounts. Soy shakes, soy burgers, and soy fake meat are not traditional Asian foods.”
“Pollan didn't say vegetables and fruits are too expensive, the Mexican-American family that appeared in Food Inc. said that. Pollan pointed out that part of the price problem is that our farm policy subsidizes corn, wheat, soy, cotton, and sugar but not greens or broccoli. The unnaturally cheap corn is so abundant, farmers couldn't get rid of it all unless they found new uses for it: feed for cattle and pigs, HFCS, corn starch and various derivative products that are now found in thousands of food and nonfood products.
There are ways to get real food at better prices: the farmers market, growing your own, join a CSA, share with a neighbor, shop carefully at grocery stores, cut out processed food and re-prioritize.
The prices you're talking about above certainly don't cover organically grown food. Conventionally grown is cheaper but there are environmental costs not factored into the price you pay at the supermarket. And the choice wasn't between potatoes and potato chips, they were looking at broccoli, pears, etc., vs cheap candy. Potatoes are better than potato chips but not a huge step up, not exactly nutrient -dense.”
bethwait on Jan 29, 2010 at 10:48:26
“And part of the "high cost" or "true cost" of cheap food -- is the upstream and downstream costs of processed food -- the work of the farmer, pesticides, petroleum (factory farming and transportation), packaging, processing, etc. So ultimately there are hidden costs we don't take into consideration. Food grown locally, organically, etc is a lot cheaper on a lot of levels...we just have to make it affordable for all. There are grocery stores and farm boxes now available (for very low$$) for low-income folks where I live, and local communities are starting to take food production into their own hands. There's no reason why citizens can't get more involved in their own communities and come up with creative ways to grow healthy food for all. Check out www.plantingjustice.org. There are many other organizations "sprouting up" like them.”
“Some former vegetarians have to ease back into eating meat because their bodies no longer produce enough stomach acid; that wasn't the case for me.
Humans evolved eating meat and plants--undisputed in evolutionary biology or any relevant scientific discipline. Grains only entered the diet in the last 10,000 years or so, vs the millions of years of hominid evolution. Eating meat, partly enabled by the discovery of fire, shrank our guts to shrink and expanded our brains. See http://www.marksdailyapple.com/meat-eating-human-evolution/
The source of all energy and nutrition is the sun, but only plants can capture sunlight and turn it into food that can be consumed by animals. Nobody ate "plenty of grains" until the invention of agriculture ("the worst mistake in the history of the human race," http://www.environnement.ens.fr/perso/claessen/agriculture/mistake_jared_diamond.pdf), and cows are possibly less suited to eating grains than humans, since they can't soak or sprout them to disarm antinutrients such as phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Cows are exquisitely adapted to turning inedible grass into highly nutritious food. We could feed many more people by turning the wasteland of GMO soy, corn and wheat fields back into biodiverse prairies that could support an amazing amount of food from cows, bison, etc., especially if properly managed by intensive rotational grazing (see The Omnivore's Dilemma).
Vegetarianism is a human-designed philosophy; omnivorism is simpy human history and biology.”
Meditating on Jan 29, 2010 at 07:54:15
“JeanieBeanie, I appreciate your posts and agree with you on most facts raised, but there was an important point I would add - moderation. When humans lived off the land like natural animals they consumed very little unadulterated, healthy meat unless they lived in regions where no other food source was available. Unlike modern humans, carnivores in a natural environment would have extended periods of fasting between meals. Numerous studies over the years prove that eating minimal amounts of healthy meat (free-range, organic, grass-fed only) are best, with servings being limited to 2-4 ounces and at most 1-2 times weekly. If one desires long-term health and enjoys eating meat as I do, this is a difficult goal but you feel the benefits once achieved.
However, every study I have read (and I have actually read several), most of them commissioned by government agencies, institutions like the United Nations, or NGOs seeking to alleviate hunger, make it clear that plant foods will significantly outproduce animals foods on the same measure of land. Furthermore, even where both use sustainable methods, the negative environmental impact of farming animals is much, much greater.”
“I absolutely condemn factory farming and the abuse of animals, but don't kid yourself that you aren't responsible for innocent death and environmental destruction by choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet.
I'm a recovering vegetarian. I believedJohn Robbins, Michio Kushi, Frances Moore Lappe, etc, until it ruined my health. I learned about nutrient-dense traditional foods and the importance of animal foods.
Oprah was apparently too polite to point out the inconsistency of Alicia Silverstone touting processed chicken-like frozen food in place of actual chicken. (What does it say about your diet if it has to imitate something else?) The fact that Alicia removed (most) processed junk from her diet and added lots of fresh foods including greens goes a long way to explain why veganism is better for her than the SAD food she previously ate. It may take awhile for her diet to deplete her nutrient stores. I hope she gets ahold of The Vegetarian Myth (by Lierre Keith) before she goes too far down the processed soy path.
Lierre Keith is out to SELL a book based on zero facts or studies. Substitutes for animal products are many and do not contain CANCER-causing arachidonic acid, which is contained in FREE RANGE and GRASS-FED as well as FACTORY FARMED MEAT, DAIRY AND EGGS.
You may not have been eating a varied PLANT-BASED DIET which, by the way, Alicia Silverstone has been eating for over 10 years, as have I.
I used to experience sinus infections twice a year that resulted in my ENT insisting on surgery. I left and never went back. Researched the causes and Dr. Weil and other sources confirmed DAIRY as contributing to SINUSITIS. ELIMINATED DAIRY and have not had a sinus infection since.
I also used to have SEVERE CRAMPING and HEAVY BLEEDING with my period and once I ELIMINATED MEAT, the cramps and heavy bleeding dissipated.
My husband got OFF CHOLESTEROL DRUGS in 3 months on a VEGAN DIET and lost 25 pounds he has kept off 10 years later.
Never been HEALTHIER since we ADOPTED a PLANT-BASED DIET.”
LyssaBarnes on Jan 29, 2010 at 13:12:40
“I am right there with you. I suffered health problems after being on a vegan diet for over a year. My doctor recommended that I start eating meat again and encouraged me to eat my traditional diet. I eat lean meat in small amounts. I try to buy organic when I can, especially when it comes to eggs. I wish I could have more fish since we used to eat fish at least 3 times a week when I was growing up, but it is so expensive.
I eat a lot of vegetables. I always did. If you want to buy organic, I suggest you check the weekly sale ads online for various grocery stores. Sometimes the organic fruits and veggies are less expensive in Whole Foods or Trader Joe's than the regular supermarket.
Every now and then when my food dollars are shorter than my days, I visit a local food bank that requires a cash donation. The one near me gets fresh produce from a certain organic grocery store.”
enry straker on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:34:10
“Dude. Talk about your thoughts and your experiences. Don't try to generalize it to all humanity with your talk of species etc.
I am a vegetarian. Not by choice - but from birth. Not just me and my family. My entire community. Not just a small community - but one of the world's biggest. I am talking about the hindus of india.
People in my community have been vegetarians for centuries. Part of it is due to religious influences. Part of it is due to necessity. Part of it is due to culture.
There are a large number of hindus who eat meat in different forms too - but a lot of them are still vegetarian. Spicy but still vegetarian.
Now i am no expert on food, but i do believe that variety of vegetarian choices exist which can take care of balancing your diet with adequate amounts of protiens, vitamins, carbohydrates etc.
The problem in the US is that your choices of vegetarian food are quite limited - due partly to the huge commoditization of your meat and poultry industry - and it's in their best interests to promote it in as wide a variety as possible.”
mitzvah on Jan 29, 2010 at 00:03:20
“I have been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for over 30 years (minimum egg and dairy products) and have raised my children with the same dietary principles. We have all had fabulous good health. The belief that it requires animal protein to achieve premium health is nonsensical. We are not truly adapted to eat animal foods as made evident by the way our bodies negatively react when animal products are reintroduced to one's diet after a period of abstinence. Curious how this is not the case with the reintroduction of any seasonal fruits or vegetables after half a year or more of not being available for consumption. This is a major hint as to what our bodies are truly meant to ingest. Do you believe that an animal that did not eat plenty of grains and plants would be able to provide the "nutrition" that you claim only animals can? The source of all primary nutrition comes from the earth. And then, of even greater importance, is the issue as to how many more people could be fed with fewer resources used than what is required with the raising, slaughtering and processing of animal products.
I do agree with one thing....Happy eating!”
grumpyfarmer on Jan 28, 2010 at 23:44:33
“Any true sustainable model will have to include animals.”
“Lintott is notorious for disorganization, ignorance, and general incompetence. Her generic "it's about the children" was left unchallenged. What about the children whose families can't make a living because parents or their parents' employer were busted? Or who are taken away during raids?
And what about the environment? When deputies rampage through a property and take expensive gear to the dump, is that environmentally responsible? Send the sheriff instead after Mexican cartels who misuse public land for illicit crops; they're the ones diverting streams and dumping poisons.
If you want to prosecute industries damaging the environment, look at the vineyards, sucking the aquifers dry, or logging or fishing (overuse, mismanagement). Look at the big landowners who feign ignorance of the pot grows on their holdings and never go to jail.
Allman's statement that operations following the law will face no hassle is a complete lie, which I know from personal experience. Under his scorched earth policy, they raid and destroy first, and let the lawyers ask questions later. He disclaims control over his deputies. These true-blue drug warriors openly boast about "going shopping" on a raid. We've all had money taken that wasn't reported. It's an open secret that some of them grow marijuana. Ditto judges, prosecutors and public defenders. The corruption in this legal system is mind-boggling. Multiply that across the state and the country and you begin to grasp the moral, economic and financial devastation wrought by our "war on drugs."”