“Both Aussie rules football and English rugby, along with hockey and lacrosse, are faster and far more brutal sports than American football yet they do not have any history of brain damage even though these sports have existed far longer than the NFL.
The big difference is that American football has evolved into a sport that emphasizes padding and protection for the players but over the years these have turned into weapons to the extent that "hits" don't hurt.. As a result players augment their violence level to the point where there padding breaks down and they are hurt, but at this point they are really hurt.
The NFL should gradually eliminating the pads and helmet so the game gets closer to its roots of English rugby for the safety of its players. In other words they should go back to football as played in the 20's and 30's and return the NFL game back to a physical sport for men not a game for cyborgs!!!”
reachrocks on Oct 9, 2013 at 17:21:01
“Not quite true. Rugby Union has more head trauma than American Football. Rugby League has fewer and I suspect Australian Rules does as well as the nature of the game is different.”
Dr Haircut on Oct 9, 2013 at 17:00:24
“I don't think you can reasonably argue that Aussie rules football and/or English rugby are "more brutal" than the NFL.
There is no other sport with men as big, strong, and fast as NFL players. The fact that that the season is only 16 games long, and most players can barely make it through that, should indicate the kind of damage they're doing.”
Oct 1, 2013 at 15:54:44
“There are whole cities in the amazon people still have not found, mother nature is tougher than you think. Also, as to the development of natural resources, the expression "if you want to make an omelette you must break some eggs" comes to mind in other words" there is no free lunch". Today the "haves" are busy telling the "have-nots" why they should be unemployed to protect the park like settings enjoyed by the "haves" on their vacations. If the "haves" had had their way in 1600's in U.S., the plains wouild still be fulll of buffalo and the ground would never have been turned by the plough so the country could be a primative "park" to be enjoyed by a few British elite. This was not done ,thankfully, and as a result our ancestors were able to become one of the "haves",so we can add our voices to those trying to stop people who wish to work and support their families by mining .
As far as I am concerned, Britain is the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen and what I now see is the results of thousands of years of human activity.
As for Sechelt and its trees, I know the area well , and I can't think of anything that this area needs more than more trees.”
MrShields on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:35:57
“Your naivety astounds me. ASTOUNDS. The gold mining exacerbates mercury, devastates ground stability, exposes more lateral surface area to the elements, shifts feeding grounds/hunting grounds, drives out wildlife and generally just decimates the most bio-diverse area on the planet.
It's people like you, who are incredibly short-sighted, only interested in human social economics, and unable to take the long view that drive inaction and push us closer to humankinds midnight. I wouldn't be surprised if you were a climate change denier as well.
But to return to rational conversation, if in any way that's possible with you, I am not saying to just move in there and eject everyone. Obviously there needs to be a multiple pronged, multiple strategy solution. You need to solve some inequality (Without raping the land) and provide incentive to stop the mining.
I personally don't have a solution, but to just say "Nahhhh, don't worry bro, it'll all grow back" when there are countless examples of why that won't happen is incredibly immature, and I would say even irresponsible.
But then again, you somehow think the British wanted to turn an entire continent into a "park" for the elite, so you know, there's that.”
Oct 1, 2013 at 14:27:41
“Don't get carried away with the sensationalism of this article....people are gainfully employed and working at this obscure site and 20 years after they leave you will not be able to see anything but bush and trees where they were.
where is the problem??”
teeleecee on Oct 1, 2013 at 20:28:33
“Ask yourself...if you ran a corporation, would you do it as badly as these folks who are getting paid the big bucks for their "expertise"? No, you wouldn't, and you couldn't because the minute you squandered money, you'd be fired. What's up here with no accountability? Why are we tolerating this? I think that's at least one of the problems you were seeking.”
JrTokin on Oct 1, 2013 at 20:11:31
6 hours ago ( 2:27 PM)
Don't get carried away with the sensationalism of this article....people are gainfully employed and working at this obscure site and 20 years after they leave you will not be able to see anything but bush and trees where they were.
where is the problem??
It's sad you have to ask where the problem is. I hope that you will take the time to look into this whole situation yourself, learn something about this and not just take someone else's opinion as your own.
Maybe then you could ask; "how can we stop this and make it right?"”
rick 86 on Oct 1, 2013 at 19:14:42
“WRONG. After the rain forest is removed the nutrient poor soil won't support more than 2-3 years of cattle feed so forget about the rain forests regenerating themselves. EVER.
Rainforests are the lungs of the planet and once they logged or burned they realise their full life time intake of carbon into the atmosphere accelerating global warming.”
Audrey Yingling on Oct 1, 2013 at 18:59:37
“You need to get your head out of the clouds!”
markinthedark on Oct 1, 2013 at 16:03:50
“"gashes of heavy mining have left the land contaminated and incapable of growing new vegetation"
Did you miss that part? The land is full of mercury and cyanide now.”
Manu1 on Oct 1, 2013 at 15:52:19
“Sure... it is very well known the the Amazon is actually growing...”
David Bob on Oct 1, 2013 at 15:09:34
“The problem is the extent of the destruction. If we look to a logging operation conducted near sechelt, we can then learn what failed ecological sustainability harvesting is. When you harvest too much from one area and the prevailing winds and hydrological cycles prevent, and even increase the impact within the terrestrial community, we can then begin to understand the impacts this has. The slope and aspect within sechelt has caused extensive surface run off that erodes the surface soil preventing secondary succession from occuring. The winds are expanding this area as the mature forest is not present to protect the younger trees to aid in their development and growth from the environmental impact. Now we take what we know about sechelt and the challenge they are facing, and place this in the amazon where rain and winds occur at a much higher levels, we will then know what the future has in store. Replanting near sechelt has failed for over a decade due to winds and surface runoff and there is no known way to prevent this at this time other then to say sorry we messed up.”
“The title of this article is a oxymoron to me, "How to talk to your Republican father about climate change" Since the father would of necessity be older than the son is it not logical to assume that the father has more climate experience than the son and therefore better able to judge the extent and urgenies of this situation? Does it not then come down whether you believe the man with the experience or the son regurgitating what he has been told??”
James Lorenzato on Aug 20, 2013 at 18:45:59
“Presumably then the father would also have more experience about computers due to age,
even if the son grew up on them?”
“"We could have a legitimate debate about what the true cost is," Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist at Penn State University, told HuffPost. "There's a range of valid opinions about that. But what we can't have a good faith debate about is whether there's any cost.""
Is this the same Michael Mann who was debunked for the "hockey stick" graph affair??? If so why is he being quoted??”
flailin on Jul 27, 2013 at 03:16:25
“He's being quoted because he is a notable climatologist. That's why. He knows his stuff. And his statement was very level-headed and non-confrontational. If you have a problem with him that's okay. But if you have a problem with all scientists who have put forth evidence showing global warming to be real then it's you we should be ignoring, not Mann.”
silverwolf13 on Jul 25, 2013 at 22:20:11
“"Is this the same Michael Mann who was debunked for the 'hockey stick' graph affair?"
No, it's the Michael Mann whose wannabe debunkers were thoroughly debunked.”
palindrom on Jul 25, 2013 at 21:35:03
“Because the hockey stick graph was right, and because outside the right-wing echo chamber he is considered to be an excellent scientist.”
Bubblessharky on Jul 25, 2013 at 21:28:25
“The hockey stick graph has NOT been debunked. It is certainly very valid now.”
“You Americans should look on this election as a learning experience cause if you elect the Mormon Mullah Romney I predict it will not be long before you can empathize with the Iranians. Who knows however, you might enjoy having the edicts of the Mormon church deciding how you are to live your lives. Good luck with that!!”
Apr 21, 2012 at 16:02:59
“The time for truly green energy is not yet here. It is too inefficient and expensive (see the Ontario experience)..
Even when it comes it will not be in the form of windmills or solar panels as they rely on forces we cannot control and therefore will never be reliable under all circumstances, Our ultimate energy long term solution will be more in the line of safe nuclear reactors so we should not get sucked into paying for 18th and 19th century technologyies that will never work to the required levels.”
therainisgone on Apr 21, 2012 at 17:11:43
“imagine if IBM had thought that way when theyb were selling room sized computers for a million dollars each -------with less to offer that a modern day i pad”
Liz Wilson 2 on Apr 21, 2012 at 16:59:12
“getting serious about going green is the first essential ingredient to making it affordable.”
yer on Apr 21, 2012 at 16:49:06
“Green energy is available. We just have to actually lift a finger. Read my posts on this thread for active examples. Nuclear isn't necessary anymore if properly informed of what's available”
“I have nothing against people who work hard enjoying the good life but these guys and the 'Romney's" of this world i carry the idea of being allowed to enjoy the "fruits of their labor" to obscene rediculous extremes. This is a situation where tax laws should be used to "claw back" excess earnings from these guys so they or their companies will never be in the position of being able to exercise extra ordinary influences in our political enviornment by using their extreme wealth.”
Lifeisdone on Apr 21, 2012 at 16:32:30
“...especially since they haven't earned it. The Koch brothers were born into money, made by their criminal father, who obviously didn't teach them about anything other than pleasing themselves.”
TXfemmom on Apr 21, 2012 at 00:17:56
“I don't criticize people who make a lot of money but do so while sharing the profits in an equitable fashion with the workers who made that money for them, and when they have done so in a manner where the country, its' institutions, environment and underpinnings of a republic are not undermined. Play by the rules and exhibit a conscience is all I ask, but these guys don't believe in rules and laws, break them and go on their merry way, and are undermining the very basis of how a republic should work. They exhibit the same behavior which commonly puts anti-social behavior in prison, but because of their wealth, they can get away with anything.”
“If You want an appropriate eulogy about David Suzuki ask the many people disadvantaged by his stands on issues that have later proved to be wrong. It is one thing for a man to be wrong but quite another for someone to use his scientific credentials to promote poorly researched postions on, what is best classified in hindsite as Junk science. Meanwhile, he has used his attestations to enriched himself and his gaggle of followers at the expense of other. The world is years behind where it should be because of the "chicken little" crusades of the likes of Suzuki ., In his unprincipaled schemes to make money,he has delayed or cancelled necessary research and developements for the betterment of mankind. People have unnecessarily suffered and died because of stances taken by this man that influenced people and politicians, while he takes no personal resonsibility at all for the results of following his advice.
As far as I am concerned in a truly just world, rather that idolizing this man, he would be in jail for the miseries he has caused as a side effect of his persuit of money and status.”
Needanaccount on Apr 16, 2012 at 18:27:30
“"his scientific credentials" He has none.”
pinkibus on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:31:27
“Jim as you may know a lot of tobacco farmers have had to give up growing tobacco and that has been a huge economic loss to them. And many many manufacturers have offshored where they do not have to pay a minimum wage or sometimes even any wage and they don't have to obey pollution laws. This has costs hundreds of thousands of jobs. Even to-day the herbicides you use are limited and the farmers are restricted also. Catalytic converters cost money and sweeps in industrial chimneys cost money. But think how many lives it saves to have cleaner air and food that isn't toxic. Just thhink of the savings to the health costs to reduce asthma or heart attscks. I would love to be able to buy food grown a few miles from where I live which is what I used to do until the farms became ugly subdivisions. I would love to pay more for meat and have it raised in a healthy way which also happens to be humane.”
“Ask yourself this question, How many places would be employing climate scientists if it were not for this global warming scam?? I figure the government might need 2 of 3 , some large T.V. station might hire another couple, buts thats it. Now try to tell me that these guys are not affected by their pending unemployment circumstances when they are taking their data and writing their reports!!”
CabinAgue on Apr 15, 2012 at 09:37:11
Oh, you think a meteorologist is a climate scientist.
Ooops. Ask yourself this question: Just how very much do I not actually know about any of this?”
FranklinCat on Apr 15, 2012 at 02:35:24
“Why would a climate scientist look to TV stations for employment?”
solar 2011 on Apr 15, 2012 at 01:08:42
“Comments like yours show that most people really have no clue about how science works. Scientists funded through government grants (not just in the US but in the entire world and from every science field) are not hired based on the expected results and actually are free to research whatever they want as long as they demonstrate that their research will improve scientific knowledge in a particular field (unlike privately funded research like the one done by oil compnaies which funds research based on oil company interests not on scientific merits). Whether the research shows results one way or another is good for science (its just as good to find evidence that something works one way or another). If you want to focus on climate science, climate science has been around for over 100 years, well before the topic became highjacked by politics. If there were no global warming climate scientists would still be doing climate research as they are now, grab any climate science journal and you'll find that the topics covered by research are far wider than global warming. It helps to know about things before you comment on them.”
alpinste on Apr 15, 2012 at 00:33:08
“Given the comprehensive hard science curriculum that goes into being a climate scientist, almost all of them could easily have well paying, professional geology or hydrology jobs. The fact that they pursue climate science probably speaks more to their professional passion than their fiscal well being.”
justsayknow on Apr 15, 2012 at 00:19:33
“So, how many climate scientists are there?
We could probably use a few more because youre not understanding the simplest concept.”
“If you study the origins of AGW you will find it was concocted by a United Nations mandarin by the name of Maurice Strong,( a marxist-socalist kicked out of Canada to the United Nations), who wanted to create a cause severe enough to force countries such as the U.S.A. to relinquish control of their governance to the world body(the U.N.). He hit on promoting the idea of man made casatrophic global warming as his first step toward global governance. Thanks to "deniers" and some governments with common sense, his plan has not worked to date. His disciples are still out there however, so the battle against this socialist and his ideas is still ongoing.
Strong is now a very old and very rich socialist retired to a gated community in Hong Kong but I am sure he still reads the papers and must find amusement in the fact that, even 30 years after his initial fraud, many people are still gullible enough to believe it.”
Sherrie Heckendorn on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:57:43
“Are you for real? You really believe the garbage you just posted? It doesnt take much to disprove everything you just wrote, and sadly, there are too many other fools out there that refuse to acknowledge the damage done to our earth by corporations that care not a bit about what they do to the earth. We cannot make a new earth, and i am committed to ensuring that my grandchildren will still have an earth that can sustain life. At the rate that big oil is being allowed to rape our world in persuit of fading fossil fuels, we will not have an earth to live on, so if thats your wish, it will be answered. Also, as early as the 60's (silent spring) scientists were voicing concern about the damage man is doing to the earth, and they were right.”
OilCrash on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:56:11
“What color is the sky in your world?”
Katmandu01 on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:39:53
“Do you wear your foil hat all of the time or just when you step outside to check for the black helicopters and the chemtrails?”
erhuh on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:39:45
“Glen Beck posts here? Amazing.”
marco01 on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:35:25
“No you don't, you find the origin in the work of a scientist named Dr. Charles Keeling. In the 50s, he discovered a method to accurately measure CO2 in the atmosphere. He discovered that CO2 levels were rising year by year, and graphed it in the now famous Keeling Curve.
Dr. Keeling was a registered Republican.”
murphthesurf3 on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:29:12
“So all of those scientists are in on this con? Really? How and why?”
CabinAgue on Apr 14, 2012 at 23:28:44
“Just when I was thinking that the Larouche/outer-space guy was perhaps the pinnacle...”
Feb 28, 2012 at 17:12:02
“The answer to manufacturing jobs is not to devalue the loonie ( this was done by the Liberals under Chretien so he could "crow" about his governments sucess in creating jobs ) as this only decreases the purchasing power of all Canadians to benefit a relative small portion of the population. Manufacturing jobs will be always available in vibrant competitive Canadian industries but it is up to businesses to be vibrant and competitive and it is up to the Canadian government to insure that they have the laws to allow them to compete on a " level playing field' both in Canada and abroad.”
therainisgone on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:09:05
“a currency at 65 cents to the US dollar gives exporters a huge competitve advantage ------
level playing fields are for suckers ------THERE IS NO SUCH THING
some day when you get time add up the government subsidies handed out in the US to support their business sector ----”
CanadaBob on Feb 28, 2012 at 18:14:37
I have never understood how Japan had to important almost all the resources to manufacture their products, especially automobiles, ship the well made products across the ocean and still charge less than North American made products. Actually I know why, but it still amazes me that it happened.”
Feb 24, 2012 at 16:17:18
“I would like to see a law enacted that would require any company doing or quoting surveys, to publish the questions asked by the surveyor and who was surveyed and where.
Surveys can be skewered to produce any answer you want if you ask the "right " questions, worded in the "right "way to the "right "people in the "right" circumstances.
Without knowing these details, surveys mean nothing.”
Skookum1 on Feb 24, 2012 at 16:22:18
“What struck me as odd here is that this is a Fraser Institute study - closely allied with the right, and in cahoots with the mining-industry and stockbroker cabal that drove the NDP from power....must be some discord in the right-wing backrooms right now, or the Fraser Institute is trying to launder itself of its neo-con associations and become a responsible research body. That being rather unlikely, something else is going on for the FI to even publish this, much less commission it in the first place....Michael Walker and Michael Campbell are not the type of people to criticize BC's, or Canada's, resource sector in any way....something else is behind this, don't know what yet. We'll see.....”
“So the climate is changing, all things in life are changing constantly (i would be worried if the climate was not constantly changing)
What I don't understand is why do we need to assume this change will be bad for humanity over time. Diionsaurs lived for millions of years in the that climate alarmists discribe as a result of a sustained warming trend . why can't humans do the same?
Mans ability to adapt to change is what has made us what we are today,successfull survivors on this earth. I am sure we will survive whatever changes are coming.”
reformedrep on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:37:59
“Dinosaurs did not extract and burn fossil fuels at a logarithmically increasing rate for 150 years thus CAUSING an immediate warming (Ecologically speaking)
Previous warming and cooling trends took millions of years, 100's of millions in the dinosaur scenario....
We are in the process of over populating our host,
When the host dies, the virus feeding off it dies...
GSR on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:24:47
“Sorry mate. Things have advanced too far and too fast for us to us to be running remedial logic classes for utter tweets like you.”
ProudToBeVeryLiberal on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:20:18
“"What I don't understand is why do we need to assume this change will be bad for humanity over time."
If you paid attention in science class when you were in junior high, you would know why.”
“i find it of interest that the games that require helmets ( football an hockey) are the only ones that seem to be having problems with concussions while more violent sports like mma, english rugby, aussie rules football, boxing and pro wrestling have few head injuries and are played with no helmets. Could the helmets be the problem or since both football and hockey players are extremely well paid, might we be seeing some players using minor head injuries as a shortcut to a lifetime pension??”
WeWillWin on Jan 14, 2012 at 19:45:45
“Are you serious? You are very confused about what the definition of a concussion is. Every knockout, most knock downs, any time when a boxer/fighter is "dazed" are concussions by definition. What is the world are you talking about? All that has changed in Football is the culture of how concussions are dealt with. Players have been getting their bells rung for decades. Are you saying there is some kind of secret concussion conspiracy?”
Nov 29, 2011 at 15:24:54
“My favorite memory of the CBC is traveling from Dawson Creek to Tumbler Ridge years ago on weekends where, at some point in the journey, all that was on the car radio was the CBC. What do you guess the "peoples radio station" was playing in northern B.C. on saturday afternoons --- GRAND OPERA.
i stiil inagine ,as i did them, hundreds of cowboys and oilworkers snapping their fingers to the tunes of "La Traviata" while trying at the same time to resist thier desires to dance to this music.
i believe that since it was the "only game in town " the CBC could and should have tried a little harder to meet the entertainment requirements of the people of the north than they did those many years ago......
Tha arrogance of programers for the CBC soured me to the corperation as i am sure it did many others.”
SayBlade on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:09:03
“I doubt parts of your story. CBC Radio 2 may have been playing all that opera. Radio One has never done that.”
cwebster on Nov 29, 2011 at 18:48:03
“Why do you assume that cowboys and oilworkers are all uncultured?”
wwwisible on Nov 29, 2011 at 16:33:49
“They played opera 24/7 ???? Wow, that is bad programming. But seriously...
What stuck out for me in your comment was "at some point in the journey, all that was on the car radio was CBC". Just as the CBC provides radio service to parts of the country that have populations too small to be profitably served by private broadcasters, it also provides broadcasting for market segments that are too small to make any money from, for example fans of opera. It has nothing to do with arrogance. Without the CBC, not only would opera fans be without any radio options, so would all those oilworkers and cowboys.”
rr78 on Nov 29, 2011 at 15:50:58
“I'm not crazy about opera either, and have to admit hearing it very early on Sunday mornings on our local station was very annoying. On the other hand, country music would also have been annoying to me. (In fact, I really don't want to hear much music on CBC at all; I'd rather hear intelligent discussions.) Moral of the story being you can't please everyone, I guess. But I do wonder how many people who otherwise would never have even had a chance to hear opera, listened with interest and maybe even grew to like it????
All in all, CBC radio is very good, in my opinion. And now, with podcasts, I can still hear the programs I like at any time.”
“It no longer matters what the vewrdict on the IPCC is if , as Mr. Solomen says""Only evidence of man-made climate change would be considered by the IPCC, he and the others in attendance were then told. And for all intents and purposes, he soon learned, only research into man-made causes would in future be funded, published and given credibility"" for if this is indeed the case the findings of the IPCC and its scientists are so stunted that further consideration of their position is not moot.”
“You do not advance by going backward.... Wind power is a relic of the 17th and 18th century. The future for the word is in exploring and developing nuclear power. So called "enviormentalists'' have "fearmongered" to impeded the developement of nuclear power to the extent that rather than using nuclear energy adaptations to power our cars and houses we are still forced to use poluting sources of energy. The universe runs on nuclear energy and if we are to live in these stars we must harness it to our daily use.
I would like to be the first to apply for the contract to destroy all of these 'eyesore' windmails for I predict that within 20 years people will realize just how useless they really are. They are not dependable, kill birds and bats, are noisy and destroy naturtal landscapes and we should not need them in the 21st century!!!”
“If you don't like the way things are done, you vote out of office those you disagree with, you do not take the law into your own hands, that is anarchy and will never solve any problems. I for one am happy to see Russia treating Greenpeace activists as what they are amateur childish terrorists who are about to grow up really fast when they get their day in court.”