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KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill

KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 10:04:15 in Politics

“Why were soldiers providing security to an oil drilling contractor? Rhetorical.”
Staten Island Residents Say Official Hurricane Sandy Response Has Been Slow And Inadequate

Staten Island Residents Say Official Hurricane Sandy Response Has Been Slow And Inadequate

Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 23:41:25 in Green

“Phillip, if you're reading comments, there are people in the region who are trying to hook up as volunteers for Staten Island. Friends from New Brunswick NJ, who now have power and are good to go are looking to join relief efforts for Staten Island where they have family. Could not find you on a search on Facebook. Please start a page there for Staten Island Recovery.”
NBC Olympics Closing Ceremony Coverage Criticized For Edits, 'Animal Practice' Interruptions

NBC Olympics Closing Ceremony Coverage Criticized For Edits, 'Animal Practice' Interruptions

Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 11:42:44 in Media

“The Closing Ceremony was awesome on the BBC internet stream in HD......NO commentators, NO commercials and no editing. I didn't really get the Opening Ceremony that much, but the closer was somethin' else!”
Majority Of Americans Want NBC To Air Olympics Live: Gallup

Majority Of Americans Want NBC To Air Olympics Live: Gallup

Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 12:23:50 in Media

“I've had a fabulous experience watching the Olympics this year by purchasing a $5 UK internet address (completely legal) and watching the online BBC coverage. 24HD channels, with no commercial interruption. Every event since the beginning available to watch any time you want, including everything happening live. The feed is gorgeous, and none of that incessant NBC Olympics badge spinning you on hold with "coverage will resume shortly", in between commercials and constant buffering. I can watch anything I want over coffee in the morning or anytime I can take a work break throughout the day.”

Waterlooboy on Aug 10, 2012 at 12:42:42

“I did the same thing for free. Several VPN/proxy services have one week free. So I enjoyed all the events I was interested in live from the BBC.”
Thyroid Cancer? Sign Me Up

Thyroid Cancer? Sign Me Up

Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 10:00:22 in Healthy Living

“You must be kidding. My clients who are thyroid cancer patients endure months of painful physical therapy to restore neck and arm movement after lymph node surgery, and who spend YEARS trying to get their meds right so they don't feel like the Three Faces of Eve. Watch what you wish for;.”
The Top 10 Reasons Women Re-Marry The Wrong Guys

The Top 10 Reasons Women Re-Marry The Wrong Guys

Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 14:30:51 in Divorce

“Harriet Lerner always offers something great.”
James Holmes Apartment Search Clouded By Detonation, Fire Concerns

James Holmes Apartment Search Clouded By Detonation, Fire Concerns

Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 13:59:17 in Denver

“Not sure it points to anyone else, really. Just because he was withdrawing from school doesn't mean that he was too broke to purchase the stuff he used. He likely had a graduate assistantship (most grad students get some support from the department) from which he had recently received a final paycheck for the semester(at least that's how it worked when I was a grad student at CU), he may still have money left over from student loans, and who knows how much his family was providing support.

The military gear he was wearing is widely available on the internet and cheap. Body armored flac jackets are currently on sale on Ebay for less than $200. Riot helmets are less than a hundred dollars. You can buy gas masks at Army-Navy stores. All of the ammunition was purchased online, bullets are currently about 50 cents a piece.

Bomb making information is easily obtained on certain websites, which are well known to techie types. This kid has been described as the smartest of the smart, and so he certainly had the intelligence and technical skill needed to make explosives.

None of this took a lot of money or connections to some nefarious group. And Homeland Security really isn't designed to find these types of cases that fall well outside of what they're looking for; they're not missioned to find the random.mentally ill individual who can too easily purchase guns.”
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Has The Energy Department Gone Completely Off The Rails?

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 10:38:38 in Politics

“While I agree the administration has faltered on energy policy, the scientific paper in Nature referred to as a distraction with the implication that Dr. Chu spends his focus on lofty academic matters and not on the day-to-day energy concerns of the American people, was submitted for publication at the end of 2009, which means that his actual research role on it was probably completed in early 2009.”
Rihanna Fires Back At 'Man Down' Video Critics, Parent's Television Council, BET

Rihanna Fires Back At 'Man Down' Video Critics, Parent's Television Council, BET

Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 01:15:33 in Entertainment

“I just read the full statement made by the Parents' Television Council, and they're not nearly as outraged that a woman was raped in the video as that she got even. Interesting.”

Julian09 on Jun 5, 2011 at 03:41:26

“I guess if she had driven her car off the cliff at the end of the video, like Thelma and Louise, PET would think it was ok... I'm with Ishkodewaaboo. TWO times, sucka!”
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Stephen Hawking: Heaven Is A Myth

Commented May 17, 2011 at 11:34:17 in Technology

“Wow, there's over 10,000 comments on a blurb that's about a hundred words long?”

Michael Godwin on May 17, 2011 at 11:41:08

“atheists hoping that ole stephen is right!!”

MochaLite on May 17, 2011 at 11:37:22

“Well, they removed the Religion page, so this is all we've got.”
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Is Obesity Bias Evolutionary?

Commented May 9, 2011 at 11:19:14 in Home

“It has been well documented by evolutionary biologists that our ancestors were tall, lean and free of degenerative disease in spite of an abundant food supply. The competition for calories/obesity gene/"survival impulse wired into our DNA" concept is an erroneous notion that is not born out by the evidence of evolutionary biology. Additionally, it is also now well-established that gene transcription is controlled by environment. Yes, obesity is a disease and we have a toxic food environment, but that environment is a completely modern phenomenon not a genetic history one. Food is information and it instructs the body how to handle the calories contained within it. Our modern food derails the hormonal regulators of metabolism and shifts calorie partitioning into fat storage rather than metabolic utilization. Additionally many modern foods (grains, legumes] contain "anti-nutrients" that interfere with the absorption of micro-nutrients [phytates that inhibit mineral absorption, for example), or may create autoimmune inflammatory conditions (lectins) that drive obesity and disease. There's always been plenty of calories to go around. Our robustly healthy and abundantly fed ancestors did not eat the types of foods that began to emerge with agriculture [grains], and when they did, human health began to change. They certainly did not eat concentrated carbohydrates, but the evidence does not support that they ever suffered from caloric scarcity.”

DrP on May 9, 2011 at 21:48:56

“Beautifully articulated. Thank you.”
Chris Christie: Collective Bargaining Something 'I Love'

Chris Christie: Collective Bargaining Something 'I Love'

Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 10:15:30 in Politics

“I'm from NJ. Personally I'd like to put him *back* in his cage.”
Serena Williams Hospitalized, Underwent Emergency Treatment For Pulmonary Embolism

Serena Williams Hospitalized, Underwent Emergency Treatment For Pulmonary Embolism

Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 09:51:59 in Sports

“Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Really looking forward to seeing you in the summer grand slams.”
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How Much Do Calories Count?

Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 09:56:12 in Home

“Breana, I do counsel those who don't necessarily understand thermodynamics, not only on what's necessary to lose weight, but also on the hormonal regulation required to be metabolically well. IMO, clinicians need to above all else respect the intelligence of the people we counsel and the general public, and stop using inaccurate and overly simplified sound bytes, which may save us time and allow us to treat people like children, but do nothing to free people of the diet mill. If you actually understand your metabolism, you are forever free from having to buy another diet book. For "us" [the professionals], it's not really that hard to communicate accurately if we take the time and respect people's intelligence.”
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How Much Do Calories Count?

Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 18:30:14 in Home

“While I agree with much of what Dr. Katz has written, I wish oh I wish that people would stop using the phrase "calories in-calories out". It's meaningless of any practical value and leads people to think there is some arithmetic to weight loss, in spite of his words to the contrary. .Worse, it is an incorrect application of the Laws of Thermodynamics. The human body is not a closed thermodynamic system. I don't remember who said this, but if it were we could lose weight from being naked and gain it from dressing in layers. People who are lean are known to waste calories when they overeat by increasing their metabolic rate through calorie wasting cycles [such as uncoupled protein cycles].Individuals who are insulin resistant or diabetic preferentially drive calories into storage as fat. The energy deficit required to lose weight is largely a matter of changing a body that is driven metabolically to store calories into one that is driven metabolically to waste calories. This means increasing the thermogenic load of the diet to increase metabolic rate [increase protein] and reduce foods that impair insulin signalling [reduce carbohydrates].”

DrSnuggles on Feb 22, 2011 at 11:47:54

“"Worse, it is an incorrect applicatio­n of the Laws of Thermodyna­mics"

No it's not.

"The human body is not a closed thermodyna­mic system."

Yes it is.

However, each human body is a UNIQUE thermodynamic system. The people who are insulin resistant etc. have a much harder time losing weight, but it's still a matter of calorie in - calorie out. Even if you do something to boost your metabolism, it's still calorie in - calorie out. You're just changing the dynamics of the system not the way it works.”

Breana Lai on Feb 21, 2011 at 22:33:14

“Absolutely true but try counseling those who do not understand the Laws of Thermodynamics. "Calories in-calories out" is a general simplification of a dynamic process necessary to convey an overall message. Your argument is absolutely correct and very well stated but not generalizable to the public. While I agree with Dr. Katz that two people can consume the same calories and "burn" the same amount of calories yet maintain different weights, try telling someone that in a counseling session. Try telling someone that their husband/wife/best friend/mom doesn't have to work as hard but can eat twice as much without gaining a pound. The Laws of Thermodynamics just do not seem so important.”

DrP on Feb 21, 2011 at 21:28:00

“Very well-written and so accurate. Thanks for this post. I wish all medical professionals understood this truth about human metabolism.”
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Does It Take a Village to Overcome Obesity?

Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 13:28:45 in Politics

“"The libertarian aversion to government intervening in our personal decisions carries a steep price because many Americans make lousy personal decisions that produce catastrophic social consequences. Yes, food companies that popularize dishes with 23 grams of fat are culpable, but what about parents who permit or even encourage their children to bulk up on fatty food? They too are responsible "

Listen, I'm no fan of Palin, I tend to fall on the liberal side of left, and am a healthcare professional working in obesity, BUT most of the bad decisions that have been made about our national diet are decisions that were made by national health care agencies vis-a-vis the McGovern Commission and The Food Pyramid that set the stage for flooding the food market with cheap, low fat, concentrated carbohydrates and which created a boon for the corn industry. Don't kid yourself that it's otherwise. The biggest obesity problem is in the poorest neighborhoods, the ones where you can't find a food market but there's a McDonalds on every corner.”

Alvarask on Dec 9, 2010 at 15:19:10

“Fanned and faved.”
Obesity, And Being Even A Little Overweight, Increases Health Risks

Obesity, And Being Even A Little Overweight, Increases Health Risks

Commented Dec 3, 2010 at 11:16:43 in Home

“As only the abstract is available for free online and not the full data, I wondered about how the researchers defined and controlled for activity levels. I see here in this article that Steven Blair addresses that point as well. I have many clients who's overweight does not translate into any diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome [no increased insulin resistance, blood sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure or inflammation] except for their waist measurement, because they are regular exercisers and they are fit. Also, that whole BMI thing, I wish researchers would not use it as it does not measure fatness.”

dartagnan on Dec 3, 2010 at 19:12:11

“"Also, that whole BMI thing, I wish researcher­s would not use it as it does not measure fatness."

Roger that. It is a very crude measurement.”
The Cause of Weight Gain People Don't Talk About

The Cause of Weight Gain People Don't Talk About

Commented Dec 3, 2010 at 10:34:15 in Home

“Excellent point about mood stabilizers and weight gain. I tell my clients that all the time, but because docs don't talk about it much, they have a hard time believing it. On the low carb diet thing, tho, I'm not sure it's a problem. As long as there's sufficient dietary protein, the liver will provide all necessary glucose for central nervous system performance via conversion of amino acids to glucose, certainly enough to transport tryptophan over the blood brain barrier to make serotonin. And healthy low carbohydrate diets have significant carbohydrate calories in the form of unlimited vegetables.”

Ratzass on Dec 3, 2010 at 12:24:39

“I agree. I've been on the Atkins Diet for 6 months, and it has helped me lose and maintain a healthy weight level. I have noticed no compromise on the effectiveness of the Effexor I take.”
The Truth About Red and Processed Meats

The Truth About Red and Processed Meats

Commented Jun 11, 2010 at 10:00:16 in Healthy Living

“Yesterday I posted a comment saying that the P value on the processed meats in this study was only .04, meaning that the link between processed meats and illness as demonstrated by this study is weak. The link between red meat and no illness was P”

dogctor on Jun 12, 2010 at 02:59:37

“There is less than (0.04) 4% likelyhood that these results are false.

Meaning the correlation of eating processed meat and disease is that robust and strong.

Wake up people, eating meat causes heart disease, as well as other disease. You all already know that.”

DrMink on Jun 11, 2010 at 16:58:18

“As usual, someone mis-interpreted what a "p value" means. Although I won't let my students use wikipedia, this is a pretty good explanation on p values. Please note the common mistakes people make when interpreting them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-value
The Truth About Red and Processed Meats

The Truth About Red and Processed Meats

Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 12:43:35 in Healthy Living

“The P value for the processed meat data was .04, not very strong.

On the nitrate issue, From a recent publication of the University of Minnesota Extension:
"Sodium nitrite, rather than sodium nitrate, is most commonly used for curing (although in some products, such as country ham, sodium nitrate is used because of the long aging period). In a series of normal reactions, nitrite is converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide combines with myoglobin, the pigment responsible for the natural red color of uncured meat. They form nitric oxide myoglobin, which is a deep red color (as in uncooked dry sausage) that changes to the characteristic bright pink normally associated with cured and smoked meat (such as wieners and ham) when heated during the smoking process."

Nitric oxide is naturally produced in the body all the time. It's well known to relax vascular endothelium.

To state that there's nothing to suggest that animal foods promote health is completely inaccurate and suggests a lack of familiarity with the literature.”

dogctor on Jun 12, 2010 at 03:09:52

“Your post is completely idiotic. You obfuscated chemistry (Nitric oxide has absolutely nothing in common with sodium nitrite /nitrate).

You have not a single recent article to cite which demonstrates within p- 0.04 that meat consumption promotes health. I challenge to post a single link.”
A High Protein Diet Won't Make You Lose Weight Long Term: In Fact, It May Make You Fatter

A High Protein Diet Won't Make You Lose Weight Long Term: In Fact, It May Make You Fatter

Commented Mar 11, 2010 at 17:24:47 in Healthy Living

“Correction to my post below: It should read 20 g CHO for a 2000kcal diet. I'm breaking in new contact lenses and they're making me nuts. Sorry for any confusion.”
A High Protein Diet Won't Make You Lose Weight Long Term: In Fact, It May Make You Fatter

A High Protein Diet Won't Make You Lose Weight Long Term: In Fact, It May Make You Fatter

Commented Mar 11, 2010 at 17:22:15 in Healthy Living

“Could the author please direct me to the evidence that carbohydrate restricted diets cause you to get fatter? Because that title was certainly provocative, but I see no support for it in the article.

It's interesting to me that Dr. Ornish seems to be defining low carbohydrate as high protein. Whereas most of us who eat carbohydrate restricted do increase our protein intake somewhat, we also increase our fat intake. The way that a typical low carber eats is not particularly close to the PNAS study he cites. The human equivalent to the LCHP chow used in that study [12%CHO/45%Pro] would be 40g CHO and 200 gProtein for someone eating 200kcals . Many low carb eaters aim to keep CHO calories well under 100g but probably not as low as 40g, and I for one, can certainly significantly restrict carbohydrate without going anywhere near that percentage of protein for my calorie intake.. My read on the findings of the PNAS study is rather when you feed proatherogenic mice both a hypercaloric and very high protein diet as was done in that study, they develop worsened atherosclerosis. I'm unsure how that applies to the average carb restricted eater, who doesn't go that extreme on the percentages of CHO/Pro and who doesn't over eat. I disagree that we should define low carbohydrate as high protein.”
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Is a Woman in Labor a "Person"? New Assaults on Pregnant Women's Civil Rights in a NJ Case

Commented Jul 31, 2009 at 16:06:32 in Politics

“I wouldn't say the family doesn't care about their child, only that their competancy to care for the child is questionable. There could be developmental/psychiatric/other medical reasons.

.Playing on the fear of women, this blog is even more exploitative and manipulative of women than what the author is claiming of the courts/hospital.

The issue is the controversy over c-sections, the research interest of the author. I am a female clinical exercise physiologist who works mostly in women's health, and who after years of trying to function within the broken hospital system now works outside it. I can certainly appreciate the problems with the system.

Is the high rate of c-sections an indication of an exploitative medical machine against women? I don't think so.The rate of c-sections has increased concomitant with the rate of women presenting for birth who are in poor health from metabolic disease.We now see young moms birthing with high blood pressure and pre-diabetes, and one in two women of child-bearing age is obese, increasing delivery complications. The shortage of ob-gyns bc they can't afford liability insurance is in direct relationship to this population of women who have higher risk.This is mostly due to poverty effects on health.

This blog was devious and inflammatory and every blog that riffed off it exponentially increased the sensationalism.I don't care that you're on my side of the political spectrum, it was irresponsible.”

GBGB on Aug 4, 2009 at 17:30:18

“"This blog was devious and inflammatory and every blog that riffed off it exponentially increased the sensationalism.I don't care that you're on my side of the political spectrum, it was irresponsible."

I agree 100%.”
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