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Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 14:11:18 in Politics

“Good catch! It's a rare word meaning gossip or talk with a little substance. Google it and you'll find its creator ... a whacky wordsmith who invented it on a dare to see how long it would take for the Google bot to find it. Less tha a day!”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 13:43:21 in Politics

“"These are not U.S. documents and we have no idea of their authorship or authenticity," a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. "Some elements in them are outdated, others totally inaccurate." The spokesman declined to specify which parts were outdated or inaccurate."

Well THANK YOU Huffington ... if you have to rush this totally unsubstantiated report to public, thank goodness you had the grace to include this disclaimer. BURIED of course somewhere in the middle of all the bavarcating.

Such irresponsible journalism makes me cringe.”

Darlie Brewster on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:55:29

“EXACTLY! It's a smear.”

jj-777 on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:51:11

“bavarcating?”
Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 03:48:58 in Good News

“Hey I LIKE you! And you DO have a very valid point. "let not the right hand see what the left doeth" ...( a bit of a paraphrasing here on my part.)

And the anonymous gift or act of kindness is absolutely the best. And most sincere.

But we're a media dominated society. And media doesn't focus on those precious small drops of kindness ... media focuses for the most part on the negative and shocking. So whn a well-known person does something kind, it does put goodness out there. And I'm grateful for anything which meliorates the nastiness of the media.

Years ago one Xmas dinner, my Mom was visibly wringing her hands ucomfortably as she muttered ... " They made me promise to tell you that another family is having a Xmas dinner just like ours because I made a donation from us to ..."

The story was that the charity refused her donation unless she promised to tell her family that she'd made a nice dinner available to another family who couldn't afford one so that her children would REMEMBER her act of kindness,

It worked. That's more than fifty years ago and I still remember.”
Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 23:41:25 in Good News

“Love this. Stories like this brighten my day ... and make the world a better place. We need a daily dose of these inspiring acts of kindness to remind us that there is goodness and generosity in the world and that the news media aren't mirrors of reality. Anne Frank wrote many years ago ... " People are basically good at heart ..." and I think she was absolutely correct. They are.”
Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Peter Shankman Will Give His Airline Miles To People Who Can't Afford To Fly Home For The Holidays

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 23:39:24 in Good News

“How mean. Now please go out and do one kind thing tomorrow for a stranger, to make up for your curmedgeonliness. ( You'll feel good too ... guarantee ...)”

whassuphuff on Dec 8, 2013 at 01:29:22

“I'm not being mean. I don't need to rush out and do something nice. I do things all the time but I don't need to be publicly acknowledged or get a big thanks, I try to do kind things for the right reasons. I don't need to get recognition, rewards, awards, anything. I just do it. I was just expressing my opinion of a public recognition of an "act of kindness". Think about it. especially if it is a well known person, or major company. It's all about the recognition and publicity. In my opinion, a TRUE act of charity is done anonymously.”
India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 18:00:40 in Sports

“Good point! And regrettably probably spot on.”
India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 17:01:02 in Sports

“This resonates so deeply with me. I lived for twenty years in India and consider myself an Indian/Canadian. I agree 100%. Over the years I have defended India repeatedly in discussions, This time I cannot. Perhaps the censure of the Olympic Committe will be enough to jolt them into a cleaner government, RIght now it is rotten to the core, riddled with bribery ad corruption at every level.”
India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

India Could Be Kicked Out Of Olympics For Keeping Corruption-Tainted Officials, Says IOC President

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:57:57 in Sports

“Sorry ... I lived twenty years in India ... and the corruption on all levels was mind boggling. You couldn't start a business without a license, you couldn't get a license without greasing palms. Then you couldn't get raw materials without paying "black money" .... Useless to try to pay up front ... you didn't get your supplies ... since the suppliers had to bribe other officials with that "black money" There's a parallel economy running counterpoint to the legitimate one.

Why can't they agree to the most logical demand ... that no official have a criminal record. Nope. The Indian officials want to water that down to people who've served TWO years in PRISON. Why are they so intransigent? Obviously because the problem is huge and they know they'll not be able to meet the internatioal standards.

For years I've defended India on almost every issue. This time, I say to throw the book at them. Maybe this will be a goad to cleaniing up the corruption mess. Nothing else has worked so far.”

Rache511 on Dec 7, 2013 at 17:32:48

“But those who arrest, charge, prosecute and convict people for alleged criminal offenses aren't just as corrupt as the other government officials? A criminal record there may well indicate simply that the accused couldn't bribe his way out of the accusation.”
Karen Armstrong And Oprah Discuss How To Practice Compassion Every Day (VIDEO)

Karen Armstrong And Oprah Discuss How To Practice Compassion Every Day (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 01:24:00 in OWN

“I have taught meditation for many years. From time to time someone asks me the meaning of life ... and this is such an enormous question that for many years I was loathe to tackle it. Then one day it occurred to me in a single word. And that word is "Empathy". Empathy goes so far beyond "love" which is a hackneyed and much over-used word.

Empathy is exactly what Armstrong says. And it is at the core of all that is truly good and compassionate in the world. Each day I try to make every contact I have with anyone, a moment of pleasantness. After decades it is second nature. And the response is a true gift. The sudden light in the eyes of someone you've complimented or empathized with ... the feeling of connection. It is the entire meaning of life. To see the common spirit in everyone. That is all it is.

And it's so very simple. In my blog ... thegleefulguru.wordpress.com ... I share stories of empathy and love and joy from my two lives in the West and in India. It has been a joyful journey and those moments of connection have made it so. Armstrong is absolutely correct and it is a joy to see TED once again enriching so many lives with fine talks and lectures. Thank you TED and Ms Armstrong.”
McDonald's Accidentally Hands Out Bag Of Cash At Drive Thru

McDonald's Accidentally Hands Out Bag Of Cash At Drive Thru

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:02:43 in Business

“As usual ... another Puffington story badly researched and full of holes.

The couple didn't realize until they got home, they had all that cash. Okay ... I'll allow the possibility that they didn't open the bag on the way home to sneak a few fries. That could possibly happen. Unlikely, but possible.

But how the heck did Macdonalds contact them by PHONE at their home? As far as I kow, I've never been asked for my phone number at Macdonalds. And it's not on my credit card anywhere either. Hummmmm??? Big question here.”

downforthecount on Dec 6, 2013 at 17:24:54

“According to other articles elsewhere, the McDonalds employee immediately realized their mistake and took off after the couple and caught up with them at their house MINUTES later. Big question has now been answered.”

YooperSue on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:28:04

“The story doesn't say that: "the McDonald's employee reached them at their house and the Terrys handed back the cash without pause." Doesn't sound like a phone call to me.”

jacknaber on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:22:12

“It is when you look up the information on your number thats how they found out one call tells all and it was breakfast not lunch but either way who don't look to see if everything they ordered is there before driving away”

taralad on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:11:46

“True I am thinking same thing and if the people contacted McDonalds first then they should have said that and not mislead the readers about the couple not contacting them first.”

Oldteacher1933 on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:08:48

“Not a huge town; drive thru employee probably knew them by name; looked up their phone number in the phone book. This is the way this would happen in my little town.”

Jared Torrico on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:04:46

“Maybe they got it from the phonebook or somehow by the license plate, just my guess.”
Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 02:19:42 in Politics

“I loathe Palin and cringe whenever she appears in the media. But Bashir went WAY over the line and resignation was his only option. Sarah Pallin has responded with uncharacteristic grace. She came ahead on this one. By a mile!”

scottjamesmiller on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:12:55

“She has handlers.”

Happy Go Lightly on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:39:53

“Very well put.

I have no idea how he could permit himself to be provoked to say such a thing. It's simply unfathomable. I don't understand how the image came to him, much less how he could engage his own mouth to form the words.”

screenscream on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:39:13

“What she said originally kind of takes away from her being ahead by a mile, though. I'm glad she accepted his apology and agree that Bashir went over the line, but Sarah's original statement was hideous.”

third squirrel on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:37:21

“If you watched Palin on Fox tonight, you would not say she responded with uncharacteristic grace. She said a few appropriate words, then added a series of digs and insults to Bashir and the entire MSNBC network. I am not a fan of MSNBC, but I would never pretend they are any worse than Fox.”

sherrybb on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:31:35

“exactly!”

KIVPossum on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:19:24

“Agree completely”

pangai on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:14:17

“Well put.”
Wisconsin Abortion Law Questioned By Chicago Judges

Wisconsin Abortion Law Questioned By Chicago Judges

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 06:08:12 in Politics

“You are of course joking. This is an attempt at satire. Right?”
Wisconsin Abortion Law Questioned By Chicago Judges

Wisconsin Abortion Law Questioned By Chicago Judges

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 06:04:20 in Politics

“Disgusting. Can't you find another argument than the silly one about "keeping legs closed." Maybe you've never experienced rape. I can tell you that those legs will be FORCED open. And they are often forced open in marriage as well. The next time you are tempted to use that phrase, just think about rape victims and censor your careless words. It's a revolting, irresponsible and totally callous phrase used by the careless and effete commenter.

And MEN have NO say whatsoever. They're not carrying the child. And in many cases abandon the woman and child and have to be hauled to court to pay child support. White men in business suits carrying Bibles they've never read wanting to control women's rights over their own bodies. Dark age "values".

BUT we have the vote. We are the majority now in the polls and I can tell you, we're not going back to those Dark Ages, no matter how loudly those men howl.”
Scott Walker Campaign: Skip Black Friday, Give Us Your Money Instead

Scott Walker Campaign: Skip Black Friday, Give Us Your Money Instead

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 03:23:04 in Politics

“Good grief .... this is over the top. How about skipping Christmas and sending all the money saved to this jerk's campaign. Unbelievable arrogance.

Now I'm holding my breath and waiting for him to start yapping about birth control, abortion and gays. One, two, three ... exhale.”
When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 00:12:46 in Politics

“We've come a long long way. I was astonished when I came to America in 1988 to see the progress made. Double incomes are sometimes a necessity .... but far too many women sacrifice their children to those jobs to make extra money for luxuries they and their children don't need nearly as much as time together.

The breast feeding issue is ridiculous. It's a political gesture which is offensive to many people. I lived in a third world country where only poor women breast fed in public .... but they discreetly wrapped their sarees over their babies and NO ONE would ever attempt breast feeding in a public place such as a restaurant. They were discreet and respectful of their babies .... and the public. Here in America it is a public and "in your face" fad. No women with respect for herself, her child and the public would foist this on the public. It is not beautiful in public. Now watch the women howl.”
What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:20:39 in Healthy Living

“Freedom, laugher, adventure. sense of discovery, spiritual awakening, sense of common humanity, generosity, real values .... your list is what we have today.
(Hey Project Blue Book is fascinating)”
What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:15:41 in Healthy Living

“Thumbs up on this one! I'm a sixties gal ... lived for twenty years in India ... as a wife to a wonderful Indian man. Studied meditation, spirituality ... but brought my Canadian mother's love of "the little things" with me. Juilliard grad ... so plenty of music in my life. Been poor and been wealthy and can handle both.

But when I meet people, I am astounded at how unhappy so many are. They whine over everything. Quibble with waitresses and return items to stores with complaints. They max out credit cards and drive fancy cars. They fuss over their diet and still gain weight. They suck the joy out of everything.

I'm almost a hermit, because other people drag me down. I sit at the piano, stroll in the zoo, enjoy a simple snack and connect with the cosmos. And wonder where all those other 60's people have vanished. My blogs ... thegleefulguru and thehappypianoprofessor .... both at wordpress.com. celebrate my life ... teaching, living and enjoying. Wake up ... it's a wonderful world out there. ( Turning off the TV and cancelling newspaper subscriptions also helps.)”

Gary Carroll on Dec 1, 2013 at 04:07:08

“Indeed Life is Good

Too bad I missed most of the 60's.
I have a locker full of concert tickets, Doors, Rolling Stones, Byrds, ELO, Janice Joplin as proof I was there.
I just don't remember.
Just joking

Could it be that a lot of our young people today no longer have that connection with nature? Getting out camping, hiking, diving, fishing, surfing.
I call it communicating with nature.
Today they are stuck to the internet texting.”
Student Sets Teacher Gabriela Peñalba On Fire: Police

Student Sets Teacher Gabriela Peñalba On Fire: Police

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 20:43:17 in Weird News

“Charge him as an adult, release his name and try him for attempted murder. Then put him away for a very long time. I'm tired of this "juvenile" defense. Do an adult crime, and pay an adult penalty. SImple. I don't want to hear about his "terrible childhood" either.”

CLQ817 on Dec 1, 2013 at 00:41:18

“AMEN!”
5 Mistakes People Make When Meeting Someone New

5 Mistakes People Make When Meeting Someone New

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 17:30:39 in OWN

“Glad I'm not the only confused one. Which is it? Offer or ask?

The idea of "asking" someone to get me a drink ( unless it's a house party and the drinks are free ) really confounds me.”
5 Mistakes People Make When Meeting Someone New

5 Mistakes People Make When Meeting Someone New

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 17:28:49 in OWN

“Yikes .... unless I'm on the Continent, I'd cringe at the hand-kissing. I don't evven like the handshake very much although I know it's obligatory. For me it's all in the initial eye contact and the warm smile. A comment about my appearance sounds fake to me. (But I do have a disclaimer here ... I'm not an American.)”
When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 15:02:33 in Politics

“Your forebears were made of strong stuff. So were mine. No famous people, but the footsoldiers iin the battle we've, as you pointed out, largely won today ( although there are male politicans in business suits carrying largely unread Bibles who are striving to push women back into the Dark Ages ....)

I grew up in French Catholic Canada, where the laws restricting women's rights and dignity were so draconican that married women had no rights whatsoever. A child would be permitted to die if the father weren't able to give his signature to hospital authorities. I grew up with little signed papers pasted to our fridge when Dad was travelling.

Seats for women were limited in colleges. I won my Canada Council grant because it was "blind" ... only a number and no sex identity. A tape of my work and application ... that was it. And that was the FIRST fairness I found in education in Qubene

I left Quebec gladly when I was 19, and went to New York, graduated and married an Indian man from Bombay, The day I landed in New Delhi, over 35 years ago, I had more legal rights as a WOMAN than I did in Canada and much of the USA. True the battles grew tamer over the years. But we're still fighting. Cruz and Santorum are still ranting.”

leavesbound on Nov 30, 2013 at 20:04:17

“I have no idea what the culture then nor now is in Canada. I have visited Quebec only twice and only briefly during childhood 40+ years ago. My statements were only referring to life in the United States. When my great grandmother was born women were their father's or husband's property. They could not make decisions, could not legally purchase anything or enter into a contract without permission of their owner. My grandmother was in nursing school in 1918 when the Spanish flu hit and her Dad ordered her home because he did not want her around sick people. He had the power to force her home despite her being over 18 and paying for school with her own money which she had to give to her father for the actual transaction because she needed his permission to go to school. By WWII this was all over with. Today, women's biggest complaints are a disparity in pay and the right to breastfeed in public. The disparity in pay is due largely to the fact that when women have children their careers are often interrupted and interruptions lower pay. That and many women, while still earning a paycheck, choose to impose upon their male mates the responsibility of chief money earner. As for breastfeeding in public, that topic is a work in progress.”
When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving, It Backfired Big Time

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 00:55:31 in Politics

“How about a compromise. But that would entail people waking up to the fact we are being manipulated by commercial interests into celebrating what should be a day of thankfulness into an orgy of needless, mindless and unnecessary spending.

A turkey dinner with one's family isn't spartan... it's important enough to be cherished and protected. Hands off our families ... which are already in disarray. Because of this greedy mindset we've bought into. Two jobs to pay for fancy sports shoes and fancy schools ... when NOTHING equals time with one's mother. NOTHING is so important. We've been bought and sold.

I fought all my life for basic women's rights and what I see today appalls me. Bow down before Mammon ..... that's the American god.

To see what a mother can do for her child in gentler times ... a collection of wonderful heart warming tales of rascalry and love ... read "Bird Songs" ... Nikki Ty-Tomkins .... ... available on Amazon.”

leavesbound on Nov 29, 2013 at 09:20:50

“My great grandmother owned a business and an automobile (she was the first female in the state to be a licensed driver) before she got to vote. She had jobs, a career and businesses and raised 6 kids and took care of a sick husband who left her widowed before her youngest was in high school. Her children included a nurse, a teacher, two business owners, a war hero a post mistress. I won't name drop but she hosted people now considered iconic historic figures. She died in 1948 years before todays so-called women's liberation came into existence. She was arrested dozens of times attempting to vote two generations before the first bra was burned. Her mother was a friend and classmate of one of Frederic Douglas's daughters. Her grandmother was a business owner, civil war widow and a suffragette before Lincoln was president and long before anyone heard of suffragettes. You may have fought for women's rights of some sort but the basic rights were fought for long before your grandmother was born. My own mother was widowed with 5 children and worked tirelessly raising us while working full time while going to school full time never taking a cent in charity or welfare. Are there more battles to be fought? True, but compared to where we were, the war is 99% won and by those long dead. Truly there are few rights left that women do not currently enjoy.”
Joe Arpaio Offers Inmates, Fed Only Twice A Day, 56-Cent Thanksgiving Meal

Joe Arpaio Offers Inmates, Fed Only Twice A Day, 56-Cent Thanksgiving Meal

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 00:46:39 in Politics

“I would agree that those pink uniforms, strict controls over costs and spartan conditions ARE a success. But this article is about Thanksgiving dinner. And Arpaio's mockey is plain mean. Unnecessary. I do have a problem with meanness ...”
Joe Arpaio Offers Inmates, Fed Only Twice A Day, 56-Cent Thanksgiving Meal

Joe Arpaio Offers Inmates, Fed Only Twice A Day, 56-Cent Thanksgiving Meal

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 00:43:37 in Politics

“I have no problem with cost cutting. Not a bit. And I love the pink. But object to mocking Thanksgiving dinner. Some of those prisoners have memories like the rest of us ... family and holidays. Keep the meanness away from the holidays, A small slice of turkey and stuffing wouldn't cause the government to suffer a financial collapse.”
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