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50 Things Only People Over 50 Understand

50 Things Only People Over 50 Understand

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 13:57:37 in Fifty

“Once again, generation X is omitted from the conversation. Guess what? People born after 1964 exist and remember this stuff, too. It's not all boomers and millennials out there as the author seems to suggest.”

Christine Vanoff on Nov 1, 2013 at 14:03:23

“Oh, join in and feel free to share! You're allowed, OK?”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 00:29:44 in World

“Because it's tiresome when people assume that Europe is always ahead of the US when it comes to compassion and free thought, and because it is equally tiresome when people ignore that a very small state led the charge on death with dignity.

Why did you order things in the way YOU did?”

AnswerToJob on Oct 7, 2013 at 02:49:21

“I just copied from wiki.
I guess I even unconsciously remain a Chaos Theory Guy...
"order without predictability"”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 20:16:50 in World

“We do. Your state doesn't offer assisted suicide, but others do.”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 20:13:41 in World

“No, it used to be called SRS (sex reassignment surgery or sex reconstruction surgery). It was changed at the behest of a lobbying group, who didn't like the connotation of the word "sex."”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 20:09:11 in World

“Why did you put Washington first in your list?

Oregon was the first, by popular referendum in 1994, almost twenty years ago. Well before Netherlands (2002), Belgium (2006), Luxembourg (2008), Washington (2008), Montana (2009) and Vermont (2013). Just saying. :)”

AnswerToJob on Oct 6, 2013 at 17:39:33

“WHY is it important for you to put them in age order?”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 19:58:27 in World

“It is legal in some states. Do your research.”
Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 19:55:27 in World

“I live in the first US state to offer assisted suicide, and strongly support it for the terminally ill. But not euthanasia for the non-terminally ill.

I grieve for Nathan, but his problem was more than a transgender one. He wanted to die because he felt "like a monster" after his failed surgeries. But phalloplasty often fails. I'm sure he was told this, but a mental health specialist should have noticed his unreasonable hopes and should NOT have approved him for surgery. Not til he was mentally fit. Like a plastic surgery addict, he would have hated his body even if surgery went well, because he hadn't dealt with the pain from the family who damaged him. Standards of care for transgender patients in Belgium-- need to be closely examined if they let the mentally ill have surgery. A person shouldn't be approved until it's clear they are mentally fit to deal with the consequences.

And a person should NOT be allowed to be euthanized if they are mentally ill. They can't give consent if they are not of sound mind. Basic law.

Was he suffering terrible anguish? Yes. I grew up in a similar family dynamic and have lived with severe depression for most of my life. I've been there. If someone had offered me a way out, I would have taken it. I'm glad I didn't have the choice. I wasn't in the right mental state to make that decision. Clearly Nathan was not, either.”

plorlk on Oct 7, 2013 at 02:55:18

“I also live in a state that offers assisted suicide. It's not used as much as one might think, but it's there if desired and needed. I'm proud of my state for providing a dignified way out for people who don't want to live any more. In this state, you have to be within 6 months of dying. People who want to tough it out, can. People who don't want the pain and suffering must plan ahead, get a doctor's approval and assistance, and be in good enough physical condition to administer the drug to himself. The doctor can't administer the drug.

Nathan undoubtedly felt like a "monster" long before he had surgeries, as you point out. He may have hoped to feel better, changed, and found that he didn't. Only he knew.

As a person who "has lived with severe depression" for most of your life, you no doubt realize that there are many depressives who are receiving treatment (medication, counseling), are not mentally ill, and are functional. Even psychiatrists have difficulty agreeing on what exactly comprises various kinds of mental illnesses. It is good that you didn't take your life since you've decided that you still want to be here. For those who
don't want to stay, they should be able to choose to go in a humane way.”
Plus-Size Bride Wrapped In Elastic Band During Wedding Dress Fitting (VIDEO)

Plus-Size Bride Wrapped In Elastic Band During Wedding Dress Fitting (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 18:50:01 in Weddings

“Most wedding dresses are custom made, so they can come in any size. It's only the samples that come in a tiny size.”
Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America

Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 10:58:00 in Politics

“$260,000 per year is not his pay! How did you reach that conclusion? That money is going towards supplies and equipment, mostly, and to pay any technicians working in the lab. The professor is paid by the university. Duh.”
1912 Eighth-Grade Exam Stumps 21st-Century Test-Takers

1912 Eighth-Grade Exam Stumps 21st-Century Test-Takers

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 15:02:45 in Teen

“No context here. In 1912, the Kentucky school year was 115 days, and although attendance was compulsory, most schools had a 36% attendance rate. Per "A History of Education in Kentucky" a woman of that time who was focused enough to eventually become an educator said that, as a first grader she attended school for only five days, the next year for two weeks, and only when her family moved closer to the school did she start attending regularly. "In those days, very few students went further than fifth or sixth grade," she recalled, "In fact, in the history of the school, only one student had passed the eighth grade examination."”

bloomingdedalus on Aug 13, 2013 at 15:09:15

“I think the Chinese do things like that - intentionally give poor educations to farmers and intentionally test them harder to ensure there's a class of people confined to hard labor.”
'Cronut' Fever Taking New York (And The Country) By Storm

'Cronut' Fever Taking New York (And The Country) By Storm

Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 00:30:35 in New York

“But she's not from NYC so it doesn't count! \sarcasm”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 14:16:11 in Science

“And still you have no answers, just non sequiturs”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 12:03:36 in Science

“Your comment is exactly what I expected. You've got nothing, so you resort to attacks. Says a lot about your intellect.”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 12:02:15 in Science

“Home schooled? No. I have a PhD in science. And during my schooling I learned there is a huge difference between popular thought and belief and scientific thought. Apparently you didn't learn this. And apparently you have no idea what a theory is, either.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 26, 2013 at 00:14:28

“Ah. PhD. So, What is most granular particle of a human being?”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 01:59:34 in Science

“Is that really the best you can do-- calling me elitist? How on earth is providing evidence elitist? Is it elitist to read, write and think critically, too? Or should we all just be watching the view with Jenny McCarthy and taking whatever she says at face value because she's famous, or because it sounds good. Dude. Use your brain. Please.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 23, 2013 at 08:25:05

“lol okay buddy.  It's the way you are approaching this.  Look, I can sit here wasting my time searching for all the stuff I read years ago and cross reference your articles, but I honestly don't have the time.  That and I am familiar with your articles point of view and stats already.  I love the discussion, but I am not on some holy crusade to wipe all opposition and opinion of the face of the earth.  Believe what I say or not.  I am not going to loose sleep over it.  All I can do is lead you to the water hole.”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 01:57:07 in Science

“Nope, not kidding. Names, please, or it didn't happen.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 23, 2013 at 08:33:10

“The science behind it started, obviously, but maybe not obvious to you, before Columbus sailed in 1492.  The popular theory at the time was the world was flat because of line of site.  It is well documented in many historical books.  Do I have the names?  Well, no. See I learned this in third grade and I well remember the theory but not the names of the scientists who supported the ideal.  Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth I really don't understand how you could not know this.  Where you home schooled?  ”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 04:45:40 in Science

“References, please. Your assertions are meaningless without them. In the meantime, here is some real research about herd immunity: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22414740

http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/7/911.full

From these studies you can see that the theory of herd immunity, is like all scientific theories based on empirical evidence. In this case, human evidence, not barnyard. So your comments about barnyard animals and lack of vaccines is simply not relevant.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 21, 2013 at 23:07:20

“Elitist are we?”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 04:38:11 in Science

“You are right that theories can change. But only if evidence comes along to disprove them. A theory cannot have "a ton of holes" in it, however. If that were true, it wouldn't be a theory anymore. By definition, a scientific theory has a mountain of evidence supporting it, not a ton of holes against it.

As for the idea of a flat Earth, which scientists supported it? Do you have any evidence of actual scientists collecting data on a flat eart? If so, please clue me in. My understanding idea was a belief, put forth by the bible. On the other hand ancient Greek astronomers (scientists) collected empirical data that led to their theory of a spherical Earth. That the early and medieval Christian community chose to ignore it is not science's fault.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 21, 2013 at 23:08:16

“"As for the idea of a flat Earth, which scientists supported it?" Are you kidding me?”
Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Bill Nye: Jenny McCarthy's Errant Views On Childhood Vaccines May Be Discredited On 'The View'

Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 00:56:06 in Science

“Do you seriously not understand what a theory is? Scientific theories (as opposed to the "I have a theory about that" theories) have a mountain of evidence to support them. Plate tectonics is a theory. Gravity is a theory. And yeah, herd immunity is a theory. Because there is a ton of evidence to support it. Where is the anti vax evidence? Oh, that's right. It was made up.”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 17, 2013 at 01:35:34

“Yes, I do. It is the current understanding of a subject based on the accumulated studies and research done up to a point and time. See, some people believe that a theory is set in stone. Kinda of like the Bible of all that is. This is the way it is and that's that. I think they are all just lazy, inadaptable to change, and can't face the fact that a theory may be wrong, can make a 180 at anytime, and at the least have a ton of holes in it.

When I think I know something in theory I always remind myself that the whole of Europe and more once thought the world was flat. And boy where those scientist wrong on that one....”

TheBearedManOnTheCloud on Jul 17, 2013 at 01:13:23

“Depends on which expert you talk to.  But see, you think you are talking to someone who does not vaccinate. I just don't by the herd immunity theory.   My understanding from medical journals I have read is that the herd immunity theory came from studying "Herds of animals".  The issue is that Herds of animals get sick naturally and are not injected with vaccines when they get their immunity.  The vaccines are not as effective as catching the virus and building up an immunity to it.  In one journal from South Carolina it stated that a vaccine shot at the time will only protect you against 200 strands of a virus where upon just getting sick for a bit protects you against thousands.  And there is a question as to how sound the theory is when it comes to humans and vaccines. So the actual effectiveness of a vaccine shot comes into question.  Then you compare the international studies on vaccines and, for instance, the flue vaccine the effectiveness runs -2% TO 1% effectiveness. (yeah, you have a better chance of catching it if you take it according to the study).  The study collected data from more data points then  just in the US. To add, the study all noted that the data collected seemed skewed by the US pharma companies.”
Abercrombie And Fitch Announces Plummeting Sales Amid CEO Controversy

Abercrombie And Fitch Announces Plummeting Sales Amid CEO Controversy

Commented May 25, 2013 at 15:30:23 in Business

“So does their CEO wear A&F. Because he definitely doesn't fit their target demographic.”
Save Money At Restaurants With These Simple Tips

Save Money At Restaurants With These Simple Tips

Commented May 16, 2013 at 15:42:34 in OWN

“In what bizarro land has a standard tip ever been 10%? It's was 15% when I was a kid (30 years ago), 20% if service was excellent. And as most wait staff make less than minimum wage and often have to share their tips with other staff (bus boys, etc.) I tip at least 20% now.”
Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 15:40:34 in Women

“Oh, and their math is wrong. No Barbie has a 19 inch waist when scaled up.”
Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 15:37:43 in Women

“Original Barbie (from the 1950s) would have scaled measurements of 35.2- 22.4- 32.
Modern Barbie (the ones sold in stores now) has scaled measurements of 32-22.4-33.6.
This assumes she is 6 foot tall, but as she has always been marketed as a high fashion model, that fits.
Modern Barbie's measurements are equivalent to a modern size 0. Small? Yes. Absolutely. But considering that many high fashion models are smaller than a size 0, not unreasonable.

So might this affect body image for girls? Absolutely. But saying that she would be "pretty odd looking in real life" isn't accurate. And using a flawed 1996 study to create a infographic is downright lazy.”
Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 15:03:11 in Women

“This is all very interesting, but Barbie's measurements have changed dramatically since the 1996 study these photos are based on. As little girls aren't playing with these vintage Barbies what's the point then?”

reasonnotfaith on Apr 13, 2013 at 15:40:34

“Oh, and their math is wrong. No Barbie has a 19 inch waist when scaled up.”

reasonnotfaith on Apr 13, 2013 at 15:37:43

“Original Barbie (from the 1950s) would have scaled measurements of 35.2- 22.4- 32.
Modern Barbie (the ones sold in stores now) has scaled measurements of 32-22.4-33.6.
This assumes she is 6 foot tall, but as she has always been marketed as a high fashion model, that fits.
Modern Barbie's measurements are equivalent to a modern size 0. Small? Yes. Absolutely. But considering that many high fashion models are smaller than a size 0, not unreasonable.

So might this affect body image for girls? Absolutely. But saying that she would be "pretty odd looking in real life" isn't accurate. And using a flawed 1996 study to create a infographic is downright lazy.”
Tim McDaniel, Idaho Teacher, Explained 'Vagina' In Sex Ed Class, So He's Being Investigated

Tim McDaniel, Idaho Teacher, Explained 'Vagina' In Sex Ed Class, So He's Being Investigated

Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 20:58:20 in Politics

“What about the other billion? 4 + 4 = 8, not 9”

jgw845 on Mar 28, 2013 at 21:41:19

“Those are Republicans who don't have sex.”
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