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The 14 WORST Toys For Girls (PHOTOS)

Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 01:43:39 in Comedy

“maybe their parents could be their role models.”
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Ignoring Scientific Errors

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 13:39:59 in Religion

“Just because a field of study uses the scientific method does not make it a science. What distinguishes the hard science from other fields is that the conclusions have predictive value. When properly done the conclusions represent statements which are TRUE in the Platonic sense not in the Quinian sense. This is the aspect of hard science that other fields wish to garner by labeling themselves "science". I am not trying to denigrate the soft sciences, but I don't believe that at this time they draw conclusions which are TRUE, except when they wander into aspects of humanity which are really questions of Biology and so really are questions of Chemistry and so really are questions of Physics.”
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Ignoring Scientific Errors

Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 02:31:48 in Religion

“"psychology, history, archaeology, anthropolgy and history"

none of which are science.”

TheWM on Aug 21, 2010 at 09:43:59

“Like I said, it depends on what one considers to be science. Different people clearly define the term differently. History, if it's being done well, not the History Channel variety, includes hypotheses, theories, peer review and other features some people may associate mainly with natural science. The German term "Wissenschaft" is generally translated as "science," but it's defined much more broadly, including all the fields I listed and many more from what the English-speaking world generally refers to as the "humanities." When I first learned German, I found it odd that German referred to history as a science; now I tend to find it more odd that English-speaking people generally do not.

But hey, define your terms however you please. However, you might want to mention now and then how you're defining your terms, if you want others to understand very general remarks like "Science NEVER considers religion... nor should it!" Where exactly do you draw the boundaries of science in that remark, f0rTyLeGz!”

recless on Aug 21, 2010 at 08:26:37

“Nonsense. Of course they are. Don't confuse soft-science with pseudoscience. You are not one of those hard-science elitists, are you? Would recommend this as a very good assessment of what science is and is not. http://www.amazon.com/Nonsense-Stilts-Tell-Science-Bunk/dp/0226667863/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282393554&sr=8-1”
Tibetans Underwent 'Fastest Genetic Change Ever,' Study Finds

Tibetans Underwent 'Fastest Genetic Change Ever,' Study Finds

Commented Jul 4, 2010 at 01:32:26 in World

“More like: WE got this far in spite of them.”

mikefina on Jul 4, 2010 at 09:54:22

“Actually, no. But thanks, for nothing.”
Sharron Angle Opposes Abortion Even With Rape, Incest: 'God Has A Plan' (AUDIO)

Sharron Angle Opposes Abortion Even With Rape, Incest: 'God Has A Plan' (AUDIO)

Commented Jun 29, 2010 at 15:32:57 in Politics

“The American Taliban, there so cute and cuddly.”
New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 16:18:20 in Sports

“I guess it is time to stop smoking crack.”
New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 01:15:50 in Sports

“Italian men love their mommy's, treat their wifes like crap and hate their dad's for treating their mom's like crap.”

Andrew Giacalone on Jun 21, 2010 at 09:06:12

“you should learn English first before embarrassing yourself in public: 'mommies', 'wives', 'daddies' and 'moms'....

Got it? Good.”

TheBestLackAllConviction on Jun 21, 2010 at 02:19:46

“Golly - that's my wife's ex story....and I hate generalies”

Mammamia on Jun 21, 2010 at 02:19:03

“Totally false... and another typical but incorrect stereotype that I've read on this board... Italian men do love their mammas and because of this they learn to respect the women in their lives and treat their wives quite well.”

Poyda on Jun 21, 2010 at 01:19:54

“I am offended for my Italian brothers. No matter how true that might be.”

jesuswazasocialist on Jun 21, 2010 at 01:18:33

“And then the grow up get married and continue the family tradition.”
New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

New Zealand Shocks Italy With Draw At World Cup

Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 01:13:38 in Sports

“What are you talking about, the A league is where players go after they retire from La Liga.”
Grammar Pet Peeves: HuffPost Readers Pick The Worst Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, And Malapropism Mistakes Ever (PHOTOS, POLL)

Grammar Pet Peeves: HuffPost Readers Pick The Worst Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, And Malapropism Mistakes Ever (PHOTOS, POLL)

Commented Jun 18, 2010 at 11:11:43 in Books

“What should really be upsetting people is semantics. I applaud all of you who can pen a sentence that very correctly says nothing at all. Good lord.”

MISTERUNCONVENTIONAL on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:13:34

“Like this?”
USA vs England: Live World Cup 2010 Coverage

USA vs England: Live World Cup 2010 Coverage

Commented Jun 13, 2010 at 02:58:43 in Sports

“I have never been able to figure out why people claim that EPL is better than La Liga.”
Leftover Bananas Recipes: 100 Things You Can Do

Leftover Bananas Recipes: 100 Things You Can Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 16:10:38 in Home

“"Provincialism is not sophistication"

Uh... by definition. I, however, agree with your sentiment.”
Quebec Home Falls In Sinkhole, 4 Dead

Quebec Home Falls In Sinkhole, 4 Dead

Commented May 12, 2010 at 16:31:13 in World

“my house is my home. my house is my home. my house is my home. my house is my home.”
PSR B1509-58 PICTURE: Rotating Pulsar Looks Like A Heavenly Hand (PHOTO)

PSR B1509-58 PICTURE: Rotating Pulsar Looks Like A Heavenly Hand (PHOTO)

Commented May 3, 2010 at 19:32:48 in Technology

“I just had to respond and say thanks, made me smile”
Noah's Ark FOUND? Evangelist Group Says It's In Turkey (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Noah's Ark FOUND? Evangelist Group Says It's In Turkey (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 16:35:06 in Religion

“I am pretty sure I already found the death star in my back yard. You sir are a fraud.”

DrBlizzardo on Apr 27, 2010 at 23:59:38

“Ha! You are BOTH frauds---the Death Star is not made of metal, it is made of high-tech composite material based on chocolate and beer...”
The NERDIEST Celebrities (PHOTOS)

The NERDIEST Celebrities (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 01:26:14 in College

“No, she only has a bachelors degree.”
Ben & Jerry's Bonnaroo BUZZ Ice Cream Flavor Debuts (PHOTOS)

Ben & Jerry's Bonnaroo BUZZ Ice Cream Flavor Debuts (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 20, 2010 at 03:01:21 in Home

“Ben and Jerry: I hate you. You had an apple pie ice cream which was delicious. You took it off the market. WHY?”

SpaghettyIrish on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:45:41

“Cool Britannia was better: Vanilla with good-sized strawberry chunks, chocolate chips, and mini-shortbreads.”

xstevejx on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:52:10

“They only made it as a holiday flavor, so you may see it again towards the end of the year (depending on how well it sold before).”
Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Commented Apr 20, 2010 at 02:05:33 in Business

“Well somebody did.”

hottpotat0 on Apr 20, 2010 at 02:15:18

“now i will go as far and say i voted for OBAMA who i think is a NEO-CON infiltrator”
Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Commented Apr 20, 2010 at 01:13:42 in Business

“This is why the Chinese government is always issuing decrees to their people to stop saving so much money. The global economy probably could have absorbed the collapse of the market (in terms of the stock prices) if the Asian consumer had actually behaved like a western consumer. The very people who have the most to loose by this scheme are the ones who enabled it, namely the US middle class. They started shopping at stores like Walmart to save a couple of dollars, and consistently elect pro-business republicans against their own self interest.
So at the cost of a permanent reduction in the standard of living of a large portion of the western middle class, perhaps billions of people have been lifted out of poverty in Asia. Is this a bad thing? I am not so sure. One thing is clear, the manufacturing jobs are not coming back.”

Linda from Deerfield on Apr 20, 2010 at 02:25:13

“It is a question of whether the Chinese simply exchanged one kind of poverty for another. Their water supplies have been poisoned by industry; the air quality is not under control. They have created the same few haves at the top, mostly have nots (or have not much) below. Be wary of measures of standard of living.”

MinerSam on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:55:52

“The President of China said it all that: "While there is a place for the Virtual Economy
to grow and preserve capital, it MUST NEVER AGAIN BE ALLOWED TO DESTROY THE REAL ECONOMY"

This is why regulations do matter. And why it was important when John Kerry ran on
eliminating the tax deductability of closing your plant in the US and unpacking it in China."

Several years ago CNBC did a report on "W"'S brother who was consulting the Chinese on how to lure US companise to China.

Appreciate your thoughtful comments. One problem is that Chinese & Indian Middle class makes about 30% of US Poverty rate.Thoug they are about 100 times more people.

Under the circumstances this is why Obama has been saying that Exports will be an important part of our future. And saw Sander Levin at the Press Club today discussing how he has been talking to governments behind the scenes...that improved standards of living of the citizens in the developing world is very much in our interests.

As for the process of shorting itsel...I've been waiting for years for this to be commonly undertood (along with the electorate getting educated about much more) cause I think
it it immoral to borrow people's stock in order to effectivley help drive it down..”

texliberal on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:49:03

“Most consumer goods now are made by people who make $3,000 a year or less, there's no way we can compete with that. We're doomed to creating phoney bubbles and pushing paper around. The rich are gonna get richer as the middle class desolves before our eyes.”

Iam12Vote on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:41:35

“It's a temporary shift based on cheap energy.

Look, I hate to keep banging the same drum but the facts are on the table.
Millions of Chinese were moved off of small farms to take low wage factory jobs
in the cities. Their land was converted to factory farming as China decided among other things that it could corner the market on apple production which has had a terrible effect on producers in North America.

The global recession has sent many Chinese back to the countryside...to what? The farms they tended are under the plow of larger interests now.

The same thing has been happening here.

Joel Salatin points out that 50% of American farmland will change hands in the next 15 years. Do you think it's likely that most of our land will go to American family farmers?”

bltmn on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:35:28

“You've also brought to mind the real danger for America - while we're busy beating each other up, the rest of the world is becoming much stronger. This is not entirely a bad thing, of course, since a more consistently prosperous world is a more stable one. But if we are to survive, we will need to move beyond the shrill politics and start getting our collective act together.”

Thomasina Jefferson on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:31:07

“Have those billions really been lifted out of poverty? I don't think so. They are paid a wage and given a credit card for one reason only: To consume and make corporations profitable, so that bonuses and dividends can continue to be paid.
Chinese are saving, ok, but that doesn't make them rich, inflation - which is rampant in China - will eat that up, so they better spend it and quick.
There is no way to win for normal people in this grinding machine called Capitalism.”

hottpotat0 on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:28:14

“and i only recently started shopping at walmart-oo broke to shop anywhere else (oop's did i just say that?)”

hottpotat0 on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:23:44

“I NEVER EVER EVER VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN!”
Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime

Commented Apr 20, 2010 at 01:11:41 in Business

“this is not just about the banks. The US and European middle class consumer has traditionally been the driving force behind the global economy. With population growth in these markets stabilizing or becoming negative, corporations needed to find a new customer base to maintain growth. They decided to create these market places in Asia. Outsourcing, in the long term, is not about lowering prices for the western consumer, it is about creating a new and rapidly growing customer base outside of the western world. The transfer of wealth from the the middle class has been twofold. First massive amounts of wealth have been transfered to the upper 1% to strengthen the positions of western corporations on the world stage. Second, a much much larger amount of wealth has been transfered to create the middle class in China and India. The thought process must have been that by the time a large portion of the middle class in the western world had been destroyed, these consumers would have been replaced tenfold by the new middle class in Asia. Unfortunately for the corporations, the new middle class in Asia is not buying things.”

bltmn on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:26:48

“Excellent post. That's a pretty sensible take on the situation, and at least identifies a certain logic to the process (however cold and calculating it may be). Thanks.”

spinns17 on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:21:57

“someone has to eat the debt out there .and i think the world has caught on to these crooks games.time to bring them down.”

hottpotat0 on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:21:44

“BINGO! YOU GET THE SMARTY PANTS PRIZE FOR TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

souldog71 on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:13:42

“This is why the Chinese government is always issuing decrees to their people to stop saving so much money. The global economy probably could have absorbed the collapse of the market (in terms of the stock prices) if the Asian consumer had actually behaved like a western consumer. The very people who have the most to loose by this scheme are the ones who enabled it, namely the US middle class. They started shopping at stores like Walmart to save a couple of dollars, and consistently elect pro-business republicans against their own self interest.
So at the cost of a permanent reduction in the standard of living of a large portion of the western middle class, perhaps billions of people have been lifted out of poverty in Asia. Is this a bad thing? I am not so sure. One thing is clear, the manufacturing jobs are not coming back.”
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"Antibacterial" Soaps: Buyer Beware!

Commented Apr 7, 2010 at 22:37:18 in Green

“" some evidence that they may help to promote the growth of drug resistent bacteria."

And this is why these products should be illegal.”

Will o Wisp on Apr 8, 2010 at 15:24:35

“I'm all for that, where do I sign the petition?”

MarkInIrvine on Apr 7, 2010 at 23:39:32

“good idea.”
Man Breaks Into Restaurant, Only Steals Food

Man Breaks Into Restaurant, Only Steals Food

Commented Mar 24, 2010 at 01:52:20 in Impact

“NO, the real crime here is the dirty dishes.”
Mad Cow Disease Case Hidden For Weeks By Canadian and U.S. Agencies

Mad Cow Disease Case Hidden For Weeks By Canadian and U.S. Agencies

Commented Mar 14, 2010 at 03:16:12 in World

“I believe the time frame for incubation was on the order of 50 years. This is based an outbreaks of CJD like illnesses among cannibals. I think the evidence is sketchy.

Regardless of that, I agree this is as much a moral issue as a safety issue.”
Mad Cow Disease Case Hidden For Weeks By Canadian and U.S. Agencies

Mad Cow Disease Case Hidden For Weeks By Canadian and U.S. Agencies

Commented Mar 12, 2010 at 01:00:20 in World

“As I understood it, those who died relatively quickly represented a distinct genetic subset. The incubation period of this disease may normally be many many years.
It may be the case that there will be lots and lots of people dying from this in another 20 years.”

TheyAllSuck on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:20:38

“The British outbreak occurred in the 1980's. It been over 25 years. Lots and lots of Brits aren't dying of vCJD.

The issue isn't whether there is a significant "chance" of dying from tainted beef. It just isn't that likely. Its idiotic to focus aggressively on animal husbandry and not alcohol consumption or proper sleep, if all you care about is survival. More people are "saved" by focusing on the latter.

The issue is whether you're okay with consuming beef from producers that force cannibalism upon its cattle, and would rather you die of vCJD than reduce their profit margin by testing their cattle. Yes, there is a concern that their desire to retain profit by deliberately avoiding infected cattle detection will eventually result in widespread prion infection in all US cattle. If you stop eating beef now, you eliminate the possibility you can contract vCJD in the future. But currently, dying of vCJD is ridiculously unlikely, even if there was widespread CJD prion infected cattle”
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