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Average Student Debt Climbs To $29,400, Up 63 Percent In Less Than A Decade: Study

Average Student Debt Climbs To $29,400, Up 63 Percent In Less Than A Decade: Study

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 18:37:34 in College

“And that's only undergrads. Factor in 2 to 9 years of graduate school for the rest of us (depending on which program we enter).”
American Singer Jennifer Grout Could Win 'Arabs Got Talent,' Some Question Her Nationality

American Singer Jennifer Grout Could Win 'Arabs Got Talent,' Some Question Her Nationality

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 03:58:48 in World

“Exactly. Do you think most opera singers are fluent in German or Italian? Nope. They learn the song or the aria and that's that.”
The New Front In The Gun Control War Is Your Local Shopping Mall

The New Front In The Gun Control War Is Your Local Shopping Mall

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 03:44:11 in Business

“This group of gun control activists do not have an understanding about how the laws on guns work. First of all, most companies have policies that they follow local laws on guns. If the local law states that a gun can be carried into a store, it can be (unfortunately some managers don't even know their own policies). If the local law states that guns are prohibited in businesses, it can't be. Also, guns in general are prohibited in businesses that make 51% of more of their sales in alcohol in many states. Second, it is NEVER up to the local manager to make decisions like this. They encountered a guy that didn't understand his company policies and now they want to blame this on "threats". I'm sorry but didn't you send letters to a bunch of businesses that allowed firearms and threatened to pull your patronage. Is it only a "threat" when a pro-gun activist does it? That's hypocrisy. It's also hypocrisy that you can have protests but it's "bullying" and "intimidation" when a pro-gun activist has a peaceful protest. It is not bullying or intimidation to be able to see a gun when you are involved in anti-gun lobbying.

Frankly, this group is comprised of a bunch of hypocrites that didn't even bother to learn the laws on firearms in the first place.”
Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 21:33:29 in Parents

“Smoking typically results in more side effects than oral treatments. I would avoid smoking it until you figure out you 100% can't stomach oral doses.”
The iPad Bouncy Seat: 'An Embarrassment For Humankind'

The iPad Bouncy Seat: 'An Embarrassment For Humankind'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:33:53 in Parents

“Uh the two "positive" reviews were sarcastic. One of them even stated in the review that it was sarcasm. Was HP intentionally posting these to be funny or are the editors that dumb. Given their reputation I would guess the latter.”
Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:24:43 in Parents

“Guys stop with the conspiracy theories. It's not about making money. The plant itself is not FDA approved, only THC itself is. It's difficult to convince a doctor to prescribe a non-FDA approved treatment because it opens them up to liability should there be a medical malpractice lawsuit if something goes wrong. If a non-FDA approved treatment is involved, the cards will be stacked against them. The reason why the *plant* is not FDA approved is because smoking it at the levels needed to treat disease has shown to have toxic systemic effects and they're having trouble justifying to the FDA that the benefits outweigh the costs (as in the side effects). You can see that in my post below in reply to a glaucoma patient along with a couple citations. Oral and topical treatments have shown promise to treat disease without the side effects of making you high nor the systemic effects you see with smoking it. Oral and topical extracts of THC are, in fact, FDA approved.”
Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:19:06 in Parents

“It's not about making money so stop with the conspiracy theories. It's because the plant is not FDA approved, even if THC itself is. It's very touchy with doctors to prescribe non-FDA approved medical treatments because they are liable if something happens and it doesn't work in their favor should there be a medical malpractice lawsuit.”
Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:16:54 in Parents

“To put that in perspective, you would need to smoke around 3200 joints a year in order to have a consistent effect to reduce IOP in glaucoma patients (Green 1998). That would be 8-9 joints a day. You'd be flying high all day long. In contrast, oral or topical use will not get you high and has dramatically reduced instances of toxic effects when compared to smoking. It's also a more efficient way to get it into your system.”
Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:06:26 in Parents

“It has been found that smoking marijuana will reduce intraocular pressure in most people but the rate at which you would need to use it so far has shown to cause some toxic effects, however, oral and topical use has shown some promise to reduce IOP (intraocular pressure) without systemic effects. (Green 1998, Tomida et al. 2004)

In other words, smoking: no, topical and oral use: probably.
This is from peer-reviewed journal articles from people that do not have a conflict of interest so you don't have to worry about politics involved with these results.”

valgaavmiko on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:16:54

“To put that in perspective, you would need to smoke around 3200 joints a year in order to have a consistent effect to reduce IOP in glaucoma patients (Green 1998). That would be 8-9 joints a day. You'd be flying high all day long. In contrast, oral or topical use will not get you high and has dramatically reduced instances of toxic effects when compared to smoking. It's also a more efficient way to get it into your system.”
Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:14:05 in Science

“First three drops were successful in reducing the population.”
Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:13:27 in Science

“The other three times were successful in reducing the population. It is not feasible to drop 2 million mice on that island. They do it in waves. Other species were expected to be affected minimally per their wildlife biologist in charge of the project.

It's not that hard to find out this information.”

ghkusa on Mar 4, 2014 at 13:15:15

“"It's not that hard to find out this information."

My point (missed by you?) was the GLARING incompleteness of the article; I didn't suggest or assume that the information was hidden or difficult to find.

The question remains, if "not that hard to find", that simply further indicts this fact-deficient article. In any article about a "fourth [and] latest attempt", wouldn't it be reasonable to at least briefly mention what resulted from the three preceding attempts?

"successful in reducing the population." That begs the question.

The question of course is how consequential was the reduction, how likely to lead to *extinction*. Every one of my wilderness hikes results in "reducing the population" of mosquitos -- insignificantly and quite briefly.

"Other species were expected to be affected minimally...." Expected?!

With three prior drops, wouldn't there be some data and not just expectations regarding impact on other species? If no "other species" data exists, how come they supposedly obtained data showing that the "other three times were successful in reducing the population"?

This article reads like a propagandistic press release, written by a stenographer rather than a reporter.”
Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:09:29 in Science

“1. It's not feasible to drop two million mice on Guam. They do it in waves.
2. Snakes have a breeding season and will typically lay one clutch or have one litter per season
3. 4-12 eggs
4. Not on Guam and introducing an exotic predator has never really worked out well when it comes to vertebrates. It tends to just create more problems (the cane toad is a fine example of that)”

AvgJoeBlow on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:20:46

“Tx - We are smarter than any of us.”
Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:06:32 in Science

“Nope. Snakes will also scavenge.”
Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Mice Dropped On Guam To Combat Invasive Snake Species -- Again

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:04:21 in Science

“Dorinda, clearly you know absolutely nothing about deer. First of all, we have decimated predators of deer. That's not something we can fix. Without those predators, deer will overpopulate, eating themselves and other species into starvation. And if you think sterilizing deer is an easy task then you should really talk to a vet so you can get some perspective. It is NOT easy. Not only that, if you think deer are peaceful then you need to talk to someone who actually knows something about deer. They are jerks. They can be violent and they can be dangerous. -signed a biologist”
Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 21:54:30 in Los Angeles

“It's actually better to view your dash in your peripheral than have something right in front of your eye disrupting your field of view.”

deepbullet on Dec 4, 2013 at 01:27:45

“Then why do jet fighter pilots have data displayed virtually in their field of view? Oops, there goes your theory...lol”
Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 21:53:46 in Los Angeles

“I think the officer made the right call on this one.”

deepbullet on Dec 4, 2013 at 01:25:08

“I think you are wrong.”
J.J. Abrams Admits 'Star Trek' Khan Secret Was Mistake

J.J. Abrams Admits 'Star Trek' Khan Secret Was Mistake

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 19:28:01 in Entertainment

“He already did weird stuff to Klingons. Don't encourage him.”
J.J. Abrams Admits 'Star Trek' Khan Secret Was Mistake

J.J. Abrams Admits 'Star Trek' Khan Secret Was Mistake

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 19:26:11 in Entertainment

“What he should regret was casting a skinny little white man in place of the role that Ricardo Montalban owned.”
Baby 'Forcibly' Taken From Womb Sparks Legal Battle: Report

Baby 'Forcibly' Taken From Womb Sparks Legal Battle: Report

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:50:31 in Parents

“Really? Because the service has made statements that she had a panic attack, they forcibly detained her in a psychiatric ward for 5 weeks, forcibly sedated her, and took her baby via cesarean section in the best interest of the woman.

"The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental health breakdown."

She wasn't taking regular medication because you can't take meds for bipolar disorder while pregnant. Now they refuse to give the baby back to her. She also was an Italian citizen and the U.K. had no right to do this. If there was a concern, they should have turned it over to the Italian authorities.”
Baby 'Forcibly' Taken From Womb Sparks Legal Battle: Report

Baby 'Forcibly' Taken From Womb Sparks Legal Battle: Report

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:41:23 in Parents

“I don't care what their reasoning is, forcibly putting a human being through a surgery is a violation of human rights without discussing it with the person who has medical power of attorney. PERIOD.”

rdmojeske on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:51:31

“I totally agree with you, but then again we talking about another country where they don't allow people to have any rights....”
Paul Walker Dead: 'Fast And The Furious' Actor Dies In Car Crash

Paul Walker Dead: 'Fast And The Furious' Actor Dies In Car Crash

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 17:24:59 in Celebrity

“It's likely that they died from the force of impact. The car was practically in half.”

dotlhs56 on Dec 1, 2013 at 19:32:25

“That would have been a blessing in this case.”
'Kinky Boots' Performers Have Amazing Response To Macy's Day Parade Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performers Have Amazing Response To Macy's Day Parade Outrage

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 17:08:08 in Gay Voices

“Being gay does not necessarily mean they are atheist. There are gay Christians but people can interpret scriptures differently.”
'Kinky Boots' Performers Have Amazing Response To Macy's Day Parade Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performers Have Amazing Response To Macy's Day Parade Outrage

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 16:41:06 in Gay Voices

“And here are some more proponents of segregation, ladies and gentlemen.”
Black Friday Kohl's Parking Lot Shooting: Charges Filed Following Police-Involved Romeoville Incident

Black Friday Kohl's Parking Lot Shooting: Charges Filed Following Police-Involved Romeoville Incident

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 04:26:21 in Chicago

“Right. Because that's the most parsimonious explanation. /sarcasm”
66 Celebrities Whose Real Names Might Surprise You

66 Celebrities Whose Real Names Might Surprise You

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:44:33 in Celebrity

“It's not necessarily that they don't like it but rather their real name is not a good stage name because it isn't easy to remember and it doesn't flow very well.”

esblofeld on Dec 1, 2013 at 01:17:55

“I know, it makes for snappier marquee billing, but I think it is an important distinction to make. There was nothing remotely cynical about changing your name because you were being completely shut of the industry for your Jewish or eastern European (read: communist!!!) heritage.”
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