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Saturday, February 15. 2014
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Woody Allen, Feminism, and ‘Believing the Survivor’ - How a new feminist dogma asks us to throw reason to the wind — harming both men and women
1 in 4 Americans Don't Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really.
Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift to Jobs With Salaries
I want my docs to work for me
Facebook redefines gender
Sheesh. It's getting complicated.
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Re: 1 in 4 Americans Don't Know Earth Orbits the Sun.
if you look at pg 7-7 of the study, you'll find that the surveys were done over the course of 16 or 17 telephone surveys with only two surveys followed up with interviews.
you already have a, let's say questionable, sources.
I'd lie, just to screw with anyone asking questions like that, just because I can and because its funny. yes, the earth rotates around flying saucers, so enter that into thy spreadsheet and may the Force be wif you. most of the people I know would do the same thing. just like the Samoans spoofed margaret mead.
It's a pleasure to finally agree with you about something. Completely true that many people are not only willing to lie to telephone pollsters but eagerly look forward to doing it. My father is a pro, often regaling the unwitting survey taker with long convoluted stories about picking beans, catching fish or literally anything at all. He keeps them on the phone for ages and it's always very funny.
its great to have a dad like that.
on one of the more or less reputable UFO reporting sites, there's an account of my sighting of multiple flying disks, with the GPS coordinates of the Clark County shotgun range.
I would like to know specifically how the question was worded, or if the question itself was somewhat up to the interpretation of the person doing the asking. I find these things frequently (the DMV is the best at this, the IRS a close second) where it turns out I know the answer, it just takes a while to figure out what the heck the actual question is.
If folks only knew what the Indians, ummm, "Native Americans" were actually saying in those old Western movies.
1 in 4 Americans Don't Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really.
Well, there are only so many hours in the day, something had to be cut to make room for all the gender diversity training and CAGW lessons. The latter of which informs in no uncertain way that the sun does not contribute to global warming or climate change.
Facebook redefines gender
Someone should sue. We don't have enough gender diversity in public restrooms and showers.
Facebook's short list of gender options is long overdue. Americans have suffered the penurious shackles of gender slavery for hundreds of years. Male or female? It's shocking that it took us so long to break those unimaginative, fundamentalist religious/political bonds. Freedom is so much better. My only concern and it is rather a large one, is the remaining neolithic fixation we have on racial definitions. Black or white? Red or Yellow? We must do better. I will take the first brave step and come out of the closet for alternative racial designations of our own choosing. I will now define myself as a moon sprite from Europa, blue in the morning and purple during the evening hours. In addition, my sexual gender this week will be dominantly right handed. Ain't freedom grand?
And I thought I was going to be the first to come out as a moon sprint from Europa!! I wonder how many of us there are - this week?
There apparently is also a thing called Gender Fluid.
Is this something I should be checking the level of?
With yourself as the dipstick. (My BAAAAAAD self took over.) (Who said that?)
Good Morning all:
Here is a good collection of pictures and information that might make you re-consider your choice of foods today.
Now, all we have to do is get the US media--those who are concerned about America's weight and health problems--to take a look at COSTCO foods! In particular that tub of guacamole they sell folks. It lasts about 2 months in the refrigerator! Yes, indeed folks if you don't think there is something nasty in there keeping avocadoes fresh for 2 months . . .
I would have to surmise that if the guacamole is remaining edible for 2 months after opening, there is very little "nasty" in the container. I would suspect that all the ingredients have been strictly controlled to prevent anything nasty from entering into the mix.
The historical and transitional use of nasty is to indicate filthy, dirty, defiled. In the context of food, it was something that was likely to corrupt the food making it inedible.
Now, perhaps you used the word to seek to provoke emotion over something in the guacamole that prevents the growth of bacteria and mold as well as inhibits the enzymatic action and oxidation in the avocado flesh, i.e, that inhibits decay and rotting that would occur in the absence of these compounds?
I'm with JKB. Avocado after it is cut turns brown. The brown slimyness is oxidation. The reason for oxidation is contact with air.
It is quite common for even semi-prepared fresh foods (such as lettuces off the "head") to be packaged in nitrogen to prevent browning. This enables it to look "fresh" even when it it might be weeks old.
Of course the level of useful nutrients decays with that time, so they really aren't as nutritious as when truly fresh. Still nutritious, however, and we are more likely to eat food that looks appealing than food that does not.
I seem to recall that this was discussed on this blog not long ago.
How's this for putting a spin on the economy, feminism and men?
Tell me why I (or anyone else) should trust anything in TIME.
The cited story at "huffingtonpost.com" was too slick and too elaborate to just be some contributers post. Who produced that and what was their agenda. It looks like something that CSPI puts out and their agenda is vegetarian/vegan and getting people to stop eating meat. Is this who we should be taking our heatlhy eating advice from? Everyone is free to make their own decision about what they eat. That's a good thing isn't it? These people are all about taking choice away. How can that be a good thing? If you don't like McDonalds then the choice is soooo simple, don't eat there. I like the McRib sandwhich and when McDonalds has it I go and get one. There is simply no evidence that McDonalds food is "bad" for you or that any fad diet is "good" for you. There may be foods that are bad for some individuals such as shellfish if you have an allergy to them but that doesn't make shelfish "bad". Most of us recognize that prepared foods are formulated to enhance shelf life. If this bothers you then don't eat them. If the FDA is falling down on their job and allowing ingredients that are "bad" for us in prepared foods then let's demand that the FDA be more responsive to these issues. But it is wrong for special interest groups to try to control our food supply based on their biases.
I had a similar suspicion. Food advocacy is greatly tied to social signalling, of teaching us all to be the right sort of people.
and lets not forget commercial advantage, e.g the Pork Council's "Pork the other white meat" and marketing. Why pay 59 cents a pound, when you get the latest adjective labeled product for triple the cost?
I looked up one of the claims, and this is what I found on Snopes:
(Although McDonald's Chicken McNuggets are typically offered as an example of a popular MSP-based food, since 2003 that product has been made with all white meat rather than MSP.)
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/msm.asp#uT2sOlyeZLfH57Yd.99
So we know right away that the article is feeding us falsehoods.
Earlier in the article there is this:
What he discovered was that their "eggs" are really a strange concoction that includes eggs and "premium egg blend." Some things that are in this special blend include glycerin, a solvent found in soap and shaving cream, dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone that can also be found in Silly Putty, and calcium silicate, a sealant used on roofs and concrete.
That sort of writing really steams me up. You use a scary chemical name for some common food item, say that it is also used in something that is decidedly non-food, such as concrete, and imply that eating an egg-mixture with preservatives is somehow like eating concrete, roofing-tar, or shaving-cream. In the recent London Underground incident where an underground switching control-room was accidentally filled with fast-setting concrete, they used sugar as a curing regulator so that they would have time to shovel-out all of the wet concrete before it set. Does that somehow impact the desirability of sugar in food?
Do you know how dangerous dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is?? Many people are killed every year simply by breathing it. And yet it is used in most of our foods, with absolutely NO warnings!
CHORUS: He's a lumberjack, and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.
Heliocentric vs Geocentric.....There is a documentary coming out in April called "The Principle". It is based on information from a YouTube video by Dr. Sungenis on geocentrism, and is not the PC version of cosmology. There is also a a short introductory piece on YouTube about "The Principal. The first video is rather long at about 2hrs40min.
oh, it's based on something found on youtube so it must be correct...
Sadly that's how most people get their world view nowadays, from youtube videos, hufpo shill pieces, and slashdot rants.
I got a 60% from Murray. I found his questions insufficient.
Woody, et al.: I have given up; I do not know, and can not know. I'm not watching his movies.
Walmart cheaper: Who knew? Well, pretty much everybody.
UFOs: I got a movie says Nazis have a moon base. I mean, it MUST be true, though I'd think they'd have done more damage to us by now, and even more to the Israelis...so maybe not.
The return of sub prime lending, why not, the government is always there to bail them out while the usual suspects preen for the camera.
Amusing that a reporter is unaware drug stores are now over priced convenience stores. Next up, the shocking news that "free" shingles vaccination actually nets a $200 check from your health insurer.
A MD told me he retired when he decided while he could see 14 patients a day, seeing the .33 patient to meet standards was beyond him.
Feminism shares several disturbing traits with Islam, including judicial privilege: women can be assumed to know and speak truthfully (at least on some topics).