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Friday, October 17. 2014
Friday morning links
I took my mother-in-law to the wife market
Why Kids Sext - An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think
The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants - Doctors are increasingly prescribing SSRIs to treat more than just depression
When 'Niceness' Becomes Tyranny
Run FOUR miles to burn off just one bottle of coke: Scientists call for exercise data to be printed on packaging instead of calories
Who’s afraid of hedge funds? The folks with a vested interest in failed schools
Could the state of America get any worse?
CDC Blew Record Budget on Playground Injuries and ‘Social Norming’
15 Ways The NIH And CDC Wasted Taxpayer Money
During the October 3 airing of Real Time With Bill Maher, guest Ben Affleck joined Maher in talking about owning guns in order to protect their homes and their families.
Stockton’s Unlearned Lessons - The troubled California city could straighten out its finances, but its leaders don’t seem to want to.
The effects of cheap oil
Sultan is no fan of Islam
AP: Nearly 1 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Already For Midterm Elections
Politics today: Udall is a rubber stamp
Politics today: Scott Brown can win
Politics today: The nation’s most effective welfare reformer may be the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, and he’s under assault for it.
From Wiliamson's The Thirty Years’ War - What this country needs is a war of attrition against the welfare state and entrenched incompetency:
Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds
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Kids who sext are probably more numerous than various other sexual minorities who demand freedom for their practices. Why is this illegal? Why should it be shameful when little else is? Respect the sexting gender. Liberate sexting.
As to where children learn this behavior…[Gales of riotous laughter]…. adults, parents, television, movies, youtube,… basically everywhere there are people.
"As to where children learn this behavior…[Gales of riotous laughter]…. adults, parents, television, movies, youtube,… basically everywhere there are people."
I'd adjust that to "anywhere there are liberals and leftists.
nope. Same old idiotic idea that "conservatives" are morality champions.
As if anything to do with sex at all is automatically wrong, but that's beside the point.
Your dad has his stash of porn pictures somewhere, so did grandfather before him.
And so no doubt do you...
The people screaming most harshly that others are "sinning" or "immoral" always have themselves the most to hide.
And anyway, if you're as loving of freedom and personal choice as you claim as a conservative, you wouldn't want to restrict what others can do.
Looking at pictures of naked people doesn't harm anyone, or even if you believe it harms the person looking at them that's none of your business as it's a personal decision and harms no other person, certainly not you, so it's no business of yours whether people do it.
Same with kids sending each other pictures of themselves, with or without clothes. None of your business, unless maybe you're their parent in which case the choice is simple: let them do it or take that smartphone away (and then only if it's you who's paying for it, if the kid bought it from his own money, again it's none of your business what the kid does with it).
Four miles to burn off a bottle of coke.
Well, you have to subtract out that running four miles also keeps you from eating for that long, so you save all those calories too.
I am in no way a nutritionist, nor an exercise guru, but it occurs to me that the four miles to work off a coke is probably a direct comparison of calories burned in the run to the calories contained in the coke. But regular exercise increases your metabolism which also burns calories and I doubt this is taken into account.
Regardless, I think labeling cokes in this way would probably discourage a lot of people from exercising as they may see it as futile. Besides, there are enough government required things on the label already. I think it's time to take some of them off.
Four miles to burn off a bottle of coke.
Will they put this information on all foods or just the foods that the food police dislike? If 20% or 25% of us are obese should we fat shame everyone? Should our national food police limit everyone's diet or is it acceptable to recognize that some of us are obese and some are not? How do you label and apple or an orange? Who decides what I can eat? One of my children drank 5 or 6 cokes a day maybe more. When he wanted to join the army he was underweight (115 lbs) so had to gain 5 lbs to do it. Why didn't the coke make him obese or fat or even normal weight? Does coke make you fat? I have living evidence it does not and yet we feel the need to fat shame coke and everyone who drinks coke. Who decides this stuff and why?
Hedge-Funded Schools: It's just WRONG to show up public schools!
Stockton: They just refuse to learn. On the other hand, the SEIU and AFSCME and teachers' unions' members have some propensity to do them harm.
Re: cheap oil prices
The article lists a bunch of countries that stand to lose from lower oil prices but the author left out the US. The oil boom we are now experiencing is responsible for a major portion of the jobs (real jobs, not the part time ones that seem to be the majority now). It is also a large contributor to the economic growth (such as it is) that we have seen recently. If the price of oil declines much further, it will be uneconomical for many US drillers to continue to drill putting a large crimp in jobs and economic growth.
I think Saudi Arabia and OPEC in general would love to throw a wrench in our oil production. I believe this is at least one of the reasons they continue to pump oil as the price goes down which encourages further price declines.
If you like to snack, eat a single peanut, and put the bag upstairs. If you want another peanut, and who can eat just one, you have to go upstairs again to get it.
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