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Monday, January 12. 2015
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Science: Your Kid’s Not Special
FIRE Letter to Yale University President Richard C. Levin
Wounded Warrior Project Wasting Donations?
Obama Will Hold Summit on 'Countering Violent Extremism'--Not Radical Muslim Terrorism
Eugene Robinson: France attack might have been worse here, because guns
Afghanistan rally hails Charlie Hebdo attackers as 'heroes'
Feel Good Story: Muslim African American Hid the Thirty Jews in the Freezer at the Hyper Casher, Saved Their Lives
Joyce Carol Oates: “It is delicate matter to adjudicate, even to
Sultan: Let's Laugh at Islam
Rupert Murdoch Tweets About "Jihadist Cancer"
Powerline: Terrorism as Rorschach Test
It's called the sinfulness of fallen mankind
Re Gwynnie's post on Saturday: Saturday´s suicide bombing elicited little coverage...
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Kerry gets it wrong on NZ dairy herds.
Wow. the stupid is strong with this one. I mean, I knew that before, but to be so publicly and flagrantly dishonest in order to push the climate change snakeoil.
does he think that no one has the internet to challenge and research the b.s. that he is spewing from his piehole, or that one would believe it in the first place ? It's called weather, dumbass. We've been told there is a shortage of beef for the past two years, that's why the price is so high. And I thought cows were bad for the planet, anyway...
I mean, they want us to go beef-less, because of the carbon output of cows eating grass and farting and stuff. Which logically, means that tilling, planting, fertilizing, spraying, harvesting, driving corn to ethanol plant, processing of corn for our gas tanks is ALSO bad for the planet, yes? Let's also think on the fertilizer run off (due to so many acres in production for ethanol grown corn) that is being blamed for the Great Lakes algae blooms, (which is more likely municipalities with their discharge "credits"--- another extortion racket that dumps crap in the creeks. )
>>>New Zealand produces three percent of all the milk in the world, and the dairy industry is small Pacific island nation’s biggest export earner. About 95 percent of New Zealand’s milk production is exported to more than 150 countries.
That is AMAZING!
103,483 sq miles is the total landmass of NZ.
....and more cows and sheep than people. I wish I could emigrate there.
Good charity for vets. http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/
RE: Study Finds More Reasons to Get and Stay Married
It appears to me that the author has never been on the receiving end of "Family Court". I have. After 20 years of a bad marriage "for the sake of the children", the memory that stands out (Besides the children) was whooping my ex's ass (as a pro say), and her 3 lawyers in court, over alimony.
With all due respect to the "Barrister", (your contributor(?))(et al), lawyers, for all the good they may have done, have contributed to a nightmare for many, in the name of "fairness".
I would never, EVER, get married again. I might not be as fortunate the next time around in family court if I were to end up there. I was a slave to this legal system once. I'm gonna call it a day and move on, single.
Footnote: On the upside, I realized afterward, there were probably few thing I couldn't do or accomplish. I just had/have to have the motivation.
"If only we could remember that word, and remember what it means."
That word is "ideology".
My firm managed part of the assets for the Salvation Army. They are a religion, not a generic charity. Most don't know that. But most also don't know that their people are paid only $13,000 per year from the lowest person in the church to the highest. They really are all about doing good and extremely efficient in their giving relative to donations. Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald's, did an exhaustive analysis of various charities to determine where to leave his estate. Kroc was a businessman unimpressed with fads and fashions in charities and with no interest in impressing friends or making a name for himself in his giving. In the end he gave it all to the Salvation Army.
"Can the government force medical treatment?"
Under ordinary circumstances no and they shouldn't. There was a case locally where a family from a odd religious sect refused all medical care for their teenage son and he died. There was a trial and guilt was assigned to the parents but no jail time or other punishment. Then the second teen son came under similar risk and would have died as well except that someone reported the situation to the authorities. The young man was "rescued" from the parents, received health care and will be fine now. Should the courts/doctors ignore incredibly bad health care choices by parents for their children? Perhaps even health care choices that effectively amount to suicide? I believe that if an adult chooses some superstition based alternative for themselves that they do indeed have a legal right to be THAT stupid. But I don't believe that they have a legal right to be that stupid for their children. Steve Jobs choose superstition and "woo" over actual medical care and time ticked away until there was nothing that science based health care could do to save him. That was his decision. BUT where I think our legal system failed us on this issue is that there should have been a prosecution on those practioners of superstition and "woo" who seduced Jobs into believing they could help him.
It is the teen girls mother who is the center of this story who is pushng her daughter to commit suicide by ignoring treatment for a curable disease in preference to a "woo" based alternative. This important point is lost in the discussion. If the woman's choice was simply that she would rather her daughter died from Hodgkin's lymphoma then undergo the difficult treatment I would have more respect for her decision. But what isn't being told is that the woman has been seduced by the prescription of "woo" by superstition based practicers of "woo" and it is this 3rd world level of ignorance and dishonesty that is at the center of this story. In my humble opinion someone should go to jail for this. While they may not be full fledged witch doctors in a mask and chanting incantations they might as well be. They spread their misinformation and seduce sick people who are very vulnerable into making poor decisions at the very time when these people need the best advice available. Maybe the correct answer is to let this mother deny her child legitimate health care and seek out CAM alternatives and then when the young lady dies to prosecute everyone involved with the CAM alternative treatment including the mother.
And maybe the correct answer is to respect the 1st Amendment.
May you soon burn in hell with your filthy maggot pigs and their whores.
The guy who hid the customers in the freezer is not African American. He is African. From Mali.
The reference to "African-American" is an ideological statement-- that people who "act American" or who espouse "American" ideals, anywhere in the world, actually are Americans (who just haven't emigrated yet). Hence the comment about Oskar Schindler being "German-American" also.
Needless to say, I don't agree with that position. To be "American" you either have to be born here and be subject to the US's laws, or you have to take an oath of naturalization (i.e. swear to uphold the US constitution). All good people in the world are not American, and not all Americans are good people. Likewise, Americans can't simply appropriate foreign heroes for themselves.
Is the US the only country that routinely does the hyphenation by race? x-American? Everyone else seems to go with first generation being immigrants (from Mali in this case) and the second generation simply being French or German?
Now large sections of the population may not regard second or third generation blacks as true Frenchmen (for example). But on paper is the racial divide perpetually maintained as it is here?
I can't remember filling out a race box on UK/Canadian government forms, but I always have to in the US...
Thank you for providing the update and WWP. I tried several times to get in touch with them--no one ever answered the phone. Wrote several letters and no one ever responded. It started to look fishy to me too!
Kerry Gets It Wrong: Universal beginning for almost any sentence.
Gang of Z must be taking the morning off.
Piranha fishing, don't think I'm not that hungry yet.
It is amusing/sad to wonder why the media keeps dropping the ball on Boko Harum and the French Army's battles with Islamic fundies in Mali.
Can the G force medical treatment? What should be done with the school janitor who refuses treatment for TB or the town bike who refuses treatment for syphilis?
Charity group 990's are always interesting to read especially for charity bingo operations. The Foundation Center.org has a online readable collection.
Here are 3 good "military" charities with much better percentages of donations used for their programs.
Air Warrior Courage Foundation (MD) 97%
Special Operations Warrior Foundation (FL) 85%
Fisher House Foundation (MD) 95%
Hey thanks for the links to the dead end links.
Any other false leads you want me to chase?